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Last Updated: 11/12/2021


George Edward Kenefick (1st Co) (11/4/21)
(April 14, 1936 - October 10, 2021)

George Edward Kenefick of Gig Harbor/Tacoma, much-loved husband of Virginia and father of Karen and Sarah, died in Tacoma on 10 October, 2021 at the age of 85. George was born Brooklyn, New York, in 1936 and subsequently grew up in Binghamton, New York, where he attended local schools until he went to the United States Naval Academy from which he graduated in 1958. George always spoke fondly of his time there and attended reunions with his classmates when possible.

He joined the United States Air Force after leaving USNA and loved his career navigating C130 Bs. He had two tours of duty in the Far East including 991 missions in Vietnam, and reluctantly retired in 1986 having earned several medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Meritorious Service Medal as well as a M.Sc. from Georgia Institute of Technology. Upon leaving the USAF George enjoyed a new career teaching mathematics at N. Mason schools which he found very fulfilling.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia, and elder daughter, Karen Millican.

There will be a memorial service on November 6 at 1:00 p.m. for George at Agnus Dei Lutheran Church (of which George was a charter member) 10511 Peacock Hill Avenue, N.W., Gig Harbor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of George Kenefick to the mentorship program at the Port Townsend Aero Museum at www.ptaeromuseum.com, or mailed to 105 Airport Road, Port Townsend, WA 98368.


Davis Flood Matheny (Non Grad)  (10/22/21)
 (March 20, 1936 ~ September 14, 2021)

  Davis (“Dave”) Flood Matheny passed into eternal life on September 14, 2021 at his home after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was 85.  Dave was the younger of two sons of Brigadier General William Albert Matheny Sr. USAF (Ret) and Clarice (“Lady”) Estelle Bulifant Matheny. He was born at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C.

  Dave grew up on various Army Air Corps and Air Force bases around the country. As is often the case with artists, his talent for drawing showed itself at a young age. He attended the United States Naval Academy before acting on his desire to become a pilot in the Air Force. His poor eyesight, however, kept him from realizing that dream, and he then attended the University of Minnesota. Here he drew illustrations for the Minnesota Daily, the campus newspaper, which led to his working as an illustrator for an international students' magazine in Holland. Here his two sons, Kevin and Michael, were born.

  In 1968 Dave and his first wife Marilyn and their two sons returned to the United States and he began working at the Minneapolis Star as an illustrator. After the Star and the Tribune merged in 1982, Dave began to write feature stories in addition to his illustrations for the new Star Tribune.     In September of 1984, Dave met the love of his life, artist Jean Sherlock, at Hansen's Harbor in Lake City. They were married on June 14, 1986. They lived for two years in south Minneapolis before building a home in Ramsey, Anoka County, where they lived for 22 years. Together they shared many interests and adventures - sailing, flying, skydiving, art, travel, shooting, music, and many more. Dave had a lively wit and a keen mind, always ready to take on a challenge or learn something new.

  Dave's passion for aviation continued to grow. He achieved his pilot's license and was able to experience flying many different kinds of aircraft, including gliders, balloons, WW2 bombers and trainers. He was especially thrilled to participate in dog fighting in Air Combat USA Marchetti aircraft. Music was also important to Dave. He played the guitar and enjoyed a wide range of music including bluegrass, Irish folk, sea shanties, and classical.

From 1992 to 2001, Dave and Jean spent part of their summers as Artists in Residence at Sylvan Lake Lodge in Custer State Park in the Black Hills. Dave drew portraits while Jean worked on location painting landscapes. They fell in love with the Black Hills and made annual vacation trips there through 2020. They also enjoyed several National Review cruises, the last one being a transatlantic crossing on the Queen Mary 2. They were frequent visitors to the North Shore. Jean and Dave also made many trips to EAA's Air Venture airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

  After Dave left the Star Tribune in 2001, he embarked on what he regarded as his dream position: He wrote and illustrated for EAA's Sport Pilot and then Sport Aviation magazines. Dave had a monthly column in which he wrote about and illustrated Light Flight - ultralights and other small aircraft - as well as general aviation wisdom. The combination of his witty writing and wonderful illustrations proved very popular with EAA's magazine readers. Dave enjoyed working for EAA until poor health forced him to retire in January of 2020.

  Dave's Catholic faith was very important in his life, and he and Jean were very active in their parish, Holy Family in St. Louis Park. He had a special devotion to Our Lady.  

In September of 2010, Dave and Jean moved to Lake City, where they had met so many years before, and began slowly renovating their 1897 home. In 2015 they purchased a 1946 Ercoupe aircraft which they kept at Red Wing Airport, and until Dave's health declined, they enjoyed many flying adventures together. They enjoyed the camaraderie of the pilots at the airport, and many a fine summer evening was spent “hangar flying” with pilot friends after sunset.

  Dave will be greatly missed by friends and family, and by the many people he reached through his writing and artwork.  Dave is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jean Sherlock Matheny; son Kevin (Christine) Matheny; daughter Deborah (Ron) Arndt; and three grandchildren.  Dave was preceded in death by brother William (“Bill”) Albert Matheny Jr. and son Michael David Matheny.

Funeral Service were held Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at 11 am at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church with Father Matt Fasnacht and Father Paul Haverstock officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary’s of the Lake Cemetery in Lake City. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. A rosary service will be held at 10:40 am at the church. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com

  Our family owes tremendous gratitude to Dave's wonderful Mayo cardiologist, Dr. Daniel Borgeson. It is because of the excellent care received from Dr. Borgeson over the past 11 years that we were able to celebrate so many birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and holidays together. Thank you, Dr. Borgeson!

Our family would also like to thank Mayo's in-home hospice team who helped so much with Dave's care in his final days, especially Kiera, his hospice nurse.

Mahn Family Funeral & Cremation Services
1022 West Lyon Ave P.O. Box 90
Lake City, MN 55041
Tel: 1-651-345-2113



Joseph Daniel Fenick, Jr. (7th C0) (1014/21)

Update : 10/22/21:

Commander Joseph D. Fenick, Jr.  (May 5, 1935 - October 4, 2021)

Born on May 5, 1935, Joseph Daniel Fenick, Jr. passed away peacefully at home on October 4, 2021, after a life fully lived. Born in New York to Joseph and Rose Fenick and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He graduated from USNA Annapolis in 1958 with the 7th company. He received his master's degree in Electrical Engineering at the United States Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA, and served 28 years in the Navy, retiring as a Commander in 1980, and was awarded a bronze star for his time in Vietnam. He continued in his engineering career well into his 70s.Joe built a rich life raising seven children with his loving wife of 60 years, Madelyn. Though he accomplished much in his career, he was most proud of the loving and successful family they both raised. In addition to being a fiercely competitive tennis player, a lifelong lover of bridge, and a gifted math whiz, Joe was an attentive and interested listener, conversationalist, and people connector. He coached youth soccer, taught his kids tennis, chess, and card games, and was often seen piling kids in his wood-paneled station wagon to attend Padre games, playgrounds, amusement parks, and weekly mass at Our Lady of Grace. Joe was generous with time, effort, and resources when it came to helping his family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife, Madelyn (Gavin); two siblings: Tom Fenick (Marylou) and Marge Dove (Tom); seven children: Sandra Otteson (Steve), Katheryn Horton (Fred), Bill Fenick (Stephania), Joe Fenick III (Kristi), Christine Fruehauf (Roy), Michael Fenick (Laura), John Fenick (Alicia); sixteen grandchildren: Amber, Lacy, Danielle, Cory, Alison, Isaac, Jack, Joey, Max, Emily, Roy, Esme, Morgan, Grace, Isabella, and Madelyn; and six great-grandchildren: Phillip, Lily, Noelle, Riley, Abigail, and Zachary. A celebration of life will be held at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Parish in El Cajon on October 21, 2021, 1:30-2:30 p.m. A rosary will precede the mass at 1 p.m., and a reception in the Parish Center will follow mass.

Published by San Diego Union-Tribune on Oct. 17, 2021.


Joe Fenick,  7th company, passed away in his sleep on Monday 4 October, 2021 from mesothelioma.  In addition to being a great roommate, he was a .great company mate to his 7th company classmates. Joe was known throughout the brigade from his role of class photographer.  Many of his pictures grace our 1958 Lucky Bag.  After his initial sea tours, Joe went back to grad school and became an Engineering Duty Officer.  In addition to many shipyard and repair facility tours, Joe served in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star.

Joe is survived by his lovely wife, Madelyn, and seven children:  Sandra Otterson, Katherine Horton, Bill Fenick, Joe Fenick III, Christine Fruehauf. Michael Fenick, and John Fenick.  He is also survived by sixteen grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.  Joe was so proud of his family and he and Madelyn made time to love everyone of them.  He is also survived by a brother, Tom and a sister, Marge.

A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Grace Church, El Cajon, CA at 1:30 on the 21st of October.  This will be preceded a rosary service at 1:00.  A reception will be held in the church hall at 2:30.  In a family gathering, Joe will be laid to rest at Miramar, 26 October at 9:30 AM


Curtiss Hewitt McGaffin, Jr. (14th Co)

 (January 13, 1936 - October 2, 2021)

Curtiss H. McGaffin, Jr passed away on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 after contracting COVID-19. He was 85 years old.

Curt was born in Baltimore, MD on January 13, 1936 to the late Audrey Merle (Romoser) and Curtiss Hewitt McGaffin, Sr. He attended the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in Baltimore, completing the “A Course” program while competing on their swim team as a powerful back-stroker. He spent summers with his lifelong friend, Joel, learning to sail the Chesapeake and finding out the hard way that, “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at morning, sailor’s warning.”

Upon graduation, he received nomination and was appointed to the United States Naval Academy, where the Navy Varsity swim team also benefited from his back-stroke skills. He honed his sailing expertise as a midshipman, and was enjoying shore leave in Philadelphia, PA when he met Janet M. Hartley at a YMCA dance.

Curt graduated from the Naval Academy in 1958 with a general engineering degree but did not receive a commission because of continued problems with asthma. He accepted an engineering position with Martin-Marietta Corporation in Middle River, MD and did Design Assurance work on the Saturn and other rocket programs. He married Janet in October 1958 and settled in the Baltimore area, welcoming Linda Marie in the summer of 1959 and Valerie Gail in the summer of 1961.

After nine years with Martin’s, the family relocated to the Philadelphia suburbs, where Curt was hired by American Electronic Laboratories, Inc (AEL). He performed Design Assurance studies and testing of military airborne jammers from 1967 until his retirement in 2001.

Curt was an active member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church (OLHC) in Abington PA for 53 years as a eucharistic minister, usher, cantor, blood drive organizer, and volunteer with Holy Name Society and Saint Vincent DePaul Society. He also enjoyed participating in life at Gwynedd Estates, the continuing care community where he spent his later years. The staff and residents there fondly remember his gentle nature and especially the huge smile he wore when enjoying his favorite meal, hard-shell crabs.

Curt is survived by his loving daughter Valerie M. Shoulberg, son-in-law Mark A. Shoulberg, and Grand-daughter Natalie K. Shoulberg, of Doylestown, PA, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceding him in death are his beloved wife Janet M. (Hartley), daughter Linda M., and sister Marguerite (Rush).

Services and interment private at the convenience of the family due to ongoing COVID concerns. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross.

Services entrusted to the Joseph J. McGoldrick Funeral Home, Jenkintown, PA. Condolences: www.McGoldrickFH.com

Joseph J. McGoldrick Funeral Home

Phone: (215) 884-0800

507 West Avenue

Jenkintown, PA 19046


Gail Lockwood Moran (Wife of Mike Moran (24th Co)) (10/14/21)

Gail Lockwood Moran, 88, passed peacefully on August 29, 2021 surrounded by family throughout her last hours. Gail is the daughter of the late Esther and Ernest Johnson of Manchester, CT.

She grew up in Manchester, CT, the oldest of three girls and graduated from Manchester High School in 1951. Her close group of childhood friends remained in touch thoughout the entirety of their lives. Gail went on to Bryant College where she completed her degree. There, she met her first husband, the late Stephen Lockwood on an outing to the beach. They were married in 1954 and had three children, finally settling in Rockville, MD. She was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.

Gail worked for and retired from the City of Rockville. She was active in her community. She volunteered for the Girl Scouts, belonged to The Garden Club and The Bridge Club.

Gail met her 2nd husband, Michael Moran when she was in her early sixties, and they were married 24 joyful years at her passing. Gail and Mike lived in Gaithersburg, MD for the entirety of their marriage.

Gail Moran is survived by her husband, Michael Moran, daughters Sharon Mancuso (Dino) of Olney, MD, Deborah Micklus of Atascadero, CA and son Douglas Lockwood (Julie) of Boyds, MD, step-daughter Monica Rosenquist (John), of Bethesda, MD and 2 stepsons, Stephen Moran (Carolyn Malon) of West Hartford, CT and David Moran (April) of Covington, MD. She leaves 2 sisters, Carol Walker (William) of South Deerfield, MA, Dennise Carter of Manchester, CT, 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, numerous cousins, friends and neighbors.

A viewing will be held Sept 7th from 5-7 pm at Pumphrey Funeral Home in Rockville, MD. A service and burial will be held the following day, Sept 8th, 11am at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg, MD.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to The American Heart Association.

John Daniel Haney, Jr. (16th Co) (9/21/21)

Lt. Col. John Daniel Haney Jr.  USAF Ret died peacefully on 14 September 2021. Dan was born in Haddonfield, NJ. on October 31, 1936 the first son of John Daniel Haney and Mary Augusta (Bell) Haney. Dan spent his early childhood in Lake Charles, LA. and graduated high school in West Orange, NJ. Receiving his appointment from NJ, Dan attended the US Naval Academy and graduated in 1958.

