U. S. Coast Guard Academy Class of 1953




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Please e-mail BOTH Wee Smith and Kirk Greiner by clicking on the e-mail icon at the bottom of this page with any news items that you think will be of interest to our class mates. Kirk will insure that it is posted on our website and Wee will insure that it is passed on to all of our classmates, including those who do not have email capability. Click on photos to enlarge.

Class News from the Alumni Bulletin and the Class Newsletter published by our Secretary are now in the Members Only section of this web site.

September 6, 2018

Roz Cope fought a courageous battle against Anemia, return of cancer after 23 years and finally, brain,cancer, in the last 3 weeks. She lost her battle this evening. at 11:11 PM. She was a gracious lady who loved and warmed all those she met.  It was our good fortune to have renewed our wedding vows at our Church in April of this year. It was my incredible fortune to have shared our lives these past 9 plus years.

Her ashes will be interred in the National Cemetery in Cave Creek, AZ , where I will join her at a yet unspecified date. In lieu of any other recognition program, there will be a Celebration of her Life, at our Church, in the next 30 days. Donations: Rozie Cope's wolves at: Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, 201 S Canyon St,  West Yellowstone, MT  59758

August 14, 2018 - The web site is now up to date. The Roster in the Members Only section now in Excel form has been updated to remove deceased classmates, widows who have disappeared and several classmates who have also disappeared. Their names of classmates now appear in the Missing or Deceased pages found on the Home page>History page> Classmates dropdown box. Let me know if any of the information is incorrect.

If you want to print the roster, adjust your printer to print in landscape. All but the last column will print and the last column is for my notes.

August 7, 2018 - Bob West

BEVERLY—Robert E.L. West, 86, died Monday afternoon at the Kaplan Family Hospice House.  He was the husband of the late Mary (Mitchell) West.

Born in St. Mary’s, West Virginia on Nov. 17, 1931, he was the son of the late Howard and Foye (Dotson) West.  He was raised and educated in West Virginia and graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1953. 

Following his time in the service, he was employed by New England Telephone for nearly thirty years.

A longtime Westwood resident where he was a member of Saint Denis Church, Bob resided in Topsfield for several years following the death of his late wife and recently made his home at Colonial Gardens in Beverly.

He was a member of the Telephone Pioneer and had been active for many years in the Coast Guard Reserves.  He was an avid train enthusiast and loved dogs.

He leaves a son, Greg West and his wife Melissa of Danvers, his grandchildren, Katelyn Breen and her husband Andrew, Timothy Bopp and his wife Michelle, Michael Devlin, and Maggie Devlin, three great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Lilly, and Aubrey, and his loving partner, Ethel M. Farmer.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Donna Lee Bopp, and his brother, George West.

A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 11AM in New Westwood Cemetery, High St., Westwood.  Relatives and friends are invited.  Visiting hours are Friday from 5-8PM in C.R. Lyons & Sons Funeral Directors, 28 Elm St., Danvers Square.  In lieu of flowers, Donation may be made to the Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association, 47 Mohegan Ave., New London, CT 06320-8111.  Please note for the Class of ’53 Endowment.  www.LyonsFuneral.com.

August 6, 2018 -Our friend and classmate Bob West passed over the bar today. He will be missed. We will share information on his memorial service and print his obituary when received.
August 5 2018 - Three of our classmates have passed away in the last few months: VADM Jim Irwin on March 21, 2018; RADM Ed Nelson on June 5, 2018; and Capt Bud Mathieu on June 21, 2018. Their obituaries are attached LINK
August 5, 2018 - Roger Holmes passed away a little over a year ago on 16 June 2017.  The family shared two videos with us and you can watch them from the links below. They bring back wonderful memories. If the links do not come up, copy them and paste them in a new browser page. This is a repeat of the original notice. You can also read new "Remembrances" on Facebook. Search on Roger A Holmes.
August 4, 2018 - Our 65th Reunion

We are running a little slow this year but you will receive more information from Wee hopefully next week. A reunion is planned. Bob Benson is helping Wee and met with him on August 2nd. I attending the placing of Ed Nelson's ashes in the Academy Columbarium on July 20th and met with Wee and Bob at that time. Because I had been contacting everyone during my project to update the class Roster, I have received 6 inquiries about the reunion. There will be a reunion!!! An Excel file of our roster  will be posted tomorrow Sunday August 5th in the Members Only section and is up to date as far as I know. 10 of the class or their widows have disappeared. Their email bounces, their phones are disconnected and snail mail has either bounced or not been answered.

Roger Bascom, Jr.


  Roger Bascom passed away - how he wanted to be remembers - "I hope to have left the world better than when I came." LINK
Roger Holmes


Roger Holmes passed over the bar on June 16th, 2017


Hap Hazard
Hap's daughter reported: I am sorry to give you the news that Dad passed away 3 Jul in Mercy Memorial Hospital, Urbana, OH. He absolutely loved his life in the military, and as an educator, and enjoyed his time at the Coast Guard Academy and subsequent reunions.

Dad's malfunctioning heart created issues with his lungs and led to his death.

