Welcome Back!

Filed under: Family Updates,Kudos — Chamberlain @ 5:29 pm
No. 187

With great pride (and relief!) the clan welcomes Cal Gatch III back from Afganistan where he was serving in the Marine Corps. We are thrilled to have both Manning Kalish and Cal Boy back home and admire the courage that they have demonstrated on our behalf.

Here is what Cal Jr and Barbara reported:

Calvin III returned to Moline, Illinois where his Marine base is located on Saturday, April 14. He is healthy, happy and
so glad to be home with his family. It was a joyous day. He continues to be on active duty until the middle of June. We
are all grateful that Manning and Calvin served their county so well and have returned safely. Thank you for your love and

Here are a few photos of that “joyous day” that the Gatches provided for the clan.


One Happy Cal IV

Becky, Cal Jr with Cal IV,
Daisy and Abigail

Cal III with Afgani Trucker and Friend


Wow…Proud to be associated Cal Boy! Semper Fi Gatches!


Big League Players

Filed under: Family Updates,Kudos,Travel — Chamberlain @ 2:07 pm

Here are three family members who are making names for themselves bigtime.

Up first, Uncle Ralph Kalisch’s acting career is flourishing mightily. His newest presentation of Branch Rickey, originally scheduled for 2 nights on Gaslight Square here in St Louis, had to be expanded to 3 nights, and all three are SOLD OUT! For those of us lucky enough to have tickets this will be a very entertaining evening in which Uncle Ralph’s soliloquy will vignette this colorful American baseball legend. A few Rickey quotes will give a sense of the man:

“Luck is the residue of design.”

“Problems are the price you pay for progress.”

“I find fault with my children because I like them and I want them to go places – uprightness and strength and courage and civil respect and anything that affects the probabilities of failure on the part of those that are closest to me, that concerns me – I find fault.”

Next in the lineup is Dr Qun Sha seen here in a recent photo with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon

Qun and CEO Bob Calcaterra are shown here in their office discussing with the Governor the advanced cardiac technology that their company (CardiaLen) is pioneering. This medical device company is focused on providing pain-free internal cardioversion therapy for atrial fibrillation (AF) with a low-energy implantable atrial cardioverter. Governor Nixon is injecting millions into companies like Qun’s to spur technology in Missouri. You can read more about CardiaLen here.

On deck next is Dr Liza Halcomb, just back from Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.. Washington University Medical Center has been asked for a proposal to co-sponsor a new medical center there in partnership with Khalifa University of Science, Technology & Research (KUSTAR). To that end W.U. sent a team to Abu Dhabi where Liza’s pitch outlined the WU vision for graduate medical education. Here are two photos from the trip.


Liza at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Chancellor Wrighton and Liza Await Next Dune Buggy


Notes From the Minor Leagues….

To the relief of everyone (and amazement of many), we have received word that Burnell Chatfield avoided another strikeout and passed his most recent GED exam attempt. He was complimented by the examiners especially because of his age – “a record”, they said. We are looking for some current (i.e. since his parole) photos of Burnell which we hope to have by the next posting of OurRumpus. Stay tuned…

Respectfully submitted,


The Miracles at Sainte-Anne-du-Petit-Cap

Filed under: Family Updates,Kudos — Chamberlain @ 1:16 pm

The University of Toronto Press has just published Mary Corley Dunn’s The Miracles at Sainte-Anne-du-Petit-Cap and the Making of a Seventeenth-Century Colonial Community. The article appears in the December issue of the prestigious Canadian Historical Review (Volume 91, Number 4, December 2010, pp. 611-635). Mary’s survey of the miracles attributed to Saint Anne (preserved at the church of Sainte-Anne-du-Petit-Cap, Quebec) provide a unique perspective into this colonial community “as governed by the providence of God, aligned with French national interests, and ordered under the authority of the post-Tridentine Catholic Church.” An abstract of this publication is available here. Both Mary and Claiborne Skinner (see post #44, The Upper Country) share an interest in New France, so the family can boast a particular expertise in this rich history. Congratulations to Mary from the tribe!


Basilica of Sainte-Anne de Beaupré, Quebec

The Vision of St Anne by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770)



An Auspicious Start

Filed under: Family Events,Family Updates,Kudos — Chamberlain @ 12:16 am

A momentous yet terse note from Will Skinner provides a magnificent start for 2011:

Happy new Year! I wanted to write to share the good news. Christina and I got engaged yesterday in NYC. I’ve attached a few photos from our day.


Will and Christina

Here are a pair of photos from NYC of Will and Christina on their big day. Intense Excitement in NYC – and Alexandria as well. Congratulations to our newest clan couple.


A Particularly Happy New Year

What Snow?


We look forward to meeting Christina soon – perhaps the annual Skinner Reunion May 2011??? That would be great if this busy couple could manage it! Best of luck to Will and Christina!

Family Spotlight

“Dr. Paul Tatum Practices the Heart & Soul of Family Medicine”. Thus begins this winter’s edition of the U. of Missouri Family and Community Medicine newsletter. In it, Trey (aka Paul, husband as you well know, of Helene Fehlig Tatum) is the featured physician, receiving accolades from his patients and colleagues. A typical comment: “Paul’s infectious enthusiasm, intense curiosity, and serious playfulness make him a wonderful physician and friend. And his sensitive, compassionate, and contemplative nature makes him well suited for hospice and palliative care.”

