ALUMNI NOTES NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2003
Our AYA representative David Honneus (Brewster, NY) has a new job." I have moved from national sales at Chase Merchant Services to a much better position at Fleet Business Payment Solutions. Life is good! Challenges and creative problem solving. And, nice to know that a person of our age is still in demand. Regarding age, I have no idea how a 63-year old should feel. All I know is that I do not feel the way my father looked when he was my age." David recently launched a new column on our web site (http://www.yale62.org), called "Honneus on Yale."
Another classmate excited about what is still a new job is Chris Cory (New York City), who started directing public relations at Pace University less than a year ago. A major activity in recent months was intensive involvement in the arrangements and promotion for the key 2004 Democratic candidates' debate, which was held at Pace in late September. Chris said, "It was more fun than I've had in years, though the backstage stuff palls besides the real politics."
Charlie Michener (New York) left his position as cultural editor for The New Yorker "to concentrate more on my own writing and to develop a new company called Pollyrhythm, which is developing musical education material-films, books, performance pieces, videos, etc - for children and families. The essential idea is to address musical illiteracy in our educational system in ways that make the language of music accessible, entertaining and challenging to young people." Charlie adds that he'll continue to do cultural profiles for the magazine and also has a couple of book projects in mind.
Another classmate in the midst of professional change and exploration is Gary Richardson (Boise, ID), who resigned his post as executive director of the Snake River Alliance "after three pretty intense years of advocacy work." Gary plans to delve even more deeply into his study of Buddhism and also is working on assorted desktop publishing projects and contemplating returning to documentary film making. He says, "I would like to produce some programs to demonstrate ways that we could devote a fraction of our abundance to relieving suffering around the world. I think we need to broaden people's vision of what is possible. What would happen if we devoted just 10 percent of what we now spend on military "defense" to properly conceived and managed humanitarian aid missions?"
A completely different perspective on the military comes from Charlie Mills (Locust Valley, NY). He authored an article "Teaching the Law of Veterans Benefits" for "Tommy," the publication of the Veterans' Law Section of the Federal Bar Association. Charlie says he became interested in the subject while he was studying law. "The position I take in my latest article is that the torch of teaching veterans' law should pass from the veterans' service organizations to the law schools. I also have served for several years as the Judge Advocate (i. e., general counsel) for the New York American Legion (which covers all of New York State, part of Canada, and the mysterious and very large China Post in Exile of the American Legion."
Charles Merlis (West Hartford, CT) recently completed his affiliation with our class, though he will still be eligible to participate in Yale 1972 activities, the class with whom he graduated. Charles writes that he is battling back from an operation for melanoma in April. He has "bought a new (old 1928) house" and is back to his running. "I am currently one of the slowest of the serious runners in my age group but hope to move from the back of the pack to the middle. Eventually, I want to become one of the worst of the good runners, the highest that my genetic capacity will allow unless I survive long enough for all of my competition to die."
"Grandparenting" was a recent subject on our web site featuring an article by seven-time grandfather Phil Moriarity (Hindsdale, IL). Among classmates reporting recent grandchild arrivals were Skip Dechert (Gladwyne, PA) with grandson Luke; Jack Templeton (Mawr, PA) with grandson John and your Corresponding Secretary (Ann Arbor, MI), with grandson Jeremy. The three boys are certainly only a few of the recent grand arrivals.
Tad (Al) Ogden, (New York) hosted a T.D. roommate reunion at his recently renovated 100-acre farm in Stonington, CT. Guests included Paul and Anne Bschorr (Rye, NY), Bill Noble (Avon, CT), Ken and Charlotte Cascone (Newburgh, NY). Jim and Ellen Slavin (Elkins Park, PA) were late cancellations because of elective surgery, and Chuck and Michelle Stringham (Salem, OR), could not make the trip. Cascone wrote, "A Hollywood set designer could not have done a better job at devising the perfect New England farm. In a relaxed environment we renewed our friendship and shared new stories - some humorous - and other adventures." Highlights included a specially arranged tour of Mystic Seaport (where Tad is a Trustee) and a dinner party where Political Science Professor Bradford Westerfield (Yale '47) and his wife Caroline were the honored guests. Westerfield's cousin, Chap Barnes, and wife Barbara (Westerly, RI), joined for the evening.
Our class lost its most senior member when Errol Hill died September 15 at age 82. Errol had a distinguished 35-year career in theater and drama teaching at Dartmouth. He joined our class in 1958 as a special Rockefeller Foundation student 20 years after completing his Theater degree in London. In four years at Yale, he earned a BA (Summa Cum Laude), MFA in Playwriting and DFA in Theater History. Errol e-mailed just a few months before his death regretting that his biographical material had been omitted from our 40th Reunion Book. With wry spirit he said, "Well, perhaps it will all be cleared up in the Classbook for our 50th Reunion." His wife of 47 years, Grace, four children and three grandchildren survive him. Bob Oliver's obituary on Errol's remarkable life can be found on our web site.