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The original text is printed in black

Williams College Class of 1953 Bulletin - January 20, 2010

Here's a follow-up on the last bulletin (12/25/09), featuring responses from classmates and friends.  Please excuse the candid portraits of respondents: I cropped them from such photos as I had on hand and online.

The original text (some, not all of it) is printed in black, additions in (of course)purple.

From Woody D'Oench
--The Kay Kolligian story rekindled some memories. We worked together in the News Bureau, sending out little stories about football to Buffalo, Des Moines and for all I know to the Stamford Advocate recounting the exploits of their local boys. I actually was the head of the Bureau, and Kay was VP. He filled in for me while I sat out a couple of months with polio. I well remember the shock when news of his death reached me. 

From Harry Molwitz--
Thanks for the very interesting follow up on the Kolligian trophy.  I remember seeing his brother at Quantico in the summer of '53.  The resemblance was near carbon copy. Among the MDs you could include Dr Alan Matzger who was at Williams three years and then went on directly to Med School

From George Stege--
I remember Kay well from my time warming the bench on the frosh football team.  Having had no experience and little talent, I nonetheless hung around for the season (only because Bobby Combs didn't cut anyone) mainly for the opportunity to meet  a lot of interesting, good guys.  To my naive eyes some, like Pete Connolly, Tommy Dorsey, and Ted Sullivan were excellent football players.  Others like Kay, and you for that matter, were good but not great.  It's funny, but the guy I most admired on the team was Monty Monteith who was little but never seemed to miss a tackle.

In the aftermath of the sad news of Dick Antoun's murder, Dave Doheny, commiserating by Email, wondered how many of our class had, like Dick, devoted themselves to teaching careers.  He named a few and I added more to his list: (DAD) college presidents, Dorie Friend, George LaMore, and Mike Scanlan, plus professors Dick Antoun, Ted Cart, Don Marshall, Art Muir, Alan Casson;  (RWH) Harry Yeide (George Washington, religion), Bob Hathaway and Pete McKinney (Steve Kleinís additions, ask him), Stu Hulse (Johns Hopkins, Psychology), Bob Utiger (Harvard Medical School), Wally Scott (Business School, Northwestern), Bill Miller (Tufts, Political Science), Dave Palmer (USC), Chuck Lange (Scarscale HS, English), John Hewett (Headmaster), Bill Williams (Headmaster Poly Prep, Brooklyn), and Phillips Smith (Headmaster Trinity-Pawling).  Surely there are several others.  As for George Lamore: yes, he was and may still be a professor at Iliff Seminary in Denver, but, to the best of my knowledge, he never was a college or seminary president.  I have tracked his career a little through the years, seeing as how he was the only other classmate to have gone into the Methodist ministry.    Woody D'Oench reminds us that Charlie Phelps taught for years at Danbury High School. Please send me the names of others (including yours) who should be added to this list: Don Winston(RWH), Prof of Geology; Charlie Belt (Louise, his wife), Professor of Geology.  Bob Howard, checking his list of classmates' addresses, finds Dick Porter listed as a Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan.

From Louise McKeon Belt-- Charlie Belt taught economic and environmental geology at St. Louis University from 1961 until 1996. Charlie got his MA and PhD from Columbia in NY, we married in 1957, went to Brazil for a year quantifying the iron deposits near Pico Itabirito  in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Home to Glen Cove, Long Island in 1959, thence to copper mines in Butte, Montana and Salt Lake City, Utah. Charlie did original research on the flooding in the Miss. and Mo. Rivers. His thoroughly researched 1976 article in Science concluded that the Flood of 1973 was two meters higher than it  would have been if the Corps of Engineers had not narrowed the river's floodway with levees and wing dikes etc. He spent spare time researching  the 1993 Flood on the Missouri River, and was looking forward to retirement in May of 1996. But he was hit by a car as he walked across Clayton Road in Ladue MO and died in the hospital. I've given his IRA to St. Louis University for the Belt Environmental Laboratory. The  Belt Method is used in River planning in China, Madagascar, Germany and other countries.  

FromBarbara Weedon--
For your list of classmates in the  teaching profession - Bob Jones (Hugh's Phi Delt roommate and a dear friend).  Bob taught at a private school in Manhattan - upper west side (?).  He received an award in the early 80's, I think it was, - "outstanding Williams alumni teacher award" or some such.

Mike Lazor, at my invitation, reviewed this bulletin (12/25/09) before you were alerted to its presence on the website.  I wanted to make sure I had the information correct about his granddaughter.  I got that right; but Mike thought MDs should be included in the teaching category.  Mike reports that he spent two hours of each working day instructing fledgling doctors.  So add to the list above these classmate MDs whose names came immediately to my mind: Mike Lazor, Don Goldstein, Chuck Owen, Jack Merselis, Dave Petersen, Don Jones, Todd Mauck, George Wilkie, Stan Miller... and (send me a note with those whom I failed to list). 

From Jack Merselis
-- Re the docs of '53:  I believe there were 22 pre-meds with 100% acceptance into med school, and that we attended 21 different schools (Bod Stites and one other at Columbia).  Teaching is certainly an integral part of internship and residency training (I was briefly an instructor at Johns Hopkins and Cornell), and was fortunate to be supported by the Rockefeller Foundation as "Lecturer in Preventive Medicine" at Makerere University Medical College in Kampala, Uganda during 1963-64.  While in W'town I had a student in tow for the month of January for about ten years.  I recall one student thanking me for the brief glimpse into medical practice by saying that he had now decided to major in English and become a writer.

Probably there is a listing of '53 docs - I will see if I can identify a few more of the 22.

Bob Howard, with help from friends, adds: Dud Baker, Oakley Frost, John Freeman, Mike Rayder, and Rodney Stuart.

And, adds Steve Klein, Bob McIvor.

 



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