April Alumni Notes
APRIL ALUMNI NOTES
In the midst of all the uncertainties facing the nation and the world at large, a few classmates who either manage investments or help others get jobs, checked in with recent experiences and opinions on what comes next. Our group had fairly optimistic forecasts and happy family news to pass along.
Dick Zorn (New York), calling himself a "glutton for punishment," says it is now more than 35 years that he has been in the investment advisory business. As principal at Benchmark Capital Advisors, Dick says, "in difficult times like these, equities with little debt and dividends and the potential for dividends will be good investments. Of course we have all learned a lot from the past three years and the recovery will probably be slow." In his spare time, Dick has been practicing the piano, particularly the Bach Partitas. Daughter Katie is engaged to lawyer Douglas Hand and looking forward to a June wedding.
Down the street Mike Hess (New York) reports that he stayed with Rudolph Giuliani, after his term as mayor ended. Mike, who, was Corporation Counsel of New York City for four years, now is Senior Managing Director of Giuliani Partners and 'modestly' says, "We are solving problems of large corporations and major cities." Both certainly can use some help.
Moving West, George Snider (Hudson, OH) owns and operates a franchise system that "puts talented managers, professionals and executives into the executive search businesses." George says, "In this particular recession my company has faced the double whammy of increased unemployment and decreased personal savings that otherwise might finance independent business ownership. I am currently of the firm opinion that the quicker Bush invades Iraq, the sooner the economy will return to normal." Last year, he was named by "Recruiter" Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in recruiting, which George says, "inflated my ego, if not my pocketbook."
Also still doing well in the executive search business is Phil Moriarty (Hinsdale, IL), who looks for some improvement in business after a challenging 2002. Phil explains, "Our strategy to remain a generalist executive search firm in the face of extreme specialization pressures has, once again, paid dividends for us. Rightly or wrongly, I have always credited the Yale liberal arts experience with our ability to work in all industries and on senior searches in all functional areas." The Moriarty clan continues to grow and to hold family reunions each summer in Northeast Harbor, ME. Last year, there were six grandchildren. We'll check again from time to time on that count. "So balance then is the key theme for us: family, work, community and church; not to mention Yale," Phil believes. "Balance in life is ever more essential in a culture and a society so fragmented and fractured."
And to the South, Paul Kelly (Houston), who is Senior Vice President at Rowan Companies in the oil patch, reports that he was appointed by President Bush to serve on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. Later this year, after a series of nationwide hearings, the group plans to present what Paul calls, "recommendations to set the foundation for a coherent, comprehensive and long range national policy to explore, protect and use our ocean and coastal resources." It is such an important subject but getting through the politics will probably be the challenge. Paul and wife Grace now have their first grandchild with another on the way.
Helping people in still a different way is Rod Hunter, (Atlanta) who is professor of pastoral theology at Emory University. In addition to his teaching and writing, Rod is "heading up the implementation at Emory of a $10M grant from Lilly Endowment for an innovative program in practical theology and religious practices. He is also a Board member of the Georgia Association for Pastoral Care, which is trying to "restructure and insure a future for the field of pastoral counseling."
Our retiree focus this time is on Bill Doying (Alexandria, VA) who offers that "the lesson of my retirement thus far - about nine months - is that life is still about choices. I'd imagined that all the pleasures and interests deferred over the years could be fitted into the emptied work-hole: traveling, hiking, art courses, backlogged reading, more tennis, online studies, a restart on golf (abandoned in law school), some sort of volunteering and learning about computers and digital cameras." A major project that is taking shape in Bill's head is an attempt to put some contextual flesh on his family history: "my Grandmother Maisie Donahey, born in the Irish-American hive of 1880s Butte, Montana; Great-times-three Grandfather Josiah Begole, governor of Michigan about that time; Great-times-four Francis Doyen, who made two expeditions against Crown Point in the French and Indian War."
For those of you not yet aware of the early planning for a possible Mini-Reunion in Hong Kong in October, 2004 via e-mail or on our class web site, www.yale62.org, we are making progress. There is a short questionnaire on the web site designed to find out what elements traveler classmates would like included in the program. If you can't get to the Web or have any questions or suggestions, please contact either Al Chambers or Bill Stork (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please remember that if there are changes in your conventional or e-mail addresses, or if you get an e-mail address for the first time, to advise us as soon as possible so we can stay in contact. As always, items for these Alumni Notes are welcome and needed. Thanks.