loyal alums, connections with Kellogg School, each other span
In 1963, the year Lloyd Morgan earned his
MBA from Northwestern University, the business school hadn't
yet adopted the Kellogg name.
All classes took place on the school's downtown
Chicago campus, where much of the work was done individually
— and without a laptop computer or Internet connection.
There was no Special K Revue, no Allen Center, no Dean Dipak
C. Jain and few programs for corporate executives.
Tan ’83, president and CEO of McDonald’s
Corp. (China and Hong Kong) was the keynote speaker for
What was the same then as today is the excellent
business education Morgan received and the lifelong connection
to the school that has served him well for the past 40 years.
"Being active in the leadership of alumni
activities has kept me involved with some very bright Kellogg
grads," reflected Morgan during this year's Reunion.
He has maintained a strong connection to the school since
graduation and still stays in contact with many classmates.
"A number of them have remained friends all the way through,"
Those connections were evident at Reunion
2003, where some of the Kellogg School's most loyal alums
celebrated a bond that has lasted 40 — even 50 —
Alfred Jackson '53 of Evanston marked the
50th anniversary of his graduation with a Reunion visit. Jackson
earned undergraduate and graduate business degrees from Northwestern
after an aptitude test revealed he had a head for business
administration. The GI Bill footed the cost for Jackson's
education, since he was a World War II veteran with four and
a half years of service. It took 10 years of part-time study
to earn both degrees, but Jackson said it proved good preparation
for running his family's Chicago-based warehouse storage business.
Also present was Wayne Parsons '63, who attended
his first Reunion since leaving the school 40 years ago. Parsons
listened to Dean Jain's welcome address and sat in on an ethics
lecture. His impression about the class: "It really wasn't
that different other than the fact they had laptops."
But some alums said the smaller class sizes
of the past, combined with the turbulence of the Vietnam War
and an inability to connect instantly through email and low-cost
phone service, made it more difficult for the graduates of
yesteryear to stay in touch.
"Today's new alums are more closely
said Richard Doege '63, who
attends alumni functions as a
Regent for Northwestern. Doege said he was pleased that
10 members of the Class of 1963 attended their 40-year
As a member of the organizing committee, Doege
made dozens of calls to fellow graduates before Reunion.
"I got to talk to a lot of folks that
I hadn't talked to in years," he said. "Whether
or not they showed up at Reunion, it was a great opportunity
to renew our acquaintance."
Reunion is always an excellent way to rekindle
the passion for the Kellogg School, and for lifelong learning,
according to Dean Jain.
These connections are always helpful, but
they are especially important today, during times of economic
uncertainty, noted Jain.
"The Kellogg School is built around the
concept of team leadership and a genuine passion for learning,"
Jain added. "At Reunion, we see how powerful the Kellogg
network is, and how committed to each other and the school
our alumni are."