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ALITC: Bonds of Gold Ceremony with the Class of 2022

Posted: 9/16/2019

This coming April, we will have the Bonds of Gold Ceremony with the Class of 2022.  At that time we will donate some of our class rings to be melted and joined with the gold that will be forged into the rings of the Class of 2022.  Our rings are more than heirlooms or memorials.  They are the outward symbol of the promise the Class of 1972 made to our country, the Navy and each other.  For the last fifty years, our class has served, both in and out of uniform, always with Honor, Courage and Commitment.   It is a fitting tribute to that service that a part of our class continues on with the Class of 2022.   These young women and men will carry on the traditions of the Academy and the Naval service deep into the 21st century.  I would like to believe that when these officers are challenged, as they will be, a small part of the Class of 1972 will stand with them.   When our children and grandchildren hear of the achievements of the Class of 2022, they will reflect with pride on the part the Class of 1972 played in those achievements and celebrate the Honor, Courage and Commitment of the Class of 2022.  Donating this important part of your life is a difficult decision, but  I ask all of the families of the Class to consider a ring donation.   Tired and True.

Gary Coyle

ALITC ’72 Coordinator

Naval Academy Annual Ethics Dinner

Posted: 9/15/2019

On September 12th the Naval Academy had its annual Ethics Dinner to recognize the Ethics program excellence. The Superintendent gave out the Annual VADM Lawerence Award for best student in the Core Ethics Course. He also presented the annual Adm Charles Larson award for yard-wide Leadership.Also, this year, the Naval Academy initiated the new, perpetual “Captain William R. Rubel Award for Instructor Excellence“.
Of significance to our class, Rick Rubel was able to present the first annual award in his name to Capt Tom Robertson, our Class ’72 Distinguished Military Professor of Character! (Winning an award in his first year!)

The citation to Tom Robertson reads below.
Congrats to Tom and Rick!

To Capt Tom Robertson:

You have been selected as the Captain William R. Rubel Ethics Instructor Excellence for Academic Year 2019.  To earn this distinction, you demonstrated the highest level of proficiency, dedication, and enthusiasm in the classroom while serving as a Military Instructor for the United States Naval Academy’s core Ethics course, Ethics and Moral Reasoning for Naval Officers.

In particular, your peers and the senior faculty and staff of LEAD Division and the Leadership, Ethics & Law Department have recognized your extraordinary level of engagement with your students, your consistency of effort while teaching five sections of NE203 over two semesters, and your creative pedagogy, which has not only proved effective in your classrooms, but has also inspired your colleagues.  Your loyal commitment to LEAD Division and your fellow instructors was on full display when you stepped forward to take on a heavier teaching load to meet LEL Department needs. Your readiness to lend your expertise to the NE203 Pilot program has been instrumental in assessing the efficacy of this significant initiative.  Most importantly, the superlatives that your students have used to describe their semesters in your sections were impassioned.  They reflect the effectiveness with which you leveraged your own unique military experiences to connect moral theory to moral practice, your command of the discipline, your approachability, and your sincere desire to ensure your students enter the Fleet prepared for moral leadership.  They are, furthermore, evidence of your consummate professionalism, and your steadfast commitment to teaching excellence and the mission of the United States Naval Academy.

Your unwavering dedication to the moral and mental development of your students has had a profound and lasting impact on the professional development and education of our future Navy and Marine Corps leaders.  Please accept my congratulations and sincerest gratitude for a job well done!

Chipping In, Part 1 – Misery Hall

Posted: 8/31/2019

To: Class of ‘72
Re: “Chipping in” – Part I

Webster’s Dictionary defines “chipping in” as: “to contribute to something being undertaken by a group, such as a task or collection”. This memo is to ask for your help on the “task” part of that definition, specifically point #4 below.

First, some context as it relates to our recent successful 50th Reunion Legacy Campaign:

  1. We raised $5.86 Million (versus a goal of $5 Million) to support four project areas. A record for class legacy campaigns!
  2. We now have a new DMP for Character, Tom Roberts, who replaces Jim Campbell
  3. Over the past six months, our participation rate for the class overall has crept up to 44% with 32 additional classmates coming into the campaign.
  4. The renovation and conversion of Ricketts Hall, converting it to a new Physical Mission Centre, is underway. I’m including a few photos showing the construction that’s going on, plus the finished product images:

With the $2.5 Million we raised for this particular project, we’re entitled to a dedication plaque that will be prominently displayed for the “Class of ’72 Sports & Rehabilitation Center”. Chuck Gladchuk approached our anonymous “donor matching” classmate (AC) for this task (since he funded the major part of this project). “AC” has put together a first draft, and has asked for input from other members of the class in the creation and review of the text for the dedication plaque.

