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News Briefs concerning classmates and more, including an update on Lew Spratlan, Sam Waterston, the sinking of the Moskva, Duncan Spencer, Yale Admissions, Yale resources on the war in Ukraine, Bob Lefevre, our 60th Reunion Team, the West Coast Lunch Group, Bill Stork, Bill Stott, Dixie Carroll, John Stewart, Y62 Lunches at the Yale Club, Mike Kane, Roman Weil, Chris Bent, Lee Bakunin, Larry Prince, Neal Freeman, Ken Merkey, Dick Riseling, Ted Hard, George Snider, Phil Proctor, Dave Bingham, Chip Neville and many, many more. READ THE LATEST…


In MemoriamRobert L. StiversRobert L. Stivers
Dec. 23, 2020
Obituary to be posted
Obituaries Index


Kenneth T. CasconeKenneth T. Cascone
Mar. 18, 2022
Obituary is posted
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Eric EitreimEric Eitreim
Jan. 8, 2022
Obituary to be posted
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In MemoriamEdward EaganEdward F. Eagan III
Dec. 10, 2019
Obituary is posted
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Jonathan SpenceJonathan D. Spence
Dec. 29, 2021
Obituary is posted
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Alex GarvinAlexander Garvin
Dec. 17, 2021
Obituary is posted
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Kenneth J. EdwardsKenneth J. Edwards
Dec. 17, 2017
Obituary is posted
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Kevin BuckleyKevin Buckley
Nov. 3, 2021
Obituary is posted
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Ruly CarpenterRuly Carpenter
Sept. 13, 2021
Obituary is posted
Obituaries Index


Howard KolodnyHoward Kolodny
Sept. 9, 2021
Obituary is posted
Obituaries Index


Dr. Ted HardEdward W. Hard, Jr.
July 16, 2021
Obituary is posted
Obituaries Index


Jim WhippleJames F. Whipple
July 13, 2021
Obituary to be posted
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OvermyerAllen R. Overmyer
June 15, 2021
Obituary to be posted
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Thomas S. Childs Jr.Thomas S. Childs, Jr.
June 1, 2021
Obituary to be posted
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Robert W. GrayRobert W. Gray
May 30, 2021
EULOGY posted
Obituary to be posted
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George A. Evans, Jr.George A. Evans, Jr.
May 2021
Obituary is posted
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Henry Clay ChildsHenry Clay Childs
May 13, 2021
Obituary is posted
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Bruce P. BedfordBruce P. Bedford
April 29, 2021
Obituary is posted
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Doug CharlesAdelbert K. Charles, Jr.
Apr. 26, 2021
Obituary is posted
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Matthew L. BlackMatthew W. Black, Jr.
Apr. 12, 2021
Obituary is posted
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Ed WorthyEdmund H. Worthy, Jr.
Mar. 27, 2021
Obituary is posted
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Paul Joseph BschorrPaul J. Bschorr
Feb. 21, 2021
Obituary is posted
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Noel E. Hanf, Jr.Noel E. Hanf, Jr.
Feb. 14, 2021
Obituary is posted
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Sam KnollSamuel H. Knoll
Dec. 26, 2020
Obituary is posted
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Spike BurnsFrederick Burns
Dec. 21, 2020
Obituary is posted
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Ted BaldwinThayer ‘Ted’ Baldwin, Jr.
Dec 9, 2020
Obituary is posted
Obituaries Index


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.

5/25/22
Y62 Interview: Phil Proctor’s Many Guises

On Friday, May 20, Y62 Class Secretary and Communications Team member John Stewart sat down with classmate and performer par excellence Phil Proctor for a fun chat covering several topics, including aging with humor and the joys of a performer’s life. We laughed a lot, and commiserated on some parts, too. Phil says, “I forgot to mention my talented classmate friends, Bill Weeden and David Finkle, who should definitely receive mention, as well,” and so we have mentioned Bill and David on Phil’s behalf. Please enjoy the interview.

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5/25/22
Reunion Updates


5/17/22
Y62 Interview: Stumbling Stablecoin! The Moving Target of Cryptocurrency

(Ed. Note: Bill and Whit did this interview late last week, but we wanted to post this as quickly as we could because the Crypto situation is changing so dramatically hour by hour and now has become a major part of the concern about the investment economy and the losses of both small and large investors. That is true even though, as Whit said well, Crypto is a tiny part of the investment world valuation.)

