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'39 Capt. Robert H. Nichols The Olivia White Hospice Home Room 10 752 North Switzer Canyon Drive Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (928) 637-8093 (cell) No column submitted this quarter. '40 The Class of is seeking a new agent. If you are interested please contact the Editor at (516) 482-3097 or No column submitted this quarter. '41 The Class of is seeking a new agent. If you are interested please contact the Editor at (516) 482-3097 or Vincent Bamford, 93, of Honey Pot Road, Southwick passed away at home on June 3, 2012. He was born in Philadelphia, PA, October 15, 1918, the son of the late Frank and Anne (Worthington) Bamford. He moved to Atlantic City, NJ as a child where he graduated from Atlantic City High School. He was a proud graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy and an officer in the Merchant Marine. He served in the Navy during WWII, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander while serving in the Pacific. Vincent was employed by Liberty Mutual for 37 Years as an engineer, where he was instrumental in the development of life saving devices and fire suppression equipment. Vincent was a Registered Professional Engineer, Certified Marine Surveyor, Fire Protection Engineer and served on the Board of Directors for the American Boat and Yacht Counsel, Underwriters Laborites and the National Association of Marine Surveyors. Vincent's beloved wife Katherine R. (Schmidt) Bamford passed away in September, 2000. He leaves his loving sons best selling author James Bamford and his wife Maryanne of Washington DC, Tom Bamford and his wife Paula, his cherished granddaughter Christina C. Bamford. David Jackson Seymour passed away on May 2, 2012, in St. Louis, MO; he was born in 1919 in Tientsin, China, to Charles E. Seymour and Christine Jackson Seymour. His father was an executive with Dollar and American Steamship Lines. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 58 years, Ruth (Beers) Seymour and his older son, Starr Jackson Seymour and two sisters, Elizabeth Seymour and Mary Morgan Hunter. Survivors include his son, Bruce (Lily), St. Louis, two granddaughters, Krista (Brian Maurizi), New York, and Leila Seymour (St. Louis), his brother Charles (Donna) and their two children Joyce and Rex Seymour in California and several nieces and nephews in Connecticut. His childhood was spent in China with frequent trips back to the US and Canada. The family left China before Japan took over in 1937. He graduated from high school in Durham, Ontario, Canada. While living in China, he took art lessons at the Russian School of Arts and learned to play tennis from his father's private secretary, who happened to be a singles champion across India and China. Growing up, he held the title of Junior Ping Pong Champion in North China. Art and tennis remained his lifelong avocations. Early interest in ships and the sea resulted in graduating from the US Merchant Marine Academy (now Kings Point), and during WWII he served with the Merchant Marine as Deck Officer and reached the rank of Commander in the US Maritime Service. He held a Master's License for Unlimited Tonnage-Any Oceans. He was Shipmaster of the SS Isac Coles, a cargo and troop carrier Liberty Ship at 24 years of age, the second youngest Captain in the US Merchant Marine. He served in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Mediterranean and made voyages to the Persian Gulf and across the North Atlantic with war supplies for Russia and Great Britain. At the conclusion of WWII, he had made thirteen trips around the world. Combining his interests in ships with his artistic talents, he enrolled in MIT and earned a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in 1950. He worked as a naval architect for American President Lines, Bethlehem Steel Shipbuilding Division and Lockheed Shipbuilding, Inc., before establishing his own consulting firm, David J Seymour, Ltd - Naval Architects and Marine Consultants in San Francisco, CA, in 1968. Retiring in 1989, he and his wife dropped anchor in Bellingham, WA. He was semi-retired since he remained in demand as an expert witness in several high profile maritime cases. He held 35 US and Foreign Marine Patents. He played tennis up to age 86 and became an active member of the Whatcom Chapter of the US Merchant Marine and Whatcom Marine Historical Society and a Charter Member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. His papers and several ship models now reside in the San Francisco Maritime Museum. He continued lecturing on subjects close to his heart, China and ships, until his move to St. Louis two months ago. '42 The Class of is seeking a new agent. If you are interested please contact the Editor at (516) 482-3097 or Mark September 29, 2012 on the calendar for your 70th Anniversary Homecoming Reunion. Why a 70th Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Foundation's financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The Foundation makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N résumé review/career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards -- activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012 will count toward your final class gift total. Arnold Evans left us April 28, 2012 after a brief illness. He was 90. Born on July 27, 1921 in New York City, he moved to Yonkers when he was six. A graduate of Saunders Trade School, he is predeceased by his father Walter in 1942, mother Adele (nee Wolfson) in 1981, son Arnold in 2000, and sister Ruth Kraus in 2010. Arnold was a member of the New York State National Guard and then he was federalized into the US Army during WWII. While in the Army, he passed the entrance exam to the Merchant Marine Academy. Upon his Honorable Discharge, he continued with the Merchant Marine as an engineer seeing the world. While on a trip to Germany, he met his current wife Maria (nee Gerhartz). Arnold is also survived by many nieces and nephews including their families. Martin Francis Knobloch passed away in San Mateo on October 10, 2005 at age 86. Survived by two daughters; Diane C. Bachman, two sisters, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A native of New York, Martin retired after 25 years as an electrical engineer with the City of San Mateo. A member of the San Mateo Elks and Knights of Columbus, he enjoyed golf, tennis, bowling and ballroom dancing. William P. O'Connor, 90, of Manchester, CT, husband of Paulette (Spano) O'Connor, passed away on April 28, 2012 at home after a long illness. Bill was born in Long Beach, CA in 1921, the son of the late Thomas and Grace (Parsons) O'Connor. He was raised in New Jersey and graduated from Toms River High School in 1939. After graduation, he attended Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy. When WWII started, he was called to active duty and served in all theaters during the war. He participated in aiding US forces in WWII in vital operations during the invasion at Omaha Beach. He received his B.S. Degree while serving in the war in 1942 and retired from the Merchant Marine after the war as a Lieutenant Commander with the Maritime Commission. He then went to work for the American Export Lines as a Chief Engineer in 1946. In 1948, Bill went to work for Travelers Insurance Company serving in Newark, NJ, Philadelphia, and Waterloo, IA as a Safety Engineer. He was office manager in New Haven, CT and Albany, NY, and was promoted to the home office in Hartford as assistant superintendent in the engineering division in 1973, assistant secretary in 1976, and as account manager. He retired as Director of Field Services, Engineering Division-National Accounts in 1992. While working in Hartford, he attended Rensselear Polytechnic Institute and received his Master's Degree in Business Administration in 1982. Bill was an avid jogger and swimmer for many years and ran in the Manchester Turkey Trot. He enjoyed playing golf with his good friends, watching U-Conn basketball, and spending time with his grandchildren and stepgrandchildren watching them in sports and dance. He skied three times a week during the winter well into his 70's. He had wonderful memories of many summer picnics and Christmas brunches and Super Bowl parties with his good neighbors and friends for many years. With his loving wife of 35 years; he is survived by his daughter, Patricia Cavallaro and her husband Carmen of Branford, CT; step-daughter Jan Williams and her husband Tom of Vernon, CT; grandsons Michael Cavallaro and his wife Maureen, and Mark Cavallaro and his wife Jennifer, both of Branford; great-grandchildren Fiona, Wyatt, Olivia, and Chloe Cavallaro; step grandchildren McKenna, Carson, and Caryse Williams of Vernon, and his sisters, Mary Ann O'Connor of New Jersey and Frances Ross of California; and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Bill was predeceased by two sisters, Opel Franklin of New Jersey and Thomasina Eggimann of Georgia; and three brothers-in-law, Sam Franklin of New Jersey, Bud Ross of California, and Lee Yarnell of New Jersey. Bill's family would like to thank the Visiting Nurse Association in Vernon for the special care and friendship they received from all the nurses, aides, and volunteers that attended to him in his time of need. Captain Rocco John Sinisi, US Naval Reserve, retired, died on November 21, 2008, in Rocky Hill. He was the son of the late Vito Michele and Giovanna Sinisi of New York City. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Judith Voegtlin Sinisi; his sister Isabelle Careccia, of Dunedin, Florida; his daughter Terryl Cloud and her husband Tom Cloud, of Austin, Texas; and three sons, Jon Michael Sinisi and his wife Joanne, of Beaufort, SC, Russsell Sinisi and his wife Halina, of Wethersfield, and Kyle Scott Sinisi and his wife Christina, of Goose Creek, SC. He is also survived by eight grandchildren. After graduation from the US Merchant Marine Academy in 1942, he served as Engineer Officer in several US Navy ships in both Atlantic and Pacific Theaters of WWII. He concluded long service in the Naval Reserve in 1972, retiring as Commanding Officer, Naval Reserve Group Command 8-1. Following active service in WWII, he embarked on a career with Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, retiring as Senior Chief Engineer in 1984. He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and served on its Boiler and Pressure Vessel Committee from 1974 to 1984. He was also a talented painter and wood carver. Tom King passed from the Church Militant onto the Church Triumphant on April 5, 2012. There are things you may know about Tom King: he is a career Merchant Marine, has spent hours sailing, and an avid reader - particularly Civil War history. Here are some things you may not know about Tom: he was enrolled in the 1942 class of the US Merchant Marine Academy when the world changed with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. His training was truncated and he faced the hazards of war: transporting military cargo through contested waters, unarmed and without escort. During that time, Tom earned his Master's License. Tom became the Ship Master of the Snug Hitch and transported cargo. Eventually, his ship was designated a prison ship and on one occasion, he transported 1,000 POWs to a camp in the Leyte Gulf. After the war ended, Tom's ship carried a capacity load of former concentration camp victims from Germany to New York. In 1949, Tom married and within a few weeks proceeded to his work at the US embassy in Seoul, Korea. When hostilities broke out in 1950, with N. Korean divisions invading across the 38th parallel, Tom and his wife abandoned their belongings and survived a harrowing escape. One of Tom's favorite experiences was serving as the Superintendent of the US Merchant Marine Academy. (He had by then achieved the rank of Rear Admiral.) He was the first USMMA graduate to serve as superintendent and remained there until 1987 when he retired from federal service. After retirement, Tom worked to establish a memorial to the 200 years of service rendered to America by merchant mariners. That effort resulted in a larger-than-life, bronze statuary dedicated in 1991 at New York City's Battery Park. Tom was proud of his two adult sons, Thomas, Jr., and Stephen and his four grandchildren. May 7, 2012 at his home on the shores of Alamoosook Lake after recent recoveries at St. Joseph's Hospital and rehabilitations at Maine Veterans' Home in Bangor. He remained intellectually curious, an adventurous traveler, and a man with a big heart under the surface of his sea-worthy resolution until the last days of his life. In his retirement years, he mastered the game of bridge and instructed beginners. He claimed he was a young man trapped in an old man's body. For the last seven years of his life he enjoyed boating, swimming, working outdoors, and hosting family gatherings at his lake property. He avidly researched family genealogy via the internet and correspondence with cousins in Ireland, England and Australia. He made several trips with family members to pursue family history and two solo trips to England and Scotland for both genealogy and educational research, the last one at the age of 91 in the fall of 2011. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1919, he was inspired by his sea captain grandfather and went to sea at the age of 17. From 1938 to 1946, he served in the US Merchant Marine on ships operated by the US Lines, American President Lines and American Export Lines before, during and after WWII, rising from deck cadet to US Coast Guard Master of unlimited ocean going vessels. He graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point in the class of 1942. In 1944, he was appointed to first command of the ship SS Charles Carroll at the age of 24, one of the youngest shipmasters to have served in the US Merchant Marine during WWII. During this time, he made several munitions runs at the center of convoys, including one to Murmansk. He continued to serve in the National Reserve of the US Navy, 1946 to 1950. During WWII, he was awarded bars for Pacific, Atlantic, Mediterranean Middle East War Zones; the Merchant Marine Defense Bar; American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; European-African-Middle East Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; and the WWII Victory Medal. Subsequently, he received a medal commemorating the 50th anniversary of the allied victory in WWII from Russia. Captain Marshall completed his undergraduate degree at New York University. During his business career, he advanced to senior vice president of the Atlantic Mutual Insurance and Centennial Insurance Companies in charge of the international insurance operations in Canada, England, Belgium, Holland and Mexico. For six of these years, he served as CEO of the Union de Seguros, S.A. in Mexico City, Mexico. After early retirement, he joined the staff of the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, serving as special assistant to the superintendent as well as Director of Development, Director of Placement, Director of the Cadet Shipping Training Program, the First Director of the Center of Advanced Maritime Studies and Chairman of the Development Council. Following his second retirement, he served as a SCORE volunteer in both Bangor and Ellsworth Offices and formed his own management consultant corporation, Mar-Search, 1986 to 1990. He received an outstanding professional achievement award from the US Merchant Marine Academy. He was a member of professional associations like American Bureau of Shipping, American Export Association, Council of American Master Mariners, Lifesaving Benevolent Association of NY, Marine Society of the City of NY, and Navy League of the US. Captain Marshall was predeceased by his beloved wife of 60 years, Katherine Weaver Ebbert Marshall and three brothers. He is survived by his son, James Wainwright Marshall of Sonoma, CA, daughter, Katherine Marshall Greenman Old Town, ME; granddaughter, Margaret Greenman Burman and great granddaughters, Adeline Lillie and Calla Elizabeth of Saco, ME; and grandson, Gregory James Burnham Greenman of San Francisco, CA. '43 Joseph Mahoney 37 Park Street Danvers, MA 01923 (978) 968-8277 We give credit to our editor, Rita Gullion, for her research work in checking the Social Security Lists and other sources to discover and confirm the many deaths of our classmates - not only for our class, but the whole graduate body. Here are some reported with no obituary found: John J. Garrott died on January 12, 2012. Mitchell Gilbert (A-107) died on April 18, 2009. Gilman C. McMillian died on March 6, 2011. Benson Morris died on April 12, 1999. Simon (Sydney) Rubin died on February 7, 2012. Aaron Sher died on August 1, 2011. Charles (Carlos) A. Feliz died on October 27, 2011. Luis A. Corzo (A-251) died on December 25, 2010, in Venezuela. John (Jack) E. Brooks Section A-204(1H4) died on February 15, 2009. He was born September 4, 1918 in Mount Kisco, NY, the eldest son of seven sons born to Alicia Mary O'Brien Brooks and John E. Brooks. He graduated from St. Francis of Assisi, Mt. Kisco, NY, in 1932, St. Mary's High School, Katonah, NY in 1936, and the US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY in February, 1943. John was called on active duty by the Navy upon graduation. He served in the Pacific during WWII. He was discharged a lieutenant commander, US Navy in 1946. As a US Merchant Marine Academy cadet-midshipman on sea duty at Pearl Harbor, HI, he witnessed the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941. Aboard the USS Missouri, he witnessed the surrender of Japan in 1945. His career in marine engineering spanned over 37 years. He retired to North Litchfield, from Texaco Inc. where he was in charge of the Caltex oil tanker fleets in Sumatra, Tokyo, Zurich, and New York. He served as the first chairman of the Wachesaw Plantation Property Owners Association Architectural Review Board from 1989 to 1993, and was a volunteer commissioner of the Georgetown Water and Sewer District for 11 years. Mr. Brooks was predeceased by his wife Lucille Griesser Brooks. Surviving are his three daughters; Patricia, Lorelei and Catherine and five grandchildren. The family is grateful to the doctors and nursing staff of Waccamaw Community Hospital. Donald V. Ruddell died unexpectedly on March 30, 2009 in Tucson, AZ. He was the beloved husband of Helen, and father of Scott and Steven and three grandchildren. Charles D. Carmines died on February 24, 2009. His funeral was at Christ United Methodist Church. It was followed by military honors in Highland Cemetery. He graduated from the USMMA, Kings Point, NY in 1943. He served as an officer on merchant vessels during WWII. After the war, he worked for the US Defense Mapping Agency in 1980. He experienced the hazards of convoy trips in the Atlantic and told stories of his shipmates lost in WWII. Also, he was a congressional aide. In 1994 Charlie and his wife, Aileen, moved to Great Falls, MD. He was a devoted Christian and served on the church on numerous boards and helped to build many churches. He is survived by his wife of 65 years and two daughters and many grandchildren and 10 greatgrandchildren. Marshall Edward Stewart (A-113) died September 5, 2011. He was born in Oregon in 1923 and at the age of three moved to Southern California. He graduated from Redondo Union High School and later the USMMA, Kings Point, NY in 1943. After graduation he served in the Merchant Marine as a Deck Officer in WWII. His ships sailed in the South Pacific and the Philippines. He married Bette McCaleb in 1949. Marshall was preceded in death by his wife and son Larry, and is survived by a son, Doug, and a daughter, Anne, and two granddaughters. William Muuse (A-115) died on February 2, 2012. Formerly of Cranford, NJ, Bill was born on May 3, 1922, in Yonkers, NY. He lived in Elmer, NJ and New York City before moving to Cranford in 1952. Bill served in the US Merchant Marine and as a lieutenant in the US Navy during WWII, serving in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific theatres of operation. He was a 1943 graduate of the USMMA, Kings Point, NY. After the war, Bill was employed by the Military Sea-Lift Command, as a licensed deck officer, serving on numerous ships and as a marine transport specialist. He retired in 1979 after 38 years of federal service. Bill was a member of the VFW Post No. 335, Cranford and past master of the Lodge of the United Services No. 1118 F&AM, New York City and Cranford, and the North Jersey Past Masters Association, Clifton, NJ. Bill is survived by his sister, Marie Westervelt; niece, Cynthia Pinelli, and niece, Claudia Westervelt of Norwood, NJ. James F. Mooney, Section A-104(1H4), died on December 23, 1999 at the age of 80. James was a native of Cold Spring, NY. He retired as a mechanical engineer with DuPont. He was a Navy veteran of WWII where he served as Chief Engineer of the USS Thorn, DD647. He was a graduate of the USMMA, Kings Point, NY and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. James was an avid tennis player and golfer and a member of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church and the USS Thorn association. Survivors include a son, James of Swarthmore, PA; two daughters, Pat Sherlock and Beth Coats, both of Columbia; a brother, Dan of cold spring NY; a sister, Marie Dale of Concord, NH; and six grandchildren. Floyd Allen Mathis joined his wife of 59 years on March 4, 2012. He was born on August 14, 1922 in Crowville, LA. In early 1942, he entered the USMMA, Kings Point, NY and served four years as engineer on tankers during WWII. Mr. Mathis retired from Riverwood International as Preventive Maintenance Engineer in 1982, after 25 years of service. He went back to work at Riverwood and paper mills across the country as a Maintenance Engineer Consultant writing computer programs for preventive maintenance until 1998. Mr. Mathis was a member of Parkview Baptist Church, Monroe, since March 1957, where he served as deacon, trustee, and Sunday school teacher and on various committees. He also served on the Louisiana Baptist Executive Board for eight years. He was a mason, a member of the Monroe Scottish Rite and the Barak Shrine Temple. The family wishes to extend special thanks to all the staff, especially those of Wing 3, of Northeast Louisiana War Veteran's Home where Mr. Mathis resided for almost three years. '44 Melvin Rogow 160 S Poinsettia Place Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 939-2193 Stanley Howard Atherton, a longtime resident of Naples, FL, died peacefully at the age of 89 on August 28, 2011, the day of his 58th wedding anniversary. A second-generation Californian, he was born in Santa Monica, where he was raised and attended Santa Monica High School. At Kings Point, he was elected Battalion Commander and then served in the US Navy during WWII as a lieutenant on board a supply ship in the south Pacific. After the war, he returned to the US to complete his degree and graduated from the School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley in 1949, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Stan spent his entire 38-year career at IBM, which included various positions in sales and marketing, both domestic and abroad. After rising to branch manager for sales in Los Angeles, he was transferred in 1959 to the IBM World Trade Corporation in New York City and relocated his family to New Canaan, CT. In 1960, the family moved again to Sydney, Australia, where he was promoted to Regional Manager of the newly formed southwest Pacific region with responsibilities for five countries and became the first CEO of IBM Australia. In 1962, he was transferred back to IBM's New York office and the family returned to their home in New Canaan, CT, where he and his wife (the former Peggy-Jean Johnston) raised their three children and resided there until his retirement. Among his many community activities, he co-founded a Boy Scout troop at St Mark's Church in New Canaan, subsequently also serving time on the District Boy Scout Board. He was an avid golfer and long-time member of Woodway Country Club in Darien, CT, where he was elected to the Board of Governors and Treasurer. His interests and favorite past-times included skiing, travel, bridge, visiting with his grandchildren and volunteering at church. Everyone knew Stan as a gentleman and a kind soul who was blessed with many friendships worldwide. In addition to his wife, Jean, he is survived by his three children, Craig Atherton of Shelton, CT; his children, Lindsey and Kyle, Kent Atherton (and Beth) of New Canaan, CT; their children, Alyson, Brooke, Christian and Catherine, Kimberly Fox (and Dan) of Wilton, CT; and their children, Brendan, Annabelle and Molly. Robert Louis Cooper of Honolulu, HI, made his final voyage at the age of 88 on April 24, 2010. Born in Los Angeles, he retired from Hawaiian Electric Industries as director of safety. He was survived by his wife, Gei and son, Robert. Richard Heinicke of Walnut Creek, CA, made his final voyage at the age of 88 on December 17, 2010. Selwyn Shalley passed away at the age of 80 on December 1, 2004 in Pompano Beach, FL. William H. Ball, Jr. (B-131), of Kingston, NY, passed away on February 23, 2003. He was the husband of the late Jacqueline M. Ball; father of Michele Habeeb, Jane Farrell, William H. Ball, III and Lawrence Ball; brother of Jane Proser, dear friend of Marie Whalen; 16 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. John M. Burks Sr., of Elizabethtown, KY, passed away at the age of 87 on September 13, 2011 in Louisville, KY. He was born in New Albany, IN., and was a 53-year member of Memorial United Methodist Church. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 114 and the Chevrolet Motor Division Society of Sales Executives. He served in the US Merchant Marine during WWII, was a farmer and retired from Herb Jones Chevrolet in 2004 where he was the general manager. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Thorton and Allie Mae Davis Burks; and two brothers, Joseph Edward Burks and Richard Burks. He was survived by his wife of 65 years, Jane Miller Burks; two sons, John (Jann) Burks Jr. of Lexington and Jim Burks of Elizabethtown; one daughter, Janet (Terry) Sims of Charlestown, IN.; one brother, W.D. Burks of Tonieville; two sisters, Martha Owens of Shelbyville and Mary Jane Wiley of Louisville, MS.; nine grandchildren; and 18 greatgrandchildren. Robert G. Erath (B-369), a resident of Huntington, NY, made his final voyage at the age of 86 on November 17, 2009. Karl Buehler, a resident of Ft. Klamath, OR, passed away at the age of 89 on February 2, 2009. James R. D'Andrea (B-382) passed away peacefully at the age of 91 in his home in Weatherly, PA on March 8, 2012. He was the last surviving sibling of the D'Andrea family of Weatherly. Jimmy, as he was fondly called by those who knew him, was active right until the day he left us. He enjoyed playing golf and keeping up with the latest technology, including an interest in nuclear energy. His greatest joy was spending time with his five great-granddaughters. He loved hearing them call him "Great Pop" and sitting on his lap for hugs and kisses. He will be missed greatly by his grandchildren, James, Christina and Amy, all from New Jersey, and Jennifer from Nevada. He is survived by three loving daughters, Barbara Holly and husband, David, New Jersey; Linda D'Andrea and partner, Michele, Massachusetts; Catheryn D'Andrea and fiancé, Bruce, Nevada. Jim certainly lived life to the fullest as evidenced by countless experiences during his 91 years. After graduating from Weatherly High School in 1938, he worked as a pattern maker apprentice at Weatherly Foundry and Manufacturing until being accepted to Kings Point in 1943. As a 3rd engineer (asst.), he was assigned to War Shipping Administration vessels during the war and sailed the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean. Moving to New Jersey, Jim then went to work for US Lines and was an engineer with the greatest American luxury liner in history, the SS United States. From her construction, trials and 1952 maiden voyage, to her ultimate retirement in 1969, he traversed the planet on the vessel that to this day, holds the record for fastest north Atlantic crossing, both east and west bound. He continued to sail with US Lines as chief engineer aiding the Military Sea Lift Command until his retirement in 1984. He settled in Arizona for a short time, but eventually came back to his boyhood home in Weatherly. Jim retired from the Naval Reserve as a lieutenant commander, was a life member of the American Legion, The Retired Officers Association, and Marine Engineers Benevolent Association and was a proud member of the Penn Haven Gun Club. He passionately supported his parish, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish of Weatherly. Fernando Ciccone (B-364) made his final voyage on January 23, 2012. Andrew R. Goobeck of Pompano Beach, FL made his final voyage at the age of 77 on December 14, 2001. peacefully at the age of 90 on April 12, 2012 in Napa, CA surrounded by his loving family. He was born in New York City and served in WWII. He traveled worldwide while working for Chevron as a Chief Engineer until his retirement in 1984. Bob and his family were also stationed in Bahrain for five years in the mid 1960's. He loved to laugh and was liked by everyone who knew him all around the world. His hobbies included building miniature railroads, photography, Big Band and Classical music, and many excursions at the coast. He belonged to the Elks Club and was also a member of a local SIRS Group in Marin, CA for a number of years. Bob was a true ice cream connoisseur. In fact, his first job was at a soda fountain when he was a young teenager. "Life is always better with a little dessert," he would say. Yet, with all of his great accomplishments and hobbies, his greatest joy was his family. He never missed a birthday or anniversary. He was predeceased by his first wife, Mary, in March 1978. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, his two daughters, Pamela and Deborah, four grandchildren, Karina, Sean, Lowell and Luke, and five great-grand children, Sophia, Dominic, Madison, Peyton and Eli. Kenneth O. Dybing, who had lived in Brooklyn, NY, made his final voyage on June 26, 2010. Kenneth retired as a custodian engineer in 1987. He is survived by his wife Mildred. Bill Hicks had hip surgery in January and is recuperating. He has decided to make his new residence at The Lady of Hope, Room 204, 13700 North Gayton Road in Richmond, VA 232333. His phone is 804-360-7091. If you decide to call him, please let the phone ring so that Bill can reach it, or hang up and call back immediately. Evan A. Rubino of Mt. Vernon, NY, made his final voyage at the age of 88 on January 31, 2012. Born in Kearny, NJ, he married Marcia Goldberg in 1953. He was a self-employed appraiser. During WWII he served as a 1st Lieutenant on the US Rankin in the US Navy. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and CBI. He is survived by his wife, Marcia; daughters, Jan and Beth; and two granddaughters, Eleanor and Isabel. Captain Frank Stanejko of Cornwall Bridge, CT, passed away at the age of 88 on April 21, 2012 in Sharon, CT. Born in Norwich, CT, he was a Captain in the Merchant Marine and a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy during WWII. An avid fisherman and world traveler, he was a beloved uncle and friend. Anthony F. Brock of Maryville, MO, passed away at the age of 88 on January 14, 2012. Survivors include his wife, Bess Ann Brock and sister, Yolanda Callahan. Francis T. Daley (B-334) of Milford, CT made his final voyage at the age of 87 on April 11, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Donna Daley for 33 years. Born in Bridgeport, CT, he graduated from Yale School of Engineering, and the University of Washington Law School. He practiced law at the Legal Clinic of Norwalk. His hobbies included fencing, dancing, building clocks, woodworking, and traveling. He is survived by children Orion, Aleta, Sharon, Tom, Nancy, Diane, Brett, Cassandra; stepchildren, Wade and Wendy Barocsi; grandchildren, Sylvie, Nathanial, Gabriel, Jacob; and numerous relatives. Capt. George C. Reeser, Sr. (B-267) Ret. Sabine Pilot passed away in Port Neches, TX, at the age of 84 on August 25, 2009. Born on Tilghman Island, MD, the Captain is survived by his wife Mary Reeser and children Christopher Estes, Chris Reeser and wife Melanie, Robert (Bobby) Reeser and wife Barbara, Gail Jordan, Claudia Daigle and husband Ronnie and Robert Estes, his brother Wayne Reeser and wife Mary, nine grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren. As the Captain tells his life story, it really began with the onset of WWII when he joined the Merchant Marine after graduating from Kings Point. The Captain began sailing freighters through the War Years but quickly changed to tankers after the war ended. He saw that Texaco looked like the company to sail for in 1947 and secured a berth as 2nd Mate on one of their tankers. The Captain became an unlimited Master on Texaco tankers in 1948 and sailed for them until 1961. The Captain was invited to join the Sabine Pilots in 1961 and remained with the Sabine Pilots until 1991. He served as pilot for 30 years and also as an Association administrator for 15 of those years, even serving as president of the Association. After retiring to a life of traveling the continent in an RV, then several foreign countries, the Captain returned to his trade in a new world age. He went back to work in 2002, helping design computer simulations for training new pilots. The family of Captain George and his wife Mary respected their successful blending of two families. The Captain led well enough that they considered themselves to be one family. Robert 'Bob' Lauer Eller (B-136), 87, of Gettysburg, PA, passed away at the age of 87 on February 5, 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette Barstad Eller, in 2008. Born in East Orange, NJ, Bob graduated from East Orange High School in 1942. He served as a naval engineer in WWII on three ships in the Mediterranean and North Atlantic. Following the war, he received a bachelor's degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. During his years at Penn, he spent evenings, weekends and school breaks as an engineer on oil tankers for Gulf and Mobil Oil. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Bob's 40- year marketing and sales development career included executive positions at Dixie Cup in Easton; Scott Paper in Philadelphia; Milprint, a division of Philip Morris, in Milwaukee; Standard Brands in NYC; and Good Humor Corporation, a division of Thomas J. Lipton, in Fairfield, NJ. The last two decades of his professional career he spent with Overseas Military Sales Group in Woodbury, NY, where he headed up marketing and sales promotion and developed global sales training programs for automobile and Harley Davidson sales to the American military. During the 1970's and 1980's, he spent a good deal of time in Germany and Asia. In 1994, Bob retired to Gettysburg, where he remained active and became involved in the community. For the past 16 years, he served on the Board of Directors of SCCAP (South Central Community Action Programs, Inc.), most of those years as Board President. He became involved in local politics. He was an enthusiastic member of the Gettysburg Walking Club, the VFW, the NRA, the American Legion, and the Susquehanna Valley Mariners Chapter of the American Merchant Marine Veterans. Bob especially enjoyed the company of his ROMEO friends (Retired Old Men Eating Out) and the daily camaraderie he found at the Union Cigar Club on the square in Gettysburg. Bob loved his years in Gettysburg and spoke highly of his many local friendships. For these friends, and for all the special people that touched his life over the years, his family will be forever grateful. Bob will be remembered for his many stories, his eclectic interests, his creative graphics, his good listening skills, his tact, and his natural good nature and charm. He is survived by two daughters, Nancy Jo Eller and husband Bob Knowlden of Frederick, MD, Sally Lou Eller McNeill and husband Bobby McNeill of Charlotte, NC; and two grandchildren, Kristin McNeill and Matthew McNeill. Thomas J. Flanagan of South Glastonbury, CT, and formerly of Singer Island, FL, died peacefully at home at the age of 89 on February 29, 2012. Tom is survived by and will be sadly missed by his four children, Kenneth and his wife Joan, Chip and his wife Leslee, Carol-Lynne Casey and her husband Joseph, Kevin and his wife Kimberly, all of Glastonbury; and his 10 grandchildren, Tom and his wife Laurie, Terry and his wife Lauren, Carrie-Ellen and her husband Don Briere, Julianna, Sean, Meaghan, Aishleen, Kevin, Erin, and Maire Casey. He also leaves his dear sister, Helyn Flanagan Mulcahy, and his sister-in-laws Josephine Flanagan and Ann Bibens; and many nieces and nephews. Tom grew up in Hartford and attended St. Thomas Seminary, and graduated from Weaver High School. He proudly served his country during WWII. Tom was a member of the Greatest Generation and upon returning from the war, he and his brother Jim started Flanagan Brother's in the basement of their parent's home with $50 and a borrowed drill press. Their first products were hand-crafted copper bowls and ashtrays that they sold on the streets of Hartford and to various stores. Through determination and hard work, they watched their company (now Flanagan Industries) grow to become a global producer of complex aerospace components with over 100 employees. Tom was a self-made man, and he was generous in every way. He was a former member of the Glastonbury Rotary Club, the Glastonbury Community Club, a founding member and past Exalted Ruler of the Glastonbury Elks Club, a member of the Irish American Home Security. He and his predeceased wife Estelle loved to travel. He enjoyed spending summers at his home at Crescent Beach and winters in Singer Island, FL. He loved to play BINGO, he loved word search puzzles, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. He loved his family very much and was always quick to tell a funny story or city a poem that he had written. Tom truly saw the goodness in all people. After Estelle died in 2007, Tom lived the last years of his life with his devoted daughter and son-in-law and their two children. He had a very full life and was able to enjoy his last years through their love and devotion to him. Austin Roger Suneson passed away at the age of 90 on March 28, 2012 in Knoxville, TN, following a brief illness. Austin was born in Providence, RI. He spent his younger years in Harrisburg, PA, moving to East Orange, NJ during his teenage years. Employed by the Travelers Insurance Co., New Jersey, he was transferred to Knoxville in 1956. Austin continued to work for the Travelers Insurance Co. for a number of years. Then, he started employment at ORNL until he retired in 1981. After retirement, he worked as the safety director at Joseph construction Co. He was a member of the Fountain City Presbyterian Church for 56 years. Austin served in the US Navy during WWII on the USS Caliente. He was very proud of being a crewmember aboard his ship and spent many hours telling sea stories. He continued his naval career spending 20 years in the US Naval Reserves. In 2009, he was chosen veteran to fly to Washington, D.C. with HONOR AIR to visit the military memorials. He considered this to be one of the biggest honors and highlights of his life. Austin is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Joan. He is also survived by three children, Glenn Suneson (Linda) of Prattville, AL, Bradley Suneson (Starr) of Knoxville, and Linda Barringer (Don) also of Knoxville. He was the proud No. 1 grandpa of five grandchildren, Matt Suneson, Betsy Londono, Melanie Tollett, Blake Barringer, and Brian Suneson. Austin was also the proud No. 1 great grandpa of 10 great grandchildren. Leonard A. Ghilarducci, of Kennett, MO, passed away of congestive heart failure at the age of 88 on June 16, 2009 in Memphis, TN. His beloved wife Barbara Ghilarducci and son Eric Walden were by his side. Born in Stockton, CA, Leonard and Barbara were married for 18 years and lived up to a year ago in Stockton, before moving to Kennett, MO. Len told his son Eric recently that Kennett was "Gods country" and that the move was the best thing they could have done. Len was in the Merchant Marine for five years and retired in the 1980's as classified advertising manager after 50 years for The Record. Len and Barbara loved to travel and he belonged to the Knights of Columbus, SIRS and was very active at his church, St. Joachim's in Lockeford, CA. He was the devoted father of Eric Walden (Regina) of Sacramento, CA; Hunter Walden (Jessica) of New Port News, VA; Ann Vierra (Edward) of Stockton, CA; and David Ghilarducci of Stockton. Len was a loving grandfather of Christopher, Heather, Maryann, Michelle, Dresden, Cole and his great granddaughter, Kayla Marie Riley, who was the light of his life. It is with utmost sadness that I report that a section mate of mine, James Edward Ryan (B-232) of White Bear Lake, MN passed away at the age of 88 on December 2, 2011. He is survived by his wife Joan; children Steve, Dan (Susan), Mary, Joe (Karen), Mike (Ann), Phil and Andy (Kelly); 17 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and sister Margaret Greco. James graduated from Cretin High School in 1941 and retired as a conductor from Chicago Northwestern Railroad. Including myself, there are now only four remaining members of what was Section B-232, and I intend to stick around for a while longer. Donald E. Graham, of Falmouth, MA, passed away at the age of 86 on Monday, June 27, 2011, at Falmouth Hospital surrounded by family. He was survived by his wife, Betty (Hutton) Pacheco Graham. They were married for 19 years. He was born in Fall River, MA. In 1934, when he was nine years old, he moved to Falmouth and attended Falmouth schools, graduating from Lawrence High School in 1942. As a cadet/midshipman on an Esso tanker in WWII, he was awarded the Merchant Marine Combat Bar for being strafed by the German war planes while discharging aviation fuel in Bournemouth, England on his first voyage. Upon graduating, he had a choice of a commission in the Navy as an ensign or to serve in the Merchant Marine. He was told "The Nazis are killing more third mates than we can make and if we lose supply lines to Europe we will lose the war." He chose the Merchant Marine. He was assigned to the SS Fairfax and on his second voyage was promoted and made senior watch and navigation officer. After five months, he transferred to New York and shipped out on an Esso tanker to England. After V-E Day he was assigned to an aviation tanker in the Pacific, the only gasoline supply line in Okinawa for planes bombing Japan. He survived kamikaze attacks for two weeks as naval patrol boats covered the ships with smoke. After the war, he continued his career with Esso and married Elizabeth Sherborne in 1952. They lived in Falmouth. In 1953, he was assigned to teach the use of radar and Loran collision avoidance plotting on English, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish and American ships. In 1957, he was given a port job in Rockefeller Center and headed up the port information unit. It secretly supplied nearly all of the information on "The Bay of Pigs" to the CIA. He was then chosen to join a new company, Esso International, and became a troubleshooter on the port captain's staff. While in New York, he was elected to be the chairman of The Manhattan Sea Scout Council and became a lifetime member of the New York Marine Society. In 1968, after going back to sea, he was chosen as one of the captains of the super tanker the SS Manhattan. It was the largest commercial vessel at that time to fly the American flag. It opened up the Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. That proved to be a viable trade route year-round. In 1973, he retired, moving back to Falmouth. His first wife died in 1989. In 1990, he renewed a longtime friendship with Betty (Hutton) Pacheco. They began courting and were married in 1992, living in Falmouth and Fort Lauderdale, FL. Donny and Betty were known for their hospitality, generosity and wonderful parties. He had a great sense of humor and was always telling jokes in many dialects that would keep people in stitches. Besides his wife, he is survived by a sister, Pat Graham Gordon of Falmouth; and stepdaughters Gayle O'Brien of Boston, and Sharon Coniglio and Debra Rosen of North Caldwell, N.J. He also had seven step-grandchildren; three nieces and a nephew. George H. Graves (B-185) of Cherryland, CA passed away at the age of 87 on March 25, 2012. He was born on a homestead in Otis, Colorado. George served in the Merchant Marine from 1942-1945 on Liberty Ships. During that time, he served 22 months in the Pacific and Atlantic war zones as a navigator and 3rd officer. His ships provided supplies for the invasion in Marseilles, tanks to North Africa, bombs and aviation fuel to Guadalcanal and staff vehicles to Okinawa. On one of the ships he was serving on, they followed the invasion in the Philippines, dropping off PT boats with a crew from the Navy where needed in the Pacific. Two days after the Peace Accord was signed his ship delivered food to Tokyo. After the war, he and his bride "Gracie" moved to Fairfax, CA where he and his father started a business in construction, building homes in Marin County. He helped to develop Solar Technology that most people at time knew very little about, so he joined the Carpenters Union. He was a carpenter for 43 years and became a layout foreman for large construction projects in San Francisco and the East Bay. Some of the projects include the Oakland Court House, Jail facilities, Southland Mall and the Fremont NUMI Plant. As active citizens, he and Gracie helped to re-establish the Cherryland Home Owners Association. He volunteered his time and service to build the Ashland "Cop Shop" where he and Gracie continued to volunteer their time. He is survived by his two children and his two grandchildren. Robert (Bob) Hallberg, Sr. (B-279) made his final voyage in Seattle, WA at the age of 89 on February 29, 2012. Bob Hallberg was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. Born in Tacoma, WA, Bob spent his childhood near Puget Sound. His deep love for the natural world stemmed from his early years with his Boy Scout family, especially at Camp Parsons on Hood Canal. Eventually his family settled in West Seattle where he met Ada Woodhouse, his Alki girl and future wife. Bob graduated from West Seattle High School and the University Washington. He served in WWII. Bob and Ada were married in 1948 and spent a short time away in Iowa and California with National Civil Defense. He was present for the atomic bomb test in the Nevada Desert. Within a few years they returned to "God's country," Alki and Puget Sound. They filled the Angeline Street house with the laughter of five children: Robert III, Nancy, Tia, Per, and Alyson. In the summer, the family spent lazy days at the Woodhouse family cabin on Case Inlet. Bob was well known by the dozens of cousins for his terrifying telling of the local ghost story about the ill-fated Pearl. Most of his career was spent with the Washington State Dairy Products Commission in advertising. In 1986, Bob retired, but his love of milk, butter, ice cream, cows and dairy farmers never waned. After retiring, he had more time to visit the SAM and the Frye, interested in every detail of the paintings and the artists. He and his dear friend Ed manicured his garden daily, and in the evenings he traveled the world with Rick Steves while awaiting a family visitor for a game of Chinese checkers and a shared vintage scotch. His children enjoyed their father and marveled at his capacity to remember the peaks of the Olympics and the museums of the world. His keen memory supported many contributions to local historical archives. He was an irreverent prankster, a teller of tales and no matter how long he lived, it would not have been long enough for his family and friends. Bob was survived by his brother Richard (Mary Ruth), Ada, his wife of 63 years, their children Robert, Nancy (Peter Junkerman), Tia (Bob Gagner), Alyson (Mike Langen), and seven grandchildren: Sayre, Nerissa, Eliza (Blake Webb), Eric, Per, Keitaro and John. Grover E. Reeder (A-366) made his final voyage on October 24, 2008. Chester Z. Zaniewski, Sr. of Linwood, NJ passed away at the age of 92 on February 23, 2012. Born in North Bergen, he resided in Linwood for the last 42 years. Chester served in the Merchant Marine during WWII. He worked as a marine engineer for Prudential Lines and Grace Lines for 35 years, retiring in 1985. Chester is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Stella, his loving children, Chester Zaniewski and his wife Karen of Egg Harbor Twp, Dr. Richard Zaniewski, and his wife Ellen of Boxford, MA, and Mary Ann Owsley of Seattle, WA; and four grandchildren, Melanie, Jessica, Zachary, and Benjamin. William Kenneth Kapp (A-261), long time resident of New Canaan, CT, died on January 10, 2011 at the age of 87, Mr. Kapp was the son of Harry I. Kapp and Isabelle R. Kapp of Bronxville, NY. He was educated at the Bronxville (NY) Schools. His WWII duty involved numerous convoys to the Caribbean, South America and South Pacific. After WWII, he attended the College of William and Mary and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration. He then went into Magazine Advertising Sales for publishers of Good Housekeeping, Parade Magazine and Sales Management. Tired of commuting, he joined Homequity Inc. (Corporate Relocation) in Wilton, CT. At the time of his retirement, he was Director of New Business Development. Mr. Kapp was a member of the New Canaan Exchange Club and the Senior Men's Club of New Canaan, CT. He loved to spend time fishing with family and friends on his boat and enjoyed playing golf and paddle tennis during his retirement. He is survived by his ever-loving wife, Carol Ballou Kapp of 57 years. He is also survived by his two sons: William K. Kapp, Jr. and his wife Patricia I. Kapp of Ridgefield, CT and James B. Kapp of Bethel, CT, as well as four grandchildren: Jim Kapp, Cindy Kapp, Whitney Kapp, and Daniel Kapp. Joseph R. Laird made his final voyage on November 22, 2008. George Legnos, formerly of New London and Groton Long Point, CT made his final voyage at the age of 88 on February 20, 2012. Captain Legnos, the son of Greek immigrants, was born in Hartford. He grew up in Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, NY and spent summers at Sound View in Old Lyme, always in sight of and under the influence of the sea. At the outset of WWII, he lost both of his parents, and George really wanted to fly fighter planes. With the counsel and help of his older brother John, he applied to and was accepted to Kings Point. Once qualified as a junior officer, he began his service in the war sailing as a Merchant Marine officer in North Atlantic convoys supplying the war effort in Europe. He was known for entertaining with his stories of North Atlantic winter gales, ice and enemy attacks. On one voyage he did get his fighter plane; an entire deck load of P-51 Mustangs that his ship delivered to fighter squadrons in Europe. After the war, George received his unlimited tonnage masters license and his first command at 25. He sailed as a captain for Farrell Shipping Lines, making 20 voyages around the continent of Africa. In November 1951 he married Elizabeth Young. George moved into management as the domestic operations manager for Farrell Lines and was stationed in Lagos, Nigeria in 1961. He often traveled to Ghana, the Congo, Sudan and Johannesburg. During his tenure in Nigeria, he developed an efficient and successful coastal feeder freight system to compliment Farrell's ocean shipping. He later oversaw the conversion of the fleet from conventional cargo ships to container ships. From there, George served as port captain in Chicago. In 1968, he was transferred to Sydney, Australia. He enjoyed good years in Sydney, making memorable family trips from Sydney to Victoria, Perth and Adelaide. In the early 70's, George developed and managed the Port Everglades Container Terminal in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. From there, he went on to manage the fleet for New England Petroleum Company (NEPCO), then oversaw the commissioning of the General Dynamics Liquefied Natural Gas Ships Aquarius and Libra. During the process he was offered the command of the Libra and was back on the sea that he loved. During this time, he commanded the Libra where he sailed mostly from Japan to Indonesia until his retirement. In 1996, at 73, he retired after 50 years of sailing. During his retirement, he worked on reconstructing his house at Groton Long Point, as well as spending time at his house in Port Charlotte, FL. To all of his family, and friends he was affectionately known as "The Captain," always in command and looking over the horizon. George is survived by his brother, John; daughter, Laurel; and his granddaughters, Angela and Heather; nephews, Peter and Jay; and grandniece Alexandra; and grandnephews, Kyle and Hunter. John T. Lynam (B-222), of Cleveland, OH, passed away on September 30, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy Lynam (nee Correll); dearest father of Patricia Pagan (Jose), Carol Doubler (Rick), Colleen Heller (Leonard), Gale Belanger (Robert), and Lee Lynam; loving grandfather of April, Christina, Aaron, Michael, Sean, Angela, Katie, and Shannon; great grandfather of Anthony; and brother of William Lynam. Harold J. McDill (B-327) made his final voyage on December 21, 2002. John Edward "Jack" Morris made his final voyage on February 10, 2010 at VacaValley Hospital with family at his side. He was 90 years old. Born in San Francisco, he grew up on a ranch in Agua Caliente near Sonoma, graduating from Sonoma High School and Santa Rosa Junior College. Jack served in the US Merchant Marine during WWII, sailing on Liberty and Victory ships throughout the Pacific. He worked for the State of California for 34 years, retiring in 1979 as chief engineer at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville. Jack and his wife, Dot, made Vacaville, CA their home for 53 years. They enjoyed many happy years of retirement, traveling throughout the US in their RV, visiting with family and friends. Jack was survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Dorothy (Breen) Morris; daughters, Sandy Cintas and her husband Joe of Vacaville, and Pati Blickenderfer and her husband Bob of Massillon, OH; son, Ed Morris and his wife Debi of Woodland; grandchildren, Rick and Mike Cintas of Vacaville, Gina Blickenderfer of Massillon, Ohio, Erin Morris of Narragansett, RI, and Jeff Morris of Springfield, OR.; nine greatgrandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; brother, Bill Morris of Santa Rosa and sister-in-law Marilyn Morris of Los Molinos; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. John H. Paraskevas of Lincroft, NJ died peacefully on April 8, 2012 at the age of 91. He passed away on Easter morning after celebrating Holy Saturday with his wife Audrey, his children and grandchildren in a heartwarming and festive family gathering. Born in New York City, John, known as "Parky" to friends and business associates, grew up in Roselle, NJ. He attended Roselle High School and Newark College of Engineering. He served in the Navy during WWII as a Lieutenant Commander on the USS Lindenwald and assisted with the rescue of a Portuguese battleship while serving on the Richard Henry Dana. Parky participated in the Pacific, European and Middle Eastern arenas of combat as a Chief Engineering Officer. John was extremely proud of his 50-year career at Baker Castor Oil, which later became NL Industries. As a communicant of St. Leo the Great Church, he was an initial member of the church, Holy Name Society, and St. Joseph's Society. He was a member of the Middletown Shade Tree Commission, VFW, American Legion, Plant Engineers Association, and the N.J Board of Education Vocational Advisory Committee. He was the consummate host with a passion for cooking, fishing, golf, poker, building things, telling stories and entertaining family and friends. His greatest achievement was his 60-year marriage to his beloved wife Audrey (nee Elder) and their family. