Alumni Class Notes - Archived


Class of 1971


RICH REIFSNYDER is a Presbyterian pastor in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania United States
Posted: 2011


DEAN DENNISTON, JR. is retired from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, where he was director of civil rights.

DAN AND SUSAN ‘69 GARRETT are now both retired from serving as United Methodist clergy.

BENJAMIN AUNE is president and CEO of Operation Access, a San Francisco nonprofit that arranges donated surgical care for low-income, uninsured patients living in the Bay Area. Since OA’s founding in 1993, over 8,000 patients have received free...

California San Francisco, United States
Posted: 2011


DAVID L. WHEELER is senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Portland, OR. He has taught systematic theology in the U.S. and Latin America. Wife Carol has worked in mental health administration. Children Clare and Micah are musicians in New...

Oregon Portland, United States
Posted: 2011


WESLEY H. POLING finished a 10-year stint as president of Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, KY, in the summer of 2004. Since then, he has been serving as director of capital giving for the graduate school as a member of the Yale...

Connecticut New Haven, United States
Posted: 2011



Class of 1970


DON CHANDLER owns a piano service business, serves as organist-choirmaster at an Episcopal church in Maryland, and has recently decided to resume his doctoral work in Japanese studies.

CATHIE KOUTSOGIANE CIPOLLA retired from high school teaching but is now teaching English to a combined class of 7th and 8th graders.

PAUL HARRIS spent nine months as the teaching/missions pastor at Easter Lutheran (ELCA) in Eagan, MN, and three months teaching church history at Tumaini University in Iringa, Tanzania. Paul also serves as project advisor for Radio Furaha and...

Minnesota Eagan United States
Posted: 2011


JOHN HOLBROOK completed an M.A. in administrative sciences at Yale after his studies at YDS, then an M.D. at Harvard. He practiced two years in public health at the New Mexico State Penitentiary; practiced emergency medicine for 20 years in...

Massachusetts Springfield, United States
Posted: 2011


JERRY KIRKPATRICK is retired but engaged in interim ministry.

GARY AND LYNN MILLER are both retired. Gary has retired from a career in college teaching and chaplaincy and, Lynn, from college teaching and school administration.

JUDY PUGH STONE is retired from her social work career in New Haven.

KERMIT WESTERBERG is semi-retired and doing some consulting.

JOE CASE has been dean of financial aid at Amherst College for the past 30 years. He recently ended 15 years on the editorial board of the Journal of Student Financial Aid, the last four as executive editor.

SANDRA FORRESTER DUFRESNE leads a quiet life in retirement. She continues to respond well to chemotherapy plus prayer, in equal doses, to combat her metastatic cancer. She stays as often as possible at her place in Rehoboth Beach, DE, including...

Pennsylvania Philadelphia, United States
Posted: 2011


BOB EMMAUS is completing 30 years of servant leadership in the nursing home industry, reading David Kelsey’s Eccentric Existence and participating in an emerging Yale Divinity ministry at St. Andrew’s Episcopal in Greensboro, North...

North Carolina Greensboro, United States
Posted: 2011


RON EVANS and wife Janet retired in 2007 to “Pilgrim Place,” Claremont, CA, an international community of clergy and academics. They enjoy music, lectures, college courses and engaging conversations. They travel east for YDS Advisory Board...

California Claremont, United States
Posted: 2011


SAM GLADDING continues to chair the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University and to be active in his local United Methodist church where he occasionally preaches. His youngest son, Timothy, is a junior at Yale, so they make regular...

SAM LAMBACK continues to work part-time in retirement for the South Georgia United Methodist bishop with opportunities for banjo picking, Bible teaching, and projects around the house. Two grandchildren are in Atlanta and two in Germany. Gini...

SANDY WYLIE retired to 3 Wembly Circle in Bella Vista, AR, on June 1 after a 44-year career in the United Methodist Church. Wife Susan continues to work three days a week in Tulsa. Life is good.

Arizona Bella Vista, United States
Posted: 2011


DON CHANDLER owns a piano service business, serves as organist-choirmaster at an Episcopal church in Maryland, and has recently decided to resume his doctoral work in Japanese studies.

Maryland United States
Posted: 2011


CATHIE KOUTSOGIANE CIPOLLA retired from high school teaching but is now teaching English to a combined class of 7th and 8th graders.

PAUL HARRIS spent nine months as the teaching/missions pastor at Easter Lutheran (ELCA) in Eagan, MN, and three months teaching church history at Tumaini University in Iringa, Tanzania. Paul also serves as project advisor for Radio Furaha and...

Minnesota Eagan, United States
Posted: 2011


JOHN HOLBROOK completed an M.A. in administrative sciences at Yale after his studies at YDS, then an M.D. at Harvard. He practiced two years in public health at the New Mexico State Penitentiary; practiced emergency medicine for 20 years in...

Massachusetts Springfield, United States
Posted: 2011


JERRY KIRKPATRICK is retired but engaged in interim ministry.

GARY AND LYNN MILLER are both retired. Gary has retired from a career in college teaching and chaplaincy and, Lynn, from college teaching and school administration.

JUDY PUGH STONE is retired from her social work career in New Haven.

Connecticut New Haven, United States
Posted: 2011


KERMIT WESTERBERG is semi-retired and doing some consulting.

