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Jul. 1, 2010
Categorized in: Memories
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 Welcome to your Hamilton College Class of 1963 blog. The inspiration for creating this blog came from a discussion with Sean Fitzpatrick who is starting early to develop material for what we know will be an outstanding Class Annalist's Letter delivered at our 50th Reunion in June of 2013.

Be sure to check out our video trip back to those 4 years at Hamilton. Go to movie.hamilton1963

We'll be posting various topics and encouraging you to use the Write a Comment feature at the bottom of the posting to add your thoughts to the discussions. If you would prefer to initiate your own topic for discussion (one that hopefully will generate comments from classmates), send your entry to me at John@RealTown.com and I will post it for you including photos. This blog is not set up for you to directly enter your own postings or photos.

For ease of access, postings and photos are organized by Categories located on the left navigation menu. Check it out.

If you have photos from the past, please e-mail me the .jpg files OR snail mail me the photos at this address: 7183 Navajo Road Suite F, San Diego CA 92119   Tele: 619-283-7302 x103

On the left navigation menu, note the Categories section for Class Members that includes the photo and bio published in the 25th Reunion Yearbook and some from the 40th Reunion Yearbook. Be sure to update your bio info by using the Write a Comment feature at the bottom of your bio entry....OR send me your update and photos (new and old) and I'll insert them. Try to include memories of those wild and crazy (or dull and unconscious) days. For a sample CLICK here for an idea on updating your 25 year-old bio.

We'll kick this off with Sean's request for input that he sent to us via our much appreciated Class President John Toohey.

"I told you and anyone who will listen that my memory is not good, and my activities at Hamilton were not as uplifting as one might hope. Therefore, I need lots of help from the Class of '63 to remember the good, the bad and the learned from our years of matriculation. So, please, I plead with all of you to send me email in text or in Word form (or a letter from those of you who do not have a computer) with your memories, observations and lies. I also need help in remembering the class members who are no longer with us.

So, please, please please write to skfitzp@aol.com with your memories. Otherwise I will make up outrageous lies about all of you. One final note: We continue to receive plaudits from our 25th Reunion gift. It has brought great fortune and happiness to deserving faculty members.

The guys who are orchestrating the 50th Reunion gift have come up with a great solution to now help those students who need mentoring help. I will not steal their thunder because you have already received their letter (signed by Herb, John and John), but please donate to the annual fund each year and do what you can to help build the Class of 1963 50th Reunion gift. This will give us three years of accumulated donations to make the 50th a glorious occasion. '63 will go down in history as the greatest bunch of fellas in Hamster Tech history. And that e-mail address to write your memories is: skfitzp@aol.com.

Write now, while you still have memories."

Sean Kevin Fitzpatrick
1596 Harbor Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185
757-258-4468; fax: 757-258-5397


There is no doubt that Sean will create the most memorable Class Annalist Letter of all time. Right now, however, Sean is asking us for some data that will help ignite his poetic pen. As Sean stated in his infamous Class and Charter Day Address, 2002, "I am enjoying the terror of a blank sheet of paper."

If you haven't had a chance to read that Charter Day Address linked above, do so soon. Here's a glimpse:
"Aspiration and Terror — Gifts from my Mentors"
by Sean K. Fitzpatrick '63
Class and Charter Day Address, 2002

"I have been asked to give you an eyewitness account of Hamilton College back in the old days of 1959 to 1963. And I agreed to do this despite an increasing number of senior moments, serious enough, to cause me to glance down every now and then and make sure my fly is zipped or that I have remembered to put on pants at all. Luckily, these gowns cover a multitude of senior moments.....

And concluding with: ".... I understood why after a lifetime earning my living writing, I now write late into the night, trying to explain some element of the human condition. When others are swinging golf clubs in my neighborhood, I am enjoying the terror of a blank sheet of paper. And I understand what my mentors and friends and professors at Hamster Tech were trying to gift me with:  my own, private aspirations and terrors."

OK, now it is your turn to add your memories "while you still have memories" - simply click the 'Write a Comment' link below OR click on the Memories category on the left menu where you can craft your favorite memories.

Special Thanks to John Murphy '85 Alumni Office Staff who, on behalf of the College, coordinated efforts with John Toohey to send me old yearbooks to scan the photos. More than likely, it is the effect of the scanner on the old parchment that explains why most classmates appear much thinner back then ;-)


John "Doc" Reilly '63
Blog Moderator by Unanimous Default

Doug Sheldon Is On The Go!