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son and daughter-in law David and Bucki Paraskevas of Tinton Falls, NJ; and his five daughters and sons-in-law; Mary Anne and Vincent O'Brien of Scituate, MA; Rose Marie and Charles Leitner of Darien, CT; Christina and Jeffrey Carlson of Lincroft, NJ; Ellen and Alexander Krasutsky of Shrewsbury, NJ; Alexis and Randy Rosen of Rumson, NJ; brothers Angelos Paraskevas and George Paraskevas, and sisters Helena Bauersachs and MaryAnne Stephans. His 18 grandchildren Audrey, Austin, Conor, Shea, Sara, Emily, Charlie, Maureen, Anders, Ingrid, John, Harry, Alexander, Julie Anne, Abigail, Chloe, Harrison, and Phoebe will miss their beloved Grandpa Yonkou. George Speechly made his final voyage in California on September 21, 2008. Wandering George, as George Trimble Shaw (B- 135) was affectionately known, passed away peacefully in his Newport Beach, CA home on March 30, 2012, at the age of "90 ½," as he liked to say. Born in Louisiana, MO, he moved to Los Angeles at the age of 10 with his mother and sister. Adventure was George's life. After graduating from Kings Point, he traveled the world on a Liberty ship, as a Second Mate Officer, during WWII. He married Rae Ashman in 1943, they had four children: Steve, Rick, Alison and Suzanne. In 1964, he took the entire family, and their dog "Beau" on a six month journey on a 40' Trimaran sailboat he had built in Seattle, all along the Pacific Coast down to Baja, Mexico. There were always annual trips with friends and family waterskiing, rafting, four-wheel driving in Baja, and later, exploring the USA and Canada in a motor home with Rae and their dog "Charlie." George was an exceptional businessman and a top-producing, very popular Loan Agent for Cal Fed in the Long Beach area. He also partnered on the building and operated several large apartment complexes. Rae passed away in 2004, and George married their longtime friend, Pat Spooner the following year. George and Pat spent nearly seven years enjoying life on Lido Island, and George loved playing tennis and botchy ball with "the guys" up until the end. Kind, generous and "FUN," everyone loved and admired George Shaw. John Warren Smullen (B-142), a first generation American, born in Salt Lake City, UT, passed away quietly at the age of 89 on March 6, 2011 after taking a fall in January of that year. When he was in second grade, his family moved to Oakland, CA where in 1939 he graduated from high school and started work in the Richmond Ship Yards. He had completed one year at San Francisco State when WWII broke out. John served as a Second Assistant Engineer sailing ships back the forth on the Pacific Ocean during the war. He met Marian Ready in 1945, and they were married June 14, 1946 in Oakland CA. John continued his education at California Sate University at Chico earning a Master's Degree in Education. He was a member of the Diablo Valley Masonic Lodge for 57 years. He taught two years at Berkeley High and moved on to teach at Mount Diablo High in Concord Calf, retiring after 34 years in 1982 as Assistant Dean. That year, John and Marian moved to Reno, NV. John and Marian enjoyed traveling and visited most of the US in their travel trailer. They were married over 64 years until Marian's death in 2010. Surviving children include John Smullen and Cindy Smullen and grandchildren Sadie and Jessica. Ralph L. Sperandeo of New Haven, CT, formerly of Branford, passed away at the age of 88 on February 16, 2012. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth Cratty Sperandeo. He sailed in WWII in the North Atlantic and made the Murmansk run to Russia in convoy for which he was awarded a Bronze Medal from the Russian government. He was discharged as a Lt. J.G. from the US Navy in 1946. He worked as an accountant for 45 years for the former NY, NH and Hartford, Penn Central and Metro North Railroads, until retiring in 1986. He is survived by his brother, Richard (Janice) Sperandeo of New Haven, his sister, Gloria Donovan of New Haven; nieces, Jill Sperandeo Wirtz of Portland, OR, and Lynda Sperandeo Henderson of Colorado Springs, CO; nephews, John Donovan of Old Saybrook and Richard (Jane) Donovan of Branford. He is also survived by several great-nieces and nephews. Cyril E. Maire Jr., of Richmond, VA, made his final voyage at the age of 88 on January 4, 2010. He was survived by his widow, Alice Cook Stephens Maire; his daughters, Sarah Ann Shelko and husband, Joseph, Amiee Melissa Poe and husband, William, and Elise Ann Maire; daughter-in-law, Cathy Edwards Maire; three stepsons, George M. Stephens III and wife, Cathy, Thomas W. Stephens and wife, Capsen, and John P. Stephens and wife, Lynn; two sisters, Mrs. G. Edmond Massie and Betty Maire Herndon; numerous grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Bergmann Maire; and their son, Cyril E. Maire III. Born in Park Ridge, NJ, Creil moved to Richmond in 1938 and graduated from Glen Allen High School in 1940. During WWII, Cyril made five successful voyages to the European and Mediterranean war zones. At the end of the war, Cyril returned to George Washington University, Washington, D.C., to complete his education and resume his career in banking. He retired in 1987 as an executive vice-president of Sovran Bank, a subsidiary of Bank of America. '45 Capt. Wilbur H. Vantine Condo Vida Hermose #21 500 East E1 Rancho Road McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 821-9810 On behalf of my 1945 Classmates and myself, I want to express our thanks to Mrs. Rita Gullion for a job very well done. She has been a superb Editor of the Kings Pointer and will be sorely missed. We wish her well in her future endeavors. Francis B. Saucier (C-140) made his final voyage on January 16, 2000. Gordon M. Halverson (B-298), 93, died on October 29, 2010, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnel. A memorial service was held at the Grinnell United Methodist Church and burial was at the Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnel, Iowa. Warren J. Merritt, Sr. (C-127) passed away on January 14, 2011 in Chico, at the age of 85. He was born to Richard Henry and Mabel Berryman Merritt on September 23, 1925. He is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Warren, Jr.; son, Robert (Dana); daughter, Sandra Poje (Jim); son, Charles (Sharon); son, Kenneth (Cindy); brother, Phillip E. Merritt; and eight grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Deborah. Warren graduated from Pacific Grove High School in 1943. He then attended Kings Point (US Merchant Marine Academy) in Long Island, New York. Warren served in the Merchant Marine until 1949, spending much of that time on the USS Grant, sailing around the world. His life's work was with the Boy Scouts of America, first as a volunteer and then as a District Executive for the Monterey Bay, Crescent Bay, Mt. Lassen, and Stanford Area Councils. In retirement, Warren and Mary, his wife of 61 years, lived in Redding, CA, from 1990 until 2005, when they moved to Chico. He was active at First Presbyterian Redding, serving as an elder. Warren was a longtime member of the Kiwanis, serving as President of both the Palo Alto and Redding chapters. In recent years, Warren was a member of Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Chico. Thomas A. Milaskey (C-319) died on February 2, 2011 as per SSDI. Alan S. Wolff (C-218), 85, Black Mountain, died on February 6, 2011. Thomas E. Leeds, Jr. (C-223) died on March 24, 2011. He was the beloved husband of the late Katherine, loving father of Katherine Prusmack and her husband Bob and Thomas V. Leeds and his wife Heather. He was the devoted brother of Betty Ann Parisi and the late Walter. He was also the cherished grandfather of Courtney and Chad and Christine, T. Evan and Rory and great-grandfather of Marley. He was one of the founders of Leeds & Leeds Company Inc. Vincent J. Borrelli (C-242, 87, of Portland, formerly of Glassport, PA, passed away on March 30, 2011, after a long illness. He was born on September 14, 1923, in Glassport, PA, to Nicolangelo and Gulia Borrelli. Vince moved to Portland in 1959 when he married his wife Susan J. (Andrews) Borrelli. They have been happily married for 51 years. He is survived by his wife, Susan; two daughters, Francesca DeQuinzio and her husband Thomas (Abington, MA), Juliette Mohan and her husband Kenneth (Portland); granddaughter, Jacqueline Gaunder and her husband Nate, granddaughters, Catherine, Molly and Rachel DeQuinzio, grandson, Vincent Mohan; and greatgranddaughters, Kiley MacVane and Leah Gaunder. He is also survived by his brothers, Joseph Borrelli, Nicholas Borrelli and his wife Marilyn, his only sister, Mary Molinaro; and many nieces and nephews. Vince was someone that will be greatly missed by everyone that has ever met him. He was a very kind, generous and real person; he was your best friend and you knew it. His family came first to him. His smile and humor will be missed by all who knew him. He taught us always to be grateful and be kind to each other. Vince graduated from Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy in 1945. He served in the US Coast Guard/Merchant Marine during WWII from 1943 to 1944. Upon discharge from serving his country, he worked for National Bulk Carriers for many years as a Merchant Marine Chief Engineer. He retired from Keystone Shipping Company in 1985. Vince's career required him to travel the world. He had many stories to share of faraway places and different cultures. Vince enjoyed his early morning visits to Tony's Donut Shop with all of his friends, especially Donna and Ricky. He spent much time at the gym with Kevin, Alison, Dr. Padavanano, and their entire staff. The family would also like to thank Dr. Devon Evans, Danielle Bowen, Kim and Hannah and all of the caring people at the MCCM. A very special thanks to Dr. Carl Schuler DO, who he felt was more than a physician; he was a true compassionate, dear friend along with his wife Chris and the rest of the staff. Ernest C. Dainty passed away on June 30, 2011. His death was reported to the Academy by his daughter, Cynthia Halland of Torrance, CA. George C. Kozak (B-299) died on July 25, 2011 as per the SSDI. Howard L. Gates (C326) died on July 27, 2011 as per the SSDI. Robert "Bob" J. Geiger (C-344), 90, of Fern Park passed on January 29, 2012 of Alzheimer's. Born on September 6, 1921 in New Washington, OH, Bob grew up amid farms and the family furniture business. He attended Notre Dame University, completing mechanical engineering at the Merchant Marine Academy in NY. After WWII service in the Merchant Marine and postwar Naval Reserves, he married Elizabeth Yanoschek while at Lumbermen's Mutual Insurance, Mansfield, OH. Raising a family of four, he participated in St. Peter's Catholic Church and was involved in Boy Scout leadership. Transferring to Orlando in 1969 he continued family/community activity with Indian Guides and Catholic Volunteers. He has been a member of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church serving many years as an usher. He stayed busy working as a grounds keeper at the San Pedro Catholic Retreat Center where his love of the outdoors was fed daily. He was recognized as a patient, considerate and caring person with a good sense of humor. He enjoyed camping, home repairs, fishing and big band music. He is proud of his nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Bob is predeceased by his wife Elizabeth "Liz" of 65 years, and survived by children Tim (Brenda) of TN, John (Ellen) of Oviedo, Susan Werly (Steve) of Deltona, and Edward (Tara) of Palm Harbor. John M. Godina (C-152) died peacefully on April 2, 2012 at age 87 after a long illness. Born on September 29, 1924 in West Virginia he left to attend the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY from which he graduated in November, 1945. He married Elaine Ziegler in 1945 and shortly after the war joined the Ziegler Chemical Company where he pioneered the commercial development and mining of Gilsonite, a natural resin. He left Ziegler Chemical as its President in 1980 to follow his dream of building his own company. Acquiring a small chemical plant in North Carolina, he started Resinall Corp in 1981. His goal was to manufacture specialty products for the printing, adhesive and coatings industries. He assembled a team through which he built a highly successful business which has grown into a multinational organization. His leadership, vision and devotion to his company will be greatly missed by his employees, associates, family and friends. John's spirit will live on in the company he dearly loved. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Elaine Godina, two sons, John Jr. and Lee, five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and a brother. Douglas Charles Workman (C-349) died in St. Louis on February 26, 2012, at the age of 87. Born to Verna and Oscar Wickstrom of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Douglas was raised by Helen and Carl Workman of Lake City, MN. Upon his graduation from Lake City's Lincoln High School, Douglas received an appointment to the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point where he joined the class of 1945. The "Midships" Yearbook notes that "Doug was the steadying influence in the section, and always the first to 'go to bat' against anything he thought was wrong." As a Cadet Officer, he became Commander of Company 16 and during WWII was injured during missions delivering locomotives and ammunition through the Barents Sea into Murmansk, Russia. Douglas sailed for US Lines after the war and then returned to Minnesota to begin a long career with the Milwaukee Railroad. He married Patricia Yvonne Rill, of Lake City, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Lake City on October 20, 1951. For over 32 years, Douglas held sales and marketing positions with the Milwaukee Railroad in Des Moines, Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, and San Francisco. He enjoyed camping with his family, carpentry and building his retirement home in the Seattle area. As a devoted patriot he followed local, state and national affairs. Douglas attended USMMA Alumni Day in April 2008 with his wife Patricia and daughter Carolyn, his first time back to the Academy since he was a Cadet. Douglas and Patricia celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last October. Douglas is survived by his beloved wife Patricia; their three daughters, Susan Workman of Olalla, WA, Carolyn Workman of Auckland, New Zealand, and Gail and Dr. Mark Thoelke of St. Louis, MO; and two granddaughters, Mariah and Jessica Workman Thoelke. Douglas is also survived by his brother Donald Wickstrom of Edina, MN, his sister Mary Ann "Bunny" (Wickstrom) Petersen of Red Wing, MN, and numerous nieces and nephews. William B. Simone (B-299) , 88, of Kennebunk, died on Sunday, March 18, 2012, at his residence. He was born in Bridgeport, CT, on August 20, 1923, the son of Joseph and Mary (Smith) Simone. William graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, and then served in the Merchant Marine aboard Liberty Ships during WWII. Following the war, he entered the Naval Reserve while earning his bachelor's degree from Fordham University. William then transferred to the regular Navy where he served as a line officer for 20 years on numerous ships, one being the USS Basilone DD/DDE-824. He retired as a Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) in 1967. Shortly after retiring, he and his wife Patricia owned and operated a tour boat business in Annapolis, MD, for four years. Never one to venture far from the ocean, he earned his Master Mate and Pilot certification, was licensed to pilot almost any ship afloat, and did so for many years. Following his career at sea, William was an aspiring author. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Simone, of Kennebunk; and two cousins, Rose Vogel of Stratford, CT, and Marion Lindsley of Monroe, CT. '46 Robert R. Haines 1455 20th Avenue, Apt. 203 East Moline, IL 61244 (309) 752-9516 Lester C. Cash (D-176) has sent me photos of what he had been keeping busy with: his favorite antique gasoline engines, rebuilt Hot Rods/ Tractors and uphill racing. Hey Les, it all looks like fun, especially in the Nevada sun. Les raced with a four cylinder, valve-in-head engine, but didn't win. George C. Previll (D-181) from Maplewood, NJ died on January 16, 2012. He was a Merchant Marine WWII Veteran, who sailed over 30 years for US Lines through to the rank of Master. After retiring from sailing, Captain Previll served at SUNY Maritime Fort Schuyler, NY, as Commandant of Cadets and Captain of the training ship, Empire State. Later in his career, he served for Military Sea Lift Command through the first Persian Gulf War. During his career, he served as President of the Marine Society of NY and President of Council Master Mariners. He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie, daughter Jennifer, and son, George, Jr. Harry William Strunk Jr. (D-347) of Hobe Sound, FL, took the Deep Six on December 4, 2011. As a graduate of KP, he was a WWII Navy Veteran. As a Civilian, he was self employed as a building contractor in Bricktown, NJ, for 44 years. Surviving is his wife Mildred, daughters Susan, Barbra, and Linda, sons Peter and William, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. I received a letter from Vincent Rossitto (D- 272). He wrote, "We are well and hope you are the same. We celebrated our 60th Wedding Anniversary last year. We have two grandchildren. I have worked at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, East Hartford, CT, for 33 years in the Industrial Engineering Division and have been retired 25 years. My wife and I enjoy Senior Golf, playing Bridge, traveling and time with the family. I found you and Marty Doyle to be two fun classmates." Rosesy, as we used to call Vincent back then, was our roommate for several months. He moved back to his old room across the hall from us when Marty and I got a fourth. The three of us had a lot of good laughs, especially after Liberty. George Jacob Schott (D-182) of New Orleans, passed away on February 12, 2012. His USMMCC service training was during WWII. After graduating from the Academy, he served in the Navy as LT(jg). As a Civilian, he worked at Shott Company, his family business and eventually became General Manager and President of the Company. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Nellie, and seven children, Kenneth, Lynn, Jack, Michael, Robert, Mark and Paul, 14 Grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Ernest F. Bisbee (Dec. '46) of Media, PA, passed away on October 7, 2011. He was the husband of his late wife, Laverne and is survived by daughters Victoria, Suzanne and Alexandra and son Henry. I just received an obituary that reads, Robert J. Ehrlinger (Dec. '46) of New Market, MD, died on November 7, 2000. He took his USMMCC sea training during WWII. After graduating from Kings Point, in civilian life, he received a Master's Degree from University of Pittsburgh and a Doctorate in English from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He worked for Westinghouse and John Hopkins in research as a teacher and in the Social Security Administration. He is survived by his wife, Marie, two children, Dannah and David, and three grandchildren.'' John P. Ellison (Dec. '46) of Westlake, OH died on August 1, 2009. John was retired from the US Navy and had a career in Industrial Tape Sales. Surviving are his wife Rosemary, son John Jr., and daughter Rosemary. James West (D-283) of San Rafael, CA, passed away on February 11, 2005. Roderick J. Grader (D-260) of Henderson, NV, passed away on September 18, 2006. Frederick H. Holt (Dec. '46) from Warwick, RI, died on August 19, 2011. A graduate of the Academy, he served in the Navy as a First Lieutenant in the Pacific Theater. As a Civilian, he was active in Regetta Racing and served on the race committee of the US Olympic's Trials off Newport. His life was made up of extensive International travel. His wife Nancy preceded him in death. He leaves a son, Stephen, a daughter, Constance, three grandsons, and one greatgranddaughter. Kenneth Fiske (D-285) sent me 24 "Class of '46 Log" photos, depicting various events at the October Reunion. Since I wasn't able to attend, because of health reasons, it was great to be able to see some of the events and grads. Thanks, Ken. James V. Scroggin (Dec. '46) went with the Lord on September 28, 2011. In addition to his Cadet sea training during WWII, he served in the Navy during the Korean War. He earned the United Nations Service Metal, Korean Service Metal and the National Defense Service Metal. He graduated from Milwaukee School of Engineering 1956 with a degree in electronic technology. He retired from Texas Instrument in Dallas, Texas. Surviving is his wife Joyce, daughter Joni, and sons Michael and James, three grandsons and one great-grandson. Charles M. Stevens (D- 164) of Oneida, WI, passed away on November 5, 2007. He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis and daughter Kim. Surviving are two daughters, Robin and Kathleen, and six grandchildren. I received a bio from Jack E. Eulitt (D-380), written by his church for WWII Vets. Jack and I were Illinois natives, sworn in USNR at Great Lakes 1944 to enter the USMMCC and started Basic Training at San Mateo, CA. Jack came to the Cadet Corps as a wrestler: one who exercised in the barracks, at bed time, by walking on his hands to the Head and back, before retiring. Jack started Basic, already with a Chemical Engineering Degree from Illinois Institute of Technology. His CM sea training was aboard the Tanker SS Verendrye, delivering Aviation gasoline for the Air Corps and Motor gas for the Army. After graduation from the Academy, he continued his sea duty as a 3rd Ass't Engineer, rising to a Chief Engineer. Jack's wrestling career started as Captain of the wrestling team at the Institute, carrying over to the Academy. He received a scholarship to train for the Olympic Wrestling Team, but decided to continue his sea life, retiring in 1953. He retired his USNR in 1966. Jack will be 90 in July. '47 Rich Valenta 2249 Centeroyal Dr St. Louis, Mo 63131 (314) 821-1551 Mark September 29, 2012 on the calendar for your 65th Anniversary Homecoming Reunion. Kavark (George) Bournazian will chair your reunion activities; (508) 240-3101 / Why a 65th Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Foundation's financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The Foundation makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N résumé review/career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards -- activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012 will count toward your final class gift total. We lost four classmates recently: two are from the June group. The first was Medford Canby Jr., who left us on March 16, 2012 at age 85, leaving his wife of 60 years, Margaret Ann, two daughters, a son, and three grandchildren. He came to Kings Point from his home in Washington D.C. After completing sea duty as a Cadet, sailing Merchant for two years, and serving active Navy submarine duty from '49 to '53, he returned to Washington D.C. After working there as an engineer at the Naval Ordnance Lab, and at several private electronics firms, he signed on with the Defense Mapping Agency from '64 until retirement in '92. A charter member of St. David's Episcopal Church, he was also a member of the Chevy Chase Club, and the US Naval Institute. The 1982 Kings Point Outstanding Professional Achievement Award winner, MacGregor Bulloch Jr. (D-225), who came to KP from his home in New Orleans via Pass Christian, crossed the bar peacefully on March 21, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Mac sailed with Delta for two years before earning a BBA at Tulane. From '53 through '55, he was on active duty with the Navy in Korea and Japan. He retired in '93 as Senior Vice President – Operations at Lykes Brothers Steamship Co. with 42 years of service. He was active in professional, civic, and church affairs in the New Orleans area. Upon the death of his first wife, he married her sister, thus becoming the parent of seven natural and step-children and 17 natural and step-grandchildren. His smiling face and great sense of humor will be remembered by all who met him. December group's Adrian 'John' Lindeman (E- 248) left his Chicago home for Basic School at Kings Point, sailed North and South Atlantic as Engine Cadet, completed his studies, graduated and returned to Chicago. He went on to found, and was President of, Process Sales, Inc. There, John made his final departure on March 31, 2012 leaving "Terri," his wife of 61 years, three surviving children, and six grandchildren. Our fourth loss was Eugene H. Bernstein (E-238), who stayed close to his New Jersey home except for his Cadet experiences in the South Pacific. Later, after sailing as a Mate for only a few months, Gene found his greatest interest not in Navigation, but in Science (biochemistry and microbiology). He was the owner and principal investigator of University Laboratories for 37 years, and the main thrust of his much respected work was cancer research. Gene leaves his wife of 60 years, Bernice, three children, and three grandchildren. On a happier note, Al Wood, our E-131 section correspondent reports hearing from George Melichar who now calls Laurel, MS his main home (got a degree at Ole Miss). The Korean War put him on a Sea Going Navy Tug as XO. Returning to Mississippi, he embarked on a career of Banking and Finance. He retired from Lincoln Financial Advisors after 33 years, having sold enough to earn a CLU along the way. He and his wife Marie have two daughters and four grandchildren, including a grandson who is a Naval Officer on a Guided Missal Destroyer. Retired since 1990, he maintains two second homes, one near Ole Miss at Oxford, and the other in the Florida Keys. George retains an interest in athletics. He was a starter on the Kings Point Basketball team. Many remember when they bested nationally ranked University of Maryland – with the able coaching of Ed Jucker, who went on to fame coaching Division one schools. Al also heard from section mate Donald MacLaren. Don received his MBA from the University of Michigan, spent a year on active Navy duty, and then went to work for several Investment Banking firms before finally retiring in 2009. With Lois, his wife of 53 years, he makes daily trips to the physical fitness facility keeping them in good shape for visiting their five granddaughters. Jack Sullivan doesn't let living in far away paradise Hawaii keep him from this memo about Bill Ollinger (E-233); 701 Greenwood Ave; Fairhope AL 36532 (new address); 251-928-6320; ollingerw@bellsouth. net. Jack goes on saying it's been too long since we have heard from Bill. After living in various places for 40 years including Atlanta, Bill and his wife Bea recently decided to return to his birthplace, Mobile, AL. Bill happily reports all six children and 14 grandchildren are doing well. Visiting his extended family is his favorite travel. Fun activities include helping out at church and Meals on Wheels. His health is good, but requires "too many pills." Bill remembers his Kings Point experience as interacting with people and taking interesting courses. He remembers his most gut-wrenching experience at sea: during his midshipman cruise, he didn't see a rogue wave crash over the bow. It smashed him against the deckhouse and nearly washed him overboard. He remembers the grueling four months in basic at Pass Christian, which washed out 14 entrants, leaving only 17 of the initial 31 to continue on to sea. Like so many of us, he went onto active duty in the Navy during the Korean War, serving aboard the USS El Dorado, an AGC. If you're like me, you visualize your classmates as you remember them: 20- or 21-year-old vital young men, even though you know they're really more like the old guy seen in your mirror each morning. It is hard to report the loss of one you take "for granted," and expect to see hale and hearty at the next event. Sure, I knew he was heavy, had trouble with his legs, and suffered from continuous lower back pain, not to mention the arthritis in both shoulders. But he was still the always upbeat and smiling Morale Officer, who played the trombone in the band, so that's how I thought of him. What's more, I knew from occasional phone conversations that he also planned to be at our 65th this fall. So it was sad and shocking, when his ever-loving companion, Sharon David, called on April 17th to report that Frederick E Munroe (E-242), whom we all knew as "Red," had, after suffering six days of Hospice Care, succumbed to congestive heart failure. Like Sharon, his one daughter was assisting in his care. He is also survived by one son and four grandchildren. '48 Walt Young (772) 229-0556 Hello, classmates. I have agreed to keep our class input alive to hopefully motivate a more capable representative. Feel free to volunteer to take a turn at it. In the meantime, please send info and pictures to share with the class: a simple email would be great. It is always pleasant to pick up the Kings Pointer and learn that our class is still alive and kicking. Pictures are even better. As you can see, other classes are doing a much better job of sharing themselves than we are. I am retired, of course, having turned my company over to my son after a career in material handling manufacturing with prior experience at Cummins Engine Co. and Reliance Electric Co. Plus, I spent a couple of years in the navy on a destroyer. Now, Gwen and I enjoy winters in Hutchinson Island, FL and summers in Oconomowoc, WI. Please send communications to me at Your classmates will be pleased to hear about you much before you hit the last page of Kings Pointer. Magazine deadlines are: January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1. It would be very helpful if you got them to me at least 10 days before. '49 Hank Johnston 83 Lloyd Harbor Road Lloyd Harbor, NY 11743-9735 (631) 271-9156 hhjkp49@optim Hi, Forty-niners. Let me start this with a hearty thank you to Rita Gullion, Editor of the Kings Pointer, who is retiring from the Alumni Association after this (her last issue). She has made the Kings Pointer one of the best alumni magazines in the country and we all appreciate her work. Thank you Rita and best wishes for whatever the future may bring. The past few months have brought a bit of turmoil to the Academy and to our Alumnia Association: the transfer of Admiral Greene to Washington, the transfer of the TV Kings Pointer to Texas, the closing of GMATS, and the shutting of the Museum for refurbishment. With the support of our alumni and the leadership of our Chairman Charles Hill and President James Tobin, I'm sure that KP will weather the storm and see smooth seas ahead. After receipt of the news about the appointment of Captain Kennedy as the new Commandant of Midshipmen, Jim Winter sent me an email stating, "He seems to be well qualified for the position and it's great to get some good news after all the ominous events lately." Jim also said that he has written an autobiography titled, "A Lifetime Remembered," which includes Pass Christian, the Kings Pointer trip, two years at the Academy, and three years of Navy active duty adventures. Anyone interested in this book should contact Jim Winters at Bob Matthes sent me an email in March thanking me for the memorial about Pete Beckett. He said that they were section mates at KP and that he was an usher at Pete's wedding to Lucille. They kept in touch over the years. "One of the sad parts of growing old is that we keep losing old friends," he said. I agree, Bob. Phil Furney sent me an email in January that he had received his copy of the new KP Directory and noted a few corrections to his bio. He noted that he had worked for Alcoa for 31 years, but never the Alcoa Steamship Line as noted. Also, he had sailed oil tankers with Socony-Vacuum (now Exxon Mobile) for three years and raised his license to 2nd after one year at the New York CG exam office and that had a PE license in two states, NJ and OH. He also said that he was glad to be able to find the names and addresses of others that he had associated himself with at the Academy over the years. Phil also said that he and his wife Jane are still doing well. I also heard from George Ratcliff. He now has email:; Ed Lee's note reminded me of the time I hijacked him on the Savannah to finish a feed pump installation; and of course, Mel Tublin and all his info about the goings on at the Academy. I appreciate all your emails. Please keep them coming. I received word from the Alumni Office that Lasalle Nolin made his final voyage on December 4, 2004. During Lasalle's career, he was employed by JJ McMullen as a project engineer, followed by a period as port engineer with Military Sealift Command in Bayonne NJ. He also retired as a Lieutenant Commander from the Naval Reserve. Our sincere condolences to his family. Clifford Hoffman made his final voyage on January 28, 2012, at Hartford Hospital. After graduating from Kings Point, he sailed as an engineer and served in the Naval Reserve rising to the rank of Captain. A resident of Windsor, CT for over 50 years, Clifford was employed as a Chemical Engineer at Combustion Engineering for over 30 years. He was involved in Boy Scouts and taught Sunday school at the Poquonock Community Church. He also served on the board of directors of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce, the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, as a trustee of the Connecticut Public Expenditure Council, and was a member of the Windsor Employer's Association. Clifford also served on the board of directors of the Windsor Police Athletic League, was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, and was a senior member of the American Society of Quality Control. Clifford is survived by his wife Jane, their sons Christian, Bruce, Tony, and Kelly, and their families. Our sincere condolences to Jane and all of Cliff 's family. '50 Sigmund Alexander 12110 Los Cerdos Drive San Antonio, TX 78233 (210) 653-5361 (210) 683-0397 (cell) (210) 653-1001 (fax) Al Baxter wrote that he had a hernia operation, not a big deal, but it set him back a bit. He is in good health, except being bent up by arthritis. He keeps in touch fairly regularly with Bob Ireland, Bill Lion, and Barney Brunson. He received a Christmas card from Bob Iaun. Paul Sager has been hospitalized since January 8 for a number of medical problems. He was due to be discharged the first week in April. He promised Nancy that he would make it home for their 60th anniversary, and he did. Paul is scheduled for surgery again in May. John J. Tropsa died on February 12, 2012. He was a resident of East Orleans, MA. On graduating from Kings Point, he sailed with The Texas Oil Company as an engineer, and married his wife, Marilyn Doscher on September 1,1951. John received an MBA from NYU and went to work for Honeywell first in Connecticut and then in Freeport, IL. Over the years, John held various executive positions with Honeywell and retired after 40 years of service as Vice President of Sales. After retiring, the Tropsas moved to Big Sky Montana, where John enjoyed skiing. The family had moved to the Cape only recently, where John enjoyed the beach and fly fishing on the Housatonic. John had a beautiful voice and could have been a professional singer. He loved singing, classical music, books, and history. He is survived by his wife, three children, and nine grandchildren. Torlelf Redal has Alzheimer's and is in a Lutheran residence home. His wife is in a Lutheran senior retirement home. Two daughters reside in Tacoma and are able to visit him. Vern Sorensen visited him. Ramon Mann, class 50-B, passed away on August 19,1998. The following was provided by Paul Krinsky: Ramon was of Black/Hispanic background and was the only minority graduate in our class. Paul saw him at an alumni reception in LA or San Diego in the late 80s. Paul thought he made a career in education and was a professor in the UCAL system. "He was a good classmate, very engaging and outgoing. Also, a very impressive figure, well over six feet tall and ramrod straight. I'm very sorry to hear that he passed on." Gene Grimm entered the Air Force after graduation and after completing pilot training, he transitioned to F-94s. He subsequently was assigned to Okinawa. On his return to the states, he received an assignment to attend the Case Institute of Technology, where he received an advanced degree. Following completion of his schooling, he became a KB-50 maintenance officer. From here on, Gene's assignments were rotated between a desk job in procurement and flying jobs in transports, mostly C-130s. He flew C-130s all over the world from Europe to South East Asia reacting to whatever world crisis was hot at the time. In 1973, he received his final Air Force assignment to the Space and Missile Division of Air Force Systems Command in Los Angeles. In this position, Gene was responsible for the procurement of Air Force missiles, National Reconnaissance Office and Air Force satellites, and Cape Canaveral. His position was an authorized general slot. Gene retired in 1980 and then went to work for Hughes Aerospace for 17 years until he again retired. Gene and his wife reside in Torrance, CA. He is the father of three girls and has six grand children. William A. Sullivan, Jr. of Griswold, CT, died on February 17, 2012. Bill served in both the Navy and Coast Guard during WWII. He sailed as an engineer after he graduated and later went to work for the Bethlehem Steel Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, MA and then for General Dynamics. In 1987, he went to work for Seaworthy Systems in Essex, CT until 1993 when he retired. His wife, Adeline Charlotte, predeceased him in 1998. He is survived by three sons and two daughters, 18 grand children, and six great grand children. Lt. Cmdr. John Schmidt, USN (Ret.) passed away at the age of 83 in East Granbury, CT. John joined the Navy after graduation and retired after 25 years of service. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and helping animals of all kind. His wife, Jo Anna, predeceased him. He is survived by a daughter, a son, and two grandchildren. John requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made in his memory to the USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation. I remember John as a friendly and kind person. Life seems to be going well for our Hoosier classmate, Dave Thomas. Both of his children live near Indianapolis, and he and his wife looked forward to enjoying some pre-game Super Bowl XLVI activities with them. His daughter's stepson, Sgt. Joshua Poe, is back in the states and is a helicopter crew chief instructor. He served aboard the HMS Ocean during the Libyan campaign. His wife is an Air Force nurse, and they reside in Albuquerque. Besides getting older, both Dave and Norma are doing well. George C. Masteller of Brick, NJ, died on February 8, 2004. He was employed by Sea-Land Services for 20 years as an insurance claims adjuster. George was a deacon at the Pleasantville Presbyterian Church of West Orange, NJ, and was also a member of the church choir. His wife of 52 years, predeceased him. He is survived by two sons, a daughter, and two grand children. George was a member of the color guard at the Pass. After retiring as a Captain in the Naval Reserve with 31 years of service, Whitey Odden provided a summary of the benefits he now uses: the 06 parking spot at the Seymour Johnson AFB commissary and provided access to a nice safe Distinguished Visitor, DV, room when on the road. William R. O'Gara has been inducted into the Hall of Distinguished Graduates. Upon graduation, he sailed for four years as an engineer with American Export Lines. Bill then served two years in the Navy. After leaving the Navy, he became a hospital administrator in several Pennsylvania institutions. He obtained a Master's Degree in Public Administration from NYU and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He established Ships Parts, Inc., which manufactured spare and repair parts for naval vessels and Prism Health Services, a provider of medical and health services to county and state prisons across the US. Bill and his wife Arlyne were generous philanthropists. One of their programs was a million dollar scholarship program for the midshipmen at the Academy, whose objective was to improve grade point averages. The board room in Wiley Hall was named in O'Gara's honor. He was a member of the McNulty Society and the recipient of the Distinguished Professional Achievement Award in 2000. He retired as a Captain in the Naval Reserve. He passed away on May 21, 2006. Update on Viny Grey: Vin had his operation at the Willis Eye Hospital in Philadelphia in March. The surgeon removed the silicone oil sack that had been inserted in August in his left eyeball. He filled the eyeball with a sulfur hexafluoride gas bubble. The bubble will dissolve and will be replaced by normal body fluids, until the whole socket is filled. As the fluid levels rise, Vin could suffer seasickness. In addition to follow-ups, more surgery is scheduled in the future. Vin has to wear an eye shield when sleeping and sunglasses when he goes out. Flying is no longer possible because of the reduced pressure, which would have an adverse effect on the eye. Bob O'Dwyer sent me an email regarding his roommate Bill O'Gara. The Academy coordinator for Distinguished Graduates had identified Bill as a deck officer. He was an engineer. Thanks to Bob, what would have been a potential embarrassing faux pas was averted. Bob joined the Navy after graduation and all went well until he met a gorgeous blonde Rockette, Geraldine (Gerry) on a blind date. He decided that he preferred living with her than with 500 Navy sailors, and they married. He quit the Navy and went to work for Curtis Bay Towing as a port engineer. He worked for Curtis, until Vic Tyson recruited Bob to teach diesel at the Academy, which he did for six years. After leaving the Academy, he worked as a design engineer in the petro chemical industry. When layoffs appeared on the horizon, Bob quit and became a math teacher in the South Bronx and Bedford Stuyvesant for 19 years. The O'Dwyers lived in Loch Arbor, NJ and he commuted to his job in NY. During the summers, he sailed for MSC as an engineer on Greenland re-supply ships. When he no longer was able to sail, Bob flipped houses on the Jersey shore in the summer. After retiring, the O'Dwyers moved to San Diego, where Gerry had an opportunity to display her dancing talents again. The O'Dwyers had four girls and one boy who were all very successful in their chosen professions. Bob's final comment was, "We don't have a mortgage or car payment. Life is good." Bob sounds like another contented San Diego retiree, Danny Karsh. It must be the weather in San Diego. William A. Sullivan, Jr. of Griswold, CT, died on February 17, 2012. Bill served in both the Navy and Coast Guard during WWII. He sailed as an engineer after he graduated and later went to work for the Bethlehem Steel Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, MA and then for General Dynamics. In 1987, he went to work for Seaworthy Systems in Essex, CT until 1993 when he retired. His wife, Adeline Charlotte, predeceased him in 1998. He is survived by three sons and two daughters, 18 grand children, and six great grand children. Gilbert Thorsen passed away on February 19, 2012. He entered the Navy following his graduation from the Academy. After leaving the Navy, Gil went to work for Aerojet General where he worked on the Apollo rocket engines in California, and then on Surface Effect Vehicles in Washington state. After 18 years with Aerojet General, he went to work for EG&G Idaho Inc. at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. He worked there for 22 years and on retirement moved to Meridian, ID. Gil was a very devout Christian, read the Bible daily, and was deeply involved with his church. Gil was an avid fly fisherman and outdoorsman. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, three children, and six grandchildren. Earl Foster took a shortcut through California on his way home from Arizona, where he visited his son, to Illinois. While in California, Earl stopped by to see Paul Sager and Gene Grimm. Earl informed me that we had two doctors in our class. I knew about Don LaPlatney, but was not aware that Tom Weingarten had become a doctor after leaving the Air Force. I celebrated my 84th birthday on April 2, and was fortunate to have most of my family here for the occasion. It is difficult for our family to get together, as I have a son in Switzerland, a son in Philadelphia, and a son in Houston. However, my daughter lives across the street from us. My son in Switzerland and my grandson who is attending school at NYU were not able to make it. My daughter-in-law and granddaughter from Switzerland, my Philadelphia son's family including a granddaughter going to school in Seattle, and my Houston son and his family made it. It was wonderful having the family together. Last year, a Muscovy duck took up residence in our front yard and hatched 17 ducklings. The lake where she normally would have hatched them was dry. When the ducklings matured, they showed no signs of wanting to leave. Wildlife Rescue took nine of them and the females went to the lake. This year, 13 hatched. Fortunately the lake was full again. We have another duck with 19 eggs that are about to hatch and another which has laid nine eggs so far. No good deed goes unpunished. '51 Fred Shirley 4149 Smoke Signal Sebring, FL 33872 (863) 385-4394 Once again, I just don't seem to know how to begin this column. Now that we have reached the twilight of our lives, each column seems to begin with the report of the Final Voyage of another friend and classmate. In June and December of 1951, 306 of us graduated. Now at 155, more than half are no longer with us. Captain Walter Julius Kennedy, USN (retired) 82, passed away peacefully at Florida Hospital Orlando on April 5, 2012 surrounded by his family. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on February 24, 1930 to Julia and Walter Kennedy. Walter attended Brooklyn Technical Institute High School and went on to attend the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, from which he graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering. Walter served 29 years in the US Navy. During that time, he also attended the US Naval Postgraduate School and earned his Master of Science in Management. He fought in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He served as Captain of the destroyer, the USS Herbert J. Thomas. He was awarded four Bronze stars for service as well as numerous medals. After retiring from the Navy, Walter taught math at the middle school level in Palatka, FL, in Deland, FL, and in Maitland as a substitute teacher. He was beloved by all the children he taught. Walter was a Vestry Member and Senior Warden at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Keystone Heights, FL. He was a Lay Eucharistic Minister at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Deland. Lastly, Walter was a member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Orlando. He was an alumni member of both the Brooklyn Technical Institute and the US Merchant Marine Academy. He was a founding member of the Central Florida Bearded Collie Club in 1978 and served as its Treasurer from 1978 until 2010. Walter also was a member of the Military Officers Association of America. Walter married his wife Jean on May 23, 1953, and they have had 58 wonderful years together. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He cherished his family. His wife Jean, as well as his three children, Kathy Cox of Winter Park and her husband Chazz, Walter Kennedy of St. Augustine and his wife Sara, and Karen Norvell of Ormond Beach and her husband Wik, survives Walter. