Alumni Notes: September / October 2015

In sports, fans, Jeff Luria is still owner of the Miami Marlins, and at a Yankees game early this year the staff arranged for the first pitch, traditionally thrown by a celebrity, to be tossed by no less than Jonathan Holloway, the dean of Yale College. We'll have the whole story on Yale62.org.

Ken Lockridge wrote his fellow historian Jon Saari about Jon's gentle website meditation on trees and aging, saying he himself is "seeking tranquility" in Gotland, Sweden, where another historian helps create a "bizarre little society of the historically conscious." Among the environmentally conscious, one of the reasons the Gulf of Mexico is in as good environmental shape as it is has to do with the work of Paul Kelly, who has been in the field of offshore energy and ocean policy with government, the academic community and the private sector for the better part of 30 years. In June, he reports, he was honored by Texas A&M University for his "work and dedication to preserving and protecting the Gulf," and for his efforts as a member of the U. S. Commission on Ocean Policy.

Sotto voce, Tom Triplett whispers that he loves the class's "communications and related articles" because he is "increasingly trending in the political direction of Attila the Hun" and "they provide a corrective rudder for this old blue. Don't tell the Koch bros of this sinful admission." Tom moved to Bend, Oregon not long ago: "golf, fishing, pheasant hunting, and skiing. My wife loves the blue skies. This piece of Eden would be perfect except I practice law full time. Labor and antitrust are my specialties. Might slow down on my 75th."

Another lawyer, Bob Oliver, lives in you-know-where and Tim Hall in Newton, Mass, near Boston. Neither has ever visited Tucson, where Bob Breault lives, but they traditionally triangulate their summer get togethers when Breault is vacationing on Cape Cod, meeting, as they did this year, in Worcester, Mass. Bob Oliver also participates in the annual "New Haven area '62 dinner," this year comprising two 'mates who are still working, Larry Lipsher and Bob himself, as well as Gerry Swirsky, Jim Killelea, Tony Carbone, their respective spice, and Dan Koenigsberg with, Bob writes, "a lovely lady he is dating."

Dan also was a participant when the Yale Alumni Chorus hosted an exciting five-day (!) International Choral Festival in New Haven this June. "Raising the level of performance" from the Class of '62, he proudly notes, were Griff Resor, Carl Kaestle, Mike Moore, Peter Sipple, Boyd Murray, Joe Holmes, John Gerlach, John Knutson and himself — the largest representation from a single Yale class out of the 140+ Yale singers present. "It was a wonderful combination of both musical performances and of cultural exchange, with groups from Sweden, Singapore, Cuba and Jerusalem (the latter with both Israeli and Palestinian youth)." The Yale group's major work was "The Chichester Psalms" by Leonard Bernstein, which Dan describes as "a powerful secular work that has become part of the traditional sacred music repertoire." In this midst of this demonstration that choral music is alive and well, the Yale group, happily, also performed vestiges of a fading part of the tradition, "one or two Yale songs."

In other getting-together news, John Marr and his wife Helen "had a wonderful visit" with Jim Knowles ('62) and his wife, Sharin Hetherington Knowles, in their bucolic home just out of Ligonier, PA. Like all of us septuagenarians, Jim has a few manageable problems (back complaints), but remains the same old incisive wit and a staunch Republican. (I forgave him for that, and gave him my Bernie Sanders button to wear at Rolling Rock Country Club. You may hear about a stoning of him there shortly.) He and Sharin have been happily married for over fifty years. I cannot comment on his many accomplishments in banking or his many philanthropic activities since retirement. That is up to him. Jim, please tell us!

Daniel Neary, reports Steve Buck, "is adapting to Parkinson's and the death of his wife, Emily, two and a half years ago after 49 years of marriage. He has worked as a reporter (his report on how the bulk milk tank dispossessed tens of thousands of small Vermont farmers in the 1950s and '60s resulted in an avalanche of mail), a short story writer and more recently as a fine art photographer with solo shows at Vermont galleries. His daughter Jessica carried on the artistic tradition as an accomplished painter; her twin, Carla, is managing editor of The Bridge, a local twice monthly publication. Though Daniel says travel is not easy, he hopes to make it to our 75th birthday celebration in September."

Our class gave the welcoming "doormat" to the cultural upheavals followed us on campus and roiled US society in the '60s, points out Tappy Wilder. For autumnal reading, Tappy is recommending Howard Gillette's highly-readable new cultural history of his Yale class, 1964, titled Class Divide. And if you knew "Sam" Chauncey (Henry, Jr.) and want to dip a toenail into the stormy, ultimately peaceful "May day" weekend when the Black Panthers and their supporters flooded the Yale campus, Sam has just edited a book of reminiscences and news photos, May Day at Yale, 1970.