(for the March 2013 issue of Yale Alumni Magazine)
Wes Bray, Cosecretary
151 River Road, Essex, CT 06426
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Sharyar Aziz, Cosecretary
Greetings from the frigid & rigid banks of the Connecticut River. Its a bit of a rarity to have the Connecticut River freeze down here near the Sound, seeing as it has a pretty consistent 3-5 mph flow, it is tidal so the flow goes both ways, and it is brackish. But this bitterly cold winter is certainly giving it a chance! We know we are getting close when we see the Coast Guard Ice Cutter making regular trips upriver to Hartford. Br-r-r-r-r.
Several notes came in along with dues slips. Eric Luse writes that he is still living in Chevy Chase practicing law and trying to be a productive Chair of Class Agents for the AYA. His children, Andy, Barbara, and Jeffrey all graduated from Princeton. Andy is a second year at UVA Business School, Barbara is at Fordham Law, and Jeffrey is in private equity.
From Paul Williams: “I wanted to report that in December my youngest daughter, Alexandra, gained early admission to Yale class of 2017! Without prodding from me, she simply fell in love with the school after a visit early last year and her attendance at an admissions open house later in October. Though we had visited a number of outstanding schools, including Penn where my oldest daughter, Marlowe, graduated from in 2011, Yale was the only school she wanted to consider. My sister, Bisa Williams ’76, returns from her post as U.S. Ambassador to Niger in June. She’s expected to take an appointment in the State Dept. in Washington and with all the turmoil brewing in neighboring Mali, we’ll be happy to have her back stateside. Finally, I am really enjoying my ‘third career’ in public service, having stepped away from law and investment banking in June 2008 to become president of DASNY, the public authority in New York for health and education facilities finance and construction. Last year, we actually finished as the nation’s number 1 issuer of tax-exempt bonds.”.
Kem Knapp Sawyer and Jon Sawyer wrote in to say they now have five grandchildren ages 1 – 8. “Our youngest daughter is in the Congo (DRC) working for Human Rights Watch. I have a new book out for young readers: Nelson Mandela: Champion of Freedom, and am working as an editor for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. We are expanding our educational programs into Europe. If you have contacts in London, Paris or Berlin, please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org).”
From Jane Hamersley McLaughlin: “Busy pursuing bridge at tournaments and gardening. Significant year last year with step son getting married and daughter graduating from Barnard and now employed in NYC at wonderful company called ART.SY. Son is a 1st LT in the Army and deploying to Afghanistan in January of 2013. Don’t plan to sleep for nine months. He is infantry, a mother’s nightmare!”
And a bit of news from the Bray Family: on New Years Eve, our son Will asked his girlfriend Ally to marry him! She accepted before he finished the question. No date set yet as they are being relocated by his company, Civitas Media, to Charlotte, NC.
Lastly, I received several communications from classmates about the passing of Kirk Williams. From Tom Corbi: “Wes: Sadly, I write you about the death of Kirk Williams, 1974, my roommate (all four years), best man at my wedding, and good buddy for 42+ years. We spoke very often by phone — especially during the past few years as his conditioned worsened and he was increasingly housebound. Some remembrances: yo-yo’s… Altec Lansing “Voice of the Theater” speakers loudly playing “Also Sprach Zarathrustra” at 3am in Durfee… the Driving Wheel Blues Band (and rehearsal room in a flood damaged Trumbull underground squash court)… breakdown of The Motor City Barber Supply Van… discovering the frozen giblets in the turkey neck cavity at Mom Sullivan’s… THE FIRST CO-ED FLOOR (and shared bathroom) AT YALE…. secret Zombie recipes… re-creation of a 8 foot x 8 foot red, green, and blue, stereo musical “color organ” (witnessed at a RPI frat)… Mount Budweiser… Yosemite… the White Cadillac and Hawaiian Shirts in Las Vegas… Fishing in Birmingham, Alabama… and numerous other adventures (retold to those with restricted ‘Need to Know’ security clearances)… I met him on our first day at Yale in 1970. We always remembered those first words that we exchanged freshman year on that first hike up to the fourth floor of Durfee (a quad with 2 bedrooms and a sitting room) when we realized that we were roommates… (The bedroom floors were thick with dust from the summer): Corbi: “Well, why don’t you go in there and I’ll go in here, and we’ll wash the place down?” Kirk: “I’m going to a movie.” Yep. That’s true. Keep your friends close; our time here passes quickly.”
Amen Tom. On that note, I close and wish all “carpe diem.