Alumni Notes: November / December 2012

Christopher T. Cory, Corresponding Secretary. Box 5002, East Hampton, NY 11937, Chris@ChristopherCory.com
Stephen Buck, Co-Corresponding Secretary, rowyourboat@verizon.net
John C. Stewart, Co-Corresponding Secretary, JohnHargerStewart@gmail.com

In a sidelight to the Bin Laden killing, Chris Bent, our former Navy SEAL (the first person to reach the first Apollo Spacecraft to splash down from space), has been reading recent books on the SEALs, including the one in the news this fall, "No Easy Day." He explains the title as derived from a SEAL expression, "the only easy day was yesterday," which Chris says "becomes the philosophical mantra to get through the tough days of training, especially Hell Week." He says "buy the book—it's a good read and the money goes to their causes [that SEALS support]." But he mistrusts the process by which the books are lifting the "veils" on the methods these teams use. Each SEAL book "contains bits of protocol that would best have remained invisible. The whole purpose of the SEALs is to be unseen. The less known, the safer the guys are."

Bill Reilly went to Rio early in the summer for the latest UN environment conference, Saturday, then to Turkey, Sicily and Paris with his wife, Libbie. At press time Chris Lydon was hoping for November broadcast, from his Radio Open Source base, of a set of programs and blogs from a journey to Cairo, Tunis and Beirut to "get inside the imagination of the Arab Spring."

On the aging scene, Louis (Gary) Audette is deeply engaged with East Rock Village, an organization in the New Haven area with which he has been active for the last three years. Villages are a fast-growing part of the movement to enable people to "age in place" in their homes rather than in assisted living institutions, helped by organizations that provide many of the services offered by continuing care centers, including rides to doctors' appointments and in-home access to health care providers and home maintenance services. East Rock Village is working with a consultant and branding firm to find a new name, since it has grown well beyond its original neighborhood. Louis says he will reveal the new name when he writes about this soon for Yale62.org.

From Oxford, Maryland, for the last two years Jan Greer has been giving counsel of various kinds, which he sums up with a dry parable from the book "Charlie Wilson's War," about the CIA's covert support of Afghan resistance to the Soviet Union in the 1980's. Jan has the story on his Linked In site: "There's a little boy, and on his 14th birthday he gets a horse... and everybody in the village says, 'how wonderful. The boy got a horse.' And the Zen master says, 'we'll see.' Two years later, the boy falls off the horse, breaks his leg, and everyone in the village says, 'How terrible.' And the Zen master says, 'We'll see.' Then, a war breaks out and all the young men have to go off and fight... except the boy can't cause his leg's all messed up. And everybody in the village says, 'How wonderful.' Now the Zen master says, 'We'll see.'"

Jim Kelly and his wife Joan saw… that 2011 "was one of the most joyous and amazing years of our 44 years together. Both of our children were married!" Sarah's wedding too k place in Chicago, Andy's in the hills of the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California. Jim and Joan are working part-time (Jim as a doctor for Social Security, Joan teaching at various US and Canadian locations) "with no immediate plan to stop, particularly given the economy."

Proof of the Reunion pudding started to emerge when erstwhile Saybrook roommates Karl Frank and Louis Alberino reconnected at the reunion and, Karl says, their wives, Maryann and Joan, who had never met, "became great friends in no time." Result: they have now exchanged their first visits, Karl and Joan to Lou's place in Milton MA, Lou and Maryann to Karl's in Gloucester. Also post reunion, Bob Oliver, at oliver@moglaw.com, has a number of class ties on hand, which are available at $24.50, class cost, the proceeds going to the class treasury. Bob pays the postage; you look good.

World-changers continue to leave us. Joseph Graham was among those attending a service at Yale for Lee Paterson, who died just weeks after attending our reunion and explaining the changes in Yale and its world in a terrific essay for our reunion book. In a tribute, Joseph describes Lee's work as a professor, mostly at Yale, whose "publications changed his field of Medieval Studies forever" and whose "teaching was legendary…. With all that, Lee was a full and rich human being," touching students with "his dry sense of humour, his strict sense of honor, and his deep sense of humanity."

Another crowd nearly filled Battell Chapel, including Bob Oliver, Louie Mackall, Tom Cutler, Mike Kane, and your CorSec, for a memorial service for Tom Luckey, who died in late August. His four children spoke, including Spencer, a graduate, as was Tom, of the Yale Architecture School. Tom was extolled as an endlessly inventive sculptor and architect, most recently of the multi-story "Luckey Climbers" for children that are now in 30 museums and shopping centers around the world with more in the works. Said David Sellars, a fellow architect, "Everything Tom did was never seen before in the history of the planet. It was all fresh."

Full obituaries are posted on www.Yale62.org as they are completed. Please send tributes and reminiscences to Bob Oliver. The care Bob puts into this effort was shown recently when, twenty-seven years after Scott Peterson's death, Bob corrected the omission of his daughter in our website tributes.

Charles Jeremy Shaw 3/19/38 - 6/2/11
Fred Martin Reames 8/12/40 - 7/19/12
Thomas Walker Luckey 1/6/40 - 8/19/12