May. 14, 2013
Categorized in: Class Reunions

As I write this, I have just returned from Muscat, Oman, having arranged for the Mariinsky Opera and Valery Gergiev to perform there, and from St. Petersburg, Russia for the opening of the new Mariinsky Theatre for opera and ballet and simultaneously celebrating Valery Gergiev's 60th birthday and his 25th anniversary as Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre (Opera, Ballet, Orchestra).

I return home to celebrate the 50th reunion of the class of 1963 at Hamilton (I've lead the Baldwin Reunion Choir every year since 1980) and from there fly immediately to Beijing for an Asian tour (China, Taiwan, Korea) of Anne-Sophie Mutter, violinist and her own ensemble, the Mutter Virtuosi. Then I come back to complete all preparations (along with sponsor-producer Carnegie Hall) for the debut tour of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA to Washington DC, Russia and the London Proms. During August I will visit several of my artists at festivals (Leonard Slatkin, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Lynn Harrell, Nelson Friere) and then into the fall with Valery Gergiev at the MET leading Eugene Onegin and Shostakovich "The Nose" combined with a 60th birthday tour with Maestro Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra to Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, New York (3 concerts) and Washington DC. The orchestra also performs at Cornell University, Princeton University and SUNY Purchase.

Meanwhile I enter my 37th year as pro bono Music Director of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Perth Amboy, NJ and my 6th year as Music Director of the Baldwin Festival Chorus of New York. My wife, Eileen (Smith '63) travels from New York to Atlanta to St. Paul and back with many places in between as one of the top-tier judges in college, high school and club gymnastics. 2013 is the 34th year I have conducted the Hamilton (Baldwin) Reunion Choir.

Bill Wilt's Class Note

May. 13, 2013
Categorized in: Class Reunions

In response to Doug Wheeler’s recent plea for submissions to Class Notes, Bill Wilt tendered this witty submission that was a bit too long to publish in its entirety.

April 27, 2013, my mother died at her daughter's home in Danville, PA, at age 96 1/4. She had pieced together a congruent "Women's Lib life of a family and career woman" by being the first Italian grad of Columbia Presbyterian Nursing School (RN, 1940--she had to fight her way in-picture a 4 foot 11 inch little old lady in tennis shoes taking on a WASP/debutante-ridden school, as mom described it, and getting admitted after several rebuffs. She was active in PTAs in Indian-named Irondequoit-Seneca School, Iroquois School, and Irondequoit High School, worked nights as a supervising nurse at Strong-Memorial hospital, then took on a day nursing/office-managing job w/ a Rochester surgeon-I think she wanted to be a surgeon, but her daughter fulfilled that goal for her, as a pediatric surgeon. And my mom finally got her BA in women's studies from Empire University, SUNY, in 1987, at 70 yrs of age-then the oldest of graduating senior seniors or of any age. Her spouse Chet predeceased her by a dozen years, just 13 days after their 60th wedding anniversary.
     On the way back to the living (my daughter in Hastings and her hubby & my two grandsons, Luap* and Henry, thought I'd take a couple hundred miles detour to see if classmate J. Wesley Oler was in his digs in Carlisle, PA. He'd recently retired from his judgeship, and I thought it'd be a nice diversion. He wasn't in, but I got a secondary chat with the two other apartment dwellers in his 3-story Historic Carlisle brick row house. Really pretty in spring. But I nearly got vertigo going up the three, very high straight-run flights of steel fire escape stairs that the ground floor neighbor assured me Wes climbs down and up every day. When home, that is.
        From the 2nd floor neighbor, I learned that Wes was now doing special assignments for the PA judicial system, but might be at the local airport, flying his (I'd never have guessed) 1947 or so two-seater bubble front Bell? helicopter. Helicopter! Sure wish Wes'd been around to give me a ride. His chopper was parked in a hangar, may not have been used in a while, as there was enough dust on the stabilizer(s) for me to write "WASH ME   8^)" on it. I chatted with the mechanic-in-charge (Yes, Wes is notoriously difficult to get hold of-try email, he suggested.) And with another pilot who had taken a friend on a photo-recon of Carlisle and landed while I was there. Wes's chopper, apartment and court house were all within walking distance--the chopper "parking lot" being the farthest away, just past I-81.
* We call Paul "luaP" after the business-pin-stripe overalls I made for him to attend "children's day" at his dad's place of business, with luaP embroidered on the bib-so he could read his own name in a mirror, and so folks ahead of him could see in their rearview mirror just what was overtaking them. (Was it Satchel Paige who said, "Don't look back--they may be gaining"? Paul then had only two speeds: asleep and sprinting, but now has ceded that tranny to younger brother Henry James--family names, no kidding.)

