Yale College Class of 1962


JULY 3, 2013 ISSUE


The Home (Haven) Advantage encourages people to age in their own homes. Louis Audette reveals his pioneering role.

Let's Share Our Wisdom About Alzheimer's An invitation to those with experience and knowledge.

The Public Moxie of Great Cities What makes cities great? Alex Garvin explains in an excerpt about New York from his new book.

Facing The Fear Of Our Differences An excerpt from Paul Wortman's Think Jung, including a nod to Chris Bent.

What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? Another invitation - to tell us yours.

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A Boldface Name in Cancer Research. Nobelist Alfred Gilman gets more recognition.

Sing-nificance. A river of singing from Peter Sipple.

Richardson's Rum Rummaging Gary's western photos will grab you.

Rustless A Phil Moriarty, Bill McMaster reunion

Just Turning a Page? Or Closing a Book? Norm Jackson did it in Paris and Provence.

The Lunch Bunch, cont'd. This is neither a posture nor a preening photo.

The Dinner Bunch We hear from a regular dining group in New Haven.

Happy Hatting Some of you would look ever so much nattier in Y62 haberdashery. Really.

Oh, Those Golden Weddings! Goodman and McCredie's anniversaries are noted. Add yours?

A Personal Note on Yale

Newly posted obituaries for Carl W. Barth, Charles F. Evans, Samuel H. Joseloff and Fred M. Reames

Tell us how we're doing. We'd appreciate it.




On The Boston Marathon Bombing, and a sampler of Bach favorites honoring his birthday


Yale '62


By Louis Audette

Members of Home Haven mingle at last summer's annual meeting "Lots of congeniality." Members of Home Haven mingle at last summer's annual meeting, held in the Pardee Rose Garden in North Haven, Connecticut, on the east flank of East Rock.

The last decade has seen the emergence of a commonsense alternative to senior living communities and old age homes. Called "aging in place," it involves staying in your own home, drawing on an inexpensive support network that helps find transportation, repair and maintenance people, and medical services that you and your family can't quite handle alone. The country now has at least 175 such networks.

Louis Audette (24everit@concentric.net), known to many of us as "Gary," is one of the movement's pioneers. Here is his candid story of the aging-in-place startup he works with in New Haven, "Home Haven," and of its dilemmas. For a glimpse of the member activities, which Louis says are its greatest benefit, check out the newsletter.

On February 9, 2006, a group of friends in the East Rock neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut, read an article in the New York Times about Beacon Hill Village, a project begun by neighbors in central Boston with the object of helping elderly citizens in their community stay in their homes instead of going to senior retirement facilities - in contemporary terminology, "age in place." The idea was that it should be cheaper and more enjoyable to live as long as possible in the comfort of one's own residence, while being able to "call the office" for reliable access to health agencies, household maintenance services, transportation and social activities.

Beacon Hill Village had been in development for almost five years and in actual operation for two before the Times article was written. When it officially opened its doors in 2004, the "village" had a board of directors, an executive director and close to 300 members. It was ready ...

Click here for the rest of Louis's article, including success stories and problems.

(With a link to a surprisingly uplifting video)

By Steve Buck

For eight years or so, my wife's mother has been suffering from dementia. Now 88, she's moved from independent to assisted living. It has been hard. She keeps wanting to go "home," wherever that is, and to see her mother. She still has her soul, her spirit, and her love of people - and that doesn't make it any easier for my wife.

My guess is that many members of the class have gone through this with their parents, or perhaps now with a spouse - or themselves. Beyond the emotional cost is the dollar cost, which many of us may be able to handle but some not. Even those who are well off may find themselves in the "sandwich" generation, pressed between caring for an aged parent and supporting children whom they encouraged to "go for their dream" even if the dream, to put it mildly, is not remunerative. These are big issues.

I also guess that some of us have wisdom about these thing to share. Some may be able to give very practical advice, such as how to navigate the complexities of getting long-term care insurance. Wives and female companions might have particular insights that we males miss or are reluctant to share.

