SUSAN WILLIS LOUKES is DECEASED. Reported by Jay Dunn.
FRED CUNNINGHAM is DECEASED (2012). Reported by Phylora FeebackShrieves
ROBIN VAN THIEL is DECEASED (2014). Reported by her brother, Bill.
ROSE ANNE WILLIAMSON is DECEASED. Reported by Dalton Kelley Blankenship.
ALICE YOUNG COLLIERis DECEASED (2001). Reported by Phylora Feeback Shrieves.
The search has not ended. It will HAVE to end by mid-April, however. The 50th Reunion of the Class of 1967 is May 12 & 13.
THANKS to all who have helped so far!
FEEDBACK: More Memories of Don Riley
Edited by A. Jane Chambers
FROM FORMER STUDENTS:
I'm so very sorry to see Mr. Riley has passed. I took one class from him in 1967 and it was memorable. I only saw him virtually speechless once during the semester. We were discussing personal budgeting and one, obviously very young and very protected young lady blurted out in class, "You mean you have to PAY for electricity?!?"
There was complete silence for almost two full minutes. Then he gave that smile he always had that suggested he knew more about, or was at least more interested in, what was being discussed than everyone else.
"Yes," he said, and moved along the discussion.
I wish I could have seen him once more. Dalton K. Blankenship
I had Don Riley for a statistics class. He was great at relaying complex concepts in a form that I could understand. I didn't know him personally, but he seemed to be a really nice guy. Ron Lowder
I am sorry to hear about Don's passing. He tried to teach me accounting, and I know what a great supporter he was of the First Decaders. However, being the Crabber that I am, I am distressed that he was Typhooner. Well, no one's perfect.
RIP, Don Ken Smith
I was sorry to hear of Professor Riley's passing. He was one of my professors and my guidance counselor. Danny Campbell Sr.
Sorry to hear about Mr. Riley's death. I had more classes with him than any other professor at CNU. Doug Duncan
Too bad about Don. I had him for Business. He was a very nice guy.
And this observation from a student who did NOT know Don Riley:
Thank you sharing this information regarding Professor Riley's death. I did not have any classes of his, and did not know him, but we have come to a time when many of the professors, staff (and students) of the CNC years are dying. It is so sad, albeit not unexpected, each time we learn of another death.
However, their legacies live on in every one of us who knew these people, worked with them and were taught by them. We were enriched by their dedication to teaching and to preparing us to carry on.
Also, you all built an extraordinary strong foundation (physical and mental) that nurtured and has sustained what has become one of America's great universities. I am so grateful to have been a FIRST DECADER.
Thank you! Jan Giguere Clarke
FROM FORMER COLLEAGUES:
The CNC faculty all knew each other during those early years and served on committees almost daily (or so it seemed). I always thought Don was a "cool" guy--great sense of humor, dedicated to teaching and the task he was working on, and a man about town. Although he often changed the nicknames he wanted folks to call him, I knew him as "old golden throat". Many of us were also admiring of his very attractive companion, Nellie Horton, who was, as I recall, a waitress at Sammy's at one time. I smile when I think of Don, which I think is a pretty good compliment (I don't smile when I think of xxxx). One more piece of history gone. Harold Cones
After one of CNC's out-of-town basketball games, I sat beside Don when we were riding back to the College on the old bus we called the "Blue Goose." The bus was almost totally silent; most of the players had fallen asleep after our food stop. Don and I got into a conversation about music. I learned that he had played the clarinet as a student both at Newport News High School and William and Mary. He told me that he loved playing it and that sometimes he wished he had become a professional clarinetist in a symphony orchestra. I knew he was quite a joker, but there was in his voice a tone almost of sadness, which told me he was not kidding. I saw a side of him I had not seen before. Jane Chambers
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Published March 3, 2017
Re: Missing Possible 1967 Class Members
GLENNA TROXELL HUNDLEY: FOUND.
DIANNE DUFFIELD FLIPPEN: FOUND
KENNY SPENCER : FOUND
Re: Blizzard Photos
From: Jay Dunn
Mary Lee and I had the good fortune to be in Aruba during your snowstorm.
From: Barbara Rhyne Jacobs
I really enjoyed your writing and photos of the blizzard. I am sending them to Pat and will also share the snow pictures with my grandchildren. Such wonderful and magical winter scenes!!!
Re:Blue Star Diner Renovation
From: Renie Blentson Thanos
What a beautiful article!!! Thank you for sharing! So glad to have reconnected with you on FB!
Editor:Thank you, Renie! I have put you on my list of FRIENDS of the FIRST DECADERS so you will get the website updates.
Re: Thurber's "The Little Girl and the Wolf" & Cartoons
From: Dr. Mario Mazzarella: I LOVE James Thurber, especially his cartoons. Do you know his short story "The Catbird Seat?"
Editor:Along with "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," I taught Thurber's equally delightful "The Catbird Seat" for years in English 102 at CNC. Another favorite of his I taught in that course was "Courtship Through the Ages."
