Alumni Notes: May/June 2024

Chuck Schmitz has agreed to chair our 65th reunion in the spring of 2025. That’s next year. Keep it in mind. It is our last stand-alone reunion sponsored by the Alumni Association. As many of you know, Chuck chaired our class mini-reunion in Washington and ably ran our Aspen Fellowship Committee for many years, relying on skills mastered as chair of the Blood Drive while in Yale College. Stand by for announcements from Chuck.

Published in February is David Blight’s Yale and Slavery: A History, an illuminating read on a blemished past. Sterling Professor Blight is director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, founded by Richard Gilder ’54 and Lew Lehrman. Blight’s history ends with the dedication of the Civil War memorial in the rotunda of Woolsey Hall in 1915. It is hard to believe that 45 years later our graduating Class of 1960 had less than one percent students of color. An entering class today has almost 40 percent!

John Blanpied has sent me Lew Loyd’s Front, Back, and Sideways, a hilarious account of the posture picture indignity and physical fitness test which we endured in September 1956. With Lew’s permission, the piece has been posted on the class website under Classmate Publications. Matt Riddle informs me that the controversial William Shelton, who developed the now-discredited theory of body types and social hierarchy, ended his career at the University of Oregon, after convincing naïve administrators at most of the Ivies and the Seven Sisters to require their freshman students to pose in the nude. What dupes! For further enjoyment, read, “The Great Ivy League Nude Posture Photo Scandal,” New York Times, January 15, 1995.

Recent Tuesday Teas have included Professor Jonathan Wortzen on the Middle East, Professor Marci Shore on Ukraine, reporter David Yaffe-Bellamy ’19 on cryptocurrency, director Vicky Chun on Yale athletics, and Dean Kimberly Pinder on the Yale School of Art. All the presentations are on our website.

Recent obituaries added to the growing list (418 by my count):

James Andrews. Counterintelligence agent, paratrooper, Green Beret, Jim also spent 40 years in advertising and consulting to corporations, foundations, and schools, as well as teaching on church-state relations at the University of South Carolina, serving his Anglican church, and working to support deployed soldiers and wounded warriors.

Don Catlin. Founder of modern anti-doping testing, Don was professor emeritus at UCLA and chief science officer of the Banned Substance Control Group. Treating patients living with addiction at Walter Reed, he began a noted career in anti-doping and founded the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory; worked with several Olympics; oversaw testing for the NFL, NCAA, and the MLB; and pioneered new methods for the detection of drugs.

James Lodwick. Jim was an Episcopal priest who studied at Leuven (Belgium), Episcopal Theological, and Notre Dame. Fluent in seven languages, his special ministry was to Hispanics, and he maintained a home in Mexico, as well as Indiana and Vermont. Hiking the world, saving the environment, fighting for civil rights, and ministering to his congregations were his passions.

From David Wood, further words of encouragement in this fraught political season: “Optimism is essential to achievement, and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.”—Nicholas M. Butler

Tempus fugit, sumus hic.