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WALKS INTO A BAR...
orders a beer. Bartender says: “Hey - you a
Now that I have your attention, listen up! Here are some words from
president JAY DAVIS:
Post our 50th reunion, I’m happy to report that there appears to be no
let up in our staying connected via Class gatherings, i.e., mini-reunions -- and
communications, i.e., our outstanding Newsletter, website and Alumni Notes in
the Alumni Magazine. In fact, the number of events and your participation in
them is holding up well and in some cases, even increasing.
A quick review: The Boston and New York Holiday luncheons drew 52 classmates last December versus 57 the previous year; the ski minis in Vermont and Colorado drew 17 this year vs. 14 in the previous year; this year's golf outing in Florida drew a record-breaking 47 classmates, wives and kids; the cruise along the Dalmatian Coast and Venice had 57 classmates and wives; the new monthly luncheons in the Big Apple drew upwards of 15 classmates, and most recently, 8 fishermen teamed up in Maine to catch and release as many trout as they could bring aboard their boats.
For the future, we will be announcing some new mini ideas and
opportunities at our Class meeting in October. Already on the books is a land
Finally, I have good news regarding the
Alumni Magazine. As you know, the magazine has been funded out of class
dues, placing a large financial burden on each class. Through pressure applied
by various alumni groups, the College/Trustees have just agreed to pick up half
the cost of the magazine if we keep all Classmates on the subscription list who
have not been totally missing for at least ten years or requested to be dropped.
We will do that and our cost per subscription will drop to $5.00 versus the
three times that amount it has been -- a good saving. However, dues-payers will
still be funding non-dues payer subscriptions, so for this reason and our
special Class projects that support outstanding Dartmouth students, I hope every
Classmate reading this will send in their dues when the time comes.
Best regards and be well.
A few Green Cards:
PETE GEITHNER and JON MOORE chimed in on last newsletter’s reference to “the
Geithner stalwart in the Treasury Department.” With a slight tone of chiding
the editor, they noted that TIM is now the President of the Federal Reserve Bank
of New York and vice-chair of the Fed’s Open Market Committee. As the parent,
Pete takes no blame for Classmates’ negative feelings about increases in
interest rates. Jon also commented
warmly on the contributions of PAUL DALTON and
TOM AGAN to the “story” of our deceased Classmate, JOHN MELANSON.
PETE (ANKENY) reported that a fourth generation of Ankenys will matriculate in
SETTLEMIER still enjoys life in
HOBBIE felt it was important to
correct my misreading of his MD-like handwriting when I reported four geese:
“The bag I mentioned was four grouse, not geese. The geese are done mainly in
a correspondent with offbeat aspects, DON
AUSTERMANN asks whether: “... any Classmates have any bright ideas about how
to get from I-40 in
here’s something unique and a joy to any editor’s ears - a letter from Mrs.
KING: “As his wife, GRETCHEN, I’m writing an update - NEIL won’t. We’re
both retired, Neil as a lawyer, although he’s still special counsel and does
some work. I’m retired from 35 years as an Interior Designer. We have lived in
the same house for 42 years - our 50th anniversary is July 30. We’re both
painting and have been taking classes at the
news item: “BOB COLLINS has received the distinguished Dickson Emeriti
Professorship from President Dynes of the
distaff correspondent, SALLY GRINTON reported that SKIP is nearing the end of
treatments and that they will spend the summer in
advice from DICK SHELLEY: “This is a ‘widower-alert!’ - do not lose faith
or hope, as miracles do happen. As in my case, along comes this Mary Washington
graduate - bright, pretty, energetic and genuinely happy
to be a steward of the planet. An overnight inspiration for me to quit
worrying about arthritis and ‘senior moments’ and get on with living! Nix
the TV ... and follow the
JEAN MYSERIAN enjoyed an 8-day river cruise on the
freshman English, we were treated to What Makes Sammy Run?, a novel written by
Budd Schulberg ‘36 in 1941. The main character, Sammy Glick, was “an
archetype for the ruthless climber who sheds scruples and uses up friends as he
slithers his way to the top.” The book was never made into a film - too many
movie people in
logged onto the College’s website (www.dartmouth.edu) then onto Alumni
Relations. Among the photographs on the opening page, there is one showing three
extraordinarily handsome fellows sporting 50th reunion ‘54 hats. Take a look
and see if you can identify them. Let me know.
