Classmate Jeffrey Loria (New York City) is the principal owner of the World Series champions, the Florida Marlins. He and his upstart team are still celebrating their surprise victory even as Spring Training again approaches. Loria says that he loved baseball from the time he was a youngster and his father took him to games at Yankee Stadium. It was at Yale, however, that his interest in Fine Art was stimulated. "I went to Yale intending to do pre-med," he says, "but my change to a History of Art major was the foundation of my life. I often give a tremendous amount of credit to the University for guiding me into my life as a private art dealer and the passion I have for art. I was very inspired by the courses I took at Yale."
Loria says that he always viewed himself as a private person - "I am not someone who stands up on a soapbox and shouts about what he has done." But he acknowledges that those private days are past now that he has become a major league team owner and World Series champion. Loria says his goals now include, "It would be nice to repeat as world champions at some point in the future. It would be nice to see my child (Samantha, Yale '00) complete her work in clinical psychology and go on to do great things. And I am talking to the University about doing something that is very special that I feel is needed, but it is too early to explain the details." The complete "Conversation with Jeffrey Loria" can be found on the class website (http://www.yale62.org - check the Features link on the left).
Another classmate whose recent experiences can be found on our web site is Richard Schupbach (Palo Alto, CA). He is in his 33rd year of teaching in the Slavic department at Stanford and plans to retire in three or four years. He and wife, Viviane, spent most of the past year abroad first teaching at Stanford's Moscow campus and then in Italy and Spain. He is optimistic about the New Russia though very much aware that change does not come easily. Turning to family, Richard says, "Our son, Michael, works on Sesame Street as the 'Muppet Wrangler'. He prepares props and administers "first aid" as needed to the Cookie Monster, Grover, Big Bird et al. Michael has won three Emmys for his work they are day-time, technical Emmys, but that's still not bad for a 26-year-old." Daughter Morgan is a senior at UC Davis. She is following in her parents' linguistic footsteps. Richard says, "She speaks nearly flawless German. She spent her Junior Year at the Freiuniveritaet in Berlin and was able to come visit us in Moscow and Tuscany. She has begun French, and we hope that she will intern in Geneva and emerge tri-lingual from the experience."
Now, a correction. We reported recently that theater great Errol Hill was the senior member of our class when he died at age 82. Meet Arthur White (Milford, PA) who is 85. White joined Yale 1962 in our third year and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He wrote that he and his wife, Evelyn, 86, "are in good health and still serving a church."
Again, on a sadder note John Harkness (Bellville, OH) advises that his wife of 41 years, Lin, "contracted a very rare brain disease, (Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease) and died in less than a year." They had two sons, Jeff, 38, and Sean, 36. John worked in management and executive roles with a number of major manufacturing companies including Texas Instruments, Textron, Emerson Electric, and Hubbell, retiring in 1996. Since then, he has done consulting for smaller companies and was involved with the acquisition of a major building and three renovation projects for a nearby college. "I'd been involved with their Foundation in fund-raising and friend-raising activities," he says, "and a new president convinced me to help him managing facilities projects. It has been a very satisfying end to a career."
Another partial retiree is Bill Nye (Brooklyn, NY), who left his parish ministry September 1, and now works as a psychologist in private practice. Bill reports, "In July, I performed the wedding of Bill Rope's daughter, Kate, to David Allan in Bill and Priscilla's beautiful D.C. backyard. I had performed her parents' wedding 36 years ago. I also retired from the world of show horses after our mare, Serenade, won the national championship at the Andalusian U.S. National Championship Horse Show in Ft. Worth in October, 2002." Your corresponding secretary remembers Katie well as a baby when the Ropes and Chambers both lived in Hong Kong in the early 70s.
Ellis Wisner (Washington D.C.) says, "I decided to take a sabbatical from teaching and am optimistic that it is not a euphemism for retiring. I am doing some research about my paternal grandfather, especially as regards his service as a member of a committee of the War Industries Board (WWI) and when he came to Washington to testify before Congress. In a pretty disorganized way I am trying to become acquainted with the world of Mesopotamian antiquities and their status in light of the recent war and its aftermath. With luck next year I will find a new high school teaching position. More on that anon unless my having senior moments helps me forget to write."
Finally, a few happy occasions. Charles Young (London, England) and wife, Carol, celebrated 40 years of marriage. Charles does "boutique Mergers & Acquisitions" and has no plans to retire. He writes that they "are very happy in London and visit Paris and New York regularly."
Gary Salenger, (Kula, HI), another pretty nifty place to live, anticipates a busy early 2004. "My oldest daughter will have her first child and our first grandchild while one of my sons will be getting married at our home. Our youngest daughter should have her driver's license."
Another first time grandfather is our dedicated class fund-raiser, Stephen Danetz (New York), whose daughter Lisa gave birth to Sabrina Charlotte Smith in October. Mother and daughter doing fine.