Yale University. Calendar. Directories.

YDS Home>Alumni>Class Notes>1968

Class of 1968


Class Secretary


'67, '68 & '69 Cluster Reunion


Class Secretaries List


Other Class Notes


   Dr. Wylie S. Quinn III (Van) '68 B.D., '69 S.T.M.

   127 Hunters Ridge Rd.

   Chapel Hill, NC 27517-9017



Class Notes

Welcome to 1968's Class Notes page. Here you will find news from your classmates on what they've been doing since graduation.  Enjoy!

Moved? New job? Retired? Newly married? New grandchildren? Please submit your Class Notes to your Class Secretary or the Alumni Office by August 31, 2010, for publication in the next issue of Spectrum.



Notes from 2008


John Barrett ’68 B.D. reports that after decades in teaching and a brief spell on the national staff of the United Church of Christ with the Board of Christian Education, he is now the pastor of West Center Congregational Church, UCC, in Bronxville, NY, a suburb of NYC. JB continues to live in the city, having moved to Manhattan for a one-year trial in 1976.  He came to West Center Church as a consultant in education in 2001 and gradually worked his way up to the position of Senior Minister.  He enjoys the parish ministry and the variety of things he is called to do there. In April 1997, he joined the New York City Gay Men's Chorus, “which has been a joy and blessing in my life.” The NYCGC sings three concerts a year, the Christmas concert to a sold-out house in Carnegie Hall.  Since the 1970s he has enjoyed spending part of the summer on Monhegan Island in Maine. It provides, he says, a wonderful balance to life on Manhattan Island. JB recommends them both and has no present plans for retirement.  


Jim Boyles ’68 B.D. has retired after thirteen years as General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada.  The focus of his work for the last several years was the issue of Indian Residential Schools, negotiating with the courts, the government and the aboriginal groups on behalf of the church. A final agreement was reached in 2005 and last month a Truth and Reconciliation Commission began its work in bringing healing to those damaged by the school experience over many decades. After retiring Jim went to work on health home care for Toronto and adjacent areas. It involves receiving complaints and trying to resolve issues. He also keeps a hand in church work in my local parish and in his diocese. Jim has two daughters and three grandchildren. He and Sally were divorced ten years ago. She is retired and also living in Toronto. He has been active at the convention in the Liberal party in Canada, and remembers being glued to the TV in a remote village northwest of Ottawa during the Chicago Democratic convention 40 years ago.


Damon Bradley ’68 B.D. retired from the world of independent schools in 2004, after serving as headmaster of two schools for twenty-five years, the last fourteen of which were at Landon School in Bethesda, MD.  He and his wife of 39 years, Odette, then moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland – Chestertown to be precise – where he has taught for the past four years in the Education Department at Washington College.   He serves on several boards linked either with the education of youngsters or golden agers.  They have two married sons, one 36 years old working in the continuing education program at Boston University and another son 31 years old employed as an environmental geologist in Winston-Salem, NC.  In recent years, they have traveled considerably both in this country and abroad.   Since they live on the Chester River, they spend their free time boating, birding or just lazily reading at river’s edge. 


Elton Brown ’68 B.D. is now serving (for perhaps one more year) a small two-point  United Methodist parish on Minnesota's Iron Range:  Aurora and Hoyt Lakes.  Then he and Emily will retire to their home near Ely, MN, about 50 miles further north, on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  Meanwhile, they love living, volunteering, exercising, and sharing life (and playing tuba in the City Band) with the good folks there.  Small-town life, berrying, snow-shoeing, kayaking, helping out in the school, library, & hospital/nursing  home is all good and— thankfully! —low stress.  Elton had an interesting year of biopsies/ hospitalizations/ surgeries, but the prostate cancer is now all gone and he’s looking forward to getting back in shape for the cross-country ski season ahead.  Elton has high ambitions for his 20th Birkebeiner marathon (52 kilometers), as he’ll be one of the youngest competitors in his new (65-59) age group! Have a great time at the reunion!


Edwin (“Buddy”) Chase ’68 B.D. has served for the past nine years as the Director of the Family Institute and Special Gifts at the Methodist Home for Children and Youth in Macon, GA.  For 14 years he served as the Conference Pastoral Counselor for the South Georgia Conference. Prior to coming to the Methodist Home, he served as Director of the Clergy Resource Center and founded at the Pastoral Institute in Columbus, GA. Chase is co-editor of Patches of the Quilt, a book to be published in September, 2008.  He is married to Carole Hoelle, an Emory classmate, and has three sons and three grandchildren.  He enjoys fly fishing, traveling, and photography.


Michael Frank ’68 B.D. has had a life-long ministry in the Disciples of Christ, almost 40 years as pastor of Broadway Baptist Church in inner-city Cleveland. Mike and his wife Ellen (Burdette) have celebrated their 40th anniversary. Ellen is an eye surgeon and has worked for many years at Kaiser Permanente. The Ork continues a rich life of spirit and mind, and has been nourished by his involvement in the lives of his flock over all these years. Asked about theology he invokes Kierkegaard and sees a church enslaved to the “spirit of the age.” Eagerly pursued by both Democrats and Republicans, he is wearied and unmoved by their much speaking. He writes short stories and essays, as well as sermons. There is a Hopkins aura around his writing about God and creation. He and Ellen hope to retire soon to West Virginia and to see friends at the Convocation and elsewhere.

