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
"I am now retired & vegetating gracefully (;-)?) in North
Bruce Selya notes that on October 12th, 2017 he will be celebrating
35 years on the federal bench.
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 cant compete with Alan Rappaport, but last August
he swam in the Duke Kahanamoku One Mile Ocean Race off Waikiki in
"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 51 minutes).
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
" 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 inspiration.
Alan Kennedy has moved to 1610 Treehouse Circle, Unit 128
in Sarasota FL 34231.
"I retired after 56 years with Paine Webber and UBS."
'55s Class Committee holds annual meeting and luncheon at
the Harvard Alumni Associations headquarters in Cambridge
on August 2, 2017.
Photo by John Prince, with Marsons
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 Skidmore.
Heres Brendans video from last year and you will cheer
the kids on.
Now I know why I always bought the Lions lightbulb packages.
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 scoundrel."
Madlyn Murphy writes that her husband, Edward J. Murphy,
is now under hospice care due to late stage Alzheimers.
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
Classmates Comment on Universitys Recommendation
to Ban all Clubs and Sororities
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 Harvard.'
"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. Im Out,
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 departure.
"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
"Seems that Veritas' now means views that are politically
"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
"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
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."
"For anyone who hasnt seen a polo match, this video be
Brendan couple years old is a nice introduction.
FOR POLO FANS this is why you love the sport."
Bats Wheeler and Mercy
enjoyed a weekend with Danny Mayers and his family recently.
"Nice to see all of his kids."
Bill ODonnell writes,
"John Adams knew when he wrote to Abigail how important that
Declaration he signed that day would be to future generations. Brendans
got it all (mostly) in his video on our Saratoga 4th of July Celebration
"It was a wonderful All-American Day. Watch it and feel proud
of our community.
Bill ODonnell writes,
"Brendan has really captured the home town all American of
our Elks Flag Day Parade after 50 years they really have
"Just watched Robert Preston in The Music Man (great movie)
and this has the same feeling. You will smile.
"Thanks and keep the Flag flying."
Sonny Templeton and son enjoy a Fathers Day dive in
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
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 Helfants Facebook page contains
photos of the growth and development of a backyard vegetable garden
by his son and grandson.
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 Harvard degree.
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 Mothers Day.
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 drizzle.
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
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 skiing.
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 southern accent.
Tom Bisbee notes that Spring is finally reaching Vermont."
Paul Grand says,
Im still playing tennis two new knees are a help!
He was sorry to note his roommate Peter Sourian had died.
Pat Shaw reports that all is well in the
Bill ODonnell writes,
"Not so nice day but always a nice crowd of kids, parents
and grandparents for the fish stocking at the Spa Park.
"Its 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
"Let me know how you like it. Hey, its 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."
Editors Note: How many classmates still have
their Pogo buttons? I know Charlie Moizeau still has his.
"Heres the 5th grade chorus that came on after the 4th
grade (video I sent you earlier) and you can really see the kids
"Theyre 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
Charlie Arena, Walter Cabot, Renny Little,
Dick Marson, Nick Thorndike, Bats Wheeler,
and David Wise were there to pay their respects to a loyal
"We already have two Annies (Broadway & Nat Company).
The girl in red looks shes in audition for the role. Brendans
done a fun video on the Geyser 4th Grade Concert and I think youll
"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 that mistake!
"Also, we had a beautiful reception/dedication of the Wall
at the Mailman School with the following speakers in the Auditorium
near the Wall:
"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 speakers!
"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 it.
"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
"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
will recognize him.
"Sitting on either side of George are Sonny Templeton
and Dick Koch.
"George doesnt 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
"Still active in the Osher Lifelong Learning program at UC
Berkeley. We now have 2500 students.
Things come apart; the center cannot hold
And what rough creature comes slouching toward Washington,
Donald Trump! Therell 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,
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,
www.amazon.com or www.bn.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
"If you think Trump's election was unlikely, consider this:
Lesson: Anything is possible."
