DOC Sam Cawley


Walter N. Pike, III ('82)
Paul Tate, LWMA Faculty, 1965 - 1983

This story started with this note:

Date: Mar-22-2000 5:51 am
To: Phillip Potts(63) (PHILLP)

... DOC was one and is still one of the individuals that I respected most while I was at LWMA. He was there for me when I needed someone the most and my own family couldn't be there.

From: Paul Tate (PAULTATE)
Date: Mar-22-2000 10:57 pm
To: Brian Brunner(64) (BVBRUNNER)

I can guarantee you that there are at least 100 stories that can be written around the 100 or more nicknames that Doc Cawley over the years has affectionately given to cadets -- Dude being one of the best. Some of those nicknames that come easily now to my memory in addition to Dude, are Crack or Fat Crack, BuckBaby, Granny, Tallulah, TippyToes, Cracker, Meatball, Stiff, Zeke, Straw, Nasty, Slowpoke, Knocker, and Pal. This is really a very minor listing. Perhaps others who frequent this location can add to the list. The interesting and amusing aspect of Doc's selection of other names is that they are so logical!

Mar-23-2000 7:19 am
To: Brian Brunner(64) (BVBRUNNER)

Well, I can tell you that DOC was someone that was there for me when I was really sick. I started getting sick one night while at rehearsal for the "Twelve Angry Men". I had to leave early I was so sick. The next morning I had to have a couple of cadets help me get to see DOC. After DOC had seen how bad I was he immediately took me to see Doctor Heard, Bucky's dad, at the hospital. He told me I had spinal meningitis and that I would have to get a spinal tap and stay in the hospital with large amounts of antibiotics.

My family could not get there until the next day. DOC stayed with me the whole time and to the best of my knowledge he did not leave me alone. That first night I was told that I had gotten so bad that I was barely breathing and DOC had told me he was worried that I might stop breathing entirely.

To me this meant a lot and still does. DOC was someone that you could talk to and he would talk to you on your level. To me DOC was not just one of the staff, he was a coach, mentor, and a friend.


Doc Cawley with Cadet

Doc Sam Cawley
with Cadet William J. Barber '78
(From a school catalog)

Doc Cawley

Doc Sam Cawley - May, 2000
(Before his retirement in November of 2000)

Note: Doc's e-mail address is still good in 2001.

Complied from the Message Board and LWMA Catalog by Brian V. Brunner('64)

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