Bill R. Teer '55 Endows Nuclear Engineering Scholarship
at Texas A&M University
Bill R. Teer of Fairfax, Va., will endow the second scholarship in the Robert G. Cochran Scholars Program for nuclear engineering undergraduates at Texas A&M University.
“The nuclear renaissance is real and will result in the design, construction and operation of many nuclear power plants over the next decade. There will be an increased demand for highly trained nuclear engineers, and this scholarship will help Texas A&M meet the demand,” said Teer, who retired as senior vice president of JAI Corporation in 2006 after more than a half-century in the nuclear industry.
His gift of $25,000, funded through the Texas A&M Foundation, will establish the Bill R. Teer ’55 Scholarship. Matching funds from Ray Rothrock of Portola Valley, Calif., will increase the endowment to $50,000. Recipients will be juniors or seniors with a preference for students pursuing studies in a power-related area.
“Nuclear engineering academic programs are very competitive these days, as universities anticipate a new wave of reactor orders and the nuclear industry experiences a revival. Bill Teer’s generous gift, along with Ray Rothrock’s matching amount, will help us in a major way to attract the most gifted and talented students to Texas A&M,” said Ray Juzaitis, nuclear engineering department head and holder of the Sallie and Don Davis ’61 Professorship in Engineering.
The Cochran Scholars Program honors the first Texas A&M nuclear engineering department head. Cochran served 22 years, and under his leadership the discipline’s first undergraduate program emerged as did Texas A&M’s signature specialties in reactor physics and analysis, reactor safety and thermal hydraulics, health physics and computational methods.
Born in Alto, Texas, Teer grew up in Dallas and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School.
“I was the first on either side of my family to go to A&M, which I chose because of its great engineering reputation,” said Teer, who graduated in 1955 with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering.
As a freshman he was part of the elite Fish Drill Team in the Corps of Cadets and regularly took 20 to 21 credit hours during his entire college career. A strong interest in nuclear power surfaced by his junior year.
“I took all available courses, which at that time consisted of Introduction to Nuclear Engineering in the chemE department and Atomic Physics in the physics department,” he said. “My first job was with Westinghouse Atomic Power Division at Bettis Laboratory in Pittsburgh, Penn., working on reactor designs for the nuclear powered submarines and surface ships in the U.S. Navy.”
He changed from military to civilian nuclear power in 1964, working a decade for United Nuclear Corp. in White Plains, N.Y., before moving to Transnuclear Inc. in Elmsford, N.Y., as vice president focused on the transportation and storage of radioactive materials.
In 1991 Teer moved to Virginia and became vice president of JAI’s transportation department. The company had contracted with the U.S. Department of Energy to design a transportation system for moving spent fuel from reactors to a proposed Nevada repository.
His long association with nuclear oversight included serving on the national advisory panel for transportation of hazardous materials and more than 50 years as a member of the American Nuclear Society.
Teer is a member of the National Capitol A&M Club, where he served on the board of directors for six years. At Texas A&M he is a 24-year, gold-level member of the Association of Former Students’ Century Club. He and his wife, Patricia, frequently return to campus for class reunion activities.
The couple will celebrate their 52nd anniversary this year, according to Teer: “I married Patricia McFarland in 1958 in Mars, Penn. My Texas family was aghast that I married a Yankee, but they quickly accepted her.”
The couple has traveled widely in retirement, adding 18 countries and numerous Caribbean islands to the dozen nations Teer had visited while working. They enjoy competitive duplicate bridge, and Teer attends classes at George Mason University to “get a better perspective on the world outside of the engineering profession.”
“Mr. Teer’s generous gift is a testament to his appreciation for the education he received at Texas A&M. This most recent gift further demonstrates his desire to help Aggie students for many generations to come, and we are all deeply grateful,” said Andrew Acker, director of development for engineering with the Texas A&M Foundation.
The Department of Nuclear Engineering is one of 12 departments in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M. U.S. News & World Report ranks the department second in undergraduate and third in graduate programs among the nation’s public universities.
The Texas A&M Foundation is a non-profit organization that receives major gifts and manages endowments for the sole benefit of Texas A&M University.
Written by Exa York
Corps Plaza Veteran Memorial
An ongoing project at Texas A&M is the updating and refurbishing of the Veteran Memorial located on the Corps Plaza. To ensure that the most current information is available, Lt. Col. Stacy A Overby, Director, Sanders Corps Center and External Support, is soliciting input from all sources to verify the accuracy of the names that will be included on the Memorial.
"Names that will be cast on the Memorial will be "all former students who lost their life after serving in the military either through retirement or after their obligated service time. If they lost their life in any capacity other than while on active military service, they would not go on this memorial."
Members of the Class of 1955, who were killed while in the military service and for which we have little or no information, are as follows:
Capt. Earnest J. Bickly
Lt. Harvey M. Hudson - F100 plane crash out of Cannon AFB, New Mexico around 1957/58
Lt. Neeley E. Keyser - Helicopter crash while stationed in Germany in late 1958
? Robert A. Verduzco - No information
A/3c Martin D. Wolfe, Jr. - No information
Capt. Julius J. Jahns - No information
Maj. Joseph G. Mixson - No information
Please contact the 1955 Class Agents or Lt. Col. Stacy A. Overby @ email@example.com if you have some information on these Classmates.
