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Wells, Lloyd Posted: 11/17/2011 7:09:13 AM
Class of 1947 

Lloyd P. Wells, (Jr.)

1921 - Born: 29 January, St. Louis, MO. - Grandson of Rolla Wells, Democratic Mayor of St. Louis - 1901 - 1909 [St. Louis World's Fair]

1922 - Father, Lloyd P. Wells, Sr. died W.W.I. - [Princeton, banker and Presbyterian]

1926 - Miss. Rossman's School - St. Louis, MO.

1927 - 1933 - St. Louis Country Day School, St. Louis, MO.

1927 - First flight piloted by Charles Lindbergh.

1934/1939 - Avon Old Farms School, Avon, CT. [Being dyslexic - I was not graduated.]

1939/1940 - Roosevelt Aviation School & Emery Riddle School of Aeronautics. [Licensed as a commercial, instrument-rated pilot.]

1941/1943 - Pennsylvania Central Air Lines - Northeast Airlines - U.S. Air Transport Command. [trans-North Atlantic and domestic service.]

1943 - Married Jean Tod Ballard of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA ending in divorce 1969. Three children - Lloyd, III [deceased - Vietnam War], Frances, and Rolla.

1944 - 1945 Civil Air Patrol [1st Lieutenant - antisubmarine command, Grand Isle, LA]

1945/1947 - University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School [Two years: Awarded Certificate in Business Administration.] Reestablished, together with other Brothers, the Sigma Chapter of the Zeta Psi Fraternity, University of Pennsylvania following its use by the U. S. military during W.W. II.

CIVICs: Chestnut Hill is an upper/middle class subsection of the City of Philadelphia, PA with a population of approximately 10,000 as contrasted to Philadelphia's population of over 2 million. Philadelphia Council's governing policy of "one suite fits all" clearly was counterproductive to Chestnut Hill's best interests, thus the need for a localized quasi- government.]

1948 - Founded, with the help of others, the Hill Hardware Company, Inc. in Chestnut Hill.

1949 - Joined the Chestnut Hill & Mt. Airy Businessmen's Association.

1951 - Elected trustee of the Chestnut Hill Hospital, 1/25/51.

1952 - Founded, with the help of others, the Chestnut Hill Development Group [CHDG] which functioned as the community's "chamber of commerce"; the CHDG reorganized the commercial district, aprox 120 enterprises, from a blighted to a thriving commercial center during the following decade.

1953 - Founded, with the help of others, the Chestnut Hill Parking Foundation. [A not-for-profit spin-off of the CHDG - operating eight lots accommodating aprox 750,000 vehicles per year.]

1955 - Founded, with the help of Fred Berger and others, the Chestnut Hill Cymbal. [An experimental monthly news magazine] to facilitate community wide communications concerning common community problems.

1956 - Dade County Vocational School, Miami, FL. [Two term course in photo-journalism.]

1957 - 1960 - Employed by the CHDG [currently the Chestnut Hill Businessmen's Association, CHBA] and the Chestnut Hill Community Association [CHCA] as "Community Manager".

1958 - Founded, with the help of Fred Berger and others, The Chestnut Hill Local. [The LOCAL is a unique weekly community forum owned by the CHCA - at that time a (501 c3) corporation. The CHCA operated as a private [quasi-] community government, supportive of but operating independently from Philadelphia's City Government. The LOCAL (currently celebrating its 53th anniversary) was designed as the communications network of Chestnut Hill's consensual democratic government. Circa 1980, the LOCAL operated on an annual budget in excess of one million dollars with a paid circulation of over 10,500.

1958 - Organized and conducted, with the help of over 400 volunteers the first "privately conducted" Origin and Destination traffic survey in Philadelphia [10/23/58].

1959 - Reorganized, with the help of others, the CHCA into a private consensual democratic government by changing its 501 c3 corporate charter and bylaws into a democratic as contrasted to a hierarchical (corporate) structure. The CHCA thereby assumed the "sovereign" responsibility for the civic maintenance and renewal of the Chestnut Hill community by proclamation at a community meeting attended and approved by some 200 local citizens.

1959 - Founded, with the help of others, the Chestnut Hill Historical Society [CHHS].

1961 - Employed as Deputy Director: The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential. [The IAHP - is a public service, 501 c3 enterprise.]

1963 - Founded, with the help of others, "Welles Sea Treasure, Inc." [August 7, 1963] Participated in successful expedition recovering sunken Spanish Gold.

1964 - Licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard - as a commercial operator, power and sail, 100 marine tons, Atlantic Ocean - Eastport, ME. to Key West, FL.

1964 - Appointed Director of Marine Operations, University of Pennsylvania's underwater archeological expedition to Bodrum, Turkey. In that capacity, commanded the Research Vessel Virazon supporting 26 specialized professionals - trained as SCUBA divers - to excavate a Byzantine wreck at a depth of approximately 200 feet which sank aprox. 342 AD.

1965 - To enhance participation, with the help of others, designed and implemented a two party political system, unrelated to any other political parties, within Chestnut Hill's quasi-government.

1966 - Photographer/navigator: for the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential's expedition to the Kalahari Desert, South Africa to meet Dr. Raymond A. Dart, who in 1924, was the first to identify "the missing link" that Darwin anticipated. At that time, I also met Louis and Mary Leakey who studied the origins of stone technology. Their research indicates that Tools stimulated further human evolutionary development by providing options for technological development, thus, stimulating brain growth.

