WHO KNEW? AUTHORS

Yale ’62 authors, 50th Reunion
Compiled by Ed Rowan

 

Thomas Achenbach

I received my PhD in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and spent time on the Yale faculty and at the National Institute of Mental Health before becoming Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Vermont and President of the Research Center for Children, Youth, and Families in 1980.  Much of my research has been devoted to developing and applying standardized instruments for assessing psychopathology and adaptive functioning, initially for children but now spanning ages from1½ to 90+ years.  I have been extraordinarily fortunate in having colleagues in many countries who have translated the assessment instruments into over 90 languages and have used them for research and applications reported in thousands of published studies.  We have used data from many societies to construct computerized applications of multicultural norms.  This book (Developmental Psychopathology) argues for a multicultural approach to understanding psychopathology, presents research findings supporting this approach, and explains the challenges and benefits of the approach.  As an outgrowth of this work, Leslie Rescorla (my wife) and I often do workshops for colleagues and trainees in many countries throughout the world.

Clayton P. Alderfer

The Practice of Organizational Diagnosis presents a methodology for diagnosing group and intergroup relations in organizations based on the five laws of embedded intergroup relations theory.  Employing a framework rooted in Thomas Kuhn’s philosophy of science, the compete argument compares alternative theories, explains the five laws, presents the empirical basis of the laws and methods, and descries the essential educational practices.  Intergroup relations and organizations are subjects studied in anthropology, management, political science, social psychology, and sociology.  Accordingly, this volume draws on work from these fields and relates the point of view to the relevant aspects of the several disciplines.  The research conveyed in the book began in the 1960’s with several articles that grew out of my 1966 Yale PhD dissertation.  Following completion of the doctorate, at taught at Cornell, Yale, and Rutgers.  Writing the book took 2 ½ years after my exit from Rutgers at the end of the 2005-06 academic year.  Although there were numerous articles and book chapters written along the way, I found it necessary to “perish (academically speaking) in order (to have time) to publish the volume.”

Lee Bakunin

My book, The Power of Creative Genius, was 14 years in the making.  It is semi-autobiographical, as I used my experiences to illustrate the concepts.  When you are open to the creative abilities you have inside and free yourself of perceived limitations, you can overcome obstacles in your path, change the dynamics of your life, and make your dreams come true.  Everyone has this ability, and one of the underlying premises is that if I can do it, then so can you.

 

 

 

 

Chaplin Barnes

Watch Hill Through Time: The Evolution of a New England Shoreline Community chronicles the evolution of a Rhode Island shore community from its geological origins, through its phases as an Indian encampment and a colonial fishing and farming community, to its heyday as a fashionable Victorian hotel and cottage colony, and ultimately to its twentieth-century maturity as a unique family summer resort.  Woven into the fabric of this ecological and social history are tales of heroism, of wars, marine disasters, fires, and hurricanes, as well as glimpses into the lives of some of those who have shaped Watch Hill’s development.  It was published by the Watch Hill Conservancy of which Chaplin Barnes is a member of the Board and part-time Executive Director.

 

Lee Bolman

I received a BA in History and a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Yale and am now an author, scholar, consultant, and speaker who currently holds the Marion Bloch Missouri Chair in Leadership at the Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri-Kansas City.  I have written numerous books on leadership and organizations including Reframing Academic Leadership with my spouse, Joan Gallos.  Books with Terry Deal include Leading with Soul: An Uncommon Journey of Spirit, the Wizard and the Warrior: Leading with Passion and Power, and Reforming Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership.  My books have been translated into more than ten languages, and my publications also include numerous cases, chapters, and articles in scholarly and professional journals.

 

 

Robert Bremner

This book (Chairman of the Fed), the alpha and omega of my writing career, confirmed the wisdom of my decision to attend Harvard Business School rather than the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. As for many biographers, it was a decade-long labor of love.  The subject, William McChesney Martin, Jr., remains the longest-serving Chairman of the Federal Reserve System (1951-1970).  My goal was to write about the development of the post WW II financial system from the perspective of Martin’s unique role in it.  At age 31, he became the reformist president of the Depression-era New York Stock Exchange and subsequently led several agencies of the Federal government which made critical contributions to the international financial system that we know today.  His unquestioned integrity, humility and belief that different views could always be resolved by men of good will, are qualities too little in evidence at the present time.  As a non-economist who had gotten in well over his head, I remain grateful to a few economists and current and former Fed officials who generously gave me some of their time to keep me from humiliating myself.  I am also grateful to the Yale University Press that took a chance on a first-time author.

