Former Class Secretary Rich Landfield reports that, once again, in December your intrepid DC group met for lunch at the Metropolitan Club and exchanged stories of the past year and shared fellowship. This year it was a group of ten. Ed Goetzl as a new participant continued his discussion at our 55th reunion about his research about aging. He continues his research studies at Johns Hopkins 6 months of the year with the balance in San Francisco. He is a proponent of exercise, specifically mentioning Tai Chi and balance. Fred Woodworth boasted about enhanced mobility brought about by two new knees. He and Anne are planning a safari type trip to southern Africa. Don Adams described his travels during the year, which included a visit to Oregon to view the total eclipse. He noted that he and Fred Woodworth have discovered a mutual interest in reading about physics and relativity, leading to a conversation about what all of us are reading in our "post-graduate, non-credit" studies. Craig (Bulldog) Morgan a grandfather extraordinaire, continues to alternate sitting for grandchildren in three cities. He and a telephone correspondent in Macau regularly use their iPads to do a FaceTime language exchange in which Craig studies Cantonese and his correspondent studies English. When not traveling (to Italy and oldest son's marriage), Brian Christaldi's studies include art courses. At last year Brian showcased his painting of a cow, which he said was not yet finished, but he is now working on a squirrel. Co-host Dave Roll continues to go full steam ahead writing a book about George Marshall (the general, not our classmate) but was slowed a bit by a fall which created a hand problem and required an MRI of his head (no damage to his head). Reid Chambers observed that when we started these lunches, almost everybody in the group was still working, but he is now one of only a few who are still working full-time or nearly so. His full-time work is still Indian law. The water rights case he described last year still grinds on. Porter Wheeler talked about a trip to Scandinavia with son Mark and family gatherings. During one family assemblage, he was opening boxes of his father's things and found a 1910 Amherst shirt! Co-host Rich Landfield is working part-time, mostly reviewing contracts for a client of a former colleague who is a trial lawyer. In addition to many volunteer activities, he recently by default became president of his neighborhood's citizens' association, affording him new respect from his neighbors but taking far too much time. Class Secretary Sandy Short made his stage debut as a singing Venetian peasant in A Tale of Cinderella (hmmm). He is involved in one of the more interesting volunteer projects: liquidating personal property of the church he and Patricia attended for years, after it merged and moved in with another, only to discover just how little monetary value formerly cherished silverware and silver service sets have these days.
Skip Dickerson has expressed regrets that too many other commitments kept him away from our 55th reunion but has the next one on his 2022 Google Calendar.
Many classmates have expressed thanks to Eddie Johnson and Craig Morgan for the extraordinary pictures they took at our 55th Reunion which have now been posted on the class website. How Ed had the time to capture the moments he did when he was busy (7 or 8 hours at the piano) entertaining us with first class music is truly amazing.
John Kiely reports that that he is continuing to build solar arrays on low income housing buildings. He writes that "with the University of Toledo we were chosen as one of 35 teams nationwide to receive seed money as part of the Department of Energy Sunshot program to get solar in the hands of low and moderate income families … Now, all we need is money! I'm ready for a second career."
Jeff Epstein reports that he and his family are most excited that daughter Abby's documentary "Weed the People" was selected for showing in the South By Southwest film festival in Austin. "The film deals with the use of certain strains of Cannabis in the treatment of childhood epilepsy and certain cancers. Sorry, no samples."
From Dick Nugent and wife Cathy, we have received the news that son Erik, a handmade flute maker, his wife, Claudia, and grandson, Tiago, have come to live with them after Erik lost his job in Boston. Erik's work went to China. His new business is fine flute sales and repair and is growing rapidly. Dick and Cathy "are truly very happy to have one part of our family so near."
Richard Braemer has provided us with an update. He is a Senior Counsel at Ballard Spahr in Philadelphia and controls his schedule. He sits on several boards including Toll Brothers, Inc. and remains a trustee of a non-profit healthcare system. Rich continues to ski and play tennis. His tennis coach is none other than Jim Shrager's son. Rich and wife Amy are expecting their first grandchild (by daughter Liz '05), live in Center City Philadelphia in an historic home (1785), spend summer weekends on Long Beach Island, N.J., and are planning a trip to Japan to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.
John Witwer helped start a Radiologic Technologist and a Physician Assistant (PA) program at his local community college. The PA Program now awards a master's degree ("the only community college in the country awarding a master's degree in anything"). When John served in the Colorado legislature, he used his experience there to have it pass the law that allowed that community college to give a master's degree. John feels the great fortune of the excellent education he got at Amherst. He still tries to pass it on by showing his students how to leverage their hard work, experience and capabilities. He says "master one field, then branch out into others. Lifelong learning."
Warren Boeschenstein writes that "he continues to live in Charlottesville, Va. five blocks from the University of Virginia where he taught for thirty-eight years in the School of Architecture and in a house that he designed but that is definitely not in the Jeffersonian style. He is now "retired, enjoys painting, reading, traveling and being with my family."
Class President George Carmany has provided us with two reports. David Braun and David Nichols "were observed at a heart rending buzzer beater loss to Wesleyan the basketball league championship [NESCAC semifinals]." Also, George was confident that we would be interested in knowing about the 10th annual Fink Symposium held at Amherst in January, an event of which we should be proud and one in which George has and is playing a critical role. Gerry Fink talked on how careers can often take unexpected turns and how important it is to be willing to embrace unplanned opportunities. The Symposium also featured a panel focusing on the outlook for health care services composed of Ed Hughes, Dave Lawrence and Lee Francis '83. A picture of the participants including 4 that we hope you will recognize will be found on our class website. George describes it as "a true classic" and "an important commentary for anyone interested in the outlook for the provision of care in the future, at least for our children and grandchildren." Fortunately, that session was videotaped and can be found at the link that follows: Fink Symposium Session Link [And here is a link to George's full February report on the Fink Symposium. ]
In December Patricia and I met Ed Goetzl and his wife, Judy, for a scrumptious lunch in east Baltimore as they were on their way back to their winter home in San Francisco. In February at the invitation of Suzanne Gossett, I attended the memorial service for our classmate Philip Gossett in Chicago (reference is made to the In Memory piece in the 2017 fall issue of the Amherst Magazine). It was an extraordinary event. Some of the country's musical luminaries spoke, and Lawrence Brownlee, one of the country's finest operatic tenors, contributed his voice to the celebration of Philip's life. Beforehand, Jay Ward treated me to lunch at and gave me a tour of the sumptuous Chicago Union League Club where we caught up and reminisced. After lunch and out of the kindness of his heart, Jay drove me through a blinding snow storm to the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Chicago where Philip's service was held.