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					                                        MAY 2001


        The great good news for the class this time is that Army Secretary Louis Caldera
(USMA ’78) approved, before he left office, a posthumous Congressional Medal of
Honor for Rocky Versace. John Gurr’s inspiring announcement of this event was
e-mailed to the class on 17 Jan and published in the February newsletter of the WP
Society of D.C. I’m sure that a feature article in this magazine will include it.
        There were 24 of us at the Class Luncheon in Rosslyn on 13 Feb, and we were
joined by Steve Versace, Rocky’s brother and several members of the Friends of Rocky
Versace, who have been so tirelessly instrumental in the honors finally being bestowed
on a true hero of our class. John Gurr, who has done so much to ensure this result and
has been so diligent and eloquent in keeping us informed, was in South America for the
event, but his ears must have been burning. Pete Dawkins presided and lauded the grass
roots effort of these dedicated few. Our appreciation and admiration is unbounded.
        Jim & Jynelle Miller retired last year and moved from their home in Holland,
MI, to a cottage they purchased in 1995 on the Great Sauble River, just south of
Manistee, MI (the postal address is Free Soil, MI, if that helps). Jim is still a director and
consultant of the privately-held international trading company he’s been with since 1984,
but those activities are giving way to his renewed interest in fishing (now fly fishing). He
is making his own spinners and has set up a lure business at www.spinnerman.com, to
prove that old dogs can learn new tricks.
        Jynelle has become proficient at bird call and visual identification, and both she
and Jim are now avid wildlife watchers. Their three boys live in reasonably neighboring
communities, so their new location may be ideal. If not, they like to spend the cold times
in Gulf Shores, AL.
        Bill & Susan Breen have completed their year’s peripatations, which began with
Bill’s retirement in fall of 1999. They sold their home in Clarks Summit, PA, and spent
the year as homeless wanderers, says Susan, with visits and sojourns with all of Bill’s I-2
classmates and a bunch of others to boot. The trip took them all over the U.S., up into
Canada and Alaska, and as far West as Hawaii. Now they’ve bought a golf condo in
York, PA, and were planning to take up residence in March, after a winter vacation in
San Diego. They hope to be able to repay much of the hospitality afforded them in their
15-month ramblings but, says Susan, if they get into a rut they just might hit the road
again. Their address book is full of possibilities.
        Dennis & Helen Morrissey are in Northbrook, IL, where Dennis enjoys his job
as service manager in a fork truck battery business. It keeps him busy five days a week,
and the rest of his time he spends being a dad, grandpa, husband, brother and uncle to a
pretty extensive family in the Chicago area. He sees Dave & Pat Tulp, who live in Glen
Ellyn, and, once in a while, Joe Hurst, who lives near Milwaukee. He talks with Bill
Wheeler, a former Chicagoan, who is now in Holmes Beach, FL.
        Jim Taylor writes that he and Marian left home in Monument, CO, last August
for a western vacation in California and Nevada. They spent four lovely days in San
Francisco taking in many of the sights and enjoying wonderful food. As they were about
to board a plane for Reno, Jim had a small heart attack which extended their stay in San
Francisco for another six days, but in the intensive and cardiac units at the hospital. Back
home in Colorado he underwent his second quadruple bypass surgery (the first was 16
years ago) and he is now officially a member of the Zipper Club. His recovery has been
good, and he was able to attend an Army-Navy Game party hosted by Don & Joyce
Smart, whence the accompanying photo. We all wish Jim a full and happy recovery!
         Larry & Ann Minnich were married last March after seven and four years,
respectively, of widowhood, and Larry says he has had a near-vertical learning curve in
the way Ann has changed his life. She owns the Inn at Nesika Beach in Gold Beach, OR,
so Larry is now an innkeeper. The Army, he says, made him an aviator, an artilleryman,
and a nuclear physicist; he retired and became a farmer, a fireman and a schoolteacher;
and now he’s an innkeeper. Life is dull only if you let it happen to you that way, he says.
Larry is I-1’s CQ and has kept in touch with his companymates, even though he has seen
no classmates since the 40th. He’s working on a company newsletter that will have one
edition each ten years.
         Bill & Norman Mullen are enjoying their home in beautiful Carmel, CA. Bill
says he enjoys traveling, is trying to learn how to play golf, and is working for TRW,
Inc., as he works on Army training. He has seen Bill & Joyce Schwartz on their
occasional visits to Carmel; Bill Benagh at various exhibitions and symposia; Marv
Moss, Ed & Pat Robinson, Warren & Kaye Smith, and Bill & Bobbie Fitzgerald at
Jerry & Geri Hilmes’s home last May; Jack & Nancy Neal and many other classmates
at the Houston mini-reunion; and Roger & Norma Donlon in San Francisco last
December. Roger Donlon had been to a Special Forces Reunion. His book was
published recently.
         Two former Middies, Roger Staubach and Ross Perot in Dallas gave our Pete
Dawkins another honor since last issue, this time the Doak Walker Legends Award
presented on 30 Jan. This annual award is presented to outstanding running backs from
times past, and the proceeds from the banquet go to the SMU Scholarship Fund. The
congratulations of the class go to Pete, its president.




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#1   1959: Don & Joyce Smart, Marian & Jim Taylor

#2   1959: Dawkins addressing the Class Luncheon

#3   1959: Class Luncheon: Welch and Beard

#4   1959: Class Luncheon: Turpin and Gillette

#5   1959: Class Luncheon: Hutton and Novogratz

#6   1959: Class Luncheon: McNerney and Meloy

#7   1959: Class Luncheon: Bell and Schow




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