Pursuing his dreams of flight, Dan chose to enter the United States Air Force; where he served several ground tours in the USAF (in the US and South Korea) prior to finally gaining entrance to flight school. He flew tours in the F-101, F-102 and transitioned to prop planes to serve in Vietnam, flying combat missions in the Douglas Skyraider (A1E). Dan was awarded two Silver Stars (Ret. USAF)and two DFC’s for actions from January to May, 1967.

Following his combat tour, Dan returned to the States and flew the F-101 and F-106. Dan subsequently earned a M.Sc. (Engineering) from George Washington University. He retired from the Air Force when he thought he would “only be flying a desk” in June 1978. He worked for the NRA as an Executive Vice-President, he worked for local engineering firms and later on taught school in Virginia.

His retirement years were marked by his service to his church and to his community. He held many service posts in Trinity Episcopal Church, including Vestry service,  choir and missions to Africa and Honduras, among others, and he was very active with Seven Loaves in our community.

Wherever he was stationed or lived, Dan spent as much time as he could hunting and fishing. He was always at home in the fields and forests. He took tremendous delight in the accomplishments of his family, and he loved his many dogs.

Dad was predeceased by his daughter Friday Elizabeth and by his brothers Robert R. and Richard A. Haney.  He leaves his wife of 54 years, Annabelle Stovall Haney, his son Daniel Lloyd Haney and his beloved grandson Colton Metcalfe Haney, all from Middleburg, VA. Dan leaves his brother Peter, in Canada, and a niece and nephews in Oregon, Georgia, North Carolina and Canada.

Dan lived a life of honor, loyalty and service to his country, his family and his church. He will be deeply missed by those he left.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, 24 September 2021 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Upperville, VA, with a small reception to follow. Lt. Col.  John Daniel Haney   Jr. (USAF Ret) will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery sometime next year.

The family wishes for all stories and memories of Dan to be emailed to jdhsandy@gmail.com or mailed to the family at 34572 Welbourne Road, Middleburg, VA 20117 for later generations to enjoy.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, any donations shall be made in Dan’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Royston Funeral Homes – Middleburg
106 E. Washington St.
Middleburg, VA 20117

Phone: 540-687-5400



John David Peters  (13th Co) 9/20/21

From Gordo:

I regret to inform you that JD died on 20 Sept 2021.  The following is a brief explanation from Joan:

JD was suffering from Alzheimer's/dementia, but on the 26th of August he took a fall which resulted, in essence - a tear in the inner aorta membrane. He did not last long thereafter.

Punchbowl services will be sometime in October when the 2 granddaughters have a school break.


Carl John Triebes Jr. (8th Co) (8th Co) (9/10/21)
(JANUARY 2, 1935 – AUGUST 26, 2021)

Captain Carl J, Triebes, Jr. USN (Ret), passed away peacefully at his home in The Woodlands, Texas, on August 26, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.  He died of metastatic bone cancer; he was 86 years old.

Born in Pueblo, Colorado in 1935, he was the son of the late Carl J. Triebes and Lucille M. Jones Triebes.  He graduated from Centennial High School, as did both of his parents, and attended Pueblo Junior College for one year prior to entering the United States Naval Academy under the congressional appointment of the late Senator Eugene Millikin.

While at the Naval Academy, he was a member of the Glee Club, on the Lucky Bag staff, Class Ring and Crest committee, and was manager of the Cross Country team.  He graduated with the class of 1958 and was a member of the 8th Company.

Upon graduation, Carl was commissioned an Ensign and assigned to USS George Clymer (APA-27) for one year prior to attending submarine school.  He was qualified in submarines on USS Rock (AGSS-274) and subsequently served on USS Ronquil (SS-396) before attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned a MS Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and a Naval Engineer Degree.

After being designated Engineering Duty, Carl was assigned to Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA where he was a ship superintendent and type desk officer for SSN-637 class submarine construction.  Subsequent assignments included SSN Overhaul Project Manager at SUPSHIP Pascagoula, MS, and Repair Officer on USS Simon Lake (AS-33) home ported in Rota, Spain.  He then served on the Staff of COMSUBLANT, Norfolk, VA as Maintenance Officer and completed his Navy career as the Deputy Supervisor of Shipbuilding at Newport News, VA.

Retiring from the Navy in 1982, Carl took a position with Transworld Drilling Company in Lafayette, LA where he was the general manager for Gulf Coast offshore drilling operations.  In 1993 he accepted a position with American Bureau of Shipping (Quality Evaluations) in Houston, TX where he was the Director of Audit until retirement in 1998.

Carl is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Donna E. Davenport, son Philip and his wife Margaret Woolverton Triebes of Pflugerville, TX, daughter Paula and her husband Paul L. Templet of The Woodlands,TX, and grandchildren William and Katherine Triebes, and Joseph, Benjamin, and Claire Templet.  His parents and sister, Martha, predeceased him.

Carl was a life member of the Naval Institute, the Naval Submarine League, and the American Society of Naval Engineers where he served as Chairman of the Tidewater Chapter in 1981.  In 1992 he taught Engineering Graphics as an adjunct professor at the University of Southwest Louisiana.  For many years he and his wife delivered Meals on Wheels in their community of The Woodlands, TX.

A committal service and inurnment will be held at the Naval Academy Columbarium on a date to be announced.


Ray Sterling Hardy, Jr. (13th Co) 9/10/21 

Mary Selma Hardy 9/10/21

Ray Sterling Hardy was born on November 15, 1935, in Oakland, California to Agnes and Raymond Hardy. Ray was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and attended the US Naval Academy. He was a competitive sailor and captained the Annapolis offshore racer "Highland Light" all four years at the academy. He entered naval service in 1958 and had a distinguished naval career, serving mainly in the Pacific fleet. Ray was a family man first and foremost and would not pursue transfers that would be difficult for his family. He was a devoted Episcopalian, served in the lay ministry, and was a lifelong Mason, as well.

Mary Selma Hardy (ne Dinant) was born on February 11, 1931, in San Diego to Marian, or Mimi to family and friends, and Paul Dinant. She graduated in 1949 from San Diego High School. Being highly creative, Mary painted pictures and sketched illustrations for local publications and personal pleasure. She wrote comedy material for stand-up comedians and was once offered a position, which she turned down, writing for the Smothers Brothers television show. Mary's greatest interest was in textile arts and she created many beautiful stitchery pictures, quilts, and stuffed toys in her own unmistakable style. In addition to creating her own art, Mary shared her skills and ideas by teaching in schools and workshops. Her ideas and techniques are still an influence on current and future artists. 

 Mary and Ray were introduced through family friends and fell in love. They were married on March 7, 1960 in Santa Barbara at the city hall. they spent their life together with their family moving duty stations, San Diego, Monterey, Honolulu, Key West and finally back to San Diego Mary and Ray's life revolved around their children, pets and their many dear friends. Their holiday feasts were joyous occasions that served as milestones to mark the year by. They peacefully passed away within a month and a week of each other. Ray died April 1, 2021 and Mary followed him shortly after on May 8. They are survived by their family and countless friends. Their sons Paul, Martin and wife Linda, Frederic and wife Fiona, and James and wife Robin; their grandchildren Alana, Casey, Rindy, Maraya, Robyn, Sophia, and Izabel; and their great-grandchildren Brinley, Maelyn, Raylee, Mason, and Levi. There shall be a celebration of life on September 17, 2021 at ZLAC Rowing Club, 1111 Pacific Beach Dr, San Diego, CA 92109, from 1 - 3pm. Please join us to remember the loving Mary and Ray.


Kenneth Francis Mitchell  (10th Co) 9/1/21

Update 10/31/21

LCDR Kenneth Francis Mitchell, US Navy (ret) passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, August 29,2021 at the age of 85 surrounded by loved ones. Ken “Mitch” Mitchell was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 26, 1936 to Kenneth William Mitchell and Adelaide Gregory Mitchell. Throughout his life he treasured memories of growing up in Brooklyn surrounded by cousins, especially favorite cousins Joan Marie Glover and Noreen Goodwin.  

He moved with his parents to California in 1948 and at the outbreak of the Korean War traveled by ocean liner to the territory of Hawaii where his father was stationed at Pearl Harbor. He spent his teenage years exploring the forests and beaches around Oahu and developing his love of the ocean and traditional Hawaiian surfing. He developed his lifelong fascination with aviation growing up around Hickam Field and stowed away on a flight to Guam at the age of 15.  

He returned to the mainland in 1954 to attend the United States Naval Academy and was a member of the Class of 1958. He maintained lifelong friendships with his classmates in Company 10, particularly with the families of late classmates Dick Lovejoy and Odie O’Donnell, whose families became extensions of his own. He sponsored godson Chris Lovejoy as a midshipman and regularly attended Class of 58reunions throughout his life, undeterred by health issues in his later years.  

After graduation from the Academy, Ken Mitchell attended flight training school in Pensacola, Florida and Corpus Christi, Texas and embarked on a career as a Naval Aviator in 1960. He joined Anti-Submarine Warfare Squadron 34 and served both ashore at Quonset Point and on the aircraft carrier USS Essex, surviving the North Atlantic storm that severely damaged the vessel and distinguishing himself as a member of the U.S. Naval Blockade Force during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  

He completed one of the most difficult curricula at the Naval Post Graduate School in 1965, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in electronic engineering. He earned a Naval Achievement Medal as a Flight Instructor and Quality Control Officer for VT-31 in Corpus Christi, Texas and served as Training and Administration Officer for VS-38 in North Island, California. His tour as an Aircraft Commander in the Vietnam conflict at the Gulf of Tonkin earned the Meritorious Unit Commendation and the VietnamService Medal. He returned to the Naval Academy in 1970, where he taught Electrical Engineering andserved in the Naval Systems Engineering Command.

He retired from the Navy in 1978 and embarked on a new career as a member of the senior technical  taff of a technology think tank, Propulsion Dynamics, Inc. in Annapolis where he developed cutting edge computer control systems for Navy ships.  

Mitch is survived by his wife Pauline (Polly) Bower Mitchell; daughters from his first marriage to Shirley Sowell Mitchell, Cathryn Mitchell Reid and her husband William, and Carolyn Mitchell; step daughter Carlyle Menne Jacinto and her husband Noel; step son Peter Menne; son Kenneth William Mitchell, II and his wife Kristin; daughter Grace Mitchell Westreich and her husband Jonathan; grandchildren Jay and Tony Jacinto and Linat, Shirite and Nathan Westreich; his brother Robert Mitchell and sisters Deborah Mitchell Burger and Geraldine Mitchell Obi; many fondly remembered cousins from New York; his godson LTCOL Christopher Lovejoy, USMC (ret) and numerous friends from the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1958.

Visitation will be at Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Road in Edgewater on Wednesday November 3, 2021 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm.  A service will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy Main Chapel on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 2:00 pm


Russell Vernon Mowery (21st Co) (08/10/21)

On August 9, 2021, Russell Mowery passed away peacefully at his home in Portsmouth, Rhode Island with his wife Nancy and children beside him. Born in Canton, Ohio on May 25, 1934, Russ always had a song in his heart. He attended Washington High School in Massillon, Ohio where, as Drum Major, he struck up the Massillon Tiger Swing Band with his forward strut. He brought his buoyant spirit to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1954, graduating in 1958. Russ earned his wings as a naval aviator in 1959 and obtained his master of education from the University of Virginia in 1966. He went on to serve his country during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War and the Cold War as well as other numerous missions. When a fellow aviator's plane and entire crew was downed during the Vietnam War, Russ volunteered to step in to take his place and finish his mission. He primarily flew the P-3 Orion, the world's premier antisubmarine and maritime surveillance air craft.

Russ served in several squadrons and flew multiple deployments, seeing almost every corner of the globe. One particular highlight of his service was being stationed as an exchange instructor with the Canadian Forces in Greenwood, Nova Scotia, a rare honor for an American servicemen (1969-1972).

He went on to become the Commanding Officer of VP8 (also known as the "Tigers") in Brunswick, Maine. That service was a source of special pride to him, and he was admired and beloved as Commander of the P-3 Orion unit. His last assignment was at the Naval War College in Newport where he served until he retired until 1979. Russ began his civilian career in financial planning, but found a new professional home in real estate, where he excelled at helping others find their homes. He worked first for Carey, Richmond & Viking and then became part-owner of Redwood Viking. Russ's clients were uniformly impressed by his warmth, integrity, good humor, and professionalism.

Russ Mowery was blessed in his personal as well as professional life. He married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Anne Russell as his wife in 1958. They had four children, and the couple celebrated 63 years of marriage in June. Russ was devoted to his family and friends - known to all as a "stand-up guy," one who could be counted on. He saw the best in others and was always eager to help. Russ was an active parishioner and a lector at St. Barnabas Catholic Church for many years. He enjoyed both golf and duplicate bridge. Russ is preceded in death by his son Ronald Mowery and is survived by his wife Nancy, three of their children: Michael Mowery, Mary Anne Mowery Segerson, Teresa Anne Mowery, seven grandchildren: Christopher Segerson, Katie Zilgme, Kevin Segerson, Rachel Mowery, Kelly Mowery, Charlotte Mowery and Layla Mowery and his first great grandson, Victor Segerson Zilgme (born July 11, 2021).

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 12, 2021, at 10:00 AM in St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871. Burial will be private.


William Raymond Bumgardner (22nd Co)  (08/10/21)

Ray Bumgardner (22Co.) died December 31, 2020 as a result of colon cancer.   No further info at this time


Nancy Stremic (Wife of  Tony Stremic (20th Co) (8/10/21)

From Nancy's Daughter:

Nancy Stremic of Haymarket, Virginia, formerly of Norristown, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully at home on July 28,2020. Nancy is survived by her daughter, Lynn Johnson of Gainesville, Virginia (husband Chris) and granddaughters Kelly Johnson of St. Petersburg, Florida and Meghan Johnson of St. Augustine, Florida; Son, David Stremic of Round Hill, Virginia (wife Maria); Sister, Janet Zimmerman (husband Bill); Nieces, Karen Corkery (husband Gerry and family), Kathi Rees (husband Jay and family), Tammy Slivka (husband Jeff and family), Wendy McElhinney (husband Kevin and family), and Cindy Hussie (husband Kieran and family). 