Therefore, I’m enclosing his draft with this memo and inviting (primarily) any classmate who also contributed to the Class of ’72 Sports & Rehabilitation Center to help in the editing and crafting of our message. We’ve already gotten some good input from our hardworking campaign committee… and that input is now incorporated within the draft below…we’d like to solicit input from the broader class.

So, here’s my “Chipping in, part I” request. Below is the draft for our class plaque. If you have any edits, suggestions, or improvements, go ahead and send them directly to me at my e-mail: I’ll serve as the “catcher” for all of this, summarize the chops, and review with “AC” and our class president, Bob Leib, for final approval.

Class of 1972 Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Center

The Class of 1972 is proud to sponsor this Sports Center that will sharpen the competitive advantage and serve as a haven of physical restoration for all members of the Brigade of Midshipmen. While participating in varsity, club, and intramural sports at the Naval Academy, we honed a competitive attitude, learned the importance of placing team over self, discovered the transforming power of purposeful daily drudgery, and developed effective leadership skills. We all know from personal experience that these encounters prepared us for the challenges we faced as officers in the Navy and Marine Corps and as future business leaders and community leaders. We are confident this Center will help support this vital physical development of Midshipmen in the years to come.

Tried and True with ’72!

Beat Army!

Dedicated 2019

Thanks guys…I’ll be back in touch in a week or so with the Part II of my “chipping in” request, which concerns point #3.

Jeffrey Beard

New DMP for Character Development


As you know, we’ve raised $1.63 Million (versus a $1.0 Million goal) during our last campaign to fund the Class of 1972 DMP for Character. The role had been filled by Jim Campbell. Jim’s been replaced in the role by Tom Robertson. Tom is quite excited about the role and the opportunity it brings in developing the moral character of midshipmen. He’s looking forward to meeting as many classmates as he can, and will try and stop by the ’72 tailgaters during this season’s home football games.

Tom’s first job was to develop a “character program continuum” to help him conceptualize the specific events which make up USNA’s overall character program. It’s not for publication, and too dense to include with this Shipmate article, but Tom has conveyed to the class that he would welcome any input or suggestions that anybody might have on this continuum. Therefore, if you would like to see a copy and respond, please contact Tom directly. His e-mail address is:

So, below is a photo of a character development symposium with the mids. Additionally, I asked Tom if he would introduce himself to the class by answering two questions: (1) what was your motivation for applying for the role? and (2) what are the near-term goals you have set for the 2019/2020 academic year? Below is his response:

Tried & True w/‘72

Jeff Beard

Hello Class of 1972. I’m looking forward to meeting more of you over the coming year. My answers to the two questions posed by Jeff are:

  • My motivation for applying for the role:

I believe that leaders should humbly begin every day, no matter the prospects of that day, with a profound sense of gratitude for the privilege of serving in the position in which they find themselves. When I consider serving in the role of the Class of 1972 Distinguished Military Professor for Character Education, my sense of gratitude originates from the concept of “legacy”. The members of the Class of 1972, through your generous contributions to the class fund, certainly understand the value of investing in the next generation of leaders at the United States Naval Academy. In my role as the DMP for Character Education, my daily motivation is to partner with you in building a “living legacy”, one leader at a time. By teaching in the classroom, facilitating character capstone seminars, training incoming plebes, overseeing the honor remediation program and leading research and curriculum development projects, I purpose to join with you in mentoring midshipmen and positively affecting the character and quality of the USNA graduates who will lead us into the future.

  • My specific goals for 2019/2020 include:
    • maintain and then improve upon the high quality of the 1/C Character Capstone seminars in terms of teaching modules, alumni involvement and guest speakers.
    • promote integration of character development efforts across all USNA programs by serving as LEAD Division adviser for “Character in the Curriculum” efforts.
    • promote collaboration in the field of ethical leadership with alumni and private/ public organizations and then facilitate their connection with the Brigade.
    • design new course material for both core courses such as NE203 Ethics as well as electives such as NP430 Ethics in Irregular Warfare.
    • meet with leadership/ character development representatives from USMA and USAFA to help establish a collaborative group to share “best practices” among service academies in an on-going effort also including USMMA and USCGA.

