Born: 1945, Andover, Mass. Central Catholic High School, Lawrence,Mass 1963 BSFS Georgetown University School of Foreign Service 1967, Colby College (intensive Spanish) 1964, University of Madrid (Spain)1965-1966 (Met wife-to-be Mary here; she too came from Georgetown University (School of Languages).
U.S.Navy 1967 – 1970: Third Class Journalist: Panama Canal Zone COMUSNAVSO/COM15 and TDY on LST 533. Canal Zone College 1969. MBA University of Chicago 1971.
Married Mary Counihan 1972. Children: Kevin (made in Mexico!) and Brenda (made in Colombia!). Three grandchildren as of 2018. All live nearby. Moved to Darien in 1993 from Mexico City. Work History: Colgate-Palmolive Company 1971 – 2012 Salesman (USA), Product Manager (USA), Product Manager (Mexico), New Products Director (Spain), Marketing Director (Venezuela), Marketing and Sales Director (Colombia), General Manager (Colombia), General Manager (Mexico), Division President (Latin America), Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Vice Chairman.
Hobbies: Sailing / cruising (Gozzard 37), black powder and other historical rifle shooting, SCUBA diving, antique maps, antique books, Spanish colonial silver coins, hiking, International travel, photography, and occasionally golf.
Jim Gifford was born in Albany, N.Y., in 1949. He grew up in Delmar, N.Y., and graduated from Bethlehem Central High School in 1967. He graduated from Boston College in 1971 with a B.A. degree and was a member of the Honors Program and played intramural sports, including baseball and football. Jim started work in 1972 with the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare in San Francisco. In 1978, he returned to school at the University of Oregon, where, in 1980, he earned an M.Sc. degree in computer science and was a graduate teaching assistant. Back in the workforce, Jim was software engineer at Wang Labs in Boston for 10 years; vice president of engineering at Media Vision in Fremont, Calif., for four years; vice president and general manager at Diamond Multimedia Systems in Santa Clara, Calif., and senior vice president and chief operating officer for five years at Netscreen Technologies in Santa Clara. Jim and his wife Shirley live in Rowayton and have two children and five grandchildren. He belongs to the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers. He is an avid reader and student of classical antiquity, medieval philosophy and history. Jim has traveled worldwide since his retirement and also is an amateur wine collector. He enjoys skiing. Sponsored by Bob Johnson
Richard (Dick) Woods was born in 1937 and describes himself as a native San Franciscan. The family moved to Greenwich after WWII, and he went to school at Andover and Princeton. After graduation, Dick joined the Marines, where he was captain of the All-Marine Rifle and Pistol team, setting national records. Looking for a more rewarding work environment, he joined Merrill Lynch as an account executive in Hartford. He transferred to San Francisco after a dozen years as regional sales manager and office manager. In 1978, he relocated back east to run a division of the firm and later became a member of the New York Stock Exchange, responsible for Merrill’s order flow. He retired in 1992. Dick and his wife Robin live in Rowayton and have three children. He belongs to Wee Burn Country Club, New York Yacht Club, Norwalk Yacht Club, The Corinthians and the Bohemian Club. His favorite recreation is sailing the east coast, and he has captained boats from Maine to the Bahamas. When not on the water, he and Robin travel around the world to sample ice cream. Currently, the count is 137 countries. Sponsored by John Hess
Ian Duncan was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1931. He grew up in Edinburgh and graduated from Royal High School. He attended Edinburgh University (required for chartered accountancy (CA)). He was awarded the Gold Medal in Mercantile Law at Edinburgh University and qualified as a CA in 1954. At the university, he was the school champion in tennis for three years and singles champion at Abercorn Tennis Club from 1949 to 1950. Ian started work in 1949, working for chartered accountants in Edinburgh, advanced to senior accountant in 1957 and then spent from 1958 to 1974 as works accountant for ICI on various projects in England, Asia, Africa and Mexico. From 1981 to 1988, Ian was president of GOHMI, a New York management company involved in company takeovers. He retired temporarily in 1988 until he was persuaded to return to the United Kingdom and join the board of Guinness (later changed to Diageo), where he was both managing director and chief financial officer until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 62 in 1999. Ian and his wife Marjorie Anne live in Darien and recently celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary. They have three sons and eight grandchildren all living in the area. Ian belongs to the Country Club of Darien. In the United Kingdom, he continues to belong to the Ashridge Golf Club, the Berkhamsted Tennis and Squash Club and the Hertfordshire County Lawn Tennis Association. His hobbies and interests include tennis, paddle tennis, golf, and family and friends. Sponsored by Jim Kelly
Seth Morton was born in Albany, N.Y., in 1942. He grew up in Loudonville, N.Y., and graduated from Millbrook School in 1961. He graduated from Lehigh University with a B.A. in international relations (Latin American affairs) in 1965. At Lehigh, he was ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate, member of the Pershing Rifles and center on the Lehigh ice hockey team. Upon graduating from Lehigh, Seth spent two years as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps and then joined the family fuel oil distributorship in Albany. In 1970, he joined Zurn Industries in Erie, Pa., in the Water and Waste Treatment Division. After completing an M.B.A. from Gannon University in 1973, he began his financial career at Manufacturers Hanover’s Latin American Division. From 1974 to 1982, he worked in corporate finance at Viacom International. He joined Dun & Bradstreet in 1991 and was introduced to sophisticated integration and data management systems for banks and insurance companies. In 1995, he joined GE Information Services, beginning a career in systems sales to major corporations. In 2011, he became a licensed agent at New York Life and continues as an independent agent for life insurance, disability insurance, long-term care and annuities in Connecticut and six other states. Seth and his wife Linda have three daughters and a grandson. He is a member of the First Congregational Church, the RTM, the Tokeneke Club and the Mianus chapter of Trout Unlimited. His hobbies include fly fishing in fresh water and salt water. Sponsored by Harry McLachlin
Tom Hood was born in Omaha, Neb., in 1947, grew up in Omaha and graduated from Westside High School in 1965. He graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in 1969, where he was active in his fraternity, the Yale Political Union and the Branford College frisbee team. His entire career has been in the legal profession. He worked as a tax attorney in New York City for three years until 1977. He moved back to Omaha and worked as a tax partner in law firms there until 1990. From 1990 to 1993, he was counselor to the Internal Revenue Service commissioner. From 1993 to 2015, he was with Mayer Brown as a tax partner. Tom and his wife Maren live in Darien and have three sons and three grandchildren. He belongs to the Woodway Country Club, Pequot Yacht Club, New York Yacht Club, Connecticut State Senior Gold Association, Wianno Club (Osterville, Mass.,) and various South Carolina clubs. His leisure time is spent sailing, golfing, reading, working crossword puzzles and enjoying Broadway musicals. Sponsored by Joe Holmes