YAM Notes: May/June 2023

By Alan C. Davidson, M.D.

The only correspondence this month is from my friend Rory (WilliamCross from Cheyenne, Wyoming, who wrote he has retired from ranching and doing “some back room politicking, but of no avail, as I am a Liz Cheney Republican.”

With the reunion approaching, I took some photographs of the campus. These are located on our website, Yale1958.org. The same buildings that were there 65 years ago still remain, but like visiting one’s old neighborhood, things are not the same.

The main feature, we now have a real campus. With the closing of parts of Wall Street and High Street, there are almost parklike areas between the buildings with benches, trees, and grass. Instead of a closed hidden Yale, one sees undergraduates walking and sitting and enjoying the outside space, not just running to class. The Hewitt Quadrangle itself has been redone with seating areas and is a spectacular space. Looking down Prospect Street from Woolsey Hall, one sees a new, old-brick belltower where the Franklin and Murray colleges are. They are basically replications of the original ten colleges enclosed from the street with their hidden courtyards, etc. And a quick walk down Sachem Street, across from the Peabody Museum is the new School of Management building, Evans Hall, designed by Norman Foster who interpreted Yale’s buildings differently. It is completely transparent, with a large visible courtyard allowing people from the street to look in.

Calhoun College is no more, and the undergraduates know it as Grace Hopper College. Much of the new space in the central campus is underground. Sterling Library, Commons, now the Schwarzman Center, etc., all have underground components. Yes, a walk through the campus is startling with its differences and yet it still contains our memories.

Unfortunately, these notes close with the names of more of our special friends washing out to sea. For their full obituaries, please see our class web page. This site is organized by Bob Morgan and contains information and memories of our class, including photos, music, class writings, artwork, and a class directory. I do hope we all send Bob full obituaries of our classmates, including obituaries of members who passed in previous years, so that they can be posted as a mark in time showing how special our class is.

William Graham Anthony (September 25, 1934–December 24, 2022). Bill was born in Monmouth, New Jersey, and was a successful artist. He was one of the first residents of Westbeth Artist Housing, located in the West Village of New York City, and died secondary to complications of a fire in his apartment at Westbeth. He took a break from Yale to join the army and then rejoined our class to get his degree in European history. He is survived by his wife, Norma N. Anthony.

William C. Bullock Jr. (June 28, 1936–December 2022). Bill spent nearly four decades as a banker in Maine, founding Merrill Merchants Bank. He served a three-year term on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and was president of the Maine Bankers Association. He loved fly-fishing and traveled the world engaging in this sport. He is survived by his wife Edith Bullock, four children, and seven grandchildren.

Richard Callaway (March 26, 1936–September 2, 2022). Dick graduated with a degree in geology. He served two years in the Navy aboard the USS Pillsbury before earning a master’s degree in geology from the University of Minnesota. He worked in the domestic and international oil and gas exploration industry in New Orleans and Houston and retired as vice president and exploration manager. He is survived by his wife, Mary Courtright Kemp Callaway, three children, and two grandchildren.

William Haskell (December 31,1932–December 2022) William took a leave of absence from Yale to serve three years with the Green Berets (77th Special Forces), US Army Airborne. After graduating from Yale with our class, he earned a master’s degree at the Columbia University School of Journalism. He spent the majority of his journalism career writing for the Torrington Register. He is survived by his loving partner, Marcia Evans, two children, and four grandchildren.

Roger Healey Jr. (September 24, 1936–January 23, 2023). Roger, my college roommate and good friend, passed away peacefully in his home on January 23, after a long courageous battle with cancer. He served 21 years as a commissioned officer, retiring from the Pentagon in 1980 as a lieutenant colonel. He served six years as a Special Forces (Green Beret) officer, including two combat tours in Vietnam. He was wounded during a mortar attack in Nha Trang in 1968. After retirement, he ran two historic bed & breakfasts, the last, Foursquare in Smithfield, Virginia. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Amelia Blake Healey, and second, Donna Morningstar Healey. He is survived by two children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

James J. LeMahieu (February 23, 1936–November 25, 2022). James served four years in the US Coast Guard. He served 12 years on the Board of Trustees at Pinkerton Academy beginning in 1980, serving as vice president and then president until stepping down in 1991. After working 25 years at Gorton’s Seafoods of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Jim retired and moved to Texas. He returned to Concord, New Hampshire, to be closer to his three children and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Joan Sweeney LeMahieu in 1988, and later by his second wife, Barbara Pratt LeMahieu in 2007.

Richard Matlow (September 11, 1935–August 24, 2022), a longtime resident of Syracuse and Fayetteville, passed away peacefully in the company of his family. He had careers in the family’s scrap metal recycling firm and later as a stockbroker at Merrill Lynch. He is survived by two children and two grandchildren and partner Judith Anderson Moore.