2/27/09

Death of a Classmate - Carl M. Harms



Carl M. Harms, 77, of Alamogordo, N.M., formerly of Dubuque, died Sunday afternoon, Feb. 22, 2009, at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Facility.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Alamogordo. In keeping with his wishes, his body has been cremated.
He was born on March 3, 1931, in Dubuque, son of Carl F. and Geraldine Harms. After graduating from Dubuque High School in 1949, he attended the Naval Academy, graduating in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science. He obtained a master's degree in operations management from the University of Southern California in 1966. He accepted a commission in the Air Force and completed 22 years of service in 1975.
During his Air Force career, Carl flew as a radar intercept officer in F-89s, F-101s, B-57s, F-4s and several other aircraft types, and was stationed in 11 different bases in the continental United States and Alaska, Germany, the Philippine Islands, Vietnam and Thailand. While flying over 300 combat sorties in Southeast Asia, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 15 oak leaf clusters. His other awards include the Presidential Unit Citation, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Air Service Medal (honor class) by the Republic of Vietnam.
Carl was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church and life member of the National Rifle Association, Disabled Veterans of America and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Norma; two sons, Richard, of Westminster, Md., and Phillip; two daughters, Julie Martinez and Paula Harms-Van Duyn; a grandson, Daniel Martinez; a granddaughter, Elena Martinez; a great-grandson; and a sister, Mrs. Janann McQuail, all of Alamogordo; two brothers-in-law, Elmer Carlsen, of Cedar Park, Texas, and Robert Casey, of Cleburne, Texas; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Ellen Dahleen, of Marble Falls, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to the Boys and Girls Club of Dubuque and Our Savior Lutheran Church,

Death of a Classmate - Jerry Herbert Anderson



Dear Will,

I have attached a write-up on Jerry Anderson, our classmate. Jerry was my roommate my youngster year, and you may remember that he was an outstanding diver. I think he won the Eastern Diving Championship. He was invited by the 1952 Olympic diving coach, Mike Peppy, to train at Ohio State inh June and July of 1952 in preparation for the Olympic tryouts. The Naval Academy turned down his request. Jerry had chronic sea-sickness, so he resigned from the Naval Academy and became a physician.

Sincerely,
Wally Anderson


JERRY HERBERT ANDERSON, M.D., died on February 18, 2009, of respiratory failure at age 76, just five days short of his seventy-seventh birthday. He was born in Hastings, Nebraska, on February 23, 1932. His death ended years of illness that had curtailed his medical practice and his full enjoyment of life.

Jerry, a member of the U. S. Naval Academy Class of 1954 and a nationally-ranked diver, had left the Naval Academy at the end of two years to pursue a medical career. He returned to Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, to complete his pre-med courses and then entered Medical School at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He was an All-American in diving while at Hastings, and while at McGill, he enjoyed another four years of Canadian Intercollegiate athletics participating in football, gymnastics and diving, achieving Canadian championships in gymnastics and diving. Following graduation from Medical School in 1958, he chose to intern in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he continued to pursue his diving. He represented Puerto Rico in both the 1964 and 1968 Olympic Games and coached diving in the 1972 Olympics. In 1998, Jerry was inducted into the McGill University Sports Hall of Fame.

Jerry received a residency in Neurology while in Puerto Rico and served on the faculty of the University there while practicing neurology. He also completed post-doctoral studies in bio-medical communications at NIH in Washington, D.C. and at UCLA in the 1960’s. In the mid-1970’s he moved to Florida to join a neurological practice. It was about 1978 that he was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis, a disease that attacks body organs by a clustering of immune cells to form lumps called granulomas. The disease is treated with cortisone, resulting in severe debilitation of joints. In effect, Jerry was crippled by these treatments and had to forego his medical practice.

At the time of Jerry’s death, he was living in Hollywood, Florida. He is survived by his wife of forty-seven years, Elvira M. Anderson; one son, Brian; two step-daughters, Elvie and Yolanda; one step-son, Diego, two grandsons, Scott and Kirk, and numerous step-grandchildren. He leaves two older sisters, Genie Haynes and Shelley Anderson of Denver Colorado, and one younger brother, Capt. Timm Anderson, USN (Ret.), of Edgewater, Maryland.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Ken Morrison & Tom Reeves Science Building at Hastings College, 710 N. Turner, Hastings, NE, 68901.

