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Bill Dawson, R.I.P.

Posted: 8/25/2018

William Riggs Dawson

Capt. William R. Dawson SC, USN (Ret.) of Annapolis, MD passed away on Aug. 25, 2018 after an extended battle with Merkel cell carcinoma.

Bill grew up on Long Island and graduated from Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington. He attended Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA for one postgraduate year prior to entering the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978.  He graduated and was commissioned as an ensign with the Class of 1982 after spending four years as a member of 25th Company.

After graduation from Navy Supply Corps School, Bill was stationed aboard the frigates JESSE L. BROWN (FF-1089) and GARCIA (FF-1040) before he was assigned as Flag Aide to the Chief of the Supply Corps.  He served on the Joint Staff prior to going overseas for two years to the Navy Supply Depot Subic Bay, Philippines.  He also served afloat aboard the aircraft carrier JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-72) and was the Supply Officer aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65).  He was at sea aboard ENTERPRISE on 9/11 and helped support the first strikes against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

Bill met the love of his life, Vicky Neville, when they were Kindergarten classmates.  After 25 years of shrugging off his overtures, they wed at St. Stephen’s church in Port Washington.  They raised four children together over the course of ten moves during his Navy career.  Bill’s final Navy tour was as the Supply Officer at the Naval Academy.

Bill retired at the rank of captain and settled the Dawson family in Annapolis.  He worked as a Vice President of Rexel, a large electrical distributor, prior to being hired as the Executive Vice President of the Naval Academy Alumni Association.  At the same time, he served as president of the USNA Class of ’82, a Naval Academy Foundation Trustee, a member of the Naval Academy Athletic Association, and an usher at the Naval Academy chapel. However, his favorite volunteer effort was working as part of “the most overqualified chain gang in NCAA history,” minding the yard markers on the sidelines with a handful of other classmates during Navy’s home football games.

Bill had a lifelong passion for the sport of lacrosse. He was the Navy men’s varsity lacrosse team officer representative for three years under legendary coach Richie Meade as well as general manager of the U.S. Lacrosse men’s national team at the 2015 World Games in Denver.

Bill will be forever remembered as an ardent supporter of his alma mater. He was a selfless friend and lamplighter whose word was his bond and who always cared for others more than himself. But more than anything else, Bill was a loving husband and father with a legacy that will live on because of what he taught his family by his example.

He is survived by his wife Vicky; sons William “Buck”, Robertson “Wick”, and Henry “Riggs”; daughter Muriel “Reid”; and four brothers and two sisters, and many loving nephews and nieces.  He was predeceased by his parents Bob and Mary Dawson of Port Washington, NY.

A Memorial Service will take place on Oct. 15 at 10:00 AM in the Naval Academy’s Main Chapel. Reception will be held immediately following at the Naval Academy Club. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the USNA Foundation, Athletic and Scholarship Programs, 25 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401. (Please add “In memory of Bill Dawson” in the memo section of the check).


Sad News

Posted: 6/28/2018

We lost our classmate Bob Dimas (third company) very suddenly on Sunday night. A prayer service will be on Thursday and memorial service on Friday of this week. Interment is planned for Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio Texas, at a to be determined date.

Robert Dimas
Born on 08/24/1960
Departed on 06/24/2018

http://porterloring.tributes.com/obituary/show/Robert-Dimas-106211599

Prayer Service: Thursday, 28 June, 6 – 7 PM
Visitation: Thursday, 28 June, 7 – 9 PM
Memorial: Friday, 29 June starting at 10 AM

All events will be at the Porter Loring North funeral home in San Antonio. 2102 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio TX 78232. (210) 495-8221.
Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.


Reunion Schedule of Events

Posted: 9/6/2017

Thursday, 07 September
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM  Registration Ogle Hall (Alumni house King George St).
12:00 PM   Golf Outing USNA Golf Course
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Crab Feast Mike’s Restaurant & Crab House, 3030 Riva Rd., Riva, MD.