Bill ODonnell notes that Scouts and healthy living
just have to go together. Heres his son Brendans 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 lasts.
If you havent seen what Middle School kids can do with
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 (R55)
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 boards finance committee.
Jack worries about the future of opera, given the huge expense of
maintaining an opera company.
"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
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
I think youll love this video Brendan has done of the Maple
Avenue production of the Wizard of Oz.
To me its 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 it.
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 the inauguration.
I am deeply worried about the Presidents lack of interest
in environmental issues and have a real concern about his pledge
to drain the swamp.
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 authors
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 creating it.
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.
"Brendan has put up the Winter Concert at the Dorothy Nolan
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 use.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa - just have a great
Wally Bregman sent along the following:
Here's a picture of Dick Koch and me celebrating
Christmas on Sanibel Island.
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 baths."
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, 2017.
John Ogden reports
he is much happier now that he taken up life with an old friend.
"Heres Brendans 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 hes 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."
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
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 Maloney."
1955 H/Y weekend a great success
(except for the score of The Game, Y-21-H-14).
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 Zwetsch.
We welcomed four members of the Class of 1961, one of whom was the
brother of classmate Dick Karp.
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 Al Novick.
Bill O'Donnell writes,
"Lot of great people turned out to do the Turkey Trot. Youll
probably recognize some in this video son Brendan did.
"This neighbor helping neighbor and its what makes living
here so special. Enjoy and let me know how you like it (especially
if youre in it).
"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 Book."
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 mailing costs.
George Swanson submitted the following article:
"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
- 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 worthy recipient.
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."
Fiction and Fact
from Ren's Almanac
( Remember the Breakfast Club on the radio?)
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 word jalopy!!
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 to Murgatroyd!
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
"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
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 several others.
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,
Christiane Joost-Gaugier writes,
"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
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 and stinkbugs.
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
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
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
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, 2015.
"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
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. 603-336-6038.
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
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, Robinson Jeffers.
"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
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 Plastic surgery.
"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 more.
Renny and Jean Little celebrated their 60th Wedding
"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 attend.
"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 Thursday.
It makes a fun video https://youtu.be/SG65bkEjKaM
I think youll 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
George L. Moxon died on August 29, 2016
James E. Moynihan, Jr. died on August 22, 2016
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 Stockyard.
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 Bingo."
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
"Despite it all he kept his cheerful outlook and good humor.
"I saw George and Sally in Ft. Lauderdale in February 2015
and was surprised that he was still upright.
"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
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
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 Director.
Those of us farming and teaching at Holly Hill Farm think Franks
spirit truly lives on."
On Aug 29, 2016 at 4:39 PM Carl Goldman wrote:
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
"We are coming down from Exeter, NH and hope to sit with roommate
Jack Schafer writes to obtain Ed Nef's
"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
Howard McElroy questions:
"Where is Wintergreen now that we could use him?"
John Schuler and his wife and family took a trip to Canada
"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.
Bill O'Donnell writes,
"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 our
Great way to begin the Fourth and you can enjoy it in Brendans
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 is beautiful.
"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 friends.
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
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 the Addendum.
Frank Duehay and Jane Lewis were able to
purchase trickets to attend the Antiques Roadshow in
Indianapolis, Indiana over the 4th of July Weekend.
"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 youll love this. Brendan was at
Geyser School for the raising of the Flag and the celebration for
Flag Day. Its 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
"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 (email@example.com,
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
Wally Bregman will sit next to Renny Little and Dick
Bill O'Donnell writes,
"Cheers for everyone who competed in the Lions Duathlon Memorial
" Wow 5 k on foot 10k on bike then 5k on
foot. Thats 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 fall recently.
"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 hope!)."
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 doesnt 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.
"Ill 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: 508.789.6915."
"I just returned from a Band of Brothers tour of the Normandy
Beaches, Bastogne, the Ardennes, Dachau and Berchtesgaden. See this
It was awe inspiring and sobering. They truly were the greatest
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 Parade.
