March 1, 2019 in Events, Notes

Dear Classmates,

If you were there, did you enjoy our 45threunion in 2017 and our cluster reunion with the classes of ’71 and ’73 in 2015? As I think about our 50threunion, I would like to spend more time with classmates before that event in May 2022, when most of us will have turned 70 (hard to believe). After much discussion, your class officers and I have decided to do something about this: We are proposing a series of class gatherings to be held over the next 3 years across the country. While we think we have a terrific plan, we can’t make it happen without your help!

Here are the details:

We are hoping to hold two different kinds of class events:

(1) Mini-reunions. These would be held in interesting places and venues and would require travel for most people. Our guess is that 50 classmates or so might attend each of these events. The following are either being planned or proposed:

– Miami. (Targeted for February 2020.) I am thrilled to announce that our classmate Andrew Capitman, whose mother Barbara was responsible for preserving Miami Beach’s art deco architecture, has agreed to chair this event. Classmates will be responsible for paying for their transportation, lodging and meals for these mini-reunions. The class will offer some financial assistance for those who request it.

– The Berkshires. (Targeted for summer 2021.) The Berkshires of western Massachusetts are the summer home of the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, an extraordinary venue in a spectacular outdoor setting. Beyond Tanglewood, there are many great cultural resources and sites in the area, more than enough to justify a visit. We need a chair for this event. Are you in a position to volunteer?

– Others. I have been in discussion with classmates in the past about possible mini-reunions in other locations, including Cleveland and New York. I’m sure some of you have ideas about other possible locations. Our first step in considering locations for mini-reunions is that we find a classmate to chair the event. Please let us know if you would be willing to chair an event in your area. 

(2) “72 @ 70” Gatherings. These would be informal, smaller gatherings of perhaps 20 – 25 classmates each in honor of the 70thbirthday we are celebrating before or around the time of the 50th reunion.  This type of event was done very successfully by the Class of 1970. (Check out These could be anything from a cocktail party and/or informal dinner to a gathering at a lecture or a cultural or sports event and could be held at any time between now and our 50threunion. They could also be group community service events done in conjunction with the Yale Day of Service (May 11 this year) or at another time of year. Our thought is that these celebrations would be held all around the country. We don’t envision classmates traveling great distances to attend these events; rather, we think of them as gatherings organized by a classmate in the area for other classmates who live in the general vicinity. As you know, our class is committed to assisting all classmates to attend our reunions regardless of financial circumstances, and so we are also prepared to make a subsidy available for the “72 @ 70 events.

We are excited about our plan for class activities between now and our 50threunion, but we need your help to make it all happen. Specifically, we need chairs and champions for these events. In other words, we need you to step up and help organize one of these events. Your class officers and the YAA staff will assist you. I am happy to speak to you further about any leadership role you would be willing to assume.

On behalf of the Class Officers and Class Council, I thank you for your consideration and hope to hear from you!

Best wishes,


Rob Bildner

Class Secretary

P.S., Bill Fowkes, our class Corresponding Secretary, has asked me to remind you that we have two active on-line class communities and to urge you to take advantage of both of them. Our class Facebook page has been replaced by a Facebook Group (Yale University Class of 1972 Facebook Group), which enables anybody in the class to post content. If you visit the Group, you’ll see lots of posts and some energetic comments back and forth among classmates. Meanwhile, our class website ( continues to present and store lots of updates and information on classmates and class events. (Content for the website is posted and managed by Bill. Send any updates you would like him to post to

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