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Members of UF Class of 1960 reunite at Grand Guard luncheon

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Attendees stand with Dean Bob Jerry, far left, at the Grand Guard alumni lunch Friday, Nov. 5. (Photo by Joey Springer)

By Roberta Roberts
Student Writer

Fifty years ago, the Fredric G. Levin College of Law was simply the College of Law.

Fifty years ago, the law school was housed in Bryan Hall on University Avenue and Southwest 13th Street.

And now 50 years later, the College welcomed back some of the members of the University of Florida class of 1960.

Eight UF Law and UF alumni joined Dean Robert Jerry for a Grand Guard luncheon on Friday, Nov. 5, in the faculty lounge. Alumni not only caught up on old times, but they also learned of new developments with the law school and discussed new developments in the legal profession.

They also made some light-hearted jokes.

"There are only two requirements to be in the Grand Guard," said Ray Ferrero Jr. (JD 60). "One, that you graduated for the first time from the University of Florida in 1960, and two, you have to be alive."

The luncheon was filled with jokes like these, laughs and memories of times spent at UF. Alumni included emeritus professors, various committee members and Ferrero, current Chancellor of Nova Southeastern University.

Although he spends his time at a different college campus, being on the UF campus reminds Ferrero of how "blessed I and my family have been to get our education from the University of Florida. I've made great friends, including my former law partner, and it's an honor to be back on campus."

The class of 1960 witnessed a decade of triumphs and lows, from Senate passing the landmark Civil Rights Act to the emergence and assassinations of former President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The '60s was a time of increased political participation by college students around the country, which sparked more interest in the field of law. Students started demanding rights, holding protests against the Vietnam War and burning brassieres to refuse to conform to society.

And now, more than 70 years each in age, these alumni can witness the changes that have occurred both inside and outside of the College of Law throughout their lifetimes. Whether labeled a hippie or feminist or civil rights activist or serviceman, all members of the class of 1960 have something in common: a foundation in the Gator Nation.