ALUMNI NOTES
SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2007

Clark Winslow promises to make the 50th, but meanwhile he is in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) growing Winslow Capital, an investment management firm with a large cap-growth focus serving institutional investors. Clark reports rapid growth in assets managed, crossing the $3 billion mark recently. His three children are all progressing through his alma mater, the Blake School, with eldest daughter Louise graduating and off to Colby College this fall, son Thomas (16) a top swimmer for Blake, and daughter Carolyn (14) about to matriculate there. Carolyn is an accomplished equestrienne, managing two horses along with homework. It sounds like Clark's wife Sharon runs the entire family, plus horses and dogs, while also serving on the Minnesota Public Radio board.

Another classmate living in "Fargo country," Charles Flinn, writes that he stepped down from the state district bench in St. Paul in 2002, having married Elizabeth Hayden, another district court judge, sitting in St. Cloud, in 1999. Apparently the Minnesota constitution doesn't mind if two judges marry but frowns on their living together afterward (who knew?), and the commute between St. Paul and St. Cloud was not sustainable. They now live in St. Cloud and are happy that children and grandchildren live nearby in the Twin Cities area. Charles has developed a successful mediation and arbitration practice and a less successful (he says) golf game.

Dave Willis reports he has become the marketing director for Spectro, a company that makes premium motorcycle lubricants. Turns out Dave has been addicted to the two-wheeled vehicles since undergrad days and has his entire family mounted up. Rumor has it that Dave can be seen wearing a WWI German-style biker helmet in Chester, Vermont, where he has recently relocated from Ridgefield, Connecticut. He says life with the crazed lefties is a strain, but tax climate actually better than Connecticut's, and family aspect is great with a son living there and running a manufacturing business.

Rutherford Platt reports that he is a professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, specializing in urban land and water policy. He has written and edited many books and articles, most recently The Humane Metropolis: People and Nature in the 21st Century City.

Benjamin (Bernie) Zucker, with four co-authors, is writing a book about Elihu Yale, tracing the founder's career including his diamond-trading days in India. Benjamin says, "I got the original impetus from Hiram Bingham's 1938 biography Elihu Yale, The American Nabob of Queen Street. My novels Blue, Green, and soon White (diamonds, right?) deal with his life on a fictional level and I feel I am beginning to understand him." Having been successful in the international gems business, Benjamin is the right man for this job.

Nick van der Merwe in a few years will become quite popular with soccer-following classmates when the World Cup arrives in South Africa, where he lives in Cape Town. He notes his membership in the Owls Club there, which he claims may be the oldest men's dining club in the world (est. 1894). He thinks it would be illegal in the U.S., which I took to mean there are no plans to admit women.

From John Gerlach, he and spouse Joanne have been retired for five years and have pursued an active program of international and domestic travel, with the Yale Alumni Chorus figuring in most of the international travel. John reminds me that the Class of 1962 had the largest contingent (17) in the YAC tour of England, Russia, and Wales in 2001. This September, John and Joanne will complete a photography tour of all 50 state capitols with a trip covering Michigan, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Another keen traveler, and recent bridegroom, is Herrick Jackson, who married (Elaine) in 2005 and will be with her in Tuscany this August, then visiting one of their nine children (and a granddaughter) in Wyoming in the fall. Herrick has been living in New Haven for the past seven years, where he and Elaine both work at Fellowship Place, a nonprofit club serving about 450 members afflicted with mental illness and substance abuse.

Check out the Metro section of the June 2 New York Times (reprinted here with permission) for an article on financier and philanthropist Bob Rosenkranz's latest initiative, called IQ2 U.S., in which his foundation is sponsoring a series of what the Times calls high-powered debate and dinner salons in New York City. Hopefully, we'll have more on this in a future posting. In his spare time Bob runs Delphi Financial Group, a large insurance firm, and is involved in other philanthropic pursuits.

Lastly, an update from your new CorSec Mike Kane seems appropriate, for the many who probably wonder who I am and how did I get here (with more detail on request to: mkane40@gmail.com). Married 1978 and living with first wife Nancy (Morgan) in Newton, Massachusetts; in the seventh year of post-corporate (aka self-employed) life, having had a 25-year career as a lender with the First National Bank of Boston. After banking adventures in Hong Kong and Taiwan, returned to Boston in 1981 and eventually became managing director in a group specializing in financing the energy industry. When Fleet Bank acquired Bank of Boston in 1999, it was time to move on. Much obliged ever since to hard-working spouse, a professor and associate dean at the Harvard School of Public Health. We collaborate on occasional consulting assignments that she generates relating to hospital financial analysis, with health care in general becoming a strong new interest of mine. This still leaves time for golf, tennis, and my newest sport, platform tennis. Our two children are Margot (26), at UCal–Berkeley B-School, and Sara (23), a paralegal with the ACLU's Washington, D.C., office who hopes to become a judge (after law school).

CorSec's quiz: Which classmate brought the "Pantino" girl to New Haven and regretted it? E-mail your answers to mkane40@gmail.com. Answer in the next issue.