YAM Notes: July/August 2016

While the time has finally come!  We are now well positioned in the digital world to spread the joy for our formidable class.  Not to say that our website at yale60.org is in the range of social media, where we would share in the realm of interpersonal exchanges.  Fortunately the Alumni Magazine continues to publish informative, insightful and provocative articles for a global family with a home in New Haven, where our first ancestors gathered in 1701.

Not far south of the Equator, Peggy and Will Sanders have initiated and sustained Helping Kids in Ecuador, their charitable foundation.  The mission for Helping Kids is to underwrite medical and surgical treatment for children who would not otherwise have that opportunity.  Most of the children have birth defects which would have prevented them from enjoying a normal life.  Other young Ecuadorians are beneficiaries of serious procedures, including open heart surgery.  With an MBA from New York University in 1962, Will returned to his original home town in Atlanta.  As a teenager Will came to know a sailing competitor named Ted Turner.  That friendship revived many years later when Will began his ten years as the cfo for Turner Communications Corporation.  Turner, as it turns out, was Brown ’60.

The last AYA meeting, for two days in November, was introduced as Yale and Public Health.  Our class representative was Ned Cabot, in his rookie year for the AYA programs, characterized the presentations as “Two Great Days”.  Looking forward, one of the programs predicted that all physicians will practice as specialists, leaving the APRNs, nurses, and PAs to inherit the opportunities and obligations of general medical practice.  That’s a trend we all have noticed.  Ned left with the feeling that the School of Public Health was “one of the most exciting places on the campus”.

Who knew that Arvin Murch sings!  Not in the shower, but with the New Haven Chorale no less.  In a recent concert, the Chorale joined with the esteemed Hartt School Chorus performing Carmina Burana at the University of Hartford’s Lincoln Theatre, and a second performance at Woolsey Hall.

In the April 20, 2016 issue, The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed authored by Lew Lehrman and John Mueller.  With the title of Monetary Reform or Trade War, the erudite article looks at international trade, with a large number of moving gears.  The analysis and opinions include the following:  “. . . Under the floating exchange-rate reserve-currency system, free trade has become no more than a romantic fantasy. . . Stable exchange rates have proven throughout history to establish the most reliable level playing field for free and fair world trade”.

The fortunate classmates who are going to experience the Los Angeles reunion are in for a very good time.  It may have been fully booked by this time, but take a chance and call Bob Mallano (rmallano@cox.com) or Bill Shipman (bill.shipman@intellipower.com).  More information at the class website.  The delicious itinerary is rich in adventure, including the Getty Museum, the Walt Disney Concert Hall designed by Frank Gehry, the exotic Petersen Automotive Museum, and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.  The Petersen is one of the largest car museums in the world, featuring cars once owned by Hollywood stars and various world leaders.  If the Bugatti is at auction, bring a fat wallet.  This beauty, named for early French car manufacturer Ettore Bugatti, has been appraised at $40M.