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Welcome to the new website for the class of ’54. This new website offers classmates the opportunity to include comments but there is so much spam on the internet that it is blocked.  If you wish to comment please send an email to and it will be posted.

A “Yale Class of 1954” Facebook listing has been established where classmates can upload comments, pictures and references to other websites of interest.  So far, virtually no interest!

Early-bird class notes from Russ Reynolds, class secretary.
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Notes for March/April 2018 issue of Yale Alumni Magazine

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

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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.

Yale’s Quiet Majority

A new survey finds that most undergrads favor free speech, even if the loudest students—and Yale administrators—don’t.

Repeal Yale’s Trustee Gag Rule

We asked candidates their views on free speech. The university told them they were obliged to shut up.

Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Photo: iStock

With free speech under attack on campuses nationwide, university trustees have generally remained on the sidelines. Yale seems determined to keep them there. The William F. Buckley Jr. Program recently began an effort to encourage a more open process for electing alumni trustees, known as fellows. So far we’ve gotten nowhere.

Last year we invited the three candidates for alumni fellow to participate in a web forum on free speech and diversity of thought. To our surprise, not one responded. Then we received an email from Kimberly Goff-Crews, Yale’s vice president for student life, explaining it was “university practice that Alumni Fellow candidates do not campaign in any way” but “stand for election solely based on the biographical statements in the Alumni Fellow ballot.” This she described as “both a constraint placed on candidates, and a promise made to them in terms of the demands of the election process.”

This year we penned an open letter to the trustees asking them to encourage candidates to participate in our forum. More than 400 alumni have signed on. So far Ms. Goff-Crews hasn’t budged. In an interview with the Yale Daily News, she repeated, almost word for word, last year’s assertion that campaigning is forbidden. University administrators also canceled the Daily News’s scheduled interviews with the trustee candidates.

The executive director of the Association of Yale Alumni, Weili Cheng, defended the gag rule. The Daily News reports “she feared that campaigning might lead to conflict in the alumni community” and quoted her as saying: “Look what happened with the presidential campaign.”

But the current process is unfair to the candidates and the alumni. If university administrators will not provide the basis for both groups to help ensure an informed choice of trustees, what is the purpose of having an election?

In decades past, candidates for alumni fellow did offer their ideas and opinions on major issues facing the university. In 1972 the candidates included John H. Chafee, the Navy secretary and future senator from Rhode Island, and Lloyd N. Cutler, who served as White House counsel to Presidents Carter and Clinton. Chafee focused on the need for Yale to “remain free from restrictive pressures—pressure to support currently popular ideas, pressure to be more ‘relevant,’ and pressure from government.” Cutler emphasized the importance of maintaining an “academically free institution.”

A recent editorial in the Yale Daily News argued: “We do not pick leaders based on credentials alone; we elect them based on their character and values.” We could not agree more and hope our petition will convince the Yale Board of Trustees to change its policy. But given the way university governing boards across America have been behaving, we are not optimistic.

Ms. Noble is founder and executive director of the William F. Buckley Jr. Program at Yale. Mr. West is dean emeritus of New York University’s Stern School of Business and a board member of the Buckley Program.

Appeared in the Apr. 26, 2017, print edition.

Class Editor’s Note:  It is possible to earmark a gift to Yale for the Buckley program.  Just mention to the development office that you would like the gift to support the Buckley Program (reference number is 30522).

A Lawsuit Accuses Yale of Censoring Even Inoffensive Ideas

A class essay condemning rape was ‘unnecessarily provocative,’ the Title IX coordinator allegedly said.

The campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

The campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Photo: Beth J. Harpaz/Associated Press

Yale’s president, Peter Salovey, took to these pages last October to affirm that “we adhere to exceptionally strong principles of free expression.” He invoked Yale’s exemplary 1974 Woodward Report, which states that the university’s educational mission is inextricably bound up with “the right to think the unthinkable, discuss the unmentionable, and challenge the unchallengeable.”

