Alumni Class Pages

Class of 1967 Announcement ... as of 25 January 2016 (in descending order by date)

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. 

Respectfully, John

 

Class of 1967 Announcement ... as of 14 January 2016

It is with sadness I report the passing of our classmate, Randy Roberts, Oscar Company, on January 1, 2016, after suffering complications from pneumonia. Randy, of West Haven, Utah, is survived by his son, Torin Roberts of Folsom, CA, and his sister, Leilani Roberts of Capitola, CA.
Randy retired from the US Air Force after a 22-year career as an intelligence officer and pilot flying OV-10s and KC/WC-135s. Upon retirement in 1989 from McCllellan AFB, Sacramento, CA, he moved to West Haven to pursue his hobbies of gun collecting and muscle car restoration.
A memorial service in honor of Randy will be held on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 5 PM at the Hill AFB Museum in Ogden, Utah. It will be in the fighter wing area in front of his restored OV-10. A second ceremony will be held at a later date (undecided) at the McCllellan AFB AFB Museum, Sacramento, CA, with full military honors internment alongside his father at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery, San Antonio, TX, at a date to be determined.
Arrangements are being planned by Randy's son, Torin who can be reached at torinroberts@hotmail.com.

According to Citadel records, Randy is the 71st of our classmates who have entered into eternal rest.
Respectfully, John

Class of 1967 Announcement ... as of 9 January 2016

It is with sadness I report the passing of our classmate, Randy Roberts, Oscar Company, on January 1, 2016, after suffering complications from pneumonia.

Randy, of West Haven, Utah, is survived by his son, Torin Roberts of Folsom, CA, and his sister, Leilani Roberts of Capitola, CA. Randy retired from the US Air Force after a 22-year career as an intelligence officer and pilot flying OV-10s and KC/WC-135s. Upon retirement in 1989 from McCllellan AFB, Sacramento, CA, he moved to West Haven to pursue his hobbies of gun collecting and muscle car restoration. 

A memorial service in honor of Randy will be held on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 5 PM at the Hill AFB Museum in Ogden, Utah. It will be in the fighter wing area in front of his restored OV-10. A second ceremony will be held at a later date (undecided) at the McCllellan AFB AFB Museum, Sacramento, CA, with full military honors internment alongside his father at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery, San Antonio, TX, at a date to be determined. Arrangements are being planned by Randy's son, Torin who can be reached at torinroberts@hotmail.com. 
According to Citadel records, Randy is the 71st of our classmates who have entered into eternal rest. 

Respectfully, John

Class of 1967 Announcement ... as of 26 October 2015

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! 

Fellow Bulldogs, 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 

Respectfully, John

 

 

Class of 1967 Announcement ... as of 23 October 2015


A Message from Your Class Representative
I am sad to report the passing of our classmate, Dudley J. "Denny" Walker, Charlie Company, after a hard fought battle with cancer. Denny, 70 years old, of Dahlonega, GA and Mars Hill, NC, is survived by his wife Deede and son Jennings and four grandchildren as well as brother Flip and sister Sally.
Denny had a 35-year distinguished career in the pharmaceutical industry and later served as CEO of Walker Consultants. He was also a founding member of the Wolf Laurel Country Club, and most importantly, a member of the Boo's Honor Roll.
A celebration of life will be held in Gainesville, GA on Friday, October 23, 2015 at 2 PM at Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel, 989 Riverside Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501. (770-297-6200). For those who desire online condolences at www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com.

According to Citadel records, Denny is the 70th of our classmates who have entered into eternal rest.
Respectfully, John

Class of 1967 Announcements...as of 10 September 2015
(in descending order by date)

Thursday, September 10, 2015  

 

Classmates:

The Class of 2019 Reports: This year the college admitted 681 cadets for the Class of 2019, down from last year due to greater retention of upper classes....the barracks are full. As of 4 September (training day #19 for 4C Cadets) we have lost 45, with 636 remaining, for a retention rate of 94.4%, slightly better than last year. Total Corps size is 2290 cadets.

Mini-Reunion: By now you should have received all the data about the mini-reunion this year on November 6 & 7, and if last year is any indication, we should all have a terrific event. Our football opponent is VMI, so every reason to attend. If you have not been to Charleston in several years, don't wait until the 50th to find out what a terrific city has evolved in these last 48 years!

US News and World Report Ranks The Citadel #1 Again: For the 5th year in a row, US News and World Report has rated The Citadel #1 Public College in the South...we were also rated the #1 Best Value Public School in the South and #3 Best College for Veterans in the South. Our Engineering Program: #22 nationwide! US News is one of the few ratings services that uses objective data, to include: student/professor ratios, acceptance rates, retention rates, graduation rates and percentage of alumni giving. Most simply survey their alumni to determine the best...

Citadel Football Set for Seven Games on ESPN3: The Citadel will have seven football games shown live on ESPN3 this season. All six of The Citadel's home games will be broadcast, beginning next with the 5 remaining games starting this weekend on Saturday at 6 PM EDT when we host Western Carolina...this should be a tough game after our 69-0 victory over Davidson last weekend.

