YAM Notes: September/October 2023

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

Bill MacKinnon has sent me his copy of Polly Buck’s memoir, The Master’s Wife, her account of the role of the college master’s spouse at Yale in the 1950s. Norman Buck was master of Branford through our junior year. What a different, even strange, era it seems from today’s perspective!

“Have a Super Day!” writes Guy (Robot) Robinson, on Independence Day. One of the recipients of his greeting responds, “‘A republic, if you can keep it.’ Hopefully the American people will keep it.”

On that sobering note, I am happy to report that Ed Elmendorf’s Tuesday Tea has been posted on our website. Ed speaks of his journey through the UN (Adlai Stevenson and Arthur Goldberg), the US state department during the Vietnam War, and 30 years with the World Bank. His account of his work with global institutions, developing countries and their economies, and health programs is compelling.

Soon to be added is the presentation of Catherine Crystal Foster ’88, vice president of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Catherine, an expert on the social impact of giving programs, is the daughter of Ray Crystal. Organizations receiving her guidance include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the California Endowment, and the Children’s Defense Fund.

Seven more full obituaries added to our website:

Stewart Cole. As a banker, Stew worked the world, managing offices in Bogota and Taipei and then in New York with the American Express Bank and the Turkish American Bank. In “retirement” he managed the modernization of national banking systems for Bosnia, Azerbaijan, and Iraq. Remember his solo with the Whiffs at our 60th reunion!

David Cross. An avid athletic, David loved tennis, squash, and especially track and field, where he excelled. He competed in the NCAA and Olympic trials in the hammer throw. A navigator in the Air National Guard, he served for many years as owner and president of Apco Mossberg Co. The Dennis (Massachusetts) Land Trust and Amos House for the homeless of Providence were his special interests.

John Hetherington. Sailor, US Navy captain, patriot, maritime lawyer, model train enthusiast, amateur historian, member for ten years of the Connecticut General Assembly, John was renowned for his wry sense of humor and gentle demeanor. Chuck Schmitz, John’s roommate for six years of college and law school, spoke eloquently at the memorial service in New Canaan.

David Holbrook. Forty years with Marsh & McLennan and CEO of its insurance brokerage division, he was also a passionate champion of the arts, serving as chair of the Theater Development Fund and member of the boards of the Joffrey Ballet, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, City Center, the Joyce Theater, and the Noguchi Museum. His collection of West African artifacts and sculpture has been donated to Yale.

Edward Klemm. As an engineer and business executive, Skip had a long and distinguished career, but his lifelong passion was both water and snow skiing. Member of Ski Patrol of Mt. Whittier (New Hampshire) and four-decade competitive water skier, he twice set the eastern regional jump record and was multi-time eastern regional champion. He placed second in the World Masters Games and third in the US Nationals.

David Krantz. A mathematician from Yale and a mathematical psychologist from Penn, D. H. is depicted as a true polymath: perception and color vision, measurement theory, statistical methods in everyday life, decision making models, climate decision-making. Scientist, leader, mentor, advocate at the University of Michigan, Bell Labs, and Columbia University, he cocreated the Center for Research in Environmental Decisions (CRED).

James Moore. From 2019, this obituary notes Jim’s service on the USS Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, and the board of the Correctional Association of New York, dedicated to criminal justice reform. Upon retirement to Utah after a career as a finance professional, he continued his good work for charitable organizations such as Hospice and the Hunger Coalition.

Tempus fugit, sumus hic.