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Classes of 1915-1935

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Class of 1936

Paul V. Nyden
1202 Kanawha Blvd. East, Apt. 1-C
Charleston, WV 25301

Class of 1937
Reunion May 30–June 2

Murray T. Bloom
40 Hemlock Dr.
Kings Point, NY 11024

I received a letter from Warner Henrickson of La Mirada, Calif., filled with much that’s worth repeating here to stir our recollections of campus days. He asks the simple question, “In what ways do you remember those College days?” He cites a few memories that stand out.

He recalls that phenomenal lecturer, Dwight C. Miner ’26, flipping his coattails to indicate the chill winds blowing through the castles at the time of the Crusades. When Miner left, the students were visibly stunned by his eloquence. Then, Warren writes, there were two professors who led him through the great books — Jacques Barzun ’27 and Lionel Trilling ’25. Trilling, ever the critic, complained that the English language has only one unsatisfactory word for sexual intercourse.

Warren also recalls when Bill Weisel was playing all the variations of “The Carnival of Venice” on his trumpet in the lobby of his dorm and Herman Wouk ’34 was writing a varsity show with the hit song “Have a Cigar” with the other hit song “You Can Bring this Country Back to Par By Learning to Say ‘Have a Cigar.’ ”

Then there was that upset Rose Bowl game in which Lou Little’s underdogs shut out Stanford. Stanford had four downs to make that one yard. In Miner’s next class, when Al Barabas was present at its conclusion, Miner shut his book and said, “Every Columbia man was on the one-yard line.”

Ruth and Ed Rickert, who lived for several years on Long Island, sold their Rockville Centre house in September. They moved to a retirement facility in Mill Creek, Wash., near Seattle, to be closer to their children. They flew out of Kennedy Airport very early on the morning of September 11, a few hours before the World Trade Center disaster. They got out without incident. However, the moving van with Ed’s grand piano and their belongings took a couple of weeks to arrive, having encountered a roadblock in Illinois and a subsequent search for explosives or other contraband due presumably to intensified security. They are happy with their home with its retinue of services.

Catherine and Bill Sitterley, who, after Bill’s retirement several years ago moved from the Bethlehem, Pa., area to Naples, Fla., have now moved to a retirement facility in the Naples community. Last spring, they attended all of commencement week from baccalaureate Sunday to Class Day, Commencement and our 65th reunion. One of their granddaughters, Meredith, was a member of the Class of 2001. A grandson, James, has been accepted for the Columbia M.B.A. program. He will be the sixth member of the Sitterley family to receive a Columbia degree, truly a great record.

Lorayne and Charles Stock left Vermont several years ago for the Florida Keys and are now permanently living there. For the past six or so years, Charlie has been teaching Spanish to adults. Last summer, Charlie and Lorayne went to Spain and found that they could converse with residents in a half-dozen cites with different dialects. Charlie is writing a compact textbook of Spanish designed for adult managers who need to learn the basics quickly. It should be ready for the printer by early summer. Congratulations to an enterprising octogenarian!

Paul V. Nyden, your class correspondent, would like to add a couple of names to those mentioned as great lecturers by Warner Henrickson above. Professor Carleton Hayes (Class of 1904) had an inimitable style of lecturing in his field of modern European history and nationalism as he paraded back and forth across the lecture hall to keep us spellbound. During World War II, he was appointed ambassador to Spain with the express purpose of keeping Spain from entering World War II on the Axis side.

Another great lecturer was Charles Woolsey Cole, an expert on 18th and 19th century British and French mercantilism with emphasis on Colbert. One of the great privileges that we had in our days at Columbia was that many full professors taught our courses — not so common in later years.

With this column of Class Notes, I conclude almost 25 years as your class correspondent, a task bequeathed me by Al Barabas. It’s been an interesting assignment, and I have enjoyed the contact with many of our readers.

[Editor’s note: The staff of CCT thanks Paul Nyden for more than two decades of service as the ’36 class correspondent. We will miss his devotion to Class Notes, and we wish him all the best in retirement. Please send any future notes to the CCT office.]

Class of 1938

Dr. A. Leonard Luhby
3333 Henry Hudson Pky West
Bronx, NY 10463

Nothing to report at this time.

Class of 1939

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Class of 1940

Seth Neugroschl
1349 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10028

Harry Schwartz was a Pulitzer scholar and our class valedictorian, with a subsequent distinguished and high-visibility career. His direction was set in place by some graduate work in agricultural economics before he was drafted. After Harry completed basic infantry training (with what he recalls as particular ineptitude), he was assigned to the OSS in Washington, with a focus on Soviet agriculture and food needs. He remained there, with his wife, Ruth, for the balance of the war. Completing his Ph.D. at Columbia, he briefly taught here, at Brooklyn College and Syracuse, until he was hired by The New York Times in 1949. It was to be a 90-day assignment — and continued for 30 years! As a Times correspondent and member of the editorial board, he became a noted writer on Russia, and, later, on medicine. One groundbreaking book, written in 1953, described how the Soviet economy worked. Another, the highly lauded The Case For American Medicine, grew out of extensive and tragic contact with the medical system — particularly P&S — in the course of his children’s illnesses. In all, he’s written 23 books. Retiring in 1979, he continued to write and lecture.

I asked Harry if he knew the name Simeon Strunsky, Class of 1900, columnist and an editor of the editorial page of the Times for many years. “He was a legend” at the paper, Harry replied. Strunsky was my father’s closest friend at Columbia and afterward. My father also graduated in 1900, and his yearbook is inscribed “co-owned with Simeon Strunsky” on the flyleaf, I assume to share the cost. Dad had a Pulitzer scholarship, $350 a year plus free tuition. Each student had two pages in the yearbook: one for a photo, and on the facing page, an essay. Dad wrote a witty bio, from his 1879 birth in Austria-Hungary and his arrival in the U.S. at age 3, through his father’s failed attempt to establish the family as farmers in Kansas — in the face of “Indians, coyotes and tornadoes” — to life at his schools, including his seven years at Horace Mann and Columbia via the Pulitzer.

Alvin Turken and I had not been in touch for years, until my recent call. We were close friends at Columbia and for some time afterward, until his move to Beverly Hills. Alvin was another Pulitzer scholar and probably the youngest member of our class. He went on to earn an M.D. at P&S, following in the footsteps of his dad, a dedicated family physician in the Lower East Side. Alvin chose orthopedic surgery as a specialty and still practices 52 years later. He and his wife, Debby, have three sons and four grandchildren; I was very touched as he recalled that one of their sons is named after me. For many years, Alvin has been actively involved with Israel’s Institute of Technology in Haifa. He described some of their outstanding current work, including stem cell research.

Ed White is an active and much appreciated e-mail correspondent, with an amazing memory for nostalgia-evoking events and studies 60-plus years ago, on campus or at our pre-engineers’ Camp Columbia. Ed graduated as a chemical engineer and had a distinguished career as a civilian with the Navy, as I’ve previously reported. In post-retirement, he’s continuing his professional involvement with ASTM International on petroleum products and lubricants matters. “It could keep me busy 24 hours a day!” he says. It sounds as if he’s in excellent physical shape as well, helped along by an active exercise program that includes curling. I learned it’s a competitive sport that involves pushing 42-lb. rocks from one end of an ice rink to the other.

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