Yale '62 - Alumni Notes - Sept/Oct 2003

July 30, 2003

Response to the 40th Reunion Classbook, "Time and Change" has been overwhelmingly positive. The following are a few highlights from classmate comments that capture the general sentiment:

"The day it arrived I managed to divert an entire evening into browsing its endlessly fascinating pages! I didn't know we all were so interesting! This book is a major gift to us all. Many thanks to everyone that helped." (Rod Hunter, Atlanta)

"Think this edition is much better than the 25th. Far more thoughtful contributions and genuinely interesting." (Tony Scoville, Washington D.C.)

"I keep it by my reading chair and delve into it somewhat at random. Regardless of where I begin. However short or long I read, I am left thinking about my life and what I can continue to do with it, inspired by all that have not just 'let it happen', and all who have reflected upon their journeys." (John Hatch, Arlington, VA)

"What a great book! It's a kind of book of life. Such variety of stories, and yet so many similarities. I couldn't put it down. There are fleeting musings on the approaching twilight of life." (Peter Cassar Torregiani, Malta)

The Alumni Magazine is switching to a bi-monthly schedule. This should lead to stronger overall editorial material but will reduce the number of 1962 columns from eight to six per year. My thought is to continue including as many classmates as possible in each column but in shorter form for the magazine. Slightly extended versions will appear on the class web site (www.yale62.org). The plan of course depends on my receiving a steady flow of information about yourself, your family and what you believe is important. It is your turn.

Turning again to contrasting classmates still working full time with those in various stages of retirement, we recently heard from:

Jerry Griffin, (Granville, OH) who reports that he is working under the name "CFO On Call." I'm using such wiles as I may have acquired over thirty years as investment banker, corporate executive and liquidator to help corporate clients get out of trouble, reduce debt, raise capital, buy other companies and finally, sell out. Particularly in these difficult times, my services often make a difference, which - in addition to making a living - is why I do it.

Tom Belknap, (Wenham,MA) is a successful attorney who got caught in the new world of failing law firms. When his previously prestigious firm unexpectedly folded, Tom, as lead partner, was able to take his entire group of Trusts and Estate professionals with him to another top Boston firm, Ropes & Gray, where life is gradually returning to normal. He breaks some of the tension by ocean racing in his 45-foot yawl, "Evening Star." Look on the web site in late September for his feature on his experiences in the summer Marblehead to Bermuda race.

And the always busy Dr. Eli Neuberger (Brookline, MA) advises that he uploaded two very different recent writings to his own web site, www.elinewberger.com. First, was the chapter called "Self Control" from his book "The Men They Will Become: The Nature and Nurture of Male Character." As a contrast, he posted, "The Transition from Ragtime to Improvised Piano Style," an article in the Journal of Jazz Studies that grew from the first chapter of his Scholar of the House project at Yale.

Bob Murray (Princeton, NJ) told us in the 40Th Reunion book that he was thinking of selling his business, RCP Management Company, which manages 50 properties totaling 12,000 homes. Now he has done it and is looking forward to a variety of new endeavors. He'll share his experiences in an upcoming web site feature telling us how he made the decision and went about selling and separating from the business that he had built during the previous 17 years.

Doug Bingham's case (Edmonton, Alberta), "was forced into retirement by restructuring of my department within the Alberta government. I had worked with the Department of Environment in the area of water management for a bit over 20 years. The powers that be in their infinite wisdom decided that they would scramble up the whole corporate structure in such a way that a lot of people got left out in the cold. Since I had been planning to pull the plug anyway in about a year, I wasn't all that unhappy by what happened -- it just took me a bit by surprise."

Doug continues, "in my retirement I am trying to get a very small computer consulting operation off the ground (so far no one has paid me a dime!). Mainly, I hope to be building web pages and small databases. My company is called Elegant Computing Productions." www.elegantcomputing.com

Another retiree to be is Hon. Marvin Romanoff (Bexley, OH), who'll hang up his robes at the end of 2003 after 25 years on the Franklin County Municipal Court (Columbus, OH). Marvin is presently serving on the Governor's Task Force on Impaired Driving. He was the former President of the Association of Municipal/County Judges of Ohio and now is serving as Treasurer.

We'll close with a couple of summer classmate get togethers. Bill Hoyt (Hamilton, MA) advised that he played golf with two different classmates in two different states in the same week. First, it was Charlie McKee (Scarborough, ME) followed by Chris Meyer (Hillsborough CA) who was visiting Massachusetts. No scores were reported.

Bob Oliver (New Haven) and wife Barb moved during the summer to an urban condo, giving up the house they had lived in for more than 30 years. Among their first guests were former roomies Bob Breault (Tucson, AZ) and wife Judi and Bob Barnes (New Canaan, CT) and wife Bev.