BORDENTOWN MILITARY INSTITUTE
"Rather Be Than Seem"
Tersina DiPietro, Editor
First, I'd like to thank you for allowing me the honor of serving as President of the Alumni Association. I hope I can keep up the momentum the Past President began.
The reunion committee met in November to critique Reunion 2006. We all felt it was a huge success. If you have any comments, good or bad, please e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. This can only help us to make 2008's reunion even better.
The Alumni Association's flag is being flown at half mast in remembrance of the death of President Gerald Ford.
On behalf of the entire
Joseph C. Platt
Joseph C. Platt, '74
(Ed. Note: Past President Angelo Candelori chose not to seek another term as President but will serve on the Executive Board as a Director-at-Large.)
REUNION 2006 REVISITED
(In the past, we have tried to give those alumni not present at our
"I returned on
"This day was one full of laughs over wonderful stories we shared. I learned, from several younger alums, how
much they had looked up to me. I saw how older guys, such as DICK PEPPLER and BOB FRISBIE (both 1961), had touched my
life. I felt a connection with everyone
I met, reliving the camaraderie and esprit de corps of
the opportunity to share my
'To every man there openeth – a Way, and Ways, and a Way –
And the High Soul climbs
And in between, on the misty flats – The rest drift to and fro – But to every man there openeth –
(From BEES IN AMBER: A LITTLE BOOK OF THOUGHTFUL VERSE by John Oxenham)
Rob adds, "To learn about my life's work, please go to www.CompeerChesco.org "
Reunion 2006 was not without its tense moments as you will see when you read the following:
A Note from the Horizontal Cadet (Mike Sternick '57 became ill at the Reunion 2006 dinner. This is his account of what happened.)
I was at the reunion dinner, about to enjoy Col. Candelori's opening
remarks. Next thing I knew I was flat on
the floor, surrounded by several good-looking ladies
(who happened to be nurses), loosening my clothing. Under other circumstances, that might have
been a good deal! After being whisked to
Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Hamilton by the efficient
'40 We received an e-mail from MILTON LOCKE. He would like to know the whereabouts of
"I regret that I will not be able to attend the 2006
that he was unable to attend the reunion and was disappointed that he had to
miss it. John lives in
Unfortunately, a family commitment forced HERB GARTEN to miss Reunion 2006. Said Herb, "I hope to be around for the next one."
In an e-mail from ARNOLD WOLFE we learned that he is a "snow bird,"
spending 6 months in Delray Beach, FL, and 6 months in Bayside, NY. He hopes to get together with
President of the Biddeford Saco Chamber of Commerce & Industry. As promised in the last issue of The Skirmisher, following is an excerpt of
Bernard's message in their monthly news publication: "Some
months ago I visited the cemetery near
EUGENE GUAZZO is still practicing medicine in rural Chaptico, Md (pop. about 600). He wrote, "I regret I cannot make it to the 'Brothers Reunited – 2006' but if AL VERDEL's son is there, tell him I paid homage to his father who was wrestling coach when I was there ('45-'47). I was recently given an award for running a 5-K race; I told the crowd that my wrestling coach got me to running when I was 16 years of age. At the time we thought he was out-to-lunch – RUNNING???? – only guys on the track team did that! But Coach Verdel said we needed to do it to improve stamina, and wrestlers need that to win, not just strength. Of course, he was right and fifty years ahead of his time when it came to running for other sports, as well as for general health. Oddly enough, many of us found we enjoyed regular running. Thank you, Coach Al Verdel."
'50 HARRY "
'51 Prior to coming to Bordentown
for Reunion 2006,
We received an e-mail from LANCE MARSTON. He stated, "Since my last communication
with you several years ago, I have had occasion to celebrate my 50th
ALBERTO MIZRAHI was sorry that he could not attend Reunion 2006. He sends regards to the Class of 1951.
'53 JACK ADAMS wrote to say that JOHN MARSTON '66 lives up
the street from him in
A hip replacement on October 18th prevented ED PEPPLER from attending Reunion 2006. (Ed. Note: Ed has been a faithful participant at just about all of our reunions.)
