SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2006
Lee Bolman (Kansas City, MO) thinks that your Corresponding Secretary may be "the only living person" who remembers him as the sportswriter for the OCD. Lee is still writing but now it is management books a new one every two years or so with co-author Terry Deal. The duo have sold about half a million books in ten languages. Lee says, "There are certain circles in which Deal and Bolman are a brand of sorts. My wife and six kids are my other focus. The four oldest include a cartoonist, an actor, a lighting designer and an office manager. Number 5 just graduated from Boston College and number 6 enters high school this year." Both Lee and wife Joan teach in the business school at the University of Missouri - Kansas City.
Another Yale News veteran, Bill Boyer (Cleveland) wrote that he and Martha celebrated their 26th anniversary, still very much enjoying their five kids joined together in one family. "We own a pre-school business together, which is thriving. Using my real estate/architecture and her teaching. We have two school locations now with 300 children, and we are working on two more locations. Martha runs the operations, and I stay right-the-hell out of it, keeping my comments to myself, and biting my tongue a lot. In turn, I choose the locations and build her the facilities she needs."
Still in Ohio, Marvin Romanoff (Baltimore but a Buckeye) stepped aside as an officer of the Association of Municipal/County Judges of Ohio after 18 years of service. Now he is the president of the Baltimore Lions Club, but says he also spends time enjoying Tai Chi and trying to keep up with six (step) grandchildren, age 2-18. Marvin's son, Andrew ('89), is in his second year as Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives and is attending law school when the legislature is not in session. Proud Papa confided, "He was urged by many to run for Governor but declined."
From the lawyer fraternity, we heard from Tom Triplett (Bend, OR), who is in his 42nd year doing labor and anti-trust law with Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt. He opened the firm's Bend office a few years ago and "takes advantage of nearby skiing, golf, fly fishing and bird hunting while farming 50 acres in my spare time." Tom expects to be a great-grandfather in the not too distant future. His eldest daughter, whom he adopted when he married wife Joan, has a daughter who plans to be married later this year. Is there anyone who can compete with Tom on this?
Erik Ruppe (San Francisco) is a late blooming lawyer. His summary: "No awards, no honors, no wealth, no wife (been there, done that), no kid, no prospects. I've been an army staff airborne intelligence officer, ski instructor, graduate student, architect and lawyer. I got a Masters in Architecture followed by 30 years practice in construction, management and development. My hand was cut off in a saw accident and sewn back on in 1991, and while recovering I decided I needed a distraction. I went to law school and passed the California bar at age 55. I have been able to use the architectural and construction experience in handling a number of construction related disputes." Erik continued, "My main pursuit - project - obsession is restoring the old Ettawa Springs Resort about 100 miles north of San Francisco, purchased four years ago. Endless and exhausting work, difficult neighbors, timid officialdom and little time to relax. But, I do have my own trout stream and a classic Chris Craft for Clear Lake for the really hot days."
From our Hartford contingent, we have Charley Brainard reporting that eldest grandchild, Kate Philip, was admitted to the class 2010, "a sixth generational Yalie on the Brainard line." He added, "There is a God." Mother, Jennifer ('83), was the first female President of the Yale Club of Hartford.
And another Hartford Charles, Neville this time, e-mailed that he is on the Social Committee of the Yale Club. "Any organization which puts a mathematician on its social committee must be desperate." He is also helping the club with its web site. "Unfortunately, I stick out like a sore thumb among the lawyers and investment bankers in the club. My life has been very different, economically, socially and professionally. I do have to give them this though; they are a singularly intellectual group. It's very impressive."
Several classmates wrote to thank Bob Oliver for his dedicated work on our obituaries and to take note of the lengthening list. Floyd Russell (Scottsdale, AZ) observed, "It is astonishing how fast we have all aged. Was there something about the Class of 1962 that made time pass so swiftly? Here we are answering questions about Social Security and health care and reading obituaries already. It is enough to make one join one of the religions that believes we are to be recycled through life so that we do more next time."
On a far pleasanter note, 45th Reunion Chair David Honneus attended a session in New Haven for next year's Reunion leaders. You'll be getting a letter soon with the details and can also follow the planning on our web site Yale62.org.