ITALIAN MINI-REUNION CRUISE|
Some of the members of the Class of '55 went on a mini-reunion cruise in Italy this past month and had a great time. You can view the pictures taken on the trip on the following link: Italian Cruise
THE A&M TROPICAL STUDY AND RESEARCH CENTER - COSTA RICA|
A GIFT FROM BILL SOLTIS '55 AND HIS WIFE
BILL SOLTIS AND HIS WIFE, WITH A COSTA RICA PARTNER, OWN ABOUT 600 ACRES OF OLD GROWTH RAIN FOREST IN NORTHERN COSTA RICA. THE RAINFOREST ABUTS THE WORLD FAMOUS MONTEVERDE NATIONAL PARK, HOME TO SOME OF THE GREATEST VARIETY OF FLORA AND FAUNA IN CENTRAL AMERICA. |
A&M WILL HAVE A MULTI-SCHOOL FACILITY FOR BOTH STUDENTS AND PHD'S TO STUDY ALL ASPECTS OF PLANTS AND ANIMALS. EVEN THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING WILL STUDY BIODIESEL RESEARCH,SOLAR, AND OTHER FORMS OF SUSTAINABLE ENERGY.
BILL'S HOPE IS TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF CENTRAL AMERICA LEARN TO LIVE OFF THE LAND WITHOUT RAPING THE RAINFOREST. HE IS NO ENVIRONMENTAL NUT BUT THESE BEAUTIFUL RAINFOREST ARE BEING DESTROYED AT AN ALARMING RATE. BILL EXPRESSED THAT IT WOULD BE NICE IF THESE RAIN FORESTS WERE STILL AROUND FOR YOUR AND MY GRANDCHILDREN.
A&M SITE AND VALLEY BELOW
ROAD ENTERING PLAZA CIRCLE
ACADEMIC BUILDING SITE BEHIND SHED
VIEW OF DORM SITE
FROM ACADEMIC BUILDING SITE
VIEW AT DORM SITE LOOKING DOWN
AT ACADEMIC BUILDING SITE
ROAD IS PATHWAY TO THE RAINFOREST.
Remembering Hadley Foster '55 - Vietnam War Casualty
(Excerpt from Jim Wilson's '55 letter 02/11/06)
This past week has brought back a lot of memories for me. It started with your honoring some of our classmates that have fallen in the Vietnam War. I remember Hadley Foster well. I ran into Hadley when I was at Fort Bliss for my tour of duty. I went into the service in October of '56. I went in later than some of the rest of our class because Architecture was a 5 year course and I graduated in '56. I probably ran into Hadley at the Officer's Club. You could always find a lot of Aggies there or some bar.
Hadley wasn't in our group of officers in our 17 week training session. After being in the Field Artillery for four years at A&M, I thought I was destined to end up in Ft. Sill Oklahoma. I had always heard that Oklahoma was discovered by a "Roto-Rooter" and I believed it after spending six weeks there between our junior and senior year. Leave it to the Army to send me to the Nike Guided Missle School at Ft. Bliss.
Hadley Foster '55 and Jim Wilson '55 @ Fort Bliss 1956
Texas A&M Mays School of Business 100 Award Recipients
Charlie Arguindegui and his brother Pete '53 were recent recipients of the Aggie 100 award sponsored by the Mays school of business. Their company (Arguindegui Management Co, LLC) ranked 51st on the list. They feel very proud and honored to have received this award and had a great time at the activities. Charlie Seely '55 was also an Aggie 100 award recipient. See the Journal Article
Charlie & Rosita Arguindegui
CLASS OF '55 ARTILLERY REUNION
Artillery Classmates held a reunion in November, hosted by Raymond & Heather Welder on their ranch near Beeville. Those attending were Fred & Joanna Rose, Charlie & Sally Davenport, Eddie & Alta Forshage, Bill & Patsy Bass, David & Ellen Stickland.
The reunion was attended by the spouses of some fallen classmates, as well. They were Peggy Hayes (Ronnie), Hasey Hollmig (Tommy) and Sue Evans (Lynn '54). A great time was had by all.
CLASS 0F '55 BAND MINI-REUNION, JUNE 2005.
The following twelve former members of the band, Class of 55, met in various homes in Dallas for a day-long mini-reunion. Those in attendance were Bill Douphrate, Doug King, Fred Willms, Larry Lightfoot, Russell Reed, Howard Callaway, Earl Pike, Lops Howard, Paul Gentry, Ed Nolte, Bill Allred and Steve Love.
The day started with breakfast at the Douphrate's, then to Lops Howard's for snacks and conversation - the ladies going shopping - and ended at Steve Love's for bar-b-que. (Submitted by Steve Love))
CLASS 0F '55 BAND MINI-REUNION IN OCTOBER 2002 AT LARRY LIGHTFOOT'S HOME.
Standing from Left: Ken Killion, Pete Rathbone, Quinton Rabb, Larry Lightfoot, Joe Sandlin, Bill Douphrate, Grover Alexander, Earl Pike, Bill Allred, Dick Partlow, Dickie Warren, Paul Gentry, Drummond Welborn (hidden), Fred Willms and John Finney. "Humping" from left: Don Gregg, Sam Clinton and Charlie Bond. Kneeling from left: Chartier Newton, Hugh Harrington and Earl Boykin.
