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Alumni News (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 1950-1994, August 01, 1972, Image 1

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Stainback Has Distinguished Record Thomas Stainback Delivers Commence­ ment Address Thomas Stainback, ’48, delivered a dynamic graduation address to an overflow audience at the 25th Commencement Exercises held in Buxton Gymnasium on June 4. In addressing the graduates, the Ex­ ecutive Vice-President of the New York Chamber of Commerce spoke about what he called the fourth “ R” : Responsibility. Mr. Stainback, who was a mem­ ber of Paul Smith’s first graduate ing class, began by recalling his own graduation day in 1948. He compared his own class to the present one, pointing out many similarities. Many students then as now were worried about war, their own prospects for the fut­ ure, and even the future of PSC. Yet through hard work and accept­ ance of responsibility, his generat­ ion built a society which enjoys the highest standard of living in the world, provides more leisure time, and through medical ad­ vancements offer to today’s gen­ eration a longer and healthier life. Yet, he continued, there is still work to be done. This work can be done most ef­ fectively if the individual accepts his four primary responsibilities in life — responsibility to educa­ tion, to the free enterprise system, and to the nation. Having master­ ed the first three “ R’s” , this is. become educated, he can be most valuable to society and to himself by learning the fourth “ R” and assuming the responsibilities of an adult and a citizen. Speaking as a member of a gen­ eration which has accomplished much, he exhorted the graduates not to fall into the inertia of neg­ ativism, but to continue the pro­ gress past generations have made. “ We look to the present genera­ tion,” he concluded, “to improve the prospects for peace and to stop pollution.’* “ The Fourth ‘R’ Is Responsib­ ility” is the title of the commence­ ment address delivered by Thomas N. Stainback, PSC ’48, Executive Vice President, New York Cham­ ber of Commerce. It is difficult to imagine that one person could have become qualified in so many ways to be the speaker at the twenty-fifth graduation at Paul Smith’s College. There seems to have been a touch of destiny in Mr. Stainback’s as- sociaton with Paul Smith’s. His grandfather’s family arrived in the Adirondacks (Lake Placid) from England in 1849. This was about ten years before Paul Smith came over from Vermont and set­ tled on this site. Tom’s grandfather became an Adirondack guide with Paul Smith’s Hotel being one of his many assignments. He knew both Paul and Phelps Smith well. Mr. Stainback was born and raised in Saranac Lake, and grad­ uated from the public high school there. He was inducted into the Army on the Paul Smith’s campus on July 11, 1942 and was the first soldier assigned to the Signal Corp training school here. In 1946 he returned to be admitted to the first Paul Smith’s College class. That year he started the PSC (Continued on page 3, col. 4) Paul Smith’s Graduates Largest Class A record graduating class of 352 students representing fifteen states and seven foreign! countries received diplomas at Paul Smith’s College on Sunday, June 4, 1972 The 25th graduating class includ­ ed 221 graduates in Forestry, 98 in Hotel Management and Bus­ iness Administration and 33 in Liberal Arts. Some members of the class were not present because they had completed their degree requirements in February. Graduating with honor in For­ estry were: Gerald Barnhart, Ros- coe, N.Y.; Thomas Chambers, Geneva, N.Y.; Ralph Charles III, Potter Place, N H.; Dale Daggers, North Tonawanda, N.Y.; James Flannigan of Bomiseen, Vt.; Nor­ man Jensen, Geneva, N.Y.; John Kennedy, Herkimer, N.Y.; Carl Palm, Jr., Homer, N.Y.; Dean Ross, Voorheesville, N.Y.; David Seim, Jr., Slingerlands, N.Y.; David Semsick, Blairsville, Penna.; and Joseph Williams, Jr., Bear Mountain, Students in Hotel Management and Business Administration who graduated with honor were: Don­ ald Bernhard, Jr., Boyertown, Penna.; Wayne Cummings, Sharm, Conn.; Anna Fung, Hong Kong, China; Robert Kilby, West Leba­ non, N. H.; Charles Litton, Phil- lipsburg, N. J.; Anthony Maniaci, Grand Rapids, Michigan; William Milota, Seafood, N.Y.; James Moyer, Doylestown, Penna.; Dom­ inic Pace, Cortland, N.Y.; Paul Rehbein, Freeville, N.Y.; Scott Ringer, Beverly, Mass.; Thomas Webster, Ithaca, N.Y.; and Larry Wizeman, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Cheryl Hinman, Whippleville, N.Y. and Numchai Praphonpoj, Dhonburi, Thailand, were graduat­ ed with honor in liberal arts. (Continued on page 3, col. 1)

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