Program August 29, 2014
Presenter : Rear Admiral Ronald J Kurth USN (Ret.)
Responsible Rotarian: Tom Watson
Where did Putin come from and what is he doing in Ukraine?
Rear Admiral Ronald J. Kurth graduated with honors from the U.S. Naval Academy in1954 and began a naval career of 36 years. In the midst of his first squadron tour as a naval aviator, he was drafted to teach Russian at the Academy. Before completing this assignment, he was sent to Harvard University as a Navy-sponsored graduate student. Two periods of study at Harvard were separated by five years of aviation assignments including deployments to the Mediterranean and Vietnam. Awarded a PhD at Harvard in 1970, Dr. Kurth became the only known serving officer to be given a corporate appointment to the Harvard faculty as a teaching fellow. He taught American national government, though his degree was in Russian studies. Kurth began his involvement with the Russians in 1971 as a member of the US delegation negotiating the Incidents at Sea Agreement. His involvement in US-Russian affairs generally, and the Incidents at Sea Agreement specifically, lasted for the next 20 years. From 1975-77, he served as the US naval attaché in the American Embassy, Moscow. Ten years later, 1985-87, then a rear admiral, Kurth served again in Moscow as the defense attaché. For extraordinary achievements during his years in Moscow, Kurth was elected to the Attache Hall of Fame, where he joined former attachés as notable as Admiral of the Fleet William Halsey and General of the Armies Jack J. Pershing. In the fifteen years from `1970-1985, Kurth served in four assignments in the Pentagon including nearly three years as the Director of Politico-Military Policy for the Navy. He concluded his naval career as President of the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, from 1987-90. While in Newport, he brought to near completion, after three years of work, the first accreditation of a senior service school. He also initiated the planning for a new library and conference center, which is now completed. After retiring from the Navy in 1990, Kurth was president of Murray State University, dean of the Air War College, and president of St John’s Northwestern Military Academy. He fully retired at age 74 in 2005.
The Broke Spoke Band
The Broke Spoke band, consisting of Rotarians from the noon Rotary club: John Rickman, Bill Sanders, Harry Hill and Dave Johnson entertain fellow club members with quality music. They say they never play the same song the same way once!
President Cliton Miller with Miss Tennessee Chandler Lawson
Chandler and Dan Lawson
Rotary Playground Pictures
5 Loaves 4 Kids
Noon Rotary supports 5 Loaves 4 Kids. John Miller of the Tullahoma Noon Rotary hands a check for $2,639 to Ashley Nutt, Director of 5 Loaves 4 Kids. The Noon Rotary Club has supported 5 Loaves since its inception over four years ago with funds, filling bags and delivery of food bags to area schools.
Rotary Foundation Seminar
John Nauseef speaking at District 6780 Seminar re Foundation, Membership and New Generations.
Rotary Supports Shepard's House
Shepherds House, managed by Tina Holman and Sheila Campbell, 393-4818, 702 First Avenue, was donated by Robert Herring for Citizens for Homeless Relief, after a homeless man died under a bridge. Joe Williams won the the bowl that John Hartin raffled off to go with other donations. They need a grant writer. Pictured above are Joe Williams, John Hartin, Tina Holman and Sheila Campbell.
The Tullahoma Noon Rotary Club presents
a $1,000 nontraditional scholarship
to a Motlow State Community College Adult College Express (ACE) student.
From left-right are Dr. MaryLou Apple, Rotarian and MSCC President;
Cindy Richards, student and scholarship recipient; and Charlie Coffey,
Director, Education Dept. MSCC.