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5/17/22
Intelligence Squared US: Agree to Disagree: Can Small Investors Beat the Street?

While we’re on the topic of investments and speculation, it’s a fortunate coincidence that Intelligence Squared US, classmate Bob Rosenkranz’s civil debate initiative, focused last Friday on the topic of small vs. large investors. Here’s their lead-in: In a modern-day battle of David and Goliath on Wall Street, thousands of amateur retail investors banded together to bid up stocks in a handful of failing companies, most notably the nostalgic video game hub known as GameStop. Within days, the renegade traders sent stocks soaring and dealt heavy blows to hedge funds and other traditional professional investors who had bet against the companies. The “meme stock” phenomenon was born. But where does “revolution” stand a year later? Did the amateurs—trading mostly on the Robinhood platform—change the world of finance? Should more “ordinary” investors get into the game? Or will that benefit Wall Street at the little guy’s expense? Enjoy the replay!

The Intelligence Squared US website is here.

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5/17/22
Reunion Updates

Gentlemen:

Our 60th Reunion team wanted to update you on our upcoming reunion and encourage you to still attend.

Among many events, we’ll have an exciting panel of classmates (including Sam Waterston) on working in our 80s, in addition to hearing from Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Blight on the Civil War era.

Due to updates to Yale’s COVID policies for visitors, we will be able to skip the new Central Registration and go directly to our reunion’s residential college, Timothy Dwight, to check in and receive registration materials. Classmates will not be required to check in at Central Registration at the St. Thomas More Golden Center as had been previously noted. If you will be using the reunion shuttle when you arrive, please let its driver know that you’re headed to Timothy Dwight College.

Close to 100 have already signed up, including some of our widows, and there will be a reception at the Yale Art Gallery as well as a performance by the indomitable Joe Holmes band.

We will recognize publicly classmates who have been an asset to the Class over time and will hear from hockey coach Keith Allain.

Some have elected to come for a portion of the Reunion, and for that choice, Friday and Saturday are the prime days, although there will be speakers starting Thursday late afternoon.

Ultimately, the reason to attend is to interact to each other, to catch up with those classmates we see infrequently and, yes, even get to know those we have not yet had the privilege of meeting at all.

Look forward to seeing you there!

  Dan Koenigsberg, MD
  Reunion Chair

 


5/11/22
The SCOTUS Leak: a Y62 Perspective
By Lee Bolman

SCOTUS

Last week’s leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion on abortion rights was a media bombshell. It reignited the long and intense debate over “choice” vs. “life” while triggering a new debate over how and why the leak happened. Here are takes on the latter question from two members of our class who served as Supreme Court law clerks… READ THIS ESSAY IN FULL


5/09/22
Our May 5th Coffee Hour

For those of you who would like to see what happened at our May 5th Coffee Hour, the event’s recording is posted above. If you have any comments you’d like to make on it, please make them here. Thanks!


5/06/22
Our 60th Reunion… Almost Here!

Our Reunion Program!

And the link to register is on the program page, to the left. Still plenty of time to sign on!

 


5/03/22
Preparing for our upcoming ‘First Thursday’ Coffee Hour
Doug Bingham, one of our Coffee Hour speakers. A brief interview.

Just as we did with classmate Jim Wechsler last week (found farther down on this page), Communications Team member Dick Riseling sat down on Earth Day to get to know geophysicist classmate Doug Bingham, who lives in Edmonton, Alberta. These talks aren’t to introduce the topic we’ll address on Thursday, but to get to know the speakers a little bit, beforehand. We hope you enjoy this conversation between two engaging people.


5/03/22
AAG Climate Emergency Statement
By Rutherford (“Rud”) Platt and Colleagues

We have run this statement previously, but as lead-up to the May 5th Coffee Hour, we wanted to show you this again.

The following statement was adopted by the American Association of Geographers as developed and co-authored by an ad hoc group of senior colleagues around the U.S. that I assembled this past spring. After graduating from Yale and spending a couple of years on a Navy icebreaker, I entered the University of Chicago Law… READ RUD’S BRIEF INTRODUCTION AND THE STATEMENT


5/03/22
Yale Day of Service
By William Stork, Inaugural Director, Yale Day of Service – Asia

This year’s Yale Day of Service is Saturday, May 7th. Bill says, “I would encourage classmates to reach out to their nearest Yale Clubs to see how they can be involved in this wonderful positive venture!”


