Class Notes

A Gathering for Mark Ewing ’55

December 14, 2012

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Mikie Ewing, John Gleason, Wheldie Jenkins, Jan Gleason, Bill Morton, Don Jenkins

Meg Morton, John Gleason, Mikie Ewing, Bill Morton, Wheldie Jenkins, and Jan Gleason

John Gleason, Mikie Ewing, Wheldie Jenkins, Don Jenkins

A few ‘55ers and their wives got together at Deerfield on the first weekend in November in a tribute to our late classmate, Mark Ewing, yachtsman extraordinaire, whose adventures can best be expressed in his own words, “Life is good.” Mike Grant ’55 writes that the gathering “was organized by Meg and Moose Morton ‘55, and was a sort of memorial remembrance for the late Mark Ewing ‘55. Attendees besides Betsy and myself were ‘55ers Wheldie & Don Jenkins, John (Marty) and Jan Gleason, and, of course, Mimi and Jay Morsman. John Spurdle was supposed to come, but ended up in the N.Y. Hospital with some weird ailment probably attributed to Hurricane Sandy. (Also unable to attend were Bob (Smitty) and Rita Smith due to the ‘Perfect Storm’ of 2012 that devastated their beautiful home at Long Beach, NY. Otherwise, the “Iron 5” were well represented). Mikie Ewing, Mark’s widow, was the GOH and she was delightful. We had dinner in a private room at Chandler’s, the excellent restaurant in S. Deerfield at the Yankee Candle complex, and told stories and generally had a relaxed and fun time. We even finished the night by singing “The Sons of Deerfield” and “The Evensong”…. A bit off key, but with enthusiasm. The next day we had a sumptuous brunch at the Dining Hall, toured the Koch Center, and (some of us) stayed for the Avon football game which Deerfield won.”