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June 24, 2013

Ohio man reunited with class ring lost 30 years ago

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A graduate of Rose Polytechnic Institute (now Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) in Terre Haute, Ind. will soon be reunited with a class ring he lost three decades ago after it was found at a New York junk yard.

And the story of this ring — lost and found — crosses state lines.

Last month, Eric Sperger of Saranac Lake, N.Y., contacted Rose-Hulman’s Alumni Affairs via email and told the office that he found a ring with the Institute’s name, the initials “CMK” and the year 1969.

“I thought there was a good chance we could find the owner,” Sperger said.

“I just thought it was the right thing to do,” he added.

With these clues, Jim Bertoli, executive director of Alumni Affairs at Rose-Hulman said he did a search on the alumni database and found a match.

There is only one person with the initials “CMK” who graduated in 1969: It was Charles M. Kruse.

Bertoli said it was nice “being the bearer of good news” when he contacted Kruse about the ring using the information in the alumni database.

“The fun thing about this job is reconnecting people,” he said.



Kruse, who now lives in Dayton, Ohio, said he “was very much surprised to hear about it.”

He said he was not entirely sure how he lost the ring...or where. But he has some ideas.

One of them is the possibility of losing it at a local YMCA in upstate New York. Kruse said he lived in Ithaca, NY in the mid-70s, around the same time he lost the ring.

This possibility seem to match up with Sperger’s story about how the ring came into his possession.

Sperger said the class ring was among items that his 72-year-old father-in-law, who operated a junk yard 10 miles South of Ithaca, NY, asked him to sell or discard.

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