Merton College Charitable Corporation
Events and Upcoming Activities
A Recap of the 2017 Annual Meeting and Reunion in New York City
For those of you who could not attend the events in April, we
wanted to recap a wonderful Reunion Weekend and also provide a
preliminary look at 2018 plans that will include honoring Sir Martin Taylor
FRS, who will retire in September 2018.
The event on April 7-9 in New York City was another highly
successful gathering of Mertonians in the Americas. On Friday night, 50
Mertonians and their guests gathered in a private room at the highly rated
Becco restaurant in the theater district for an extravagant feast of Italian
cooking. Half the group left in time to attend a preview of the revival of
Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, starring Laura Linney and Cynthia
Nixon. The play opened to outstanding reviews and Tony nominations.
The rest visited with friends and colleagues at Becco well into the
On Saturday morning, a lively crowd assembled at the Yale Club to
receive an update on MC3’s activities for the year including raising all the
funds necessary to renovate the boat house and buy new men’s and
women’s shells. The Warden, the new Development Director, and the
Americas Scholar also provided a comprehensive look at the College’s
activities since our last gathering.
After lunch at the Yale Club, a group of 75 walked to the spectacular
new offices of The New York Times and sat in the Editors’ Conference
room on Saturday afternoon with the first draft of the Sunday morning
paper in front on them. We were the guests of Mark Thompson, the
president of the New York Times, who was out of the country at the time.
He left a video recorded greeting for his fellow Mertonians. We learned
how the paper was put together and then discussed current events and
issues with Planning Editor, Brian Fidelman. This was followed by a tour
of the building including the board room with signed pictures from
virtually every major political figure of the past century.
Saturday night saw 62 Mertonians venture into the marble and gilded
lobby of the Metropolitan Club for a reception followed by a dinner in the
Club’s spectacular Great Hall. The weekend concluded with another
lovely Sunday morning on the terraces of the home of Susan Cullman and
John Kirby for a traditional New York brunch. Follow the link below for
photographs of the weekend.
2018 marks the year of Sir Martin’s retirement as warden. He came
to Merton in 2010 as the successor to Dame Jessica Rawson. He is now
reaching the mandatory retirement age. Present plans call for a farewell
dinner in San Francisco on April 6 – 7, 2018 in conjunction with a major
Oxford Reunion. An east coast event may be scheduled in 2018
depending upon the Warden’s availability.
For questions or information email Sue Stukane at
email@example.com or call 800-449-5322.