October 2008


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


Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of John (a.k.a. Jack) McKenna. John, who subsequently graduated with the Class of ‘55, died at his home (12604 Cedarbrook Lane, Laurel, MD 20708) on September 8th from prostate cancer. His wife, Mary Lou and his family members were at his bedside. After graduating from the Academy, John served on the WESTWIND and INGHAM before an old injury forced his medical separation from the Coast Guard. In his post-CG career, he worked for the Sperry Co. on their navigation systems for the Fleet Ballistic Submarines; for the Goddard Space Flight Center building the navigation systems for the Apollo tracking ships; and for the National Security Agency teaching project management and also some classified work related to satellites. He retired in 1994 but remained active with his church and in his community. John earned an MBA from Adelphi University in 1966 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1974. He and Mary Lou were married in September 1965. They have a daughter (Luanne) and four sons, John, Jim, Kevin, and Dan and ten grandchildren.

All systems are “on track” for our 55th Reunion with at least 40 classmates and 3 widows planning to attend.

Mike and Kay Boggs said they were lucky that their home in Satellite Beach, FL escaped damage from the severe flooding in their area caused by tropical storm Faye in August.

In July, Dick and Jan Bowers made a 17-day trip to Ireland and Scotland.

On August 18th, Dan Briganti had his right hip replaced.

Bill Clark and Virginia Hazard will be sporting new knees at our reunion.

Dan and Helene Colussy spent the month of August on Martha’s Vineyard.

For the last several months, Roger Holmes has been battling a serious bone infection in his toe. He thinks it’s a longstanding problem that started way back in the 1950s when he stubbed it at a pool in Key West, FL while attending ASW school.

Rin and Bert Keyzer are getting settled in their new home in Messiah Village, a continuing care community and would enjoy hearing from classmates. Their new address is 991 Oak Oval, Mechanicsville, PA 17055, Tel. 717-790-9618.

Gerry Lipsett is doing well in his recovery from the broken neck he suffered back in February. For the  foreseeable future, he will be staying with his daughter, Koren Deckman in Gettysburg, PA (573 Spangler School Rd., Gettysburg, PA 17325, Tel. 717-359-7833), and the best news of all, he plans to attend our 55th reunion in October.

Hal and Sheila Olson were in Eagle, Colorado, in July for a family reunion of his mother’s family. He said “three of our children and four grandchildren were with us for the week, which included white water rafting on the Colorado River.” While in Colorado, he also had a chance to visit Frank Frauenfelder. Then Hal headed to Montana for a week of hiking and camping in Glacier National Park with his daughter, Virginia and added, “I’m glad to say that I can still keep up with her, or vice versa, for we averaged as much as ten miles per day. One day we hit the 17 mile mark, which included a trail that required us to walk through a snow fed waterfall. The biggest adventure, however, was a close encounter with two grizzly bears, close being less than 50 feet. They ignored us, as we carefully backed away, avoiding eye contact”.

Margie Russell (2613 Woodfern Court, Woodbridge, VA 22192) is recovering from a broken wrist and ankle she suffered when she slipped and fell while working in her garden. Bill said he’s getting pretty good at handling his nursing and domestic responsibilities.

Gene Trainor is now in a nursing home in Hingham, MA. On September 12th he celebrated his 80th birthday. Barbara said he enjoys getting notes and cards from classmates. These should be sent to his home at 14 Wellesley Rd., Scituate, MA 02066 and Barbara will get them to him.