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
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
"After 5/31/16 I will move to: 45943 Highway 74 Unit #2, Palm
Desert, CA 92260.
My new email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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." email@example.com
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 in drama.
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 Dickenson.
"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.
It will be his third published book.
Al Rossow writes,
"Adjusting to FL is not easy....but it will work out."
See notes in
On the Horizon regarding the New York and Boston spring luncheon
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 Cambridge.
Classmates who wish to bring up matters at the meeting should
contact Class Secretary Renny Little (email@example.com
617-491-3937) Full details will follow in July.
Dinner Planned before The Game on Friday night, November 18,
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
there two years ago, why not enjoy a gathering there again."
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
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 to 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 the kids.
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
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 Foundation."
"Hard to believe when the Adirondack Pipe &
Drums marched into the Saratoga Librarys Dutcher Room You
couldnt hear them in the main Library. You can here in Brendans
new video. Its a thrill even if
youre 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 sue..
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 cover!
"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 Addendum.
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 financially."
for 60th Reunion and 60th Class Report for financial results.)
Frances Smith Wetherell notes that the news
of her death is greatly exaggerated.
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
"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."
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 paperback.
The New York Times Review wrote:
has carried both the pictorial richness
and the larger significance of Currier & Ives' work to a definitive
"All is well in California. Hoping for lots
of RAIN," exclaims Lucille Block Poskanzer.
Last year Kilmer Mcully served as President
of the Association of Clinical Scientists.
"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
"If everything appears to be going well, you have obviously
"I am trying to figure out what the hell I have overlooked!"
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 just starting."
Lawrence S. Kartiganer
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,
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 COIN
strategies central to ISIS containment and defeat, and protecting
the US homeland from terrorist attacks.
Bud Helfant has uploaded eleven of Tom Lehrer's "classics"
to the "Been
There, Notes and Photos from the Past" on our website.
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
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 wait ahead."
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 days."
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 13,000'.
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.
Thats 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.
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
"Great to have our website back. Thanks Bud
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 Machine.
Tom Bisbee notes that he was sorry to miss
The American Association of Petroleum Geologists
continues to send Geoscience Publications to universities overseas.
We just sent 60 pallets, (which is about 60,000 pounds) to Myanmar.
They will be distributed to several universities there. Martin
Roger Masters writes,
Greetings to all classmates who are still alive and flourishing.
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 Im up to, look my name up on Wikipedia!
Ed Nef 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 paperback.
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
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 growing phenomenon.
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 the year."
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 for!
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..."
Cambridge City Officials Create the Francis H.
Duehay Public Service Volunteer Award
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 Education.
Frank has served on the Board of Directors of the National League
of Cities and as Vice President of the Massachusetts Municipal Association.
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 schools achievements,
as well as those of current and former students.
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 Association.
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
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 daily.
The Epilogue talks about some of my experiences at Harvard, Phillips
Brooks House, with Henry Kissinger, etc.
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 with cancer.
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. Brendans new
video, Wiltons 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
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
Ann Rittenburg thanks the Class of 1955 and the
Friends of Harvard Track & Field:
"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 immeasurable.
"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 did.
"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 Rittenburg family.
"All my best,
(Editor's note: The Rittenburg Discretionary Travel
Fund is a perpetual fund which will accept additional contributions
at any time.
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. Its a great way to
celebrate the 4th of July. Its another of our videos that
say we live in a great community."
Frank Nahigian writes,
"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
No one called, so the following Tuesday I went through the same
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 candle.
MGH is too complex to demolish and start from scratch, but maybe
some of the lost common sense can be restored to the management,
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 fast."
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.
Its all here in my son Brendans record of Flag Day at
Enjoy and feel the Pride."
Bill O'Donnell writes,
"Orienteering in the Spa Park. Thats 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 Grade.
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
I hope readers will enjoy it as much as I did writing it.
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 Massachusettss 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 organization.
"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
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
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
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 reunion.
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 workload continues."
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 wonderful occasion."
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 Class history!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ASAP, as I know they will snapped up!
