From staff reports
MILLEDGEVILLE — Georgia Military College will host its Alumni Weekend on Friday and Saturday at the Milledgeville campus. Some of the weekend’s events include a golf tournament; GMC Prep vs. Lincoln County football game; the Alumni Parade featuring the 135th Corps of Cadets with guest speaker LTG Claude M. “Mick” Kicklighter, USA (Ret.), JC '52; the presentation of the 2013 Alumni Awards; a dance with entertainment by “The Grapevine;” and several opportunities for tours of GMC’s campus.
One of the highlights of the weekend will be the honoring of a select group of individuals with Georgia Military College Alumni Awards. The recipients of these prestigious awards are selected annually from submitted nominations.
This year’s award recipients are George D.N. Coletti, D.M.D. (Distinguished Alumnus Award), Robert “Bob” Seymour (Alumni Achievement Award), Patricia Thompson (GMC Service Award), Ike Thomas (Community Service Award) and Ellen Goodrich (Honorary Alumna Award).
These five extraordinary people are representative of the fine character and countless acts of excellence displayed by the alumni and friends of Georgia Military College. GMC is fortunate to have been a part of the lives of each of these fine people. The contributions of the 2013 Alumni Award recipients have, without a doubt, made the world a better place.
For additional information, registration and ticket details, contact Earlene Hamilton, GMC Alumni Development coordinator at 478-445-0205.
• Distinguished Alumnus Award
George D.N. Coletti, D.M.D.
HS ’57, JC ‘59
The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni whose lives have embodied the ideals of GMC including discipline, moral character and learning, whose accomplishments have made a conspicuous and positive impression on those who will follow their lead, and whose lives are examples of extraordinary accomplishment.
Personifying the GMC ideals of discipline, moral character and learning, George D. N. Coletti, D.M.D., has spent his life pursuing intellectual endeavors, service to others and the unceasing pursuit of excellence. After graduating from GMC (HS ‘57, JC ‘59), Dr. Coletti earned degrees from the University of Georgia and the University of Louisville. Following service as a First Lieutenant, 82nd Airborne during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Dr. Coletti pursued his dental career, specializing in geriatric dentistry. A true Renaissance man, he lectures on Civil War medicine, serves in various civic and professional organizations, and has authored a 744-page historical novel. Dr. Coletti, whose uncle is renowned for Stone Mountain rescues, performed a daring rescue of his own there to save an injured man in 1956. Dr. Coletti and his wife Susan have eight children and eight grandchildren.
• Alumni Achievement Award
Mr. Bob T. Seymour
The Alumni Achievement Award is presented to a GMC alumnus who has attained notable success in their chosen field or profession at the local, state, or national level, and whose achievement might serve as an inspiration to anyone considering entering that chosen field or profession, or might serve as inspiration to anyone to excel in their chosen field or profession because of the example set by the recipient of this award.
As the true measure of a school’s success lies in the achievements of its alumni, Robert “Bob” Seymour’s achievements serve as testament to the value of a GMC education. Following GMC graduation (JC ‘63), Seymour earned a business degree from Stetson University. His business career took him to Electrical Insulation Supplies, where he led sales and profits 33 of his 38 years. Together with Kathey, his wife of 49 years, Seymour brought up four children, owned a barbecue restaurant, raised cattle, built homes and invested in the free market, all of which has left him “truly blessed.” He credits Kathey and GMC for his many accomplishments.
“Much of my success came from this institution called GMC,” he said, “where I learned I could handle almost any situation.”
• GMC Service Award
The GMC Service Award is designated for an alumnus/alumna or friend of GMC who has rendered special service to the school or to any of its ancillary organizations including the GMC Alumni Association, the Bulldog Club, the Booster Club, or the GMC Foundation, Inc.
Through extraordinary volunteer service to GMC, Patricia Thompson (HS ‘73), clearly demonstrates her dedication to helping others. Characterized as one of the school’s most generous and supportive parents/alumni, her deep commitment to GMC is widely appreciated. Thompson chaired a committee for the Health and Wellness Center Campaign, assisted prep school students in need of financial assistance, and volunteered with the GMC barbecue and prep school football auction. She serves as a member of the GMC Foundation and its Executive Board. Thompson is the mother of five and a graduate of the Medical College School of Nursing, with a 20-year nursing career spanning many clinical capacities. She is also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Colonial Dames and the Century Bank Board of Directors.
• Community Service Award
HS ’57, JC ‘59
The Community Service Award is given to GMC alumni who, through leadership, inspiration, teamwork, or hard work in the spirit of volunteerism or in their professional activities, have taken the lessons of GMC’s character education beyond the classroom and whose actions are characterized by a history of exemplary service resulting in unquestionable improvements within their community.
Exemplifying leadership, volunteerism and inspiration, Ike Thomas (HS ‘57, JC ‘59) has taken the lessons of GMC’s character education well beyond the classroom. Service to others is a truly part of Thomas’ DNA, with his tireless volunteer efforts spanning more than 50 years. He cites his ongoing work with the Boy Scouts of America, especially teaching boys to become responsible adults, as perhaps the most satisfying. But his additional activities are many, with service to the GMC Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, First Baptist Church of Milledgeville, the Kiwanis Club, Meals on Wheels, the Boys & Girls Club and many others. Thomas and his wife of 55 years, the former Mollie Carlin from Brunswick, Ga., have four children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
• Honorary Alumna Award
The Honorary Alumni Award is bestowed upon individuals who are not alumni of GMC, but who have rendered special or exceptional service to the school or to its Alumni Association, and who, by virtue of their service, are worthy of the designation of GMC Alumnus and all that the designation entails.
While Ellen Goodrich didn’t attend GMC, her exceptional service to the school qualifies her as eminently worthy of the designation of “GMC Alumna.” Goodrich’s support of GMC ranges from sponsorship of the Goodrich Family Conference Room in Baugh Barracks to a sponsorship in the new Kidd Center. Additionally, she is a member of the Steinway Society and involved in various activities with the HS Class of 1953. Goodrich, the widow of well-loved obstetrician Dr. Samuel Goodrich (HS ‘53), holds a master’s degree in nursing and served on the faculty of the Medical College of Georgia’s School of Nursing and the Georgia College School of Nursing. Other volunteer activities include membership in the Georgia Women of Achievement Foundation and the Medical College Foundation. Dr. and Mrs. Goodrich raised four children, three of whom graduated from GMC Prep School.
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