Class of 1967 Announcements...as of 28 May 2015
(in descending order by date)
MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE FOR GLEN R. COOK, '67 KILO COMPANY: As mentioned last month, a Memorial Service for Glen Cook will be held in Charlotte, NC at 2 PM on Sunday, 31 May 2015. The service will be held at Sunset Memory Gardens, 8901 Lawyers Road and be attended by at least 15 of our classmates plus other Citadel graduates! I tip my hat to the untiring efforts of Rick Van Vleet, K Company rep, and the Charlotte Area Citadel Club for making this a special ceremony to honor Glen, and for Glen's sister, Jan Cook Bradley. Dwight Groggel will present a shadow box in memory of Glen's service, and honors will be presented by the Shaw AFB Honor Guard. The Charlotte Marine Corps League will fire the honor volleys, and Ernie Brockman will render a salute on the pipes. While many local media will document the service, the honoring of Glen by his classmates will be a lasting tribute to a Great American and family. If you have not advised Rick of your attendance and can attend, please do so at email@example.com or 864-621-6578. Again, many thanks to Rick and the team!
THE LONG GRAY LINE CONTINUES: On 9 May 2015 what is believed to be the largest graduating class in Citadel history (records back to 1927) walked into history as Citadel Graduates. This year 514 Cadets, 8 Active Duty Military, and 24 Veteran Students received diplomas, with 32 of them awarded by a parent or grandparent graduate. The Army commissioned 97 (16 additional after summer camp), the Navy 20, the Air Force 19, and the Marines 17. Business Administration led the majors with 141 graduates, followed by Criminal Justice with 122. Additionally, later in the day The Citadel Graduate College and Evening Program graduated 353, with Masters of Education being awarded to 71 of the graduates. A long day for sure, but a lot of happy graduates and parents! Soon, some of our grandchildren will be walking that stage!!
A NEW PROVOST/DEAN OF THE COLLEGE IS SELECTED: It's hard to believe Brig Gen Sam Hines, our present Provost, has been with us for eight years, but it's true! Sam will take a one year sabbatical, then return to The Citadel faculty, but is retiring as our Provost. He will be tough to follow, having led the college to the #1 Public College in the Southeast (US News and World Report) four years in a row, and many other accolades we will discuss later, but Gen Rosa has found the #1 candidate! The college has hired Dr. Connie Ledoux Book to begin work on 1 July 2015! Dr Book, soon to be Brig Gen Book, comes to us from Elon University, where she is currently the Associate Provost of Academic Affairs and a member of the senior cabinet...she has been at Elon since 1993, so we are delighted to have her join The Citadel Senior Staff. Oh, by-the-way, while we are the #1 ranked PUBLIC College in the Southeast as ranked by US News and World Report, Elon in ranked #1...period! (They are a private university). Congratulations to Dr. Book as we welcome her to Charleston!
ACCREDITATION: Our 10-year accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) was formally announced in December, with no recommendations for improvement or further action required. Congratulations to Gen Rosa, Gen Hines and the entire staff for a truly outstanding accreditation effort.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW BASKETBALL COACH: Just announced today is our new men's basketball coach, Duggar Baucom. Coach Baucom joins The Citadel from VMI, where he has been the very successful head basketball coach for the past 10 years! Our basketball team has never been short of effort and enthusiasm, but we have been down on the number of wins, so welcome Coach Baucom!!
CITADEL CLASS OF '67 REUNION CAMPAIGN: Our latest figures for our 50th CRC are based on all the data received effective 28 February 2015. Currently, we stand at $3.06M as we work to accomplish our goal of $4.7M...65% of goal! Not bad....and many thanks to all who have brought us this far. Remember, all donations to the college when given through The Citadel Foundation count towards our goal. We have fulfilled our goal in endowing our '67 Scholarship Fund, and currently have over $1.1M! We are still working to fund entirely The Citadel War Memorial, which will be the best class gift ever given to the college. If you have been contemplating your enduring gift to the college, now is the time to be serious....remember, if you have a will, we want to be in it! But all gifts count, and a popular gift method now is a gift of stock, remembering if the stock is given to the college, there is no capital gains tax on the appreciation of the stock.... saves the individual money, helps the college! There are many other ways available at https://foundation.citadel.edu/1967warmemorial. Congrats to Band and T Companies for leading the way!!
A FEW COLLEGE STATS/ACCOLADES OF WHICH YOU MAY NOT BE AWARE:
-Student to Faculty Ratio: 13:1
-Average Class Size: 20
-Four-Year Graduation Rate: 62% (highest in SC; #25 Nationally as rated by Money.com [7,700 colleges nationally)
-Freshman Retention Rate: 86%
-Corps Population: ~2,300 (five battalions, 21 companies)
-4th Fittest College in the Nation: Source: The Active Times
On 3 December 2014 our classmate David Michael Farley, Charlie Company, passed away after a brief cancer illness at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC. Dave's football prowess led to a scholarship as our classmate, and allowed him to earn an Electrical Engineering Degree. He worked for IBM for over 33 years, and afterwards, worked for Adaptec and Lenovo. In typical fashion, Dave headed up a local hotdog group called the Dale Rider Hotdog Club, and did so with his typical zest for life and optimism.
