Class Notes October 2018

 

Class Secretary
RICK FOSTER
379 DEXTER ST.
DENVER, CO 80220
[email protected]   

Thanks to all for responding to my woefully late request for news only two weeks before the submittal deadline.  My additional plea for news other than about vacations and the topical question “did you like beer in college” brought the quickest replies. 

Vigil for Peace Band on Chapin Steps

Vigil for Peace Band: David Coplan, Clarinet, Listening, on R: G.W. Turner, ’70, Larry Wellington, ’70, far right Joe Duvivier ’70.

David Coplan was first out of the box with this:  “Hi Rick, no sweat. I never drank beer at Williams, just smoked dope like all the superior, hip types of the era. Besides, sex was better on weed than on beer, and yes I do remember. I am retired and not regretting it one bit, as I was not my job, don’t care for work that much anyway, and am now free to do whatever the hell I want unless my wife doesn’t like it. Meantime am being dragged back across the Atlantic to speak at Princeton and Michigan State this month; Have nothing left to say, so shall settle for shock and awe. Still working on my writing under the banner of less is more. These are the days, my friend.” 

 

And from Andy Gero:  “No news is good news, they say, and that’s pretty much what I have.  Planning my annual half marathon Oct. 20; it will be different in one big way – 700+ participants (so far) rather than the 50 or so in the one I did the last few years.  I am tentatively planning on attending the 50th, but it’s too early to say for sure.   I didn’t like beer while at Williams, or now, or any time in between.  I did know the legal age in MA, and in NY, unlike (apparently) our Supreme Court nominee.  Good health and happiness”.  

Bill Lawson – Cheerleader, 1970. GUL Yearbook, p. 179

Bill Lawson also remembers what the liquor laws were 48 years ago and wrote:  “I do recall some Williams students and their guests enjoying a few beers from time to time at the school at the parties that were held in the ex ‘frat’ houses, the mixers and the pre and post football game events. I believe the legal drinking age during our time at Williams was 20 and raised to 21 in 1984 to be in line with the federal law. Of course all of those that consumed the beers during our time as students on campus were over 20 years of age.”

Bill Courter and spouse

Bill Courter ’70 & spouse

Bill Courter wrote:  “Since you do NOT want travel information, I will skip our two Europe trips this summer – one for 27 days and one for 15 days. And I will not mention the fun of watching a Croatia world cup game from Dubrovnik bar!  As for our 50th reunion, I am expecting to attend with my wife. She (and my two daughters) have seen Williams only once. All three had the same initial response: ‘How could you say no to Stanford and attend a college so isolated?’  But I am certain my wife will love Williams when she is there for our reunion.  Retirement? My only regret? I should have retired 5 years earlier! I am one of those people who absolutely love retirement!” (I just came back from a Tuesday lunch with just my wife and myself – and glass of wine!).  As for Williams and beer? Wow! I am SO glad we did not have Facebook or Instagram or any social media … my God, I would have a lot to explain!  Still, there were some GREAT Saturday night house parties!  Many good memories.”

Rod McLeod, Espresso Break while biking in the Upper Galillee, Israel 2018

Rod McLeod, Espresso Break, Upper Galillee, Israel 2018

Rod McLeod and Naomi haven’t been traveling much in 2018 while Naomi recovers from her second hip replacement, although they did get a week of spring skiing in Austria.  Rod said his knees limited him to no more than three hours per day of skiing on that trip, but it “brought back memories of Brodie Mountain during freshman year and Morgan Middle West classmates learning how to ski together from John Black and Nick Ward.” Rod also said that Israel had been captivated by the Kavanaugh Hearings and mused about how fortunate we all were to survive the political tumult of the 70s.

 

Richard Wendorf wrote to say, “I’ve been working on the Class of 1970 pre-reunion trip to Oxford (and Bath) next June.  Should be great fun.  I became a grandfather this past summer (against all odds) and will be a Visiting Fellow at Exeter College, Oxford for the winter term this coming January and February.”  

