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YAM Notes: July/August 2022

By Gregory Weiss

We are excited to report that the program of Class Zoom discussions announced in our most recent column (the “‘66 LIVE Discussions”) has been successfully launched to rave reviews. Organized and moderated by Classmates Michael Dalby and Jesse Lovejoy, the first session, on May 3, featured Classmate David Thorne, former Ambassador to Italy and now Senior Advisor at the State Department, who provided keen insights into, among other things, the Ukraine war, global energy and climate change. The next ’66 LIVE Discussion is scheduled for May 31 and will focus on China and Russia. To be led again by Michael and Jesse, the guests will be Classmate Yukon Huang, a lifelong China and Russia expert and a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment, and Chris Murck Y’65, whose long career in international finance has been heavily China-oriented.

We expect that these discussions will continue on a regular basis (ideally monthly, with a summer hiatus). They will be announced in email blasts sent to all Classmates for whom we have up-to-date email addresses. If you have not been receiving these emails and would like to receive them, you should send an email to me at gweiss@stblaw.com asking to be put on the list. For those who miss a session or want to take another look at a previous session, all sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the Class website (Yale66.org).

Dennis O’Sullivan passed away on April 12, 2022. After Yale, Dennis earned a series of advanced degrees in psychology and education the culmination of which was a PhD in psychology from Temple University. He taught criminal justice at the University of Delaware and was a licensed private investigator in Delaware specializing in fraud, abuse, discrimination and criminal investigation.

“It is with pleasure,” says Peter Lownds, “that I announce the forthcoming publication of a translation (mine) of a novel entitled Never-Ending Youth.” The novel was written by a Brazilian journalist from a town in Brazil where Peter served in the Peace Corps from 1966 to 1968, who is now a friend of Peter. Also participating in the publication of the book was Eric Gordon. Peter and Eric met in Los Angeles in connection with a performance there of our 50th Reunion musical, Naked Lunch: The Musical, and bonded over their mutual admiration for a long-time professor of Portuguese at Yale.