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William I. Parks, Jr.
"Bill"

Company I-2

10 Mar 1938 - 31 Mar 2018

Place of Death: Lake Ridge, VA

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bill Parks, on March 31, 2018, in Lake Ridge, VA, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Bill was predeceased by his wife, Becky.  He is survived by their daughter, Terry Weaver; granddaughter, Rachel Willey; and brothers, Larry and Herb.

Bill will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, August 22nd at 3pm.

Condolences may be sent to Terry Weaver, 2506 Paxton Street, Woodbridge, VA

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011.

Well done, Bill. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Bill's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Class Committee 26 February 2018 Meeting Minutes Now Available

Class Committee Meeting 26 February 2018 Minutes

Peter Gleichenhaus Presented Distinguished Leadership Award

Peter Gleichenhaus, on 27 Feb, was awarded the Jewish Community Relations Council Distinguished Leadership Award for his being a Veteran and community leader during their event at the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building.

Pete was noted for his tremendous community service in leading JCRC’s Hiring Our Heroes project to match returning veterans with jobs, and for enhancing Jewish life in the Bay Area and beyond.

Holland B. Coulter
"Dutch"

Company D-2

10 Jan 1938 - 2 Feb 2018

Place of Death: Hendersonville, NC

Inurnment: West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Dutch Coulter, on February 2, 2018, in Hendersonville, NC.

Dutch is survived by his wife, Gail; their daughter, Julia; their daughter, Melissa and her husband, Paul Holloway; their son, Reed; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 1 PM, Saturday, 10 February at Providence Baptist Church, 1201 Oakland Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792. A reception will follow.  The funeral for Dutch Coulter is scheduled at 1:30 PM, Thursday, 21 June 2018, at the West Point Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to Gail at 129 Stonebridge Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28739-7700.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Dutch’s memory be made to Providence Baptist Church, 1201 Oakland Street, Hendersonville, NC

Well done, Dutch. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Dutch's Last Roll Call Tribute.

James D. Strachan "Jim"

Company D-2

12 Feb 1940 - 24 Dec 2017

Place of Death: Webster, TX

Interment: Houston National Cemetery, Houston, TX

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Jim Strachan, on 24 December 2017 in Webster, TX, as a result of complications from pneumonia. 

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Kim; and his youngest brother, Michael.  Jim is survived by his younger brother, John; sons, James, Sean, and Hugh; daughters, Kim M. and Kim T.; and their grandchildren, Michael, James, Alexa, Alexandra, Alea, Lauren, Morgan, Taylor, Joey, Evan, and Ellie. 

Jim will be laid to rest at the Houston National Cemetery, Houston, TX following his military honors service on February 12, 2018 at 10:00 am. 

Condolences may be sent to James G. Strachan at 281 W Fork Drive, League City, TX  77573-3485, phone 713-839-6644 and email stracman@gmail.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Jim’s memory be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX  75231.

Well done, Jim.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Jim's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Donn G. Miller

Company H-1

9 Aug 1939 - 24 Dec 2017

Place of Death: Wayne, PA

Interment: West Point Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Donn Miller, on December 24, 2017, after a courageous battle with leukemia.

Donn is survived by his wife, Carol; his daughter, Kimberly Miller; his son, Donn Scott Miller; his grandson, Major Matthew Miller and his wife, Bana; his granddaughter, Heather Miller; and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at 10 AM on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Chapel of St. Cornelius the Centurion, Valley Forge Military Academy, 1001 Eagle Road, Wayne, PA,19087. A memorial service will follow at 11 AM. Funeral services will be held at the West Point Cemetery at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to Carol at 39 Constitution Court, Chesterbrook, PA 19087-5826

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Donn’s memory be made to Blue Star Families, P.O. Box 230637, Encinitas, CA 92023-0637.

Well done, Donn. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Donn's Last Roll Call Tribute.

George Fox

Company M-1

6 May 1939 - 12 Dec 2017

Place of Death: Princeton, NJ

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, George Fox, on 12 December in Princeton, NJ, as a result of metastatic melanoma.

George is survived by his wife, Barbara; their son, George; their daughters, Elizabeth and Susannah; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 3 PM on 30 December at Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542-5309.

Condolences may be sent to Barbara at 86 Cedar Lane, Princeton, NJ  08540.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in George’s memory be made to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund, Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ08542-5309.

Well done, George. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to George's Last Roll Call Tribute.

David H. Mace, Sr.
"Dave"

Company L-1

18 Jan 1937 - 15 Nov 2017

Place of Death: Panama City, FL.

Inurned: West Point Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our classmate, Dave Mace, on 15 November, in Panama City, FL.

Dave is survived by his wife, Ann; his sons, David H. Mace, Jr. and Charles J. Mace; his daughter, Katherine R. Mace-Roberge; and many grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Diane.

A memorial service will be held at 3 PM, November 18, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 4025 E 15th Street, Panama City, FL 32404. Inurnment will be at the West Point Cemetery at a date to be determined.

Condolences may be sent to Ann at 390 S. Tyndall Parkway, #224, Panama City, FL 32404

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Dave’s memory be made to the Superintendent’s Fund, West Point Association of Graduates, 698 Mills Road, West Point NY, 10996.

>Well done, Dave. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Dave's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Joe K. Clema
"Joe"

Company A-2

23 Sep 1938 - 27 Oct 2017

Place of Death: Villages, FL

Interment: Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Joe Clema, on 27 October 2017, at a hospital in The Villages, FL, following a heart attack and battling Parkinson’s disease.

Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years, Esthella, and his brother and sister-in-law.

The funeral service for Joe is scheduled for Friday January 26th, 2018 at 10 am at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL, followed by his Celebration of Life at The Eisenhower Center, 3560 Buenavista Blvd. The Villages, FL 32163 (352 672-8390).

Condolences may be sent to Esthella at 1121 Edgewater Lane, The Villages, FL 32162.

Donations in Joe’s memory may be sent to the Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 or online at http://www.parkinson.org/.

Well done, Joe.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Joe's Last Roll Call Tribute.

William R. Griffiths "Bill"

Company B-1

7 May 1939 - 10 Oct 2017

Place of Death: Tierra Verde, FL

Interment: National Cemetery in Pinellas County, FL

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bill Griffiths, on 10 October in Tierra Verde, FL, as a result of an apparent heart attack.

Bill is survived by his wife, Pat; their son, Rich; their daughters, Leigh Major (Ted) and Suzi Huntsman (Eric); and grandson, Patrick William Huntsman.

Funeral services and burial will be held at Bay Pines National Cemetery in Pinellas County, FL.  Additionally, the family will host a Celebration of Life at Tampa Bay Watch on Tierra Verde, FL.

  • A Memorial Service and Burial will be at Bay Pines National Cemetery in Pinellas County, FL on Friday, December 8th at 1:30 p.m.

  • A Celebration of Life will be at Tampa Bay Watch on Tierra Verde, FL on Saturday, December 9th from 4 to 7 pm

Condolences may be sent to Pat at 1595 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL  33715-2519.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Bill’s memory be made to Tampa Bay Watch where Bill was an active member serving on the Board of Directors.  Donations may be mailed to 3000 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde, FL  33715 or made online at www.tampabaywatch.org.

Well done, Bill, Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Bill's Last Roll Call Tribute.

James B. Royce "Jim"

Company F-2

2 Oct 1938 - 2 Oct 2017

Place of Death: Walla Walla, WA

Interment: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Walla Walla, WA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Jim Royce, on 2 October in Walla Walla, WA, after an extended battle with dementia.

Jim is survived by his wife, Diane; their son, Charles; their daughter, Rebecca; and their grandchildren, Lauren and Benjamin.

Jim’s cremated remains will be interned during a memorial service at 2:30 PM on Sunday, 29 October at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Condolences may be sent to Diane at 1064 Abbott Road, Walla Walla, WA  99362-9364.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Jim’s memory be made to Alzheimer's Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, PO Box 1950, Clarksburg, MD 20871-1950.

Well done,Jim. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Jim's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Classmates Gather for Army-Tulane Game
23 Sep 2017 in New Orleans, LA

This is party in New Orleans before 23 Sep 2017 Army-Tulane game. Pete Boylan made a special effort to attend. Classmates are Jim Mathison, Gene Witherspoon, Jerry White, Pete Boylan, and Ron Barrick.

Richard E. McNear "Dick"

Company E-1

23 Nov 1937 - 8 Sep 2017

Place of Death: Washington, VA

Interment: Greenwood Farm Cemetery, Washington, VA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Dick McNear, on 8 September at his home, Hilltop, in Washington, VA, after a valiant battle with lung cancer.

Dick is survived by his wife, Jeanie; daughters, Jennifer, Susannah, and Laura; and grandchildren, Michael, Samuel, Nicholas, Kimberly, Josephine, Reed, Carter, Lucas, and Ella Jean.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 2:30 pm at Greenwood Farm Cemetery, 43 Greenwood Lane, Washington, VA 22747.

Condolences may be sent to Jeanie at 32 Keyser Run Road, Washington, VA  22747-1701.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Dick’s memory be made to >Washington Baptist Church, 180 Gay Street, Washington, VA  22747; or Piedmont Environmental Council, PO Box 460, Warrenton VA 20188; or Virginia Outdoors Foundation, 39 Garrett Street, Suite 200, Warrenton, VA 20186.

Well done, Dick. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Dick's Last Roll Call Tribute.

30th Annual Golfing Grads of USMA April 30 - May 2, 2018

Join us for The Golfing Grads of USMA
 30th Annual Reunion & Golf Tournament
World Golf Village St Augustine, FL
April 30-May 2, 2018

Over the years, the tournament has been held at a number of great venues.  First year at Hilton Head; followed by nine years at Greenlefe, FL; two years at Callaway Gardens, GA; two at Palm Coast, FL; four at World Golf Village, St Augustine, FL; one at Amelia Island, FL; three at the Robert Trent Jones Capitol Hill course at, Prattville, AL; two at the RTJ Grand National course in Opelika, AL; two at Innisbrook, FL; and 2015-16 at Grand National, Opelika, AL.  For 2018, we return for another year to World Golf Village and the Renaissance World Village Resort in St Augustine.

These are all great golf courses, but this tournament is all about fun and camaraderie.  It is a chance to see and visit with classmates and comrades from other classes.  Many extended family members also come adding to the diversity of the group.  There is ample opportunity to relax and visit.  Players at every level participate in the event.  Golf expertise is not a requirement for having fun and in fact may be the exception for those that attend.  Having a good time is a requirement.

So let’s talk about the 2018 Golfing Grads Reunion and Golf Tournament.

61 Orlando Mini !!!!!!!! 

25-29 Jan 2018 

We are gearing up for a fun time in Orlando in Jan 2018 

Read details as of 2 Jan 2018 here

Class Committee 12 August 2017 Meeting Minutes Now Available

Class Committee Meeting 12 August 2017 Minutes

Colors of Canada Cruise 30 Sep - 10 Oct 2017  on MS Zuiderdam Update #5 Available Now

NOTES AND DETAILS The 2017 Colors of Canada Cruise for the West Point Class of 1961  

Purpose. This summary augments our Flyer, “Come Cruise With Us on the MS Zuiderdam,” briefed and distributed during the Business Meeting at our 55th Reunion.

Ahoy 1961 Classmates.  This is Update # 5 from 20 September 2017

Click here for roster and full detail about Cruise and Insurance.

Group Enjoying June 2017 Cruise to Norway

A few of us are on a Viking Ocean cruise up along the coast of Norway, across the Arctic Ocean to the Shetlands, Orkneys, Edinburgh, and London.

Here we are in Molde, Norway. Lots of scenery.

We have Mike & Chan Eiland, Terry & Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Gene Witherspoon, John & Teri Grisoni in our '61 group.

This was a Viking Ocean cruise from Bergen, Norway to London. We departed Bergen on 25 June to sail up along the coast of Norway visiting some of the great fjords and towns. Right now we crossed the Arctic Circle as we head up to the northernmost part of Norway. Then we will head for the U.K. and visit the Shetlands, the Orkneys, Edinburgh , and then finish in London. Today, Mike Eiland, Gene Witherspoon, and I paid homage to King Neptune for permission to cross over the Arctic Circle. It entailed diving into icy water, kissing the Royal Salmon, downing an aquavit, an having our noses painted blue. You have to do what you have to do. 

Gene Witherspoon, Mike Eiland, John Grisoni, Terry Kirkpatrick toast The Corps on the 60th anniversary of the arrival of the Class of 1961 to West Point.

Photo taken on the "Viking Sea" as it cruised the Norwegian Sea.

Dean S. Fraizer

Company G-1

12 Apr 1939 - 24 May 2017

Place of Death: Mililani, HI

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that I forward the messages below about the death of our Classmate, Dean Frazier, on 24 May 2017.

More information will be sent as it become available.

Well done, Dean. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Dean's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Mike Eggleston ’61 Releases Newest Book "One Man’s Traitor is Another’s Patriot"

Mike Eggleston releases One Man's Traitor is Another's Patriot.

This history tells the story of George Washington and Robert Rogers and the conflict between the two. Robert Rogers is considered by many to be the father of the U. S. Army Special Forces and Rangers. Rogers’ Saint Francis Raid in 1759 against the Abenaki tribe of Native Americans in what is now Canada was one of the major events of that war. The raid is described in detail. This book provides a large level of detail and reveals a vast number of contemporary documents that are frequently quoted. During the War of Independence, he and Washington clashed and Washington thought he was a British spy. In the battles that followed the Declaration of Independence Rogers ‘activities were of continuing concern to Washington. Robert Rogers was a puzzle to his contemporaries and to those who study his life today. This book describes Rogers’ life and motivations.

Larry F. Smalley

Company L-2

4 Sep 1939 - 28 Apr 2017

Place of Death: Houston, TX

Body to the University of Texas Medical School. 

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Larry Smalley, on 28 April in Houston, TX, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. 

Larry is survived by his wife, Kathleen; son Stephen and daughter Jennifer Whittenbery, stepsons William and Chris Wesolic and Stepdaughter Jennifer Smith.  Grandchildren include Somya and Saaya Smalley, Kate Whittenberg, Chris, Courtney and Mackenzie Smith, and Ali, Emily and Colby Wesolic. 

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on June 6, 2017 at Second Baptist Church of Houston in the Hankamer Chapel, 6400 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX  77057.  

Larry donated his body to the University of Texas Medical School. 

Condolences may be sent to Kathleen at 12800 Briar Forest Drive, Unit 183, Houston, TX  77077-2212. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Larry’s memory be made to CAPS (Citizens for Animal Protection), 17555 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX  77094. 

Well done, Larry.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Larry's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Darryl E. Hersant

Company F-1

26 Jun 1938 - 26 Apr 2017

Place of Death: Springfield, MA

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Darryl Hersant, on 26 April 2017 in Springfield, MA, of ALS. 

Darryl is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters, Heidi and Sarah; and grandchildren, Gunnar, Mackenzie, Inge, Katrina, Lillian, and Finn. 

The family will gather this summer at the family cemetery in Connecticut for burial followed by a celebration of life at the beach.  The date is to be determined 

Condolences may be sent to Barbara at 535 Shearer Hill Road, Brattleboro, VT  05301. 

Well done, Darryl.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Darryl's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Benjamin L. Willis
"Ben"

Company A-2

12 Jun 1938 - 9 Apr 2017

Place of Death: Atlanta, GA

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Ben Willis, on April 9, 2017, in Atlanta, GA after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.

Ben has no immediate survivors.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 22 at 2 pm at North Springs United Methodist Church, 7770 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA. A reception will follow after the service in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, Ben requested before his death that donations in his memory be made to the Ben Willis Fund, North Springs United Methodist Church, 7770 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30350.

Well done, Ben.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Ben's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Army Names Al Vanderbush '61 Honorary Coach Football Spring Game

Head coach Jeff Monken and the Army West Point football team has announced their honorary captains and coach for the upcoming Spring Game on Saturday at Michie Stadium.

The honorary coach for the team is former player and Director of Athletics Al Vanderbush '61.

The captains include Adrian Calame '96, Steve Chaloult '92, Rob Dickerson '87, Mike Gann '10, Hise Gibson '97, Rob Healy '86, Frank Scappaticci '09, and Don Smith '86.

