PRESIDENT MARTIN APPOINTS PROFESSOR DAVID WILLS TO THE KIRKPATRICK 1951 CHAIR
Amherst College has announced the establishment by Kirk and Phyllis of a chaired professorship to be awarded to a faculty member whose teaching and scholarship include the interdisciplinary investigation of law, religion, philosophy and society with an emphasis on ethics. Biddy Martin has now written Phyllis and John: "I am deeply grateful for your remarkable gift, which has a transformative impact on the entire Amherst community." Martin wrote that Wills Is a member of the National Humanities Center and authored an invaluable text Christianity in the United States. The installation of David Wills as the Kirkpatrick 1951 Professor. was in Pruyne Hall in Fayerweather Building on Sept. 19, 2014 at 4:30 PM followed by a reception in the Beneski Museum of Natural History.
Marcus Munsill and Robert W. Fritz
I am sorry to report the death of two classmates: Marcus Munsill and Robert W. Fritz. Marc Munsill died on February 27, 2013. Before entering Amherst, Marc served in the U.S. Marine Corps during 1945-1947. At Amherst he was a popular member of DKE, having served as president during his senior year. Marc was an excellent athlete in golf and football and the recipient of the Tom Ashley football award given to the player who "best played the game." For 25 years he worked for a yarn manufacturing company, and in 1981 he formed his own yarn company. Those who knew him regarded Marc as a kind and thoughtful person and a great friend. He leaves four children, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Bob Fritz died on May 14, 2013, in Seattle, WA, after an illness of some months. His Chi Psi brothers and others will recall his friendly smile and his outstanding career at Amherst. He won four letters in football, and in his senior year he served as business manager of "Sabrina" and as chairman of the House Management Committee. Also, Bob was chosen for Sphinx and Scarab. After Harvard Business School and three years in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps, Bob started a long business career, which included consulting and working with early-stage growth companies and troubled companies in turnaround situations. His son has set up a site with pictures and memories: forevermissed.com/robert-walter-fritz
Hobie Cleminshaw '51
Revival of Student Singing of Amherst Songs - Hobie Cleminshaw
As I have indicated to several of you, when the class of 1951 was at Amherst the singing of Amherst songs by students was an important and enjoyable part of our experience at Amherst. This same tradition continued for many years after our graduation and then for some reason faded away. On the basis of talking to many students, it seems clear that most students(excluding members of the singing groups) do not know the words to the songs or have regular occasions to sing the songs. With your help and input, several members of our class would like to see what steps might be taken to revive this tradition, which fosters school spirit; strong bonds with Amherst, other students and alumni; bridges among the many diverse groups and students on the campus; a stronger sense of community.
Here are some possibilities for your consideration:
- Restore the policy of giving freshmen a CD of Amherst songs. Several freshmen told me that this was not done in 2012.
- Give freshmen the written words to the songs.
- Give CDs and words to individuals and groups involved in efforts to revive the singing.
- Find students in each dorm to learn the words and sing the songs in the dorm.
- Strengthen programs in freshmen orientation to acquaint them with the songs and their history and the value and enjoyment in learning the words and singing the songs. At Homecoming 2012, I was told by two freshmen that a song workshop was offered but that few attended. What about getting the help of the musical groups in orientation?
- get the musical groups to be part of efforts on a continuing basis. I know that the Glee Club in 2011 and perhaps last year tried to sing and teach the songs in freshmen and other dorms in the weeks before Homecoming. You advised me that certain of the musical groups sing the songs at concerts and other campus events. It would be great if the Glee Club would agree to continue its teaching role.
- Foster the singing of the songs by musical groups and students at athletic events, the Homecoming bonfire; the Keefe campus center; Valentine.
- Play parts of the CD of Amherst songs at Keefe and Valentine.
- Have words to several songs printed in the Student from time to time.
