Several years ago, after the passing of a schoolmate, Rick Stup, Class of 1965, gathered a group of former classmates together and began the tradition of having a bi-monthly luncheon, which continues to this day. Rick volunteered to be the liaison for the class of ’65 and has been instrumental in planning reunions every 5 years and keeping Saint John’s updated on classmates. He also helped to arrange a donation to the school that benefitted the Alumni Garden at SJCP.
Born and raised in Frederick County, Rick spent most of his schooling at Saint John’s. He began in the grade school and moved on to the high school. The only year he spent away from Saint John’s was his junior year, which he spent as a Cadet at Staunton Military Academy. While at Saint John’s, Rick played baseball and basketball, was active in the CYO, was a member of the Science Club, and was an altar boy. His favorite memories include CYO dances, Father Callahan’s talent show, the basketball team and cheerleader bus trips to the games, the sunken garden during lunch at Prospect Hall, and the friendship of all his classmates.
In addition to organizing reunions and luncheons, Rick is researching and writing the 100-year history of Francis Scott Key Post 11, and chairing the 2019 Centennial event for FSK Post 11. In his very limited free time, Rick enjoys working in the yard and traveling with his “bride”, Clasina W.P. Van Velzen, who is from the Netherlands. They have two children, Rikki Lynn Stup Fultz and Geoffrey Lee Stup, and 3 grandchildren.
Rick took courses at Mount Saint Mary’s and Frederick Community College preparing him for both civilian and military careers. He has over 45 years experience in Public Works Administration, Zoning and Subdivision Administration, Homeowners Grant Administration, and multiple leadership positions on committees and councils. Rick has also been an instructor at Frederick Community College and guest lecturer at various seminars. His 23-year military career in the Maryland Army National Guard included many Commendation Medals and ribbons and he retired as a Master Sergeant.
Rick is very active in the community with affiliations including the Elks, The American Legion, Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, Sons of the American Revolution, and much more.
Saint John’s is blessed to have such an active and loyal alum working to keep the Saint John’s community connected. We thank Rick for sharing his story with us.
If you would like to share the story of your life since graduation from Saint John’s please contact Michele Rogers.