Published February 3, 2017
Re: Blue Star Diner Renovation
FROM Charlie Snead (Class of 1966):Loved the Blue Star update. I hope the diner reopens.
Re: Missing Possible 1967 Class Members
PHYLORA FEEBACKSHRIEVES: Found on Facebook. Name "Phylora" was misspelled as FYLORA in the 1966Trident.
PAIGE TRAYNOR:DECEASED. Information from Phylora Feeback Shrieves, who believes Paige died sometime in the 1970s.
FROM Charlie Snead (Class of 1966): I pray those missing alumni are found so they can be treated like royalty as we were last spring. You and CNC/U are special.
Published January 20, 2017
Re: Missing Possible 1967 Class Members
BARRY S. BYRD: FOUND. Connection not yet made, however.
JUDITH ANN COLLINS (BARNES): DECEASED (2015). Information from Jamey D. Bacon of Newport News.
JOHN MICHAEL (MIKE) JOYCE): FOUND. More accurately, reconnected with us via email. No longer living in Thailand, he has returned to the USA and is now living in Florida. He sent his new content information.
JOHN W. MOORE: FOUND, by recognizing himself. He wrote: "John C. Moore is actually John W. Moore. That is a picture of me and I was a sophomore in 1967, but did not get an A.A. until 1968." He is already documented and will, we hope, enjoy his Golden Reunion in 2018.
NAME CORRECTION: The photo labeled JOHN PITKINS is actually a photo of JOHN ATKINS, according to Jamey D. Bacon, who went to school with him.
Published January 6, 2017
Re: Missing Possible 1967 Class Members
BRIAN CHRISTENBURY: FOUND, thanks to Kecoughtan High School classmate Jane Barefoot. He has been contacted by email but has not yet responded.
NEIL VICKERS:DECEASED, reported by his CNC classmate Tom Oxner.
Published December 23, 2016
Re: Missing Possible 1967 Class Members
GEORGE FLOWE:FOUND, thanks to Bonnie Marshall. Email message sent. No response yet.
KEN PARGETER: FOUND, thanks to several sources, but has not responded to phone messages. Earned his BS in MIS at CNC in 1975.
DONNA SKIPPER PULTZ, 1967 AA degree recipient:FOUND, thanks to Linda Wilson Phillips.
TOM SMITH: FOUND, thanks to Michael Barber, but sent message through Michael that he wishes no further contact with CNC/U.
Published December 9, 2016
RE: Alumni House Named for... Alumnus Gregory Klich
FROM: William Winter (CNU Prof. Emeritus):
Hello Jane. Nice article on the Alumni house. I remember Greg very well, as a student of mine back in the day. What a fine young man and student he was. We had many chats in my office. I'm so proud of him, and I hope someone will tell him hello from me. I would love to hear from him. Thanks for what you do, and hope you are well. Best, Bill
Jane to Bill:I've forwarded your note to CNU officials, asking them to connect you with Greg Klich.
RE: Looking for Class of 1967 Sophomores
FROM: Joe Hutchko (FD):
Unfortunately, Sandra Brooks is deceased as of a few years back.
THANKS TO: Joe Hutchko, Bonnie Marshall, & Susan Heidt Siegelfor pointing out the 1966Trident yearbook's misspelling of Kenneth Pargeter's name & for getting his contact info for me. I've left phone messages but have not yet gotten a response.
Published November 25, 2016
RE: SEPTEMBER 18th PICNIC
FROM Jan Giguere Clarke (AA, 68): Hi Jane, Just a quick note of thanks for everything you and all the other "behind the scenes" folks did to host such a great picnic. The food was great and the company, even greater. Once again, you outdid yourself! Your allegiance and tireless efforts to ensure that our CNC history is preserved are remarkable. Can't wait for the Alumni House and museum to open.
FROM Donna (Kay Lass) Carter (AA, 68): Thanks so much for organizing the lovely picnic yesterday. I wanted to thank you in person but you had lots of folks around you when we left so I didn't want to interrupt. I was particularly pleased with the involvement of the CNU people. It sounds like they are really interested in involving the First Decaders with the University.
RE: SEPTEMBER 16 - 29 ISSUE
FROM Barbara Rhyne Jacobs: I was most impressed with the research that Jane Chambers did on the articles about Grace White Sherwood (Witch of Pungo) and Tucker Carwile (Roads Taken).
MORE RE: the Witchduck Road & Witch article
FROM Melinda Schenkkan (BA, 75): I found this so interesting! I was amazed they pulled her out of the water before she drowned; that was not always the case. In Salem, Mass., people often were accused of witchcraft by neighbors interested in acquiring their land.
FROM Susan Earhart: Have always wondered about the name Witchduck. Never knew. Very interesting.
FROM Camille Donne: I used to tell ghost stories in colonial Williamsburg and I always told Grace Sherwood's story. I love it!