 

Rob Durkee, GUL '70

Rob Durkee, GUL ’70

Rob Durkee reported this “bad-to-good” news:  “Old Rob survived a Lyme disease affliction in 2017 – 2018 interrupting soccer coaching responsibilities at a local day school here in Pawling, NY.  Joyful plans for December nuptials  — and honeymoon —  have inspired a return to “the beautiful game” this fall. Medical professionals have observed that Coach Rob, again, “prowls about the futbol pitch with the grace and guile of a teenage panther, albeit with significantly muted velocity.”

           

Ken McCurdy wrote in early October about having just heard a talk at University of Rochester Medical Center by

Phil Greenland who received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Per Ken, “Phil is now at Northwestern, but was in Rochester for Med School, Residency, and as a Faculty member. His talk was wonderful and described his career and research in cardiology and how he contributed to the development of preventive cardiology which is benefiting all of us in 1970! This was a big day for him as his fifteenth grandchild was born this morning in Chicago where all of his kids and grandchildren live.”

Jim Slade, GUL Yearbook 1970

Jim Slade, GUL ’70

 Jim Slade wrote of how he celebrated reaching age 70: “I decided to backpack the 176-mile Tahoe Rim Trail, which circumnavigates the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe.  The 13-day hike was spectacular, and well worth it. I was grateful to feel up to it physically, and thankful to complete it.  My wife Barbara continues her great work as president of her non-profit (betweenhorsesandhumans.com), which helps children with emotional and behavioral problems. She was selected as a “Remarkable Woman” of our county this year. Needless to say, I’m very proud of her and her work.  We have traveled to Vietnam and Colombia in recent years, and are looking forward to a trip to Namibia next spring.  We also plan to be at our 50th. See you there!” 

Don Berens, among others is working hard on our 50th Reunion and tells me that, as of the end of September, we’ve had 95 classmates plus five exchange women tell us that they plan to attend the fiftieth reunion (June 10-14, 2020), making a total of 100 such affirmative responses with over 20 months to go.  Monthly updates are posted on the class website.

            A number of classmates attended the September Presidential Forum for the Class of 1970 and .and the fall mini-reunion for the classes of 1968 to 1972 in Williamstown.  Among them were

Williams classmates and wives at Saturday night Class of 1970 dinner, dinner, Mezze Restaurant, Williamstown, Massachusetts, during Williams mini-reunion, September 29, 2018

Halley, Helen Moriyama; (L, counter-clockwise) Lea Perez, Paul Miller, Joe McCurdy, Gates Hawn, Ted May,Nora, Lou Buck; Kathy McCurdy, Eugenia, Bill Hamilton; Peggy, Chris Williamson.

Halley & Helen Moriyama, Bill & Eugenia Hamilton, Bob Bearman, John Cornwall, Professor Ray Kimball, Ken McCurdyPaul Miller & Lea PerezBill Wadt, Chris & Peggy Williamson, Jeff Geller, Bob & Jennifer Katt, Ted MayWhit & Downey Knapp, Joe & Kathy McCurdy, Don Berens, Gates Hawn, Tom Crowley, Chip Baker & Sally Stoops, John & Usha Burns, Bob Ware, Brook & Mary Ann Brennan Newcomb, and Peter Thorp. 

L, Counter-clockwise: Ken McCurdy, Bob Ware, Bill Wadt, Don Berens, Peter Thorp, Chip Baker, Jennifer, Bob Katt; Sally Stoops, Ray Kimball

  I don’t have sufficient space to cover all the information sent about the weekend, so I’ll just provide some snippets.  Some of those attending sent reports about what the others had been up to and about the event itself.  Paul Miller said that this was Peter Thorp’s first time in Williamstown in 18 years.  Lou Buck explained why by noting that Peter recently had returned to the states following a long hiatus in Rwanda where, a decade ago, he had established the Gashora Girls Academy of Science & Technology.   Lou Buck’s description of some of the events included this:  “Two timely and highly beneficial faculty/student panel discussions were conducted on the topics of free speech on campus and the future of liberal arts. On the latter topic, classmate Tom Crowley delivered an exceptionally well researched and thought provoking presentation on the disruption caused by the rapid acceleration of technological innovation and the inability of higher education to adapt as quickly in order to keep pace.” 

