Classmates & Activities

On August 12, 2019, Reynold Ruslan Feldman wrote:

Hi John,

Thanks for your work on behalf of both Yale and our class. You’ll remember me as “Steve Feldman.” After I became a Christian during my time at Yale Graduate School, I took on a new name in the tradition of Simon-Peter and Saul-Paul and am now legally “Reynold Feldman,” occasionally with my Yale Ph.D. in English tagged on. More recently I added a Sufi name, “Ruslan.” So among other things, I’m a Jewish Christian (Episcopalian) Sufi. Go figure! Someone has to be right!

But all that is not what I’m writing about. Basically after I retired from my career as an English professor, academic dean and vice president in the 1990s, I started writing so-called “trade” books, mainly on practical wisdom, what it is and how to gain it. My 6th or 7th book on that topic, depending on how you count, just came out on July 26th from John Hunt Publishing, England. Co-authored with Sharon Clark, an author in the Bay Area, it consists of 150 one-page essays on different aspects of wisdom, each with a journal prompt for the reader. It is doing quite well out of the box and in two weeks has sold close to 1,000 copies. Obviously, I’d like our classmates to know about the book, WISDOM FOR LIVING–LEARNING TO FOLLOW YOUR INNER GUIDANCE. They can purchase a copy in paperback or e-book formats online from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Also, any classmate who emails me at that they’ve bought one or more copies, I’ll donate $2/copy to our class fund.

Here, for your information, is what the cover looks like:

You can learn more about this and my other books at my author’s website:

Best personal wishes and many thanks. I have very positive memories from our time together 60+ years ago,

Reynold (ne’ Steve)

On July 25, 2019, Tom Miller wrote:

The big news is that I’ve been working with a group of Bay Area Chefs and food people to support the social and economic change being called for by the people of Puerto Rico. Two representatives of our small non-profit, Green Cities Fund, were in San Juan last week during the demonstrations, and prior to that, in June, we helped organize the first island-wide economic and social responsibility conference which brought together over 200 local and foreign participants. The conferees discussed changes in Puerto Rico’s social and economic structure needed to fight corruption, extreme poverty and make the island more self-sufficient. The meeting was highlighted by our gift of a simple tractor developed by an American millionaire for small farms which can be manufactured and assembled in Puerto Rico. We are in the process of organizing educational trips to Puerto Rico in much the same way that we have organized trips to Cuba for many years. Anyone interested in an interesting and exciting trip to Puerto Rico can contact our non-profit at for more information.

Here’s the banner our friends were carrying during the demonstrations:
Puerto Rico banner

Additional news is that my wife, TT Nhu, and I recently attended the 50th anniversary of the plastic and reconstructive surgery hospital I set up in Vietnam with Abraham Lincoln Brigade veteran Dr. Arthur Barsky. The hospital treated hundreds of war-injured children during the war, including Kim Phuc, the terror stricken napalm-burned little girl photographed running from her village. The hospital, aided by Japan and Australia, is now greatly expanded and is a national center. It was so moving to see once again, the wonderful Vietnamese staff (now retired) we worked with 50 years ago


On April 23, 2019, Bob Sugarman wrote:

John. Many thanks for taking this on. Since I do the Notes for our law school class, I know it’s not as easy as one might think. One advantage that you have is that you have many more classmates to write about. Dick probably reported on some of this so feel free to ignore that which he did. After retirement from my law firm in 2008, I spent 3 years as National Chair of the Anti-Defamation League and then 2 years as Chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which is the umbrella organization of the Jewish community with over 50 members. The latter ended in 2015 and since then I have been reengaged — my word for retirement. We babysit every Monday for our three little granddaughters, ages 6, 4 and 2. We spend a lot of time going to the basketball, baseball and soccer games of our older grandkids, who range in age from 18 to 13. I sing in a Community Chorus and spend a fair amount of time training for triathlons which I’ve been doing since 2000. I’ve done 3 in the Maccabiah games in Israel — two silvers and a bronze — and plan to do another in 2021. I have two on my schedule for this summer. I continue to play golf, not nearly as well as I used to. One of my regular partners is Dick Sigal. Finally, I still stay involved in ADL and the Conference and continue to do pro-Bono litigation at the firm. I love my life, am grateful for it and don’t take it for granted for a second.

One question. I have long been puzzled that I was admitted to Yale. I came out of James Monroe High School in the Bronx — not a stellar academic institution. John Slowik was the first Monrovian to go Yale a year before I did and his brother Ed was in our class. They were super bright and also track stars. I was a good NYC High School swimmer but nowhere near the caliber of the Yale teams. I was active in extra curricular activities, including being President of the GO my senior year. With all of that, I still wonder. My question is whether I could look at my admissions file which, I assume, would provide the answer. Many thanks. Bob

And later that same day, John Wilkinson replied:

Dear Bob,

Thank you for this full and physically exhausting update on your rich life.

The 1960 Executive Committee agreed today to refer class note readers to obituaries, eulogies, remembrances, etc. posted to our class website.

I think that we should do the same for the living when they submit a report which cannot be edited adequately for our limited space. Yours certainly is one.

Dick Sigal joined our meeting today in his capacity as right arm to Rusty Wing for the 60th reunion. It was good to see them after so many years.

As for your admissions folder, I doubt that it still exists and, if it did, would not be released in your lifetime. Besides, a committee in 1956 made a wise decision, proven by a life well lived.

Thanks for writing.


Rob Lisak has graciously allowed us to share his film, “Bart’s Bench: A Conversation Between David Sellers and Mark Aronson,” here on the class website. Many of us will recall that, at our 30th Reunion, we decided to commission the bench as a class gift to Yale, in honor of our beloved classmate and former Yale President Bart Giamatti.

At the time of our 55th reunion, Dan Horowitz published his book about our class, On the Cusp. Integrating data collected for that book with mortality data for the class, he and Steve Kunitz analyzed survival rates according to various characteristics listed in the class book published when we graduated. The following article describes the results. Click to view.

Rich Banbury pens some new and original science fiction for your summer reading enjoyment. Read it here.

Rob Hanke writes to President Salovey, Dean Holloway, and Calhoun Alumni

“Nan’s Favorite”
short fiction by Rich Banbury

Some Homework for the Class of 1960
courtesy of Al Veerhoff

Francie and John Pepper to Receive Volunteer Leadership Award

QUITTING – or The Confessions of a Veteran Oarsman
by Emory Clark

“The Green Fields of the Mind”
by A. Bartlett Giamatti

From Steve Lasewicz: Yale 60 Golf Trophy, More to Follow

From Steve Lasewicz: Yale 60 Golf Outing

Various postings circa 2005