YAM Notes: July/August 2017

By Timothy L. Hogen

Our revered ’58 corresponding secretary is traveling in Europe, far from his desk in New Orleans. Accordingly, the following notes are derived from memory and lunch table banter.

The headline event for this reporting period was our eminently successful mini-reunion in Boston. It was all Bill Becklean’s idea and his initiative that made it happen. His organizing committee consisted of David Greenway, Linus Travers, and David Ehrlich. Among those in attendance were Sam Allen, Sherm Bull, Mort Downey, John Fiske, Tim Hogen, Mal Holderness, Woody Howe, Neil Kaminsky, Tom Kwei, Dave Mackenzie, Bill Martin (up from Atlanta), Bob Morgan, Phil Ness, Bob O’Mara, Lewis Porter, Joel Schiavone, Tom Simons, Pete Spelman, Scott Sullivan, and George Zimmerman.

We visited Revolutionary War sites in Concord and both the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. We went to Faneuil Hall to hear a superb faculty panel chaired by David Greenway—which included insights into foreign affairs by Tom Simons, our former ambassador to Pakistan and Poland (among other posts). We had superb meals at some of Boston’s finest eateries, topped off by dinners at two private clubs. Saturday night entertainment was provided by our own Joel Schiavone on the banjo and Bob Morgan at the piano—their performance was rewarded with thunderous and sustained applause.

Regional class activities are picking up in preparation for our 60th next June. Tom Wheeler continues to organize class lunches up and down Florida. Malcolm McDonald regularly hosts lunches for mates in the Minneapolis region. Pete Spelman is our perpetual host for monthly lunches in NYC, and Bill Fitzgerald holds quarterly lunch gatherings in the Los Angeles area.

We have two more mini-reunions to look forward to this fall: a tailgate party before the Harvard game with a reception at the Deke house afterwards; and a holiday party in NYC in December hosted by Steve Riker—details to follow.


I hope you are relieved to see that in Scott’s absence we have no obituaries to report. Let’s hope he will find none waiting for him when he returns to his desk in June.