1966 - Designed and founded, with the help of others, the Chestnut Hill Realty Trust. [The Realty Trust [for-profit] functioned as the real-estate redevelopment arm of the CHCA's consensual democracy.]

1968 - Elected for two consecutive terms as Chestnut Hill's "Community Mayor".

1969 - Photographer/navigator: IAHP's expedition to Brazil's Mata Grossa, i.e., the head waters of the Xingue River. Lived with the aboriginal peoples who are now being driven to extinction by the commercial destruction of the Brazilian rain forest and the construction of a dam at the delta of the Xingue. [These expeditions to Africa and Brazil were attempts to understand why those living in stone age cultures today continue living in those cultures.]

1970 - Confirmed as a member of the Anglican [Episcopalian] Communion.

1970/1975 - Reemployed as "Community Manager" by the CHCA & CHDG.

1971 - The first male and first Protestant appointed to the Board of Trustees of Chestnut Hill College: a Roman Catholic, liberal arts & science college operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph, located in Chestnut Hill.

1971 - Founded, with the help of others, the "Chestnut Hill Fund" - [as an intermediary financing program to support the community's expanding civic activities; until a permanent Consensual Taxation system could be implemented.]

1971 - Married Ellen Van Pelt [Newbold], the Editor of the Chestnut Hill Local.

1972 - Appointed by Philadelphia's Mayor Frank Rizzo as Vice-Chairman of the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

1975 - Keynote speaker at the Fiftieth Convocation of the Chestnut Hill College.

1976 - Retired from Chestnut Hill civics. Moved to Crawford, Maine (population 72).

1977/1979 - Employed as Executive Director, "Chamber of Commerce", Calais, Maine. (population 2,500)

1978 /1979 - Appointed Senior Warden, St. Aiden's Episcopal Church, Machias, Maine.

1979 /1980 - Elected First Selectman, Crawford Township, Maine.

1979 - As a member of the University of Pennsylvania Museum's trip to Egypt with Robert Runcie, the Archbishop of Canterbury, I was convinced that the missions of all churches universally was to unify and practice the example of Jesus Christ.

1981 - Moved from Crawford, Maine to Falmouth, Maine.

1981 - Invited by Bishop Frederick Wolf to supervise the Maine Episcopal Diocesan's Stewardship Program. Appointed by Bishop Wolf to his Diocesan staff.

1981 - Elected by Maine's Episcopal Diocesan Convention to the New England Provincial Synod. Appointed by Bishop Wolf to the Provincial Council. (Province One.)

1982 - Elected trustee, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Boothbay Harbor, Maine. (Served on Executive, Finance, Planning, and Policy Committees.)

1983 - Structured cooperation, with the help of others, between St. Mary's Episcopal Parish in Falmouth, ME and St. Luke's Cathedral, in Portland, ME thereby, facilitating the operations of a multi-institutional Soup Kitchen. [Directed soup kitchen operations for several years.]

1983 /1991 - Semiretired: continue with church and civic interests. Instrumental in founding the Center for Consensual Democracy, Inc. (501 c3) - the mission of which was to develop and foster the practice of Direct Democracy, as contrasted to "representative democracy" (i.e., democracy supported by "popular commitment" as contrasted to our current process which is based on "police power" and or BIG money).

1992 - Was admitted to the Roman Catholic Communion, having been persuaded by Robert Runcie that reconciliation among all faiths is the highest priority of all religions.

1992 /1993 - Having mistakenly believed that Ross Perot supported participatory democracy and having discovered my error, I help with others, to develop a national network exposing and opposing Mr. Perot's political ambitions.

1998 - Co-authored, "Recreating Democracy - Breathing New Life into American Communities" - ISBN 0 - 9672292 - 0 - 0.

2000 - Accepted Board membership; The Good Life Center - supporting Scott & Helen Nearing's back to the earth philosophy.

2002/2003 - Having become acquainted with and active in The National Initiative for Democracy. (www.ni4d.net), was appointed to its Board of Directors by former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel, D - Alaska.

2004 - Invited to the Whitehead Institute's Annual Symposium. [The Whitehead and the Broad Institute, both of Cambridge, MA., specialize in DNA research.] Attempted unsuccessfully to convince their respective Boards to focus on DNA as it relates to human behavior as contrasted to human disease. This higher priority directly concerns the survival of the human race.

2006 - Featured in an article by John Rensenbrink, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Law, Bowdoin College, ME and past President of the International Society for Universal Dialogue which was published in the fall issue of "Green Horizon", an internationally distributed Journal concerned with "green" political philosophy.

2006/2008 - Together with John Rensenbrink and others attempted to implement a pilot convention to be held at Bowdoin College wherein paleoanthropologist Dr. Richard Leakey speaking as a scientist, the Rev. Dr. Harvey Cox, speaking as a theologian and Bill Moyers speaking as a political observer would address the necessity for cooperation between Politics, Religion and Science to prevent the disintegration of civilization.

2006 - Moved with Ellen from Falmouth, Maine to the Shell Point Retirement Community in Ft. Myers, FL.

2010 - With the help of others, prepared a book review of Dr. James D. Watson's "The Double Helix" on behalf of the Shell Point and other communities. The "powers that be" at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory rejected a proposal relating to DNA's influence on human behavior as contrasted to the more lucrative research relating to human disease.

Survival; self-interest is programed in all of us by way of our DNA's evolution and appears to be the basis of human decision making.

The survival of the human race may well be at issue.