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Yale 62

YAM Notes: January/February 2024

By John D. Hatch III for the Communications Team. YAM@Yale62.org

In July 1963, Rod Speer visited Athens (port Piraeus) as a young Ensign with the Sixth Fleet. He writes that “the year before, I had issued the standard well-wished farewell to my Greek classmate (“If I ever get to Athens…”)… (so I) connected with Haralambos (Harry) Botsis. So now, 60 years later, my wife Virginia Dempsey and I—(were)—in Athens..(on)…a Viking cruise. We met up with Harry…(who) worked his career mostly in the Greek shipbuilding industry. He has four grown children. I retired in 2007 from the Navy Department (civilian, not uniformed), where I worked in its shipbuilding division…(so).. Harry and I had something in common besides Yale and a sixty-year personal reunion history! He would be happy to see other 1962 classmates who may be visiting Greece, as happened in 2013 with a group of them.”

When Tim and Marcy Hall and were browsing through the gift shop on Monhegan Island, ME, in June, Tim said he “heard a voice call out, ‘What class were you in?’ It took me a few seconds to realize that she was talking to me. I expressed puzzlement, and she pointed to my hat, which had a big Y on it. When I replied 1962, she grinned and said, ‘My husband is in that class! Jack Partridge.’ She gave me Jack’s contact information as he was not on the island. On a very cordial e-mail exchange we shared that we both had some mixed feelings about our years at Yale (but) we have no regrets about going there.”

Further, Tim said, “A similar experience happened the next month …(at)…the Chautauqua Institution. I looked through the program for the coming week and noticed that there was going to be a book discussion led by Jack McCredie. I sent Jack, whom I haven’t seen since college, an e-mail to say hi and to ask if he were the same person who is doing the book session. He wrote back, saying, ‘Guilty as charged!’ He and Marcy and I arranged to get together for coffee and a chat. We attended his workshop and few days later, we had a wonderful visit over drinks with Jack and Yvonne on their front porch with what has to be the greatest view of Chautauqua Lake on the campus.” Jack and Tim have subsequently done an interview which can be found on our website, Yale62.org.

In over the transept came a note from Paul Bursiek: “Putting the inherent boredom of old age to good use, I have completed and hung at my back fence and/or house loft, multiple pieces of ‘artwork.’ For the most part, they are built of duct tape and range in size from small to quite large… several feet by several feet. Ozo, a coffee shop in Boulder, CO, displayed several of the pieces for the month of January 2023 and, with the resulting favorable response, scheduled a second show for January 2024. If curious, go to Instagram.com and search under: bursiekpaul. You will find 80 plus postings, each being a photo of an original work; enjoy.” A few of those pictures now appear on our class website.

Four fascinating and very different Coffee Hours have taken place since the last copy was submitted to YAM.  August’s panel discussed what Oceana and Yale are doing to respond to various environmental needs. Yale’s efforts were presented by Amber Gerrard of the Office of Sustainability and by physicist Matt Eiseman; Sam Waterston shared Oceana’s work and Gary Richardson was the moderator. In September, Lee Bolman moderated an update of the earlier local Politics discussion with Al Chambers, Bill Robinson, Ed Rayon and Ken Merkey sharing updates their local perspectives. Reporter Jim Brooke, ’77 and Yale Prof. Marci Shore spoke from their recent and personal experiences in the country on the background for Ukraine’s conflict in October, and China’s politics was November’s panel with Prof. Dan Mattingly Y’04 and Kent Hughes. All are available on our website, Yale62.org.

Charlie Brainard’s memorial in Hamilton, MA in September provided for a gathering of classmates and friends to share reminiscences of Charlie; many of whom were members of Fence, including Ellery McLanahan and wife Kay and Dudley Taft and wife Tina, and Bunny Terry. Art Trotman was unable to attend, noting “With my current health situation I am residing at the Waterstone Assisted Living in Stamford, CT.”  Ellery send a picture, noting it was a beautiful gathering on a beautiful day, of the McLanahans and Tafts returning from the event that can be found on our class website, in This Just In (the paper airplane image at the top left of the front page).

In closing, we are sorry to have to inform you that Payson R. (“Whit”) Whitney, Jr. and Louis (“Louie”) S. Echols have recently left the Class of ’62. Obituaries will be posed for all on the website.

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