Yale Class of 1963


Yale Class of 1963 - official Web Site




Yale 63 British Isles Tour - September 2016       18 days in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales  -  (Travel Brochure and signup forms)


Class Notes:   (from the Yale Alumni Magazine)


Classmates on Call  (Class of 1963 Support Network)


In Memoriam:   (shared Remembrances of departed classmates)



- Class Film Video Archive project - "In Our Own Words"


Recently completed Activities, Events and Mini-reunions:

Yale Tour de France 2015:


Video 1 of our Yale 1963 Tour de France 2015        Part 1: Barge Group 1: Loire, Burgundy, Versailles  -  filmed and edited by Pat Johnston

When the video begins, click the icon in the lower right corner of the video screen to make the slide show full screen on your computer.  There is sound with the video, so make sure your speakers are turned on.

Video 2 of our Yale 1963 Tour de France 2015       Part 2: Barge 2 joins Barge 1 for Giverny, Normandy and Paris.  - filmed and edited by Pat Johnston



View, Save and Print individual Photos (group 1)   Pat's photos for Video 1

View, Save and Print individual Photos (group 2)   Pat's photos for Video 2

View, Save and Print individual Photos (group 3)   (email your own .jpg photos to  jon_larson@hotmail.com   for posting here)


- Yale 1963 Tour de France - September 1-28, 2015    (Itinerary details)




 - Yale 1963 Euro-Mini Reunion (Paris)   - September 17th, 2015




Upcoming Activities, Events and Mini-reunions (in the planning stages):

Tours:   Summer/Fall 2016/2017

- Yale 1963 British Isles Tour - September 2016     (Travel Brochure and signup forms)    (England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales)

We are in the planning stages to repeat our successful Yale 1963 Tour de France 2015, and possibly open participation to members of Yale '61, '62, '64 and '65.

  Contact Jon Larson  at   jon_larson@hotmail.com   if you are interested to learn more and to get an advance reservation in the queue.  We expect the Tours will quickly reach capacity.


 - Yale 1963 Tour de France - September 2017:   (a repeat of our successful Tour de France 2015)

       (Paris 7 days, Burgundy barge 7 days, Normandy 3 days, and Loire Valley/Versailles 3 days)


- Yale 1963 Mississippi River (Minneapolis to New Orleans)  in the early planning stages

- Yale '63-'64 Civil Rights Mini-Reunion in Altanta, GA    (deferred into 2017)


          ....the Yale ’63-’64 Civil Rights Mini-Reunion will be held in Atlanta, GA.  This landmark event, which will commemorate the Civil Rights Movement and the part our classmates played in it, and also look forward to the future.  Importantly, it will celebrate the deep roots of the Movement in Atlanta as well as the many dimensions of African-American culture – music, art, and food – in that city.  Jonathan Holloway, the Dean of Yale College and a distinguished Professor of African-American Studies, has already agreed to give the keynote address at the Mini-Reunion on April 14, 2016.  Our classmates Art Gilliam and Tom Greenspon and his wife Barbara (who first met on a Civil Rights picket line in Tom’s junior year) are among those planning the program for the Mini-Reunion.  We look forward to seeing many of our classmates there.


Activities completed in the past year:

Bull Pups "You Guys" Reunion:    (Yale/Army game - September 26-27th)

Civil War Battlefield Tour #3 - The Battle of Spotsylvania  (Saturday October 25th)



Our Web sites & Blogs:   (Websites and Blogs maintained by Y63 Classmates)


Books We Have Written:   (a synopsis of over 100 books authored by 81 Yale Class of 1963 Authors)


David Boren:   (David Boren's move to higher education made a big difference for Oklahoma and OU)


Jerry Kenney receives the Yale Blue Leadership Award:




Class Photo Albums:

Philadelphia mini-Reunion:  April 24-27, 2014

50th Reunion:   May 2013

Antietem Battlefield Tour:  September 2013

California mini-Reunion:    September 2013

Pre-50th mini-reunion - San Francisco:   September 2011


Recent Web site enhancements:


"The Go To Guys"  - reflections on Yale '63 footballers and inclusiveness - by Jim Thompson


Photo/Video Album - "Seasons of Our Lives"    50 years in 500 photos in 50 minutes


Class Survey 50th Reunion - Results 


"That's Why I Chose Yale" -  Yale today   (YouTube promotional video produced by the Yale Alumni Office)


Official Yale Bulldog Merchandise purchases online


"Bright College Years (performed by the Yale Glee Club)


312 Years of Yale Tradition    Our historical context



50th Reunion highlights:

          50th Reunion Photo Album:  


Organization, Teamwork, Hard work, Technology, and the overriding Inclusiveness theme allowed us to become the all time 50th Reunion record achievers for funds raised and % of class participation.

Jerry Kenney, Ian Robertson, Mike Skol, Guy Struve, Rick Levin, Jane Levin, Hank Higdon, Dan Arons, Stan Riveles, Jon Larson, Michael Freeland, Benno Schmidt


Richard and Benno



Songs of Yale....

The Whiffenpoof Song  

Eli Yale - Bulldog Fight Song


Bright College Years  (performed by the Yale Glee Club)

Bright College years, with pleasure rife, the shortest, gladdest years of life; 
How swiftly are ye gliding by!  Oh, why doth time so quickly fly?

 The seasons come, the seasons go,  the earth is green or white with snow,
But time and change shall naught avail,  to break the friendships formed at Yale.

 In after years, should troubles rise, to cloud the blue of sunny skies,
How bright will seem, through mem'ry's haze, those happy, golden, bygone days!

Oh, let us strive that ever we, may let these words our watch-cry be,
Where'er upon life's sea we sail:

 "For God, for Country and for Yale!"







Site maintained by:   The Jon and Karen Larson Family Foundation   (Jon Larson  Yale '63)