Tag Archive: Alumni

  1. Gwathmey ‘poured his heart and soul’ into A&A, Goldberger says

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    In an interview with the News yesterday, the dean of the School of Architecture, Robert A.M. Stern ARC ’65, argued that criticism of the Loria Center for the History of Art, the recent work of his late friend Charles Gwathmey ARC ’62, will lessen over time. In an essay posted to the Web site of The New Yorker, Paul Goldberger ’72, the magazine’s architecture critic, also weighs in:

    Toward the end of his career, he poured his heart and soul into a non-residential commission he cherished, the restoration and expansion of the Art and Architecture Building at Yale, by his teacher Paul Rudolph. The Rudolph building is an impossibly difficult neo-Brutalist masterpiece from 1963, and Gwathmey made it look better than it has in forty years. His addition is smart and well planned on the inside, and too complex and overwrought on the outside. It tells you all you need to know about its architect, who couldn’t bring himself to sit quietly beside his mentor. Gwathmey paid loving homage to Rudolph in the restoration, and then he wanted to get into the ring with him. I don’t think he was trying to show his teacher up. He just worried about what it would look like if he didn’t assert himself. He never wanted anyone to think that he didn’t have the right stuff.

    Read the full appraisal — in which Goldberger calls Gwathmey “the architecture world’s Norman Mailer, with the same bravado, the same raw talent, and the same career-long anxiety about whether he could continue to equal his spectacular first performance” — by clicking here.

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  2. Two Kohs are better than one

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    Bored during your internship? Here’s something to add to your reading list: A profile of former Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh and his brother, Howard Koh ’73 MED ’77, that appeared in The Boston Globe today. The brothers are now, respectively, legal adviser in the Department of State and assistant secretary for health in the Department of Health and Human Services.

    The whole article is worth reading, if only to find out that Harold Hongju Koh, who was once seen hoisting two Boston Red Sox World Series trophies in the Law School dining hall, will throw out the first pitch at Fenway Park on August 29. It is also worth reading because of the adorable photograph, above, that accompanies it.

  3. Bass ’82 launches second Web-only publication

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    As newspapers across the country continue to go bankrupt, Yale lecturer Paul Bass ’82 just launched a new media outlet for south-central Connecticut. But don’t look for this paper in print: Like the New Haven Independent, which Bass started in 2005, it is only available online.

    The Online Journalism Project, which is led by Bass, launched its second online-only newspaper, the Valley Independent Sentinel, this week. The Sentinel, employing two full-time reporters and freelance contributors, will cover news from Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton. It is being financed by a $500,000 grant from the Knight Foundation.

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  4. Senate approves Koh. No, not that one.

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    One of the above Kohs has been confirmed by the Senate. Guess which one! (Hint: The less controversial one.)

    The Senate voted Friday to approve the nomination of Howard Koh ’73 MED ’77 — pictured at right — for the position of assistant secretary for health in the Department of Health and Human Services, said Regan Lachapelle, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Koh will be the primary adviser to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius on matters relating to public health.

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  5. Miller: Sotomayor ‘a dedicated and serious young woman’

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    Before Sonia Sotomayor LAW ’79 was nominated to the Supreme Court, she was a student at Princeton — and a classmate of Yale College Dean Mary Miller.

    Along with four other students, Sotomayor and Miller served on a student search committee for a new assistant dean of student affairs. Frustrated with the process, the group wrote a letter to the editor in the September 12, 1974, issue of The Daily Princetonian.

    In the letter, which can be read in full here, the students criticized the search’s focus on selecting a minority candidate and the vague role of the student committee. While Miller is white and Sotomayor is Latina, both were chosen because they are women, at a time when Princeton was largely male.

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  6. Recapping the Clinton visit

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    Hillary Clinton’s LAW ’73 trip to New Haven on Monday created a veritable buzz.  (According to the New Haven Independent, she even got to enter through the otherwise locked L-Dub gate! Seriously! Celebrities…)

    Shortly after Commencement exercises ended around noon Monday, she headed to the Law School to celebrate with the class of 2009. Check the video out here, courtesy of the Law School. When Acting Dean Kate Stith introduced Clinton in the courtyard of the Law School, the crowd of several hundred students and their guests gave the former first lady a standing ovation.