SANDRA FORRESTER DUFRESNE leads a quiet life in retirement. She continues to respond well to chemotherapy plus prayer, in equal doses, to combat her metastatic cancer. She stays as often as possible at her place in Rehoboth Beach, DE, including...

Pennsylvania Philadelphia, United States
Posted: 2011


BOB EMMAUS is completing 30 years of servant leadership in the nursing home industry, reading David Kelsey’s Eccentric Existence and participating in an emerging Yale Divinity ministry at St. Andrew’s Episcopal in Greensboro, North...

North Carolina Greensboro, United States
Posted: 2011


RON EVANS and wife Janet retired in 2007 to “Pilgrim Place,” Claremont, CA, an international community of clergy and academics. They enjoy music, lectures, college courses and engaging conversations. They travel east for YDS Advisory Board...

California Claremont, United States
Posted: 2011


SAM GLADDING continues to chair the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University and to be active in his local United Methodist church where he occasionally preaches. His youngest son, Timothy, is a junior at Yale, so they make regular...

North Carolina Winston-Salem, United States
Posted: 2011


SAM LAMBACK continues to work part-time in retirement for the South Georgia United Methodist bishop with opportunities for banjo picking, Bible teaching, and projects around the house. Two grandchildren are in Atlanta and two in Germany. Gini...

Georgia United States
Posted: 2011


SANDY WYLIE retired to 3 Wembly Circle in Bella Vista, AR, on June 1 after a 44-year career in the United Methodist Church. Wife Susan continues to work three days a week in Tulsa. Life is good.

Arkansas Bella Vista, United States
Posted: 2011



Class of 1969


BONNIE SCOTT JELINEK received a D.Min. from Andover Newton and postgraduate certification in psychodynamic psychotherapy after graduating from YDS. She has served several churches in Connecticut and Massachusetts and is presently one of the...

Massachusetts Wellesley, United States
Posted: 2011


HENRY M. SMITH journeyed to Montgomery, AL, on a beautiful weekend at the end of April to participate in a wonderful celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Southern Poverty Law Center (with about 2,000 other souls) and its impressive...

New Hampshire Durham, United States
Posted: 2011


WALTER GAFFNEY retired in February 2011 from the Connecticut Department of Social Services as its chief of staff. He is currently working with a federal grant at the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut as the program’s project...

Connecticut Madison, United States
Posted: 2011


BONNIE SCOTT JELINEK received a D.Min. from Andover Newton and postgraduate certification in psychodynamic psychotherapy after graduating from YDS. She has served several churches in Connecticut and Massachusetts and is presently one of the...

Massachusetts Wellesley, United States
Posted: 2011


HENRY M. SMITH journeyed to Montgomery, AL, on a beautiful weekend at the end of April to participate in a wonderful celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Southern Poverty Law Center (with about 2,000 other souls) and its impressive...

New Hampshire Durham, United States
Posted: 2011


WALTER GAFFNEY retired in February 2011 from the Connecticut Department of Social Services as its chief of staff. He is currently working with a federal grant at the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut as the program’s project...

Connecticut Madison, United States
Posted: 2011



Class of 1967


DICK NOLAN and partner/spouse Bob Pingpank continue to live in retirement in the 64-acre John Knox Village, an inclusive, independent, continuing care retirement community in Pompano Beach, FL. They continue to expand www.philosophy...

Florida Pompano Beach, United States
Posted: 2011


DICK NOLAN and partner/spouse Bob Pingpank continue to live in retirement in the 64-acre John Knox Village, an inclusive, independent, continuing care retirement community in Pompano Beach, FL. They continue to expand www.philosophy...

Florida Pompano Beach, United States
Posted: 2011



Class of 1966


BROOKS HOLIFIELD was elected in April as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He spoke recently at the University of Frankfurt and will speak in October at the University of Heidelberg. As of August 31, 2011, he migrated into...

Georgia Atlanta, United States
Posted: 2011


DOT KWOK is still a substitute teacher for 12 schools in Florida with students of varying racial and ethnic backgrounds including some from Latin America. Dot writes, “We hope to enlighten our students to be responsible global citizens.”...

Florida United States
Posted: 2011


KEN SEBESTA has lived in Rhode Island since 1970. He met his wife, Helen, at Austin College, and they have now completed 45 years of marriage. Ken worked in a mental health center for over 16 years. He now works in Boston as comptroller of the...

Rhode Island United States
Posted: 2011


NEIL TOPLIFFE continued to enjoy traveling in the past year with the highlight being two weeks in Italy. Time with family in the Rocky Mountains was also enjoyable. He is active in volunteer activities at church and mentoring recovering alcohol...

Michigan Grand Rapids, United States
Posted: 2011


RUTH BENNETT has become an Episcopalian since graduating from YDS. Having spent so much time in the UK in the last 40 years, she gradually made her way from the Methodist church there to the Episcopal Church (USA), and is very happy. She is a...

New Jersey Madison, United States
Posted: 2011


BROOKS HOLIFIELD was elected in April as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He spoke recently at the University of Frankfurt and will speak in October at the University of Heidelberg. As of August 31, 2011, he migrated into...

Georgia Atlanta, United States
Posted: 2011


DOT KWOK is still a substitute teacher for 12 schools in Florida with students of varying racial and ethnic backgrounds including some from Latin America. Dot writes, “We hope to enlighten our students to be responsible global citizens.”...

Florida United States
Posted: 2011