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News Briefs concerning classmates and other items, including Gary Richardson, Tappy Wilder, Ken Merkey, a recording of a talk on Vincent Scully, Yale Admissions news, Yale Rhodes Scholars, Bill Weber, Yale Alumni Academy, COP28, Ken Merkey, Phil Proctor, Tom Triplett, Rod Speer, Harry Botsis and much more. READ THE LATEST…

In MemoriamHPB TerryH.P.B. Terry, Jr.
Apr. 6, 2024
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Barry SmolerBarry Smoler
Apr. 6, 2024
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Norm ChimentiNorm Chimenti
April 7, 2024
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John C. LawsonJohn C. Lawson
Feb. 8, 2024
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Chip NevilleCharles W. “Chip” Neville
Feb. 4, 2024
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David W. WillsDavid W. Wills
Jan. 18, 2024
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Bob MeehanRobert S. Meehan
Jan. 28, 2024
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William M. Carleton
Nov. 11, 2023
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Whit WhitneyPayson R. Whitney, Jr.
Oct. 31, 2023
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Sherm ChickeringSherman Bay Chickering
Feb. 22, 2023
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Robert L. JacksonRobert L. Jackson
Feb. 11, 2023
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Louis EcholsLouie S. Echols III
May 13, 2022
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Roger J. StoneRoger J. Stone
Feb. 14, 2023
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Peter E. Maxim
July 14, 2023
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Richard R. Davis
Aug. 7, 2023
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Charles BrainardCharles E. Brainard
July 6, 2023
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Stephen W. BuckStephen W. Buck
Apr. 30, 2023
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Bob ConneryRobert T. Connery
Nov. 29, 2022
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Kip KincadeChristopher L. Kincade
Feb. 14, 2023
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Lew SpratlanLewis Spratlan
Feb. 9, 2023
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Toby Berger
May 25, 2022
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Tip: Select any of the Obituaries Index links above to view all of the obituaries of our ’62 classmates we currently have on our site.

HomeHaven Update

Members of HomeHaven mingle a few summers back in the Pardee Rose Garden in North Haven, Connecticut

By Gary Audette

[Ed. Note: Louis Audette (known as Gary) was in Saybrook. He served a three-year term as President of HomeHaven and oversaw the transition from a traditional central structure to the hub-and-spoke format he describes here.]

Many of you may remember a brief offering from me 12 years ago about the establishment of an organization to assist its members to “age in place” in their own homes. At that time we called it East Rock Village, in New Haven, CT, based on the pioneering Beacon Hill… CLICK TO READ GARY’S COMPLETE UPDATE

Jolene Ammons: Odyssey from Homerville

By Lee Bakunin

5:30 A.M., January 31, 1942, Homerville, Georgia. Small Southern crossroads town tucked into the Southeast corner of the State.

First a few facts: 3.5 square miles. Population 1,522 according to the 1940 census that would grow to 1,787 in 1950. Clinch County seat. Coordinates: 31°2′13″N82°45′5″W. Waycross 27 miles to the east, Valdosta 35 miles to the west, 35 miles north to Douglas and 67 miles south to Lake City Florida.

Known as a “honey of a place to live” as the starting point… CLICK TO READ LEE’S FULL ACCOUNT

Thoughts on Our May ’24 Coffee Hour

By Bob Breault

During our Coffee Hour on May 2, 2024, I had a few thoughts that I chose not to voice at the meeting that was going so well. I now submit them to our class website. I have carefully chosen my words. There is serious meaning behind some.

1. Comparing the cost of shooting down one incoming missile is not a million-dollar missile for a $100,000 difference comparison. It is elementary thinking pushed on us by the multimedia folks who want to be… CLICK TO READ BOB’S THOUGHTS

Mass Psychology

By David Scharff, MD

[Ed. Note: Pondering the psychology of how protests are functioning in the US and elsewhere led our Y62 Communications Team to the topic of mass psychology, of which we knew little. So we sent out a question to our classmate, psychiatrist David Scharff, and here’s what he had to say.]