FROM HG Fuller: I used to docent at Thoroughgood house in Virginia Beach. Because of stories about Mrs. Sherwood, sometimes people would come out at night and vandalize the graveyard. The ducking part--you couldn't win either way.
FROM Mary Mertl: Well isn't that interesting! Never knew that!
RE: SEPTEMBER 02 - 15 ISSUE
FROM Charlie Snead (AA, 1966): I really enjoyed the article on William Styron. Never knew that. Also liked the Intercourse joke. I have Blue Cross as well.
FROM Pat Shaughnessy Morrell (AA, 1965): Jane, I enjoyed every word. Thank you for keeping this website going.
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Published September 30, 2016
Re: Driving the TwoRiversideHospital Buses
FROM Sharon Wiseman Porter:
Great article! What a great career you had, Fran Newman!
FROM Brenda Drummond:
Awwww... memories of riding the bus....Ms. Lokey had graduated before I rode the bus.
FROM Phyllis Jordan (RSPN Class of 1964):
I know that the bus driving of nursing students was a part of the CNC history, but the bus driving has a long history with Riverside. Enjoyed this article.
I was in the class of '64 and drove the bus during my first year and some other times after that. The school gave new students a day in Williamsburg and other places. Driving for our college classes was to Norfolk to the then William and Mary extension, now ODU. We had many fun times going back and forth through the tunnel. We drove a smaller white bus and the Green Monster. It was always fun to park the big old bus at the college with college guys watching us and laughing when we were backing into a space but looking rather sheepish when we parked and got out of the bus. Many memories of good times!
FROM Fran Lokey Newman (Subject of the article):
The article is wonderful. Thank you so very much.
Re: Anglo-Saxon Place Names in Tidewater
FROM Ken Smith (AA, 1964)
I enjoyed your article on the origins of names of some of Virginia's communities. I learned a bit more. As I have traveled the country, I have found it interesting to see the names of counties, towns, and cities that probably had their origins in England and western Europe. Often the word "new" is added. Here in central Virginia, we have New London, which played a significant part in the American Revolution.
Founded around 1750, New London became Bedford County's first county seat in 1754. Situated at the cross roads of the Great Wagon Road and the Wilderness Road, its stores, shops, and mills provisioned early pioneers. By 1775, New London village was an arsenal and produced gunpowder, cartridges and accouterments for patriot solders. It became a Continental arsenal with musket repair shops and produced artillery shells for Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina forces. The arsenal remained in use until at least 1814.
Undoubtedly some of my ancestors benefited from those brave souls who left their homes in Merry Old England and settled in Indian country. Their families, hearts and thoughts were probably prominent in their decision to name this wilderness New London. The name probably brought a lot of nostalgia but helped the settlers (particularly the women folk, who probably were reluctant to leave their former homes) make the transition to a new way of life.
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Published September 2, 2016
Re: What's in a Name? Anglo-Saxon Place Names in Tidewater
FROM Patty Lottinville Kipps (CNC AA, 1963):
I can remember as a child talking with my friends about all those "sex" names and wondering to what they may have referred! I do enjoy etymology articles. Always interested in word/place name sources. Would enjoy other similar pieces.
FROM Sarah Kleinman:
That was a really cool read!
FROM Janie Wolf (widow of CNC Prof. Wm. D. Wolf):
This article was most interesting and entertaining. Bill loved etymology. He would have liked this too!
FROM Barbara Rhyne Jacobs:
This history is fascinating. I too have an interest in ancient place names. Now I understand why Massachusetts those names for their counties. I would definitely be interested in more etymology history. So, keep that research going about language. I am probably one of your best readers!
Articles on the RSPN students: (1) Riverside Nursing Student and CNC Instructor with a "Cute Butt" and (2) Riverside Nursing Students at CNC in the Early Years.
FROM Donna Schroer James (RSPN Class of 1967)Had to take our labs downtown. Loved every minute of that time so long ago. Fifty years for my class next year.FROM Karen FlanaganHow neat! So glad you posted this. Beth Mollick was one of my instructors many moons ago.FROM Denise Roxann Roane Machamer (RSPN Class of 1974)I was once the Green Monster bus rider from Riverside to CNC... embarrassed and glad to change into cutoffs out of long skirt to feel normal on campus.FROM Fran Lokey Newman (RSPN Class of 1971)I drove the bus [Green Monster] from 68 to 69 back and forth to CNC! This picture is from the class ahead of me. The male nurse [Jim Lowell] is now a physician. Loved my time at Riverside.FROM Brenda Banks Drummond (RSPN Class of 1973)Thank you. Great memories.FROM Sandra Jordan Frost Murray (RSPN Class of 1970)Thanks for the chance to see old classmates.
