’59 Notes

The following ’59 notes were compiled by George Fonda:

DAVE BRAUNER writes: “My daughter has become the third generation lawyer in my family, practicing and living in NY; my son is in graduate school and also doing well. I continue to be active in and enjoy my practice and have no anticipation of retirement, although I may at some point slow down a bit. I love being in the city, bike riding by the Hudson, great meals, theater and rock concerts(for which I have not lost the taste acquired in the 60’s) and indulging in inexpert carpentry and gardening at our place upstate. My squash game has, alas, fallen victim to aging knees.”

JOHN COLE writes: “Home is a quiet village in Maine. I’m just at the end of a long and happy academic career at Bates, where I have held a chair in history established in honor of a past college president, Thomas Hedley Reynolds, who, quite coincidentally, was also a Deerfield graduate.”

GEORGE FONDA writes: “After a great deal of soul-searching, I agreed to attempt to follow in the footsteps of Class Captains before me and give some of my time to fund-raising for Deerfield. I must say, I was a little reluctant to give back after my Granddaughter was not accepted into the class of 2016. Deerfield was her first choice and she would have been a 3rd generation legacy. She did get accepted to Lawrenceville and is on the water polo team as a freshman, I’m not sure if Deerfield has a water polo team, but I expect it does – so I’m hoping the “BIG Red” sinks the “BIG Green”. Anyway, I have enjoyed my start as the Class Captain and managed to communicate with each classmate on a personal level. I can’t say that I’ve managed to raise the contribution level (either dollars or percentage), but I have received some wonderful responses from many classmates.”

BROOKS GODDARD writes: “Right now I teach an adult education class in Africa or India or poetry, two hours once a week for ten weeks. I supervise practice teachers for Boston University, so I have opportunities to see schools and teachers in action. I sleep later than I used to. I have returned to the tennis courts after a two-year hiatus owing to rotator cuff problems, spinal stenosis, general aging problems, and late life inertia. I love to garden and to putter. Indeed, one of the pleasures of my life is to putter my way through the basement, my stamp collection, the local hardware store, or my Africana books. I always have a project going. I am also a part time model for Jos. A. Bank and Fabindia. Recently I have also been editing my 50th reunion classbook. I am my grandchildren’s favorite grandfather. My two reading finds for 2012 were The Hare with Amber Eyes and The One-Hundred Foot Journey. I’ll read anything written by Tahir Shah, currently Timbucktoo. I realize that my reading is largely esoteric, but I keep at it, especially at our summer retreat in New Hampshire.

I feel in good fettle and am blessed with a helpmate beyond compare, a son and daughter-in-law who also love teaching, grandchildren who are spunky, and friends who are loyal. Something new and wonderful always seems to come into view. Why, just yesterday I had a letter from Joe DiClerico suggesting that we meet for tea at the Concord courthouse. I’m looking forward to it.”

BOB HETHERINGTON writes: “Not much to report. My mother died recently, just after 37 members of her immediate family celebrated her 95th birthday. Our 8th grandchild arrived on September 27th, Mary Davitt Hetherington. Every day I learn more about being a care giver as my wife Lolly continues her journey with MS.”

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:

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