"Army West Point Football has a history all its own," Monken said. "Each spring, we are incredibly proud to welcome a group of former players back to the Black and Gold Spring Game to serve as honorary captains. The legacy of the Army Football Brotherhood extends across decades and through generations of championship teams. When our team takes the field of friendly strife, we represent a long line of Black Knights who have battled on the Banks of the Hudson and we are excited to have this group of men with us this year."

The team will honor the captains and Vanderbush prior to the game on Saturday and the Black Knights will also have a quick ceremony for the graduating seniors prior to kickoff.

Admission is free to the game and the Black Knights are offering a host of activities prior to the game.

At 11 a.m., a free youth clinic for children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade will be led by members of the Army football team. To sign up, CLICK HERE.

Pregame activities will get underway at 11 a.m. at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium, the lone entrance into the field. Concession stands will be open before and during the contest.

Following the contest, fans can interact with the football team and capture post game autographs at Gate 1 of the stadium.

A new addition to this year's spring game activities is a special game on the gridiron between the New York City Police Department and the Philadelphia Police Department. That game will kickoff at approximately 5:30 p.m. 

Benjamin R. Wilkerson, Jr.
"Rusty"

Company E-2  USMA Class of 1962 (Formerly USMA Class of 1961)

9 Sep 1937 - 30 Mar 2017

Place of Death: Kingsport, TN

Inurned: West Point’s Columbarium

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Rusty Wilkerson, on March 30, 2017, in Kingsport, TN, after a valiant battle to defeat brain cancer.

Rusty is survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Gini Wilkerson; his three daughters, Cathy (Lance) Carpenter, Marci (Brad) Schneier, and Ginny (Eric) Schneier; his five grandchildren, Payton E Carpenter, Benjamin A Schneier, Joseph W Schneier, Ryan J Schneier, and V. Hope Schneier; and his sister Alexine Wilkerson.

Funeral arrangements are with Hamlett Dobson Funeral Home in Kingsport. At Rusty’s request, Celebration of Life events are scheduled for 5-6 May in Kingsport to be followed by Internment at West Point at a future date. Details will follow.

There will be a memorial service for LTC Benjamin Wilkerson ’62 (He started with Class of 1961) on Tuesday June 27th at 1330 hours at the West Point Cemetery. Following the service the family is hosting a reception at the WPAOG Great Hall.

If you are able to attend, please RSVP to Tom Middaugh at middaughs7@verizon.net  

For any classmates that do not have a DOD ID card or have not received their Local Access Pass yet, the options are as follows:

  1. Meet at Hogan’s Funeral Home between 1245 and 1300 - 135 Main Street Highland Falls, NY 10928 and process with the family through security to the cemetery. Security vehicle passes will be passed out at the funeral home

  2. Go to the AOG webpage and apply online for a Local Access Pass - https://www.westpointaog.org/gradpass. Follow instructions on the webpage for picking up your pass.

  3. Go to the visitor center and go to the Graduate Line to apply for your grad pass.

For any questions please call Kristan Burpo at the WPAOG Memorial Support at 835-446-8298.

Condolences to family members may be addressed as follows: Gini Wilkerson at 1209 White Street, Kingsport, TN 37664.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Rusty's memory be sent to the Sarah Cannon Cancer Research Institute ( https://www.pearlpoint.org/sarahcannonfund) or the Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Ste 420 Rockville, MD

Click here to go to Rusty's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Edward B. Mucho
"Burke"

Company L-2

21 Mar 1939 - 27 Mar 2017

Place of Death: Los Angeles, CA

Interment: Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Burke Mucho, on March 27, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA, after a valiant two-week battle to defeat a dangerous MRSA staph bacterial infection.

Burke is survived by his devoted partner, Sandy Shapiro; his sons, Rob and his wife Wendy, Burke and his wife Emily; his grandchildren, Caroline, Rachel, Al, and Carson; his brother Gary and his wife Chris; his sister Kim; his niece Kristen and his nephew Ryan.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, April 6 at 11:00 AM, at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 5550 Thornburn Street (at La Tijera Blvd), Los Angeles, CA 90045. A reception will follow at the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport Hotel, 6225 W. Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Interment will be at 11:00 AM on April 13, 2017 at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA

For those coming from out of town and wanting to stay at the Hyatt Regency International Airport Hotel, a block of specially priced rooms has been set aside. To book a room use Passkey Link: . Please contact Sandy at sandyretired@gmail.com if you have any problems or questions.

Condolences for any of the family members may be sent to Sandy at 4542 Willis Avenue, #208, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Burke’s memory be sent to St. Jerome Parish Community, 5550 Thornburn Street, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

Well done, Burke.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Burke's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Burke Mucho's Funeral and Reception Attended by Many Classmates and Friends

Classmates who attended the service: Barry; Campbell (with Judy); Dunning (with Carol); Eiland (with son, Jono); Grannemann (with Jan);  Hokins; Hyde (pallbearer and Words of Remembrance); Lenhart; McCann (pallbearer); Nevins; Urette;  Marty Sommercamp, John's widow, also attended.

James H. Irish III
"Jim"

Company B-1

3 Oct 1936 - 23 Mar 2017

Place of Death: Seattle, WA

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Jim Irish, on March 23, 2017, in Seattle, WA, of heart failure.

Jim was predeceased by his wife, Donna. He is survived by his daughters, Virginia Irish and Melissa Irish.

The memorial service to honor the life of James "Jim" Irish is scheduled for July 3, 2017 at Christ The King Church 405 North 117th Street Seattle, WA 98133

Jim's sisters, Virginia and Melissa Irish, have invited all members of our class at West Point and the Prep School Class of '57 from Stewart Field to attend this event.

Condolences may be sent to Virginia and Melissa Irish, PO Box 30852, Seattle, WA 98113.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in memory of Jim be sent to the American Heart Association, PO Box 742030, Los Angeles, CA 90074-2030.

Well done, Jim.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Jim's Last Roll Call Tribute.

George Kopcsak Travels 6,000 Miles for Veterans in 2016 Run for the Wall

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County man honored his fellow military veterans with a motorcycle ride that ended in Washington, D.C., over the weekend.

Retired U.S. Army Col. George Kopcsak, of Bentonville, and hundreds of other motorcyclists participated in the Run for the Wall – an annual trek from California to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.

The group, traveling from the South, stopped in Front Royal on Friday.  Read full story.

Mike Eggleston's New Book Is Now Available

Mike Eggleston's newest book about Dak To is now available from the publisher, McFarland, for preorder, but it won't be delivered for several months. Mike is indebted to members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade who included their recollections. Two of these received the Distinguished Service Cross for their valor.

 

  

 

Edgar D. Smith
"Ed"

Company G-1

17 Jun 1938 - 8 Feb 2017

Place of Death: Evergreen, CO

Interment: West Point, NY

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Ed Smith, on February 8, 2017, in Evergreen, CO, after a valiant battle with cancer.

Ed is survived by his daughter, Lisa Arnold and her daughter, Grace, of Evergreen; his son, Christian Smith and wife Sandi, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and their children, Alexander and Sydney; his daughter, Karen Hutcherson and her husband, James of Evergreen and their children, Jake and Hayden; and his son Stephen and wife Laurie of Orlando FL and their children, Haley, Alexandria, Grayson and West.

The funeral service for Ed Smith will be at West Point on Tuesday, July 11th, at 1:30 pm in the Old Cadet Chapel.

Condolences may be sent to Lisa Arnold, 31270 John Wallace Road, #309, Evergreen, CO

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Ed's memory be sent to Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice, 3081 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439 or online at https://www.mtevans.org/.

Well done, Ed.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Ed's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Francis L. Gibson
"Frank/Hoot/
Gibby"

Company B-1

1 Apr 1939 - 24 Jan 2017

Place of Death: Tustin, CA

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Frank, aka Hoot/Gibby, on January 24, 2016, in Tustin, CA suddenly after a massive heart attack.

Frank is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons, Francis and his wife Kim, Donald and his wife Gaylen, and Craig and his wife Ellen; and 10 grandchildren, Hayden, Gabrielle, Kate, Sara, Gunner, Anne, Charleigh, Thomas, Rylee and Reagan.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, February 4, 2017, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 13922 Prospect Avenue, Santa Ana, CA.  Reception to follow.

Condolences may be sent to Barbara at 13362 Flint Drive, Santa Ana, CA  92705-1909.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Frank’s memory be sent to West Point Association of Graduates - friends of Army Football, memory of Frank Gibson, 698 Mills Road, West Point, NY  10996 or Orange County Veteran's Court - Collaborative Courts FDT, P.O. Box 633, Laguna Beach, CA  92652 - in Memory of Frank Gibson.

Well done, Frank.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Frank's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Dan Conner
 

Company M-2

5 May 1938 - 26 Dec 2016

Place of Death: Portland, OR

Interment: Willamette National Cemetery, Portland. OR

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our classmate, Dan Conner, on December 26, 2016, in Portland, OR, after a short, valiant battle against inoperable lung cancer.

Dan is survived by his wife, Renate, and their son, Paul. 

Funeral services will be held sometime in the early spring.

Condolences may be sent to Renate at 93 Portland Avenue, P.O. Box 41, Manzanita, OR  97130-9069.

Well done, Dan.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Dan's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Updated Second Charleston Mini-Reunion at Homewood Suites by Hilton, 19-24 Mar 2017

In response to popular demand.

The Fishburnes have organized a second Charleston Mini Reunion, March 19-24, 2017.

Accommodations will be at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston - Mount Pleasant.

This is at the height of the Low Country's Garden season. 

More details as of 3 Jan 2017...

'61 Company G-1's The Flying Finn (TFF) Completes 2016 Army Ten-Miler

In response to orders from Commander, Co. G-1, TFF joined some 26,000 other human beings to represent the very best company in USMA ‘61 in this year’s Army Ten-Miler.  Results shown here...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately, the oldest geezer to complete the race was 80, thus relegating TFF to probably second oldest. (A younger 7.9 decader also completed the race.)

China Welcomes Four Members of the Class of 1961 During Two Week Uniworld Tour

The four members of the Class of 1961 (and their wives) (Charlie and Karen Hansell, Mick and Coralinn Maus, Bill and Kaye Williamson and Kathy White with her sister, Virginia) shown in the photo participated in a two-week Uniworld Tour through China from 14 to 25 September.

We were all surprised at the modernization of infrastructure as well as the antiquities that were visited. We began in Shanghai and were amazed at the modern buildings and the friendliness of the Chinese people. Shanghai is where the modern interface with the western world began and some of the British and French buildings are preserved and utilized to this day.

Next stop was an upriver three-day cruise on the Yangtze River that included observation of and passage through the huge and very impressive Three Gorges Dam. The river boat was very comfortable and the food and drink were excellent.

We disembarked in Chungking and then flew on to Xi’an where the Terra Cotta Warriors have been recently discovered and partially unearthed and reassembled. This massive army, almost beyond description, is overwhelming and the archeological care being taken is astonishing. Next and final stop was Beijing.

Three days were spent visiting the national monuments in and around Beijing: the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Evening dinners followed by very impressive stage shows occurred on two of the nights.

A great time was had by all and as always. spending time together was unforgettable.

Ralph W. Garens, Jr

Company B-2

23 May 1938 - 26 Oct 2011

Place of Death: La Crosse, WI

Interment: Pinelawn Memorial Park, Milwaukee, WI

It is with great regret and sorrow that we have confirmed the death of our classmate, Ralph Garens, on October 26, 2011, in La Crosse, WI. 

Ralph is survived by his wife, Helga. 

Ralph was buried in Pinelawn Memorial Park, Milwaukee, WI, on November 2, 2011. 

Condolences can be sent to Helga at 2062 River Road, Sparta, WI  54656-2386. 

Well done, Ralph.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Ralph's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Classmates Get Together for Visit at Army Residence Community in San Antonia, TX

Gary and Button came to San Antonio for a visit, Sept 28-30, 2016.  They stayed with Bob and Terry Cairns who, along with David and Mimi Brooks, Howard and Nancy DeWitt, and Phil and Sharon Mallory, live at the Army Residence Community (ARC).  The guys and gals from the class had a great time and the picture records the last evening’s dinner at one of the dining rooms in the ARC.  For all our traveling classmates, come see us in San Antonio.

Roy A. Haarman

Company H-2

6 Apr 1938 - 9 Sep 2016

Place of Death: Missoula, MT

Interment: Riverview Cemetery, Hamilton, MT

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our classmate, Roy Haarman, on September 9, 2016, in Missoula, MT, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Roy is survived by his wife, Kathy; his daughter, April Haarman (Fred) of Pleasanton, CA; his son, Timothy (Laura) Haarmann of Pagosa Springs, CO; his step-daughter, Janine (Jason) Kowalski of Florence, MT; his step-son, Paul (Courtney) Kalstad of Rohnert Park, CA; his grandchildren, Scott (Tara) Bingham; Sean Bingham; Sage, Noah, and Isabelle Haarmann; Klaja (Nick) Baines; Kurtis Dion; Connor and Megan Kowalski; and McKenna and Haylie Kalstad; and his great-grandchildren, Kenna, Athan, Braden, and Cameron Bingham.  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cindy Haarmann Bingham, and his baby granddaughter, Sienna Haarmann.

Funeral services for Roy were held at Grace Lutheran Church in Hamilton, MT, on September 16, 2016.  Interment followed at Riverview Cemetery, Hamilton, MT, with military honors.

Condolences may be sent to Kathy at 100 Cottonwood Ct., Hamilton, MT  59840.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Roy’s memory be sent to Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC  20090-6011.

Well done, Roy.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Roy's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Francis G. Sisk
"Frank"

Company B-1

28 Oct 1935 - 14 Aug 2016

Place of Death: Mount Pleasant, SC

Interment: Blackshear Cemetery, Blackshear, GA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our classmate, Frank Sisk, on August 14, 2016, in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Frank is survived by his son, Francis Gordon “Gordy” Sisk II of Atlanta, Georgia; his daughter, Kathleen Sisk Askins, her husband Colonel Harold William Askins III, and their two children, Mary Isabelle Askins and Harold William Askins IV of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; his brother, David Sisk of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; his sister-in-law, Joan Baxter Graham of Blackshear, Georgia; his six nieces and nephew, Debbie McCullars, Terri Hobbs, Pam Popham, Karen Thrift, Erin Drury, Robin Sisk and David Sisk; many grand-nieces, grand-nephews, cousins, and close friends.  Frank was predeceased by his wife, Joyce, in 1989.

Funeral services for Frank will be held Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at 3:00 PM from the Pearson-Dial Chapel, 659 Main Street, Blackshear, GA 31516. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Blackshear Cemetery with full military honors.

Condolences may be sent to Kathleen Askins at 14 Prescient Street, Mount Pleasant, SC  29464-2663

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Frank’s memory be sent to the charity of your choice

Click here to go to Frank's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Andersons Continue Giving Back By Update to Arvin Annex and Endowing Men’s Basketball & Women’s Rugby Coaching

Army West Point Athletics has received another extraordinary commitment from Lee and Penny Anderson that will enhance the cadet-athlete experience in multiple sports and further advance the mission of the Academy. The Anderson’s contribution will catapult a transformation of the Arvin Annex that will house a new state-of-the-art weight room and locker room facilities for multiple athletic and club programs. In addition to this facility upgrade, the Andersons will endow the head men’s basketball and women’s rugby coaching positions.

First Day of August 1959 at Fort Campbell

Some nostalgia from Jim Oaks that might interest you.  Your challenge is to identify everyone!  (Click on picture to see larger size.)

Ronald B. Neutzling
"Ron"

Company C-1

5 Dec 1938 - 4 Jun 2016

Place of Death: San Antonio, TX

Interment: Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery,  San Antonio, TX

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Ron Neutzling, on June 4, 2016, in San Antonio, TX, of an acute pulmonary condition.

