Straithairn Shines in Amazon’s “Expanse.”

If you have Amazon Prime, you’re in for a treat!

David Straithairn energizes and delights in Abaddon’s Gate, the recently released Season 3 of Amazon Prime’s Sci-Fi series The Expanse.

Straithairn plays Klaes Ashford, a mathematician, spaceship commander, former pirate, and second-in-command of the converted Mormon Eternity Ship Nauvoo,, now the Belter warship Behemoth. Straithairn first appears in Delta-V, Episode 7, Season 3 of The Expanse .

If you’re perplexed by the above paragraph, welcome to some of the best sci-fi writing of the new millennium! The Expanse is based on the eight-volume sci-fi book series The Expanse by “James Corey,” a pen name for two authors who also wrote the television series. The Expanse (Amazon link) is worth the read, especially books 1 and 2.

Season 3 of the television series wraps up Book 2. It then introduces Straithairn’s character Klaes Ashford as Book 3, Abbadon’s Gate, begins. In the book series, Klaes Ashford is introduced immediately in Abaddon’s Gate, Chapter Two: Bull)

Straithairn plays perhaps the most humorous and delightful character we’ve seen him in recently, though others would know better. It’s certainly a wild departure from his great roles as the straight-laced CIA Deputy Director Noah Vosen in the 2007 The Bourne Ultimatum, and 2012’s The Bourne Legacy; the solid but deliberately understated Secretary of State William Henry Seward in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012); and his Academy Award nomination as Edward R. Morrow in Good Night and Good Luck.

Strathairn plays Klaes Ashford with spiked hair, a spry, wicked smile, the intelligence of a survivor, and a surprising tenderness that dwarfs the other actors in his scenes. He adapts a unique, indescribable Belter accent that sounds somewhere between South London and Scotland, and everywhere in between. When Straithairn appears, you start asking “Who is this guy? He’s strange! I want to know more!”

Basically, Straithairn saves a struggling series based on the weakest of the first three books of The Expanse series. Abaddon’s Gate, both the book and the Third Season, is not quite as searing as the two books and seasons before it. Straithairn’s Klaes Ashford changes all that. Straithairn comes into a wobbly plot and makes it worth watching.

When you place an Academy Award nominee into a series dominated by young actors still learning their craft, the contrasts are delightful and also obvious. Straithairn plays with an energy and a crafty uncertainty that keeps you a little off-balance, and wanting to know more.

You can’t wait for Klaes Ashford to appear in another scene.

Only two other actors in the series, (Shohreh Aghdashloo as UNN Earther Chrisjen Avasarala, and Elizabeth Mitchell as Minister Anna Volvodov) give performances that are as fresh, interesting, and believable. Straithairn definitely is the the best of the top three actors in the series: IMHO, of course. Reasonable minds can differ, but there’s no denying Dave Strathairn’s freshness and interest in an otherwise struggling third season.

I’d like to include Thomas Jane as detective Joe Miller among the show’s believable stars. But in Season 3 his character is played with just too many detective “cliches” to be believable. That may be because Miller appears in Season 3 as a “not-quite-dead” “protomolecule” who returns as a “ghost” to teach James Holden, the reputed “star” of the series, how to defeat “The Ring.” (You got all that, right?) The “stilted-ness” may be built into the “half-character” Miller, that Jane returns to play.

Obviously, we were thrilled to see Dave Straithairn in The Expanse. Dave is just captivating in this role. You can’t help but see his strength and depth as an actor, and delight in his Falstafian performance.

Did I like The Espanse? Yes. Should you watch the series and read the books? Yes. Should you seek out Dave Straithairn’s performances in Season 3? Yes!

My recommendation – but a mild recommendation only: Don’t just start with David’s appearance in Season 3. Seasons 1 and 2 are worth their weight because of the interesting plots. You may better appreciate Straithairn’s energizing Season 3 after you’ve seen the great stories and OK, not-quite monotonous acting in Seasons 1 and 2.