2/23/09

Notitia ex ordo - Bill Crawford


Here is a picture of my third grader granddaughter, Mary, taken just after end of the championship basketball game in the parochial league that her team plays in. If you look closely, you will see a tear in Mary’s eye. All of the girls on the team were sobbing because they had just a lost a very hard fought game in the FINAL TWO SECONDS by a score of 14 to 12. However, since there are a total of seventy two teams in this little parochial league (counting the boys teams and the girls teams and the various age groups), I thought Mary’s team did GREAT in making it to the championship game.
I have tried to go to all of Mary’s league games, but my wife Mary generally has stayed at home; this because all of the games seem to be played in the same parochial school gym, which is located in Denver about one hour away from our house (I guess this gym must be centrally located to all of the schools in the league). The games also are usually played EARLY on Saturday mornings and (except for the Championship Game) the gym has always been as cold as an ice box (I guess the school keeps the heat turned off as a money saving matter). The games usually have been low-scoring, with an average final score in a game being about 12 to 8. Mary has scored one goal in about half of her games, and it is really a big deal for her when she scores a point. They don’t have free-throws in these third grader games because the girls really have a hard time getting the ball up to the goal from the free throw line. Instead, the Refs always turn the ball over to the other team after a foul.
In all of these games the parents and grandparents really get caught up in "the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat". It’s almost as if they were all Final Four games!

2/22/09

Annapolis Area Luncheon


Please join your classmates for lunch on Tuesday March 3, 2009. Reservations are on the "Porch" in the Leyte Gulf Room. Casual and enjoyable. Kindly notify Bill Perry at 410 757-7730 wkpeery@verizon.net or Dick Hollenbach at 410 757-3235 rghollen@aol.com by noon March 2 if you plan to attend.

Next luncheon planned for 3 May.

2/9/09

Chuck Olsen's Inurnment

George Zerberlein reports the following:

Chuck Olsen will be inurned at the USNA Columbarium on Friday 13 February at noon. All attendees are invited to Bets & Phil Ryan's '50 ( Bets is Chuck's Sister) after the Inurnment.

19th Company "Mini" Reunion


A 19th Company "mini" reunion in Phoenix on Jan 13th; from the left, Dave Jenkins, Anita Lane, Judith Jenkins, and Bill Lane.

2/8/09

Donations in honor of George Knutkowski

Jim Bell received the following email from Steve Eisenhauer

Hi Jim
Have talked to George's wife,Nonnie, and she requested that anyone
wishing to honor George should send a donation in memory of George to:

USNaval Academy Foundation
25 Maryland Ave
Annapolis, Md 21401
Marking the donation to be used for the Athletic & Scholarship Programs (ASP)

2/7/09

Arlington Cemetery Services for Fred Pyeatt

Services for Fred Pyeatt will be held at Arlington Cemetery on 13 February. Gather at the Admin Building at 0930.

WHEN THE GROUNDHOG HIDES

From February's merry breezes
Develop sniffles, snorts and sneezes,
Lumbago, chilblains, runny noses,
Aching joints and frozen toeses.
No problem for the Minnesotan,
Idahoan, North Dakotan,
But Florida mids soon understand
How cold it gets in Maryland.
RR 1-12-09

Death of a Classmate - Fred L. Wood

Received the following from Harv Taffet

Fred L. Wood, 79, passed away Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, at the Yorktown Convalescent Center.

Fred was a longtime Peninsula resident living in the local area for 30 years. He was an avid photographer, stamp collector and master gardener.

He was born in Portsmouth, N.H. After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1954 and postgraduate school in Monterey, Calf., Fred Wood served as an officer in the Navy for 22 years.

Survivors include Margaret Wood, his wife of 54 years; his four children,Deborah Nakamura and her husband, John, Fred Wood Jr. and his wife, Marykim,Pam Dunkley and her husband, Michael, and Harold Wood and his wife, Diane;along with eight grand-children, Christopher, James, Christine, Josh, Patrick, Brooke, Sarah and Joe.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Amory Funeral Home, 410Grafton Drive, Grafton.

The family will receive friends following the service.

Graveside service will be held in New Hampshire, when the snow thaws