NOTES & NEWS

Lynn MILLER, ART’s widow, like him, a lawyer, has opened a mediation/problem-solving practice in New Jersey. Those interested may contact her at lynnerva@gmail.com (like Minerva, she says, goddess of wisdom) or 732-379-9582. She has worked as a mediator and settlement panelist for the New Jersey courts. (8/13)

NICHOLAS and Eva BEAUCHAMPS celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary by retracing the steps they took on their honeymoon in 1973 to Austria and Italy. Despite 26 days of rain out of 31, they had a "great time.” (9/13)

Five years of dialysis is taking a toll, CHARLIE FUQUA said. Yet, he added, "I still do what I want but not as much.” That includes reading Latin Renaissance poets and rereading the Homeric poets. Mary, his wife, has switched her horticultural interest from tropical Indonesian begonias to local Massachusetts orchids. Their Buddhist monk son came from Nepal to take care of Charlie (inter alia, vegetarian cooking) while Mary revisits museums in Washington. (10/13)

DON LYNDON’s book "The Sea Ranch,” first published in 2004, is out in an updated version for those with "deep pockets and fond memories,” the announcement says. The periodical Wallpaper wrote, "The Sea Ranch was a community in California that melded inspirational design with an environmentally friendly approach. Lyndon, an architect, was involved from the start; this is his view of an idyllic experiment.” Architectural Digest called it "one of the most influential developments of the 1960s.” The ranch, 100 miles north of San Francisco, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Of course, Don lives there. 11/13

Former Colorado judge JIM LEH is back practicing law, now with his son, Christopher, P’85. Christopher specializes in business employment law. Jim specializes in mediation and dispute resolution with some business and estate planning. (11/13)

The announcement in 1957 Class Notes in the PAW notwithstanding, JAY LEHR is back skydiving. However, he still uses a walker while traveling to speeches and bike-racing events. (11/13)

The Huntendon County (NJ) Historical Society is consuming much of JOHN MATSEN’s time and attention. He helped choose a new executive director and is now helping her understand the tasks she faces. In the meantime, he is helping process archives. He is slowed down in this work by taking an interest in some papers and then reading them. (11/12)

CARL ICAHN, with a new beard, blessed the cover of Time’s 2/16/13 issue. The caption: The Most Important Investor in America. The context was Carl’s attempt to take over Apple. The article noted Carl’s long-awaited pleasure at his father’s long overdue recognition of Carl’s success. His father, an atheist cantor and socialist, thought his son, who once abandoned medical school, had no talent for anything. (Carl tells classmates that this is because his father knew that Carl couldn’t sing.) A Queens neighbor and friend with whom he double dated summed up his talent this way: he had "smart genes.”

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JIM KRAFT’s son, Brooks, was chosen International Photographer of the Year (the Oscars of photography) at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall. Brooks was White House photographer for Time for many years. Time used his photographs on 25 covers. (11/13)

MERRITT COHEN is truly happy in his 44-year urological practice and, it seems, all other aspects of his life. A roommate recalls that Merritt always seemed happy although back then he mentioned that at some point he would retire. That is not happening. "I’m playing out the hand that was dealt me,” he said. "I knew when I was 13 that I’d be a physician. I feel fulfilled, doing what I was trained to do, what I know best. I won’t retire unless I’m thrown out.” That is unlikely. Three of his five partners he helped train in medical school. (11/13)

After 38 years, JOHN SOLUM remains a member of Vassar College’s music department. He is also active in seven non-profit boards all but one in music and visual arts. The other one supports maintenance of a public park in West Village, NYC. These boards collectively claim about half his time. (12/13)

Did you know of the annual EDWARD SAID Memorial Lecture Series? An article from The Trenton Times seen by MURRAY PEYTON reported on this year’s lecture by Princeton Emeritus Professor Richard Falk at Princeton during which Falk compared what the Israelis are doing to the Palestinian Arabs in Israel to the sufferings of the blacks under apartheid in South Africa. The university had stationed campus police at the lecture. (2/14)

JACK KYLE will be attending his granddaughter’s graduation at Princeton in May. Tempus fugit. She is Sarah Rose, daughter of Amy Kyle (P’80). Sarah, a classics major, is considering dance as a profession. Sarah has a brother in the Freshman class.

