Class Notes May/June 2024

61 CLASS NOTES FOR MAY/JUN 2024
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Ann and Richard Strub added their kudos (“it was perfect in every way”) to Austin Pendleton’s NY performance of Tennessee William’s Night of the Iguana. They even captured a few minutes with Austin at the stage door.
Ditto Anita and Jeff O’Sullivan who went to the Pendleton’s final performance of this year’s production of Night of the Iguana. The audience loved Austin and the production!
Two of our classmates visited Norway recently.
Peggy and Paul Tierney visited several World War II sites, family members and listened to stories of individuals and their resistance to the Nazis.
John Walsh and wife Virginia also visited Norway and other Scandinavian countries to research collections of Matisse in preparation for John’s upcoming lectures at the Yale Art Gallery. The lectures start April 2 and are free and open to the public. Each lecture reveals the achievement of a phase of the artist’s long career. Sponsored by the Martin A Ryerson Lectureship Fund and the John Walsh Lecture and Education fund.
Gary Norbert writes that he just retired from his life’s work with Planned Parenthood and the pro-choice movement throughout CT. This includes training residents and stimulating his daughter-in law and son to join the field. Dividing time between Avon, San Antonio and Southampton lets Gary and his wife Julie spend time with their 4 children, 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.
Our Class presentation by Lauren Noble in January on Free Speech at Yale elicited the following remarks from Frederic Truslow. “I’m just not that worried about free speech at Yale”. Although Fred is not attracted to certain approaches, he says “if you are meeting resistance in the marketplace of ideas, by all means fight it out, and don’t complain because others don’t agree with your”
Still in the financial market traces, (no retirement any time soon) Phillip Perone recently went back to Cuba after 60 years. He encountered a nation with major challenges, people grappling with food scarcity and oppressive government. The silver lining, Phil reports, is that the natural beauty of Cuba’s land and waters remain – not to mention bonefish, anejo dark rum and superb Cohibas.
Since our class is interested in climate, John Allen would like to bring our attention to the LEAP program at the Columbia Climate School (Learning the Earth with Artificial intelligence and Physics). A simple search will bring you to the link and more information.
Peter Webster Adams passed on Jan 1, 2024. His high school days at University School in Cleveland were filled with academic and athletic honors. Majoring in history at Yale, Peter returned to Cleveland and an investment career ending with Alliance Capital where he served as Vice President for 30 years. Mentoring their children, four grandsons, travel with wife Anne, golf and support of hospitals and charities in the Cleveland area were his passions. Throughout his life, Peter was a tireless champion for young people to have the fullest opportunity to develop their talents through education and to learn to share their gifts with others.
William Bayfield III died February 4, 2024 at his home on Skidaway Island, Savannah, GA. Andover, Yale (Zeta Psi) and Wharton School of Business led to a 32 year career with IBM which incidentally introduced him to his wife Ouida and world-wide travel to all but one continent. His love of golf led to his appointment as Director for USGA Junior Golf and an official for the Georgia State Golf Association. As an expert scuba diver he introduced his children to sharks and eagle rays. This man of many talents was an amateur magician, a model train enthusiast, an artist and the owner of a series of Irish Setters. When Bill lost Ouida, his first wife, he went on a quest find his high school sweetheart. Bill found and married that sweetheart Penny sharing their last decade together.
With thanks we received this note from Megan Fedders, daughter of Peter Alan Fedders. “My mom, Cinthia, and I saw your email as we were clearing things in my father’s inbox. I am not sure you have space for a full obit but thought you might pass along a few nuggets.” Peter was a well-loved husband, father, neighbor and volunteer who passed away peacefully in La Jolla CA on February 22. Peter did the trifecta: Yale 61, Harvard Ph.D 65, and a Princeton post doc. A pivotal figure in the fields of condensed matter physics and nuclear magnetic resonance, he published over 200 scientific papers. His hobby of World War I model aircraft led to retirement years as a docent at the San Diego Air and Space Museum and The Natural History Museum.
Dr. Robert A. Gryboski, a beloved surgeon died peacefully on May 17, 2023 in Holmes Beach FL. After graduating with a B.A. in English Lit, Robert stayed in New Haven to earn his M.D. from Yale Medical School. A Medical Officer stint in the navy during the Vietnam War was followed by a residency at the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary. He returned to his hometown of New Britain and practiced Otolaryngology until his retirement in 2012. Among other endeavors, Robert loved jogging around the Shuttle Meadow Reservoir in New Britain and writing an autobiography which challenged some preconceptions of Shakespeare.
Complications related to Alzheimer’s took one more of our brethren, George Lundstedt on January 30, 2024. Born in Lynn, George lived his life with joy and shared that joy with so many that it is impossible to capture his essence in words. George played football at Yale on the famous 61 undefeated team. He married Ann (the love of his life) in 1965. They settled in Lynnfield, MA where he practiced orthodontia. Wherever he was, from family dinners to dinner parties, to gatherings around the piano singing or story telling at the 19 th hole George and his positive energy lit up the room. He leaves behind his wife Ann, their children, grandchildren and many friends.
Dr. Newell R. Washburn, Jr. died February 4, 2024. He graduated with us in 1961 and went on to earn both a law and medical degree from the University of Michigan. Newell eventually practiced obstetrics and gynecology first in Milford, CT and then Lewes DE. Bird watching, horseback riding, and volunteering for the Delaware State Parks consumed much of his retirement years. He is survived by Hilda, Newell’s wife of over 40 years and their blended family including 14 grandchildren and 3 great-granddaughters.
With thanks to our supersleuth Lou Allyn and an intelligence report from Mark Lebow we have more information about William Mathews White, Jr. Mark and Will were freshman year roommates in Vanderbilt and remained close friends throughout Yale. After Yale, Bill developed several businesses. He passed away in Jerome, Idaho near his final home in Sun Valley ID on September 21, 2021.
Samuel Blatchley Webb, Jr. died January 7, 2024. He is remembered among other things as manager of the ice hockey team and president of DKE. He received his MPH also at Yale, did a stint with the US Public Health Service Commission, and finally earned a PhD from the Univ of CA at LA. From 1968 – 82 he served as tenured professor and Director of the Yale Program in Hospital Management with occasional assignments at NIH and the Armed Forces Health Management program at Fort Sam Houston. In 1982 after moving to the family farm in Shelburne, VT Sam served as Assistant to the president of the University of VT and President of the Shelburne Museum. Sam is survived by Marshall his wife of 37 years, his children, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.