MAY / JUNE 2004
Good News. Plans again are underway for two mini-Reunions in 2005. Mark your calendars for a scheduled, but still subject to change, April 8 - 10 weekend in Washington D.C. David Scharff enthusiastically agreed to head up the organizing effort. Hong Kong is penciled for October 13-16, with Bill Stork spearheading the effort from there. A four-day program was preferred in our web site survey last year, setting up the choice for a very quick trip or making the reunion part of a longer Asian vacation. Both minis will offer interesting planned events but also plenty of free time. We'll have further details, price guidelines, etc. in early summer.
Congratulations to Bill Shipley (Chestnut Hill, MA), who was appointed Andres Soriano Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Harvard Medical School and at the Massachusetts General Hospital at a March 2 celebration. Bill and Jensie were joined by 12 of their family including daughter Karen Shipley Taylor ('89) and husband Gary Taylor ('87) and grandson Charlie Shipley Taylor. Bill says "my work has been a great privilege and ride so I hope to continue participating in innovative, outstanding care to cancer patients and in the education internationally of physicians." Bill and Peter Scardino ('67) "are working now on the 3rd edition of our modestly titled textbook, 'The Comprehensive Textbook of Genitourinary Oncology.'" Maintaining his sense of humor, Bill suggests that "the book's weight would be its main use for classmates if they are looking for a mooring for their boat."
A contrasting viewpoint came from Ed Rowan (Exeter, NH) who was responding to last year's web site articles about doctors seeking new careers. "Is there life after medicine? Absolutely. I completed my last clinical assignment in New Zealand in 1996. After that, I took up a long-standing interest in museum studies, went back to school, and worked in that field long enough to learn that it has its own peculiar problems and prejudices. I am now settled comfortably into a third career as a medical writer and historian. My second book interpreting topics in sexuality for the general public will be published next year. I have also completed a biography of James E. West and his influence on the Boy Scouts of America. If anyone knows a publisher or reputable agent who might be interested in this topic, I'd welcome an introduction." On the home front, Ed adds that "in our spare time, my wife Judy and I are trying to figure out how to appropriately modernize a kitchen in a house built in 1723. An unsuccessful run for Library Trustee marked the beginning and ending of my political career, but I am a trustee of four different museums. That education came in handy after all. Life is indeed busy."
Psychotherapist David Hershey (Dallas) updated us on his unusual archaeology doctoral project about early civilizations in Argentina. "I'm back again from the area, where I did a climb and reconnaissance of the 21,000 foot plus Incahuasi mountain and am still working on funding alternatives and research partnerships with South American experts. My Thesis Committee members at SMU tell me these kinds of challenges are very usual, and that I should persevere. Welcome to the real world of archaeology, they say. We'll see what happens. Next up are buying some satellite photos of the area. Yes, it is cliffhanger of sorts, but I remain optimistic. I've got some good people pulling for me, and I think it's a sound, doable project."
Hank Rogers (Toronto) wrote for our April web site posting on the success of his gay marriage. He and his partner of 21-years, Dennis Helm, were married in Toronto last year. Hank wrote, "The typical prohibited grounds of discrimination are matters like age, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, and race. What is novel now is the addition of sexual orientation to this list. To me, this is so obviously correct and necessary that no argument is needed. Basing laws on whether a person is straight or gay is as logical as having different laws based on eye color." But he also recognized that the subject was highly controversial and already an election issue for 2004.
Two of our talented musical classmates have been especially busy. For John Stewart (St. Louis), it is a spring of conducting, mostly with his students at Washington University. First was "Of Mice and Men," which was staged by wife, Jolly. Then, a program of light music including a Whiff arrangement of a Muppet song by '62 pitchpipe Carl Kaestle (Providence, RI). Finally, a semi-staged performance of "Die Fledermaus" for a new opera company in St. Louis and a university production of "La Traviata" with different students splitting the lead roles. John says, "I sang Alfredo perhaps 125 times, including a number with Beverly Sills, so working on this opera is like coming home."
Murray Wheeler (Cambridge, MA) writes "it's kind of a juicy moment right now as I'm both in a play and am singing with the Chorus pro Musica and the Boston Philharmonic in performances of Mahler's Second Symphony, the Resurrection at Symphony Hall and then at Carnegie Hall. The play was my third with Boston Theater Works and is called 'Conspiracy of Memory.' We had poor reviews for the writing and the staging. Despite the reviews, houses remained solid and responsive. It was a very positive experience." Murray continues, "I am still doing my usual volunteer stuff, including maybe another capital campaign collaboration, this time for a local Equity theater company called the Lyric Stage."
We have two new sections on our web site (http://www.yale62.org). Bill Stott (now living in Santiago, Chile) launched what will be an occasional column in our April posting. We'll have more on his life in Chile in our next Alumni Notes. Also, we now have a classmate web site of the month. Vic Miller (Alameda, CA) was the first guinea pig. For those of you who have never sent in your e-mail addresses, please consider joining the more than 550 classmates who receive regular alerts about the web site. Fresh material for the Alumni Notes from everyone, as always, is welcome.