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YAM Notes: March/April 2009

By Gregory A. Weiss

Our informants tell us that Bill Hammock and Bill Hannay were seen in the Yale Club in New York in early January for the wedding of Bill and Donna Hannay’s daughter, Capron, reported in the New York Times. The bride, a Mt. Holyoke graduate, is an underwriter specializing in fine art. And she married a Harvard man! Another January article in the Times described the charms of the Ten Thousand Waves resort and spa in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the owner of which is our own Duke Klauk. A quick Google gives you all sorts of information about the place, which appears to be a must for any classmate traveling in that part of the country.

Morton Dworken has retired from a quite interesting last portion of his career: “Having completed over three years as a foreign policy advisor to counter-terrorism operations planners at U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida, I decided to stop working full-time in 2007. Anna and I returned to our home in Falls Church, Virginia, where she is volunteering in the human services area, and I am working part-time on annual human rights reports at the Department of State.”

We rarely, if ever, note the passing of one of our parents in these columns, but in the case of George Weiler’s dad, George Jr., we must make an exception. George’s father was quite a guy and the quintessential Yale man. A member of the Class of 1938, having attended Yale on a full scholarship, he died recently at age 92, survived by, among others, his wife of 67 years, Jeanne. His work for Yale was tireless. Among other things, he was instrumental in helping his class raise over $72 million by their 70th reunion. Dubbed “Mr. Yale” by the university president, he was awarded the Yale Medal in 1994. His working career included service as a lieutenant commander in the Navy during WWII and public relations directorships for Pfizer and, after his retirement from Pfizer, for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. We are sure he will be sorely missed by George and his family.

Formerly a bankruptcy law specialist, Rick Gerard reports on his new career: “Have retreated into the mountains of Elmira, New York, from the East Coast. I discovered a new life as an oil and gas attorney, of which I was totally clueless. With a little bit of curiosity and a great deal of luck, I have become the dominant oil and gas attorney for land owners in New York state, but my practice extends into Pennsylvania as well. This has been a most rewarding turn of events, and I relish taking on the gas company goliaths for my clients. My website is nygaslaw.com.”