A February lawsuit tells a different story. Tucked inside the amended complaint, Doe v. Yale, is the extraordinary claim that Yale punished the anonymous male plaintiff for writing a class essay in which he condemned rape.

Like dozens of lawsuits now working their way through state and federal courts, Doe v. Yale alleges that university officials grossly mishandled sexual-assault allegations. According to the complaint, a university panel found in spring 2014 that Doe had engaged in sexual intercourse with a woman without her consent. He alleges that the woman expressly consented and on that evening she harassed him. He adds that Yale’s disciplinary procedures were stacked against him and administered by biased officials who presumed his guilt.

This case is unusual in several respects. Doe advances one relatively new and one completely novel legal theory. The relatively new one revolves around Title IX, the 1972 federal law that provides that “no person” may be discriminated against based on sex in educational programs that receive federal assistance.

In April 2011, the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights issued a “Dear Colleague” letter declaring that Title IX imposed a duty on colleges and universities receiving federal funding—as virtually all do—to investigate, prosecute and adjudicate sexual-assault allegations and impose punishments where appropriate. The letter also directed schools to reduce due-process protections for the accused, typically men.

Doe insists that Title IX must protect men as well as women. In punishing him for sexual assault on the basis of allegations that were either unfounded or refuted by facts to which both sides of the dispute agreed, the lawsuit argues, Yale discriminated against him on the basis of his sex in violation of Title IX.

The novel legal theory flows out of a reading of “state action” doctrine developed by Jed Rubenfeld of Yale Law School, who served as Doe’s faculty adviser during the university’s sexual-assault proceedings. Doe argues that through the “Dear Colleague” letter, the Education Department conscripted Yale to enforce criminal law—thereby transforming the private university into an agent of the government.

That would subject the university to constitutional limitations. Thus Doe alleges Yale violated his 14th Amendment rights to due process and equal protection of the law.

This case also involves free expression because it began, Doe alleges, with Yale’s draconian regulation of his speech. According to his lawsuit, in late 2013 a female philosophy teaching assistant filed a complaint with the university’s Title IX office about a short paper Doe had written. In the context of Socrates ’ account in Plato’s “Republic” of the tripartite soul, the paper argued that rape was an irrational act in which the soul’s appetitive and spirited parts overwhelm reason, which by right rules.

According to the lawsuit, Pamela Schirmeister, Title IX coordinator and an associate dean in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, summoned Doe to her office and told him his rape example was “unnecessarily provocative.” She ordered him to have no contact with the teaching assistant and directed him to attend sensitivity training at the university’s mental-health center. She also informed him that he had become a “person of interest” to Yale, which meant that the university had to intervene to ensure he “was not a perpetrator himself,” in the lawsuit’s words. A few months later, the same Title IX office initiated the sexual-assault investigation against him.

Through a spokeswoman, Yale described the lawsuit as “legally baseless and factually inaccurate” but declined on confidentiality grounds to address any specific factual allegations.

If the lawsuit’s account is accurate, Yale has reached a new low in the annals of campus policing of speech. Surely no female student would incur criticism, much less censorship or punishment, for providing weighty philosophical authority in support of the proposition that rape is wrong.

If Doe’s story is true, Yale is no longer satisfied in enforcing correct opinions. To utter the correct opinion, Yale also demands that you be the correct sex. Far from protecting the right to “discuss the unmentionable” in accordance with the Woodward Report, Yale is stretching the boundaries of censorship by abridging the right to discuss even the uncontroversial.

Mr. Berkowitz is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

Appeared in the Apr. 03, 2017, print edition.

Yale Alumnus Jonathan Haidt on the Cultural Roots of Campus Rage

An unorthodox professor explains the ‘new religion’ that drives the intolerance and violence at places like Middlebury and Berkeley.

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When a mob at Vermont’s Middlebury College shut down a speech by social scientist Charles Murray a few weeks ago, most of us saw it as another instance of campus illiberalism. Jonathan Haidt saw something more—a ritual carried out by adherents of what he calls a “new religion,” an auto-da-fé against a heretic for a violation of orthodoxy.

