Gresh Lattimore, F65, F70, FG72

What he’s doing now:  Retired in 2005 after 30 years as a small business commercial lender and 24 years of active and reserve duty with the US Navy. He’s currently a volunteer facilitator of a weekly support group for 14 fellow Vietnam veterans and a member of the hospice team for the VA (Veterans Administration) medical facility in Bedford, Massachusetts. He was a finalist for Volunteer of the Year in 2015.

How he gives back:  Served on the Finance Committee and chairs the shared-interest group Advocates for Tufts ROTC, which sponsors an annual September networking breakfast for all Tufts military students, oversees the annual Passing of the Flag ceremony on Veterans Day and the commissioning ceremony at Commencement, sponsors ROTC-related events, and supports raising a new $500,000 scholarship for ROTC and REAL(Resumed Education for Adult Learning) students.

Volunteering for Tufts is both fulfilling and inspirational. Fellow active alums are great to work with. It keeps me involved with young people whom I would otherwise not meet. OAR provides exemplary support for all events. Tufts is a classy place to be associated with! I love working with ROTC and Fletcher military students at various events. They represent less than 1 percent of the entire American population and are willing to be put in harm’s way in the service of their country. Being with them is always an inspiring experience!

If you could go back and relive any day of your life as a Tufts student, which day would it be and why?  I would relive the day I passed my Ph.D. oral examination at The Fletcher School in 1972.  I passed thanks in large part to my adviser, Professor Uri Ra’anan!  I felt it was the fitting culmination of my undergraduate studies at Sewanee, my Woodrow Wilson Fellowship (which made my first year at Fletcher possible), my active duty with the Navy, and my good research effort in Schleswig-Holstein, West Germany. I was further gratified when my thesis was published by the Dutch publisher Martinus Nijhoff shortly thereafter. It was perhaps the proudest moment of my life!

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