Nancy was born December 22, 1934 in Reading, PA. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Dorothy Ughes. She grew up in Norristown, PA. Nancy graduated from Bryn Mawr College as a registered nurse. Nancy married Anthony Stremic in August 1958. She worked at various hospitals in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California depending upon where her husband was stationed in the United States Marine Corps. She finished her nursing career as the clinic aide at White Oaks Elementary in Burke, VA. She worked there for over 20 years and enjoyed every minute of it. 

Nancy adored her family and loved being a mother to her three children (Son, Mark Stremic of Haymarket, Virginia, passed away in 2014) and a grandmother to her two granddaughters. Nancy loved the beach and spent many summer days on the Jersey shore or on the beach in Corolla, North Carolina. She also enjoyed feeding the many birds, especially the crows, and squirrels that visited her backyard. We love you, Moo, and we are so thankful you were our Mom and Grandmother. You are with Markie and Dad and Jesus now and we know that makes you happy! The service at Quantico will be private. 

Contributions can be made in her memory to St. Jude Research Children's Hospital: https://www.stjude.org/

Edwin Barden Smedberg (19th Co) (8/9/21)

Update 9/1/21

Ted's Funeral Services will be on Monday, December 20th at 10:45 AM at the Old Post Chapel on Fort Myer with a graveside service immediately following. Please arrive 30-45 minutes prior to the services to meet the cemetery representative at the Chapel. Everyone attending must have a valid I.D., this will be checked at the gate along with their vehicles. 

Update 8/26/21


Capt. Edwin Barden Smedberg (USN Ret.)  (13 JULY, 1934 – 7 AUGUST, 2021)

Captain Edwin Barden "Ted" Smedberg, USN (Ret) died quietly in his sleep with his wife and a few of his children at his side at Walter Reed National Medical Center on 7 August, 2021. Born in Annapolis, MD on 13 July, 1934, he was the son of Vice Admiral and Mrs. William R. Smedberg, III. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy on 4 June 1958.

Soon after graduation, on 7 June 1958, Ted married Beverly Hogle, the daughter of Vice Admiral and Mrs. Reynold D. Hogle, He then entered flight training and received his "Wings of Gold" as a Naval Aviator on 25 January 1960 in Corpus Christi, TX.

Upon receiving his wings, Ted served in various Ant-Submarine (VS) squadrons. Those tours were interspersed with shore duty at the Naval Academy, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and the Bureau of Naval Personnel. His first command was the Navy Recruiting District in Dallas. This was followed by Command of VS-29, the first Pacific Fleet Squadron to deploy the S-3A Viking. Following a tour as Deputy Commander of the Navy Recruiting Command, Ted was selected for major shore command and served as Commander, Navy Recruiting Area Seven, headquartered in Dallas. After two years in Dallas, he was assigned as Commanding Officer of the Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan.

His final tour of duty was with the Office of Naval Research in Washington, DC. Ted logged 4,300 hours in Naval aircraft and amassed 420 carrier landings, 260 of which were night operational landings. In addition to various campaign and unit awards his personal awards include the Legion of Merit, five Meritorious Service medals and one strike flight Air Medal.

Upon retiring from active duty in 1987, he committed his second career to the Roman Catholic Faith through 30+ years of service at St. John Academy in McLean, VA as an administrator as well as a tutor in Math and Science. He particularly enjoyed mentoring struggling students. He also was a strong supporter of youth sports, particularly baseball where he served as a little league umpire for many years. An avid golfer, he was instrumental in organizing annual outings to Hilton Head with his Naval Academy classmates for over 20 years.

He is survived by Beverly, his wife of 63 years, five children, 14 grandchildren and eight great-grand children with two more on the way.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. John the Beloved in McLean on 13 August, 2021. He will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ted’s name to Shriners Hospitals for Children, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or Divine Mercy Care.

Murphy Funeral Homes
1102 West Broad Street
Falls Church, VA 22046




Update: 8/10/21

Funeral Arrangements


Thursday Aug 12, 2021   6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Murphy’s Funeral Home
1102 West Broad St.
Falls Church, VA 22046



Friday Aug 13, 2021   11:00 AM

St. John the Beloved
6420 Linway Terrace
McLean, VA 22101

From Gordo:

I regret to inform you that after a lengthy battle with cancer Ted died on 7 Aug.  

John Thomas Wells, Jr. (19th Co)

Update: 8/10/21 :  Obituary

John T. Wells, Jr. ‘58

  Lieutenant Colonel John T. Wells Jr., USAF (Ret), of Henderson, NV, passed away on Saturday July 17, 2021. He was 85 years old.

John was born in Burgaw, NC, was raised in Eastern North Carolina and graduated as Valedictorian from Burgaw High School in 1953.  After High School he attended the University of North Carolina prior to getting a Congressional Appointment to the United States Naval Academy.   In 1954 he entered the Academy with the Class of 1958 and graduated with the 19th company on June 4, 1958.   Upon graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and married Nancy Beisber of Elm Grove Wisconsin on graduation day.

Subsequently, he attended various flight training courses and also served as an instructor.  In 1964 John was assigned to the U.S. European Command in Wiesbaden, Germany in an Intelligence capacity and then went to the Strategic Air Command (SAC) with flight duty in Reconnaissance operations.  He flew in Vietnam during the war.  Other requirements were met in South East Asia and Korea.  He accrued over 100 combat missions in the process.  Awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) with one oak leaf cluster, the Air Medal with eleven oak leaf clusters, and the Joint Service Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster.

After retiring from the Air Force in 1979, John served in Aero Space operations at the Florida Space Center, initially, at the Naval Ordnance Test Unit.  Later he took a position with McDonnell Douglas (later Boeing) at the Kennedy Space Center in support of Space Shuttle Operations until fully retiring in 1992.

John is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Nancy Beisber of Elm Grove, Wisconsin, sons Robert and Richard, daughter-in-law Danielle, daughter Jennifer, two grandchildren, Mathew and Rebekah, and a brother James Barden Wells.

Services were held Friday, July 30, 2021 at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery.  

John T. Wells Jr. & Taylor Keith ‘58


William Edwin Davis Geoghegan (Non Grad) (7/29/61)

William Edwin Davis Geoghegan, Jr “Ed”, 86, of Pinehurst, NC died Monday morning, June 14, 2021, peacefully at home.

Mr. Geoghegan was born in Cambridge, Maryland on February 18, 1935, to the late William Edwin Davis and Sally Branch Geoghegan.  He attended Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pennsylvania, and later attended the US Naval Academy. He completed his studies in mechanical engineering at George Washington University. After graduating, Ed began his own mechanical, electrical, plumbing engineering design firm in the DC metropolitan area from 1963 until his retirement in 2004.Mr. Geoghegan led his team in the design of innovative MEP systems for commercial work such as office buildings, schools, and churches both locally and internationally.  He was very instrumental in promoting the use of geothermal systems.  When asked where the mechanical room would be located, he would take people to the football field and say, “you are standing on it”. He participated in design-build teams to design geothermal systems for entire military bases including the housing units in the United States and abroad. Mr. Geoghegan resided with his family for 30 years in Frederick, Maryland before retiring to Pinehurst in 2004.  He was an active member of Pinehurst United Methodist Church and a member of Moore County Men’s Republican Club.  Ed was preceded in death by his sister, Alberta Ingram; son, Andrew Morrow Geoghegan.

Mr. Geoghegan is survived by his wife, Gayle; 7 children, John Geoghegan of Haymarket, VA, Abigail Geoghegan (Christi Blauwkamp) of Yucca Valley, CA, Kimberly (Jonathan) Dressler of Davidson, Scott (Laura) Geoghegan of N. Palm Beach, Fl, Jennifer (Steven) Ryall of Bethany Beach, DE, James (Brandi) Geoghegan of Concord, April Geoghegan of Johnson City, TN; his brother, David (Libby) Geoghen of Hydes, MD; 15 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren.

Also survived by Sister-in-law, Carolyn (Paul) Shafer of Pinehurst; Brother-in-Law, William (Diane) Palmer of Naples, FL; many loved nieces & nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Pinehurst United Methodist Church, 4111 airport Rd., Pinehurst, NC, Monday, June 21st at 3:00 pm with Pastor David Beam officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to First Health Hospice Foundation, 150 Applecross Rd, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

Care of the family is entrusted to Crumpler Funeral Home-Aberdeen.

Crumpler Funeral Home-Aberdeen

Mailing Address:

 40229 US 1 Hwy S.
Aberdeen, NC 28315

Tel: 1-910-944-9400




John Frank Gamboa (17th Co)  (07/09/21)
August 12, 1933-July 8.2021

Update 7/30/21

Frank Gamboa Memorial  

From Gordo:

The loss of one of our Class Leaders, Frank Gamboa, has caused a large number of you to indicate your interest in a donation in his memory. I have arranged with the Alumni Association for a semi-automatic process that will enable you to make a donation to the ’58 created Chuck Larson Memorial Fund in Frank’s memory. As part of this process his widow, Linda, will be notified.

 Here is the process:

Simply dial 1-410-295-4115. Ask for Liz Root. She is the Director of the Gift Administration Team. If she is not there, all of her assistants can handle this as well. Tell her that you wish to donate (whatever amount) in Frank’s memory to the Larson Memorial Fund (65580200). Provide the responder with your credit card number. If you prefer to send a check, simply explain that to the responder and get the address. It is that simple.

If you have any problem with this process, please call me at 703-437-0074.


Update: 07/13/21

From Gordo:

Dear Classmates,

John "Frank" Gamboa passed away on July 8, 2021 of complications following hip replacement surgery.

Funeral service at the Church of the Holy Comforter, in Vienna, Virginia, will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. 

A reception at the church will follow the service.

An Inurnment Service at the U S. Naval Academy Columbarium, in Annapolis, Maryland, will be at 2:00 pm on Wednesday,  August 11, 2021.

A reception will follow at the Naval Academy Officers and Faculty Club.

The following contains an obituary on his Funeral Home page:


I will be forwarding info shortly regarding appropriate memorial donation procedures.


Obituary (7/13/21)

Frank Gamboa died of Parkinson’s complications following hip replacement surgery on July 8, 2021. He was 88 years old. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Linda, his son Jack and granddaughter Emma, of Portland, Oregon, and his daughter Judy and granddaughter Loren, of Middleburg, Virginia.

A native of Lone Pine, California, Frank was the third child of Enriqueta and Teodulo Gamboa, who fled Mexico during the Revolution. He and his 6 siblings were first generation Americans. He graduated from Lone Pine High School, attended Los Angeles Junior College, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1958, in the 17th Company. He earned a Communications Engineering degree from the Navy Postgraduate School, and a Masters Degree in Government from University of Maryland.

Frank was a Surface Warfare officer who served on shore duty in the U.S., as well as in Korea, Bahrain, and Panama; and on ships in both the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets. He commanded USS Fort Fisher (LSD-40) , USS Vancouver (LPD-2), and he was Commodore of the 7 ships in Amphibious Squadron 3 in the Pacific Fleet. He also commanded the Naval Communications Station Balboa, in the Panama Canal Zone. He served in the Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Equal Opportunity. Frank retired from the Navy after 30 years of service. Frank Gamboa’s service awards include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Navy Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal (2 awards), and the Navy Commendation Medal, and several campaign and unit award ribbons.

Frank served as Vice President of the USNA Class of 1958, giving generously of his time, and successfully nominated 5 members of the class of 1958 for USNA Distinguished Graduate Awards. From 1994 to 2006, he and Linda ran Gamboa International Corporation, an environmental management consulting company. During John McCain’s 2000 Presidential Campaign.  Frank was a surrogate speaker and Coordinator for Veterans and POWs.  Frank was often interviewed and featured in biographies in print and film for his longtime friendship with John McCain, who was his roommate at the Naval Academy and a dear friend.

Frank wrote his memoir, El Capitan, the Making of an American Naval Officer, in 2011. He developed a management plan for success for future Surface Warfare Officers, through “Another Link in the Chain,” a mentorship program linking the class of 1958 with the class of 2008. He was a loyal Navy Football and ‘58 tailgate fan.

Frank was a parishioner who served as an usher, and on the Senior Saints Ministries at the Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna, Virginia.

In Frank’s memory, you may wish to donate to the Naval Academy Chuck Larson Ethical Leadership Fund, or to the Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna, Virginia.


From Gordo: (7/9/21)

I am profoundly saddened to have to report that Frank Gamboa, one of our class leaders, died this morning (8 July)  at 0700. Frank had been bravely fighting Parkinsons Disease as well as personal physical problems.

He will be sadly missed. I will report on funeral arrangements as soon as I have them.


Ralph John Carestia (20th Co) 07/9/21)

Update from Pete Russell (8/8/21)

Ralph Carestia Obituary

Ralph Carestia, of Rockville, MD, died on 8 July 2021. He was born on 19 June 1936 in Pottsville, PA to Anthony Carestia and Angeline Mete, in the heart of Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region.

Ralph loved sports and was very athletic. He received All-American football honors as a fullback in high school, and State of Pennsylvania honors in track for both low hurdles and javelin throw.  He entered the Naval Academy by competitive presidential appointment, graduating with the Class of 1958, 20th Company.  At the Academy he played football and excelled on the varsity track team, reaching the Penn State Relays.  Ralph was commissioned Ensign, U.S. Navy Supply Corps. 

