291 Wood Road, Beach Hall
Annapolis, MD 21402
Dear Classmates and Friends:
In July, we lost a cherished
friend with the passing of Admiral Charles R. “Chuck” Larson ’58, USN
(Ret.). Throughout his exemplary career, which included two tours as Naval
Academy Superintendent, Chuck embodied the very finest qualities of a Naval
Academy graduate: honesty, integrity, courage, commitment and selflessness. In
Chuck’s honor, the Class of 1958 Board of Trustees has worked with the Naval
Academy Alumni Association and Foundation to establish an endowment that both
celebrates the ideals and principles Chuck upheld throughout his life and helps
ensure that those values continue to shape the Academy and the Brigade of
To move forward with this
initiative, we need your help.
One of Chuck’s greatest
interests and principal goals as Superintendent was to develop ethical
leadership among the Academy’s faculty, staff and athletic coaches—men and
women with extraordinary influence on the values, performance and conduct of the
midshipmen. Our endowment aims to fund the Class of 1958 Admiral Charles R.
Larson Ethical Leadership Excellence Award, which will be presented annually to
a civilian or military member of the Naval Academy faculty or staff or an
athletic team coach who has exhibited a high level of integrity, moral courage
and selflessness in the performance of his or her duties and has contributed
significantly to the Academy’s mission to graduate ethical leaders for the
Navy, the Marine Corps and the nation.
Award recipients will receive a
check for the net amount of $4,058 and see their name listed on a perpetual
plaque in the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, which was established
during Chuck’s tenure as Superintendent.
The Class must raise $210,000 to fund the endowment in perpetuity, and we are seeking the support of our classmates, our widows and all those who graduated during Chuck’s tours as Superintendent.
Please join us in helping to create a fitting memorial for Chuck and in
strengthening the future of ethical leadership at the Academy. For your
convenience, we have enclosed a pledge form with this letter.