CLASS 0F '55 JOCK REUNION ON APRIL 13, 2002 AT ERNIE AND BARBARA GOLUB'S RANCH NEAR GIDDINGS, TX.
Kneeling from Left: Brose Boubel, Peanut Sissell, Ken Harlan, Walt Kilgo, John Moritz and Jim Knutson. Standing from Left: Alan May, Ernie Golub, Bill Johnson, Brad Miles, Mike Trotter, Ronnie Averitte, Sam Akard, Bob Cloud, Bill Huettel, Howard Andrew, Greg McLarren and Don Wessels. Present but not pictured: Rollins Rubsamen and Tom Stevens.
Anyone knowing the where abouts of Spencer D. Coleman please notify our Class Agents!
BILL ALLISON sold his sailboat in Norfolk, VA and moved (temporarily) to Abilene. He has 3 married daughters and 8 grandchildren. Bill retired in 1984.
P.O. Box 5010
Abilene, TX 70608
CHARLES R. ARNOLD retired from U.S. Dept. of Energy 12/30/00. Charles and wife Christine reside at
6040 N. 160 W,
Howe, Indiana 46746.
CLINTON R. BIPPERT & wife of 48 years, Evelyn, have five children and eleven grandchildren. He retired from Texas Ag. Ext. Svc. Jan. '90. They can be reached at their residence since Nov. '59 @ 1075 W. St. Hwy. 71, LaGrange, TX 78945-5130, phone 979-968-5538.
SANFORD BLAKLEY retired from Tenneco and is currently consulting for Southeastern Pipeline Company. He and Carolyn have been married for 43 years, have 2 sons (1 Aggie) and 5 grandchildren. Sanford can be reached as follows:
8403 Braes Meadow
Houston, TX 77071
BENJAMIN R. (BEN) BLANKENSHIP
1329 Aquia Dr.
Stafford, VA 22554
Ben resides in the Washington D.C. area and retired as head of the U.S.D.A. economic information section. For the past 6 years, he writes an op-ed column for an award winning local newspaper in Virginia. He has 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
Ben exchanges regular e-mails with several Aggie buddies and relates what is really going on in the Washington bureaucracy.
CHARLES E. BOMBARDIER after a very successful career with BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) Charles retired in 1974. Charles is always looking for any updates on any classmates and would like to send the following to all, "Keep up the Good Work". Contact Charles at 4539 N 49th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85031, 623/846-6236
CHARLIE BOND writes from California that he worked 31 years, as a Gas Engineer, for Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Francisco. He retired in 1993. Charlie and wife Dian have 2 sons, Jason and Stephen. Jason received a PhD in Math from UCLA in 2000. Stephen is married and produced Charlie and Dian's granddaughter, Nickolette, born May 18, 2002. Charlie can be reached as follows:
2302 Chesterton Dr.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
JERRY F. BOWEN writes to update his email address. Jerry can be contacted at:
5725 Clarendon Drive
Plano, TX 75093-8548
BUCK BUCHANAN is semi-retired, moved from Kingwood to Lake Livingston at Cape Royale, and is still working for Ballard Exploration
He would like to know about Jim Idle and Bob Goble, whom he served with in Germany.
Buck can be reached as follows:
10 Greentree Drive
Coldspring Tx. 77331
JOHN L. BUXTON can be reached at:
1469 Peabody Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104-3831
Phone: 901-726-6275; 901-274-3863
JAMES E. CAFFEY, Phd, P.E. retired from The City of Arlington, Texas in May 2001. He has set up a consulting Civil Engineering practice. James has a new granddaughter, Caroline Grace, born to son Jeff '88 and wife Elizabeth. James has a grandson age 5 and granddaughter age 3 by son Jerald '91. James can be reached at Caffey Engineering, Inc., P.O. Box 13786, Arlington, TX 76094-0786.
ROBERT W. CALDWELL, JR. retired from the USAF as a Colonel and is currently a professor teaching business management at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. He and Beverly have three sons, Christopher '88, King '84, Patrick and daughter Kirstin. The Caldwells reside at 10910 Grand haven Drive, San Antonio, TX 78239.
L. HOWARD CALLAWAY is a self employed petroleum consultant (drilling, completions and workovers). He and his wife have celebrated 46 years of marriage, have one son, two daughters and three grandchildren. Howard would like information on Paul O. Roberts, Jr. Contact Howard at 12510 W. Shadowlake, Cypress, TX 77429.
GEORGE CASON lives on the family farm, raises cattle, and is semi-retired from his law practice. George says "old age ain't for the timid". His street address is as follows:
1327 Strickland Lane
Eagle Lake, Texas 77434
ROBERT L. (BOB) CLOUD, PhD.
1546 Sanger's Lane
Staunton, VA 24401
Bob and Helen Cloud have retired in Staunton, VA. after a 25 year, distinguished career at Westinghouse Electric Company. Bob holds a patent for his invention "Seismic Stops". Essentially, these devices work like shock absorbers in nuclear power plants to hold things together in case of earthquakes. He and Helen have been married 47 years and have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.