Ben Jordan ’68 M.Div. and Ellen will be celebrating anniversary number 43 in November. They have two children (Tom & Lara), and each has two children; Jack and Kylie, (5 & 3) and Ellen and Wilson (7 & 4). They feel fortunate that they live with their spouses in the Nashville area so that they are able to enjoy our grandchildren. Ellen has her own writing and communication business, plus she has taught English literature and composition at Middle Tennessee State University for over 12 years. Ben has been teaching at Vanderbilt University in the area of behavioral science for 20 years. He feels fortunate to have careers in business, entrepreneurship, and education. The last 6 years he has been full time at Vanderbilt. He is also an Elder in the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church where he has served several churches over the past 15 years. He doubts that we will make the October reunion, but we are still hoping schedules will allow it.


Harcourt Klinefelter ’68 B.D. came to YDS after Bloomfield College and time spent at the universities of Edinburgh and London (King’s College). Those who knew Harky will remember that he had a long association with Dr. Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and in one way or another he has spent his entire life practicing and teaching the principles and methods of Dr. King.  He was ordained in the UCC in 1969 and has worked as a minister in the Mennonite Church in the Netherlands. He has lived in the Netherlands since 1972, and now lives in a village north of Amsterdam. His wife, Annelies, is head of the Dutch Mennonite Mediation Program, and they have 3 children. Harky has taught psychology in Georgia, worked with hippies in Atlanta, been a minister, refugee worker, teacher, and consultant and speaker throughout Europe on conflict mediation and resolution, and general principles of non-violence.  “Teach peace and pursue it.”

Kirk R. Mariner ’68 B.D. is living happily in retirement in little (pop. 1,500) old (A.D. 1680) Onancock, VA (which is a lot better than it sounds), having retired in 2005 after 37 years in the Methodist pastorate. He served six churches in Virginia, including the big church in Williamsburg, all of which, he tells us, are, thankfully, still functioning. He misses preaching "only when I hear it done badly," but does miss “good church music” in a small, rural town. In retirement he spends his “most valuable” time doing historical research and writing He has published eight books” on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, with two more coming. He has also released a CD of his singing (and accompanying himself) a number of his own original songs about church life- “Church Basement Songs.” They are hysterical, very smart, absolutely true to the church, well-performed, and will take you back to the Common Room (VQ). “I suppose the habit of attempting to bring good news to a broken world never leaves us.”

Roger Martin ’68 B.D., ’69 S.T.M. retired in 2006 as president of Randolph-Macon College. He is currently Senior Consultant with Mather Leigh Ltd., a Montreal-based higher-ed consulting firm. His current client is the College of the Bahamas in Nassau where he spends one week every month. Roger was also recently elected president of the British Schools and Universities Foundation in New York City."


Del McAmis ’68 B.D. retired from his 33 year career in the financial services industry, and took the position as (half time) pastor of the Community Presbyterian Church in Tulelake, CA. In late September, 2006. He reports that this is a tiny (33 members) church in the Klamath basin, 30 miles south of Klamath Falls, OR.  This is his first pastorate since 1970.  He has been an active layman during the interim, serving as stated clerk of the presbytery of Seattle in the mid-1990s.  Del and his wife, Rosemary celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary last fall.  They have two adult daughters.  Del is anticipating a get together later this summer with old Yale friends Steve McKinley, Steve Doughty, Doug Stuart, and Jerry Knoche.


Chet Meyers ’68 M.Div. retired after teaching 32 years at Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, MN.  He bemuses himself in retirement doing the predictable... fishing and gardening; but has also become an avid birder and is presently heading up a statewide effort to restore red-headed woodpecker habitat in Minnesota. He figures "in as much as ye have done it to the least of these" must also refer to animals, and especially those who have no advocates.


Ruth Ann Moran ’68 B.D. and her husband, Geoff (a retired Army chaplain) have traveled the globe during their marriage. That enabled her to be in a lot of different kinds of ministries and exposed to a variety of ways of thinking. Salinas, CA had been their legal residence for over thirty years. While there she worked with Hospice leading grief and groups and forming other. She found many opportunities for preaching in Disciples of Christ churches. Now in Ventura, CA, Geoff is finishing an interim and teaching World Religions and logic. Ruth Ann plans to retire in October for an exciting new job – taking care of her two-year old grandson Ben. They have two grown daughters. Sarah is a high school teacher and Andra is a Nashville songwriter.


Robert R. (Bob) Newton ’68 S.T.M. is special assistant to the president of Boston College, with responsibility for university-wide projects and initiatives. He has had a wide-ranging and interesting career including serving as headmaster of Regis High School in NYC. Bob left the Jesuits in 1981 and was married in 1984 to Karen von Kunes, currently a faculty member at Yale in the Department of Slavic Languages.  They have two grown children, and live in Milton, MA, with a second residence in New Haven.


