Class Notes (pre-published)

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Early-bird class notes from Russ Reynolds, class secretary.
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65th Reunion Report for the July-August issue of YAM

180 classmates and family members enjoyed a great reunion weekend at Yale May 23rd through the 25th. As the first Yale class to have the privilege of using Franklin College as its reunion headquarters, we were surrounded by shiny, new buildings, architecture, landscaping and most importantly, friends and classmates. Carl Shedd did a great job in planning the three day weekend. On Thursday night the class enjoyed cocktails and dinner in the Franklin courtyard and dining room. In Friday and Saturday, there were many interesting lectures, tours and exhibits to visit and choose from. Friday evening a beautiful served dinner was enjoyed by all in the Franklin College dining room with an upbeat talk by President Peter Salovey, who joined us with his wife Marta for cocktails and dinner, followed by a talk on the papers of Benjamin Franklin. The fabulous music was provided by Bob Hardwick’s Orchestra, one of the best dance bands in the country.

On Saturday evening, I announced that six individuals would receive a YAA Class Award plaque for outstanding contributions to Yale and to the Class of 1954. The talented recipients were David Banker, Ted Armbrecht, Bob Redpath, Dan Strickler, Jerry Grinstein, and Allan Rabinowitz.

Subsequently, we announced that the class nominating committee had made the following recommendations for new Class Officers for the next five years: Fred Frank, Secretary, Dan Strickler, Treasurer, Carl Shedd, Assistant Secretary, Allan Rabinowitz, Class Agent, Jim Monde, YAA Representative. Reynolds asked for a vote and the slate was unanimously approved by those in attendance. There were no dissenting votes. We thanked Charlie Johnson for his incredible support of Yale and for fulfilling the role of Class Treasurer, and wished the next slate well, in leading the class’ future activities.

Fred Frank, who co-chaired the class gift committee with Charlie Johnson, announced that the class had raised $164 million as a record breaking class gift to Yale for the period 2014 – 2019. Apparently this figure goes way beyond anything ever achieved by any class previously for a 65th reunion.

The weather was beautiful, and the Yale campus has never looked better. There was a panel discussion Saturday afternoon, lead by Jerry Grinstein, which consisted of Allan Rabinowitz, Charlie Johnson and Dan Strickler. There were many words of wisdom for living a long and healthy life.

One of the highlights of the weekend was the meeting Saturday afternoon in Woolsey Hall, during which President Salovey updated all the alumni on Yale’s current progress and future plans, followed by a magnificent gathering of many Yale singing groups, including Whim ‘n Rhythm, Mixed Company, the Whiffenpoofs and the Yale Alley Cats, on the stage at Woolsey Hall, culminating in the singing of “Bright College Years”.

The Whiffenpoofs of 1954, 14 strong, augmented by some ringers who were recruited in recent years, also performed brilliantly at the dinner Saturday night in the Franklin College dining room. Following dinner Saturday night, we went to the Yale University Theater, where we had the pleasure of viewing a performance of six talented cabaret singers, sponsored by the Mabel Mercer Foundation in New York, introduced and arranged by Chuck Bullock. They brought us back with their wonderful renditions of many of Irving Berlin’s most famous compositions.

108 classmates attended, with 72 guests, including spouses, or those attending with family members. Many classmates feel that there should be a 70th reunion, as people are living much longer. The class is also planning a mini-reunion in New Orleans during February of 2021. Stay well!

I have enjoyed being your Class Secretary for the last five years, getting the chance to communicate with so many of you. Please continue to share your class news with Fred Frank, who took over Class of 1954 Secretarial duties as of July 1st.

Russ Reynolds

Class of 1954 Notes for May/June 2019 issue of YAM

We hope you registered for our big reunion May 23rd – 26th which Carl Shedd and his team have done a beautiful job of organizing. Many thanks to Carl!! We have a great group coming to be the first class to reunite in the gorgeous and impressive new Franklin College. We have lots of great activities planned with excellent talks, discussion groups, a top orchestra for dancing and a great cabaret evening. Do come if you’re vacillating!  Everything will be made easy for you!!

Allan Rabinowitz reported that our first class luncheon at the Yale Club in New York took place on January 14th. Nick Farnham, Fred Frank, Martin Smith, Dan Strickler and Allan attended.  Everyone found it enjoyable and a nice way to reconnect. With five people present, all with different backgrounds and life experiences, there was plenty to talk about. The plan is to have our class luncheon on the second Monday of each month. Please contact Allan at if you would like to attend.

Allan Rabinowitz wrote again the next month the he was pleased to report on our second monthly class luncheon at the NY City Yale Club on February 11. Again there were five attendees; Michael Armstrong, David Banker, Howard Brenner, Dan Strickler and Allan. They discussed football, including the super bowl, and Yale football, admission policies among the Ivy League schools, winter lifestyles, family events, classmates that they knew in common and just how they are all getting along. It was very congenial and they all enjoyed the hour and a half spent together.  Allan intends to continue to coordinate the monthly lunch as long as there is interest.

Elliot Novak told me that a health issue resulted in his moving to Israel since his older daughter, Pam (Yale 1983) moved there some years after graduating.  She is the only one of his children who is married and has three children of her own.  His oldest grandchild, Sarah, spent last summer in the USA on her own working as a camp counselor while living at 8,000 feet on the eastern slopes of the Continental Divide not far from Colorado Springs. After camp, she briefly visited a camp friend in Seattle followed by spending time in Portland, OR with his younger daughter, Nancy (who is an assistant professor at a community college in Washington state)  and his son, David, who is a male nurse.  They both live in Portland. While the distance and his health prevents him from attending the 65th Reunion of the Class of 1954, he sends his best wishes to our classmates.

Peter Grant wrote me that he and his wife are relatively well, although new skeletons for both of them would be greatly appreciated. Otherwise, they keep their orthopedic friends in business! Since retiring from the banking business he has been working with the Gates Family Stem Cell Research Center, part of University of Colorado Medical Center in East Down. He stays in touch with a number of our classmates, but travel is limited as he and his wife hobble a lot or use walkers.

Rodney D. Wood passed away on December 27th in Charlotte, NC. After Yale, Rod received a Master’s degree from Michigan State and a Ph D from Northwestern. Rod began his career as an instructor at the University of Nebraska, and he continued his career at Texas Instruments, Sherwin-Williams, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. He developed innovative solutions in areas ranging from fuel cell design to production efficiency and air quality. After retiring to Charlotte, Rod joined SCORE, the small business service organization. He created a workshop for beginning entrepreneurs in 1997 that still continues.

William J. Hickey, III passed away on January 16th. While at Yale he played baseball and hockey. He got a degree from Stamford University in 1959, and served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Air Force.

Robert “Bob” C. Busch died on February 1st in Wilmington, North Carolina. After graduation Bob served in the Field Artillery Corp.  His employment included Procter & Gamble, Diamond Shamrock, and he retired as Vice President Human Resources from Lord Corporation, a privately held company with global headquarters in MacGregor Park, Cary, North Carolina.  Before and into his retirement to Wilmington in 1997 Bob was active in civic, educational and charitable organizations and was Class Agent for many years.

Jerry W. Jones died on February 14th in Omaha, Nebraska.

We received the sad news that Allan Ryan passed away on March 2nd in Bridgehampton, NY. Allan spent his entire career in Municipal Finance at Smith Barney. He was a dedicated volunteer for and Trustee of The Boys Club of New York and The American Museum of Natural History, a lifelong artist and animal lover, whose precise work was shown in galleries from New York to Palm Beach to Nantucket, a tireless bodysurfer trained at Makapu’u Beach, enthusiastic backgammon player, expert bloody bull-maker, and premier pitcher for the Georgica Association summer softball games.

He was a loyal classmate and a great artist, with a happy smile for everyone!

Russ Reynolds, Secretary


Class of 1954 Notes for March/April 2019 issue of Yale Alumni Magazine

The Class Council met in New York on November 8th, and at dinner, there were 35 in attendance. We discussed the forthcoming reunion, whether we should have a 70th reunion (yes!), starting a class lunch at the Yale Club, and plans for a 1954 mini reunion in New Orleans, in February 2021. Stay tuned for further events as we move forward!

David Banker is setting up a nominating committee to consider candidates for class officers for the ensuing five years following our 65th reunion in May. Any ideas or recommendations on this subject should be forwarded to me or to Charlie Johnson. There are a great many capable classmates and we are fortunate to have so many engaged classmates at this stage of our lives.

The Class of 1954 is in the planning stages of our next mini-reunion, which will be in late March, 2021, in New Orleans. John Franciscus, whose antecedents are deeply intertwined with the early history of New Orleans, will be the chair of this once in a lifetime event. Please plan to be in New Orleans with your wives, significant others, children, grandchildren (great grandchildren?), during the week of March 25th, 2021. Details will be coming in due course. Bourbon Street is better than ever.

Sylvia and Leonard Marx, our classmate, have generously endowed the Sylvia and Leonard Marx, Jr. Class of 1954 Professorship at the music school. The income from this fund supports professorships at the Yale School of Music. Well done Len!

Allan Rabinowitz has organized monthly class luncheons at the Yale Club in New York. You do not have to be a member of the Yale Club to attend. This is a way for us to come together in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, stay connected and enjoy each other’s company. Please contact Allan Rabinowitz at or 212.838.8600 if you can attend.

Joseph Burnett wrote that he and his wife are in good health, living in Towson, Maryland, with a summer home in Gibson Island. Joseph is a retired Professor of Dermatology at Maryland Medical School. He and his wife made 53 research trips in 47 years, fortunately mostly as guests of his colleagues. His Yale and Harvard Medical School roommate, Peter Coggins is doing well. The Burnetts have a son, Mark, Yale ’92, who is a neurosurgeon in Austin, Texas.

Joe Grimes told me via email that he and his wife Polly have been living in Hanover, Vermont for 6 years, near the Dartmouth campus. He has formed a monthly luncheon group of 10 Yale grads.

Herbert Weil says that he was only at Yale one year. He had told NROTC that was what he wanted, then Tulane, a ten minute walk from home. He never planned to leave N.O. but his debate coach after his team won state talked him into applying to Yale and Harvard. Tulane treated him well with a Fulbright to France in 54 and a Wilson after the Navy. But more friends from Yale through the years kept in touch with him.

James Shelburne retired from cardiology in 2004. Since then he splits his time between France and Laguna Beach. James thinks we are in a very dangerous time in this country and, for that matter, in Europe as well. He says: “Our 5 year old President is testing the limits of the political infrastructure of this country. How could we possibly have done this!”

Excerpts from Dick Polich’s holiday card:

It’s time to thank all our friends who let us make their sculptures.
This year marks a change in direction for us. This year is different. We are announcing a return to the building on Route 17K in Rock Tavern.

Working there was exciting, and it was equally exciting for artists to see and approve their work in that great open, well-lit space. The move should happen in February, 2019 and then be celebrated at an open house at 17K in the spring. Stay tuned.

Andrew Spieker passed away on March 17, 2018 in Nevada.

Judy McLane, wife of Tom McLane, passed away in New Canaan in late November, and a beautiful memorial service was held at St. Mark’s church in New Canaan on December 1st. Tom’s son, Brad, a Yale graduate, gave an eloquent tribute to his wonderful mother. Among the classmates in attendance were Joel and Jean Smilow, Jim and Nancy Monde, Hugh Ravenscroft and his daughter Lael, Peter Coughlan, Debbie and Russ Reynolds, and Nancy Watson, wife of the late Charlie Watson. Ash and Madeline Gulliver and Al Atherton, new members of the Whiffenpoofs of 1954, were also in attendance.

Bob “Blaster” Bryan died on December 12th in Canada. Bob was an inspiring leader who started Quebec Labrador Foundation to minister to the needy all over Canada and beyond. He was a legendary selfless servant who piloted his own plane through thick and thin to help people who would have no idea he was coming. He recorded several “Bert and I” albums in the 1960’s and 1970’s with Marshall Dodge, featuring dry humor and images of the Maine farmer, woodsman and fisherman.

Charles Ivan Wurster, Jr. died on December 19th. Chuck was Co-Founder of Floscan Instruments and Vice President of RacerMate. The companies produced both marine and aviation fuel flow monitoring equipment (Floscan) and indoor bicycle training equipment (CompuTrainer and Velotron). Chuck said many times that one of his proudest life accomplishments was that the company could support 53 families, many of whom were recent immigrants to the U.S.

Russ Reynolds, Secretary

Class of 1954 Notes for January/February 2019 issue of YAM

Be sure to sign up for fantastic reunion in Franklin College, May 23 – 26, 2019!

 Dave Murray submitted this note: Subsequent to open-heart surgery and a cardiac ablation procedure, it seemed appropriate to compete in the US Masters Swimming Spring Nationals meet held in Indianapolis.  Nearly 2,400 swimmers participated in the meet including our youngest grandson, Nathan, who swam in the 2016 Olympic Trials, and is now in his 3rd year at Tennessee in the South East Conference.  I managed to take home gold medals in the 85-89 age group for the 500 and 1,000 yards Freestyle events and a 4th in the 200 yards Free.  Not fast times, but great fun being back in the water again.

George Spaeth says, how lucky we are to have some places we humans, and especially we men, have not yet ruined. Homo is certainly not sapiens. Our motto is Lux et Veritas. Really, needed, in the past and now. Admittedly truth is not always easy to define, or find, but the search for it has been one of our species’ finest characteristics – and many have searched, and many are still searching – Hooray! But when those with vast power not only consistently lie but don’t even believe the truth is a good thing to try for all of us who believe differently must be strong in supporting truth and those who try to live by truth.

Norm Burger submitted this note: I’m pleased there is a third generation of Burgers at Yale. My son Neil, ’85, and now Lukas, a Junior.

In the fall Tom McLane attended a wonderful celebration of Charlie Watson‘s life hosted by Nancy and their family. A number of classmates were there including Harris Ashton, Murray Buttner, John Newsome, Joel Smilow, and Chick Treadway. It was a special gathering.

William Corson Ellis passed away on August, 27th in Chicago. After graduating from Yale he received a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He received his wings in 1955 and was assigned to Laredo Air Force Base in Texas.  He became a squadron commander and continued to fly single engine jet aircraft. By the end of his Air Force career, Bill had reached the rank of Captain. In 1957, upon returning to Chicago, he married his wife Titia and began a career in business, first in manufacturing and finance, followed by investment and British merchant banking. In 1976, Bill left the business world to return to school and enrolled in the doctorate program in counseling Psychology at Northwestern University, where he and Titia received their PhDs in 1982. For the next fourteen years, Bill and Titia each had their own private clinical practice as well as a joint family practice in the Chicago area. Bill also taught at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management 1985-1990. They moved to Santa Fe, NM in 1990. In 2001, Bill and Titia moved to Woodstock, VT, to be closer to their daughter Robin and her family. Bill continued his love of painting, leaving behind an impressive collection of beautiful oil landscapes. He often talked about his mother, who taught her sons that there was a world to see and explore, that it was never too late to learn new things, and to always follow your dreams.

Michael R. Linburn passed away September 2nd. He had retired in 2016 to travel and spend time with family, after 25 years with Morse Asset Management, where he was a Financial Advisor and Chief Compliance Officer. He served on the Vestry of The Church of the Incarnation in New York City as Treasurer and also on the Board of Health Advocates for Older People, a non-profit organization, helping seniors to stay fit and healthy so as to remain independent.

John Anthony Nevin, known as Tony, died on September 23rd of pancreatic cancer. After completing graduate studies at Columbia University, Tony held faculty positions at Swarthmore College, Columbia University, and the University of New Hampshire. In his research, he developed the concept of behavioral momentum — the tendency for ongoing, repeated action to persist in the face of disruptions or challenges — and showed that persistence depends on rewards for that action, in much the same way as the persistence of the motion of a physical object depends on its inertial mass. As a young man, he served for two years on a Coast Guard buoy tender based in Bristol, Rhode Island and fell in love with the region. He was introduced to Martha’s Vineyard by his wife 20 years later, and they built a summer home there. When they retired from academic life the Vineyard became their year-round home.

Bill Jarrett reported that his close friend John Lynn Carr passed away on October 8th in Georgia. Bill said that he met his wife Carol while attending a “Practical Christianity” seminar, in their local church, which was a program that John developed. After graduating from Yale Divinity School in 1957, John became an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and worked in churches in Ohio and Indiana. He and his wife Adrienne developed and then published a series of church education materials, and were recruited by Candler School of Theology, where they taught adult education from 1976 to 1998. They retired to the north Georgia mountains, where they enjoyed hosting family, friends and colleagues. John was an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves.

Russ Reynolds, Secretary

Class of 1954 Notes for November/December issue of Yale Alumni Magazine

Frank Hirsch and his wife Shirley (of seven years now) still live 23 miles out of Santa Fe, NM and are enjoying life. He is now president of the SF Symphony and able to shoot under his age from the senior tees.  Shirley is now on her second book. If it is published before the 65th reunion next year they may also make it a book tour!

Elliott Novak is living in Israel with his daughter. He will not be attending our 65th reunion next year due to distance and health. Back when he was head photographer for the Yale Daily News, he remembers covering a 50th Reunion where Col. Robert R. McCormick, who was a primary owner and publisher of the Chicago Tribune newspaper, was attending.  In those days, his camera was a big Speed Graphic press camera complete with flash bulbs.  The Colonel wore black gloves on his hands.  Elliott had to take multiple photos to make sure he got at least one good one. The Colonel made sure he did it as fast as possible with that big clumsy camera and urged Elliott “to hurry up and get my pictures taken!  Elliott doubts that he had much patience even in his younger days! That would have been in 1953 since Yale senior class typically passed down their responsibilities to Yale juniors whether you were talking about the Whiffs, the Senior Societies, Captain of the football team, etc.  The Colonel graduated in the Class of 1903!

Elliott’s most famous assignment was taking photos of Robert Frost when he was a Visiting Fellow at Pierson College and already a world famous poet.

The existing Yale Whiffenpoofs, supplemented by some serious ringers who have been recruited in recent years, convened in Islesboro, Maine in late June. The group performed several concerts for the benefit of local charities and also sailed over to North Haven, Maine, where Jonathan Bush (1953) hosted a songfest of our group plus two others. In addition, Charlie Johnson, hosted the group in Nantucket for four days in mid-September. The group meets several times a year at various locations endeavoring to keep the tradition going as well as supporting various worthwhile causes. The wives say we have improved in the past two years! Are they kidding?!

Dick Picard passed away in Phoenix on June 18th. He earned an MBA from Harvard was a pioneer and leader in the computer industry, working at GE, IBM, Smith Barney, American Express and ATMS in Arizona. He was most remembered for his annual office Halloween parties. He and his late wife Mary were married for 62 years.

Charles Greenough Watson passed away on July 26th in Vero Beach, Florida. Following Yale, he served in the U.S. Army as an Artillery Officer in the 11th Airborne Division, in Munich, Germany. In 1996, he retired as a Managing Partner of Brundage, Story & Rose, which at the time was one of the country’s oldest investment advisory firms. He was an active Yale alumnus, as an Alumni Class Agent, former class Treasurer and former class Secretary.

Russ Reynolds, Secretary

Class of 1954 Notes for September/October issue of Yale Alumni Magazine

Four of the Whiffenpoofs of 1954, supplemented by 4 ringers, with 5 wives, totaling 13, convened at Russ Reynolds’ home in Islesboro. Maine for 5 days in late June. The group consisted of Bruce Meacham, Peter Coughlan, Hugh Ravenscroft and Russ Reynolds.  Newer additions were Jim Doak, Ash Gulliver, Al Atherton, and John Burke, Director.  The group sang four concerts including a benefit at the Islesboro Community House, and also sailed to North Haven, Maine for a songfest at the home of Jonathan Bush, Whiffenpoof of 1953, his quartet, and an another a capella group from Vinalhaven, Maine. It was very difficult to tell which group excelled since they were all so good!! The Islesboro group concluded with two songs at the Sunday service of Christ Church of Dark Harbor in Islesboro.

Our 65th reunion plans are jelling nicely, thanks to Carl Shedd’s Chairmanship of the reunion which will be on Memorial Day weekend, 2019, headquartered in the beautiful new Franklin College. I recently had lunch with Carl to discuss his plans. Carl has enlisted Jim Monde, Pim Epler, Carl Loucks, and Dick Bell as members of his committee, with others expected to join shortly. If anyone is interested in helping run what will be a wonderful event in New Haven, please let Carl or me know. By the way, plan your spring around attending the reunion. The reunion will be free of charge to all classmates and guests! You won’t want to miss it. Carl is already putting together an interesting program and a fantastic directory. Please let Carl know if you have any great ideas for speakers, entertainment, recreation, good food, etc. It will be fabulous.

Fred Frank has again graciously agreed to head our Class of 1954 Reunion gift for our next reunion which will hopefully once again set a world record for giving at a 65th reunion. You will be hearing more about this from Fred, but please save a big wad for this most important reunion gift. Where would we all be today if we had not gone to Yale? We have a lot to be thankful for!!!

Joel Smilow received the KIPP Foundation’s Giving Tree Award at their National Board Dinner in New York in May. Created in 2006, this annual award honors individuals and families whose generosity has been integral to KIPP’s growth and success. This was in recognition of Joel’s investment in KIPP DC three years ago. The Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) is a nationwide network of free open-enrollment college-preparatory schools in under-resourced communities throughout the United States. KIPP schools are usually established under state charter school laws, and KIPP is America’s largest network of charter schools.

Readers of the May/June YAM will have already noticed that amongst the favorite paintings selected by Jock Reynolds, retiring Art Gallery director of the Yale University Art Gallery, are two promised gifts by our classmate, William Bernhard and his wife Catherine G. Cahill:

Orchard Bordered by Cypresses by Vincent Van Gogh; and La Rue Lepic by the nineteen year old Pablo Picasso.

Chick Lanphier phoned recently and sounded in good spirits, probably because he lives in Hawaii. He recommends the climate there for all kinds of reasons, and loves to have visitors.

Bob Redpath wrote President Peter Salovey a letter outlining the process he used to produce his two volume bibliography of our classmates’ publications. President Salovey sent him the following response: Dear Mr. Redpath, thank you for your letter outlining the methodology you used for the special two volume set that was published for your sixtieth reunion. It is truly impressive that you performed statistical analysis on the lifetime publications of your class. I have shared your note with colleagues who may have an interest in this work. As you know, many reunion classes look for ideas for capstone projects such as this to mark their milestone. The Yale Alumni Association will let the reunion planning committees know of your efforts. I am grateful for all that you do for Yale and send best wishes from campus. With warm regards, Peter Salovey.

Murray S. Vernon, Jr. passed away June 26th in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. In October of 1954 he joined the US Air Force as a navigator and served until his honorable discharge.  Murray was an avid golfer and squash enthusiast and won numerous championships in Connecticut and New York.  He also enjoyed boating and fishing on Long Island Sound with his family. Murray was the “Fun Uncle” to many people in his life.

Sibley Towner passed away on May 23rd after a prolonged battle with Parkinson’s disease. After attending Yale Divinity School, he spent three years on the mission field teaching   at Sidon School for Boys in Sidon, Lebanon. He served as Professor of Old Testament at various Presbyterian seminaries across the United States. He spent his life as an Old Testament scholar and was popular as a preacher, teacher, speaker and writer.

Russ Reynolds, Secretary

Class of 1954 Notes for July/August issue of Yale Alumni Magazine

On Friday, April 20th, some of our classmates attended the Sterling Fellows meetings at Yale, followed by a lavish reception and dinner in the ballroom of the Yale Divinity School. There were sessions on athletics, artificial intelligence, the medical school, the state of New Haven, Yale’s future, etc. It was well attended and well executed. Classmates in attendance included Fred Frank, Allan Rabinowitz, and myself.

Bruce Alexander and Peter Salovey noted that the State of Connecticut is not in great shape financially. They wonder whether Yale can be constructive in working with various officials around the state in getting Connecticut back on the right track (a much bigger job than just dealing with New Haven!). All in all it was an excellent event with a good feeling.

Jay Greer reports that he and Ellie have been busy with dentists, doctors and whatever. “We aren’t unwell but seem to need a lot of maintenance – rather like old cars.”  Of late he’s been much caught up in the hullabaloo that followed the latest school shooting in Florida. Although he is a life-long shooter, this was really distressing, especially the pusillanimous responses from the politicians and the usual “more guns would have prevented this” nonsense from the NRA. The President wasn’t very helpful either. He was moved to write another letter to the Editor of the New York Times.  Much to his surprise, this one got printed – a first for him. Here’s a link to it: He is not sure it will move anyone who counts, but it helps clarify his own thinking and is cheaper and more effective than psychotherapy.  Maybe the outpouring from a lot of the country’s youth and some moderately robust action by some larger corporations will have a beneficial effect. He certainly hopes so.

Richard Murphy reports that he and Bill Day get together for lunch periodically. Reeking with nostalgia, they regale each other with memories about their illustrious classmates and about their past relationships with members of the Senate and House of Representatives in the good old days when comity and collegiality prevailed in Congress. Both of them are in good health for octogenarians.

Leonard Marx wrote me to let me know that his wife Sylvia is attending a retirement luncheon in New Haven for Joan Panetti. Their daughter Nancy (’84) is often in New Haven since Sarah Better (their granddaughter) is a junior and Nancy is the newly elected Chairman of the Yale University Library Council. Their thought is to let Nancy work with Dean Blocker to select the new recipient for the class chair.

Don’t forget that our Class Council will meet in New York at the Links Club on Thursday, November 8th at 4:00 pm, followed by dinner, which includes spouses and dates. Official notices will be sent out. Classmates who are interested in joining the Class Council are encouraged to put their hand up, so please don’t be bashful about letting me know if you would like to join this august group. We will have our Class of 1954 Skybox fully equipped with all kinds of tempting beverages and food at the Yale / Princeton game on Saturday, November 10th. Following the game, we will once again convene at the Smilow Field House for a post game celebration and reception.

As you all know, Bob Redpath has done an incredible job in compiling an impressive list of all of the major books and publications created by our classmates over the past 60 plus years. We have sent a courtesy set to President Salovey, as well as to the Sterling Memorial Library. Many classmates have ordered copies of the summary. Thanks again Bob, for an incredible job.

Carl Shedd is heading our reunion committee for our 65th reunion, which will be in May, 2019. Please get in touch with Carl if you have any favorite foods, songs, or any great ideas for entertainment. We already have some good ideas but can use more. The good news is that we will be based in Yale’s most beautiful college, Franklin, which will be used by our class for the first time as a reunion headquarters.

