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Grant Fulkerson    
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USNA 64 Newsletter June 2012
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USNA 64 Newsletter

 May 2012

 

 

Class President’s Remarks:

 

Classmates:

I am pleased to report on the following items of Class business.

 

San Diego Chapter.

As allowed in our Class Bylaws, our classmates in the San Diego area have established a Class chapter, acclaiming Maurice (Maury) Caskey as its representative on the Class Executive Committee (EC). At its March meeting, the Class EC officially accepted and approved the San Diego chapter application and welcomed Maury as its newest member as a regional VP. Welcome aboard San Diego and Maury!

 

Class 50th Reunion Gift Project.

 

Fundraising Status.

Denny Connolly and John Gorman report that currently 306 classmates have donated to the Class Gift representing 39% of Class graduates and 34% of the total classmates, including non-graduates.

 

Integritas

Necessarily the Integritas production schedule is driven by cash flow donations. We expect the first of two phases of the project to be released in early summer. The second phase production will be initiated thereafter. It will require funding at regular intervals. 

 

We still need new donations totaling $130K ($65K from additional classmate donations and $65K matching funds) to reimburse our CEL loan of $115,000 and cover market investment adjustments and projected pledge attrition.  If our cash donations do not cover funding when required to facilitate project development, the Executive Committee will pursue ways to cover the cash flow needs until cash donations are received. 

 

Athletic and Scholarship Program

You may recall that our first scholarship award was announced in June 2011. Austin Branch, the recipient, successfully completed his prep school year and entered the Academy as a plebe with the Class of 2015. Although the A&SP presentation to the Class at our 45th reunion meeting stated the Foundation would work with our class to select a prep student for scholarship each year, we are not permitted to participate in the selection process, just as we cannot do so with the Integritas project. Our MOU with the Foundation clearly states we are excluded from operational involvement. IRS regulations also prohibit donor participation in projects receiving their tax deductible donations. The A&SP program is described in the Class Gift Project description posted on our website.

 

We anticipate our second scholarship award will be announced early this summer.

Classmate Participation, Company Competition

We have $109,000 of matching funds available to match new contributions from classmates.  Our goal is to achieve 100% classmate participation in this effort, realizing that some can give more than others, but  all can make some level of contribution to these worthy class projects, regardless of the amount. Look for our company competition campaign from Denny and John soon. Please go to our website to obtain more detailed project information.

 

Class Governance

The following is a reprint of my March-April Shipmate article on Class Governance.

 

“You may recall that our Class governing documents, Constitution and Bylaws, are posted on our website for review. In late January of this year, I communicated with the Class about a possible revision to those documents and a related petition. Some classmates expressed surprise to the news because they were not previously informed of such efforts by the Executive Committee (EC). For a number of years I and the majority membership of the EC have believed that our two governing documents don’t conform to the way we’ve found it necessary to conduct Class business and that our By-laws conflict with our Constitution.

Class documents permit the EC to amend our Bylaws (only), contingent upon a certain majority vote of the membership. Amendments have been made to them within the last decade.  A revision to governing documents (both our Constitution and Bylaws) requires Class approval.

 

Collectively, I and the majority membership of the Executive Committee (EC) feel that we should correct noted shortcomings and combine the two documents for simplicity, to best serve the Class for the future. The effort to address this issue began in 2008. At the time I became Class President in 2010, a committee was established within the EC to continue the work. Until now, the Class has not been informed of our effort because it is a continuing work-in-progress.When we feel we have a product of sufficient quality that warrants recommending to the Class, we will use all communication channels, including our Website, Newsletter, Shipmate column and the Company rep system, to present it to the Class with our recommendation of approval.

 

It is particularly important to know that I and the EC will not recommend a document that diminishes our classmate rights that we all have enjoyed to date.  I can assure you that all classmates will continue to have a choice in matters of policy and governance in the event the EC recommends any material changes to our governing documents (our Constitution and Bylaws).

 

I and the EC governance committee welcomes classmate comments on this matter. Please send your thoughts to me and I will forward them to the committee.