July 8 Website Issue
FROM Patricia (Pat) ShaughnessyMorrell(AA, 1965)
I have just had the pleasure of reading the articles in this issue because I am at Massanutten for a vacation and have time. I loved it all and cried because I did not make a bigger effort to see my friends Windsor and Wood. I see Mr. Wood now lives in MD. Thank you for all you do. I enjoyed all the articles and humor.
FROM Wilma Dotson (AA, 1965)
These are wonderful stories. Thank you so much for keeping us informed and in touch. I especially enjoyed Mr. Wood's memories of Dr. Windsor.
Remembering Bill Wolf
FROM Dr. Theodora Bostick (Emerita Professor of History)
Thank you, Jane, for the really nice article on Bill Wolf. It brought back many memories and refreshed others.
FROM Janie Wolf (Bill Wolf 's widow)
That is a beautifully written article and expressed your own personal emotions for CNC (now CNU), Bill, and our family! Thanks for taking the time to do this. You are an inspiration to many!
Track Shirt Mysteries
FROM Joe Hutchko (owner of the 2 CNC t-shirts)
I was also on the track team in the years 1970-1974 so maybe, just maybe, Jim Hubbard may rememberif the [blue] shirt was used during that period.As far as the light grey shirt I am still at a loss to explain that one. Thanks for your efforts to correctly determine another bit of CNC history.
Editor's Note: So far we have received no response from Coach Hubbard.
Re: Blue shirt with orange lettering:
FROMJim Dossett(on cross country team Fall, 1966)
I do not recall the tee shirt version (#32), which looks like a practice shirt (which the cross country team did not have).
Re: Gray shirt with shoe image:
FROMDouglas Dickinson(coached track at CNC 1977-80)
Why does a track t-shirt have a high top basketball shoe on it? Could it be a basketball shirt and not a track shirt? It is possible that it was part of the basketball program that was headed by Bev Vaughan.
I remember the discussion some of us students had in 1962 regarding the school colors. I think the majority of us who voted for the blue and gray were greatly influenced by Mr. Usry and his riveting lectures on the Civil War. I recall in a conversation with him that he said the Blue and Gray would be fitting colors because of the importance that Newport News played during the Civil War.
$200 Psycology Lab article
FROM Dr. Bill Winter (professor emeritus):
Nice story by Sam. Thanks to him for the memories.
FROM Danny Peters (Class of 1971):
Very nice article by Sam Bauer.
FROM Dr. Sam Bauer (author):
Jane, I think this is the first time I have expressed nice things to an editor! You did a great job shortening and editing the "Lab" piece. Sorry that I had no picture of my lab, but your file pictures did the job. Keep up the good work.
P.S.: I set the pipe aside in 1981 and never looked back!
Golden Reunion, Class of 1966
Jane, Thank you ... for being persistent in soliciting my acquiescence to attend. I had some reluctance in doing so for it has been 50 years since I set foot on the Christopher Newport campus and my seeming collegiate attachment was/is to Old Dominion University. I was on the advisory board there for 7 years and had the honor of being selected alumnus of the year in 2005. I finally agreed to attend partly due to your persistence and partly out of curiosity. I expected an interesting evening and one that would pass by pleasantly but nothing memorable. Goodness was I ever wrong. I do not have sufficient command of the English language to express just how impressed I was with the University, from the beautiful buildings, to the immaculate grounds, to the enthusiasm of the students, administration, and to the atmosphere that is fostered. I never thought for even a moment driving down that in any way, fashion, or form could my heart be won. But it was. Gail and I left with a sense of awe and an afterglow that will linger for some time. While Old Dominion will remain number one in my life, Christopher Newport will be a close second now. In that regard, may I request a favor from you. I would like to make a donation to the University and therefore ask for your assistance. Thank you again for what you do and how well you represent the University. Joel Lewis
Editor's Note: Now considering himself "a proud alum of both" CNU and ODU, Joel has donated to CNU's Alumni House fund and the Cunningham Scholarship fund.
Jane, Thanks for all the hard work in getting our class together last night. It was just as good as you had forecasted it would be. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and from the conversations I had, everyone else did also. Thanks again for everything.Woody Compton
Editor's Note:Charlie has shared with us the email below that he addressed to Alumni Relations OfficerKatie Monteith:
Wow ! What a wonderful event. I pray all those involved can some day know the joy of being treated so well. I now feel I am and want to be an active part of our university--CNU (C). I surely will see many of your smiling faces when I return to visit the alumni house and stroll our beautiful facilities. Everyone went far beyond the call and I'll always treasure the memories. CNU's current students really are special. They represented our school well. Manners, appropriate dress, smiles and sincerity were obvious everywhere I looked. May God bless each of you. Charlie Snead
Jane, I would like to thank you for all your efforts to keep all the First Decaders up to date on the happenings at Christopher Newport. I am confident without those efforts our spectacular class reunion would not have occurred. It was truly a very special night. Attached is a short editorial I sent to the Daily Press to express my thoughts on the evening:
Special CNU Reunion
The Golden Celebration for the CNU 50th Reunion class of 1966 was held Friday May 13, 2016 at Christopher Newport University. For the returning alumni this was a very spectacular event that far exceeded all our expectations. The remarkable growth of our college, the beauty of the campus and the incredible quality of the buildings were only surpassed by the gracious hospitality of President Paul Trible, Professor Emerita Jane Chambers, Professor Emeritus Barry Wood, Master of Ceremony Scott Millar and all additional staff and participating students. It was an unforgettable experience and left the attending alumni with a sense of pride that we had been part of the initial years of this great university. Many thanks to all who made this such a wonderful evening.
