Golfing Grads of USMA – April 16-18 @ Auburn AL

Join many other ‘Golfing Grads of USMA’ for their 27th Annual Reunion & Golf Tournament at the Grand National Golf Club in Auburn/Opelika, AL on April 16-18, 2015.  This tournament is all about fun and camaraderie.  It is a chance to see and visit with classmates and comrades from other classes.  Many extended family members also come adding to the diversity of the group.  There is ample opportunity to relax and visit.  Players at every level participate in the event.  Golf expertise is not a requirement for having fun and in fact may be the exception for those that attend.  Having a good time is a requirement.

Check out this page on the USMA ’61 web site for all the details: http://www.usma1961.org/Golfing%20Grads%202014.htm

Mike Sullivan (B4) Re-hired By NY Giants

Classmate Mike Sullivan (B4) is back with the NY Giants as Quarterbacks Coach.  Congrats!

The Giants today announced that Mike Sullivan has been hired as the team’s new quarterbacks coach, a position he held in 2010 and 2011. Sullivan, a member of Tom Coughlin’s original Giants staff, was the wide receivers coach from 2004-09.

Read the press release for complete details.

USMA Cemetery Changes Eligibility Policy Temporarily

The West Point Cemetery is near capacity for the burial of remains in new gravesites.  Until the West Point Cemetery Expansion Program is completed in the next few years, providing 308 new in-ground casketed and 132 new in-ground inurnment plots, some changes have been made to the eligibility policy.  See this memorandum for complete details – USMA Cemetery Policy 2014.

25th Reunion Weekend a Big Success

20th Reunion - End of Parade

We had over 370 classmates coming for the weekend.  At the game on Saturday, our class donated $600,000 to the Combating Terrorism Center under “The LTC Paul J. Finken and LTC James J. Walton Memorial Endowment”.  We couldn’t have raised those funds without each of you, who chose to allocate some hard-earned money to a great cause in honor of Paul and Jim.

Mike Ehard (B2) Passes

With sadness, we’ve learned that Mike Ehard (B2) ’89 lost his hard fought battle with brain cancer on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at his home. He is survived by his wife, Robbie and three daughters, Sabrina Ehard, Taylor Solomon, of Texarkana, Texas and Jade Furgason, of Bossier City, Louisiana.  Services were held on September 17th.

http://www.texarkanafuneralhome.com/sitemaker/sites/TEXARK1/obit.cgi?user=1401894Ehard

Well done, Mike.  Be Thou At Peace.

Efaw Daughters Featured in NYT Magazine

Alexandra ’14, Anastasia ’16, and Arianna Efaw ’17 are 3 of the 6 featured women cadets in a great photo essay in the NYT Magazine titled “The Women of West Point”.  Fantastic job by the NYT and also by Amy Blanchard Efaw (H3) ’89 and Andy Efaw (H4) ’89 for raising such great kids.  The journalist followed the women throughout the past year. Check it out in today’s print version or online at http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/09/04/magazine/women-of-west-point.html.

Wreath-Laying Ceremony A Huge Success

We started off our 25th reunion year with a great event in Washington, DC — a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Saturday, 24 May 2014.  The Fife & Drum Corps and the US Army Drill Team performed prior to the ceremonANC 2014 Wreath-Layingy.

COL James Markert (H2 ’89) was the Regimental Commander, 3d US Infantry Regt, “The Old Guard”, at the time and he coordinated with Dave Kammen (F1, ’89), Director of Operations & Plans at Arlington National Cemetery, to schedule this event.

Over 50 classmates aANC 2014 Groupnd even more family members attended the day’s events, ending up at the O-Club for a few drinks. Make sure to join us next time!  There’s no place like Arlington on Memorial Day Weekend.

Paul Finken’s (H1) Family Featured in NYT Article

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.”

Read the full article online.

Current Class Gift Giving Stats

The most current stats for giving toward the 25th-Year Class Gift can be found in the Class Gift Giving Stats by CDT CO document in the Document Links section.  B1 leads the way, followed by F1, H3, and B4.  H3 leapfrogged several companies to take 3rd place — way to go!  We still have a long way to go to reach the goal — please use the 25th-Year Class Gift Pledge Card to make your next donation.

Tim Seitz (D4) Passes

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.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesdispatch/obituary.aspx?pid=161495752

If you have some stories or thoughts about Tim, please take a moment to leave a eulogy on his page at http://defender.west-point.org/service/eulogies.mhtml?u=46733 so that his family and friends can see the impact that Tim’s life had on us. Tim’s friends may also enjoy reading some thoughts that his fellow board-gamers have posted in the past few days at http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/892577/tim-seitz-out4blood-r-i-p/page/1 , where they talk about his love of gaming and his intelligence, patience, and leadership in that community.

Well done, Tim. Be thou at peace.