Ron is survived by his wife, Kathryn; his daughter, Laura Neutzling and son-in-law, Daniel Eby; his son Daniel Neutzling and daughter-in-law Alecia Neutzling; grandson Gregory DiMario; grandsons Matthew Neutzling, Austin Neutzling, and Zachary Neutzling.  He was predeceased by his daughter, Karen Neutzling DiMario.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 4411 Moana Drive, San Antonio, TX  78218.  Interment will follow at 1:15 PM at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, TX  78209.

Condolences may be sent to Kathryn at 15826 Eagle Cliff Street, San Antonio, TX  78232-3425.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Ron’s memory be sent to The Journey Home Project, PO Box 1893, Mt. Juliet, TN  37121 or on-line at http://www.thejourneyhomeproject.org.  When making your donation, please indicate it is in honor of Ronald Neutzling.

Well done, Ron.  Be thou at peace.

>Click here to go to Ron's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Air Force Academy Selects USMA '61 Kenneth Siegenthaler Heiser Award Winner

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Kenneth Siegenthaler from the Department of Astronautics and Col. Neal Rappaport from the Department of Economics and Geosciences won the Academy's 2010 Heiser Awards May 6.

First-class cadets selected the two instructors from more than 160 eligible senior professors based on contributions to cadets' personal and intellectual development and their demonstration of the Air Force core values of integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do.

Senior cadets lauded Dr. Siegenthaler for placing his students first and imparting life lessons that transcend the daunting and complex course material and added that he consistently teaches with a smile. Dr Siegenthaler earned a doctorate in laser physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology. His research interests include lasers, remote sensing and small satellites.

The Heiser Award, named after Professor Emeritus Dr. William H. Heiser, is the only award selected by the graduating class. Dr. Heiser was recently elected as a 2010 honorary fellow for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics alongside former

This Year's Golfing Grads Good Time and Looking Forward to Next Year's Outing

What a great time! Beautiful weather, gorgeous golf courses, and especially being able to play from the more forward tees. Regardless of handicap, I think we all had fun playing golf. The Robert Trent Jones venues are hard to beat.  As always, the outing was more about camaraderie, war stories, and shared memorable moments while chasing the little white ball.  

Worthy of mention is that one Classmate, contrary to instructions, drove his golf cart into a marsh. Reports are that the cart was mired up to the hubs requiring a massive recovery operation by the staff. I have heard that this Classmate is banned from driving a cart in the future on a RTJ golf course. This story has legs, and the Classmate will remain anonymous until we can properly embellish the story for future telling. 

Our class night out was highlighted by Carmen and Joyce Cavezza joining us. Carmen, Citadel 61', is a distinguished soldier who served with many of us during his illustrious career. Fun night. 

Next year Golfing Grads will be held at the World Golf Village near St. Augustine on 3-5 April 2017. The dates do not conflict with Easter or the Masters. Get them on your calendar now. World Golf Village will be a great venue. It is located just off of I 95 south of Jacksonville, FL and near St. Augustine. A great hotel, excellent golf courses, plus the Golf History Museum, and a huge golf store-all on site. It may be more attractive to the ladies as St. Augustine and the I 95 corridor have much to offer. More to come on this 

Hats off to John Rocco 73' for pulling this year's outing together. Thanks to Dan Baker 73' for all his hard work with scheduling and scoring. Thanks to our own Dick Clarke for helping with the contracting of this year's and future venues. A special thanks to Gary Hyde who really is the one that puts everything together and has infinite patience in dealing with multiple classes. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope that he can rejoin the team next year. 

Will Conley and Bill Williamson's sons added to our class fun, and I believe they really enjoyed. We could use more sons, and golfing daughters in the future to help carry the 61' team. 

Many who participate for the first time have a great experience and complain that they had not heard of Golfing Grads. Collectively, we will do a better job next year getting the word out. 

Class Committee 16 November 2016 Meeting Minutes Now Available

Class Committee Meeting 16 November 2016 Minutes

Robert R. Protzman
"Bob"

Company A-2

29 Aug 1939 - 16 Mar 2016

Place of Death:  Ft. Worth, TX

Interment:  Greenwood Cemetery, Fort Worth, TX

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bob Protzman, on March 16, 2016, in Ft. Worth, TX, after a short but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Bob was predeceased by his wife, Loree.  He is survived by his daughter, Paige Elphingstone and her husband, Scott; his son, Scott Protzman and his wife, Tresa; and grandchildren, Will Elphingstone, Reed Elphingstone, Cameron Protzman, and Cole Protzman. 

A Memorial Service will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the 1st United Methodist Church of Ft. Worth, 800 W. 5th Street, Ft. Worth, TX  76102. 

Burial is private at Greenwood Cemetery in Fort Worth. 

Condolences may be sent to Paige Elphingstone at 2833 Rosedale Avenue, Dallas, TX  75205-1530. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Bob's memory be sent to the John Peter Smith Foundation, 1223 South Main Street, Fort Worth, TX  76104

Well done, Bob.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Bob's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Founders Day Celebration - 11 March 2016 Well Attended by Class of 1961

Founders Day celebration  at Heritage Hunt Golf and Country Club, in Gainesville, Virginia was well attended by Class of 1961 as seen by photo provided by Dick Buckner.

Classmates L-R:  Dick Buckner, Jack Zimmerman, Todd Counts, Mike Eiland, Bob Glass, Pat Hillier, Bill Mackie, Cy Shearer, Gene Goodell, Joe Fishburne, George Kopcsak, Barnie Legge, John Solomon

Our ‘61 Guiding Lights L-R: Trish Buckner, Judy Kremer, Millie Counts, Chan Eiland, Dawn Glass, Jan Hillier, Okja Mackie, Nancy Shearer, Sharon Goodell, Ginna Fishburne, Michele Kopcsak, Denise Legge, Mary Jane Solomon 

John A. Heintges

Company K-2

28 Sep 1938 - 28 Feb 2016

Place of Death: Carrollton, TX

Interment: Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, TX

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must inform you of the death of our Classmate, John Heintges, on February 28, 2016, in Carrollton, TX, after a long and courageous battle with diabetes. 

John is survived by his son, Paul Heintges, Paul’s wife, Michelle, and their two daughters. 

Interment will be on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 1:15 PM at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX  75221. 

Condolences may be sent to Paul at 2612 Queen Elizabeth Boulevard., Lewisville, TX  75056. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in John's memory be sent to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA  22312.

Well done, John.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to John's Last Roll Call Tribute.

 

Charles P. Burns
"Charlie"

Company I-1

27 Jul 1938 - 25 Feb 2016

Place of Death: San Francisco, CA

Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery,  Colma, CA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Charles Burns, on February 25, 2016 in San Francisco, CA, after a courageous battle with leukemia. 

Charles is survived by his wife, Vera; children, Amy, Timothy and his wife Laura, Patrick and his wife Colleen, Jenny and her husband John, Kathleen and her husband Christopher; and grandchildren, Julia, Jackson, Connor, Liam, Amanda, Charlotte, and Josephine. 

Vigil will be on March 5th at 10:30 AM at St. Cecelia's Church, 2555 Seventeenth Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94116 with funeral at 11:00 AM.  Burial services will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 1500 Mission Road, Colma, CA  64014. 

Condolences may be sent to Vera at 28 Forest Side Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94127-1121   

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in memory of Charles be sent to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA  01202 or online at www.ils.org

Well done, Charlie.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Charlie's Last Roll Call Tribute.

 

Eggleston ’61 New Book Tells Story About 5th Marine Regiment in WWI Is Now Available

The story of the 5th Marine Regiment in World War I is now available, it will be published in March. More than 8,000 men served in the Fifth Marine Regiment of the U.S. Army’s Second Infantry Division during World War I and the occupation of Germany. Marine units were among the first to arrive in war-torn Europe in 1917, and sustained greater casualties than other American units. This book tells the human story of the "Devil Dogs" in World War I and the years following through the recollections of veterans recorded over the past century. The influenza epidemic that raged during the war is discussed. An annotated roster of the regiment lists each Marine, with service details provided where known.

 

Walter G. Robertson
"Butch"

Company H-1

4 Mar 1938 - 16 Feb 2016

Place of Death: Leesburg. VA

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Butch Robertson, on February 16, 2016 in Leesburg, VA.

Butch is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughter, April; son, David Pierce and his son Caleb; son, Steven Pierce and his spouse Irene; grandchildren, Stephanie Angele and her husband Ethan, Marcel Pierce and his wife Heather, Mary Reuter and her husband Louis, John Pierce, Paul Pierce, Mark Pierce, and Luke Piece; and great grandchildren, Brigitte Angele, Liliana Angele, Derek Angele, Kateri Angele, Gerard Pierce, Killian Pierce, and Ignatius Reuter

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM, February 25, 2016, at the Great Oak Clubhouse at Ashby Ponds, 44755 Audubon Square, Ashburn, VA  20147. 

The funeral for Butch Robertson will be at 1 PM on June 21, 2016 at the Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, VA, with burial with full military honors to follow at Arlington National Cemetery.  A reception will follow at the Fort Myer Officers Club.

Condolences may be sent to Barbara at 21144 Cardinal Pond Terrace, #WC402, Ashburn, VA  20147 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Butch’s memory be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS  66675. 

Well done, Butch.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Butch's Last Roll Call Tribute.

 

John F. Campbell

Company F-1

11 Oct 1938 - 7 Dec 2015

Place of Death: South Bend, IN

Entombment: Cedar Grove Cemetery, South Bend, IN

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, John Campbell, on December 7, 2015 in South Bend, IN.

John is survived by two daughters, Shannon Campbell of Scottsdale, AZ, and Erin Dunkerley and her husband, Keith, of Los Angeles, CA; two sons, John Campbell, Jr. and his wife, Kirsten, of Gilbert, AZ, and Ryan Campbell and his wife, Kathryn, of Littleton, CO; five grandchildren, Austin, Ashlyn, and Avery Campbell, Ezza Dunkerley, and Brady Kulla; and his former spouse, Dottie Druze of Scottsdale, AZ

Entombment was in Cedar Grove Cemetery, South Bend, IN

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in John's memory be made to the donor's favorite charity.

Well done, John. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to John's Last Roll Call Tribute.

 

Anthony B. Brown "Tony"
 

Company M-2

14 Aug 1938 - 18 Jan 2016

Place of Death: Casper, WY

Interment: TBA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Verdana,sans-serif">Tony Brown on 18 Jan 16 in Casper, WY.

Tony is survived by wife Patricia (Patti).  Patti's address is 2100 S. Cedar Street, Casper, WY  82601-5216.

Well done, Tony.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Tony's Last Roll Call Tribute.

 

Frank L. Heikkila
"Larry"

Company C-2

18 Oct 1938 - 17 Jan 2016

Place of Death: Dewey, AZ

Cremated

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Larry Heikkila, on January 17, 2016, in Dewey, AZ, after a courageous five-year battle with brain melanoma. 

Larry is survived by wife, Margo; son, Erik and his wife, Brooke, of St. Thomas, VI, their son, Banyan, and daughter, Irie; and son Kyle and his wife, Arashan, of Salt Lake City, UT, and their sons, Reef and Talon. 

No immediate service is planned, but a Celebration of Life will take place in the spring.  Larry's cremated remains will be scattered over the waters of the Virgin Islands.

Condolences may be sent to Margo at 11713 Longhorn Drive, Dewey, AZ  86327-5901.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Larry's memory be made to your favorite charity.

Well done, Andy.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Larry's Last Roll Call Tribute.

 

Ron Beckett's Book Jack of All Trades  Published with Release of 1 February 2016

As you may know, our esteemed Classmate Ron Beckett left a manuscript about his experience as a District Senior Advisor in Vietnam, 1969-70.  Ron died in May 2000, and his book "A Jack of All Trades" will finally be published by Stackpole Books with a release date of 1 February 2016. 

Click here for article with info about the book which should be of interest to our Classmates. 

Use this form to order Ron's book from the USMA Book Store.

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Robert M. Gants
"Bob"

Company K-2

19 Aug 1937 - 28 Nov 2015

Place of Death: Alexandria, VA

Inurnment: West Point, NY

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our classmate, Bob Gants, on November 28, 2015, in Alexandria, VA. 

Bob is survived by wife, Norma; two sons, Robert Daniel Gants (Paola) and Monte Arthur Gants (Brenda); a daughter, Erica Gants Pons (Thierry); and three grandchildren, Timothy, Robert and Owen

Visitation will be from 3-5 pm, Sunday, December 6th, at Demaine's Funeral Home, 520 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA  22314.  A funeral mass will be at 10 am, Monday, December 7th, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 310 S. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA  22314. 

The funeral for Bob Gants will be at 1:30 PM on July 25, 2016 at the Old Cadet Chapel Columbarium, West Point, NY.

Condolences may be sent to Norma at 103 Pommander Walk, Alexandria, VA  22314

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Bob’s memory be made to Johns Hopkins Medicine, Sydney Kimmel Development Office, 750 E. Pratt Street Suite 1700, Baltimore, MD   21202, for the research of Dr. Lei Zheng. 

Well done, Bob.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Bob's Last Roll Call Tribute.

 

Amsterdam-Basel Cruise  a Great Success

The Amsterdam-Basel cruise was a great success and our special tour of Arnhem battle field excellent. 

Classmates involved were:  Chuck Armstrong, Larry Budge, Ben Covington, Burke Mucho, Don McGee, Jim Mathison, Bud Fritz, Gene Witherspoon, Jerry White, Jim Harmon, Mike Harpold, and Mike Eiland.

John P. Lawton

Company L-1

18 Jun 1937 - 3 Sep 2015

Place of Death: Vienna, VA

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, John Lawton, on September 3, 2015.

John is survived by his wife, Barbara, and his children: Andrew; Matthew, his wife, Tenley, and their children, Brady and Sienna; Kathleen; John Michael; and Mary and her husband, Trevor Smith.

Condolences may be sent to Barbara and the Lawton family at 10120 Westford Drive, Vienna, VA  22182.

Donations in memory of John may be sent to Capital Caring, Resource Development - Donor Services, 2900 Telestar Court, Falls Church, VA  22042 or online at the link in Mary's message.

John's daughter Mary has reported that a date at Arlington for her father's funeral will be June 14th at 8:45AM. The service will start promptly at 8:45AM at the Old Post Chapel on Fort Myer followed by the burial and then we would like to have everyone join us to celebrate the amazing man we all loved at the Officer's Club. More details once we connect with the Officers Club however we all know he loved bourbon so we hope you will join us and tell a few Nasty Jack, Maverick (or whatever you called him) stories! 

Well done, John.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to John's Last Roll Call Tribute.

 

27 Jan - 1 Feb 2016

This is about the January 2016 Mini in Orlando

We have a great venue for informal get-togethers with max time to visit with old friends

  • Best hotel for casual social activities we have had anywhere

  • Hospitality room available 24 hours with all you care to eat or drink

  • Three lakeside, sunset cocktail hours and dinner

  • If you want to golf, three excellent courses, fun games, at prices most folks find hard to believe - golf skills not required

John & Teri Grisoni visited Bill & Karen Nesbeitt at their home on Whidbey Island

John & Teri Grisoni visited Bill & Karen Nesbeitt at their new home on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound 3 August 15.  Bill knows everyone on the island. He should run for mayor.

Paul Palmer Takes Second In Senior National Games Doubles Racquetball

Paul Palmer '61 and his partner (Bob Marcinkowski, USMA Class 1960) came back to Florida with the Silver in doubles racquetball at the Senior National Games in Minneapolis.

So by his account that should put them at number 2 in the Nation in age 75+ to 79 at least for this week.

 

 

 

 

Grant B. Dalgleish
"Bruce"

Company A-1

17 Mar 1937 - 4 July 2015

Place of Death: Prescott Valley, AZ

Interment: TBA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bruce Dalgleish, on July 4, 2015, in Prescott Valley, AZ. 

Bruce is survived by his wife, Saundra; son, Gregory; daughter, Nannette O’Donnell and her husband John; and grandchildren, Meghan O’Donnell, Brian O’Donnell, Patrick O’Donnell, and Emily O’Donnell. 

Funeral services are pending. 

Condolences may be sent to Saundra at 4474 North Phillip Drive, Prescott Valley, AZ  86314-6354.

Well done, Bruce.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Bruce's Last Roll Call Tribute.