“The great majority of college students want to learn. They’re perfectly reasonable, and they’re uncomfortable with a lot of what’s going on,” Mr. Haidt, a psychologist and professor of ethical leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business, tells me during a recent visit to his office. “But on each campus there are some true believers who have reoriented their lives around the fight against evil.”

These believers are transforming the campus from a citadel of intellectual freedom into a holy space—where white privilege has replaced original sin, the transgressions of class and race and gender are confessed not to priests but to “the community,” victim groups are worshiped like gods, and the sinned-against are supplicated with “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings.”

The fundamentalists may be few, Mr. Haidt says, but they are “very intimidating” since they wield the threat of public shame. On some campuses, “they’ve been given the heckler’s veto, and are often granted it by an administration who won’t stand up to them either.”

All this has become something of a preoccupation for the 53-year-old Mr. Haidt. A longtime liberal—he ran a gun-control group as an undergraduate at Yale—he admits he “had never encountered conservative ideas” until his mid-40s. The research into moral psychology that became his 2012 book, “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion,” exposed him to other ways of seeing the world; he now calls himself a centrist.

Paul Gigot says there is a clear disconnect between Wisconsin and New York City.

In 2015 he founded Heterodox Academy, which describes itself as “a politically diverse group of social scientists, natural scientists, humanists, and other scholars” concerned about “the loss or lack of ‘viewpoint diversity’ ” on campuses. As Mr. Haidt puts it to me: “When a system loses all its diversity, weird things begin to happen.”

Having studied religions across cultures and classes, Mr. Haidt says it is entirely natural for humans to create “quasireligious” experiences out of seemingly secular activities. Take sports. We wear particular colors, gather as a tribe, and cheer for our team. Even atheists sometimes pray for the Steelers to beat the Patriots.

It’s all “fun and generally harmless,” maybe even healthy, Mr. Haidt says, until it tips into violence—as in British soccer hooliganism. “What we’re beginning to see now at Berkeley and at Middlebury hints that this [campus] religion has the potential to turn violent,” Mr. Haidt says. “The attack on the professor at Middlebury really frightened people,” he adds, referring to political scientist Allison Stanger, who wound up in a neck brace after protesters assaulted her as she left the venue.

The Berkeley episode Mr. Haidt mentions illustrates the Orwellian aspect of campus orthodoxy. A scheduled February appearance by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos prompted masked agitators to throw Molotov cocktails, smash windows, hurl rocks at police, and ultimately cause $100,000 worth of damage. The student newspaper ran an op-ed justifying the rioting under the headline “Violence helped ensure safety of students.” Read that twice.

Mr. Haidt can explain. Students like the op-ed author “are armed with a set of concepts and words that do not mean what you think they mean,” he says. “People older than 30 think that ‘violence’ generally involves some sort of physical threat or harm. But as students are using the word today, ‘violence’ is words that have a negative effect on members of the sacred victim groups. And so even silence can be violence.” It follows that if offensive speech is “violence,” then actual violence can be a form of self-defense.

Down the hall from Mr. Haidt’s office, I noticed a poster advertising a “bias response hotline” students can call “to report an experience of bias, discrimination or harassment.” I joke that NYU seems to have its own version of the morality police in Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia. “It’s like East Germany,” Mr. Haidt replies—with students, at least some of them, playing the part of the Stasi.

How did we get here, and what can be done? On the first question, Mr. Haidt points to a braided set of causes. There’s the rise in political polarization, which is related to the relatively recent “political purification of the universities.” While the academy has leaned left since at least the 1920s, Mr. Haidt says “it was always just a lean.” Beginning in the early 1990s, as the professors of the Greatest Generation retired, it became a full-on tilt.

“Now there are no more conservative voices on the faculty or administration,” he says, exaggerating only a little. Heterodox Academy cites research showing that the ratio of left to right professors in 1995 was 2 to 1. Now it is 5 to 1.

The left, meanwhile, has undergone an ideological transformation. A generation ago, social justice was understood as equality of treatment and opportunity: “If gay people don’t have to right to marry and you organize a protest to apply pressure to get them that right, that’s justice,” Mr. Haidt says. “If black people are getting discriminated against in hiring and you fight that, that’s justice.”

