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A brief summary of agreements between CLO, UF, and CLOAF

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Officers

T. Bert Fletcher, General Manager
L. E. Tew, Jr., House Manager
Kenneth A. Clark, Secretary
J. Bruce Smith, Chairman, Executive Board
Mortimer McCown, House Manager
R. Hudson Burr, Jr., Purchasing Agent

Members

William Anderson Frank Carter Talbert Fowler Rodney Haney Henry Motes Fred Strange Frank Zander
William AtwaterWilliam CowenGeorge FreemanFrank HartsfieldJohn Rawls James Tew Frank Zimmer
Robert BaileyJack ClarkWoodrow GlennClaude HawkinsSam RegisterL. E. TewDon Williams
Harry BassettKenneth ClarkMyron GranthamBernard HowellWoodrow RichardsonPaul UsherWoodrow Black
John BerryFloyd EubanksBilly GriffithGerald HowellMahue RowanJohn WadsworthBill Williams
Harold BrewerEarl FairclothWinton GreenDon KimbalEdward SkipperGeorge WalkerArthur Titus
Beverly BrownBert Fletcher, Jr.Percival GrissettAdin MaltbyEtho SkipperLamar WattsLawton Owens
Harold BurneyHal FletcherRobert GunsonBishop McCauleyWallace SmileyCharles WinceyBilly Reese
Hudson Burr, Jr.Howard FletcherRuben GroomMortimer McCownBruce SmithLouis WinchesterTed Calmes
 Maxwell FletcherBill HaasBen MossRalph SpurlockAlbert Witt 
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As of April 17, 2008 we can't identify anyone on this page.
If you can identify even one person, please let Roger Johnson or Jim Swanson know, so that we can associate the name with the appropriate person.

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Back row, L-R: Felder L. Westberry, J. Caraballo, Sabino Martinez, Ward Baggott, Cliff Baily, Bill Gallagher, Joe R. Suarez, Edsel Rowan, S. Hensler, D. W. Ramsey, Bill Lee, Otto D. Link, Alton Voyles, Thomas A. Whipple.

Middle row, L-R: Dan E. Ryals, Dave Hamrick, Haynes Williams, Marvin T. Gaffney, Silas A. Stone, Bob A. Stratton, T. P. Evans, Lantis H. Strickland, Harry W. S. Smith, H. Pierce, Bill Boney, Ralph Cook, Tom L. Casey, Gus Fisher, Hilton I. Cotten, Dave Cook.

Front row, L-R: Thomas B. Jones (President), Etho W. Skipper, Ed Campbell, Raymond R. Maxwell, Conrad Dutton, Bernard H. Clark (Vice President), T. R. Nelson (Purchasing Agent), J. Diaz, C. A. Pittman, Bill Bussell, Howard Bernard, William R. Leath, Sam B. Love, Charles Holder, Ed Gunson.

Members not in picture: Carey Robbins, Frank Reeves, Jack Elledge, N. Finney, C. Lamar Jones, M. DeMeza, Joe Wetherington, Carl B. Prisoc, Laurens Reeves, Bill Sharpe, Arnold W. (Pete) Allison, James Tew, Roy Heyerdahl, Harry T. Pryor, Dave C. Clements, Framcis W. Horne, Troy Penton, Al S. Brown, Charlie J. Ivy, Carroll L. Wright, Tommy J. Thompson, Fred Ogilvie, Edward J. Cowen, S. H. Woodard, J. Thad Moss, Robert N. Kelso, Harry M. Adkinson, James G. Rimes, Jack Mills, E. Rodriguez, R. B. Ward, Jr., Lee Bourquardez, Don Nelson, John Eubanks.

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Back row, L-R: Bert Aguilar, Scott Jordan, Etho Skipper, Howard Bernard, Harry T. Pryor.

4th row, L-R: D. S. Kiscaden, Marvin Gaffney, Bill Haas, Roland Dilley, Bill Wilson, Bill Stanley, Cliff Bailey, Robert Stratton, Robert Kelso, Howard Carson, Carrol Wright, Harry Smith, Dan Ryals.

3rd row, L-R: H. P. Bromwell, Glen Bevis, Felder Westberry, Don Nelson, Bill Gallagher, Roy Heyerdahl, Conrad Dutton, Hershal Roberts, Frank Reeves, Elphia (Bear) Harden, Frank Lanius, W. T. Massey, Bill Boney, Lamar Jones, Pat Butler, Gus Fisher, Dave Hamrick.

2nd row, L-R: Doyle Jones, Tom Evans, Hilton Cotten, Lee Bourquardez, Ed Frierson, Kenneth Andersen, Bill Hendry, Edgar Gunson, Fred Ogilvie, Fletcher Fleming, J. C. Smith, Bill Bussell, William Sharpe, Dave Cook.

Front row (seated on floor), L-R: John E. (Bud) Whidden, Sabino Martinez, Hugh Martin, Albert Brown, Laurens Reeves, Norman Bryant, E. J. Cowen, Edsel Rowan, Cary Robbins.

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We don't have everyone in this photo identified yet. Put your mouse cursor on a face to see who we think it is. If the person is "Unknown #X", and you know who it is, please send us an email with a name and a number so we can fix it. Of course, if you don't agree with our identification, let us know that, too.

Bill Hendry Al Raulerson Unknown Henry Pierce Tommy Evans Bill Haas Bill Wilson Charles Ivey Bear Harden Louis Strumskis Unknown Gus Fisher John Eubanks? Dick Bromwell David Cook Pete Allison David Clements Unknown Pete Massey Unknown Paul Cade Robert Kelso Marvin Gaffney Unknown Unknown Unknown Bud Whidden Denny Lou Tom Casey Fred Jones Cliff Bailey Bill Gallagher Fletcher Fleming Unknown Unknown Frank Reeves Unknown Unknown Frank Lanius Hugh Martin Al Brown Charlie Hilton Howard Carson Laurens Reeves Unknown Edsel Rowan E. P. Frierson Unknown Unknown Unknown
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Back row, L-R: Gary Powell, David Murray, Karl Gluck, Bob Rainey, Charles Lindemann.

4th row, L-R: Jack Wilkinson, Ray Jones, Roger Close, Bill Moon, Bill Booth, A. Guidi, Bob Moody, Bob McKnight, Bob Walters, Seaborn Bell, Charles Poole, Warren Wilkinson.

3rd row, L-R: Wilton Smith, Robert Alexander, H. A. Barnett, Kenneth Norman, John Lanier, George Carter, George Bollinger, William Haynie, Ken Turner, Lavon Kilpatrick, Henry Haas, Ronald (Dubie) Dumas

2nd row, L-R: Clayton Glaze, Thomas High, Davis Bateman, Tim Elder, William Jamerson, Robert Goodwin, Ronnie Davis, John (Bud) Whidden, Jerry Poole, E. Hearn, William Corry, Zane Hill.

Front row, L-R: Wilson Rowe, Hugo Posada, George Braddock, Richard Varnadoe, John Cowan (Sec.-Treas.), J. D. Grinstead (Purchasing Agent), Jim Swanson (President), Joe Walton (Vice President), Jack Turner, John Davis, Warren Sweat, Tommy Griffin.

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Back row, L-R: Bob Goodwin, S. Smith, Sagid Salah, Bobby Collins.

5th row, L-R: John Cowan, Joe Bechtol, Bob Walters, Jack Whitted, Tommy Griffin, Lamar Woodard, John Davis, Jack Turner, Gary Powell, David Murray, Bob Moody.

