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1951 Donor Roll 2015

  • Harry Ahlheim
  • Phil Alexander
  • Lee Allen
  • Frank Alpert
  • Craig Bell
  • Nebs Blaisdell
  • Dean Blanchard
  • John Booth
  • Ellie Burton
  • Tom Bushman
  • George Carpenter
  • Charlie Chapin
  • Ev Clark
  • Hobie Cleminshaw
  • Don Cohan
  • Merce Cook
  • Paul Coon
  • Sam Crowe
  • Margaret Cummings
  • Ted Damon
  • Dick Denison
  • Al Donaldson
  • Diz Evans
  • John Frautschi
  • Charlie Frey
  • Caroline Fritzinger
  • Reg Frost
  • Dave Fulton
  • Tom George
  • Ralph Gildehaus
  • Sam Greene
  • Bob Groff
  • Maria Gustafson
  • Andrew Hacker
  • Bill Hanaway
  • Jim Harris
  • Jeff Hartzell
  • Bruce Hawkins
  • Ed Haynes
  • Bob Hickok
  • Bill Hock
  • Gary Holman
  • Heather Hopkins
  • Skip Hunziker
  • Patricia Jackson
  • Bernie Jacobson
  • Phil Kalodner
  • Shirley Kane
  • John Kendall
  • John Keydel
  • John Kirkpatrick
  • Phil Knowles
  • Bob Knowles
  • Bill Krusell
  • Freddy Lancaster Raymond
  • Bob Lindemann
  • Ted Liu
  • Chuck Longsworth
  • Don Loos
  • Jette Lord
  • Anne Lower
  • Fred Luddy
  • Moose McGrath
  • Floyd Merritt
  • Stu Methven
  • Al Moog
  • Bill Neill
  • Don Osborn
  • Charles Pittman
  • Bill Purdy
  • George Scanlan
  • Dick Schatz
  • Dan Schwarzkopf
  • Dick Sexton
  • Lee Shaw
  • David Sheldon
  • Keith Simpson
  • Don Smith
  • Dick Snodgrass
  • Joe Stecker
  • Hal Sutton
  • Tom Sweitzer
  • Van Tingley
  • Charlie Tritschler
  • Archie Tull
  • Jon Van Winkle
  • Jack Vandevate
  • John Walker
  • George Whiting
  • Hank Williams

Annual Fund Letter

2015 Annual Fund

Dear Classmates, 

Thank you for helping Amherst raise $10.1 million this year to support financial aid, teaching and learning, campus infrastructure, and student life initiatives that distinguish the Amherst experience.  

This year, 11,522 alumni, parents, and friends made gifts of all sizes. Our class had a participation rate of 83.8% and our collective giving totaled $56,609. From the Greenway project, which includes four new dorms and a cutting-edge science center, to advances in the integration of teaching and technology, our gifts allow Amherst to continue setting the standard for liberal arts education.  

And the outcomes of an Amherst education continue to impress. The Class of 2015 boasted two Watson Fellows, one Carnegie Junior Fellow, a Truman Scholar, six Fulbright English Teaching Assistants, and three Fulbright Research Grant recipients. Other new graduates are headed to jobs with the U.S. Department of Justice, Beth Israel Deaconess Research Center, Facebook, Credit Suisse, and City Year while many others are off to prestigious graduate programs. Each of them—just like each of us—will contribute to their fields and their communities in immeasurable ways.  

In addition to financial contributions, our class continues to be a strong presence in the life of the College. Whether you are volunteering as a Pathway mentor or attending the Virtual Lecture series, we thank you for staying connected and continuing Amherst’s longstanding tradition of alumni involvement.

I look forward to seeing everyone at our 65th Reunion on May 25-29, 2016! 

Best regards,

 Bob Knowles





2011 Annual Fund

Dear classmate:

Remember the nervous anticipation you felt the day you arrived at Amherst?  This year, the Class of 2015 braved more than their own jitters as they and their parents swept into Amherst on the winds of Tropical Storm Irene.  Thankfully, Irene delivered far less than was promised. Unlike that fickle storm, Amherst College will live up to its promises and be for them what it was for us, a transformative educational experience greater than they can imagine.  They are lucky:  they are at the doorstep of a great liberal arts education.

It's an expensive proposition to give a small group of excellent students the rigorous, eye-opening, life-changing education we received and that awaits the Class of 2015.  It's no easy matter to align resources with Amherst's values.  President Biddy Martin thinks the college has done a "spectacular job" of that.  Thankfully, each generation of Amherst graduates has the opportunity to give back so that the next generation of students can learn, discover, and achieve in ways unimaginable anywhere else.

