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Shipmate March/April 2016 26 January 2016

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by Mark Hubbard

As I write this, the eastern seaboard is digging out from the first major snowstorm of 2016, appropriately named “The Blizzard of 2016”. The Federal Government in Washington, D.C. is still shut down. The storm was so bad that Jim Stavridis had to cancel his Forrestal Lecture at USNA scheduled for tonight. Many roads are still unplowed, including the main road into my neighborhood, which means I may be stuck at home again tomorrow (Tuesday). The town where I live, New Market, MD, had a total accumulation of 35” of snow. Many airports are still not back to full operations. AMTRAK is beginning to resume some of its routes on the east coast. My wife and I spent the weekend watching a lot of movies, as well as the NFL playoffs. I got a lot of exercise shoveling a lot of snow. At least I am ready to go back to work when they clear the major arteries in Maryland.

Many of you already know that we lost another Classmate, Reed Jarvi (28th Company) who passed away after a battle with cancer on December 21st at the Avow Hospice of Naples, Florida. George Watt ’73 wrote to me saying that he was going to perform the eulogy for Reed at the Celebration of his life on January 9th, having been a close friend of Reed’s as well as their wives over the years. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Reed’s wife, Darlene.

Reed’s Plebe roommate, Mark Haas, sent me some news and some of his memories of Reed:

My son, Chris, and I went to the Military Bowl, where Navy ended its record-setting season (11 wins!) by whipping up on ACC member Pittsburgh, 44-28. Although the Brigade was not back yet from XMAS vacation and Pitt had a very good turnout of fans, our team was ready and showed all of the rabid Pitt fans just who had the better team! We went to the game with my Class of ’79 buddy, Tim Blue, and his daughter, Lucy.

On a somber note, on Dec 21 we got the news of the passing away of my old Plebe Year roomie, Reed Jarvi, due to cancer. Although Reed traded me in for Dave Boch following Plebe Year, I never held it against him! Does not appear that many (if any) of his classmates were aware of his situation – and it was apparently a case of going downhill very quickly at the end. I had a nice long phone call with his wife, Darlene, on Dec 31 – she was doing pretty well in light of the great support she has down in Florida. A handful of the 28th Company gang made it down to Florida for a Celebration of Reed’s life on Jan 9, including Lee Freund (& wife Ann), John Boulden, Denny Gardner, Phil Cook (& wife Mary) and Rod Ullein (& wife Sue). Lee told me that there was quite a turnout for the event and that it was obvious that Reed had a ton of great friends and associates, including many from the Rugby field, with which Reed was still involved (coaching and playing). I remember Reed as a jovial fellow who could always put a smile on your face. I also remember the frustration of Plebe Year when I could not beat him in Squash (his experience with a tennis racquet trumped what I thought was my superior agility!). Here’s hoping that there is Rugby in the afterlife and that Reed has already found himself a spot to coach and/or play! We will all miss you at the 40th, buddy, but know you will be there in spirit…

Thanks for the great tribute to Reed, Mark Haas!

Mark Haas with son, Chris, enjoying Navy’s performance against Pitt

Mark Haas with son, Chris, enjoying Navy’s performance against Pitt

Gary Greenfield reports of another journey outside CONUS:

Over the holidays, we headed down to Brazil. I had been up the Amazon once and a couple of other times to some cities on business, but had not really taken advantage of the exploring Rio de Janeiro and other towns. We worked our way from well north to just south of Rio over about a 10-day period. Brazil has a lot of great history and certainly where the Americas developed in the early years once discovered. Unfortunately, Brazil today is economically challenged, driven by the falling of commodity prices, China’s woes (they have been Brazil’s biggest export partner) and lack of government reform, which has been aggravated by political scandal. It is a shame to see it happen, for those I have met in Brazil and the friends I have from Brazil are all wonderful people. As is frequent with weakened economic conditions, it has led to increased crime and it feels noticeably dangerous in areas you would not expect to be.

