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Denny Marron “prays that all are safe from the hideous virus and work to deter its spread. We’re well-sheltered in Madison, Conn., and family is safe in Massachusetts.” Dave Driscoll says, “Lots of yard work. Weather’s fine. Bingeing on streaming services. Have two Siamese rescues.”

Charlie Morgan “stays close to home to avoid virus. Was on Senator William Baroni’s defense team in aftermath of Bridgegate. His conviction was reversed. Big victory in front of SCOTUS.”

Tony Mohr “wakes up, eats, walks dog, reads, swims, eats, naps, walks dog, reads, eats, walks dog, sleeps. Wake me when this sci-fi movie ends.”

Steve Broker ’69, MAT ’72 writes, “Linda MAT ’71 and I reduce our exposure to the virus. Plenty to do while social distancing, gardening, and birding. Saddened by so much loss. Best wishes and regards to classmates.”

John Fenner is newly married and goes to court via Zoom in Hollywood, Fla. “I owe, I owe, so it’s off to work I go, in the front room.”

Pat and John Wilson are “isolated and well in Ann Arbor. May retire when commitment to Karma Vehicles ends.”

Wayne Slitt has “relocated to Tampa. We love the weather and sports here, particularly pickleball. Hope to return to Connecticut for summer.”

Jim Drummond does “trial and appeals work. Approved in Texas to act in court-appointed death penalty cases. Thank You For Death is the working title of my novel. Stay in contact with Jeff Richards and Bruce Hartman. Enjoying reruns of shows produced by Bays ’97 and Thomas ’97.”

Andy Burka says, “Louisiana’s governor has a steady hand. Have spent 45 years in New Orleans with marriage, family, friends, and a clinical psych practice. Must feel good about Wes because I can recall many of my professors’ names.”

From Steve Knox: “Retired and moved to Asheville as the virus hit. Social distancing has kept us from some helping with children and grandchildren. Caroline ’03 is on the front line as a doc. Don’t drink the bleach.”

Jim Adkins “had to cancel all trips and is now stuck at home wondering if there will ever be a return to normal. At our age, getting sick isn’t a good idea.”

Pete Arenella is “sheltering in place in a rural Mexican village, where my wife grew up. Daughter Katherine received her doctorate in psychology. Not feeling confident because of age, high blood pressure, pneumonia history, and low-T. Hope all Wes friends are virus-free.”

Jane and Bob Watson “telehealth with all our therapy patients. NYC is a hotspot, so we stay inside. It’s getting boring.”

Mike Fink writes, “All well, homebound, enjoying food, movies, music, and books. Girls all good with employment prospects. COVID hysteria seems driven by excessive fear. Stay safe and sane.”

Bob Otto says, “Lots has changed since our magical Reunion. Last fall we traveled, now that’s on hold. Stay home and stay healthy.”

John Bach is “an engaged Quaker exploring love in the time of the pandemic.”

Stu Blackburn is “enjoying birdcalls in lockdowned Brighton on England’s south coast. New novel, The Boy From Shenkottai, set in South India, out this fall.”

Dave Siegel is “in the UC Davis hospital with residents and students. Northern California has been lucky. Son Leon, Kings County, Brooklyn, has more ventilated patients every day than I’ve seen in total. He appears sanguine. His mother and I are not.”

Ron Reisner writes, “Mike Terry, Tory Peterson ’68, and I discussed Wes lacrosse and the school’s position WRT Amherst and Williams. Tory’s gift of birdfeeders and guides revealed a whole new nature in the yard. Am in regular contact with roommate Harry Nothacker who is in Philly.”

Bernie Freamon “teaches Islamic law, slavery, and human trafficking at NYU and in Zanzibar. COVID may change that.”

Bryn Hammarstrom, retired, “works at Temple University Hospital. No heroics, just a sense of community. With PPE, I’m not condemning myself to COVID. Was safe during AIDS epidemic.”

Tom Earle writes, “Hawaiian unemployment is 37%, no tourism. Maj and I retired last year. Painting interior of house and assisting with grandchildren.”

Visakha and Ken Kawasaki are “locked down in Sri Lanka, still trying to spread peaceful Buddhist practices.”

Bob Dombroski says, “Rabbits, deer, and mallards rule here. One perverse thrush throws herself against my subterranean office window—she wants in; I want out. Anita and I are at last grandparents.”

Steve Mathews sent a COVID-humor video, and Charlie Elbot described a post-Wes Grand Tour. Michael Fairchild shared a YouTube video he made called Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

The condo is our fortress, hiding us as if we were invisible. From family and friends come news of terrible things, and the virus is only one of them. The deer have returned to eat the emergent greens as Connecticut returns to life.

Charlie Farrow |
11 Coulter Street, #16, Old Saybrook, CT 06475 

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Steve Knox lives in Asheville, near children.

