The Washington Rowing family was saddened to hear of the passing of Hall-of-Famer Roger Baird, ’51, on July 14, 2017.
Roger was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the fall of 2000, along with many of his ‘48-‘50 teammates, as recognition for the dominant performances of the Washington Rowing team during that era. Both the 1948 and the 1950 teams swept the river, with Baird playing a critical role as stroke of the Frosh 8 in 1948 and stroke of the Varsity 8 in 1950. In fact, he is one of the few oarsmen in Washington history to win a gold medal in all three IRA major events, stroking to victory the Frosh 8 in ‘48, the JV 8 in ’49, and the V8 in ’50.
“He stroked every day of his career,” said classmate Tren Griffin, ‘51, “and he gave everything on every stroke, so much so that there were days where I thought I was going to have to carry him out of the shell. Besides being a wonderful person, I believe he was one of the greatest stroke oars in Washington history.”
A graduate of Roosevelt High School in Seattle, Roger was a Forestry major who flew in the Navy after graduation and ended up a pilot for United Airlines for 35 years, ultimately retiring in the Maple Valley area.
Roger defined the exceptional nature of the athletes and crews of his era, and the entire Washington Rowing family would like to extend our condolences to his family, friends and teammates during this time.
A memorial service will be held for Roger on Thursday, August 31, at 2 p.m. at Judson Park, 23900 Marine View Drive South, Des Moines, WA 98198.
The 1988 Women’s team is planning a 30-year reunion in 2018. Thinking about a reunion for the spring of 2018? If so, contact Eric Cohen at email@example.com and let us know your plans!
Come back to the band of brothers from a half century ago. Share memories, laugh, maybe shed a tear.
WHEN: Friday, March 24: Washington Rowing Banquet
Saturday, March 25: 7 a.m. – breakfast & easy paddle, Around 9:30 – Help Class of ‘17 launch, watch racing.
WHERE: Conibear Shellhouse WHO: All members of the 1967 class
COST: $10 for breakfast PARKING: Pay-to-Park: E8, E9, E12 or E18
MORE INFO: Dave Kroeger at firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington Rowing coxswain and team historian, Eric Cohen, ’82, will be honored this Saturday, Nov. 19, during the Arizona State football game. The Dave and Ruth Cohn Alumni Merit Award is one of the most distinguished awards Husky Athletics bestows upon former student-athletes. Come out to Husky Stadium and congratulate Eric on his many contributions to Washington Rowing.
Congratulations to our 2016 Olympians for getting recognized and representing Husky Nation strong at the UW vs. USC football game on Nov. 12.
Special thanks to Dave Herness, ’91, Zach Hershberger,’15, and Chef Charlie Malley, ‘01, for cooking and hosting a fun alumni tailgate for loyal Husky alumni and friends last Saturday before the USC football game. If you missed it, come out next year.
Several Washington Rowing alums raced recently at the Head of the River Fours in London. Here are the results:
• Henry Meek, ’15: 1st – Elite 4+ – Cambridge Goldie BC II
• Alexander Malowany: ‘15 – Elite 4+ – 4th – Cambridge Goldie BC III
• Jacob Dawson, ’16: 1st – Elite 4 – Leander VI
• Dusan Milovanovic, ’13: 3rd – Elite 4 – ISIS I
• Ruth Whyman, ’15: 3rd Elite 4 – Molesey BC IV
Cheer on the UW Alumni Eight racing at the Head of the Charles on Saturday, Oct. 22, starting at 12:17 p.m. EST.
Cox: Greg King, ‘05
Stroke: Alex Perkins, ’15 – US National Team
7: Robert Munn, ’12 – Rio Olympics; USA
6: Conlin McCabe, ’13 – London and Rio Olympics; Canada
5: Alex Bunkers, ‘13 – US National Team
4: Ante Kusurin, ’05 – Beijing Olympics; Croatia
3: Colin Philips, ‘06
2: Alan Meininghaus, ‘12
Bow: Tom Lehmann, ’12 – Beijing Olympics; Germany
WASHINGTON OPENS UP FALL SEASON WITH HEAD OF THE CHARLES
The Washington men’s rowing program will begin the 2016-2017 season this weekend in Cambridge, Mass., at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta. The Head of the Charles Regatta is the world’s largest two-day rowing competition. Washington will be featured in the men’s championship eight race held on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2:20 p.m. EST.
