The Class of 1961 holds a mini reunion

Over Thanksgiving weekend, the Class of 1961 held a mini reunion in Reston, Virginia at Lake Anne. Guy Rando (MLA ’61) and his companion Meda Ling, a landscape architect graduate from the University of Virgina, were joined by Don Richardson (MLA ’61) and his son-in-law, John Janowski, a graduate from West Point.

Reston—one of the first well-designed new towns in the US, incorporating the principles of landscape architecture taught at the GSD—served as the perfect setting for the reunion. Designed in 1964, Rando served on the design team since the inception of the development, and has remained a resident of the town ever since. The developer, Bob Simon— depicted in the sculpture sitting on the bench in the photo—is still active in his 90’s as part of the Reston community, which is now connected to Washington DC by the metro train line.

The group engaged in a stimulating discussion about the profession today and how it has changed. They also spoke fondly about their classmates—especially Harry Porter, John Collins, and Dave Young—and how much they are missed.

We want to hear from you! 
If you were in the Class of 1961, Rando and Richardson would love to hear from you and would love to know: Where are you? What are you doing? How can we reach you?

Please respond to Don Richardson at [email protected] or email the GSD at [email protected] to reconnect. 

*Photo taken by Lenne Janowski.