Thomas Briggs died March 20th after a very brief and sudden illness. He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. He researched and taught in the medical, nursing and pharmacy schools for almost thirty years. His son Thomas (’79) reported that upon retiring as a biochemistry professor at the University of Oklahoma Medical School, he took up a new “career” as a dedicated runner. He completed marathons in all fifty states and all seven continents, and was a podium finisher in his age group at Boston. He was proud of his class and he enjoyed attending reunions over the years.

Russ Reynolds, Secretary

Class of 1954 Notes for May/June issue of Yale Alumni Magazine

Blair LeRoy reported that he and Linda celebrated their 25th anniversary with a trip to London, Paris and southern France, part with “Roads Scholars” and part in a rental car for a week. A family trip to Hawaii solved his travel bug for a while. He retired 16 years ago from group practice but continues to volunteer medical care at Community Volunteers in Medicine. He and Linda play various sports to keep active. He was fortunate to register at second place in the national 85 and over clay court tennis double at Pinehurst in 2016. Now he plays for fun.

George Spaeth shared that he has recently joined the ranks of those of us who are great grandfathers. His grandson made a “Living Memoir” for him – a 20 minute video that he is thrilled to be able to pass on to his descendants and also to others. He recommends the idea!

Allan Rabinowitz attended the mini-reunion in London in October with his wife Leah, after spending 11 days in France to see Le Corbusier’s architecture.

Joel Smilow fell at his home in Connecticut in February and had to have a partial hip replacement as a result. His recovery is going well. It’s hard to keep a good man down!

David McBrayer reported that his beloved wife, Mary Helen, who gave up so much by moving so often, but enthusiastically travelled with him around the world during his career, passed away last October. in addition to her faithful responsibilities as a mother she was a volunteer in many activities including the Young Life ministry in California, Georgia, and Maryland, helped with horseback riding for the handicapped and as a third-grade art teacher in a school in Ohio, editor of an American Women’s Club update of its “Welcome to Karachi” guidebook, and, according to many wonderful notes from friends upon learning of her passing, was a true source of inspiration and enjoyment. He misses her cheerful, always interested and involved disposition, as do many good friends scattered among the places they lived and visited over the years, but he has absolute confidence she is now rejoicing with God! He has decided to move to a retirement community in Houston, a few miles from their home for the last 19 years in Katy, Texas.

Murray Buttner phoned in recently to say that he had spoken to Paul Pesek’s wife, who says Paul is in an assisted living facility. Paul is of course interested in staying in touch with us, and can be reached at the Trails of Orono, 875 Wayzata Boulevard, Wayzata, MN 55391. We all wish Paul the very best.

Tom McLane informed me that Alfred Lewis died on January 26th at Westchester Medical Center. While at Yale, he joined the ROTC. Upon graduation he served on active duty with the U.S. Army for two years and in the standby reserve until he was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant in 1962. He was married to Claire Campbell Davidson of Montreal, Canada in 1959. The couple lived in Tuxedo Park, New York where he was active in civic circles. In 1984 he married Corinna (Nina) Sanford Ashley and the couple made their home in Warwick. Among his recreational passions were golf, pheasant hunting, skiing, tennis, sailing and backgammon. He was an opera buff and sports car enthusiast. Summers he enjoyed puffing on his pipe while mowing woodland trails and driving farm fields on his lawn tractor.

Jim Killam died on February 3, 2018 in Massachusetts.  After Yale, Jim enlisted in the Army and achieved the rank of Captain. He was an artillery instructor at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. Jim graduated from Boston University Law School in 1959. He joined his father’s legal practice in Melrose, MA and they founded the Law Offices of Killam and Killam. He served on several boards in Massachusetts and worked for Governor John Volpe. He served as a Judge in the Malden District Court and as a visiting justice in courts throughout eastern Massachusetts and retired after 20 years of service in 1992. His son David asked that we mention how happy he was to have been able to reconnect with so many classmates at The Game last fall. “The Judge” will be sorely missed but he had a great run and certainly was proud to be a member of the glorious Class of ’54.

Keep us posted!

Russ Reynolds, Secretary­

Class Notes March-April 2018

The Class Council met at the Links in New York in November, and there were 38 for dinner. The newest member of the Class Council is Frank Smith. Two years ago he ventured out of the quiet life in the Midwest to attend his first Yale-Harvard football game since 1958 with Murray and Carole Buttner. To his good fortune they invited Sukey Wagner, widow of Rodney Wagner, to join them. Yale lost, but that weekend started a wonderful new adventure.

In the last two years Frank and Sukey have traveled a lot and have been fortunate to get together with many classmates and spouses along the way: The Buttners, Chick Treadway, Ike and Trudy Russell, Pete and CC Coggins, Stan Meacham, Bob and Cecily Redpath, Jim Anthony, Mark Mello, Dan Strickler, Bill and Jane Hopewell and Shelby and Estie Pruett.

The Yale Harvard game climaxed his year – a thoroughly convincing Yale victory. Terrific to share it with teammates Harris Ashton, Mike Armstrong, and Jim Killam. And good to be there with Joel Smilow and Irving Jensen, who have given so much to Yale football.

Charlie Johnson received the Yale Medal. He is the fifth member of our class to do so. The Whiffenpoofs of 1954 performed in the Smilow Field House following the game. Our reception included former President Rick Levin, President Peter Salovey, and wives, Tom Beckett, the retiring Athletic Director, Coach Tony Reno and the captain of this year’s triumphant team.

I sent a copy of Bob Redpath’s Published Contributions of the Class of 1954 to President Peter Salovey, and he responded with this note: Thank you for your letter on behalf of the Class of 1954 and for the two volumes of published contributions from your class. It is remarkable what you and the members of your class have accomplished over the last 63 years. I will proudly display these volumes in my library at home.”

So far we have a had good response for orders of the Published Contributions of the Yale Class of 1954, a 1954 Class Council Project, Volumes I and II. Copies are still available.  Please send your address and a check for $65 made out to Lexington Graphics to BuQuet Glynn, Lexington Graphics, 76 Bedford Street, Lexington, MA 02420.

Carl Shedd, who has been one of the most industrious, creative and hard-working of our illustrious classmates, manages our Class of 1954 website, published directories, and has agreed to chair our 65th reunion in the spring of 2019. This may not be the last reunion. Joel Smilow has volunteered to chair our 75th! Please stay in touch with great ideas. The sky’s the limit!

Murray Buttner phoned in recently to say that he had spoken to Paul Pesek’s wife, who says Paul is in an assisted living facility. Paul is of course interested in staying in touch with us, and can be reached at The Trails of Orono, 875 Wayzata Boulevard, Wayzata, MN 55391. We all wish Paul the very best.

Russell Voisin and Jeanne spend half the year in their winter home on Dauphin Island, AL,. They enjoy extensive overseas travel following his retirement from Rand McNally in 2000.

Rod Wood let me know that his health is good, and he hopes to make the reunion in 2019.

Joseph Gromults, Jr. manages yard work, household chores, lots of reading, some travel, hobbies, and of course, doctor visits!

Bob Martin was treated for cancer of the tongue early in the year, which went well until he fell and broke his left arm in three places!

James “Buddy” Thompson sent me an article about his family’s bourbon business and how they are releasing a 45-year-old bourbon in March, with 90% of the proceeds going to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and 10% going to the Frazier History Museum. The article can be found here:

I was informed that Sydney Scull Souter died on June 22nd, 2015 in Charleston, SC.

Thomas V. Sawtell died on March 27th in Branford.

 James McNeely died in Maine on July 27th. He was a prominent Boston architect, noted for his historic renovation of Beacon Hill townhouses. He served in the U.S. Army in Japan before getting his masters from Yale in 1960. He began his career as the protégé of the late Paul Rudolph, head of the Yale School of Architecture, before opening his own practice in 1974. He renovated over 150 19th century homes during his career, in addition to institutions and businesses on Beacon Hill and Back Bay.

 Frank Mallory died on November 7th. He was a National Science Foundation pre-doctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology, where he received his Ph.D. in 1958. Frank went to Bryn Mawr College as Assistant Professor of Chemistry in 1957, became Associate Professor in 1963 and Professor in 1969. Frank was the longest-serving member of the faculty in the history of Bryn Mawr. He taught courses on organic chemistry, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

David Cohen informed me that Burton Peck passed away in Palm Beach Gardens on November 8th. Burton served in the Air Force before starting his 35 year career at IBM. He suffered a severe case of Guillian Barre Syndrome which left him confined to a wheelchair but he continued to rise through the ranks at IBM after his illness and spearheaded IBM’s efforts to train and employ workers with disabilities.

David Harned died on November 10th. He received his Ph.D. from Yale and his B.D. from Yale Divinity School. David was ordained into the Lutheran Church in 1961. He taught at Yale, Williams College, Smith College and UVA, for 13 years until 1980.

Elmore Amerhein “Jack” Kindel, Jr., died on November 22nd. Jack was a 4th generation Cincinnati physician. Jack had many interests, including amateur magic, fine arts and sports.

Leigh Quinn reported that Owen Haydn Owens, Jr. died on December 29th in Stuart, Florida. He lived in Connecticut before moving to Stuart 24 years ago. He played hockey all four years at Yale.

Keep us posted!

Russ Reynolds, Secretary

Notes for January -February 2018 YAM

London Mini-Reunion

23 members of the Class of 1954, including spouses, two enthusiastic widows and one elegant daughter, convened in London on October 22nd for a week which ended on Friday the 27th. Organized by our hardworking classmate Ted Armbrecht, the group consisted of Ted and Calvert Armbrecht, Rita Cleary and her daughter Sharon, Charlie and Ann Johnson, Bob and Joanna Martin, Peter and Polly Millard, Peter and Naomi Rosenblatt, Russ and Debbie Reynolds, Alan and Leah Rabinowitz, Sallye Stevenson, Dan and Ellen Strickler, and Bob and Cecily Redpath. The group made the beautiful Goring hotel headquarters for six days. We enjoyed tours of Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, the Museum of the Tudor ship Mary Rose and HMS Victory at Portsmouth Naval Base, the Churchill War Rooms, the Imperial War Museum, and a number of other interesting attractions. We had dinners at a couple of noisy pubs, a beautiful club, and at the Goring Hotel. Everyone felt the trip was fun, well organized and managed at a reasonable price. Thanks again to Ted Armbrecht and his team for putting all this together so well.

Myron Conovitz’s granddaughter, Liliane M. Lindsay ’18, spent her first two college summers abroad, first studying environmental issues and large animal management in Tanzania, and then working at a biofuel start-up in Tel Aviv during the summer of 2016.  Lily is an enthusiastic member of the Saybrook community, following in her grandfather’s footsteps in that regard, and has enjoyed the marvelous Yale support network abroad on two continents, as well as here in the U.S.  She approaches senior year with a sense of accomplishment and has treasured her time on campus, now tinged with the natural sadness derived from knowing that her Yale College experience will end in June.

Debbie and I attended the dedication ceremony of the new Franklin and Murray colleges on October 6th. Charlie Johnson made the incredible commitment of $250 million to spearhead this effort. Supported also by other lead donors, it has resulted in two of the most beautifully designed and well functioning buildings in the world of education. President Peter Salovey gave a fine talk dedicating the buildings, accompanied by comments from Robert Stern, the architect, Ed Bass, another lead donor, and the heads of the new colleges.   Among our classmates who I saw with wives were Harris Ashton, Murray Buttner, and Howard Brenner. Yale is in a much stronger position now that these gorgeous new residential colleges have been completed. They fit into the campus perfectly and look like they’ve always been there. Another milestone for our class, thanks to Charlie’s foresight, and generosity!

 Bob Redpath has done a tremendous job compiling a huge survey of the published works of 267 classmates.  Publications are listed by profession and the publication patterns between professions are compared. There are also sections devoted to publications about family history, second careers and hobbies, and Yale. This comprehensive two volume project supported by the Class Council will be placed in the Sterling Memorial Library. Interested classmates may purchase it for $49. Mail check made out to Lexington Graphics to Kim Lambertson, RSR partners, 600 Steamboat Rd., Greenwich, CT  06830-7181.  Bob’s informative commentary is available on line at Purchase details will also be mailed to classmates and widows shortly.

Dick Thornburgh told me that he recently celebrated his 85th Birthday at PNC Park with his beloved Pittsburgh Pirates, with his entire family in attendance, along with several Yale alumni. A thrill for everyone was a reading of a Birthday greeting from his old boss, President George H.W. Bush who said “Take it from this 93 year old – 85 is spring chicken age”.

Joel Smilow is funding a program in Palm Desert, CA, which will provide 40 annual scholarships, 20 to high school grads belonging to the Coachella Valley Boys & Girls Club, and 20 to employees or employees’ children at the two clubs he belongs to.

Mike Armstrong sadly had to drop out of the London mini-reunion trip due to some health issues but he sounds fine and reports that he is getting good care and we all hope that he will be fine very soon.

Obie Clifford’s third memorial service was held at the Dutch Reform Church in Bronxville, New York on September 22nd. In attendance were a number of our classmates, including Joel Smilow, Charlie Johnson, Howard Brenner, Alan Rabinowitz, Mike Armstrong, Harris Ashton, Hugh Ravenscroft, Peter Coughlan, Bruce Meacham, Tom McLane, Jim Monde, myself and others. Ten members of the Whiffenpoofs of 1954 (augmented slightly from neighboring classes) sang at the reception.

Kendall B. Smith died on his 84th birthday, June 4th, 2016. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed skiing, sailing, hiking and mountain climbing. During his time at Yale he fell in love with the woman he would live with until her death in 2012 and after returning from Korea he fell in love with San Francisco. In 2014 he remarried to his sweetheart from when he was a freshman at Yale. During his life and career as an architect he worked on some notable civic works.

Dr. Joseph “Buzz” Wierzbinski died on September 1st. Following Yale Medical School, he served as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Service 43rd M*A*S*H* unit in Korea and during the Vietnam war in South Korea. He was also an assistant surgical consultant to the Surgeon General in Washington, and served in the Connecticut Army National Guard. He and his wife Jeannine lived in Madison and experienced numerous adventures during their world travels.

Clark Bridgman died on September 9th in Rhode Island. He worked in engineering and research related fields for Aerojet General and the Grumman Corporation, where he was a member of the launch team for all of the Apollo manned missions to the moon. Following his retirement from Grumman he designed and built the family home in Red Hook, NY, and moved to Wakefield, Rhode Island in 2006.

Edward L. Norton, III died on September 28th. He lived most of his life in Greenwich, Connecticut, but in later years moved to Park City, Utah. He was an All-American swimmer on Yale’s undefeated swimming team at the time. He served his country in the United States Army and worked at Pepsi Bottling Company for over 20 years.

Russ Reynolds, Secretary

Class of 1954 Notes for November/December 2017

Dick Polich’s foundry, Polich Tallix, moved four miles to Walden, NY in September, after 21 years in Rock Tavern. The new location has 70,000 square feet of production space on 32 acres of land… Plenty of room for expansion and a sculpture garden!

Elliott Novak informed me that he recently moved from Concord, MA to Israel, where his older daughter Pam (Yale class of ’83) has lived for many years. He reports that the climate there is much like northern Arizona – i.e. very hot and very dry the year round –not at all like New England where he used to sail mainly in Marblehead, MA and hike the Whites in the summer and ski in the winter mostly in northern NH on weekends and holidays.

Kinvin Wroth reports that he has been appointed Professor of Law Emeritus at Vermont Law School effective July 1, 2017. Kinvin joined the Vermont faculty on July 1, 1996, serving as Dean and then President and Dean until June 30, 2004, and continuing as Professor of Law until his retirement on June 30, 2017.  Previously, He had been a faculty member at the Dickinson School of Law, a Research Associate at the Harvard Law School, a Research Fellow at Harvard’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, and a faculty member at the University of Maine School of Law, where he served as Dean from 1980 until 1990.  Kinvin and his wife, Dee, live in Sharon, Vermont.

Bill Coke was diagnosed with Parkinson’s several years ago but it is fairly benign – no shaking hands or head. He is just a little unsteady on his feet and it precludes him from traveling, which Fletch and he did extensively.  He is glad they went when they could. Since retirement, he has been busy with civic things in and around Nashville is still active at Christ Church Cathedral which is the Cathedral for the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee.

Charlie Johnson will receive the Yale Medal in November. Presented by the AYA, the Yale Medal recognizes and honors outstanding individual service to the university. A great honor for our class! He is an active and loyal alumnus whose extraordinary devotion has transformed the physical campus, shaped academic programs in international relations, enhanced athletic experiences, and inspired class engagement. With a commitment to expanding access to Yale College, his landmark gift in 2013 enabled the construction of two new residential colleges, a momentous milestone in the university’s history. In establishing the Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy in 2011 as part of Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, the alumnus provided a home both for the Kissinger Archives as well as for advanced teaching and scholarship in diplomatic history. The center’s work is complemented by his support of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, which promotes effective leadership in a complex and globalized world. Johnson has also supported renovations of the Yale Bowl and the creation of Yale’s first all-season outdoor athletics field while serving many years on his Class Council and Reunion Gift Committees, and currently as Class Treasurer.

Donald “Obie” Clifford died on August 8th in Mount Kisco, NY. He got his MBA from Harvard Business School, and later joined McKinsey in New York, where he worked as a management consultant for 25 years. At McKinsey he coined the term “threshold companies.” He co-authored a best-selling book about midsize companies with Richard Cavanaugh: The Winning Performance: How America’s High-Growth Midsize Companies Succeed. After retiring from McKinsey in 1984, Obie spent his remaining years consulting for threshold companies and giving generously of his time and resources as a board member for many institutions, most notably The American Museum of Natural History and the Quebec Labrador Foundation.  In enumerating the crowning achievements of his life, Obie always began with the fact that he won the hand of Mary Lawrence, whom he loved with complete abandon from the age of fourteen. Without question, his second most valued achievement was overseeing the creation of The Wild Center, a nationally renowned natural history museum that he co-founded with Elizabeth Lowe in 1998. The Wild Center hosted a Free Day for local residents on August 25th, which would have been his 85th Birthday. He and his family would be grateful for tributes in his honor to go to The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, N.Y.

We hope to see you at the Harvard game on November 18th. Please send all your news, and remember, Be Positive, Be Grateful, and Be of Service!

Russ Reynolds, Secretary

Class of 1954 Notes for September/October 2017

As you all know, we are having a mini-reunion of the Class of 1954 in London October 22nd – 27th. The brief itinerary is as follows:

Sunday, October 22nd – Arrivals, Welcome Dinner

Monday, October 23rd – Private guided tour of the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey

Tuesday, October 24th – Option 1 – clipper boat ride to Greenwich – Royal Astrological Observatory, Naval Museum, Art Museum and the Cutty Sark ship, Option 2 –  coach transportation to Portsmouth to visit the Mary Rose and Mary Rose Museum, along with HMS Victory.

Wednesday, October 25th – Guided tours of the Imperial War Room and Churchill War Rooms

Thursday, October 26th – day at leisure, farewell dinner

Friday, October 27th – Departure

 A number of classmates and spouses, as well as widows have registered. We hope you are joining the group for five days of sightseeing and general camaraderie in a great setting in one of the world’s most exciting cities. We hope to see you in London! It is not too late to register. Contact me at or Ted Armbrecht at to register.

Dan Swisher was kind enough to point out to me that in a previous edition of the class notes I referred to his wife with the wrong name. Dan is still married to Senta and they are great. Sorry for the error, Senta!

Mason Willrich has been researching and writing a book, Modernizing America’s Electricity Infrastructure, that will be released in September and is available for advance purchase from Amazon. The book develops a comprehensive strategy for modernizing our aging electric infrastructure end-to-end, while ensuring affordable, reliable, secure, and environmentally sustainable electricity services.

 Leonard Marx reported that he and his wife decided to buy a condo in downtown Greenwich in order to “simplify their lives”, but after they bought it and got serious about moving, decided not to, and stayed where they had been, figuring that the move might further complicate their lives! Smart people! Len and Sylvia have traveled extensively on “Silver Whisper”, and also enjoyed various trips in the Caribbean.

George Langworthy reported that he traveled to Germany for his son George Jr.’s wedding, as the bride’s home town is a small town in Bavaria. The church where they wedding took place was constructed in 1593, and the reception was held at Castle Neuburg on the Kammel, a 15th century castle.

Please pass on your news, no matter how big or small, for the Class Notes. Everyone is interested in what we are all doing.

Anneliese Meyer informed me that her husband, John W. Meader, Jr. passed away on July 26, 2016, in Illinois, after 36 years of marriage.

 Irving Jensen phoned me to say that his beloved wife Carolyn “Tigger” passed away on June 12th after a very long illness, in Sioux City, Iowa. Tigger, given her nickname for her energetic nature as a child, lived up to her moniker as an active member of her community, serving as president of the Clark Elementary School PTA, president of PEO Chapter LD, president of Portfolio Book Club, and president of Questers Antique Study Club. Tigger also was on the board of the Sioux City Art Center, Girl Scouts, was part of the Peace Project to beautify Sioux City by planting trees, an active member of the Junior League, and was instrumental in bringing the Freedom Train to Sioux City. She was a longtime member of the Okoboji Yacht Club and a champion Y class sailor. Tigger had been a longtime member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church and was currently a member of First Presbyterian Church. For her dedication to her community, Tigger was awarded an honorary doctorate from Morningside College in Sioux City in May 2011.

George Ervin Lamb died in Seattle on April 3, 2017. He attended Yale University on a four-year scholarship and upon graduation went to work for the California Division of Highways as a civil engineer. He was drafted in 1955 and served 21 months in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, teaching at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia and then serving as an Engineering Intelligence Research Specialist for the Army Map Service in Washington D.C.  George worked as a soils engineer for Brown & Root Overseas in Guatemala for 2.5 years, then for the Foundation Test Service in Washington, D.C. and then at a succession of engineering and soils firms in the Seattle area where he built a reputation for high character, deep expertise and honesty. He eventually owned and managed Cascade Geotechnical, a soils engineering outfit in Totem Lake that employed several dozen. The smoothness of countless local highways serves as quiet attestation to his work ethic and high standards.

After retiring, he continued to work as a consultant and expert witness all over the western states. He played a major role in tunnel construction for the Metro Red Line in Los Angeles in the 1990’s and worked on the upgrade of the Panama Canal. His car was easy to locate in a parking lot, due to the Canal Zone hardhat he always kept ready on the parcel shelf under the back window.

S. Lee Miller passed away in Barrington, Rhode Island on May 29th. He pursued a career in trust banking, in Florida, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and was an active member of the Barrington Congregational Church for over 45 years, working on many committees.

George Rowland Wislar died in Georgia on May 30, 2017. George served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Captain, and completed his MBA at Harvard Business School. George worked at Kidder Peabody in New York, then the Robinson Humphrey Company in Atlanta. He co-founded the National Data Corporation, and spent thirty years in the corporate and private sectors, implementing his leadership skills, spearheading new companies and boosting performance of long established firms. George played on the Varsity Golf team at Yale, was a member of the Marine Corps Golf Team and was a member of  Peachtree Golf Club in Atlanta for thirty years. He became a member of Augusta National Golf Club in 1971, where he served for over forty years as Chairman of the Practice Tee Committee for the Masters Tournament.

Willis Carl Bill Kellogg died on May 31st in Concord, Massachusetts. He was awarded a doctorate in Applied Physics in 1966 by Harvard University. He worked as an engineer at MITRE, Lincoln Laboratory, Raytheon, Teledyne Brown Engineering, and SenCom Engineering, as well as on the consulting side for NASA and various small engineering companies. During a two year assignment on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, he commuted by plane every day to the island of Roi Numur, working on the TRADEX radar, which tracked test missile reentry vehicles launched from California. He was later part of the team at Raytheon that designed and tested the communications systems  for the Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry Phased Array Warning System and Ballistic Missile Early Warning System radars on Cape Cod, in Greenland and Yorkshire.

John A. Creatura died on June 3rd in Westport. John was a graduate of Fairfield Prep, of Yale College and of the Yale School of Medicine. He served in the United States Army from 1967 to 1969, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He spent his medical career with Bridgeport Radiology Associates and retired as Chief of Nuclear Medicine at Bridgeport Hospital. 

Robert Michael Kliment died on June 3rd in New York. Born in Prague in 1933, Robert was one of several hundred children whom the humanitarian Sir Nicholas Winton brought to safety in England during the Second World War. After serving with the U.S. Army in Europe, he returned to Yale to complete his M.Arch in 1959, and upon graduation won a Fulbright Fellowship to study the history and evolution of urban spaces in Italy. He joined Mitchell/Giurgola in 1960 as the firm’s first full-time staff member, and later opened their New York office. In 1972 he founded Kliment Halsband Architects with his wife Frances.

Prominent works on which he was the principal designer include the computer science buildings at Princeton and Columbia, the renovation of the Yale Divinity School, and federal courthouses in Brooklyn, New York, and Gulfport, Mississippi.

 In addition to his practice as an architect, Robert was a member of the faculty at Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania, and was a visiting professor at Harvard, MIT, North Carolina State University, Rice, and the University of Virginia.

Class of 1954 Notes for July/August 2017 issue of YAM

May 9, 2017

Dear Classmates,

I hope everyone is aware of the fact that the Class of 1954 will have a mini-reunion in London from October 22nd through 27th this year. We will be headquartered at the beautiful Goring Hotel, which is terrific, yet not overpriced, with interesting lunches, trips and dinners planned throughout the week. Ted Armbrecht has been very busy putting together an outstanding program, all or parts of which everyone will find of interest. I hope you will make every effort to join us in this once in a lifetime experience. It should be great. By now you should have received our letter with the details. If you need more information, please contact Ted Armbrecht at or me at

The Class Council will meet in New York at the Links Club on Thursday, November 16th at 4:00 pm, followed by dinner with spouses and significant others. Lunch will also be served in the Class of 1954 Skybox, followed by a reception at the Smilow Field House following the Harvard – Yale game on Saturday, November 18th. Please plan to attend.

Here is the sad part of our notes, about some great classmates who had great lives!

Bobo Dean died on February 16th in Washington, D.C. Bobo graduated from Yale Law School in 1961 and attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Bobo Dean practiced law in Washington, DC since 1965. His practice was primarily in the representation of Indian tribal governments. In 1982 he was a founding partner of the firm Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Wilder (now Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker). Over a legal career of over 50 years, Bobo represented Native American tribes including the Miccosukee, Seminoles, Navajo, Mohicans, Oglala Sioux and Mississippi Band of Choctaw as well as various tribes and tribal organizations in Alaska including the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation and the Norton Sound Health Corporation. Bobo was particularly proud of the close to 50 years he spent advising the Metlakatla Indian Community in Southeast Alaska, including the advocacy he provided that ensured that the Tribe retained its full sovereign authority when the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was enacted.

