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Class Updates

50th Class Reunion Announcement

May 12, 2021
It may be hard to believe but the Class of ‘72 will be convening next year in New Haven in the spring for our 50th reunion. At this point in time, it is likely that we will be meeting in person, but final decisions on the exact date of our reunion and even the location on campus of our reunion headquarters are still to be determined. This is because the university calendar is still not finalized, and the university has decided that reunion classes which had to hold virtual reunions this year will be allowed to hold in-person reunions next year. This means there may be twice as many reunions happening as normal, so it will take some time for the logistics and schedule to be worked out. I wish I had more definitive information to give you but that’s the best I can do at the time this letter was printed.
Nevertheless, we have already begun to plan our reunion and I am delighted to announce the names of our classmates who have agreed to lead our reunion planning: Reunion co-chairs are Connie Royster (JE), Cynthia Brill, Andrew Capitman (SM) and myself. These co-chairs will be coordinating logistics, programming, marketing, the memorial service, and other functions with each one of us taking the lead in specific areas. A 50th reunion book to which each classmate contributes essays, reflections, and photos has a special significance, and I am grateful that Jonas Zdanys (BR), who edited our 25th reunion class book, and Bill Fowkes (DC), who was co-editor of our 45th reunion class book, have agreed to co-chair our 50th reunion book committee. Jonas and Bill have already begun planning our book and will be reaching out to classmates in May/June soliciting participation in the book. I am appreciative that many classmates have already agreed to serve on this and other committees for our reunion; they include Deborah Rose (JE), Cathy Olian (GH), Leah Greenwald (ES), Jamie Stern (BR), Rhonda Singer (also our AYA delegate), Lydia Temoshok (ES), Ed Tan (SY), Roger Rosenthal (MC), and Michael Schaeffer (SM). Last but not least, our super capable treasurer, Frank Krejci (SY), will be working with our committee to keep our reunion financially viable including making it possible for every one of our classmates to attend the reunion regardless of personal financial circumstances. Bill Fowkes, in his position as our Corresponding Secretary, will be working on marketing, as well as on the reunion book.
My ask: Please join our reunion planning committee! We need many more classmate volunteers in all areas and I am happy to speak or email you regarding our committees and any particular interest you may have. Please contact me at rbildner@gmail.com
Thank you for supporting the Class of ‘72 and I can’t wait to see you in person next spring at our 50th reunion!
Robert Bildner Class Secretary


Photos by Ed Tan, Karen Gantz, Rob Bildner, Hux Miller, Kay Hill, and Deborah Bernick.

Friday, March 6, 2020 – Welcome dinner at 6PM – Joe’s Stone Crabs of South Beach
Saturday, March 7
Morning tours:
– Walking tour of Miami Beach’s Art Deco District
– Curator’s tour of Wolfsonian Museum of Art and Design
Lunch: on your own.
– Tour of the Design and Art Districts of Miami, including a docent led tour of the De la Cruz Collection.
– Visit to Miami’s newest museum, International Contemporary Art Miami.
– Tour of the Wynwood Art District
Cocktails and dinner at Rhouse Wynwood
Sunday, March 8
– Visit to the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
– Brunch at Glass and Vine in the historic Peacock Park, Coconut Grove.

Join Your Classmates at the YALE CLASS OF 1972 CLASS LUNCH

Check back here for announcements about the next YALE CLASS OF 1972 CLASS LUNCH
When the pandemic ends, we’re hoping the monthly YALE CLASS OF 1972 Class Lunch will resume.
WHO: All classmates invited
WHEN: Stay tuned
WHERE: The Grill Room at the Yale Club
50 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, NY 10017


To donate make checks payable to Yale University. In the memo line, write “Class of 1972 Women’s Scholarship Fund.” Check the “Other” box and write in the exact name of the fund. Online follow the directions at https://secure.yale.imodules.com/s/1667/giving/17/form.aspx…
When you receive your tax receipt/thank-you letter, make sure it specifically references this fund. Please note that contributions to the Class of 1972 Women’s Scholarship Fund do not count toward annual fund credit but do count toward reunion class credit.

