CLASS OF 1977 | 2014 | ISSUE 2

It boggles the mind to think how much more difficult the task of Class Secretary would have been in the days before e-mail. You’ve all made my life easier by replying to my pleas for class notes and updates. Many thanks! What also delights me are the number of first-time contributors we are still hearing from after all these years. Here we go:

Jay Kilbourn wrote about his profession combining business and ecology. Jay is VP of the firm Resource Solutions ,which is doing a host of good things: making composts from bio-solids, assisting paper mills in recycling their products, and assisting farmers in New England and New York with fertilizer alternatives made from wood and other materials. All of the work is part of thinking known as industrial ecology, to redesign industrial processes so that waste will be intentionally recyclable and a more valuable resource.

Bob Nastri has been nominated to the State Superior Court by the Governor of Connecticut. Sarah Schultz O’Loughlin is a school psychologist at a Charter Public School in Norwood, Mass.; she lives in Hull, Mass., is happily married to husband Spencer, and has four sons. I was impressed to hear that her sons are in business together.

Eric Simons, a frosh hallmate of mine, writes from Colorado about building a new home in the hills of Buena Vista, soon departing from Boulder. Eric, always the outdoorsman, has been developing and building wind farms around the globe. He’s married to his nearly retired corporate lawyer wife, Linnea, and has three grown sons. Eric would love to hear from Jack Brandon, Lee Brown, Greg Powell, Sarah Plotkin, and Leah Schmidt.

Carol Cooper has a 2013 music feature for the Village Voice, on the yearly Globalfest international artist showcase, which is up for a Pulitzer Award. In addition, she is teaching creative writing at the Manhattan Center for Science and Math. By the time we read this, John Fink will have made his way to New York for TV business and hopefully met up with Rick Dennett and Peter Guenther. Buzz Cohen has begun previews for his 62nd production as stage manager at the Public Theater in New York. Buzz manages one show per season at the Trinity Rep in Providence. Julie Shapiro is teaching law in Seattle and is proud of her son Eli ’17, a freshman at Wesleyan. Will Altman has been busy publishing works on the following: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche: The Philosopher of the Second Reich; Martin Heidegger and the First World War; Plato the Teacher: Crisis of the Republic; The German Stranger: Leo Strauss and National Socialism. All books are published by Lexington Books. Will has retired from more than 30 years teaching in public high schools to devote himself to research and writing. He resides in Florianopolis, Brazil.

Jim Melloan wrote of leaving his position at Inc. Magazine to move back home to Westfield, N.J., to care for aging parents as well as do freelance writing and editing. On Sundays, Jim co-hosts a music jam at a place called Old Man Hustle on New York’s Lower East Side. He is in touch with Tom Kovar ’76, David Oppenheimer ’78, Jack Freudenheim ’79 (and his band Borough Boys), Ann Beutler Millerick, Professor Neely Bruce, John Williams, and Kit Reed.

Hank Rosenfeld’s book on Groucho Marx is receiving rave reviews in Italy. Sue Guiney wrote in about her new novel in her Cambodian series: Out of the Ruins. Sue has spent several months in Cambodia this year teaching a workshop in a shelter that is part of a different NGO: Enfants du Mekong. It has been helping kids in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam for over 50 years.

Mark Beamis wrote about remaining sane and serene as well as adjusting to the change in mayor in Boston. Jerry Stouck and wife visited their Wesleyan junior son David ’15 late last year in China and reports David’s siblings are all fully engaged in academics: both as graduate and undergraduates. Laraine Balk Hope wrote late last year describing her economist work at the Inspector General’s Office for the U.S. Postal Service. Her husband, John, is teaching biotechnology at Johns Hopkins. She is spending time with her extended family in the UK including a new grand-nephew. Lisa Nelkin and husband Bret are retired and living in Colorado Springs, traveling RV-style throughout the US and Canada. Lisa has a daughter married and living outside Baltimore, as well as a certified therapy dog.

Jerry Caplin is busy renovating homes in Charlottesville with his company, Silk Purse Properties, creating affordable rentals for blue collar families. He appears to be loving every minute of it. By the time we read this, Deb Mercer should have returned from her husband’s birthday celebration in France. Jane Goldenring has been a visitor in New England during this relentless winter to film Boychoir with an all-star cast including Dustin Hoffman. In addition, her new Disney Channel TV movie, Zapped, will be aired this summer. Finally, Peter Oldziey writes noting however the technology has changed things such that appreciation of music, or how he organizes his outdoor adventures, he still relaxes in jeans and tie-dye shirts just as he did at Belknap or on the Lodge or Upper Porch. “The more things change the more they stay the same.”

Ain’t it the truth!

Gerry Frank |

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I was pleased to hear from Dan Bellegarde whom I last saw on a night out at a jazz club in New York City so many years ago. Dan and his wife, Marcia, are living in Vienna, Va. Dan has been with the State Department for 26 years and will retire Nov. 30 with 27+ years of service. Dan and Marcia met on Dan’s first tour with the foreign service, and they have two children. Stephen is 24 and an air traffic controller in the Air Force. Isabelle is 12 and in the 7th grade. They just moved to a new home and, after all the moving around for work, plan on staying put for a while. Good luck to you in retirement­—please stay in touch.

Carol Bellhouse continues to write and seems to be more prolific with each passing year. She has four books coming out in 2014 and the seven books she has already published can be found in print or via download at Amazon or CreateSpace or in local bookstores (for those of you lucky enough to still have them). Emboldened by this year’s harsh Chicago winter, I suggested to Carol that we have an alumni snowfall competition. That was before I realized she lives in Leadville, Colo., at about 10,000 feet above sea level. Even with some poetic license (or outright lying), Chicago can’t beat the five feet of snow then in Carol’s backyard. But we are contenders of a sort. As I write this on April 14th , after the third worst winter in Chicago (recorded) history, it is snowing briskly. This is not supposed to happen.

Barbara Birney is working as a volunteer at the Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary for six weeks on the development of income streams for local residents as a way of mitigating conflicts related to wildlife-human co-existence. She would be interested in hearing from any other alumni who are working on similar conservation efforts.

Steve Goldman was recognized by The American Registry as one of North America’s top attorneys. Way to go, Steve! Steve recently has been doing the college tour with his son Zach. Unfortunately for me, Chicago area schools were not on the tour. However, Steve and I have tentative plans to get together in Northfield, Minn., later this year.