- Make special efforts to enlist freshmen as part of the planning group or of a particular part of the eventual plan. The same holds true persons reflecting the diversity at Amherst.
- Have an article in the Student from time to time explaining the revival efforts and seeking volunteers.
- Try to get the support of Resident Advisors.
- Contact the heads of various campus groups.
- Restore the tradition of having seniors gather in the Quad before graduation to repeatedly sing the Senior Song ( "Strangers once etc). Last year the Choral Society tried to teach the song to seniors for the Senior Assembly.
- Down the road, consider an Amherst song competition among the dorms and perhaps other groups. All participants would be required to know the words. Perhaps monetary prizes could be offered.
I want to acknowledge that several of the above ideas came from my conversations with you.
Regards, Charles H.(Hobie) Cleminshaw, President, Class of 1951
NEW YORK ANNUAL 1951 DINNER
Dick Sexton reports on the 43rd ’51 dinner in NYC: An impressive get-together of 1947-51 classmates (including three former alumni class presidents), from near (the City, Andy Hacker and Dick Sexton, and New Jersey, Skip Hunziker and Norma) and far (Chicago, Washington D.C., Vermont, Cleveland, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, respectively, Dick Denison, Len Kolsky, Gary Holman and Joan, Dave Fulton, Nebs Blaisdell, and Jeff Hartzell, with real social “interchanges” (better than the new kind, Facebook, Twitter, et al. )
Conversations included college days, the new curriculum, and good friends. I handed out an excerpt from a 1951 essay by Professor Baird on English 1-2: (“…some decent writing does get done, and the student sees it happen. I am well pleased when he finds himself saying, as one surprised, ‘Why I know what I am talking about.’ And there may be by-products. The student may come to respect good writing, however plain. He may even recognize as the marvel it is the human being’s power of making order out of chaos.”)
Sexton argued that such wisdom from the old written print world is needed for resistance to the deterioration of public discourse in today’s tv sound bite culture.
August 14, 2013
It's time to make plans for Homecoming weekend, when our class events will take place:
1. Friday, October 18 - 6 p.m. - dinner at Alina's restaurant on Route 9, 96 Russell Street, Hadley, shortly after a Dunkin Donuts on the right hand side as you drive towards Northampton. If you approach the bridge, you have gone too far. There is limited parking in front and more in a side lot. We will be in the downstairs banquet room.
2. Saturday, October 19 - 6 p.m. - cocktails and dinner at the home of Fred and Judy Luddy at 36 Pelham Road, about a mile and a third from the center of town. Follow Main St., which turns into Pelham. When you are approaching a small bridge with side posts, turn on your left turn signal since the Luddy driveway is the first drive on the left after the bridge.
As you are aware, there are many activities during the weekend, including open classes and lectures on Friday, a conversation with Biddy Martin in Johnson Chapel on Saturday morning and a football game against Wesleyan at the renovated Pratt Field.
So that we can better plan for the two class dinners, please do the following if you are coming to one or both of the dinners:
1. Let me know whether one or two of you will be attending each of the dinners.
2. Make out a check for the Luddy dinner and cocktails ($25 per person) payable to Amherst Class of 1951 and send it to Sandy Riley, Amherst College, Alumni and Parent Programs, P.O. Box 5000, Campus Box 2220, Amherst, M A 01002.
Since hotel reservations fill up quickly, I suggest that you make your reservations promptly. Several hotels on Route 9 are Holiday Inn Express (413-582-0002), Howard Johnson Express Inn (413-586-0114) and Courtyard by Marriott (413-256-5454).
For those having trouble finding a room, contact me or Dick Snodgrass (email@example.com) or 207-244-7850. My email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and my phone is 440-247-7151. Until mid-September each of us will have an unused room at Holiday Inn Express which could be transferred.
For those of you who were at Homecoming last year, please bring your sheets of old Amherst songs. As usual, we plan a lot of singing. Cynie and I are looking forward to the weekend and hopefully seeing many of you.