 

Very best regards,

Bill

 

(O) 410-841-5531

(C) 410-562-4786

CONTENTS:

 

1.       CLASS INFORMATION

 

a.      Annual Class Meeting and Election

b.      Corresponding Secretary/SHIPMATE Contact Information

c.       Class Project Status Update

d.      Class Website Update

e.      Navy Notre Dame Football Game in Dublin, Ireland September 2012

f.        Another Link In The Chain (ALITC) Update

g.      64 Cares Program Update

h.      50th Reunion Planning Information

i.   64 Washington DC Area Class Luncheon Schedule

j.   Class Newsletter Update 

 

 

2.       USNA and USNA Alumni Association Information

3.       Other Information

4.       Upcoming Class Events Calendar   

5.       Classmates Appreciating Your Thoughts and Prayers

6.       Last Call

 

 

 

 

1.                CLASS INFORMATION

 

a.               Annual Class Meeting and Election

 

The Washington Area chapter Annual Class Meeting was held on Wednesday, 1 February 2012 at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA.  During the Annual Meeting, the annual election of Class Officers and the three at large members of the Executive Committee was held.  Below is the report of the results of the Annual Meeting.

 

“On February 1, 2012 we held an Annual Meeting of the Class of 64 at the Army Navy Country Club in Washington, DC.  We had a good turnout of 37 Classmates. The two primary purposes of the Meetings were to consider a Petition and to elect our Class Officers (except President) for another year.

 

The purpose of the Petition, authored by David Tuma, was “to ensure a vote occurs and to provide [a] choice to all voting members of the Association if any revision to the Constitution and By Laws is proposed” to our Membership. The Petition further offered:       “ the 9/17/11 Alternative Revision is the alternative revision to any others that are offered or may be offered in the future”. There are no other revisions offered at this time.  An Executive Committee Resolution, approved by a vote of 16 to 1,at its January 2012 meeting, was read at the Annual Meeting. It recommended the Petition be rejected because: “such a requirement is unusual, unreasonable and not in accordance with procedures generally followed by other organizations”.

 

A motion was made and seconded to accept the Petition. Discussions preceded and followed the motion. A vote was taken and the motion failed by a count of 28 to 6. Therefore, the petition is rejected by the Membership.

 

The following Officers were elected to the Executive Committee for 2012:

     Executive V.P. Gordy Clow;

     Administrative V.P. Ken Henry;

     Secretary Bill Sargent;

     Treasurer Dave Wagner;

     Members at-large: Denny Connelly, Waddy Garrett and John Tweel.

 

Chuck Wilde made a motion to post the minutes of Executive Committee meetings on the Class website within seven days of approval. It was seconded and unanimously approved.”

 

 

 

 

b.               Corresponding /Secretary  Shipmate Contact Information

 

Thanks to all of you who took the time to write an item for SHIPMATE and sent it to Roland Marquis.  Please send pictures to Roland in digital format – preferably “.jpg”.  For those of you who have not written to SHIPMATE in a while, please send an update to Roland so that you can let your friends/classmates know:

 

·        What you have been doing!

·        What you may be planning to do (take a big trip, relocate, etc)

·        Where you are living now since most of us have retired and many have settled in new areas.

·        Any other information you want to pass on to your friends/classmates. 

 

I know we all enjoy reading Roland’s column in Shipmate, but he needs your help to ensure he has information for his column for each Shipmate issue. :  You can send your notes to  bigroland1@comcast.net. 

 

c.                Class Project Status Update

 

The latest report of our Class Project is now available on the Class Website.  You can view the summary report as well as additional information relating to the class project on the class website.  Go to the website at:    http://usna64.org;then click on “Class Projects” on the left side of the homepage; then click on 50th Reunion Class Gift; then click on “USNA 1964 Class Fundraising Dave Wagner updates this financial information as new information becomes available. Additional information on each of the elements of the class project can be found on the “Executive Summary of the 50thReunion Gift Project” at this same website location.

 

If you have not contributed to our Class Gift, please join contributing classmates by making a matching challenge donation or pledge today. Contact Denny, John or Bill for help in making your contribution!