Next month, BART REITZ together with some Cincinnati-area friends is undertaking an 80-mile bike ride along the Chesapeake & Ohio canal and former rail and canal beds in what further west used to be the canal from Cumberland MD to Washington DC. Bart and JIM CONNOR occasionally bike together, most recently across France.

The Caring Committee has completed its first decade, TED JONES reminds us in a brief history. In 2003, BOB KENT, just elected class president, saw a need for a class function – in addition to the independent and older Classmates Fund which assists classmates and widows in serious financial straits – to be in touch with classmates, wives and widows who are ill, have suffered some natural disaster or would like medical advice, either from a classmate physician in the relevant medical specialty or a classmate who has experienced the same medical problem. The committee has twice won the Alumni Council’s ACE award which comes with $500 which both times was donated to the Classmates Fund.

The members comprise Ted and T-WILLY WILLIAMS (co-chairs and both physicians), HODDING CARTER, BILL DOHRMANN, CHARLIE EDWARDS, DEAN GROEL, BOB KENT, JACK KYLE, JOHN NEVIN, ELLIOTT OTIS, MURRAY PEYTON, JOHN RUVANE, TURHAN TIRANA, TONY WEINRESS and JOHN WERT, and a women’s committee composed of NANCY BOLGARD, LYNNE DEMING, TERRY FLAGG, VALERIE KENT, SALLY MANN, LIZ SNELL and CAROLYN SPARKS. In addition, the committee maintains a list of classmate physicians and another of former patients all prepared to advise or speak about specific medical problems.

T.T.

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The following are items some of you submitted but which were not published, generally for lack of space, in 1957 Class Notes in the PAW.   T.T.

 

TODD EVANS reports that he has started a new business, River’s Bend Retreat Center in Philo CA.  He continues to write plays and to be in touch with "my bird consultant,” LANG STEVENSON who, Todd says, remains active with the Pt. Reyes Bird Observatory.  (4/11)

"What else would I do?   Play shuffleboard somewhere?” The NY Times quoted CARL ICAHN in an article titled, "The Raider in Winter: Carl Icahn at 75.”  The subject, of course, was retirement.  The reporter commented that Carl "chases deals the way a dog chases cars.  The guy just won’t quit.”  (4/11)

Town and Country displayed a photo of lovely Green Fingers president Betsy MULCARE in long gown with handsome BOB in black tie.  Green Fingers is a Greenwich (CT) garden club founded the year most of us were born.  (Spring ’11)

"Are there any of you who love rocks, the sheerness of them, the color, who stalk them on dog walks through the woods, and come back later with pick and bucket to haul them up the hill to the back of a pick-up?” SAM WILLIAMS asks.  Their destination: a pond in his Charlotte NC backyard.  His grandsons help with the 50-pounders.  (5/11) 

At the invitation of the Henry James Society, JIM KRAFT lectured on that author in Rome.  (6/11)

JOHN EATON continues to innovate.  Symphony Space in Manhattan was the venue of two Eaton opera premiers, Elegy for Jane for harp, guitar, mandolin and mezzo’s, and The Greeks: Ancient to Modern for soprano and two pianos tuned a quarter-of-a-tone apart.  (6/11)

Of Ina CARO’S latest travel book on France, the NY Times wrote, ". . . she delights in being able to ‘take a train from Paris, travel century by century . . . and be back in Paris each night in time for dinner.’”  The dinner is with BOB, whom, the Times commented, she takes "in tow.”  (6/11)

PAUL PHILLIPS, after 30 years, continues to practice and teach rheumatology at State University of New York in Syracuse.  (8/11)

For 25 years, JAC and Janet READ have maintained a Maryland shore beach house, and in the last 10 have used it as their principal residence.  Now they’re retreating to their D.C. co-op apartment.  The beach house is on the market.  (8/11)

"Common sense dictated that BILL HAMBRECHT get out, cut his losses at $70 million and accept the fact that he got involved in a failed business venture,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal  reported.  "But his heart was telling him, ‘One more year.’”  The venture is the United Football League, of which Bill was a founder.  He owns the Las Vegas Locomotives, a part of the UFL.  The paper reported that he will "sink” up to another $7 million into the UFL in the hope that somehow the league can come to compete with the NFL.  (8/11)

