I remember the audible gasps of Yale Club old-timers on one tour when YGC's women stolled out onto the stage to sing ("My GOD, there are more women than men!"), and the tepid applause for our incredible soloist - a black man who, like Fenno, ignored their subtle and not-so-subtle rebukes. How far we have come, and in no small thanks to Fenno's courage in making music 'harmonious' in so many ways.
In 1981, a small group of senior women, most of us Glee Clubbers, decided to try to start a senior women's accapella group. At the time, there was nothing like the Whiffs for women, and we thought it was time. There was plenty of skepticism that it would catch on, not least of which among this small group of women. The one who didn't show any skepticism or hesitation was Fenno. Fenno helped us, supported us, provided us with practice space, encouragement, and I think later arranged for the group. That year, Whim 'n Rhythm was born. When we sang 25 years later with the Glee Club and other groups at a reunion event, it was like coming home. Mother of Men is cool. Father of Whim 'n...well, that deserves some credit, too. Thank you for believing in us, and in the power of music to bridge differences and knit people together. We never have, and never will, forget everything you have done for us. We love you, Fenno, and the wonderful family you shared with us, too.
Julie Iffland, '81.