YAM Notes: September/October 2021

By John A. Wilkinson

Dave Sellers was featured on our fifth “Tuesday Tea.” The session, a survey of Dave’s distinguished work as an architect and sculptor, has been posted on the introductory page of the Class of 1960 website, and his introductory article, “The House of the Future,” under Classmates and Activities. By the time you receive this issue of the alumni magazinethe sixth session with Ambler Moss will have been held. His presentation, “The Current Status of US-European Relations,” was informed by his career as diplomat and scholar. Scheduled for this fall are Robert Blocker, dean of the Yale Music School, and Phillip Goff, professor of African studies and CEO of the Center for Policing Equity.

Frank Williams writes that he continues his medical practice in ophthalmology and hopes to return soon to Bhutan to further his medical mission. It will be his 60th trip to this Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas.

In formerly cool Portland, Oregon, Matt Riddle has had no need for air conditioning—till now, with 110 degrees in June!

Three more obituaries have been added to our website:

Harry Cannon, who began his career in the early years of computer programming, playing a major role in the management of mainframe computers and software development. Rollerblading, bicycling, exploring, bushwhacking were his passions, as well as the Kairos Prison Ministry.

John Neufeld, who wrote extensively for radio, TV, and newspapers, also authored 20 novels, many for young adults. His work received awards and citations from the New York Times, Time magazinethe American Library Association, and the New England Press Association.

Paul Davis, who died here in New Haven, had practiced psychiatry for both children and adults in Park Slope and Staten Island for over 40 years, but New Haven was his native city. See below.

Many classmates mentioned in these notes in recent months claim New Haven as the city where they lived in their secondary school years or studied before enrolling in Yale. Like Paul, 15 attended Hillhouse High School. Others attended Hopkins Grammar School (nine), Notre Dame High School (five), Wilbur Cross High School (three), Andover, Loomis, and Taft (one each). Thirteen other towns in New Haven County produced members of 1960.

The class directory has been published—both one year late, because of the COVID pandemic, and one year early, before our rescheduled 60th reunion in 2022. Please note that the coordinates of over 70 of our number are unknown. If you are in correspondence with any of these lost souls, please urge them to provide the information to Alumni Records.

As we age, warmer climates apparently beckon. We now have 65 classmates residing in California, 62 in Florida. Colder New York (60) and Connecticut (56) still compete but are steadily losing numbers. Overall, we have a presence in 47 states and 12 foreign countries. Iowa and North and South Dakota are totally lacking and five states can claim only one: Alaska (Bob Flint), Kansas (Charlie Van Way), Mississippi (Doug Lewis), Oklahoma (Bob Rickner), and West Virginia (Eric Erickson).

Write, please.

Tempus fugit, sumus hic.