Alumni News: March/April 2023

Recent correspondence happily received from John BlanpiedCharlie DuellJohn LevinJim OttawayDick Seidman, and, in particular, Harrick Garnsey, who reports that he has reverted to early childhood with a wonderful power-assisted trike, giving him a new form of freedom and great joy on the network of trails between Greeley and Fort Collins (Colorado). My pre-kindergarten tricycle was a firetruck-red Radio Flyer powered the old-fashioned way.

Harrick’s son-in-law, Dr. David Schneider, recently presented at our Tuesday Tea on the subject “The Revolution in Transplant Surgery.” Ray Crystal moderated the session. Dr. Schneider’s talk is on our website, as is that of Lee Verstandig’s discussion of the aftermath for last November’s midterm elections. Lee is a lifelong friend of Peter Knudsen.

As I writes these notes in early January, I can report that Larry Gibbs, former US commissioner of Internal Revenue, is scheduled for February’s Tea, and Sharon Kugler, the university chaplain since 2007, for March.

On January 18, your executive committee had a special meeting at Mory’s to honor and to thank the Yale Alumni Association’s Jennifer Julier ’77, for over 20 years of devoted service to ’60. Secretary Peter Wells presented Jennifer, who is moving to Pennsylvania, with a stunning wood carving of Long Island Sound with its surrounding towns and cities. Also present were Bob AckermanJim TaylorRusty Wing, and yours truly.

Dan Horowitz has now had published his 11th book (only two edited), American Dreams, American Nightmares: Culture and Crisis in Residential Real Estate from the Great Recession to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Dan’s next book will be on how bears become celebrities, featuring Smokey, Teddy, Paddington, and more. Note that Dan’s Helen, also a retired professor from Smith, has 13 books published. It seems that academics, unlike other professionals, become more productive in retirement. The titles certainly become longer.

Newly added full obituaries to the In Memoriam section of the class webpage are:

Edwin J. Allen. Trained as an anthropologist, Ted taught at several institutions on both coasts before transitioning into a career in public health. Upon retirement to Maine, he became an avid birdwatcher and volunteer at Baxter State Park, devoting himself to forest management, recycling, and conservation.

David D. Dominick. Founding member of the Environmental Protection Agency, Dave was a lawyer with a specialty in environmental and water law. Pollution control, chemical bans, clean air, clean water, all commanded his attention during his service in Washington. His book, The Nixon Environmental Agenda, An Insider’s View of Republican Decision-Making 1968–1973, tells it all.

Robert C. Lefton. After Harvard Law and before entering a greatly satisfying private practice, Bob worked for the attorney general of New York, the IRS, the justice department, and a private firm. Road trips from coast to coast, trekking the national parks, sailing Delaware’s waters, walking soccer game sidelines—always with camera in hand—were his passions.

Boris Schlomm. A native of Paris, Boris enjoyed a life of international travel, both work and pleasure, but spent most of it in Manhattan, while supervising his family’s cashmere factories in the US and England, and later, China and Mongolia, after those countries opened up to American investment. Among his many activities during a distinguished undergraduate career were president of the Economics Club and member of the singular Sports Car Club.

Tempus fugit, sumus hic.