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Trace, Taylor, Travis, Tanner and Trenton Norvell; Katherine, Walter and David Kennedy; and Courtney Cox. He was well loved and will be greatly missed. Walt and Jean were at our 60th homecoming at Kings Point this past October and Walt was honored at the awards ceremony on October 13, 2011 where he received both the Silver Mariner and Outstanding Professional Achievement Awards. Bill and Joann Ryder and Eugene Schumann were able to attend the services for which Walt had left instructions. Walt's son, two daughters, and nine grandkids were very impressive and all were happy to see a classmate. Eugene Schumann also wrote, "That was sad news. Walter was a great guy and one of my roommates. My thoughts and prayers go out to Walter, his family, friends and classmates." Tony Fiorelli wrote, "I was saddened to learn Walt left us. Walt was my Assistant Engineering Officer on the Willard Keith, DD775, and one could not ask for a better one. He was also a very pleasant and nice guy. We will miss him." We rarely hear from George Silos who lives in New York City, but due to the announcement of Walt Kennedy's Final Voyage, he wanted to share the significance of the news of Walter Kennedy's final voyage with the class: Walter and I met in first grade at P.S. 93 in the Ridgewood section of Queens in New York. We never played together as we lived in the opposite directions from school. I moved to another neighborhood at the end of sixth grade, and we did not maintain any contact with each other. Upon graduating from grade school, I was accepted to Brooklyn Technical High School, a highly competitive school that had 6,500 students, all boys, all studying engineering, and who were selected competitively from the five boroughs of New York. Walter had also been accepted at Brooklyn Tech. Again, we didn't associate much because we lived in different areas and were taking different majors. I majored in Architecture, and I think Walter took the college prep program. When we graduated, I didn't know what plans Walter had, but we met again at Kings Point. There were eight of us from Brooklyn Tech meeting again as plebes in February, 1948. The group consisted of Walter Kennedy, Bill Yearsley, Bill Rhem, Bob Potzus, Ronald Onkes, Joe Durante, Will D'Aquilla, and me. Walter and I would both serve as Engineer Officers aboard destroyers, but our paths didn't cross again after graduation. It wasn't until our 60th Homecoming that we had the opportunity to socialize. We sat next to each other during the Beat Retreat and reminisced about the teachers and classmates that we knew at P.S. 93. Many times we read in novels how the principals unexpectedly meet again and again, and frequently we may think it to sound so contrived, but Walter and I met in grade school, high school, college, and served in the same branch of the military; after 75 years, we finally sat down and socialized. You may recall that Brice Leon took his Final Voyage on September 4, 2011. Brice had no family, was almost completely blind, lived, and died alone. Brice's neighbors, John and Brenda Braun, were close to Brice and provided a great deal of assistance to ease the problems of daily living. They found Brice's class ring and notified the academy. It just so happened that the Alumni Foundation had just started a display of class rings. Brice's ring will be among the first for this display. Another very important issue was brought to my attention by Bill Ryder. Apparently, one of the issues of the Princeton Review listed Kings Point as having the 3rd unhappiest students of all universities. The Coast Guard Academy rated 4th and the Naval Academy came in 7th. Willie believes that we need to tighten up discipline to again regain 1st position. Eugene Schumann reported that the American Victory will again sail in Tampa Bay sometime in August. Eugene has spent many hours working in the engine room of this ship getting her in condition to sail. I believe that the American Victory is one of only two currently operating WWII Victory ships. Carl Wright wrote from Boulder Colorado. Carl is a wonderful correspondent and wrote as follows: As I Remember, a little known activity at the Academy was the Broadcast Unit. It provided music during meals and to the lounge in Delano Hall. At one time, it consisted of two people: Bruce Zortman and me. Bruce had a great voice. I often wondered whether he had vocal training. He manned the microphone and turntables, making announcements and playing music. I manned the control panel, which was situated at a small window that looked down on the dining area of Delano Hall from the second floor. I would keep my eye on the Regimental Commander, who would hold up five fingers when there were five more minutes of meal time. I'd pass word to Bruce, who would make the announcement over the loud speakers. On weekends when I was restricted, which was fairly often, I'd pipe music down to the lounge. I'm sure there must have been some continuity to the unit, but I don't remember anyone else who manned it before or after Bruce and me. With such a good broadcasting voice, I thought Bruce might go into some media activity, but I guess he didn't. Carl continued: At one time as a First Classman, I was dating two young ladies at the same time. They were best friends, and both were beautiful and models with the Barbizon Agency in New York City. They were always well dressed. On Saturdays, they would come out to the Academy to watch the Regiment March in Review, which was open to the public. Afterwards, we would walk around the Academy grounds and along the piers. We would spend some time in the lounge before taking the Long Island Railroad back into New York City for dinner and a show. Seven months after graduating, I married the redhead." On February 27, I received a surprise call from LaVerne Evans, who lives in Valley Forge, PA. Laverne is doing well and, like so many of us, is registering complaints about the changes at the Academy. Shortly after talking with Laverne, I received a call from Roy Kraft. Roy was wintering in Arizona, escaping from his home in Port Ludlow, WA. Roy was voicing the common concern regarding the appointment, or failure of appointment, of a new Academy Superintendent. Tony Fiorelli then wrote again: The day after our last telephone conversation on March 10, I made an emergency trip to the hospital suffering breathing problems. As it turned out, I had pneumonia and a heart attack. After three weeks of hospitalization, I am thankfully free of pneumonia and recuperating nicely. With the help of God, a dedicated and caring wife, and three very good doctors, I hope to continue to enjoy my life here at our very comfortable Continuing Care Community. This facility provides cottages and apartments for independent residents, Evelyn and I, and additional facilities for dependent living and health problem residents, including a dementia facility. We have almost 400 residents and of these, 111 are veterans. I recently invited VADM, Al Herberger, '55 to address our veterans group on the status of the American Merchant Marine and Maritime Industry. As usual, Al did a great job and it was most enjoyable spending time with him. On April 4, I was, as usual, relaxed in my lazy boy watching the news which just happened to be going on about a tornado in Arlington, TX. It took a minute until I realized that our classmate Charlie Lowe lived in Arlington. I called his home, and Susan Lowe answered. Charlie wasn't home, but Susan said that there was no damage to their home, but their car suffered about $9,000 in damages. Susan said she rode out the storm in a closet. The following came from Bob Dickson, a rare but welcome correspondent: I've rarely, if ever written to you, since I really didn't have much to say professionally. However, at this point in time as our lives are winding down, it is with great pleasure that I announce that my beautiful wife has received a kidney transplant after only a year and a half on the queue. That's not the kind of stuff that makes for a good column but believe me, it is an exciting event in our house. This brave lady has been in kidney failure for about three years. The alternative to looking at the grass from underneath has been dialysis which she has bravely undergone now for years. Then, lo and behold, on the 16th of March she was offered a kidney and the deed was done on St. Patrick's Day. We are currently in a required quarantine mode while the kidney adjusts to its new surroundings. It'll be worth the wait. The need for a new organ was what kept us from attending our 60th, even though we had planned to be there. If Andria can keep me alive, we'll plan on the 65th. Bob, we are looking forward to seeing both Andria and you in 2016. In March, several of our classmates cruised on Holland America Line's M.S. Maasdam to the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale. Included were Mark and Dulce Shafer, Russ and Isabel Blair, Don and Marjie Harbst and Barry and Nan Pillinger. Other than Barry and Nan both being quarantined to their cabins for a couple of days for some type of stomach flu, a good time was had by all. The group also received special attention with a tour of the bridge. After the cruise, Mark and Dulce drove from Fort Lauderdale and stopped by my home in Sebring and spent the night. Additionally, Bill and Joanne Ryder drove down from Orlando and the six of us went out to dinner. Later that evening, after the ladies had retired, Mark and I sat up late trading "sea stories and other lies." We certainly enjoyed their company. Now last, but certainly far from least, it gives me pleasure to tell you that Dan Meehan was entered into the Academies Hall of Distinguished Graduates in a ceremony held at the Academy on April 28. Dan wrote, "Considering the love I have for our Academy and all that it stands for, I am deeply gratified by this event." The Hall of Distinguished Graduates, which is located in Vickery Gate, was established in 1994 to recognize and honor graduates of the Academy who, during their chosen career after graduation, have distinguished themselves and brought credit to the US Merchant Marine Academy through their outstanding careers. Their accomplishments will be immortalized in the Hall of Distinguished Graduates in order to establish proud traditions and to inspire graduates to carry on the traditions of the Academy. The only other member of our class to receive this award was Tony Fiorelli, who was honored at a ceremony on February 16, 2006. Over the years, Dan Meehan has been honored by receiving numerous awards. In 2008, Dan received the Alumnus of the Year Award, the highest award bestowed by the Academy. In 1999, Dan was the first recipient of the Daniel E. Meehan Humanitarian Service Award, named in his honor. Bill Ryder also received this award in 2006. In 1991 and again in 2011, Dan received the Distinguished Service Award. In 1976, Dan received the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award and in 1996 the Meritorious Alumni Service Award. Then to top it all off, Dan Meehan is just one of the nicest guys you will ever want to know. '52 John Donnellon 8258 South Sicily Court Aurora, CO 80016 (303) 997-8376 E-mail: jdonnellon 11@ Edward Ameika 7144 Gatling NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 822-5051 E-mail: Mark September 29, 2012 on the calendar for your 60th Anniversary Homecoming Reunion. Neil Jones will chair your reunion activities; 303-798-0878 / Your Saturday evening class reunion will be held in the Museum. Why a 60th Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Foundation's financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The Foundation makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N résumé review/career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards -- activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012 will count toward your final class gift total. We received the following information from John J. Nolan, (Sec. 204): John, I have been reading the winter issue of the Kings Pointer. It is sad to read the comments about the status of the school and the actions of ?. I say ? because I do not understand the comments of our chairman and president. They seem to be telling us some of the news, but are not really explaining it fully. One of these days, I hope to learn what was behind the removal of Admiral Philip Greene,'78. I believe that we lost a good man when he left to go to Washington. But, the reason for my letter to you was to comment about three Kings Pointers listed in the Final Voyage column. I should say four. Thomas Cannon, '55: he was a great athlete at KP. He was the catcher for the baseball team during my last year – just a fun guy. He'll be missed. Bertram Ostrau, '49: he was a great ball player, but most of all he treated me, a plebe, with kindness and support. He was a friend. Rarely did the 1st Classmen take the time to befriend plebes. Thanks Bert, for your care and leadership. George C. Previll, '46: when Dale Fellner,'52, (Sec. 203), and I joined the SS Pioneer Sea in September '49, George was the 2nd Mate on the vessel during our trip to the Far East. When the Captain, David Phoebus asked for volunteers to man a lifeboat to rescue the crew of a distressed tug and barge during a typhoon off the coast of Japan, George volunteered to be the coxswain. Dale and I and a group of unlicensed men joined him. It was quite a scene, but we all did our job. George went on to be a skipper with US Lines. He was a fine officer and friend. Dale Fellner and Jack Nolan both received the US Line's Meritorious Service Medal for their heroic action on that day. Presentation of the awards was at the US Merchant Marine Academy. Finally, Joseph Chamberlain, '44: as a plebe in engine section 210, we had LT Chamberlain for a course, something called Nautical Science, to give us some idea of how the deck department worked. He was well liked by the guys. I believe he left KP to run the Astrology section of the Museum of Natural History in New York City. He was a good instructor when we were trying to adapt to the program. Last but not least, Harrison "Brad" Baker was in Section 100, but I recall him often being in the company of guys like Bill Guest, Howie Cassel and others from (Section 308), known as the "Lazy Eight." I can remember them, but not by names. Brad and Ann, his girlfriend (later his wife), always could be found in the bar across from the railroad station. He was lucky, he had a steady date. We'll miss "Bake." I'm writing this note from Jupiter, FL. My wife Pat and I visit Jupiter every winter for three months. It is a great location. There was plenty of golf and senior softball to go with the swimming at the pool. Many thanks John, for all the news – both sad and informative. By the time the class reads this column, my wife, Mignon and I, (Co-editor John) will have returned from a wonder vacation at the Marriott Resort and Spa at Marco island, FL, thanks to our daughter, Kathy Sherrard, who is one of the leading Sales Associate for Marriott International. Her email is To see what this Hawaiian style resort looks like, go to www. We have received word that four of our classmates made their final voyage. Classmate Phil Dikovics passed away on July 12, 2011. After leaving the US Merchant Marine Academy, he graduated from Stevens Institute of Engineering in Hoboken, NJ. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Joan Whittker in 1970. He is survived by his two sons, Mark Dikovics and Bruce Dikovics, and his four grandchildren. Lazarus D. Francino, (Sec. 102), passed away on December 26, 2011. He was the husband of Frances (Cianciotto), and dear father of Ann-Marie Francino-Quinn (Jay), Peter (Elizabeth) Gianna Fulfarr (Richard), Lazarus (Debra) and Chistopher (Michelle). Lazarus is also survived by 10 grandchildren. Ludwig J. Grill, (sec 309), passed away on February 15, 2012. Charles H. Sheridan, (Sec. 308), passed away on January 1, 2012. He was predeceased by his wife, Alma Sheridan, daughter, Barbara Sheridan and brother, Gardner Sheridan. Charles graduated from Amityville High School and attended the US Merchant Marine Academy. He joined the Suffolk county Police Department and rose to the rank of Deputy Inspector. After retirement, he moved to Sarasota, FL. I received this letter from Charlie Bucska, (Sec 100): I received the enclosed Long Island Newsday article, (Newsday, Sunday, March 11, 2012, by Emily C. Dooley, and Newsday, Wednesday, March 14, 2012, by Emily C. Dooley). Also, see photos of the Academy online at, about the problems at Kings Point from Brad Baker's widow, Ann. I was in touch with her after hearing of Brad's rather sudden death and she very kindly sent me the article. I was especially saddened to hear of Brad's passing as we were roommates during our second class year. Brad and I had a chance-meeting in May of '54 in Sasaebo, Japan while our ships were alongside the repair ship ARL-24 Sphinx. A few months later we both ended up in North Vietnam as part of operation "Passage to Freedom," moving refugees from the north to the south after Communist forces defeated the French. He was stationed ashore with a support unit and I was with LST901 as station-ship in the port city of Haiphong. The 901 later made several trips south with hundreds of refugees aboard. While the 901 was in Haiphong, I had the privilege of meeting the later famous humanitarian, Dr. Tom Dooley. He was taking care of the sick in the nearby refugee camp and would come aboard for sick-call and occasionally give lectures to the crew on the history of Vietnam. He later founded Intermed International- Dooley foundation to provide medical assistance to less privileged parts of the world. During one of our vacation trips I was surprised to see a banquet room dedicated to his memory at our Lady of snows shrine in Belleville, IL. During recent de-cumulation efforts, I found the enclosed pictures in my archives. I thought you might be able to use them. I won't be able to attend the 60th reunion this year because our granddaughter is getting married the same weekend. Hopefully, Rosemary and I can make it to the 65th. P.S. Glad to hear that Mignon is up and about. Also, sincere thanks for your time and effort for the class column and congratulations on your recent promotion (had to look –up "brevetted"). Many thanks, Charlie for the great information and the pictures of your classmates. Congratulations to Neil Jones, (Sec. 203), who is chairing the 60th class reunion and also has been given the job of determining how many of the class of '52 will be attending the 60th reunion at the Academy on September 27, 2012. Neil can be reached at 303- 798-6878 or He is assisted by Donn Dears, (Sec. 308), who is also the class reunion treasurer and fundraiser. Remember to mark the date September 27th, 2012 on your calendar for our class reunion. Also, break out your black shoes, grey pants white turtle neck sweater, and blue blazer as those items will be part our uniform for our 60th class reunion. Reminder: the Academy has presented many awards to our classmates in the past years but there are many who have not been recognized. Some are too shy to make their important experiences and contributions known, or think of them as "just doing my job." Please think about those you know really well and consider nominating them for an award on our 60th. Look at the nominating form and award descriptions in the Kings Pointer and send in a wellwritten nomination. Your classmates deserve this consideration. Please keep those cards, emails, and letters coming to your class column editors. Lastly, a "bravo zulu" to Mrs. Rita Gullion, who is leaving her position as Editor of the Kings Pointer after 14 plus years. She greatly assisted all the class agents to stay on course with their quarterly submittals to the Kings Pointer. Her leaving the post of Editor of the Kings Pointer is the result of her husband being reassigned by his company to Albany, NY. We wish her and her family, the very best in all their future endeavors. '53 Ralph Smith 4640 Rye Street Suite 200 Metairie, LA 70006-5336 (504) 523-4737 (work) (504) 588-1378 (fax) E-mail: We will certainly miss Mrs. Rita Gullion as she departs Kings Point and goes on to other challenges in upstate NY. As agent for the class of 1953, we have enjoyed our working relationship with the Editor and will miss her outstanding service. We were recently informed by RADM Serapio Martillano that Ruben Sanidad made his final voyage in Metro Manila on April 2, 2012. Ruben is survived by his wife Mary. We sadly report the final voyage of Francis L. Woods in Needham, MA. Michael Gillespie '02 reports that his grandfather, John W. McCarte made his final voyage in Chatham, MA on February 13, 2012. John McCarte was retired from McDermot International in New Orleans. Ted Lang was kind enough to provide us with a photograph of his family which is quite impressive. We hesitate to identify all of the family members. However, we do know that there are at least two graduates of Kings Point pictured in the group. Keep the cards and letters coming in. '54 Irving R. Eldridge 340 Log House Court'54 Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 641-1047 E-mail: We are saddened to report that Mrs. Rita Gullion, Editor of the Kings Pointer, will be leaving due to her husband's transfer to upstate New York. We wish you well, Rita. Ralph Ortolano sent out an update to the class directory on the February anniversary of the 1954A class graduation. In that directory, three of our classmates are unaccounted for; if anyone can provide information on the whereabouts of John Adelmann, John Fitzgerald, or Peter Graf, please contact Ralph with particulars. Ralph reports that Donald Francis is in a rest home in Falmouth, MA. We also call your attention to the passing of Anthony Corjulo on May 10, 2011 formally of Connecticut and Massachusetts. Harold Hammann and I spoke on the phone. He is well doing volunteer work at a local hospital and enjoying good health working out at a local gym. Bill May says spring came early this year, allowing local golf courses to open in April. Bill is a starter at the Saratoga NY State Golf course two days a week. Alan Cabot and his wife Bev live in a retirement facility in Springfield, VA. He is in fairly good health, having survived a quad bypass and aortic valve replacement in 2004. Al enjoys close proximity to the Metro station and travels to downtown DC and all the museums. The Cabot's enjoyed a trip to Hawaii in January and contacted Joseph Kapiko, who according to Al spends considerable time on the golf courses of Oahu. John Carnes retired as Central Region Director Maritime Administration in New Orleans shortly before hurricane Katrina struck the eastern Gulf of Mexico. They were fortunate to find that their home sustained only minor damages when they returned after a month-long exile. John, being a good friend, was helping a friend restore a wrecked home when he fell injuring his back. Treatment of the back injury caused serious issues requiring months of semi-isolation and rehab. Further complications, a heart problem, arose leading to John and his wife Yvonne relocating to Redondo Beach, CA to be near their daughter Barbara, a physician at Kaiser Permanente. John is appreciative of the frequent pep talks provided by Harold Witsaman and the support of his family. Charlie Wilson says he misses the ships, but has taken to golf and plays three times per week. John and Ron Sutton had a one day get-together in February, telling tales of the early days at the academy – a great day for both, so I am told by Ron and John. Bill Korb called me to report the passing in October, 2011 of a former classmate Captain Peter M. Wanbaugh USNR Ret. who resided in Malibu, CA. Captain Wanbaugh did not graduate, leaving during our second class year. Bill's wife June is recuperating from surgery in connection to a fall. Bill is doing well. Herb Colvett brought to our attention a great submarine story, the USS Barb: the sub that sank a train. Al Cabot adds that Steven Spielberg has purchased the rights to the book Thunder Below by Rear Admiral E. B. Fluckey, commanding officer of the Barb, and supposedly will make a film about the USS Barb. The Barb was the first submarine to fire rockets from its deck during one patrol. Rudy Ferrer has crafted a condolence card for our class, commemorating the passing of RADM Thomas A. King,'42, former Superintendent of the USMMA. We all appreciate this special effort, Rudy. Mickey Kappes sent an email suggesting the movie Act of Valor as a must-see about SEALS in action. '55 Chuck Fullmer 77 Stratford Village Way Bluffton, SC 29909 (843) 705-7464 George Hogan is still on the go. George said the following: The transition to Amtrak from the airlines is completed. Next cruise is April 21, for 18 days from LA to NY. My travel agent got me a free upgrade to a veranda on Crystal Serenity. It is three days cross country by first class rail. Last time I took this trip, it was in December. Not much to see then as it was dark most of the time. Expect there will be much more to see now that daylight savings is here. Take care of yourself (I'm not sure where the Crystal Serenity is going). Some good and bad news from Joe Kaucher: in December, 2011, we were blessed with twin greatgrandsons premature, 27 weeks. Unfortunately, one died of a staph infection. The other, Dean, is doing fine and has tripled his weight. They were two pounds at birth – never saw a person that small. We have three great-grandchildren and a granddaughter getting married in August, in Charlotte, NC. From CAPT Denny Kelly: thanks for your efforts to keep the class info flowing. Joan and I are doing fairly well – the usual aches and pains that come with the passing years. We will be visiting our granddaughter in Savannah over Easter. Denny, I know how you feel. If I woke up in the morning and nothing hurt, I'd think I was dead. Len Chimienti is into cruising. He prefers Norwegian Cruise Lines. (That's one Marilyn and I have not tried. We'll have to do that soon.) In response to your request, I guess I should mention that I'm committed to two cruises a year for vacations. We have been staying close to shore with trips to Maine and Canada, two trips to the Bahamas, and trips to the Caribbean – all on Norwegian Cruise Lines. Two major points: they leave and return to NYC which is an hour drive from where I live and second, no hassle or expense of flying. I love flying, having been a pilot for 25 years. I can't stand the stupid frisking rules. (Len, I have had a knee replacement, which puts me on the heavy search class every time.) I am also disturbed at the Obama administration's lack of commitment to the Academy. Oh well, that's about it. Good luck to you and our classmates. Lou Rossi here: a Kings Point Chapter has been started at The Villages here in Lady Lake, FL. The Villages is probably the largest retirement community in the US. So far, it is up to about 37,000 homes with a build out of 50,000. Golf carts are the primary mode of transportation, and these number are well over 25,000. I live about 30 miles north of there, but with quarterly meetings, it's doable to attend. In fact, I've taken on the task of representing Kings Point to the three local high schools here in Ocala, FL. By attending the meetings and reading the brochures, I keep up with the present day operation of the academy. Acta non Verba. Well, there is nothing of great importance to report from the Fullmer family. We, too, cruise one or two times a year and take other vacations in-between, mostly to a beach somewhere. Like Denny, we have the usual aches and pains that seem to go with age. I feel fortunate to still be here to experience them. Just this year, Tom Cannon and Larry Sheehan made the last voyage. I know of 64 of our classmates that have died. I am sure that there are many more that we have lost touch with. '56 Jim Lockwood 1505 Ulster Way West Chester, PA 19380 (610) 738-0298 (484) 354-5869 Pete Dloss 6699 Milani Street Lake Worth, FL 33467 (561) 649-5957 It's been a good winter for most; let's hope it continues. Jaime Bourgeois sent a nice note updating all on his status: Hello, Jim. In case you need boring material to fill in between the interesting things sent in by others, I will let you know what I've been doing. Last month, I arrived back at home in Colorado, after spending about seven months as 2nd mate/navigator of the USNS Big Horn in the Mediterranean and back across the Atlantic to Norfolk. She went into dry-dock in Charleston and most of us, including me, got paid off. I regretted leaving her, as she was a very good ship. Now I'm once again gasping for breath in the frozen wastes of Colorado, at home with my wife Trish at our house at 8,600 feet altitude, just west of Colorado Springs. My dog Gumbo, who had been with me for 13 years, died two weeks ago, and Trish has been in and out of hospital with various health problems, so it's a good thing that I'm home to help with everything. Before coming home, I attended a one-week "ECDIS" (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) course at the MM&P School in Baltimore and was in class with several of the boys I had taught at Texas Maritime Academy. They were all a lot smarter and made better grades, than I. The temperature here is running about 10 or 15 degrees above zero every morning, but the forecast is for this warm weather to end and cold weather to set in. May your house be safe from tigers, and your tribe increase. He also said the following: Jim, I got off the USNS Big Horn when she went on drydock in Charleston, and reported to the "Pool" in Norfolk on January 6. Being in the Pool is not the ideal way to spend time ashore, but at least we're on the payroll. That's one good thing about MSC – we never get laid off. I attended the "ECDIS" course at MITAGS near Baltimore from January 23 through January 27. Then I flew home and enjoyed about five weeks in the ice, snow and oxygen-deprived air of Colorado, before coming to San Diego to sit in the Pool here, which I am now doing. My wife bought me a motor scooter for my 77th birthday, and when I get on it, it lays its ears back. It has already thrown me once. MSC requires a lot of training that has to be renewed every year, so I'm scheduled for Small Arms and some other courses. Despite not being fluent in Tagalog, I'm managing to make myself understood in the stores and restaurants in this part of town. Today is St. Patrick's Day, so I suppose that my friend Charlie Cushing must be celebrating in New York, and perhaps having a libation or two. I have heard that God made whiskey to keep the Irish from conquering the world. Best regards. The following excerpts are from an exchange of Jaime Bourgeois and Don Burnham. Don: No, I'm not collecting news of the class, except in the most casual way. I am interested in collecting information of the famous CAPT PJ Bourgeois for whom I have always felt a special admiration and affinity since we were classmates and were both J W Clark's first selections to start his officer replacement program. In my lengthy career with the Delta Line, when I revealed my KP Class of 56 background, I was usually promptly asked if I knew Jaime Bourgeois and on answering to the affirmative, I was regaled with tales of Mr. Bourgeois playing his guitar and singing a song about his dog. Sound familiar? Also, you and I were apparently two of the longest sailing members of our class. I went back to sea when Delta failed in 1984, thanks to Crowley. I ended my sea-faring career as Chief Engineer on the Waterman MPS ships Obregon, Kocak and Pless and then came ashore again as Port Engineer for those three vessels, which were chartered to MSC. By the time I finally left that rat race and retired, I had had a gut full of MSC. The Navy would be a fine outfit if they knew anything about ships. I admire your putting up with that and maybe imparting some of your wisdom to them. Jaime: Thanks for your flattering and completely undeserved reply, Don. You always make me feel good with your compliments. Congratulations on making it up to Chief Engineer again after Delta Line folded. I remember that when I told Captain Seaman that I was retiring, he said, "You're doing the right thing. The handwriting is on the wall." Little did I imagine, at that time, that 30 years later, my first wife having died, I would find myself married to a Colorado woman and going to sea at age 77 to try to pay for a house in Colorado. I had my annual physical today, and to my chagrin, found that I am in excellent health and in no danger of dying anytime soon. My term life insurance expires in four years, and I've got to die before then, to leave my wife with something besides an old dog. Maybe I'll take up ultra light flying or bungee jumping. If that fails, I'll put a couple of Confederate battle flags on my truck and drive to Harlem. Best regards. Roger Vaughan wrote me on his future plans. He must be a lot younger than the rest of us. He said: I am in the process of going "of counsel" to my law firm. That is legalese for "semi-retired." After 49 years of an active, enjoyable but stressful trial practice, I am going to travel with Jean and enjoy our health while we still have it. Last August, we took an 11 day trip from Barcelona to Athens with the Joint Academy Group. The ship was the Nautica of Oceania Line. I highly recommend this company. In fact, just after the first of the year, we took a 12 day trip to the Eastern Caribbean on the new marina of Oceania. The ports were just so-so, but the ship and staff were wonderful. We leave on March 24 for eight days in France. Our first stop is in Le Havre where I am speaking on US Maritime law at a seminar conducted by the Le Havre Bar Association. The last time I was in Le Havre was in 1958 when I was a third mate on the AMERICA and had an attack of Appendicitis. Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco, and I left my appendix in Le Havre. After the seminar and a visit to the Normandy beaches and the US cemetery, we will spend four nights in Paris. Later this spring, we are going on a Viking River cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest and thence to Prague for three nights. Our best goes to you and Toni. Jean and our kids gave me an iPhone and an iPad for Christmas, and I am slowly moving into the 20th century. I do attend Apple workshops on iPhones, iPads, and iClouds. It is tougher than the Chemistry and Physics classes at Kings Point. Who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Not only did Saturn, Venus, and the moon line up in late February for us to enjoy, but they also lined up for Fred Canevari, Carl Piserchia, and Ted Prichard '57. We all met at Fred's home in St. Augustine, FL. A happy time was spent by all catching up on old sea stories, jokes, food, wine, and lots of good laughter. They also lined up for Carl who met one of his grandsons, a Naval Reservist, presently training to be a Hospital Corpsman at Camp Lejuene, NC. Fred has relocated to FL for a good part of the year, Carl just wanted a drive down south, and Ted happened to be visiting family. Best regards and thanks for your efforts in keeping us together. Charlie Cherrix says it seems that the older we get, the busier we get. One thinks of retirement as a time of leisure. HA that's when the people in the know tell us to keep busy. So, like many of you Charlie has let no grass grow under his feet. He relates the following: last June, the wife and I drove north from Hilton Head Island to VA/MD/DC. We attended a gathering of the Cherrix families, and then visited with our son, Bill, his wife, and their twins who "graduated" into middle school. Next on the agenda was Cathie's 60th high school reunion of Roosevelt Senior High in DC. Immediately upon return to HHI, I left for Ormond Beach, FL, where I helped our daughter and family pack up everything and we headed for Rio Rancho Estates, NM. Daughter Claudia had been invited to join the staff as a Nurse/Epidemiologist in the Albuquerque Hospital run by the University of New Mexico. Their new home has a magnificent view of the Sandia Mountains. We took a tramway ride up to 10,500 feet and enjoyed the sights. The trip from sea level in FL to NM was quite noticeable. When I got back to SC, filled with tales of the awesomeness of New Mexico, I had to promise to take Catherine. We went to Albuquerque for Christmas and New Year's Eve. Our flights were all on time and smooth. (I had not related to the wife the near-miss my plane had in Atlanta when I returned in July. A plane's delay in taking off caused us to make an emergency turn at full speed.) Our visit included driving through the mountains–reaching over 8,000 feet. The move for our daughter has shown to be a good one. Both of their children, who were already straight-A students, have continued earning college preparatory grades and credits. Nikolas, 15, took a sample college entry test and got the highest grade ever in the history of the school. He is now receiving inquiries from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and many others. I wish KP offered a medical program. Niki wants to be a doctor. Mountains are beautiful to visit, but our east coast sea level home on Hilton Head Island, SC is our paradise. George Nagel: I wasn't going to write this, but then I decided that since I looked forward to what my classmates were doing, I'd go about boring the rest of them. While I was living in Long Valley, NJ, I obtained a private pilot's license. Several years later, I purchased a 1952 Piper Tri-Pacer and proceeded to have a lot of fun with it. Linda (my wife of 55 years) and I took a number of trips in it (to Vermont to visit my brother John and his family, several day trips to the Jersey Shore to beat the summer traffic, and several to SC to visit my grandkids). When I retired from Bell Labs, we moved to SC (along with the plane). While in SC, we made a longer trip to Robert, LA (just north of New Orleans) to visit a friend. From there we flew to Pensacola to visit old neighbors. About then, I took an A&P Mechanics course and received my FAA license. Sometime after that, I disassembled the plane down to the last nut, bolt, and rivet (to rebuild it). Ten years later, I'm still working on it s-l-o-w-l-y. But I'm having fun (and frustration with Big Brother-FAA). It's true what they say – the plane won't be finished until the paper work is as heavy as the plane. Between daily trips to the "Y", seeing my 3-year-old greatgranddaughter, taking trips, paying for various Dr.'s sport cars, working on my plane, and occasionally someone's plane, my days are pretty full. In fact, I look back and I don't see how I ever had the time to hold down a job! Duane Kaisan: Things are looking down at the academy, but we met a nice young man last Wednesday night at our Club who has one year to go and is on a split sea year caching his last sea year ship five days later and then after that back to the Academy. Andy's grandfather is a member here and was visiting for a very long weekend and grandfather and grandmother were taking Andy and his girlfriend to dinner. We just got a new neighbor who graduated from Ft. Schyler SUNY (boo!) and we try to tell each other which school is better whenever we pass each other. Ron and Elaine Williamson were here for a couple of nights earlier this week, and we had a very good time telling what we thought were true sea stories but at our age who remembers how it really was? They were making a two-plus week trip around Florida meeting and sponging and ended up here just before flying back to good old New York City. We shared our great weather with them and tried to get them to stay longer, but Ron had to go back to start a consulting job on Monday morning. He is no longer with Charlie Cushing but still wants to do "consulting" and/or "expert witnessing," so if anyone has any leads please call him . Barb and I will be in New Jersey for three months starting the beginning of June and spending three weeks in Germany the last of July to attend our great niece's wedding in Luneburg, south of Hamburg. After the wedding we intend to rent a car and travel around Germany for two additional weeks. We have a friend in Germany who will be traveling with us so we will have help with the road signs and the language. See you back in Florida in the fall. Charlie Wurms reported: Roberta and I went on a two week cruise on Celebrity Cruise ship Constellation in the Caribbean. We saw a total of eight islands. The weather was wonderful as we had no rain. Compared to what we learned at Kings Point after a tour of the bridge with all the electronic equipment and the ships ability to self-dock. It was very interesting. I couldn't get a tour of the engine room and I tried with no success – too much food. The shows were great and the service was outstanding. On another point, with much pride, my grandson Justin made the baseball team for his high school as a sophomore. He'll play either short or second base. He is quite a ball player. We love it in South Carolina. Taxes are quite low compared to what we used to pay in New York. I am involved in the woodworking shop we have as a mentor – lots of fun. Other times I attempt to play golf. We travel north a few times a year to see family. The trip on I-95 is, to say the least, a hassle. Dave Kratch responded: My wife Carol and I are wrapping up another three months as snow-birds here in Naples, FL. Carol has played golf here with the 91-year-old widow of a '43 KP grad. I have been fascinated by her tales of her husband's survival of numerous torpedoings during WWII. And then of course is the fact that she regularly shoots her age! Ed Mills celebrated his 80th birthday this month. His wife and children invited about 50 friends to share a party on March 10 and he and his wife sailed for Hawaii on March 19 for a 16 day cruise where his birthday will be celebrated on the real day of March 29. Jim Lockwood and his wife Toni went to Hawaii on a Roads Scholar program and spent some quality time with Dante Carpenter '57 and his wife Olan. It was such a pleasure to see them after 55 years. Of course the usual reminiscing went on and we caught up on each others families. Dante will be coming to the mainland to visit family, attend Democratic Convention, ending up at KP for homecoming. Andy Gaylord and his wife Kay returned from a month in Florida on March 4. He said, "We had a very good time this year. We spent a total of two weeks with our oldest son who lives in Clearwater, took a seven day Caribbean cruise out of Tampa on Holland America, and ended up with a five day Elder Hostel program at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. While we were in Clearwater, we had a very nice visit with Roger and Jean Vaughan. They drove over from Tampa and treated us to dinner at a local seafood restaurant." Donald Dudziak never fails to give us an accounting of his past year. Thanks Don for being so faithful. He said: We are even later this year in getting out our annual report. Last year we aimed for Valentine's Day, but this year we are lucky if we make it by St. Patrick's Day. Our alibis are abundant, but most recently we have both had terrible upper respiratory infections. We hope all our friends had a happy Christmas season and are having a prosperous New Year, even if it is quite a bit belated. As always, our friends are our greatest treasure. Last year started out with a quiet month or so at home, with Judy doing volunteer work with the hospital auxiliary and the senior center, and playing recorder weekly with her friends. Don had his usual occasional days at the Lab working on research with Adam, his PhD student, and on the journal for which he is editor, but otherwise a leisurely life with some cowboy action, defensive pistol, and trap matches. He continues to shoot all of these in an elegant manner with consistent mediocrity–but has lots of fun and meets great friends. He even won a plaque and a couple little stuffed buffalos as prizes for first place in long-range single-shot and lever-action rifles in regional matches. By mid-March we were ready for a nice cruise in warm waters, which we enjoyed with Judy's nephew Ken and his wife Eleanor. It was our first cruise with Oceania, and we were very pleased with the food and accommodations. The cruise was only 11 days, but had a "Mayan Mystique" theme that gave an in-depth view of the Mayan cultures in Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. We saw several impressive but lesser-known and recently excavated ruins; we could not spell the names of any of them a day after seeing them! As the spring wore on, Judy was having increasing difficulty with her heart rhythm, resulting in a lack of energy. Because we had great cruises scheduled with Karin, Mickey, the grandkids, and Mickey's parents Rosin and Eupi in July, Judy decided it was time to have her heart valves repaired beforehand so she would be energetic enough for the cruises in July. The first cruise was to be on the Norway coast, with a visit to Karin's childhood friend Katie's family in Norway, and then a second cruise on the Elbe River in Germany with our consuegros. So much for great plans! The surgery was scheduled for early May and went great. She was at the Baylor Heart Hospital in Plano, TX, which seemed like a great place if you had to have surgery–accommodations and food like a luxury hotel. However, about a week after release from the hospital and recovering nicely, she relapsed and had to be re-admitted with pneumonia. That was only the beginning! Her heart palpitations required an "electrician" to go in and scar the heart to stop the stray signals, and that worked perfectly. After five admissions, including three different infections, for a total of 29 days in the hospital, she was finally released on June 21 to go home and recuperate. We stayed at Karin and Mickey's house in Dallas until Judy could travel and until Los Alamos was open again after the horrendous forest fire. We very much appreciated that Ken's daughter Megan and her husband, Bryan, had loaded our truck with our photos, heirlooms, etc., and driven it to our friends Tom and Janet's house in Santa Fe just before the town was evacuated. We arrived in Los Alamos on July 10, pleased to see no damage in the town. But we made the tough decision to cancel both cruises that month, as Judy just didn't have the strength and was plagued by nosebleeds caused by the "blood thinners." Another great disappointment is that we also had to cancel several days in Poland scheduled for after our second cruise. It was a tough summer, but after some good cardiac rehab, Judy got back to her prior strength, and off of all heart medicines thanks to a skilled surgeon and a skilled electro cardiologist. We are thankful for the final outcome, but would prefer to have just skipped the three extra visits to the hospital with infections. The autumn months were a bit anticlimactic, but Don did have some fun trips to the cabin, including for the bow hunt by his friends Dick and Earl, and a rifle hunt by his favorite son-in-law, Mickey. None of them got an elk, but we sure heard and saw a lot. Mickey's hunt the second week in October turned out to be an adventure thanks to about 50 centimeters of snow that made stalking elk impossible, to say nothing about driving out the 11 miles to the nearest plowed highway. It was his first elk hunt, and a memorable one, to say the least. Mickey and I have nephew Ken and our friends Dave and Rudy to thank for our rescue. The rest of October was less stressful, but included a great 55th reunion with many (but too few) of Don's classmates from Kings Point. It's an emotional experience to be back after 55 years, seeing old friends and places. We hope to see more of those friends at our 60th reunion. Immediately after the reunion, Don was off to Cheyenne, WY, with son Matt, for a pronghorn hunt on the ranch of a new friend, Bill, whom we met on our Sea bourn cruise in December, 2010. Bill was a gracious host, and with his help and that of his ranch hand, Matt got a nice buck and Don a doe. We have been enjoying the pronghorn meat, which has no gamey taste because, we suspect, the critters ate the same lush grass as the beautiful racehorses that graze the ranch. November started with a very sad experience for Don and his student Adam. They flew to Chapel Hill for Adam's PhD dissertation defense, but precipitated by a terrible accident to his committee chairman, a largely new committee had been constituted by the UNC-Chapel Hill Department at the last minute. In a bizarre display of academic ineptitude and questionable ethics, the committee would not let Adam defend. On the pleasant side, November was also a month for family reunion, with all the kids and grandkids convening at Matt and Terry's beautiful new home in San Diego for Thanksgiving. Alan and Cheri flew from Idaho Falls, but Karin, Mickey, Bella, Tonio, and we drove from Pahrump, NV, where, while Judy babysat the grandkids, the rest of us (including Matt) had spent a couple days at the Front Site training center taking the two-day "Defensive Handgun" course. After a great Thanksgiving holiday in San Diego, we all dispersed again, knowing we were all going to be in different places for Christmas. For us, it was flying from San Diego to Rome the day after Thanksgiving. After a few days on our own exploring Rome, we were onboard the Sea bourn Odyssey, one of the new big ships (over 400 passengers), and off to cruise the Med again. Ports we hadn't visited in 2010 were Monte Carlo, Monaco, Cannes, and Marseilles, but the highlight was when we took a shore excursion from Malaga to the Alhambra in Granada. It was a whole day, but the Moorish ruins were worth the effort. At Malaga we were joined by our friend Bill for the transatlantic trip to Ft. Lauderdale. As last year on the Sea bourn Legend, we are convinced they are the best cruise line we have ever sailed with – accommodations, food, drinks, and service are all superb. We got to visit Don's brother Val in Ft. Lauderdale, and just missed Brother Leonard and his wife Emily who were due in on a Crystal Cruises ship transatlantic cruise the next day. When we got back to San Diego we heard that Emily had broken her hip while still three days out at sea, and was medevac'd to a hospital at home in Florida upon arrival at their first port of call. The year ended with a harrowing drive home from San Diego to Los Alamos following a snowstorm in AZ and NM. When we arrived at our house on Christmas Eve there was a fresh covering of about 60 centimeters of snow, which provided us shoveling exercise for the rest of the year. Again, we wish you all a prosperous New Year and enjoy hearing from you. Rudy Enders and his fish tale of the week: Mickey Kappes '54 kept bugging me while playing golf about an offshore fishing trip. I said I'm ready to go tomorrow. Then he reminded me of how why he had to have knee replacement after a trip last year. I assured him we would go at crawl speed for the full two hours needed to reach the fish. After a slow and wet passage into head seas, it took us less than an hour to reach our four fish limit on kingfish. We trolled frozen Spanish sardines and caught more than the commercial boats around us. We returned in half the time with a following sea shortly after noon. And then the cleanup. Such is life in sunny Florida. On a lighter note I had asked Rudy about his granddaughter who went to Cornell: Lindsey broke the freshman pole vault record in one of the indoor meets which she won, after recovering from a foot stress fracture which prevented her from practicing for about two months. Later on, for the first time ever, Cornell won the ECAC Indoor Track and Field Indoor Championships. She has become stronger and faster and needs a new pole now because she was blowing through with the old ones. I believe it will take a few meets and practice with a stiffer pole to get even higher. She likes Cornell and will be starting the outdoor season real soon. I took my grandson kayak fishing tonight in the Indian River. I caught about seven trout on jerk baits, but they were slightly above keeper size. He's off from school this week and will keep me busy. Evan is a talented soccer player. As a soph, he was selected as the District soccer player of the year by the coaches. Previously, he made the national team and played a number of games against Mexico. He would be perfect for Kings Point as he is well organized, supports a 4.6 weighted GPA, and loves the sea. I'm working on him. Take care, and thanks for taking on the role as our class spokesman. '57 Bob Carney 61 Summerhill Drive'57 Manahawkin, NJ 08050 (609) 607-1011 7817 Golf Circle Drive, Apt. 102 Margate, FL 33063 (954) 968-9975 (FL) Mark September 29, 2012 on the calendar for your 55th Anniversary Homecoming Reunion. John Mattioni will chair your reunion activities; (610) 828-3483 / kpjohn@ Your Saturday evening class reunion will be held in the Uniondale Marriott. Why a 55th Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Foundation's financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The Foundation makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N résumé review/career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards -- activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012 will count toward your final class gift total. Finishing up the Christmas mail, Deborah and Frank Apicella wished us well this coming year. May it be better than last year. On January 3, I got back the card I sent to Eileen and Bobby Crane at their old address. A day later, I got a card from Maureen and George Wilson. It had a picture of his snow covered house. They said, "Best wishes and better health in 2012." He had sent it to my old address in Parsippany, NJ. It's been 15 years. He sent it in a big envelope with all the corrections. Now I know why I got to put my address before each column. Katy Andino sent me a copy of her Christmas letter with all her information of her doings over the year: Loaves & Fishes, St Vincent de Paul, the garden club, bridge, pheasant hunting, golfing, wine tasting ... (I'm still into wine tasting – actually it's called wine guzzling). On a Tuesday, Arline drove me to get my exercises for my bum foot prescribed by my doctor (again). She let me out and proceeded to get her nails done. About 20 minutes later, as I'm on my back under this electric-massager, I hear my massage person, Adrienne, arguing with some guy. Then, she yells at me to get up (loudly, actually he screams over my hearing problem). They are all excited. It seems Arline threw up down getting her nails done. It's going to take me time to get the instruments off, to put on my shirt and shoes, and run down there. Adrienne says she'll go down while I get dressed. I get outside and realize I don't know which way she went. I waited about five minutes. Adrienne comes back and says Arline's OK. So I get back to my machine. About ½ hour later I'm finished and go out and see the car and Arline isn't feeling too good, so I drive us home. She lays down, Tuesday, Wednesday, she won't get up, Thursday, she won't get up, Friday, she won't get up, so I called Laura Edwards. She comes over and between us she'll go see my doctor–on an emergency basis. We have an appointment for 4:15 pm. Lucky he takes a blood test and tells us she had a heart attack. He sends us right downstairs to what has become (over the last five years) a Heart Treatment Hospital. They managed to put her in by about 10 pm. That was on a Friday night. She was pampered all weekend and not let out until Tuesday. By that time, my youngest daughter from Philadelphia was down. Don't ask me how many times I went to see her. Laura Edwards took other times. I owe you guys many thanks for your prayers. Arline is doing OK. She aced the tests except