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.