A Trip Down Memory Lane

May. 2, 2013
Categorized in: Memories

Here's a video we'll be showing at the Sat. banquet for our upcoming 50th Reunion. Many of the photos were scanned from the 1959-1963 yearbooks. Cool music



50th Reunion Planning

May. 1, 2012
Categorized in: Class President Reports



May 1, 2012

Dear ’63 Fellow Alumnus

Re:  Appeal from Sean Fitzpatrick, 50th Reunion (June, 2013) Class Annalist
       50th Reunion Planning
       Spring Alumni Council Meeting

Appeal from Sean Fitzpatrick, 50th Reunion (June, 2013) Class Annalist

Sean is asking, once again, for assistance from his classmates as he works on preparing our 50th Reunion Class Annalist letter, to be delivered by Sean during Convocation on Saturday, June 6, 2013. In particular, he would like, at a minimum, “one revealing anecdote about your Hamilton years – possibly about you, or a roommate, etc. Positive comments, quality pictures, etc. are requested.”
You can forward your “revealing anecdote” or other material to Sean at -

skfitzp@aol.com           or
Sean Kevin Fitzpatrick
1596 Harbor Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185

50th Reunion Planning
As you are aware from recent appeals, the College and our Class have begun preparing for our 50th Reunion, to be held June 6 – 9, 2013.
  • Our first Reunion Committee Meeting was held on Friday, March 30th and was coordinated by John Murphy, Director, Annual Fund Leadership Gifts and for many years our primary Class interface with Hamilton.
  • To date almost 20 classmates have “volunteered” to be Reunion Committee members and we are hoping for another ten or so.
  • Attending in person were Carl Hayden, Bob Miner, Perry Wheaton (who has agreed to join John Conroy as Class Gift Co-Chair) and myself.
  • Attending via the teleconference connection were Russ Bantham, Tom Bennett, John Conroy, Sean Fitzpatrick, Ted Fleischer, David Fox, Ken Kahn, Herb Kestenbaum, George Meslow, Gerry Sherwin, and Phil West.
  • Absent via the teleconference connection were Richard Hodder, Rusty McKay, Bob Stookey, Stephen Tchudi, Charlie Thacher and John von Bergen.
  • In coming weeks we will be attempting to increase the Reunion Committee so as to have at least two classmates from each of our 11 fraternities, etc. represented on the Committee.
  • Reunion Committee activities/responsibilities will include but not be limited to –
         - Personally contacting every classmate in order to maximize attendance
         - Establishing 50th Reunion Giving Goals and asking every classmate to contribute as we strive to maximize Alumni Fund participation
         - Seeking John Reilly’s assistance in incorporating our Class Blog that he singlehandedly developed for us
         - Planning the development of a 50th Reunion Yearbook
         - Recommending a list of possible Alumni Colleges
         - Determining Friday evening plans for the class
         - Deciding on Saturday afternoon plans for the class
         - Developing a list of potential Saturday Class Dinner guests
         - Examining any special ways to make the Saturday Class Dinner special
         - Finalizing the venue for the Saturday Class Dinner
         - Selecting dormitory arrangements for the class
         - Considering communication alternatives for our Class during the next 13 months

