Alumni Valentines — Lauri & Michael

Lauri and Michael
Lauri and Michael

What do you do when you’re a gal with two guy friends who also happen to be twins? You end up picking one. At least, that’s what Lauri Mufson, CCAS BA ’76, did after hanging out with the Mufson brothers, Michael and Larry, for a good part of her freshman year.

At first, she couldn’t tell them apart, so she remembered them by one distinguishing feature: their glasses frames. ‘Metal Michael’ and ‘Lucite Larry’ were at a party in Thurston Hall when she first met them, and after that, they would all hang out at places like the Rathskeller in the Marvin Center or at the Red Lion on I Street.

Lauri and Michael at commencement.
Lauri and Michael at commencement.

Upon Lauri’s return to campus in her sophomore year, it became clear that her relationship with Michael Mufson, GWSB BBA ’76, MBA ’78, was developing into something more.

“I remember arriving on campus with my parents, ready to move into Crawford Hall my sophomore year in ’73. I saw Michael on his bike, inquiring if I had arrived yet,” Lauri says. “Then I realized he really liked me!”

The couple’s first date was at Georgetown Beef Co. & Clyde’s in Georgetown, and they spent the rest of their time meeting between classes to grab a sandwich at Leo’s, studying together in the library, enjoying romantic dinners in Georgetown, and attending concerts and movies in Lisner Auditorium. Lauri was also a diehard fan of Michael’s basketball team; she loved watching his games at the old Tin Tabernacle.

After a long courtship, Michael proposed to Lauri at his apartment in Foggy Bottom, after which they were off to dinner at 1789 in Georgetown, the implication being that Lauri said ‘yes.’ Their joint graduation in May of 1976 was the first of many celebrations for the Mufsons, followed by a wedding, raising their family in Philadelphia, and ultimately sending their daughter, Haley Mufson, CCAS BA ’08, to GW. Lauri and Michael are thrilled to have a child who attended their alma mater—after all, you can never have too many Colonials under one roof—and the couple thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to visit their old haunts.

Mary Follin

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