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United by over fifty years of friendship, a tightly bonded group of seventy former Florida State University gymnasts and their spouses, a healthy bunch of white haired guys and gals, met for their annual Reunion at Alligator Point, Florida at the beach front home of Barbara Murray Withers..

 A gymnastics dynasty in the 1950’s, the five times Men’s National Championship Team (2 NCAA’s, 3 AAU’s) and the Woman’s National AAU Team Drill Champions can boast of having: Six USA Olympians, (Gail Songerath Whitney, Bill Roetzheim, Don Holder, Jamile Ashmore, Jon Culbertson, Jack Miles), two from Cuba (Raphael & Fernando Lecuona), one from Sweden (Lennart Malmlin), and one National Team member from Czechoslovakia (Merik Ceska) - which includes twenty-one All-America Team inductees, and thirty-nine individual National and Pan-American Olympic Gold Medals shared between them.  Historically, this FSU team was the first collegiate team to win a national championship in any sport from any college or university in the State of Florida, the FSU team even traveled to win over the Cuban Olympic Team in Havana and triumphed over the Swedish Olympic team twice in the FSU gymnasium.

Two members of FIG (International Federation of Gymnastics), Bill Roetzheim of the Men’s Technical Committee and Jamile Ashmore of the Executive Committee are in the group as well as national USA Judge, Jon Culbertson. This FSU Alumni group now contains thirteen Doctor’s (M.D’s, Ph.D’s, and Ed.D’s), Three military colonels, and one lt. colonel, plus dozens of retired university educators, coaches, government employees, actors and a renowned artist (Ed Jonas) to identify but a few of it’s membership.

This FSU group shares their life experiences in a bi-weekly emailed newsletter and meets annually to share stories over the chalk box.

 - or while tipping a beer or two. 


Fourth Row (Back): Gail Sontgerath Whitney (Unseen), Mimi Griffin (Red), Joe Taylor (Tan), Rick Miller (Tropical colored), Jay Schwarzman (Grey), Joe Greene (White), Dr. Don Rapp), Joe Gusic (Grey  Tee)

Third Row: Patsy Rapp (Md. Blue ), Bruce Davis (Black), Rita Davis (Pink), Connie Holder (Orange), Chad Miles (Blue/black), Jack Miles (Lt. Blue), Dr. Jim Fadigan (White), Arlene Fadigan ( Black Straps), Pat Signorelli (White Tennis)

Second Row: Francis Dennard (Lt. Blue - Seminoles), Clare Essig Traynor (Blue Plaid), Frank Dennard (Yellow), Don Holder (Maroon), Jamile Ashmore (Green), Dr. Raphael Lecuona (Grey - FSU), Beverly Cude Beaton (White - Canada)

First Row (Front): Barbara Ashmore (Azure blue), Barbara Murray Withers (Dark Blue)

Not Shown: Bill & Carol Beavers, Mike Mann, Dr. Larry Bestmann, Dick Traynor, Bill Whitney, Pierce Withers