CLASS OF 1963 | 2017 | ISSUE 1

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Class of 1963 Endowed Wesleyan Scholarship Fund

Benjamin Goldberg ’17, Sociology, Film Studies

Gordon Berger has been retired from USC where he taught for 38 years. He had visiting appointments at Claremont Graduate School and UCLA, and describes what he got as “time off for good behavior on a Japan foundation fellowship at the Japanese Ministry of Finance and getting a Fulbright Fellowship at Tokyo University.” He taught East Asian studies and was known locally for his cable programs about sumo wresting. The Japanese government awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun, and upon his retirement, USC gave him various awards for scholarship, teaching, and administration.

After 30 years of domestic partnership, he married Lynne Jacobs, a clinical psychologist. They have seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Gordon likes collecting Australian aboriginal paintings, Japanese woodblock prints, books, and American baseball cards.

Red Erda, appearing for the first time, says he and wife Anne live in Madison, Conn., in the summer, and Guilford, Conn., in the winters. They have seven grandchildren and three grown children. They enjoy tennis, sailing, and skiing. After college, Red volunteered for the Coast Guard. They got married the day after he received his commission, and he served from 1964 to 1967, thoroughly enjoying his duty, which was “driving buoy tenders up and down the East Coast.”

After positions at Drew, Duke, and Emory, Russ Richey has retired, burdened with titles: dean emeritus of Chandler School of Theology, William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Church History Emeritus, and Research Fellow, Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition, Duke Divinity School. He continues to offer tutorials at Duke and to rebuild research and writing efforts. His Methodism in the American Forest was judged “the outstanding book” by the Historical Society of the United Methodist Church. Russ is now co-editor of the new online Methodist Review and has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Southern Religion since its online launch. Wife Merle, whose father is honored with the name of a new park, is an attorney. She takes an active leadership role in their family’s church.

Also receiving recognition for authorship, Robert Gallamore’s book, American Railroads: Decline and Renaissance in the Twentieth Century, won the George W. and Constance M. Hilton Award of the Railroad and Locomotive Historical Society as the best book in railroad history for 2016. Robert is writing another book about how railroads connected nearly all of the state capitals, called Rails to the Domes. He asks anyone who would like to read and comment on his draft of your state to contact him. He and wife Sue “continue to enjoy our retirement at Rehoboth Beach, Del. We try to see our 13 grandchildren annually, but they are spread out among Maryland, Georgia, and California, and it’s nearly impossible to get them all together.”

Stephen Miller writes: “I imagine many of our fellow graduates are going to have knee replacements in the near future. I just had one, and they have made considerable advances that eliminate much of the ‘guesswork’ in the procedure, since the implant can be made individually for your knee.” Steve is a docent for the Berkeley Repertory Theater and gives talks before and after plays. “I take my two dogs to the dog park where, as the dogs play, I schmooze with other Berkeley types. Travel to NYC, Paris, and London every year, and I have a new granddaughter in Utah. I’m not bored the least in spite of the mundane things I’ve listed. As long as you have your health, and a great woman companion, life is good.”

Chris Rich writes: “There was a convivial gathering in Napa hosted by Virginia and Steve Humphrey. Also in attendance were Keith Nave and David Snyder. It was a nostalgic rendezvous lubricated by some of Napa’s best grape juice. We traded telltales, many exaggerations, a few outright lies, and never lost track of the essential truth that we felt very fortunate to be united by our years at Wesleyan, even if our most important learning did not always originate in our classrooms. One surprise was how sparse the gray hair seemed to be on the heads of four so recently departed from WesTech.”

Dean Schooler writes: “Recent months have given me time to appreciate the experiences and opportunities life has given in education, community, family, and philanthropy.” Dean and his wife, Vicki, live in Boulder, Colo. He serves as treasurer, trustee, and oversees investment management for the Schooler Family Foundation. He has written many articles on governing boards, civil dialogue, leadership, public policy, fundraising, and philanthropy. He got his PhD and MA in political science from Ohio State. Prior to that, he studied at the Methodist Theological School and briefly served a Methodist congregation in Ohio. They have five children and travel extensively: Peru, the Galápagos, the Netherlands, and Istanbul, to name a few of their destinations.

It’s my sad duty to report the passing of our classmate, Bill Grossman. There is information about his death in the obituary section of this magazine.

I appreciate it when classmates send in news of themselves. But I would also like to hear suggestions of classmates who, like Red, have never appeared in our column or who have been too long absent from it.

BYRON S. MILLER | tigr10@optonline.net
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