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Class correspondents * Class correspondents traveled from near and far (including Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and New Mexico) to attend their class-year reunion celebrations in June. Gathered for a photo are, from left, front row: Carlos Nieto ’84, Walter “Mac” MacCarthy ’44, Lou Shornick ’39, Joe Clark ’49, and Howard Henze ’69; back row: Paul Sicard ’79, James Wernicke ’74, Joe Hom ’89, Garry Geurtze ’54, John Shahdanian ’64, and Bill Wheeler ’94. Many thanks to these volunteers who write the class notes for the alumni magazine with energy and enthusiasm.

Navy V-12 College Training Program
The Summer of ’44: Students who were members of the Navy V-12 College Training Program posed in the Quad. In July 1943, the peace-time ROTC was incorporated into the new V-12 program and all cadets were placed on active duty. The campus became an official Naval Training Station. John Milanese ’47 found this photo in his collection and sent it to his correspondent for the Class of ’47 news.

Alumni Travel Program
The Alumni Travel Program arranged a weeklong cruise for alumni from New York City to Bermuda and Norfolk, Va., aboard the Radisson Seven Seas Navigator May 26-June 2. From left, standing, are Mary and Ward Cavanaugh ’52, Jules Rothkopf, Michael Wellner ’64, Marilyn Marx, Betsy and Bill Tuel ’62. Seated, from left, are Phoebe Rothkopf, Walter ’50 and Mena Daniels. For information on upcoming tours sponsored by the RAA, visit www.alumni.rpi.edu/ap/travel.html.

Fab Four from the Class of ’64
The Fab Four from the Class of ’64, from left, Danny Gold, Richard Koser, Michael Wellner, and Dick Vennett, regaled Reunion parade judges with a rendition of “When I’m Sixty-Four” during Reunion 2004 festivities in June. The judges awarded them the “Bad Hair” award.

Recipients of this year’s Albert Fox Demers Medal Recipients of this year’s Albert Fox Demers Medal, honored at the Rensselaer Alumni Association awards dinner in June, are, from left, Jeffrey Kodosky ’70, Barbara Landgraf, and Charles Rancourt ’70. The Demers Medal is the second highest award the RAA bestows. It was established in 1942 to recognize outstanding service and stimulate interest in the welfare of the Institute by either alumni or friends. The fourth recipient, Robert Swanson ’58, was not present at the ceremony.

Alumni Key awards The Rensselaer Alumni Association presented Alumni Key awards to, from left, Stuart Benton ’62, Roberto Weinstein ’89, and Michael Miller ’79 at the association’s 18th annual awards dinner, held on campus June 11. The Alumni Key was created in 1965 by the RAA Board of Trustees to recognize outstanding service supporting the advancement of Rensselaer through activities associated with chapters, classes, fund raising, and special events. Other recipients of the Alumni Key, not present at the ceremony, were Thomas Baruch ’60, Peter Bohlin ’58, Robert Bozzone ’55, Robert Jones ’57, Ronald Piekunka ’58, and Jackson Tai ’72.

Photos by Martin Benjamin and Stanley Blanchard
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