4/29/22
Eli Newberger, Our Y62 Interview

Recently, Class Secretary and Communications Team member John Stewart sat down with Eli Newberger via Zoom, to engage in a far-reaching, engrossing interview and chat between longtime friends. From graduation to now, we learn what’s kept Eli busy and how he’s helped to make the world a better place. We hope you enjoy the interview. Click here or on the image below to view the interview and for more, including a wonderful invitation and some fabulous music!


4/29/22
Preparing for next week’s ‘First Thursday’ Coffee Hour
UN Secretary General Guterres, on the Environment

We thought it a good idea to provide classmates with some background info prior to our Coffee Hour on worldwide efforts to minimize and adapt to climate change. Today, we feature not a classmate interview, but a recording of the speech given by Secretary General Antònio Guterres in early April, at the WGIII AR6 press conference. If you prefer to read it, the full text of his speech is here. Your comments will be welcome at the Coffee Hour next week. Please plan to attend this rousing, important discussion on Thursday, May 3. The first email invitations went out yesterday, and reminders will be sent next week.


4/25/22
Our 60th Reunion… Closer Every Day!

SEE ALL OF THE INFO WE CURRENTLY HAVE, RIGHT HERE


4/25/22
Meet a ‘First Thursday’ Coffee Hour Speaker

Our May Coffee Hour will be a deep dive into Climate and Environmental Concerns. We’ve invited speaker classmates who have investigated this issue for some time, and who have impactful information to share with us. In this 11-minute interview, Y62 Communication Team member Dick Riseling speaks with biophysics major Jim Wechsler, whose career in microbiology has helped to shape his point of view on this topic. This interview introduces Jim to classmates who perhaps didn’t know him as an undergraduate. Enjoy this brief chat!


4/11/22
Peace Corps: How We Served, How It Impacted Our Lives

Our April ‘First Thursday’ Coffee Hour was devoted to the experiences of some of our RPCVs (returned Peace Corps volunteers). It was a fascinating 90 minutes as we heard from 6 classmates who traveled to distant parts of the world, as volunteers in the program. We finished up with a quick update about our 60th reunion, coming right up June 9-12. Please enjoy the recording.

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4/11/22
Y62 Class Council Annual Meeting: April 7, 2022

Sit in on our annual Class Council meeting and see what your council has been doing!

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4/07/22
Some Thoughts about Reunion, from Tappy

Latest Reunion News is here.


4/04/22
Selling My Car
Al in his 2017 Ford Lincoln MKZ

By Al Chambers

Al in his carI just sold my wonderful car because there suddenly were so many reasons to do so. This is one of those rare stories concerning decisions and money, where everyone involved came away satisfied.

This is the first time in more than 40 years, which is when the Chambers family returned from 11 years living abroad, that we now depend on just one vehicle. It was 1978 when we first became suburbanites.

So far, so good, after about ten days. It will be a new opportunity for good planning and communications for Alice and me and also a chance to rent Zipcars when needed.

Let me ‘fess up at the start that we… READ AL’S COMPLETE ESSAY HERE



4/04/22
Serving the Community by Reporting the NEWS

By Tony Giamei

After working on the Yale Scientific magazine (as advertising manager) and a highly respected monthly news publication (as a reporter), I became involved with putting out local news online, and later in a printed weekly newspaper. I was responsible for a website in a corporate environment and had a strong background in graphics to contribute. I would like to share what is involved with such an endeavor.

First, recognize that traditional reporting is becoming a lost art, and newspapers are struggling due to weak conditions for small businesses. Your community may no longer be adequately served by a reliable local newspaper. Many people no longer start the day by reading a paper along with a cup of coffee. They also do not watch the evening news on a regular basis.

Starting a news entity has several facets:

  • Coming up with a business plan
  • Raising startup funds
  • Convincing business to advertise
  • Finding reporters, editors, ad creators, etc. …

        READ TONY’S FULL ARTICLE HERE



3/25/22 with updated info 4/11/22
Yale ’62 Interview: Tom Noonan

On March 24, Communication Team member Bill Weber sat down with classmate Tom Noonan, for a chat about Tom’s change of plans following our graduation, how he came to spend some time announcing NFL games, and much more. Please enjoy this fun interview!