07/2017 Roster A new roster can be accessed in the "members only" section. Password required
Gerry Lipset
    Gerry Lipsett died Tuesday, Feb. 16th in the Grace Cottage hospital in Townsend, Vermont from respiratory failure following a bout with pneumonia that had started back in January.
    Condolences may be sent to his daughter, Dr. Koren Lipsett (163 Sheldon Hill Rd., Wardsboro, VT 05355, Tel. 802-896-9515) who is on a sabbatical from her teaching position at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.
    Gerry's obituary will follow.  His funeral will probably be held in Marblehead, MA in
April. Click HERE to read obituary.


12/6/2015 Wife of Ted Wojnar Colette Mulligan Wojnar, 87, passed away Sunday, December 6, 2015. Mrs. Wojnar was a native of Westfield, New Jersey.

Colette was a devoted wife and phenomenal mother. She adored her family and would do anything to secure their happiness. Mrs. Wojnar enjoyed the pleasures of cooking, traveling, crossword puzzles, sewing, knitting, shopping, visiting the beach and reading. Colette had the esteemed pleasure to be the sponsor of the USCGC Sturgeon Bay, christening her in San Diego and taking part in her commissioning on Governor’s Island in New York in 1988. The rest of her life she continued to support the Sturgeon Bay and her crew and felt blessed to sponsor such a state of the art icebreaker.

Left to cherish Colette’s memory are her loving and adoring husband of 58 years, RADM Theodore J. Wojnar, US Coast Guard (Retired); four children, Mary Gayle W. (David) Uncur, Theodore “T.J.” Jr. (Sue) Wojnar, Pamela Joy Wojnar and Stephen A. Wojnar; five grandchildren, Lauren, Jeffrey, Lisa, Bryan and Sean; one greatgrandchild, Emily and a legion of additional family and friends.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 5345 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Colette’s name be made to either the USCGC Sturgeon Bay Morale Fund or to Sentara Hospice House. Please consider visiting www.TMCFunding.org to donate and to learn more about Colette’s connection to these organizations and www.altmeyerfh.com to leave condolences for the family. Colette’s beauty and grace will never be forgotten.

5/13/2015 Bill Clark passed away this morning from Cancer. His Bill Clark passed away this ,morning from cancer. His funeral will be held at 2 PM in the Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, VA
4/10/2015 Check out the "links" at the bottom of the home page. There are some very interesting subjects covered that may be of interest to you.
3/19/2015 Jennifer Griggs, daughter of Darrel and Sheila Babcock, who passed away in 2013, has just recovered from cancer and will be giving her parents the memorial service they both deserve at Quantico National Cemetery, 18424 Joplin Rd, (route 619), Triangle, VA,   on July 17, 2015.
3/13/2015 Wee's last three newsletters have been added.
10/6/2014 Bernie Hoyland's notes on Life as an Aviator - go to LINKS on front page.
9/26/2014 Astoria rally posting commenced. More as I get time.
9/26/2014 New Roster posted
10/3/2014 Fred Sponholz passed away at age 85
8/6/2014 Bud Foster passed away
7/ 12/2014 Ed Daniels passed away at the age of 84.
10/23/2013 Some of Ernie Roland's Best can be viewed though a link in the History Section.
7/16/12 Photo slideshow of CGA53 mini-reunion is posted
7/16/2012 Updated copy of the roster has been posted.
7/2/28 -7/8/12 Frank Frauenfelder passed away after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, July 23rd at 1 PM at Calvary Episcopal Church, 1320 Arapahoe St., Golden, CO 80401. A reception will follow at The Buffalo Rose, 1119 Washington Ave., Golden, CO. Jan, his widow, would like any charitable donations in his remembrance be given to the Class of '53 Endowment fund maintained by the CGA Alumni Foundation.
4/30/2012 The San Diego Reunion was a resounding success due to to work of Paul and Donna Arnold, our hosts, and of Wee Smith and Bill Bruinsma. Photographs are beginning to appear on line in the Reunions section of this web site.
2/25/2012 Paul's wife, Sunny, reported that for some time Paul had suffered from Alzheimer's Disease and for the last year from metastatic prostrate cancer. His suffering is now over, but he is very much missed by all of us who loved him.
L to R - Ed Nelson, Dimpy Spatafora, Joyce Nelson, Wee Smith, Kirk Greiner, Jackie Greiner, Betsy Ann Mathieu, Bud Mathieu and George Everett attended the memorial service of Dick Donnelly held in the Presbyterian Church, Bellevue WA.

Click on photo to enlarge.

12-16-2011 See videos of Eagle on Links at bottom of home page.
6-21-2011 Exciting photos of the launching our boat, the >>SHEARWATER<< .
7-2-2010 A flashback. I recently recovered from my files some photos I took at our 35th reunion. With the aid of Wee Smith, whose memory of names amazes me, you can now see how much younger you were then. Click on the "Reunions" tab above to see them. Members who have photos of reunions not posted are encouraged to lend them to me (Kirk) who will scan them and return them to you. I sure the class would like to see them.
10/22/09    The protected folder "Members Only" which requires an ID and Password has been expanded. Although the ID and password have not changed, we have added extracts from the past two years Alumni Bulletin class news. It makes good sequential reading (which I hade to do when I reformatted it). The periodic e-news to class members will also be added in the near future.
9/16/2008   An updated version of the Survivor's Guide has been posted in the links section on the home page. The original was written when a good friend, Captain Bob Hackney died and his widow was left with no instructions or guide on what to do. It has been updated and should be reviewed if you want to save your wife a lot of problems when you die.





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