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DARTMOUTH ALUMNI MAGAZINE
1954 Once upon a time, long ago, Charlie J. (Jay) Urstadt '49 coached the pea green '54 freshman swimming team. One of his brighter prospects was a young Evanston, Ill high school swimming ace, and future varsity and All American (1993, 60-64 age group), by the name of Steve Mullins. Under Jay's tutelage Steve excelled at long-distance swimming. Fast-forward the clock 58 years to the World Masters Championships in Perth, Australia in April 2008, when 10 percent of the 12,000 Masters swimmers registered in the meet were over the age of 70. Here's what Jay wrote: "As I was walking by the indoor pool, I saw 'Steve Mullins' on the bulletin board in Lane 8. He was in the men's 800-meter freestyle race and was in sixth place going into the last turn. The swimmer in Lane 7, on Steve's left, was about 5 seconds ahead of him coming out of the turn. But in the last 25 yards Steve put on a heroic burst of speed at the finish and nosed out his competitor by 0.14 seconds to take the fifth-place medal. It was one of the most exciting finishes I have ever seen and it was great to see Steve swim his heart out for the last few yards. It was a Dartmouth win. In addition, Steve won three other medals during the competition."
Hats off to '54 Dartmouth College Fund co-chairs Don Berlin and Rick Hartman - and to the 81.8 percent of classmates who contributed (as of June 23) - exceeding our goal by 13 percent and earning the class of 1954 a solid second place in the 2008 DCF Green Derby.
Peter Kenyon reports that the special projects committee concluded its intern selection work at the May meeting with the naming of four outstanding student recipients, as follows: Tucker Foundation, J. Watson Sallay '08 in honor of Kevin I. Sullivan; Rockefeller Foundation, Jennifer Bandy '09 in honor of Rodman C. Rockefeller; The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Andrew Young '09 in honor of Dean F. Berry; and Dartmouth Partners in Community Service, Diana Jih '08 in honor of George D. Voss. According to class president Jay Davis, "These internships serve one of the highest priorities for Dartmouth students today: 'out-of-classroom learning. 'For example, one of our new '54 interns is going to Tanzania to be trained in the repair of medical equipment; another is going to Chicago to work on creating fair and sustainable food systems; another -- a government major -- is going to Washington DC to work at the State Department." In addition to the $3,000 grant per intern, the class supports the recruitment of a student-athlete with an additional $1,000 grant, thereby raising our annual funding commitment to a total of $13,000. All classmates are urged to help '54 maintain its leadership position in providing student internships by adding voluntary contributions to annual dues payments.
Noted with sadness is the death, on April 4, of Donald Dorsey McCuaig, of heart failure (see obit). The class sends its condolences to Don's family.
For the past 18 months, we have been posting the Class Notes column on the '54 Web site about five to six weeks in advance of its appearance in print. It is hoped that providing news in a more timely manner would satisfy the interests of those many classmates who now check the Web site on a periodic basis. What we don't know -- and would like to find out -- is how many of our classmates actually read the column online. We'd also like to know what you think of the early online publication as opposed to waiting for the print edition of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine.
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