Mark Cluett shares this happy news: “On July 7, 2018, my daughter married Bob Shepley ’72 in Blue Hill, Maine. Paulies in attendance included grandchildren Claire Stanton ’11, Zoe Stanton ’20, and Rex Thors ’19, and my daughter, Elizabeth Thors ’83.”
Fred Gardner’s artwork is on exhibit at the opening of the East Amwell Museum in Ringoes, N.J. The exhibit includes about 50 of Fred’s paintings, mostly watercolors, plus 24 Christmas cards, which he has created each year since 1994. To help celebrate the opening, Fred painted a portrait of the Clawson House, which will permanently hang in the front hallway of the building. The show’s catalog, which also includes poems by his wife, Gael, can be downloaded at: www.eastamwellhistory.org/museum-opens-with-exhibition-by-fred-gardner/.
Bob MacLean writes: “Audrey and I have been spending the summer at our lake house in Canaan, N.H. Four children and six grandchildren visited for a week or more, the only time they get to see each other as their homes are far apart.”
Alan Booth has been inducted into the Dartmouth Athletic Hall of Fame. The sport was rowing, which he first took up at SPS as a Halcyon in 1949.
Our 65th Reunion will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 31-June 2. Save the dates and plan to join us. Call the Holiday Inn now to reserve your room at (603) 224-9534. We’ll be guests of the School for cocktails and dinner both evenings. More details to come. Until then, let me know your plans, check our website for updates (www.sps.edu/1954), and send in a formnote for the next issue of Alumni Horae by January 10.
From Allan Ayers: “I was recently selected to take the Veterans Honor Flight from Lake County, Ill., to Washington D.C. This is an event to honor Korean and Vietnam veterans (WWII vets have all been so honored). Since I had done most of D.C. before, including all of the war memorials, I was looking for a way to do this trip in a memorable way and decided to use it to honor two warriors who sacrificed far more in their time in Vietnam than I did – Hunter Shotwell, reflecting on him after our 60th reunion memorial service, and also a good friend of mine, Captain Al Lyon, USMC and my true war hero, also a Silver Star recipient.
I tried to do the etching of Hunter’s name on the wall assisted by my trip “guardian,” Dan, but failed miserably. So, I gave up trying to start my artistic career and took a photo of Hunter’s name in honor of him and our 60th. Al Lyon and I became friends when I first entered college (the second time) as a means of earning a commission in the Marines, and we had been friends ever since. He was a three-time Purple Heart recipient and one of the veteran victims of PTSD long before it was defined. He struggled for over 20 years before the Veterans Administration began to recognize and treat the emotional scars of war. He died in 2008, very much alone, living in an exurb of Carson City, Nev. I miss our very occasional conversations. I had 30 minutes to get to his grave site and back to our bus.”
David Atkinson, Bill Eldridge, and Bill Matthews ’61 attended Jimmy Gibson’s memorial service in York Harbor, Maine, on August 16. David brought a picture of Jim that Maria Walker had given him the night before, on the card that Jim had given John Walker (former faculty) when he graduated almost 60 years ago. The note on the back said, “Join me for a drink next time you’re in D.C.” True to style.