Factoid: In 2011 as South Carolina funding to The Citadel continued to decrease, for the first time The Citadel Foundation contributed more to the running of The Citadel than did the state. In 2015 with a college budget of about $110M, the State provides about $10.7M and the Foundation contributes slightly more than $13M....your contributions to the Foundation are hugely important! All the rest must come from the cadets and graduate college students.

Go Dogs! Once again undefeated!


Respectfully, John


Class of 1967 Announcements...as of 13 August 2015
(in descending order by date)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Classmates:
The Mini-Reunion planning is complete, and we have a terrific weekend planned for Homecoming at The Citadel this year. Once again, Don Beers, Jay Keenan and Tom Dickinson have put in the hard work to make this a special warm-up for the 50th Reunion in 2017! This year our Mini-Reunion will be on Homecoming Weekend, 6 & 7 November 2015, and our football opponent is VMI! Here are the details:

Friday, 6 November, 6-9 PM: We will host a reception in the Linguard Room at the French Quarter Inn in downtown Charleston (www.fqicharleston.com). Heavy hors d’oeuvres along with an open bar will frame the evening (dress is smart casual, ie, slacks and sport shirt). We will have a short welcome and class update, along with an update on our 50th Class Gift to the college, The Citadel War Memorial . John Warley will update us on the engravings for the memorial. If desired, dinner afterwards will be on your own with classmates, and I would suggest reservations beforehand, as restaurants in Charleston, as you know, are busy every weekend. The French Quarter Inn is right by the Old Market, so a tremendous number of restaurants are within walking distance.


Saturday, 7 November, 12-2 PM: The team will host a tailgate opportunity under a Class of ’67 Tailgate Tent by the Holliday Alumni Center (HAC), with the tent located along Congress Street between the HAC and campus. We will provide directions on Friday evening for better detail. Beer, soft drinks and Bloody Mary’s (very popular last year, we will increase the volume!) will be provided along with appropriate game-day warm-up food.


Costs: For the above activities, the cost is $50 per person until 15 October, after that we must raise the registration to $65 per person. This helps us set the numbers early so we purchase the correct quantities of food and drink.


Saturday, 7 November, 2 PM: Football game at Johnson-Hagood Stadium where the Bulldogs will take on the Keydets from Virginia Military Institute. Purchase tickets at the stadium or online at ETIX.COM. The Ticket office: 843-953-3647.


Saturday, 7 November: Diner at leisure with classmates. Again, reservations are recommended.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
We have several options where we have blocked a limited number of rooms, so early reservations are recommended. Be sure to mention Citadel Class of ’67 Reunion for special rates.

French Quarter Inn (www.fqicharleston.com), 166 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29401, telephone 866-812-1900: The #2 Hotel in the US as rated by Trip Advisor (you will be a hero if you stay here). Rates: Thursday: $319; Friday and Saturday: $409 (others will be paying a lot more!).


The Spectator Hotel (www.thespectatorhotel.com), 67 State Street, Charleston, SC 29401, telephone 843-724-4326: Brand new hotel (opened in July), on equal par with French Quarter Inn (you will be an elevated hero here!). Rates are: Thursday: $329; Friday and Saturday: $419. (Again, others will be paying a lot more).
Note: At the two hotels above the rate includes:
- Champagne upon check in
- Afternoon Wine and Cheese Reception
- Freshly baked cookies and milk in the evening
- Turndown service
- Gourmet Continental Breakfast
- Wireless Internet Access
- Bicycle Rental

Holiday Inn Express (www.hiexpress.com) , 350 Johnny Dodds Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, telephone 843-375-2611: New hotel at the foot of the Ravenel Bridge, close to Charleston and campus. Rates for Friday and Saturday: $189; weekday rates are less. (She will not be as impressed, but will love you just the same).


A Registration Form will be sent in a separate message, but once again Jay Keenan’s office staff will be accepting registrations for the Mini-Reunion. Make sure to make your check payable to “Class of 1967”. Mail check and registration form to:
Citadel Class of ’67 Mini-Reunion
C/O Mr. Jay Keenan
Palmetto Commercial Properties, LLC
578 East Bay Street, Suite A
Charleston, SC 29403
Office: 843-720-2662

Look forward to seeing all in November…let’s make this a true pre-50th warm-up!

Respectfully, John

Click here to visit the Class of 1967 web site.

Class of 1967 Announcements...as of 28 May 2015
(in descending order by date)

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial Service for Glen R. Cook, ’67 KILO Company:  Our thanks go out to Rick Van Vleet, the Charlotte Area Citadel Club, and the entire team that worked together to make this a lasting tribute to our classmate, Glen Cook.  The service was conducted as mentioned below and 20 of our ’67 Classmates, along with other Citadel Graduates, attended the 2 PM Service.  Total attendance at the Service was  over 200 Americans displaying their love and respect for the sacrifice Glen made in service to our country in Viet Nam, and was respectfully covered by both TV and newspaper reporters.  Glen’s remains have never been recovered, and his parents did not want to have a service until then.  Upon their passing, Glens sister wanted to insure her brother’s sacrifice was not lost in time.  I have attached two of the media tributes, including comments by Jan Cook Bradley about her brothers love of country and The Citadel.  And a special thanks to our 20 classmates who represented us all in this salute to Glen!  Well done!

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 rickvanvleet@yahoo.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 (pagesw@gmail.com) 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.