4th row, L-R: Ron Tressler, Ron Houts, Bill Swager, Bob Chesinas, H. A. Barnett, Lonnie Davis, Richard Varnadoe, Charles Hamaker, M. Turner, Tom Collins, Jim Swanson, Dave Scott.

3rd row, L-R (standing): Joseph Fornes, Jerry Poole, Charles Wagner, William Jamerson, Ed McGonigal, Ken Norman, Michael Dearing, Wayne Smith, Lester Putnal, Ronald (Dubie) Dumas, James (Gator) Beck

2nd row, L-R (seated): Charles Poole, Jim Lee, Tim Elder, George Carter, Roger Close, Warren Sweat, Harold Rawls, Frank Gutteridge.

Front row, L-R: Ted Gibbs, Joe Walton, Bob Rainey

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Back row, L-R: Ed McGonigal, John McCage, Charles Lake, David Cowdrey, Bill Swager, Dick Workinger, Dave Scott, Al Hoffman, Bob Chesinas, Ron Tressler.

3rd row, L-R: Davis Bateman, Bob Goodwin, Agis (Frank) Kydonieus, Charles Wagner, Ron Houts, Jack Whitted, Bert Smith, Lonnie Davis, Joseph Fornes.

2nd row, L-R: Henry Simmons, Warren Wilkinson, Larry Garrett, Albert Hazen, Tom Sadler, Robert Newbold, Wesley Staples, William C. Moore, W. Wilton Smith, Sagid Salah.

Front row, L-R: Richard Discher, Harold Rawls, Lamar Woodard, Kenneth Norman (Secretary-Treasurer), H. A. Barnett (Vice President), Jack Turner, Richard Varnadoe, Wilson Rowe, Pat Fletcher.

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Back row, L-R: Larry Garrett, Dave Stanley, Mike Latford, McCall, Agis (Frank) Kydonieus, Chris Kydonieus, W. Hines, Ron Houts, Malcolm Johnson, Charlie Harrell, Jim Crews.

3rd row, L-R: William Allen, Charles Lake, T. Swager, Leon Fertic, Davis Bateman, Thomas Moore, Henry Simmons, Louis Townsley, Sagid Salah, Charles Wagner, J. Higgins, Horace Kirkland, Lonnie Davis.

2nd row, L-R: Joe Cowen, Bob Goodwin, Williams, Richard Discher, Howard Mack, Patton Wasson, James Donaghy, Robert Blackmon, Ray McCullough, Charles Cooper.

Front row, L-R: Richardson, Bob Chesinas, Ed McGonigal, Albert Hoffman, Tom Sadler, Joe Bechtol, George Mayer, Ray Hunt, Don Richie.

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Back row, L-R: Byrd, Ron Buey, Tony Bethencourt, Tony McArthur, Chris Kydonieus, David Whitehead, Steve Dodge, Sagid Salah, George Mayer, Taylor.

3rd row, L-R (standing): George Cardet, Phil Bell, Harry Wild, Fischer, Wooley, Mike Swisdak, Randy Hughes, Andy Latford, Tom Delaino, Carl Broer, Don Addison, Horace Kirkland, Herbert Stevens, Lamar Woodard.

2nd row, L-R (seated): Alton Robertson, Malcolm Johnson, Maybee, Charles Cooper, Thomas Stahl, Miller, Tom Willis, Chapman, Bill Delaino, Doug White, Bob Peele.

Front row, L-R: Howard Mack, Harry Baxley, Tom Hasslinger, Michael Smith, Irvin Holm, Sapp, Banks Vest, Floyd Baker, O'Steen, Joe Cowen, Don Richie, Charles Harrell.

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Back row, L-R: Dana Dearing, Jerry Southwell, Jim Acker, Ben Franklin, Percy Brown, Byron Cason, Mike Kouremetis, Bobby Joens, Robert Johnson, Bill Jones, Howard McVeigh, Ron Jones, [Unknown], Alan Stine, Larry __?__ , Ken Anderson, Pete Brandenburg, Mike Means, Jim Brandenburg, Jerry Presher, Nick Katzaras.

Second row, L-R: Bob Donahoe, Eric Makela, Kim Cornelius, Richard Holzapfel, John Leonard Carter, Eric Ruff, Jose Tovar (?), The Wiz (from Arcadia), Richard Campbell, Victor Iturbi, Jimmie Jackson, Ernestine __?___(cook).

Front row, L-R: John Shepherd, Walter Tarr, Rick Yielding, [Unknown], Chuck Goodrich, Paul Rothman, Robert Louis Stevenson, Garry Dawson, Jeff Gavere.

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As you can see, this picture has many unknown people and many who may be misidentified. Please help by letting us know who the unknowns and question marks really are! Thanks.

Back row, L-R: Robin Cooper , [with hat, unknown], Robert Taber, [unknown], Whit Whitmere, [unknown], John Crews, Bill Jones, Timothy Baer, Don Freeman, David Burney, Ron Freeman, [unknown], Dick Holzapfel, Vince Assini, Jimmy Jackson, Norman Bash, Byron Cason, Bob Donahue, Bob Johnson, [unknown], Eric Ruff, Jerry Presher.

Second row, L-R: Louis __?__ (cook with hat), [unknown], Karen Pletcher McKenzie (?), Karen Tibesar, Eric Makela, [unknown], [unknown], Lucious Vaughn, Dan Johnson, Grover T. Howard, [unknown], Gus Kouremetis, Walter Tarr, Ernestine _?_ (Asst. Cook).

Front row, L-R: Dana Dearing , Jeff Gavere (?), [unknown], [unknown], John Payne, [unknown], Lynn Willis, Jerry Southwell, Pat Jarvis, James Lee (?).

Responsive image Ricky Batoon Bill Connolly Julie Jackson Connolly Peno Pan Scott McCartney Bryan Frick Melissa Thompson (?) Dickie Parker Dan Kent Barry Hatzenbuehler John Scott Dan Stanfill Unknown Unknown Steve (Rex) Grove Gary Foster Galen Connell Dan Zehr Kelly Morgan Pat Hewett Patti Grinstead Schnell Bruce Albritton Dan Lambright Bill Lewis Brett Pruitt Bob Barton Steve Hilla Rhonda Horn Dobson Kathy McHale Bob Discher Joe Carroll Bill Baron Shari McCartney Ester Andux Steve Kimball Margie Brown Sharon Joyce Terry Ransom Rosemary Rousch MacRay Unknown? Karen Mitchell Lambright Andy Thompson Mike Harrison Doug Campbell Todd Hawkins Brad Kramer (?) Vernon Marcado Mark Weichselbaum Tom Hair Craig Nelson Larry Jacobs

As you can see below, this picture has some unknown people and many who may be misidentified. If JavaScript is enabled on your machine, place your mouse pointer on a face and read the name we have associated with it. Please help by letting us know who is mis-named, and who the unknowns and question marks really are! Thanks.