Friday, 08 September
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM  Registration Ogle Hall (Alumni house – King George St.)
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Memorial Service USNA Chapel
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Class Meeting Rickover 102
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM Superintendent’s Reunion Classes Brief Mahan Hall
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Formal Parade Worden Field (Senior Class Flag Officer present to review parade)
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM Post-Parade Reception/Happy Hour, Perot Deck, Dahlgren Hall
Company Gatherings – individual companies encouraged to organize for Friday evening

Saturday, 09 September
8:00 AM   Old Goat Run – Halsey Field House, approx. 4 miles, blue rimmed t-shirts!
9:00 AM   Alumni Action Group Project. 1920 Governor Ritchie Highway Annapolis.  Registration via link:http://www.aacvc.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0C1200000vxqLcEAI
1:00 PM until 90 min. after Blue & Gold. Tailgater Class of ’53 Pavilion at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Game starts at 3:30 PM


Reunion Update #10 (Final) (September 5, 2017)

Reunion Update #10
Two short days until the 35th begins!  Please read all of the following entries because there is some important information regarding check-in and tailgater entry procedures.  Here’s the last official update on the reunion:

  1. Online registration has closed! – Last minute registrants need to send me an email.  We will do our best to get you entered manually on the event lists.  Registration fee will be $100 from this point forward and Tailgater Fee will be $125 (until Saturday – see note below). You will be required to pay at reunion check-in by credit card, check or cash.
    NOTE: If you decide to just show up on Saturday for the tailgater and you did not register or pay prior to 08 September you will be charged $225 for the first tailgate admission and $145 for any additional admissions (12 yrs. old and up); children under 12 will remain at $40 per admission.  Additionally you will have to have a football game ticket to enter the tailgater. 
  2. Tailgater Entry Procedures – vice any other word you may have read or heard everyone who is attending Saturday’s tailgater must enter through Gate J – located to the right of the words “Class Ring Northeast” (upper right hand corner) on the attached diagram.  Your football game tickets will be scanned at that gate as you enter (IMPORTANT – NO GAME TICKET, NO ENTRY) and if you are not able to get to reunion check-in on Thursday or Friday, you can complete your check-in and receive your gift bag at Gate J as well.
  3. Class of 1982 Reunion Photo Quiz – Still time to get your photos sent to Brian Caldwell (USNA ’82 + 7) and his team who are putting together a set of photos for every company.  The pictures are a before (your firstie Lucky Bag) photo and an after photo (your current mug shot) but in order to do this Brian needs everyone to send their current picture to him per the instructions below:
    Classmates:
    We need your current photo!!!  We have purchased a great tool for refreshing our memories and to better help us recognize our classmates.  The program is specifically designed for reunions, but we want to include all classmates.  Please take a look at
    https://www.cibellc.com/ReunionFlashCards/USNA1982/
    User Name: USNA82
    Password: BeatArmy!and send your current photo to USNA82@ReunionPhotoQuiz.com.
    We are looking for a head and shoulders or torso to head photo.  Please include your full name (then and now—if different) and your academy company.

    Please encourage any/all classmate(s) you are in contact with to submit his/her photo.  The more photos, the better this program works.  Nothing worse than talking to someone for 5 minutes while attempting to inconspicuously look at his/her nametag because you can’t remember his/her name.

    4. Reunion Check-In – check in is scheduled for Ogle Hall on Thursday and Friday (07/08 September) from 0830 – 1630 on Thursday and 0830 – 1600 on Friday.  Additionally we will conduct reunion check-in at the Crab Feast at Mike’s on Thursday evening (1800 – 2030), Friday afternoon at Dahlgren Hall during the post-parade reception (1730 – 2000) and Saturday at the stadium (1300 – ?).  Gift bags will be distributed at check-in and you can confirm which events you have registered for at the tables.

    NOTE: We anticipate a high number of event check-ins at the post-parade reception and tailgater prior to and during the first 20 – 30 minutes of operation.  Our check-in service will do their best to get everyone through the check-in process as quickly as possible so please have your event wristbands on your wrists and show them to the crew as you enter.  A separate line will be available for reunion check-in vs. the event check-in so please listen to the instructions given by the check-in crew on duty and get in the right line.  If you are checking in for the reunion at the reception or tailgater, you will be given your wristbands on site (as long as you paid in advance).

