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YAM Notes: March/April 2020

By Gregory A. Weiss

As of this writing we are deep into the NFL playoffs. One team that has done particularly well so far, with upset victories over the Patriots and the Ravens, is the Tennessee Titans. As mentioned in a recent NY Times article, the Titans’ offense is “led by coordinator Arthur Smith, the son of the FedEx founder Fred Smith.”

Seems like more and more of us are moving to the New Haven area. As a result, Bob Brundige and Gerry Kahn have initiated a monthly luncheon at Mory’s. Among the attendees so far have been Waring Partridge and Robin Landis. Contact Bob or Gerry for further details.

Sad to report that Frank “Sam” Samford III died on December 10 after an accident near his home in Atlanta. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Sam graduated from Indian Springs School (’62) and remained a passionate supporter of the school throughout his life. After Yale, he went on to University of Alabama Law School for his JD and then to Harvard University for an LLM. Sam practiced law, taught at Emory University Law School, co-directed the Legal Aid Clinic in Tuscaloosa, frequently provided pro bono legal services and ran several businesses. In 1966 Sam married Sharon Stone, also of Birmingham, who survives him. Sam’s family has a strong legacy of educational and arts philanthropy in Birmingham, including The Virginia Samford Theater, named in honor of his mother; and Samford University, named for his grandfather.

Let’s start thinking of our upcoming 55th reunion. Yes, we know, we just had our fabulous 50th a short time ago, but time flies, and the 55th will be scheduled for early June 2021. Don’t miss it!