June 2007 Alumni Notes from the Bulletin

In Memoriam CAPT Donald C. Hintze April 14, 2007    
Sadly, Don Hintze, 77, died from congestive heart failure at Bethesda Naval Hospital.   Back around Thanksgiving, he started having coughing spells.  These were followed by laryngitis, and possibly pneumonia.  He also had diabetes and some of his arteries were clogged. 
     Don is survived by his wife, Norma, (6 Buckspark Court, Potomac, MD 20854) whom he met during Swab Summer.  They dated all four years while he was a cadet, and they were the first in our class to be married on our Graduation Day, June 5, 1953 in the Academy Chapel. They had two sons, James E. Hintze of Crofton, MD and Curtis A. Hintze of Olney, MD; a daughter Dr. Julie Goalwin of San Pedro, CA; and three grandchildren.
     Don served on active duty until 1977.   In 2003, for our Golden Tide Rips, he wrote about these memorable events in his Coast Guard career and his life: 
     "Two years as a woefully unprepared Chief Engineer on an AVP; two wonderful years (by now really competent) Chief Engineer on the KUKUI (the slowest, fattest, nicest cargo ship the CG ever owned); five years as OCMI, Milwaukee, King of Wisconsin and half of Lake Michigan. Wonderful -- and a final check on Wisconsin weather. 'Thank you, Lord, this native son from Wasau, WI will not return'.  Finally, six years with the International Affairs Division at Headquarters.  Two as Assistant Chief, four as Chief.  I  would have served 48 more years if they had left me in that job.  They didn't.  I retired."
     "In my next life (1978-1990), I was a Washington lobbyist.  Amazing transformation.  No leave chits. No per diem.  Expense account.  Just do it.  Advance clearance needed only when you were wrong.  Heady stuff this."
     "In 1985 I discovered I could not drink well.  With great difficulty I quit.  Now I am peaceful and happy."  And, that he was able to not have another drink during the last 22 years of his life was a great accomplishment about which he was justifiably proud.
     A Memorial Service was held for Don at Crusader Lutheran Church, Rockville, MD on May 5.  His remains were cremated and will be buried in a military ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined.
     Misc. Bits and Pieces about our class and classmates:
     On 28 March, former Commandant, Admiral Bob Kramek '61, was this year's Class of '53 Fellow. He was outstanding as he candidly shared his experiences with several cadet classes including the senior capstone course, Democracy in America, and spoke at a  Society for Policy and International Affairs (SPIA) luncheon, the academic organization of cadet government majors.
     The 3rd Annual Captain Ernie Rowland CGA Art Show which our class sponsors, was held 9 to 19 April.  Cadets exhibited over 40 interesting and outstandingly creative and artistic entries including paintings, sketches, jewelry, pottery and photography.
     Sixty four players (including these 12 classmates: Bob Benson, Mike Boggs, Gene Bowers, Dan Colussy, Rick Cueroni, Hank Fisher, Jim Grabb, Bill Kohl, Gerry Lipsett, Roger Madson, Jim Shelton, and Fred Sponholz) played in the 14th Annual Jay Flanagan-Wee Smith Men's Invitational Golf Tournament  (May 29-31) at Elmridge Golf Course in Pawcatuck, CT.  The participants came from 15 states and their median age was 71 years young.
     Invitations have been "snail-mailed" to all classmates for this year's mini-reunion "See Tennessee with Fifty Three" to be held September 17 to 21.  Roger and Juanita Madson have put together an outstanding reunion package that will afford those who have not already experienced East Tennesee and even those who have, to experience it anew.  We will also have time for enjoying the strong friendships and bonds that we have with our classmates.  The deadline for signing up is August 1st, but we expect this reunion to sell out fast.  So, if you are planning to attend, please return your registration form as soon as possible.
     In April and May, Paul Arnold played the part of the resident psychiatrist, Dr. Spivey, in the Huntington Beach, CA Playhouse production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. 
