Elements in the Architecture of Puglia,
is being published and will emerge in March,
“I am teaching a
graduate seminar on the Medieval and
Renaissance Art and Architecture
of Venice at George Washington University
this semester (Fall) and in
the Spring will be teaching another seminar
there, on Italian
Christiane has started work on another new
will be about the history of wine in very
“My organic garden flourishes, despite the
crazy weather that has
visited us this year. Especially
beautiful are the okra
Viewing “WW1 American Martyr”?
be shown at the Harvard Club on Commonwealth
Ave. on Tuesday evening,
November 13. If you are interested in
attending, but are not a member
of the Harvard Club, please let Renny
know at 617-491-3937 or email@example.com
ASAP so he can put you on the list of
guests. Review the trailer at
is delighted to report that
“Isabel and I have a great grandson,
our first great grandchild, I may now
qualify for an even further
forward tee !”
Marcos is still
working at the University of Equador in
some research and teaching.
“Next year I will be
attending in April the Society for
American Archaeology annual
meeting at Albuquerque New Mexico.”
He has been invited as a
discussant at a Symposium organized by
Dumbarton Oaks on ‘Long
distance pre-Columbian trade along the Pacific
northern South America to West Mexico.”
Jorge’s wife is still
teaching at the University in Barcelona and
his daughter is turning
out to be a competent playwright.
Peter Winans's wife Fran wrote last May that
she had just finished reading the spring edition
of the '55 Addendum.
"Thought I would drop you a line to catch up. It
is hard to believe that 4 years have passed since
Peter's death (May, 2014). I am still living in
Delray Beach with my oldest daughter. I drive up
to Summit, N.J. to spend two months with my other
daughter in September. Peter and I lived there for
years abnd I still have many friends in that area.
"I am lucky to
have my good health and still play golf and
plenty of bridge, and I sing in the church
choir. My biggest regret at this age is the loss
of old friends. The latest was the death of Mike
Gumaer. He and Lucia, along with Susan and
Brad (Gus) Field were at Peter's memorial
service in Amelia Island in November of 2014.
The Gumaers, Fields and Winans spent a great
deal of time together at Harvard reunions and I
have many vivid memories of our wonderful
Don Butters notes:
"I have been up to many things including tennis
four days a week and some fitness center activity.
I volunteer a few hours a week in the bakery of
the local food coop, am active in my usmc
veterans' organization, and a board member of the
local regional symphony. One of my daughters lives
in Charlestown, MA and we're waiting to find a
BURP that's convenient. maybe I'll call Charlie
Arena to get the schedule."
(Note: The 2018-19 BURP luncheons schedule is on
our website (see above) and featured in fall
edition of the ADDENDUM, due out in mid-September.
First luncheon on October 3rd.)
Hugh Graham retired from his pediatric
practice the end of last June.
"Jeannie & I are doing well-living at Flint
Ridge - a gated community in eastern OK, Ozark
foot hills.We have taken up kayaking on the
Illinois River, which runs the easternmost side of
the the property. Great fun! Best to all! "
Doug Hartley has moved to Falmouth, ME.
"It's 36 Applegate Lane, Falmouth Me 04105.
Cell #: cell - 202- 821- 6596. I close on
the Cushing house Nov 16 but will basically be
living in my new house after returning.from Bosnia
on Sept 18.
Ed Nef and I are definitely at the Harvard
Club on Commonwealth Ave. on Nov 13 for the
showing of 'WW1 American Martyr' https://youtu.be/NWnCcTUFzV8"
Ed Murphy's widow Madlyn notes:
"Daughter-in-law Elaine Weigand Murphy, '93, her
husband Matthew Murphy (Ed's son) and their
children attended her 25th class reunion this
year. Had a great time."
Madlyn continues to reside in Alameda, CA and
maintains a home in Val di Sogna, Italy for
visitors to the Verona/Lake Garda area.
John Amory is celebrating 58 years as a
realtor with CBRE, a worldwide commercial real
estate firm in Phoenix, AZ.
“In 2005 the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley was no
longer an area where one could ride their horse
off property without trailing some distance.
"Our quality of life was over…thus the move to
Wickenburg, AZ, a town located about 50 miles
northeast of Phoenix where we have more space for
our ranch and can enjoy a clean area and
magnificent views. I can still be at my office in
Phoenix about an hour plus drive away.”
John is active on the Trails Advisory and the
Economic Development Advisory Commissions in the
town of Wickenburg.
"We travel to LaJolla and Montecito California to
visit our daughters. Our son is involved in the
Thoroughbred Racing Industry, living in Kentucky.
It’s always a thrill to attend the Kentucky Derby
and the Breeders Cup.”
Bob Blacklow and Wini made their annual
summer trip to Hanover NH to visit with Jim
Barrett and Jane
recently. They visited the NH Craftmen’s Fair in
“We stopped in to see Renny Little’s son
David’s booth where he was displaying his
A day or two later, Jim also saw Renny at the the
Frank Duehay and Jane have been traveling
this summer to visit with relatives and old
“When we got home to Brookhaven we met fellow '55
resident Warren Pyle who has invited us to
Ted Whatley visited Peter
Malkin in Greenwich, CT recently when he
came from Austin, TX to attend his granddaughter’s
graduation from high school and Juilliard.
Renny Little writes, "Here I am with some of
my old Happy Committee buddies.
First time in 33 years I was not joining them in
Photo by Thomas Fitzsimmons:
Walter Morris, Ned Notis-McConarty, David
Schlakman, Renny Little, and Bob Bowie at
Afternoon Exercises, May 24, 2018.
Alan Novick thinks,
"We should consider asking Superman to be an
honorary '55 classmate since we have not been
appropriately political since electing Pogo!
If my memory is half there Superman is just a few
years younger than we and he has never been to
Boston Unity Repast Project’s
Classmates who attended the BURP luncheon in
Boston on May 2nd were asked whether there was
interest in continuing the luncheons. Those
present were informed that it was becoming
difficult to come up with class speakers. Meals'
cost in the future could be a deterrent as well as
A show of hands made it quite clear that there was
interest in continuing them!
Suggestions for the future included luncheons
without speakers, topics for participant
discussions, Harvard professors, staff, and
The executive committee appreciated the feedback
and will discuss it at its annual meeting in June.
Additional thoughts are always appreciated.
Contact Charlie Arena (781-749-5668, firstname.lastname@example.org)
John D. “ Chimo” Arnold writes,
”OMG: 85 years old... sure doesn’t feel it!...
" Diane and I hiked 3-7 miles each day of a 12 day
trip in Japan last May seeing castles, Buddhist
and Shinto temples and shrines; and also hiked in
Iceland in August. And we just returned in March
from hiking in Nepal and Bhutan-- including an
arduous one day trek from 7000 to above 10,000
feet to reach the holiest monastery in Buddhism,
Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest). We hiked with three
other friends and Diane, who had a 7 hour
open-heart surgery for a heart valve problem three
years ago, was able to keep up with them. It took
me more time than the others partially occasioned
by so many men and women also making the ascent
giving me their Thumbs Up!'with some stopping and
asking to take selfies with me! Our Guide who has
been leading such treks said in his 12 years he’s
never seen anyone as old as I make it to the top!
(And then of course there was the descent!)
"It was a wonderful though grueling experience.
Such a kick! And so fascinating to enter the
monastery and be part of the Buddhist ceremony
with almost alpine-length horns blowing, the monks
beating on drums and chorus chanting as I made my
obeisance with a lengthy prayer shawl given to me
by the Oracle of the Dalai Lama for my 30 years of
contributing to the International Campaign for
"Hiking and jogging have kept both of us trim
although rotator cuff surgery two years ago ended
my squash playing and I haven’t skied since then
but still hope to again.
"Life continues to be wonderful here on Paradise
Cove although there rarely is enough time to get
80 feet down from our cliffside home to the beach
below and just hang out because we are so busy
with other activities. We regularly attend LA Phil
concerts under the marvelous direction of Gustavo
Dudamel and, with the Orange County Philharmonic
Society, see world class symphony orchestras we
bring in from all over the globe. We also see many
fine plays on both stages of the excellent South
Coast Rep and Chance theaters and help run our own
Laguna Beach Music Festival (which I co-initiated
16 years ago). Of course there’s also our annual
attendance at the wonderful Palm Springs
International Film Festival where each year I see
30-33 films and write up the ones I feel are
superior, sending my reviews to over 200 friends.
We also attend jazz festivals and other classical
and world music concerts here and elsewhere in
addition to a November week in New York City
attending Broadway plays.
"Earlier this year my grandson Evan gave me a
great grandson, Doug, in addition to my four
grandchildren. His dad Derek recently bought a
third home and in July we will be visiting him and
his wife Cristina there in Charlottesville after
visiting my son Keith and his girlfriend in Sedona
(Keith lives in Tucson and Bisbee, Arizona).
Brother Pete from Maryland has just paid us a fond
"Because we love Venice and Croatia, we’re
returning there this summer on a Regent cruise and
in September/October we’ll spend 11 days in and
around Telluride and Durango, Colorado with our
Anchorage, Alaska hiking mates during the foliage
"My investment in a cybersecurity company proved
to be a disaster despite my best efforts as one of
two minority outside Board members and I am
holding my breath that my other investment in a
private biotech will some day pay off.
"Despite this, to 'pay it forward', I now
contribute to over 60 humanitarian, environmental,
and artistic non-profits.
"Classmate Edgar “Punjab” Clark (who
lives in France) and I continue our 3 to 5 times a
week correspondence, and just in the past year or
so I’ve begun corresponding with Doug Hartley.
"I have been sorely disappointed that America has
not been fortunate in its last three presidents:
the reviled triumvirate of Bush, Cheney and Rummy
sure led us down the Primrose Path; we then had
great hopes for Obama but although he claimed to
be a humanitarian, his abject failure allowing
Putin to outfox him in Syria (despite his
grandiose claim that Putin would find himself in a
quagmire proved just the opposite)--he was an
absolute disaster in foreign affairs and bears
co-responsibility for the horrors of Syria; and we
now have narcissistic "Il Duce” (T rump) with his
incessant tweet tirades leading us Lord knows
where since he is forever giving mixed signals and
certainly setting back environmental concerns...by
the time this is published, we’ll have some
insight whether his bringing Kim Jong Um to the
table is apt to bear any fruit, or does his hubris
once again prove counter productive.
"Despite this, reflecting on my life today, I’m
filled with gratitude for my good fortune to have
excellent health, my dream of a wife, Diane, whom
I dearly love and who shares my zest for living an
active life. We live in what we call Paradise with
many friends both here and abroad…. My blessings
are many indeed.
Paul Beck writes that he will not be
attending The Game.
"I'm still healthy enough to continue to plan for
our 75th reunion in 2030.”
Bob DuBose and his wife Georgia have done
"We have moved from our temporary abode in Charles
Town, West Virginia (WV) to our newly purchased
home just outside of Harpers Ferry, WV. After 6
moves since 2014 (WV to Florence Oregon, 2 moves
there, Florence to Portland, Oregon, Portland to
Charles Town WV, and then here). That is quite
enough, I think, and my next move will be to the
Harpers Ferry cemetery, which has a great view of
the confluence of the two rivers! Much love and
greetings to all.
'Ave atque Vale'
"Our new mailing address is:
Post Office (PO) Box 708
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
cell # 1 304 261 7191
Georgia's new cell phone:
1 304 268 4021
"Our new physical address is:
66 Cavalier Estates Drive
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
(All are welcome to visit)
"We do not plan to have a landline phone."
Bob Blacklow notes,
"The Harvard Athletic Department just sent out an
email saying to disregard the 7 PM starting date
on the ticket notice for the The Game. The Red Sox
put that out in error. It will be time TBA, but
not in the evening, some time in the afternoon.
Gabor Miskolczy's widow Bonnie writes,
"I've been hanging out my laundry since the mid
'60s. In winter, it goes on indoor drying racks!
My dryer is a tiny version only for emergencies."
Jim Pates was pleased to have a part in
his grandson's recent Bar Mitzvah.
Bob Blacklow reports that he has just
ordered tickets for The Game next November at
"The game will be played under the lights at 7:00
Margaret Grant Brace will be our final
BURP luncheon speaker at the downtown Harvard Club
at 12 noon on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The cost
remains $40/person, with a cash bar.
Peggy will speak on “The Right to Dry,” that will
explain her winning efforts to hang her clean
clothes on an outside line. Give Charlie Arena
a call by Friday April 27th at 781-749-5668 if you
plan to attend. Count on some clean tips for those
of you with outdoor space available.
New York classmates and friends will also meet
for lunch at noon on May 2nd at the Harvard Club
of New York City. Classmate, the Honorable
Bruce Selya, Judge on the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the First Circuit, will speak on “The
View from Inside the FISA Court.” (Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act)
The cost remains $50/person. Give Carl Goldman
a call at 212-331-7653 to let him know if you plan
If you have signed up for a luncheon
and fail to appear, You will be held responsible
for the luncheon cost unless you have notified Charlie
Arena or Carl Goldman at least 24
hours in advance at their numbers listed above.
As many of you know, The Game will be played at
Fenway Park in Boston on Saturday, November 17,
2018. The time has not as yet been set.
In the past, we have had a dinner on Friday
night, and tailgated beforehand.
These events are a long way off but bear with us
as we would like your answers to the questions
in this document ASAP so we can plan for the
weekend (or not, as the case may be.)
Details on these gatherings are still being
worked out. We will all receive further
information in the late summer or early fall.
Please let us both know your thoughts via email
or snail-mail, and thank you in advance for your
Best regards, and Go Crimson!
35 Brewster Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-2203
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What are Your Plans for The
Game next fall?
Harvard will play Yale at Fenway Park next
In past years we have had a dinner on Friday night
at a local restaurant and tailgated before the
You will receive an "email blast" questionnaire in
the near future which asks you to give Renny
Little and Dick Marson your weekend
thoughts. Please let us know as soon as possible
so we plan
for the big event - or not!
Thanks in advance.!
The blast also notes the two spring luncheons on
May 2nd in both Boston and New York.
Who Does Your Laundry?
Margaret Grant Brace will be
our final BURP luncheon speaker at the downtown
Harvard Club at 12 noon on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.
The cost remains $40/person with a cash bar. Peggy
will speak on "The Right to Dry" that will explain
her winning efforts to hang her clean clothes on
an outside line. Give Charlie Arena a call
by Friday April 27th at 781-749-5668 if you plan
to attend. Count on some clean tips for those of
you with outdoor space available.
New York Classmates to hear Judge
New York classmates and friends will also meet
for lunch at noon on May 2nd at the Harvard Club
of New York City. Classmate, the Honorable
Bruce Selya, Judge on the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the First Circuit, will speak on "The
View from Inside the FISA (Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act) Court."
The cost remains $50/person. Give Carl Goldman
a call @ 212-331-7653 if you plan to attend.
NOTE: If you signed up for a luncheon and fail
to notify Charlie or Carl at least 24 hours in
advance that you are cancelling you will be held
responsible for the cost.
Doug Hartley reports that on May 23rd the
Harvard Club of DC is hosting a gala event for the
showing of the Hartley documentary "WWI: An
Howard McElroy notes that three generations
of McElroys marched for gun control at nearby
Doylestown, Pennsylvania last March 24th.
Dick Jones will move to 2181 Ambleside Drive Apt. 914
in Cleveland, Ohio 44106, effective
April 24, 2018.
His phone # is 216 707
remains the same.
For those interested in obtaining an "Old Man" Tee
shirt, it’s the Frolic Tee, email@example.com.
234 Front Street, Floor 3,
San Francisco, CA 94111
You can also get a mug with the same design.
Life can be full of surprises and
coincidences, but this one is pretty rare:
Regina Greenspun reports: "My husband Nat
('51) and I live in a Bethesda, Maryland senior
community. Recently, new residents moved into
apartments on our floor, and we welcomed them with
dinner invitations. First to arrive were Peter
Berkman and his wife Judy. Getting
acquainted, it soon became obvious that Peter had
attended Harvard, and much to my delight he is a
'55 classmate! A week later we invited widower
Mitch Reese to dinner. He also turned out to be a
Harvard man. What is more, he graduated with Nat
in 1951, and for many years was married to Mary
Ellen Flood, Radcliffe '55! "
Does anyone else have a Class of 1955
coincidence to share?
“WWI: An American Martyr”
Doug Hartley and Ed Neff have
completed the final version of their documentary
on Doug’s uncle, Lt. Charles Hartley, an American
member of the British Army’s Coldstream Guards
during the First World War. The Regiment gained 36
Battle Honours and 7 Victoria Crosses, losing
3,860 men during the course of the war. Hartley
was killed in Cambrai, France in November, 1914.
Cambrai is situated north of Paris
and about an hour south of the Belgian border.
"The film was done with the blessing of the WW1
Monument Commission who are erecting a monument to
the fallen of that war to be dedicated in
Washington, DC on Nov 11 of this year. Enjoy!”
Trailer (2 minutes):
Film (22 minutes):
John Lorenz sent this along, but did not
provide a source.
Bud Helfant observes:
“Here’s what we have had to deal
with after two Nor’easters."
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John Lorenz writes,
"I have already pre-ordered this book: The
Game: Harvard, Yale, and America in 1968.
"It comes out in October on the 50th anniversary
of The Game that, by the way, is being played in
Fenway Park this year. The author (George H. Colt)
also wrote 'The Big House' that I have read at
least four times, about 100 years of his family
and their summer house on the Cape. I have the
movie entitled 'Harvard beats Yale 29-29.' This
book should be a great complement to the movie.”
John notes that he stays in touch with Red
Ballantyne, Fred Church and Peter
Hiam, but has lost contact with Nat
Martin Cassidy is “focused on writing and
finishing projects. At 84 years of age, it is time
to pass on ideas and things. Jo, my wife of 61
years, Wellesley ’55, passed away on February 10,
2017. She was a mother of children, a braillist
and writer, a great companion. My three children
and five grandchildren are spread in Ventura,
California, Boston, and Norman, Oklahoma.”
Mark Joelson writes,
“In November 2017 I published worldwide the fourth
edition of An International Antitrust Primer: A
Guide to the Operation of United States,
European Union, and Other Key Competition Laws
in the Global Economy (Wolters Kluwer).”
John Amory notes that he and Marcie moved
last November to 2575 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 500,
in Phoenix, AZ.
Photo by Bud Helfant:
Malcolm Davis and Faith
Rubin at the opening of his one-man show at the
Beacon Gallery, 524B Harrison Avenue in Boston.
The Beacon Gallery at 524B Harrison Avenue in
Boston is proud to present Malcolm Montague
Davis’s extraordinary paintings and models
in a one-man show dedicated to themes from Davis’s
The show will run from February 2nd through March
11th, 2018. See more of Malcolm’s
work at www.malcolmmontaguedavis.com.
Ed Stockwell sent along a change of
address due to the health of his wife Janet.
“Life often takes us down paths we had not
anticipated, but we can handle it."
Tom Bisbee plans to move to Fox Hill
Village in Westwood, MA next fall.
“We’ll still be in Vermont in warm weather.”
Leonor Lobo de Gonzalez spent two weeks
in Spain last May. She then returned to Harvard,
auditing classes in Chinese philosophy and ethics
and Medieval History. She is looking forward to
Tamar March, former Dean of the Radcliffe
Institute, who is returning to the Vero Beach
Museum of Art in February to teach yet another
“My son is healthy, happy and busy and all is well
in Vero Beach.”
Peggy Redding is busy living on the edge
of Lake Michigan in Evanston, Illinois.
“I wish I could get back for a reunion but they
always end up conflicting with some family event.”
Wanted: “319” 1955 Year Book
Bill Coughlin contacted your Class
Secretary recently in hopes of obtaining a copy of
“319,”our Class Yearbook. I was able to procure
him a copy through eBay, but it lacked the
pictures of classmates. Does anyone have a copy
with classmates' pictures with which they wish to
part? The book belonged to a "Robert A. Easton of
Exeter, NH." The only member of our class is
Steven R. Easton. Anybody have any ideas as to who
New York Classmates to hear Judge
New York classmates and friends will
meet for lunch at noon on May 2nd at the Harvard
Club of New York City. Classmate, the Honorable
Bruce Seyla Judge on the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the First Circuit, will speak on “The
View from Inside the FISA Court."
Rob Albert reports that his wife Revel
Guest, former chair of the Hay Festival of
Literature, has been appointed an OBE (Member of
the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire)
and CBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of
the British Empire) on the Queen’s New Year
Honours 2018 list.
Revel was a successful producer in TV and film
before being invited to chair the Festival. She
was Panorama's first female producer in the 1960s
and in 1968 she founded Transatlantic Films and
was instrumental in getting the Oscar-contender
"War Horse" made into a film by Steven Spielberg.
19 Classmates will remember our mini-reunion held
at Hay-on-Wye, May 16-19, 2003 graciously hosted
by Rob and Revel at their home, Cabalva
House,Whitney-on-Wye, in Herefordshire.
Rob sends his best to all for 2018.
"Finally retired this year but I do
miss the excitement of serving my clients. Hope
they think of me from time to time! Mary and I and
our toy poodle Fifi are just fine here in South
John Lorenz talked with Fred recently and
reports that he is fine.
Jorge Marcos writes that he and his family
are still “commuting” between Barcelona and
"I am back leading the Anthropology Department at
ESPOL (University of Ecuador in Guayaquil) and
joint research with a multinational team of
Cheers and a very Happy New Year to all of us and
Hasbro Children's Hospital and the Emma Pendleton
Bradley Hospital (a child psych hospital), both of
which are affiliated with Brown University School
of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island, have
established a facility that offers the capacity to
treat at a single place children who suffer from
both serious physical ailments and serious
psychiatric ailments. On December 5, 2017 the
hospitals dedicated this joint venture as the
"Judge Bruce M. Selya and Cynthia M. Selya
Integrated Care Unit."
Bruce and Cindy have worked hard to bring about
this type of facility, and are humbled by the
hospitals' decision to associate their names with
"Love to see snow on the ground (early). Going to
be great for our Friendly Mountains – that’s West
and Willard. I call them friendly because they
love families and they have programs for families.
They’re also under a half-hour away and that’s
Friendly. Here’s a video Brendan did on Martin
Luther King Day a couple of years ago.
"Here’s for a Merry White Christmas, Happy
holidays, Hanukkah Sameach, and Fruitful Kwanzaa."
Scott Cooledge wonders,
"DO YOU ACCEPT ALTERNATIVE NEWS?"
"After almost 60 years in the investment
securities business as a 'Financial Advisor' I
retired last August 31st. My clients have had
enough and I have had enough."
Al (Usher) Moren notes,
"Still hanging on. Going to Key West December
through March, 2018.
Herb Neuwalder writes that he is retired
and is still auditing nonmedical classes at
Jane Flanders Warker:
"Thank you for keeping us informed about our
Your Class Secretary (I’m really not a genius)
wishes you and yours all his best wishes for
pleasant holidays with family and friends, and a
happy, healthy and fulfilling New Year.
Photo by Diane MacDonald:
The Game will be played in
One of the oldest rivalries in college football
will be played at the oldest ballpark in Major
League Baseball next season when Harvard and Yale
meet for the 135th time. The Game will be staged
in front of the Green Monster as the Crimson and
Bulldogs will play at Fenway Park on Nov. 17,
Next year will also mark the 50th anniversary of
the epic 1968 clash between the Ivy League schools
which ended in a 29-29 tie after Harvard rallied
from a 29-13 deficit in the final 42 seconds.
John Lorenz writes,
"An instant classic. They should introduce all the
players from 1968. Except Yale’s defensive captain
Bill O’Donnell writes,
The Victorian Walk is Thursday and here’s
Brendan’s video from last year. Take a look at
what makes our downtown great.
The marching band, Santa on a Sax, Mrs Claus –
it’s all here. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.
'55 Tailgaters at The Game in
The Class of 1955 has been
tailgating before and after Harvard football games
continuously since its first gathering in
Photo by Vivian Marson:
Still standing: Bob Blacklow, Frank
Duehay, Dick Zwetsch, David
James, Dick Marson,
and Frank Nahigian
In chairs (for picture only): Renny Little
and Charlie Arena.
The Crimson reports that The Faculty of Arts and
Sciences voted down a motion designed to nullify
the College’s penalties on single-gender social
groups Tuesday, November 7th, a major victory
for administrators who have defended the policy
against faculty criticism for almost two years.
Wally Bregman writes,
"Why am I not surprised? If they go ahead with
it I'm sure there will be a considerable number
of legal challenges. In the meantime, my
personal boycott of anything Harvard goes on.”
Frank Nahigian also responds,
"It appears that just as governments become
corrupted as they age, so do business and
academic bureaucracies become contaminated by
the siren song of Power. It happened at Eastman
Kodak and General Motors, is happening now at
Proctor and Gamble and General Electric, will
happen to FaceBook and Apple if they're still
around in a hundred years. We see Harvard
contaminated by a different form of the same
disease with bad, unrealistic policy in pursuit
of 'perfect stewardship', a goal that's
admirable but unrealistic. If there were any
perfect managing policy in the world, it would
have been discovered and utilized by parents in
the care of their children. I had the best
possible parents that ever were born. So,
probably, did some of you. I tried to be but
know I did some things wrong; so, probably, did
you, but I'll bet you made more mistakes than I
did because, of course, my kids are closer to
perfect than yours are. But I'm betting that
none of us is corrupt, at least not in our
family lives, because all we wanted was to be
Effective, not, Powerful......where are my
glasses? I’d like to read what I wrote…."
Old ’55 athletes (?) seen at
Harvard Varsity Club reception before a thrilling
Harvard - Dartmouth Football game on October 28,
Frank Duehay (Chess), Renny Little (Track/
Lacrosse), Ned Bliss (Hockey), Charlie
Frank Nahigian (Cross Country/track), and
Dick Marson (football).
It has been suggested that classmates may wish
to contribute to the tax deductible fund that
has been set up to support Ben Abercrombie, ‘21
who suffered a severe cervical injury during the
Harvard-Rhode Island game on September 16, 2017.
Benson M. Abercrombie ’21 Fund
Harvard football player Ben
Abercrombie ’21 suffered a severe cervical
injury in Harvard's opening game at the
University of Rhode Island on September 16.
It’s too early to know what the long term
prognosis will be for Ben. But this much is
certain. He has a long fight ahead.
The Harvard Varsity Club and the team would like
to ask for your help for Ben as he goes through
this challenging time. With support from Ben’s
family, Harvard College, Harvard Athletics, and
the Friends of Harvard Football have created The
Benson M. Abercrombie ’21 Fund. This fund will
provide support to the Abercrombie family and
any future Harvard undergraduate student-athlete
who incurs a severe or catastrophic injury when
competing for the Crimson while enrolled in
Gifts to The Benson M. Abercrombie
'21 Fund will not receive Harvard class/reunion
credit as this fund sits outside the University,
but contributions to the fund are tax
deductible, with 100% of the fund's
disbursement’s going toward care costs.
To make a gift to The Benson M.
Abercrombie’21 Fund, checks should be made out
to Harvard Varsity Club with Abercrombie Fund
denoted in the memo line.
Mail checks to:
Harvard Varsity Club
65 North Harvard Street
Boston, MA 02163
Steve Lowey has four tickets to the Yale
game and would like to find someone who could
They are $55 each and are with our class in
Portal 1, aisle B, row 12, seats 15-18.
Steve can be reached at 195 Beverly Road, Rye,
NY 10580-1902, Tel: 914-067-7742, Cell:
914-450-0992, or email him at SLowey@lowey.com.
Martin Cassidy is still a researcher in
petroleum geology at the University of Houston
"in soggy Houston." "Our NSF Grant is still
active as we look at carbon dioxide underground.
Will it stay there? Choose your spot carefully
and it will.
"I agree with Wally, Harvard turns into a nanny
state! Fair Harvard is fair no more, and Veritas
is long gone. I'm happy to support the Class,
but not the present administration of the
"Quite a month of August! Our
granddaughter was married, and we celebrated our
60th wedding anniversary with a party of18 of us
at the Mohonk Mountain House. I am still working
at the Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester in
Mike Blumenfeld writes,
"This year has seen the addition of three
stents, the loss of a beloved cat and continued
gratitude for my wife Cathy. (Catherine Ann Eck,
"A Bas Trump"
Richard Leone is "still
When the pangs of nostalgia hit me I go to
YouTube to click on the Harvard Band playing
'Ten Thousand' in Sanders. Many of us in the
Band almost got a police record in New Haven
in'53 when, on the way to Columbia, we stopped
in New Haven to serenade the Yalies in the wee
hours. We got off a few rounds of 'Ten Thousand'
before the police took us in. They settled for
charging the band manager, Peter Strauss, '54.
Later the judge, a Harvard man, dismissed the
case. It's good to seen the Band is still off
the rails. Illegitimi non carborundum."
Lois Jaffin Levine has recently retired
from her work as a clinical social worker and
"Happily enjoying family and friends."
Gerald Lewis notes,
"Though health issues have slowed me down, I am
still 'commuting' between Tallahassee, FL and
NYC visiting my sweetheart, Eleanor Berman. We
are still traveling, including two fascinating
trips to Cuba."
Peter L. Malkin writes that he and Isabel are well.
"Lots of golf.
"Marine captain and Navy Seal grandsons have
completed their tours of duty.
"Three generations of the family enjoyed a stay
at the beautiful Ocean House in Watch Hill, R.I.
There were 22 of us, including 12 graduates of
the College, 6 from the Business School and 2
from the Law School."
Peter remains as Chairman Emeritus of the Empire
State Realty Trust.
William T. Maloney enjoyed
the latest Addendum and the comments by Wally
Bregman and Dick Koch about the
ridiculous actions of the Harvard administration
in banning student involvement in outside
"As a former member of a former 'club' Pi Eta, I
believe it was an important part of my life in
Cambridge and a great addition to my educational
and social progression. I particularly agree
with Dick's suggestion that Harvard follow the
example of the University of Chicago and put
free speech above concerns about political
"I also particularly enjoyed the piece by Frank
Nahigian. Having shared educational
experiences with Frank since Junior High School
and conversations with him both before and after
the latest Presidential election(?) I wasn't
surprised to see that he prefers Mr. Trump's
'refreshing qualities.' Frank then goes on and
lists several which I have yet to discern in the
incumbent. I would seriously question his
prediction that '…if the national election were
to be held tomorrow, I believe he'd win the
popular vote as well as the electoral vote.'
Frank must be dreaming! We'll have to have
Howard McElroy took
advantage of a trip to Virginia to have lunch
with Fred Mohr.
"We swapped lies about grandchildren!"
Andre J. Navez is still enjoying travel, the Boston
Symphony Orchestra, studying the history of
cartography, our small farm In Hopkinton MA, and
adventures with his wife Christine.
"My best to all."
recently successfully produced (after over a
year's labor) a prosthetic foot using 3D
printing technology and working with his old
high school. The recipient was a young Mongolian
girl who lost her foot in the remote highlands
of the country.
"Now I am trying to see if we can set up a
production facility in Mongolia. This could
bring costs down enormously in a country where
over 30,000 individuals are lacking the
resources to obtain such products.
"Ed is also working on the production of a
documentary, with the endorsement of the US WWI
Centennial Commission, which reports on the
death of Charles Hartley, one of the first
Americans killed in that war. Hartley had been
accepted by the British Coldstream Guards which
trained him as a machine gunner.
"A centennial ceremony will take place at a
memorial constructed in his honor in Cambrai,
November 25th , which Ed will be filming.
"Very proud to say that this hero was Douglas
Hartley's uncle. We have been working
together on the production of this film."
