This May 5-7 all alumni are invited back to campus to celebrate 125 years of Seattle University at Grand Reunion Weekend. For some, their time at Seattle U is not all they have to celebrate. We sat down with two couples from the class of 1967 who are not only planning to come back for their 50th reunion, but to revisit the place where they met and fell in love.
Gary and Diane Buckley
Diane Faudree grew up in Seattle. As an active Catholic in the area, Seattle U was always a part of her community. Attending Seattle University seemed an obvious choice for her, especially after receiving a scholarship.
Seattle University was an easy choice for Gary Buckley because of family ties. His family lived on Queen Anne for four generations in their family home from 1905. Gary attended a Jesuit prep school in Portland and going on to attend a Jesuit University seemed a natural fit. “There was something easy about going to Seattle U because I would be near relatives and could go home on the weekends,” Gary said.
Diane and Gary embraced campus life and were active in a number of student groups. Diane was a member of the Spurs and the Silver Scrolls, dorm advisor of Mary Crest and officer for the Association of Women Students. She was also involved in Seattle University’s community outreach program, teaching CCD to local students and providing support to children with disabilities at Pacific School.
Gary was in Alpha Sigma Nu and editor of the Journeyman, where he wrote philosophical commentary for the Spectator.
It was in the student religious program that the two met and a special friendship began to form. Diane broke the ice by asking Gary to the TOLO dance the last month of freshman year. While they began dating as freshman, things didn’t get serious until their junior year.
“We were the perfect evolution of a compatible marriage,” Diane said, “because we were friends first and that evolved into a romantic friendship, then marriage.”
In June of 1967 Diane and Gary graduated and on August 5th they were married.
After a stint in the Navy during the Vietnam War, Gary received his graduate degree from the University of Denver and the two moved to Arizona where they had three sons and enjoyed long careers in education.
While out of state, they did their best to keep in touch with Seattle U, maintaining relationships with Jesuits and college friends and actively reading the SU magazine.
“The Jesuit tradition is so a part of us,” Diane said, going on to share that, “as a married couple the impact of a shared education has helped us through many things…your faith grows and it becomes the foundation you set for yourself.”
The last time Diane and Gary attended a Seattle University reunion it was the university’s 100th anniversary, 25 years ago. Despite missing past reunions, they’ve still had opportunities to visit campus over the years, “We love being back on campus. It changes so much every time we visit that it’s fun to try and guess where we are.” For their 50th reunion this May, they have their calendars marked. They are excited to reconnect with classmates they have not seen for years and to celebrate the milestone of 125 years of Seattle University.
Kathy and Larry Buzzard
Kathy Mullan and Larry Buzzard enjoyed their time at Seattle University, Kathy so much that she joined the planning committee for her 50th class reunion happening this spring. It wasn’t just the fact that she met her future husband, Larry, at Seattle U – it was because they both had a wonderful college experience.
Kathy toured a number of Catholic universities before deciding on Seattle University. Larry came to Seattle U on a baseball scholarship.
Kathy was a Spur, a member of the ski club and a song leader traveling to games to support Seattle U with cheers. The two knew each other for years and even had classes together but it wasn’t until a friend set them up January of junior year that they started dating.
A memorable date for Kathy and Larry was the time they drove to Portland for a game and his car broke down. Larry realized that Kathy could be “the one” when she didn’t complain one bit. By April, the two were engaged and that September they were married in the same church as Kathy’s parents and grandparents. Though not a Catholic, Larry still regularly attends church with Kathy.
Larry and Kathy agree that they had a great time at Seattle U. “We feel as if we got a super education,” Kathy said, “and we loved the Jesuit approach. Though we both disliked the minor in philosophy, we agree it was beneficial.”
One of their favorite memories from school was when Seattle U beat the number one basketball team in the country, Texas Western, in double overtime. “It was a huge highlight for the whole class,” Kathy said.
Larry was the first in his family to go to college and appreciated his time at Seattle U. He taught for twenty years and started his own business, which he attributes to his Seattle U education.
As a member of the Class of 1967 Reunion Committee, we asked Kathy what message she had for her classmates. She said, “I’m super excited to see people I have not seen in 50 years. It’s so fun to get reacquainted and learn what’s happened in people’s lives, a great thing to do at our age. I hope everyone shows up.”