Cummins, Mark

Mark Sill Cummins

Dr. Mark Cummins

Dr. Mark Cummins

Dr. Mark Sill Cummins passed away on October 31, 2018 in the arms of his loving wife at their home in St. Bruno, QC. He will be fondly remembered by his wife, Susan Hunt Cummins (Susie) and children, Colin Hunt Cummins and Emily Cummins-Woods (Alice Robinette-Woods) and his grandchildren Benjamin and Daniel Woods, his brothers Bruce Cummins (Chicago) and Paul Cummins and wife Melanie (Virginia), his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Johnny and Joann Hunt (Pennsylvania) as well as all the friends, extended family, colleagues, students and clients who were touched by the life and lessons of an inspiring man.

Mark was born 70 years ago in Chicago to Joan Sill Cummins and Dr. Clyde Robert Cummins. He graduated from Williams College in Psychology and obtained his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1975. McGill University then engaged him to teach psychology as well as live with and study vervet monkeys on the jungle and cane field island of St. Kitts. He had married the love of his life by then, living many adventures with Susie over their almost 50 years together. They became dedicated inhabitants of the Montreal region, learned French as adults, and developed a strong community of friends and colleagues.

A professor at McGill and Dawson College for almost 40 years, Mark’s students loved his sense of humour and thorough teaching methods. He saw the potential in them and expected them to work hard and achieve that potential. He also became a clinical psychologist early on with a dedicated client base in both St. Bruno and in Montreal. He was recognized as one of the three top marriage counsellors in Montreal, truly loving his work and caring about his clients’ journeys. Mark was still seeing clients up until the end.

Known for his strong will and tough love, he was also unfailingly caring and supportive, showing up to everyone’s vernissages, plays and games. He offered the best bear hugs, cried easily when moved, and listened fully while looking at you with his clear, open eyes. Always a voracious reader of many genres of books, Mark loved to grapple with the big questions, appreciated a lively debate and enthusiastically absorbed history, stories and information wherever he could.

Mark also had many talents and interests. If he couldn’t do something yet, he would figure out how! He was an amateur magician and former football player, able to cane chairs, be a perfect Santa impersonator, do wood working (by hand and machine) and practice his pastel and drawing skills. He even did eight years of adult Ballet lessons!

More than anything, Mark loved being a Dad and Grandpa and being close and involved with his children. He got so much joy from taking his kids and grandkids into the exciting woodshop or reading to them on his comforting lap. A teacher through and through, he passed on a love of learning to his offspring, and so many practical and subtle life skills.

Gentle and strong, brilliant and grounded, Mark affected the lives of so many of us. We miss him very much.  [Montreal Gazette, November 3, 2018]

Class Notes October 2018


Class Secretary
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 (, 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!”

Bill Coyle Portrait Gallery-New!

We feature here the second of Bill Coyle ’70’s fantastic galleries; this one of his portraits.


We’ve also placed Bill’s Portrait gallery on our Home Page in the Gallery section.

Bill has an artist’s eye for style and composition.  The Portrait Gallery is light, humorous, and sympathetic.

You can view all Bill’s galleries on his Flickr site.  All photos are © Bill Coyle, all rights reserved.


Preston Washington ’70 Honored by New York City

Preston Washington

Preston Washington

Picture of Bishop Preston Washington Street sign, West 115th Street, New York City

Bishop Preston Washington Street, West 115th Street, New York City

New York City has honored Preston Washington, ’70, by renaming 115th Street West “Bishop Preston Washington Street.”  This is, indeed, quite an honor.  For full details on Preston’s life, commitment, and contributions to New York City, see Preston Washington, In Memoriam.

Read Preston’s Graduation Address to the Class of ’70 at    CommencementSpeech1970033, courtesy, Williams College Library Archives.

You can add your own tribute or memory in the Reply box below.

Our special thanks to Cliff Robinson, ’70, for alerting us to this honor.

Picture of Preston Washington 1970 Commencement Speech, 1970 GUL, p. 146

Preston Washington Commencement Speech, 1970 GUL, p. 146

“On Aging:” Class Notes, June 2018

From Rick Foster
DENVER, CO 80220                               
[email protected]

I’m noticing that, as we approach our 50th, your emails, while continuing to describe traveling adventures, are drifting more and more to the subjects of age, and what that brings.  So, here we go. 