John Derby Adams died on March 8th in Suffield after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1959. Except for several years when he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut beginning in 1963, he was engaged in the private practice of law, first in solo practice and since 1983 partnered with his daughter at Adams & Eliason. John served as the Town Attorney for the Town of Enfield from 1967 to 1977, and in 1977 was appointed by Governor Ella Grasso as a Hearing Officer for the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.  John was an avid fan of the Pirates, Steelers, Patriots, Whalers and UConn men and women’s basketball teams, loved to travel and take photographs, and sang with the Enfield Community Chorus, the Notarians and the Beethoven Chorus.

Charles Marshall Reagle, Jr. died in Duluth on March 13th. He served in the U.S. Army in France during the Korean War, and later earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He spent his professional career in the advertising and marketing field, retiring on 1990 as Director of Marketing, Planning and Research for Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis, Missouri. He enjoyed his retirement in the mountains of North Carolina and on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth.

Paul Pesek reported that Dick Harris died on March 15th.  Dick had a great passion for golf and jazz, and always enjoyed a good martini.  He loved painting and writing, authoring four books. He spent many years in the family business, B.W. Harris Mfg. Upon retiring he created a golf catalogue of unique gift items. He served on numerous boards; USGA Museum Committee, Pres. MN Golf Assoc., Outward Bound and rotary member. His only regret was he never had a hole in one!

Major General William Reed Usher died on March 28th in Arlington, VA. During his distinguished 31-year military career, General Usher served in a broad range of Air Force, Joint Staff, and command positions. He flew over 100 combat missions in the F4-C aircraft with the 12th Tactical Fighter Wing in Vietnam, earning two Distinguished Flying Crosses and the Air Medal. He served as aide to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force and to two Secretaries of the Air Force. In later assignments, he was Chief USAF Mission to the Republic of Turkey, and Commander, USAF Technical Training Center at Lowry AB, Denver CO. He earned an MBA at Harvard Business School in 1960, was a member of the Cosmos Club, the Chevy Chase Club, and the Royal Air Force Club, London. He was an avid traveler, skier, and cook and he had a life-long fascination with trains of all types.

General Usher had a successful career in business following his retirement from the military in 1985. He was a senior executive with the Lockheed Martin Corp. and was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Core Software Technology. In his later years, he was a consultant to senior leadership in the Pentagon and US Intelligence Community on national security matters.

Robert Sabath Katz died in March in Illinois. He was the former President and Co-Owner of Superior Tanning Company, a family owned business, and former Managing Partner of Summit Associates.

Philip Aldrich Drinker died on April 10th in New Hampshire. He earned a PhD from MIT in 1961 and set up the Division of Biomedical Engineering at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in 1965, where his research focused on artificial organs, in particular the heart/lung machine. He served as Chief of the department from 1975 until his retirement in 1990. After retirement he worked at Hood Labs for several years, studying airway morphology using acoustics. His hobbies included woodworking, playing the French horn, ski patrolling, disking behind his lobster boat, summers on Somes Sound in Maine, and playing guitar.

John Allen Richmond died in Florida on April 11, 2017. He worked for Remington Arms before joining General American Transportation in New York, and later oversaw the company’s operation in Cleveland, Ohio. While in Cleveland, he was approached and joined the firm of Heidrick & Struggles, an executive search firm, until retiring in 1995. John moved to Amelia Island, Florida, after retirement where he enjoyed sailing and racing Tartan 10 sailboats as well as golf. He was also a licensed fix wing aircraft pilot.

Kindly contact your class Secretary at any time with news to report about yourself, your family, friends in our class, etc. We have many great classmates, all of whom love to keep in contact with each other, so please communicate!

Russ Reynolds, Secretary

Class of 1954 Notes for May/June 2017 Issue

March 10, 2017

Bill Bernhard reports that he goes to Palm Beach from time to time and gets together with the Johnsons, Bullocks and other classmates.  Palm Beach is becoming a mecca for so many of us, especially if you live in Connecticut!  Bill reports that he and his cousins recently published a beautiful book called Lots of Lehmans, about their family.  Unfortunately it is privately printed, but if you’re nice to Bill he might show you a copy of it.

For those of you who prefer a drier climate, there is always Palm Desert and environs in the California desert!  This year, at least three classmates were detected in the area, including Joel and Joan Smilow, Dan and Kitya Swisher, and Russ and Debbie Reynolds. The area is filled with interesting attractions, starting with golf, but adding World-Class museums, theaters, concerts, hiking etc.”

Peter N. Smith of Old Lyme died December 30th in Farmington.  He was a friend of Carl Loucks and a fellow member of the Madison Lawn Bowling Club with him.  Peter served in the U.S. Army in Frankfurt, Germany from 1957-1957.  He had a long career in the finance industry as an analyst and portfolio manager beginning at White Weld & Company in New York in 1957 and retired from Anchor Capital Advisors in Boston in 1998 as a senior vice president, portfolio manager.  He resided in Greenwich from 1969-1990 and then Boston from 1990 to 2008.  Peter became a summer resident of Old Lyme in 1998, and continued to spend a month each summer in Madison with his family until recently.

Dr. Anthony Ernest Stefanelli, 84, passed away on January 12, 2017 in Broward County, Florida.  He attended Yale on a football scholarship and continued his studies at Downstate College of Medicine, where he completed his medical degree in 1958.  Dr. Stefanelli held a private office for his practice of orthopedics in Bloomfield, N.J. for 40 years, from 1962 until 2002.  He held certification with The Board of Orthopedic Surgeons throughout his career and held various leadership positions at the several hospitals in New Jersey.  He was a full-time resident of New Jersey until 1986, when he became a resident of Broward County, Florida.

Christopher Forster died on January 31stTom McLane noted that Chris was a distant cousin of his through his mother’s Hamilton Fish side, and, growing up in Garrison would often tease Tom that he spent more time in Lenia, his grandmother’s summer place, than Tom did.  Chris spent his entire professional career as an insurance broker and Managing Director with Marsh & McLennan Companies. For his unwavering dedication and involvement in Yale and the Class of 1954, he was awarded the Yale Medal in 2004. He was a loyal member and former president of The Yale Club of New York City and The Phelps Association.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Christopher A. Forster Yale College Class of 1954 Scholarship Fund, c/o Yale University.

Ricardo Arias Calderon died on February 13th.  He was Vice President of Panama under President Guillermo Endara after Manuel Noriega left office.

Robert Eells Nettleton died on February 14th at home in Clinton, CT.  He received his MBA from Northwestern University and worked as a mortgage banker at Lomas & Nettleton Co. in New Haven.  He taught Real Estate and Property Management, and was on the President’s Advisory Council for the Small Business Administration.  Robert lived in Cheshire for many years before moving to Clinton, and was active in several choral groups.

Hugo E. “Ted” Braun died on February 8th in Saginaw, Michigan.  A lifelong resident of Saginaw, he attended the University of Michigan Law School  and practiced law for 57 years at Braun Kendrick.  He was active in many civic and charitable organizations, was a Director on a number of corporate boards and received numerous awards, including an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Saginaw Valley State University.

Jane Hiers, wife of Dick Hiers for 63 years, passed away on December 1, 2016.  Jane was an alumna of Maury High School in Norfolk and Bucknell University.  In the 1950s, she worked in Washington, D.C. for the American Psychological Association, and the CIO, and later in New Haven, Connecticut as a research assistant to Professor Roland Bainton at Yale Divinity School, and as a social worker in New Haven public housing.

From Dick: Jane and I were married nearly 63 wonderful years.  The wedding was in Battell Chapel, January 30, 1954, performed by Sidney Lovett (Uncle Sid) and Professor Robert Calhoun (with whom Jane had connected when he visited Bucknell).  Luther Noss, University Organist, with whose choir I had sung, contributed marvelous hymns and anthems.  Bill Brown was my “best man” and several other classmates participated in the proceedings, including Dick Gregory, Roland Smith, Johnny Richmond, John Carr and the “two Georges” (Jacoby and Spaeth).

The wedding took place under somewhat unusual circumstances:  In order to punish Yale students appropriately for what he deemed the outrageous snowball riot that took place along Elm Street near the end of the fall semester, President Griswold decreed that no women guests were to be allowed on the camps for several weeks — which period included the date of our wedding, which necessarily involved the presence of many women guests.  Mr. Griswold then went incommunicado (probably in Bermuda).  To the rescue, came Dean Buck, who was both Branford College Master (if that title may still be mentioned), and also University Provost.  Cutting the story short, he assured us that the interdict would not apply to our guests, and all went well.  So I completed senior year, and began married life with Jane in a third floor attic apartment at 14 Lincoln Street, just two half blocks from the Lincoln Theater.

Russ Reynolds, Secretary

Class of 1954 Notes for March/April 2017 issue

Peter Millard and Polly Espy were married at St. James Church, New York City, November 19th, 2016.  Hugh Millard, ’87, is Peter’s son.

Our creative and highly intelligent classmate Wiz Arndt recently wrote a wonderful book called “Wizdom” Memos: Thoughts Observations, Bits of Advice on Life.  It is well organized, well printed, and attractively put together.  I think it is a must read for any of us who need to give good advice to friends, family or others.  The book can be purchased easily on by searching for “Wizdom” memos.  It’s 228 pages and only $14.95.  I suggest getting several copies to have on hand to give as the occasions arise!

Jim Shelburne writes that he is retired, wobbly, playing doubles tennis, is sickened by the political morass, but healthy enough.  He travels to Paris for 4-5 months a year and loves it.  He goes to Italy for language lessons each year in the fall while in Paris.  Replacement parts get the attention of the airport detectors.  His wife of 55 years, Jaqueline, is healthy and helps him up when he falls.  He is no fan of Hillary Clinton but dislikes Trump.

Peter Shears, Jr. writes that his major outside interest keeping him “young” is being Board of Trustees President for two schools of 700 and 525 pupils.

Joe Gromults asked me to share the following note: “I am not a frequent letter writer or complainer.  To understand the reasons for my current stance you have to have walked in my shoes going back to my youth, circumstances, family situation, and geographics.  No silver spoon background.  Depression-era industrial community.  Poverty.  Then admission to Yale (a dream come true).  Scholarship aid.  A genuine chance to improve my status and my future.  I appreciated Yale for the opportunity they were providing.  Then Medical School, post-graduate training at a major hospital, voluntary military service, and finally private practice in a great community.  I owe all this to the doors Yale opened for me.  I do not see this grateful attitude reflected in the recent Yale situations.  Nor is there any sense of character exemplified.  That bothers me… a lot.”

Berel Lang reported that he has just had a book published, Genocide: The Act as Idea, (University of Pennsylvania Press).

I received a letter from Cynthia Mariani, Recording Secretary of Yale, reporting that the Class of 1954 President’s Discretionary Fund is helping Yale improve the world through outstanding research, scholarship, education, preservation and practice. As of June 30, 2016, the market value of the fund was $4,530,423, and spendable income was $206,155.  New gifts since June 30th total $127,500.

We were recently notified that Nat Spear of New York, passed away on May 22, 2013, at his home in Manhattan. He was 82. Nat earned an M.A. from Columbia University in 1966. An art lover and collector of antiques, Nat had a great love of languages and word games, and he was an avid reader. A world traveler since a very young age, he continued going on lengthy road trips around Europe with his wife, and they visited Paris at least twice a year.

 Bill Jarrett was kind enough to send me the obituary of Kirk Rodgers, which was previously reported.  Bill and Kirk were classmates at Gilman before going to Yale.  They reconnected at our 50th reunion after a long hiatus and became close friends after that.  That’s one of the reasons we have reunions!

 James Michael Burt died on October 17th in Alabama.  He was proud to be a founding member of Beaux Arts Krewe and Chairman of Birmingham Civic Ballet  while living in Birmingham.  He resided in San Francisco, Birmingham, Palm Beach, New York and London, all the while in each place he listened to his beloved team, Auburn.

 Tom McLane informed me that Jim McClellan died on November 15th in Hilton Head after a long illness.  An avid and accomplished tennis and squash player, he was a terrific guy who, after Yale spent a couple of years in the army in Germany, worked at Citibank and Continental Can, and, since 1984, he was very active in real estate in Hilton Head.

John B. Friauf died on November 16th in Bakersfield, California.  He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1954 to 1957 and worked in manufacturing management positions in several states, Singapore and England.  He was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church wherever he lived and sang in the choir at every church he attended.  He married his high school sweetheart in 1999 after meeting her again at their 50th high school reunion.

Malcolm Richard “Dick” Specht died on December 14th in Flat Rock, North Carolina.  He worked as a research physicist at Eastman Kodak for more than 30 years and was instrumental in the development of many imaging technologies.  He also served in the Navy in both active duty and reserve service, and retired with the rank of Captain.  Malcom was active in his church, was a Boy Scout Troop Master for several years, and volunteered many hours at the St. Andrews Food Pantry in Rochester.

Leigh Quinn informed me that Thruston Ballard Morton died in Louisville, Kentucky, on January 3rd after an illness.  He was a Sterling Fellow and a member of DKE and Skull and Bones.  He served in the U.S. Army and spent 16 months in Korea.  Ballard was a partner of J.J.B. Hilliard & Son, and subsequently President and CEO of Orion Broadcasting, former owner of WAVE TV in Louisville. After Orion was sold, he became the Executive in Residence at the College of Business at the University of Louisville where he created a course in leadership that he taught to MBA students for 18 years.

Russ Reynolds, Secretary

Class of 1954 Notes for January/February 2017

The Class Council met in New York on September 26th.  Those present were Jay Greer, Dick Gilder, Allan Rabinowitz, Peter Millard, Michael Armstrong, Fred Frank, Murray Buttner, Howard Brenner, Bob Quinlan and myself.  Those who dialed in to the entire meeting included Tom McLane, Carl Shedd, Buddy Thompson, Bob Martin, Steve Kumble, Obie Clifford, Bruce Meacham, Joel Smilow, Bob Blankfein, and Wiz Arndt.  We had an almost two hour discussion of the current situation at Yale.

Fred Frank reported that his son (yes, not grandson!) Frederick graduated from Yale this June with the class of 2016.  No more tuition, until he goes to business school, hopefully the Yale School of Management.  He is working at Barclays Bank in their Investment Banking Group.

Richard Murphy reported that he and Luda traveled to Iceland (awesome!) and Switzerland (spectacular!) and thoroughly enjoyed a cruise on the Rhine River from Basel to Amsterdam with a group of alumni of various colleges and universities including Yale and Johns Hopkins (our graduate school alma mater) last July.  As always, they spent the month of March in beautiful Longboat Key, Florida.  All things considered, they are in decent health.  Life is good!

Joanna and Bob Martin passed through London on the way to a Met Tour in early June.  It included Hamburg, Hannover, The Hague, Amsterdam, and Delft.  Great art, including five Vermeers, Rembrandt, van Gogh, and a galaxy from the Dutch Golden Age.  In late July they again launched in London before joining a Yale Tour, Educated England, providing a fascinating immersion in Cambridge and Oxford, with a visit to Bletchley Park in between.  They followed with a Crystal cruise from London to Lisbon.

Joel Smilow has made a gift to The Open Door Shelter in Norwalk to support the transformation of a historic factory building in South Norwalk into a multipurpose center.  The project will include sixteen efficiency apartments, a health center, a job training program and GED and college entrance classes.  Jeannette Archer-Simons, Executive Director of The Open Door Shelter, stated “We are honored to receive this funding to support this project and as a result name the building the Smilow SoNo Life Center. We are deeply touched by Mr. Smilow’s belief in our efforts. His vision for building stronger communities through education and healthcare has benefited people nationwide. We hope this gift inspires others to support this transformative project as we finalize funding for this campaign.”

William Foerster recently moved from a large home in Nichols Hill to a smaller garden home in Muirfield Village.  Since retirement in 2010 he has continued to work daily at his antique store in Oklahoma City, which he owns with his wife Barbara and another couple, which is lots of fun.  They have won several awards.  His book about Yale, Memoirs of a Yale Man: Class of 1954, fell into oblivion but he sent copies to several classmates several years ago.  If anyone wants a copy he has many available.

John Franciscus is selling Haitian paintings, 350 pocket watches and 1,000 personal paintings online.  He established a music prize at Union Church to encourage talent to play at each Sunday service.

Allan Rabinowitz and his wife Leah just returned from 10 days in Burgundy and Paris.  Great place to visit but he is always happy to return home to New York City.

Thomas Briggs reported that in the last year and a half he’s had three falls, three fractures (one serious), and spent a total of four months in hospital and rehab.  Now he is home and on his feet again, though no longer running, unfortunately.  To stay busy he took up beekeeping.

Bob Redpath reports that we are nearing almost 100% response to the request for lists of publications, including responses from widows of classmates who have expressed their gratitude about the project.

However, there are still some classmates who have promised to submit lists but haven’t done so, despite Bob’s impassioned urgings via letters and emails.  To them, please contact Bob with your lists. This is a very exciting project and it will be enhanced if we can reach 100 % response. Please note that Bob’s new email address is

On October 15th, Buddy Thompson phoned me to say that Ballard Morton, who has been suffering from cancer for some time, is having a tough time.  Ballard wants to hear from classmates any time.

Kirk Rodgers died on October 13th in Falls, Church, Virginia.  Following jobs with the U.S. Forest Service, the Baltimore County Planning Commission, and a three-year tour of duty as a naval air intelligence officer, Rodgers joined the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1960 and in 1965 was named Chief of the Natural Resources Unit. In 1971 he became the Director of the Department of Regional Development and Environment, and in 1996 he was appointed Director of the Unit for Sustainable Development and Environment. He retired from the OAS in 1998 and continued for several years as a consultant to international organizations, including the Commission of Environmental Cooperation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In 2004 he received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies for his lifetime achievements.

Please keep me posted on your news, thanks!

Class of 1954 Notes for November/December 2016 issue

I hope everyone has had a great summer and that you are gearing up for an interesting and healthy autumn.  The Class Council will meet at 4:00 pm at the Links Club in New York on Thursday, November 10th, for a couple of hours, followed by dinner with spouses.  Any classmates who are in the area who would like to attend are welcome to do so if you let me know in advance.   Any ideas, suggestions or complaints regarding our class’ activities should be forwarded to me and they will be respectfully aired!

As everyone knows, Yale has recently been going through a period of self-examination regarding its posturing towards minorities, changing the names of buildings, and discussing various issues regarding freedom of speech.  Obviously it is complicated and there are few simple answers but feel free to let me know of any thoughts you have on the subject.  The Class Council held an informal discussion on this subject on September 29th, and I will report on it in the next edition of the Class Notes.

The Whiffenpoofs of 1954 are still going strong!  Obie Clifford is kindly hosting our group for a fall gathering at his beautiful camp at Big Wolf Lake near Tupper Lake in the Adirondacks.  We will sing a benefit concert at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, an impressive museum for natural history, which has had unparalleled success.  Clifford is the Chairman and the guiding light behind it.  We will also sing a couple of performances at retirement homes.  In the group will be Bruce Meacham, Jim Doak, Oak Thorne, Chuck Bullock, Obie Clifford, Peter Coughlan, Hugh Ravenscroft, Tom McLane, Dick Hiers, John Franciscus, Jim Monde, Ash Gulliver, John Burke and Russ Reynolds.

The group will also be performing at our annual cocktail reception following the Yale-Princeton game in the Smilow Field House on November 12th.  Please plan to attend.  Details will be forthcoming.

Bob Redpath is making great progress on his work compiling the list of class publications.  Please note that his e-mail address recently changed to if you need to contact him regarding the project.  Thank you Bob for taking on a mammoth project and making it work!

George Spaeth has stopped seeing patients and plans to pull back on teaching commitments next year.   He enjoys the intellectual and emotional challenge and reward.

How many classmates are still working on their dream field of endeavor or still working?

We recently were informed that Bill Laffer passed away on December 6, 2013 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Donald A. Gray, Jr. passed away on July 9th in Branford, CT.  He was a U.S. Navy Korean Conflict Veteran and a retired President and General Counsel for the Western Connecticut Industrial Counsel, Inc., an exclusive association of manufacturers, retiring with over 30 years of service.  Tom McLane noted that Don was an avid Yale football fan, and had a droll sense of humor and dry wit.  Don raced Star Boats and Frostbite Dinghies as a member of the Milford Yacht Club.  Bob Blankfein, Don’s classmate at Hotchkiss, recalled his wonderful sense of humor and that he was a daring and competitive athlete; he was a great ski jumper and avid sprinter on the track team.

David Weltman passed away on April 4, 2016 in Massachusetts.

Robert C. Johnson died in New London on July 1st.  He enlisted in the cadet program of the Army Air Corps in 1944, with the war ending before he could commence pilot training.  After service with the headquarters squadron, 13th Air Force in the Philippines, he entered Yale.  Robert worked for Olin Corporation, then United Nuclear until 1977, when he joined Windsor Manufacturing, where he worked until his retirement in 1991.  He later served on the boards of Twin Manufacturing and Clearwater Systems corporations.

Newton L. Bowers died on September 1st in Iowa.  He received his Doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 1965.  He began his teaching career at the University if Michigan and moved to Des Moines in 1969 to work at Drake University, where he was a professor in the Actuarial Science Department for over 25 years until his retirement.

Please keep us informed of your activities and thoughts!

Class of 1954 Notes for September/October 2016 issue

Dan Swisher and Senta sold their place near Puerto Vallarta and moved back to the US a few months ago and are now busily engaged in finding a house to buy in the Palm Springs area of southern California. They thoroughly enjoyed their twelve years in Mexico but decided it was time to come home and sought out a warm climate in the desert.

Dick Gilder and his wife Lois Chiles were honored at a beautiful luncheon at the New York Historical Society on Flag Day, June 14th.  The Gilders donated a magnificent painting of American flags to the museum, The Fourth of July, 1916, by Childe Hassam, and also have assisted the New York Historical Society in numerous other ways.  Dick has also been a large supporter of the American Museum of Natural History, so naturally the street between the Historical Society and the Museum of Natural History is named Gilder Way.  A number of our classmates and wives were at the lunch, including Obie Clifford, David Banker, Howard Brenner, Bill Bernhard, and yours truly.  These great New York institutions have been lucky beneficiaries of the Gilder magic touch!

David Banker called me to say that Catherine Bernhard, Bill Bernhard’s wife, died on June 1st after a long illness.  Catherine and Bill graciously hosted a wonderful cocktail reception at the Chesterfield Hotel at our mini reunion in Palm Beach last January.  She will be greatly missed.

David L. Weltman, Esq. of Cohasset and Venice, FL, died on Monday, April 8, 2016.  Remembrances in David’s memory may be made to the Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut, Hill, MA.

Thomas Sheafe Walker died on April 30, 2016 in Danvers, MA. He went to Exeter and Yale School of Engineering.  He worked at the United Shoe Machinery Corp. in Beverly, then enlisted in the Coast Guard. Tom then worked with Northeast Engineering.  Tom’s life-long and first love was the sea. He liked nothing more than “messing about in boats.” He even sailed across the “pond” to Plymouth, England aboard Shearwater, a 41′ sloop.  Contributions in his memory may be made to the Manchester Sailing Association, P.O. Box 172, Manchester, MA 01944 and to the Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust, P.O. Box 1486, Manchester, MA 01944.
Robert G. Kleckner, Jr., died June 14th, 2016 at his home in Manhattan. Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, he was husband of Carol for over 60 years. After Yale and ROTC service in Korea for two years, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He pursued his career at Sullivan & Cromwell, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Higgins, and Marsh & McLennan, while maintaining an active interest in Russian history, language and culture. He was a former member of the University Club, Edgartown Yacht Club, the Union Club, and the Mill Reef Club. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to an animal shelter or animal rescue organization of your choice.

Class of 1954 Notes for July/August 2016 issue

Your Class Council will meet once again on Thursday, November 10th at the Links Club to create more exciting events in the spirit of the class of 1954. Let me know if you have anything to add to the agenda. The next mini reunion will be one of our top agenda items.

We also plan to have the usual gatherings before and after the Yale-Princeton game, on the following Saturday, November 12th.

Shelby Pruett reports that he is now retired, and enrolled in a fine arts program for advanced painting at St. Louis Community College. What a great way to express yourself in our developed years! Shelby, please send us some samples of your work!

George Spaeth was recently recognized by The Opthalmologist on its 2016 Power List. He was number 1 on their list of the top 100 most influential people in the world of ophthalmology!

Bob Redpath continues to do an amazing job in compiling a serious list of all of our classmates’ publications, including books and significant articles. The end result with be two bound volumes presented to the Sterling Library, summarizing all of the publications our classmates have produced in our lifetimes. The list so far is impressive. If you’ve not already done so, please send Bob your list of any publications that you are proud of. His e-mail address is

Please continue to send me any news you can about what you are doing.

Robert Sanderson Craig died on February 17th in Maine. He spent four years in the United States Marine Corps after Yale. He managed a bank trust department at HM Payson and Co. and taught at the Williams College School of Banking until he retired. Rob and his wife Nancy loved to travel, and many of their vacations were centered on outdoors activities, from trout fishing to camping.

John Daniel Meader passed away on February 18th. Jack received a professional certificate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Management Engineering and received his J.D. from Cornell University Law School in in 1962. He was Assistant Attorney General of New York State from 1965 to 1968, worked as Corporation Counsel for GE in Schenectady, General Counsel for Glidden in Cleveland, Ohio, President and Chairman of the Board of the Applied Power Technology Company and President of Applied Energy, Inc. in Ballston Spa, NY. He was a Lt. Colonel in the United States Army Reserve and was Deputy Staff Judge Advocate in the 3rd US Army JAG Corp – US Central Command.

Charles Emerson McKenney, age 84, passed away on March 1, 2016, in Florida. He had lived in Darien, Connecticut for more than three decades, from the 1960s through the 1990s. He raised his family in Noroton and Tokeneke and they were parishioners at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Charles got his law degree from the University of Virginia. After serving in the Navy, he practiced patent law as a partner with Pennie & Edmonds in New York City his entire career.

Bill Carpenter reported that Lauren J. Keist died on March 6, 2016 in Quincy, Illinois.

Dr. Edward Cooper Saltzstein died on March 9th in Texas. He received his M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School. While working in Milwaukee early in his career, he performed one of the first kidney transplants in the United States. From 1977 to 2002 he was the Regional Chair of Surgery at Texas Tech University Hospital Sciences Center in El Paso. From its inception in 1994 until his retirement in January, 2016, he served as the Medical Director for the Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso Breast Care Center.

Family and Friends are Welcome to join in Celebrating the life of Donald Fay Burrill at the Bedford Center Cemetery in Bedford, New Hampshire on Saturday, May 28th. Call Barbara Burrill Moulton with questions at 603.875.5651.

