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YAM Notes: January 2004

By Gregory A. Weiss

“As an active participant in international business,” Tom Barry is “delighted that President Levin’s administration is making major efforts and enjoying success in making Yale a truly international univer-sity. My family is well; Pat and I are fortunate to be parents of Oliver, Princeton ’05; Lillian, Yale ’08 (one-year deferment before entering); and Michael, 11th grade.”

We received a nice note from James Levin proudly announcing, with his wife Joanna, the marriage of their daughter, Lori Christ, to Adam Siegel. “They were married September 5 on the private outdoor terrace at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the hotel’s fountains dancing to the Sinatra version of ‘Fly Me to the Moon.’ Our daughter, Debra Christ, was maid of honor. Serendipity! While staying in Las Vegas, we bumped into my college roommate, Harvey Berman, the mystery bookstore entrepreneur and his wife, Dr. Lois Berman, the noted New York psychologist, at the high-limit and baccarat tables. They said they were ahead!!”

Clark Abbott‘s “only excitement” is the arrival of second grandchild — a boy — “currently expected to join the Class of 2024.” Clark is looking forward to seeing everybody in January at the Vail mini-reunion. A short note from Bob Fischer in Vienna, Virginia: “Still systems director at the Aerospace Corporation, leading efforts to use space systems to support the U.S. Looking forward to 2004 presidential election as an extension of Yale class elections (grin).”

Bill McKelvy‘s wife Dana reports that Bill will retire in January 2004, after 30 years of flying for Fed Ex. “Seems just a moment ago that we came to Memphis after the Vietnam years.” Dug Chisholm‘s daughter Sara is attending grad school in forensic and clinical psychology. His son, Dugald III, has just begun medical school at Tufts. “Getting older takes its toll,” says Dug; “I’ll be having hip replacement surgery, so we’ll miss the ski mini-reunion this year.”

In the category of leaving the bad news to the end, we must report the death on August 20, 2003, of Bill Knittel as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage. We have little information at this time other than that Bill was a doctor living in Puyallup, Washington.