Class of 1954 provided its usual support as DICK and JUDITH STEINBERG’s son,
DAVID ‘88, was betrothed to Amanda Birnbaum in the
memory-testing question: Which member of our Class was the only one to appear on
the first page of the New York Times?
July 31, the Class lost a true friend in the
edited, here is JIM ADAMS’ report of the annual trip of the ‘54 Fly Fishing
Team. The group of 7 professional fly casters and one rookie (President JAY
DAVIS) were hosted by DICK and AUDREY LEWIS and feasted on questionably-obtained
lobsters and the fixin’s. The fishing took place at the storied Megantic Club,
a 120-year-old facility which includes members DICK PAGE, BOB LEVINE and DICK
LEWIS. The fishing is done from boats with dry flies on “ponds” which would
be called “lakes” in the West. According to Jim: “All members of the Team
had anticipated offering advice and kindly remarks (‘you’ll get the hang of
it’) to our rookie member. As it turned out, the fish went out of their way to
swim under his ‘short’ and at times ‘inept’ casts and his catch was
above average. On the final night, all other rods came up empty while the
‘Prince of Connections’, against all odds, while fishing out of the wrong
side of the boat and with a very short cast, ‘connected’ with and landed a
17’ Brook Trout. Jay may well become a regular. The 2006 trip is down to two
KENYON passed on the following fascinating two reports from Will Canestaro
‘06, our D.T. McLaughlin ‘54 Dickey intern in
13: “Namesteji from
am learning an incredible amount about medicine from the doctors here as they
deal with everything from meningitis to typhoid to tuberculosis to heart attacks
to trauma to the most basic complications of poverty and malnutrition. I have to
admit that the nature of the work that I do requires a lot of moving from site
to site which, although it presents a large opportunity for learning, is very
stressful as I am always trying to get comfortable in a new location. I feel
like as soon as I do get comfortable with a city or village, I pack up and move
on to the next place.
had a rather difficult time adjusting once I left the airplane. I had no
conception of the magnitude of poverty here. I have never seen so many people
living in the streets in the basest of conditions. Although this was hard to
deal with in itself, the largest problem for me was getting over what
I viewed to be the Indians’ general complacency with the issue.
is also in full swing here and started two days after I arrived in
“I feel that I can honestly say that so far being here
has done more to change my perspective than any other experience at
30: “Hello. Let me start off by saying that I’m still OK.
Although there has been a lot of rain, because I’m in the mountains,
there hasn’t been much flooding, although the south and Mumbai are getting hit
just got back from spending a week with Dr. Paul in the
Paul is getting more comfortable with me and is beginning to trust me more and
more. This week I was able to help out in several procedures in addition to just
doing some of the pre-diagnosis evaluations.
I have done countless dressing of wounds (most of which are severely
infected) and cleaned countless ears of schoolchildren.
a week, we hike out to different villages that otherwise wouldn’t receive any
health care and set up shop at one of the local schools. Not only do we see
villagers, but we also do hygiene checkups for the schoolchildren. Seemingly,
all these children have earaches due to poor sanitation and the monsoon, so
cleaning ears becomes a near Sisyphusian task.
Probably most exciting, though, I got to give my first injection this
week. it was a tetanus shot for a
woman who had stepped on a nail and, judging from the look on her face when I
gave her the injection, I still have a lot to learn.
privacy is virtually nonexistent here. All of the villagers wait in a general
crowd behind the patient being seen and listen to their complaints and the
subsequent diagnosis by Dr. Paul. When ever there is something interesting going
on, like an injection, people will crowd around in order to get a glimpse of
what’s going on.
also beginning to discover that height, like all things, is very culturally
relative. I never thought of myself as tall, but I am taller than the average
Indian and much taller than the average Indian villager. This translates into
lower door frames and ceilings and cars. I seem to be always hunching over in
order to fit. Whenever I forget, I am given a harsh reminder in the form of a
very painful bump on the head. I probably hit my head on at least a half-dozen
door frames last week and my head is covered with bumps. I only hope that there
will be no long-term damage.
a more down note, one of the most frustrating things happened to me this week.
