CLASS OF 1955 | 2021–2022 | WINTER ISSUE

Looks like Jim Shepard has set a class record for the number of years until retiring, as he writes that in December 2019 his wife Sally encouraged him to shut down his expert witness practice and he has finally gotten around to listening to “the Boss” even though he wanted to delay for another year. Enjoy yourself, Jim, and as you added in your note, you can devote your time to the trials of the pandemic and the former president!

Drew Clemens continues to keep his hand in psychoanalytic training and professional organizations and has once again rejoined the editing business with a monthly type of magazine newsletter for his independent-living residential community called the Cardinal. He and his wife remain active and healthy, thankfully!

After 25 years as a retiree in Williamsburg, Virginia, John Ineson has moved to a continuing care retirement community only 23 miles from his family in New York City. He believed that some unexpected cardiac problems made it abundantly clear that being closer to his daughter and her family made good sense. He is getting used to the new facility in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and states that the casual lifestyle of Sigma Nu is not going to work in the new location, so he spends time “unpacking, packing, stacking, and fussing.” John writes that he is willing to discuss living in a CCRC with anyone interested!

“Not much to report,” writes Jake Congleton who continues to reside in Maine and would be happy to welcome any visitors! He was, like most of us, pretty well confined during the virus but, unlike most of us, was able to spend time with his wife Sally and their doggie Sadie on their pontoon boat (in the summer), and is now catching up with family and friends.

Things have been quiet here in Florida for Marianne and me. For us, like most of you, the pandemic has dictated our actions. Please know that my wife worked remotely for more than a year and a half and is still able to prepare my meals when I could not dine out. Fortunately, my passion for biking has not been curtailed, and as of today, I have been able to record more than 4,500 miles of great exercise and wonderful socializing with fellow riders.

I regret to inform you that our classmate, Vincent “Wink” Del Duca Jr. passed away on October 5, 2021. Our class sends our deepest condolences to his wife, Mary Lou, and his entire family.

Always, sincere good wishes to you and your loved ones in the days ahead.

CLASS OF 1955 | 2021 | ISSUE 1

It won’t be much longer before our class notes are at the beginning pages of this section of the Wesleyan magazine! Hard to accept the fact that we graduated so many years ago and that our class number was small in comparison to present classes. It makes me very thankful to receive words from our gang to share with you all. Of course, I’ll add that it would be greatly appreciated if more of you would send a note this way when the pleas for a response are sent out!

     Sad to report the passing of George Edwards on January 4. George served as an officer in the Navy upon graduation and then received his master’s degree from the Wharton School. He served as assistant town manager in Bloomfield, Connecticut, then became the town manager of Granby, Connecticut before working for housing development programs in Middletown and Albany. He focused on commercial real estate brokerage before he finished his career as the director of the Connecticut State Properties Review Board. He is survived by his wife of 42 years and five children. Sincere sympathy to his loved ones is extended by all of us.

     Two of our faithful “responders” have sent in information to bring us current. Tom Nall apparently doesn’t regret leaving Kentucky as he is now living in the “Tennessee half of the town” in an independent-living facility with, as he says, “nice folks.” He had a mild case of COVID-19 which kept him isolated at home for 12 days but after a year of doing nothing he remarked he was used to it!

     Drew Clemens’ wife Julie sent a lovely and informative holiday greetings letter which updated Drew’s activities. He is serving as a trustee and psychoanalysis committee chair of the American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis. He continues to play tennis when, as she writes, “it’s safe to do so.”

     Hearing from both a fraternity brother and a former freshman roommate and remembering days together are what keeps me still willing to write these notes!

     On the homefront, all is well and I’m happy to report 4,379 miles   were logged on the bike for 2020. Our “gang” remains active in the new year and I’ve recorded 421 miles as of February 11. Keeping active, being with a wonderful and loving wife, and trying to maintain a positive attitude still seem to be working!

      As always, sincere good wishes to you and your loved ones in the days ahead!