YAM Notes: March/April 2024

By John A. Wilkinson ’60, ’63MAT, ’79MAH

Lew Lehrman has had published his autobiography, The Sum of It All. Leland, the oldest of Lew’s five children, sent me a copy. In it, Lew quotes his youngest child, Peter, lovingly stating the obvious to his father, “The breadth of your life is far and away the most astonishing accomplishment. To have excelled so significantly in so many parts of your life: work, family, politics, public service, philanthropy, Lincoln, five children, Mom, academic distinction, writing books, gold, monetary policy, investing, personal fitness, and marathoning—for me it is the breadth of achievement that is so inspiring.” All of these accomplishments and more are covered in Lew’s estimable self-assessment. His advice to all, quoting Lincoln, is, “Work, work, work, is the main thing.” You can find The Sum of It All through Amazon or in your local bookstore.

John Blanpied has alerted me to Juan Rulfo’s long-ignored novel, Pedro Páramo. For you octogenarians who have in retirement discovered “magical realism” in the literature you read, Rulfo was its godfather and inspired Nobel Prize winners, among many other acclaimed novelists.

Recent Tuesday Tea presentations, now on our class website, are by Jonathan Wyrtzen, associate professor of sociology, history, and international affairs, on the historic background of the current conflicts in the Middle East; and Marci Shore, associate professor of history, on the deeply human personal costs of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Plans are in place for presentations by Vicky Chun, director of athletics, and David Yaffe-Bellany ’19, technology reporter for the New York Times, on cryptocurrency.

Added to our website are two obituaries:

Raymond Kilcoyne. A New Haven native, who, after service with Army Security in Germany, became a radio broadcaster for 30 years in Auburn, New York. Under his radio name of Rickshaw, he specialized first with the music of the ’50s, and later, the ’40s, gaining an ever-expanding audience. Recordings of Ray’s radio shows are still streaming online.

Richard Seidman. Fifty years of real estate law and 70 consecutive seasons of Yale football in the Bowl; Dick proudly served as president of the Yale Club and Scholarship Foundation of Greater Hartford and of the Yale Law School Association of Hartford and Eastern Connecticut. A Nathan Hale Award recipient, his work with Rotary International raised $1.8 million for the eradication of polio.

Tempus fugit, sumus hic.