Alums Unite for Veterans Day Roundtable Discussion – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Alums Unite for Veterans Day Roundtable Discussion

To mark Veterans Day, three HWS alums will gather for a virtual conversation about military service and what it means to serve. The event will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 3:30 p.m.

“Duty, Honor, Country: A Veterans Day Conversation,” hosted by the Office of Alumni and Alumnae Relations, features Dr. Kathy Platoni ’74, C. Richard “Dick” Anderegg ’67 and John Norvell ’66, P’99, P’02.

Director of Alumni and Alumnae Relations Chevy DeVaney ’95, P’21, P’23 explains that the event is designed to recognize and thank HWS veterans for their service. “We’re looking forward to hearing Kathy, Dick and John share their stories and to continue to foster a sense of community among our alums who are veterans,” she says.

Anderegg, Platoni, Norvell
Anderegg, Platoni, Norvell

A retired colonel, U.S. Army, Platoni currently serves as brigade psychologist for the Ohio Military Reserve/State Defense Forces. In service of her country and as an Army Reserve clinical psychologist, she has deployed on four occasions in time of war, serving during Operation Desert Storm and in the wartime theaters of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Iraq and Afghanistan. A nationally renowned expert in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, Platoni has been featured in major media outlets such as the Associated Press, TIME Magazine, Fox News, CNN and Military Times. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Legion of Merit, an award given by the United States Armed Forces for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. She was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in 2019 and most recently received the Fort Oval of Honor award for her continued service to our nation and humanitarian efforts. Platoni maintains a private clinical psychology practice in Centerville, Ohio. At William Smith, she majored in psychology and biology and was a member of the psychology club. In 2008, she received the William Smith Alumnae Achievement Award, the William Smith Alumnae Association’s highest honor.

Anderegg served as an active-duty U.S. Air Force officer for 30 years, during which he commanded an F-15 squadron, was twice a fighter group commander and twice a fighter wing vice commander. A former F-4 Fighter Weapons School instructor pilot, he flew 170 combat missions during the Vietnam War. Anderegg is the recipient of the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters and the Air Medal with 11 oak leaf clusters. He served as the civilian director of the Air Force History and Museums programs and historical adviser to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force Chief of Staff. An air and space power expert, he contributed to the planning and execution of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Today, he frequently appears on the Smithsonian Channel program Air Warriors. An English major, Anderegg was captain of the swimming team and a member of Phi Sigma Kappa and Interfraternity Council while on campus. Selected as the next recipient of the Hobart Alumni Association Medal of Excellence, he will be presented with the award — Hobart College’s highest honor — during Reunion Weekend in June 2021.

Norvell served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966-1989, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. A decorated air combat veteran of the Vietnam War, he is a master navigator and weapons system officer with more than 1,000 hours in the F4 Phantom II and 400 as an instructor navigator in other jet aircraft. In 1973, as a member of the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Norvell flew the last unofficial F4 fighter bombing mission of the Vietnam War to launch from Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base. He served as assistant professor of history at the Air Force Academy and later as alumni director at HWS until 2002. While a student at Hobart, he was a member of the Druids, Canterbury Club and the Echo and Pine yearbook staff.

To register for the event, click here.