Ralph’s first “assignment” was to trade in his cleats to marry his bride of 63 years, the former Shirley Stromberg of Silver Spring, MD whom he met at the 1956 Navy-Notre Dame football game in Baltimore. After attending Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, GA, he served afloat as Supply Officer of USS Purdy (DD-734) out of Newport, RI, then ashore in logistics at Naval Security Stations at Fort Meade, MD and in Washington DC, until concluding his active Navy service as a Lieutenant in 1962.  Ralph then joined Stromberg Sheet Metal Works in Beltsville, MD. The company was founded in 1940 by his father-in-law Paul Stromberg. Ralph soon became part owner of the company which rapidly grew and, after 25 years, they sold the company to its employees. During the ensuing years, Ralph became the owner of a refrigeration company, two warehouses, and a supply company, all of which he later sold, and in 1993 he purchased the Studebaker’s nightclubs in Rockville and Tyson's Corner, VA; and a restaurant in Germantown, MD. By 2005 Ralph had sold or closed the nightclubs and restaurant to retire and reflect on "a real fun period in my life" as he phrased it.

Ralph was a 4th degree Knights of Columbus member and former President of his neighborhood association. He coached soccer, could be found at every football game of his son and grandsons, was a “true believer” in the Washington Redskins, an avid golfer, and loved skiing. He had a corny sense of humor and loved to laugh and enjoy life to the fullest.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Shirley, and five children: a son, Anthony Carestia, and four daughters, Debbie Thompson, Sandy Mercer, Karen Crocker, and Angela Tranquil; twelve grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A celebration of life was held on 15 July 2021 in Rockville, MD.


James Roger Lyons  (6th Co) (7/9/21) 
October 6, 1935 – June 30, 2021

James Roger Lyons, U.S.N. Cdr. (Ret.), of Annandale, died Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at INOVA Hospital. He was born in Easton on October 6, 1935, to the parents of William Raymond Lyons and Sara Rittenhouse Lyons.

James (who went by Roger) graduated from Easton High School and attended Johns Hopkins University before entering the United States Naval Academy and graduating in 1958. He married his beloved wife, Katherine Johnston Lyons, and completed sea duty before attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to earn a Civil Engineering degree and join the U.S.N. Civil Engineer Corps.

During his naval career he was stationed in Virginia, South Carolina, Vietnam, Spain, Rhode Island, and Washington D.C, the last where he earned an MBA from George Washington University. His naval experiences included: a brief stint following the Galveston (CLG-3) from port to yard and back, preparation for facilities for the Poseidon system and the Air Force’s C5A, and later taking command of the U.S. Naval Mobile Construction (Seabee) Battalion 40 in Guam. He returned to the D.C area and was stationed there until retiring from the Navy. He then embarked on his second career with George Washington University as the Director of Facilities and Planning. With GWU he managed design, construction, and maintenance of the university’s real property until his final retirement.

Rog loved golfing, hunting, fishing, and his family.  He is survived by his wife Katherine, two children:  Kate Herndon (Todd), John Lyons (Joanne), and four grandchildren: Chris, Daniel, Virginia, and Michelle.


James Simon Silldorf (5th Co) 7/5/21

From Lance Massey:

Jim Silldorff died on 1 January 2020. 

In recognition of his military service, James was laid to rest at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery on January 22, 2020. The Neptune Society of Fairfield, CA, was entrusted with his final arrangements.


Dennis Michael Cunningham (18th Co) (6/25/21)

Update  7/5/21:

Dennis M. (Mike) Cunningham, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (Ret.) of Locust Grove, VA, died at his home on Monday, June 21, 2021 from lung and brain cancers resulting from exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. He would have been 85 years old on June 29, 2021.

Mike was born in South Bend, IN on June 29, 1936 to John C. and Janet M. (Cunningham) Finn of Orillia, Ontario. He was adopted by James A. and Mary L. (Talbert) Cunningham of South Bend, IN. He attended Wabash High School until 1952 when the family moved to Lafayette, IN and transferred to Culver Military Academy graduating in 1954. He received a congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy and graduated with the 18th Company in the Great Class of 1958. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

Mike served at various posts and stations throughout the Corps as an Infantry Officer until retiring at Quantico in June of 1981. While stationed at the Marine Barracks in Norfolk, VA he met Clara (Maxine) Scott of Marion, VA. They were married from June 1961 until her death in April 2003. Together, they raised four children, Mark, Theodore, Sydma and James.

Mike participated in combat operations in the Dominican Republic in 1965, serving as Headquarters Commandant of the 6th MEU, and in the Republic of Viet Nam with First Battalion, First Marines in 1966-67. He commanded Alfa Company and served as the Battalion Operations Officer. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Navy Commendation Medal, both with Combat V's. In addition, he was awarded several other personal and unit decorations, including a Meritorious Service Medal, a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and two Presidential Unit Citations.

During Mike's active service, he earned a master's degree in Technology of Management from American University under the Marine Corps' Special Education Program and a Master of Business Administration degree while serving as the Executive Officer of the NROTC unit at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was also a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College.

Following retirement from the Marine Corps in 1981, Mike joined MCI Communications Corporation in Washington, D.C., retiring in 1996. He then served on the adjunct faculties of University of Mary Washington and Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, VA until 2010.

In 2009, Mike met Dorothy (Dottie) Hanners. After an extended courtship, they married on St. Patrick's Day in 2020. They loved to travel, square dance, attend plays and concerts, and to spend time with family, friends, and each other. Among their fondest memories were gatherings with their blended and extended families. The Outer Banks of NC, Myrtle Beach, SC and Manitoulin Island in Canada were among their favorite locations. "Uncle Mike's Place" in Fredericksburg, VA was the gathering place for extended families from the United States and Canada to share love and celebrate the holidays.

Mike is preceded in death by his wife Maxine, son Mark Hatzopoulos of Norfolk, VA, brother William Finn of Aurora, ON and son-in-law Gray Williamson of Bethany WV.

Mike is survived by his loving wife and companion Dottie, his sons Theodore Hatzopoulos of Norfolk, VA and James Cunningham of Miami, FL, and his daughter Sydma Hatzopoulos of Bethany, WV. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Nicolas Hatzopoulos and Sara Hatzopoulos Yeiser, and two great granddaughters. Also surviving are his brother Murray Finn and wife, Linda, of Elliot Lake, ON, his cousin Al Cunningham and wife, Mary, of Kitchener, ON, several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and Dottie's two sons, James and Christopher, and their families.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Johnson Funeral Home, Locust Grove, VA. A memorial service will be held at Lake of the Woods Church, Locust Grove, VA at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 1, 2021. Burial at Quantico National Cemetery follows at 1:00 p.m. Family and friends are invited to a memorial reception to be held in the National Museum of the Marine Corps Medal of Honor Lobby at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mike's memory to the American Cancer Society.

An online guestbook is available at johnsoncares.com.

Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory
31440 Constitution Hwy
Locust Grove, VA 22508


Mike Cunningham’s (18th Co) wife advised  that Mike passed away on 21 June.  Mike has suffered with cancer for a number of years and was in hospice care when he passed.  Mike’s funeral is scheduled to be held at 1400 on July 1st at the Lake of the Woods Church .  Thereafter Mike’s body will be buried at the Quantico National Cemetery. 

Lake of the Woods Church
1 Church Lane
Locust Grove, VA 22508

Mike’s wife is Dottie Hanners.  Her contact info is: 540-455-3427; email address: krykyt@comcast.net.


John Thorpe Pettit, Jr. (7th Co) (6/16/21)

From Jack's daughter, Dawn:

Jack Pettit passed away June11, 2021 several days after hip surgery from a blood clot.  Jack's wife, Marge, is at Lake View Nursing Home at 2425 Lower State  Road  in Doylestown, Pa. 18901 and is recovering from pancreatic cancer surgery, and is not expected to live more than 3 months from now.  Jack will be cremated and his ashes will be kept at the funeral home until his wife passes and is cremated. Then the two of them will be buried together in Doylestown, according to their daughter.  No flowers are necessary, again according to their daughter


Sandra T. Pidgeon (Wife of Bob Pidgeon (2nd Co)) (5/14/21)

Sandra T. Pidgeon
 (June 22, 1936 - May 01, 2021)

Sandra T. Pidgeon 84, passed away peacefully on Saturday May1st after an extended stay at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. She is predeceased by her husband Robert H. Pidgeon. Sandra is survived by her children, Kevin Murphy, Jill Baboulis, Brian Murphy, Matthew Murphy and their families. She is also survived by a sister Celeste who resides in Florida and a brother Mark who lives in California, bother-in-law David Pidgeon of New haven Vt., sister-in-law Linda and Howard Kelton of East Middlebury, VT and their family, several cousins and dear friends Frank and Michelle Kurek of Westford VT.

Sandra was born June 22nd 1936, daughter of Royce and Elaine (Provost) Tucker in Vergennes VT. She graduated from Vergennes High School in 1954 and attended Castleton College.

Sandra’s childhood was spent growing up both in Vergennes and in Boston. One of her favorite things to do in Boston was to spend her days at the Museum.

Sandra had two careers in life; first as a School Teacher and then later in life as an Interior Designer. She often remarked how much she enjoyed both. She and Rob moved several times together but always called Vermont home.

A special thanks to Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center for making her stay as comfortable as possible and for continually thinking outside of the box in order to make it so.

Sandra will have a Committal Service along with Rob at the Columbarium located on the grounds of the Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland in July.

Sanderson Funeral Service
117 South Main Street
Middlebury, Vermont 05753

(802) 388-2311



Kenneth Lewis Gebhart (14th Co) (5/6/21)

Kenneth L. Gebhart, 85, passed away Thursday, April 29, 2021, peacefully surrounded by his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He had a long and varied career in aviation as a Naval Aviator flying patrol planes, and also as an Air Force pilot flying fighters. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958, he went on to earn a Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Louisville (his original hometown). He went to work for Boeing in Wichita as a Flight Test Engineer in 1965 and rose to being its Chief of Flight Operations, and Chief Test Pilot in 1980.

Meanwhile, in 1972, he founded Celestaire, Inc., a company selling celestial navigation equipment. To promote, and test his theories, he made several flights across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in single engine Cessnas, using the only available navigation system at that time - celestial. Ken went to China in 1986 to procure marine sextants. After concluding a joint venture there, Celestaire rose to be the largest distributor of sextants and related publications in the world. In 1990 he took early retirement from Boeing at age 55 to devote full time to running his company.

Ken enjoyed traveling internationally to visit his many worldwide dealers, and to exhibit at trade shows. Although much of his social life was outside of Wichita, he enjoyed sharing and learning from his many friends at the World Trade Council of Wichita, and the Wichita Committee for Foreign Relations. He was also an Associate Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, and an avid member of the Order of Quiet Birdmen.

Visitation was from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Sunday, May 2, 2021, at Downing & Lahey


Ronald Briscoe Kirk (9th Co) (4/27/21)

Ronald Briscoe Kirk, of Knoxville, TN, passed away on September 17, 2020. He was 87 years old. Born in Knoxville, TN, on September 14, 1933, Ron attended schools in both Knoxville and Oak Ridge, and graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1950. Ron attended both the University of Tennessee, and the United States Naval Academy.

Upon graduation in 1958, Ron served as an Engineering Officer on several ships throughout his Naval Career. In Civil Service from 1966 to 1973, he was Head of the Engineering Branch Quality Assurance Dept at the Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown, VA. Returning to Tennessee in 1973, Ron then spent 11 years as a Chief Quality Engineer for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant for TVA in Oak Ridge. Ron was later self-employed as an Engineering Consultant, and as a photographer. His 50-year love of photography was his great joy, and he turned it into a business, taking team and sports action pictures for Powell High School, as well as photographing local models in the Knoxville area.

He spent his retirement years with several four-legged companions. He was a benefactor for the local animal shelter, Young Williams, as well as several local young people. He also sponsored children abroad through World Vision.

Ron was preceded in death by his sister, Sandra Kirk Gambacorta, both his adoptive father, James Henry Kirk, and his birth father, Roscoe C. Word, and his mother, Julia Briscoe Kirk. He is survived by his sister, Julia Kirk Phillips, his son, James Franklin Kirk, his daughter, Marianne Kirk Fallen, his grandchildren, many nieces, a nephew, and several grandnieces and a grandnephew.

A Memorial Service is planned for May 1st at 11:00 a.m. at Berry Highland West in Knoxville. The family has requested that all those who plan to attend adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear facial coverings. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Young Williams Animal Center. Online condolences may be left at www.BerryHighlandWest.com.

Berry Highland West
Knoxville, TN 37932


Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Apr. 15 to Apr. 30, 2021.


Stanley Wiklinski (17th Co) (4/26/21)

Update 4/29/21)

Stanley (Stash) Wiklinski was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 22, 1933, the son of Stanley and Henrietta Wiklinski; brother of Edward, Dolores, and Halina; loving husband of Barbara; father of Stanley, Stephen, Jennifer and Melissa; grandfather of Matthew, Patryk, Stefan, Konrad, and Daniel; and great grandfather of Yvette.

Stanley graduated from Ohio University, and attended the United States Naval Academy.  He served in the United States Navy from 1959 to 1967, and in the Naval Reserve from 1967 to 1993, when he retired as a Commander.  He was reappointed every four years by consecutive Governors as a New Jersey Commissioner of Maritime and Docking Pilots serving for twenty-one years.

Stanley also received a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale University School of Drama.  He appeared in regional theatre, commercials, and on Broadway in, “Full Circle,” a play directed by Otto Preminger.  He synthesized all of the Lincoln/Douglas debates into one debate that was sponsored by Knox College, and presented live at the only standing site of the original debates to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the debates.  Stanley portrayed Abraham Lincoln.  The presentation was entered in the public service category of the Peabody Awards.  He also served as a Lector at Our Lady of Victories Church in Harrington Park, New Jersey for many years.

Recently, Stanley published his first children’s book “The Christmas That Almost Never Was,” that was selected by People Magazine as one of its three picks for, “Best Children’s Picture Books for the 2018 Holiday Season.”  The book was also winner of the, “2020 Royal Dragonfly Book Award 1st Place for Children’s Picture Books Six & Older.”  Stanley’s second book, “Making Cookies from The Sun,” is in the final phase of illustration, with our continued goal for future publication.

