Alumni Class Notes


Class of 1967


Bob and I celebrated 50 years of marriage and partnership last year (the attached picture was taken on our anniversary).  We had some great times celebrating with friends and family and reminiscing about all of those years....




Class of 1963


I make wooden toy cars for a charitable organization Toys For God's Kids, which has over 200 volunteers in 17 states, and has sent over 800,000 free toy cars to toyless children in more than 100 countries.  If...



In mid-September Anne and Hogie moved from a condo in Swarthmore, PA to White Horse Village Inc., an independent CCRC in Newtown Square, PA.  They are active in Swarthmore United Methodist Church, Rotary ...



I have been asked to chair this year's 175th Anniversary Committee of Millburn Cong. UCC, Old Mill Creek, IL where I am Pastor Emeritus.  The organizing pastor of the church in 1840 was Flavel Bascom, a graduate...



As the 52nd anniversary of our graduation approaches, I'm still carried as the Class Secretary. If there is someone just itching to have the role, feel free to be in touch with the alumni office. I won't be offended! ...



The exhibit of "Icons of the Civil Rights Movement" paintings by my wife, Pamela Chatterton-Purdy, and researched by me, has been on the road since it left YDS at the time of our 50th class reunion in October 2013....



I have never written to my class mates. But this month I am turning 80. Assuming that religionists may not all attain biblical longevity, it’s now or never. I stayed on at Yale for a Ph.D. in religious ethics, wrote a dissertation comparing Luther and Barth on gospel/law,...


Stilltraveling excessively. If you count the Principality of Hutt River, I have visited 148 countries. If you find that a bit too much, then reduce by one and make it 147. but in June I'll spend 2 weeks in Iceland...




Class of 1962


Ron Byars' book "Finding Our Balance: Repositioning Mainstream Protestantism" will be published by Cascade sometime this Spring.  It develops some thoughts that I wrote about on the Class of 1962 website preceding our 2012 reunion.



My wife of 60 years, Beverly, died February 27, 2014.  I have now moved into the Atherton Baptist Homes in Alhambra, California.  My two daughters, Sheryl and Shauna, have given me five grandchildren and two great-...



John Kelley continues to thrive in his new calling as a volunteer with his town Rescue Squad, driving the ambulance and writing the squad’s grant applications.  He also teaches an Introduction to Genealogy course for the town library several times a year...



Enjoying semi-retirement.  Serving as Scholar-in-Residence at Claremont Graduate University; also doing occasional consulting and speaking.  My wife, Lacreta, and I are in good health for senior citizens.  Still recall with great fondness our 50th...



I am retired from teaching English at Georgia State University and Western Oregon University.  I served as organist at Jason Lee United Methodist Church and then Holy Cross Lutheran Chuch in Salem, OR for the...



Since publication of Brief Christian Histories: Getting a Sense of Our Long Story last winter, it’s been a year of travel in promotion of the book: Manitoba to Oklahoma, Illinois to Oregon with preaching and teaching related thereto. Great to meet with...



Class of 1956


This past fall, my wife Kathy and I drove the "See America" route - 11,200 miles out to visit my daughter in Vancouver and travel down the west coast while seeing dozens of the touristy sights.  One stop was in Indianapolis where I presented an exhibit of Swiss...



Retirement from college teaching at Virginia Tech has morphed into adult education course teaching at Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH. Islam is a popular topic these days, but have also done a series on American film comedians from Buster Keaton to the Marx...




Class of 1952


Greetings!  My wife Lynn and I are residents at Assisted Living Section  of  RiverMead Retirement Community here in Peterborough. We will celebrate our 65th Wedding Anniversary on wednesday,  March  25th. That occasion was...



Aging takes its toll, in my case on my sight and hearing. Thank God for a machine that can enlarge type and hearing aids. As  the class secretary I keep in touch with my 40 classmates who remain from the ...