Alan Haus continues to carry the flag for the Class of ’76 in San Francisco. He became the head of the intellectual property practice at his law firm there. Alan has three daughters. He could not convince the first two to consider any college more than ten miles away from the Pacific Ocean, let alone a campus in Middletown, Conn. Two years from now he will have one last shot at that, with daughter number three. We shall see . . .

Chris Mahoney married Joan Barrett in Aug. 2012. They met at the UVA business school back in the day. They live on a farm near Gettysburg, Pa., and also have an apartment in NYC. Joan has a pack of beagles which she actively hunts. Chris, who retired from Moody’s in 2007, has a financial blog:

Alan Miller, the president and CEO of The News Literacy Project, is continuing his excellent work in educating young people on how to know what to believe on the Internet. A story about the organization he founded, which has programs in the Chicago, New York and D.C. schools, was featured in the Wesleyan magazine. If you missed it:

Ted Shaw, as you no doubt have heard by now, was going to be this year’s Wesleyan commencement speaker. Congratulations, Ted! I am sure that you will inspire everyone.

Bruce Tobey ’75 a fellow DKE and an honorary member of our class, has started a real estate business with some of his family members. It is called Tobey Seaport Properties and its website is: Good luck with it, Bruce!

Byron Haskins writes that he is a proud father. His daughter, Anna R. Haskins, PhD, who married Steven E. Alvarado, PhD, both on the faculty of Cornell University, on March 29, 2014, also published her first solo article in an academic journal. It is “Unintended Consequences: Effects of Paternal Incarceration on Child School Readiness and Later Special Education Placement,” Sociological Science, April 2014. The wedding was wonderful and a great mix of sociologists and people doing the things sociologists study.

This is a big birthday year for most of us. Why not write in something about yourself or share some of your observations on becoming more worldly and wise? For my part, I pledge to reach out a bit more and find at least some of you on Facebook and other social sites. But don’t wait to be asked. Write something in about yourself, your family, or your friends for the next quarter.

Mitchell Marinello |

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At age 60, I tried a personals ad to fill a void in my life, and it worked! Here’s what I wrote to my Wes classmates: “Middle-aged, married, female Secretary seeks news to share. Births (probably grandchildren these days), marriages (kids or yours), worklife changes, retirements, travels, and other doings all welcomed. Class Notes deadline looming; write soon!” Sixteen folks responded pronto, and their news follows.

David Weinstock wrote from the Vermont Studio Center, where he was spending an intensive week with 60 other writers and artists, including Jake Nussbaum ’10 and Hilary Mullins ’84. He was waiting to receive from Olin Library a pdf of his long-lost senior thesis, “New Poems, 1975.” Older son Ben is graduating from Wheaton College (an English major) and younger son Dan is completing his first year at Lehigh University (materials science and engineering). David’s wife, Ann, has returned to Middlebury College’s development staff, now representing her alma mater’s graduate and special programs (Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Language Schools).

Bruce Paton’s term as chair of the management department at San Francisco State University is ending, and he’ll take over as faculty director of graduate programs for the College of Business. He’ll run SFSU’s MBA program, the MS in Accounting, the executive MBA program, and hopefully revive a dual degree program with the University of Nice in France. Bon voyage, Bruce?

Jane Hutchins and Janet Brodie planned to get together in Boston with Risa Korn in mid-May. Details to follow.

I received a reciprocal personals-ad-style reply from Ed Van Voorhees: “Cranky classmate enthralled with birth of first grandchild, Lucy, Denver, Colo., born April 2 to son and daughter-in-law (what’s-their-names).” Their names are now Lucy’s Mom and Lucy’s Dad.

Len Burman writes, “I am not in the habit of responding to personal ads,” but respond he did, although he’s still married to Missie. (They met at Wes.) “I returned to D.C. to head the Tax Policy Center (again) after a four-year stint at Syracuse University. I’m still teaching one course for SU, in Washington over the January short term, and currently hold the Paul Volcker Chair there. We have a 2-year-old granddaughter, who lives in upstate NY and is completely adorable. Two of our four adult kids live in DC. One is finishing up an MPA at Syracuse and hoping to get a job here.”

For one of the first times in 39 years, David Nelson checked in. David’s finishing his sixth year as rabbi and faculty member in religion at Bard College in the Hudson Valley, a position he loves. “Marrying off our youngest son in June—in attendance will be, inter alia, our grandson who will be 17-months-old at that point. The sad news came a couple of weeks ago when I heard of the death of Chuck Raffel ’72, who was very involved in Jewish life at Wesleyan and with whom I had stayed in touch over the years.”

Bliss White McIntosh and Maryann McGeorge found one another serving on the same small board of directors of a classical music organization called Music From Salem. Funny thing is that they never knew each other at Wesleyan!

Given local seismicity, it’s reassuring to hear from a Bay Area classmate, “No earth-shaking news from me!” Paul Bennett is still working at Chevron after 34 years, still married after 28 years, and has two 20-something sons living in NYC; one in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn and one (Wes ’13) in Manhattan. Paul is grateful for the excuse to visit NY a couple times a year. Now that they’re fully empty-nesters they’ve started working through the “one of these days” trips—two years ago was Slovenia/Croatia, and Botswana Safari/Cape Town; last year was hiking the Cotswolds in England; this year is Ireland and Turkey.

Jan Schwaner writes, “I am enjoying retirement from the hectic world of front-line pediatrics. I have thrown away my alarm clock and spent over 1/3 of the days last year out of state, visiting family and friends as far away as Australia, keeping track of my ailing parents, attending chamber music camp at Bennington College, and paddling my kayak. I plan to play baroque trios at Bennington next summer with Scott Brodie ’74.” Jan’s husband, Tim Hill has retired from the computer industry and is running a duplicate bridge club full time and directing tournaments. In that role he crosses paths with Peter Marcus ’77, a fellow tournament director. Jan and Tim flew to Sydney in March to meet their 2-week-old granddaughter, “the most fabulous baby ever born.” When she moves with her parents to Philadelphia in September, the Schwaner-Hills look forward to becoming interfering grandparents. Younger son, Peter ’08, plans to marry his boyfriend in June, coincidentally on Jan’s and Tim’s 39th anniversary.