Russ Reynolds, Secretary

A fitting tribute to Sandy Muir

This e-mail just came in today, from Charlotte Cowden, who is coordinating the ceremony for giving two new undergraduate seniors, the William K. “Sandy” Muir Leadership award for the third year. Thought you might like to read one of the latest letters that came in about Sandy from one of his students.
Pauli xox

I would be honored if you posted my tribute to Professor Muir on the website. I still get teary-eyed knowing he has passed on.
You may use whatever I wrote below or I would be happy to refine what I wrote to make it more appropriate for the webpage.
Additionally, the night I found out last November – in the most random way –that Professor Muir had passed, from a mutual classmate, I posted the below message to my facebook, which I’ve copied. It came from the heart. Feel free to use any portion of that too.
“In a weekend filled with festivities, I found out in the most unexpected way that my beloved political science professor at UC Berkeley, William “Sandy” Muir passed away in February of this year. In my life, I have been blessed with many teachers who have cared for me and shepherd me through life, but no one had more indelible impact.
Professor Muir was one of the best human beings I knew; and he did not suffer fools gladly. He was also humble, eloquent, and had class. He was wheelchair bound because he contracted polio (six months before they found the vaccine). I will always remember stumbling upon him as he was downhill bound as I was uphill bound to another class and he pointedly asked how I was coming along on my thesis; when the same thing happened the next day, I knew the encounters were no coincident for he knew I was slacking and that was his gentle yet effective nudging. I remember him, when 500 students were crammed in a hall with half-desks upon which to write their final exams, wheeling down the aisle just one row from where I sat and how I immediately became encouraged and zipped through with flying colors. I will always remember him posing the question in class, whether it is better to do that which is wrong and benefit a great number of people or do that which is right and benefit little to none – an inherent struggle in politics. I took nearly all my political science classes with him; his classes were amongst the most difficult and yet most accessible of all the classes I took at Cal. He also chose the best books and the best T.A.’s.
The year I graduated from Berkeley, he also retired. I will always remember his parting words to my class at commencement: “If you ever experience a war, an illness, a bankruptcy, or a divorce, take a look at the sun, the moon, the stars, the turn of a stream, and realize you are not alone in this wild, wild world.” I know there is always a beginning and an end to things, but to have it happen to someone who is greater than humanity is such a loss. I hope that wherever he is, he can use his legs again.:
Let me know if there’s anything else I can do for Professor Muir. I want his memory to live on. I am the person I am today because of mentors like him.

Duyen Nguyen, Attorney-At-Law
From: Charlotte Cowden To: Duyen Nguyen
Subject: Re: Prof Muir

Dear Duyen,
This is such a beautiful and moving message and a real testament to Professor Muir. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me.
Would you mind if I put part of your message, below, on the webpage for Professor Muir’s award? It is such a lovely tribute and I know that others feel the same. Of course, I understand either way.
Thank you again for reaching out.
Best regards,

, Duyen Nguyen wrote:
Dear Charlotte:
Thanks so much for the info. I will write to Professor Muir’s widow. His death anniversary is coming up and I wanted to pay my respects.
Professor Muir was the highlight of my experience at Cal. He retired the year I graduated. I think about him often and owe a great deal to him for all that he taught me, both inside and outside the classroom. He was the best example of humanity and no doubt inspired legions of students to be public interest minded. He was classy, eloquent and sharp. His classes were the most academically challenging and yet accessible to students like me who came from disadvantaged backgrounds. I took nearly all of his polisci classes.

Thank you for creating an award in his honor so that he will not be forgotten.
Duyen Nguyen, Attorney-At-Law


May-June 2016 Class of 1954 Notes

Charles Workman writes that he is enjoying good health. He still plays tennis daily. He is ranked #1 in NorCal doubles! He visited New Zealand last November – he says it is a lovely country and people – much like the USA of the 1950’s.

Jerry Cunningham wrote with an update that he and his wife downsized to a town house in Mendham, NJ almost eight years ago and are pleased with their community, even after 26″ inches of snow recently. They are well and enjoying life and family.

Once again, over 100 classmates, spouses and widows attended our mini-reunion in Palm Beach from January 18th – 20th, and everyone agreed it was another great success. Thanks to Charlie Johnson, Harris Ashton, Bill Bernhard, Howard Brenner, Chuck Bullock, Pim Epler, Jack Kindel, Buddy Thompson, Grant Beadle and Leigh Quinn, we were extremely well organized and not lacking for interesting activities, which included a tour of the Society of the Four Arts, the Flagler Museum, the Norton Museum, and beautiful dinners at Club Collette, the Everglades Club, and the Johnsons’ home, all of which were fantastic. Bill Bernhard hosted a wonderful cocktail party at the atmospheric Chesterfield Hotel bar, which was enjoyed by all.

Among those attending were the following: Armstrong, Ashton, Atherton, Beadle, Bernhard, Blankfein, Brenner, Burke, Buttner, Carpenter, Clifford, Coughlan, Creatura, Dempsey, Dickinson, Doak, Dodd, Epler, Forster, Franciscus, Glowacki, Grinstein, Head, Jacoby, Jarrett, Johnson, Katz, Kindel, Kumble, Langworthy, Martin, McDonald, McLane, McNeely, Meacham, Millard, Monde, Morton, Newsome, Norton, Oestreich, Peay, Polk, Prentiss, Rabinowitz, Ravenscroft, Reynolds, Richey, Shedd, Smith, Stanley, Strain, Strickler, Thompson, Thorne, Toohey, and Treadway.

Thanks again to our illustrious committee, and particularly to Charlie and Ann Johnson, Harris and Angela Ashton, and Bill Bernhard!

We have had a good response to our request for submissions to the “class publications” project, which is being orchestrated by Bob Redpath. Bob would like everyone to know that musical recordings should be included. Please continue to e-mail your bibliographies to

Charles Hurd, Jr. died December 8th in New Jersey. He began his career at the Prudential in Newark, ran a successful payroll services company in the 1970’s and finished his career in real estate.

John Donald Taylor died at his home in Rhode Island on December 22nd. He served in the Navy during the Korean War on the USS Bennington, and was a member of the Rhode Island Society of Colonial Wars. His career started in engineering and shifted to technology sales, while living in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Tom Dee’s law partner sent in a very nice obituary for Tom, who died of pneumonia on December 23rd. After Yale and Harvard Law School, Tom joined Rosenman, Colin, Freund, Lewis & Cohen, where he began his lifelong career as a real estate attorney, representing major financial institutions and developers. Tom was one of the first lawyers to utilize the concept of a non-recourse lease, where a letter of credit or cash security deposit became the sole collateral for the tenant’s lease obligation.

Hendon Chubb died suddenly on January 3rd. He was a director and CFO of the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, an artist, writer, psychologist, dog-lover, rug designer, honorary Girl Scout, gardener, officer of the American Cycad Society, vintner, army veteran, civil rights election monitor, and an early programmer, among other things.

Dr. Bill McEachen died on January 7th, 2016 in Kansas. He attended Yale for one year, completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Kansas, then served in the Air Force. Dr. McEachen practiced pediatric medicine in the Kansas City area for over 35 years.

Ronald Anthony Schulman died peacefully in Reno, Nevada on January 7th, in his eighty-fourth year. Survived by wife Diane, children Lisa, Seth and Tony. Member of the Trumbull Beer and Bike Race Maidenform Five. At Princeton and MIT after Yale, he settled in Brookline, MA enjoying success as a commercial printer until retiring to Reno. A well-known local expert on the benefits of composting, the garden brought him much pleasure, as did his eight grandchildren, ranging in age from 15 to 34.

S. Joseph Fortunato died in New Jersey on January 8th. After playing football for all four years at Yale, as team captain senior year, Joe earned his LLB at Harvard Law School in 1957 and joined the law firm of Pitney Hardin and Kipp (now Day Pitney) in 1958, becoming partner in 1963, specializing in labor and employment law, ending his career there as a managing partner in 2002. His son Steve noted that he had many lifelong friends from his Yale activities and had commented that he learned the most about life from Yale football.

Warren A. Ransom, Jr. died on January 8th in Mount Pleasant, SC. After graduating Yale, he served three years in Germany with the Army Air Corps, had a 16 year career with The Bank of New York, then became a real estate broker before retiring to South Carolina. Warren participated in the Norway Olympics in 1967 where he raced an International One Design sailboat. He was a ranked squash player and an avid tennis player.

C. William Berger died in West Palm Beach, Florida in early January. He and his brother Daniel attended Yale Law School and served on the Yale Law Review, later becoming partners with their father, Morris Berger, who established the Berger Law Firm in Pittsburgh in the late 1950’s. Later he moved to Florida and practiced law there.

Donald Fay Burill died on January 10th in New Hampshire. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1955 and was stationed at Fort Ord, in Monterey, California. Don received his Ph.D. from Cornell University and was a professor of statistics and education research at the University of Toronto, from 1976 until his retirement in 1996. He then returned to New Hampshire and was an adjunct professor at Plymouth State and St. Anselm Colleges.

Thomas Byrne Swartz passed away on January 18th in San Francisco. Tom’s service in the Navy took him to Japan, Korea and Hong Kong as a navigator, and he served as a battalion commander at the Naval Training Center in San Diego. After his Navy service, Tom attended law school at UC Berkeley. Tom joined the San Francisco firm of Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon, where he was a partner for over 20 years before entering the real estate trust business. In 1980 he founded Sierra Capital, a REIT advisory firm, and later Capital Alliance, Inc.

William Maxwell Chick died on February 12th in Ohio. After Yale he received a degree from the University of Chicago and spent his entire career in the precision metal castings industry, beginning with Alcoa and culminating with his own manufacturers’ representative agency (William Chick Co.) for almost 40 years. He was an officer of Yale Clubs and spent decades interviewing students as a member of the Yale Alumni Schools Committee.

Russ Reynolds


March-April 2016 Notes

The Class of 1954 had a Class Council meeting at the Links Club in New York on Thursday, November 19th, followed by dinner, with about 30 council members plus 15 wives for dinner. We discussed the mini reunion coming up in January, and expect about 100 classmates, spouses and widows to attend. We also had a conference call with Bob Redpath in London, and refined the class publications project. A letter will be sent out on that subject shortly. We discussed the importance of planned giving, which Fred Frank is spearheading, and student unrest at Yale, which we feel has turned the corner favorably. We heard a report on the AYA and Charlie Johnson reported that the class treasury has a very positive balance and a great prognosis for the future.

The Yale-Harvard game on the following Saturday, although disappointing in its results, was exciting because of its broadcast on NBC Sports. The lighting at the Yale Bowl seemed to work well and Peter Salovey and his wife Marta Moret were nice enough to join us at the Smilow Field House after the game for an upbeat talk about what’s going on at Yale in general and in specifics. It was a great event and the Whiffenpoofs of 1954 also performed at the Field House before lunch, following a concert they gave at St. Andrew’s Church in Northford the night before.

All in all it was a great weekend, and we are sure that next year’s football team will put on an even better performance. We are also giving thoughts to the venue, the scenario, and activities of the class events in the future, which will stress quality over quantity and congeniality over obsession with activities!

In May, 2015 George Spaeth started on the first “leg” of several trips which will take him around the world visiting, teaching and learning from his Ex-fellows. The first – pilot – trip was to Monterrey and Mexico City and was a huge success; In June to Newport, Boston, Liverpool, York, Dundee, and London, then in July to Berlin, Warsaw, Munich and FrauenCheimsee, in November to Charleston WV, Dallas and Texas, and in 2016 to New Zealand, Hong Kong, 5 places in India and then China, and later 5 places in Brazil, two in Argentina, Santiago, Bogota, and then putting it all together into a report, and perhaps a book! He is trying promote his methods of examining the eye, but more importantly, a whole new concept of what constitutes health or disease, not based on statistical surrogates – such as mean blood pressure or mean eye pressure –but on ranges of clinically relevant findings and symptoms, such as ability to function or quality of life. He usually stay with one of his Ex-fellows and has a truly thrilling time.

Irv Jensen called from Sioux City recently and we had a nice chat. He said he would be at the Harvard-Yale game with a substantial portion of his family, including a granddaughter who is at the Yale School of Management. Irv reports that of their 13 grandchildren, two are married and a third is engaged. Irv commented that his father had insisted that he go east to Yale to college, which opened his eyes about the world as a whole. When he returned to Sioux City he was very grateful for the experience, as are his brothers.

Richard W. Murphy sent me an update. He follows a rigorous series of exercises almost daily to slow the progress of his peripheral neuropathy. He and Luda are looking forward to spending the month of March 2016 in Florida and hope to take a Rhine River cruise next summer.

Howard Robert Hoffman sent in a note that he is slowing down, (who isn’t?), and that he attended the weddings of two grandchildren recently. He now has 31 and 8/9 persons in his family.

Dr. James E. Pruett passed away on October 24th in Atlanta. James attended Yale for three years and left early to attend the Medical College of Georgia. After serving his residency in Atlanta and New Orleans, James joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps and took a position as the Assistant Chief of Otolaryngology at Beaumont Army Hospital in El Paso, until 1964, when he and his family returned to Atlanta, where he took up private practice as an ear, nose and throat doctor. He was also Chief of Otolaryngology at Decatur Hospital and Northside Hospital. James was an avid tennis player, was an accomplished piano player and enjoyed collecting and working on antique clocks.

Charles I. Lieberman, M.D. died on October 18th at his Kansas home. His parents noticed his musicality at a young age and Chuck began piano lessons at four years of age. He was somewhat of a child prodigy, became the pianist in his high school orchestra and was a percussionist who played the base drum in the Yale marching band. Dr. Lieberman was a Board Certified Anesthesiologist who joined the Anesthesia Department at Beverly Hospital in 1963. He practiced there until 1982, when he was diagnosed with a pheochromocytoma, a rare tumor of the adrenal gland. The subsequent traumatic surgery left him with chronic disabling pain that forced his early retirement from medicine.

Allan Rabinowitz informed me that Thomas J. Dee passed away on December 23rd in New York. He had two children and three grandchildren.

Russ Reynolds, Secretary

Yale and the Purpose of Great Universities

Why is Peter Salovey so obsessed with the origins of Yale’s students rather than their intellectual achievements?

May 2, 2019 3:35 p.m. ET

In his response (Letters, April 29) to Heather Mac Donald’s “At Yale, ‘Diversity’ Means More of the Same” (op-ed, April 24), Yale University President Peter Salovey does a better job at confirming everything Ms. Mac Donald asserts about Yale. Why is Mr. Salovey so obsessed with the origins of Yale’s students rather than their intellectual achievements? Apparently, Yale University, any university, must be a sort of universal pacifier: “Yale engages with contemporary challenges, including racism, discrimination and intolerance in this country and world-wide. Such engagement isn’t ‘bureaucratic bloat:’ it is a university fulfilling its mission.”

This is a very odd view of a university. There are many other institutions whose proper, assigned mission is to “engage with contemporary challenges.” Is the university not different in important ways?

Segregation by Design on Campus

SegHow racial separatism become the norm at elite universities like Yale, Brown and Wesleyan.

By Peter W. Wood and Dion J. Pierre

April 29, 2019 2:58 p.m. ET

In his inaugural address in January 1963, Gov. George Wallace of Alabama thundered: “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever.” About “tomorrow,” Wallace was right. More than half a century later, racial segregation comes as easy as breathing to many American colleges and universities.

Wallace had in mind the exclusion of blacks from white-only institutions. Today’s racial segregation, by contrast, consists of ethnic groups walling themselves off within institutions. In the past two years the National Association of Scholars surveyed 173 colleges and universities, public and private, in all 50 states. We found 46% of schools segregate student orientation programs, 43% segregate residential arrangements, and 72% segregate graduation ceremonies. Though these arrangements are ostensibly voluntary, students can’t easily opt out. The social pressure to conform is overwhelming.

This kind of racial separatism on campus isn’t new. We pursued case studies of Yale, Wesleyan and Brown universities, where we found that black students began to organize exclusive groups with separatist agendas as early as the 1960s.

Begin with Yale, the subject of a 210-page study released by NAS this week. The Black Students Association at Yale, or BSAY, was founded in 1964 as the Yale Discussion Group. Black students started the organization because they felt Yale recruited them merely for show. The accusation may have been unfair but it touched something real.

In 1964 Yale’s newly appointed president, Kingman Brewster, declared an all-out “effort to cure racial injustice.” This meant discarding Yale’s old policy of admitting only highly qualified black students in favor of aggressive outreach to the inner cities. Brewster’s like-minded admissions dean, R. Inslee “Inky” Clark, openly set forth a plan to enroll black students regardless of their test scores or other evidence of academic achievement. Brewster and Clark believed they could turn anyone into a Yale man. (The university didn’t admit female undergraduates until 1969.)

The new zeal to boost numbers brushed aside hard questions about college readiness and cultural adjustment. The results were catastrophic for the students. More than a third of the 35 black students Yale enrolled in 1966 dropped out during their first year, and many others lagged behind academically and felt unwelcome.

To stem the exodus, Yale set up a summer remediation program for black students. It did little to encourage their academic success, but it unexpectedly reshaped relations between black students and the university. The program isolated the black students as a group and gave them a sense of solidarity and shared grievance.

Out of this seedbed sprang BSAY, which was Yale’s first racial identity group. BSAY found its voice by demanding that Yale provide an ever-greater number of accommodations, including separate advisers, a separate orientation, and a separate center in a separate building. BSAY also became the leading advocate for a separate curriculum—the African-American studies program—that entailed hiring new faculty members with appropriate qualifications. A new world began to open up at Yale bearing a strange resemblance to the “separate but equal” arrangements that the Supreme Court had ruled unconstitutional in 1954 in Brown v. Board of Education.

Though this happened more than 50 years ago, the pattern set down in the turmoil of the late 1960s continues. BSAY’s goal wasn’t a university where racial difference ceased to matter, but a university that aggrandized race and celebrated separation. Brewster agreed to almost anything activists wanted, apparently hoping a golden age of racial integration would follow.

Instead, BSAY grasped that racial intimidation yields rich rewards. The intimidation expanded beyond BSAY itself to a broader coalition of identity groups. Yale now steers its course with a compass of group rights, with each group asserting its own demand to be compensated for past wrongs. The most famous example is the 2015 mobbing of Prof. Nicholas Christakis over Halloween costumes. Yale President Peter Salovey responded by praising the “affirming and effective forms of protest,” and the trustees soon set aside $50 million to meet protesters’ demands.

Yale is a private institution with abundant resources to deploy as it pleases. But Yale is also one of the templates for American higher education as a whole. Its readiness to appease racial separatists who hold the ideal of racial integration in contempt has become the campus norm.

Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., became one of the first schools to embrace residential segregation when it created the Afro-American House (now called the Malcolm X House) circa 1968. In 1972 Cornell began accepting black students to its Ujamaa Residential College, a 144-resident building for blacks who have “personal knowledge” of the black experience. Other elite schools, such as Columbia University (Pan African House), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Chocolate City), the University of California Berkeley (African American Theme Program), Stanford University (Ujamaa), and Amherst College (Charles Drew House), made similar arrangements. In 2016 the University of Connecticut opened the Scholars House for black male students. The crush of protests across academia in fall 2015 was driven by racial organizations composed of students primed to see themselves not as individuals but as members of persecuted racial groups.

Today’s campus segregation puts people in a racial box. And like other forms of segregation, it has been a major source of tumult in higher education across the decades. Institutions of higher education should stop deliberately balkanizing their student bodies, and work instead to unify them around the common purpose of seeking truth and knowledge.

Mr. Wood is president of the National Association of Scholars. Mr. Pierre is a research associate at the association and primary author of its new report, “Separate But Equal, Again: Neo-Segregation in Higher Education.”

UP CLOSE: Woodbridge loyalists question Salovey’s leadership

By Serena Cho , Yale Daily News April 26, 2109

One afternoon last fall, four of Yale’s most generous alumni joined former University Secretary Sam Chauncey ’57 and Chief Investment Officer David Swensen GRD ’80 for lunch at the Racquet and Tennis Club — an exclusive, all-male social club on Park Avenue. The net worth in the room hovered in the billions.

But the Yale loyalists — which also included Sandy Warner ’68, Nicholas Brady ’52, Vernon Loucks ’57 and Charles Johnson ’54 — had not gathered to reminisce about their bright college years. Instead, the six men convened to discuss concerns about University President Peter Salovey’s leadership and his ability to head Yale’s upcoming capital campaign, the University’s next major fundraising push.

“The general consensus of the people at the meeting was that Peter had shown some real signs of weakness,” Loucks said.

These six alumni have footed the bill for several of Yale’s most ambitious projects and served as right-hand men to previous University presidents. Johnson, the biggest donor in University history, gifted the $250 million that funded the construction of the two newest residential colleges, while Brady, a former secretary of treasury, endowed the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy with Johnson in 2006. Warner, a former chairman of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., is one of the longest-sitting members of the Corporation. Chauncey served as special assistant to former University President Kingman Brewster between 1963 and 1972. Loucks was a senior fellow of the Yale Corporation in the 1980s and 1990s. And Swensen, the University’s highest-paid administrator, is renowned for inventing “the Yale Model,” now the mainstream model used in endowment management worldwide.

In interviews with the News, Loucks, Warner, Johnson and Chauncey described their accounts of the meeting. Swensen did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Brady declined to comment on the private lunch. Salovey also declined to comment on the meeting.

While the group discussed the University’s upcoming major projects, including the creation of the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs, much of the conversation focused on how Salovey has handled past controversies, such as the 2017 decision to rename Calhoun College. According to Loucks, the discussion centered on whether a change in leadership is necessary, given that Salovey has not articulated a clear vision for Yale.

Johnson told the News that he attended the gathering to discuss candidates for the Yale Corporation. But Loucks and Warner both agreed that such conversations were incidental to the main focus of the meeting.

Warner said he attended the lunch to meet with “longtime friends” and answer their questions about the University’s current affairs. Meeting with alumni to discuss concerns about Yale is “part of an everyday diet for a Corporation member,” he explained. But Chauncey and Loucks both told the News that they had never been to a meeting like the one at the Racquet and Tennis Club, where several of Yale’s biggest names discussed their concerns about University leadership.

According to Loucks, while all six men at the gathering shared similar criticisms of Salovey’s leadership, Warner was “more hesitant” to criticize the president because he is “in a different position and is a sitting member of the Corporation … and has to continue to be a part of that.”

“[The current University administration] does not have a solid vision and that bothered everybody,” Loucks said. “They don’t have a good sense of where they are going and the strength to pull it off, and that’s not a good position to be in when you are going after a lot of money in a new campaign. That’s the job of the president. … [The goal has] never been articulated in a way that ties everything together and says where we are going as a university.”

But the group, which does not have authority over the University leadership, has since paused its considerations.

According to Warner, the six men left the fall meeting without a conclusion on what their next steps should be. When asked whether the Yale Corporation — which has the power to fire a sitting University president — has confidence in Salovey, Warner said last month that “the view of the Corporation has been and continues to be that Peter is our leader.” There is “work to do in some areas,” but the University is “in the process of getting it done,” he added. But Warner declined to specify what those areas of concern are.

According to Loucks, Warner said at the meeting that the Corporation is unlikely “to be supportive of anything that would result in [Salovey’s] ousting.” Still, Loucks said he knows from his private conversations with former and current members of the Corporation that several are concerned about the University administration’s lack of direction and vision. Warner told the News that it takes internal debate to develop one collective view formally espoused by the Corporation.

In an interview with the News last week, Salovey, countering the group’s concerns, said he has been articulating his visions for the University since his inauguration in 2013. But 40 interviews with current and former trustees, deans, administrators, faculty members and alumni underscored the uncertainty surrounding the current administration’s goals for the University.

Now, six years into his presidency, Salovey is preparing to launch his first major fundraising push. But as Salovey embarks on the project that will define his legacy, many members of the University community remain confused about the direction Salovey is steering Yale.


When Yale began searching for a new president in 2012, Salovey was frequently mentioned as then-University President Richard Levin’s most likely successor. He had held almost every senior position in the University administration, including dean of Yale College, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and provost.

While the presidential search that led to Levin’s appointment in 1993 took 10 months, the University appointed Salovey after just 65 days. According to two individuals with knowledge of the situation, Salovey received an offer to be president of Dartmouth College in the midst of Yale’s own search.

“If your top candidate is offered a position elsewhere … of course it’s going to change the Corporation’s view about … what the best strategy is,” former trustee Francisco Cigarroa ’79 — who was a member of the search committee that appointed Salovey — told the News. “But just because somebody else is recruiting a candidate doesn’t mean that we are going to make that candidate our top candidate as well.”

Cigarroa added that Salovey’s commitment to be “really inclusive in developing strategy and making decisions” for the University impressed members of the search committee. Many students and faculty members told the committee that they wanted the next University president to have “emotional intelligence” — a term coined by Salovey himself — Cigarroa explained.

Once Salovey took the helm of the University, many of his early goals echoed those that Levin had already announced. At the freshman address in August 2013 — the first speech he gave as president — Salovey vowed to make Yale more accessible. During his tenure, Levin quintupled the University’s annual financial aid budget, raising it from $24 million to $120 million. Moreover, several of the priorities Salovey laid out in his October 2013 inaugural address — including improving the University’s relationship with New Haven and making Yale “a global and more unified university” — were projects that had defined Levin’s presidency. In the address, Salovey also presented a few new goals, such as increasing research and teachings about Africa as well as encouraging collaboration among units and departments across the Yale community.

Shortly after his inauguration, Salovey also announced “seven critical ambitions” to make Yale more unified, innovative and accessible. The ambitions, bold and imprecise, left much to be said about what Salovey would concretely do to improve the university he had inherited. The goals included making Yale the “most committed to teaching and learning,” “shar[ing] more broadly Yale’s intellectual assets with the world” and diversifying the student body.

Indeed, Salovey’s early goals for the University were broader and more ambiguous than what Levin envisioned in the early days of his presidency. Unlike Salovey, in his inaugural address in October 1993, Levin identified two specific goals: improving Yale’s relationship with New Haven and making Yale a global research university. Levin told the News that many of the projects and investments throughout his presidency were specifically undertaken to advance these two goals.

“[Levin] mastered his own vision for Yale … [and] it seems to me [that] he has left a unique imprint on the face of the University,” history of art professor Mary Miller, who succeeded Salovey as dean of Yale College, said in an interview with the News. “There are the years before Levin and after Levin.”


Two years into his presidency, Salovey was in the midst of developing and refining his goals and priorities for Yale. But on the night before Halloween in 2015, an email from Silliman College Associate Master Erika Christakis and an alleged “white girls only” party at a Yale fraternity unleashed a series of racial controversies that catapulted Yale into the national spotlight.

From October 2015 to February 2017 — when the University announced the renaming of Calhoun College — Salovey published at least 13 statements in response to heated discussions about race and free speech on campus.

