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YAM Notes: May/June 2005

By Gregory A. Weiss

Day Patterson reports that John Seybolt and wife Pat have relocated from Scottsdale, Arizona, to Melbourne, Australia, following John’s recent appointment as the dean and director of the Melbourne Business School. John reports they’re having a wonderful time and looking forward to being there for at least the next four years or so, and would welcome the opportunity to visit with classmates who might be touring or living in Australia. (John’s e-mail address there is J.Seybolt@mbs.edu.) The Seybolts are keeping their home in Scottsdale, to which they expect to return after their time in Australia.

Steve Block sends the following note: “After 12 years as senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., I relinquished that role at the end of 2003 and with Evie and our two boys, David and Nick, moved from New Jersey to Manhattan Beach, California. I’m still working for IFF, primarily as its representative on the boards of directors of a number of trade organizations, including one of which I am serving as president. With more free time, I’ve undertaken other roles, including joining an ‘angel’ investment group here in southern California, taking courses at UCLA, and biking and doing lots of walking to stay in shape. California is a real change from the New York metropolitan area, but none of us misses the cold weather.”

A funny note from Tom Opladen: “I was in New Haven last night to watch the Clarkson hockey game. During the break between periods one of my friends pointed out Paul Farren, riding on the Zamboni wearing a hockey shirt. My friend told me that the ride was a present from his wife for his 60th birthday! Our class gets crazier by the day.”

Dean Gaver, partner in the New Jersey law firm of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2005-2006. Dean, a Harvard Law grad, is a member of the firm’s real estate department and has served as counsel in several New Jersey landmark cases involving exclusionary zoning and related land-use matters.

Lindisfarne Books just published Morgan Bulkeley’s father’s book, Berkshire Stories, a collection of tales of the nature, people, history, and conservation of Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Morgan did the cover and illustrations.

A brief but impressive note from Clark Abbott: “June 2004 — reached Camp 3 on north face of Everest, 21,040 feet. Believe this trek has cured my desire to achieve great heights.”

We’ll let Tim Wollaeger’s eagerly awaited but shortened (the full version is on the class website) description of the Beaver Creek mini-reunion speak for itself: “We were fortunate enough to have access to three condos at The Chateau with a total of 12 bedrooms. This allowed us to have the majority of the group in one place. Dick and Mary Allen and Dave and Boo Whitridge acted as room parents to protect the property of my friends. We started out on Wednesday night with a lovely dinner at the home of Jesse and Pat Lovejoy. We gathered at The Chateau on Thursday morning for breakfast and instructions from our chief organizer, Cindy Wollaeger. We broke into three groups, with the first group going onto the mountains of Beaver Creek for skiing. Group Two went off for a day of dog sledding. Group Three, under the watchful eye of Kent Willever, boarded a SnoCat for what was described as a treacherous mountain adventure ride to Beano’s Cabin, where the group gathered for an elegant lunch. That evening we gathered at the Beaver Creek Club for dinner with a choice of buffalo tenderloin or grilled salmon.

“On Friday, we had another great ski day with blue skies and soft snow. Some of those who didn’t ski again counted on Kent to get them to the Ritz Carlton Bachelor’s Gulch to board the SnoCat for the ride to Zach’s Cabin for lunch. Others set out on a long snowshoeing adventure to Zach’s. After skiing, we gathered in the bar area of Splendido’s Restaurant for a songfest. Rich Look was better than ever as he entertained us with music from a musical he is working on plus a medley of Yale songs. Dinner that night at the Cordillera Club was one not to be forgotten, joined by country singer Lloyd Mabrey. On Saturday, the weather was wonderful again. Lunch was at Allie’s for those skiing. Others joined us by snowshoe. Dinner that night was off the mountain at the Four Eagle Ranch. The ranch offered a horse-driven sleigh ride, Colorado cuisine, marshmallow roasting over an open fire, and a rustic nineteenth-century cabin. On Sunday morning we gathered at Wollaeger’s for breakfast and goodbyes. We all had a great time, were pleased that everybody skied safely and did not need Chris Strotz’s orthopedic skills, and congratulated Jeff Hill and Russ Dilley for taking on the responsibility for organizing next year’s ski gathering with a projected location of Utah.”

Chuck Weller recently published Unique Value, a book with five chapters by Harvard’s Michael Porter that covers three subjects connected by Mike’s economics: antitrust (it shows how and why antitrust law need advance to Porter’s economics), education (it shows how connecting inner-city education and education generally to making money provides a major breakthrough for the poor and everyone in a global-innovation economy), and health care (it elaborates on a new model for health care Chuck helped prepare and publish in the Harvard Business Review last June). “After 30-plus years in the field,” says Chuck, “I found their ideas so novel I formed a company to implement them, Next Generation Healthcare, LLC. All of which is great fun, but my greatest fun and joy is with my daughter Rachel (10) and wife, Lucy.”

Having established his own wealth management firm in 2003, The Karetsky Group, LLC, Skip Karetsky recently made an investment in and became a principal of Wetherby Asset Management, an outstanding San Francisco-based wealth management firm with over $1 billion in assets under advisement. Robert Ulery has returned to teaching at Wake Forest after a year’s research leave. His translation for Harvard Press of Pietro Bembo’s 1551 Historia Veneta is nearly ready for press; he gave two papers on it this spring and hopes to do another soon. His next project is an English manuscript (seventeenth-century) arguing the rehabilitation of the Emperor Tiberius against the account of him given by the historian Tacitus.

Dr. Redmond Code passed away in Pikeville, Kentucky, on March 26, 2004. He was a retired physician (anesthesiology) and is survived by one son, John Andrew Code.