Dedication of Ted WillandtŐs Class Ring
Alumni HouseŃOgle Hall
5 November 2010
On Friday afternoon, 5
November, classmates, wives and friends gathered in the tap room of Ogle Hall,
known to most of us as Alumni House, in Annapolis, to witness the placement of
our classmate Ted WillandtŐs ring in the display case of class rings by TedŐs
widow Lorraine and to celebrate his life and legacy. The brief but moving
ceremony began with class president Spencer Johnson, a company mate of TedŐs,
recalling his time with us as a
midshipman, his exceptional athletic abilities that earned him a place in the
first rank of Navy national championship lacrosse teams, and his subsequent
three decades of naval service that included multiple tours of duty in Vietnam,
significant duties in the Pentagon and the Bureau of Naval Personnel, and
command of three ships, USS Pitkin County, USS Santa Barbara, and USS Juneau.
Spencer also mentioned that the ring being dedicated also represented
LorraineŐs dedicated service to the nation as a Navy wife during her 43 years
of marriage to Ted, symbolized by the miniature that she wears so proudly. Finally,
Spencer mentioned that our class ring symbolizes all that our class has
accomplished together beginning with helping each other navigate the rocks and shoals of Academy
life, our service to the nation since graduation, and our sense of brotherhood
over the years no matter what life had in store for us.
Roger Tetrault, TedŐs friend in Middle and High School on
Long Island, and his roommate at the Naval Academy, spoke of TedŐs single
minded determination to become a lacrosse player of distinction even though he
had no innate gifts at the outset. Through daily practice with a lacrosse stick
and a focus on improving his skills and stamina, Ted became the superlative
lacrosse player that came to the attention of athletic recruiters, leading to
his appointment to the Naval Academy in 1959. TedŐs ability to focus on the
missions and goals at hand, developed in high school and honed in his years at
the Naval Academy, were personal traits that characterized his entire life and
highly successful career.
Finally, Dick Corrigan,
the coach of the attack men on NavyŐs lacrosse team spoke of TedŐs outstanding
abilities not only as a championship player, but also his qualities of being a
team player who always advanced the team first.
After thanking all present
for coming and honoring TedŐs memory, Lorraine then placed TedŐs ring in the
display case with the assistance of their daughter Carolyn and Bobbi Collins
from the Alumni Association. There with the rings of deceased graduates from
other classes, Ted is not only memorialized, but represents all of us who are
proud and privileged to have known him and to call him classmate. His life and
achievements speak exceedingly well of us all. We could ask no better representative of our class.
As an aside, we learned
that Ted delivered his daughter Carolyn into this world when it became evident
that there was no time for a trip to the hospital. I donŐt know of another
classmate who can claim that distinction, but it once again proves that there
is nothing a Naval Academy graduate cannot do.
Attendees at the ring
dedication ceremony included: Lorraine and Carolyn Willandt, Roger and Linda
Tetrault, Phil Rooney, Jim Ring, Eileen Dabich, Sonny Glassner, Doug and
Charlsie Davidson, Joe and Barbara Strasser, Mike and Stephanie Nardolski, Norm
and Judy Shackleton, Peter Quinton, Bill Earner, Jeff Miles, Charlie Stubbs,
Mel Bunnell, Dick Corrigan (Navy lacrosse coach), Dennis Wedekind Ő65 (lacrosse
teammate), and Andrea and Spencer Johnson.
Pride & Tradition