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Being a continuation of brief news items we’ve featured in This Just In, organized by date (newest at top)

July 20, 2020. Class Secretary John Stewart attended Steve Susman’s memorial shiva via Zoom on Sunday, July 19. He reports: “It was an honor to represent the class of ’62 at a shiva service for Steven Susman, Sunday, July 19. Rabbi Angela Buchdal was in charge. She began and ended with a song. His brother Tommy was the first to speak. He’d followed him at Yale and at the University of Texas Law School, where they were both Editors of the Law Review. Four of his partners spoke: Neal Manne, Terry Oxford, Parker Folse and Mark Seltzer. In addition, Judge Nancy Atlas and Jules Kroll spoke. All were eloquent. Some of the repeated themes were his appetite for hard work and play, his competitiveness, his great and contagious sense of humor, his belief that there was no place for snobbery or pretentiousness, his firm policy to treat his opponents and judges with respect, and, above all, his love of family. He loved his family, and he treated many friends as family, as well as all of his legal colleagues.”

July 14, 2020. Our own Steve Susman has lost his battle of recovery following his April 22 bike accident, which was recently coupled with the additional struggle against COVID-19.

From his wife Ellen’s entry on Caring Bridge, “Our gallant Steve left us today. He fought a valiant battle, from his accident to rehab, but the combination of Covid and his weakened lungs were finally too much for his body. We are brokenhearted, but at peace with the fact that he is free and whole at last. He went peacefully, and we were by his side.

“We are planning a drive by shiva /visitation on Thurs or Fri evening at Harry & Karen’s home. Details will be provided on our next post.

“Lastly, we will hold a celebration of Steve’s life when it is appropriate given the current health environment.

“Love, Ellen, Stacy, Harry, Whitney and Amanda and all of our family.”

July 3, 2020. John Stewart reports: “On July 1 the ’62 Whiffs enjoyed a Zoom meeting. Missing were Cam Carey whose wife Angela just broke two bones in her wrist, and, sadly, Sam Knoll, who is bedridden with Parkinsonism, and sadder still that his wife Sharon can only communicate with him by phone. Peter Clark organized and served as moderator, giving each of us a few minutes to catch up. Herewith some notes. Dixie Carroll has recovered from a fall damaging both knees, is back at work on his sculpture, and immediately after the meeting was leaving for a canoeing trip. Charlie Michener was waiting for the delivery of a new mattress before repairing to surgery to have his Achilles tendon fixed. He hopes to finish The Magic Mountain one of these months. Perhaps one of the latest of our class to start a new career, Louis Mackall has designed and is marketing a series of sawhorses which can convert to tables or desks. (See Carl Kaestle’s magnum opus on the history of U.S. education after WW II is finished. Two of the busiest are Peter Sipple, who has built two cherrywood dining tables for his children and is composing psalm settings, and Bill Gross, President of early music group Piffaro, working on gerrymandering in PA and volunteering in a food pantry. Mike and Anne Moore are sadly postponing singing in their Evergreen Chorale and the Yale Alumni Chorus, but their garden has benefitted. Tom and Deb Cutler, when not bicycling and golfing (he complains about his game but hey – he’s still playing!), are working in their local food pantry. Peter Clark and wife Ellen, who had been stepping back from some volunteer activity to travel more, are reassessing that vision. I’m missing Tanglewood but our local library has reopened and yoga, tai chi, and church are happening online. We all are walking and reading more, and generally very grateful to be in our bubbles, but at the same time much more aware of those who are not so fortunate.”

June 30, 2020. On Tuesday, June 23, The Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance sponsored a webinar entitled “Scenario Planning: What Does Education Look Like in Fall 2020?” Y62 Communications Team member Chris Snow attended and his report follows:

The 75-minute YANA webinar on June 23rd featuring Panelists:

— Jeremy Chiappetta (SOM ’02), CEO of Blackstone Valley Prep, six charter schools serving 2,000 students in K-12 in Rhode Island
— Meghan Hughes (YC ’88), President, Community College of Rhode Island, the largest community college in New England
— Pericles Lewis, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Global Strategy), Yale University
— Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools

Barbara Biasi, Assistant Professor of Economics at the Yale School of Management (SOM), whose research focuses on labor economics and microeconomics with special application to education, moderated the eye-opening program on the challenges they and their schools have already faced since March, and the daunting hurdles they are facing in the fall.

