1967 Class Updates
September 26, 2016
Wanted to provide an update into what is happening at The Citadel, and prepare all for the visit to the campus in November. In May we graduated our largest class ever, 530 graduates, with 30% entering the service of their country. (Additional cadets would have liked to be commissioned, but the numbers are controlled by the services, and the military is still downsizing).
Last month we entered the largest class in Citadel history…819 knobs walked through the sally ports, including 68 women (most ever). All five battalions were full with 2352 cadets on campus, and up to this point we have lost 47 freshmen (about 1% better retention than last year).
We should tip our hats and thank Gen Rosa and his team for earning #1 Public College in the South from US News and World Report for the 6th consecutive year! The college was also rated #1 Best Public Value in the South, and #1 Best Public College for Veterans in the South. Additionally, the engineering program was rated #13 in the nation, moving up from #22 last year! These and other accomplishments led to Lt Gen Rosa receiving the Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for Advancement & Support of Education (CASE). For all those grandkids, don’t forget the Class of ’67 Scholarship and get them signed up early!
When you return to campus, several changes are underway. The campus apartments along Hagood Avenue (road that leads to the stadium) have been demolished, making way for the new School of Business building, Bastin Hall (made possible by a $6M donation to the foundation). Construction will begin prior to the end of the year! The Citadel Marina is being renovated with a new boathouse, docks and complete dredging of the facility for a return of the sports to be hosted there (made possible by a $3M donation). Also, The Citadel Beach House is being rebuilt after the devastating fire earlier this year, and should be ready for use prior to the end of the year. (Reconstruction covered by insurance). Finally, plans are underway for the rebuilding of Capers Hall, where the majority of the building will be demolished and rebuilt, maintaining the front of the building thus keeping the entrance to the campus intact. A large portion of this effort will be funded by donations to The Citadel Foundation by our alumni and other gifts, combined hopefully with help from the state.
Thanks to all of our class who have been so generous in their contributions to the Class of ’67 50th Reunion Campaign…you may be aware we have reached our goal, but additional effort is needed to continue the great progress of the college. As mentioned earlier, we will break ground for The Citadel War Memorial during Homecoming Weekend this year, with the ceremony the afternoon of 4 November. If at all possible, make plans to attend. The dedication will be on our 50th at Homecoming!
Thanks for what you do for our college!
August 19, 2016
Class of '67 Mini-Reunion/CWM Groundbreaking, 4-5 Nov 16
Details for the Mini-Reunion for Homecoming weekend 2016 are well underway, and wanted to share the details we have determined for this year. Remember, this is the last mini before we celebrate the Grand 50th next year, and dedicate The Citadel War Memorial, our class gift to the college! Again, thanks to Jay Keenan, Tom Dickinson and Don Beers for the planning and work…many hours spent drinking whiskey and thinking as a team!
Friday, 4 November 2016:
3 PM: Groundbreaking for The Citadel War Memorial, just outside Summerall Chapel. We will turn the first several shovels of dirt to begin the process for the memorial, with actual construction beginning in the June 2017 timeframe
5:10 PM: Memorial Parade
7-10 PM: Class of ’67 Reception in the Linguard Room at the French Quarter Inn (166 Church Street) in downtown Charleston (www.fqicharleston.com). Heavy hors d’oeuvres along with an open bar will frame the evening. This was so well done last year, and the food so fantastic, we decided to repeat! Would suggest not to plan on dinner afterwards, as the staff at the FQI provided more than we could consume!! Dress again will be smart casual (ie, slacks and sport shirt). We will provide updates on the Class of ’67 Campaign and the memorial.
Saturday, 5 November 2016:
8:50 AM: Summerall Guards Performance, Summerall Field
11 AM: Homecoming Review, Summerall Field, Alumni to take review
12-2PM: The now “traditional” tailgate will occur under the Class of ’67 Tailgate Tent by the Holiday Alumni Center (HAC), located along Congress Street between the HAC and campus. Beer, soft drinks, water, and Bloody Mary’s will be provided along with heavy-duty game-day warm-up food.
2 PM: Football game at Johnson-Hagood Stadium with Bulldogs (rated #10 in pre-season polls) vs. Samford. The Bulldogs are defending Southern Conference co-champions! Purchase tickets at the stadium, online at ETIX.COM, or through the ticket office at 843-953-3647.
6 PM: Dinner at leisure with classmates. Reservations recommended.
Costs: Cost for the reception and tailgate is $55 per person until October 15, thereafter cost will be $70 per person.
Hotels: Make sure you mention Citadel Class of ’67 for these special rates.
Holiday Inn Express, 350 Johnny Dodds Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 (843-375-2611). $189. Per night
French Quarter Inn (www.fqicharleston.com), 166 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (866-812-1900), Five-Star Hotel. Rates: Thursday, $339; Friday/Saturday $469 per night.
Spectator Hotel (www.thespectatorhotel.com), 67 State Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (843-724-4326), rated #1 Hotel in the US. Rates: Thursday, $349; Friday/Saturday $479 per night
This is a year where we have already lost several classmates, so I hope many of us can return for this year’s mini-reunion. Once again, Jay Keenan’s staff will be accepting registrations, and we will send out registration forms with mailing instructions under a separate e-mail. Take time to return to campus, and participate in the groundbreaking for The Citadel War Memorial! See you soon!
Once again I must forward the passing of another of our classmates, Bob Patterson, Romeo Company, on April 16, 2016. Bob, a resident of Zephyr Hills, Florida, grew up in Chattanooga, TN, and was a long time resident of the Sarasota area. A US Army veteran, Bob served in Korea and in the Army Reserve until retiring as a Major. He obtained an MBA degree from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, and worked and lived in the Longmeadow, Massachusetts, area until moving to Florida 30 years ago.
