Talbot Adamson sends: “I went to the hospital in December with atrial fibrillation and they found that I have prostate cancer. At 97, I have no interest in chemotherapy, so I am at home, under hospice care and the tender ministrations of my beloved wife, Maisie, surrounded by my pictures of St. Paul’s and happy memories.”
Dave Ogden shares this news: “Still doddering along at 94. Play nine holes of golf and lots of bridge when not at book clubs. I think a lot about education now that we have five great-grands and another soon. We need more teaching on how to cooperate, the downside of tribal mentality, and the universe being part of us. Myths are fine for storytelling, but believe only what is proven. There is little difference in the sexuality of men and women, and nature and animals are but a gene away from humans. You only get one chance at life, so enjoy.”
Bob Pennoyer writes: “I still treasure the memories of those years at SPS, from 1939 to 1942, tearing up when I hear the hymns my class sang in Chapel: “Oh God Our Help in Ages Past,” “Fight the Good Fight,” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” We sang those songs before we went off to war, where five classmates died in France in the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. At 94, I am fully active, working to elect Democrats at every level of government. My beautiful wife of 65 years died a few years ago, leaving me with a devoted family of children and grandchildren, every one of them a star. In May 2018, I gave a talk before 300 people when I received an award at the Common Cause gala in New York that included these lines: ‘I am glad to accept the award, yet for me the greater privilege is to be here with you because just by being here, you confirm that you have joined the resistance. Because of you and millions like you marching in towns and cities throughout America, I am confident we can change history and restore faith in our future. Tonight we are at the dawn of a new era that fills me with hope, knowing that long after I am gone, you and millions like you, imbued with the spirit of liberty, will strive to save our democracy as you ‘trample out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.’”
I have been re-reading Lynne Olson’s Citizens of London (2011), particularly the section covering the huge contribution of U.S. polo player Tommy Hitchcock (Form of 1917) to the introduction of the fighter aircraft known as the Mustang P51 to the air war over Europe. Olson’s book should be read by every SPS graduate because of the key role SPS alumni played in the Battle of Britain and subsequently in WWII, particularly Ambassador to the Court of St. James, John G. Winant (Form of 1908).
From Douglas Coleman: “Sandy and I have now been residents of Arizona for three years, spending about eight months a year here in Scottsdale. Otherwise, we are in mid-coast Maine on Vinalhaven Island, and make stops along the way to see our friends in Minnesota, where we lived for 48 years. We see Cynnie and Dick Henriques and Tom Armstrong in Maine and Catee and Lev Hubbard in Scottsdale. Both Sandy and I have been very fortunate with our health, and I’m still on the tennis court 2-3 times per week and enjoy biking and sailing, mostly in Penobscot Bay. Looking forward to our 70th.”
Dudley Rochester and his wife, Lois, are beginning their 16th year of residence at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge in Charlottesville, Va., and are approaching their 91st birthdays. Dudley writes: “We’re still both involved with residents committees, and I have given two talks recently, one on religion and science, and the other on healthcare in the United States. Handouts available on request. I also lead the WCBR Vespers Service from time to time. I guess my two years at SPS still have an impact on my life.”
Lev Hubbard reports that he and Catee are still enjoying living a lifestyle of ideal weather in the two distinct climates of New Hampshire and Arizona. However, he has slowed down a bit by cancelling his season subscription to San Francisco Giants spring training games after more than 26 years of faithful attendance.
Jim Kinnear writes: “Children, grandchildren, and now three great-grandchildren provide joy to my life. I still serve the Church, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Naval Academy in some fashion. SPS is also a big part of my life and I look forward to our 75th.”
Michael Coe shares: “While I’ve had to cut down on my exotic fly-fishing adventures in exotic places (such as Mongolia and the Amazon), I still get to Chatham on Cape Cod to catch large striped bass and false albacore (‘albies’). The real fun is to have two of my six grandkids with me. More professionally, I’m still involved with the archaeological past in Mexico, Guatemala, and Cambodia. My book, Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs, is all set to go to press. This will be the eighth edition, this time with two co-authors. It’s aimed at the college market and is pretty up to date, and with color throughout. And living right next to Yale, I go to a lot of interesting lectures by grad students and visitors. So I’m kept on my toes.”
Harry Havemeyer writes: “I am very pleased to know that St. Paul’s has a woman as Interim Rector this year and will have one next year as Rector.”
An update from Alfred Malabre: “Spending most of the year in Charleston, S.C., and still managing to swing the clubs, while Susan gardens at our Yeamans Hall home on Goose Creek. Miss greatly our late neighbors here, Archie and Wayne Douglas. Still write very occasional golf columns for the Wall Street Journal, about as far removed from economics as one can get.”
From Ted Coolidge: “I find myself in a retirement home named Covenant Village, located at 52 Missionary Road in Cromwell, Conn. I am by myself now that my wife, Joy, has recently died. It’s a good place to be, and I can stay in touch with my four children and their families, who live mostly nearby. There’s time now for reading, writing, visiting, and, as now, being more in touch.”
Sandy McLanahan writes: “Barbara and I were unable to attend the March lunch in Palm Beach, Fla., with Pamela and Warwick Neville, Panda and Pete Coley, and Susan and Burt Closson. Last year, we celebrated an SPS luncheon, which included our late beloved classmate, Bill Timpson”