for a little blockage in the third part of her lower right heart. The left side is OK. They will wait until tomorrow to see if they can control it on mediations or if they would have to put in a stint. But there is no major damage. Thank you Laura Edwards and Vince for being with me. Now, how am I going to thank all of you? Without Arline, my computer is taking all my incoming messengers and not allowing the normal path. A note comes in and it shows up in the spam folder, or recently deleted mail, or, God forbid, in the deleted folder. I can't control it without my computer assistant–who happens to be Arline. (I wonder if she set this up.) Where is she when I need her? I received a note from John Buckle: His Elizabeth had a stroke when they were in Poland. Two stents later she continues to be in great shape. Ann Glossner had a heart attack. Angioplasty on two arteries solved her problem. Gene Byrne successfully survived lung surgery two months ago. Bob Hubenette had blockage on the right coronary arteries. Stents solved his problems. I realize other people's heart conditions would seem to be a dull reading, but the few words spoken fit right in and they are nice to hear. They are all encouraging. Thank you all. I got a card from Margo and Ted Klish. Of course, Vince and Laura Edwards, thank you for all your time and caring. Joe McGavin was up skiing somewhere in Massachusetts. They are in Richmond, GA tonight. They will pick up their trailer on Wednesday and continue our annual visit to sunny Florida. Lesley and Larry Sturzenberger say they are sure glad Arline is doing better and hopefully is able to reduce the number of medications she needs to take. They are currently in Virginia – not heading any further south this winter as the boat is in need of a paint job. Since this will take some eight to 10 weeks and will be out of the water for a portion of the time, we are renting a condo in Virginia for three months. No trips to China this year, but Lesley does have a trip to Taiwan next month. Not sure if we told you that we went to Berlin last fall. Found it very interesting and was quite surprised to see the number of tourists there were. Berlin is quite cosmopolitan, easy to get around, and is one of the least expensive cities in the Western Europe for people to live. We plan on attending the 55th on Friday and Saturday and expect to arrive by boat. Any snow bunnies heading back north in March or April and passing by Virginia Beach please give us call and try to get together. Fair winds! We're having a super bowl party at Kathleen and Steve Kevlin's rented apartment. Arline is doing the invitations. The cook is Betty and Joe McGavin tonight, Rita and Jerry Brittingham tomorrow night. Laura Edwards and Vince will join us. Tom Coughlin is expected. Beef Barton backed out because they are having a big party up where they are living. We invited Tom Newbery but they are up in NC this weekend to help their son, Evan, move to Seattle (not far from on Stahl). It was a good opportunity for him and his wife, Michelle, and kids. They are leaving by plane on Sunday. It looks like Tom and Louise will be doing a lot of traveling in the future. Maybe they'll get to see Don Stahl's digs. Tom was glad to hear Arline is settling down. Their best wishes and prayers for her speedy return to "prime form." On another email, Tom mentioned all the passengers were on the starboard side of that Italian cruise ship that sank in the Med. Ray Basley pointed out that the rocks were sticking out of the port side, and how did the Captain fall off the ship into a lifeboat with a cover on it? Tom answered with "On the Big U(the US), every time we left port and headed down the Hudson, the Bridge would tell us to ballast as we always had a port list. It was properly logged. Thirty minutes later we were told to secure pumping. It, too, was properly logged. No pump was ever activated yet the ship was back on an even keel. Skyline magic!" John Mattioni says, "We didn't want to hear you cry when the Giants fail to the Patriots. Does anyone want Coach Reid?" I should have addressed him with "Dear John" and babbled about the poor Eagles. From Fred Coritz: Have a great party! There are a few videos out on YouTube showing the course of the ship after the port side scraped the rock. They made a 180 turn to get the ship closer to the island to help the folks get ashore. It was Starboard side to the beach. Then it capsized. Roy Corsa said the new KP Log is out and Ron Scully is listed as deceased. I gave him his email and they talked for 30 minutes. He's not coming to the 55th. Ron is quoted as: I am unable to reply as I am deceased. However I look forward to dinner Tuesday to tell you about the hereafter and why you need to change your sinful life. Then to me, Ron said, "Not only is it true but I am back to save all these '57 KP sinners. Since there are so many I may not have enough time, so tell them to start on their own immediately." (Editor's note: Ron Scully is alive and well in our database. A mistake was made in the KP Log.) Joel Zamurut said, "Have a super party, as you watch the Pats get carried out of Indianapolis by on the arms of Big Blue." Betty and Joe McGavin showed up Friday. Betty cooked and we had dinner with them and the Kevlins. Six is our limit for sitting down to dinner–no room. Rita and Gerry Brittingham showed up on Saturday and we ate with them on Saturday. On Super Sunday, Laura Edwards and Vince joined us at Kevlin's apartment. Also, Tom Coughlin joined in. They were on the other side of the room. I can't hear unless you shout in my ear, but Tom, Joe and Gerry had talked about Tom's taking his 13-year-old grandson to Africa to do a little big game hunting. I hope he has a ton of insurance. The game was super– unless you come from Boston and thereabouts. Mary and Jerry Morreale sent Arline a very nice "love and kisses" get well card. From the USMMA KP Alumni Chesapeake Chapter came this notice to meet the new USMMA Commandant of Midshipmen: Colonel Jay Kennendy (USNA '82), USMC. He's an a naval aviator, a CH-46 helicopter pilot who served in Iraq as C.O. of 3rd Marine Air Wing and currently as Director, Social Sciences Division at the US Naval Academy. Willie Heidelberger and Nina just returned from a Mediterranean cruise where they visited Venice, Rhodes, Athens, and Israel. Needless to say, it was a very enjoyable trip. Beef Barton says he hasn't been to jail, as I mentioned. But his daughter came down from NJ. Took her down to the "Keys" and had a good time. We are going on a cruise with a couple from IOWA, friends of Cathy, on a four day trip to the Bahamas and Key West. Guess I just can't stay away from the Keys. Billy Lyons hopes thing are getting better for us. The warmer weather in FL helps. They will be attending the reunion in September. We are looking forward to seeing everybody. We chatted with Don Stahl and he will be attending. We had a visit with Rita and Jerry Brittingham recently. They were here in Pinehurst to visit their horses and trainer, David Wade. Andy Anderson says his daughter in Fairbanks, AK made a needlepoint of the Academy crest (10'x12'). It costs for stretching, mounting, and frame was about $100. She offered to make another one. Would this be something we could raffle or bid at homecoming to raise a little more money? John Mattioni says: Andy. That is a beautiful piece of work. I'm not sure if we can have an auction, but I'd be willing to bet she could sell her handiwork to many of us (me included). I will discuss with Roy Cora and others to see what we can do with your idea. From John McCollum: I'm barely recovering from third bout with pneumonia. During the in-betweens, I've laid laminated flooring downstairs and prepared the stairs for new treads and risers. I've had to rebuild the fuel oil burners on the hot water boilers for island house and mainland house. I'm working on filling the 3rd 20 foot container with stuff on the island to bring over to the mainland. After the last container sails off into the sunset, I need to do a little paint touch-up so I can get the house for the market this spring. This is almost too much for an old sailor-man; I'm tired and grumpy. From Chuck Brickell: I had to chuckle when you asked if anyone had been in jail. It brought back memories of the Sea Year. I was serving on a brand new tanker with "Snake" and we pulled into a new port called NARCO. Louisiana, we went ashore with several of the crew for dinner. Our first stop was the first bar we came to for a warm up. We all had an adult beverage and all but Snake left to see the wonders of NARCO and have dinner. Snake said he would catch up later. Snake never did come along so on the way back to the ship I got out of the cab and went in to check on Snake. He was there and clearly two sheets to the wind. I tried to get him to come back with me but he ordered me a drink and wanted to continue to party. Unknown to me, Snake must have been a bit testy as the night wore on and the bartender had called the Sheriff. Sure enough he came in with two deputies shortly after I got there. He spotted the two of us with drinks in front of us, immediately. He was an older gentleman, tall with a big pot belly. He had the largest revolver I have ever seen strapped to his hip like something out of the old western movies. He hustled us out and back to the ship quicker than I could write down. I was relieved because I thought we were headed for the slammer. After we got out of the car he grabbed my arm, recognizing that I was more coherent than my shipmate and firmly said, "Y'all git on that ship and don't come off. An' don't ever come back to Louisiana or I'll lock you up and throw the key away, ya heeeah?" I have never been back to Louisiana since. Honest! And never been to jail. Smooth sailing, Roomy. Chuck Brickell (Well I didn't know Chuck was such a skinflint or I never would have had him for a roommate. What would my children say?) "Bob USMMA has added a new book to the Library. It is another of the world's thinnest books: Courageous Italian Sea Captains," said Max Freedman. From Pat Buttner: While going to sea (until '79) as everything from Cadet to Skipper, I did my share of hatch and tank crawling, even did a bit of it for the San Francisco Bar Pilots (1979 to 1999), but here I am at age 77 doing it for charity. The doctor says the aches will go away! The S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien is in drydock for all the usual, and a bit more to boot. We're up to about $1.5 M and counting. Ouch! Been out of the water for three weeks with three more to come and, Captain or not, I find myself, as I said above, crawling tanks and hatches. Pat Moloney and Norm Williams are with me as Port Captain and Senior Docent but I've yet to find them during my crawling around, maybe tomorrow! Any KP-ers lonesome for reminders of this kind of work, come on down. The BAE yard where we are being held captive is on 20th street (and the water, of course) in San Francisco." Rita O'Brian wrote Arline (and me) a very nice letter. She thanked us for inviting a Redskin fan to the Giants super bowl party. They visited their horses and they are all well and next up is "Legs," a frisky two year old. They always have hope in the stable. We'll see. Roger Kauffman is confused. The TV Kings Pointer gets sent to Texas at some expense, while "The Administration" will find another vessel for KP. Seems like it could be more cost effective to leave TV Kings Pointer at Great Neck, NY and find a vessel for Texas. Ron Gross, ex-KP '57, later graduated with the class of KP '59, said: I meant to write you for many years. You have the most prolific column. Coritz and I were plebe roommates in 6th Co. I washed out in the third quarter – too much time spent on swim team, band, and women. Managed to pass the KP exam again in the class of '59 (imagine two plebe years). After flying in the USN, did submarine work at EB and then went into commercial nuclear power ala Beef Barton. Wife passed away after 47 years of marriage. Now 10 years with a new lady – both our healths are great, we travel frequently, and stay at our place in Maui (never saw Dante). We can't take cold weather, so we live in Florida. Mary Land wrote to me that Roland J. Land passed away February 13. She said: He did enjoy your emails even though he was very sick. I guess you can take him off the list now. Thank you. From John McCollum: I remember Roland Land from the first few weeks of our plebe year. He said that he always wanted to be a chef and had no idea how he wound up at Kings Point. Then, he went on about sending the "Kings Pointer" in Texas. Maybe that's our first clue: why would Kings Point need a training vessel–if there's no Kings Point? Second clue: $500 billion yanked from defense budget–list priorities– Duh!" From Joel Zamurut: Rollie' Land was my roommate for the last six months of our tenure at the USMMA. We were on the top deck of Murphy hall with a great view of Long Island Sound and the Bronx. The incident in the electrical lab when he inadvertently became a human buss bar was amazing to witness. The 440 volt that he grabbed caused him to moan and he couldn't let go of the leads. The quick action of the instructor, LT Panuska, I think saved him from serious injury. Panuska threw a perfect crossbody- block into Rollie, which caused him to drop the leads. I haven't been in touch with Rollie since graduation, but he will be missed by me. From Ray Hirst: Roland Land was my roommate during our second and first class years. He was quiet and kept pretty much to himself. He had a great love for science and no great love for religion. I guess his most famous moment was one time in the electrical laboratory he inadvertently grabbed the positive and the negative terminals at the same time and the next thing we heard was the low moan from the electricity flowing through his body as he fell away from the table still holding on to the two terminals. The instructor somehow "disconnected" him and from that time on he was known "Lester Ampere." After a while we just called him "Les." After he graduated, he went into the Navy (as we all did) and ended up at the Amphibious Base in Little Creek, VA. I ran into him years later in the elevator (of all places) at the Holiday Inn near the Los Angeles Airport and I believe he was working at the time for some oil company specializing in lubricants. We didn't have much time to talk as it was Friday and we were both heading for the airport to travel home. He was a good guy and I enjoyed rooming with him. My condolences to his widow and children. Hi Ray (from his wife Mary Land). Roland converted to Presbyterianism before we got married. He became an elder in the church! We brought our three children up in the church. Guess I reformed him! He was a great husband and father and I'll miss him dearly. The last eight retirement years on Charlottesville, VA were wonderful with lots of golf and lots of good friends. Roland worked for Dupont, Monsanto, Hoffman LaRoche and Mobile oil. He had a consulting company before retiring to VA. Our son went to the USNA and graduated in '91–Roland was so proud of him! From Larry Sturzenberger: Well, I know you are having a little work done on your bat at Atlantic Yacht Basin in Norfolk and as you can imagine, once a yard gets you in its grip, they can talk you into almost anything. So we thought we would re-power. Maybe we will be able to go more than 9 knot. Check out these pictures! He then sent six pages of cylinders, pistons, crankshafts, etc. that were the biggest around. He next sent a photo of the largest engine–I think it was 240,000 HP. Ed Russell tells me I screwed up. I somehow missed him in writing about the passing of Ted Bratz. They were roommates for the first half of senior year. They didn't keep in contact over the years, but he married Georgiana and they started a family late. The children must be in their twenties. Ted worked for the Bay Area Trans system in San Francisco, I think, from the time he got out of the Navy. His dry sense of humor was always near the surface when talking about various instructors. Beef Barton says it looks like Ron Gross KP '59 had a similar work experience to me. I sent Beef his email. Just finished reading the Kings Pointer. I am concerned after reading the Alumni Foundation Chairman's letter. I don't find it very comforting. Beef's wife, Cathy, had some friends from when she worked for John Deer from IOWA – took them to the Bahamas and Key West. As Nick Starace said in his book, (about Jane Fonda) she should have been tried for treason. Nick added: And what Nick said in his book and forgot to mention is that Barbara Walters to honor Fonda as one of the "100 Women of the Century" is an affront to the other 99. Joel Zamurut added: I don't think there is a statue of limitations on treason. From Bruce Laubenheimer: Today the Academy announced that Capt John C. "Jay" Kennedy, USMS is the USMMA's new Commandant of Midshipmen. He is a 1982 graduate of Annapolis, retired after 30 year active duty in the Marine Corps, holding a rank of Colonel, US Marine Corps. The other position they are advertising is Dean of the whole enchilada. Peggy and Tom Swanson got back from a weeks cruise on Carnival Dream. They went to St. Thomas, VI and St. Martin and had great weather. There was a lot of walking on the ship that tested out Peggy's new knee (had replacement). They are looking forward to the St. Pat's party in their clubhouse and to the reunion in September. Fred Coritz will travel to Italy on May 1 and return May 19. He said: I promise that I will drop you an email about visiting my grandparents' hometown of Canna in Calabria. It is way down at about the instep of the "boot." I may even send you an email from Italy! Stay well. Beef Barton told me about his fishing in the Fabulous Florida keys. He said: Went fishing with an old skipper who used to fish tournaments with when I lived down there. Caught 38 Yellowtail Snapper and had a fish fry with Cathy's kids. For people that grew up in Ohio and never had a fish fry, they had quite a feast. Next, I go to Washington for five days to see what we're doing after what we learned from the Japanese plants that were destroyed by Earth Quake and Sunami. Hope you are getting in some golf. Nina and I thank you for the card from the Capuchin Franciscan Friars. We were only eight miles from them when we were in Venice last month. Nina should start her chemo treatment on Monday. She will be taking chemo pills once a day for 28 days and then see what is going on. We are both anxious to get going with the treatment. The guys have been great about sending get well cards and Mass Cards. A really special bunch of men. Will keep you posted as we progress through this. Bobbie and Bert Klehr want to give a heads-up on the Golf Classic this year: It's from Sunday, October 28 to Friday, November 2. They've scheduled in Lions Paw; Panthers Run; Sandpiper Bay and Carolina Shores. All the class is invited. Last year they had two newbies, Beef and Cathy Barton and Stretch and Lillian. Sonnie and Bob Hubenette flew to Puerto Rico and spent a week traveling around the island staying mostly at Paradors, a government licensed but privately owned B&Bs. Bob said: This one was located in an old coffee plantation. The Paradors in the mountains near Utuado and Jayuya we found to be most interesting. We also stayed two days in Ponce in a converted private home that was built in 1872. The cruise was on the Caribbean Princess, the largest in the Princess fleet (3,000+ passengers). They went to St. Martin, St Lucia, Grenada, Bonaire and Aruba. St. Martin is always fun and interesting –half Dutch and half French. It has a large collection of outstanding restaurants. Le Tastevin is our favorite. You have to drive by the famous Orient Beach (clothing optional). We are taking a cruise out of NYC just before the reunion. It's on NCL, the Norwegian Gem, to Canada and New England to see the fall color. We figure that since we are paying the airfare we might as well make the most of it. John Lydick sent in a memorial to a woman named Irena Sendler. She died in Warsaw, Poland on May 12, 2008 at age 98. During WWII, Irena got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a plumber/sewer specialist. Irena smuggled Jewish infants out in the bottom of her toolbox she carried. She also carried a burlap sack in the back of her truck, for larger kids. She kept a dog that barked at soldiers. The soldiers wanted noting to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises. She managed to smuggle out 2,500 kids. Ultimately, she was caught and the Nazi's broke both of her arms and legs and beat her severely. She kept a record in a glass jar buried under a tree. Most of their parents were gassed. The other kids were adopted. In 2007, she was nominated for the Noble Peace Prize but Al Gore won for a slide show on Global Warming. This was set as a memorial chain in memory of six million Jews, 20 million Russians, two million Poles, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic Priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated. So they gave the Noble prize to Al Gore. We got a telephone call from Carol Wright that Cathie Sharpe called her and told her that Bill Sharpe was out playing with his remote control aeroplane and he had fallen on his head. He managed to drive home and Kathie was in the shower. He said he fell again but managed to call 911. The ambulance people started walking him around and he slipped into a coma. I think he was trying to get a hold of Schroeder or Heidelberger or Brittingham. He is unconscious now in a hospital in Richmond and they think they'll have to operate. Say a few prayers for him and Kathie. When I hear more, I'll let you know. Things are looking bleak for Bill Sharpe. They did try to operate but afterwards they advised her to call in her family. So, sisters and family will arrive today. Tom Schroeder got a call from Skip Sharpe around 5 pm. St Mary's Hospital did operate on his head to relieve the pressure, but he's still unconscious. My Arline called about 5 pm, talked to Cathie, and then she got a call from Heidelberger. Contacted Brittingham by phone because his email was wrong. Ann-Locke Glossner said she'll be praying for them. From Van Vanderploeg: Hilde and I are flying to Prague, Czech Republic on June 17 to go on another "River Cruise." We'll travel North on the Elba River, stopping at various towns daily on our way to Hamburg. At Magdeburg, we will take a bus tour to Berlin. Hilde hasn't been there since WWII and me since 1961. We'll fly back from Hamburg on July 2. On Sunday, July 8, we'll drive down to Virginia Beach for our annual vacation with the grandkids. This Friday, we will drive to Williamsburg to visit our daughter, Tina. She has her ship, the USN Pillaau in Newport News lay berth until June. From Cornelia and George Ryan: We will be on a cruise on the Yorktown, an American flag small passenger ship from the East Coast that will be on the Great Lake for several months. It will be a "working" cruise as I was asked to be a guest lecturer for the trip. It's a one week trip from July 7 to July 14 between Detroit and Chicago with several stops en-route. The last passenger ship I was on was with Grace Line on articles along with Roy Corsa, Flap Edwards, and a few others. I still like the Great Lakes freighter trips, with guest quarters for four to five people. Jerry Brittingham and Bob Aimone visited Cathy Sharpe at St Mary's Hospital in Richmond to check on Bill's condition. The situation is very sad as the doctor reported that morning to Cathy that no positive signs could be found since he arrived at the hospital. Cathy is in the process of contacting their relatives of the situation. Andy and Pauline are praying for the Sharpe family. Dealing with deaths of friends and family shows our age. Thanks for the words about Irena Sendler. What a gutsy lady she was. Too bad the Nobel Prize is not allowed to be awarded posthumously. Tom Murphy (CAPT) said: Thanks for being so prolific about our class and USMMA as a whole. Since when did Merchant Marine and Marine become synonymous? Over the past few years, Cadets have told me the trend is to push the USMC, and the Academy is hiring more Marines in staff positions with direct influence on the regiment. Well, the last straw is to put a Marine Colonel as Superintendent. Great credentials, but no where do I see he holds even an entry level Z card, much less ever set foot on a merchant ship. Sure, 1982 USNA grad, but what does that mean? That he made two summer cruises with 1,000 or so passengers/middies aboard a carrier out of sight of land? What about 11 to 12 months on dirty old C-2's, C-3's, T-2's to the arm pits of the world, like we did! Glad the water level seems to be subsiding around your house. You two have really exemplified the patience of Job. I commend you both for your unending support for each other – just another case of Acta Non Verba to the fullest. Note: Roy Corsa said to tell Tom Murphy the new Marine is not the Superintendent. He is Commandant of the Cadet. The RC? The new Super has not been appointed. Looking over the article "USMMA in turmoil," given to me by Joel Zamurut, I can only see: three Superintendents changes in three years. Deteriorating facilities need $300 M in repairs; the popular catering facility has been turned over to private contractors; the piers are crumbling. Proposed budget cuts. Obama proposed budget cuts of nearly 10 percent. They transferred that ship, they had, to Galveston, Texas. In December, officials cancelled the 140 courses to 20,000 naval reservists (Global Maritime and Transportation School) in spite of the fact that 7,200 merchant mariners served on naval auxiliary vessels that delivered 92 percent of supplies to Iran and Afghanistan. Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood says they have everything under control – we just got to manage our resources. They are looking for a new boat. From John McCollum: A "Marine" is a "Marine." Even in Maine (for goodness sake) I hear old salts, lobstermen, and Maine Maritime graduates refer to themselves as merchant marines! When I say that I'm a "Mariner," they think that I'm on some kind of sports team. So, I'm pretty sure that there aren't over six people in DC who know what the merchant marine is or does. Who else but a Marine should be Superintendent of the Merchant Marine Academy? I'm just not ready for the 21st Century, or something. From Ted Prichard: VADM Joseph Stewart was a marine for 34 years. He retired as a Major General USMC. At KP he was one of the very best academy superintendents. He was superintendent for 10 years. (I got to agree with Ted. Stewart was a class act. If you look over the people who could qualify by their experience, I doubt you will find anyone, maybe another McClintock. What did he ever do? You need someone who is a leader of men.) From Chuck Brickell, my last roommate and Rear Admiral: I wonder, Roomy, what are the criteria by which we judge the USMMA Superintendent as good or bad? What is his primary job? I'm genuinely curious because it has been so long since I have been there. (I know here at Penn State, the primary job of the University President seems to be raising money.) I know what John means when he says there is a difference between USMC "Marines" and salty "Mariners." The Brits call their folks who man submarines, "sub-mariners" while we in the USN think we are as good as anyone and thus call our people "submarine-ers." Smooth sailing. And from Freddie Coritz: From the Alumni and the parents' emails, it seems our next Superintendent might have to be good with a hammer or a pain roller. Maybe concrete, too. $300 M for major repairs at the Academy! It is a big number but nothing major has been done since we lived there, from my observations! It is a good thing the money has been available to rehab the six cadet halls. (Fred, there is only $54 M this year.) From Bill Heidelberger: I am very saddened by Bill Sharpe's death. Last week he called me to offer his home to Nina and me if we needed a place to stay in the Richmond area while Nina is in treatment for her cancer. He was a generous person and long time friend even though we did not see each other that much. Last I saw him was at our 50th. I was on the fundraising committee and had to call him. His response was, "Willie, you old dog, who do I make the check out to? I'll do it right now." Last week was a very sad week because a very good guy is gone. Bob Aimone, Tom Schroeder, and Jerry Brittingham attended Bill Sharpe's celebration of life with his wife Cathy, daughter Amy, and son Chip. There are also lots of relatives plus many friends and neighbors. Bill had donated his organs and already supplied his liver and kidney to very needy recipients from the Richmond area. It was a gesture, which makes me feel more obligated to make certain that my papers are in order, so I can make the same gesture, as I had already planned. I know that all of Bill's classmates wish him smooth sailing until we all meet again. Larry Sturzenberger called but his boat was up in Maine. From John McCollum: Bill Sharpe was kind, humorous, and a fellow Southerner. Godspeed. From Fred Coritz: My recollection of Bill Sharpe! He and Pauster were great buddies and eventually business partners in PA. They asked to buy "speed reducers" from me when I was at Delaval Div. of Delaval Turbines, but with no money in their accounts. I was not allowed by the Credit Department to sell to them any product! Bill was always "Cada" to me (a nickname which he had and I don't recall why) and almost always had a smile on his face and never spoke a bad word about anyone. I had a few phone conversations with Bill over the years; our last connection, a vivid meeting at our 50th. From Bob Aimone: Gerry, Tom and I spent a couple of hours with Bill Sharpe's wife, his daughter Amy' plus family and many friends. It was a happy gathering appropriate for Bill. There was lots of memorabilia of Bill's life with several items from the Academy. The family was very appreciative of us three being able to represent KP at the gathering. It was quite an honor to spend a few hours with them sending Bill off from their lives. From Beef Barton: Haven't had a contact with "Cada" since the construction of Unit 1 at Three Mile Island back in 1972. Bill and George Pauster were coming out of the Turbine Building while I was going in to check on job in progress. It was then that I found out that they were in business selling pumps. I asked what they knew about Nuclear Plants and they told me "absolutely nothing," but all they needed to know was that their pumps could pump whatever. Both of those guys were always funny and you had to love them both. From Bill Sharpe's obituary: Died on March 14. Born in Logan, WV, on November 30, 1935. Survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Cathy Logan Sharpe, etc. KP, the Navy and a lengthy career in sales of insurance, stocks, real estate, and mechanical engineering. Bill Sharpe was a gentleman. He was quiet and reserved but a load of fun. So long, Bill, see you upstairs. Have a self propelled aircraft waiting for me. I got a card from Pauline and Andy Anderson. "Happy Anniversary." They've had a busy time of the year, including a trip to Fairbanks to see younger grandson married to his Kaitlan from Taunton, MA. They've got their flights for the reunion trip. Best Wishes! I got a note from Carol Lydick: reading about Bill Sharpe strengthens my faith that when it's time to go, the Lord takes us. What could be more benign than flying a remote controlled airplane in a field? I feel that his time had come to go home and somehow it doesn't seem to matter where we are or what we are doing. She then went on to explain John's two "accidents" with setting up backdrops for a church play. He almost sawed his thumb off. That didn't work, so he went and got buried in 26 sheets of plywood that put him in bed for a week or more. Strangely, I feel that God has a plan for all of us. We are all sorry for the loss. We pray that the Sharpes find comfort in God's peace, joy in memories, and hope that if we all know Him we will all be together again. We pray that Arline is coming along and her pain is tolerable. She sounds like quite a lady! There's an old saying my Irish Mom used to tell me. "Life is not waiting for the storm to pass. Life is learning to dance in the rain." From my viewpoint, Bill was a world class dancer. Smooth Sailing Roomy, Chuck Brickell. From John McCollum: I believe that once we step foot on the gangway there is no departmental difference that makes us anything but sailors. All ships cross the bar, as well as the men aboard them. John's quoting Leonard Cohen excerpted from Suzaane, said it best: And Jesus was a sailor When He walked upon the water And He spent a long time watching From His lonely wooden tower And when He knew for certain Only drowning men could see Him He said "All men will be sailors then Until the sea shall free them." I finally found Tom Edwards' email in my old records, and I had to tell him of the deaths of Ted Bratz, Roland Land and Bill Sharpe. Tom said he felt bad over them. He said it was good going here in Richland, WA. They booked a cruise to Alaska in July – probably not going East until October/ September. G Brittingham mentioned that Larry Sturzenberger tried to make Bill Sharp's celebration but he was too far away from Virginia Beach. Dante Carpenter is booked for the reunion. Joe McGavin I also booked. Three comments from Max Freedman: Good observation from Ted Prichard (about VADM Stewart being one of the very best superintendents). Ted was always a class act. Also, isn't Ted Shirmacher still stung up at the outdoor pool? (His group had left the after hours pool party minutes before Ted appeared with his armband.) And, back in the 1960's, Bill Sharpe was a salesman for Fischer-Porter. I was in the nuclear industry at the time with AMF. I purchased a lot of equipment from him. In appreciation, he would take me to lunch. You know what a Kings Pointer lunch is like. From lunch, I usually went home. Who is going to the 55th reunion? Expect to see: Antonnuci, Hirst, Werner, Maxwell, McConville, Hubenette, Buttner, Gatti, Aimone, Small, Ryan, Corsa, Mattioni, Carney, T Swanson, Klehr, Brittingham, Kevlin, Wilson, Starace, Heidelberger, Zamurut, Barton, Maxson, Klish, M Swanson, Mahar, Reyer, Vanderploeg, Nunziato, Anderson, Schillinger, Adrian, Apicella, Domansky, Morreale, Carpenter, Stahl, Schroeder, Homan, Coughlin, Maxson and Harsche. Larry Sturzenberger is still in their temporary condo on Virginia Beach until the end of the month. Painting of their boat is nearing completion and Gerry Brittingham has been helping getting it all back together. It's a joke watching two ancient KP engineers trying to install deck fittings, especially getting back up after kneeling on deck. At least we don't lose screws or tools overboard with the ship being out of the water. We have advised the yard workers to wear hardhats if they are around the boat – never know what might slip out of your fingers. We missed attending Bill Sharpe's services. We returned from Exumas (Bahamas) that afternoon. We will surely miss him. Had lunch with Matt Swanson. His boat is getting a new cutlass bearings and propeller, etc. Hope all is well. We'll be at the 55th reunion. '58 Richard C. Palmer PO Box 126 Mystic, CT 06355 (860) 536-2106 John Baldwin has joined the old timers club. He is wearing a 30 day heart monitor to make sure his heart is still pulsing. The monitor makes life a little difficult when it comes to swimming, showering, exercising, etc. John reported that the local alumni group had a get together at Patrick AFB Enlisted/Officer Club. Seems like the Officers Club burned down and the Enlisted Club allows the Officers to use the facility. Sandy Carlisle reported that he and Carol have continued their active life. During the fall they spent a month visiting Italy, then skiing in New Hampshire, three weeks in Florida visiting family and friends, and finally a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. In the early spring out came the bikes, the boat went into the water, and they opened their cottage in New Hampshire. Sandy was surprised to meet Al Badger while they both were attending a talk at the MA Custom House Nautical Museum. Steve Driver has moved his residence to Stuart, Florida. His partner Diane has had to move into assisted living and has lost much of her memory. Steve could not care for her any longer. Al Duddleston is still trying to get the class memorial plaques purchased and put up in the memorial arbors at the academy. He is looking for input from any and all class members on how to handle the plaques. The academy will no longer handle the class funds – someone in the class will have to be the "banker." Al has funds for a couple of plaque. Then the bank will be dry. Other classes have collected funding from living class members to get monies for future plaque purchases for each class member. If you have any ideas that will help Al please contact him. Contact me for his address if you do not have it. Mauritz Erhard and his wife Nancie are still alive and well in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The couple has been in Canada since 1984. After multiple careers in Nova Scotia, including shipyard sales, offshore oil and gas development, bookseller, civil servant, and fund raiser, the fourth and last retirement will commence at years end. Nancie will retire from her work as a university professor of religious studies at the same time. They will move to Windsor, Ontario, where they have a retirement home waiting, so that they will be closer to their children and grand children. Mauritz reports that he meets Dave Surrette from time to time. Dave has been in Nova Scotia, since we graduated, running the family battery company. Tony Guilliano came up to the Washington, DC area to attend the internment of Ron Forst at Arlington National Cemetery. Tony along with Jim Robertson and Bob Plant were class members who attended the funeral Lew McCreary has been attending reunions held each Wednesday for area armed services veterans in Conroe, Texas. Coffee and donuts begin each reunion and a catered breakfast is furnished to all. About 80 veterans attend each week, many from WWII. The veterans include men that served with General George Patton, were behind Japanese lines with Merrill's Marauders and merchant seamen Bob Meurn and his wife Christine celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary in April at the Jamaica Inn in Ochos Rios, Jamaica. Bob says it looks like he will be teaching the GMAT's NOAA basic course on the bridge simulator for the last time in June of this year. The shutdown of GMATS is part of the academy/ MARAD problems. Joyce and Dick Nagle were hosts for Jean and Frank Bell and Joan and Gil Carlton during the end of February. The three couples did some local sightseeing. Eivor and Joe Pace took a 16 day transatlantic cruise in April. They left from New Orleans and made stops at Nassau, Azores and Spain – the cruise ended in Barcelona. They also took a trip to Philadelphia to visit their son and then on to Norwalk, CT to visit their nieces. Joe is getting involved with house sitting. They have scheduled house sitting "jobs" in Santa Fe during May, Glastonbury, CT in August and Philadelphia in October. It sounds like they have found a good way to see parts of the country. Susan and Ron Pedersen are touring Italy during the spring. Places like Rome, Pompeii, Florence, and Pisa were on the agenda. They will be getting ready to continue cruising when the winter weather is put to bed. Jo and Bob Raguso are now in their new home in Littleton, CO. They decided to give up Winston-Salem, NC to be closer to the children and grandchildren. I hope they took lessons on such things as snakes, scorpions, Indian uprisings etc. Jim Robertson attended the funeral for Ron Forst. He was quite impressed with the military ceremony – marching unit, horse-drawn caisson, gun salute. The weather was good and Jim, Tony Guilliano, and Bob Plant had some time to talk about old times and old age. Earl Walker is still holding the state of Maine together. He took DDG 112, USS Michael Murphy on sea trials. Earl is at the point of license renewal. He is trying to decide if he should take the step or if it is time to slow down. When I told him that I needed a good ladder man to paint the house he explained that he could handle a rope ladder but didn't know how to manage an inclined house ladder. Old age is catching up with him – he had a touch of GOUT and the medicine they gave him messed up his stomach. He still plans on attending the 55th reunion. To all class members: remember that the 55th reunion is in year 2013. That is just around the corner. Start making your plans now. The older and smarter you get causes you to slow down. Get to work on your reunion plans –write them down lest you forget. '59 Charles W. O'Hara PO Box 3531 Silverdale, WA 98383 (360) 337-7531 (home) (360) 981-2131 (cell) '60 John P. (JP) Walsh 2905 Limpkin Lane Kissimmee, FL 34746 (407) 201-2992 jpw255@c I am saddened to report that Keith Reiter crossed the final bar on March 20, 2012 after a battle with melanoma. Born in Manistee, MI on January 21, 1938 and raised in Great Neck, he graduated from Great Neck High School. After several years in the Merchant Marine, he married Genevieve Kopel in 1971, moved to Huntington, and raised a family. He was masterful at piloting his Hatteras "Fish Hawk" into tight slips or through rough seas. With his young family in tow, he explored many ports such as Block Island, Newport, Montauk, Nantucket and many more. He fished as often as possible in LI Sound and the Atlantic with his son and many loyal fishing buddies. Keith was also an avid marksman, holding the National Rifle Association's record for distance for the US Navy. For many years, his partner Patricia Porter was at his side. Her love and care enabled him to have his final days at home, watching the comings and goings of Huntington Bay. Keith is survived by his partner, Patricia, two children, and four grandchildren. The Labelle Gazette announced the finalists and Gold Medal Winners in the Florida Riverbend Senior Olympics. The locals from Riverbend took Olympic Gold in Volleyball and a Bronze in Water Volleyball. Both teams were led by New Hampshire's Bill Jernberg of Wolfeboro. The Riverbend team, trailing by two games in a best of five series came from behind and prevailed. Bill, a collegiate All-American, led his team to three straight wins and closed the deal by serving five straight points to seal the win and the Gold Medal. Carol and Bill went to the spring mini reunion and are heading north in the motor coach to spend the summer at home in Lake Winnipesauke and Hilton Head and with Liz and Don Schroeder in Charlotte. Thanks to the organizing skills of Bob Solinski and Bill Koehler, a group of our classmates attended a mini reunion at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL. Those in attendance were Flo and Bob, Barbara and Bill, Liz and Don Schroeder, Antoinette and Gordon Mason, Carol and Bill Jernberg, Barbara and Tom McAbee, Maggie and Don Forester, Rita and George Parker, Sandy and Ed Weiss, Jamie and Gene Quinn, Genie and Mo Lindsay, Tom Tollefsen, Reggie Hayden, Tom Simmons '44 and Gail and Mike Jullie '63. The golfers in the group competed in a two day scramble. On the first day, the team of Carole Jernberg, Genie Lindsey, and Liz Schroeder carried the day by carding three under par. On the second day, the men were determined not to be undone by the fairer sex, and the group of George Parker, Bob Solinski, Tom Simmons and Mike Jullie came in at four under par to win the day. Individual honors went to Bill Jernberg for most improved golfer, and George Parker and Genie Lindsey for closest to the pin. A rather generously discounted meal was the highlight of the second night of the event although not everyone got exactly what they ordered. As a reminder, next year's reunion is to be held at the Villages in Florida, and we hope to have a large turnout so be on the lookout for details from the Fab Four. Mike Ford reports the following news: not all that much to report on my comings and goings except that Diane and I had a recent trip to our digs in National Harbor and, while there, I managed to attend the DOT strategic planning session for Kings Point held at DOT headquarters (nice new building) in beautiful downtown DC on March 30. There were some ninety-odd attendees from a lot of different classes. Frankly, I don't know what good will come out of it all, especially in light of all the other lovely news coming out of Washington these days, but I guess it was better to be a part of it than just ignoring the whole thing. Anyway, for what it's worth, our class was represented. I also attended the International Forensics Symposium over at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor in early April. That was thoroughly fascinating. Obviously, the Titanic was the centerpiece of the affair – 100th anniversary and all – but some of the other topics were equally fascinating and enlightening. I particularly liked the one where an int'l team went in, fully photographed, and then raised and brought ashore that South Korean patrol boat that the boys from Pyongyang swore up and down they had not touched; until the same int'l group went back out to the same spot, recovered the wreckage of the torpedo that had sunk the craft with all its markings still intact, and proved where it came from. How'd day do dat? Because the very same model torpedo with the same markings and paint colors was being advertised on the internet by the NoKos for sale on the worldwide arms market! You gotta love it. Anyway, enough of my ramblings. Summer's coming. I live at the shore. Stripers are already hitting. I'm going fishing! '61 Bob Safarik 4 Star Court Pequannock, NJ 07440 (973) 706-5605 Late March saw the completion of the long anticipated Class of '61 50th Reunion Journal, the onerous task of its planning and development being taken on by Dick Schwender in early 2011. Dick's Journal mailing cover letter expressed the hope that given the ultimate publication delays, it would be the feeling of the class that its quality was "well worth the wait!" What an understatement! The finished product is just fantastic and Dick deserves our fullest thanks and congratulations for a wonderful job. While Dick had some able assistance from Pete Rackett, Joe Ryan, Frank Fleischmann and Rita Gullion, the preponderant effort of the project was Dick's and he certainly did us all proud. After spending much time reading and absorbing all the text and photos, my gut reaction reflects the simplicity of the written and eloquent comment from Dick Brooks, who said, "I wish I could have known many more of my classmates while at the Academy!" The nature of deck versus engine, varying battalion and company assignments, split sea year constraints, sports, club and activity variances and yes, personal efforts to do so, all combined to hinder even closer interaction of the final 206. The Journal's pages exude personal and professional achievement, Academy mission fulfillment and individual character, so much of which occurred over the span of time between "yearbook and journal!" As I age (not always so gracefully as Judy often tells me) a whole range of things now seems to bring those pesky lumps to the back of my throat. Soaking up the Yearbook/Journal update was one of those things as it brought to mind the old "Boys of Summer" syndrome. Where did that half century go? 206 separate paths set off in as many different directions, many frequently crossing over the ensuing years, some occasionally, some rarely and sadly, some never. Saddest of all are those many paths which ended all too soon. The Journal is a wonderful testimony to how well a four year experience can shape the next half-century of life. As good as Academy education and training were however, the members of the Class of '61 are uniquely what it was all about: fine young men open to ultimate service and achievement. Thanks again, Dick Schwender for a wonderful job! Kudos are again really in order for our entire 50th Reunion class with regard to its "class gift." According to the final tally and out of 12 contributing classes, the efforts of Clif Smith and his committee led us to accounting for almost 23 percent of the alumni homecoming gifts total received by Babson Center. What a fine achievement for the "Class of Firsts!" In March, while on a visit to his mother, daughters, and grandkids in Florida, John Schubert suffered a heart attack, which resulted in a stent implant. My old S.S. Exceller cadet-mate toughed it out however, and is now on the mend. Get well, John! Don Yearwood reports of yet another Florida luncheon with Larry Burr, John Kropke, Randy Clair and John Rogers. I believe Slater's chicken chow mein was the specialty of the day! In early December, Fred Wolke took part in a "Wreaths Across America" ceremony program in Edison, NJ at the Piscataway Town Burial Grounds. This final resting place of veterans of the French and Indian War through the War in Vietnam saw Fred present a wreath on behalf of the American Merchant Marine. Something in the class email network I don't even remember, prompted Dick Davidson to submit a photo of himself with his two sons at the Clan Davidson castle near Aberdeen, Scotland. The kilts which adorned them were pretty neat, but the legs on the other hand, not so much! Great photo, Dick – thanks! My last input news deals with the early April passing of Admiral Tom King. My boss at MARAD, NY in the '70s and the first alumnus to serve as Academy Superintendent, Tom lured me back to Kings Point, a transfer I never regretted. The nature of his career and his professionalism spoke volumes and his roles as my boss and mentor, as well as the most important one of "friend" meant much to me. He was one of the finest men I ever knew. May he rest in peace! That's it for now – take care! '62 Captain Douglas A. Hard 120 Newmarket Road Garden City, NY 11530-1437 Mark September 29, 2012 on the calendar for your 50th Anniversary Homecoming Reunion. Buzz Santini will chair your reunion activities; (516) 384-2310/ buzzsantini@ The Friday evening class reunion will be held in Yocum Sailing Center. Your Saturday reunion will be held in Melville Hall. Why a 50th Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Foundation's financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The Foundation makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N résumé review/career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards -- activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012 will count toward your final class gift total. As most of you probably know, the Steering Committee has been hard at work arranging the many, many details associated with planning our 50th reunion, and because of the many uncertainties and transitions ongoing at the academy, planning has been far more complicated than that ever confronted by any previous class. Notwithstanding all the difficulties and frustrations, the committee is making remarkable progress and all of you who join us for Homecoming can expect to have a wonderful time. Other than information regarding the reunion planning, my various mail bags have been empty, so I have little class news to report. As for our alma mater, things are still very uncertain, and as of this writing (mid-May) there is no news about a future superintendent. Irrespective of whomever that may be, he/she will face monumental problems – the solutions to which will be very trying and painful! Here's hoping to see as many of you as possible at our 50th. 