NOTES AND NEWS Mid 2016

The following consists of items of classmate news which for one reason or another were not published in Class Notes in the PAW.

The New York Composers Circle arranged a tribute to John Eaton (before his death in December) on his 80th birthday at Symphony Space in NY.  It consisted largely of excerpts from four of his 100 or so operas, one in Latin (a mass) and another in Spanish.  The Circle includes Louise Bessire, Henry’s widow, Fred and Barbara Borsch, Murray Peyton and John and Penny Solum.     John Eaton was professor emeritus at the University of Chicago where he taught music composition for 10 years.  He taught the same subject at Indiana University for 20 years.  The London Financial Times described him as "The most interesting opera composer writing in America today.”   (10/15)

"The Encyclopedia of Renewable Energy and Shale Gas” is the latest a series of encyclopedias put together by Jay Lehr for the academic publisher John Wiley. again with the aid of Jay’s wife, Janet.  Janet is responsible inter alia for the invitations of submissions by the prospective contributors and then their delivery.  Jay asserts that the world has "centuries if not millennia of this easy-to-get fuel.”   These books are bought principally by libraries around the world.  They are expensive.  Jay has prepared or written 32 books.

            Janet ran her best-yet Marathon in NYC recently.  Now a grandmother, she has been running the 26.2 mile race since      .  When not helping Jay and teaching 5th graders about nature and farming and running a puppet program to warm school children of social dangers,   she also swims and bicycles, sometimes competitively.  Jay taught her to swim not long ago.  (11/15)

            Dottie Ford, Leigh’s wife, writes that they are living in a "lovely, small community . . . rustic, picturesque” near Stuart FL.  Leigh, she says, is in his fourth year of Alzheimer’s.  He is as well as can be expected, she says.  (11/15)

            Because of a stroke of his wife, Janet, Jac Reed has stopped substitute teaching at a Bethesda MD high school.  However, he is continuing to teach and take courses at the Osher Life-Long Learning Institute at American University.  His courses there, over the past five years, have been in chemistry, computer science and mathematics.  (12/15)

            "I never had a day when I wasn’t glad to go to work, Bob Bolgard told friends and family at his 80th birthday celebration.   He found his work as a trusts and estates lawyer even interesting and sometimes surprising, he related, such as once being sent to count cattle being loaded on a rail car, evidently part of an estate.  (1/16)

            The Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC has accepted from the Harry Bruen family, Charlotte, Harry’s wife reported, pre-World War II movies in color, a rarity then, of the Korea where Harry’s parents were Presbyterian missionaries together with artifacts such as old farm instruments, clothing including horse-hair hats village elders wore and a straw egg holder.   Charlotte is unwilling, however, to give up a book on sorcery including instructions for the imposition of hexes and curses.  The owner had no need for it after she joined Harry’s father’s church.  The book, however, is written by hand in "old Korean” characters which were discontinued when the Japanese occupied Korea.  Finding a translator would be difficult.  (1/16)

            The late Bob Kent’s 25th Reunion jacket (the one with the tigers frolicking in the jungle) is part of the Princetoniana Committee’s collection of Reunion jackets and other memorabilia.  It will be on display with some other Reunion jackets at the Frist Center in May.  Know that your secretary offered it as well to the collection of the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.  (2/16)

            The latest classmate marriage: Lex Winans.  In December.  He and his now wife, Jackie, had been living together for the past 25 years.  Why did they marry?  He doesn’t know, he claims.  "We really didn’t have any compelling reason to,” he says.  They share six children and eight great-grandchildren.  "We kept it mum until Christmas Eve dinner when we sprang it on every one present and called the rest with the news.  What fun!” 

            Lex continues his coal brokerage business in Pittsburgh albeit less than full-time.   Winters the two of them go to Florida.

            Lex attended Jimmy Herr’s 80th in Erie on Dec. 22.  "Mine,” he says, "is February 29.  So, as a Leap Year baby, I’ll be 20.”

            Your secretary’s correspondence by hand-written letter of 6 to 10 pages with a one-time Class of 1957 Scholarship holder, Quinton Beck, P’14, has resumed, after a hiatus of two years!  In the meantime, Quinton graduated magna cum laude and on a Fulbright spent a year in a miserable, lice-ridden city in southern Tajikistan teaching English to 400 students of varying abilities.  He loved what he did.  He is currently unemployed.  (2/16)

            Kim Townsend has retired after 51 years of teaching English at Amherst and moved to Bath, Maine.  He had Bob Edwards meet periodically for lunch.  Dave Sofield remains in the Amherst English department for now, teaching but half-time "the reading and writing” of poetry . . . Stuff I should know by now.”  He plans to retire in two years.  (2/16)

            From Bob Edwards: "Perhaps the last obligation of the aging – to maintain equanimity and good humor to the world.”   (2/16)