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Sept. 21, 2020.
Renee Ater
Jonathan and Deanne Ater send in the following: “Renee Ater [their daughter] was on the PBS News Hour last night [9/17/20], talking about the new Eisenhower Memorial on the Mall in Washington DC. The others interviewed were the architect, Frank Geary, and David Eisenhower, Ike’s grandson. Heady company. As our friend Bob Knoll remarked: ‘She is a bright bulb.’ We are very proud of her. The link is below.”

Gehry-designed Eisenhower Memorial unveiled after 20 years — during a fraught moment
[Editor’s note: Depending on whether you have a PBS login – i.e., are a member – you may or may not be able to access the footage.]

Sept. 21, 2020. Phil Proctor sends along a bit of poetic “phun” from pal Jim Meskimen. We will post it on the 80th Birthday page, too.

Stop the presses, call the doctor
It’s time to celebrate Phil Proctor!
Humorist, sage, raconteur,
Wise, yet somehow immature,
Actor with an elfin grin,
Player of the violin,
Survivor of a gruesome massacre,
Character in films by Lassiter,
Always ready to opine
As member of The Firesign,
Visual artist, polyglot,
Beloved by all the friends he’s got,
Light as air, yet somehow weighty,
Can it be he’s turning eighty?

August 31, 2020. Eli Newberger is interviewed as a “pioneer in the pediatrics child abuse field” in this current article published in The Atlantic.

August 31, 2020. Bill Stork writes: “Being here in Hong Kong, and following the presidential dickerings from afar, I was entranced by this topic at once, as a secondary level educator who once taught a semester AP-level course based on the presidential synthesis of how the US has evolved due to various forms of executive leadership.*

“This offering by our classmate Bob Rosenkranz’s Intelligence Squared US so well fits into that of my approach to a full study of ‘US presidential history.’

“Very worth offering some special mention to, especially at these times, methinks.

“* My course outlines for a short study of US History, based on the ‘presidential synthesis’ are available on request. Should one be eager, please start with the paperback by Marcus Cunliffe, a British historian, whose Washington: Man and Monument serves well to document how the First Father set in place a role for future presidents to follow.

“There are follow-up supportive documents, online, by Yale professor Edmund S Morgan that are fun to read as they too are so illustrative of the effort that GW had then wanted to set a proper personal role, for the future presidents to identify with or adopt, so as to be above any of the political fray of later political ‘factions’. (I guess today we would call them ‘tribes’!)”

August 21, 2020. We sincerely apologize for the tardiness in listing this, but Louis Mackall’s daughter Melina is offering fitness classes online. For more information, including how you can sign up, please contact Louis at

August 21, 2020.

Yale “will soon welcome more than 1,900 undergraduates to live and study on campus, a step that follows months of intensive preparations for a fall semester in which fastidious attention to health and safety will serve communal teaching, learning, research, and life.” Here’s the news link. We wish them excellent health and every success!

July 31, 2020. Bill Stott let us know that his “son Gordon ’s Mar Vista Connect 11 House has been selected as one of the five finalists for best prefab structure on the planet. Terrific news, you say — and it is. BUT he tells me there’s a vote for the Number One award, which vote has an internet-fed people’s-choice popularity component. Yes, ugh.”

Bill suggests that if anyone cares to do so, a vote for Gordon’s design might enable “a lovely little house [to] beat a skyscraper. I thank you, and I know Gordon would thank you, for any participation — even if all you offer are positive thoughts. Those go a long way these days. Here is a photo of me looking truly uncomfortable when the house was nearing completion.”

For anyone who wishes to vote, this is the link:

(Gordon’s is the Mar Vista Connect 11 House. The site will ask you to sign up to vote, which is a hassle, but Gordon assures his Dad it’s a solid architecture website; if it puts you on a list, it’s an aesthetically interesting one.)

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!

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19 comments to This Just In

  • larry Prince

    Like this page. Thanks for doing this for the rest of us.

  • James M. Kelly

    A nifty page. I just listened to the Chambers-McGlashan interview and was fascinated by Bill’s take on the whole affair, most particularly his son’s. It is hard to imagine what it must be like to be involved in this affair, but his ability to frame it as an opportunity to grow and learn is inspiring.

  • David Scharff

    Thanks guys for reviving our website. It’s good to be in touch again.All sympathies to Bill and his family!
    BTW: Dickson Carroll’s sculpture exhibit is a blockbuster. Of course, I’m biased in that Jill and I bought another of his sculptures. His whimsical, creative and colorful creation is a wonderful product of our class.
    David Scharff

  • Fred Sellers

    Nice web page. Thanks very much.

    On the other hand, it seemed a bit snarky to insert the word “controversially” into the Art Laffer blurb. In fact any statement made by any economist at any time is controversial, because economics is an inexact science. What was particularly controversial about Laffer was that he ventured outside disciplinary groupthink.

  • Chris Cory

    You new editors have pushed the website to new heights of interest and accessibility and even delight (after listening carefully for the first time to the familiar “Give Yourself to Love”). Above all, it’s welcoming, and will be a pleasure to keep up with.

  • Jan Greer

    This is worth a read by any Class of ’62 member who feels, as I do, that Yale has lost her way, following questionable paths of historical revisionism, social experimentation, affirmative action, and unjustifiable extremes of “political correctness.” That she, guided by the dubious theories and beliefs of her administration, has become a populist weathervane, rather than a moral compass true to the timeless values of “unfettered inquiry, intellectual diversity, and academic excellence” that made her the once great institution of higher education she used to be.