David Brudnoy 1940 – 2004

After graduation, David earned a Master’s Degree in Far Eastern Studies at Harvard and a doctorate in American History from Brandeis University in 1971.  That year, he began his radio career in Boston where his show ultimately became New England’s most listed to talk radio program.  He also taught at several universities and was a professor in the College of Communications at Boston University.  He wrote for a variety of publications and was a founder of the Boston Society of Film Critics and the Boston Theater Critics Circle.  After a near fatal collapse in 1994, David publicly acknowledged that he was gay and he became a strong voice for AIDS research.  His memoir, Life is Not a Rehearsal, was in his words, “a tell-all book sans acrimony, just revelations about me, and with their permission, about those I have loved, with their real names, about the pal who saved my life and the fine doctors who saved my life and buddies who made my life worth living.”  He continued to broadcast until the day before his death in December 2004.

 

Robert Burton

I graduated from medical school and completed my neurology residency at the University of California at San Francisco and later became chief of the Division of Neurology at Mt. Zion-UCAF Hospital.  On Being Certain explores the neuroscience behind the feeling of certainty, or why we are so convinced we’re right even when we’re wrong.  It is my belief that feelings of certainty and conviction are involuntary mental sensations, not logical conclusions.  If a major brain function is to maintain mental homeostasis, then it is understandable how stances of certainty can counteract anxiety and apprehension.  This is especially apparent in the political realm.  I have also written three critically acclaimed novels, but I have no idea why I wrote them.

 

 

Sherman Cochran

For the past 39 years, Sherm has taught Chinese history at Cornell University where he is now the Hu Shih Professor of Chinese History.  He began to learn Chinese after graduation when he went to Hong Kong on the Yale-China program and stayed for two years.  He then returned to Yale to earn his PhD in Chinese history.  In 1973, he took his first academic job in the History Department at Cornell and has been a professor there ever since.  He has traveled to China or elsewhere in East Asia almost every year to do research and, based on this research, has published seven books and more than forty articles, and he has written another forty conference papers and delivered 120 public lectures.  He has won awards as an outstanding teacher and student advisor and also held several administrative positions.

 

 

Robert Morse Crunden  1940 – 1999

After graduating, Bob attended Harvard where he received his PhD in 1967.  He then joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin to assist in revitalizing the American Studies Program and to teach courses in American culture and intellectual history.  He adapted his lectures for the undergraduate survey course for publication as A Brief History of American Culture. His scholarly method focused on shared climates of creativity revealed through group biographies of individuals active in diverse intellectual and cultural practices at a particular historical moment.  One example of this was Body and Soul: The Making of American Modernism.  The bibliography of Bob’s publications as provided by the University of Texas fills 8 single-spaced, typed pages.

Robert E. Daggy  1940 – 1997

Following graduation, Bob received his M.A. from Columbia and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1971. Although not himself a Catholic, Bob was fascinated with Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani near Bardstown, Kentucky.  Merton was praised for his writings which addressed such issues as ecumenism and religious renewal, the Vietnam War, ecology, genocide, and the Third World.  Based at the Thomas Merton Studies Center at Bellarmine College, Bob edited and wrote introductions to Merton’s works.

 

 

Richard Davis

After graduation, I concurrently attended Yale Law School and Columbia Graduate School of Business, earning degrees from both in 1965. For fifteen years, I was General Counsel of Bessemer Securities and Bessemer Trust. One of my final projects was to write the biography of Henry Phipps, the founder of the firms, and the history of their evolution into distinguished high net worth wealth managers.  There was considerable satisfaction in noting how wise development of capital had produced great public benefits.  The book was subsequently used for a Harvard Business School case study.

Richard S. Doeblin  1940 – 1994

Ricky was our Class Day Ivy Orator whose ode in Latin was written in the medieval versus quadratus. Regrettably, he did not provide non-classics majors with a translation. Following graduation, Ricky was selected for a prestigious Marshall Fellowship and studied classics at Oxford for three years. He then returned to Yale and taught in the Classics Department for two years. Thereafter, he taught classics at Canisius College in Buffalo and at the University of Wisconsin.  He moved abroad in the early 1970’s and became an expatriate for the balance of his life. He taught and studied in Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East. He did not publish any of his other writings, so this is his only known publication.

Fifty years later, at the request of Tappy Wilder, the ode was translated by the distinguished classicist Professor Judith Hallett, at the University of Maryland.  Thank you both. (click to read the Ode)

Ronald C. Federico  1941 – 1992

Ron earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Michigan and his PhD in Sociology at Northwestern.  In 1981, he became Director of the Westchester (New York) Social Work Education Consortium and Professor of Social Work at Iona College.  His pioneering work in curriculum development remains the foundation of many Social Work baccalaureate programs in the United States.  Among his 14 published books are textbooks in sociology, social psychology, and social work, culminating in the global perspective of his Social Welfare in Today’s World.

