My appeal using the Lyris messaging system produced a plethora of responses.
Among those listed as alive and well are Pete Ralston, Tony Shrednik, and Mel Cote. Bob Terkhorn says he and Kay are in good health and will cruise the Norwegian fjords for 17 days this summer.
Bob Furber informed me that his esoteric, sophisticated paper, “Kepler Accuracy Model for Co-Periodic Satellite Separation Extrema” has been published. To read it, either Google the title or check Springerlink.com. Bob received a copy of Dan Woodhead’s book, Modoc Vengeance, which mentions a Furber (one of Bob’s ancestors).
Dan Woodhead related the story of his correspondence with Bob Furber and reaffirms his offer to send copies of Modoc Vengeance to classmates.
Charlie Keck retired from the practice of pediatrics at 62, then got a massage license and practiced part time until recently. He and Carolyn have moved to a retirement community near Olympia and their three children live within six miles of their home.
Bill Purinton reports that he retired to his home state of Maine 15 years ago. During retirement he has been active with nonprofits dealing with conservation and other environmental pursuits. He and Nancy are so far still sound of mind and limb.
Roger Turkington discloses that his volume of 200 poems is now available at his website, Love Poems to Art.
Dan Woodhead’s book, Modoc Vengeance, motivated Roger Paget to recall that Wesleyan’s first president, Willbur Fisk, played a central role in organizing the first surge of Protestant missionaries who came to the Northwest. So events like the Whitman massacre in the Oregon Territory have a direct link to early Wesleyan history.
Dave Hickox, who is retired from the practice of pediatrics, is heading to northern Scotland on a hiking trip there and the Outer Hebrides in May.
John Corkran wishes to thank classmates who have contributed to the alumni fund and remind others that there is still an opportunity to do so.
Art Levine is spending March in Florida. He informed me that Ted Wieseman had hip replacement surgery on Feb. 14 and it appears to be successful. If you know Ted, he would appreciate a call at 301/610-6726.
Dick Goldman is also in Florida until early April. He plays golf and tennis, but no checkers! He still practices law with Sullivan & Worcester in Boston and teaches as an adjunct professor at Boston University Law School.
Dick Tompkins and his wife are in Florida eight months and Minnesota four months. He plays golf, bridge, attends lectures, and enjoys symphony orchestra series.
Ron Nowek and partner Lynn flew to Aspen for four days of skiing and snow-boarding over President’s Day holiday weekend. They enjoyed the snow, but enjoyed more the return to Southern California where shorts and tank-tops are in fashion.
Another golfer from the class of ’58 is Neil Springborn. He often leaves Oklahoma to play some of the pristine courses in Arkansas.
Art Geltzer also reports about Ted Wieseman. Art visited Ted in January and found him to be in an upbeat mood.
Tony Codding traveled to Cuba in January 2014, under the sponsorship of the NYC-based Episcopal Church. Americans can go to Cuba only as members of a group. Tony reports that Cuba today is a socialist country of extremes: luxury hotels for the Canadian, South American, and European tourists (who are there in droves), and third-world conditions outside of Havana, which is truly a charming city. Because the people have so little, Tony’s group packed suitcases with donations from their parish and left them at the church in Cárdenas.
Burr Edwards is still well and active in Africa. He has a new knee and a new company (Crown Agents, from the UK). Burr still plays golf, but his tennis is slow motion. Their French house is a haven from Al Shabaab antics in Nairobi.
Good news from Randy Johnson. His wife, Carole, has been tumor-free for one year after being diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma. To celebrate, they cruised the Caribbean on the Sea Cloud. A future trip will be to Canyon de Chelly in Arizona. To prep for the trip, the Johnsons are reading a book about Edward Curtis, who made thousands of wonderful photos of Indians. A major puzzle: what happened to the Anasazi tribe who inherited the canyon a thousand years ago?
Jack Wright is still in harness, consulting with early childhood services, observing over 200 children from 6 weeks to 5 years old. He is also writing his third self-published book, which is about how we can feel stuck due to things that happened to us when we were children.
Bart Bolton was in Sarasota in February. One night he dined with Gail and George Kangas ’60. The next day he had lunch with Charley Denny at the Celtic Ray Pub in Punta Gorda. Bart will be in Sarasota in April and I have invited Bart and Charley Denny for a day of golf and lunch at my club in Naples. Hopefully we can agree on dates.
Also in full career mode is Ezra Amsterdam. He is still full time at UC,Davis, Medical Center and School of Medicine. He has earned many honors. Among them, Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine and Master Clinician Educator. He is also chair of the writing committee to produce the new guidelines of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association for the Management of Patients with NonSTE Acute Coronary Syndrome. And he still plays tennis.
Bill Barnes is really anxious for our 60th Reunion, only he can tell you how anxious. He has been grandparenting, preaching, playing viola in a local symphony orchestra, and bike riding in good weather. He also looks longingly at the ski slopes he used to schuss. A bad knee interfered last year and his daughter told him to “quit while I am ahead.” But he still has the skis and boots, just in case.
Kay and I recently celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in our permanent home in Naples, Fla. We follow our local college basketball team, FGCU, known as Dunk City. We do some leisure activities and hardly notice we are not as proficient at them as we were a few years ago.
Again, thanks to the Class of ’58 for the overwhelming response.
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