(Bob Hartley and Renny Little can
also claim Charles as an uncle.)
"Still working part-time and
busy with the Coast Guard Auxiliary!"
Alan Rapperport has not yet
"Four months post bilateral knee replacements -
but still swimming. In 2016 our 200 meter
team was first in the world!
"My free spirit daughter is very happily married
to a fellow M.D. - real nice guy. So all is well
Rapperports. Good luck and good health for all
of my '55 classmates!"
Wally Bregman is off for Mumbai and then
Johannesburg and then Victoria Falls to start a
safari with his son and daughter-in-law.
Bill Chauncey roomed
with Peter Sourian for two years.
“He was one of our most remarkable classmates
and a person I had enormous respect for. I was
sad to read of his death. In fact, on my "to do
list " of a few days ago there was a reminder to
write to him. This coincidence deepens the loss
I felt when learning of his death. I shall write
to his wife, Eve."
Terry Crook (CH Oracle
& Wizard at Large --my alter ego for the
last 18 yrs) notes that since graduation he has
enjoyed careers in Technical Product Sales and
Residential Real Estate.
"I am now retired & vegetating gracefully
(;-)?) in North Carolina."
Bruce Selya notes that on October 12th,
2017 he will be celebrating 35 years on the
“It hardly seems possible.” (See “Press”)
Bob Flaherty writes,
“I am struggling to catch up in my use of
technology. For many decades I have turned out
my newsletters on my home PC, but in today's
world more is done on the computer in a unified
manner so the power of one person is magnified.
I still hope perhaps to break one more big
expose. It has never been harder to be an
independent journalist, especially with all the
litigation to prevent the truth from coming
(Bob is Editor & Chairman, Flaherty
Financial News, Inc.)
David James notes that he can’t compete with Alan
Rappaport, but last August he swam in the
Duke Kahanamoku One Mile Ocean Race off Waikiki
"There were five of us in my men's 80-and-over
group, all of whom I've competed against in
earlier Duke's races, and three of those have
always beaten me. But today only one of them
beat me, and I came in second. My time was
39:43.5 minutes, about as good as I've ever done
in the past.
"(In my first Duke's race in 2005, my time was
The class sends its condolences to
Audry McKenna Lynch on the death of her
husband Gregory. The Lynches had been married
for over 60 years.
"It hit me – it really did when these blind kids
from Camp Abilities got up on those scary
horses. You have to feel like cheering –
certainly cheering for our Lions – what a
marvelous program. https://youtu.be/XsEIYhvCrpI
" I know this is the type of story we feature.
Especially, horses in Saratoga. When you see a
Lion thank them – we can all use a lot of
Alan Kennedy has moved to 1610 Treehouse
Circle, Unit 128 in Sarasota FL 34231.
"I retired after 56 years with Paine Webber and
'55’s Class Committee holds annual meeting and
luncheon at the Harvard Alumni Association’s
headquarters in Cambridge on August 2, 2017.
Photo by John Prince,
with Marson’s camera:
Front row, L to R: Bud Helfant,
Al Rossow, Phyllis Wood Beineke,
and Charlie Arena
Back row, L to R: Malcolm Davis, Renny
Little, Bob Blacklow, Dick
Zwetsch, and Dick Marson
"Blind or severely sight handicapped kids
compete in sports at Lions Camp Abilities at
Here’s Brendan’s video from last year and you
will cheer the kids on.
Now I know why I always bought the Lions
Bob Schoenberg writes,
"A Russian publisher has just bought the rights
to one of my books, Mr. Capone, the bio of Al
Capone. Since Mr. Capone was first published in
1992, and all the other foreign editions came
out within a year or so of that pub date, I
guess the Russians are taking it now because
their scoundrel wants tips on handling our
Madlyn Murphy writes that her husband, Edward
J. Murphy, is now under hospice care due
to late stage Alzheimer’s.
I am sure that Madlyn would love to hear from
those who knew him in Leverett House or at
Harvard. Her home address is 2618 Janis Circle,
Alameda, CA 90405, (510-521-7257). Her email
address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classmates Comment on
University’s Recommendation to Ban all Clubs and
Wally Bregman (Alumnus of The Pi Eta Club and The
Hasty Pudding Club-1770) writes,
"The recent activity on the part of the faculty
has left me no choice but to resign 'as a son of
"If no less an authority than Alan Dershowitz
believes this move is unconstitutional then I
have to agree.
"Who decides what a 'recognized social
organization' is? Is there some sort of
'socially correct' committee
of the faculty that makes this decision. Are
veterans prohibited from joining the American
Legion or the VFW?
"Are Jews prohibited from joining an outside
temple study group or Catholics a church book
club? Where does it end?
"To read the full recommendation you begin to
believe that the faculty puts 'diversity' above
all other goals
of the University.
"Well, guess what? This former son of Harvard
feels that there are many more important
objectives for an institution of higher learning
than to only have the inmates taking over the
asylum, but they are now redesigning it to their
specifications. I’m Out, Bye-bye.”
Dick Koch notes,
"I heartily agree with Wally's sentiments.
However, do not blame the faculty yet as it
appears from the Harvard Magazine article that
the faculty has not had a vote on this issue. I
think it is more an administration move -
appoint a faculty commission to make the desired
recommendation to Drew Faust who will
rubber-stamp the recommended action prior to her
"There has been more bad news lately (See Wall
Street Journal - June 26, 2017) where
universities are rated regarding their tolerance
of free speech. Harvard came in 104 out of 106
schools rated, just above UC Berkley.
"Reasons cited were history of
censoring outside speakers, blacklist on private
clubs, a laminated 'social justice' placemat
handed out to students before winter break in
2015 to help students prepare 'for holiday
discussions on race and justice with loved
ones,' rescinding admission offers to at least
10 incoming freshman that had posted offensive
messages in a private Facebook chat.
"Seems that ‘Veritas' now means views that are
"I think that the only way to encourage the
university administration to be more tolerant of
free speech and the right of free
association/assembly is to withhold donations.
Why should we support this malpractice? If every
time we received a solicitation letter from the
development office we returned the envelope with
a note stating we will not be contributing until
the University returns to its roots, ends
political correctness and changes course in
search of ‘Veritas', the powers-at-be might be
encouraged to change direction.
"The University of Chicago has a new doctrine
that puts free speech above concerns about
political correctness. Harvard should follow
"I was never asked to join a final club. However
I was a member of Pi Eta and it was a memorable
time for me and an important part of my college
experience. Although Pi Eta no longer exists,
other organizations do and Harvard students
should not be prohibited from joining them
because of a misdirected pursuit of diversity
and political correctness."
Frank Nahigian writes,
"Wally, Amen. It's not just this policy you
cited that for me has raised questions about the
direction in which Harvard has been moving. It's
a multitude of recent pronouncements that have
convinced me that the school has lost its way,
just as the country had till the electorate
chose Trump. His leadership style lacks dignity
and decorum and collegiality but the refreshing
qualities that he's substituted make him worth
it: authentic patriotism, candor, transparency,
LACK OF HYPOCRISY, etc. He's a simple man but
not a stupid man.
"Some of you may disagree; that's ok. I can
understand why you may have a different opinion,
but if the national election were to be held
again tomorrow, I believe he'd win the popular
vote as well as the electoral vote. He won't
alter the course of history, but he will delay
the decline of the Empire."
Bill O’Donnell writes,
"For anyone who hasn’t seen a polo match, this
video be Brendan – couple years old – is a nice
FOR POLO FANS this is why you love
Bats Wheeler and Mercy enjoyed a weekend with Danny
Mayers and his family recently.
"Nice to see all of his kids."
Bill O’Donnell writes,
"John Adams knew when he wrote to Abigail how
important that Declaration he signed that day
would be to future generations. Brendan’s got it
all (mostly) in his video on our Saratoga 4th of
"It was a wonderful All-American Day. Watch it
and feel proud of our community.
Bill O’Donnell writes,
"Brendan has really captured the home town all
American of our Elks Flag Day Parade – after 50
years they really have it down.
"Just watched Robert Preston in The Music Man
(great movie) and this has the same feeling. You
"Thanks and keep the Flag flying."
Sonny Templeton and son enjoy a Father’s
Day dive in sunny Florida.
John Gaffney reports that he and his
wife Marina Oreffice Gaffney are doing
well. He is still volunteering, doing some pro
bono data analytics and taking classes.
S. Baird Pfahl is still
very busy with the Coast Guard Auxiliary on Lake
Erie and his job at the local hospital.
Wally Bregman noted that in a recent
Wall Street Journal article Lenny Miller's
longtime Miami Beach home is on the market and
listed at 49 million. The seven bedroom roughly
10,200 square-foot waterfront house sits on the
northeastern tip of Star Island.
Lenny died in 2002.
“Lenny's son Stuart, my son Mark and Sonny
Templeton's son were the first 'class
sons' to enter Harvard. My son was the first to
graduate as he finished in three years.”
Bud Helfant’s Facebook page
contains photos of the growth and development of
a backyard vegetable garden by his son and
Charlie Arena reports that the rain and
the relocation of our reception room to
Holworthy 27 may have reduced the number of
classmates and guests attending Harvard's 366th
Commencement. Still, many of the usual suspects
who did show up for the Afternoon Exercises
joined Clark McCartney behind the 1955
sign and witnessed Renny Little receiving
a Harvard Medal. Mark Zuckerberg gave the
valedictory address after finally receiving a
John Lorenz received a call
from Red Ballantyne who was sorry to
report that Carl Gerdau, his freshman
roommate in Straus B-31, had died.
Bill O'Donnell writes,
"When a family loses a loved one, they can use
help. Mark Mulholland lost Kelly so he knows.
You'll see a lot of families and kids in the
video Brendan did.
They're running or walking to support Mark's
dream of supporting families who have lost a
dear one to cancer. And what better day to run
than Mothers Day in our Spa Park.
If you can, plan on a run in the Park next
Mark will be there to thank you.
Photos by Bud Helfant:
Clark McCartney gets the
prize for traveling from California to be at
Commencement as participants witness
Commencement under umbrellas and a cold wet
On Saturday May 13th, 2017 Rabbi Harvey
Tattelbaum officiated at the final
ceremonies of Bat-mitzvah of his two youngest
granddaughters and, at the same ceremony,
celebrated his own “Bar-mitzvah Shaynee”
(second) - an old Jewish custom when one reaches
the age of 83 (70 +13= 2nd Bar Mitzvah). The
“Mega” event was held at the Dolce Conference
Center in Norwalk, CT which had been “morphed”
into “Synagogue mode” for the occasion. Harvey
is now retired from grandchild Bar/Bat mitzvah
officiation after seven ceremonies!
Malcolm Davis received a second prize
out of 1100 juried entries for his painting
“Sierra Nevada Railroad, Post 1996” in the
National Prize Show 2017, presented by the
Cambridge Art Association.
His painting is on exhibit from May 18 to June
23, 2017 in the first floor hall at 124 Mount
Auburn Street in Cambridge.
Bob Leeson sent along his
dues and noted that he had a great winter
Mike Pizitz and his wife
came up from Alabama to Cambridge recently to
visit their granddaughter who is at
Northeastern. He had lunch with Renny Little
to catch up on class news. Renny remembers that
Mike was the first classmate he met freshman
year and that was the first time he heard a deep
Tom Bisbee notes that “Spring is finally
Paul Grand says,
“I’m still playing tennis —two new knees are a
He was sorry to note his roommate Peter
Sourian had died.
Pat Shaw reports that all
is well in the “Windy City."
Bill O’Donnell writes,
"Not so nice day – but always a nice crowd of
kids, parents and grandparents for the fish
stocking at the Spa Park.
"It’s now a tradition for spring school break
and Brendan has it all in our new video. Watch
the kids release into the Geyser Brook – and
then that little fish could reach the
Kayderosseras Creek to Saratoga Lake, the Fish
Creek to the Hudson and maybe the sea.
"Let me know how you like it. Hey, it’s fishing
season so get out your rods.”
"I was interested to see the note from Pogo
in the recent 55 ADDENDUM. It brought back some
memories and inspired me to locate my I GO POGO
pin. I attach a photo.
"After 18 years on the La Grange,
TX city council I am retiring. I plan to spend
more time traveling and devote more time to my
antique auto restoration project."
Editor’s Note: How many classmates
still have their Pogo buttons? I know Charlie
Moizeau still has his.
Bill O’Donnell writes,
"Here’s the 5th grade chorus that came on after
the 4th grade (video I sent you earlier) and you
can really see the kids maturing.
"They’re great, too but older.
"Enjoy the video – great audience – packed the
auditorium – for both concerts."
The Class of 1955 was well represented at a
recent service for Morgan Palmer.
Charlie Arena, Walter Cabot, Renny
Little, Dick Marson, Nick
Thorndike, Bats Wheeler, and David
Wise were there to pay their respects to a
Bill O’Donnell writes,
"We already have two Annie’s (Broadway & Nat
Company). The girl in red looks she’s in
audition for the role. Brendan’s done a fun
video on the Geyser 4th Grade Concert and I
think you’ll enjoy it.
"Love our kids and their concerts.
"Let me know how you like it.
"Got the 5th grade too – and they seem so much
older. Will send it on later.”
Allan Rosenfield's wife Clare writes,
"I was happy that the Tribute Wall to Allan was
announced on the last page of Addendum, on p. 6,
BUT please send out a correction to his/my name:
ROSENFIELD not Rosenfeld. I always tell people
it's Roses in the Field so that they don't make
"Also, we had a beautiful reception/dedication
of the Wall at the Mailman School with the
following speakers in the Auditorium near the
"Stephen Lewis from Toronto who runs AIDS-Free
World, Kenneth Cole of AmFAR, American
Foundation for Aids Research, and Faye
Wattleton, former President of Planned
Parenthood Federation of America, all of whom
worked closely with Allan over the 22 years he
was Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health.
And each of them loved Allan dearly. Stephen
told me 'I would move heaven and earth to be
there,' when I invited him to be one of the
"Also, there was a panel of four faculty members
that night as well. Our grandkids unveiled the
drapes covering the Wall and everyone oohed and
aahed at it. There is a gorgeous portrait of
Allan in the middle of it which had been
commissioned by the Dean of the Nursing School
-an Australian artist came and photographed
Allan and completed it in time for Allan to see
it and for the School to have a dedication of
"Also, the naming of the building after Allan
happened in time for him to see the plaque
outside its door with his name on it and now the
students will know why the Allan Rosenfield
Building bears his name! That was my prime
purpose and it has been fulfilled! There are
photos, texts, awards (the United Nations
Population Award given to Allan in 2007, awards
from the National Academy of Medicine, and other
lifetime achievement awards) plus the portrait;
I raised $88,000 for this purpose over the last
four years or more."
Frank Nahigian writes,
"Renny, three guys got together in Ft. Pierce,
Florida on April Fool's Day.
"I don't know who the two guys on either side
are, but the guy in the middle
is George Clooney wearing a fake mustache so
none of the Tiki Bar guests
will recognize him.
"Sitting on either side of George are Sonny
Templeton and Dick Koch.
"George doesn’t look too happy, and my guess is
that they have just stuck him
with the bill."
Lucille Block Poskanzer writes,
“Still busy in California - our small haven from
the rest of the country.
"Still active in the Osher Lifelong Learning
program at UC Berkeley. We now have 2500
“Things come apart; the center
“And what rough creature comes slouching toward
”Donald Trump! There’ll be some changes made!”
On April 19, 2017, Bats
Wheeler and Mercy moved to One Wingate
Way, Unit 127 at 235 Gould St., in Needham, MA
Wally Bregman writes:
"I am happy to announce the publishing of my new
book: Lessons from Shadow - Life Lessons for
Boys and Girls. Actually it is co-authored
with my ten plus year old Lab.
If you have grandchildren, nieces,
nephews or know any child between six and ten,
this will be a great book for them. In a
charming (I think) and painless way it teaches
children how to behave in common situations:
bullying, being lonely, traveling, learning,
etc. The clever illustrations (I didn't do them)
will entrance and delight the child as he or she
gets to know Shadow. Each chapter ends with a
'Lesson from Shadow' for the child to learn. The
book can be used as a 'stand alone' or for
younger children as a 'read to.'
It is available via www.authorhouse.com,
(Barnes and Noble). All proceeds from the book
will be donated to Best Friends Animal Rescue
Society. It was Robbie's favorite charity.
I hope you enjoy it."
Frank Nahigian sent along a picture of a
guy about to eat a scorpion.
"If you think Trump's election was unlikely,
Lesson: Anything is possible."
Bill O’Donnell notes that Scouts and
healthy living just have to go together. Here’s
his son Brendan’s video of Saratoga Scouts on a
recent weekend at Camp Saratoga.
"Looks like great fun."
"Pity the snow came a day after they cancelled
the moonlight ski but still plenty of time for
more snow fun.
Enjoy the rest of our white winter. While it
”If you haven’t seen what Middle School kids can
do with the
Wizard of OZ Catch this video, too"
"Still working just about full time as a
bookkeeper to two pizza palaces and an antique
restorer, and a functioning alcoholic national
artist. Truly LA LA land!”
Rusty Flinton (R’55)
Jack Schafer writes that he
and Betty attended 18 opera productions in 2016
between New York and San Francisco. He has
joined the San Francisco Opera board’s finance
committee. Jack worries about the future of
opera, given the huge expense of maintaining an
"Where else do you employ a man whose sole job
is to oversee all swords, daggers and knives
used in productions?”
Last January the Schafers returned to Myanmar to
explore more of the Irrawaddy River and visit a
pre-school they sponsored near Inle Lake.
Jack and Betty write,
“We have decided to keep this letter a
politics-free zone; but in addition to health
and happiness in 2017, we wish you optimism and
faith that life, like the pendulum, can only go
so far in one direction before it reverses
course toward the center."
A Couple Used To Breaking The Color Line
The New York Times
He was a grad student at Harvard University and
the school's first African-American resident
tutor. She was a senior at Radcliffe and the
only black student in her class.
They were married in 1956 and became one of the
earliest African-American couples to appear in
The New York Times's wedding announcements.
Jewelle Taylor, Radcliffe 1955
Bill O’Donnell writes,
I think you’ll love this video Brendan has done
of the Maple Avenue production of the Wizard of
To me it’s amazing what the kids (middle school)
have done. Everything from Flying Witches (yes,
flying) to great costumes – see the Tin Man –
Toto is great.
Enjoy and let me know how you like
“Working Hard and heading the revived Department
of Archaeology at ESPOL (both graduate and
undergraduate programs) in Guayaquil. Getting
close to 85, but still going strong. Cheers!”
Becky Richardson writes,
"My daughter-in-law & granddaughter were in
DC for the March For Women, and daughter-in-law
& son in Boston, and grandson & girl
friend with 15,000 in little New Orleans with
the Women's March & other groups."
Pogo writes that he decided not to attend
“I am deeply worried about the President’s lack
of interest in environmental issues and have a
real concern about his pledge to drain the
Becky Richardson writes,
"My daughter-in-law & granddaughter were in
DC for the March For Women, and daughter-in-law
& son in Boston, and grandson & girl
friend with 15,000 in little New Orleans with
the Women's March & other groups."
Audry Lynch will leave for London on
Monday, February 6 to attend the 2017 London
Festival of Books. She will attend the award
ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at the
famous five-star hotel Grosvenor House in
Mayfair. Audry won an Honorable Mention for her
book The Development of Roy Simmonds As a
Steinbeck Scholar Through His Letters
(Mellen Press). Each prize winning author’s book
will be displayed on a Table of Honor. All the
winners will be asked to deliver a speech on why
they wrote their book and their journey on
Renny and Jean Little send their
best wishes for the holidays and a happy and
healthy New Year to the Class of 1955 from all
the gang here at 35 Brewster St. in Cambridge.
Bill O’Donnell writes,
"Brendan has put up the Winter Concert at the
Dorothy Nolan School.
This Concert takes school concerts to a new
level. Kids from the High School – Dorothy Nolan
graduates – in formal wear join the 4th &
5th grade Chorus in Glorious and it is glorious.
This is the best school concert that I have ever
seen and it is glorious. Just a good word to
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa -
just have a great New Year."
Wally Bregman sent
along the following:
Here's a picture of Dick Koch
and me celebrating Christmas on Sanibel
Bob Hartley writes about his efforts to
repair and replace Harbin Hot Springs Retreat
and Workshop Center in Northern California after
it was completely burned down after a
devastating valley forest fire last year.
“I am working hard to keep Wall Street being
beneficent, which it has been lately, so we can
continue the rebuild.. We have had problems with
various State and County agencies and are
looking forward to our first stage opening in
late spring. That means day visits, camping and
Your Class Officers and Class Committee
wish all class members our best wishes for the
holidays and a happy and healthy New Year.
Carl Goldman notes that Jonathan
Steinberg will speak on “Brexit” at the
New York Luncheon scheduled for March 23rd,
John Ogden reports he is much happier now that he
taken up life with an old friend.
Bill O’Donnell writes,
"Here’s Brendan’s take on our Victorian Walk and
it just keeps getting better.
Loved the Flying Fingers (kids sponsored by the
Lions) sign Christmas carols and our Santa with
a sax was back – he’s great.
Did anyone leave a '55 hat at the HAA?
Renny Little writes,
"I picked up a '55 white reunion crew/tennis hat
at the HAA's information desk on the 6th floor
of 124 Mt. Auburn Street around 2:15 PM on
Thursday, December 8th. I thought it had been
brought up from the 4th floor where we were
raising money for Harvard on Tuesday, but
neither Dick Marson nor Bob Blacklow
claim it. Do let me know if it's yours and I
will return it." email@example.com,
Nancy Aekelyan Huntington writes,
"I derive great pleasure in learning about the
young scholars who have been awarded fellowships
from the Samuel Huntington Fellowship in
International Relations, established in my
husband's name in 2009. Each year, as I read
over the list of awards, I am amazed by the
range and depth of their scholarship.
Harvard should be very proud of them."
(Huntington was a professor in the government
department and a university professor and
director of the Center for International Affairs
at Harvard. He died in 2008.)
James Pratt notes,
"We have moved back to the USA after over 15
wonderful years in London."
James is a retired parish minister.
Harry Manoogian writes,
"I emailed Sonny Templeton and he phoned
me at home. He had quite a nasty time of it
starting last May and his treatments are
continuing to this day….visiting nurses applying
ointment several times a day, etc.. He came very
close to losing his leg, not to mention dying
"He sends greetings to all and specific
greetings to Frank Nahigian and Bill
1955 H/Y weekend a
great success (except for the score of The
Over 30 classmates, spouses and
guests enjoyed Friday night, November 18th at
the Stockyard restaurant.
Host Dick Marson laid on a good meal,
which was enjoyed by out-of town classmates Wally
Bregman, Dave Bicks,Carl
Goldman, Steve Lowey and
Harry Manoogian, along with the usual
local suspects, including Charlie Arena,
Bob Blacklow, Frank Duehay, Arnold
Howe, Renny Little, George
MacDonald, Frank Nahigian, Al
Novick, Al Rossow, and Dick
We welcomed four members of the Class of 1961,
one of whom was the brother of classmate Dick
Saturday was crystal clear and quite warm, and
the annual Arena Club '55 Tailgate just
inside Gate 16 saw many classmates from the
above group. John Merrifield and his
wife joined the gathering, along with many
additional children, grandchildren and friends.
Highlight was a serenade by the Harvard Band,
led by former bandsmen Bob Blacklow and
Bill O'Donnell writes,
"Lot of great people turned out to do the Turkey
Trot. You’ll probably recognize some in this
video son Brendan did.
"This neighbor helping neighbor and it’s what
makes living here so special. Enjoy and let me
know how you like it (especially if you’re in
"Happy holidays, Bill"
Do you have a copy of our Class of
1955 Triennial Report published in 1958 by then
Class Secretary Dick Dolins with which
you would be willing to part?
The Harvard Alumni Association is
thinking of returning to publishing a 3rd year
report, and Diane MacDonald at the Class Report
Office is looking for a copy.
She feels she knows our class very well and so
has expressed an interest in our 3rd year "Red
If you are "downsizing" and are
willing to part with your copy, please contact Renny
Little at firstname.lastname@example.org,
617-491-3937. The class will reimburse you for
George Swanson submitted the following
"The larger the mob, the harder the test. In
small areas, before small electorates, a
first-rate man occasionally fights his way
through, carrying even the mob with him by force
of his personality. But when the field is
nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly
at second and third hand, and the force of
personality cannot so readily make itself felt,
then all the odds are on the man who is,
intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre -
the man who can most easily adeptly disperse the
notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum.
"The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to
such men. As democracy is perfected, the office
represents, more and more closely, the inner
soul of the people. We move toward a lofty
ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain
folks of the land will reach their heart's
desire at last, and the White House will be
adorned by a downright moron."
- Henry Louis Mencken, writing for the Baltimore
Evening Sun on 26 July 1920, in an article
entitled 'Bayard vs. Lionheart' and reprinted in
the book On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe."
Bats Wheeler recently received an award
from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's
Committee on Pro-Bono Services. He was proposed
by Judge Edward Ginsberg.
Bats has been helping folks who need legal
assistance for a number of years now and is a
Bats is downsizing with a potential move in the
future. He has copies of all the 1955 Class
Reports since our 3rd Reunion Report (with the
exception of the 30th, 35th and 40th which have
been promised to Harvard's Archives). Anyone
want to complete their set of these priceless
volumes? Contact Bats at email@example.com
Do you have Harvard memorabilia you would like
to part with? Reunion hats, ties, athletic
equipment, correspondence, etc. Harvard's
Archives may be interested.
Contact Secretary Renny Little (firstname.lastname@example.org,
Alison MacFarlane Clark notes,
"Still kicking. Still playing tennis after a
fashion. Looking forward to the Washington DC
Concert series opening in November."
and Fact from Ren's Almanac
( Remember the Breakfast Club on
Subject: Lost Words from our Childhood
Would you recognize the word Murgatroyd? -
Heavens to Murgatroyd!
Lost Words from our childhood: Words gone as
fast as the buggy whip!
The other day, a not so elderly
(65) lady said something to her son about
driving a Jalopy and he looked at her
quizzically and said what the heck is a Jalopy?
OMG (new phrase!) - he had never heard of the
She knew she was old but not that old.
Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after you read
this and chuckle - by Richard Lederer.
About a month ago, I illuminated some old
expressions that have become obsolete because of
the inexorable march of technology. These
phrases included "Don't touch that dial,"
"Carbon copy," "You sound like a broken record,"
and "Hung out to dry."
Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie.
We'd put on our best bib and tucker to
straighten up and fly right - Heavens to Betsy!
Gee whillikers! Jumping Jehoshaphat! Holy moley!
We were in like Flynn and living the life of
Riley and even a regular guy couldn't accuse us
of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill.
Not for all the tea in China!
Back in the olden days, life used
to be swell but when's the last time anything
was swell? Swell has gone the way of beehives,
pageboys and the D.A, of spats, knickers,
fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal
pushers. Oh, my aching back. Kilroy was here but
he isn't anymore.
We wake up from what surely has been just a
short nap and before we can say, well I'll be a
monkey's uncle! This is a fine kettle of fish! -
we discover that the words we grew up with, the
words that seemed omnipresent as oxygen, have
vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues
and our pens and our keyboards.
Poof, go the words of our youth, the words we've
left behind. We blink and they're gone. Where
have all those phrases gone?
Long gone: Pshaw. The milkman did it. Hey! It's
your nickel. Don't forget to pull the chain.
Knee high to a grasshopper. Well, Fiddlesticks!
Going like sixty. I'll see you in the funny
papers. Don't take any wooden nickels. Heavens
It turns out there are more of these lost words
and expressions than Carter has liver pills.
This can be disturbing stuff! We of a certain
age have been blessed to live in changeful
times. For a child each new word is like a shiny
toy, a toy that has no age. We at the other end
of the chronological arc have the advantage of
remembering there are words that once did not
exist and there were words that once strutted
their hour upon the earthly stage and now are
heard no more, except in our collective memory.
It's one of the greatest advantages of aging.
See ya later, alligator!
Allan Rosenfeld's widow Clare writes with
the latest news featuring the Allan Rosenfeld
Tribute Wall which has now been mounted in the
Allan Rosenfeld Building, Columbia's Mailman
School of Public Health.
"Also, at the end of the article is a youtube of
the Charlie Rose interview with Allan from 2006
which aired the same night as the day of the
interview and which is very impressive."
Classmates are invited to the
reception/dedication on Nov. 29, a Tuesday eve,
from 6 to 8 p.m., a cocktail reception with a
few speakers who knew Allan well at the Allan
Rosenfield building, Auditorium level.
Speakers will include Kenneth Cole (the designer
who heads AmFAR, American Foundation for AIDS
Research), Stephen Lewis, head of AIDS-Free
World, Lynn Freedman, human rights lawyer who
runs the program Allan initiated called AMDD,
Averting Maternal Death and Disability which is
now in 50 different countries worldwide, and
Frank Nahigian notes,
"I got a call from Sonny
Templeton last week. He reported that he
spent May-Sept. in a Palm Beach hospital
fighting a flesh eating bacteria that he
surmises he contracted while swimming (it would
have entered via an open wound). He nearly died,
nearly lost a leg that had turned entirely
black, got religion and swore to God he'd pay
his back Class dues."
Frank Nahigian is looking
to buy seven more tickets to the Game on
November 19th, 2016.
If you have any to sell, please contact him at:
60 Golden St. Belmont, MA 02478-2935,
"I just finished the rough draft of a new book
which is now almost ready for a publisher. It's
about Muslim architecture in Puglia. Puglia is
well known to many (but not yet to everyone) as
one of the most beautiful parts of Italy. In the
south, along the Adriatic, it provided the major
ports from which Christian soldiers embarked to
go to the Holy Land to fight 'the infidel.'
Ironically, at the same time, Muslims lived in
many areas of Puglia and were actually protected
by the emperor himself in one Pugliese city.
My book traces the surviving remains of their
architecture and, as well, the very great
influence it left on the future Christian
buildings of Puglia. It also shows that the
Islamic influence which survived through the
centuries since then is still important in
modern Puglia. This was a very big jump from my
last book (Italian
Renaissance Art: Understanding its Meaning),
which is doing very well.
Aside from my literary endeavors, I have been
teaching seminars in Art History in Washington,
D.C. where I live, and growing a marvelous
organic garden in the wilds of northern Virginia
where my only battles have been with groundhogs
In the back and forth of this double life I am
continually reminded of Virgil whose literary
life in Rome was balanced by his love of the
land and of his farm with its horses and bees.
He loved his cows so much that his only sorrow
was that they could not enjoy the taste of the
good wine he made from the bounty of the land.
By the way, my next book will be about the early
history of wine."
Frank Duehay and Ann Scott
welcome classmates Frank Davidoff and Warren
Pyle to Brookhaven in Lexington.
Carl Goldman noted that 25 classmates,
spouses and guests attended the New York Class
luncheon last October. Harry Martin gave
a well received talk on "Ernest Hemingway and
his Wives." Harry will repeat his talk for our
BURP luncheon in Boston on May 3, 2017.
Howie Smith noted that he attended
Commencement last May and helped carry the Class
Sign into the Afternoon Exercises.
Dick Zwetsch wishes to thank classmates
for sending in their class dues and donations
for the Class Assistance Fund.
"We remain solvent and well prepared to provide
an unexpected gift to a classmate, widower or
widow who may be in need."
Dick Marson reports a good turnout for
the dinner at the Stockyard Restaurant on
November 18th prior to The Game on the 19th.
"There is still time to come!"
