Wheatley Alumni Monthly Newsletter
Number 10: December 6, 2016
Dear Wheatley Wildcats and Wildcat Supporters,
Welcome to the Tenth Issue of The Wheatley School Alumni Association Newsletter, featuring one Wheatley Life; one Wheatley Death; one person who is alive but needs a kidney donation; and a book by the son of a legendary, revered Wheatley Principal. The “Life,” “Book,” and “Kidney” articles have photos!
Claude Levy, Class of 1966
“When I was a high school junior in Paris, my classmates referred to me as "The American” (although I wasn't aware of it at the time). Perhaps this was because my father was an engineer for Air France and, shortly after WWII, worked for a time at the Lockheed plant in Seattle. Perhaps this was because I first traveled to the United States in 1964, alone, staying with a couple of Chicago orchestra musicians and, then, in New York City, with friends of my mother, who kept a little shop on Amsterdam Avenue. Now, half a century later, I live on Amsterdam Avenue. Yes, I was always fascinated with America.
But back to my high school in Paris. In senior year. my English teacher told us about the American Field Service, and I immediately asked my parents if I could apply. They readily agreed. I became the guest of the wonderful Gross family, at 30 Parkway Drive, Roslyn Heights: husband Alfred, wife Marge, son Bob (1967), and daughter Jean (1969)…..and, of course, of The Wheatley School. AFS proved to be a life-long experience for two major reasons. One was its goal of learning to "talk together, walk together", a nice way of summarizing the intercultural approach that it emphasizes in its quest for peace. The other reason was more personal, but I was asked to write about it.
In April 1966, Roslyn High School organized a gathering of the AFS students living in the area. A Roslyn senior named Laurie Lefferts, who was concentrating on French language and literature, managed to talk with the French student on the panel - and I must say it was not out of politeness that I accepted talking with her. In addition to French language and culture, we shared a love of music, and, why not just say it, we were in love at first sight. We dated, and we went to her prom.
She came to France the next year for the two of us to travel together. But our relationship just didn't work out.
Forty years later, after each of us had made a life and family on opposite sides of the Atlantic, chance had it that we weren't happy in the relationships we then had, and we still had the yearning of our teenage romance. Thanks to the Internet, we reconnected, and we married each other in 2013.
I was happy to meet many of my 1966 Classmates at our 10/14/16 50th-year reunion. Naming some people would be unfair to others…..but I do want to say that it was great to see Marta Pesa, the other 1966 AFS student, who came to New York, from Argentina, especially for the event; and to get to know Hal Whack, another former student from a faraway place, whom I wish I had known better at Wheatley. Also, Art Engoron (1967) and I connected after the event.
I understand there will be more chances to meet everyone. I definitely don’t want to miss them!
Edward Larry Klopfer
“Edward L. Klopfer, DDS, MScD of Hollis, NH died suddenly from cardiac failure on December 3, 2016. He was born on March 4, 1944 to Florence & Julius Klopfer, in Mineola, NY. After graduating from Colgate University with honors, he went on to study dentistry at New York University where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. Upon receiving his dental degree, he served in the US Air Force as a Captain and Dentist. Following his years of service, he took his Residency in Orthodontics at Boston University where he also earned his Master’s Degree in Orthodontics. While establishing his practice in Milford, NH, he also taught Orthodontics at Boston University for ten years. Dr. Klopfer loved being an orthodontist and was adored by his patients. It was not uncommon for him to make house calls by boat on Lake Winnipesaukee while he was vacationing at his camp in the area or to be seen cheering on his patients at their sporting events. He was particularly privileged to have had the opportunity to treat three generations of many families.
People were drawn to Ed, and Ed was drawn to people. In 1978 he met and fell in love with the love of his life, Roberta (Ricki) Schwartz. Soon after, they were married and started their family. He developed strong personal relationships wherever he went. He had a great sense of humor, was always smiling and only saw the good in people. He enjoyed living and was grateful for every day on this earth. “We are so lucky,” was a catch phrase he often spoke with sincerity. Ed was an avid Red Sox fan, loved to play golf, but most of all relished being with friends and family. Ed was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, son, cousin and friend. Ed is survived by his loving family, including his wife, Ricki, his daughter Sarah, his son and daughter-in-law Andrew and Laura Klopfer, two adoring grandsons, Jacob & Daniel, brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Fredda Klopfer, nieces and nephews Heidi and Joel Sisenwine and Eric and Rachel Klopfer.
