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NECO Hosts Alumni Reunions for 1977, 1987, 1997, and 2007 Graduating Classes

New England College of Optometry, NECO, hosted alumni reunions for classes graduating in the 7s for the past 40 years on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Classmates from ‘77, ‘87, ‘97 and ‘07 gathered at the College to share nostalgic memories, tour the campus, and participate in continuing education. Several classmates arrived on Friday night to enjoy a Boston weekend and time to rekindle friendships.

Tony Cavallerano, OD ’72, Director of Professional Relations and Margery Warren, Director of Alumni Relations welcomed the group to a reunion brunch on Saturday, sharing College news and providing campus tours.  Much has changed at the College for some of the attendees and the alumni were impressed with the updates. NECO’s newly renovated Community Commons on the patio level received rave reviews. Ms. Warren explained, “Alumni spirit was alive and well in the halls of 424 Beacon Street during the alumni reunion.”

In addition to the brunch and tours, class champions organized class specific events.  Attendees from the Class of 1977 enjoyed a reunion dinner at Legal Seafood organized by Dr. Nancy Carlson.  Lynne Brandes, OD ‘87 attended and encouraged members of the Class of 1987 to contact classmate, Dr. Steve Polezonis, for details on their upcoming reunion dinner being held in conjunction with the Connecticut  Association of Optometry’s conference on Saturday,  October 21st. (Class of 1987 alumni can also contact Margery Warren at for additional information.)

On Sunday, the 10, 20, 30, and 40 year alumni were invited to enjoy complimentary registration for a five hour CE program on Current Concepts on Diabetes.  The event was part of the Sunday Seminar series and featured speakers Medha N. Munshi, MD, Director of Geriatric Diabetes Program, Joslin Diabetes Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Enrique Caballero, MD, Director of the Latino Diabetes Initiative and Director of Medical Affairs-Professional Education, Joslin Diabetes Center; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Robert C. Stanton, MD, Chief of Kidney & Hypertension Section, Joslin Diabetes Center; Joanna Mitri, MD, MS, Staff Physician, Joslin Diabetes Center; and Joan Hill, RD, CDE, LD, Diabetes Educator and Dietician, Diabetes Management, MIT Medical.

Members of the Class of 1977

Kristen Griebel, Class of 1997

Ready for our alumni!

A lovely meal at Legal Seafoods.