The cost is $45/person. Make checks out to
"Harvard Class of 1955" and mail them to Dick at
120 Wildwood Drive, Needham, MA 02492-2736. Call
Dick for further information at 781-444-2565.
"You don't have to attend The Game on Saturday
to enjoy the company of your classmates."
David E. Lilienthal (1889-1981) wrote in “319,”
our Yearbook (page 294).
This I believe
“…I deeply believe in the capacity of democracy
to surmount any trials that may lie ahead,
provided only that we practice it in our daily
lives. And among the things we must practice is
this, that while we seek fervently to ferret out
the subversive and anti-democratic forces in the
country, we do not at the same time by hysteria
and by resort to innuendo and smears and other
unfortunate tactics besmirch the very cause that
we believe in; and cause a separation among our
people, cause one group and one individual to hate
another – based on mere attacks, mere
unsubstantiated attacks, upon their loyalty. This
I deeply believe.”
Charlie Anderson plans on skiing in Taos
this winter with Bob Leeson.
Wally Bregman is looking forward to
seeing his former roommate John Merrifield
and classmates at The Game.
"The big news is that I sold my
company Hammond Residential Real Estate.
Retirement is on the horizon."
Brigid Moynahan Cortright is busy with
rehabilitation after two strokes in December,
"OMG -I'm still alive, Class of Harvard '55."
Dick Ehrlich writes,
"Autumn of 2014. Marlene and I are working our
way through the Niue National Museum in NYC on
our yearly visit to the City. We decided to have
lunch there, but there would be a 20 minute
wait. We sat down on a nearby bench and were
joined by a stranger with a cane. After small
talk I determined that he was from Boston and
went to Harvard, graduating in 1955. He said his
name was Alemian. I told him his first
name was Dick and he was a physician as
was his dad and that he was an excellent high
school athlete. He asked how I knew all that and
I told him we spent three years together in
Kirkland House. All of the above confirms my
belief that I am the most forgettable person you
will ever meet, Regards to all."
Ed Ginsberg is teaching a course in
Family Law at Boston College Law School.
"An invigorating challenge!"
Chris Hale has moved from Brattleboro VT
to P.O. Box 284, Damariscotta, ME 04543-0284.
Stan Katz notes that he, Wally Bregman,
Mike Greenebaum, and Mickey Hammerman
celebrated their 65th reunion at New Trier
Township High, Glenco, IL last September.
"Stepping down in November as
Vice-Chair of the International Law Association,
but continuing to do NAFTA Chapter 19
Cynthia Crawford Lichtenstein
Renny and Jean Little and Audry
McKenna Lynch and her husband Greg
celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversaries last
September. Audry won an honorable mention at the
Hollywood Festival last summer for her latest
book, Garth Jeffers Recalls his Father,
"Some parts of the world are
unattractive, dirty, malodorous, unsafe, and
unfriendly. Earlier in 2016 I experienced the
exact opposite during a comfortable and
pleasurable visit to Krakow, Poland."
Kim McCully's scientific memoirs, "Pioneer of the
Homocystiane Theory," are now available in a
paperback edition from Nova Science Publishers.
Pliny Porter's widow Katharina sends her
best wishes and enjoys receiving the Addendum.
Al Rapperport has slowed down his plastic
surgery practice but is still serving as an
Associate Professor and attending Grand Rounds
at the University of Miami's Department of
"I am still swimming and our Gold Coast 800
freestyle water relay team was first in the
world (four guys 80+ years!) Advice: Always look
forward to something - life is good."
Judy Bailey Reed has resumed oil painting, including
plein air! She continues her activity with local
Democrats and the UU church.
Bill Reynolds has moved to 7258 Harris
Farm Drive in Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023.
A Tribute Wall to Allan Rosenfeld's
legacy of leadership in Public Health has been
installed in the Allan Rosenfeld building at the
Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia
University's Medical Center. Alan's wife, Clare
raised over $90,000 over the past six years
since his death to complete the project.
Ross Shepherd writes,
"I note that Harvard plans to blacklist members
of fraternities, sororities and final clubs in a
campaign to force "inclusion" and attack "deep
rooted gender attitudes." One wonders if John
Harvard would prefer to continue his vigil in
the Yard with a bag over his head."
Ed Stockwell and his lovely bride Janet
also recently celebrated their 60th Wedding
Anniversary and are looking forward to many
Renny and Jean Little celebrated
their 60th Wedding Anniversary recently.
"We held the celebration in the same room of the
Harvard Club of Boston where we had our wedding
reception. Behind us are two of our six
grandchildren. Five out of six of them attended,
which was more than the number of former
bridesmaids and ushers available and able to
"Best Man Bob Kennard's brother (aged 8
at the time) and his sister were on hand. We
hadn't seen them since the wedding."
Bill O'Donnell writes,
"We have our Adirondack Balloon Festival and my
son Brendan was there to tape the start
It makes a fun video https://youtu.be/SG65bkEjKaM
I think you’ll enjoy it."
I hope you all received the fall edition of the
Addendum. I want to bring to your attention an
error which I hope has not screwed up your busy
schedules. I have no excuse for not getting this
note out to you weeks ago.
The New York luncheon at which Harry Martin
is due to speak is listed as taking place on
September 19 at the Harvard Club of NYC. THE
CORRECT DATE IS OCTOBER 19, same time and
location. Please contact Carl Goldman if
attending at 212-331-7653, email@example.com,
360 Madison Ave. 7th Floor, New York, NY 10017
I also want to provide further
information on the Friday night dinner before
The Game .
Dick Marson has booked the Stockyard
Restaurant in Brighton, MA Friday night, 6:00
p.m. on November 18 before the Harvard-Yale game
on November 19. The cost is $45 per person for
choice of steak, chicken or fish. Cash bar. For
reservations, and directions, please call Dick
at 781-444-2565, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not going to The Game? Come anyway!
It is also with sorrow I wish to
report the following deaths:
George L. Moxon died on
August 29, 2016
James E. Moynihan, Jr. died on August 22,
James H. Mahnke died on August 15, 2016
Gillian Adams died on July 16, 2016
Paul H. Wender died on July 16, 2016
Robert E. Richter died on May 29, 2016
Laurence H. Douglas died on April 9, 2016
Please send me your news for the
spring edition, and hope to see many of you at a
football tailgate, class luncheon, or at the
Regards to all,
Warren M. Little, Secretary
Harvard Class of 1955
Renny Little noted that he and Jean
celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary
recently at the Harvard Club in Boston where
their reception was held 60 years ago.
Unfortunately Best man Bob Kennard and
roommate Dave Rotchford are no longer
living and honorary usher Fred Church
could not attend. Jean had two bridesmaids
present, Renny's sister Selina and Jean's
classmate Bett Porada. Betty Swisler
Hale was also unable to attend.
"It was a grand occasion, but I had to inform
those present that it wasn't Senior Citizen's
Night at the Club and I hoped that they weren't
disappointed that the tables were not set up for
John Muss writes upon hearing of George
Moxon's recent death (See Road
"George was one of the most memorable characters
in my life.
"My memories of George during college are beer,
football and an continuing willingness to party.
"I kept in contact with him after college and
after I moved to Chicago. In August, 1958 with
classmates Buzzy Smythe and Bo Allen
I attended his wedding to Sally to whom he was
still married 58 years later.
"George went to law school at University of
Miami and practiced law in Fort Lauderdale until
a couple of years ago when his failing health
prevented him from continuing.
"Over the years I saw George at various weights:
212 pounds in college, 190 pounds when he
returned to college after two years in the army,
300 pounds after law school 185 pounds after a
six month stay at Duke in about 1975 and 400+
pounds for the rest of his life.
"Despite it all he kept his cheerful outlook and
"I saw George and Sally in Ft. Lauderdale in
February 2015 and was surprised that he was
"George will be missed."
Renny Little adds,
"George was well known for his time spent at
Cronin's. The story goes that on the first day
of spring he called a classmate and said 'what a
beautiful day! We should celebrate! Let's go to
Cronin's and get a seat by the door.' As Josh
notes, we will all miss him."
Herb Appleman continues to read and
write. He stays in touch with Elliot Vessel
on a regular basis.
He remembers his freshman roommates,
"Larry Douglas died recently (See
Road Closed) and Wally Sucharyk
transferred to Ohio State."
Note Bene! the fall edition of the
Addendum states incorrectly that Harry
Martin will speak at the New York Luncheon
on September 19th. Not so!!
He will speak on October 19th. Please note the
correct date on your calendars.
Jean White (R'57) has sent along a
bit of news about her late husband Frank
White (Dec. '09) our 3rd Marshal who is
also well known for his TD pass to Bob
Cochran (Dec. '79) to beat Yale in 1954.
"Frank was an educator all his life, first at
Harvard after Graduate School, working as an
Assistant Dean of Freshmen for Skiddy Von Stade,
then heading to VT to teach in public schools in
Pittsford and Brandon before returning to MA in
’63 to teach at Groton School until ’68 when he
left to become Executive Director of Thompson
Island Education Center.
Frank went on to lead Boston Voyages In Learning
and Cambridge School Volunteers before returning
to Cohasset and the family farm in ’98. Always
finding teaching and learning opportunities, he
and I thought to utilize the family farm as a
classroom for educational purposes.
Holly Hill Farm at that time began growing
organically which it continues to this day,
while offering summer camp programs for 3 to 19
year olds, sponsoring visiting school tours and
establishing over 40 school gardens in
surrounding local communities under the
leadership of Jon Belber, current Education
Those of us farming and teaching at Holly Hill
Farm think Frank’s spirit truly lives on."
On Aug 29, 2016 at 4:39 PM Carl Goldman
You probably already caught the error on Harry
Martin. He did not talk YET here in NY
(Old business). He will be speaking on October
19th in New York, NOT September 19 (page 4).
John Merrifield and his wife plan to
attend The Game this year.
"We are coming down from Exeter, NH and hope to
sit with roommate Wally Bregman."
Jack Schafer writes to
obtain Ed Nef's address.
"I read about his film Women of Senegal: A
Challenge to Strife. We lived in Senegal
from 1978-80 and would very much like to see the
film. All is well here and we are all fine."
"Contracted flesh eating bacteria. In May and
June I had eight operations and lost three toes.
I hope to get out of rehab 09/01/16.
"It's amazing how much muscle and strength you
lose. I'm working to get back to my boat for
fishing and scuba. Good health to all my
Howard McElroy questions:
"Where is Wintergreen now that we could use
John Schuler and his wife and family took
a trip to Canada recently.
"It was terrific! There were a few surprises but
a lot of people helped out to give me and Dwin
the help and consideration we needed. The
weather was perfect every day. Passenger traffic
on the Great Lakes ended forty years ago so it
was something of an odyssey to be retracing many
of the steps of the old Canadian Pacific wooden
steamers of long ago. The modern 'steamer' for
200 passengers is flagged out of the Marshall
Islands so it avoids some Coast Guard
John has agreed to speak on "Sages and Seekers"
at our December 7th BURP luncheon.
"What a lot of glorious people running in our
Firecracker 4th to support Saratoga community
projects. And a great group in red double-timed
with Flags unfurled to begin the race to support
Great way to begin the Fourth and you can enjoy
it in Brendan’s new video.
We can be proud of our community.
Let me know how you like it. <email@example.com>"
Pete Watson reports the hospice he is in
"There are only ten of of us."
He tells classmates,
"Don't get weepy!"
Give him a ring at 617-538-4217 on his cell
phone. I'm sure he would like to hear from old
Bud Helfant suggests that classmates check
this BuzzFeed post:
"It's a blast from the past."
If you play "Fight Fiercely Harvard," you
get a fleeting view of the 1954 game with Bob
Cochran catching the reverse left handed
pass from wingback Frank White to score
the winning touchdown.
Dick Marson's Jury Duty has
been cancelled so he will attend the class
meeting on August 3rd.
Classmates who wish to attend, or have business
to transact at the meeting should contact
Secretary Renny Little (firstname.lastname@example.org,
617-491-3937) to be sure it is on the agenda.
BURP Committee chairman Charlie Arena
welcomed Jean Hardy Little to the
executive committee meeting last June. Carl
Goldman and Harry Martin have
agreed to speak at the Boston repasts during the
2016-2017 season. Details in the fall edition of
Frank Duehay and Jane Lewis
were able to purchase trickets to attend the
Antiques Roadshow in
Indianapolis, Indiana over the 4th of July
"We stood in line with thousands of people,but
did get a number of family treasures appraised."
Dick Marson reports he has
Jury Duty in July but hopes to make the Class
Committee meeting on August 3rd.
Pete Palches reported
from the Vineyard that his roommate David
Berndt died on July 3, 2016.
Bill O'Donnell writes,
"If you love The Flag you’ll love this. Brendan
was at Geyser School for the raising of the Flag
and the celebration for Flag Day. It’s an event
the kids will remember and cherish, and a nice
way to end the school year." https://youtu.be/ZMvJkNNZfd0
Bud Helfant suggests that classmates
check this BuzzFeed post:
"It's a blast from the past."
If you play "Fight
Fiercely Harvard," you get a fleeting view of
the 1954 game with Bob Cochran catching
the reverse left handed pass from wingback Frank
White to score the winning touchdown.
Dick Marson's Jury Duty has
been cancelled so he will attend the class
meeting on August 3rd. Classmates who wish to
attend, or have business to transact at the
meeting should contact Secretary Renny Little
617-491-3937.) to be sure it is on the agenda.
Harvard Yale Football Tickets
The Harvard Ticket Office no
longer provides class seating for The Game. If
classmates wish to sit together, one should buy
all the tickets and be reimbursed. Carl
Goldman is doing so for the loyal New York
group (including Dave Bicks and Steve
Wally Bregman will sit next to Renny
Little and Dick Zwetsch.
Bill O'Donnell writes,
"Cheers for everyone who competed in the Lions
Duathlon Memorial Day.
" Wow – 5 k on foot – 10k on bike – then 5k on
foot. That’s a big effort to help Lions
community projects. Great event and son Brendan
has caught it on the video.
Enjoy and let me know how you like it."
Roger Vaglia reports that he took a bad
"I hit my back, hip and head and spent three
days in the hospital and three in rehab. I am
home now, with TLC from Marilyn for bruises and
overall soreness. Fortunately nothing is broken
or life threatening. Recovery proceeding (I
Bill O'Donnell writes,
"The kindergarteners at the Dorothy Nolan School
had a treat when master story teller Jonathan
Kruk gave hisColonial Days program in Ma. It
ended with the kids and Jonathan giving a
program for parents and friends.
Who doesn’t love k kids and you will love this
video. Brendan has really captured the fun and
joy of the program.
Nice going into Flag Day."
"Hi All," writes Al Rossow.
"I’ll be in New Hampshire for the next 5-6
months with limited cell phone access, but I
have a land line: 603.287.7186. Best to all.
"The occasionally working cell phone remains:
"I just returned from a Band of Brothers tour of
the Normandy Beaches, Bastogne, the Ardennes,
Dachau and Berchtesgaden. See this link https://youtu.be/XQ9-7k-pqrE.
It was awe inspiring and sobering. They truly
were the greatest generation."
Bud Helfant noted in an email to Wally Bregman,
"I walked through Dachau in the summer of 1953.
I never thought that the political nightmare of
the thirties and forties would be repeated in
our time. I was at the ACLU Bill of Rights
Dinner recently. There's hope and I'm cautiously
optimistic that cool, thoughtful minds will
prevail come November."
Wally Bregman Visits D-Day Memorial in Normandy
Hollis 8 Hosts Classmates Prior
to the Tree Spread, Commencement, May 26, 2016
Charlie Arena welcomed old friends prior to lunch at
the Tree Spread.
Seen at one time or another, were Bobby
Blacklow and Winni, Saul Cohen, Scott
Coolidge, Frank Duehay and Jane Lewis, Gordo
Graham, Bud Helfant, Arnold
Howe, David and Marian Vogel
Hershenson, Renny and Jean
Hardy Little, George MacDonald, Dick
Marson, Becky Ketchum Richardson,
John Schuler and Dwin. Ann Besser
Scott joined the class in the Alumni
Bill O'Donnell writes,
"Great turnout on a chilly day for the SPAC Rock
& Roll kick-off for the 50th.
Brendan's really captured the support for SPAC
starting with the kids 1k.
With 1600 runners you may be in it. It certainly
shows the community's support for SPAC.
Enjoy this summer's weather."
Preview YouTube video SPAC Rock
and Run 2016 - 50 Years!
Marty Wald writes,
"After 5/31/16 I will move to: 45943 Highway 74
Unit #2, Palm Desert, CA 92260.
My new email address is: email@example.com.
My cell phone number is: 442.400.4791.
Stay in touch, and stay well."
Can't get to Commencement on May 26th? If you're
local you can watch it on Channel 283.
Renny Little will be doing the color
commentary for the Afternoon Exercises starting
at 2:30 PM.
Al Rossow writes that he
won't make it to Commencement this year.
"Give my regards to everyone."
Leonor (Leo Lobo) Gonzalez writes,
"This past September, 2015, I returned to
Harvard (something I had longed to do for years)
to audit several courses during the fall term,
all of them extremely rewarding. I certainly
studied harder than I ever did when I was an
undergraduate, and loved every minute of it; so
much so that I will be returning this September
for another 3 months. I was also lucky enough to
rent a studio apartment at 83 Brattle Street,
where the Radcliffe Institute Fellows live - and
never had a more interesting time.
As for additional news, this
past March I returned to Havana, Cuba, (with my
55 year old son) for the 1st time in 57 years.
The city, once very beautiful and clean, is
today an almost total ruin, and the people have
virtually nothing. Very Sad. So much for the
wonders of Communism ! ! !"
Audry Lynch has just won an Honorable
Mention in the Children's Books Division of the
San Francisco Book Festival for Ruben's
Tales of the Amazon Jungle.
"I'm searching for a publisher who caters to
Latino Children. Can any of you help me with a
suggestion? Thanks in advance for any help." firstname.lastname@example.org
Katherine Horween Burkman writes,
"In July of 2016 I will be directing two of my
own plays, IT'S ABOUT TIME! and YOU AGAIN, here
in Columbus, OH."
Kathy published two books in December of 2015, a
mystery set in academia entitled APRIL CRUEL,
available on Amazon or Nook, etc. and a somewhat
academic book, THE DRAMA OF THE DOUBLE:
PERMEABLE BOUNDARIES, published by Palgrave
Macmillan, also available on Amazon, about how
doubling works in films, novels, but especially
Bill O'Donnell writes,
"That's Brendan's new video of Saratoga Catholic
Theater Troupe's production of Mary Poppins.
Always a delight to see what our kids can do. We
can take pride in some of the accomplishments of
local thespians like David Hyde Pierce - our two
Annies (Broadway & national company) and we
can sense new ones coming.
Enjoy the video: https://youtu.be/j-9QDesE2z0
Let me know how you like it."
Harry Martin writes,
"My practice advising global wealthy families
just ended early in 2015. One activity I
developed as it began to slow down was giving
talks that cover two subjects: Literature-my
hobby; and Wealthy Families-my last profession.
"Hemingway and His Wives first covers his work
as one of the two or three best short story
writers in the world, and then goes into his
life. I use his four wives as a backdrop to
demonstrate what a tragic hero he became through
boozing and egoistic celebrity excesses. For
example, 90% of his meaningful work was done
between 20-41 years of age, and only a few
lasting pieces like 'The Old Man and the Sea'
were written between the ages of 41-61 when he
"The Rockefeller talk shows the
difference in both parenting and philanthropy
styles between the 'Old Money' families and 'New
Money' families using the Rockefeller family as
an example that bridged the two epochs. My work
brought me into contact with people like David
Rockefeller and Warren Buffet's son, Peter, so I
am able to use direct experience to spice up
this talk. My approach is to be informative and
amusing for the audience, not to pretend to be a
professorial type like the poetry expert,
Professor Helen Vendler at Harvard, although I
used her advice when doing a talk on Emily
"Just realized I might do one of
these talks for a '55 Class get together of some
sort. Unfortunately my last reunion attended was
probably the 40th. Highlight for me was having
lunch with David Halberstam and
comparing the kind of research and involvement
he had to do when writing about a subject, to
the research and involvement required for my
family clients. Great people like David are what
makes Harvard so inspirational for many of us."
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Harvard's Class of 1969 has decided to publish a
chap book of poems as they liked ours. Malcolm
Davis has offered his paintings for the
cover if the class so desires.
David Kenney is the owner
and manager of the T'Bred Racing Barn on his
Trinity Hall Farm in Upperville, VA.
He encourages horses to run very fast.
"I breed, watch over and birth T'Bred race
horses. I am a retired farrier and Equine
Dentist. I build walls. I write. Dinner at
Gorhams, a mystery story set on Nantucket,
will soon appear. Amazon. Kindle."
It will be his third published book.
Al Rossow writes,
"Adjusting to FL is not easy....but it will work
See notes in
On the Horizon regarding the New York and
Boston spring luncheon dates.
Annual Class Committee Meeting Set on
Wednesday, August 3rd.
The Class Committee will hold its
annual meeting, followed by lunch
on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at the offices of
the Harvard Alumni
Association 6th Floor, 124 Mount Auburn St. in
Classmates who wish to bring up matters at the
contact Class Secretary Renny Little (firstname.lastname@example.org
617-491-3937) Full details will follow in July.
Dinner Planned before The Game on Friday
night, November 18, 2016.
Dick Marson has booked the Stockyard Restaurant in
Brighton, MA for
a class reception and dinner prior to the Yale
game, which will be at the
Stadium on November 19, 2016. Dick notes, "We
had such a good time
there two years ago, why not enjoy a gathering
Details will follow.
Roger Bulger writes that,
"John Desmond was working at his computer
next to Beth, his wife, when he suddenly lost
consciousness and died! A shockingly sudden
event for those closest to him, but on
reflection, his mode of passing away seems
steeped with his personal humility and
invariable other-directedness that so
characterized his whole life and his many
John, my roommate throughout our four years at
Harvard College, left many friends in our class
and a rich store of positive memories and energy
upon which we can all continue to draw from time
Pirates were roaming on stage at Ballard School
and Brendan caught them on this new video:
Lots of fun and you can feel the enthusiasm of
Ho, ho and a bottle of rum,
John Schuler's "Christmas Jottings" noted
that all of his family and friends joined son
Matthew's team on the occasion of the annual
"Angels Among Us" walk by cancer survivors to
raise funds for the Robert Tisch Cancer Research
Center at Duke University.
John is undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkins
lymphoma first detected last August, but that
did not slow him and Dwin down from taking a
number of interesting trips during the last year
as well as his annual efforts to host the
Salvation Army Red Kettle in Wellesley.
Renny Little notes:
"After due deliberation your Class Secretary has
sent a note to Darren Walker informing him that
the Class applauds his work for the Ford
"Hard to believe when the
Adirondack Pipe & Drums marched into the
Saratoga Library’s Dutcher Room You couldn’t
hear them in the main Library. You can here in
Brendan’s new video. It’s a thrill even if
you’re not celtic.."
reports Bill O'Donnell.
Bagpipe Concert 2016
Bud Helfant quotes Darren Walker in a
New Yorker article (Profiles, What
Money can Buy, in the January 4, 2016
issue by Larissa MacFarquhar):
"In the sixties when you came to see the
president, it was meant to be intimidating,"
Walker says, "It was like you were being
presented to the emperor. But it's not me. I'm
not a white guy from the Harvard class of 1955."
Bud notes that this is the only reference to the
class in the article and wonders if we should
Bill Meyers writes:
"On June 30 Palgrave published my book just a
bit too late for our Reunion and immodestly
titled 'Social Science Methods for Psychodynamic
Inquiry: The Unconscious on the World Scene.' In
its defense I can say I like the cover and so I
have become an advocate of judging a book by its
"Warm good wishes to all my classmates and say
hello to Frank Duehay when you see him;
I was lucky to have him for a roommate for three
very good years."
Wally Bregman will be in Cambridge
November 16-20 and will attend The Game on the
19th at the Stadium.
Dick Marson is looking into places for a
class gathering friday night the 18th.
Further details in the fall edition of the
George Swanson is
recovering from a knee operation. He wishes all
a beautiful New Year.
Dick Zwetsch sent his best along to
classmates for a happy New Year and thanked all
who contributed class dues and continue to fund
the Class Assistance Fund (CAF).
"The Class and CAF are in good shape
for 60th Reunion and 60th Class Report for
Frances Smith Wetherell
notes that the news of her death is greatly
Pete Watson writes,
"My daughter Karen and husband John have sold
their house in anticipation of moving.
Consequently we have two teenage girls, two
adults and a big dog for company. Is this
progress? It is fun!"
Pete lists his current occupation as
"Grandfather and chauffeur."
"Sue and I really enjoyed our
60th, and are looking forward to our 65th. I am
still swimming competitively and have cut down
my plastic surgery practice. Had stem cells
added to both knees and it has definitely
helped. Again, good luck and good health to all
my classmates. P.S. Ann Rittenburg composed a
heart felt thank you."
Bill Small reports that he
is "above ground!"
"Thanks and a tip of the hat to all who had a
hand in the production of our 60th Anniversary
Report, starting with those who responded to
Renny's call for our existential updates."
Bill Schoeberlein now resides at 1331 Hecla Drive, Unit
303 in Louisville, CO 80027-2341 which is an
independent living community.
"Had a wonderful trip to France last July and
was in India in November. Life is good despite
limitations due to age."
Walton Rawls' Currier & Ives book published
several years ago is coming out in March as a
The New York Times Review wrote:
"Walton Rawls…has carried both the pictorial
richness and the larger significance of Currier
& Ives' work to a definitive presentation."
"All is well in California. Hoping
for lots of RAIN," exclaims Lucille Block
Last year Kilmer Mcully
served as President of the Association of
"This year I was awarded the Diploma of Honor. I
continue to publish research on homocysteine
theory which I discovered in 1968."
Harry Manoogian is reflecting upon Murphy's (fifth)
Great Law of Random Perversity which states
"If everything appears to be going well, you
have obviously overlooked something…"
"I am trying to figure out what the hell I have
Peter Malkin writes to
thank all who arranged "our wonderful 60th
Reunion -and to all who attended."
Audry Lynch has just
started working on a new book contract.
Cynthia ("C.C.") Crawford
Lichtenstein is enjoying being on the Board
of the Association of Retired Attorneys of
Sarasota. Occasionally she serves as an
Arbitrator, and hopes to do some pro bono work for
ARAS. She occasionally sees some Yale Law friends,
but wishes there were more "Cliffies".
Al Kliman also enjoyed the
60th Reunion and looks forward to the 65th.
"Still practicing law, but should
know it by now!"
"Two grandchildren at college, one will graduate
this year, then on the graduate school. Another
Lawrence S. Kartiganer
Christopher Ingraham and his wife Frances had a great time
at the reunion.
"Thanks to all who worked so hard to make it
such a success."
Frank Duehay has moved to
Brookhaven in Lexington, MA.
Paul Donovan notes that "Life
continues to beat the alternative!"
His new address is 1010 Waltham St., Apt. 397
Lexington, MA 02421-8064.
Arnold Schuchter has added his website https://www.facebook.com/isisdefeat/
to the "Bypaths" section of
our website. He has a new book out, "Isis
Containment and Defeat," about next generation
strategies central to ISIS containment and
defeat, and protecting the US homeland from
Bud Helfant has uploaded eleven of Tom
Lehrer's "classics" to the "Been
There, Notes and Photos from the Past" on
Al Rossow has moved to
Florida. He is unsure what his email address
will be, but his home address
is 8701 Estero Blvd. #203, Ft. Myers, FL 33913.
"Merry Christmas to all."
Wes Johnson writes:
"Wise move to keep our own website. Just got
back from Phoenix where as senior class
president I organized and presided over the 65th
reunion of North Phoenix High School, for many
years the elite high school of all Arizona
(three members of our class were admitted to
Harvard). I have done this reunion at five and
ten year intervals and have never missed one, at
times having to fly back from Europe or Africa
while on research assignments. It was a very
rewarding experience, although we had 30% men
and 70% women, and most our star athletes were
crippled or in retirement homes and couldn't
attend. One of our class had later been a key
player for USC in the Rose Bowl but couldn't
make it. This was our last hurrah but all these
reunions were well worth it. One of our beauty
queens showed up looking not too much older than
she did in high school. One had become a Park
Avenue psychiatrist, another an Army general.
Invigorating time for all!"
Bob Flaherty notes:
"Dear friends: Merry Christmas, and may the New
Year be kind to all of us. Looking back is over
for another year. Let us see what new adventures
Jim Pates sent his best
along for the holidays from Ashburn, VA where he
is now living.
"I met John Tilton
recently. He recognized me from freshman track
Dolph Harrison notes that he is keeping
busy serving on the board of a number of
non-profits and is the Police Commissioner in
his home town of Mill Neck, NewYork.
Rob Leeson writes:
"MOGULS !! I just talked with my son who lives
in Arroyo Seco, just north of Taos and about 1/2
way up to the ski valley. They received a little
more than 2' in this latest storm, and the
weather is finally clearing. It was 6 degrees
(F) this morning at his house (at about 7,200'),
so it will be cold skiing. The mountain base is
at 9,300' and the top is a little more than
We leave early tomorrow AM and will be back Jan
4. Merry Christmas to all ! Ho Ho Ho"
For the last
forty-two years Bob Hartley, a.k.a.
Ishvara, founded and developed a 14,000 acre New
Age spiritual growth and healing center at
Harbin Hot Springs in Middletown, California.
Last September a ferocious 61,000 acre forest
fire ripped through the Lake Country completely
destroying the land and the center, estimated to
be worth $40m. The residents and staff were
evacuated and none were hurt, but the many
buildings were a total loss.
“Fortunately there was no damage to the springs
and pools. That’s the essence of Harbin. We are
halfway cleaned up and the pools are working.
Still closed to everybody, soon to open to
residents (lower water requirements) and in a
year or so to day visits and camping. Big mess
to deal with. We have an architectural firm
planning the rebuild.”
Our website is back in business!
Bud Helfant has resurrected our old
website and we're back in business, keeping you
all informed as to what your fellow classmates
are up to as we all progress along the highway
of life. Note the new domain name www.harvardclassof1955.org
and send along your news, pictures and memories.
Bob Flaherty notes:
"Going over the class website brought back
memories. Of my best friend Charlie
Nicholson, Henry Scammell who
wrote and free lanced for me , Charlie Wolf
who I wrote about and others long gone. Still
working and writing each day. Had my annual step
test today. The doctor was surprised. At 82 for
the second year in a row I didn't deteriorate.
So far this year I have swum a record 229 times
doing 200 push ups in the water each time for a
total of 45,800 so far. We can't help other
people unless we take care of ourselves. Stay
well, active and happy. We can't see the future
but we can make each new day the best one we
can. Merry Christmas!"
Bruce Seyla writes:
"Thanks for the update on the web site. This
has, for the most part, been a very good year.
Last month, Cindy and I received a 'Champions of
Excellence' award, given annually by Rhode
Island Hospital (the largest hospital in the
State and the primary teaching hospital for
Brown University School of Medicine). On the
flip side, however, we recently lost one of our
classmates, Herbert Triedman. Cindy
joins me in sending best wishes for the holidays
and for the New Year."
"Great to have our website back.
Thanks Bud and Renny!"
Bob Bachner writes,
“I am happy to tell you of the publication by
Black Rose Writing of Last Clear Chance,
my new novel.”
The novel has received excellent reviews and can
be purchased via the following: http://www.blackrosewriting.com
or through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ingram,
Baker & Taylor, NACSCORP or Espresso Book
Tom Bisbee notes that he
was sorry to miss the 60th.