SERVICES: A funeral will be held at 10am on Sunday, December 4th at Temple Beth Abraham, 4 Raymond Street, Nashua NH with a burial following at Union Cemetery, 176 Academy Street, Laconia NH. Shiva will be held at 7:00pm on Monday (12/5) and Tuesday (12/6) evenings at the family’s home at 10 Springvale Drive, Hollis, NH and at 6:30pm on Wednesday (12/7) 60 Valley Road, Wellesley, MA. Donations can be made in Honor of Dr. Edward Klopfer to Temple B’Nai Israel in Laconia NH or Greater Nashua Dental Connection.” [[[Editor’s Note – Unedited]]]
Book by Drew Wathey, Son of Walter Wesley Wathey, Wheatley Principal 1961-1979
[[Editor’s Note – Mr. Wathey was Wheatley’s Principal during all my years there, and we continue to keep in touch. I have also had contact with Drew, who says that Walter is ”doing fine and still vibrant at 92.” Drew asked me to distribute the following.]]“A Season With Hope,” a heart-warming love story set against the backdrop of our national pastime -- baseball -- would make a wonderful gift for family, friends and colleagues this Holiday Season. Download a Kindle version or purchase a paperback on Amazon.com today. A portion of the book’s proceeds will be used in the fight against cancer.
Please help stamp out cancer in our lifetime.
Author of “A Season With Hope”
[[[Editor’s Note - I received the following a week ago. Mr. Harman (who is not related the the Harmans who graduated from Wheatley in the 1960s and 1970s) and Ms. Kaplan Novak graduated from Wheatley in 1994.]]]
Dear Mr. Engoron,
The letter below comes from Jordan Harman, Wheatley Class of 1994, who is a friend of mine. Jordan's father gave him a kidney in 1993, and now it's failing. Jordan needs our help to spread the word -- and maybe prevent dialysis and save his life.
If you would please be willing to share this with the greater Wheatley community, I would be so grateful, and I'm sure Jordan would be as well. Thank you for your time and attention.
Adar (Kaplan) Novak, Class of 1994
From: Jordan Harman
Subject: I need your help Date: December 1, 2016 at 12:02:19 PM EST
To: Jordan Harman
, Jordan Harman
Reply-To: Jordan Harman
Dear friends –
My apologies in advance for the long email. I’m not generally someone who feels comfortable asking for things, so I hope you’ll read further and understand how difficult it is for me to ask anything of you.
For those who’ve known me a long time, you probably remember that in 1993 at the age of 16, I was nearing renal failure and in need of a kidney transplant. I was fortunate enough that my father, Andrew, was a compatible donor and he donated one of his kidneys to me.
This gift from dad is what has enabled me to live the life I always dreamed of. It allowed me to live a “normal life” and without it, I probably would not know many of you.
That was nearly 24 years ago. Sometimes it feels like yesterday. Sometimes it feels like another lifetime.
I am now in need of a new kidney. The first transplant has served me incredibly well, but it appears to be nearing the end of its lifespan. I will soon need another kidney. I am looking for a living donor. I am currently on the waiting list for a cadaver kidney, and the expected wait is many, many years. Without a donated kidney, I will need to go on dialysis and the quality of life as I know it will diminish significantly.
Here is the good news: People only need ONE kidney to survive and live a “normal life”. It is a relatively risk-free endeavor for the donor. Donors go on to live completely normal lives after donation (like my dad, who resumed a completely normal life after donation, and is currently spending 4 hours a week on the tennis court as he nears 70!)
Here is what I ask of you, my friends: Please help me spread the word. I ask that you share this message with your social networks and share via email as far and wide as you feel comfortable doing. That is all I ask. Communication. You never know where volunteers or interested parties may surface, so spreading a wide net is important.
I am being currently being seen by the extremely renowned Transplant team at NYU Langone Medical Center.
In addition, I have teamed with an organization called Renewal, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those with kidney failure find a compatible live kidney donor. Their experience is that there are many altruistic, spiritual and charitable people out there who would consider helping spread the word or donating themselves. Renewal “holds the hand” of kidney donors throughout the entire process and offers guidance and support without any pressure. They also can put you in touch with many others who have become involved or donated themselves and are willing to share the experience. It is truly “the gift of life”.
If you, or someone you know, are interested in finding out more, please contact Renewal directly at R2179@renewal.org (my personal reference number) or call them at 718.431.9831 and refer to R2179. All calls are strictly confidential and all medical costs are covered by the recipient’s insurance. Ancillary costs may be covered by Renewal.
I encourage you to reach out discover the amazing work they do for yourself. And of course, as always, you can feel free to reach out to me with any questions.
Please help me spread the word. That’s all I can ask and it is that important!
With your help, I know I will come through this process better, stronger, faster – basically like Steve Austin.
Thank you for your time and attention.
PS - please forward this on. I have attached this message as a PDF to make forwarding to contacts easy.
Editor's Sign off
That’s it for now. Additions, corrections, and submissions welcome.