John L. Raible
"Jack"

Company H-1

29 Nov 1937 - 21 May 2015

Place of Death: Carson, NV

Interment: Lone Mountain Cemetery, Carson City, NV

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Jack Raible, on May 21, 2015, in Carson City, NV, as a result of a heart attack aggravated by treatment for leukemia in the last few years.

Jack is survived by his wife Linda Raible.

Jack was buried on 3 June in Lone Mountain Cemetery, Carson City, NV. 

Condolences may be sent to Linda at 4193 Louise Drive, Carson City, NV 89706-0606. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Jack’s memory be made to the Association of Graduates

Well done, Jack.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Jack's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Jay Olejniczak ’61 Publishes Book That Reveals How it is ‘To Be A Soldier’

From the point of view of a retired infantryman, author Julian M. Olejniczak, comes a debut publication that precisely shows the beauty and challenges of being part of the US armed forces. “To Be A Soldier” (published by Xlibris) is a selective military history of the United States focusing on the Revolutionary War and the contributions of West Point graduates to subsequent wars, with an emphasis on some of the lesser known persons and events of the past 250 years.

“To Be A Soldier” primarily highlights the history of the US Army, stressing the contributions of West Point — first as a fortress in the Revolutionary War, and then as America’s first military academy and engineering school that graduated officers who served in the Army, Air Corps, Air Force and even the Coast Guard, Marines and Navy during all of the nation’s subsequent wars.

By adding the names of the country’s unsung heroes in the last two centuries, this account has painted a vivid picture of what it really means “To Be A Soldier” during the time when less than one percent of the population is serving or has served their country in the armed forces. With this concise primer on American military history, Olejniczak is able to reinforce limited American knowledge and remind them of what made the country great — the valiant heroes of yesterday and today.

“This reminds us all that freedom requires unselfish sacrifice from all at a time when we have volunteer armed forces fighting in the place of average citizens,” the author says.

 “To Be A Soldier”
By Julian M. Olejniczak
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 322 pages | ISBN 9781499078213
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 322 pages | ISBN 9781499078220
E-Book | 322 pages | ISBN 9781499078206
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

 

Clinton H. Coddington
"Bud"

Company F-1

8 Jul 1939 - 4 Jun 2015

Place of Death: Stanford, CA

Interment: Memorial Garden at Christ Episcopal Church, Portola Valley, CA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Clinton (Bud) Coddington, on June 4, 2015, in Stanford, CA, as a result of congestive heart failure. 

Bud is survived by wife, Marty; son, Clinton and his wife, Kristen, with grandchildren, Grace, Claire, and  Clinton (Little Buddie); and daughter, Cathy and her husband, Tiki, with daughters Elena and Belen.  

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 12, 2015 at Christ Episcopal Church, 815 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA  94028.  A reception will follow at the church.  Interment will be in the Memorial Garden at the Church. 

Condolences may be sent to Marty at One Oliver Court, Menlo Park, CA  94025. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Bud’s memory be made to Christ Episcopal Church, or to your favorite charity.   

Well done, Bud.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Bud's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Dennis M. Rooney
"Denny"

Company K-2

23 Jan 1939 - 6 Apr 2015

Place of Death: Frederick, MD

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Denny Rooney, on April 6, 2015, in Frederick, MD, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Denny is survived by wife, Judy; sons, Dennis, Jr. and Michael; daughter, Amy Junker; siblings Joann, Kathy, and Gary; 9 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

The family will receive family and friends from 6 to 8 PM on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Stauffer’s Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD  21702.  A Catholic Memorial Mass will be held at 9 AM on Friday, April 10, 2015 at St. Timothy’s Roman Catholic Church, 8651 Biggs Ford Road, Walkersville, MD  21793.  Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to Judy at 2231 Village Square Road, Frederick, MD  21701.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Denny’s memory be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105.

Well done, Denny.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Denny's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Shanghai to Beijing 12 Days Boutique River Cruise/Tour 14-28 Sep 2016 Next Available

We would love for you to join us on a cruise that we have just put a group booking on.  It is from Shanghai to Beijing in Sept of 2016.  For more details

Earl C. Horan, Jr.
"Earl"

Company M-2

23 Feb 1936 - 7 Mar 2015

Place of Death: Fayetteville, NC

Interment: Lafayette Memorial Park, Fayetteville, NC

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Earl Horan, on March 7, 2015, in Fayetteville, NC. 

Earl is survived by wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Eleanor Rivera; son, Earl Horan III; and grandchildren, Troy Horan, Earl Horan IV, Chandler Rivera, and Michael Rivera. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home, 500 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301.  A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 1000 Andrews Road, Fayetteville, NC 28311.  Interment with full military honors will follow at Lafayette Memorial Park, 2301 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC  28301. 

Condolences may be sent to Elizabeth at 6229 Falkland Court, Fayetteville, NC  28311. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Earl’s memory be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS  66675.

Well done, Earl.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Earl's Last Roll Call Tribute.

16-18 April 2015  Golfing Grads of USMA  27th Annual Reunion & Golf Tournament at Grand National Golf Club

This year, the outing is 16-19 April at the Grand National Golf Course, part of the Robert Trent Jones Trail, near Opelika, AL.  The complex has two 18 holes championship courses and one challenging executive par 3 course. We stay at the Marriott hotel which is on the grounds of the complex and a short distance to the club house. It is an outstanding and convenient venue.

All who have participated in the past and those who are interested, but have yet to attend, are encouraged to sign up soonest. You don't want to run the risk of the Marriott running out of available rooms. Could happen.

For '61', Golfing Grads is all about fun and camaraderie. We encourage all to bring wives, sons, daughters, friends-whoever. Minimal skill in golf is all that is needed. Many wives only participate in the social events and do other things during the day.

We always play in class foursomes primarily so we can offer constructive criticism to our classmates along with war stories. Thursday is a scramble followed by a buffet dinner at the clubhouse and often followed by a guest speaker. Friday is the two man teams, probably on the executive course. That night is a class dinner at a local restaurant. Saturday is individual play within class foursomes. Saturday night is the awards dinner at the Marriott. There is a central hospitality room which affords us the opportunity to socialize with other classes. '61' usually organizes our own hospitality suite under the direction of Gary Hyde and his helpers.

Speaking of Gary, he is the central organizational "czar" for billeting for all classes. It is important that you complete his survey soonest as Gary works directly with the Marriott to determine when you should contact the Marriott to finalize your individual reservation. In some cases, classmates are waiting to see who is participating in order to pair up as roommates. The sooner we have confirmed roomies and lock in reservations, the less likely a billeting problem. The survey also has the information that helps us determine the golfing aspect.  Once the surveys are in, Bob Kewley and I will work on pairings, teams, times, and individual druthers. If this sounds a bit complicated, it beats the hell out of past years where 150-175 individuals were trying to make their own arrangements.

So let’s talk in full details about the 27th Annual Golfing Grads Reunion and Golf Tournament.

Latest Planning Details For 55 Reunion Now Available For Information And Comments

This is the latest 55 Reunion update from Gary Hyde...

Let me take a little of your time and discuss where we have been over the past couple of years and what we might conclude or learn from that journey.

During the past 24 months, among many things, we have done four on-line surveys of the entire class, coordinated many times with reunion POC’s at West Point, concluded where we wanted to have the reunion, decided when we wanted to have it, communicated with hotel sales reps at some 17 potential lodging venues, conducted face-to-face meetings with the five short-list lodging venue reps, had follow-up face-to-face meetings with the three finalists for lodging and reunion HQ, and completed a final contract with the hotel chosen as base of operations for the 55th. 

As you can imagine and probably observed I have learned a lot and come to many convictions about the reunion during that period.  Let me recap some of my thoughts, convictions, and lessons learned here for your info and comment as you wish.

Read full details here.

Andrew F. Bennett, Jr.
"Andy"

Company L-2

25 Nov 1937 - 27 Nov 2014

Place of Death: Cleveland, TN

Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Cleveland, TN

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Andy Bennett, on November 27, 2014, in Cleveland, TN, after a long, courageous battle with multiple sclerosis. 

Andy is survived by wife of 51 years, Nancy; children, Dana Caywood (Mikel), Andrew III (Marta), and Edward Todd (Kori); grandchildren, David Caywood, James Caywood, Todd Caywood, Andrew Bennett IV, Abigail Bennett, Grayson Bennett, Sidney Bennett, Parker Bennett, and Walker Bennett; and great grandchildren, Crissie Caywood, Daxton Caywood, and Noah Caywood. 

Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-9:00 PM on Tuesday, December 2 and 1:00-2:00 on Wednesday, December 3 at First Baptist Church, 1275 Stuart Rd NE, Cleveland, TN  37312. 

The funeral service will be at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, December 3 at First Baptist Church.  Burial will follow the funeral service. 

Jim Rush Funeral Home in Cleveland, Tennessee, is handling arrangements. 

Condolences may be sent to Nancy at 351 King Den Drive NW, Cleveland, TN  37312. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Andy's memory be made to National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY  10163.

Well done, Andy.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Andy's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Walter B. Ligon, Jr.
"Walt"

Company D-1

20 May 1939 - 2 Nov 2014

Place of Death: Silver Spring, MD

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our classmate, Walt Ligon, on November 2, 2014, in Silver Spring, MD. 

Walt is survived by his son, Walter Ligon III and his wife, Becky; daughters, Dorothy Thornton and her husband, Chris, and Zoe Ligon; grandchildren Walter Ligon IV, Marianne Ligon, Leonard Ligon, Melissa Thornton, and Amelia Thornton; his brother, Thomas Ligon; and sisters, Linn Ligon and Kathleen Williams. 

The family will receive friends from 1 pm until the time of the memorial service at 2 pm on Friday, November 7, 2014 at Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD  20904.  A reception will follow at 15129 Deer Valley Terrace, Silver Spring, MD  20906. 

Condolences may be sent to Dorothy Thornton, 164 Interlochen Drive, Atlanta, GA  30342. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Walt's memory be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS  66675. 

Well done, Walt.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Walt's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Flying Finn Finally Retires After 53 Years of Service as Cadet, Military, and Civil Service

I did not want a retirement ceremony, but in the waning days of my Joint Staff tenure my officemates prevailed and arranged one for me.  Glad they did.  It was fun filled, humorous, and left a very warm glow in our hearts.  Gen Paxton is the Assistant Commandant, USMC.  He and I have been in contact for many years via our shared interest in physical fitness.  Interestingly, his undergraduate and graduate degrees are in civil engineering from Cornell University, not far from my upstate NY hometown, Spencer.  Gen Paxton definitely has the "common touch"!

See more details at G-1 News page.

Stacy C. Bragg "Stacy"

Company C-1

25 Nov 1939 - 24 Sep 2014

Place of Death: Colorado Springs, CO

Interment: Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Stacy Bragg, on September 24, 2014, in Colorado Springs, CO, following a long, courageous battle with bone cancer and strokes.

Stacy is survived by wife Linda, children Elisabeth McCoy (Andy), Andrew (Nicole), Jason (Shannon), David (Kristy), Timothy (Carli), Hannah (Sean), and Sarah; grandchildren Caleb, Connor, Josiah, Rachel, Abigail, Nathanael, Grace, Anna, Lydia, Daisy, William, Hadassah, Elsa, Joanna, Phoebe, Elijah, Zachariah, Waverly, and Asher.

Stacy will be buried at 11 AM on 24 November 2014 at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 4400 W. Kenyon Avenue, Denver, CO  80236.

A celebration of Stacy's life will be at 11 AM on 25 November 2014 at Rocky Mountain Calvary, 4285 N. Academy Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO  80918.  A reception will follow.

Condolences may be sent to Linda at 3450 David Circle, Colorado Springs, CO  80917-5812.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Stacy's memory be made to Cadence International, PO Box 1268, Englewood, CO  80150.

Well done, Stacy.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Stacy's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Richard G. Williams
"Rick"

Company I-1

21 Mar 1938 - 20 Sep 2014

Place of Death: Carefree, AZ

Interment: National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Rick Williams, on September 20, 2014, in Carefree, AZ, following a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease and dementia. 

Rick is survived by his wife Margaret (Kathy), children Donna March (son-in-law Jeff) of Fountain Hills, AZ; Chris Williams of Raleigh, NC; Brian Williams of Raleigh, NC, Dan Williams of Phoenix, AZ; and Jeanne Williams of Carefree, AZ.  He is also survived by his four grandchildren Mallory, Tia, Devan and Bree. 

Rick's funeral will be at 9:30 am on Friday, September 26, 2014, at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ  85024 (please enter off the Pinnacle Peak Road entrance).  A reception will follow at the home of Lee and Sue March, 13527 E. Sorrel Lane, Scottsdale, AZ  85259. 

Condolences may be sent to the family at P.O. Box 18047, Fountain Hills, AZ  85269. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Rick's memory be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY  10163-4777 or on line at https://www.michaeljfox.org/get-involved/donation2.php?pg=tribute.

Well done, Rick.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Rick's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Robert A. McCurdy
"Andy"

Company B-2

1 Dec 1939 - 5 Sep 2014

Place of Death: Rogers, AR

Interment: Sisco Funeral Home in Pea Ridge.

It is with great sorrow and regret that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Andy McCurdy, on September 5, 2014, in Rogers, AR.

Andy is survived by his wife, Belinda; Belinda's children: son Josh Huempfner and his son Mason, and daughter Claire Huempfner and her fiancé Grayson Lindley; and Andy's children from a previous marriage: son Colonel John McCurdy, USAF, his wife, Georgia, and their children, Lizzie and Luke; and daughter Lainie McCurdy Hines and her children Will and Daniel Hines.

The memorial service will be at 11 AM on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church, 307 W Elm Rogers AR 72756.  The family will be available in the fellowship hall after the service.

Condolences may be sent to Belinda at 15151 Putman Road, Rogers, AR  72756-8179.

In lieu of flowers, Belinda has asked that donations in Andy's memory be sent to Rogers Historical Museum, 322 South Second Street, Rogers, AR  72756.

Well done, Andy.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Andy's Last Roll Call Tribute.

 

Mike Urette Named Board Chair The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.

West  Point Alumni Mike Urette ’61 has been named board chair of the The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors.

He will assume the role of chair at the board’s next meeting in October.  Urette is the founder and chief executive of Great American Corporation in Tampa. The 32 year old family administered organization is a diversified real estate construction, development, and management company.

Read more about what Mike has done.

61 Orlando Mini !!!!!!!!

21-26 Jan 2015

 We are gearing up for a fun time in Orlando in Jan 2015

Check for Details as of 1/01/2015

Barton P. Chambers
"Bart"

Company E-1

10 May 1939 - 28 July 2014

Place of Death: Pace, FL

Interment: TBA

It is with great sorrow and regret that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bart Chambers, on July 28, 2014, in Pace, FL, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. 

Bart is survived by his wife, Susan, her daughter Danielle and husband Jeff Koehler, and their sons Jaxen and Tysen. 

A celebration of life for Bart's family and friends will be held at Rodizio Grill, 605 E. Gregory Street, Pensacola, FL, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, on 23 August. 

Internment is private. 

Condolences may be sent to Susan at 4277 Essex Terrace Circle, Pace, FL  32571. 

In lieu of flowers, Susan has asked that donations in Bart's memory be sent to Doctors Without Borders USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown,  MD 21741-5030.

Well done, Bart.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Bart's Last Roll Call Tribute.

It Only Takes Three Classmates For H-1 To Hold a Mini-Reunion

It only takes three H-1 Classmates Todd Counts, Bill Nesbeitt, and John F. Grisoni at an impromptu lunch at Helmer's Bar & Grill in Hoboken, NJ to hold a mini-reunion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budapest to Bucharest  18-28 June 2014 Passage to Eastern Europe Enjoyed By All

Seventeen Classmates plus wives family and friends just returned from the Viking river cruise from Budapest to Bucharest. 

They sailed through and visited Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania!  Highlights included a traditional Pusza horsemanship performance, several fortresses, shopping in town centers, dining in local restaurants---including one with a folkloric performance, sailing through the Iron Gate---a beautiful, dramatic natural wonder of spectacular narrow gorges with enormous white limestone cliffs, and several celebrations for Sandy Shapiro’s special birthday—one complete with hysterical masks that Button and Gary Hyde carried from the US!

