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ROBERT ASHBY ARillSTEAD " Butch " Roanoke, Virginia Physics, Artillery — Distingiiishecl Academic Sti dciif 4, 3, i; Deans List i, 3, 1: Who ' s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Unirersities: Monogram Club 3, i, 1; Private -t, 3, ' 2, Sergeant 1; Football 4, 3, i, 1; Track 4, 3; American Institute of Phvsics 3, i, 1. Be as it may, one could not help from laughing when ol ' Butch took over the center of attention. A smile, a joke, and a hearty bit of advice is always available from the one who believes in the basic freedoms of life, liberty, and the happiness of pur- suits. Ah, and pursuit he always did; no girl was safe when she entered upon the hallowed grounds of V.M.I. Destined to be first Captain (so he said), Butch ' s plans were cast aside by the M. S. department. But now he has contented himself with the stripes of a sergeant, giving him plenty of time to retain his high academic standards and to test his roomies ' sense of humor with his quick wit and knack of knocking things over. Hours are spent admiring himself in the mirror (this he heartily denies) — much to the dismay of his fellow matriculates. By not being content with second best in anything that he wa nts to accomplish, whether in the class- room or on the football field, he will always be respected and admired for his competitive spirit. CHESTER ALLAN BAMFORTH, .IR. Norfolk, Virginia Ci ' il Engineering, Marine Corps — Distinguished Academic Student 3, 2; Who ' s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities: Southern Conference 147 lb. Wrestling Champion: Honor Court President 1; Private 4, Corporal-Private 3, Private-Sergeant i, 1st Lieutenant 1; Wrestling 4, 3, ' 2, Co-Captain 1: Monogram Cluli 3, -2, Presi- dent 1; Tidewater Club, 4, 3, -2, 1; . merican Society of Civil Engineers 4, 3, -2, 1. In September 1958 a walking hat came through Jackson Arch and it wasn ' t long until ' .M.I. Iiegan to learn of the tremendous talents of the Big " B " who was the man under the hat. It took a little doing for Chester to pass the minimum height requirement at V.M.I., but after doing so he promptly began to set the place on fire. The three most important phases of cadet life are academics, athletics and the military. It is rare for a person to excel in all three of these phases as Allan, driven by his desire for perfection, has done. Allan ' s accomplishments on the mats arc well known to everyone, but his great love for sports does not end here. He is an avid golfer and on any summer day may be found skiing in the vicinity of the famed Bamfortli beach house. This same beach house has been the site of many rip- roaring parties accompanied by plenty of brew, women, and song. THOMAS ROCHELLE B.VNTjV, III " Tom " KlXGSPOKT, TENTfE-SSEE Biology, Infantry— Private 4, 3, 2, 1 : Ffx.tball 4: Swimming 4: Track 4, 3, 1; Cross Counlrj ' 3, i, I: Bo.MB Staff 1; Cadet Staff 1: Virginia of Scienct 4, 3, -2, 1: . mateur Radio Club, 4, 3, i: Southwest A ' irginia Club 4, S, i, 1: Archaeologj- Oub 4, 3: Intraraurals 4, 3, i, 1; Armed Forces Club 1: Block Runners League. On September 10. 1958, the " Kingsport Flash " arrived at the Institute and became a person des- tined to leave his mark on V.M.I. Right away Tom seemed to adapt to the V.M.I, way of life. One can never forget his casual manner in the Rat Line, nor can one understand how he always managed to escape getting caught at any of his antics through- out his cadetship. How could anyone ever forget his hilarious imitations of some of V.M.I. ' s more notable characters. Many times he has been seen walking the streets of Le.xington. disguised as a " mink, " undoubtedly headed for the nearest fraternity party. Tom has always had a way with the women, shown by his frequent excursions to nearby girls ' schools. lilitary prowess has never been one of Tom ' s ambitions at .M.I. Instead, Tom ' s energies have been directed toward athletics and academics. A medical career is Tom ' s dream, and with his unusual ability to think out problems and reach a logical solution, we are sure that nothing but success lies in his path. THE BOMB
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1 1 P! P THE ■■ FIRST CLASS y JOSEPH RICHARD ALFONSO " Jose " Abingdon, Virginia Biology, Artillery — Private 4, 3, ' 2, 1; Soccer -t, 3, i; Track i; Rifle 2; Newman Club 4, 3, i, 1; Armed Forces Club 3, 1 : Virginia Academy of Science 4, 3, ' 2, 1 ; Southwest Virginia Club 4, 3, i; Salute Detail 1. In the Fall of 1958, Joe opened his eyes and thought he was in Hell; but actuallj ' he had just walked through the arch of the Virginia Military Institute. Every move Jose made his Rat Year appeared to be the wrong move, such as, in section ranks, in the Rat Line, etc. But by the Spring of ' 59, he had successfully completed the hardships of Rat life and was fully prepared for the duties of a Third Classman. Somehow he managed to do everything wrong that year, too. During his last two years, aside from his pre-medical studies, Joe picked up a few hobbies, of which one interested him the most, making money. Many new life-long friends have been won by Joe during his years at V.M.I., through his true Brother Rat spirit and unmatched personality. ethe it ' s into the Medical Profession or into the Business world for Joe, he will continue to make new friends; for this reason and many others, Joe %vill be a success and a credit to V.M.I, in whichever field he chooses. JOHN CRILE ALLEN •■John " Cl.arksburg, West Virginu Biology, Air Force — Private 4, 3, ' 2, 1; Track 4; .Swimming 4; Basketball Manager 2; Cadet