Ed Tarlov's son Nick
was in Mexico this summer working in a rural medical clinic
before starting med. school at USC, LA, this fall. Kate, Ed's
daughter, worked in Paris last summer for a documentary film
outfit. She returns to UC, Davis this fall to finish her MFA.
And good news in his own words: "Suzanne has recovered from
chemotherapy and is feeling well. We have taken trips; she is
working again, on a lesser schedule as I have too. [We] have
experienced a richness of experience beyond what we had. Besides
medicine, beekeeping, a bit of boating and talking to my friends
and patients I have been reading the new bio of John Adams,
by David McCullough, The Metaphysical Club, by Louis Menand
and The History of Ideas in America. [I'm] reading Moby Dick
aloud to my wife, one chapter each evening."
Nick Andrus and Kathy
traveled to Europe this summer. They visited Bill Kieffer
in Vienna where he has lived and practiced psychiatry for about
twenty-five years until retiring. After graduating from Williams,
Bill visited his parents who lived in Geneva. He decided to
stay, became an Austrian citizen and after an abbreviated stint
in med. school, he dropped out to be a musician, working for
the Red Cross and UN on the side. But medicine's siren song
lured Bill back. Nick says Bill looks great, managing to live
without a computer, television, VCR, radio or other electronics.
(Sounds saner than most psychiatrists, to me. I'll find out
if TJ and Phil own VCR's.) Nick recommends that
anyone traveling to Vienna contact Bill for fine conversation,
restaurant expertise and interesting company. (This is of questionable
veracity without movies to watch while talking.) Bill entertained
Sven Kraemer and his wife during their visit a year ago.
Jim Hinish wrote: "I
just completed my seventh year of retirement (?) teaching graduate
students at Regent University's School of Government. In late
March I took my class and several undergraduates from the College
of William and Mary to Washington, DC for a two-day program
featuring members of Congress and the Bush Administration, Congressional
staffers, journalists, think tank scholars, campaign consultants
and political analysts. This year the most popular speakers
were Attorney General John Ashcroft and the President's speechwriter,
Mike Gerson." (And I thought Dubya created all that . . . er
. . . himself!)
Joe Pellegrino's name
appeared in an ad from The Boston Globe listing him as a Board
Member of Fiduciary Trust.
During reunion weekend, I
wandered off alone several times for the solitude and serenity
the Andover campus can provide. (Did I write that? Four decades
ago the words might have been loneliness and fear.) From my
roaming, I want to report on two aspects of our collective past
the PA war memorial and the elms.
I ran into Alexander Walling,
PA '61, the younger brother of Lou Walling, killed in
Vietnam in 1962. Alexander pointed me to the memorial for Andover
students killed in wars since WW II. There is a rueful symmetry
to the way our dead alumni are listed eight from Korea, eight
from Vietnam. There is a dismaying open-endedness to the design¾ten
panels are mounted in a wall that is an unclosed oval. Each
of four panels contain four names¾sisxteen PA graduates killed
in action since WW II. Lou's name is on the third panel. Dick
Boyd, killed in 1967 is on the fourth panel. The remaining
six panels are blank, bare, empty, glaring waiting to be filled
by twenty four Andover graduates now living or yet to be born.
The image of swords turned into ploughshares does not fit our
age, our history or our likely future. (I looked for Isaiah
but neither he nor his spirit were there.)
The resurgence of the elms
is dramatic in the Elm Arch, the Great Lawn and other places.
The new elms look like erstwhile children of friends I used
to know. I stopped in front of Baker Library to count them but
I quit after about two dozen just to appreciate their grace.
The spaces caused by Dutch Elm Disease are being filled, though
the youngsters still have some serious climbing to do. These
adolescent and teenage trees fit-in as if they'd overcome the
awkwardness of being newcomers to PA.
As for me and my family, Bethany
Jean Holland, PA 2018, my granddaughter, was born to my
son Jim and Lori Marsden Holland on the winter solstice, 12/21/00
see the class website for pictures; I published the first-ever
double issue of The Crescent Review go to crescentreview.org
to read and subscribe; I resumed serious exercise after a forced
three year hiatus; and I had a small heart attack on the Ides
of March, 2001. While the last two might not be related, I'm
not discounting the dangers of healthy living and exercise.
J. T. Holland, '56
Chevy Chase, MD 20825
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