They were on one of Vikings newest Longships----lovely, modern, comfortable. 

They had a group that continued on to Istanbul and another to Transylvania. 

Istanbul was quite interesting with visits to many mosques (including the very impressive Blue Mosque), cruising on the Bosphorus, visiting the Grand Bazaar and dining on very good local food.

Click here for more details.

 

Sergei V. Olive "Serge"

Company G-1

23 Jan 1938 - 5 Jul 2014

Place of Death: Capital Caring Hospice in Arlington, VA

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great sorrow and regret that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Serge Olive, on 5 July 2014 at Capital Caring Hospice in Arlington, VA.  He was stricken with complications from a bone marrow transplant. 

Serge is survived by his wife, Diane; his son Michael and wife Mae, and children Nikolai and Amelie; his daughter Christa Olive Palmieri and husband Peter, and children William, Catherine, and Cooper. 

The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Baker-Post Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 10001 Nokesville Road, Manassas, VA  20110.  A Memorial Service will take place at 4:00 pm in the Chapel with a reception to follow.  Interment will take place In Arlington National Cemetery at 1100, Wednesday, January 21, 2015.  Please arrive at the Administration Building by 1030.

Condolences may be sent to Diane at 9603 Mercedes Drive, Manassas, VA  22110-7014. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Serge’s memory may be sent to: Relay for Life, Manassas, VA, c/o American Cancer Society 124 Park St. E., Vienna, VA  22180-0699 or to the West Point Association of Graduations. 

Well done, Serge.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Serge's's Last Roll Call Tribute.

John E. Skillman III
"John"

Company A-2

16 Jun 1939 - 10 Jun 2014

Place of Death: Tampa, FL

Interment: Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Tampa, FL

It is with great sorrow and regret that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, John Skillman, on June 10, 2014, in Tampa, FL after a long, courageous battle with prostate cancer. 

John is survived by his wife, Ellie; son Kenneth and his wife Kumi; daughters Lee Fleming and her husband Scott and Paige Briscoe and her husband Ray; and grandchildren Casey Fleming, Bailey Fleming, Olivia Skillman, and Natalie Skillman. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 am, 23 June 2014, at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, 3501 W San Jose Street, Tampa, FL.  There will reception in the church Fellowship Hall following the service.  Interment with a Masonic Graveside Service will immediately follow at Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Tampa. 

Condolences may be sent to Ellie at 5300 Bayshore Boulevard, Apt B4, Tampa, FL  33611-4103. 

At John’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Skillman Family Association, Inc. c/o Gregory E. Skillman, Treasurer, 43 Cambridge Lane, Lincolnshire, IL  60069-3104 to be used for the establishment of a scholarship program.  In 2012 John founded the Skillman Family Association, Inc. as a forum for the research, collection, and preservation of materials regarding the history and genealogy of the Skillman Family in North America. 

Well done, John.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to John's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Robert B. Rosenkranz ’61 Inducted Into the U.S. Army Force Management Hall of Fame

Maj. Gen. Robert M. (Bo) Dyess, Jr. '82 joins Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Robert B. Rosenkranz '61 following the induction of Rosenkranz into the U.S. Army Force Management Hall of Fame May 29 at the Pentagon. Rosenkranz played a major role as a U.S. Army Force Manager during a period of world-changing events and Army transition. The Hall of Fame recognizes military and civilian personnel who made significant and lasting contributions in areas such as doctrine, manning and equipping. Maj. Gen. Dyess is the Director of Force Development, G-8 and is responsible for equipping the U.S. Army and oversees the activity of all U.S. Army Force Managers.

More on the induction.

'61 Repeats as 2014 Golfing Grads Champs

Once again '61 won the team trophy at the 2014 Golfing Grads conducted at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida. There were 170 participants representing many Classes. '61 was the ‘senior” Class. 30 Classmates participated to include four sons and one wife. This year our Class won going away, and in no small part assisted by Bob Kewley’s sons: Rob 88’ and Rick 89’; Ron Hannon’s son Mark 89’; Jay Hartford’s son Jeff; and Coralinn Maus. Ron Hannon’s son Michael coached team Hannon to success. Team Hartford and team Maus were also major contributors. Other Classmates pulled vital points as it was a true team victory. Pat Carroll arrived to play one round on the individual play day and won the Dan DiCarlo low net trophy.

The primary goal of fun and camaraderie was fully achieved by all. Those participating were: Tom Baird, Bob Cairns,Pat Carroll,  Dick Clarke, Jim Connolly, Joe Fishburne, Bob Glass, Bill Griffiths, Ron Hannon and sons Mark and Michael, Jay Hartford and son Jeff, Pat Hillier, Hamp Hodges, Gary Hyde, Bob Kewley and sons Rob and Rick, John and Carol Jean MacLean, Phil Mallory, Mick and Coralinn Maus, Don Sawtelle, Dale Shipley, Bob Steege, Bill Tobin, Jack Veatch, Jerry White, Bill Williamson, and Gene Witherspoon.

Thanks to Gary Hyde, Bob Kewley, and Jerry White for their organizational support to the Class success.

Great outing! Hope more '61ers can participate next year.

Danny Minor Enters Macon Sports Hall of Fame 15 May 2014

By BOBBY POPE The_Telegraph

Danny Minor took his rightful spot in the Macon Sports Hall of Fame along with eight other individuals when the 2014 class was inducted in ceremonies Thursday, 15 May 2014, in the Monument Room of the Macon Coliseum.

Following his high school career, Minor had football scholarship offers from virtually every school in the South, including Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Tennessee. But he spurned all those institutions to accept Sen. Richard Russell’s appointment to the U.S. Military Academy. It also didn’t hurt that Felix “Doc” Blanchard, the 1945 Heisman Trophy winner and assistant coach at Army, paid a recruiting visit to Macon to see Minor, which impressed Minor’s father.

Full Hall of Fame article here.

John R. McCormick
"Mac"

Company L-2

27 Sep 1938 - 30 Apr 2014

Place of Death: Corpus Christi, TX

Interment: Seaside Memorial Park, Corpus Christi, TX

It is with great sorrow and regret that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Mac McCormick, on April 30, 2014, in Corpus Christi, TX, of natural causes. 

Mac is survived by daughters Bettina McCormick and Aimee Ford; grandchildren Victoria, Grace, Grant, Estrella and Temple; and sister Beverly Joy Weber and her husband J. P. Weber. 

Visitation will be at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel, 4357 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX  78412 on May 17th from 12 to 2 PM.  A funeral service will follow at 2 PM with burial on the grounds with military honors. 

Condolences may be sent to Beverly Weber at 101 N. Upper Broadway, Apt. 1108, Corpus Christi, TX  78401 or by email to bevjoy4004@gmail.com. 

 In lieu of flowers, donations in Mac’s memory may be made to Veterans Inc., 69 Grove Street, Worcester, MA  01605.  To donate over the Internet, go to http://www.veteransinc.org. 

Well done, Mac.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Mac's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Irwin S. Olshansky
"Shane"

Company K-1

7 Feb 1938 - 25 Apr 2014

Place of Death: Hollywood, FL

Interment: Per Shane's wishes, his remains will be cremated and scattered over the Hudson River near West Point.

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Shane Olshansky, on April 25, 2014, in Hollywood, FL, of natural causes.

Shane is survived by his son Victor (USMA ’97), daughter-in-law Orit, and grandchildren April and Alex; his sister Carole Olshansky; and his former wife, Myra Olshansky.

A memorial service will be held at 5:30 PM on Sunday, April 27, at the home of Victor and Orit Olshansky, 3500 N. 54th Avenue, Hollywood, FL  33021.  A reception will follow.  The family will also receive friends and family at the home starting at 6:30 PM on Monday, April 28.  Call (305) 457-9441 for more information.

As Shane wished, he will be cremated and his ashes will be scattered over the Hudson River near West Point.

Condolences may be sent to Victor at 3500 N. 54th Avenue, Hollywood, FL  33021 or by e-mail at victor.olshansky@gmail.com

In lieu of flowers, donations in Shane’s memory may be sent to:

  • Alexander Nininger State Veteran's Nursing Home, c/o Oscar Correale, 8401 W. Cypress Drive, Pembroke Pines, FL  33025.  Please contact Oscar directly to arrange for a donation at (954) 985-4824 x1624 or by e-mail at correaleo@fdva.state.fl.us.

  • Temple Sinai of Hollywood, 1400 N 46th Avenue, Hollywood, FL  33021 (954-987-0026) or at www.sinaihollywood.org (see link in lower right corner).

Well done, Shane.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Shane's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Russell M. Cornelius
"Russell"

Company H-1

16 Jun 1939 - 12 Mar 2014

Place of Death: Convent, LA

Interment: Lake Lawn Park Cemetery, New Orleans, LA

It is with great sorrow and regret that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Russell Cornelius, on March 12, 2014, in Convent, LA, after suffering a massive stroke that stopped his respiratory function while on a Catholic retreat at Manresa upriver from New Orleans. 

Russell is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Carolyn; daughter Allison Alleva, her husband Quentin, and children Robert and Jonathan; son Roger Cornelius; and daughter Cecily Cornelius-White and children Avery and Evan.  Russell was predeceased by both of his parents and by his brother and our Classmate, Roger Cornelius. 

Visitation will be at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Boulevard, New Orleans, LA on March 17 from 9 to 11 AM with a funeral mass beginning at 11 AM.  Interment in the family tomb at Lake Lawn will follow. 

Condolences may be sent to Carolyn at 131 Mulberry Drive, Metairie, LA  70005.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Russell's memory may be made to West Point Association of Graduates. 

Well done, Russell.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Russell's Last Roll Call Tribute.

2015 Viking Cruise from Amsterdam to Basil 15 - 22 Sep 2015 w/Optional Tour to Arnhem

We would love for you to join us on a cruise that we have just put a group booking on.  It is from Amsterdam to Basel in Sept of 2015.  Great news!   Also, Viking has made the final payment much more to our liking as it is not until April of 2015.

We are planning a two night, one full day optional tour to Arnhem to the WWII Airborne Museum in Oosterbeek to learn about the 1944 Battle at Arnhem.  History comes alive through veteran's recordings and a large collection of artifacts.  We will also stop at the Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery .  This is the final resting place of over 1600 men, many of them Allied soldiers who lost their lives in an effort to take the bridge at Arnhem (a story told in the film:  "A Bridge Too Far ").

More cruise details and costs

Golfing Grads of USMA 26th Annual Reunion & Golf Tournament 24-27 April 2014

What could be more fun than playing golf with your buddies?  That was the rationale for the first Golfing Grads tournament in 1989.   

25 years later, the Golfing Grads of USMA tournaments are still going strong!  Join them for the Golfing Grads of USMA 26th Annual Reunion & Golf Tournament April 24-27, 2014 at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club located in Palm Harbor, Florida. 

This tournament is open to all graduates - see the attached information sheet. 

If you have any questions or comments contact golfgrad2014@cfl.rr.com.

 

Hawaii '61 Cruise Bunch Enjoyed Cruise Prior to Army/Hawaii Football Game


Hawaii ‘61 Cruise Bunch.  From left to right … back to front where appropriate …Alan and Lynne Armstrong, Jerry and Cathy White, Hamp and Vicki Hodges, Mike and Dee Underwood, Ron Barrick and Marilyn Allen, Georgia and Gene Witherspoon

The Hawaii '61 Cruise Bunch managed to sandwich the cruise in between some un-Hawaii-like, rotten weather.  The background for this picture is Kauai's famous Na Pali coast.  They had a few sprinkles that day but it didn’t deter from their fun.  That was the only day that they didn’t bask in sunny weather.  

Jerry and Cathy brought their son John and daughter-in-law Pam and their daughter Martha and son-in-law Brian along.  

The cruise was outstanding.  The various island tours were great fun.  Some of the ‘troops’ got in two rounds of golf.  The only downside was that one or two of them might have added a pound or two through the week.

Dave and Mimi Brooks and Bob and Terry Cairns spent an enjoyable couple of weeks in a cabin at Bellows Air Force Station, joining them for the Army-UH game.  

Ron and Marilyn began their odyssey at Bellows then came aboard the Pride of America for the cruise.

Bill Tobin and his wife Chris vacationed on the Big Island with family, rendezvousing with them at the USMA tailgate party.  

The Army-UH game was completely forgettable.    UH fans loved it because they finally won one game to end their season.  After Army's UH performance, none of the Bunch had any hope for A-N. 

Lee R. Anderson Sr. ’61 Selected for Prestigious Horatio Alger Award

Lee R. Anderson Sr. ’61, owner and chairman of APi Group, Inc., will be inducted as a Member of The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. This prestigious award recognizes exceptional leaders with a commitment to philanthropy and higher education who have overcome significant personal challenges to achieve success. The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education. 

Read entire article about this award.

Mike Harpold '61 First Novel Jumping The Line  Released on Amazon.com

Michael G. Harpold '61 served in the US Border Patrol at Bakersfield, California. There he met Cesar Chavez, and Harpold's involvement with farm workers during the grape strike led to a lifelong interest in their plight. He retired in Ketchikan, Alaska at the end of his thirty-five year career where he lives with his wife, Elaine. He ventures south to visit daughters and grandchildren on the West Coast.

Through its fictional characters, Jumping the Line provides an intriguing and accurate look at an issue historically important and still debated. The author treats his characters with compassion but doesn't gloss over their mistakes. Readers will be sucked in by the story and come away with a stronger understanding of the everyday realities farmworkers face.

Michael J. Brady
"Mike"

Company H-1

15 Apr 1939 - 7 Nov 2013

Place of Death: Waco, TX

Interment: TBA

It is with great sorrow and regret that we must notify you of the death of our classmate, Mike Brady, on November 7, 2013 at the VA Hospital, Waco, TX, of pneumonia after a long and courageous battle with Lewy Body disease.

Mike is survived by his wife, Colleen; daughter Debbie Anslem, husband Scott, and children Alissa, Zack, and Emma; daughter Laurie Kwo, husband David, stepdaughter Rayna; son Scott Brady, wife Elise, and children Miles and Ryane; daughter Kathleen Phillips, husband Ric, and children Kaitlyn, Matthew, and Evan; son Mark Brady, wife Courtney, and children Greyson and Elly; his twin sister, Marge Kerr; stepdaughter Dr. Jennifer Jones, husband Michael, and children Oceane and Orion; stepdaughter Linday O’Shea-Slosberg; and stepgranddaughter  Cosette Beloin

Funeral services for Mike Brady will be at 1:30 PM on 14 May at the Catholic Chapel, West Point, NY, followed by a graveside service with military honors at the West Point Cemetery.

A reception will be held after the graveside service. 

Condolences may be sent to Colleen at 58 Champions Lane, San Antonio, TX  78257-1294.

In lieu of flowers, donation in Mike's memory may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047

Well done, Mike.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Mike's Last Roll Call Tribute.

'61 Classmates Run Into Each Other at Army/Air Force Game and Enjoy Tailgating

Dick Knoblock ran into Frank Gibson (aka Gibby) at the Army/Air Force game 2Nov 13. The distinguished member of last Army undefeated team (dressed in hoodie) and his B Squad cohort were sighted crawling under tent flap at the Supe's sponsored Army/Air Force tailgate party.  The pair was later seen pouring "gratis" bloody marys and scarfing down breakfast burritos.  It was rumored that the duo had escaped the Pikes Peak Region AOG sponsored tailgate where permafrost welded outdoor chairs to their rear ends.  Seems someone forgot to provide space heaters at the 7AM November 2nd event in Colorado - Duh!!!!

We could go on with the polite guests wondering who the hell they were and so forth.  On the other hand perhaps we should just leave it as another fond memory of good times shared with '61 Classmates.  Dick later hooked up with flight school mates at Jurassic Park after the game and gamely took the trash about our fourth quarter collapse - at least the wine was good.

Members of '61 Attend Lee and Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge Dedication

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System cut the ribbon on 8 October 2013 to commemorate the new 52 room, 104 bed, 34,000 square foot Lee and Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge, made possible through a generous donation by Lee and Penny Anderson.

