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The Silicon Valley Community Newspapers noted in a recent article entitled "John Steinbeck collection becomes lifetime legacy for Saratoga biographer" that Audry Lynch has become a lifetime Steinbeck collector since she moved to California from Cambridge in 1970. Her home in Saratoga is filled with movie posters and memorabilia. Audry sees her collection as a part of her legacy and hopes that someday an educational institution purchases it to continue the teachings of Steinbeck in schools.

In an article entitled "Tax Bill Changes Landscape for Potential Harvard Donors” in the March 23, 2018 issue of the Harvard Crimson, President Faust expresses concern that the new endowment tax might affect charitable giving to universities.
She said,
“One of the issues I’m concerned about is how the endowment tax might affect charitable giving to universities.
“If I give to this university, it will be taxed. Whereas if I give it to someone else—a hospital, a scientific research center—it won’t be taxed. Does that disadvantage us in comparison with other charitable options?”

Despite all this, some alumni say they remain staunchly committed to donating to their alma mater.

Peter L. Malkin,'55, the namesake of The Malkin Athletic Center, notes that changes to the standard deduction are unlikely to deter major Harvard donors—including himself.
“My feeling is that those who are really committed to support Harvard with great affection for it will not be influenced by this. I think if anybody were to be influenced, it would influence people who give donations in smaller annual amounts where they no longer itemize the deductions."

The January 31, 2018 issue of The Boston Globe features an article on the N.E. Patriot’s coach Bill Belichick’s compound on Nantucket Island. He met David Halberstam there in 2004 where Dave had summered for 36 years. Dave wrote a book about Belichick entitled “The Education of a Coach” in which he lauded Belichick’s citizenship on the Island.

Bill Amory’s picture appeared in the Boston Globe on January 15, 2018 with his sister, Amey Amory DeFriez, R’49, in an article on her death at the age of 90 on January 7, 2018. A former Radcliffe Board Member, she received both the Harvard Medal for outstanding service to the Harvard community and the Helen Homans Gilbert Award for distinguished Volunteer Service to Radcliffe.

The Roger Williams University School of Law announced that as of October 15, 2017 it will dedicate its signature on-campus space, the School’s appellate courtroom, in honor of Judge Bruce M. Selya.
Bruce is a former member of the Law School’s faculty and its Board of Directors. He is also the former Chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review and continues to serve as judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Bruce and Cynthia live in Providence, R.I.

Stephen Lowey’s wife, Representative Nita Lowey of New York, the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee is noted in the 08/24/17 issue of The Boston Globe as saying that President Trump should be held accountable if the government shuts down.
“Wasting tens of billions on a useless and immoral wall is a nonstarter for Democrats…”

David Halberstam’s 2005 biography “The Education of a Coach” about the Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick is quoted in the Boston Globe Magazine, January 22, 2017. The article, entitled “The Greatest Coach Ever,” proclaims the author’s belief that Bill is indeed one.

David Wise notes that in the October 17th issue of the New Yorker a letter in "The Mail" entitled "The Museum's Unsung Hero" makes it clear that our classmate, Max Bond, was very much involved in designing the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture.
"Bond, who died in 2009, saw the design process as akin to a jazz ensemble, where individuals would inspire one another to create a structure that reflected the richness and diversity of African American Life."

Papers across the country noted the death of Sydney H. Schanberg on July 9, 2016 from an apparent heart attack (See Road Closed).
Syd was one of five classmates who received six Pulitzer prizes: Bill Beecher (1), Dave Halberstam (1), Jack Harrison (1), and Tony Lukas (2) also received the coveted award. Dave, Tony and Syd are deceased.

The Hampton Roads Daily Press ran an article on June 20, 2015 entitled "Poet's Love for Wife Lives on."
The article notes that in 2014 John Ogden lost his wife of fifty-seven years to multiple sclerosis.
Following her death he wrote "Elegy" in her memory. It was selected as the Reader's Choice in the Daily Press Poetry Contest.
The article goes on to explain how Dorothy assisted John, a member of the Poetry Society of Virginia, with his poetry and explains how he conducts his writing process along with his advice for aspiring authors/poets.
The Class of 1955's Poet Laureate, John's poems can be found in our Reunion Reports and in the recently published Class Chap Book.

The April 13 edition of The Boston Globe ran a front page article entitled "Building a haven for young, homeless in Harvard Square" which notes that two Harvard recent graduates head an effort to open a student run shelter for homeless youths in the basement of the First Parish in Cambridge.
PBHA's Class of 1955 executive director Maria Dominguez Gray believes that this effort "could be a game-changer."

The Saratoga News noted that Audry Lynch was honored at the 2014 Hollywood Festival of Books last July for her book The Rebel Figure in American Literature and Film. Audry is now working on a book about Mark Twain and his travels to Bermuda.

Walter Cabot holds forth on the early days of Harvard's Endowment

A Historical Perspective from HMC’s first President and CEO, Walter Cabot
June 2014
Walter Cabot served as Harvard Management Company’s first President and CEO from 1974 to 1991, more than tripling the value of the endowment to approximately $5 billion. Mr. Cabot established HMC’s internal trading platform and was one of the early pioneers to explore alternative investment strategies. We recently interviewed Mr. Cabot to discuss his experiences in establishing HMC, building a team of talented investment professionals, and evolving the portfolio to meet the long-term needs of Harvard University.

Harvard Magazine OnLine
provides Harvard related articles from around the web.
An 03/06/14 posted article entitled "How Tommy Amaker Has Transformed Harvard" notes that Cliff Alexander was instrumental in convincing Tommy that he should take the head basketball coach's position at Harvard.