Spring Alumni Council Meeting – March 30 – April 1, 2012
The weekend provided a number of updates –
Preliminary Admissions Data on the Class of 2016
  • Applications for the Class of 2016 reached 5,107, down slightly from last year’s record of 5,265 but the second highest on record and third time surpassing 5,000.
  • The current acceptance rate is equal to last year’s final (and record-low) acceptance rate of 27%.
  • Early Decision applicants – those who list Hamilton as their first choice – rose 7.2% over last year and reached a record of 641
More detailed admissions data will be provided in my letter after the Fall Alumni Council meeting.
Bicentennial Initiatives Capital Campaign
You will recall that, in December, 2010, Hamilton announced a $117 million, 2½ year Bicentennial Initiatives Capital Campaign, to end June 30, 2013, with three major priorities –
  • $40 million to endow student scholarships that fulfill Hamilton’s need-blind promise
  • $35 million to construct arts facilities that unlock the imaginations of students and professors
  • $30 million for the Annual Fund to provide a stream of income that is put to use immediately, as well as
  • $12 million to respond to opportunities provided by government grants, planned gifts and donor interests that match other College priorities
This $117 million goal was reached in early March, 2012. Fundraising continues for the three major priorities since these goals have not yet been met.
Allen Harrison, Associate Dean of Students for Multicultural Affairs, updated us on the rapidly growing Multicultural Peer Mentoring Project, being supported in part by The Class of 1963 First-Year Students Mentoring Fund.
The 2011-2012 Annual Fund results are promising to date, with $5.3 million pledged or paid toward the goal of $6.4 million. Hamilton is also anxious to achieve its participation goal of 50%+ of alumni. Hamilton needs 2,700 donors and $1.05 million to realize its goals.
The Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, presently under construction across College Hill Road and just west of the Sadove Student Center (formerly ELS), is on time and on budget ($17 million and entirely gift-funded). The grand opening will be during Fallcoming, October 5-7, 2012.
Steve Bellona, an associate vice president for facilities and planning, was honored with the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his contributions to the College since 1997, overseeing 105 buildings, 117 employees, 1,375 acres and close to 2,000,000 square footage among them. When not managing Campus facilities and championing sustainability efforts, Steve serves as Hamilton’s assistant track coach.

Our Class of 1963 Blog, developed by John Reilly (who is still its Webmaster), is at http://Hamilton1963.com

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or desire additional information.
John P. Toohey
Alumni Class President

On Turning 70

Jun. 24, 2011
Categorized in: Memories

The Big 70. As we begin to see more and more Birthday cakes adorned with 70 candles, I thought this observation by George Will had a relevant ring to it.

George Will on Turning 70: No Reason Now To Give Up Red Meat and Martinis
WASHINGTON — In 1960, after the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the New York Yankees in an electrifying seven-game World Series, the Yankees fired manager Casey Stengel, who had turned 70 in July. The Yankees said he was too old. He said, “I’ll never make the mistake of being 70 again.”
It is, however, a coveted mistake, considering the alternative, and remembering how recently it was that passing this milestone became unremarkable. The Bible, with the thumping certitude for which it is famous and sometimes tiresome, asserts that “the days of our years are threescore years and ten.” If so, after turning 70, one has, ever after, the pleasure of playing, as it were, with house money. For what, exactly, would one now give up red meat and dry martinis?
To be 70 is to have escaped the disagreeable fate of dying young. But the Bible, which is replete with redundant reminders that life is real, life is earnest, adds this: “And if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.” Have a nice day.
To be 70 is to have seen the nation put away the almost casual cruelty of racial segregation. And to have seen, in the emancipation — not too strong a term — of women, and in many other improvements, how this uniquely self-transforming nation decided to declare unthinkable many practices that not long ago were performed unthinkingly.
To be 70 is to have been born shortly before Pearl Harbor, to have lived through the war that was already then raging, and the Cold War, and to have arrived at the sunny uplands of today. Yes, of course, man is still, and ever will be, born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. But never before in the human story has the risk of death by violence been smaller for such a large portion of humanity.
To be 70 is to have been born about the time competent medicine was born, with the arrival of penicillin, antibiotics and sulfa drugs. This is a reminder that contemporary America’s most pressing domestic problem is a consequence of success. The crisis — the obsolescence — of the previous century’s welfare state is a result of the social triumph represented by something unimagined 70 years ago, an enormous and expanding cohort of octogenarians.
To be 70 is to appreciate Mark Twain’s example of aging vigorously: “I am able to say that while I am not ruggedly well, I am not ill enough to excite an undertaker.” True, Twain had memory cramps of the sort that now are called “senior moments.” He worried, “I’ll forget the Lord’s middle name some time, right in the midst of a storm, when I need all the help I can get.” Nevertheless, he strode into the sunset wearing a snow-white suit.
To be 70 is to understand that time cannot wither, nor custom stale the infinite pleasure of simply trying to do things well, or witnessing others do them. Casey Stengel returned from exile to manage the 1962 New York Mets, an expansion team that, en route to losing 120 games, caused him to look down the dugout and ask in wonderment, “Can’t anybody here play this game?” Few can, which is why the especially talented few — athletes, writers, musicians, thinkers — delight the many.
To be 70 is to experience a temptation generally worth resisting — the itch to natter on as Polonius did when belaboring Laertes with bromides. But to be 70 is to be running short on time for the pleasure of succumbing to temptations, so:
Happiness — herewith the distilled essence of 70 years of experience — is a talent, and one that, unlike hitting a curveball, anyone can develop. Considering that America exists to protect the individual’s pursuit of it, this pursuit is a pleasant duty.
Finally, to be 70 is to have lived 30 percent of the life of this nation, which is almost enough time to begin to fully appreciate the inestimable privilege of being a legatee of those who first unfurled the republic’s sails and steered it toward the present. That is why — with homage to F. Scott Fitzgerald — as we beat on, boats against the current, we should be borne back ceaselessly into the American past: It is impossible for the young to know, but never too late to learn, that America truly is something — perhaps the only thing — commensurate with our capacity for wonder.
George Will, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post and Newsday, can be contacted at georgewill@washpost.com.