Cowles M. “Buddy” Spencer
We had a wonderful time and felt like important folks, for sure! Only disappointment was for the Class of 2016 Seniors who didn't get to have their candlelight ceremony due to the storm. We can't wait to do it all again next year!! Dalton and Norman Blankenship
Dear Jane, We are fortunate to have an individual of your dedication and passionate commitment to our cause, a person who so much understands what the CNC experience of the 60's was about. The reunion weekend was beyond special. It gave me a long overdue sense of caring for the institution and the people. My only regret is that others were not there. I intend to maintain contact and wish you the best health and circumstances. My best, Jim Paxton
I really enjoyed the reunion. I give a special thanks for all the people who had something to do with planning the affair. The reunion was first class. Many thanks to the bartenders, waiters and waitresses who were extremely helpful and whose service was excellent. I enjoyed the entertainment selections. Those musicians and singers were very good and have great futures. The young man who drove the golf cart was very polite and answered all my questions. A special thanks to you, Jane, for all your efforts to keep the Christopher Newport College Alumni up to date .Your efforts are greatly appreciated and thank you. Thank you for all the people behind the scenes that made the 1966 Reunion a special day. Ted McFalls
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Published May 27, 2016
Responses Following the Death of Dr. Windsor,
CNC's Second President
Editor's note: Over 40 former CNC students and faculty emailed heartfelt responses to me after learning of the death in early April of Dr. James C. (Jim) Windsor and/or after looking at the photo gallery and articles about Dr. Windsor posted on our website in April and May by professors emeriti Harold Cones (Windsor Stories), Barry Wood (In Memoriam), and me ( Photo Gallery linkand Windsor as Marine in Korea). Obviously there is not enough room here to quote all of these statements. Below is a memory from Kenneth Flick that reflects Jim's character, followed by 10 comments by others.
Hi Jane, I thought I might share a story about Jim Windsor with you. Sharon, my wife of 43 years, and I met at CNC in the fall of 1972. Eleven months later we were planning on getting married, but being of different faiths we were having difficulty in finding someone other than the justice of the peace to perform the ceremony.
Someone, I do not remember who, suggested we talk to Dr. Windsor because, as president of the college, he might be able to perform the ceremony “like the captain of a ship.” When I called him he jumped at the chance, saying, “Just let me check to see if my license is still valid.” He called me back within twenty minutes, saying that he would be “honored” to perform the ceremony.
On September 9, 1973, at the home of my new in-laws and in front of mine and Sharon’s families and friends, Dr. Windsor performed a very moving and SPECIAL ceremony that Sharon and I will never forget. It’s not every day that two people are wed by the president of a college.
Through the years we periodically kept in touch with him on special occasions. In fact, at the dedication of the new clinic at CNU named in his honor, a couple of pictures from our wedding album featuring him performing the ceremony were flashed on a movie screen. What memories that brought back to all of us.
Dr. Jim Windsor was that kind of man; we will remember him always. Kenneth Flick (BA, 1972)
I had him for psychology and found him excellent, not only as a teacher but also as a person. Joel Lewis (1966 Class)
Dr. Windsor was a wonderful and thoughtful teacher. I was very fortunate to be in his classes in 1963 and 1964. Mary Warren (1964 Class)
President/Professor Windsor was inspirational to me. Loved taking his psychology class. Never had any instructor make a subject so compelling. He truly loved it and that transferred to those in his class. John Kelly (BA, 1972)
I loved Dr, Windsor when I was at CNC and I'm so glad that I have had some opportunities to see him over the past few years at our reunions. Ellen Babb Melvin (AA, 1966)
He was truly a fine human being. Jean Regone Henry (AA, 1965)
My heart is heavy but I know he is teaching in the heavens to anyone who will listen!! Ellen Powell Lasher ( 1963 Class)
Thanks to your efforts with our web site I was able to meet with Mr. Windsor and thank him for steering my career at a critical point in my life. The red cheeks he acquired as he dashed to our class were connected to a smile and kind words for all of us eager students. A good instructor, fine administrator, and GREAT man who will be dearly missed...until we meet again. Charlie Snead (AA, 1966)
I remember him as a kind and wonderful man....well loved. Mary Ann (Kearns) Schoultz (1964 Class)
Jim wasa very special person to all of us. Marshall Booker (Professor Emeritus)
I knew that this day would eventually come, but still find myself in deep sorrow. I'm just glad that I had the opportunity to know him. I hope there will be some kind of event to honor him at CNU as well. Sean Heuvel (Current CNU professor)
Regarding the May 27th Issue of the Website
This is a wonderful issue. Excellent tribute to Jim. Thanks. William (Bill) Winter(Professor Emeritus)
Golden Reunion, Class of 1966
Dear Dr. Jane, Sherry and I so enjoyed the Class of 1966 Reunion. It was great to see you and Barry Wood and to renew friendships and make new friends with classmates I did not get to know as a student. The CNU Alumni staff made us feel welcome and an important part of the CNC-CNU story.