ANOTHER WAY TO GIVE–Consider making a bequest to the Class of ’72 Women’s Scholarship Fund: Designate the exact name of the fund, the Class of ’72 Women’s Scholarship Fund, at Yale University, in your will. If interested, you may also contact Mary Beth Congdon at Marybeth.congdon@yale.edu in the planned giving office.

“Sixteen years ago the women of the Class of 1972 created an endowed scholarship for transfer students called The Yale ’72 Women’s Scholarship Fund. The recipient for the past three years has been Rona Ji ’18. She transferred to Yale as a sophomore, like the women of 1972 who started this scholarship in 2002 in honor of our 30th Reunion. Rona has embraced all that Yale has to offer. She recently graduated with a dual major in economics and ethnicity, race, and migration. Her most rewarding experience outside the classroom was with Yale Building Bridges, which brings high-achieving college students to teach English in rural China. Rona helped expand this program to deal with mental health and gender equality. She has given back to the local community by tutoring through New Haven Reads. Rona has been involved in the Yale China Economic Forum, and spent a semester abroad in Beijing. A talented musician as well, Rona played the flute with the Yale Band in Australia following graduation. Later this summer she will teach in the Yale Young Global Scholars Program, before starting her MBA at the Yale School of Management with a view to working in US and Chinese commerce relations. Cynthia Brill, Carol Whitehead, Ann Linden and Connie Royster have been involved in shepherding the fund over the years. It now has over $300,000 in assets with contributions from many of our pioneering class of women, and has provided scholarship assistance to numerous talented women transfer students. This scholarship fund continues to accept donations. Thank you!”

Yale Reunion

Reunion Links

AGING WELL PANEL: Thursday, June 1, 2017.:

Mick Smyer’s (BK) presentation, “Is There a Secret to Aging Well?”  the class of 1972’s AGING WELL panel at our 45th reunion. Mick, Professor of Psychology at Bucknell University, has provided us with his slides. Click here: 6-1-17SmyerAgingYale72PDF

Here is the full article that formed the basis of Mick’s presentation:  https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/how-shall-we-age/

Helen Kivnick (ES), Professor of Social Work, University of Minnesota, gave a presentation at the AGING WELL panel at our Class of 1972 45th Reunion, June 1, 2017. Here are the slides from her presentation: https://yale72.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/KivnickAgingWellFrYOU-6-1-17notes.pdf

REUNION PHOTOShttps://yale72.org/photo-galleries/reunion-photos/

PERSONAL REMEMBRANCES FROM THE 45TH REUNION MEMORIAL SERVICE: https://yale72.org/notes/personal-remembrances-45th-reunion-memorial-service/ 

Cluster Reunion Wins Aya Award

Our Cluster Reunion with the classes of 1971 & 1973 (YALE 2015: REDISCOVER AND RECONNECT: A Special Event for the Classes of 1971, 1972, & 1973, New Haven, CT, October 1-3, 2015) has been awarded the Outstanding Class Event in a Non-Reunion Year Award by the AYA. The award will be presented at the Yale Assembly Board of Governors Excellence Award Ceremony on Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 5:30-7:00PM in the President’s Room at Woolsey Hall at Yale. Congratulations to all who planned and /or attended the mini-reunion.
– Yale News article about the mini-reunion: click here.
– Photos from this historic event: click here for full photo gallery.



Members of the planning and steering committees for Yale 2015: Rediscover and Reconnect: (left to right) Bill Fowkes (’72 Corresponding Secretary), Rob Bildner (’72 Secretary + Chair of Mini-Reunion), Pat Pinnell ’71, Connie Royster ’72, Andrea DaRif (’73 Secretary), Andy Kaufman (’71 Secretary), Nina Glickson ’73, Roger Rosenthal (’72 AYA Representative), Frank Krejci (’72 Treasurer). NOT IN PHOTO: Andrew Capitman ’72, Katy Lewis (’71 Treasurer), Al Shamash (’73 Treasurer).

Website Tip – How To Find Obituaries Of Class Members

How To Find Obituaries Of Class Members:

To see RECENT OBITUARIES of class members, go to the menu item “In Memoriam” under “CLASS NEWS” in the righthand column on every page. To see ALL OBITUARIES, go to the menu item “In Memoriam” in the drop-down menu under “THE CLASS” in the blue heading on every page.