Back row, L-R: Hyderick (Ricky) Batoon, Bill Connolly, Julie Jackson Connolly, Peno Pan, Scott McCartney, Bryan Frick (to right of window)

Third row, L-R: Melissa Gaye Thompson (?), Dickie Parker, Dan Kent, Barry Hatzenbuehler, John Scott, Dan Stanfill, Unknown, Unknown, Steve (Rex) Grove, Gary Foster, Galen Connell. Don Zehr, Kelly Morgan, Pat Hewett, Patti Grinstead, Bruce Albritton, Bob Barton, Dan Lambright, Bill Lewis, Brett Pruitt

Second row, L-R: Steve Hilla (white coat), Rhonda Horn Dobson (in striped dress) (or is it Julie Presnell?), Kathy McHale, Robert Discher, Joe Carroll, Bill Baron, Shari McCartney, Ester Andux, Steve Kimball, Margie Brown, Sharon Joyce, Terry Ransom, Rosemary Rausch MacRay, Unknown (with tie & mustache, Karen Mitchell Lambright, Andy Thompson, Mike Harrison

Front row, (kneeling) L-R: Doug Campbell, Todd Hawkins, Brad Kramer (?), Vernon Marcado, Mark Wiechselbaum, Tom Hair, Craig Nelson, Larry Jacobs

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Quite a few of these people remain to be identified. Put your mouse pointer on a person's face to see who we think it it. If you know any of the "question marks", please send email to Jim Swanson, giving the person's name and the "unknown number" so he can fix the page. There is some confusion as to which is the back row! Your assistance is much appreciated.

Back row, L-R: Unkown #4, Patti Grinstead Schnell, Bill Lewis, Sam Murfee, Unknown #16, Unknown #19, Chris Oswalt, Unknown #24, Bruce Albritton, Mark Wechselbaum (?), Ricky Batoon, Mike Harrison, Unknown #46, Unknown #48.

Second row, L-R: Unknown #1, Scott ?, Debi Perez, Anita Raghavan, Julia Jackson Connoly, Rhonda Horn Dobson, Hillary Driscoll Olds, Unkown #23, Steve (Rex) Grove, Bob Barton, Kelly Morgan, Unknown #36, Pat Hewitt, James Foster, Unknown #43, Todd Hawkins, Gary Foster, Mike Quinones, Larry Jacobs, Doug Campbell, Dan Stanfill, Brett Pruitt.

Front row, L-R: Cindy Wise, Eileen Ovington, Bob Disher, Caroline Hickman, Greg Gaines, Tamara (Tammy) Spangler Standley, Vernon Marcado, Peno Pan, Susan Couch (?), Margie Brown, Susan Oswalt, Brenda ?, Dan Hogan, Unknown #44, Andy Thompson, Unknown #52, Ruth Ramos Lopez, Carol Ziska Tomkovich.

The Monument

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When Dr. Fulk donated his property to CLO, he specified that a suitable memorial to his deceased wife be placed on the grounds. This monument stood between the two houses fronting on 15th Street (The Brick House and the Brown House), and is now located in front of the West wall of the dining room.

A Closeup of the Dedication Plaque

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(Informal initiation preparation

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Championship Intramural Team, 194(?)

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The Players, L-R: "Bear" Harden, Pete Massey, unidentified QB, Pete Allison, Bill Wilson, Tommy Evans (foreground), unidentified (background). This team won the league title this year! (If you know the year or names of unidentified players, please let us know.)

Elphia "Bear" Harden

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Frank Reeves

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Tommy Evans and Frank Reeves

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Laurens Reeves and friend; Bill and Etta Merle (Sullivan) Hendry

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1952(?) Informal Initiation

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Gathering around the Keg at the Millhopper

Left-Right: Gene Mitchell, Irv Holm, Tiller Phillips, Vickers Ward

The Mother Ship in 1958

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Work Detail on the Chow Hall, 1957-1958(?)

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1954-55 Officers

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Jim Swanson (President) and Dave Daniel (Purchasing Agent)

Walter Tarr on the way to the Gator Pond

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1965 Football Game

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1979 Slave Auction Fun

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Bev and Andy

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Bev and Marilyn

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Dan Stanfill

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Untitled

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Induction into CLO

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Ric, Bev, Marilyn & at Gators' Game

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1980-81(?) Officers

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In this section, we have tried to capture some of the feelings of our alumni about what CLO has been in the past, and what it meant to them to be members of the organization. We will post interviews with alumni here, as well as reminiscences written by alumni themselves. It is our intention to develop an oral history of CLO, so that recent alumni as well as current CLO members can gain an understanding of where CLO has come from -- and thereby help chart a course for the organization well into the 21st century.

(Note: Mr. Huughes provided this account on January 5th, 2018, with editing done by Frank A. Shepherd and Roger Johnson)

In May 1958 at the last minute, I switched my plans for college attendance from Auburn to the University of Florida. I had planned to study electrical engineering and enter Auburn’s co-op program. But I got a job as a student engineer at Tampa Electric Company that required I attend U of F. Most of the students that went to college from my home town went to U of F and lived at CLO. Charlie Lake was one of them and encouraged me to apply to CLO. I applied to CLO and drove to Gainesville for an interview and was accepted. At the time CLO was always full and I was lucky to get a spot that late in the application season.

In 1958 everything at CLO worked on a seniority basis. So, as one of the last to be accepted, I got one of the worst rooms. I was assigned to the attic of the Brown House. At the time CLO was composed of four former residences and a garage that had been given in trust by its initial donor. The four residences were the Brick House, the Mess Hall, the White House and the Brown House. The White House and Brown House were just used for members rooms except on Homecoming weekend when the Brown House was emptied of members and used to house dates that had come into town for the big weekend. The Mess Hall contained, on the ground floor, a kitchen and an area where the members gathered for meals and members were housed on the second floor. The Garage contained two rooms for two members each and the office for CLO. The Brick House was the largest of the buildings and contained mostly member rooms, but it also had a large common area that we called the living room where a member could meet with guests and where members would sometimes gather for bull sessions. There was no television in the living room or anywhere in CLO during my tenure there. Members simply didn’t want to take time from studies to watch TV. The Brick House had three stories, the top most of which was the attic. The attic was one large open space where there was room for six members. Each member in the attic had an army surplus cot, a desk that U of F had discarded and a desk chair. My desk chair had a cane bottom, the seat of which was in bad shape. When my family drove me to Gainesville for the beginning of school, I wouldn’t let them come up to my sleeping area for fear that they would be so turned off that they would insist I not live at CLO.

Living in the attic of the Brick House my freshman year was one of the great experiences of my life. My five roommates were diverse, inspiring and supportive. They were Ian (Mike) Latford, Frank Townsend (maybe Townsely — my memory fails), Mike Smith, Sageid Salah (forgive me if I misspell Dr. Salah), and Ed Partin. All of them except Ed Partin were older than I was and had some experience in life after high school before coming to U of F. Mike Latford was a British emigrant who had served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War and had decided to take advantage of the G.I. Bill as it was about to end. Mike was a patient and wise adviser who was a real help for a stressed freshman. Mike was an engineering major as were many of the CLO members at that time. Frank Townsend was also a veteran who had served in Germany and was majoring in German. We called him Francois because he wore a beret most of the time. He woke me one night screaming in German. I woke him up and told him he was having a nightmare in German. He was ecstatic. It was the first time he had become sufficiently fluent to dream in German. Mike Smith was of Jewish heritage, but spent his summers selling Bibles and Christian literature for a Nashville book publisher door to door in the rural south. Sageid Salah was raised in Seoul, Korea, but was of Turkish descent. He was probably the most brilliant student I met at U of F. He obtained a Ph.D in Nuclear Engineering in a very short period of time. Ed Partin was approximately my age and came to U of F right out of high school. He was from Kissimmee, Florida. The Kissimmee Cowboys were one my high school's rivals in athletics. They were really cowboys. Disney World did not exist at the time, and Kissimmee was the center of the cattle-raising industry in Florida. Florida was the second biggest cattle producing state in the country. Ed dressed like a cowboy of the era including slit pocket pants and shirts and boots. Ed occasionally borrowed money from me.

