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News Briefs concerning classmates and other items, including Ken Merkey, a recording of a talk on Vincent Scully, Yale Admissions news, Yale Rhodes Scholars, Bill Weber, Yale Alumni Academy, COP28, Ken Merkey, Phil Proctor, Tom Triplett, Rod Speer, Harry Botsis and much more. READ THE LATEST…


In MemoriamJohn C. LawsonJohn C. Lawson
Feb. 8, 2024
Obituary to be posted
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Chip NevilleCharles W. “Chip” Neville
Feb. 4, 2024
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David W. WillsDavid W. Wills
Jan. 18, 2024
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Bob MeehanRobert S. Meehan
Jan. 28, 2024
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William M. Carleton
Nov. 11, 2023
Obituary to be posted
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Whit WhitneyPayson R. Whitney, Jr.
Oct. 31, 2023
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Sherm ChickeringSherman Bay Chickering
Feb. 22, 2023
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Robert L. JacksonRobert L. Jackson
Feb. 11, 2023
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Louis EcholsLouie S. Echols III
May 13, 2022
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Roger J. StoneRoger J. Stone
Feb. 14, 2023
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Peter E. Maxim
July 14, 2023
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Richard R. Davis
Aug. 7, 2023
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Charles BrainardCharles E. Brainard
July 6, 2023
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Stephen W. BuckStephen W. Buck
Apr. 30, 2023
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Bob ConneryRobert T. Connery
Nov. 29, 2022
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Kip KincadeChristopher L. Kincade
Feb. 14, 2023
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Lew SpratlanLewis Spratlan
Feb. 9, 2023
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Toby Berger
May 25, 2022
Obituary is posted
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Tip: Select any of the Obituaries Index links above to view all of the obituaries of our ’62 classmates we currently have on our site.

4/09/24
Our April ’24 Coffee Hour: Lifelong Learning

On April 4, we were joined by psychologist Jesse Geller, who spoke about the importance of learning throughout our lives, and also by Lauren Summers from YACOL (Yale Alumni College), who spoke about the program and the many opportunities it affords Yale alumni to never stop learning. Please enjoy the informative recording.

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4/05/24
Thoughts on a Possible Second Trump Administration

By Kent Hughes

It is still months away from the presidential election and the latest poll numbers point to a close race. Clearly it is time to think about what policies a second term for former President Trump might bring.

Two questions about the election demand our attention: what our allies are thinking about the support they will receive in a future Trump America First presidency; and what an America First presidency could mean for America’s international trade… READ KENT’S FULL ESSAY HERE


4/02/24
Yale Admissions Sets New Records: Getting In Is Harder Than Ever

AI-generated image by Copilot, powered by DALL-E 3

by Lee G. Bolman, Y62 Communications Team member

This year’s Yale admissions story is more applicants and a lower acceptance rate than ever. For the first time in memory, Yale had more applicants than Harvard, and the two were in a statistical tie for acceptance rate. In short, it’s harder than ever to become a Yalie, and Yale has never been more competitive with its neighbor in Cambridge.

By the numbers, Yale accepted 2,146 students from 57,465 applicants… READ LEE’S FULL ARTICLE HERE


3/27/24
Yale Basketball’s High-Drama Ivy Title March Madness Run

Yale v Auburn

Bulldogs v. Auburn. Courtesy Yale Daily News, Ben Raab, Contributing Photographer

by Lee G. Bolman, Sportswriter Emeritus, Yale Daily News

Yale’s men’s basketball team had a magical end-of-season run, winning two hard-fought, come-from-behind games to scoop up both the Ivy League title and a stunning first-round March Madness victory. In the Ivy title game, the Elis trailed Brown by 6 points with less than half a minute to play, but outscored the Bruins by 8-1 the rest of the way. Down by 2 points with seconds to go, junior guard Bez Mbeng dribbled toward the basket to draw Brown defenders, then dropped a perfect bounce pass to wide-open senior forward Matt Knowling, who calmly sank a jump shot at the buzzer to win the game, 62-61.

The Ivy Title win earned the Elis a trip to the NCAA tournament for the fourth time… READ LEE’S FULL REPORT HERE


3/27/24
NOSTALGIA
Budding Basketball Entrepreneur

imagined by Copilot (AI)

by Lee V. Bakunin

At the Jewish Community Center in Bridgeport, I played basketball around age 11-12 on a team called the “Cilco Slivers” sponsored by a local lumber company. Several years later, I formed a team, “Stratoes,” in the teenage 15- and 16-year-old league. Got to name the team, find a sponsor, design the jersey, recruit the players and even had a high school basketball coach. Mr. Carpenter. At 5’8”, I was the starting center. A forerunner of things to come.

Still have both jerseys and fond memories.

When the Stratoes won our JCC League Championship in 1955, Harry Gallatin, Star forward for the New York Knicks, spoke at our league banquet where we received… READ LEE’S FULL ESSAY HERE


3/14/24
A Short History of Lifelong Learning in Boise

By Gary Richardson and Diane Ronayne

In the late-1990s, a Boise physician and his wife, adjunct faculty at Boise State University, wanted to establish “something between community education classes and a rigorous college curriculum for people over 50.” The idea found fertile ground at the university’s continuing education office where others also were nursing ideas about a program for adults eager to learn simply for the joy of learning. … CLICK TO READ GARY AND DIANE’S FULL REPORT


3/14/24
Alumni Fellow Elections and Legacy Admissions: Hartford Weighs In

by Lee Bolman

Alumni fellow elections and legacy admissions both made news in Hartford during the last week of February. A district court judge ruled that the Yale Corporation has full authority… CLICK TO READ LEE’S REPORT


3/14/24
Ivy Requiem 2024
a “tongue-in-cheek” poem by Lee V. Bakunin

O tempora! O mores!
O Eli Yale!
The fates have descended
Telling you to bail. … CLICK TO READ LEE’S POEM


3/11/24
Our March ’24 Coffee Hour on Artificial Intelligence

On March 7, Professor Brian Scassellati joined us to let us know what’s happening with AI on campus. Enjoy this wonderful recording!

