BORDENTOWN MILITARY INSTITUTE
"Rather Be Than Seem"
Web site: www.bmicadets.org
Tersina DiPietro, Editor
is quickly fading away. I cannot believe
August is already here. As you may know,
Bordentown is 325 years old this year.
The town has been celebrating all year in various ways. September is their grand month. On September 30th, the 325th
Anniversary Committee is hosting a parade, said to be the largest one
Bordentown has ever had! The Anniversary
Committee has asked the
609-298-0962). If you are unable to march but will be in the area on that day, why not stop by and enjoy the parade.
The 325th Anniversary Committee sold tapestries with several of Bordentown's points of interest on them. The BMI Memorial Statue was one of the points selected. Speaking of the Memorial Statue, I am glad to report that the statue site has been repaired and is once again an honorable memorial for all to see.
Please keep Reunion 2008 in mind when planning your vacation next year. The Reunion Committee will keep you abreast of updates as the date gets closer.
Joseph C. Platt
Joseph C. Platt, '74
BMI Alumni Association
BOARD MEMBER DIES
is with a strong sense of loss that we announce the death of
BORDENTOWN MILITARY INSTITUTE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP
the past, various alumni have suggested that the Alumni Association consider
awarding a scholarship to a
'44 WALT GODWIN was on the sick list last December and spent a few days in the hospital but with medication he is now feeling much better. Walt continues to maintain contact with alumni and has been successful in beating the bushes for long-lost former cadets.
We received a note from DICK ROCKWELL stating, "Sorry we missed the reunion but my wife of 58 years is no longer able to travel. We do hear from old class members. Thanks for all the good work you guys do."
'45 HERB GARTEN crossed paths with PAUL MOXLEY '66 at an American Bar Association event a few months ago. Wrote Herb, "It's amazing the attachment a prep school has and the warm feelings exhibited when two alums meet regardless of the time of attendance at BMI." Apparently Paul learned of Herb's BMI connection from the January 2007 issue of The Skirmisher.
DICK STANEK wrote, "Sorry we could not attend the last reunion. Love hearing from you. Keep up the good work.!"
'47 RUSS LORD sent a note stating, "I enjoyed the reunion...first time back since 1971. It was a moving experience."
'48 Along with a check for his dues, NICK CHERGOTIS enclosed a note. "Thank you for keeping me in the loop," he wrote. "I've been battling cancer for ten years and the fight is still ongoing. Hope to make it to the next get together."
DUKE DUCLO is Chief of Security, Court
of Appeal, First Circuit, in
We heard from JOHN E. SODERBERG who resides in Doylestown, PA. John is interested in locating his former classmate, JOHN H. PARKER III.
'49 The daughter of FREDERICK
to tell us that her father turned 80 this year and lives in
'50 RAY APY wrote, "2006 was my wife's first reunion visit to Bordentown with me, and she was able to understand where the deep feelings come from that we all have but maybe don't always express well. It was great to sit at a table with men that were classmates or dorm mates or schoolmates whom I hadn't seen for so long. We were with BOB SAMUELS and BUD MOGLIA (both '50) and BILL MEREDITH and ED VREELAND (both '49). I also visited with many others who were at BMI during my era. I would like to express my thanks again to all of you that work to keep this organization going. If I lived near you, I'd like to be helping. Here's to everyone enjoying good health and good times until we meet again!"
We heard from JACK OAKEY who told us that on
HOWARD SHERMAN is planning another
'52 HUMBERTO LARACH still keeps in contact with DUKE DUCLO '48.
'54 WAYNE SEIBER wrote, "It is always a good day when I receive mail from BMI. To me, BMI means Hartpence, Smith, and Borst...three excellent role models."
'56 Former Association president ANGELO CANDELORI reported
that while vacationing in
'57 LOU PIETOSO sent a postcard with a picture of the
We received a note from KEN SMITH informing us of his new address. He moved from Duncansville, PA, to Calabash, NC. Said Ken, "Moved south to grow old but I'll be coming north for the '08 reunion. See you then."
'59 VINCENT J. DeBENEDETTO recently became a member of our Association. He wrote, "The military training and the education I received there served me well in my adult life. I remember well the then Captain Nelson and the positive effect he had on me as a role model. I was equally proud to have represented the football and baseball teams during my year there as a postgraduate."
A brief e-mail message from JOHN MARYANOPOLIS informed us of his address change. He now lives in Schenectady, NY.
'61 GEORGE M. KUDRA is President/Designer of G. Kudra Furs of Bucks County located at 1135 Taylorsville Road, Washington Crossing, PA 18977. They are designers and manufacturers of fine fur garments, leather and shearlings. The company has been in business since 1876.