David Finkle

David Finkle is a freelance journalist who has written scores of publications and is based in New York City. “I wrote the 10 stories in People Tell Me Things because I couldn’t not write them.  That’s the impetus behind all my fiction.  Someone recounts an experience that makes me wonder ‘what if…?’ or I get an image in my head and take it from there.  The novel I’m writing now started with an extremely vivid dream.”

 

 

 

Edward B. Freeman  1939 – 1962

Ed Freeman, our Class Poet, met an untimely death in a plane crash in the Peruvian Andes in November, 1962.  As an undergraduate he was known for notebooks full of poems, an avante guarde play performed in Silliman and his friendship with Bob Dylan.  This is his only published work.

Alexander Garvin

Alexander Garvin came to Yale in the fall of 1958 and never left, graduating from Yale College in 1962 and from the School of Architecture with an M. Arch. and an M.U.S. in 1967.  Garvin has combined a career in urban planning and real estate with teaching, architecture, and public service.  He is currently President and CEO of AGA Public Realm Strategists. During 2002-2003, he was Vice President for Planning, Design, and Development of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.  Over the last 42 year he has held prominent positions in five New York City administrations, including Deputy Commissioner of Housing and City Planning Commissioner.  While pursuing his professional career in New York, Garvin has taught at Yale for the past 45 years where he is Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning and Management.   He has taught a wide range of subjects and one seminar produces a book on a different NYC neighborhood each year.  The books about the Atlanta Beltline and DeKalb County Georgia were produced as part of his professional practice.  All of them reflect his ongoing involvement with ideas about city planning and the results on the landscape.

Neil Goodwin

“After Yale College, I attended the Yale School of Art and Architecture, graduating in 1965, and practiced architecture in Boston for several years.  In 1972 I formed Peace River Films and, for the next 23 years, made documentaries for Public Television.  In 1995 I began writing The Apache Diaries, fulfilling a life-long dream of completing some unfinished work of my father, the anthropologist Grenville Goodwin, who died soon after I was born.  Part, mystery, part memoir, it focuses on a small, defiant group of Apaches living off the land in Mexico’s Sierra Madre, isolated and feared since the surrender of Geronimo in 1886.  My father had explored the Sierra Madre in 1929 and 1930 in search of these people.  Using my father’s diaries and notes, I followed in his footsteps in Mexico and the American southwest, keeping my own journal, trying to find out who these Apaches were and what had become of the,  The book is a conversation between his diaries and mine.  Like a Brother is a sequel to The Apache Diaries.  It reconstructs my father’s life among the Apaches of Arizona and New Mexico between 1928 and 1939 when he did the research that led to a series of seminal books, publications, and collections dealing with the Western Apache culture.  We Go As Captives: The Royalton Raid and the Shadow of War on the Revolutionary Frontier is about a 1780 British and Mohawk raid on the frontier town of Royalton, Vermont, where I’ve lived part-time for many years.  Operating from Canada, the war party set fire to the town and took 32 captives to imprisonment in Montreal.  This book is based on a long narrative written by Zadock Steele, one of the captives who survived two years in British prisons before making a dramatic escape and a long, barefoot march from the St. Lawrence River to Bennington, Vermont.”

Errol Gaston Hill  1921 – 2003

Errol G. Hill was born in Trinidad, West Indies and had an extensive and accomplished career in acting and the theater before he came to Yale as a special Rockefeller Foundation Student.  He earned both a B.A. and an M.F.A. from the Drama School in 1962.  He joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1968 where he chaired the drama department and was named the John D. Willard Professor of Drama and Oratory.  He was the first tenured African American faculty member at Dartmouth.  He wrote 11 plays, authored or edited 15 major books and periodicals, and wrote 25 major articles on drama and theater history.  His study of African American and Caribbean theater earned him worldwide acclaim and a reputation as the foremost historical scholar in these fields.

