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.

Anthony H. “Tony” Librot ’94

Anthony H. “Tony” Librot ’94

Tony came to Colby-Sawyer because he wanted a place where people would know him — and all these years later, many people on campus still do as a frequent guest speaker in business classes who’s conducted mock interviews with seniors. In 2015, he was elected to the Board of Trustees, a position he describes as difficult, but incredibly rewarding.

As a student, Librot was one of the first men initiated into the Key Association. He was Student Government Association co-president and helped launch the men’s varsity tennis team. Today, Librot is the COO/CFO at AAM 15 Management, LLC. He resides in Sharon, Mass., with wife Susan and sons Brandon, 5, and Harrison, 11.

How is the Class of 1994 special?

I don’t know if it was because we were the first coed class or because it’s an incredible mix of men and women, [but] we’ve all stayed close.

Elizabeth “Beth” Sargent Fenton ’94

Elizabeth “Beth” Sargent Fenton ’94

Beth chose Colby-Sawyer for its early childhood program and gained experience in the Kearsarge Regional School District as a student teacher and during her senior practicum. She’s taught first grade in the district for more than 20 years and lives in Bradford, N.H., with husband Pete.

Fenton played varsity volleyball for four years and club softball for three. She’s stayed involved with the Chargers Club as a board member and past president.

Why did you love Colby-Sawyer?

Because of its feeling. People knew your name and made you feel you were where you were meant to be.

What was special about your class?

We had lots of firsts and traditions. It’s the relationships we built and the camaraderie we felt. We continue to be a tight-knit group.

Matthew “Matt” Reed ’94

Matthew “Matt” Reed ’94

Matt has been spending so much time on campus that he jokes he should get his old dorm room back. He doesn’t need it though — he can just visit his son’s. Jamie ’21, a communication studies major, got to know Colby-Sawyer while accompanying his dad to reunions.

Matt also has a college-age daughter, Alyson. He lives in Danvers, Mass., with wife Corey and is a graphic designer for Enterprise Bank.

What’s your favorite Colby-Sawyer memory?

When I hear the first few notes of Beck’s “Loser” or the closing credits of “Saturday Night Live,” I feel like I’m back at Colby-Sawyer with people who mean so much to me. The bonds of love and affection are what I remember most.

What don’t your classmates know about you?

I like to wander cities alone in the early morning. It’s the best time to get a feel for a place.

Dawn Reid ’94

Dawn Reid ’94

Dawn entered Colby-Sawyer when it was all women and then took a year off. When she returned, she was part of the Class of 1994.

“My first day back, I was helping the Residential Education staff welcome students and their families,” she said. “I remember thinking the men were not only starting a new chapter in their lives but doing so with all eyes on them. I could only imagine what that felt like.”

Reid earned her business administration degree and has enjoyed a marketing career. She spent 20 years at companies such as Monster, Open Text and Philips Lighting but left that world to join nonprofit Year Up, Inc. as a special projects manager for its national marketing department.

Reid lives in Weston, Mass., with her blind-but-fearless cat, Homer. She enjoys paper arts, which she combines with her love for cooking by creating handbound cookbooks for friends.

What’s your favorite Colby-Sawyer memory?

Any time I spent with Ann Page Stecker — she was the first person to believe in me. Several years after graduating, I was still living in New London and stopped at the post office. My sister had sent me a birthday present — a signed copy of Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon. I sat in my car, holding this book, thinking, She touched this. As I drove by the college, I saw Ann Page’s car out front. I went to her office and handed her the book. She said, 'She touched this!' And I thought, Yes. Not only do you get me, but you helped me become me.

Jay Geiger ’94

Jay Geiger ’94

Jay, an athletic training major, felt like a pioneer as a Class of 1994 member but has discovered one downside: “When I come back to campus, I’ll always be one of the oldest men in the room!” he said.

Geiger was a men’s basketball team member for its first year and played soccer for four. “It was weird being captain all four years since freshmen aren’t usually in that position,” he said, “but we all got along, and that’s half the battle in college athletics.”

Geiger directs sports medicine at the University at Albany, SUNY. He resides in Latham, N.Y., with wife Lisa and daughter Averi, 7. He is part owner of the racehorse Untamed Domain, who placed second in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 2017.

What was the most valuable part of your Colby-Sawyer education?

It allowed me to realize what’s important in life — people’s health and safety. Dealing with our student athletes’ serious health issues makes it easy for me to decide what is and is not a big deal. It’s probably why I don’t let little things bother me.

Favorite thing about Colby-Sawyer?

The people. At some point, you realize that the people around you are most important. I might not have realized it then, but I do now. College should be the best time of your life, and I made the right decision by attending Colby-Sawyer.

Patricia “Patty” Randall Berry ’94

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!”