“The American Association of
Petroleum Geologists continues to send
Geoscience Publications to universities
We just sent 60 pallets, (which is about 60,000
pounds) to Myanmar. They will be distributed to
several universities there.” Martin Cassidy
Roger Masters writes,
“Greetings to all classmates who are still alive
He is still writing on behavorial health
dysfunction due to toxins, especially
silicofluoride compounds added to the water of
over 120 million Americans. He suggests:
“To see what I’m up to, look my name up on
is pleased to report that SnagFilms, world-wide
distributor of independent films, has taken on
his film on the Women of Senegal: “Women of
Senegal: A challenge to Strife.”
Bill Beecher's eighth
novel, JIHADI REVENGE, has just come out.
"It is timely, given public concern about
terrorism here. The following precis is aimed
both at the class newsletter and the Harvard
A tough, savvy Mossad operative and a beautiful
blonde FBI agent team up to confront a daring
band of jihadi fighters from Hamas who are
determined to attack a supposedly impregnable US
nuclear power plant. The two have first to
contend with a dangerous Mexican cartel gunman
hired to smuggle the terrorists into the US. The
jihadis have the advantage of a collaborator on
the security force of one reactor. But with 100
nuclear reactors which one was to be targeted?
Available at Amazon Books as both an ebook and a
Wally Bregman notes:
"I have just published my new book, 'My Box of
Chocolates - An Anecdotal Biography'.
It was almost completed before Robbie passed
away and I finished it as a tribute to her. It's
available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and
Happy Holidays to all classmates."
Carl Goldman writes:
"The next New York Class luncheon will be
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 12:30 PM at the
Harvard Club of New York City.
I will give a talk on the use of Harvard's
on-line non-profit course enterprise known as
edX. I will demonstrate how to sign up for the
course material (all of which is free, by the
way), and demonstrate the material with the
opening lecture on "Justice" with Professor
Michael Sandel. We could follow this by a
discussion on the future of on-line education, a
The only caveat is that if Bill Fitzimmons
agrees to talk to the group on admissions during
a scheduled New York trip, I would naturally
defer to him, which is likely to be a different
date. I won't know this until after the first of
Merleen O'Connor Ottaviano writes, "I appreciate
the donation to the Harvard Stem Cell Fund!
Pete's funeral was overflowing with bon voyage
friends. On Nov. 2, we interred his ashes at the
Military National Cemetery at Miramar Base in
San Diego; there is a place for me with him when
the time comes.
I miss Pete terribly, but have an incipient
great-grandchild to look forward to, and live
I was surprised to learn that, if a person has
served in the U.S. Military with honor, he or
she is entitled to burial, complete with a
beautiful ceremony, at our nation's military
cemeteries. There are so many things about death
duties, survivor benefits, etc., that people
don't know until faced with the situation. I
wonder whether anyone has ever written the
ultimate "what to do when..." book?!
Cambridge City Officials Create
the Francis H. Duehay Public Service Volunteer
Frank Duehay is a former Mayor, City Councilor, and
educator, with a career in Cambridge city
politics that spanned 36 years prior to retiring
from public service in 2000.
A lifelong resident of Cambridge, he graduated
from Harvard University with a doctoral degree
in Educational Administration and also occupied
several different positions at the renowned
institution, including Acting Director of
Admissions in the Graduate School of Education,
and Assistant Dean in the Graduate School of
Frank has served on the Board of Directors of
the National League of Cities and as Vice
President of the Massachusetts Municipal
After stepping down from politics he still
remained quite involved with his community, and
in 2010-11 chaired Celebrate CRLS, a yearlong
initiative to engage the support of all
constituencies associated with the high school
and the community in general, in an integrated,
extended and dynamic celebration of the school’s
achievements, as well as those of current and
Classmates will also remember his chairing the
Phillips Brooks House Association capital
campaign, which led to the endowment of the
Harvard Class of 1955 Executive Director of the
City officials recently held an appreciation
reception at the Royal Sonesta for the more than
500 volunteers who serve on Cambridge Boards and
Commissions. Plaques were presented to four
recipients of the newly created Francis H.
Duehay Public Service Volunteer Award.
Arnold Schuchter writes, "I thought that
some of my classmates might be interested in the
very timely book I'm publishing. Next Generation
Counterinsurgency - NexGen COIN: A Presidential
Candidate's Guide to Fighting ISIS.
It will be in print in December. I have the
whole book in a website/blog that I add to
The Epilogue talks about some of my experiences
at Harvard, Phillips Brooks House, with Henry
Joe Page sent along
a picture of Sam Marein-Efron meeting
with a familiar well-known figure.
Renny Little notes
that his son Bob participated again this year in
the Pan-Mass Challenge.
He raised over $5,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer
Institute in honor of his aunt and the wife of a
good friend, both of whom lost their battles
John Amory writes,
" I am still putting in five days a week at the
office in Phoenix. Get-a-ways are mostly to the
boat in San Diego.
We will go to Kentucky to visit my son and
family and take in the Breeders Cup in October.
Here is a picture of my youngest granddaughter
Minnie (Age 10) at Lake Powell.
My best to all."
Bill O'Donnell writes,
"Remember how we used to celebrate summer.
Brendan’s new video, Wilton’s ParkFest, has the
kids on rides, games on grass, and even the
local fire companies using the Jaws Of Life.
Norman Rockwell would have loved it."
Harvard Class of 1955 and
Friends of Harvard Track & Field Establish
the Robert Rittenburg Travel Fund and Hurdles
As part of its 60th Reunion Gift,
Harvard's Class of 1955 and members of the
Friends of Harvard Track and Field raised over
$27,000 to establish a fund to support travel
expenses for Harvard men and women hurdlers who
are selected to the Harvard-Yale
Oxford-Cambridge Meet team. The Robert
Rittenburg Travel Fund will be
administered by Jason Saretsky, the William W.
"Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and
Field/CrossCountry. The Fund will also provide a
hurdles award for a male and female winner at
the meet as determined by the coaches. The first
winners were Autumne Franklin and Jarvis Harris
of Harvard at the meet held at Oxford last June.
Ann Rittenburg thanks the Class
of 1955 and the Friends of Harvard Track &
"Thank you, Class of 1955 and the
Friends of Harvard Track & Field for
spearheading the institution of this travel and
hurdles award fund in honor of my father, Robert
Rittenburg. It is, indeed, a fitting
tribute to a man who 'bled Harvard Crimson.'
"Few things were more centrally defining of my
father's very identity than the sport of Track
and Field and the Harvard Class of 1955. In
fact, I cannot remember a time in my life when
my father was not devoting himself both fully
and passionately to efforts to support those
elements of his life. The depth of my father's
love for the hurdles event, the sport of track
and field, Harvard University, his classmates
and his track teammates all along the way is
"I had the amazing good fortune of being given
life by Robert Rittenburg and of coming
into this world as his daughter. The lessons I
learned from him as I watched him coach
alongside Bill McCurdy in the Harvard 'Bubble',
as I watched him train for and compete in
Master's Level Track and Field competitions, as
I watched him revel in the joy of tailgating
with classmates year after year outside Harvard
Stadium, as I watched him cheer on the Harvard
Crimson on the track, on the gridiron, on the
ice, or wherever they may have been competing,
as I watched him phone or correspond with
classmates and teammates on behalf of the
sports, classes, and institutions he loved so
passionately, as I watched him devote himself to
making sure a 'bubble' at Harvard was replaced
by a building at Harvard, as I watched him help
support the Harvard - Yale - Oxford - Cambridge
Meet, as I watched him watch his children and
grandchildren at the Friends of Harvard Track
and Field Annual Alumni and Family Track Meet
each year ... need I go on ... are lessons that
will last a lifetime for me, as well as memories
I now hold quite dear.
"I often joke with people that I
grew up on Soldiers Field Road and that the
Harvard athletic facilities were my playground,
because the Harvard athletic facilities were my
father's second home. Oh how he loved Harvard
and rooting for and supporting the teams and
athletes who represented Harvard, as he once
"To all of the classmates, teammates, and
friends who helped to establish and/or who
contributed to this fund in honor of my father,
I extend heartfelt gratitude and appreciation,
on behalf of my father and our family. He loved
you all ... and would have loved seeing you at H
'55's 60th Reunion! You are all, indeed, Friends
of Harvard Track, and give even deeper meaning
to all that that organization meant to my father
during his life.
"Thank you all again, from all of the
"All my best,
(Editor's note: The Rittenburg
Discretionary Travel Fund is a perpetual fund
which will accept additional contributions at
Classmates should make out their check out to
"Friends of Harvard Track" and mail it to:
The Harvard Varsity Club, 65 N. Harvard Street,
Boston, MA, 02163.)
Bill O'Donnell writes,
"4,000 strong were in the Firecracker4 and if
you look carefully, most are in this new Video
by Brendan. It’s a great way to celebrate the
4th of July. It’s another of our videos that say
we live in a great community."
"Help! On Friday, July 3, 2015 I called the GI
Dept at Mass General Hospital. I got a computer
that asked me to leave my name and number,
unless it were an emergency, and someone would
call me back.
No one called, so the following Tuesday I went
through the same futility.
Rather than repeating the process today, I
called the Patient Advocate office at the
hospital. Guess what?
I got the same computer phone message, so I
complied with their request, again. You've
probably had a
similar experience, but it was probably with an
auto body shop or a storm window company.
A wise old man used to tell me, "Rather than
curse the dark, light one candle". This is that
MGH is too complex to demolish and start from
scratch, but maybe some of the lost common sense
can be restored to the management, somehow.
This is basic: the help should be paid enough so
that they're motivated to keep their jobs and
the regulations should be altered to make it
easy for the hospital to remove the employees
who don't perform as they're paid to do.
By the way, I say this as one of the long time
beneficiaries of the care they provide."
Andy Ward writes,
"A great reunion although it came and went too
He sent along a picture (see Photo-Ops)
of him, Captain George MacDonald and Bill
Chauncey. Classmates will remember that
these three were the backbone of Harvard's
baseball team in the spring of 1955.
Andy also reports,
"Lack of the milkweed host plant species caused
a severe drop in the Monarch butterfly
population. Fortunately there has been a pickup
in larvae this year."
Bill O'Donnell writes,
"Norman Rockwell would have loved it. Boy Scout
Honor Guard .. The single parade of youngsters
to surround the flagpole. The Boy Scout Honor
Guard raising the Flag. Honored guests – parents
– veterans joining in the Pledge of Allegiance.
It’s all here in my son Brendan’s record of Flag
Day at Geyser School.
Enjoy and feel the Pride."
Bill O'Donnell writes,
"Orienteering in the Spa Park. That’s what
Geyser School was doing May 22.
Great to have the Park just down the Road. And
it had to be a fun challenge for the Fifth
Catch some eager explorers on
Wally Bregman writes,
"Unfortunately, Robbie slipped and fell while we
were in Connecticut last weekend. She twisted
her neck and is in a bit of pain. I think it is
a pinched nerve. But because of her history of
spinal problem, we decided to come home
yesterday and see her neurosurgeon on Tuesday
The good news is that she has had no loss of
strength or motion and I immobilized her neck
with a collar.
The bad news is that we will not see all of you
and participate in the festivities in Cambridge.
Please pass on our regrets to anyone whom
remembers us and enjoy the 60th."
Carl Gerdau has also
expressed regrets that he will be unable to
attend due to medical difficulties.
Bill Beecher has published his seventh
novel “Double Agent Stallion.” It is available
as an ebook and a paperback on Amazon.
“I hope readers will enjoy it as much as I did
Chairman Bob Blacklow
reports that over 100 classmates have signed up
to attend all or parts of the 60th Reunion.
David Wise notes that Chair Ronald
Ansin presented the Roger Baldwin Award at
the American Civil Liberties Union of
Massachusetts’s Bill of Rights Dinner recently.
Also in attendance were Philip Villers and
his wife Kate. Phil offered the 800 members in
attendance a generous challenge to raise money for
"The weather calls for heat and high humidity,
along with expected showers, so bring your
summer clothes and an old '55 umbrella."
Martin Cassidy writes,
"Interviewing applicants for admissions to
Harvard reveals to me how competitive entrance
really is. The early support of parents is very
important and I appreciate what an opportunity
it was being a member of the Class of 1955.
My volunteer activity of shipping geoscience
books and periodicals overseas continues, as a
founder and member of a group in Houston, Texas
called the Publication Pipeline. We have shipped
almost 100 tons to many nations. I wish some
local Harvard Alumni would become involved."
Jack Schafer notes that,
Peter Dunne writes,
"Faith and I planned to attend the Festivities
(had reservations at the Royal Sonesta, etc.)
but a little problem has come up and sadly we
won't be able to do so. I shall be thinking of
all of you."
"We are traveling so much that eliminating one
more trip East just seemed prudent.
I will miss the gathering, but feel that this is
the right decision.
We are fine here - spent the month of January on
our usual round-the-world excursion- Singapore,
Myanmar (boat on the Chindwin River for a week),
diving in the Maldives, visit with friends in
Doha, a few days in Dubai, London and home.
In March we were in New York for a week with two
grandsons- we have a tradition that when they
reach double digits we take them to the Big Apple.
So we were there with one from San Francisco and
one from Philadelphia.
We will spend a week in Ashland Oregon next month
for the Shakespeare Festival, then in July will
take the whole gang - sixteen- on a boat we have
chartered in the Galapagos.
August a bar mitzvah in Philadelphia.
September back to Ashland.
October we will spend 11 days in Namibia on a
Porsche driving trip. Couple more trips East in
the fall, and then back to our round-the-world
next January. I think you can see why one more
trip East could be eliminated."
Pete Ottaviano's wife Merleen reports
that he has had a stroke and will be unable to
attend the reunion.
"Although already wheelchair-bound due to an
accident, Pete was looking forward to this big
event. We have attended previous reunions, and
Pete extends his greetings to his classmates."
Ted Hersh writes,
"Regrettably, because of our Granddaughter's
graduation I will not be able to attend our
Some years ago, I lost my vision due to
Retinitis Pigmentosa and fortunately now there
is a ray of hope that my vision may be restored
following the discovery of a MAK gene mutation
as a cause of my R.P Hopefully I will be able to
SEE everyone at our next reunion."
Frank Duehay talked with Arnie
Greenberg recently. He told Frank that he
will attend the class committee meeting on
Tuesday and the reunion all day Wednesday only,
due to his wife's reunion at Mt. Holyoke.
Bruce Seyla writes,
"As matters turn out, the end of May is a
complete whirlwind for Cindy and me, and we will
not be able to attend the 60th reunion. Please
give our best to everyone, and mark us down as
there in spirit. Although I have retreated from
several non-profit boards in the last year or
so, I am continuing to work nearly full time on
the First Circuit. Retirement holds no allure
for me, and I plan to stay on the bench as long
my health permits. My deteriorating vision has
one good side effect: it has taught me how to
work unconventionally (and, thus, remotely).
This means that Cindy and I can spend large
chunks of time at our home in West Harwich and
at our place in Jupiter (Florida) even though my
Here is the link (URL) to the 60th Reunion event
registration page to register online:
Note spring luncheons "On
Bob Blacklow has returned from sunny Sanibel and is
gearing up with his committee to provide a
memorable 60th Reunion in May.
David Wise reports that Jack Limpert has
joined the CAF committee.
"Jack is honored to be a member of a committee
that helps classmates in need with an
'unexpected gift.' "
Renny Little reports that as part of their 60th
reunion gift, many classmates have contributed
to the Friends of Harvard Track's Discretionary
Travel Fund in memory of Bob Rittenburg.
The funds will support travel and expenses for a
male and female hurdler to attend the
Harvard-Yale-Oxford-Cambridge meet, and to
provide a Rittenburg Hurdles Award for a male
and female winner at the meet.
"I have also had a chance to pitch the request
to former track members at the recent Heptagonal
Meet reunion and it will also be noted in the
next edition of the Friends' Newsletter."
Checks should be made out to "Friends of Harvard
Track" and noted for the Rittenburg Travel and
Award Fund. Mail them to the Harvard College
Fund, 124 Mt. Auburn St. 4th Floor, Cambridge,
MA 02138. Classmates will receive Class credit.
Steve Szaraz sends his best along to everyone and
plans to attend the Reunion. He sent along a
generous gift to the Friends of Harvard Track
for the Robert Rittenburg Hurdles Award.
Updated information on the Class's 60th Reunion
is posted "On
Rob Albert writes,
"Sadly Mauricio Toro and I will not be
able to be with you for the Glorious 60th … but,
when Revel and I were in Bogota earlier last
month, we joined Mauricio and Margaret for a
pre-reunion celebration lunch and filled our
glasses many times to toast all members of the
Class, expressing our good wishes to all who do
attend what we both know will be a most
Revel, Mauricio, Rob and Margaret
Bogota, Colombia, February, 2015
Steve Szaraz called recently to say that he and
Irene are looking forward to attending the
Reunion in May.
Past Class Reports Available
Frank Duehay is clearing
out his house and moving to Brookhaven. He is
parting with his collection of priceless past
1955 Class Reports. Here is your chance to
complete your collection or to own some valuable
Writing your autobiography for the
grandchildren? Don't pass up a rare opportunity
to recall what you were doing at various stages
in your life. Available on a first-come,
first-served basis are the Triennial, Sexennial,
Decennial, 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, and
45th editions, full of interesting poetry,
profiles, and surveys to catch you up on
classmates' pasts before you attend the 60th
All reports are in excellent condition and will
be mailed with a request to cover S&H and a
small voluntary contribution to the Class
Assistance Fund (CAF). Interested?
Let me know (email@example.com)
ASAP, as I know they will snapped up!
John Gaffney writes,
"I do various volunteer activities, church, a
non-profit and community.
My only professional activity now is
occasionally reviewing papers for a professional
My wife Marina Oreffice Gaffney (R '55)
and I are looking forward to our reunions."
John Schuler sent along a
busy Christmas newsletter which included his
work with newly homeless families. He is
completing his second year as Chairman of the
Board of Directors of the local Council on Aging
in Wellesley, where he also participates in many
of the Council's activities.
Last September John and Dwin also enjoyed
attending the Mainely T Tour in John's 1923
Model T, the "Yellow Peril," touring middle
Maine with 50 of his Model T friends.
John and Dwin worked with the Salvation Army's
Red Kettle drive last December.
(May 25-28, 2015)
Schedule posted "On
Chairman Bob Blacklow has posted the
60th Reunion schedule.
Classmates should be receiving their packet in
Note the telephone numbers you should call for
the Sonesta and questions about the Reunion. You can also email questions to 60thReunion_haa@harvard.edu
as they check the 60th Reunion mailbox
Reunion Chairman Bob Blacklow reports
that plans for the 60th are progressing, with
some excellent symposia lined up.
"We will register on Monday evening, May 25th at
the Royal Sonesta Hotel here in Cambridge and
finish after Commencement on Thursday, May 28th.
Better sign up for a room now at 800-916-4339.
Let them know you are a member of the Class of
1955 registering for the 60th."
Further information will be sent out to all in
George Buehler received
good news from a recent medical report relating
to possible nerve impairment. He will be moving
to a retirement community in Pacific Grove, CA
Dick Marson, Arnold
Howe, Renny Little and Bats
Wheeler enjoyed a full day phonathon
recently, raising money for the 60th Reunion
Classmates can contribute to the Rittenburg
Track Discretionary Travel Fund that will be
used for track athletes attending the HYOC meet.
It will also provide an award for hurdles
winners at the meet. Classmates can also
contribute to PBHA as well as the College. Class
credit will be given for all contributions.
More information will be forthcoming.
Frank Duehay and Jane Lewis have sold
their house in Cambridge and are moving to
Brookhaven at Lexington in March.
Carl Goldman notes that
that the next New York Class luncheon will be on
Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at the Harvard
Club of NY. It will feature Professor. Robert
Damton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor
and University Librarian. Professor Damton will
speak on "Censorship: How States Shaped
Literature." Lunch will commence at 1:00 PM,
which will allow Professor Damton to come down
Roger Mechanic's wife Grace
writes that Roger is lost to Alzheimer's
John Ogden reports that he
finally got back to New England after many years
in Virginia. He travelled to Connecticut to be
with his family for Christmas. John lost his
wife Dorothy last June after a long battle with
George Swanson's opera Natural Causes
Killed Victor premiered last August. The
president of the Maine NAACP called it
George continues to fine-tune the DVD. Email
George for the latest revision.
See the web site: www.naturalcausestheopera.org.
Saul Cohen is still working
full time as President of Hammond Residential
Real Estate, but he is " savoring life: music,
art, garden, collecting, grandchildren,
children, wife and friends."
Bill Meyers notes that in June, 2015
Palgrave Macmillan will publish his "Social
Science Methods for Clinical Inquiry: The
Unconscious on the World Scene."
Bill is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at
the University of Cincinnati, where he continues
to write about the methodology of psychohistory
and the livability of cities.
Rob Albert writes that he has stepped
down from his position as the Chairman of the
European Union Youth Orchestra. Rob was a
Founding Trustee and will retire to a Trustee
Emeritus status after a ten year tenure. " …and
so, into the sixth age and one less part to
Wes Johnson writes,
"Have just been checked out of the hospital
after a two month stay.
Medics did great job on fixing me up.--now
fairly certain Jack Limpert will join my
wife Marian and me to attend the 60th.
We'll do our best to get other Lampooners to
attend--that is, if our luck holds out and we
can find some sober ones.
We look forward to seeing everybody!!! AND TO
HAVE A HELL OF A GRAND TIME.
ALL BEST WISHES."
Gene Abroms has moved to a retirement
community. His new book "Living Right: The Ideal
of a Moral-Spiritual Therapy" will come out
Dan Donahoe reports all is
well in Arizona. "I hope to ski with Bob
Leeson this winter."
Jim Dorsey and his wife have moved to
Jacksonville, FL where he finds life relaxing
and greatly simplified by apartment living.
"Looking forward to our reunion."
Dick Ehrlich is in his
tenth year of retirement and loving it.
"Why did I not do this the day after
Commencement? I didn't for two reasons…food and
shelter. Have not decided about attending the
60th. (Can it be true? 60 years, WOW.) Regards
to classmates and especially Kirkland House
Ralph Graner and his wife
Jocelyne spent their 50th wedding anniversary
last July on a small-group tour of Mongolia and
the Lake Baikal area of Siberia.
"Sorry we cannot make the reunion,
but will be thinking of you all." Jarvis
Dick Koch sent along a
recent picture of a mini-reunion in Palm Beach
Bob Leeson continues to be
active on boards involved with environmental
issues. "Still downhill and cross country
Gerry Lewis writes,
"I still continue to commute between
Tallahassee, Florida and New York City, visiting
with my NY sweetheart Eleanor Berman. As long as
our health holds out, we also travel, having
just returned from a week in Venice and the Po
Valley. And we're about to head for the exotic
land of…Arkansas (the only state that Eleanor
hasn't been to).
Roger Machanic's wife Grace reports that Roger has
advanced Alzheimer's disease.
Al Moren continues to
complete "rehab" from recent heart surgery.
Peter Ottaviano continues
to enjoy retirement with his wife, Merleen, in
the mountains of Julian, California.
Judy Reed is "Going to
Cambridge for our 60th. See you there!"
Allan Rosenfield's widow Clare reports that she is busy
with the LCSW, and the Global Healing
Foundation. She is a poet, writer, artist
harpist and a Hospice Threshold Choir volunteer.
Bill Schoeberlein has moved to Independent Senior Living
in Balfour in Louisville, Colorado.
"The big incentive to move from my mountain home
was a successful back surgery last August. After
being a cripple for a couple of years, I am now
on the road to recovery. Tennis court here I
Ross Shepard reports that The Senior Barn Players
are currently trouping his new play, "The
Playmakers," throughout the Kansas City metro.
"Absurd as it may seem to me, I am
still employed teaching history at UPenn." Jonathan
Frank White's widow Jean
writes that she continues to maintain the
educational organic farming operation that Frank
and she started in 1998.
Anybody involved with LSD in the early 50's?
The following letter was sent to
your Class Secretary, Treasurer and Class
I’m a freelance writer based
in Washington, D.C., and I’m writing you in your
capacity as officers of Harvard’s class of 1955.
I am currently collaborating on a story with
James Rathmell, a professor of anesthesiology at
the Harvard School of Medicine, about the late
Henry Beecher, who taught anesthesiology at
Harvard in the years following World War II. In
the early 1950s, Dr. Beecher and a Harvard
colleague, Louis Lasagna, conducted a series of
U.S. Army-backed experiments in their lab at
Massachusetts General Hospital that involved
giving LSD and other drugs to Harvard
undergraduates. The experiments were part of a
larger, CIA-led effort, Project MKULTRA, to find
drugs that could be used as “truth serum” or to
modify behavior. (For background
Since this research was conducted around the
time that you were undergraduates, we thought it
was at least possible that you or some of your
classmates might have had some knowledge of
it—either first-hand or otherwise--and if so
might be willing to share it. Feel free to
circulate this query among your classmates by
email, Facebook or any other means, and if you
have any questions please do not hesitate to
I am sending the same query to the officers of
several other Harvard classes from the same
Frank Duehay and Jane Lewis report,
"We found Charlie Moizeau at the pregame
tailgate of the Harvard Club of Princeton. Both
the Glee Club and the Band serenaded.
And in the beautifully appointed Princeton
Stadium we found Bill Small. The weather
was glorious and Harvard prevailed (49-7)."
Photos by Jane Lewis:
Charlie Moizeau and
Frank and Bill
Lost and Missing Classmates
James Edward Anthony is living happily in Ft. Lauterdale,
It's James Patterson Anthony we're
Rory Dion Harrity on July 23, 2014, but
the source is unverified.
Rory is not listed in our Freshman Register, or
having lived in a freshman dorm. Nor does he
appear in the 1955 Yearbook. Harvard claims he
graduated in 1959, but he does not appear on
'59's class roles, alive or dead.
An article in the The Ocala (Florida) Star
Banner claims Rory graduated from Harvard in
1957. It claims he lived in Eliot House and was
a member of the Harvard Lampoon. But he is not
recorded with that class either. The article
notes that at the age of 27, he was asked by
Faye Emerson to her leading man and said yes,
even though he had never been on the stage. He
went on to play various roles in Alcoa
Presents: One Step Beyond (1959), Where
the Boys Are (1960), and From
the Terrace (1960). He was apparently
married at one time, and the article states he
died at the age of 41 on July 23, 1974 in Ocala,
Florida, one of the two Florida addresses we
have had for him when he was not listed as
In the past, classmates who wished to be
transferred to another class, petitioned the
class secretary (through the HAA) who granted
the request and the transfer was made. (Read
Bill Pescosolido,'55 to'59). My guess is that
Rory left freshman year and when (and if) he
returned, no transfer occurred.
I would be happy to have any further insight
from classmates on the matter, but I am going
with the January 23, 1974 date of death until
Paul J. Murphy died on November 26, 1994
Hayden T. Richards is also believed
deceased, but there is no record of his death.
Can anybody help with addresses for the rest of
the list? Please contact your class secretary. (firstname.lastname@example.org,
Andy Ward writes,
"Hope Harvard football keeps coming through with
He helps tag Monarch butterflies for research
purposes through "Project Monarch Health," a
program of the University of Georgia's Odum
School of Ecology.
searches for Monarch Butterflies
Jack Schafer was amused to read the
recent quip about David Halberstam. He
writes, "After being discharged from a year in
the Army, my unit recalled for the Berlin Wall
Crisis in 1961, I took a month to travel in Asia
before returning to work. As I was boarding my
plane in Saigon destined for Hong Kong, who
should disembark from the plane but David
Halberstam. He was just arriving for what would
be a very important stay in Vietnam. His
clothing looked as if he was chosen as a foreign
correspondent by central casting - a Mackintosh
raincoat on a hot September day. We only had a
chance to chat for a few moments before my plane
was scheduled to depart."
Bob Blacklow reports, "Winnie and I spent
a lovely weekend in DC with Frank Duehay
and Jane, joined by DC residents Joe Page,
Ralph Petersberger and Helen, Bill
Wharton, and Gordo Graham who also
came down from Boston. The Friday evening soiree
was hosted by the Harvard Club of Washington and
the Friends of Harvard Football; we heard from
Bob Scalise and Coach Murphy and enjoyed heavy
hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar and good
conversation. The hotel set aside tables for
1955 and we exchanged war stories. Jane took an
iPad picture of the group and should be sending
it along shortly. Saturday was delightful. We
took in the game (really a rout) and then the
B's and the D's went to the Phillips Collection
and out to dinner. From the ridiculous to the
sublime to the gustatory."
Your Class Secretary notes that the envelope for
class dues was not included with the fall
edition of the Addendum.
You will receive one in the mail. Thanks in
advance for your patience. I know that all of
you are anxious to
send it in with your suggested yearly
contribution of $30 to keep the newsletters
If you can't wait, send them to Dick Zwetsch,
148 Clinton Avenue, Falmouth, MA 02450
Jim Barrett, Bob Blacklow, Jim
Carter, Dick Marson, Renny
Little, and Ann Besser Scott were
seen on Labor Day welcoming the Class of 2018 at
the Freshmen Convocation held under the tent on
the Science Plaza.
Charlie Butter celebrated his 80th
birthday with his two children and three
"One grandchild lives in Israel and the other
two in San Francisco. Looking forward to '55's
60th Reunion next May."
Deirdre Donaldson, Alan Dann's
wife writes that
"Alan has terminal complications from bladder
cancer and is not expected to live too much
longer. You will receive Celebration notices,
including suggestions regarding memorial gifts,
at the appropriate time. Please join the family
then. I am handling the telephone at 802-464-0329
and information that comes to our home at 1108
Butterfield Road, Marlboro, Brattleboro, VT
05301-7995. Scheduled visits would be wonderful
but not necessary. Alan is at home, the VNA have
Jim Barrett has been elected to the
Board of the Phillips Brooks House Association,
replacing Bob Blacklow who served for
two three year terms. Bob replaced Frank
Duehay who led the Association's Capital
Fund drive which the Class contributed to by
endowing the Harvard Class of 1955 Executive
Director's position at the time of our 50th
Reunion in 2005.
Renny Little sent Paul Grand a
picture of the Harvard record breaking 1955
freshman mile relay team recently.
"The picture brought back lots of memories
including Jaakko Mikkola nicknaming me 'golden
legs.' Thanks for reminding me that my titanium
knees were once golden."
Paul hopes to attend the 60th depending upon
Renny recalls Jaakko telling him he had the legs
of a kangaroo and the top part of an ostrich.
Pictured with Renny
and Paul are Bob Rittenburg and Alan
Bob Flaherty wrote recently,
"Just swam my 135th time of 2014 and feel great.
But at 81 I live day by day."
Bob is still Editor & Chairman of Flaherty
Financial News, Inc.
Hubie Gellert writes,
"As Chair of the Schools & Scholarships
Committee for the Harvard Club of Alaska, I was
very pleased to see five Class of 2018 admits."
Danny Mayers reports that Jim
Barrett and Jane hosted a birthday party
for him recently. Jim was also recognized for
his recent birthday. Lee Hurd and Bats
Wheeler also enjoyed the weekend in
Hanover, New Hampshire.
Danny notes that he will not make the 60th
Reunion as the family will be in Tuscany at that
Charlie Anderson writes,
"Edy and I are well. Looking forward to another
ski season, broken up by a month in Hawaii. We
hope to come to the reunion next Spring."
Charlie also noted that David
Wise's email is invalid. The correct email
address is email@example.com.