'Till then, keep well. Out Oars! '63 Captain Alan J. De Sa 1816 Sutton Avenue Relay, MD 21227-5026 (410) 242-3218 As mentioned before, it is great to write this column when most of the news is good. Just before Christmas, Dan MacElrevey asked the class for donations to the very popular Friends Need Friends (FNF) fund started by Dennis Aruta and his daughter many years ago. The response was overwhelming, and 15 classmates sent in contributions. Right now the fund, used to send flowers and other gifts to sick classmates totals $2,562.42 dollars. Thanks to all the generous donors in the class. We sent three class gifts to support you hear of a classmate or a classmate's spouse who should receive flowers or a gift basket from our class, please let us know. Each of us has contact with some classmates even though we are scattered all over the country, so Dan would appreciate hearing about a deserving classmate as soon as possible. Please contact Dan MacElrevey. In February Richard Farmer flew to Florida to accept an award from the Florida Wing Civil Air Patrol in Tampa, FL. He has done a great job helping the CAP over the years. In the Spring after some concern from the class about John and Lois Silva, we heard from them. Lois indicated that although she and John have had some medical concerns they were doing well. Dan MacElrevey on behalf of the class sent both John and Lois flowers. Lois then sent the class a very nice reply via an e-mail to me: Alan I hope you will be able to help John and I thank the class of '63 for the flowers sent to us. John was very touched by what you had to say. Thanks for your help. Wishing you and the class the best, John and Lois Silva. Unfortunately several weeks later we learned that John, our beloved classmate, died peacefully with his family with him on May 5, 2012. John and Lois lived in Roswell, GA. John was born on July 13, 1938 in New York City and was raised on Long Island. He spent 36 years working for General Electric as a Nuclear Engineer and was a graduate of the Admiral Rickover nuclear power program in Washington, DC. He is survived by Lois and two sons, Scott and Chris and a daughter Leslie as well as a brother Nino. At the suggestion of several classmates a collection was taken and a donation has been sent to the Atlanta Hospice in John's name on behalf of the class and the FNF Fund and his family. In March Chuck Loeber had the pleasure to host a meeting with one of the world's most prominent theoretical physicists. On March 17, Chuck's National Atomic Museum Foundation held its 15th annual Einstein Society Gala. They gave the "National Award for Nuclear Science and History" for 2012 to Dr. Lisa Randall. She visited the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History on March 18th and I had the honor of serving as her tour guide. As part of her many jobs she spends a lot of time at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland helping to search for the Higgs boson. Dr. Randall was the first tenured woman in the Princeton University physics department and the first tenured female theoretical physicist at MIT and Harvard. Her most recent book is "Knocking on Heaven's door." I was pleased to see such an outpouring of interest about Dr. Lisa Randall, so I decided to share just a few more tidbits. Our Annual Einstein Society Gala was held on March 17. Mr. Dick Peebles, the retired President of British Nuclear Fuels, is my successor as President of the National Atomic Museum Foundation. As per protocol, Dick and his wife sat at the head table along with our guest of honor, Dr. Randall. Since I'm now the Past- President, Jeri and I sat at an adjacent table with another set of guests. As some of you may recall, in 2010, we gave our National Award of Nuclear Science and History to Dr. Murray Gell-Mann. He received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1969 for his discoveries on the classification of elementary particles and their interactions. As an old man, he now spends a large part of his time at the Santa Fe Institute, which is only a one hour drive from Albuquerque. Dr. Randall and Dr. Gell-Mann are good friends. Unfortunately, Dr. Gell-Mann was in England this past weekend and couldn't attend our Gala. Cormac McCarthy, the famous author, is a Trustee at the Santa Fe Institute. Dr. Randall and McCarthy are friends, so we sat him at the head table. In addition, Damon Santostefano, an award-winning film writer and director and Dr. Randall are friends, so we sat him next to her. As you might imagine, this table sparkled. On Sunday morning, Dr. Randall and Damon Santostefano attended a breakfast at the Museum. Our Museum Director took a large group on a tour. I had the honor of taking Dr. Randall and Damon on a personal tour. I had been warned that Dr. Randall was rather cold and aloof, which is not surprising for an intellectual of her magnitude. To my delight, I found her to be exactly the opposite. She was very warm and friendly with me. It may have helped that she knew I'm an old 10 times grandpa, who was unlikely to be hitting on her. She also knew that I'm just a simple over-the-hill engineer (not a physicist) who was unlikely to ask her any challenging technical questions. I had planned to give her a high-level overview in about 30 minutes, so she wouldn't be bored. However, she was intrigued with my stories about the Manhattan Project, the Cold War, nuclear weapon accidents, nuclear waste, etc. and asked so many questions that our tour took 90 minutes. She laughed at my stories, which encouraged me to tell even more. As a result, she really relaxed and enjoyed the tour. At the end of our tour she asked for a copy of my book, which of course I provided. Dr. Randall is second to none in theoretical physics, but she knew almost nothing about nuclear weapons. She is a terrific lady. Bill Millette has made another trip as "ship technician." He arrived on the west coast of Australia in April at Freemantle. Good going Bill. As with the first trip, he was babysitting a large piece of equipment. Thanks to some work by Ron Osborne and others the next mini will be held on June 30, 2012 (New Date) from 10 am to 4 pm on the SS John Brown. (See She will be making a six hour cruise on the Chesapeake Bay from Baltimore. The cost will be 140.00 USD per person. Ron says to save the date and when he returns from Florida he and Jim Worth will get the flyer put out about the trip. The John Brown website will also tell about the six hour voyage. These trips on the Chesapeake Bay are conducted several times a year. These cruises are great and the liberty ship itself is an experience you will never forget. As per Jim Gallagher we will be staying at the Roslyn Claremont for our 50th Reunion in September, 2013. Apparently, we will be able to reserve the entire hotel for our use, so the class will be in one location. For the MIA guys please make an extra effort to attend our 50th. Realistically there will be fewer and fewer chances for the class to get together and for us to relive our common heritage called Kings Point. The hotel number is 516-625-2700. Ask for reservations. Mention it is for the Merchant Marine class of '63. The dates are September 26 through September 29. The group Sales Manager is Katie Russo, but reservations should be able to handle things. The KP rate is $199 per night. '64 Tony Unger 15 Evergreen Lane Monroe, CT 06468 (203) 268-5754 (home) (203) 543-1165 (cell) CAPT Vic Schisler, who was born 1940 to farming parents in Evansville, Indiana. In 1952, he moved to California in his early teens and saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time. In 1960, he chose to go to USMMA and saw the Atlantic Ocean for the first time. So how did your career all start? At the academy (Kings Point) I fell in love with small boat activity and decided to pursue a career on tugs rather than large seagoing vessels. This led to a job with Crowley Maritime on the West Coast where I sailed offshore for about three years. In 1966, I decided that I would set a professional goal to be a docking pilot for Crowley in San Francisco Bay. One year later at the age of 27 I became the youngest docking pilot in anyone's memory for Crowley. Personally, I felt that it was too soon and that I did not have the experience or skill to do the work. However, I accepted the position and was able to survive the early years without too much trouble. Was there opportunities to progress locally or did you travel? I would have preferred Southern California as a base for employment but the opportunity was in San Francisco so I married Brenda, my wife of 48 years and we moved to San Francisco. I then sailed offshore covering the Pacific Ocean from Panama to Alaska and the Far East. How did you learn to drive the tug and were you a natural? Except for my experience in Cook Inlet, I learned to run the tug by doing something with the controls and waiting to see what would happen with the tug and or tow. I have been called various names (some I don't want to repeat) but on the positive side are "a natural" and "a surgeon". Realistically, I don't think most observers understand the amount of time and effort it takes to become an "expert" in any field. Worst day on the job? The worst day/night on the job as a tug master for me was probably during a storm in the middle of the North Pacific running light with no tow on a 121 foot tug. The anemometer pegged at 120 knots and we had 50 feet plus seas running. The part I did not like was cresting a wave at night and not knowing what was on the other side. The exhilarating part was when we got a little break in the weather and I was able to run cross swell surfing at 15 knots. The worst day on the job as a pilot has to be the morning I ordered a series of increasing astern bells and got a series of increasing ahead bells instead. This led to a disastrous ending because I was unable to stop the ship before a collision with a moored ship. You are worldly known and are a speaker at many conferences and dinners. What is the question most asked to you? The question most asked of me over the years has centered on the type of tug propulsion and design that I prefer. My answer is "it depends." If I am in a high speed escorting system then I prefer a VSP system with a large skeg to enhance the indirect effect. In a low speed maneuver situation I do not have a preference. So why not an office job what is it about the sea for you? There is always a bit of unknown about the sea that draws us down to the shore. The "office" for a mariner is the harbor, the open ocean or the deck of a moving vessel that feels alive. It has a certain amount of freedom of movement and action that is stimulating and exciting to ones being. I want to step on deck and feel the vibrations that indicates the vessel is alive, something that I can interact with. Once in the wheelhouse, whether a tug or a ship, the pilot or Tugmaster can become a coach or manager of the bridge team. He or she can bring all the members and pieces together to accomplish the goal of a safe transit. Live on KP '64, Thanks to all who have participated – some great news and lively discussions. Many of your classmates participate. For those who have not joined, please do. You will learn a lot about how your classmates have changed in 48 years. Keep it going. Tony Unger was elected to his fifth term on Town Council in Monroe, CT in November 2011. He has been working for three years at Western Connecticut State University – Coordinator of Assessment, Advisement and Accreditation. '65 Larry Paper 229 Lake Ida Point Drive VF Interlachen, FL 32148 (386) 684-1965 (home) (301) 424-8218 (work) (240) 766-0602 (fax) Bill Tracy: The greatest enjoyment during my 40 years sailing in the Merchant Marine was having cadets aboard. I never forgot the feeling of inadequacy Pete Trotta and I had as we went up the gangway of our first ship the S.S. American Trapper as cadets in 1962. Fortunately on each of our four ships we were assigned to during sea year, there were always a few young officers from all the different academies who would make it a point to take us ashore, see that we learned from each assigned job and assist with sea project questions. After graduation, I considered it an honor to be part of the training and mentoring of all cadets assigned to vessels with me regardless of their academy as they are all part of our country's cadet corps. Upon my retirement in 2005, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Dean who is also a fellow board member of the Mariners' House told me that I no longer had an excuse to not make their training cruise. As such, I have been making their "Sea Term" cruise each January and February aboard the academy's T/V Kennedy. Although it appeared as though I were leading the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Band, the fact is that the police allowed me to cross their barrier and march with the band for a block as they turned onto "K" Street for this picture. After Band Director LT Wayne McGee got over the initial shock, he enjoyed my appearance as did the rest of the Academy when they saw this picture and "That's No Blarney!" (The very first St. Patrick's Day parade in America was in Boston in 1737.) This moment reminded me of my days as a member of the Kings Point Band and makes me wonder how LT MacCameron would have reacted to some old geezer with a violin suddenly jumping in to lead the band down 5th Avenue in New York City. Both Jim Shirley and Larry Paper suggest that they approach CAPT Force with this picture to see if he'd be interested in doing something like this for our next homecoming reunion in 2015. John McDonnell: Your deadline of April 25 is the day I will join the Pacific Link in Townsville, Australia. It is an old Japanese fishing factory ship that has been converted into a medical ship, and operates between there, Papua, New Guinea, and then up into some jungle ports along the Fly River to serve the people there who have no access to health care. I will be aboard her for two months. The ship is captained by Jeremy Schierer, class of '96. (I remember having cadets from that class when I sailed with Lykes Lines.) He has charted many of the areas the ship operates, which are as close to uncharted as any place on earth is now days. He needed some help and a relief, and I wanted to volunteer to do something other than sit at home and drink beer in my retirement, so here I go! On March 22, Brian and Patty Hope visited from Baltimore with Bob and Lin Webber in Glenmoore, PA for lunch and some fine art reproduction of Brian's painting of the SS United States. Brian is offering a 22" x 15" print on canvas to the Virginia Pilot Association, and a 17" x 12" print on fine art paper is intended for Bill Bundren as a memento of his time aboard her. John Nelson: I'm finishing up at my desk this weekend after the long ordeal of getting the USNS Stockham through a 60-day dry docking at Philadelphia Ship Repair. It is likely to be my last job as ship SUPT, a third career I stumbled into 10 years ago. During this job, I had the pleasure of bringing Sara Brohawn up to speed on the rough and tumble life in a repair yard. Sara became our QA at the beginning of this docking and is a graduate of 2010. That's pretty unusual to have KP'ers separated by 45 years actively working together on the deck plates. Last year I was the ship SUPT on the USNS Pomeroy at Boston Ship Repair. The Pomeroy was operated for MSC by Ocean Shipholding and Steve Turner from the class of '61 was one of the port engineers. It was fun working with Steve who had a long career in the navy before getting back into the merchant marine. There were complaints from the captain at morning meetings about "gators" being driven at excessive speeds on the ship. I was the culprit many times as I sped Steve around to perform ship checks for the yard. At one of the meetings, I got a laugh by saying that since Steve and I had taken the AARP course for elderly drivers, we were permitted to drive fast. The senior port engineer on that job was Jon McGillis who came out of KP sometime in the 80's. At the meetings, I would tell Jon that although he was senior to Steve, my marching orders came from Steve since he was an upper classman. So, if I include Steve along with Sara, in the last year I've worked on the deck plates with KP'ers separated by 49 years. What an interesting ride I've had in this industry since '65, and working with fellow KP graduates has been part of the fun. I also had my most heated confrontation in the last year with another KP grad, but every family has its quarrels! Fred Denkman: Jackie went to be with her Heavenly Father on Saturday morning, February 18, 2012. She was at peace as she took her last breath. I will miss her and always love her. Someday we will be together again. Jackie wouldn't want her family or friends to be sad because of this news. Jackie knows that heaven is a wonderful place and is her eternal home now. God ended the suffering and called her home. Some of you will recall Jackie and I were married the afternoon of August 2, 1965 in the Academy Chapel. We had 46 years of a great marriage, three sons and they gave us six grandchildren. We have many blessings to be thankful for. May God bless you and your families. Ron Shingler: I just received and read the winter edition of Kings Pointer and thought I'd express these thoughts: First, Charlie Hill can write. He didn't acquire or really develop that skill at Kings Point. As engineers, we had very few courses that improved our writing capability. Those of us that went on to any graduate school probably realized this was an Academy shortcoming. Second, Rich Cardulla is right. Many of our class do not share any "love" for the Academy we left in '65. That is demonstrated by Jim Tobin's message in the Kings Pointer that only 18 percent of KP graduates contributed in 2011 to the Alumni Foundation, and 37 percent of living alumni have never contributed! I don't think Bill Tracy has consumed any Kool-Aid, but he has certainly mellowed. Others haven't. I'm somewhere in between. Third, I think we all know a few classmates or alumni that we would not want as next-door neighbors. However, most of us have "best friends" that resulted from those four cadet years we spent getting through the system. I often comment that all of my Kings Point classmates could have made it through law school, but many of my law school classmates could never have made it through Kings Point. If they need an example, I tell them of our Syd Shapiro. Overall, we were a select group. Fourth, I continue to spend about one half of my retirement time in Virginia, a little less in Myrtle Beach, and the remaining traveling or watching (with Carole) our seven grandkids. Larry Paper: Sue and I had the pleasure of visiting with Ron and Marlyn Forsberg twice in the past few months. First, they came to Florida with their granddaughter for a Disney trip and a cruise out of Tampa. Then we stayed with them in Colorado when we were there for some spring skiing. They have a lovely home and we always enjoy being with them. By now you would have received information on a mid-reunion on the West Coast. Dean Rassmusen and Dick Kahn have scheduled events around our stay on the Queen Mary from August 11 to August 17, 2013. I truly hope that as many of you as possible can attend. It is always a special event when we meet. '66 Thomas W. Harrelson 9023 Greylock Street Alexandria, VA 22308-2726 (703) 360-3622 (home) (703) 472-1304 (cell) We had a mild winter in most of the Nation so when Gary Binam wrote to advise it was 70 degrees Fahrenheit in Tucson. I happily noted it was also 70 in Virginia. Gary spends his "cold" winter days doing tax returns for the service men and women and retirees at Davis-Monthan AFB. Great work, Gary! There was enough snow for Tony Landmann to justify his new toy: a humongous snow mobile. For those of you who view our class website (www.kingspointclassof66. there is a neat picture of Tony on his big blue machine. Sue Williams advises that Cam is working hard on his third novel in his series which should be published in September. Cam also has a new cell phone number 843-295-9529 for those who want to call and get the lowdown before it hits Amazon. Al Sama has a new email address,, but did not include any news so write him and bug him for info! Dave Birgenheier also advised he had to get a new email address to stop some of the spam. You can reach Dave at John and Peggy Jochmans continue to enjoy living in the heart of Washington, DC although they make frequent trips to New York and Connecticut to visit family and friends. John and daughter Hilary joined the LA Fitness Sport Club where they swim four days a week while Peggy continues to enjoy being a Docent at the Library of Congress (as does my wife, Mari). We are hoping to have had dinner with them before you read this column. Rudy Morones responded to the challenge from John Klip in the winter issue about who has the longest USCG license issue. You will recall John has issue number 10 but Rudy trumps it with issue number 11 and now has his Merchant Mariner Document of Continuity so he does not have to renew every five years anymore. Way to go Rudy. Can anyone beat his record? It is with great sadness we report that Ron Muelling passed over the bar on January 27. It had been great seeing Ron and Sara at our 45th reunion last October. Jim Liebertz attended his memorial service and shared these thoughts: It was a touching service with loving remembrances from family and friends, including Earl Hicks, a long time shipmate and friend. It was clear Ron enjoyed challenging discussions and a good laugh. He raised four beautiful girls and apparently he was one of the first chief engineers to mentor female cadets. The story goes he was against women cadets and graduates serving at sea until his wife asked him what his reaction would be if anyone told his daughters they could not enter the field of their choice because of their gender. He then volunteered to have female cadets join his ship. Ron served our industry and our country well at sea and in retirement continued to serve others while working for the Veteran's Administration. His was a life well lived and Ron leaves a devoted wife and four lovely daughters and their families including five grandchildren. The classes of '59 and '61 prepared coffee table type hardbound books of their class for their 50th Anniversary Reunions. They are excellently done with a full page of pictures and info on each classmate plus memory info. I have their forms and info and it takes a lot of work. Both classes had committees of 10 to 12 classmates who worked for over a year to track down and get info and pictures of every classmate and their families. Would you be interested in doing a similar book for the great class of '66? If so, please volunteer and let me know. If there is enough interest we can put together a committee. After I send this column to the printer late April, I am off to Pinehurst, NC, to meet some fellow Kings Pointers for our annual Spring golf outing. I do enjoy retirement interspersed with some minor consulting and a lot of pro bono volunteering with the Alumni Association and Foundation. I call it give-back-time since I would not have been able to enjoy retirement without the education and career that Kings Point provided so remember to stay close to your classmates and support the Academy. Hope you have a wonderful summer. Be sure to send pictures and news and to also publish on the class website. Ciao! Why a 45th Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Foundation's financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The Foundation makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N resume review/career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards -- activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012 will count toward your final class gift total. Our 45th reunion will be held September 27 to September 30. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Roslyn Claremont and the Hyatt Inn Garden City. The price and contact information was included in the last email. We are planning a busy weekend. We are getting lots of responses from classmates who are going to attend. Alex Keisch has invited the class to Jewish service on Friday night of the reunion, after which Alex will talk about his experiences. There will be other activities sponsored by the Academy Go online to the Academy website to view these. The reunion committee consists of Peter Barton, Bob Leber, Marv Wilson, Joe and Lona Cox, Bill White, and Bob Carson. Contact any of them if you need information. We will send you more information and a complete list of activities in the near future. Besides the committee, we have heard from many classmates that plan to attend the reunion: Rich Keller, Rich Masel, Mike Tatch, Steve Johnsen, Tom Percival, Lee Lampland, Dennis Neef, Don Scellato, Jim O'Connell, Wayne Hunicke, Joe Bojko, Terry Hammer, Larry DeSpain, John Hill, Jim Van der Veen, Jim Havasy, Bob Butterworth, Gordon Tomat, Tom Tribble, Jim Hoey, Bay Bievenour, Peter Wojcicki, Tim Berkel , Mike Alberi, Bill Goldmacker, and Steve Griffin. By the time this list is published, there will be many more. Hope to see you all there. '68 David Aldrich 30 Boroskey Road Fairfield, CT 06430 (203) 330-9597 (home) (203) 358-2385 (work) (203) 358-2375 (fax) Hello, class of '68. It is April 30 as I write this, and Naomi and I just spent a beautiful day yesterday at KP attending the Golden Jubilee 50 year celebration of the Mariners Chapel. It was a very moving day, and couples had the opportunity to renew their vows which we did. If any of you were there too I missed you. Dave Mozgala wrote in February: last month prior to embarking for a two week Caribbean cruise, Kathy and I met up with Larry Reimer in Fort Lauderdale. He's training captains and crews in the bridge simulator and following the Costa Lines grounding appeared on CNN and FOX News. It was nice to catch up with him and renew our friendship. We hadn't seen each other since shortly after graduation when I was at his wedding in Manitowoc, WI. Mickey Hado's better half Marie wrote in March, also including a dinner photo of them with Ken Pagano and Diane and Bill Sember and Cythia. How are you and Naomi and the kids? I forget, are you retired yet? I think Mickey might go until 2013 before retiring but we are not sure yet. He is doing a lot of Triumph repairs in the garage in his spare time and will probably work at that even more after retirement. But at least he will be his own boss then. Everyone here is okay. Our youngest daughter Michelle and family moved down the block from us. The other is five minutes away so you know what keeps me from boredom. I pick up two of them after school every day and never sat in a carpool line with ours. But I see a lot of grandparents in line with me. We are lucky to have them so nearby. We were in Pittsburgh last September for Mickey's high school get together. Then I spent two weeks at Christmas at my mom's trying to help out as she was recovering from a fall. Mickey is going on a two week car trip with guys from our car club in April. They are driving their Triumphs to Atlanta. Something is going on there called The Mitty. Then our club is hosting the National Meet in Galveston in October. I doubt we will do much more traveling this year but hope to make it to the big reunion next year. We also will be retired so we can take a nice long trip! From Bob Featherer: Ahoy Class of '68 and friends! What a great time we had in Las Vegas! Special thanks to (in no particular order) Jim Mucci, John Linster, Rolf Ohnstad, George McShea, Elliot Woods, Stan Westover and Mike Lawson. It was wonderful to visit with you all. Counting myself, we had eight participants from the Class of '68 (as we count John Linster as an honorary member since he spent the majority of his time at KP in our class although he graduated with '69) participating in the Golf Outing. Guess what, we were not the first place class with the number of participants. '86 put 10 people on the course from their class. The total field of golfer was 53 grads and friends of KP. Since I offered to host the '68 golfers in the outing and provided very inexpensive group rates at the hotel, I was really disappointed that I couldn't get more participants from our class despite constant emailing to all class members on my list. I understand that many still have work and family obligations that keep us home. All who attended have the same obligations as those who chose not to attend. It does boil down to a choice. I feel I have to make some comments about our obligation to Kings Point. These golf outings are very important to the Cadet Corp and the athletic programs. My sea year I ran into many KP grads (Ship's Officers) who took me ashore and paid for the entertainment. '67 Bob Carson 6335 Arbor Rose Lane Spring, TX 77379 (281) 320-9629 Peter Barton 3614 Braewin Court Houston, TX 77068-2001 (281) 580-7606 Mark September 29, 2012 on the I calendar for your 45 th Anniversary Homecoming Reunion. Bob Carson will chair your reunion activities; (281) 320-9629 / rcarson67@attnet Your Saturday evening class reunion will be held in Wiley Hall When I would thank them for their kindness, they always responded the same, take care of those who come behind you. I have always done that on the ships and now I do it for the Cadet Corps. from ashore as much as I can. I ask each of you to think about what KP did for you and your career. Where would you be if you had not been educated in one of the best institutions in the country and for almost no cost? Think about it. Sorry for getting on the "soap box," but just before I went to Las Vegas we learned that my good friend and section mate Richard Dotts passed away on October 13 after losing a five month battle with cancer. I know that the task is large at KP and the time is short so do whatever you can. That said, here are the results. Although I did not get the official score card, I do believe that the Engineers did defeat the Deckies. The Engineers place third overall and the Deckies did not place. I am also proud to report that my company team won the tournament and beat the class of '86. I am surprised with the venue (Las Vegas) and the beautiful Desert Pines Golf Club that only 53 total participated. I would think that this event should be a "sell out." It has only been going on for three years and it has grown every year. Next year, I would like to see a "sell out." For those of you who do not play golf, a "sell out" in a shotgun start scramble is 144. Even if you do not play golf c'mon, Las Vegas is the adult Disneyland. As always, I request if you know someone in '68 who is not on my email list, please forward this to them. Make plans to attend Homecoming in 2013. It is our 45th and there may not be a 50th. Very special thanks to Jim Tobin '77 and Gregg Matalas for your tireless work in all the golf events each year. Best to all. George McShea responded: I have to agree that Vegas was indeed a great time. The "Deckie" foursome of me, Rolf Ohnstad, Mike Lawson, and Jim Mucci had a very enjoyable day on the links with a lot of laughter, sea stories, and a few good shots. I'd also like to see more of the '68 gang show up next year. This was my first time golfing with KP in Vegas and it definitely was enjoyable. I will be hosting foursomes in the Houston, Baltimore, Washington, DC, and KP reunion golf outings. If you are in those areas and want to golf, let me know and we'll have some fun BS-ing and chasing the small white orb around the countryside. I close on another sad note with the following received from the Alumni Association. Best to you all. Robert C. Hamilton, 69, of Farmington, passed away peacefully at his home with his beloved wife Kathleen at his side March 15, 2012. He was born in Indianapolis, IN, February 1, 1943, son of Claire Hamilton of Florida and the late Robert T. Hamilton. Bob was the Vice President of the Financial Services and Annuity Marketing Division at Travelers Insurance Company in Hartford before retiring. Bob had a great passion for his workouts and especially the relationships he forged at the Big Sky. Besides his wife and mother, he is survived by his two children, Nicole Thomas of Long Island, NY and Robert C. Hamilton and his wife Julie of Virginia, his sister Becky Burton, his two brothers Gary and Tim Hamilton, his step children, Heather and James, his seven grandchildren and his devoted family friend, Kim. Guys, please dig into your old sea bags and attic trunks of memorabilia and send me some old pictures for publication! '70 Edward A. Waryas,Jr. 150Winding Ridge Southington, CT 06489 (860) 384-3741 '71 Roy R. Rogers 3445 Launcelot Way Annandale, VA 22003-1355 (703) 573-9527 (home) (703) 627-2321 (cell) (703) 942-8269 (fax) No column submitted this quarter. Steve Ware 2066 Kings Lane San Mateo, CA 94402-3900 (650) 571-5722 (home) (650) 576-0709 (cell) '69 Martin Crandall 23452 Military Dearborn Heights, MI 48127 (313) 965-8413 (work) (313) 965-8252 (fax) (313) 277-3193 (home tx/fx) (home) (work) I reported last issue that Tom Cannon, '55, former Ch. Engineer on the NS Savannah and later Steam Professor at Calhoun School in Baltimore, passed away in January. As a follow up be advised that the "Annex Building" at the Calhoun MEBA Engineering School which supports all Marine Engineering instruction and lab exercises will formally be named in the memory of Thomas F. Cannon, one of the most accomplished and beloved marine engineers and educators of our time. 4k pm ^ JimBorell '72 5914 Cove Landing Road, #304 Burke, VA 22015 (703) 967-2061 Mark September 29, 2012 on the calendar for your 40th Anniversary Homecoming Reunion. Jim Borrell will chair your reunion activities; (703) 967-2061 / jborell711@gmail. com. Your Saturday evening class reunion will be held in Land Hall. Why a 40th Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Foundation's financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The Foundation makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N resume review/career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards -- activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012 will count toward your final class gift total. Your reunion committee of Eddie Robinson, Roger Clark, Bob Curt, and Jim Borell is hard at work putting class events together, finding hotel rooms, and making sure you are well fed and watered during the last weekend of September. It appears that this could be the best attended reunion ever, so make your plans to join us. The KP baseball team had spring training in Fort Myers in March, and Cathy and Bob Curt had the team, their families, local alumni and the coaches (about 80 people) over for dinner. Bob reported that, "My Florida friends who attended were impressed enough (with some subtle prodding) to donate generously to the Foundation. I am trying to stay busy in retirement. Golf game going the wrong way and I suck at fishing. I do volunteer work with Meals-on- Wheels and at our town library in Connecticut. Cathy is busy with her tennis, garden club, and shuttling back and forth to visit with our grandchildren who are pretty close in New Canaan. I am down to one company directorship and on the Technical Advisory Committee of Drew Marine, which still has lots of KP grad employees. I also work with an ad hoc committee headed by Per Heidenreich trying to promote short sea US Flag shipping. The idea is to run containers up the East Coast to get trucks off the road, lower costs, create US mariner jobs, reduce pollution, reduce traffic on I-95, reduce road maintenance, and improve traffic safety. Problem is that the Ro-Ro ships we have in mind cost north of $120 M from US shipyards while they can be built in places like Germany for about V that amount. So, we are hoping to get a waiver to the Jones Act requirement for building these type ships in the US, otherwise it will not happen. The states of Hawaii and Alaska along with Puerto Rico and Guam are also interested in reducing their shipping costs with US owned and manned ships built overseas. Not much other hope for the US Merchant Marine to grow without something like this. Ok, enough of my soap boxing. In between attending a conference, going to see his grandchildren in Minnesota, fleet insurance renewal, and a move from Seattle back to the Los Angeles area, Gordon Adams has found the time to drop me an email. U da man, Gordon! He is back working with Tri Marine (his second stint with them), and his current position is Chief Risk Officer. That basically means he is in charge of insurance and safety for group assets. Now here is the company propaganda that Rugby Joe has put Gordon up to. He said: Tri Marine is the world's largest tuna sourcing company, with offices and/or facilities in at least 15 countries and fishing fleets working from American Samoa and the Solomon Islands. After having worked in the residential construction and land development industry for about 15 years it's good to come back to Tri Marine and the maritime Industry. TMI is a great place to work, and with Joe Hamby helping run things the company is doing fine. Between my wife (April) and I, we have six children (four for me and two for her – second marriage for both of us) and two granddaughters (Olive and Lila). I don't get to see the grandkids too often as they reside in Minnesota, but we travel when we can. All the children are doing well and in the mix we have a chef, teacher, medical credential specialist, law student (second year), business manager, and an Apple store technician. We're empty nesters and loving it. April is a very senior special education teacher at Tustin High School, and her passion/hobby is as an equestrian. She rides dressage and actively competes in local events. I'm very active in my professional society – Risk Insurance Managers Society (RIMS), and just returned from their annual conference (Philadelphia). We stay active by hiking, biking, and gardening. We love to travel and go whenever we can get away. This summer we're looking into going to Machu Pichu before they close it down to tourists as a global historic site. Hopefully it will come together soon. We're definitely coming to the reunion, and we look forward to spending time with friends, classmates and spouses. Great update Gordon, looking forward to see you and meeting April. According to Dennis O'Neill: it will be one year on May 31, 2012 since I retired. I had planned on consulting in systems engineering and Lean Six Sigma to help underwrite our plans to travel throughout the US. My wife, Shirley, has a list of "must see" items from the obvious Mount Rushmore and Grand Canyon, to the not-so-obvious largest frying pan, largest ball of twine, and largest ball of aluminum foil (you can see where this is going). My list included following the battles of Revolutionary and Civil Wars as they occurred, but before we set off on our next big adventure, we decided to find a home in a retirement friendly state. Originally, I thought we would return to the Hill Country in Texas, but Tennessee geographically put us between our three sons in Fort Worth, Huntsville and Roanoke. My wish list for the new homestead was 10 to 15 acres, a fish pond, and some outbuilding for a shop and other things. I wanted to be a little remote, so you could shoot a gun off your back porch without hitting a neighbor, but in Tennessee with a view of the Great Smoky Mountains, you don't have to go far to be remote. I did lower my acreage expectations and compromised on my pond for an active stream. We found our home in Afton, near Greeneville and have been settling in since September, 2011. The property sits on land that once belonged to Andrew Johnson's (a native son of Greeneville) daughter. I'm learning the ins and outs of maintaining a log home and trying to figure how to best use the 40x60 barn. Our first order of business once we found a home was to get Shirley in touch with local doctors and an Oncologist to continue her follow-up visits for the breast cancer she had in June, 2010. We were fortunate to find excellent doctors locally, but not so fortunate in that Shirley's breast cancer had returned. She finished chemo and was about half way through her seven weeks of radiation treatment in late April. Although our travel plans have been interrupted, it has given us time to reclaim the three acres of overgrown property and enjoy the surrounding wildlife. The farmer across the creek raises cattle, so we have also enjoyed seeing the new calves come, even if they are nothing more than veal cutlets on the hoof. I believe I'm the old guy in the class and joined the ranks of seniors on Medicare in March. I remain active in the Boy Scouts with more than 54 years (one of the outbuildings on my original new home wish list was for a Scout museum) in the Scouting program. I was a scout in my first troop when it celebrated 25 years and the Scoutmaster when it celebrated 50 years. I went to the 2007 World Jamboree in England celebrating the centennial of world Scouting and attend the 2010 National Jamboree celebrating the Boy Scouts of America's Centennial. I wouldn't mind celebrating my centennial (I'd be 111) if I could remember who I am or where I was, but would settle for 75 to 80 years. I accepted a position with Boy's Life Magazine for the 2013 National Jamboree at the Bechtel Summit in West Virginia next year, and have been I asked to assist in the preparations for that Jamboree this summer at the shakedown camp in the Extreme Sports area (basically anything involving wheels: mountain biking, BMX and downhill skateboarding). Our 2012 reunion will probably be the start of our postponed next big adventure. Captain John Colgan wanted to make sure we were aware of this website: http://www.seacaptaindate. com/index.html. Some may find this an opportunity. Others, well I'm just going to leave this one alone. If ever you get to the Eastern Shore be sure to track down Bruce Moore and family. They have three grandsons, ages seven, six, five, and added a granddaughter last summer. It certainly keeps his wife very busy since everybody lives within five miles of each other in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Bruce manages to spend most of his time in warm places. His company has a warehouse in Pompano Beach, FL and a base of operations in Freeport, Bahamas, where they keep major equipment at the shipyard. He has over 100 Jamaicans working for him, so he also spends some time there. So far, Costa Lines hasn't driven everybody away from the cruise ships so we stay busy with most major cruise ship companies cleaning blasting and coating those glamorous black water, grey water, and every other bottom tank that holds liquid. Over two years ago a friend convinced Bruce to open up a business in Fort Lauderdale repairing mega-yachts, with the potential to build these yachts. Sounding like a recession proof business as the people with all the money who owned yachts shouldn't feel the pinch. As Bruce tells it, "wrong on that one and the first customer was out of Greece. Everybody knows what happened to the Greek economy. We now are dealing with a company out of Belgium, World Sea Yachts, and have lawyers reviewing a contract to build two each 132 foot yachts with the intent to build two more. So we are finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel and not another train coming down the tracks. My son, Chris, runs this business, Broward Shipyard. I just provide the aggravation factor. He is actually organized and keeps me straight with lawyers, accountants, and all the other people I hate to deal with." What! I can't imagine Bruce not having the patience to deal with lawyers and accountants. Dick Witcher is earning lots of frequent flyer miles going to meetings and conventions in his role as Chairman of the American Truck Dealers, and also has the special added benefit of picking up miles by sitting on the NADA Executive Committee. Hmm, that is a rather unfortunate acronym-NADA, which in Spanish means "nothing." Well there is certainly more than NADA happening in Dick's life. Daughter Cristin will make him a grandfather for the first time in December. Son Cristian and some of his classmates won the Rhode Island state championship for "We the People" and represented the state in DC against the state champions from the 49 other states. Both sons Cristian and Tyler are testing for their full/decide black belts in martial arts. Hunt and Cam Simmons. Cam Simmons is finishing up his consulting project manager work in Qatar on a green field port development project. So "Simmons Maritime Consulting" is available to anyone needing help with port operations, stevedoring or other cargo related subjects. On the home front, his first grandson, Hunt Cameron, was born on October 30, 2011. While we are on the subject of grandchildren, I'm proud to report that my daughter, Jamey, gave birth to our first grandchild, Aleksander Manuel Borell Tahtinen (Sander) on February 10, 2012, in London. Jody spent a month in the UK helping the new parents, and I got over there for almost a week to introduce myself to our newest family member. Sander is an 'AmeriFinn' having an American mother and Finnish father. By the time he was two weeks old, he already had two passports. So in the KP tradition, I proclaim that he will be in the KP class of 2034. Well, probably not if his parents have anything to say about it, since their resumes include Smith, Georgetown, London School of Economics, Harvard, and Cambridge. Tom Patsch reports that his only daughter, Kate, is in a Master's Program at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. Well done, Kate! In April when I sent out a plea for Ancient Mariner article fodder, Aurora and Chuck Schmincke were busy on the retirement travel trail in Germany. They were thinking about returning to the states by June. If the thinking gets too much, Chuck, go ahead and just lay down for a good long while. From the man with the largest frequent flyer account in the class, Rugby Joe Hamby: I'm writing this on Monday morning from the taxi heading to Changi to board a SQ flight to London thence Brussels for two days and then Milan for two days. I'll be back home on Sunday. Last week I was in Solomon Islands. That's my business life: planes, meetings and emails. Our business of supplying tuna is becoming more substantial with the major brands now kicking themselves for focusing too much on the brand management side and not enough on their supply chains. Actually, we have been encouraging them to spend their limited budgets on marketing their brands and to rely on us for their supply. Now they are dependent on us in a global market where demand for tuna continues to grow but with the supply being limited. Oh well! I'm planning to come to the reunion with Kim. She says that she is going to do some selective business trip travel with me. She's always been very much involved with school stuff for our kids (PTA, Boosters, fundraising, etc.), but we only have one more kid left in high school. Tobin will be a senior at Singapore American School. Lazy Days, Version 6.0. He's the last one in our six-pack of Brady Bunch kids: three boys, three girls, two from hers, two from mine and two from ours. Don't know when I'll retire, but probably no time soon. My goal is to get rid of my P&L responsibility and then just do projects and the board stuff. We'll move to the Seattle area in June, 2013. We've already bought a house in Kirkland, about three miles from the office. That will conclude the present run of about 12 years in Singapore. "Back in US, back in US, back in the US of A" (to the sound of an old Beatles song). During the first days of spring, Bill Gibbs joined pals George Henderson, John Colgan, Bob Kielbas, and Tom McGrath at Tim Delaney's in Islamorada. This was their sixth "Lazy Days" reunion and a seriously good time was had by all. One day they left bright and early (well, it was actually around 11) for a little offshore angling onboard Fishing Vessel Low Key, Timmy's newest toy. You really must go the following YouTube link to hear the boys give a stirring rendition of "Heave Ho" as the boat leaves for the dangers of the Florida Straits: http ://www. As you'll see, the wives remained safely ashore. Although that would have left the ship of fools with absolutely no adult supervision, alas the Low Key thankfully comes equipped with Captain and Mate! That evening they brought their bounty to a local restaurant where they ate like royalty. According to Bill, "It was one of many wonderful days shared with friends I've had for life. What a blessing." Oh come on, who is forging the name Preston Shelton to emails? I received the following allegedly from Preston: sign me up. I've made the necessary reservations. I'll be 16 days retired at the time and I will have just about run out of reasons not to appear at the reunion in September. John Telesca said he won't be able to make the reunion. He has recently retired and has relocated to The Villages, FL. He's had a home down there for a few years and now looks forward to living down there full time. Enjoy, John! John Koski said he'll be retiring for a second time in May. He said: wife Judie retired from her counseling position two years ago, and I'm hanging it up after teaching physics for the last 18 years at the end of this school year (May 24). It's been a lot of fun, and much more difficult than my 22 years in the Coast Guard, but it is definitely time to let go when the students in my classes are the same age as my grandkids (of which I now have seven). The house here in Missouri is currently on the market and hopefully will be sold by the time this goes to print. The plan is to move to the Castle Rock, CO area when it sells. That is not fair – classmates retiring twice before most of us retire once! Great hearing from everybody, and it will be even better seeing you in September. '73 Daniel J. Zedan 804 Pottawatomie Trail Batavia, IL 60510-8336 (630) 377-2628 (work) (630) 377-3250 (fax) (630) 879-6115 (home) Each quarter I receive a little note from the Academy reminding me that there is a deadline looming. Like most of the other class agents, I dutifully put to paper what you guys have been nice enough to pass along. More times than not, you haven't sent too much so I'm left to come up something to fill this column. As is generally the case, my column is not done in time to meet the deadline so I send my standard request for a brief deadline extension (this quarter was no exception). For the past 13 years or so, the person receiving that request has always been nice enough to extend to me another week or two to submit my column. That person has been Rita Gullion. While I have only had the responsibility to fill one column, she has had the responsibility for filling the entire Kings Pointer magazine. She has always done a fantastic job! However, like all good things, this chapter in the life of our alumni magazine has come to an end. On June 18, 2012, Rita will leave the Academy for good to start the next phase of her career. Not knowing for sure why the sudden change, I inquired as to whether her departure had anything to do with the recent "goings-on" at the zoo. She assured me that she had not become another victim of the current soap opera, but was instead, moving to Albany to support her husband as he started a new career. Being that she was originally from upstate New York, she was looking forward to being closer to home. As such, this is to be her last issue as Editor. I have truly enjoyed working with Rita and wish her only the best. While I know that they will find someone to take her place, it will be very difficult to fill her shoes. She has often been a beacon of hope during some very dark times. I know that I speak for our entire class when I wish her only the best in her new endeavor. Rita, "fair winds and following seas" to you and your family. This past February I received a short note from Doug Hanscom. On January 23, 2012, Doug and Lynda welcomed the arrival of their first grandchild. Their son Chris, and daughter-in-law Katie, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl: Allison Anne. Needless to state, Doug and Lynda are extremely proud. Congratulations Doug. Please send along a picture when you get a chance. As many of you may know, there have been a number of things going on at the zoo lately; most of which have not been good. Over the course of the past few months, I've tried to pass along any information that I felt might help explain what was going on, both positive and negative, and as expected, that generated a fairly healthy exchange of correspondence between many of you. Like so many times in the past, Tom O'Hara was able to interject a healthy dose of his unique brand of wit and humor into the conversation to the point where Kim Parker felt compelled to ask, "how can you have so much time to respond to all these posts. The rest of us non-responders must have a day job!" Dave Buzanoski, in an effort to insure that none of his co-workers would think that he was goofing off, even went so far as to change his corporate email address to that of "Buffalo Bill Emerson." Never at a loss for words, Tom responded with the following: And as for where I find the time to annoy all of you with my posts, I am a marine insurance broker and my principal carrier is based on the Left Coast. That means that the earliest my "normal" work day ends is at 8 pm Eastern Time. And because my clients are all over the USA, and some work all over the world, I can and do get calls from them 24/7/365, especially when they have claims. (One such call, from a tug captain in Norfolk, came as I was sitting down to Christmas dinner with my family. Fortunately for both of us, the good captain phoned in before I had consumed too many cups of holiday cheer.) Even when I'm on vacation, I'm not on vacation. Like many of you, I suspect, I don't observe a conventional 9 to 5, Monday to Friday work routine – and there's nothing like a bit of cyber-tomfoolery to break up the day! You have all been forewarned. In early March I received a short email from Dave Grammas notifying me that he would be retiring effective April 1, 2012. As such, all future correspondence would need to be sent to a new email address. With both of his parents still alive, and wanting to spend as much time with them as possible, Dave will be splitting his time between his condo in Manhattan and his home in Panama. Congratulations Dave. I hope that you have a great retirement. As you might recall, in my last column I mentioned that Dave Tyner had lost his home to a fire that also destroyed about 20 units in his complex. Well Dave and his wife are still living in his office but are hoping to be able to move back into their home by Thanksgiving. Finally, our middle son Tonas and his wife DeAudra were blessed with the arrival of their fourth child last month: little Aurora Grace Zedan. Both Aurora and DeAudra are doing well. '74 Mike Smith 8520 Northton Groves Blvd. Odessa,FL 33556 (703) 727-3334 (cell) Chris Gallowitz I got a nice, but short email from Reginald McKamie '75 regarding the