YAM Notes: November/December 2020

By John A. Wilkinson

Bill Weber writes that he too has a daughter who attended Yale College. FYI, Bill’s corporate and nonprofit governance activity is “committed to curiosity, objectivity, truth, and practicality.” And Tony Hawthorne adds that he and his late roommates, Herb Hodos and Roy Schwarz, had first-born children, all daughters, who have earned Yale College degrees. Elizabeth Carls ’89 (SM) has informed me that she is the daughter of our fellow Silliman classmate, David Carls. That brings us to 29 known classmates with YC daughters. More? An addendum: Donald Dell was mentioned in a previous column as a classmate with a Yale daughter(s). What was not noted is that they are identical twins, probably a first and only for a Yale graduate.

Angelina Stackpole, the university’s development officer for our class, reports that, despite a canceled reunion, our reunion gift committee exceeded the goal of $12M, with $13,351,909. Thanks to all donors, and a special thanks for the leadership of cochairs John Levin, Jim Ottaway, and yours truly; and, more important, the diligence of members Bob Ackerman, Pete Benfield, Peter Cooper, Donald Dell, Mike Dickerson, Bruce Duggar, Peter Felfe, Doug Guiler, Rob Hanke, Mike Harris, Ralph Hirshorn, Sam Lambert, Tim Light, Bill MacKinnon, Harry Mazadoorian, Steve O’Brien, John Pepper, Monroe Price, Al Puryear, George Rieger, David Wood, and Tom Yamin.

On our website, Classmates and Activities, do read the letter of Ed Elmendorf, offering his experienced critique to the Pompeo Commission which sought responses to its draft report on “unalienable” rights. Tom Miller kindly sent me a copy of the letter and Ed agreed to its publication.

David Wood has forwarded an account by Jim Andrews of his father’s service during World War II. Written on the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, Jim details the role of the USS Springfield in the Pacific Theater. You can read the full text under Classmates and Activities on our class website. If others have accounts or memories they wish to share, please forward them to me.

When next in New Haven, do visit Sterling Library’s nave, where you will find a stunning gallery honoring architect James Gamble Rogers and providing space for exhibits of Yale’s unique collections, curated by students, both undergraduates and graduates. Rob Hanke and Lynn, a member of the University Library Council, have made this new gallery possible.

Arvin Murch has forwarded the reports of the three Branford Fellowship recipients of 2020. They are posted on the class website.

Five full obituaries added to the memorials on our class website:

Will Wroth, a scholar of Hispanic and Native American arts in the Southwest, died on November 10, 2019. Curator, antiquarian book dealer, specialist in Western Americana, author, lecturer, and teacher, Will was much admired at Colorado College and in his home city of Santa Fe.

Warren Cochrane, a vigorous outdoorsman, succumbed to Parkinson’s in February 2019. Teacher, coach, physical trainer, nutritionist, for over 50 years he introduced many hundreds to Maine’s famed Allagash River and the rivers of Canada. Skiing, canoeing, whitewater racing, and growing healthy food were his passion and vocation.

Harold (Harry) Clein, who died on June 18, claimed that his nickname was bestowed on him by Bart Giamatti, at Andover. Harry had a long, distinguished career in public relations for films, beginning in NYC and flourishing in Hollywood. So many noted screenwriters, producers, directors, actors sought his counsel and his companies’ assistance that his name became associated with dozens of the most successful films of our time, including numerous Oscar winners.

Michael Gold, who died on Father’s Day, June 21, was recognized in this column last year, when the Yale Science and Engineering Association presented him with the Distinguished Service to Industry Award. A graduate of New Haven’s Hillhouse High School, he earned at Yale a BS (physics) and a MEng (metallurgy), was awarded patents, published numerous articles, and was elected to three American societies of mechanical engineering or metals.

Gerry Martineau, who transferred to Yale from Notre Dame, died on June 26. A major in physics, Gerry completed his graduate work at Brown, and spent his entire professional life near the ocean on Cape Cod and in Rhode Island. Employment with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, the US Air Force, and the Naval Undersea Systems provided him with a distinguished career and gave ample time and place to swim and to sail.

Tempus fugit, sumus hic.