3rd Quarter 2010

This page was inspired by an electronic newsletter that Susan Curran 72 sends out every three months to her classmates in the seventies. It's a great way to find out what has been happening to your friends. With her permission, we have adapted her wonderful concept on this page.

Let us know what is happening in your life. Do you have an animal tale, a wedding, a new grandchild or something to brag about that you would like to share? That's part of the fun. Come on, be creative!! Share your life with us. Contact us today.

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Patricia Colley (Smith) 66 lost her mother, Edna R. Colley, wife of Lt. Col. Geroge "Pete" L. Colley (deceased), mother of 5 on September 17, 2010. Patty, as well as her younger brothers (Don and Bill) attended school in Ankara. They are 6 and 8 years younger than Patty. "My mother passed away late last night peacefully surrounded by her children. Thank you to all who sent their well wishes when she entered the hospital, that meant a lot to me."
Obituary: Austin American-Statesman

Acts of Kindness

Irene Gifford, mother of Mike and Tim, made the quilt pictured in the background from t-shirts donated from previous Ankara reunions. The quilt was raffled off to cover any expenses still owed to the hotel for the Friday Night Mix & Mingle at the Dallas 2010 reunion.

Irene asked that any additional monies be donated to St. Jude's. As you can see, she was able to give them a very large check.


Grads and Postgrads


Lee Ann Freeman 76 was able to attend her son, Matthew's graduation from Army Basic Training in August at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri.

"We are so proud of him. I had a major 'military brat' experience on post - felt like home even though I'd never been there.   I'd forgotten how much I missed that feeling of 'belonging."'  Know you all understand that!"

After graduating in May with her undergraduate degree, Eliza Ingram, daughter of Bil Ingram 74, started her Masters program last week, again at Ole Miss, in "Communication Sciences and Disorders" (Speech Pathology/Audiology).

Eliza was assigned her first patients the end of August. According to proud papa, "She is off and running."

Eliza Ingram

Grand Babies

Martene Ponder (Stansbery) 62 and new grandson, Ryan Matthew.
"TJ" is one of the five beautiful grandchildren of Kay Duncombe 62.

Cecilia Robyn

Not to be outdone, Dave Anderson 76 is enjoying his new grandchild. "Welcome Baby Cecilia Robyn to this life. Beautiful Daughter of Ashley and Trey, Niece to Carley and Kaley, Grandaughter to Poppy Dave.

Christmas in July

Cooking Class
Heritage Isle Courmet Club

Sally Vangsness (Gorham) 60 recently taught a cooking class and made chocolate covered peanut butter balls. She was scheduled to do this class closer to Christmas but traded with a gal who needed to have surgery.

When asked if we could post this photograph Sally responded, "Yes, post it to show the 60 folks are still alive and cooking."

Sally Vangsness (Gorham) 60

Sugar Fix Initiative

Tamara Harris 88 founded Selene's Sensations, LLC in 2001, catering events for individuals, non-profit organizations, and large corporations. After losing several friends and family members to diabetes, Tamara researched methods and ingredients for baking diabetic desserts. Then, in 2007 Selene's Sensations created a line of low carb products that bridge flavor and nutrition.

Tamara's latest endeavor is the Sugar Fix initiative. It is designed to promote wellness, awareness, and enrichment in the Atlanta culinary arts community. To execute this project, she is partnering with diabetes educators, dietitians, nutritionists, and other special diet bakers to develop and deliver the Sugar Fix presentations to culinary arts faculty and students. The project aims to reach 50 culinary classes by the end of the August 2010.

Alumni Scholarship Fund

Dan O'Grady 70
spearheaded an effort to raise money for a scholarship fund for graduates of GCM. A handful of alumni produced almost $2,000 to contribute to the scholarship fund.

Graduation for the Class of 2010 was held June 6 on a cool, breezy evening on the lawn at the U.S. Ambassador's residence. In her presentation, the president of the Parent Teacher Student Organization, Cathy Silliman, made a point of recognizing and thanking the GCM alumni for their initiative to beef up the scholarship fund. The alumni were given a standing ovation by those assembled.


Dan O'Grady

The five recipients represented diverse backgrounds and countries, reflective of the current student body. Their studies will include international law, business and the environment.

According to Dan, "The students were asked to provide transcripts, a record of their school activities, participate in an interview, and write an essay from a list of four tough questions. They all picked tough topics and wrote passionately and powerfully. The top two essays were outstanding."

If you are interested in donating to next year's fund, please contact Dan O'Grady.

The 2010 Citadel - Then and Now

The editors of the 2010 yearbook have outdone themselves. The cover is a collage of all the yearbooks dating back to the original yearbook in 1953. They said it would not have been possible without the efforts of Sheila Weaver 67 and her fabulous site Kudos to everyone!

"Professional Tome"


Jay Shiver 64 teaches leadership and management to healthcare students, many of whom are entering the global economy and pursuing careers outside the United States. Prior to teaching he had a career as a hospital executive and consultant. Upon returning to the States he did undergraduate studies at The Citadel (along with Jerry Kyckelhahn 64) and graduate work at The Medical College of Virginia.

Jay's second book, which he refers to as a professional tome, "Optimizing Emergency Department Throughput," provides senior-level Emergency Department (ED) managers and healthcare administrators with essential tools to make their job easier in the wake of a national crisis.