Kent Hughes

Trade, Taxes, and Transnationals: International Decision Making in Congress grew out of my early years working on the Foreign Trade and Investment Act of 1972.  The 1970s saw organized labor break with what had been a large coalition in favor of open international trade.  The period also raised questions about the rising international competition and the economic impact of the flow of capital, technology, and managerial talent overseas from the United States to other countries.  On Capitol Hill, at the Council on Competitiveness, and in the Clinton Commerce Department, my work started in the field of trade, expanded to a focus on U.S.-Japan economic relations, and eventually broadened to the question of U.S. economic competitiveness or long-term productivity growth. Building the Next American Century: The Past and Future of American Economic Competitiveness traces the development of national competitiveness as an idea, its eventual embrace by the Congress, its translation into policy by the Bush (41) and Clinton Administrations, and includes some suggestions about how a competitiveness strategy can be applied in the 21st century.  There was a large gap between the first book and the second.  I hope there will be more to come.

Kent Hughes holds a Ph.D. in economics from Washington University and an LL.B. from Harvard.  He is currently the Director of the Program on America and the Global Economy at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Robert Irving

Robert Grant Irving has a background altogether appropriate to his colonial subject.  He was born in New England, his family has roots in Canada, and he received undergraduate degrees in history and architectural history from Yale which owes much to a seventeenth-century Governor of Madras, Elihu Yale.  Irving was also educated at Balliol College, Oxford and King’s College Cambridge, institutions which produced many of the proconsuls of the British Empire.  His book, Indian Summer, on the creation of New Delhi, won the British Council Prize in the Humanities from the United Kingdom government as well as the highest honor of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award.  His subject derives from, his research and residence in India.  His travels completed in part by horse, camel, elephant, and canoe, took him throughout the subcontinent in pursuit of his quarry, namely, the edifices of British rule.  While photographing the church in Madras where Elihu Yale was married, he even earned the distinction of being arrested as a spy!

 

Carl Kaestle

“As an English major at Yale, I thought that professors were a different and higher species, not a station to which one could aspire.  But four years after graduation, when I was working at the American School of Warsaw, I read a book that changed my life – a history of the Progressive Education movement by Lawrence Cremin.  It had won the prestigious Bancroft Prize and I found it fascinating.  I realized that I missed academia, and that if one could earn a living teaching and writing about the history of American education, I wanted to try it.  Luckily, I got my chance to study with Cremin at Teachers College, Columbia and then with a wonderful historian of British colonial America, Bernard Bailyn at Harvard, and off I went, writing and teaching about this subject, for twenty-five years at Wisconsin, three at Chicago, and ten at Brown.  I developed two specialties: The history of American education and the history of publishing and reading in the United States.  Pillars of the Republic tells the story of how public schools were founded in the early nineteenth century.  Literacy in the United States: Readers and Reading since 1880 led to Print in Motion: The Expansion of Publishing and Reading in the United States, 1880-1940 and to my present project, a history of the federal role in education in the U.S. from 1940 to the present, provisionally titled, Uncertain Mandate.”

Michael Kane

Airbus 3XX: Building the World’s Largest Commercial Jet was a case developed for the Harvard Business School in 2002 as a form of instructional material to be used as the foundation for classroom discussions in its MBA program.  This instructional model has been widely copied around the world both for basic business school use and in executive education programs, and HBS remains the leading producer of such business school cases.  This particular case has been one of its most successful.  I had attended the Harvard Business School and received my MBA in 1976.  Years later, after a career in commercial banking, I returned to the School with an appointment as Dean’s Research Fellow and was fortunate to be able to work with Professor Benjamin Esty in the Finance Department in the development of this case and several others.  As a student, I had had no idea of the meticulous research, design and editing that went into preparing the cases we used.  I am pleased that this one has been a commercial success for the School.

Edward F. Kelly

I am currently a Research Professor in the Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS), a unit of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  I received my PhD in psycholinguistics and cognitive science from Harvard in 1971 and have since published numerous papers on a variety of experimental, methodological, and theoretical topics in parapsychology.  My goal in organizing Irreducible Mind was to put together in one place a diverse sampling of evidence challenging the central tenet of current mainstream thinking about brain-mind relations – specifically, the claim that everything in mind and consciousness is generated by, or supervenient upon, or in some mysterious sense identical to physical processes occurring in the brain.  One important class of phenomena that such views fail to explain is that of so-called paranormal or “psi” phenomena; although these remain controversial among scientists.  I have repeatedly observed them myself under good experimental conditions as know them to exist as facts of nature that we must somehow come to terms with scientifically.

 

Whit Knapp

My wife, Ruthie, wrote Who Stole Mona Lisa and it is enjoyed by our grandchildren and those of our friends.  We hope that others will enjoy reading it to their grandchildren.

 

 

 

Arthur Laffer

Arthur Laffer received an MBA and a PhD in economics from Stanford University.  As the Charles B. Thornton Professor of Business Economics at the University of Southern California he served as a member of President Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board for both his terms. His economic acumen and influence in triggering a world-wide tax-cutting movement in the 1980s have earned him the distinction as “The Father of Supply-Side Economics.”  The Laffer Curve is one of the main theoretical constructs of supply-side economics, illustrating the tradeoff between tax rates and actual tax revenue.