JAMES L. COFFMAN lives in Cherokee, TX but still has his horse carriage business in Galveston. All Class of '55 Aggies will get a discount for a horse drawn carriage ride in the Historical District of Galveston. James has 2 sons and 1 daughter , and 6 grandchildren. Contact as follows:
P.O. Box 174
Cherokee, TX 76832
Phone: 409-765-5180(home); 409-765-5180(work);
HENRY COURTRET, JR. is still very active in his Petroleum Engineering Consulting firm in Shreveport, La. He and wife Terry have been there since 1960.
DR. JOHN COZAD DMV has moved to South Padre Island. He's semi-retired, working 2 days a week at the Port Isabel Animal Hospital and 1 day a week at the Greyhound Race Track. Our former class yell leader can be reached as follows:
P.O. Box 40065
South Padre Island, TX 78597-4065
Cell Phone: 949-291-5686
Work Phone: 956-943-6022
HAROLD D. CRAIG says "retirement is a tough life, but somebody's gotta do it." Harold retired from the USAF as a LTC in 1979. He then worked as a Petr. Engr. for Getty then for the Texas Railroad Commission, retiring in January 2002. He and wife, Mary Helen, have 1 daughter and 2 sons (Mike Craig '80 is a Lt. Col in the USAF at the Pentagon) and 6 grandchildren. Contact as follows:
13428 CR 1117 N
Kilgore, TX 75662
RICHARD P. CRAWFORD retired from TAMU to Redarc Farm in 1994. The Crawfords reside at Rt.2 Box 116B, Sumner, TX 75486. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
CULLEN DAVIS consulting firm Cullen Davis Enterprises covers Electrical Energy Management to Commercial and Industrial business clients. Cullen and wife Karen new address is 5805 N. Ballantrea Dr., Colleyville, TX 76034
ERNEST W. DAVIS reports that he retired from NL Baroid in 1985 as Regional Human Resource Manager. After retirement from Baroid, he consulted in Human Resources until 1996. He has one son PE'85, two daughters, six grandchildren and another due in January 2004. His current address is:
6603 Glenn Lakes Dr.
Houston, TX 77069
Home Phone: 281-440-9318
Fax No: 281-586-2018
JOHN B. DORSEY
1325 S. Madison St.
San Angelo, Texas 76901
John and Norma moved to San Angelo a couple of years ago after retiring from DeGolyer and MacNaughten in Dallas.
EDMUND (ED) DUSEK still resides in Austin and retired from Sears after 38 1/2 years, and is substitute teaching at Round Rock ISD. Ed was in "B" Quartermaster in the Corps and on the Regimental Staff. He and his wife Donna can be reached at:
9402 Rolling Oaks Trail
Austin, Texas 78750
Phone: (512) 983-6950
CONNIE ECKARD is headed to Thailand later this year where he will be teaching media writing and communication strategy classes at Webster University there. He has noted that the cost of textbooks have gone up in price over the last 50 years The cheapest he is using is about $75!!! Where is Loupot now that you need him? Connie should return home around the middle of March. He has been working as a disaster assistance employee with FEMA Public Affairs and spent seven weeks at their headquarters in Washington, D.C. this past fall. Connie and Donna reside at:
1321 Perkins Ave.
Richland, WA 99352-3106
GERALD P. ESTES lives in Hideaway Lakes about 85 miles east of Dallas just off I-20 between Tyler and Mineola. He is operating The Beef House Restaurant in Garland, near the intersection of Saturn & Kingsley. The phone is 972-278-2833.
His home address is:
1137 Fairway West
Lindale, TX 75771
Phone No. 903-881-8062.
FRANK FORD like many others uses "snail mail" but can be reached as follows:
405 East Yale Loop
Irvine, CA 92614
EDDIE FORSHAGE is a semi-retired highway contractor. Two sons are in the company and taking care of business. He and wife Alta have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. Eddie graduated in Civil Engineering but he has been a repressed "cowboy" for sometime. He now owns a few cows to keep him busy. He can be reached as follows:
4025 Burns Court
McAllen, TX 78503
Phone: 956-682-9276 (H)
LARRY (LAWRENCE) FRANCIS and Marilyn (wife of 49 Years) live in El Paso, where he started several R&D businesses. He has sold them and retired. He was elected Mayor of El Paso for 2 terms back in the 90's. He is now a member of the Former Students Board. He has not kept up with our class, except for Joe Walker. Larry and Marilyn are looking forward to attending the mini-reunion in San Antonio. Their current address is:
El Paso, TX 79912
DON FRIEND writes that he has sold his business and moved to his ranch. His new address is:
Post Office Box 511
Camp Wood, Texas 78833
DR. ARTHUR E. GARNER and wife Angeline have been married 45 years. They have 4 children, 9 grand children and 2 great grand children.
Still practicing dentistry after 41 years. Classmate Jim Wilson, Amarillo architect is Governor of his Lion Club District. Doc's new address is 102 South Shore, Lake Tanglewood, Amarillo, TX 79118
CLARENCE "BUCK" GAY has been married to Ann for 48 years. They have 6 children (3- Aggies) and 12 grandchildren. Buck retired from NASA but still consults through Muniz Engineering with Boeing on the Space Station payloads. Also he spends lots of time with the local Habitat for Humanity. Buck and Ann live in Nassau Bay.
