Alumni Notes: May / June 2010

Hints of spring are in New England, and the Yale mens' hockey team is about to enter another playoff season after winning the Ivy League / ECAC. These are good things. And then there is the campy new Yale admissions video (see YouTube), and the passage last month of "Sex Week" at Yale, both generating intense alumni responses, and not all favorable. Perhaps not so good? To sample the aftershocks, see the roasting of Sex Week in the Minneapolis Star Tribune of March 6th. Let's talk about it on our next web posting.

Your class officers are keeping on with our email campaign and have added 87 classmates to the master list since the last column! Yet there are about 270 MIA's still to go. We believe there may be a few classmates who guard their email addresses very closely, and a few who (gasp!) don't have email, but the majority either don't bother to include it in the contact data they send to Yale, or they have changed email providers and neglected to update Yale with the new address. Please make sure we have your current email address so we can keep you current on class events, not least being the 50th Reunion.

From Secretary Jim White, this: "It's with special delight I report Bill Reilly has agreed to chair our 50th reunion gift committee. 50th reunion Chair Bob Oliver and I spoke with Bill, Bob sent him a serious amount of information, and - despite his way too busy work schedule - Bill agreed to do it. What a coup for Y62! This speaks volumes for Bill's affection for Yale and of course for our class. He will do a terrific job, of that Bob and I have zero doubt. Next 50th step: forming the full gift committee. I have one other important item to report. Bo Rodgers and Kirk MacDonald are working on plans for our next class mini-reunion, to be held in NYC the weekend of October 15-17, 2010. This mini-reunion will be a celebration of our 70th birthdays and as such is a 'companion' to the YC62 60th birthday mini-reunion held in New York 10 years ago. One event already on the drawing board for this weekend is Betsy Rodgers' (Bo's wife) walking tour of beautiful and historic Brooklyn Heights. Stay in close touch with our website, Yale62.org, for future reunion news." — jameskwhite@me.com

Visiting my two daughters in DC recently, I enjoyed a leisurely and entertaining morning coffee with Bill Doying, who graciously travelled from his home in Alexandria to DuPont Circle to meet me and to hand-deliver an original William Doying watercolor, of which I am now the proud owner. Many of you will have enjoyed, as I did, Bill's article on his watercolor work featured in our January web posting. I liked several of the works shown in the article and was happy to learn the one I liked best was still available. Now for the framing at our local (exorbitant) shop! Bill retired after a long legal career with the Federal Trade Commission, so we could share recollections of our early days as fledgling lawyers in downtown DC.

More news has arrived from several classmates. (Prof) Toby Berger sends a nice update, saying he retired in 2005 from the Cornell electrical engineering faculty after 37 years, and within a month became a Professor, same faculty at the University of Virginia, where he teaches and does research too advanced to describe here. Toby and Florence now live in Charlottesville, near their daughter Elizabeth Mandell (YC ' 84). Elizabeth has 3 sons and a daughter, all being secretly groomed by Toby to become Yalies. (Ed note: hopefully at least one good football player). Son Larry ('90) is founder and CEO of Wireless Generation, a Brooklyn, NY startup specializing in reading and math educational software.

Bill Gieg, another Virginia classmate, writes: "Was with the McGuireWoods LLP (in all its earlier versions) law firm in Richmond Virginia after law school at UPenn in 1968 until last year. Now happily retired and in the process of moving permanently to Deltaville, Virginia on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. I have been blessed with one daughter living in Arlington, Virginia, working as a board certified vet; and one son (Yale '95) who is married with two young daughters while practicing law in Charleston, SC.

This charmingly cryptic bulletin from Henry Childs: "Have just finished the essential reading for all of us. Its title is The Pyrite Years. Hilarous beginning with ever more mind-expanding experiences as a couple (Yale '62 and Vassar '67) escape the suburbs of New Jersey for the wilds of the Adirondacks. The Athabaskan Nation plays a role in the epiphanies experienced by way of 'natural substances' fed to chickens and hogs that nurture the two through many an insightful time. Available at Amazon.com. I have also just had published an adventure story full of magic, romance, pirates and the Amazon rainforest. Not for any but the young at heart. Its title: H - An Urchin's Tale. Happy reading."

Obviously in haste, Bob Stivers sent in his phone and email and added just this: "I ran into Mike Kern, Fred Starr, Eric Carlson and Clark Fitzmorris last year in Cincinnati where we attended our 50th high school reunion. I try to get them to our reunion [sic]."

With regret we note the death of Hank Rogers of Toronto on February 2d, of natural causes ('62 BA, '65 MA, '67 PhD). Originally from Texas, Hank became a Canadian and a Professor of linguistics at the University of Toronto, where he retired in 2005. Bob Oliver's obituary for Hank is here in our web posting.

Late breaking news from Chicago where mild mannered John Chapman was seen changing clothes in a phone booth and emerging in a spandex suit and cape for a 2-week trip to Nepal, where he is well known to the natives for his charitable work in raising funds for school construction. This is his sixth trip to Nepal and he has promised to write an article for us some day.

As ever, eager to receive your news, long or short,
Mike Kane
Corresponding Secretary