John Gaffney writes,
"I do various volunteer activities, church, a non-profit and
My only professional activity now is occasionally reviewing papers
for a professional journal.
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
60th Reunion (May 25-28, 2015)
Schedule posted "On
Chairman Bob Blacklow has posted the 60th Reunion schedule.
Classmates should be receiving their packet in late February.
Note the telephone numbers you should call for the Sonesta and questions
about the Reunion. You can also email questions
as they check the 60th Reunion mailbox regularly.
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 February.
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 next
Dick Marson, Arnold Howe, Renny
Little and Bats Wheeler enjoyed a full day phonathon
recently, raising money for the 60th Reunion gift.
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 from Cambridge.
Roger Mechanic's wife Grace writes that Roger
is lost to Alzheimer's disease.
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 MS.
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
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
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 play."
Wes Johnson writes,
"Have just been checked out of the hospital after a two month
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
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 soon.
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 friends."
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 Hunt
Dick Koch sent along a recent picture of
a mini-reunion in Palm Beach (see Photo-Ops).
Bob Leeson continues to be active on boards
involved with environmental issues. "Still downhill and cross
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 come!"
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 Steinberg
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 Technology Officer:
Im a freelance writer based in Washington,
D.C., and Im writing you in your capacity as officers of Harvards
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 see:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKUltra)
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 iteither
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 ask.
I am sending the same query to the officers of several other Harvard
classes from the same period.
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
Frank and Bill Small
Lost and Missing Classmates
James Edward Anthony
is living happily in Ft. Lauterdale, FL.
It's James Patterson Anthony we're looking for.
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
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 "unknown."
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 proven otherwise.
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. (email@example.com,
Andy Ward writes,
"Hope Harvard football keeps coming through with flying colors."
He helps tag Monarch butterflies for research purposes through "Project
Monarch Health," a program of the University of Georgia's Odum
School of Ecology.
Andy Ward searches for Monarch
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
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 coming.
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 grandchildren.
"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
"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 been wonderful."
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 timing.
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 Howe.
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
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 time.
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
Charlie also noted that David Wise's email
is invalid. The correct email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Eadie.
"They lived on the Vineyard before he died. I would love to
make contact if she was still there."
"We will definitely be back for the 60th next May."
David Wise notes that
his email address was incorrect in the recent email "blast"
to classmates. His correct email address is email@example.com.
"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
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
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
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 latest video.
Really nice fireworks shots."
YouTube video The Fourth of July in Saratoga Springs 2014
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 line:
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
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 Harbin.org. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 visit soon."
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 these years."
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."
Christiane Joost-Gaugier writes,
"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
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 floor.
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 excellent cooks."
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, 2014.
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 submission.
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 Betty writes:
"we discovered how quickly a grandchild abandons dessert when
someone yells 'Orcas off the starboard bow!"
Gordo Graham sent the following note along to Bill Coughlin
and your Class Secretary:
"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 on it.)
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
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
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 our class.
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 over Yale.
Highlight of the trip home was notification of Dartmouth's snow
job over Princeton which gave the Crimson a share of the Ivy League
See "Photo-Ops" for a picture of classmates in attendance.
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 distribute funds
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 to
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 line."
"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 the Editor!"
Dick Dolins, MD is still working but thinking
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 thrill!"
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,
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
"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 reunion!"
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
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"
"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 hours.
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 the
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 success."
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 winter freeze."
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.
Its time for palliative care and living life.
415 464-7744 email@example.com"
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,
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 Jupiter, Florida.
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."
John Lorenz notes that Fred Church has given him his
copy of the full length DVD "Regular Guys" which both
can fully recommend viewing.
"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
For further information, see the invitation under "Public Service,"
which also provides two other dates on which classmates can visit
the SUP programs.
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
.an important item on Al's (kick-the) bucket list.
Friends of Alan "Mickey" H. Hammerman have established
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
A few minutes later a nosey neighbor called and asked Bill's wife
if they had just won the lottery?
