Joan Breuel, Alís dear wife,
died on November 10 in a
convalescent home, where she had been living since suffering a brain aneurism
four years ago. She and Al lived in
, for many years, and she had operated an excellent antique business. A funeral
mass was said on November 13 at the Church of the Nativity in
Classmates attending included Bob
Weekley, Powell Hutton, Phil Gibbs, and Terry
Enright. The heartfelt sympathy
of the Class is extended to Al and to all of Joanís family and friends.
Larry Palmer and Will Weber preparing to depart
Then on November 20, we lost Pete
Foster to untreatable cancer in
Barr and Ron Pistone represented
the Class at the memorial service held at the
on November 29 and at the reception following.
The sincere condolences of the Class are extended to Peteís wife Judi,
to his daughters Juliet and Christel, and to all of his family and friends.
Hank & Brenda Larsen drove
, in early November to see the Sooners play the Aggies.
On the way they stopped in
, to have lunch with Bob & Carol Cyr. Both
are doing exceptionally well, says Hank; not only are they both staying very
active in their work, but they also devote much of their time to bringing up
Dave & Linda Cotts are in
, where Dave has retired for the third time.
He volunteers as a teacher of English as a second language to maintenance
and construction workers, and he also does some limited pro bono speaking.
His main interests are his family, especially his grandchildren, and
Republican politics. He sees Dick
LeClere and Ed & Pat Robinson
frequently (they live in the same development), and he stays in touch with Mark Magnussen and Gil
Roesler. He is currently
ís memorial article.
Bill Luther with his friend, Nama, at the monastery at New Skete,
Bill & Kathy Garcia had
the pleasure of hosting Larry Palmer
and Will Weber on July 9, their
arrival night in
, before they took off on their cross country bike trip to our 45th.
They were joined for dinner by Bill
& Joyce Schwartz and had a wonderful night of reminiscing about cadet
days. The next day, it was off on
John & Pat Eberhard are
building a new downsized house in
, and are still involved in the continued success of the WP Society there.
John is an orthopaedic surgery consultant at the Cleveland Clinic in
, and he serves on the major giving committee for the WP Fund.
They have recently seen Roger
& Rinny Ware, George & Beth Kleb, Bob & Mary Ann Ranalli, Randy
& Mary Ann Bell, Bill & Joyce OíMeara, Tom & Liz Munz, Sandy &
Carol Beach, Jerry & Gerri Hilmes, Jim & Nancy Satterwhite, and Don
& Jeannie Coen.
And speaking of the Coens,
Don is still working regularly managing real estate in
, mostly former gas stations now used as convenience stores, drive-thrus, or
used car lots. He likes to exercise,
runs regularly, and windsurfs whenever possible.
He takes part in the plebe hike marchback every year and encourages the
rest of us to get involved. As those
of us who have signed up already know, the date for the Class of 2009 (our
50-year buddies) is August 8 and 9, 2005.
Bill Luther presents Bob Shapiro with a plaque.
Tex & Terry
DeAtkine are in
is still teaching at the
as the director of middle east studies. He
teaches psyops and civil affairs officers and does a lot of
to the middle east and to various posts to brief units deploying to
. He is interested in middle eastern
culture and society, and is passionate about our role in
. It is vital, he says, that we help
set up some form of representative government as a model for the rest of the
Arab world. He is also a military
history buff, especially regarding the German army of WWII.
His only hobby is reading, he says, and he hates golf.
He meets once a quarter for lunch with Johnny
Carroll, Jim Abrahamson, Don Gruschow, Lou Hightower, Hugh OíConner and
several others in the central NC
area. He also spends a lot of time
with his four granddaughters.
DeMont family reunion:
back row: Pam, Bob, Julie, Bobby, Sarah; front row: Andy, Christian, Lynn &
Kamryn, Robby & Christine, and Nick.
Bob & Julie
DeMont are in
, NC, but spend their summers in
Bob has pretty much completely
retired, plays some golf, has building projects around their homes, and spends
time with classmates living in the area. He
expanded their garden area in
this summer, and is having great fun trying to get rid of moles at both homes.
Their big event was a family reunion in
at the end of July, their first since 1974.
Three DeMont brothers and their assorted families, 38 in all, had fun
hiking, water skiing, golfing, shopping, eating lobster, and generally having a
keeps busy babysitting the local grandchildren, making quilts, and working in
Store when shesís needed. They
were all planning to work there during the Christmas season.
By now they have picked up their second Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, so
we may see a canine DeMont dynasty to go along with the human one.
Charlie Hayes with Joe & Polly Coreth,
Bill & Susan
have home base in York, PA, but this year spent time in Italy (two weeks in
Florence, to see one of their never-visited cities), in San Diego for their
annual family visit, and, of course, to the Army Navy game, where the number of
class wives doubled (to two) with the addition of Bev
Bill Luther with Class crest plaques for the 45th
ever one of our most enthusiastic Class champions, commissioned ten wooden
plaques of the Class crest to present to various classmates.
They were beautiful (I saw one up close at
) and they were greatly appreciated by the recipients.
Army-Navy game crowd at the Gurrís:
Powell & Joanne Hutton, Frank
& Elaine Besson, Mike Gillette, Bill & Bobbie Fitzgerald, Irv &
Phyllis Broocke, Ann & Tom Russell, and Mary & John Gurr.
and the Russells hosted this yearís
Army-Navy game TV party that has been going on for about 25 years among
. It was at the Gurrs in
(the Russells have a condo in nearby Wintergreen), and the attendees were as
pictured in the accompanying photo. Usually
staunch attendees who had to be present in long telephone calls only, were the Turpins,
Weekleys, McNerneys, and Felicity
Gillette. The Army Apron,
augmented just this year by the Black-Gold-Gray decorative centerpiece, was
passed this year to the Fitzgeralds,
noting their selection as next yearís hosts.
As ever, our prayers are with our children and
grandchildren in harmís way this season.