Alumni Class Notes


Class of 1971


Royal Rhodes, YDS '71, The Donald L. Rogan Professor of Religious Studies at Kenyon College, delivered the Baccalaureate Address, entitled: "A Final Lesson", to the Class of 2015 -- the 430 graduating Seniors, with their families and friends, on May 15, 2015. The Address...




Class of 1970


Sam Gladding, a professor of counseling at Wake Forest University, keynoted the Philippine Guidance and Counseling 50th annual conference in Manila during May 2014. He spent part of July studying "humor and mental...



Like many of our classmates, I retired last year, July 1, 2014, after completing another 2  year interim in Billings, MT. This was the second interim I did in Billings, the first being at Mayflower UCC and this one being at First Congregational UCC, downtown.

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This has been a year of highs and lows. My 14th time back to Tanzania -- teaching Reformation and Modern Church History, raising funds for a 300' tower for Radio Furaha and a second station opened, Iringa Hope Microfinance ...



Retirement is good.  I volunteer at the Allegheny County Jail and relate to the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh and the Turkish Cultural Center of Pittsburgh.  Our first grandson is now four months old!



I am happy to report that I stayed retired during the last year.  No more interims for me.  However, I am participating in an area support program for parish pastors and I am a member  of the Honors College Board of Visitors at my undergraduate alma mater, TCU...



Rob Lively recently retired as Dean, Emeritus, after serving thirty-seven years at the University of Maine Farmington.



Lynn (M.A.R. '70) and I are moving to the Virginia suburbs of Washington to be closer to our daughter and family. We are both retired, Lynn from a long career in public education, and I from the chaplaincy at...



We've made some big changes.  At the end of 2014 we closed our medical practice after 27 years.  It was a difficult and painful decision, and we grieve for the future of health care in the U.S.  Small, private primary...



Now 4 years into retirement, I'm finding that golf is a rehearsal for life.  We recreational golfers keep doing the same dumb things over and over, hoping for better results that never come.  Our handicap...




Class of 1967


Son Dave was married in September to Vicky Stern and is also studying for his Ph.D. in Shakespeare in the United Kingdom. Elizabeth continues Women's Empowerment with the IRC in Congo.  Stephen lives in LA auditioning for commercials.  Husband David, a YDS...



Closest UCC Church is in Nevada, and so we regularly attend the local Episcopal here in St. George.



I continue in retirement as a UM pastor with various volunteer ministries in our Macon, GA home area.  Gini teaches English to Japanese students.  I had the honor of preaching the memorial service for my ...



Chairman, Global Display Solutions, Inc. Rockford, Illinois Board of Directors, GDS, Vicenza, Italy Board of Trustees, Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin 50th wedding anniversary in September 2015.



Since Sears and I met and married during my YDS years, I'd like to include his news along with mine. I have another picture book coming out in the fall: BEAR CAN'T SLEEP, published by Little Tiger Press in London. Also, Tiger ...



It was my great pleasure to finalize support for an endowed scholarship in Muslim-Christian relations at YDS in 2014.  I also enjoyed serving as chaplain in both the Amazon River basin and Antarctica during the...



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


It is with great sadness that we report the recent passing of Martin L. Bupp, who died on April 22,2015.



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 ...




Class of 1950


Rev. Carl Raymond Smith, Jr., 91, passed away on June 4, 2015 at Cathedral Village, a senior residence in Philadelphia, Pa., where he lived with his wife Mary Helen Lawson since 2004.  He died peacefully after an extended illness, in the presence of his...