 

A Message from Your Class Representative

Wow! Hard to believe six weeks have elapsed since the 50th, but that is how time flies. We had about 180 classmates attend, and from the notes I have seen, most everyone had a terrific time. Our thanks go to Jay Keenan and his reunion team for putting it all together, and to all of you who contributed to the Citadel War Memorial, our Class of 67 Scholarship, and the other many needs you supported to make our total gift of over $5.3 to the college. Well Done ’67! 


Now, if you had a good time here in Charleston for the reunion, or if you missed it, here is another opportunity! We play football at VMI on October 20, 2018. Mike Bozeman and Jim Probsdorfer have worked for us to have a gathering there for the weekend. Mike has blocked 25 rooms at the Natural Bridge Hotel and Conference Center ($109. per night, 540-291-2121) for Friday and Saturday nights (Oct 19th and 20th) for those who may want to gather and go to the game. Plans include a reception/dinner on Friday evening at the Lexington Golf and Country Club ($35. per person), and a tailgate sponsored by the CAA on Saturday prior to the game. For those who have attended football games at VMI, you know billeting is tight, but this weekend will also be their Parent’s Day weekend, so I encourage all to make reservations soonest! Additional details will follow to those who register, so I ask as you make reservations at the hotel or if you can attend without reservations, please drop Mike (bosemanml@embarqmail.com) and myself (jbsj11@gmail.com) an email so we can keep track and forward additional details when known. 


Hotel details: Natural Bridge Hotel and Conference Center, 15 Appleton Lane, Natural Bridge, VA 24578. Call 540-291-2121 and ask for reservations and state the room block is under “The Citadel Class of 1967 Mini Reunion”. 


Looking forward to another terrific weekend, and "thank you" for all you do for The Citadel!

Respectfully, John

 

A Message from Your Class Representative

On the eve of our 50th Reunion I am sad to report the passing of our classmate, Richard (Dick) J. Conard, “E” Company, who passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, October 22, 2017. He is survived by his wife Joyce, of Chestertown, MD, and they have two children and several grandchildren. 


We all remember Dick and the SOCON 152 pound wrestling champion, and he is proudly listed on the Wall of Champions in The Citadel wrestling room. Dick went on to serve his country in the US Army after graduation, retiring as a Lt Colonel. Adamant about not wanting to have a funeral service, he made the point of placing a clause in his will that there be no service! 


We offer our prayers and best wishes to Joyce and the entire Conard family. We will certainly salute him at the muster, and miss him at the reunion this week! 

Respectfully, John

 

Message from Your Class Representative

Classmates, 

With great sadness I pass along the loss of our Classmate, Steven C. Tobias, 72, “M” Company, who passed away on Monday, 7 August, 2017. Steve fought a long battle with cancer but never wavered in his support to The Citadel! He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Connie, and two sons: Shawn, Class of ’00, and Justin, Class of '03. 

Steve arrived at The Citadel from Virginia, was a member of the Summerall Guards, and graduated with a BA in History. After graduation, he served in the US Army from ’67-’69, then accepted a position as a Junior Engineer with the Norfolk and Western Railway Company, later the Norfolk Southern Railroad. He worked his way to become Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of the Norfolk Southern Corporation, retiring in 2009. Of course, we remember Steve and Connie’s hospitality by hosting us at the Northern Southern retreat at Brosnan Forest as part of our 40th Reunion…a well remembered way to kick-start a reunion! 

But his support of The Citadel and our class did not stop there. A member of the “Society of 1842” for his generous giving to the college, Steve served as Chairman of The Citadel Foundation Board of Directors, helping secure the future of our college. The Board of Visitors recognized his many contributions to the college with the award of an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce Degree in 2013. 

Steve’s funeral service will be held Wednesday, 9 August 2017 at 3 PM at Evergreen Cemetery, 1307 Summit Avenue, SW, Roanoke, VA. 

Respectfully, John 

We reach out to Connie, Shawn, Justin and the Tobias family and offer our prayers and best wishes. We will miss Steve at the 50th! 


 

A Message from Our Class Reunion Chairman:


5OTH REUNION OF THE CLASS OF 1967 THE CITADEL OCTOBER 26-29, 2017 

July 19, 2017 
50th Reunion of The Citadel class of 1967 
Letter to class 


Guys: 


Hard to believe that it has been 50 years since we graduated from The Citadel! It seems like, well what does it seem like? Along time ago. 


The plans are coming together for the best Class reunion that The Citadel has ever seen! Preparations have been ongoing for several months to make Thursday October 26 – Sunday October 29, 2017 a most memorable weekend for everyone. The highlight of the weekend will be the dedication of the Citadel War Memorial, Class of 1967 gift to The Citadel. The dedication will be early Friday afternoon and trust me, you will not want to miss this event. 


John Sams has previously sent out information for the Homecoming Weekend which will begin Thursday evening with an informal gathering at The Citadel beach house on the Isle of Palms from 6:30 to 10:00pm. In addition to a full bar, shrimp, oysters, hot dogs and hamburgers will be served at this newly renovated facility. Remember when we first visited this place in August 1963, our knob year? Be assured it is much nicer now and still on the beautiful front beach of the Isle of Palms. 