Thank you for being our keeper of the spirit of the First Decade.
I also had opportunity to look back on the significant contribution my 3 semesters at CNC made to my life. I was given a second chance at college. I received a great education as well as developed lifelong interests and friends. CNC was definitely the right place at the right time for me.
Again Thank you! Godspeed. Jim Collie
P.S.: I hope to be around for the 60 year Reunion!
Future First Decaders Featured in Newport News High School's Beacon
This article is amazing...I knew Charles Milne and Steve Kiger very well. Charles played in NNHS graduate Howard Conn’s band “Howie and the Blazers” as did I. That was in the early 60s as I recall. Howard is now a very successful plastic surgeon in California. I got him to play guitar on a tune that CNC attendee Jimmy Crank and I wrote recently.
Steve Kiger and I shared an apartment back in the 60s when we both attended CNC and worked together at the Peninsula Boys' Club before that. Our apartment was in Christopher Newport Apartments, which occupied the real estate fronting Warwick Boulevard which now is approximately where CNU's new athletic building sits.This all takes me back down memory lane!
CNC FD Webmaster Ron Lowder
Portrait of Mr. Usry Found
I was a student in Mr. Usry's Western Civilization 101-102 in 1964-65. Without a doubt he was a major reason I became successful in college. I cruised thru high school being somewhat successful by listening most of the time and staying out of trouble. There was no history of academic pursuits in my rather large extended family. In fact I was the first child or grandchild to finish high school and I really had no idea what college was except a barrier to marrying Thommy.
A few times during my first semester in Western Civ I dropped my pencil and lost 50 years of history. By exam time I was carrying a low C average and concerned that college might not be my thing. After our exams were returned and the questions reviewed I tucked my head and started to slink out of that lecture hall when I heard my name called. I had always tried to be anonymous and shook when identified or called on for an answer or to defend an opinion. "Yes sir?" was all I could muster.
Mr. Usry wanted to know if I'd like some pointers to improve my grade. He said he had some students over often to study and he'd be glad to meet with me if I cared to stop by one afternoon. While I was only a mediocre student I was no fool and with an offer like that one I only asked, "What time?" Our meeting began with an inquiry about how I studied. I said I read the assigned chapters. He repeated the question and I mumbled something like "uh...." I had never been taught how to read for learning content or how to review and study for a test. That evening Mr. Usry taught me life lessons that took me from C's, D's and even F's to A's on those weekly quizzes.
I had an A going into the last few weeks when I was shocked to receive a B- on a quiz. My usual poor spelling had been "red marked" and penalized. Mr. Usry explained that an A student needed to be able to spell like one. I made a B in that class and learned another life lesson: if you're not sure of the spelling, change to a word you know how to spell. I became a very successful student after that kitchen table class Mr. Usry offered me on a cold January evening. He was a truly wonderful man.
Charles Snead (AA, 1966)
Published April 16, 2016
Portrait of Mr. Usry Found
As a member of the first decade class, I was delighted to see the portrait of Mr. Usry has been uncovered. He was a wonderful mentor. We were invited to play pool at his home in the early 1960's and he was always there for students. There is a memorial brick in his name. I thought he had been forgotten and that was the least I could do. Wonderful memories.
Judene Branch Hartless (AA, 1963)
Photo by Judene B. Hartless.
I loved the announcement of the discovery of the lost portrait of Mr. Usry. I was a student of Mr. Usry at CNC in 1965 - 1966 and felt so blessed to be in his history class because I had always dreaded history class previous to having Mr. Usry as a professor. He made every history lesson come alive with excitement and profound implications for the future. I will always remember Mr. Usry with admiration, respect and love. I look forward to seeing his portrait in the future.
Thank you for the wonderful info this month. It's amazing how the CNC/U site has grown and served us so well. I can hardly contain myself as I anticipate May !!! Charlie Snead (AA, 1966)
Just discovered your website (thanks to Harold Cones). Wonderful job, and a great idea! I enjoy tracking your website and it's nice to keep up with events, etc. at CNU. Miss my colleagues from yesteryear, and would love to hear about what mischief they are up to. Would appreciate it if you would post my e-mail address to your mailing list. That would be great. Keep up the good work! [Dr.] Bill Winter (Prof. Emeritus of Government)
Enjoy the weekly CNC updates. FYI—my daughter, Jaclyn, is helping with the stoles for the CNC 50th reunion (Josten’s). Ginger Smith (66)
C&O LOCOMOTIVE ARTICLES
These 2 articles were very popular, as evidenced by the large number of website "HITS" (218) and many reader responses, including the below.