Amherst's educational model requires not just good management of resources but also resource diversity, to meet both immediate needs and longer-term goals.  Alumni support in all its forms, including annual, endowed, capital, and deferred gifts, is essential for sustaining Amherst.  Annual giving, the form of support with immediate impact on the education and experience of today's Amherst students, is the focus of our appeals to you.

Last year, 58.2% of alumni contributed $10 million to the Annual Fund, equaling the third-highest total in the college's history and representing a huge contribution to Amherst College.  This year, the college hopes alumni will improve that support and sustain that endorsement of an Amherst education.  With a little help from all of us, Amherst can achieve that and more.

With best wishes,
Sam Watson and Bob Knowles

P.S. We hope you take the opportunity this year to do more with Amherst through events, volunteering, networking, giving or even a virtual lecture--all part of Amherst Connects, an initiative strengthening our ties to the college and one another.

CL51 Class Letter 2015.doc


Recent Loss of Classmates and Family

Dean L. Evans '51 (1926-2015)
David Babbott '51 MD ScD (1927-2015) Dave arrived a veteran of Alaskan duty and became a officer of the Christian Association. He prepared for his distinquished career in medicine and education. He and Meredith Barnes, Smith '51, were leaders in the Episcopal Church and raised five children. Recipient of an Amherst honorary degree, Babbott's college relations extend from his grandfather thru four generations. 
Harrington E. Manville '51 MA (1929-2015)
William D. Dunbar '51 (1929-2015)
The class mourns the passing of Joan Sexton who joined Dick in remarkable support of alumni activities. The talented family they raised can truly be deemed a work of art. No less because her offspring honored Amherst with two daughters initiating coeducation, a son-in-law and grandson triumphant on its  playing fields.
John D. Olds '51 MS (1927-2015) John joined the US Navy as a teenager and then came to Amherst with the veterans' outlook. John earned a graduate degree at Rutgers and began a 38 year career with Boeing Aircraft as an engineer and manager. In his 2014 personal class note, John conveys the sweep of his eighty some years: we have marvelous get-togethers with our extended families in Seattle, the progeny of three daughters and five sons. My wife Elise (Smith ’51) and I plan to attend a Northwest alumni reception for Biddy Martin. I hope to describe to her trips to the Amherst of the 1930s, when I visited my grandparents. His grandfather was President of the College 1924-'27. Fact is John was led to campus by his brother '47, father '13 and uncle '12.  
Samuel M. Watson '51 MBA (1929-2015) was instrumental in the remarkable fundraising record of the class of 1951 as class agent. Bearing credentials as a naval officer, a Wharton degree and CPA, Sam became a partner in Arthur Young, now branded as EY. Adding to his global stature, Watson retired as chief financial officer of Matshushita.Sam_Wat.png The class extends its condolences to his beloved wife Connie and to his family. The same concern applies to our other classmates remembered in these reports. 
W. Brooks Keffer '51 LLB (1929-2015)  Brooks had a wonderfui family life where he grew up. He became the managing partner of a leading Philadelphia law firm. As at
Amherst, Brooks was a respected leader in all that he undertook. All who knew him grieve his passing. 
Richard B. Duncan '51 (1929 -2015) was editor for Armstrong World Industries publications. Family and community revered him.
James D. Hobbs '51 LLB (1927-2014) Jim was a lawyer in San Francisco, CA and active with Amherst alumni and California conservationists.
Richard A. Hopkins '51 MBA (1929-2014) Dick was longtime executive of the Ford Foundation and brother of John '58. A stalwart of class of '51 reunions.
Eric B. Outwater '51 (1929-2014)
Peter K. Nichols '51 MBA (1929-2014) Pete has passed away having performed nearly all dimensions of Amerst liberal arts. Pete is survived by his wife Nancy Nichols of San Francisco, daughters Julia Nichols Andres of Novato, Karen Mercury (Dan) of Vallejo, Claudia Heikhaus-Morfit (Fred) of San Anselmo, Jonathan Nichols (Carla) of San Francisco, and Matthew Nichols of New York City.
John M. Woodbridge '51 MFA (1929-2014) imageJohn died suddenly while traveling in the south of France. A prominent architect, he designed Pennsylvania Ave in DC. John was nephew, cousin, grandson, son and father of Amherst grads.  He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Kizer, Pulitzer prize poet, his children Pamela and Lawrence '80.
Leonard S. Kolsky '51 LLB LLM (1929-14)  Len was a pioneer in the legal dimensions of the Internet revolution.  He was an indispensable advisor to the Federal Communications Commission and to Motorola. Len is survived by Liz Sachs, his beloved wife of 25 years, as well as two adoring daughters, Meredith (Kent) Lewis and Reese (Rob) Rowe, from his first marriage to Michele Gordon Kolsky,
George A. Grover '51(1929-2014)
George became an accomplished computer programmer with IBM. George Grover was also a passionate reader, poet and surfer.  He married Mary Elizabeth Grover with whom he raised five children; Eric '79, Gavin, Wendy, Chris and Margot.  
Class of 1951 grieves for dick snodgrass who  lost his wife arlanne. our class secretaries are closest to us by keeping in touch by phone and writing up our news.
 click on each name below to reach the college's "In Memory" portal.These include available public obits and/or extracts from the cherished 50th Reunion book of Bill Maloney whose own links & photo appears at the close of this column.                         