Let me give a bit of an extended story about Ed Partin. When I went home for the Thanksgiving break (I had not gone home any weekend before then because I studied all waking hours) my next door neighbor drove up to Gainesville to give me a ride home. One CLO member from Auburndale had a car at U of F, but he and the other Auburndale students had departed in it early in the day the last day of class before Thanksgiving. I had a three-hour lab that ran late in the day the day before the holiday and didn’t want to cut it. On the ride home from Gainesville my neighbor was asking me about my experience at U of F so far. I told him about my roommates and he responded by asking if Ed was one of “The Partins.” He said he would show me something about them when we got home and he did. He showed me a Life Magazine (a major magazine of the time - it could have been a Look magazine but I think it was Life ) article about the Partin family of Kissimmee. There was a picture of all the Partin men and Ed was in it. The story was that Ed’s grandfather had come to Kissimmee with one cow and one dollar and bought one acre of land. At the time of the story the Partin ranch covered 500,000 acres and was the largest ranch east of the Mississippi River. I was dumbfounded. When I went back to school I approached Ed and asked if he was indeed a member of that family. He confirmed that he was. I asked why he was living in CLO, an organization catering to students that didn’t have many resources. He said that he didn’t have access to the family resources until he was twenty-one and would be added to the family bank account. I was amazed at the size of the ranch and asked if Interstate 4 crossed it. He said yes; it ran about ten miles across the ranch.

One last story about residents my freshman year. One of the rooms in the Garage was occupied by Larry Garret and Tom Philpot. They were both medical students in the recently opened medical school. My fondest memory of them was that they used their chemistry skills to make wine. It was a treat to be invited into their room for a glass of wine.

In 1958 the monthly assessment for members of CLO (we didn’t call it rent then - there was no lease agreement or written agreement of any type) was $40 . It rose to $49 my fourth year. For that assessment a member got his (all male at the time) room and all meals except Sunday lunch. Breakfast was not a cooked meal. It was arranged by the member who had the job as purchasing agent. He would set out cereals, sweet rolls and sometimes fruit. A milk dispenser was always available in the Mess Hall. Lunch and dinner (we called it supper) was prepared by a hired cook and his family. The cook had Sunday off and that is the reason lunch was not served on Sunday. The evening meal on Sunday was again arranged by the purchasing agent and consisted of sandwich makings and accompaniments.

The purchasing agent was just one of the student officers who administered CLO at the time. He purchased all of the food for the kitchen, the cleaning products for maintaining the houses and supplies of all sorts. The other officers were the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Bookkeeper. The President, as the title would indicate, was the lead officer and played big roles in budgeting, recruiting, discipline, etc. The Vice President was usually a building construction major and was responsible for major maintenance. CLO had a work weekend each semester that the Vice President organized when major maintenance projects were performed by the members. When a maintenance project was beyond the ability of the Vice President to get accomplished with member labor, the Vice President was responsible for arranging with contractors to do the work. The Vice President was also responsible for insuring that the duty roosters got posted each week that listed who was on duty to clean the restrooms, sweep the common areas, clean the dinning area, etc. The Secretary had a lead role in recruiting including interviewing applicants. He also kept the minutes of the Board and House meetings. The Treasurer was over-all responsible for finances and the Bookkeeper kept the books. Assessments each month were collected by the Bookkeeper in the office the first few days of the month after dinner. As a check, the Treasurer and Bookkeeper were to mutually check the amounts to be deposited in the bank and accompany each other to the bank. The year I was President, the check wasn’t made by the Treasurer every time and the Bookkeeper embezzled some money. The Bookkeeper walked into the Sheriff’s office one day and confessed. It seems his parents were elderly and in desperate financial shape, and he had stolen to help them out. It was very sad. The officer were all elected and reported to an elected Board.

One last thought about my era at CLO. The organization was completely student run. There was no house mother, or adult adviser, no paid manager or any real supervision by the University. The President and Vice President would visit the head of university student housing once a semester and give an oral report on the status of the organization, and that was it. The student officers were forgiven their monthly assessment for their services. Other than the cook, the only other paid personnel were the dishwashers. Members who worked washing dishes after dinner (the cook took care of dishes at lunch) had half of their assessment forgiven. I was a dishwasher my sophomore year.

I hope this gives the reader some idea of the CLO experience in the 1950’s.

-Randy Hughes


Copyright © 2018 CLO Alumni Foundation, Inc. All rights reserved.

(Note: Mr. Goss was interviewed at his home in Panama City, Florida, by Frank A. Shepherd. The interview took place January 3, 2010. Neal Goss’ son, Neal Goss, III, also was present and provided additional information to the interview. Following the interview, Frank dictated the following document, which Mr. Goss has reviewed for accuracy. Mr. Goss has given his permission to have it posted here.)

Neal Goss, Jr., was born in Decatur, Georgia, on October 26, 1920. His parents were Lillian Brigman Goss and Neal Gordon Goss. He was delivered by his grandfather, Dr. John Goss. Dr. John Goss was a Confederate veteran, who had gone to medical school after the war ended. His father was a lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia, and a volunteer fireman.

As a child in Decatur, he did not remember having an allowance. For spare change, he collected bottles, coat hangers and scrap metal, which he sold to a junk yard. Once he bought a billy goat, harness and wagon, which he also sold for spare change after several months. Their house in Decatur had a big back yard. He remembers that in Decatur, bread was $0.05 a loaf. A big ice cream cone also was $0.05.

He remembers one night in downtown Decatur, when he was about ten-years old, stopping by a filling station while on a skate scooter, to admire a Cord automobile. As he was standing there, he saw a mail plane fly overhead. At that point, he knew he always would want to fly.

In the early 1930’s, his mother and father divorced. In 1933, he, his mother and his brother, Bryan, moved to Panama City. His sister, Dorothy, stayed behind in Decatur because she had a scholarship to Agnes Scott College in Decatur. When Neal and his family arrived in Panama City, Neal entered Bay High School in the sophomore class. The high school still exists today and is the oldest high school in Panama City. His family lived in a house in Panama City, and his mother took in boarders when she could in order to make some extra money.

Neal worked his way through high school at the Wayside Nursery in Panama City. He worked in the afternoons, after school, on weekends, and during the summer. Neal completed his senior year in high school over two years with agreement of the school principal, Mr. Weaver. During those two years, he went to school in the morning and worked at Wayside Nursery in the afternoon and on weekends. Absent the agreement of the school principal, he would have had to drop out of school for financial reasons. He was on the boxing team sponsored by the Lions Club and coached by Paul Conrad. He graduated from Bay High School in 1938. He then got a job at the Panama City Paper Mill as an “extra” and worked there for about a year and a half.

During this time, he jumped freight trains as a hobo to visit his brother-in-law, Ralph, a dentist in Atlanta. He says the schedules posted for the freight trains were not very good, and that when he rode on top of the gravel in a freight train car (his usual way), he could feel every bump along the way. It was not very comfortable, but it got him to where he needed to be. Ralph encouraged him to go on to college during these visits.

