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08/19/17:

Harvard Class of 1955
Class Committee Meeting
August 2, 2017

Pursuant to a notice duly given, a copy of which is filed preceding the Minutes of the Meeting, a Meeting of the Harvard Class of 1955 Class Committee was held at the offices of the Harvard Alumni Association, 6th Floor, 124 Auburn Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

There were present the following Harvard and Radcliffe Class Committee members:
Charles A. Arena
, Phyllis Yood Beineke, Robert S. Blacklow, Malcolm M. Davis, Murray H. Helfant, Warren M. Little, Richard H. Marson, Alfred W. Rossow, Jr, and Richard F. Zwetsch.
Proxy votes were received from Geoffrey H. Ball, James E. Barrett, Walter M. Cabot, Joan Canzanelli, Francis H. Duehay, Carl A. Goldman, Arnold C. Greenberg, Alan H. Hammerman, Gerald A. Lewis, Peter L. Malkin, Daniel K. Mayers, James J. Pates. Jr., Rebekah Ketchum Richardson, Arthur G. Tallas, David S. Watts, Bancroft Wheeler, and David S. Wise.


Call to Order and Welcome:

Chairman Renny Little called the meeting to order at 11:20 A.M. and declared a quorum present. He noted 17 proxy votes received from those unable to attend and welcomed all, noting that Goeff Ball, Mickey Hammerman, Peter Malkin, and Jim Pates sent their best. Renny expressed his thanks for the nice notes and calls he has received in connection with his receiving the Harvard Medal at Commencement. He also thanked John Prince and Erin Mackey Kisler for setting up the meeting and the lunch to follow.


Roll Call of Deceased Harvard Classmates Recorded Since August 3, 2016:

Renny then read the names of 25 Harvard classmates who had been recorded as deceased since the last Class Committee meeting on August 3, 2016 and noted that Becky Richardson is in the process of updating the Radcliffe Class of 1955 necrology. The current list can be found on the class website http://www.harvardclassof1955.org.

Upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was unanimously

VOTED: to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the August, 3 2016 Committee meeting, accept them as distributed, and place them of file.

Treasurer's Report: (See Fuel)


Old Business:

Phyllis Yood Beineke reported on Radcliffe's reunions at Jean Hardy Little's home in Cambridge last year and this spring at North Hill in Needham, hosted by Claire Pirani Russell and her husband John. Classmates carpooled to get there, and enjoyed the traditional "Circle" with all in attendance contributing.

Charlie Arena reported on a pleasant dinner at the Stockyard hosted by Dick Marson the night before The Game. 40 to 45 classmates, wives and friends were in attendance, including Dave Bicks, Wally Bregman, Carl Goldman, Clark McCartney and Roger Vaglia from a far.

The past year's three Boston BURP luncheons held at the Downtown Harvard Club, Carl Goldman spoke on "EdX" at the fall luncheon. John Schuler on "Sages and Seekers" in December and Harry Martin came up from Connecticut "Ernest Hemingway and his Four Wives" in May. Charlie thanked Phyllis Yood Beineke for her service on the BURP Committee.

Jonathan Steinberg spoke on "Brexit" at a New York luncheon last March.
Charlie also reported the bad news that our usual Commencement room in Hollis 7 was occupied and we were moved over to Holworthy Hall. The good news was that we had our own bathroom. We were joined by the Class of '48, but nobody showed up.


Class Technology Officer Bud Helfant reported on the Class website,
http://www.harvardclassof1955.org.
There were approximately 2500 hits this last year.
In Memoriam lists 489 classmates deceased as of July 17, 2017 with 668 classmates still believed to be on this earth.
The class published two issues of the Addendum.


The Committee thanked Bud for his continued high maintenance of the site, and upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was

VOTED: to ratify all actions taken to promote class activities during the academic
year 2016-2017.

New Business:

Charlie Arena reported on three BURP luncheons scheduled for the 2017-'18.
Wednesday, October 4, Renny Little will speak on "The Society of the Cincinnati,"
Wednesday, December 6, Stephen Blacklow, MD, PhD will speak "From Bench to Bedside: the importance of fundamental discovery as an essential platform for [bio-medical] application."
Wednesday, May 2, 2018, Margaret Grant Brace will speak on "The Right to Dry."
Luncheons continue to be held at the downtown Harvard Club at $40/person, the same cost as last year.


New York area classmates will have lunch on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 12 Noon at the Harvard Club of New York.
Ann Satterthwaite, '53 will speak on "Local Glories; Opera Houses on Main Street where Art and Community Meet."
The cost will be $50.
Speakers in both Boston and New York are scarce. Discussion followed on whether to continue the luncheons. The BURP Committee and New York Committee will consider future luncheons next June.

The Arena Club will meet prior to home football games just inside Gate 16. A chartered bus will take us to The Game. Cost, $55/person. We need to fill 33 of 52 seats to break even. It was the sense of the meeting to open seating to other Harvard classes. Renny will notify 1954,'56, and '57 Class Secretaries and ask them to contact classmates. Those interested will contact Charlie. Seats go to classmates and friends first, those still available will be filled first come-first served More information on activities in the fall edition of the Addendum.

Commencement will be on May 24, 2018. Charlie noted that we may wish to request the room in Holworthy again as it provides a bathroom.

Other Business:

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 12:40 P.M., followed by lunch with many of the HAA staff, sponsored by the Class.

Respectfully submitted,

Warren M. Little
Chairman


08/17/16:


Harvard Class of 1955
Class Committee Meeting
August 3, 2016


Pursuant to a notice duly given, a copy of which is filed preceding the Minutes of the Meeting, a Meeting of the Harvard Class of 1955 Class Committee was held at the offices of the Harvard Alumni Association, 6th Floor, 124 Auburn Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

There were present the following Harvard and Radcliffe Class Committee members: Charles A. Arena, Phyllis Yood Beineke, Joan Canzanelli, Malcolm M. Davis, Francis H. Duehay, Murray H. Helfant, Warren M. Little, Richard H. Marson, Alfred W. Rossow, Jr., David B. Watts, David S.Wise, and Richard F. Zwetsch. Also present were Harvard Alumni Association staff members, Erin Mackey Kistler and John Larracey Prince.
Proxy votes were received from James E. Barrett, Walter M. Cabot, Carl A. Goldman, Arnold C. Greenberg,
Alan H. Hammerman, Gerald A. Lewis, Peter L. Malkin, Daniel K. Mayers, James J. Pates, Jr., and Bancroft R. Wheeler.

Call to Order and Welcome:

Chairman Renny Little called the meeting to order at 11:15 A.M. and declared a quorum present. He noted ten proxy votes received from those unable to attend and welcomed all, noting that the HAA set up a Conference Call, but classmates unable to attend were also unable to call in. After a round of introductions, he expressed his thanks to Erin Mackey Kistler and John Prince for setting up the meeting and the lunch to follow.

