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YAM Notes: May/June 2024

By Gregory A. Weiss

Bruce Detwiler, a long-time summer resident of Mount Washington, MA, Nietzsche scholar and civil rights activist, died at his home in New York City on January 10, 2024 after a prolonged illness.  In addition to his undergraduate degree from Yale Bruce received a law degree and, as a published scholar of the philosophy and politics of Friedrich Nietzsche, a PhD from Cornell. During his undergraduate years, he became involved in the civil rights movement and was co-chair of the Civil Rights Council at Yale. He joined the Mississippi Freedom Summers of 1963–65.

As published in  the Washington Post on April 20, 2023, Steven Schatzow passed away on April 1, 2023 in Washington, DC. Survivors include his daughter, his son and daughter-in-law and his four grandchildren . In addition, Steve leaves behind extended family, friends, and many bridge players in the DC area.

From Fred Berg: “With deep sadness I write to inform you that our classmate, friend, and my Yale roommate Foster J. Blair, II died peacefully this morning (March 6, 2024) in Myrtle Beach, SC after a valiant struggle against multiple illnesses. The funeral will be private and will be conducted in accordance with Foster’s wishes.  A celebration of Foster’s life will be scheduled for a later date, possibly at the Yale Club of New York City, where Foster always lit up the room.”

Michael Dalby and Jesse Lovejoy continue to keep us fascinated with their ’66 LIVE Zoom programs. The most recent was Yale professor and astrophysicist Dr. Chiara Mingarelli, whose presentation on astrophysical topics included a heartfelt thanks to Rick Beinecke and his family for the Beinecke library and the rare learning opportunity it presents to her and her students and coworkers.

’66 Winterfest may have finally succumbed to old age, but, for some, its spirit lives on. None other than Clark Abbott was recently seen on the slopes of Vail showing his skiing prowess in an early March storm which dropped 30 inches on the mountain in three days.