Tom Robertson





Another Link in the Chain – 2022 Class Crest confirmed

Posted: 3/24/2019

Check out the left side of the chain!

20th Company Dining Out

Skip Kohler, Jeff Beard and Bob Leib were proud to represent our Class at last evenings 20th Company Dining Out.  It was held at “Buddy’s Crabs and Ribs” and a super evening was had by all!  The Class of 1972 Leadership Award was presented to Midshipman First Class Marie Valenti who hails from Pennsylvania and is the Captain of the record setting women’s lacrosse team.  20th Company did themselves proud, putting on a really first class “Dining Out!!

Class Legacy Gift Campaign Sets New Record for USNA Foundation

Posted: 9/20/2018

Attention World, Attention World…Class of ’72 50th Reunion Legacy Gift Campaign Sets New Record For USNA Foundation!

We’ve been working on this for well over a year, and I wanted to share our results with you, now that we’ve wrapped up the solicitation phase of the campaign.

In a nutshell…we nailed it!


I’m including our results to-date. As you recall, we set what many thought was an unrealistic goal of $5 Million…more than any other class has raised…but based on a $2.5 Million “match” by our anonymous classmate. In other words, if all of the rest of us raised $2.5 Million, he would agree to match that amount.

We also set goals for a record four different projects: (1) Naval Academy Annual Fund (2) The 1972 Sports & Rehabilitation Centre (w/our name on it) (3) The Distinguished Military Professor (DMP) for Character Development and (4) Project-Based Learning.

Well, we ended up blowing through our $5 Million goal and, as of this month, we have raised a bit over $6 Million! In addition,  we’ve met all the individual project financial goals as well!

What I’m most proud of though is the participation rate, which is right around 35% …a bit over a third of the class….and our highestparticipation rate compared to all of our previous campaigns.

The reason we did so well was because of you….you all bought into the campaign, the goals, and a record number of you ended up participating. We should all be proud of an achievement that has never, ever been reached in USNA history, according to the Foundation. It’s a record that the Foundation feels will last for a long time.

So, here are the summary results.

There’s also a USNA Legacy Campaign Wrap-up presentation if you’d like to learn a bit more about what we did and how we did it. (Click the link in the presentation title.)

These numbers will continue to trickle higher as there’s still a few classmates that we’re still chasing down. Also, for the next five years, any of you that participate in the annual Naval Academy fund drive….or the all academy challenge…all of those additional funds will get added to our campaign totals!

Tried & true with ’72!


FINAL CALL – Class of 1972 Legacy Gift Campaign

Posted: 7/13/2018

(FOR ’72 EYES ONLY)“Sir, you have five minutes until noon meal formation…time, tide andformation wait for no man. I am now shoving off. You now have five minutes, sir!”

My “last call” of two weeks ago needs a follow-up “final call”, thus I turned to a “chow call” as a way of alerting those still on the fence to come on over.

You guys have really been coming through in the crunch as we’ve raised about $500,000 since my last note saying we were wrapping up the active solicitation phase of the campaign by the end of the week of July 13th…. but we’re still a bit short. We stand at $4.7 Million, a little less that $300,000 to our goal of $5 Million! We’ve raised $2.35 Million, and with the match from our anonymous classmate. We need another $150,000, which, when “matched” will get us there. Here’s the breakdown, by project:

  • Distinguished Military Professor for Character– Goal: $1 Million (goal achieved!)
  • Sports & Rehabilitation Centre(with our class name) – Goal: $2.5 Million (goal achieved!)
  • Naval Academy Fund – Goal: $750,000 (goal achieved!)
  • Project Based Learning– Goal: $750,000 (to-date: $453,000 – (short of goal by $297,000)


So, as we wrap up this month’s active solicitation phase (you won’t hear from me again after this), here’s my plea:

Finally, since we’re also below target on our participation goal, here’s the number of participants, by company and their totals. Congratulations to 11thCompany with 13 participants and $149,000 in pledges. 23rdCompany is at the bottom with zero participants and zero pledges. In all, we only have 187 classmates participating. Can we ask those companies at the bottom of the list to try and get your numbers up to at least five people? This would put us over 200 participants and probably be enough push us over the top.  We’ve asked the company reps to urge their company mates to improve your company’s relative standing.

I really feel confident that we’re going to blow through our $5 Million goal. I’ll tally everything up in late August and provide a final report back to you in early September.

Thanks guys!