celebration of Parris Beverly's 60 birthday. It is hard to believe that we have classmates who are turning 60. As I looked at the last class notes I was struck that in '74, we were celebrating our 30th class reunion and today we are getting ready to celebrate the 38th anniversary. Here is the short but sweet email from Reginald: I was fortunate enough to get invited to Parris' 60th Birthday Bash in Houston. We had a great time. Parris' wife pulled off the surprise party. We met at Perry's in west Houston and enjoyed great music, food, and drink. I am not sure if Parris is the first to reach 60, but I do seem to remember that Bruce Manos was the youngest, so Bruce, when will you reach 60? I would say to keep the cards and letters coming, but I have not received many cards or letters, so I'll say start the cards and letters. We are becoming the ancient mariners and our story should be told. Along that line, I will be attending a Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians baseball game in July with the infamous Jim McTigue and the reclusive George Proto. By the way, if you have not noticed, this entry is dominated by band jocks and Beverley was our leader. Just to make sure we all realize we are getting older, I got notice that John MacGinnis (Eliot, ME) is retiring from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard this summer after 18 years as Chief Engineer. Until next time. '75 Wayne Stiles 87 Hilliard Road Old Bridge, NJ 08857-1535 (732) 234-3782 (home) (212) 269-3200 (work) After enduring a mild, dry winter, we now have a chilly, dry spring. While there is little we can do to affect the weather, there is also apparently little we can do to improve the plight of the steamship lines of the world. All sectors, containerships, tankers, bulkers, and even cruise ships continue to experience greater pressure on balance sheets. Oh, for the warmth of the summer sun. The beginning of this New Year has brought great sadness to a couple of our classmates. I received a phone call back in early March from Ken Bachus who lives in Houston. Ken told me that Jim Shettig's wife, Micaela, had passed away while visiting Jim in Perth, Australia. Jim has been working on a project for Chevron in Perth and his wife came down from Houston for a visit and while there, she apparently succumbed to a heart attack. Jim's sons Bryan and Scott flew to Perth and accompanied her remains back to Houston and ultimately to Mexico where she was laid to rest. I spoke with Jim when he returned to Houston and after taking care of his household in Houston, he planned to return to Perth and resume working on a multi-year project for Chevron. Later in March I received a call from John Lawrence with more bad news. He told me that Jim Westervelt's oldest son, Wally, had very suddenly passed away at the young age of 37, apparently from a heart-attack. I join everyone in our class in sending condolences to Jim Shettig and Jim Westervelt for their losses and hope that they and their families can heal. In the early days of the Navy, when a man entered the Navy to escape problems ashore, or who was destitute, they were said to be "purser rigged and parish damned." Hope everyone keeps their ships afloat and their families close. '76 MitchTublin Please take a moment in your busy schedule to thank Rita Gullion. This specific issue is the last one she will be involved in as the Editor of Kings Pointer magazine. As one of many writers for their class, with the total oddity of the timing and dates, Rita has always been there to remind, assist, and obtain the article for each and every class every single time. She will be missed. There are two specific "call to action" items: First, it would be greatly appreciated if the graduate or a family member would send in a story or stories and some photos. These will be placed in this column. Nothing will be changed other than what is edited. That is a promise. Hope you read that. Send your items to: Second, I'm seeking volunteers who are really interested in leading an area of the next major Homecoming for the class of '76. This will be the 40th. Just send an email with your current contact information. A conference call date and time will be set up soon after this article is distributed in print. Four years will go by quickly. Send the email to: As you are considering your charitable donations this year, please keep USMMA in mind. You may direct the funds, send these into the Alumni Office, or Athletics or your choice of best use. Efforts are continuing to improve everything at the Academy. Every little bit helps. Wishing you smooth sailing and following seas. '77 Frederick R. Sciulli, Counsel US Fleet Forces Command 1562 Mitscher Avenue, Suite 250 Norfolk, VA 23551-2487 (757) 836-5303 E-mail: Mark September 29, 2012 on the calendar for your 35th Anniversary Homecoming Reunion. Fred Sciulli will chair your reunion activities; (757) 836-5303 / Your Saturday evening class reunion will be held in the Eldridge Pool Tent. Why a 35th Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Foundation's financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The Foundation makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N resume review/career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards -- activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012 will count toward your final class gift total. The input for this edition is meager but excusable as over 30 classmates have already expressed their intent to attend our 35th Reunion on September 28 and September 29: Gordon Arnott, Lou Bettinelli, Dave Beun, Peter Blake, Larry Cohen, Bob Comegys, Kevin Coyne, Dale Curtiss, Jim Fitzpatrick, Herb Forthuber, Carl Haugneland, Mark Hauser, Thom Henderson, Jim Kelleher, Rick Lampe, Rob Lyons, Bill Miller, Mike Miller, Craig Myers, Mike Nesbitt, Scott Nowak, Pete O'Neil, Bob Penny, Russ Rauf, Alan Sawyer, Fred Sciulli, Bob Sheen, John Simek, Marc Sorensen, Doug Strassner, Rod Sullivan, and Jim Tobin. Mike Miller volunteered for the awards committee and has already commenced submitting nominations. Peter Blake offered to assist with the finances and Herb Forthuber volunteered to help with fundraising. I still need a tailgate chairman (Jeff?) and a souvenirs/sponsor chairman. As of now, it appears that our venue will be under a tent adjacent to the pool (golf carts not included). Will Haynes sent a photograph of himself with Jim Fitzpatrick in St. Thomas last February. They were there aboard the Mass Maritime Academy Training Ship Kennedy, shown in the background. Will looks forward to seeing everyone at the reunion in the fall. the last three years. He oversees a number of projects assisting US seaports with redevelopment efforts. Bob and Virginia are nearly empty nesters. Their four children are just about on their own, but occasionally return for periods of rent-free rest and recreation! Their youngest, Joseph, wanted some excitement so he joined the Marines. Bob smiled, "He got things half right – only he decided not to put the 'Merchant' with the name 'Marine.'" Joseph is currently at the Marine Corps base in Twentynine Palms, CA. Jack Carroll headed up to KP on June 18 for his son's graduation. Congratulations to you and your family Jack. You and our other classmates with sons and daughters attending and graduating from Kings Point must be especially proud. Steve Debrecht made the arduous trip to Monaco where the National Geospatial Agency (NGA) was a part of the US delegation at the International Hydrographic Conference (which occurs every five years). Joining Steve for the tough duty were Steve Keating KP '83, Keith Alexander KP '81, and Peter Doherty (Massachusetts Maritime '85). Steve apologized for not providing any more information about the importance of the US mission and its critical value to our national security, because in his own words, "We were just too busy working in Monte Carlo. You know how it is, work just never stops." (Class agent envy, subtle editing, and attempted humor to imply that little work was done – obviously not the case.) deserved a break." When Tom rides down to Long Island to visit his mom every other week or so, and he is crossing over the Throgs Neck bridge, he looks over at Kings Point in the distance and credits his education and experiences there for the opportunities provided to him over the years. Kurt Engel and family visited Plebe Brandt Engel Class of 2015 during Easter weekend and toured the New York City sites together. Brandt joined the Ultimate Frisbee team at KP and enjoyed the competition. Evidently it can be a rough game. Brandt was injured with a separated shoulder but luckily an MRI confirmed that there was no permanent damage. He has done well in the Marine Engineering track. Kurt's other sons continue with their studies at Towson University and University of Maryland. Recently Erich performed in an opera "Die Flatermaus" at Towson and Karl decided to pursue studies in the pharmacy field. Kurt participated in the Strategic Plan development with Maritime Administration with about 75 other KP grads. Kurt's view: it seemed to be a useful exercise to help the MARAD staff gain a better perspective of what makes KP special. Pat McFadden, better half of John, reported on a mini reunion in Ukiah, CA at Peter Blake and his cousin Rodney Blake's Eagle Springs Ranch at the end of March, 2012. Bill Young, Charlie Sciullo, and John (who apparently can't use a keyboard wearing gloves) were able to join Peter for a bit of revelry and to tell Kings Point tall tales. There continues to be a question as to who had more fun on their summer cruises. They were joined by Peter's cousin Randy and family, Bill's wife, and Pat and John and their daughter. A great time was had by all. Next time you are in the area, call Peter and stop by for a visit. Peter is a great host but his directions can be a bit iffy but scenic. Please keep John Simek and me posted as to your intentions and email addresses and stand by for more reunion updates. '78 Frank J. August 8940 Miller Lane Vienna, VA 22182 (202) 297-5432 (cell) John D. Bates 277 Hamilton Avenue Massapequa, NY 11758-4010 (516) 799-0041 Bob Bouchard is still at MARAD, working as Director, Office of Infrastructure Development during Pete Dubbelman was kind enough to cheer me on, with a "Thanks Frank. Keep up the great work." We'll see if Sean Kearney is happy with our column in the last issue; rumor has it that if readership falls, he will step up as class agent. Tom Orlando retired after 30 years at the Indian Point Energy Center. He is well, very happy, and feeling great after losing 25 pounds since retirement. Tom is taking the time to exercise and eat right. He has always looked forward to less stress and maintaining a healthier lifestyle. He is riding his bike every day, and when the golf season is upon us, he enjoys playing a round or two. He enjoys doing all the things that he never had time for in the past: working around the house, and working on the cars. "It's nice to know that whatever I don't finish today I can do tomorrow. But I do miss the people I worked with -not the grind and 24/7 nature of the nuclear/electric generation business. In the future, I do plan on doing consulting work in the nuclear field on a part time basis," he said. Tom and Deb are grandparents now-their son Joe and his wife Jen had a baby girl named Sydney who they see often. Joe lives nearby and works at Indian Point. Their second son Nick is a math teacher on Oahu, so they had the chance to visit with him in Hawaii and go deep sea fishing, golfing, and spend time relaxing at the beach. Tom caught a 10' marlin. Tom and Deb will return to Hawaii for Nick's wedding next year, and may be forced to visit some of the other islands as well. And last but not least their youngest Melanie is a freshman in high school. She is a good person and student. "And after three boys," Tom started, "we Some stories should not be edited. This is one of them via Jack Noonan: Dear Mr. Noonan, I have a good story I think you might enjoy. The vessel I am on just went from Durban, South Africa, down to about 60 S latitude (icebergs included), and then up to Henderson, Australia outside of Perth. When we got to Henderson, we docked at the Austal Shipyard facility, where there was an employee that graduated from Annapolis. He saw my Kings Point sweatshirt while he was touring our vessel and told me that he was friends with a Kings Pointer in the Perth area. I was invited over for dinner to meet this Kings Pointer. Dinner was held at the Annapolis grad's home, where I introduced myself as Dave from the class of '09 with no last name. The Kings Pointer then said that his name was Walter, class of '78. So I asked if he knew a guy named Dave Gilmartin. He replied with "Oh yeah, I was good friends with a Dave Gilmartin." I replied with, "What a coincidence. That's my dad." Wally Purio was a bit shocked that halfway around the world, he just happened to run into his classmate's son. Just when we thought the world couldn't get smaller, I found out that Wally had been working for a few AMO ships out of the Middle East. One of the ships he had been captain of was one of the ships I was on as a cadet. He had gotten bumped up to captain right after I had left the vessel, but we knew all the same people. It really is crazy how small the world can be! My current ship is now anchored outside Legaspi in the Philippines. I have one more scientific trip before we head into Taiwan and I fly home. I will upgrade to 2nd Mate Unlimited and sit for my 1600 Ton Master. I know you wanted me to keep you informed as to when I might come shore side. I think, now with the upgrade, that time will be coming up soon. I plan on moving back East sometime in the next few months closer to family and I am looking for something with a normal schedule. If anything should open up again at Chembulk, please let me know. I hope you enjoyed the story and that it finds you well. If you want Wally's contact information for anything, shoot me an email. Sincerely, Dave Gilmartin, KP '09. (Class agent note: this is "world class networking" but there's more.) When I asked for pictures to accompany this story, young Gilmartin replied: Mr. August, Unfortunately we did not have a camera that evening. I wasn't expecting a '78 alum, otherwise I would have brought one. Why I wasn't expecting a'78 grad, I'm not quite sure. You guys are everywhere. '09, Dave. Jack Noonan reports: as young Dave Gilmartin says, it is true that we 78-ers do seem to be everywhere. Our classmate, and my Rugby teammate, Don Carroll is VP Ship Management and Operations for chemical tanker owner-operator MT Maritime and is based in an office about mile from my own in Southport, CT. One would think that we cross paths on a regular basis. Well over the past month, I had the occasion to meet up with him twice – both times in Singapore's Changi Airport. In fact, we were on the same direct non-stop flight from Newark but didn't realize it until we saw each other at the luggage carousel. He was visiting Singapore, where MT Maritime has its ship management office, and also traveling to Rangoon, Myanmar and Mumbai, India from where MTM sources its officers and crew for its foreign flag chemical tankers. My company, Chembulk Tankers, also has an office in Singapore. However my stay there was brief as I was off to Jakarta, Indonesia where Chembulk's parent – Berlian Laju Tanker – is based. (Unfortunately BLT has had some tough times and is going through a financial and operational restructuring with which I am assisting. In fact I am headed back soon and will spend most of May in Jakarta and Singapore.) So, upon my return home earlier this month, I am sitting in the Singapore Airlines lounge when who do I see – Don Carroll. Once again we are on the same flight. By sheer coincidence, his assigned seat is one row in front of my own. Another classmate that I've had a fair bit of interaction with lately is my close friend Kenny Rogers. He is permanently based in Singapore where he is Head of IMC Aurora, a chemical and product tanker owner-operator. He is about a year into that job. So while I was in SE Asia in late March/early April, where was he? Here in the USA. He was attending to business in Houston TX, where Aurora has its US office and in San Antonio for a petrochemical convention, followed by a trip to NJ to visit family before returning to Singapore. We literally passed each other in the air. I am sure that we will hook up when I am back in Singapore; and of course will report back (... or maybe not.) John Bates is another good bud who stays in touch in between docking ships in greater NY harbor. Recently he was docking a Keystone Tanker on which the Master was a former shipmate of mine from my sailing days with Texaco (which ended 28 years ago.) After the ship was securely moored, JB called me and put this CAPT on the phone with me. During a recent visit to ExxonMobil in Fairfax, VA, I caught up with yet another of my KP Rat-Pack, John Glennon. He has been at ExMo for 33 years, spending the first six years sailing as an engineer – then holding various commercial positions before finishing law school and rising through the ranks of its legal department. Currently he is the managing attorney for ExxonMobil Refining and Supply, which is the parent of its marine group, SeaRiver of which Jack Buono is President. The classmate with whom I have had the most contact with lately is Bill Mergenthaler of World Fuels Services, since WFS is Chembulk's leading bunker supplier. Bill stays in close contact with Phil Greene, having recently hosted him at his Jersey shore home. Phil and I stay in touch as well. He is making the best of it in DC, but of course misses KP. The three of us plan to get together in June in NYC. Ched Rogan spent most of November in the hospital at UPenn undergoing an auto stem cell transplant. His Pet Scan in December showed no signs of active cancer which was great news. But the doctor recommended a follow-up of 22 treatments of radiation to kill any micro cells that might be present. Ched finished that up in April and expected the go ahead – fit for duty. (Yea!) It has been one long year for Ched but hopefully this is now all behind him. Jim Walsh was one of many classmates who accepted my Linked-In invitation. When I mentioned that I had not been to Dubai for a few years, Jim was kind enough to offer me a place to stay if I ever do make the return trip. I told Jim that "chances are slim but then again . stranger things have happened." Kenny Rogers and Jack Noonan in Bali. Bill Spooner restarted his seagoing career after about 25 years of being ashore. (Is this a first?) The training requirements had Bill going up and down the West Coast as well as back to Rhode Island for a redundant course offered by only one school and required by the USCG. He worked with the SIU on the West Coast and had the opportunity in January to sail onboard the USNS Bob Hope in an unlicensed capacity. His "cadet cruise" allowed him to see firsthand how all the new tools worked before sailing as a mate. Fast forward: Bill ended up making a pier head jump onto the M/V Green Wave heading to New Zealand and Antarctica. He was never so cold in his life during the nearly two weeks spent discharging cargo. The skipper, Phil Stalkus, KP '74 and the engine cadet, Daniel Gillis, KP '13 were the other Kings Pointers aboard for the trip. They taught Bill a great deal of what it takes to ship commercially in this new era. The extreme cold caused them to lose their ECDIS, the auto-pilot, and then the gyro (which affected everything else), so they had to steer in hand using the compass from the lifeboat. Seems the vessel had recently been re-flagged, and the previous owners/operators did not spend much on preventive maintenance. Due to a surprising turn of events, Bill spent the last three weeks of the trip as Chief Mate, and joined the MM&P in LA. He would rather sail on tankers or get back into DP in the oilfield, but this will have to do for the present time. I suppose the cold wasn't so bad. Bill hopes to get back aboard the Green Wave for the Greenland re-supply later this summer. Bill Whale finished the ultimate challenge, kayaking around the state of Florida for 1200 miles. He is amongst only 12 people who can claim that achievement. This was the most challenging year in the events history. Bill explained, "The wind seemed to always be in our face 10 to 15 knots with gust of 20." Bill pushed himself to the edge, bruising the nerves in his hands so much that it took days of rest after the finish to regain feeling back into his fingers so that he could type. This is not the place to tell the entire story but for those interested, please check out Bill's blog at and check out the forum which really puts you in the race: http:// The fine character of our classmate is obvious from his blog's tribute to our fallen soldiers and this forum excerpt: A true symbiotic relationship evolved between Bill Whale (Whale) and Rod Price (Riverslayer). Although Bill had a full sail rig with outriggers on his canoe, conditions almost never were favorable for sailing. This allowed he and Rod, with only a downwind sail, to keep a similar pace for the entire event. They ran a measured 40 to 50 miles per day, usually stopping at or shortly after dark and leaving some time before dawn. Bill provided navigation and tidal information, while Rod had needed charts and uncannily homed in on eating establishments and located seats downwind from the other patrons. Upon arrival at Fort Clinch, Bill went for food brought by his wife and support crew, Lisa, while Rod went for sweetened ice tea. The portage was a true test of the partnership when Rod's feet gave out. Bill pitched in, towing both boats the last 11 miles of the portage. Water was good to run the rapids at Big Shoals on the Suwannee, but cooler heads prevailed, and they portaged. Bill and Rod continued down the river, into Cedar Key and on to the finish, working together like a machine. They camped just 20 miles from the end and finished in fine shape about 1 pm the next day. Bill looked like he had lost weight, and Rod appeared to be approaching fighting weight. Finally, Jim Walsh did not realize that my retirement plan is in fact, visiting Dubai and all of you. Once. Then again, in rotation. And again. The reason is I may have the time: my heart stent is still stenting, and I lost 20+ pounds over the last year cycling, hiking, swimming, and eating less. I'm departing to the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM for a 80+ mile trek on July 17th at fighting weight, and I'm feeling great. Finally, one very special note of appreciation to Rita Gullion, our Kings Pointer editor for 14+ years: Thank you from the KP class of '78 for giving us the chance to share our class news with each other and the many other readers of the Kings Pointer. Best wishes up North. We know where you live and we will be happy to visit. Thank you everyone for all of your valuable contributions to our column. Please stay in touch! '79 FrankM.Buck,Jr. 872 Marlene Drive I JS Gretna,LA 70056 (504) 252-9678 (home) (504) 522-2825 (work) AND Alas! A column submission! My research indicates a direct correlation between current email addresses, actively pinging those valid email addresses, and the resulting responses ("your column") from classmates. When I began the transition of working this column, Emil Muccin and Dennis Kraemer helped and provided a spreadsheet of names and email addresses. Unfortunately, less than 25 percent of those email addresses are still valid. When I first started working this column, most of the addresses were still good and resulted in responses to active pinging. As I have indicated on a number of occasions, if you know you have changed your email address in the last year or so, and you would like to update your email address with us, just send a little "test" email so we can update our records and get back to active pinging. Come reunion time, them addresses might get real updated yeh? The New Orleans Alumni Chapter has worked with the Alumni Foundation and the Blue and Gray group to coordinate the Blue and Gray outing to coincide with the New Orleans Workboat Show. This past year, the golf outing more than doubled its participation and in all likelihood, next year we will need to utilize two separate courses. This past outing included appearances from Rob Spaulding and Rich Rogers. Rich was up to his usual networking, combining business with pleasure and enjoying his annual visit to New Orleans during the Workboat Show. I was only able to get a few words from Rob Spaulding, busy boy. He too was combining a lot of networking and business with the social outing. If he did not have a cell phone in his hands, then it was a golf club and if it was not that, then it was a fork enjoying the cuisine d'Orleans. Also attending were locals Harry Nilsen and Maurice Ryan. Harry represented Canal Barge Company where he has been employed longer than I can remember. Maurice was also socializing, networking, and sharing status regarding his survey company he has maintained for over 15 years, Seaport Maritime. I picked up on a few tidbits from our classmates that indicated work was going well, as was families, careers, etc. but one subject did not come up and not surprisingly, no talk of great golf shots! Gene Hilger and his wife, Chris, came in town the last weekend this April to enjoy Jazz Fest featuring Tom Petty on Saturday and Bruce Springsteen on Sunday. Also in town were Stanley Mocarski, his wife Bette, and their daughter, Emilia. The Hilgers and Mocarskis spent a few days visiting with the Buck family, enjoying Jazz Fest and local Creole/ Cajun food. That was about the fastest three days ever! Stanley and Gene also related that traveling to areas where classmates are located can be very helpful. Specifically, last summer, Stanley and Gene were in south Florida for the last shuttle launch (already reported). Stanley and Gene were very appreciative of the hospitality of Bill Koenig. Not only did Bill ensure that Stanley and Gene had a good spot for observation, but he was very gracious with his hospitality by having them over to his house for grilling and a relaxed evening. Until I get more updated email addresses, I'm not likely to actively ping the same few people every quarter. If you attend an alumni chapter function in your area and run into classmates, if you run into classmates while shipping, while out at sea, etc., any and all news is always noteworthy. Drop a line as we all enjoying reading and hearing about the whereabouts of our classmates and hearing good news. In the meantime, Who Dat and Cheers! US West Coast, and a global provider of diversified environmental, industrial, and emergency response solutions. NRC has approximately 540 employees. Rob Swanbeck said he had a great visit with Frank Angelacci (VP-Operations at Patriot) in Concord, CA. Frank's company operates one of the MSC ships Rob looks after (USNS WATERS). While visiting, Rob and Frank had lunch with John Starr (Rob's plebe year roommate) and John Simonese. Rob had not broken bread with any of them since the early 80s so they had plenty of stories to share. John Simons and Rob briefly sailed together on USNS MISSISSINEWA (T- AO 144) in 1980. Frank took a photo of John Starr and Rob, but that one seems to have been lost in the ether. Instead, Frank forwarded a different photo to me, which has sparked a spirited exchange. Rob reports that John looks great; John is sailing C/E, lives in San Francisco and while on vacation does plenty of fishing. Rob has been with MSC his entire career, sailing as a CIVMAR from 1980 to 1987 obtaining his master's license in 1986, then coming ashore with MSC as operations manager with the PM2 special mission ships program. Rob lives in Virginia Beach, married for nearly 28 years (to Kristi), with no kids (but with plenty of nephews and nieces to dote on). Rob and Kristi do a lot of boating in their free time. Rob works at JEB-Little Creek and reports that "Life is good." snapped in half after John hit it square on his downhill run. Score: Starr: 1 Pine Trees: 0. John, for my part, I am sorry. My youthful comment about you being separated at birth from LT Nunnenkamp was always meant to be a compliment. II Ray Botto reported from Houston. He has been working with SeaRiver Maritime, Inc. and its predecessor companies in the Exxon family since graduation. Ray sailed in Exxon's fleet for five years before coming ashore and moving to the greater- Houston area. He has served as the company's External Affairs Manager for the past decade. Ray has two children, Heather, 21, and Eric, 18, who are both in college. Ray notes that Exxon originally hired 11 of us from the class of '80 class and that he and Bob Shinn are the only remaining members of that recruiting class who are still with Exxon. Bob continues to sail as Master. It comes as no surprise that Bob is one of the most highly-regarded masters in the Exxon fleet. Ray forwarded a couple of recent photos of Bob and him. What Ray did not report is that he recently received the Liberty Mutual Positive Coaching Alliance's Double Goal Coach Award for his positive impact on youth athletes. III Ray coaches for the Clear Lake Lacrosse Association. A Double-Goal Coach is someone whose first goal is winning, and whose second more important goal is teaching life lessons through sports. In achieving those goals Ray uses the term PRIDE for Principles, Respect, Integrity, Discipline, and Effort. We take pride in Ray's association with the class of 80. '80 Paul J. Murphy 55 Old Vermont Place NW Atlanta, GA 30328 (770) 953-2021 (home) Dave Morgan Paul Londynsky I received a note from the class of '80 triage unit. Dave Gardy reports that Steve Candito, Ian Young, and Dave have formed the "KP Class of '80 Lonely Hips Club" after each of them recently went through total hip replacements all within approximately a one month period, November 18 through December 21. At the time of the report, the boys and their new bionic hips were all resting comfortably and recovering well. They attribute the coincidental timing to something they all ate during a KP "Fried Low Tide" meal some 32 years ago, and they're looking for membership applications from any other '80 classmates who happened to have a hip replacement during the same period. Dave reports that Steve, as then President, National Response Corporation, Ian, Master, R/V Western Flyer. Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and Dave, Chairman and CEO of TV Worldwide and Maritime TV, were all back at work within a week or two. Within a few months of Steve's surgical insult, he was named CEO of NRC after it was acquired by J.F. Lehman & Company, a private equity firm. NRC is recognized as a leading provider of United States Oil Pollution Act of 1990 regulatory compliance and emergency response services, one of the leading environmental contracting firms on the Along with the chain of emails from Rob and Frank, one attaching a photo of John Starr in full dress uniform, I received John's closing argument. Rather than summarizing John's "defense" I am publishing it in full: I have cause to be wary any time Paul Murphy threatens to put something about me in a class newsletter. Exhibit A would be his accurate but still quite cruel 1978 comparison of my physical appearance to that of LT John Nunnenkamp. That stung for a while. Sometimes, when it's late at night and I'm all alone, it still does. I am still an active member of the California State Bar so I am well aware that the truth is always a valid defense. Still, Christian charity took a beating that day. So publish away. You guys seem to forget that, as an attorney, I am imbued with a rather limited sense of shame. Further, I live in North Beach in the heart of San Francisco where such shenanigans are quite common. I blend. Finally, I have at long last grown into my body. People who wish to give me a hard time about my choice of costume usually do so from a safe distance. I last saw John in person in 1981 on a particularly frigid sub zero morning on the slopes of the Killington ski resort. John was skiing down the expert trail dragging a pine tree behind him. The tree had II Frank Hribar saw Rich Held early October. Rich is an accomplished water skier so Frank and Rich went boating on the Monongahela River well south of Pittsburgh. What happened is truly "Frank-like:" Frank was "really impressed with the thing, fast, maneuverable, responsive and real cool toss back on full throttle slamming. Then I hit a big wave, and kind of broke the walk-thru folding windshield. I still feel bad about that." Frank continues to live up on the North Coast near Cleveland, just a few miles from Lake Erie, where he likes to slay walleye and steelhead. He extends an open invitation to go fishing with him on Lake Erie. He cannot represent that he is better than any other charter captain. In fact, he is not even a charter captain. But Frank guarantees a good time. Frank's son, John Paul, is son is leaning toward attending the USCG Academy. Harlan Wax and his wife, Deborah, are still conducting business (HYOD Enterprises http:// in Washington, DC having just won as the principal subcontractor on a one plus four year Government contract for financial, program and acquisition management support services. Their oldest daughter Rachel recently graduated from Keiser University and is working for the American Red Cross. Sarah, their second child, is studying Fashion Design at the Miami International School of Arts and Design and is competing for a two week visit to Milan with Yves Saint Laurent and Armani. Their youngest child Corbin is preparing to graduate Ronald Regan Senior High School in Doral. Harlan stays in touch with Mary Culnane, John Abbate, Karen Besecky and Dave Gardy. Pete Graham also reports that life has been good to him. He has been financing movies for more than 20 years. Pete has his own business and just recently raised a new $100 M investment fund. Pete got married four years ago to Erika Clark and is the proud father of a three-year-old son, Peter M. Graham III. They live in LA on Coastal View Drive, but the only time Pete is at sea is at the Cannes Film Festival, including time on the 9th largest yacht in the world, the Rising Sun. Pete sees Andy Koski from time to time on the Hollywood scene. Paul Glandt played a central role in Warsila's generous donation of one of its latest propulsion systems to the Academy. Paul, along with his long time employer, Warsila, have made a real difference in the midshipmen's education. Understandably, Paul feels good to be working for a company that is willing to support the industry and the education of its future leaders. '81 Lorne Thomas 268 Williamsburg Drive vJ A Avon Lake, OH 44012 (440) 653-5077 (home) (216) 902-6022 (work) Well classmates, the turmoil at the school has settled down but there continues to be some churn between the Alumni Association & Foundation and the Alliance of Alumni Chapter Presidents. Since many of us are serving as Chapter President across the country and globe, we have been part of, and witness, to some of the events and the ensuing fallout. Unfortunately, I feel that much of the conflict and the attendant drama could have been avoided if people had just picked up the phone and talked or met face to face. Email is efficient but its widespread use sometimes comes at a cost – its inherent inability to communicate emotion, context and body language can be a problem and people say things differently in an email or make statements that they would never say in a conversation. These events also let us lose sight of what's really important: the Academy and its Midshipmen. United we stand, divided we fall. Someone smarter than me said that and it's true in this case – especially when our fiscal stewards (and I use that term loosely) are looking to trim our federal liabilities. It's time to move on, get everyone aligned and on course in support of our Alma Mater – my humble opinion and worth what you paid for it! On the lighter side, I got a note from Hank Halbuer sometime after Christmas. Hank went back to sea in 2004 and worked his way back up from Third Mate into a permanent Chief Mate's position on the Cable Ship Decisive with TE Subcom. They install and repair sub-sea fiber-optic comms networks. He's enjoying being back afloat and works with a KP-er, Jeffery Sanders '77, who is the senior captain. Hank just passed his Master AGT Oceans license as well. The ship's depot is in Baltimore and he's gotten to visit with Rich Roche, Chris Switzer, Steve Dalton, and Ed Kirk when his ship has been in port and he also got to see Eric Nielsen at the annual Chesapeake Bay Propeller Club Crabfest this past summer. Hank is going on his 12th year of living on Marco Island in Florida with his wife Janice and 12-year-old daughter Natalie. When he is on the beach, they spend most of his vacation days out on his boat skiing, tubing, fishing, and visiting the beaches on the many deserted islands in the area. As I'm typing this, Father Ron Camarda is conducting the Catholic service at the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Mariners' Chapel on Sunday, April 29th. Like many us, I was married there. There will be Protestant and Jewish services during the ceremony and members of the Regimental Band and the Academy Drill Team will perform during the breaks between services. I would love to hear from anyone who attended. I'm sure I will hear from Ron through his active Facebook account. Speaking of Facebook, Dave Bivin has been keeping his Facebook friends posted on a career change. I'm pleased to report that our one of our favorite "Zonian" classmates is indeed returning to his roots. After sailing with Chevron for many years, as Master and Chief Mate, Dave has been selected for the Canal de Panama (formerly the Autoridad de Canal de Panama) pilotage trainee program and starts work on the tugboat force on May 7. He is currently undergoing a series of tests and exams similar to what you receive when you are inducted in the Army: physical exam, swim test, background, and police record check. He reports that he's got a car but needs to get a house down there for he and Katy. Congrats Dave and we look forward to hearing about your advancement through the trainee program. I would like to close with a shout out for Rita Gullion, the Editor of the Kings Pointer, and the person who has been sometimes thanklessly managing the class columnists for the past 15 years. Rita has been a true professional and a joy to work with. Finally, the class of '80 was represented at the recent Superintendent's Council meeting at the school in April. Dale Livi (with Marilyn '82) was there, along with Paul Londynsky (with Bethann). During the same weekend, both couples participated in the 50th Anniversary Celebration for the Mariner's Chapel. Also participating in the celebration were Paul and Beth's KP offspring, JT (2012) and Laurenann (2015), and the entire 1st class "wolf-pack." Until next time, Godspeed. She has always added value to any interaction I've had with her and I will personally miss her. On behalf of the class of '81, thank you Rita for all you've done for us and the Alumni Association and best wishes on the next phase of your life. '82 Rob Wolf 463 Upshire Circle Gaithersburg, MD 20878-5238 (301) 417-9573 (home) (202) 685-5516 (work) Mark September 29, 2012 on the calendar for your 30th Anniversary Homecoming Reunion. Marilyn Livi will chair your reunion activities; (201) 791-3549 / KingsPoint82@aol. com. Your Saturday evening class reunion will be held in the Alumni House. (202) Why a 30th Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Foundation's financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The Foundation makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N resume review/career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards -- activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012 will count toward your final class gift total. The USMMA class of '82 is a class of great characters all of great character and class. That's a great motto for our class and I can't believe that it took me 30 years to come up with it. The excitement for our upcoming reunion is at a fever pitch. We have almost half of our class on our KP '82 Facebook site and it's been great fun lately with so many people scanning and posting their old photos from '78 to '82. Marilyn Lili Livi is all Acta in putting together every detail to ensure a great weekend and she will be sharing a few Verbas too soon so that everyone has all of the information. She just sent me this note to share for this issue: plans are well underway for our 30th Homecoming reunion this September 27 to September 30. All information will be disseminated via email and our class of '82 Facebook page, so please send your updated email address to me at If you haven't received an email as of today, I need your correct email address. While our official class party is held on Saturday evening (September 29), please note that the Alumni Association has many events planned beginning with the Awards Dinner on Thursday (September 27 – I am sure many in the class of '82 will be there) and the Alumni golf outing on Friday (September 28). I look forward to seeing everyone in September! I've had a few nice email and phone chats back and forth with Wilbur Dahn. Wilbur lives in Severna Park, MD with his wife and two young sons and is now sailing as Master on the APL Coral. He's on a nine week on/off schedule so he's not too sure about making September 30. I believe Tom Gilmore plans to be there. He posted a photo and story on our Facebook page that validates a sea story that nobody probably ever believed. As a cadet on the Lykes ships SS Solon Turman, Tom decided to try to take a dip in the Mediterranean on a hot night. The only problem was that the ship was underway. Tom was lowered down into the water by fellow shipmates in a bosun's chair. I believe that the statute of limitations is now up on Tom getting into any trouble for this. For all current cadets, don't try this at home. Tom is also the proud father of a recent USCG IT "A" School graduate as his son Francis completed his training this spring. CAPT Hoyt goes to Washington could be the title of a new movie. Evans Hoyt, playing himself, was called to Washington in March to appear before a Senate panel on cruise ship safety in light of the recent horrific grounding of the Costa Concordia off of the coast of Italy. As expected, Evans did a superb job, and I was waiting for him to shout at the panelists, "You can't handle the truth!" Actually, the highlight of his briefing was when a female Senator told Evans that "you can be my captain anytime." I'm sure this wasn't the first time he'd heard that line. Evans then spent his vacation in Turkey where his sailboat was being dry-docked. Chip Lagdon, a seasoned briefer on the floors of Congress, gave Evans some pre¬briefing prep advice. Hopefully by now you have all made your arrangements for babysitters, dogsitters, etc. for the last weekend in September this year. If you aren't one of the 103 people in our class (40 percent) that are in our Facebook group then you need to get onboard and join the 21st century. The latest members to join were two Joes: Joe "J.R." Rathgeber and Joe Mauro. Speaking of getting onboard, I just saw that Evans Hoyt was interviewed on the CBS Early Morning News. Evans is now Master on the Pride of America, a Norwegian Cruise Lines US flag vessel operating in the Hawaiian Islands. Evans was talking to the reporter in New York via Skype and was asked questions regarding the safety of cruise ships in light of the recent disaster on Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy. Mark Bonatucci has recently got onboard with a new company. Mark is now the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for Kratos Defense and Security Solutions of San Diego. Mark is still working and living in the Washington, DC area. Mark will be at Kings Point this June to watch his son Chris toss his hat up in the air at graduation. Joining Mark will also be Ron Betancourt who will be on hand to watch his daughter Christina be handed her license and diploma as well as John Daly who's there to see his son Connor head through Vickery Gate. Congratulations to these three '82 families and our new fellow alumni on a great accomplishment. Hopefully they will take advantage of some great photo opportunities and give us a great shot for the next issue. Another one of our classmate's kids, Tom Lihan's daughter Sara, has a great accomplishment of her own. Sara recently qualified to be a member of the US Olympic team that will represent our country in London in the 2012 games. Sara qualified as a member of the US sailing team via her performance at the qualifying regatta in Perth, Australia. Sara will be competing with her teammate Amanda Clark in the Women's 470 class. Congratulations to Sara, Tom and the Lihan family. We'll all be rooting for you to get the gold this summer and then look for you on a box of Wheaties. It's totally all about the kids these days. Congratulations to Jeff and Anne McKay Swanson ('85)'s wedding of their son Eric in the Smokey Mountains this past October. Congratulations are also on order for Joe Rathgeber who has just retired after almost 30 years with MEBA. J.R. is living in the Hampton Roads area and is now working as a Port Engineer for 3PSC on MSC's TAG vessels. Now that all of these people have their kids situated and are retired, they should have plenty of time to attend our 30th this year. I'm sincerely looking forward to seeing you all there. Take care. '83 Ray Christensen 2630 Crossgates Drive Wilmington, DE 19808 633-1482 Jackson Chandler sent a travel tip: Hi to all. Hope everyone is well. Just a quick bit of info for you and for you to pass along to those you know that may be planning travel this summer. Hopefully United Airlines' management will get off the dime and do what they told Congress and stockholders they said they would do last year. If not, could be an interesting summer for travel. Bookmark it if you are planning travel on UAL this summer. Information/knowledge is power: http:// Make it a great day! Rick Boudiette dropped a quick line that he was "heading to New Orleans this week for JazzFest." Bob Ross sent a brief Myrtle Beach recap: Just to provide you a quick update on this year's Myrtle 4k Margaret Mooney Gordon ' 88 Millstone Road vJ Englishtown, NJ 07726 (732) 786-1668 (home) (732) 786-1648 (fax) Beach golf trip. We had a new record of three deckies this year with Brian Foy and James Carbone joining us. James is John's brother. Also in attendance: John Rhatigan, Jim Quern, Mickey Cunningham, Guy Wilson, Del Lewis, Kent Morton, Mike Keane, and a special appearance by CEO Jim Goulden. I apologize if I left someone out. It's amazing that we all are not on the tour. Birdies, Eagles, the occasional PAR. If you don't believe us just listen to our stories and review our score cards. We continued the tradition we started last year when most turned the big 50 by going to Greg Norman's restaurant which Mr. Lewis was kind enough to coordinate. Mr. Quern and Eliot Bloom, Esq. (Mr. Keane's neighbor) provided some impromptu entertainment that kept us all in stitches. On another note, I had the opportunity to visit with Rex (SWR) Gundle when he was passing through Washington, DC last month. We walked around the various memorials and caught up on the past 20-something years and then grabbed dinner and some local brew at a local tavern. Always nice to catch up with an old shipmate! Ray's update: I exchanged some emails with Brian Foy and Chris Cioni during the Rangers-Ottawa NHL playoff series. I don't travel much, but got down to Memphis in April for Road Runners Club of America convention, since I'm the Delaware State Rep. If you don't get my "send news" emails, please get me your email address. I won't ask you for money. What a gorgeous April day with May around the corner, so it has taken all of my energy to come inside and type another article. I think I am up to having submitted 106 of these since graduation (one missed due to my honeymoon 22 years ago). Fortunately I've not had to pen too many articles reporting the passing of a classmate but sadly, this article includes the sad news of Tom Ennist's death. Tom was an awesome guy and so many of us were very sad to hear this news. Tom passed away on April 12 from a heart attack while sailing as Chief Engineer on a Maersk vessel while at sea. Tom lived in Awendaw, SC with his wife Martha and children Fiona and Aidan. Since KP, Tom was an Ensign, Special Duty (Engineering) in the US Navy Reserve and he lived in Washington, DC, working for the Navy. He then was transferred to the Charleston Naval Shipyard where he was an engineer on the NPTU project. He sailed aboard the Liberty Sea during Operation Desert Storm and most recently was employed by Maersk Lines Limited, as a Chief Engineer. As I said in my note to Martha, for some inexplicable reason I had just been thinking about Tom the day before I found out he had died. Walking down the boardwalk in Virginia Beach, for some unknown reason he popped into my mind and I was thinking about the time when he fixed the entire electrical system on my VW Rabbit while we were seniors at KP. Tom declined any payment for the job because he said "I love fixing this stuff," however he didn't object to accepting a bottle of Dewars. As others have said, there was nothing Tom could not fix. He was a brilliant person and one of the nicest guys you'd ever meet. The mariner in him wasn't only reserved for work as he still loved boating and sailing with his family at Cape Romain. Fair winds Tom. You were a salt of the earth kind of person. '84 Glen Migneault 9 Radcliffe Road Beverly, MA 01915 (978) 535-4729 Pete Lafontaine, wife Judi, and son Trevor. Pete Lafontaine wrote: The picture shows wife Judi and me with our oldest son Trevor at the West Point Plebe Parents weekend that we attended in March. Trevor has almost completed his plebe year at West Point (3.85 GPA) and is looking forward to his "Yearling" year when he can enjoy a little more sleep (we all remember that feeling)! He's pretty certain that he is going to pursue a civil engineering degree. Trevor had been recruited to run track and cross country for Army. Unfortunately, he got injured and missed the second half of his plebe cross country season. He's now back running indoor track, and in his first meet he ran 9:03 for the 3,000, but he still has a way to get back into top racing form. Our younger son Connor, who is currently a sophomore in high school, caught the eye of the KP Track coach last summer when he finished sixth place (18:11) out of 530 finishers in the KP Alumni-Midshipmen 5K race. Connor had just come off a great freshman track season running a personal best, 4:42 mile. He also helped his cross country team win its fourth straight Connecticut state championship this past fall. For colleges, he's thinking about applying to Kings Point, West Point, and the Coast Guard Academy. As for myself, I finished tenth (18:39) in the Alumni Midshipmen race in July, 2011 and was the first alumnus. I was actually looking forward to turning 50 years old so I could dominate my age division, but I quickly learned that there are a lot of fast 50+ runners out there. I think that I've won my age division only once or twice in a number of races that I've run since I turned the big 5-0. Finally, just to show that running is a way of life in our family, my wife Judi has been the girls' varsity cross country coach at our local high school for the past four years. Last fall, her girls won their first ever state championship. She has a strong team returning next year and will be shooting for a second straight state title. Hello everyone! I just wanted to preface the class notes with a sincere thank you to Rita Gullion for her many years of service to our class as the editor. On behalf of the class of '84, best wishes to you and your family as you move to upstate New York – complete with horses as well. If anyone in the class is planning to catch Wayne Sirois and his wife Kathy for a Navy football game this fall, you will need to get a plane ticket to Tokyo. Wayne has accepted the position of Project Executive for the restructuring of lubes in Japan. They will reside in Daikonyama prefecture. Their daughter Niki was married on April 15. Her sister, Krista, was the maid of honor. Congratulations Niki! On a sad note, Tom Jacaruso informed me that his daughter Brianna passed away in 2011 at the age of 23. I had never met Brianna, but from the many photographs, I believe that as a kindred spirit, I knew her very well. Her sister Kristina posted a moving video memorial in January that, quite frankly, brought me to tears. There is a memorial tree in Washingtonville, NY. Thanks Kristina for the Brianna wristband. II Shifting gears, I did have the great fortune of being in Virginia Beach mid-April, as noted above, and met up with Bob Golden and Scott Lambright for a few big kid beverages. While we only spent a few hours catching up after 25 years of not seeing each other, you would have thought we chatted regularly. The laughs were plentiful to say the least. Scott is at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, dabbling in the nuclear subs business. He and wife Ginny, who was so nice to have met, have two daughters and are enjoying