SEC’Y: CAPT Dave Carruth, USN (Ret.)
| CLASS OF 1948 SHIPMATE COLUMN
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER - 2014
The Class has fifty two birthdays in the months of November and December. 16 of us reach 88; 19 of us reach 89; 13 reach 90 and 4 cross the line to 91. Time marches on and I wish each of us a HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Speaking for myself, I never gave it any thought, but had someone asked me how long I thought I would live I don’t think I would have replied 90 plus years. As some astute individual has said, “Birthdays are wonderful. The more you have the longer you live.”
Betty’s birthday was the sixth of Sept. and her family managed to make the celebration last a whole week. Our daughter drove us over to West Virginia to see the fifteen acres she and her husband just bought and plan to build on in the next two years. It is on top of a heavily wooded ridge with a jaw dropping view. It is also within about a twenty-minute walk through the woods to our son’s West Virginia home. We stayed there for two nights and saw the work he and his wife are doing to expand that dwelling to which they intend to move from Charleston, SC sometime in the next two years. When that work is completed their home will have more living space than we currently have. While there we had a party for Betty. After we returned to Washington I gave Betty a brunch with our daughter and her husband and we then attended the Cirque du Soleil performance of Ama Luna, which both Betty and Sharon say is the best they have seen. We’ve seen every performance of the Cirque here in the Washington area. Betty says it was one of the best weeks of her life.
You will recall that when the Class gave a two million dollar endowment to the Academy for Information Technology (IT) the money went to the Alumni Association then to the Foundation (for management). Part of that money was to support an award each year to the midshipman with the highest grades in IT. In 2013 it was decided that what we were giving needed to be increased to $1000 and it was done for that year. For the 2014 award the Foundation told us that by their rules we couldn’t make the award. We solved that problem by taking the money out of our “flower/memorial” fund. That got Warren Graham 2nd Co. scrambling to get our agreement changed to cover this award. Excerpts from the new agreement are as follows:
Scribe’s note: There are five pages to this new agreement. If any of you wish to read the whole thing let me know and I will send you a copy. It has resolved, among other things, the problem with our annual award. Well-done Warren.
Finally, the latest financial information I have for our fund covers 7/1/12-6/30/13 and shows a market value of $2,003,433 and that support to USNA in FY 13
While we are on the subject of money, Charlie Mertz 13th Co. reported at the last luncheon that the “memorial” fund as of 9/12/14 has a balance of $5,070.44 and he may soon have to ask for contributions.
Bob McClinton 11th Co. proudly reports that his boat INTREPID as of 9/18/14 has donated $8,080.00 to Hospice this racing season. BRAVO ZULU to Bob and his crew. The boat is, in my opinion, doing wonderful things for Bob’s continued good health. We should all be so fortunate.
In the last column I commented on our intention to decide on future Washington-Annapolis luncheons timing and location. Thirty-four of us, including Ann and Boyd Sibert 9th Co. from Naples, FL, gathered on 12 Sept. It was a great get together but we reached no decision. My impression was that those attending would really like to see things continue as before but they also recognize that attendance is dropping off. I was impressed by the number from Annapolis, but still believe the 50 plus miles is a long drive in our local traffic for people in their nineties. Anyway, I believe we will drop back to two planned luncheons a year, one here at Army-Navy in Sept. and one at Pirate’s Cove in April. Since those both entail “long” drives, we’ll see?
A note from Angus McDonald 7th Co. on Aug. 3rd:
Scribe’s note: At least some of us are still travelling and are able to make a climb. Of course you’ll remember that Angus just did a parachute jump. Keep active folks.
A note from Helen Orr on 17 Sept:
If you look at the luncheon pictures on our home page you will see that Bob Flood 18th Co. is wearing a sling. That’s because he had just had surgery to replace his pacemaker. All seemed to be well and we were glad to see both he and Judy.
Since the last column I have learned of the passing of four Classmates and five wives.
Clegg, Pauline 9/5/13 wife of Bill Clegg 17th Co.
McDowell, Mimi 7/14/14 wife of Dave McDowell (deceased) 4th Co.
Rogers, Patsy 9/22/14 wife of Phil Rogers 9th Co.
We will miss each of these friends and Classmates.
Bill (William F.) Jones 11th Co. sent me an email, actually it was sent to me by his daughter Bonnie, to bring us up to date on his life:
Scribe’s note: I have said before that I view my job with this column to be assembly of information you send me to tell your Classmates how things are going in your life. If you don’t send me anything it is a very difficult job and I wold prefer not to produce a column with my personal experiences. One thing you could do, “selfies” seem to be the coolest thing folks can do now, so pick up your cell phone, take a selfie (or a regular camera picture if you prefer) and send it to me. I can make a column of lots of pictures and a little verbiage. Anyway, HELP. Dave