 

Steven Lash

Stephen received his BA in French literature from Yale and his MBA from Columbia.  His lifelong and professional interest in art, architecture, preservation, and international travel has led (so far) to a 36 year career at Christie’s auction house where he is Chairman Emeritus.  Stephen and his wife Wendy honeymooned at Mill Reef on Antigua in 1967 and they have visited the island regularly ever since.  That has been the inspiration for these two books about the island and its architecture.

 

Roger Lauer
Fred Ilfeld

Social Nudism in America was a joint senior thesis by Fred Ilfeld who majored in Culture and Behavior and Roger Lauer who majored in psychology.  It was an ethnographic and psychological examination of American nudism, a winner of the Saybrook Fellows Prize, and a book published by College and University Press.  After graduation, both authors went to medical school and then specialized in psychiatry.  They both went on to publish scientific articles but no more books.  They probably thought that would be anticlimactic.

 

 

John F. Manfredi

John founded the strategic consulting and communications group, Manloy Associates, in 2005 to provide companies with strategic thinking that yields actionable results.  This followed a management career spanning more than 25 years that actively engaged John in the top levels of the strategic thinking process with several iconic consumer products companies. Doing What Matters: How to get results that make a difference provides a practical approach to successful business leadership.  The book is based on the experiences of John and his partner, Jim Kilts in turnarounds at Gillette, Nabisco and Kraft/General Foods.  Close relationships with such business notables as Warren Buffet, Jack Welch, Louis Gerstner, Henry Kravis, and many others provide a rich texture to basic and enduring principles.

 

John S. Marr

After Yale, I attended New York Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health and spent a long and intellectually satisfying career in public health.  I have written three plague-related novels, over fifty peer-reviewed medical articles, and hundreds of other works on infectious diseases.   The Black Death was a best seller about a pneumonic plague in Manhattan. The Eleventh Plague featured a madman who decided to inflict obscure, but quite real infections, parasites, and toxins – all symbolic of the original ten plagues of Egypt – to repay former colleagues for perceived slights.  Human Parasitic Diseases Sourcebook includes every known human parasite, its geographical distribution, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment.

 

 

Edward Karl Morlock, Jr. 1940 – 2009

After graduation, Ed earned a certificate in transportation at Yale and a PhD at Northwestern University in 1967.  He taught transportation engineering at Northwestern until he joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania where he rose to become the UPS Foundation Professor of Transportation.  At Penn, he taught engineering economics, logistics and manufacturing, and supervised numerous doctoral students.   He was the author of four books including the standard textbook and, for 13 years, he served as editor of the McGraw-Hill series on transportation.

 

 

Eli Newberger

Eli Newberger is a pediatrician, musician, and teacher.  His many scientific, clinical, and social policy publications focus on child health, child abuse, violence against women, clergy abuse, and pedophilia.  The Men They Will Become is about understanding boys and strengthening their characters.  His classical and jazz performances on piano and tuba are available as music videos such as “Tubby the Tuba” and on his You Tube channel.

 

 

 

 

Scott Nelson

Artus Van Briggle was a master oil painter and ceramic artist.  He recreated the lost Chinese dead matt Ming glaze and designed hundreds of Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts ceramic forms, glazed with matt earth tone colors.  His prize-winning pottery was established in 1901 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Unfortunately, Artus died in 1904 of tuberculosis at age 35. His wife, Anne, operated the pottery until 1912, and it remains operational today.  Early dated Van Briggle is one of the most sought-after early 20th century ceramics in the world.  This collector’s guide documents the history of the pottery, the characteristics of pieces made and how to identify early examples.  It also included a catalog of the early designs of the Van Briggle Pottery Company.

Scott Nelson, MD has been a collector of Van Briggle pottery since 1976.  His maternal grandfather was a best friend of Artus Van Briggle and Artus’ wife Anne was Scott’s Mother’s Godmother.

Edward Peter Nolan  1937-1994

After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, Ed attended Indiana University where he was awarded a doctorate in Comparative Literature in 1966.  He then joined the faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He rose to the rank of Professor of English and Comparative Literature. There he published several books, twice served as chairman of the program, and chaired the Faculty Council.  Among his books were Now Through a Glass Darkly: Specular Images of Being and Knowing from Virgil to Chaucer, Inscribing Revelation: A Grammar of Holu Vision in Perpetua of Carthage, Hildegaard of Bingen, and Julian of Norwich, and Cry Out and Write: A Feminine poetics of Revelation.

