We received news this week that Nathan Cortes-Peck '07, a member of our nation's military, died in a car accident in California. We are still awaiting further details, including funeral arrangements, that we can pass on. Dick Messier, who coached Nathan in wrestling, said yesterday that Nathan will always be remembered as a great student athlete.
As far as we know, seven members of the class of '07 have passed away, which seems high to us. A number of the alums of the class are proposing that we do a community toast to our fallen brethren (any class) on a given day very soon. Interestingly enough, it is suggested we do it at 7:46pm (1946 -- the year we were established). We will check back with the class and pick a day and share it with the community. They are suggesting that alums, wherever they are, could take a pic or video and share it with the DM community on social media.
Remember, this would NOT be for just the fallen members of the class of '07, but any class and, of course, the beverage of choice need not be alcohol (your decision). November is the perfect month to do this. So we will be in touch.
The display of DM brotherhood seems to come out in full force in times of our deepest sorrow.
We were at the viewings/funerals of both Vern Allen '74 and Kyle Lallis '87 recently and each time, we walked away truly impressed by the turnout of former teammates/classmates.