Today justice means equal outcomes. “There are two ideas now in the academic left that weren’t there 10 years ago,” he says. “One is that everyone is racist because of unconscious bias, and the other is that everything is racist because of systemic racism.” That makes justice impossible to achieve: “When you cross that line into insisting if there’s not equal outcomes then some people and some institutions and some systems are racist, sexist, then you’re setting yourself up for eternal conflict and injustice.”

Perhaps most troubling, Mr. Haidt cites the new protectiveness in child-rearing over the past few decades. Historically, American children were left to their own devices and had to learn to deal with bullies. Today’s parents, out of compassion, handle it for them. “By the time students get to college they have much, much less experience with unpleasant social encounters, or even being insulted, excluded or marginalized,” Mr. Haidt says. “They expect there will be some adult, some authority, to rectify things.”

Combine that with the universities’ shift to a “customer is always right” mind-set. Add in social media. Suddenly it’s “very, very easy to bring mobs together,” Mr. Haidt says, and make “people very afraid to stand out or stand up for what they think is right.” Students and professors know, he adds, that “if you step out of line at all, you will be called a racist, sexist or homophobe. In fact it’s gotten so bad out there that there’s a new term—‘ophobophobia,’ which is the fear of being called x-ophobic.”

That fear runs deep—including in Mr. Haidt. When I ask him about how political homogeneity on campus informs the understanding of so-called rape culture, he clams up: “I can’t talk about that.” The topic of sexual assault—along with Islam—is too sensitive.

It’s a painfully ironic answer from a man dedicating his career to free thought and speech. But choosing his battles doesn’t mean Mr. Haidt is unwilling to fight. And he’s finding allies across the political spectrum.

Heterodox Academy’s membership has grown to some 600, up about 100 since the beginning of March. “In the wake of the Middlebury protests and violence, we’re seeing a lot of liberal-left professors standing up against illiberal-left professors and students,” Mr. Haidt says. Less than a fifth of the organization’s members identify as “right/conservative”; most are centrists, liberals or progressives.

Balancing those numbers by giving academic jobs and tenure to outspoken libertarians and conservatives seems like the most effective way to change the campus culture, if only by signaling to self-censoring students that dissent is acceptable. But for now Heterodox Academy is taking a more modest approach, focusing on three initiatives.

The first is its college guide: a ranking by viewpoint diversity of America’s top 150 campuses. The goal is to create market pressure and put administrators on notice. The University of Chicago currently ranks No. 1—rising seniors, take note.

The second is a “fearless speech index,” a web-based questionnaire that allows students and professors to express how comfortable they feel speaking out on sensitive subjects. Right now, Mr. Haidt says, there are a tremendous number of anecdotes but no real data; the index aims to remedy that.

The third is the “viewpoint diversity experience,” a six-step online lesson in the virtue and practice of open-minded engagement with opposing ideas.

Heterodox Academy is not the only sliver of light. Following the Middlebury incident, the unlikely duo of Democratic Socialist Cornel West and conservative Robert P. George published a statement denouncing “campus illiberalism” and calling for “truth seeking, democracy and freedom of thought and expression.” More than 2,500 scholars and other intellectuals have signed it. At Northwestern the student government became the first in the country to pass a resolution calling for academic freedom and viewpoint diversity.

“What I think is happening,” Mr. Haidt says, is that “as the visible absurdity on campus mounts and mounts, and as public opinion turns more strongly against universities—and especially as the line of violence is crossed—we are having more and more people standing up saying, ‘Enough is enough. I’m opposed to this.’ ” Let’s hope.

If you’re not a student or professor, why should you care about snowflakes in their igloos? Because, Mr. Haidt argues, what happens on campus affects the “health of our nation.” Ideological and political homogeneity endangers the quality of social-science research, which informs public policy. “Understanding the impacts of immigration, understanding the causes of poverty—these are all absolutely vital,” he says. “If there’s an atmosphere of intimidation around politicized issues, it clearly influences the research.”