Cathy Gorlin vacationed in Florida this spring, in Naples where she enjoyed dinner with Bill Hutchins ’73 who is a radiologist in Naples and fellow Minnesota native. They recalled Wesleyan Minnesotans getting together on occasion to watch Mary Tyler Moore on TV throwing her hat up in the air on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis. In mid-August, Cathy’s son, Ross, will be moving from Hawaii to Denver and will be looking for an emergency medical services job; let Cathy know if you have connections in Denver that can help him find work in that field. Ross will be traveling around Asia for two months prior to moving back and spending a few weeks of August with Cathy and her husband. Their daughter, Lauren, got her MBA from NYU last May and works for Google in NYC. Cathy continues to head the family law department at Best and Flanagan and to practice family law full time in Minneapolis. She vacations at their summer home in Copake, N.Y., so she welcomes opportunities for visits there or in NYC.

It was wonderful to hear for the first time from Carole Evans Sands in Keene, N.H. A highlight of her spring was meeting her three-time Wes roommate, Jill Rips, with Jill’s daughter, Sian, and Carole’s daughter, Alyssa, in Somerville for a long evening of Wes stories and lots of laughs. They hadn’t seen each other in a dozen years and missed old friends Dana Asbury and Wendy Goldberg. Jill was touring colleges with Sian, a junior at a U.N. model high school in San Antonio. Jill is still “the heart, soul, and brains of the San Antonio AIDS Foundation.” Carole left Keene State College’s Child Development Center last June after 25 years. She writes, “You get a clock at 25 years; decided I just didn’t need or want to hang in for 30 and a rocker. Our home was also becoming an empty nest with son Evan off to Pace University Lubin School of Business in Manhattan this year.” (Alyssa graduated from Wheaton in 2011 and works at Education First in Cambridge.) Carole now enjoys a full-time position with much less responsibility at Little Harrisville Children’s Center—a 40-plus-year-old nonprofit child care center, where farm families and professionals and lots of artists and assorted entrepreneurs make up the small friendly community.

Tina Hahn Jacobson has joined the “One Grandchild Club.” Two of Tina’s kids are in Atlanta, and one is in NYC. Check out her painting: Tinajacobsonfineart. While retirement is not yet in sight for her husband, it is an occasional topic of conversation.

Roger Weisberg reports that their oldest daughter, Allie ’05 and her husband, Peter, have a 1-year-old baby. Allie founded Recess, an arts organization, five years ago, and Peter works as an attorney for MFY Legal Services. Middle son, Daniel, is graduating from Yale Medical School and starting his residency in internal medicine at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Youngest daughter, Liza, is completing a two-year stint as a trial preparation assistant at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and will start law school at Harvard in September. Roger and Karen continue their respective work in filmmaking and foster children’s advocacy. Roger’s current project is editing a new PBS documentary, Dream On, about the vanishing American Dream.

Tracy Winn just completed a residency at the MacDowell Colony for the Arts where she worked on a manuscript for a second book of linked short stories. She is (like many of us) helping her mother prepare to move into a continuing care community and cleaning out the family home.

David Bickford’s news may surprise those who knew him at Wes. “I coached an All-Star game of the Los Angeles Derby Dolls, one of the top ranked track all-female roller derby leagues in the country, so their ‘all stars’ are some of the best players in the sport. I like to think my rousing halftime speech inspired the come-from-behind win.”

On May 1, Paul Gionfriddo became president and CEO of Mental Health America, the oldest national mental health advocacy organization in the United States. MHA is based in D.C., and has 228 state and local affiliates. Paul and Pam now live in two places—their home in Palm Beach County, Fla. (where Pam is still CEO of the county MHA affiliate), and an apartment in Alexandria, Va. (MHA has become something of a family affair—daughter Lizzie works for the Connecticut affiliate.) Paul’s new book, Losing Tim: How Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia, now has a firm publication date from Columbia University Press: October 2014.

With respect to my “personals” ad, a few folks took a cheap shot at whether I qualify as middle-aged. While many of you are retiring and counting grandchildren, I still have a kid in high school, and several years of college tuition in my future. If that doesn’t make me middle-aged, I don’t know what does. I’ll just have to live to 120 to prove it!

Cynthia M. Ulman |
860 Marin Drive. Mill Valley, CA 94941-3955

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Rob Ingraham writes that as well as attending our 40th Reunion, he also attended his daughter, Blair’s, graduation. She is now working in NYC. His son, Tucker ’16, completed his freshman year at Wes. Tucker is spending a second summer working for the Patriots under the watchful eye of Coach Belichick ’75. Rob is now 36 years in the sports marketing business. Stress reduction comes in the form of playing guitar in a ’60s/’70s R&R band. He also keeps busy with volunteer work focused on land preservation, as well as drug and alcohol programs aimed at students and parents in their community.

Carolyn White-Lesieur lives in the United States again after over 32 years in Paris—in Cambridge, Mass. She is very involved with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) as a teacher for their Family-to-Family course and on the steering committee of the Cambridge Middlesex affiliate. Just trained to become a family support group leader. To balance that out, she plays on two tennis teams at the Mount Auburn Tennis Club. She also interviews a few students every year for Wesleyan.

Judy Jay writes: ”After 27 years in [medical] partnership with my husband, Barry Shapiro, we closed our private otolaryngology practice two years ago. He joined a large multi-specialty group and I work part-time as a medical consultant for a private company doing medical coding review. I’ve enjoyed my free time and have been able to spend more time skiing, scuba diving, biking, and, simply living without the anxiety of running a medical practice. Our elder child, Rachel (Amherst ’09, Michigan law ’14), will return to NY in May with a job in a Manhattan firm, and our younger child, Rob (Cornell ’12), loves working at Group M ESP doing sports media marketing.

Ruthann Richter recently returned from Uganda as a global justice fellow with the American Jewish World Service. She has since been writing and speaking about her experiences and will be doing some advocacy in Washington to support U.S. polices that may have an impact on the conditions there, which were truly heartbreaking.

Chuck Gregory and Lorraine celebrated their 30th anniversary in March. Chuck continues to do Web development, publishing, and co-hosting The New American Dream Radio Show, which moved this year to Revolution Radio at Visit

Patricia Mulcahy is still an editorial consultant. See the website,, for a look at projects. She is also a member of an indie editor group called 5E: Five Editors. Five Perspectives, and has started to do more workshops and teaching assignments. After 20 years living in Brooklyn, she moved to Jackson Heights in Queens—very multiethnic.

Victoria Ries writes: “After Wesleyan, I earned a PhD in Christian theology from the University of Chicago Divinity School. I have worked in the Archdiocese of Seattle for 35 years. For the last 25 years, I have been appointed by the Archbishop to provide leadership and pastoral care for two parishes. I have also been an adjunct faculty member at the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University. I married Sam Saracino ’73 in June 1975. We have lived in Seattle, Wash., since 1979. Our son, Daniel, 32, lives in Madison, Wis., with his wife and two young sons; and our daughter Martha, 29, is a prosecutor in Fresno, Calif.”

