Talbot Adamson reports: “This past year and a half, we have lost my brother, Bill Timpson ’48, on February 9, 2017, followed by Clarence Michalis on March 30, 2018, followed by Fred Rockefeller on June 7, 2018. We are now left with only six intrepid survivors – me, Scho Andrews, Fred Dent, Harry Platt, Irving Sheldon, and Tom Streeter. With respect to our school, I have a possible conclusion; namely, since the students elected a girl for president, and that we have two female Rectors, and since the girls are doing better in the classroom and on the playing fields than the boys, SPS is now correctly a “girls school” rather than a “boys school.” What say you?”
Sorry to report that formmate, John Barnum, died on July 23, 2018. He was a very successful lawyer with an adventurous spirit. An obituary will appear in due course in Alumni Horae. I hope many of you are beginning to think about our 75th Anniversary, which will be here in no time, at the pace that time seems to fly. Much more on this in future formnotes. Sue joins me in wishing all of us good health.
David McGovern reports: “I spent the summer in Prouts Neck, Maine, but am still living in Paris, in the same house I’ve been in for 50 years, and would love to see anyone who is in the area.”
Kaighn Smith writes: “Happily retired OB/GYN and moved full-time to what used to be our summer residence in Maine. I still sail a lot. Sadly, too many of us are gone.”
John Maxwell spent the summer up in Northeast Harbor, Maine, where it was nice and cool. He recently moved into a retirement community, Westminster Canterbury, in Richmond, Va., where it’s very nice.
I am sad to report that Doug Worrall died in April 2017. Details of his life and whereabouts are sketchy at best, and no obituary has been found. What info we have has been gleaned mostly from letters to the Hunnewells. Doug grew up in Chestnut Hill, outside Philadelphia, and went to Chestnut Hill Academy before entering SPS. After college (Harvard) he served in both the Army and Navy. After that, he moved to Hawaii, where he tried his hand in real estate. Some years later, he took up residence on his sailboat, a ’46 vessel named Sentinel, which sank in August 2001 off Coco Head, after hitting a partially submerged container. The boat went down in 20 minutes, but all three passengers were rescued by the Coast Guard, due to Doug’s preparedness, emergency equipment, and handling. He lost everything but his cell phone. After that, Doug resumed residence on land and eventually moved to Kahuka, in the extreme northeast corner of Oahu, in 2006. His name appears nearby on a wall at Punchbowl, a National Cemetery like Arlington.
Laura Closson Dean ’04, granddaughter of Burton Closson Jr., married Carmine Grimaldi ’04 in Biddeford Pool, Maine, on September 15, 2018.
Save the dates for our 70th Reunion: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 31-June 2. Call the Holiday Inn now to reserve your room at (603) 224-9534. We’ll be guests of the School for cocktails and dinner both evenings. Hope to see you all there. In the meantime, let me know your plans, check our reunion website for updates (www.sps.edu/1949), and submit a formnote for the next issue of Alumni Horae by January 10. We now live in a retirement community in Naples, Fla., and are looking forward to visiting Millville again. Let’s plan to exceed the ’48 reunion total of eight.
Ken Burt writes: “Just celebrated my 65th reunion at Yale. Looking forward to our 70th at SPS. Sally and I hope to see you next spring.”
C. Christian Beels reports: “I have finally this year retired from the practice of psychotherapy (only one patient for sev-eral years now), so am searching for a volunteer position. My time has been de-voted to a 16-chapter memoir, two chapters of which are about life at St. Paul’s. Having spent much of my life working in intentional communities, I look back and realize how important for me that first one was. Margaret and I are planning to come to the reunion next summer, and look forward to seeing you there.”
From Charlie Lewis: “Twenty-two years of quiet retirement here in Southern Rhode Island, along with foreign travel whenever possible, has been a great formula. However, there have been too few reunions attended at SPS and we think the time has come to make an appearance next May for the big 70th. If not now, when?”