Aboard the ARC
Remembering Those
  We Lost




Classes of:
| 15-40 | 41-45 | 46-50 | 51-55 | 56-60 |
| 61-65 | 66-70 | 71-75 | 76-80 | 81-85 |
| 86-90 | 91-95 | 96-01 |


[Editor's note: These notes were due at CCT just prior to the September 11 tragedy, although class correspondents were offered the opportunity to update them in light of events, and many chose to do so. As a result, some of the notes that follow deal with births and marriages, reunions and job changes — the milestones that mark our progression through ordinary life; others are intensely personal reflections, from correspondents and classmates, on a most extraordinary day.]

Classes of 1915-1935

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New York, NY 10115

Lloyd Seidman '32 continues to enjoy retirement and travels extensively. In the past year he has visited China, Russia, France and New Orleans (for the Tennessee Williams Festival 2000). This fall he planned a tour of a number of U.S. National Parks in the west, winding up on his 88th birthday.

Irwin Grossman '36 reports that Abraham Druss '28 recently celebrated his 95th birthday. Originally a member of the class of '26, Abe graduated in '28 due to illness. "Many members of his family were Columbians and most lived to a ripe old age...must have been the high quality of the food in John Jay," Grossman says. "Incidentally, Abe is still in good health except for one finger that still curls occasionally. He claims it's a leftover from the cane spree that he won as a freshman on South Field."

We are sad to report a number of deaths: Col. E.L. Robbins '27, Randolph Thornton '28, Samuel J. Silverman '28, Theodore Lidz '31, Robert Guernsey '31, Seymour Goldreben '32, Donald McKay Shafer '32, Sidney Siegel '32, Lawrence W. Golde '34, L. Floyd Rodman '34 and Eugene A. Mechler '35.

Class of 1936

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

Class of 1937

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

Vince Merendino retired from his medical practice four years ago (obstetrics/gynecology). He still lives in Englewood, N.J., and is catching up on his reading.

Larry Gussman recently had major surgery. His wife died but his three children are fine. He reads a lot when doctors are not poking at him.

Bill Ragsdale, rather to his surprise, became a successful CPA. When he retired in 1972, he was a partner in PriceWaterhouse. He now plays tennis three times a week — doubles only — near his retirement home in Williamsburg, Va.

[Editor's note: Our apologies for the extra inclusion of Murray Bloom's address in the midst of his class note about Simeon Hutner in the September 2001 issue. The scanner picked up the address, which appears at the bottom of the first page of the faxed notes, as part of the text.]

Class of 1938

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

Ralph de Toledano is "still at it. My 24th book, Notes from the Underground — the Whittaker Chambers-Ralph de Toledano Letters, appeared a couple of years ago. I have two books going the rounds: Mark Twain on Practically Anything and Cry Havoc: the Internal War on America. And I'm working on an autobiography that should shake society. I got the title — Exit, Pursued By a Bear — from Lionel Trilling's book on E.M. Forster. Over the years I have been in touch with one of Columbia's great professors, Jacques Barzun '27, who with Trilling ran the most significant course I had at Columbia, Senior Colloquium. Back in 1960, Bob Giroux '36 published my memoir, Lament for a Generation.

"We had some wonderful people on campus in those days, including Robert Paul Smith, who knew more about jazz than any of us. When I was president of Philolexian, we spent more time listening to jazz records than discussing poetry."

De Toledano was part of the Columbia literary crowd that included Thomas Merton, Robert Lax and Ed Rice '40. For more about them, see the profile of Rice in the May 2001 CCT.

Class of 1939

Ralph Staiger
701 Dallam Road
Newark, DE 19711

"Have you ever heard of Bishop Ussher?" Do you recall Professor Raymond Weaver, perching on the edge of the stage of McMillan Hall at our freshman orientation, asking us that question? He went on to give us a taste of historical scholarship by telling us that Bishop James Ussher in about 1650 A.D. held that the world had been created in 4000 B.C.

I have never forgotten those words and wonder whether other members of the Class of 1939 (A.D.) recall the stimulation of "Buck" Weaver's first words to us.

The Winter 2001 issue of Columbia provided several articles and photos that will probably ring bells for us, including Mark Van Doren, Harry J. Carman, Irwin Edman, Douglas Moore and Joseph Wood Krutch. They have been honored by the Society of Columbia Graduates as great teachers, but we remember them also by personal contacts. Van Doren, for instance, returned a paper in which I argued that King Lear was not good theater with the notation, "You will be interested to know that Voltaire agreed with you." I don't recall the grade he assigned, but I'll never forget his comment. He was a great teacher.

Krutch went west to influence many people, but we knew him as a drama critic who could give us clues about Broadway plays on which we might best spend our limited amount of cash.

I hope that I have stimulated you to tell me about yourself and your contacts with great teachers, '39ers, so that I can share your experiences with everyone in the next Class Notes.

Class of 1940

Seth Neugroschl
1349 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10028


Classes of:
| 15-40 | 41-45 | 46-50 | 51-55 | 56-60 |
| 61-65 | 66-70 | 71-75 | 76-80 | 81-85 |
| 86-90 | 91-95 | 96-01 |


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