A state of the art hotel for service men and women receiving care at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital Palo Alto officially opened October 8, 2013 on the VA Palo Alto, CA campus.  The gift from the PenFed (Pentagon Federal Credit Union) Foundation means that veterans can share a free room with their caregivers instead of possibly sleeping in their cars, unable to pay for a motel room.

Anderson ’61, gave recognition to “six Classmates” in attendance.  The group that were seated together were Burns,  Esselstein, Gleichenhaus, Granneman, and Lubke.  On stage with the dignitaries was former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Jim Nicholson.

Click here for pictures of dedication provided by Alan Lubke.

Click here for Lee and Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge website.

Viking River Cruise 16-25 August 2013 on Portugal's Douro River Enjoyed by All

Classmates signed on: Budge, Eiland, Fritz, Mathison

Click here for pictures of Cruise.

Robert F. Zielinski, Jr.
"Bob"

Company K-2

17 Oct 1939 - 10 Aug 2013

Place of Death: Louisville, KY

Interment: Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central, Radcliff, KY

It is with great sorrow and regret that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bob Zielinski, on August 10, 2013 at Norton Suburban Hospital, Louisville, KY, after a courageous 16-month battle with cancer. 

Bob is survived by his wife, Betty, his mother Julia, daughter Julie Zielinski Gabis (Ed), son Rob (Amber), brothers Richard (Lana) and Andy, and 3 grandchildren (Ben, Cameron, and Nicholas).  Bob was preceded in death by his father, Frank, and sister, Nancy. 

Visitation will be held at 3-6 pm on Saturday, 17 August at Arch L. Heady at Westport Village, 7410 Westport Road, Louisville, KY  40222.  An Irish/Polish wake will follow from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Austin's, 4950 US Hwy 42, Louisville, KY  40222.

A graveside service will be held at noon on Monday, 19 August, at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central, 2501 North Dixie Boulevard, Radcliff, KY  40160. 

Condolences may be sent to Betty at 1303 Amberlin Lane, Louisville, KY  40245-8483

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donation of funds, time, or materials to one of Bob's favorite theatres: Little Colonel Players, P.O. Box 532, Pewee Valley, KY  40056-0532; Shelby County Community Theatre, 801 Main Street, Shelbyville, KY  40065; or Pandora Productions, P.O. Box 4185, Louisville, KY  40204-4185.

Well done, Bob.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Bob's Last Roll Call Tribute.

 

 61 Orlando Mini !!!!!!!!

23-28 Jan 2014

Update 17 Dec 2013

 

 We are gearing up for a fun time in Orlando in Jan 2014

Click here for details

Six "Lost" Classmates Remembered

Ed Brown, while working with the AOG to update the non-grad section of the Register before its next publication in 2015, found that an additional six non-grads members of the Class of 1961  had died that we did not know about at the time of their death.  Please contact Ed at edbrown61@verizon.net if you have any additional information about them.

They are now remembered here...

Karl H. Dixon, III

Company B-1

9 Jan 1940 - 6 Apr 2005

Place of Death: Greenwood, SC

Interment: TBD

Well done, Karl.  Be thou at peace.

George E. Kelly

Company E-1

10 Nov 1938 - ? Apr 1986

Place of Death: Monmouth, NJ

Interment: Greenwood Cemetery, Brielle, NJ

Well done, George.  Be thou at peace.

Anthony P. Moses

Company F-2

12 Jun 1939 - ? Mar 1987

Place of Death: Wilkes-Barre, PA

Interment: Saint Mary's Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Well done, Anthony.  Be thou at peace.

Joseph J. Powers, Jr.

Company I-2

24 Mar 1937 - 14 Apr 2012

Place of Death: North Falmouth, MA

Interment: North Falmouth Burying Ground, North Falmouth, MA

Well done, Joseph.  Be thou at peace.

William E. Ringle
"Bill"

Company B-1

5 Apr 1938 - 14 Jun 2007

Place of Death: Stuart, FL

Interment: TBD

Well done, Bill.  Be thou at peace.

Peter J. Waters, Jr.

Company A-2

5 Oct 1939 - 10 Mar 2010

Place of Death: Willowbrook, IL

Interment: TBD

Well done, Peter.  Be thou at peace.

Jack Dewar Keeps Ice Hockey Tradition Going With "Ice Holes" Sons and Grandson

Our former West Point Ice Hockey Captain, Jack Dewar, is pictured here with three of Jack's four sons (Jon, Chris and Doug, left to right in photo).  They play in a North Carolina  40 & over ice hockey league and were allowed to include grandson Peter (far right).  Peter having just turned 18 was allowed to skate with the 40 and over guys in the Dewar line in a recent game.  Jack provided coaching and enthusiasm from the stands.  Probably won't happen again as he scored a hat trick.  Peter is Chris Dewar's son and also Karen & Dan  Schroeder's grandson as Chris is married to their second daughter, also Chris.  As pointed out, the Dewar line is named the "Ice Holes".

Army vs Hawaii Mini-reunion Planning Under Way by "Red Dog" Armstrong

Island Cruise & Army UH Football 

Early in June, in fact on the 51st anniversary of our graduation, Al "Red Dog" Armstrong sent Dick Buckner a message proposing a class mini-reunion in Hawaii in conjunction with the Army-Hawaii football game on 30 Nov 13.  Al's idea is for classmates to come to Hawaii at least a week before the game, take a cruise around the islands for a week, and dock back in Honolulu the morning of Saturday, 30 Nov.  Attendees would then transit to the Hale Koa, go to the game, and then enjoy the evening in Honolulu.

Al is interested to see if enough classmates would like to attend before starting detailed planning.  Here are some things to consider in making your decision:

  • Thanksgiving is 28 Nov 13.

  • This year, the cost of the cruise varies between $1,049 and $2,449 per person based on cabin location.

  • The cost of rooms at the Hale Koa range between $118 and $162 per night with rates subject to change on or about November 1 each year.

  • Classmates who are not retired military can take advantage of the Hale Koa if sponsored by a military retiree who will be staying at the hotel during the same time frame.

For more info, contact Al at alanusma@hotmail.com.

Saturday
11/30/13

Warriors

at Hawaii Warriors
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI

Come discover the Spirit of Aloha at the Hale Koa Hotel, House of the Warrior.  The Hale Koa Hotel, which means House of the Warrior in Hawaiian, is an Armed Forces Recreation Center resort hotel located on Waikiki Beach and owned by the United States Department of Defense.

Reservation Information:
www.halekoa.com
800-367-6027 (CONUS) Monday - Saturday 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. HST  (Closed on federal holidays)
reservations@halekoa.com

 

Quinn F. Pearl, Jr.
"Quinn"

Company M-1

11 Jun 1937 - 30 Apr 2013

Place of Death: Louisville, KY

Interment: Hebron Cemetery, Shepherdsville, KY

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must inform you of the death of our Classmate, Quinn Pearl, on April 30, 2013, at University Hospital in Louisville, KY, from injuries resulting from an automobile accident.

Quinn is survived by his wife, Sherry; his children, Tiffany Pearl Bell, Lyla Pearl Temple (David Temple), and Quinn F. Pearl III (Ashley Barta Pearl); his sister, Lanna Hardy; his brother Nick Pearl; his grandchildren, Phoebe Bell, Elizabeth Bell, Hadley Pearl, Lucas Temple, Graham Pearl, and Katie Temple; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Quinn was buried on May 6, 2013 at Hebron Cemetery in Shepherdsville, KY.

 

Condolences may be sent to Sherry at 2223 Blue Ball Church Road, Elizabethtown, KY  42701.

 

Donations in Quinn’s memory may be made to University of Louisville, Care of Trauma Institute, 530 South Jackson Street, Louisville, KY  40202.

Well done, Quinn.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Quinn's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Warren K. Wason, Jr. "Warren"

Company L-2

21 Feb 1939 - 22 May 2013

Place of Death: Enid, OK

Interment: IOOF Cemetery, Norman, OK

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must inform you of the death of our Classmate, Warren Watson, on May 22, 2013 at the Golden Oaks Nursing Center in Enid, OK, after a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease and Multiple System Atrophy.

Warren is survived by five daughters -- Kim (John) Benson, Pam (Ron) Campbell, Sally (Kent) Cotarelo, Becky (Ross) Angell, and Cindy Scamardo -- and 13 grandchildren -- Jeremy, Jesse, and Julia Benson; Seth Campbell; Zach, Gabi, and Chase Cotarelo; Nathan, Kyle, and Leah Angell; and Dylan, Justin, and Ryan Scamardo.

Warren was buried at a graveside service with military honors on May 28, 2013 at the IOOF Cemetery in Norman, OK, next to his parents and brother.

Condolences may be sent to Sally Cotarelo, 4005 Harpers Ferry, Enid, OK  73703.

Donations in Warren's memory may be made to the West Point Association of Graduates, 698 Mills Road, West Point, NY  10996.

Well done, Warren.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Warren's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Al Vanderbush, III Inducted into Army Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013

Five All-Americans, the first American to walk in space, a Heisman Trophy runner-up, an Army Athletic Association Award winner, two legendary coaches and an administrator who also contributed as a multi-sport athlete, are among the candidates selected into the Army Sports Hall of Fame. Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Boo Corrigan announced the Class of 2013 today.

The 10th induction class into the Army Sports Hall of Fame includes women’s basketball standout Julie DelGiorno, two-time football All-American selections Paul Bunker and Richard “Dick” Nowak, lacrosse coach Jack Emmer, cross country and track and field mentor Carleton Crowell, three-time soccer All-American Jose Gonzalez, football, baseball player and administrator Al Vanderbush, football, men’s basketball and lacrosse star Charles “Monk” Meyer, tight end Gary Steele and Ed White, the space walker who first starred in track and field and soccer at the Academy.

Read full article on Al's Induction.

John C. Jones
"Clay"

Company A-1

5 Feb 1937 - 9 May 2013

Place of Death: Rolling Hills Estates, CA

Interment: Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

It is with great sorrow and regret that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Clay Jones, on May 9, 2013. 

Clay is survived by his wife, Mercy, three children, and six grandchildren. 

All flowers may be sent to Gamby's Mortuary for John Clayton Jones or c/o Mercy Jones at 26 Pony Lane, Rolling Hills Estates, CA. 90274. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that if donations are to be made, please make them to the American Cancer Society or UCLA Pancreatic Research.  Please identify whether genetic markers, scans, or certain risk factors can be found early to help diagnose and treat this rarely early-detected disease.

Visitation:  May 28, 2013 from 4:00p - 8:00 pm at  A M Gamby Mortuary,  25001 Narbonne Ave,  Lomita. CA  90717

Funeral:  May 29, 2013  10:00a - 11:00a; Viewing in vestibule in front of church @ 9:15a-9:45 am at  St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Catholic Church,  25511 Eshelman Ave, Lomita, CA  90717

Interment:  May 29, 2013 following Church services.

Condolences may be sent to Mercy at 26 Pony Lane, Rolling Hills Estates, CA  90274.

Well done, John.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Clay's Last Roll Call Tribute.

James E. Carr
"Jim"

Company A-2

20 Mar 1936 - 20 Apr 2013

Place of Death: Cadillac, MI

Interment: Maple Hill Cemetery, Charlotte, Michigan

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our classmate, Jim Carr, on April 20, 2013 at The Lakeview in Cadillac, MI. 

He is survived by his wife, Judy; son, James (Jennifer) Carr of Boulder, Colorado; daughter, Rachel (Wallace) Dalrymple of Clarkston, Michigan; grandchildren: Andrew, Timothy and Elizabeth Dalrymple, Leah and James Carr; sister, Barbara (Lester) Overway of Cincinnati, Ohio; and brother in law, James (Carol) Kumfer of Safety Harbor, Florida. 

Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, Michigan during a family reunion this summer.

Condolences may be sent to Judy at 106 Doral Drive, Cadillac, MI  49601. 

Donations in Jim's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK  73123-1718 or to the Pine River Area Chapter Trout Unlimited, c/o Terry Tatarchuk, 624 Holly Road, Cadillac, MI  49601. 

Well done, Jim.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Jim's Last Roll Call Tribute.

'61 Wins Team Trophy at Golfing Grads 2013

The 25th Annual Golfing Grads was held this year 17-21 April at Innisbrook Resort near Tampa,FL. Over a 160 golfers representing classes from 1961 to 1983 participated in 3 1/2 days of golf and camaraderie.

Our class was represented by 30 Classmates, sons, brother, and guest.  One of the highlights of the outing was Ron Hannon and son Mark '89 delivering the oldest and youngest grad's talks.  They made us proud!  The talk by Mike Sullivan '89, the offensive coordinator for the Tampa bay Buccaneers was excellent.

Mostly it was about golf and friendship.  '61 is particularly proud to win  the team trophy as it is the 25th Anniversary trophy and honored Dan Willson, Sr. '63 who worked tirelessly over the years to ensure the success of Golfing Grads.

The fact that we were the oldest class participating made winning all the more enjoyable.  '61 participants were: Tom Baird, Bob Cairns, Chuck Chamberlin-associate from Texas A&M, Dick Clarke and brother Dennis, Jim Connolly, Todd Counts, Joe Fishburne, Bob Glass, Bill Griffiths, Ron Hannon and son Mark '89', Jay Hartford, Hamp Hodges, Gary Hyde, Bob Kewley, Jim Looram, Phil Mallory, Lou Murray-guest of class, Don Sawtelle, Dale Shipley and son Don, Bill Tobin, Paul Vallely, Jack Veatch, Jerry White, Bill Williamson and sons Scott and Tim, and Gene Witherspoon.

Golfing Grads returns to Innisbrook 24-27 April 2014.  We hope more Classmates will join us.  In the meantime, '61  we are the Champs!

West Point After the Big Snow of 10 Feb 13

Thanks to Lee Ross '73
http://www.skyviewpictures.com/html/sky_view_pictures.htm

 A View of West Point in the Fall of 2012

Photo courtesy of CDT Leslie Davis '13

 

 Son of '61 Tony Hale of 'Veep' wins Emmy for Best Supporting Comedy Actor

Mike and Rita Hale's son Tony won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series at 2013 Emmy Award show. 

Tony Hale won the Emmy for his role as Gary Walsh on the HBO show "Veep," marking his first win and nomination.  Tony is also known for his role as Buster Bluth on the cult comedy series "Arrested Development," which aired on television between 2003 and 2006 and made a comeback on Netflix earlier this year.


William Ogden
"Bill"

Company I-2

25 Apr 1938 - 31 Mar 2013

Place of Death: Wilmington, NC

Interment: Oleander Memorial Gardens,  Wilmington, NC

It is with great sorrow and regret that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, William Ogden, USMA 1961, Cullum # 23547, on March 31, 2013, in Wilmington, NC. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday April 7, 2013 at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Home, 3915 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403. A Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Monday April 8, 2013 at St Mark Roman Catholic Church, 1011 Eastwood Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday April 8, 2013 at Oleander Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to St Mark Catholic Church Tuition Assistance Program for St Mark Catholic School students, 1011 Eastwood Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403 or the American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc., Parkinson Plaza, 135 Parkinson Ave, Staten Island, NY 10305-1425.

Well done, Bill.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Bill's Last Roll Call Tribute.

John J. Berinato
"John"

Company H-1

21 Jan 1940 - 26 Mar 2013

Place of Death: Brunswick, ME

Interment: Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Augusta, ME

It is with great sorrow and regret that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, John Berinato, on March 26, 2013 in Brunswick, ME, after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer.

John is survived by his wife, Ursula, six children, and seven grandchildren.

John will be cremated in a private ceremony on Thursday, March 28, 2013.  Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be announced.

Condolences may be sent to Ursula at 15 Melden Drive, Brunswick, ME  04011-9563.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations in John's memory be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS  66675.  If donating online, please click here to make the gift in John's memory.

Well done, John.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to John's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Paul F. Vader, Jr.
 

Company M-2

15 Jul 1937 - 7 Mar 2013

Place of Death: Littleton, CO

Interment: Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO

It is with great sorrow and regret that we must notify you of the death of our classmate, Paul Vader, on March 7, 2013 in Littleton, CO, after a courageous 15 year battle with Parkinson's Disease.

