Alumni Notes: November / December 2015

There's a jolly in your future. "We Boston types have decided it's about time to have a '62 mini-reunion here in Boston," writes Murray Wheeler, speaking for himself and his co-chairs, Whit Knapp and Mike Kane. "We're thinking over the formidable resources in this amazing city and promise a truly jolly time in late April - specifically, Thursday, April 28, through Sunday, May 1. So mark your calendars, check your address books for chums who have offered you lodging should you ever pass this way, and stand by for further details as they develop (ed. note: on www.yale62.org and in emails). We've engaged pros to help us with the logistics, including hotel options, of course, and we're well aware of the numerous world-class attractions literally at our doorstep. If you're inclined to commit this far ahead, feel free. Any indication of interest would be very welcome. Ideas, too!" Murray is at 617-661-3669, 617-515-7884, murwheels@gmail.com.

Yale acknowledged a subject "too long avoided" when, prompted by the June massacre of black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, Steve Buck joined a chorus of people calling, as Steve's letter to the Association of Yale Alumni said, for "renaming Calhoun College, given that Calhoun was a slave owner and staunch advocate of slavery." In what seemed to be a response to many people, the AYA replied that "The university has said it welcomes engagement and discussion on this important topic: The tragedy in Charleston, on top of countless preceding tragedies in our country's history, has elevated public opinion and disclosure on difficult subjects that have too long been avoided." The AYA promised to share Steve's note with "appropriate colleagues in the university administration." As of September, the Yale Daily News reported that a number of websites had sprung up to collect opinions, including a Yale College site called "An Open Conversation" (http://yalecollege.yale.edu/open-conversation). Both President Salovey and Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway spoke about Calhoun's namesake during their freshman addresses.

Discovering just what a laid-back lakeside cottage should be at our age, during the week after July 4 Neal Ormond, Pete Lewis, Ford Maurer and their wives Mary, Wendy and Christine converged at the Maurer's cottage in South Haven, Michigan. Ford says "The cottage is a few blocks from Lake Michigan and really in the woods, under 120-foot oak and tulip trees -- your basic 3 bedroom, 1950's-vintage cottage with a deck and Koi Pond. Pete and Wendy had a 14 hour drive from their home in Southwestern Virginia, while Mary and Neal were a closer drive from Aurora, Illinois. We talked a neighbor into taking us on a boat ride on the Lake, which included a view of the Cook nuclear power plant. Pete, a volunteer fireman in Virginia, enjoyed the tour of Spencer Manufacturing in South Haven, where they manufacture fire trucks. Neal is President of the School Board in Aurora, so it was interesting hearing his viewpoint on American Education. The highlight for Christine was Wendy showing her how to make "Shrimp Scampi!"

An economist with ideas about changing urban parking, Donald Shoup was a member of our class until he blasted out of Yale a year early and joined '61. Denny Fuller spotted him in a Time magazine story last spring and sent it along. Don's bio at UCLA, where he's Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Urban Planning, says that in his book, The High Cost of Free Parking (revised in 2011), he "recommends that cities should charge fair market prices for on-street parking, use the meter revenue to finance public services in the metered neighborhoods, and remove off-street parking requirements."

Norm Jackson, an architect who once worked with I.M. Pei on renovations at the Louvre, now takes stunning nature photographs of Australia, his new home. We'll add some to the photos by classmates that we enjoy posting on the website. On June 4th, Norm says, he "became an Aussie, so now I'm a Yank, a Frog, and a Sandgroper, with three passports to prove it." Rumor mill: Sam Waterston declined the class's "75th birthday" party at the NY Yale Club in September because he was going to be "in Hollywood," according to Dave Honneus. Hmm. Sam played a "sagely bearded" Prospero in New York City last summer, in the Shakespeare in the Park production of "The Tempest." In our growing laurels gallery, after working 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, Paul Kelly was honored by Texas A&M University for his work and dedication to preserving and protecting the Gulf of Mexico, and for his work on the U. S. Commission on Ocean Policy.

Bill Stork, following up on his article for our website about "dealing with dying," has recommended a free booklet from the Dana Foundation, Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain, which has a page with the intriguing title "Brain-Aging Myths You Can Forget." Sharply, Bill says the foundation also makes available a free accompanying DVD. He reported in the summer that "from my four-month hospital experience I have now had two months of rest, recovery and rehabilitation, and I recently enjoyed my first solo 'away from home' social event."

Necrology: We sadly report the death of Michael de Vlaming Flinn. In due course, an obituary will be posted on our website.