 

            After noting that Jeff Geller has done some interesting things in psychiatry in Massachusetts Don Berens reported learning at the forum and mini-reunion that:   “(1) 18% of current Williams students are the first in their families to attend college; (2) over half of current Williams students who have declared a major have a major in at least one of the sciences (defined to including math and psychology); (3) there are 75 computer science majors; and (4) new President Maud Mandel has commissioned a strategic planning review of all college programs.”  On a more personal note, Don also reported that, in September, he visited five US National Parks from Isle Royale in Michigan to Glacier in Montana, bringing his total to 44 out of 59.  His daughter, Kate delivered a boy, Daniel John Bucki, on September 23, bringing his total grandchildren to three. 

            Chip Baker, Halley Moriyama, and Lou Buck each commented about how impressed they were with Williams 18th President, Maud Mandel.   Halley Moriyama, described the overall event as follows:   “The talks focused on college finances, the composition of the student body and faculty, the winter study program, tutorials, career counseling and summer jobs, free speech, and curricular innovation.  Many of these topics dovetailed with the gift purposes associated with our 50th Reunion Gift.  These were candid discussions and the college’s transparency was greatly appreciated.  Many of our sessions involved current students, including students sitting with us at the lunches.  “Wow” would not adequately described them.  They were articulate, poised, and friendly.  These were two-way conversations, as the students were just as interested in us as we were in them.”  Halley also reminds us that our next 50th reunion-related event will be the Williams in Oxford trip, which will take place June 17-24, 2019. 

In a lame and shameless effort to have the highest number of bolded names of any single submission of Class Notes, I’ll end with these comments from Lou Buck about the multi-class aspect of the Mini Reunion Weekend:  “In addition to connecting with classmates from the great Class of ’70, it was a treat to see friends from the Class of ’71including Steve & Sue Brown, Hugh Hawkins, John & Mary Untereker, Jack Sands, and former baseball teammates Tim Murnane & Diana Michaels, Steve Latham, Bob Schwed and Nick & Ann Tortorello.  It was also great this year to have members of the Class of ’72 in attendance. After almost 48 years, I enjoyed seeing again and spending some time with, Wendy Hopkins, John LaPann, Cas Groblewski and Terry Smith. Terry attended his 45th reunion and has visited the campus periodically since graduating. However, this year’s Mini Reunion Weekend was his first. Terry summarized his experience with the following observation he had offered in an email exchange:  

 

My 45th reunion was my first, but I enjoyed myself so much that I have vowed to return for reunion activities every chance I get!  I had been back to Williamstown many times over the years, but never for an official gathering – just rolled into town, wandered around, and took in the beautiful scenery. The 45th reunion weekend put me back in touch with several classmates I really had fun with while in school. The annual mini-reunions leading up to the 50th put you back in touch with good friends from earlier/later classes…” 

 

Capping off a beautiful autumn weekend in the Berkshire’s, many of us watched the stunning, long time coming football victory over Trinity and that evening enjoyed a delightful Class of ‘70 dinner at Mezze!”

Who’s Attending 50th Reunion?

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Who’s Attending the 50th Reunion?

Alphabetical ListUpdated Oct. 4, 2018 – 102 Attending!

Alpha List with Pictures!Updated Nov. 1, 2018.

Listing by House Affiliation – Ditto. Will be updated after 10/15.

As of Oct. 4, 2018, one-hundred (102) Class of 1970 members below have indicated they will be attending the Fiftieth Reunion in June 2020.
Reunion Details.  See Alphabetical List, the most recently updated.

Add yourself to the list and invite your friends!

If  you plan to attend, please contact Don Berens, Outreach Chair, at [email protected].  For more information on the June 10-14, 2020, Reunion, see Reunion Details.

