The Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall in the new Science Center was dedicated Friday May 10, 2019 with three generations of the family participating with John '51 and Phyllis. Classmates attending the lecture, reception and dinner were: Polly and Chuck Longsworth, Joy and Tom Bushman, Judy and Fred Luddy and Charlie Tritschler.
This year the Kendall family, including John Kendall '51, donated the archives of their philanthropy and now note four Amherst generations. The range extends from the innovations of Kendall bandages for WW I by Henry Kendall, '99 to his grandson '50, winning the Nobel prize in Physics. Kindly CLICK below for more:
WYMAN MEDAL 2019
Cornell William Brooks II '19 was awarded the Thomas H. Wyman 1951 Medal which is awarded to the senior class member who best represents the highest standards in scholarship, athletics and/or extracurricular activities, community service, integrity, character, and humanism. His record at Amherst includes : "While studying both psychology and the pre-health sciences, Cornell was a captain of the Track and field team, an e-board member of the Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP), Vice President of the Council of Amherst College Students of Color, a study leader in Athlete Bible Study (ABS), as well as a Senator for the Amherst Association of Students. Brooks is passionate about medical research having completed summer internships at the National Institutes of Health (where he participated in a collaborative project with the FDA to investigate how organs, particularly the brain, respond to small heterogeneous areas of energy deposition from high magnitude MRI scans) and Yale Medical School (where he worked on the use of surgically implanted devices to provide patients with warnings of upcoming seizure activity). Brooks has aspirations to attend medical school after his two gap years in which he is working as Research Associate in Cardiac Surgery at Yale Medical School."
NOTICES OF THE PASSING OF 1951 CLASSMATES
WILLIAM C. PURDY '51 (1929-2019) PHD The range and power of Bill's attainments are remarkable. Bill sang with the Glee Club and excelled with the swim team. Amherst and Mount Holyoke were home for Bill's extended family. Purdy earned a PHD from MIT in chemistry. Complementing his many teaching awards, he and his lab generated signiicant published reserach. He became a chaired professor at McGill in Montreal. He and Chris retired in Libertville Ill to be with their daughter Lisa and son Scot '77. His family and classmates revere him on his passing.
ALVA MOOG, JR '51 (1929-2019) All mourners of the passing of Al Moog have slept at home or in hotel on a matress which his company joined other firms in originating as the SERTA brand. Al managed his entity for years with great success until selling out in 2007. Al married Jean from Smith and they raised six fine sons and his extended family revered him.. Alva Moog's philanthropy extended over manyy years.
PAUL F. COON '51 BS (1929-2019) Paul enjoyed his time at Amherst as if predestined. He passed happily from Deerfield to the soccer field to the Beta House into marriage. Paul followed a successful career in hotel management after his graduation from the Cornell Hospitality School. Paul Coon was chairman of our class' hugely successful 55th reunion. His loving wife Maureen, family and classmates deeply mourn his passing.
LEE N. SHAW '51 (1930-2019) Lee became an Amherst stand out along with his dad and brother. After football and basketball at Amherst, he worked in international finance for JP Morgan, retiring after a quarter century as vp. Expert in the intricacies of foreign exchange, he was also an officer in the Treasure Coast Amherst Club and managed his farm in the Finger Lakes area of New York to grow into a major operation. The class extends its condolences to his wife Claire and family.
ROBERT C. KNOWLES '51 MBA (1929-2018) Bob supported the college loyally as class agent for years. Active in reunions, he bonded with many classmates on some of the pathways around Amherst: Andover, Harvard Business School, Navy Fleet Officer, global travel and a remarkable career in financial consulting. He is mourned by his wife Nancy, his daughters, his family and his class.
HORACE E. LAPRADE '51 LLB (1926-2016) Frenchy arrived with our class on campus already an air corps veteran. He played soccer and was active with classmates at Amherst. However, Horace married Teresa Hamilton in the summer of '49 and moved into the then substantial married student housing . She and their six children lead a large family in mourning for their beloved father. Teresa made her career at Amherst College and Horace developed a formidable practice in financial counseling and insurance.
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 did follow well n the tracks of his own Dad, '22, H '47. Father and son earned Phi Beta Kappa degrees and then graduate Master of Divinity with honors from Union Theological Seminary. A dedicated pastor and activist in his own right, Wally was also an all-around 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 outlived in his life of service.
W. MERCER COOK '51 LLB (1930-2019) Merce came to Amherst from Dunbar High in DC as second generation Amherst alum dealing with Jim Crow Washington. With Haitian French almost a first language, he followed his Dad '25 H '65 to a Phi Beta Kappa degree and a Fulbright. Mercer then took up law at U of Chicago and settled in Hyde Park, Chicago. Adjusting to that indigenous culture, he navigated to such functions such as deputy Illinois State's Attorney. The class extends its respects to his family and its own 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 more than two weeks at sea and then by train across the USA, he was truly welcomed to campus all the way from China in 1947. He followed his father '27 (schooled so differently at Andover) to admission 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 only 17 years, which "Tommy" brought to our campus without prior classroom schooling. Lee's family endured life in Shanghai and also in unoccupied Chungqing during the Japanese pillaging of his homeland. Then the Lees 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 '51 visiting Hideko and Tom Lee in Capetown,SA. 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 the Fulton legacy as he led three siblings and offspring into the Amherst fold. Heartfelt condolences to Stella and the family.
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 continued to manage 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 School, 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 system . Dr. Gast was a pillar in Arcata, California, establishing its 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 army veterans who provided vital diversity to the active adolescent campus culture on his arrival in 1947 and onward. Becoming 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 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.