Paul is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; two sons, Casey and Chris; and two grandchildren, Paul and Gabriela.

Paul's funeral will be at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, March 13th at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 4400 W. Kenyon Avenue, Denver, CO  80236.  Paul's family will host a celebration of his life immediately following the funeral at Pinehurst Country Club, 6255 W. Quincy Avenue, Denver, CO  80235.

Condolences may be sent to Mary Ann at 6500 W. Mansfield Ave #56, Denver, CO 80235.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Parkinson's Association of the Rockies, 1325 S. Colorado Blvd, Suite 204B, Denver, CO 80222 or online at:                                                   https://www.parkinsonrockies.org/about-par/donate/online-donation.

 Well done, Paul.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Paul's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Frank L. Hedstrom, Jr.

Company L-2

10 Aug 1938 - 27 Feb 2013

Place of Death: Lenexa, KS

Interment: Maple Hill Cemetery
Kansas City, Kansas

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must inform you of the death of our Classmate, Frank L. Hedstrom, Jr.  He died in Overland Park Regional Medical Center from a heart attack.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Monday at Maple Hill Funeral Home where the visitation will be 6 to 8 PM Sunday.

Well done, Frank.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Frank's Last Roll Call Tribute.

WPAOG Announces Lee Anderson as 2013 Distinguished Graduate Award Recipient

The Distinguished Graduate Award is given to graduates of the United States Military Academy whose character, distinguished service, and stature draw wholesome comparison to the qualities for which West Point strives, in keeping with its motto: "Duty, Honor, Country."  Our Classmate Lee Anderson has been anounced as a 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award.

Lee served three years in the U.S. Air Force before separating from the service to help his ill father run the family business, a small fire-protection service named APi. Over the course of four decades, Anderson turned APi into a Forbes Top 400 company now operating at over 160 locations in all 50 states, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In addition to being Chairman and CEO of the APi Group, Anderson is a world-renowned leader of conservation programs—he is a Heritage Member of Ducks Unlimited, a Golden Member of U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, and a Founding Member of the International SeaKeepers Society—and he is an extraordinary philanthropist, giving generous gifts to numerous institutions, including of course his alma mater.

 

The Golfing Grads of USMA 25th Annual Reunion & Golf Tournament

Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club
Palm Harbor, Florida
18 - 21 April 2013

 

Most often a Silver Anniversary is marked by major celebration; however this year’s milestone event is bittersweet due to the untimely passing of  Dan Willson (USMA ’63). “The Dipper” worked tirelessly all year long planning this event so the Long Gray Line golfers would have a place to reunite, reminisce and play golf. Before he left us, he negotiated a two-year contract with Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Florida. His son, Danny Jr., which most of you already know, has been enlisted to organize the remaining details. Let’s encourage everyone who has ever attended this event to return for a grand celebration and tribute to Dan Willson. 

The Team Captain for the Class of 1961 this upcoming year is Jerry White.  The website for the Golfing Grads of USMA is www.golfinggradsofusma.com but most communication will be done through emails and phone calls.  Sons, daughters, spouses, and significant others are also welcome to attend and play in the tournament.  Rules for each day's golf event are posted on the website.

 Click here for more information, reply, and schedule.

 

Newest Viking River Cruise Now Planed For 16-25 August 2013 on Portugal's Douro River

Starting with two nights in the Dom Pedro Palace Hotel in Lisbon 16-18 August 2013.  On 18 August Group transfers (by bus) to Porto for the river cruise portion of their trip.  They return to Porto and disembark on 25 August, 2013.

This cruise is sold out.

Click here for details of the 2013 River Cruice.

William E. Hathaway
"Bill"

Company I-1

3 Aug 1937 - 1 Nov 2012

Place of Death: Amherst, VA

Interment: TBA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bill Hathaway, on 1 November at his home in Amherst, VA. 

Bill is survived by his wife, Lyl, two children, and five grandchildren. 

Bill's funeral service will be at 11 AM on Thursday, 15 November, at Ascension Episcopal Church, 253 Main Street, Amherst, VA  24521.  Burial will be private at a later date. 

Condolences may be sent to Lyl at 125 Garland Avenue, Amherst, VA  24521. 

Well done, Bill.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to "Bill"'s Last Roll Call Tribute.

I-2 Classmates Invade Balboa Island, CA for Successful 2012 Mini-reunion

Thanks to the outstanding effort of Marilyn and Chuck Randolph, a great time was had by all of the I-2 files who attended the mini-reunion at Balboa Island, California from 11-14 October 2012.  I-2 mini Reunions started back in May 2000 at Williamsburg, VA and were followed by reunions in May 2005 at Eagle Lake Wisconsin, in April 2008 at Huntsville, Alabama, and in September 2009 at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Click here for details and pictures of the mini-reunion.

 

Successful 2012 Orlando Mini Prompts Call for Another Orlando Mini in January 2013

Mark your calendars for next Orlando Mini 24-29 Jan 2013.  Details will follow in a few weeks.

Button and Gary Hyde want to thank the folks who attended the Orlando mini this year for the wonderful gift they received.  The painting of the cadet honor guard is terrific and they really appreciated your thoughtfulness.  The picture shows the painting on the West Point wall in their living room.  Button and Gary hope you all can make it next January for the next mini.

 

14 Oct – 19 Oct 2012 Charleston, SC
Mini-Reunion  Another Success

The Goldbug Island pictures are from the dinner on Wednesday evening.  The dinner had a Edgar Allen Poe theme.  The dinner was peel and eat shrimp, crabcakes, fried chicken, Charleston Red Rice, roasted vegetables, sweetpotatoe biscuits and cornbread rolls.  Goldbug Island sits on the inland waterway.  The weather was gorgeous.

Click here for pictures of the dinner.

There was a Charleston harbor cruise on the Palmetto Breeze, a 50' catamaran.  They left Shem Creek at 1700 and returned at 1900 hrs.  Saw some dolphin playing in the water, went by Ft. Sumter, and the Charleston battery.

Click here for pictures of the habor cruise.

Joe Fishburne led a walking tour of the old wall city area of Charleston on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  They saw the Powder Magazine, Dock Street Theater, St. Michaels Church and the Exchange Building where customs tarriffs were levied in colonial times.

Click here for pictures of the walking tour.

Click here for Charleston Oct 2012 pictures from Sandy Shapiro

Click here for the details of the mini and who attended.

14 Oct – 19 Oct 2012 Mini-Reunion Charleston, SC as of 9 Sep 2012 Update

Note – send all commo to ghyde@cfl.rr.com

Mark your calendars for a great Mini in Charleston, SC.  You can come for all or any of the days as you wish.  Good fun available every day. 

Your hosts, Joe Fishburne and John Goldtrap, are coordinating what promises to be a great get-together.  Following is the initial info for planning purposes and some things you need to do.

Click here for the details updated 9 September 2012.

Joseph W. Stewart "Joe"

Company K-2

17 Sep 1938 - 12 Sep 2012

Place of Death: Greenport, NY

Interment: TBA

It is with great sorrow and regret that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Joe Stewart, on 12 September at Eastern Long Island Hospital, Greenport, NY of complications of a stroke after a courageous, multi-year battle with cancer.

Joe is survived by his wife Marilynn; two daughters, Pamela Telenko and Nancy Stewart; a son, Michael; and a granddaughter, Viv Daniel.

Condolences may be sent to Marilynn at 355 Cedar Drive, Southold, NY  11971 

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations in Joe's memory be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS  66675.  If donating online, please click here to make the gift in Joe's memory.

Well done, Joe.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Joe's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Bert H. Custer
"Bert"

Company G-1

30 July 1937 - 4 September 2012

Place of Death: Renton, WA

Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park, Renton, WA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bert H. Custer, on 4 September in Renton, WA. 

Bert is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Derek; and granddaughter, Savannah. 

A public "Celebration of Life" service will be held at a future date. 

Condolences may be sent to Shirley at 714 Cedar Avenue South, Renton, WA  98507-6044. 

Well done, Bert.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Bert's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Gail & Dick Clarke's Son Appointed Next West Point Commandant of Cadets

The Chief of Staff, Army announces the following general officer assignment:

Brigadier General Richard D. Clarke, Deputy Commanding General (Operations) 10th Mountain Div. (Light), Fort Drum, NY to Commandant of Cadets, United States Military Academy, West Point.

16-28 September 2012 Mini-Reunion Russian River Cruise Outstanding Success

 Day 1. Seventeen Classmates and wives plus twenty-four family and friends boarded Viking Truvor in Moscow, Russia.

Day 2. Bright and early the next morning we boarded buses for the City Tour of Moscow, a ride on their highly decorated and very efficient Metro(constructed in 1932) and concluded with a visit to Red Square. We passed the famed Bolshoi Theater and marveled at the beauty of St Basil’s Cathedral (the oldest building in the square). Many classmates marveled that this was surreal standing in Red Square when only 20 years ago it didn’t seem ever possible.

Click here to read about all 12 days of cruise.

Click here for some pictures of the Cruise.

Click here for Dan Halpin's pictures of the Cruise.

 

Jon F. Nitkowski
"Jon"

Company A-1

18 Nov 1938 - 28 Jul 2012

Place of Death: Loudon, TN

Interment: West Point Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must forward Mary Nitkowski's message concerning the death of our classmate, Jon, on 28 July at their home in Loudon, TN, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, coronary artery disease, and diabetes.

Jon's funeral service will be at Tellico Village Community Church, 130 Chota Center, Loudon, TN  37774.  Please call the church at (865) 458-1516 to determine the time for the service.

The funeral, at the West Point cemetery, is November 19th at 1:30PM This will be a full honors funeral and the service will be held at the Old Cadet Chapel (the chapel in the West Point Cemetery).

Condolences may be sent to Mary at 310 Kiyuga Way, Loudon, TN  37774-2706.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jon's memory may be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK  73123-1718 or Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, 100 North Charles Street, Suite 234, Baltimore, MD  21201.  If giving to the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, please designate that the donation is in Jon's memory and for research into finding a cure for pancreatic cancer.

Well done, Jon.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Jon's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Roger W. Obermeier
"Roger"

Company D-2

31 Oct 1936 - 19 Jun 2012

Place of Death: Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Interment: TBA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our classmate, Roger Obermeier, on 19 June at his home in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, after a courageous two year battle with a very aggressive form of prostate cancer

Roger is survived by his devoted wife, Claudia; twin daughters, Heidi Gburski of Seattle, WA and Lori Huber of Cave Creek, AZ; three grandchildren, Alex Huber, Eric de Winter Gburski and Michael Huber; and five siblings, Richard (Priscilla) Obermeier of Waupaca, WI, Romie (Theresa) Obermeier of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Donna (John) Demski of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Joan (Kenneth) Gebert of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, and Mary (David) Konopaci of Plover, WI. 

One Memorial Mass for Roger will be at the Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church  in Wisconsin Rapids, WI on Wednesday, June 27, at 11:00 AM.   A second service may be scheduled in Arizona at a later time. 

Condolences may be sent to Claudia at 530 South Biron Drive, Wisconsin Rapids, WI  54494. 

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to American Cancer Hope Lodge at 611 W. Doege Street, Marshfield, WI  54449 or to YLC c/o JROTC, Marcos de Niza High School, 6000 South Lakeshore Drive, Tempe, AZ  85283. 

Well done, Roger.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Roger's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Thomas S. Myerchin
"Tom"

Company M-1

5 Feb 1937 - 15 May 2012

Place of Death: Goodlettsville, TN

Interment: Middle Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery, Pegram, TN

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the sudden death of our classmate, Tom Myerchin, on 15 May at his home in Goodlettsville, TN.  He is survived by his devoted wife, Barbara LaFollette Myerchin; son and daughter-in-law, Thomas S. Myerchin, Jr. and Cinthya Blanchard of Port St. Lucie, FL; brothers, John and William Myerchin; sister, Catherine Erickson; and numerous nieces and nephews who loved and admired him.

Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m., Sunday, May 20, at the Madison Funeral Home, 219 East Old Hickory Boulevard, Madison, TN  37115.  Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, 21 May, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 1729 Stop 30 Road, Hendersonville, TN 37075.  Interment follows at 1:00 p.m. at Middle Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery, Pegram, TN.

Condolences may be sent to Barbara at 1032 Maple Court, Goodlettsville, TN  37072-9206.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Operation Stand Down, 1125 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN  37203-4709, a non-profit organization assisting Middle Tennessee veterans, especially homeless vets.

Well done, Tom.  Be thou at peace

Click here to go to Tom's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Martin J. Zaldo
"Red"

Company E-1

6 Feb 1939 - 1 May 2012

Place of Death: Newport Beach, CA

Interment: TBA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must inform you of the death of our classmate, Martin "Red" Zaldo.  He died in Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, CA of natural causes.

Red is survived by his wife Julie; their children Patrick and Kelly; their daughter-in-law Rachael; granddaughters Madison and Parker; and his brother Bill, USMA '59.

Red's funeral service will be at 11 am, Monday, May 14 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 17270 Ward Street, Fountain Valley, CA  92708.  Burial will be later in the week for the family only.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Red's memory may be sent to any of the following: 

  • Army Baseball, Attn:  Coach Joe Sottolano, West Point, NY10996. Make checks payable to Army Athletic Association, and put “Friends of Army Baseball in memory of Martin “Red” Zaldo, ’61.”

  • National Brain Tumor Society, 22 Battery Street #612, San Francisco, CA  94111

  • Osteogenisis Imperfecta Foundation, 804 W Diamond Avenue, #210, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Well done, Red.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to "Red"'s Last Roll Call Tribute.

16 September 2012 Mini-Reunion Russian River Cruise Information as of 30 April 2012

The Russian River Cruise 2012 has 17 classmates plus 12 couples of family and friends.  The ship is full! 

If anyone is interested in being placed on a cancellation list, please contact Lois Bradfield at  lois.lbtours@comcast.net or Connie Budge at clb615@aol.com

 

Click here for detail information about the cruise.

Pete and Barbara Gleichenhaus Invite You to a Special Israel Tour 21 April–2 May 2012

Over the past few days a significant number of our Classmates and others have asked about a trip to Israel.  The details have now been finalized.

Click here for a brochure outlining a trip for April 2012. The approximate basic cost per person from New York would be $3600.

An extension to Istanbul is included that would add a few days and cost about $725 per person. Previous trips have been similarly priced.

If anyone is interested in considering joining the group if we go or has questions or suggestions, please have them contact Pete at gleichenhaus@sbcglobal.net or call 415-661-8698, 

2012 Golfing Grads is 19-22 April at Robert Trent Jones complex in Auburn/Opelika, AL

The 2012 Golfing Grads is 19-22 April at the Robert Trent Jones complex in Auburn/Opelika, AL.  This is perhaps the nicest venue they have enjoyed in 25 years of golfing grads, so if you can make it, you will enjoy.

So far six of the Class of `96` have registered at the Marriott Hotel.  If you are going to participate, call or e-mail the Marriott and also email Jerry White at  lwhite7314@aol.com as he needs requested info to organize scoring, flights etc.

If you are attending and have a roommate, let the hotel and Jerry know.  As we get closer, we will pair up Classmates needing a roommate.

Jerr6y would appreciate you letting him know your status, so he can keep Dan Willson informed, line up roommates, and develop the ‘61 teams for each day which it is hoped Bob Kewley will take over as in the past.

If you do not have this year’s Golfing Grads info/reservation poopsheets, let Jerry know and he will get it to you.  If you have any questions also let him know.

Bill Mackie Recognized as Oldest Human Being on the Joint Staff by GEN Dempsey

Bill Mackie on 3 March 2012 had the honor of meeting the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin E. Dempsey for a "Photo Op" in conjunction with another ceremony.  Among other things, Bill was being recognized as the Oldest Human Being on the Joint Staff.  It is reported that Bill told GEN Dempsey about his pride in serving on the Joint Staff with young officers such as GEN Dempsey.  We - our country - is indeed lucky to have GEN Dempsey as our Nation's top military officer, Bill added.

GEN Dempsey and Bill lamented the fact that it has been over eleven years since Army beat Navy in football.  All-in-all, a good day.

