In honor of the upcoming 50th reunion for the class of 1963, we are sharing a reflection from Gerri (Geraldine Derig) L. Jackson-Bell. Gerri is a '63 graduate and one of our first 50th reunion volunteers.
“Hi, SU Alumni
I cannot believe this,
but I very recently looked up and focused on the wall in my home office. There
displayed, with a sketch of SU’s Arts and Sciences building, is a degree
– all in Latin – which essentially reads:
Geraldine Lee Derig
Bachelor of Commerce and Finance
Magna cum Laude
That diploma was
signed on June 7, 1963 by Fathers Lemieux, Costello and Kelley.
I haven’t used
“Geraldine Lee,” nor my maiden name “Derig” for that matter, for many years.
But I kept connected for a number of years as a member of the Alumni Board of
Governors, even serving as secretary and vice president.
Seeing our SU Magazine
and Susan Vosper’s wonderful article in “Alumni Voice” brought me back to
our dedicated Jesuit educators.
I remember in our
class of 1963, there were only two of us gals (Joan Berry and myself) who
graduated Magna from the School of C&F. I believe Joan became
a CPA and I was in government administration, judicial court reporting and real
estate brokerage for years, before retiring two years ago.
Now I manage my
husband, David Bell's, and my small residential apartment buildings. We have
travelled to four continents and I do volunteer work, particularly as a
Tribunal Advocate for the Archdiocese of Seattle through my Holy Rosary Parish
I look back so very
fondly on my wonderful Seattle U years and I smile with not only loving
appreciation of my Jesuit education, but also for the many values that
were instilled in me during my four years at Seattle U.
In closing, I wish to
congratulate all of my fellow classmates on a very special remembrance from 50
years ago! Thank you!
Gerri L. Jackson-Bell
Class of 1963!!”
If you would like to join Gerri and other dedicated alumni
as a Class of 1963 50th Reunion
volunteer, contact the Office of Alumni Relations.
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Hi again Gerri,
Good to see your smiling face again after all these years;
You look great !!!!!!!!!!
Your old pal,