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5 Reasons to Attend Reunion 2014!
1. To eat a lobster on the Quad
2. To connect with old friends and make some new ones
3. To participate in engaging conversations on important topics
4. To Dance the night away - "True, this could be a serious challenge. But the band will be terrific and should inspire it least the tapping of feet at the bar
or a commitment to work out six months before the reunion!" P. Anderson
5. To stay in your old dorm room in Jarvis (They have been renovated!)
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DO YOU KNOW WHERE THESE CLASSMATES ARE?
They are LOST or we can not get in CONTACT with them!
John Bailey, Gerry Baran, Bill Barnes, John Corman, Alden Gardner, Dick Hallowell, Bill Hawthorne, Lawrence James, Bob Miller, John Moeling, James Moore, Peter Orr, John Pagnoni, Kenneth Parsons, Robert Peck, Grancis Peckham, Jon Powell, Alan Wallace
If you have any contact information or are any of these folks please contact Kristen Gordon, Associate Director of 50th Reunion Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 860-297-2406.
Classmate profile - Don McLagan
In the Brain, It Isn’t Far from Left to Right
My business card says Entrepreneur and Writer of Verse. There’s some murky ambiguity here: Entrepreneur sounds like one has arrived at some definitive state, while Writer of Verse sounds more like a vagabond who has miles to go. Neither label sounds much like Engineer; both feel like me.
I wrote poetry in high school, but I came to Trinity to study engineering. That decision was clear. United Aircraft (now United Technologies Corporation) awarded me scholarship for four or five years – as long as I studied engineering! The choice versus poetry was an easy economic decision, even before Professor Battis. At their core, engineering’s lessons were about observing, analyzing and creating. Professor Nye posted a copy of the Thermodynamics final exam on the bulletin board for a week before the test, to reward anyone who paid attention. In 1962 when they were quarantined in glass rooms, Professor Gus Sapega arranged access to United Aircraft’s computers, and taught us Fortran so we could program algorithms to analyze data. Professor Blakeslee taught an engineering design course which resulted in plans to create a toaster of both high-breasted muffins and flat-as-bread slices. Bits and bytes don’t require a lot of mechanical engineering, or poetry either. But soon after Trinity I observed, like a test on the bulletin board, that data and analytics would provide creative business opportunities. After stints at Harvard Business School and the Pentagon, five start-up information businesses followed (and one failed retirement): Data Resources (DRI), Lotus Signal, Lotus One Source, NewsEDGE, failed Retirement 1.0, and Compete.com. I felt like I earned the Entrepreneur label, but there hadn’t been a lot of poetry, except metaphorically.
Retirement 2.0 got off to a good start, leaving Boston for summer on Chappaquiddick. With sunshine and long beaches outdoors, and with the ideas, feelings and words of fifty years rattling in my head, it was time for poetry again. A Vineyard writing course got me started. Now weekly workshops, and more than one hundred written and edited poems have me – you know – observing, analyzing and creating. Just like engineering, and being an entrepreneur. In the brain, it’s really not so far from left to right. … note that a poem follows, if you want to use it…
Tubed tires. No gas gauge – floor lever
turned for reserve. Dials for heat
that soon quit. Oval rear window
black VW bug. Scholarship car, mine
for five hundred dollars. Tutoring fees
paid for gas, repaired eighteen flat tires.
After graduation, after my first job, before
I could afford it, I bought a Porsche
a 911 – sand yellow, leather seats, five speeds
halogen headlamps. Got it secondhand
from Ralph Meaney who raced at Lime Rock.
Temperamental ignition – my wife had to push
to start it on snowy days. A brand new
Porsche followed, six-speeds, just 4-seconds
to sixty, working ignition. And another
and another. When we sold our company
I bought a BMW. It now takes 6 seconds
to sixty, but X-drive handles the snow, and a push-
button starts it. The rear seat holds boosters
for grandkids, fries on the floor.
Classmate profile - Ward Ewing
After graduating from Trinity, I attended The General Theological Seminary in New York City.
I was ordained in the Episcopal Church following graduation in 1967 and began service at Calvary Church, Memphis where I participated in the sanitation workers’ strike and subsequent events following Dr. King’s assassination.
Also in 1968, I married Jenny Emison, who attended Calvary Church and whom I had known since high school.
We have three children and three grandchildren.
I served congregations in Bristol, Tennessee; Jacksonville, Florida; Louisville, Kentucky; and Buffalo, New York before being elected Dean and President of The General Theological Seminary in New York City. I have published two books and three courses in adult education.
St. Peter’s, Louisville is located in an industrial, working-class area of southwest Jefferson County. I came to the Church at the time of the anti-busing demonstrations and riots in 1975. While there we built a new church in a more central location in the area. During the Reagan recession of 1981-83 when blue-collar unemployment topped 20%, with other churches we began a job finding skills workshop called “Get That Job” which successfully assisted over 70% of the people who attended find jobs within one month.
In 1985 I became the Rector of Trinity Church in downtown Buffalo. We loved Buffalo and western New York, spending thirteen years shoveling snow and fixing up a lovely Victorian home. Of importance was the development by the Church of “Homespace,” a transitional (up to two years) housing facility with supportive training for young (under 25), homeless, single-parent families.
In 1998 we moved to General Seminary. Following the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, General became the coordination point for volunteers and supplies for St. Paul’s Chapel for relief for the rescue workers. We continued that ministry until Thanksgiving when Trinity Church Wall Street was back in operation and able to assume it. The out pouring of support from around the country and the world was simply astounding. Archbishop Desmond Tutu was closely associated with General Seminary and in 2007 we established the Desmond Tutu Center for Peace and Reconciliation as an education center for the Seminary.
Beginning in the mid 70's I began attending open meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous as a way of becoming educated about this baffling disease that was damaging many families in my congregation. Over the years I continued to be involved with treatment in alcoholism and addiction, and I personally use the Twelve Steps of A.A. as my primary spiritual program. In 2004 I was elected to the General Service Board of trustees for A.A., U.S. & Canada and in 2009 was elected chair of the Board. As a non-alcoholic trustee, part of my responsibility is to be a spokesman for this anonymous organization. I have been privileged to travel throughout the U.S., Canada, and other parts of the world to meet with members of this remarkable Fellowship. I attended the World Health Organization meeting in Geneva, Switzerland which has identified the “harmful use of alcohol.” as the #1 cause of death and bodily injury in the U.S. and Canada and the #3 in the world. (And this number does not include the emotional, financial, and spiritual distress the active alcoholic causes to family and colleagues.) The spiritual program of A. A. remains the only effective long-term program of recovery.
Jenny and I are now retired, living in our 175-year-old family home in Ten Mile, Tennessee overlooking Watts Bar Lake (in the Tennessee River) and the Cumberland Mountains. We welcome visitors.