Alumni Notes: September / October 2011

This column is from the YAM of the same date.

Everyone is reminded again of our 50th Reunion fast approaching, next May 31-June 3. Bob Oliver is the Supreme Commander, supported by an able team of organizers, and has the planning well in hand - oliver@moglaw.com. Everyone should have received a mailing from Reunion Book Chair John Stewart, with a questionnaire that begins the process of building the Book. Your input can be either hard copy, per the material John has mailed, or can be entered through our website www.yale62.org, where you will see the reunion entry portal on the front page.

Bob Oliver has provided the following announcement for this column: "Planning is intensifying for our 50th, May 31-June 3, 2012.  I will be mailing out new details about the Reunion in September. AYA will tell us in October which college will be the host site. Please pass the word to roommates, teammates, and friends to mark their calendars and attend. The registration papers will be sent by AYA in early 2012, but block out the dates on your calendar now!"

My recent mailbox is quite light, and hope that means classmates are hoarding their news to contribute to the Reunion Book! However, there was an abundance of class news in the most recent posting of our website on June 22, and if you haven't visited there yet, do it now.

A change in class leadership has just occurred, as recently announced by Secretary Jim White: "I am pleased to inform you that Gus Hedlund, of Darien, CT, has agreed to be the new Class of 1962 Delegate to the Association of Yale Alumni. Gus' three year term begins July 1, 2011. A Delegate attends each of three AYA assemblies held annually in November - and reports to the Class Council, and our entire class via our website (www.Yale62.org), on each assembly.

"Gus succeeds Al Chambers, of Ann Arbor, MI, who served with distinction. That's no surprise. Al has done, is currently doing, and no doubt in the future will continue to do, yeoman work for our class. Thanks, Al. Your consistent enthusiastic support of Y62 is certainly appreciated."

This change reflects the rules of the AYA limiting each delegate to a single 3-year term. Friends of Gus, including me, believe he too will make an outstanding delegate, and in particular will make sure Yale athletics get proper attention from the AYA.

Joe Holmes reports that the Class of '62 dominated with the most members (10) in a Yale Alumni Chorus concert tour through the capitals of Turkey, Georgia, and Armenia, in late June. The Chorus (some 170 singers) performed with leading symphony orchestras in each city, and in Istanbul was joined by the Yale Glee Club. There were other more informal concerts, where talented local singing groups joined in at 'singing dinners.' And, as usual, there were numerous excursions to important tourist sites, led by a cadre of very bright articulate guides.

The class of '62 had the most YAC members on the tour, and they will be on view in a group photo on the Fall website. Besides Joe, Kirk MacDonald, Dan Allan, Warner North, Murray Wheeler, Griff Resor, Carl Kaestle, Biggie Moore, John Knutson, and John Gerlach made the trip.

In closing, I regret reporting that classmates James H. Bell and Peter S. Barry died in recent months. Their obituaries, to be prepared by Bob Oliver, will appear in future website postings.

Mike Kane
May 16,2011