To accommodate increasing numbers of returning alumnae, reunion weekend was scheduled separately from Commencement.  Eight hundred seventy graduates from ten classes, starting with 1904, were welcomed back for a three-day reunion.  Program topics included modern art, music and literature, and individual class dinners were served.  

Two faculty-alumnae panels highlighted the reunion’s second day, and at the meeting of all alumnae on the last day alumnae fund chairman Helen Hendrickson Couch ‘24 announced that alumnae gifts for 1953-54 amounted to $475, 321.  The establishment of the William H. Danforth Fund, with a gift of $100,000, was also made public.  Dorothy Danforth ’17 was the daughter of Mr. Danforth, the founder of the Ralston Purina Company.

Praising the generosity of the alumnae, President Blanding said, “It is important in these difficult days when fear and suspicion stalk the earth that those who love and believe in liberal education renew affection and affirm again their determination that this kind of education, rooted in higher learning and great teaching, shall remain unmolested, that teachers shall be free to teach and students free to inquire about any subject under the sun so long as the final objective is the ultimate search for truth.”     The New York Times