Class President Report April 2011

Apr. 19, 2011
Categorized in: Class President Reports


Dear ’63 Fellow Alumnus

Re:     Spring Volunteer Weekend and Alumni Council Meeting – April 1-3, 2011
Those of us attending Hamilton’s Spring Alumni Council Meeting were greeted with misty weather and snowflakes, a reminder of similar early April weather in the early ‘60s.

We received the following updates during the weekend –

Preliminary Admissions Data on the Class of 2015
As you know, acceptance letters were recently mailed by colleges and universities to those being accepted in the Class of 2015.  Those students have until May 1st to decide whether to enroll.  Hamilton believes that its prospective Class of 2015 will be the strongest ever.                

Class of     2015 
Class of  2014  
Class of  2013   
Class of 2012   

Percentage Offered Admission 

Class Target*/Result 

Among accepted students, average SAT Math & Verbal scores totaled 1415, and writing scores averaged 715, both all-time highs.

The top five states by number of applications are New York, Massachusetts, California, Connecticut and New Jersey.

Bicentennial Celebrations

There will be two bicentennial celebrations –
•    a “kickoff” Fallcoming/Bicentennial Celebration weekend, September 23-25, 2011,
•    and a Bicentennial All-Alumni Reunions, May 31 - June 3, 2012.

We will be receiving more information in coming months on these two celebrations.

The 2011 – 2012 Annual Fund

Our current Annual Fund goal is $6.2 million.  While cash and pledges to date are $5.1 million, indicating that the Fund is presently on track to reach its dollar goal, the number of donors in most alumni classes is down (presently down 2.9% in total, or 340 donors) when compared to the same numbers as of March 31, 2010.  Hamilton has achieved 50%+ participation results for the past 30 years, a rarity in college fund raising, and desperately wishes to retain this prestigious goal.  If you have not already done so, it is critically important that each of us make a contribution, regardless of amount, to the current Annual Fund.

Bicentennial Initiatives Campaign

The Campaign has a goal of $117 million to address three priorities –
•    Arts Facilities
•    Endowment for Financial Aid
•    The Annual Fund

The public phase of the Campaign lasts just 2½ years, from January, 2011 through June, 2013.  To date, $76 million has been raised.

Groundbreaking for the Wellin Museum of Art is planned for Commencement in May,
2011.  This $16 Million project has a two year construction timetable.

Career Center Relocation and Career Center Task Force

Increasing attention continues to be focused on career counseling.  The Career Center has been relocated to attractive space in the Bristol Center.  A Career Center Task Force led by several involved alumni has been divided into seven subcommittees –
•    “Best in Class”
•    Student engagement in career development process
•    Expanding internships / career-related experiences
•    Hamilton Explore (sophomore shadowing program)
•    Employer relations activities and job development
•    Data and infrastructure (alumni records, longitudinal research)
•    Alumni / parent network

Distinguished Service Award – Jay G. Williams, Jr. ’54, P’83, GP‘11

Jay Williams, whom many of us remember as our “Bib Thought” professor, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, given to “an employee who has substantially contributed to the College through distinguished job performance and through involvement in student, alumni or other activities.  Jay, ’54, is the Walcott-Bartlett Professor of Religious Studies and will be retiring this year after 51 years of teaching at Hamilton.  Only Edward North, a professor of Greek from 1843-1902, exceeded this feat of longevity.  Jay served as chair of the Department of Religion for more than 20 years and directed the Asian Studies Program.  A prolific author, he has produced a biography of the biblical scholar Edward Robinson (Samuel Kirkland’s son-in-law) and collections of poetry including Around the Quad, memories of his days at Hamilton.  He presented the Half-Century Annalist Letter in 2004 and the 2005 Class & Charter Day Address.  Jay often gives talks on his extensive collection of Thomas Nast illustrations.  His Hamilton legacy continues with his son Jay Williams III ’83 and grandson Tom Williams ’11.

