A Family Affair at Trinity College’s Alumni Reunion

Three Generations of Bantams Among Attendees

​Hartford, Connecticut, July 3, 2017 – Trinity College’s Alumni Reunion welcomed back more than 1,000 alumni and their friends and family to campus for Reunion 2017, held June 8-11. This year’s Reunion not only reconnected Bantams from class years ending in 2s and 7s, but it also took the familial atmosphere to the next level ― a family of three generations celebrated their Reunion in the same cycle.

​Colleen Curran ’92, Brett Cullinan ’12, and Ward Curran ’57, H’12, P’92, GP’12 participate in the Photo Opportunity for Multigenerational Bantam Families. Photo by Cassia Armstrong ’18
Ward Curran ’57, H’12, P’92, GP’12, Ward S. Curran Distinguished Professor of Economics, Emeritus, at Trinity College; his daughter, Colleen Curran ’92; and grandson, Brett Cullinan ’12, were among the attendees. As the patriarch of a legacy family, Ward is a familiar face on campus. He came to Trinity as an Illinois Scholar in the fall of 1953 from Springfield, Illinois, and earned a degree in history with a concentration in economics. He also studied German language and literature. For 52 years, Ward taught economics and first-year seminars at Trinity and retired in 2012.

Colleen earned a degree in English. She and her husband, John Magner, own York Media, an advertising agency in Jupiter, Florida. Brett received his bachelor’s degree in political science and is employed at The Modern in New York City by Danny Meyer ’80, P’20, restaurateur, founder of Shake Shack, and chief executive officer of Union Square Hospitality Group.

This year’s Reunion featured more than 75 events, which included a traditional New England-style clambake, a 5K Fun Run, a scavenger hunt, and alumni- and faculty-led presentations. Jane O’Connor, author of The New York Times best-selling Fancy Nancy series, read Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet during Story Time with the Bantam. She also celebrated the 50th Reunion of her husband, Jim O’Connor ’67. New this year were a Photo Safari and Campus Stroll, a Flag Football Challenge with the 5th-20th Reunion Classes, Good Morning Yoga, and an LGBTQ and Friends Reception.

For Ward, the best part of Reunion was celebrating it with his daughter and grandson. “I am very fortunate to attend this event and to be able to have a photo with my family,” said Ward. When asked what he would like his legacy to be, he replied, “I would like Colleen and Brett to remain active at Trinity, and I’d like to help keep alive the great liberal arts education at the College.”

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Written by Julia S. Chianelli