I spoke with Frank Trane and Quartie Clothier, who both plan to attend the 70th next year. Hoping to have a great group for our reunion.
A brief update from Dean Howells: “My only news is I had spinal surgery last November and strongly suggest you avoid it – still trying to get back on my feet. Luckily, I’m totally retired.”
Ben Makihara writes: “After 63 years of service, I shall be retiring from Mitsubishi Corporation as of the end of March this year. I will, however, continue as Chairman of the Board of Toyo Bunko, the Oriental Library, where we have held farewell parties for students from Seikei going to SPS. I do hope you will come and visit.”
William Faurot shares that he, Frank Trane, and Peter Hopkinson had a mini-reunion in California.
“Not much to report,” writes Felix Kloman, “but I do write a weekly haiku for a Friday morning coffee get-together in Old Saybrook. Here is one you might like:
Eden in Lyme
The Eve of old age:
With a Cane I am Able.
I don’t give A-damn!
Doug Barclay sends this March update: “Dee Dee and I still live in Pulaski, N.Y., on the Salmon River. We have five children and 10 grandchildren scattered around. We have great fishing on the River and 100,000 people fished the River last year. Contact me if you’re interested in fishing.”
You know there are signs of spring in the air when we start planning for Anniversary Weekend. We already have several early commitments, so it cannot help but be a jolly time. I don’t know if it helps the cause, but consider that when we graduated, the fellows celebrating their 65th were Form of 1889. Or that when this year’s graduating form celebrates its 65th, it will be 2084. So, we are pretty well positioned in the middle. All of which has nothing to do with anything, except to say I hope you will be seen both at the School, starting May 31, and at our summer place in York Harbor, Maine, for a lobster lunch on Sunday, June 2.
Bill McKim shares: “I continue as organist and choir director for two Brattleboro churches, play some, but fewer piano performances. Climbed five hefty Northern New England mountains. Traveled to Puerto Rico, all of the British Isles, and Croatia, all with my noble and brilliant Cheryl. I’ll boast about my fabulous grandchildren when asked. Looking forward to seeing all of you in May.”
A note from Joel Reynolds: “I am enthusiastically anticipating our upcoming reunion, not least to ascertain the methods of survival, and how to continue, or possibly enhance them. Not to focus on our (numerous) doctors, medications, and procedures, but instead to celebrate the gift of sucking air one day at a time. I have spent considerable time over the past several years examining defense mechanisms, of which we all have several, including one prominent one. Mine is sarcasm, which was not so hurtful when played with other knowing players, but I am convinced that advanced sarcasm practitioners are honed in the eastern, probably northeastern part of the country. Much more wisdom available on the scene in May.”
Nick Craw checks in: “Celebrating my final year of full-time employment in motorsports and got to visit with President Clinton during the trophy presentation for the Formula 1 event in Texas.”
A note from Charles Glenn: “I retired last year after 25 years as a professor, following 20 as a state government official, but am still active in educational equity and religious freedom debates in D.C. and Europe. My latest book is based on a study of citizenship development in seven Islamic high schools across the U.S. Welcomed my 10th grandchild recently, all of them living nearby, which is a great blessing. I’m active in an Anglican parish in Boston.”
Gunnar Baldwin shares: “Heather and I took a trip in our camper van last fall and stopped to visit Charlie Hatfield and his wonderful wife for coffee in their beautiful home in East Blue Hill, Maine. I think he has chosen a great place to retire. We have been getting some publicity about the slide for tubing I make every year in our backyard in Thornton Gore in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. NPR did a short piece, which was broadcast in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New Jersey. It will also be featured on WMUR’s NH Chronicle. There is also a four-minute video on YouTube named ‘The Thornton Gore Luge, a story about sliding by Gunnar ‘Pop’ Baldwin.’ I am semi-retired but consult for the Japanese company TOTO, that I have worked for over the past 30 years. They have become a leader in the high-tech, water-efficient plumbing fixture industry and, as a result, I was inducted into the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s Hall of Fame in 2016.”
From Fred Lovejoy: “Life is happily very busy. Jill and I now have six grandchildren, all boys, all six years of age and under. We still live in Concord, Mass., and summer in Annisquam, Mass. I am gratefully continuing to work full-time as associate physician-in-chief and deputy chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Berenberg Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. I still love it. I recently completed a book on our residency, The Transformation of Pediatrics, available through Amazon. Jill and I see Lida and Frank Lloyd regularly, and I miss daily my oldest friend, Aldy Edwards. Best to all.”
Lincoln Hammond writes: “The appeal for news reaches me in Toulouse, where my wife and I are meeting a son and family for a cruise on the canal du midi. Fifty years ago, that same wife and I conceived our first son in this same city while I was director of a Dartmouth study abroad program. Nearly 20 years before that, I came here as a young Paulie under the auspicies of André Jacq and John Archer (beloved French teachers). The memory of formmates Charlie Glenn and Ross Todd mingles in my recollection of those two summers in the Langue D’oc. I do hope that the Interim Rector did learn to skate, as skating on the black ice of the Lower School Pond is an experience to be treasured in memory for a lifetime.”
From Dyer Wadsworth: “A seasoned hunter and I went game-bird shooting this month for my first time ever, and I got a quail on my first shot. Bev said I could cook them and eat them myself, so I got out The Joy of Cooking and they were highly satisfactory (no doubt largely because of my own role).”
Bob Webber writes: “This season will be my third racing an Autodynamics Formula V (for Volkswagen) in Vintage Sports Car Club of America. This is an open-wheel, mid-mounted Beetle engine, single-seat racecar, and it’s great fun. I added an Autodynamics road car to my barn in October. Called Hustler, it may be the prototype for a run of forty-three, built in 1967-68 after four years of development. Power comes from a 1959 Porsche Super engine.”
Michael Harter shares: “Our son, Peter Harter, and his wife, Shelby Perkins, live on their vineyard in Salem, Ore.”
R. Rennie Atterbury
Harald Paumgarten reports: “The Form of 1956 held an informal, away from school, two-day interim gathering, for which 14 members showed, at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Mass., last October. It was a very nice, laid back, convivial moment with some museum visits and casual merriment.”
Jay Hatch writes: “The year started fast with a long-postponed three-week trip to Egypt in February. Saw the usual ancient Egypt stops, plus a few things we added. A visit to battlefields at the end of the Civil War, day trip to Gettysburg for that field and museum, the Glimmerglass Festival, plus a few programmed interactions/assistances to local at-risk high schools, graduate school reunion, and family gatherings are planned to be completed before September. Planning a vegetable garden’s production around that – so much for feet up in ‘retirement’ but happy to be able to do it all.”
A note from Tom Lloyd: “Just back from a tour of five countries in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam. I visited the notorious ‘Hanoi Hilton,’ crawled through a short segment of tunnels in a Viet Cong stronghold, and visited the war museum in Hanoi. A very emotional experience. Most of our group had seen Ken Burns’s war documentary; we went away feeling what a tragic waste of life it was for both sides, because as it turns out, the Vietnamese are a friendly, hardworking people, doing quite well, and more interested in the future than the past.”
Archie Cox shares: “Judy and I relocated from Aspen to Pine Plains, N.Y., over the course of the last six to nine months and are finally pretty well settled in our new home. It has the advantage of being closer to SPS and much of my work. In early March, I accompanied Amy Richards and Bill Kissick on the School’s annual trip to Asia for a series of dinners and meetings. We have wonderful SPS communities in Hong Kong, Seoul, and Taipei with growing ones in Beijing and Shanghai. We’ll spend the summer in Maine, as usual.”