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Welcome to the Prior Features That Have Been on the Front Page of the Class of 1961 Web Site From the 50th Reunion and Before Then!

Remaining Mementoes From 50th Reunion Available for Purchase From Ed Brown

The Class is offering for purchase the USMA 1961 Class Pendant, the men’s straw hat, and the 50th Anniversary DVD – mementoes remaining from our 50th Reunion. The sale is first come, first served until all are sold.

 

For you who were not able to attend the 50th, the ladies received the USMA 1961 Class Pendant. It is from the “Artel Collection” by Matthew (USMA ’79) and Debbie Duffy. The pendant comes with an 18” chain. There are 36 pendants for sale at a cost of $60 per pendant (shipping included).

 

There are 6 straw hats – one size fits most – that were given to our Classmates at the Reunion. The cost is $25 per hat (shipping included).

 

There are 18 DVDs. The DVD contains memorable songs and music from West Point; a photo series from our four years of Cadet life, our many Reunions, and other Class events; and reflections on our Class motto, our memorial at Reconciliation Plaza, and our passing the torch. The cost is $10 (shipping included).

 

If you would like to purchase any of these items, please contact Ed Brown at Ed Brown [edbrown61@verizon.net] as soon as possible to ensure there is inventory remaining. At that time, Ed will send you ordering information.

802 Pictures & 6 Videos of 50th Reunion Events Available at 50th Reunion Main Page

Click here to go to 50th Reunion Main Page to view pictures and videos.

 

 

50th Reunion Monday Night Dinner Slide Show Pictures Available for View or Print

The following are the slide show pictures prepared by Dick Buckner and shown at the 50th Reunion Monday Night Dinner 16 May 2011. In order to allow people to view these pictures at their own tempo, and to be able to print copies of individual pictures, they are provided as a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation.

Presentation Part 1 1957-1961

Presentation Part 1 1957-1961 - Part 2

Presentation Part 2 Between Years

Presentation Part 2 Between Years - Part 2

Presentation Part 2 Between Years - Part 3

Presentation Part 3 Between the Years

2010 Founders Day Show

2010 Founders Day Show-Part 2

This method of presentation will take a few minutes or more for each of them to download to your PC, so please have patience. It will be worth the wait, especially if you want to make a print of any of these pictures.

If you do not have a version of PowerPoint 2003 Viewer on your computer, you can download the PowerPoint Viewer here.

Hints for using the PowerPoint Viewer:
1. In SLIDES on left edge, left click on the slide you want to go to next.
2.
Right click on slide to get menu with Options to COPY.
3.
Left click on COPY (in menu from 2. above).
4. PASTE copied slide into a WORD document.
5. PRINT the WORD document.

50 Year Affiliation Program Concludes with Presentation of 2LT Bars to 1031 Graduates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentation of 2LT bars upon graduation 21 May 2011. The Class of 1961 representatives present each new graduate their first set of lieutenant bars.

Memorial Service Held 16 May 2011 to Remember our Deceased Classmates

The Memorial Service to remember our deceased Classmates was held in the Cadet Chapel. Click here for a copy of the Memorial Service Program.

50th Reunion "State of the Class" Presented at Business Meeting by Class Pres. Bob Glass

Click here for PowerPoint presentation of the "State of the Class" presented at the 50th Reunion Buiness Meeting by our Class President Bob Glass, with assistance by other Class Officers.

Class Executive Committee Elected at 50th Reunion Business Meeting 16 May 2011

The Nominating Committee had received input from a host of Classmates. Having considered that counsel, they nominate the following individuals for the positions indicated:

President: Robert R. Glass, II
Vice President: John B. Shroyer
Treasurer: Richard A. Buckner
Secretary: Edward A. Brown, III

Additionally, they recommend the class invite Lucy Paone, widow of our Classmate Joseph F. Paone, to serve as an ex-officio member to the Class Committee. Lucy could provide a perspective from widows and be a useful advisor to the Executive Committee.

The vote to accept the slate of officers took place on 16 May during the business meeting at our 50th Reunion. All were elected by acclamation.

Ken Hruby Works Shown in A D Gallery at UNC Pembroke, NC 10 May - 6 July 2011

Peter R. McGrath
"Pete"

Company L-1

21 Jan 1939 - 10 May 2011

Place of Death: Stuart, FL

Interment: St. John’s Cemetery, Lancaster, MA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must inform you of the death of Pete McGrath on May 10, 2011, in Stuart, Florida. He leaves two sons: Shawn McGrath and his wife, Laurie, and Kevin McGrath and his wife, Domenica; two brothers: John and Robert McGrath; a sister, Barbara Logan; and nine grandchildren.

Pete's funeral will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from the McNally & Watson Funeral Home, 304 Church St., Clinton, MA, with a Mass at 10:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 80 Union St., Clinton, MA. Burial will follow in the McGrath/Areson family plot in St. John’s Cemetery, Lancaster, MA. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a calling hour at the funeral home on Saturday morning, from 8:30-9:30 a.m., prior to the funeral Mass.

In lieu of flowers, Pete's family has requested that contributions be sent to the West Point Association of Graduates, West Point, NY 10996.

Well done, Pete. Be thou at peace.

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

Robert L. Janoska
"Bob"

Company H-1

1 Jan 1938 - 25 Jan 2011

Place of Death: Highland, MI

Interment: Great Lakes National Cemetery - Holly, MI

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bob Janoska, on 25 January in Highland, MI, in the care of his family. Bob is survived by Hazel, his beloved wife of over 19 years; loving children Michael (Holly) Janoska, Jeff (Linda) Janoska, Kathy Mienkwic, and Linda Schenk; grandchildren Allison, Ian, Nicholas, Elisabeth, Sean, Travis, and Emily; brother Al (Dottie); and extended family and dear friends.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 9 PM on Sunday, 30 January, at the Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, MI 48381. A Masonic Service will be held at 7:30 PM on Sunday.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10 AM on Monday, 31 January, at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home. The Rev. Dr. R. John Harris will officiate. Bob will be buried with military honors at Great Lakes National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to American Legion Post 216 Youth Fund, 510 W. Commerce Road, Milford, MI 48381.

Condolences may be sent to Hazel at 19468 Hickory Ridge Road #6, Fenton, MI 48430.

Well done, Bob. Be thou at peace.

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

Thelmo Y. Cunanan
"Ty"

Company A-2

14 Apr 1938 - 16 Jan 2011

Place of Death: Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Interment: Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines

It is with sincere regret and sorrow that we must inform you that our Classmate, Ty Cunanan, Company A-2, passed away on January 16, 2011, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Ty is survived by his wife, Belinda, children Christine and Keiichi, Buddy and Ming, and Conrad and Myra, and grandchildren Tamako and Christopher.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 15 A. Luna Street, Phase V, AFPOVAI, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Philippines.

Well done, Ty. Be thou at peace

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

DoD Program to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Announced

In Accordance With Public Law 110-181 SEC. 598; the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and “in conducting the commemorative program, the Secretary shall coordinate, support, and facilitate other programs and activities of the Federal Government, State and local governments, and other persons and organizations in commemoration of the Vietnam War."

DoD representatives will coordinate with other federal agencies, veteran groups, state, local government and non-government organizations for their input in Vietnam War commemoration activities. For more information call 877-387-9951 or visit the official website at http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/.

Details of the 50-Year Affiliation Program Between Classes of 1961 and 2011 

Click here to read the details of the 50-Year Affiliation Program between the Class of 1961 and 2011.

Gleichenhauses Host "Bon Voyage" Brunch as the Cairns Relocate to San Antonio, TX

Bob and Terry Cairns stayed overnight at the Gleichenhauses on 13 Jan 2011 on their "PCS" move from Orcas Island, WA to San Antonio, TX. Pete and Barbara hosted a "bon voyage" brunch at their San Francisco home the morning of Friday, Jan 14, 2011.

Charles Burns, Joe Czuberki, Alan Lubke, Bud Coddington, Bobby Cairns, Pete Gleichenhaus
(Photo by Barbara Gleichenhaus)


There were scrambled eggs, bagels, cream cheese, juice, roast beef hash, coffee, tea, pie and ice cream and chocolates. Most of all there was warm conversation and hugs among this group of the West Point Class of '61 and spouses.

The Cairns left at noon for their next stop in Garden Grove, CA to visit Bob's sister Julie, then it will be on to Tyler, TX to visit a daughter. The final destination is the ARC miltary retirement community in San Antonio, TX where the Cairns will be gated community neighbors with Dave and Mimi Brooks, the latter being Bob Cairns' sister.

Vera Burns, Barbara Gleichenhaus, Terry Cairns

(Article & Photo by Alan Lubke)

 

Bob Glass Address to Class of 2011 at Branch Night Ceremoney Recalls Differences

One of the more rewarding opportunities was to go up to West Point for Branch Night on November 7.  Todd, Ed, Chuck Hodell, and I went up as a part of the Affiliation Program with the Class of 2011 (our Class bought the branch insignia that was handed out to more than 1000 First Classmen upon learning of their branch selection).  It is not what we went through First Class Year where we went to South Auditorium with our opportunity to select from five branches, and standing up when called in class standing order to announce your selection.  I think that was it until graduation.

Sunday night, November 7th, they assembled the First Class (going Army, but the German Exchange Cadets also attended) in Ike Hall.  The evening was opened by the Chaplain, then the First Captain spoke briefly and introduced me as the speaker from the 50-Year Affiliation Class.  I had 5 minutes (300 seconds) to reflect on what it was like at our branch night and in our careers.  Then the Commandant spoke briefly including a joke - I don't remember Throckmorton or Rich ever telling a joke.  The Comm was the son of neighbors of ours when I was teaching in the Mechanics Department.  Finally it got down to the Big Deal and they opened envelopes that had been passed out with their branch assignments (they had to list their choices 1 - 16).  Believe it or not, Infantry went out with about 120 left. Some were jumping up and down in joy, several looked stunned, and then they gathered by branch at various stations in Ike Hall and had their branch insignia pinned on them.  They will wear that on their uniforms until graduation.  Following that ceremony, they had more branch gathering and then moved downstairs for refreshments (including beer!), jamming, and some music? being played loudly.  It was a Big Deal and the excitement and buzz could be felt by all of us.

The following is from the "Gray Matter" of 18 Nov 2010:

On Sunday evening, 7 November 2010, the members of the Class of 2011 assembled in the auditorium at Eisenhower Hall to determine their initial branches of service upon graduation. 

The system had been modified somewhat this year, in that the “first brass,” presented by their 50-Year Affiliate Class, the Class of 1961, through the West Point Association of Graduates, was not in the sealed envelope distributed prior to the actual ceremony by the Company TAC Team.  So no amount of squeezing of the envelope could provide a hint as to what was inside.  The official party arrived at 7:30 pm, and the first captain, CDT Marc Beaudoin; the chaplain, Father Edson Wood, and the commandant, BG William E. Rapp, made short presentations, as did Bob Glass, representing the 50-Year Affiliate Class of 1961. 

Click here to view entire "Gray Matter" article.

William A. Stricklen, III
"Bill"

Company M-1

15 Mar 1938 - 14 Oct 2010

Place of Death: Tacoma, WA

Interment: TBA

It is with sincere regret and sorrow that I must inform you that our classmate, Bill Stricklen, Company M-1, died peacefully at home in Tacoma, WA, during the night of 13-14 October 2010.  Bill is survived by his wife, Helena, three daughters, one son, and 19 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Visitation will be at 1 PM, October, 30, 2010, at Gaffney Funeral Home, 1002 South Yakima Avenue, Tacoma, WA  98405. 

Condolences may be sent to the family at 2224 Crystal Springs Road, Tacoma, WA  98466-2915. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to Save Our Wild Salmon, Attn: Kristie Miller, 200 First Avenue West, Suite 201, Seattle, WA  98119.

 Well done, Bill.  Be thou at peace.

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

10th Annual and FINAL Pig Roast Hosted by George and Michele Kopcsak 2 Oct 2010

Just as George and Michele Kopcsak ordered, October 2nd dawned bright and sunny for their 10th annual – and final – pig roast at their “Full Circle” Farm in Browntown, Virginia.

Once again, classmates came from near – Virginia and Maryland – and far – Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. Attendees were Ed and Rina Brown; Dick and Trish Buckner; Todd and Millie Counts; Tom and Grace Cuthbert; Mike and Chan Eiland; Mike and Ann Ekman; Bob and Dawn Glass; Gene and Sharon Goodell; Dan Halpin; Bob and Nicole Hamilton; Bob and Priscilla Hardiman; George and Marianne Henderson; Bob and Ruth Kee and their daughter, Debbie; George and Michele Kopcsak; Judy Kremer; John Lawton; Tom and Christiane Lund; Bill and Okja Mackie; Ken and Rachel Meissner; Lucy Paone; Russ and Marie Phelps; Mark and Kay Popovich; John and Mary Jane Solomon; Jack and Pat Veatch; Marty Walsh; Gary Webster; and Bill Williamson with Kaye Allen

As in previous years, George Jr., Meghan Howard (Michele’s daughter); Kevin Jackson; Caden Jackson (George and Michele’s grandson); Al and Joyce Maxfield (Michele’s parents); Jerry Hall (George’s friend from Stafford, Virginia); and Earl Balis (George’s high school classmate from West Virginia) joined us.

 

Ken Meissner’s “spud gun” made its final appearance but showed its age as many misfires occurred.  Our class marksmen also showed their age as no wildlife was threatened.

On behalf of our class, Bob Glass presented George and Michele a small token of appreciation for hosting this great event for ten years.

 

 

Click here for slide show of pictures taken at the 2010 Pig Roast.

 

Are You Interested in Another Class of 1961 Mini-reunion in Orlando, FL 26 -31 Jan 2011

Many have confirmed an interest in a mini in Orlando in January 2011.  We are proceeding with plans for the event.  Agenda and activities are flexible and optional to accommodate those who arrive late or depart early. 

Click here for information UPDATED 3 Jan 2011.

 

Good Time Had By All on Seine River Cruise

Nineteen (19) classmates and wives checked in on the Viking Spirit docked in Paris next to the minature copy of the ‘Statue of Liberty’ on August 29th.  Along with the ‘61’ group there were 14 couples of friends and family. 

Click here for details of cruse and additional pictures.

Robert G. Eveleth
"Bob"

Company K-2

28 Dec 1935 - 28 Aug 2010

Place of Death: Austin, TX

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

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our classmate, Bob Eveleth, on 28 August in Austin, TX.  Bob is survived by his wife Theresa, daughter Holly, sons Daniel, Michael, Christopher, and Bob Jr., and 14 grandchildren.

Bob was laid to rest at a private ceremony at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK  73123-1718.

Condolences may be sent to Theresa at 10907 Redgate Lane, Austin, TX  78739.

Well done, Bob.  Be thou at peace.

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

Jerry and Ed Jones Inducted Into Henry "Hap" Arnold Lifetime Giving Society

Jerry and John (Ed) Jones '61 were inducted into the Henry "Hap" Arnold Lifetime Giving Society. 

The West Point Associations of Graduates’ Donor Tribute Day took place on 29 April with more than 200 graduates, family, and friends attending. This day was established by the WPAOG as a way to recognize donors who have supported West Point and the Long Gray Line in a variety of ways—from annual unrestricted giving to project-specific major giving to long-term bequest and estate planning.

Francis M. Williams
"Frank"

Company I-2

6 Oct 1937 - 16 Jul 2010

Place of Death: Fishersville, VA

Interment: St. Patrick's Catholic Church Cemetery - Port Henry NY

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Francis M. Williams, on 16 July in Fishersville, VA, after a long and courageous battle with ALS.  Frank is survived by his wife, Carol; their children, David Joseph Williams and wife Sarah of Morganton, NC, Nancy Williams Drauszewski and husband Andrew of Manassas, VA, and Cynthia Williams Loebig and husband Douglas of Ignacio, CO; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth Williams, Henry Williams, Sara Drauszewski and fiancée Galen Ridgell, Michelle Rannells and husband Michael, Joseph Michael Drauszewski, Maxwell Loebig, and Mae Loebig; two great-grandchildren, Timothy and Joseph Henson; a brother, John Williams of Ticonderoga, NY; a sister, Constance Bennett of Canandaigua, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, 20 July at the Bear Funeral Home, 14 Green Hill Lane, Churchville, VA  24421-2517.

A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, 24 July at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 12 St Patrick Place, Port Henry, NY  12974.  Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations  in Frank’s memory may be directed to the Richard R. Dart ALS Clinic, University of Virginia Health System, Box 899394, Charlottesville, VA  22908.

Condolences may be sent to Carol at P.O. Box 1373, Staunton, VA  24402.

Well done, Frank.  Be thou at peace.

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

William H. Jacoway
"Bill"

Company L-2

14 Oct 1936 - 29 Jun 2010

Place of Death: San Diego, CA

Interment: TBA

 It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bill Jacoway on 29 June 2010 in San Diego, CA.  This information was not made available to the Class until now. 

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Wendy Hall Jacoway, and children, Robert Brand Jacoway and wife Kimberly, Annette Jacoway Gilmartin and husband Kevin, William Walpole Jacoway and wife Echo, and Michael Winston Jacoway, and six grandchildren, Sara and Megan Gilmartin, Ian and Chase Jacoway, Marnia and Nate Jacoway. 

He will be greatly missed by the many people whose lives he touched with his love and understanding heart.  A memorial service was held at First Presbyterian Church, 320 Date Street, on Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 at 2:00 p.m., officiated by The Rev. Margaret Walls.  Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church or UC - Cumberland College, 6191 College Station Drive, Williamsburg, KY 40769.

Well done, Bill.  Be thou at peace.

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

Robert F. Harris
"Bob"

Company C-2

8 Dec 1938 - 28 Jun 2010

Place of Death: Austin, 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, Bob Harris, on 28 June in Austin, TX, after a year-long struggle with cancer.  Bob is survived by his sons Dirk and Erik; daughter-in-law, Monica; grandchildren, Ingrid and Camille; brothers, William and Royce; and sisters, Anne and Margaret. 

Services will be held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX, on 21 July at 1 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob's memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to Erik at 12304 Meuse Cv, Austin, TX  78727-5340.

Well done, Bob.  Be thou at peace.

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

Jerry White & Gene Witherspoon Plans for New Orleans October 2010 Mini-Reunion

It is not too late to sign up for one or both legs of the October Mini-Reunion organized by Jerry White (the Florida Panhandle golf swing) and Gene Witherspoon (the New Orleans Army-Tulane football game).  Below is listed those who currently plan to attend one or both of these legs of the Mini.  

If you are interested in joining the fun, contact Jerry (lwhite7314@aol.com) and/or Gene (eswitherspoon@charter.net) and they will send you the details on booking accommodations and game tickets.  Here are some of the details that are planned so far: 

Florida Swing:  Jerry has arranged cut rate prices for one or two bedroom condo accommodations at Emerald Grande Resort in Destin, Florida for the nights of 6 and 7 October 2010.  Jerry is arranging appropriate evening activities both nights.  Golf for interested men and ladies will be at the Regatta Bay course on 7 October and at Jerry’s Blue Water Bay course early on 8 October so folks who choose to play that day can drive to New Orleans in time for dinner that evening. 

New Orleans:  Gene has arranged a group rate of $139 ($60 off regular October rate) at the Iberville Suites in the French Quarter.  Folks can book at this rate for four nights (7, 8, 9 & 10 October) but most will arrive on 8 October and leave on 10 October.  The Army-Tulane game is Saturday afternoon, 9 October and Al Vanderbush has arranged with the Army ticket office for 61 classmates and guests to purchase tickets in a block so we can sit together.  Planned activities other than the game (and possibly a tailgate party) include a game-day morning visit to the National WW II Museum in New Orleans (formerly the D Day Museum) including lunch there after the tour.  Dinner Saturday night will probably be in groups of 10 hosted by local classmates and others like Gene who lived in New Orleans for 10 years. 

Contact Jerry and Gene and get on the bandwagon for what is shaping up to be a great warm up for our 50th next year.

Click here for details and Who is Coming List

50th Reunion Registration Letters and Forms Now Mailed and Available Online

The 50th Reunion registration packages have been mailed to all Classmates and Widows with known addresses.  Both grads and non-grads got a letter signed by Dick Buckner asking them to complete the registration form and send it along with the registration fee of $150.  Click here for a copy of that letter.  Click here for a copy of the Registration Form. 

The widows got a letter signed by Bob Glass with a registration form that does not require a registration fee.  Click here for a copy of that letter.  Click here for a copy of the Registration Form. 

All 545 addressees got a black and white version of the cruise flyer, the cruise menu, and the cruise registration form.  Click here for a color copy of cruise flyer.  Click here for a copy of the cruise menu.  Click here for the cruise registration form.

Jon Aaronsohn Amoung Eight to be Included Into West Point Army Sports Hall of Fame

Jon Aaronsohn, a 1961 graduate, was Army’s last gymnast to win an individual title when he captured the flying rings national championship in 1960 and led the squad to a 10-0 mark. An All-America selection as a junior, he finished third on the flying rings at the 1959 NCAA Championships and was a two-time Eastern champion in that event. Aaronsohn led Army to an Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics League title and was a two-time letterwinner. He was elected team captain during his senior campaign but did not compete due to a broken arm.

West Point's seventh induction class encompasses Jon Aaronsohn (gymnastics), Clennie Brundidge (football and basketball), Mike McElrath (football), Al Rushatz (football and wrestling), Melody Smith (basketball and tennis),Teresa Sobiesk (cross country and track and field), Gen. Joseph Stilwell (basketball player and coach) and Pete Vann (football).

The honorees will be officially inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 17. A special plaque unveiling ceremony will be held in the Kenna Hall of Army Sports inside Kimsey Center, with the formal black-tie Hall of Fame Induction Banquet presented by Lockheed Martin set for Eisenhower Hall later that evening. The group will also be recognized during Army's football game against North Texas the next day at Michie Stadium with a special photograph and autograph session planned on Black Knights Alley prior to the contest.

To read more about this go to: http://www.goarmysports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=11100&ATCLID=204949139.

Status of Reconciliation Plaza Provided by Shroyer with Pictures by Tony Ferraiuolo

Thanks to Tony Ferraiuolo (Honorary '61) for his fine photos of Reconciliation Plaza taken this past Thursday, 20 May, two days before Saturday’s Graduation Ceremonies for the Class of 2010.

Bruce Shroyer reports that it’s what you don’t see in these photos that is important.  It’s the continued propagation of a very healthy garden which returns each year,  healthy, more dense and an expanding annual plant growth, surviving the tough West Point Winters and unpredictable harsh Spring frosts. 

 Unfortunately we have not had a great deal of warm weather thus far this year.  So, we do not currently have the “full Spring bloom” of Stella ‘dora lilies we always hope to see for Graduation Week.  An early graduation date, coupled with cooler than normal daily temps; continued rain and overcast skies have worked against a timely “full bloom” for Graduation Week.

