Colby-Sawyer’s Class of 1994 arrived on campus to become the college’s first official coed class. Since then, these 85 women and 35 men have scattered to 26 states (and Hong Kong). As their 25th reunion approaches, we celebrate Colby-Sawyer’s quarter century of graduating coed classes and see where a few of those ’94ers have landed after college.
Patricia “Patty” Randall Berry ’94 and Daniel “Dan” Berry ‘94
Patty was looking forward to attending a women’s college, but Colby-Sawyer’s coed switch didn’t alter her decision. Good thing — at the Freshmen Seminar, she sat next to Daniel “Dan” Berry ’94, who would eventually propose to her on campus.
Both were active students. Dan was an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team, worked in the intramural sports program, performed in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and was the first president of the Sports Science Major’s Club. Patty was a resident assistant for three years and was involved in campus community activities, intramural sports and the Key Association. She was also a teaching assistant, writing tutor, computer lab monitor and a Psychology Program student researcher. But Dan and Patty still found time to date. Patty remembers, “One late night while walking, when the campus was quiet, we witnessed the northern lights. It was breathtaking.”
Today, Dan is the South Shore YMCA’s executive director. Patty is a part-time student on the Pastoral Ministry Track in the Master of Divinity program at Boston University School of Theology. She also teaches and preaches at local churches. They live in Mattapoisett, Mass., with Margaret, 16; Thomas, 13; and Henry, 10.
What don’t classmates know about you?
“I believe napping, cooking and drinking red wine are good spiritual practices,” Patty said.
What is your favorite CSC memory?
“The friends I made are like family. I’m as close to many from my class now as I was 25+ years ago,“ said Dan. “I met the love of my life … Patty and I look back fondly on our memories from there.”
Will you come to your 25th reunion this fall?
“Absolutely, and we can’t wait to see everyone!”