Summer 2021

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Bummer! Our 60th Reunion was postponed until June, 2022. Well, so be it. At least President Paul Smith’s email generated lots of fresh news, more than I can actually squeeze into this single column. But don’t let that discourage the rest of you from writing to me; I have three more columns to fill before we get together on campus and share news face-to-face.
I’ve been working with Paul, Ed Walters, Dave Hapke and Toby James on a proposed endowment to be dedicated to the University at the Reunion. It will recognize the important role that Lehigh has played in our lives, and establish a permanent legacy for our great Class. I hope that you will be able to lend your support to this important effort (see
Tom Parliament blames the pandemic for cancellation of his plans last year to visit Machu Pichu in Peru, take a Mediterranean cruise, and tour Scandinavia. He and his lady friend reside in Mahwah, Bergen County, NJ, but winter in a 55+ community near Tampa, FL. He has two daughters, both living in the DC area.
One of Ken Larsen’s favorite Lehigh stories is when, some 40 years ago, he introduced his high school wrestling son Rick to Lehigh’s national champion Mark Lieberman, ’79, at a Chicago Lehigh Club dinner. Young Rick was thrilled when Mark looked him in the eyes and asked “Are you a wrestler?” Ken is now living alone in Willow Springs, IL, having lost his wife five years ago. But both of his sons and their families live nearby, forest hiking trails are handy, the train to the Loop is walking distance, and a brewery is within 100 yards. “How much more could a Lehigh grad want?”
Doug Braendel drove all the way from Pennsylvania to Georgia to get a haircut during the pandemic! Well, not exactly. His kids live in Georgia and in Florida, so he and his wife hopped in their car four times last year to visit them, where he got groomed twice in the open barber shops down south. Their third child lives in Germany (too far for a haircut!). He serves on the boards of PA Pro-Life Federation and Orphan Voice, a ministry in Viet Nam. During tax season he helps seniors fill out their Federal tax returns.
Murry Cohen has travelled widely to all of the countries in Europe except Moldavia and Belarus. He is concerned over the rising anti-Semitism in Europe, reminding him of loathsome confrontations in his youth. He retired from psychiatric practice three years ago. He is now active in the animal rights movement, and is President of the Board of In Defense of Animals.
In 1988, David Daniels and his wife Dana moved to Guildford Surrey, England, where he became a high school teacher and department head at the American Community School just south of London. They have lived there ever since. Dave looks back proudly on his “worthy and interesting” 54 year teaching career. He earned a master in English at Rutgers, and spent most of his career on this side of the pond at East Aurora High School in upstate New York. He promises to fly back for our 60th Reunion next year.
Unfortunately, Pete Wright won’t make it back to the Reunion from Seattle, since he is in care giving mode for wife Nancy who suffers from Alzheimer’s. He fondly reminded me of the hoagie man’s visits to Dravo in our freshman year, much to the pleasure of Pete Apsey, Bob Rothkopf, Charlie Slinghoff, Bob Meyer and Jim Rhodes. “Ah, sweet youth!”

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