Mass groups are something else, with a qualitatively different set of dynamics than the smaller groups and organizations that clinical psychology and psychoanalysis mainly study. But people are indeed subject to mass identifications in which personal differences are swept aside. The nearly universal urge to belong to a cause ignores almost all that we know of individual psychology in favor of the way that the individuals, like… READ DAVID’S COMPLETE COMMENTS HERE

Our May ’24 Coffee Hour: Ukraine

On May 2, Professor Marci Shore paid us a return visit. She had just returned to New Haven from a trip to war-torn Ukraine, and was able to share with us her up-to-the-minute impressions of where things now stand. We also heard a few words about what’s happening on campus, regarding student protest of the war in Israel and Gaza.

During her talk, Marci referenced an article by Nataliya Gumenyuk: “Brave New Ukraine: How the World’s Most Besieged Democracy is Adjusting to Permanent War.” and The Torture Camp on Paradise Street by Stanislav Aseyev. She also mentioned Vladimir Putin’s essay, “On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians.

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Remember Campus Protests of the ’60s? They’re Back!

By the Y62 Communications Team

From Lee Bolman: Dean of Yale College Pericles Lewis spent a lot of time on Saturday (4/20/24) trying without success to persuade encamped protestors to decamp, and the university chose to have the police move in yesterday. President Salovey issued a letter to the campus defending the move, and students aligned with the protest say his letter is misleading and disingenuous.

From Tim Hall: I was on the faculty in 1970. [What’s happening now is a] big contrast to Kingman Brewster’s decision to welcome protesters in to the campus. He kept the gates open.

From Gary Richardson: It’s not often that Boise’s NBC affiliate relies on a Fox affiliate for their reporting. At Least 45 Yale Students Arrested During Pro-Palestinian Protest. I get it when people are arrested for blocking a major intersection but wonder why the university moved them off campus.

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War Protests

Various sources (NYTimes, Groundview, Al Jazeera, APNews, The Times of Israel, etc.)

By Philip Stewart

I greatly fear that we are on an avoidable collision course, much as in the ’60s and ’70s, when, no thanks then as now to the news media, the protest against the war in Vietnam was widely perceived and denounced as anti-patriotic, an enemy within. The president of Columbia last week brilliantly failed to enunciate in Congress the difference between antiwar protests and antisemitism – a stupid conflation that can have terrible consequences. An educator should have been in a position to clarify that issue but instead, alas, she simply conceded that antisemitism is a big problem and that harsh discipline is the answer. (Thank god for Michelle Goldberg’s fine refutation in the NYT.) But it is true, I am afraid, that Israeli policies are tending over time to fuel a broader collapse of support for the Jewish state and even thereby, at one extreme, foment antisemitism. Yale is, alas, looking like going down that path.

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By Lee V. Bakunin

[Ed. Note: Lee, who’s living in Cyprus, is on the Y62 Communication Team which meets twice monthly via Zoom to plan what offerings we may provide to you, our audience, through our three vehicles – our Yale Alumni Magazine column, our ‘First Thursday’ Zoom Coffee Hours, and here on our website. When the October events occurred in Israel and Gaza, we asked him what effects he had witnessed in Cyprus. What follows is his reasoned answer to us, and to you.]

Cyprus is an EU country with an inviting climate and a laid-back lifestyle with tourism — R&R being a major economic force which draws… CLICK TO READ LEE’S FULL NOTE

Thoughts on a Possible Second Trump Administration

By Kent Hughes

It is still months away from the presidential election and the latest poll numbers point to a close race. Clearly it is time to think about what policies a second term for former President Trump might bring.

Two questions about the election demand our attention: what our allies are thinking about the support they will receive in a future Trump America First presidency; and what an America First presidency could mean for America’s international trade… READ KENT’S FULL ESSAY HERE

Yale Admissions Sets New Records: Getting In Is Harder Than Ever

AI-generated image by Copilot, powered by DALL-E 3

by Lee G. Bolman, Y62 Communications Team member

This year’s Yale admissions story is more applicants and a lower acceptance rate than ever. For the first time in memory, Yale had more applicants than Harvard, and the two were in a statistical tie for acceptance rate. In short, it’s harder than ever to become a Yalie, and Yale has never been more competitive with its neighbor in Cambridge.