Today’s college students also are tomorrow’s leaders—and employees. Companies are already encountering problems with recent graduates unprepared for the challenges of the workplace. “Work requires a certain amount of toughness,” Mr. Haidt says. “Colleges that prepare students to expect a frictionless environment where there are bureaucratic procedures and adult authorities to rectify conflict are very poorly prepared for the workplace. So we can expect a lot more litigation in the coming few years.”

If you lean left—even if you adhere to the campus orthodoxy, or to certain elements of it—you might consider how the failure to respect pluralism puts your own convictions at risk of a backlash. “People are sick and tired of being called racist for innocent things they’ve said or done,” Mr. Haidt observes. “The response to being called a racist unfairly is never to say, ‘Gee, what did I do that led to me being called this? I should be more careful.’ The response is almost always, ‘[Expletive] you!’ ”

He offers this real-world example: “I think that the ‘deplorables’ comment could well have changed the course of human history.”

Ms. Weiss is an associate book review editor at the Journal.

Appeared in the Apr. 01, 2017, print edition as ‘The Cultural Roots of Campus Rage.’


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Yale may ditch ‘freshman’ for gender-inclusive ‘first-year’: ‘It’s an antiquated term’

Administrators at Yale may refrain from using the term "freshman" in favor of a gender neutral alternative. (Associated Press) ** FILE **
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– The Washington Times – Friday, March 17, 2017

Yale’s top officials say “it’s time” to leave the term “freshman” behind in favor of something considered gender inclusive.

Administrators at one of the world’s most prestigious universities may adopt the term “first-year” as a way to be more welcoming to new students. Yale’s Dean of Student Affairs Camille Lizarríbar is leading the charge to make it happen “before the next academic year.”

“I think there comes a time when you want to make sure that the way you’re calling things reflects the values that you have,” Ms. Lizarríbar told Yale News on March 8. “If we really are serious about inclusivity and diversity, we need to look at everything. It’s not written in stone that it has to be ‘freshman.’ … We do have some agency in what we call things.”

Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway added that he spent “a lot of time thinking about, recognizing yes, it’s an antiquated term.”

“Dean Lizarríbar, who oversees freshman or first-year orientation … basically said ‘it’s time,’ and I have no problem with that,” he added.

Students at the Ivy League university, which was founded in 1701, backed the change.

Yale’s Inconsistent Name-Dropping

Several campus names are more objectionable than John C. Calhoun—including Elihu Yale.

John C. Calhoun served as U.S. vice president, 1825-32.

John C. Calhoun served as U.S. vice president, 1825-32. Photo: Alamy

Yale University announced Saturday that it would change the name of Calhoun College, one of its original 12 residential colleges that opened in the early 1930s. Henceforth, the college will be named in honor of Grace Hopper, an early computer scientist and naval officer.

No sentient observer of the American academic scene could have been surprised by the move to ditch John C. Calhoun, the 19th-century South Carolina statesman after whom the college was originally named. On the contrary, the unspoken response was “What took them so long?”

Since last August, when Yale’s president, Peter Salovey, announced that he was convening a Committee to Establish Principles for Renaming—yes, really—the handwriting had been on the wall for Calhoun, a distinguished Yale alumnus who served as a congressman, senator, secretary of war, secretary of state and vice president.

Like Belshazzar before him, Calhoun had been weighed and found wanting. He may have been a brilliant orator and a fierce opponent of encroaching federal power, but he was also a slave holder. And unlike many of his peers, Calhoun argued that slavery was not merely a necessary evil but a “positive good,” because it provided for slaves better than they could provide for themselves.

You might, like me, think that Calhoun was wrong about that. But if you are Peter Salovey, you have to disparage Calhoun as a “white supremacist” whose legacy—“racism and bigotry,” according to a university statement—was fundamentally “at odds” with the noble aspirations of Yale University (“improving the world today and for future generations . . . through the free exchange of ideas in an ethical, interdependent, and diverse community”).

