Alumni Notes: July / August 2008

Headlining this issue of our class notes is the news that our Class Council, formed last year, held its inaugural meeting on May 3d at the Yale Club of New York City. A total of 19 attended, including six by conference call, for an excellent lunch and a lively discussion focused on future class activities. Class Secretary Jim White presided. Other attending consiglieri were: Chambers, Danetz, Davis (R.), Finkle, Hedlund, Honneus, Koenigsberg, Kane, Litvack, MacDonald, Rodgers, and Ordway. Joining by conference call were Brooks, Cohan, Swirsky, Wechsler, and Weil, and by separate call-in Chairman of Class Alumni Fund agents Bill Boyer, who faxed in a report on progress with this year's Fund drive. There will be a full report on the meeting in the next issue of our class website, www.yale62.org, scheduled for June.

Several news items are overdue for release on account of your CorSec's poor filing system. Peter Sipple, Norm Jackson, and Carl Kaestle all reported in late last year. Peter says he plans to continue as a parish priest (Episcopal) in Bryn Mawr, Pa until his 70th birthday, in the summer of 2009, when "retirement beckons." Meanwhile he and wife Margaret lead a busy life looking after several hundred parishioners, three services each Sunday, and a staff of ten. You can reach him at sipplemp@comcast.net . Also engaged in spiritual matters, in a rather different context, is Norm Jackson, who is retired in Paris (France), where he practices Tibetan Buddhism and works in charitable causes. Thanks to the internet, he has a new lady friend of Australian citizenship with whom a trip to Ireland was in the making for this spring - we hope Norm shares with us some of that experience. Norm is at quest@club.fr . Carl Kaestle retired last year after 40 years of college teaching, many at the University of Wisconsin and the last ten at Brown University, where he continues as University Professor, Emeritus, in the Department of Education. His scholarly work has ranged over many aspects of U.S. education. He and his wife Elizabeth Hollander, also recently retired, were headed for two weeks in Bordeaux and the Dordogne last Fall. Carl plans to keep writing and work on several national committees concerned with social justice. Resident in Providence, RI, his e-mail is Carl_Kaestle@Brown.edu .

Chris Snow, ten years into retirement from the Foreign service and living on Bainbridge Island, WA, writes that he has expanded his activities to include local (City Council), county (Kitsap County Economic Development Alliance), and regional (Puget Sound Economic Development District) positions of civic responsibility. And we always thought people went to Bainbridge Island to escape economic development!

We are saddened at the recent passing of three classmates. Lorin Boswell, of Ft Worth, Tex, died on April 8. Lorin , a descendant of two Ft Worth pioneer families, practiced law in Ft Worth for 40 years and was prominent in many philanthropic activities there. Dick Radsch, of Summit, NJ, died on April 10, of lymphoma. Dick was a Berkeley roommate of Chris Snow, who sent us this news. He leaves his spouse, Lee, and three adult children. After Navy service in the Vietnam conflict, Dick earned a law degree and then began a lifelong successful career in the insurance industry, including positions with Aetna, John Hancock, Cigna, and Kemper. Dick was a survivor of 9/11, walking 37 floors to safety from the North Tower. David Smay III died on April 17th, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. After service with the US Marines and the Navy, David had a 40-year career with Standard Oil of California (later Chevron), culminating in several senior management assignments. He had lived in the SF Bay area for the last 19 years. We extend our sympathies to the devoted families and friends of these classmates, whose full obituaries, to be composed by Bob Oliver, will appear on our www.Yale62.org website in due course.

Your Corresponding Secretary is aware that May/June is a time of weddings, graduations, and other traditional milestones, hence the expectation that our mailbox will be overflowing in coming months and classmates can look forward to a wealth of news in near term website postings (June and September) as well as in the YAM. To jump start this blizzard of news, I report that my wife Nancy and I will soon be flying to Berkeley to see our oldest daughter Margot receive her MBA from the Haas School of Business. After these many years, that went by too quickly, Margot will become fully independent, working in Washington DC for NCB Capital Impact, a non-profit affiliate of the NCB (National Consumer Cooperative Bank) organization. Joining us in Berkeley will be our other daughter Sara, who is about to embark on a Fulbright year in Bogota, Colombia.