 Everyone in the West Point area during June-August should stop by to see “… what’s up !”  You won’t be disappointed.  Reconciliation Plaza will soon be “Standing tall!” Guaranteed!

 An additional note …Tony’s photos are especially good from a photographic standpoint.  He has captured each monument just perfectly. Bruce has taken photos at Reconciliation Plaza in every conceivable weather condition; but do not have a single shot as good as those Tony has submitted.

 “Glare” in sunlight or in an overcast rain (at that particular spot) are extremely difficult to control.  But he’s got the secret!  Many thanks, Tony!

 Click here for slide show of Reconciliation Plaza as of 20 mAY 2010.

First 3 of the Grotesques of West Point Done by Ken Hruby '61 Now Available for Sale 

Do you know what a “grotesque” is?  Did you know some were on almost every building in the cadet area when we were at West Point?  

Sniper 3.5"x3.25"x0.5" 17oz       Scout 3.25"x3.25"x0.5" 17oz         Gunner 3.5"x3.25"x0.5" 17.5oz

After almost twenty years of work, our classmate, Ken Hruby, has something tangible to show for the hours spent in his studio.  He  is casting a limited edition (250) of three of the grotesques that grace the walls of the gothic buildings of our alma mater.  Once 250 of each have been cast, the moulds will be destroyed.  Ken intends to continue on with the series, probably finishing about two each year until he runs out of gas or material.

Before offering these to the rest of the AOG, Ken wants to see if there is any interest in them from our class, as a sort of bronze trial balloon.  They are all drilled and tapped "au verso" for mounting, if needed, and have a standard brown patina with other variations on the standard bronze patina available on request.  A part of the profits is going to the class gift fund.  

The details are at  http://www.kenhruby.com/USMAGrotesques.html.
You can contact Ken at 617-821-2410 or ken.hruby@verizon.net to order.

 

Thomas F. Carroll III
"Tom"

Company D-1

2 Aug 1939 - 16 May 2010

Place of Death: Littleton, CO

Interment: Fort Logan National Cemetery - Denver, CO

It is with great regret and sorrow we must inform you of the death of our classmate, Tom Carroll, on May 16, 2010, in Littleton, Colorado, after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  Tom is survived by his wife, Diane; their children, Michael, Shannon, Molly, and Jill; four grandchildren; and his brother, Philip.

A Rosary followed by a visitation will be on Thursday, May 20th, 7:00 PM, at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 5303 E County Line Road, Centennial, CO  80122.

The Funeral Mass will be on Friday, May 21st, 10:30 AM at St. Frances Cabrini Parish, 6773 W. Chatfield Avenue, Littleton, CO  80128-5834.

Burial will be 30 June at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Frances Cabrini for their Outreach and Assistance Programs.

Condolences can be sent to Diane at 10 Canyon Cedar, Littleton, CO  80127-3531.

Well done, Tom.  Be thou at peace.

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

DC Area Group Continues Tradition by Attending 13th Annual Sunday Brunch 

On April 11th, the DC Area Group had its 13th annual Sunday Brunch at the Fort Belvoir Officers Club continuing the tradition started by John Solomon in 1998.

Attendees this year included Ed and Rina Brown, Emmy Brown, Ed and Elease Bruner, Dick and Trish Buckner, Todd and Millie Counts, Paul and Sue DeVries, Mike and Chan Eiland, Joe and Ginna Fishburne, Bob and Dawn Glass, Bob and Priscilla Hardiman, Bob and Ruth Kee, Judy Kremer, Walt Ligon, Bill and Okja Mackie, Pat Prather, Bill and LuAnn Reno, Bob Rosenkranz, John and Mary Jane Solomon, and Jack and Pat Veatch.

Even though attendance has diminished in the past few years, everyone had a great time as Bill Mackie's pictures show. 

50th Reunion Committee Update

We have less than 14 months until our 50th Reunion.  The dates are now firm – Saturday, 14 May - Wednesday, 18 May 2011.  Please mark those dates on your calendars. 

As mentioned in our notification last November, our reunion headquarters will be the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, NY – the same hotel that was the headquarters for our 40th and 45th Reunions.

The schedule for reunion activities is a work in progress.  A draft is available on our class web site.

Watch for the registration package that will be mailed in May 2010.  It will include a registration form, instructions for making hotel reservations, information on the proposed boat trip on the Hudson, an update on the 50th Anniversary Yearbook, and other important items.

Reunion costs will be determined over the next few months.  We anticipate sending the event registration form in October 2010.

Check our class web site, for the latest information.

50th Reunion DRAFT Schedule Available

Click here for the 50th Reunion Draft Schedule.

50th Reunion Committee Organization List

Click here for the 50th Reunion Committee Organization

Class Committee Updates Vision for Years (2006 - 20011)

Click here to read the updated details of the Class Committee Vision for the years (2006 - 2011).

Washington DC Area Class of 1961 Social Events Calendar for 2009

Ed Brown, Class Secretary, has released the Washington DC Area Social Events Calendar for 2009.  Any Classmate who is in the DC area on one of those dates is invited to attend.  For additional information please contact Ed Brown at: edbrown61@verizon.net.

  • 4 February: Wives Luncheon at Heart in Hand Restaurant, Clifton, VA 
  • 17 February: Luncheon at Fort Myer Officers Club
  • 15 March: Sunday Brunch at Fort Belvoir Officers Club
  • 6 May: Luncheon at Fort Myer Officers Club
  • 3 October:  Kopcsak's 9th Annual Pig Roast
  • 5 November:  Luncheon at Fort Myer Officers Club

You Are Invited to the 10th Annual Class of ’61 Pig Roast at the Kopcsak’s on 2 Oct 10

LOCATION: George & Michele’s “Full Circle” Farm, 3609 Buck Mountain Road, Browntown, Va  22610

DATE: 2 October 2010 (RAIN OR SHINE)

TIME: 1500 hrs Till Whenever!

MENU: Pig, Baked Beans, Slaw, Macaroni Salad, Pickles, Etc. Beer, Wine, Tea & Soft Drinks

DRESS: Pig Roast Clothes!  Remember, Kopcsak’s have dogs, chickens & ducks and all they leave behind!

COST: $25 PER PERSON (Checks made payable to Joe Fishburne.  Send to Ed Brown, 5902 Wivenhoe Court, Alexandria, VA  22315-4015)

RSVP: ASAP To Ed Brown (George needs to notify the slaughterhouse in advance to arrange for the right-sized pig!)

                        BY PHONE: (703) 922-0652
                        BY EMAIL: edbrown61@verizon.net

DIRECTIONS: I-66 west to exit 13 (Linden).  Go left at this exit approx. ¼ mile to Route 55.  Right at Route 55 (West) into the south side of Front Royal to Route 340 -- (It dead-ends into a "T").  Don't be confused by the 522 by-pass that precedes Route 340 by two lights.  Go South on Route 340; pass the entrance to Skyline Drive, and turn left at the next red light onto Browntown Road.  You’ll see Skyline High School to the right at this light. Go 5.5 miles to the intersection with Buck Mountain Road -- (to the left is Liberty Hall Road and to the right is Buck Mountain Road).  When you make the right onto Buck Mountain Road you will immediately cross the new bridge at that corner -- the old one was washed out. Kopcsak’s place is the blue farmhouse up on the hill to the right.  The gate to the lower pasture will be open for parking.

Two Generations of '61 Participate in AOG's Herbert Hall Founders Day Dinner 6 Mar 10

(R-L) Kathy & Larry Stoneham C-2, John & Teri Grisoni H-1, John & Donna Java I-1, Pat & Bruce Shroyer H-2

Two generations of the Class of ‘61 attended the Founders Day Celebration at the West Point AOG's Herbert Hall on 6 March 2010.  Great evening; highlighted by the following:
“Empty Plate” Remembrance by Larry Stoneham ‘61

Remarks by "Oldest & Youngest Graduate” - "Youngest Grad" Major Michael Tilton '00 (Son of Liz & Frank Tilton ’61 I-1)

Guest Speaker:  BG John “Doc” Bahnsen, Jr. ‘56

Cadet “Knight Kaps” … an a Capella Concert

 

Two Classmates Asked to Join in Singing the Alma Mater with the West Point Glee Club

On Friday 26 March, Chuck Hodell and John F. Grisoni attended a Glee Club concert in Freehold, NJ.  The concert was wonderful.  At the end, the Glee Club director Connie Chase, asked that any West Point grad or former cadet come up and join the Glee Club in singing the Alma Mater.  Chuck and John went up and stood besides the cadets who formed an opening in the ranks for them. They sang all three parts and did not forget a word!  It was the thrill of a lifetime for them John reports.  The audience gave a long applause, and the cadets gave them praise for their participation. Chuck and John could not believe that they sang with the Glee Club.

Terry Kirkpatrick and Ken Hruby Represented the Class at the '11 Ring Melt

Terry Kirkpatrick and Ken Hruby represented the class at the 1 March 2010 Ring Melt for the Class of 2011 in Warwick, RI.  Terry contributed his dad's ring and Ken tossed in his, since he had been unable to wear it for safety reasons, doing the work he does.  It was a poignant occasion, full of the symbolism warranted by the underlying rite of passage.  Our Classmate Brian Schultz was also one of the other living donors.
Ken Hruby adds a modest nondeductible contribution
to the class of 2011.

Click here for more articles, a TV report, and pictures taken at the Ring Melt.

 

Jerry White & Gene Witherspoon Planning New Orleans October 2010 Mini-Reunion

Still basking in the glow of the fantastic mini-reunion hosted by Gary and Button Hyde in Orlando, Jerry White and Gene Witherspoon are planning another mini for October 2010 that will culminate in the home of the Super Bowl champions for the Army-Tulane football game on Saturday, 9 October. 

The main event and focus will be the New Orleans portion but some, particularly those driving from Southeast locations, may be able to participate in a warm up golf outing hosted by Jerry in the Florida panhandle.  This is a warning order and solicitation for expressions of interest from classmates and class widows who might attend. 

This is an reminder to sign up for the Florida Golf and/or New Orleans Mini-Reunion 6-10 October 2010 being planned by Jerry White and Gene Witherspoon.  The main event and focus will be the New Orleans portion but some, particularly those driving from Southeast locations, may be able to participate in a warm up golf outing hosted by Jerry in the Florida panhandle.

·   Golfers:  Arrive Jerry’s AO at Blue Water Bay Golf Club (near Niceville, FL) on Wednesday, 6 October.  Dinner at Jerry and Cathy’s that evening.  Golf on 7 October and dinner in a restaurant that night.  Early golf on 8 October and on to New Orleans (or not).  It is a four plus hour drive depending on traffic and observance (or not) of posted speed limits.

·    Golfers and non-golfers:  Arrive New Orleans on 8 October or before.  Check into hotel (TBD) within easy reach of French Quarter and Super Dome.  (We will try to arrange group rate for core nights of 8 & 9 Oct and one day before and after for those who desire more time in the Big Easy.)  Dinner at French Quarter restaurant Friday night.  Saturday, do New Orleans things until game time.  (Start time is tentatively 2:30 PM but could change depending on TV coverage.)  Group lunch or dinner depending on game start.  Sunday depart or stay another day if desired.

Click here for the general concept of operations.

2010 Orlando Mini-reunion a Huge Success With 97 Attendees Enjoying Hyde Hosting

Gary and Button Hyde were gracious hosts to 97 classmates, spouses, widows, and friends at the 27 Jan – 1 Feb Orlando Mini-Reunion. 

The group feasted on great fare at Hyde’s Smokehouse – Old Fashioned Southern Slow-Cooked Smoked BBQ and all the trimmings  on Wednesday evening.  Thursday evening was spent at the Kobe Japanese Steak House.  The group was at Hyde’s Bistro on Thursday evening to enjoy a wide selection of gourmet tapas.  Many gathered at the Hyde’s on Saturday evening to enjoy the abundance of leftovers.  Maison & Jardin was the site of the sumptuous farewell dinner on Sunday night.  Of course, as at all functions hosted by the Hyde’s, there was always a great and varied selection of beverages. 

All the attendees really appreciated the efforts of Gene Witherspoon and Burke Mucho who assisted Gary in operating the “2002 Club Annex” – the hospitality suite at the Residence Inn by Marriott.  The memorabilia brought by many of the attendees rekindled memories of days past.  Special thanks also to Karen DeWitt, Bob and Terry Cairns, Chuck and Adele Chamberlin, and Bob and Betty Hampton for helping set up and host the dinners at the Hyde’s.  Also many thanks to Ed Brown for setting up the Kennedy Space Center visit and to Paul Palmer for hosting the visit to Blue Springs State Park.

Click here for more on the Mini-reunion, who attended, and many pictures.

29 August 2010 French Viking River Cruise

Combine the magic of Paris with the beauty of France’s Norman countryside and voilà! Experience history firsthand at the Normandy beaches, site of the famous Allied invasion on D-Day in 1944. Delight in the Gothic architecture of Rouen, and see where Joan of Arc was tried and executed. Lose yourself in the exquisite gardens of Giverny, whose rich palette inspired Impressionist Claude Monet for many years. Walk the cobblestone streets of provincial Vernon and share the splendor of Paris, the world’s most romantic city, with your companion. This fascinating 8-day journey has something for everyone.

For more details about the cruise and to see who has signed up so far, click here.

Your Submission Requested to Insure You are Included in Successful 50th Yearbook 

It is not too late to submit your latest photo, your bio text, your couple photo, and/or your statistical questionnaire for your inclusion in our 50th Yearbook.

As of 19 May 2010 the 50th Yearbook Committee has received only 116 photos of Classmates for their Bio Section entry in the 50th Yearbook. 

Only 84 couples have their photos submitted for the section of couples pictures.  These couple pictures are especially important to our wifes as they often only know a Classmate as being the husband of someone.

Only 77 Classmates have sent family photos for the section of the 50th Yearbook featuring our families.

Many Classmates have not submitted their bio information.  If you want to only  see your Cadet picture in your Bio Section entry then that is up to you.  It should take only a few minutes or so to write and submit your bio information., but an empty Bio Section entry will last forever.

What we need  first is your input, second more donations for Company Memorial Pages and third more orders for books.  Please send you pictures to Sam Weiss and your bio information to Bob Hardiman There is still time to do so.  Do not put it off.

Gordon K. Downey, Jr.
"Gordy"

Company D-2

30 Aug 1936 - 15 Dec 2009

Place of Death: Scottsdale, AZ

Interment: West Point, NY

It is with great regret and sorrow that we have learned and must inform you of the death of Gordon Downey.  Gordon passed away on  December 15, 2009, in Scottsdale, Arizona, of pneumonia.

A memorial service will be held in Scottsdale Friday, December 18, 9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 11300 North 64th Street in Scottsdale.

Burial will be at West Point at a later date.

Well done, Gordon.  Be thou at peace.

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

Ronald M. Gutt
"Ron"

Company K-1

7 Feb 1938 - 26 Feb 2008

Place of Death: Raleigh, NC

Interment: Raleigh, NC

It is with great regret and sorrow that we have learned and must inform you of the death of Ron Gutt, our former classmate, on February 26, 2008, at Duke Health Raleigh Hospital, Raleigh, NC, following an extended illness. 

Ron is survived by his wife, Carolyn R. Gutt; daughters, Heidi Mills and husband, Greg; Joy Ducker and husband, Greer; Jolene Warych and husband, Ken; son-in-law, Robbie Estes; and six grandchildren, Courtney and Matthew Estes, Caroline and Grace Mills, Grayson and Ashley Ducker.  His son, Vincent, and daughter, Veronica, preceded him in death. 

Well done, Ron.  Be thou at peace.

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

Class of 2011 Affirmation Ceremony at USMA, USNA, USAFA, & USCGA


 

The Affirmation Ceremony for the Class of 2011 was held at West Point on 16 August 2009 in Robinson Auditorium of Thayer Hall.  During this ceremony, the cadets took an oath acknowledging a five-year active duty commitment in the United States Army upon graduation from the West Point and an active duty commitment if separated before graduation.  As part of the 50-Year Affiliation Program between the Classes of 1961 and 2011, the Class of 1961 presented each cadet a coin to commemorate the occasion.  The coin is a symbol of each cadet’s decision to continue their education and work toward graduation and commissioning in the Army.

Similar ceremonies were held for members of the Class of 2011 who are exchange cadets at the US Naval Academy, the US Air Force Academy, and the US Coast Guard Academy.  The West Point Society of Annapolis hosted the ceremony at USNA.  Mac Greeley represented our class.  The West Point Society – Pikes Peak Region hosted the ceremony at USAFA.  BG Norman Andersson, USMA ’74, administered the oath.  Dave Hastings, Jim Lynch, Warren Miller, and Ken Siegenthaler represented our class.  COL Dutch Hostler, USMA ’68, administered the oath at USCGA.   Jack Fischer represented our class.

Click here to go to full page of articles and pictures about these ceremonies.

The Flying Fin of G-1 is Still on the Run

 

Class of 1961 Mini-reunion Planned 27 Jan - 1 Feb 2010 in Orlando, FL

Projected Dates

  • Wed 27 Jan – Mon 1 Feb 2010

Preliminary Outline

  • Wed Day 1 – Arrive, open time, cocktails, dinner
  • Thurs Day 2 – For golfers tournament (day 1), others TBD, cocktails/dinner
  • Fri Day 3 – For golfers tournament (day 2), others TBD, cocktails/dinner
  • Sat Day 4 – All TBD, cocktails/dinner
  • Sun Day 5 – For golfers tournament (day 3), others TBD, closing/awards dinner
  • Mon Day 6 -  Brunch, open time, depart

Click here for more details.

 

Vallely Attends Veterans Medical Leadership Council Luncheon

MG and Mrs Paul Vallely attended the Veterans Medical Leadership Council Annual Luncheon on November 6th held at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona. This annual event raises funds for Veterans and their families. The Scott Vallely Soldiers Memorial Fund was one of this year’s sponsors.

Wayne Newton was the Luncheon speaker this year and was very well received by all the attendees. MG and Mrs. Vallely joined Mr. and Mrs Wayne Newton in visiting disabled veterans and taking a tour of the Phoenix Veterans Hospital. MG Vallely enjoying the company of the Cowgirls who were this year’s hostesses.

 

H-2 Mini-Reunion Held Oct 19-23, 2009 at Gettysburg Hotel

H-2 '61 Classmates; plus other Grads and wives, attended a full week of activities at the '61 H-2 Gettysburg Mini-Reunion held at The Gettysburg Hotel, Monday, October 19  thru  Friday, October 23. 

Thirty-two (32) attendees participated in five (5) days of activities: Alice & Bren Battle ; Maggie & Ed Moritz ; Nancy & Dave Teal ; Bob Chelberg ; Ruth & Bob Kee ; Chuck & Sandee Sollohub ; Chip & Sally Smith ; Stu & Louise Senneff ; Jim & Dolly Stokes ; JB & Sally Taylor ; Jerry & Connie Zingsheim ; Petie ( Sandy ) Walters; Pat & Bruce Shroyer ; Andy & Cheryl Carron ( ‘60 H-2) ; Kim Fox (G-2) ; Pam & Dan Barney (K-1) ; Bunny & Chuck Armstrong (L-1) ; Jack Zimmerman (A-2).

Click here for more on the week's activities and pictures

 

Anderson Named Upper Midwest Ernst Young Entrepreneur 2009

Lee R. Anderson, Sr., Chairman of APi Group Inc., received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2009, master category, for the upper Midwest region, at the Phister Hotel, Milwaukee, WI, on 11 June 2009. This award is the most prestigious awarded to entrepreneurs and is the first and only such award that is truly global in nature. The original company was founded in 1926 as an insulation division of a larger company. Anderson took over as president of the family company in 1964 and expanded within construction and construction-related industries, establishing a national and international presence. Today, APi Group owns more than 33 independently managed businesses, reaching about 9,000 employees.

With more than 150 locations, APi Group’s billion-dollar success has landed the company in Forbes Magazine’s Top 400 Private Companies, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Top 100 Private Companies, and Twin Cities Business Top 25 Private Companies.

Good Time Had By All at Kopcsak's 9th Annual Pig Roast 3 Oct 09

The forecast was dire – cloudy, cool, with rain showers – but the weather turned out to be sunny with temperatures in the mid-70s – perfect for the 9th annual pig roast hosted by George and Michele Kopcsak at their “Full Circle” Farm in Browntown, Virginia.

Even though numbers were fewer than in past years, classmates came from near – Virginia and Maryland – and far – Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington. Attendees were Jon and Roseann Aaronsohn; Dan and Pam Barney; Bob and Judy Boykin; Ed and Rina Brown; Dick and Trish Buckner; Marty Ganderson with Paula Barrie; Bob and Dawn Glass; John and Teri Grisoni; Bob and Nicole Hamilton; Bob and Priscilla Hardiman; Frenchy and Beverly Hebert; Dale Himes; George and Michele Kopcsak; Judy Kremer; Don and Bobbi Lionetti; Bill and Okja Mackie; Ken and Rachel Meissner; Bill and LuAnn Reno; Ed Smith with Diane Boeser; Marty Walsh; Gary Webster; Bill Williamson; and Bill Wright.

In addition, Meghan Howard (Michele’s daughter); Kevin Jackson; Caden Jackson (George and Michele’s grandson); Al and Joyce Maxfield (Michele’s parents); Jerry Hall (George’s friend from Stafford, Virginia); and Earl Balis (George’s high school classmate from West Virginia) joined us.

As in past year’s, Ken Meissner’s “spud gun” was a hit, particularly with Frenchy Hebert, but our aim was poor and a passing deer was not even threatened. Needless to say, all had a great time and express our appreciation to George and Michele.

Click here for slide show of 47 pictures taken at Pig Roast by Bill Wright.

Click here for more pictures of the Pig Roast.

I-2 Continued a Tradition with 2009 Myrtle Beach Mini Reunion 24-27 Sep 2009

Members of ’61 Second to None in I-2 continued a tradition, started a decade ago, of gathering for class-company reunions held during the intervals between the major milestone events at West Point.  The fourth of these events was conducted at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from September 24 - to - 27, 2009.  These so-called mini reunions provide our classmates in the company a leisurely opportunity to catch up on events, and recount accomplishments (possibly even war stories) that have transpired in the interim since the previous reunion, or in some cases, since 1961.  These events have proved to offer a more relaxed setting to renew acquaintances than the major events on the Hudson. 

Click here for more on the Mini Reunion.

Peter Gleichenhaus Organizing Another Tour of Israel in 2010

Last February's trip to Israel with about 20 classmates and friends was very well received by the participants.  A number of people have asked whether there could be a similar trip in the future.  So, Barbara and Pete agreed to respond.