    • Neiel Baronberg


      I just read your post on the Yale ’62 website. Your eloquent summary was spot-on. I decry the direction that campus PC and intersectionality has taken. We have beccme a nation of those feeling oppressed in some form, who find scapegoats around every corner and who fail to take responsibility for their own misery or inadequacy trying to join the high road of self-proclaimed virtue. If anything, one would hope that Yale teaches critical independent thinking above all and acute awareness of both side of the picture rather than knee jerk political positions. Solovoy could be a leading spokesperson but alas………….

      Best wishes as we carry on.

      Neiel Baronberg
      Calhoun (yes Calhoun) ’62

    • Ken Merkey


      10-4 on your comments. Glad to see that you have kept the flame alive. I attended the Assembly in November and have come away confused and unimpressed. It seems like the pursuit of academic excellence has taken a back seat to diversity and inclusion.

  • Larry Prince

    I just heard that our classmate Rob Rosenkranz’ son is running for Trustee of the Yale Corporation. He is not put forward by the Nominating Committee but is trying to get on the ballot through a write-in candidacy. His name is Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, and he is dissatisfied with many things going on at Yale. He has to amass over 4,000 write-in votes by October 1.

    You can get more information about him and the process by going to
    If interested, you should act quickly as October 1 is the last day to vote.

  • Willis (Bill) Boyer

    Nick Rosenkranz’s campaign needs our help, He is a wonderfully sensible fellow and has strong arguments that most of us can agree with. Please go to his site and sign on quickly!

    I had the pleasure of joining Artie Laffer at his recent recognition by the President and at a small dinner afterward. He is as full of energy, humor and wisdom as ever. However, I will note that we both had to be guided to our rooms at the Hay Adams Hotel later that evening, but happily!

  • Don Kirkland

    It was a wrong time and the wrong place for a protest, Sam.

  • Norm Jackson

    Good stuff! Thanks, guys, I really appreciate all you’re doing with the website! Best, Norm Jackson

  • Neal Freeman

    Happy to see Sam Waterston looking ageless, stalwart, even Lincolnesque, as he protested (I think this is right) Yale’s portfolio of Puerto Rican bonds. But the interruption of The Game, the interruption of the players’ four-year quest to excel as a team in their final game together, was one of the more astonishingly selfish acts I’ve ever witnessed. I don’t remember the football team storming the stage at the Dramat. Or at the first intermission of the recent conference on climate change. And I would have. The protesters should not have been applauded for exercising their constitutional freedoms. They should have been criticized for their appallingly bad manners and their utter disrespect for their fellow students. What the protesters managed to achieve was a news blackout of what actually happened on the field — the greatest performance by a Yale team in more than a century of competition with their arch rival. Congratulations to Kurt, J.P., and all of the boys in blue.

  • Willis (Bill) Boyer

    Don’t know which of the site editors wrote the snarky piece about Art Laffer above, but shame on you! Here it is, with my comments: “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.
    I was with Art in Washington when he got the award, enjoyed the reception for him at the Hay-Adams and dinner later with a small group of old friends from Cleveland’s University School who also attended. First of all, Art supported Trump during the Primary Election, believing that Trump had what it took to bring a Conservative agenda to Washington and defeat Mrs. Clinton. He was right, of course, and has been promoting Trump ever since. He did NOT just start praising Trump after he got the Presidential Medal. What a cheap shot you took! Shame.
    Secondly, his “Laffer Curve” Supply Side economic theories may be controversial to you guys and to socialists, but they have been proven over and over in various US states and quite a few foreign countries. They have been misinterpreted and mistakenly used a few places, but states like Texas and Tennessee, for example, have enjoyed prosperity due partly to Art’s advice. Of course, maybe you think prosperity itself is suspect, and must be achieved by some “controversial” means.
    I haven’t noticed any of you guys getting any Presidential Medals lately, so lay off the snide comments on those of us who have.

  • Bill Leckonby

    Can’t agree more with Merkey/Greer; what is going on back there in New Haven???? Thoroughly enjoy this site and all the input from fellow ’62’ers. Bill

  • Philip Proctor


  • Steve, Dick, Chris:

    I wanted to learn about Steve Susman’s situation and now that I know, wish him the speediest recovery. Scrolling down from that update I found the many other comments. So it occurred to me to relay some of my recent activities. I’ve only just learned I’ve won some sort of independent press award for the small volume of verse I published a couple years back, “Humpty Trumpty Hit a Brick Wall.” It still sells modestly and may even have taken on a renewed meaning these days. More recently, I published “Great Dates With Some Late Greats,” related stories about famous deceased figures–Marilyn Monroe, Jesus, Elvis Presley, NIccolò Machiavelli, Mona Lisa, Adolf Hitler, Homer, others–who show up in the lives of men who need help of some sort. I’m also part of a WBAI weekly show these days called “The Hour of Lateral Thinking. In June, “Move It and Its Yours,” a musical I’ve written with Bill Weeden and Sally Fay will hour in a trimmed version, also on WBAI. Apologies for running my credits at such length.

  • Ken Merkey

    I understand that the Yale Daily News is in full support of shutting down interstate highways as a means of “peaceful” protest. Does that support help assuage their guilt?
    Does anyone remember Rev. William Sloan Coffin riding the freedom buses 50 years ago? Has anything changed?
    Last time I looked, the YDN was a news organization. Maybe they should stick to reporting the news, not trying to make it.
    They sure look like poor little lambs who have lost their way.