Virginia Military Institute - Bomb Yearbook (Lexington, VA)

 - Class of 1962

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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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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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w V ) DONALD BECKNER " Don, " " Hatchet Face " Bellaire, Texas Physics, Artillery — Distinguished Mililary Student; Fencing 3, i, I; American Institute of Physics; Armed Forces Club 4, 3, 2, 1; Private 4, Corporal 3, Sergeant 2, Lieutenant 1. When ol ' Brother Rat Hatchet Face pulls out of limits gates this coming June in his Corvair Monza Spider, the Institute will be losing one of its finest Citizen-Soldiers. This Texan came to Virginia under the impression that his stay at V.M.I, was nothing more than a four-year " Slumming " spree. It didn ' t take too long, however, before one of our fine Virginia girls put Don on tlie slielf for good, much to the consternation of some of the locals. Don quickl - de eli)i ed a winning philosophy during his Rat Year that has carried him through his tenure at the V.M.I. This is easily recognizable in his ready smile for everyone, as well as in his ability to keep his nose clean. If Don is ever at a loss as to what sort of " nite- nite " stories to tell his kids, he can always relate to them his adventures in Nassau, or the tea breaks at a faculty member ' s house, or about the time he went over to Buck Weaver ' s house in fatigues. Perhaps Mrs. Beckner will show more than a casual interest in some of these stories also. EDWARD BLILEY BEIRNE, JR. " Burnie " S.ANDSTON, Virginia Biology, . rtillery — Private -i, 3, ' 2, 1; Trainer for Athletics 3, -2: Intramurals 4, 3; Cadet Staff 4; Arcliaeological Club 4, 3; Salute Detail 1 ; Richmond Club 4, 3, , 1 . From the bogie dingles of Sandston, ' irginia, came the " smokestack, " Eddie Beirne. And came he did, into the military system to which he both abhorred and bucked. He chose to distinguish himself academicallj ' instead of militarily, and that ' s just what he did, being a private for four years and staying in Doc Carroll ' s " Top Ten " in the bargain. Eddie stamped himself as the barrack ' s top philosopher before very long, en- gaging in lengthy discussions with such notables as " Pops " and " Kelly " . Perhaps his greatest philo- sophic gcni cnnic at a moment of great exasperation with the iiillilaiy stem when he exclaimed, " Man, it sure ili i ' ni.ikc ;i lot of sense, doesn ' t it. " Burnie has set hi,-, .-.iglits on a medical career and has jet- propelled himself into the favorite ' s role for success. HaviTig added an awful lot to barracks lite, we can ' t help but feel that he ' ll succeed in almost anything. At any rate, he surely carries with him the highest regards of not only his Brother Rats, but all of us who knew him. HOLL.VND TRO TR BELL " Clapper " Machipongo, Virgixia Electrical Engineering, Artillery — Private 4, 3, i, 1 : Intramurals 4; Amateur Radio Qub 4, 3, i, 1: Tidewater Club 4, 3, i, 1 ; Americ-an Institute of PUectrical Engineers i, 1; Barracks Sound Techni- cian 1. With a cry of " I shall return, " " 01 " Cbp " left the Eastern Shore, crossed the bay, and headed for the college community of Lexington. UMien Holland traded his beaches for the mountains, his runabout for one of Pete ' s buses, and his fishing pole for an M-1, he assumed a rank that he would hold for four years, earning for him honorary membership in that vanisliing clan of the first class privates. In Electrical Engineering by choice, and in Electrical Section 1 by nature, his willingness to work and to help others was readily recognized by his classmates. With a quick smile and a ready laugh, Holland has fitted into the life at the Insti- tute very well. This is established by the fact that he is the only Keydet to ever return from Summer Furlough twice in the same week. Holland has shown that he is c-apable of putting out the effort when the situation demands it: V.M.I, and especially ' (5-2 has been lucky to be associated with such a genuine person. fffii THE BOMB

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