After brief reports on the changes brought on by the halt, each of the panelists described how they managed to equip their sequestered students with portable devices to use at home, only to learn that as many as 50% of them couldn’t access the internet, the discussion shifted to six topics they needed to address:

-“E” Learning
– Health and Safety
– Social and Emotional Health
– Legal
– and Empathy

The final remarks from the panelists revealed a scarcity of planning how specifically to address the challenges ahead and the urgent need to continue to share solutions as they are developed.

Meanwhile I am forwarding an article from the Wall Street Journal that you might enjoy. Click here to read it.

June 22, 2020. Communications Team member Chris Snow reports: “YANA, the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance, will host a no-cost webinar on June 23rd at 6:30 PM Eastern Time to discuss how educators plan to address the challenges they will face when schools open in the Fall.
Register to participate at:”

June 9, 2020. Strong statements are being posted from all quarters, including from the Yale Alumni Association and also from Yale Daily News, in support of equality and justice for all, and nationwide change and healing.

June 3, 2020. Bob Rosenkranz alerted us to an “Opinion Commentary” he’s written for Wall Street Journal, which appears in today’s edition. Its title is “The Measure of New York’s Coronavirus Devastation: Raw numbers don’t tell the whole story. A new study looks at ‘excess deaths.’” We include a link here, but please be advised that it’s behind WSJ’s “pay wall,” so you’ll need a subscriber account to read it.

May 27, 2020. David Finkle forwarded the following info to us. Thanks, David!

THE PUBLIC THEATER is honoring Sam Waterston and others at the One-Night-Only Virtual Event, WE ARE ONE PUBLIC, online on Monday, June 1. Quoting the press release, “This one-night-only special event will honor Audrey & Zygi Wilf, valued members of The Public Theater community, whose commitment to arts and culture, education, and humanitarian causes have created a lasting impact in New York City and beyond. Actor, advocate, and active member of the Board of Trustees Sam Waterston will be the artistic honoree. His longstanding support and partnership of The Public is unmatched, performing in 13 productions since 1963, including Much Ado About Nothing (1972), Measure for Measure featuring Meryl Streep (1976), King Lear (2011), The Tempest (2015), and more.” The theatrical luminaries who will participate are too numerous to list here, but here’s a link to the website: Warmest congratulations, Sam!

May 18, 2020. A Reason to Smile.

Steve and Hala Buck surrounded by spectacular azaleas at their Bethesda home a little earlier this spring.

May 12, 2020.

Bill Stork reports: “An article of mine, ‘Yalies in Asia Respond to Covid-19 Pandemic in New Haven, New York’ was published on 13 April by the Yale Alumni Association on their website and was the featured lead item the next day on Yale SOM’s Media Clips.”

May 7, 2020.

Update on Steve Susman. Steve remains hospitalized in Houston. His wife, Ellen, and their family have started a CaringBridge site to allow for updated info on his condition. As they wrote: “Our family has decided to use CaringBridge as a way to communicate and keep family and friends updated about Steve’s progress. We so appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Keep them coming! – Ellen, Stacy, Harry, Whitney, and Amanda.” Visitors to the site can add their words of comfort and encouragement. Here’s the link:

Steve Susman

April 30, 2020.

Yesterday, the Texas Lawyer website reported that classmate Steve Susman, “founder of Susman Godfrey, was injured in a cycling accident in Houston on April 22 and remains hospitalized in Houston.” On the morning of Wednesday, April 22, Steve, an avid cyclist, was riding his bike in the Old Braeswood area of Houston, when his tire hit a crack in the road and he was thrown from his bike. Although he was wearing a helmet, he took a bad fall, and his head took a hard hit.

“In a freak accident, his front tire went into one of those seams [in the road] and locked. His momentum threw him over the bike. He had a good helmet on, but the way he landed, he hit his head very hard,” said Neal Manne, a managing partner of Susman Godfrey. He added, “It’s totally wait and see.”

Steve has remained unconscious at the Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, according to Manne, and due to COVID-19 restrictions at the hospital, Steve’s wife and children may not visit him.

