Alumni Class Notes


Class of 1970


Currently residing in PA. 



After "retiring" from twenty years as senior minister of Rock Spring Congregational UCC, Arlington, VA, I flunked retirement and accepted a three-year post as Interim Conference Minister for the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ.  Completing that post...




Class of 1969


I am finishing up a fabulous year and a half Interim Associate Pastorate at St. Pauls UCC in Lincoln Park, Chicago. I love living in Chicago and being a part of this vigorous and vital church!



I have just been called as the Interim Senior Pastor at United Church on the Green!

Is there a way that can be put into class notes or something?

Its great being back!!

Rev. Dr. Bonnie Scott Jelinek'69MAR




Class of 1968


I continue to live at the Delaware seashore enjoying our new "green" home. I travel extensively--mission trips, group travel, cruise chaplaincies, and track & field (three medals at the World Championships in Brazil in 2013). I continue my interest in the...




Class of 1967


Two books of prayers recently published: Pray the Seasons (2012) and Beside Cool Waters (2014) and a book on pastoral leadership: Strong Ministry (2013). Art is an active leader in Nevadans for the Common Good: a broad-based and interfaith organization newly formed to address...



David and I have now retired from preaching and teaching; daughter Elizabeth, a lawyer, works for the IRC in the Congo supporting women who survive conflict; son Dave is pursuing his PhD in Stratford upon Avon in Shakespeare/Theater Design; and son Steve, an...



Chairman of Global Display Solutions, Inc. an Italian based electronics company.



Retirement is spectacular.  I loved my career and work, but I love not working too. Bob and I have more time for each other, exercise, enjoying friends and neighbors, reading, playing games, seeing movies, traveling and being with our four grandchildren....



I've been enjoying a book study group in which we're finishing Jim Holt, Why Does the World Exist? Jim didn't supply the answer. Anyone? How do we United Methodists hide our heads until our church can become more inclusive?




Class of 1966


Robert Tiller was recently honored by his alma mater, Ottawa University in Kansas, with its annual Distinguished Service Award.



From March 14 to 26 I shall be making my third trip to El Salvador for a Habitat for Humanity Build.  This time will be special because I am one of five adult leaders accompanying a group of 10 teens from our congregation, Crescent United in Surrey, B.C. ...




Class of 1964


I keep busy with guest preaching, lecturing and poetry readings. I also am writing poetry and have two poems recently accepted and due to appear soon in Christian Century. A revived interest in Scots dialect poetry has seen several new poems of mine published in...




Class of 1963


Gale Holger (Hogie) Hansen loved sharing in the Class of 1963 50th Reunion, hearing the stories from classmates, sharing in worship,and listening to challenging and inspiring lectures. He and Anne celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary in August. They continue to...



Linda and I welcomed our first grandchild in Oct. 2013. We celebrated forty years of marriage in early 2014. We moved to an active sr. cooperative in 2008 to accommodate my deteriorating lungs. Linda will not retire for a few more years, but I am enjoying...



First the good news. I'm still here. My wife and I will this year celebrate our 50th anniversary. Mentally I'm still clear, except for some difficulty recalling names. I have an auto-immune condition called Polymyalgia Rheumatica, which after 3 years is finally...




Class of 1962


My wife Susan and I (Ron Byars) take turns on Tuesdays reading the Louisville Courier Journal on the air for Radio Eye, a station that serves the blind and vision-impaired throughout Kentucky. I continue to write. My book, Come and See: Presbyterian Congregations...



A few weeks ago, Fatima Mernissi, the Moroccan and Islamic feminist, shared with a few of my University of Maryland students, my wife (Eddie) and me some of her (Fatima’s) philosophy of life: Life goes well where there is travel, dialogue, and love. Travel brings new...



A knee replacement in January has kept me from snowshoeing and climbing mountains this winter but has allowed me to do more reading than I've done since YDS days, including Richard Niebuhr's The Meaning of Revelation, which I should have read 50+ years ago. [By the...



First,  I am still glowing from our October 2012 reunion. It was so good to reconnect with old classmates.  I was very proud to be a member of this group of young men and women who went on to live such noble and purposeful lives. Second, I continue to be in "...