Bill Lawson’s retirement sailing adventures continue.  He writes, “We have had a wonderful winter and now spring is upon us.  We spent a week in Grand Cayman with a grad school classmate and his wife who have several condos at the quiet end of the island in Cayman Kai and are building a home on beachfront property there. We just returned from a wedding in Nashville, Tn. For those of you that have not been there- go! It is a foodie paradise and the growth in new areas, restaurants, shops, condos and homes is impressive. We recommend Henrietta Red for dinner and Little Octopus for brunch.  Soon we are off to our home in Charlevoix, Mi. where we spend the summer. We have a boat and cruise over to Sutton’s Bay, Harbor Springs, and other locales and may get up the courage to travel to Mackinac Island. Our grandchildren are 2 and 5 and we love spending time with them. We have a steam in our backyard which meanders through a ravine. We built a little bridge over it and our grandsons, who live on the other side, walk through the forest and to our home.  We will soon be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary and gulp! my 70th birthday. We will be in NYC and have already purchased tickets to Harry Potter Parts 1 and 2, Dear Even Hansen, Come from Away and Frozen. We thought about Springsteen but the ticket prices were too ‘dear.’ We are also visiting the 9/11 Tribute Museum and One World Observatory where we will have lunch way up high!  We were at a ‘trendy’ restaurant the other evening and I looked around and wondered how all of a sudden did I become one of the more ‘senior’ patrons? It seemed as though everyone else there was younger? Then I remembered maybe it is because we will be celebrating our 50th reunion in 2020? How did that happen so fast?” 

    Jennifer Wolcott  says “Watching the parade of birthdays for classmates is a constant reminder that we are getting old. At 60 I could convince myself we were still on the right side of age, even if we haven’t been trustworthy since we turned 30. But 70? How did that happen? Mine comes this summer, and we’ll celebrate with a family trip to Lenox for three weeks of Berkshire and Tanglewood enjoyment. More importantly, we’ll celebrate my mother’s 95th—she’s the daughter of Charles Ely ’14. The only real news is that a blankety blank doctor found a glioma lurking in my brain last summer. It’s essentially inoperable, being more like a spider than a walnut, and buried in my language center. We’ve been monitoring it, and the good news is that it doesn’t seem to be growing quickly, so maybe I’ll outlive it. In the meantime, it brings the whole idea of our mortality into sharp focus and helps to reorder priorities. Luckily, that doesn’t mean that I should go live on a mountain in Tibet with a lama spiritual guide—I can continue to do the things I’ve been doing, but maybe put some more focus on writing and staying close to family. So we still go to Panama for the winters—remember we love to have classmates visit. My son and his wife finally created another granddaughter for me and she—like all of them—is adorable in Seattle. The rest of the family is doing well. And Dan who is 82 this year is the same, although his mobility is a continual struggle for him. Sorry to miss the mini-reunion in May—Dan replaced a shoulder the week before (went well).     

Richard Wendorfwhose birthday fell on St. Patrick’s Day, offers  his musing on most of us having or soon to have achieved the age of seventy, in rhyme. 

It once seemed as far as Duluth,
We never so long in the tooth.
But the years they have played us
And our bodies dismayed us,
And now we are flush with the truth.     

Kim Dawson Lee Owen, Jack Maitland, Sluggo Stearns, Dr. Jeff Krull, Boynton Beach, FL, March 2018

Kim Dawson Lee Owen, Jack Maitland, Sluggo Stearns, Dr. Krull
BoyntonBeach, FL, March 2018

Sluggo Stearns, more or less permanently back from Thailand, wrote to say, “We are ‘readjusting ‘ for lack of a better word to living ‘full time’ in USA…which we realized last week that we really haven’t done in 40 plus years. It’s not easy. I’m reminded of the saying, “It is not a sign of mental health to be well adjusted to an insane society! Anyway, big news is that we bought a condo in St. Pete so we can escape Indiana winters since we are no longer going to Thailand. (Three hours door to door to St. Pete – 33 to Thailand!) Although FL has a lot of interesting attractions…it’s also a pretty weird place as anyone who has read Carl Haissen (fiction OR nonfiction) will confirm. Had a great mini reunion with Lee Owen, Jack Maitland, Jeff Krull and Kim Dawson while visiting Del Ray in March.”