Puzzled, his wife asked why?
"I saw a TV crew photographing the front of your place, so
I figured you must have won the lottery."
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
"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
"It will be about my new book, and the Meaning of Italian Renaissance
Art (and of course free of charge)."
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
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.' Available
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
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 football games!"
Upon reading the article on former freshman Dean John Monro in the
May-June issue of the Harvard Magazine, Wally Bregman
"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 football
"We would be pleased to get together with Classmates Friday
night if any will be in the area. Let me know via email - email@example.com,
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 wasnt that convivial because everyone was talking
simultaneously for most of the afternoon whereas no one was doing
any listening so I dont know what the point of it all was
but as it ended everyone alleged theyd had a hell of a time
and we ought to do it again next year-which is ok by me because
I dont 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and Renny (email@example.com)
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 aggravations..."
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.
01/24/13: Jack Limpert
is active in Bath, Maine raising funds for the local Episcopal Church.
He has been in touch with Ted Gleason and Steve Chinlund
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. Its 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 idealism."
George Swanson reports that he is applying
for a clinical trial that has good results in handling a metastic
"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. Saviours Parish Church, Bar Harbor in
August 2013. See www.naturalcausestheopera.org
on the web. "I hope the folk opera of prisoner Victor Valdezs
torture and death will turn American prisons into farms and trade
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
You'll also find lots of happy faces of kids preparing for holiday
As usual advertiser ads are running (NO CHARGE) alongside the stories.
Maybe we can't forget Washington - but life is pretty happy in our
2013 is going to be a great year and we will be covering the happy
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
"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 for Harvard."
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 Rabkin
Arnold Schuchter sent
the following message along to classmates:
Enjoy Hawaii vicariously at my recently launched www.perfectdayshawaii.com
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 picture.
Bill Coughlin is recuperating at home from
quadruple by-pass surgery. "I beat Charlie Arena by
(Charlie is doing fine as can be seen in "Photo-Ops.")
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 entertaining event.
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.
Im breathing, reports Led Smith.
Led and classmate Charlie Ohl at St. Pauls and Harvard
are both Marine Corps veterans.
My wife Paula and I have moved permanently
from Milton, MA to 15234 Lakes of Delray Blvd. in Delray Beach,
FL 33484, writes Jerry Slavin.
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 2013.
Judy Bailey Reed has sold her house in East
Orleans and moved to a condo in Orleans. Its 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 Plymouth, MA.)
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 Film Festival.
"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
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 and redemption."
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 Weedpatch, CA.
Ed Ginsburg notes that the Senior Partners
For Justice is celebrating its Tenth Anniversary, "and I am
turning 80 years young."
"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 10, 2012."
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. It's exciting."
"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 Crump.
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 "Full-Time Grandfather."
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
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 2014.
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
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, MA 01501).
"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
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 them.
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 tattoos.
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
Class Reports Editor Diane MacDonald recommends that we change the
date for 1955 Chapbook entries from October 1, 2014 to August 31,
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 "On
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
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 of God.
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
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
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
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
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" 01/17/12)
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 several
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
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
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 Valdezs death is akin to the passion and death of
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 luncheon.
"Sold my business in 2010. One more year
of consulting and I can really retire," writes
Jerry Murphy. Jerry and his wife Susan are currently raising
a 16 year-old grandchild.
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 their
benefits when they were riffed from the R.O.T.C. "We meet
to determine progress in obtaining
such the benefits. So far we have had many good lunches, but there
is nothing to report on the
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 police escort.)
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 world."
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 Gerdau.
Jack Limpert has sent along a number of
good suggestions for the 60th Reunion.
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
Marty Adler reports that he is still playing tennis.
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 Gerry
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, AZ, 85718.
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 Drama.
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 Alumni Association.
"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 recipients.
Contributions to support the plaque are welcome.
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 really am."
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 upright."
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 memory."
"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 'champagne.' "
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
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
Renny and Jean Hardy Little
enjoyed a recent weekend with Betty Porada. "Summer
theater and Tanglewood in a lovely part of Western Massachusetts."