According to School of Management Dean Ted Snyder, the months Salovey spent debating whether to rename Calhoun exacted an opportunity cost. By focusing on the “issues of the day,” the University missed opportunities to “think about the long-run health of the institution” and develop its academic priorities, Snyder said.

In November 2016, Salovey finally announced that Yale is “in a position to move forward on the strategic academic investments.” In the University-wide statement, he identified faculty excellence, the sciences, arts and humanities and social sciences as priorities for investment and explained that while the descriptions these categories are “of course, not comprehensive,” they are meant to “provide a sense of our overall academic focus … and to serve as a starting point.”

But the approach Salovey took to identify specific areas for investment diverged from that of his predecessors. In fact, Salovey removed much of his own agency in the process by assembling committees of faculty members and administrators — such as the University Science Strategy Committee, University Humanities Committee and University-wide Committee on Data-Intensive Social Science. He then delegated to those committees the task of identifying specific and achievable academic objectives that can be pitched to donors by to those committees.

According to former Vice President for Development Inge Reichenbach — who coordinated the University’s previous capital campaign, Yale Tomorrow — Levin’s strategic planning process “was less formal … and a little bit more direct.” As his capital campaign came around 10 years into his presidency, Levin had a clearer idea of which major projects to pursue, and Levin himself identified areas for investment in consultation with deans, Reichenbach said.

Reichenbach added that it is the University president’s responsibility to “pull all [the committee recommendations and plans] together and articulate how [the smaller-scale projects and initiatives] add up to an overarching vision” for Yale.

Chauncey — a longtime administrator who served as special assistant to former University President Kingman Brewster between 1963 and 1972 and secretary of the Corporation from 1973 to 1982 — agreed that the ways in which former presidents like Brewster, A. Whitney Griswold and Bartlett Giamatti developed academic priorities were “much closer to the Levin model than the Salovey model.” While Salovey’s predecessors also commissioned committees, those committees were tasked with implementing a plan that the president had already decided on, Chauncey explained.

Still, in an interview with the News last week, Salovey said his collaborative approach allows him to make full use of the expertise on Yale’s campus. His strategic planning method — which he described as “both top-down and bottom-up” — will produce achievable and targeted objectives for the University in the next decade, Salovey argued.

He emphasized that leading by force is no longer an effective strategy for running a global research institution and said collaboration is key to running what he admitted to be an already crisis-ridden university. Towards the end of Levin’s presidency, many faculty members criticized him for establishing Yale-NUS College without adequately soliciting their feedback.

“A more collaborative style — yes, it takes longer — but I think it’s necessary,” Salovey said. “At the end of the day, I want everybody to feel like they were heard. … What we are doing … will change the University in the next decade and position it for decades beyond that. We’ve got to get it right. The way to get it right and the way to make sure that the campus is all marching in the same direction is to use a collaborative method.”


Still, interviews with professional school deans, faculty members and alumni revealed that many members of the University community remain confused about Yale’s direction under Salovey’s leadership.

Political science professor and chair of the humanities program Bryan Garsten told the News that Salovey does not “have a sense of one driving mission” for the University, unlike Levin during his tenure. He added that while it is difficult to get all members of the Yale community behind one vision, it “would be healthy” to articulate the University’s priorities and visions more proactively.

Treasurer of the Class of 1963 Mike Freeland ’63 echoed Garsten’s remarks. He told the News that many alumni feel that the University “is running Salovey, rather than the other way around.” Many alumni members are reluctant to donate to Yale because they think Salovey’s goals are unclear, Freeland explained.

And even in Salovey’s inner circle — the University Cabinet, which includes all professional school deans and functions as a sounding board for the University president — there remains discontent with a lack of clarity in Yale’s strategic institutional direction. Yale Divinity School Dean Greg Sterling said he and several of his decanal colleagues share concerns about the fact that the University lacks an overarching vision. While the University administration has developed an academic plan, it has yet to announce a vision that will connect the constituent parts of that plan together, Sterling explained.

“We have a strategic plan [at the Divinity School] and we live and die by that,” Sterling said. “Some of those are pretty big goals … that would change the school. I don’t think Yale has that as a university right now. I couldn’t tell you what those goals are for Yale University. … Yale needs a vision. I would say certainly among the deans, yes, we are concerned about that.”

He added that while Levin’s “very decisive” leadership style brings faster progress, forcefully driving an agenda can create backlash among administrators and faculty members. Although Salovey’s collaborative approach may leave some wondering about the lack of changes at the University, it builds consensus and moves everybody along together, Sterling said.

“Enterprises with great resources should have aspirations that make the status quo unacceptable,” Snyder said in a statement to the News. “While Yale continues to progress on many fronts, a relevant question is whether these steps have generated excitement, momentum, and an overarching sense of purpose.”


In an interview with the News last week, Salovey said confusion about the direction of the University could, in part, be a result of the “recency effect” — when more recent information is better remembered and thus receives greater weight when forming a judgment.

“They ask themselves, ‘What’s happened in the past few months?’ and say, ‘Well, nothing seems to have changed,’” Salovey explained. “So they wonder whether we are making progress. But all you have to do is walk up the Science Hill and see a big science building getting finished. That’s an enabling project for our science strategy.”

In November, Salovey accepted the University Science Strategy Committee’s recommendations — which identified five “top priority” areas for STEM investment — and announced that Vice Provost for Research Peter Schiffer would lead the implementation of the committee’s findings. In an email to the News on Wednesday, Vice President for Communications Nate Nickerson said Salovey’s biggest accomplishments in science and engineering include renovating the Wright Laboratory, creating the undergraduate neuroscience major and teaching labs at the Sterling Chemistry Laboratory.

Still, many faculty members said there remains a major disjunction between what Salovey has promised and the current state of Yale’s STEM departments. Since November, the University administration has not released further guidelines or updates on how the recommendations of the University Science Strategy Committee report will be carried out. Meanwhile, many faculty members, alumni and administrators have voiced doubts on how Yale will compete against other universities that have traditionally excelled in the sciences, expressing concerns about the ongoing dearth of resources and the lack of clarity in Yale’s plans to enrich its science program.

Sterling, the dean of Yale Divinity School, emphasized that the University must select a few areas in which Yale can excel and clarify how its STEM departments will compete with their counterparts at other institutions. He added that while Yale should strengthen its sciences to remain a world-class institution, the University must also maintain its comparative advantage in the humanities and arts.

Yale Alumni Association delegate and Vice President of the Yale Club of Silicon Valley George Chen ’77, who conducts interviews with Yale applicants for the Yale Alumni Schools Committee, also emphasized the importance of capitalizing on Yale’s strengths. Persuading students who are interested in science and entrepreneurship to choose Yale over universities that have traditionally had a stronger STEM program is not only difficult, but often futile, Chen explained.

“[Yale] seems to be chasing things it cannot win,” Chen said.

Computer science professor Michael Fischer said Yale’s investment in STEM still falls far below what is needed for Yale to remain competitive with its traditional peer institutions. Similarly, mechanical engineering professor Juan de la Mora noted that the number of graduate students in his area of research, fluid dynamics, has greatly decreased due to a lack of resources and funding. Regardless of the intent, University administration seems to be letting research in the field die rather than restructuring the program and increasing support, de la Mora said.

Moreover, the School of Engineering & Applied Science has failed to name a new dean more than two years after the school’s former dean, Kyle Vanderlick, announced her resignation from the post. Unlike other professional school deans, the dean of the SEAS — which is both a school within the University and a division within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences — lacks the authority to independently set the school’s budget. According to FAS Dean Tamar Gendler, while the school made an offer to a candidate in February 2018, the candidate eventually “decided to remain at their home institution, for a range of academic and personal reasons.”

And five out of 10 John C. Malone professorships — which were created in 2011 when business mogul John Malone ’63 donated $50 million to the SEAS — remained empty until earlier this year.

While giving a PowerPoint presentation at a SEAS faculty luncheon Dec. 12, the acting dean of the school, Mitchell Smooke, said that Malone professorships may be taken away, three SEAS faculty members told the News. They added that Smooke instructed faculty members at the meeting to accelerate the search for faculty to fill the endowed professorships and avoid such a situation. Many faculty members inferred that Malone was upset because for almost eight years, the University had failed to recruit faculty members for half of his professorships, the three individuals said. While all three faculty members were present at the luncheon, they requested anonymity to discuss confidential matters discussed at the meeting. Smooke did not respond to request for comment.

“If Salovey’s goal is STEM, why hasn’t he filled all the Malone professorships?” one of the anonymous SEAS professors asked. “If Salovey’s goal is STEM, what are the accomplishments he can speak to after six years?”

In March, computer science professor Holly Rushmeier and physics professor Hui Cao — both of whom were already faculty members at the University — were appointed to the professorships. SEAS departments are currently conducting a search to name three more Malone professors, Salovey said in an interview earlier this year.

Salovey declined to comment on his conversations with a donor, but said “any donor who donates professorships


great pleasure out of seeing them filled.” Still, Salovey added that most donors also want their professorships to be reserved for the best candidates and recognize that recruiting leading scholars in the field requires time.

In an interview with the News, Salovey also acknowledged that the University has faced challenges in “strengthening exciting areas of engineering that is already attracting a lot of students.” Yet he also noted that Yale must “pick our shots” to successfully expand the sciences and said administrators and faculty members must have time to mull over their strategic investment plan and “come to a consensus.”


As Yale gears up for the next capital campaign — which is likely to launch in 2021 — University administrators have been solidifying relationships with prospective donors and identifying intersections between the University’s needs and donors’ interests, according to Vice President for Development Joan O’Neill.

Salovey has a tough act to follow. In the last capital campaign, the University raised a record $3.88 billion, which many attributed to Levin’s clearly articulated vision.

“We earned their confidence from having succeeded in the early projects, like rebuilding the campus and improving our relationship with New Haven,” Levin explained. “That made it easier to convince people that [Yale] should move on to [its] next priorities. … It fit nicely to go global after having improved our local relations.”

But for Salovey, his campaign also comes on the heels of controversies that have thus far defined his presidency.

The News surveyed all 1,301 individuals listed in the Alumni Leaders Directory — which includes Yale Club officers, class officers, regional directors and reunion chairs — and gathered responses from almost 250 alumni. The survey results suggested that alumni are less willing to donate to Yale compared to the early 2000s. According to the survey, 24.5 percent of the respondents believe that alumni are “unenthusiastic” to donate compared to the 2000s, while 7.5 percent believe that they are “very unenthusiastic.” On the other hand, only 12.9 percent and 5.8 percent of the respondents said alumni are “enthusiastic” and “very enthusiastic” to donate, respectively. The remaining 49.4 percent of alumni said they “don’t know” how enthusiastic alumni are. to donate compared to the 2000’s.

Yale Daily News

At Yale, ‘Diversity’ Means More of the Same

By Heather Mac Donald

A 2018 dispute between two students prompts yet another expansion of the massive bureaucracy.

April 23, 2019 6:36 p.m. ET

Yale President Peter Salovey announced a major expansion of the school’s diversity bureaucracy this month, providing a case study in how not to lead a respected institution of higher education.

The pretext for this latest accretion of bureaucratic bloat was a May 2018 incident in a graduate student dorm. Sarah Braasch, a 43-year-old doctoral candidate in philosophy, called campus police at 1:40 a.m. to report someone sleeping in a common room, which she believed was against dorm rules. Yale administrators knew Ms. Braasch had psychological problems and that she had a history of bad blood with the sleeping student, Lolade Siyonbola, a 35-year-old doctoral candidate in African studies. But because Ms. Braasch is white and Ms. Siyonbola is black, the administration chose to turn the incident into a symbol of what Mr. Salovey called the university’s “discrimination and racism.”

Yale leaders immediately announced a slew of new initiatives: “implicit bias” training for graduate students, grad-school staff and campus police; instruction in how to run “inclusive classrooms”; “community building” sessions; a student retreat to develop the next phase of equity and inclusion programming. Despite this flurry of corrective measures, Kimberly M. Goff-Crews, Yale’s secretary and vice president for student life, ominously declared there was still “much more to do.”

Ben Franklin Who?

Ben Franklin Who?

Most Americans can’t pass the civics test required of immigrants.



The Editorial Board

Oct. 3, 2018 7:18 p.m. ET

These days it’s popular to lament that immigrants are destroying America’s national identity, but maybe we’re getting it backward. When the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation recently put questions from the U.S. Citizenship Test to American citizens, only one in three could pass the multiple choice test.

It’s embarrassing. According to the foundation, only 13% of Americans knew when the Constitution was ratified, and 60% didn’t know which countries the United States fought in World War II. Most couldn’t correctly identify the 13 original colonies, which at least is something of a teaser. But only 24% could identify something that Ben Franklin was famous for, and 37% thought it was for inventing the light bulb.

Even with a highly contested Supreme Court nomination now in play in the Senate, 57% of Americans couldn’t say how many Justices are on the Court. Older Americans did much better than younger Americans—only 19% of the under-45 crowd passed—which probably reflects the declining state of American public schools. None of this augurs well for the future of self-government.

We’ve always thought it important that immigrants must pass a test on the basics of American history and civics before they can be sworn in as citizens. Immigrants who are motivated to become citizens will take the time to learn. The real threat to American freedom is the failure of current citizens to learn even the most basic facts about U.S. history and government.

Appeared in the October 4, 2018, print edition WSJ


I’m Running to Restore Yale Values

My alma mater provides comfort to student mobs, and half the faculty back ‘trigger warnings.’

Silliman College at Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
Silliman College at Yale University, New Haven, Conn. Photo: Jon Bilous/Alamy

I love Yale. It’s where I pursued a passion for sketch comedy, started writing a newspaper column, came out of the closet, and gained the critical-thinking skills that equipped me for a career in journalism. But recent events leave me worried that my alma mater is changing for the worse.

A sign that something had gone terribly wrong came in October 2015, when a viral internet video revealed a student mob shrieking at Nicholas Christakis, then master of Yale’s largest residential college. That these students were treating a professor with such disrespect was bad enough, but the impetus for their outrage was an innocuous email written by his wife, fellow professor Erika Christakis, doubting Yale needed to warn students about “appropriate Halloween wear.” Yale’s failure to stand up for the Christakises—he stepped down as master, she left the university—left me ashamed. When the university rewarded two of the mob’s leaders with a prestigious prize, something was deeply amiss.

Further developments have only confirmed my worries. Yale ditched the title “master” on the ludicrous grounds that it is racist; a survey finds half the faculty approves of “trigger warnings” for readings and classroom discussions, and the number of campus administrators continues to swell while the cost of attending has increased to $70,000 a year.

To reverse these worrying trends I have decided to mount a petition campaign to join Yale’s Board of Trustees.

Yale instilled in me the two basic values that guide me as a writer: freedom of expression and the pursuit of knowledge. I have traveled to many countries where people are physically attacked or imprisoned for speaking their minds. That taught me never to take America’s freedoms for granted.

The 1974 Woodward Report, Yale’s policy on free expression, notes: “The history of intellectual growth and discovery clearly demonstrates the need for unfettered freedom, the right to think the unthinkable, discuss the unmentionable, and challenge the unchallengeable.”

A worthy aspiration, but recent events have tested Yale’s commitment to it. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education gives Yale a yellow-light speech-code rating.

As a trustee, I will advocate that every incoming freshman be sent a copy of the Woodward Report. Yale’s president and dean should also issue an annual statement modeled on the excellent letter sent by the University of Chicago’s dean of students, Jay Ellison, to that school’s freshman class. “Our commitment to academic freedom,” he wrote, “means that we do not support so-called ‘trigger warnings,’ we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.”

A decade before the publication of the report bearing his name, historian C. Vann Woodward warned that “the University is in danger of sacrificing principle to expediency.” If elected trustee, I promise never to sacrifice free speech, academic excellence or the pursuit of knowledge on the altar of fashionable opinion.

Mr. Kirchick, a journalist, is a 2006 graduate of Yale College.

If you wish to support this petition candidate, he will need 4,266 alumni signatures to get on the ballot. Signatures of qualified electors, accompanied by their name, degree, class year, and Yale affiliation, may be sent electronically to or by U.S. mail to the following address:

Alumni Fellow Election
Office of the Secretary
Yale University
P.O. Box 208230
New Haven, CT 06520-8230

Yale University teaches students counternarratives around ‘whiteness’

Course looks at ‘whiteness’ as ‘culturally constructed and economically incorporated entity’

Yale University is offering a course this semester which aims to help students understand and counteract “whiteness,” exploring such topics as “white imagination,” “white property” and “white speech.”

According to the syllabus for “Constructions of Whiteness” obtained by The College Fix, the English course is an “interdisciplinary approach to examining our understanding of whiteness.”

The class, which is apparently being offered for the first time this semester, discusses “whiteness as a culturally constructed and economically incorporated entity, which touches upon and assigns value to nearly every aspect of American life and culture.”

The goal of the class is to “create a lab for the construction of counternarratives around whiteness in any creative form: play, poem, memoir, etc.,” states the syllabus.

Taught by Professor Claudia Rankine, the class is divided into eight topics: Constructions of Whiteness, White Property, White Masculinity, White Femininity, White Speech, White Prosperity, White Spaces and White Imagination, according to the syllabus.

Students in the course are asked to read books such as Michael Kimmel’s “Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era,” Richard Dyer’s “White: Essays on Race and Culture,” and Richard Delgado’s and Jean Stefanic’s “Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror.”

Other required readings include Hazel Carby’s “White Woman, Listen!,” Juliana Spahr’s “My White Feminism” and Professor Rankine’s own work, “The White Card.”

Rankine did not respond to multiple requests for comment from The College Fix.

The Fix also reached out to the chair of the English department, Langdon Hammer, and professor of English & African American studies Jacqueline Goldsby. Neither responded.

Outside of Yale, Rankine is active in the theater community. Her play “The White Card” is being produced at Boston’s Emerson Paramount Center. The play, which centers around “a conversation at a dinner party,” focuses on the question: “Can American society progress if whiteness stays invisible?”

Classes like “Constructions of Whiteness” are not unique to Yale. A controversial course titled “The Problem of Whiteness” is currently offered this semester at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Meanwhile, Stanford University offered a class in the fall called “White Identity Politics,” during which students discuss the “possibilities of…abolishing whiteness.”

At the University of Michigan last December, meanwhile, a workshop taught white employees how to address the “discomfort” of being white, instructing participants how to “recognize the difficulties they face when talking about social justice issues related to their White identity, explore this discomfort, and devise ways to work through it.”

Yale’s Poor Little Lambs Who Lost Their Way Find a Ewe

The Whiffenpoofs, an all-male a cappella singing group, admits a woman; the gentleman songsters call themselves ‘lower-voiced,’ not ‘all-male’

In 2009, the all-male Yale University Whiffenpoofs performed at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme in Connecticut. On Tuesday, the a cappella group admitted its first female singer, Sofia Campoamor.
In 2009, the all-male Yale University Whiffenpoofs performed at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme in Connecticut. On Tuesday, the a cappella group admitted its first female singer, Sofia Campoamor. PHOTO: FRED BECKHAM/ASSOCIATED PRESS

More than a century of tradition changed at Yale University on Tuesday.

The Whiffenpoofs, the senior a cappella group, admitted its first female singer. Sofia Campoamor was picked to be one of the 14 new members of the Whiffs’ Class of 2019.

“I’m really excited,” said Ms. Campoamor, a 20-year-old junior from Washington, D.C. “To me the overall goal is to change the conversation around senior a cappella to one that is not about gender, but about music.”

She expects to join as a tenor, and the group doesn’t anticipate changing its repertoire to include her. For her audition, she sang a solo of Sara Bareilles ’ “Manhattan.”

Founded in 1909, the Whiffenpoofs bills itself as the oldest collegiate a cappella group in the U.S. The Whiffs and an all-female senior group, Whim ‘n Rhythm, announced on Feb. 1 that they would consider auditions from all singers in the junior class. Tapping women for the Whiffs has been debated on campus for years.

In a joint statement, the groups said they sought to be more inclusive. “Both Whim ‘n Rhythm and the Whiffenpoofs acknowledge the transgender, gender nonbinary, and nonconforming members in our community, and understand that they feel unseen within the current paradigm of ‘all-male’ versus ‘all-female’ senior a cappella.”

Kenyon Duncan, the pitchpipe of the Whiffs, said his group got a lot of support and “positive vibes” for its decision to call itself “lower-voiced’’ rather than an all-male. He said about 40 juniors auditioned this month, and their gender wasn’t tracked.

The debate about gender and inclusion has been occurring on campuses nationwide. In December, Harvard University announced it was forging ahead with its long-debated plan to bar members of unsanctioned single-gender social groups from leadership positions in campus organizations, and from receiving formal endorsements for prestigious awards such as the Rhodes Scholarship.

Bob Redpath’s Impressive Compilation of Y’54 Published Contributions

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The architectural footprints of the Class of 1954 stride from downtown New Haven to the Yale campus, to the Yale Bowl and its surrounds, and out as far as Derby[1]: buildings which serve as visible reminders of the unparalleled financial contributions of our class to Yale. However, there are also less visible contributions to Yale: our published contributions. These two volumes include the lists of publications of two hundred and sixty-seven members of the Class of 1954, published during the sixty-three years since our graduation in 1954.

Yale gets credit for honing our writing skills, whether in Daily Themes, or under the stern tutelage of a history professor who restricted our term papers to just two pages, double-spaced, or by staying up until 2 a.m. to put the OCD[2] to bed. And, perhaps, our experiences on Science Hill provided us with the research-encouraging environment that inspired us to carry out medical research that strived to alleviate human suffering and scientific research leading to the discovery of the origin of the universe.  Perhaps the vexed town-gown relationships during our Yale years inspired some of us to go into politics or the social sciences. Perhaps singing in one of the many octets for which Yale is famous inspired us to create a folk song record. Perhaps seeing Broadway premieres at the Shubert inspired us to go into entertainment. These few examples do not exhaust all the influences of our Yale experiences.

So, thank you, Yale, for your gifts to us. In return, herein are our published contributions to scientific knowledge, the business world, politics, religion, philosophy, English and American literature, to history, to entertainment, to our families, to ourselves and, yes, contributions to Yale; for what we have published reflects well on our education during our bright college years of 1950-1954.

Inspiration for the project

 The inspiration for this project took place in Pierson College during our 60th Reunion when Mike Stanley handed out copies of his poetry book [3] and Dick Hiers, Russ Reynolds, and I thought it would be a good idea to compile the lists of publications since graduation of the members of the Class of 1954. Joe Reed had compiled a list of publications by classmates in his article in the 25th Reunion Year Book[4], but there had been no attempt to bring this up to date. Joe’s lists are incorporated in these two volumes.

At a meeting on November 19, 2015, the Class Council unanimously voted to approve and finance the project; the aim was to collect the lists of publications of classmates with the intention of compiling the lists in a volume (or volumes) to be placed in the Class of 1954 file in the Sterling Memorial Library. I, an amateur in matters of bibliography, perhaps too rashly agreed to head the project and to be Chairman of the Publications Committee. Carl Shedd, with his inestimable experience in publications for our class[5], agreed to be on the committee.

Carl encouraged me to invest in a copy of The Chicago Manual of Style[6]. “It’s all in there,” he said.  All too true. Two years later I realize that creating a bibliography is a professional skill, made more demanding because bibliographic styles differ between professions. This accounts for the variety of bibliographic styles in these volumes.

Definition of ‘publication’

We did not formally define publication at the outset but wanted to be as all-inclusive as possible. An operational definition evolved during the course of the project and included the following: books already published and books about to be published; self-published books and articles; articles in journals; articles in newspapers; letters to editors; op-eds; maps: research reports; conference papers; musical compositions; records; cd’s; videos;  movies; television series; art objects; and patents. We tried, not always successfully, to exclude book reviews and abstracts.

Mass mailing

In December 2015, a letter signed by Russ Reynolds and myself, was sent out in a mass mailing by the Alumni Office to all living members of the Class of 1954. Classmates were asked to send their lists of publications to Kim Lambertson, Russ’s personal assistant. Classmates were not asked to conform to a particular style of presentation, as this might lower response.[7]

Kim monitored response to the mass mailing. By the time she left the project in March 2016, eighty classmates had either sent in their lists or promised to do so. We had no idea of how many classmates had published and hence did not know whether this was a good response. However, it was likely that there were many more classmates who had not responded.  This was for the next stage. At this point, Anne W. Semmes, a feature writer, joined me as co-editor.

 Internet research

The top priority was to contact the widows of our deceased classmate who had not been contacted by the mass mailing. The Alumni Office provided us with a list of widows. Most widows who we contacted were very appreciative of the project and felt that their husbands would be pleased to know that they were being commemorated in this way;  but, with two notable exceptions[8], most widows were not able to provide lists of their husbands’ publications.

At this point, we might have decided to cut our losses and call a halt to the project. However, by chance, Melissa Gasparotto, a Rutgers University librarian, recommended the website as a research source. My son, Ian, a research psychologist,  suggested Google Scholar as another source. These two sources opened up the possibility of extending the project further by research through the internet.

Using these two sources we searched the internet for publications for every classmate in Friendships the Yale Class of 1954 our Fiftieth Reunion. This resulted in one hundred and eighty- seven additional lists.

Table 1 below shows the response rates for the different stages.

Table 1 Response rates Nos. %
Response to mass mailing 80 30
Lists obtained by internet research
     Deceased 97 36
     Non-respondents to mass mailing 90 34
     Subtotal (Internet research) 187 70
Grand total 267 100

List of publications were obtained for two hundred and sixty-seven classmates. [9] Eighty classmates (30%) responded to the mass mailing. One hundred and eighty-seven lists (70%) were constructed by internet research.  Of these, there were ninety-seven deceased classmates and ninety classmates who had not responded to the mass mailing It was often possible to contact the latter group who then confirmed their lists. However, this was not possible in all cases.  Therefore, there may be errors which come to light, necessitating additions or corrections.


One of the aims of this project has been to try to achieve one hundred percent coverage of all publications by all classmates who have published at least one publication since we graduated.   It would be rash to claim that this has been totally achieved; it is absolutely predictable that some classmates have been omitted, not purposely, of course. Even so, the coverage goes beyond those who replied to the mass mailing and also is not limited to lists of books published. Because the coverage is almost one hundred per cent of all publications by our class, it was thought that dividing publications by subject area might reveal different publications patterns for different subjects.