Halley Moriyama  and Helen “continue to spend the winter in Vero Beach, FL, where Mary and Rob Stone are our neighbors.  In April, the Stones and Moriyama’s visited Cecie and Rod Titcomb for the day.  In June, we are going on the Williams alumni trip to the Baltics.  Kids and grandkids are all doing well.  Reunion planning continues.  Our upcoming events include the Presidential Forum in Williamstown on September 27-28Bob Ware is organizing that program during which we will meet the new President.  Our class is invited to participate in the Williams in Oxford (UK) program on June 17-24, 2019.  For more information about either event, please contact me at [email protected].  

Our Esteemed President, Lou Buck, sent the following:  “I had the good fortune of being invited by three former Williams hockey greats to join them and  their spouses for what has become their annual February hockey weekend in Williamstown. I spent a most enjoyable time with classmates) and Rosie Gary (le Baron Rouge Bensen, Downey and Whit (le Camion) Knapp and, from the Class of ’71, and Susie and Steve (le Sauvage) Brown. We saw the Ephs barely hold on for a victory in a hard fought afternoon contest against Amherst. Following the game, we adjourned to the Brown’s most attractive and comfortable pied a terre on Cole Avenue to catch up with one another and savor a Thai dinner. Unfortunately, I had a 10:00 p.m. curfew and was required reluctantly to take my leave of such good company and return home to Queensbury.”  Lou also passed along a few comments about the Mini Reunion in Mystic Seaport: “The great Class of ’70 was well represented at the early May Mini Reunion co-hosted with the Class of ’69 in Mystic Seaport, CT. After a productive Reunion Planning Committee luncheon meeting, we heard a very informative presentation on the Williams-Mystic Program by program director Tom Van Winkle. The presentation was followed by a most interesting walking tour of the seaport conducted by Dr. Glenn Gordinier. That evening, everyone met for a cocktail reception, dinner and apres dinner talk by Williams Professor of English, Dr. Shawn Rosenheim.     

Girl With A Pearl Earring.  Johannes Vermeer, 1665.

Just to provide some filler material I’ll add some news of my own: Julie and I spent four days in Paris in late May, one of them at the French Open (“Roland Garros”) where we got to see Venus Williams’ and Sloane Stephens matches, among others.  After that, we flew to England for four days of hiking and sightseeing in the Lake District.  Julie then took a train to London to spend a few days there with a cousin.  They got to see the play Hamilton with a mostly British audience and all enjoyed the songs, especially those by and about King George III.  I went from the Lake District to Glasgow Scotland where I met up with my sons Andrew McKenna-Foster (Colby College 2004), and Daniel McKenna-Foster ‘07.  The three of us then spent nine days traveling (lots of hiking and beer drinking) together in the Scottish Highlands (Glencoe, Fort William, Fort Augustus, Inverness, Isle of Skye) and two final days in Edinburgh.  It was a most enjoyable and memorable trip for me in my 70th year, particularly those nine days on a “guys” trip with my two sons.   A bonus benefit was that I added three Vermeer painting viewings to my list (two at the Louvre, one at the National Gallery of Scotland) as part of my goal of seeing each of the 36 (or so) Vermeer paintings known to exist.   This trip got me to 24.   Unfortunately, the Queen of England owns one Vermeer and I am advised that she never allows it to be shown publicly.  So, I’m leaving that one until last and counting on Richard Wendorf to use his influence to convince whoever is monarch at the time to grant me a showing.

Who Are These Classmates?

June 2018.  We’re having a contest!  To play the contest, go to this next page:   Montage #1:  Who Are These Classmates? Forum Page.

Post your answers/guesses in the Reply section at the bottom of the Montage 1 forum page.

This is a collective opportunity to for us to start recognizing our better, wiser selves before the 50th Reunion. It’s the first in a, hopefully, series of contests on “Who ARE These Classmates????

No, you can’t identify yourself.  No, if you’re on a Reunion Committee or a Class Officer you can’t play.

Otherwise, go for it! 


Class Notes May 2018

(Links are to Classmate’s Profile Pages with email addresses, other information.)

