George Host writes: “In mid-September, eight members of the form met on the shores of Buzzards Bay, where, fortified by a bottomless supply of local oysters, they discussed gatherings and expeditions leading up to the 50th Reunion in 2020.”
Nat Wheelwright has published a book with Bernd Heinrich called The Naturalist’s Notebook (see review p.28). The book’s aim is to teach nature lovers of all ages to be more mindful, curious, and knowledgeable about the natural world, no matter where they live, using a calendar-journal format and Heinrich’s classic illustrations as inspiration. All royalties will be donated to conservation and environmental education. Nat was the 2015 recipient of the Ecological Society of America’s Odum Award for Excellence in Ecology Education. Bernd is the author of more than 20 books on nature and the recipient of the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing.
Dennis Dixon writes: “Although I have been semi-retired for a few years now, I have been keeping busy. I have an app up in the iTunes store – Where’s the Art? – dealing primarily with Hudson River School artists (it is free). I have finished hiking the New England 4000-footers. My wife, Wendy, and I were in New Zealand for a month last winter, and I did a bunch of hiking in the Wind River Range in Wyoming this past August. It is now less than three months until I have to sign up for Medicare. I just read the New Yorker article (April 10, 2017, pages 18-19) about Christopher Gray ’68, his passing in March 2017, and his gift to SPS of his own articulated skeleton (after it has been flensed/has gone through the flensing process). Fascinating story.”
Doug Chan writes: “The late Mayor Edwin Lee (the first Chinese American mayor for the City and County of San Francisco) appointed me to a second six-year term on the city’s Civil Service Commission. The five-member commission establishes and interprets rules and policies; hears appeals on examinations, eligible lists, minimum qualifications, classification, discrimination complaints, future employment restrictions with the city, and other merit system matters; reviews and audits merit system operation; approves contracting out, based on the scope of services; and conducts training and outreach about the merit system. Best wishes to my classmates for a great 2018.” Charlie Bronson, Pres Stone, Halsted Wheeler, and Mark Wainwright gathered for lunch at Beach Chalet in San Francisco in November. All reported great health and spirits; the only bummer was Pres’s report that he and his family lost their cherished (second) home and all belongings in the Calistoga/Tubbs fire that occurred in October.
A note from Graeme Boone: “I’m currently spending a sabbatical year in France, doing research on music, emotion, and architecture. I’m also giving lectures on early forms of notation, on the medieval musical imaginary, on the Sex Pistols, and on that old friend, ‘Dark Star’ by the Grateful Dead, including a pretty thorough analysis of all the c. 220 known performances that were recorded across 27 years. My kids are having a great time in the French public school system and have made good friends here. They complain sometimes about the boring old châteaux and have doubts about some of the cheese. It’s also been a hassle having to choose every day among the 2,000-plus wines at the local market. Our apartment overlooks the Loire River in the ancient royal city center of Tours and there’s plenty of room, in case anyone wants to visit.”
Cindi Mann Lermond writes with this news: “Surviving in glacial New Hampshire, where the temperature on top of Mount Washington last Sunday was a mere -96° F. Even though I am a sucker for snowy Christmases, I have to admit that the warmer climes are becoming more enticing as I get older. Planning a trip to the lower Blue Ridge Mountain area this spring to explore the possibility of moving down there at least seasonally. Our first real estate renovation project is finally complete and will go on the market this spring. I am very eager to finish this project and move on to another. First granddaughter Angel (an ASP grad who joined me during our 45th) just completed her first half at University of Maine with high honors. We both loved the short SPS Christmas video from the Hirschfelds. Hope all is well with everyone, and if anyone wishes to experience the cold New Hampshire winter again, just give us a call.”
And from Lin Giralt: “It has been very eventful since I got back from our reunion. I went to China to teach management and leadership for a month at Fudan University in Shanghai; taught the children of the nomenklatura, all kids of high-ranking party officials or entrepreneurs aligned with them. Kids were very, very smart, Internet savvy, but products of a dirigiste French-style educational system. Having me discuss instead of lecture was a real eye-opener for most. Some kids took to Socratic method like fish to water, most others hung out outside the pool. Still, after three summers in China, the country is really third world in terms of social structure. Around one percent lead and 99 percent follow blindly. It was hard to get many kids to ask questions and impossible to get them to challenge my assumptions. This is my third year, and I do hope to be invited back. Then we were visited by our good friend Hurricane Harvey, who ensured that my fellow South Americans would have enough reconstruction work (including my own) to buy Thanksgiving turkeys. We were very lucky, only minor damage. Speaking of turkeys, we were visited by our own one-year-old 20 lb. first granddaughter, Eva Luna (name courtesy of Isabel Allende) for Thanksgiving; daughter Andrea and her California, organic, veggie diet are to blame for her scrumptiousness. Me, I’d give her meat, potatoes and have her share a Scotch with me after dinner (no SPS shepherd’s pie or turkey tetrazzini for her, though). To crown the year, I was in contact with Henry Laughlin and Guy Antonioli ’71, seeking help for an investor friend in the aviation industry. Both shared their experiences and contacts in the aviation business. Can’t wait for 2018.”
Bruce Chan and Ned Welbourn, 1974 SPS lacrosse co-captains, got together in Washington, D.C., for dinner on November 10 to discuss life lessons learned from coach Cliff Gillespie.
Whit Ford has recently been appointed to the board of trustees at The White Mountain School in Bethlehem, N.H. Whit and his wife, Amy, have been married for 25 years and have two sons. Their eldest son, Ben, graduated from White Mountain in 2015. Whit has worked in corporate strategic planning, secondary education, and software development.
Jim Robertson writes: “We just celebrated the birth of our fourth grandchild (I was married at the age of 12, unbeknownst to anyone). I have four children all doing well and all independent, thank God. On November 4 of this year, I competed, along with three of my children, three nieces, and two of their husbands, in the Spartan Race in Fenway Park. We had to run three miles, up and down and through the park, and had to go through 25 obstacles. Not so easy! We all finished and the feeling of accomplishment was unbelievable. Attended the SPS alumni hockey game and brought my wife, daughter, and one of my twin boys. Contemplating retirement, which is both exhilarating and depressing at the same time.”
John Marchand and his wife, Kelly, joined the exclusive Grandparent Club when they welcomed a grandson, Liam Marchand, on June 25. Liam, son of Johnny’s eldest son, Luke, and his wife, Jacqueline, may be getting his first exposure to hockey in the Middlesex School rink (Kelly is a longtime Middlesex math teacher) but we do think the youngest Marchand would look great in SPS Red.
Kelley Eskridge reports that her movie, OtherLife, (her first screenplay credit, and based on her novel, Solitaire) is now streaming worldwide on Netflix.Warren Ingersoll and Andrew Rose were surprised to both be competing at the Dorrance-du Pont Cup shoot at the Aurora Gun Club in Delaware in December, as neither one knew that the other shot. Andrew, Ann, and Louisa Rose, as well as numerous penguins, celebrated Christmas in Antarctica and even went for a polar plunge on Christmas Day. Now they are truly bi-polar, having gone swimming in the Arctic as well.
Will Doolittle and his wife, Bella, were the subjects of a piece produced by National Public Radio about living with early-onset Alzheimer’s. The story can be found on NPR’s website (www.npr.org).
Tom Luz writes “My daughter, Julia, graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2017. The entire ceremony was in Latin. Best to brush up before you go to something like that. My son, Timmy, is a freshman at Yale and is on the diving team. In the course of moving him in, I ran into Dan Schmechel and his wife, who also have a freshman there.”