P.A. 1964
Tom Seligson
15 Bradley Street
Westport, CT 06880
November, 1997

The Wall Street Journal ran a feature on our favorite architect Didi Pei, describing how he and his younger brother have managed to establish their own world-class firm, independent of their famous father. Didi's Pei Partnership has so far designed two buildings in Singapore, and is about to begin work on a hospital for U.C.L.A.. The New York Times gave prominent space to Seth Mydans' reports from Phnom Penh following the recent coup in Cambodia. As he's displayed often during his globe-hopping journalistic career, Seth covered the intricate political machinations in that war-torn country with the depth of an historian and the immediacy of a beat reporter. Jeff Garten somehow finds time to continue his writing career, despite the demands of his job as Dean of Yale's School of Management. His new book The Big Ten: The Big Emerging Markets and How They Will Change Our Lives was published in May by Basic Books. Though Jeff is virtually a neighbor of mine - he rents an apartment in Southport - so far we've been unable to schedule a mini-reunion. I haven't seen Doc Downing since one of our class reunions, but I keep tabs on him through the gossip column of the Dorchester, MA Bay State Banner. Doc was spied on a flight to the Caribbean, and it was also reported that the Virginia entrepreneur travels to Boston frequently to visit Conrad Downing III, a student at Northeastern.

It's doubtful any other classmate has traveled as much recently as Bryce Muir. Our talented sculptor/illustrator just returned from a six month, 29,000 mile, 45 miles an hour journey through the byways of America. Bryce's wife Peggy teaches American studies in high school, and for her sabbatical, she and her loyal husband visited the sites she teaches about. It was a true Jack Kerouac/Charles Kuralt adventure, according to Bryce, who reports being treated royally wherever they went, and said he found the country in great shape, both spiritually and financially. As for roadstops, he said his best meal was in Bozeman, Montana, in a hole in the wall Mexican restaurant called Azteca. Bryce saw a number of classmates en route: marketing maven Joe Dirago, Bruce Wylie, whose mime troupe is still the toast of Seattle, and Pete Schandorff, who had a heart attack this summer, but following a bypass operation is apparently doing much better. Bryce is also in e-mail contact with Jim Torbert, and Steve Lerner, whose new book, Eco-Pioneers about ecologically inspired business successes, carries a photo of one of Bryce's sculptures on the cover. Bryce also runs into Charlie Durfee at hometown lumber yards, and reports that Charlie is still making furniture and raising two kids.

Frank Holland reports via e-mail that he now has 5 children, including the two step-sons he acquired from his second marriage. His son Adam stroked the U.S. men's heavyweight pair at the Atlanta Olympics, and his son Graham captains the Brown squash team. Frank is still happily practicing law in Philadelphia, and keeps his memorable 8'n'1 voice in shape by singing in a local men's chorus. Terry Meyer wrote that he's moved his business and home to Raleigh, N.C. and is now the proud pop to three kids under the age of six, one of them a newborn. As a new father myself, I'm pleased to learn that I won't be alone chasing after toddlers at our next reunion, which - write this down - is now less than a year and a half away. Save the date.

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Last updated 14 November 1997