By the numbers, Yale accepted 2,146 students from 57,465 applicants… READ LEE’S FULL ARTICLE HERE

Yale Basketball’s High-Drama Ivy Title March Madness Run

Yale v Auburn

Bulldogs v. Auburn. Courtesy Yale Daily News, Ben Raab, Contributing Photographer

by Lee G. Bolman, Sportswriter Emeritus, Yale Daily News

Yale’s men’s basketball team had a magical end-of-season run, winning two hard-fought, come-from-behind games to scoop up both the Ivy League title and a stunning first-round March Madness victory. In the Ivy title game, the Elis trailed Brown by 6 points with less than half a minute to play, but outscored the Bruins by 8-1 the rest of the way. Down by 2 points with seconds to go, junior guard Bez Mbeng dribbled toward the basket to draw Brown defenders, then dropped a perfect bounce pass to wide-open senior forward Matt Knowling, who calmly sank a jump shot at the buzzer to win the game, 62-61.

The Ivy Title win earned the Elis a trip to the NCAA tournament for the fourth time… READ LEE’S FULL REPORT HERE

Budding Basketball Entrepreneur

imagined by Copilot (AI)

by Lee V. Bakunin

At the Jewish Community Center in Bridgeport, I played basketball around age 11-12 on a team called the “Cilco Slivers” sponsored by a local lumber company. Several years later, I formed a team, “Stratoes,” in the teenage 15- and 16-year-old league. Got to name the team, find a sponsor, design the jersey, recruit the players and even had a high school basketball coach. Mr. Carpenter. At 5’8”, I was the starting center. A forerunner of things to come.

Still have both jerseys and fond memories.

When the Stratoes won our JCC League Championship in 1955, Harry Gallatin, Star forward for the New York Knicks, spoke at our league banquet where we received… READ LEE’S FULL ESSAY HERE

A Short History of Lifelong Learning in Boise

By Gary Richardson and Diane Ronayne

In the late-1990s, a Boise physician and his wife, adjunct faculty at Boise State University, wanted to establish “something between community education classes and a rigorous college curriculum for people over 50.” The idea found fertile ground at the university’s continuing education office where others also were nursing ideas about a program for adults eager to learn simply for the joy of learning. … CLICK TO READ GARY AND DIANE’S FULL REPORT

Alumni Fellow Elections and Legacy Admissions: Hartford Weighs In

by Lee Bolman

Alumni fellow elections and legacy admissions both made news in Hartford during the last week of February. A district court judge ruled that the Yale Corporation has full authority… CLICK TO READ LEE’S REPORT

Ivy Requiem 2024
a “tongue-in-cheek” poem by Lee V. Bakunin

O tempora! O mores!
O Eli Yale!
The fates have descended
Telling you to bail. … CLICK TO READ LEE’S POEM

Our March ’24 Coffee Hour on Artificial Intelligence

On March 7, Professor Brian Scassellati joined us to let us know what’s happening with AI on campus. Enjoy this wonderful recording!

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Israel, Palestine and Free Speech at Yale
By Lee Bolman

If you were head (the title previously known as master) of Grace Hopper (the College previously known as Calhoun), how would you have responded recently when you learned that a firestorm was brewing after a message, “Death to Palestine,” had appeared on a whiteboard outside… READ LEE’S FULL ESSAY HERE

“Our Dream”
By Lee V. Bakunin

If you want it, you might get it
And now you’ve got it…
But what do you have?
It’s yours and no one else’s


Open to Debate

Classmate Bob Rosenkranz has rebranded his debate series from “Intelligence Squared U.S.” to “Open to Debate,” and it still features difficult topics debated in intelligent ways. From the Open to Debate website: “The nonpartisan debate series Open to Debate in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations is taking a closer look at Iran in a post-October 7th world.”

