Reunion brought alums from across the country together from October 4–6 to reconnect with friends and faculty, and to witness WT in action today. Friday began with a tea with fifth grade students, followed by opportunities to sit in on classes. Classmates Sarah Rackoff ’99 and Brandilyn ‘Brandi’ Dumas ’99 met with members of the Feminist Student Union and Black Student Union. The Reunion Luncheon provided the opportunity to right a wrong when Suzanne Motheral ’69 was presented with her diploma which had been withheld at the time of her graduation. The Welcome Back Reception saw an intermingling of alumnae/i from across the generations.

On Saturday, alums played field hockey and soccer, enjoyed a BBQ lunch, and explored, with Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, the sites of some of the original buildings that housed Winchester Thurston’s predecessor schools.

On Sunday Alums of Color had an inaugural gathering to share their stories, learn about Equity and Inclusion at WT, and brainstorm ways of supporting the student experience.

We look forward to seeing you at Reunion 2020: October 16 and 17.

Help make Reunion 2020 a success! Volunteer ideas for how to mark the occasion, get involved with the plans, or track down classmates. Email Amiena Mahsoob at or call 412-578-7511.

“Is your neighbor worth loving?”

This fall, the WT Art Gallery exhibited 20 photographs that Lynn Johnson ’71 took for National Geographic magazine in the aftermath of the massacre at Tree of Life Synagogue.

Johnson is known for finding beauty and meaning in difficult subjects—threatened languages, zoonotic disease, rape in the military ranks, the brain, the centrality of water in village life. Her master’s thesis probed the impact of hate crimes.

The photographs from the exhibition are available for loan to schools, religious institutions, and other organizations to further the conversation about the importance of community, and to explore this question that Fred Rogers asked when Johnson interviewed him for her thesis on hate crimes: “Is your neighbor worth loving?”

For information about borrowing the photographs, please contact WT’s Visual Arts Department Chair, Sally Allan, at