Class Notes January - February 2024

NOTES FOR JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2024

Class Notes Editor – Paul Capra
2365 Chambers Lake Ln, SE
Lacey, WA 98503
E-mail: shonea1@gmail.com

Webmaster – Lou Allyn
E-mail: yaleclass1961@gmail.com
Website: http://yale1961.org/

Class officers:
Jamie McLane – Co Chair – E-mail: jmclane@profexa.com
Henry Kuehn – Co Chair – E-mail: hhkuehn@gmail.com

Kansas City Mini Reunion – October 2023
Thanks to Patrice and Ed Robertson, Hank Kuehn and Cristina Hall (YAA Liaison), 48 classmates and significant others spent several exhilarating days exploring all the best of Kansas City which included the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, Nelson Atkins Museum, The Treasure of the Steamboat Arabia, The Negro League Baseball and Jazz Museum, The Truman Presidential Library, The National WWI Museum, and Powell Gardens. Andy Block summarized “Kansas City was a blast, well organized and electric”. Hank’s reflections on the event: “The KC Mini was a wonderful affair that gave all of us old guys a chance to be among people who have known each other for a long time. It was a chance to catch up with those we had not seen for years as well as develop new relationships with those we didn’t know as undergrads.”

Attendees
Andy Block, Shaun Block, Tony Butterfield, Catharine Butterfield, Paul Capra, Rich Davis, John de Neufville, Elizabeth Smith, Warren Fowler, Richard Hoyer, Judith Hoyer, Robert Hubby, Kathy Hubby, Penfield Jarvis, Malcolm Kamin, Kay Kamin, Brian Kelly, Susan Kelly, Hank Kuehn, Marti Kuehn, Jerome LeWine, Iwona Dutkiewicz, Bruce McCaul, Karen McCaul, Jamie McLane, Meg McLane, Ronald O’Connor, Sharon O’Connor, Jeff O’Sullivan, Anita O’Sullivan, Phillip Periman, Judy Periman, Phil Perrone, Ross Reynolds, Jane Reynolds, Ed Robertson, Patrice Robertson, Jerry Stover, Annette Stover, Jim Tripp, Ceci Tripp, Jon Wayland, Joan Wayland, Cristina Hall, Angela Poling, McKenna Poling.
The spirit and detail of the reunion is captured in a photo gallery found at:
https://yalealumni.netx.net/app/#share/request/0edea1fb-d5b0-49ce-975b-aa408bc61705

Putting together the history of 1961 Class reunions and monthly events, Ed Cantor, Andy Block and Jamie McClane concluded that we have a pretty impressive record which covers 38 minis in 21 cities; not to mention 6 five-year reunions, monthly seminars, Film Group, and an active Environmental Group.

Paul Downey sent in a piece “How not to Write a Play” which provided an anatomy of his decades-long frustrations and final major success of writing a play depicting revolutionary times and characters. Inspired in part by classmate John Walsh’s lecture on Dutch Masters and enhanced by a score from composer Nolan Gasser the work was finally performed recently as Paul’s second Grove Play.

Tom Davenport writes on the passing on July 30 of Philip Leffingwell Spalding. Phil was a filmmaker and made two wonderful documentaries that stream on Folkstreams.net: “Til the Butcher Cuts Him Down” and “Bellota, A Story of Round-Up”

In September, six classmates from a single entry in Saybrook got together for a Zoom session. Peter Martin, Dale Lindsay, Alan Blanchard, Davis Robinson, Bob Burbank and Ned Rossiter were joined by Andy Block who hosted the meeting. The focus of a lively discussion was on how we are doing as 84 year olds and what keeps us going. We are all still married and in good health and very much aware of our good fortune. Good memories of Yale abounded and we plan to do it again.

John de Neufville, Frosty Smith and Ed Cantor reported on the research progress and fund-raising activities of The Yale Class of 1961 Cancer Center Endowment. The full report can be found on our Class Web site (see link above).

Dick Munich retired from the practice of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Inpatient Work in December. He and wife Adrienne of 62 years travel between their homes in Manhattan and Durham. Two sons and three grandchildren are all thriving.

Back in October, Carol and Michael Gregg celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with all their family – three children and spouses, 5 granddaughters, and 2 great granddaughters plus in-laws, at Hood River in Oregon… “a wonderful occasion, but it made us wonder how the years sped by so fast.”

Talk about generational planning: Ed Cussler rowed the Head of the Charles in a three-generation boat,
which included Ed, his daughter Sarah Cussler (Yale 92), her husband Jeff Brock (Yale 92), and their daughter Nora Brock (stroking at age 16). I urge my classmates to try this: it was wonderful.”

Right before Covid pretty much shut the country down Stephen Gilford finished writing a book on Nursing History and realized that “for the first time that I could remember, there was nothing in the pipeline” so I figured I must have retired. Now I spend much of my, suddenly no longer rare, spare time playing music at Farmers’ Markets and retirement communities. It was a bit of a shock to realize that I was older than many of the people in the assisted living places where we play.” Stephen stays involved with the Richmond (CA) Museum of History and Culture and the Merchant Marine Veterans’ Association. Even though “I am aware that I am running low on time, these are some of the best years of my life and I never doubt how lucky I am to have had so many good and satisfying years.”
James Warren Granucci, 84, of Columbus, GA, passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2023. After his degree in History at Yale, he received an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. On July 22 1960 Jim went on a blind date and met the love of his life, Barbara, whom he married. Following his military service, Jim worked most of his career with Tetley Tea then Baskin-Robbins. Jim was a long time devoted Green Bay Packers and Boston Red Sox fan, and had recently enjoyed F1 Racing. He loved trains, especially while traveling throughout Europe. He always had a book in his hand, and was known for his love of wines, most especially a Grand Cru Bordeaux.

George Pearson Smith Jr. died October 8, 2023 in Indianapolis, Indiana. After Yale College and Law School, Pearson enjoyed a long career as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Council and the Indiana Bar Association Executive Committee. While known for his deliberate decision-making, he was not one to shy away from adventure like bungee jumping in South Africa, whale watching in Alaska, or kayaking in the Galapagos.

Mike McDonnell died on September 17, 2021 in Memphis TN. After Yale, service in the Navy, and marrying Mary “Bickie” McCallum, he spent his working career in the furniture business. With a love of the game and having an encyclopedic memory for baseball statistics, Mike became a minority owner of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1996. Mike was a Shelby Farm Commissioner and supported the
Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust (MOST) among others.

Webmaster Lou Allyn maintains a treasure trove of information about past, present and future Class
events and obituaries. Access the website at http://yale1961.org where you can “drill down” for the
details. Anyone wishing to add a personal note to recent obituaries posted on the class website can do
so with a simple note to Lou Allyn.