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YAM Notes: July/August 2024

By Gregory A. Weiss

“Some news for YAM Class Notes” from Tad Tuleja. “I just published a children’s book, an animal fable called Hesperides the Aarborg, that might be of interest to classmates with grandchildren or great-grandchildren. Available now on Amazon. And for folks interested in Vietnam, my essay Spit and Spin: Rival Memory Narratives of Veteran Abuse was just nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the literary journal  Consequence: Thanks, and best wishes to all as we rumble toward 80.”
 
Some sad news from Tim Wollaeger: “I received a phone call from Dave Whiteley’s son informing me that David turned 80 in March and passed away shortly thereafter.   Dave lived in Northern California wine country. After serving in Vietnam with the Marines, he returned to the San Francisco where he made a success of converting his apartment building into condos. He then moved to the wine country where he built homes and opened a number of retail stores.  He also got a law degree. He and his wife Chris raised horses. David had two sons; Seth & Jed.”
 
More sad news, in this case from Gary Kashmer: “I’m sorry to be writing to let you know that our classmate, and my dear friend, and former roommate, David Reuben, died on November 29, 2023, peacefully, in his sleep, in his condo in Rockville, Maryland.  I can attest to David’s formidable will and indomitable spirit, as he was suffering for a while with a host of ailments. He honored and trusted me with scheduled talks 2-3 times per week for the last few years, as he lived alone. But he continued to be a world renowned animal rights activist and philanthropist.  David produced an award-winning documentary film about the plight of elephants in Thailand and created and developed and financially supported the David Reuben Clerkships program for young lawyers pursuing the field of animal law.

James Albert Merten Elliott passed away on January 12, 2024. Born September 9, 1944, he graduated from Yale summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Then, at the London School of Economics he earned his masters of science in economics in 1968. Finally, he earned his Ph.D. in economics at Yale in 1972. He was an economist for the US Agency for International Development, retiring in 2009.
 
Peter Lownds is working on an interesting project with Carlton Davis, originally class of 1966, who graduated in 1968 from Yale College and in 1971 from the Yale School of Architecture. Peter and Carlton  are actively seeking a publisher for Carlton’s illustrated autobiography, “An Artist’s Life,” which they co-wrote in celebration of  their upcoming 80th birthdays. Peter says: “If you enjoyed “Naked Lunch: The Musical” at our fiftieth reunion, you’ll vibe to the labile landslide of Carlton’s boho odyssey from architecture to fine art, drug addiction to Buddhist meditation, Rabelasian consumption to bariatric restraint, self-loathing to redemption.”
 
A short note from Eric Gordon: “Thankfully, I’ve lived long enough to complete my translations of eight books of fiction by Portuguese writer Manuel Tiago. They’re all now in print.”
 
By now you have for a couple of years seen in this column regular mentions of ‘66LIVE, our monthly series of zoom interviews with classmates, Yale professors and administrators, and other interesting people. Michael Dalby and  Jesse Lovejoy have been doing a great job with these presentations while having a great time working on them. See our class website, Yale66.org, for information regarding past and upcoming shows. Check them out. You will find them professionally done and fascinating.