Welcome Yale ’71 Classmates!

Dear Yale College Class of 1971 members, families, and friends,

As you may know, Yale ’71ers were trailblazers in many respects. Our class includes the first women to graduate from Yale College. We were the first to take meals in Commons without mandatory coats and ties. We were among the first classes composed under modernized inclusive admissions guidelines.


True to form, Yale ’71 has been redefining the online community experience for Yale classes. And you can benefit by taking two easy steps. As a Class member, you’re invited to register for full site access — as nearly half of our Classmates already have.  You’ll gain entry to private areas (Photo Galleries, In Memoriam, Online Community, online discussions, and the 45th Anniversary Class Survey).

Then take a few minutes to complete or update your online community profile. This cool feature is free to use for registered Class members, always available wherever you find a computer, and updatable as new life events occur. It has its own internal messaging system, so you can reach your classmates easily. About 20 percent of the Class has already contributed to the Community. If you don’t yet have a profile, please read “Contributing Your Community Profile” under the Frequently Asked Questions.  Please include a current head photo with your bio; it’s so nice see how well we’ve “matured” since Yale!

5 0 t h  R E U N I O N  R E M I N D E R S :

  1. The Class Survey closed on June 29th with a whopping response rate of 65%.  Thanks to each of you 681 ’71ers who contributed to this effort.

  2. Complete your Classbook entry (opening soon)

  3. Register for the reunion (details to come)


Yale71.org has been in continuous operation since September 2006.  Though it is designed and maintained by a core group of classmates, it’s a resource for all of us to develop. As more of us contribute to it, the richer it becomes. We invite you to explore the site, have fun reminiscing — then send along material you’d like to publish (press releases, family news, photos, essays…whatever).

Best regards,


Andy Kaufman (Class Secretary), Bill Primps (Class Treasurer), and the website team: Tim Powell (Class VP of Technology) and Rick Cech (Photo Editor and Survey Director).

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Virtual Class Lunch via Zoom — Thursday, July 16, 2020 — 12:30-1:30pm ET

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Virtual Class Lunch – Thursday, June 18, 2020 — 12:30 pm ET

Dear Classmates — This month we will continue our recent “tradition” of virtual class luncheons, via Zoom, on Thursday, June 18, from 12:30pm-1:30pm ET.   In May, we had approximately 40 participants, whom we divided into four separate Zoom meetings.  We plan to continue that approach for the June luncheon and also to continue to “shuffle” the […]

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News from Richard Skolnick

Richard Skolnick writes: Richard and Sophia Skolnik live in White Rock, NM, the sister town of Los Alamos. Richard continues to guest teach several times a year at Yale and is formally advising Yale grad students in public health. He also maintains his massive online course for Yale/Coursera, Essentials of Global Health, (https://www.coursera.org/learn/essentials-global-health). Over 5,000 […]

Virtual Class Lunch: Thursday, May 21, 2020 – 12:30pm-1:30pm ET

Dear Classmates — Building on the success of our recent “virtual” March and April class luncheons, we will be hosting our next set of Zoom gatherings on Thursday, May 21, from 12:30pm-1:30pm ET. For the April session, we had about 25 participants, whom we divided into two separate Zoom meetings. That size grouping worked well […]

CHANGED: Virtual Class Meeting – Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 12:30pm ET

The Yale Club of NYC has closed its common areas in response to our public health crisis. The Class of 1971 lunch scheduled for this time will now be held virtually.  To join, dial: 605-313-5111 ACCESS 874683 Bring your own lunch! We’ll “see” you there… Your indefatigable Class Lunch hosts, James S. Kaplan George Guernsey

Class Lunch – Thursday, February 20, 2020 – 12:30pm – Yale Club of NYC

Celebrate the coming of spring by enjoying a cozy, quiet, delicious lunch with your Yale classmates. The relaunched 1971 Class Table continues to be a huge success. Recent participants include Alice Cunningham, Hugh Scott, Bill Bierce, Ralph Dawson, Alex deBordes, Tim Powell, Linda Shearer Smith, Alice Young, Ruth Lansner, Peggy Marks, Tom Erickson, Tom Anderson, Harry Levitt, Phillip Protter, […]

Class Lunch – Thursday January 16, 2020 – Yale Club of NYC – 12:30pm

Celebrate the new decade by enjoying a cozy, quiet, delicious lunch with your Yale classmates. The relaunched 1971 Class Table continues to be a huge success. Recent participants include Alice Cunningham, Hugh Scott, Bill Bierce, Ralph Dawson, Alex deBordes, Tim Powell, Linda Shearer Smith, Alice Young, Ruth Lansner, Peggy Marks, Tom Erickson, Tom Anderson, Harry Levitt, Phillip Protter, Jean Brenner, […]

Class Lunch – Thursday, December 19, 2019 – NYC – 12:30pm

Celebrate the holidays by enjoying a cozy lunch with your Yale classmates. The relaunched 1971 Class Table continues to be a huge success. Recent participants include Alice Cunningham, Hugh Scott, Bill Bierce, Ralph Dawson, Alex deBordes, Tim Powell, Linda Shearer Smith, Alice Young, Ruth Lansner, Peggy Marks, Tom Erickson, Tom Anderson, Harry Levitt, Phillip Protter, Jean Brenner, Jim Kaplan, George Guernsey, […]