Please here or on the image above to view this recent debate.

My Health Hegira, or A Never-Ending Story
By John Harger Stewart

I suppose it began late last summer when an oncoming car on MY side of the road did not as I might have hoped give way, and I turned to the left too late to avoid a collision. Aside from a cracked rib and a few scratches I was fine; my car was totaled.

Next, just as I finished putting away the very large clay flowerpots I tripped over my hand truck and fell straight on to my nose, broken two places on… READ JOHN’S COMPLETE ESSAY HERE

Our February ’24 Coffee Hour: Jimmy Hatch

On February 1, a day before Punxatawney Phil issued his decree for the year, we sat down with an undergraduate who will become an alumnus with the Class of ’24, James “Jimmy” Hatch. We listened as he told us about his life, and how he rose from challenging beginnings to joining the Navy, where he earned the right to become a SEAL, then finally, through a series of remarkable events, landing in New Haven as an Eli Whitney scholar at Yale. Retired SEAL, wounded veteran, author and scholar; his is an amazing story; please enjoy the recording above.

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Yale ’62 Interview: Bob Breault

In late January, classmate Bob Breault, a most accomplished man of many hats, sat down with Y62 Communications Team member Bill Weber to warm up the season with some frank discussion about China and the U.S. The interview is chock-full of useful, interesting and possibly new understanding of our relationship with one another. Please enjoy!

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Russia’s Future: What Experts Expect

Y62 Communications Team member Lee Bolman writes: Classmate Fred Starr edited a just-published collection of papers titled, “Experts’ Scenarios on Russia’s Future.” In the introduction, he writes, “Acknowledging that the future is indeed unknowable, it is nonetheless of great value to find out how a range of leading analysts perceive it.” The collection includes contributions from 25 experts in 16 countries. Some are optimistic; others are dark. All deal in some way with the war in Ukraine. The entire collection is accessible at Silk Road Studies. The front matter, Fred’s introduction, and his own contribution are here on our website at this link: SEE THIS MATERIAL

Our January ’24 Coffee Hour: Israel and Hamas

On January 11, we welcomed several speakers to help us discuss the situation in Israel and Gaza. Classmate Howard Kaufman spoke to us, and he was followed by members of our late classmate Steve Buck’s family: Steve’s widow, Hala Buck, their daughter Leila Buck, and their son-in-law Adam Abel. Please view this earnest, information-packed recording to see what we learned from our presenters, and please comment here.

Leila also provided us with links to sites with additional information on the topic:
        • Breaking the Silence
        • Jewish Voice for Peace
        • Standing Together

Will the Yale Class of ’62 Live to See the End of Democracy in the USA?
A candid opinion from an astute classmate closely watching the political scene

By Bill Weber

Will our class live to see the end of democracy in the USA? If the answer is yes, it will be because Donald Trump will have been reelected and his administration will have been structured in the fashion of dictators past and present around the world, ensuring a continuation of the policies and personalities of his first term in office, with some notable exceptions as evidenced by events of the recent… READ BILL’S FULL ESSAY HERE

Pre-Yale Sports Experiences
Sports Memories of the ’40s and ’50s

Boys playing marbles in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1947.

Boys playing marbles in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1947. Ed Westcott/United States DOE

By Lee V. Bakunin

As a kid of the 1940s, sports were ingrained in my psyche.

I looked up to local high school, college, semi-pro and pro star athletes who were more skilled and coordinated than we young’uns. A natural segue from playing marbles, bouncing a ball, playing pick-up sticks, flipping sports cards, skipping rope and learning yo-yo tricks from the Duncan Yo-Yo Schoolyard Rep, I soon grew to follow football, baseball and basketball.

Mom’s family grew up in Brooklyn, so we were Dodgers Fans and followed every player on the team, Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Roy Campanella, and others.

My father was a Yale grad (’28S), so I knew all about Dink Stover… READ LEE’S FULL ESSAY HERE

The Listing of Front Page Stories for the Past Year or So Continues Here…





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