LWMA Sentinel

Alumni, Friends Celebrate Centennial

May 2

By Dorothy Moore '54

On May 2, 1998, many alumni came back to campus for the first time in several years. It was a joyous time to see old friends and classmates. Many traveled far to attend. Some came from as far as California, New York, Puerto Rico, and Idaho. James 0. Moore, represented the class of 1932. Several members of other classes of the thirties were also present.

The forties and fifties were also well represented. Some had not been back to the campus since they graduated. Imagine seeing the difference in what the campus was in the days of SII and now!

LWMA graduates were well represented. This was the first time for some of them to come back. They usually do a better job keeping up with each other, and enjoy getting together each year. Some of the former female cadets were in attendance, and enjoyed seeing each other as well as their fellow cadets.

For the first time in a long time, the alumni meeting was full. The meeting was a success and the new officers are looking forward to a good year. The new officers are: President - Roscoe Prater '47; Vice President - Bill Thomason '69; Treasurer - Tim Parker '70; Secretary - T.A. Moore '80. The Alumni Association will continue giving two scholarships to deserving cadets and placing an ad in the yearbook for the Senior Class.

There were many guests attending the festivities, and some represented the families of past presidents. Mary Ann Bernard, granddaughter of Dr. Ward and her daughter, Mary, represented the Ward family. Mr. & Mrs. Dick Kirkland represented his family for his father, J. Brackin Kirkland. Diana Howell Hunter represented the family of Eli H. Howell. Mr. & Mrs. Ed Smith, Mr. & Mrs. John Smith, Mr. & Mrs. Michael Smith and sons, were here for COL Wesley P. Smith and wife, Peggy.

The dedication of the new auditorium was held after the alumni meeting. This was a special occasion as it was named for one of our alumni, Wesley P. Smith, class of 1947. He was a teacher, former President and Chancellor before retiring in 1994. He now serves on the Board of Trustees and is Executive Director of the Alumni Association.

The parade and pass-in-review was held on the Futch Drill Field with a large crowd present. Dr. Cliffton Cox, class of 1933, reviewed the troops along with Judge John Patterson and COL Albert P. Hovey. The Alumni Association was honored to have one of its own for this honor also.

An old-fashioned Bar-B-Q was held in the grove next t6 Futch Drill Field and was enjoyed by all.

The alumni social was held at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center on Saturday night. A good time was had by all, looking at old pictures and swapping tales. This was a time to be together and have a relaxing good time.

Sunday morning featured a breakfast honoring the alumni and Board of Trustees. The event was graciously hosted by Brenda and Frank Barnes. The Alumni Association owes them a special thanks for this, delicious breakfast. We were honored to have Judge John Patterson, Chairman of the Board, Mr. Ben Russell, Mr. Jack Coley and COL Wesley P. Smith to represent the Board.

If you missed this special celebration, we are sorry because it was great. Always make your plans for the first weekend in May to support the Alumni Association and see your friends.