Dear Classmates, Widows, and Friends,

  Between Wednesday, June 8th, and Friday, June 11th, members of the Class of 1951, wives, widows, and children gathered in Annapolis for their 70th Reunion – about fifty people overall. As expected, old friendships were renewed, and there was a lot of catching up. More on that on the “Now Hear This” page of this website. Meanwhile, there was indeed class business conducted.

Prior to the business meeting in the Bill Lawrence Room – under the stadium on Thursday, June 10th – a representative from the Naval Academy Foundation gave a presentation on the fundraising status and organization of the Foundation and then spoke to the future. Most significant was a discussion of plans for a new Alumni Office Building to be erected on the southwest side of Maryland Route 450, just across from the baseball field.

The class business meeting then commenced about 10:45.

Tom Boyce acted as chair, opening with a reminder that as of the meeting date we have lost 597 classmates. He then delivered the Necrology and Treasurer’s Reports, observing inter alia, that we now have $65,000 available in our various accounts.

The next action was the solicitation of nominations and election of class officers, the most important being that of president, given that Lee Kollmorgen had moved out of area. After a very brief discussion, Tom Boyce was nominated and elected as President. Bob Small was then elected to take Boyce’s place as Vice President.

A motion was made to re-elect Chris Christner as Secretary. Chris at first declined, observing that he will soon be in hospital undergoing a serious operation, but, after discussion, agreed to keep the job until a new nominee can be found.

Next, Guy Shaffer, our Treasurer, made his Class Giving Report, to be made available separately. One action resulted from his report and his recommendation; that is, the class’s Teaching Excellence Award will be increased in value from $5,000 to $10,000. Discussion regarding the Chet McDonough Award was initiated but ended up inconclusive.

Bob Small then gave a brief Museum update, after which there was a discussion of Shipmate and the class website by Bob Dunn, more on that to follow on the “Now Hear This” page.

After that, there was a follow-on discussion of awards, followed by adjournment.

Lunch in the Bill Lawrence Room followed.