The itinerary in Israel is similar to what was done in February, 2009.  In April 2010 though, the weather should be much more Spring like.  Also, their has been added an optional extension to Egypt.  Click here to go to the details of the proposed trip.  There  is also a registration form for use by anyone who wants to join the group.  Click here to go to the form.

Certainly, if anyone has a question please call and talk with Barbara or Pete.  Alternatively, anyone interested in additional information about the Israel portion can talk with Classmates who were on last year's excursion.  Additionally, David Dinour, an Israel Defense Force veteran, who is arranging the trip is available (Aviatours on the enclosure).

Individuals who want to join us for what in the past has been a wonderful trip should notify Pete or Aviatours (USMA 61 2010 Israel trip) by 1 November 2009. 

USMA Class of ’61 9th Annual Pig Roast Planned for 3 Oct 09

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE 9TH ANNUAL CLASS OF ’61 PIG ROAST AT THE KOPCSAK’S

LOCATION:     GEORGE & MICHELE’S “FULL CIRCLE” FARM, 3609 BUCK MOUNTAIN ROAD, BROWNTOWN, VA  22610

DATE:              3 October 2009 (RAIN OR SHINE)

TIME:               1500 HRS TILL WHENEVER!

MENU:             PIG, BAKED BEANS, SLAW, MACARONI SALAD, PICKLES, ETC. BEER, WINE, TEA & SOFT DRINKS

DRESS:            PIG ROAST CLOTHES!  REMEMBER, KOPCSAK’S HAVE DOGS, CHICKENS & DUCKS AND ALL THEY LEAVE BEHIND!

COST:              $25 PER PERSON (Checks made payable to Joe Fishburne.  Send to Ed Brown, 5902 Wivenhoe Court, Alexandria, VA  22315-4015)

RSVP:              ASAP TO ED BROWN (GEORGE NEEDS TO NOTIFY THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE IN ADVANCE TO ARRANGE FOR THE RIGHT-SIZED PIG!)

                        BY PHONE AT (703) 922-0652

                        BY EMAIL AT edbrown61@verizon.net

DIRECTIONS:  I-66 west to exit 13 (Linden).  Go left at this exit approx. ¼ mile to Route 55.  Right at Route 55 (West) into the south side of Front Royal to Route 340 -- (It dead-ends into a "T").  Don't be confused by the 522 by-pass that precedes Route 340 by two lights.  Go South on Route 340; pass the entrance to Skyline Drive, and turn left at the next red light onto Browntown Road.  You’ll see Skyline High School to the right at this light. Go 5.5 miles to the intersection with Buck Mountain Road -- (to the left is Liberty Hall Road and to the right is Buck Mountain Road).  When you make the right onto Buck Mountain Road you will immediately cross the new bridge at that corner -- the old one was washed out.  Kopcsak’s place is the blue farmhouse up on the hill to the right.  The gate to the lower pasture will be open for parking.

As you know, our Classmate, Bill Madsen, C-2,  lost his wife, Barbara, to brain cancer last November.  As shown in the postcard above, Bill will be riding his bike from Muskegon, Michigan to Sanibel, Florida to help him deal with his grief and to raise money for brain cancer research.  We are sure he would appreciate your help.

Charles N. Haas
"Charlie"

Company C-2

1 Jan 1938 - 28 Jun 2009

Place of Death: Littleton, CO

Interment: Littleton, CO

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must inform you of the death of our classmate, Charlie Haas, on June 28, 2009 due to complications from cancer.  Charlie is survived by his wife, Carolyn; a daughter, Deborah Morrell of Los Angeles; two sons, Jon of Telluride, CO, and Joel of Denver; and three grandchildren, Samantha Morrell, and Jane and Lance Haas.

A private memorial service was held on Wednesday, July 1 at Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary in Littleton, CO.  Interment was on July 1 at Olinger Chapel Hill Cemetery in Littleton, CO.

Condolences may be sent to Carolyn at 5941 Brook Valley Way, Littleton, CO  80121.

Contributions in memory of Charlie may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Well done, Charlie.  Be thou at peace.

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

Grand Mountain Lodge & Spa  Site of '61 Mini-Reunion 22-26 Jun 09

Twenty-three classmates and 19 spouses, along with Chuck (Texas A&M ’61) and Adele Chamberlin, met at the Grand Mountain Lodge & Spa, Boyne Falls, Michigan, June 22-26, 2009 for a Class of 1961 Mini-Reunion Golf Outing.

The weather could not have been better.  Every day it was sunny and unseasonably warm for northern Michigan in late June – daytime highs in the high 80’s with night time lows in the mid 60’s.  Needless to say, everyone had a fabulous time and appreciate the efforts of the Carroll’s, Kewley’s, and White’s.

For pictures and more information about the Mini-Reunion and golf outing click here.

Charles S. Green, Jr.
"Charlie"

Company M-1

29 Oct 1938 - 18 Jun 2009

Place of Death: Lancaster, VA

Interment: West Point, NY

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must inform you of the death of our classmate, Charlie Green, on June 18, 2009 at his home in Lancaster, Virginia, after a long and courageous battle with Lewy body disease.  Charlie is survived by his wife, Adrienne, their children and grandchildren.

The memorial service for Charlie was held at 1 PM, 27 June, at Wicomico Parish Church, 5191 Jessie Ball duPont Highway, Wicomico Church, VA  22579.  Scott Dillard presided.

In lieu of flowers, Adrienne and family ask that donations in Charlie’s memory be made to either Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck, 2210 Suggests Point Road, PO Box 262, Warsaw, VA  22572 or the Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc., 912 Killian Hill Road SW, Suite 202C, Lilburn, GA  30047.

Funeral services were at 10 AM, 1 July, at the West Point Cemetery. 

Condolences may be sent to the family at 867 Oak Hill Road, Lancaster, VA  22503.

Well done, Charlie.  Be thou at peace.

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

21st Annual USMA Golfing Grads  Tournament 16-18 April 2009

Team Captain and organizer, Lyman Jerry White led our contingent as he has done so many times in the past. He started off the weekend activities at his beautiful home in Niceville, FL. Bill Tobin, Ron Hannon and Dale and Eloise Shipley arrived at the White homestead and were wonderfully greeted by Kathy and Jerry. The foursome of golfers played a practice round at Jerry’s golf course the next day. Some how Tobin fixed the game so that he ended up winning most of the cash, which he then converted into liquid refreshments for his opponents.  Tobes has taken over the role once played by our old friend, Dan DiCarlo.

For more about this year's tournament and to view some great pictures, click here to go to the full page article.

Gabe Makes Cover of Assembly as Black Knights Hold 50th Reunion

Fifty years ago, a plebe and a private first class pulled on a lot of lines together to launch the Black Knights, West Point’s pace-setting sport parachute team. As the club’s golden anniversary was being celebrated with a fall reunion weekend at West Point, other honors were underway. Invitations soon would be sent calling that plebe, now LTC (Ret.) Henmar “Gabe “Gabriel ’61, and that private first class team coach, now parachute designing manufacturer Ted Strong, to Felicity, CA, for induction into the Parachuting Hall of Fame on 14 Feb 2009. We’ll get to those honors later. - is story rightly leads off with Gabe’s tale of the Black Knight’s brave beginnings:...

Click here for the full Assembly article.

Paul Vallely's New Book Operation Sucker Punch Published

Paul Vallely has published a new novel with a timely story line.  Blood For Our Future – “Operation Sucker Punch” is a high energy suspense filled thriller about an “all in no holds barred” preemptive war for the very survival of America and Israel.  Our President and Israel’s Prime Minister are forced to act and save the civilized world when they are confronted with absolute proof the insane dictator of Iran is readying a nuclear strike that will destroy Tel Aviv and Washington if it is not stopped dead in his tracks.

Click here for more information about the book.

Jim Looram's New Book
Your Essential Self  Published

Jim Looram, PH.D. has had a book just published by Frederick Fell. It captures the content of the five day executive retreat that Looram & Associates has conducted for ten years for Fortune 500 companies.

Jim has been a Professor of Leadership at West Point and other leading Universities.

Click here for a full view of the book's jacket.

Bruce P. Holmberg
"Bruce"

Company C-1

20 Feb 1939 - 26 Jan 2009

Place of Death: Bethesda Naval Hospital, MD

Interment: TBA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must inform you of the death of our classmate, Bruce Holmberg, on January 26, 2009 at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, after a long and courageous battle with multiple myeloma.  Bruce is survived by his wife, Joan, their daughters, Anne Lauritzen and Leigh Rand, and four grandchildren. 

A graveside service was held at 1000 hrs on Friday, 6 February 2009 at the West Point Cemetery.  A luncheon followed at the Thayer Hotel. 

Bruce graduated from the United States Military Academy in June 1961 (order of merit 26 of 534) and was commissioned in the Artillery.  He earned his jump wings and Ranger Tab at Ft. Benning, GA, and, upon completion of the Artillery Officers Basic Course at Ft. Sill, OK, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft, Bragg, NC.  Bruce served in Vietnam in 1966-67 and attended the Artillery Advanced course at Ft. Sill in 1967.  After a three year tour in the Tactical Department at West Point, Bruce received his MBA at Farleigh Dickenson University in 1971.  In addition to serving in several Field Artillery command positions in Korea and Europe, he graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College and Army War College.  In 1983 Bruce was assigned to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and retired in 1984.  His military awards include the following: Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, three awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star with “V” for valor, Bronze Star with 2 oak leaf clusters, Air Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT  06851.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 1351 Sweet Pea Path, Crownsville, MD  21032-2020.

 

Well done, Bruce.  Be thou at peace.

 

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

Allen F. Schneider
"Al"

Company L-1

27 Sep 1935 - 14 Jan 2009

Place of Death: Fayetteville, AR

Interment: Holiday Island Presbyterian Church Columbarium, Fayetteville, AR

It is with great regret and sorrow that we forward the message concerning the death of our former classmate, Al Schneider, on Wednesday, January 14, 2009, in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  They were to replace his badly worn aortic valve and do a single bypass around the aortic stenosis.  Complications and a second run on the heart-lung machine were just too much for his heart to take.

Al would have been so touched by the memorial service in a packed church of relatives and friends, complete with the military recognition service led by one of his golfing buddies who happens to be Chaplain of the local American Legion post.  His cremains have been divided, half to the church columbarium (with Army insignia) and half into the Kings River later in the spring....perhaps during the white bass run. 

He is survived by his wife, Carol Ann; a son, Allen Jr. of Kansas City, MO; daughters, Margaret Anne Schneider of Belton, MO and Katie Stinnett of Branson, MO; three grandchildren, Laura Schneider of Kansas City, MO, and Trevor and Caitlin Knoblauch of Branson, MO; three brothers, David L. Schneider of Hemet, CA, Michael Edwards of Independence, MO, Marc Edwards of Largo, FL; a sister, Margaret Steward of LaMonte, MO; and his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Huston of Holiday Island, AR.

A Celebration of Life service was held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 17, 2009 at Holiday Island Presbyterian Church.  Condolences may be sent to Carol Ann at 121 Stateline Drive, Eureka Springs, AR  72631.  The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Holiday Island Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 111 Valley Drive, Holiday Island, AR  72631.

Well done, Al.  Be thou at peace.

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

Gabe Gabriel to be Inducted into Hall of Fame of Parachuting

On 14 February 2009, at Felicity, CA Gabe will be inducted into the Hall of Fame of Parachuting  for his far reaching vision back in 1958 in starting the Cadet Sport Parachute Club at West Point and for his continuing support for the sport and the club.

Felicity, CA is across the Colorado River from Yuma, AZ. Gabe asks if you can, come down and see the show. Both the Army’s Golden Knights and West Point’s Black Knights will be doing jumps at the ceremony. Both of Gabe's sons and one of Susie’s sons will be there. In addition he will have a grandson, Brendan, and a granddaughter, Hutton, there. Brendan and Gabe expect to be in their Dress Blues.

USMA recently celebrate 50 years of jumping at West Point and Gabe was able to sneak in a jump from 14,000 feet [tandem]. 

Click here to go to Gabe's Hall of Fame page.

Cruise Mini-reunion Memories & Pictures Now Has 3186 Pictures with New Pictures from Pat Hoy

Pat Hoy has sent 58 new pictures from the 2008 Danube River Cruise Mini-reunion.  They are mostly of people and make a fine addition to the memories of the Cruise. There are now 3186 pictures, in 103 groups, available for your viewing.  If anyone has pictures they would like to add to this collection they are more then welcome to send them to Sam Weiss.

Please click here to go to the memories and pictures of the 2008 Danube River Cruise Mini-reunion

Class of '61 Presents Class of '11  Their Class Flag in 25 July 2008 Fifty Year Affiliation Ceremony

Friday, 25 July was a day on which the Fifty Year Affiliation Classes of 2011 and 1961 significantly strengthened the ties between them through their participation in the Yearling Flag Ceremony. This ceremony is a key component of the Fifty Year Affiliation Program, for it is the occasion when the Fifty Year Affiliation Class presents the new Yearling Class with its official Class Flag, a Flag that will be present during all key Class events from this point forward.

Representing the Class of 1961 were MG and Mrs. Charles Armstrong, COL and Mrs. Albert Vanderbush, and Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Shroyer. Their counterparts from the Class of 2011 were the Class President—Cadet Michael McCullough—and Vice-President—Cadet Joseph Simon. MG Armstrong, former commander of the 9th Infantry Division, focused his remarks to the Class of 2011 on his admiration and respect for the cadets gathered in front of him and on the significant role that Flags—“Guidons”—have played and will continue to play in the Army. He stated that his Class was proud to be the Affiliation Class for the Class of 2011, and that he hoped the Class Flag being presented today would help connect the cadets with the Army they will soon join.

 

For pictures of Flag Ceremony click here.

Counter of Access for Full Year  Indicates Success of Class Web Site

The number of times there was access to your Class Web Site for the full year of 4 April 2008 through 3 April 2009 indicates it is proving to be a successful means of communication and information sharing for the Class that is "Second to None".

The Class Web Site was accessed 11257 separate times during that year.  Your Webmaster thanks you for your usage and support.  Please let us know if there are other things you would like to see on your Class Web Site by clicking on the "E-mail the Webmaster" link on the right and sending your comments.

DC Area Group Holds 12th Annual Sunday Brunch at Fort Belvoir OC

On March 15th, the DC Area Group had its 12th annual Sunday Brunch at the Fort Belvoir Officers Club continuing the tradition started by John Solomon in 1998. 

Attendees this year included Ed and Rina Brown, Emmy Brown, Dick and Trish Buckner, Todd and Millie Counts, Paul DeVries, Joe and Ginna Fishburne, Kim Fox, Bob and Dawn Glass, Bob and Nicole Hamilton, Bob and Priscilla Hardiman, Bob and Ruth Kee, Judy Kremer, Walt Ligon, Bill and Okja Mackie, Pat Prather, Bob Rosenkranz, Bill Wright, and Jack Zimmerman. 

As Bill Wright's pictures shows, everyone had a great time.  Click here to see them.

Sep 2009 Columbia River Cruise Newest Proposed Mini-Reunion

There was not enough interest expressed to justify continuing the action to charter the 96 passenger ship for a mini reunion in May 2010.  Looking for alternatives in a smaller boat Dan Barney was offered a cruse this fall (10 Sept to 17 Sept 2009) on the MV Island Spirit, a 130 foot boat with only 16 double cabins and thus a total of 32 passengers.  Click here to see flyer with Dan's notes.

All the cabins are the same class and thus the same price - $3598.  All tour operators are giving discounts now, but this amounts to a 44% discount ($2800 from list price) which can not be beat at any other place Dan has checked.  The list price is at the lower end of other small boat cruise costs so Dan does not think it is inflated. The cost is all inclusive to include daily cocktails and wine with diner.  Gratuities expected are $10/day/person.  If you want to go on this type of trip it will be hard to beat this price.

Four classmates have already expressed interest, including Bill Madsen who would be willing to share a cabin with someone.  Let Dan know ASAP if you are interested in this September cruise.  A go/no go decision will have to be made in early May.  Send reply or questions to dpbarney@pa.net.  If you want to talk about it, you can call him at 717-258-9526.

May 2010 Columbia River Cruise a No Go for Proposed Mini-Reunion

Dan Barney has asked that the following be put on the class website. 

There was not enough interest expressed to justify continuing the action to charter the 96 passenger ship for a mini reunion in May 2010. 

James I. Crowther, Jr
"Jim"

Company F-1

19 Apr 1940 - 25 Oct 2008

Place of Death:Albuquerque, NM

Interment: Sunset Memorial Park, Albuquerque, NM

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must forward the message below concerning the death of our classmate, Jim Crowther, on Saturday, October 25, 2008, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He is survived by his daughters, Catherine Fraser and husband, Robert of Albuquerque; Carolyn Roller and husband, Michael of Fort Collins, CO; and Cristin Crowther of Albuquerque; and his sister, Nancy Berman and husband, Robert of Woodstock, MD.

Memorial Services will be held Friday, October 31, 2008, at 10:00 a.m., at French Mortuary Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque.  Interment of cremains will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the charity of your choice.

Well done, Jim.  Be thou at peace.

I am writing to you on behalf of my father, James Crowther.  My dad had a heart attack on Saturday and passed away.  His service will be this Friday morning in Albuquerque where he will receive military honors.  We know how special his days at West Point were to him and we're glad he had the opportunity recently to attend various reunions to catch up.  If you need to contact us with any questions, you can reach us at this email or our phone (970) 412-6425.  Thank you.
 
Carri Roller

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

Web Page of 2008 Danube River Cruise Mini-reunion Memories & Pictures Now Has 3128 Pictures

The Class Web Site page of the 2008 Danube River Cruise Mini-reunion Memories and Pictures took longer than expected to organize, but is now completed.  There are at this time 3128 pictures, in 102 groups, available for your viewing.

Please click here to go to the memories and pictures of the 2008 Danube River Cruise Mini-reunion

Jay McCann Appointed Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army

Jay McCann has been appointed as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for California (Central). 

 

 

Annual Pig Roast 7 June 2008 Attacts 71 Classmates & Spouses

The weather was hot but dry.  Tending the coals all Friday night was a sweaty operation for the Annual Pig Roast Host George Kopcsak, however this pig turned out better than all the ones before.  How so few  classmates & spouses (71) could make short work of a 200 lb hog is beyond him.

For picutes of 2008 Pig Roast click here.

 

I-2 Holds Fantastic Mini-Reunion 17-20 Apr 2008 in Huntsville AL

Dick Buckner reports that the I-2 Mini-Reunion held 17-20 April 2008 in Huntsville AL was a fantastic 3-day event  coordinated and hosted by Ann and Jim Oaks.  The weather was outstanding and Jim and Ann had everything planned to perfection. 

Click here to read entire article about the Mini-Reunion.

Class of 2011 Unveils Class Crest With Gratitude to Class of 1961

Plebes Daniel White (left), Jessica Huggins and Jedd Ferris hold up the Class of 2011 crest during its unveiling April 11 at Washington Hall.

On Friday evening, 11 April, the members of the Class of 2011 gathered in the Mess Hall to honor their sponsors and officially unveil their Class Crest. After offering their gratitude to their sponsors for the warmth and hospitality they have shown the Class of 2011, the Class displayed—for the first time—the result of hours of hard work by many people: the Class Crest of 2011. This Crest is a fitting tribute to a Class that entered West Point while our country is at war, for the Crest has many elements that symbolize that struggle and the role this Class will play in that conflict.

As part of this great ceremony, the Class of 2011 took special notice of two of its guests of honor: COL Al Vanderbush and COL Dick Buckner, both of whom are members of USMA 1961, the Fifty Year Affiliation Class for the Class of 2011. As the Fifty Year Affiliation Class, USMA 1961 began its journey with the Class of 2011 by sponsoring a wonderful reception at Ike Hall on R-Day for the family and friends of the New Cadets of USMA 2011. At the end of R-Day, members of the Class of 1961 were present at Trophy Point to witness the swearing-in ceremony of the newest West Point Class. During the Crest Unveiling Ceremony, CDT Mike McCullough, the 2011 Class President, publicly thanked the Class of 1961 for its support of his Class, and he asked his Classmates to give COL’s Vanderbush and Buckner a round of applause, which they did in rousing fashion.

Thanks are again in order to the Class of 1961 for its support of the Class of 2011, and we here at the WPAOG look forward to these two great Classes—representing the past, present, and future of the Long Gray Line—reuniting during this summer’s Yearling Flag Ceremony, when the Class of 1961 will present a magnificent set of Class Colors to the Class of 2011.

Click here to read entire article about the unveiling.

Sixteen Intrepid '61 Golfers Attend 20th Golfing Grads Outing

Sixteen intrepid '61 golfers participated in the 20th Annual Golfing Grads outing 24-27 April at the Robert Trent Jones Capital Courses in Prattville, AL. We were joined by Bill Zaldo 59' and Bill Williamson's wife, Bobbie. There were 150 golfers from different classes participating in 3 competitive days on 3 different courses.

Classmates playing were Tom Baird, Bill Griffiths, Ron Hannon, Jay Hartford, Hamp Hodges, Gary Hyde, Bob Kewley, Phil Mallory, Don Sawtelle, Dale Shipley, Bob Steege, Bill Tobin, Jerry White, Bill Williamson, Gene Witherspoon, and Red Zaldo.

Bob Kewley won low net in individual play, Dale Shipley and Bob Steege were first place in the 2 man team , and Bob Steege had the tournament's only hole-in-one. 

While our class was third place in the overall event, we were first place in fun, comradery, and social activities.  At the awards dinner, Bill Tobin presented the Dan DiCarlo trophy for the player with the best overall net score.  (The trophy went to wife of Bob Farris 63'.)  The class dinner was highlighted by "instructions" from Tom Baird and an impromptu speech by our celebrity golfer, Hampy Hodges.

A great time was had golfing and being together. Kudos to the hospitality efforts of Gary Hyde and the overall coordination of Bob Kewley and Jerry White. We encourage more '61 players next year.

To view the slide shows of pictures taken at the gathering click here and also click here.

A Digital Tribute to Those Who Fell in Vietnam With Names on "Wall"

More than 30 years have passed since the Vietnam War ended. Maybe you've visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC.  With 58,320 names on the wall, one person could be difficult to locate.  The Kim Komando Show Electronic Newsletter dated March 29, 2008 had this article that could be of interest to our Class.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial has gone digital. The digital version is stitched together from more than 6,000 photographs. You can search for a name on the wall quickly and easily using the search box. It will take you to the name instantly.

Once you find the name, you can click on it. This will bring up details on the person, such as rank, hometown and cause of death.  But you can help show the person behind the name. You can add photos and comments about them.  This is a fitting way to pay homage.  To visit the site, click here.

