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YAM Notes: November/December 2018

By Gregory A. Weiss

A big thanks to Kirk Ressler, who, along with Steve Gilhuley and Rich Look, organized the fifth annual Long Island class golf outing in late August. At least seven classmates participated, several of whom accepted Kirk’s kind offer for a room at his Shelter Island home. Golf was at two of the storied Long Island golf clubs. We haven’t heard much about the scores, but we know they all had a great time.

A sad note: Dave Hathaway died on July 11 from Alzheimer’s disease. Remembered for his rowing prowess on the varsity crew, after graduation Dave pursued a career in finance, ultimately becoming a managing general partner of Venrock Associates, the venture capital arm of the Rockefeller family. He and his wife Nancy lived for the last 30 years in Millbrook, New York, where he loved the thrill and beauty of fox hunting, serving as a joint master of the Millbrook Hunt.

In a recent class notes we reported that deceased classmate Scott Calvert was “a founding member and leader of the Yale Alumni Chorus.” Scott’s widow Kori has pointed out the inaccuracy of that statement and has requested that it be corrected: “Scott was a founding board member of the Yale Alumni Chorus Foundation, and he did conceive the idea for and serve as a principal producer of the YAC trip to South Africa. However, he was not a founder of the Yale Alumni Chorus. All the credit for the creation of the Yale Alumni Chorus goes to Mark Dollhopf ’77. Scott would be mortified to think that he was given any credit for Mark Dollhopf’s signature accomplishment.”

Ski season is right around the corner. Plans for the 2019 Winterfest are coming together rapidly. Scheduled for January 23–27 at Steamboat Springs in Colorado, it is a class event you will not want to miss. We’re expecting a group of 30–40. Organizer Ben Liptzin has promised 20 feet of snow (only kidding) and all sorts of on-mountain and off-mountain activities (seriously). Contact him with any questions.

Finally, you will be happy to know that we are making some changes to our class website to increase security. Our URL will be changing to https://www.yale66.org. Anyone going to our old URL, http://www.yale66.org, will be automatically redirected to https://www.yale66.org. It is also being recommended that we go even further and switch to https://yale66.org since the “www”is now considered archaic. Our understanding is that, as a result of the “redirection,” all of this will be totally transparent to website users. Just type in “Yale66.org” and forget you ever saw this paragraph!