We will keep you up to date as we learn more, and we all strongly wish for the very best.

April 24, 2020.

Greetings. This is my very first submission to our class notes in nearly fifty years years. My background and credentials as a contributor to the ongoing pandemic can be found on wiki (search john s marr md). As an epidemiologist and science fiction author, I truly worry about black swan scenarios that might occur in the coming months. I have recently been involved in podcasts (JPHMP direct) about the disease. I hope these podcasts might provide insight into what has happened, what is now happening and might might happen in the coming months and years. Years!


John S. Marr, M.D.

And a tip of the hat to Roman Weil, who provided the link to John’s podcast. Thanks, Roman!

March 10, 2020.

Death Valley, photographed by Neil Goodwin

Neil Goodwin sent in the following: “When I was very young I lived in the desert outside of Tucson, so I’ve always been a desert rat. Death Valley and the surrounding region is a place like no other in this country and I am drawn to it. Stunning landscapes and geology and light and heat, not to mention the haunted ghost towns outside the National Park. This is an image taken at the lowest point in the United States. It is a dried lake bed with crystalized salt in pentagonal patterns called Badwater Basin.”

Here at, we will soon feature a selection of Neil’s stunning photography. Meanwhile, classmates are invited to view more of his work at

March 4, 2020.

Bill Stott and his wife, Irene Rostagno, recently retired from 34 years teaching at Chile’s humble equivalent of École normale supérieure, with a model of Titanosaur (Patagotitan mayorum), the largest dinosaur so far found. Titanosaur’s fossil remains were discovered in 2014 beneath farmland near Trelew, Argentina.

February 25, 2020. A reminder from John Stewart regarding Larry Prince’s New York Lunches: Once a month, Larry Prince puts out word of a class lunch at the Yale Club. At the last four lunches the stalwarts were Larry, Joe Schwartz, Bill Nye, Richard Price, Willard Taylor and your humble Sec. More occasional attendees were Steve Susman, Alex Garvin and Charlie Merlis. There’s great and wide-ranging conversation, good food worth $20 a pop, and last week not a political word is mentioned for the first hour. This is not to say that we’re all in agreement; many points of view are represented and our class is a big tent. If you happen to be in NY or live within a huge radius, please join us! Best, John

February 10, 2020. Bill Rope tells us: “Priscilla and I spent ten days in Iowa campaigning for Amy Klobuchar and continue to work for her from Washington, DC.” Bill says the New Hampshire Union Leader’s editorial endorsing Amy, which can be found online, states most succinctly why he and Priscilla support her. Their next foray for Amy will be a week in South Carolina leading up to the primary there.

January 15, 2020. Lew Spratlan reports: SPRATLAN NEWS — HARVARD PERFORMANCE Lew Spratlan here with the news that my composition “Four Songs for Soprano and Women’s Chorus” will be performed by the Radcliffe Choral Society, Andrew Clark, Conductor, at Sanders Auditorium, Harvard, on Friday, February 21, 8 PM. The weighty/droll texts for the songs are by the well-known poet Brad Leithauser. Hope to see all who can get there!

December 23, 2019: A new update on life in Venezuela from George Cleary. Please click to read.

December 8, 2019: Steve Susman offered an on-air strategic opinion on Ari Melber’s special report on impeachment (MSNBC). Dick Riseling says, “Hhe gave the best advice I have heard for the democratic strategy. He said, don’t be in a hurry. Keep collecting evidence and keep it in the House where Democrats control. Once it shifts to Senate, the Republicans will drag it out and the narrative will obfuscate and promote a narrative that will normalize and justify Trump’s actions.” For an Op-ed Steve has written exclusively for Y62, please click here.

On Nov. 23, 2019, the protest at halftime on our home field of the Yale-Harvard game received high-profile attention from the New York Times as well as local papers New Haven Patch and New Haven Register.

Update 11/26/19 Also see the Harvard Crimson article concerning the Cambridge City Council’s support, and coverage from Yale Daily News: 50 charged after The Game protest and Yale and Harvard students delay second half of The Game with divestment protest.