 

Denny Connolly                        703-328-6274             dconnolly@aocwins.com           

John Gorman                            214-384-8181             john.gorman@sbcglobal.net

Bill Natter                                 410-841-5531             bnatter@verizon.net

 

 

 

d.            Class Website Update

 

If you haven’t been on the class website recently please take a few minutes and check out the latest information posted there as well as checking your own biographical data to ensure it is up to date. Scott Bushnell continues to improve and update our award winning site.  Steve Claassen is also assisting Scott with all of the work and update requirements necessary to maintain the site.  We are providing links and other helpful information in the newsletter and in mailings from the Company Reps to assist you in locating articles on the Website that will contain more detailed information than will normally be included in the newsletter or in the Company Rep mailings.

 

Please take a few minutes and check out the website at http://usna64.org and while you are there update your biographical information and send Scott a jpeg copy of your current picture that he can insert on the site. 

 

e.            Navy – Notre Dame Football Game in Dublin, Ireland September 2012

 

Jerry Anderson continues to serve as the information coordinator for the class for the 2012 Navy- Notre Dame game to be held in Dublin, Ireland on 1 September 2012.  Travel packages for the game are no longer available, but for those who have purchased travel packages for the game, Jerry is a valuable source of information and can help you should you have questions.

 

For those planning to attend the game, don’t forget to consider trip insurance. Policies generally cost 7-8% of the trip value.  Just consider it part of the package.  You can go to www.insuremytrip.com and get a good comparison of available policies

 

Several classmates are planning on making the trip.  Some are making their own arrangements, others are using Anthony.

 

Jerry”

j_f_anderson@msn.com

703-278-8277  

f.              Another Link In The Chain (ALITC) Update

One of the key events of the ALITC Program is the Bonds of Gold Ceremony which was held on April 24, 2012.  At this ceremony rings donated by classmates or widows or other relatives of classmates will be mixed with the gold used to cast the rings for the Class of 2014.  Jay reports that about 65 classmates/spouses/family members and friends of the class attended the very moving ceremony.  Below is a very good post ceremony report written by

Dick Burke (2nd Co.) who attended the ceremony along with his wife;

 

“The ceremony was held in Memorial Hall at 7 PM. Some of our class members had dinner in the mess hall with members of the class of 2014 prior to the ceremony. My wife and I did not “dine-in” so I cannot speak to the cuisine, but I doubt much has changed. Anyhow, most of Memorial Hall was filled with chairs and I would guess the attendance at around 300 – 250 members of the class of 2014 and about 50 classmates, spouses and dignitaries like the Superintendent and Byron Marchant, the President and CEO of the USNA Alumni Association. I certainly didn’t know or even see all of the 64s, but the ones I remember are: Bernie McGuire, Bob Sutton, John Dalton, Bill Natter, Jim Maitland, Paul McManus, Ken Henry, Frank Feltham, Wayne Humphreys and, of course, Jay Green who put the whole thing together.

 

I really had no idea what to expect, but the entire evening was one which I will always remember. I was told by several members of the Executive Committee that the class of 2014 has embraced our class in an almost unprecedented fashion. They actually seemed to enjoy our presence and I wonder if we would have looked upon the class of 1914 in the same way.

 

The ceremony included remarks by the 2014 class president, Byron Marchant, Jay Green, a representative of Jostens (the company who will make the class of 2014 rings), Bill Natter and John Dalton. However, the “main event” was the individual presentation of the rings being donated by our class. After each presenter was finished speaking, a member of the class of 2014 came forward to accept the ring. There were several categories of ring donations ranging from the obvious ‘64 ring being donated by a classmate or someone in his family to rings from the class of 1933 that had been given to one of our classmates who was a family member.  Of the 11 presenters, the Second Company had three – Ken, Frank and Wayne’s daughter and son.

 

Ken Henry presented Ken Boone’s “gold plug.” Ken Boone is currently a circuit court judge in MD and was unable to attend. He left the Academy in June 1964 and was able to keep his “gold plug,” which, as you may remember, was used in lieu of a stone in some of our class rings. Frank was the only person that I recall who presented his own ring. His presentation speech was done as if he were “separating” from a loved one. He was the only presenter to use this technique and it was very well done. After he was finished, his grandson who is a member of the class of 2014 came forward and accepted the ring on behalf of his class. Both Wayne’s children were at the podium, but Wayne’s daughter made the presentation speech of Sybil Humphrey’s miniature and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when she finished. Sadly, Sybil passed away recently from Pancreatic cancer so it was a very touching moment.