their lives in the southern part of Virginia Beach. Scott manages to get down to his abode in Hatteras for some great fishing. Bob and wife Sarah live in the northern part of Virginia Beach. Bob has four kids, two older (son Robert and daughter Shay, who was married in December) and two younger, Aaron and Samuel. Bob is CEO of GBS Group, a technology company for large complex assets that he founded with his wife. You can thank the Goldens when on Amtrak's Acela and enjoying the wireless offerings! Much like my weekend events in VA Beach, their boys' events in competitive gymnastics keep his and Sarah's weekends occupied. Our conversation that evening was all over the place. I was privileged to hear the story of when they (the list of participants grew as the beverages did) came to the Virginia Beach area for job interviews in May of our senior year and how they got kicked out of the Holiday Inn due to a classmate "disagreeing with his dinner" in the stairwell (unnamed 4th company member now residing in Hawaii and who I had dinner with the night before our 25th reunion). Scott's sleeping on the beach that May in '85 is what sealed the deal to move to Virginia Beach in spite of terrible sunburn! We also recalled the 85 beers in 85 hours feat, which still seems easy (but was so not). Bobby chats with Eric Breen, a 4th company alumnus, who departed before 1985 arrived. Bobby works with Eric quite often in technology installations in NYC. While my recollection of Eric was limited, I did remember that floating car that he used to drive! That's about it for news other than a shout out to Robin Richtmyer for keeping me updated on life and Mark's whereabouts, and to Sue and Brad Winfree for all the wine I drink at your house! Happy summer folks! '86 Connie English 1168 Hammocks Gap Road Charlottesville, VA 22911 (434) 975-3037 Ray Bartoszek 70 Havemeyer Place Greenwich, CT 06830 (203) 912-8565 (home) (203) 869-0600 (work) First, let me say "thank you" to Rita Gullion for all her work at the Babson Center over countless issues of the Kings Pointers. She has done so much behind the scenes to keep our alumni connected. After many years Rita is leaving KP and she will be missed. Now let's dig into our class news with Joe Martino's recap of the mini-reunion that took place in on March 8 in Sin City: KP '86 descended upon Las Vegas to kick off the 2012 Blue and Gray Golf Outing season with a bang. We added four golfers to those who attended in 2011. KP '86 was represented by Dave Arsenault, Ray Bartoszek, Dick Davidson, Tom Delaney, John Gajan, Pete Lindsey, Joe Martino, Gayle (Hatfield) McCutchan, Jeff Qualman and Greg Thornton. Considering that the entire outing had approximately 60 golfers in total, the great class of KP '86 represented roughly a sixth of all participants, and I think we had the highest turnout of any class. I wish I could say that a great time was had by all, but unfortunately that was not the case as Tom Delaney came down with the flu while in Long Beach for the Trans Pacific Maritime (TPM) Conference. You know the man was nearly on his deathbed when the allure of craps, golf, beer, motorcycle riding, and other vices could not draw him out of his hotel room! Fortunately for the rest of us, Tom's girlfriend Cate joined us for dinner one evening. Although Cate lacked Tom's "color commentary" she can handle her own at the tables and felt right at home with the gang. Tom is currently cranking away at APM Terminals in New Jersey and splitting time between the Garden State and his family outside "Bahstahn." Going alphabetically, Dave Arsenault continues to make great strides with Hyundai Merchant Marine – making them a stronger force in the industry. Dave lives in Yorba Linda, CA with his wife Evelyn and three children. The Arsenault kids (ages 14 and under) are so musically talented (must be genetic) that Dave converted a bedroom in his house into a music studio complete with drums, keyboard, bass and, of course, a light show. I think his son Matthew already had a gig to play at a nearby House of Blues (or perhaps Hard Rock Cafe – either way it sounded very cool). Ray Bartoszek is not resting on his laurels after playing a significant role in making Glencore one of the largest, if not the largest, privately held firms in the world. After missing out on acquiring a minority state in the NY Mets, Ray was able to move on and acquire a small piece of the NY Yankees. Now, even though I am a lifelong NY Mets fan I can't find any fault in Ray's decision. Ray and his wife Lydia just had their third child, Grace Juliet Bartoszek, on May 5. Grace joined her sister Natalia and brother Owen in the Bartoszek household – Congratulations! Dick Davidson was a newcomer to this year's event. I think I heard Dick say that he is "toiling away in San Diego" (only Dick can make that sound like a difficult lifestyle), providing financial consulting services for US Bank. Dick announced his pending marriage, perhaps noted during Homecoming, but I forget! Regardless of when the announcement was made, congratulations Dick! John Gajan, also a Vegas Blue and Gray newcomer, is taking no prisoners working for Chevron Energy Solutions in the Bay Area, providing clients with various energy services solutions, often complete with financing to move projects forward. Considering the pressure to reduce energy demand and the overall commitment of the government many commercial and industrial market segments to reduce their carbon footprint it appears that John is well positioned with a strong firm to make a difference. It was great seeing John twice within the last few months (first at Homecoming and again in Vegas) after more than two decades since we walked out Vickery Gate in 1986. Pete Lindsey recently took a new position with KPI Bridge Oil working out of their Seattle office. A number of KP-ers work for KPI, including Rob Atkinson '84 (Principal), Scott Walsack '87 and Brian Coyne to name a few that I know. The fact that Pete's career was entirely in the dry cargo space didn't faze him (or Rob Atkinson) one bit. Pete is relentless in his quest for knowledge, and his innate ability to gain the trust and confidence of his clients is the main reason he'll be successful. Pete still lives on Bainbridge Island, WA, with his beautiful wife Mariann and two boys, recruits heavily for Kings Point where he has several midshipmen working their way through the school, and he still remembers to notify me anytime he even enters New Jersey airspace. This gives me ample time to go to Delaware before he needs to be picked up at the airport! Seriously, I love hanging out with Pete, especially when we get to leave long winded voicemails for Gayle (Hatfield) McCutchan, pleading with her to join the gang once more in Vegas. Not surprisingly, Gayle has the best swing of the motley '86 crew that was assembled in Vegas (although that's not really saying too much)! Gayle is also in the energy services industry working for Noble Energy Solutions, providing cutting-edge risk- management products tailored to capture the benefits of deregulation. She was previously a plant manager for a power plant (I believe) in central or northern California. Gayle currently lives in San Diego with her family. Jeff Qualman, another newcomer to the Vegas Blue and Gray Outing, is on the sales side of the business for drybulk operator Oldendorff Carriers, a German ship owner. Jeff has enjoyed his career with Oldendorff working out of the Bay Area. The fourth newcomer who brought the total headcount to 10 '86-ers at this event was Greg Thornton. Greg drove to Vegas from sunny southern California with his wife and infant child. Greg is still active in the Navy in San Diego and has acquired a great deal of experience along the way, although I wouldn't be surprised if he's looking forward to hanging up the shoulder boards sometime soon and moving onto the next phase of his life. Another guy whom I hadn't seen since we left school 25+ years ago, but it felt great to spend some time together in such a fun atmosphere after re-connecting with Greg at Homecoming. At the end of the day I received verbal commitments from all KP '86-ers who attended the outing that they would return in 2013 (barring significant life events of course). So, the bar is set for all other Kings Point classes to beat us to the punch next year. I'm confident that KP '86 will field 4 foursomes in Vegas next year." Thanks, Joe. We'll all have to clear our calendars for that trip next year! News of yet another gathering came in from Mike Lagoon: My family was down in Fort Lauderdale over Easter. Had a mini reunion with Mark Patterson, Mike Cunningham and Jeff Robben – great hospitality at the Pattersons'. All are port pilots down there, keeping the cruise ships going straight. Mark is keeping busy with his fleet of high powered Ford Mustangs. I'm still in DC with Fettig & Donalty chartering ships for US Government food aid. As you know, we never get older but our kids do! My oldest daughter is graduating high school this year and I have another who is a sophomore in high school. Had contact with Bobby Clauhs. He is now teaching in Charleston. I would have loved to have a teacher like Bobby. I'm sure he has some interesting class discussions. Scott Uehlinger advises a wedding is soon on the horizon. He expects to be moving back to the US East Coast soon. In April, I got a note from Paul Zapatka. He was thrilled at the fact that our classmate, Mark Kelly, was the keynote speaker at a fundraising event for the Brain Injury Association of Michigan on March 31. Paul's company, Advanced Home Care, sponsored the black tie affair that drew close to 1,000 attendees. Sounds like a lot of money was raised for a worthwhile cause and it is nice to hear about two classmates collaborating outside the maritime industry! That's all I have for now. Please keep in touch and let us know about any connections you make with classmates over the summer! Fair winds and following seas! '87 John J. Murphy 19 Olde Fort Road Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107-1811 (207) 767-3975 (home) Mark September 29, 2012 on the calendar for your 25th Anniversary Homecoming Reunion. Kathleen and BillKirker will co-chair your reunion activities; (718) 474-3474 / Your Saturday evening class reunion will be held in Yocum Sailing Center. Why a 25th Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Foundation's financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The Foundation makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N resume review/career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards -- activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012 will count toward your final class gift total. On this beautiful spring day I find myself at home with the deadline fast approaching so I need to get this article finished. This article should arrive before Homecoming, 2012. If you have not heard by now our 25th union is this year: Homecoming, 2012 is September 29. Kathy and Bill Kirker are once again chairing this event for our class. I hope to see many of you that weekend! During Homecoming, three plaques purchased by the class will be dedicated at the Memorial Arbors in memory of our deceased classmates: Lenny Camou, Jennifer King and Daniel Shilliday. If you would like to contribute to this project contact me. I have talked with a number of classmates while working on the Memorial Arbors project; they included John Zucal who has retired from sailing and is now co-owner with his brother in a Zucal family owned company, Sky Sweeping, and Chris Deeley who is currently working as a pilot in Boston harbor and as a Port Captain at Foss Marine. Both John and Chris have their first child heading off to college in September, 2013. Has anyone had their oldest child graduate from college yet? Or have I missed that already? I also spoke with Karen Fuller Tynan who continues to practice law in CA. I was on a conference call this week with Mike Hussey, Kevin Whalen, a busy fuel broker, and Bob Wagener working on the plaque inscriptions. I would like to thank everyone who helped with this project to honor our deceased classmates. I'm sure there will lots more to report after Homecoming. In an effort to hear from people "missing" for many years I will continue the "where are they now segment" this quarter. Where are they now: Rich Cunningham, Bernard Kager, Pete Renehan, and Michael Wallace? Send any good news or good gossip about this quarter's "where are they now" classmates for the next article. As always keep in touch either by writing, calling, or email. If you have not received emails from me recently, it means I don't have a current email address for you. I have about 130 current email addresses; take a moment and send me an email and stay in touch. I hope to see many of you in September at Homecoming. Until then enjoy the summer! '88 Thomas C. Murphy 400 Oak Street Youngstown, NY 14174 (917) 887-6323 (cell) (716) 745-3048 (work) Hello all and welcome to the spring cleaning edition. We kick off this column with an update from John Sweeney, who writes: Murph, Hey, how's it going? Thanks for keeping us up to date in the Kings Pointer – your articles are always informative and generally fun to read. From the For-What-It's-Worth Dept., I'm moving to the Virginia Beach area to be closer to my work in Chesapeake, VA. Actually, we moved to Newport News from Connecticut a little over five years ago to escape the snow and taxes, and I was working from home in a sweet gig for The McHenry Management Group, along with other KP luminaries such as Mike Van Straten and Shane Dowling (both '89), Josh Ware, Joe Clark, Greg Jester, Chris McIntyre and others. Anyway, in a change of jobs within the company, I'm now working from our office in Chesapeake. My wife Wendy and I are graduating our first home-school product, who has started taking college courses and is starting her own photography business. Our other two are still immersed in school, and between working from home and doing school ourselves, last year we all took a three-month trip across the country. We camped our way out West through the Dakotas and visited several National Parks like Theodore Roosevelt, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, Glacier, Olympic, Mt. Rainer, Mt. St. Helens, and Yosemite, to name a few. That was our fifth cross-country trip, so now the kids have seen all the Lower 48, and they've started an Alaska or Bust fund. So life's good. Hey, I'm mostly writing because Shane's been bugging me to see if I know anyone in the Charleston, SC area. Our company is looking for a Port Engineer for down there. I've actually lost touch with most of our classmates, so I have relatively few contacts. Do you know anyone, whether from our class or not, down there, or anyone who might know someone? This is a great company – by far the best I've ever worked for. I've attached the job description just in case you know anyone to forward it to. If so, have them get in touch with me. If nothing else, it would be good to catch up. Sounds like all is pretty well with you. Keep up the good work on the KP-er columns. John is now Senior Reliability Engineer at The McHenry Management Group in Chesapeake, VA. Congrats, John, on your good news and thanks for the update. And yet another corner of the American Southeast was heard from, with the following report from Mick Tansey: Murph – just saw the Winter Kings Pointer and I thought it was time to give you an update on the South Florida crew's activities: We had an alumni meeting in January and myself, Eric Sangvic, and Brian Rhoades attended. Eric and Brian haven't changed a bit, Rhoadsie doesn't even have any grey hair. We kept sneaking beverages in the back during the meeting, so we haven't grown up either! We see Todd McKenna from time to time. He and I are heading out to Vegas for the Blue and Gray golf in March. Will also be going to the Fort Lauderdale and Houston events in April and New York in July. If anyone is going to make those, it would be fun to hook up. I ran into Jim Forde last fall during a golf outing for the insurance industry here in Fort Lauderdale. I also saw Tony Shibley last August in Lake Placid, FL. He brought his wife Suzy over from the Philippines and spent a weekend with us on the lake house. Other than that, things are well. Say hi to everyone. Thanks for that, Mick. Looks like good times. Nice to see people in short sleeves while we're still getting freeze warnings up around here. Speaking of winter, Kathleen and I made a long- overdue pilgrimage back to western Michigan in February to visit Steve and Nancy Hudenko and family. Between the Grand Rapids boat show, Steve's basement bar, Kent County Jail, and just about every watering hole in Reed City, Howard City and Stanwood, MI, believe me fun was had by all. PS. if you're a fan of restored classic Olds Cutlasses, the contents of Steve's barn are worth a visit for sure. Other than that, I've heard from Cliff Bard aboard the USNS Grapple, and from two of our favorite marine underwriters, Darrin Huck and Jeff Kaufmann. And finally Jim Forde, together with Jerry White ('86) continue to keep lower Manhattan safe for Kings Pointers through the New York Downtown Alumni Chapter. Headquarters these days is Murphy's on Stone Street. Drop in for a meeting if you get a chance. Well that's it for now. Thanks again to John and Mick for sounding off, a fine example for the rest if you ask me. Until next time, best to all. '89 Manny Silva 74 Chicory Lane Cranston, RI 02921 (401) 943-6719 (home) (401) 781-8220 (work) Earl Burns 844 West College Parkway Chicago, IL 60608 (630) 915-4506 From Frank Cunningham: I am working at Military Sealift Command in Norfolk, VA. I have been with MSC for almost 20 years. I was the T-AKE Class Manager for five years working with Tim Roberts, Than Carr and many other Kings Pointers introducing and operating the T-AKE Class ships after being delivered by NASSCO. In June of 2011, I made a major change and am now the Director of Manpower and Personnel for our Civil Service Mariner workforce. Andy Kallgren and I work together. There are many Kings Pointers ashore and afloat at MSC. From Mark Schwender: This doesn't count as news since it has been a while since it occurred, but last October, I took my youngest daughter, Valerie (four years old), to the Academy for Homecoming. It was her first time there and we had gone to cheer on her Grandpa (Richard Schwender, '61) as it was his class' 50th reunion. The A-jacket still fits but is pretty well worn. As many of you know, since graduation, I've been working as a civilian for the Coast Guard. Since 1997, I've been working on major systems acquisitions. I started out as the Technical Director for the 87' Coastal Patrol Boat project. KP and my years on the maintenance end for the CG really helped me to make these patrol boats effective tools in the CG's inventory. Although our original contract was for 50 cutters, we wound up building 77. That helped set me up for what I'm doing today. I'm the Technical Director for the Coast Guard's Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) project. It is a 153.5' patrol boat with a crew of 24 and 12,000 HP worth of main propulsion. We started putting our RFP together in October, 2006 and on April 14, 2012 our lead cutter, USCGC Bernard C. Webber (WPC-1101), was commissioned in Miami. We have a fleet of 58 to build so the work is just starting. With production getting up on the learning curve, I'm spending lots of time in Lockport and Grand Isle, LA, where the cutters are built and tested as well as Friedrichshafen, Germany, where our main engines are produced. The cutters are ABS classed and I've missed Roy Bleiberg when I've traveled to Houston, but hope to catch up with him on a future trip. '90 Oscar E. Prada 12 Seacourt Lane ^ VF Port Jefferson, NY 11777 (631) 476-5774 (954) 494-2884 (cell) I've heard that the older one gets, the quicker time seems to pass by. I suppose that if you consider back to when you were in the fourth grade, a year seemed like a long time. In relative terms, a year was a tenth of your life then. Now a year is 1/39th of our lives (hey, if my female friends – Fran included – can stop counting at 39, why can't the guys do it as well?) and that certainly is a much smaller slice of the pie making the time whiz by! How did I get on this train of thought? Oh yeah, I have been on an extended vacation period due to some long assignments and short vacations. However, the time has flown by and my "To Do" list still has items on it! The proverbial "tomorrow" snuck up on me and now I have to prepare to get back on the ship. I know time has been a recurring theme for me with these articles and perhaps Dr. Frasier Crane could help diagnose this fixation. As usual, the four remaining "Chevron Boys" are still gainfully employed (albeit scattered all over the world). Matt Arcy continues with his project managerial roles in the UK. Eric Osen has opted to apply his managerial skills on a "28 days on/28 days off" schedule in Angola. Gary Reed and yours truly continue our efforts with Chevron's US fleet. All of the families are well and as the saying goes, "No news is good news!" Williams and her family headed to Los Angeles/ Long Beach for her assignment as the Deputy Sector Commander. Captain Williams is excited with this new assignment, the new opportunities, and certainly that new fourth stripe. Captain Reed Stephenson left the White House to be the Commanding Officer of Training Center Yorktown, VA. The USCG has been both rewarding and fulfilling for Jen and Reed. Congrats on your new assignments, Captains! Continuing on the military theme, the USMC's and our very own Ossen D'Haiti checked in and relayed a bit of info: As for me, I will remain in the Pentagon another year and then it will be time for orders. I had thought about retiring next summer, but then I got selected for O-6 last fall. So there go the plans to get out. I won't pin on Colonel until late this fall, at which point my three year clock will start ticking. I look forward to increased responsibility, but hope we (the family) can stay in the NCR. I had hoped to track down a few more of our military classmates for this issue, but will have to save those announcements for a future date. Bill Ellis, Kyle Higgins, Tim Kott, Dan Spano, Rich Davis, and all you other active duty classmates, send me an update! My final info comes from none other than Dean Steele. We all thought that the elusive Dean would remain the bachelor forever, but his heart was captured by a "Helen of Troy" better known as Jaime in June, 2010 (there were several KP witnesses to this event). Dean has been the in-house counsel for a Greek shipowner/entrepreneur since December, 2007. Jaime and Dean welcomed their son Christos (Christian) James into this world on January 10 of this year. The Steele family lives in Jersey City and as of this writing, had been entertaining a couple of classmates in their home who had taken advantage of their NY trip to come meet Christos (aka "The Prince"). Gretchen and Matt Seif spent some time with the Steeles but unfortunately, Christos was not old enough to take a picture of the four adults. Rumor has it that Matt continues in South Carolina with the National Cargo Bureau and as Mike Grogan once stated, "Morty does that containership project over and over again that we Deckies had to do back at KP during our senior year!" I'm guessing that technology has made those efforts a bit less tedious, but how about an update, Morty? We usually get a brief run down every couple of months on Morty's life since his sister Laura is still the groomer for Fran's Bichon Frise. convinces the Newtons that they can zip in and zip out in an hour. He continues his ploy by telling Chris that they can't be in such close proximity to "The Prince" and not stop by to meet him! Well, one thing leads to another and the following morning, the Newtons were still in Jersey City drinking coffee with the Steeles. As Dean likes to put it, "You can change the locales, but the story remains the same . We will be there and back in an hour!" Last issue we touched base on our active duty military classmates. As previously communicated, Jen (Beck) Dean and Jaime were later graced by the presence of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Newton. Chris and Jeannine live in North Carolina with their two children and two dogs. He is the CEO of Securus (www.SecurusGPS. com) which does mobile GPS based Safety and Security for children, coeds, seniors, etc. When I questioned Dean about how he convinced Chris to make the trek to see him, all I could think about were the multiple times Dean had convinced the lot of us to venture out to Stony Brook. I thought of CEO Newton making the flight into New Jersey's Teterboro private airport on his company's private G5. Jeannine was probably going to do some shopping on 5th Avenue while Chris closed some multimillion dollar deal. Chris lets Dean know that he will be in the area but that his time was limited of course. Dean puts his linguistic talents coupled with his charm into play and Dean finishes up his contributions by stating that it had been a banner week for classmates. At the Maritime Lawyers Association dinner in Manhattan, he ran into Ed Real. Fulo and his family are doing great in Panama and he is enjoying practicing law there. A few years ago Fulo was the Panamanian ambassador to Singapore which earned him the title of the "Honorable Eduardo Real." Way to go, Fulo! Congrats to you on your success. Dean's email thread also mentioned that Fulo and Travis West were able to connect during the week long venture in Manhattan. How about it Travis and Fulo, any info for your classmates? I have to end the Fulo paragraph with a comment by "The Fig"-"Maritime Lawyers Association dinner – now that sounds like a party! I am glad I stayed home and redid my sock drawer!" I appreciate the contributions and hope to get more for the next issue. Since we closed with the Panamanian Theme, this quarter's "Where are you?" goes out to Ray Salas and Ivan De LaGuardia. Let us know what you have been up to! Finally (once again), a gentle reminder that the 25 year class reunion will be here before we know it! Start penciling your plans to attend this fall (pun intended) event in 2015. Until the next issue, dream on and smooth sailing! '91 Michael Rosenblatt PO Box 56655 NewOrleans,LA 70156 (504) 858-8218 (cell) Classmates, I haven't heard from many of you since homecoming, so this report will be a little thin. Due to his losing my jacket while we in New York last October, I got a special visit from John Morganti, who came to bring me a new coat. As a sign of thanks, I took John to the Monday Night Giants/Saints game, which turned out to be a rout by New Orleans. I can honestly say I have never seen John so quiet. I was hoping the Giants would play the Saints again because watching Morganti sit in miserable silence is a priceless commodity. But the fates did not bless me with such fortune. Rob Smith did get to witness it though, so there is a silver lining. In February, I traveled to Portland, Oregon to see my good friend Frank Reed and his lovely wife Lori. The Reeds live just North of the city and Frank seems to be assimilating well. We spent the week skiing, hiking, and drinking and other than my having to witness Frank wear some questionable biking attire, all was good. About a month ago I got the big news that James Holly, was preparing to tie the knot with his lovely girlfriend this August. So congrats to that. Other than that, I don't have much to report. I do have an omission to correct. Apparently when writing the last installment of this newsletter I failed to mention Dean Erck was in attendance at Homecoming. I was surprised to learn of this oversight because it is unlike me and I should have remembered he was there as I found him passed out in my hotel room one night. Nonetheless, please allow this to serve as my official apology for forgetting to acknowledge Mr. Erck. I recently learned that Mr. Erck was planning to relocate to Central Florida now that his daughter is planning to attend school in the same area. Good for you Dean. You will make an excellent snowbird. Hope everyone else is doing well and if you have any updates, you know where to send them. '92 Jim Urbanic Rob Smith 8042 Galla Knoll Circle Springfield, VA 22153 (202) 372-1410 (work) (202) 297-2618 (cell) Mark September 29, 2012 on the calendar for your 20th Anniversary Homecoming Reunion. Rob Smith will chair your reunion activities; (202) 297-2618 / robterism@aol. com. Your Saturday evening class reunion will be held in a tent on McNulty Campus. (203) Why a 20th Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Foundation's financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The Foundation makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N resume review/career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards -- activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012 will count toward your final class gilt total. Hey '92, it's about that time! Are you ready to party? If this column publishes as scheduled, the 20 Year Reunion is only three months away! I hope that everyone is planning on coming to KP this September! So far, 83 of 160 classmates have checked in with 65 definitely attending. That is a very high percentage! After hearing back from so many of you, we have decided to kick off the reunion weekend on Thursday, September 27 at a bar in Manhattan (name, address TBD, but strongly looking at Terry McVeigh's new bar – send in any other suggestions/requests – thanks to Dave McCann for setting this up). This will give everyone the opportunity to sightsee NYC with their families on Friday before heading out to the Academy and eventually to the class of '92 Party HQ: Marriott Long Island in Uniondale. We will look to kick off another Class Party on Friday, September 28 at the Hotel in the evening around 7 pm and then move to a local restaurant or bar – thanks to John and Jennifer Lutz for setting this up! Saturday, September 29 will kick off tailgating on McNulty Campus at the Academy in the early morning (Ray Collett and Jon Nix will be cooking food for everyone – thanks guys). We will have class of '92 party central on McNulty for the whole day up to and including the evening party. Mike Murray is lining up a great evening catered dinner for all of us at a very good price. JJ Murray, Ted Diehl and others will be providing music and potentially reuniting the Pub Band! So no dressing up – come and wear your comfortable clothes. Feel free to bring your kids if you choose – there are over 40 kids coming already. Cindy (Paul) Dreyfuss is cooking up some kid activities to keep everyone happy and the Alumni Foundation have babysitting in the O'Hara Hall for the really little ones if you "want to get away" for a couple of hours. Sunday, September 30 will be departure day and for those hanging around and watching NFL, we will try to set up another gathering if there is interest. Of course, all of these events described above and below will have associated prices. We are working on the figures and will have the prices out as soon as we can. Thank you to the leaders who have donated or pledged a donation to the Academy for 2012! Thanks to Mike McVay and Jon Howland for kicking this thing off. Thank you to all of the classmates who have stepped forward and made a pledge or donation to the class gift! If you have not made yours already, please log onto the alumni foundation website and make your donation/pledge today! Obviously we would like to present the Alumni Foundation with a large $$ check, however the primary goal is to have the highest percent of Class participation of all classes. 100 percent would be awesome, but not realistic. So far, our participation rate is dismal: 23 out of 160, which is 14 percent. Come on folks, we can do better than that! You can set up your pledge to be automatically paid in installments if you desire. To date, the class of '92 has donated $9,546. Our secondary goal is to top the 15 year donation mark of $16,445. Mishelle (Determan) Mason is researching and working on ordering the class souvenir for the reunion. What does everyone want? Jacket? Hat? Shirt? Blanket/Throw? Send Mishelle an email and tell her what you would like and price range (not over $25, $50, etc) We will look to provide a list of hotels near where the Thursday night party will be held in Manhattan. For Friday and Saturday nights, please make your reservations for the class of '92 Headquarters at Long Island Marriott in Uniondale, LI. The Hotel is still taking reservations. When I originally sent out the notice, the Alumni office had advised me the contract was in place and all was good. The contract actually did not clear until about three days later. There are rooms still available. If you plan on coming to Homecoming and have not made your reservations, I recommend you call and reserve yours today. Reminder to make your Reservations at the Long Island Marriott Hotel: KP '92 Party HQ for Friday and Saturday, September 28 and September 29! The group rate is $159 per night. Believe me, this is a good rate for the area. However, you can obtain a cheaper rate under the government rate, if you qualify. We have reserved 100 rooms at the Long Island Marriott Hotel in Uniondale, NY for our KP '92 Party HQ! I urge you to call and make your reservation ASAP. Obviously, you will not be charged until September, 2012. So if you are even considering coming to the reunion at this time, I strongly recommend that you secure your reservation now. The Hotel address is: Long Island Marriott, 101 James Doolittle Boulevard in Uniondale, New York 11553 USA, 516-794-3800, Toll-free: 1-800-832-6255; com/hotels/travel/nycli-long-island-marriott/. When making your reservation, all you have to do is say you are with "USMMA/Kings Point class of '92." Any questions, give me a shout! Have an idea or suggestion, please contact me! Call me and RSVP! (Rob Smith; Cell 703-731-7908; Robert.L.Smith@;;Work 202-372-1410. I have run into a number of Kings Pointers and classmates in my travels in the past few months. Kevin Gault and I got together a few weeks ago in his neck of Northern VA for a great night out. Kevin has a fantastic house and the Gault and Smith kids got together for a great movie night experience at the Gault Family Cinema and Sports Bar. Kevin shared details from his trip to the West Coast and his visit with Derik Villar and their trip to Catalina Islands. JJ Murray and I get together on a regular basis and Teri and I enjoy having him and his daughter Isabella over to the house regularly. JJ works on Fort Belvoir as an instructor at the Defense Acquisition University and keeps pretty busy. Teri and I took the family on a cruise to the Western Caribbean during Spring Break. After getting back home, Doug Siemonsma and I realized we missed each other by a week at the Mayan Ruins in Tulum, Mexico. Reminded me of Sea Year. If Doug had just remembered to make a big "K" "P" "S" somewhere on the grounds, I would have been alerted to this and taken better notice. Congrats to Doug, who officially retired from the US Navy after 20 years of faithful service! He continues to work at the US Transportation Command. Now for the KP '92 Mail Bag. Marie "Bernie" Ragan checked in: Hey, it's been a while since I checked in. I saw Kerry Parker Colville and Mishelle Determan Mason in Dallas about two months ago when they both happened to be in town at the same time. It was great to see them. I got my Master's in Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas. I plan to take the CPA exam soon. Congrats Bernie and keep up the good work! Martin Arriolla checked in: Looking at the list of those that have RSVPd, I'll tell you that I'm more than a little disappointed that I'll be missing this year's biggest get-together. I'm scheduled to be on the tail end of my 7.5 month deployment that just started. Jason Ivey is aboard Supply (deployed with us) and I've gone alongside a few times for gas already. Great to see another KP grad on the other bridge wing. Take care I heard from Erik Palin who is stationed in Kazakhstan working for Shell on their oil project there. Here is a picture of Erik in Atyrau, Kazakhstan at minus 17 below zero. From the MIA files, it was fantastic to hear from Jim Ackerman, who resurfaced in Hawaii! Jim checked in to say, "I'm out here in Lanikai, HI flying A GV for the Air Force. I transferred over from the Navy in '03. My wife Marnie and I have two children and are enjoying all that Hawaii has to offer! Nick Ritz stopped by for a visit during an MSC inspection. Congrats to Chris Brown who checked in to say he would not be able to make the reunion this fall because he is getting married! Congrats Chuck! Chris is the Assistant Fleet Manager for Chevron's US Flag and Lightering Fleet out of San Ramon, CA. If you are not receiving email from me on a regular basis, then that means I don't have your current email address. If this applies to you, please send me a note at or I do not have any recent contact information for the following classmates and therefore I am unable to contact them. Our MIA list is getting smaller though! If you know where any of these folks are, please send me their contact info or have them get in contact with myself or the Alumni Foundation. The class of '92 MIA list: Brian DeBord, Jason Bright, Brendan Donovan, Jack Girourard, Ron Gill, Ted Guetig, Walt Hime, Jim Homan, Kevin Irland, Bill Jurena, Rob MacArthur, Jim Martin, Frank Patterson, Bill Quinn, Ramos Hamilton, John Reeder, Nick Ritz and Wes Vogel. If you have not updated your profile on the new USMMA alumni foundation website (, please do so as this info is used to send your personal copy of the Kings Pointer magazine, for the Kings Point Log, networking, and to keep the alumni chapters, Foundation (and me!) informed as to where everyone is. If you need assistance logging in, contact me and I can walk you through it. I have all of the constituent identification numbers for our class. Hope to hear from you soon! Fair Winds. '93 Kevin Reynolds ' 4600 34th Avenue West Seattle, WA 98199 (206) 283-6975 Rob Tracy 20103 Standing Cypress Drive Spring, TX77379 I missed the deadline for the spring issue, but several people responded to my call for help on Facebook. By the time you read this, Bill Conley will have married Cresta Ganseron on May 5 in Panama. He also started working as a Panama Canal pilot last year. Keith Murray travels a lot as Port Captain for Norton Lilly Cargo Services. Although he works primarily on the East Coast, he was able to meet up with Scott Huber and Andy Miller in the Seattle area. Keith reports that Scott is a senior sales executive for and Andy is working in sales at APL. He also indicated that Mark Miller who is working for Ports America in the Vancouver, Washington area. Sean Mark also checked in with me just after the New Year. He received a PhD in fall, 2010 in Environment and International Development at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His research focused on long-term commitment for community- based marine protected areas in the Philippines and stemmed from his previous work as a Coastal Resource Management Advisor in the Peace Corps. He married the love of his life, Emily, this past October at beautiful Waimanalo Beach on Oahu. Andy Miller was his best man. Cris Gaitley Preble of the Preble Clan also dropped me a note. They still live near Raleigh with their five kids. They recently took a trip to Houston to see Cris' parents and got to see Tom Burg and his "awesome" wife Betsy who, in typical Texas style, saws off her own shotguns, and Tom's cool son Tug (you read that correctly), who is the self-proclaimed Lego-design champion of the world! The clan was going to drive to Dallas to see Bond and Cowboy, but the triplets came down with the flu (less than fun in a camper). Speaking of Cowboy, Randy Wroblewski's Facebook page indicates he is Manager, Product Strategy and Pricing at HP Enterprise Services in Frisco, TX. Shawn Mitchell also took the time to give me an update. He and his family returned from living abroad in India a year and a half ago and have adjusted to life back in America. Shawn is a purchasing manager for Caterpillar, Inc, where he has been for 15 years now. He and his wife have two kids, Jessa,12, and Levi, nine, both miss India and wish they could move back. Rafael Smith was the last person to respond to request. He has been in Panama since 2000 and is working as General Manager for Maxum Oil Service de Panama (a Bunkering and Marine Lubricant delivery company). He meets up Bill Conley and other KP-ers every now and again. John Brennan and his wife Cherie had a baby girl, Abigail, last year. Kurt Skipper and his wife Leann had a baby boy Camden. And in shocking news, George "Jorge" Masing married on New Years Eve and is the expecting father of a baby girl (and who said God doesn't have a sense of humor – sorry George, couldn't help myself – congrats to you and your lively bride). In this issue of "Where are they now," I can report the following: Heath Gehrke is the Director of Operations at the Cape May Lewes Ferry; Bill Griek is pushing tin as an Air traffic controller in New York; Dave Sinz is Vice President at WSP Flack & Kurtz, a global leader in mechanical and electrical engineering, in Houston; Sean Bonner is studying Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary; Pat Zapolski is studying for his Masters of Science in Education at Mercyhurst College, in Erie, PA, where he is also a Graduate Research Assistant; and Rich O'Ben is the Nuclear Alliance Manager at Siemens. Aside from Facebook updates, I recently ran in Scott Fedor at Cypress Academy Gymnastics in the Houston area. Our daughters have been on the TAAF Team there for the past nine months or so and didn't even know it. Small World. Scott moved to Houston after serving overseas (Kuwait) in the military and is currently working for GE Oil & Gas. We currently have 101 Members on our Facebook page. The responses to my Facebook post were great, but we need to keep the updates coming, so drop me a line at and let me know what you are doing, who you have seen, etc. Until next time, fair winds and following seas. '94 Blake Miller 4076 32nd Street San Diego, CA 92104 (619) 840-3572 Greetings everyone! Not too many new postings this submission – probably because not much is new with many. I think we're all nose to the grindstone! In fact, nothing new for me either since the last posting. Family good, work good ... the usual. Don't forget to find us on Facebook too – I won't provide the link here, but our group name is "Kings Point Class of 1994." Update: I've added "KPS94" to it for some further ease in finding us. I emailed out earlier that with the Group changes in Facebook late last year, we had to pretty much start over with members so ensure you find us and request to join again. and James Mac Ritchie and we went back up to Whistler, CA. Mac and I arrived a day early into Seattle to surprise Chuck for his big Four-O surprise party that his wife, Erin put on for him. We both went straight from the airport to the party. It was a great trip overall – even with the fact that it was the same weekend as "Winter Pride 12" so it made the self¬pronounced name of our little guys' trip a bit more ironic. All was good though! On the way back, we stopped in to see Matt Hannuksela and his family. Matt is doing very well and still working for Crowley. His family and house are beautiful. Hans Rittinger did some checking in from sunny Florida, continuing to Power Paradise. Just about to (hopefully) wrap up a 125+ day outage at the Port St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1. Refueling and major modifications for more Mega Watts. Saw Steve Douglas (5th Co - class of '91) on site with Siemens. Unit 2 outage starts later this summer to complete its up rate modifications. Daughter Lola turns five on April Fool's Day this year and check this out: Hans "finally converted a video I filmed our Plebe year into a usable format. Hopefully it brings back some good memories of simpler times! Enjoy." http://youtu. be/8IBTImL Dho. Wow, that's awesome. Thanks again for the submissions! I have updated our "MIA List" of missing email addresses on our website, and be sure to join our Facebook group "Kings Point Class of 1994 (KPS94)" Till next round. '95 Shawn Kucharski 258 88th Street Brooklyn, NY 11209 (201) 334-6120 Brian Dudley 1103 Lake Street San Francisco, CA 94118 **stationed in a land-locked area. No, no scam there. Now for our long, lost column. Konrad Lang,, gave a shout out, which is nice. Had not heard from Mr. Lang in some time. Konrad is out in Oyster Bay and just became a partner at Odin Marine, ship broking. As such, Konrad is making more than most of us but good on him. Konrad has three little ones, Gabrielle, Travis (after Travis Yates) and the youngest Max, less than a year old. I have spent more time with Larry Altenbrun,, lately. Larry and I have done so much business and time together from New Orleans, to Southern Cal to Seattle that we are now qualified for a civil union. Larry has become the defacto Alumni head for the Pacnorwest, so reach out to him. He is in communication with Mr. Whitcomb and Mr. Morgan among others. Larry is expecting a new baby in the coming months and we wish him well. Brian Jamil Dudley,, is back in Austin and building a house. It seems many mariners have moved back to the Houston/Austin corridor and Brianna will be keeping me up to date. I got nothing, nothing else. Either it was a quite few months or you guys are boycotting my liberal, left wing writing in these pages. I need you guys to keep me updated. Tell me about babies, weddings, small alumni reunions, jail, etc. I hate making the stuff up, I am running out of things to say. I tell you now, if the following people do not check in, I make stuff up next time: Dave Bowen, Kenny Brown, Dana Jones, and T.J. Clark. Todd Vorenkamp 3213 S Street Eureka, CA 95503 (707) 845-TODD Classmates and friends: I usually sit down at my keyboard way past deadline to scribe this column with nothing but pure procrastination as my excuse for being weeks late to press. However, this column is different. I have had much of what I wanted to say already written in my head. I wrote it while sitting at the memorial service for Jim Malcarne this spring in Portland, OR. However, having it written in my head and actually sitting down to type it are, apparently, two different things. On April 29, 2007, I wrote to you all, regarding John Louy's death, that I had dreaded the day when I was going to have to inform you all of the death of a classmate. After John, I prayed that it would be about 40 or 50 years before I had to do this again. Unfortunately for all of us, tragedy has befallen our good friend Jimmy Malcarne. Most of you know about Jimmy's death while night skiing on Mount Hood several months ago. Like John's death five years ago, this pill is difficult for all of us to swallow. While sitting at Jimmy's memorial service and standing at his funeral, one thing kept replying in my mind over and over ... There are many, many reasons why the death of a friend, shipmate, classmate, loved one, spouse, or son is so unbearably sad, but when I look at Jimmy's life and reflect on the 19 years I have known him and his family, one of the most tragic parts of this accident is that it took away from us one of the only people I know of in life that was universally liked by everyone he ever met. Many of us have come across polarizing people in this world, or people that just rubbed others the wrong way, but I am confident to speak for the entire class by saying that I know of no one that can say anything less than glowing about Jimmy Malcarne and that makes his loss cut deeper. Before I get to the rest of the news (fairly short this time around, for good reason) I want to welcome our newest classmates to the Class of '96 fraternity. Jimmy's parents are now on our class email list, as well as Jimmy's beloved wife, Ryanna and his son Liam. With great loss, there is often great gain, and I am very happy to announce the arrival of James William Malcarne, Jimmy and Ryanna's second child, into this world on May 3, 2012. Ryanna, Liam, and Jimmy are doing fine and, I know I speak for all of us in saying that the class's thoughts and full support is behind the Malcarne family. I got a long email from the president, Tony Odak, and, instead of paraphrasing, I will cut and paste here in edited form (I am actually kind of spent right now): Hey Todd. Sorry I didn't get a chance to connect with you over Mardi Gras. It was a busy holiday both personally and with business. Some brief news from around the class. I spoke to Eddie Escobedo the other day. He was with Matt Sullivan '95 keeping the country safe from his lookout at Torrey Pines. Aaron Tompkins is back sailing the high seas. After revising the Great Lakes engineering manuals, he's sailed to Poland. He reports back that the mosquitoes are not nearly as bad as they were in Mombasa. Robertto Valletta is one of the partners, or as I refer to him Comodore Bobby, at Florida Maritime Training Academy. He and his wife Darlene are doing a great job. Now if I could only talk myself into training. The Academy is in Fort Pierce, FL, wise move, minute walk to the beach. John Shannahan, the ever-elusive Caterpillar Salesman, has been traveling a bit. Johnny, I'm still waiting on my invite to the Cat Hunting Compound. I got a note from Phil Charmichael the other day. I think he's sailing with Penn Maritime – doing well, keeping the east coast stocked with gulf coast fuel. On a somber note, everyone was shocked at the news about Jimmy Malcarne. I'm quite sure I can speak for the whole class if not the marine community to say he was such a great beacon to all, "Are you sure Applebees is the best place to meet hot women?" "You thinking Olive Garden." "I know where we can find a scene and it is not Applebees or Olive Garden – Chili's." I may have to start quoting movies from while we were at KP. Not to make you feel old, but we entered that July day over 20 years ago. 20 years! Okay, as usual, we start with our brothers and sisters in arms. Duane Penfold, penfolddt@gmail. com, is heading overseas to the beautiful mountains of Afghanistan with the Navy. Duane, who has no training in legal or law, will be the Op's Officer for Rule of Law Field Force. Why do I have a feeling we will see him on the news on day? Jeff White,, is still commanding tugs for Foss in Southern California. Jeff has been down there with the family for some time and doing great. Alex Sedlacek, sedcorp@hotmail. com, picked up and transferred to Scott Airforce Base in Illinois with MSC. Sed is one of nine, count them nine, MSC (that is Military Sealift Command)** and he will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Well, that's about all I've got for now. I'm still plying my trade at John W. Stone Oil, in New Orleans. Don't seem to get away much, but if you find yourself in need of a quick vacation, give me a ring. Remember, Jazzfest starts this weekend. Brian Olsen wrote and complained that I did not personally invite him to the 15-year reunion. Todd Johnston checked in as well from Eastern Washington where he is still working Seattle tugs. He and the wife celebrated their 15th anniversary last fall and the girls are now 11 and 15. How old do I feel now? Stan Scofield checked in with good wishes for Jimmy and his family. Scoy is working in a corn field outside of Chicago with APL and commuting to Denver to work on his Master's degree in Intermodal Transportation Management at DU. I got a huge update from the previously mentioned Commodore Roberto Valetta. He and Darlene got married and he recommends marriage to all. In attendance were Aaron Tompkins, John Shanahan, and Tony Odak. The only missing member of the "MAC 5" was Jay Koch who recently had a baby. Congratulations to him! As Tony mentioned above, Roberto has started a maritime training school – Florida Maritime Training Academy; www.FMTA. com; in Fort Pierce, FL. Dummies get a substantial discount on the training! Tony Barnett wrote from Connecticut where he and his wife welcomed Maeve Teresa into the world on April 18. Everyone is doing great. Congratulations to them! share the great news about Baird William Emerson's birth on February 10. Baird is already enrolled to USMMA and will be in the class of 2034! Last to check in was Mike Louy who recently visited Harlan Crouch in Saint Petersburg, FL. Harlan is looking at making a move down south. Well, classmates, that is all for this round. Sorry this one is shorter than most, but I think we are all feeling a bit empty following the loss of Jimmy. I am currently couch-surfing in San Diego waiting to go to sea for a living. Thanks for checking in! '97 Ryan Gilsenan 1001 Cochran Street Daniel Island, SC 29492 (843) 847-8003 (cell) Mark September 29, 2012 on the calendar for your 15th Anniversary Hom ecom ing Reun ion. Harry Haugeto and Danny Gavigan will co-chair your reunion activities; (860) 464-8651 / and (631) 513-6435 /bigirish7 Your Saturday evening class reunion will be held in a tent on McNulty Campus. Why a 15th Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Foundation's financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The Foundation makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N resume