Such wisdom might be useful for many of us. I commend a video that Chris Cory sent me. It is in fact uplifting, something one doesn't think of when Alzheimer's is mentioned. (Click here for the video.)

Please send me thoughts and experiences to share with classmates via this website. I am happy to discuss fledgling ideas before you write. [Ed. Note: Steve Buck is at rowyourboat@verizon.net.]


Paris! Chicago! New York! Philadelphia! Their economic power, not to mention their magic, flows from parks, parkways and plazas. An excerpt from Alex Garvin's latest book.

By Alex Garvin

Coney Island
Photo: Alexander Garvin
Economic engine. "Jones Beach (2010). Millions of people flock to this public beach, which would otherwise be private property."
"Are we capable of establishing good government through 'reflection and choice,' or are we destined to make political decisions through 'accident and force?'"

Garvin's latest tomeThat perennial question, posed by Alexander Hamilton in The Federalist Paper No 1, is freshly raised by Alexander Garvin in his monumental new book, The Planning Game: Lessons from Great Cities (W.W. Norton). "By the end of this book," he promises, "the reader will understand that the answer is 'both.'"

In exploring the mighty economics, power and politics that have channeled dynamic growth in Paris, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia (and by illustrating those cities' sweep with his own photographs), Alex makes a case against today's "skepticism... about the possibility of effecting change." He says the challenges were just as great for Baron Georges-Eugene Haussmann when he made the boulevards and gardens of Paris in the nineteenth century, as they have been for successful urban change-makers in more recent eras, and as they are today.

In this excerpt, Alex spotlights the underappreciated importance of streets, squares, parks, infrastructure, and public buildings, focusing on Robert Moses. A notable Yale graduate, Moses is sometimes best known through Robert Caro's Pulitzer prize-winning book with the unflattering title of The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York. Alex considers that a bum rap. Click here to learn why and grasp some public keys to New York City's success.

Alexander Garvin
Public frameworks Garvin wrangling interest group members in New York City after 9/11


Alex Garvin knows something about what successful planning takes. Consider one of his current projects — a bold master plan for the Atlanta Belt Line, a 1,400-acre network of greenspaces and parks along the corridor that surrounds Atlanta, linked by a 22-mile loop of light rail. It has been approved and initially funded. Besides that, he and his firm are now managing design projects for governments and private developers in six states. From 1996 to 2005, he was managing director of New York City's committee for the 2012 Olympic bid, and though London ultimately won, his involvement led to the job of directing planning, design and development for rebuilding Manhattan's World Trade Center site after 9/11.


Paul Wortman
Can humankind be one? Wortman
"Not many people can say they have changed so much in later life," a friend, psychologist, and author said three years ago about Paul Wortman.

Think Jung!Judge for yourself. In his first career, with an undergraduate math major and a Ph.D. in psychology from Carnegie Mellon, Paul was known for rigorous, data-based methods of assessing social programs, especially in medicine. Since retiring from his last post at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, he has swung to the intuitive end of the psychological spectrum, pursuing a decidedly non-mathematical interest in the Swiss psychoanalyst and early collaborator of Freud, Carl Jung. One result his 2011 book, Think Jung! How I Found Meaning in My Life (revised edition, 2012), published by Amazon's CreateSpace. Another is his blog, ThinkJung.wordpress.com, where he recently posted a mini essay on the relevance for our stage in life of the medieval myth of Parsifal as used by Richard Wagner. He has taught workshops on Jung at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Stony Brook.

"Is man connected to something infinite or not?" Paul addresses that question, and a possibly hopeful connection to Chris Bent, in the essay from Think Jung! that first appeared on our website several years ago. In the new edition he adds a poem, which he calls "my credo" and which he sent to Chris at the time. Chris replied: "Hey, your poem is absolutely marvelous ... that is how I choose to remember you."

Click on the link immediately above to read the essay, and here to read the poem from Think Jung!.


"I'm going to Yosemite this summer," a vibrant woman who's older than I am said last week.

"Why?" I asked.