During a conference-call press briefing Saturday, and throughout the documents related to the Calhoun decision, officials have been careful to stress that the university operates with a “strong presumption against” renaming things. Because they do not seek to “erase history,” the officials insist, renaming things for ideological reasons would be “exceptionally rare.”

When you study the four principles Mr. Salovey’s committee came up with to justify a renaming, you can see why it took so long. The task, it seems clear, was to find a way to wipe away Calhoun College while simultaneously immunizing other institutions at Yale from politicized rebaptism.

Did the principal legacy of the honored person “fundamentally conflict” with the university’s mission? Was that legacy “contested” within the person’s lifetime? Were the reasons that the university honored him at odds with Yale’s mission? Does the named building or program play a substantial role in “forming community at Yale”?

Readers who savor tortuous verbal legerdemain will want to acquaint themselves with the “Letter of the Advisory Group on the Renaming of Calhoun College,” which is available online. It is a masterpiece of the genre.

Is it also convincing? I think the best way to answer that is to fill out the historical picture a bit. Nearly every Yale official who spoke at Saturday’s press briefing had to describe John Calhoun (1782-1850) as a “white supremacist.” Question: Who among whites at the time was not? Take your time.

Calhoun owned slaves. But so did Timothy Dwight, Calhoun’s mentor at Yale, who has a college named in his honor. So did Benjamin Silliman, who also gives his name to a residential college, and whose mother was the largest slave owner in Fairfield County, Conn. So did Ezra Stiles,John Davenport and even Jonathan Edwards, all of whom have colleges named in their honor at Yale.

Writing in these pages last summer, I suggested that Yale table the question of John Calhoun and tackle some figures even more obnoxious to contemporary sensitivities. One example was Elihu Yale, the American-born British merchant who, as an administrator in India, was an active participant in the slave trade.

President Salovey’s letter announcing that Calhoun College would be renamed argues that “unlike . . . Elihu Yale, who made a gift that supported the founding of our university . . . Calhoun has no similarly strong association with our campus.” What can that mean? Calhoun graduated valedictorian from Yale College in 1804. Is that not a “strong association”? (Grace Hopper held two advanced degrees from the university but had no association with the undergraduate Yale College.)

As far as I have been able to determine, Elihu Yale never set foot in New Haven. His benefaction of some books and goods worth £800 helped found Yale College, not Yale University. And whereas the 11th edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica praises Calhoun for his “just and kind” treatment of slaves and the “stainless integrity” of his character, Elihu Yale had slaves flogged, hanged a stable boy for stealing a horse, and was eventually removed from his post in India for corruption. Is all that not “fundamentally at odds” with the mission of Peter Salovey’s Yale?

Mr. Salovey stepped out of a board meeting briefly to join the conference call on Saturday. More in sadness than in anger he disparaged John Calhoun, praised Grace Hopper, and affirmed his commitment to diversity, free inquiry, etc. Then one of the reporters asked why he was renaming Calhoun College for a white woman, especially since February was Black History Month. Oh dear. Thanks so much, must get back to that board meeting now.

In “The Crack-Up,” F. Scott Fitzgerald comments that “the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” First-rate or not, the evolving politically correct circus at Yale does not offer a lot of support for that proposition.

Mr. Kimball is editor and publisher of the New Criterion and president and publisher of Encounter Books.

Decision on the name of Calhoun College

President Peter Salovey                                Feb 11
To the Yale Alumni Community,

Today I write to announce that the name of Calhoun College will be changed, and that we will honor one of Yale’s most distinguished graduates, Grace Murray Hopper ’30 M.A., ’34 Ph.D., by renaming the college for her. The university’s board of trustees—the Yale Corporation—and I made this decision at our most recent meeting. The decision to change a college’s name is not one we take lightly, but John C. Calhoun’s legacy as a white supremacist and a national leader who passionately promoted slavery as a “positive good” fundamentally conflicts with Yale’s mission and values. I have asked Jonathan Holloway, dean of Yale College, and Julia Adams, the head of Calhoun College, to determine when this change best can be put into effect.