Dedication of The Days-Massolo Center

The Center is named in honor of two Hamilton alumni, Drew S. Days III, ’63, and Arthur J. Massolo, ’64, each of whom has a lifelong commitment to mutual understanding and inclusiveness.  The building, directly across College Hill Road from the Sadove Student Center and, thus, sitting in front of Dunham, was constructed between 1917 and 1921 as a faculty residence and served multiple purposes down through the years.  “The Days-Massolo Center aims to nurture an environment of mutual respect and inclusiveness and to expand the dimensions of a Hamilton education by engaging campus citizens from all backgrounds in an examination of their similarities and differences.”

The following tribute to Drew is lifted verbatim from the dedication program –

Drew Days graduated cum laude from Hamilton in 1963 with a major in English literature.  He was a member of the College Choir and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.  Mr. Days earned his law degree from Yale University and was admitted to the Bar in 1966.  He worked briefly at a union-side labor law firm in Chicago before joining the Peace Corps and serving for two years in Honduras, where he organized cooperatives.  Returning to the U. S. in 1969, he joined the legal staff of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, litigating civil rights cases.  In 1977, he was appointed U.S. assistant attorney general for civil rights by President Jimmy Carter, serving through 1980.  A member of the faculty at the Yale Law School since 1981, he took a leave of absence from 1993 to 1996 to serve as U.S. solicitor general in the Clinton administration’s Justice Department.

Mr. Days joined the Hamilton Board of Trustees in 1986.  For more than 40 years, he and his wife Ann Langdon have enthusiastically supported programs benefitting Hamilton students and faculty.  

The Days – Massolo Center
The top floor of Dunham is barely visible in the background on the right side


Sean Fitzpatrick is still requesting information/memories from us – “… to remember the good, the bad and the learned …” so that he can prepare a memorable Half Century Annalist Letter to be delivered in June, 2013, when hopefully all of us will be attending our 50th Reunion.

Our Class of 1963 Blog, developed by John Reilly, is at

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or desire additional information.

John P. Toohey
Alumni Class President

Class President Update March 2011

Mar. 10, 2011
Categorized in: Class President Reports


March 10, 2011
Dear ’63 Classmate

Re: Sean Fitzpatrick’s Appeal
Class of 1963 Blog
2009-2010 Results – The Class of 1963’s Three Funds
Obituaries for Jay B. Whitesides and Ronald S. Frantz

I have several items to bring to your attention at this time –

Sean Fitzpatrick’s Appeal
As you know, Sean is Class Annalist for our 50th Reunion in June 2013. When I last saw Sean at the kickoff of Hamilton’s Bicentennial Initiatives in New York this past December, he reminded me again that he has received very little information/memories from his classmates on our four years at Hamilton. If we want Sean to do justice to our Class and to his Half-Century Class Annalist Letter, we need to respond now to his request, originally made in December, 2009 –
“I told you and anyone who will listen that my memory is not good, and my activities at Hamilton were not as uplifting as one might hope. Therefore, I need lots of help from the Class of ’63 to remember the good, the bad and the learned from our years of matriculation. So please, I plead with all of you to send me e-mail in text or in WORD form (or a letter from you who do not have a computer) with your memories, observations and lies. … Otherwise, I will make up outrageous lies about all of you. … Write now, while you still have memories.”
Sean Kevin Fitzpatrick
1596 Harbor Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185
757-258-4468; fax: 757-258-5397

Class of 1963 Blog
You will recall that my Dunham roommate, John “Doc” Reilly, invested great time and resources in developing for all of us last year our Class of 1963 Blog. When John introduced the Blog, he noted that -
“We will be able to utilize this Class Blog in numerous ways –
  • To post pictures that will be of interest to our classmates
  • To share college memories
  • To comment on our classmates’ submissions
  • To view pictures of the College, both current and historical
  • To view historical information on Hamilton and our classmates
If you would like to submit your own photos, or craft topics for discussion, please send them to me (John Reilly) and I will insert them for you. This blog does not have the feature that enables you to upload postings or photos directly.”
John Reilly e-PRO
CEO and Publisher, Real Town
John @RealTown.com”
I again encourage you to utilize our Class of 1963 Blog, at http://Hamilton1963.com