Neal continued to box while working at the paper mill. He enjoyed the sport and wanted to pursue it. Neal learned that a Bay County High School student, who was a little older than him, was attending the University of Florida on a boxing “scholarship” which provided Young a dorm room in exchange for boxing for the University of Florida Boxing Team. Neal thought he also could box for a room and attend college. However, the scholarship was only available for the second, third and fourth years at the University. This led Neal to the CLO.

Neal believes he learned of the CLO from Bud Titus, another Panama City friend, who lived at the CLO. Neal decided that was where he wanted to live. Thus, in September 1941, he took the $100 he managed to save working at the paper mill, travelled to Gainesville in a friend’s car over what he described were narrow, but paved, roads and registered to attend the University. After paying the registration fees, buying his books and paying his first month’s rent from the $100, he sent the rest of the money home to his mother. He got a job at the Kinney Shoe Store on Saturdays to pay his way.

CLO served two meals a day at the time. Peanut butter was part of the daily fare at all meals. His CLO detail was to wait tables at dinnertime about one week a month. His recollection is that the CLO consisted of three houses at the time, and his room was in the Brick House. He also boxed for the CLO boxing team. Because the University of Florida is a land grant college, all students – there were only male students at the time except for a few nuns who Neal recalled attended the University for some reason – were required to enroll in Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). Because he could not afford the boots for the artillery branch, he chose the infantry branch.

He remembers the CLO as being a group of fifty or sixty very serious students. They encouraged him to study and to go to the library (the “old library,” not the present Smathers Library). At the University of Florida, he took all of the “C courses,” which were the comprehensive courses all students, except for science-related students, took up through the mid to late ‘60s. These included C5, a humanities course; C3, an English course, and C4, a mathematics and logic course, numbered then as they were until they were no longer required. Although he says he was not a great student at Bay High School, he was very proud to make the Dean’s List as a freshman. He also made the intramural boxing team in his weight class and became the intramural boxing champ during his freshman year. In addition to the “old library,” the buildings he recalls being on the campus were the University auditorium, including what were either then or probably later called Anderson Hall, Peabody Hall, and the Law School Building. The main person he remembers at the CLO is Woodrow Wilson Glenn, who was known as “Coon-Bottom.” The legend of “Coon Bottom” Glenn’s days at the CLO has been passed down at least through the early 1970’s. Neal says he is very grateful to the CLO because not only did it encourage him academically, it also provided the only way by which he was able to begin his college education. When he moved from the CLO house to the dorm at the start of the sophomore year he needed to be free on the weekends to travel with the boxing team. Dean Little got him a part time job at the Seagle Building. There, he met his wife's mother, who worked at another office in the same building. She said she had a daughter, Helen, coming home one weekend from the Florida State College for Women (now Florida State University) and said he could meet her if he went to church. He did and they kept in touch and married when he went back to the University of Florida after the war. He completed his pre-dental requirements and they moved to Atlanta for him to go to dental school.

The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and that, of course, changed his life. He joined the Army Air Corps in February 1942 and they did not have a flying class open at that time. He was able to finish the first semester of the sophomore year. He lived in the dorms that semester and was on the boxing and track teams. He represented the CLO and won the intramural title in his weight class early in the semester. He was sent to bombardier school when he got on active duty where he flew with Lt Jimmy Stewart a couple of times. He has a page hanging on the wall taken from his flight book of the day to prove it. He then completed navigation school too. His story of war service appears on the internet and is told in the Fantasy of Flight Museum in Florida. In March of 1943, he was sent to North Africa and stationed in Rebat, North Africa, as a replacement bombardier or navigator on B-17's. He flew fifty missions in B-17's over Sicily, Italy, Austria, and Greece during the war. When he returned from overseas he went to pilot school and earned a license as a twin engine pilot flying B-25's and B-26's.

In June 1945, he was discharged from the Army Air Corps and returned to the University. Because he now was a sophomore, his boxing talent allowed him to get a dorm room in exchange for boxing. He also joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. However, he still proudly represented the CLO in his boxing matches. He proudly displays the letters he received for his boxing in his living room. By this point, he also decided he wanted to be a dentist, like his brother-in-law, Ralph, in Atlanta. Thus, he finished his second and third year at the University of Florida (all that was required for the learned professions at the time was either two years for law school or three years to get into dental school (and probably medical school), and then went to Emory Dental School.

He and Helen had three children while he was in dental school. They lived in a trailer. To support the family, he worked at the Big Star grocery store and had other part-time jobs while in dental school as well. After graduating from dental school, the family moved back to Panama City, where he established a dental practice which he operated for fifty-two years, retiring at the age of eighty-two. His fourth child, Neal Goss, III, was born in Panama City and presently works for the State of Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Neal Goss always has had a strong interest in flying, even after the war. Up until about ten years ago, he usually owned an airplane, such as a Champ 7AC or Cessna 120 or 150. He also has very much enjoyed hang gliding since 1974, and has many stories to tell about the subject. He still hang glides once a month at the Wallaby Ranch, about a 6 hours’ drive from Panama City. He drives himself there and back. His latest achievement is having been honored by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest active hang glider in the world. That certificate also hangs in his living room, along with the letters he received for boxing at the University of Florida..

In 2006, when the University was threatening to take over the CLO property for its own purposes, he went to the Fall alumni gathering at the age of eighty-five years, to show his support. He continues to live in the house where he raised his family in the Cove area of Panama City. He has lived there more than 55 years. His wife, Helen, passed away in 2005.

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In addition to the information contained in this interview, readers may also wish to see these newspaper accounts of Neal Goss' hang gliding activities:

[Note: Mr. Motes was inteviewed at his home in Jacksonville, Florida by Frank A. Shepherd. The interview took place on April 18, 2008. Mrs. Marguerite Motes was also present, and provided additional information to the interview. Following the interview, Frank dictated the following document, which Mr. and Mrs. Motes have reviewed for accuracy. They have given their OK for it to be posted here.]

Henry Motes grew up in Palatka, Florida. There were two girls and one boy in his family. He grew up during the depression years. His father owned a dairy farm. In the morning, before dawn, he and his father would milk twenty head of cattle, and then this father would go to the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, where he worked all day. They would then milk the cows at the end of the day.

After Henry graduated from high school, his father’s boss asked him what he was going to do. Because it was during the depression, he could not find a job. He also could not afford additional schooling. In fact, he did not know what the University of Florida was. In any event, his father’s boss offered to send him to Gainesville to get an education and gave him $100 and, for the first year, offered him a place to live with an aunt or uncle of the boss. Thus, in 1936, Henry started at the University of Florida, then an all-male school.

At the end of the first year, Henry heard about the CLO and joined. Henry lived at the CLO from the fall of 1937 until he obtained his degree in business from the University of Florida in 1940. During his last year there, he was the "General Manager" of the CLO. That was the equivalent to the President today.

Henry and Marguerite Motes on their balcony.

Henry recalled that one day in 1940, he came back from classes and was told that someone wanted to give the current CLO property to the sixty boys who then lived there. This, obviously, was Professor Joseph A. Fulk. Henry, who was President at the time, said, "Bring him on in; this is someone I want to talk to."

Professor Fulk’s wife had died, and there were no children. Henry said the reason Fulk gave the property to the boys was that it was obvious from his observation that these boys simply wanted to get an education, and they did not party. Henry said that there followed a very complicated set of discussions with Dean Beaty and others, which ultimately resulted in the trust document we have today. Thus, Henry Motes was pivotal, if not key, in the legal structuring of the present CLO.

