Monday, January 5, 2009

A Great American Was Buried Today

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On January 1st, 2009, the man pictured above died. He was beloved of many who met him, especially the young men and women of The United States Military Academy at West Point, where he served as "The Supe"...our Supe....from 1981 to 1986. Here is a link to the official notification of his death and obituary.
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(visitors may also add their memories on the Eulogy link on the page linked above
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He was a great man and a great leader who impacted my life at a young and impressionable age. He demonstrated through his personal example that we could all be more than we realized and that we could all learn leadership if we had the heart and desire and humility to do so.
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He was the first to serve as Superintendent for five years and he led the Academy through great changes after the admission of women to the Corps of Cadets. He was the leader we needed at a pivotal time for the Academy and for us as young cadets. He presided over Jim Young's excellent conversion of the Army Football team to the option powerhouse it became in the late 80's and early 90's. His presence atop a mule on the sideline cheering on the Army team and inspiring the corps is legendary.
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In one of the Academy hymns, The Corps, there is a phrase that fits for our Supe:
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"And when our work is done,
our course on earth is run.
May it be said "Well done! Be thou at peace...."
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Well done, LTG Scott. Be thou at peace.
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We'll miss you.

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