Test Spring News
We received the sad news that our classmate, Christopher Jenns Carpenter, died in February 2015. See In Memory piece in this issue for more of his remarkable life. [Click here.]
George Carmany reported another successful Fink Symposium on campus in January. The symposium, which was initiated and sponsored by our class, again drew over 100 enthusiastic students, making the total educated since the first symposium over 600 students. Jerry Fink was of course there, and the speakers included Inger Damon '84, (the CDC response commander for Ebola) and David Page, Jerry's successor at Whitehead Institute, who "captivated" the audience with his work on how men and women "read their genomes differently" and how that might influence disease initiation differences between the sexes..
A few Amherst '62 gatherings were reported. Mark Oppenheim and wife Martha escaped from the harsh Montreal winter to Florida, and were delighted to attend a DKE reunion at the beautiful Naples home of George and Judy Tappert. Also present, enjoying camaraderie and "old Amherst memories" were John and Arlene Lewis, and Jim and Susie Clinton. The Oppenheims have planned a March trip to Sicily..
On the slopes, Larry Weiss and wife Suzanne took a family ski vacation to Vail where Larry and Jeff Epstein spent a vigorous week remembering that their bodies had aged a bit. They got to watch the World Alpine Ski Races at Beaver Creek; Jeff decided against entering, afraid he might show up Ted Ligety, the American champion. At the Weiss's condo were son Rob ('91) and daughter Liz (Princeton '93), each with 3 kids and spouses. David and Dorothy Nichols were also in Colorado for two months. They hoped to hook up with Jeff Epstein on the slopes as well..
Jesse Auerbach reported on a "smashing 74th birthday party" at his new Chicago condo with 30 friends and musicians. This included a house concert of ballads and songs from Ireland and Appalachia, with traditional instruments, including the cajon, a wooden box used by slaves in Latin America when drumming was prohibited by their masters..
John Hazlett reported on himself and Dudley Lyons. John's daughter Anne and family have moved from California to Falls Church, VA, making family gatherings. much more convenient. Dudley has "simplified" his life and is selling his Leesburg VA home and moving to a new home, currently under construction, in Florida. John has re-established contact with Mike Ellsworth and vows to do better at keeping in touch with old friends. John also asks us to look out for WVU basketball "running deep" during March Madness (at time of this writing they are 22-6 and ranked #20 in the nation)..
Rice Leach is being challenged by a recurrence of his lymphoma, requiring more chemotherapy, but he remains upbeat. As usual, he actively wears his Public Health hat, reminding all of us about the various events recently that happen "when things don't work as usual": measles epidemic originating at Disney, parental fear of childhood immunizations, and the effects of the record snowfall interfering with various aspects of health care delivery..
Phil Lilienthal says that his family "stayed steady" with 5 grandchildren, but his nonprofit in Africa has been increasingly busy. They expanded from Soweto to all over Africa, running simultaneous camps in 9 sites for 450 youth. This summer, Phil and wife Lynn will be directing a camp in the Beijing area of China..
My co-captain of our national championship 1962 lacrosse team Robin Mahar (how we both love to recall the past) says he and Marion are enjoying the "senior friendly" home they built several years ago in Sterling MA, tested recently by Marion's broken foot requiring wheelchair mobility. Robin had two coronary stents (re-dos of a 2000 bypass) and seems to be doing fine. He continues as Treasurer of the Seven Hills Foundation in Worcester, with a $185 million dollar budget. He bragged about the Super Bowl champs (didn't mention "deflate-gate"); he and Marion will be spending 2 weeks with family this summer on Great Sacandaga Lake in Northville NY (where Robin grew up). .
Our multi-talented David Lahm continues his active career as music writer, performer, and collaborator in New York City and in St. Joseph MI, and he seems to have an additional hidden talent: writing poetry. He sent me a wonderful piece entitled Some Enjambment Evening which will resonate with most of us. You can find it to read on our class website.. [Here it is.]
And finally, our somewhat reclusive scholar George Rousseau gave me a very complete update on his career and activities. He retired from the Directorship of the Centre for the History of Childhood at Oxford University, where he has been on faculty since 2003 (previously he was the Regius Professor of English at King's College Aberdeen in Scotland). His most exciting news is the publication on March 26 of a new book Rachmaninoff's Cape: a Nostalgia Memoir. You will have to get the book and read the jacket cover to learn of how George became involved in the life of this great composer..
I hope all you Northerners have thawed out by the time this piece comes out..
Class News Test
Porter Wheeler, Bob Krughoff ('64), Si Wasserstrom ('64). Jim Guest, Craig Morgan,
Fred Woodworth, Rich Landfield, Dave Roll (Jay Ward mysteriously missing)
Porter and Bob
Craig and Rich
Jim Receiving Tribute
Summer News Test
Winter in Beaver Creek, CO by Dave Nichols
Untitled Painting by Dave Nichols
Colors of the Sunset by Dave Nichols
Autumn at Dusk by Dave Nichols
Pilot B of Our 50th
Jim and Anne Allen
Larry and Suzanne Weiss
Hugh and Jan Lavery
Andre Schwartz at Registration
John and Arlene Lewis
John and Arlene
John McDermott and Linda Smith (wife of Hub Smith '57
Bob and Mary Ann Anthony
Jim, Jay and Betsy Ward
Jim Guest and Jay Ward
John Kiely and Fred Sayles