Publications were allocated to nineteen sections, based on the subject area of the publication. Additionally, there are three sections which relate to outside interests: Family History; Second Careers/Hobbies, and Yale. The Yale section (20) includes essays by classmates taken from the 50th and 60th Reunion books by Carl Shedd.[10]

Table 2 Percentage distribution of publications by subject, ranked in descending order according to the total number of publications, with numbers of contributors added

Section subject (contributors) No. of publications % of total
Medicine (51) 2705 34
Sciences  (22) 1538 19
Subtotal Medicine, Sciences (73)  4243 53
Government  (17) 721 9
Journalism and Writing (19) 513 6
Music  (6)[11] 386 5
Law  (23) 321 4
Philosophy and Religion  (13) 302 4
Social Sciences  (10)  218 3
English and American literature (8) 210 3
History  (11)   186  2
Engineering  (11) 160 2
Entertainment  (8) 127 2
Architecture, City Planning, Landscape Architecture  (12) 117 1
Education  (6) 98 1
Other cultures, languages  (3) 92 1
Actuarial science, computer science, mathematics, statistics  (8) 81 1
Second careers, hobbies  (20) 56 1
Yale  (27) 51 *
Business (excluding Finance)  (12) 38 *
Family History  (10) 23 *
Publishing  (3) 19 *
Finance  (9) 16 *
Total contributors (309)[12] 7978 100
  • Less than 1%. 


Table 2 shows the numbers of publications per section subject, ranked in descending order. The number of contributors is included in parentheses. The most notable feature is that Medicine (34%) and Sciences (19%) account for fifty-three percent of total publications (7978); even though the number of contributors (Medicine, 51; Scientists, 22) represents only twenty-four percent of all contributors (309). This suggests that doctors and scientists publish more than other professions; however, the general impression when compiling the lists was that doctors and scientists published more often by articles than by books. This is illustrated in Table 3.

Table 3 Percentage of articles and the percentage of books in each section, ranked in descending order according to the proportion of articles

Section subject % articles % books Total nos. (=100%)
Medicine 96 4 2,705.
Sciences 95 5 1538
Music 94 6 386
Government 92 8 721
Entertainment 88 12 127
Social Sciences 87 13 218
Education 83 17 98
Architecture, City

Planning, Landscape


82 18 117
Law 80 20 321
Philosophy/Religion 77 23 302
Other cultures,


71 29 92
English and American


70 30 210
Actuarial Science, Computer Science,

Mathematics, Statistics

70 30 81
Engineering 69 31 160
Journalism/Writing 69 31 513
Finance 69 31 16
Business (excluding


68 32 38
History 55 45 186
Publishing 53 47 19

Published contributions were mainly by articles rather than by books, regardless of subject. Doctors and scientists showed the highest proportions (96% and 95%) who communicated by articles, followed by music (94%) and government (92%). At the other end of the spectrum, historians and publishers published the lowest proportions of articles (55% and 53%). In between these extremes, there was a range of between eighty-eight and sixty-eight percent proportions of total publications accounted for by articles.

[1] Smilow Cancer Hospital (named after Joel Smilow, a key donor), Class of 1954 Chemistry Research Building, Class of 1954 Environmental Science Center (both buildings financed by the extraordinary growth of the 1954 50th reunion fund—due in large part to Dick Gilder’s insistence on our managing our own reunion gift funds), two colleges donated by Charlie Johnson (Benjamin Franklin College, Pauli Murray College), Yale Bowl Class of 1954 Field (donated by Charlie Johnson), Smilow 1954 Sky box, Smilow Field Center, Jensen Plaza (donated by Irving Jensen and his family), Gilder Boathouse (donated by Dick Gilder). 

(2) Oldest College Daily -Yale Daily News.

(3)“This Trip I’m On.” Self-published contact Mike Stanley (

(4) Reed, Joseph. “A Bibliographic Check List of Writings of the Class of 1954 which had been published by 1979, the year of the twenty-fifth anniversary of its graduation. In The Yale Class of ’54 25th Reunion Year Book. Pp. 229-240.

(5)Carl’s contributions were: Friendships The Yale Class of 1954 Our Fiftieth Reunion (2004); Our 60th. Bring it on! (2014); and Our Sixtieth Yale 1954 Reunion Highlights (2014).

(6)Chicago, IL and London: The University of Chicago Press.

(7)Nor were they asked to submit their lists in Word, a mistake on our part.

(8)Nancy Loeffler and Meredith Grider (See Thanks and Acknowledgments).

(9)This is twenty-nine percent of our graduating class of nine hundred and twenty-three.

(10)Friendships The Yale Class of 1954 Our Fiftieth Reunion; Our 60th. Bring It On! Yale 1954 Class Directory Sixtieth Reunion; and Our 60th New Records Set! Yale 1954 Sixtieth Reunion Highlights.

(11)These are musical compositions, not articles per se.

(12) The total number of contributors (309) exceeds the total number of respondents (267) because some classmates contributed to more than one subject area. I have not shown the average numbers of publications per contributor per subject because the averages would be inflated by the impressively large lists of publications of Spaeth (Medicine); Willis (Physics); Lucier (Music); and Thornburgh (Government). Median number of publications per contributor per subject area would be the appropriate measure. However,  if these four outliers are eliminated, scientists and doctors still show the highest rates of publication with, on average, forty-three and forty publications during their careers.


The remainder is a section-by-section commentary on individual contributions within each section, following the order in Table 3.


Associate professor Dr. Cecil (Pete) Coggins confirms that articles by doctors were typically short in length, produced often, and were aimed to inform research colleagues about progress in research: “The articles say, in effect, this is what we’re doing and this is where we’re at in our research.” Dr.  Harold (Hal) Douglass says, “We don’t just write about what we’re doing right; we also wrote about what didn’t work.” Dr. Alan Toole, when asked what gave him most satisfaction, says “It’s all about research.”

Coggins also confirms that there was a predilection to research due to the encouragement that existed during his undergraduate pre-med years. “Yale is a Research University, in the group of universities in the country with the highest research activity.  All the up-to-date research was available to us during our pre-med course.”

So, there is likely to be a link between the encouragement that pre-med majors in our class received to carry out medical research during their undergraduate years and the research they carried out during their careers, as indicated in the numbers of doctors who published, witness their lists. The lists in Section 21 typify a high intensity communication network of  short articles which appear frequently,  contain arcane terminology meant for other specialist in their field, and report research progress.[13]


Table 3 showed that ninety-five percent of the publications of scientists were through articles; and it is highly likely that communication between scientists is similar to that between doctors,  i.e., through short, frequent articles informing colleagues about in one’s specialism about research progress.

There is a wide variety of specialisms in the Sciences section: Kenneth Bick and Andrew Spieker were geologists; Thomas Briggs carried out chemical research; Edward Donnellan and Donald Eagle were medical physicists; John Drake specialized in molecular genetics.

 Malcolm Forbes eventually became  Vice President for Academic Affairs in two institutions, but also contributed two articles for The Journal of the Chemical Society. Malcolm Specht carried out aerial photographic research for Eastman Kodak; Russell Voisin was Vice President of the World Atlas Division at Rand McNally.

The academic world was well represented with professorships as follows: Biology (John Miller and Norman Wessells); Chemistry (Frank Mallory; Robert McWade, and Edmund Weaver) Natural History (Peter Robinson) Physics (Frank Kolp and William Willis); and Science (Richard Novick).

The list of Professor William (Bill) Willis runs to six hundred and thirty-eight articles, which among other areas, chart the progress leading to the discovery of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider. The Columbia obituary for Professor William (Bill) Willis described him as a towering presence in the development of particle physics and instrumental in the discovery of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider. Between 1964 and 1973 he was a member of the Yale faculty.

Peter Roll was a member of a team of physicists at Princeton University that published an article “Cosmic Black-Body Radiation” which explained the origins of the universe and which had more citations (982) that any other article in this project. Peter explained that anyone writing about the origins of the universe is bound to quote this article—hence the large number of citations.

Robert Mercer was a research science consultant who specialized in geoastronomical observations, i.e. orbital science photography. His articles refer to observations on the Apollo 14 and Apollo 16 flights.

[(13)] The following are the specialisms which were identified: allergist (Hadley); cardiologist (Shelburne); cardiac surgeon (Matloff and Toole),case management  (Steinberg),cytogeneticist (Gromults), dentist (Joy); dermatologist (Burnett, Kindell); emergency and outpatient services (Pendagast); endocrinologist (Bransome); hand surgeon (Sandzen); hematologist/pathologist (Cornwell and Jenkins); infectious diseases (Jacoby and Kislak); internal medicine (Barbee and Galton) US Naval Medical Corps (Flynn), nephrologist (Coggins, Roberts); neurologist (Blankfein, Marcus and Swanson); neurosurgeon (Landau), obstetrician (Hawkinson), oncologist (Snyder and Sweedler); ophthalmologist (Jarrett and Spaeth); otologist (Gallagher); pathologist (James and Jones); pediatrician (Cooper and Phillips); pediatric radiologist (Pritzger) plastic surgeon (Foerster, Stanley); psychiatrist (Seides); radiologist (Radcliffe); stroke/trauma and neurodegenerative disorders (Walker); surgeon (Saltzstein, Slanetz, and Tracey); surgical; oncologist (Douglass).


Walter Farrier composed choral and vocal compositions, mainly sacred, as well as service music compositions and arrangements. He also arranged liturgical music for instruments, and often  crossed the divide between liturgical and secular music, with arrangements such as “Fight, Bearcats Fight” (the Willamette University football song) “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Life is Just a Bowl” and “Ditty for Decrepit Duke’s Men” (for Yale Duke’s Men reunions).

Dick Gregory composed “Risela’s Choice (a one act operetta), “Artemis Undone” (one act opera buffa), “The Bourgeois Gentleman,” “The Wyfe,” a two-act musical comedy based on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, as well as numerous sacred and secular choral works, some of which have not been performed.

Alfred Loeffler wrote a wide range of original compositions, including a number of sonatas for strings and piano. What caught the eye was Love’s Labour’s Lost –an Opera in Three Acts; The

Rules for Courtly Love, and Appalachian Melodies compositions. Al’s wife, Nancy, is still involved with Avera Music Press, where Al’s compositions can be obtained.

Alvin Lucier wrote a textbook for his course, Music 109 at Wesleyan University: Music 109: Notes on Experimental Music, which probably serves as the best background for his impressive list of publications of experimental music. The titles alone rouse one’s curiosity about the sounds produced by an extraordinary variety of instruments.  The list makes a good read.

Mason Martens specialized in choral arrangements of liturgical music, as well as an arrangement of Vivaldi’s Gloria.

Peter Roll, physicist, whose publication about the origin of the universe (see Section 21) appeared in the Sciences section, made a career change from astronomical physics to the physics  of instrumental and human acoustics.


Michael (Mike)  Armstrong, Assistant District Attorney in charge the Securities Fraud Office in South Eastern District of New York, wrote about white collar conviction cases as well as They Wished They Were Honest; The Knapp Commission, and New York City Police.

 Bobo Dean specialized in Native American legal issues and helped develop a tribal code of law for the Mississippi band of the Choctaw Indians. Bobo also wrote about contracting under Title 1 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.

John (Jerry) Hawke worked for a private law firm and then was talent-spotted to become US Under-Secretary of the Treasury from 1995 – 1998, followed by becoming Comptroller of the Currency from 1998 to 2004. His articles cover a wide range of monetary issues: banking expansion. Bank secrecy, bank regulation, the impact of the electronic age on banking.

Philip (Phil) Heymann (see also Law) wrote an essay in Friendships entitled “Pleasures in Public Service: Sometimes Chance and Luck Help.” about his experiences working in the government  under mentors like Archie Cox at Justice and Nicholas Katzenbach at State and  heading up the Criminal Division in the Carter administration.

Jay Janis, a former under-secretary of the Department of Urban Development in the Carter Administration, wrote about model cities and meeting the national housing goal. His papers are included in the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.

James Kirkham was seconded from his private practice to head up the Commission on Violence in Washington after the assassination of Robert Kennedy; his report, Assassination and Political Violence: A Report to the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence, in 1970 was later made available in a book published by Chelsea House (1983).

William Kitzmiller, former Staff Director of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, wrote two books: Citizen Action, Vital Force for Change and Environment and The Law: Ecocide and Thoughts Toward Survival.

Robert (Bob) Martin’s list includes an article about the Foreign Service (FS) as a career and also an interview with him about his varied career in the FS, which is  lodged in the Foreign Service Oral History section of the  Library of Congress.

Kenneth (Ken) McDonald was Chief Historian of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1981 to 1995. He was editor of CIA Cold War Records Series, was co-author (with Michael Warner) of US Intelligence Community Reform Studies Since 1947, and  co-author (with Michael Herman and Vojtech Mastny) of Did Intelligence Matter in the Cold War?

Richard Murphy served as a legislative assistant to Hugh Scott, Senator of Pennsylvania and also was a lobbyist. He wrote two articles, one about lobbies as an information source for Congress and the other about Ukraine’s eight years of independent statehood.

Edward O’Brien, secretary to Governor Foster Furculo (MA), was the editor of Public Addresses and Messages of Governor Foster Furculo.

Michael (Mike) Pertschuk was Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (1964-1977) and then became Commissioner from 1977-1984, His publications during these two periods include statements before various Congressional committees, including his special cause, increasing trade regulation of advertising to children, a cause he admitted he did not win. In 1984, Mike left governmental service to become the founder of an advocacy institute.[14] Thereafter, his books include Revolt Against Regulation: The Rise and Pause of the Consumer Movement (1982); Giant Killers (1986); Smoke in their Eyes: Lessons in Movement Leadership from the Tobacco Wars (2001); The DeMarco Factor: Transforming Public Will into Political Power (2010); and most recently, When the Senate Worked for Us: The Invisible Role of Staff in Countering Corporate Lobbies. (2017)

Robert (Bob) Redpath, a Principal Social Survey Officer in the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys of the UK government, specialized in household budget and food consumption surveys for the United Kingdom.  He also carried out surveys to estimate demand for higher education and mature students’ expenditure patterns in England and Wales. Results appeared in governmental reports published by Her Majesty’s Stationery Office.

.Kirk Rodgers, former director of Sustainable Development and Environment for the Organization of American States, wrote Economic and Social Integration of Central Peru, Survey for the Development of the Guayas River Basin of Ecuador, as well as a number of articles about concepts of environmental management in Latin America.

Richard (Dick) Thornburgh had a long and distinguished career in governmental service: as Governor of Pennsylvania (1979-1987); United States Attorney General (1988-1992), and Under-Secretary of the United Nations (1992-1993). His list, taken from the archive in his name at the University of Pittsburgh, comprises four hundred and fourteen publications, fifty-eight percent of the publications in the Government section. Dick recommends his autobiography, Where the Evidence Leads, as the best source for anyone interested in reading about his career.

Malcolm (Mal) Wallop was a rancher, was related to British aristocracy, and was Senator for Wyoming for three terms (1977-1995). He was also founder of Frontiers for Freedom, based in Fairfax, VA; the papers written for Frontiers for Freedom can be obtained by contacting that organization. The full collection of Mal’s papers are archived in the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming.  The main source of his papers, written over thirty-two years, is in Malcolm Wallop Papers, 1965-1997. His range of interests (environment, child poverty, defense,  arms control, centralization of power, etc.) is reflected in his list of publications. He co-authored The Arms Control Delusion.

(14) Advocacy Institute and Smoking Control Advocacy Resource Center.


 Robert (Bob) Bryan’s list is of the marvelous Bert and I publications he and Marshall Dodge created, which, it is rumored, earned Bryan enough money to buy a sea plane before we graduated.

Charles (Bill) Day was a part-time toastmaster whose publications appeared in the Congressional Record. He wrote an article for the Reader’s Digest entitled “Be Different-Get Ahead,” and wrote a book called The Pretorius Stories: The Adventures of a Brainy Teen Turned Mad Student.

George Eustis’ son, Evan, wrote to say that he had arranged for GLP Records to issue “George Eustis Sings Again.” Would we be interested?” Evan sent me a CD which will be lodged with these volumes in the Sterling Library.

Franklin Konigsberg, president and owner of Konigsberg Film and Production Company, contributes a list of seventy-four movies, tv movies (eg. Onassis: the richest man in the world; Rock Hudson; Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After) tv specials (e.g. Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas; Gene Kelly: An American in Pasadena) and the tv miniseries (eg. Ben Hur, Ellis Island).

Sherman (Sherm) Magidson, was a top criminal defense lawyer who appeared before the Supreme Court (see Law), but  also found time to  moonlight as the writer of daytime television dramas such as The Young and Restless.

Lewis (Bo) Polk was President of MGM from 1968-1969 and picked Ryan’s Daughter as his favorite movie completed during his one year at MGM.  He has self-published a book of poems entitled “Boetry” and promises that in future he will publish his memoirs entitled “Sewing My Oats.”

Social Sciences

Hendon Chubb, before becoming a writer and designer of mezzotint carpets, was a clinical psychologist who specialized in family therapy. He wrote Family Therapy in an ecology of ideas.

Dan Claster, Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College wrote Bad Guys and Good Guys:

Moral Polarization and Crime, which has been translated into other languages.

Edward Dodson, a senior scientist (economist), wrote Principles and Practices of Engineering Economics which is in its third edition.

The latest book of Karl Lamb, Professor of Political Science at the US Naval Academy, is The President as Constitutional Tragic Hero.  Karl has written thirteen books about the American political scene with other intriguing titles like Diogenes and IBM: The Search for a Rational Voter, and The People, Maybe.

George Lawrence was, at one time in his career, Professor of Psychology in Sarajevo. He was also a clinical psychologist who wrote an article about bio-feedback for performance enhancement in stress environments, and a book entitled EEG and Aircraft Pilot Performance for NATO.

Harry Miskimin, formerly Professor of Economics at Yale, was one of two professors in our class who spent their careers at Yale. (The other being Gaddis Smith.) Harry’s focus was on the economics of the Middle Ages; his books included Money, Prices and Foreign Exchange in Fourteenth-Century France; The Economy of Early Renaissance Europe, 1300-1460; The Economy of Later Renaissance Europe, 1460-1600; Money and Power in Fifteenth-Century France, Cash, Credit and Crisis in Europe, 1300-1600.

 William (Sandy) Muir was Professor of Political Science at the University of California Berkley during his career.  He contributed seven books: Defending “The Hill” Against Metal Houses; Prayer in the Public Schools; Law and Attitude Change; Police: Streetcorner Politicians;  Legislature: California’s School for Politics; The Bully Pulpit: The Presidential Leadership of Ronald Reagan; and Freedom in America. (I have read three of Sandy’s books and my view is that Police: Streetcorner Politicians is the most remarkable because Sandy spent several years of  participant observer fieldwork with  the police as a basis for the book,)

John Nevin, Professor of Psychology at the University of New Hampshire, was a behaviorist psychologist whose list includes a large number of articles about behavioral conditioning, with examples such as behavioral momentum and resistance to change, which appeared in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Operant and Classical Conditioning. His list also includes studies of reactions to stimulus of animals and his most recent articles include titles like “Conflict, cooperation and peace: a psychological approach,” “Retaliating against Terrorists: erratum, reanalysis, and update,” and “The power of cooperation,” which appeared in The Behavior Analyst.

Henry Schaefer, an economist, wrote Comecon and the Politics of Integration and Nuclear Arms Control: The Process of Developing Positions, the latter published by the National Defense University Press.

Ronald Sindberg was Director of Research for the Central Wisconsin Center for Developmentally Disabled. His books included: Research at Central Wisconsin Colony and Training School: the first decade, 1959-60 to 1969-70; Absence of Intervention Training

Programs: effects upon the severely and profoundly retarded: Part I; Selected cases of emotional and behavioral disturbance; and Research in Wisconsin, 1876-1975.


 Guillermo del Olmo, a teacher in Venezuela, has been joint author of several books about foreign language proficiency tests for teachers and advanced students.

Warden Dilworth’s essay on his experiences of teaching at Roxbury Latin and Groton schools, which appeared in Friendships, is included here.

Nicholas Farnham, President of the Educational Leadership Program, was the co-editor with Adam Yarmolinsky of a book entitled Rethinking Liberal Education.

 Peter Mott, former Headmaster of St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, was the joint author with Penninah Neimark of The Environmental Debate: a Documentary History.

 William Posey, formerly interim headmaster and known as “First Master Teacher” at St. Andrews School in Boca Raton, FLA, wrote a book about the school: A History of Saint Andrews School; The First Thirty Years (1962-1992).

 James Raths, Professor Emeritus School of Education, University of Delaware, has written twelve books about teacher education, starting with The Superior Agent for Change in the Behavior of Teachers (1966). During the period 1984-1999, he with L. Katz, were editors of Advances in Teacher Education. His more recent books were: Taxonomy for learning and teaching (2001), Teacher Beliefs and Classroom Performance (2003) and Dispositions in Teacher Education. (2007).

Architecture, City Planning, Landscape Architecture, Land Conservation

James (Jim) Addiss, architect, has contributed two publications about Amiens Cathedral: “Plan and Space at Amiens Cathedral with a new plan drawn up by James Addiss;” and Notre Dame Cathedral of Amiens, an Orderly Vision: Sequenced Photographs (an exhibition at Columbia University Wallach Art Gallery). He has also produced a microfilm entitled Spatial Organization in Romanesque Church Architecture; and has contributed a chapter entitled “Measure and Proportion in Romanesque Architecture.” which appears in Ad Quantum: the Practical Application of Geometry in Medieval Architecture ed. Nancy Wu, Ashgate.

Richard Bolan, Professor Emeritus Planning and Public Affairs, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs University of Minnesota has a forthcoming book to be entitled Urban Planning’s Philosophical Entanglements: The Rugged Dialectical Path from Knowledge to Action. His

earlier publications in the 1960’s concerned planning in the Boston area (A Program for Physical Planning for the Boston Metropolitan Area; Transportation planning in the Boston Metropolitan Area. Additional books were: Urban Planning and Politics (1974); The Dutch Retreat from the Welfare State and its Implications for Metropolitan Planning (for Amsterdam Study Centre for the Metropolitan Environment); and Building Institutional Capacity for Biodiversity and Rural Sustainability (for NATO Science Series).

Elmer Johnson contributed two books about plans for Chicago in the twenty-first century: Chicago Metropolis 2020: Preparing Metropolitan Change for the 21st Century; and Chicago Metropolis 2020: the Chicago Plan for the Twenty-First Century.

 Robert Kliment’s private architectural practice was partnered with his wife, Frances Halsband. Their works are summarized in their joint authorship of R.M. Kliment and Frances Halsband Architects: Selected and Current Works. (Series: The Master Architect Series III and Revised)

Robert Lemire wrote a book Creative Land Development: Bridge to the Future in 1979 and was also joint author to a book about the inventory of buildings constructed between 1919 and 1959 in Old Montreal and Saint Georges and Saint-Andre wards.

David McBrayer, Principal Professional in Parsons Brinckerhoff Associates has specialized in mass rapid light transport studies carried out both in the United States and abroad. One recent paper was entitled “Paying for Transportation: What would George Washington do?” Articles which reflect his overseas work are:  “Urban Transportation: Unclogging the Streets of Asia.”; “Reinventing Mass Transit: A Solution for Karachi.”; and “Tyneside-Wearside: the role of traffic restraint in transport planning for the 1980’s.” are examples of his work overseas.

James McNeely, architect, has a list of articles and reviews of architecture books.

Robert (Bob) Redpath includes research papers written for the Greater London Council, notably,  a study about Swinbrook, an impoverished area in Notting Hill, where architects and community leaders collaborated in the redevelopment  process without disrupting the community.

Edward Stone, planner and landscape architect, has contributed county land use plans for Brunswick County, Spring Lakes, and Dare County, all in North Carolina.

Edmund Thornton wrote two books, one, about an architectural tour of Ottawa, IL; and, the other, about preservation issues in Illinois.

Thomas Woodward’s essay, “Architecture goes global: joy in the work despite the pervasive impact of litigation”, which appeared in Friendships, is listed.

Richard Dillenbeck wrote an article about the European Investment Bank and an article about the shareholders suit in Mexican law.


Albert Barclay was a part-time lecturer in the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education; his list comprises the seminar material for his course in estate planning, estate and inheritance returns and basic estate administration.

Walter Barnett was a lawyer who was program interpreter for Friends Committee on Legislation of California, a Quaker lobbying group. One of his publications was entitled Sexual Freedom and the Constitution: an inquiry into the constitutionality of repressive sex laws.

Dick Bell  has listed the articles about legal matters which he wrote about the time when he was managing director of his law firm in New Haven, but said he  enjoyed moving on to write about history which had always interested him (“The Court Martial of Roger Enos,” and “The Battle of Bahrein and Other Sea Stories.” and his books about fishing clubs on the Connecticut river. (See Bell; Second Careers)

Hugo Braun co-authored The Language of Real Estate in Michigan and then wrote what must have been viewed as an enlightened and politically correct thesis at MIT in 1985 entitled “MBA salaries:  do women earn as much as men?”

Dick Cravens, an attorney at law, wrote about duties and liabilities of bank directors.

Cameron DeVore (Cam) was senior partner of Davis Wright Tremaine in Seattle, a firm which he described as a national First Amendment practice which defended the media in the federal courts.[15] Cam was a joint author of Newsroom Legal Guidebook. He also, along with the American Advertising Federation as part of the National Gambling Impact and Policy Commission, wrote A First Amendment Analysis of Restrictions on Gambling Advertising.

Another publication was Fifty State Survey of the Law Governing Audio-Visual Coverage of Court Proceedings.

 Richard Dillenbeck wrote an article about the European Investment Bank and an article about the shareholders suit in Mexican law.

Edward (Ed) Dunkelberger developed his interest in federal regulatory and administrative law while at Covington Burling; he represented food-industry trade associations on food law issues and often these raised constitutional issues, as he says in his essay in Friendships. His list includes articles on the lawyer’s role in advising trade associations.  There is also a strong interest in federal/state relationships in relation to water quality standards and enforcing water pollution controls.

Bill (Skeeter) Ellis wrote Legal Guidelines for Christian Organizations.

Robert Ely wrote “The Prospects for a Federal Disaster Insurance Program.”[16]

Daniel Gibbens was a professor of law at the University of Oklahoma and was reporter on a committee investigating standards and procedures before trial.  He also wrote a report on the empirical investigation of effects of omnibus hearing on measures of efficiency and justice; and a textbook for continuing legal education on Oklahoma criminal procedure. He was joint author of an article about a report to the Tribal Council of the Cherokee nation and in another article asked the question, “Are we a Christian Nation? The US Supreme Court Response.”

 Philip (Phil) Heymann was James Barr Ames Professor at Harvard Law School. His three most recent books (out of eleven) have titles[17] which reflect one of the major concerns of our times, terrorism and how attempting to protect ourselves against terrorism affects our freedom and security.

Richard (Dick) Hiers simultaneously held professorships in two faculties at the University of Florida: Law and Religion.  His two most recent books reflect these combined interests: Justice and Compassion in Biblical Law (2009), and Rights in the Bible: Implications for Christian Ethics and Social Policy. (2012). Some, but not all, of his articles continue the theme of Biblical law.[18]  There are other articles about free speech for academics, for employees, for government employees, as well as academic freedom in public colleges and universities.

