I got an email from Nyles recently that informed me a 61-Delta Classmate, Rod Bowden, had died.
That email is a critical link to keeping the list of class members updated. It initiated a search for details.
Our "Taps" webpage lists 108 deceased members out of the of 508 members USAF Orders named started with Class 61-Delta.
There are probably an equal number who have passed, but we've never been so informed.
If you know of a classmate that has passed but is not listed on the "Taps" webpage, please let us know. Thanks
We have learned of the passing of 61-Delta Classmate Roderick Ernest Bowden
August 31, 1936 - December 31, 2016
Obituary for Roderick Ernest Bowden
Roderick Ernest Bowden, 80, of Dunwoody, GA, passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 31, 2016.
Rod was born August 31, 1936 in Newport News, VA, to Joseph Ernest Bowden and Margaret Sullivan Bowden.
He graduated from Hampton High School in 1954 and attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) where he graduated in 1958 with a bachelorís degree in Industrial Engineering.
In college he was a member of the Arnold Air Society.
Following graduation Rod was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force.
Rod served with distinction as a fighter pilot from 1959 to 1966, flying combat missions in the F-100 Super Sabre and F-105 Thunderchief during the Vietnam War.
During the war, he was assigned to the 80th Tactical Fighter Squadron.
Captain Roderick Bowden was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1966.
He then commenced a notable career with multiple companies that included Avon Products, Shaklee Corporation, Arnold Palmer Enterprises and Peachtree Heating and Air.
He was an avid golfer and world traveler, and cherished the time he spent at Lake Lanier and on the Chesapeake Bay with family and friends.
Throughout his life he remained a dedicated Virginia Tech alumni and a member of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association.
Rod was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Margaret Bowden and grand-daughter Danielle Renee DiCiro. He is survived by his wife, Sue of Dunwoody, GA; children, Cmdr. Brian (Jennifer) Bowden, USN (ret) of San Diego, CA, and Michele (COL. Torrey) DiCiro of Camas, WA; grandchildren, Emily and Peter Bowden and Alexandra and Roderick DiCiro; brother, Robert Sterling (Beverly) Bowden of Williamsburg, VA; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held 27 April, 2017 at 1000 at the Parklawn Funeral Home in Hampton, Virginia.
Our belated condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with the Bowden Family.
CARES AND CONCERNS
As we were preparing the recent update to the Class 61-Delta Roster,
we discovered, belatedly, the death of another classmate that had not been previously reported.
Curtis R. Baxter
February 14, 1936 - February 14, 2010
Curtis attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech), and graduated with the Class of 1959.
Curtis completed AFROTC and was commissioned June 6, 1959
His fellow classmates were Rod Bowden and Frank Pyne.
Curtis joined them when selected for USAF Pilot Training Class 61-Delta following graduation.
2/Lt Curtis Baxter trained with 61-Delta at Spence AB, GA.
Curtis Baxter completed his USAF Service as a Missile Launch Officer.
His first assignment was to Schilling AFB in Salina, KS where Curtis R. Baxter, Jr. was born in 1965.
Unfortunately no obituary has been found... no further details available.
Our belated condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with the Baxter Family.
Effective June 1, 2019 this Class 61-Delta website will be taken off the internet.
News of interest involving 61-Delta Classmates and roster changes will be made available via email.
HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO...
yes, the World Wide Web was a mere 30 years old as of March 12th!
March 12, 1989...Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web at CERN.
Yes, although few of it's users know his name, Tim Berners-Lee invented the internet that we all use on a daily basis.
Not many call it the "World Wide Web", but his invention made what we call the internet accessible to us...
...and it has "invaded" and transformed our lives.
As an aside...this 61-Delta website went on the World Wide Web in 1995 a short 6 years after it was invented!
Today there are 2 billion websites on the net!
...and 4.1 billion users of the WWW!
AUTO RECALLS ARE STILL FRONT PAGE NEWS ALMOST DAILY !
According to the June 2019 Consumer Report,
these are the numbers of affected airbags that have not been repaired:
Honda 5.8 million
Chrysler 5.4 million
Ford 2.8 million
Toyota 2.4 million
BMW 1.2 million
Subaru 1.2 million
Nissan 1.1 million
Mercedes 1.0 million
GM 343 K
IT'S NOT JUST DEFECTIVE TAKATA AIRBAGS or VW DIESELS ANY MORE...Find out more by clicking on this photo link:
Here's a link to another website related to the USAF Museum.
It includes photos of every aircraft pilots in 61-Delta flew in their careers!
The site includes a total of 215 photos of aircraft ranging from the 1909 "Wright Military Flyer" to the B-2 "Spirit".
Pay no attention to the map of the museum on this site, it is dated 2010!
IF YOU ARE NOT USING A 61-DELTA CLASS ROSTER DATED: May 19, 2019 YOU DO NOT HAVE THE MOST CURRENT UPDATE!
This applies to both formats (xls or pdf)...Use the clickable links that Chuck has emailed to you, or contact either Dave Roberts, or Chuck for the clickable links,or help with rosters.
Helping my fellow octogenarians understand the "Inevitability of time"!