YAM Class Notes: November/December 2018

YAM Class Notes: November/December 2018

Someone please remind me not to comment on the weather: in the last edition, I complained about a drought, after which we got drenched. The good news is Hurricane Florence left the Chesapeake Bay alone, but I feel deeply for those of you who live or have property in the Carolinas. 

Several classmates have asked me about joining the class listserv. Unfortunately, the AYA has informed me that the list is closed indefinitely. An earlier exploration of alternative hosting options (e.g., Facebook or different software) has been delayed while the AYA builds a new website. I’ll keep you posted on developments, and it’s possible we may want or have to consider making a change on our own.

Brief notes: Andy Graham’s law firm Kramon & Graham announced that Andy was named a Baltimore Lawyer of the Year. Bill Rawn’s architectural firm, William Rawn and Associates, won numerous awards for the Taussig Cancer Center at the Cleveland Clinic, and designed the Rubenstein Center for the Arts at Duke University, which opened in 2018. An eerie silence on the listserv in August prompted me to ask if anyone was out there, and resulted in the following: David Roscoe “on the South Carolina beach with seven grandkids” and John Shank “building a new section of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.” Roger Davis responded to the class note from Dennis Mack about getting a stent: “Dennis was a hallmate of mine in Morse, and I’m sorry to learn of his (apparent) cardiac issue, but since such could happen to me, I’m happy to learn from his experience if I can.” Jim DeAngelis spent Bastille Day and much of August in Paulhan, France. 

Anyone who hasn’t heard that Bob Woodward has new book, please e-mail me.

Peter Desjardins announced the arrival of his first grandchild, Elise Aurora Desjardins, on September 6. Peter also joined me, Perrin and Peggy QuarlesJohn Shattuck and Ellen Hume, and Steve and Betsy Clark for our annual pilgrimage to the 1000 Islands mid-August. 

Peter Cummings wrote from Santa Fe that he has his complete body of work up on his website, swimmingtaco.com (watercolors, acrylics, colored pen-and-pencils, bone and stone carvings, wood sculptures, ceremonial bowls, and painted feathers), all reflecting his deep interest in nature and Native American culture. 

Jerry Libby and Craig Chisholm reported that on August 12 they and their wives “attended a memorial event in Tarzana, California, for Alan Dickson, who passed away on July 18 from Lewy Body dementia. The event, organized by Alan’s widow, Barbara, featured a ceremony performed by US Air Force representatives, who folded and presented to Barbara an American flag in recognition of Alan’s service as a JAG officer and his longtime membership in the Air Force Reserve, where he rose to the rank of colonel. It also featured performances by a bagpipe soloist, reflecting Alan’s Scottish heritage, of which he was very proud. Alan lived in the Los Angeles area, where he practiced government contracts law and became a nationally recognized specialist in that field. He is survived by Barbara, a son and a daughter, a stepdaughter, four grandchildren, and two brothers. Craig had been close friends with Alan since their days together in Saybrook College and on the Yale swimming team, and Alan was Jerry’s law partner in two different Los Angeles law firms. Contributions in Alan’s memory may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association.” 

John Green’s widow Sachiko wrote to inform the AYA that John passed away on April 15, 2017: “John obtained his JD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and in 1980 he received his MBA in international business from Stanford. Prior to spending four years in Vietnam (1972–1975), John had attended the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. He was fluent in Vietnamese. John spent more than two decades teaching business in the MBA program at the University of San Francisco. Because of the years that John spent in Vietnam, he continued to maintain very close ties to the Vietnamese people, and he leaves behind many close Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American friends and business associates. In 2007, he helped found Pop Worldwide, a digital multimedia entertainment company based in Vietnam.”

Next time we hope to hear about the annual class dinner October 26 at the Yale Club of New York City, where David Roscoe wil talk about artificial intelligence, and about the class council meeting.