75 Classmates, Spouses, Friends Attend Orlando 25-30 January 2012 Mini-Reunion

Gary and Button Hyde hosted the Orlando Mini-Reunion 25-30 January 2012.  Other than some showers on Friday, the weather was as advertised by the Orlando Chamber of Commerce – unseasonably warm days with cool, but comfortable, evenings.  Seventy-five classmates, spouses, and friends attended.

To show the great appreciation of the Class of 1961 for hosting class functions throughout Gary’s military career and the many Orlando mini-reunions, Dick Buckner and Ed Brown presented Gary and Button a framed canvas of Marching into the Future by Seung-Mee Yoo on behalf of the entire Class of 1961.

Click here to go to more information and pictures.

Latest Information for 25-30 January 2012 Class of 1961 Mini-reunion in Orlando, FL

Orlando Mini 2012

25-30 Jan 2012

 Mini-reunion Update 11 January 2012

Happy New Year

 NOTE -  Need immediate responses – see below

Note – send all commo to ghyde@cfl.rr.com

 Click here for Gary Hyde’s latest information on Orlanda mini-reunion. 

 

William H. DuBose
"Sonny"

Company D-1

2 Aug 1939 - 28 Dec 2011

Place of Death: Tarboro, NC

Interment: New Zion Methodist Church, New Zion, NC

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must inform you of the death of our classmate, Sonny DuBose, on December 28, 2011 in Tarboro, North Carolina.  He is survived by his daughter, Sabre Simone; his sons, Jon and Chris; and five grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at New Zion Methodist Church, 7169 Salem Road, New Zion, South Carolina  29111 on Saturday December 31, 2011 at 10:30 am.  Visitation will follow immediately in the Church Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS  66675-8517.

Well done, Sonny.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Sonny's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Robert S. Frix
"Bob"

Company M-2

31 Mar 1939 - 15 Dec 2011

Place of Death: Sequim, WA

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bob Frix, on 15 December in Sequim, WA, after a long and courageous battle with many health problems, principally as a result of a fall in 2005. 

Bob is survived by his wife, Moe; sister, Joanna and her husband, Dr. Andrew Burgess of Texas; daughter Michele; son Alex and daughter-in-law, Kathryn. 

Funeral services for Bob Frix will be at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 11:00am.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob's memory may be sent to:  Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 971, Port Angeles, WA  98362.  Checks should be made payable to "Disabled American Veterans Chapter 9."  Please note in the memo section that the donation is in memory of MG Robert S. Frix. 

Condolences may be sent to Maureen 'Moe' Frix, 60 Northridge Lane, Sequim, WA 98382.

  • Funeral services with full military honors will take place at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, May 11, 2012 @ 11:00 am.  Meet at the Admin Bldg NLT 10:30 am.

  • Moe has blocked some rooms at the Residence Inn Marriot, 1401 North Adams Street, Arlington, VA  22201 .  If you would like to make reservations, call the hotel -- 703-312-2100 -- and mention "Frix Bereavement Block."  You can also do so online by going to www.marriot.com/wasca and enter the Group Code FBGFBGA.  In case anyone needs to add extra nights prior or after the dates feel free to contact Viktoriia West, 703-312-2103.

  • Moe would appreciate knowing ahead of time who intends on attending the service.  You can let her know by sending a message to maureen.moestar.frix2@gmail.com or calling 360-797-1042 (home) or 509-531-2812 (cell).

In addition, Moe wants the class to know that she very much appreciates everyone's concern and kindness!  She is also glad that she brought Bob to our 50th Reunion.

Well done, Bob.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Bob's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Conwell B. Leinbach
"Connie"

Company B-2

17 Jan 1940 - 12 Nov 2011

Place of Death: Nashville, TN

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Connie Leinbach, on 12 November in Nashville, TN after a courageous battle with a brain tumor. Connie, a native of Pennsylvania, spent Plebe Year in Company I-2 and was among a group of Yearlings who were transferred to B-2 at the end of summer training at Camp Buckner.

Connie is survived by his wife, Sharon; sons Marc, Chris, and Dane; and daughters Grace and Kira. 

Connie's funeral service will be at 1:00 PM at the Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, VA on Friday, March 2, 2012 followed by inurnment with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.  Please allow extra time to obtain entrance to Fort Myer.  A picture identification document (driver's license or passport) for civilians is required.  For active duty and retired military personnel, a valid ID card may be used.  Inform the gate guard you are attending Connie Leinbach's  funeral.

Condolences may be sent to Sharon at 1613 Eastland Avenue, Nashville, TN  37206.

Well done, Connie.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Connie's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Pictures of 17-21 October 2011 Golfing Mini-Reunion In Greenville, SC Now Available

Click here to view pictures.

B-1 Classmates Hold Successful Reunion
12-17 Oct 2011 in White Sulphur Springs, WV

A wonderful B-1 reunion was hosted by Roger and LewAnne Cerasoli at their home at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV. Guests began arriving on 12 October 2011 and most had departed by the 17th.  George & Michele Kopcsak arrived on the morning of the 13th.  It happened to be George’s birthday so he got to cut the Reunion cake that night.  John Lischak arrived on the afternoon of the 13th.  The Gibson’s arrived on the 14th.  Everybody else arrived on the 12th.

The Cerasoli’s opened their home to all of them.  They were able to accommodate all but three couples in their beautiful home.  George & Michele, Frank & Barbara, and John & Kay were housed in a fabulous guest cottage near the Sporting Club Lodge.  The attendees were:  Roger & LewAnne Cerasoli, Bill & Jane Doherty, Rusty & Donna Dyer, Bill & Linda Esselstein, Frank & Barbara Gibson, Gene & Sharon Goodell, Bill Griffiths, George & Michele Kopcsak, John Lischak & Kay White, Jay & Linda McCann, Don & Jo Sawtelle, and Cy Shearer.

Click here for more details and many pictures.

ASCE Society Award Recognizes Daniel Halpin for Scholarship in Construction

The American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) proudly announces establishment of the Daniel W. Halpin Award for Scholarship in Construction, named in honor of the world-renowned expert on the use of simulation in studying construction processes. Nominations are invited for the inaugural presentation. This award is open to members of ASCE or the Construction Institute who have attained a doctoral degree within the last ten years and who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship that advances construction engineering as a science. The award consists of a certificate, a cash prize and the opportunity to present the Daniel W. Halpin Address at a meeting of the ASCE.

Daniel W. Halpin, professor emeritus and retired Bowen Head of the Division of Construction Engineering and Management at Purdue University, is a 1961 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and received the MSCE and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1969 and 1973. He is the developer of the CYCLONE simulation system, which is used to simulate and study construction processes. The system is used worldwide by construction researchers and educators. His contributions have led to construction simulation becoming an essential part of university construction engineering curricula. He was elected by ASCE to Distinguished Membership (Dist.M.ASCE) in 2006.

Prior to taking the position as Head of the Division of Construction Engineering and Management at Purdue, he was a member of the Civil Engineering faculty at Georgia Tech and the Clark Chair Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the U. of Maryland. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich , and the University of Sydney in Australia.

His basic textbook, Construction Management, published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. has been one of the two or three dominant texts introducing engineering students to the concepts of construction engineering over the past 25 years. He has authored or co-authored 11 books. Various editions of these texts have been translated into Chinese, German, Portuguese and Spanish.

Planning Detailed for 17-21 October 2011 Golfing Mini-Reunion In Greenville, SC

Georgia and Gene Witherspoon are now busy fleshing out the details for the mini-reunion scheduled  from Monday, 17 October to Friday, 21 October, 2011 in Greenville, SC. When Gene was growing up in SC, Greenville was a tough textile mill town. Since then, there has been an amazing transformation that has made this city one of the most desirable places to live in the United States.  If you haven't been to Greenville lately, you will be pleased to find an inviting downtown with tree-shaded sidewalks lined with shops, pubs, restaurants and nearby parks, gardens, water falls and other attractions.  Residents and visitors of all ages can be found strolling at all hours of the day and evenings to take advantage of these and other attractions such as live outdoor music that sometimes even we of a more advanced age can recognize. Gene has locked in a block of rooms in a hotel on the north end of Greenville's Main Street with easy access to all of these attractions. Email Gene at eswitherspoon@charter.net to get in on the action and learn details of hotel booking.

Although golfers will have the opportunity for rounds on three different courses on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, there will be plenty of activities for non-golfers and those who choose not to play all three rounds.  Everyone will participate in four evening dinner socials -- two in downtown Greenville and two at the Witherspoon's home in Montebello just north of Greenville.  Here is a list of the non-golfing options that are being planned:

  • Walking tour of Greenville.

  • Guided tours of Greenville Art Museum (outstanding Wyeth, Jasper Johns and other collections) and SC Upstate History Museum (Georgia is on the Board and will arrange tour).

  • Visit to Flat Rock, NC hosted by residents Dutch and Gail Coulter. Includes visit to Carl Sandberg property, lunch at Coulters home, and matinee performance of the "Buddy Holly Story" at the Flat Rock Playhouse.

  • Field trip to Caesars Head State Park and its magnificent view of Smoky Mountains with leaves in full color.

  • Bike excursion of the Swamp Rabbit Trail north of Greenville which will include tour of Furman University campus and lunch at Travelers Rest.

  • Field trip to Asheville, NC for one or both of two events
    (1) Morning tour of Biltmore estate -- (lunch in Asheville)
    (2) Zany afternoon city bus tour called Lazoom (we will try to reserve the bus for a special tour -- prepare to laugh till it hurts!)

  • Hang out in the large hospitality suite and trade war stories!

Here are those who have expressed interest so far: Altmeyers, Browns, Chambers, Coulters, Goldtraps, Hannon, Hansells, Hodges, Hydes, Knoblock, Kremer (Judy), Lewis, Lionettis, Loorams, Mackies, Mallorys (Phil), Minors, Paonessa (Bill), Rennagels, Schells, Sheeder, Shipleys, Steeges, Tobins, Urettes, Vallelys, Veatches and Whites (Jerry).

Again, shoot Gene an email and jump on the bandwagon!

Michael J. Lombardo
"Mike"

Company F-2

25 Apr 1939 - 13 Sep 2011

Place of Death: Honolulu, HI

Inurned: National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, Oahu, HI

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of  our Classmate, Mike Lombardo, on 13 September in Honolulu, HI, after a long and courageous battle with colon cancer.

Mike is survived his wife, Veronika; sons Michael, Alexander, and Johannes; and grandchildren, Erika, Nicholas, Anna, Tim, Sean, Daniel, and Ross.

Mike was inurned at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific – Punchbowl on September 30th.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mike's memory may be made by mail to the Wounded Warrior Project, Attn: Donor Services, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL  32256 or on-line at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Condolences may be sent to Veronika at 725 Kapiolani Boulevard, Apt 3103, Honolulu, HI  96813-6006.

 Well done, Mike.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Mike's Last Roll Call Tribute.

John R. Petty

Company M-2

9 Apr 1939 - 29 Sep 2011

Place of Death: Atlanta, GA

Interment: West Point Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our classmate, John Petty, on 29 September in Atlanta, GA, after a long and courageous battle with gastric cancer.

John is survived by his wife, Beryl; his son John and his wife Tracy; his daughter Page and her husband Jim; and grandchildren Thad, Reagan and Claire.

The family will receive friends at 12:00 PM on Saturday, 8 October, at the Patterson Spring Hill Chapel Funeral Home, 1020 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA  30309. 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, 8 October, at the Patterson Spring Hill Chapel Funeral Home.  Burial will be at West Point at a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory may be made to the following organizations:

  • Veterans Empowerment Organization of Georgia, Inc., 386 Lanier Street NW, Suite A-6, Atlanta, GA  30318

  • Hospice Atlanta, 1244 Park Vista Drive, Atlanta, GA  30319

Condolences may be sent to John's wife, Beryl at 1554 Country Squire Court, Decatur, GA  30033.

Well done, John.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to John's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Thomas T. Moebs
"Trux"

Company K-1

7 May 1938 - 20 Sep 2011

Place of Death: Gainesville, FL

Interment: TBA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Thomas "Trux" Moebs, on 20 September 2011, in Gainesville, FL.  Trux was found deceased in his apartment.  The cause of death is unknown at this time.  Trux fought Parkinson's disease for many years.

Trux is survived by his brother Seth Moebs x-60, who lives in Europe.  Gary Webster is trying to contact him.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

More details will be provided when available.

Trux's brother, Seth, has asked that donations in memory of Trux be sent to:

Gainesville Area Rowing, Inc.,
Attn: Mark Dubose
4404 North West 36th Avenue, Suite B
Gainesville, FL  32606

Donations are tax deductible.  Information on Gainesville Area Rowing can be found at http://gainesvillearearowing.com/.

Well done, Trux.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Trux's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Glenn M. Peters
"Pete"

Company L-2

25 Dec 1939 - 9 Sep 2011

Place of Death: Palm Coast, FL

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Glenn M. Peters, on 9 September 2011, as a result of biliary tract carcinoma. Glenn is survived by his wife, Cindy, his daughter, Paige Peters Connors, and granddaughter, Savannah.

Funeral services for Glenn Peters will be at the Old Post Chapel at Fort Myer at 11:00 AM on January 19, 2012, with burial to follow at Arlington National Cemetery.  A reception will be held at the Fort Myer Officers Club, 214 Jackson Ave. from 12:15-2:15PM.  Coat and tie are not required but no jeans allowed.

The family has asked that donations in Glenn's memory be made to the West Point Fund, WPAOG, 698 Mills Road, West Point, NY  10996.  The family asks that you write Glenn's name in the memo line of your check so that funds donated in his memory will go into the Cadet Activities Fund.

Condolences may be sent to Cindy at 53 Westcedar Lane, Palm Coast, FL  32164 and to Paige at 475 Highway 90, Conway, SC  29526.

Well done, Glenn.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Pete's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Tarey B. Schell
"Tarey"

Company B-2

19 Jan 1939 - 7 Sep 2011

Place of Death: Atlanta, GA

Interment: Westminster Memorial Gardens, Peachtree City, GA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must inform you of the death of Tarey B. Schell on 7 September 2011.  Visitation will be Friday, 9 September 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm at Mowell and Son Funeral Home, 200 Robinson Road, Peachtree City, GA 30269.  Funeral mass will be on Sept. 10 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 12:00 PM at 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City GA 30269.

Tarey is survived by Priscilla H. Schell, his wife of 50 years, his four children, Gretchen Schell, Adrienne Barreto, Lauren Bozone, and Christopher Schell, son-in-law Raul Barreto, daughter-in-law Teri Schell and grandchildren Matthew, Cathryn, and Erin Bozone; Raul, Ryan, and Ross Barreto; Mica and Romina Schell; and Sierra Schell.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donation be made to Griffin Judicial Drug Court, c/o Spalding County, P.O. Box 1087, Griffin, Georgia 30224.

Classmates, family, and friends are invited to post and read eulogies at www.west-point.org/users/usma1961/23364  

Well done, Tarey.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Tarey's Last Roll Call Tribute.

George Joulwan Latest Recipient of Loyola University's Prestigious President's Medal

George Joulwan, who in 1969 earned his Master's degree in Political Science from Loyola University in Chicago, was honored 11 June 2011 at the Loyola University Chicago's Founders' Dinner with their prestigious President's Medal.

The President's Medal is awarded to a Loyola alumnus(a) who has spent a lifetime in public service, living the Jesuit ideal of a "person for others".

George's military career was especially recogonized as a service to the country, which is a service for others.

Panoramic Photo of USMA

The panoramic photo of the Plain and surrounding buildings of West Point at the top of this page was created by G. W. 'Casey' Kenaston, USNA '56. The actual picture is 50 inches by 10 3/4 inches, including the border. To view this panoramic photo with more detail, please click here. To further increase the size of that picture, do a mouse button click on the picture to get the picture enlarge icon.

Full size copies of this panoramic photo are now available for $60 each, which includes shipping and handling. Framing is not being offered. That can be done by each person on their own. To place an order through John Neiger, please click here to email him. It will take about 4 weeks to get the photo via the mail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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