Roll Call of Deceased Classmates Recorded Since May 26, 2015:

Renny then asked for a minute of silence and read the names of 31 Harvard and six Radcliffe classmates who had been recorded as deceased since the last Class Committee meeting on May 26, 2015.

Jeremy DuQ. Adams
, May 2, 2016
James Patterson Anthony, July 5, 2015
Andrew G. Aronfy, August 11, 2013
Varick M. Bacon, September 11, 2015
Harold T. Becher, February 7, 2016
David A. Berndt, July 3, 2016
Richard E. Boden, March 2, 2016
Dennis E. Brown, March 15, 2016
Edward R. Brown, June 23, 2015
Robert A. Brown, June 14, 2015
John J. Desmond, III, January 8, 2016
Wyman L. Emery, February 16, 2016
Louis Goldberg
, March 3, 2016
Logan A. Griffin, September 1, 2015
Mary Ann Sedgwick Harvey, December 14, 2013
Maurice M. Henkels, Jr. May 19, 2015
Eva Nebauer Jacob, May 15, 2016
Richard D. Kaplan, January 21, 2016
Jerre G. Kneip, October 31, 2015
Milton J. Kostick, January 11, 2016
Clinton Levin, November 7, 2015
Roger Machanic, May 10, 2016
Neta Salberg Meier, December 12, 2015
Roy J. Morton, July 3, 2015
Peter A. Ottaviano, October 3, 2015
Gordon J. Palmer, May 31, 2016
Nancy Ham Potter, June 21, 2016
Harry P. Sacks, June 6, 2016
Theodore J. Sandberg, May 17, 2015
Richard J. Selig, May 10, 2016
Sydney H. Schanberg, July 9, 2016
Gerald M. Slaven, December 11, 2015
Herbert L.Triedman, November 28, 2015
Gabrielle Iglesias VanZuylen, July 3, 2010
Arthur F. "Pete" Watson, July 23, 2016,
Thomas A. Whedon, March 23, 2016
Lucy Bayard Wood, November 21, 2015

Upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was unanimously

VOTED: to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the May 26, 2015 Committee meeting, accept them as distributed, and place them of file.


Treasurer's Report:

Treasurer Dick Zwetsch directed those present to his written report including the eleven year summary on the second page. This report covers 14 months, since our last meeting was during our 60th Reunion.
During the past year 166 classmates (including 14 from Radcliffe) paid dues totaling $5,950.00.
The number of classmates giving was the lowest in the past 11 years and the dollar amount was the lowest since September, 2010.
Dues were increased four years ago.

Income for the 14 months ending June 30, 2016 was $9,654.37 with expenses of $8,277.30 resulting in income exceeding expenses by $1,377.07. The major change was the net surplus of $3,959 for the 60th Reunion which was the result of the Class Report and Chap Book Surplus of $13,061 and a Reunion deficit of $9,102.
Expenses for the BURP Luncheons in Boston and the New York Luncheons were up slightly as both groups met in May, 2015 that would normally have been in the previous year.
The cash position was $20,281.77 as of June 3, 2016.

Upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was unanimously

VOTED: to accept the Treasurer's report and place it on file.
The Committee thanked Dick for his continued fine job in managing the Class treasury, and distributing information to Committee members.

Class Assistance Fund Report:

Chairman David Wise and Treasurer Dick Zwetsch reported that during the past 14 months CAF has made 1 gift of $4,000 to one classmate.
In addition, 38 gifts were made in memory of deceased classmates totaling $950. The Fund received non-tax deductible contributions of $4,895 from 81 classmates (including $755 from 7 Radcliffe classmates) compared to $5,628 from 96 classmates last year and $5,015 from 97 classmates the previous year.

The Fund, since it started, has received contributions totaling $82,633 from 249 different classmates and has made gifts of $70,808 to 12 different classmates and 207 Memorial gifts totaling $5,175.

As of June 30, 2016 the Fund had a current balance of $13,668.42. Upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was unanimously

VOTED: to accept the Class Assistance Fund report and place it on file, with thanks to David, Dick and Committee members for their efforts on behalf of classmates in need.

Old Business:

Charlie Arena reported on the past year's three Boston BURP luncheons held at the Downtown Harvard Club.
Gene Corbin spoke on "Public Service at Harvard College" in the fall.
Arnold Howe
spoke on the "Divas" in December.
Rebekah Richardson spoke on "Remembering Elliot Richardson" in May.

Carl Goldman also held two luncheons at the Harvard Club of New York City.
Harry Martin
spoke on "Hemingway and His Wives."
Pollster Mickey Carroll spoke on "The Roll of Polls in Presidential Elections."

Charlie noted that the Class had a successful trip on a chartered bus to The Game and a good crowd in Hollis 8 at Commencement before lunch at the Tree Spread.

The class published two issues of the Addendum and Bud Helfant reported on the decision to purchase our own class website (http://www.harvardclassof1955.org) rather than using the free one offered by the HAA. Ours has allowed us to preserve our files and pictures from previous years back to 2006.
The committee thanked Bud for all of his time and efforts to restore the website and to maintain it over the years
.

Phyllis Beineke reported that local Radcliffe classmates had met for lunch at Jean Hardy Little's last April.

Upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was unanimously

VOTED: to ratify all actions taken to promote class activities during the academic
year 2015-2016.

New Business:
Treasurer Dick Zwetsch raised the issue of class dues. He noted that the last raise to $30 was four years ago and with fewer classmates contributing, we could use an additional estimated $750 to cover the raising cost of printing the class newsletters. There was general agreement to continue to publish them, and after further discussion, and upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was unanimously

VOTED: to raise the class dues and additional $5.00 to $35.00.

Charlie Arena noted that a New York luncheon will be held on October 19th at The Harvard Club of New York Harry Martin will speak in "'Ernest Hemingway and his Wives."
He then reported that three Boston BURP luncheons are scheduled for the 2016-17 year:
On Wednesday, October 5th, Carl Goldman will speak on "EdX,"
On Wednesday, December 7, John Schuler will speak on "Sages and Seekers,"
and on May 3rd, Harry Martin will speak on " Ernest Hemingway and his Wives."
Luncheons will continue to be held at the downtown Harvard Club at the same cost as last year.

The Arena Club will meet prior to home football games probably just inside of Gate 16 before afternoon games. Charlie suggested that classmates call him or Dick Zwetsch to be sure of the event and the location.

All classmates, spouses and guests will be invited to dinner at the Stockyard in Brighton, MA on Friday, November 18th, the night before The Game. Notice will posted in the fall Addendum and there will be the usual libations in Hollis prior to lunch at the Tree Spread at Commencement on May 25, 2017.

Other Business:

Phyllis Beineke noted that the Radcliffe .org Class was planning an activity with the Schlesinger Library some time in the future.

Dick Marson expressed a need for more volunteers to make calls for the Harvard College Fund. The class will hold phonathons in the coming year, and classmates can take home names to call.

