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YAM Notes: November/December 2023

By Gregory A. Weiss

We learned recently that Geoff Cullen passed away last May in California, where he had resided for many years. He died from complications of pneumonia and Alzheimer’s. His sister Wesley had a memorial service for him in August at Fishers Island, NY, where his daughter Torry spread his ashes at a beach as Geoff had requested. According to a published obituary, Andover was Geoff’s favorite school. He played lacrosse and was a cheerleader. Three years after Yale he graduated from The University of Virginia Law School. Although he passed the bars in New York and Virginia, he did not pursue a career in law. Instead, he was hired by an insurance brokerage firm. That business piqued his interest, and he would make it his career being based from time to time in numerous cities around the country.

All we know about the death of Bruce Edward Rigney is that it occurred on August 18 in Clearwater, FL. If anyone has any further information please send it on to us. (Mr. Rigney is not to be confused with David Bruce Rigney, who we have every reason to believe is still alive and kicking in NYC.)

Kudos to Kirk Ressler and Rich Look for attempting to organize the seventh annual Class of ‘66 Long Island golf tournament in August. Unfortunately, circumstances beyond their control, including continuing concerns about Covid, made it impossible to bring together a meaningful group. The end result was a hotly contested foursome at Rich’s club in East Hampton.

Another small class outing was organized by Ben Liptzin and Liz Schneider who in August again hosted a brunch at their home prior to the performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at Tanglewood in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. According to Ben, “The music was glorious, the day was beautiful and a good time was had by all” ten who attended.

We would be remiss in concluding these notes without a mention of the continuing excellence of the zoom sessions of ‘66 Live produced by Michael Dalby and Jesse Lovejoy. By the time you are reading this column they will have presented at least three new post-summer sessions, all of which we are sure were terrific. Go to the Class website, Yale66.org, if you want to be included in future sessions or to replay earlier sessions. We are confident that you will find it a worthwhile hour and a quarter of your time.