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Class of 1953 Bulletin June 12


Class of 1953 Bulletin June 12, 2012

The sad news first, about Bob Coulter, from an obituary published April 20th in the New Haven (CT) Register--


COULTER, ROBERT O. Robert O. Coulter passed away peacefully on April 16, 2012, with his loving family at his side. Born on December 12, 1930, Bob grew up in Cohasset, Massachusetts. He attended Williams College, Boston University, and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (MBA), and was a proud officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Bob and his wife Page moved to North Guilford in 1961, where they brought up their four children. After 34 years with Insurance Management Incorporated in New Haven, culminating in his role as chairman and CEO, Bob retired in 1996 to continue cultivating his lifelong love of sailing, gardening, volunteer work, and travel. In 2003 he and Page moved full-time to Sandwich, NH. Bob was known and loved for his dignity and quiet, extra-dry wit. He will be sorely missed by wife Page, children Susan, Polly, Emilie, and Roger, sons-in-law Andy Grow and Peter Wobber, daughter-in-law Katy Mathias, ten grandchildren, and many friends and relations. A service, Saturday, April 21 in New Hampshire. Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements.


As for Dick Kaplan, I looked in vain through the search capabilities of Google for an obituary.  Finally, I phoned his home in Santa Monica CA and spoke with Dick’s widow, Jacqueline.  She told me that no obituary had been posted.  Dick died April 23rd.  He worked for Rand Corporation for thirty years.  Several papers he co-authored can be found on the Internet.  He is survived by his wife, two children, four grandchildren, and a brother. Jaqueline’s Email address

It has become my habit in the past decade of retirement in West Hartford to drive to Williamstown for Reunion Saturday, the parade, the meeting of the alumni, and Joseph’s Coat Luncheon.  I thought to visit with friends from the Class of 1952 and, perhaps, catch a glance and take a photo of members of the Class of 1982 for daughter Gwen (her class) who could not be present. 

The 25th Reunion Class (1987, for those who may be mathematically-challenged!) gave as their gift to the college for several purposes $7,400,000.  The 50th Reunion Class (1962) gift totaled $12,722,972.  Williams has a future!

At the Joseph’s Coat Luncheon in Lasalle gym (I sat at the top of the key on the east end, a spot from which I once aimed my two hand set shots), Barbara and I sat at table with the Class of 1954 and our contribution to it, Tiger McGill and wife Daphne.  It was reported to the assembly that the Class of 1952 achieved 100% participation in the Alumni Fund.  Doug Foster collected the cup.  And class president, Fred Goldstein, was awarded the coat of many colors for his sixty years of unfailing devotion to and exertions for his alma mater.

A couple of months ago I quoted Jack Merselis’s sweet and wise meditation on being 80. To which Chuck Hebble responded, from his vantage as one of our class’s older members: “Oh, to be 80 again!”  Ron Dubin, once the editor of The Purple Cow, provides his sardonic take on the glories of being an octogenarian:

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