 

Gordy Clow presented two rings anonymously and he presented them as if they were from the entire class. As usual, he made you proud to be a member of our class. However, the presentation that I think made the most impact was the one done by Jay Green. His uncle, VADM Arnold Schade ’33, had given his ring to Jay. His uncle, barely ten years after graduation, was serving as the Executive Officer on a submarine in WWII when they encountered a Japanese ship. Unable to fire a torpedo, they rammed the ship and bent the submarine’s bow some 18 feet. The enemy opened fire on the submarine and severely wounded the skipper who was unable to get below. He ordered the bridge cleared and then ordered the Exec to “take her down.” The Exec did, saving the ship, but leaving the skipper to drown. The skipper received the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Exec received the Navy Cross. I’m sure somewhere along the way we had to relate the story of “take her down” during plebe year, but the way Jay told it made the ring presentation very special.    

 

The ceremony concluded with the singing of Navy Blue and Gold. Since there were several female midshipmen (or should I say midshipwomen?) near where we were seated, I tried to remember NOT to say “college men” or “sailor men” and I was successful. However, I heard several partial “men” that came out “ma” and were swallowed. After all, you can’t expect us to be perfect all the time!   

 

As we were leaving Bancroft Hall I saw the Jostens rep some few feet in front of us. I had my ring stolen out of my apartment in Miami back in the ‘80s and I had looked into buying a new one, but frankly, had gagged at the price. In keeping with my philosophy of “buying high and selling low,” it looks like I’ve waited until the price of gold is at a peak, but after the ceremony, I was ready to seriously look into it again and so I thought, “Why not now?” So I said to Pam in a loud voice hoping he would overhear me, “Maybe he can get me a ring.” Well, he turned around and we started talking. Turns out he is a West Point graduate, class of 1987. When he got out of the Army he started working for Jostens and when the Academy Sales Manager job came open, he jumped at it. He said working with all the young men and women at all the academies is a pure delight.”

 

Many thanks to Dick for taking the time to record his thoughts about the ceremony and for sharing those thoughts with all of us.

 

 Jay Green continues to do a superb job of coordinating all of our class activities associated with all ALITC events.  Jay can be contacted at d-jgreen@comcast.net. 

 

Additional information regarding the ALITC program including information on all of the events held to date can be found on the class website at:   http://usna64.org; then double click on the “Class Projects” button; then double click on the “Link in the Chain” button.  You can then click on any of the ALITC links on that page to get additional updated information regarding past and future ALITC events.

 

The next ALITC event (YOUNGSTER LUAU) was held on 16 May as this newsletter was going to press and we will hopefully get a report of that event that we can pass on in the next newsletter.

 

On Monday 21 August 2012, the Commitment Dinner for the Class of 2014 will be held at Bancroft Hall/King Hall.  Classmates and spouses are invited to attend this important event in the lives of every member of the Class of 2014. Additional details will be put out through the Company Reps, but if you are interested in attending please contact Jay as early as you can to make your reservations                            

 

 

g.            64 Cares Program Update

 

Dave Tornberg, the Chairman of the 64 Cares Program, and members of his committee have been working to identify new/additional ways we as a class can provide support to our classmates, their spouses and families who may be in need of our assistance, Should you know of any classmate spouse, or family member who may be able to use our assistance please contact Dave at the following email address:  64Cares@usna64.org.

 

Also please share the 64 Cares program mission with your spouse, significant others, and family members  and let them know that the program is there to help all classmates and their families in any way we can.

h.   50th Reunion Planning Information

The 50th Reunion Committee continues to work hard to ensure the 50th Reunion will be a memorable event.  As we mentioned previously the dates for the 50th class reunion will be 18-21 September 2014.  The weekend will coincide with a Navy-Rutgers football game, but it will not be a Homecoming weekend.  Joe Stewart, the 50thReunion Committee Chairman, and the members of the committee met on 12 May to continue they planning activities and continue to ensure every detail of the reunion has been addressed. The Committee is holding regular meetings and the various subcommittees are arranging all of the logistics associated with the reunion. The next planning meeting is scheduled for Friday 21 September 2012 in Annapolis.

