SEC’Y: CAPT Dave Carruth, USN (Ret.)
|CLASS OF 1948 SHIPMATE COLUMN
MEMBERSHIP & SERVICES - 2016
In previous coIumns I have been commenting on where our Information Technology (IT) money is going and where the IT course will end up. I believe it will, or has been, folded into the Cyber Security Studies. The latest information I have on the new home, the Cyber Security Studies Building, shows ground breaking on Oct. 21, 2016; design complete in Spring 2017; substantial completion in spring 2019, and building occupation in summer of 2019. In the meantime the Class of ’16 graduated 27 with Bachelor of Science Degrees in cyber operations. (Read the article on page 34 of the May-June Shipmate.) As I have said before the Class can be proud of getting in on the ground floor with our IT gift.
That got me thinking about other Class gifts, which took me into my photo albums and Sept 27, 1982 with pictures of our Gate 1 dedication. Now, after two more iterations, we seem to have settled down to this picture taken by Phil Rogers on June 18th, 2016. I believe you will remember that Gate 1 was, overall, deemed to be insufficiently secure so public works took the whole entrance apart redesigned and rebuilt it, in the process moving all our benches and our plaque. The end result of that move left much to be desired so Phil Rogers got back into the act and eventually managed to get it all appropriately reassembled. Public Works has taken over the landscaping so that the benches now have some shade. I think you will agree that the entrance is very presentable and a credit to the Class.
|USNA Gate 1|
Bettye and Ty Dedman 13th Co. have recently taken a nostalgic trip down the Fla. Keys, stayed at Key West and Ty has given us a report on Navy rentals available there. It is posted on our home page and lives up to what you expect from Ty.
Scribe’s note: The address of our home page is at the head of the column. There is a lot of information on our home page (website) including a complete index of email addresses, which John and I try to keep up to date. If you haven’t visited I suggest you check it out.
Betty and I had lunch last week with Rosemary Hogg and Sally Deeley. Sally is still deep in the task of adjusting to her loss of Hal. Some of the things she has been going through are albums of stuff Hal saved and among those she found the menu for Christmas Dinner , Friday, December 20, 1946 signed by Aubrey Fitch. The menu was what you would expect, Turkey and Ham with all the trimmings but what amused Sally was at the end, Ice Cream, Fruit Cake, Christmas Candy, Assorted Nuts, Black Coffee and CIGARETTES. Sally and Rosemary are both doing well.
When I was aboard ESSEX at Quonset Pt. one of our neighbors was CDR Chuck Zilch. We have stayed in contact and Chuck has just shared with me an item he wrote. I believe, even you non-aviators, will enjoy it.
Another short period between columns so we have learned of only two Classmates and two wives passing.
Ferguson, Betty 9/20/12, wife of Richard Ferguson (deceased). They raised a girl and two boys. Betty taught piano for many years and was the church pianist for over 30 years.
Nan Baughman is frustrated by the New Bern weather, hot, humid and very wet. I’m pleased to hear from her even if she is complaining for it tells me that despite still recovering from melanoma surgery she is out there working in the yard. Good on ya’ Nan.
Our son and his wife were in their WV home last week when that humongous rainstorm hit causing flooding which killed, according to this mornings NPR, 25 people. Steve says they are still digging through the remains of several small towns so that number may climb. Steve and Ricki’s home is well up on Valley Mountain (about 6 miles from Snowshoe) so they weren’t flooded but he says they have never seen rain like that. He worked through the storm keeping culverts and overflow drains open or they would have lost their “pond” and their road. The road to the upper end of their property is blocked buy several downed trees. That will have to wait for they had to return to Charleston, SC. As they left the area they stopped by the trout farm near them. It was underwater and all the fish were gone downriver. The owner estimated it would take him a minimum eighteen months to get back in business.
I am not aware, yet, of any losses to Classmates caused by the California fires.