Charlie requested the guidelines for the poetry
Chap Book which will be published at the same
time as the 60th Class Report. Those interested
in submitting a poem, can find the guidelines on
the Class website (http://classes.harvard.edu/college/1955/)
under the 08/24/12 entry for "On the Horizon."
Rob Albert writes:
"Revel and I will be visiting with Paul
Grand and his wife Annie on the Vineyard
from 9th August for a week -- before doing some
sailing Down East in and around Dark Harbor."
He wants to know whether anyone has a current
address for Arnold K. Brown's widow
"They lived on the Vineyard before he died. I
would love to make contact if she was still
"We will definitely be back for the 60th next
David Wise notes that his email address was
incorrect in the recent email "blast" to
classmates. His correct email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Looks like we will have a full Chap Book!"
Additional poems can be sent to David at 5
Brooks Road, Rockport, MA, 01966 prior to the
end of October.
Peter Dunne writes,
"I developed double vision 2 months ago,
uncertain etiology. Weird. Neurologists seem to
get neurological disorders!
Best to all."
"I still do some consulting, but I
am busy with various volunteer activities as
well as taking courses in literature and music."
Jack Langguth's book "After
Lincoln" with his interpretation on
Reconstruction will be published by Simon &
Schuster in September.
"I will not attend the 60th Reunion, but I will
be thinking of you all."
"I hope to make the 60th
unassisted!" writes Stephen Szaraz.
"Still ticking, but not without expert
assistance (thank you Cleveland Clinic). Getting
it while I can before AFA discovers my age.
Roger Vaglia writes,
I'm looking forward to getting back to Cambridge
and seeing you all at THE GAME and the Fri.
night pre-game dinner.
In the meantime I'm staying busy with my 60 by
120 ft garden in which I'm starting to harvest
lettuce, onions, peppers, kale, leeks, squash,
peas, cukes and even kohlrabi. Tomatoes and
sweet corn are soon to come.
I have also started another project earlier this
year. A group of us former employees of the
Superior and Cooper Energy Company have
disassembled a 78 yr old engine and hope to have
it running in a few months. It ran in a Kentucky
oil field compressing natural gas from 1936
until the mid '80s then sat idle and neglected
for another 30 yrs.
Bill O'Donnell notes that
"Firecracker4 is fun. 4,000 go past our house.
Sean put up a sprinkler so runners could cool off
a little. You can see it in the video. Should
bring back some memories."
"In Saratoga it's not The Glorious
Fourth - it's Our Glorious Fourth with 4,000
runners, strollers and just plain walkers to the
dogs strolling down Broadway. Classic Cars in
Congress Park and Fireworks lighting up the sky
as we celebrate the Fourth. Enjoy Brendan's
Really nice fireworks shots."
YouTube video The Fourth of July in Saratoga
Bill Beecher writes,
"Some of you have read one of more of my novels.
Arabella was introduced in novel #4. Several
were so intrigued they asked if I would expand
her persona in another novel. Thus: ARABELLA
UNDERCOVER. There follows the gist of the story
Arabella, a beautiful young blonde recruited by
the FBI, has as her first major assignment to go
undercover as a teaching assistant to a Muslim
professor at a small college. He is suspected of
being leader of a Hezbollah terrorist ring being
established for the first time in the US and
planning to target vulnerable chemical plants
whose destruction could cause casualties far in
excess of what happened on 9/11. Determined to
succeed at her first important assignment, she
takes risks against the advice of her superiors.
She almost loses her life. But being
fast-thinking and resourceful, she manages to
help bring down the cell before it can carry out
its plans. Available at Amazon."
Robert F. Hartley a.k.a Ishvara
writes, "For the last 42 years I have founded
and been developing a New Age Spiritual, Growth,
and Healing Center at Harbin Hot Springs. It is
two hours North of San Francisco, just above the
Napa Valley. If you are curious, the website is
I have been very successful selling options in
the stock market for the Corporation, Heart
Consciousness Church. As a result we have a net
worth of between 80 and 100 million dollars,
including 14,000 acres and many buildings. My
intention all this time has been to start a New
Age University, focusing on Universal
Spirituality, the Human Potential Movement, and
Holistic Healing. It looks like it is beginning
to happen on some of the lands we have
purchased, though getting permits to do things
is always very slow.
In 2002 I published a book called “Oneness in
Living,” by Ishvara. It explains all my thinking
and methods of practice with a post-log about my
life. It is very deep and powerful, integrating
many areas of endeavor, available at Amazon.com. I
have also gone very far in Kundalini Yoga – the
real thing, not what is usually written about.
At 81, I am relatively healthy but slowed down.
I am active in pursuing my dreams, though
retired from active management at Harbin Hot
Springs. I keep only the hats of finance, real
estate, healer evaluation, and ministry. I have
no wish to retire completely or travel, being
fulfilled in what I am doing. My best wishes to
you all. Harvard gave me much and I have a lot
of love for it, even though I wasted most of the
opportunities. My web address is email@example.com.
John Lorenz notes that
"my youngest son Johnny got married on May 11th
at Pomfret School (see Photo-Ops)
and a granddaughter graduated from Phillips
Andover on June. 8th . Fred Church will
The 5E LeadershipTeam of the San Diego Veterans
Hospital recognized Wally Bregman
recently for his many years of volunteer
service. Wally has been coming to the hospital
on Mondays to talk with the veterans for the
last six years. On Memorial Day in 2008, he
decided to give each veteran he spoke to an
American flag. It was such a success that he
continues to pass out flags, and figures he has
given out over as 1,000 of them. Wally received
a pin for serving over 500 hours at the
hospital. He says that, “a visit to the VA
hospital is one of the highlights of my week.”
Bob Bachner writes,
"I'm still practicing real estate law on a more
or less full time basis, although not working
nearly as hard as I used to. I've taken
advantage of the additional free time to write
fiction. My novel Last Clear Chance was a
finalist in the most recent Faulkner-Wisdom
competition, and I'm going through the deadly
struggle to get it published, while starting a
new one. My wife, Barbara, is a multi-media
artist and our daughter, Suzanne, is a
playwright-director. The arts are gratifying,
but it's a good thing I've had the day job all
Dick Waldron writes,
"There have been many touching commemorations
over the last few years about David
Halberstam since his untimely death. It
has taken me awhile to be able to comment. Dave
and I met in Holworthy in 1951. He lived on the
second floor, and I was on the 4th. We hit it
off when we first met, particularly when he
brought home a bag of white mice that he got
from the Crimson, and I encouraged him to slip
them through the mail slot of the unpopular RA's
room. We weren't put together as roommates, but
chose to be together for the next three years in
Dunster, along with another dear friend, one of
his three freshman roommates, Bud Ingoldsby.
Bud was the handsome, athletic one. I was the
studious one, getting pretty good grades, and
Dave was the guy working 24/7 at the Crimson.
When he became Managing Editor, he would often
roll in about 2:00 AM. I was frantically trying
to write an Honors thesis in Economics, and we
would commiserate into the early hours about our
plights, and as many of us did, complain about
our many frustrations.
Bud, Dave, (he was always Dave to us, not David)
and I went our different ways after graduation,
but stayed in touch. When I was President of the
Securities Industry Association in California,
Dave was the Keynote Speaker. We bonded as two
insecure scholarship kids in 1951, and that deep
friendship lasted until we dearly hugged each
other at our 50th."
"For most of April and May I
will be in the southern part of Italy — Puglia —
where I will be doing research on a new book for
which I am collaborating with an architect
friend; it will be on the Architecture of Puglia
— which is very, very interesting since ancient
times. There is even a medieval Muslim town in
Puglia, Lucera. For our work, we will be
centered on an olive oil farm near that town.
Then in June I will be giving a talk at the
Harvard Club of New York City the evening of
June 11; that talk will be about my recently
published research on the Sistine Chapel as a
whole. I would love to see any classmates who
happen to be in New York and who would like to
come. After returning to Washington I will be
giving a special seminar on Venice at the George
Washington University here in Washington.
During all this time I am also
working on another new book — on the very early
history of wine in ancient literature starting
at the beginning with the literature of ancient
Sumeria, going through Egypt, Syria, the
biblical lands, Greek and Roman times and ending
with Early Christian writers, when wine became a
sacrament. All good wishes to all."
Carl Goldman reports that Steve
Lowey's wife Nita will be the speaker for
the New York Class Luncheon on May 13th at the
Harvard Club of New York.
The Honorable Nita Lowey is the Congresswoman
from New York's 17th District, representing
parts of Westchester and Rockland County.
"I would like to inform our regional classmates
(Harvard and Radcliffe) that this is an unusual
event and I would encourage a large attendance."
Carl does not have a title or a topic for this
talk at this time, but assumes it will be wide
ranging and mostly open to questions from the
David Kenney has just published "Mrs.
Thatcher's Gamble and The Corps of The Royal
Marines," a tale of Mrs. Thatcher's near
fall at the outset of the Falklands War in 1982.
She was rescued not by her party, but by a small
band of infantrymen from the Royal Marines.
"The book was fun to write. I did interviews in
the Pyrenees and in the middle of a Manchester
soccer riot. Some sources had wives who were
Available on Amazon Kindle and stores.
Howie Smith reports from Fort Myers, FL that the
March 1-2 weekend reunion of Winthrop J-13
roommates Stuart Kaplan, Dick Shaps,
John Feldmann ('54), and Howie was a great
success. Dick sent along the "official" photo of
the four in their H J-13 polo shirts ( See Photo-Ops).
Doug Hartley writes:
"Ed Nef has put together a 3 1/2 minute
travelogue about Senegal entitled "A Modern Land
in Ancient Africa" which is available for
viewing on You Tube. Ed is the producer, I am
the music director, and the narrator is Andrea
Sachs, daughter of our classmate Barry Sachs.
A full documentary on the subject should be
forthcoming later this year."
Frank Nahigian invites classmates in or
near Ft. Myers, FL to lunch on March 20th.
the Horizon" for further details.
Carl Goldman writes,
"Our next New York Class Lunch at the Harvard
Club is tentatively set for Tuesday, May 13,
I am looking for a speaker, as I am running out
of possibilities from the Class.
Somebody must be wandering around looking for a
place to have lunch (though they may not have a
chance to finish it). Any ideas?
Give me a call at 914-764-0939 or email CAGPLR@aol.com."
David Wise writes to remind classmates
that the Chap Book Committee welcomes poems of
moderate length from serious to humorous for
inclusion in the Class Poetry Chap Book which
will be published at the same time as our 60th
Report. He notes that children of classmates are
welcome to submit a poem about their Harvard or
Radcliffe parents. Please check "On the Horizon"
under "1955 Chapbook" for further details on
suspense date and address to send your
Carl Goldman notes that 19 Classmates
attended the New York luncheon on January 29th
at the Harvard Club of New York. Paul Grand
spoke, expressing his views on the current
legal system which he feels is not prosecuting
financial offenders as it has in the past.
Fred Church is recovering from surgery
which has provided him with a new knee.
Jack Schafer reports that to celebrate
his 50th wedding anniversary and 80th birthday
(both coming up this year) he took his family on
a Lindblad Expedition cruise from Sitka to
Juneau in Alaska's inland passage. His wife
"we discovered how quickly a grandchild abandons
dessert when someone yells 'Orcas off the
Gordo Graham sent the following note
along to Bill Coughlin and your Class
"You may recall that in my dotage I defy
mortality in many ways including swimming on
Christmas Day in the Irish Sea and New Years at
Boston's L Street Beach. Got a pretty consistent
record which, alas is in jeopardy tomorrow
(January 1st) due to errant son in law who has
the family car in New Jersey and won't get it
back til Thursday. I will be with daughter
Rachel overnight and prepared to T it to South
Boston by eight to get my ha ha wet and another
certificate. It is really a fun occasion with
Fire Dept band and all and is over by ten when I
get noon train back to Worcester. Surely there
is enough life left in yet another H-55 old
codger to get me there and back. Reward I offer
is 500 years remission from stay in purgatory.
Happy New Year! "
(To the best of my knowledge nobody took him up
George Swanson continues cancer treatment at Dana
Farber . Last June he was told he had about a
year to live. In October a CT scan showed the
two melanomas in his liver had shrunk 30% so he
told the undertaker, “Forget it.”
See Higher Power and My Cancer at: https://medium.com/p/6d4d2baa1d69.
Your Class Secretary, Treasurer, Webmaster, and
the entire Class Committee thank you for all of
your news, contributions to the HCF, Class Dues,
and The Class Assistance Fund (CAF). We hope you
and yours had a very Merry Christmas and wish
you a happy and healthy New Year in 2014!
Ira Rabkin is enjoying
life, travel, and his family.
David Wise notes,
"The New Yorker, 9/23/2013, Annals of
Architecture, A Sense of Place, an article
by Calvin Tompkins mentions J. Max Bond. Jr., a member of
David Adjaye, the Ghanaian British architect,
won the international competition in 2009 to
design the African-American Museum in
Washington, D.C. Adjaye's design partners on the
project were Philip Freelon -- who is actually
the architect of record -- from North Carolina
and Max, the much loved dean of African-American
architects who died of cancer shortly before the
competition was decided."
14 Classmates, along with wives, partners,
children, grandchildren, and friends met the
Class bus at the 128 RR Station and motored to
New Haven. The traditional class tailgate was
enjoyed under a clear blue sky and bright sun
and prior to watching a very satisfactory
conclusion to the football season with a win
Highlight of the trip home was notification of
Dartmouth's snow job over Princeton which gave
the Crimson a share of the Ivy League title.
See "Photo-Ops" for a picture of classmates in
Eleanor Drachman, after many months
recuperating from a fall, is back in her home.
We wish her well and encourage classmates to
visit and phone (978-369-4260).
Genna Lewis Anderson:
"Suddenly I feel my age! Not fun."
Genna wonders why the Class
Assistance Fund (CAF) is non-tax deductible.
Treasurer Dick Zwetsch
explains that the Harvard Class of 1955 is a
tax-exempt organization and as such it can't
to its own members.
Karl Anderson writes,
"Keith, my partner for 18 years died two years
ago last August. I miss him terribly.
I sold my house at the Sea Ranch and have moved
to 20675B Forest Ave., Castro Valley, CA 94546
be near my daughter and grandchildren and to
start a new life without Keith. I am in good
health and look
forward to seeing you at some reunion down the
"Recovering from bladder surgery
with a good prognosis. Still playing the church
organ and choral singing here and abroad. Buried
our 16 year cat old last August. Distressed at
the way the world turns."
Alan list his occupation as "Writing letters to
Dick Dolins, MD is still
working but thinking of retiring.
Carlson Gerdau received an Honorary Degree of Doctor
of Divinity from the General Seminary in New
York City and one from Bexley Hall Seminary in
Columbus, Ohio in the spring of 2012. He
received a previous one from the Virginia
Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia.
Ed Ginsburg was honored by
the Red Sox at a dinner party last July. "A real
Dick King has moved.
"After 15 full time years and 60 part time years
in West Falmouth (Cape Cod) I have moved to
Highland Green, 2 Woodcock Drive, Topsham, ME
Gerald Lewis notes that he still has his law
office, "but I spend a lot of time 'commuting'
between Florida and NYC, visiting with my 'pal'
Eleanor Berman. She is a travel writer, so for
the past seven years we have been traveling all
over the world."
Audry McKenna Lynch had a wonderful family ("five of us")
trip to Majorca last June.
"I recall reading Politics,
Parties, & Pressure Groups by V.O. Key
in a government class. I wonder if Professor Key
would be impressed with what passes for "Party
Kim McCully writes that his scientific and
personal memoir "Pioneer of the Homocysteine
Theory" was published by Nova Science Publishers
this year. "My experiences as a member of the
Class of 1955 are recounted in this book."
Jerry Murphy sold his
business and retired at the end of 2012.
"Looking forward to our 60th."
"Hope to see all you guys before
our next reunion -- when and if there's another
Alan Schwartz was honored
last July with the surprise presentation of
Volume 111 of the Southern Reporter 3rd
containing a tribute to him on the occasion of
his name spanning 1,000 volumes of the Southern
Reporter -- as a lawyer or a judge.
Alan is the Senior Judge in the Third District
Court of Appeal in Miami, Florida.
Hugh Wilde recalls down time in 2011-2012 with
prostate surgery, lung cancer, spinal fusion and
the replacement of both hips.
"Back to fire fighting (exterior only) --
healthy enough to have fought two fires in the
last couple of months."
Audry McKenna Lynch was sorry she
couldn't come to the Radcliffe mini-reunion in
Stockbridge. She is enjoying her new job as
Field Editor for the Mellen Press. She has
received two "nibbles" so far.
"One candidate is Jewelle Taylor Gibbs!
She wrote a fabulous summary and proposal which
was a combination of family memoir and
autobiography. She dated Martin Luther King
while she was at Radcliffe and he was at Boston
University. She is as spectacular as ever and
lives in a retirement community in Oakland."
Roger Vaglia was also in San Diego. He notes that,
Frank Duehay writes,
"The trip to San Diego was all too brief, but
the game was excellent (H: 42-SD: 20) I enjoyed
visiting a charter school started by two
outstanding former Cambridge public school
administrators. We took Jane's sister and her
husband to the game and spent the rest of the
day with them. I saw Wally Bregman at
the party before the game on Friday night. And I
met Bob Schoenberg there too. So there
were at least four from '55 at the game: Wally,
Bob, Roger Vaglia and me, although I
never saw Roger."
"Marilyn and I were in San Diego. this weekend. I
went to the game Saturday where Harvard acquitted
itself admirably both on the field and in the
stands. A surprisingly large (to me) Harvard
contingent made itself known both visually and
audibly. The good guys won going away. Marilyn and
I then went to Wally Bregman's for the
post game soiree where many Harvard alums had a
great time celebrating and schmoozing for several
We leave on September 23rd on our 72 day
Holland-America Grand Voyage cruise across the
Pacific from Los Angeles. to Singapore and back to
Los Angeles with stops in Japan, China, Viet Nam,
Singapore, the Philippines, etc. plus plenty of
Pacific Islands over and back. Our return will be
on December 4th. We are really looking forward to
Jim Barrett, Bob Blacklow, Bats
Wheeler and their spouses are enjoying a
canal trip in Europe.
George Swanson writes that
Doug Van Gorder has agreed to be the producer of
Natural Causes Killed Victor and he hopes the
folk opera may be performed at St. Saviour's
within the next year or so.
"Doug produced the successful "Camelot" this
spring. He has proven theatrical gifts and
experience. Since many ask, I will say that I
feel very well. The doctors say I look great. No
pain. Life is good. Hey, who knows the future? I
am so pleased that Victor's story is in Doug's
good hands. Blessings and Love to all"
Roger Vaglia writes:
"Like so many of our class who have reached or
are nearing that four score and none milestone I
thought I'd share this bit of trivia first put
forth by David Halberstam in the preface
to our 50th anniversary report.
He stated that the median class birthday for our
class is Sept. 1, 1933 which just happens to be
my EXACT birthdate. This means that as of this
coming Sun.as I turn 80 half of our original
class are already 80 and the other are not but
soon will be. I realize that fact and about $4
will buy me a cup of coffee somewhere but I
thought I'd pass it on.
Bob Hartley writes,
"I am personally broke except for social
security and free things like housing and car I
get in return for my work as Minister:
Administrator of the Heart Consciousness Church
in the New Age retreat, spiritual, educational
and healing center that is Harbin Hot Springs in
Middletown California. We now have 11,500 acres
of land. My being broke is a conscious choice. I
see myself in many respects as being a monk, and
monks are taught that to really find the deepest
spiritual realm, one must cut oneself free of
the things of this world. So I donated all my
money to the Heart Consciousness Church, which
owns Harbin Hot Springs. It seems funny that my
yoga includes making money, but I do not make it
for myself, and it is my duty to do my best,
however this might look to others. Krishna
teaches you that you must do your duty, without
attachment to the results.. I feel I am
relatively unattached to financial success or
failure, though I struggle hard for it to be
Douglas Hartley notes,
"We have been enjoying family visits from
daughters Sandra, Virginia and Charlotte and
various grandchildren, abetted by beautiful
weather (finally). I will be visiting our
classmate and my roommate Ed Clark and
his wife Genevieve, in his paradise Collioure, a
little fishing/tourist village at the foot of
the French Pyrenees. From there I am meeting up
with my wife Sondra in Lisbon for a tour of
northern Portugal and thence to my old stomping
grounds, Slovenia. So it will be a busy Fall!
Meanwhile, the Cushing Historical Society
(Cushing, ME) of which I am ex-president and now
acting as such, has had a very busy summer with
concerts art shows and monthly meetings with
guest lecturers. A flurry of activity before the
Rob Leeson writes,
"We had another wonderful month of March
downhill skiing at Taos with Charlie
Anderson and Edy. We had hoped that some
of our classmates would show up to ski with us
and teach us some new tricks,...but none did.
During late February and all of March at Taos
Ski Valley there was more than enough snow on
the main mountain area, but this spring at the
place where the 4 of us often do our cross
country skiing (at a slightly lower altitude),
the snow cover was marginal....
The downhill skiing and the weather in the Taos
area are almost always superb; the number of
skiiers is seldom a problem and, best of all: if
you are 80 you will get a SEASON TICKET ENTIRELY
FREE....AND FOR THOSE YOUTHFUL CLASSMATES
(AND/OR THEIR SPOUSES) WHO ARE STILL 79 OR LESS,
THE SEASON TICKET IS ONLY A WHOPPING $100 !!
Here's hoping we will see and ski with some of
you in Taos next winter. Charlie lives there
full time and we visit during latter February
and almost all of March, which we will do again
this coming winter, God willing."
John Amory is the Senior Vice President
in the Phoenix, AZ office of CBRE (CB Richard
Ellis Brokerage.) He is in his 53rd year with
the firm he started with in Phoenix.
"Marcie and I have been married 49 years. One
daughter married with two children in La Jolla,
CA. Another married with two children in the
Santa Barbara area. A son married with two
children in Lexington Kentucky. Life has been
good, I can't complain. Recreation is horseback
riding the trails in the Wickenburg AZ. area,
boating in San Diego."
Jerry Murphy reports, "Sold my market
research & consulting firm and retired on
December 31, 2012. I am gradually getting out of
the habit of working."
George Swanson writes, "The two melanomas
in my liver are 7 and 6 centimeters in diameter.
They grow about 2 centimeters a month. We
learned this week that my only option for
treatment is a preliminary trial which does not
appeal to me. I take various meds to cope with
the damage the three infusions of Yervoy did to
me – congestive heart failure, colonitis,
endocrine system on strike, hormones out to
lunch, vision problems, etc. I walk and climb
stairs to strengthen my heart and body. I get
plenty of sleep.
Not much pain -- I sleep without pain pills.
It’s time for palliative care and living life.
Bruce M. Selya, a Senior Judge at the
United States Court of Appeals for the First
Circuit, has completed service of a seven-year
term as Chief Judge of the United States Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review. On
June 13, 2013 the Rhode Island Bar Association
conferred upon Bruce the Joseph R. Weisberger
Award, which the Bar Association gives
episodically to a judge of the Rhode Island
State or federal courts who best exemplifies and
encourages the highest level of competence,
integrity, judicial temperament, ethical
conduct, and professionalism.
Bruce continues to hear cases and to teach (he
holds faculty appointments at Boston College Law
School, Boston University School of Law, and
Roger Williams University School of Law).
He and his wife Cindy live in Providence, Rhode
Island, West Harwich, Massachusetts, and
Bruce writes: "Cindy and I are well (although my
vision has failed badly). The children are also
doing well and, at this stage of our lives, we
have six grandchildren, the oldest of whom is a
senior at Penn and the youngest of whom has not
yet turned two."
Wally Bregman and Robbie have invited
classmates planning to attend the Harvard-San
Diego football game on September 21st in San
Diego to a cocktail party/reception at their
house in Del Mar after the game. For more
information, see "On the Horizon."
David James writes," Sheila and I own a
small one-bedroom apartment at 5 Arlington
Street, in North Cambridge, MA, in the same
building where our daughter Win lives.
Our tenant is leaving on September 1st. If
anyone is looking for a one-year lease of a nice
apartment (rent $1,700), let me know." firstname.lastname@example.org
John Lorenz notes that Fred Church
has given him his copy of the full length DVD
"Regular Guys" which both can fully recommend
"The filmmaker, Kevin Rafferty, interviewed 130
of his Andover Academy classmates, now in their
mid-sixties, about their feelings and memories
of their years at the School. He drove over
25,000 miles around the country to do this.
Since boarding schools barely changed from the
Edwardian Era until Woodstock and Vietnam, their
time at Andover is exactly as other New England
boarding schools were in our time. They talk
about 'the regs', the 'jocks', hazing, the
incredible academics and teachers, the lack of
girls, and how the experience defined their
lives thereafter, for better or worse. Many got
so choked up that they could barely speak - and
even though Rafferty is a Bush cousin, he
definitely did not edit what some of them had to
say about George W. who was in the class above
them! I have seen his excellent movie 'Harvard
Beats Yale 29-29' many times. If you want a copy
of 'Regular Guys', order from Kevin Rafferty
Productions, 51 Macdougal Street, #204, New
York, NY 10012 (212
505-0154) The cost is $20.00."
Frank Duehay and Renny Little
will visit the PHBHA's Summer Urban Program
(SUP) from 8:45 AM to 12 N on Thursday, July
11th and invite classmates to join them. "We
will go to lunch afterwards."
For further information, see the invitation
under "Public Service," which also provides two
other dates on which classmates can visit the
Al Rossow and Nancy Markley took a short
trip to France last Memorial Day. First stop:
Paris; then a river cruise north on the Seine
with a view to paying their respects to those
who sleep in Normandy….an important item on Al's
(kick-the) bucket list. "Remember..."
Friends of Alan "Mickey" H. Hammerman
have established Fund.
The income of this fund will be used to provide
financial assistance to scholarship recipien the
Alan "Mickey" H. Hammerman Undergraduate
Scholarship ts in Harvard College.
Bill Beecher notes that a TV crew from
NHK, the largest television network in Japan,
came to his home office to interview him about
nuclear power safety, focusing on his
experiences at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
ten years ago. After one hour, they left, but
Bill noticed the camerman taking pictures of the
front of his house.
A few minutes later a nosey neighbor called and
asked Bill's wife if they had just won the
Puzzled, his wife asked why?
"I saw a TV crew photographing the front of your
place, so I figured you must have won the
Goeff Ball writes: "I'm still playing
(hitting) tennis (balls). Here's how: I find an
eager athletic younger person who wants to learn
to hit the tennis ball. I have one now. And it's
great. I don't have to run for any ball I don't
want to and the 'kid' learns to play tennis."
Geoff has just updated his picture on LinkedIn.
"I've been elected to the board of the Library
of American Landscape Architecture History. LALH
effects the publication of the classics of
landscape architecture and selected recent
efforts. This opportunity combines my gardening,
history, and landscape design interests. LALH is
based in Amherst and has published a wonderful
list which I commend to landscape design and
gardening addicts in the Class of 1955 -- http://lalh.org/books/.
One of the first of their books was Charles
William Eliot's memoir of his son Charles who
worked with Olmsted. It's an excellent, poignant
tribute to a superb landscape designer by a
grieving father. Best to all." Ted Whatley
Christiane Joost-Gaugier has been invited
to give a talk at the Harvard Club of New York
City on Wednesday, June 12, at 7:30 PM.
"It will be about my new book, and the Meaning
of Italian Renaissance Art (and of course free
Carl Goldman reports that 29 classmates
and friends attended the New York dinner at the
Harvard Club of New York
on May 21st. "Many thanks to our speaker Elinor
Fuchs R'55 for a most interesting talk."
"I have been kicked upstairs by
the HAA after years handling 'crowd management'
for Commencement," reports Renny Little.
"After escorting one of the Dignitaries to the
Chief Marshal's Spread, I will be up in the Tree
House (Stage left when facing the audience in
the Tercentenary Theatre) providing the color
commentary for the Afternoon Exercises, I will
be sorry not to see classmates for libations in
Hollis 7 and lunch at the Tree Spread. Jean will
be there, however. Those of you who parade in
the afternoon straighten up and fly right and I
will salute you when you go by, so stay tuned!"
Bill Beecher reports, "I was interviewed
at length the other day by the BBC World Service
for a program called "Witness." In this case
they were focusing on my New York Times story
revealing the secret bombing of Cambodia during
the Vietnam war."
Classmates may recall that Bill did a talk on
that subject during our 50th Reunion.
David James writes, "The
book I was working on last year is being
published on June 30 by Praeger Books (an
imprint of ABC-Clio Publishing, www.abc-clio.com)
in hardcover and as an e-book.
The book, written with Rajeev Merchant, is
titled The New Asia: Business Strategies for
the Economic Region That is Shaking Up
the World. For more information, including
pre-release endorsements, please see its online
catalog listing at http://abc-clio.com/product.aspx?isbn=9781440829093.
We think that The New Asia will
be of wide interest to businesspeople,
professionals, and scholars throughout the
world. It provides a timely analysis of the
shift of global economic power and influence to
Asia and insights for seizing opportunities and
managing risks in the 16 countries that are
driving growth in the region. According to
Nicholas Hope, director of the Stanford Center
for International Development, 'Anyone
interested in what is going on in Asia and the
disparate circumstances and prospects of its
emerging economies will find much of value in
its pages.' ”
Audry Lynch has just been appointed a "Filed
Editor" for the Mellen Press. That means she is
searching for manuscripts of interest to
scholars, usually on a doctoral level. "If you
are interested in having a scholarly book of
yours published, please contact me. Don't
overlook your doctoral dissertation, even if
it's gathering dust in the closet, if it
contains information that other scholars might
find useful." Audry can be reached at 408 725 1898 and
by email at email@example.com.
Bill Beecher writes, "My
fifth novel, The KGB Hoax, is a Cold War thriller.
It centers around an illicit coupling in a Moscow
hotel between a well known Washington
correspondent, who previously had served in a high
government post, and the wife of a rising star in
British military intelligence. The KGB has some
photos and sound bites. One group wanted to
blackmail the pair to get unspecified future
'favors'. But higher ranking officials decided to
try to con the reporter into writing an amazing
story that would likely persuade the US to waste
billions on a needless space race with the
Soviets. A very clever Russian gambit backfired,
however, with huge negative historic consequences
for Moscow. Commented Kevin Klose, President of
Radio Free Europe and former Moscow Bureau Chief
for the Washington Post: 'You won't put it down. A
mystery inside a thriller inside an adventure.'
Fred Rabin notes that he and Beth have
relocated to Colorado. Their new address is 55
West 12th Avenue, #208, Denver CO 80204
"I'll miss the BURP luncheons."
Charley Bingham writes that he enjoyed
the recent '55 Addendum.
"It is very well written and gives one a good
understanding of what many of our class members
are up to.
I still reside in Tacoma, Washington and am
proud to report that there are several Harvard
Grads who are faculty members at the University
of Washington-Tacoma. And, the regional Harvard
fundraisers keep in touch!
Retirement with a great view of Puget Sound, 2
of my 4 offspring nearby, in a state which is
growing in many sound ways, reduces the concern
of aging! My health could be a bit better, but
my gratitude to Harvard and the outstanding
faculty and friends endures!
PS: Wish I were in Boston to see the upcoming
Upon reading the article on former freshman Dean
John Monro in the May-June issue of the Harvard
Magazine, Wally Bregman writes:
"JUM (his Crimson moniker) changed
my life forever before I even set foot in the
Yard.. In the fall of 1950, I was a high school
senior only interested in catching footballs and
girls (the former occasionally and the later
never). Then 'Baby Dean' Monro visited New Trier
High School.in Winnetka, Illinois on a
recruiting trip. Needless to say I wasn't part
of his itinerary. I was a Senior messenger
sitting outside the Dean of Boy's office when I
was asked if I had a car and would I drive Dean
Monro to his next stop, Evanston High School. I
answered affirmatively to both and drove him the
fifteen minute journey to ETHS. I have no idea
what we talked about, but at the end of the
drive, I had an application for Harvard. Somehow
I filled it out and in April, I, my parents, my
teachers and most of my class were astounded to
find out I was accepted in the Class of 1955.