    5. Wristbands for Friday Reception and Tailgater
    – everyone who registered and paid for the Friday reception and/or the tailgater will receive wristbands when they check-in for the reunion on Thursday and Friday.  IMPORTANT – there are two different wristbands – one for the reception and one for the tailgater.  To avoid confusion each type of wristband has the event printed on it.  Please bring the appropriate wristband for the appropriate event!  If you aren’t going to make it in to town until Saturday, you can pick up your wristband for the tailgater at the tailgate check-in tables in the stadium – you will still need a ticket for the football game to access the tailgater.  The Friday reception and Saturday tailgater are the only events that will require a wristband.

    6. Reunion Photographers – Deb Latta (who has done reunion photos for us in the past) and Jim Garman (’82) will be taking pictures during the reunion weekend.  Look to them for taking company and small group photos.  Both will post pictures (details to follow) during and/or after the weekend.

    7. Printed Name Tags – Unfortunately due to a miscommunication with our vendor, only those who have registered for the reunion prior to 11 August will receive a printed nametag (classmates – name & Lucky Bag photo; guests – name & class crest).  We will have blank nametags available at check-in and calligraphers standing by to write your name on the nametag with a sharpie.

    8. Memorial Service – immediately following the memorial service, we will take a class picture on the steps of the Chapel.  Even if you don’t attend the service you are invited to participate in the photo.  Estimated snap time is between 1030 and 1050.

    9. Post-Parade Reception – Just a reminder that the Post-Parade reception on Friday afternoon/evening is not a dinner and has a cash bar.  Reception runs after the P-rade until 8:00 PM.

    NEW: Midshipmen in uniform who wish to attend the reception will pay the regular $30 fee at the door.  Midshipmen should have a connection to the class – son/daughter/niece/nephew/sponsor mid.  Alcohol will not be served to midshipmen.

    10.Football Game Ticket – We are using the Class of ’53 Pavilion on the North side of the stadium directly behind the lawn seats for the tailgater.
    a. Everyone attending the tailgater must have a ticket to the football game in order to gain access to the tailgater venue.  If you do not have a ticket already, NAAA has blocked out tickets for us (420 reserved seats in Section D and 200 SRO/Lawn tickets; costs are $40 and $25 respectively).
    b. When purchasing tickets through NAAA’s website – http://ev12.evenue.ne t/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/EVExecMac ro?linkID=navy&evm=prmo&RSRC=& RDAT=&caller=PR – (you may need to cut and paste the URL into your browser) classmates should use the promo code: 1982 in order to reserve tickets with the class.  Enter the promo code AT THE BEGINNING of the purchase process.

    11. Midshipman Attendance at Tailgater – A question about midshipman attendance at the tailgater was put forward and has prompted us to adopt the following guidelines.
    a. Midshipmen in uniform will be charged $25 to attend our tailgater and should have some direct connection to the class, i.e., son, daughter, nephew, niece, sponsor mid, etc.  Note: If you are planning to invite your mid to the tailgater please send me an email so that we can add their names to the attendance list.
    b. Midshipmen will not be admitted to the tailgater until after the game has started so as not to interfere or appear to interfere with any USNA directive regarding attendance at the march over/on.
    c. Midshipmen are in a duty status until after Navy Blue & Gold.  Therefore, the catering staff will be instructed to not serve alcohol to midshipmen until after that time and only to those midshipmen with valid ID’s (21 and over).

    12. Saturday Morning Events – updates for two events have been posted on Facebook and on the class website:
    a. Day of Service to honor 9/11 will be held on Saturday morning, 9/9/17.  This will be a Volunteer opportunity in Annapolis with other ’82 classmates to provide service alongside approximately 80 Midshipmen from the Midshipman Action Group (MAG) as they work with the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center and the local parks and trails community partners on this project, part of the larger 9/11 Day to Serve. Link to last year’s project: http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/naval_academy/ph-ac-cn- 911-ceremony-0911-20160911-story.html. If you are interested in this volunteer effort, please contact Bill Dawson ’82 at bill.dawson@1982.usna.com
    b. Old Goat Run – Show up for an impromptu ’82 run (4 miles) at Halsey at 0800 on Saturday, 9/9/2017. Issue Blue Rim T-shirts are mandatory. Please contact Jeremiah McEnerney, jxmcenerney@gmail.com for any questions.

