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Alumni Live Long and Prosper
A few months ago, Jim Kim noted to a Texas interviewer that brothers at Dartmouth’s fraternities had a lower incidence of heart disease than the general population. However, it seems that the benefits of time spent in Hanover extend to all students — or at least they have for the Class of 1941, as reported by Gene Stollerman ‘41 in the most recent Alumni Magazine.
Having just received the class of 1941 list from the alumni magazine, I counted some 61 of us still going strong and almost 300 widows still in touch with the College! So almost 10 percent of our class has made it into the 90s, compared with far less than 1 percent of the U.S. general population of males. All epidemiological population studies agree that the major single factor in human longevity is support—financial, social and spiritual. We Ivy Leaguers should realize the gift of these ingredients… [Emphasis added]
From the U.S. Census Bureau: American nonagenarian population to quadruple by 2050: The population of Americans aged 90-plus nearly tripled in the past three decades, reaching 1.9 million in 2010, according to a new report released by the U.S. Census Bureau and supported by the National Institute on Aging. Those in the 90-plus-age range represent 4.7 percent of the 65-and-older population in the United States, according to the report. This is up from 2.8 percent in 1980. By the year 2050 the number of U.S. nonagenarians is expected to more than quadruple to roughly 8.7 million Americans. This age group should account for about 10 percent of all American seniors. I have a birth date December 6, 1920. Any one of you younger? So hang in there, ‘41!
In my own Class of 1979, we have lost only 30 classmates; they have passed away in a fairly evenly distributed pattern over the years: 1970’s: 3 deaths; 1980’s: 9 deaths; 1990’s: 5 deaths; 2000’s: 8 deaths; 2010’s: 5 deaths. That seems a small number for a class numbering over 1,000 matriculants who are now in their mid-50’s.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…