"Because I've never done it," she said. She added, "I don't really have a bucket list, but we've all lived interesting lives. Doing more interesting things is not a sad attempt to stay young, it's aggressive. Why should we be closed out of anything?"

Why, indeed.

In future issues, your Corresponding Secretaries think it will be interesting for classmates to share the most important one or two things they hope to do before they die, and to add, if they want to, "because..."

Send us a couple of your ideas or dreams. We'll run them here, with your name or without it if you request that. If you want utter anonymity, don't e-mail, but send by snail mail without a signature or return address to Chris, Box 5002, East Hampton, NY 11937, USA.

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G protein
Courtesy University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Cancer key. The "G" protein identified by Alfred Gilman, a Nobel winner who just received another award designed to help stimulate more research aimed at cancer cures.

The slowly-mounting good news about cancer research and treatment has been highlighted by another honor for our 1994 Nobel laureate, Alfred Gilman. To encourage more investigation, the world's largest professional organization dedicated to advancing research in the field, the American Association for Cancer Research, has started giving special recognition to the leading researchers, and in March, the group made him one of the inaugural fellows of its Academy. The group cited his "extraordinary" work that has "propelled significant innovation and progress." Having graduated from Yale summa cum laude in biochemistry, he is now Regental Professor Emeritus of Pharmacolgy at the University of Texas Southwestern medical center in Dallas.

His work, explained a news release from the center, helped identify "G proteins and their critical role in how cells communicate to function properly," and has been "instrumental to understanding numerous diseases, including the development of tumors." Interruptions to cellular communications processes also can lead to skeletal deformation, metabolic problems, and compromised immunity. Over the years Alfred has been the chief scientific officer of a statewide Texas research institute for cancer prevention and research and dean of the UT Southwest medical school.

He's a boldface name in his field for another reason, too: medical students and pharmacologists know him for the textbook The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, often referred to as just "Goodman and Gilman."


Valley CDBirds do it. And so does Peter Sipple (sipplemp@gmail.com). Now living on the west bank of the Hudson River, he sings with a professional-level, 18-20 voice chorus called the Kairos Consort that rehearses and performs at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY, just south of Kingston. Kiros, loosely translated from Greek, means, "a moment in which significant events take place."

The Consort performs a Bach cantata every other month at the monastery, in addition to secular a cappella programs there and elsewhere. Recently the group produced a stirring CD, "The Valley Sings," featuring impeccable performances of works by composers associated with the Hudson River Valley like Peter Shickele (of PDQ Bach fame, but also a serious composer); Aaron Copland, who lived out his days in Peekskill; and four singers in the group including Peter. He contributes three settings of sonnets by the nineteenth century English poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. Order the disc on www.kairosconsort.org. Peter also directs a community chorus in Newburgh, NY, the Newburgh Chorale, which recently performed the Fauré Requiem.

Having helped organize the first international tour of the Yale Alumni Chorus (YAC) in 1998, Peter and his wife, Margaret, will go with that group this summer as it visits and performs in the Baltic countries of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania (see this link). Once a Whiff, always a Whiff, so Peter stays in close touch with the '62 Whiffs who, he says, "so enjoyed a bit of time back on stage for the 50th reunion." He has also sung with, and now helps direct, the vintage Whiffs who call themselves "Seems Like Old Times," (or S.L.O.T.). These gentleman songsters, drawn from Whiffs of the 1940s and '50s, sing at reunions and whenever called upon. Under the leadership of Fenno Heath, they recorded many of the old Yale favorites so that younger and future Whiff groups will have an accurate idea of what came before. If you're interested, contact Peter.

Come fall, Peter hopes to give us a summary of the YAC Baltic tour, probably in conjunction with other classmates taking part. "The great class of 1962," he says, "has been very well represented in these international singing opportunities, where diplomacy can play as important a role as music."