There being no further business, and upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was unamously

VOTED: to adjourn the meeting at 12:30 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Warren M. Little, Chairman


Back row: Bud Helfant, David Watts, Renny Little, Charlie Arena, Al Rossow, Dick Zwetsch, Frank Duehay
Front Row: Dick Marson, David Wise, Malcolm Davis, Joan Canzanelli, Phyllis Beineke


07/13/16:
Chairman Renny Little has called a meeting of the Harvard Class of 1955 Class Committee to be held at the offices of the Harvard Alumni Association, 126 Mt. Auburn St., 6th Floor in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM to:
1. Review the Class financial status and Class Assistance Fund.
2. Hear reports from Class committee Officers, Chairs, and Agents.
3. Transact such further business as may properly come before the meeting.
Luncheon with members of the HAA staff will follow.
Classmates who wish to attend, or have business they wish to come before the meeting should contact Renny at renlittle@comcast.net or call 6i7-491-3937.

06/27/16:

Annual Class Committee Meeting

The Harvard Class of 1955's Class Committee will hold its annual meeting at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at the Offices of the Harvard Alumni Association, 128 Mt. Auburn St., 6th Floor. Luncheon will follow.
Classmates who have business to bring before the meeting should contact Secretary Renny Little (renlittle@comcast.net, 617-491-3937) ASAP to be sure that it is placed on the agenda.

06/19/15:

Harvard Class of 1955
Class Committee Meeting

May 26, 2015


Pursuant to a notice duly given, a copy of which is filed preceding the Minutes of the Meeting, a Meeting of the Harvard Class of 1955 Class Committee was held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

There were present the following Harvard and Radcliffe Class Committee members: Charles A. Arena, James E. Barrett, Robert S. Blacklow, Malcolm M. Davis, Francis H. Duehay, Carl A. Goldman, Alan H. Hammerman, Murray H. Helfant, William A. Lawrence, Warren M. Little, Peter L. Malkin, Richard H. Marson, Alfred W. Rossow, Jr., Bancroft R. Wheeler, David S. Wise, and Richard F. Zwetsch. Also present was George MacDonald.

Proxy votes were received from Walter M. Cabot, Arnold C. Greenberg, Gerald A. Lewis, Daniel K. Mayers, James J. Pates, Jr., and Arthur G. Tallas, as well as those attending the meeting.


Call to Order and Welcome:

Chairman Renny Little called the meeting to order at 4:40 PM and declared a quorum present.

Roll Call of Deceased Classmates Recorded Since July 31, 2014:

Upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was unanimously

VOTED: to dispense with the Roll Call of Deceased Classmates as the names were honored at the Memorial Service held Tuesday morning.

VOTED: to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the July 31, 2013 Committee meeting, accept them as distributed, and place them of file.

Treasurer's Report:


Treasurer Dick Zwetsch directed those present to his written report including the eleven year summary on the second page. During the past year 233 classmates (including 19 from Radcliffe) paid dues totaling $7,331. The number of classmates giving was the highest in the last 4 years and the dollar amount was the highest except for 2 years ago. Dues were increased three years ago. Income for the ten months ending April 30, 2014 was $7,331.44 with expenses of $6,258.95 resulting in income exceeding expenses by $1,1,072.49. The major changes in expenses were the double mailing of the Addendum last fall, no Commencement Day expense (part of the reunion this year) and finally receiving a long overdue $1,469.87 credit for our 55th Reunion 5 years ago.

The cash position was $18,904.47 as of April 30, 2014.

Upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was unanimously

VOTED: to accept the Treasurer's report and place it on file.


The Committee thanked Dick for his continued fine job in managing the Class treasury, and distributing information to Committee members.

Class Assistance Fund Report:

Chairman David Wise and Treasurer Zwetsch reported that as of May 26, 2015, CAF made 2 gifts totaling $6,000 to two classmates, including one from Radcliffe. In addition 27 gifts were made in memory of deceased classmates totaling $675.

The Fund received non-tax deductible contributions of $5,628 from 96 classmates (including $873 from 8 Radcliffe classmates) compared to $5,015 from 97 classmates through July of last year. and $6,640 from 102 classmates the previous year. This amount in numbers is about the same as last year in dollars is up from last year.

The Fund, since it started, has received contributions totaling $76,838 from 245 different classmates and has made gifts of $61,633 to11 different classmates and 187 Memorial gifts totaling $4,675.


As of April 30, 2015 the Fund had a current balance of $13,723,42.

VOTED: to accept the Class Assistance Fund report and place it on file, with thanks to David, Dick and CAF Committee members for their efforts on behalf of classmates in need.


Dick Marson provided the current amount for FY 2015 for our 60th Class Gift. for Agents Carl Goldman, Bill Lawrence, Peter Malkin and David Watts. To date the Class has contributed $22,900,000 to the Harvard College Fund. The Rittenburg Discretionary Track Fund is over $26,000 and Manuscript Processing Fund and the Schlesinger Library total is over $7500. Carl, Peter and Dick thanked. the Gift Committee for its support in soliciting classmates. Efforts will continue through June 30th to increase the total and to set a new record of 60% total givers.

Old Business:

Charlie Arena reported on the past year's three Boston BURP luncheons held at the Downtown Harvard Club Hugo Van Vuuren spoke on " The Evolution of Entrepreneurship at Harvard from Microsoft to Kensho." and Jean Hardy Little spoke on "Immigration in Cambridge," and in May 6, 2015 Betty Porada spoke on "Laughter in the Courtroom."
Carl Goldman also held three luncheons at the Harvard Club of New York City. George Baum, Paul Grand and Michael Finkelstein were the speakers.

The class published two issues of the Addendum and Bud Helfant reported an increase in Class website viewers. Upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was

VOTED: to ratify all actions taken to promote class activities during the academic year 2013-2014.

New Business:

Charlie Arena reported that the BURP Committee anticipated holding three luncheons during the 2015-16 year. It will meet in June to review potential Luncheon speakers
A New York luncheon will be held on September 29, at The Harvard Club of New York. Kathy Fergenson Schreedar will be the speaker.

The Arena Club will meet as usual prior to home football games just inside of Gate 16, and Charlie will be hiring the bus for The Game at Yale on November 21, 2015. The Class will hold forth in Hollis 7 & 8 on Commencement Day, May 26, 2016 prior to lunch at the Tree Spread.

Chairman Little brought up the subject of appointing an Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer. No action was recommended or taken.

Other Business:

The Committee approved seven resolutions and presented one to Bud Helfant in honor of his efforts as the Class Webmaster. The others were presented at the Class dinner Tuesday night, and the clambake on Wednesday night.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 5:35 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,


Warren M. Little
Chairman

 

 

08/22/14:

Harvard Class of 1955
Class Committee Meeting
July 30, 2014

Pursuant to a notice duly given, a copy of which is filed preceding the Minutes of the Meeting, a Meeting of the Harvard Class of 1955 Class Committee was held at the offices of the Harvard Alumni Association, 6th Floor, 124 Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts

There were present the following Harvard and Radcliffe Class Committee members: Charles A. Arena, Phyllis Yood Beineke, Robert S. Blacklow, Malcolm M. Davis, Francis H. Duehay, Alma Finneran, Murray H. Helfant, William A. Lawrence, Warren M. Little, Richard H. Marson, James J. Pates, Jr., Alfred W. Rossow, Jr., Ann Besser Scott, David B. Watts, David S. Wise, Bancroft R. Wheeler, and Richard F. Zwetsch.