Jeff Richards is “busier than ever with The Minutes and a revival of American Buffalo. Met Dave Dixon and Bill Edelheit for brunch.”

Steve Hansel is “happy to see 2019 go. We moved back to New Orleans.”

Nick Browning wrote, “Happy 2020 to everyone struggling in this difficult world. Full-time as a psychotherapist. Our 3-year-old grandson is a joy. I visited Gordy Holleb. Knee surgery nixed basketball as I face the inevitable.”

John Bach “plucks out happy melodies amid the drums of perpetual war.”

Alex Knopp “edits the Connecticut Law Tribune. As president of the Norwalk Library, I’m co-locating broadcast studios for CPTV in the addition. Bette’s first novel, The Better Angels, is a time-travel mystery.”

Steve Broker ’69, MAT ’72 “documents breeding birds, early and late winter ones, and seasonal migration patterns for the CT Bird Atlas. Field observations, field observations, field observations. Doing so strengthens our connections with the environment.”

Dave Siegel said, “Nancy and I just back from Vietnam and Cambodia. The more than expected rate of birth defects are a legacy of Agent Orange use during the war. We were surprised by the lack of public health and education infrastructure.”

Jerry Martin “retired in June. Fifty years’ teaching is enough. Time to visit family in Vermont, maybe raise some sheep. We’ll try the bicoastal dance—LA and VT. Save us a seat at football and baseball games. Looking forward to 55th. Happy New Year and a regime change to all.”

Jim Drummond practices “criminal defense law in Round Rock, Texas. See novelist Bruce Hartman. I loved the Reunion, especially the Vietnam program. Great to see Barry Macey. Three children, four grandchildren, live with my brilliant and beautiful wife Deborah. Happy New Year to all!”

Bill Eaton checked in from Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins.

Jim Adkins said, “Not much esoteric from my life compared to what other classmates are doing. Work ENT one day a week at the Tampa VA. Travel as much as possible. Play my horn three nights a week for sanity(?). My wife is in assisted living, so I’m a solo traveler. Anyone want to go somewhere?”

Pete Pfeiffer sent pictures of Paul Bunyan, with chainsaw, sitting on harvested white oak logs in the Maine Woods.

Pete Pfeiffer

Kathy and Charlie Ingrao “toured Paraguay’s German/Mennonite colonies and suppressed Jesuit missions. We’ve done most First World countries, 95 overall. Any classmates want to visit the 100-plus more exotic ones left?”

Photos from Charlie and Kathy Ingrao’s trip

John Fenner is “a lawyer in Hollywood, Fla. Business divorces are like child custody battles—nasty, brutish, and long.”

Carmen and David Freedman “visited Isla Verde in San Juan. We hosted family before the earthquakes, which damaged the opposite side of the island. From Atlanta, we share with all best wishes for a prosperous and healthy 2020.”

Wayne Slitt “cruised the Caribbean with Bob Tobias and Charley Ferrucci.”

Howie Brown said, “Three weeks in Hawaii next year. Love to go but don’t want to live there. The recent death of a high school classmate exposed our delicate hold on existence. Enjoy every moment you can.”

Julia and John Richards “moved to Charleston, nearer sons. See Stan Robbins ’71, a retired lawyer in Annapolis.”

Mike Fairchild wrote, “Daughter Marnie in Brooklyn is development director for Amnesty International. Scott ’00 is executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. I enjoy my media projects and teach elementary school science once a week.”

Michael Fairchild and family on the Riviera

Tom Earle “welcomed grand twins in September.”

Steve Pfeiffer “practices global law. Five children and eight grandchildren. Thanks to those who made our 50th happen.”

Bob Berkowitz is a “pediatric psychiatrist at CHOP. See Joel Fein ’84 in emergency room. The need for youth mental help is expanding.”

Bernie Freamon “teaches about Islam in U.S. and Africa. New book available on Amazon.”

Charlie Morgan “attended U.S. Supreme Court hearing in the Chris Christie Bridgegate debacle.”

Stuart Blackburn’s new novel “tells the true story of a 1911 political assassination in India.”

Charles Elbot “closed my educational consultancy. Sons and families live nearby. Love my wife. Overall, I’m a lucky guy.”

Rameshwar Das was “bedside with mentor Ram Dass MA ’54, who died in December. Will finish his memoir on my own.”

Ron Reisner “attended Darius Brubeck and brothers’ Lincoln Center tribute to their father. Talked with Dennis Robinson ’79 and Gordon Cooney ’81 at a Wes lacrosse event.”

Fran and Paul Dickman “celebrated our 50th anniversary with parties and feasting.”

Mark Johnson welcomed “granddaughter Nova Mariano, Nov. 24, 2019.”

Mark Johnson’s grandchildren

Andy Cohen teaches medicine at Brown and visits friends in Florida and New Orleans.