Charles Cocores writes: “I’m still working as the educator in residence and certification officer at Connecticut College. We have four grandkids. Carol and I are Habitat for Humanity Global Village leaders and between us have done or run trips to Kauai, Molokai, Big Island, Portugal, Guatemala, Honduras, and a few other U.S. locations as well. We’re planning a Jan. 2015 trip to Cape Town, S.A. Let us know if you’re interested.”

Joan Catherine Braun writes: “I am thrilled to have been chosen as a Bay Area CFO of the Year finalist in the nonprofit category. Not bad for an English and East Asian History major!”

Jan Eliasberg has moved “home” to New York City. Her daughter, Sariel, was accepted Early Decision at Barnard. Jan’s episodic television directing career continues to blossom. Her episode of Unforgettable was the show’s season premiere, airing on April 4th. The drama she directed in Charleston, S.C., Reckless, was aired in June. She is also writing and directing an indie feature entitled Traveling Light, adapted from her own novel, and is developing a television series. She will teach at NYU Film School in the fall.

Blaise Noto is living in Chapel Hill, N.C., and relocated his marketing and public relations firm to the Raleigh-Durham Triangle. He is teaching motion picture marketing and distribution at UNC School of the Arts’ School of Filmmaking (one of the top film schools in the country), and also teaches a number of Communication courses at William Peace University in Raleigh. Last year, he was nominated for an Emmy as a producer of the documentary feature film When the Mountain Calls: Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan.

Chris Moeller reports from Minnesota that last fall Lee Coplan had dinner with them. Their daughter got married in March. In May their son graduated from the Univ. of Minnesota with a degree in electrical engineering.

Jose Goico writes that he and Annie have three grown children. Jeremy, 30, owns a business, Black Tie Ski Rental Delivery Service, in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. Madeleine, 26, is the administrator of the Hebrew and Judaic Studies Department at NYU, where she did her undergraduate studies, and is completing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at the Wagner School. Sara is in Iquitos, Peru, completing two years of fieldwork for her PhD in linguistic and cultural anthropology at UC, San Diego. Annie is the CFO of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

Jose continues to work directly with children, adolescents, and young adults, the last 11 years as an educational therapist, and 23 years as a bilingual urban classroom teacher. He continues to play lots of music, mostly live with a great cover band, The Cartells ( Last year he released Secret Sign, a CD of original music three years in the making. Look for it on iTunes.

And now… some photos from Reunion. Send me more and we’ll post them.

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Phil Levien writes that “It was quite a year for my wife, Darlene, and me! Both of our children got married. Our daughter, Katie, married her longtime beau, Jason Babineau. They are settled in San Diego, where she works in social media for SONY, and where she and Jason met seven years ago. Our son, Josh, married his sweetheart, Simone Wyrick, and they are in New York, where he is working in digital marketing for Universal Music.” Phil says he also performed a 10-minute monologue written by his wife for a local charity event. It was a site-specific show based on a local historical figure. “It was the fourth time I’ve played a role she created and the first time I have acted for anyone but my students in almost 20 years,” he says. “I had a great time! Perhaps, I’ll do some more acting when I retire from my wonderful day job: teaching.”

Dana Barrows tells me “all is well” and he is still living in West Springfield, Mass., where he has been since starting law school in 1974. He has been with Northwestern Mutual more than 38 years as estate and business planning specialist. He says he is focusing on working with “high net worth entrepreneurs on all aspects of their personal business and estate planning.” He had navigated rotator surgery on both shoulders the past year-and-a-half and is pleased to say he is playing “quality golf again and will ski all winter.” Dana says his four daughters are “thriving, as are my two granddaughters living in West Hartford. I see them often. They are a joy and most precious gift.” Dana says he was “present for the thrilling victory over Williams for the Little Three championship, an elegant day on our beautiful campus.”

Rich Jasper enjoyed seeing folks at the 40th Reunion. “As the years pass,” he writes, “I am ever more thankful to have attended Wesleyan. I am particularly proud of the Wesleyan commitment to minorities during the turbulent 1960s. It was fascinating to view segments of the Grateful Dead in concert May, 1970. What a freshman year.” Rich says he was a panelist at Harvard Law School, Oct. 9th, 2013. The topic was capital punishment in America. Rich has been involved in federal capital defense for the last 20 years. He called it a “productive discussion of the issues.” He represented the defense perspective. He said a former federal prosecutor who tried Oklahoma City bombers represented the government perspective.

David Feldman has been doing a lot of work helping Mike Robinson, who is coping with Parkinson’s Disease. He writes, “From bringing him to our 40th class Reunion (and getting my car towed from in front of Granny Hale and Rich Jasper’s hotel in Hartford, and having to spend the night with Mike on Granny’s couch (Note to Self: Bring earplugs next time you sleep on Granny’s couch; he snores) to Mike’s surprise birthday party on July 22 in New Haven (with a lot of WesU brothers in attendance, along with Mike’s extended family), he’s the one I stay in most touch with.” David has seen Mike at least four times since our Reunion. “Since I was able to help get him physical therapy, his speech, eating, and ability to move have improved markedly—I’m very happy about that,” David says.

He also says his newest program, which he is teaching at the New York Open Center, is called Harmonica-Based Mindfulness. Its central thesis: “Breathing focus is the core practice of mindfulness, since it is the most reliable way to short-circuit unuseful fight or flight responses which cause anger and fear. When one cannot control anger or fear, mindfulness is impossible. The harmonica is the easiest way to teach groups or individuals breathing focus. Once breathing focus skills are achieved (called pranayama in yoga or Buddhist teaching), and anger and fear controlled, the more advanced steps of mindfulness become relatively easy. To find out more, go to:” David is also doing a lot of work with thanatology (death and grieving issues), attending many funerals. His final deep thoughts: “Let old arguments and distancing go by, contact your friends and loved ones, apologize or explain as need be, and stay current with those you care about.”

Tom Pfeiffer also enjoyed seeing many of you at the 40th Reunion, adding “I’m alive and kickin’ up here in Wisconsin after an unusually long winter that is loath to give way to spring.”

David Swanson is a grandfather: “Our first grandchild came into the light at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan July 2013. How wonderful!”

On that note, my oldest daughter, Jennifer, is expecting a second child named Zoey at this writing in April, so Connie and I will soon be grandparents for a second time. Our first granddaughter, Taylor, is 14.