Stanley lived life fully, with passion, adventure, dedication for service to our country, generosity, a zest for artistic expression, and a profound love for family and friends.

Visiting hours are Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 5 to 8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 10 AM at Our Lady of Victories RC Church, Harrington Park. Interment will be at BG William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the United States Naval Academy Alumni Foundation. Select one of three options for donation: Visit their website at www.usna.com , select Naval Academy Fund,  In memory of Stanley E Wiklinski, or call directly at (410) 295-4115 or mail a check noting IMO: Stanley E Wiklinski, payable to USNA Foundation, at US Naval Academy Foundation, 274 Wood Rd, Annapolis MD 21402 Attn: Elizabeth Root.

Pizzi Funeral Home
120 Paris Avenue
Northvale, NJ 07647

Phone: (201) 767-3050



From Charlie Brooks (4/26/21)

Stash Wiklinski passed away today the 25th of April.  Stash and I  were roommates and I had just spoken to him yesterday.

Stash was in the 17th Company, but did not graduate.  He did go on and earn a degree and went to OCS, retired as a Navy Commander and also retired as a New Jersey Commissioner of Maritime Pilotage.  He graduated from the Yale University School of Drama and appeared on Broadway and on TV and also wrote children’s books.

Stash loved his time at the Academy and was a regular at Class of 1958 reunions.


Byron Brightwell Nelson, Jr (19th Co) (04/15/21)

Byron Brightwell Nelson, Jr. of Union Grove, Alabama passed away on April 8, 2021. Byron was born on December 2, 1934 to Byron B. Nelson, Sr. and Frances Seay Nelson, who preceded him in death. He has one sister, Marie Nelson Fancher. Byron is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carolyn Liles Nelson; two children Anna Nelson Richardson (David), Amy Nelson Torbert (Mark), and two grandchildren Mary Frances Torbert and Mark Torbert, Jr.

Byron attended Tallassee High School graduating in 1953. He received a Congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1954. A football injury his plebe year led to his transfer to Auburn University where he received a BS in Education in 1957 and was commissioned a 2nd Lt in the US Army. In 1959, he received a MS in Education from Auburn University.

After leaving the Army, he taught in Wetumpka, Alabama and Montgomery, Alabama prior to attending Peabody College at Vanderbilt University on a Ford Foundation Fellowship where he earned an EdD in school administration. He returned to Alabama in 1971 as superintendent of the Arab City Schools for 3 years before serving as superintendent in Decatur, Alabama for 17 years and in Homewood, Alabama for 6 years. In 1984 The Executive Educator magazine named Byron one of the 100 top executive educators in North America. In 1994 he was inducted into the Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame.

Byron was active with the Auburn University Alumni Association as well as the Auburn University School of Education. He was District Governor for Rotary International District 6860 in 1984-85 and member of the Arab Rotary Club. He received the Silver Beaver scouting award while serving on the Tennessee Valley Boy Scout Council. Byron was a member of the Arab First United Methodist Church.

Memorial Service was held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 11, 2021, at the Arab First United Methodist Church. Gober Funeral Chapel assisted the Nelson family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Byron's name to the Arab First United Methodist Church or the Rotary Foundation.


Bert Morse Concklin  II (24th Co)  (04/08/21)

Bert Morse Concklin, 85, passed away on December 23, 2020

Bert was born October 27, 1935, in Darby, PA to John and Claire Concklin. He graduated from The United States Naval Academy, class of 1958. He spent his career in Washington DC working in and around the Federal Government. He had many interests and pursuits, including books, movies, music, antiques, football, cars, running, sailing and most especially dogs. Those who know him will remember his keen intellect, sense of humor, boundless energy and boisterous enthusiasm.

Bert retired in 2004 and settled in Lititz, PA where he fully embraced the community and quickly became a local. He will be remembered with a smile by all knew him and enjoyed his company.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Smedley, stepdaughter, Diana Smedley Egnatz. His daughter, Mitzi Concklin, grandson, Alexander Ugolini. His son, John Concklin, and granddaughter, Kayla Concklin.

In lieu of flowers, and in recognition of his love of dogs, donations may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Charles E. Snyder Funeral Homes & Crematory

Lititz / Neffsville

3110 Lititz Pike

Lititz, PA 17543




Chapin Walker Day, Jr.  (23rd Co)   
(April 6, 1936 - December 6, 2020)

Chapin Walker Day, Jr. passed away peacefully at home at the age of 84 after a long bout with Parkinson's. He was a devoted father, grandfather and husband. A 1958 graduate of the US Naval Academy, he was also an avid computer scientist, backpacker, music lover and photographer. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sandra Elder Day, his 4 children (Rosemarie, Chapin, Roby, and David), their spouses (Steve, Elena, Dawn and Anne), and 8 grandchildren (Kate, Andrew, Ellie, Jasper, Sophia, Jordan, Jackie and Nathan). Burial will be at Miramar National Cemetery. A memorial service will be held online in January. Please consider a donation in his name to the Sierra Club (www.teamsierra.org/memorial/chapinwalkerdayjr).

Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Dec. 15, 2020.


Robert Huntley Pidgeon (2nd Co) (4/8/21
(May 15, 1936 - December 30, 2020)

Commander (Ret.) Robert Huntley Pidgeon, 84, left us peacefully on December 30, 2020 at Helen Porter Rehabilitation and Nursing, Middlebury, Vermont after months of declining health. His wife of 40 years, Sandra, was with him.

Robert was born May 15, 1936, son of Helen (Huntley) and Theodore Pidgeon in New Haven, Vermont. He grew up on the family farm with brother, David and sister, Linda. He graduated valedictorian of the 1954 class at Beeman Academy. Soon after he entered the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, graduated in 1958 with high honors and was awarded his diploma by President Eisenhower.  He began his Naval career achieving the rank of Commander. He was a graduate of the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island and received his Masters degree from the Naval Nuclear School, Monterey, California.

His tours of duty took him to many parts in the Pacific. During the Vietnam War, he was honored to be assigned to Admiral Zumwalt in Saigon, crafting plans for withdrawal of Naval Forces from the war. He also served as Captain of the USS Turner Joy in the Gulf of Tonkin. The Turner Joy is credited with firing the last naval round of the War in January 1973.

Following his retirement, he married his high school sweetheart, Sandra Tucker, who survives him as well as 4 stepchildren: Jill, Brian, Kevin and Matthew and their families, his brother, David of New Haven, VT, his sister, Linda and husband, Howard Kelton of East Middlebury, VT, his nephew, Karl Kelton of Middlebury, VT, niece Tricia Kelton and husband, Alan Parent, their son Marcel of Sneads Ferry, NC, wonderful friend Frank Kurek of Westford, VT and numerous cousins. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Jean in 1938.

His family will remember his strength of character, quick wit, ability to find humor in daily life and challenging times, his kind heart, and dedication and service to his country.

We thank the staff at Helen Porter Rehabilitation and Nursing for the wonderful care and compassion they gave him.

Per his wishes, Robert will return to the U.S. Naval Academy for his military funeral service and inurnment in the Naval Academy Columbarium near his classmate, Senator John McCain.

Sanderson Funeral Service

117 South Main Street
Middlebury, Vermont 05753
(802) 388-2311



Ernest Celestino Luders (3rd Co) (4/8/21)

Ernest Celestino Luders, age 85, of KIRKLAND, Washington passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021. Ernest was born July 27, 1935.

A funeral service for Ernest was held Sunday, January 17, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM at Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home, 11111 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133. Due to Covid-19, services were by invitation only. 

 Livestream this service can be seen at : https://www.oneroomstreaming.com/view/authorise.php?k=161043465594839<br><br>  Following the funeral service there was a graveside service from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Lakeview Cemetery, 1554 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112. Due to Covid-19, services were by invitation only please.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.Evergreen-Washelli.com for the Luders family.

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/seattle-wa/ernest-luders-9993258 **


David Kearney Eller  (Non Grad)

David Kearney Eller, son of the late Rear Admiral Donald Temple Eller and Dorothy Wood Eller, peacefully passed on December 15th, 2020.

Mr. Eller attended the United States Naval Academy and served in the U.S. Naval Reserves submarine division.

Mr. Eller designed and built homes in Fairfax, Loudon County and the Winchester area; was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Knights of Columbus; and was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Winchester.

He was married to Mary Lou Startzman for 48 years.

He is survived by two daughters, Jayna Eller of Virginia Beach and Rebecca Gagnon of Norfolk; a son, Edward “Ted” Eller of Winchester; eight grandchildren, Andrew, Gabrielle, Jacqueline, Megan, Melissa, Phillip, Eddie and Catie Beth, and six great grandchildren, Anela, Lily Belle, Emma, Elsa,  Addison and Archer.

A private Mass of the Resurrection was held with burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Winchester. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Sacred Heart Academy Tuition Angel Fund.

Direct Cremation Services of Virginia




  Joseph Fry Paull (6th Co) 3/31/21

Born in Wheeling, WV on November 20, 1936

Departed on March 19, 2021 and resided in Noblesville, IN

Joseph Fry Paull grew up in a modest home near Wheeling, West Virginia In his earliest years he became passionate about coin collecting which stayed with him on and off over the course of his life. As a teenager, Joe excelled in tennis, winning multiple championships on the court in both singles and doubles.

The Paull family tradition since the 1700’s was to attend Washington & Jefferson College, for which his ancestors helped found. Instead, Joseph chose to pursue military service at the highest level. Joseph applied and was accepted into Annapolis Naval Academy based on his academic, athletic, community service, and demonstrated leadership qualities. Joseph was properly nominated to the Academy by a US  State Senator. Joseph graduated in the class of 1958. After 4 years as an officer on a destroyer serving in places like Guantanamo Bay, he was ready to move to the next phase of his life.

Joseph chose Michigan State to earn his MBA. It was there he met the love of his life, Marcia Klomparens. Within six months of dating the two knew, and he proposed to her on Main Street in Grand Haven Michigan in front of the little store that Marcia worked at during the summer. The two moved to Mississippi for a few years as Joe was hired into the Borg Warner Executive Development program. While in Mississippi, Marcia finished her degree and taught English. Cummins Engines in Columbus, Indiana was the next major move for the couple. From there Joe was looking for a change and was hired by Merrill Lynch as a stockbroker in downtown Indianapolis for a decade. The couple was also building a family at that time. Joe was always told by his great aunts that as an only child he better find a way to carry on the family name. The couple succeeded quickly by giving birth to three boys in under two years! With endless hard work Joseph was a success at most things he did in life. At Merrill Lynch Joe became a great commodities broker, predicting the 1978 silver and gold spike. He was very wise and literally sold the family home, put it all in gold and silver for two years and made a killing. That action afforded the family a very nice home as the boys were in the start of their elementary years.

As so many times in his life he put family first. He wanted his boys to grow up under tougher conditions and learn responsibility at a young age. At the same time, he wanted to fulfill Marcia’s dream of someday owning and running a horse stable. The right opportunity came, and again Joseph made the right choice and borrowed the money to buy an old farm with an indoor riding arena on the outskirts of a tiny town called Zionsville. For the next 27 years the family built a thriving business called Pleasant View Stables with upwards of 50 horses to take care of 365 days a year. The family worked, learned and experienced many wonderful and unique moments on that farm.

As the boys grew and left the home, an amazing thing happened that still stuns his three sons to this day. Joe fell in love with riding horses!! Marcia’s decades of riding helped quickly mature Joe into a very accomplished equestrian. So much so that the two were invited to join the esteemed Traders Point Hunt Club for which Joseph was asked to be Field Master on many occasions leading the hunt.

During most of those 27 years, Joe traveled the Midwest as a very successful industrial sales rep. Putting over 50,000 miles a year on his car during the week and repairing the farm on the weekends. He was a master self-taught shady tree mechanic and proudly passed that on to his sons over the years.

Throughout Joseph’s life he was a huge history buff. He could pretty much tell a battle story or quote the historic significance of any piece of land he ever stood upon. His sons were the great benefactors of the endless historical stories he would tell countlessly on long drives or family vacations.

As the couple grew older it was time to retire to a smaller farm. Another opportunity arose, and the two sold the stables and moved to a new private farm with beautiful rolling hills in Tennessee. The couple loved the now more relaxed atmosphere, and all there was to explore in this amazing new location they had chosen to retire in.

Sadly, in Joseph’s late seventies he started showing signs of a deteriorating memory. For this reason, the couple realized it was time to get back to Indiana and be closer to their three grown sons. Now a tiny farm for just a couple horses, dogs and cats in Noblesville, Indiana was just what the doctor ordered.

As the dementia increased, Marcia increased her care and lifelong dedication to the man she so deeply loved. She promised to never leave his side, and so she nursed him at home every hour of every day, and no doubt extended his life and their time together on this earth. As Marcia stood vigil over Joseph in his final days and moments, she was there to give him peace and comfort until his final breath.

Joseph was many wonderful things and lead a pretty fearless life. He was a remarkable father to his sons and deeply loving husband to his wife. The joy he brought so many will surely be missed but relived someday in heaven.

Joseph Fry Paull, 84, Noblesville, passed away March 19, 2021.  He was born November 20, 1936, in Wheeling, West Virginia to the late Philip D. and Elizabeth (Hicks) Paull.  He married Marcia Kay Klomparens on December 21, 1963.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Marcia Paull; three sons, Philip Paull, Gregory Paull and Lee Paull; and four grandchildren, Logan, Garrett, Mackenzie, and Joseph.

Services were held on Thursday March 25, 2021 with Visitation from 12:00 – 1:45. The Funeral Service will begin at 2:00. To view watch the Service live please click here. All services will be held at Flanner Buchanan - Hamilton Memorial Park, 4180 Westfield Road, Westfield, IN 46062  (317) 896-9770


Arthur Kenneth Ridley (4th Co)  3/17/21
(1934 – 2021)

Arthur K. Ridley, one of the few remaining “true natives” of Milford, died on March 5th, 2021, after a short illness. He was 86 years old. We take comfort in knowing that he joyfully entered heaven to be with the God he served throughout his life and to be reunited with his beloved son, Kenny, whom he carried in his heart since his death as a 6-year-old boy. We will miss him.

