Alumni Notes: November / December 2009

Classmates who have not yet supplied an email address should take a few minutes to view the October 1 edition of our class web site www.yale62.org. Each posting is announced by email, and if we don't have yours, notifying you by this YAM column - months later - is the best we can do. That said, the web content will still be fresh, so take a look, and also please send me your email. This edition has an article by Chip Neville about NASA and the future of space flight, and a travel journal by Dave and Cindy Hummel with lots of great pictures of Japan. Plus a wide assortment of classmate news too extensive to fit in this column.

Secretary Jim White kicked off the Yale football season by attending the Georgetown game where Yale prevailed 34-10. As readers know the subsequent football news was not all good, but it may be a building year with new coach Tom Williams. Following his keen insights into the game, Jim added "I am contacting many classmates in the DC-MD-VA area (as Mike Kane is doing in the Boston area) to update contact information, as a way of generating interest both in our excellent website and in our 50th reunion. This is not a fund raising effort. One classmate I spoke with, Prof. Tad Kuroda, has retired from teaching history at Skidmore College, where my wife Catherine was a student of his. I'm not making that up. Catherine said Tad was the best prof she had. Last, but certainly not least, a personal note: my daughter Isabel, Yale College Class of 1996, gave birth June 19 to my first grandchild, a boy named Nico - Yale Class of 2031."

Al Gilman has sent in this news clip and (thoughtfully) his new email address: "I have retired as an active member of the UT Southwestern faculty and administration, although I retain the title of Regental Professor of Pharmacology Emeritus. My new position is Chief Scientific Officer of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). New email address is: agilman@cprit.state.tx.us.

And from our man in Paris, Norm Jackson, this: "The newlyweds (last Feb. 14) are getting ready for their honeymoon trip around the world. Well, actually it's a home-hunting trip. We're thinking of leaving Paris and moving closer to family, either hers or mine. So, we're going first to Bodhgaya, where the Buddha attained enlightenment for ten days, then on to Oz (Corsec note - Australia?) where we'll visit Margo's parents, five siblings, and her daughter, before visiting my daughter in Oakland and her son on Tortola. Just a little 3-month jaunt! (In or around) Paris has been my home for 25 years, so maybe it's time to see a bit of 'Down Undah' and move on. Anyway, it's going to be a fascinating trip, and we're both looking forward to it.

No doubt sending a chill through the ranks of the physicians in our class is this news, courtesy of a press release sent in by the PR firm representing John Fisher's Florida law firm . The release announces new honors for the firm and John, as follows, in part: "Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap, P.A. is pleased to announce that five of its shareholders have been listed in the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers in America. In addition, the firm is recognized as the top law firm in Orlando in Legal Malpractice Law and Professional Malpractice Law. Among the Fisher Rushmer attorneys on the list is: John E. Fisher - Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation and Professional Malpractice Law."

Our web site will next appear in December with a report on the Yale-Harvard Game, among other things, so between now and then we hope to receive a deluge of news about you and yours, plus more email addresses, and wish every one a happy holiday season.

Mike Kane Corresponding Secretary