JIM GINNINGS wrote our online class of '55 news submission. Jim and Ann celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary August 30,2002. Jim's home address is:
5201 Lake Park Drive
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
His business address is:
900 8th St, Suite 820
Wichita, TX 76301-6809
DONALD M. GODWIN is retired as football-track coach and Math and Sciences teacher. He runs some cows on acreage outside of Rogers, and enjoys fishing, reading and horse racing. Donald and his wife Nancy have been married 46 years, have one son, one daughter and two grandchildren. Their current address is:
P.O. Box 326
Rogers, TX 76569
Home Phone: 254-642-3569
WILLIAM E. (ED) GOODBRAKE and wife Joahn reside in Deming, NM, and are preparing to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. They have 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren. Ed retired from farming in 1999 after 42 years. He and Joahn have been RV touring the Western USA, and he stays in touch with former roommates, Tom Kelly and Don Harris. Contact as follows:
1470 Camino Doce SW
Deming, NM 88030
RON GREATHOUSE and wife, Sandy, are looking forward to
attending their first Class Reunion April 19-22 in
College Station. Also we hope to see
some old friends ... my cousin Joe Bob Walker, roomie
Frank Ford, John Cozad, Fred Rose and any A Battery,
Field Artillery vets.
After a tour of duty
with the Marine Corps and moving to Lancaster, PA ...
have not had a chance to get back to Texas much ... but
really looking forward to it! Ron can be contacted as follows:
1390 Columbia Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603
Direct: (717) 468-8435
FAX: (717) 299-6599
A.T. GREEN JR. is planning on attending the 50th Reunion. He has a Villa in Mexico that is available for rental. The website for the rental Villa is as follows: www.casamedialuna.com. He would welcome Classmates.
His e-mail address is: Gexlex21@aol.com
JOHN GREER and wife Wanda live in Bryan, where John is still working, teaching Architectural Engineering at TAMU as the Willie E. Scott Endowed Professorship and has received the Distinguished Teaching Award. They have a son Greg and daughter Valorie '85. Their current address is:
506 East Brookside Drive
Bryan, TX 77750
Home Phone: 979-846-0584
Work Phone: 979-846-7040
KENNETH L. HALL and wife Jan reside at 4300 Harvey Rd., College Station, TX 77845; they have a daughter, a son, and one granddaughter. Kenneth retired in 2001 as Postmaster after 23 years, and has been a Deputy Sheriff in Brazos County for 25 years.
JOE HARDGROVE is President and CEO of Omega Securities, Inc. and the Omega Charitable Foundation. He has 6 children and 15 grandchildren. At A&M Joe was a 3-year Baseball Letterman and all SWC Baseball in 1955. He can be contacted at:
5520 El Campo Ave.
Ft. Worth, TX 76107
JOHN (JACK) HERBIG is stiill active in Herbig Oil and Gas in the Midland Basin area. Has been married 50 years to Anne , a teasip. His address is 1208 Shirley Lane, Midland, Tx.79705.
ARTHUR L. (ART) HERZOG is a semi-retired real estate broker, spokesman and member - M.D. Anderson Network. He and wife Carol have 10 children and 11 grandchildren. Art is seeking information on John E. Oliver, DVM. The Herzogs reside at 524 Elkins Lake, Huntsville, TX 77340-7313, (936) 295-6178.
C.S.(BILL) HIGHTOWER has recently remarried (former Lynn Gross), bought a new home and changed his e-mail address. Their current address is:
5780 Chestnut Trace
Birmingham, AL 35244-4588
Home Phone: 205-982-5161
17013 Plattsburg Rd.
Kearney, Missouri 64060
Jeff and wife Annis have 7 children, (4 boys and 3 girls). They moved from Tyler, TX to Kearney, MO in February, 2002. He has been cattle ranching in Kansas since 1978, Flint Hills Chase Co. Jeff trades cattle, feeds cattle and trades commodities. He, like most of us, is very upset with certain CEO's that have wrecked havoc with their companies, the stock market and the economy.
Jeff is looking for info on David Bishop '54 from Lufkin.
LAWRENCE HOWARD is an Insurance Agent with AFLAC (quack, quack) and will officially retire this year. You may contact Lawrence at 11664 Coral Hills Ct., Dallas, TX 75229 or e-mail at email@example.com
WILLIAM (BILL) V. JOHNSON retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Army after twenty eight years in 1983. He retired from Specialty Advertising after seventeen years in July 2000. He and wife Jeannine can be reached at 3617 Southland Blvd., San Angelo, TX 76904; (915) 944-7173; fax (915) 945-3611.
RICHARD L. (DICK) JONES, JR. has been retired for 10 years from Texaco/Getty. He and wife Carolyn have made several trips with the Traveling Aggies. They are now using their 4th motor home and spend a lot of time traveling the USA. Dick has only missed one home football game in the last 22 years. He and Carolyn have 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren. They reside in Kingwood. E-mail: DJones55@aol.com
G. HOLMAN KING Howdy, really old army. Thought you might be interested in this report from Minter (See under Charles Minter). Forward to any of the old A Signal and Company 12 guys I may have missed. Send me a copy with their email and maybe I can do a better job in the future. The 50th was great. I'm still aglow. The Muster was worth the 50 year wait.