John Bocachica tells me he is in “semi-retirement” and notes he is “only working a few days per month by choice and looking forward to my 40th anniversary with my dear bride.”


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This rough winter was particularly rough on the Class of 1972. On Feb. 15, Michael Heilpern died peacefully at his home in Claremont, Calif. Michael and his wife, Linda, started a typesetting business in California in 1979, and saw it grow and change into a Web consulting company that serves membership organizations, public agencies, and local businesses. He was actively involved in establishing online communities—spaces where people with common interests, devotion to a shared cause or geographic proximity, could connect. Among these were, featuring community events in his home community, and, a resource for Southern California jazz musicians and aficionados. He was involved in a variety of community and conservation causes, most recently a public policy document outlining a responsible strategy for the maintenance of Claremont’s trees.

On March 13, Eddie Ohlbaum lost his fight against cancer. Eddie was a professor at Temple Law School for years. He ran the school’s highly regarded trial advocacy program, founded Temple’s innovative LL.M. in Trial Advocacy program, and was a founding board member of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project at Temple. More importantly, Eddie was profoundly loved and respected as a teacher and mentor by decades of Temple students. Check out the outpouring of tributes at But here’s mine:

“Eddie was my classmate at Wesleyan and we lived on the same hall freshman year. He was an always active, exciting, funny, energetic guy, who was ever true to his principles. Even then he was a true champion of justice and equality, and lived his Jewish faith every step of the way. I have many fond memories—wild times in the hall, sleeping on the same floor for the November 1969 peace march in Washington, his unannounced and unsanctioned visit to our archeological dig in Beersheba (and his unceremonious ejection from the camp by the head archeologist’s wife), and his constant, positive presence on the Wesleyan campus. He was truly one of a kind and he will be sorely missed.”

And this note from David Layne ’10, the secretary of his Wes class and Eddie’s student at Temple. David compiled portions of remarks he made at the tribute at Temple: “Professor Ohlbaum was a brilliant educator, but his brilliance was about more than how incredibly knowledgeable he was with the rules of evidence and its caselaw. He was brilliant as a professor and advocate because he had an uncanny knack for understanding what it takes to connect with people. Couple that with the fact that class with him was never dull. I’ve spoken with friends at other law schools who’ve told me how they hate evidence class, and that I am crazy for having loved it so much, and that’s 100 percent Eddie’s fault. His enthusiasm was infectious, and he brought the mundane to life whenever he was behind the podium for lecture (although I always found it ‘curious’ how he managed to consistently weave himself into his criminal fact patterns, such that our first exposure to the excited utterance was Eddie jumping in front of the podium, with a fictional knife in his back screaming ‘Ohlbaum did it!’)…I can say with confidence that Eddie Ohlbaum epitomized what it means to be a Temple lawyer and a Wesleyan Cardinal. No one believed in the students more here at our law school, or cared more about their success ,than Professor Ohlbaum. He was absolutely cherished here at Temple Law—and he will be missed—but his legacy carries on in scores of students who are unquestionably better trial advocates for having known him.”

Mike Busman’s first book, American Moment, has been released on Amazon and Kindle, and is going into wider distribution. The book lays out the case for a new party that will follow a reasoned, middle path towards a sustainable future. Favorable reviews and comments have been piling up, and you can also check out Mike’s blog at where you can read more and get personally involved.

Bonnie Krueger is directing Hamilton College’s Paris program for the ninth time, located in the same Reid Hall where she studied in 1971. “Back then, we wrote aerograms and never called home; now students Skype and post selfies to Facebook. But Paris still works its magic.”

Roger Jackson has begun a three-year phased retirement from Carleton College, looking forward to more time for writing, travel, and teaching in other contexts. In that spirit, he spent the fall of 2013 as Numata Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies at McGill University in Montreal, where he and his wife, Pam, lived downtown, enjoyed the city’s many delights, and tried their best to translate Québecois into Parisian French. Roger continues his work on Tibetan meditation traditions, Buddhist poetry, and the place of Buddhism in modernity. In recent years, he has reconnected with Frank Levering ’74, whose 60th birthday he helped celebrate by scaling Long’s Peak with him, a slog of epic length that proved neither of them are in their 30s anymore, in body if not in spirit.

Pete Clark’s book, Masterminding the Deal, came out in August. It was covered in the Economist, Institutional Investor, and Financial Times, and Pete was interviewed on BNN TV Canada.

From Win Watson: “Win Watson update. Three grownup kids. Two grandkids. Farm in Madbury, N.H. Full professor at UNH. Just had my first successful radio-controlled airplane flight. More importantly, just received the Brierley Award as the Best Teacher at UNH this year.”

Last June, Yale University published Steve Alpert’s collection of Indonesian art and textiles, Eyes of the Ancestors: The Arts of Island Southeast Asia from the Dallas Museum of Art. The book has a number of authors, including Steve, and has been critically well-received. Sir David Attenborough has called it “the best book ever written on Indonesian art.” To celebrate Indonesia, and the book’s launch, a Who’s Who of Wesleyan alums and master gamelan players, led by Professor I.M. Harjito, his wife, Denni, Wayne Forrest ’74 and Sam Quigley ’74—and Alec McLane (director of the World Music Archives), Joseph Getter MA ’99 , Chris Miller MA ’02, Anne Stebinger, Barry Drummond, Leslie Rudden ’77, Mark Perlman PhD ’94 and others—all brilliantly accompanied famed Indonesian puppet master, Ki Purbo Asmoro, while he performed under the stars at the Nasher Sculpture Garden. Eyes of the Ancestors was awarded the 2013 Prix International du Livre d’Art Tribal. Wayne wrote to say “that the ghost of David (McAllester) is shining on us.” “Amen,” says Steve. “Wesleyan, largely through its dedication to world music, including its gamelan orchestra, gave many of us our first glimpse of one of the world’s most fascinating countries and its many diverse cultures.”

Finally, I was honored to be part of a most unusual event last December. Andy Feinstein celebrated the 50th anniversary of his bar mitzvah by having a second bar mitzvah! Along with Rich Easton and Paul Vidich, I was present as Andy led the sabbath service, read from the Torah, and (surprisingly) held forth on many topics of great meaning. Andy’s journey through life has not been an easy one, and this occasion marked the celebration of his coming to terms with that journey and himself. In his own words:

“This transition is to a higher level of personal honesty, to accepting and being compassionate with myself, to being comfortable in my own skin, to accepting love from others, and to loving others for who they are. This Bar Mitzvah is a celebration of my journey… Over the last 50 years, I have overcome challenges that I thought would kill me. You have, too. We have survived hardship and felt joy. We have buried people close to us and have welcomed new, fresh souls into our lives. We have gone through a lot. And, we are here. So, because you and I have made it to the Winter Solstice of 2013, it is right to have a big party.”