    13. My contact information:

rbclyborne@gmail.com
410-703-3138 (mobile)
410-975-9077 (home)


Reunion Update #9 (August 29, 2017)

Posted: 8/29/2017

28 August 2017 – Reunion Update #9

Ten days and counting until the 35th!  Here’s an update on reunion events:

  1. Online registration has been extended until midnight 01 September!  Due to the number of technical issues encountered by people trying to register over this past weekend we have decided to extend the online registration deadline until midnight this Friday.  We will keep the original registration pricing during this period.

If you were one of those encountering issues, please continue to resolve those issues through the Alumni Association’s online community process.  If you are able to get to the registration web page but cannot move past the first tab with your personal information there may be a problem with your username and password i.e., you created another account at some point in the past.  You won’t be able to complete the registration process until that issue gets resolved.  Here’s some guidance from the AA:

“Please contact the online community folks at onlinecommunity@usna.com to ask for the correct username and password.  (It will not work if you try to set up a second account as opposed to doing a username and password retrieval for the original/correct account).  Once done, you will be able to sign in and register according to the attached instructions.

Please be patient, as they do things manually and are very busy.  Please note that they are the only people with access to passwords.”

Unfortunately, because of agreements we have with our vendors anyone registering during the extension period will not receive a pre-printed nametag and may not receive a gift bag – supplies are limited and bags will be given out based on the order of registration.

We recommend that you attempt to resolve your account issues immediately and not wait until Friday.  Please note – after 01 September there will be no online registration.  If you want to attend after 01 September, please send an email to Rich Clyborne (rbclyborne@gmail.com).  Payment or registration and other events will be required at reunion check-in on 07/08/09 September.   The registration fee will go up to $100.  In addition, if you want to attend the tailgater the late fee will be $125 per person 12 yrs. old and up; the fee for children under 12 will remain at $40.   

NOTE: If you decide to just show up on Saturday for the tailgater and you did not register or pay prior to 08 September you will be charged $225 for the first tailgate admission and $145 for any additional admissions (12 yrs. old and up); children under 12 will remain at $40 per admission.  Additionally you will have to have a football game ticket to enter the tailgater.

2. Class of 1982 Reunion Photo Quiz – Brian Caldwell (USNA ’82 + 7) and his team are putting together a set of photos for every company.  The pictures are a before (your firstie Lucky Bag) photo and an after photo (your current mug shot) but in order to do this Brian needs everyone to send their current picture to him per the instructions below:

Classmates:
We need your current photo!!!  We have purchased a great tool for refreshing our memories and to better help us recognize our classmates.  The program is specifically designed for reunions, but we want to include all classmates.  Please take a look at

https://www.cibellc.com/ReunionFlashCards/USNA1982/

User Name: USNA82
Password: BeatArmy!
and send your current photo to USNA82@ReunionPhotoQuiz.com.

Basically we are looking for a head and shoulders or torso to head photo.  Please include your full name (then and now—if different) and your academy company. 

Please encourage any/all classmate(s) you are in contact with to submit his/her photo.  The more photos, the better this program works.  Nothing worse than talking to someone for 5 minutes while attempting to inconspicuously look at his/her nametag because you can’t remember his/her name.

3. Wristbands for Friday Reception and Tailgater – everyone who registered and paid for the Friday reception and/or the tailgater will receive wristbands when they check-in for the reunion at Ogle Hall on Thursday and Friday.  If you aren’t going to make it in to town until Saturday, you can pick up your wristband for the tailgater at the tailgate check-in tables in the stadium – you will still need a ticket for the football game to access the tailgater.  The Friday reception and Saturday tailgater are the only events that will require a wristband.

4. Printed Name Tags – Unfortunately due to a miscommunication with our vendor, only those who have registered for the reunion prior to 11 August will receive a printed nametag (classmates – name & Lucky Bag photo; guests – name & class crest).