Company K-2, aka Kappa Dos, Gathered for Reunion at Hilton Head Island 13-14 Mar 08

Company K-2, aka Kappa Dos, gathered for an unprecedented reunion of all former members of the company at Hilton Head Island on 13-14 March 2008.  The dates and location were chosen so that a former K-2 Tactical Officer, Colonel (Ret) Thomas G. McCunniff, could be honored on his 86th birthday near his home in Hilton Head. 

The majority of attendees had been cadets during his tenure from 1956 to 1960.  Also in attendance was a K-2 veteran who was there when the company was created in 1946 and another who was the company’s last commander just before the guidon was furled in 1965.

For an interesting detailed history of K-2, a 45 page detailed script of the reunion banquet, and slide shows of pictures taken at the Reunion click here

Larry D. Smith

Company C-1

12 Sep 1939 - 28 Jan 2008

Place of Death: Tucson, AZ

Interment: TBA

Larry Smith passed away in Tucson AZ of leukemia.

Larry was a Plebe Classmate of ours.  He left the academy and later graduated from Bowling Green University in Ohio.  He went on to a career coaching football.  He was the head coach at Tulane, Arizona, Southern California, and Missouri. 

The funeral was Monday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church 7650 N. Paseo del Norte Tucson, AZ 85704

He is survived by his wife Cheryl, his daughter Alicia and his son Corby plus several grandchildren.

Well done, Larry.  Be thou at peace.

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

River Cruise Cabin Assignments Have Been Made by Committee

The Class Committee has reviewed the options presented by the Cruise Committee regarding the assignment of cabins.  Accordingly, the lottery option was selected and conducted by the Cruise Committee. 

Please check the "Who is Going" list on the River Cruise web page 2008 Mini-reunion River Cruise to see your cabin assigment.  A link to the Viking Europe deck plan is also there to assist you in locating your assigned cabin.

Detail Information Available About River Cruise and Extended Stays

Viking has made an advance copy of the Nuremberg-Budapest 2008 River Cruise Brochure available to us.  It contains detail information about arrivals and departure arrangements.  There is a day-by-day detail itinerary.  Details about the ship and the services available are covered.  In other words, just about all the questions you might have are covered in this Brochure. You can view a copy of the Brochure by clicking here.

There is a detailed beverage price list available by clicking here.

A brief Itinerary outline is available by clicking here.

The email you received that contained additional detailed information can be viewed by clicking here.

Please check "Who Is Going" List on the River Cruise Page for who has been confirmed for which Extended Stay Option.

There are still 4 Budapest Extended Stays vacanies.  Call Elma Korzick at (1-800) 243-1723 or email her at e.korzick@worldtek.com if interested.

Cruise Extended Stay Reservation Confirmations Announced

Worldtek has announced reservation confirmations for Cruisemates who requested Extended Stay Options for Prague prior to the cruise and for Budapest after the cruise.  Please check "Who Is Going" List on the River Cruise Page for who has been confirmed for which Extended Stay Option.

Roger C. Lee

Company H-1

17 Dec 1936 - 20 Dec 2007

Place of Death: Shawnee Mission, Ks

Interment: Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Ks

It is with great regret and sorrow we must inform you of the death of our former classmate, Roger Lee.  Roger was turned back during our cow year and graduated with the class of 1962.

 

Roger C. Lee, Company H-1, died tragically as a result of a single car accident in Shawnee Mission, Kansas on December 20, 2007. Roger is survived by his wife, Laura, of Olathe, Kansas, as well as a number of children, and grandchildren from an earlier marriage as well as extended family in the Greater Kansas City area and other locations.

At this time, we believe that a Memorial Service honoring the life and service of Roger is going to be held on January 4, 2008, at approximately 1000 hours at the Fort Leavenworth, KS Post Chapel, subject to change. The family realizes that the timing of this service as well as travel requirements may present difficulties for classmates to attend. However, the family sincerely hopes that classmates, in the area, will be able to attend and participate in this tribute to Roger. It is anticipated that a reception will be held following the Memorial Service at the Fort Leavenworth Officer Club; however, the details are yet to be confirmed due to the holidays.

Additional information will be forthcoming concerning the family's desire with regard to memorializing Roger; however, it is believed that it will be in the form of donations in the name of COL (Ret) Roger C. Lee to the Class Fund with specific intentions to support the endowment of the Class of '62 Room. Additional information with be forthcoming in this regard.

Well done, Roger. Be thou at peace.

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

Pete Gleichenhaus Retirement Dinner Hosted by Charles Burns

In recognition of his retirement as the Director of Public Works of Daly City, Pete Gleichenhaus and his spouse, Barbara, were the honored guests at a sit-down dinner for fourteen classmates, spouses, and friends on November 3, 2007 at the home of Charles and Vera Burns of San Francisco CA.

Bud Coddington, Pete Gleichenhaus, and Pete Offringa in the kitchen.

 

 

 


Pete Gleichenhaus stands beside 'Tin Woman' who resides in the Burns’ dining room.  'Tin Woman' is an award-winning plated mannequin created by Vera Burns, a student of sculpture at San Francisco State University.

The Burns’ dining room set for fourteen (14) classmates, spouses, and friends of the Gleichenhauses.


 

Class Luncheon at Ft Myer Officers Club 1 Nov 07 Well Attended

Click here to view slide show of pictures taken at the Luncheon.

Record Crowd Attend 7th Annual Pig Roast  Also Celebrate George Kopcsak's Birthday 13 Oct 07

A record crowd of 75 including classmates, spouses, and guests showed up for the 7th Annual Pig Roast hosted by George and Michele Kopcsak at their "Full Circle Farm" in Browntown, VA on 13 October 2007.  George scheduled the pig roast to be on his 68th birthday so they also celebrated that event. 

It was beautiful, sunny day with a high of 68.  Wasn't that fitting? As a surprise, Michele had arranged for George's son, George, and his wife, Connie (who is seven months pregnant), to come from Georgia as a special birthday surprise.  The two George's did a masterful job on the pig!!  Other guests of George and Michele were Meghan Howard (Michele's daughter), Al and Joyce Maxfield (Michele's parents), and Jerry and Sue Hall.

There were classmates who came from AZ (Nick Vay with Dianne Bonnivier), CA (Jack and Barbara Nevins), MN (Tom and Christiane Lund with Jeanine Callahan, Christiane's sister from Fredericksburg, VA), GA (Gary and Grace Webster), OH (Ed Smith with Diane Boeser), PA (Dan and Pam Barney, Will and Kathy Conley, and Ken and Rachel Meissner), NY (John Lischak with Kay White), TN (Jon and Mary Nitkowski), MD (Todd and Millie Counts, Mac and Nancy Greeley, Russ and Marie Phelps, Pat Prather, and Marty Walsh), and VA (Bob and Judy Boykin, Ed and Rina Brown, Emmy Brown, Dick and Trish Buckner, Tom and Grace Cuthbert, Joe and Ginna Fishburne, Bob and Norma Gants, Bob and Dawn Glass, Gene Goodell, Bob and Nicole Hamilton, Bob and Priscilla Hardiman, George and Marianne Henderson, Pat and Jan Hillier, Hank and Mary Frances Kenny, John Lawton, Bill and Okja Mackie, Lucy Paone, Mark and Kay Popovich, Bill and LuAnn Reno, John and Mary Jane Solomon, and Sam Wilder).

Once again, Ken Meissner's spud gun was a hit.

Click here to view slide show of pictures taken at the Pig Roast.

Farewell Ceremony Honors Jim Nicholson Retirement as Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Jim Nicholson was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as Secretary of Veterans Affairs on December 9, 2004 , and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on January 26, 2005. He was sworn into office as the fifth Secretary of Veterans Affairs on February 1, 2005.  Jim's retirement from that position was honored by a Farewell Ceremony September 25, 2007 in the G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Veterans Conference Center in Washington, D.C. 

Click here to view the Farewell Ceremony program.

New Feature to Honor Class of 1961 Halls of Fame Inductees Added to Class Web Site

A link (located in the left portion of this page) to a page in our Class Web Site that lists our Classmates who have been inducted into Halls of Fame has been added. 

At this time there are entries for three Classmates who have been inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame.

Your Webmaster would appreciate the sending of information about ALL other Classmates who have been so honored to Sam Weiss at WeissSam1@comcast.net so that these Classmates can also be listed on that page and where possible their Induction Citation included in the web site.  Please check first to see if that Classmate is already included on the Halls of Fame Page.

Alvin W. Kremer, Jr.
"Webb"

Company F-1

30 Nov1939 - 14 Sep 2007

Place of Death: Washington, DC

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must inform you of the death of our Classmate, Webb Kremer, on September 14, 2007 at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC after a long and courageous battle with esophageal cancer.

Webb is survived by his wife, Judy and their children Todd and Brooke.

Relatives and friends may call at Jefferson Funeral Chapel, 5755 Castlewellan Drive, Alexandria, VA  22315 on Friday, September 21 from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm.

Funeral service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 3313 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, VA  22201 on Tuesday, November 27 at 12 Noon with interment following at Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Attn: Office of Development, Research Building, Suite E501, 3970 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC  20057.

The family asks that you sign the guestbook at obit.jeffersonfuneralchapel.com.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 3706 Bent Branch Road, Falls Church, VA  22041.

Well done, Webb. Be thou at peace.

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

2007 March Back Events Over 3 Days Draws  42 Marching Classmates from Class of '61

Forty-two member of the 50-Year Affiliation Class of 1961 joined the Class of 2011 on the 13 Aug 07 March Back that brought to a completion their Cadet Basic Training known to us as "Beast Barracks".

Click here to go to the March Back page with many pictures, tidbits and articles about the activities during this three day event.

 

Heimdahl, Maio, Grannemann Represent Class of '61 Gleeman at Glee Club Reunion

Pete Heimdahl, Joe Maio, and Rod Grannemann joined other Alumni from the USMA Classes of 1952 through 2001 to sing with the USMA Band in a concert titled 'Celebrating West Point with the Alumni of the Cadet Glee Club' Sunday 22 July 2007 on Trophy Point. The group, led by former Glee Club Director William Cosby, sang as the culmination of the Glee Club Reunion that began on July 19. The over 155 alumni spent almost three full days of rehearsing many Glee Club favorites under the direction of the current Glee Club Director Constance Chase and Cosby.

The reunion was inspired by Mike Hart ’75, who quickly enlisted the help of Larry Smith ’62, Alan Salisbury ’58, and the office of Alumni Support at the WPAOG.  Together with Alumni Support, this 3-man organizing committee brought Hart’s idea to fruition.  Over 155 USMA graduates registered for the 4-day reunion.  Bill Raiford ’52 was the most senior alumnus in attendance while Captain Jana Fajardo ’01 was the most junior.

Minutes of 4 April 2007 Class Committee Meeting Now Available

Click here to go to this Class Committee Meeting minutes.  Prior Class Committee minutes are available by clicking on Class Business.

Tom Pusser to be Inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame at Fort Benning on 8 Aug 2007


CPT Thomas Wilson Pusser, our Classmate who was killed in action in Vietnam on 22 Oct 65, will be inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame, together with sixteen others, at Fort Benning on 8 August 2007.

The annual induction ceremony will take place during this year’s Ranger Rendezvous at Fort Benning Ga.

The Rendezvous, which is scheduled for Aug. 6-9, began in 1989 and brings together active-duty Rangers and regimental veterans and their families.

Tom's sister, Betsy Middleton from Mt. Pleasant, SC will be there with her son to accept the medal. Sandy and Joe Stringham, who is a member of the Ranger Hall of Fame, will also be there

Click here for more details of the Ranger Rendezvous.

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

Jim L. Madden

Company M-2

11 Jan 1938 - 11 Jul 2007

Place of Death: Palm Springs, CA

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must inform you of the death of Jim L. Madden, Company M-2, USMA Class of 1961.  Jim's widow, Dawn, asked that the following message be sent to our class:

Jim Madden died in his home town of Palm Springs, California on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 of lung cancer.  A 1961 graduate of the United States Military Academy, Jim served three tours (1st Infantry Division, 101st Airborne Division and Special Operations) in Vietnam, was awarded three Silver Stars and two Purple Hearts.  He was born in Hope, Arkansas on January 11, 1938, grew up and graduated from high school in Ottumwa, Iowa, where he enlisted in the Army and after one year he enrolled at West Point.  Jim left many big footprints in the US Army.  He developed MILES and the After Action Review (AAR) methodology that is used throughout the Army today.  His last active duty assignment was G-3 of the 8th Infantry Division.  He retired from active duty in 1980.

Jim is survived by his wife, Dawn, of 21 years from Palm Springs and his son, Christopher, from Los Angeles, California.

On Thursday, October 11th, at 9am, funeral services for LTC Jim L. Madden, USA Retired, will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 118 North Washington Street, Alexandria, Virginia.  Remarks will be made during the service by GEN Paul F. Gorman, USA Ret., GEN George A. Joulwan, USA Ret., and Mr. Christopher Madden, Jim's son.

Following the funeral service, mourners will proceed to Arlington National Cemetery where a committal service will be held at the Columbarium.  After the committal service, a reception will be held at the Fort Myer Officers Club so that the Madden family can meet and thank Jim's friends.

It would be appreciated your calling or emailing  Neale Cosby or Frank Hart, who are listed below, and letting them know if you plan to attend the reception so that adequate preparations are made.  Questions concerning the services may also be addressed to Neale or Frank.

COL Neale Cosby, USA Ret. 703-922-7749, NealeCosby@cox.net
COL Frank Hart, USA Ret. 703-685-4666, frankhart9@aol.com

In lieu of flowers, Dawn and Chris have asked that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.  Donations can be made to your local ACS chapters or by calling the central office at 1-800-227-2345.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 1207 Antigua Circle, Palm Springs, CA  92264.

Well done, Jim.  Be thou at peace.

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

2 July 2007 R-Day Open House  First Event of 50-Year Affiliation Program (1961 – 2011)

The 2 July 2007 R-Day Open House for the Class of 2011 was the first event in our 50-Year Affiliation Program.  The Class of '61 Reception Station was ably staffed by Class Reps Carl and Ann Bacon, Tom and Judie Baird, Ed and Rina Brown, Tony Ferraiuolo, Gabe Gabriel, Marty Ganderson, John and Teri Grisoni, John Kilkenny, Brian and Joyce Schultz, and Al and Carin Vanderbush.  Click here for more pictures and related articles.

Good Communications Key to Successful 2008 Mini-Reunion

Since good communications are the key to the success of a mission, or a successful Mini-Reunion, your Cruise Committee will be providing links on the River Cruise web page to the emails and snail mail letters sent to the Cruising Classmates with information about the 2008 Mini-Reunion River Cruise.  It is hoped that having access to these documents from that web page will also provide  access to them if you have misplaced them.  Click here to go to the River Cruise web page.

Joseph F. Paone
"Joe"

Company A-2

30 May 1938 - 21 Jun 2007

Place of Death: Alexandria, VA

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must inform you of the death of our classmate, Joseph F. Paone, on June 21, 2007 in Alexandria, VA. Joe is survived by his wife, Lucy; their daughters, Anne Gunsolus, her husband , Don, and their children, Brandon, Dustin, Max, and Isabella; and Maria Coombe, her husband, Scott, and their children, Alyssa and Lauren.

The details of Joe Paone's funeral are as follows:

There were two viewings on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at Fairfax Memorial Gardens, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032, (703) 425-9702.  The first was from 2-4 PM, the second from 6-8 PM.  There was a prayer vigil from 7 – 7:30 PM during the second viewing.

Joe was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors the following morning, Wednesday, September 12, 2007.  There was a Catholic mass at the Post Chapel, Fort Myer, VA starting 10:45 a.m. followed by the burial.

Immediately following the burial there was a reception at the home of Lucy's and Joe's daughter, Anne Gunsolus, in Lansdowne, Virginia (44005 Indian Fields Court, Lansdowne VA 20176,  (571)-333-1254 [home], 703-728-9813 [cell]).

Lucy and family ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society in Honor of Joseph Paone and that the donation be restricted to lung cancer research.  Donations can be mailed or phoned to: American Cancer Society 124 Park St. SE Vienna, VA  22180 (703) 938-5550 or 1-800-227-2345

While it is a sad occasion for us all, Lucy and family look forward to seeing you.  They thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 8032 Whitting Drive, Manassas, VA  20112-4705.

Well done, Joe.  Be thou at peace.

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

Albert L. Wells
"Al"

Company E-1

25 Sep 1938 - 12 Jun 2007

Place of Death: Novato, CA

Interment: Palo Verde Cemetery
                Blythe, CA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must inform you of the death of our Classmate, Albert Lloyd Wells, Company E-1, on June 12, 2007 at his home in Novato, CA.  Al is survived by his wife, Joan, and their children Mark and Allison and several grandchildren.  Al is also survived by his father.

A Memorial Service was held on June 24, 2007 at 2 PM in the Keaton’s Redwood Chapel of Marin, 1801 Novato Boulevard, Novato, CA 94947.

Attending the Memorial Service (from left to right in picture) were: Bill Esselstein (B-1), Charles Burns (I-1), Denny Lenhart (L-2), Alan Lubke (D-1), Burke Mucho (L-2), Rod Grannemann (L-1), Jack Veatch (E-1), Mrs. Albert (Joan) Wells (E-1), Pete Gleichenhaus (C-2), Mrs. Larry (Jeanne) Richards (A-1), Larry Butterworth (E-1), Mrs. Henry (Wendy) Van Gorder (E-1), Pat Carroll (E-1), and Jay Cook (C-1). Not in picture was Bud Coddington (F-1).

There will be a graveside service and burial in Blythe, CA, where Al and Joan grew up.  The Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, June 27th at 9:00 a.m. at the Palo Verde Cemetery, 10700 10th Avenue, Blythe, CA (760) 922-4631. There will an opportunity to visit with Joan at the family home in Blythe after the service.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 520 Fairway Drive, Novato, CA 94949-5837.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that those who wish to do so make a donation to the Sonoma Valley Community Church, 181 Chase Street, Sonoma, CA 95476, or to a charity of their choice.

Well done, Al.  Be thou at peace.

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

  ‘61 Wants You. . .
  We Need Volunteers!

With the Class of 1958 taking the lead, the Class of 1961 has joined the ‘58 initiative to become mentors for wounded troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Hank Kenny heads up the ‘61 group of 14 Classmates who have already volunteered to participate in the Wounded Warrior Mentor Program. The program not only needs additional volunteers in the D.C. area but also volunteers throughout the United States to continue the support when the veterans return to their home towns.

The program objectives are:

  • Establish a supporting relationship with the wounded warrior.
  • Guide them in their professional and or educational development through aptitude testing, counseling, and assisting in the progression to a new career of their choice.
  • Locate and assist with guidance to internships, job and career opportunities with interested companies, contractors, federal and state governments.
  • Find a Classmate who will be a follow-on mentor in the veteran’s community once he/she leaves the D.C. area.

If you are interested in making a difference give Hank a call at (703) 824-2605 or Dick Buckner at (703) 743-1490.

Next Class of '61 Mini-Reunion Romantic Danube River Cruise Set for 5-12 Oct 08 is SOLD-OUT

The first Cruise Mini-Reunions were so successful the new Class Cruise Mini-Reunion Committee has been busy organizing another one.  Based on the overwhelming preference choices from the 72 returned preference survey forms, the Committee has been working through the Worldtek Travel Agency to work with Viking River Cruises to make the arrangements to charter the ship for an 8-day river cruise from Nuremburg to Budapest via the Danube River 5-12 October 2008.

Information on how to book this river cruise was sent to all Classmates and Class Widows.  Besides being a great opportunity to cruise a European river, this will be a great mini-reunion.  So check out who has "booked" a cabin.  Click here to go to the web page with details of this River Cruise and Who is Going.

The Cruise Committee will continue to accept requests from Classmates, Widows, and family members who would like to be placed on a Reservation Wait List that is being maintained in case there are any cancellations.  Please send any requests to Sam Weiss where they will be processed on a first come-first served basis if there are any cancellations.

13 Oct 07  Set for Next Pig Roast at Michele & George Kopcsak's Farm in Browntown, VA

George and Michele Kopcsak are again hosting our annual pig roast, now the 7th, at their "Full Circle Farm" in Browntown, VA on 13 October 2007. 

In the past, we've had classmates attend from California (Gleichenhaus), Florida (Hyde), Georgia (Webster), New York (Shroyer), Pennsylvania (Armstrong, Barney, Himes, Kee, Meissner), and Texas (Gabriel, Hodges). 

It has really become a Class tradition, so mark your calendars and come if you can.

16 Golfers From Class of '61 Participated In Golfing Grads '07

From 26 through 29 April 2007 the golfing group from the Class of 1961: Tom Baird, Rusty Dyer, Fran Egan, Bill Griffiths, Ron Hannon, Skip Higginbotham, Gary Hyde, Bob Kewely, Lee Sager, Don Sawtelle, Dale Shipley, Bill Tobin, Jerry White, Bill Williamson, Gene Witherspoon, Red Zaldo joined 136 other Golfing Grads, mostly from the classes of the sixties, at the Amelia Plantation Resort in Northeastern Florida.

Paul Palmer also joined the group at the Class Night Out dinner hosted by Tom Baird. We all thanked Tom for his excellent choice for dining and his generous supply of wine for the Class of 1961.

The location was not up to previous outings and the days on the golf course felt like weeks with six hour rounds the norm. Yet, when the gang from the Class Of 1961 gets together, every day is a good day.

Three members of our class won individual or two-man team prizes: Bob Kewley, Jerry White and Rusty Dyer. As a Group we were mired in fifth place.

First Annual Low Net Trophy in Memory of Dan DiCarlo

At the Awards Banquet, Ron Hannon made the presentation of the First Annual Trophy for the low net winner. The golfers from the Class of 1961 have contributed this trophy in memory of our classmate and three time winner of the Individual Tournament, Dan DiCarlo. This year's winner was from the Class of 1962 and his winning net score was 61.

The group is now looking forward to a Class of ‘61 get together in August hosted by Skip and Helen Higginbotham in Colorado.

Viking 8-day Romantic Danube River Cruise Preferred for Next Mini-Reunion in 2008

The first Cruise Mini-Reunions were so successful the new Class Cruise Mini-Reunion Committee has been busy organizing another one.  Based on the overwhelming preference choices from the 72 returned preference survey forms, the Committee is now working through the Worldtek Travel Agency to work with Viking River Cruises to arrange an 8-day river cruise from Nuremburg to Budapest via the Danube River.

The time period of either Early May or Mid-Fall 2008 is still being discussed with Viking River Cruises as the returned preference forms were very close on which dates were preferred by those indicating a preference for the 8-dayViking cruise.