Also present, Harvard Alumni Association staff members, Courtney Shurtleff, Kailey Walsh and Britany Malic and Harvard College Fund Assistant Director Sarah Zello and Assistant Molly Perkins,
Proxy votes were received from James E. Barrett, Walter M. Cabot, Carl A. Goldman, Arnold C. Greenberg, Alan H. Hammerman, Gerald A. Lewis, Jean Hardy Little, Peter L. Malkin, Daniel K. Mayers, and Arthur G. Tallis.

Call to Order and Welcome:

Chairman Renny Little called the meeting to order at 11:15 A.M. and declared a quorum present. He noted ten proxy votes received from those unable to attend and welcomed all, noting that Mickey Hammerman and Peter Malkin sent theirbest. After a round of introductions, he expressed his thanks to Kailey Walsh and Brittany Badik for setting up the meeting and the lunch to follow.

Roll Call of Deceased Classmates Recorded Since July 31, 2014:

Renny then asked for a minute of silence and read the names of 21 Harvard classmates who had been recorded as deceased since the last Class Committee meeting on July 31, 2013. Peter D. Alden, September 23, 2013, Charles Bechhoefer, July 30, 2013, Jerald S. Brodkey, May 20, 2013, Michael J. Cambern, March 10, 2011, Raymond F. Chen, November 14, 2012, Edward S. Gleason, October 31, 2013, Allen R. Grossman, June 27, 2014, Frederick M. Hodge, Jr., August 19, 2013, Arnold M. Illman, September 20, 2013, Kenneth Kanrich, September 4, 2013, Daniel S. Koltun, April 9, 2014, Robert E. Laskow, December 21, 2013, Francis X. Mahoney, March 28, 2014, Douglas G. Marshall, October 31, 2013, Bucknam (“Jack”) McPeek, December 26, 2013, Leo A. Raphaelian, May 21, 2014, David Sears, January 18, 2014, Robert B. Stimpson, January 31, 2014, Richard H. Ullman, March 11, 2014, Joab L.Thomas, March 3, 2014, Peter T. Winans, May 31, 2014.

Upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was unanimously

VOTED: to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the July 31, 2013 Committee meeting, accept them as distributed, and place them on file.

Treasurer’s Report:

Treasurer Dick Zwetsch directed those present to his written report. During the past year 201 classmates (including 17 from Radcliffe) paid dues totaling $6,545.00. The number of classmates giving was the lowest in 5 years and the dollar amount was about equal to two years ago. Dues were increased two years ago.

Income for the year ending June 30, 2014 was $6,545.00 with expenses of $7,765.65 resulting in expenses exceeding income by $1,220.65. Reduced dues collections, I suspect, are in large part due to our inescapable demographics: 69 classmates passed away between our 50th and 55th reunions and 74 passed away in the four years since our 55th

Expenses for the BURP luncheons increased slightly due primarily to increased costs from the Boston Harvard Club. Expenses for the NY luncheons stayed within the guidelines established by the Class Committee three years ago.

The cash position of $18,832.47 as of June 30, 2014 is down from a year ago reflecting that expenses exceeded income.

Upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was unanimously

VOTED: to accept the Treasurer’s report and place it on file.

The Committee thanked Dick for his continued fine job in managing the Class treasury, and distributing information to Committee members.

Class Assistance Fund Report:

Chairman David Wise and Treasurer Dick Zwetsch reported that during the past year CAF has made 1 gift totaling $2,400 to a classmate, one whom we have helped in the past. In addition 27 gifts were made in memory of deceased classmates totaling $675.

The Fund received non-tax deductible contributions of $4,695 from 90 classmates (including $325 from 9 Radcliffe classmates) compared to $6,640 from 102 classmates last year and $6,835 from 99 classmates the previous year. This is the smallest amount in numbers and in dollars in the last five years.

The Fund, since it started, has received contributions totaling $71,210 from 240 different classmates and has made gifts of $59,633 to 9 different classmates and 160 Memorial gifts totaling $4,000.

As of June 30, 2014 the Fund had a current balance of $14,778.77.

VOTED: to accept the Class Assistance Fund report and place it on file, with thanks to David, Dick and Committee members for their efforts on behalf of classmates in need.

Harvard College Fund report:

Dick Marson provided the numbers for FY 2014 for our Class Fund Agents Carl Goldman, Bill Lawrence, Peter Malkin, and David Watts. The Class contributed $394,179 to the Harvard College Fund. There were 449 donors, representing 53.57% of the Class, which was over the goal of 50%. Dick noted that although The College no longer holds evening phonations, he did initiate a day-long effort which proved successful. Dick thanked. all Harvard and Radcliffe classmates who made calls on behalf of the Class.

Old Business:

Charlie Arena reported on the past year’s three Boston BURP luncheons held at the Downtown Harvard Club. Evelyne Albrecht Schwaber spoke "Journey with Patients" in the fall, Jim Barrett spoke on the "Isle of Shoals and Celia Baxter" in December, and Bruce Selya spoke on "The Use of Language in Crafting Judicial Opinions" in May.
Carl Goldman also held three luncheons at the Harvard Club of New York City.
Elinor Fuchs, Steve Lowey’s wife Nina, and Paul Grand were the speakers.

Phyllis Beineke reported on Radcliffe’s mini-reunion held last fall at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA. Many classmates attended although transportation was a challenge as fewer classmates are driving.

The class published two issues of the Addendum and Bud Helfant reported an increase in Class website viewers. Upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was

VOTED: to ratify all actions taken to promote class activities during the academic year 2013-2014.

New Business:

Charlie Arena reported that three BURP luncheons are scheduled for the 2014-15 year: Wednesday, October 8th, Hugo Van Vuuren will speak on his “XFund.” On Wednesday, December 3, Jean Hardy Little on “Immigration in Cambridge.” and in May Betty Porada will speak on a date and subject TBA. Luncheons willcontinue to be held at the downtown Harvard Club. at the same cost as last year.
Charlie reported that the Harvard Club will provide amplification this year, at no cost to the Class.

A New York luncheon will be held in October at The Harvard Club of New York City. George Baum will be the speaker on a date TBA

The Arena Club will meet as usual prior to home football games just inside of Gate 16. All classmates, spouses and guests are invited to a pre-reunion dinner at the Stockyard in Brighton, MA on Friday, November 21, the night before The Game.

Mickey Hammerman will host a pre-reunion affair in Chicago (‘if there are still classmates in the area”) More information on reunion activities will be provided in the fall edition of the Addendum.

Bob Blacklow and Ann Besser Scott provided the latest plans for the 60th Reunion which will be held on May 25-28 (Harvard) and 29 (Radcliffe). We will all be housed in the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. The schedule is pretty well finalized and discussion centered on Harvard and Radcliffe seminars.

