Class Notes, March/April 2009
‘53’s have been major contributors to every sector of our society. Many continue to practice their professions and other business ventures. Many have retired but are involved in all sorts of altruistic activities, and many are active in both areas. I thought it might be interesting to explore what some of our classmates are contributing on the voluntary front.
Harlan Fair, a civil engineer has been the chairman of the Crane Safety Committee on Construction Sites of the American Society of Civil Engineers for many years. With the recent spate of crane mishaps, his committee, recently tripled in size and has completed a study of the new OSHA Care Standard and has finished writing a manual on crane safety. With a grant of $250,000 from OSHA, Harlan and his committee are developing a curriculum to train engineers and crane operators.
Another very busy person is Phil Beekman He was a founder and director of the Women’s Sports Foundation and Emeritus trustee of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. In addition he is a director of the National Organization on Disability, Brave Kids ,and Vermont Exchange.
Joan and Bernie Sudikoff are heading back to Israel for the fourth time as part of a Hadassah group. They will spend eight weeks there this winter during which Joan will teach English and computer science to Ethiopian immigrants while Bernie acts as a big brother, and counselor in the hospitals and schools, working with 30 to 40 Ethiopian boys.
Closer to home, Barbara and John Kennedy have been members of the Mystic River Chorale for the past 25 years. John is also an active member of the Mystic Flag committee which maintains the highest flagpole, 117 feet high, in New England. As part of his responsibility as President of this organization, John organized a reunion of the Doolittle Raiders, eleven of whom attended and were hosted by John for four days.
I would love to hear all about your avocations; so please drop me a note.
Unfortunately, I must end this column with a sad news of the deaths of Dr. Malcolm Moss and Kisuk Cheung. Our sincere condolences go out to their families.