There is a 50th Reunion Button on the Class Website.  You can get the latest information regarding event schedules and other useful information by going to the class website at:   http://usna64.org, clicking on the 50thReunion Button and then clicking on the button for the area you wish to view.

i.      64 Washington DC Area Class Luncheon Schedule

 

The next Washington Area class luncheon will take place on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 in Sperryville, VA at the Copper Fox Distillery.  Our classmate John Tweel is a part owner of the distillery and has arranged for tours that day as well as arranging a luncheon at a local restaurant. Additional details will be published within the next few days. If you live in the Washington area or if you planning to be in the area and would like to attend please make your reservations with Dave Wagner at: dawagner64@verizon.net as soon as possible. Wives and significant others are invited to attend this event. A complete schedule of class luncheons can be found in paragraph 3, the Upcoming Events Schedule.

 

 Also, if there are other ’64 luncheons/meetings around the country (especially for the Tidewater and San Diego chapters)please send me ( Grantfulkerson64@verizon.net )  the date, time, place, cost, etc. and I will include them in future newsletters.

 

 

j.      Class Newsletter Update

 

 We are attempting publish the class newsletter on a quarterly basis (this one has taken nearly 5 months but we hope to do better).  Information that is required on a more timely basis will be published through the Company Rep distribution program.  If any of you have ideas or recommendations regarding information to be included in future newsletters please drop me a note at my email address below with your comments and/or recommendations:

 

Grantfulkerson64@verizon.net   

 

 

2.    USNA and USNA Alumni Association Information 

a.     USNA Alumni Association Board of Trustees

The U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association is a non-profit, independent, self-supporting corporation with more than 57,000 members, 75 active alumni classes, 100 chapters, and 84 parent clubs around the world. For more information about the Alumni Association, please visit www.usna.com.  I know that many of you who receive these newsletters and items through the Company Rep system are not currently members of the USNA Alumni Association and do not receive the monthly or nearly so editions of “Shipmate” plus periodic emails with news of the academy and other alumni related items.  Please think about joining the Alumni Association so that you can keep up with friends from the Class of 64 and other classes through the class columns in “Shipmate” plus a wide variety of other useful and often thought provoking new items. 

3.  Other Information

a.    Current Information Regarding Form DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty)

 

 Here is some recently published information regarding a veteran’s ability to obtain their DD-214’s on line. It's official; DD-214s are NOW Online. The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s online:

 

 http://vetrecs.archives.gov/ <http://vetrecs.archives.gov/> 

 

The new address is:

http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

 

 

This may be particularly helpful when/if you or another veteran you may know needs a copy of their DD-214 for employment or other purposes.  NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files.  Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents.

 

Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard Form 180, which can be downloaded from the online web site. Because the requester will be asked to supply all information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be minimized.  The new web-based application was designed to provide better service on these requests by eliminating the records centers mailroom and processing time.

 

Please pass this information on to former military personnel you may know and their dependents.

 

4.    Upcoming Class Events Calendar

 

a.       22 May 2012                                 San Diego Chapter Luncheon.

                                                            Contact Maurice Laskey at

                                                            scracer@flash.net for details

 

b.      20 June 2012                                 Washington Area Class Luncheon

 

c.       1 August 2012                                Washington Area Class Luncheon

 

d.      21 August 2012                         Commitment Dinner with Class of 2014                         

                                                            (Annapolis, MD- USNA

                             

e.                                                       1 September 2012                          Navy – Notre Dame Football in Dublin   

 

f.                                                        3  October 2012                            Washington Area Class Luncheon

 

h.    5 December 2012 (tent)                 Washington Area Class Luncheon

 

h.    18- 21 September 2014                50th Reunion Weekend in Annapolis                 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Classmates Appreciating Your Thoughts and Prayers

 

Please remember the following classmates and wives in your thoughts and prayers.

 

·        Hal Anderson (15th Co) (Multiple Myeloma)

·        Joe Dimmick (5th Co) (Multiple Myeloma)

·        Walt Ericson (9th Co) (Recovering from a mild heart attack and stroke)

·        Tom Flory (15th Co) (Prostate Cancer)

·        Roger Granere (17th Co) (Multiple Myeloma)

·        Judi Lipscomb (wife of David/3rd Co) (“ Update: Leukemia in remission”)

·        Bob Mabie (9th Co) Parkinson’s disease (Update: Bob recently went on a new medicine and is doing better.  He really enjoys hearing from classmates. Bob has no computer/email but he can be reached by phone at 781-894-9851 or by mail at 38 Fuller Street, Waltham, MA 02453.

