Welcome to the Class of 1964 Homepage!
A message from your Class Chairman. . . .
Gentlemen of the Class of 1964,
It is hard to believe that we will soon be approaching our 50th year since graduating from The Citadel. We are all getting older, and it seems that all too frequently we are being notified about one of our mates passing on. We would have liked to have shared a little more time with many who were close to us.
So it is that we believe the main theme of our 50th reunion should be focused on getting all of us back to Charleston to reunite in November 2014. One of our primary efforts should be focused on encouraging our classmates whom we have not seen for a long time to come back and reunite. There are many reasons given for losing interest in The Citadel – “The school is not what it used to be” (it never is/was); “They allowed women in” (many of whom are actually doing better than the men); “I never liked Joe Blow because …..” (that was 50 years ago), and the list goes on. We appeal to you, no matter what your objections are, please lay them aside.
In conjunction with our reunion, it is appropriate that the class provide a gift to the school that helps with its many needs and that leaves a significant class legacy that would carry the name of the Class of 1964. This is why we have established the Class of 1964 Reunion Campaign.The Citadel Foundation is working hand-in-hand with each class to create an effort, known as the Class Reunion Campaign (CRC) program, that allows classes the opportunity to rally together in support of The Citadel and its greatest needs.
After thorough consideration, the Class of 1964’s Reunion Campaign overall goal will be $2,500,000 (including deferred gifts). According to the Class Reunion Campaign fundraising guidelines, we have until 12/31/2014 to collect gifts, pledges and planned gifts; and we have until 12/31/17to pay off any pledges. Luckily, we’re already ahead of the game! We’ve already raised over $315,793 to be applied to the overall goal.
After reviewing the long list of needs and putting the choice to our committee, we voted that our gift for the 50th reunion will be to provide $750,000 to procure a new, digital video scoreboard for McAlister Field House. Our current scoreboard, perhaps the only one in Division I that still uses light bulbs, is an embarrassment – most high school gyms have better. Athletic events will be only one of its uses. The board will also serve to enhance such activities as the graduation ceremony, guest speakers, concerts, and many other campus events. Our campaign will be soliciting donations to support this gift. We hope you will get behind this campaign through your donations, as our committee has already committed over $100,000 towards our project.
We realize that many of us are on fixed incomes; are assuming the care for parents, siblings, and children; and have a long list of other financial burdens. We are looking for whatever reasonable donations you can make. Our goal is to get 100% of our class to donate, however much that may be. Consider that you have until 12/31/17 to pay off a pledge you make today. That means a $15,000 pledge would consist of five $3,000 annual payments and a pledge of $9,820 would consist of five $1,964 annual payments. Visit foundation.citadel.edu/1964giving to pledge your support today.
You should note that The Citadel is still a nationally recognized, esteemed institution of higher learning. In fact, for the second consecutive year, The Citadel has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the top public college in the South for institutions granting up to a master's degree! One of the major factors cited for this success is the support of its alumni. Similar military schools have gone by the wayside over the years, but The Citadel remains strong in its basic beliefs that have remained since we were cadets. There are also new records being set in the number of applicants, SAT scores, and graduation rates, just to name a few.
Once again, our main theme is to get all of us together again for our 50th. There was a time when our class had a lot of espirit de corps and a strong bond among us, particularly our freshman year. There are many great stories about that time (most get better with age). We hope we can rekindle some that bond for our 50th.
We are appealing to you first, commit to attending our reunion in Charleston in 2014. Second, contact at least one of our classmates and urge him to attend, particularly those who we have not seen for a long time. Third, support the procurement of the Class of 1964 McAlister scoreboard.
Let’s get together one more time,
Mr. Bruce L. Thackston and Dr. Carroll S. “Pete” Brown, Reunion Campaign Co-Chairmen
Class of 1964 Reunion Campaign Committee:
Mr. James C. Blakeley, Jr.
Brig Gen Bruce J. Bohn, USAF, Ret.
Dr. Douglas M. Carnes
Mr. M. Eason Chapman, Jr.
MAJ James F. Condon, Jr., USA
Mr. Richard L. Crowder
Mr. William S. Davies, Jr.
COL James M. Dorton, USA, Ret.
Mr. Paul D. Duke
Dr. Robert H. Fletcher, Jr.
Mr. Vito N. Galante
Mr. Robert L. Hall, III
Mr. Fred V. King, Jr.
Maj Gen Clark W. Martin, USAF, Ret.
Mr. Edward “Buzz” L. Marxen
Dr. Terence N. Moore
The Honorable Julius “Buddy” C. Nicholson, Jr.
Maj Gen Nathaniel H. Robb, Jr.
Mr. Wade H. St. John, III
Mr. Thaddeus A. Timmons, Jr.
Mr. John O. Woods, Jr.
Have questions? Contact our 1964 class liaison to The Citadel Foundation, Elliott Cooper, 843.953.4961 or firstname.lastname@example.org.