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Updated:  7/1/2016

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20 Steve Poole 4/27/2016
19 Danny Benefield 2/29/2016
18 Charlie Williams 12/7/2015
17 Tony Zimmer 7/26/2015
16 Harry E Bohm 5/1/2015
15 Jim Richardson 4/14/2015
14 Jim Whiting Jim Whiting 10/5/2012
13 Gary Swan Gary Swan 5/28/2011
12 Bob Innes Robert Innes 7/8/2008
11 Art Crostick Art Crostick 3/4/2008
  10    Hampton Beasley Hampton Beasley 11/7/2006
9 Doug Neeb Doug Neeb 3/6/2006
8 Bob Vail Bob Vail 10/15/2005
7 Bill Fels Bill Fels 9/13/2005
6 Mike Shidle Mike Shidle 1/12/2003
5 Joe Blanchard Joe Blanchard 3/31/1998
4 Ron Gonski Ron Gonski 10/16/1996
3 Bill Turek Bill Turek 3/3/1993
2 Bob Schmoeger Robert Schmoeger 1971
 1  Jim Kehoe James Kehoe 1969

In Memoriam
(from Tide Rips 1972)


   In one sense there is no death.  The life of a soul on earth lasts beyond its departure.  You will always feel that life touching yours, that voice speaking to you, that spirit looking out of other eyes, talking to you in the familiar things he touched, worked with, loved as familiar friends.  He lives on in your life and in the lives of others that knew him.  Even the death of friends will inspire us as much as their lives.  Their memories will be encrusted over with sublime and pleasing thoughts, as their monuments are overgrown with moss.


Crossing the Bar
by Alfred Lord Tennyson
(see "Crossing the Bar" Summary, Form & Commentary)

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,


But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.


Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;


For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.



Full Circle
by Charlie McCarthy, Class of 72


In light of many recent events, I'd like to re-publish a poem.  I think the last line sums up our class. I wrote this for our 25th reunion.  - Charlie McCarthy


Twenty-five years ago we stood on Jones' Field, new Ensign bars set, 

We embarked on a quest ripe with challenges, goals to be met.


 Some of us had specific aims in mind, An exciting future in life to find. 

Time has played with our dreams to degrees we could not have foreseen,


Sometimes it may have seemed the grass would be forever (or never) green. 

The miracle of birth has added people each day, The agony of death has taken some away.


 Throughout the years many of our paths have crossed, Some paths have remained separate, opportunities lost.

We've made choices along the way, Choices have been made for us, often to our dismay. 


We come and go like the tides of the sea, 

But classmates we will always be.


"Crossing the Bar"
An 1889 poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson




1)  Crossing the Bar - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2)  SparkNOTES - A Study Guide

The speaker heralds the setting of the sun and the rise of the evening star, and hears that he is being called. He hopes that the ocean will not make the mournful sound of waves beating against a sand bar when he sets out to sea. Rather, he wishes for a tide that is so full that it cannot contain sound or foam and therefore seems asleep when all that has been carried from the boundless depths of the ocean returns back out to the depths.


   The speaker announces the close of the day and the evening bell, which will be followed by darkness. He hopes that no one will cry when he departs, because although he may be carried beyond the limits of time and space as we know them, he retains the hope that he will look upon the face of his "Pilot" when he has crossed the sand bar.


   This poem consists of four quatrain stanzas rhyming ABAB. The first and third lines of each stanza are always a couple of beats longer than the second and fourth lines, although the line lengths vary among the stanzas.


   Tennyson wrote "Crossing the Bar" in 1889, three years before he died. The poem describes his placid and accepting attitude toward death. Although he followed this work with subsequent poems, he requested that "Crossing the Bar" appear as the final poem in all collections of his work.

   Tennyson uses the metaphor of a sand bar to describe the barrier between life and death. A sandbar is a ridge of sand built up by currents along a shore. In order to reach the shore, the waves must crash against the sandbar, creating a sound that Tennyson describes as the "moaning of the bar." The bar is one of several images of liminality in Tennyson's poetry: in "Ulysses," the hero desires "to sail beyond the sunset"; in "Tithonus", the main character finds himself at the "quiet limit of the world," and regrets that he has asked to "pass beyond the goal of ordinance."
The other important image in the poem is one of "crossing," suggesting Christian connotations: "crossing" refers both to "crossing over" into the next world, and to the act of "crossing" oneself in the classic Catholic gesture of religious faith and devotion. The religious significance of crossing was clearly familiar to Tennyson, for in an earlier poem of his, the knights and lords of Camelot "crossed themselves for fear" when they saw the Lady of Shalott lying dead in her boat. The cross was also where Jesus died; now as Tennyson himself dies, he evokes the image again. So, too, does he hope to complement this metaphorical link with a spiritual one: he hopes that he will "see [his] Pilot face to face."


   The ABAB rhyme scheme of the poem echoes the stanzas' thematic patterning: the first and third stanzas are linked to one another as are the second and fourth. Both the first and third stanzas begin with two symbols of the onset of night: "sunset and evening star" and "twilight and evening bell." The second line of each of these stanzas begins with "and," conjoining another item that does not fit together as straightforwardly as the first two: "one clear call for me" and "after that the dark!" Each of these lines is followed by an exclamation point, as the poet expresses alarm at realizing what death will entail. These stanzas then conclude with a wish that is stated metaphorically in the first stanza: "may there be no moaning of the bar / When I put out to sea"; and more literally in the third stanza: "And may there be no sadness of farewell / When I embark." Yet the wish is the same in both stanzas: the poet does not want his relatives and friends to cry for him after he dies. Neither of these stanzas concludes with a period, suggesting that each is intimately linked to the one that follows.


   The second and fourth stanzas are linked because they both begin with a qualifier: "but" in the second stanza, and "for though" in the fourth. In addition, the second lines of both stanzas connote excess, whether it be a tide "too full for sound and foam" or the "far" distance that the poet will be transported in death.