·        Nick Markoff (21st Co) (Lymphomic Cancer in remission)

·        Pat Mizer (wife of Bob/23rd Co)) (Stroke – Bob continues as Pat’s primary caretaker)

·        Jim Norvell (11th Co) (Prostate Cancer-now in remission, congestive heart failure, and Renal Disease)

·        Bob Rinker (14th Co) (Multiple Myeloma)

·        Tom Swartz (12th Co) (Recovering from major hip surgery)

·        Pepin Tuma (son of David/13th Co)) (Recovering from testicular cancer surgery) (Update: "Operation successful, cancerous tumor removed and Pepin will have follow-on chemo-therapy to reduce the cancer that had spread to his abdomen lymph nodes.  Prognosis is very good at this point.")

 

 

6.        Last Call

 

The following classmates and spouse have died since our last newsletter was published in December.  Please remember the following and their families in your thoughts and prayers:

 

a. Gregory (Greg) Binder, (1st Co.), entered Eternal Life Friday, March 9, 2012, at the age of 69. Dear brother of William Binder and Margaret Binder. Preceeded in death by his  siblings: Lawrence Binder, Francis Binder, Bernice (Jack) Witzel and John Binder. Greg is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Greg graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1964, and was a Naval Pilot. He later worked as an electrical engineer at Square D and at Allen Bradley. During pre-Alzheimer days, Greg was very involved in church ministries, played the violin with the Milwaukee Catholic Symphony and had passionate interests in many other areas including planes, trains, ships, cars, model railroading, bicycling and reading. Greg was heavily involved with his family and will be sorely missed. Visitation was held Friday, March 16, from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM, at St. Monica Catholic Church, 5601 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Whitefish Bay.  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial Masses in Greg's name would be appreciated.

 

 b. Edward (Ed) Hemond Mackenzie, III, (2nd Co) the son of Edward H. Mackenzie, Jr. and Wilhelmina Breitenwischer, was born on 24 Apr 1941 in Washington DC, and died on 26 April 2012 in Hemet, Riverside Co., CA, at the age of 71. A service was held and burial took place at Turner & Stevens Live Oak Memorial Park on 30 Apr 2012. Edward Hemond Mackenzie, III, (Ed) the son of Edward H. Mackenzie, Jr. and Wilhelmina Breitenwischer, was born on 24 Apr 1941 in Washington DC, and died on 26 Apr 2012 in Hemet, Riverside Co., CA, at the age of 71. A service was held and burial took place at Turner & Stevens Live Oak Memorial Park on 30 Apr 2012.

Ed is the second great-grandson of George Ross Mackenzie (1820-1892) who was born in Duthil & Rothiemurchus, Inverness, Scotland, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1846. George Ross Mackenzie, fourth president of Singer Sewing Machine Company, crisscrossed the Atlantic 55 times on company business, and sent his five sons and a nephew to take charge of key Singer operations around the globe. Ed's father, Edward H. Mackenzie Jr. (1913-2002), held a law degree from the University of Virginia and served as a Special Agent for the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover until retiring in 1963.

In 1959 Ed graduated from Pasadena High School and went on to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland in 1964. He served as a Naval Officer during the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1973 where he was assigned to the U.S. Naval Advisory Group in Saigon, and later to the Naval Regional Procurement Office in Los Angeles. He was awarded several commendations and medals. After his active military service, he chose a career in aerospace, working on such programs as nuclear submarines, military and civilian aircraft, and the International Space Station. He retired in 2002 from Program Management with Honeywell, Defense and Space in Torrance, CA.

During retirement, Ed continued an active presents at the local AYSO and with Valley-Wide Recreation Youth Baseball. Sometimes coaching and always encouraging the children and their parents. He joined the Hemet Police Department Volunteer Program, took up model railroading, and was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Ed lived his life with integrity, high ethical and moral standards and extreme bravery. He showed strength and love right up until his last day. He stands as a shining example to the young men of the rising generation to emulate his example and imitate his sterling qualities and virtues. Always true, a constant credit to his heritage and his training, he exemplified the fullest meaning of "An Officer and a Gentleman".