We hope to have an interview with classmate, protester, actor, farmer, activist and CT resident Sam Waterston very soon – possibly later this week. Still no returned call from Yale Office of Public Affairs & Communications. Please stay tuned. Thanks.


Yale stands firmly for the right to free expression. Today, students from Harvard and Yale expressed their views and delayed the start of the second half of the football game. We stand with the Ivy League in its statement: “It is regrettable that the orchestrated protest came during a time when fellow students were participating in a collegiate career-defining contest and an annual tradition when thousands gather from around the world to enjoy and celebrate the storied traditions of both football programs and universities.”

We are grateful to the staff members and police officers who ensured the peaceful departure of students from the field. The exercise of free expression on campus is subject to general conditions, and we do not allow disruption of university events.

– From


On Oct. 18, 2019, during a peaceful civil disobedience protest in Washington focused on climate change, Sam Waterston was arrested.

Mike Kane sends us a photo from the Italian Dolomites:

Nancy (L) and I with 2 old friends from Newton, MA days. Taking a break at 8000ft.


Dixie Carroll’s Welcome to the Neighborhood, a fantastical memoir illustrated with 125 color illustrations of the author’s sculptures, is now available at Politics and Prose Bookstore, The places are real, but the characters are all imaginary, including the author and his wife, who are altered versions of themselves. Together, these stories can be read as a fantastical memoir or a “fake” autobiography. It is also a satire, an art catalogue, a philosophical exploration, an illustrated children’s book for adults, and simply an amusement.

For four short interviews with Dixie and photos of his whimsical creations, please visit this page.

John Stewart: “Each year The Classical Singer magazine, devoted to singers interested in professional work, sponsors an on-line vocal competition. The categories are arranged by age: high school classical and Broadway, and the same division for college and then after. For the third year I have just finished judging about 50 college and post college …” READ MORE

Bill Rope reports that after retirement and editing his Foreign Service Officer oral history, he taught for over a decade in DC elementary schools, earning one Teacher of the Year Award from a non-profit and becoming a finalist for DC Public Schools Teacher of the Year, at one point. Now retired again, he and wife Priscilla answer early morning calls to teach as DCPS substitutes in pre-K through grade 5. “We have enough experience,” he says, “to go into a classroom cold and – given a decent plan – teach successfully; but we don’t have to put in the long hours and hard work that goes with planning, paper-grading, parent-meetings, etc. We can work when we want to and travel a lot — this year to Hong Kong, Indochina, India, and Turkey. Recently we were up at Bill Nye’s cabin in Maine with Denny Fuller and other old friends.” Bill still follows events in China and Hong Kong, where he served as a diplomat, but won’t prognosticate other than to say he dislikes the current administration’s approach to China and is optimistic Hong Kong will survive current problems. “I’ve appreciated Bill Stork’s excellent reporting,” he adds.

Nicholas Rosenkranz ’91, Yale Law ’99, son of our own Bob Rosenkranz, has launched an independent candidacy to be an Alumni Fellow member of the Yale Corporation. He has started a group called Alumni for Excellence. His well-crafted campaign to amass the required number of signatures is notably critical of the current Yale Administration. He needs more than 4,000 signatures by October 1 to get on the ballot. This week, this topic’s been brought to our attention by three separate classmates who are among the many who received a mailing about it. Our classmates have expressed varying views about his run. If you wish to know more about his candidacy, the rest of the story may be found at

Tappy Wilder writes in: “Dear Pals – With reunions in mind… recently came cross this fabulous note from Bill [Hamilton] cleaning out my cabin (study) in Maine. Not sure of date sent, but I do know the TW stamp was issued in 1997. It’s a miracle the mice did not get at it over many-a-year, but I guess they recognized that an example of artistry and humor and special genius deserved to be preserved. And hats off to the USPS for delivering it! Thank you, Bill!”
Bill Hamilton

Jonathan Ater reports that his law firm, “consistently ranked among the best law firms in the Northwest” will merge with another firm, Buchalter, which has “a strong commitment to diversity and community service.” Buchalter has invited Jonathan to connect to the firm as a Partner Emeritus.

Lew Spratlan reported (and we greatly regret our tardiness in posting), “I’m just back home in New Jersey following a brilliant performance of my choral piece TRAVELS at the Carmel Bach Festival on July 21. Full house, standing ovation, and the sumptuous beauties of Carmel. Nice recharging.”