Roger Paine ’68 B.D. is beginning his 13th year as Senior Minister of The First Parish in Lincoln, MA, a “hybrid” church uniting the original Congregational and Unitarian churches there. He says that his congregation “covers a lot of spiritual geography, from cheerful humanists to liberal Christians.” He has operated within both denominations and thinks he may have covered “even more ground than his congregation.” His universalistic theological perspective makes him wonder if YDS has backslid since our days there. “Too many collars!” Roger is married and has two grandchildren, ages 14 and 12, in Minneapolis. He loves the parish ministry and his iconic New England church—white steeple, columns in front, clear-glass windows.


Thomas Shane ’68 B.D. and Linda have now been married for 43 years, and have four children and four grandchildren. Although most of their lives have been lived out in Kansas, they have retired in Houston to be near their grandchildren. His vocational identity emerged after a D.Min. from Vanderbilt and an ACPE residency at Prairie View Mental Health Center and hospital in Newton, KS.  He stayed on as a staff chaplain for fifteen years and later at Wesley Medical Center, working mostly in pediatric and surgical intensive care, and in the emergency department and becoming certified as a supervisor. During this time he developed an interest in law enforcement, and at various times was chaplain to the sheriff’s department, police department, the highway patrol, and the Kansas office of the FBI. Because of his experience and training in crisis counseling and supervision he worked as a chaplain following the Murrah federal building explosion, the Alaska Airline crash, the TWA flight 800 crash, and the 9-11 World Trade Center attacks. In retirement, he continues to work with the FBI in Houston. During much of this time he wrote regular magazine columns in this area of interest. In 1998 his book When Life meets Death: Stories of Death and Dying, Truth and Courage (Routledge, 1997).  In good health again after an aortic valve replacement, he leads an active life and remains an Elder in a Disciples of Christ church.


Michael Tierney ’68 M.Div. considers himself still “a child of the 60s.” Since graduating in 1968, he has spent the past 40 years working professionally and volunteering in a variety of community development and service organizations; including: Training Vista Volunteers in the Northeast region of the US;  Founding and directing a nonprofit housing and economic development organization in Worcester, MA; Providing consulting services to the City of New Haven, CT on neighborhood revitalization and reorganization of the City's housing and community development departments:  Serving as Assistant Secretary of Communities and Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Dukakis administration). For the past 19 years, Mike has been employed by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and is now Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, overseeing our program and financing activities across the Country.  LISC is the nation's largest non-profit community development organization, investing more than $1 billion annually in urban and rural communities. He has been married for the past 42 years to Evangeline Harris Tierney, a native of New Orleans, LA and a private practice psychotherapist. They have lived in the District of Columbia for the past 16 years, and have two children and two grandchildren. Mike has no current plans to retire.


Jane Combs Watkins ’68 M.A.R. writes, “I myself studied intensely [at YDS], but with no more elevated goal than becoming a Christian Ed Director.  I actually applied for jobs of that ilk, but married Charles before I was forced to take one.  People have often asked why I didn't get ordained and become a minister myself.   Though some of us were able to pioneer in the field of women's ministry, I knew that I didn't want to spend my life fighting and being resented. While being Queen of the Parish, I have had several careers and avocations: Latin and English high school teacher, a social worker, adult education in the church, an English professor in a community college and at Millikin University, Decatur, IL. Charles and I are still happily married, as is our son.  Charles retires from a distinguished preaching career in a couple of years, and then, we don't know.”

Peter W. Williams ’68 M.Phil., a kind of honorary member of Class of ’68 and great friend of all, received his Ph.D. in Church History in 1970 and took a position at Miami University in Oxford, OH, where he is now Distinguished Professor of Comparative Religion and American Studies and plans to retire from full-time teaching in 2010. He became an Episcopalian in the mid-70s and is now a member of the General Board of Examining Chaplains of the Episcopal Church. In 1980 he married Ruth Ann Alban Schneider and acquired two step-children, who now have a total of five children of their own. They assemble for three weeks every summer on the shore in Madison, CT. Peter speaks for all of us when he says that the years at YDS were among the most enjoyable and formative of his life. “Seabury House: not just a dormitory but an entire way of life.”

Wylie (Van) Quinn ’68 M.Div, ’69 S.T.M. married Peggy Johnston while still at YDS, and they have lived in Chapel Hill, NC for 38 years. They raised their children here, and Nathaniel is now a professional artist in Chapel Hill and Molly a professional singer in NYC. Van did a Ph.D. in philosophical theology at Duke and taught for many years at St. Mary’s College in Raleigh, where he was eventually named the Fletcher Distinguished Professor of the Humanities. At the same time he continued his professional career as an organist and choirmaster. For 38 years he has been the OCM at a large Episcopal church in Chapel Hill. In 2001 this became a full-time position and he was able to leave academia. The church is a very congenial place for Peggy and Van: highly and conservatively liturgical, moderate theologically, and very liberal social-ethically, all with the highest possible musical standards (including two great pipe organs). Over the years Peggy has worked as a social worker, and in recent years in administration at UNC. She's a painter and (as you will remember) a brilliant and fun person. Van concludes, “Come see us. We’ve got ‘Carolina in my mind.’”