Besides being a great opportunity to cruise a European river, this will be a great mini-reunion.  So check out who is interested in going and see if you would like to join them.   Click here to see who returned their preference forms.

Frank B. Eyler

Company I-1

22 Jul 1937 - 18 Dec 2006

Place of Death: Wayne, NJ

Interment: West Point Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must inform you of the death of our Classmate, Frank B. Eyler, Company I-1, on December 18, 2006 at the Hospice of New Jersey in Wayne, NJ.  Frank is survived by his children Erich Eyler of Warwick, NY, and Elizabeth Verrips of Bradenton, FL, and four grandchildren.  Frank was pre-deceased by his wife Anne in 1997.

Visitations were December 21, 2006 from 2 to 4 PM and 7 to 9 PM at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home, 257 Godwin Avenue, Wyckoff, NJ.  Funeral services were held at 10:30 AM on December 22, 2006 at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home, 257 Godwin Avenue, Wyckoff.  A Funeral Mass followed at 11:00 am at St. Elizabeth’s Roman Catholic Church, 700 Wyckoff Avenue, Wyckoff.   Interment will be in the West Point Cemetery at 1:30 PM on January 3, 2007.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity, United States Military Academy, Building 699, West Point, NY  10996; The Salvation Army, 31 van Houten Avenue, Paterson, NJ  07501; or the American Lung Association of New Jersey, 1600 Route 22 East, Union, NJ  07083.

Well done, Frank.  Be thou at peace.

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

Popovich, Lubke, and Thompson Set Iron Range Man Records in Coleraine, Minnesota

This year's Iron Range Man contest was again held in Coleraine, Minnesota. Shown are USMA '61ers Marko Popovich, Alan Lubke, and Dick Thompson. The Minnesota natives took individual honors in Log Birling, Water Boil, and Axe Throw respectively. Plans are underway to hold a challenge event at Lake Popolopen in 2011 as part of the 50th reunion of the Class of '61.

Cadet Company Group Pictures from 45th Reunion Now Available in Company News

The group pictures taken by Academy Photo at the 45th Reunion are now included on each Cadet Company web page.  Click on the Company News tab on the right side of this page to go to the list of Cadet Companies.  Click on your Cadet Company to see the pictures of the Classmates who attended the 45th Reunion and another picture of them and the ladies who were with them.

Karen and George Joulwan Attend Funeral of Kaiser Bazan in Panama

On Tuesday, August 15, Karen and George Joulwan joined thousands of mourners at the Church of El Carmen in Panama City, Panama to pay tribute to a great son of Panama, former Ambassador and Vice President, successful businessman, father and grandfather and West Point classmate. And for George, a valued friend and trusted advisor when he was CINCSOUTH in Panama from 1990-1993. They were seated with the family and saw many old Panamanian acquaintances.

All spoke of Kaiser's honesty and credibility as a politician and businessman.  Many referred to his West Point experience and Kaiser's belief in the Honor Code.  One even told George that Kaiser wanted to institute an "All Right" system for Panamanian politicians!  Following the service, Karen and George spent some private time with Maribel and the family in their home and offered assistance if they needed it.  George recommends that the class stay in touch with Maribel. 

One final note: As he wished it, Kaiser was cremated.  William, the eldest son, told George that his father made it clear that he wanted to be cremated wearing his West Point bathrobe - adorned with all the sports letters, badges, and other paraphernalia. And he was. At the end Kaiser Bazan was a true son of West Point, and one who left us too soon, but one who left us 50 years of great memories.  We will miss him.

Dominador B. Bazan
"Kaiser"

Company G-1

13 Dec 1937 - 8 Aug 2006

Place of Death: Panama

Interment: Panama City, Panama

The Sister of Rafael Botello '87 called him from Panama with the news that Kaiser Bazan died today, 8 August 2006, in a car accident in Panama.  She informed him that Kaiser was traveling from Colon to Panama City, and that his chauffer lost control of the car.  Both died at the site at around 4 PM Eastern time.

Kaiser's wife Mrs. Kaiser (Maribel) Bazan may be contacted at:
Apartado 0816-01742   Panama 5, Republic of Panama

To all friends of deceased Honorable Ex Vice-President of the Republic, Dominador Kaiser Bazan.

We wish to inform you that funeral services will be held on Tuesday the 15th at the Church of El Carmen (Iglesia del Carmen).

Flowers will not be received.  Any considerations or donations can be made to the following foundations:
1. Fundacion AMA-ME: Citibank, N.Y., ABA 021000089, Swift Citius 33 for credit to the account Banco General, S.A. Panama Swit Bagepapa Account No. 10951934 for further credit to Fundacion AMA-ME Account No. 03-02-01017004-04;
-or-
2. San Juan Bosco Church

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

Bill Mackie Recognized as the 2005
Joint Chiefs of Staff Civilian of the Year

At a ceremony on 30 June 2006, General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recognized Bill Mackie as the 2005 Joint Staff Civilian of the Year and awarded him the Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

Bill’s wife, Okja, and their daughter, Sophia, joined Bill for a courtesy visit with Gen Pace prior to the ceremony. 

Classmates attending were George Joulwan, Bob Glass, Ed Brown, Joe Boys, and Marty Ganderson.

Click here for full Feature Article with details of award and picutes.

Dan Halpin Named an Honorary Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers

Daniel W. Halpin, Ph.D., Hon.M.ASCE, professor emeritus and recently retired Bowen Head of the Division of Construction Engineering and Management at Purdue University, has been named an honorary member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The Society’s highest accolade, active honorary membership is comprised of only 186 of its 139,000 members worldwide. Dan will be presented with the award, in honor of his exemplary 30-year career as an educator and researcher, and for his introduction of innovative tools for the simulation and analysis of construction operations on Friday, October 20, 2006, at ASCE’s annual Civil Engineering Conference in Chicago.

Dr. Dan Halpin, developer of the CYCLONE simulation system, is generally recognized as one of the leading authorities in the world on the use of simulation in studying construction processes. The CYCLONE system and its many variants are used by construction researchers world-wide. Due in large part to his efforts, construction simulation has become an integral part of university level construction curricula and an essential tool for construction related research.  He is the author of numerous books and papers, and his basic textbook, Construction Management, has been one of the dominant texts introducing engineering students to the concepts of construction engineering over the past 25 years. Prior to his current position, Dan served as director of construction engineering at the University of Maryland. He has also served on faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois.

ASCE has previously honored Dan with such awards as the Peurifoy Construction Research Award and the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize. Dan, a former Army Captain and U.S. Corps of Engineers researcher, received the Bronze Star Medal for Service while serving in Vietnam. He is a past president of the Georgia Section of ASCE, and a member and past chairman of the Construction Research Council.

Dan received both his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois after serving six years in the United States Army. He is a resident of Crestview Hills KY.

71 People Enjoyed Annual  Pig Roast at Kopcsak Farm on 3 June Under Clear Skies

There was wonderful weather for this year's 3 Jun 06 Annual Pig Roast event with 71 people attending. Attendees were: Dan and Pam Barney, Ed and Rina Brown, Emmy Brown, Todd and Millie Counts, Tom and Grace Cuthbert, Joe and Ginna Fishburne, Gabe and Susie Gabriel, Bob and Dawn Glass, Pete and Barbara Gleichenhaus, Dave and Cynthia Hastings, Gary and Button Hyde, Bob and Ruth Kee, Hank and Mary Frances Kenny, George and Michele Kopcsak, Webb and Judy Kremer, John and Barbara Lawton, Bill and Okja Mackie, Bob and Gale McConnell, Ken and Rachel Meissner, John and Barbara Neiger, Joe and Lucy Paone, Mark and Kay Popovich, Pat Prather, Bill and LuAnn Reno, Cy Shearer, John and Ellie Skillman, John and Mary Jane Solomon, Jack and Pat Veatch, Gary and Grace Webster, and Frank Williams.

Note we had classmates from California, Florida, Georgia, and Texas as well as the "locals".

The last to leave were Gary & Button Hyde. They had booked a Time-Share in Front Royal as they were celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary. Button is believed to have been the force behind them coming all the way from Florida for the Pig Roast.

Click here to go to slide show of pictures taken by George Kopcsak at the Annual Pig Roast at George's farm.

Click here to go to slide show of pictures taken by Gary and Grace Webster.

Daniel M. DiCarlo, Jr.
"Dan"

Company D-2

14 Sep 1938 - 5 Jun 2006

Place of Death: Hackettstown, NJ

Interment: Cemetery,
West Point, NY

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Dan DiCarlo, at the Hackettstown General Hospital on June 5, 2006 after a long, courageous battle with cancer and other related medical problems. Jan, Dan’s wife, Dana, their daughter, Danny, their son, and Tommy, Dan’s sister, along with a number of close friends were with Dan at the hospital.

Viewings will be from 7 to 9 PM on Wednesday, June 7, and 2 to 4 PM and 7 to 9 PM on Thursday, June 8, at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. The funeral service will be on Friday, June 9, at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 305 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ. A graveside service will be at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, June 14, at the West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY. A reception will follow.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 300 5th Avenue, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dan may be made to the Joan Knechel Cancer Center, 657 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 or the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ.

Well done, Dan. Be thou at peace.

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

Allan R. Wetzel
"Al"

Company A-1

19 Aug 1938 - 9 May 2006

Place of Death: Crossville, TN

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Al Wetzel, on May 9, 2006 in Crossville, TN.  Al was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on June 5, 2006.  He is survived by his wife, June; son and daughter-in-law, Allan Wetzel II and Cindy of Cedar Rapids, IA; daughters and son-in-law, JoAnne Wetzel of Knoxville and Kristia and James Ellis of Pikeville; and grandchildren, Trey Webb, Kyle Wetzel, Jack Wetzel, Danielle Wetzel, Samantha Ellis and Julie Ellis.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 1652 Hillendale Road, Crossville, TN 38572-3197. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Al may be made to the JROTC Program, c/o First United Methodist Church, PO Box 752, Crossville, TN  38557.

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

Minutes of 21 Feb 2006 Class Committee Meeting Now Available

Click here to go to this Class Committee Meeting minutes.  Prior Class Committee minutes are available by clicking on Class Business.


The total number of Classmates (grads, non-grads, and widows) coming to 45th is 254 as of 9/15

Click here to go to the 45th Reunion Home Page.

Final 45th Reunion Schedule Released on 9/20/06

Click here for latest schedule of 45th Reunion activities.

45th Reunion Early Bird Golf and Skeet/Trap Schedules Allow for Double Hitters

45th Reunion Early Bird Golf and Skeet/Trap events are scheduled to allow and encourage Classmates to participate in both events.  Classmates are encouraged to go to the 45th Reunion Home Page and check out the information about these two outstanding events.

Detailed Driving Directions to 45th Reunion Westchester Marriott Hotel Provided Here

Click here to go to detailed driving directions document.

Guidance Received on Uniform for 45th Reunion Reviewing Party for Cadet Review

Based on guidance received from West Point, the 45th Reunion Committee requests that all who will be in the reviewing party for the cadet review on Saturday, September 30, wear dress trousers, a collared shirt, and jacket or blazer.  This supersedes what has been published in past draft reunion schedules.  Suitable dress for the ladies is slacks or skirt, low-heeled shoes, and a sweater or jacket.  We know you will use good judgment in this matter.  The committee thanks all for their cooperation.

 This will be the dress for all events this day.

Westchester Marriott Front Deck Provides Transportation to Hotel Recommendations

Your 45th Reunion Committee has been receiving many requests from Classmates for information about available transportation to and from airports to the 45th Reunion site at the Westchester Marriott Hotel.  While the Reunion Committee has not made any  arrangements for this type of transportation, they did request assistance from the Westchester Marriott regarding this important information.

Below are two companies the Marriott Front Desk recommends for transportation to and from airports.

Hospitality Limousine   (914) 591-5404    www.hospitalitylimo.com 
(the Marriott front desk deals with Tony a lot)

United Taxi & Limo    (914) 631-2920   www.unitedtl.com

Latest 45th Reunion Planning Now Available From January 24 Planning Conference Call


Mick Maus and his many Volunteers are hard at work planning the Class of 1961 45th Reunion.  The latest reunion planning conference call was held on January 24.  Committee members presented detailed reports on the status of their planning for the Reunion. This latest information on the planning for one of our best Reunions ever, to be held September 28 to October 1, 2006, is now available.

The latest draft Schedule of Events can be found by going to the 45th Reunion web page and clicking on the link to the schedule.  This schedule is based on the football game being on Saturday at 1300 hrs.  There is still a chance that this day and/or time could be changed and thus the Schedule of Events would be changed.

There is also a link to a page that lists, by Cadet Company, who has made a room reservation at the Westchester Marriott which is the 45th Reunion HQ hotel. 

Information on making a reservation is also available at the 45th Reunion Home web page.

Click here to go to the 45th Reunion Home Page.

Paul Vallely Now Hosting New Internet Radio Talk  Show  STAND UP AMERICA

The launch of Osprey Radio’s new internet radio talk show STAND UP AMERICA hosted by Paul Vallely, MG US Army (Ret) and senior military analyst for Fox News Channel has been announced.  The program is sponsored by Osprey Media of Kalispell, Montana and is featured worldwide by Right Talk Radio (www.rightalk.com).

This show is broadcasted live each Thursday at 1:00 PM Eastern and streams on the internet 24/7 on various Right Talk channels.  STAND UP AMERICA is part of the new era of radio broadcasting using the internet to report the news worldwide and discuss the hot topics of world affairs. The first show launched on July 20st from the new interim studios in Montana.

Monroe B. Harden
"Mony"

Company A-2

24 Jun 1937 - 18 Mar 2006

Place of Death: Fort Worth, TX

Interment: Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, TX

My family and I would like to thank you and the rest of the Class of 1961 for your words of prayer and support for my father, Mony Harden, during his illness.  My mom Donna and I read these messages to him in the hospital, and he gave us positive reactions when we did that.

Unfortunately, I am sad to report that he lost his fight late Saturday night and joined Long Gray Line in ghostly assemblage.  His family was at his bedside, and while we grieve, we know he is at peace now.

I must apologize for giving an incorrect email address for my mom, Donna Harden, in my earlier request for prayers. Her email address is doodah388@sbcglobal.net .  I improperly said it was .com before.

His service will be held at 10:00 AM Central Time on Monday, March 27th, at the Shannon Funeral Chapel at 6001 Rufe Snow Drive, Fort Worth, TX, 76148. Inurnment will follow at noon at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. While flowers are welcome, anyone interested in expressing their condolences and support can make a contribution in Dad's name to the Class of 1961 class fund.

Sadly,

Monroe Harden Jr
Company E-2, class of 1984

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

5 Mar 06 Washington DC Area Class of 1961 Sunday Brunch Well Attended by 42

Click here to go to slide show of pictures taken by John Neiger at the 5 Mar 06 Sunday Brunch at the Fort Belvoir Officers Club.

(That is not John in this picture.)

 

 

 

Reginald J. Brown
"Regi"

Company M-1

13 Feb 1940 - 17 Dec 2005

Place of Death: Solomons, MD

Interment: West Point Cemetery

Memorial Service for Regi was Wednesday, 28 December at the Everly - Wheatley Funeral Home in Alexandria, VA. Attending the Memorial Service were: Ed Brown, Dick and Trish Buckner, Tom Cuthbert, Joe and Ginna Fishburne, Bob Glass, Gene Goodell, Mac Greeley, Bob and Betty Hampton, Bob Hardiman, Pat and Jan Hillier, George and Karen Joulwan, Hank Kenny, Webb and Judy Kremer, Phil Mallory, Ken Meissner, John and Barbara Neiger

Regi’s funeral was 1330, Thursday, 29 December, at the Old Cadet Chapel, West Point, NY, with interment to follow at the West Point Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Emmy and family have asked that contributions in Regi's memory be made to:

PanCAN Action Network
2141 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 7000
El Segundo, CA 90245

or

Elan Vital, Inc.
28720 Canwood Street, Suite 201
Agoura Hills, CA  91301

Our deepest sympathy goes to Emmy and the family.  Condolences can be sent to Emmy at 2707 Franklin Court, Alexandria, VA 22302.

Well done, Regi.  Be thou at peace!

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

Honald N. Maidt Jr.
"Bud"

Company B-1

19 Oct 1937 - 14 Dec 2005

Place of Death: Winfield, KS

Interment: Highland Cemetery, Winfield, KS

Honald N. Maidt, Jr., Class of 1962, passed away on 14 Dec 05 in Winfield, KS.  Bud, as we knew him, entered with our class, but was turned back in Feb 60.

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

Joe and Ginna Fishburne Host Class of '61 Christmas Party at Army Navy Country Club

On Saturday evening, 10 December 2005, Joe and Ginna Fishburne were hosts for the annual Class of 1961 Christmas Party attended by 51 Classmates and Guests at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA.

Attending this year's gala event were: Chuck and Bunny Armstrong; Ed and Rina Brown; Dick and Trish Buckner; Todd and Millie Counts; Tom and Grace Cuthbert; Paul and Sue DeVries; Mike Eiland; Jack and Carolyn Fischer; Joe and Ginna Fishburne; Bob and Dawn Glass; Bob and Nicole Hamilton; Bob and Priscilla Hardiman; Dave and Cynthia Hastings; Bob and Ruth Kee; Hank and Mary Frances Kenny; George and Michele Kopcsak; Webb and Judy Kremer; Barney and Denise Legge; Carolyn Lilienthal; Bill and Okja Mackie; Bob and Gale McConnell; Ken and Rachel Meissner; John and Barbara Neiger; Jim and Suzanne Nicholson; Joe and Lucy Paone; Pat Prather; Bill and LuAnn Reno.

Click here to view pictures of Party taken by John Neiger.

Information Pages Created for 45th Reunion

To provide you with the latest information on the planning progress and the details of our best Reunion ever, new pages have been created in this web site.

Mick Maus and his many Volunteers are hard at work planning the Class of 1961 45th Reunion to be held September 28 to October 1, 2006.  A list of the Volunteers can be found by going to the 45th Reunion web page and clicking on the link to the list.

A schedule of events has been released.  You can find it by going to the 45th Reunion web page and clicking on the link to the schedule.

There is also a link to a page that lists, by Cadet Company, who has made a room reservation at the Westchester Marriott which is the 45th Reunion HQ hotel.

Click here to go to the 45th Reunion page.

Gleichenhauses Host Retirement/Farewell Dinner for Hank and Ashley Rennegal 

On Saturday evening, 19 November 2005, Pete (C2) and Barbara Gleichenhaus of San Francisco were hosts at their home for a retirement and farewell dinner for Dr. Harry G. “Hank” (L2) and Ashley Rennegal.  Hank is retiring from the faculty of Stanford University, and he and Ashley are making a one-stop move from the San Francisco Bay Area to their farm in northeast Georgia.  The stop will be for a year near Los Angeles while they provide support during and after the birth of a grandchild.  Other dinner guests were classmates Pete (I1) and Jenny Offringa; Jeanne Richards, widow of Larry (A1) Richards; Charles (I1) and Vera Burns; Bill (B1) and Linda Esselstein; Al (E1) and Joan Wells; and Alan (D1) Lubke.

Hank is shown in the picture applauding the Gleichenhauses for a splendid dinner and for their two decades of leadership in bringing classmates of ’61 together in the Bay Area.

Click here to view pictures taken by Barbara Gleichenhaus

Chuck Windsor Appointed Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (New York South)

Chuck Windsor is pleased to report that he was notified October 31, 2005 by the Secretary of the Army's Office that he is being appointed the new Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (New York South).

 When details of the investiture are available we will be notified so that those that can will be able to attend. "All of you directly and indirectly have supported this nomination over the years and I truly thank you", Chuck wrote. He is looking forward to doing his very best to represent our Army during these challenging times.

 

Bob and Ruth Kees Host H-2 Mini-Reunion October 5-8 in Plymouth, New Hampshire

Bob and Ruth Kees hosted a H-2 reunion at Bob's sister's ski lodge in Plymouth, NH. They traveled the area in a yellow school bus and enjoyed the leaf peeping.

In attendance were: Bob and Ruth Kee, Bruce and Pat Shroyer, Dave and Nancy Teal, Chip and Sally Smith, Bren and Alice Battle, JB and Sally Taylor, Petie Walters (Sandy's widow), Al and Sylvia Hokins and K-1's Dan and Pam Barney.

Click here to view pictures of the mini-reunion.

Sun Shines on October 1, 2005 Pig Roast Hosted by George and Michele Kopcsak

Attending this year's Pig Roast were:
Dan and Pam Barney
Ed and Rina Brown
Dick and Trish Buckner
Todd and Millie Counts
Joe and Ginna Fishburne
Bob Glass
Gene and Sharon Goodell
Bob and Nicole Hamilton
Dale Himes
Hampy and Vicki Hodges
Hank and Mary Frances Kenny
George and Michele Kopcsak
Webb and Judy Kremer
John and Kay Lischak
Bill and Okja Mackie
Ken and Rachel Meissner
John and Barbara Neiger
Joe and Lucy Paone
Russ and Marie Phelps
Mark and Kay Popovich
Cy Shearer
John and Mary Jane Solomon
Nick Vay
Jack and Pat Veatch
Marty and Sharon Walsh
Gary and Grace Webster
Sam and Gail Wilder
Frank and Carol Williams
Bill and Bobbie Williamson

Click here to view the 116 pictures of the 2005 Pig Roast.

Minutes of 29 Sept 2005 Class Committee Meeting Now Available

Click here to go to this Class Committee Meeting minutes.  Prior Class Committee minutes are available by clicking on Class Business.

James J. Weaver
"Jim"

Company A-2

24 Sep 1939 - 3 Sep 2005

Place of Death: Lima, OH

Interment: Cremated and ashes spread in his favorite park in Columbus, OH

Grier Schaffer, the executor of Jim's estate, reported that Jim died as a result of liver cancer that was diagnosed last spring. Jim was a retired teacher and swim coach. Grier was one of his students and swimmers. Jim had a brother and sister but had not seen them recently. He has no other survivors. He was cremated and his ashes were spread in his favorite park in Columbus, OH. There was no obit in any paper -- Jim didn't want one.

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

Frank T. Blanda
"Tom"

Company F-2

4 Feb 1940 - 21 Jul 2005

Place of Death: San Antonio, TX

Interment: Fort Sam Houston, TX

Tom Blanda passed away on the evening of 21 July 2005, one week after suffering a massive heart attack while at a golf driving range.

Condolences can be sent to Brenda Blanda and her family at 1107 Jack Pine Street, San Antonio, TX  78232.  Brenda's phone number is (210) 494-4174.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Tom may be made to the General Scholarship Fund, Texas Military Institute, 20955 West Tejas Trail, San Antonio, TX  78257.  Additional information is available at the TMI web site, www.TMI-SA.org, click on "Alumni" and then click on "Ways to Give.">

The funeral service for Tom was very special.  It was held at St. David’s Episcopal Church.  The Celebrant was the chaplain at Texas Military Institute (TMI), where Tom had taught math for the last 6 years. Tom received special tributes as a math instructor ….. not for the way he taught even though he was an outstanding teacher, but for the way he cared for his students.  The Class of 2005 from TMI had dedicated the yearbook to him.


