Letter Dr. McMahon received recently from an alum, who was present when DeMatha performed recently at the Federal Government's Combined Federal Campaign official kickoff:
Dear Dr. McMahon:
My name is Gerald Patterson and I am a proud graduate of DeMatha Class of 1972. I am currently an Executive at the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA) that is on a detailed assignment from the U.S. Department of Commerce. At Commerce, I am a Special Advisor to the Deputy Under Secretary for Industry and Security. Dealing with issues involving national security and high technology, we help stop the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, while furthering the growth of our exports. We play a pivotal role in the implementation and enforcement of numerous tariffs on many U.S. trading partners.
I wish to extend our gratitude to DeMatha for allowing us to experience the beauty of hearing the Voices of DeMatha. Led by Mr. James Turk, these fine group of men exhibited a song range that was sweet and melodic beyond anything that I have experienced in my 65 years. To say that I had goose bumps on my arms would be an understatement. Ok, I am partial to any and all things DeMatha. To top it off, the choir sang a freshly written original song just for the CFCNCA kickoff. Each word in that lyric was on point!!!
Funny thing, of course as proud as I was to have shared the moment with my alma mater, when I shared my connection with others also attending the event, their responses ranged from "..they were awesome" to "..Oh my God what a group" to "...Jerry, you must be proud."
I must admit, yes, I felt like a proud father.
Once again, thank you for allowing over 600 attendees to experience this "gift."
One final note, boy did I recognize those blazers immediately...over the years, some things just never change.
DeMatha Class of 1972