Jeff Powell wrote, “Cheryl and I are still living in New London, N.H. I retired from my internal medicine practice in 2012, however, continue to work as an IT consultant and physician informaticist at my local hospital in New London on an as needed basis. My wife and I spend our summers aboard our Island Packet sailboat cruising the coast of Maine. Our daughter, Kristen, is a family practitioner in Green Bay, Wisc. She has two teenage daughters. She and her family enjoy the rural Wisconsin lifestyle. Our son, Todd, lives with his wife and 7-year-old daughter in Columbia, S.C. I am planning on heading to my 45th medical school reunion in May at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. I still keep in  touch with Rob Pratt who also has a sailboat on the coast of Maine. It is hard to believe that we will be 51 years out of Wesleyan this spring.”

Peter Prestley “is on Martha’s Vineyard for the next chapter. Dig the off-season island life.”

Doug Bell sent “all blessings” and George Evans and Mike Devine celebrated their 43rd anniversary in Montreal.

Paul Melrose sees Fred Coleman and “works part-time at the Methodist Church in Madison, Wisc.”

George Evans and Mike Devine celebrated their 43rd anniversary in Montreal.

Dave Driscoll “installed solar PV and black pipe to heat our Florida pool and jacuzzi. Red tide keeps us out of the Gulf. Thank you, Governor Scott.”

A herd of deer climb the hill across the estuary. When they run, their white tails are semaphores. Then they disappear into the woods.

Charlie Farrow |
11 Coulter Street, #16, Old Saybrook, CT 06475 

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Tom Earle finished a 45-year English teaching career in Honolulu. “Will travel soon.”

Tony Mohr “cruised from Singapore to Dubai—visited Malaysia to Fujairah. Also published some essays.”

Vickie and Rob Pratt “sailed about 300 miles, Maine to Martha’s Vineyard.”

Mike Fink’s family “toured Spain. Best of times. Discovering, eating, talking. Many changes, but some things remain the same. No nostalgia, just taking it in.”

Harry Nothacker “competed in the Alcatraz Triathlon, finished third in my age group. Swam from the prison to the marina, biked through the city, ran the hills and beaches near the bridge. Our son and family live there and shared in the festivities.”

Also from Harry. “Wesleyan ranked #43 out of 600-plus of the large and small colleges surveyed by the WSJ and #14 in producing the most critically acclaimed actors, producers, writers, and musicians since 2014.”

Darius Brubeck wrote, “My father’s birthday centennial is soon. To mark it, my brothers and I will play at the Wilton Library and Lincoln Center. I have a new live album out from a tour of Poland. Our two recent Wes-grad grandchildren are in NYC and working. We’re happy.”

Bill Eaton “felt the campus looked nice at Reunion and enjoyed my obligatory swing through O’Rourke’s.”

John Mihalec: “Enjoyed the Reunion very much, especially seeing Gordy Crawford honored by the school. Thanks to Bryn Hammarstrom, John Bach, and Dave Siegal for teaming with me on our Vietnam panel. Also appreciated the faculty look-back at the library, which included Russ Murphy who said there was no rush on those term papers that I still owed him for the course in Urban Politics.”

Jim Adkins “traveled from Boston to Montreal on a small cruise boat, saw a lot of fog.”

Steve Remmer was “struck by how happy we all were to be together at Reunion, connected by our shared Wesleyan experience. All were old friends, whether we knew each other well during our college years or not.”

Steve Knox had “a great time at the Reunion and the following Friday at the Friends of Wesleyan Men’s Basketball Golf Outing.”

Barry Turnrose wrote, “Sorry I was not able to make it to reunion. Harry Nothacker sent a nice photo of roommates Ron Reisner, Harry, and Dave Farrar at the Friday night Reunion dinner, and I had a two-hour catch-up video call with Harry and Dave a few days later. I hope freshman roommate John Wasserman is also doing well. I will always be grateful for the roommates I had at Wes; they were all a significant and very important part of my Wesleyan experience, and I know I am a better person for it.

“It was interesting this July to observe the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. I think I was was one of the few people unable to watch the happenings live in 1969, as I was busy working with Dr. Faller’s Wesleyan experiment at Lick Observatory in California for lunar laser ranging using a retro-reflector array that the astronauts deployed on the moon. The first successful detection of a return laser signal from the reflectors with the three-meter Shane Telescope on Aug. 1, 1969 was designated this August as an IEEE Milestone, with a bronze plaque placed at Lick noting, among other details, ‘This was the first experiment using a hand-placed extraterrestrial instrument.’

Check out Visakha and Ken Kawasaki at Their report on the Sri Lanka bombings are factual and heartbreaking. Sign up for a Vesak card. My last defined good communication as “true, beneficial, gentle, kind, and loving.”