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  7. Eli snags Treasury post

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    Another Yale alumnus has joined the Obama administration, this time with a prominent gig in the Treasury Department.

    The Senate confirmed Neal Wolin ’83 LAW ’88 as deputy treasury secretary, the number two official to Secretary Timothy Geithner, on Tuesday. Wolin, who was named deputy assistant to President Obama and deputy counsel to the president for economic policy in February, is a veteran of the department, having served as both general counsel and deputy general counsel.

    “Neal brings a deep knowledge of the Treasury Department and strong managerial experience in both the private and public sectors,” Geithner said Monday, according to Agence France Presse. “I look forward to working closely with Neal at this critical moment in our nation’s history.”

  8. Old dean, new title

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    Harold Attridge, Yale Divinity School Dean

    A $5 million gift has given Divinity School Dean Harold Attridge a new title: the Henry L. Slack Dean of Yale Divinity School.

    The new endowed deanship was created by Robert McNeil Jr. ’36 in honor of his grandfather, a leader of the Congregational Church in Connecticut who graduated from the Divinity School in 1877.

    The donation comes at a time when the Divinity School has been struggling to meet its fundraising targets and expand its financial aid offerings. As of March, contributions to the school’s annual fund, which is earmarked directly for financial aid, were down nearly 20 percent compared to the 2008 fiscal year.

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  9. Eli picked to lead National Endowment for the Arts

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    It turns out Harold Hongju Koh won’t be the only Yale affiliate to vie for Senate confirmation this spring.

    Former School of Drama professor Rocco Landesman DRA ’76, a producer who brought hits including “Angels in America” and “The Producers” to Broadway, has been nominated as the next chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, the White House announced today.

    Landesman, 61, taught for four years at the Drama School as an assistant professor after receiving his Ph.D. in dramatic literature and more recently has served as a lecturer in theater management. Click here for more coverage from The New York Times, which first reported Landesman’s selection.

    In 2007, Landesman and Robert Brustein DRA ’51, the former Drama School dean and founder of the Yale Repertory Theatre, hosted a discussion at the Drama School on the state of non-profit theater in the United States, and the National Endowment for the Arts was among the topics the two dicusssed.  The session is available as a podcast on the Yale Web site; click here for part one and here for part two.

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  10. Mory’s seeks city approval for expansion

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    Representatives of Mory’s gave a presentation in front of the New Haven Board of Zoning Appeals  last night to ask for permission to expand the club’s physical footprint.

    The project was officially presented by Richard Wies of Gregg, Wies & Gardner Architects, said Mory’s Association Treasurer Melanie Ginter ’78 GRD ’81, who was present at the meeting along with several other board members, including Tony Fitzgerald ’66 and School of Management professor Douglas Rae.

    “We’re very interested in getting these variances because we think this is really what we need Mory’s to do in order to go forward in a successful way,” Ginter said today.

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  11. ‘Growing Up Buckley’

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    Christopher Buckley ’75, the speaker at next month’s Class Day, has a lengthy excerpt from his upcoming book, “Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir,” included in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine.

    Buckley writes that his book is “an account of becoming an orphan,” after the death of both of his parents in an 11 month span. Buckley spends a considerable amount of space describing his relationship with his father, famed conservative and former News chairman William F. Buckley ’50, who died Feb. 27, 2008 at 82. (Read the News’ obituary here, and coverage of his memorial service here.)

    “Recently, I was driving behind a belchy city bus and suddenly found myself thinking, not for the first time, about whether Pup is in heaven,” Buckley, the co-founder of the Yale Daily News Magazine, writes in the excerpt. “He spent so much of his life on his knees in church, so much of his life doing the right thing by so many people, a thousand acts of generosity. I hesitate to put it this way, but I’m dying of curiosity: how did it turn out, Pup? Were you right, after all? Is there a heaven? Is Mum there with you? Grumbling, almost certainly, about the ‘inedible food,’ and saying, ‘Bill, you’ve got to speak to that absurd St. Peter creature about getting Christopher in — I mean, it’s all too ridiculous for words.’ ”

    (Photo: The Collection of Christopher Buckley, via The New York Times)