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Ziss Frangopoulos
Zissimos Frangopoulos
Dec. 19, 2020
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ObituaryColes Phinizy
Coles H. Phinizy
Oct. 13, 2020
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Joe de Raismes
Joe de Raismes
July 9, 2020
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Bill Lampe
Bill Lampe
May 24, 2020
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Jamie Poindexter
May 1, 2020
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Peter Ecklund
Peter Ecklund
Apr. 8, 2020
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John Sherman
John Sherman
March 14, 2020
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Francis McGovern
Francis McGovern
Feb. 14, 2020
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John Czaja
John Czaja
Sept. 21, 2019
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John Rothchild
John Rothchild
Dec. 27, 2019
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Pete Willsey
Carter C. Willsey, Jr.
Dec. 14, 2019
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Lennie Klein
Lennie Klein
Dec. 4, 2019
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Tip Himes
Tip Himes
Nov. 11, 2019
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Steve Dungan
Steve Dungan
Oct. 22, 2019
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John Gram
John Gram
Aug. 25, 2019
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May/June 2021
Class Notes

By Marty Snapp

How did life on Earth begin? The prestigious W.M. Keck Foundation has given Charlie Carter and his associates a million dollars to find out.

Scientists presume that life arose from a primordial soup of chemicals about four billion years ago; and somehow, the basic molecules of biological life took root, leading ever so slowly to the dawn of life as we know it. But how? How did the chaos of chemicals become ordered biology?

Charlie, a professor at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, has been conducting cutting-edge research in this field for years, which is one of the reasons the Keck Foundation chose him to lead this project. He will be working with a pair of Carolina colleagues – Qi Zhang, an RNA biology expert, and Abigail Knight, an expert on mimicking proteins with synthetic polymers – as well as with Hiroaki Suga, a professor of organic chemistry at the University of Tokyo.

Charlie and his colleagues have developed a collaborative… READ THE ENTIRE COLUMN HERE


Dowling and Hill

Want to watch Brian Dowling and Calvin Hill, the stars of the great 1968 Yale football team, in a one-hour conversation including their personal reminiscences and frank opinions of Yale, Yale football, the Ivy League, the 29-29 tie with Harvard in 1968, and life and sports since the ’60s? It’s an online offering at a new website called Yale Boom, created by the Class of ’69, who have generously invited us to log in. Yale Boom is open to everyone who graduated from 1967 to 1973, whom they call “Yalies who came of age during the counter-culture and the reactions to it; during psychedelia and the Nixon prohibition; The Beatles; racial unrest and anti-war fervor and Kent State; and so on – different from the Brooks-Brothers-buttoned-down group that preceded us and the ‘proto-professionals’ who succeeded us.” To watch the Hill/Dowling chat, click here.

HILL

“In sports, it’s all about how you get up when you get knocked down,” said Brian during the planning call. “Dealing with adversity is the coin of the realm.”

DOWLING


Fun Stuff


Click here to hear the great Duke Ellington play a most memorable song!


Reunion Videos


Click here for the 50th Reunion videos, or click here for the videos from our 45th Reunion.


Faculty Videos

Time to take an intellectual and spiritual trip down memory lane with three of the most extraordinary figures of our undergraduate years: the great art historian Vincent Scully, the unforgettable University Chaplain William Sloane Coffin, and Sterling Professor of Humanities Harold Bloom, who passed away on October 14. Links to lectures by all three of them are present on our Faculty Videos page.

Click here for some of Professor Scully’s most memorable lectures, including talks on Eero Saarinen, Louis Kahn, Maya Lin, and modern architecture.

Click here for some of Reverend Coffin’s most memorable sermons at New York’s historic Riverside Church, where he served for more than ten years as Senior Minister after his time at Yale.

And click here to view Professor Bloom’s lectures.

We’re still looking for videos of historian John Morton Blum and philosopher Paul Weiss. We’ll let you know as soon as we find them. Please tell us if there are any other professors you’d like us to search for. FIND MORE on our Faculty videos page.


Classmate Publications

We have news of books by classmate authors Karl Marlantes, John Mauceri, Mike Kail, Dave Richards, Jack Finnell, Bill Betsch, Joe Czarnecki and Stephen Dahl.

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Our monthly luncheons will resume once it’s safe for them to take place. Thanks for your patience! The conversation and topics will once again be unrestrained, including lies about your golf score! For more information, please contact Dave Richards.


Walter

Classmate News

Victor Ashe

UPDATE: Victor recently received a very important endorsement – that of Class Secretary Peter Petkas: I am writing to support the election of Victor Ashe ‘67 as Alumni Fellow on the Yale Corporation. Victor is a classmate, but just as importantly has been a friend since we met in the Yale Political Union shortly after we entered Yale in 1963. I was then and am now a staunch Democrat; Victor was then and is now a staunch Republican. Our political differences have never interfered with what we have in common – among many things, a commitment to facts, to fairness, to justice and of course, a commitment to Yale.

I’ll spare you the details, but we often worked together, sometimes against the prevailing winds, to ensure openness and equanimity in the proceedings and practices of the Political Union. We frequently joined together with allies and friends in the Parties of the Left and Right (Victor and I were Conservative and Progressive Party stalwarts respectively) to uphold those principles. He has remained committed, even devoted, to those ideas in his life of public service for his city as mayor, for his state as legislator, and for the United States as ambassador to Poland and board member of the parent of the Voice of America under Presidents George W. Bush ’68 and Barack Obama. If elected, Victor will bring his wealth of experiences and devotion to openness and fairness to the Yale Corporation. Check out his platform at www.asheforyale.com


The recording of Victor’s March ’21 Town Hall at Yale may be accessed here.

Victor also has an op-ed in the Yale Daily News laying out his platform for introducing transparency to Yale Corporation proceedings, which you can read here.

If you want to find out more about Victor, please visit his website at AsheForYale.com.

See more on Victor’s candidacy here on our class website.


Welcome, Kingman!

Kingman

Yale has a new mascot! Say hello to Handsome Dan XIX, known to his intimates as Kingman. He succeeds Handsome Dan XVIII, aka Walter, who resigned when his caregiver moved to New York. Kingman lives in New Haven with Kassandra “Kassie” Haro ’18, a Berkeley College alumna who will train, socialize and manage the pup’s public appearances. You can read much more about Kingman here, and read about how Handsome Dan XIX got his name, with a great historic photo and dog story of his famous namesake here.


Social Distancing ’67-Style

Here’s Don Metzger modeling the memorabilia prototype for our next reunion in 2022, with tongue placed firmly in cheek:
Don Metzger
“I believe that it is both attractive and utilitarian, our two design criteria, and continues our line of customized items with our Y67 escutcheon. It will be available in three sizes: S, M, and L,” he says, to which Randy Alfred inquired, “Can you get them made with an intake straw to help us make use of the open bar?”

So here’s Peter Petkas modeling an alternative souvenir of his own invention, which seems to meet Randy’s requirements:
Peter Petkas


Helpful Resources


Fighting coronavirus is a scary, lonely, depressing business, but you have a powerful tool to fight back: Yale’s most popular course, The Science of Well-Being, which the university is offering FOR FREE online. Professor Laurie Santos will guide you through a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life. Just click on this link to sign up.

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