John was my freshman advisor while in Straus but
with no memorable moments. Then in the middle of
my Junior year, he invited me to visit his
office. He told me he had been following my
progress and was pleased. He then related the
following: As a member of the admissions
committee in 1950 he reviewed with his fellow
members all applicants. At the end of the long
and arduous session, each member had one 'wild
card.' One candidate for admission who was his
choice alone and not subject to discussion. I
was his choice for the Class of 1955.
Thank you, John, for your faith in me."
Frank Duehay and Jane are going to San
Diego on Friday, September 20th -- Jet Blue
flight from Boston to San Diego at 7AM and
nonstop return at 11 AM Sunday (?).
He will be visiting a Regional Charter School
for first family Latinos and Hispanics on
Saturday followed by the Harvard-San Diego
"We would be pleased to get together with
Classmates Friday night if any will be in the
area. Let me know via email - firstname.lastname@example.org,
or 'phone 617 547-0271."
(Ed. Note: More information on the
Harvard-San Diego game on September 21st for
those interested in attending will be posted as
soon as it becomes available.)
Frank's wife Jane Lewis reports
that the Stockyard has reopened under
management/cooking that originated at Abe &
Louie's on Boylston St in Boston. "I hear it's
very good. I also hear it's expensive. Frank and
I will take ourselves over there in the next few
weeks and give you a review."
The New York class luncheon will be
held on May 21st not on May 16th as noted incorrectly in the Spring
edition of the Addendum.
Elinor Fuchs, R'55, will speak on "My
Adventures in Ageland: Professionalizing the
Inevitable." If you are still able to
attend, please notify Carl at his office 212-331-7653 or
by email CAGPLR@aol.com.
Renny Little notes
that: "As far as I know, as of April 16th, no
classmates or their families were involved in
the April 15th bombing of the Boston Marathon."
Jorge Marcos emails: "I
have been rather busy since 2005. It all began
when I became Undersecretary of Heritage at the
Culture Ministry in 2008, where I organized a
large archaeological project which I had been
leading until recently. I am now reopening the
archaeological undergraduate program at ESPOL
(Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral) where
I am also directing a graduate program in
anthropology. Having left the political scenery,
and now I am back in academia as Professor
Emeritus of Archaeology at ESPOL."
Frank Nahigian writes: "Six of us, Barry
Higgins, Bill Maloney, Dick
Koch, Joe Sacco, Sonny
Templeton, myself and assorted wives,
s.o.’s and lady friends got together for lunch
on March 7 at the Ritzy Carlton Hotel in Naples,
Florida for repast and conviviality.
Actually, it wasn’t that convivial because
everyone was talking simultaneously for most of
the afternoon whereas no one was doing any
listening so I don’t know what the point of it
all was but as it ended everyone alleged they’d
had a hell of a time and we ought to do it again
next year-which is ok by me because I don’t hear
very well anyway."
(See pictures in Photo-Ops)
Andy Ward reports that he had dinner with Joe
Bartlett and Bo recently. "Does anyone
know who the gentleman is that is writing a book
on David Wells? If so, let me (email@example.com)
and Renny (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Harry Manoogian sends his best to
classmates from Worcester. "I have just returned
from a 10 day 'Interfaith Tour' of the Holy
Land...I thought I'd better get over there
before Obama got there and screwed things up
more than they already are.. Beautiful,
interesting land... weather was wonderful...but
lots of complicated politics for the Jews to
deal with. I'd recommend the trip to anyone who
could put up with the long travel
Herb Appleman's play "Sailing with
Magellan" received a staged reading at the New
Dramatists in New York City last April. The play
involves around a New York high school student
who overcomes parental desires and applies to,
and is accepted by Harvard.
Christiane Joost-Gaugier's new book
"Italian Renaissance Art: Understanding its
Meaning" has been published in March by
Wiley-Blackwell as a hardback. It will also be
available in paperback and as an ebook.
Limpert is active in
Bath, Maine raising funds for the local Episcopal
Church. He has been in touch with Ted Gleason
and Steve Chinlund recently.
Bill Meyers writes, "I am happy to still
be around at this point, but I am saddened at
the loss of so many good friends and classmates.
My children are doing well, which is a blessing
in itself, and my wife continues her work on
health care programs, including a remarkable
data base called Health Landscape. I have
recently completed a book manuscript about
understanding irrationality on the world scene,
which I hope will find a credulous editor and
publisher. It’s heartening to learn of the
innovations at Harvard these days --- in
particular, the Harvard-M.I.T. edX program seems
to hold promise for reaching people all over the
world, including those in isolated villages and
poverty-stricken urban districts in Third World
countries. And now BostonX! It is great to see
George Swanson reports that
he is applying for a clinical trial that has
good results in handling a metastic melanoma.
"I feel great and I am not checking out."
Gordo Graham writes, "Great Rumors of my
imminent demise are much exaggerated. I was
heartened recently to have tea at the Harvard
Club with recovering Bill Coughlin and
an earlier BURP speaker Prof. Em Rashi Fein as I
saw off back to Ireland Presentation Sister Dr.
Anne Codd, my Reunion 'companion' who has become
a friend of both Bill and Rashi. Life is still
sometimes good. Please note my new postal
address as of March 12, 2012:
Gordon Graham, Oxford Court, # 509, One Coolidge
Place, Clinton, MA 01510 USA."
Mike Gumaer notes that "all
is well in Sea Island, Georgia. We celebrate my
80th Birthday in Botswana, Africa in January."
George Swanson notes that his opera, Natural Causes
Killed Victor, will premiere before the high
altar at St. Saviour’s Parish Church, Bar Harbor
in August 2013. See www.naturalcausestheopera.org
on the web. "I hope the folk opera of prisoner
Victor Valdez’s torture and death will turn
American prisons into farms and trade schools."
Bill O'Donnell writes: "A Happy New Year
to all - and in Wilton it's even happier.
The Happy Building has opened. That's the way
Bill Dake (Stewarts) characterized the new Y
building - and the story is in our www.wiltonreport.com
Lots of pictures, happy faces - and it's happy
news which we love to cover.
You'll also find lots of happy faces of kids
preparing for holiday concerts.
As usual advertiser ads are running (NO CHARGE)
alongside the stories.
Maybe we can't forget Washington - but life is
pretty happy in our local communities.
2013 is going to be a great year and we will be
covering the happy stories."
George's second opera is in gestation. Gilgo
Beach is based on a Bangor Daily News
article, More girls from Maine and Portland
being forced into $32 billion sex trade.
This is at : http://bangordailynews.com/2012/10/05/news/state/maine-and-portlands-roles-in-the-sex-trade-on-the-rise/
The opera is about Gloria, a woman from
Maine, kidnapped into a brothel for years, and
buried with her two-year-old daughter at Gilgo
Beach on Long Island, NY.
John Amory writes that he is still very
active in commercial real estate, having been
with the firm of CB Richard Ellis for 52 years.
"Retirement is good," Charlie
Anderson reports. The Andersons are
looking forward to skiing in Taos this winter
with Rob Leeson and Peggy. "I hope that
other Harvard classmates will call and join us
if they come to Taos."
Martin Cassidy reports a
busy year as President of the Houston Geological
Society (4000 members). "I am still interviewing
John Gaffney retired from
Lockheed-Martin two years ago, having retired
earlier from IBM. "I am doing some consulting as
well as pro bono work for Montgomery County,
Maryland where I live."
Doug Marshall is now living at 10511 North Hillview
Drive in Hayden, ID 83835
"Enjoying my life with a loving
family and am grateful for good health." Ira
Arnold Schuchter sent the following message along to
Enjoy Hawaii vicariously at my recently launched
and refresh with the eNewsletter:
Hopefully '55 classmates will discover Perfectdayshawaii.com
and enjoy Hawaii even more for their vacations.
Best wishes for the holidays and 2013."
Pete Watson and Anne took a short Labor Day
weekend trip to Maine where they enjoyed a
wonderful luncheon with Jim Moynihan and
Eileen. "They are well and send their regards.
Yes, Jim is as talkative as ever."
The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife will
examine the whole range of New England culinary
culture at its next conference at Historic
Deerfield on June 21-23, 2013. Interested?
Contact seminar director Peter Benes (email@example.com).
David Bicks and Carl Goldman and their
wives came up from New York for the Pre The Game
dinner. Thanks to Dick Marson, Al
Rossow and Roger Vaglia for a
pleasant evening with old friends.
18 Classmates enjoyed each other's
company in The Game pregame tailgate. Can you
identify them in the Photo Ops section photos
taken by Lisa Marson? The Harvard Band came by
just as she was taking the pictures.
Note Bob Blacklow leading it in one
Bill Coughlin is
recuperating at home from quadruple by-pass
surgery. "I beat Charlie Arena by one
(Charlie is doing fine as can be seen in
Seen in Hanover, NH when Harvard beat Dartmouth
on October 27 were: Jim Barrett and
Jane, Bob Blacklow and Winnie, Frank
Duehay and Jane Lewis, Bill Small and
Bess, and Bats Wheeler and Mercy.
Arthur Sweeny III has moved
to 82 Clipper Way Chestertown, MD 21620.
Carl Goldman reports that the recent New
York Class luncheon was a pleasant and
In attendance were Carl, Jim Carter, Steve
Chinland, Tom Coolidge, Dick
Cooper, Mike Finkelstein, Peter
Malkin, Charlie Moizeau, Herb
Neuwalder and Joan Ullman Schwartz.
Herb Appleman gave a most interesting
talk on the Making of My Fair Lady.
John Williams has moved from Weston to 10
Longwood Drive, #562 in Westwood. MA 02090-1184.
“I’m breathing,” reports Led
Smith. Led and classmate Charlie Ohl
at St. Paul’s and Harvard are both Marine Corps
“My wife Paula and I have moved
permanently from Milton, MA to 15234 Lakes of
Delray Blvd. in Delray Beach, FL 33484,” writes
Ross Shepard has just finished directing his
one-act play “The Dust of Destiny: A Gritty Tale
of Poetic Justice.” “This old time melodrama
will troupe in the K.C. metro area until June
Judy Bailey Reed has sold
her house in East Orleans and moved to a condo
in Orleans. “It’s wonderful!” her new address is
18 West Road # 307 in Orleans, MA 02653. Judy
continues to paint and is a “Democrat activist.”
“Almost retired from Plastic
Surgery but not from swimming – just won the
National Open Water One Mile Championship for
age group 75-80 – so my back is doing well after
surgery. Life is good for the Rapperport Clan. I
said a little prayer
for Paul Retig and Bob Rittenburg
at our Temple. Happy and healthy year to all of
us,” writes Al Rapperport.
Chris Pfeiffer writes,” Our
retirement odyssey has finally ended here in
Plymouth, closer to our children. We are happy
and well here, if only our street name were
different.” (Chris lives at 114 Clam Pudding in
Ed Nef produces documentary
films. “My latest documentary on mining in
Mongolia and its impact on their civilization
won first prize at the Vermont International
"Still farming, travelling and
collecting antique maps, and thoroughly enjoying
life." Andre Navez.
After years of single lives, Eileen
Murphy Murray and Robin Esch '51 have the
good fortune to be sharing their life journeys
Kim McCully's scientific memoirs will be published
by Nova Science this fall, including
descriptions of his experiences in the Class of
1955. It is entitled "Pioneer: exploring
homocysteine and the causes of arterioscherosis,
cancer and aging; a memoir of discovery, exile
Dick Marson and co-hosts Al Rossow and Roger
Vaglia are expecting a good turnout of
classmates for the pre Harvard /Yale football
dinner on November 16th. (See On
the Horizon). Frank Duehay, Ed
Ginsburg, Renny Little and Jim
Sidd have signed up. Dick would like to
hear from you prior to October 26th.
Peter Malkin is pleased to report that, "our 10th
(and final) grandchild entered The College last
September -7th out of 10. Others to Stanford,
Yale (!), and Wesleyan. Isabel and I are
enjoying our 58th year of marital bliss! One
wife, one home, one job -how fortunate."
Audry McKenna Lynch's
October was a busy one with the Robinson Jeffers
Festival in Carmel, the Sierra Conference in
Santa Barbara, and the Dustbowl Festival in
Ed Ginsburg notes that the
Senior Partners For Justice is celebrating its
Tenth Anniversary, "and I am turning 80 years
"Fortunately no big news. Still
heading the Schools and Scholarship Committee,
working in real estate and doing what we can
against the neo-con political climate while
enjoying Alaska's summer and winter
attractions." Hubie Gellert.
Lorraine Tulis Fowler lists her occupation as Adjunct
Professor /Retiree from "Other."
Charlie Epstein's wife Lois writes, "After
losing my dear husband Charlie to pancreatic
cancer in February of 2011, and having a
lumpectomy for breast cancer in March, 2012, I
am now trying to put my life back together. I am
now taking courses at the Fromm Institute for
Perpetual Learning including the study of FDR's
life, an analysis of the First Amendment (Free
Speech), issues before the Supreme Court, a
study of the short stories of Ernest Hemingway,
and a study of the diverse religious populations
in India. No final exams necessary. Warmest
regards to all of my classmates. Please call and
visit if you travel to San Francisco."
Paul Ephross is "mostly retired but still teaching
-even as Class 'baby' age of 77 as of October
Alan Dann writes," The Vermont Schools Committee
met with Dean Bill Fitzsimmons last September.
Open admissions has become a large effort to
crack socio-economic barriers and produce at
least some of the leadership needed for the
perpetuation of society on this planet. Other
select colleges have followed Harvard's example.
"My speculation is that most
classmates just reached, or are about to reach,
age 80, an anniversary I hadn't anticipated.
Perhaps none of us did. My toast to all: May you
enjoy your years in good health with good
friends until there are no more anniversaries.
My own health is fine. Possibly too much clean
living. I'll have to work on that." Tom
Scott Cooledge still feels great, "yet the number of
medical specialists has increased. Maybe they
are catching some of the 'rust spots' early."
"I am still working when they
catch me," writes Pat Conmy. "Summer at
Lake Tschida, keeping the boats running for
grandkids. Winter in Lake Havasu City, AZ.
Peter Coccoluto is a
Bill Chrisman's widow
Maggie has moved from Paradise Valley, AZ to be
near family. She now resides at 7500 N. Calle
Sin Envidia, #11101, Tucson, AZ 85718. "I'm
retired but still investing."
Stephen Brush's book
"Making 20th Century Science: How Theories
become Knowledge 1870-1970" has been accepted by
the Oxford University Press for publication in
Allan Botter is still
practicing law "until I perfect it."
Frank Duehay has signed up for the Pre
Harvard /Yale Dinner (see invitation to all
classmates, spouses, widows, and guests On
Peter Dunne would love to come to the
H/Y dinner but is a delegate at a conflicting
National Multiple Sclerosis meeting in Dallas.
He writes, "Thinking about it, there are a
remarkable number of classmates with MS - which
in all studies and my experience is
predominantly a female disease! When I first got
involved with MS in multiple levels-other
neurologists said: 'Why are you dealing with MS?
It's a dead end!' That has changed, thank God,
and right now there is a lot we can do with
MS-helping relieve symptoms, block attacks, but,
it still tends to progress with no real cure."
Steve Reynolds writes that he will not be
at the Pre Harvard/Yale Dinner. "We will be
having a Harvard Club of the Palm Beaches event
here and expect a fairly good turnout."
Charlie Moizeau and his wife Gail visited
the Harvard Club of New York recently. They
collected Kathrin Stepputat-Porter and
transported her to Walpole, NH for the memorial
service for Pliny Allen Porter on
September 29th. "She will be in our care until
her return to England early Monday morning, 8th
October." Vaughan Castellanos Barton and
husband Jim '56 also attended the service.
Larry Tuller writes:
"We have moved to the Orlando Florida area and
are awaiting a wheelchair accessible house to be
built in Del Webb community in a 'burb of
Orlando. Supposed to be completed by end of
October...we'll see. Hope you all have a ball at
H/Y game in Nov. Some day, if I ever walk again,
we might join you. Keep smilin.'"
Gordo Graham is now back in the States
(Oxford Court #509, One Coolidge Place,Clinton,
"Do please send me a copy of Addendum and
notice of the speaker at Oct. 16 luncheon. Bill
Coughlin mentioned it was Ethel
Sadowsky, an expert on Vat II. You might
recall that our last reunion I brought as
"partner" one Sr. Anne Codd, PhD, a Presentation
Nun from Ireland who is top theologian to the
Irish Conference of Catholic Bishops who stayed
with Sally & Bill Coughlin. Anne
comes stateside 2 Jan. 2013 as my guest and will
preach Epiphany Sunday at my local Episcopal
church. So if that's our Oct. speaker please
fill me in. Regards all."
Dick Marson, Al Rossow and Roger
Vaglia cordially invite you to a
pre-Harvard Yale Dinner on Friday night,
November 16th at the Boston Marriott Newton
Hotel, 2345 Commonwealth Ave. in Newton. (See "On the Horizon"
for details). You will receive an email "blast"
with all the details shortly, or you can copy
the reply from the website. Please let Dick know
by October 26th if you and guests are coming.
The Crimson are undefeated (2-0) and are the
favorites to take the Ivy League title again
this year. Yale fired their coach and hired two
of Coach Murphy's assistants to run their team.
I expect however, that Harvard will be ready for
Nick Thorndike and Charlie Ohl were seen
recently at a memorial service in Maine for a
former schoolmate of theirs. Charlie noted that
he enjoyed the 60th Reunion with his classmates
at St. Paul's.
Fred Church reports that Charlie and Led
Smith displayed their Marine Corps
The Arena Club held its first seasonal gathering
prior to the Harvard-San Diego football game. A
pleasant occasion despite showers from nearby
Jordan Field. Charlie Arena looked well
recovered from his recent heart operation. Other
classmates in attendance were Bob Blacklow,
Frank Duehay, Renny Little, Dick
Marson, Frank Nahigian, Al
Rossow, Bob Watson, Bats
Wheeler amd Dick Zwetsch. A minute
of silence was observed for departed Club
members Bob Rittenburg and Don Tavel.
Class Reports Editor Diane MacDonald recommends
that we change the date for 1955 Chapbook
entries from October 1, 2014 to August 31, 2014.
David Wise and his wife Enid celebrated
their 50th Wedding Anniversary recently. Arnold
Howe and Morgan Palmer enjoyed the
pleasant gathering of family and friends at
which David provided tours of his extensive and
productive farm garden. Dave wishes to draw your
attention to a proposed "1955 Chapbook" to be
published with our 60th Anniversary Report. (See
the Horizon" for further details).
Charlie Arena is recovering from triple
by-pass surgery he had on July 18. He is in
rehab at the Radisson Gardens at 200 Linden
Ponds Way in Hingham, MA. Room 203, Tel: 781
740-1538. He is happy to see friends, but better
to call in advance.
"I'm feeling much better, and figure to be here
for another week. It's up to the doctors."
Bob Grogan writes:
"At the Annual Dinner of the Harvard Club of New
York City held on January 19, 2012, I was
honored (along with other members of the Club
similarly situated) for being a member of the
Club for over 50 years. To mark the occasion, I
was presented with a "Certificate of
Appreciation" and a lapel pin, signifying my
long membership in the Club, as were the other
50 year members present. We are called
'Distinguished Senior Members.' My father
(Harvard Class of 1923) had been a member of the
Club for 30 years at the time of his death in
1962. As father and son members, we had many
enjoyable times there."
Bob stepped down as Program Administrator and
Corporate Counsel of Legal Aid Service of
Broward County (Fort Lauderdale), Florida, after
serving ten years in the job.
"I now have to decide what to do next, as the
prospects for a financially rewarding practice
these days don't look promising."
Dick Marson and the 1955 FFRC wish to
draw attention to the invitation to a dinner
November 16, 2012 for all classmates prior to
The Game on November 17th. Please see "On the
Horizon" for details and reply ASAP.
This spring the University of
Massachusetts Press is publishing Meetinghouses
of Early New England, by Peter Benes,
a comprehensive study of early American
vernacular architecture. It catalogues “more
than 2,200 houses of worship in the region
during the period from 1622 to 1830, bringing
many of them to light for the first time.” It
also “traces their evolution through the
eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries into
Congregational, Presbyterian, and Baptist
churches heavily influenced by an Anglican
precedent that made a place of worship a ‘house
Audry McKenna Lynch writes:
"My next book by the Mellon Press, Garth Jeffers
Recalls His Father, Robinson Jeffers:
Recollections of a Poet's Son, will be released
Saul Cohen writes:
"I am still active full time running Hammond
Residential Real Estate after buying it back in
2009 (sold to GMAC in 2000). My time still
mostly spent in Chestnut Hill and our place in
the Berkshires (New Concord, East Chatham, NY),
but there was a very pleasant interlude in Paris
(France) last autumn.
Nomi and I are considering a condo in Cambridge
in lieu of the house in Chestnut Hill, but
unless we can find one big enough to accommodate
visiting children and grandchildren and chamber
music recitals, we will probably never move.
Bittersweet joy coming up: roommate Paul
Horowitz who died some forty years ago,
his grandson, Paul, will be Bar Mitzvahed this
June, so "Uncle Saul' will certainly be there
for the ceremony."
Bill O'Donnell writes:
"Just finished delivering 10,000 Wilton Reports
to the four post offices covering our area
around Saratoga Springs. Brendan (son) did two
of the Post Offices.
Still a lot of satisfaction doing something that
recognizes what binds communities together.
We've tried to pick up that community feeling in
our new www.wiltonreport.com.
It looks different - tons of stories and lots,
lots of pictures. I say lots of pictures mean
you don't have to write as much but people love
pictures. Especially of their kids.
Ellie is handling her MS very positively - and
she tries help people with disabilities.
Blog (near top of Google) is tremendously
readable. She has followers all over the world)
is filled with positive comment about handling
disabilities and in her case MS.
As age catches up with all of us her comments
become more and more meaningful.
Looking forward to another great season of
racing in Saratoga."
Dick Marson and Vivian, Al Rossow
and Renny Little watched Harvard beat
Princeton's basketball team 67-64 to come close
to clinching the Ivy League title and an
invitation to attend the NCAA's "Big Dance."
Rob Albert writes: "I
do enjoy the "blast from the past"...( See "Been
There" 02/24/12) but am saddened by the list of
those who are no longer with us...and especially
the high percentage of freshman footballers.
Makes it even more important to be together
...wherever and whenever we can...and toast
those wondrous memories of things past.
Best to all,
PS Revel and I are off to the Oscars this
week-end.. and promise to raise a glass (or ten
!) to all '55ers, especially Peter Sourian,
whose son, Mark, is VP of DreamWorks, which
financed and made the film." ("See "Press"
Alan Dann reports that he and Deirdre
spent this past year in Salzburg, Suffield, MA
with the Berkshire Choral Festival, and in
Vermont. "Our weekly Windham County newspaper is
going well. I have enjoyed recent contacts with
classmates Carl Gerdau, Jack Moore,
Pete Rich, Dick Ringler, and Nick
Alan is the pro bono president of Brattleboro's
Estey Organ Museum.
John Gaffney writes that he has been retired for
almost two years. "I have done some consulting
and pro bono work as well as volunteering in
Lucille Block Poskanzer is "still going strong!" She is a
retired genetic counselor. Her husband Arthur
'53 is a nuclear physicist.
"My wife and I are now about three
years retired from private practice of
psychiatry and our work as psychoanalysts.We do
some work in a clinic in Fall River working with
an underserved population. We are well and enjoy
our eleven grandchildren."
Raymond Chen attended the 60th
anniversary reunion dinner of the Horace Mann
School for Boys in New York City October 29,
2011. Also in attendance was Peter Berkman,
while Gerald Gotterer and Fred
Tausend sent their regrets. The reunion
dinner was arranged by Renee Richards, Yale '55.
Ray further writes, " I believe the caloric
values usually given for carbohydrates, fats,
and proteins are incorrect, as they are derived
from bomb calorimetry measurements. Protein
especially is listed as having about 4.5
kcal/gm, but contains nitrogen which in the body
is not oxidized as in the calorimeter. Nor is
protein usually burned as fuel. The value for
protein should be about zero. I wrote a letter
correcting the Greek translation used in the
letter heads of communications from AOA, the
medical honorary society. Alpha Omega Alpha is
an acronym meaning "capable of helping the
suffering"; their translation and spelling were
wrong. They since have left out the Greek. Many
years ago I did the same with Phi Beta Kappa,
which means "philosophy life's pilot". They made
the corrections. Elaine and I have been married
for 49 years."
Kathy Sheehy writes to correct Jack's name in
Memento Mori. "It needs an h."
Thanks Kathy, I had spotted it but have been
slow in making the correction.
Maine State Prison inmate Victor Valdez's death
in custody in November 2009 sparked an outcry
among prisoner and human rights advocates.
George Swanson is writing a folk opera
titled “Natural Causes Killed Victor.” In it, a
cast of nine singers use music to explore what
happened that day at Maine State Prison. Swanson
says it is allegorical as some early listeners
have told him they see that Valdez’s death is
akin to the passion and death of Christ.
Elliot Vesell will be celebrating the holidays at
home with his daughters. He reports that he
talked recently with Joab and Marly Thomas.
"All the best in the New Year to the Class of
1955 in 2012!"
Audry Lynch really enjoyed being the
luncheon speaker at our October 12 BURP
"Sold my business in 2010. One
more year of consulting and I can really
Jerry Murphy. Jerry and his wife Susan
are currently raising a 16 year-old
Ross Shepherd is still
active in community theatre. "Last February I
completed a run as Henry Perkins in Ray
Cooney's "Funny Money." In February, 2013 I am
scheduled to direct my play, 'Triptych.'"
Howie Smith had lunch at
Jacob Wirth with Bob Donahue and Bob
Stimpson last summer. The
occasion was the annual meeting of the "G.I.
Benefits Association." The boys never received
benefits when they were riffed from the
R.O.T.C. "We meet to determine progress in
such the benefits. So far we have had many
good lunches, but there is nothing to report
The big crimson bus to a large crew of
classmates, family members and guests to New
Haven on November 19th to attend The Game. A
sunny but cool day saw the Crimson demolish
the Yale team 45-7 to remain undefeated in the
Ivy League and take the title for the first
time since 2008. Classmates on the bus -- Charlie
Arena, Bob Blacklow, Gene
Corbin, Frank Duehay, Renny
Little, Dick Marson, Frank
Nahigian, Al Rossow, David
Wise, and Dick Zwetsch. were
joined by David Bicks, Carl
Goldman and Steve Lowey. The
Game and the annual tailgate before and after
were enjoyed by all. (See Photo-Ops)
Roger Vaglia writes from
Peru where he is rounding out a two week tour
of Quito, Cusco, the second Valley and Machu
Picchu: "Too bad the tailgater death marred an
otherwise great day for the Crimson! Was she
and/or the injured anyone you/we knew? (Ed.
Note: No--although it occurred just as we
arrived and the ambulance went by with a
After looking at the Ivy League standings and
in view of today's other results I am reminded
of an anecdote re: the 1st Americans Cup yacht
race. Reportedly after the American vessel
crossed the finish line well ahead of her
rivals the Queen asked - - Who is second ? Her
aide scanned the horizon and reported Madam ,
there is no second ! Put this tour on your
bucket list. Now it is back to the real
Members of the Class of
1955 and their guests enjoyed a Class Lunch on
November 7th at the Harvard Club of New York.
Carl Goldman reports that 17 were in
attendance to hear Classmate Charles Wolf
speak. Charlie is a security analyst and a
former professor of business at Columbia
University. Classmates attending were Steve
Chinland, Bob Flaherty, Henry
Johnson, Peter Malkin, Charlie
Moizeau, Herb Neuwalder, Charlotte
Phelps, Joan Ullman Schwartz, Harvey
Tattelbaum, John Walsh, and John
Winston. Unable to attend at the last
minute were Dick Cooper and Carl
Jack Limpert has sent
along a number of good suggestions for the
Walter Littell reports
that "All my kids and grandchildren are well.
Greece is going to hell in a bucket.We may not
be far behind. And so it goes..."
Peter Malkin and Isabel
greatly enjoyed a seven-day cruise on a small
ship along the Maine coast last August. "We
started in Portsmouth and went as far as the
new Maine Botanical Garden, which is quite
extraordinary. "There were excellent visits to
Castine and Portland and time well spent in
the Portsmouth and Farnham museums."
Radcliffe '55 enjoyed a mini-reunion on Cape
Cod at the historic Craigville Conference
Center. Audry Lynch repeated her BURP
lunch presentation on John Steinbeck and James
Dean, and the group spent a glorious afternoon
visiting the Heritage Plantation in nearby
Sandwich. Those attending were Linda
Barnhart, Phyllis Beineke, Rosemary
Bonanno, Ann Brogan, Joan
Canzanelli, Alma Finneran, Regina
Greenspun, Marian Hershenson, Audry
Lynch, Pamela Moffat, Eileen
Murray, and Barbara Rippa.
1955's Freshman football team celebrated its
60th Reunion on October 28 -29. Attending a
dinner at the Harvard Faculty Club on Friday
night were team members Charlie Arena,
Dave Bicks, Kye Dewan, Bob
Grogan, Harry Manoogian, Dick
Marson, Al Rossow, Bill
Small, and Roger Vaglia. Joining
them was Frank Nahigian (Captain of the
Cross-Country team). Saturday evening, they
were joined by George MacDonald and
classmates Bob Blacklow Frank
Duehay, Renny Little and Dick
Zwetsch prior to a win in a snowy game
with Dartmouth. Hats off Dick, Al and Roger
for setting the reunion up. Plans are to hold
the next one at the Harvard-Yale game in 2013
in New Haven.
Charlie Anderson has retired after 50
years of pediatric practice. "Skiing, golf,
travel and grandchildren are top
priorities.Taos has world class skiing.
Classmates are encouraged to call if they
visit and Rob Leeson and I will show
them the mountains."
Marty Adler reports that he is still
Fred Church notes that Ebby
Gerry and Dolph Harrison were
missed at their 60th Reunion from St. Paul's
School last spring.
Herb Collins is retired
but keeping his hand in the real estate
business by serving on a couple of Housing
Dolph Harrison had lunch
recently with Howard Phipps and Ebby
Bob Rittenburg is home
after an extended period in the hospital. His
bout with leukemia is in remission.
Bill Chrisman's widow Maggie now lives
at 750 Calle Sin Envida # 11101, in Tucson,
Bill Coughlin enjoyed an
annual lunch on the Cape with Andy Ward
and Bill Breed.
Paul Ephross continues to
work part-time at his private practice of
Psychotherapy and is working slowly but
methodically on a "summa" book with a
colleague. He is also working hard at enjoying
aging and "almost succeeding-somewhat." His
second wife (second Joan) is his joy, as are
his 5 kids and 7 grandkids (maybe 8).
Elinor Fuchs is a Professor at the Yale School of
Hugh Graham reports
"doing well - still in Pediatric Practice."
Renny Little continues to serve as Secretary of
the Harvard Veterans Alumni Organization, a
Significant Interest Group of the Harvard
"On 11/11/11 we will hold a service in the
Memorial Church to honor Harvard's 17 Medal of
Honor recipients. Harvard is third behind the
Army and Navy Service Academies in MOH
Contributions to support the plaque are
Check out our website http://www.harvardveterans.org/."