2009-2010 Results – The Class of 1963’s Three Funds
We established in 1988, during our 25th Reunion, The Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award “to honor excellence in teaching at Hamilton among junior members of the faculty … (by providing) very significant unrestricted financial support to one ‘rising star’ in the Hamilton faculty each year.”
The performance results for this Award as of December 31, 2010 are –
Book Value = $134,226
Market Value = $585,045
Spending Distribution = $ 24,751
We established in 1993, during our 30th Reunion, The Class of 1963 Faculty Fellowship “to provide members of the Hamilton Faculty with inspiration and incentive to become better teachers by developing additional areas of expertise during the summer months.”
The performance results for this Award as of December 31, 2010, are –
Book Value = $ 55,513
Market Value = $152,699
Spending Distribution = $ 5,969
We established in 2008, during our 45th Reunion, The Class of 1963 First-Year Students Mentoring Fund “to provide resources to support first-year students requiring mentoring as they adjust to college life, …”
The performance results for this Award as of December 31, 2010 are –

Book Value = $ 22,612
Market Value = $ 24,720
Spending Distribution = $ 12*
* reinvested into principal

Obituary for Jay B. Whitesides
Published in the Lowell (MA) Sun on 1/27/2011
“NEW YORK CITY – Jay Bright Whitesides, 70, of New York City and Orleans, MA, died January 21, 2011 in his New York City apartment.
Jay was born August 11, 1940 to late Bernice P. and James Bright Whitesides of Chelmsford, MA.
He graduated from Hamilton College in 1963. Worked for J C Penney in NYC until 1978 and in real estate in NYC to present.
He is survived by his brother, John of North Conway, NH, nephew John and wife Virginia with their twins John V and Jane, of Bedford, MA.
WHITESIDES – Services will be private. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of BLAKE FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen St., CHELMSFORD. For online condolences visit blake funeralhome.com.”
Jay will be missed!

Obituary for Ronald S. Frantz

Published in the East Aurora (NY) Advertiser on 3/03/2011
“July 17, 1941 – Feb. 21, 2011
Ronald Stowell Frantz of Glenview, IL, a former East Aurora resident, died Mon., Feb. 21, 2011. He was 69.
Born in Forth Worth, Texas, he was raised in East Aurora. A graduate of Hamilton College and the New York University Stern School of Business, he spent most of his career as a member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange.
A loving father and a proud grandfather, he had a strong love for his family and friends. He also had a passion for travel.
Mr. Frantz is survived by his children, Michael (Christine) Frantz and Betsy (Patrick) Garvey; his sister, Diane (Mike) Hart; and five grandchildren, Katie, John and Timmy Frantz, and Lizzie and Maggie Garvey.
He was predeceased by his parents, Hillard and Ann (Fraser) Frantz, and his brother, Albert Frantz.
Service and interment were private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 820 Davis St., Suite 400, Evanston, IL 60201”
Ron will be missed!
To the best of our knowledge, we now have 32 deceased classmates:

Gary L. Backus,  Maurice L. Jenks, III,  Kennedy K. Roberts,
Michael D. Badenhausen,  Edwin J. Kenney, Jr. John A. Sanders,
Robert G. Blabey, Jr. Stephen F. Knapp, Richard K. Skillman,
Robert B. Caton, Alan J. Korostoff, George D. Staples,
James B. Chapin, John MacCrate, III, Ford T. Swetnam, Jr
Jon D. Chisholm, David C. MacGregor, Bruce G. Temple,
Kenneth P. Cooper,  Francis C. Marbury,  Kent S. Tiffany,
Douglas O. Fleck, Franklin M. O’Connell, Peter A. Vander Putten,
Ronald S. Frantz,  Warren M. Palmer, George L. Wiltshire,
James P. Gifford, John C. Pierson Jr.,  Jay B. Whitesides,
John D. Halverson,  Stephen N. Plant.
The next Hamilton College Alumni Council Meeting will take place April 1st – April 3rd. The Days – Massolo (Drew Days ’63 and Art Massolo ’64) Center will be dedicated on April 1st, so I hope to be able to insert at least one picture in my class letter that you will be receiving next month.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or corrections or desire additional information.

John P. Toohey
Alumni Class President
jptmet@verizon.net or 631-427-1639

Hamilton College Class of 1963

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