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WEB SITE: usna.com/classes/1948
CLASS OF 1948 SHIPMATE COLUMN
When Sumner passed away I contacted the classmates or wives whom I thought could give me some background on the Shipmate column. I found their responses to be very interesting and believe you too will find them so.
Jean Lochner- “Sumner held most of the positions and spoke for the Class, although I do not think he was ever really voted in-it was just dropped on him and he picked up the ball and ran with it. Pete Goldman was on duty at USNA-’58, ’59, ’60-some time in there. When he left he turned over the Shipmate article and Homecoming to Ray. Ray had them both for 6 or 8 years. Dick Hoffman took over Shipmates and Ray kept Homecoming (mostly as treasurer) until a year before he died when he turned it over to Dudley Holstein and some things to Phil Rogers. Speaking of that I found in Ray’s desk a few weeks ago a stack of post-a-cards-4 cent ones that belong to the class!!!! They ought to be auctioned off to collectors!! Any takers?”
don’t know that I can remember that long ago.
I know how I got the job. Ed Jaworski, a USMC Major at the time, was the custodian of
all material and acting as scribe while on duty at USNA (1958). I was moving Greta in in
August and got a call from Ed to the effect that he was a “lowly Marine” and
didn’t know all us Navy types and would I help him out with the scribe
business. I said OK. The next thing I knew,
Ed and Ruth drive up in their station wagon, dump two file cases of stuff on
the lawn in
Hoffman- “As best as any of us can Remember, SHIPMATE Class Columns were
not very formally structured in the days of our youth. SHIPMATE’S “Class Notes” were put together by
Louis Gulliver, Class of 1907, with Ed Jaworski and
Pete Goldman providing ’48 inputs from the
me that his memory was supplemented by Sumner when they worked together on
Dick’s introduction of Sumner who was supposed to be the speaker at the
Suffice it to say that starting with that February issue Sumner served for 40+ years as the class spokesman and reporter keeping us melded as a group and apprising us as to what we were doing both as individuals and groups. He knew the class and its history as evidenced by the “Fifty Years Astern, 1948 Class History” and “The Evolution of the Naval Academy Since 1948” which he wrote for our 50 book. Of course he did the cover for that book also. A man of many talents, he will be missed.
I received a note from Jim