Bob Dombroski “caught Scorsese’s remastered Bob Dylan film, Rolling Thunder. Very wonderful. I have no fond memories of the mid-’70s popular culture. Weimar decadence foreshadowing the proto-fascist neo-liberalism of the Reagan era, which we are now aimlessly trying to shake off, but Dylan was, and still is, a brilliant artist.”

Bob Watson’s son is married and living in Columbia, his daughter is in a psychology post-doc in Seattle. “Jane is downsizing her practice, and I still have some private clients and a book contract.”

Pete Pfeiffer enjoyed the Reunion for “the throngs of old duffers, amiable, intelligent people who lead interesting, productive lives, many exhibiting long, happy marriages. Reunion went by in a flash. I talked late on Olin’s steps, feeling bittersweet with so many dear friends missing.”

Rick McGauley said, “It was great to see everyone. We seamlessly plugged into long dormant relationships without any awkwardness. I enjoyed reminiscing about those shared years with Dan Rose and Ric Peace. Let’s not wait another 50 years.”

Jim Dreyfus wants “to do it again, soon.”

Rich Frost “practiced internal medicine for 30-plus years in northern New York. I write travel and history pieces, as well as some fiction, an occupation more precarious than medicine. My Wes time impacts my thinking every day.”

Jim Weinstein was “in Europe during Reunion. I live in a modern home in Alexandria, Va., surrounded by wildlife and gardens. I sing with choruses at the Kennedy Center. Life is good.”

Andy Burka “still works as a child and adolescent psychologist. Celebrated 44 years with my sweetheart. We have two kids, three grands, all in New Orleans. I’m in touch with a number of Wes friends, maybe because Wes is where I found my true interests and love for learning. It put the wind in my sails.”

Rip Hoffman’s new book is Becoming People of the Way.

John Hickey wrote, “I first want to express my appreciation for your long standing and faithful tenure as our class secretary and historian. I enjoyed hearing about your life on the Connecticut River Valley at the continental breakfast in the Reading Room on Saturday morning at the Reunion and over the years your snippets from your own family life in ‘class notes.’ It was great to catch up with Bruce Hartman, Barry Macey, Jeff Richards, David Dixon, and to see for the first time in 50 years my former fellow ‘Winnetkans’ (as in Winnetka, Ill.) John Wilson and Orin Baird at the class dinner, and Jim Drummond and Lynn Kozlowski at our Library Reading Room headquarters and Bryn Hammerstrom at the Friday luncheon. I was disappointed to miss John Bach‘s presentation as he has remained constant in his pursuit of joyous principle and courage. I was sorry not to be able to stay following the Saturday morning panel discussion, but it was nostalgic to hear from Bernie Freeman, Ed Sanders, Steve Pfeiffer, and Howard Brown, all of whom were on the panel. The reference to Ted Theismeyer’s Freshman Humanities at which Bernie Freeman and Steve Pfeiffer first met reminded me that I was in that same class.

“Finally, when I encountered Ed Cimeno for the first time in 50 years in the library we recalled our year at the Institute of European Studies in Paris and Les Evenements du Mai. Ed had family in Italy and was able to go there during the closure of the University of Paris in the spring of 1968 and was able to return to Paris to complete his exams. I unfortunately did not have the wherewithal to return to Paris that summer and lost my credits for the spring courses.

“George Evans and his partner were delightful companions at the class dinner. I was deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of Eric Schmeider (my former Foss Hill floormate), John Goldkamp (my former fellow French major), Stan Harbison (former Lawn Avenue neighbor), and Bob Davis.”

Steve Broker ’69, MAT’72 identified the bird driving me crazy as a “white-breasted nuthatch.”

Early fall. Dinner with Maurice Hakim ’70. Coordinating an electric car day. Recommend Alexandra Fuller’s African memoirs.


Charlie Farrow |
11 Coulter Street, #16, Old Saybrook, CT 06475 

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Tony Mohr wrote, “The thought of retirement crosses my mind, though I’m trying lots of civil cases—malpractice, business disputes. I edit Gavel to Gavel and look for ‘judge’ stories. I’m still publishing personal essays and short stories. Beverly and I cruised Singapore to Dubai. No rain and calm seas. Always happy to hear from anyone visiting LA.”

Mac Thornton said, “I transferred to Stanford as a junior and continued in their law school with Ed Hayes. A 30-year enforcement career included time at the DOJ and HHS. I left during the Bush II era for 13 years of private practice. I’m a whitewater addict and founded the Potomac Conservancy and the West Virginia Rivers Coalition. Molly and I have two terrific children from Russia, now 17 and 18. I have fond memories of Wesleyan.”

From Bob Berkowitz: “The Reunion book warmed my heart. I’m still at CHOP and Penn School of Medicine, where I care for children and research their psychiatric disorders. The science and liberal arts at Wesleyan helped me as a person and physician. Barb and I celebrated our 49th.”

