Harry Howell checks in: “In July 2017, while attending my brother’s 70th birthday in Southern France, I mentioned that it would be fun to climb Kilimanjaro. Little did I know that my two brothers, two daughters, three nieces, and a nephew would sign on to join me. I have never been a particularly avid climber or even hiker. This all changed as the nine of us started our training in the spring of 2018. Nothing was coordinated as we live in multiple places. I usually did a loop around Central Park (six miles) or climbed the stairs in my building (50 flights). My two brothers and I climbed Mount Quandary (14,250 feet) in Breckenridge, Colo., in September, which made me realize that more work was needed. My wife, Barbara, and I spent a few days after Christmas in London with our older daughter and family, and on January 3, met most of the rest of the family in Amsterdam. We landed in Tanzania on the fourth and began our climb on the sixth. It took six days up and two days down. If anyone is interested, I will tell you that youth is extremely helpful in getting to the summit. We all made it, although I must say I was dragging at the end. I also was down 30 pounds from when I started training. It is one of those things which is nice to have done. My mountain climbing days are over.”
Seymour Preston writes: “A year ago, Suzanne and I bought a bungalow smack dab in the middle of the village of Rhinebeck, N.Y., (where we can walk to many restaurants and shops), so we go south here from the Adirondacks for the winter. We both had surgery and are on a recovery path to be ready for the golf season. We hired a friend to hang our substantial (about 100 pieces) art collection in the Adirondacks while we are away. I have eased myself into retirement over several years from business consulting work as a litigation expert involving business solvency and related legal/business issues. In addition to golf with Suzanne, I have extensive gardens to tend, expand, and enjoy and am taking a woodworking class to resume that hobby. I also have taken up Mahjong and am the only male in a two- or three-table weekly group of ladies. Our daughter, Eliot (Elly), is assistant manager at The Century Club, an eating club in Syracuse, and lives with her dog and two cats in Skaneateles on a beautiful Finger Lake. Hoping to see many formmates at our 60th.”
Ryland Howard shares: “David Evans and I visited The Alamo, donning our 55th reunion caps. David was traveling across the Southwest and we had a great visit in my hometown of San Antonio, seeing the Spanish Missions and the site of the Battle of the Alamo.”
A report from Rick Sperry: “The SPS Form of 1964 and spouses gathered last October for a week in Sicily, near Catania and Mt. Etna, renting a former convent on a 400-acre vineyard with gardens, olive groves, and orchards. This was all in preparation for our upcoming reunion. We enjoyed great Italian cuisine. Cooking classes, a more strenuous hike up Etna for those so inclined, and plenty of ancient Greek and Roman monuments to capture everyone’s imagination and interest in the classics.”
David Irons reports that he expects to return to Bali in both May and October for his next book, Keris in Bali Today. Co-written with five Balinese and another American, the book examines the modern, living, religious, and secular cultural traditions surrounding the keris, the mysterious, enigmatic, and still ubiquitous ritual daggers of Bali. David’s chapters will focus on the adventure of acquiring 127 ancient (mostly rusty) blades over 10 months in Bali in 1973 and his discoveries in repatriating and restoring them to active use and spiritual protection in Balinese households over the past five years.
A note from Ray Payson: “I had a left hip replacement late last October and am now several months on my feet and doing well. Great surgeon and both pain and cane are history. Looking forward to spring and our 55th reunion.”
From John Rice: “I organized a luncheon for the forms of the sixties at the Black Cow in Newburyport, Mass., in February. Peter Twining helped me coordinate the venue and Laurie Brengle provided moral support. Dave Eklund and Bob Hall were also on hand, along with several other folks, including Bobby Clark ’61, who was my Dorm II Sup back in 1960. Melissa Walters was there to provide liaison with the School. Despite an impending snowstorm, it was a delightful, fun, low-key luncheon with no other purpose other than camaraderie. Watch for a summer event and see you next year.
