Dedication of IFEL Plaque at 215 Park Street
When the IFEL classes of 1962 met in New Haven for our 50th anniversary celebration, we presented a plaque to commemorate IFEL's original home at 215 Park Street. A year later, on September 25, 2013 we returned to the Yale campus for a dedication ceremony sponsored by the Association of Yale Alumni.
In September, 2012, Robert Bonds and Henry Kwan of the Yale Alumni Association arranged with Tom Opladen, Yale Veterans Association President, to host a 50th anniversary event for the 1962 classes at IFEL. Col Scott Manning, commander of the new USAF R.O.T.C. unit, accepted a gift plaque from the IFEL62 members to be installed at 215 Park St. to mark the original location of IFEL.
We were welcomed by Robert Bonds, Henry Kwan, Thomas Opladen, and Colonel Scott Manning, Commander of AFROTC Detachment 9. Joel Aronson, IFEL-1957 and IFEL-1959, presented English and Chinese copies of the Taiwan government history book, The 1958 Quemoy Crisis, to Colonel Manning for the R.O.T.C detachment library.
After the presentations we walked to the original site of IFEL at 215 Park Street to view the plaque and for a group photo. Then to lunch at Yale Commons after which we visited the offices of the Dept of East Asian Languages & Literatures and had the opportunity to look through our old student folders kept over from IFEL – still on file after 50 years.