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News Release from USNA 24 April 2015
Naval Academy Building Named
in Honor of former Superintendent
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – At a ceremony later this summer, the Naval Academy will
rename the Administration Building “Larson Hall” in honor of Adm. Charles R.
Larson, Naval Academy Class of 1958, who passed away 26 July. The building was
built in 1907, renovated in 2014, and serves as the headquarters of the Naval
Academy superintendent and immediate staff.
Larson was among the most accomplished and influential superintendents in the
170-year history of the Naval Academy, serving in the position twice - from 1983
to 1986 and again from 1994 to 1998.
He recognized the need for, and enabled the eventual establishment of, what is
now the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership. Among his greatest initiatives
was the establishment of the Naval Academy’s Character Development Division,
which he developed immediately upon returning to the academy for his second tour
as superintendent. His strong emphasis on providing character and honor
instruction to the brigade was instrumental in leading the academy back from a
challenging time in its history, both restoring public confidence and repairing
the academy’s reputation and credibility.
Larson’s accomplishments were numerous, including the establishment of the
framework with the Naval Academy Alumni Association for the academy’s largest
to-date public/private funding venture which led to the construction of the
Brigade Activities Center, now known as Alumni Hall. He also directed the
Naval Academy’s 150-year anniversary celebration, and led the effort to build
the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center.
“Admiral Larson was an exemplary leader in every respect, who served his
nation with distinction,” said Naval Academy Superintendent, Vice Admiral
Walter “Ted” Carter. “His influence on the Naval Academy is lasting.
It is entirely fitting to name in his honor, the building in which
superintendents direct the course of the Naval Academy.”
“Admiral Larson was an extraordinary American and an extraordinary leader.
Through his diligence and hard work, he served with great distinction in the
United States Navy both at home and abroad,” said Senator Barbara Mikulski.
“Through two tours of duty at the U.S. Naval Academy, Admiral Larson executed
his mission to reassert the traditional high standards of moral and ethical
conduct required of the midshipmen as future military leaders of America. It’s
a fitting tribute that this building will bear the name of Admiral Larson,
honoring his lasting legacy to the U.S. Naval Academy.”