YAM Notes: September/October 2022

Flight from Aleppo, a novel by Barry Schaller, was published in July. (Barry died last year.) The book “confronts intolerance and offers hope for those who fight for justice and understanding.”

The reviewer of Peter Parsons’s most recent book, The Ernie LaFon Family Album, writes, “Parsons has an imagination in which wit, whit, whimsy, seriousness, and a love affair with the human condition combine to tell us tales of the LaFon family that boggle the mind.”

From Harvey Feinberg, a tip to check out an article in the New Haven Register by Harry Mazadoorian: “The Armenian Genocide’s Martyrs,” April 15, 2022, p. A11.

From Christian Seger, a wonderful article on Yale football in 1960, found in the Sports Illustrated archives.

John Bing has forwarded Mike Tappan’s poem on Mariupol, read at the conclusion of their Tuesday Tea, April 12. The poem is posted on our website in Classmates and Activities. The talk by John and Mike, “In the Winning there is no Victory,” is posted with other Teas. Other recent presentations have been Rick Collins on the Electoral College, May 24; Jon Blake, the Electoral Count Act of 1887 and efforts to reform it, June 21; Dr. Leo Cooney, “Aging Well,” July 12; and Donald Dell, sports marketing, August 9.

Dean Kramer, gastroenterologist, was granted the career service award for his 49 years on the active staff of North Florida Regional Medical Center.

One of the many retirement activities of Mike Sucoff is metal sculpting. A picture of his Y’60 piece for our 60th reunion is posted on the webpage in Classmates and Activities.

Ted Stebbins has augmented the obituary of Chas Wood with detailed accounts of Chas’s numerous activities. He “was a good person, who led an unusual life.” The letter is posted on the website with Chas’s obituary.

David Wood has forwarded James (Ando) Andrews’s account of the Memorial Day celebration at Beaufort (South Carolina) National Cemetery. “If a man’s name is spoken aloud, he is not gone.”

Eleven obituaries added to the website:

Rich Bacon: Green Beret, medic, master jumper, paratrooper during the Vietnam War, Rich subsequently became an agent for Merrill Lynch and an active member of the honor guard of the American Legion.

Norman Dolph: From electrical engineer to consulting software developer and music industry polymath in between, Norm made, collected, and gave art, wrote songs, began New York’s first mobile disco, befriended Andy Warhol, and launched the Velvet Underground.

John W. R. Jenkins: Actor, advertiser, producer, writer, chef, Jenks studied acting in London, performed in Dr. Faustus and Pinter’s The Room in New York, produced and directed TV commercials with three Clio awards, ran his own agency, wrote on the Matterhorn for the New York Times, cheffed at the 21 Club, and wrote for the Food Network.

Wayne Jostrand: With a doctor of engineering, Wayne’s career was largely with IBM, but smaller technology companies as well. His Congregational churches received his devoted attention, as well as his beloved New York Giants and Boston Red Sox.

Paul Loomis: Glee Club soloist, English teacher, award winning salesman, insurance broker; Paul’s baritone in civic and church choirs and operettas delighted his audiences. He served as president of three choral groups in Texas.

Dennis Longwell: Actor, choral singer, curator, author, professor, labor advocate; Dennis met his future wife on a picket line at MoMA, where, as curator of photography, he authored the definitive study of Edward Steichen.

William Ogden: Baldy, as we knew him, was a lawyer in private practice before joining the Federal Trade Commission, and then an administrative law judge with the Social Security Administration. An avid sailor on Lake Michigan, he also regularly sailed off the coasts of Florida and South Carolina.

Alvin Puryear: University educator, church and community leader, management and government expert, Al served Yale with distinction in many roles, including as member of the Corporation and, in particular, the Class of 1960, with selfless devotion. We were blessed to have him.

David Ross: Washington attorney and retired US Army lieutenant colonel, Dave’s legal work for the SEC resulted in indictments in several high-profile cases. After a varied and distinguished legal career, he became a specialist in national security defense work.

Edward Storey: After service with the Coast Guard, Jerry began a career as a teacher before joining the offices of the Secretary of Treasury, the TVA, and USAID. His later roles were as a town manager in both Maine and Vermont. Civil discourse and collegiality were among his many strengths.

Alfred Woodcock: A long career in advertising with clients like Procter and Gamble, Coca-Cola, and Standard Oil took Al to Japan, Argentina, and throughout the US. He was an outstanding hospital volunteer, dealer in rare paper goods (photographs, maps, viewmasters), and photographer.

Photos from our June reunion by Peter Felfe and Harry Mazadoorian have been posted on the website.

Tempus fugit, sumus hic.