We were holding a camp at the
considering the loss of my camera, last week was one of the best in my life. I
really love the mountains and the work that we’re doing has me waking
up excited each day.”
Canestaro’s experience is partially supported by the portions of your Class
dues allocated to college interns.
WEIL’s thought for the day: “It’s hard to be nostalgic when you can’t
remember anything .......”
HERB HILLMAN: “I know at my age I am one beat behind, but we just had a
concert here in Stowe by the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy group. They were fabulous!
They are evidently well-known, but I had never heard of them. Worth a CD if you
want a little pick-me-up music.” Herb and ANN celebrated 50 years together
last January and are pleased that granddaughter Sarah Van Dyke will join the
Class of ‘09 in September.
of music, SKIP WEYMOUTH supplied a wonderful Stan Kenton quote when asked why so
few people in our society recognized jazz as an art form: “Well, the problem
is, you have to be gifted with a certain amount of perception to communicate
with jazz. Many people don’t have that kind of perception. After all, jazz is
an abstract form of communication and you have to have perception to communicate
with abstracts! Your mind has got to work for you, your fantasies have to come
alive! So that’s why jazz can never be a mass music; the masses aren’t
gifted with perception. It’s only a small minority group. All the arts are
that way.” Skip copied what amounted to a fairly small group of
“perceptive” jazz musicians from the Class of ‘54, plus surrounding
classes. Explains a lot about DUNTON.
BIGGS passed on the following from “he who never sleeps” (the ineffable
RON): TERRY and I just returned last night from six weeks in the
perceptive, MIKE PAYSON, confirmed
that the Mike Payson, 42, reported
in National Masters’ News as having just missed a 10k win by 9 seconds
was indeed Mike, Jr. He had made the Yale varsity as a freshman and got
better from there. Mike’s daughter, Katie ‘87 “was a world champion
duathlonist and a national champion triathlonist. After motherhood and a layoff,
Katie took second in a triathlon recently in the 40+ category. Mike admits to
perceptive JOHN PRATT, past leader of The Climax Six, felt compelled to identify
the other three members of the group not pictured on the back of the last
newsletter - Ron Dunton, Bob Lounsbery (recently deceased) and Colonel Pratt
himself on banjo.
get your BILL WHITE - produced Class Directory and record the following changes:
condolences are extended to TOM MALCOLM for the sad loss of his beloved wife,
HELEN, a year ago. After a visit with a son and family in
also to CLIFF EVANS, who lost MARY-ANNE on
May 19 in
left us on May 23, a succumbing to myelodysplasia syndrome (MDS). He and BETTY
had joined us at our 50th reunion only a short year ago, so we were fortunate to
have the opportunity to exchange
thoughts with this extraordinary man.
leading his high school team to the football championship in
consummate runner during our
you are known as “Coach”, it says a lot about the earned respect and
hundreds turned out at his daughter Karen’s home to celebrate the life of a
teacher, a coach and a mentor. In the classroom, he had a reputation for a
strictness which was later acknowledged as “tough love.” His track teams had
an incredible record of 462-55-3 and his swim teams did as well. Under his
guidance, the school newspaper, Hi’s Eye, won All-American status 25 times.
The National Scholastic Press Association has established The Walt Clarkson
Memorial Award for Excellence in Student Journalism Advising.
many, Walt was able to discover and live the life and career best suited to
what his heart dictated. Audrey reflected that he was self-effacing, an
attribute many will remember from knowing him.
addition to Audrey, Walt is survived by three daughters, a son and four
passed away on May 15 in New Hartford, NY after a prolonged battle with cancer
and emphysema. A three-letter man at
describes Mike as a quiet, self-effacing man, devoted to his three sons and a
grandfather who doted on his children’s children. His faith helped him through
his health problems and he met life with a quiet dignity and a sense of humor.
We are diminished by his loss.
book will be placed in Baker Library in the memory of each of our three fallen
the Greencard from Gretchen King, allow me to propose that more
wives/significant others take pen in hand and send news and commentary to the
newsletter. During the reign of Jerry Goldstein, the Class voted to regard the
distaff side as Class members, so it’s time we begin to hear from more of you.
Cinco de Mayo Festivale!