Friday October 27 will be a very big day. Shortly after the alumni review we will gather at the Citadel War Memorial for the formal dedication. You will receive an invitation with the details. The Citadel has invited a very high level person in the current administration to make the dedication speech, more details on this as they unfold. 


Friday evening will be the big 50th celebration with dinner and dancing at the Carolina Yacht Club, 50 East Bay St beginning at 7:00. The band “Savannah Jack” was such a huge hit at our 45th reunion we have booked them again for this most excellent event! 


Saturday morning will be the usual campus activities with our 12:00 noon tail gate party before the ball game taking place on the 4th floor Club level of the stadium. Lunch will be served and the bar open as we mentally prepare for our last march on the field before the Citadel Bulldogs take on the VMI Keydets at 2:00pm. Our Bulldogs are the defending Socon Champs so we are expecting a real battle. Since our tailgate will be in the stadium on the 4th floor each person must have a football ticket to be able to attend. We have reserved for football tickets for the class so please call the ticket office at 843-953-3647 to arrange to get your tickets to the game. 


Saturday evening there is nothing planned as a class so please make your own reservations for dinner. This would be a good time for companies or just old friends to get together. 


John mentioned in his email that reservations are necessary at either Embassy Suites (headquarters) 843-723-6900, Hampton Inn 843-723-4000, French Quarter Inn 843-722-1900 or The Spectator 843-207-4040. 


Attached is a registration form that we ask to fill out and return as soon as possible so we can get a headcount other family members can be included. The cost for the weekend is $600 per couple. We want to publish for the class info about your life since graduation so please use the registration form to tell us a little about you since we graduated. 


We are looking forward to seeing everyone here in October! 

Jay Keenan 

The Reunion Guy 

 

A Message from Your Class Representative

Classmates, 

I am happy to report the Homecoming Weekend for our 50th Reunion is taking shape, and wanted to share the rough schedule based on the college’s inputs, and our preliminary planning process. 

Our first activity will be a Thursday evening, 26 October gathering as a social and informal rendezvous. We are still working the details for that event. 

The dates for Homecoming this year are 26-28 October 2017, with the dedication of The Citadel War Memorial set for the afternoon of Friday, 27 October (time not yet set, detailed schedule to follow when available). For those who were able to attend, we conducted the groundbreaking for the memorial this past Homecoming, click here for informaiton regarding the ceremony.

Also, on Friday evening, 27 October we have reserved the Carolina Yacht Club, 50 East Bay St, for our dinner dance with “Savannah Jack” the band set to entertain. You may recall they performed the honors at the 45th reunion. Our headquarters for the weekend will be the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District…the old Citadel building on Marion Square and we have reserved a block of rooms there and at three other hotels. Their prices vary, and recommend you make your reservations early: 

Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District
337 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Telephone 843-723-6900
$279.00 per night (Room block 26-29 October 2017) 

Hampton Inn by Hilton Charleston Historic District
345 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Telephone 843-723-4000
$249.00 per night (Room block 26-29 October 2017) Your 

French Quarter Inn: For reservations at the French Quarter Inn over the dates of October 26-29, 2017, please visit French Quarter Inn and use the promo code "Citadel". Reservations can also be booked over the phone at 843.722.1900 by referencing the "Citadel Class of 67 – 50th Reunion"
Mix of Traditional King and Traditional Queen Rooms – Thurs: $409; Fri/Sat: $459 Upgraded King and Queen Rooms - Thurs: $449; Fri/Sat: $499 

Rate includes the following Amenities: 
• Champagne upon check in 
• Afternoon Wine and Cheese Reception 
• Freshly Baked Cookies and Milk in the Evening 
• Turndown Service 
• Gourmet Continental Breakfast 
• Wireless Internet Access Parking - $30 per night Valet Service 

The Spectator Hotel: For reservations at The Spectator Hotel over the dates of October 26-29, 2017, please visit the website and use the promo code "Citadel". Reservations can also be booked over the phone at 843.207.4040 by referencing the "Citadel Class of 67 – 50th Reunion".
Mix of Traditional King and Traditional Queen Rooms – Thurs: $389; Fri/Sat: $569 Upgraded King Rooms - Thurs: $439; Fri/Sat: $619 

Rate includes the following Amenities: 
• Artisan snacks and beverages in the room upon arrival 
• Turndown Service • Gourmet Continental Breakfast 
• Wireless Internet Access 
• Butler Service Parking - $30 per night Valet Service 

Additional details will follow as they develop, but wanted to get these longer range planning details out to everyone. Looking forward to seeing all return for a great weekend. Expect additional details within about 30 days. 

Go Dogs, we are expecting another terrific football season! 


Respectfully, John

 

A Message from Your Class Representative

Classmates, 

Once again I have to report the passing of one of our classmates, Byron N. Lord, “L” Company, of Rockville, MD, who passed away on 5 February 2017. Byron was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Ronna, who passed away in 2014. 

After graduation as a civil engineer and attaining a master’s degree, Byron accepted an entry level job with the Federal Highway Administration in Washington. He held many positions until his retirement in 2013 including Chief of Pavements Division, Chief of Highway Infrastructure Division, Deputy Director of the Office of Pavements Technology, Director of Highways for Life, and Senior Advisor for Innovation. His career took him all over the world, and he even had a position as a White House Fellow, working in the West Wing of the White House under President George H. W. Bush. 