A big party of which I was honored to be a part.

17 Wolf Road, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

CLASS OF 1971 | 2014 | ISSUE 2

Aloha; just a little news this time. Many of you are recovering from a really bad winter, hope you fared well. It is any wonder why some of us left winter for permanent summer time, but I won’t rub it in.

Peter Michaelson says, “I don’t have any significant news for the class notes, as I think my comings-and-goings have been (too) well chronicled over the years. Becky and I were talking about you at dinner the other night, reminiscing on the fun time we had with you at the last Reunion, and we’re looking forward to the next one….” Yes the next Reunion is only two years away.

Ed Swanson writes, “I thought you might enjoy an article I wrote about the day that Leigh Ann and I fished on the River Itchen in England last fall. The Wilderness Fly Fishers was kind enough to publish the article in the March issue of Mending The Line.” If you enjoy fly fishing or even if you never have done it, the article is certainly enlightening. He talks about fishing on one of the best chalk rivers in England. If you have ever seen pictures of southern England’s rivers, they are crystal clear because of the limestone.

Heard from Vic Pfeiffer, who writes, “Like most other classmates, I intend to send you something, and then it never gets to the top of the list of ‘to dos.’ I just finished a really good book by Katy Butler called Knocking On Heaven’s Door. If you haven’t read it, you ought to. She combines the very touching story of her mother and father’s deaths—Jeffrey Butler was a Wesleyan professor—with the issues of dying and medicine in America today. Very well done and recommended to our classmates. I’m ‘retired’ (as of 2008) from a career consulting around health issues in Washington, DC, and now live on Maryland’s Eastern shore where I job coach (now just three days a week) adults with intellectual disabilities. My wife (33 plus years) and I have a 27-year-old autistic son, so we know the issues. Our daughter (Wesleyan ’06) lives in San Diego and we are expecting our first grandchild next summer. Wow! Thanks for doing the class notes job and for doing what you can to make them interesting. I missed our last Reunion, but perhaps 2016. The numbers get depressingly large.” So if you haven’t begun thinking about Middletown in May of 2016, know that at least two of your classmates are!

Leo Au and wife Melina are retired and hanging in SW Florida. “I am still actively involved with the Wes alumni association as co-vice chair and sit on a number of committees. Before the year is out, I wanted to pass along that in February that I attended Mike Yamashita’s talk at the Asia Society in N.Y., where I encountered our classmate Howie Dubner who has been working in the legal publishing business in New Jersey.” Well, that is it for this time. Aloha from paradise!

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CLASS OF 1970 | 2014 | ISSUE 2

Aloha, all.

Again, I have the sad duty to report the loss of two classmates, Paul Macri and Doug Maynard.

We lost Paul to leukemia on April 9th. After Wesleyan, Paul graduated from the University of Maine School of Law, where he was an editor of the Maine Law Review. He then clerked for the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. To quote from his obituary, “It is widely thought to be true among members of the Maine Bar that he argued more cases before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court than any other private practitioner in Maine history.” (MORE ONLINE)

Charlie Holbrook said of Doug Maynard, “He was my roommate freshman year. Doug was a great lacrosse and soccer player and always fun to be around. He will be missed by all who had the privilege to know him.” I regret that that’s all I know. Our condolences to the family.

Charlie also wrote: “This summer I will be auditing a graduate history course from Professor Nat Greene. This will be the fourth graduate course I have taken from him.” (MORE ONLINE)

Tony Balis writes that “The Humanity Initiative soon will launch a grassroots effort to end war by 2020. Comments and suggestions from Wes classmates are more than welcome ( The intent is to encourage tens of thousands of monthly tea gatherings in villages and towns across the continents to create their own action agenda around ending war. THI has trademarked “humanitea, an infusion of peace” and is sourcing our first tea from a sacred mountain in Sri Lanka, where 80,000 people have died in a recent civil war. 100 percent of the revenue will be returned to Sri Lanka to establish interfaith councils of young leaders dedicated to the dialogues of peace, rather than the monologues of war. The new web site is” My hat’s off to you!

Ted Reed (class correspondent emeritus), wrote up his news. Thanks, Ted. “Early this summer, Ted Reed had lunch with Mark Mintz in Hoboken, Jeff Sarles in Charlotte, and John Yurechko in Charlotte. Ted was preparing to fly on the first non-stop flight ever from the U.S. to Chengdu, the fourth largest city in China, on a United press junket on June 9th.” (MORE ONLINE)

Heard from Steve Talbot, who reports his married son Dash lives in L.A. and is working as a lawyer for the nonprofit Children’s Law Center, where his clients are all kids. . . . Daughter Caitlin, runs a yoga studio in Hollywood (Asks Steve: How Southern California can you get?) and acts as often as she can. Thula, a short narrative film she produced with her friends in Cape Town, was just accepted into this July’s Durban International Film Festival, the biggest and oldest in South Africa. Wife Pippa enjoys retirement and, “I’m still happy to be making documentaries and news stories for PBS and other broadcasters.” Check out his sister Margaret’s book about their father. It’s called The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Father’s Twentieth Century. (MORE ONLINE)

I missed two visits from classmates. KNK brother Michael Hunter visited Hawaii in December while I was on the Mainland and Mark Geannette wrote: “Just got back from the Pride of America cruise of the Hawaiian Islands. . . . My wife, Gloria, and I are trying to fit full-time jobs around lots of travel. . . . “ (MORE ONLINE)

Old KNK brother and Meriden boy Jerry Cerasale wrote, “At last I retired!” He testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on his last day at work. “Jan and I now live on Cape Cod and love life without alarm clocks. As I say, ‘If you’re lucky enough to have a house at the beach, you’re lucky enough.’” Enjoy!

Better Late Than Never category: John (Jack) Ingraham wrote, “I graduated from Fordham Law School in 1975, where I shared an apartment with cousin Steve Ingraham and Bruce Hearey ’72. After a couple of brief stints in the public sector (law clerk to a federal judge in Tulsa, Okla., and assistant district attorney in New York County, N.Y.), I settled into private practice with Conner & Winters, in Tulsa, Okla. (1980 to present), specializing in trusts and estates law. My wife, Judy, and I have three children, Andy (31), Rob (28) and Nicole (15). The boys are living out my college fantasy as budding rock stars with, respectively, Bravo Delta, based in Las Vegas, and The Revivalists, based in New Orleans.” Thanks for the update, Jack.