There were several highlights for us, of which I will mention a few. One was visiting the site of Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue in Recife, which was the first Synagogue in the Americas. The founders had left Europe due to persecution and 150 years later left Brazil due to the Inquisition, settling in New Amsterdam (New York) to create the first Jewish community there. This small group of Jews had a profound impact on the Americas. On New Year’s Eve we watched the fireworks over Copacabana from the water and were reminded how sad the downturn has led nearly 50 cities to cancel Carnival, of which Brazil is almost as proud of as they are their national soccer team. But it was a quite a view. In Rio we did ascend Mt. Corcovado to see Christ the Redeemer, but the weather was so rainy and overcast, all we could see what a vague outline. Overall, a great trip!

Gary, Donna, & Brittany getting in the spirit on Christmas Eve in Brazil

Gary, Donna, & Brittany getting in the spirit on Christmas Eve in Brazil

Tim Farrell provided another input that should be of special interest to Classmates in the Philadelphia area:

The most-supported regularly-scheduled service academy alumni event in the Philadelphia area is the West Point Society of Philadelphia networking lunch held the first Wednesday of every month at 1130 at the Chart House Penn’s Landing. Chris Scoppa, Hugh Willis, and I were at the last one on January 2, making USNA ’76 the most-represented class from any service academy. Not to continue to be outdone by Army, the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Naval Academy Alumni is reactivating led by our Chapter President, Kevin McCloskey ’93. Our Chapter holds happy hours every other third Thursday at 1800 in the Graham Building near Philadelphia City Hall. Hugh Willis and I went to the last one on January 21st; the next one is March 17th.

Christi and Bruce Hinkley had a chance to spend some snow time with their children and grandchildren in Maine. It was the first snow of the season on December 27. Latest first snow in Rangeley, Maine, since 1947!

Back row left to right - Bruce, Christi, Brianne Lardiere (daughter), and Collin Hinkley (son) Front row granddaughters - Lilly, Cassidy, and McKenzie.

Back row left to right – Bruce, Christi, Brianne Lardiere (daughter), and Collin Hinkley (son) Front row granddaughters – Lilly, Cassidy, and McKenzie.

I think this is the first input I’ve received from Joe Bouchard:

In May last year I left the corporate world to work for a family foundation based in Charlottesville. I was in town on foundation business and had a chance to get together with Terry and Mark Metcalf. I live in Virginia Beach and my foundation work is primarily in Coastal Virginia, though I travel extensively in the US and abroad. My daughter Ellen graduates from the University of Virginia in May and is going on to graduate school in neurobiology.

Joe Bouchard and Mark Metcalf in Charlottesville

Joe Bouchard and Mark Metcalf in Charlottesville

Proud papa, Ernie Halton, writes of a family milestone event:

On September 11th our son, EJ Halton ’13 received his wings! He asked for his dad to pin on his wings, and I was very proud to do so. With nearly 20 family and friends watching and slightly steady fingers, I put the gold wings on his chest. After the ceremony, proud mom and dad stood with the new Naval Aviator and Helo pilot. Three of four Naval Academy grad family members were in attendance, Ernie ’76, EJ ’13, and Charles Harris ’02. Brother in Law, Joe Peterson ’78, was not able to attend. In attendance was also Ernie’s 32nd Company mate, Bernie Vanosdall, to see another new pilot get his wings.

EJ will be stationed in Jacksonville Florida and fly the UH60R. After years of pulling for Surface Warfare, I now get to pull for Naval Air!

Ernie pinning wings on son EJ while Mom, Jackie, looks on smiling proudly

Ernie pinning wings on son EJ while Mom, Jackie, looks on smiling proudly

Ernie ’76, EJ ’13, and Charles Harris ‘02

Ernie ’76, EJ ’13, and Charles Harris ‘02

Bernie Vanosdall, Ernie’s mom Dora, and Ernie

Bernie Vanosdall, Ernie’s mom Dora, and Ernie

Here’s a final note from Kevin Stone:

Classmates: we continue to receive inquiries about the 40th Reunion. For those of you who slept through the various ‘Reunion Chow Calls’, here’s a reminder: The 40th Reunion will be over Labor Day Weekend. Dinner and Tailgate Formations will be INSIDE, with events planned for Thursday through Sunday. The reunion HQ hotel is the Annapolis Westin. Please call them for reservations (410-972-4300) and ask for the Class of ‘76 room block. Game tickets are not yet available, watch for the announcement for when our ticket block is available. If you are not getting emails from Kevin then please go to http://www.usna.com and update your profile. If you snooze, you lose!

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