This decision overrides my announcement in April of last year that the name of Calhoun College would remain. At that time, as now, I was committed to confronting, not erasing, our history. I was concerned about inviting a series of name changes that would obscure Yale’s past. These concerns remain paramount, but we have since established an enduring set of principles that address them. The principles establish a strong presumption against renaming buildings, ensure respect for our past, and enable thoughtful review of any future requests for change.

In August, I asked John Witt ’94 B.A., ’99 J.D., ’00 Ph.D., the Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law and professor of history, to chair a Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming. After this committee completed its work, three advisors—G. Leonard Baker ’64 B.A. (Calhoun College); John Lewis Gaddis, the Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History; and Jacqueline Goldsby, professor of English, African American Studies, and American Studies and chair of the Department of African American Studies—were charged with applying the Witt committee’s principles to the name of Calhoun College. The thoughtful and instructive reports produced by these two distinguished groups are available here.

As part of its work, the Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming studied similar conversations about naming and commemoration that have arisen in recent years at institutions such as Georgetown University, Harvard Law School, Princeton University, and the University of Texas at Austin. At these and other institutions of higher learning, certain names have changed, while others have not. Yale has learned from these situations while, necessarily, charting its own course.

The Witt committee outlines four principles that should guide any consideration of renaming: (1) whether the namesake’s principal legacy fundamentally conflicts with the university’s mission; (2) whether that principal legacy was contested during the namesake’s lifetime; (3) the reasons the university honored that person; and (4) whether the building so named plays a substantial role in forming community at Yale. In considering these principles, it became clear that Calhoun College presents an exceptionally strong case—perhaps uniquely strong—that allows it to overcome the powerful presumption against renaming articulated in the report.

Understanding Calhoun’s Legacy
The name of Calhoun College has long been a subject of discussion and controversy on our campus. John C. Calhoun 1804 B.A., 1822 LL.D. served the United States as vice president, secretary of state, secretary of war, and a U.S. senator. Yet he leaves behind the legacy of a leading statesman who used his office to advocate ardently for slavery and white supremacy.

When he learned of Calhoun’s death, Benjamin Silliman Sr. 1796 B.A., 1799 M.A., professor of chemistry at Yale and the namesake of another residential college, mourned the passing of his contemporary while immediately condemning his legacy:

“[Calhoun] in a great measure changed the state of opinion and the manner of speaking and writing upon this subject in the South, until we have come to present to the world the mortifying and disgraceful spectacle of a great republic—and the only real republic in the world—standing forth in vindication of slavery, without prospect of, or wish for, its extinction. If the views of Mr. Calhoun, and of those who think with him, are to prevail, slavery is to be sustained on this great continent forever.”(i)

Silliman’s conviction (shared by many other Americans) that Calhoun was one of the more influential champions of slavery and white supremacy speaks across the generations to us today. As a national leader, Calhoun helped enshrine his racist views in American policy, transforming them into consequential actions. And while other southern statesmen and slaveholders treated slavery as a “necessary evil,” Calhoun insisted it was a “positive good,” beneficial to enslaved people and essential to republican institutions. The legacy that Silliman decried was that of a man who shaped “the state of opinion” on this issue—ensuring that slavery not only survived but expanded across North America.

This principal legacy of Calhoun—and the indelible imprint he has left on American history—conflicts fundamentally with the values Yale has long championed. Unlike other namesakes on our campus, he distinguished himself not in spite of these views but because of them. Although it is not clear exactly how Calhoun’s proslavery and racist views figured in the 1931 naming decision, depictions in the college celebrating plantation life and the “Old South” suggest that Calhoun was honored not simply as a statesman and political theorist but in full contemplation of his unique place in the history of slavery. As the Witt report reminds us, honoring a namesake whose legacy so sharply conflicts with the university’s values should weigh especially heavily when the name adorns a residential college, which plays a key role in forming community at Yale. Moreover, unlike, for example, Elihu Yale, who made a gift that supported the founding of our university, or other namesakes who have close historical connections to Yale, Calhoun has no similarly strong association with our campus. Removing Calhoun’s name in no way weakens our commitment to honoring those who have made major contributions to the life and mission of Yale—another principle described in the Witt report.