Rick Foster, 379 Dexter St., Denver, CO 80220; [email protected]

Kim Dawson Lee Owen, Jack Maitland, Sluggo Stearns, Dr. Jeff Krull, Boynton Beach, FL, March 2018

Kim Dawson, Lee Owen, Jack Maitland, Sluggo Stearns, Dr. Krull
Boynton Beach, FL, March 2018

First out of the box with news in response to my blast email—only Jim Deutsch noticed the typo in that email, but in pointing it out, he provided no information about himself so I don’t count that as newsworthy—was Margie Ware, who wrote: “I left D.C. mid-May to escape the ‘big orange yam’ and headed around the country with the intention of relocating temporarily to Sarasota, Fla. Halfway through the trip I realized that terrorists want you to change your life, and I wasn’t going to let the illegitimi carborundum. So I came back to D.C. and am living a modest existence in Glover Park. My trip was made ever so much more pleasant because of the hospitality of John Ackroff ’71, Scott McArthur and Frank Ferry ’69. Miller thinks I made an exceptional AF increase. In reality it was a thank you to my hosts!”

Paul Miller seems to be leading an exceptionally quiet and calm life, reporting only that all is quiet and on a “freak warm day in January I played golf with Pat Bassett and Don Harrington ’71, who has retired to a lovely home on said golf course close to the Bassett’s place. Virginia is for golf lovers!” John Norton (“Sucosh”) advises that he retired on Dec. 31, 2017, and that his son Everett got married last fall to Susan Woodard, “ceremony at her family farm in Waterbury Center, Vt.; reception at Roni’s and my place in Warren, Vt., a joyous event by any measure.”

Sluggo Stearns wrote, “Thankfully, I am not shoveling my driveway, as Janelle and I escaped the Indiana winter—this time to FL instead of Thailand. Janelle finally retired from teaching, so we are no longer making the annual commute to Siam! The warm weather in FL (although not as warm as Siam) it’s a heck of a lot closer! We like St. Pete a lot and promptly found a condo that suited us—so we are now officially snowbirds, or so we are told. Looking forward to a Feb./March visit to Delray, where we hope to reunite with Jack Maitland, Russ MacDonnell, Lee Scott Owen and Dr. J.R. Krull.”

Kelly Corr writes to say, “Laurie and I just got back from a three-week bicycle trip to Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar. Beautiful countries with very nice people but so poor. We are lucky to live here in the USA. I plan to make it to the 50th, God willing. Hope to see Travers, Durkee, Frost, Fry, McKenna and many others there.”

Jeff Krull wrote, “Alice and I got together with Shirley and Jack Maitland at their home in Pompano Beach, Fla., last October. We were down there visiting our son Rob and his family: wife Ozlem, daughter Allison (10) and twins Connor and Emma (3). On the homefront we’re fortunate to live close to our daughter Marla Peters ’95 and her son Alex (16). Retirement for me in 2014 was quite an adjustment, but it feels like I’ve hit a good balance now. I hope all classmates are making plans to attend our big 50th reunion bash in 2020!”

Bill Farver has been “happily retired from a career in public administration for the past four years. Spending my time enjoying a mixture of memoir writing, exercise, personal counseling and volunteering as the board chair of a local community center. Continuing 40-year traditions of a men’s group and a book group. Both meet monthly and both include Doug Sherman who remains a very close friend. My marriage is on its 35th year (although we’ve known each other for 40) and our grown children are scattered to Red Hook, Brooklyn, San Diego and Americorps (currently outside of Santa Cruz, Calif.). A new Lab puppy vies for attention with two cats. Wishing all of you good health as we turn 70…”

Dick Cooch is enjoying his 26th year on the Delaware Superior Court bench, hearing an equal mix of civil and criminal cases. Dick says, “I always liked the practice of law, but I think judicial work is more my niche. Barbara keeps busy with volunteer work. Son Richard Jr. works in the outdoor wilderness field at Lake Tahoe (I’m going to test my 1960s Brodie Mountain skills when we visit him in February). Daughter Merritt (married) is a real estate agent (so is her husband) in Rehoboth Beach.”

