James E. Riley ’49

James E. Riley died on Jan. 29, 2018. At Wesleyan, he majored in government then earned an LLB from Yale University. Before retiring, he was the senior vice president, secretary, and general counsel of the Electronic Industries Association.

Norman Pyle ’49

Norman Pyle, 92, who retired as senior vice president and head of the quality assurance department at First Interstate Bank in Portland, Ore., died Dec. 5, 2017. A member of Alpha Delta Phi, he received his degree with honors and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After his retirement he spent several years as a part-time executive and volunteer for United Way. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Wohlfahrt Pyle, five children, and six grandchildren.

CLASS OF 1949 | 2016 | ISSUE 2

I received a very thick booklet of art work from Dave Richards, and very impressive art work it is. The subject matter is varied, ranging from private dwellings to churches to sailing vessels to landscapes and even to Christmas cards. All of it is in black and white, obviously copies of originals. The volume of work and its quality suggests that a good deal of Dave’s time is spent producing it.

In addition to his art work, Dave is apparently an author, as he states in his cover letter that he is “currently working on what will complete my Broadfield series of sea stories.” He has also written a collection of short stories, Pollen in the Wind, about families moving westward following our civil war years.

Dave lives in a retirement community, The Nottingham, in Jamesville, N.Y.

William C. Brooks | williamcbrooks@comcast.net

9 Willow Pond Rd., Amelia Island, FL 32034

CLASS OF 1949 | 2016 | ISSUE 1

Class of 1949 Norm Daniels Endowed Wesleyan Scholarship

Adrian Reifsnyder ’16, Psychology

With the diminishing number of classmates to report on, it was a pleasant surprise to receive a letter from George Forbes. As I read his letter, it was interesting to note the number of similarities in his life and activities to mine. George retired many years ago (1991) as did I (1981); he had four children, as did my wife and I; he had bypass heart surgery, as did I; he has cut back on downhill skiing and bicycling but continues to play golf, as have I; he and his wife have traveled extensively, as have my wife and I; he approaches the age of 90, while I approach the age of 91; and, on a sad note, his brother (Harry) passed away several years ago, as did mine (Hap); and, finally, he states that his “hearing is marginal and his short term memory is far from satisfactory:” (My wife complains to me about my problem with this last item.)

Of course there have been differences in our lives. He has had many more grandchildren (11) and great-grandchildren (16) than I. Sadly, his first wife passed away after “61 wonderful years together.” On his 85th birthday, he married a longtime friend who had lost her spouse. He spends the winters in the Florida Keys (fishing and playing golf) and the rest of the year in Colorado, Northern Wisconsin and Michigan.

George sends best wishes to all, and he expresses the hope, as do I, that his letter will engender responses from some of our remaining classmates.

William C. Brooks | williamcbrooks@comcast.net

9 Willow Pond Rd., Amelia Island, FL 32034

CLASS OF 1949 | 2015 | ISSUE 2

In a letter I received from Dave Richards he makes reference to a previous class note I wrote concerning the diminishing number of ’49 classmates. He made the point that he can still be counted as one of those still with us. He also made the point that he is one of the older members of our class, apparently 91 years of age, which makes him a year older than I. Dave further states that he walks a couple of miles a day and is in good health.
Dave and his wife, Mary, traveled through a “good bit of the world,” as he puts it. As a former architect he developed artistic skills and applied those skills to drawing pen-and-ink sketches of places through which they traveled. He has incorporated those sketches in a book, Some Thoughts on Sketching, and is sending a copy to Wesleyan for its creative arts classes.

I appreciate the letter from Dave, as I get very little information from classmates and his was an interesting and succinct description of his career, travels, and current activities. How about the rest of you who remain on this earth: Your friends and classmates want to hear about you…and don’t leave me hanging like this, begging for something and someone to write about.