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News Briefs from many classmates, including David Honneus, Bob Rosenkranz, Chris Bent, Jonathan Ater, Phil Proctor, Bill Stork, Eli Newberger, Louis Mackall, Bill Stott, John Stewart, Chris Snow, Sam Waterston and many, many more. READ THE LATEST…

In MemoriamJohn CarrJohn W. Carr
Oct 18, 2020
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John William BlouchJohn William Blouch
Oct 10, 2020
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Dennis Chrisman SnyderDennis Snyder
Sept. 1, 2020
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Steve SusmanStephen D. Susman
July 14, 2020
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Marvin S. Romanoff
June 28, 2020
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Jay CarrH. Jay Carr
June 25, 2020
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Clem JurgeleitH. Clement Jurgeleit
March 15, 2020
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Steve KaplanSteven Kaplan
February 9, 2020
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Sir John BoydSir John Boyd
Oct. 18, 2019
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Tony ScovilleTony Scoville
Oct. 13, 2019
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Richard SegelRichard Segel
Oct. 10, 2019
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Michael UhlmannMichael Uhlmann
Oct. 8, 2019
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John Van NessJohn Van Ness
Sept. 6, 2019
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Andrew NaylorAndrew Naylor
July 1, 2019
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Tony MorrisCharles ‘Tony’ Morris
June 30, 2019
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Tony GorryG. Anthony ‘Tony’ Gorry
Oct 28, 2018
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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.

A Classmate Who Still Works Full-Time Writes In

[Editor’s Note: Class Secretary John Stewart asked psychologist classmate David Scharff for an update of what his professional life might be like, during this most unusual time. What follows is David’s response.]

By David Scharff

I feel in a way that I only just got good at my work a few years ago. You know the joke about whether a doctor or lawyer is “still practicing” – and the answer is “Yes, and someday I hope to finally get it right.”

For the last 40 years, I’ve divided my time between a pretty full-time practice doing psychoanalysis of adults, families, couples and children, teaching, writing and developing and running programs nationally and internationally. I’ve really liked the mix of ways of thinking about the mental health issues. My wife, Jill, and I established the International Psychotherapy Institute 25 years ago, a program for distance training in analytic therapy and psychoanalysis nationally and… READ MORE

Want to Include Some Fall Sports Activities in Your Routine?

[Editor’s Note: The Ivy League was the first Division 1 Conference to cancel all winter varsity sports. The Ivies took the lead for the fall, as well, and then held to its decision when other bigger athletic conferences reversed direction and resumed some sports, particularly football. They thought the COVID situation seemed to be improving, or at least there were hopes that it was. There also were financial and political pressures to resume. Now, games are being postponed or canceled each week because of COVID cases on the teams and/or athletic staff.]

We recently received the following from the YAA Office:

You and your classmates have recently received information regarding “Pep Rally” activities leading up to a showing of the 2019 Yale-Harvard game next Saturday. This information has been shared with your classmates twice but it would be wonderful if you could promote via your social media and class websites if you have them. I hope you all get to join in some of the activities. We have included some suggested text to make it easier.

Join us online for the first-ever Pep Rally, now through Nov 20th! We won’t let the absence of a live game this year stop us from celebrating all things Yale.
What to expect:

  • Yale Alumni LIVE episodes with Yale Football players, cheerleaders & coach Tony Reno
  • Alumni DJ Dance Party
  • Yale/ Harvard Scavenger Hunt
  • Tailgate Photo gallery:
  • Re-airing of games form 1984, 1994, 2006, 2017 & 2019
  • Daily Trivia for “The Game” week

You can also head to Instagram to check out our new “Yale Alumni Pep Rally” stickers and try our college and school guessing filters. If this has inspired you to host your own event in the spirit of The Game, let us know when submitting it to the calendar.

Coffee Hour: Our Post-Election Discussion

Ed. Note: On Thursday, November 5, following our national election, Y62 classmates gathered to discuss their thoughts on the results, yet to be finalized as of this writing. Classmate Kent Hughes once more skillfully moderated the discussion. A few of the highlights of the 90-minute session are shown in the video above. We continue to experience a few glitches but we’re gaining some ground in that arena, and are grateful for your patience. Speakers in order of their first appearance: Kent Hughes (moderator), Roman Weil, Bob Breault, Bob Barnes, John Hatch, Tom Noonan, Jerry Griffin, Earl Staelin, Peter Cohen and Bob Oliver.

To comment on this, our second “highlights reel,” click here.

Shakespeare: understanding “the heavens’ plagues”

By Michael Bristol

It was my shrink who told me “you have the greatest job in the world.” You might want to ponder the irony of a man who has the greatest job in the world looking for help from a shrink, but for once he was right. The job was teaching Shakespeare, reading, and writing and talking about his plays with twenty-something men and women. Vita contemplativa.READ MORE

Vocal Music at Yale Today
Vocal Music at Yale Today

By John Stewart

Everywhere around the country choral groups are finding ways to continue and communicate. Here’s some of what’s going on at Yale. … READ MORE

We Weigh In On The Elections

Ed. Note: On Friday, October 23, following the final Presidential debate for this year, Y62 convened a special post-debate, pre-election virtual Coffee Hour online, moderated by our own Kent Hughes. We’ve put together just a few of the highlights of the 90-minute session. You will see that we are using more technology but that it’s learning process. We had a few glitches but hope you will bear with us. Speakers in order of their first appearance: Kent Hughes (moderator), Chris Cory, Fred Appell, John Stewart, Rodger Gabrielson, Bob Breault, Lee Bolman, Tony Carbone. We think we know how to make modifications before our next Coffee Hour November 5, just two days after the election, when we will again produce a highlight video.

