YAM Notes: November/December 2007

Our gala New York mini-reunion had yet to occur when these notes went to press. There will be a complete report on that, our various gatherings in Princeton and New Haven, and tons of other great stuff in the next issue.

As forecast, your hardy band of football faithful, minus Barbara McLendon, who was in London, and your corresponding secretary, who was felled by flu-like symptoms, gathered at the Bowl
for Yale’s opener, in which they beat Cornell by what seemed a million points when it was over. Yale’s expansionist dreams have overwhelmed parking lot B with construction machinery but Herb Hallas, Charlie and Barbara Griffith and George and Rose Piroumoff,
among others, made the scene and would welcome more company at future games.

Dick Grainger , our Tonawanda, N.Y. correspondent, kindly sent us an enormous and enormously laudatory feature in the Spotlight section of the Buffalo News about Dave Shire, who was honored by (and played with) the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, which devoted an entire evening to Dave’s music. The program included his Oscar-winning “it Goes Like It Goes” from the Sally Field movie, “Norma Rae,” plus other material from Broadway and from soundtracks of films like “All the President’s Men.” I have known Dave for 50 years, and listened to his music for nearly that long, but until now I had not known that in Buffalo he is, in Dick’s words, a “hero around town,” even though he moved away shortly after high school. What a marvelous tribute!

On a sadder note, we report the death of Stuart Pringle, Jr., at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Stuart, a graduate of Choate, the University of Michigan Law School and the United states Navy, retired in 1989 from the New York law firm of Thacher, Proffitt and Wood, and then became an avid farmer after settling full time in Vermont in 1998. His wife, the former Ann Brueggemann, to whom we offer our condolences, can be reached at 612 Wild Apple Road, South Pomfret, Vt., 15067. Stuart also maintained a home in New York and an of-counsel relationship with the firm.

More anon.