Art was born on March 16, 1934 in Milford, the 5th of 10 children born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ridley. He graduated from Milford High School in 1952, where he excelled both academically and athletically. After finishing high school, Art attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1958. His time at the Naval Academy shaped every area of his life and set the foundation for a life focused on serving God and people. He was proud to be the Company Commander of 4th Company and cherished every moment that he spent as a Midshipman. The relationships and bonds formed during his time there lasted a lifetime and his daughters were able to attend his 60th reunion in 2018 and revel in these relationships along with him. It was a blessed time. The Naval Academy remained one of his favorite places on earth, a fact borne out by his many visits to the Academy throughout his life and the number of Naval Academy t-shirts and sweatshirts that can be found in the wardrobes of all of his family members. His family knew never to bother him during the Army/Navy game!

Art married Jane Hamilton in 1959 after becoming acquainted with the beautiful “city girl” from New Jersey on one of her many visits to the Hamilton family summer home. They had two daughters while Art was stationed at Fort Lee in Virginia, Jennifer Jane, in 1960, and Jacqueline Jill, in 1961. He served in Vietnam from 1962 to 1963 and, after leaving the service, moved to New Jersey where he worked full-time with Public Service and attended Fordham Law School at night. While in New Jersey, his son Arthur Kenneth Ridley, Jr. was born. After graduating from Fordham Law School, Art was invited to return to his hometown of Milford to practice law with Attorney Sidney Krawitz. At the time of his final illness, he was of counsel to Ridley, Chuff, Kosierowski and Scanlon, P.C.

Art was actively involved in the community throughout his life, serving on the boards of the Biondo Memorial Foundation, the Pike County Library, the Milford-Matamoras Rotary Club, and the Community House. The last surviving founding member of the Milford-Matamoras Rotary Club, he actively supported their many service projects and loved the idea of serving people around the world. As a young man, he credited the Milford United Methodist Church with pointing him to God and nurturing his faith. More recently, he was an active member of the Dingman’s Ferry United Methodist Church, frequently acting as a lay preacher. Art and Jane hosted a Bible Study in their home for over 30 years. He loved teaching and discussing the word of God. Art gave all the glory for every good thing in his life to God and quietly served other people throughout his life. Mindful of the needs of others and desirous of being a blessing, he generously gave of his time, talents, and treasure.

Art loved running and completed marathons in New York, Washington, and Disney World. His lifelong participation in both running and community service lead the Milford-Matamoras Rotary to establish the “Ridley Run,” used to raise funds for several local charities. He was passionate about gardening and reveled in the miracle of planting things and watching them grow. An avid reader, he enjoyed both watching and playing a variety of sports and watching Jeopardy. He could often be found doing crossword puzzles, having tea with his daughters, dragging his grandchildren up the hill to the Knob and breathing in the beauty of creation.

Art is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jane Hamilton Ridley, daughters Jennifer Case and Jill Mann; sons-in-law Michael Case and Anthony Mann; grandchildren; Kayla O’Brien and husband Mark, Kevin Mann and wife Jenna, Jane Case, Alexandra Case, and Emilie Case; great-grandsons Trevor O’Brien, Brody O’Brien, Marcus O’Brien, and Landon Mann; brothers Robert, Richard and Floyd Ridley, sisters, Gertrude Smith, and Patricia Taylor; brother-in-law John Hamilton and wife Joan, and numerous nieces, nephews. We are grateful for his presence in our lives, for his hard work and dedication to everything that he did, and for the way he always pointed us to Jesus as our true hope.

Art’s family is grateful for the quick action of the Dingman Township Ambulance, the staff at Newton Hospital and the wonderful nurses and doctors at Overlook Hospital’s Neuro-Intensive Care Unit who did all they could to restore Art to health. They gave us several extra and precious weeks to be in Art’s presence and let him know how very much he was loved. For those who wish to make a donation in memory of Art, contributions may be sent to the organizations listed above or to the charity of your choice.

Visitation will take place at the Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 West Harford St., Milford, Pa on Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 2 to 5 PM. Covid protocols will be followed. Funeral services will be held privately for family only at the Dingmans Ferry United Methodist Church, Dingmans Ferry, PA on Friday, March 12, 2021 at 10 AM. Friends may view services through the following link (https://www.youtube.com/embed/nGeh2-EL1_Q).

Stroyan Funeral Home, Inc.
405 W. Harford St

Milford, PA  18337
(570) 296-6811



Patricia R Gladin  (Widow of Jack Gladin (23rd Co)) (3/3/21)


From Patricia's Daughter Wendy Gagnon:


Patricia Stringer GLADIN, 83, of Richmond, Va. The family is heartbroken at the passing of their vibrant Mom and Nana of COVID-related complications on February 25, 2021.

  “Patsy” grew up in Philadelphia as the only child of the late Ruth and William Stringer, Jr. As a young woman, she held the position of Worthy Advisor at a chapter of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. Her leadership abilities continued throughout her life, as she gave 100% to whatever organization or project in which she was involved. She was a graduate of Olney High School and attended Temple University. In 1957, a blind date with United States Naval Academy midshipman, the late Jack R. Gladin of Milledgeville, Ga., changed her life. They married on May 16, 1959 (Armed Forces Day).

  Pat was the consummate naval officer's wife. She made hosting elegant parties or moving a household around the world effortless. (At one point, she had moved 12 times in 14 years).  Pat took great pleasure in supporting her husband, even typing his master’s thesis on a manual typewriter.

  Their Navy tours included sites on both coasts, Hawaii, and her favorite spot, Rota, Spain. There she served as an Iberian Peninsula Girl Scout Advisor. They ended their Navy career in Virginia Beach, where she served as Treasurer of the Submarine Officers Wives Dolphin Scholarship Fund, was active in Kings Grant Garden Club and served as president of United Methodist Women at Scott Memorial United Methodist Church.

  Pat and Jack then moved to Richmond where they purchased a house in the Historic Fan District. She served as president of the Fan Woman’s Club and opened her home for the Fan District Holiday House Tour. She was a member of The Council of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, a member of P.E.O. Chapter C and also worked as a Secretary for the Virginia House of Delegates.  Pat was an active member of Reveille United Methodist Church where she founded the Logos Sunday School class, participated in Stephen Ministry, Staff Parish Relations Committee, Congregational Care Committee, Life after Alpha, Prayer Ministry, Mary Lou White United Methodist Women's Circle, and the Witness and Engagement Committee. 

  A history buff, Jeopardy enthusiast, voracious reader and a devoted public library patron, she traveled the country to see all the Presidential Libraries. Her Christmas parties were magical gatherings with unique decorations, multiple themed trees and an extensive nativity collection, which delighted guests. Butterflies were her trademark.

  While her hobbies and volunteer activities brought her satisfaction, being with her grandchildren and great grandchildren brought her the greatest joy.  Her endless energy was not wasted, as Nana/Nannie babysat, traveled with, and adored them all.

  She is survived by her children, 

Wayne (Winnie) Gladin of San Antonio TX, Wendy (Greg) Gagnon of Leesburg VA;

Grandchildren Caroline (Chris) Homan, Winifred (Rob) DeSimone, Patrick Gladin, Kevin Gladin, Maeve Gladin, Jack Gagnon, Joseph Gagnon, Jonathan Gagnon;

Great-granddaughters Gabriella and Winniefred.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Congregational Care Fund at Reveille United Methodist Church (4200 Cary Street Road Richmond, VA 23221).  Service will be held at a future date at Reveille followed by entombment at the Columbarium at the United States Naval Academy.

  Bennett Funeral Home on Cutshaw Avenue is assisting the family.

Juanita Medlock(Widow of Chuck Medlock, 7th  Co))  (3/3/21)

Janita Medlock; passed away on December 5, 2020 in Austin, Texas.    Chuck and Juanita were married in Clarkesville, Georgia, shortly after the Class of 1958 graduation.  Chuck and Juanita are survived by three children, Jon, Myra, and Charles, five grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.  Juanita will be interred next to Chuck at Bethlehem Cemetery in Georgia in a private service for the family at a later date.

John Lawrence Nulty Jr (9th Co) (3/7/21)

John Lawrence "Jack " Nulty Jr.  (Thursday, March 28th, 1935 - Saturday, January 23rd, 2021)

John L. “Jack” Nulty, Jr. of Sarasota, FL, died of congestive heart failure on January 23, 2021.  He was 85.  He lived at home with his wife, Barbara. Jack and Barbara were happily married for 61 years.  

Jack was born in Orange, NJ, on March 28, 1935; the son of John L. and Catherine Gavin Nulty. He graduated in 1952 from St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, NJ, and attended Newark College of Engineering for two years prior to entering USNA in June 1954. He graduated with the Class of 1958’s 9th Co. He was an avid rower and earned awards in Crew.

Jack met the love of his life, Barbara McGreevey, Manasquan, NJ, while traveling home, she from Georgetown, he from USNA, on Christmas leave first class year. They were married in Feb. 1960. They raised a daughter, Patricia Nulty Blaha (Albert), El Dorado Hills, CA and 4 sons, Mark, Vienna, VA, and Peter (Dorothy), Anna Maria Island, FL. He was predeceased by two sons; James died of Leukemia at age 21 in 1985 and Stephen died in June 2020 at the age of 49. Jack leaves four grandchildren: Heather Blaha Surprenant (Matthew) of Stoneham, MA, Eileen Blaha Waters (Thomas) of New York City, James Blaha (Kelsey) of Seattle WA, and Joseph Nulty of Anna Maria Island, FL. He also leaves two great-grandchildren, Genevieve and Felix Surprenant, Stoneham, MA.

Upon commissioning, he attended Flight School and earned his wings in Dec. 1959. He was assigned in Brunswick, ME to VP-7 which he served in until June 1963. He resigned his commission and took a position with Bell Telephone Laboratories (BTL) in Whippany, NJ, working on Ballistic Missile Defense problems. While with BTL, he earned a masters’ degree in EE (communications) from NYU. In 1968, he took a position with Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory in Buffalo, NY, where he continued working on the research and development of Ballistic Missile Defense systems begun at BTL. He spent 5 years, in concert with BTL, designing operational tests for the prototype Nike-X ABM system located on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands.

In 1980, he joined the Braddock, Dunn, & McDonald (BDM) Corp. in Albuquerque, NM, where he helped probe the vulnerability of the MX missile system to pre-emptive attack and became program manager for the development of air defense simulation, IFFN, to enhance aircraft identification in a non-IFF environment. At his request, BDM transferred him and his family to the Washington office where his son, Jim, could be treated for Leukemia at the National Institutes of Health. While with BDM, he was a support contractor for the DoD Department of Test & Evaluation at the Pentagon.

  In 1985, he was recruited by Planning Research Corp. (PRC) to take on the role of Vice President of Systems Engineering. In 1990, he was recruited by Xerox to manage the Army Computer Aided Logistic Support (ACALS) program and the Navy’s Engineering Drawing Management Information Computer Support (EDMICS) program. He completed his professional career, joining TRW’s System Engineering and Technical Assistance program in support of the FAA.

Jack retired in 2001. In anticipation of his retirement, he and Barbara purchased a golf course lot on the 11th hole of the River Creek Golf Club in Leesburg, VA. They moved into their retirement home in June 2000. Since retiring, Jack and Barbara have become avid golfers and active parishioners at St. John the Apostle Church in Leesburg.

  In Dec. 2017, Barb & Jack left Virginia for the warmer climate in Sarasota, FL. They joined St. Thomas Moore Catholic church.

  Jack passed at home with his family at his side. He will be remembered as a loving father, a man of great faith, and a patriot to his country.

  Visitation will be on Monday, February 1, 2021 from 9:30am until 10:15am in St. Denis Church, 90 Union Ave., Manasquan followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30am in the Church.   Jack was buried in the McGreevey family plot, next to his sons, Jim and Steve, in St. Catharine’s Cemetery, Sea Girt, NJ.

  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 98018, Washington DC 20090-8018.

  O'Brien Funeral Home – Wall
2028 Rte 35 @ New Bedford Road
Wall, NJ  07719



Lee Melvin Meador (10th Co) (3/7/21)

  Lee Melvin Meador, 84, of Hearne, passed away Monday, February 8, 2021. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones funeral and Cremation Centers.

  Published by The Bryan-College Station Eagle on Feb. 11, 2021.


  Stanley Edward Sharp  (1st C0) (3/7/21)
(Feb. 25, 1936 - Feb. 6, 2021)

Captain Stanley Edward Sharp USNR (ret) passed peacefully, aged 84, at home Feb. 6, 2021, surrounded by loved ones. Born in Seattle, WA to Hilda and Lloyd Sharp, he was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, uncle, friend, hunter, and fisherman. We will miss his twinkling eyes and joyful smile.

Early years were spent in Rose Lodge, Oregon speaking Estonian on the family farm. He moved to Tualatin, OR attended 1st grade and learned English. He also attended Portland's Couch and Cathedral grade schools, then graduated from Lincoln High School (1954), and the U.S. Naval Academy (1958). He studied law while teaching the ROTC program at the University of Washington (1962-1964) and subsequently practiced law in the Portland area. He served in the Naval Reserves for 29 years. He enjoyed photography, writing, outdoor adventures, traveling, and his friends.

Stan is survived by his wife of 60 years Neta Sharp, daughters, Kelly Schoen and her husband, Douglas Schoen (Ft. Worth, TX), Becky Overbeck and her husband, Kevin Overbeck (Portland, OR); and brother, Hadley Robbins and his wife, Gayle Robbins (Portland, OR). He leaves behind four beloved grandsons, Mark and Nathan Schoen, Henry and Noah Overbeck; one granddaughter, Sadie Schoen; and many adored extended family members. Stan is predeceased by his beloved son LT Mark Sharp, a Naval Aviator, who died flying in service to his country.

