200 Stories

Through the collective experiences of this extraordinary community, we define the spirit that makes us distinctly Trinity. Over the course of the Bicentennial year, we will collect 200 stories of our people, places, and this liberal arts education—some personal, some from existing publications. We invite you to join and share this communal storytelling project.

Raether Library, 1978.

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Deion Kelly ’23

Being yourself can allow cultural shifts for the better. Let all Trinity College students continue to be social change agents! 

Deion Kelly ’23 

Thomas Smith M’98 

On a cloistered south wall at Trinity is my granddad’s name along with his co-worker, Mr. Lumpkin. Two Black men included among a most diverse listing of those skilled in building a most sacred space. 

Thomas Smith M’98 

Carlo Marchetti IDP’05, P’25 

Trinity is like an oasis for students who want to go to school inside a city but want the comfort and safety of a secure home base. The curriculum is extremely challenging, but the professors are all in.

Carlo Marchetti IDP’05, P’25 

Lily Mellitz ’26

My friends and I were eating dinner in Mather when someone shouted that it was snowing. We grabbed our coats and hats and rushed outside to see the first snowflakes of the season.

Lily Mellitz ’26

Jennifer Reagan McCleery ’94 

Part of the reason I’m a minister today is because of the foundation laid for me at Trinity College by professors like Leslie Desmangles and classmates like Jim Reed.

Jennifer Reagan McCleery ’94 

Charles Bergmann ’60

One Saturday evening classmates and I drove to Smith College for an evening of merriment. While passing Northampton Airport, I remarked that “I always wanted to steal an airplane.”

Charles Bergmann ’60

Charles Kurz II ’67, P’99

There were no instructors for the carillon at Trinity; there were one or two students each year who carried the tradition of becoming a carillonneur. After graduation in 1967, I had very few opportunities to play a carillon other than when returning to Trinity.

Charles Kurz II ’67, P’99

David A. Smith ’58

My wife and I occasionally sent pictures to each other, which is why I have the two attached—I believe they were taken on my Brownie box camera, possibly by my four-year roommate, Wayne Park.

Michael Gilman ’76, P’05

None of this would have been possible without the great education and experiences I had at Trinity and the powerful network Trinity has. 

Michael Gilman ’76, P’05

Jess Brewer ’67

When I applied to Trinity, Sputnik had just made physics a salable discipline, and my best marks were in physics, so I declared that my major. In truth, I aspired to be a poet or maybe a science fiction writer.

Jess Brewer ’67