Bill Matthews attended in December what he described as a very moving memorial service for President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral. Carroll and Bobby Clark did their annual Pan Mass bike ride as a cancer fundraiser. He and Peter Pell are gearing up to make calls for this year’s Annual Fund drive. Rick Leach sends his best wishes for greater wisdom, tolerance and empathy (much needed in this chaotic national political scene), and is planning lots of travel. Joan and Ed Tiffany are back and forth to Brooklyn visiting son Thatcher, his wife, Lily, plus kids Theo and Ada. Joan and Ed also have big travel plans, including Bolivia, England, the Netherlands, plus a short trip to New Orleans. Another traveler, Stu Douglas, just finished a Trans-USA, 12,000-mile road trip. Carol and Sherm Barker just completed their 13th year in Hilton Head and report no hurricane damage. Of their eight grandchildren, two are Paulies, with Emily ’20 featured in the Alumni Fund brochure.
Compared to all our energetic travelers, Harry Pillsbury reports leading a quiet life of good health and family in Lewes, Del., with occasional visits to Washington, D.C., where they have a small apartment. We got a message of good cheer from Will Pier in California, who communicated with me in another e-mail about a healing he received from a Navajo medicine woman who specializes in treating men with prostate cancer. It was good to hear from Lang Rust, a new participant in these correspondences. He and wife Frances have returned to their home turf in Westchester. Lang will be launching a new technology he came up with (patent pending) and Frances will head up an innovative teacher-training program through NYU. Maggie and I are still thriving in Beaufort, S.C., going south for a few weeks in winter and back up to Seattle for a month in the summer. I like that I’m still working, and my company, The Heritage Institute (www.hol.edu), which offers online courses for teachers, continues to do well. We’ve got a room for anyone traveling this way (email@example.com).
Bert Myer returned to SPS in early January with a friend and writes: “We toured the campus, easily found the Ellerbe Cole memorial bench, and rendezvoused with coach Danny Murphy before and after the boys varsity hockey game. We saw a nice win for SPS, and had the pleasure to meet and chat with Interim Rector Amy Richards, when she and her husband sat near us. My friend, John, taught and still revels in the prep school milieu, so his reunion with his former student, Danny Murphy, was special, as was his conversation about his and Amy’s careers.”
I hope to see many of you at our 55th reunion, May 31-June 2. Please visit our form website at www.sps.edu/1964 and let us know if you plan to attend. Hotel rooms are available at the Concord Holiday Inn. Reserve your room by calling the hotel at 603-224-9534. Reservations must be made before May 1. Mention you are with SPS ’64 when you call. We will be guests of the School for dinner on Friday night, and on Saturday, our form dinner will be held at The Common Man. Let me know you are coming and stay tuned for more details.
Terry Lichty and his wife, Susan, plan to be in New England in late May and are planning to be at the 55th.
Steve Wilmer shares that he has a new book out, Performing Statelessness in Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). For more information, visit: www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783319691725
Jim Goodwin writes: “I’m retired, living alone now, and I’d love to catch up with you. I live in the Boston area (I’m about to move locally again, so I give no address here). I also drive several times a year to Northern Virginia to visit my 98-year-old mother. I spent a lot of my career in early Artificial Intelligence, and recently I have been devoting way too much time to understanding the new AI. The subject has always interested me because of its many contacts with other disciplines, such as philosophy, psychology, linguistics, social sciences, and, more recently, neuroscience, law, economics, and social policy. At a recent dinner with several formmates (thanks, Haven Pell), I was surprised at the interest in the subject – I thought it was too geeky for dinner conversation – but folks obviously want to separate reality from the extravaganza of hype. Are we really about to see ubiquitous self-driving cars? What about a ‘killer robot’ that can ride motorcycles and rescue children? Could it have ethics? Even if it got elected governor of California? Okay, that last one’s a joke. I think. So shoot me an e-mail if you are interested in that discussion. I’d like to hear your questions. Maybe I’ll try writing an article, and I promise not to talk about it at dinner, unless provoked.”