'56 We received an e-mail from PHIL ROWLEY stating that he was unable to attend Reunion 2006 due to a prior commitment. However, last July he was in Bordentown and stopped at the statue site to survey the damage to the surrounding area.
'57 LOU PIETOSO and his wife Jane took a sentimental journey into Bordentown last summer. They stopped at some of the local shops and also had lunch at Oliver's...a Bistro. Lou and Jane were also present at Reunion 2006.
'59 MARK MANLEY wrote, "The reunion was an unqualified success for me and I truly enjoyed every minute that I was there. My compliments to all that made it happen."
WILLIAMS wrote that he and
'60 We received an e-mail from LARRY ROOT. He wrote "We're
'61 "I really
appreciate reading the Skirmisher and hearing about the alumni of old,"
wrote CHET DERR. "RATHER
BE THAN SEEM
been a motto that has stayed with me all my adult life. I keep missing the
KIRSCHBAUM and his wife celebrated
Wedding Anniversary in 2006. Norm
retired from flight nursing a few years ago and is now a Case Manager and
Charge nurse for a consortium that cares for Native Alaskans in
JERRY KRAWITZ wrote, "I happened to run into the son of a
former cadet, NORMAN VICTOR, and was able to add
We received an e-mail from FRANK POGUE stating, "I got a phone call from NORM KIRSCHBAUM all the way from Alaska...nothing special...he just wanted to chat. Very, very strange to hear a voice from so long ago."
'62 A quick note from TONY HOTSKO informs us that he is still a Program Manager with L-3 Communications, Integrated Systems. He adds, "I am working with the Brazilian Air Force in support of a program called SIVAM (a Surveillance Program monitoring the Amazon)."
We received our annual Holiday Message from "Uncle" BOB MACARI. He wrote, "...no matter what the media tells us, we still live in the greatest country in the world. My hope this year is to make you aware that for every horror story you are made aware of, there is a good story happening that you are not aware of...good deeds do not sell papers.!"
PLUMERI, Trenton Thunder owner, and
his wife pledged $2 million to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of
New Jersey for construction of a magical place for
with life-threatening medical problems.
The gift is the largest individual donation ever made to the Foundation
since its founding in 1980. Joe was recently recognized with the
'63 FLOYD LITTLE
to be present at Reunion 2006 but last minute responsibilities interfered. He wrote, "I enjoy reading the
Skirmisher; it keeps me in touch with some of my classmates. Thanks, STEVE
GOLDSTEIN, for your comments regarding the
BERNARD SANSARICQ wrote, "After being a
legal resident for 42 years in this great country, I became officially a
'64 In September 2005,
'65 BOB TOMAINI is a Sales/Leasing Consultant with Coast Honda in
Sea Girt, NJ, so if you are in need of a car, you can contact him at
732-974-2211, Ext. 126.
'66 Prior to Reunion 2006, SKIP BONHAM sent a note to
PHIL GAFFNEY and his wife spent a few hours with
PIERRE LEROY was "found" by MARK SINGER
We heard from PAUL MOXLEY and learned that he resides in
We received an e-mail from BRUCE ROY who wrote, "Sorry I
missed reunions in 2004 and 2006. I came down with B-cell lymphoma and was going through
chemotherapy, radiation and recovery.
Seem to be in the clear right now.
Would love to hear the whereabouts and status of WESLEY WOLFGANG VON HANDELSSOHN, STAN WINOWICZ, PIERRE
LEROY, JOHN MARSTON, HENRY BERRY, the GOLDBERG twins, RENNIE BALDWIN.
read about BOB DUNCAN in national news about the political turmoil in the
Episcopal Church. Go get 'em, Bullet Bob
– you done good, old man. Keep the faith, MORRIS MAPLE. If you're still
kicking, I owe you a slug in the arm (if you can handle it). I'm living happily in
a couple of
who were not on our list: DR. ALBERT
'68 JAMES (RUSS)
DERSCH is a Sales Associate with
Coldwell Banker in
'71 We heard from RON GARDINER who "found"
us. He wrote, "Good to see that the
spirit lives on." Ron lives in
'72 JOHN (HANK) GRAVENSTINE wrote to say that he has been checking our Web site often.