Bill Lawson is still enjoying the sailing life, while in between travels continues to help his wife’s dad in his struggle with Alzheimer’s. He sent this report to me in early February: “We are off tomorrow for two weeks in St. Barthelemy at Villa Fregate in Point Milou. We have stayed there every year for maybe 10 years or so. We are home a week then off to Longboat Key, Fla. where we stay as a hardship on the beach. Then we are home a week then travel to see friends in Grand Cayman. It is difficult when you are empty nesters to manage all of these travels. LOL! Alzheimer’s—it’s difficult to work with. My wife Cathy and I take care of her father, who is 91 years old. We keep hoping pharmaceutical companies come up with some help but it seems far-fetched. Spring and fall are our favorite times in Indianapolis. Our family has a swath of 17 acres behind our property that has a stream, rolling hills and lot of wildlife. There are also several hundred thousand daffodils planted there, which we enjoy every spring. We then head up to our summer home on Lake Charlevoix, Mich., where we stay until late September, with my spouse traveling back and forth to Indianapolis to see her father. Our two sons and their wives and our two grandsons, Liam (5) and Ezra (2), are all doing well. All of our family lives nearby in Indianapolis, so we are very fortunate we get to see them often.”

Don Berens and Maureen recently returned from an eight-day pilgrimage to Israel, where they experienced striking scenery, good food, lots of history and many of the holy sites of Christendom. Among the shattered stereotypes that Don reported: (1) Israel is not all desert; instead, there is much greenery, especially in Galilee. (2) Muslims, Christians and Jews are not always at each other’s throats; instead, they often live and work together. And (3) The choral festival they attended did not feature exclusively Hebrew folk songs; instead, they heard a few Latin hymns and some Leonard Cohen.

As many of you know by now, Ray Kimball, with a little help from friends named below, took the lead on setting up a Class of ’70 website in anticipation of our 50th. I asked Ray to send me some information to pass on, and here’s what he had to say, including his requests of all of us:

“We launched the 60-page 50th reunion web site,, in February. Please visit! Log in with your Williams alumni user ID and password. Directions and help available on the login page.

“First Web Contest which will Start in May: Find the classmate photos of

  1. an elephant being washed and
  2. an x-ray of a recent operation.

Williams baseball caps to the first two classmates who find these two photos. ‘Restrictions Apply.’ Can’t be the submitting classmate or on a reunion committee. Must ID both classmates.

“Three big features are the classmate profile pages, the “Reconnect By…” database and the forum topics.

Profile Page. Each Classmate has a personal profile page. Great fun. You can post updated pictures! You can change your profile pic and update us about your family, activities, grandkids, vacations, washing live elephants or x-rays of recent operations (yes, those pics are there). Write up a personal history paragraph or hobbies and activities in the profile page personal activities area. Post pics yourself or send them to me, [email protected]

Reconnect By… You can search by residential house, freshman entry, major, profession, activities, sports, city, state or any multiple combination, and then get in touch with classmates by email. This is a popular feature and far beyond any other 50th reunion website. Thanks to Bill Wadt, Paul Miller, Halley Moriyama and many others for building the database from public information and helping us build the site!

Forum/Topics. We want to talk with you, not at you. So we built an interactive site where you can comment and participate. Post anything you’d like, within reason and on topic. Click the forum link on the main menu. We’ve suggested a few topics to get you started.

“News, Site Refresh. News, class notes, updates and new pictures will be posted about every three months. If you have any old Polaroids from 1966-70 or current galleries of art, etc., please send. See Bill Coyle’s great photo gallery on the home page

“There’s lots more, too. Look around. One recent comment by Bob Ware was, ‘I wasted an hour at work checking out the site.’ Great! And send us pictures. We look pretty glum in 1960s black and white…. Light up the site with color!”

Residential House Pages Added

Greylock Quad in October

Greylock Quad in October

Residential House pages have been added for each house.  These are Forum Topic pages so you can add your own memories and house photos.  Each page has a 1969 or 1970 House Members picture with names.

Click on Residential Houses, or go directly to each house page below.

Who’s Attending 50th Reunion?


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.
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
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
V –  Dick Vosburg
W – Bill WadtBob Ware, Larry Wellington, Giffy Whitbeck, Chris Williamson, Jennifer Wolcott
Exchange Women – Alexandra Breed, Kit Armstrong , Carolyn Hendrie , Alexandra Kimberly-Bryant (Plip), Suzanne Reed

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



Classmate 6

Classmate 5
Classmate 6

Classmate 1

Classmate 4
Classmate 5

Classmate 6

Row “C”

Dick Cooch



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