WALLACE W. ANDERSON, JR '51 M DIV (1930-2019) Wally was one of the 1951 ministers who honored the passing of classmates at Reunion time. So his turn has come to be welcomed by his maker. Legacies at college seem regarded with some scepticism these days and Wally is another following in the tracks of his own Dad, '22., H '47. Father and son earned Phi Bete degrees and then graduated Master of Divinity with honors from Union Theological Seminary. A dedicated pastor and activist in his own right, he was also an athlete. Many coaches sought his talents for their teams, if off the front page Wally is revered by his family and parishioners whom he had largely survived in his life of service.
W. MERCER COOK '51 LLB (1930-2019) Merce came to Amherst from Dunbar High in DC as a second generation dealing with Jim Crow Washington. With Colonial French almost a first language, he followed his Dad '25 H '65 to a Phi Bete degree and a Fulbright. Mercer then took up law at U of Chicago and settled in Hyde Park. Adjusting to another native culture, he navigated to functions such as deputy State's Attorney. The class extends its respects to his family and its continuing Amherst legacy.
WLLIAM L. HANAWAY '51 MS, MA, PHD (1929-2018) Bill retired as an emeritus professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Pennsylvania. He traveled widely with the navy and in historical Persia, which became his academic area of expertise. After his PhD at Columbia, he and his wife Loraine made their careers at Penn. Bill was active at reunions and the NY class dinners. The class extends their respects to Loraine and his daughter Anne.
DONALD P. COHAN '51 LLB (1930-2018) Amherst surely owes much to Don for his generosity and he continually proved his respect for Amherst. Judging from the number from his family through three gererations graduating from Amherst, he instilled his spirit of legacy and giving. Don exhibited grace in his extraordinary focus, drive and competitive spirit in his varied achievements at the highest levels. The class shares its genuine concern and gratitude to Trina and her family.
THOMAS M. LEE '51 (1930-2018) Words do not do justice to Tommy's subtle effects on our community. After 17 days at sea and more by train across the USA, he was truly welcomed, as he followed his Chinese father '27 (schooled so differently at Andover) to Amherst. In 2018, with Hong Kong less than a day's travel away, it is hard to imagine the depth and breadth of his 17 years of experiences, which "Tommy" brought to our campus without prior formal schooling. Lee's family endured life in Shanghai and also in unoccupied Chungqing during the Japanese pillaging of his homeland. Then they transitioned to British Hong Kong from the civil war on the mainland. With a unique wit and wisdom, Tommy adjusted to unlikely turns and did honor to his alma mater. His class extends their kindest regards to his widow, Hideko, and his brother, John '59. This photo shows Nancy and John Kendall visiting Hideko and Tom Lee, click to enlarge.
CHARLES A. PITTMAN III '51 (1930-2018) Charles retired as vice president, worldwide sales, of the Pittman group which was in the forefront of high tech computer controls of equipment. The firm was taken over by Ametek, Inc. Pittman was active as an oficer of the Vero Beach, FL alumni club. The class extends its sincere condolences to his widow Claire.
HENRY CARTAN CLARKE '51 (1929-2018) Cartan rightly enjoyed a remarkable career with Marsh & McClennan, just the one firm, not uncommon for his vintage. Among his many accomplishments, he was a family man and Pat survives with seven children and successive generations. Including his Dad, eight of his family attended Amherst and Cartan maintained frequent connections with the college.
HARLEIGH V.S. TINGLEY '51 MBA (1929-2018) Van continued his vigorous extra curriculars to the end leaving us "with a bang" . He died hiking at 89 years of age in Wisconsin. He was a great sailor before he came to campus and was an adept skier all his life. Van was the ultimate New Englander, but also thrived in the wilderness of the West. This Harvard B School consultant teamed with his wife, Lu, in adventures around the USA but also in Greece and France. He followed his cousins to Amherst and was vital in supporting his class functions.
DAVID C. FULTON '51 LLB (1929-2018) Dave did not just talk Amherst, he walked his talk. Fulton had remarkable accomplishments beyond college, yet this footnote to his passing needs to recognize his role chairing our reunions to join with Bill Maloney et al to mold a "1951" tradition of articulated inclusion. Dave was the entrepreneur of legacy as he led three siblings and offspring into the Amherst fold. Heartfelt condolences to Stella and the family.
WYMAN MEDAL 2018
Mohamed Ahmed Ramy '18 has been elected this year's Wyman medal winner. Mr. Ramy has won many honors including class speaker at the senior assembly, the Charles W. Cole scholarship for outstanding sophomore, Samuel W. Browne scholarship for outstanding junior, and the Thomas J. Watson fellowship to be awarded upon graduation. Mohamed will use the prestigious National Watson Award for research on refugees involving the country of Djibouti on the horn of Africa, Germany and Canada. Ramy graduated from Hayal International School in Cairo, Egypt and is multilingual. His father is an MD and Mohamed majored in neuroscience. Ramy wrote a column for the Student, was a resident counselor, sprinted for the track team, and had insightful internships for his breaks. Tom Wyman would be delighted as another talented graduate honors his memory, his class and Amherst College.