Jane, thanks for the information. I always just drove by the old train. Even used to go to the park back in the 70s with a few of my old girl friends. The train was always there. It looks like the old girl is getting a face lift in time for future generations. That's a good thing. I am just glad that the old train is getting a new life.Robert Stutts
I can remember this engine being moved. My Dad worked on the crews that helped move it across Warwick Blvd. and put it where it is today.
Anne Boucher Keatts
I helped bring the Train across Warwick Blvd. Herman Thomas
The snow makes that awkward white primer look nice. Great photo! Thanks for sharing.Steve Silsby
The man in the photo that looks like he's painting is not. He is actually water blasting off the old loose paint and rust, along with dirt, so the first coat of primer will stick to the surface. Monrickie Culotta
Correct. It's a high pressure water-laser. They can also hook up a hose that feeds a sand slurry into the stream to take off heavy-duty rust. It's very effective. And dangerous. I spent my career working for an electric utility. When we went through power unit overhauls, we sometimes used these water-lasers to clean steam-turbine condensers. We had an accident once, where a worker shot himself in the leg with it and, in an instant, filled his leg with sand and water. I don't know what ultimately happened but I do know that he had multiple operations to remove the sand. It was a horrible accident. Mark Van Noy
This [article] is for my children...fond memories. Linda Fulghum
It's a beautiful locomotive. C. Michael Barber
James Sikora [AA, 1966] has passed away. Google James Sikora, Poquoson, Va and his obit should come up.
Ginger Smith (66)
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Published February 26, 2016
JAN. 29, 2016
LOOKING FOR...1966 (See article near the bottom of this page)
FOUND: GAIL MATHIS (NOW Phillips).
Contact info sent by her Warwick High classmateTony Williamson (BS, 73)
FOUND: BARBARA WEINSTOCK.
Contact info sent by her childhood friendMichael Barber.
One of the missing people you cited is incorrectly identified as "Karen August." The correct last name isAUNGST. I don't know her whereabouts, but maybe the corrected name will assist in locating her.
Dave Hall (BA, 73)
JANE PILLOW article (See under FIRST DECADE HISTORY tab)
Thank you! I enjoyed reading the article. Both Jane and Graham Pillow contributed to my success!
Wilma Riden Moore (AA, 70; BS, 72)
Just finished reading the article on the Pillows. I remember Mr. and Mrs. Pillow. What a wonderful life they have had.
Linda McKenna Sivilich (73)
MYSTERY PEOPLE: 1975 HOMECOMING(see article under MYSTERY PEOPLE tab under the WEBSITE ARCHIVES tab)
A number of readers disagreed with Sofos Takis (BA, 74) regarding the identities of the 2 men in this photo. Sofos thought they were Paul Babcock (front) and CNC basketball player Jerry Allen (back). Henry Jones ( BA, 75), who also played basketball for CNC, wrote that neither man was Paul or Jerry. Former CNC basketball coach Bev Vaughan agreed. Billy Gleve Goad wrote: "Wendy Murphy and Donnie Green, her future husband, are the first couple in the pic."
Several readers identified that same girl, in front, wearing the white dress, as Wendy Murphy. They included readers MaryCatherine Reynolds Harris, Debra Parker, John Norman, Roman Schenkkan (BA, 74 ) and Raymona Shannon Hanson.
Published January 29, 2016
FEBRUARY 12, 2016
LOOKING FOR...1966 (See article near the bottom of this webpage)
FOUND:RONALD BROCK. Ron actually found us by finding our website, which included his picture in this article. He has also made a generous donation to the Alumni House Fund. Thank you, Ron!
JANE PILLOW article(See under FIRST DECADE HISTORY tab)
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Jane Pillow article. Both she and Graham, but primarily Jane, had a profound influence in my life. She was my sixth grade teacher at John Daniel Elementary. By the time I arrived at John Daniel in the mid- 1950s, it was on the decline and considered a “tough” school in which to work. Jane, not long out of college, had the unfortunate experience of taking over a class that was way too large, very diverse, and in need of considerable remedial help. Amazingly, she weathered the storm and managed to make a difference in virtually every child’s life.
I had Graham as an eighth grade science teacher at NNHS. He too managed to spark some an interest in science in an adolescent more focused on Friday night football and the girl sitting next to him in English class. Unfortunately for Graham, he again saw me in an Introductory Physics at CNC only to discover that the spark he ignited in the 8th grade for science had long been extinguished. Needless to say I had a short life in the physical sciences.