Tom has expanded his explanation of his football announcing experience here. You can leave comments, too. Please read the update, and add your comments.


3/25/22
Crypto Goes to War

By Whitman Knapp

There is no joy to be found in any corner of the Russian invasion of the Ukraine. One unintended beneficiary, however, might be crypto. However, this raises the crucial question, will crypto win the battle but lose… READ WHIT’S ESSAY HERE


3/25/22
Latest Reunion Updates

SEE THE LATEST PROPOSED SCHEDULE HERE


3/25/22
Meet Our Newest Team Members

We have recently welcomed three new members to the Y62 Communications Team: Lee Bolman, Tim Hall and John (“Jay”) Hatch. Hailing from the Boston area, Tim says, “I decided to join the Communication Team, after sitting in on a couple of meetings, because I have really been enjoying this way of getting to know more of my classmates, as well as to deepen my connections to those I already know. And the Team made me feel very welcome!” Lee says, “I enjoy working with my classmates in this way.” For John’s part, he says, “I joined because I had become an active reader of our website and participant in our Coffee Hour, had some reduced committee commitments time, and thought it might be a way to contribute where there was a need.”


3/17/22
The 1959 St. Patrick’s Day Riot

St. Patrick’s Day, 1959. Classmates Tony Giamei, Jack Merrick and Y62 Communications Team member Bill Weber talk about what they recall from that eventful week.

Do you have your own recollections of that time during your freshman year? Please share them with us here!


3/17/22
About My Arrest

By Bill Stork

I receive a number of e-newsletters, from SCMP, CNN, CNBC, WaPo, NYT, Reuters, BBC, the Guardian and others. As I distract myself from the current ravages of Covid here in Hong Kong, I enjoy the post-breakfast task of reading then ridding what has arrived… READ BILL’S RECOLLECTIONS HERE


3/11/22
Our 60th Reunion: News Update

By John Stewart

Yale ’62 Reunion Team “Yakking” Reunion team members “yakked” about the upcoming reunion, which we’re pretty sure will be live and in person.

All the reunion news we have, to date. Please click here to read it.


3/11/22
A First for Yale

David Youtz, Cynthia Sung, WS, Adam Click, with 115th birthday cake

By Bill Stork

When I was living in Singapore I met and made friends with Frank Yung.

The Yale-China Association (YCA) was celebrating its 115th anniversary. Myself, Cynthia Sung, and Adam Click, leaders of the Yale Society of Singapore, decided upon hearing that David Youtz, YCA president, was coming to Singapore to hold a gala event. Adam had connections with the Grand Hyatt Singapore, and was able to reserve its elegant and luxurious Collections Room for the occasion. Cynthia, spouse of the rector (college master) of residential Cendana College… READ BILL’S FULL ESSAY – PLUS FIND AN INVITATION – HERE


 

With great sadness, we announce the names of 10 classmates whose deaths have been very recently reported to us by YAA. Some have been deceased for some time. Our fallen classmates are Ralph David Arkush, Richard Alan Ehrlich, Edward Lee Frey, John Goldthwaite, Francis “Sandy” Sherburne Hill, Jr., Neil David Kornzweig, David Lee Page, Paul F. Rose, Robert Clayton Simmers and Theodore Wattley Volkhausen. Anyone with any remembrances of these men, which may be included in their class obituaries, are urged to email Bob Oliver or John Stewart. The obituaries will be posted on our site in due course.

 


3/04/22
Y62 Coffee Hour: Focus on Ukraine

On Thursday, March 3, we met to discuss the current crisis in Ukraine. The recording of our event is above.

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3/04/22
Apocalyptic Anxiety – the Current Covid Crisis in Hong Kong, Part Two

Elderly waiting on gurneys in the rain and cold for hospital admission


By William Stork

President Xi Jinping was equally alarmed at how his Hong Kong was being presented in the world press, especially as he is trying to consolidate his position before the upcoming October Chinese Party Congress plenum where he is looking to get a historic third term.