 

Lee Patterson

My career has been in academia: first in the English Department at the University of Toronto, then at Johns Hopkins, then at Duke, and finally, from 1994-2009, at Yale.  One of my reasons for writing these books was to get tenure and then to be regarded as someone who universities would want to hire.  I liked moving into new intellectual environments, and I also liked the salary increases that were the effect of receiving offers, whether they were accepted or not.  Would these books (and a gang of articles) have been written without this crass materialist motivation? Maybe, but I can’t swear to it.  These books were all written to argue for a specific approach to understanding literature, the approach known as “historicism.” I believe that every work of art – be it music, painting, literature, what have you – is a function not simply of artistic genius but of the political, social, cultural, and especially economic forces at work in the world in which it was created, and that it cannot be understood unless the nature of these forces, and the specific ways in which they impact the work, are understood.  My first book, Negotiating the Past: The Historical Understanding of Medieval Literature, tried to work out a coherent theory that could apply this argument to the interpretation of medieval literature.  The two Chaucer books used this approach to explain both what his poems mean, to his contemporaries and to us, and why they could only have been written at the end of the 14th century.

 

Richard Portes

Since 1995, Richard Portes has been Professor of Economics at the London Business School and President for the Centre for Economic Policy Research which he founded in 1983.  He was a Rhodes Scholar and a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.  His key proposal of  “collective action clauses” in sovereign debt contracts has played a key role in the restructuring of Greek debt and his book on macroeconomic stability and financial regulation influenced the key G20 London Summit in 2009.  He was decorated Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s New Year Honours List in 2003 and has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Econometric Society.

 

 

Kent Ravenscroft

As an undergraduate, Kent combined his research in altered states of consciousness with an interest in Haiti.  He lived with a voodoo priest in Haiti, attended ceremonies and interviewed peasants possessed by Voodoo gods.  His Scholar of the House thesis, Voodoo Possession in Haiti, contributed to our modern theory of multiple personality.  After graduation from Harvard Medical School, he specialized in child psychiatry and is known for his writing and clinical and courtroom work in physical and sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress, and multiple personality disorder.  His multiple interests culminated in a first novel, Body Sharing: the Drug War, the CIA, and Haitian Voodoo.  He collaborated with wife Patricia on Les Liasons D’licieuses: Breaking the French Culinary Code. He chronicled his experiences in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti Fare Well, the profits from which go to the Haitian relief effort.

 

 

Burgert Roberts

Burgert’s 1971 collection of poems, Spacewalks: A World Too Far, earned him a spot on board the Apollo XVII Launch Cruise that went first to offshore Cape Canaveral to view the launch and then to Arecibio, Puerto Rico’s giant radar telescope to decode pulsar signals.  He was accompanied by other literary figures such as Normal Mailer, Carl Sagan, Robert Heinlein, Katherine Anne Porter, and Isaac Asimov, but Burgert probably won’t write a book about it.  Now as an “Earthwalker” living in Africa, “today I fed my regularly materializing adopted primate troop of vervet monkeys as well as the survivors of the trumpeter hornbill flock whose now vanished roosting ground I desperately tried to save during a long losing struggle against the chainsaw gang.”

 

 

Edward L. Rowan

When I wrote for the Yale Record, I seemed to specialize in irony.  Perhaps that later led me to pen an editorial for the Journal of Sex Education and Therapy about “Masturbation and the Boy Scout Handbook.” That, in turn, led to a publisher asking me to write the definitive book about the former subject and my wanting to write more about the evolution of the latter.  As a psychiatrist/sex therapist and longtime Scout leader, I managed to do both.  Joy of Self-Pleasuring (not my choice for the title) led to Understanding Child Sexual Abuse and To Do My Best spawned Mothers of Scouting.  A history of the street on which I lived sold about a dozen copies and a brief detour into true crime came to a dead end.  I’m still waiting for the next great idea.

 

 

Ross Rudolph

Ross Rudolph MD has practiced plastic and reconstructive surgery in San Diego since 1975.  Starting at the University of California San Diego, he now continues in full-time practice at Scripps Clinic, a large multidisciplinary clinic in La Jolla.  He has written much of the content in three books on plastic surgery and edited contributions by other authors in these books.  Skin Grafting gives the history of and various techniques for skin graft transfers used to close open wounds such as those after cancer removal and in severe burn treatment.  Chronic Problem Wounds deals with the identification and treatment of wounds that will not heal with the usual treatments.  Dr. Rudolph has published over 140 articles, both clinical and basic science, in the peer-reviewed surgical press.

