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has been locked in for our 45th. I have been simply amazed at how well the Commit- tees decision to re-establish the Company Rep system has been working. As I watch the ccs of various company reps come acrossmy electronic transom, I can see sig- nificant momentumgathering, to reach out and find long-lost classmates and tomake every effort to pull them back in. The atten- dance is more than 500 as of this writing, according to TomKovach. What I can also see is some of the long overdue MAs finally written. Wouldnt it be nice to have themall done by the 45th?? The hotel/motel reservations are being handled by Gene Manghi (opmanghi@ optonline.net), so if you are unsure where to stay, contact him. As in years past, we are going all out to have every widow and family member of our lost classmates attend the 45th. To do so, we need several things: First, if you know of a widow of offspring, contact Chuck McCloskey, or Chuck Nichols to see if anyone is already working on that person. If not, take on the task and see if you can get them to attend. (N.B. Ac- cording to Chuck N., there are 47MAs out of the 74 deceased classmates on our web- site, leaving 27 to be completed.) Second, we will need escorts for those attending, if the contact person cannot do it. Cathy & I hosted Bob Berdanswidows and two adult daughters last time and I have to tell you, it made OUR reunion all that more special. Speaking ofMAs, through a lot of help from Jay Stewart and others, we are work- ing on Jim Echols MA with his widow Smokey, an effort that brings back lots and lots of good memories of back in the day! So lets keep it going, S&D. If you are working on anMA, reach out to me or oth- ers to get the help you need to finalize the article, obtainNOK or 65 presidential ap- proval, so that we can finally complete this long-overdue task. Several good pix of Ric, the first with Jerry Dernar at Duke, where the SecVA was the principal speaker at a memorial dedication for all Duke grads killed since WWII. Jim Kelly also attended as did John Bells son Andy, who met Ric at the 35th and who is attending grad school at Duke, as did Ric many wars ago. Ric met with Coach K 69 and addressed the ROTCcadets on the campus. The next pic shows Ric with his extended family (seven grandkids if I count correctly) at the White House. Their daughter Loris husband Tim Heaphy is the recently installed U.S. Attor- ney for the western District ofVirginia. Ric also got his wish and was able to show all seven of the young-uns how to fish (and bait hooks, no doubt) during a vacation to Lake Anna inVirginia. 78 ASSEMBLY APRIL–JUNE 2010 I mentioned JohnRosebergs retirement in the last class notes. Shortly thereafter, John fell off a ladder and had two vertebrae fused plus a support rod inserted. Adds more credence tomy wifes constant exhor- tations to stay off ladders! RossWollen sent the next pic of Buddy Bucha and GEN Petraeus 74 in the receiv- ing line at the Ends of the Earth Dinner in NYC in November. Buddy also was here in Chicago for the CMOH annual meetings and dinner. Another retirement story report- ed, this time fromMesa, AZ, where Dennis Hawker sold his business in 2002 after hav- ing non-Hodgins Lymphoma (in complete remission) where he & Diane play a lot of golf and spend their summers in the White Mountains of AZ. Dennis heads up John McCains Academy Selection Committee. 1965—Diane& Denny Hawker, October 2009. should know by now, Chuck Nichols has set up a Class Forum (to sign up, send an e-mail to: <email@example.com> 1965—Buddy and Petraeus,November 2009. Class of 65 still on point?? I thought we had hung up our last set of spurs and then I received a nice note directing me to <www.armynavyacademy.org> and whose pic shines out in full one-star regalia, the Ac ad e my Pres (since 2002), Steve Bliss. The guy good, his 1965—Ric and Jerry Dernar at Duke,October 2009. good, in his greens. Must be teenage boys! As you two all looks really from the e-mail address you want to use and you will be subscribed) which is to be used for those extended communications of the hot issues of the day. In that way, we can keep the Class Net clear.My old Pennsylva- nia buddy, Tom Cindric sent this next pic from Texas. The occasion was the Army– UNT game last November. The Cough- lins and Jay Vaughn came from Arizona (Jays wife Sharon could not make it due to a knee problem). Jim is a prosecuting at- torney in Tucson and works with juveniles, Bob & Hali live in Austin where she de- velops new prosthetics and he is with the Rimkus Consulting Group. The Cindrics have two boys, one in Dallas with three daughters and the other, near Spokane, has four young children, one adopted from Ethiopia (anyone remember the Plebe poop question: Who was the Conquering Lion of Judah?). It never gets much above freezing in the latter city (according to tom) and you can play golf year-round in the former, so guess where this Steeler fan relocated? Great update, Tom. In case you ever wonder whether those cards, letters and e-mails that we are al- ways asking for, ever help our S&D fami- lies in times of needs, I would refer you to the warm and heart-felt note of gratitude that we received from Rich Leary after 1965—Ric & family and POTUS.