The New York Times featured the Finken’s in a recent article about how families carry on in the years after a loss.
The moment capsulized one family’s self-guided journey through loss. Over six years, Mrs. Finken and her daughters, ages 14, 12 and 10, have struggled through different phases of mourning, sometimes together, sometimes on individual calendars. But the one constant has been their determination to remember, without letting memory become a millstone.
“I don’t want to squeeze the life out of the memories, because I want them to still be precious and mean something,” Mrs. Finken said. “I also don’t want the memories to drag us down. Because memories can do that sometimes.”
With great sadness we report the passing of our classmate, Tim Seitz (D4). He is survived by his wife, Wendy Beth and their three children, Kaleigh (12), Jason (9) and Gabrielle (7). The Richmond VA Times reports that his remains rest at Bliley’s-Staples Mill (8510 Staples Mill, Richmond VA) where the family will receive friends on Thursday, December 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. A Celebration of Tim’s Life will be held on Friday December 7, at 10 a.m. at Three Chopt Rd. Church of Christ at 9500 Three Chopt Rd. Interment will be at Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia at 2 p.m.
It is great sadness that I send this message. Tom Maiwald (H2) lost his courageous 16-year battle with colon cancer on Thursday, April 12th. He leaves behind his wife, Amy, and their two children, Abby and Nate, so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. But he also leaves us with a truly inspiring story of courage, determination, hope and faith that he carried with him throughout his journey, and that inspiration will live on in those he touched.
My head and heart are trying to wrap around the idea that Tom is really gone from my sight. Meanwhile life continues and there are decisions to be made and services to plan. So, I am trying to keep up with it all.
Sunday April 15th, 7pm Memorial visitation with the family at Perimeter Church Chapel, 9500 Medlock Bridge Rd. Johns Creek, GA 30097. At 7:30pm time of sharing/story telling will begin.
Monday April 16th, 10:30am Memorial Service at Perimeter Church main sanctuary. Reception to follow.
Thank you for your prayers and encouraging words. God is providing peace.
Mike Sullivan (B4) ’89 followed up the NY Giants second Super Bowl victory during his coaching tenure by becoming the new Offensive Coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“We are very fortunate to add someone like Mike Sullivan to lead our offensive coaching staff,” Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. “He is a man of character and a complete football coach who fits the kind of football team we’re building here. His work with the Giants over the past eight seasons speaks for itself. Mike was an integral part of that team winning two Super Bowls in the last five years, and we look forward to him bringing that experience and expertise to our club.”
Now we all have a reason to cheer for the Bucs! Read more online in this local article, or do a search on Google News for lots more.
Dr. Hon Pak (H3) ’89 was formally named CEO of Diversinet, a leader in secure mobile health.
After a distinguished 28 year career with the U.S. Army, Pak, now 48, brings to Diversinet accomplishments including appointments as the first physician Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Army Medical Department as well as the Army’s first Chief Medical Information Officer. In addition he has held prestigious positions outside the Army such as president and board member of the American Telemedicine Association.
COL Jeffrey Hutchinson (B4) ’89, Chief of Adolescent Medicine at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, M.D., will receive the Medical Leadership Award during the 26th annual Black Engineer of the Year Award STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Conference Technology Career Fair and Expo.
Hutchinson oversees the direct care of more than 2,000 patients, mostly between the ages of 13 and 25, in his current post at Walter Reed. And without his strong science background, Hutchinson wouldn’t be able to do what he thoroughly enjoys doing.
“Walter Reed is a Department of Defense facility, where we treat those that are retired, about to be retired and their children,” Hutchinson said. “But people don’t realize that almost half of those currently enlisted are under 35, and that’s the group that I consult on.
“That’s the reason I even got into adolescent medicine,” Hutchinson continued. “To reach kids that are right on the cusp of becoming adults — and I also deal with kids that may have made some bad decisions — but a bad decision at 14 is much different than a lifetime of bad decisions at 45.”
LTC Joe D'costa (A2) '89 will transfer command of the 1st Battalion, 378th Infantry Regiment on March 12th. A lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, he just completed a 10-month mobilization at Fort Benning as commander of 1st Battalion, 378th Infantry Regiment, a Lafayette, La.-based unit activated to augment basic combat training for the 192nd Infantry Brigade on Sand Hill. "When we talk about the diversity of Soldiers across our Army, Lieutenant Colonel D'Costa's life story is one that tells a great story and serves as a motivational and inspiring example for our Soldiers, DoD civilians and the nation's civilian population," said Lt. Col. Roger O'Steen, the brigade's executive officer. Read much more about Joe's background and story at http://www.army.mil/-news/2011/02/02/51203-battalion-commander-escaped-dictator-in-uganda-to-pursue-dreams-in-america/.
From Tom Maiwald (H2) ’89: To keep you up to date on my fight against colon cancer, I’ve created a brand new CaringBridge website. You can follow my progress and determine how to provide loving support in an easy, private way. The site is at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/tommaiwald and you can show your support:
• Visit the blue Hope-themed website and keep up to date.
• Leave a message in my guestbook.
• Receive e-mail NOTIFICATIONS when my journal is updated! There is a Caringbridge iPhone app or mobile website as well for the real high tech.
Stay connected through the Facebook Connect or Twitter features. (Yes- you can follow me on Twitter as TomMaiwald) We are in the process of overhauling the Facebook site. Perhaps even better, we’ve developed a brand new tommaiwald.com website. Initially this site will help to notify people how they can support our family during my current immunotherapy treatment. It includes links and videos and a slideshow. Over the coming months it will include more and more features. So please continue to check it out. Practically, this does mean that the old Caringbridge site will become obsolete. I will continue to post updates to both sites through the end of 2010. However, I’ll stop doing updates to the old Caringbridge beginning January 2011.
Amy Blanchard Efaw's (H3) '89 novel for teens, AFTER, won Border's "Original Voices" Award for 2009 in the children's/young adult book category. Through the award, Borders recognizes original and compelling works by new authors in such categories as Fiction, Non-Fiction and Children/Young Adult.
Children/Young Adult: "After," by Amy Efaw and published by Penguin (Viking), is the Original Voices winner in the Children/Young Adult Category. Emotionally raw and gut wrenching, Efaw's "After" is the unforgettable story of straight-A-student Devon Davenport who becomes pregnant, gives birth in her apartment and then does the unthinkable—throws the baby in the dumpster. Through skillful writing, Efaw sets Davenport on a course of clarity, acceptance and redemption and brings readers along for the journey. The selection committee found that "By all of today's standards, Davenport should be a despicable character, though through airtight storytelling, Efaw pulls readers into the thought process of the character and allows them to actually sympathize with her."
Our class has already lost 17 classmates -- 3 before graduation and 14 after. West-Point.Org has created a site where we can add eulogies for the 14 that have passed since graduation. Go to the Eulogy Site to read and post memories about our friends.
You can send a "blind email" to any of our classmates on the class email list using this form. It will protect the recipient's address but allow them to contact you, if they choose to do so.