Another classmate sent me ready-made info, and has my thanks. “Gerald Everett Jones has already had one humorous novel published this year, Farnsworth’s Revenge, which was released (appropriately enough) on April Fool’s Day. It’s the third screwball saga in what he calls the Rollo Hemphill Misadventures series. Another novel, also humorous but based on a true story, will come out in early September. Mr. Ballpoint is about the consumer craze over the introduction of the first ballpoint pen in the United States in 1945. Some critics have compared Gerald to Kurt Vonnegut and the wry tone of his humorous fiction to John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces. Gerald blogs about male-centered comic fiction at” Thanks for the news, Gerald. (For those who may not know, boychik is Yiddish for “boy” or “young man.”)

Yiddish lesson #2 as Mark (Marcos) Goodman wrote that he’s “returned to living in Buenos Aires where he’s been obsessed with dancing salsa and rueda de casino [a kind of salsa round dance] every day. Lots of moves to learn and young girls who smile at the alter kacher!” My research defines that as an old complainer. In this case, maybe a bit meshuggenah to be dancing that much? Watch your back, boychik.

Also heard from Prince Chambliss that he was in Cambridge, Mass. recently “for the Harvard College graduation of the daughter of a law school classmate. Harvey Yazijian was kind enough to drive in from Wayland so that we could visit for a few hours.” Reliving hitching days in college and reminiscing, Prince plans to attend our upcoming 45th Class Reunion next year and urges you to attend. He plans to have another book ready for the occasion, while hoping the first book may be made into a movie.

A note from Bill Rodgers indicated that he, Amby Burfoot ’68 (and Boston Marathon Champ of 1968), and Jeff Galloway ’67 (and American Olympian) “joined well over 1,000 runners and walkers at the first Legends Run Half Marathon in Middletown on April 6th. A number of folks from Wesleyan joined us at this terrific new event!” A big salute to all of our age or older who can run without pain!

In February 2013, John Sheffield made an unusual move, from St. Simons Island, Ga. to New York City. John reports he retired from a career in tennis coaching and administration in December 2012 “only to turn around and start up a new self-employed career as a yacht delivery and charter captain.” He’s enjoying his first grandchild (Ryan), born in New York City in March, 2013, and reports he’s “[s]till happily married to my high school sweetheart, Bunny. Two daughters live in New York City and Wellington, New Zealand, respectively.”

Thanks to Barry Gottfried who wrote to say that “on February 11, 2014, my wife and I became the proud grandparents of Charles (‘Charlie’) Royce Gottfried, born to David Gottfried ’04 and his lovely wife, Elizabeth Barrett Topping, Dartmouth ’02. We’re enjoying every minute of it!” Congratulations!

Until next time, I wish you all safe and productive lives. Write if you have news or if you’re coming to Kaua’i. Full column at or on WesConnect.

Russ Josephson |
P.O. Box 1151, Kilauea, HI 96754

Class of 1972 | 2014 | Issue 1

My thanks to all of you who sent me recent updates. Inclusion here is based solely on order of receipt. If you don’t see your news here, you will in the next issue!

Starting with a personal encounter of an unusual kind, Rob Gelblum and I spoke together on a panel on brownfields development at a recent conference in Baltimore. We had them rolling in the aisles. Rob, after many years with the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office, is now in private practice in Raleigh.

Steve Goldschmidt went to San Francisco for the National Association of Realtors national conference, and had dinner with his old roommate, Steve Lewis. “After dinner,” writes Steve G., “he drove me back to the hotel in his shiny Maserati but he asked that I emphasize to you that he bought it used.” Duly noted. Steve L. also claims still to own the truck he drove at Wes.

Art Vanderbilt wrote to recommend Katy Butler ’71’s book Knocking on Heaven’s Door. Katy gives a moving account of the last years of her parents. Those who knew Jeff Butler of the CSS will not want to miss this.

Bob White sends the sad news that George Jett lost his wife, Lynn MacFarlane ’75. The two of them met at a Reunion in 2005.

After 12 years as pastor of churches in suburban New Jersey, Rev. Doug Stivison has accepted a call as minister of the Congregational Church of South Dartmouth, Mass. “It is a classic white clapboard New England Congregational church combining long history with a vibrant, outreach-focused congregation. Its 200-year-old spire is a navigational landmark to sailors on Buzzard’s Bay —with the church just three blocks from the harborfront of Padanaram.”

Bruce Throne sends us this report: “I’m still in Santa Fe practicing law, one child (Greg) in his last year studying engineering at Trinity U in San Antonio and my daughter now in Australia, 13 months into her solo travel around the world, intending to beat her dad’s record from the late ’70s. I’m spending a lot of time helping renewable energy providers in the state with the second greatest solar potential in the country (yes, it’s sunny here in New Mexico) trying to deal with state regulators who seem to think climate change is a ‘greenie’ hoax on the public. Bet Wes-Techers living on islands or the coasts are thinking otherwise (glug, glug). About five years ago, I actually ran for election as commissioner at our Public Regulation Commission (regulates electric utilities and more) and finished second out of six candidates in the Democratic primary to a young man without a college degree who subsequently got indicted for violating the state’s campaign laws, misappropriating public funds and other minor infractions of the law and had to resign. So much for a Wesleyan education. Where was that course in ‘local politics’ at Wes? Sorry to report that Bruce Hearey was one of the folks that squandered $100 for ‘seed money’ for my otherwise publicly-funded campaign, even though he’s still in Cleveland and, so far as I know, his only interest in New Mexico is attending local pagan ceremonies (I’ll let him describe that, if he can). Actually visited Bruce and his lovely wife, Steph, in Cleveland two summers ago where he graciously took me to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (his thousandth visit apparently, he told me yawning) and provided trivia (still yawning) about events in the ’60s and ’70s that even that museum didn’t seem to know about (thus confirming why he became a lawyer—trivia ad nauseum). Also ran into Larry Weinberg hiking on the Aspen Vista trail above Santa Fe a few years back; heard he’s retired and moved here but haven’t seen or heard from him his since. Perhaps because I lost that election to a convicted felon? The only way we recognized each other on the trail (with all that grey or receding hair) were the Wes t-shirts we both were wearing that day for some odd reason. Hard to believe those old t-shirts still fit, or even have survived this long. Hope everyone else in our class is surviving that well. Cheers.”