Stan had a big heart, he never met a stranger, only "friends to be." May we all live life the way Stan did, sparkling with energy and happily loving life itself. A celebration of his life will be held summer 2021 at Willamette National Cemetery.

Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits

Published in The Oregonian from Feb. 17 to Feb. 21, 2021.

  Carolyn R. Goolsby Carolyn (Wife of John Gooslby (12th Co)) (3/7/21)

Beloved Wife, Mother and Grandmother Carolyn Goolsby passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord on February 3, 2021 of a long-term illness.

She was born on June 8, 1935 in San Bernardino, California and spent her childhood there with her loving parents, Jordan and Annabelle Morgan.   When she was a senior in High School, she met the love of her life, John Goolsby. They were married a few hours after John's graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in June of 1958. John was her dearest friend, soulmate and confidante for more than 62 years.

John's first assignment took them to San Diego, California and during this time, their two children were born in the Naval hospital at Coronado.  After honorable discharge from the Navy, the family moved to Ventura County.  They've called Camarillo home since 1970 and loved every minute of their lives together there. As much as they loved Camarillo, they also loved to travel and enjoyed cruising and land tours in some very wonderful places.

Like her father, Carolyn "never met a stranger." She had a great many friends and kept in touch with them throughout her life. She was known for her heart of gold and gift of gab. She spent 27 years volunteering at St. John's Pleasant Valley hospital and had many touching stories to tell of her experience.

She adored her husband, children, and grandchildren. Her survivors include husband John Goolsby, son Matt and Carolyn Goolsby of Dallas, Oregon and their children Tyler and Jonathan, and daughter Lisa (Goolsby) and Ed Ekers of Red Bluff, California.

Private graveside services were held on Thursday, February 18th at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park.

Published in Ventura County Star from Feb. 4 to Feb. 11, 2021.

      Frederick Lauriston Wales (19th Co) 02/15/21

Frederick Lauriston Wales, "Fritz" of Revere, MA passed away surrounded by his family on July 13, 2020 at the age of 86. Born in Springfield, MA on June 14, 1934 to the late John G. and Anna (Renison) Wales, Fritz received a Congressional Appointment from Massachusetts to the U.S. Naval Academy and entered on June 28, 1954. He graduated four years later as member of the Class of 1958 and the 19th Company. Fritz proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam Conflict and was Honorably Discharged after 14 years of service.

  Beloved husband of 50 years to Carol (Brauer). Devoted father of Christopher Wales and his wife Amanda of Athol, and Lisa Sinopoli and her husband Joe of Billerica. Cherished grandfather of Mia and Dean Sinopoli. Dear brother of Elizabeth Diel and her husband Jack of CT and the late John R. Wales (USNA 1951) and his wife Alice of MD. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews including Cathy and Nick Cherpak of CT, and Valerie and James C. Brauer, to whom Fritz stepped in as a substitute father figure after the tragic loss of his dad. He was a middle school math teacher in Malden for many years. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. A private burial was held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne with Military Funeral Honors.


George Littrell Denny II (19th Co) (2/7/21)

George L. Denny II died in his home in Austin, Texas on 30 January 2021 from complications of Parkinson’s. He was 84.  

He was born in Indianapolis, IN to George H. Denny and Mary-Lois Ketcham Denny His family moved to Pasadena, CA where he graduated from San Marino Prep.  

George received a Congressional appointment, and entered the Naval Academy at age 17, where he excelled in Spanish classes and loved intramural sports.  

Upon graduation in 1958 as a member of 19th Company, George was commissioned in the Navy and served on ships including the USS Holister (DD-788) as ASW Officer, and as Boat Group Commander on the USS Cavalier (APA-37.).  In September 1961 he was aboard the USS Cavalier as it passed through the eye of Typhoon Nancy in the West Pacific somewhere between Japan and Philippines.  

After leaving the Navy in 1962, he worked for Texaco in sales, then enrolled at Long Beach State Univ. to become a teacher. He married the former Barbara Forbes Turner July, 1963 inSan Marino, CA.  

George had a 37 year teaching career, teaching mathematics at Marina High School, Huntington Beach, CA and Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Waimea, HI.  He was Librarian at Spicewood Elementary School (Round Rock Independent School District), Austin, TX for 23years.  He earned a Master of Library Science Degree from the University of Oregon in 1976. He retired from teaching in 2000.  

He spent more than 15 years in the volunteer position of Blue and Gold Officer helping high school students from the Austin, TX area navigate the application process to USNA.  

George was an avid reader, tennis player, runner and golfer. Time was often made to attend USNA class reunions. He owned several Texas Longhorns on his property Northwest of Austin when he retired.  Well- traveled, he visited every continent, except Africa, even visiting Antarctica in 1993.  

He will be remembered for his kindness, compassion, humor and leaves behind a legacy of positively impacting the thousands of students whose lives he enriched.  

Predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Barbara, he is survived by his two sons Roger Denny of Tulsa, OK, and Russell Denny of Austin, TX, and 3 grandchildren.  

-The Denny family

Bettie Brinkley Cooper (Wife of Terry Copper 24th Co)) ( 2/6/21)

From Terry:

Sadly, Bettie passed away early this morning (Saturday, February 6, 2011).  Bettie has been in the Memory Care Unit of Sunrise at Mount Vernon (assisted living facility) since December 4, 2019.  She was hospitalized from Jan 22 – Jan 30 2021.  Doctors at the hospital concluded that Alzheimer’s was shutting Bettie’s body down. Bettie was in Hospice care upon returning to Sunrise on Jan 30 and remained so until today.  The Hospice nurse checked on Bettie at 0615 this morning and Bettie had passed.  Because of Covid-19, I have been able to visit Bettie only a few times over the past year.  Although my two daughters live in Florida and Connecticut while my son lives near me, All are morning the loss of Bettie with me. 

Leo Thomas Powell, Jr.  (13th Co)  (12/26/20)






Leo Thomas Powell, Jr. (“Tom”) passed away at the age of eight-five on December 9, 2020 at his home in Accokeek, MD after a brief battle with cancer. He was born on September 23, 1935 in Dover, NJ. His family lived in Mountain Lakes, NJ  and Tom graduated from Mountain Lakes High School where he lettered in track, football and basketball. At USNA he was on the varsity track team and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1958.  

After graduating, Tom did not receive a commission for physical reasons although he ran track for four years. He joined International Telephone and Telegraph Corp and worked in Cuba and later in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. In 1960, Tom joined  Westinghouse Electric Corp. as a field engineer specializing in shipboard electronics. He loved his time at sea repairing and testing radar where he could really support the Navy.  In 1963 he took a position with the Naval Electronics Maintenance Engineering Center in Norfolk, where in 1964 he met and married Katherine Gardner (“Kay”).  In 1966, they moved to Washington, D.C. where he took a position with the Naval Electronic Systems Command.  

After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Maryland in 1981 he left civil service for a new venture in accounting as a CPA.  During this time, he served as the Prince George’s County (MD) representative to the Washington Metropolitan Council of Government’s Public Advisory Committee, dealing with FAA plans to expand National Airport and control aircraft noise.  

In 1991 he began work with the FAA in the Aviation Security Research and Development Service at the FAA Technical Center in New Jersey. He became the Chief of the Security Division for the Director of Intelligence and Security under the Secretary of Transportation where he retired in 1994.  

Tom was an active member of the 13th Company, served as  Class Treasurer for a number of years, and hosted the hospitality room at class reunions. He loved golf, travel, Navy football games and socializing with classmates.  He could always be counted on regale you with stories of his days at USNA.

Tom is survived by his wife, Kay,  their three children, Leo Thomas, III, Laura Elizabeth (Price), Roger Andrew, son-in-law Todd Price, and grandson Liam Thomas Price.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made in Tom’s name to the Admiral Larson Ethical Leadership Fund or the Alice Ferguson Foundation, Accokeek, MD.  

His ashes will be laid to rest at the United States Naval Academy Columbarium on January 15. 2021



Philip Freeman McNall (15th Co) (12/8/20)

Phillip F. McNall  1935-2020

Rear Admiral Phillip Freeman McNall passed away peacefully at his home in San Ramon, CA, on November 28, 2020. He was born on December 9, 1935, in Rochester, NY, to Mary Ashcroft and Freeman Lamont McNall. He attended Brighton High School, where he played basketball and golf. He graduated from Bullis Preparatory School in Silver Spring, MD. He then went on to Hamilton College for one year, where he was on the Basketball team and pledged the fraternity, Delta Upsilon. After one year, he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he graduated with a B.S. Engineering degree in 1958. He later earned an M.S. degree in Operations Analysis from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate school. 

Upon graduation, Phil married Ann Strobel of Rochester, NY, and began his ensign assignment on the AGC-12 Estes in San Diego. Phil started his naval career as a surface line officer and transferred to the Supply Corp when he attended the U.S. Supply Corp school in Athens, GA. After a tour at the Supply Center in San Diego, he spent a year at the Post Graduate school in Monterey, CA. He then served as an aide to Vice-Admiral Edwin B. Hooper in Washington D.C. at the Supply Systems Command Center, where he was awarded the Joint Service accommodation medal and the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Subsequent tours included the LPH-11 USS New Orleans and the recovery of Apollo 14 at Pago Pago, Commander at the Fleet Materials Supply office in Mechanicsburg, PA, attended the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI earning a distinguished graduate award and serving as the Supply Officer on the USS Nimitz CVN-68 at her homeport in Norfolk, VA. Attaining the rank of Captain, Phil was assigned as the X.O. Planning officer at ASO in Philadelphia, PA for three years. He held his first command at the Supply Center in San Diego, and then a tour of duty as the Supply officer of the Pacific 7th Fleet in Honolulu, HI- obtaining the rank of Rear-Admiral. This brought him to his second and final commanding officer duty at ASO in Philadelphia, PA, where he retired in September of 1988.

After retirement, he married Andrea Putrino and established residence in San Ramon, CA, where he worked as a consultant in the Defense Industry and as a golf teaching professional. Beyond golf, Phil's passions included Jazz music; he was a proud member of the Leader's Circle at S.F. Jazz and traveled to San Francisco two times a month for concerts. He was a collector of rare fountain pens and loved going to the theater as soon as a new movie was released. He was a lifelong fan of the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was always in pursuit of the perfect Negroni and loved eating at Michelin star restaurants worldwide. He was an ardent fan who never missed a sporting event played by his grandchildren over the years. Phil is survived by his children Michael (Christine), Julia Branan (William) and Jane Maier (Jonathan), and his sister Judy MacKnight (David). He was the proud grandfather of Chase, Elise, Will, Blaze, and Lila. 

A graveside service at the Mount Albion Cemetery in Albion, New York will be held at a time later to be announced. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to memorialize Admiral McNall may make a gift to the the Muscular Dystrophy Association.


Robert Knowles Slaven, Jr. (1st Co) (12/6/20)

Update 7/30/21

From Gordo:

I have received the following request from Bob's daughter, Merrill:

Hello, it's Merrill Slaven Brache here, Bob Slaven's daughter. I am planning a celebration of life service for my father and thought maybe you could pass the info along to your class? I'm not really expecting his classmates to come, as travel now is so challenging, but I did want all of you to know about it. 

It is August 7th from 3-5pm at the Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club in Blue Hill, Maine. Perhaps you who knew him could send a thought or prayer to him that day. Or if anyone had a memory they wanted to share with me, I would love it. I know so little about his early life and career.

She can be reached at wellspring.gb@gmail.com



Bob passed away from a heart attack on 2 Dec 2020. No further info at this time.

Robert William Stibler (18th Co)  (11/1620)

Update 2/10/21  Obituary

Robert “Bob” W. Stibler, age 84, of Mount Laurel, NJ died Thursday, November 12, 2020, peacefully at home surrounded by his family.  Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, Bob was a proud alumnus of Regis High School (NYC) and the United States Naval Academy (USNA) Class of 1958.  

After graduating from the Naval Academy, Bob embarked on a diverse 20-year career in the US Navy.  His first tour was aboard the destroyer USS Mullany (DD-528) out of San Diego,CA.  After a two-year tour, Bob attended sub school for six months in Groton, CT and transitioned to submarines.  Then it was down to Key West, FL for his first submarine tour aboard the USS Picuda (SS-382).  His next duty station was in Monterey, CA where he attended Naval Post Graduate School. After receiving his advanced degree in Oceanography, he transferred back to Key West, to serve aboard the USS Atule (SS-403).  Bob then returned to the surface Navy and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA-34) before transitioning to Engineering Duty Officer for a 5-year tour in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Bob finished out his 20-year Naval career with a final 3-year tour at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, before retiring in June of 1978.  

After his retirement, Bob continued his service to the Navy as a defense contractor at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.  Bob worked hard for his family his entire life. He was always supportive of his children.  He gladly attended countless sporting events and was a coach for many.  He took on grueling second part-time jobs to make holidays brighter and dreams come true; from car purchases to colleges to homes to family vacations.  As the first in his family to graduate from college, Bob was especially proud that all 5 of his children earned college degrees. Bob was a great networker, using his contacts to open doors to kickstart or advance his children’s careers.  

Bob and Ginger were avid travelers, going on cruises, planning and attending high school, college and ship reunions across the country.  He enjoyed spending time at horse tracks, watching the NY Giants and the Game show network, and was a season ticket holder for Naval Academy Football.  

In his later years, when Parkinson’s disease robbed him of his strength and stamina, it also gave him a softness we treasured. For a big guy he had a soft spot for animals, and he loved our pets. He never turned down bringing a pet into the house. He was devoted to his cat Quincy and dog Rascal, taking care of them in their old age.  Boston Terrier Meka sat in his lap and kept him company when he could no longer walk around freely.  Meka was his constant companion during the final months of his life.  Some of his last laughs came from Biscuit jumping up and licking his face.  He couldn’t turn away from an animal in need.  

