NORWICH RECORD | Summer 2020
Re: “The End of An Era” (Spring 2020):
[Your] exceptionally well researched and written [profile of Pres. Richard W. Schneider] … really captured the essence of both our president and the man who for 28 years has been the soul of Norwich. Having worked with him for nearly 24 years and also become his friend, the article also reminded me just how much I’m going to personally miss him and how fortunate we’ve all been to have him as our president. I hope everyone is staying well and that no one at Norwich gets this damned virus. Shirley and I are social distanc¬ing, walking in our neighborhood for exercise, and otherwise staying happily isolated at home. Best,
Carlo D’Este ’58
I enjoyed your most recent edition of the Record with its praising article about retiring Pres. Schneider, who has done so incredibly much for Norwich. Never in all my 32 years of serving as a citizen-soldier on active duty in the NYNG and USAR, including many summer tours in the Pentagon, have I ever met such an outstanding leader— so energetic, so inspiring, so compassionate, and who has accomplished so very much.
At our Class of 1951 55th Reunion in 1986, my best friend Gerald “Buck” Bovee was inducted into the NU Athletic Hall of Fame. After the awards were given, Gerald said to Pres. Schneider, “Sir, I don’t know what to call you— President, Admiral, General, or Mr. Schneider?” Smiling graciously, his answer was, “Buck, you can call me Rich.” With all those titles, that answer indicates just what a great human being he really is.
And I, like all who have had any contact with Pres. Schneider, wish to congratulate and thank him very much for all he has accomplished for our beloved NU and to wish him a happy and well-deserved retirement. As a former sailboat racer, I would like to say, “Well done, Admiral, very well done indeed!”
Also, my sincere congratulations to our newly selected president, Col. Mark Anarumo. He has big shoes to fill, but we alumni certainly wish him the very best as he takes charge.
Col. Peter W. Cuthbert ’51, USAR (Ret.), East Moriches, Long Island
Re: 1923 Polo Team Photo (Spring 2020): My grandfather, Laurence E. Eaton, appears in the picture of the 1923 polo team (first row, second from left), looking so competitive! My father Stephen E. Eaton and my uncles Robert P. and Laurence G. Eaton all graduated from Norwich. My brother Stephen and I believe my cousin Jane Eaton attended Norwich as well. We were very fortunate to have been raised in a close family, spending many holidays with my grandparents and extended family. We traded stories, often laughed about how well we all could march, and were proud of our family tradition—Norwich! (My dad especially.) He played on the Norwich Hockey team in the 1950s, I think, and was honored in Who’s Who in American Colleges. So long story short, we love to read the Norwich Record and keep certain memories alive. (P.S. I would like to get a photo of the 1923 polo team and frame it at home for all to see.) Thank you,
Kristine Eaton Finch, Rye, N.H.
I join the chorus of compliments on production of the Norwich Record. It has come a long way since I read my first copy in 19. (Never mind that.) Interesting enough, though, I occupied the chair in the 1970s, when the number of our living alumni was small. The Record was printed on white sheets, folded, and mailed. Living at the time were the true Norwich horsemen— WWII greats, who were instrumental in conversion of the military from hooves to wheels and tracks (i.e., Johnson, Harmon, and White.) These were men defined by the time in which they lived, courage, leadership, and Norwich “swagger.” Norwich men led the charge in the waning years of the cavalry and the best of them played polo… [as seen in the] picture of the 1923 Norwich Polo Team on page 52 of the Spring 2020 edition. And oh yes, a huge “well done” to the man in the front office, who is leaving us this year. I don’t think the Coast Guard had horses, but his influence as a Norwich man goes down with the best. I Will Try.
Allan “Big Al” Leavitt ’69, ’76 & ’79