Best Advice from the Class of 1964

Members of the Class of 1964 celebrated their 50th reunion this spring, just after the Class of 2014 walked the grass on Fitton Field to receive their diplomas. As a special gift, the elder Crusaders created “What We’ve Learned,” a booklet for the newest graduates. Here are a few of our favorite pieces of sage advice from ’64:


“Try to transfer some of the talents that God gave you to make life better for others. You will receive more than you give in return.”


“It is always the right time to do the right thing.”


“Stay in touch with classmates better than I did.”


“Money, or being in the highest post, is not necessarily the best thing for happiness.”


“Tell every member of you family (and your friends) that you love them! Every time you can.”


“Remember your humanity in the quest for wealth and success.”


“Discover your priorities and stay with them.”


“Choose to follow your interests, not those of others, and then your work will be fun.”


“Always take the highest road possible. It may not get you there first … but it will get you there best.”


“Be a good friend. It will help you in all aspects of life–family and career.”


“Always stay positive. Stay away from negative people.”


“Spend a year or two helping others; you’ve got a lifetime to work.”


“Don’t be so risk-averse that you’re afraid to make mistakes—but never make the same mistake twice.”


“Thank God every day for what you have.”


“Be a person of honor, integrity, and commitment. They are not just words.”


“Question all sweeping statements … especially your own.”


“Don’t be afraid to listen to your heart and act on its wisdom, even when it contradicts popular politics (government or Church).”


“Don’t rush big decisions. You have a lot of time ahead of you.”


“Cultivate your own objectivity, do your own research on subjects of importance, and be ready to listen to differing points of view if presented factually, not emotionally.”


“Spiral up, not down!”


“Your personal integrity is your most valuable asset.”


“Share your wisdom, experience or money with those in need. Die broke!”


“I find nothing more pleasing than the love of family, the shared memory of that love and their replay over the years. This is our legacy to our children.”