YAM Notes: January/February 2022

Rusty Wing and Dick Segal are busy replanning our delayed 60th reunion for June 2–5. Do join us. It will be one of the those diminishing times left for us to see old friends and to revisit our youth. We will celebrate ourselves and also honor those almost 200 since our last reunion who are no longer with us. Note that rooms in area hotels and motels are reserved rapidly. Better to make plans early lest you may have to sleep on an undergraduate bed in JE. Granted, the beds are much more comfortable than in our day, but our bodies are not as flexible as six decades ago.

Becoming an Architect: My Voyage of Discovery, is Peter Green’s story, Yale included. Peter’s recently published autobiography is a fitting companion to David Seller’s “Tuesday Tea” session to be found on our class website. Other such sessions are Ambler Moss, Dean Robert Blocker of the Music School, Paul Kennedy of Grand Strategy, Paul Bracken of political science and management, and astronomer Sarbani Basu. Check them out at yale60.org.

Monroe Price has alerted me to the recent gift of Susan and Ted Stebbins of their collection of American Art to Winter Park’s Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. The gift honors Susan’s parents, Evelyn and Henry Cragg.

Bob Neville’s wife, Beth, has sent me the program of the 35th annual Martin Luther King Jr. College of Ministers and Laity of Morehouse College, where Bob was awarded the Gandhi-King-Ikeda Community Builder’s Prize. Dean Emeritus of the Boston University School of Theology, Bob is working on his 35th book (or is it 36th?). Beth also reports that they have two daughters who attended Yale College, bringing the total number of classmates with Yale College daughters to 34.

Obituaries recently added to our website include:

Jim Carlisle. Slightly older brother of our other classmate, Chris Carlisle, Jim too was a “career teacher” at Suffield, Buckley, and the Fenn School, where he served as English department chair. Bread Loaf Mountain Writers’ Conference at Middlebury was his consistent summer activity and writing, especially poetry, was his lifelong passion.

Patrick Corcoran. Prosecutor in the US attorney’s office and later representative on Capitol Hill for the glass and oil pipeline industries, Corks retired to both Strasburg, France, where he taught American politics and history, and to West Cork, Ireland, the land of his forbears, where he enjoyed life.

Frank Gillon. Frank’s long career in commercial construction throughout Connecticut, including the renovation of New Haven’s iconic City Hall, designed by Henry Austin, led to service on numerous national committees and as president of the Connecticut chapter of the Association of General Contractors. Frank carefully installed the Giamatti Bench on the Old Campus to Dave Seller’s specifications.

Hawley Rogers. Whiffenpoof at Yale, Hawley’s second bass was heard in quartets and choruses wherever he lived. Lifelong teacher of English, first at Eaglebrook and later at Oldfields, he served as headmaster at Oldfields for over 20 years. He retired to Palm Coast, Florida, where again he sang, acted, and played the guitar.

Tom Yamin. Heinz Fellowship Committee member and coauthor of the 1960 Fellowships brochure, Tom and Patti also joined our mini-reunion at Cambridge. Tom’s long career was as real estate investment banker. Check out his beautiful description in our 50th reunion book of his and Patti’s volunteer work at a summer camp for mentally handicapped adults.

Tempus fugit, sumus hic.