JOHN SOLUM and a cousin investigated in Greenland ancient dwelling sites of his Norwegian countrymen.  Penny, John’s wife, in the meantime, went to Poland on a birding trip.  (8/11)

Referring to Will Barnet, 100 years old, in a tribute at the National Academy, JOHN SOLUM said, "Will is surely the dean of American art.  And more than that, he is a beloved father-figure for many of us.”  Every week, more or less, John drives into NYC to take Will to galleries Will wants to visit.  In turn, John hears Will comment on whatever they’re seeing.  (9/11)

Not long ago the boss of 80,000 engineers (at Lockheed Martin), NORM AUGUSTINE noted that the ones who most distinguished themselves and were promoted were those who could think broadly, and read and write clearly.  Thus, he and other CEOs, he said, are touting not science and math with their memorized fact as the subjects that need most attention in today’s economy but history!  History teaches "critical thinking, research skills, and the ability to communicate clearly and cogently,” he observed.  (9/11)

BOB and Sue KNISLEY report a second granddaughter at Princeton, Rebecca Knisley, ’15.  Her sister, Peyton  Knisley, ’14, was reported earlier.  (9/11)

If you’re an alumnus of the Punahou School (as is President Obama), you may have seen in the school’s summer Bulletin a full-page picture of a handsome, smiling, white-haired BOB TORREY in an aloha shirt.  Bob is cited as a former director of Punahou’s Wo International Center, which coordinates teacher and student international travel and language programs.  In retirement, Bob lectures several times a year to seniors in an AP European history course.  (10/11)

DEAN DETERMAN remarks with pride that, ". . . my old roomie, BOB CARO, and our club mate Frank Stella, ’58 both received Presidential citations at the same time for their biographies and art, respectively.”  (10/11)

The North Carolina bar association awarded SAM WILLIAMS a 50-year pin as a still-working attorney.  (11/11)

JOEL DUBERSTEIN is practicing a little medicine and teaching still at a New Jersey hospital.  (11/11)

"The Passage of Power,” BOB CARO’s fourth volume in his Lyndon Johnson series, is out.  The others sold 1.5 million copies collectively, and won him the National Book Award, Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle first place and first place on the NY Times bestseller list.  (11/11)

Awards from the Class of 1957 Scholarship and scholarships established by NORM AUGUSTINE, PETE COLHOUN, DICK FISHER , JERRY GREENWALD , BILL HAMBRECHT, NORM AUGUSTINE, CHARLES ELLIS, TOM E. WILLIAMS, KENT SIMONS, DAVID MANDELBAUM, JIM PINKERTON, KENT SIMONS, STOKLEY TOWLES, TOM (A.) WILLIAMS  and the family of JOHN WEINBERG this academic year amounted to $1.8 million.  The book value of all these funds was $15.3 million and the market value, $39.6 million.  The book and market values of the Class of 1957 Scholarship were $160 thousand and $415 thousand, respectively.  (11/11)


"While editing hundreds of biographical sketches from P’57 classmates for the 50th Reunion book, Alan Tucker, as a lofty thinker without grandchildren, noted rather condescendingly that approximately half the entries were ravings about the joys to be had in grandchildren.  ‘Get a life,’ he said to himself in reaction to some of the more fulsome entries.  But on 11/11/11 Tucker’s daughter, Kumi  P’90, presented him with his first grandchild.  Like Saul’s being dislodged from his saddle on the way to Damascus, Tucker is now a simpering convert to grandchildren.  His mission in life is no longer the rationalization of American society, but instead he focuses intently on making a tiny baby smile and hold his finger.”  A.T.  (11/11)

"To Princeton or Prison” is a caption head in Atlantic.  "It costs $37,000 a year for a student to go to Princeton University, and $44,000 per year to house an inmate at the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton,” the piece reads.  The writer adds the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate of any country on a per capita basis, while it is sixth in college graduates.  (11/11)