Please send digital photos to Ray Kimball at [email protected] for this page and your Classmate Profile page.
Alpha
Alphabetical List
(List with Photos is just below the Alpha List)

(List by House)

Who’s Attending Reunion? Alphabetical list
A – Kevin Austin
B – Chip Baker, John Bare, Tom Barr, Pat Basset, Bob Bearman, Gary Bensen, Don Berens, John Black, Dave Blackford, Matt Bowman, Chris Bryan, Lou Buck, John Burns
C – Bob Campbell, Dick Cooch, John Cornwall, Kelly Corr, Tom Crowley, Doug Curtiss

D – Kim Dawson
E – Fred Eames, Walter Earle, Charlie Ebinger
F – Vais Favrot, Rick Foster, Deitz Fry
G – Phil Geier, Dick Ginman, Reed Gramse, Randy Greason, Phil Greenland
H – Bill Hamilton, Gates Hawn, Rob Hershey, Jim Hewitt, Bob Hixon, Rick Hole
I –
J –  Dan James, Tom Jamison
K –   Bob Katt, Kim Kelton, Ray Kimball, Jim Kirkland, Whit Knapp, Charlie Knox,   Jeff Krull, Kurli Kurlinski
L – Bob LeeHarvey Levin

M –  Russ MacDonnell, Jack Maitland, John Margraf, Ted May, Ken McCurdy, McCurdy, Joe, Rod McLeod, Mark Messing, Paul Miller, Bob Miller, Halley Moriyama, Jack Murray
N – Jay Nelson, Dave Norris
O –  Bob O’Connell, Lee Owen
P –  Bob Pasco, Bran Potter
Q
R –  Andy Rahl, Sully Read, Bill Romaine, Jim Rubenstein

S –  George Sawaya, Charlie Sawyer, Peter Schulman, Joe Sensenbrenner, Joel Sklar, Jim Slade, Craig Smith, Dick SpiegelmanSluggo Stearns, Gerry Stoltz, Rob Stone, Kevin Sulllivan
T –  Roger Taft, Peter Thorp, Rod Titcomb, Al Twaits
U
V –  Dick Vosburg
W – Bill WadtBob Ware, Larry Wellington, Giffy Whitbeck, Chris Williamson, Jennifer Wolcott
Y
Exchange Women – Alexandra Breed, Kit Armstrong , Carolyn Hendrie , Alexandra Kimberly-Bryant (Plip), Suzanne Reed

House
Attending Classmates Sorted by House: See these House links:

Bascom  Berkshire  Brooks  Bryant  Carter  Fort Daniels  Garfield Gladden  Hopkins  Perry  Prospect Spencer  Tyler  Wood Exchange Students

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Classmates Committing (so far) for the 50th Reunion,
with House Affiliation (8/7/18)

( If we’ve missed you and you plan to attend, please email Don Berens)
Links are to Classmate Profile Pages and House pages
Row “A”

Classmate 2

Classmate 5

Classmate 6

B

 

Classmate 6

Classmate 5
Classmate 6

Classmate 1

Classmate 4
Classmate 5

Classmate 6

Row “C”

Dick Cooch

Spencer

 

Classmate 5

Classmate 6

 

Bryant – FL

 

 

Reed Gramse

Garfield – ME

 

Spencer – IL

Classmate 2

Classmate 3

Classmate 4
Classmate 5

Classmate 6

 

 

 

Bob Hixon

Berkshire – TX

 

 

 

Classmate 4

Classmate 5

Classmate 6

Classmate 2

Classmate 4

Classmate 1 

Classmate 4  

Gladden – MO

Classmate 3

Classmate 4
Classmate 5

Classmate 6

John Margraf

Bryant– PA

 

 

 

 

Bob Miller

Prospect – CA

 

 

 

 

Classmate 6

Classmate 2

Classmate 3

Classmate 5

Classmate 1

Classmate 3

Classmate 5

 

Classmate 5

Classmate 6

Jim Slade

Bryant – NV

Gladden – NY

 

 

Classmate 1

Classmate 3

Classmate 6

Classmate 5

Classmate 6

Classmate 2

Classmate 3

Classmate 4
Classmate 5

 

 

 

 

Classmate 3

Classmate 5

Classmate 6






Mystic-Mini Reunion May-3-4, 2017

Brochure    Mystic Registration Form – Registration Deadline – April 6, 2018

Dear Classmate,

Sunset Sail

Sunset Sail

On behalf of the 50th Reunion Planning Committee, I would like to extend a cordial invitation to join us for a spring Mini Reunion in Mystic Seaport May 3-4. This unique event is planned jointly by the great Class of ’70 and the Class of ’69.