Bill Nye was honored in May as a founder, early president and 30-year member of the board at a benefit which raised $500,000 for Brooklyn Community Housing and Services on its fortieth anniversary. BCHS is the largest provider of housing solutions for the homeless in New York City. He is also doing an oral history as a founder of the Committee to Elect a Black Congressman (sic!) from Brooklyn. The committee propelled Shirley Chisholm to election as the first African American woman to serve in Congress (as well as the first African American of either gender to represent Brooklyn). We hope to feature an interview with Bill on our website this fall or winter. Stay tuned.

Phil Proctor writes in: “I and my darling wife Melinda Peterson, Will be in NYC in early August to see Austin Pendleton in the Chekhov-inspired “Life Sucks” and we hope to nosh with classmates Alex Garvin, Bill Weeden and others before flying to Dublin, Ireland to perform together with the cast of Roger Gregg’s CRAZY DOG AUDIO THEATRE in a one-hour comedy fantasy radio piece at the Worldcon Science Fiction convention. Then we go to Scotland to celebrate my wife’s 70th Birthday at one of her Clan MacDougal’s castles on the Isle of Mull followed by a journey to the Isle of Skye. Meanwhile, my best-selling Amazon memoir WHERES MY FORTUNE COOKIE? has now been released as an audio download. It, and the podcast of the same name, has already won three Communicator awards and has been submitted for Grammy consideration.”

Steve and Hala Buck have just returned from Romania, where they participated in the 2-week-long ICASSI (International Committee of Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes) institute, which is held in a different country each year. Steve says, “Participants take courses that cover all aspects of life and are reinforced by evening programs and eating breakfast and dinner together.” Fostering and promoting understanding of the world’s peoples across all cultures is its overlying theme. Steve will provide us with a full report of this year’s institute, along with several stunning photographs of the trip, right here on our website in September. Stay tuned!

Fred Starr recently (July 26) contributed a column to the Wall Street Journal concerning the Chinese brutality toward the Uighurs and their culture. The Uighurs, one of the oldest Turkic peoples, are Asian Muslims, and Fred states that, even as China continues its violence toward them, destroying mosques and neighborhoods, they remain resilient, number close to 10 million, and have survived, with great intellectual and cultural achievements, for many centuries. It’s an enlightening read.

ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) and other activities (Ed. note: This note from Bill is a bit longer than our average This Just In snippet, but it’s excellent in its breadth of scope. Please read on…)

Bill Weber reports: “My current activities in a civic arena are virtually done, as I retired from being Supervisor (Mayor) of the Town of Pulteney, NY after 12 years of both a satisfying and troublesome tenure of office; you may recall my article of a few years ago during the hydrofracking controversy where I was accused of being a “Fossil Fuel Facist”! So these days I am only servicing ex-officio as the Town’s necrologist and speak at Board meetings about the lives of residents who have passed away. The older ones many times represent the agricultural community comprising cash crops, hay and wine grapes. This environment has changed dramatically in the last few years with the advent of many more wineries and the emergence of expensive vacation homes on Keuka lake, a pristine body of water in the New York Finger lakes region, a short distance from my home.

“I used to be a Commissioner and Chairman/Vice Chairman of two Keuka Lake inter-municipal corporations chartered by the State to provide two main services for the lake. One feature is protecting the water purity via wastewater regulations and enforcement of old and new household septic systems. Another is providing lake level control by ownership and operation of a dam in the Village of Penn Yan; this dam has a series of gates used to release water when the need arises to adhere to guidelines established for our own needs as well as downstream waters such as Seneca lake and elements of the Erie/Barge canal. In this connection I am nearly finished with a comprehensive history of these two organizations going back to the 1950s/60s. These histories will be digitized and made available on flash memories as well as one of two websites dealing with Keuka lake and its organizations.