review/career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards -- activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012 will count toward your final class gift total. requirements will picked up locally. If you would like to donate something, please contact Harold Haugeto ( or the undersigned. Apparel: Jake Depuydt is organizing your commemorative Speedo and will have it together over the summer. Lodging: We have a blocked 20 rooms for Friday and Saturday nights at the Hilton Garden Inn in Garden City ( gi/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=JFKWEGI) for $139/ night. Ask for "Kings Point 1997." Memorial Arbors: As of this writing, Harold is asking for friends to contact the families of David Sestilli and Ben Fullenkamp. We will purchase memorial plaques to remember Dave and Ben during the ceremony. Billy Armstrong has already donated half the cost, and we will accept donations for the rest during Saturday's events. Danny Gavigan is working on arranging a bagpiper to play "Amazing Grace" at the ceremony. Transportation: Sandi Dugan confirms a 29-person bus is available for charter to and from the Hotel. Booking of the bus is being discussed and finalized as of this writing. Sponsors: The following sponsorships have defrayed the overall cost of each event: James DeGour has sponsored the tailgate. Devon Ryan and Greg Harper have sponsored Saturday's dinner. Raul DeStMalo has sponsored the tent. At this time, we are going to close the book on sponsors and direct charitable interests to Bryon Knoth as part of our class gift. Homecoming awards: Contact Harold Haugeto with your suggestions. We have some esteemed classmates who deserve to be nominated for these Academy Awards. Matt Sullivan has reportedly developed a great prize for the awards, but he will not tell anyone what it is. My suggestion for a hairless cat was rejected. Fundraising Chairman: Bryon Knoth has volunteered to be our Fundraising Chairman. You should have received separate correspondence from Bryon. Please reflect and give as you see fit. How to Help: First of all, attend. Beyond that, please do not hesitate to contact Harold Haugeto or me with any suggestions, ideas, or questions you may have. I understand our class has a Facebook page, in addition to the KP '97 Yahoo page, and that updates will be posted there as needed. On behalf of all our classmates, many thanks to our sponsors and organizers of this year's Homecoming. Enjoy the summer, and I hope to see all of you in the fall. As always, please email me with your updates and pictures for the next issue of the Kings Pointer. '98 This issue will discuss Homecoming for our 15th reunion, which begins Friday, September 28. Harold Haugeto is coordinating the events. If you have not received an email, below are the plans to date. Please note that some elements are still being confirmed, and these are our best estimates as of press time in May, 2012. Venue: All class of '97 planned activities will be on the McNulty Campus. We will have a large tent on Saturday, September 29, with plenty of space to stow belongings and move around as you wish for the day. Saturday's tailgate party and dinner will be held under the tent. Additionally, there will be a jump castle and possibly some other child-oriented items near the tent. Budget: Based on our generous sponsors, we anticipate costs of $85 per classmate (apparel item included) and $50 per spouse/guest (not receiving apparel). Kids are free. This is for the KP '97-specific events on Saturday only. Admission for other, alumni- wide, dinners and lunches Thursday/Friday/Sunday are available for purchase at the website. Food (Saturday Tailgate and Dinner): The caterer has the deposit, and Sandi (Dugan) Goode is organizing the menu, as well as the tent and children's activities. I had a wonderful chat with Marci Emerson (Girard) after Jimmy's death, and she emailed to Grog: Again, thanks to generous classmates, no one should go thirsty. Richard Schroeder will bring selections from his personal wine collection. Danny Gavigan will donate a keg of Guinness and Harold Haugeto will bring 10 gallons of home brew. (Your correspondent has imbibed this before, and it is good, and he was not struck blind). Any additional Rick Chabot As our class continues to enhance their careers and grow their families, we wish them the best and provide updates as they come in. Rob Abbott wrote: How is it going? Just a quick update here – my wife Jessica, my 21-month-old daughter Evelyn, who will be two years old in August, 2012, and I live south of Washington DC in Stafford, VA. I'm currently working with the firm Booz Allen Hamilton as a Consultant for the Navy. My wife and I have been in the DC area since about 2002. We also heard from Randy Jenkins who is on the move: Coast Guard is moving us again. I got orders to be the Chief of Prevention down in Port Arthur, Texas. Janie and I and the three kids are excited about the move and we found a place to live on the east side of Houston (if anyone's in the area). We also found a great gym for my boy. He ended up being ranked 2nd in the state of Virginia for his age group and is state champ on the high bar and parallel bars. Houston's got great gyms and we found him a former Olympian to coach him. Hence why I'm sucking up the long commute. Since I was a band geek, I'm not exactly sure where he gets it from. Lee Dortzbach had some good news to share: Hey, Rick. Thank you for taking over for Tyler. I wanted to advise that I have passed my Chief Mate Exam at the end of February – a big relief. I have also been blessed to get my first Chief Mate job on the R/V Marcus G. Langseth, operated by Columbia University. We are doing oceanographic research by the Equator in the beginning part of May and it has been a great learning experience. Here is wishing everyone the best. I was able spend some time at sea again with my wife, this time as a passenger, to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. It was good to see the sun set over the horizon, feel the ship roll, and smell the diesel oil. Fair Winds. '99 Tiffany Torrey 32 Cooks Court Waterford, NY 12188 (518) 373-2153 Greetings and salutations class of '99! This article is going to be small article since I forgot to send out the reminder for updates and only posted a quick blurb on Facebook. One thing that won't be small is how much we are going to miss the Kings Pointer Editor, Rita Gullion! Rita and her family are being transferred to Albany, NY for her husband's job, so she will no longer be working at the Academy. She has been putting together the Kings Pointer and handling all the class articles since we graduated. She is going to be highly missed by all of the Kings Point Class Representatives and I'm sure by the staff of the Academy. Thank you Rita for everything, and good luck! Laura (Boswell) Bucci and family are doing well and still in the Norfolk, VA area. She spent time a while back with Aaron Asimakopoulos and family. He is still causing trouble in Virginia. Over Easter, Rebeka Luke came to visit Barry Torrey and me. It was a great time and the first time we had all been together in over four years! Amazing how time flies. Barry and I are doing well, just chugging along as usual. Well, that's it for now. Take care and God bless! '00 Kellie Redcay 3987 Rowena Drive Philadelphia, PA 19153 (215) 501-0376 (home) Gaylyn (Reynolds) Wheaton (757)366-8640 I've ended up having a more eventful spring than anticipated! While pregnant with our second child, my water broke at 30 weeks, vs. the traditional 40 weeks. So, when we went into the hospital, I was thinking the doctor may say I'd end up on bed-rest, but did not anticipate hearing I'd be sent to a specialized women's hospital for observed bed-rest! Luckily, our son Andrew, held off as the doctor's had hoped for, until 34 weeks and they then induced me, as is normal procedure and considered healthiest for the baby. We were lucky to have the support of my Mom coming to help Doug take care of our older son Jack while I was not home. Andrew ended up in the NICU for six days, but quickly met all of the criteria on their healthy baby checklist and we were sent home. For those of you who saw bits of what was going on through Facebook, that's the story! Andrew is doing well and still ended up being a large preemie at six pounds, six ounces. He is already growing like crazy at more than seven pounds. Thanks for keeping our family in your thoughts. I caught up with Sarah (Garcia) Winstead and she recently ran the Disney Princess 13.1 mile marathon with her mother-in-law! What an achievement. Congrats, Sarah! Brock and Tara Hieger welcomed their fourth child, Kathleen, into the world. Her three older brothers, Aidan, Liam, and Gavin had excitedly awaited her arrival and are enjoying their new little sister. Please be sure to send me your latest class updates, even if they're early, and I'll save them for next time. '01 Kathleen (DePietropolo) Pavarini PSC 817 Box 23 FPO, AE 09622 Greetings from Italy! I (Kathleen DiPietropolo Pavarini) have been quite busy the past couple of months. I have received my Certificate in Italian Studies from the University of Maryland and am working on my Associate's Degree now. I will head up to Venice, Italy for one week as part of my study program. My work has also sent me back up to Germany and Norway. I love the field trips that we get to take as grownups. I have had the opportunity to bump into many Kings Pointers when I attend the vessels on behalf of MSC. Back in the fall, I ran into one of our classmates, Mike Wright who was sailing on the Maersk Rhode Island. We had a great turn out for our 10 year reunion and I would like to thank Tim Walsh for all of his help. If it wasn't for him, we definitely would not have had the wonderful gathering that we did. David Hawkins is still working for Northrop Grumman as the field service and training manager for their Maritime Systems division. Both David and his wife Sara have gone back to school – Sara for her teaching certification at Mary Washington and David for his masters in systems engineering at the University of Virginia. The kids are keeping them busy between swimming, soccer, T-ball, and skiing this winter. Makenzie who is now seven is in first grade, Abigail (five years old) and Austin (three years old) are in pre-school. David still keeps in touch with many of our KP classmates through their fantasy football league – and is proud to report that he is the 2011 KP Fantasy football champion and is eager to defend his title in 2012. Ann (Wickham) Bassolino says hi to everyone and is happy to be finishing up grad school at San Diego State for the Coast Guard this summer in Educational Technology. They (her husband Keith included) will be transferring to the DC area to serve in the Coast Guard's Operations and Training Division in late August. Angelina Fuschetto has made the move to Houston, TX and is enjoying her new job. 2012 Thank you to those who wrote in. We're waiting to hear from the rest of you! Have a wonderful summer! Jeffrey Greco Alison (Gaudiano) Buckler Mark September 29, 2012 on the calendar for your 10th Anniversary Hom ecom ing Reun ion. James Trynosky will chair your reunion activities; (908) 429-4257 / Saturday evening class reunion will be held in a tent on McNulty Campus. Why a 10th Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Foundation's financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The Foundation makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N resume review/career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards -- activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2011 and December 31, 2013 will count toward your final class gilt total. 2014 No column submitted this quarter. Shannon (DiPietropolo) Muller Sang Yi To begin, on behalf of our class, we would like to thank Rita Gullion, the USMMA Alumni Association & Foundation's Communications Administrator. Rita has been apart of the KP family for over 14 years and amongst her many duties, works with us class agents to make these class articles a reality. She and her family are moving to Albany, NY, and we wish them all the best! I believe the time this article is published we will be well into the summer months. As we remember that the ninth anniversary of our graduation nears, I continue to enjoy hearing from all of you. I also ask that you take a moment to remember some of our classmates who have made the ultimate sacrifice in serving our nation. May 22 will mark the seventh year since Aaron Seesan's heroic death in Iraq. As we continue to honor and remember Aaron, please be sure to keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. Likewise, August will mark the fifth year anniversary of Jerry Smith's tragic and final flight in Virginia. I can still remember John Horn giving the most touching eulogy for Jerry, and I ask you keep Jerry in mind as well as his family. The sacrifices of men like these classmates should remind us to be grateful for our blessings and continue to live our lives in the most honorable and fulfilling ways. As such, and as always, I am proud to report more classmates' weddings and birth announcements. Crag Gundry and his wife, Shanna, became proud parents of their son, Timothy Ronald Gundry on March 11. Timothy was born weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces and 20 inches tall. Of all the classmates, I am without a doubt certain that Craig is very relieved to have a son. Congratulations, Craig and Shanna! I know many others have celebrated the births of their newborns in our class, but have not gotten around to sending me the details yet. But, in the meanwhile, please join in congratulating Chris Arnold and his wife, Meghan, on the birth of their second daughter! Just recently, on April 21, I had the distinct pleasure of attending the wedding of JP Kost and Nicole Stevens. JP and Nicole wed in a beautiful outdoor ceremony in Richmond, Virginia. The wedding boasted, in true JP-style, an awesome taco truck and hoards of distinguished Kings Pointers. As my fiancee, Sarah, and I arrived at the wedding, we were immediately greeted by none other than Frank Wells. Frank is still living the sailor lifestyle, serving as an engineer. Now, many of you seemed to enjoy my commentary in my last article, and I suppose I have a great opportunity to write somewhat of a sequel considering that Frank always offers plenty of material. However, I am going to keep this article rated G. Whatever you may have left in your imagination and memories of Frank at school, recall it. I will mention that by the time we headed to a hotel bar after the reception, Frank was gallivanting with a four-foot long inflatable banana. in power-lifting. Jesse Waletich is supposed to be coming to DC this weekend, so they're going to take in a Nationals game. Switching gears, I got to spend some time with Stuart Colie in Washington, DC for a few weeks. Stu was doing his AT like the good reservist that he is, and also had the opportunity to talk with the Chief of the Navy Reserve, Vice Admiral Debbink. Tom Ryan who is the probably the most active duty SSO was also able to catch up with Vice Admiral Debbink. Patrick Singleton got married on March 24, 2012 to Kathleen Quimby. They then went to St. Lucia and stayed at Sandals La Toc. I hear that resort is wonderful. Will Adams is engaged to the lovely Mollie. They got engaged in November, 2011 and will get married in November. Lots of excitement going on with our class; congratulations to all of you who have gotten engaged! Will has transferred from submarines in the Navy to working in the Pentagon as a LT. Marc Vignocchi is doing well. He and his family spent most of this last year living in Singapore while he worked on an upgrade and repair project for Transocean. They are also making a long term move from Houston to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the upcoming months. Good luck in Malaysia Marc! Jason MacKay has moved to Mobile, AL to work at BAE shipyards managing the pipe department. Jason is also getting married to Suzie Hampton in Napa Valley on June 2. Very exciting news from Jake Mehl: He and Samantha were blessed with a baby girl, Kelsea Morgan Mehl, on Dec 20. She has a Kings Point Aunt, Karen Basciano (2005) and Uncles, Matt Schubert and Pat Dowling who all live close to watch her grow. She will be meeting her Godfather, Brandon Snyder, for the first time in April. Also a new dad is Oliver Karp. He and his wife Stephanie had a little boy named Grant. Congratulations to both Jake and Oliver. Parenthood is exhausting, but so much fun when you see the smiles! Ollie is still in the Army and now in Lebanon as a Civil Affairs Team Leader. Other Kings Pointers at JP's wedding included, Billy Corrigan, Ross Cutler, RJ Lyons, Wally Wagner, Mike Brady, Jarrod DeWitz, Tom Flanagan, and Joe Finley. Billy is a soon-to-be Wharton graduate and we are all very proud of him. Ross and his girlfriend, Erin Kelly, are soon-to-be new homeowners who promise to throw ridiculous barbeques once they have settled in. RJ Lyons is taking the oil and gas industry by storm, and was accompanied by his lovely wife, Marika. Wally is currently a personal trainer getting the Washington, DC elite fit one six-pack at a time. He and his wife, Dara, currently live in the Washington, DC area. Mike currently lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife, Marcia, and two beautiful daughters. Incidentally, it has been a long time since I have seen Mike, and he bore a stunning resemblance to an extra on the classic show, Baywatch. Jarrod and his wife, Kendyle, live in Seattle as Jarrod continues his career in the Coast Guard. Tom is currently in business development for an alternative energy company. Joe and his wife, Cara, continue to live in Washington, DC and are enjoying their first year of marriage. I hope I have not left out any fellow classmates at the wedding. Incidentally, I want to give Stu some special acknowledgement for being this article writer's best man, the better man! Most likely by the time many of you are reading this article, I will be married to my best friend and a truly amazing woman, Sarah. I look forward to sharing the details of our June wedding in the next article! Until then, be safe and stay classy. Laura (Jenkins) Springer Audrey (Meyers) Hammond I hope you all are having a great summer and are ready for the holiday season once again. I guess it's true what all the adults said when we were younger, that time just flies by! It seems as though engagements are the theme of this alumni notes this time. Lots of classmates got engaged. Congratulations to Tedd Spano and Larissa Heller. They recently got engaged and are getting married October 13, 2012. Patrick Myers and Fila got engaged in December and they are getting married in Albuquerque, NM in September. Pat is still living in Washington DC and reports that Josh Hunt was in DC a few weeks ago. He's still living just outside St. Louis and has been competing As for me, I am now working for ABS in their New Orleans office and had a little boy last December. Mason Hammond was born on December 7 here in New Orleans and it has been crazy ever since! It's amazing how much children can change your life. If I thought I didn't really have any time before, that was nothing. Now I really don't! It's been an interesting journey so far and I'm certainly looking forward to more. Congratulations again to all those who got engaged and had children, and keep those updates coming! '05 Justin Mitchell 55 Waugh, Suite 1200 Houston, TX 77007 (713) 222-1515 (office) (972) 880-3596 (cell) No column submitted this quarter. '06 Kelsey (Newell) Barrion Paul Silva No column submitted this quarter. '07 Tyler Stutin USCG RIO Ponce 41 Calle Bonaire Ponce, PR 00716 (626) 487-0758 Mark September 29, 2012 on the calendar for your 5th Anniversary Homecoming Reunion. Tyler Stutin will chair your reunion activities; (626) 487-0758 / Your Saturday evening class reunion will be held in a tent on McNulty Campus. Why a 5th Reunion Gift Campaign? To improve the USMMA Alumni Foundation's financial ability to support the Academy and Midshipmen programs not fully funded by the Federal Government in honor of your class. The Foundation makes grants to the Academy to help support all varsity sports, the Regimental Band, the sailing, crew and power squadron, the M/N morale fund which finances many clubs and M/N resume review/career nights. Funds also subsidize the publication of the Kings Pointer, Homecoming and alumni awards – activities which at a private or public college would be in the college budget. One of your classmates will be contacting you soon. All contributions made between December 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012 will count toward your final class gift total. Homecoming is quickly approaching, and I'm looking forward to a strong presence from '07 at our first formal KP reunion. Pete Garofalois handling fundraising, and I'll be organizing the events throughout the weekend. We could really use some additional help, so please let us know if you'd be interested in lending a hand. We're really excited and looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible September 27 to September 30. Additional details will be forthcoming as the date draws closer. Beth (Bogart) Garcia got married at Kings Point in 2010 and is working for Military Sealift Command in Washington, DC with Laura Fong Chan and Laila Linares '06. Beth keeps in touch with Laura Nichols, who is due back from Afghanistan this May with the Navy. Beth completed Basic Safety Training at GMATS in March and ran into classmate Tony Buleza who works for ADM in Missouri as well as Jeff Meadows who works for ABS in Japan. Jonathan Fassnacht wrote in to announce the birth of his son. Reed Jackson Fassnacht was born December 17, 2011 at nine pounds, four ounces. Jonathan and wife Ashley are so excited about their new addition. Jonathan is currently in the Coast Guard, stationed at Sector Mobile, AL in the inspections division, and will be rotating this summer. James Webster redeployed to Fort Riley from Iraq last spring. Since redeploying, James has made Pilot in Command status flying the UH-60 Blackhawk. In February, he took command of D Company, 2-1 General Support Aviation Battalion. D Company is the largest company in the battalion, and James reports that it has its fair share of drama. James and wife Stephanie have been enjoying seeing what Kansas has to offer but are ready to get back a little closer to the water. Pedro Medeiros is shipping again as second mate on the M/V Green Wave. Pedro took a year off from shipping out and spent a month last January traveling through central Europe, skiing in the Austrian Alps and seeing beautiful sights. He also met and traveled with the girl of his dreams. He got married a year later, and the couple is still living in a dream. Pedro loved Europe so much that he went back this past summer to Slovakia for a month and came back without glasses. "Great eye surgeons there," he said. "Yay for 20/17 vision." Jeff Lum is now working for ABB as the Sales Manager for Service in propulsion products in Fort Lauderdale, FL. ABB is a primary manufacturer of turbo chargers and electric propulsion systems; in the cruise industry they are well-known for the Azipod propulsion system. Jeff is the direct point of contact with cruise ships for the maintenance of Azipod propulsion systems. Greg Forthuber wrote in as his ship approached the dock in Valdez, AK. Greg reported that the weather was about 50 degrees outside and beautiful. He's sailing third assistant for SeaRiver Maritime on the steam tanker Kodiak. Greg has been bouncing around on various ships between the Gulf of Mexico and the US west coast with SeaRiver for the past four years and will be sitting for his first assistant steam and diesel within the next six months. I'll be transferring from my Coast Guard detachment in Ponce, Puerto Rico this summer. I was picked up for the Coast Guard JAG program and will be headed to the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Really looking forward to reconnecting with all the southern California KP-ers. That's all from my desk, all the best to you and yours. same region as Tyson. His wife, Liz, gave birth to their baby girl, Emma, in September 2011 and they will be calling Alaska home when Eric returns. Dylan Tumblin was winged and designated a Naval Aviator in late August, 2011. He is currently stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA flying UH-1Y's. On his trip across the country to California, he was able to visit with Brad Rakoce and his wife Keri who were expecting a baby girl this April. Brad is on his second deployment, first time to Afghanistan, and is serving as a company XO. Dylan and Chris Smith were briefly in the same squadron at Camp Pendleton, but Chris is now flying AH-1W's on the East Coast. Gary Rouse is working and living in Washington, DC. Last August he returned to an intelligence role supporting the Naval Service after a short stint exercising his newly earned PMP (Project Management Professional) and ITIL certifications at the US Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA. Brittany Thornhill moved to Virginia Beach from St. Louis in March to begin a new job with Life Cycle Engineering in Norfolk as a marine engineer. Brittany and Warren Ford got engaged last November. Josh Squyres plans for a June 16 wedding to his fiancee Morgan Wolf. He is living in Chesapeake, VA and sends an invite for those in the Norfolk area for ADTs or work to give him a call. Bobby Boyd got engaged last June and is planning a wedding at Kings Point this September. He is currently residing in Hoboken, NJ. Vinny Lusardi had a beautiful wedding in February to his childhood friend Gemma Naclerio. Jimmy Mirance was a groomsman and glad to be part of such a beautiful wedding. Jimmy found himself at the altar again on March 31 for his own wedding to Kathryn Tortorici. They headed to Aruba for their honeymoon. In April, Jimmy will transition to the Reserves and begin civilian employment with the USCG Intelligence Coordination Center in Washington DC. Coral Ledford received her 2nd Assistant Engineers license in December and has been working with the Dutra Group dredging on the Mississippi River since January. On December 10, 2011 Coral married her long time partner, Hilary Hall, in a ceremony with family and friends in Bellingham, WA. Irene Mason, Laura Anderson '07, and Karen Taylor '09 were there for the celebrations. Chris Nitta has accepted a new job with the Naval Surface Warfare Center with the Carderock Division in Philadelphia and will begin working in May. Tyler Dunagan and his wife Amanda are living in Savannah, GA where he has been working for Wallenius Wilhelmsen for the past year. Tyler also said that Troy McGuiness is sailing as 2nd Mate and recently bought a place in Leesburg, VA with his fiancee Lauren. Troy and Lauren lived in Paris for a few months in between sailings and soaked up all the city had to offer. Forrest Perkins and Kate Woods got married on August 3, 2010, but finally had their wedding celebration on Saturday, May 28, in Seattle, WA. They chartered the Virginia V, a wood hull triple-expansion- steam-powered small passenger vessel that operates on Lake Union in Seattle. The crew includes KP alumni (mostly graduated in the 60s and 70s). Many Kings Pointers were on the guest list as well: Mark Allen '86, Elizabeth Nicoletti '00, Shannon White (Bluestein) '00, Shannon Thompson (Crangle) '01, Jess Tutini, Kristen Petty (Hatton), Linsey Becker Donnelly, Christ Petty '07, Brett Thompson '98, Matt Denning '98, Mel Flavel '67, Connie Buhl '83, Julie Kirschen '90, Mark Kirschen '86, Sara Devlin, Amy Harman, Sara Wallace (Jones), Nick Brissey, Caitlin Lundy, and Ben Christian '07. They had a great time and got lucky with good weather! Kate is now attending University of Michigan for a Master's degree in Naval Architecture/Marine Engineering as part of a Coast Guard graduate school program. She will finish in 2013 and then move to Washington, DC for four years! Forrest is still sailing. When he's home, he plays with their new dog, Juka, a three year old Australian Cattle Dog rescue. • Saeah Wood '08 Saeah.Wood@graduate. Warren Forde Warren. Forde.2008@graduate. Cathryn Segert Summer Greetings from Kitty Segert and Saeah Wood! The year seems to be flying by and our classmates are busy. Thanks to all who contributed to the update. Many of our classmates have been serving our country overseas with the armed forces. With our own classmates, other Kings Pointers, and all service members serving in harm's way, we can remember those fallen and pray for everyone's safe return. Mike Dennison deployed in early December with VAW-116 aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. The deployment started in the Pacific and they have made their way to the Middle East. Mike is looking forward to returning in a few more months and getting some In & Out Burger. Warren Ford deployed in January to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne until the beginning of October. Nic Zoretic deployed in early January to Afghanistan also. He is at Camp Deh Dadi II near the city of Mazar-e-Sharif, running convoys all over the North region. Nic had the opportunity to see the memorial at Camp Mike Spann for Francis Toner. The gym has been named Toner Gym with a plaque at the entrance with a picture of him in his 1/C khakis with Acta Non Verba at the bottom. Jarrod Prill is living in Queens, NY and will soon be preparing for another deployment to Afghanistan most likely in September. Tyson Walsh completed a year deployment to Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan as an Army infantry platoon leader in 1-66 AR BN task force knight's last June. Tyson is now stationed at Fort Benning, GA for the Maneuver Captains Career Course. Eric Mark will have finished his yearlong deployment to Afghanistan in April, serving in the Kaitlin Ward (Mulgrew) and her husband John Ward '04 had a baby girl, Teagan Bridget Ward, in April 2011. They bought a house in Mountainside, NJ. Daniel Fielder was married on June 25, 2011 to his wife, Cody. Daniel current works for Noble Drilling. While I (Kitty) was completing my ADT in Houston in February I saw Rita (Dernar) Tombros and Erin Mitchell. Rita has her hands full with two beautiful little girls. Lucy Samantha Tombros was born on January 5, 2012. Her big sister Bella loves her and they are already the best little buddies. Erin is working for SeaRiver and started graduate school at the University of Houston. Spencer Burns was in Houston for a couple of days during that time for training with Noble. While taking Chief Mate upgrade classes at the STAR Center in Dania, FL it's never unusual to run into a familiar face there. Tiegh Francois was there is March working on upgrade classes. He is sailing for APL and even did a trip with James Wade on the same ship. Jenn (Davis) Hays is still at the STAR Center as a simulator operator while Alex Hays sails for OSG. Jenn enjoys getting together with Amy Harman who is going to graduate school. As for I (Saeah), I am still living in DC and working for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division. Many of our classmates are here as well. Scott Murphy is working in DC for Sayres and Associates on the Littoral Combat Ship program. He is the project engineer for LCS 2, USS Independence for PMS 501. He has been spending most of my time the past year between DC and Mayport. Andy Zimmerman is here as well with his wife Dana. He has been working on a WWII history book that should be available soon! Margie Marino is sailing on LNG ships and is going to be working on her Chief Mate upgrade when she returns this summer. She is currently living in the DC area with Sara Devlin, but plans to move to Phoenix when Nic Zoretic returns from deployment. I'm traveling up to KP in June to discuss our class gift, the inlaid compass rose on the grinder. It has been delayed quite a bit, but we are now aiming to have it completed around the time of our 5-year reunion. We will be dedicating the compass rose to our dear friend and classmate, Will Donnelly, for his selfless service to our country. I'll also be discussing our upcoming reunion, so more information on that soon! Until next edition, be safe and take care! Best wishes to everyone! Christine MacMillan '09 christine.macmillan.2009 Rocco Musumeci Summer is once again upon us and three years have gone by in a whirlwind since we parted with Kings Point. We'll get right to it. John Klocke worked for Excelerate Energy LNG ships during the first year and a half and now is working a few different jobs: Polar tankers as a 3rd mate, part time at a convenience store company as an alternative fuels project manager, and have started a real estate business with friends buying rental property in Minnesota. I got married to Britney Manthey, now Britney Klocke on New Years Eve December 31, 2011 in Rochester Minnesota. Along with friends and family from home, King Pointers joining me included Darin Coleman, Richard Laszok, and Seth Ching. I felt very fortunate that they were able to come as others could not make it due to being at sea or deployed. I finished a tour at sea during February and March and was in Seward, AK at the beginning of April at the AVTEC ship simulators with coworkers including KP-er Jordan Musselman '10. During the remainder of April, John was in Bremerton Washington in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on the USNS Mendonca. KP-er Eric Lowe '08 showed him the way in the E/R as I am working with the engineers for the two weeks that I'm here. We had the pleasure of having dinner with Alexander Knowles and his wife Jennifer (who is an amazing cook!) while we were there. It was great to catch Alex before he heads out on another Sub mission for the next couple months. During May, John and Britney were home in Minnesota moving into a permanent place for the first time since graduation. Lastly he said to let him know if you're in Minnesota. Danny Kirk rented an apartment right on the beach in Miami and heads back to work in July. Paul Martinez and Dan Diotalevi visited for a few weeks and I'm sure they left the apartment in better condition. Dave Grove checked in and returned to Fort Hood, TX from Afghanistan in June. If anyone is ever in the Austin area, don't hesitate to contact Dave. Steve Holm is working for Noble Drilling now. The ship is supposed to head to drill the test well in late June if we can get a COC (a certificate to drill in the Gulf of Mexico). Until then, Steve and his crew sit at the dock in Galveston at the Malin Ship Repair. Andrew Kelvas is living in Philadelphia, working for Transocean on the Development Driller III, a semi-sub drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Ryan Colqhoun is 2nd mate on the rig and Thomas Varno '08 also works on board. Erik Henden is flying C-17s at McGuire AFB in NJ and living in Mount Laurel. He proposed to Grace Garza and is engaged to be married in March or April, 2013. Mark Laurentano is living in Charleston with Jeremy Cunningham. He is working for MEBA and is happy to host anyone passing through Charleston. Jeremy Cunningham reported in, saying Aleta is doing well and Cav is turning two this summer. He is working on Washington Express. Ryan O'Connor was at Fort Polk, LA for a month at the Joint Readiness Training Center helping train and critique Engineers in the 101st Airborne in Tactics for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. He is scheduled to deploy there later this year. He ran into another grad, Derrick Ventre '10, who is going through training to be a platoon leader. Jonathan Dufault is enjoying his job as an Engineer Officer In Training and qualified EOW on CGC STEADFAST, a 210' cutter out of Astoria, OR. He and his wife love the beautiful Oregon Coast and their life as newlyweds! Jon also celebrated pinning on LTJG, but the promotion was a little bittersweet because he's still losing his hair. Ben Lyons was punked (as was I) in an edition of the Kings Pointer for being engaged but he is, in fact, not engaged but rather transferring to sector Los Angeles/ Long Beach as a Marine Inspector/Investigating Officer. Many other CG Kings Pointers pass through that sector regularly. Ben says to give him a call if you are in Southern California. Buddy Finnie is working for Transocean. Abigail, his daughter, turns one year old in June. Sherry and Buddy will be celebrating their three year anniversary in July. They have been spending a lot of their off time going to Dania Beach, FL for chief mate/master courses at the STAR Center. I am working on the ARC Integrity as Second Mate and relieving Eddie Rawlinson every 75 days. I was on board when we went through a shipyard period in Gdansk, Poland and was able to explore my grandmother's homeland a little. In April I closed on a duplex in Fort Lauderdale where I will be living in one half and renting out the other. In early June I got a new ACL from the sports surgeon who works on the Spur's basketball team. Texas seemed like a good place to recover. Last vacation I ran into Erik Henden who was on his way from Texas to New Jersey, Peter Moser who was checking out SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Patrick Showell who was being a typical vagabond and road tripping through Texas for the first time, and Adam Kroupa who was living in New Orleans and collecting Mardi Gras beads and making them into art. It's really great to keep in touch with classmates by hearing about the adventures. If your travels lead you to South Florida please let me know. Lastly, congratulations to the class of 2012. We wish you the best of luck as you join the ranks of alumni. '10 Marie Ebers 'III Rebekah Schuppel USMMA2010ClassNotes Taylor Junco is working in Houston, TX for Scan- Trans, a break bulk carrier, splitting time between their operations and chartering departments. In August, 2012 he will be heading over to their Denmark office for a year. If anyone wants to visit or is in the area, let Taylor know. Kevin Kinsella is currently living in the Bay Area of California. He is a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC WAESCHE (pronounced "way-shee"). She is the newest operational National Security Cutter. Kevin has been running counter¬drug patrols down off the coast of Central America. He just made LTJG this past December and is getting re-assigned this summer. Andrea Morrison just closed on a new home in Washington State. She is still sailing with Crowley and is the senior third mate. 2013 Keegan Boyle, Donald Occhipinti, Nathan Gresh, and Brian Flannery met up in February at Jay Peak, VT for a week-long ski trip together. Ryan Homire is in flight training down in Corpus Christi, TX. He visited Ben Inouye on February 19, 2012. Cameron Ruth and Chaz Waters are living it up in beautiful Austin, TX. Pete Link got off the Horizon Navigator right before Christmas and got to spend the holidays with MaryRose Rooney. He spent New Year's on a paddleboat in NYC with MaryRose, John Snider, John Murphy, Matt Rigby, and John Keating. Pete's next ship will be the cruise ship Pride of America in Hawaii for four months. Juan Marinas is working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a Second Officer onboard the Brilliance of the Seas. His ship is sailing out of Dubai and will cruise the Middle East. Starting in May, he will sail out of Amsterdam and do the Norwegian Fjords cruises. Maggie (Edwards) and Garrick Sheatzley are living in Twentynine Palms, CA. Brock Hashimoto and his wife Amy are doing well in Shoreline, WA. Inspections with USCG Sector Puget Sound are keeping him busy and his mind off of the rainy Seattle weather. They had a new addition to their family! Mariko Rae Hashimoto was born March 1, 2012 at 21:21. She weighed seven pounds, one ounce and was 19 inches long. She is getting bigger every day, and they enjoy every moment with her. Mariko Hashimoto was born March 1, 2012 to Brock and Amy Hashimoto. Brock is still working with Logan Little and some other alumni. Robert Ezra Dunn has received orders for the USS Jacksonville in Pearl Harbor. He should be reporting sometime in June. Ryan Denton is working for Hornbeck Offshore Services as a 3rd A/E on one of their Multi-purpose Supply Vessels (MPSV). Also working at Hornbeck Offshore is Brian Roscovious and Ryan Evans. Evans is down in Port Fourchon, LA and splitting his time between the Bayou and New Jersey while also drilling with the Selective Reserve in NYC. He just got back from doing an AT in Japan supporting expeditionary units out there. Other 2010-ers in Port Fourchon are Casey Colton, Greg Mansbach, TJ McKelvey and Don Occhipinti, who all work for Otto Candies. Alex Wingate will be deploying to Afghanistan for nine months starting in March. He got married to Corey back in November. Rebekah Schuppel and Marie Ebers are still doing well in Washington, DC. They work in the same general location and run into each other randomly every so often. Eun and Myung Park have been on external rotations as part of their three year internship with Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). Rebekah and Eun went to the Navy League Sea Air Space Exposition to see defense industry exhibits and ran into to Tim Galginitis (KP '08) who works for BAE Systems. Rebekah ran into Myung on April 30, 2012, when reporting to their place of work. He had just returned from a rotation in San Diego. Nearly every Sunday in the month of March, Rebekah went to Quantico to jail-break and hang with Jerry Coleman-Dodson (KP '11) who is completing Basic at Quantico. He'll graduate in June. She, Jerry, and Drew Snyder went to the Spy museum in DC together in April. Drew and Jerry were telling her about their encounter with salty John Murphy when he was on vacation between sailing. Marie saw Kiersten Healy, who is working for the Staten Island Ferry, at the end of April. The two of them went out in the Dupont Circle area. Victor Policarpio is a Program Control Analyst in support of NAVSEA in Washington, DC. Ryan Samuel and Jason Williams are Maritime Analysts for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC. And the three of them live in the same DC Metropolitan area. Nicole Soto is a Second Lieutenant with the Air Force and is stationed over in England, having fun using the loo and driving on the wrong side of the road. We would like to close out this column with an appeal to donate to the Scott M. Heilman Jr '10 Memorial Fund. The fund was set up to raise money that would go to a memorial at school. It is going to be similar to some of the memorials already up there by the chapel. The current plan is to have a pair of site-seeing binoculars with a bench that would allow people to take advantage of the view over the water. You can access the Scott M Heilman Jr '10 Memorial Fund via the alumni website at &cid=958. After you have filled out the proper basic information on the first page, the second page you will see will be denoted as "Options." The first box you will see will say "Restriction Instructions." In this box, you can earmark a specific fund for all or a portion of your donation to be given. In order for the donation to go to the fund, in this box you must write Scott M Heilman Jr '10 Memorial Fund and then specify whether you want the full donation to go to this fund or only a portion. One very important note: Below "Restricted Instructions" box, you will see a section entitled "Memorial Gifts" with two boxes that can be checked. If you want to donate in Scott's Memory, do not check either of these boxes. Those are for an instance where you would like to donate directly to the alumni foundation in Scott's memory, but this money will not go to the fund dedicated to building a memorial. Call Snider if you have any issues at 843-812-3789. Thank you in advance to anyone who feels compelled to donate. I'm sure we can all find enough of a reason to give a little bit to the memory of someone who gave everything he had to make our alma mater a better place. '11 Ted Coppa earle.coppa.2011@graduate. No column submitted this quarter. '12 James O'Connor 4k -g James.OConnor.2012@graduate. Hunter Karass Shawn Antonelli The class of 2012 has accomplished a great many feats in our senior year. 2012 is a class of unique, high- achieving midshipmen, who have all demonstrated an incredible variety of talents, participated in numerous activities and have chartered new frontiers for future Kings Pointers. Those people and events of particular mention and highlights of the year include: Ali Anderson, Cindy Brice, Logan Swan, Adam Wise, Riane Thomas and Jonathan Wilson, all of whom raised funds for a volunteering missions trip to Guatemala to help build homes for destitute families. The seniors led the evening ceremony for the back from sea year dinners for the second and third classmen where many great sea year stories were told. The regimental officers and members of Band Company enjoyed the annual Dining In ceremony with LCDR Frangos and Guest of Honor CDR Mund in Port Washington. The seniors of 2012 were the last to have the privilege of working with CDR Mund and RADM Greene before their respective reassignments. Senior Team Captain, Alicen Heinrich, led the KP Girls Basketball team to a dramatic victory over Coast Guard in overtime during the winter basketball season. The class of 2013 will soon be taking over for the seniors so that we can focus on finals and license prep. John Fields and Bernard Underwood have spent the past year training their two respective dogs from the guide dog foundation, Paul and Brooks. We expect to see great things from them when they go on to serve those in need. Renee Hogan is the 2012 class delegate for the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and the Strategic Planning process has been welcomed by many seniors who have participated eagerly. 100 nights was a fantastic night out in Manhattan at a Midtown/Upper East Side rooftop bar called Sutton place. The Midshipmen Council has coordinated with the regimental training staff to perform community service for the local park district in Kings Point Park, picking up litter, spreading mulch and removing the highly invasive catbrier weed species from park. The newly instituted program is expected to have a lasting positive impact for the Kings Point community. The seniors are soon to lead the Regiment in the Recognition of the Plebe class. Graduation plans are being finalized and the weekend is expected to be a fun-filled weekend with great events such as The Pig Roast, The Graduation Ball, The Sunday Baccalaureate and the Senior Cruise. Craig Froehlich, Jon Butanis, Megan Laskowski, KC McDermott, Sarah Smith, Gary DeGraff and the entire EMS Squad, among others, who worked with Great Neck Vigilant and Alert Fire Departments, deserve extraordinary commendations for their incredible demonstrations of dependability, decisiveness, organization and leadership during the Carbon Monoxide gas incident in 2nd Batallion. The Midshipman Council together with the new Regimental Environmental Officer Position, filled by Luis Achurra, have spearheaded the institution of an on-campus Recycling Program for which glass and plastic bottles, and aluminum cans are collected campus-wide and brought to local recycling centers by the Midshipmen. This new program is the first step towards a green future and represents the Academy acting as a leader, charting the way and setting the example for other schools and institutions. Shawn Antonelli has served as the "Regimental Photographer" and president/founder of the new photography club for the past four years and he will be missed for his excellent photography that he volunteered for sporting events and school functions. He is also coordinating the class's yearbook as chief editor along with seniors Alicen Heinrich, Mathew Bullard, Luaren Gainor, Sean Garguilo, Trevor Girling, Kevin Young, James O'Connor, Hunter Karass and Nathan Roznovsky along with the rest of the yearbook staff. Robert Bianco has instituted a retirement home visitation program through the Newman club and Christian Fellowship Club for participation by any interested in the Regiment. Connan Ingham has formed the new gay-straight alliance club as a support group and social network for gay and straight midshipmen. Daniel Chin has established both the Kings Point Sustainability Alliance for midshipmen who are interested in alternative energy, green technology and environmentally-oriented business practices and the Kings Point Atheists and Secularists Society for midshipmen who are willing to join the discussion on secular and non-religious issues at the Academy and in society at large. The club aims to represent the interests and beliefs of midshipmen who are not served by the Chapel services on campus without infringing on their personal beliefs or the beliefs of others. David Schwartz has established the new USMMA International Affairs Society a group for discussion of various different topics relating to international events. George Novak, Zack Cline, Robert Fletcher and Richard Grennen have been rocking the class with their punk-rock band Morrow Castle, named after the vessel whose tragic demise served as the justification for the founding of our school. Adam Jerlow and Jordan Smith ran in the World's Toughest Mudder this past winter a course that challenges a contestant's physical endurance, strength and mental determination unlike any other obstacle course. Erik Schott went to nationals for wrestling and Frank Vita went to nationals for swimming, the latter qualifying as All-American. The senior members of both the men and women's indoor track and field teams had a phenomenal season, with many records broken, including Lauren Rattan, Kevin Young, Richard Shelest, Logan Swan and Hunter Karass. Congratulations to Karen (Gilkey) Gosset who was recently wed and Emily Begab (previously Emily Pierret) who was recently wed to Judah Begab '10! Also congratulations to Erik Schott for his recent engagement to Kacey, Cindy Brice and Logan Swan who are now engaged and Ali Anderson who was recently engaged to Andrew Denning '11. Their weddings are scheduled for the week of graduation. The Drill Team, led by Nickolas Sottille, had a fantastic run this year with freshly conceived and innovative routines. We'd like to thank our favorite class bar tenders, Olivia Norris, KJ Robbins and Arianna Ebers who worked at BHT and our class pub master, Andy Tulenko. It's almost that time, June 18, 2012, the day we've been anticipating for four (or five) years. Although our time here at Kings Point is coming to a close, our time as Kings Pointers is pretty much just beginning, and like the generations of those before us, come that day we will be dispersed throughout the country, and the world. We all know that Kings Pointers are everywhere. As of this writing, April 16, our classmates will be starting out: Sailing with MSC: Bradley Schatz, Jay Yang, Amos London, Edward Logan, Robert Nolt, Robert Fletcher, Mathew Bozich, Hunter Smith, Jonathan Wilson, James Beshada, Michael Hagan, Mitchell Osbourne, Makenzie Maley and Bryan Yarde. With the Coast Guard: Shawn Antonelli, Alicen Heinrich, Max Franco, Cynthia Brice, Logan Swan, John Monreal-Berner, Nicole Kogel, Conan Ingam, Lauran Gainor, Renee Hogan, Trevor Mays, Kim Glore and Lamarcus Walker. Look for these guys in Navy jets: Curtis Bolen, Thomas McKeon, and William Walls. With these guys behind them (NFO): Mathew Brogan, Mathew Bullard, and Richard Shelest. On Navy ships: Eric Desch, Craig Froehlich, Patrick Waller, and Brent Ballard. With the Army: Buck Carlton, Patrick Hehir, Gregory Humenick, Michael Jeffers, Joshua Johnston, Joshua Just, Lauren Rattan, David Schwartz and Sara Smith. Riding on Navy ships (Marines): Christian Nate, Gregory Reed, Anna Simons, and Kevin Young. In the air with the Air Force: Andrew Coatsworth, Thomas Gambill, Trevor Girling, and Preston Nicholl. With union cards in hand: Jonathan Londynsky and Brendan Von Koss. At Knolls Atomic Power Lab: Kimberly Saxton, Greg Planeta and David Pfeil. At ARTCO: Robert Shaw. Congratulations to everyone listed, and to all those who receive something after this column's publishing. We look forward to seeing and hearing from everyone as we finally get out there. We are proud of our classmates and will look back fondly on the experiences we have had here. We look forward to a new, bright chapter of our lives with great anticipation and to leaving our positive impact on USMMA to make a better future for the school. Fair winds and following seas. '13 Matthew Finlayson Matthew.Finlayson.2013@midshipman. Dustin Downing Dustin.Downing.2013@ No column submitted this quarter. '14 Antoine pjcou A Hello to all my fellow Kings Pointers! Another year at KP is done and the class of 2014 is ready to finish the last two. We have all finished our first sailing term and many of us have already begun our second. We have all seen and encountered many amazing things this world has to offer and are ready to see what else the world has in store for us. This past spring the school got a new commandant, Capt. Kennedy, and it is nice to finally have some hard ground beneath us again. We are also waiting in anticipation for our new superintendent who is said is to be announced before the end of the year. No matter who is chosen the class of 2014 will continue to grow and come together as a team.

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