 

 

Jon Saari

After graduating from Yale, Jon spent two years in Hong Kong in the Yale-China program.   He then received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard and joined the faculty at Northern Michigan University.

Most of my academic writing has focused on modern China, and particularly its transformation in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As a graduate student, I explored “China’s Special Modernity” in the book China and Ourselves; I found it in her long continuous history, her experience as a late-modernizer, her indirect colonial experience, and her traditional morality.  It took 15 years to craft my PhD dissertation into a book.  It focused on the legacies of childhood for a Chinese generation born in the 1890s, and was published in 1990.  Another China book is not in the offing, although I continue to review books on the history of childhood in China.  My writing has shifted to ethnic and environmental history, both with a personal and regional focus.  Black Ties and Miners’ Boots is an institutional history of a national Finnish-American philanthropic foundation.  The broad framework for the story and the occasional first-person dialogue with the reader connect this work in spirit with my earlier China writings.

 

Rodolfo Salas

Prioritize ‘till it Hurts is a product of my 30-year career at IBM and Rockwell Automation, and my business experiences with thousands of clients around the world.  I give credit for the simple and powerful concepts that I share in my book to all those who helped me refine and clarify them.  When I started my "new career" 20 years ago as an executive coach, I challenged myself to write a very short book with the bare essentials for developing smart strategies and getting important things done.  The act of writing the book reinforced in me that by focusing, gaining in-depth understanding of the issues, prioritizing, and taking action we can all get almost anything accomplished. It is my hope that readers of my book will enhance their competency as strategic thinkers increase their confidence to make the tough choice and follow-through on their decisions.

 

 

 

David Scharff

I’ve been writing books on psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and applied psychoanalysis since an early year’s sabbatical in England in 1972-73, when I studied teens who left school at the earliest legal opportunity, looked at the difficulties in their transition to work, and published Between Two Worlds: The Transition from School to Work. The Sexual Relationship about sexual development and family issues came next, and was followed by 20 more books, most on analytic treatment in individuals, couples, and families, analytic theory and history, and training. Most recently, I co-edited a book on advances in theory and application in the analytic treatment of families and couples, New Paradigms for Treating Relationships and, last year, co-wrote with Jill Scharff The Interpersonal Unconscious, a book on new perspectives on the unconscious, which draws on neuroscience, chaos theory, child development and advances in psychoanalytic thought.  Twenty-two in all, and I’m working on another few at the moment and feeling, at times, a bit overwhelmed by the numbers.

Philip Stewart

I am the Benjamin E. Powell Professor Emeritus of Romance Studies and Literature at Duke University.  These books all relate to my lifelong study of French (and other) literature and intellectual history in the eighteenth century.  The first, Le Masque et la parole: le langage de l’amour au XVIIIe siecle, is about what novels tell us of the ways that erotic content was coded in the elegant salon discourse of the time – a system of euphemisms, to put it simply.  In subsequent years, I developed a contiguous interest in literary illustration, a subject which, at the time, interested virtually no one and least of all art historians; after collection thousands of photos, I decided to try a book on the subject, again focused on erotic motifs, and the result was Engraven Desire: eros, image, and text in the French eighteenth century.  Finally, from working on a translation of Rousseau’s Julie ou la nouvelle Heloise, I became intrigued by the vocabulary of emotion and developed the thesis in L’Invention du sentiment: namely that the affective landscape changed definitively (this is shown primarily in England and France) in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries when the passion of classical literary theory gradually made room for more delicate and more positive feelings that took on the name sentiment. This process, largely unchronicled but clearly demonstrable in countless period texts, set the stage for the development of “sentimental,” and, later, Romantic literature.

 

William Stott

Documentary Expression and Thirties America was the PhD thesis that I wrote for Yale’s American Studies program.  From 1964 till 1968 I had been a cultural officer for our Foreign Service in Senegal and Morocco, so writing about propaganda in the 1930s was a kind of homecoming, particularly as I was (and remain) an exponent of the New Deal world in which I was raised.  Throughout my teaching career in American Studies at the University of Texas, my most important work was as an encourager and editor of student writing.  I gathered what I had learned into Write to the Point: And Feel Better about Your WritingOn Broadway: The Performance Photography of Fred Fehl combined material from the theater photography collection in UT’s Humanities Research Center and interviews from theater people in those productions.