Gary Richardson photos
High-country Richardsonia. Says Gary: "Every day, I say a silent prayer of thanks to FDR and LBJ for saving me from having to experience in this 'economy' what the generation that warped my childhood went through."Gary Richardson photos

While many of us seem to be rummaging in our memories, Gary E. Richardson is preparing his for the public - in a new website he's tentatively calling Richardson's Rummage. He's posting items from his multiple pasts as, he says, a "teacher, curriculum specialist, journalist, TV producer, community organizer, NGO administrator, and government flack." (For any fellow Frank Lloyd Wright fans, Gary also responded to your CorSec's plea for tips to visitable Wright architecture, suggesting the Teater Studio in Bliss, Idaho.) In an accompanying blog, he has discovered at least one Snowden (if not of yesteryear) in the story of Edward Snowden, who outed the National Security Agency's cybertapping. But you don't have to agree with him or remember Catch 22 to enjoy his truly arresting photos of mountains and deserts, or to chuckle over his erstwhile operation of a "full-out gourmet restaurant, the Onion Valley Café," in the high Sierras.


Phil Moriarity (who runs an executive search firm in Chicago) writes: "I recently ran into our classmate Bill McMaster, who swam for my dad all four of our undergraduate years and captained the swimming team our senior year. We had a delightful visit catching up on a wide range of topics from family to Yale's possible new swimming pool, excitement surrounding Yale's President-elect Peter Salovey and the sad mess in Washington D.C.

"Bill, like yours truly, is still working full time. As an orthopedic surgeon in Orange County, California, he is performing full hip and knee replacements as well as teaching. He and Lynn traveled to India for their daughter's wedding. Their son is single, living and working in Idaho. Both he and I subscribe to the theory about retirement, "If you rest, you rust!"


Norm Jackson left Perth, Australia, near his home in Fremantle, in February, at 95 Fahrenheit, arriving during a blizzard in Paris, where he sold the apartment he had lived in for 15 out of his 30 years in France (an architect, he managed I.M. Pei's Paris office during the restoration of the Louvre).Then on to family visits, a "personal" retreat at Lerab Ling, a Tibetan Buddhist center in the Languedoc region of France, and a retreat with other Buddhist friends just north of London. After a week with his daughter and eight-year-old grandson in Oakland, California, he is now happily back in Australia where he relishes the "wonderful climate and light, delightful relaxed folk, and grand food. (Not to mention the wines!)."

Norm says he's "settling... into my new life here, free from any attachments except friends and family anywhere else in the world. Strange feeling, after 30 years in France."

"Someone said to me during my trip, 'So a page has turned!' 'No,' I said, 'a book has closed...'"

Lerab Ling Tibet in vineyard country. The Lerab Ling Buddhist center in France. Inset: Norm in Norfolk, VA


Lunch bunch
photo: Michael LeVine

No dress rule. Regulars and occasionals at the monthly 1962 lunch at the New York Yale Club that was described in our last regular issue. L. to R.: Richard Davis, Jack Williams, Larry Price, Ken Cascone, Patrick Rulon-Miller (transcribing bets in the monthly $1 pool on where the Dow will stand as of the next luncheon). Missing from this photo: Chris Cory, Larry Prince, Michael Levine, Todd Ogden, Steve Danetz. The usual meeting place, the Tap Room, was closed for renovations so we relocated to the rooftop dining room. To know when these take place, put yourself on the notification list by emailing Larry at lprince@jbprince.com.


Dinner bunch, New Haven
photo: Holly Swirsky
Almost a senior society? L. to r.: Swirsky, Arlene Dunn, Oliver, Barbara Oliver, Dunn, Patricia Carbone, Dan Koenigsberg, Carbone. Missing: Peter Cohen and Jane, Pirozzolo.

Gatherings of Y'62-ers don't just happen in New York City. (Ed. Note: tell us about yours!) Bob Oliver writes: "Some years ago, Gerry Swirsky and I, and our spice, began to have dinners at Mory's every couple of months. Then we said why not invite Jack Pirozzolo and David Dunn ("Dynamite") and his wife Arelene. Then when Tony Carbone retired and he and Patricia returned to Connecticut, he was added. It grew under the leadership of Holly Swirsky, who is a great organizer. Four of the guys were Hamden High grads: Gerry, Tony, Jack and Dynamite. Next time we plan to add some more locals. Good times and good debates between and among conservatives like Carbone and Dunn, liberals like me and Gerry, and iconoclasts like Jack. And the wives all get along!"