David Wise reported on the 1955 Class Poetry Chap Book . There are over 20 entries to date. He is still soliciting poems.

Renny and Jean will be getting out the 60th Reunion Class Report. It will be a “Flip Book” which will contain both Harvard and Radcliffe reports.

Renny will be initiating the “Rittenburg Fund” with the Friends of Harvard Track to raise money for hurdlers to participate in the Harvard-Yale-Oxford-Cambridge track meets. Classmates will receive class credit for their gift.

Other Business:

Courtney Shurtleff noted that Phillip Lovejoy has replaced Jack Reardon as the Executive Director of the HAA. She gave a brief presentation on HAA activities taking place to strengthen ties with graduates between reunions.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 12:40 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Warren M. Little
Chairman


09/17/13:


Harvard Class of 1955
Class Committee Meeting
July 31, 2013


Pursuant to a notice duly given, a copy of which is filed preceding the Minutes of the Meeting, a Meeting of the Harvard Class of 1955 Class Committee was held at the offices of the Harvard Alumni Association, 6th Floor, 124 Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts at 11:00 A.M.

There were present the following Class Committee members: James E. Barrett, Jr., Phyllis Yood Beineke, Robert S. Blacklow, Joan Canzanelli, Malcolm M. Davis, Francis H. Duehay, Warren M. Little, Richard H. Marson, Alfred W. Rossow, Jr., David S. Wise, Bancroft R. Wheeler, and Richard F. Zwetsch. Also present, Harvard College Fund Assistant Director Mary Preston. Harvard Alumni Association staff members, Emily Dashawetz, Diane MacDonald, and Deborah Smullyan joined us for lunch.


Proxy votes were received from Charles A. Arena, Geoffrey H. Ball, Walter M. Cabot, Carl A. Goldman, Arnold C. Greenberg, Alan H. Hammerman, Gerald A. Lewis, Peter L. Malkin, Daniel K. Mayers, James J. Pates, Jr., Arthur G. Tallis, and David B. Watts.

Call to Order and Welcome:


Chairman Renny Little called the meeting to order at 11:15 A.M. and declared a quorum present. He noted twelve proxy votes received from those unable to attend and welcomed all. After a round of introductions, he expressed his thanks to Courtney Shurtleff and Kalie Walsh for setting up the meeting and the lunch to follow. Renny noted that the Class was pleased to welcome HAA staff members who joined us for lunch. Renny also noted that Charlie Arena is attending a wedding and Ellie Drachman is recovering from broken leg.


Roll Call of Deceased Classmates since August 1, 2012:

Renny then asked for a minute of silence and read the names of 18 Harvard and Radcliffe Classmates who had died since the last Class Committee meeting on August 3, 2011. Corning Benton, Jr. March 20, 2013, Burton Berkley, April 3, 2013, William E. Bridges, February 17, 2013, John Edwards, May 20, 2013, H. David Fish, January 26, 2013 Chandler Gregg, January 14, 2013, Edward C. Hinckley, November 22, 2012, David E. Levine, June 3, 2013, John A. Maxwell, November 19, 2012, Gabor B.L. Miskolczy, July 23, 1022, Walter W. Newcombe, Jr., January 24, 2013, John David Poutasse, October 22, 2012, Eleanor Bronson Pyle, April 12, 2013, William D. Ticknor, III, July 20, 2011, Paul Van Valkenburg, June 25, 2013, Robert K. Watson, January 5, 2013, Loren L. Wyss, April 28, 2013, and William F. Yates, July 27, 2012


Upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was unanimously

VOTED: to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the August 1 2012 Committee meeting, accept them as distributed, and place them of file.


Treasurer's Report:

Treasurer Dick Zwetsch directed those present to his written report including the nine year summary on the second page. During the past year 218 classmates (including 12 from Radcliffe) paid dues totaling $6,980. The number of classmates giving was down 14% from a year ago but the dollar amount was the highest in the past seven years, reflecting the increase in dues to $30. Income for the year ending June 30, 2011 was $6,980.00 with expenses of $8,469.55 resulting in expenses exceeding income by $1,489.55. The cost of printing and mailing the Addendum continues to increase about $200 a year. Expenses for the two New York luncheons of $381.90 was less than the guidelines approved at last year's Class Committee Meeting. Miscellaneous expenses include $810 for the projector used at BURP luncheons, which will save money going forward. The cash position of $20,164.84 as of June 30, 2012 is down from a year ago reflecting that expenses exceeded income.

Upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was unanimously

VOTED: to accept the Treasurer's report and place it on file.

The Committee thanked Dick for his continued fine job in managing the Class treasury, and distributing information to Committee members.

Class Assistance Fund Report:

Chairman David Wise and Treasurer Dick Zwetsch reported that during the past year CAF has made 3 gifts totaling $4,325 to two different classmates, one whom we have helped in the past. In addition 14 gifts were made in memory of deceased classmates totaling $350, seven to specific charities designated by the classmate's family and seven to the Harvard College Fund. The Fund received non-tax deductible contributions of $6,835 from 99 classmates (including $240 from 6 Radcliffe classmates) compared to $5,840 from 95 classmates last year and $3,285 from 62 classmates the previous year. This is the largest amount in numbers and dollars for the 17 years of the Fund's existence.

The Fund, since it started, has received contributions totaling $59,190 from 226 different classmates and has made gifts of $52,033 to 9 different classmates and 120 Memorial gifts totaling $3,000. As of June 30, 2012 the Fund has a current balance of $7,864.61.
Discussion made clear that Radcliffe classmates are also welcome to apply to the Fund for assistance. Phyllis Beineke will be sure that this is posted in Radcliffe's class newsletter. Phyllis and Jean Little are members of the Committee and Radcliffe classmates can contact them or David. Upon a motion duly made and seconded it was unanimously
VOTED: to accept the Class Assistance Fund report and place it on file, with thanks to David and his Committee members for their efforts on behalf of classmates in need.


Harvard College Fund report:

Dick Marson and Mary Preston reported that In FY 2013, the Class contributed $459,516 to the Harvard College Fund (Harvard $342,954 and Radcliffe $105,240). Of the $459,516 $188,099 was for immediate use. There were 413 donors, representing 48.14% of the Class (348 out of 697= 49.93% men and 65 out of 161 women = 40.37%). There were 65 Associate Donors. Dick reported that it was an good year, thanks to jobs well done by Head Class Agents Carl Goldman, Bill Lawrence, Peter Malkin, David Watts and Area Chairs - Marson's "militia" and Jim Carter's New York "callers" and their calling cadres. Dick called for more volunteer callers to replace the stellar job done in the past by our late classmates Bob Rittenburg and Bob Watson.