It was estimate that over 200 people were in attendance, including 13 classmates.  Honorary Pall Bearers were: Rod Grannemann, Al Vanderbush, Red Zaldo and Dick Buckner.  Also present were Art Downey, Glen Mallory with wife, Phil Mallory with wife, Jerry Clements with wife, Ken McCollister, Frank Gibson, Ron Barrick, Steve Denney with wife, Gary Flack, and Jan Grannemann.

Brenda and her daughters held up well and Mary and Julie provided a reflection of Tom’s life.  Bob Ridewood, who taught with Tom, provided a reflection of Tom as a teacher.  The Postlude was On Brave Old Army Team.

Following the ceremony the service moved to Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery where TMI provided a color guard.  Full Military Honors were rendered and a bagpiper played.

After the service there was a reception at TMI.  A large number of students were present.  The conclusion of the day came with the release of red, white and blue balloons.

Tom, Well Done, be thou at peace!

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

Herky Hodge Headstone Dedication and Memorial Service Held July 9, 2005

On July 9, 2005 seven classmates of Herky Hodge, along with four wives and a grandson, joined Nancy Hodge and her son Dane in a graveside dedication of headstones at Herky’s burial site on family property near Williams, Arizona. It was a lovely, clear, cool Arizona afternoon. Those present included Gary Lord, Jerry and Connie Zingsheim, Paul DeVries, Gus and Charlotte Stiehl, Jim Lynch and grandson, James, Bruce Dalgleish, Gabe and Susie Gabriel, and Mike Brady and Colleen.

Click here to go to Herky's Last Roll Call Tribute for more details and pictures of the Headstone Dedication and Memorial Service in the Memorial section of the Tribute.

MacLean Farm Site for June Dallas '61 Social

Sunday, June 5th. John and Carol Jean MacLean invited the Dallas/Fort Worth area Classmates to their farm about 50 miles ESE of Dallas Texas. Dave Eaton, Sheryl and Bud Fritz, R J Wooten, Pam and Jerry Clement, and Susie and Gabe Gabriel made it to the farm.

It was a beautiful, sunny day. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with each other on what they had been doing recently. For Sheryl and Bud and Susie and Gabe it was another close encounter, the Tuesday before they ran into each other in a Pizza store in Charlotte, NC. All four of them were there visiting with their grandchildren and treating them to Pizza.

There was a lot of conversation, some old stories, some new stories and loads of good food. Everyone decided that they would not worry about how much they ate. It was all so good and so they had to try some of everything. John and Carol Jean went way above and beyond in providing for everyone.

As the sun got lower in the sky everyone moved out on the east side of the house and enjoyed the wonderful weather, throwing a stick in the creek for Missy to fetch, which she did and did and did. Next John brought out a 28 gauge shotgun and a 20 gauge shotgun to let everyone have a try at skeet shooting. John did not embarrass us by shooting, he just manned the machine that tossed the clay pigeons. Everyone got a chance to shoot. Gabe walked off with the Davy Crockett award and Susie got the Annie Oakley award. It was a lot of fun.

People then went inside to eat around a large table. In addition to the brisket, there were ribs and sausage. To finish the evening off there was home made ice cream. What a wonderful day was had by all.

Click here to view pictures of the Social.

Reminders Mailed for Class 45th Reunion at Westchester Marriott 28 Sep - 1 Oct  2006

Reminders of the Class 45th Reunion have now been sent to 449 Grads, 46 Class Widows, and 46 Non-grads.  A copy of the reminder is shown here for those who may not have received it.  If you did not receive this reminder you are urged to contact Ed Brown at edbrown61@verizon.net to get your name on the mailing list for future mailings about the 45th Reunion.

Mark N. Silverman

Company E-2

15 April 1939 – 1 May 2005

Place of Death: Key Biscayne, FL

Interment: West Point Cemetery

Mark Silverman passed away at 11 pm on 1 May in Key Biscayne, Florida, of complications after a gallant four year battle with a slow growing tumor on his brain stem.

Services for Mark were held on Tuesday, May 17th at 10:00 AM at the West Point Jewish Chapel followed by burial with full military honors in the West Point Cemetery.  Immediately following the funeral services, a reception to celebrate Mark's life will be held at the West Point Club.

Condolences can be sent to Mark's wife Trish and family at 177 Ocean Lane Drive, #1204, Key Biscayne, FL  33149-1437.  Trish's phone number is (305) 361-2412.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: NPR Foundation, 635 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001-3752 or West Point Jewish Chapel Fund, P. O. Box 84, West Point, NY 10996.

Mark, Well Done, be thou at peace.

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

Mick Maus to Chair 45th Reunion to be Held  28 Sep - 1 Oct 2006 at Westchester Marriott

Mick Maus has graciously agreed to chair our 45th reunion committee.  He has "volunteered" many of our classmates in the Dallas area and from Company A-1 (plus some stand-by stalwarts) to assist him. Coralinn (Mick's wife) will assist in providing needed supervision. The reunion will be held 28 Sep - 1 Oct 2006. We will be headquartered at the Westchester Marriott, the same hotel where we had our 40th reunion. 

There will be a football game on 30 Sep 06, but we don't know the opponent as yet.  Mick pledges that the weather will be perfect.

Please mark your calendars and look for more details in the coming months.

John V. Kiehlbauch

Company E-1

23 Aug 1938 - 10 Jul 2005

Place of Death: St. Augustine, FL

Interment: Yukon Cemetery, Yukon, OK

Ed Barry has notified us that John V. Kiehlbauch, Company E-1, who left West Point during our 2nd Class year, passed away on July 10, 2005, in St. Augustine, FL.  Ed learned from Renee Cumiskey, John's stepdaughter, that John had a lobectomy in April.  The doctors thought they had successfully removed the tumor but in May discovered the cancer had metastasized to his brain.  John underwent brain surgery but they were unable to remove it all and it quickly returned. 

Condolences can be sent to Ms. Renee Cumiskey, 909 Colonial Dr, St. Augustine, FL  32086-7966.

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

45th Reunion Registration Letter and Registration Form Mailed to All Classmates


Dick Buckner, 45th Reunion Committee Treasurer, has mailed registration letters and forms to all Classmates by snail mail.  Mick Maus, 45th Reunion Committee Chairman, has mailed letters to Class Widows inviting them to attend.

For those people who might have misplaced these documents prior to taking the requested actions, a copy can be obtained by going to the 45th Reunion Home Page.

Click here to go to the 45th Reunion Home Page.

Soldiers Memorial Fund BBQ Raises Over $12,000 for Fallen Heroes Statue Fund

The Fallen Heroes statue was designed and sculptured by the world famous bronze sculptor, Ken Bjorge. The statue was unveiled at the Memorial Day BBQ Fund Raiser.  The BBQ was a great success with over 250 people attending and raising over $12,000.

A larger copy is being done and will be presented to the President and the White House next year, to be placed in the White House. A 1 ½ size statue is being created as well and will be placed in a Memorial Park in Bigfork, Mt. The Soldiers Memorial Fund is raising $200,000 for the Fallen Heroes project. This is a totally unique statue and the first in America dedicated to the Men and Women who have lost life and limb in the global war on terror. Contributions for these projects can be made to the Soldiers Memorial Fund.  There is more info on the web site at www.soldiersmemorialfund.org.

Soldiers Memorial Fund Holding Memorial Day BBQ  to  Honor Our Armed Forces and Raise Funds for Two Worthwhile Purposes

Flathead Lake Lodge, near Bigfork Montana, a 2,000 acre, family-operated dude ranch located in the Rocky Mountains of northwest Montana, just 35 miles south of Glacier National Park, will be the site for a Memorial Day BBQ Fundraising event for two worthwhile purposes, while honoring our Armed Forces past and present.

The first purpose is the Scott Vallely Soldiers Memorial Fund which will continue to raise money in order to:

  • Purchase and ship gifts to our Troops overseas year around
  • Present Leadership Awards to young people entering the service from local high schools and colleges
  • Provide assistance to needy Military Families

The second purpose is to begin Fundraising for the "Fallen Heroes" Project.  This project has commissioned Ken Bjorge of Bigfork to create a larger than life statue honoring our fallen heroes in the Global War on Terror that will be located in a Memorial Park in Bigfork.  An additional small statue will be created to present to the President of the United States to be placed in an appropriate location in or around the White House.  A completed model of the "Fallen Heroes" statue will be on display for all to see at the BBQ.  It is anticipated that these statues will be completed and presented in 2006.

Cost per person is $25 for the BBQ.  There will be a no host bar.  Contributions will also be accepted for the "Fallen Heroes" Project.  RSVP is requested by Wednesday, May 25th.  To register online go to the website www.soldiersmemorialfund.org or mail checks to P.O. Box 1596  Bigfork, MT 59911.  Please make checks payable to Soldiers Memorial Fund.  

Jim Nicholson Receives AOG Distinguished Graduate Award in 24 May 2005 Ceremony

On Tuesday, 24 May 2005, the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy presented one of the Distinguished Graduate Awards for 2005 to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Honorable R. James Nicholson, Class of 1961.

Click here for information on the activities of the day and to view pictures of the Parade and Reception.

 

Distinguished Graduate Award Presentation to Jim Nicholson Scheduled for 24 May 2005 - RSVP  Needed by 13 May for Events

On Tuesday, 24 May 2005, the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy will present the Distinguished Graduate Award for 2005 to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Honorable R. James Nicholson Class of 1961.

The days events
1100 - Parade/Review on the Plain.
1200 - Alumni luncheon in Washington Hall cost $20.00 per person.
          (Classmates and wives are invited)
1330 - Informal "meet and greet" at the West Point Club for Jim's
          invited guests and all of the attendees from the Class of
          1961.  Event will be sponsored by the Class of 1961.

The best course of action for movement around post is to park at Buffalo Soldier Field (across from the Thayer Hotel) and take the special shuttle that will be running from 0930-1015 with a drop at Jefferson Road (Library corner) for form up for the “old grad march.”

Dick Buckner will collect the $20.00 per person (check preferred) for the Alumni Luncheon during the course of the 24 May events.

If any of you haven’t let Dick know you’ll be attending, please send him a message as soon as possible. Response should be e-mailed to rabuckner61@comcast.net.

As of 1600 Monday, 16 May, the following individuals have indicated they will be attending events at West Point celebrating Jim Nicholson's acceptance of the Distinguished Graduate Award: 

Tom Baird

Mike Breslin

Dave and Mimi Brooks

Ed and Rina Brown

Trish and Dick Buckner with 2 guests

Will and Kathy Conley

Jim and Linda Connolly

Tony Ferraiuolo

Bob and Dawn Glass

Mac Greeley

John and Teri Grisoni

Dale Himes

Chuck Hodell

Hamp and Vicki Hodges

Bruce Holmberg

John and Donna Java

Webb and Judy Kremer

Bill Mackie

Ken Meissner

Shane and Myra Olshansky

Bob Rosenkranz

Brian Schultz

Al and Carin Vanderbush

Instructions for Howard McCreary Funeral 20 May 2005 at Arlington National Cemetery

Howard McCreary's internment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at 1500 hrs, 20 May 2005.  There will be a reception afterwards at the Ft. Myer Officers Club.  The Club needs a headcount for the reception so please let Marty Ganderson (marty.ganderson@us.army.mil) know if you will attend the reception.

If you are attending Howard's funeral, meet NLT 1430 hrs, 20 May 2005 at the Cemetery Administration Building inside the Arlington Cemetery Main Gate.  Guards on the road will direct you to the entry gate as well as ask you whose funeral you are attending, etc.  You can expect to drive to the burial site from the Administration Building.

After the ceremony, Edda McCreary will host a reception at the Ft. Myer O'Club.  If you enter Ft Myer via the Cemetery Road exit near the Old Chapel expect to show ID for entry to the Post.

If you plan on attending the reception and had not let Marty Ganderson know earlier, would you send him an email ASAP?  Edda needs to know the number of people attending for making arrangements for the reception.

I-2 Holds Successful Mini-Reunion May 12 - 15 at Eagle Lake in Racine County, Wisconsin


Front Row: Jim Oaks, Ed Jones, Tom Stone, Darius Gaskins
Back Row: Jack McLaughlin, Tom Cuthbert, Geo Henderson, Chas Randolph, Hal Gaither, Jim Goldstine, Dick Borden

At the urging of Jack McLaughlin and Chuck Randolph, members of Company I-2 held their second mini-reunion on May 12-15 at Eagle Lake in Racine County, Wisconsin, about 50 miles north of Chicago.

The group had first met at Williamsburg, VA in 2000. Even though most of those who attended that reunion came to the 40th Class Reunion in New York the next year, there was talk about having another small group gathering in the future.

This year “I-Dos” did it again.

Click here for the full story and pictures of the I-2 Mini-Reunion.

"Thoroughbred Thank You Fund" Raising Funds to Thank 101st Airborne Division Troops with Kentucky Derby Trip

Our Classmate Gil Hallenbeck is promoting a fund drive to thank the troops of the 101st Airborne Division for their service in Iraq.

As some of you know, Gil has been involved with horses for some time.  There is another graduate of West Point who has been very successful in the horse industry.   He is a good, smart guy who not only believes in reaping rewards from business, but also believes in giving back.

He has come up with this idea of sending troops from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, The Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division, to the 2005 Kentucky Derby.  These troops are now in training to go back to Iraq, and will deploy shortly after the Derby.  No one going to Iraq will be turned down.  They will be provided with transportation, food, drinks, and a betting voucher.  This is no small effort and he has the support of Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby.

He has a horse in Derby contention, and if it wins (a long shot, but so was Smarty Jones) I have agreed to give him my brand new 2006 Lexus GS300, after he announces in the winning circle, instead of going to Disney World, he is going to Hallenbeck's house to pick up the car.

This is a great cause.  I think it is the dream of millions of Americans to attend the Kentucky Derby.   Well this year every troop at Fort Campbell returning to Iraq will have a chance to go to the Kentucky Derby.

It will happen, but will be a lot easier with a check from you.  This money will not be wasted, and will go only for our "boys and girls" of the Screaming Eagles.

Thanks to Lee Anderson '61  Army Rugby “Field of Dreams” to Break Ground Fall 2005

The Association of Graduates (AOG) of the United States Military Academy (USMA) announced on Friday, May 5th that Mr. and Mrs. Lee Anderson have raised their total gift from $7.5 million to $8.2 million in support of the construction of a new Army Rugby Sports Complex. In addition, the Andersons have accelerated their pledge schedule so that the complex can begin construction in fall 2005. 

Click here for complete AOG news release on donation and proposed rugby complex.

18 Classmates Take Class Team 1st Place at World Golf Village Golfing Grads 2005 Meet

18 Classmates met April 21 - 24 for the Golfing Grads 2005 meet at the World Golf Village, St. Augustine, FL. Other Classes included 1959-1966, 1971, 1973 and 1983.

Classmates attending were: Jay Hartford, Mike Brady, Tom Myrick, Rusty Dyer, Bob Kewley, Bob Steege, Bill Griffiths, Hampy Hodges, Bill Tobin, Paul Vallely, Gabe Gabriel [non-playing], Spoon Witherspoon, Dan DiCarlo, Dale Shipley, Jerry White, Pat Carroll, Gary Hyde and Red Zaldo. 

Besides wining Overall Class Team 1st Place, many other awards were earned:
Four Man Competition:
   1st Place – Class of 1961; Dyer, Hartford, Zaldo and Hyde
Two Man Competition:
   1st Place – Class of 1961; Steege and Kewley
Closest to the Pin:
   Day 1 – Class of 1961; Hodges
   Day 2 – Class of 1961; Kewley
   Day 3 – Class of 1961; Tobin and Dyer
Longest Drive:
   Day 3 – Class of 1961; Zaldo
Gross Score:
   1st Place – Dyer (79)
   2nd Place – Tobin (80)
   5th Place – White (83)
   5th Place – Steege (83)
Net Score:
   1st Place – Class of 1961; DiCarlo (65)
   8th Place – Class of 1961; Griffiths
Overall Class Team
   Class of 1961

In addition to golf, they were hosted on Gerry and Pat Carroll’s boat for cocktails and snacks one evening, had a wonderful supper planned at a downtown restaurant by Sally and Tom Myrick and enjoyed breakfasts and lunches together.

For pictures taken at Golfing Grads 2005, please click here. This is a new format for showing pictures on the Class Web Site. Please click on a particular thumbnail picture to look at the full size picture. You can then click on the arrows to go forward or backward to look at the other pictures. A click on the thumbnail icon will take you back to the thumbnails. A click on the house icon will take you back to this page.

Mark Silverman Has Inoperable Brain Tumor and Would Like to Hear From Classmates

It is with a heavy heart, that Shane Olshansky shares details of his recent visit with Mark and Trish Silverman.  Mark has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.  It has steadily impaired his functioning to the point that he has just started receiving hospice care at his apartment in Key Biscayne ,FL.  He is still quite alert and can understand most of what you say, but his speech is greatly impaired and it is difficult to understand much of what he says.

Mark would love to hear from classmates.  I found him energized by our visit and appreciative of our reminiscing about the old days.  Trish, his wife of 25 years is doing a fantastic job tending to all his needs and keeping a positive atmosphere.

You can write, e-mail or call him at the following location:
Mark Silverman
177 Ocean Lane Drive, Apt. 1204
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
E-Mail: msilver100@aol.com
Phone: (305) 361-2412

Jim Nicholson Designated Distinguished Graduate Award Recipient for 2005

The following graduates have been recommended by the nominating committee, and approved by the Board of Trustees, as Distinguished Graduates Award Recipients for 2005:

LTG (Ret.) Frank A. Camm, January '43
GEN (Ret.) Sam S. Walker '46
GEN (Ret.) John A. Wickham, Jr. '50
MG (Ret.) Neal Creighton '53
LTG (Ret.) Dave R. Palmer '56
Mr. R. James Nicholson '61
Mr. Michael W. Krzyzewski '69

In a message to the Class of 1961, Class President Bob Glass has conveyed the following:

On behalf of the Class Committee, I am pleased to announce that our classmate, Jim Nicholson, was one of seven graduates selected for the Association of Graduates Distinguished Graduate Award for 2005.

Jim is a great choice for the AOG's most prestigious award for a graduate. Very briefly, Jim spent over 8 years on active duty in the Army and 22 years in the Reserves retiring as a Colonel with 30 years service. He was an attorney and successful real estate developer in Colorado for a number of years and became involved in politics. He served four years as the chairman of the Republican National Committee before being appointed Ambassador to the Holy See in 2001. After more than 40 months in that post, Jim is returning to the states, having been nominated by President Bush to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

The true measure of Jim is found in the details - his integrity, exceptional leadership and character. The numerous endorsements we received from people in all walks of life - political, religious, private sector, public sector, and military - spoke about this part of him in terms that "knocked our socks off". Congratulations to Jim and Suzanne for all they represent and for the credit they bring to the Class and to West Point.

I believe that the award will be given at the Annual Meeting of the AOG in late May at West Point. Jim and Suzanne are expected to live in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC for the time being, spending time in Colorado as well.

Golfing Grads 2005 is Scheduled April 21-24, 2005 at the World Golf Village Resort

Jerry White has extended the following Invitation and Challenge to all the "Golfers" in our Class.

Golfing Grads 2005 is scheduled April 21-24, 2005 at the World Golf Village resort near St. Augustine, FL.  It will follow the usual format of Thursday golf followed by a reception/dinner that night, Friday golf with class dinners in the evening, and Saturday golf with the awards dinner that night.  Cost has remained the same as last year and most who have attended in the last 2 years agree it is an excellent value.  (Click here to read about the 2003 event.)  For those unfamiliar with the World Golf Village Resort, the Resort treats us in a first class fashion, and the golf courses are outstanding.  Classes participating range from 56-73.  Dan Willson '63, the main man, has made a couple of changes from last year.  Friday's round will be at a new course, South Hampton Country Club, and on Saturday at the King and The Bear Course, we will play from shorter tees by popular demand.  Thursday will continue to be at Slammer and the Squire.

This is intended to be a warning order.  Hopefully, we can get the stalwarts back, return those who missed last year, and attract some new Classmates.  The Class of '61, "Second to None", was close to winning the class prize last year.  So this is the year to pass up '62 and '63.

Please mark your calendars and let Jerry White know how it looks.  Jerry's e-mail address is LWhite7314@aol.com and it would help if you passed the word to Classmates you think might be interested. This is a fun event!  More info will follow later.

Howard E. McCreary, Jr

Company I-1

1 Nov 1936 – 26 March 2005

Place of Death: Richmond, VA

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

Howard Ellwood McCreary Jr., Lt Col. (Retired USAR) died March 26, 2005 after a short illness, which he fought bravely. Howard was born on November 1, 1936 in Johnstown, Pa. and was a 1961 graduate of the U.S. Army Military Academy, West Point. He lived the motto "Duty, Honor and Country" his entire life. His 16 plus years of Army active duty included one tour in Vietnam, as well as overseas assignments in Germany and Korea. Howard continued service to his country as a Department of Army Civilian Logistician, where he held numerous positions of responsibility at both Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. and at Ft. Lee, Va. He retired in 1994 as deputy director of Force Development and Evaluation. At the time of his death, he was employed as a military systems analyst with SY Coleman at Ft. Lee. He leaves behind his devoted wife of 42 years, Edda McCreary; sisters, Sarah Gregory and Phyllis Price; brother, Thomas McCreary; daughters, Eva Sandfort and husband, John and Elaine McCreary; sons, Chris McCreary and wife, Heidi and Patrick McCreary; and grandchildren, Christina Sandfort, Connor McCreary and Erin McCreary. Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined followed by a reception hosted by the family at the Fort Myers Officers Club. Memorial contributions to be made to The West Point Fund, Association of Graduates, (Class of 1961). 698 Mills Rd., West Point, N.Y. 10996.

Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on 3/29/2005.

Condolences can be sent to Edda and her family at 11601 Stephens Point Drive, Chester, VA  23831.

Howard McCreary's internment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at 1500 hrs, 20 May 2005.  There will be a reception afterwards at the Ft. Myer Officers Club.  The Club needs a headcount for the reception so please let Marty Ganderson (marty.ganderson@us.army.mil) know if you will attend the reception.  There will be a follow up message regarding where and when to assemble to begin the procession to the burial site.

