YAM Notes: January/February 2019

By Bill Sargent

Peter F. Limper, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Christian Brothers University, died on June 7, 2017. Peter served as dean of the School of Arts as well as department head of religion and philosophy.

Davidson Dave” Ream died on August 21, 2017. He attended law school at the University of Virginia and based his career on research and writing about the law.

William Joshua Carter III died on June 13, 2018. He received a degree in law from the University of Arizona law school. He spent most of his career working for Maricopa County, and served as chief presiding judge for the Phoenix Municipal Court.

Herschel Post died on August 26, 2018. He was editor of the Yale Daily News and attended Oxford University for graduate studies in history and then graduated from Harvard Law School. Subsequently he lived in Europe and held a variety of senior positions, including international managing director of Christie’s, the auction house.

Thanks to Warren Golde, the town of Lewes, Delaware, was judged to be one of the most beautiful towns in the world, winning a first in the “America in Bloom” program and then winning the prestigious Communities in Bloom International Challenge. As a result, Lewes has been invited to participate in the largest outdoor garden festival in Europe. The event, in which more than 60 cities and organizations plant gardens, is held each year in Cervia, Italy, and attracts over a million visitors a year. Lewes is the first city outside of Europe ever to be invited. As Warren says, “Imagine that: Tiny Lewes; population 3,000, planting a garden alongside cities like Budapest, Munich, Innsbruck, Prague, and Milan.” Warren adds, “I feel honored; I never dreamed when I founded Lewes in Bloom nearly 18 years ago that my work would culminate in something like this.”

Bill Dial reports, “Maureen and I had a terrific visit to Louisville, followed by a stop in my birthplace, Cincinnati, on Sunday, just in time to experience ‘Ocktoberfest in Zinzinnati,’ and to visit the Underground Railroad Museum, which was quite moving.”

Bruce Chabner writes, “My wife Davi and I recently helped established a Harvard University professorship for the position of chief of hematology and medical oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, where I have practiced and pursued cancer research for the past 23 years. We feel that one of the ways in which we can cope with the frustrations and anxieties besetting our political arena is to support our academic institutions.”

Tom Terry says, “I had the pleasure of returning to New Haven recently for the 65th anniversary concert of the Yale Russian Chorus alumni. Some 150 of us, ranging from current freshmen to octogenarians, met for three days of rehearsals and a memorable Sunday afternoon concert at Woolsey Hall.”

Joe Novitski reports: “I moved home to San Francisco Bay in 2011 after 50 years away and started rowing again for the first time since freshman year at Yale—sculling this time with one oar in each hand, in a single shell designed for rough water. Three years later I moved into a racing single—the skinny boat, 27 feet long and 13 inches wide—and began relearning technique on flatter water in central New York. The competition bug bit in 2016, when US Masters Championships were in Worcester, Massachusetts, near my training lake.” Subsequently Joe has won medals rowing at the Head of the Charles Regatta and he adds, “Racing on that snaky river for three miles under five bridges is painful and scary, but addicting.”

Sandy Moss sent an interesting update of his life. First, after graduate studies in shark biology, he taught at Yale for a few years and then at UMass Dartmouth for 34 years until retiring 16 years ago. Second, he adds that he has had three heart attacks in the last 42 years, and has now outlived his first two cardiologists and thinks he might outlive his current one. And third, 25 years ago, he says he realized a dream of building with his sons a cabin in the woods from trees cut and hewed on the property, all with hand tools. Sandy adds, “Being a behavioral biologist, I even trained a pig for hunting grouse up there.” Lastly, Sandy says, “Since retirement I’ve been running a hobby online business buying and selling antique hand tools and nautical items. For the past 12 years I’ve served as a volunteer at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. I’m a docent leading tours on weekends and sit weekly as a member of their ‘Scrimshaw Forensic Panel’ helping to validate scrimshaw brought to us by curious folks. I also manage the museum’s annual Nautical Antiques Show.”

Bill Bayfield reports, “All is very well here! I have started to study the revised Rules of Golf so that I can continue being a rules official for Georgia, the USGA, and colleges. It is what I do these days. We live in an idyllic place just outside the lovely town of Savannah.”

A Reminder: The next mini-reunion will be held in New Haven May 2–4, 2019, and will feature some of the best faculty lecturers. Their topics will be diverse and will be designed to stimulate our intellectual curiosity.