Old Business:

Bob Blacklow reported on the past year's three Boston BURP luncheons in the absence of Class Activities Chair Charlie Arena. Held at the Downtown Harvard Club, Ethel Sadowski spoke in the fall on "Vatican II: Fostering an Ongoing Dialogue." Renny Little's talk on "Robert Frost: His Cambridge Years" took place in December, and Gordon Graham provided "Penance for a Misspent Life" at the spring meeting. Herb Appleman spoke at the Harvard Club of NewYork luncheon on "The Making o f My Fair Lady," hosted by Carl Goldman. Last May Elinor Fuchs spoke on "My Adventures in Ageland: Professionalizing the Inevitable."
The Class continued to enjoy pre and post tailgates after football games, with a pre The Game dinner at a local restaurant organized by Dick Marson, Al Rossow and Roger Vaglia. A sizable group turned out for the tailgate gathering prior to The Game. Hollis 7 continued to be filled with classmates and friends after the Commencement in the morning before adjourning to the Tree Spread for lunch.
The Class published two issues of the Addendum, which was distributed to all classmates, widows and a selected list of additional people including HAA and HCF staff members and current and past Yale Class of 1955 secretaries. Entries continued to increase. Upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was

VOTED: to ratify all expenses for 2012-2013 class activities.

New Business:

Bob Blacklow reported on three BURP luncheons for the 2013-14 year:
On Tuesday, October 9,
Evelyne Albrecht Schwaber will speak on "Journey with Patients."
Wednesday, December 4, Jim Barrett on "The Isle of Shoals and Celia Thaxler," and on
Wednesday May 14, the Hon. Bruce Selya has tentatively selected to speak on "The Use of Language in Crafting Judicial Opinions."
Dinners will continue to be held at the downtown Harvard Club.
A New York luncheon will be held on October 8, at the Harvard Club of New York. Peter Malkin will speak on "The Rebirth of the Lincoln Center."
The Arena Club will meet prior to home football games just inside of Gate 16, and
Charlie has laid on a bus to take classmates to The Game on November 23. Details will be forthcoming in the fall Addendum. Commencement will be on Thursday, May 29, 2014, and Hollis 7 will be available prior to the Tree Spread.

Other Business:

Phyllis Beineke informed the meeting of Radcliffe '55's mini-reunion planned for September in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and asked if anyone knew of a possible site for a class retreat in the future.
Wally Bregman is holding a reception at his home after the Harvard-San Diego game on September 21. Classmates are cordially invited to attend. See details on the Class website.
David Wise enlisted poems for the Chap Book which will be published at the same time as the 60th Reunion Report.
Renny Little noted that he is exploring the idea of setting up a fund to honor Bob Rittenburg. It would provide funds for travel and living expenses for track athletes competing in the hurdles at the Harvard-Yale-Oxford-Cambridge meets.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 1:00 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Warren M. Little
Chairman

 

08/14/12:

Harvard Class of 1955
Class Committee Meeting
August 1, 2012


Pursuant to a notice duly given, a copy of which is filed preceding the Minutes of the Meeting, a Meeting of the Harvard Class of 1955 Class Committee was held at the offices of the Harvard Alumni Association, 6th Floor, 124 Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts at 11:00 A.M.

There were present the following Class Committee members: Phyllis Yood Beineke, Robert S. Blacklow, Malcolm M. Davis, Francis H. Duehay, Murray H. Helfant, William A. Lawrence, Warren M. Little, Richard H. Marson, James J. Pates, Jr., Alfred W. Rossow, Jr., David B. Watts, Jr., David S. Wise, and Richard F. Zwetsch. Also present, Honorary Member Maria Dominquez Gray, Harvard College Fund Assistant Director Mary Preston and Harvard Alumni Association staff members, Diane MacDonald, Courtney Shurtleff and Deborah Smullyan.

Proxy votes were received from Cifford L. Alexander, Jr., Charles A. Arena, Geoffrey H. Ball, James E. Barrett, Jr., Walter M. Cabot, Eleanor Derby Drachman, Carl A. Goldman, Arnold C. Greenberg, Alan H. Hammerman, Gerald A. Lewis, Peter L. Malkin, Daniel K. Mayers, Arthur G. Tallis, and Bancroft R. Wheeler.

Call to Order and Welcome:

Chairman Renny Little called the meeting to order at 11:10 A.M. and declared a quorum present. He noted fourteen proxy votes received from those unable to attend and welcomed all. After a round of introductions, he expressed his thanks to Courtney Shurtleff for setting up the meeting and the lunch to follow. Renny introduced the guests and noted that the Class was pleased to welcome HAA staff members who have been helpful to the Class to the meeting and the luncheon that followed. Renny also noted that Charlie Arena is recovering from Triple bypass surgery and Ellie Drachman, Peter Malkin and Bat Wheeler had sent their best.Upon a motion duly made and seconded it was unanimously

VOTED: to Appoint Alfred W. Rossow, Jr. to the Class Committee.

Renny noted that Al was the successful Director/Producer of the 35th Reunion production of "Back to the Future," and has been instrumental in planning 1955's Freshman Football reunions. He presented him with a Class mug.

Roll Call of Deceased Classmates since August 3, 2011:

Renny then asked for a minute of silence and read the names of 12 Harvard and Radcliffe Classmates who had died since the last Class Committee meeting on August 3, 2011. Upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was unanimously

VOTED: to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the August 3 2011 Committee meeting, accept them as distributed, and place them of file.

Treasurer's Report:
Treasurer Dick Zwetsch directed those present to his written report including the nine year summary on the second page. During the past year 218 classmates (including 12 from Radcliffe) paid dues totaling $6,980. The number of classmates giving was down 14% from a year ago but the dollar amount was the highest in the past seven years, reflecting the increase in dues to $30. Income for the year ending June 30, 2011 was $6,980.00 with expenses of $8,469.55 resulting in expenses exceeding income by $1,489.55. The cost of printing and mailing the Addendum continues to increase about $200 a year. Expenses for the two New York luncheons of $381.90 was less than the guidelines approved at last year's Class Committee Meeting. Miscellaneous expenses include $810 for the projector used at BURP luncheons, which will save money going forward. The cash position of $20,164.84 as of June 30, 2012 is down from a year ago reflecting that expenses exceeded income. Upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was unanimously

VOTED: to accept the Treasurer's report and place it on file.

The Committee thanked Dick for his continued fine job in managing the Class treasury, and distributing information to Committee members

Class Assistance Fund Report:

Chairman David Wise and Treasurer Dick Zwetsch reported that during the past year CAF has made 3 gifts totaling $4,325 to two different classmates, one whom we have helped in the past. In addition 14 gifts were made in memory of deceased classmates totaling $350, seven to specific charities designated by the classmate's family and seven to the Harvard College Fund.
The Fund received non-tax deductible contributions of $6,835 from 99 classmates (including $240 from 6 Radcliffe classmates) compared to $5,840 from 95 classmates last year and $3,285 from 62 classmates the previous year. This is the largest amount in numbers and dollars for the 17 years of the Fund's existence.
The Fund, since it started, has received contributions totaling $59,190 from 226 different classmates and has made gifts of $52,033 to 9 different classmates and 120 Memorial gifts totaling $3,000. As of June 30, 2012 the Fund has a current balance of $7,864.61.
Discussion made clear that Radcliffe classmates are also welcome to apply to the Fund for assistance. Phyllis Beineke will be sure that this is posted in Radcliffe's class newsletter. Phyllis and Jean Little are members of the Committee and Radcliffe classmates can contact them or David. Upon a motion duly made and seconded it was unanimously

VOTED: to accept the Class Assistance Fund report and place it on file, with thanks to David and his Committee members for their efforts on behalf of classmates in need.