HOSPITALITY TENT AT HEAD OF THE CHARLES
Join us at the Husky Hospitality Tent as the races pass by. Meet the Husky men’s rowing team before they boat up and race, and reconnect with fellow alumni and friends. Light snacks and libations will be served. The tent will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23. The Husky Hospitality tent is back in its previous location on the Boston side of the river just upstream of the Eliot Bridge and will be marked by our white oar blades and a UW flag. It is not part of Reunion Village. Contact Charlie Clapp at CECX3@HOTMAIL.COM with questions.
Friends of Washington Rowing are invited to the 10th Annual Dave McLean Memorial Golf Classic on Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Tam’O Shanter Golf and Country Club in Bellevue. Proceeds go to the Dave McLean Endowment scholarship fund for Washington rowers. For more info and to register go to www.davemcleangolf.com or email Pete McLean at email@example.com.
Members and guests of the classes of 1961 and 1962 gathered at the Seattle Yacht Club in early April to celebrate their 55th and 54th reunions. Classmates came from as far as Mexico, California and Nevada to join their friends and relive their years at Conibear and in the Pocock shells. Although not as frisky as some earlier gatherings, it was a nostalgic and laugh-filled evening as the celebrants recalled successes on the water and pranks on both land and water. Read the full story here.
Few reading these words knew Steve Haunreiter. Steve rowed at two in the Class of ‘66 frosh boat that lost the IRA by 0.3 seconds back in 1963. Steve (“Larry” on the Board in the Shellhouse) picked up a Big W the following year but eventually the pressures of studying chemical engineering and paying for school forced him to give up rowing. Read the full story here.
The University of Washington announced that coxswain Mary Whipple, ’02, will be inducted into the 2016 Husky Hall of Fame class. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 22 at Alaska Airlines Arena. Event details are scheduled to be released in late summer. For more information on the Husky Hall of Fame, visit http://www.gohuskies.com/halloffame.
Check out this fun video of the “Dare Dever” segment from KING 5’s Evening Magazine featuring Mary.
One of the long-standing traditions at Conibear Shellhouse is christening new shells when they are delivered. On Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, the Warren Helgerson, a Pocock racing shell, was christened in a special ceremony on Conibear Dock. In attendance were Helgerson’s family, current rowers, coaches and alumni. The boat was donated by the Helgerson family and honors Warren’s life and legacy. Helgerson, ’52, was a two-time National Champion and a Bronze Star Recipient in the U.S. Navy. Helgerson’s two sons rowed for Washington and his grandson is a current rower on the men’s squad. See more photos here.
Washington Rowing alums had a great performance at the 2015 Head of the Charles, coming in third in the men’s alumni eight race. Huskies include: 8: Scott Gault, ’05; 7: Brett Newlin, ’05; 6: Mathis Jessen, ’12; 5: Alex Bunkers, ’13; 4: Ambrose Puttmann, ’12; 3: Colin Phillips, ’06; 2: Giuseppe Lanzone, ’05; 1: Christopher Culbert, ’10; and c: Greg King, ’05
Please join the Washington Women’s Rowing Alums private group on Facebook to stay connected and keep up on what’s happening in the world of women’s rowing.
Attention, class of 1966! It’s reunion time.
Come back to the band of brothers from a half century ago. Share memories, laugh and maybe shed a tear.
WHEN: Friday, March 25: VBC Banquet;
Saturday, March 26: 7 a.m. – breakfast & easy paddle; Around 9:30 – Help Class of ‘16 launch, watch racing.
WHERE: Conibear Shellhouse
WHO: All members of the 1966 class
COST: $10 for breakfast plus VBC Banquet ticket
PARKING: Pay-to-Park: E8, E9, E12 or E1
MORE INFO: Bill Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org
…most ex-oarsmen will tell you they learned more fundamentally important lessons in the racing shell than in the classroom.
– George Pocock