NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2006
Congratulations to Jim Cross (New Haven), who is now into his 41st year teaching Chemistry at Yale. Jim says, "I must say that the whole experience has been very enjoyable. I like the mix of teaching and research. Yale students are very good and very challenging, so they are fun to teach. They keep me thinking "young." The pool of potential applicants has grown considerably since our time for openers, it now includes women and so it is more difficult to get in. I often wonder if I could get admitted now with the same record that I had 48 years ago. I also wonder if I still have the stamina to do all the work that they do (and that I assign to them). They say that the end of life mirrors the beginning. Now, a few years away from retirement, I find myself thinking more like a young assistant professor that will be leaving soon, rather than someone with tenure, here for the long haul." Jim added that he was a kindred spirit with your Corresponding Secretary in that he writes the Chemistry Department's annual newsletter for the graduate alumni and is in charge of the department's web site.
Continuing on the academic scene, Roman Weil (Chicago) admits he is thinking about retirement from the University of Chicago Business School in a few years but says it won't make much difference. "I can see that becoming emeritus will not mean much change in life: same office, same classes, same colleagues, but no committee work, but piece rate pay, not salary. Teach a course; receive a payment. For an employed faculty member the deal is: receive a salary, owe the school some courses to teach. Also, in return for the salary, one gets the privilege of engaging in academic politics. Some would say that retiring, losing that privilege, is a loss; others, a gain. I'm not sure what I'll think."
Someone else who still is working but starting to think of retirement is Bernard Silbernagel (Annandale, NJ). He e-mailed, "We are all in a momentous time of our lives and I'm in the final stages of a 30+ year career with ExxonMobil in Research and Research Management. These have been exciting times and we've had the satisfaction of seeing some very fundamental concepts translated to commercial reality! My two daughters, Kate ('89) and Anne (Boston College '92) have made Sue and me grandparents three times over in the last two years, which brought great joy to our hearts. Since they live in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle and Salem, OR) we've become (very!) frequent fliers from our New Jersey home."
Top swimmer from our time at Yale, Bill McMaster (Costa Mesa, CA) is a full time West Coaster. "I am still very involved in my field of Orthopaedic Surgery where my area of special interest is in joint replacement surgery. As a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of California, Irvine and Chief of Orthopaedics at the Long Beach VA hospital, I teach residents and students this profession. I have been in private practice for the past 33 years in Orange, Ca., and am senior partner of our group, which now numbers seven. The practice is oriented toward pediatric orthopaedics. So I have a very fulfilling mixture of practice and teaching. Lynn and I are married for life; we set out on August 18,1962. We have two grown children but no grandchildren yet. I have never lost my enthusiasm for swimming and am lucky to live in Orange County where the pool is open year round. From 1978 to 2000, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve my sport as team physician on Olympic and National Teams for United States Swimming with a number of other Yale swimming alums. Lynn and I are looking forward to the 45th." By the way, I checked Bill's spelling of 'orthopedic,' and his is the preferred way!
Ford and Christine Maurer (Shawnee Mission, KS) are anticipating becoming grandparents at the end of the year "We'll finally join the club." Christine's note also said, "Ford owns 80 acres of farm land south of Kansas City, he would rather be sitting on his tractor than about anything." And Ford added, "Our farm is really just Native Prairie Grass which we just finished mowing. My neighbors help with the raking and baling, because I only own an old fashioned sickle type mower, but it cuts anything, and is very reliable! The Maurers are part-time Michigan people since they have a cottage that they visit about half a dozen times a year near Lake Michigan.
And our closer is a repeat from a web site item but just too amusing to not pass along to everyone. Phil Proctor (Beverly Hills, CA), as you all know, is a real communicator, but he outdid himself this time. "Well... if you check out http://www.the-numbers.com/people/records/ you'll see that I am among a few selected voice-over artists whose luck over the years has resulted in being connected with enough blockbusters to ensure a comfortable retirement, even though the figures quoted are absurdly out-of-proportion to my real, rather more modest, financial profile. Ranked number 9 at the site in the Top 100 Stars at the Box Office, (between Bruce Willis and John Ratzenberger), I supposedly have been in 24 films that grossed a mind-boggling $2,599,251, 875! And I'm Number 4, between Tom Hanks and Fellow V.O.-artist Jack Angel, in the "100-Million +" category. If you saw what I've actually grossed over the many years I've labored in various aspects of our industry, you'd hardly be impressed, because I've never been treated to a star's salary but I'm pleased that talented rank-and-file performers like myself can contribute in our modest way to these gargantuan successes at the end of the day. And it's not over yet!!!