Bob is survived by his wife, Carolyn Alexander, and one son, Robert C. Patterson III, and a daughter, Elizabeth Markham. The Patterson's have four grandchildren. Unfortunately, one of his two sons, David, preceded him in death.
Please keep Carolyn and the family in your prayers....Carolyn"s address is: 38576 Valley Oaks Circle 106, Zepyr Hills, FL 33540.
My thanks to Jack Watson, who after contact with Carolyn, reported this to the company and class.
June 27, 2016
The ground-breaking ceremony for The Class of '67 Citadel War Memorial will occur on Friday, 4 November 2016, at 3 PM. This is Homecoming Weekend with a Saturday football game vs Samford. Additionally, we will mark our 49th Year Reunion, and prepare for the all-important 50th!
Mark your calendars! Details for the Mini-Reunion, and to observe the ground-breaking for the Citadel War Memorial are to follow.
Hope to see you soon!
March 6, 2016
Our classmate, Pat Conroy, 70, passed away on Friday, 4 March 2016 at his residence in Beaufort, SC. Pat is survived by his wife, Cassandra King Conroy, also of Beaufort. All of our lives are richer because of Pat Conroy...
The family will receive friends on Monday, 7 March 2016 from 5-7 PM at The Anderson Funeral Home, 611 Robert Smalls Parkway, Beaufort, SC 29906-9070. (843-524-7144) www.andersonfuneralhomebeaufortsc.com A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, 8 March 2016 at 11 AM at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 70 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort, SC 29907. A private internment will follow.
A very extensive number of articles were carried in the Saturday, 5 March 2016 edition of the Post and Courier Newspaper here in Charleston, and photographs are available at postandcourier.com/galleries.
Rest in peace, Pat.
February 25, 2016
A quick note for Homecoming 2016, our 49th and last Homecoming prior to the big 50th in 2017. This year on November 4 and 5, 2016, we will again have a mini-reunion, and most importantly, have a groundbreaking ceremony for the Citadel War Memorial on Friday, 4 November. Trust many can attend as a practice for the 50th! Details will follow, but wanted all to have the long-range planning information.
January 25, 2016
Unfortunately, we have lost another classmate. Robert Lee Moore, Jr., 70, of Mt. Pleasant, SC passed away Thursday, January 14, 2016. Unfortunately, services were complete before we received notice of his passing. Bob joined our class after graduation from high school in Portsmouth, OH. He was a human resource and labor relations manager with the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, OH, retiring in 2003. After retirement he relocated to Mt. Pleasant where he worked as a teachers assistant in special education with the Charleston County School District until his retirement in December of 2015. Bob was a lifetime member of The Citadel Alumni Association and was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, OH. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Penn Moore, and is survived by two sons, Christopher Wade Moore and Robert Scott Moore both of Mt. Pleasant. Memorials may be made to The Citadel Foundation (Class of '67), 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409.
According to Citadel records, Bob is the 72nd of our classmates who have entered into eternal rest.
January 15, 2016
I forward from our football coach, ref the game at Furman, which we won 38-17! This week we face Mercer at home, and for Homecoming, VMI. This is a great year for Citadel football....see you at the mini-reunion!
Last Saturday was phenomenal for everyone associated with The Citadel football program!!! Our alumni made it clear to me from my opening press conference how important the rivalry with Furman was to them, and they showed it with their support in Greenville. Our side was enthusiastic, loud and energetic throughout the whole game and provided an advantage for us at Paladin Stadium even though it was Homecoming for Furman. The entire team fed off our crowd, which included 550 members of our Fourth Class that came up on buses thanks to our Commandant, Capt. Geno Paluso.
We played with energy and physicality in all phases. It was a hard-hitting game from both teams, exactly like everyone expected to see from a rival. Our defense attacked from the opening kickoff to the final whistle and put the game away with interceptions by Tevin Floyd and James Riley on the last two drives of the game. Our defense continues to improve and make plays with the game plans developed by our defensive staff. Our offense was machine-like to start the game. After a punt, the only other drive we didn’t score was an interception off a tipped ball in the end zone, and at halftime we had already rushed for 297 yards. They gave us a bunch of different schemes, and Brent Thompson called a great game taking advantage of what was there. Our offensive line opened up holes that allowed our ball carriers to deliver hits on most attempts to tackle them. I do want us to come out of the locker room better to start the second half. Furman scored points on the first two drives of the third quarter, cutting our 17-point halftime lead to just seven. We responded and scored the final 14 points of the game, but we still are going to need to play better moving forward. The ending of Sunday’s practice focused on improving our performance in the third quarter.
We have a special team that is maturing and continuing to take the steps necessary to win. That doesn’t happen on Saturday but instead in the preparation the other six days of the week. I don’t know that we would have been able to win a game like this one last year, and the way the team played after Furman started the second half with points showed me that they understand what we are developing as an identity for our program. This week is another Southern Conference battle as we return home to play Mercer, whose record is deceiving. Their three conference losses have come by a combined 11 points, and they return 75 players from last year’s team that we had to stop a two-point conversion with less than four minutes left to win that game. Bobby Lamb is a good coach who has spent his entire career in the Southern Conference and will have his team ready to play. For another week, our goal of competing for a Southern Conference championship continues to be in front of us. We are one of two teams undefeated in conference play, and Western Carolina could make it a three-team race with a win at Chattanooga on Saturday. The excitement around our program is being felt on campus, around Charleston and within our alumni. We have a chance to make this season special.
Saturday is the first of two home games we have left, and I hope you will do everything you can to create another fantastic home field advantage for us at Johnson Hagood Stadium.
Thank you for your continued support.
Go Bulldogs, Mike Houston