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2/21/24
Israel, Palestine and Free Speech at Yale
By Lee Bolman

If you were head (the title previously known as master) of Grace Hopper (the College previously known as Calhoun), how would you have responded recently when you learned that a firestorm was brewing after a message, “Death to Palestine,” had appeared on a whiteboard outside… READ LEE’S FULL ESSAY HERE


2/21/24
“Our Dream”
By Lee V. Bakunin

If you want it, you might get it
And now you’ve got it…
But what do you have?
It’s yours and no one else’s

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL POEM, AND LEE’S NOTE ON ITS AUTHORSHIP


2/21/24
Open to Debate

Classmate Bob Rosenkranz has rebranded his debate series from “Intelligence Squared U.S.” to “Open to Debate,” and it still features difficult topics debated in intelligent ways. From the Open to Debate website: “The nonpartisan debate series Open to Debate in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations is taking a closer look at Iran in a post-October 7th world.”

Please here or on the image above to view this recent debate.


2/09/24
My Health Hegira, or A Never-Ending Story
By John Harger Stewart

I suppose it began late last summer when an oncoming car on MY side of the road did not as I might have hoped give way, and I turned to the left too late to avoid a collision. Aside from a cracked rib and a few scratches I was fine; my car was totaled.

Next, just as I finished putting away the very large clay flowerpots I tripped over my hand truck and fell straight on to my nose, broken two places on… READ JOHN’S COMPLETE ESSAY HERE


2/05/24
Our February ’24 Coffee Hour: Jimmy Hatch

On February 1, a day before Punxatawney Phil issued his decree for the year, we sat down with an undergraduate who will become an alumnus with the Class of ’24, James “Jimmy” Hatch. We listened as he told us about his life, and how he rose from challenging beginnings to joining the Navy, where he earned the right to become a SEAL, then finally, through a series of remarkable events, landing in New Haven as an Eli Whitney scholar at Yale. Retired SEAL, wounded veteran, author and scholar; his is an amazing story; please enjoy the recording above.

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1/30/24
Yale ’62 Interview: Bob Breault

In late January, classmate Bob Breault, a most accomplished man of many hats, sat down with Y62 Communications Team member Bill Weber to warm up the season with some frank discussion about China and the U.S. The interview is chock-full of useful, interesting and possibly new understanding of our relationship with one another. Please enjoy!

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1/25/24
Russia’s Future: What Experts Expect

Y62 Communications Team member Lee Bolman writes: Classmate Fred Starr edited a just-published collection of papers titled, “Experts’ Scenarios on Russia’s Future.” In the introduction, he writes, “Acknowledging that the future is indeed unknowable, it is nonetheless of great value to find out how a range of leading analysts perceive it.” The collection includes contributions from 25 experts in 16 countries. Some are optimistic; others are dark. All deal in some way with the war in Ukraine. The entire collection is accessible at Silk Road Studies. The front matter, Fred’s introduction, and his own contribution are here on our website at this link: SEE THIS MATERIAL


1/15/24
Our January ’24 Coffee Hour: Israel and Hamas

On January 11, we welcomed several speakers to help us discuss the situation in Israel and Gaza. Classmate Howard Kaufman spoke to us, and he was followed by members of our late classmate Steve Buck’s family: Steve’s widow, Hala Buck, their daughter Leila Buck, and their son-in-law Adam Abel. Please view this earnest, information-packed recording to see what we learned from our presenters, and please comment here.

Leila also provided us with links to sites with additional information on the topic:
        • Breaking the Silence
        • Jewish Voice for Peace
        • Standing Together


1/05/24
Will the Yale Class of ’62 Live to See the End of Democracy in the USA?
A candid opinion from an astute classmate closely watching the political scene

By Bill Weber

Will our class live to see the end of democracy in the USA? If the answer is yes, it will be because Donald Trump will have been reelected and his administration will have been structured in the fashion of dictators past and present around the world, ensuring a continuation of the policies and personalities of his first term in office, with some notable exceptions as evidenced by events of the recent… READ BILL’S FULL ESSAY HERE


1/05/24
Pre-Yale Sports Experiences
Sports Memories of the ’40s and ’50s

Boys playing marbles in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1947.

Boys playing marbles in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1947. Ed Westcott/United States DOE

By Lee V. Bakunin

As a kid of the 1940s, sports were ingrained in my psyche.

I looked up to local high school, college, semi-pro and pro star athletes who were more skilled and coordinated than we young’uns. A natural segue from playing marbles, bouncing a ball, playing pick-up sticks, flipping sports cards, skipping rope and learning yo-yo tricks from the Duncan Yo-Yo Schoolyard Rep, I soon grew to follow football, baseball and basketball.

Mom’s family grew up in Brooklyn, so we were Dodgers Fans and followed every player on the team, Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Roy Campanella, and others.

My father was a Yale grad (’28S), so I knew all about Dink Stover… READ LEE’S FULL ESSAY HERE


The Listing of Front Page Stories for the Past Year or So Continues Here…

 

 

 

 

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