'75 VANCE HUGGINS is an Account Executive with the Princeton Search Group. He would like to hear from his classmates. He can be reached at email@example.com
Prior to Reunion 2006, we were pleased to receive the
following letter from
We also received a note from Mrs. Lillian Laslocky,
daughter of Mr. David Styer, co-owner of
INCREASE IN DUES FOR 2007
For the first time since the rebirth of the Bordentown Military Institute Alumni Association, we find it necessary to raise the annual dues to $15. We are sending postcards via regular mail as a reminder to all alumni for whom we have home addresses. We send these postcards using first-class postage so that they will be returned if your address in our records is incorrect or can be forwarded if you moved less than a year ago. Please remember to inform us of changes in home addresses and/or e-mail addresses. Thank you.
In the past, we
have had numerous requests from alumni concerning the offering of scholarships
in the name of
Bordentown Military Institute Alumni Association to area high
school graduates who plan to attend college.
At their recent meeting, the Executive Board members voted to pursue the
issue of scholarships and contact was made with
representatives from the
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The officers and members of the Executive Board join with the entire membership of the
Bartholomew, Alanson D. '56
Baxter, James B. '56
Bird, John LeGrand Jr. '52
Cahn, Herb '43
Cottrell, James H. '49
Gjerloff, Harold E. '56
Goldwyn, Gerald H. '56
Hermonat, Alan W. '56
Martin, Peter S. '56
MacEwan, Eldridge J. (Pete) '50
Veek, John A. '56
West, James W. '56
From time to time we receive notices concerning alumni who died many years ago. We include their names here because we believe their former classmates are interested in this information.
The alumni listed below are in our Directory but we have no known addresses for them. If you can help us with this information, it would be appreciated.
APPLEBAUM, CHARLES '55 LANE, HARRISON '61
ATAMIAN, JOHN '61 LIPMAN, JAY P. '71
JOHN VANN '62 LOWE,
BECKER, RONALD F. '59 LUCKIN, WILLIAM S. '35
BECKETT, DAVID '61 MADRAZO, ARTHUR '67
BEKKER, GARRETT A. '59 MEHOK, JOHN '61
BENDAYAN, SAUL '54 METSCH, KEVIN '70
BOND, PETER A. '62 MIRRA, BRUCE '70
BOODLEY, JOSEPH '70 MORTELARO, RODNEY '66
BOYER, ED '56 MUENTEVER, RAYMOND '70
BURRELL, DONALD S. '65 NEWMAN, ROBERT '62
CRYSTAL, CLEMENT '45 PENHALLOW, J. ROBERT '69
DESIDERIO, FRANK '46 PIZZADILI, JOHN '68
DIPIRRO, PAUL '70 QUALEY, CHRISTIAN '73
DOEBLER, C. MICHAEL '56 REALE, THOMAS J. '61
DORLON, THOMAS '65 REYNAUD, JOHN R. '62
DULMAGE, DONALD B. '48 ROGERS, ROBERT '49
FRIEDLAND, EUGENE H. '72 SCHWARZKOPF, NORMAN '52
GASSERT, RON '58 SENSI, JOHN '67
GILARDI, RUSSELL '71 SHERIDAN, PHIL JR. '62
HAGEN, CRAIG '55
HARKINS, JACK '67 TOMALONIS, WILLIAM J. '47
HENRY, WILLIAM '72 TRAPASSO, JAYE B. '66
HERRMAN, BENJAMIN F. '66 TUBINIS, JERRY '61
HEWETT, J. B. JR. (?) VAHLSING,
HOLLER, MARK D. (?) VALDES, RICHARD '52
HURWIT, JAMES P. '63 WALTERS, STAN '67
HURWIT, ROBERT '63 WARDELL, HARVEY JR. '70
JAMES, JOHN '67 WAREING, W. THEODORE '62
CARL '70 WHYNO,
KEANE, MICHAEL '62 WOOD, GARY A. '68
ZITO, ANTHONY '71