My major writing project in the years since our reunion has been to take a broader and deeper look than in my 2010 book at the impacts of the carnage in Afghanistan and Iraq on U.S. military personnel.  This has resulted in two journal articles.

The first is in the...



Our classmate, Howard Ratcliff, died on August 11, 2013. Until his retirement in 2002, he was for many years Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Sheila, and sons Andrew and...



Here are some highlights of my last couple of years.  Though officially "retired" in 2007, I have been teaching full time in the Spring semesters again at Emory, both in Candler School of Theology and the Graduate Division of Religion, enjoying some fine graduate...



I thoroughly enjoyed our recent class reunion. I did receive two nice honors in 2012.  I was given the National Leadership Award at the national conference of the American Association of Community Colleges. Later I was given the Presidential Medal from the...



Charles Swezey, STM, 1962, and his wife Mary Evelyn (M.E.) moved last November from their Richmond home of the past twenty-four years to a retirement community, Covenant Woods.  Their new address is 7121 Magnolia Cottage Drive, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.  They are...



A note from A. J. (Han) vanden Blink: “Thank you for keeping me on the list of the Class of ‘62. Even though I received my BD that year, I entered YDS as a member of the Class of ’59, the year that those of you who are members of the class of ’62 began your studies at YDS....



Christmas ’12 got a Golden Retriever puppy who ate my hearing aids, $4K worth!  In Jan landed a publishing contract with Wipf & Stock for Brief Christian Histories. Patti does first of four trips to Florida to care for her dad Four days past her 101st...



Larry Young continues to find meaning in service trips. Last summer he volunteered with the Yale Alumni group working with College Summit in West Virginia, helping high school students write their personal statements for college admissions. This March he will go on a...




Class of 1960


Was visiting professor of Old Testament Studies at the PUCPR (Pontificio Universidade Católica, Paranà) at Curitiba, PR, Brazil, in the first semestre of 2013. Handed in my doctoral dissertation in Ancient Near Eastern studies at Marburg University today (Jan. 23, 2014). Son...



Although my husband Allen and I haven't been out of the country since 2008, we're still actively involved with Literacy and Evangelism International.  Our main focus now is writing, helping to provide follow-up booklets for new...



In nearly forty years as a US Foreign Service Officer (1963-2001), I served as US Ambassador to South Africa, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Haiti, and Republic of Congo.

Upon completion of my career with the US Foreign Service, I served as the UN...




Class of 1956


In late 2013, my brother and I saw the publication of the third in our trilogy on the Early Jesus Movement. It is Harry W. Eberts, Jr., and Paul R. Eberts, The Early Jesus Movement and Its Gospels: Four Major Parties, Four Major Gospels (NY: YBK Publishers; available...




Class of 1955


I'm still living in Walnut Creek, CA, twenty years after retiring from teaching at The College of Wooster. Life is much the same for me as a year ago, although I can no longer do all that I did previously. I continue to enjoy my memories of YDS. Greetings and best wishes to...




Class of 1954


I retired from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995. My main research and writing foci were sociology of leisure, social gerontology, and community. A dozen books and lots of the usual academic stuff. One wife (Ruth) and 2 professorial daughters (Susan at...



Rollins was honored with a 2012 Festschrift in Amsterdam and with its critical review at the annual SBL Baltimore meeting in 2013 (YDS' Prof. Adela Collins was one of the reviewers). The Festschrift title is Psychological Hermeneutics for Biblical Themes and Texts (T&T...




Class of 1950


Celebrated 90th birthday in Feb. Completed 30-year project with Vol. 3, History of New Testament Research (Fortress, 2013) includes sections on Yale Scholars: Paul Minear, J. Louis Martyn, Leander Keck, Victor Furnish.



After being single several years, at 85 married again, living in New Zealand since 2007. My wife Carolyn grew up in Seattle; have known her since 1970 when she was a choir director in Calif. We lead worship in a Union Church (Methodist/Presbyterian)...




Class of 1948


Robert Seymour remains a resident of The Carol Woods Retirement Communnity in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  He is in reasonably good health at age 88 and continues to be active in the life of the Town. His current project is working with the local public library on an...