Services were held in North Carloina in Chapel Hill with visitation on 9 December, followed by the funeral service on Wednesday, 10 December. Services in Tazewell, VA, were held on Friday, 12 December, followed by internment at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, VA.
Dave is survived by Judy, his wife of 43 years, and two children, Michael and Jean.
In lieu of flowers, and to honor Dave, the family request making a donation in his honor to a cause closest to your heart. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.peerystclairfuneralhome.com. Judy Farley can be reached at 338 Warren Court, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-9370 and at (919)-929-9665.
What a terrific Homecoming Weekend! Thanks to Don Beers, Tom Dickinson and Jay Keenan we had a weekend to remember, and set the tone for future events! Our Friday evening gathering on the 5th floor of the stadium was perfect for our event with plenty of refreshments (solid and liquid), great conversation, and an opportunity to bring everyone up to date on the status of our campaign for the 50th Reunion. On Saturday our Class of '67 Tailgate was sparked by Stonewall Watson's secret recipe for Bloody Mary's, so popular we only served 8 beers from the cooler! Mark your calendars now for Homecoming November 2017 and be ready to update yourselves on how others have aged, and you have remained so young and athletic!
Speaking of young and athletic, Pat Conroy was inducted as an honorary member of the Citadel Athletics Hall of Fame...we can all remember his relentless enthusiasm and the spark he provided to the basketball team every time he took the floor. Baseball, too!! Way to go, Pat. Also inducted as an honorary member was Mayor Joe Riley ('64), and when you look at where The Citadel Baseball team plays its games, thank Mayor Riley for the park that bears the Riley name. These inductions were made during halftime at the football game on Saturday, when we beat Furman in a nail-biter! Believe me, a win is a win, and every game we play is an offensive slug fest almost always decided in the last minute, or overtime. A great team that could easily be 6-5 or better on the year.
In administrative news we are honored to have Mike Steele as our Chairman, Board of Visitors...unfortunately, Mike's tenure as a CAA rep to the Board is over this coming June, and the CAA membership elected one of our most decorated alumni to replace Mike: Myron Harrington, Col, USMC (Ret), Class of '60. Myron will take his seat after the June 2015 BOV meeting. Mike Steele is an absolutely superb Chairman, and his shoes will be impossible to fill.
BTW, I mentioned the 50th Reunion in 2017, but please realize we will hold a Mini-Reunion each year until then, hopefully in November, but not necessarily at Homecoming. More on that later as we initiate planning.
In the next month, I will forward an update on our Class project for the 50th, so we can all monitor the progress.
FACTOID: When a cadet is enrolled, the tuition includes an unlimited number of credit hours a cadet can take. Tuition is "fixed price". So what is the "all in" cost for our grandchildren this year? (Fifty-two per cent of knobs are from South Carolina)
We have worked out the details for our Class of 1967 mini-reunion to be held during this year’s Homecoming weekend, 7-8 November 2014. Many thanks to Don Beers, Tom Dickinson, and Jay Keenan; their hard work is the action that made this possible. Our events will occur on 7 and 8 November 2014, and are outlined below:
Friday, 7 November, 6-8 PM: Reception and gathering for cocktails (open bar) and heavy hors d’oeuvres on the 5th floor of Johnson Hagood Stadium (Lobby and Press Box area). Casual dress. Short welcome and class update. If desired, dinner afterwards will be on your own with classmates, and I would suggest reservations beforehand, as restaurants in Charleston are busy every weekend.
Saturday, 8 November, 12-2 PM: Tailgate opportunity under a Class of ’67 Tailgate Tent by the Holliday Alumni Center. Directions will be provided on Friday evening. Beer, soft drinks, and Bloody Marys will be provided with munchies.
Costs: For the above activities, the cost is $45. Per person.
Saturday, 8 November, 2 PM: Football game where our Bulldogs, under our new coach Mike Houston, will take on Furman. Purchase tickets online at ETIX.COM. Ticket office: 843-953-3647. This year the Corps of Cadets will move to their traditional location in the West Stands, where we observed the games as cadets.
Saturday, 8 November: Diner at leisure with classmates. Again, reservations are recommended.
Hotel Accommodations: Many great hotels in the Charleston area….we have a block of rooms at the new Holiday Inn Express, 350 Johnny Dodds Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, (843-375-2611), right at the foot of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge and close to the campus. The rate is $189.00 per night. Make sure you mention Citadel Class of ’67 for the rate.
