2002 distinguished graduate award program
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October 12, 2002 Alumni Hall
The United States Naval Academy has a proud tradition of graduating leaders of great charactermen and women who possess the true north principles of honor, courage and commitment.
From this field of superior leaders, a handful of graduates of distinction
are chosen annually to receive the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association
Distinguished Graduate Award.
Through their lives and careers, these individuals define the vision and
values of the United States Naval Academy. They are shining examples of
the Academys mission: to develop leaders for service to the Nation, the naval
service, and the Naval Academy.
Appropriately, recipients of the Distinguished Graduate Award are selected
based on character, distinguished military and civilian service, and stature
qualities the Naval Academy strives to imbue in each of its graduates.
Like those that have come before it, this years class of honorees has led by
example, commanding respect from all who know them. The Naval Academy
and the Alumni Association honor these four menand the principles they
stand fortonight, and always.
October 12, 2002Alumni Hall
Vice Admiral Charles S. Minter, Jr., USN (Ret.) Class of 1937
The Honorable James E. Carter, Jr. Class of 1947
Admiral Carlisle A. H. Trost, USN (Ret.) Class of 1953
Colonel John W. Ripley, USMC (Ret.) Class of 1962
The United States Naval Academy Alumni Association and United States Naval Academy
These four Distinguished Graduates matriculated from the Naval Academy in different times, but took with them the same lessons and values of honor, courage and commitment. For the United States Naval Academy, the Brigade of Midshipmen and all alumni, they serve as superior role models and leaders who have provided a lifetime of service to the Na-tion, the Navy and the United States Naval Academy. These men are truly Distinguished Graduates and are so honored by the U.S. Naval Academy
Alumni Association and the Naval Academy.
Vice Admiral Charles S. Minter, Jr., USN (Ret.), 37
The Honorable James E. Carter, Jr., 47
Admiral Carlisle A. H. Trost, USN (Ret.), 53
Colonel John W. Ripley, USMC (Ret.), 62
Distinguished Graduate Award Dinner Reception
Call to Dinner by Brigade of Midshipmen Pipes and Drums
Presentation of the Colors
The National Anthem
Welcome Vice Admiral Richard J. Naughton, USN
Superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy
Distinguished Graduate Award Dinner
Performance by U.S. Naval Academy Mens Glee Club
Awards Presentation Master of Ceremonies
George P. Watt, Jr., 73 Captain, USNR (Ret.)
President and CEO U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation
Navy Blue and Gold Performed by the
U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club
Alumni Hall October 12, 2002
Charles S. Minter, Jr.Distinguished Graduate Award2002
Vice Admiral Charles S. Minter, Jr., USN (Ret.)
Class of 1937Class of 19 37
Charles S. Minter, Jr. was born in Pocahontas, Virginia, near the heart of the nations coal mining region. From an early age, Charlie had dreams of flight, and entered the Naval Academy as a member of the Class of 1937.
While a midshipman, Charlie excelled in sports, especially crew and football. The Lucky Bag noted, Most afternoons, he could be found occupied with some sport, in season and out.
After marrying Mary in 1940, Charlie entered flight training and earned his wings in 1941, just months before the United States entered World War II. Throughout the war, Charlie flew missions all over the world, and served as Air Operations Officer for the carrier Randolph, a ship that performed air strikes on Tokyo, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After serving as a test pilot, he returned to combat as war broke out in Korea.
After the war, Charlie held a number of key commands: Commanding Officer of USS Albemarle; Commanding Officer of USS Intrepid; Commander, Fleet Air Wing, Pacific; and Deputy Chairman, NATO Military Committee. Two posts Charlie considers his most meaningful accomplishments are Commandant of Midshipmen and Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy.
In retirement, Charlie has remained actively involved in the life of his alma mater, serving as president of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association. He also served as president of the Retired Officers Association for four years, and has selflessly supported other worthy efforts.
