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The Fiftieth Reunion is a Memory for all Memories

Under the superb leadership of Al Collins, the Reunion Committee presented a program and an environment that allowed this memorable group to do just that – remember.  The turnout was over half of our classmates and established the all time record for participation in this wonderful weekend.  There was more to do than any of us could engage, and we participated in the large and small events to suit our own fancies.  However, all participated in the “Heart” of the Reunion, the Memorial Service Saturday morning at Rollins.

Don Goss and his team organized the most meaningful and tasteful  remembrance for our classmates who cannot be with us anymore.  All faiths, all persuasions, all walks of life were acknowledge as we somberly stood, one by one, and the names of those lost since the 45th were called.  The music, the scripture, the poetry, the love that emerged from that service extraordinaire turned all of our hearts to the calling of the weekend – love of our God as we see fit, love for our country, love for one another, and love for Dartmouth.  We felt refreshed at  the conclusion of this awesome tribute to our fallen mates.

At our closing dinner Saturday evening, Don was presented with a one time award for his fifty years, that’s right, FIFTY YEARS, of dedication to this class, and to dear ole  Dartmouth. The award is called “The Man.” Don’s heart and soul have been in everything this class has done, as manifest in the extraordinary Great Book, and it is certain we would  not have become Dartmouth Greatest Class,  acknowledged by all, had it not been for the heart Don gave to us.  He is “The Man” for all time.

Next, two shots of the “Sultans,” who entertained in the Class of ’53 tent on Thursday night of Reunion. Left to right, Al Kinney from Cincinnati; Bob Lonsbury, ’53, clarinet, Ron Thorburn, ’51 at the piano, Ham Carson from Seattle, and Tom McCrea, ’50 banjo. Jim Wheaton, ’53, valve trombone, took the photo. Frank Amick, ’53, was there and sat in.

The rhythm section included Tom Ruggles, ’50, on guitar, local bass player Dave Westphalen, Mike Payson, ’53 on drums, and Ron Thorburn, ’51, on piano.

Dave’s Fun Photos of 53’s.

From the Grady Collection. A 1966 episode in the life of 1953. Carleton’s, Douglass’, Grady’s, and Butch Edgar and date spent the weekend @ Carleton’s cabin & all were married but Butch. There weren’t enough rooms so Butch & Dallas (I think) slept in the same room. The cabin had thin walls & everyone was curious as to what was going on. Well, in the early part of the night, there was a scream from Dallas & everyone got up to see what happened. Butch has attached a string to a creaky closet door & had slowly pulled it open. Dallas thought it was a ghost coming out to get her!! Butch, do you have a rejoinder?

The Manhattan Mafiasito at the Kingslands–1973

The Manhattan Mafiasito celebrating Christmas in November 1973 at the Kinglands. Can you identify everybody? If not email Cal at He’s the tall hunk peering in for the center stage shot in the third picutre. None of us have changed a bit. –Dave Halloran.