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CLASS OF 1948 SHIPMATE COLUMN
Here in the Washington/Annapolis area the Class of ’48 has 111 Classmates. We have luncheons on the second Friday of the odd months skipping July. Many years back we asked our wives to join us at all of the luncheons and our attendance is usually around 40 people plus. I always took pictures and gave them to Sumner, at first sending prints by snail mail then electronically, he frequently sent a few along with the column and Shipmate published some of them. I will continue to take pictures and submit a few to shipmate, but all will be posted on our home page in sparkling color. Our September luncheon was attended by 47 Classmates and wives. You can see pictures on the web site. Those on hand were, Rose & Jim Ahern; Carolyn & George Ball; Courtenay & Bill Bass; Mary & Jim Beggs; Marion & Don Buhrer; Betty & Dave Carruth; Louise & Jack Conable; Libby & Cab Davis; Patty & Tony Duncan; Glenys & John Dyer; Toni & John Fry; Greta & Pete Goldman; Marguerite & Charlie Heid; Alice & Tom O’Connor; Barbara & Warren Ortland; Dolly & John Rasmussen; Elizabeth & Bill Reed; Helga & Bob Smith; Mary & Ed Stacy; Eddie Welsh with Diana Keenan. Single were, Harold Andrus; Bill Arnold; Hank Corley; Warren Graham; Rosemary Hogg; Cliff Morgan and Craig Olson.
John Fry is in far better shape than most of us as witnessed by his winning, for the 4th year in a row, the 10 mile “Old Goat’s” race. Old Goats are defined as those graduating at least 20 years ago. On 8/27/07 John won the trophy for the Fastest Oldest Goat coming in at 2:22:18. This is an RRCA-sanctioned event with over 5000 participants, according to Runner’s World the sixth best 10 mile race in the country. There were 130 alumni registered. John says “with the high heat and humidity it was tough.” There is more on our web site www.USNA.com/classes/1948.
reasons I’m still catching up with news from Classmates. In late May Jack McCord wrote to tell me he and Mary K. were on their way to
Northern Ireland with a stop to visit
Nan Baughman in North Carolina.
They were going to do some genealogy research associated with the McCord
genealogy report from Bob Ghormley
in response to a question I asked about the spelling of R.H. Gormley, someone
had addend an “H”. Bob responded “my
records are far from perfect but I found the following—R.H. Ghormley should be
without the “H”. The “H” was put in the
name about 1749 to distinguish the Protestant branch from the Catholic branch
of the family. All Ghormleys in this
country can trace their ancestry back to one person who arrived in
I reported the passing of Art Markel
on 25 Aug. ’07. Art had quite a
career. Quoting from his obituary in the
Richmond Times Dispatch-“Art joined Reynolds Metals as VP Research Director and
Captain of the Aluminaut (currently on display at the Science Museum of
Virginia), one of the deepest-diving research submarines ever created. Under his command, the Aluminaut gained fame
in the location and recovery of the H-bomb lost off the coast of
Here is one for your books, Craig Olson and his great grandson, Connor, have both had open heart surgery this year. Craig had a multiple bypass from which he has bounced back at a rate which amazed the medics and Betty and me. The quick bounce may have been aided by the fact that his surgeon did the surgery on a beating heart. Connor, he’ll be 2 on the 14th of Oct., was born with a hole in the ventricular septum. This is not a rare occurrence but they usually heal on their own. This one did not so the doctors went in and repaired it. Connor, like his great grandfather, is doing just fine.
And while we are on the good hospital reports here is one from Chris Christoph--- I went into the hospital at seven in the morning before the 4th of July, fully believing the doctors who said that I would be home by noon. I was told that during the angiogram they might have to put in a stent, which is no big deal. I watched the whole procedure on a monitor and when I saw what they saw, I understood why they said that I wouldn’t be leaving the hospital any time soon. Seven days later I was out of there after a quadruple bypass. I was walking a mile within three weeks after coming home. My cardiologist told me that at a month and a half I was where he expected an 80 year old to be in six. Maybe he tells that to all his patient, but it was a great morale booster. The biggest problem I had was not being able to drive for three weeks. Very frustrating having Gerry drive me everywhere. The doctors have told me that my heart is now good for ten to fifteen years, but unfortunately there is no guarantee on the rest of the parts.
part of an exchange between me and Beau Buck-
Beau says “I feel that I am one of the luckiest ‘48ers in the pack. In my last tour in the Navy (Kittery Sub
yard) the fellow I relieved out of ’45 (Scott Daubin) died early from radiation
poisoning on an experiment with ALBACORE, and another of my best friends (Phil
Allen ’46) relieved me when I resigned and had my post as shipyard rider on
THRESHER on her last dive. Lastly, 28
years of acoustic research in the
On 29 Sept. Marguerite and Charlie Heid hosted the Wardroom of his old Seabee Battalion, 38 to 40 husbands and wives. Lots of work, lots of fun, friendships renewed and old tales retold. Good show.
Sorry to report that since the last column we have lost:
Wives Connie Bates 7 Oct. ‘07
Mary McDermutz 6 March ‘07
Jeanie Pritchard 19 Sept.’07
We offer our deepest condolences to the families.
As a matter of interest I have started listing birth and death dates. Birth dates I find in the 1999 Register of Alumni because the 2003 Register doesn’t list them. I ran into a problem with McDermutz because he didn’t make the 1999 Register. He is in the 2003 edition.
As you read
this we are into the