We recently learned that DICK PEPPLER moved from Tennessee to Orlando, FL. He is associated with the College of Medicine there.
In an e-mail from KEN WILLIAMS, we learned that he was looking for ROBERT (BOB) MORTON '60. We do not have an address for Bob but if anyone out there does, please let us know. Ken said he is doing well and will get to the next reunion. He wrote, "I am retired after 28 years as a high school teacher/coach at Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, NJ." Ken lives in Somers Point, NJ.
'63 ROB CHISHOLM wrote, "You can never go back? Not true! Nelson Mandela wrote, 'There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.' This quote reminds me of a time my wife Judy and I visited the BMI campus on our way home from a weekend at the NJ shore. This was in the years after Old Main burned down and had been razed. Judy and I gazed on rubble (this was before apartment buildings were built on the site of Old Main). It was also before our BMI Alumni Association was organized. I was blown away at seeing how drastically different my BMI campus looked. However, when Judy and I stopped by that same day at Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Bordentown, I found a very familiar place that remained unchanged. In recent years, I have come to regard my five years at BMI as profoundly life-changing in positive ways."
STEVE McNAMARA sent an e-mail stating, "Although a family crisis prevented me from attending Reunion 2006, I have every expectation of being back in Bordentown for 2008. After retiring from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel, I now spend my time substitute-teaching history in the local high school (unsubstantiated rumors have it that I am old enough to have lived through most of the history I teach), working as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and maintaining our 100-year-old brick Victorian home. My wife has gone back to school online to pursue a master's degree in human services and to work with the local literacy council."
BERNARD SANSARICQ wrote, "I have just received a thank-you note from former President Jimmy Carter on my book, "Le Pouvoir De La Foi." Check out the Web site at: www.LePouvoirdelaFoi.com. Bernard added, "Thank you for keeping BMI alive!"
'64 We received a note from RICH GUIDETTI. He wrote, "Had another great time at 2006 Reunion. Everyone did a great job. Wish more of my classmates were there. Looking forward to 2008."
ANTHONY LEONARD attended Reunion 2006. Unfortunately the e-mail he sent in January 2007 took several months to reach us. Anthony wrote, "Can't say enough about this past reunion. This year my wife and I came in on Friday and stayed until Sunday. The weekend flew by. It was a great idea to have an early arrival welcoming party on Friday night. Met BOB PLACE '56 and his wife there and found out they live just a few miles from us. This is the second reunion for us and the second alumnus we met who is a neighbor. It turns out to be such a small world. Also, I want to thank TOM BROWNBACK '65 for organizing the '63 to '66 lunch on Saturday. More than 50 people showed up and we took over the restaurant. On Sunday morning, about ten cadets and spouses decided to get together for breakfast and nearly 30 people came to it. We also took a stroll around Bordentown before the parade (wearing my BMI sweatshirt and hat) and was stopped by several residents who asked many questions about the school. We spent some time at the old Meeting House. They had a BMI display that included several old uniforms and one on a mannequin where you could stand behind it, put on a BMI hat and have your picture taken. This was great because I was a BMI cadet again, in uniform and I didn't have to lose any weight...don't ya just hate Brownback! I could go on and on about what a great weekend it was. Everyone needs to come and experience it. Also, my sincere appreciation to ANGELO CANDELORI '56 and his wife, a most gracious and cordial couple. He is indeed an officer and a gentleman."
TIM PENNYPACKER promises to attend the next Reunion in 2008. Tim adds, "I think of all the BMI family often."
'65 ANTONIO COSTAS-ELENA wrote, "I envy all those who were able to muster at Reunion 2006. Memories and camaraderie just reeked from the Skirmisher. I do believe I will be able to participate in the next one."
'66 We received an e-mail from WES HAND. He wrote, "I hope many of your ears were burning as BRUCE KANE and I conducted a mini reunion at IGGIES on St. Thomas in April. Bruce and his friend Mikki came in for a week of overcast skies, rain and cold adult beverages on the beach. A good time was had by all and it's too bad more of you don't take advantage of the 'free room' thing down here."
'67 We lost contact with RICHARD ARMELLINI for a few years but he sent an e-mail in April stating he moved to California and would like to "stay in touch with what is going on with BMI."
JACK HARKINS' brother FRED '66 told him that we were looking for him. He was not very far away in Bordentown Township. Jack wrote, "I am so glad to see that you all are keeping the spirit of BMI going. I would like to volunteer to pitch in and help with the Alumni Association in any way that may seem appropriate." Jack serves on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Burlington County.
