Alumni Notes: September / October 2009

Secretary Jim White (jameskwhite1221@aol.com) and CorSec Mike Kane (mkane40@gmail.com) are piloting a project that was approved at the Class Council meeting last May, namely telephoning classmates for whom Yale has no email addresses. Your class officers get all addresses from Yale records, so if Yale doesn't have it, we have to phone you to get it for class purposes. The number of these is surprisingly large, perhaps one third of the class, which means that our phenomenal www.Yale62.org web site has been reaching only two-thirds of the class all these years! Bob Oliver is likely to lead a more systematic campaign along these lines this Fall, as email communication will be an important part of preparation for our 50th Reunion.

If you read this and suspect that Yale may not have your email address, and especially if you have not been receiving the emails with which we alert you to postings of the web page, please send your email address to me. Of course it will not be shared outside the circle of Class officers.

CorSec's project has been to work the phones of 19 email-less classmates resident in Massachusetts, while Jim White does the same in the DC area. In three weeks I have made contact with 9, all of whom readily provided e-mail addresses. The remaining 10 either had no working phone listed, or did not return calls (perhaps summering away from home). This elusive Massachusetts group consists of the following, whom I hereby beg and grovel for the missing data: Ed Dodd, Rolf McClellan, Michael Sola, Louis Simon, James Rouse, Dick Habermann, Rod Bronson, Jim Luck, Michael Golden, and Chris Lydon.

Steve Rosenthal was among those caught in my phone-a-thon dragnet, reports happily retired from a career in architectural photography, and has a book being published this Fall on rural New England churches. Steve lives in Manchester, Mass, near children and grandchildren. Having formerly been a neighbor of mine in Newton where we both battled the grandiose development plans of a small local college, neither knew the other was a Yale classmate!

Doug North has returned to the Lower 48, ending a very successful ten-year reign as President of Alaska Pacific University (Anchorage), and accepting the Headmaster's position at the Albany Academies, a co-ed private secondary school in Albany, NY.

The second AYA Global Alumni Leadership Exchange mission took place June 27 - July 12 (the first was to Australia in 2008), with Dave and Cindy Hummel and Dan Koenigsberg representing the Class of 1962. The group of 50 alumni, spouses, children and partners visited eight universities in five days of meetings in Tokyo and Kyoto, and then toured other interesting sites off the beaten track. Cindy Hummel has kindly created a splendid portfolio of photographs, and a travel journal that will be featured in the Fall posting of www.Yale62.org [See it here].

Phil and Melinda Proctor are appearing at the 3d annual Mystery Writers' Festival in Owensboro, Ky. Phil plays Inspector Poirot and Melinda Plays Agatha Christie.

CorSec Kane & Ux are off tomorrow to Seal Harbor, Maine for August; a visit to Judy and Roger Clapp's place in Addison, Maine has been arranged. Addison is almost all the way "downeast" if you check your maps. We also hope to see Northeast Harbor regulars the Habermanns and Moriartys as well. Send news please!

Mike Kane
Corresponding Secretary