Although his memory of the details was a bit fuzzy, Henry had some recollection of working up through all of the offices at CLO during his three-year residence there. His description of the way the operation ran in those years is very consistent with the way it ran during the years thereafter, as well as at the present. He said the jobs were assigned out as necessary, and everyone did what was necessary to maintain the houses. They had one or two cooks. They also had meals, I think three per day, very much as now, and they had details or the equivalent of details on weekends and so on. His recollection is that he paid something between $10 and $13 per month to live at CLO and the total cost per month to live and attend the University was somewhere in the range of $30-$40.

I showed him the photograph of the 1938-39 class that is on the Alumni Foundation website. The only persons in the photograph that Henry Motes could recall were Etho Skipper, Mortimer McCown (although his name is listed on the picture as McKeown), Edward Skipper and himself. He also recalled that every other week, dinner was peanut butter and jelly, and the peanut butter and jelly was always available on the table, just as it was in the mid-1960’s, when Frank Shepherd lived there.

Henry remembered that the Law School was located on the corner of University and 13th Street, and he seemed to have some recollection of Peabody Hall and the old library, but not much else with respect to the campus itself.

During those years, his wife, Marguerite, lived in Micanopy and took the school bus to P.K. Yonge Laboratory School each day for high school. At the time, P. K. Yonge Laboratory School was on the east side of 13th Street, just after you come through the tunnel into Gainesville, as she described it. However, she did not know Henry during any of those years and never knew or saw the CLO. However, college students also attended some of some of the classes at P.K. Yonge Laboratory School (presumably for credit) taught by a Professor Copeland.

Henry and Marguerite Motes in their home.

Among those students who attended high school classes were Etho Skipper and Mortimer McCown. After they graduated, Etho Skipper, Mortimer McCown and Henry Motes moved to Jacksonville and shared an apartment. Henry got his first job as a salesman for the Equitable Life Insurance Company, selling life insurance. Marguerite happened to be in Jacksonville in business school, and one day ran into Mortimer McCown on the street. Somehow McCown put Henry and Marguerite together and ultimately they got married. In fact, Henry sold her a life insurance policy for $7 per year on their first date. They still have the policy, which, of course, has been paid off.

In 1941, just a couple of weeks before Pearl Harbor, Henry was drafted into the United States Army, but he was turned down because of bad eyesight. Within days after Pearl Harbor, the Army called him back and asked him to come in. He was drafted, and because of his eyesight, was assigned to the Quartermaster Corps. Married during that time, he spent four years in the United States Army, obtained a commission, served two-and-one half years in the European theater, was discharged as a Captain, and served another sixteen years, all totaled as a reservist. On active duty, he was stationed in London, England until after D-Day, then sent to Paris, France, in the Office of the Chief of Quartermaster for a period, and from there he was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, as part of the occupation forces after the war was over until he was returned home.

After discharge from the military, he went to work in Jacksonville for E.H. Thompson Restaurant Equipment Company. After a period of years working for the company (during which time we believe the CLO purchased plates and glassware from the company), he and a partner bought out Mr. Thompson’s interest. In order to do this, Henry needed money and went back to his father and borrowed the money necessary to purchase the business and paid it back over five years at four percent interest. Ultimately, Henry sold the E. H. Thompson Restaurant Company to General Mills. A few years later, he bought it back and ran it himself for a while, with his son, until he finally retired from the business.

Henry and Marguerite have three children, and they have been married now for 63 years. All of their children are involved in one aspect or another of the restaurant business. His son is on the technical side, having developed programs for inventory control and use in sales. The two daughters are in advertising. Henry recalls working very closely with Dean Beaty, who was “the man” to work with at the University to make the CLO arrangement in its present form. He and his wife recall Earl Faircloth, who lived at the CLO at the same time as Henry did, although they came to recall him not so much from his CLO days but rather having met him at a homecoming game that they returned to after they left Gainesville and began to reside in Jacksonville. Earl Faircloth was for many years the Attorney General of the State of Florida.

For many years, the Motes lived in a home on the Ortega River in Jacksonville. They presently live in a condominium, also in Jacksonville. .

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[Note: Mr. Hamrick provided this personal resminiscence at the request of Frank A. Shepherd. Mr. Hamrick was President of CLO in 1947-1948.]

My name is David O. Hamrick, and I am a sixth generation native Floridian. I was born, raised, and educated in Okeechobee. I was born in 1924, which was a good year if you were interested in fighting two wars before you were 30 years of age.

Both of my parents had been schoolteachers in early life, my father to raise money to attend law school, and my mother until she was ready to start raising a family. My dad graduated from UF Law School in 1917, married and moved to Okeechobee before it even became a county. My mother was a graduate (1911) of Florida Normal School for Women (which became FSCW and later Florida State University) in Education.

In high school I hated study hall, so I took seven classes a day instead of the required four. As a result had credits enough to graduate at 15. This was in 1939 and at the height of the depression in Florida. My folks thought I was too young to start college and have the responsibility of working my way through at the same time. I continued high school and graduated in 1941 with 20.5 credits instead of the required 16. I took all of the math and science courses that they offered in high school.

As you will recall, the war came along in 1941 and I enlisted as soon as I turned 17. I applied for training in the Naval Air Corps and did fine on all of the requirements up until the time I went in for the visual examination for my physical. The doctor looked at the results, laughed, and said "Son if you got over 100 feet up in the air you would not be able to see the ground". It was the first time I had ever heard the term "astigmatism" or "myopia" but I had a whole lot of both. Even if I could not fly, I decided that I had rather sail than walk, so I enlisted as an apprentice seaman in the USNR at 17. I was still not old enough to register for the draft.

I went to basic training in 1942 and while there I took a competitive examination for an appointment from the fleet to the Navy V-12 program (a college training program for future naval officers). I evidently did quite well for I was accepted into the program, and given orders to report to the cadet training facility at Raleigh, N.C. The big disappointment to me was that, because of my IQ, test scores, and aptitude test results, they were sending me to medical school. I calculated that it was going to require two years of pre-med, three years of med school (with the war-time cram style) and one year of internship before I was ready for active duty. I did not think the war would last six years, and I would have missed it all! As a result, I declined the appointment and asked to be sent, instead, to the much shorter training as a member of the Hospital Corps. I was sent to that training and finished in the top 10% of the class, which automatically placed me in line for advanced specialty training and I went to x-ray school at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va.

I have never regretted, for even one minute, the decision to fight the war instead of spending all those years in the safety of a college classroom. I did receive further training for senior petty officers to become qualified for "medical duty in the absence of a Commissioned Medical Officer (MD)".

I went to sea in a light cruiser with the North Atlantic fleet, doing convoy duty between Greenland and Russia for the rest of the war, except for a short interval in 1944 in which we fired support for the landing of the English and Canadian troops in the invasion landing on D-day in June 1944 at Juno Beach in France.

At the end of the war in Europe my cruiser spent several weeks accepting the surrender of German submarines in the North Atlantic, and then joined with a gigantic fleet being assembled for the invasion of Japan. Our task force was about 200 miles off the entrance to the Panama Canal when the bomb was dropped on Japan in August 1945, which ended the war. We were turned around and did not proceed on to the Pacific.

At the end of the war all of the crew of my ship had more than adequate combat points for immediate discharge but the Navy had very conservative attitudes about releasing the entire crew of a ship all at one time. I was a volunteer enlisted reservist and not a draftee, so I was declared essential and was about six months delayed in being released to inactive duty. I finally got home in March 1946.