Charlie and Mary enjoy their large family of three children, ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Vice Admiral Charles Minter is a man of compassion and a living example of an officer and gentleman.
James E. Carter, Jr.Distinguished Graduate Award2002
The Honorable James E. Carter, Jr.
Class of 1947Class of 19 4 7
Jimmy Carter grew up in Plains, Georgia, with an appreciation for the land and an interest in the world around him.After briefly attending college, Jimmy entered the U.S. Naval
Academy in the Class of 1947. At the Academy, he was a gifted stu-dent and was always ready to help his classmates with their studies. The Lucky Bag predicted he would be remembered for his cheerful disposition and ability to see the humorous side of any situation.
After graduation in 1946 (his class graduated early to support the Fleet after World War II), Jimmy married Rosalyn Smith. He then served as a submarine officer in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. Carter was chosen by Admiral Hyman Rickover for the nuclear sub-marine program, and completed graduate work in reactor technology and nuclear physics. He served as senior officer of the pre-commissioning crew of the Seawolf.
After his fathers death, Jimmy Carter returned home to Plains to run the family business, and quickly became a community leader. He was elected to the Georgia State Senate in 1962 and governor in 1970.
In 1976 he was elected President of the United States, working for peace in the Middle East and pushing for economic deregulation at home.
In 1982, the former President established The Carter Center, addressing national and international issues of public policy. Under his leadership, the Center works to resolve conflict, promote democ-racy, protect human rights, and prevent disease and other afflictions. Through the Global 2000 program, the Center advances health and agriculture in the developing world.
Today, Jimmy Carter still works as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and has encouraged this same spirit of citizen involvement at his alma mater.
The former President and First Lady enjoy spending time with their four children and their families, and both remain role models of good citizenship.
Jimmy Carter is a distinguished graduate and an inspirational citizen.
Carlisle A. H. TrostDistinguished Graduate Award2002
Admiral Carlisle A. H. Trost, USN (Ret.)
Class of 1953Carl Trost was born in Valmayer, Illinois, and from the start was a gifted student. He attended Washington University in St. Louis before setting his sights on a naval career.
At the United States Naval Academy, as a member of the Class of 1953, Carl gained the respect of peers and seniors alike, distinguish-ing himself in academic and leadership skills. The Lucky Bag propheti-cally noted that Carl had the stuff leaders are made of. He served as class Vice President, second only to a midshipman from Texas, H. Ross Perot.
After graduating first in his class, Ensign Trost reported for duty aboard the destroyer Robert A. Owens. The following year he married Pauline, and attended Submarine School at New London, Connecti-cut, again graduating first in his class. He was assigned to the nuclear attack submarine Swordfish.
In January 1968, Carl took command of Sam Rayburn, and after a tour on staff Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, he was assigned to the Pentagon, where he served as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy.
As a flag officer, Rear Admiral Trost distinguished himself in one command after another. In 1980, Carl assumed command of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, where his leadership earned him special recogni-tion from Americas Pacific allies. In 1986, he became the Chief of Naval Operations, where he worked to prepare Americas naval forces to prosecute the Gulf War.
In retirement, Admiral Trost continues his tireless support of his alma mater, as a member of the Naval Academys Leaders to Serve the Nation Campaign executive committee. He is also a leader in the Class of 53 effort to raise funds for the renovation of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. This former Olmstead Scholar now pre-sides as chairman of the Olmstead Foundation.
Carl and Pauline have made friends all over the world. In a career filled with the highest honors, Carl ranks his wonderful family as his most meaningful accomplishment. He always enjoys the time he and Pauline can spend with their four children and six grandchildren.
Admiral Carl Trost is a friend to his classmates and a trusted leader for the nation.
Class of 19 53
John W. RipleyColonel John W. Ripley, USMC (Ret.)
Distinguished Graduate Award2002
Class of 1962Class of 19 62
John W. Ripley was born in West Virginia. As a young man he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where his unique leadership qualities quickly became apparent.
A year later, he earned an appointment to the United Stat