Class of 1934

From the March/April 2012 Issue

On Nov. 19, E. Davis Caldwell reached “the tender age” of 100.

From the September/October 2009 Issue

Davis Caldwell (see Chuck Heims '39).

From the January / February 2009 Issue

Davis Caldwell writes: "I'll be celebrating my 75th reunion in May, and my doctor tells me I have a good chance of making it to campus. I hope Maury Caito and I will have more company than we had for our 70th! My three children are still with us, but Annie, at 51, is battling cancer—so far successfully—and we continue to pray hard. Our grandson, Evan, just graduated summa cum laude from Hiram College in Ohio. Connie and I can't figure out where those brains come from, certainly not from me and my mediocre C average at Brown."

From the May / June 2007 Issue

Davis Caldwell writes: “Discouraged by the lack of news in the notes for my class, I’m driven to reporting that I have successfully negotiated my 95th birthday and am still driving a car. Recently passed a driver’s test at the Cleveland Clinic, which is good for six months. I’m confident I’ll pass it again. My claim to fame (other than being 95) is my eight grandchildren—only one almost married and he’d better get busy producing me a great-grandchild! After twenty-six years working with Meals-on-Wheels, I’ve had to reduce to occasional subbing. Still active on Chagrin Falls Library Board (past president) and the Village Shade Tree Commission. I’m possibly most remarkable as one of the few Democrats in this backward village of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. However, I’m greeted with considerably more respect since last November. Now they’re expecting me to tell them how we’re going to get out of this awful mess Bush got us into.”

From the January / February 2007 Issue

Lillian Salmin Janas welcomed her twelfth great-grandchild, Michael Janas, on July 22.

From the May / June 2004 Issue

Reunion weekend is May 28–31. For more information, contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947 or

From the March / April 2004 Issue

Your 70th reunion plans are complete, and we hope to see you back at Brown on May 28–31! Registration information will arrive soon, so please make your reservation early. Register online at Contact reunion headquarters with any questions at (401) 863-1947 or

From the January / February 2004 Issue

Report from reunion headquarters: “Plans are under way for a memorable and enjoyable 70th reunion, May 28–31. Please plan to join us for a wonderful weekend. Registration information will arrive in the spring. If you have any questions, please contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947.”

Elizabeth Brennan McCaffrey writes: “I turned 90 this year. The football anniversary was interesting. I started early as a devoted fan. My father, James Brennan, class of 1892, took me to the opening game and dedication of the “new” stadium. I think we played Harvard (and lost). I listen to all of the games and always hope for the ‘big’ year—no losses!”

From the May / June 2003 Issue

Alexander Resko, of Mifflin, Pa., writes: “I live in a cottage. Fortunately, at the age of 90, I can still take care of myself. I also drive to Virginia and State College, Pa., to visit my daughters.”

From the July / August 2002 Issue

Elizabeth Brennan McCaffrey writes: "My husband, Charles V. McCaffrey, died on June 3, 2001. I am in assisted living. I'm comfortable, but with lots of complaints!"

From the May / June 2002 Issue

Rosalind Wallace Green, of East Greenwich, R.I., writes: "I've lost Albert, my husband of sixty years, who attended every reunion and was accepted as a member of the class. I've been in touch with Lillian Salmin Janas and Edith Janson Hatch several times. I have also called Harriet Legg Malone, who lives in Concord, N.H., who corresponds with Faith Cushman Peterson, who is in Colorado and is taping books for the blind. Of course, we were all saddened by the death of our president, Ray Chace. Let's get together."

Lillian Salmin Janas, of Central Falls, R.I., writes: "My 37-year-old grandson, Mark Janas, a father of three, died suddenly on Dec. 23 in Alpharetta, Ga. The loss is devastating."

From the November / December 2000 Issue

Louis C. Irving, of Tucson, Ariz., writes: “The current year’s graduates should count their blessings! It must be difficult for them to appreciate the great difference between the present economy and ours in 1934. Jobs and cash were very scarce. A student loan of $400 for tuition was helpful. At graduation time I had a choice: use my $5 to buy a Commencement yearbook or to buy new shoes. I bought the shoes. I found steady employment with a career in the army. No regrets.”

From the September / October 2000 Issue

York A. King Jr. writes: "I celebrated my 90th birthday on May 5 with family, including my daughter, Caroline King Hall ’60, ’73 Ph.D., and a few intimate strangers. I couldn’t make it to Commencement this year, although my daughter was there to celebrate her 40th; maybe next year. Our whole family is looking forward to the annual Keith picnic in Havelock, N.C., in early August; I picked up the following vignette in the Keith newsletter: Little Girl: ‘Daddy, do all fairy tales begin with ‘Once upon a time . . . ?’ Daddy: ‘No, dear, there is a whole series of fairy tales that begin with ‘If elected, I promise.’ Hope this helps with the presidential search at Brown."

From the July / August 2000 Issue

E. Davis Caldwell writes: "Class of 1934: awake! Month after month, no news! Mine? We’ve moved to a condo and day after day I sit by my window (not all day) watching people shovel snow from my walks and driveway. We’ve had a lot of snow in Cleveland."

From the July / August 1999 Issue

Frank C. Barber writes that he is now living in Florida for the "duration." A retired minister, he recently had a heart attack and would like to hear from classmates or any alums who would like to correspond. He hopes to find a pen pal in each of our fifty states.

Capt. William Wohlfarth, Silver Spring, Md., who planned to attend his 65th reunion, found an omission from the Encyclopedia Brunonia. While taking postgraduate courses at the Kellogg Foundation at the University of Michigan, he billeted at the Michigan Union. To the right of the entrance there is a bronze plaque giving credit to the founder of that university, one Horace Mann. There is no mention of that accomplishment in Mann's write-up in the Encyclopedia Brunonia.

From the May / June 1999 Issue

Sixty-five years ago we proudly walked through the Van Wickle Gates. Let's gather at our upcoming 65th to do it again! We hope you've made arrangements to join us May 28_31. It's not too late if you haven't. If you have questions or need assistance, please call reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947.

Alexander Resko Jr., Mifflintown, Pa., writes that he is still, after thirty-five years, a head cook for Juniata County Meals on Wheels. He is also a member of several boards, including that of the Juniata Valley Boy Scouts of America, on which he has sat for thirty years. He reports that he has recovered from throat cancer and a recent second hip replacement. "I'm in hospitals often," he adds, "but never with an illness."

From the January / February 1999 Issue

The 65th reunion will be held Memorial Day weekend, May 28-31. Your class leaders, Ray Chace and Lillian Salmin Janas, have been planning activities that you are sure to enjoy. Call reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947 with your questions and suggestions.

From the May / June 1998 Issue

The annual mini-reunion luncheon will be held Friday, May 22, at the Metacomet Country Club in East Providence, R.I. For more information, call Raymond Chace at (401) 437-1387 or Lillian Salmin Janas at (401)722-4294.

From the March / April 1998 Issue

Dave Caldwell, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, writes: "The 1934 classnotes have always been few and far between. Without success I tried to stir up some action by recounting the athletic prowess of my eight grandchildren. My latest effort is to report a recent golf score of 47 (nine holes). Not bad for an 85-year-old. Ed Hickey need not reply. I'm sure he's under 45."

Cecelia Baker Dixon, Lexington, Ky., and her husband, Pete, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 21. Their three children and their spouses, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren joined them for a weekend at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky.

Alexander Resko Jr., Mifflintown, Pa., reports that his right hip was replaced fourteen years ago, and it's doing fine. He submitted this note from the hospital, where, at 84, he had a pacemaker installed and his left hip replaced.


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