Byron and Ronna had three children and eight grandchildren. While their eldest son was in the Cub Scouts, Byron was asked to become an assistant Pack Master and thus began a long association with the Boy Scouts of America. While both sons became Eagle Scouts, Byron rose to become a District Eagle Chairman, a position he held for almost 30 years. 

Services for Byron will be held on Saturday, 11 February 2017, at 10:30 AM at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 550 River Road, Bethesda, MD 20816. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Boy Scout Troop 68, Troop Treasurer – Carl Bretscher, 300 Reading Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850. 

Our prayers and best wishes go out to the Lord family and his many friends. 

Respectfully,

John 

 

 

A Message from Your Class Representative

Classmates, once again I am sad to report the passing of another classmate, Steve Rothstein, 71, of Gainesville, FL. Steve passed away Friday, December 23, 2016 at North Florida Regional Medical Center near Gainesville after suffering a heart attack. He was born November 2, 1945 in San Antonio, Texas. As a graduate of our class, he served in the USAF and later graduated from the Medical College of South Carolina. He was a passionate physician that cared deeply about his patients, and is remembered for always keeping the tapestry of the family together. Stephen enjoyed ballroom dancing, was an avid gardener, and a great lover of animals. Of course, we remember Steve as a pre-med major (smart) and a SOCOM Champion Wrestler (tough)! 

Stephen is survived by his four brothers, and sons Mont Rothstein of San Diego, CA and Jakob Rothstein (Brie) of Lubbock, TX. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family, and we too grieve at the loss of another classmate.

Sincerely, John

 

A Message from Your Class Representative

The Rev Charles D. "Pete" Cooper, who attended The Citadel in the Class of 67, Echo Company, passed away near Florence, SC, on 7 December 2016. Pete was born in Lancaster, SC, and was raised in Great Falls and Clinton, SC. A 1963 graduate of Clinton High School, he received postgraduate degrees from Furman University and the University of the South (Sewanee), and was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1981. Pete served in the US Marine Corps, and spent many years as a priest, teacher, coach, and assistant headmaster of several schools, ending with Trinity Byrnes Collegiate School near Florence. 

Pete is survived by his wife of 47 years, Elizabeth Blair Blackwell Cooper of Florence, a son Gordon, and daughters Ashley and Elizabeth. Pete and Elizabeth have six grandchildren. 

A memorial service was held today in Florence followed by burial in St John's Memorial Garden in Florence. Waters-Powell Funeral Home is serving the family, and notes to Elizabeth can be forwarded through them at 400 S Dargan Street, Florence, SC 29506 (843-669-6311). 

thoughts and prayers go to Elizabeth and the entire Cooper family.

Respectfully, John

 

A Message from Your Class Representative

With the ground breaking for The Citadel War Memorial this Friday at 3 PM, appearing below is the inscription which will be etched on the panels opposite the ~745 alumni names slatted to appear in the memorial. Our classmate, John Warley, is the author and has dedicated countless weeks and months of his time in the research and writing necessary to field this history of The Citadel through those who have served in combat. As you read this, you will know the effort required, and we all should thank John when you have the opportunity. Please read this with pride, and enjoy... realize this is the final product! 

The Citadel at War 
By John Warley, ’67 (Final 08-16-2016) 
We, The Citadel’s alumni, welcome you to our war memorial. We wish to share an essential part of the school’s story through the lives and premature deaths of those brave warriors whose names are etched into the walls behind you. They were our classmates, teammates, squad or platoon leaders, our friends. They live on in our memory, and forever in this memorial. Like many of us, they joined the armed forces to do their part to preserve freedom. We came home, while they, in Lincoln’s immortal phrase, “gave the last full measure of devotion.” 

Understanding their sacrifice requires some understanding of The Citadel. It is not for everyone, as anyone who has matriculated here will attest. Men and women come for various reasons, but expect to be challenged, to be instructed, perhaps inspired, and to be tempered into the leaders demanded by an increasingly complex world. Our history, dating from 1842, confirms the value of The Citadel experience. That experience—in the barracks, on the parade ground, in the academic buildings, on the athletic fields, in our chapels—molds and shapes us in ways traditional colleges or universities would not. Its rigors bond us, as was demonstrated as early as 1852, when the entire junior class resigned, forfeiting graduation, to protest an unjust order. When we leave, we lean on that experience, imbued with the competence and confidence nurtured by everything you see around you, to navigate life’s rougher shoals, its sudden dips and curves. And we lean on it to rise, to excel, to lead. 

At the core of The Citadel experience is the honor code. While some schools have discarded their honor codes as relics, we embrace ours: “A cadet does not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do.” By living up to that oath, we prepare ourselves for other oaths, sworn on later days—“to have and to hold” and to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” In striving to live up to the high moral standard set by this code, we seek the values The Citadel instills: honor, duty, respect. 

Honor refers not to the medals, citations, and awards earned in combat, though they have been legion, but rather to the manner in which we conduct ourselves in the roughest, most lethal environments imaginable, including torture and confinement as a prisoner of war (POW). Col. Roy Hilton, USA, Class of 1915, survived the Bataan Death March in World War II, remaining a POW for the duration of the war. Col. J. Quincy Collins, Jr., USAF, Class of 1953, spent seven-and-a-half years as a POW, many of them at the notorious H ỏ a Lò Prison, known better as the Hanoi Hilton, enduring with honor the unendurable. 1stLt. Alan Kroboth, USMC, Class of 1969, experienced a much shorter confinement as a POW, but one that included a forced three-month trek across Vietnam, barefoot, with a broken back, sleeping in bomb craters, and covered with leeches. These and other alumni POWs honored us by the gritty Citadel resolve they showed to our enemies. 