The attached flyer provides a detailed schedule of events.  Thursday’s highlights include a faculty led walking tour of the seaport, cocktail reception and dinner followed by a faculty lecture.

On Friday, you can explore the Seaport at your leisure and then have a wonderful opportunity to engage over lunch with students enrolled in the Williams-Mystic Program. Established by Professor Benjamin Labaree, the Williams-Mystic Program is now celebrating its 41st year and is the only undergraduate program that offers interdisciplinary semester-long courses in maritime history, literature, policy, and science. 

 

The Mini Reunion at Mystic Seaport promises to be a most interesting, educational and enjoyable two day experience. Since attendance is limited to 50 participants, if you do consider joining us, please register by completing and returning the attached registration form by April 6, 2018, or by calling Darlene Alderman @ 413-597-4284 as soon as possible.

The fee for the two-day program is $125/person which covers the cost of food/drink, museum admission and activities. Registration deadline is April 6, 2018. Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the Hyatt Place and Residence Inn. Contact information is listed on the registration form.

 

If you live within striking distance of Mystic, please think about a get away where you can enjoy both reconnecting with classmates and learning more about New England’s storied and illustrious seafaring past!
 
Best wishes,
 

Santa Rosa Fire Destroys Tim Dorman’s House Oct. 8, ’17

Video Capture - Tim Dorman House after Santa Rosa Fire - Dormans Rising & Rebuilding

Video Capture – Tim Dorman House after Santa Rosa Fire. See
Dormans Rising & Rebuilding-G0FundMe Project

Tim and Lauri Dorman‘s house in Glen Ellen, Sonoma County, California, and all their possessions were burned to ashes in the incredible Santa Rosa wildfires of October 8, 2017.  Luckily, Tim and Lauri escaped the fire only when a neighbor banged on their door in the middle of the night as the fires raced toward their neighborhood – a story repeated over and over again in the most disastrous fires to hit California this year. See Washington Post, A serious, critical, catastrophic event’: At least 21 dead as California wildfires spread.

Tim’s daughter, Rori Dorman Tira, reported on the GoFundMe account she built soon after the fire, Dorman Rising and Rebuilding:

“The Sonoma wildfires erupted on the night of October 8. Our parents Tim and Lauri Dorman woke to a neighbor banging on the door, shaking the walls of the house, yelling of fire. They left immediately with their dog and the clothes on their backs. The fire jumped Highway 12, coming off the mountain and barreled down the street like a freight train — unimaginable heat, force and speed. The neighborhood and their property was leveled within hours. ”

October 10, 2017, Kim Dawson reported to the Class:

“I spoke to Tim this morning and it was a harrowing experience.  A neighbor woke Tim and Laurie banging on the door to warn them of the approaching wildfire. They got away with their dog, Ginger and not much else as fire engulfed their beautiful home. They will be staying with their daughter for a bit and then plan to take up residence at Steve and Lori Taylor’s 2nd home in the nearby Alexander Valley. I’m sure Tim will post something soon, but the good news is they are fine and somehow Tim has maintained his remarkable sense of humor.”

Tim and Lauri Dorman and Family - Glen Ellen, California

Tim and Lauri Dorman and Family – Glen Ellen, CA

We are deeply thankful for Tim and Laurie’s safety.  In just one month after the fire, friends, relatives and many classmates donated close to $60,000 to the “Dormans Rising and Rebuilding GoFundMe Project.”  There you can see the full video of the Dorman’s leveled house on October 12, 2017, four days after the fire swept their neighborhood.

If you would like to contribute to help the Dormans rebuild, it’s as easy as clicking on this link, Dormans Rising and Rebuilding GoFundMe Project.  We invite you to read the full description – how precious minutes saved lives but destroyed a lifetime of investment.  Luckily, this also is a story about keeping your “sense of humor” and moving on with the stunning power of Social Media and classmate friends like Steve Taylor, ’70!

If you can, please contribute.  Tim was our first Class Agent, a continuing contributor to Class leadership, and an honored member of the Class of ’70 network, as are you all, and he deserves your support.  RJ Kimball.