SEC’Y: CAPT Dave Carruth, USN (Ret.)
|CLASS OF 1948 SHIPMATE COLUMN
MARCH - 2018
As you read this we are 2+ months from our 70 reunion. The Washington/Annapolis area no longer has anyone physically/ mentally willing to take on the task of gathering a committee and putting together a reunion as we have had in the past and my email inquiry as to who would come to a reunion in Annapolis produced about 30 total who would commit. The hotels of course are less than interested in groups that small in so far as big discounts are concerned. If we were to reduce the gathering to a lunch or dinner I would question whether people far out in the hinterlands would want to travel that far for a single meal to visit with a few Classmates. It occurs to me that perhaps we could have a “virtual” reunion wherein local groups would gather for lunch or dinner, take pictures and send them to me. I would use one or more columns to publish them as well as sending them along via email and asking John Tsiknas 7th Co. to make a single posting on our home page. Regardless, the month would be June 2018. If any of you have a better idea call me and let’s discuss it.
Here is some information which some of you have requested:
Since the last column I have learned of the passing of five classmates and one wife.
i would be remiss if I didn’t also mention Rhona Gorder and the part she played in the San Diego reunion and the cruises that she and Chuck put together for the Class.
Jack LeDoux, who lives in Blacksburg, VA has followed up on my frequent recommendation to take the time to write your own obit not depend on someone else to do it after you’re gone. Jack lost his wife Betty in 2010. He says he is doing “OK”. They celebrated their 60th anniversary in 2008. That marriage produced 8 children 11 grands and 9 great-grands. Last job from 1982 was as an elder and treasurer of Triedstone Christian Center in Blacksburg.
Thanks Jack and hang in there.
For the rest of you, if you haven’t written your regular obit and the 400 word limited obit for Shipmate, give it some serious thought and action. Make certain your family knows where the completed version is located.
This column is very short because you have given me nothing from which to produce a column, which in my opinion is intended to tell your Classmates how, and what you are doing. By the time you read this my next two deadlines will have come and gone so you may get two more very short write-ups.