Release Date: August 21, 2014

Detroit Institute of Technology reunion brings back many memories


Two DIT alumni, the Rev. David Thomas, BAPolSci’65, (L) and James Van Havermaat, BSCh’66, look over one of the yearbooks from their college years.

More than 110 people – including 70 alumni, faculty, and staff – attended a reunion reception for the Detroit Institute of Technology (DIT) held at Lawrence Technological University on July 24.

Founded in 1891, DIT educated generations of professionals in Detroit before closing its doors in 1981. Under an agreement reached three years later, LTU is the official repository of all DIT student transcripts and provides other support to DIT alumni, who qualify for full membership in the LTU Alumni Association.

At the reception LTU Executive Director of Marketing and Public Affairs Bruce Annett provided an overview of the partnership between LTU and DIT over the past 30 years. LTU President Virinder Moudgil and University Advancement Vice President Steve Brown also spoke.

DIT alumni brought in memorabilia from their alma mater, including a cheerleading uniform, commencement programs, and yearbooks. LTU’s Office of University Advancement continues to add to its DIT archives.

“We received more yearbooks at the reunion and are continuing to look for more information,” said Emily Remington of LTU’s Office of University Advancement, who organized the event. “The DIT alumni had such a wonderful time catching up with old friends and professors they hadn’t seen in decades.”

For more information about LTU’s Alumni Association and how to get more involved, DIT alumni should contact Lauren Morris, LTU’s director of alumni relations, at 248.204.2309 or

Visit for articles, photos, and videos about DIT, which will be added during the next few months. There’s a link at the bottom of the right column to photos from the reunion reception in July.


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