Visiting Costa Rica? Read On!

If you are headed down to Costa Rica and looking for a place to stay, check with alumnus Jim Twomey ’54. Jim and his wife run a B & B there (photo is of the courtyard at their place) and they are willing to give a 50% discount to Wabash alumni, parents, and students.

Contact Jim by email at:

Alumni from 1994 Advancing Professionally

Damon R. Leichty, Wabash ’94, was recently named a partner in the South Bend law offices of Barnes and Thornburg. He concentrates his practice in products liability, as well as contract, property, shareholder, and other corporate or commercial disputes.


Doug Poulston, Wabash ’94, was recently promoted to General Manager of Welch Packaging Group in Chicago.


Photo:  Damon Leichty

It's A Small Wabash World

Pictured: Bob Wild ’59, Commander Karl Cooke ’86, USN, Tom Runge, and Richard Bowen, Glee Club director, and F-111F 390 (the best war machine ever to take flight, IMHO)

So, Bob, Richard and I are standing in front of the F-111F at the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson AFB, OH and up walks Karl who says: "Did I hear you mention Wabash College? I graduated from Wabash." Small world.

Karl was in the Dayton area for only a couple of weeks attending a course at the base. He is a helicopter pilot in the Navy and just happened to be going through the Museum at the same time as the Glee Club.

We caught up-talking about the Glee Club trip, the new FIJI house, and the same thankfulness I have for my Wabash education and how it helped me in the military.

When you get a moment, say a little prayer for Karl and his family…and the rest of our folks in uniform. There is no better life than that of a serviceman – but the sacrifices are many. Thank goodness we have young men and women willing to serve and keep all of us, regardless of our political feelings, free.

I would give anything to be back in uniform flying….anything.


That's Dan Susie '68 on the Cover

Alumnus Dan Susie ’68 appeared on the cover of a Texas Lawyer article on lawyers making moves between big firms in Texas. Dan spent 24 years at Strasburger and loved it but he saw a number of opportunities when he contemplated the move to Winstead.

Dan is a well-know banking attorney in the Dallas area and throughout the South and my guess is that Winstead, as they were expanding their business, made Dan a top priority. We’re happy for Dan and wish him all the best!

Mike Bachner '70

I ventured out yesterday on campus with the camera – first time I was able to get a good shot of the senior bench since the snowstorm.

One measure of a person’s impact on this campus is how long their name remains on the bench.  Mike Bachner’s name has been on there for over three months – and that’s on a bench that can be painted several times a week.  A fitting tribute to Some Little Giant.

I stopped by the Bookstore after taking the photos and was surprised to see Mike’s desk empty.  Somehow I just knew he’d be sitting there…

Bet they didn’t get 17" of snow in heaven! 


Peyton Manning and Harry Cotton?

Could it be? Is that Peyton Manning at Commencement with Professor Harry Cotton? I thought he went to one of those SEC schools?

That’s actually JB Bachman ’61 at Commencement with Dr. Cotton. Note the ever-present pipe in Dr. Cotton’s hands…

Oh, the Good Ole’ Days!

Photo from JB Bachman.

We Lost Don Smith '59

I captured this photo of Joe Barnette ’61, our chairman of the board, and fraternity brother Don Smith ’59 at a home football game last fall. Don was seriously ill and Joe knew it (you can see it in his eyes). However, if Don wanted to see the Little Giants play ball, well…by golly, he was going to be there and Joe was going to make it happen.

We lost Don yesterday after a long battle with cancer. You can read the entire story elsewhere on the web site (click here.) Don loved Wabash and was especially fond and proud of the FIJI house and his FIJI brothers.

We’re left to wonder who will take this true Little Giant’s place in the future of the College. However, I know, just know, there’s someone ready and able. And I’ll bet Don’s spirit will be a guiding force… That’s the way it is for our College.

God’s speed, Don. We’ll miss you.

LTC Mark Lee – Some Little Giant!

This just came in from Mark Lee ’86. Mark was to have attended a get-together on campus this past weekend. However, duty calls.

Mark – you have the greatest job in the world – Commander. Enjoy every minute and be safe!




I wanted to let you know that I will be unable to attend the celebration this weekend. Operational requirements here at Fort Lewis have increased over the last few weeks and I am unable to get away. I have Soldiers preparing for deployment to Iraq, so basketball has to take a back seat.

I am the Battalion Commander for a unique organization that is charged with eliminating Weapons of Mass Destruction. As you can imagine, we have a very talented Soldiers that are ready to accomplish a daunting and dangerous task. I am proud to be their commander.

You should know that the lessons I learned at Wabash and playing for you have proven invaluable to me over the years.

I have attached my picture from 2003 in Kirkuk, Iraq that show me sitting on $230M in captured gold. That gold was returned to the Iraqi Government soon after that picture was taken.

Liz and I send our best to you and Gloria. Please pass my regards to all the guys that make it back to Crawfordsville.



LTC Mark Lee

Commander, 110th Chemical BN (Technical Escort)