Gerald (Gerry) Kaufman wrote three articles about sentencing policy and overcrowding in prisons.

Sherman Magidson was joint author of Developments in Criminal Law, 1950-1960. His list includes four cases before the Supreme Court.

Decatur Miller wrote two articles for the Maryland Law Review.

Ralph Moore, a solo practicing lawyer, wrote a succession of books about legal right and hurdles for parents whose children had special needs.[19] He was joint author of Planning for Disability.

Thomas Moore refers to numerous law review articles, all of which were topical. He says: “ I wrote a paper on the line item veto for the first President Bush, at his request, but it went nowhere.” (But see Moore, Thomas Family History).

Roger Redden was chairman of a task force appointed by the Governor of Maryland which produced the Interim-Final Reports/Task Force on Permits Simplification.

Michael Temin was joint author of the Pennsylvania Ethics Handbook and  also, with the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, produced an audio tape Bankruptcy for the General Practitioner.

Quincy White wrote “Advertising agencies, their legal liability under the Federal Trade Commission Act.”

Mason Willrich, Director, California Clean Energy Fund and Chairman, Independent System Operator, has written eleven books about global politics of energy,[20] and also the global politics of nuclear power.[21] His most recent book, published in August this year, is Modernizing America’s Electricity Infrastructure. MIT Press.

 Kinvin Wroth, Dean of Vermont Law School, was co-editor of The Legal Papers of John Adams, published in 1968 and available on-line.  He was also editor-in-chief of Province in Rebellion: A documentary history of the founding of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and wrote a  number of articles about the American Revolution.[22] He was an expert witness for the United States on the history of admiralty law and English and American law in the colonial period, before the Special Master in United States v. Maine (Atlantic seabed title case).

(15)Friendships, pg.76,

(16)Timely? As I write, Houston is still flooded and Hurricane Irma, a Force Five hurricane is moving towards Florida.

(17) Laws, Outlaws and Terrorists; Preserving Liberty in an Age of Terror; Terrorism, Freedom and Security

(18) “Biblical Social Welfare Legislation;” “The Death Penalty and Due Process in Biblical Law;” “Transfer of Property by Inheritance and Bequest in Biblical Law and Tradition.”

(19)Hearing, Developmentally disabled; Epilepsy; Down Syndrome; Cerebral Palsy; Spina Bifida; Autism; Fragile X Syndrome.

(20)Energy and World Politics (1975), Administration of Energy Shortages: Natural Gas and Petroleum (1976);

(21)Non-proliferation treaty: framework for Nuclear Arms Control; Nuclear Proliferation: prospects for control;

Civil nuclear power and international security; Global Politics of Nuclear Energy; International Safeguards and Nuclear Industry; Nuclear Theft: risks and safeguards; SALT: The Moscow Agreements and Beyond.

(22)“The Boston Massacre”; “Documents of the Colonial Conflict: Sources for the legal history of the American Revolution.”

Philosophy and Religion

Ricardo Arias was a Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Florida International University. He wrote two articles for Presente, a Panama journal: “The intellectual and society in the Middle Ages and in modern times.” And “Philosophy of person: Maritain and Mounier.”, as well as “Towards a Christian view of politics was written for a Chilean journal, Mensaje.

Frederick Bannerot was an Episcopal priest and also associate rector of St. Matthew’s church in Charleston, WV.  He wrote about case studies in lay ministry, as well as a monograph on Dr. Samuel Johnson, both self-published.

Robert (Bob) Bryan, the founder chairman of the Quebec-Labrador Foundation, Ministry by Aircraft, wrote a book about his ministry by seaplane in Labrador The Flying Parson of Labrador and the Real Story behind Bert and I. (see also Bryan: Entertainment)

Guilford (Guil) Dudley, a Jungian psychoanalyst, has written two books about religion and myth: The Recovery of Christian Myth; Religion on Trial: and Mircea Eliade and his critics; He was also a contributor to Die Mitte der Welt.

George Frear was Professor of Religious Studies at St. Lawrence University.  As well as writing about Christian ethics,[23] he wrote about Native American culture in a book entitled Hunting and

Herding: Native Americans, the Bible and Animals and an article, “Iroquois Myths of Good and Evil.”

David Harned, Professor of Religious Studies at Louisiana State University, despite his concern that he had only written ten to twelve books over fifty years, republished two of his books (Mrs. Ghandi’s Guest-Growing Up With India and Patience- How Wait Upon the World) as recently as 2014 and 2015, respectively. His wife, Elaine, very helpfully provided his list of books and articles.

Father John Heidt wrote his D Phil thesis at Oxford about Henry Scott Holland and this turned into a book published by Oxford University Press in 1975: Holland, Henry Scott (1847-1918) Theologian and Social Reformer. He went on to write  Believe it or not: A Sceptic’s Guide to the Christian Faith  and a Faith for Sceptics. He was a contributor to Anglican and Catholic: An Anthology of Writings by Church Leaders in Defense of the True Faith. He was a joint author of Life after Death, which was published posthumously in 2013, four years after his death.

Richard (Dick) Hiers, Professor of Religion at the University of Florida, also simultaneously held a professorship in Law at the same institution. Dick’s first book was Jesus and Ethics. He has published in the Humanities Monograph Series.[24] He and Jonathan Weiss have republished Jesus’ Proclamation of the Kingdom of God in “Studies in Religious and Theological Scholarship.” He has also written two textbooks: Reading the Bible, Book by Book; and Trinity Guide to the Bible with Apocrypha. Dick has contributed a number of dictionary articles to Bible dictionaries.

Berel Lang has been visiting Professor of Philosophy and Letters at Wesleyan University since 2005. Ten[25] of his twenty-five books are about the Nazi genocide of the Jews. There are also a number of articles following the theme of genocide but also about Jewish identity, eg. “The Phenomenal/Noumenal Jew: Three Antinomies of Jewish Identity;” “Minorities in a Majority world;” “Heidegger’ s Silence and the Jewish Question;” “American Jewish Culture;” and more, like “Forgiveness in Jewish culture,” and “Why wasn’t there more resistance?” The term ‘genocide’ had been coined during our last years at high school; [26] Berel’s questions are questions that the world was asking itself in the post war period when what transpired in the Nazi death camps came to light; questions which the world still asks.

Robert (Bob) Redpath wrote about the sixteenth century origins of Unitarianism in Transylvania, as well as an article which compares Emerson’s philosophy of gift-giving with the gift exchanges described in Michel Mauss’ book, The Gift.

Walter Stuhr gave a seminar on Church Governance (Polity) in a Lutheran Church in Richmond, VA. His list includes the titles of fifteen articles about issues affecting the Lutheran Church, eg. “Black Power and the Church: on whose terms?” “Pornography: is it really harmless?” “Human sexuality and the Office of Ministry.” “The Public Style of the Ministry: Methodological considerations in a study of church and community.

Edward (Ned) Swigart left his teaching career at the Gunnery to found the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, CT. His book A White Man’s Journey to a Northeastern American Indian Faith records his spiritual assimilation and also reports the ethnology of the tribe he was accepted into.

W, Sibley (Sib) Towner, Professor of Biblical Interpretations at Union Theological Seminary, has written five books: The Rabbinic ‘Enumeration of Scriptural Examples;’ How God Dealt with Evil; Daniel. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching; Genesis. Westminster Bible Companion; and The Gargoyle Speaks: Essays on the Life of Faith.[27]   

[1] “Biblical Authority in Modern Christian Political Ethics: a Study Contrasting Karl Barth and Helmut Thielicke on the subject”; “The need for an ongoing dimension in Christian Ethics;” “A Theological explanation of reproductive ethics;” “Biblical stimulus for ethical reflections.”

[1] The Kingdom of God in the Synoptic Tradition; The Historical Jesus and the Kingdom of God.

[1] Act and Idea in the Nazi Genocide; The Future of the Holocaust: Between History and Ethics; Holocaust Representation: Post-Holocaust: Interpretations, Misinterpretation, and the Claims of History; Philosophical Witnessing: The Holocaust as Presence; Primo Levi: The Matter of a Life; Philosophy and the Holocaust; Writing and the Holocaust; The Holocaust: A Reader; The Act as Idea.

[1] The term ‘genocide’ was officially defined by the United Nations Assembly in 1946 and then acts of genocide were prohibited by the UN in January 1951, in spring term of our freshman year.

[1] Sib says, “Between Spring, 1990 and Spring, 2002 I contributed 34 installments of a humorous column called “The

 Other Cultures and Languages

Richard (Dick) Fagen was Professor of the Department of Political Science at Stanford University He wrote fifteen books about Central and South America and US policy.[28] His list includes several congressional testimonies he gave before U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress.

Pierre MacKay was Professor Emeritus of Classics, Near Eastern Languages, Civilization, and Comparative Literature at the University of Washington in Seattle.( see also Section 1) His books were entitled The Content and Authorship of the Historic Turchesca; and A Fifteenth Century Venetian’s Adventures in Ottoman Lands (co-authored with G.M Angioletto). As recently as 2014, Pierre wrote an article entitled “The Angioletto Manuscript and Other Contemporary Sources: Maps and Views of the Fortress of Negropont.” His last article appeared just before his death in 2015. “Spoken Greek in Seyahatname VIII” that appeared in Turkish Language, Literature, and History: Travellers’ Tales, Sultans and Scholars Since the Eight Century.

 Charles Townsend was Chairman of the Department of Slavic Languages at Princeton University.. His ten books were textbooks in learning Russian and Czech. He brought together the phonology of the Slavic languages in his book Common and Comparative Slavic: phonology and inflection: with special attention to Russian, Polish, Czech, Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian.

English and American Literature

Robert Casto was a University Professor at York University in Toronto, Canada. He was also a  poet and published A Strange and Fitful Land (poems), as well as two audio-books (Robert

Clayton Casto Reading His Poems with Comment in the Recording Laboratory; and The Growth Principle I Poetry. His poems are in the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature in the Library of Congress.

Donald Cheney is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Massachusetts. Amherst, MA. His list of publications includes: Spenser’s Image of Nature: Wild Man and Shepherd in ‘The Faerie Queen;’ The Works of Elizabeth Jane Weston; The Early Modern Englishwoman: A Facsimile Library of Essential Works; Spenser’s Life and the Subject of Biography (co-author). He was senior co-editor of The Spenser Encyclopedia. In 1985, he and Thomas Bergin published a translated version of Boccaccio’s Il Filocolo.

Strother Purdy was Professor of English at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. His books included The Hole in the Fabric: Science, Contemporary Literature, and Henry James (1977), and his last two publications were Human Sexuality and “Varieties of Sexual Experience—Psychosexuality in Literature,” published in Contemporary Psychology. His articles were about Henry James, James Joyce, Kafka, Nabokov, and Gertrude Stein.

Joseph (Joe) Reed was Professor of English/American Studies at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT His long list includes: English Biography in the Early Nineteenth Century, 1801-1838; Faulkner’s Narrative; Three American Originals: John Ford, William Faulkner, and Charles Ives;  Literary Revision: the Inexact Science of Getting It Right; Selected Prose and Poetry of the Romantic Period; Things: Walpole’s The Castle of Oranto: a Gothic Story with an Introduction by W.S. Lewis, Explanatory Notes and Note on the Text by Joseph W. Reed Jr; Barbara Bodichon’s American Diary, 1857-58   Joe, Wilmarth Lewis and Edwin Martz were the editors of Horace Walpole’s Correspondence: with the Walpole family (with W.S. Lewis), Working with Kazan (ed with J. Basinger and J. Frazer); Boswell, Laird of Auchinleck, 1778-1782 (with F. Pottle); Vol. X of the Private Papers of James Boswell, popular edition. The Business of Motion Pictures (ed. 8-cassette audio album). Joe also wrote several books with his artist/writer wife, Kit (Death of the Poets; Dog Truths; Fernando Hernandez: Story First: The Writer as Insider) and “What was she thinking of, an afterword” which appeared in Kit’s book What Wolves Know. Joe also wrote about Yale in an article entitled: “Don’t Trust Anybody Over Thirty: the anniversary of the Beinecke.”

Donald Washburn was Professor of English-Communications at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, in North Adams, MA/  He wrote Guidelines to World Literature: The Modern World; Coping with Increasing Complexity: Implications of General Semantics and General Systems Theory. He also wrote three poetry books: In the Eye of the Red-Tailed Hawk-an Essay on Love; The Boy from under the Trees; and Prayer Reads: A Poem Cycle.

 Herbert (Herb) Weil is Professor Emeritus of the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. His books are: The First Part of Henry IV: The New Cambridge Shakespeare (edited with his wife, Judith); and Discussions of Shakespeare’s Romantic Comedy. Almost all of Herb’s articles are about some aspect of Shakespeare’s comedies; however, he has written a book that sounds like essential reading for aspiring writers: Reading, Writing, and Rewriting.

 James Wilhelm was Graduate Director of Comparative Literature at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. NJ. His earliest book was The Cruelest Month: Spring, Nature, and Love in Classical and Medieval Lyrics, followed by Seven Troubadours: The Creators of Modern Verse; Medieval Song: An Anthology of Hymns and Lyrics. and Lyrics of the Middle Ages. He then wrote six books about Ezra Pound: Dante and Pound: The Epic of Judgement; The Later Cantos of Ezra Pound; and The American Roots of Ezra Pound; Ezra Pound in London and Paris, 1908-1925; Ezra Pound, the Tragic Years. 1925-1972 and Il Miglior Fabbro: The Cult of the Difficult in Daniel, Dante, and Pound. In the 1980’s he wrote The Romance of Arthur; an Anthology that was published posthumously after his death in 2014. In 1995, James also published Gay and Lesbian Poetry: An Anthology from Sappho to Michelangelo.

Gargoyle Speaks” to Focus, the alumni publication of Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education.

(28)Latin America and the United States: The Changing Political Realities; The Future of Central America: Policy Choices for the U.S. and Mexico; Changing Course: Blueprint for Peace in Central America and the Caribbean; Capitalism and the State in U.S. Latin American Relations; and Forging Peace: The Challenge of Central America.

Actuarial Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics

Newton Bowers was Professor of Actuarial Science at Drake University, Clive, IA. His books were Actuarial Mathematics Risk Theory, Exercises for the Society of Actuaries Textbook Actuarial Course; Risk Theory Made Easy: A Self-Study Workbook; Life Contingencies: A Guide for the Actuarial Student; A Guide to the Actuarial Student: Life Contingencies and Ruin Theory; Exercises for the Society of Actuaries Textbook, “Actuarial Mathematics.” Study Notes and Practice Exercises for the SoA Textbook: “Actuarial Mathematics;” and Exercises for the Society of Actuaries/Casualty Actuarial Society Course.

 Donald Burrill was Professor of Statistics and Educational Research at the University of Toronto, Ontario.  His books were The Cosmological Arguments: A Spectrum of Opinion; A Generalized Approach to Statistics Education via Computer-based Instruction: A Feasibility Study.

Robert (Bob) Calman wrote Linear Programming and Cash Management: CASH ALPHA as a thesis when he was a Sloan Fellow at MIT’s Sloan School of Management; it won a prize and the MIT Press published it.

Francis Driscoll co-authored, ‘Note on a new mortality table for use in pension plans.’

George Langworthy wrote an article which appeared in Digital Review (the independent guide to DEC computing), entitled “Mass storage DEC-compatible optical disk subsystems are more than visionary technology.”; it received an award for the best feature article computer publication.

Pierre MacKay was Adjunct Member of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Washington.[29] (see also Section 15).His main publications were Computer Processing for Arabic: Script Documents: Proposal for a Standardized Code; and Computers and the Arabic Language. Pierre’s obituary[30] said ,“He developed the first digital typesetting font in Arabic.”

James Pickands was Professor of Statistics Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania. He wrote: Measuring Capital Asset Returns and the Stable Probability Laws; Poisson stability as a Unifying Factor for Max-Stability and Sum-Stability; and Statistical Extremes and Applications.

Frank Smith, Information Technology Consultant, wrote a series of supporting users guide for clients such as J.P Morgan, Prudential, MetLife, Blue Cross, as well as users guides for organizational mapping, process mapping, a dental provider tracking and QA Systems guide and a policies and procedures manual for a Financial Services Back Office Project. He was Chief Editor and Contributor for Verification and Validation Project State of Michigan-Final Report.

His other publications were: Benefits Realization System-Users Guide (2005) and Consulting

Management Systems-Users Guide-2012, (a system of menus, process maps, and Users Guides for use of the Executive Service Corps’ management information system.)

(29)As well as Professor Emeritus of Classics, Near Eastern Languages, Civilization, and Comparative Literature.

(30)Beeton, Barbara. “Pierre MacKay, 1933-2015” in TUGboat, vol. 36, no.2, 2015 pg. 90


Eugene Audiutori, editor of The New Engineering, has written The New Heat Transfer and the New Engineering, as well a number of papers and articles about heat transfer. Eight patents are also listed, amongst which is Design gas turbine fuel nozzles to prevent overheating the fuel as it passes through the nozzle.

Joshua Dranoff, Emeritus Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL has written articles about ion exchange kinetics.

hilip Drinker was a biomedical engineer at the Harvard Medical School and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and wrote Measurement of Boundary Shear Stress in an Open Chennale Curve with a Surface Pilot Tube.

William Goring was formerly the Central Laboratory Engineering Manager for the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI. His most recent publication was “Materials usage and energy in the automotive industry.”

Kent Healy was Professor of Civil Engineering in the Department of Engineering at the University of Connecticut. He has written thirty-one reports about soil, clay and sand dynamics, in tandem with MIT, as well as subjects like evaluation and repair of stonewall-earth dams, foundation design methods for poles and towers, prefabricated under-drains, and large-scale on-site waste/water reservation systems.

Jon Inskeep was the lead author for a report entitled Future Generation Tactical Engagement Simulation, written for the Fort Belvoir Defense Technical Information Center.

Lester Kosowsky, President, L.H. Kosowsky Associates in Stamford, CT has five patents listed[31]   amongst which is a patent jointly held with R. Pierro for Low Angle, air to ground ranging radar, and a patent held jointly with L. Botwin: Polarization-controlled map matcher missile guidance system.

George Lamb wrote about pile foundations, pile performance, and wave equation predictions.

Daniel Payne was joint author of an article entitled “Use of computers in measuring body electrolytes by Gamma spectrometry.”

Alex Wormser, owner of Wormser Systems, Inc in Salem, Oregon, has thirteen patents concerning fuel combustion: Burning and Desulfurizing Coal is an example.

(31) Multi-spectral radome; Ferroelectric panel; multi-purpose sensor and data link; The use of a deformable photonic crystal for millimetre-wave beam steering; and imaging system for obscured environments.

Journalism and Writing

 Hendon Chubb was a clinical psychologist (see Social Sciences) before he became a writer and mezzotint artist. His last book was The Curious Magpie: A Collection of Facts, Opinions, and Utopias in the Form of an Eccentric and Philosophical Encyclopedia.

Thomas (Tom) Coleman wrote book reviews for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

John Herbert Gill, a priest of the Protestant Episcopal Church in New York, described himself as having “..extreme High Church religious beliefs, and equally extreme left-liberal politics.” His list includes “Why Christians should support the Supreme Court Creation Science Decision.”, as well as “Food Stamps for the Rich.” However, in a totally different vein, he co-authored A Five-Year Plan for the Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and wrote Gertrude Stein: Blood on the Dining Room Floor, which was translated into German.

Richard-Louis D’E Grosse was the editor of International Notes; his poems appeared in the Sewanee Review and Harpers, Southern Review.

 Gilbert (Gib) M Grosvenor was Editor of The National Geographic Magazine from 1970 to 1980; he then became President and Chairman of the National Geographic Society. His career started with an article he co-authored with Charles (Charlie) Neave (see Medicine) about the North Sea flood of 1953. He is quoted as saying “Although I’m not sure I realized it at the time, it changed my life. I discovered the power of journalism. And that is what we’re all about—recording those chronicles of planet Earth.[32] Prior to becoming editor,Gib  headed the cartography division which produced the maps that were the hallmark of the National Geographic Magazine. Included in his list are thirty-five books about a wide range of geographical topics.  His commitment to teaching geography in schools is expressed in his book, Geographic Education: an Investment in Your Students’ Future.

Robert Hock, a playwright/actor wrote the following plays:  Borak, a Play in two acts, Snakes and Eggs: A Musical Revue in Two Acts; Abram’s Children, a Play; Exodus and Easter; Simon and Cathy. He also translated Ostrovsky’s The Storm.

Charles Laws wrote to say he is preparing a collection of essays he will call “Imagine this.”, which will be published in a blog.

Lee Lockwood, a photojournalist, held interviews with Fidel Castro in 1967 and published  several books about his visit with Castro: Castro’s Cuba: The Real Fidel: a Telling Portrait of Cuba and Its Enigmatic Leader; Lee Lockwood, Fidel Castro; and Cuba’s Fidel: an American Journalist’s Inside Look at Today’s Cuba in Text and Pictures.  Other publications included: Conversation with Eldridge Cleaver; Daniel Berrigan: Absurd Convictions: Modest Hopes: Conversations after Prison with Lee Lockwood..

Patrick McGrady founded CANHELP, an organization which offers advice on alternative cures for cancer. Patrick’s books included: The Youth Doctors (translated into French), The Love

Doctors, The Pritkin Program for Diet and Exercise (also in Italian), Life Zones: A Guide to Finding Your True Self; Life Zones: How to Win in the Game of Life (this also became an audiobook).

John Mitchell, was a Senior Editor of the Natural Geographic Magazine, but also published independently. His list of books included: The Sierra Club Handbook for Environmental Activists; Losing Ground: The Catskills: Land in the Sky; The Hunt; The Man Who Would Dam the Amazon & Other Accounts from Afield; Alaska Stories; Dispatches from the Deep Woods; The Wildlife Photographs; High Rock and the Green Belt: The Making of New York’s Largest Park.

Ted Morgan changed his name from Sanche de Gramont, his name during our Yale years, to Ted Morgan once he became an American citizen[33], having been a French citizen beforehand. His topics cover a wide range, starting with books about his French heritage: He wrote several books about his French heritage: The Age of Magnificence: The Memoirs of Louis de Rouvray Duc de Saint Simon; The French: Portrait of a People: The Way up:  the Memoirs of Count Gramont. He wrote about French war experiences, including his own and how American might have learned from French experience in Vietnam:  An Uncertain Hour: the French, the Germans, the Jews, the Barbie Trial, and the City of Lyon, 1940-1945. He wrote his memoirs, My Battle of Algiers,

followed by Valley of Death: The Tragedy at Dien Bien Phu that led America into the Vietnam

War. In 1978 he wrote On Becoming American. He wrote biographies of Somerset Maugham,[34] Churchill,[35]  Franklin Delano Roosevelt,[36] and William Burroughs.[37] There were books about America: Wilderness at Dawn: The Settling of the North American Continent; A Shovel of Stars: The Making of the American West 1800 to the Present. Ted also wrote two books about the McCarthy period.[38] This is only a brief summary and the reader is referred to Ted’s list in Section 6, which, at his request, is limited to selected publications.

Laurence (Larry) Newman spent his working life as journalist putting in thirty years at Dayton Newspapers. (Dayton, OH).

Walter Pincus was Executive Editor at The New Republic from 1972 to 1975;  and in that year,  he re-joined the Washington Post, where he had worked previously, and remained for forty years until 2015. He now is Columnist and Senior National Security Columnist for The Cipher Word. Walter’s list comprise the titles of many (but not all) of  the articles with his by-line, taken from the Washington Post archives. Glancing through the list gives the reader the highlights of  many of the major events in American political life over the past forty years.  Walter has picked out his favorite twenty-one articles. He admitted that he had never written a book, but is the process of writing one now, a book about control of nuclear weapons.[39]

Roger Smith, a free-lance writer wrote two reports: The American Reading Public: What it Reads, why it reads. From inside education and publishing, the view of present status, and future Trends:  The Daedalus Symposium with Rebuttals and Other New Material and Paperback Parnassus: the birth, the development, the pending crisis of the modern American paperback.

Edmund (Ned) Swigart, who is also in the Philosophy and Religion section, wrote three articles about archaeological finds in sites on the Housatonic River.

Ronald Vance, a writer and poet, has written the following books: The Home Gardener’s Guide to Bulb Flowers; I went to Italy and Ate Chocolate; and George Deem, 1932-2008. The Ronal Vance Papers are held in the Fales Library Downtown Collection New York University.

(32) Taken from Wikipedia,pp 1.

(33 )Ted wrote On Becoming American in 1978.

(34) Maugham, a Biography.

(35) Churchill: Young man in a hurry, 1874-1915.

(36) FDR: A Biography.

(37)  The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs.

(38 )A Covert Life: Jay Lovestone: Communist; anti-Communist, and Spymaster; and McCarthyism in Twentieth Century America.32.

(39) This will be timely: last week the North Koreans tested what is believed to be their own hydrogen bomb.

  Business (excluding Finance)

Donald (Obie) Clifford wrote The Winning Performance: How America’s High-Growth Midsize Companies Succeeded, which has been translated into thirteen languages.

Marcus Mello has written “Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce in New York: the first 50 years.”, which he has self-published.

Russell Myer’s essay that appeared in Friendships (“Taming the Wild Blue: an enthusiastic combination of Vocation and Avocation.”) is listed.

Ballard Morton, who was President and CEO of Orion Broadcasting, wrote Gladly learn: leadership; learning, teaching and practicing.

Arturo Naveira wrote “Merchandising policies for the furniture manufacturers in Puerto Rico.” for his MBA thesis in Marketing at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania in 1957.

Vincent Pantalone, amongst other publications gave two papers at two international conferences: “A Good Teacher is a Good Motivator.” (Achen, Germany. 1978); and “Educating adults for self-employment.” (Lausanne, 1980).

Richard (Dick) Polich is the founder of Polich Tallix Art Foundry, which currently holds the contract to produce the Oscar statuettes, and which has accomplished large-scale sculpture projects like casting Leonardo da Vinci’s monument horse, recounted in an article with the engaging title of  “Engineering and casting an eighty-ton horse to stand on two legs.” (Chapter in Leonardo da Vinci’s Sforza Monument Horse: the art and the Engineering. Ed. Diane Cole Ahl, 1995.)

Russell (Russ) Reynolds, Jr. is Founder and Chairman of RSR Partners in Greenwich, CT, an executive search firm. As a pioneer in encouraging a professional and scientific approach to the

field of what used to be called ‘head hunting’, Russ wrote Heads: Business Lessons from an Executive Search Pioneer. (see also Family History, and Yale)

Thomas (Tom) Richey has two films to his name, both have to do with promoting and selling new homes. (The Dynamics of New Homes; and Offensive Selling in a Defensive Market.) He has also written The Fine Art of Motivation for the National Association of Home Builders.

