MAY / JUNE 2005
Our column is devoted to recent communications from classmates who still are working and pleased to be doing so. Next time, we'll visit with some of those who are happily retired plus a few who are somewhere in-between.
If you have an e-mail address but have not sent it to your Corresponding Secretary, or if your e-mail has changed and you haven't advised me, you are not receiving the monthly e-mail alerts about new material on the class web site (http://www.yale62.org). Almost 600 classmates now are connected by e-mail.
An inspiring note came from Ken Tuggle (Waddy, KY), who has successfully battled back from his second bout of brain surgery and returned to work as a business litigator as well as Chairman of the Board of the Pacific Century Institute. "I am filled with gratitude: to Source, my co-creative partner in my healing; to my wife of 30 years for caregiving, support and instruction in completely altering my lifestyle; to my spiritual family at Phoenix Institute for their bottomless outpouring of healing energy; to my more conventional friends for their enduring prayerful support; and to myself for making important lifestyle changes, diligently continuing physical therapy and choosing my return to work as brain therapy. Of course, my neurosurgeon's adept surgery laid the foundation for my physical recovery. He said my recovery put me in the top ten percent of post-shunt NPH (Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus) surgery patients."
Bob Lefebvre (Modesto, CA, living on Yale Avenue no less) writes, "I am still practicing medicine, with a focus on pain management and palliative care. Although many have retired by this age I have not quite made it yet. However, as a consultant the schedule is a little freer. For many of us this is probably the year we can start collecting social security. That is the good news. The bad is that we will be forced to go on Medicare. As insurance, it is really not that great both for the patients and especially for the doctors who are trying to get reimbursed." He adds, "Modesto has gotten its fair share of adverse advertising recently. We voted Congressman Condit out and sent Scott Peterson away so hopefully we can say there is still some frontier justice. We are 2-3 hours from all our favorite places (Yosemite, Carmel, San Francisco, and Sierra skiing) and really enjoy the location."
Anthony Edmonds (Muncie, IN) recently was named Ball Distinguished Professor of History at Ball State University. A 36-year veteran of the University, Tony has written on such widely varied subjects as the Vietnam War, US-Allied unity in the 1950s and 60s and boxer Joe Louis. He says that "wife Joanne (who is a dean at Ball State) and our three children are by far the most distinguished things I've ever been involved with. The Distinguished Professorship," he said, "will help keep me in the saddle for a while longer since the salary increase almost makes up for what I lost in the stock market!"
It is a new position in a new calling for Peter Sipple (Bryn Mawr,PA). Following a career of teaching and administering schools, and just several months as an Interim Minister, Peter accepted the post as Rector at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. He and Margaret moved to Bryn Mawr and are fully engaged in the new opportunity. Peter has agreed to write for the web site about his career change later this year.
Paul Gorman (Amherst, MA) continues as Executive Director of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment (NRPE). In an upbeat note Paul explained, "It's a too busy time of life. My job (vocation?) is pretty all encompassing. I've got myself into a leadership situation; it's a very vital awakening, affecting religious life as well as environmentalism (whatever, quite, that is these days). I have to raise money, but that doesn't seem too hard, and plan and review projects, and be available. We did have a kind of sabbatical break last summer. One of my 10-day meditation retreats, then three weeks in Wyoming in a little cabin by a lake. Back to Amherst for six relatively quiet weeks, with some work. Then to the Rockefeller Foundation's Italian retreat on Lake (Perry) Como for a month of reading and reflection and (not enough) writing. All free (after winning a competition) and with really interesting people from all continents. Sumptuous, breathtaking."
And on the stage, my freshman roommate Tom Ligon (New York) recently completed a role of Marty in a new play called "The Audience." He says, "I am acting in plays, film, TV, whatever I get my hands on. I'm told that I'm fortunate to have made my living doing this and only this for all these years, and I believe it most of the time. You may be amused or interested that I have become more and more involved in union politics and affairs the last few years. Next to playing older cranky guys now, it seems to be a good outlet for my more opinionated side. I do a lot of mentoring for early-career playwrights, directors, and performers."
Still another active worker is John Adams (Raleigh, NC) who is doing consulting with top management of closely held companies, mostly in the Raleigh area. "I love doing this work, and end each week feeling that I have made some lives and some companies better, and that is so gratifying." Regarding his personal life he continues, "Globally, I am happy to see the attitude of the general public about gays slowly changing. For the last 25 years I have lived openly gay. I have a loving, caring, respectful, wonderful, 13-year relationship with Jim Hill. My kids love and respect him; my ex-wife does; all my old friends do."
Let's hear from you whether you are working or retired or somewhere in-between, particularly classmates who have not shared new developments in their lives in recent years.