Harvard College Fund report:

Dick Marson and Mary Preston reported that In FY 2012, the Class contributed $470,110 to the Harvard College Fund (Harvard $361,165 and Radcliffe $108,420). Of the $470,110, $4,254,101 was for immediate use. There were 435 donors, representing 49.7% of the Class (367 out of 713 = 51.5% men and 68 out of 163 women = 41.7%). There were 68 Associate Donors. Dick reported that it was an good year, thanks to jobs well done by Head Class Agents Carl Goldman, Peter Malkin, David Watts and Area Chairs - Marson's "militia" and Jim Carter's New York "callers" and their calling cadres . Dick called for more volunteer callers to replace the stellar job done in the past by our late classmate Bob Rittenburg.

Old Business:

Bob Blacklow reported on the past year's three Boston BURP luncheons in the absence of Class Activities Chair Charlie Arena. Held at the Downtown Harvard Club, Audry McKenna Lynch spoke in the fall on "Two Rebels With a Cause: John Steinbeck and James Dean." The purchase of a projector saved the expense of renting one for her talk. Malcolm Davis spoke on "Encomia for Freight Railroads," in December, and Phillipe Villers spoke on "Cereal (Serial) Entrepreneurship" at the spring meeting.
Carl Goldman has run three luncheons at the Harvard Club of New York during the past couple of years. Joe Bartlett, Sid Schanberg and Dick Rivlin have been past speakers.
The big red bus was a great success in bringing the Class to The Game, last fall, thanks to Frank Duehay and Jane Lewis. Hollis 7 was busy as usual after the Commencement Morning Exercises.
The class published two issues of the Addendum with colored pictures for the first time. Bud Helfant reported an increase in Class website viewers. Discussion followed on whether to cut out any past website entries. The sense of the meeting was not to cut out anything "It's the Class history." Upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was

VOTED: to ratify all expenses for 2011-2012 class activities.

New Business:

Bob Blacklow reported on three BURP luncheons for the 2012-23 year: Tuesday, October 16. Ethel Sadowski on "Vatican II: Fostering Ongoing Dialogue," Wednesday, December 5, Renny Little on "Robert Frost: His Cambridge Years," and Wednesday, May 1, Jim Barrett on "The Isle of Shoals and Celia Thaxler." Dinners will continue to be held at the downtown Harvard Club.
A New York luncheon will be held on Wednesday, October 3, at The Harvard
Club of New York. Herb Appleman will speak on "The Making of My Fair Lady."
The Arena Club will meet prior to home football games just inside of Gate 16. All classmates, spouses and guests are invited to a dinner on Friday, November 16, the night before The Game. Location TBA. Commencement will be on Thursday, May 30, and Hollis 7 will be available prior to the Tree Spread.

Other Business:

Maria Dominquez Gray outlined PBHA's plans for the coming year. A new data base system will help keep clients, volunteers and alumni together, and there will more conversations with undergraduates and alumni outside of the Boston area. Ernesto Cortez will give this year's Robert Cole Lecture on October 15.
David Wise broached the idea of a 1955 Class Poetry Chap Book, possibly published at the time of our 60th Reunion.
Reunion Chairman Bob Blacklow noted that our 60th Reunion will be held prior to Commencement on Thursday, May 28, 2015.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 1:00 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Warren M. Little

Chairman



Harvard Class of 1955
Class Committee Meeting
August 3, 2011


Pursuant to a notice duly given, a copy of which is filed preceding the Minutes of the Meeting, a Meeting of the Harvard Class of 1955 Class Committee was held at the Harvard Faculty Club 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts at 5:30 P.M.

There were present the following Class Committee members: Charles A. Arena, James E. Barrett, Jr., Phyllis Yood Beineke, Malcolm M. Davis, Francis H. Duehay, William A. Lawrence, Warren M. Little, Richard H. Marson, David B. Watts, Jr., and Richard F. Zwetsch. Also present were Rosemary Bonanno and Victoria T. Cabot .

Proxy votes were received from Geoffrey H. Ball, Robert. S. Blacklow, Walter M. Cabot, Carl A. Goldman, Arnold C. Greenberg, Alan H. Hammerman, Murray H. Helfant, Gerald A. Lewis, Peter L. Malkin, Daniel K. Mayers, James J. Pates, Jr., Arthur G. Tallis, Bancroft R. Wheeler, and David S. Wise.


Welcome and Call to Order:

Chairman Renny Little called the meeting to order at 5:40 P.M. and declared a quorum present. He noted 14 proxy votes received from those unable to attend and welcomed all.

Roll Call of Deceased Classmates since October, 2010:


After a round of introductions, Renny asked for a minute of silence and read the names of 12 Harvard Classmates who had died since the last Class Committee meeting on October 8, 2010.

Then, upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was unanimously

VOTED: To dispense with the reading of the minutes of the October 8, 2010 Committee meeting, accept them as distributed, and place them on file.

Treasurer's Report:


Treasurer Dick Zwetsch directed those present to his written report. During the past year 254 classmates (including 18 from Radcliffe) paid dues totaling $6,538 both numbers up from recent years. It is the most number of contributors and the highest dollar amount in the past six years.

Income for the year ending June 30, 2011 was $6, 538.00 with expenses of $6,885.53 resulting in expenses exceeding income by $346.53. Three expense items are worth noting. 1. BURP luncheon expenses were higher than expected for the second year in a row due to the need to rent a projector from the Harvard Club. The BURP Committee is recommending the purchase of a projector, which will pay for itself after its use two or three times. 2. Class Committee Meeting expenses were substantially reduced because the meeting was held during the 55th Reunion and did not involve a dinner. 3. Out of pocket 55th Reunion expenses of $1, 350.00 were paid directly by the Class and not included in the HAA accounting. This should result in a small surplus for the Reunion and the Report when the HAA completes its numbers magic. The cash position of $21, 654.39 as of June 30, 2011 is down from a year ago reflecting that expenses exceeded income.
Upon a vote duly made and seconded, it was unanimously

VOTED: to accept the Treasurer's report and place it on file.


The Committee thanked Dick for his continued fine job in managing the Class treasury, and distributing information to Committee members.

Class Assistance Fund Report:

In then absence of Chairman David Wise, Treasurer Dick Zwetsch gave the CAF Report. During the past year CAF has made 3 "unexpected" gifts totaling $6,900 to 3 different classmates, all of whom we have assisted in the past. In addition, 11 gifts were made in memory of deceased classmates totaling $275, all to specific charities designated by the classmate's family.