Roy Farwell writes: “We have sold the Idaho house, although we get to stay there through this August. Primary residence is back in St. Louis due to the emergence of grandchildren there. We are working with my son to buy a condo at Lake Tahoe, where we will hopefully spend our summers starting next year. We find ourselves increasingly sensitive to the hot, humid summer weather in St. Louis. Our western experience has enabled us to become quite good tour guides for Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. We visited Zion Canyon in January, and are hoping to see many of the other western parks during the next few years. In October, we will tour Scotland and Ireland to track down some of my wife’s roots. In the meantime, I still play guitar and banjo and sing a bit at various venues in the Midwest.”
Bucky Putnam reports: “Our son, Nat, was married on September 8, 2018, in Aspen, Colo., under clear blue skies to Maria Jose Cardenas. After graduating from Drew University in Madison, N.J., Nat enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, N.Y., where Maria was pursuing her degree as well. After graduation, both moved to Aspen, where they live and work. If you are in the Aspen area, feel free to stop by the Aspen Public House, where Nat is executive chef, or The Monarch, where Maria is the manager/sommelier.”
Curtis “Randy” Carleton reports: “I retired from FEMA after 36 years of disaster work – lots of bureaucratic and political nonsense, but overall a good, rewarding career. Nancy and I have been in Kiawah, S.C., since late 2012. Beautiful island, great for golf, and a true magnet for our three kids and six grandchildren. We have been fortunate in all regards.”
Gordon Grand sends this news: “Cec and I have spent most of last year living in Anguilla and rebuilding our house after Hurricane Irma. We are done, and the island is back and thriving. We are doing a lot of scuba diving, missing John Higgins and his bride, who were so great down here a couple of years ago. Had so much fun playing golf in North Salem, N.Y., New Canaan, Conn., and Bedford, N.Y., with Bill Jackson and Jim Phillips this past summer. Jackson is sneaky good and Rebound (a.k.a Jim Phillips), excuse my French, but we both suck. Our son, Jake, godson of Copey Coppedge, produced the Nike campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick and did an ad for the Oscars with Serena Williams as the commentator, which won all sorts of awards. Jake was also captain of the St. George’s lax team that beat SPS three times 15 years ago. I stood next to ‘The Rock’ and he was not pleased.”
Win Brown writes: “Martin Oppenheimer, John Brown, and I gather regularly over Sunday brunch and discuss the issues of the day, including those involving St. Paul’s. Unfortunately, there is not much to report. We are all reasonably healthy and active. Martin is still working full-time at Morgan Stanley and has a grandson. John is no longer teaching but does lecture and produces a blog on public diplomacy. I have retired from the practice of law, am an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and spend time with my numerous grandchildren.”
A message from David Rea: “In December, Marilynn and I and our two sons headed out of New England for a Christmas in Wales. We toured the Welsh countryside, visited every castle we possibly could, and ended up at Tintern Abbey where, like Wordsworth, ‘I saw a crowd,/A host of golden daffodils.’ We also had a great time meeting up with our recently discovered Welsh cousins, who live just outside Cardiff. Our elder son has just received his master’s in pure mathematics from Northeastern and will now pursue a Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina. Our younger son continues working at MIT as an assistant director of financial aid. Life in retirement is good, with lots of time for golf and reading.”
Jim Seward writes: “It’s been a great year for wanderlust – lots of travels. I had an exciting biking trip in Switzerland, then some stunningly scenic hiking in New Zealand, a trip to Hanoi (moped madness), and the backwaters of Northern Vietnam. Capped it off with some snorkeling with the dolphins in Hawaii. There is another bike trip to Sicily coming up. I’m still doing a lot of teaching – environmental medicine at UC Berkeley and global health at UCSF – and consulting for California Occupational Safety and Health Admin. Chris Pleatsikas and I hang out a lot. He works just down the street from my house in Oakland. Open invitation to any classmates passing through the Bay Area. See you at the 55th.”
Stuart Scadron-Wattles is retired from his work in the theatre and, subsequently, in fundraising for international development and the arts. He is enjoying his marriage of 48 years to Linda, also retired. They live and cruise full-time on their sailboat in the Pacific Northwest, wintering in Eagle Harbor, on Bainbridge Island, in order to be close to their two married daughters and five grandchildren.