PETE KOPECKY wrote he will be attending his USAF Pilot Training Class 56U reunion in Dayton, Ohio from September 14-17, 2006. His web site is www.kopecky-roberts.com/56-U.htm. He will be dressed up in a helmet and t-shirt and prepared to attend the reunion.
Pete can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
DELVIN L. KRAUSE is still in the business as a consulting Forensic Engineer. His address is:
Spartanburg, SC, 29304
(864) 578.8869 (office)
(864) 578.5133 (home)
(864) 599.5111 (fax)
(864) 497.2071 (cell)
Glenn J. Langford has retired and he and his wife have moved to Houston from Corsicana where son Gregg and his wife (Class of '85 & '84) reside. They have a granddaughter (Class of ?). They lived in Corsicana for 37 years. Glenn says "Gig 'em" to all his old friends, especially Sam Akard. Glenn would like info on William Canon, Lolan M. Pullen and Steve O. Nall. Glenn can be reached as follows:
15751 Hillside Falls Trail
Houston, TX 77062
BOB B. LEE and wife Patsy are retired in San Antonio. He was in the food brokerage business. E-mail: email@example.com
DR. BLANCHARD LENOIR retired as coordinator of Real Estate Program at Dallas County Community College. And, just went to work in Waco for the State of TX as Right of Way Agent. Blanchard and wife have 3 children, 6 grand children and 3 great grand children. Blanchard is also interested in any updates on Max Eubank(s). The LeNoirs reside at 712 E. Walker, Groesbeck, TX 76642.
SHEWSUN (LOUIE) LEW let us know he is an independent insurance agent in San Antonio, TX. He is currently active in the Chinese Community Center and the 1st Chinese Baptist Church. Shewsun was in "B" Coast Artillery and was active in the Baptist Student Union and the Aggie Christian Fellowship. He is also retired as a Lt. Colonel after two years active duty and 26 years in the reserves. Louie and his wife, Bessie, have a daughter, Lori '83 and a son, Stuart '85. The Lew's address is:
99 Camellia Way,
San Antonio, TX 78209;
Phone: home (210) 824-6777; work (210) 593-0820; fax (210) 593-0826.
FRANK A. MALEK, Jr. and wife Mary Ann live in Montgomery, TX. He has been retired from Frank Malek & Associates since 1999. The Maleks have 4 sons and 7 grandchildren. He can be contacted at:
5973 Beech Dr.
Montgomery, TX 77316
TOM McDADE is still practicing law, very successfully, in Houston.
SAM MCANALLY is still working. I opened a real estate appraisal consulting office in Brady 12 years ago and have a total of three people in the office including Tom Sammons, Jr. '77 son of our classmate Bubba Sammons.
Last November I was honored to receive the "Excellence in Education Award" from The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA). The award culminated over 20 years of instructing appraisal courses nationally. WHOOP!
Dorothy and I did a Smithsonian sponsored National Parks Tour (9 days), which included a part of the Lewis & Clark last year. This past summer we enjoyed a 9-day coach tour of Nova Scotia. Also very enjoyable.
WILLIAM R. (DICK) McCASLAND and wife Linda are planning to come to the 50th Reunion in April. Dick retired from the Texas A&M University System in 2000 after 43 years with the Texas Transportation Institute (36 years working in Houston). At A&M he majored in Civil Engineering earning BS and MS degrees, belonged to the ASCE, the Engineering Council, Ross Volunteers and was on the 1st Regt. Staff in the Corps (Armor). Dick can be reached as follows:
6051 Golden Forest
Houston, Texas 77092
445 Brazos Oak
Waco, Texas 76705
Bert is the Owner/President of Automotive Equipment Co., 1503 Brandi Ln., Round Rock, Texas 76781.
Bert would like to hear from Jewel "Mack" McEntire.
JAMES L. MILSTEAD has retired from the Foundry Industry and is working in a Mergers & Acquisition Group for the Metals Industry. He and wife, Nona, have been married for 47 years and they have three children, all graduates of TAMU, and 7 grandchildren. Jim was on the Board of Directors of The Association of Former Students from 1984-1988. Contact:
713 WSW Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone: 903-561-9349 (H)
CHARLES MINTER writes that he and his wife Allie have lived in Beaverton (a suburb of Portland) since 1971, transfering from Kansas City. Employed by Westinghouse through its "merger" with ASEA-Brown Boveri in 1989, I retired 6 years later. Three of my four children and five of six grandchildren live closeby; the eldest is currently about 5 hours away at Whidby Island Naval Air Station. It seems as if most of my time since retirement has been spent on weddings and playing with the grandchildren. Allie and I are both in good health and have had no major problems (knock on wood). I owe you another special thanks for all the email addresses. I feel pretty isolated way up here in the Northwest and truly miss the friends I have neglected for many years. E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
JAMES A. MUNCEY is a retired Architect and a gentleman rancher in the Fredericksburg area. He and his wife own the Muncey Ranch Romantic Bed & Breakfast. Visit Jim's web site at the
Muncey Ranch. The ranch is located about 7 miles from Enchanted Rock State Park and 4.6 miles from Main St. in Fredericksburg. His e-mail address is: email@example.com
FRANCIS (FRANK) B. O'DONNELL, JR. writes that he retired from Beach/Raytheon Instruments; previously at Piper, Mooney, Northrop and Texas Instruments. His wife Sally will retire in one year. Their three children live in various parts in the United States. Frank and Sally will attend the 50th Reunion. His address and phone number are:
301 South Rock Road,
Derby, Kansas 67037
H. W. (HANK) PARKMAN
104 Morning Cloud
Lakeway, Texas 78734
Hank is President of Masonry Consultants Inc. He has 4 children all are A & M graduates; Michael '81; Stacy '86; Kaye '91; Belle '93.