Harry Manoogian writes, "I am pleased to support the
'Class Assistance Fund' in my very modest way.
However, a few more years of the current
administration in Washington and I may have to
be on the receiving end of the Fund. Say Hi to
the usual group of fans at the Stadium if I am
not there to do so myself."
Roger Masters still lives
at 53 Lyme Road in Hanover, NH. "Someday I
shall see the old number 531/2 before it was
changed by the Post Office."
"I look and feel better than I
Morgan Palmer enjoyed a
great three weeks in France and Belgium last
summer. "Andre Navez was very helpful
with arrangements in Belgium."
"I had no idea that Rob Leeson is
looking for skiers. We still do Cannon and
Sugar Loaf in New England, plus wherever else
we have a friend with lodging. We go west for
a couple of weeks each year, with daughter Amy
and family at Jackson and a friend, Dartmouth
'55, at Steamboat Springs. I'm on board with
Leeson's avoidance of bumps - no knees left.
Hope we can get together while I'm still
Bats Wheeler (and Mercy)
George Cohen retired in September after
teaching art history at Hofstra University for
41 years. He is back on his feet after having
a hip replaced last February.
Bruce Dixon now lives at
9 Maher Avenue in Greenwich, CT. 06830.
"Working only part time at my
private practice of psychotherapy, and working
slowly but methodically at a 'summa book' with
a colleague. Working hard at enjoying aging
and almost succeeding--somewhat. My second
wife (second Joan) is my joy, as are our kids
(total of 5) and our grandkids (total 7, maybe
Lois Barth Epstein writes, " On Sunday, October 2, the
University of California's San Francisco
School of Medicine is having a Memorial
service for my husband Charles Epstein
who passed away on February 15, 2011. Dr.
Francis Collins, Director of NIH and Director
of the Human Genome Project will be the
featured speaker. On October 13, a day-long
symposia in the Genetic Library Conference
Room will also be dedicated in Charlie's
"For the record, I still ski at
Deer Valley. This year we will be at Steamboat
Springs first week in March. And last I heard
Bats Wheeler still skis."
Eddy Ginsburg founded Senior Partners for Justice
in 2002 and notes that it now has over 800
lawyers who represent the indigent pro
bono."What a sense of fulfillment."
"Time passes quickly - the
memories remain happy and joyful."
Howie Ulfelder is living full time in New Hampshire
now, with a unit at Boulders at Riverwoods in
Exeter, NH. "We still have the house in New
Ipswich where we spend most of our time."
Dan Tyler is looking for the origin and
words of a "not so decorous ditty" referred to
as "O'Houlihan Lit the Fuze," which his
grandfather Richard M. H. Harper '01 used to
sing when he was an undergraduate. Any
thoughts from classmates?
Dan is looking forward to another ski season
in Steamboat. "I would love to invite
classmates to join me. My knees are holding up
and I still love the bumps, the trees, and
deep powder. Of course, out here, it's
Susan notes that " Bill Bridges
continues a gradual decline physically but is
in good spirits most of the time. We have
three grandchildren in college now, one
spending a year (9th grade) in Switzerland
with his dad, and our seventh, little William
Bridges was born this past February. Needless
to say, visits with him are a highlight.
I am staying involved with our business,
managing partnership relationships and working
on a compilation of Bill's unpublished
writings. I am enjoying finding treasures and
talking with him about them.
I look forward to seeing the newly remodeled
Memorial Church. It was such a thrill for me
to sing with the choir during 1955's memorial
service at the 50th Reunion. I love reading
about the travel groups and look forward to
another one sometime in my future."
Renny and Jean Little joined
classmate Bett Porada on a tour of
Ireland and Scotland. "We didn't kiss the
Blarney Stone, but enjoyed the trip with a
congenial group. Lots of sheep and 'airy coos'
Bill Toohey's wife Judy writes, "Bill Chauncey
wrote me a beautiful letter after reading
Bill's obituary in the Harvard Magazine. Our
son Michael came to Boston for meetings and
visited with me for the weekend. He has been a
tremendous help, and I really don't know what
I would have done without him. Please keep the
Addendum coming as I know so many classmates
and always enjoy reading it."
Roger Vaglia writes, "my 'minnow' (see Photo-Ops)
looked big to me, but the best part of the
trip was being so far away from everything
.The scenery & solitude were great. It
takes a special breed to live up there, but
they are a delight to be with.
The garden is so-so this year. I have nice
leeks, peppers, cabbage, okra, tomatoes,
onions and some eggplants but my cukes and
squash all succumbed to the infamous vine
borer, so I have none.
Marilyn canned over 60 qts of tomatoes and
sun-dried about 6 pints also. Looking forward
to the freshman football reunion."
Al Rossow joined the Class Committee
recently. Classmates will remember his
chairing our 35th Reunion, "Back to the
He is currently
co-chairing the 60th Reunion of the 1955
Freshman Football Team with Dick Marson
and Roger Vaglia.
Renny and Jean
Hardy Little enjoyed a recent weekend
with Betty Porada. "Summer theater and
Tanglewood in a lovely part of Western
Eva Neubauer and Fred Jacob have relocated from
Washington D.C. to Milwaukee and will now be
living close to their daughter Stephanie. New
address:1800 N. Prospect Ave. #15-B,
Milwaukee, WI 53202. Telephone 414-239-7892.
Email still firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regina Greenspun and Nat hosted a
farewell pot luck dinner for Eva and Fred,
with Kathy Sreedhar, Marina
and John Gaffney and Betsy Wells
and David attending.
Lucille Block Poskanzer reports, "Arthur and I had a
delightful dinner with Jewelle Taylor
Gibbs and Jim, and Jane Trask Rosen
and Dan. They are both living in a senior
community in nearby Oakland. I had lent
Jewelle my original Radcliffe '55 yearbook,
and we had a wonderful time looking at the
photos of all those naïve and innocent women!"
Becky Ketchum Richardson says
"thank you" for classmates' lovely comments on
the death of her husband George.
David Wise is enjoying
the fruits (and vegetables) of his garden.
"The sunflowers are 14 feet high!"
Jack Schafer writes "A few months ago I
remember reading that Andy Ward and Rob
Leeson couldn't find any regular skiers,
although Bill Breed spends the winter
at Park City. Well, I am still a skier. We
have a condominium at Squaw Valley where I go
with my kids and now my grandkids, all of whom
ski better than I do. And I do try and get to
Vail and/or Sun Valley. So we are not all old
geezers. We just seem to be that way."
Gene Corbin replies to your class
secretary regarding his resignation as the
Class of 1955 Executive Director of PBHA.
Many thanks for your kind phone call
congratulating me! I had no idea the email
announcement would come out while I was out of
town, so apologies for the slow response to
your phone call. Sadly, I will be out of the
country during the Class of 1955 Class Meeting
(trip to Kenya during the first two weeks of
August). Bob Blacklow knows this and
he and I have talked about a few ideas such as
a tour of PBHA's Summer Urban Program. Anyway,
I hope I'm not getting kicked off the bus for
Harvard v. Yale due to my forfeiting the Class
of 1955 Executive Director endowed position! I
deeply value my connections and friendships
with you and your classmates! I'll give you a
call to see if there is anything I or the
Phillips Brooks House Association can do to
help with your class meeting. Anything, and I
mean anything, I can do in advance I will --
but I'm sad to convey that I won't be able to
All the best,
Sorry you won't make it to the Class meeting
and dinner, but Kenya is a very good excuse!
We will be back at the Faculty Club this year.
You will always be an Honorary Member of the
Class of 1955, which guarantees you a seat on
the bus to Yale and not being thrown under it.
Perhaps your successor will want to join us.
I gather the bus is a really fancy one this
year -- Frank Duehay and Jane Lewis
recommended it. They say it is crimson in
color and has a jacuzzi on the roof!
Have a great trip! And again we are all so
pleased that you will still be at Harvard in
an important and challenging position.
With kind regards,"
Honorary Member Gene Corbin, Class of
1955 Executive Director of the Phillips Brooks
House Association (PBHA), has submitted his
resignation effective August 18, 2011 after
eight years of devoted service to the
If that is the bad news, the good news is that
he has accepted a position as Dean of Public
Read his resignation letter under "Public
Jim Pates sent along the following from
the July issue of Opera News:
Chicago, Ill. March 24, 1934-April 11, 2011
"A beloved radio personality in his native
Chicago, Karzas was best known as the host and
producer of WFMT-FM's "From the Recording
Horn", a weekly program that focused on
historic and rare recordings of opera and
vocal artists from around 1900 to 1950. Karzas
was also a popular lecturer for Lyric Opera of
Chicago and other organizations."
Malcolm Davis has six 'Buoy Strings'
paintings on exhibition at Mass General
Hospital Cancer Center's rotating art exhibit,
'Illuminations' from June through September
He writes: "I am honored to have been accepted
into this program at MGH for artists. Perhaps
years ago, Nick Thorndike, as chairman
of the Board of Trustees, fostered it."
More on Downhill Skiing
Dan Donahoe writes to Rob
"I am willing to take up the challenge
mentioned in the Class of '55 newsletter. I
hope that there are a number of others but I
(we) have continued our annual ski trips and
only do downhill. I have judiciously tried to
avoid too many runs involving moguls but
otherwise it continues to be a blast. I also
appreciate the fabulous new equipment which
grooms the best runs!
Trips among our favorites include Sun Valley,
Vail, Aspen, Deer Valley, Heavenly Valley and
Squaw (assuming the snow is right) avoiding
weekends at all costs! Oddly enough, we skied
Taos for a number of years in the ’70’s and
early ’80’s when the kids were still around
(as was the legend Ernie Blake - who alway
denied he was a member of the SS but was kind
enough to hide those martini pitchers in the
snow for skiers needing some extra courage)
and it was a must during school holidays.
Let’s see if next winter makes the list but
only if you both are there. I want to
especially try that ice cream parlor you’ve
talked about! All the best."
Rob Leeson replies:
"Hi Dan; Thanks for the update on your
athletic abilities...sounds as if you are
still in reasonably good shape.
I try to avoid the Moguls also, as after 4-5
of them I often find I am airborne, and not
being a licensed pilot like you, I still have
enough sense to avoid what usually are the
consequence of being airborne.
We usually go to Taos in mid February, and
leave at the end of March or very early April,
which is the end of their season.
Hoping you can make it this coming
winter...let's stay in touch on this. (we will
be sure to sweep the runway of all coyotes,
buffalo and elk once we know your ETA.)
We are building a new house 10 minutes west of
where we have lived for more rthan 30 years,
so are pretty well tied down right now.
However, if your travels bring you East, we do
have extra beds in our rented condominium and
would enjoy seeing you both..."
Scott Cooledge chimes in,
" I downhilled a few times this year with my
VT g-children at 'Smuggs'. I don't do Sun
River's 'white heat'or Stowe's 'nose
dive'anymore and I'm not quite ready for the
beginners' 'magic carpet' lift but the skiing
is still great even at the slower speed."
On January 1st, 2011, Ted Hersh was
awarded a Certificate of Fellowship in
recognition of achieving the status of Fellow
of the American Gastroenterological
Ted and his wife Rebecca continue to work in
their healthcare company, Thione
International, and hope to visit Cambridge at
our next Alumni meeting.
Charlie Butter announces the
publication of a new book for lovers of art
who are curious about neuroesthetics, a new
approach to art - CROSSING CULTURAL BORDERS
UNIVERSALS IN ART AND THEIR BIOLOGICAL ROOTS,
available on Amazon.com (just enter charles
m. butter) or directly from the Web site
of CreateSpace. "As always I enjoy the Addendum,
one of my few ties to Harvard and the class of
Lucille Block Poskanzer writes, "I just received the April,
2011 edition of the Addendum. Thanks for
including my comments about Charlie
Epstein. However, the last two
sentences, part of the paragraph that is under
my name, must be referring to comments made to
you from Becky Richardson. eg, my life
is not 'iffy', my husband is Arthur, who is
quite well last I looked, (it is definitely
not George), and we do not have to shovel snow
here in California!"
Andy Ward I notes that Rob Leeson
couldn't come up with any regular skiers in
our class but Bill Breed routinely
spends every winter season in Park City, Utah
and credits weekly down-hill skiing to his
continued good health.
On another tangent, Andy writes, "our late
classmate Addison Closson put out a
great CD (piano and saxophone) in 2008
entitled 'Last Night When We Were Young'. This
June would have been Addie's 60th Reunion at
Milton Academy. As a tribute to Addie, each
60th Reunion member was sent a copy of this
Kevin Jennings '85 has written me
to ask those members of the Class of 1955 who
were the first members of their family to
attend college for help in setting up a shared
interest group (SIG) within the HAA. I have
had the pleasure of serving on the URC with
Kevin. His letter to your Class Secretary is
"I am writing to ask for
your help in launching a new “shared interest
group” alumni organization called First
Generation, composed of Harvard graduates who
are the first in their families to go to
In my three years on the Harvard Alumni
Association Board I have co-chaired the
Undergraduate Relations Committee, which has
given me a clear sense of the challenges
today’s students face. Thanks to the
University’s generous financial aid policies
many Harvard undergraduates are the first in
their families to go to college, and often
lack an understanding of how to maximize their
Harvard experience both while at the College
and after. I too experienced this as a “first
generation” student, which has given me the
idea of launching a group with the following
proposed mission statement.
“The "First Generation" shared
interest group consists of alumni who are the
first members of their families to attend
college and who seek to support both current
First Generation Harvard students as well as
the University's ongoing efforts to remain an
institution which is accessible to those who
lack the economic resources a Harvard
I need help identifying potential
members beyond my own circle of friends and am
asking each of you to help identify members,
whether it be yourself or others you might
know. If yu could share this with your
classmates, I’d be very grateful for your
Kevin Jennings ‘85
Classmates who are
interested in helping Kevin to set up the SIG
can contact him directly or me at
email@example.com. Thanks in advanced from
both of us.
Here's one classmate still
Still Down Hill Skiing
Ned Ames writes, "My wife Jane and I
still spend at least a week each January
skiing in Alta, Utah. The powder isn't what it
used to be (global climate change?), but we
ski off-trail on the back-side of the mountain
and enjoy it thoroughly.
Edward A. Ames
2 Spaulding Lane
Riverdale, New York 10471
The Harvard Alumni Association announced the
recipients of the 2011 Harvard Medal at its
annual spring meeting on April 16th. The
Harvard Medal is awarded by the Association
"For Extraordinary Service to Harvard
Three to five medals have been awarded at each
Commencement since 1981, except during the
350th Celebration in September, 1986 when 20
medals were presented.
Congratulations to Peter Malkin, who
will be one of the three honored at
Commencement on May 26th in the Tercentenary
Peter's generosity with both time and money
are truly worth the recognition he will
receive with this honor. He has served on many
boards and committees of the University: as an
Overseer, an HAA Elected Director, a John
Harvard Fellow, the founding chair of the New
York Major Gifts Committee, and also on
Visiting Committees to the Law School, Natural
and Applied Sciences, Humanities and Arts, and
Finance, Management, and Administration, and
on the College and Law School Dean’s Councils,
among others. He is an original member of the
Executive Committee of the Committee on
University Resources (COUR).
Peter has been a leader at the Harvard Kennedy
School (HKS), serving as founding chair of the
Dean’s Council, a member of the Visiting
Committee continually since 1986, and chair of
the Campaign Executive Committee during
Harvard’s last capital campaign. A generous
donor to HKS, he has endowed professorships,
contributed unrestricted funds, and made
possible the Peter and Isabel Malkin Penthouse
in the Littauer Building.
Peter has also directed
major gifts toward the Law School and to the
Faculty of Arts and Sciences, including the
first electronic classroom in Hauser Hall and
the restoration of the Malkin Athletic Center,
(formally the I.A.B.) and has served as
reunion gift co-chair for every reunion of our
class and his Law School classes. He also
chaired the College’s Schools and Scholarship
Committee for Greenwich, Connecticut.
Bob Watson notes that Howie
Ulfelder is chairing his Belmont Hill
60th reunion committee. Classmates will gather
for lunch at Howie's New Hampshire home.
"I'll be back again to 26 May Commencement
begging for whatever admission tickets are on
offer. At least I'd like to meet and greet the
'55 survivors in Hollis 7. I will be flogging
the 3rd volume of memoirs entitled 'Two
Lives..and Then Some: The 46 years with
Barbara, 1960-2006.' Lots of Harvard stuff
mostly those Washington DC Schools &
Scholarship committee chairman days when I
sent up a dozen or more minority kids for base
ball and football and eventual outstanding
citizens and alumni. I arrive Boston this
coming Sunday and will mostly be at Bill
Coughlin's Brookline house except for a
mid-May Washington DC book launch. Regards
all." --- Gordo Graham
Becky Richardson wishes to inform all Radcliffe
classmates that the mini-reunion scheduled for
May 9-11 in Philadelphia has been cancelled
due to insufficient interest.
Classmates interested in a Craigville weekend
next fall should send a quick e-mail to Regina
Gittes Greenspun (ReginaNat@aol.com).
"15 classmates are needed to make this work.
No need yet to make a definite commitment ---
we'd just like to know that we could meet the
criteria for reserving one of the buildings."
John Harper has brought to our
attention a new biography by Jonathan
Steinberg entitled "Bismarck: A Life,"
published by the Oxford University Press on
March 11, 2011. Jon explores the greatness and
limits of the 'Iron Chancellor', Otto von
Bismarck, a political genius who remade Europe
and united Germany between 1862 and 1890 by
the sheer power of his great personality.
Tom Bisbee has been making calls to
Middlesex classmates with hopes that they will
attend a 60th reunion in May.
Dick King and his wife
visited Sanibel last March. "We did a little
birding on the way and spent a night in
Alexandria VA with my old Exeter/Harvard
roommate, Dick Simmons."
Any Classmates still downhill
Rob Leeson writes: "Peggy and I have
just returned from a month of skiing in Taos,
NM. The snow was good, the crowds were almost
non existant, and the sun shone almost every
day...What a great vacation !!
Most of the time I skiied with Charlie
Anderson and his wife Edie. Both are
very good skiiers, great company and seem to
be in good health and spirits.
One day, going up the lift Charlie asked: 'How
many of our classmates do you suppose still do
downhill skiing?' I thought for a while and
couldn't come up with any names, and neither
could he; but obviously there must be a few
lucky ones still enjoying this great fun and
Let's hear from classmates still enjoying the
sport. Send your report to firstname.lastname@example.org
and we'll post it here on the website and in
the spring edition of the Addendum.
Lucille Block Poskanzer writes:
"I went to the funeral service for Charlie
Epstein, along with a number of my
genetic counselor colleagues We had all worked
with Charlie, who had a lifelong impact on our
careers. The room was filled to capacity, and
there were moving tributes from his children,
grandchildren, and other family members, all
of whom had personal and touching stories to
tell. In addition, there were tributes from
his scientific colleagues, some already quite
famous and some who will no doubt become
famous. Charlie had a wide-ranging, brilliant
intellect, and his work in the field of
genetics influenced many people in the
profession He lived a magnificently full life,
with a wealth of rewards and accomplishments
both personal and scientific. He will be
At the 2010 National Medal of Arts and
National Humanities Medal Ceremony held at The
White House on March 2, 2011 President Obama
presented the 2010 National Humanities Medal
to Stanley Nider Katz
for a career devoted to fostering public
support for the Humanities. "As President of
the American Council
of Learned Societies for more than a decade,
he has expanded the organization's programs
forge ties among our libraries, museums and
Submitted by Renny Little, Secretary
Harvard Class of 1955
Bill Beecher writes:
"My fourth novel, Nuclear Revenge, is
now available as a pocket book and as an
e-book both on Kindle and Nook as well as on
other e-readers. It can be ordered by any
bookstore in paperback. Les Gelb, former New
York Times columnist and president of the
Council on Foreign Relations, said of the
thriller '...the best book yet about a nuclear
attack on the United States. And I mean the
best book, fiction or non-fiction...' "
Maggie Chrisman writes that she met Sid
Stern at a Harvard Club Christmas party.
Sid has moved fron Vancouver to Scottsdale AZ.
Wes Johnson writes Frank
Duehay: "Marian and I were very sorry to
miss the 55th Reunion but with my kidney
transplant I can't really take long trips. I
heard it was very successful. I talked to old
friend Jack Limpert, who recently fled
the city for a town house in Bath, Maine (Ed:
see Jack's address below, under 01/06/11). He
says old buddy Pete Malkin is already
planning the 60th Reunion, which I approve of.
I have some insight since I planned and led my
60th Anniversary of North High School in
Phoenix where I grew up. I am greatly
interested in the 60th where I hope we can
hear from members of the class rather than
Harvard professors. I lined up 17 persons who
spoke on lessons learned from their respective
careers and it was wildly popular."
reports "Once again we have moved to be closer
to our families. 5 children are now within 15
minutes and a max of 31/2 hours drive away.
The 2 in Florida will have to fly." 114 Clam
Pudding, Plymouth, MA 02360.
John Harper notes
that Charlie Wolf is quoted in the
Tuesday, January 18th edition of the New York
Times in connection with his coverage and
analysis of Apple on behalf of Needham @ Co.
"In the reverse of most finance people,
Charlie left academia (Columbia Business
Scool) and went to Wall Street 25 years ago.
His most spectacular 'buys' have been Dell and
Alan Rapperport is currently featured by Friends of
Harvard Swimming and Diving, for having
returned to swimming 15 years ago, since which
time he has won over 200 senior swimming
Becky Ketchum Richardson:
"Your faithful email secretary (though this
newsletter was written by Regina) wishes you
all good health and good fortune in 2011!.
My life is a bit iffy right now.
George has had some questionable medical
tests, though he is shoveling snow and has
just published some of his poems written since
retirement. He also eats myriads of chocolate
chip cookies and ice cream. My remaining
brother, Phil, faces multiple health problems
in Ft. Lauderdale FL and would like a visit. I
am thankful of learning about a day at a time.
So, I would like to be with folks in Boston or
Philly, but I have no capacity to plan more
Love and Hugs to everyone."
"Maty Catherine Bateson is about
to come out with a sequel to Composing a
Life, which we once read for a
Craigville weekend. Her new book is titled Composing
a Further Life, and I am suggesting we
tell people to read it before we next meet."
Barbara Frogel Rippa
Annette Colish Samuels notes "12 years ago we had a serious
fire sweeping down the ravine next to our
home. The damage to our property was only to
our grounds and the aftermath of months of
soot and our burned woods. We were just
beginning to enjoy the rebirth of the Carmel
forest when this new catastrophe struck. The
same dry easterly winds were blowing mightily
after a long drought following an especially
hot long summer. It was a perfect setting for
an unprepared fire-fighting scene, although
many had been pleading for years to improve
the situation. We are convinced that we are
also witnessing global warming right here at
Bob and I were on a long-
planned camping safari in Tanzania with 3 of
our grandsons, all of whom celebrated their
Bar Mitzvahs this year. This was a wonderful
experience of bonding, sharing and enjoying
the wonders of nature. We had a wonderful
African driver-guide and our own cook setting
up everything for us at four of their
wonderful national parks. The fires were
unknown to us until we were at the airport on
our way home. We were completely out of touch
in the wilds of Africa and had only one night
of not knowing if our house still stood. We
were fortunate again this time. One of our
sons, with his wife and daughter, sneaked past
the police who had closed the road to Ein Hod,
and took out the violins , some art and
photographs (what do you save at a moment like
that?). So, we were saved the anxiety of
evacuation and returned the day it was all
over to find so much of our beloved forest and
neighbors' property destroyed. The spirit of
volunteering and caring has permeated the area
for the past 3 weeks-- suddenly you get to
know neighbors as you never did before.
Please convey our very best
wishes to all our classmates. We pray that
this coming year will bring change for the
good to all of us, especially to this troubled
part of the world."
Kathy Sreedhar writes "Thank you so much for your
continuing commitment to the girls. Ellie
Fuchs' good friend Joyce Chopra Cole is
making a documentary about the residential
school--all because of you. And by the way,
one of my colleagues, my good friend Ela
Bhatt, will receive the Radcliffe medal in
2011, so I'll be in Cambridge for the
Jack Limpert has moved to 48 Pine Hill
Drive in Bath, Maine 04530-2081.
Tel.# 207 386-1406.
Peter Winan's wife Fran
reports that "Peter and I moved on January
4th. Our new address is 114 N.W. 12th Street,
Delray Beach , Fl. 33444. Phone # 561
278-6006, email email@example.com.
Peter is doing well after a number of
set-backs which resulted in the amputation of
3/4ths of his foot. He now has a boot which
allows him to walk with a walker and we are
moving to our daughter's home in Delray. It is
on one floor which will make it much easier
The American Journal of Genetics (Vol. 87,
Issue 5: Nov.12, 2010) explains its cover as
follows: "Charles Epstein has been a
prominent figure in the world of genetics and
in The American Society of Human Genetics for
decades. He was president of ASHG in 1996,
received the Allan Award in 2001 for his
lifetime of contributions to human and
molecular genetics, and is the 2010 recipient
of the Victor A. McKusick Leadership Award.
Amid these many accomplishments, Charlie was
also the editor of The American Journal of
Human Genetics (AJHG) from 1987 to 1993. While
he was editor, the journal grew both in
scientific strength and in physical form in an
effort to make it "a more appealing place in
which to publish one's most exciting work."
(Am. J. Hum. Genet. 42, 1-3). For the January
1988 issue of AJHG, Charlie increased the page
size from the 6.5" by 9" size it had used
since its inaugural issue in 1949 to the
letter-size format it appears in today. In
addition, he also rolled out a new design for
the cover that featured a 3D molecular
structure of DNA, which he revealed in his
1993 farewell editorial to be a segment of
Alec Jeffrey's microsatellite sequence from
the myoglobin gene. With this month's cover
image, we celebrate Charlie by highlighting
the cover of the January 1988 issue of AJHG."
Frank Duehay and Jane Lewis had dinner
recently with Charlie and Lois
Epstein and Kim McCully and his
"We were in Adams House together."
Ed Stockwell and his wife Jan celebrated their
54th Wedding Anniversary recently. Last
summer, they enjoyed a luncheon visit at Plum
Island with Wells Whitney and his wife
Anne whom they hadn't seen since 1953-'54.
"We enjoyed catching up on news and history."
Ed notes he "went bald voluntarily, thanks to
the aid of a little blue razor."
"Healthy and happily married
living on the beach in Coronado, CA. It
doesn't get any better than that! Life is
good," writes Andy Sabey.
Joe Sacco reports from
Florida that he had lunch recently with Dick
Koch and Frank Nahigian.
Ross Shepard was sorry to miss the 55th Reunion
and hopes it was a blast. " I am scheduled to
play Henry Perkins in Ray Cooney's 'Funny
Money' in February. I have been studying the
script for several weeks and have reached the
point where I need a bookmark for my brain."
In 2004 Fred Rabin
relinquished his partnership in Fish &
Richardson, became Senior Counsel and moved
from New York to the firm's Boston Office.
"Beth and I are now living happily and
actively in Providence, R.I. I am
'semi-retired,' going to the office one or two
days a week and otherwise trying to avoid
business e-mails. I have been attending our
BURP luncheons and have enjoyed reconnecting
with my Harvard classmates."
Alan Rapperport is still enjoying the private
practice of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
and teaching his specialty at the University
of Miami. He continues to swim competitively,
and won the 800 meter freestyle event this
past summer at the U.S. National Swim
Championships. He and Sue have been happily
married for 52 years.
In March, 2011, Abbeville Press
will reissue in paperback, Walton Rawls'
Great Civil War Heroes and their Battles, to
commemorate the wars Sesquicentennial. The
book is fully described on Amazon.com, along
with many of its excellent reviews.
Pliny Porter recently
completed his final chemo treatments and has
received a positive assessment for his future.
"By the end of the year I hope to be closer to
normal and lead the life I have been fighting
for. Candles to all who have been in touch and
who have had similar circumstances to yourself
or a member of the family. Sorry I couldn't
make the reunion in Cambridge. I'll try for
the next one."
Gabor Miskolczy successfully completed the Falmouth
Road Race last August, "with an extra dose of
Parkinson's meds and before the free hot dogs
ran out." He enjoyed the usual three trips to
Santa Fe and one to Montana for family
Roger Masters is a
Retired Research Professor of Government at
Dartmouth, doing some government consulting.
He is actively engaged in research on the
toxicity of heavy metals. "If your community
uses silicofluoride to 'fluoridate' water,
this poison increases children's blood lead
levels, which can lead to educational failure
and violent crime."
For Scientific evidence, contact Roger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ball State University in Muncie
IN has invited Audry McKenna Lynch to
be their Steinbeck Lecturer for this year on
the topic of John Steinbeck and James Dean.
Rob Leeson has moved from
a large, comfortable Victorian house to a
small condominium nearby. "While we determine
our future." The Leesons are at 33 Shadow Farm
Way in Wakefield, RI 02879.
Nat LaMar is "still and always" a freelance
editor and writer. "For greater convenience, I
now live totally in NYC, but ATL will always
be my first love."
"Judy and I have now moved to
Wynwood, PA - a suburb of Philadelphia - after
46 years in Rochester, NY," notes Daniel
L. Kartiganer "spoke with Phil Pelland and
Michael Pizitz for first time in 55
Russ Johnson had a very
enjoyable lunch with Jack Schafer
recently. "My wife Mary and I are in good
health and just celebrated our 44th Wedding
Betsy Hoffman (Mrs. Dick
Hoffman) spends her time between Rye, NH
and West Palm Beach .She loves to hear from
Dick's old ("I mean long time") friends. "I
wish I could have made the 55th Reunion - the
50th was so great."
Mickey Hammerman reports that he is "still trying to
figure out" his occupation.
Paul Ephross was sorry
not to be able to attend the 55th Reunion dues
to mobility and monetary limitations.
"Best wishes to all, especially those who
worked to establish David L. Halberstam
Al Dann is looking
forward to the Glee Club Alumni Chorus big
sing with Kyoto University in Hawaii in
"I still reside at
'Brickbottom,' an artists' community at the
old A&P warehouse in Somerville, MA--no
George Cohen reports
that he is not retired, but on "leave" from
Hofstra. He will retire the end of August
2011 as a Full Professor Emeritus after 42
years. "Then medicare checks in!"
Roger Bulger's most
recent book was published last August by
Prospecta Press. Healing America:
Hope, Mercy, Justice, and Autonomy in American
Health Care, can be obtained through Amazon
John Bennett continues to work at Strong Memorial
Hospital in Rochester, NY as a
He was sorry to miss the reunion due to
meetings in London.
Bill Beecher is teaching
aspiring journalists as an Adjunct Professor
at the University of Maryland and enjoying it
Charlie Anderson retired from active practice in
pediatrics last July and is now "out to
pasture" (i.e. the golf course).
"Edy and I are enjoying travel, grandchildren,
and the leisure life. I have been working less
and less over the last decade, so the
transition has been easy. We still ski and
would like to invite any classmate who also
skis to consider skiing at Taos, NM, and call
when you come. A frequent ski partner is Rob
Leeson, whose son lives in Taos."
Roger Vaglia writes: "While looking
through some old photos, I came across two of David
Halberstam, probably taken by my wife at
the 25th (see Photo-Ops).
I thought you might want to post them since
David will soon be honored by Cambridge.
I got to know David at the reunions. At one I
was fortunate enough to have lunch with him,
where he informed and entertained us with
stories of his work and people he knew. He was
so approachable and so gracious when signing
books for me. We and the world lost a lot due to
his early passing.