Trey’s accomplishments since returning to the University of Missouri in 2008 are numerous. He has received a Geriatric Career Award providing him a grant for academic work in “Improving Transitions of Care with Interdisciplinary Teams.” In 2010 he also had several publications, including co-authoring chapters on Hospice and Spirituality and End-of-Life Care in a book “Care of the Dying Patient.” He is also a contributor to the blog Geripal.

Keep up the great work Trey – we are proud of what you do, and since your relocation to Columbia, we now have the added bonus of seeing the Tatum Tribe more frequently at Moone Athy.


Filed under: Family Updates,Kudos — Chamberlain @ 2:10 am

The Christmas holidays brought many of the clan together again and here are a few of the newsworthy items that we learned from our gatherings.

Bill Pentland has a new blog at Forbes.com that is accessed at this link: http://blogs.forbes.com/williampentland/. Bill’s posts provide objective, non-ideological information about the environmental impact of our energy consumption and sources. They are well written and a pleasure to read. Be sure to support Bill’s efforts by following his blog regularly and clicking on his most recent posts.

Qun Sha has received a competitive NIH grant for his atrial fibrillation research. Qun is the medical director of clinical affairs for CardiaLen Inc which has garnered a large amount of investment capital this past year. They are developing an implantable atrial defibrillator for a common and high morbidity heart condition called atrial fibrillation. The Wall Street Journal has recently touted these devices as both effective and likely to reduce the costs of repeated hospitalizations for treatment of this disorder. The link to this report is here.

Zel McClelland spent three weeks in Greece this last September researching funereal sculpture for her art history PhD dissertation at Washington University. She was assisted in these endeavors by her not-yet-weaned Christopher ‘Pericles’ McClelland. He was especially adept at wooing otherwise uncooperative curators at many of the museums which they visited.


Zel and Pericles McClelland at the Sanctuary of Aphrodite, AcroCorinth


Finally, Sarah Law participated last September in the MBA’s Cup, an annual regatta of sailboats rented, skippered and crewed by MBA candidates from the US and Europe. As you may know Sarah is at Columbia University’s MBA program. The accompanying photo shows Sarah and her fellow crew members aboard the Columbia Business School boat in the harbor of Santa Margherita Ligure before the traditional formal dinner ashore. There are twenty business schools which participate, half in Europe and half from the US.


From the edge of Ligurian Sea – the Italian Riviera


Kudos to these family members for their hard earned successes. Please keep us posted about the achievements of other clansmen

Sanctuary for Families Award

Filed under: Kudos — Chamberlain @ 6:34 pm

There is much to report but, alas, little time in which to do so. However, I did want to report a recent award that will give all clan members great pride. The following letter from Hannah M. Pennington, Director, Bronx Legal Project, NYC Family Justice Center, Sanctuary for Families, gives the details.

“Dear All:

We are thrilled to announce that your colleague Suzanne Skinner has been chosen as a recipient of this year’s Sanctuary for Families Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Advocacy for her outstanding legal work on behalf of Sanctuary clients. We are so pleased to be able to honor your colleague in this way, and are so grateful for Paul Weiss’s commitment to providing such high caliber pro bono legal services to victims of domestic violence.

Suzanne will be honored at the eighth annual “Above & Beyond” Benefit on November 15, 2010 at Crimson, 915 Broadway at 21st Street, New York City. If you have not attended before, we hope you will join us at this wonderful event, hosted by Sanctuary’s Associates Committee, to celebrate the contributions of your colleague and other lawyers to Sanctuary for Families’ Center For Battered Women’s Legal Services (the Legal Center).

As you know, Sanctuary for Families is one of the leading nonprofit agencies in the nation dedicated exclusively to serving domestic violence victims and their children. Sanctuary offers sophisticated, holistic services to meet the complex needs of our clients, including shelter, counseling, legal representation, and assistance in making the transition to independent living. Sanctuary serves over 10,000 victims every year, and all services are provided completely free of charge. The Legal Center was established in 1989 and is now the largest legal center in the country exclusively dedicated to meeting the legal needs of domestic violence survivors.

The Sanctuary Associates Committee is a group of young professionals who support the work of Sanctuary and specifically the Legal Center. The Committee’s goals are to create a broad network of lawyers representing domestic violence victims, raise awareness of the critical legal and social services provided by Sanctuary, and raise funds for the Legal Center. The Committee hosts the annual “Above & Beyond” Benefit to recognize the work of pro bono attorneys who go “above & beyond” in assisting survivors of domestic violence, while raising funds to support the critical work of the Legal Center. To see pictures of and information on last year’s benefit, please visit the Sanctuary for Families website.

On behalf of the Sanctuary for Families staff and the entire Associates Committee we would like to thank you for your firm’s commitment to our work. Without pro bono partnerships like the one we have with your firm, we would not be able to do what we do.

Thank you.

Hannah Pennington, Esq.
Staff Liaison to Sanctuary Associates Committee

Abigail Zucker Schlaff, Esq.
Associates Committee Co-Chair

Jennifer Smith, Esq.
Associates Committee Co-Chair”

Truly impressive Suzanne! What an achievement. Needless to say, we are very proud of you. We hope you will share any photos taken at the November Benefit with us.


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