Look forward to seeing you here for the weekend, and know you will enjoy returning to campus for a warm-up for the 50th reunion in a couple of years. We have made an effort to find lost classmates, returning several to the roster! Thanks for your help, and see you soon!
Hard to believe summer is upon us, and with it another April graduation of the Long Gray Line as 493 Cadets walked across the stage to receive diplomas. Of that total, 158 received commissions in the armed forces, with the Army leading the way with 106 of the total. The graduation class represented 36 states and countries, with 53 cadets being descendants of Citadel graduates! As is tradition today, the last cadet in alphabetical order to receive a diploma addresses the class, and this year Cadet Christopher Zeller kept the entire audience in stitches. If you have not had the opportunity to view the YouTube video, it is worth the effort! Go to The Citadel Website and under Graduation, search his name….. Additionally, we graduated 266 from The Citadel Graduate College, and 58 from the Evening Undergraduate College.
SAVE THE DATE: Homecoming this year is the weekend of 7-9 November 2014, and of course, we are planning a mini-reunion we hope all can attend. Tommy Dickinson and Don Beers have agreed to head this up, and we will be forwarding the detail data at a later date. We will plan a Friday evening affair, and this year’s football game is verses Furman with a 2 PM kickoff. Mark the calendars and hope to see you all there!
1967 50th Citadel Reunion Campaign: Our latest figures for our 50th CRC are in based on all data received effective 31 May 2014. We currently stand at a total of $2.68M against our goal of $4.7, so we are moving out, but still a long way to go! The best news is we have exceeded our total for building the corpus of our Class of ’67 Scholarship Fund, standing at a total of over $1.06M. And this is after we sponsored a full cadet scholarship of $39K this year for a Victor Company cadet (out of state tuition). Now we need to focus those contributions on The Citadel War Memorial! The easy way to make a pledge is at https://foundation.citadel.edu/1967warmemorial.
MEMORIES AND PERSPECTIVES: Sam Page (firstname.lastname@example.org) has proposed and is off and running with an opportunity for our class to contribute their memories and perspectives of our experiences at The Citadel, especially the ones that have forever shaped our lives. Many of us have stories to tell and points to make, and this is our opportunity. These could include vignettes of our time at the college, particularly memories of our lost brothers, photographs, and other memorabilia. We have lost many of our classmates, and this opportunity will ensure we document their influences on our lives, and provide lasting memories to share. We will give an enhanced look at this at the mini, and more later as the effort gins up.
It is with great sadness I must report the loss of our close friend and Classmate Paul Green.
Paul passed away on Thursday 1 May 2014 at 4AM. He had been fighting Cancer and was having recurring bouts of lung hemorrhaging over the past several months. Last Sunday, 27 May, Paul finished talking with a neighbor, a Citadel graduate, and returned to his house. He was feeling good. Without warning, he had severe pulmonary and cardiac arrest. EMS evacuated him to a nearby emergency room and then by medevac to the University of Florida hospital in Gainesville. He went into a coma and passed away peacefully with Beth and his children at his side.
Almost all of us remember Paul as the spark plug of humor that bonded us together when times were tough in the early days of our Citadel experience. We also owe him our timeless respect for keeping us together after graduation, and his support of our reunions and min-reunions will be severely missed.
The family will host a reception to celebrate Paul’s life on Tuesday 13 May 4-7 PM at Culley’s Funeral Home, 1737 Riggins Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308. If you are in the area or can get there for the reception, please do so and bring along any photos or other mementos to remember Paul. Beth will add them to the display to celebrate Paul’s life. Beth can be reached at their home address: 2606 Mayfield Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32308-0820. You can also open Paul’s guest book at http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/DignityMemorial/guestbook.aspx?n=paul-green&pid=170900827 to leave a message to his family.
Classmates, in October Mike Steele sadly notified us of the passing of Ted Bridis due to cancer. Services were held in Miami, FL, soon after his passing, with final internment to be at Arlington National Cemetery. Ted was commissioned in the Army as a Combat Engineer, and in 1970 was severely injured in VietNam, becoming a triple amputee. Ted will be laid to rest in Arlington Cemetery on 18 March at 1100 hours.. The Citadel Club of Washington, DC, will represent us at the service as they do for all Citadel internments in Arlington, but we wanted all to know in case some of us can attend.
If you can attend please report to the Arlington Cemetery Administration Building NLT 1030 hours on Tuesday, 18 March. Enter the cemetery via Memorial Drive (main entrance), proceed through the security checkpoint, turn left at Memorial Gate, and proceed to parking.
Ted is representative of our best! He made sacrifices for his family, our college, and our country few of us can even begin to understand. Please let me know if you can attend.