JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2006
It was a congenial group of 13 classmates who assembled in Hong Kong with wives and significant others in October for four days of sightseeing, delicious meals, and conversation. Bill Stork, now in his 12th year in Hong Kong teaching math at the Hong Kong International School and encouraging bright students to attend Yale, did a wonderful job of organizing the event. Everyone attending combined the mini-reunion with some sort of travel in Asia either before or after Hong Kong. The group included Ater, Chambers, Dechert, Evans, Flint, Hummel, D. Jackson, Luke, Mann, Pettegrove, Stork, Watson, and W. Williams. One of the evening programs involved a dinner and panel discussion, "What China Thinks of the United States," at the Foreign Correspondents Club, where Yale Club of Hong Kong members were invited to join. Full details and photos of the mini-reunion can be found on our website, www.yale62.org.
Sir John Boyd, one of the Clare Fellows affiliated with our class, coincidentally was in Hong Kong to give a speech about Cambridge. He joined the 1962 group for breakfast on one of the days. John said that he would retire next year after ten years as master of Churchill College, Cambridge, and return to London where he serves as chairman of the British Museum. Sir John was knighted in recognition of his years of service as a British diplomat concluding as ambassador to Japan. Our other Clare Fellow, Jonathan Spence, Sterling Professor of Chinese History, also visited Hong Kong late in the year to participate in the Asia Cultural Cooperation Forum.
Vic Miller (Alameda, California) planned to be at the mini but had to cancel because of wife Tina's illness. He asked that a portion of his payment be used to buy a round for the group. And that was done with a hearty toast to the Millers. Tina is feeling better. Vic also wrote, "I tried to retire twice already but it didn't take. I've been associate head writer at All My Children for the past two years, helping Kendall get pregnant by Ryan without Greenlee's egg causing major tectonic shifts in Pine Valley. The better news is that we got an award for our story line focusing on Lily, a teenager with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In my spare time, I'm an avid player of Segway Polo."
Mike Kane (Auburndale, Massachusetts), in regretting not being able to attend the mini, fondly remembered his five years in Asia as a banker in the late 1970s, including three years in Hong Kong. His daughter also is an internationalist. She is spending a year in Addis Ababa with a non-government organization. "Not my favorite idea," wrote Mike, "but she is excited at the adventure of it." Mike was more enthusiastic about the time this summer that he spent sailing off the coast of Florida with Gus Hedlund (Guilford, Connecticut).
Rich Kapsch (Napierville, Illinois) is another international traveler. His small investment firm involves mostly clients from the Middle East. Rich e-mailed, "Because of my frequent international travel, I've taken a deep interest in foreign affairs and especially our government's foreign policies. I am very concerned about the negative perception of the U.S. held by many of the people I meet in my travels." On a brighter note, he adds, "However, at this point in my life I have become more absorbed with family. My oldest son works with me in the business, while I have two other sons involved in the financial business as well. I really enjoy my grandchildren: two girls and two boys, all under five, who are just a joy to be with."
We have two pieces of sad news to report. Steffen Graae, who was a judge in Washington, DC, and participated in the panel discussion at our DC mini-reunion last April, died in September. Bob Oliver's obituary can be found on our website and includes classmate reports about the impressive memorial service from Ellis Wisner and Bob Bremner.
Tom Luckey (Branford, Connecticut) was paralyzed from the neck down in a freak accident during the summer. He is making slow progress and according to classmate friends shows remarkable courage and optimism. A wonderful support group of people, who care about Tom, formed immediately and visited him in the hospital. Wife Etti and others performed music at his bedside almost every evening. Louis Mackell (Guilford, Connecticut) and Don Metz (Lyme, New Hampshire) were part of that support. Mackell kept a list of more than 200 people advised of his slow recovery. After six weeks, when Tom finally was able to talk, Louis wrote, "I got there at the end of the day. He was asleep. I stood near and watched him, trying to imagine how my standing body could possibly make his lying body move, like it used to a few weeks before. . . . Voila. Tom can now talk. Woo, woo. His voice is quiet and fairy-like. Sentences are broken into phrases only as long as a deliberate and not very long exhale of air past how vocal chords. It is very exciting for all of us. Metz added, "You can just tell that Tom has been thinking very hard and that when he is able to communicate better, he will have very profound things to say and probably will want to share them with classmates."
Also in Connecticut, Chip Neville (West Hartford, Connecticut) reports, "I've joined the iPod generation at the ripe old age of 64, and I hope to get Wordpress (a blogging and discussion board application) up and running on the Yale Club of Hartford's website." He said his wife Judi has gone back to college and is taking a video course and that they have bought their first video camera and made their first iMovie. "Daughter Rachel was married this past May on the beach in North Carolina. The reception was at the North Carolina Aquarium and we danced surrounded by tanks filled with sea turtles. It was lovely."