The weather was beautiful on June 21 and June 22. Our Portland, Maine, hosts were Tom Armstrong, Dick Henriques and his wife, Cinnie, and Dave Scully’s widow, Sandra. Doug Coleman, wife Sandy, and Cupcake, their poodle, joined us. Sue and I rounded out the group. Sadly, Phil Fisher and his wife, Diana, were unable to make it – Phil had to weed his garden in Winter Harbor, Maine, and was sorely missed. A boat cruise around the greater Portland harbor was a big success (credit idea to Doug). One of the boat’s officers saw Doug’s SPS ’45 hat and told him he was frequently at St. Paul’s, refereeing hockey games. We had dinner at DiMillo’s in an old ferryboat moored very near our cruise boat’s dock. Note to Pete Putnam: Quite a few schooners were sailing around Casco Bay. You are quite right; they are just beautiful. On June 22, Sue and I walked to the Portland Art Museum designed by I. M. Pei in the late 1980s. The museum has a spectacular collection of Maine artists, including many paintings by Winslow Homer. Dinner was at Scales, a superb seafood restaurant on the harbor, which Sandra and Cinnie had found on their earlier scouting expedition. As to lodging, the Regency did well by us and, having started life as an armory in the late 19th century, had a very special atmosphere. Amo Houghton, we missed you.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the 70th Reunion in June. Keep your eyes out for a letter from me (Pete) with reunion details and let me know if you plan to attend. We are hoping for a great turnout. Panda and I attended a lovely memorial service for Pete Gurney at the Music Box Theater in New York City on September 12, where there was a large turnout that included several notable Broadway stars and celebrities, who either starred in or directed Pete’s plays, and who were touched by his life. Several spoke lovingly about Pete and referred to him numerous times as America’s most prolific playwright.
Gil Kinney submitted the following note: “I am happy to report that my granddaughter, Alexandra Contomichalos ’17 has been admitted to Yale University’s Class of 2022 after taking a gap year.”
Francis “Gualdo” Ford spoke by telephone with the Alumni Office in early September, and he sent a hello from sunny Grand Island, Neb., to his friends from ’48.
Dick Cunningham writes: “Am completing a book titled Unframing the Nude: Humanity and the Body. At work on many paintings.”