Fred Church noted that the Saturday, January 18th issue of the Wall Street Journal's Commentary, "The Intelligent Investor," features pictures of Dean LeBaron and provides Dean's forthright suggestions on how investors should think about today's markets.

On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, The Boston Globe's "G Section" ran a nice article entitled
"For Phil Villers, helping feed the world is in the bag."
Phil runs a company called GrainPro, Inc. out of Concord, MA. The impermeable polyvinylchloride bags are used in 97 developing countries to store food products protecting them from insects and/or rodents.
Phil notes he graduated from Harvard in 1955 along with David Halberstam, "a great Guy."

A recent press release from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court announced that one of the 12 Access to Justice Commission's 2013 Pro Bono Fellows will be Bats Wheeler.
"Fellows are expected to meet once a month with community leaders, legal services providers, and public interest organizations, among others, to share experiences and ideas to better assist the needs of the communities they will be serving." Bats will provide 10 to 20 hours per week from September 2013 until June 2014.

A recent article in the Boston Globe notes that the Honorable Bruce Seyla, Senior Judge of the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is concerned whether James "Whitey" Bulger can receive a fair trial before US District Judge Richard G. Sterns. In a later edition, the Globe notes that Bruce wrote an opinion for the Court that upholds the buffer zone law for Massachusetts abortion clinics affirming a decision by US District Judge Joseph L.Tauro last February.

Bats Wheeler reports that the September 20, 2012 issue of the Cape Cod Chronicle noted that Arthur “Pete” Watson threw in the towel after many years of volunteer service to the Town of Harwich, MA. Pete tendered resignations from the finance committee, capital outlay committee, where he served as chairman, and the wastewater implementation committee effective Sept. 30.
Town Administrator James Merriam said of Watson’s announcement:
"He has contributed greatly to Harwich’s future and we wish to thank him for his service."
On the adjoining page there was a picture of Pete and Anne riding in a beach buggy, circa 1925, and under the picture the following:
"Arthur 'Pete' Watson and his wife Anne were the Grand Marshals in the {Cranberry Festival} parade. The Watsons have been longtime volunteers in the community, especially with the Harwich Family Pantry."

The Sunday, May 12, 2012 New York Times ran an article on the troubles of the New York law Firm Dewey & LeBoeuf with a picture of David Bicks, a partner in the firm for 40 years. David is one of four retired partners who have been appointed an official committee to have a voice in the firm's banckruptcy proceedings.


Mandatory Credit: Lia Toby/WENN.com:

Corisande Grahame and her daughter, Revel Guest and Rob at the UK premiere of War Horse - London, England - 01.08.12

The film War Horse, which opened in cinemas recently, was conceived one May during the Welsh border festival by its chairman Revel Guest, Rob Albert's wife.
Revel, an acclaimed documentary-maker, had read Michael Morpurgo’s book 10 years previously and loved it, and thought it would make a great film.

One of Steven Spielberg’s representatives who had seen the West End play of Morpurgo’s book got in touch and in six months it became the director’s main project, with Revel as executive producer.
Amid all the elation surrounding the film, there is one sad note. Rob and Revel's six-year-old grandson Tom Grahame died of a brain tumour over a year ago. A charitable trust has been set up in his name and Revel has hosted two screenings of War Horse for the fund.

Howard McElroy sent along the following article from "Dealbook:"
"Want to buy a piece of the Empire State Building? Interested investors are one step closer.
The Malkin family disclosed plans to create a publicly traded real estate company that would include the 102-story skyscraper at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street, according to papers filed Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The plans were first reported in April. Two other buildings controlled by Anthony E. Malkin and his father, Peter L. Malkin — 1 Grand Central Place, a 55-story, 1.3-million-square-foot building across 42nd Street from Grand Central Terminal, and a 26-story building at 250 West 57th Street — would be part of the publicly traded real estate company."

Peter Benes and his wife Jane Montague Benes are the recipients of this year's Bay State Legacy Award. Peter and Jane are synonymous with the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife. As founders of this more than 30-year series of conferences and publications, they have helped professional and avocational historians alike explore an extraordinary range of subjects in the everyday life, work, and culture of the Commonwealth and the region. In dozens of co-edited volumes, and publications from the 1977 Masks of Orthodoxy to the forthcoming Meetinghouses of Early New England, the breadth and depth of Peter and Jane's contributions to Massachusetts History are unequalled.

Jim Pates brings to our attention that Hendrik Hertzberg '65 writes in the May 2nd edition of The New Yorker (The Talk of the Town) "The Presidential candidacy as (a) joke is a perennial sideshow along the raucous midway of the American political carnival," noting that sometimes the candidate is a cartoon, naming our honorary classmate Pogo. Many of us thought Pogo a serious contender with a clairvoyant view of our future when he uttered the famous words "we have met the enemy and he is us."

The Boston Globe ran a picture of the unveiling of a statue of "the Teammates" outside of Fenway Park, inspired by David Halberstam's book on the subject.
Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky and Dom Dimaggio are portrayed. Attending the ceremony were Pesky, DiMaggio's widow Emily, and Doerr.


Photo by Stan Grossfeld / Globe Staff

WARREN LITTLE, Harvard Class of 1955, buttoning up his coat at chilly Harvard Stadium for the 125th Harvard-Yale game, Nov. 22, 2008:
"I'm wearing my father's great raccoon coat here. He's from the Class of '23. It keeps me warm. I've worn it to every Harvard-Yale game. Oh God, I've gone to over 50. Everyone wants to buy it. The EMTs just wanted to buy it a minute ago. I've gotten a lot of offers for it. It's got a nice pocket in it that will take a full fifth without being seen. It goes back to Prohibition days, I think. I haven't had problems [with animal rights groups] yet. If they put something on it, it better be crimson in color."












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