The presidential advisors found “no Witt committee principles that weigh heavily against renaming,” “three committee principles that weigh heavily toward renaming, and a fourth that suggests the need to rename.” The advisors recommended unanimously that the name of Calhoun College be changed.

It is now clear to me, too, that the name of Calhoun College must change. Yale has changed magnificently over the past 300 years and will continue to evolve long after our time; today we have the opportunity to move the university forward in a way that reinforces our mission and core values.

In making this change, we must be vigilant not to erase the past. To that end, we will not remove symbols of Calhoun from elsewhere on our campus, and we will develop a plan to memorialize the fact that Calhoun was a residential college name for eighty-six years. Furthermore, alumni of the college may continue to associate themselves with the name Calhoun College or they may choose to claim Grace Hopper College as their own. As the Witt report states, “A university ought not erase the historical record. But a great university will rightly decide what to commemorate and what to honor, subject always to the obligation not to efface the history that informs the world in which we live.”

A Legacy of Innovation and Service: Grace Murray Hopper
In selecting a new name for the college at the corner of College and Elm streets, Yale honors the life and legacy of Grace Murray Hopper. Hopper was an exemplar of achievement in her field and service to her country. As we considered potential namesakes, the trustees and I benefited from hundreds of unique naming suggestions made by alumni, faculty, students, and staff who either advocated for a name change to this college or submitted ideas for the names of the two new residential colleges. This community input was indispensable: Hopper’s name was mentioned by more individuals than any other, reflecting the strong feeling within our community that her achievements and life of service reflect Yale’s mission and core values.

A trailblazing computer scientist, brilliant mathematician and teacher, and dedicated public servant, Hopper received a master’s degree in mathematics (1930) and a Ph.D. in mathematics and mathematical physics (1934) from Yale. She taught mathematics at Vassar for nearly a decade before enlisting in the U.S. Navy, where she used her mathematical knowledge to fight fascism during World War II. A collaborator on the earliest computers, Hopper made her greatest contributions in the realm of software. In 1952 she and her team developed the first computer language “compiler,” which would make it possible to write programs for multiple computers rather than a single machine. Hopper then pioneered the development of word-based computer languages, and she was instrumental in developing COBOL, the most widely used computer language in the world by the 1970s. Hopper’s groundbreaking work helped make computers more accessible to a wider range of users and vastly expanded their application. A naval reservist for twenty years, she was recalled to active service at the age of 60. Hopper retired as a rear admiral at the age of 79, the oldest serving officer in the U.S. armed forces at that time.

The recipient of Yale’s Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal, the National Medal of Technology, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, “Amazing Grace” Hopper was a visionary in the world of technology. At a time when computers were bulky machines limited to a handful of research laboratories, Hopper understood that they would one day be ubiquitous, and she dedicated her long career to ensuring they were useful, accessible, and responsive to human needs. An extraordinary mathematician and a senior naval officer, Hopper achieved eminence in fields historically dominated by men. Today, her principal legacy is all around us—embodied in the life-enhancing technology she knew would become commonplace. Grace Murray Hopper College thus honors her spirit of innovation and public service while looking fearlessly to the future.

The Calhoun issue is complex. There are substantive arguments on all sides. Good people—moral and principled people—can and will disagree about it. These disagreements, however great they may seem, should not prevent us from finding common ground. Our bonds as Yalies are greater than our opinions about a name or a building. Those bonds ensure that we will continue together the great work of “improving the world today and for future generations through outstanding research and scholarship, education, preservation, and practice.” This is our common ground.


Peter Salovey
President and Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology


(i) George Park Fisher, Life of Benjamin Silliman, M.D., LL.D., late professor of chemistry, mineralogy, and geology in Yale college: Chiefly from his manuscript reminiscences, diaries, and correspondence, Volume 2 (New York: C. Scribner and company, 1866), 98-99. Emphasis added.