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Williams College Class of 1953 Bulletin Board

Williams College Class of 1953 Bulletin Board, December 25, 2009

    The wrapping paper has been tossed, the dog sleeps in the chair, the grands are busy with their new toys (MacBooks): what better way to spend the afternoon than to communicate with old friends, even if they cannot reciprocate immediately. 

    What prompts this bulletin are two items, one nostalgia, the other news.

First, the nostalgia.  About Kay Kolligian.  Kay was my good friend at the football training table in the fall of 1950 when, sophomores, we were were trying to make the varsity.  It was there, at the Cole Field House, Kay and I learned how to play bridge.  We even devised a way of cheating, a strategy later, much to my amazement, was the method that got some U. S. professional contract bridge players kicked out of competition.  I have often thought of Kay over the past fifty-five years since he flew his Thunderbird 33 jet into the sky west of California and was never heard from again. 

    Harry Molwitz apparently was reading through an issue of Air and Space magazine and came across a news item in which there was a reference to the Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy of the USAF. Harry sent me a clipping from the magazine.  I phoned Pete Sterling, Kay's junior year roommate, along with Pete Connolly; but Pete S. had never heard of the Trophy.  I went to that indispensable tool of detection, Google, and discovered that the Trophy was instituted by Kay's family a year or two after his death.  It is awarded to U. S. Airmen who demonstrate uncommon courage and intelligence for safety in flight.  Kay's brother Greg (Harvard '53, not Kay's twin; a year older than Kay) has been the family liaison with the Air Force and has been honored as an honorary Thunderbird.  Greg apparently named his son after his brother. Here's a photo of the namesake participating in the presentation of the Trophy.

And here's an excerpt from an online report providing an explanation for the origin and purpose of the trophy.


    'Tis the season for early admissions at Williams.  The Class of 2014 will include at least three grandchildren of members of the Class of 1953: Kathleen Elkins, Mike and Jeanne Lazor's tennis champion grand from North Carolina; Nick Tyson, Steve and Joanne Klein's grandson, who joins his sister Rebecca, who will be a Williams senior in September; and Robert Carnes, Bob and Barbara Howard's live-in grandson twin.  Surely others of you have the same reason to have the purple cockles of your hearts warmed.  Let me know so that I may add your grand to the list.


    Wednesday, January 6th, my next door neighbor and insurance agent has arranged for me to meet Tony Plansky, a customer from Simsbury.  Yes, Tony's son.  I'll bring along my Gul, my fond recollections of the coach, and Bob Tucker's memory of Tony before a race asking very deliberately, "Are you, Mr. Tucker?"  On visits to Williams I have on several occasions stopped at the Williams College cemetery just to the east of Mission Park.  There I always note Tony's gravestone... and with it remember those wonderful spring afternoons at Weston Field for track practice, which for field events competitors like me was more like an hour or two of sunbathing.


    John Beard and his bride, Sandy, honeymooned in Bhutan.  Next trip, biking in Germany.  It must be great to be so young.

    John Allen's Christmas card featured a fir tree festooned with twenty-four birds, all of which John has seen in the feather, including one embarrassingly named Guianan Cock of the Rock.


    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.    

    Please send me the names of others (including yours) who should be added to this list

    Mike Lazor, at my invitation, reviewed this bulletin 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). 



Happy New Year!




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