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West Point ’60 Classmates Celebrate 75th Birthday on the Appalachian Trail

West Point classmates John Sherden '60 and Lyman “Chan” Duryea '60 decided to do a 75-mile section hike of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia to celebrate their 75th birthdays. Starting at Long Mountain near Lexington, Virginia, on Saturday, June 29, they were able to finish the 75 miles on the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park on Friday, July 5. There was a short, one-night layover in Waynesboro, Virginia, on July 3 for a birthday party with some friends and relatives.

This hike was initiated by John Sherden 10 months after his triple bypass surgery. John, who thru-hiked the entire 2,174-mile Appalachian Trail in 2000, also wanted to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Appalachian Trail in 1937. There was daily rain accompanied by lots of fun and discussions about the hard and easy classes during their years at West Point. These two ’60 grads both remembered not being comfortable in math and engineering, but knew enough to quickly agree that difficult classes outweighed the easy ones.

-- Submitted by Ron Hudnell '69

Highway to the Mountain

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Distinguished Graduate Award, May 2012

Bill Willoughby and classmates!

Bill and some of his cadets!
 Elliot Thomas, Marcel Alvarez, Isaac Melnick, Scott Metzner, Bill, Dana Yawer,
Aubrey Boswell, David Hamski, Adam Roth, and Brendan Fields. 
All are class of 2012 except for Hamski , class of 2013.

50th Reunion Anniversary Pictures

At our 50th Reunion, thanks to John Denton, many wedding pictures from 50 years ago were displayed together with current pictures of those who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2010.  To see the pictures click here.

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