The Ouimet Fund is blessed to have great friends and supporters. Sadly, many of them passed away in 2015. Ten who were particularly close to The Fund in different ways were Larry Brezner, Harold Casson, Theodore Danforth, Harry Dee, Gert Foley, Joe Gordon, Carolyn Lynch, Louie Newell, Gerry Ridge and Stan Thirsk.
Larry Brezner was an esteemed Hollywood producer who worked with Mark Frost and Director Bill Paxton on the 2005 Disney film The Greatest Game Ever Played. He came to the Ouimet Museum to research the project.
Harold Casson was a long-time member of Oakley Country Club who, along with his wife Mary Lou, endowed the Ouimet’s Casson Family Scholarship in 2006. Mr. Casson also interviewed Ouimet Scholarship candidates and helped in many other ways.
Theodore Danforth and his family were very close to Francis Ouimet and Eddie Lowery and helped them both in many ways over the years. Ted’s dad, Bill Danforth, created the William Danforth Award at Harvard Business School in 1966. Known as the Francis Ouimet Scholarship at HBS, it was The Fund’s first endowed award and remains our only graduate school scholarship.
Harry Dee was the patriarch of a great golfing family and father of Jim Dee, head professional at Scituate Country Club. Harry Dee was a highly regarded long-time New Jersey golf professional and the Dee Family was once chosen as PGA Family of The Year.
Gert “Trudy” Foley was the wife of Dick Foley, who served as the Ouimet Memorial Tournament’s Associate Chair for 34 years.
Joe Gordon was the long-time Golf Editor at the Boston Herald. He totaled 40 years in covering baseball, hockey and golf and was a board member of the Baseball, Hockey and
Golf Writers Associations. He was a frequent attendee at Ouimet events, including the Annual Banquet and the old Duxbury Eight Club event. He wrote often about The Fund and
was a great friend to Ouimet.
Carolyn Lynch was the wife of Ouimet Alumnus and Trustee Peter Lynch ‘65. The Lynchs have been frequent donors and supporters of The Fund and its many events, as well as a number of local and national charities. Mrs. Lynch will be remembered for her generosity and dedication to enabling young people to achieve an education and reach their full potential.
Louie Newell had been a life-long member of The Country Club and was the club’s official Historian for many years. He served on the committees of numerous major
championships that had been played at TCC. He had also been a key liaison to the Fred Anders Alumni Tournament Committee whose annual event funds the Anders Endowed Scholarship for Ouimet Scholars at TCC. The Anders Committee created the Newell-Pyle-Sears Award in honor of Mr. Newell, and the late Charlie Pyle and John Sears in 2013. Mr. Newell also worked closely with Mark Frost on historical details as Mr. Frost researched his book, The Greatest Game Ever Played, which was made into a movie of the same title.
Gerry Ridge was a highly successful businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He had been an interviewer for Ouimet Scholarship applicants and in 2006 created the Ouimet’s Boston Police Athletic League Scholarship for inner-city Ouimet Scholars from Boston. It was one of the Ouimet Fund’s earliest inner-city scholarships.
Stan Thirsk was a legendary Kansas City golf professional and lifelong pro and mentor to Tom Watson. He was a member of the PGA and Kansas City Golf Halls of Fame. He played on the PGA TOUR for several years and won the PGA Senior Club Pro Championship in 1989. Mr. Watson asked that a Ouimet endowed scholarship be named after Thirsk when Watson was honored with the Francis Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf in 2009. The Thirsk Scholarship is presented to a Ouimet Scholar who is enrolled in a PGM program.