Bruce Snapp wrote in: “Here is a long overdue update for me. I have been considering attending the Reunion but cannot because of health issues. I am recovering from the lingering effects of a partial paralysis of my arms and legs cause by cervical stenosis. I had successful surgery in January, but recovering from the effects of the stenosis has been a slow process. Here is a short history. After graduating from Wesleyan, I went to the University of Michigan to study economics. While at Michigan, I met the love of my life, Jeanne Moss, and we were married in 1971. I finished my PhD. in 1974 and accepted a job in Washington with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1984, I left to become a consultant and expert witness in litigation involving antitrust and economic damages issues. I finally retired in 2015. Jeanne and I have been living in Alexandria, Va., since we moved to the Washington area. We have two daughters, Emily (40) and Juliana (37), who have turned into world travelers. Emily, who is a physical therapist, is married with two children. Six years ago, Emily and her husband, Devin, who is an E.R. physician, decided to spend a year in New Zealand but got hooked. They have been living in New Plymouth, New Zealand, for six years now and are thinking about applying for citizenship. Juliana, who is a psychiatric social worker, worked with disadvantaged women in Cambodia for six years before recently returning to the Washington area. I think this is enough for a starter. I can’t believe how fast those 50 years have gone by. Thank you for doing such a good job keeping everyone up-to-date on our classmates.”

Ted Sanderson “retired as the executive director of Rhode Island’s Historic Preservation Commission. I approved $2 billion to protect 2,500 sites. I continue to work as a member of Providence’s Historic District Commission. Carol and I live in Providence, celebrated our 50th, and have three grown children and three grandchildren.”

Pete Arenella “appreciates, in retirement, the lazy guy I am. I’m a self-taught moral philosopher who won some teaching awards at BU and UCLA. Son David suffered brain damage at birth but leads a happy life. Daughter Katherine is a clinical psychologist working with PTSD patients. Wife Mia taught me to be a good parent. She is a certified court interpreter, a great artist and mother, and the most impressive person I’ve ever met.”

Stu Blackburn retired to “Brighton, England, where I write novels, three so far. I loved every minute of the Wesleyan experience, except the football losses.”

Charlie Morgan was “on Senator Baroni’s defense team during Bridgegate. He’s in prison. Tough stuff. I’m confident he was railroaded. I’m suing the Mayflower Descendants for multiple violations of Massachusetts law. Some wins but still work to be done.”

Ken Elliott, who “exchange taught in the Czech Republic, is anticipating a 2020 retirement. My goals—friendship, home life, volunteerism, and learning. I research college teaching methods and aging in place in rural settings. Friends are always welcome in Maine.”

Bill Runyan “remembers freshman year at Wesleyan, enjoying dorms, soccer, and impressive teachers. I needed co-education, so I went to Oberlin, where I earned a degree in psychology/sociology and captained the soccer team. My psychology doctorate from Harvard led to a UC Berkeley career, 1979-2010, teaching psych and social welfare. Wife Mary Coombs teaches psych and counseling at USF. lists some publications.”

Hugh Hoffman “did IT work for 40 years at Northwestern Mutual Life. I’m auditing classes at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee—English, psychology, anthropology, and theater. Wife Robin helps run Scholastic Book Fairs, which supports our live theater addiction.”

John de Miranda wrote, “I’ve been married 36 years. I’m semi-retired, still doing some teaching, consulting, and research. A tobacco investigation project took me to Warsaw. That, and alcohol and drug problems, are my research focus. Our son pursues a social work license. I completed nine Wesleyan candidate interviews this year in the San Mateo area.”

Tom Earle said, “My wife and I are retired. We plan to travel but not right away. We were on Oahu in the fall to help family.”

Steve Mathews’s “children and four grandchildren all live in Nashville. Travel plans include cruising the New England coastline and portions of the Lewis and Clark Trail. Nashville hosted the NFL draft. We love the Titans and Predators and hope the Titans rebound. Nashville has much going for it—quality of life, cost of living, low taxes, and strong educational institutions. We will soon celebrate 50 years here.”

Doug Bell loves his daughter, her husband, and their entertaining 2-year-old. “I continue to develop hemp and CBD projects in Uruguay but would like to retire in 2021. I’m in touch with Harry Nothacker and Steve Hansel. Hoy’s Boys are an amazing bunch.”

John Boynton wrote, “I’m alive and in good health. Have lived and worked in Manhattan, Jeddah, London, Seoul, and Hong Kong. Right now, I’m in Cleveland with the Townsend Group. Son John Jr. works for the Shorenstein Group in San Francisco and his brother Tyler owns an oral surgery practice in Sonoma. Ex-wife Ellen died in April and twin Ralph in 2018.”