Three of them married Aggies. He has 11 grandchildren (7 years old or younger.)
ROBERT W. (BOB) PATE writes that he owned Computer Service for 35 year. In 1990 he started an environmental company specializing in underground storage tanks.
Bob relates that another classmate WILLIAM T BURGE,of Baytown, is semi-retired from his Architecture practice and is spending a lot of time caring for his wife of over 50 years, who is suffering from a lengthy illness. Keep them in your prayers.
Bob and his wife of 50 years have one son ('81), one daughter and two granddaughters. His class ring was stolen years ago and on his 65th birthday his family relayed the ring. You can contact Bob as follows:
Houston, TX 77027
Phone: (713) 552-9849
ALTON PECK writes with the sad news that he lost his wife of 46 years, Marge, on October 3, 2001. Al, our prayers are with you and your three children, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Al resides outside of Burnet, at 688 CR 139 Burnet, TX 78611, where he moved in 1994; (512) 793-6448; fax (512) 793-4951.
S. ITO PERL writes that he and his wife Marian are enjoying retirement. They spend the summers in Colorado and he works seasonally for H&R Block. He has a son David and 2 Daughters Laura and Deborah. Keep Politics and Religion out of our 50th Class Reunion. Ito can be contacted as follows:
13337 Purple Sage Road
Dallas, Texas 75240-5638
Home Phone: 972-239-9563
Fax Number: 972-980-0845
San Antonio, TX 78216
I retired from IBM after 37 years, and am very active in the Rotary Club and family activities.
Would like to find Richard Chambers in our class. Richard is from Laredo TX and Bristol VA. In addition, I would like some information on the new A & M President and am tired of being the "doormat" in basketball for the Big 12.
CHARLES T. RICHARDSON
P.O. Box 146
Columbus, TX 78934
Charles writes that he has recently moved to Columbus from the Clute/Lake Jackson area, where he has practiced law for 42 years. He plans to fully retire in 2003. He and wife Janet have been married 44 years and have 2 sons, James '77 and John '79.
Charles would like some info on, or hear from, Romain Slabbaert and Charlie Fisher.
J.B.RILEY writes that once again I have the same address I had when I was at A & M, as I am back managing
the family farms, ranches, oil properties and real estate, after the death of both my parents
in 2002 and 2003. I can be contacted as follows:
P.O. Box 326
Burkburnett, Texas 76354
CHARLES C. RITCHIE retired from Rockwell International in 1992. He was discharged as a Captain in the USAF before employment with Rockwell. He and his wife, who is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, have a farm in the Sacramento, CA area. They can be reached at:
7401 Seabluff Dr. #106
Huntington Beach, CA 92648-2433
Phone: (714) 960-9084
Charles has news about other classmates. William J. Manning (former room mate) has built a new house in Aransas Pass. Martin Burkhead is living in Indianapolis, IN and John Stevenson has retired and living in Wichita Falls.
ERSKINE RIVEIRE semi-retired as a United Methodist minister as of May 30, 2003. He is now living in College Station and will be serving as pastor to the UM churches in Bedias and Shiro, Grimes County. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
LOUIE M. SCOTT
1348 Chippenham Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808-5625
After 41 years as a Health Physicist, I retired as a Radiation Safety Officer from LSU at the end of August 2002. I plan to consult and enjoy life. Along the way I became a Certified Health Physicist and a Fellow of the Health Physicist Society.
DALE "PEANUT" SISSELL
My Wife, Alaire, and I moved last summer from Destin, Florida to Georgia. Our new address is:
3242 Allison Dr.
Young Harris, GA 30582
We enoy living in the mountains except this winter has been bitter. One day it was zero with about a 25 knot wind. That's pretty brisky for a South Texas boy.
Joe reports that he retired from ConAgra Products on July 1, 2004 and currently can be contacted at:
P.O. Box 1288
Wimberley, TX 78676
JOHNNY SPANNAGEL retired in 1999 from Cliffs Drilling Company. He and wife, Mary, have been married 48 years and have resided in College Station for the past 28 years. Their daughter Pam Thompson is Class of '78 and son, Dean, is Class of '81. Johnny and Mary have two grand daughters and two grand sons. He can be reached as follows:
1201 Merry Oaks Dr.
College Station, TX 77840
GLENWOOD (GLEN) SPECHT reports that he has retired as a Geological Scientist, after a 39 year career with Exxon in 1994. He and wife Jan have been married 45 years, have two daughters and three grandchildren. While employed with Exxon, Glen and the family lived in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Baytown, Kingsville and Midland; he and Jan moved to Colorado in 1998. Glen was in "A" Ordnance in The Corps and was a member of The Ross Volunteers, The Geology Club and The Lutheran Student Association. Jan and Glen went on a cruise with The Traveling Aggies in 2003 to The Galapogas Islands and had a great time with Jennifer Bohac '87 and the other Aggie travelers. He is looking forward to seeing old buddies and the changes in the A&M campus at the 50th Reunion. Glen can be contacted as follows:
8312 S. Peninsula Drive
Littleton, CO 80120
JOHN R. STEPHENSON would like current addresses for Martin Burkhead and Albert Koury both in class '55. John and wife Pamela reside at 2013 Victory Ave., Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Home Phone: 940-767-7650
DALE STICE retired in 2002 from Land and Legal work. He has three children and six grandchildren. One son is in the Class of '84 and daughter is in the Class of '82. Their grandchildren are in the class of '08 and '11. They have recently moved to a new townhouse:
Midland, Texas 79707
F.W. (BILL) STUCKERT, JR. writes that he is still at 2429 E. 22nd Place, Tulsa, OK 74114; home (918) 742-2325; work (918) 625-2956.
GORDON TATE, in Midland, reports he's still ranching. He has 7 grandchildren, including a set of triplets! His son, Maj.Gordon E. Tate, Jr. '86 USAR, has been called up for active duty and his headed to the Middle East. You can contact Gordon as follows:
2822 Stutz Dr.
Midland, TX 79705-4928
MIKE TROTTER and wife Barbara are going on a Traveling Aggies Trip to Tuscany right afer the 50th reunion, then in June they are going on another Traveling Aggies trip to Montana to follow the trail of the Lewis & Clark Expedtion 20o years agol. These are always great trips and great fun; hopefully, some Classmates will go on future tripsl If any classmates are interested in a trip or cruse in2005 or2006, let Mike, Frank or Brose know and they will see what can be arranged with The Traveling Aggies. E-mail address:email@example.com
SONNY TUTT has e-mailed that he has booked a room for the Reunion and is looking forward to seeing everyone. he says J. Frank Ford has been out of touch and wants to come to the Reunion, so Sonny will meet him and bring him to the Big Event. It will be good to see them both. Sonny can be reached as follows:
Phone: 281-499-6897; 832-687-3507(cell)
FRANK URBANIC is still actively engaged in government contracts. He writes "I have been in Minnesota, since Jan, as the Program Manager for a $44M USAF contract to develop and produce the next generation munitions trailer. My company, Armed Forces Marketing Consultants, Inc., put the team together to develop the winning strategy for the manufacturing company, in MN,. The contract is for 214 trailers over an 8 year period. And I managed to survive a MN winter without frost bite. Will return to TX, for good, in October."
GERALD L. (JERRY) VAN HOOSIER (DVM) sends greetings from the Pacific Northwest where he is still a Professor of Comparative Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org He enjoyed a mini-reunion with old Artillery and Battery 7 buddies, Ronnie Hayes, Fred Rose and the late Tommy Hollmig's wife Hasey, in October 2001. He says to tell Arthur (Art) Herzog who is looking for John Oliver to try (706) 369-0027 in Bogart, GA.
DON WESSELS sent the following, "Gig'em!" He is semi-retired as a commercial real estate broker and has a hard time finding time to work with all his other activities. Contact Don and his wife, Bettye, at 4115 Gardendale, Houston, TX 77095; home (713) 681-3390; fax (713) 957-0140.
JOE ROBERT (BOB) WALKER writes that he is retired as CEO of J.W. Bateson Company and consultant for H.R. "Bum" Bright. He and wife, Mary Ellen, have been married 45 years and have 3 children, Laura Walker Bird '83, Douglas R. Walker '86 and Joe Scott Walker '89. They are the proud grandparents of 6 (1 boy and 5 girls). Contact as follows:
3909 Courtshire Dr.
Dallas, TX 75229
JOHN B. WHITE writes that he has been retired since 1995. He has 2 sons and 2 daughters. Son Bennett Class of 1982, Son Hudson Class of 1986, Daughter Victoria Class of 1988 and Daughter Harriet (Baylor Class of 1989). He was in Co A Ordinance and received his degree in Mechanical Engr.
Contact as follows:
3121 Bracken Drive
Tyler, TX 75701
DAVID L. WILLIAMS reports that he recently visited with Jim '55 and Jo Bush at their home in Raymore, MO. Also, Dave Bass has moved to Weatherford and his email is "email@example.com". Dave Williams can be contacted as follows:
317 Amberwood Circle
Tyler Amberwood Circle
Tyler, TX 75701
HERB WOLF's wife reports that Herb, a Junction Boy, is now a semi-retired Architect and a full time artist. In his first full year he produced 49 new paintings. He does pen and ink, watercolors and oils. He also competes in Senior Olympics and has won lots of medals (~17 last year) He still does the long jump and the high jump at 71! Our address is:
Houston, TX 77007
Office Phone: 713-861-5193
Home Phone: 713-868-1018; Cell: 281-660-7861
RON WOLFF and Felice have moved to their new address shown below. Ron retired on 10/31/06 as a CPA. They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Their new address is:
128 Long Bow
San Antonio, TX 78231
JERRY YATES was self-employed and is now retired. He has one daughter, one grandson and is widowed. His current address is:
500 Yates Lane
Perrin, TX 76486
Cell Phone: 817-597-0522
DONALD ZALE has Blockbuster Video Franchises in Dallas. Donald has three children and 13 healthy grand children. You may contact Donald at 26 Stonecourt, Dallas, TX 75225