While at sea I had taken quite a few college courses through the Armed Forces Extension Service and I received college credit for quite a few hours on my admissions exams to the University. Consequently, I started to the University of Florida as a second-semester sophomore in the fall of 1946.

I truthfully cannot recall (it has now been more than 60 years) how I first heard of the CLO, or who may have been connected with me being admitted to membership. I was merely an ex-GI looking for a place to live and get along with his life.

When I arrived in Gainesville in the fall of 1946, there were about 80 men in the four houses that comprised CLO. I lived in the "Brown House" on the corner of Washington Street [NW 1 st Avenue and NW 15 th Street]. We were 4 to the room, with every room in the house occupied including the living room and front porch. Our room and board was $28 per month. That I remember well, for $28 was hard to come by in those days. Board consisted of toast, peanut butter, and coffee for breakfast. No lunch, but a rather good meal at night. Prior to the fall semester of 1946, the University had about 2,000 students. The fall 1946 registration was slightly over 12,000 -- quite a growth in the period of one semester. Most of the guys in CLO at the time I was there were a lot like me — ex-GIs with several years of combat experience and world wide travel and men who were still somewhat young in years but old men in life experience. We were not a partying bunch but serious guys who had had their life interrupted--often with great trauma.

In my second week at the University I took one of my roommates over to the Infirmary to get treatment for a head cold and sore throat and while I was there I casually asked the attendant at the desk if they had an x-ray department in the facility. He answered that “Yes, they had equipment in the basement, but, no, they did not have anyone who knew how to operate it. I asked to speak with the Medical Director and after about a10-minute interview, I was hired on the spot and given the equivalent rank of instructor on staff. I was also granted the ability to register early (in those days you stood in long lines for each class — no registering by computer) so that I got all my classes from 7:30 am to noon. I reported for work at 1 pm and worked until I had finished with all my patients in the afternoon, and was on emergency call all night and every weekend. The hours were long, but the pay was not bad. I was attending the University on the GI Bill, which paid my tuition and paid for most of my books and equipment and paid $90 a month for living expenses. To this I was now able to add $250 per month as the "chief" (and only) x-ray technician on staff. I was able to study at any time I did not have a patient to treat so I developed a rather good work ethic that has served me quite well for the rest of my life.

In addition to the GI Bill and the job at the infirmary, I learned that they had an active Naval Reserve Unit in Gainesville (not connected to the University). Just before being released to inactive duty (as a first class petty officer) I had refused a direct commission as Ensign, offered as an inducement to remain in the service. I decided that maybe the pay for reserve training one night a week and two weeks in the summer might be a good addition to my financial well being. I applied for, and was awarded, a direct commission as an Ensign in the Medical Service Corps, and was made the Officer in Charge of the Medical Department of the U.S. Naval Reserve Unit in Gainesville. I also received the additional benefit of being able to spend my two-week training period in the summer at the Naval Reserve Armory on full pay while at the same time tending my full time job at the infirmary.

I do not recall the exact dates (it has been more than 60 years) but I was elected President of the CLO (I think it was in the fall of 1947). In all of this I found time to get married in June of 1948, and I do recall that I was President at the time I married. I had to resign when I moved out of the CLO in June of 1948.

I remember quite a lot about my time as President. I recall that one of the first things I did was to buy a large deep freeze unit for the kitchen. On many weekends some of us fellows would go out to one of the farms and buy a steer, kill and butcher it ourselves, cut it up, and freeze it for our own consumption. Quite a few of our members were avid hunters, and we developed an unwritten rule that you always brought the killed game back for the deep freeze. Many of our members were agriculture students and we had very strict rules that those students who had anything to do with horticulture classes always brought home all the produce grown on the experimental plots. Very few of the non-CLO students had any use for the produce produced in the class work so we got it all. Most of our ex-GIs had long experience in scrounging; and, as a result, we never suffered from malnutrition. We did all the work on the buildings ourselves; there was a wealth of experience among our members and someone could be found that was able to do anything that might need doing.

One other thing that stands our in my memory is the time (just after I took office as president) when the Dean of Students, R. C. Beaty, sent me a letter as president of CLO directing me to report to his office with all of the books, ledgers, and financial accounts of the organization. At that time, CLO was a bona fide, standalone, not-for-profit corporation organized under the laws of Florida. It was governed by a board of directors elected by the membership of the organization. It had no connection whatsoever with the University of Florida except that the members of the organization had to be full-time students of the University and working their own way through school. I figured that a misunderstanding of this magnitude probably needed an eye ball to eye ball confrontation instead of a letter or phone call, so I went to see the Dean. I explained to him that I was the President, thus the chief officer of a civil corporation, which was a legal entity in the eyes of the laws of Florida and that the University had no authority, jurisdiction, or business in messing with our organization. The Dean took the opposite position, that we were students of the University, which meant that the University had full jurisdiction over anything that we did. We reached an impasse very quickly and it was quite obvious that we were not going to be in agreement about anything. The Dean told me in no uncertain terms that I would have all of the requested documents on his desk by the next Monday morning or I would face extreme disciplinary measures (i.e. expelled or kicked out of the university).

As luck would have it, at an earlier time in my life I had met a lawyer named J. Tom Watson, who was a friend of my father (who was also an attorney) and was currently serving as the Attorney General of the State of Florida. As such, he was a member of the State Cabinet. I got on the telephone immediately and dropped as many names to as many secretaries as necessary and was successful in getting Mr. Watson on the telephone personally. For a very busy man the Attorney General was very gracious in listening to who I was, what I was, and what my problem was. He asked a very few questions and seemed to grasp the essence of the situation immediately. He told me "Mr. Hamrick, I have appointments next Monday which I cannot change, but I will have one of my top assistants in the Dean’s office on Monday when you get there".

When I got to the Dean’s office on Monday morning, there was an Assistant Attorney General to meet me. He had been very well briefed, and it was apparent that not only the Assistant AG but Mr. Watson himself had done his homework. When we got into the Dean’s office, the only time I opened my mouth was to say "good morning Dean". The Assistant AG took over the meeting before the Dean could get his mouth open to tell him how important he (as Dean) was and how correct his position was.

The Assistant AG started out with "How dare you take the position you have taken with this man who is the chief officer of a sovereign corporation organized under the laws of Florida? On what authority do you seek to interfere with the operation of a legal corporation over which you have no ownership or responsibility? About all the Dean could do was sputter. Then, after giving the Dean quite a lecture on the subject that corporations in Florida were legal entities and entitled to the full measure of protection by government, he told me to leave while he continued to talk with the Dean. He told me that if I ever experienced any more harassment to just pick up the phone and call him. During my entire stay at CLO, or at the University after leaving CLO, I never heard another peep out of the Dean.

Several years after this episode Mr. J. Tom Watson ran for governor of the state but died while his name of was on the ballot but before the election. I took great pleasure in casting my vote for Mr. Watson for governor even though he had been dead for quite some time before the election.

As I indicated earlier, I resigned as president and left the CLO when I got married in June of 1948. I received my BS in Bacteriology in 1949 and my MS in 1950.

In late 1950 I was activated for active duty with the Navy after the start of the Korean War. On the fifth morning following my recall to active service, I was eating breakfast in Tokyo. I spent a total of three combat tours in Korea. I was the Bacteriologist and Chief Laboratory Officer of Fleet Epidemic Disease Control Unit #1. I spent three tours behind the lines with the guerilla forces treating old world typhus fever. I was with the US Marines at Chosen Reservoir when the Chinese came south to enlarge that war.