The widow of a classmate who was featured in the December ’57 Class Notes in the PAW as a beneficiary of the Classmates Fund wrote, "I am back on my feet, working and no longer in need of help.  My son’s case has been taken over by the state . . . So things are looking really good for us at the moment.  The Class of ’57 sure was a wonderful help when we needed it.”   She has indicated now no need for anonymity.  She is Marguerite Vermilye Beebe, known as Rete.  Her husband was Tod.  The two met sophomore year and married shortly after graduation.  He died in 1971, of cancer.  (12/11)

Superwoman (and grandmother) Janet LEHR, JAY’s wife, placed 3rd in her age and sex group in a Columbus (OH) marathon and the same in a California state ½ Iron Man Triathlon.   She plans her 1st full Ironman in California in July.   That includes a 2.4 mile swim in open water.  Janet learned to swim last year.  At the same Ironman event, Jay will do an aquathon, which is the same swim and the 112-mile bike race but not the 26-mile run, he having ruined his knees some time ago.  On his 75th birthday, he won an aquathon for his age/sex group.  (12/11)

TONY FLETCHER has passed the 50-year mark working in a NYC law firm.  He specializes in trademark litigation, counseling and prosecution.  (12/11)

"Jews in Germany, 1743-1933” is the title of BOB COE’s latest course at the Osher Life-long Learning Institute associated with American University in Washington, D.C.  He has taught history at OLLI for six years.  (12/11)

Two weeks to 22 years is the age-spread of JACK MARTINSON’s seven grandchildren, he reported.  (12/11)

"I’m not quite as busy as I was during the 24 years I was in elected public office [New York State and City], but for now it’s quite enough,” JAY GOLDIN says.  By "it,” he means Goldin Associates LLC, which is into business workouts, interim management and restructuring.  "We have teams, at the moment, working on company restructurings in New Mexico, California, New York . . . I myself am preparing expert reports/testimony for clients in connection with the bankruptcy of Jefferson County, Alabama; the asset recovery efforts of the Madoff trustee and for a group of large international banks relating to an insurance company restructuring.”  (2/12)

JOHN WERT reports a pleasant dinner with TOM WILLIAMS and PETE COLHOUN, and then partnering with CHARLEY GREATHOUSE in a golf tournament.  (2/12)

The purpose of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, MIKE SHANNON’s creation,  is to bring together the mayors, city managers, town administrators and school superintendents of six municipalities to collaborate, be more effective and optimize resources on such projects as, their first, solar energy.   Mike’s "overarching life interest,” he says is design.  The foundation, he says, "can be interpreted as a social design innovation.”  (3/12)

DICK ROBBINS spotted in the NY Times a review of a new restaurant opened by Carol and WIN KULOK, this time in Queens and specializing in Mexican cooking.  Two others they own are French cafes in Manhattan.  Manhattan real estate is Win’s principal business.  (3/12)

The latest class marriage is that of BUD CANADAY.  The latest class wife is the former Katy Martin, a retired RN and the widow of a long-time friend of Bud’s.  The wedding occurred in Bud’s town  home in Park City UT.  Among attendees were PHIL and Martha SULLIVAN, who live nearby.  The newlyweds continued their celebration in Vail CO at the home of FRED and Lynne DEMING where TED and Delle JONES and CHARLIE and Teresa HAUSER joined the festivities.  A week later they saw CHARLIE again at the Masters Ski Racing National Championships in Park City where he won a gold and a bronze medal, giving him the overall championship of his (our) age group.  Charlie began racing five years ago.  (4/12)

"One of the leading securities lawyers in the world,” is how one of his law partners described ARBIE THALACKER at a memorial service and their firm’s office.  The partner substantiated that remark.   JIM CONNER, WRIGHT ELLIOTT and NICK MURPHY, all roommates with Arbie and remarkably close friends thereafter, told tales of their lives with Arbie.  Deborah, Arbie’s widow, said the event felt like the wedding they never had, they having decided to "elope.”  In fact, 18 years ago, their first date, for lunch, she said, was in that room, which used to be the partners’ dining room.  They met at a Buddhist function, she being a "newly minted” Buddhist then. (4/12)

Your secretary included in his master’s thesis a chapter on FRED BORSCH’s interpretation of the bodily resurrection of Christ.  (4/12)

Retired professor of clinical surgery TOM  DAILEY plays the violin thrice a week, with three chamber music groups, and practices in between.  (4/12)