In June, sixty-six TASIS alumni from the 1970s gathered in Lugano to celebrate the class of 1974’s 40th high school reunion. We had five wonderful days of beauty and friendship, starting with a risotto evening catered by Angelo - with a little help from his friends. The campus tour next day was an eye opener; we couldn’t believe how much it had changed. After the tour, a group of us gathered at the cemetery around Mama Fleming’s grave for a prayer. The rest of our stay passed in a whirl of familiar activities – a dinner at Casa Fleming; a trip to Valle Verzasca where some of us jumped off the bridge, and all of us lunched on Angelo’s famous sandwiches; a pizza evening; funicular ride up to Monte Bre; and a boat dance followed by a gala dinner in Morcote. After the champagne brunch on our last day, we presented a plaque in honor of Mrs. Fleming which is now proudly displayed on the TASIS campus.
Our time in Switzerland all those years ago changed us all. We experienced something that other people would never understand. It was our unique world and we came out of it as a unit. So when we meet each other now, even if we didn’t know each other then, we immediately have a connection. At the end of our wonderful reunion it was hard to say goodbye, but we keep on reliving it on facebook!
Kathleen Gamble Pilugin ’74