 

Stephen Zehring Surridge

In his youth a “doubting Thomas,” Stephen well remembers having prostrated himself one Saturday evening before the altar of a chapel near the Yale campus, praying, “I’m here, Lord; where are you?” and then waiting.  All night.  No response.  Nothing.  So why should he believe?  Why the hell should he believe?  But anger didn’t help much, and neither did talking to chaplains, pastors, divinity students, or just plain people.  Each one seemed to have different ideas about who, or whether, “God” is.  None seemed to offer convincing argument for their own particular beliefs.  Maybe God was NOT.  But what a devastating thought that was!  If God does not exist, then we are all still awash in some primordial “soup,” with no firm guidance for our lives.  Finally, Stephen gave up.  He needed to base his life upon something, so he decided to base it upon the God of the Bible, whether that God existed or not, and to follow the Way which that God taught. Gradually, faith begat awareness, understanding, compassion, and love.  Then came August 25, 1988, in Medjugorge, Yugoslavia, when this “Thomas” was rendered forever thereafter without excuse: In the disc of the morning son, Stephen was gifted to behold images of Christ, and of Mary “clothed in the sun.”  After that experience, God’s then call to Stephen, to leave the relative security of his law firm and devote himself entirely to the task of writing and illustrating God’s explanations of all of John’s visions in Revelation, was irresistible. Even the prospect of never knowing from day to day what each next day might bring was far more exciting than frightening.  Hence this book: Revelation Revisited.

 

James Tyler

Pandora: Fabula Nova de Fortitudine Primae Feminae is one of three plays I have written entirely in Latin for the amusement and edification of students of Latin and their teachers in high school and college.  Bush Almighty! An Extraterrestrial Critique is a thoroughly researched satire on President George W. Bush and Mother & Child: Drawings by James Tyler contains some of my semi-abstract line drawings.

 

 

 

 

Charles Valier

La Crise de 1558, Conflit Théologique ou Politique? was published last fall in the Revue Historique Vaudoise, an annual academic journal sponsored by the University of Lausanne. As a practicing attorney, I offer it as an academic writing made late in my career, and, obviously, written by a non-career academic.  Late in life, I earned a masters degree at Washington University.  This article grew out of a chapter in my thesis.

 

 

 

 

Roman Weil

I received my formal training in economics in the mid 1960s and turned my specialization to accounting in the early 1970s.  I have worked in financial accounting, managerial accounting, and forensic accounting, which applies economics and accounting to problems in litigation.  Early in my career, I learned that to be taken seriously as a scholar in a profession, one need to write and publish.  I have written mostly to present with clarity my thoughts on how we accountants and consultants can do our jobs better.  The best known of my efforts, now going into its 14th edition, is Financial Accounting: An Introduction to Concepts, Methods, and Uses. Handbook of Cost Management is a reference book that is well known to a small audience.  The 5th edition of Litigation Services Handbook is the only book in its field, so is known as the leading book of its kind.  The royalties from this book would keep you and me in coffee money, but not more; however, the professional reward of having this book in print and up-to-date makes the venture worth the effort.

Tappan Wilder

Tappan is Thornton Wilder’s nephew and has served as the literary executor and manager of his uncle’s intellectual property since 1995.  He plays a similar role for the literary legacies of Thornton Wilder’s three sisters and brother, all of whom were also writers.  In 2006, Tappan completed work on a nine-volume HarperCollins re-issue of Thornton Wilder’s novels and major plays.  For each volume in this series he contributed an afterword containing a history of the work together with selected readings, many from previously unpublished sources.  He is now engaged in planning publications and events in this country and abroad tied to the celebration of the 75th anniversary of Our Town in 2013.

 

Paul Wortman

Think Jung! How I Found Meaning in my Life is primarily a self-help book showing how I, and hopefully others, can use the concepts developed by the famous depth-psychologist, Carl Gustav Jung, to find meaning and thereby psychological well-being in their lives.  The memoirs explain and illustrate Jung’s concepts such as anima, archetype, and complex, among others including dream analysis, as they applied to events in my life.  The book is aimed at those, such as our generation, in what Jung called the second half of life.  The book stems from my work in the Memoir Writing workshop of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Stony Brook University where I am an Emeritus Professor of Psychology.  For the past six years, I’ve also been offering OLLI workshops on Jungian psychology (which, by the way, I’d never studied before).  The two blended together in this book that has literally “saved my life.”

 

 

Benjamin Zucker

Ben Zucker is a gem merchant and novelist who has always been enthralled with Yale and with Elihu Yale who made his fortune in the diamond trade in Madras, India.  Ben has written three novels: Blue, Green, and White, all of which have Elihu Yale as a main character.  The Spirit of Elihu Yale is a richly illustrated commentary on the man and his times.

 

 

 

 

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