Charlie Farrow |
11 Coulter Street, #16, Old Saybrook, CT 06475 

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John Fenner “is still practicing law in Hollywood, Fla., specializing in business divorces.”

From Jeff Wohkittel: “Check for my latest book. Sincere condolences to all affected by class losses.”

Cilla and Rick Pedolsky “wish you peace and happiness in 2019.”

Bill Sketchley asked “guests to wear silly hats to his February birthday.”

Bill Eaton has “lived with diabetes over three decades but will be at Reunion. I teach psychiatric epidemiology at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. While instructing in Barcelona, I visited Sagrada Familia, which feels like a forest inside. My kind of cool church.”

Dave Dixon, FAIA, “speaks widely on successful suburbs, highlighting smart, opportunistic choices for the way many of us live.”

Tony Mohr “attended the family’s annual Christmas reunion in San Miguel de Allende. I try lots of cases but think of retiring and part-time judging. Glint published an essay, ‘The Last Honors Class.’”

Jim Adkins “went to Peru on a medical team assisting children and adults with cleft palates. The Wicked Witch said, ‘The last to go will see the first three go before her.’ It stinks either way, but I would rather watch and wait.”

Denny Marron is “the Ralph Kramden of the shoreline, driving senior buses in Madison and Guilford, Conn.”

Jim Wisdom sent a Tibetan proverb: “The secret to living well and longer: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, love without measure.”

Nick Browning still “enjoys full-time psychotherapy, where I feel solid and competent most of the time. Hope delusions haven’t taken over. I visited Gordy Holleb in Berkeley. His illness has hurt his walking and talking, but not his recognition and comprehension. It was good to see him. Our infant grandson is a sustaining joy. We bought a house in Woodstock, Vt. Many blessings and few complaints.”

Pete Pfeiffer is “Maine’s reigning Logger of the Year, and I hope this is my last, dangerous, winter campaign. I’m holed up next to a woodstove. Wind howling. Snow piling up. A Jack London day.  A new book is percolating, and my memoir, Hard Chance, is considered ‘a minor classic’ by noted reviewer C. Edward Farrow.”

Steve Knox is “still working and looking forward to seeing everyone at Reunion.”

Tom Earle is “finishing a 45-year career teaching English at the Punahou School in Honolulu. Maj and I will travel off season to avoid crowds.”

Peter Arenella doesn’t “miss law school teaching as much as I thought I would. I read, listen to music, and grandfather. It took a long time to listen to my heart. Our daughters have wonderful partners. Our handicapped son lives in an adult group home and works fulltime at a restaurant. He’s happy and stable. Mia and I will move to Mexico as our home there is almost finished.”

Stu Blackburn just published The History Wars. From the noted reviewer: “This is a fine novel, rewarding the reader with both joy and sorrow. If you were entertained by Paul Scott’s The Jewel in the Crown, you will find resonance in Blackburn’s writing.”

Bernie Freamon wrote, “I am pleased to report that I have had a very successful career as a law professor at Seton Hall Law and as a litigator for the ACLU and other organizations and clients. In recent years I have concentrated on research and writing on the topic of slavery and Islamic law. I have a book coming out on June 27, 2019, in sha’Allah, entitled Possessed by the Right Hand: The Problem of Slavery in Islamic Law and Muslim Cultures, to be published by Brill. I urge everyone to buy it. I intend to attend the 50th Reunion and I look forward to seeing old friends and classmates.”

Mark Johnson wrote in with an update about the artist Momodou Ceesay ’70. Momodouspent some time traveling in Sierra Leone and was in Senegal for their biennial art show last summer. Here is a serigraph from 2011 entitled The Stroll.

Michael Fairchild wrote in: “We are all well and healthy. Son Scott and his girlfriend Joan had a terrific 2018. They finished off the year with a vacation to Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam—where they had some suits made, took a sunset cruise on the Mekong, and rode elephants. Scott and Joan also swam with whale sharks, kissed manatees, and rode dolphins on their other vacation to Isla Mujeres in Mexico.

“When Scott and Joan weren’t vacationing, they were living their normal lives in D.C. Scott was fighting the good fight on Capitol Hill as chief of staff for Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. At the end of the year he started a new endeavor—as the executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The main objective of his new position is to help the Democrats get elected to the Senate in 2020. Joan is continuing her work at Deloitte helping the government solve its many problems. They welcomed a new dog, Beta into their home. One sad note of the year was the passing of their dog, Bristol. RIP.

“Daughter Marnie is enjoying her continuing work with major donors in New England, the mid-Atlantic and the Midwest for Amnesty International. She is thrilled to be able to keep her current role while moving to work in Manhattan while living in Brooklyn this April. Marnie traveled with a group of college friends to the west coast of Costa Rica early in 2018, and Tulum, Mexico, in May. She’s always looking for more recommendations for adventures. She loves all the work travel, and hopes to add a few new vacation destinations in the New Year.