CLASS OF 1951 MEMORIALS
John O. Waterman '51 (1929-2018) John joined the navy and served on the carrier US Boxer. He made his career as a trusted financial advisor in Providence, Rhode Island, his home for all his life. A veteran member of St. Martin's Church and the Narraganssett Yacht Club, John was a stalwart of social service clubs. At Amherst he was active on the college teams and in his fraternity. John is a great grandfather and his devoted family mourns his long life of achievements.
H. Craig Bell '51 (1929-2017) Craig made his career in automobile retailing and owned the Bell Chevrolet dealership in Grand Rapids, Michigan for years with great success. He came to Amherst from Deerfield Academy and joined Phi Alpha Psi in the midst of its racial integration. He married Jane Proctor as a senior and they raised seven children. He retired to his ranch in Arizona which he managed as he was able. The class extends its condolences to his large extended family.
John F. Keydel '51 MBA (1930-2018) John played a key role in the emergence of the largest auditing, consulting firm on the globe. Starting as a midwestern CPA and rising to the partner managing international expansion, John led the network now branded Deloitte. After his degree from Harvard, Jim served in the army overseas. With his remarkable wife Jane, he remained loyal to Amherst and his class. Ever modest, Keydel reported to his classmates that some years he enjoyed and endured the rigors of 160 days overseas. Starting from Cranbrook, John and his family always found time for leadership of the Episcopal Church with one son becoming a minister in their faith.
James A. Gast '51 MS, PHD (1929-2017) Jim's career began before Amherst laboring near his home at Woods Hole Oceangraphic. He continued through his doctorate at the University of Washington in the same discipline. Prof. Gast established the Oceangraphic department and its Pacific coast facility at Humboldt State University, the farthest North arm of the state system . Dr. Gast was a pillar in Arcata, California, establishing a community college after retirement. He served in the US Marine Corps Reserve, did active duty and joined the Lord Jeff Club. Jim is survived by his wife Thea, three sons and grandchildren.
Stuart E. Methven '51 MS (1927-2017) At 90 years of age, Stu passed away last month in Brussels, Belgium where he retired with his dear wife, Nicole. Methven is among the last surviving veterans who provided a vital diversity to aspects of 1947 adolescent, campus culture. A career CIA officer, he became a hands on agent of the USA in wartorn Southeast Asia and Zaire. He then transitioned to applying his expertise at the Hudson Institute overseas. He wrote two "tell all" books on his counterintelligence experiences. His family, including thirteen great grandchildren (some kind of record for 1951), mourns Stu whose adventures testify to his living the liberal arts mission.
Reginald R. Frost '51 (1929-2017) Reg joined the CIA right after graduation and pursued his productive career there until retirement. Frost married Evelyn Comey who had just graduated from Smith. Reg shared with us word of their stations from Germany to Japan and the fine family they raised. However, our classmate unfortunately did not share much of what he actually did in the CIA. They settled in his other alma mater, the Exeter community, and devoted his retirement to social service. Evelyn assisted Reg in his declining years and she survives with her children and grandchildren.
Richard G. H. Harris '51 (1930-2017) Dick joined the US Navy and pursued a career in the public utility industry. After experience with Florida PL, he became executive VP of Colonial Gas. Harris retired to Maine and the class extends its condolences to his wife Jean.
Dean Blanchard, Jr '51 MS (1929-2017) Dean exemplified the Amherst tradition of secondary school faculty, as he taught math and coached at the St. George School. Son of an Amherst grad, Blanchard became an army officer in the Korean War after graduation. A widower, he is grieved by several generations of his family.
Donald W. Smith '51 (1926-2017) Don came to Amherst a veteran of World War II. Smith was a social worker for the state of New York. Don wintered in Jupiter, FL with his wife, Shirley. Four generations were saddened at his passing.
Frederic T. Nugent '51 MS (1929-2017) Fred became a leading architect after his studies at Columbia and in France. He settled in Holland, Michigan in the prospering Grand Rapids and lakefront resort complex. He ably reflected the culture in this current Midwest center of conservation. The class extends their condolences to his wife Nancy and to their family.
John W. McGrath '51 LLB (1929-2017) Another icon of the the class of 1951 has passed. Though many classmates already have died before him, his survivors grieving his death can hardly imagine Amherst the same without their classmate, star student, athlete and leader. Moose not only was a major real estate developer, but stood up for Amherst ideals in each stage of his illustrious career. The class extends its condolences to his wife, Mary, and his family. John "Moose" McGrath '51 is shown with Reece Foy '18, star quarterback of the College's 2015 undefeated football team, taken in Honolulu. John's teammate, Bobby Minn '51, preceded Reece in bringing his talents from Hawaii.