He is survived by his wife, Carrie, three sons, one daughter, two step-sons and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

 

 

In 1959 Ed graduated from Pasadena High School and went on to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland in 1964. He served as a Naval Officer during the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1973 where he was assigned to the U.S. Naval Advisory Group in Saigon, and later to the Naval Regional Procurement Office in Los Angeles. He was awarded several commendations and medals. After his active military service, he chose a career in aerospace, working on such programs as nuclear submarines, military and civilian aircraft, and the International Space Station. He retired in 2002 from Program Management with Honeywell, Defense and Space in Torrance, CA.

During retirement, Ed continued his work at the local AYSO and with Valley-Wide Recreation Youth Baseball. Sometimes coaching and always encouraging the children and their parents. He joined the Hemet Police Department Volunteer Program, took up model railroading, and was a member of the
First Baptist Church.

Ed lived his life with integrity, high ethical and moral standards and extreme bravery. He showed strength and love right up until his last day. He stands as a shining example to the young men of the rising generation to emulate his example and imitate his sterling qualities and virtues. Always true, a constant credit to his heritage and his training, he exemplified the fullest meaning of "An Officer and a Gentleman".

He is survived by his wife, Carrie, three sons, one daughter, two step-sons and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.


c.
Charlotte Yates Carson, 67, (wife of Bill)   joined her parents and her beloved daughter Shellie in heaven on February 27 after fighting a courageous 12 year battle with breast cancer. Charlotte was predeceased by: her parents, Harold Yates and Nannie Willis Yates; her daughter, Mary R. “Shellie” Carson, who was killed August 14, 2005; and her brother-in-law, Ronald W. Cowan, Sr.   She is survived by: her loving husband of 29 years, William H. “Bill” Carson and children, Andrew “Drew” Carson, Tammy (and Dean) Walker and their sons, Ryan and Eric, and James Trai (and Wendy) Forrester and their daughter, Nicole; her sister, Exie Yates Cowan; her brother-in-law, Richard “Chip” Carson; her nephew, Ronald Cowan; her nieces, Tanya Cowan and Jeanne Cowan; her grandniece, Jaiden; her uncles, Warren Yates and the Honorable Delegate John Yates; her aunt, Ruth Yates; and many loving cousins.

 

Charlotte was a native of Norfolk, Virginia and graduated from Maury High School in 1962.  She received her BS from Cowan and Radford College and her MS from ODU.  She retired in 2002 after devoting 35 years to a career as a public school teacher.  She spent five years teaching the sixth grade in Norfolk and then spent the remainder of her career as a Special Education teacher in Virginia Beach elementary, middle and high schools.  After retiring she worked for 5 years at ODU as a supervising teacher, easing the transition to teaching for those in the “Career Switchers” program. Throughout her life, Charlotte taught Sunday School, and was involved in countless other church service activities.  In her youth, she was as a founding member of Brentwood Baptist Church in Norfolk.  After her marriage, she worshipped at Foundry Methodist and King’s Grant Presbyterian churches in Virginia Beach.

 

She loved to travel during her summer vacations with several fellow teachers, and later with her husband and Shellie and Drew.  She enjoyed European vacations, including two with her family, countless road trips and camping trips up and down the East Coast and across country to visit friends, family and historic sites.  She had an avid interest in gardening, which she inherited from her parents, and was a member of the May Farm Garden Club. The Carson family extends their heartfelt thanks to the caring network of family, friends, neighbors, and medical professionals who supported Charlotte throughout her arduous struggle with cancer.

 

There was a celebration of Charlotte’s life at 12 Noon on Saturday, March 3 at King’s Grant Presbyterian Church (KGPC), 745 Little Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: “Justice for Shellie”, 1083 Independence Blvd, Box 163, Virginia Beach, VA 23455.  “Justice for Shellie” is a group which was formed in  2009 by students and adults (including  Charlotte, Bill and Drew) who are dedicated to assisting the Virginia Beach Police in finding out who killed Charlotte’s daughter Shellie over 6 years ago.

 

 

Best wishes to each of you and to your families. And enjoyable   I hope all of you have a safe and enjoyable summer.  We are planning the next newsletter for late September 2012.

Grant Fulkerson