“In April we took our first trip to Charleston, S.C., to visit our dear friends Corinne and David Ramage. They have become observant naturalists, learning so much about local flora and fauna. We enjoyed many visits to local swamps to watch and photograph the frenetic springtime courtship and nest building efforts of white egrets, anhingas, and great blue herons. Many of our favorite swamp creatures made their cameo appearances for our cameras, especially barred owls, alligators, and frogs. Corinne and David also took us to Beidler Forest through a controlled burn and later to Bear Island for bald eagles silhouetted by sunrise. To round out our experience, we took the early morning ferry to Fort Sumter for a dramatic raising of a huge American flag by all the children gathered together by the local park ranger. On this spot in April 12, 1861 the American Civil War officially started when Confederate shore batteries fired on this Union fort. We also had a chance to tour the historic part of Charleston and see some of the beautiful homes there. Everywhere we went we were so impressed with the hospitality and friendly nature of all the South Carolinians that we met.

“Michael continues to enjoy photography, still photographing weddings, portrait sessions, and public relations events. I also continue to teach on Fridays at a nearby elementary school in their science program. Our friends Steve and Irene gave us a wonderful birdfeeder that now attracts so many songbirds that I had never seen before in my neighborhood. I fitted out the feeder with two branches on either side so I was able to get tight close-ups of these colorful birds.

“For most of 2018, I was immersed in a project to assemble an audiovisual about North American wildlife and wilderness. This involved scanning hundreds of old Kodachromes and digging up faded national park brochures to work on the script. The project is 90% done.”

The list of those who say “hello” is long: Doug Bell, Barry Checkoway, Dave Driscoll, Jim DrummondSteve Greenfield, Bruce Hartman, Ed Hayes, Mark Johnson, Steve Johnson, Ken Kawasaki, Charlie MorganRic Peace, Barry Porster, Guillermo Prada-Silva, Dave Stevenson, Rick Vila, and John Wilson.

New England staggers after a terrible storm. Wind chills below zero. Widespread outages and damage. Old Saybrook is Never-never Land. The proximity of the River and Sound moderates the weather, some.

Mallards return to the estuary, looking for nesting sites, the water a protective moat. They move as if magnetized. We encourage the squirrels’ enmity with thistle feeders, which attract the smallest, brightest birds.

I make a gallon of leftovers’ soup every week. Right now—ham, carrots, celery, pasta, parsley, water, and a few stones. Neighbors come over with glass containers and offerings when called. “Blind faith,” one says.

I draw with ink and watercolor pencils. Sister Kate gave me a 72-color set. There is a sealed landfill nearby, a promontory, where I sketch Turtle Creek, North Cove, the Connecticut River, and Old Lyme shore.

Martin Luther King Day brings a flood of Wesleyan memories. Dr. King, John McGuire, the Vietnam War, George Creeger, Julian Bond, Washington marches. The desire for social justice, which began with my parents and Wesleyan fostered, is ceaseless.

Charlie Farrow |
11 Coulter Street, #16, Old Saybrook, CT 06475 

CLASS OF 1969 | 2018 | ISSUE 3

Jack Meier, Essex, remembers “wonderful Septembers when we arrived back in Middletown—the friendly smiles, feeling happy, and a little nervous. Claudia and I are contemplating warmer places. Our Reunion should have some good music and a counting of our blessings.”

Jim Adkins “is moving from the family home we built. Big, emotional task. Med school reunion, skiing, and diving in future.”

Darius Brubeck’s quartet is “performing in Poland, 60 years after my dad was the first jazz group to go behind the Iron Curtain. I was on the 1958 tour and debuted in Szczecin, so it’s quite personal.”

Andy Cohen is a “nephrologist at the Providence VA and teaches at Brown’s Alpert Medical School. Partially retired, I write op-eds for the Washington Post. Rich Kremer, Orrin Baird, and Andy Burka are friends, and I hope to see everyone at Reunion.”

Jim Weinstein “lives in Hollin Hills, Alexandria. Glass galore on half an acre. Left the heart of big cities for a more bucolic lifestyle. Still maintain a Dupont Circle office, ugh, to commute.”

Steve Knox “found Barlow’s Mother America Night enjoyable and interesting. Wish I had known him better.”

Al Cover is “now in Rockville, Md., to be closer to three grandkids.”

Alex Knopp “visited WWII museums and sites with son Andrew, who’s completing a D-Day screenplay. I serve on the Connecticut Retirement Security Board, which protects workers not covered by a savings’ plan. Still lecture at Yale Law and preside at Norwalk Public Library.”

Charlie Morgan’s “grandson, Jordan Chaussepied, and 414 other young men and women graduated Aug. 24 at Parris Island. Our country is in good hands.”