After the Korean War I returned to the US and served for a few months in a medical unit with the Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. However, my wife was quite unhappy in the Navy, so I resigned my commission and returned to Florida in July of 1953. I joined a small, start-up citrus processing company as its Chief of Quality Control. That unit eventually became the company now known as Tropicana, the largest citrus juice distributor in the world. I was technical vice president for 25 years and then executive vice president and chief operating officer for 10 years. I retired in 1988.

Dave Hamrick

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Year President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer Puchasing Agent/Kitchen Manager
1938-39   Henry Motes Ken Clark Ken Clark  
1939-40 Henry Motes        
1940-41 Frank Carter Ben Moss William Griffith William Griffith  
1941-42          
1942-43          
1943-44          
1945-46          
1946-47          
1947-48 Dave Hamrick        
1948-49          
1949-50         Tom Evans
1950-51 Tom Evans        
1951-52 Russell Briggs       Earl Shearin
1952-53 Charlie Hilton   Joel Willis Joel Willis  
1953-54 Marvin Thacker   Jim Swanson Jim Swanson  
1954-55 Jim Swanson Joe Walton Jack Cowan Jack Cowan Dave Daniel
1955-56 Joe Walton   Fred Gibbs Fred Gibbs Tom Swager
1956-57 Gator Beck H. A. Barnett Ken Norman Ken Norman  
1957-58 Eddie McGonigal (fall) Al Hoffman Tom Sadler Tom Sadler  
1958-59 Larry Garrett Ron Houts Danny McCullough Danny McCullough Davis Bateman
1959-60 Joe Bechtol (fall)
Ron Houts (spring)
      Lamar Woodard
1960-61 Lamar Woodard        
1961-62 Randy Hughes Horace Kirkland      
1962-63 Banks Vest
Bob Peele (summer)
Bob Peele Mike Swisdak Mike Swisdak Tony McArthur
1963-64 Dave Shields
Bob Peele (summer)
       
1964-65 Wally McKeehan Jim Cross Roger Johnson    
1965-66 Fred Thomas Bob Dinger Roger Johnson   George Theo Lyras
1966-67 George Theo Lyras Earl J. Guidry Frank A. Shepherd Lawrence D. Berkowitz Joe Waldron
1967-68 Hugh Nicolay (summer)
Frank Shepherd
Phil Crannell Richard Taylor George Lyras Mike Kouremetis
1968-69 Charlie Chmielewski (summer)
Richard Taylor
Phil Crannell (summer)     Mike Kouremetis
1969-70 Jerry Presher Jerry Southwell     John Carter
1970-71 Dick Holzapfel John Carter Susan Saul Wischweh Robert L. Johnson Robin Cooper
1971-72 Walter Tarr (summer)
Bill Jones
       
1972-73 Walter Tarr (summer)
Bill Jones
    Gene Makela  
1973-74 Gene Makela     Bob Taber  
1974-75 Bob Phillips   Sherry Stein    
1975-76 Jim Shepherd        
1976-77 Don Freeman Matthew Ogilvie John Norman    
1977-78 Ken Clement Dave Grove Nancy King    
1978-79 John McNamara     Teresa Ogilvie  
1979-80 Karl King Web Essex     Steve Franzone
1980-81 Tim Liguori Dale Clark Barbara Cowen Gwyn Johnny Kieslich Steve Wert
1981-82 Steve Wert Bob Schrachta
Doug Campbell
Beth Ryan Ferrell    
1982-83 Andy Thompson Tim Ferrell   Scott McCartney  
1983-84 Larry Jacobs Dick Parker Patti Grinstead Schnell Scott McCartney Joe Carroll (spring)
1984-85 Dan Stanfill Gary Foster Jennifer Phillips Allen Scott McCartney Joe Carroll (fall)
Bill Baron (spring)
1985-86 Shari McCartney Chris Oswalt Jennifer Phillips Allen Alfred Zeiler  
1986-87 Alfred Zeiler Jerry McDonald Laura Clifton Porter Angela LaPoint  
1987-88 James Preston Graham Claverie Carolyn Robertson Claverie Kim Cooper Rubert  
1988-89 Bob Caldwell Jody Geiger Carlos Egea
Lou Billmeyer
Lou Billmeyer Leisha Billmeyer Holmes
1989-90 Julia Szczes Kelly
(summer-fall)
Jerry McDonald (spring)
Jerry McDonald   José Rubio-Quero  
1990-91 Lou Billmeyer
José Rubio-Quero
    Elizabeth Mooney  
1991-92 Olav Unger Larry Ozdak Peggy Trapp
Michael Anderson
Elizabeth Mooney Michael Mooney
1992-93 Daniel Gelpi
Brad Cox
Tom Loeffler Holly Hill Katherine Streit
Ken Chivers (spring)
George Katzaras
1993-94 Renee Van de Creek Chris Murphy (fall)
David Krauth (spring)
Matthew Betz (fafl)
Holly Hill (spring)
Ken Chivers Holly Habicht (fall)
Christian Lake (spring)
1994-95 Stuart Collins David Krauth
Neal Ernest
  Ken Chivers (fall) Christian Lake (fall)
1995-96 David Krauth (summer)
Neal Ernest
Dave McDonald
Kyle Simmons (spring)
David Krauth (fall)
Rebecca Candelario
Mike Weilbacher
Christian Lake (spring) David Krauth (summer)
1996-97 Rachael Schmidt (summer)
John Jasinski
Nyla Walker   Oscar Porras  
1997-98 John Jasinski David Gates
Mike Ramsey
Jorge Calleja
Julie Duchastel (spring)
Nick Nguyen  
1998-99 John Jasinski (fall)
Julie Duchastel (spring)
Mike Ramsey
Michael Ratti
    Angie DeFonzo
1999-2000 Julie Duchastel Mike Ramsey Mike Burke
Matt Mielke
Brian Sneed Angie DeFonzo
2000-01 Kim Smith Brian Sneed Monica Duque Webb   Lee Mathews
2001-02 Phil Hall (summer)
Erick Palacios
Brian Sneed
Lee Mathews (summer)
Monica Duque Webb Erick Palacios
Samar Hamdan
Corey Cherr
2002-03 Erick Palacios
LeQuan Bennett
Lee Matthews (fall)
Catarina Silvieri Alla Revenko  
2003-04 Elena Wiglesworth Jonas Blake Juan Rojas Alla Revenko Miguel Alva
2004-05 Elena Wiglesworth (summer)
Bard Prochaska (fall)
Kathy Valle (spring)
Lawrence Ludwig
Jarrett Branch
Jenny Tighe
Jenn Beckett (spring)
Alla Revenko
Jonas Blake
Miguel Alva
2005-06 Adrienne Harris (fall)
Jonas Blake (spring)
Jorge Cabrera (spring) Malka Adler
Jenn Beckett (fall)
Phil Gilbo
Jonas Blake (fall)
Wilson Rook (spring)
Archie Stollar III
Eric Showalter
2006-07 Victoria Davis (summer)
Phil Gilbo
Jorge Cabrera (summer,.fall)
Armando Giordano
Drew Thompson
Randy Conyers
Eric Showalter Leo Osma
2007-08 Denley Messerly Arthur Rosales Randy Conyers Joy Ahrens Michou Phenellus
2008-09 Anushka Joseph        
2009-10          
2010-11          
2011-12