Welcome to the Class of 1965 Homepage!
A message from your Class Chairman. . . .
This portion of The Citadel Foundation's new website (launched January 2010) will become a place for you to stay informed, keep in touch with your classmates, and hear more frequently from your Class Chairman.
Additional information customized for your Class will be available as your Class Chairman is trained to navigate and publish new content to this site. Stay tuned!
Greetings to the Class of 1965!
It is hard to believe we are approaching our 50th year since graduating from The Citadel. We now approach that magic milestone—The Gold Corps!! As the years have marched by, we have sadly had to say farewell to many of our classmates. Joe Missar and Skip Murphy were the first of our class to pass, but now it seems that all too frequently we are being notified about another of our mates passing on. That is why this reunion, our 50th, will be such a special one. We need to take this opportunity to gather together once again to share our stories—they seem to get better with each sharing—and to spend a little more time with many classmates who were, and are, close to us.
In August of 1961, we entered Lesesne Gate long of hair, some of us a bit on the chubby side, and none of us having a clue. We were soon shorn by the deadly “Rampy Clippers,” welcomed by our concerned First Sergeants, and gently guided by the soft voice of the “Boo.” In June of 1965, we exited Lesesne Gate a proud class of Citadel Men. Some of us have not missed a reunion, but some of us have missed a few. We cannot miss this one. As we enter the Gold Corps in November 2015, we need to celebrate this special anniversary of the completion of our cadet journey. We need to march into Johnson Hagood Stadium together again to join the Gold Corps!
The Citadel Foundation is working hand-in-hand with each class to create a reunion model that competes with our peer schools and academies. Through this new tradition, known as Class Reunion Campaigns (CRC), those classes celebrating significant milestone reunions will have an opportunity to rally together in support of The Citadel and its greatest needs. No reunion is more significant than a 50th, and no 50th reunion could be more significant than the 50th Reunion of the Class of 1965.
Our Reunion Committee has spent considerable time determining a suitable class project for the 50th Reunion of the Class of 1965. We wanted our class project to be special, to be something that recognizes the core values of The Citadel and melds those values with the strong academic programs of the college, something of lasting value, something that will be as enduring as the Class of 1965. We think we have found such a project.Throughout its history, The Citadel’s primary purpose has been to educate undergraduates as members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and to prepare them for post-graduate positions of leadership through academic programs of excellence conducted in a military environment, while instilling in them the core values of The Citadel: Honor, Duty, Respect. For the 50th Reunion of the Class of 1965, we have chosen to honor a Citadel alumnus who has lived and practiced The Citadel’s core values and is living proof that The Citadel is fulfilling its purpose.
As we celebrate our 50th class reunion, Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. (B.A., Political Science, Class of 1964) will be completing his more than 50 years of service to the City of Charleston and the State of South Carolina. In honor of Mayor Riley, his life of service, the dignity with which he has met the challenges of his offices, the grace with which he has treated his fellow man, and the sterling example he has established of leadership in public service, the Class of 1965 is proud to support the Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Chair in American Government and Public Policy. This perpetually endowed chair is detailed in the attached document.
When Mayor Riley was first elected, the City of Charleston was much as we knew it in 1965. Through his leadership, commitment, and dedication, he has transformed Charleston into the Number 1 city in the USA! You have to see it to believe it! How better to see this wonderful city again than with those with whom you began your Citadel journey 50 years ago? A campaign by definition means going above and beyond annual giving. Our Annual Giving Class Chairman, Ted Summerford, will work closely with the Class Reunion Campaign Co-Chairs, Ed Pendarvis and Spike Metts, and the CRC committee. It is most important during a Class Reunion Campaign to understand the difference between this special effort and annual giving:
- If you make annual gifts to The Citadel, for example to The Citadel Fund, you should continue to do so. A campaign gift is a contribution beyond one’s annual giving. We do not want the areas on campus that depend on your generous donations to suffer due to this special effort, and all gifts made by the class are counted towards our overall campaign goal.
- After thorough consideration, the Class of 1965 Reunion Campaign’s overall goal will be $3,000,000 (including deferred gifts) with $500,000 to support the Riley Chair for five years as the corpus of its endowment reaches a level to support the chair in perpetuity. According to the Class Reunion Campaign fundraising guidelines, we have from 1/1/2013 to collect gifts, pledges, and planned gifts; and we have until 12/31/2018 to pay off any pledges. Luckily, we’re already ahead of the game! We’ve given over $350,000 so far to be applied to our overall goal. Visit foundation.citadel.edu/1965giving to pledge your support today.
- You will also be able to keep up to date with our CRC efforts on our class page at foundation.citadel.edu/1965.
In the coming months, members of the CRC committee will be contacting you. Additionally, our 1965 class liaison to The Citadel Foundation, Elliott Cooper, is available to assist you, so please feel free to contact her directly at 843.953.4961 or email@example.com.
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 asking for whatever reasonable donations you can make. Our goal is to get 100% of our class to donate, however much that may be.
Thank you in advance for considering ways to support our reunion campaign, and thus our Citadel. Remember, it is not how much you give, but the fact that you choose to participate at the most meaningful level possible for you. We look forward to seeing you in Charleston during Homecoming 2015 at our 50th reunion.