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

Steven C. Walker
"Steve"

Company I-2

14 Mar 1938 - 29 Jan 2005

Place of Death: St. Petersburg, FL

Interment: Beaufort National Cemetery

Steven Connor Walker passed away on January 29, 2005 in St. Petersburg FL.

At 2 pm on Tuesday, February 1, 2005 a Memorial Service for Steven Conner Walker was held at the Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Attending were his son Cooper Walker and grandson of Columbia, South Carolina, his cousin, Diane Comstock of Sarasota, Florida, Roy Jackson, friend and business partner of St. Petersburg, Florida, Steve Warner, USMA ’62, a long time friend of Tampa, Florida, Ray Tilghman, USMA ’61, a classmate from Ft. Meyer, Florida, Bill Griffiths, USMA ‘61, a classmate from Tierra Verde, Florida, Brent Smith, who stood in for Jim Oaks, USMA ’61, a classmate who was not able to attend and 30 some employees of ENSER, a company that Steve Walker and Roy Jackson founded together.

The service was conducted by a priest from a church where Steve had gone to elementary school.

Diane Comstock, Steve Warner and Roy Jackson talked about their remembrances of Steve.

Burial service for Steve will be at 1:00 pm on Friday, February 4, at the Beaufort National Cemetery, 1601 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC  29902-3947.

Messages of condolences can be sent to Connor Walker, son, at 1719 Hollywood Dr.,  Columbia SC 29205.

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

Senior Assistant Secretary of the Army Reginald Brown Retired January 28, 2005

By Eric Cramer
Army News Service

WASHINGTON (Army News Service Jan 31, 2005) -- Reginald Brown, assistant secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, retired in a Jan. 28 ceremony.

Brown had served as assistant secretary, a position next in the chain of command after the Undersecretary of the Army, since July 12, 2001.

During his time as assistant secretary, he served as a member of the Department of Defense National Security Personnel System Overarching Integrated Product Team, helping transform the DoD civilian personnel system. Brown helped design, develop and implement NSPS.

Brown joined the Army after graduating from West Point in 1961, and served in the Army until 1971. During his time in the Army he earned a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School at Harvard

Following his military service, Brown held a variety of positions in and out of government service.

“The biggest change I’ve seen during my time is the volunteer Army,” Brown said. “The volunteer Army is head and shoulders above the draft Army. It’s more motivated, better educated and trained, and I don’t think it has an equal out there. I couldn’t always say that.”

As for his own accomplishments, Brown singled out his work in 1979 with the President’s Commission on Military Pay.

“That helped us see the difference between the tools people use for recruitment and retention in the real world, and the tools we use here in the Department of Defense,” Brown said.

He also learned to see the “big picture.”

“It helped me set my mind for working here. A lot of people focus on solving just their own problems, without realizing that fixing their problem might affect someone else – that was a powerful lesson I took from that experience,” he said.

Brown also served with the U.S. Agency for International Development during the President George H. W. Bush’s administration.

“It taught me the importance of foreign aid,” Brown said. “ I got to see the many facets of how our government accomplishes its foreign policy objectives. Sometimes an effective foreign aid is worth four combat brigades.”

He said this lesson served him well in a number of situations, and the Army as a whole has learned the same lesson.

“The Army itself recognized the value of aid-like things,” Brown said. “In this asymmetric warfare today, we have to deal with the full spectrum; people, families, food – its not just taking out combat units anymore.”

Brown said he is still evaluating what he will do in retirement, but he has no regrets.

“I’ve enjoyed my service here. It’s been a rare privilege to serve the way that I have.”

Upon his retirement, Brown received the Army decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award and the Department of Defense Outstanding Public Service Award.

Washington DC Area Class of 1961 Social Events Calendar for 2005 Released

Ed Brown, Class Secretary, has released the Washington DC Area Social Events Calendar for 2005.  Any Classmate who is in the DC area on one of those dates is invited to attend.  For additional information please contact Ed at edbrown61@verizon.net.

  • 27 January – Luncheon at Fort Myer Officers' Club
  • 6 March – Sunday Brunch at Fort Belvoir Officers' Club
  • 26 May – Luncheon at Fort Myer Officers' Club
  • 1 October – Pig Roast at Kopcsak's
  • 20 October – Luncheon at Fort Myer Officers' Club
  • 10 December – Holiday Dinner at Army-Navy Country Club

Thomas H. Magness, III
"Tom"

Company L-2

7 May 1937 – 28 Dec 2004

Place of Death: Washington DC

Interment: Arlington National
                Cemetery

Tom Magness passed away at 1930 hours, 28 December, at the VA Hospital in Washington DC.  Beloved husband of Dhana L. Magness; father of Lt. Col. Thomas H. Magness, IV, John M. Magness, Jennifer E. Perrier and Paul Scott Magness; brother of David M. Magness and the late Charles F. Magness; grandfather of Jenna, Chelsea, Shelby, John Michael Jr. and Gary Thomas.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Tom will be held at 10:45 am, 5 January, at the Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, Virginia, followed by burial in Arlington National Cemetery.  A reception was held afterward at the Fort Myer Officers Club.

Messages of condolences can be sent to Dhana and her family at 11721 Saddle Crescent Circle, Oakton, VA  22124.

Donations in lieu of flowers should be sent to the Chaplain's Service Fund, VA Hospital, Attn: Hospice Unit, 50 Irving Street, Washington, DC 20422.

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

Jim Nicholson Nominated for Veterans Affairs Secretary

President Bush on December 9, 2004 named Jim Nicholson, U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, as his nominee to replace outgoing Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi.  Nicholson has been ambassador to the Holy See in Vatican City since August 2001.

"Jim Nicholson is a patriot, a man of deep conviction, who has answered his country's call many times," Bush said of his nominee.

"Jim has worked with the Vatican to advance many vital foreign policy goals, including fighting poverty, hunger, AIDS, expanding religious liberty around the world and ending the brutal practice of human trafficking," Bush said.

Nicholson was chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1997 to 2000. He was an Army Ranger and a paratrooper during the Vietnam War.

Nicholson said his experiences as a cadet at West Point and as a soldier "have defined my life, shaped my abilities and my desire to serve."  "Our military is the pride of our country, " he said. "We can't pay them enough to do the things that we ask of them: the sacrifices, the separations, the heroics.  "They answer the call for one reason: Their country needs them. Our country depends on them, and they have never, ever let us down. We must not let them down either."

The Department of Veterans Affairs is the second largest in the federal government. The secretary is in charge of 219,000 personnel, responsible for a nationwide system of health care services, benefits programs and national cemeteries for U.S. veterans and dependents.

The Senate must confirm Nicholson's nomination.

Click here to read Jim's testimony before the Senate Committee.

Father Joe Kenny Featured Speaker at October Class Luncheon at Fort Myer

Father Joe Kenny (brother of Hank Kenny) was the featured speaker at the October Class Luncheon at Fort Myer.  Father Joe is a Dominican priest and was visiting from Nigeria where he has spent the last 40 years working to improve Christian-Muslim relations.

Father Joe has written innumerable books and articles and provided first-hand stories about the views and feelings of moderate Muslims, as well as the influence of Wahabiism in Africa. He is ecumenical, e.g., he wrote the section on Islam in Hebrew in the Israeli encyclopedia.

Having been dean of religious studies at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, he provided the Class Luncheon with interesting insights into the situation in Nigeria.

For pictures of the luncheon, please click here.
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Soldiers Memorial Fund Raises Over $60,000 For Year Round Gift Program

The Scott Vallely Memorial Fund has now raised over $60,000 for their Gift Program. The Scott Vallely Memorial Fund web site has been updated and will now operate a year round program for gifts to the troops. For example they just mailed out 3000 lbs of gifts and 125 lbs of gourmet coffee to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Classmates can contribute on line at the web site www.soldiersmemorialfund.org or mail check donations to PO Box 1596 Bigfork MT 59911.

Soldiers Memorial Fund BBQ Nets Over $25,000 for Christmas Gift Program

The Soldiers Memorial Fund BBQ was held at Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork, Montana and was a huge success. The fundraiser for the Christmas and Holiday Gift Program netted over $25,000 from donations across the country but primarily from the Flathead Valley. Over 250 people attended. The gifts this year will be directed down range to the Special Operating Forces, primarily serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The down range Chaplains in the respective commands will be the conduit to the troops for the gifts. The shoppers are out now buying the gifts based on what the down range Special Operating Forces indicated they would like to have. Gifts will be mailed by November 20th.

Click here to go to the Scott Vallely Soldiers Memorial Fund web site for additional information.

George and Michele Kopcsak Host Record  Number Attendees at Oct 16, 2004 Pig Roast

Attendance at this year's Annual Pig Roast was 60 people.  Many came from afar -- NY, PA, and MD.  As usual, George and Michele Kopcsak were gracious hosts and worked extremely hard in making sure everything was perfect -- especially the pig.  Jerry Hall, George's friend from Falmouth, VA, helped George with roasting the pig.  The weather was cool with a few showers but couldn't dampen our spirits.

This annual gathering is one of the highlights of the social calendar for those who live near enough to be able to attend.  For a list of attendees and some great pictures, please click here.

John G. Evans
"Jack"

Company F-2

28 Oct 1936 – 22 Aug 2004

Place of Death: Richmond, VA

Interment: Petersburg, VA

John "Jack" Gradwell Evans died Sunday, August 22, 2004 at Henrico Doctor's Hospital in Richmond, VA.

Jack was born October 28, 1936, the son of the late Major General Roy Tripp Evans Jr. and Virginia Hamilton Evans.

He attended the United States Military Academy Preparatory School at Stewart AFB, NY.  The Prep School yearbook notes two things about Jack -- "Most likely potential 20-year Private" and "Another beer, please!"   He entered USMA with the Class of 1961.  During his Yearling Year he was turned back to, and graduated with, the Class of 1962.

After graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point Jack was commissioned in Infantry and completed Ranger and Airborne courses at Fort Benning, GA.

He served in the 82nd Airborne Division and as an infantry advisor in Vietnam in 1964.  He transferred to Quartermaster in 1965.  He returned again to Vietnam in 1969 with the 101st Airborne.  His varied assignments included being an advisor to the USMC and the Canadian Airborne.  He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1981.

Jack made many friends during and after his military career.  He especially wanted to thank his friends at the Rare Olde Times and the Red Hot and Blue who provided companionship during the last stages of his illness.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Reece of Petersburg, VA and two brothers, Roy “Sandy” T. Evans (USMA ’58) of Richmond and Alexander “Ham” H. Evans (USMA ’61) of Tampa, Fla.

A graveside service for family and friends was held in Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, VA at 11 p.m. Friday, August 27, 2004.  He was buried next to his father.

Messages of condolences can be sent to Ham Evans, our classmate and Jack's brother, at 11506 Louvre Place, Temple Terrace, FL  33617, (813) 980-2996, <hamevans@earthlink.net>.

Minutes of 30 June 2004 Class Committee Meeting Now Available

Click here to go to this Class Committee Meeting minutes.  Prior Class Committee minutes are available by clicking on Class Business.

102 People Make July 2004 Alaska Cruise Mini-reunion Success

Click here to go to the 610 pictures (we have so far) arranged into 25 PowerPoint presentations that illustrate the places the Cruise went to and the things people did at these interesting ports-of-call, as well as the wonderful activities onboard the Infinity.  (Last picture update 10/01)

To see who went on the Alaska cruise, please click here to go to the Alaska Class Cruise web page.

 

Class of '61 NE Picnic at Round Pond Attracts Good Turnout  on 26 Jun 04

The Northeast Group held a  picnic at Bonneville Cabin at Round Pond on Saturday, June 26th.  Those in attendance were Tom & Judie Baird, Dan & Pam Barney, Will and Cathy Conley, Dan & Jan DiCarlo, John & Teri Grisoni, Dale Himes, Chuck Hodell, Hamp & Vicki Hodges (complete with Texas drawl), John & Donna Java, John Kilkenny, Brian & Joyce Schultz, Bruce & Pat Shroyer and Larry Stoneham.  A good  time was had by all.  By coincidence, it was Tom Baird's birthday,  and it was great to share in his celebration.  For more, and larger, pictures click here.

Poop Schoolers in D.C.

John F. Grisoni went down to Washington for the WW2 dedication. While there he had the pleasure to spend the evening with Ed Brown and John Lawton. They and their wives had a wonderful Memorial Day BBQ at Ed's home in Alexandria.

These three went to USMA Prep School together. John Lawton and John Grisoni did not graduate with us. There is a tight bond among the "Prep Schoolers". They thought that we would like to see how gracefully they are aging.

Eight Classmates and Wives Joined with Family and Friends to Celebrate the May 22 Marriage of Joe Maio and Sheila Young


Warren, Sonia, Gabe, Susie, Ken, Sheila, Joe, Carolyn, Jack and John

It was a beautiful May 22, 2004 day in Colorado Springs.  Eight classmates and wives joined with family and other friends to celebrate the marriage of Joe Maio and Sheila Young.  Classmate and wives attending were: Warren and Sonia Miller; Gabe and Susie Gabriel; Ken Hruby; Jack and Carolyn Fischer; and John Purdy.  Gabe reported that we really had a wonderful time.  Lots of remembrances, lots of lies, lots of tales for Sheila.  It was wonderful to be able to be a part of their day.

 For a complete description of the day's events and pictures please click here.

Scott Vallely Soldiers Memorial Fund Kicks Off Christmas Gift Program September 1  

The Scott Vallely Soldiers Memorial Fund Christmas Gift Program will kick off on September 1, 2004.

This year, the same as last year, they will raise money to buy gifts for the troops stationed in the combat zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan.  Last year  the 101st Airborne Division in Mosul, Iraq was adopted.

This year they will adopt the Special Operating Forces: Special Forces, Delta, Rangers, Seals, AF Special Ops, Psyop and Civil Affairs units serving in the varied combat zones.  All donations must be made by November 1st so that the gifts can be purchased, packaged and mailed in time to be received by the SOF members before the Christmas Holidays.

The Scott Vallely Soldiers Memorial Fund will be the sponsor.  A Fund raising BBQ will be held in Bigfork, MT in October to raise additional funds.  This is a world-wide effort.

Click here to go to the Scott Vallely Soldiers Memorial Fund web site for additional information.

Funeral of Julie Ann (Kemp) Bruetsch, Widow of our Classmate John Alda Kemp, will be at West Point June 30, 2004

The following message was sent to Jay Olejniczak.  It is published here for your information and to emphasize again the importance of the bonds of our Class to even the generations that follow us.  The Long Gray Lines stretches ever onward.

Hello, I understand you are a classmate of my father Capt. John Alda Kemp class of 1961. My mother had attended a few of your reunions and has since passed away. Her funeral will be at West Point 6/30/04 10:00 am. With a mass at Holy Trinity, then grave site service. She will be inurned with my father Section X, Row L, Grave 261 at the nine foot level. I was hoping you could post this in the event she had made any friends that may need to know. I am just now learning of these organizations and want to let you know how grateful I am that you exists. For so many and there families you have been a bridge to span the valley of pain. Keeping the memories of those who were taken as well as those who gave their all is just the validation many need to carry on. Thank-you for what you do as well as any information you may be able to provide to me.

Respectfully, Joy (Kemp) Curbow

Muffin & Paul Vallely's Son Scott Lost in Tragic SF Training Accident at Fort Bragg

To all our friends:

As many of you know, Muffin and I lost our son Tuesday morning (April 20) in a training accident at Ft Bragg NC.  He was well on his way to becoming  a Green Beret in the US Army Special Forces.  We will miss him dearly.  He was a great looking soldier and dedicated American.

The Military service and Burial will be held Tuesday, April 27, at St Catherine's Rectory in Bigfork MT.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to the Scott Vallely Soldiers Memorial Fund, C/O Flathead Bank, PO Box 308, Bigfork, MT 59911.  May God be with him forever...

God speed!

Thursday, April 29

Thank you so much for your kind thoughts.  We buried Scott here in Bigfork on Tuesday. It was a day of glory. The Special Warfare Center and the Army did a masterful job in all respects to honor our son in a fitting way.  Our thanks and appreciation to all in DOD for the support and assistance. I must keep busy now and honor my son in everyway possible. We have established the "Scott Vallely Memorial Soldiers Fund" here....PO Box 308, C/O Flathead Bank, Bigfork, MT 59911. We will use it to multiple purposes to support soldiers and families. God Bless. You are dear friends.

PJ Carroll, Hamp Hodges and Jim Altmeyer attended and departed yesterday representing the class

Paul and Muffin

Pat Carroll Opens New Manufacturing Plant In San Antonio During Final Four Weekend As Commitment To Keeping Jobs In America

Pat Carroll has opened the sixth manufacturing plant of his Royal Oak Industries.  The grand opening of the 160,000 square foot San Antonio TX plant was deliberately timed to coincide with the NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament weekend that was also held in San Antonio.  An offer to attend the grand opening, and to attend the Final Four Tournament, was enough to entice Classmates Hamp Hodges and John MacLean to be there.

Pat's Michigan based company supplies engines to Caterpillar for heavy equipment.  The opening of the San Antonio plant is a commitment to keeping manufacturing jobs in America by Pat and Caterpillar.

Pat's son Dan is in charge of the new facility.

Pat Carroll with a local San Antonio dignitary touring the plant


John MacLean (next to the lady) and Hamp Hodges talking with Joann Kurts, Pat's "girl Friday" a long time employee who set up the social part of the opening

Samuel C. Nutt
"Sam"

Company H-2

24 Jun 1939 – 11 Jul 2003

Place of Death:

Interment:

The ASSEMBLY received a subscription renewal form for Samuel Nutt with a note indicating that he had died.

Bren Battle has reached out to Sam's wife Pauline. She called him back. Sam was in excellent health, and exercised and jogged regularly. He was carrying in the groceries one day, and just fell over and died. He had a recent "blip" on a stress test, but checked out clean on the follow up exams.

Pauline met Sam while he was in Germany with the Army and she was a school teacher in the American schools. They had been married for 38 years and have a daughter, age 34, a son, age 30, and two grandchildren. Sam did some teaching, but went into school administration. He retired in 1997 as an assistant school superintendent in Oregon, and they moved to the San Diego area. Sam stayed involved with several foundations involving education.

Pauline did not know much about Sam's cadet life. Bren assured her that he was very well liked and was an excellent cadet. She said that she never knew anyone who did not like Sam.

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

Sam's widow, Pauline, can be reached at:
Mrs. Pauline Nutt
1819 Orchard Wood Road
Encinitas, CA  92024-5613
(760) 635-1193

Walter W. Hodge
"Herky"

Company G-2

15 Apr 1938 – 10 March 2004

Place of Death: Arizona City, AZ

Interment: Family land in Williams, AZ

Nancy Hodge, Herky's wife, called Donald Anselm on 11 March 2004 to let him know that Herky had died at about 4:00am from a tumor on the brain.  Herky had under gone radiation treatment for lung and brain tumors for the last couple months, but the tumors were too far advanced for the treatment to be effective.  The cancer had spread throughout his body before he realized it.  Don talked with Herky's sister who said that he was very sick and now he was in a better place. 

On March 17th at Herky Hodge's visitation and funeral were the family, close friends, a contingent from the local VFW Post and a contingent from the Class of 1961, Connie and Jerry Zingsheim of Fountain Hills, AZ, Don Anselm of Huntsville, AL and Bruce Dalgleish of Prescott, AZ. Dick Skaggs of Flagstaff, AZ was at the burial service on March 18th at a family plot in Williams, AZ, near Flagstaff. Herky was buried in worn set of combat fatigues, probably from his service in Vietnam, and a red baseball cap with the Airborne and Ranger tabs on it. The family greatly appreciated the presence of the Class of 1961.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Herky's widow, Nancy, can be reached at:
Mrs. Nancy Hodge
PO Box 2227
Arizona City, AZ 85223
520 -494-8212

Herky's sister, Judy, can be reached at:
Mrs. Judy Lundin
602- 674- 0162

Bill Tyler Gives "Oldest Grad" Speech at Arkansas Founder's Day Dinner March 6

Jim Manning, Bill Tyler, Dave Brooks, and Jim Stokes represented the Class of 1961 at the Arkansas Founders Day gathering of the grads on Saturday, March 6, 2004.

Jim did a great job putting it together. 

Bill did us proud in his extemporaneous "oldest grad" speech".

 

Robert W. Bunton
"Bob"

Company G-1

2 Aug 1939 – 23 Feb 2004

Place of Death: Niceville, FL

Interment: Heritage Gardens, Niceville, FL

Funeral Mass for Bob Bunton was celebrated Friday, February 27, 2004 at 11 AM at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Niceville, FL.  Father Daniel J. Butler officiated at the funeral.

Classmates attending the funeral were: Rod Bartholomew (roommate), Jerry White and Dave Mace.  Charles E. Merkel, Jr. represented the Northwest Florida Association of Graduates.

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

Donations may be made in memory of Robert W. Bunton to:
ALS Association
5005 W. Laurel Street, Suite 110
Tampa, FL 33607

Bob's widow, Stephanie, can be reached at:
Mrs. Stephanie Bunton
2025 Kildare Circle
Niceville, FL 32578
850-729-1297
buntonwr@cox.net

Minutes of 9 October 2003 Class Committee Meeting Now Available

Click here to go to this Class Committee Meeting minutes.  Prior Class Committee minutes are available by clicking on Class Business.

Lee and Penny Anderson Pledge $6 Million to Support New Army Rugby Sports Complex


The Association of Graduates has announced that Lee and Penny Anderson have committed to making a $6 million gift to help fund the new Army Rugby Center. This commitment comes on the heels of several other extremely generous gifts from Lee and Penny during the Bicentennial Campaign for West Point.

Lee and Penny Anderson were Leadership Donors to the Bicentennial Campaign for West Point, making extremely generous gifts to both the Department of History's Staff Ride Endowment and the Kimsey Athletic Center.

Click here to read the entire AOG announcement.

Lee Anderson Received 2002 John F. Cade Entrepreneurial Award

Lee Anderson, the founder, CEO and chairman of APiGroup Inc., received the 2002 John F. Cade Entrepreneurial Award from the University of St. Thomas' John M. Morrison Center for Entrepreneurship on April 24, 2002. The Cade Award is given annually and was established in memory of a 1970 UST graduate who died in a 1986 airplane crash.  The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurial attributes, contributions to the community, ethical standards and integrity.

In accepting the award Lee gave a speech that contains valuable insights that Classmates, parents, and many others would find worth reading.

Click here to read Lee's acceptance speech.

Diane Mace, Wife of Dave Mace, Passed Away January 11, 2004  After Long Illness

Diane L. Mace, 63, of Panama City, FL, formerly of Mansfield, MA, died Sunday, January 11th, 2004 after a long illness.

