MIT Class of 1956!
Here you will find information about the class, its philanthropy and leadership, plus helpful links to more information about reunions or annual giving.
BUT WHY, YOU ASK ME, should this tale be told
To men grown old, or who are growing old?
It is too late! Ah, nothing is too late
Till the tired heart shall cease to palpitate.
Cato learned Greek at eighty;
Sophocles wrote his grand Oedipus, and Simonedes
Bore off the prize from his compeers,
When each had numbered more than four score years.
And Theophrates, at four score and ten
Had but begun his Characters of Men.
Chaucer at Woodstock with the nightingales,
At sixty wrote the Canterbury Tales;
Goethe at Weimar, toiling to the last,
Completed Faust when eighty years were past.
These are indeed exceptions, but they show
How far the gulf-stream of our youth may flow
Into the arctic regions of our lives
Where little else than life itself survives.
Henry Wadsworth Longellow
Poem written for the Fiftieth Anniversary, Class of 1825 at Bowdoin College
On May 1, 2014, the class of 1956 held their annual Scholarship and Professorship Luncheon on the MIT campus. The event celebrated the exciting opportunities made possible because of the generosity of the class of 1956. Highlights of the event included speeches from the Class of 1956 Career Development Chair, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Kenneth Kamrin ’08 and scholarship recipient, Eric Ruleman ’16. Professor Kamrin ’08 shared insight about his current research on the mechanics of deformable materials. Eric Ruleman ’16 spoke about his internship with the MIT Media Lab and involvement with the Musical Theatre Guild.
In addition, the Class of 1956 Scholarship Fund supports two additional student scholars that were unable to attend the luncheon. Visit the Class Scholarships page to learn more about the Class of 1956 scholarship recipients.”
The class of 1956 celebrated their commitment to supporting MIT's mission at their annual Scholarship and Professorship Luncheon on May 1, 2013. Officers and members of the class enjoyed connecting with the Class of 1956 Career Development Chair, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Kenneth Kamrin '08, and scholarship recipients Joshua Hernandez '13 and Eric Ruleman '16.