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.