John Fletcher writes: “Montana’s SPS community gathered in July at Big Sky Resort. We manage to pull this off every five or 10 years. In 2011, Jim Taylor ’63 was recognized for his decades of leadership in Montana. I must have forgotten that episode, for at the Saturday evening dinner I was speechless to be fussed over for ‘servant leadership’ (something we never heard about in our day, but it appears to have been included in the School values today). The two representatives from the School who attended (Jim Barker ’87 from the Advancement Office, and John Bassi, medical director) wanted me to know the award came from Concord, not just the Montana community of alums. Also given to me was a framed sketch of a pelican (that, at least, was meaningful from our days at the School).”
André Bishop has produced two very successful shows running on Broadway this year, a revival of My Fair Lady and an adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird.
John Chapin writes: “This fall, I sold my restaurant in Hanover, N.H., where so many of our form met the evening before the formal start of our 50th reunion. In addition, Libby and I sold our place on Lake Fairlee in Vermont and moved across the river to Orford, N.H. Daughter Dana ’98 is heading up admissions at the Berkshire School; daughter Lucy ’02 is delivering babies at the University of Vermont Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock; her twin brother, Seth ’02, has created a vibrant flower business in Napa, Calif. I especially want to reflect on the news of the death of Ken Kenworthy, which was very disturbing to me. Ken and I were both in the restaurant business in Hartford, Conn., and became quite friendly there. What a kind and thoughtful man.”
Jim Philips writes that he has just returned from trip to Patagonia with Marta, Eric, and Sarah and highly recommends this trip for classmates who need another bucket list challenge.
A note from Jens Appel: “In November, Judy and I visited Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, and Havana aboard the Sirena to celebrate our 20th anniversary and transition to full-time retirement. Cuba is beautiful and sad; it seems eerily hollowed out. We learned that the answer to every question about Cuba is that it is complicated. Finished up with a week at the offshore powerboat races in Key West. Overall a wonderful trip.”
We have closed our long-running burger joint in Sag Harbor, N.Y., and have moved our nine-year-old jazz jam session to Union Cantina in Southampton Village. I am executive producer, which means I hear a lot of great jazz every Thursday night. East Enders please come. I am also chairman of WPPB, our local NPR station.
Rick Wheeler shares: “Mollie and I are thoroughly enjoying our new vacation home in Bernard, Maine (on the ‘quiet side’ of Mount Desert Island). We plan to be there June through October. Our oldest daughter, Ginny, received her master’s in classical archeology from Oxford this fall, and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Bern, Switzerland. Our son, Nathaniel, graduates this spring from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a computer science degree and will start work this summer as a software developer at Epic in Madison, Wisc. I keep busy as president of the board of Overbrook School for the Blind and as Chairman of the Philadelphia Committee on Foreign Relations.”
From Carey Rodd: “My wife, Beth, has been re-elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives, now in the majority since the Dems took over everything but the governorship. I will thus be working for at least another two years, which is just as well, since both boys are back on the dole, one getting an M.B.A. at Northwestern and the other pursuing pre-med courses at UVM. At least the M.B.A. is being done on loans. Does it ever end?”
Allan MacDougall writes: “The peripatetic MacDougalls are afloat again on a 102-year old, 24-meter Dutch barge moored in Roanne, France. As I approach my eighth decade on this planet, it was time to return to my water roots and explore some of the old countries. We plan on making several summer loop cruises through Burgundy, the Loire, and Paris before heading north to Belgium and Holland. No retirement plans, this is merely the new European office of MacDougall Financial. Kids have graduated so the parents will play.”
From Peter Wheelwright: “Retired as emeritus professor from The New School (Parsons School of Design) after 35 years. My next novel, A Doctrine of Signatures, will be out in 2020 (hopefully). The years of (Gus) Oliver, (Tony) Kiser, and Peter Wheelwright lunches have now expanded to include: President (John) Landes, (Scott) Phillips, (Scott) Muller, and (George) Pillsbury. Others welcome if inclined. About to be grandfather for the first time (twins!).”
Our long-anticipated 50th Anniversary Weekend is just a few months away and promises to be the largest turnout of our form in 25 years. Please plan to join us for pre-reunion activities in New London, N.H., as well. See our website at www.sps.edu/1969 for more details.