YAM Notes: September/October 2019

By James W. McLane

James Arthur Hanson died on June 30, 2019, in McLean, Virginia. At Yale he earned his bachelor’s degree and PhD in economics and played center on the basketball team. He became an economics professor at Brown and then held various senior positions around the world with the World Bank. Jim was revered as a kind and effective mentor to many young economists and researchers. He was well known for his boisterous and infectious laugh, his unconditional kindness, and his intellectual curiosity.

James Biays Young died on February 18, 2018, in Ocean Pines, Maryland. He began his career as a journalist with Life magazine and worked for the last 28 years as an associate in Washington, DC, public relations firms. He will be remembered by friends and family for his lifelong passion for jazz, intellectual curiosity, and warm heart.

Several classmates sent an article from the July 2, 2019, Chicago Tribune naming Mike Pyle as the 66th most important Chicago Bear of all time. Mike, “one of the best high school athletes the Chicago area has ever seen,” spent nine years with the Bears, “missing only five of 126 possible games, despite needing halftime insulin injections to regulate his diabetes.” Mike was the Bears team captain in 1963, the year he was named to the Pro Bowl after helping the Bears win the NFL championship. Mike was elected president of the NFL Players Association in 1967.

B Lee and Suzy Mallory celebrated Lloyd Semple’s 80th birthday with his wife Goody, their daughter and son-in-law from St. Louis, classmate Charlie Hamlin, and several of Lloyd’s Detroit friends at Lloyd’s fishing club, Fontanalis (going strong for 117 years) in Vanderbilt, Michigan. Good fishing, storytellingand wonderful shared memories.

Dane Manchester has succeeded Vince Teti as treasurer of the class. Vince, who has served the class for so long in so many ways, decided it was time to step down. Thank you, Vince, for your incredible commitment to the Yale Class of 1961.

While Lou Allyn is developing a much more interactive and easier-to-use class website, he is working with the YAA to synchronize class email addresses on our class directory at www.yale61.org with the ’61 YAA directory. This may result in some of you receiving email from MailChimp for the first time.

These class notes may be missing some of the submissions you sent to Bill Sargent for inclusion in this issue, as well as Bill’s fine editing and writing. Bill had a heart attack on June 22nd while out on his daily four-mile run on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk. Fortunately, medical professionals were nearby and administered the proper protocols to restart Bill’s heart. He is recovering rapidly, expects to be running again soon, and plans to return to his post as class notes author shortly. I am sure he would appreciate hearing from you at his email above. If you want to resubmit whatever it was you sent Bill that is not contained in these notes, please contact Lou Allyn. He and Jamie McLane will fill in for Bill while he recuperates.

Class minis: Dallas, Texas: October 24–27, 2019; Register now! Charleston, South Carolina: March 24–27, 2020—Tuesday to Friday. Kansas City, Missouri: October dates still TBD.