And, for his part, Bruce Hearey writes: “My Victorian Fiction class at John Carroll U. is going well despite its difficulty; anyone else ever read Daniel Deronda? (I am two-thirds of the way through a masters in humanities degree program.) I will be the president of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association come June, 2014. Stephanie and I had a great get-together with Robbie Brewster in NYC in November. He looks great, is doing well, and we even managed to talk for a few minutes about something other than getting so damn old. Played golf with Brian Silvestro ’70, Jack Ingraham ’70, and Steve Ingraham ’70 in August in Rochester. Nothing but happy news from this correspondent on the North Coast.”

Just before fall semester began, Dave Gerard and his wife, Miho, returned to campus to meet Professor Phil Pomper, who had been Dave’s history tutor in CSS, and a key adviser for his senior honors thesis. Dave’s son, Pierre Gerard ’15, an Earth & Environmental Sciences major active in a variety of green causes, joined them for a meeting in Phil’s office where they had a vibrant discussion about the merits of moderate versus radical activism to effect social change. Afterwards, they headed down to Luce Restaurant for lunch, where the conversation turned to psychohistory as well as their shared passion for vigorous exercise, and in Phil’s case, long distance running into his 70s. Pierre later attended the dedication at Homecoming of the Philip Pomper Classroom on the fourth floor of PAC. Dave is an organizational psychologist and is a principal consultant with Korn Ferry in San Francisco. He is active in interviewing for Wesleyan in Silicon Valley, and attended a recent gathering of prospective students, parents and alumni with the new Assistant Dean of Admissions, Kora Shin, in Palo Alto.

Thank you all! Watch for the rest next time!

17 Wolf Road, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

Class of 1973 | 2014 | Issue 1

Interventional Cardiologist Dr. John Robb, who directs the Interventional Cardiology Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, is making national news. According to the D-H publication Skylight, John is heading up a clinical trial  that “will further test the safety and efficacy of a procedure called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).” It’s part of “a national research effort to find more effective treatment options for people with aortic stenosis…a narrowing in the heart valve that occurs over time due to calcification and the process of aging.” John is shown with a huge smile on his face, flanked by a cardiothoracic surgeon and a 92-year-old patient. The caption notes, “The promising new minimally-invasive procedure gives hope to patients” like the man mentioned “who are too frail to undergo surgery to replace their valve.” John’s excellent work may one day benefit a number of us and other Wesleyan alumni.

The Virginia Gazette notes that John Spike, an expert on the artists Caravaggio and Mattia Preti and the chief coordinator at Muscarelle Museum of Art, has begun “to study the history of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John and those who had been appointed to it.” The Order has its roots in the 11th century, and its members provide hospital and ambulance service in many countries. Sovereign leader or the order is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who founded and still maintains the Eye Hospital of St. John in Jerusalem, which cares for patients regardless of their ability to pay for treatment.”

Now as a result of his work, John has been appointed as a member. He calls this a “delightful surprise,” adding, “It is certainly encouraging that academic studies of history can be viewed as having broader social consequence and value.” John is also an honorary member of the City of Taverna, the birthplace of Preti.

Bruce Fergusson writes “I’m still pursuing the Muse—or is it the other way around? My latest novel, Pass on the Cup of Dreams, is now available as an e-book and in paper, for those who haven’t been Kindled yet. Last year, Morgan’s Mill—which weaves history of the Civil War and Underground Railroad into a contemporary narrative of suspense—was published.” He says “I’d be curious to get a grade on that one from Professor Emeritus Richard Slotkin, whose American Studies course I took junior year, to see if I got the history right. More at” Bruce says he and his wife Angelica “have (mostly) filled our empty nest with a rescue dog who is as sweet as she is smart. Who rescued whom?, indeed.” He says his son, Jonathon, is working in Tokyo and his son, Patrick (who played rugby at Union), passed the New York bar and is now working in D.C. as an attorney and “good-guy lobbyist for a nonprofit.” Bruce says his son, Brian will be graduating from the University of Puget Sound next year, and wants to go into law enforcement.” He was glad that the 2013 football team won the Little Three Championship, calling it “an event that happens with less frequency than earthquakes in Seattle.”

Steve Young tells me that he retired last September from the Foreign Service after 33 years. He spent this past fall in the family home in New Hampshire and was planning to move with his wife to San Francisco in early 2014.” Steve says “I plan to look for something to do out there” as his wife will continue running NRDC’s Asia Program.” Steve was named a Distinguished Alumnus at our 40th Reunion in May.

And speaking of our 40th Reunion, I’m told that I did not mention everyone who made the journey to Middletown.

Dr. Wayne Barber travelled a long distance to join us. He flew in from Honolulu where he works in Otology at Queens Hospital. “Call me if you have an ear ache on your vacation,” he says, adding he recently hosted the Dean of Admissions “as she extolled the virtues of Wesleyan to a large group of Oahu high school counselors.” Wayne has been in touch with many of you and has a lot of news. He writes that “Larry Gaston, MD, practices dermatology in Baltimore, still looks young, fit, and trim. Dr. James Howard practices clinical psychology in Oakland, caring for deserving vets. Al Smith and his lovely wife drove up from Harlem where he is helping create a new renaissance in his community.” He says Al is “widely regarding as an influential architect in his community” and “praised the rigorous curriculum at Wes for his success at Columbia School of Architecture.” Wayne also says, “The richness of Harlem’s culture has no better champion than Peter Harper.” He says Peter is a writer formerly with the Wall Street Journal and is now in New York City and a “newly confirmed vegetarian.” He also said it was good to see Steve Sadowy ’74 at the Reunion dinner and reports that Lance Simmons is an attorney in Philadelphia.

Wayne also says Brad Wilkinson, MD, retired from his family practice in Durham, Conn. “I suppose he is sailing in Maine and visiting his grandchildren in Vietnam,” he writes. “He told me that Bill Gillespie, MD, is VP of a major health insurance company in Hartford. Out west, Ron Johnson, MD, retired from a busy retina practice, lives in Orinda, an avid golfer and traveler. Our great miler, Tim Warner, is a VP at Stanford University. He still runs passionately, looks great and very fit.” He also reports that Jeff Schneider is an MD in dermatology near San Francisco and Steve Lum, M.D., “is an endocrinologist in the beautiful pristine town of Kailua in Oahu…favorite vacation site for our President.”

My thanks to Wayne Barber and Wesleyan’s Cynthia Rockwell for reaching out to you.