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

J. Scott Glascock (1952 – 2016)


Our classmate J. Scott Glascock (CC) passed away August 27, 2016 in New York City. His many friends are posting tributes on Facebook. Here is a note from Sarah Ann Rodgers:

Dear Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of J. Scott Glascock today, August 27, 2016, after a 4 month battle with esophageal cancer.

Scott was the ultimate gentleman and scholar and a person who loved and supported his many clubs. Among them were The Players, Dutch Treat, Yale Club, Blue Hill Troupe, Amateur Comedy Club, New England Society, St. George’s Society, Episcopal Actors Guild, The Lambs, and the Independent Royal Arch Lodge #2. He often held high positions in his clubs, including Treasurer of the EAG, president of The New England Society, president of the Yale Club and Boy of The Lambs.

His clubs became his extended family. Your visits, cards and calls brought him much comfort during these difficult months.

Information regarding a memorial service will be forwarded in the near future. In the meantime, expressions of condolence can be sent via contributions to The Episcopal Actors Guild, 1 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016.

We lost a very special friend today.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.
Kindest regards,
–Sarah Ann Rodgers

Scott was a lawyer, investor and actor who gave his wit, talents, abilities and humor generously to all. A great mentor, he often found talented people to add to his favorite organizations – while serving as President or leadership capacity.
Those who will miss him most are the Yale Club of NYC, Yale University, The Players Club, The Lambs Club, New England Society, Amateur Comedy Club, Episcopal Actors Guild and the Blue Hill Troupe.
–Gayle Maurin

Classmates, join our conversation on the Class of 1974 page on Facebook. Email Alec Haverstick ( for an invitation to join this group.

‘Storied People’ photos by Charles Martin – NYC thru 3/12/16


Ornette Coleman (2012)
Digital silver print
20 x 16 inches
by Charles Martin

‘Storied People’
Charles Martin

June Kelly Gallery
166 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012

12 February – 12 March, 2016

“The photo portrait for me is primarily a record of an encounter, a moment of complicity: the person sees that the photographer is taking a photo, and the person allows the image to be. There is a story that goes along with the portrait and, taking in the images, you can judge for yourself if the story and the image go together as you would suspect. In that sense, these photos all are of ‘storied people.’”

—Charles Martin (SM)

This exhibition of black and white prints is Charles Martin’s sixth solo show at June Kelly Gallery. He has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, and had solo exhibitions at the Musée Public National d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Algeria; Musée de la Halle St. Pierre, Paris; Henry Street Settlement, NY; Imã Foto Galeria, São Paulo; and numerous universities and colleges. His book of photographs, Because of Algiers, is available through Further work includes publications in Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, the New York Times and various journals. Martin has produced and directed documentary, art, and music films, including Playing New York and, for Bank of America, The Hewitt Collection of African American Art.

More information

Marc Poirier (1952 – 2015)


Our classmate Marc R. Poirier (ES) passed away Sunday, August 2, 2015.

Marc was Professor of Law and the Martha Traylor Research Scholar at Seton Hall University Law School. You can read about his career and publications here, and read comments from colleagues and students here.

We encourage you to post comments on the Class of 1974 group page on Facebook. Email Alec Haverstick ( for an invitation to join this group.

Jon Bellis (1952 – 2015)


Jon Michael Bellis (BR) died in an automobile accident Friday, July 31, 2015. He was 62 and lived in Woodbridge CT. He was married to Kathryn Barry Bellis for 37 years and the father of Christopher Barry Bellis and Erin Barry Bellis.

Memorial service: A memorial service with holy Eucharist will celebrate Jon’s life on Saturday, August 8, 2015 @ 11a at the Church of the Good Shepherd, located at 680 Racebrook Road, Orange, Connecticut. A reception in the true spirit of community will follow under a tent on the side lawn. If you are able to attend, a special dress code is requested. Since Jon’s 63rd birthday would have been Sunday, August 9th, summer casual attire is requested. Guests are encouraged to wear shorts and a T-shirt, such as a Yale, Hopkins, CGS and/or Patriot T-shirt. Or if you are a golfer, please wear your favorite golf outfit. Ties and jackets are prohibited. If it helps, his wife and daughter plan to wear their best golf outfits because that is what we did with Jon every year on his birthday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a charity of your choice , The Church of the Good Shepherd Youth Ministry, or the Yale Athletic department. An online guest book for wishes and stories is available here.

An obituary appears in the New Haven Register.

Classmates, please join our conversation on the Class of 1974 page on Facebook. Email Alec Haverstick ( for an invitation to join this group.

Illustrations by Paul Zelinsky

zelinsky_medal1Paul Zelinsky keeps getting honored for his illustrious illustrations of children’s books (I want a Moose T-shirt!) and was recently named co-chair of PEN American Center’s Children and Young Adult Book Committee. In the photo here he’s being presented with another award, the Southern Miss Medallion at the 2015 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, by Dr. Aubrey Lucas, president emeritus of the University of Southern Mississippi.