Duty was exemplified by the classes of 1917 and 1918, which saw one hundred percent of their graduates enter the armed services to do their part “over there” in World War I. Many grew up in small towns or on farms, in an age when the telephone was a novelty, the Wright Brothers were experimenting with manned flight, and Theodore Roosevelt led the charge up San Juan Hill. College degrees were the exception, yet having attained one, perhaps the first in a family to do so, these graduates risked all by shipping out to Europe, where unprecedented casualties left a permanent scar on humanity. But still they went. Duty. Nine members of those two classes are named on the wall behind you. Respect is what we show our country, our flag, our superiors, and one another. It is the entire 1854 Corps of Cadets marching through Newberry, S.C., to fire a salute over the grave of Capt. W. F. Graham, the school’s first superintendent. When Capt. John W. Vaughan, USAF, Class of 1968, learned that a newly freed Vietnam POW would be returning to the U.S. without The Citadel ring stolen by his captors, Vaughan sought him out in a Philippines hospital, took his own ring off, and placed it on the former POW’s finger, a gesture of solidarity and respect. Vaughan represented The Citadel brotherhood that day. 

In responding to the nation’s call to arms, those World War I veterans followed a path well worn by the time they shipped out. The initial graduating class of 1846 sent alumni to participate in the first battles ever waged by U.S. soldiers on foreign soil, the Mexican-American War. As members of the famed Palmetto Regiment and other units, we fought from Veracruz to Mexico City, losing six of our brothers, including J.H. Howell, the first alumnus killed in action. The war also initiated a tradition that continues today, that of a war veteran matriculating after military service. That veteran, Allen H. Little, lost an arm during a battle in Mexico before graduating with first honors in the Class of 1852. He died of his wounds two years later. 

Regrettably, the next conflict to test our alumni came not in a foreign land but upon the ground on which you stand today, although our campus was then in downtown Charleston on Marion Square. On January 9, 1861, Citadel cadets, fighting under a new flag, fired the first shot of the War Between the States on the Star of the West, a ship attempting to resupply the Union garrison at Fort Sumter. As other states seceded, our cadets and alumni answered the call to duty. Some left school to form what became known as the Cadet Rangers, assigned to the 6th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry. Using skills and knowledge acquired here, they trained recruits, defended the coast of South Carolina, and in 1864 played a critical role in the bloodiest all-cavalry battle of the entire war at Trevilian Station in Virginia. With Maj. Gen. Wade Hampton leading them, they rushed headlong at a mounted enemy column under the command of Brig. Gen. George Custer and broke their charge. 2 

As Union forces marched to the sea in Georgia, our entire Corps of Cadets defended the Charleston & Savannah Railroad at the Battle of Tulifinny Creek, successfully holding off a superior force. Suffering one dead, seven wounded in their “baptism by fire,” they earned the praise of seasoned veterans who served with them. Given the outcome of the war and the fact that one of our own fired the first shot, it was perhaps fitting that Capt. Robert M. Sims, Class of 1856, served as General Lee’s representative to carry the flag of truce through Union lines at Appomattox. At war’s end, three hundred sixteen Citadel men numbered among those making the supreme sacrifice, including Col. Charles C. Tew, our first graduate. We honor their service. 

Among the casualties on both sides of the War Between the States was the college itself. Like much of Charleston, our former home on Marion Square faced economic destitution and occupation by Union forces. In the desperate years that followed, few envisioned the revival of the noble educational experiment begun there in 1842. We, members of The Citadel’s long gray line, recognized the mournful strains of taps, and taps had been sounded for our alma mater. 

It is therefore fitting, and a testament to The Citadel experience, that we refused to let it die. Classmates had died, and the Lost Cause we defended had died, but the institution we loved could not be allowed to die. We had found in its structure, its rigors, its esprit de corps something essential to preserve. When the last Federal troops garrisoned in our barracks departed in 1877, efforts began immediately to reopen despite daunting odds. The decimated state treasury held no funds to refurbish it. But we persevered. Aided by our old friends in the Washington Light Infantry, we pressed a well-orchestrated campaign that, in 1882, by a single tie-breaking vote in the South Carolina Senate, saved The Citadel. 

The cadets admitted to those first classes after reopening fought a war far different from the one their parents initiated. In this war, the enemies consisted of stark, state-wide poverty, an earthquake in 1886 that brought parts of Charleston to knees still bent, and a fire in 1892 that destroyed a significant portion of the barracks. Through all these adversities, we became, as a corps and as alumni, stronger. In 1898, Americans reminded each other to “Remember the Maine” as war with Spain commenced in the Philippines and in Cuba. We sent thirty-two of our alumni into service, and while we suffered no fatalities, the engagement produced our first Medal of Honor recipient, Brig. Gen. John T. Kennedy, who received his initial military training here. 