He remembers the ineptitude of Carrie Lam… READ BILL’S FULL REPORT HERE


2/25/22
Ukraine, from a Diplomat’s Perspective

By Stephen W. Buck

(Ed. Note: Steve served as a Foreign Service Officer from 1963 to 2002. He served at U.S. diplomatic posts in 8 Arab countries, including Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM), Baghdad, Iraq, 1986-88, (DCM) Muscat Oman, 1979-83, Consul General, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 1996-1999, and was the Office Director for North Africa, 1992-1995. He has also served as a Professor at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University.)

(Regarding the ‘First Thursday’ Y62 Coffee Hour we will host next week on March 3rd) When Tim Hall asked me to speak on the Ukraine crisis I immediately deferred, saying my field was the Middle East/Arab world, not Ukraine and eastern Europe. Then I remembered my senior thesis, on the German hyper inflation and its consequences. The German middle class, many on fixed pensions, were wiped out. They wanted revenge, and Hitler was the answer. Now we have Putin recounting that during the siege of Leningrad, his mother was almost put into a mass grave, his father suffered injuries that affected him for his whole life… READ STEVE’S FULL REMARKS HERE


2/25/22
Apocalyptic Anxiety – the Current Covid Crisis in Hong Kong, Part One

By William Stork

When omicron swept into Hong Kong several weeks ago I began to notice something in the daily figures reported nightly by Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection (CHP). Hong Kong’s zero-covid policy was under threat, for after nearly 3months of zero local covid cases followed by a few weeks of single-digit reports… READ BILL’S FULL REPORT HERE


2/11/22
Cryptocurrency Concerns. What’s Going On? Updated!

In our second article on this topic, classmate Whit Knapp continues to inform us on this new development in the world of finance.

The new year has not been kind to the cryptocurrency world. In January 2022, bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies lost 50% of their value from the market high of $2.3 trillion in… READ WHIT’S COMPLETE ESSAY HERE with an update 2/14/22!


2/11/22
Leading up to Valentine’s Day…
True Love?
IQ2 Debates

Intelligence Squared US, brainchild of Bob Rosenkranz, has cast its amorous gaze at the heart-focused February celebration of love. We’ve missed the live debate, which took place on Feb. 4, but the podcast recording of the debate is below.

New Y62 Communications Team member John Hatch contacted classmate Rosenkranz for comment regarding the highly unusual choice of a “soft,” even perhaps sentimental topic for an IQ2 debate. Bob responded with the following: “As I suspect we have all learned by now, the course of love is probably unpredictable and certainly debatable.”

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2/01/22
A Fortunate Life

Jim Stein makes note of many lucky instances in his life in a friendly, brisk-paced chat with Communications Team member Bill Weber.

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2/01/22
Kung Hei Fat Choi!

By Bill Stork

Longtime Hong Kong resident Bill Stork takes us through the traditions of the joyous Chinese New Year. READ BILL’S FULL ARTICLE HERE


2/01/22
Why Americans (Particularly Californians) Think They Won’t Like Sweet Wines
Saracco Six

By Roman Weil

In the three-week lull between football games in December, which I described in my two separate reports to classmates (here and here), I did some basic shopping at my local Costco. Before continuing, I remind you that those games had good outcomes for my Bama team… READ ROMAN’S FULL ESSAY HERE


1/13/22
A Writer’s Journey

By Ed Rowan

The practice of medicine and the art of creative writing don’t usually go together, but there have been exceptions. Burton Rouché’s Eleven Blue Men (1963) and Oliver Sacks’ The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat (1985) were collections of short stories about medical mysteries. I knew that I would never have caseloads like theirs to write about, but I did know that… READ ED’S FULL ESSAY HERE


1/13/22
Roman’s Return, with Surprises

By Roman Weil

What connection can there be between the Class of ’62 Council Meeting, 1988, and the College Football Championship Game, January 10, 2022? Herein you’ll read the answer.

Shortly after our 25th Reunion in 1987, the senior leadership of our class realized that the Class of ’63 had overshadowed us with its US Senator and the Class of ’61 had overshadowed us with its frequent mini-reunions. We needed to do more. So the leadership convened a meeting of the Class Council in the summer of 1988 at Vic Miller’s house in Milford to discuss these matters. I think it was Host Miller who suggested that if we should have… READ ROMAN’S FULL ACCOUNT HERE


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