1963 - 40th reunion
Neither the noisy union demonstrators on Friday nor the rainy weather on Saturday could dampen our enthusiasm as we gathered in New Haven on June 6th and 7th to celebrate our 40th anniversary as Yale M.D.s. The sumptuous clambake on Friday provided an ideal venue for aggiornamento, with ample food, drink and conversation. Our class dinner Saturday night at Zinc on Chapel Street provided a more intimate ambiance to continue our reminiscences and share our current lives. Apparent throughout the weekend were the youth and beauty of the wives and significant others in attendance. The salutary effects on their partners were quite obvious.
Of the 16 classmates in attendance, three have retired completely: Dave(Carol) Fulmerfrom internal medicine, Bob (Marnie) Muellerfrom pulmonary medicine and Chuck Wilsonfrom radiology. The professors in our midst, actively involved in advancing our profession, included John(Michelle) Contein infectious diseases, Bill(Jackie) Friedewaldin biostatistics, Craig(Gail) Llewellynin military medicine and Sheldon(Doren) Pinnellin dermatology. Also still actively in practice are Art Ackermanin anesthesia, Dudley(Hedva) Danoffin urology, Alex (Christine) Gaudioin retinal surgery, Bob Grummonin primary care, Ben(Janice) Harrisin rheumatology, GeorgeHolstenin pathology, John(Judy) Mahoneyand Jay Pomeranzin psychiatry. Hal(Barbara) Kaplancontinues an active mix of gastroenterology and hospital administration.
After dinner we shared memory lane excursions and philosophical insights and enjoyed a drop-in visit from then-Dean David Kessler. We distributed and shared the written responses from many classmates who sent their regrets along with some insights. Barbara Rosenthal Almondcontinues an active practice in psychoanalysis; Dave Crossand Dave Holdenhave both retired from primary care. Professor Peter Gregoryhas gone emeritus, but still does some liver clinic time. Tom Tillackis still a full-time professor of pathology, but going part time in July. Lee Talneris already on the part-time track in academic radiology. Jerry Winer remains active full time as professor of psychiatry.
We remembered with fondness and sadness our deceased classmates: Miguel Alonzo,Millard Amdur,David Langtree, Peter Livingston,Tom Peters,Marvin Skolnick,Robert Shapiroand Gary Van Galder.
Finally, planning has already begun for our 45th reunion. Everyone in the class has been deputized to get on the phones and help ensure a massive turnout in 2008. We felt badly for all the classmates who missed out on sharing a great weekend. We missed them.
—Alex Gaudio andHal Kaplan
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