Class Notes November 2006

Upcoming event. Hockey Dinner, February 17, at Mory’s followed by Bulldogs vs. Dartmouth, at the Whale. Chaired by Peter Conze and Jeff Miller. Seating is limited and this event has been oversubscribed in the past. Details will be in the mail and on our Class website. Website. John Schenck, our webmaster, noted 94 invalid email addresses when he sent a class-wide email last summer. Consequently, if we don’t have your current email address, please send it to (update 2013: send it to Karl Schonborn recently logged in about our class website: “Wow! John Schenck’s created a monster. For those of us who haven’t spent enough time on the listserv, Schenck has midwifed a web site for us (). It might even morph into a myspace or a facebook for Old Blues. If so, we could then post pix of every grandkid, every nifty trip, and every tic recovered from our aging skin. Of course, this total online immersion will mean that all of us will show up at our 45th divorced…or separated from our domestic partners. Then again, maybe an online addiction therapy web site will save us. Gotta sign off. Heatwave will soon destroy my laptop.” Bob Leich reported that he played golf with roommate Dave Roscoe in July at “Old Tabby” on Spring Island, SC, where Dave and Linda have a second home. Dave is still working hard, and enjoying it, at Riskmetrics. From Bruce Smathers: “Buzz Ahrens won a county commission seat in northern Georgia against a heavily entrenched incumbent this year. A breath of fresh air from a Yalie who happened to move to a new location saw a dire need for new leadership. Kudos to Buzz.” Fred Roberts’ exhibition of photographs at The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th St. (at Seventh Ave.), New York City runs from September 20 through February. This exhibition coincides with the release of Fred’s second book in a series entitled Humanitas. Fred’s work is also in the collections of the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego and at Stanford. John Schenck’s The Millennial Pedestrian received a nice write up on the June 28 issue of The Manhattan User’s Guide Newsletter: Newww.York website: “ ‘Poems about walking around in Central Park…and other places’ is the focus of this site by poet John Schenck, whose works we read with invariable pleasure.” To enjoy John’s poems, go to Once there, save the site on your Favorites list or subscribe by going to the “subscribe” box in the right hand column of the Home page. Click there, enter your email and you’ll get a confirmation email that enables you to activate your subscription. Sad news. Ed Robertson died July 7. After Yale, Ed graduated from Vanderbilt Law School, practiced with a firm in Clarksville, TN and then opened his own law firm there. He was active in his county bar association, Rye’s Chapel United Methodist Church, the Kiwanis Club and the Jaycees. He enjoyed hiking, backpacking, beekeeping, gardening, riding horses, marking furniture and raising sheep. Ed is survived by his mother, brother, aunts and uncles and cousins. From Patricia Lothrop (, widow of Mark Lothrop: “I’ve just read this summer’s Class Notes, with Dorothy Armstrong’s generous offer to help class widowers. As a ’65 widow, I have been touched by the class’s many courtesies to me. If there’s anything I can do in return, I am very willing to help. Thank you for supporting the idea.” Which brings me to more sad news. Carter LaPrade, my husband and your class secretary, died on August 26 from injuries received in a bicycle accident. After Yale, he graduated from Columbia Law School. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and with the Department of Justice as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York and also the District of Vermont. Subsequently he handled litigation as a partner in the New Haven firm of Tyler, Cooper & Alcorn until his retirement. In 1997, we moved to the Northern Neck of Virginia, on the Chesapeake Bay, where we have greatly enjoyed our rural lifestyle on the water. In retirement, Carter was an avid reader, enjoyed rigorous fitness workouts, and was curious about science and how things work. He was active in many civic organizations, but his greatest pleasure as a volunteer was to serve as class secretary. He felt that the Class of ’65 consisted of “the most interesting and brightest people I know” and enjoyed immensely the many friendships that resulted from serving as secretary. His goal was to involve as many members as possible in activities such as the Class Council, reunion committees, class dinners, mini-reunions, etc. His only frustration in meeting the goal of broad-based participation was the class listserv where he felt that dialog had sometimes become mean-spirited and personal on the part of a few. In addition to his own observations, several people had complained to him, and others simply unsubscribed. He hoped that the class would make its listserv a forum where opinions and experiences could be shared by all subscribers in an atmosphere of inclusion and civility. He is survived by his best friend, fellow traveler, and wife of 39 years, Suzanne, three children – Suzanne LaPrade Lewis, Carter LaPrade Serxner, and Burch LaPrade, their spouses, seven grandsons and two granddaughters. My thanks to all who have been in touch to help me try to sort out this senseless tragedy.