Pres: CAPT W. Spencer Johnson IV, USN (Ret.)
Sec'y: Michael H. Shelley
164 Sweetwater Lane, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
h: 828-862-4245 e: email@example.com
Web site: http://www.usna63.org.
Traian Benchea passed away on 30 November in Thibodaux, LA. He had been predeceased by his wife, Doreen.
Richard G. Bachmann died on 17 December. His widow, Susan, can be contacted at 3220 Glenridge Court, Palm Harbor, FL 34685.
Arthur D. Clark died on 19 January. He had been predeceased by his wife, Merle, one year ago
Reed M. Farrington passed away on Christmas Day, 25 December. He was unmarried, and I have no information about his next of kin to share with you.
I visited Reed at his bucolic abode in Big Sur. It is quite rustic -- note the ivy growing inside the house. I brought dinner and a bottle of scotch, both of which we attacked with vigor. I told him to save the rest of the scotch for my next visit. He responded with a smile, " Good luck with that!"
|Reed Farrington and Mike Rubel|
Luis arrived in Annapolis with what could kindly be described as a loose command of the English language. Recognizing this, the academy arranged private lessons for him on Saturday afternoons from an English professor in town. It turned out that the professor, not much interested in the proposition, turned the task over to his 18-year old daughter.
Although that arrangement benefited Luis in other ways, it did not result in much improvement in his English. That deficiency led to countless plebe year Abbott and Costello-like encounters with upperclassmen. Lively recounts of his plebe year misadventures are a centerpiece and source of great merriment and fond memories when 16th company classmates meet and old tales are retold.
A few days before Veterans Day, I visited the Wall with Benno Gerson '61. I spent some time visiting with my roommate, Jim "Kelly" Patterson and left a flag by his panel, 20E. While I was there, a group of about 20-25 plebes came walking by in running gear. They were there to see the Wall and some of the other monuments in the City. I introduced myself as a grad and took them to panel 20E to tell them the story about why Jim was on the Wall. They listened intently and several thanked me after I was finished. It was an amazing occurrence that we could be there at the same time, so I could pass on this information about one of their predecessors, who was a grad like they hope to be one day.
We had a great turnout for this year's contest! Sue and Bob Easton were our hosts and they provided us with wonderful hospitality including treating us to a lovely day and a beautiful San Diego view. Attendees included Chuck and June Stone, Vern and Gail Von Sydow, Lew and Lynn Blackwell, Miller and Connie Detrick, Steve and Karen Hoy, Karl and Marirose Kozak, Bill and Dottie Hughes, Alan and Terry McAnally, Grant Telfer, Donna Kaup, Maureen Hogan, Janet Gushue, John and Betty Middleton, Jim and Pat Fontana, Win and Sally Orgera, Jerry Harken, John and Terri Ryan. Vern presented Class of '63 certificates of appreciation to the three hostesses of our A/N game parties over the years - Karen Hoy, June Stone and Sue Easton. And to his surprise, Vern received a mounted 1963 Class crest as a token of our appreciation for all he does for our Class and for our community. By any measure, Vern personifies what it means to be "Distinguished Graduate" of the Class of 1963.
|At the Army Game party in San Diego|
|Gail and Vern Von Sydow|