John Mihalec directs the class “to New York Times article about Gordy Crawford’s Olympics memorabilia collection. Search: private collector donates.”

Harold Davis is “alive and kicking. Do some board work to help inner-city youth. Hang out with grandson Julian. Life remains a blast.”

Barry Checkoway is “the Arthur Dunham Collegiate Professor of Social Work and Urban Planning at University of Michigan, where I direct programs addressing segregation and diversity in Detroit.”

Bill Sketchley “still enjoys West Palm Beach life. Health good. Still have my hair. Probably won’t make the 50th but best wishes to everybody, whether they attend or not.”

Jim Drummond is “back in private law practice and working on a novel with unprecedented momentum. I augment Austin’s fabled weirdness and support progressive causes. I’m in touch with Cliff Saxton ’68, my predecessor as Argus editor, as well as Jeff Richards and Bruce Hartman. I hope to make my first Reunion in 2019.”

Bob Watson “has retired from Columbia but keeps a private psychology practice. Super busy Jane promises to cut back. Daughter Joann is a psychology postdoc in Seattle. Son Mark is in business in Cartagena and getting married in January.”

Mac Thornton “transferred to Stanford the middle of our junior year. Still working, as I have a junior and senior in high school.” Mac and I share a Sept. 6, 1947 birthday.

Bruce Hartman has retired from law and published several novels, one, The Devil’s Chaplain.

John Bach believes “one major benefit of a liberal education is preparing people for lifelong partnerships and sustaining love.”

Mike Fink wrote, “Susan and I sold the family home and moved to a townhouse in Philly. Excited but so much stuff. The city is fun. Katey graduated cum laude from University of South Carolina, passed the boards, and is now a certified athletic trainer. We are dismayed by the tone of political discourse on all sides. This is not how a Republic should be.”

Jay Edelberg wrote, “After graduating from Wesleyan, I attended UConn dental and medical schools, getting both a DMD degree and an MD degree. I then did a residency in emergency medicine in Jacksonville, Fla., which I completed in 1978. I practiced in Jacksonville and St. Augustine for 29 years. We moved to Baton Rouge, La., in 2007 where I took a job as a medical officer for The Schumacher Group, providing leadership training, setting up trauma centers, and practicing emergency medicine. I practiced full-time as an emergency physician for nearly 40 years until November 2017 when illness forced me to stop. We moved back to Jacksonville, so I could receive care from Mayo Clinic there.

“Personally, I remarried in 1981 to Caral, and we have been married 38 years. Between us we have three kids. Erik ’91 is from my first marriage, 48, living with wife Amy and two grandchildren in Portland, Ore. He’s a PhD chemical engineer. Michael, 50, lives outside of Atlanta with wife Vicky and two grandkids and is CEO of a healthcare company. Tracey, 47, lives in Baton Rouge with a grandchild. We raised Tracey’s first two sons. Tyler is a rapper and musician. Josh is a senior at Southern University in Baton Rouge. Caral and I have been so blessed to have had the opportunity to raise them and attend Tyler’s performances and cheer on Josh as an all-star basketball and baseball player.

“On a personal note, I was diagnosed in 2014 with multiple myeloma, a type of bone cancer. After four rounds of chemotherapy, then a stem cell transplant, I was in full remission. But my disease is aggressive and has relapsed twice. But the oncologists at Ochsner (in Louisiana) and now Mayo in Jacksonville have enrolled me in clinical trials that seem to be working. I am lucky to be getting great medical care. I feel very blessed. I hope to attend our reunion in 2019, but that will depend on my health.”

Gail and Jim Martello “enjoy winters in Sarasota with daughter Jenny. See Patty and Paul Nimchek. Hi to all.”

Peter Pfeiffer wrote in after my deadline: “. . . an old friend gave Nick Browning and me tickets to seats right behind home plate in Fenway park last September. (Too bad I don’t follow baseball . . . and I was nominated for Logger of the Year which is quite an honor for a Maine woodcutter. We’ll find out in December if I won. Nick and I are both thinking of coming to Reunion. I’m sure there will be some interesting conversations there.”

Rainy, cold, fall morning. Pants and turtleneck for the first time in months. Carol and Maurice Hakim ’70 stop on their return from West Palm. We plan Thanksgiving at their historic manse in Clinton. Professor Buel has returned from a U.K. walking tour. A get-together with him, Phil Dundas ’70, and Rich Frost ’70 looms.

Finally, praise to Joe Reed, I open As I Lay Dying. Then Katy Butler ’71 for Knocking on Heaven’s Door, a memoir/polemic about her parents, Jeffery and Valerie Butler’s, final years. “Knock, knock, knocking on heaven’s door. Knock, knock, knocking on heaven’s door.”

Love always,

Charlie Farrow |

11 Coulter Street, #16, Old Saybrook, CT 06475