“Another activity is my weekly breakfast in a local restaurant as part of a ROMEO gathering (Retired Old Men Eating Out). We try to stay away from current politics, as many of the 6-9 participants are very much in favor of things our President is doing. Sadly enough, even the better-educated members of the group have a tendency to believe in the dark side of current events and are glad to see the President ‘get the bastards who are screwing us.’ Immigration is a topic I try to infuse with data to tell them all the things currently attributed to immigrants are simply not supported by the facts. It is interesting they have such a hard line on immigrants when, in fact, here in rural upstate NY, our only interaction with immigrants is the occasional apprehension of an undocumented Hispanic farm worker. But they claim we are being over run by ‘illegals’ who are crowding our schools, taking away jobs from good working Americans, absorbing welfare benefits and producing children who are to become US citizens because they were born here of ‘illegals.’

“Another topic I have virtually finished is the study of WWII with a bit of work on the aftermath of WWI. I had a book acquired whilst in England (in 1965-69 at Oxford) of the newspaper headlines of WWI and gave it to the local airplane museum, the Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport. I often tell people about the full text of the Versailles Treaty which is included in this book, comprising 6 full pages of newspaper size. I imagine few people have any idea of the detail that went into the treaty and the punishing effect it had on Germany. The ‘War Guilt’ clause, #236, was very damaging to the German perception of the allies intentions that I am sure gave rise to Hitler’s foothold on this beaten down country.

“I spent 49 years as a member and Chairman of the local Yale Alumni Schools committee and was asked to resign because of some comments I made via email about an Asian applicant I knew was to be accepted at Princeton. My comments were in support of a nice young lady from our local school. In retrospect I know I was wrong in two ways: never put remarks in writing showing support for one ethnic person over another and not recognizing the US department of education might be monitoring institutions such as Yale for any ethnic bias by personnel in the admission’s process. Make no mistake about my feelings toward Yale’s admission process and results; the recent article by Al Chambers says it all and I fully agree. Whilst I had very few scholar athletes in my applicant pool over the years, I am pleased to see Yale’s success at the national level in Hockey, Lacrosse and Crew.

“On the purely personal side I am blessed to have three grandchildren living in Upstate NY and have wonderful wife of 57 years. I fish and hunt as much as possible and am lucky to have one of my Sons hunt with me at a cabin near my home. During the deer season I spend a entire week at the cabin in the company of this fine fellow and some of his pals.”

On Wednesday, June 19th, President Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Art Laffer, most famous for his “Laffer curve,” a graph that controversially suggested that lowering tax rates might increase tax revenue. Very shortly thereafter, he began vocally supporting a wide variety of the president’s initiatives and ideas.

George Cleary continues to keep us informed when he can, regarding his difficult life in Venezuela. He confirms, regretably, that the Maduro regime is still in firm control. We will feature updated news from him within the coming months. His news last summer called our attention to his serious and sometimes life-threatening situation.

Dickson (Dixie) Carroll’s most recent solo show opened at Washington DC’s Addison/Ripley Fine Art Gallery on June 7 and runs through July 11. His whimsical, colorful and imaginative exhibit consists of twenty-one works, from furniture to studies for commissions. 7/01/19: We now have brief interview clips with Dixie right here on our website. Click to view.
Phil Proctor reports: “I just got the good news here on a trip to London that both my audiobook and the podcast series of my memoir “WHERE’S MY FORTUNE COOKIE?” each won a Communicator Award of Distinction! ‘In fact,’ writes my producer, ‘the podcast series won 2 awards — one as an entertainment series and one as a podcast series! So a total 3 silver awards!!'”

Mike and Nancy Kane are leaving the Boston area after 45 years, and will be dividing their time between Maine and Florida. Mike promises us a full report on how all of these changes move along for them, which will be featured here on our website later this year.

Karl Frank (Saybrook 62) and Sally Waite (Radcliffe 62) married on March 9th at First Parish Unitarian Church in Portland Maine. Richard Rosenfeld (TD 63) hosted a reception at his home for friends in the Gloucester, MA area, including Lou Alberino (Saybrook 62), George Smith (Saybrook 58) and Gary Griffis (Berkeley 64).

The newlyweds led everyone in singing Kate Wolf’s Give Yourself to Love at the Gloucester Reception. You can listen to the Wolf rendition of the song by clicking on the white and orange arrow above. We also have a fun photo of them cutting the cake at the wedding ceremony in Portland. Congratulations, Karl and Sally!

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