Company Number of Campaign Participants  Total Giving
11 13  $149,065
28 9  $29,571
2 8  $31,996
4 8  $42,332
10 8  $12,102
29 8  $55,097
3 7  $19,790
7 7  $19,190
8 7  $19,432
20 7  $27,980
34 7  $83,130
36 7  $32,307
6 6  $54,230
24 6  $86,205
12 5  $24,185
15 5  $202,324
17 5  $7,974
21 5  $85,450
22 5  $115,529
25 5  $36,220
26 5  $26,454
9 4  $503,180
13 4  $8,430
27 4  $28,072
30 4  $10,049
31 4  $13,880
5 4  $67,280
14 3  $11,680
16 3  $2,280
33 3  $3,100
35 3  $112,875
1 3  $33,802
19 2  $15,080
32 2  $1,105
18 1  $125,080
23 0  0-

Total Participants = 187

Class Legacy Gift Campaign – Last Call

Posted: 7/2/2018


The active/solicitation phase of Legacy Campaign nearing end!

Last summer (2017) we raised awareness and ran a survey monkey to get your input on projects to include in the campaign. Then we showcased each component before our October reunion, and reviewed the goals at the class business meeting. Our campaign committee called the (historical) top 50 donors during the pre-campaign in late 2017, got us off to a good start, and we launched the formal campaign in March 2018 with the rest of the class.

Since then, Catapult (our vendor) has been writing letters and making calls. They’ve processed 242 prospects resulting in 68 pledges totaling $358,654. They are working on the last 368 classmates now, and intend to complete the entire class by the end of this month. By the week of July 13th, they will have chased as many rabbits as much as they can and will turn in their final report to us.

The good news – we’ve now raised just over $4 Million (with matching) and seem to have a good chance to hit our goal within the next couple of months.

The bad news – we only have a few over 200 classmates contributing to the campaign, way below our goal of 50% (plus we still have to hit our financial goal).

So, this is our last call. If you haven’t been contacted….or you have been contacted but not followed up with….or you told Catapult “no” but have now changed your mind, please click on this link to our pledge form, print it off, fill it out, and send it in to Melissa Nelson at the Foundation Office at the address on the form:

Regarding which areas to support? We’re doing well on the Naval Academy Fund and the DMP. We still need help on both Project-Based Learning AND the Sports & Rehabilitation Centre (which will bear our name if we can raise $2.5 Million).

For those of you that have already pledged – thank you! For those of you that have not yet pledged – please consider participating in this historic (and last) campaign for the Class of 1972.


Jeff Beard

Class Legacy Gift Campaign Memo 6

Posted: 6/11/2018

Weve raised $3.6 Million (w/matching) of $5 million – Largest USNA Class Gift goal ever! Our very generous classmate (who is challenging the rest of us to raise $2.5 million for our 50th Reunion Gift Campaign) is matching our donations dollar-for-dollar up to $2.5 million.  $2.5 + $2.5 = $5 million! Remember, he will only match what we give!

Over 300 classmates (out of 810 on the list to call) have participated so far, and Catapult (the group we’ve hired to contact all of you) will have the remainder of you contacted by the end of this month.

If we keep up this rate and level of participation, we should hit our goal by September!

We have four class gift initiatives. The DMP and Naval Academy Fund are projected to easily bust through their goals. Where we still need help is with the Sports & Rehabilitation Centre, and the Project-Based Learning initiatives. Here’s a reminder for both:

  • $2.5 Million raised will support the 1972 Athletic Facility and Excellence Fund. Do you remember “Misery Hall?” The place we used to go to get taped up, rubbed down, and otherwise repaired so we could continue to compete in our chosen sports. Our gift will support construction of the Terwilliger Physical Mission Center which, if we meet our $2.5 million goal, will house the 1972 Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Center (with our name on the door!) – the new ’72 Misery Hall that will serve all mids, not just varsity athletes.
  • $750,000 raised will support the 1972 Project Based Learning Fund. Our gift will support hardware and logistic costs for capstone projects required of all engineering majors. Interdisciplinary teams of mids conceive, design, build, test, and sometimes redesign, rebuild and retest autonomous land, air and sea vehicles, low-earth-orbit satellites, cockpits of the future, remote sensing systems, and other things we never dreamed possible as mids!

If you’ve already been contacted but haven’t yet received your packet with the Pledge Form…or don’t want to wait for your call from Catapult, here’s a web-link where you can print off our Pledge Form and mail it in:

Keep up the great work guys…and thanks!

Jeffrey Beard

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