Survival of the college into the twentieth century foreshadowed what it was to become in the twenty-first and beyond. Despite the years when we were linked to The Arsenal in Columbia as The South Carolina Military Academy, we have always been known as The 

3 Citadel. In 1910, we officially became The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina. By then, increased enrollment dictated new construction, so in 1922 the campus was relocated to our permanent home here on the banks of the Ashley River. Since its inception, The Citadel has been governed by a Board of Visitors. Each March 20th, we celebrate Corps Day, the date on which the first students reported in 1843. Twenty cadets assembled on that spring day, designated as Beneficiary Cadets because their families were unable to pay the two-hundred-dollar tuition charged to Pay Cadets. To its enduring credit, the Board of Visitors directed that no difference in duties or treatment be made between paying and non-paying cadets; that merit and character were to be the path to promotion and recognition. Merit and character still rule here. Reveille sounds for rich and poor at the same hour. To the beneficiaries of family trusts and to those without resources, we issue the same uniforms, with military and academic achievement on our collars, chests, and epaulets, proudly worn and earned. The price of freedom was again brought home to us in 1941, on “a date which will live in infamy.” Reflecting the nation’s outrage at the attack on Pearl Harbor, we sent as a percentage more of our students into the armed forces than any college in America, except the federal service academies. Those entering Lesesne Gate in September 1940 became known in Citadel lore as the “class that never was,” the Class of 1944. Out of the five hundred sixty-five who reported, three remained by the spring of their graduation year, the rest having been called to serve. 

We participated in all theaters of World War II. In Europe, we lost members of eighteen separate classes in the victorious effort to defeat the Axis Powers. On battlefields that have come to define courage for generations of Americans, we fought and, for some of us, paid the ultimate price. On the beaches at Normandy and Anzio, in the Ardennes Forest, at Saint Lô, in the skies over France, Germany and North Africa, we helped deliver the blows that ended the war. 

One member not lost was Maj. Roland F. Wooten, Jr., USAAC, Class of 1936. Wooten entered The Citadel in the teeth of the Great Depression that began in 1929. He lacked the funds to afford the uniforms essential to his matriculation. Brooks C. Preacher, Class of 1932, had retained his uniforms and agreed to make them available to Wooten, who went on to become a pilot and a World War II hero. In two hundred twenty combat missions over Italy, France, Germany, Sicily, and Tunisia, he shot down three enemy planes. Wooten himself was shot down three times. His valor earned him twenty-two Air Medals, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Purple Hearts, and a host of honors from our Allies. During a later-in-life interview, discussing the impact his alma mater had on him, he said, “We need more Citadels.” 

4 In the Pacific, Lt. Col. Horace E. Crouch, USAAC, Class of 1940, flew as a navigator and bombardier over Tokyo as one of Doolittle’s Raiders. Crouch survived, but members of twenty Citadel classes gave all in avenging Pearl Harbor. Two of those were PFCs John H. Cotter and Gerald R. Casey, USMC, Class of 1946. Brothers could not have been closer than Cotter and Casey. They grew up in the same hometown, went to the same church and school, matriculated at The Citadel together, then saw their education curtailed by their duty and the demands of the war. Assigned to the 4th Marine Division, they played on the football team that won the Central Pacific Championship before being sent to Iwo Jima. Cotter fell on the day of the landing and Casey two days later. The same fate befell our first World War II ace, Lt. Col. George B. McMillan, USAAC, Class of 1938, who survived aerial combat as a pilot for the famed Flying Tigers but was lost in the skies over China thereafter. Ensign Claude J. Gasque, Jr., USNR, Class of 1936, was among three hundred seventy lost at sea when the USS Quincy, having supported the Marine landing on Guadalcanal, succumbed to Japanese artillery and torpedoes in the Battle of Savo Island. In every Pacific battle, from the Philippines to Midway to Okinawa, we were there. 

Lest we forget, there were World War II casualties in the American theater as well. We were among those who trained others and who protected the shores, the air and our borders. Those who died while serving in uniform are remembered here for their sacrifice during a time of extended national emergency. 

South Carolina has always furnished the nucleus of our student body. Those first 1843 Beneficiary Cadets, boys from Charleston, Georgetown, and Abbeville, for whom a college education surely seemed a distant ambition, reported for what must fairly be described as an experiment. The concept of the citizen soldier, someone educated for peace but prepared for war, had no precedent in this state. We admitted the first non-South Carolinian in 1882, and since then young men and women from all over the country and the world have come for what we offer. Most return home to provide leadership instilled here. Many serve in the armed forces. Li Sui An, Class of 1929 and a colonel in the Chinese Army, died of wounds fighting in China during World War II. Beginning in the 1960s, Thai students brought sustained enthusiasm to our ranks. One of those, Unk Viruch Tangnoi, Class of 1963, rose to captain in the Royal Thai Army before losing his life in 1968, fighting as our ally in Vietnam. Today, we accept students from everywhere to prepare them to go anywhere. 

Five years after victory in World War II, the Cold War that grew out of that victory turned hot. On June 25, 1950, communist North Korea, backed by China and the Soviet Union, attacked the Republic of South Korea across the 38th parallel. We were present when U.S. forces, responding to a UN Security Council resolution, led a dramatic amphibious landing at Inchon, cutting off North Korean forces and turning the tide in 5 favor of democracy. By the time an armistice brought an end to the fighting in 1953, twenty-six alumni had fallen. 

