Yale College Class of 1962


APR. 22, 2015


Being Mindful of DyingBeing Mindful of Dying Bill Stork walks us through a subject not always addressed head-on

Writing with careMeticulous Caring Bob Oliver's journey, chronicling the lives of our departed classmates

RemembranceNew Obituary Essays Barnes, Bell, Freeman, Greer, McKee, Pappas, Pirozzolo, Russell and Saine

What's that word?Feeling Fine, Having Fun Jack Graves on word power and more

TreesThe Wisdom of Trees Jon Saari on commonalities we share with other species

Notice of Memorial and Funeral Services The system we have in place.

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No way these remaining aren't interesting:
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    (Wednesday, May 13)
  • Obama's Iran Deal Is Good For America
    (Tuesday, May 26)
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FEB. 18, 2015
WILDER SIDE OF WINTER Wilder by Stewart, plus Greer, Hedlund, Marr, Kovel, Kolodny, Finkle and more

JAN. 27, 2015
A JANUARY TRIO Fine, short articles by Starr, Weil and Boyd

The Fall '14 Intelligence Squared Debate Series on Yale'62, including FIVE EASY PIECES

NOV. 21, 2014
Summer and Other Vacations A potpourri of updates from Finkle, Truslow, Newberger, Stott, Snider and more.

AUG. 19, 2014
Mirror Selves Zucker on Elihu, Starr on Central Asia, Platt on nicer cities, and more.

JUNE 17, 2014
Arresting Responses to the Normandy Anniversary Edition (Special Edition) Gorry evoked family memories of yesteryear, while Buck focused on current events.

JUNE 11, 2014
Normandy Edition (Special Edition) Hovland and Wortman contribute early memories

APR. 18, 2014
America's Role in the World (Special Edition) Buck, Hughes and Starr weigh in on world events

MAR. 10, 2014
WINTER '14 ISSUE Starr on New Orleans, Barnes on Watch Hill, Garvin on Atlanta, Burton on brain science, Saari on Austria, and more

JAN. 7, 2014
JAN. '14 POST-HOLIDAY ISSUE Metz on biking, Kane on hockey, LeVine on Cuba, and more

SEPT. 4, 2013
SEPT. '13 SUMMER ISSUE Syria, Civil Rights, a Pre-Nup and campus sports

JULY 3, 2013
JULY '13 PATRIOTIC ISSUE Audette's retirement solution, aging concerns, cities...

APR. 2013
Boston Marathon Bombing (Special Edition) Classmate responses

MAR. 2013
Bach Favorites (Special Edition) In honor of the great composer's birthday

MAR. 19, 2013
MARCH '13 ISSUE Science, travel, public policies and a potpourri of other topics

For previous issues you can search by author's name and key content words here.
April 23, 2015

Dealing with Dying, Yale62 edition
Cartoon by Bill Hamilton for If you'd like to own the original, make Bill an offer at He'll donate the proceeds to the class. (FYI, The New Yorker sells originals for $1200 and up. We're starting our bidding at $500.)

Dear Classmates,

With this issue we deal with our own deaths in what we hope are constructive ways. You'll find
Bill Stork on his plans to lighten the burden of practical matters that inevitably falls on survivors;
— Links to newly completed obituaries of classmates, giving a cross-section of lifetime achievements from well-known to quiet: Chaplin Barnes, Peter Bell, Grey Freeman, Peter Greer, Charlie McKee, Jim Pappas, Jack Pirozzolo, George Russell, and Thomas Saine;
— A look at our class's unusual approach to obituaries, marshalled by Bob Oliver, with tips on how we can help him;
— Recent musings on aging ambition by sportswriter Jack Graves, and on dying trees by historian Jon Saari.
If this food for thought stimulates you to send us reflections and suggestions of your own, please know they will be welcomed with special warmth by
— Your aging editors,

        Chris Cory
        Steve Buck
        John Stewart

Click here to add your comments.

Being Mindful of Dying

By Bill Stork

Bill StorkWorth hearing. Bill Stork at a recent Yale Leadership Forum

Hey! We all know we will! But when we do, is that a situation where we can care about the ones left behind? Or do we just leave it to them to pick up the pieces?

