June 2009


CAPT W.E. Smith

19 Coachman Pike

Ledyard, CT 06339

Ph: 860.464.8425; Fax: 860.464.8425

E-mail: jdsbridge@aol.com

Web Site www.cga53.org


In Memoriam Marinus F. Keyzer Feb. 28, 2009


We have lost our “Battalion Commander” and the person in our class to whom we could all look up to as a moral and ethical “beacon”. Our Tide Rips described “Rin” as a “singer, athlete, and leader” and went on to say, “Any enumeration of his activities fails to convey the essence of the man. There’s a certain intangible something, the unmistakable qualities of disciplined character, which are difficult to express in words. Perhaps the closest would be “...... that high sense of honor, loyalty, and obedience .....” “Rin”, who was 77, died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He is survived by his wife, Huberta (“Bert”) to whom he was married 54 years, three sons (Rob, Doug, and Ken), a daughter (Sue), 9 grandchildren, and a sister.

Gerry Lipsett, Barbara Mann, and Ted and Mary Frances Smith attended Rin’s Funeral at the Cocklin Funeral Home in Dillsburg, PA on March 5th. Ted played Taps at this service. Bob and Beverly Benson and Hank and Gloria Fisher attended a memorial service for “Rin” at the Abundant Life Reformed Church in Wyckoff, NJ on March 6th. “Bert” sent the following note to our class. “Thank you so much for your remembrances of Rin -- so many cards and notes and kind words. It was so good to see some of you at Rin’s funeral and then in NJ for his memorial service. A  special thank you to Ted Smith for playing “Taps”. The floral piece at the memorial service was beautiful, once again you’ve remembered. He was so much a part of the Class of ‘53 and loved so much about it. And I did too. Our family appreciated all your love and caring. Please stay in touch. With love, Bert Keyzer”- 991 Oak Oval, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Tel. 717-790-9618.

The “Great Northwest” planning committee for this mini-reunion, (Dick and Meris Donnelly, Kirk and  Jackie Greiner, George Everett, Ed and Joyce Nelson, and Dimpy Spadafora), were meeting in May to firm up the details for our Seattle mini-reunion. Reservation forms will be “snail-mailed” to all classmates who indicated a possible interest in attending it. For those who may be interested in taking an Alaskan Cruise before the reunion, Rick and Beth Cueroni will be going on a 15-day Princess cruise round-trip from Seattle leaving Sept. 3rd. It will make stops in Ketchikan, Skagway, Valdez, Seward, Kodiak, Juneau, and Victoria, B.C. Contact Rick and Beth (Tel: 904-249-4970) or contact Princess Cruises (1-800-PRINCESS or www.princess.com)  for more info about it.

 The 5th Annual Captain Ernie Rowland Cadet Art Contest was held April 14th-22nd in Leamy Hall. Academy Superintendent, RADM J. Scott Burhoe sent this letter of appreciation to our class: “Thank you Class of ‘53 for your continued generosity and support of this art show in memory of your talented classmate. Your support enables cadet artistic work to be on display for the Academy community and also provides an important opportunity for the cadet artists to express themselves, be recognized, and discuss their work with others.”

As of May 1st we had received more than $256,000 in five-year pledges from our classmates for our ‘53 Endowment Fund to support the acquisition of Leadership 44s for the Academy’s Coastal Sail Training Program! Misc.


Bits and Pieces from or about our classmates (in alphabetical order):

After performing for 8-weeks (6 performances/week) in the play “Arsenic and Old Lace”, Paul Arnold said “it was fun, but it’s now time to take some time off from acting”.

On April 23rd Donna left on a 3-1/2 week trip to Greece with a local travel club.

If you have access to the internet and want to enjoy some laughs, check out these web sites www.redsocksdiaries.com  and www.bostondirtdogs.com.  These are the creations of “Chip” Benson, Bob Benson’s son and are hilarious, especially if you’re a Red Sox fan or if you’re NOT a NY Yankees fan.

Sadly, Mike Boggs’ mother, Charlott, died on March 19th in Kittaning, PA. She was 102.

Dan Briganti says that Sue is continuing to show improvement in her rehab after breaking her leg and wrist in falls. Cards and notes for her can be sent to their home at 1216 Whetstone Dr., Arnold, MD 21012.

Bill Bruinsma encourages us all to make sure we get regular medical check-ups, and he looks back with special appreciation to Dick Littlefield’s informative description of his bout with prostate cancer. Bill also noted that a comprehensive physical exam