John H. Baker '51 MBA (1930-2014) Raymond R. Machlett '51 (1929-1987)
Robert Cornish '51 MA (1929-2013)
Thomas H. Bloor '51 (1930-2013)
Julian D. (Jack) Conover '51 MBA (1929-2013) See his last words >>  Jack Conover writes “in keeping up with our country’s fast moving cultural changes, I married my partner of over 49 years, Bob Hickok, on July15, 2013.
Robert B. Campbell '51 LLB (1929-2012)
Charles M. Marshall '51 (1927-2013)
Benjamin N. Kightlinger '51 MD (1929-2013)
Ben was especially generous in his donations to Amherst College.after a distinguished medical career.

2013 Wyman Medal Winner

Risalat Khan '13 is a geology and environment major from Dacca, Bangladesh.  There follows his own words and his response for the 1951 campaign for the Singing College.
"I am honored to receive the Wyman Medal. It came as a very nice surprise in the same week following my birthday! I am sorry for the late reply - I was in the Berkshires with some friends for the last few days for a senior week trip and had no internet access.

To satisfy a bit of your curiosity about my background:

I went to a normal private high school in Bangladesh. It isn't especially distinguished by any means. When I graduated from high school, I considered my college options, and coming to the US on scholarship seemed like a good idea. So I went online, searched for rankings, and applied to the top few colleges and universities. Amherst happened to be the only place I got in (besides being wait-listed in a few other places), and while I did not know much about liberal arts colleges at the time, I liked it the more I read about it, and ended up coming here. Some of my school mates are in colleges in the US and Canada, but very few are in Oxford or Cambridge (or more generally, in the UK - even though there are some). Did you ask because Bangladesh used to be a British colony?

My plans for the immediate future involves a social entrepreneurship program in Boulder, CO for which I got selected. It is a start-up called Watson University, founded by a young Amherst alum (Eric Glustrom '07). I am excited to be part of the inaugural class (comprising 18 Watson scholars) and look forward to being in Boulder. Over the summer, I hope to do some research with a professor on the recent political turmoil in Bangladesh, take a road trip across the US, and go back home for a bit.

By the senior song, I understand you mean the song with lyrics "Strangers once, we came to dwell together..."? I did not know the song until quite recently, but a good friend of mine arranged to have the entire senior class sing the senior song together at Senior Assembly, and forwarded us a video of the song so we could learn the lyrics. I enjoyed singing it, and think it is a good song.

Regarding the Lord Jeffery Amherst song, however, I take some issue. From your google search, you may have come across my name relating to conversations on the "Lord Jeff" mascot. The song embeds in its lyrics a power dynamics that is inappropriate in a world where native americans are still so oppressed. Whether or not it was designed to be satirical does not really matter. Even very recently in our college's history, and definitely during the time that you were a student (please correct me if I'm mistaken), the issue of genocide of native americans was thrown around very lightly, even displayed as decoration in Val china. I organized an event on campus during this past semester where Michael Kelly, the Head of Archives and Special Collections at Frost Library, made an excellent presentation about the history of our mascot. I firmly believe that even though this has been an important tradition, it is time for us to move beyond this and choose a mascot that is inclusive for all our community members but can still energize our sports teams.

Again, I thank you for your email and for the recognition. Is there anything that follows this? You shared the list of previous award receivers, and I was impressed upon looking up the past awardees. Perhaps there can be a group where these individuals can share ideas about how best to use the Amherst education and experience to service humanity?
Best regards,
Risalat Khan 



Thomas Gibbs '51
Charles Longsworth '51