I have talked to a number of people in my generation, Yale grads and others, about how we should best prepare those that follow for our passing. As I see the increasing number of classmates on the Necrology list, I am mindful that (hello!) I always could be next. And while it may be helpful to discuss "death with dignity," hospice, and other avenues for departure, I am continually reminded of how our survivors must cope with the departure of a loved one at a time when emotions are raging so high.

Part of the answer... click here to find this and many other parts of the answer, including Bill's recommendations for other short readings and Steve Buck's experience with "covering seemingly lugubrious subjects in a very positive way." Please note Bill's acknowledgement that not everything his says will be relevant to all of us, and his nice suggestion that others add their own experiences, thoughts and recommendations.

Meticulous Caring

"That none shall pass and be forgotten in silence."

Bob ONot in silence. Caring and respectful, Bob Oliver so far has written or supervised even-handed obituaries for 170 members of the class of 1962.
When one of our classmates, Paul Johnson, died in 1996, neither Yale College, the Yale Law School, his alma maters, nor most of his Yale acquaintances were told.

Yet 14 years later, a six-paragraph obituary appeared in our class's "In Memoriam" archive.

It was a fruit of the persistence of Bob Oliver, the remarkable obituary voice for all of us over the last 28 years. At the end, Bob, as usual, acknowledged the sources he tracked down through "all kinds of phone calls" — a Wellesley administrator who was a cousin of Paul's, a relative who was a 1984 Yale graduate and was teaching at Columbia, and our classmate Jack Williams. Bob had started with only a simple note that the University's alumni records office generated when news of the death finally got there.

Other difficult obituaries have involved... click here for the rest of this article, and click here for suggestions about preparing information about your life that your survivors can submit.

Newly Added Obituaries
for Yale '62 Classmates

Click on the links below for obituaries posted on our class "Obituaries" page since the last such announcement.

With respect Chaplin Barnes
Peter Bell
Grey Freeman
Peter Greer
Charles McKee
Jim Pappas
Jack Pirozzolo
George Russell
Thomas Saine

Feeling Fine and Having Fun

By Jack Graves

From The East Hampton Star, February 18, 2015

I've got to get beyond the birth-and-death thing, as my Zen book advises, though the good news is that my birthday is tomorrow and Mary is going to take me out to dinner.

Jack GravesUn-grave Graves. Jack the jock at a past edition of the annual Artists and Writers baseball game in East Hampton, NY
When recently the subject of first loves came up, I told her that mine had tossed me over in the end because I had "no ambition."

"That was what Mom and I always admired about you, that you had no ambition," she said, "that you chose to go your own way."

"Well, I do have ambition," I said. "It's just not the usual kind. For instance, I'm very ambitious to know what the chemical word for beet juice is. It's a question in today's crossword puzzle."...

Click here for the rest of Jack's column.

The Wisdom of Trees

By Jon Saari

Jon and Christine Saari
A historian's muse. Jon and Christine on their farm in Austria with an aging pear tree that stirred Jon's reflections. He writes: "Most of the bark is gone, and the ashen wood, long home to nesting birds and insects, is breaking apart. Only a thin continuous strip of bark on one side protects the living layers that draw sustenance through the roots to nourish the leaves, blossoms, and fruit."

We can learn from trees, I wrote recently in a nature essay: We appreciate the fine grains of wooden furniture and floors, the beauty of turned bowls and sauna buckets, the solid log walls of a homestead... But whole living trees have more to teach us. We share life and death with them.

Trees have a life cycle that, like ours, can be cut short by disease, accidents, disturbances. They stand patiently in one place, as they must, but reach beyond themselves with seeds and fruits and the myriad creatures that briefly call them home. Their lives can ebb away for decades, with parts rotting while roots, strips of living bark, and green leaves keep replenishing their life with water and light. Even as fallen logs, trees nurture other forms of life for many years.

The process of aging interests me most now, because that is where I am, nearing age 75, closer to death than birth....

Click here for coffee and savoring the world.


If you would like classmates to be notified about your funeral or memorial activities, if we get the information in time the Class of 1962 will send information to the names on our class email list. Please ask those who will be in charge to send the details to Bob Oliver at, 203-624-5111, and for backup to John Stewart, Co-Corresponding Secretary, at, 845-789-1407. We will not send out information unless someone makes this request.


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