While I was at CNC, Jane was the Registrar. I talked with her often and she did her best to encourage me to apply myself and stick with obtaining a degree. After several years of struggle, things fell into place, my grades improved, and I ultimately transferred to William and Mary (and later advanced degrees from the University of Chicago and UNC-Charlotte). About the time of my departure from CNC, she sent me a handwritten letter, which I still have, expressing her congratulations. But more importantly, she told me that she had never doubted my ability. That is the Jane Pillow that I knew.
PS: Barry Wood once told me that if I stayed at CNC any longer they were going to name a building after me. I’m still waiting.
Larry Elmore (69)
MYSTERY PEOPLE: 1975 HOMECOMING (see article under MYSTERY PEOPLE tab under the WEBSITE ARCHIVES tab)
Melinda Schenkkan (76) identified 4 people in this photo, one of whom has definitely been verified--the 1975 Homecoming Queen, Martha Fulcher Kelly, who wrote on the FHS Alumni FB page that she is indeed this lady. However, Martha cannot recall who the 1975 King was. Christine Plethos Ferguson wrote (and I agree!) "We must find Prince Charming!" Who is he?
Melinda Schenkkan also believes that "Donna Walkup is the cheerleader right behind Martha" and that "Tom and Jeannie Klump" are the couple "at the top of the bleachers to the right of Martha's head." Can anyone verify this information? Thanks also to Frannie Fran, the first to suggest the 1975 Queen was Martha, and Marilyn Bennett, who also recognized Martha.
Published February 12, 2016
Re: Article onAlumni House, Part 1
From Ray Otte: Very interesting and beautiful! Who is financing this fine building?
Editor Jane’s Reply:By Virginia law, alumni buildings cannot be financed by state funds; therefore, the building will be financed entirely by donations. I'll give a fuller report on that in a later article on the website. Stay tuned!
Re: Website Photo Incorrectly Identified
From Andrew Jelonek (CNU class of 2015):The "1st Decade Campus" page (http://www.cncfirstdecaders6171.com/1stdecadecampus.html) incorrectly labels one picture as Ratcliffe Hall [photo below left]. It is actually a picture of the [back of] Captain John Smith Library, the side that faced Shoe Lane. You can see the road curving on the left-hand side of the image which is shown in the map lower down the page.
Editor Jane’s Reply: You are absolutely correct, Andrew! I recognize the curved roadway of that faculty parking lot (to the left--not visible in the photo) and the small brick structure on the left that housed (I think) heating and air conditioning equipment. Thank you! The caption has now been corrected. We copied this photo from p. 25 of the picture book Christopher Newport University, by Sean M. Heuvel, which identified the building as Ratcliffe. Mistakes happen. No one seems to have a photo of Ratcliffe. If you know of one, please contact me.
P.S.:Andrew sent the color photo of Ratcliffe(below right) that was in the 1973 CNC Time Capsule opened at CNU in 2010. The unknown photographer took that picture from inside a vehicle. If anyone has a better photo, please send it to us!
The back of Smith Hall, with the administration part to the left and Captain John Smith Library to the right, beginning with the 2-story center. From p. 25 of Sean Heuvel's book Christopher Newport University, incorrectly identified there as Ratcliffe Hall.
Front entrance and left side of Ratcliffe Gymnasium in 1973, apparently photographed from a vehicle. Notice reflection on the right in what seems to be a vehicle's outside rear view mirror. White stuff at bottom looks like plastic bag material, not snow. Photographer is unknown.
Published February 13, 2015
RE:OfNew Years, January, and Janus:
From Danny Peters (BS, 71): Many thanks for doing the article on Janus. I have forwarded it on to others who will certainly enjoy your efforts too!
RE:Archaeologist Patrick Garrow Honored:
From Pat Garrow (AA, 63): Great article Jane! Thanks!
RE:CNC Commencement Exercises [Program for1966]:
From Dalton Kelley Blankenship: (AA, 71; BA, 85) Wow! I had completely forgotten that Norman and I were part of the CNC Choir that sang for that commencement in 1966. It was a thrill to 'perform' in front of an audience! In August of 1967, we were honored to have Tony Auby, the Choir's Director, sing at our wedding. Such great memories!
From Ellen Babb Melvin (1966 class): I just wonder why I didn't get my AA degree, how I missed out on it. What were the requirements? I don't know why I didn't do/get this. These were my peers, my year!
From Charlie Snead(AA, 66)re: AA degree requirements: Vaguely remember [degree requirements]-- 60 semester hours, core courses like English, math, science, history, and foreign language...minimum gpa may also have been included. Jane may remember since she was closely involved for many more years than my 2.
From Editor (Dr.Jane) to Ellen and Charlie: The oldest catalog I have with me is the one for 1971, which states only this about the AA degree: A student must fulfill the general degree requirements set forth in the catalogue [sic] which is in effect at the date of his entrance to the College.
The CNU library might/might not have the catalog for 1964. I will check.
Published January 30, 2015
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