John Sherry was a lecturer at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. He carried on the tradition set by his father, John H. Sherry, in writing manuals for the hotel management industry.[40]

(40) Hotel/Motel Law Student Manual; The Laws of Innkeepers for Hotels, Motels, Restaurants, and Clubs; Legal Aspects of Foodservice; Legal Aspects of Hospitality Management.


William Crozier was Chairman, President and CEO of Baybanks Inc,. in Brookline, MA,  which he ran for forty years. His books are: Baybanks and Fiscal Management Task Force Interim Report. (written with the Massachusetts Fiscal Management Task Force.)

David Dodd was the managing partner of the Kilburn Partnership in Avon, CT. His articles are: “Equity-linked financings abroad; what are foreign investors looking for?” and “Investment in a transitional economy.”

Peter Gavian was President of Corporate Finance of Washington, Inc. He wrote two articles about operations abroad in the late 60’s: “Organizing for foreign operation.”; and “Corporate Strategy for Eastern Europe.” He wrote two articles thirty years later: “A more convincing way to value employee options.” and “Are minority blocks in public companies’ worth one-third or one-third less.”

His essay in Friendships (‘Taking Stock in Growth: Removing Obstacles, and Tackling the Near Impossible’) is the only publication we could find for Richard (Dick) Gilder.  There is an oblique reference in his essay[41] to the pressure Dick successfully put on Yale to allow our class to control the investment strategy for our 50th Reunion gift fund, which actually achieved the ‘near-impossible’ and led to the creation of two buildings on the Yale campus named after the Class of 1954.

Charles (Charlie) Johnson was CEO and Chairman from 1957 to 2012 of Franklin Templeton Investments of San Mateo, CA. His donations to Yale of the Yale Bowl Class of 54 Field, as well as Benjamin Franklin College and Pauli Murry College, place him amongst the top donors (ever) to Yale.  How did Charlie do it? is a question many ask. Some of the answers may be found in   Persistence and Perspective: Franklin Templeton Investments: The First Sixty Years,

William Jones wrote “Here come the oil companies again.” for the Financial Analysts Journal.

Stephen Kumble, Chairman of Lincolnshire Management, has written an article relating to securities (“Foreign Securities Issuers—Beware: The SEC is Watching You.”) and also a book which appears to be about the misbehavior of a relative of his:  Conduct Unbecoming: The Rise and Fall of Finley Kumble.

 Charles Lanphier, President, Lanphier Capital Management, wrote Industrial Development Bond Financing in Action.

 Charles (Chick) Treadway wrote “The negotiable Certificate of Deposit: a money market instrument.” as his thesis at Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University.

(41) “.. a bright talent from Kentucky, Joe McNay, had begun to shine. (Joe ultimately built Yale 54-50s investment to breath-taking levels.” Friendships pp 85.)


John Battick, Associate Professor of History in the Department of History at the University of Maine, wrote a number of articles about Oliver Cromwell.[42]  He also wrote chapters in books and articles about Maine seafaring (“A Study of the Demographic History of Seafaring Population of Belfast and Searsport, Maine, 1840-1900;” “The Searsport Thirty-Six: seafaring wives of a Maine Community in 1880;” and “Penobscot Bay: The Historical Background.” His book, co-authored with his wife, Nancy Klimavicz Battick, is entitled Vital Records of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, 3 volumes.

David Clark wrote “James I and Antonio de Dominis: the influence of a Venetian reformer on the Church of England.” and “Optics for preachers: The De Oculi morali of Peter of Limoges.”

Harris Coulter graduated from Yale in Russian Studies, was fluent in six languages and earned a Master’s Degree in Political Science and a PhD. from Columbia University. He then made a radical change in direction and began to specialize in the history of homeopathic medicine and ultimately became an advocate against vaccination. With Barbara Lee Fisher, he wrote what she described as “the first major, well documented book examining the scientific and clinical evidence that vaccination can and does cause brain inflammation, permanent brain damage and death for some.”[43] Harris’s list includes forty books about homeopathic medicine, its history and its practice.

Everett Crosby is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Virginia. His books, mostly about Middle Ages English history, are: The Past as Prologue: sources and studies in European Civilization; The Vintage Years: the story of High Tor vineyards; Medieval Studies: A bibliographic guide; The Seventeenth Century Restoration: Sir William Dugdale and his Circle; Bishop and Chapter of Twelfth Century England: A Study of the Mensa Episcopalis; Medieval Warfare: a bibliographical guide; and The King’s bishops: The Politics of Patronage in England and Normandy.

James Harrison was a member of the History Department at Hunter College.  His first two  books were The Communists and Chinese Peasant Rebellion: a study in the Rewriting of Chinese History; and  The Long March to Power: A History of the Chinese Communist Party, 1921-72 He then wrote about The Endless War: Fifty Years of Struggle in Vietnam. His last book was Mastering the Sky: A History of Aviation from Ancient Times to the Present.

Robert Hess was the former President of Brooklyn College. His publications dealt Italian colonization in Africa: “Italy and Africa: Colonial Ambitions in the First World War;” Italian colonization in Somalia; Ethiopia: the modernization of autocracy; “Italian imperialism in the

Ethiopian context” He was co-author of a major bibliographic source for scholars of Africa: Semper ex Africa: A bibliography of primary source for nineteenth century tropical Africa as recorded by explorers, traders, travelers, administrators, military men, adventurers and others. His last article was about English history: “The Sackville family and Sussex Politics: the campaign for the by-election, 1741.”

David Maginnes, part-time teacher at CCNY in American, Afro-American and European History issues, wrote his Phd thesis about “The Point of Honor: The Rendition of the Fugitive Slave Anthony Burns, Boston 1854,” and ‘The Case of the Court House Rioters in the Rendition of the Fugitive Slave Anthony Burns, 1854,’ which was published in the Journal of Negro History.

Standish (Stan) Meacham, Sheffield Centennial Professor, Emeritus in the Department of History, is joint author of Western Civilization. However, hisbooks and articles  concentrated on nineteenth and early twentieth century English history: articles and books about individuals (“Henry Thornton and the conscience of Clapham;” “Priestley in America;” Lord Bishop: The Life of Samuel Wilberforce, 1805-1873; Paul Martin, Victorian Photographer.); as well as articles about the  English working class: “The sense of an impending clash: English working-class unrest before the First World War;” “Engels, Manchester and the working class;” and Life Apart: the English working class 1890-1914. Stan also wrote  about social reform in England in the nineteenth century, typified by Toynbee Hall and the Garden City movement. [44]

Wlliam Reedy was Associate Professor in the History Department of State University of New York. His specialism was in early twelfth century England, with a specific interest in the Bassett charters. 1120-1250.

The long  list of Gaddis Smith, Larned Professor Emeritus of History, includes books,[45] which concentrate on American political issues and personalities in the latter half of the twentieth century, which endows the books with historical immediacy.  Gaddis wrote the chapter about

Dean Acheson in The American Secretaries of State and their Diplomacy series. His list of articles reflects his prolific writing production, perhaps not exceptional for a former Editor of the Yale Daily News; however, part of the picture is missing because Gaddis churned out numerous book reviews which have not been included.[46] There were audio books about US relations with China made in 1974 and 1976 and a VHS video which Gaddis participated in the Yale GreatTeacher series, entitled Turning Points in American Foreign Relations. Gaddis also has written about Yale during the twentieth century and the Yale Law School. (see Yale)

Benjamin Uroff was in the Department of History at the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL. He wrote a book entitled On Russia in the Reign of Alexis Mikhailovich. (1970; reprinted in 2014.)

(42)“Cromwell’s Navy and the foreign policy of the Protectorate, 1653-1658);” “Cromwell’s Imperial Vision: A Re-evaluation of the Western Design, 1654-55;” “Cromwell’s Diplomatic Blunder: the relationship between the Western Design of 1654-55 and the French Alliance of 1657;” “Much Ado about Oliver: The Parliamentary Dispute over Cromwell’s Statue.”

(43)Fisher, Barbara Lee. “Harris Coulter was a brave visionary.” 3/29/2010. National Vaccine Information Center.

(44) Toynbee Hall and Social Reform, 1880-1940: the search for community’ “Raymond Unwin (1863-1940) Designing for Democracy in Edwardian England.” and Regaining Paradise: Englishness and the Early Garden City Movement.

(45) Impeachment (1965, 1973); A History Teacher’s Reflections on the Korean War (1968); The Aims of American Foreign Policy (1969); The United States and the Origins of the Cold War; Dean Acheson (1972); The U.S. vs. International Terrorists (1977); What we got for what we gave: the American experience with foreign aid (1978); . (1978); United States American Diplomacy During the Second World War, 1941-1945; (1985); Morality, Reason and Power: American Diplomacy in the Carter Years (1986); The Last Years of the Monroe Doctrine (1995)

(46) The interested reader is referred to for G. Smith book reviews.


Samuel (Sam) Antupit was Vice President and Art Director of Abrams, before becoming the founder of Common Place Publishing and the Cycling Frog Press. His first book, written two years after we graduated, was A Story for Children to Read to Their Parents: The Private Revolt of Merton Burton.  Further books included: The Beach Book; Peace. The Guards; Candle Power; Knoxville; and Angels, which was picked by the Book-of-the-Month club. One title of an article especially caught my eye: “How to read a coffee table book.” His essay[47] from Friendships is included .

William Martin was a sales agent and consultant to Elm City newspapers, based in Milford, CT; he wrote “The role of the computer consultant.”

Carl Shedd, publisher and President, Publitech, Inc, AdEast Enterprises, Inc., was the publisher of AdEast, which he described as a tabloid newspaper. Each month, he wrote a front-page commentary in a column entitled “Getting Into It.” Carl also was editor and publisher of St. Regis Yacht Club Centennial Book. (Carl’s many publications contributions to our class listed are  in the Yale section. (20)).

(47)“Grand designs: early mentoring by Charlie Fenion and Joself Albers.”

 Family History

Bill Bernhard wrote “Lots of Lehman’s,” which was privately published for the Center for Jewish History in 2007.

Bill Coke wrote “McCutchen Meadows: A Family Story.” primarily for his daughters, grandsons, niece and nephews.

Guil Dudley has written Disowned: Goats in the Garden of Southern Aristocrats about his and his brother’s relationships with their father. He expects to publish it soon.

John Franciscus has written several books about the House of Franciscus, including A History of the United States According to Franciscus and Related Families, 1710-2000 AD.

John Kirby, former assistant director of the Yale Art Gallery, has written “John Plum (1594-1648): Immigrant Ancestor.”

Thomas Moore, aka Lord Bridestowe in the UK, has written about the longest-standing family history of any classmate. dating his family history back to William the Conqueror in his book  Plantagenet Descent: 31 Generations from William the Conqueror to Today.

Bob Redpath has traced his Scottish Border Redpath roots back to the early eighteenth century in Berwickshire and Roxburghshire. He has self-published his father’s papers and his mother’s poetry.

Russ Reynolds, Jr., a thirteenth-generation resident of Greenwich, CT, has published Loyal to the Land: The History of a Greenwich Connecticut Family.

George Spaeth has written Family Voices: Writings by Descendants of Martha and George Link.

Ned Swigart wrote two books about his ancestors: An Emerson-Benson Saga: The Ancestry of Charles F. Emerson and Bessie Benson and the Struggle to Settle the United States—including the 1914 Allied Lines; and The Ancestors and Descendants of Edmond K. Swigart (1867-1914) and Henrietta Myers (1868-1948).

Second Careers and Hobbies

Robert Achor was editor of The Dashboard, a publication of the Classic Car Club of America. (Greater Illinois Region.)

Harry Adams wrote an article for The Journal of American Aviation Historical Society entitled “The Cliff Maas Airport.”

Wiz Arndt has published this year a book entitled “Wizdom” Memos: Thoughts, Observations, Bits of Advice on Life.

Dick Bell has enjoyed writing as an avocation, especially his books about fishing: Whoops for the Wind! and Other Tales of the Walton Fishing Club.” and Potatuck: A History of the Potatuck Club of Newtown, Connecticut.

Dick Fagen has published two novels: Closer to Houston and Adios, Cancun.

Bob Haws has written two articles for Yachting Magazine about his boat “Knockdown.”

Irving Jensen published Drive: The Road to Perfection.

Karl Lamb describes his second career (after political scientist) as ‘novelist’ and has published two novels so far (Ragtime for the Rockies; and Hard Times in the Rockies) with a third to follow entitled Wartime in the Rockies.

 Mark Mello attended Bard College to study at the Bard Center for Environment Policy and in 2004  wrote a Masters of Science thesis entitled “ “Choices; Strategy and Site Selection by Land Trusts: a Multi-Attribute Utility Analysis Decision Model.” This year  he translated from Portuguese into English a book about a trip made by three young Brazilians from Capetown to Nordkap in a Jeep in 1957.

Ballard Morton retired as President and CEO of Orion Broadcasting to teach in business school. He wrote “My Words! Words I have liked and some I have written.”

Juris Padegs was formerly on the Board of Directors of Scudder Stevens and Clark and wrote articles for the Bulletin of Baltic Studies.

Bob Redpath trained as a professional counselor/psychotherapist following his retirement and counselled individuals and couples for twenty-five years.  His article is entitled “The medical model as it relates to counselling.”

Ellhu Rose was able to juggle two careers simultaneously throughout his working career: as partner of Rose Associates, investors in property, and as adjunct associate professor at NYU as a teacher of military history. He taught at Yale, Columbia, University of Maryland, the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S Coast Guard Academy.

Mike Stanley, instructor at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound school, wrote a book of poetry entitled “This trip I’m on.” which he handed out at our 60th Reunion and which was the inspiration for this project.

George Starcher left his job as senior partner of McKinsey & Co in Paris and Milan to become the head of the European Baha’i Business Forum, United States. The titles of his articles suggest practical application of Baha’i to business ethics.

Dan Strickler has self-published several books about the big game hunting and bird shooting trips he has taken over the years. He writes: “Some of these personal adventures have been commemorated by travel journals.”  (“Into the Yukon with Dall Sheep,” “The Roikraad Journal: Where the antelope play,” etc.)

After twenty-eight years of teaching at the Gunnery School, Ned Swigart left his job to found the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, CT. He wrote two articles for archeological bulletins about the Kirby Brook site near Washington CT, where American Indian artefacts were discovered.

John Waldman, M.D. wrote a book for the History of Warfare series entitled Hafted Weapons in Medieval and Renaissance Europe: the evolution of European staff weapons between 1200 and 1650.

Duncan Whitaker, a lawyer before retirement, became a photographer and has published two books: The Wondrous Lotus.” and “Photography:  a Second Career.”


This section includes the essays or other contributions by classmates included in the four reunion publications:

Yale Class of ’54 25th Reunion Yearbook

Essays by: Harris Ashton; Donald (Obie) Clifford; William (Sandy) Muir; Joseph (Joe ) Reed;

Gaddis Smith; Charles (Chick) Treadway.

Friendships: The Yale Class of 1954 Our Fiftieth Reunion[48]

Essays by: Howard Hoffman; Marvin Miller; Richard (Dick) Polich; Carl Shedd; Gaddis Smith: Joel Smilow;  Richard (Dick) Thornburgh; William Usher

Our 60th. Bring It On! Yale 1954 Class Directory Sixtieth Reunion

Essays by: Willis (Wiz) Arndt; Howard Brenner; Donald (Obie) Clifford; Christopher Forster;

Frederik Frank; Irving Jensen; Charles (Charlie) Johnson; Thomas (Tom) McLane;

William (Sandy) Muir; Russell (Russ) Reynolds, Jr.; Joel Smilow; Carl Shedd:  Richard (Dick) Thornburgh.

Our 60th Yale 1954 Sixtieth Reunion Highlights

Essays by: John Franciscus; Paul Pesek, Russell Reynolds, Jr.; Carl Shedd

here are references to the class notes written by class secretaries[49]: Muir (1954-64), Arndt (1964-69); Donald (Obie) Clifford (1969-79)l Charles G.Watson (1979-84); Thomas L McLane (1984-1989); Howard Brenner (1989-1994); Christopher Foerster (1994-1999); Joel Smilow (1999-2004); Barrie Rich (2004-2009); (Cy) Paul Pesek (2009-2014); and Russell Reynolds, Jr. (2014 to present).

Then there are several titles which catch the eye. “Yale, Skull and Bones and the Beginnings of Johns Hopkins.”(Jarrett); “Could Bart Giamatti have stopped steroids?” (Thornburgh); and  Class of ’54 : Memories of a Yale Man, written by David Foerster about his  amorous rite de passage in Europe, where he travelled before he took up his responsibilities as a doctor.

Gaddis Smith was one of two Yale professors in our class (the other being Harry Miskiminm Jr). Gaddis has contributed a chapter to History of the Yale Law School: the Tercentennial Lectures and has written “For God, For Country and For Yale” in War and Peace.” He has also written a book entitled Yale in the Twentieth Century.

It is perhaps fitting to end with a tribute to my roommate, Alan A. (Al) Ryan, III, who painted a huge masterful painting of Handsome Dan for Yale football coach, ‘Carm’ Cozza, who, in turn, eventually donated it to Mory’s. The painting now hangs in the foyer of Mory’s on York Street. Al produced a card with a miniature version for our 60th reunion; a copy appears on page 378.

(48) Note that a number of essays in Friendships appear in subject sections

(49)On page 6 of Our 60th. Bring It On! there is a page entitled ‘Original 1954 Class Notes’ signed by Robert (Bob aka Blaster) A. Bryan, Cor. Sec., who was filling in for Sandy Muir who had contracted polio on July 26 after our graduation.

Summary of footnotes

[1] Smilow Cancer Hospital (named after Joel Smilow, a key donor), Class of 1954 Chemistry Research Building, Class of 1954 Environmental Science Center (both buildings financed by the extraordinary growth of the 1954 50th reunion fund—due in large part to Dick Gilder’s insistence on our managing our own reunion gift funds), two colleges donated by Charlie Johnson (Benjamin Franklin College, Pauli Murray College), Yale Bowl Class of 1954 Field (donated by Charlie Johnson), Smilow 1954 Sky box, Smilow Field Center, Jensen Plaza (donated by Irving Jensen and his family), Gilder Boathouse (donated by Dick Gilder).

[2] Oldest College Daily -Yale Daily News.

[3] “This Trip I’m On.” Self-published contact Mike Stanley (

[4] Reed, Joseph. “A Bibliographic Check List of Writings of the Class of 1954 which had been published by 1979, the year of the twenty-fifth anniversary of its graduation. In The Yale Class of ’54 25th Reunion Year Book. Pp. 229-240.

[5] Carl’s contributions were: Friendships The Yale Class of 1954 Our Fiftieth Reunion (2004); Our 60th. Bring it on! (2014); and Our Sixtieth Yale 1954 Reunion Highlights (2014).

[6] Chicago, IL and London: The University of Chicago Press.

[7] Nor were they asked to submit their lists in Word, a mistake on our part.

[8]Nancy Loeffler and Meredith Grider (See Thanks and Acknowledgments).

[9] This is twenty-nine percent of our graduating class of nine hundred and twenty-three.

[10] Friendships The Yale Class of 1954 Our Fiftieth Reunion; Our 60th. Bring It On! Yale 1954 Class Directory Sixtieth Reunion; and Our 60th New Records Set! Yale 1954 Sixtieth Reunion Highlights.

[11] These are musical compositions, not articles per se.

[12] The total number of contributors (309) exceeds the total number of respondents (267) because some classmates contributed to more than one subject area. I have not shown the average numbers of publications per contributor per subject because the averages would be inflated by the impressively large lists of publications of Spaeth (Medicine); Willis (Physics); Lucier (Music); and Thornburgh (Government). Median number of publications per contributor per subject area would be the appropriate measure. However,  if these four outliers are eliminated, scientists and doctors still show the highest rates of publication with, on average, forty-three and forty publications during their careers.

[13] The following are the specialisms which were identified: allergist (Hadley); cardiologist (Shelburne); cardiac surgeon (Matloff and Toole),case management  (Steinberg),cytogeneticist (Gromults), dentist (Joy); dermatologist (Burnett, Kindell); emergency and outpatient services (Pendagast); endocrinologist (Bransome); hand surgeon (Sandzen); hematologist/pathologist (Cornwell and Jenkins); infectious diseases (Jacoby and Kislak); internal medicine (Barbee and Galton) US Naval Medical Corps (Flynn), nephrologist (Coggins, Roberts); neurologist (Blankfein, Marcus and Swanson); neurosurgeon (Landau), obstetrician (Hawkinson), oncologist (Snyder and Sweedler); ophthalmologist (Jarrett and Spaeth); otologist (Gallagher); pathologist (James and Jones); pediatrician (Cooper and Phillips); pediatric radiologist (Pritzger) plastic surgeon (Foerster, Stanley); psychiatrist (Seides); radiologist (Radcliffe); stroke/trauma and neurodegenerative disorders (Walker); surgeon (Saltzstein, Slanetz, and Tracey); surgical; oncologist (Douglass).

[14] Advocacy Institute and Smoking Control Advocacy Resource Center.

[15] Friendships, pg.76,

[16] Timely? As I write, Houston is still flooded and Hurricane Irma, a Force Five hurricane is moving towards Florida.

[17] Laws, Outlaws and Terrorists; Preserving Liberty in an Age of Terror; Terrorism, Freedom and Security

[18] “Biblical Social Welfare Legislation;” “The Death Penalty and Due Process in Biblical Law;” “Transfer of Property by Inheritance and Bequest in Biblical Law and Tradition.”

[19] Hearing, Developmentally disabled; Epilepsy; Down Syndrome; Cerebral Palsy; Spina Bifida; Autism; Fragile X Syndrome.

[20]  Energy and World Politics (1975), Administration of Energy Shortages: Natural Gas and Petroleum (1976);

[21] Non-proliferation treaty: framework for Nuclear Arms Control; Nuclear Proliferation: prospects for control;

Civil nuclear power and international security; Global Politics of Nuclear Energy; International Safeguards and Nuclear Industry; Nuclear Theft: risks and safeguards; SALT: The Moscow Agreements and Beyond.

[22] “The Boston Massacre”; “Documents of the Colonial Conflict: Sources for the legal history of the American Revolution.”

[23] “Biblical Authority in Modern Christian Political Ethics: a Study Contrasting Karl Barth and Helmut Thielicke on the subject”; “The need for an ongoing dimension in Christian Ethics;” “A Theological explanation of reproductive ethics;” “Biblical stimulus for ethical reflections.”

[24] The Kingdom of God in the Synoptic Tradition; The Historical Jesus and the Kingdom of God.

[25] Act and Idea in the Nazi Genocide; The Future of the Holocaust: Between History and Ethics; Holocaust Representation: Post-Holocaust: Interpretations, Misinterpretation, and the Claims of History; Philosophical Witnessing: The Holocaust as Presence; Primo Levi: The Matter of a Life; Philosophy and the Holocaust; Writing and the Holocaust; The Holocaust: A Reader; The Act as Idea.

[26] The term ‘genocide’ was officially defined by the United Nations Assembly in 1946 and then acts of genocide were prohibited by the UN in January 1951, in spring term of our freshman year.

[27] Sib says, “Between Spring, 1990 and Spring, 2002 I contributed 34 instalments of a humorous column called “The Gargoyle Speaks” to Focus, the alumni publication of Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education.

[28] Latin America and the United States: The Changing Political Realities; The Future of Central America: Policy Choices for the U.S. and Mexico; Changing Course: Blueprint for Peace in Central America and the Caribbean; Capitalism and the State in U.S. Latin American Relations; and Forging Peace: The Challenge of Central America.

[29] As well as Professor Emeritus of Classics, Near Eastern Languages, Civilization, and Comparative Literature.

[30]Beeton, Barbara. “Pierre MacKay, 1933-2015” in TUGboat, vol. 36, no.2, 2015 pg. 90

[31] Multi-spectral radome; Ferroelectric panel; multi-purpose sensor and data link; The use of a deformable photonic crystal for millimetre-wave beam steering; and imaging system for obscured environments.

[32] Taken from Wikipedia,pp 1.

[33] Ted wrote On Becoming American in 1978.

[34] Maugham, a Biography.

[35] Churchill: Young man in a hurry, 1874-1915.

[36] FDR: A Biography.

[37] The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs.

[38] A Covert Life: Jay Lovestone: Communist; anti-Communist, and Spymaster; and McCarthyism in Twentieth Century America.32.

[39] This will be timely: last week the North Koreans tested what is believed to be their own hydrogen bomb.

[40] Hotel/Motel Law Student Manual; The Laws of Innkeepers for Hotels, Motels, Restaurants, and Clubs; Legal Aspects of Foodservice; Legal Aspects of Hospitality Management.

[41] “.. a bright talent from Kentucky, Joe McNay, had begun to shine. (Joe ultimately built Yale 54-50s investment to breath-taking levels.” Friendships pp 85.)

[42] “Cromwell’s Navy and the foreign policy of the Protectorate, 1653-1658);” “Cromwell’s Imperial Vision: A Re-evaluation of the Western Design, 1654-55;” “Cromwell’s Diplomatic Blunder: the relationship between the Western Design of 1654-55 and the French Alliance of 1657;” “Much Ado about Oliver: The Parliamentary Dispute over Cromwell’s Statue.”

[43]Fisher, Barbara Lee. “Harris Coulter was a brave visionary.” 3/29/2010. National Vaccine Information Center.

[44] Toynbee Hall and Social Reform, 1880-1940: the search for community’ “Raymond Unwin (1863-1940) Designing for Democracy in Edwardian England.” and Regaining Paradise: Englishness and the Early Garden City Movement.

[45] Impeachment (1965, 1973); A History Teacher’s Reflections on the Korean War (1968); The Aims of American Foreign Policy (1969); The United States and the Origins of the Cold War; Dean Acheson (1972); The U.S. vs. International Terrorists (1977); What we got for what we gave: the American experience with foreign aid (1978); . (1978); United States American Diplomacy During the Second World War, 1941-1945; (1985); Morality, Reason and Power: American Diplomacy in the Carter Years (1986); The Last Years of the Monroe Doctrine (1995)

[46] The interested reader is referred to for G. Smith book reviews.

[47] “Grand designs: early mentoring by Charlie Fenion and Joself Albers.”

[48] Note that a number of essays in Friendships appear in subject sections

[49] On page 6 of Our 60th. Bring It On! there is a page entitled ‘Original 1954 Class Notes’ signed by Robert (Bob aka Blaster) A. Bryan, Cor. Sec., who was filling in for Sandy Muir who had contracted polio on July 26 after our graduation.