2020 Reunion Update

With the 70th Class reunion less than nine months away, Clyde has heard from several classmates that hotels near West Point are "sold out". Clyde reached out to the AOG and learned that they have blocked off almost all rooms in the Thayer and all local hotels and motels for the classes having reunions in May. The AOG intends to send out notifications later this fall to us about the numbers and locations.

Once we hear from them, we will be able to book rooms for the reunion.

And, the good news is that they plan to provide transportation for our class activities from the hotels off post.

The reunion will be Sunday, May 17 to Wednesday, May 20, 2020. More details about the reunion can be found at https://www.usma1950.com/2020-reunion

If you have not already, please let Clyde Spence, our Reunion Chairman, know of your tentative plans regarding attendance.

News from Lou Prentiss

Lou sent on this update about his grandson.

“Chris is one of my grandsons who is serving on the Coast Guard Cutter James. Chris is the senior enlisted member of the crew(E-8). In fact, I think that he is the youngest E-8 in the Coast Guard.“

Below is a recent email from Chris:

What an amazing couple of weeks. I'm writing a quick email between watches because I want to share something pretty awesome with you.

We were conducting gunnery exercises off of Hampton Roads, VA when we were tasked to cancel that and make best speed to the Grand Bahama Islands.

After 2 days of steaming through Dorian's 15+ foot waves, we arrived on the tail end of the storm. We were the first surface asset to arrive on scene and we immediately began humanitarian aid operations by fueling helicopters almost constantly. We nearly ran out of gas until other assets arrived.

We had a reporter come aboard on day three and she wrote an article that is linked below that I wanted to share. I don't usually like embedding reporters into operations like this. They distract from the mission mainly because the crew is on egg shells when they are around. However, it has dawned on me that they are necessary to get the story out on what we do during times like this. So many people have no idea what the Coast Guard does and that's disheartening.

This time I seized the opportunity and made it a point to talk to Ms. Maria as much as I could so she had the best information for her article. I was extremely cautious to what I told her and how I told her the JAMES' story. I didn't want to be quoted because I'd rather not detract from the ship, the ship speaks through her actions and reputation. It wasn't all rainbows and sunshine and this was incredibly mentally and emotionally draining.

However, on a lighter note, Maria did a pretty good job and when she writes about the white board and the medevacs, that was me talking her through how the Operations Specialists work and some of our accomplishments. That's my team and my "shop". I'm very proud of what they have accomplished. I think the article came out pretty well.

'Everything I have is gone': Crews race to rescue survivors of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas

September 6 With time running out to save stranded survivors of Hurricane Dorian, Bahamian and U.S. rescue crews combed through rubble in the hardest-hit areas Friday and braced for the death toll to rise.

Carol Steuart

Sad news from Dick Steuart.

Carol Barbara Bengston Steuart passed away 16 July 2019. Carol died at home, peacefully.

Carol was a nurse and served several years at Middlesex Hospital , Middletown, CT. Upon marriage to then LT Steuart, Carol accompanied her husband to 11 duty stations in the U.S. and overseas while raising five children. Shortly after Dick's retirement the Steuarts joined and served with several Christian organizations in central Africa, primarily Southern Sudan. During this period Carol medically served a Baka pygmy tribe and a leper clinic.

Civil war conflict in the Sudan caused the Steuart's return to the United States. On return to America, Carol served her community in many ways to include as organist at church.

Reunion Update

With nine months until our reunion, the RSVPs are rolling in. So far, over 30 classmates are attending accompanied by close to 60 family, friends, and spouses.

The reunion will be Sunday, May 17 to Wednesday, May 20, 2020. More details about the reunion can be found at https://www.usma1950.com/2020-reunion

Please let Clyde Spence, our Reunion Chairman, know of your tentative plans regarding attendance.

Class Minutes: 70th Reunion - May 2020

There are 289 day til our 70th Reunion begins, and we renew old ties, see old friends, and honor the Academy for its inculcation of "Duty, Honor, Country" in all of us, and for preparing us to serve this great nation!

The celebration of our 70th Reunion will take place 17-20 May 2020, and we hope to see all classmates and their families there to pass on the legacy that our class has embraced so successfully. It is recognized that age has touched us all and helped many of us to make friends with canes, crutches, walkers, and wheel chairs, but we can rejoice in taking one more step than we once thought possible. Life marches on-and so must we.

To facilitate our reunion, the AOG will do all the detailed coordination and planning necessary, starting early next year. We will have a coordinating committee to work out details with the AOG. We have 40 rooms reserved for our class at the Thayer, and buses and cadet aides will be provided to take us to all events. We would like to gather data on expected attendance to assist us in anticipating and planning details once the coordinating begins.

It is recognized that plans for actual attendance will not be firm until next year, but place the dates on your calendar, invite your family members NOW, and prepare to get on board!

As requested in our June class letter, let Clyde Spence, our Reunion Chairman, know of your tentative plans regarding attendance. So far, we have 81 planning to attend (but, only 40 have responded!)

Go '50-70

Update on Class of 1950 Chair of Advanced Technology

We just received the annual report of the chair for academic year 18-19. This was the first year of Dr. Aaron St. Leger's three year appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is an Associate Professor and Electrical Engineering Program Director. He is the first civilian faculty member to lead the electrical engineering program.

Our funding has supported two research projects and supported acquisition of software and equipment, and some cadet travel to technical conferences. Dr. St. Leger has mentored fifteen cadets in three capstone design projects . Dr St. Leger has also given lectures for other EE&CS faculty members.

Dr. St. Leger and some of his students are expected to participate in some of our Seventieth Reunion activities. If anyone would like a copy of the report, contact Jack Wagner at johnewagner@msn.com

USMA 1950 Chair of Advanced Technology

Dr. Aaron St. Leger

At our reunion in 1980 the class decided to sponsor an academic chair at USMA to be funded by gifts and bequests.  The fund pays salary and other expenses for the Chair.  The incumbent of the chair teachers cadets, conducts research and mentors both cadets and faculty members and research projects.  On 7-8 February 2019, Dr. Aaron St. Leger and four cadets attended the IEEE Texas Power and Energy Conference at Texas A&M University to report results of their research.  The cadets were among 300 presenters making poster presentations on their research. Two of the cadets took home awards.  Cadet Jared Fritz was awarded third place and Cadet Birgitta Anderson took first place overall.  More information can be obtained from Jack Wagner (johnewagner@msn.com)

Articles of Governance for the USMA Class of 1950

After nearly 50 years the Class has approved a new governing document to replace the one which was approved at our 50th Reunion. It reflects the fact that we have lost more than 500 of our classmates and our Class activities are greatly reduced. It provides for the governance until such time as the remaining Class members elect to dissolve the document.

A new Executive Board is being formed, replacing the Board of Governors that has done the Class business for the past 50 years.

The new Articles of Governance can be downloaded here or viewed below.

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