Start ' 4; Armed Forces Club 3, 2; International Relations Club 3; Virginia Academy of Science 4, 3, 2, 1; Monogram Minstrel I. Yhen .lohn came to V.M.I, he traded his Beta pin from West Virginia L ' ni ersity for a Rat Bible. He readily adjusted to the system and became : u active participant in the extra-curricular activities provided by the General Committee and Ofhccr ot the (iuard Association. John will be remembered as the kind of person who will stand up for his right; and those of his friends, regardless of the penalty John is not against enjojdng a good party at the Pine Room or Moose Lodge, but he has never let them interfere with his conscientious pursuit of knowledge in the field of pre-medicine. John has traveled over a great part of the LT.S.A., but he tends to favor Charlottesville, Virginia, and the University of Virginia is not the reason. John is well-known and well-liked by his Brother Rats, and whatever his future undertaking is, we wish him the greatest of luck. DONALD LURTON AREY, .JR. " Don " D. NviLLE, Virginia Biology, Armor — Distinguished Military Student; Private 4, Corporal 3, Sergeant 2, Supply Sergeant 1; Cross Country 4; Indoor Track 4; Outdoor Track 4; Hop Committee 3, 2, 1; Virginia Academy of Science 3, 2, 1; Southside Virginia Club 3, 2; Archaeology Club 3; Intramurals 3, 2, 1; Armed Forces Club 1 ; Block Runner ' s League. It seems like Don always got caught for every little thing in our Rat Year, but when the Institute caught Don in September of 1958, it caught a Tiger by the tail. Don ' s personality, accentuated by his flair for the wild party, labelled him as one of the class ' s " personality boys, " as proved by his guitar picking antics at frequent fraternity parties. Although a very personable Brother Rat, he ex- hibited a serious strain which led him to the top of the ladder, not only in extra-curricular activities, but also academically. As a Pre-Med he strove toward his goal with unwithering zest, and with his record he is a sure bet for success in the Medical field. He seems to be an equally good bet in the family held also. Although many women have tried for this man ' s attention, it looks like a girl named ] Iary Alice has become the final victor. Regardless of any way he goes, Don carries the highest esteem of his Brother Rats and their most sincere best wishes for future success and happiness.
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1 I THE ■f HR CLASS JAMES NICHOLAS BARKER, .JR. " Jim " Wakefield, Virginia Biology, Air Force — Private 4, 3, i: Rat Baseball; Baseball 3, ■2: Glee Club 4, 3, -2; Tidewater Club 4, 3, 5; Intramurals 4, 3, i. In the fall of 1958, Jim began the long, hard struggle toward medical school. Along the way he has met many obstacles, among those being: the opposite sex, academics and military, and an auto- mobile accident that caused him to drop out of school for a year. During that year, he stayed at home and tried to endure the hardships of civilian life before returning to his first love, V.M.I. During the last three years, Jim has not only gained the respect of his brother rats, but of all his fellow cadets. His broad smile and witty re- marks have been an inspiration to everyone. Jim ' s warm personality and his positive attitude will enable him to go far in the world and we wish him the best of luck. GEORGE BEARING BARNES " Barnesie ' Alexandria, Virginia Civil Engineering, Artillery — Honor Court 1; Private 4, 3, 2, 1; Football 4; Swimming 2; Ameri- can Society of Civil Engineers 4, 3, i, 1; Intra- murals 4, 3 " , 2, 1; Key Club 1. Barnesie, hailing from Alexandria, Virginia, came to the Institute to be a civil engineer, and in short time he reached the top, both academically and in the esteem of his Brother Rats. George also has the distinction of being a member, in good standing, of the elite corps of First Class Privates. " Bucky " Barnes, hot off of the high school gridiron, joined our ranks as a football rat, and also spent a season on the swimming team. He retired from these activities to dedicate his abilities to " E " Company ' s intramural team and to less strenuous activities, such as eating. This latter pastime has had much to do with his being re- ferred to as the " Double Bubble " . A familiar face at all the parties, George some- times presented quite a problem to his roommates, since moderation is definitely not one of his attri- butes where parties are concerned. Always cheerful in mood, but serious in demeanor, Barnesie ' s future, which is sure to include a certain little brunette, will surely be one of success. RICHARD BARRETT BARTLETT " Rich " PoRT-SMOUTH, Virginia Historv, Artillerv — Cadet Representative to Athletic Council; Private 4, 3, i, 1; Wrestling 4, 3, 2, Co-Captain 1 ; Football 4; Monogram Club 3, 2, 1 ; Tidewater Club 4, 3, 2, 1. It can be said of Richard " don ' t call me Dick " Bartlett that there is no one at V.M.I, better liked than he. Included in the reasons for his popularity among members of all classes are his love of bull- sessions, his quick smile, and obvious enthusiasm for life. To Richard the words " a true friend " apply perfectly. Richard has lacked military distinction, not because of a lack of ability or attitude; but simply because he ' s just too nice a guy. He has done well in academics despite his unending pursuit of pocket novels. He has been among the forefront of those carrying V.M.I. ' s name to athletic contests for four years. It is a certainty that Richard ' s diligence, amiability, and " Peg " will elevate him quickly in the law profession.
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