by Tony Lavely
Happy New Year! As you receive this January-February issue of YAM, your
Class Council will be preparing to meet in New Haven on Saturday, January
29th. You can find the full Council membership on our Class Website,
www.yale64.org (superbly and tirelessly maintained by Sam Francis) and the
group replacing those members who expired this year are: Paul Balser, Will
Elting, Nortin Hadler, Robert Hetherington, Terry Holcombe, Tony Lavely,
Tony Lee, Jon McBride, and Paul Ruden. If you have any class issues that you
would like to have brought before the group, please contact any one of us.
The news about classmates at this writing is sparse, but what I have is good. Last night, I had dinner in New Orleans with Pat Caviness, who had flown in from Hong Kong where he has lived for the last seven years. Pat helps run a leadership training company, AsiaWorks, the largest training company in Asia. Pat is an AYA delegate representing the Yale Club of Hong Kong and is on his way to the annual AYA Assembly next week. This is his third and last year as a delegate, and he would like to generate some support for his candidacy for the AYA Board of Governors. I think he would make a splendid addition to the Board (having been a member myself), especially since no one representing Asia has ever served on the Board. As Pat and I dined at the original Ruth's Chris Steak House, Pat pointed to the Zulu Society headquarters across the street. He reminded me that Jim Rogers is one of the few Anglo-Saxon members in this famous New Orleans group.
Alas, since I will still be in New Orleans, I will miss the appearance of Gus Speth, Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, at the Cathedral Heritage Foundation's Festival of Faiths in Louisville, Kentucky, on November 12th. Owsley Brown, Brown-Forman Corporation, and the Yale Club of Kentucky are all supporting Gus's appearance. As many of you know, our class has a special affiliation with FES, via the 1964 Environmental Fellowship and its support for select juniors and seniors in Yale College who are awarded a project grant. Frank Basler and Michael Price have done a terrific job leading this effort for our class.
Blaine Krickl emailed me from London to share the award he received at our 40th reunion for organizing the London mini-reunion in 2003: "While I was flattered to have received the recognition, it must be shared with others who made invaluable contributions. In particular, Nick Baskey should receive a full measure of thanks for his work."
In closing, I want to add some personal news. Pat Caviness and I dined in New Orleans, because I recently joined Ruth's Chris Steak House in what I believe will be an exciting new opportunity in my career. Wanda and I will be relocating to the "Big Easy" in the new year, but for now you can continue to use the contact information at the head of this column. And I do welcome your emails and calls with news to include in future columns.