Class Notes

We are always on the lookout for ex-Cadets to add to our Class Notes section. If you are or if you know of an Ex Cadet with something interesting going on, or you just want to put yourself out there for old friends to find, we want to hear from you! Whether it’s career related news or something more related to personal/family life, we would like to know what’s going on with you and give you a chance to reconnect with former classmates.

Just send a short write up, and, if you want, a recent JPEG appropriate photo,to: [email protected].

4519 Larry A. Ashley, Class of ’59, graduated as a naval cadet. He was the quintessential General List Officer qualifying as a pilot, naval officer and AERE. During his 36 year career, he served on numerous HMC Ships including the aircraft carrier Bonaventure and was the Air Officer of HMCS Iroquois on her commissioning in 1972. He commanded two naval air squadrons, the Air Wing at CFB Shearwater and finally retired as Commander of Air Command. Immediately after retirement, he commenced a 20 year industrial career: first, as President of the Canadian branch of a large US aerospace corporation and later as an aerospace consultant in the field of heavy helicopters. Throughout his careers, Larry devoted much time to charitable work. He served on the Board of Bytown Brigantine, a very successful organization which assisted disadvantaged children through the medium of Tall Ship training. He was a founding director of the Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation Foundation and, most recently, was invested into the Knightly Order of St George as a Knight Commander. The Order’s mission is to support military families, hospitals and hospices. A recent recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, he continues to live in Ottawa with his wife Gail who long ago could not resist the charm of a Fourth Year Cadet resplendent in his Scarlets!! They have three grown children and a squadron of grand and great grand children. He and Gail are currently enjoying some of the fine golf courses in the south of Florida and will shortly return to their home in Ottawa and Eagle’s Landing, their country home and gardens, on Palmerston Lake about 100 kilometres west of Ottawa.

6577  George Vanderkuur, Class of ’65 – This summer for 54 days in July and August, he will be cycling from Los Angeles to New York City. The route has some challenging elements like the Mojave Desert and mountain passes in Colorado and also passes through Toronto, Kingston and Montreal before heading south. This will be his third crossing of the continent with  “Sea to Sea” ( which has raised over 2 million dollars for projects that help the poor help themselves. In 2005 they rode from Vancouver to Halifax and in 2008 from Seattle to New Jersey. So far over 200 riders have registered to ride all or part of the tour.

24594 Christopher Chan, Class of ’10, recently competed and won the International Criminal Court Student Network Moot Competition at the University of Cambridge, representing the University of Edinburgh (see the news article here: He is currently finishing up his law degree at the University of Edinburgh, and is due to graduate in July 2013. He will then be qualifying as a barrister in London, UK starting September 2013, focusing in the practice areas of commercial and public law.