Born in Seattle, WA, she was a dedicated Army wife and mother, a homemaker, crafter and collector. She is survived by her husband of forty-two years, David H. Mace of Panama City, FL, three children, David H. Mace, Jr. of Fort Benning, GA, Katherine R. Roberge of Norton, MA, and Charles J. Mace of Atlanta, GA, a brother Raymond Brockmann of Sequim, WA, five grandchildren Marie Roberge, Christiana Roberge, Roland Eric Roberge, Katherine Noelle Mace and Charles Justice Mace.

A memorial service was held in Diane's honor at 2:00pm Saturday, January 17th at Saint Patrick's Episcopal Church, 4025 East Fifteenth Street (US Highway 98), Panama City, FL.  A celebration of Diane's life and a final inurnment ceremony will be held at the United States Military Academy, Old Cadet Chapel Columbarium, on or about 10 June 2004.

In lieu of flowers, the Mace family requests any expressions of sympathy be made in Diane's honor to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, Suite 1100, New York, NY 10016, or on line at www.kidney.org/funds/makegiftofsec.cfn.

Expressions of condolences can be sent to Dave at: 390 S Tyndall Parkway, PMB 224, Panama City, FL 32404-6724.

Bigfork Montana  Adopts the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles for Xmas 2003

Here is part of an article as it was printed in the November 20th edition of the Lakeshore Country Journal.

It started with an idea and then became a project because of MG Paul Vallely and his close ties to the troops in Iraq. Now it is time to make it a reality. To show our support for our troops who are so far away during the holidays, there is a drive on to put together a shipment of gifts that will be sent directly to the 101st Airborne on duty in Iraq. MG Vallely has been in touch with the officers of the 101st and they have given him a list of items that would be greatly appreciated by the soldiers.

Click here to read the entire article and to see pictures of the "Elves" at work.

Buckners Entertain DC Area Classmates

Dick and Trish Buckner hosted 32 other Class of 1961 Classmates and wives at their home Saturday, November 22, 2003. The purpose of the gathering was just to do some entertaining and "to do some serious bonding". Click here for a PhotoParade of the event.

13  Classmates  and  Wives  Attended  ARMY-UAB  Golf  Week-end  in Birmingham, AL  (30 OCT - 2 NOV 03)

13 of our classmates and wives traveled to Birmingham, AL to play some golf, have a little fun, re-bond with our classmates and watch the Army team kick the #*!+ out of UAB. 3 out of 4 ain't bad! Except for the ballgame, it was truly a great experience and we all had a great week-end. Jerry White, Al Vanderbush and Gene Witherspoon were the prime movers in setting up a great program and getting others involved.

Please click here to read more about this great weekend and to view the 37 pictures Tom Baird has shared with us.

2004 Mini-Reunion is Alaska Cruise Bound

The result of the Next Class Cruise Preference Poll is in.

The responses to the Next Class Cruise Preference Poll had 38 Classmates indicating the Alaska Cruise as their 1st choice, and 8 Classmates indicating the Alaska Cruise as their 2nd choice.  This is more then those who indicated a preference for the Mexico cruise.  The Next Class Cruise Committee has thus decided to proceed to make the Alaska Cruise the next class mini-reunion.

To see the details of the preference polling and who has indicated their interest in going on the Alaska cruise, please click here to go to the Alaska Class Cruise web page.

On the Alaska Class Cruise web page are the detail instructions for making your cruise booking.  It is important that you follow these instructions so that all Classmates will receive the benefits of our group booking.

7-Night Alaska Inside Passage Cruise
Sailing Round Trip Vancouver, B.C.
July 25 - August 1, 2004
Aboard Celebrity Cruises' Infinity

Infinity ship facts
Occupancy: 1,950
Tonnage: 91,000
Length: 965 feet
Beam: 105 feet
Draught: 26 feet
Cruising Speed: 24 knots
Electric Current: 110/220 AC
Ship's Registry: Bahamas
Entered Service: February, 2001

The Infinity carries 1,950 guests in 5-star comfort. Each stateroom is equipped with television; direct dial telephone and voice mail; individual safe; hair dryer; thermostat controlled air conditioning; and mini-bar. Amenities aboard ship include a choice of dining venues, show room, library, theatre, pool, and spa.

Alaska Map

Alaska

Every day reveals a new side of Celebrity's Alaska. To learn more about the Alaska experience, complete with their exclusive Cruisetour option, click here.

Click here to order brochure

Click here to download PDF of Alaska brochure

"Sir" Jim Nicholson Receives Papal Knighthood in October 27, 2003 Ceremony

Ambassador Jim Nicholson was made a Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of Pius IX. The award was presented in a private ceremony by Monsignor Tommaso Caputo, Head of Protocol for the Holy See, on behalf of Pope John Paul II.

The honor of the Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of Pius IX was instituted in 1847. It was granted to Nicholson in appreciation for his dedicated and meritorious service as the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.

Nicholson presented his ambassadorial credentials to Pope John Paul II on September 13, 2001. He is the sixth United States’ ambassador to the Holy See. During his tenure, he has become a forceful advocate for human rights and American humanitarian concerns worldwide, with particular emphasis on trafficking in persons, religious freedom in Russia and China, as well as the acceptability of American genetically-modified food to feed the 800 million starving and undernourished people in the world. He works closely with his bilateral partners in the Vatican on these issues, as well as those of war and peace and religious reconciliation.

Commenting on the award, Ambassador Jim Nicholson said, “I am very proud to be President Bush’s Ambassador to the Pope. It allows me to engage in many issues on a global scale, and for the Pope to honor me this way is very satisfying.”

Howard D. Graves
"Howie"

Company M-2

15 Aug 1939 – 13 Sep 2003

Place of Death: College Station, TX

Interment: West Point Cemetery

Howard Graves lost his battle with cancer on September 13, 2003.  A Memorial Service was held at 3 PM CDT on Tuesday, September 16 at Grace Bible Church in College Station, Texas. 

Howard was interred at West Point on September 23, 2003 at 10 AM.

Lieutenant General Graves' funeral service took place at mid morning today in the Cadet Chapel, under low gray skies and with a steady rain beating against the stained-glass windows.  During the service, a number of speakers eulogized our 54th Superintendent, all of them stressing both his strength of will and deep humility.   The speakers included MAJ Gregory Graves, who offered a moving "Tribute to My Father," and Don Snider, Class of '62, whose "Reflections of a Colleague" were insightful and inspirational.

When the Cadet Glee Club sang "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" and the "Alma Mater," I couldn't help thinking of the stock comparison--"They sang like angels."  In this case, though, they were martial angels.  They lifted the heart and mind to a warrior's heaven.

After the service, with the rain still falling steadily, we formed in a long line behind the hearse, the band, and an honor guard of cadets under arms to walk down the hill and north on Washington Road to the cemetery, where a graveside service was held.  The prayers for General Graves were punctuated by howitzers on Trophy Point booming out a farewell fifteen-gun salute.  A little later there came a rifle salute.  Then the bugler played "Taps."  Then it was over.

The Long Gray Line has lost a very good man, a Distinguished Graduate who lived his life in accordance with the values that we all revere--Duty, Honor, Country.

John Calabro
COL (R) AOG

For those of you who would like to contact Gracie, her address is:
  9254 Brook Water Circle
  College Station, Texas  77845
 
ggraves@cox-internet.com

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to one of the following charities:
  Officers Christian Fellowship
  3784 South Inca
  Englewood, CO  80110

  MD Anderson Cancer Center
  PO Box 297153
  Houston, TX  77297

  Howard D. Graves Scholarship Fund
  c/o Texas A&M University System
  Office of Budgets and Accounting
  A&M System Building, Suite 2003
  200 Technology Way
  College Station, TX  77845-3424

NOTE: There are newspaper articles and accounts of the Memorial Service and Funeral in the Last Roll Call Tribute for Howard.    Click here to go to that Tribute.

DC Area M-1 Company Mates Fete Websters

The October visit to the DC area by Gary and Grace Webster prompted some local M-1 Company Mates to celebrate at the Army - Navy Country Club in Arlington Virginia.  Joining in on the festivities were: Emmy and Regi Brown, Betty and Bob Hampton, Ginna and Joe Fishburne, Adrienne and Charlie Green, Barbara and John Neiger, and Grace and Gary Webster. Click here for a PhotoParade of the event.

Tony Ferraiuolo "Your Man on the Scene"  Made Honorary Member of Class of 1961


Tony Ferraiuolo, Sr. was made an honorary classmate at the recently completed AOG Leaders Conference.  Classmates at the conference, Rod Cameron, George Hricz, Jay McCann, Sam Wilder, and Ed Brown presented the certificate to Tony at the opening of the plenary session on Friday morning. (Rod, George, Jay, and Sam represented their West Point Societies, Ed represented the Class Committee.)

Ed Brown made the following comments and then presented Tony the certificate on behalf of the entire class.

When I became Class Secretary eight years ago, I quickly learned that a person who identified himself as "Your Man on the Scene" truly exemplified that title. Over these eight years, Tony Ferraiuolo has willingly responded to every request for information and help regardless of how difficult or inane they may have been. As Director of the Class Support Program, he initiated many of today's class support programs and expanded others. In addition, he has devoted much of his life to West Point, first with the Cadet Activities Office, then with the Civilian Personnel Office, and now with the Association of Graduates. During our association, Tony has mentioned that had he attended West Point he would have been a member of the Class of 1961. Today, we want to recognize his service to West Point, the Association of Graduates, and our Class by making him an honorary member of the Class of 1961, "Second to None."

The recognition was a complete surprise to Tony.  Only the Class Committee and John Calabro, AOG Vice President for Alumni Support, were aware.  Tony was surprised and humbled.  He received congratulations from many individuals.  Many told our class representatives that it was a great thing our class had done.

In a recent message, Tony stated: I proudly hung my citation on my wall this morning. I am still reeling from the presentation. You will never know how much the honor means to me. I am in the process of writing a letter to Bob Glass and "my classmates." It will take some time for me to feel comfortable saying that, because I certainly don't meet the high standards of those of you who took the real journey!

Click here to read Tony's letter to Bob and the class.

Honorary Classmate Tony Ferraiuolo ("Your Man on the Scene") Letter Received

In his letter written to Class President Bob Glass, Tony expressed his appreciation.  "This is the greatest honor that I could ever be given related to my affiliation with West Point.  I will carry the title “Honorary Member of the Class of 1961” with pride, and I will be reminded of it each day when I arrive at my office and see the words in the framed presentation now hanging on my office wall.  As I look at it each day I will continue to be humbled and honored."

Click here to read the full and moving letter Tony wrote to Bob and the class.

Howard Graves Retires as the Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System After Abandoning Cancer Treatment

August 29, 2003 Houston Chronicle carried story by Todd Ackerman reporting that Howard Graves has resigned as Chancellor of Texas A&M University System due to cancer, saying in a letter to the Board of Regents earlier this week: "With my current energy level, the time has come for me to pass on the baton."  Article mentions Graves "...has been on oxygen and has gone home to rest in the afternoons for the last two weeks".  Board of Regents will convene in a special meeting 30 Aug and could name an interim replacement, according to article.  For more go to The Bryan-College Station Eagle>A&M News.

Earlier A&M University System Chancellor Howard Graves said on August 7, 2003 that he is abandoning treatment in his fight against cancer.

“I don’t want to picture this as a crisis or a failure,” said Graves, who was diagnosed in January 2001. “The fact is we won the battle for two-and-a-half years.”

What this means for the future is uncertain, and Graves did not speculate about if he may leave his post. For now, he has said he’d like to remain on the job as long as possible — but that is something he needs to discuss further with the system’s Board of Regents.

Graves said he made the decision to discontinue treatment last week after doctors advised him additional chemotherapy would have little effect. Calling it a “decision to maintain quality of life,” Graves said he doesn’t know how fast the cancer may progress. But the retired Army general said his situation isn’t “devastating.”

Graves, 63, became chancellor in 1999 and was diagnosed with a tumor in his abdomen two years ago. The cancer later spread to his lungs. He has undergone treatment locally and at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Graves, a native of Roaring Springs, retired from the Army in 1996 after serving as superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

As chancellor, Graves directs the nine universities and eight state agencies of the A&M System, as well as its Health Science Center. He has kept up a grueling schedule despite chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

The job is intense — he works not only with the Board of Regents but also with lawmakers, administrators, alumni, major donors, the federal government, private research interests and local communities.

“The chancellor is the CEO of this multifaceted major corporation,” Graves said. “I have a lot of personal pleasure and fulfillment from being chancellor. It’s a matter of public service. ... I have not suffered badly from chemotherapy.”

One reason he has shared publicly his battle with cancer, Graves said, is a conviction the experience may be helpful to others.

“That’s been my personal approach to life,” Graves said.

And he said his cancer — a rare form known as a sarcoma — has strengthened the faith guiding his life. A Christian has an obligation to express vulnerability, Graves said, and not just in “good times.”

“When I’ve sought guidance from the Lord before, it’s usually between two good alternatives, [for example] deciding between two good jobs,” Graves said.

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Pat C. Hoy II Recipient of the 2003 Cecil Woods, Jr Prize for Nonfiction Awarded by the Fellowship of Southern Writer's

Pat C. Hoy II was the recipient of the 2003 Cecil Woods, Jr. Prize for Nonfiction awarded by the Fellowship of Southern Writer's Nonfiction.

Pat directs the Expository Writing Program at New York University where he is a professor of English.

A collection of his essays, Instinct for Survival, was selected as a "Notable" collection in The Best American Essays of the Century. Other books include Reading and Writing Essays and The Scribner Handbook for Writers, 4th edition (with Robert DiYanni). His essays and reviews have appeared in Agni, Rhetoric Review, Sewanee Review, South Atlantic Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Wall Street Journal. Eight of these pieces have been selected as "Notable Essays" in The Best American Essays.

As the principal speaker for the dedication of Reconciliation Plaza--the Class of 1961 Class Gift--Pat deeply touched those present with his address entitled "Reverberations." (Click here to go to a copy of "Reverberations".)  Since people, from many different classes, still read the speech and write to Pat, he thought they would be interested in knowing what inspired him to write it.  Click here to read what Pat wrote about this.

Minutes of 4 June 2003 Class Committee Meeting Now Available

Click here to go to this Class Committee Meeting minutes.  Prior Class Committee minutes are available by clicking on Class Business.

54 "Die-hards" Show Up for 2003 Pig Roast Despite Weather

A very successful 2003 Pig Roast was held June 7 at George Kopcsak's on the 42nd anniversary of our Graduation from USMA.  According to George, "the weather did not cooperate, but 54 die-hards showed up anyway".  An amazing thing was that there was only one cancellation.

Click here for pictures of this event.

Classmates at the Recent Golfing Grads of USMA Event at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL ( 30 Apr - 4 May 03)

Glen Adams, Tom Baird, Pat Carroll, Dan DiCarlo, Jay Hartford, Hamp Hodges, Dick Knoblock, Tom Myrick, Jim Scott and son Jay, Bill Tobin, Al Vanderbush, Jerry White, and Red Zaldo participated in the 2003 golfing grads at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fl. 61ers had more fun, made more noise than others, and played golf in our own enthusiastic style. Somehow, Dan DiCarlo won low net. Next year we hope for the return of Ron Hannon and more classmates.

Click here for pictures of this event.

94 Classmates, Wives, Widows, Family, and Friends Celebrated Successful Class Cruise Mini-Reunion January 26 - February 2, 2003

The Celebrity Cruise Line Ship Millennium, departed Ft Lauderdale, FL on Sunday, January 26, 2003 with 94 Classmates, wives, widows, family, and friends to launch a most successful and enjoyable Class cruise mini-reunion. 

For cruise details and pictures click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Remembrance:

Barbara Lawrence
Widow of Jack Lawrence

The following message, sent by a class son Michael Christopher Lawrence, is hereby presented in tribute to a widow who over the years was a part of our Class activities.

I just wanted to let you know that the memorial service for my mom was fantastic.  All of my dad's sisters flew down from New England (Linda Rockenmacher, Carol Day, and Sharon Glidden).  Also in attendance were several of her nieces, her best friends, and many of her professional colleagues.  As a surprise, some of the West Point grads arrived to pay their respects.  Unfortunately, I can't recall all of their names, but I met Joe Stringer (spelling?) and a few others.  In all, 150-200 people were able to be there.

At one point in the service, friends and relatives were invited to stand up front and speak of fond memories.  At first, people were apprehensive.  Then, with the encouragement of others, people began to volunteer story after story demonstrating my mom's incredible gift for uplifting others.  The stories were hilarious, heartfelt and quite appropriate.  The service turned into one big celebration and the atmosphere was extremely positive.  A reception afterwards allowed everyone to mingle and express their feelings.

Everyone has since been commenting that it was the most uplifting service attended in many years and that it really helped replace the grief and loss with pride and happiness.

So, I just wanted you to know things are fine.  Stephanie and I are holding up really well.  Stephanie and I are in the process of planning a trip to NY this summer, to see the class dedication and tour the facilities.

Jim Nicholson Receives Nostra Aetate Award

 

 

On 21 Nov 2002, the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding of Sacred Heart University bestowed its Nostra Aetate Award to Jim Nicholson, United States Ambassador to the Holy See. 

The Nostra Aetate Award is given each year to honor an individual for his or her "outstanding achievements in making the world a better place."


In choosing Ambassador Nicholson for this award, Rabbi Joseph H. Ehrenkranz, Executive Director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding, said "because of his service to humanity as a diplomat, our center recognized his value as a representative of our country as an example of an image of Americans who care".

In prior years the award has been presented to the late Cardinal John O'Connor, Cardinal William Keeler, and the former Chief Rabbi of Europe, Rabbi Renee-Samuel Sirat.

 

 

Remembering the Victims of September 11, 2001

Click here to go to a most moving display of flags that were done this year in Sandy, UT to remember the victims of 9/11/2001.  The author of this is unknown to me, but he deserves much credit for making it available to all of us.

Witherspoon Hosted Football/Golf Weekend In New Orleans Successful For All Including The Army Team

The Class of 1961 did it again. All of us who attended the ARMY Vs Tulane Football / Golf long weekend feel as though we are the harbingers of good things for the ARMY Football Team.

Click here to go to the full article.

Pentagon Survivor LTC Brian Birdwell July 18, 2002 USMA 1961 Luncheon Speaker

At the quarterly USMA 1961 luncheon on July 18th at the Ft Myer Officer’s Club, LTC Brian Birdwell was the guest speaker. Approximately 43 classmates, wives, and friends were there at one of the most heavily attended luncheons to date.

Click here to read his inspiring story and to see (list and pictures) who attended the Luncheon. 

 

 

Class of 1961 Presents Don Stivers' Painting "One Flag, One Country, One Destiny" to the Association of Graduates at June 17 Ceremony in Herbert Hall

Click here to go to the article and picture of Bob Glass, and artist Don Stivers discussing the painting after the June 17 presentation.

Sam Weiss and Family Honored by American Red Cross


Representatives of the extended family of Sam Weiss were honored June 1, 2002 at the National Convention of the American Red Cross, held in Phoenix, AZ, for their 26 year tradition of donating blood as a family on the first Saturday of the New Year.   Click here to read more.

 

 

Joulwan Receives AOG's 2002 Distinguished Graduate Award


In a recent ceremony at West Point, the Association of Graduates presented George Joulwan with its 2002 Distinguished Graduate Award.  Click hereto read more.

 

 

Holmberg Appointed to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Advisory Board

Bruce Holmberg has been appointed to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Advisory Board.  It's Board includes Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, General H. Norman Schwarkopf, Geraldine Ferraro, Mel Stottlemyre, and a number of prominent myeloma researchers and business leaders.  As a Board Advisor, Bruce has devoted many hours of volunteer effort to the foundation and was recently presented its 2002 Outstanding Volunteer Award.  Click here to read more.

Washington Pig Roast held at Michele and George Kopcsak's on June 1st, 2002

Click here to go to list of who attended and to get a PhotoParade of pictures taken at the Pig Roast. 

 

Solomon Carries Olympic Torch


 

Click here to read about how John Solomon became "The Accidental Olympian".

 

 

 

Palm Coast Resort Golf Tournament 24-28 April 2002 a Success:

Click here to read about the successful Palm Coast Resort Golf Tournament attended by 14 Classmates 24-28 April 2002. 

On 6/25 pictures were added to this article.

 

Howard Graves' Cancer Fight Cited by Dallas Morning News

Click here to go to a Dallas Morning News article on the battle our beloved friend and respected classmate Howard Graves is fighting with cancer.

 

 

 

 

In Tribute:"A Special Tribute To a Star Man"  

Click above to go to a tribute honoring Bill.

Click here to get a PhotoParade of pictures taken at the Tribute presentation.

Click here to download PhotoParade Player if you have not downloaded the PhotoParade Player to your PC.

40th Reunion:

Class Gift Dedication

Reconciliation Plaza, the Class of 1961 Class Gift was presented to the United States Military Academy in a Dedication Ceremony on Friday, October 5.  The Plaza is a memorial which commemorates the reconciliation between the North and the South and is dedicated to our Classmates who gave their lives in service to our Nation - those who died as a result of action during the Vietnam War and those who died in military accidents in time of war.  It also honors the members of the Classes of May and June 1861 who died as a result of action during the Civil War.  LTG William J. Lennox, Jr., Superintendent, USMA, accepted this memorial.

The principal speaker for the dedication was Pat C. Hoy II.  His address, entitled "Reverberations", deeply touched all present.

Click here to go to a copy of "Reverberations".

Click here for pictures of Reconciliation Plaza.

Pictures From 40th Class Reunion Available For Your Viewing

John Neiger has been working on an outstanding process for making the pictures he took at our 40th Class Reunion available on this Class Web Site.

Thursday Night Social PhotoParade - Click here.   There are 93 pictures, so many of those attending are included. 


Sunday Brunch & Farewells PhotoParade - Click here.   There are 189 pictures   This runs about 40 minutes or so depending on your PC.

(For those classmates who have dial-up Internet service, be forewarned that these could each take an hour or more to download the first time.  Those who have broadband service will require only a few minutes to download.  We are working on making this into smaller segments so as to decrease the time to download a single portion of the pictures.  It may be early next year before we have that available for you to use.)

Click here to download the PhotoParade Player to your PC if you have not done so before.

Memories of the 1960 100th Night Show  Available For Your Viewing

Thanks to Gage Gabriel a PhotoParade of the 1960 100th Night Show "Finder's Keepers" is available on this Class Web Site.

Finders Keepers PhotoParade - Click here.

Click here to download the PhotoParade Player to your PC if you have not done so before.

Sanford E. Vedder, Jr.
"Sam"

Company M-2

17 Jun 1939 - 26 May 1998

Place of Death: Pell City, A

Interment: Naperville, IL

There is no information about Sam's death.  Contact by the Class ended in 1999 when a letter was returned as "undeliverable."

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last update:
2/12/2016