5. Lodging – please see previous updates for hotel information

6. Registration Fee(s) – Several people have managed to complete the registration process without paying the registration fee.  Whether it was a system glitch or an oversight, every classmate that attends the reunion must pay the registration fee.  If your confirmation email does not show a registration fee of $82, you can go back to the registration web page, select and pay the fee and add that item to the list of other events that you are attending.  If you don’t accomplish that before 01 September, we will collect that fee at check-in.

a. I have also received inquiries about the number of registration fees that are required.  In previous updates, I indicated that only one registration fee is required per classmate attending.  If you are bringing family members, friends, etc.  Only one registration fee is required (despite what the drop down list shows).  If you paid for more than one registration fee by mistake please send me an email and we will get the fee refunded to you.

b. If your spouse is a classmate, and is planning to attend the reunion, they must pay the registration fee.  Select “2” from the drop down list when registering.  All classmates who register prior to 28 August will receive a gift bag and a printed nametag for themselves and their guests.

7. Memorial Service – John Vena put out a plea for pictures of our classmates who have passed away and received a great number of those pictures in response.  Thank you for responding and to help honor our fallen classmates.

8. Post-Parade Reception – Just a reminder that the Post-Parade reception on Friday afternoon/evening is not a dinner and has a cash bar.  Reception runs after the P-rade until 8:00 PM.

NEW: Midshipmen in uniform who wish to attend the reception will pay the regular $30 fee at the door.  Midshipmen should have a connection to the class – son/daughter/niece/nephew/sponsor mid.  Alcohol will not be served to midshipmen.

9. Football Game Ticket – We are using the Class of ’53 Pavilion on the North side of the stadium directly behind the lawn seats for the tailgater.  There is no direct access from outside the stadium to the Class of ’53 Pavilion.

a. Everyone attending the tailgater must have a ticket to the football game in order to gain access to the tailgater venue.  If you do not have a ticket already, NAAA has blocked out tickets for us (420 reserved seats in Section D and 200 SRO/Lawn tickets; costs are $40 and $25 respectively)

b. When purchasing tickets through NAAA’s website – http://ev12.evenue.ne t/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/EVExecMac ro?linkID=navy&evm=prmo&RSRC=& RDAT=&caller=PR – (you may need to cut and paste the URL into your browser) classmates should use the promo code: 1982 in order to reserve tickets with the class.  Enter the promo code AT THE BEGINNING of the purchase process.

10. Midshipman Attendance at Tailgater – A question about midshipman attendance at the tailgater was put forward and has prompted us to adopt the following guidelines:

a. Midshipmen in uniform will be charged $25 to attend our tailgater and should have some direct connection to the class, i.e., son, daughter, nephew, niece, sponsor mid, etc.  Note: If you are planning to invite your mid to the tailgater please send me an email so that we can add their names to the attendance list.

b. Midshipmen will not be admitted to the tailgater until after the game has started so as not to interfere or appear to interfere with any USNA directive regarding attendance at the march over/on.

c. Midshipmen are in a duty status until after Navy Blue & Gold.  Therefore, the catering staff will be instructed to not serve alcohol to midshipmen until after that time and only to those midshipmen with valid ID’s (21 and over).

11. Saturday Morning Events – updates for two events have been posted on Facebook and on the class website:

a. Day of Service to honor 9/11 will be held on Saturday morning, 9/9/17 – This will be a Volunteer opportunity in Annapolis with other ’82 classmates to service alongside approximately 80 Midshipmen from the Midshipman Action Group (MAG) as they work with the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center and the local parks and trails community partners on this project, part of the larger 9/11 Day to Serve. Link to last year’s project: http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/naval_academy/ph-ac-cn- 911-ceremony-0911-20160911-story.html If you are interested in this volunteer effort, please contact Bill Dawson ’82 at bill.dawson@1982.usna.com

b. Old Goat Run – Show up for an impromptu ’82 run (4 miles) at Halsey at 0800 on Saturday, 9/9/2017. Issue Blue Rim T-shirts are mandatory. Please contact for Jeremiah McEnerney, jxmcenerney@gmail.com for any questions.

12 My contact information:

rbclyborne@gmail.com
410-703-3138 (mobile)
410-975-9077 (home)


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