Marilyn and I celebrated our 50th wedding
anniversary on August 21. We were married on
that date in Beaumont,TX in 1960. Our kids,
Suzanne and David and their spouses, hosted two
days of celebration at Suzanne's home in
Columbus, OH. It was quite a festive occasion
with over 80 friends and relatives showing up,
some traveling from the UK, CA,TX, SC, DE, MO
and Montreal, plus of course the locals from PA,
NY, WV, and OH.
Alas, we won't be attending the 55th. Marilyn is
very active in the DAR. One of their many
note-worthy activities is supporting various
schools around the country, one of which is KDS
school in Grant, AL. This year their Dedication
Day, which we are attending, falls just before
the reunion, which prevents us from coming to
Say hi to my friends and especially Arena's
Tailgate Army for us. We hope to make THE Game
Doug Hartley writes: "I am really
sorry to miss the reunion especially as I
would really enjoy revisiting Cogswell's
Grant. Our classmate Ed Nef and I are
going to be in Mongolia - actually meeting
there October 15, but I am leaving Oct 8 and
going via Dubai, to see daughter Virginia and
her family. Ed, with his production company -
Santis, is making a documentary about the
effects on the nomadic culture of large
industrial/mining operations, in this case a
huge copper mine being developed in the Gobi
desert. I am the music man as I have been in
his previous documentaries - on Vietnam and
Thailand. My knowledge of Mongolian music is
somewhat rudimentary but that situation will
no doubt change!"
Bill Beecher writes:
"I've decided to join the 21st century with an
e-book as my fourth novel, Nuclear Revenge.
Involved are an achingly beautiful blonde
college sexpot, a brilliant but treasonous
university professor, two unusually
intelligent and determined Al Qaeda operatives
who are masters of disguise and hand-to-hand
combat and who think nothing of killing anyone
who stands in the way of their mission, a
Harvard-educated FBI man who was a veteran of
covert Special Forces operations before he
joined the feds, and the counter-intelligence
agencies of five countries."
The book is available at Amazon.com.
Dan Mayers and Karen were seen recently
enjoying the music at Tanglewood.
He writes: "Unfortunately we will miss the
55th Reunion. I have my second art show in
November in a downtown DC gallery! All is well
with us and extended family, and we will be in
Vermont until mid-September. Bats Wheeler
and Mercy visited us for a weekend, and we see
the Jim Barretts often. Best to all."
Classmates interested in Dan's artwork should
visit his website www.dmayers.com
Chistiana Joost-Gaugier exclaims that:
"It is hot in Washington DC!! My organic
vegetable garden (my balancing act for the
scholarly life) is however thriving in this
heat. Every time I go there, I am surprised
with huge bunches of new cucumbers, new
squashes and okras and lettuces, cranberries,
shitakes, etc. Boom, they explode in the heat.
So there is some good from it."
John Ogden has published a new poetry
book, Tree of Life: Essays in Verse and
Charlie Butter expects that his book
on art and the brain, "Crossing Cultural
Borders Universals in Art and Their Biological
Roots," will appear later this year.
"I am already thinking about the next book.
Sadly, I couldn't make it to Commencement but
haven't ruled out the gathering in October."
George Cohen will retire from Hofstra
at the end of the academic year. He has been a
Professor of Art History at the University for
over 39 years.
David Wise sent along an
article on Peter Sourian by Mikhail
Horowitz entitled "A Lion of Lang and Lit,"
written recently for the Bard College Alumni.
" Sourian's career as a teacher has been an
extension of that search for the genuine, and
the passion that fuels that search has never
flagged. If at times he appears to be an
overly demanding taskmaster in the classroom,
it is because he cares so much -- about
literature, about intellectual honesty, and
about his students doing the very best work
they are capable of."
In 2000 Peter received the Bardian Award, an
honor bestowed upon veteran faculty members by
the Bard-St. Stephen's Alumni/ae Association
at that year's Commencement. After teaching
literature and writing for 45 years at Bard,
Peter writes that he will retire the end of
Another Missing Class Ring
Ken Woodman notes that: "About two years
ago I had a break in at my home in Richmond,
IN, and my Harvard ring was stolen. It had my
initials, KSW, inscribed in it. The police
felt the thieves were from the Dayton area
(Richmond borders on Ohio, about 45 miles from
Dayton). It's probably long gone, but just in
Bill Bridges' wife Susan writes that Bill
continues to decline from a neurodegenerative
disease, known as Lewy Body Disease. He is
comfortable and well cared for and would like to
hear from classmates although he is not able to
respond himself. Bill lives at 49 Murray Avenue,
Larkspur CA 94939-1003 (415-925-1050) or by
1955 Class Rings Mystery
Police in Charlotte, North Carolina's "Pawn
Unit" contacted me about a 1955 Harvard class
ring. Only one classmate had the same engraved
initials, but he never bought a ring. The police
claim to have returned it to its rightful -- but
unknown to me -- owner from whom it had been
A second ring was returned to me by a couple in
Louisiana. The initials appear to be "LBT" or
LBJ." No Harvard graduate on June 16, 1955
appears to have those initials. Anyone claim the
ring? If not, I'll wear it as I lost mine and it
hasn't as yet shown up.
Renny Little (email@example.com,
Al Rowlings reports that he's "still hanging in
John Ogden reports that his Grandson John
is a freshman at Hamilton College where he is
playing varsity hockey. He plans to play
lacrosse for Hamilton this spring.
Jim Pates and Renny Little attended this
year's Hasty Pudding show "Commie Dearest."
" Great fun (read pun) as always. We both wore
our old Pudding string ties, and Renny pointed
out a picture of his father who was in the 1923
show called 'Take a Brace' about a suspender
Geoff Ball and his Associates have a new
business address at 315 Bryant Street in Palo
Alto, CA 94301. Cell # 650-279-9461
Geoff looks forward to talking with classmates
who need assistance with his company's expertise
which can be found on his website http://www.GeoffBallFacilitator.com.
Frank Molloy's daughters, Maryann,
Barbara and Susan write:
We would like to have Dad's classmates know how
much we appreciated all of the outreach made to
us during Dad's short illness. His diagnosis of
esophageal cancer on September 1, 2009 came as a
shock to all of us. He kept a positive outlook
on his illness and took the challenges as they
He loved his family and also loved
his Harvard family. A lot of you first met Dad
in high school and enjoyed the Latin School days
of studying. His next educational steps were to
Harvard where he gained many friendships that he
cherished deeply. He enjoyed all that was and is
Harvard. Our father and mother enjoyed the
social activities at Harvard. Through the years
they attended all of the Harvard class reunions.
As many of you know, Dad enjoyed those reunions
the most. He loved the planning and the planning
meetings and of course all of the wonderful
activities and meals! We as a family enjoyed the
25th reunion. We were able to stay in a dorm
suite as a family and especially enjoyed our
police escort to the Pops. Dad was looking
forward to the 55th reunion with all of you this
We know that you miss him as much
as we do. Thank you for your friendship with
him. For some of you, the friendship was a 60
year old friendship.
May others experience friendships
Phyllis Yood Beineke writes that,
together with Rosemary Bonanno and Alma
Maria Finneran, she enjoyed a brunch at Joan
Canzanelli's new home. Joan and her dog
Tracy moved from the house in Lexington which
she had long shared with her nephew Perry. She
is now in an apartment in Belmont, with Perry in
his own place nearby. According to Phyllis, the
apartment "is as warm and inviting as Joan
herself," and "downsizing was the hot topic of
Lois Epstein reports that Charlie
is being treated for a malignant tumor in his
pancreas, which has forced the Epsteins to
cancel their trip to Laos and Cambodia and their
cruise to Vietnam. They are hoping to attend
both the Radcliffe and Harvard 55th Reunions.
Christiane Joost-Gaugier is now back in
Washington, D.C. Her new book "Pythagoras and
Renaissance Europe" was published by the
Cambridge University Press last October.
A well written, entertaining, and informative
study of the "Renaissance man."
Renny Little reports that
55% of the Class returned their questionnaires
for the 55th Report.
"With a Preface by Roger Masters, a poem
by John Ogden, the results of the
anonymous survey compiled by Frank Duehay and
interesting reports by classmates, it will be a
Publishing date is set for around the first of
Bob Rittenberg was seen
officiating at the 3rd Annual "Battle of
Beantown" track meet recently. Harvard's men's
and women's track teams beat Boston College,
Boston University and Northeastern.
Al Rossow < firstname.lastname@example.org>
has moved to 105 Kodiak Way #2211 in Waltham, MA
On Monday, December 21, the Cambridge City
Council voted to honor David Halberstam by
naming a small park in his memory. This park is
located in Harvard Square not far from the
Crimson building, near the Lampoon Building at
the foot of Linden Street near Adams House. The
original idea for honoring David in Cambridge
came from Peter Palches and Stan
Katz led the formation of the committee.
Frank Duehay sheparded the effort to gain
recognition by the City Council. Frank will help
plan the dedicatory ceremony with the Halberstam
family and the City at date and time to be
announced in the future. Frank, Stan and Peter
wish to thank all classmates who expressed their
support for the effort.
Ralph Graner sent a recent
thoughtful gift to the Phillips Brooks House
Association to honor the Class of 1955.
Regina Gittes Greenspun reports that Fourteen Radcliffe
classmates and six spouses enjoyed a three-day
December reunion on the Gulf of Mexico in
Sarasota, Florida. "Our stay at the Lido Beach
Resort was very comfortable--in fact, luxurious.
Every suite had a fully equipped kitchen, so Brigid
Moynahan Cortright brought home-baked
goodies from her condo in Pompano Beach and served
a marvelous breakfast to everyone on our first
We enjoyed dinner at a near-by retirement
community, where Cynthia Crawford Lichtenstein
and husband Charles have been spending their
winters. All our meals were enhanced by the
pleasure of classmates' company. Daily sightseeing
excursions included the Ringling Museum, Selby
Botanical Gardens and Mote Acquarium. Classmates
also enjoyed the swimming pool, walks on the
beach, and shopping at nearby St. Armands Circle.
Attending the mini-reunion were:
Linda Johnson Barnhart, Patricia
Worthington Bartlett, Rosemary A.
Bonanno, Brigid Moynahan Cortright
and husband Dick, Harriett Eckstein, Regina
Gittes Greenspun and husband Nathaniel, Eva Neubauer Jacob and husband
Fred, Cynthia Crawford Lichtenstein and
husband Charles Miller, Lucille Block
Poskanser, Barbara Frogel Rippa, Janet
Cohen Robertson, Claire Pirani Russell and
husband John, Cynthia Kosowsky Siegal, Sandra
Rosman Wolman and husband Eric."
Jim Pates reports that Allen Grossman is
the 2009 winner of the The Bollengen Prize. The
Prize is presently awarded every two years by
Beinecke Library of Yale University. It is a
prestigious literary honor bestowed on an
American poet in recognition of the best book of
new verse within the last two years, or for
lifetime achievement. Allen has been the Andrew
W. Mellon Professor of Humanities at Johns
Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD since 1991.
The officers and Class Committee extend their
very best to all classmates and their families
for a joyous
holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year.
Roger Vaglia sent a note to
Bud Helfant regarding Loren Wyss's note
below. It reads as follows:
"TELL LOREN MY WIFE IS PLANNING
ON WHEELING ME THRU THE YARD TO CELEBRATE OUR
75TH REUNION IN 2030. WE'LL ONLY BE A SPRY 97 OR
Loren Wyss is "waiting for the 60th so we
can see our last Yard event."
(Editor's Note: The Class of 1945's Reunion
Committee is busy planning their 66th Reunion
around Commencement in May).
Eugene M. Abroms reports that he retired
the end of last year after 50 wonderful years of
"Samo-samo." Scott Cooledge
Roger Masters continues
active research and publication as well as
consulting for the U.S. Government.
Harvard '55 was well represented at The
Game. The class bus left the 128 RR station with
20 classmates, wives, SO's and friends at 7:10
AM reaching New Haven with plenty of time to
enjoy a lengthy tailgate on a warm and sunny
day. Joining us were busloads of undergraduates
Photo-Ops) and recent graduates who added
to the pre-game festivities.
We were joined by Carl Goldman and Dave
Bicks up from New York. The Game has been
described by Harvardians as "54 minutes of
boredom and 6 of fun." The last six minutes
produced 14 points to overcome Yale's 10 points
scored in the first quarter. Thanks to Class
Activities Chairman Charlie Arena and
Gail for taking care of the bus and the
doughnuts and coffee.
Regina Greenspun writes:
"Nat and I are leaving next week for Florida,
the Sarasota R'55 mini-reunion, and a couple of
weeks seeing friends and doing touristy stuff.
Our Radcliffe '55 class committee
decided to direct our 55th reunion gift to the
Harvard College Women's Center. That decision
has put us into the very capable hands of Vicky
Cabot, who will aid us in our fundraising. We
will do it with emails and some phoning. I would
like all our Harvard classmates to be aware of
our support of the Women's Center and would hope
that some of the men might earmark their checks
Martin M. Cassidy's recent papers on
carbon dioxide at the University of Houston's
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
have been well received. "Much time is taken up
with the AAPG Publication Pipeline, a project to
move donated Earth Science publications to
universities and libraries overseas. We are now
sending 20 pallets (1200 lbs. each) to Nigeria
from 10 different libraries."
Malcolm Davis traveled to Santa Fe recently to see
the house he designed become a reality. While
there, he and Faith visited with Bill Field
at his museum and Ron Miller, who was
also in Santa Fe at the time.
"Still working (somewhat less than
full time), as I enjoy it!"
Paul Ephross notes that "Now that I am officially
retired from the University of Maryland, I am
keeping busy with a) practicing psychotherapy
privately, for individuals and couples, b)
editing the third edition of a co-authored book
on group therapy, c) playing the piano, and d)
aging. See you in October!"
In his online Flaherty Special
Situations Newsletter Bob Flaherty
recently wrote an expose "The Invisible Man" ,
raising the issue of inadequate disclosure for
everyday readers and investors by ETF IPOs,
websites, online financial education platforms,
investor associations and other ventures. At 76,
Bob is happy to be healthy and still able to
serve readers for a litttle while longer. He is
looking forward to seeing all you survivors at
our 55th! "Be well and be happy and enjoy each
Joanna Koehler Fisher is a semi retired journalist. She
wrote a column for a small weekly for 18 years
and wrote and published one small book.
She has been married to Lindsay Edwards Fisher
H'56, for 53 years. "He still practices law in
Colorado Springs.We have 3 children and 7
grandchildren spread between Toronto, Canada,
New York City, and Capetown South Africa."
"Our lives a presently dominated
by my wife Janet's battle against breast cancer.
She has about three months of chemo left. We
hope the good prognosis of the Hutchinson
Center's doctors is realized."
Maurice Goretsky lists his occupation as "Impotent
depressed observer of the destruction of the
most noblest experiment in civilization."
Ted Hersh and his wife continue to work in their
healhcare company. "We hope to see you at our
David James came in third in last August 29th Duke
Kahanamoku One Mile Ocean Swim at Waikiki in the
men's 70 and over division. "I would have been
first if they had a 75 and over division, or a
division for Harvard grads (assuming Alan
Rapperport stayed home.)"
Dick Koch lists his address as 81b Connemara
Circle in Venice Florida 34292.
Bill Lawrence has moved to
80 Deaconess Rd. Suite 433, in Concord, MA
"Retired!! --Not much change--life
goes on. We seem to have good health. Still
travel --still ski--and continue to attend
funerals. Call if you're in the Rhode Island
Audry McKenna Lynch is
hard at work on her fourth book about John
Howard McElroy reports that
he recently spent a delightful time touring
Bucks County with Dick Burgheim.
Ed Nef recently produced a documentary on
"Vietnam-The Reconciliation." It will be shown
on National TV in Vietnam. He was also presented
with a medal and Parliamentary Proclamation by
the president of Mongolia for his "contribution
Alan Novick was seen
recently in Harvard Stadium at the 90th Reunion
of the Harvard University Band. He was there
along with Bob Blacklow.
Bob is chairing the 55th Reunion and Alan is
looking forward to it.
James Norris Robertson is retired but still a 7 term member
of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
He writes, "We passed a bill legalizing same
gender marriage and one to legalize marijuana
for medical use. We meet now to override the
governor's veto." The Robertsons have moved from
a 21 acre, 13 room 3 storied home with barn,
etc. to one floor living. "My wife needed the
change and she loves it; I'm still feeling like
I'm in a very nice motel!!"
"Life on the Cape is great
especially now, in the fall. Either I am
shrinking or my grandchildren sprouting; two are
taller than I am."
Pete Watson "Professional Grouch."
The class extends its sympathy to Frank
Molloy and wishes him well with his battle
with cancer of the esophagus. Classmates who may
wish to call him can reach him at home,
Gordon Graham writes, "I got your whole
Oct 2010 Reunion package and have sent all back
with high hopes of being there. I was also
delighted to read that Rashi Fein, PhD (not MD!)
will be speaking at the class's October luncheon
in Boston. Do please pass on my very best to
Rashi who has recently become a good friend.
My late wife Barbara closed out her working
career as Rashi's secretary and editor olf his
"Medical Care/Medical Costs". When Barbara died
three years back, Rashi at 82, insisted on
flying over to Ireland to read the Hebrew Micah
Lesson in her ecumenical/interfaith funeral
service. I had picked the Lesson and on arrival,
confided to me that his own uncle had indeed
done the more recent RSV translation from the
ancient Hebrew. As he left the lectern he almost
lost his balance, almost falling. He confessed
to me the next summer at lunch in Boston that
the words that came to him which he managed to
suppress were "Jesus Christ!". A lovely man.
America, Harvard and now the Class of '55 are
fortunate to have him. Give him my very best.
Judy Bailey Reed's daughter
Diana just moved to Chicago where her husband
will be an assistant professor at Northwestern.
Judy plans some long visits there. She also
writes, " in December I am delighted to be
joining 'The Nation" Caribbean cruise as a guest
of my daughter Betsy, Executive Editor."
Terry Crook writes "just finished
scanning our website! It's AWESOME but then so
of course it would be! 'Not just a good idea,
it's the limit.'
Don't know how long it's been up (maybe I should
read my Addendum more closely?) but it's
terrific. Good work & my thanks to the
authors & webmasters! "
Terry is still doing Real Estate in balmy Chapel
Hill. He was the Greater Chapel Hill
REALTOR-of-the Year 2007.
Check out his website on "Bypaths."
Bill O'Donnell writes: "Wife, Ellie, has
put her experience to work providing comments,
suggestions, advice on her blog saratogaareas.com/ellie.
As a physical therapist with MS her comments
pertain not only to MS but any one with a
disability. Gardeners and city dwellers will find
her latest blog fascinating. The guys, our sons,
have turned our Saratoga Springs city backyard
into a farm. The blog has pictures including full
details of how you build a huge (really) raised
bed for salad greens. Ellie in her wheelchair can
circle the bed (5'x10') and right now the corn is
as high as an elephant's eye, The cabbage is
starting to head, we're doing a vegetable lunch in
a few minutes with our own veggies. Now the
question is how do we store the harvest."
Betty Swisler Hale sent along a clipping
for Arnold Howe entitled "Mt. UM cleenup
passes hurdle." Arnold was stationed at the
Almaden Air Force Station which operated on Mt.
Umunhum's summit. It now consists of 88 derelict
buildings including homes, a gymnasium, garages
and even a bowling alley where 120 Air Force
personnel and their families lived. Total
cleanup costs are estimated at $11 million. The
House Appropriations Committee has approved $4
million to remove the buildings.
Betty writes " I am off for my second
heli-hiking trip to the Canadian Rockies with
two new knees to help me."
Bill Beecher writes: "My third novel, The
Acorn Dossier, focuses on caches of
weapons hidden in the West by the Soviets during
the Cold War in case it suddenly turned hot. A
renegade Russian general unearths some nuclear
suitcase bombs in secret caches in the US and
threatens to explode them in American cities
unless paid a huge ransom. Two hunter-killer
teams--one led by the FBI, the other hurriedly
dispatched from Moscow--race to find and
eliminate the general before he can trigger a
possible missle exchange between the two
countries." Bill's new novel was published, on
Aug. 15 and is now available on the internet and
at Barnes & Noble bookstores.
Bud Helfant reports the "Venerable Class
of 1955" Facebook now has five members, Steve
Banker, Gene Corbin (Hon.) Bud
Helfant, Renny Little and Joe
Martin. He hopes that other classmates
will sign up.
Audry McKenna Lynch has published a book entitled "The
Rebel Figure in American Literature and Film:
The Interconnectedness of John Steinbeck and
James Dean. (The Edwin Mellen Press)
David Wise sent along an article that appeared in
the May, 2009 issue of the Bardian, a Bard
College publication. Entitled "A Lion of Lang
and Lit." It tells a compelling story about the
inspiration and influence that Peter Sourian
has had on students at Bard since he arrived in
1965. "Over that span Peter has taught courses
that cover the literary waterfront -- the novel,
poetry, short fiction, cultural reportage -- all
of which echo his own multifarious career as a
man of letters. If at times he appears to be an
overly demanding taskmaster in the classroom, it
is because he cares much -- about literature,
about intellectual honesty, and about his
students doing the very best work they are
capable of." In 2000, Peter received the
Bardian Award, an honor bestowed upon veteran
faculty members by the Bard-St.Stephen's
Dick Zwetsch has been
elected Treasurer of the Harvard Club of Cape
Cod. "I see various classmates at meetings,
including Bill Hayes, Jarvis Hunt
and Dick King."
Roger Vaglia writes: "It looks like 2009
is shaping up to be a great garden year. We eat
what we can, give to friends and take lots to
the local food bank. So far we've enjoyed beets,
beans, 3-4 kinds of lettuce, radishes, cukes,
collards, squash (yellow, Sunburst and
zucchini), turnips, tomatoes, onions, sugar snap
peas, garlic, 4 kinds of peppers (hot, sweet,
yellow, green), cabbage and arugula, Not quite
ready yet, but looking good are kohlrabi, okra,
egg plant, potatoes, more squash (acorn,
butternut and spaghetti), sweet potatoes, kale
and 2 kinds of Swiss chard, plus gourds and sun
flowers. For me gardening is right up there with
In addition to gardening Marilyn and I spent 28
days in May cruising from Fla to Europe where we
visited 12 countries.Wonderful trip esp.
St.Petersburg. I'm looking forward to joining
Arena's tailgate army again this fall. (on a
warmer day unless Ren loans me his coonskin
coat.) Regards to all."
Rosemary Bonanno was honored
by the City of Cambridge for her twenty years of
service as a senior volunteer in the Harvard
Square Churches Thursday Meal Program.
Audry McKenna Lynch's book Steinbeck and
His Women was a finalist for the 2009 Penelope
Niven Creative Nonfiction Award.
Evelyne Albrecht Schwaber celebrated her
50th reunion from Albert Einstein College of
Medicine. She was one of fifty members of the
school's first graduating class, only 3% of whom
were women. In contrast, there were close to 200
graduates of the class of 2009 and 57% of them
George Swanson writes
that at the Episcopal Church's General
Convention, the House of Bishops concurred with
a previous action by the House of Deputies and
passed resolution C020 against torture in any
location in the world. George was worried that
the resolution would not include American jails,
prisons and immigration detention centers.
"Needless to say I am deeply grateful to a great
many people here at the General Convention whose
decency and political wisdom caused this
resolution to pass."
Herb Appleman writes: "Just One More
Song: Conversations With My Wife After Her Death
hasn’t found a publisher yet, but it’s come
close. As a result of the economic meltdown,
publishers have drastically reduced the number
of books on next year’s list. Still, they have
to publish something, and I continue to hope
that, one day soon, something will include Just
One More Song."
George Swamson's e-mail notes that his
deceased wife Katrina "sure will be pleased.
She'll have a booth at the General Convention of
the Episcopal Church in Anaheim this July 8-17.
The booth will support . . .
~ the Equal Rights Amendment
~ Anglican Women Theologians
~ Indigenous Peoples Rights
~ African children's education
~ Abolishing Torture in American Prisons.
Our convention resolution asks the US Congress
to outlaw torture in American jails and prisons.
Frank Duehay and Jane Lewis spent
Memorial Day and night visiting Harriett and Ross
Clem at their home in Paris, Ohio. Frank
said he and Ross, close friends in college, had
hardly had time to talk in 54 years. 'It was one
of the most pleasant visits we have ever had,'
Jerry Murphy writes, "About
to release the 13th edition of 'Metro Volk,' a
major study of the North American Meeting
Industry." Jerry has spent over 50 years as a
research, marketing and management consultant.
George Buehler had lunch with Marcie and
John Amory recently at the
Rancho de los Caballeros in Wickenburg AZ.
The Cambridge Art Association is displaying one
of Malcolm Davis's "Sierra Nevada RR,
Series" at 124 Mt.Auburn St., Cambridge, MA
through the 26th of June. Classmates interested
in an explanation of the series can go to "By
Paths" on our website, to view his website or go
directly to www.malcolmmontaguedavis.com.
Malcolm is also working concurrently on a series
based on the Gallery House in Santa Fe and one
on "Class One Locomotives."
Charles Butter (email@example.com)
writes: "Our children and grandchildren
scattered (almost) to two ends of the earth -
San Francisco and Israel. Still fly fishing, but
not as often as I'd like. Hoping to have my book
on art and the brain - Crossing Cultural Borders
Universals in Art and Their Biological Roots -
published before the end of the year. Hope to
get to Boston this September in time to see a
Red Sox game."
Harvey Tattelbaum recently published a
book entitled: "Tales of the Village Rabbi: A
Manhattan Chronicle". It is available only on
Amazon.com. (The "Village" is Greenwich
Frank Duehay reports on the David
Halberstam Street petition to the
Cambridge City Council that "Last week the
Report of the Council Committee was filed. It
was simply a report of who said what at the
December 9 hearing. The matter remains in
Committee. Nevertheless since the Committee
report was on the public agenda for the March 23
Council meeting, I took the occasion to speak (3
minute limit). I repeated the reason for the
request and dealt with the opposing arguments
that had been made There was only one other
person who spoke on the issue, a former city
councillor who has been hired by the Crimson to
represent it, speaking against the proposal.
Don't despair. It will eventually be settled. "
Rob Leeson reports beautiful weather and
good skiing in Taos, NM. "The Chatfields
have been here, and we have enjoyed visiting
with Charlie Anderson."
Rob called to note the death of Addie
Closson on March 12th.
Audry Lynch contributed a chapter to a new book
entitled "Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln: a
It is the first book to be printed by Penwomen
Press, recently founded by the National League
of American Penwomen. Audry's chapter is a
review of the book "Women in Lincoln's Life," by
H.Donald Winkler. The Penwoman book costs $28
and is available at 1300 17th Street NW,
Washington, DC 20036.
"Classmates Michael Greenebaum and Wally
Bregman have collaborated with five other
New Trier High School school friends (three of
them Yale '55) to write a book about their
lives. As it says in the press release: "
Seven Friends – Sixty years Later treats
the reader to the stories of seven high school
friends as they share their lives, their dreams,
their accomplishments (or lack thereof) and the
lessons that they’ve learned along the way.
Aside from the captivating and varied content of
the individual stories, this book offers an
amazing window into coming of age and growing up
in the latter half of the twentieth century.
At a fifty-fifth high school reunion, seven life
long friends, known in school as the “
Beefeaters” (no one can remember why) decided to
memorialize their lives by each writing a
chapter for a book. Now, three years later, the
resulting work Seven Friends – Sixty years
Later is available to the public.
Our book is available via our website http://authorhouse.com/beefeaters
or by calling 1-888-519-5121 or amazon.com, etc.
Howard McElroy writes: "This past fall, a
5,800 mile road trip took us to Austin, Texas
where we swapped sea stories with Ted
Whatley." Howie notes that he is a
"Retired Senior Factotum."
Fred Church has moved
to South Carolina to a community called
Oldfield, (between Beaufort and Hilton Head)
where he is enjoying the social life as well as
quail hunting, sporting clays, fishing (sail
fishing at Islamorada, Key West, Florida), golf,
horseback riding, the beach in Hilton Head, and
working out at Oldfield’s sports center.
“I have a small apartment in Chestnut Hill which
I visit periodically for business and to see my
kids and grandkids. Believe it or not, I still
work at age 75 at Albert Risk Management. I have
a small book of business including schools and
serve as a consultant to the board of a small
insurance company. I also did work in 2008 for
the American School of Warsaw, Poland, NYU, St.
John’s University and others.”
Georgiana Lewis Anderson writes: "I have returned from 18 days
in Iran, a tour with 14 others from GB, Japan,
Korea, Italy, France. Most Americans don't go
there because they think it impossible. Young
people in Iran all speak English, the older ones
seldom do. We met the younger ones, and mostly
girls, because 60% of college students are
women. Young men have to do their 2 years of
military duty and go to college afterwards.
"I understand the anxiety about Iran's threats
against Israel, but I feel strongly, and not
just because of this trip, that if we had a
President who had bothered to have diplomatic
relations with those with whom he disagreed,
we'd all be better off and in a very different
place financially, geopolitically and from a
safety point of view.
"Everyone that we spoke to hoped
that Obama would win the election. They hope to
see a change of tone, as don't we all. The
sanctions are hurting and oil prices are down.
We didn't see obvious signs of this, but in many
cities we saw construction halted, so a lot of
the country looks as if it had been bombed. Our
guide said this was because people took out
loans, projects ran out of money, and new loans
had not yet been approved.
"Our hotels were those approved for
Westerners, so they were comfortable and well
run. Food was ample and we had many chances to
try Persian fare. We wore head scarves
everywhere but in our hotel rooms. Dress is less
restrictive than we had been led to believe, and
the young Iranian women are certainly pushing
the envelope. Older women seemed far more
comfortable with their black chadors. A few of
them welcomed us, smiling when they learned
where we were from, reaching out to shake hands
or just touching us.
"We went to many places, 7 cities,
saw a lot of desert and ate some incredible
pastries and delectable black dates. We didn't
get a line on nuclear activity, though we passed
close to Natanz. There are places I didn't see
enough of (Persepolis, Isfahan) but I don't
suppose I'll ever get back...."
Elinor Fuchs' documentary play, "Year One of the
Empire," about the little-known
turn-of-the-century U.S.-Philippine War, written
in the late '60's as a Vietnam War protest play
and published by Houghton Mifflin in 1972, has
in the past year been brought back to life by
the Iraq War. The play, co-authored with
historian Joyce Antler of Brandeis, received its
New York premiere at the Metropolitan Playhouse
in March, 2009, and received a special
pre-election reading at the New York Theatre
Workshop in September.
Regina Gittes Greenspun notes that twenty-four Radcliffe
classmates met on Cape Cod during a beautiful
September weekend. As in the past, the
Craigville Conference Center served as the venue
for this mini-reunion. The highlight of the
weekend was a visit to Patricia Worthington
Bartlett's home in Truro, a home which was twice
painted by artist Edward Hopper in the 1930's.
The house, located on the bank of the Pamet
River, remains essentially as it was in Hopper's
" I have temporarily left
Washington D.C. and accepted a new job directing
the arts at Wayne State University in Detroit. I
am chairing the Department of Art and Art
History, which includes the fine arts, studio
arts, art history, interior design, industrial
design, electronic arts, sculpture, photography,
fibres, graphic arts, and print-making. It's a
very large department with a faculty of 60,
located in four buildings. Although it takes
precious time from my research, I am beginning
work on a new book which will be about the
origins of wine in antiquity. I would love to
see any Harvard-Radcliffe friends in the Detroit
Christiane L. Joost-Gaugier