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 email@example.com.
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
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
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
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 organization.
If that is the bad news, the good news is that he has accepted
a position as Dean of Public Service for
Read his resignation letter under "Public Service."
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 2011.
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 Leeson:
"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 70s and early 80s
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.
Lets see if next winter makes the list but only if you both
are there. I want to especially try that ice cream parlor youve
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
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
" 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
On January 1st, 2011, Ted Hersh was awarded a Certificate
of Fellowship in recognition of achieving the status of Fellow
of the American Gastroenterological Association.
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 '55."
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 recording."
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 below:
"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 college.
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 todays students face.
Thanks to the Universitys 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 education requires."
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, Id be very grateful
for your assistance.
Kevin Jennings 85
Classmates who are interested in helping
Kevin to set up the SIG can contact him directly or me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks in advanced from both of us.
Here's one classmate still doing it!
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 University."
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 Deans 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 Deans Council, a member of the
Visiting Committee continually since 1986, and chair of the Campaign
Executive Committee during Harvards 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 Colleges 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
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
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,
Any Classmates still downhill skiing?
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 good exercise."
Let's hear from classmates still enjoying the sport. Send your
report to email@example.com
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 deeply missed."
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
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 and helped
forge ties among our libraries, museums and foundations."
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
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."
Christoph Pfeiffer 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
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 Apple."
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 awards.
Becky Ketchum Richardson:
"Your faithful email secretary (though this newsletter was
written by Regina) wishes you all good health and good fortune
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 than tomorrow.
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 home.
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
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 occasion."
Jack Limpert has moved to 48 Pine Hill Drive in Bath, Maine
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 wife Nina.
"We were in Adams House together."
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
"We enjoyed catching up on news and history." Ed notes
he "went bald voluntarily, thanks to the aid of a little
"Healthy and happily married living on the beach in Coronado,
CA. It doesn't get any better than that! Life is good," writes
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
Pliny Porter recently completed his final
chemo treatments and has received a positive assessment for his
"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 reunions.
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 email@example.com.
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 Koltun.
L. Kartiganer "spoke
with Phil Pelland and Michael Pizitz for first time
in 55 years! Fantastic!
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 Anniversary."
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."
reports that he is "still trying to figure out" his
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 Square."
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 tattoos
George Cohen reports that he is not retired,
but on "leave" from Hofstra. He will retire the end
2011 as a Full Professor Emeritus after 42 years. "Then medicare
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 Press.
John Bennett continues
to work at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY as a hematopathologist.
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
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
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 in November."
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
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
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
Classmates interested in Dan's artwork should visit his website
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 Narratives.
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
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 June, 2010.
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 case."
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 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 stolen.
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 there."
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
" 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 making
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 occurred.
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 year.
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 like that!
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 the brunch!"
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
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 good
Publishing date is set for around the first of May.
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
Al Rossow < firstname.lastname@example.org>
has moved to 105 Kodiak Way #2211 in Waltham, MA 02451.
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 morning.
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.
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 98 THEN.
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 medical practice.
"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 for it."
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 day."
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 55th Reunion."
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 01742.
"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 area."
Audry McKenna Lynch is hard at work on her
fourth book about John Steinbeck.
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 to education."
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
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, 781-326-7080.
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
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
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
Bardian Award, an honor bestowed upon veteran faculty members by
the Bard-St.Stephen's Alumni/ae Association.
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
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 Yoga.
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 were women.
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 hasnt found a publisher yet,
but its come close. As a result of the economic meltdown,
publishers have drastically reduced the number of books on next
years list. Still, they have to publish something, and I continue
to hope that, one day soon, something will include Just One More
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,' Frank said."
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 Village!)
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
Audry Lynch contributed
a chapter to a new book entitled "Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln:
a Commemorative Collage."
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 theyve 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
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 Oldfields 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. Johns
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
"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
"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 time.
" 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 area."
Christiane L. Joost-Gaugier