Among the litany of tragedies associated with war, those missing in action (MIA) are particularly traumatic, leaving families, friends, and loved ones to live in uncertainty. Confirmation of their fate, so essential to grieving, can take decades, as was the case for Capt. William K. Mauldin, USAF, Class of 1944, shot down over North Korea in February 1952 and not identified until his remains were returned fifty-six years later. Remains never found or identified present the ultimate uncertainty, as we were reminded at the 2015 funeral service for Capt. Glenn R. Cook, USAF, Class of 1967, shot down over Vietnam in 1969. We have included MIAs as part of this memorial, always hoping against the odds to welcome back a lost brother or sister and to strike a name from the wall. The loss of Capt. Patrick McKenna, USA, Class of 1989, highlights yet another danger in war. He and twenty-five others lost their lives over northern Iraq in 1994 when the Black Hawk helicopter McKenna piloted was shot down by friendly fire. When President Kennedy, in his 1961 inaugural address, told the world that America would “pay any price, bear any burden,” we were among the first to learn how high that price, how heavy that burden. The following year, Capt. Terry D. Cordell, USA, Class of 1957, became the first combat death of an American officer in South Vietnam. While here, he served as a company commander with the cadet rank of captain, was a member of the Honor Committee, and was recognized as a Distinguished Military Student. As is too often the case, we gave up one of our best. The deaths and disfigurements in Vietnam defined a generation. The country came to agonize over its price, the burden here and abroad. We agonized too, as word of lost classmates and friends became a dreaded drumbeat. But we went, because while the dangers for those of us destined to serve in Vietnam had changed, our duty had not. For seventy-one of us, the sacrifice was the ultimate one. 

In the decade following the conflict in Vietnam, the U.S. military transitioned from conscription to an all-volunteer force and focused on joint contingency operations. In 1983, we were among the coalition forces deployed to Lebanon as peacekeepers. One of our own, 1stLt. Charles J. Schnorf, USMC, Class of 1981, lost his life in the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut. Simultaneously, President Reagan, concerned that Soviet-Cuban influence on the small Caribbean island of Grenada would eventually pose a threat to the U.S., ordered Operation Urgent Fury, a combined force that descended upon the island, restored a deposed government, and rescued hundreds of U.S. citizens from a potential hostage situation. We mourn an alumnus lost in that effort, Capt. Michael F. Ritz, USA, Class of 1977, the only U.S. officer casualty in Grenada. When Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, President George H.W. Bush ordered Operation Desert Storm, which took the life of Capt. Mario J. Fajardo, USA, Class of 1984. 

6 On September 11, 2001, a surprise attack on the homeland must have seemed to some like a latter-day Pearl Harbor, but unlike that Pacific attack on military ships and an airfield, this assault targeted innocent civilians in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on domestic air flights. When the U.S. responded with Operation Iraqi Freedom, one of our own, 2ndLt. Shane Childers, USMC, Class of 2001, was the first to fall. The War on Terror demanded years of our sustained professionalism in the most hostile, heat-infused environments. In Iraq and Afghanistan, we demonstrated uncommon valor and heroic determination, as was acknowledged when two of our fallen, Lt. Col. Chad Buehring, USA, Class of 1985, and Capt. Daniel W. Eggers, USA, Class of 1997, had Camp Buehring in Kuwait and Camp Eggers, a Special Forces compound in Kabul, named to commemorate their leadership and sacrifice. The world is not yet safe for democracy. Our alumni remain in harm’s way across the globe. No one reading these words can fail to hope that the last name has been added to the walls, but history has shown that to be unlikely. What is certain is that when country calls, The Citadel will answer.

Respectfully, John

1967 Class Updates 

September 26, 2016
Classmates… 


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! 

Respectfully, John

 

August 19, 2016

Class of '67 Mini-Reunion/CWM Groundbreaking, 4-5 Nov 16

Classmates: 
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! 

Respectfully, John

Class News


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. 

Respectfully, John

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!

Respectfully, John

 

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.

Respectfully, John

 
February 25, 2016

Classmates: 

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.

Respectfully, John

 
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. 

Respectfully, John
 

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! 

Fellow Bulldogs, 

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 

Respectfully, John
 

'67 Class Reunion

Reunion Schedule (click to view)

Class of 1967 Biographies (click to view)

Reunion Pictures (click to view)

Thank you Ryan Kasyan for being the official Class of 1967 photographer!

'67 Class Reunion Campaign

The '67 Class Citadel Reunion Campaign (CRC) linking our contributions from our 45th through our 50th reunions is underway. Our goals to establish a $1M endowed '67 Memorial Scholarship and Citadel War Memorial are both unique for a Citadel Class. You can help the Class make both a reality by contributing and pledging to these projects through 2017. Let’s make this happen to ensure the storiesof the sacrifice made by our Classmates and 422 other alumni are never forgotten.

Ed Murphy, Tango Company, has developed an excellent ‘67 CRC website that makes contributing easy. Access the website at http://foundation.citadel.edu/1967warmemorial.

 

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67: Our Class contact information has been consolidated with contact data from The Citadel and Brigadier Foundations and the Alumni Association.

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