In February and March, Dan and Sue Briganti made two Caribbean WIND STAR cruises.  Both started and finished in Barbados - one week going north and one week going south and Dan celebrated his 75th birthday while on board.
     Ed Cope (P.O. Box 1156, Oak Harbor, WA 98277, Tel. 360-632-5370, e-mail: ltbeam53@yahoo.com) reported that Joan is on continuous oxygen 24/7 now because of the progression of her Pulmonary Fibrosis. Essentially, she now is working with significantly less than 50% of the lung capacity a woman her age would normally have.  Ed added, "But she keeps 'Pushing the Envelope' and I love her for it.  We get out, especially for lunch, most days then venture about our little island (60 miles long N/S by an average 7 miles wide)."
     At the end of January, Wendell and Yvonne Driggers had beautiful weather and a great time on a two-week Joint Academy Travel trip aboard the Crystal Symphony.  Stops included St. Thomas, St. Barts, St. Kitts, Aruba, a transit through the Panama Canal and ended in Costa Rica, where they visited the Poas Volcano.
     A hernia operation in April side-lined Hap Hazard from this year's Flanagan-Smith Golf Tournament.
     Bob and Marilyn Iden are certainly among the "most mobile" in our class.  Last fall they spent a couple of weeks in Egypt, which included several nights cruising the Nile, the upper Nile's Lake Nazer and seeing "too many tombs and temples".  Bob said, "old to us is 200 years, old to them is 2000 B.C.", and added "it was not a vacation but an experience, kind of like China."  They returned to their home in Amelia Island Plantation, FL for a month of golf, then spent the holidays with their children and grandchildren in Michigan followed by spending January in Rancho Santa Fe (San Diego) and then back to Amelia Island until they left on April 15th to spend the summer in Michigan.  For sure, the easiest way to reach them is via e-mail, (REIden1@aol.com).
     Gerry Lipsett spent most of April cruising from the Florida Keys to Daytona, FL on a friend's 34' O'Day sloop.
     The address for Harry and Barbara Oldford in February's Class Notes was incomplete.  Their new address is 1017 Lakemont Circle, Winter Park, FL 32792-5048, Tel. 407-834-8245, e-mail: harbarone@aol.com.  Harry says, "We are just getting settled in and trying to find those hundreds of items hidden in unpacked boxes!!!"
     Roger Mowell reports "I'm doing some consulting work.   The pay is very good and I can set my own hours.  Not too bad at my age, and I'm enjoying it!"
     Hal and Sheila Olson will celebrate their 50th Anniversary on June 17th.
     Nina Rowland will be spending the summer in Cowichan Bay, B.C. (e-mail: ninjrow@shaw.ca).
     Dimpy Spadafora (7203 193 Place SW, Lynwood, WA 98036, e-mail: naspad@verizon.net) greatly appreciated hearing from classmates and friends who shared their thoughts, prayers, and memories of Nat during his "voyage of crossing the bar".  Dimpy is preparing a Clinical Periodontal course outline for a "compressed" two week presentation for the Dental Hygiene Assistant Therapist Program.  She will be giving the course this summer in Alaska and said, "it feels good doing something, let alone something I like to do . . . teach.  It should be fun working and learning with the Alaska Indians.  This is a new program and the curriculum is still in development, one quarter at a time.  It will keep me busy."
     The phone number listed for Fred Sponholz in February's class notes (330-608-4886) is his cell phone number.  His home number is 216-342-4103.   At one point Fred was thinking of selling his house, but with the terrible real estate situation, he's decided to stay at 21949 Calverton Rd., Shaker Heights, OH 44122, put in a new heating and A/C system, and replace the 50 year old windows.
     Ray and Liz Stevens are keeping busy as volunteer "Visiting Angels" drivers.  It's a program organized by the town of Wayland, MA, to help get "senior citizens" to their doctor appointments and hospital visits.