Alumni Notes: September/October 2016

Little news this time, meaning that everyone must be enjoying a restful, indeed drowsy, summer, but we have a streak to maintain. Next issue, deadlines willing, I hope to provide a report on the Seattle mini-reunion and other gatherings. First football weekend is Sept 17, as is the reunion.

In 2008, Harvey Applebaum’s daughters established a prize in his name in honor of his 70th birthday. The award, with a prize of $500, is conferred upon a Yale senior for an outstanding essay based on research in a very specific place where, I must confess, I spent zero minutes during my undergraduate days: the Yale University library’s government documents collection.

There were three winners this year, chosen from 21 formidable essays from eight different academic departments. First prize went to a TD senior who explored and analyzed the Food and Drug Administration’s approach to regulating antibiotics in animals; second prizes were awarded to two Trumbull seniors, one for an essay examining the ties between journalists and the CIA, the other for a paper based on de-classified documents related to the war in Afghanistan. You should be able to find them at

This month’s roll call:

Ray Devlin, for many years a leading attorney in Hartford and Litchfield, CT, died in March, A graduate of the University of Connecticut Law School and active in politics, he served Connecticut finance chairman for the Carter/Mondale campaign and, to celebrate his 70th birthday, stumped door-to-door in the Iowa primary for Sen. Chris Dodd. A avid outdoorsman and conservationist, he also served as president of the Litchfield Land Trust. He is survived by his wife, Fran, four children and numerous grandchildren.

Also in Connecticut, Glenn Rupprecht, a graduate of Yale Law School and for many years a private attorney and real estate developer, died last January. He lived in Madison and is survived by his wife Judith and a daughter, Angela MacCallum.

Bob McMeekin died in January. After Yale, he received a Masters degree from the University of Kentucky and a doctorate in political economy and government from Harvard. He worked for 12 years as a Human Resources Economist at the World Bank, specializing in Latin American and Caribbean countries. Before that, he worked for the U.S. Department of Education, the Ford Foundation, and various research and consulting organizations. He served as resident advisor to the ministries of education of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Malaysia and Botswana. He is survived by his wife, Lyn, and two children.