45th reunion: May 30 – June 2, 2019

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  • Tons of photos from reunion weekend (and send your own)
  • Class Notes, reunion edition, from Alec Haverstick 
  • See the list of  Who Was There
  • Online version of our 45th Reunion Book, with essays and profiles of 270 classmates 
  • The Old Campus directory lives again – Click a classmate in our 1974 Faces-Book 
  • Results of our Class Survey

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Yale’s amazing architecture

Spontaneous comments at our 45th reunion on the Yale campus inspired Fred Peters to observe: “Classmates spoke of the impact that the Gothic stone buildings and courtyards, the archways with their gargoyles and the lawns both sweeping and intimate, had on their decision to make coming to Yale a priority for them.” Read his full post in Forbes: “Amazing Architecture: The Space Around Us Defines Who We Are

Charles Martin: ‘Affinity with Brazil’

June 7 – August 2, 2019
June Kelly Gallery
166 Mercer Street
New York NY

Chalres Martin

A new Charles Martin (SM) exhibition, Affinity with Brazil: 1982-present, appears June 7 – August 2, 2019 at June Kelly Gallery in SoHo, Manhattan, showing photographs of places, objects and people of Brazil, architecture by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in Constantine, Algeria, and an architectural reference from Lisbon.

Martin’s work is exhibited and held widely in museums, galleries and universities in the United States, Brazil, Europe and Algeria. His monographs include Because of Algiers (2013), Ferryboat (2000) and Home & Away (1997), and he has been Artist in Residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock and has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard University, Yale University, City University of New York, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Tinker Foundation and West Virginia University.

Classmates in politics: Sherrod Brown, Leslie Cockburn

Sherrod Brown

Sherrod Brown won his bid for re-election to the US Senate from Ohio, a state that Donald Trump carried by 8 percentage points in 2016. His win was termed by at least one report as a victory by “old time labor liberalism…over Ohio’s rightward drift.” I have no idea whether or not the headline is correct but I find it hard to believe that anybody as young as we are can be “old time” in any way whatsoever.

Leslie Redlich Cockburn

Leslie Redlich Cockburn lost in what was termed a “closely watched Virginia congressional contest” for the district that includes Charlottesville. I certainly watched it, having been a friend of Leslie’s at Yale. While I offer my condolences on her loss, her concession speech reflected only optimism in defeat and pride in her and her supporters’ role in “changing the district.”

Well done to both Leslie and Sherrod for having the courage to continue to participate so visibly in the political process.

Kate Kernan (1952 – 2018)

Kate Kernan 1952-2018

Kate Kernan (SY) passed away February 19, 2018 in New York City.  A woman of quiet intelligence who enjoyed reading and research, she earned a master’s degree in American Studies from Yale in 1985. She worked for several years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; her interests included 19th Century American Painting and the Arts and Crafts movement.  She was a resident of New York City and Southampton NY.

Remembering her from the first day of freshman year in Vanderbilt Hall, Fred Peters wrote: “She was then as she remained: voraciously well read, mordantly funny and perceptive, and acutely aware of the design and order in everything around her.”


Zack Rogow’s play about scandalous French author Colette opens in London May 4

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Zack Rogow

“Colette Uncensored,” by playwright Zack Rogow (TD) and actress Lorri Holt, will be performed at the Canal Café Theatre in London beginning May 4, 2018.

The one-woman show explores the life and work of Colette, the French author best known for her novels “Gigi” and “Cheri,” who was also a vaudeville performer, trailblazing feminist and a lover whose affairs with both men and women scandalized French society at the end of the 19th century.

The play ran for six months in San Francisco/Berkeley in 2016–17 and was nominated for Outstanding Solo Production by Theatre Bay Area. It was first performed in 2015 at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

“Colette Uncensored” will play at Canal Café Theatre from May 4 to May 12.

Gary Lucas performs his live film score for 1938 Orson Welles comedy, “Too Much Johnson”

gary2Guitar god Gary Lucas (JE) is the subject of this NPR profile by Rick Karr on the occasion of latest live film score, for the rediscovered Orson Welles movie “Too Much Johnson,” a surrealist comedy from 1938. The indefatigable Lucas recently played before the United Nations General Assembly on Holocaust Remembrance Day, among his many gigs here and abroad. Browse Gary’s bio and performance schedule.

Martha Roper (1952 – 2016)

Martha Roper

Martha Roper (ES) succumbed to lung cancer on June 28th surrounded by family and friends. Marty was a world recognized epidemiologist and worked up to her death in international epidemiology taking on a range of health threats ranging from malaria to polio, diphtheria to leishmaniosis (a parasitic disease of the tropics) and neo-natal tetanus to Ebola. She was a world authority with the CDC on maternal and neo-natal tetanus and was known for her extraordinary dedication to precision in reporting findings, refusal to take shortcuts and outstanding integrity. Marty is survived by her brother, his wife and two nieces whom she “showed how to be a strong woman in a male dominated world.” I suspect she learned some of that at Yale.

Dan Schay (1952 – 2016)

Dan Schay

Dan Schay (DC) left this world on April 7th in Phoenix, Arizona. It is almost impossible to catalogue all things Dan had done and all the places he worked, but they can all be unified under one theme: his passion for the theatre. Dan held many positions (actor, director, producer, fundraiser or senior manager) at and with theatres and repertory groups throughout the country. Nationally recognized for his work, he served as a site visitor for the National Endowments for the Arts for many years and, in 2015, was named a Piper Fellow by the Virginia Piper Charitable Trust, which honors the highest level of charitable organization leadership in Maricopa County ( . Dan is survived by his wife, Barbra, son, Adam, and a large extended family. We will miss this larger than life member of our class.
Appreciation in Phoenix New Times
Obituary in The Arizona Republic

Scott Stone (1952 – 2016)


Scott Stone (SY) passed away on February 19, 2016 only four days before what would have been his 64th birthday. He had come to Yale from Louisville, Kentucky and not only graduated from Yale College but from Yale Law School as well. After 35 years with Patton Boggs, a major Washington based law firm, he left the practice of law to teach physics at local Virginia high schools and to tutor a variety of Fairfax County students in science and math. Scott was very involved in a variety of civic activities, but his notice in the Washington Post emphasizes his involvement in more spiritual affairs as a dedicated and active member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Falls Church, where he served as church council president, taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. Scott leaves behind his wife, Tykie Tobin, and two daughters, Elizabeth and Katherine. To them and to Scott’s extended family, we send our deepest sympathy for a man whom I remember as soft spoken, gentle and very kind.
Obituary in the Washington Post