WP-ORG Main Image
View a eulogy for Earl Robert Kelton, USMA '64, who passed away on April 5, 2006.

Earl Robert Kelton

West Point, 1964

Be Thou At Peace

Posted by John Holewa on June 25, 2012:

I would like to add a cadet note of appreciation for LTC Kelton. He was my English instructor, twice in my plebe year, 1972-73. He used to call me Big H. because I am six and a half feet tall.

He was a model officer. By example, he made military life compelling and yet he could take a step back from it. Often said in class "Now, do not just be good cadets, be good students". Then he was CPT Kelton and he made a huge difference for me and unknowingly for my younger brothers. He taught me how to write and how to be more confident leader, to look at a situation squarely, calmly and to make a solid decision. He instilled in his students the character required to become a great officer while teaching English.

Ultimately, my career took a path away from the Army into economics and investment management. To this day however, his direction informs how I approach any writing exercise. And I passed along what he taught me to my younger brothers; one became a journalist.

His decency and humanity became and continue to be guidelines for the conduct of my life. LTC Kelton is sorely missed.

Previous Eulogy   Next Eulogy

West-Point.Org (WP-ORG), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides an online communications infrastructure that enable graduates, parents, and friends of the military academy to maintain and strengthen the associations that bind us together. We will provide this community any requested support, consistent with this purpose, as quickly and efficiently as possible. WP-ORG is funded by the generosity of member contributions. Our communication services are provided in cooperation with the AOG (independent of USMA) and are operated by volunteers serving the Long Gray Line. For questions or comments, please email us at feedback@west-point.org.