To comment on this “highlights reel,” click here.

Personal Experience with Trump Medication
Classmate Neville Offers First-Hand Experience, Perspective
prescription meds
By Chip Neville

Chip NevilleThis post is an edited and expanded version of an email message I sent to the members of our class who attended the October 1, 2020 Yale 62 Zoom Coffee Hour. Much has changed since my email message, but the basics are the same. I have personal experience with one of the medications Donald Trump was taking for his COVID-19 illness, and I think it explains much of his post-debate behavior.

After President Trump helicoptered to Walter Reed Medical Center with a severe, possibly even life-threatening COVID-19 infection, his staff in the White House started talking about how he was behaving even more erratically than before. And the talking heads on national television started talking about how this might be due to the medications he was taking.

He seems to be much better now, and we can all be grateful for that. Truth in advertising, I am not a fan of our President, but he is the only President we have, and we can all be grateful for his apparent recovery.

To continue, the talking heads started talking about a steroid called dexamethasone which the President was taking, but they didn’t know much about it. In fact, on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 program, Gloria Borger couldn’t even pronounce dexamethasone. Now, after talking to numerous doctors, she speaks authoritatively about it. But her inability to even pronounce the name convinced me that I needed to tell my classmates about the medication, and the mental consequences of being severely ill.

I suffer from multiple myeloma, and for several months at the beginning, I was given doses of dexamethasone, albeit at doses much less than his. I can tell you that DEX, as dexamethasone is known, makes you feel much better. That is, until it wears off. From my personal experience, I can also tell you that DEX might be what made President Trump feel 20 years younger. We’ll see what happens after the effects wear off.

I have not had COVID-19, thank goodness, but CNN host Chris Cuomo has. We can be grateful to him for giving us a blow-by-blow account of his illness each night while he was ill. COVID-19 certainly affected his mind. He told us about the feverish delusions, when he would see his deceased father sitting at the edge of his bed. He told us about the mind fogs, and how he “was not pushing as much IQ as he used to.” He has said he would give up everything he has if only he could get back to the way he was before he got sick.

So now that President Trump’s lead doctor has said that he is cured, has the severity of his COVID-19 illness continued to affect his mind? I do not know, but he held a rally in the Rose Garden on Saturday afternoon, October 10. And sources within the White House say that he wants to hold a rally every day from now until the election. If he regresses later, as some COVID-19 sufferers do, he will expose many people to the disease. That is why the CDC guidance is that those who have had a severe case of COVID-19 should stay away from people for up to 20 days. I believe he should follow that guidance.

If you’d like to comment on this post, please follow this link to do so. Thank you.

YAA Representative Report, Fall 2020
Mackall, Sipple Complete Whiff-to-Whiff Transfer of YAA Rep Responsibilities

By Peter Sipple

[Editor’s Note by John Stewart: Whiffalot. A few weeks ago Louis “Boiler” Mackall passed the YAA representative torch to Peter “Pop” Sipple. I’m very grateful for Louis’ three years of service, which included putting me up in Guilford, as well as reports to the Class Council. On my part, there’s only a slight hesitation as the new responsibility departs from the tenors and descends to the bass-baritones, although in fact Pop is equally adept at tenorino high jinks. Stay tuned!]

Yale’s Alumni Association kicked off its fall convocation virtually on September 15, with the topic “The Arts and Humanities at Yale.” Following lead-off comments by staff members in Development and YAA Director Weili Cheng, President Peter Salovey described the state of the University in the time of Covid. With 40% of students in residence, classes go forward both in situ and remotely. … READ ON

Digital Performance: AMERICAN DREAMS

Communications Team member Steve Buck reports that his daughter, Leila Buck, has written a play which will be performed live online several times throughout the fall season, and it will have runs at sponsoring theaters around the country through November 15. Its opening night performance is free of charge, but it’s also, unsurprisingly, sold out.

The remarkable part of it is that you, as a member of the online audience, can participate in the play!

AMERICAN DREAMS premiered live at the Cleveland Public Theatre in 2018. This fall, the show launches as a live online theater production nationwide in a virtual tour, inviting audiences into playful, timely engagement and dialogue around immigration and what it means to become and be a citizen of this country.

Co-artistic director Mark Plesent notes “AMERICAN DREAMS is a play that needs to happen now as we are approaching an election. I think that the American Experiment is failing on so many levels. AMERICAN DREAMS offers us a safe opportunity, full of humor, to experience our individual complicity in the dangers facing our nation, and also points to ways to change course, beginning with ourselves.”

The play is based on a game show format, where each participant has to fill out a form in order to be able to vote. So if there are two of you, please buy two tickets, contributing as much as you can to help others who may be out of work and not able to buy a ticket.

For exact dates and to reserve tickets, go to the show’s website,

For the Playbill article, click here.

9/21/20 UPDATED 9/22/20
Yale Corporation Board of Trustees Election Should Interest You

Maggie Thomas, Victor Ashe during the Chicago Yale Club Zoom, 9/15/20

By Roman Weil

Two different but determined Yale alums have surprised Yale. They seem certain to be on the ballot in 2021 to oppose the University’s chosen nominees for the one open position annually to serve a six-year term on the Board of Trustees. It could be quite a battle. Have fun following the skirmishes. READ ON

Yale Continues to Perform Well with COVID Numbers

By Editors

The graphic above links to a special page updated by Yale on a frequent basis. It chronicles how the campus is faring, regarding numbers of COVID-19 cases. The link is also here. From the page: “There is a 2-3 day delay between when tests occur and when data become available to include in the tables above. Counts are updated on weekdays to ensure data quality. These counts may change further as they are updated.” We hope this information is useful to you.

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