Alumni Notes: July / August 2016

Dept. of Fatherhood Rewards: For all the girlfriends we've had, probably few of us have ever hooked up with Pangea, Rodinia, and Nuna. They are the now- vanished supercontinents whose configurations, "separated by about 600 million years," have been elucidated by the Yale geologist who is the son of George and Julie Evans. According to a recent Yale announcement, Professor David Evans is about to become the new "head" of Berkeley College (the job that until lately was called "master"), where he lived as an undergraduate as his father did. Nice work, George and Julie! (BTW, thanks for the tip about that item go to Celine Sullivan, Smith '62, our quasi-classmate by virtue of her work on the joint reunion polls we've done with Smith '62. Should we do another? Tell one or more of the people at the addresses above.)

Pop Quiz: Guess the percentage of the world's countries that have gotten a visit from Dave Hummel and his wife, Cindy. The answer, known to those of you who read www.yale62.org, is impressive, maybe beating out John Kerry and Hillary Clinton combined. (But we won't spill the number here, in hopes you'll go and visit the site if you haven't been there lately.) Our two hegiratic heroes notched additional nations on a trip through Eastern Europe at the end of April and beginning of May. Cindy writes, "Besides the usual large cities of Prague and Budapest, we were able to enjoy longer visits to smaller, lovely, clean, and picturesque towns."

Oh, my. "For the first time in 65 years, there's no Winslow on Lake Minnetonka," writes milestone-minded Minnesotan Clark Winslow. He has transitioned from CEO to "founder" at his Winslow Capital business and sold his lakeside house in Wayzata and his mini Tonka toys. He and his wife, Sharon, have moved to the San Francisco Bay area. There, they live in their multi- level, multi- view house on the Belvedere peninsula north of the city and in "a small 2,200- square- foot apartment downtown," which is "lovely and highly convenient," being only two blocks by foot or a skyway passage from his office, where he says he now spends only 20 percent or less of his time.

Tom Falco, with an MPhil from Yale's Graduate School history department in medieval history and an office in the Sterling Hall of Medicine, has worked for many years in "history of science and with rare books at the Medical Historical Library." He recently wrote that he has long been a fellow of Berkeley, his college, "wherein I have a few lunches each week, do informal advising as everyone's older brother, march in the graduation procession, and joyfully play intramurals. Hence, my pleasure that BK won the Tyng Cup in a runaway after 61 years of famine. Still live at the family acre in West Haven and am a lifetime Detroit Tiger fan. Thus, life is good, and I hope yours is also."

Louis (sometimes Gary) Audette in September will end his final term as president of Home Haven, the New Haven organization he wrote about for our website (use the online index). It encourages and assists people to "age" at home, rather than in a retirement community. He says, "Home Haven is doing quite well," having grown from "an amoeba into the much more effective hub and spoke business model. Six 'villages' in five towns [are] each more or less independent and running their own activities, volunteers, and events." As a folk musician (string bass) Louis still hosts "monthly house concerts that typically sell out almost immediately. Based on a lifetime of hovering in the presence of the great and famous, we often get luminaries here [like] Pat Donohue, the guitarist from the Prairie Home Companion." Louis and his "squeeze" went to China in June on a Viking River trip. Elsewhere in the arts (and sciences), Jim Stein has added to his list of books with L.A. Math: Romance, Crime, and Mathematics in the City of Angels, a noir- ish collection of mystery stories whose solutions rely on his area of expertise. (He's professor emeritus of mathematics at University of California, Long Beach.) We'll have an excerpt on the website.

Finally, Lew Spratlan, known as one of this country's most significant classical composers, has with his librettist, James Maraniss, won one of America's two largest vocal music awards, the $50,000 Charles Ives Opera Prize given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. It recognizes Lou's Life is a Dream, the opera that he wrote in 1978, that finally earned him a Pulitzer Prize in 2000, and that was fully premiered (to warm reviews) at the Santa Fe Opera only in 2010.

Wanted: Heartwarming, provocative, frivolous, and serious ideas from all of you for our 55th reunion. It's next June 1-4. Preliminary ideas began percolating in our class council's May meeting at the New York Yale Club. In attendance were your officers: Secretary Honneus, new treasurer John Stewart, your CorSec, and our AYA rep Dave Finkle; as well as our peerless necrologist Bob Oliver; one of our three reunion cochairs, Dan Koenigsberg (the others are Peter Sipple and Peter Clark); Jerry Swirsky, Steve Susman, Richard Davis, Roman Weil, Alex Garvin, Dick Ward, and by phone, Al Chambers, Jim Wechsler, and Mike Kane. The new residential colleges, open by then, will figure in our events, and a strong consensus was to focus on "fellowship, not fundraising." Since wives and partners are such important reunion participants, the group will invite them to a subsequent planning session this fall. Please send any of the cochairs your brainstorms, however preliminary, about panels, speeches, venues, and generally, things you'd like to do at reunion.

Necrology: We are sad to report the deaths of Tony Dean, William Hamilton, David Loving, Peter Madden, Ogden Phipps, Stan Snyder, and Geoffrey Williams. Obituaries will be posted on www.yale62.org in due course. They are now posted there for George Basil, William Blose, John Cavo, Michael Flinn, Robert George, Alfred Gilman, Peter Madden, Roger Reese, and Jack Templeton.