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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: http://www.usna63.org.
|Don Walton||Bobby Campbell|
The Class stood tall at Bobby Campbell's funeral in Brick, NJ, on 13 September. I don't recall ever being part of a group more sad than those of us at the funeral Mass: family, friends, clients, community. Representing the Class were Andrea and Spencer Johnson, Rob Black, John Conroy, David Honhart, Major Howe, Mike Krause, Jim Lloyd, Robbie Newton, Vern Shock, Linda and Jim Stewart, Kathy and Erwin Storz, Jack Reed's widow Linda, and Julie and Tom Robertson.
A Navy honors detail rendered military honors outside St. Dominic's Church while eleven classmates stood at attention as an honor guard. We looked reasonably fit for duty, though surely not at the level Bobby was before being struck by cancer. Diane, son David, and daughter Jennifer were most gracious in trying to comfort the many mourners. We joined the family at a wonderful reception/luncheon afterwards in Spring Lake which served to continue the celebration of Bobby's life.
The family requests that any donations or memorials to honor Bobby be made to the University of Pennsylvania cancer center which worked so valiantly for Bobby and the family. Address: Melanoma Research and Patient Care Fund, The Abramson Cancer Center of The University of Pennsylvania, 3535 Market St. Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Classmates gathered at a 63 CAE Legacy Event in Philadelphia, sponsored by Bernie Kelley and Doug Tozour, coordinated by Harry Salmon. Academic Dean Bill Miller '62 gave an inspiring talk about the successes of the 63 CAE and its growing needs. Example: the graduation rate of 63 CAE "clients" exceeds that of the Brigade as a whole. Example: the emerging diversity of the national population means that more midshipmen will be entering the Academy from families without prior college experience. Example: the Navy increasingly depends on USNA for officers with science, technology, and engineering educations. Conclusion: the 63 CAE works, and we need it more than ever. It benefits us all.
Spencer Johnson, Doug Tozour, and David Puckett
Mel Bunnell and Kent Maxfield
It's time for my 25 year contribution, so here goes.
During our reunion last April, I was impressed with the tour of the Class of 1963 Center for Academic Excellence. One of the staff, Dr. Wendy Shekdar, and I discussed my unmet need for academic help while I was struggling through the Academy so many years ago. I also told her of the international educational charity I participate in now. She invited me to come back in the fall to share with some of the plebe classes, and I did so last week.
I spent a period with four different classes trying to inspire them to take advantage of the living legacy that we are providing them, and talking about my work around the world, etc., but the thing they seemed to enjoy the most was hearing of the old days: $5/month pay for plebes, very limited liberty, Ma Connally's drag house, etc. I showed them my old Reef Points which they loved, my plebe and Ensign shoulder boards, and the Annapolis newspaper edition covering our graduation.
I also had the opportunity to eat with the 7th Company Officer and some of his 1st class in King Hall. It was the first time I have had a chance to interact with female Midshipmen and came away impressed. The staff of the CAE is outstanding. Overall, it was fun and very confirming that what we are doing to help Mids academically is a noble thing and a wise investment. Thanks, classmates, for your contributions.
Sorry I couldn't see everyone in the area. I spent the week with Charlie Stubbs in his beautiful new digs in Annapolis, and now I'm visiting Cynthia and Jim Eckert at their Glenside Farm in northern PA. They feed me, encourage me and help me with the international work. They are dear friends and classmates indeed.
|Jeff Miles and Forrest Siburt|
|Jim Metcalfe, Doug Davidson, and Spencer Johnson|
We have been living in Colorado for the past nine years and have a view of the Air Force Academy. This year we hosted two of my old (and we're all getting old) roommates -- Paul Brown and Tom Selden for the Navy-Air Force game. It was a good game made GREAT by the 33-27 win.
Here are a couple of photos of us celebrating our win and showing the colors. In the first, left to right, are Paul Brown, Dot Brown, Carole Schumacher, Lu Schumacher, and Tom Selden. Unfortunately, Doris Selden was not able to make it. In the second are Dot, Paul, and Tom under the colors.
Celebrating in Colorado Springs
Showing the colors
If anyone is passing through the Colorado Springs area, we have a lot of room and would love to have them visit. Contact us at 1038 Bowstring Road, Monument, CO 80132. Phone (719) 487-0526.
Four classmates spent a week in late August backpacking in the high Sierras. This picture shows me, John Peterson, Sandy Stoddard (front), and Dave Moore enjoying the high country of the Immigrant Wilderness north of Yosemite National Park. It gave us all a chance to work on our beards, get a suntan and lose a few pounds, although the packs seems to be getting heavier each year.
John Peterson heads up the trip planning for a group of bay area professionals that have been doing an annual hike for ages. Dave and I are just Southern California tag-alongs. John's son-in-law set up a web site; you can check it out at http://robr.info/image.
High Sierra adventurers
For those of you who weren't able to join us, the final roster was: Dick and Marylyn Augur, Dave and Mary Bingemann, John and Margarette Boley, Al and Kathy Breen, Earl and Celes Buck, Roger and Sandy Deegan, Ollie Doherty, Jack and Joanna Donegan, Bill and Jennifer Earner, Tom and Donna Green, Bill and Barb Hahn, Ron Hand, Lillian Karson, Dick Kell, Bernie Patterson and Bonnie Phinney, Hugh and Georgia Schall, Matt and Betti Small, Mike and Bonnie Spear and Chuck and Kathi Calvano.
Events began on Thursday night with a reception at the Calvano house. Friday morning saw us all climbing to the top of the rock at the Point Sur Light Station, followed by a lunch in perfect weather on the river bank terrace at the Big Sur River Inn. Friday afternoon free time was followed by dinner hosted by the Calvanos.
Saturday morning saw us at sea on the Monterey Princess hunting whales -- and we were not disappointed. The evening was spent at a restaurant dinner on Fisherman's Wharf. The wrap-up event was a Sunday brunch at the Calvano house one more time.
|Bernie and Lois|
|Steve and Gaye|
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