’55er Potpourri


In May, Lou Greer informed me that “I have retired as class secretary at Amherst. My final class notes are practically ready for submission. I will actually miss communicating with my fellow Lord Jeffs regularly, but I’m a little tired of being the pestermeister-in-chief. My legacies are not invisible, but neither is associated with me. I launched a sportsmanship award in 1963 that is given in all 27 varsity sports at Amherst. They are the same as the Spater award I endowed at Deerfield. I established an Amherst tradition … passing the 50th reunion baton at homecoming from last year’s 50th reunion class to the following class. It is a physical purple baton, plus a report on the previous year’s program.” .. Perhaps I, too, should impose some term limits on myself after a 10 year run as Class Secretary. So, if any ’55er would like to step up and receive a “green baton” please let me know.

Art Atkinson returned to the European theatre this past summer to conduct lectures and enjoy leisure travel. He also sold his magnificent yacht, Paradigm, to a fellow sailing enthusiast. Art and Mary Jo will continue their nautical passion on Lake Michigan in his dad’s smaller refurbished sailboat.

Along the timeline of life I’ve found that we can keep track of our advancing age via our physical ailments. Nothing much surfaces until we reach our fifties. We pursue our lives with reckless abandon for a half century. Then come the hip replacements followed by various knee surgeries. In our sixties the docs, who we’re getting to know on a first name basis, advise us of upcoming events. Our dentist buddies make hay with root canals and similar expensive discoveries. Of course, most of us don’t have dental insurance at this stage. When we reach our seventies we’re thankful that we have Medicare when prostate problemas surface. To operate or not to operate is our question of the day. Our tickers get in line for repairs, too. My local Scripps Clinic in La Jolla does a landslide business with heart valve replacements and bypass surgery. I, too, was one of their numbers last November. I moo occasionally nowadays since I have a new bovine aortic valve that came to the rescue of my old one. Oh well, our pesky ailments are indeed now surfacing and my 77 year old eyes are getting fatigued staring onto my laptop screen, so I think I’ll take a nap and contemplate my words of wisdom to all y’all when I reach 100 (Ha) .. So far, I haven’t been able to improve on the words of a fellow Dartmouth alum who declared when he became a centenarian that “Most everything goes well with ketchup” .. I also like the defining statement that a friend, who was celebrating a birthday, made to me poolside twenty years ago. I asked him what it was like to be 65 and he replied: “I feel fine, nothing hurts”.

Tom L’Esperance Tel: 760-942-2680 E-mail: tmlski@roadrunner.com

Tom L’Esperance, Class Secretary


Frequently Asked Questions

Upon graduating from Deerfield, alumni enter a diverse network of former Deerfield students. Deerfield alumni have ventured into almost every area of employment, and many are at the top of their respective fields. The advantages of this vast network are numerous and significant, as every member of the Deerfield family receives the following:

Alumni are also eligible for alumni awards, such as the Ashley Award, Heritage Award, and the Mimi Morsman Award.

There are no membership fees or dues for members of the Deerfield family, but Deerfield does ask for assistance in a few areas. First of all, in order for Deerfield to have the most up-to-date records possible, we encourage members to keep us apprised of their current contact info. Alumni are also urged to direct all concerns and suggestions regarding Deerfield’s operations through the Executive Committee, the governing body of the Alumni Association. The committee acts as the voice of the alumni body, and works closely with the school administration. In order to keep tuition affordable and the quality of a Deerfield education at its highest, the Academy depends upon the continuing support of alumni and their families. This support can take the form of annual or capital gifts, or time spent volunteering on behalf of Deerfield.

There are regional events in many major American cities. Please visit here for more information on regional engagement. 

Of course! Be sure to read the latest issue of From Albany Road in your email’s in-box for current news of what is happening on campus. As we also send out periodic invitations, it’s always best to make sure we have your current physical address. And if you do plan on visiting campus, why not tell us ahead of time?

Contact the Office of Advancement


7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 306
Deerfield, MA 01342