Alumni Notes: July / August 2013

Norm Chimenti were in Pittsburgh to help cheer the Yale men's hockey team to the NCAA title. Possible class events in other hotspots were one focus when our secretary, Dave Honneus, convened the annual class council meeting at the New York Yale club in late April. Mini reunions are now easier than ever, announced Jennifer Julier, our aide de camp from the Association of Yale Alumni, because AYA staffers can help with payments and finding venues and restaurants. Past '62 "minis" succeeded even without such help; now we need suggestions and volunteers for more. Possible locations discussed included Philadelphia, Santa Fe, and Charleston. Please send encouraging signals to Dave at dhonneus@comcast.net.

Bob Oliver, our reunion chair, pronounced the reunion a success, warmly commending the many volunteers who pitched in. Fully 106 of us quietly contributed to the reunion scholarship fund. Expenses were held down because, well, "we don't drink as much as we used to," and by John Livingston's gift of wine for the class dinner. Because of that and our steady dues, treasurer Bob Connery reported we are in sound financial shape and should have a scholarship fund for the next reunion as well.

Your CorSec evoked surprise by reporting that we only have email addresses for 625 of us (if you don't get emails, please send yours to corsec@yale62.org). A recent week's traffic on www.yale62.org showed 235 visits (including some from outsiders searching keywords) and 24 visits longer than an hour. Four visitors listened to "How I Wish I Were Back at Yale." The site recently has run excerpts and chapters from classmates' writing on topics from fracking and jet propulsion to travel, and a special issue right after the Boston Marathon bombing had thoughts from Chris Lydon, Al Chambers, and Eli Newberger's wife.) Co-CorSecs Steve Buck and John Stewart noted that we're now looking for fewer accomplishments and more "whys". For instance, write about your passions, gone and new, or your bucket list, with reasons.

Other attendees around the council table were David Finkle, Alex Garvin, Gus Hedlund, Mike Kane, Kirk MacDonald, Bo Rogers, John Stewart, and Bill Weeden, and via phone, John Chapman, Larry Lipsher, Jim Litvack, Gerry Swirsky, Roman Weil, Jim Wexler and Tappy Wilder.

This winter, visitors to the Yale Art Gallery could pick up the handsome December issue of the Gallery's bulletin describing its turret-to-dungeon renovation and listing six classmates as "significant" donors: Ellen and Steve Susman, Tom Chapman, Michael deHavenon and his wife, Bob Rosenkranz, Steve Lash, and Bill Reilly and his wife. The gallery now anchors an arts corridor that includes the Yale Rep and the architecture and art schools, extending for most of two blocks on both sides of Chapel Street. A new book by Alex Garvin, "The Planning Game: Lessons from Great Cities" (W.W. Norton), analyzes successful urban renovations on an even grander scale. It limns and hymns the lessons and visionaries of Paris (Baron Georges-Eugene Haussmann), New York (Robert Moses), Chicago (Daniel Burnham), and Philadelphia (Edmund Bacon). Excerpts are on www.yale62.org.

Cachet-ing up the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, in June Bill Weeden appeared in a play titled "ELE↑↓TOR" ("Elevator" to you and me), which Bill says had the air of "Hitchcock meets Kubrick at the corner of Samuel Beckett Street and Jean-Paul Sartre Avenue." The title of Finkle and Weeden's Yale Daily News column in our day, "The Aisle Seat," has resurfaced as the name of David's biweekly column for a new online magazine, "The Clyde Fitch Report," about the arts and politics. His first-night Broadway reviews have now moved (up) to the Huffington Post, and he's on the fourth draft of a novel. Tappy Wilder is living in Sausalito, California, continuing to encourage celebrations of his uncle, Thornton (see www.thorntonwilder.com), and has finished the introduction to a new edition of "Our Town." We hope for more on that soon on www.yale62.org.

Sherm Cochran and co-author Andrew Hsieh have published "The Lius of Shanghai" (Harvard University Press), based on their access to 2000 letters of a rich, powerful Shanghai family from the 1920's through the Japanese attack on Shanghai and the communist revolution. Bill Stork called our attention to a glowing review in the South China Morning Post, which praised the book's "richness and authenticity." We expect more about that on the website, too.

Alfred Gilman, who won a Nobel Prize in medicine in 1994, has been elected a lifetime fellow of the American Association for Cancer Research, recognizing accomplishments including identifying G proteins, which play a critical role in how cells communicate. A professor emeritus at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, his research has been instrumental in understanding numerous diseases, including the development of tumors. He also was the primary editor of the best-known textbook of pharmacology, "The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics," known simply as "Goodman and Gilman."

Necrology: Alan B. Ordway, April 24, 2013. A celebratory memorial is scheduled for 10 AM Saturday, August 17, at the Gould Academy prep school, in Bethel, Maine. Further information at Winona Camps (information@winonacamps.com, 207-647-3721). Obituaries now are on www.yale62.org for Carl William Barth, Charles Frazier Evans, Samuel Hart Joseloff, and Fred Martin Reames.