CAF received non-tax deductible contributions of $5,840 from 95 classmates (including $470 from 6 Radcliffe classmates) compared to $3,285 from 62 classmates last year and $4,085 from 68 classmates the previous year. This is the largest amount in numbers and dollars since the 2007-'08 year.

Since it was founded, CAF has received contributions totaling $52, 625 from 203 different classmates. It has made gifts of $47,708 to 8 different classmates and 68n Memorial gifts totaling $1,700. as of June 30, 2011, CAF has a current balance of $6, 464.40. Dick also reported that Radcliffe classmates Phyllis Yood Beineke and Jean Hardy Little had agreed to serve on the CAF Committee.

Upon a motion duly made and seconded it was unanimously

VOTED: To accept the Class Assistance Fund report and place it on file, with thanks to David and his committee for their continuing efforts on behalf of classmates in need.

Harvard College Fund Report:


Class Agents Bill Lawrence and David Watts reported that In FY 11, the Class contributed $517, 517 to the Harvard College Fund. (Harvard $480,327 and Radcliffe $\37,010). 454 donors, represented 50.4% of the Class. (389 out of 730, =53.3% men and 65 out of 170 women =38.2%). Bill noted it was an outstanding year, and well, ahead of other classes in the 1950's thanks to jobs well done by Area Chairs Dick Marson and Jim Carter and their cadre of callers. Vicky Cabot expressed her continued pleasure in meeting and working with 1955 classmates.

Old Business:


Class Activities Chair Charlie Arena reported that there was no fall BURP luncheon due to the 55th Reunion, but two successful BURP luncheons were held at the Downtown Harvard Club during the winter and spring. Dean Michael Shinagel spoke on " Harvard After Dark: A Century of University Extension," and Bill Toohey's son Michael spoke on "Extremism in America." The BURP Committee (Charlie Arena, Phyllis Yood Beineke, Bob Blacklow, Renny Little, and Dick Zwetsch) met in late June and reviewed the costs of the previous year. The committee recommended that the Class Committee purchase a projector rather than continue to rent one from the Harvard Club. The projector will pay for itself after two or three talks. After some discussion and upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was unanimously

VOTED: to ratify the expenses for the luncheons and to authorize the purchase of a projector for future use by the Class.


The Game was well attended by classmates, many of whom met at the "Arena Club" pregame tailgate. There was a good crowd in Hollis 7 & 8 during the Commencement Day Exercises, with Brookline Liquor and a student bartender handling all the details before and after lunch at the Tree Spread.

Renny reported that publishing the fall and spring editions of the Addendum requires more and more lead time to ensure publication with time-dated materials. The spring edition did not come out in time to be sure classmates knew of the date of the spring BURP luncheon. The HAA has asked for a suspense date for publication in the future to ensure timely delivery.

Viewers of the Class website (http://classes.harvard.edu/college/1955/) continue to increase. Renny sends the news along to Bud Helfant as soon as he receives and vets it. Classmates are urged to check the site out for the latest class news and to e-mail Renny with news and pictures.

New Business:

Phyllis Yood Beineke noted that Radcliffe '55 will gather at the Cape on October 15-17 at Craigville. Harvard '55 husbands and partners of Radcliffe classmates are welcome to join for meals and some activities. Those interested should contact Vaughan Castellanos Barton at 130 Appleton St., Cambridge, MA 02138 for further details.
There will be three BURP luncheons this year. On October 12, Audry McKenna Lynch will talk on "Two Rebels with a Cause: John Steinbeck and James Dean."
December 7, Malcolm Davis, "Encomia for Freight Railroads," and on May 2, 2012 Phillipe Villers, on a subject to be announced. The cost will remain the same at $35/person. The goal will be for luncheons to be self sustaining with the purchase of the projector. Upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was unanimously
VOTED: to authorize the BURP Committee to hold three luncheons, and to subsidize each luncheon up to $300 if necessary.
Carl Goldman is also planning three luncheons at the Harvard Club in New York, although the dates have not been set as yet. Meals in New York are more expensive and have not been self sustaining. A classmate has kindly covered the deficits. Carl asked if the Class would help subsidize the luncheons. Discussion followed, and upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was unanimously

VOTED:
To subsidize three New York luncheons up to $300 for each.


The Arena Club will host pre and post game tail-gates. The first home game will be a night game at 7 PM on September 23rd against Brown.

Dick Marson reported on the 60th Reunion of the 1955 Harvard Freshman Football Team. Telephone calls to former players suggest a good turn-out. Plans are for a dinner Friday night, October 28th at the Harvard Faculty Club. Saturday morning is as yet unscheduled, but reunioners will meet at a location in Soldiers Field at 4 PM. The game with Dartmouth is scheduled for 6 PM in the Stadium. An "email blast " will go out when the schedule and costs are determined.

The Game is in New Haven this year. Charlie has hired a bus and paid the $25 parking fee. Cost /person will be $40. The bus will be parked in the Marginal Drive area. Classmates who wish to join the bus crew should call Charlie or Dick on their cell phones. The fall Addendum will have all the information.

Charlie will contact Brookline Liquor and hire a student bartender for Commencement Day on May 24, 2012.

Other Business:


Renny noted that Gene Corbin has resigned his position as the Class of 1955 Executive Director of PBHA as of August 18, 2011 in order to accept a new position of Dean of Public Service for Harvard College.

Discussion followed on the continued increase in expenses to maintain class functions and the newsletters. It was the sense of the meeting to move the annual Class Committee meeting to the HAA headquarters on the 6th floor of 124 Mount Auburn Street and to offer lunch rather than dinner. This will reduce costs, allow for parking in the underground lot, and make the meeting more accessible to those coming up from the Cape and those who do not wish to drive at night. It will also be easier for HAA and HCF staff members to attend. Drinks can be served on one of the newly refurbished roof gardens. Renny will make the arrangements with the HAA staff.


Discussion followed on a proposed increase in Class dues to deal with projected increased costs for the coming year. Trerasurer Zwsetsch noted that some classmates contributed more than the suggested $25, others less, and many none at all. The dues have not been increased since 2001, when they were raised from $15 to $25. Upon a motion duly made and seconded, it was unanimously

VOTED: to raise the suggested Class dues from $25 to $30.

Bob Blacklow
has expressed an interest in chairing our 60th reunion in 2015. There were no objections. The Committee felt he should recruit his own committee.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:29 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Warren M. Little
Chairman


08/14/09:
Photo by Martha Stewart:

Class Committee Meeting
August 5, 2009

Front row L to R: Jim Pates, Jim Barrett, Bats Wheeler, Charlie Arena, Bob Blacklow, Micky Hammerman, Ellie Derby Drachman
Top row L to R: Dick Marson, Dave Watts, Bud Helfant, Bill Lawrence, Dick Zwetsch, Renny LIttle, Wally McLaughlin, David Wise, Malcolm Davis, Phyllis Yood Beineke, Vicky Cabot (Harvard College Fund liaison)



 


 



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