ARTHUR MADRAZO sent an e-mail message stating, "You would not believe how often reminiscences pound through my brain about my stay at BMI. I do not believe that I can remember the slightest details of Durland House ('64), Landon Hall (my roomy AL IENCO), Hartpence, Col. Bradman and the Mrs., Borst (Jet)...I could go on forever. I have put 20 years into American Airlines in Miami, FL. I have a family of five (two boys and 3 girls), plus the even number of 4 granddaughters, and still coming! I have kept in touch with TONY LEONARD '64 and we have spoken about getting to Bordentown for an encounter with the past but something always gets in my way. But one of these days, the wife and I will definitely make it. I send sincerest regards to all those who were part of my past."
'68 BILL BINDER wrote, "Please keep me updated with BMI news."
We hear from JAY PINTO from time to time and since 2008 will be his class' 40th reunion, we expect to hear even more from him. Jay and KARL HELICHER are already making a strong pitch to alumni from the Class of 1968 to ensure record-breaking attendance at Reunion 2008. Jay wrote, "It's our 40th, Fellas! Fall in!" That's the order from J. J. Pinto, 1st Sgt. (Ret). On another note, Jay told us about an article entitled "Where Are They Now" about STAN WALTERS that appeared on the Philadelphia Eagles Web site. Space here is limited but if anyone would like a copy, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jay also pointed out, "We produced some fellas with real Big Time football credentials: PAUL BOUDREAU has worked for no less than five NFL teams as Offensive Line Coach (he can be reached today at the home offices of the St. Louis Rams) – Luisi would be proud!
PAUL PASQUALONI had a very successful career as Head Football
JOE VRABLIK sends his best to all.
'69 Trenton (NJ) Mayor DOUGLAS
officially assumed the role of President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He had been serving in that position since
last December after the death of its former president. According to the local newspaper, with this
post Mayor Palmer will have a "bully pulpit, access to leaders in
'71 KEVIN MacGREGOR ADAMS sent us his latest
address. He lives in
We received an e-mail from MARVIN E.
ROBERT MORRISSEY was in the last graduating
class of the
'Who misses or who wins the prize—
Go, lose or conquer as you can;
But if you fail, or if you rise,
Be each, pray God, a gentleman.' "
(We were able to locate the source for Robert. It appears in one of the stanzas from William Makepeace Thackeray's poem, "The End of the Play.")
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The officers and members of the Executive Board join with the entire membership of the
BMI ALUMNI ASSOCIATION in extending sincerest sympathy to the families of:
*Hoehn, Mrs. Marjorie (Staff)
Howe, Harry (Bud) '50
Nordstrom, Gus (Staff)
Pogue, Frank '61
Smith, Raymond F. Jr. '59
Terstappen, Horace '47
Tubinis, Jerry '61
Vitullo, Robert M. '60
*Mrs. Hoehn was the widow of Coach Doc Hoehn, Mother of Ron Hoehn '66, and Dr. Harold Morrison Smith's secretary in the '40s.
(Correction: Bill Meredith '49 found an error in our "In Memoriam" column in the last Skirmisher. Pete
MacEwan was a member of the Class of 1947 and not 1950 as we reported. Sorry for the error. Thanks, Bill.)
WE HAVE NO HOME ADDRESSES FOR THE ALUMNI LISTED BELOW. CAN YOU HELP US?
*HEWETT, J. B. JR.
*HOLLER, MARK D.
*WALKER, REX (FAC.)
CLASS OF 1938
CLASS OF 1945
CLASS OF 1946
CLASS OF 1947
CLASS OF 1948
CLASS OF 1949
CLASS OF 1952
CLASS OF 1953
CLASS OF 1954
CLASS OF 1955
CLASS OF 1956
DOEBLER, C. MICHAEL
CLASS OF 1957
CLASS OF 1958
CLASS OF 1959
BEKKER, GARRETT A.
CLASS OF 1961
CLASS OF 1962
BECK, JOHN VANN
HAHN, JOHN III
WAREING, W. THEODORE
CLASS OF 1963
CLASS OF 1964
CLASS OF 1965
CLASS OF 1966
CLASS OF 1967
CLASS OF 1968
CLASS OF 1969
PENHALLOW, J. ROBERT
CLASS OF 1970
WARDELL, HARVEY JR.
CLASS OF 1971
CLASS OF 1972
CLASS OF 1973
*Indicates no class year available.
In some instances, the class year is the year the cadet would have graduated had he remained at BMI.