Bob Oliver is a lawyer, not a haberdasher. We gotta get him out of that business. Please harken to his plea:
  1. At the last Class Council meeting in April, at least three classmates asked for ties. For the reunion, we guaranteed and paid for 100 and have sold 60. Thus our class is out $25 x 40 and I want to sell these very fine ties and recoup the money for the class treasury. The cost is $25 by check payable to Yale Class of 1962, and I take care of the postage.
  2. Also at the meeting, someone asked about the hatbands (blue with 6Y2 insignia) for the straw hats. I am pleased to say that I have about a half dozen, which were returned to me when I settled up with the hatter. Just the hatbands. All straw hats were distributed, plus an additional number for widows and late arrivals which were ordered after the end of the reunion. Any of the additionally-ordered hats which were left over were returned to the hatter for full credit but I kept the extra hatbands for future use. Whoever wants a hatband - let me know. NO CHARGE
Don't be bashful; put that order in now! Send to Bob Oliver, 83 Trumbull Street, New Haven, CT 06511, or call 203-624-5111.


Put on your old grey bonnet
With the blue ribbons on it
And we'll hitch old Dobbin to the shay.
Through the fields of clover
We'll ride up to Dover
On our golden wedding day.

      "Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet" (1909)
      lyrics, Stanley Murphy, music, Percy Wenrich

Metaphorically, perhaps, a number of us are doing just that. If you'd like to have your golden wedding anniversary noted here, send a few specifics and/or reflections - AND PHOTOS, particularly if you ride in a shay — to Chris@christophercory.com.

Recently noted:
Ed Goodman and Lorna. (As a footnote, Art Trotman drolly notes that he and Kate are "catching up" with the Goodmans by celebrating their 49th.)

Jack McCredie and Yvonne "will be celebrating the big 50 on June 8 and making a visit to Scotland in late August to mark the great event. Time sure moves quickly when you are having fun!!"
Who else?


Editor's note: I just realized how little I know about what Yale is like these days. Not to tout the University's PR folks, but they have just put out two tasteful summaries of the very active last twenty years under Levin. Click on these embedded links to see a five-minute video, and a slightly more detailed list of 20 ways Yale has changed. We all know parts of this, but it's nice to have it drawn together. It made me feel a few fresh frissons of pride.

Please comment here to disagree or expand on these points from a '62 viewpoint.


Sad losses since our last edition. Full obituaries are now online for Carl W. Barth, Charles F. Evans, Samuel H. Joseloff and Fred M. Reames.

We have also received news of the deaths of James Heroy and Alan Ordway, and will post full obituaries for them, as well as for several others, as soon as they have been prepared.

From Bob Oliver's eloquent introduction to the necrology section of this website, which includes our full list to date:
"...One dominant impression remains: how so many of our classmates led interesting and remarkable lives, distinguished by their varied contributions to community, professions, the arts, service to others and family. They answered that clarion call to service that Bill Coffin and Pres. Griswold issued in September 1958."

Let us know what we're doing right, what we're doing wrong, and especially, what you'd like to see on our website. We're here for you. Thanks. Click here to let us know!


If you would like classmates to be notified about your funeral or memorial activities, the Class of 1962 will send information to our email list, providing we get the information in time. Please ask those who will be in charge to send the details to Bob Oliver at oliver@moglaw.com, phone 203-624-5111, and for backup to John Stewart, Co-Corresponding Secretary, at johnhargerstewart@gmail.com, phone 845-789-1407. We will not send information unless someone makes this request. Even if services are not involved, please encourage those involved to send basic information to the above and to the Yale Office of Information Resources at alumni.records@yale.edu or PO Box 208262, New Haven, CT 06520-8616, telephone 203-432-1100.