He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years Virginia “Ginger”nee Stawski, his five children, Stephen & his wife Ellen, Joseph (USNA 1989) & his wife Betsy, Mary Mulholland,  Casey & his wife Kelly,  Christine Gorman and her husband Frank and his eight grandchildren: Kirk (USNA 2018), Joe, Claire, Kaelyn, Emma-Kate, Joseph, Erin, & Stephanie.  He was predeceased by his brother William “Bill” Stibler and Bill’s wife Beatrice and his nephew William “Billy” Stibler.  

Viewing on Wednesday, November 18th, 7 to 9pm and Thursday, November 19th, 9:15 to 10:15am at the Schetter Funeral Home, 304 W. Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. Funeral mass at 11 am at Christ Our Light Church, 402 N. Kings Hwy, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Interment at 2pm at Brigadier General William C Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 350 Province Line road, Wrightstown, NJ 08562. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to Wounded Warriors Project PO Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.

Fair winds and following seas. We have the watch.

 Twyla Patterson Gibson (Wife of Dave Gibson (9th Co) 11/1/20

Twyla passed away on  10/28/20.  No more info at this time

From Jane Pejsar

Her late husband Gibby and Red Dog Rod Pejsar were buddies. All four of us had also much fun at the past three reunions.


Sharon Lynn Norkin  (Age 81) (Wife of Donald Phillip Norkin ( 6th Co)) 10/21/20  

Our beloved mother joined the love of her life, Donald Philip, in heaven on May 17, 2019. During 52 years of marriage, their strongest desire was to provide happy childhoods for a loving family. Her grandchildren likened her to Mary Poppins as she was always firm and authoritative in her care, but in the most fun and imaginative way-and she carried a big purse filled with magic. Sharon is survived by her children Tracy, Donna, Debbie, and Doug; and her grandchildren Regan, Arielle, Emma Sophie, Kristopher, and Brynna. Funeral Service private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, www.kidney.org.

Published in The Washington Post on May 30, 2019.


On January 4, 2012, DONALD PHILIP NORKIN of North Bethesda passed away. Cherished husband of Sharon Lynn Norkin; adored father of T. Sterling "Tracy" Norkin, Donna Heaton, Debbie Moore and Douglas Norkin; loving grandfather of Regan, Arielle, Kristopher, Emma-Sophie and Brynna; beloved brother of Leonard Norkin. Funeral Service private. obituaryregistry.com

Richard Lloyd Tillman (1st Co) (10/16/20)

Dick was born in Elkhart, Indiana on November 27, 1936. He graduated from Elkhart High School in 1954 and received a congressional appointment to the Naval Academy in 1954. He graduated with the 1st Company in 1958. While at the Naval Academy he competed on two Intercollegiate National Championship Sailing Teams. 

After graduation he was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force and entered the Procurement and Contracting field. He was assigned to Eglin AFB, Florida for four years. While there he married Linda Lowe of Mishawaka, IN on July 29, 1961. They moved to College Station, Texas where he received a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering at Texas A&M University. Their first daughter, Laura, was born there. Next came an18 month assignment at Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio with the AFLC. While there, their second daughter, Elizabeth, was born. In 1966 a three-year assignment to France and Germany came with production responsibilities for depot maintenance and repair of US aircraft in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Their third daughter, Susan, was born in France. In 1969 he served a four-year tour as Assistant Professor AFROTC at The Citadel in Charleston, SC.

In 1973 he was assigned as Assistant Air Force Plant Representative at the Martin Marietta Aerospace Company in Orlando, Fl.. This was followed by a tri-service assignment in Orlando with Defense Contract Administration Services. His last assignment was in 1976 to Patrick AFB, Florida, in Quality Assurance for the Eastern Space and Missile Test Range. Dick retired in 1979, and opened a boating business. In 1981 he was appointed Executive Director of the International J/24 Class Association with his wife, Linda, as editor and publisher of the J/24 Magazine. They worked together in this capacity for 10 years before stepping into full retirement. While in the Air Force, Dick was Commodore of the International Snipe Class Association and a Director of the National Governing Body of Sailing. After retirement, Dick was President of the International Sunfish Class Association and later President of the US Windsurfing Class Association. 

During 21 years in the Air Force, Dick actively raced sailboats and was selected for three US Pan American Teams and was on the 1976 US Olympic Team. He was named US Yachtsman of the Year in 1965. He was the National Champion of the Snipe Class, the National and North American Champion of the Finn Class and Windsurfing Classes and World Masters Champion of the Laser Class and the Sunfish Class. He patented a sailing instrument and authored four sailing books, the latest of which, The Complete Book of Laser Sailing, is currently in print. He played golf, tennis. and pickleball He and Linda lived in Florida during the winter and spent summers at Lake Wawasee in Indiana. He was a Lay Ecumenical Minister at several Episcopal Churches he and his family attended.

He was elected to the USNA Sailing Hall of Fame, The International Laser Class Hall of Fame and the United States Sailing Association Hall of Fame.

After 55 years of marriage, Dick’s wife, Linda, passed on Feb 28, 2017.  He is survived by three daughters; Laura of Springfield, MO,, Elizabeth of-Issaquah, WA, and Susan of Sammamish, WA, and 9 grandchildren. 

(See Entry for Linda Tillman) 


Thomas Edward  O'Neill (22nd Co)   (10/12/20)

Tom passed away on 11 Oct.  Tom was quite ill for the past couple and years and finally succumbed to a heart attack.  His obituary is forthcoming.


Last Call: Rosemary Newman Adkins (Wife of Jim Adkins (9th Co) (9/17/20)

Update 9/22/21

Copy of email from Jim:

The purpose of this email is to inform you of a recent change to COVID-19 restrictions for dining at the Naval Academy Club.  This change affects those who are attending the Services for Rosemary on September 27th and lunch after the Inurnment at the Columbarium.  Please see the Flyer attached, which I received yesterday.  To review the Flyer, our lunch is an indoor catered event so we have to meet the following rules:

1.  Present our fully vaccinated COVID-19 card prior to entering the building.

2.  If not vaccinated, present a negative PCR test from the last 72 hours prior to entering the building.

3.  Wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status, except when eating or drinking.  This requirement is not new.  

As of today, I know of no other recent changes.  Masks are required in the Chapel, so we will need to mask-up for the Funeral service.  Since the Columbarium Service is outside, masks would normally be optional; however, in a close gathering of 50-60 people, I would wear a mask.

  I look forward to seeing you on  September 27th.

Kind regards,



Update 8/25/21

Funeral Services  USNA 27 Sept 2021:

Rosemary died on September 3, 2020.  Her services have been delayed because of COVID and are now scheduled for September 27, 2021.  Her funeral Mass will be held in the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel at 10:30 am, Monday, September 27th with inurnment in the Naval Academy Columbarium immediately following.  All attending are invited to lunch and Celebration of Rosemary’s Life at the Naval Academy Club following the Columbarium Service.  Please enter through Gate 8, inform the guard you are attending the funeral for Rosemary Adkins, be prepared to show a government ID (such as a driver’s license) for all occupants in the car, and use the parking garage near the Club as available.  Transportation will be provided from the Chapel to the Columbarium and back to the Club.

Please RSVP by September 14th to Jim at oldgoatadkins@gmail.com , 425 392 4380, or 360 204 4638, if you plan to attend.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Rosemary to the Naval Academy Foundation, designated for International Programs (Adkins Family Scholars).  

Obituary 9/17/20

Rosemary Newman Adkins passed away from Alzheimer’s disease on September 3, 2020, at home with her beloved husband, Jim. She was 78 years old. 
Rosemary grew up on a potato farm “in cold snowy Idaho.” She was born in Idaho Falls on May 21, 1942, to Joseph and Anna Newman, who immigrated from
 Germany. Rosemary grew up speaking German and treasured her German and immigrant heritage. The youngest of five, she cherished her siblings, Joseph,
 Betty, Lucille, and Anton.  

On the family farm in Firth, Idaho, Rosemary developed the work ethic, can-do spirit, abiding Catholic faith, and love of family that characterized her entire life. 
She was especially proud of the tractor-driving prowess she demonstrated at a young age—no doubt a harbinger of her ability to take on large challenges.
After elementary school in Blackfoot, Idaho, Rosemary attended Saint Mary of the Wasatch in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated in 1960 as valedictorian
 of her class and student body president. Then she went to work for the Westinghouse Corporation, which operated a training facility in Idaho for the U.S. Navy.

  There Rosemary met her future husband, Jim, a naval officer hailing from a ranch near Georgetown, Texas. When Jim checked in at Westinghouse for his
training in September of 1960, he waited in an area in front of Rosemary’s desk. He decided he had to meet this beautiful woman with only “Rosemary” on her
 name plate. Jim and Rosemary were married on June 8, 1963, at the Submarine Base Chapel in Groton, Connecticut, and began their shared life. It was one of 
ervice, travel, adventure, learning, fun—and, above all, family. Rosemary and Jim had two children, Jim III and Judy.

  With good cheer, Rosemary tackled the many challenges of being a Navy wife. She managed the complexities of multiple cross-country and cross-ocean 
moves, helped her children navigate new schools, served as sole parent when Jim was at sea for months at a time, and supported other Navy wives through 
her participation in wives’ clubs and informal networks.

  The family adventure included duty stations around the globe: New London, Connecticut; Charleston, South Carolina (twice); Hawaii (twice); Bremerton, 
Washington; Guam, Marianas Islands; Fairfax, Virginia; and Holy Loch, Scotland. Rosemary’s very first cruise was the family’s 1970 move to Hawaii, 
accomplished via a four-day voyage from San Francisco to Honolulu aboard the S.S. Lurline.

  When Jim’s job in Scotland required cultivating relationships with local officials, Rosemary rose to the challenge, hosting large dinner parties attended 
by senior U.S. naval officers and Scottish dignitaries. She was a favorite of the local Scottish ladies, who appreciated her authenticity and down-to-earth nature.

 Rosemary was a devoted mother. She took her children to countless lessons and practices, attended games and concerts and meets and scouting and schoo
 events, and also showed her kids how to have fun, whether on the beach at Barber’s Point, Hawaii, or in the boonies on Guam. She loved and cared for Prince, 
Snoopy, and Rascal, the family’s succession of poorly-trained but beloved dogs.

Between the adventurous family moves, there were many pure adventures, and Rosemary was always game, embracing family trips to Taiwan, Hong Kong,
 the Philippines, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and the various Marianas and Hawaiian islands. Rosemary especially liked Rome, 
where she could see Catholicism, art, architecture, and history come together.

Learning was another central thread in Rosemary’s life. Rosemary pursued higher education doggedly and persistently, across time and space. She first 
enrolled at Idaho State University in 1961, paying her own way at age 19. After Jim proposed, she joined him on the East Coast, transferring to the University 
of Connecticut. Later, while her children were small, she squeezed in a few classes at the Citadel in South Carolina. Eventually, she returned to school full time 
at the University of Guam. Her children were impressed by how hard she worked, studying thick textbooks late into the night (and sometimes chewing caramels 
to stay awake), yet still cheering them on at all their swim meets and baseball games. After completing one final course at George Mason University in Virginia, 
Rosemary received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Guam in 1979.

Rosemary embraced schools she didn’t attend herself. She was a strong supporter of the Naval Academy (alma mater of her husband, son, granddaughter, 
and grandson) and contributed many hours to the work of the alumni association’s Puget Sound Chapter. Rosemary was also a passionate fan of Duke basketball
 (alma mater of her daughter). From 1986 to 2000, she and Jim held season tickets and regularly road-tripped between Virginia and North Carolina to join the
 Cameron Crazies and cheer on the team. After completing her college education, Rosemary held positions at a nonprofit organization, an electronics manufacturer, 
and two companies serving the defense industry, but her favorite part of work was always the conviviality of the office; she enjoyed her co-workers, and they enjoyed her.

In 2002, Jim and Rosemary retired to Silverdale, Washington, and built their dream house on Duckabush Lane. Rosemary made that dream a reality
 by attending to countless design decisions. There, Jim and Rosemary spent 16 happy years looking out their picture window each morning to see “if the mountains 
were out.”

In retirement, Rosemary enjoyed gardening, participating in social groups (her book club, birthday group, and Ya Ya sisterhood group), and contributing 
to her local community (as secretary of the Puddingstone Home-Owner’s Association, and by being Jim’s right-hand woman for his many service activities). 
She was a member of the Naval Submarine League and enjoyed attending the meetings with Jim. Despite being a landlubber at heart, Rosemary also served 
good-naturedly and proficiently as first mate on the Sea Y’all, helmed by Captain Jim. She was the queen of the “boat breakfast”; nobody lacked for orange rolls.

During these years, Rosemary and Jim continued to explore the world (by way of cruises to Alaska, the Panama Canal, Mexico, the Columbia River, the Danube, 
and the Mediterranean, and trips to China and Australia). They also visited special places and people: In particular, Rosemary enjoyed reunions with her siblings in 
Casa Grande, Arizona; trips to the Adkins family ranch in Georgetown (especially in spring, when the bluebonnets were in bloom); one big family trip to Maui; a 
return trip to Guam after three decades; and reunions with Navy friends far and wide.

Rosemary was a devoted grandmother to her four grandchildren. She made sure they were never deprived of pancakes. She was always up for a game 
of checkers, chess, dominoes, or Candy Land. She was known to put on a good poker face and then spring a royal flush. She took her granddaughters on special 
birthday shopping trips. She and Jim never hesitated to hop on the ferry and make the two-hour Puget Sound crossing for their grandkids’ basketball games, 
guitar recitals, birthday celebrations, and more. She made everybody feel well taken care of. Her penchant for doing laundry—the subject of much family ribbing—was 
emblematic of her caring nature.

In times of crisis, that caring kicked into high gear. In 1999, Rosemary saw Jim through a struggle with cancer, supporting him in every way possible. I
n 2011, she did the same when Jim had a heart attack and bypass surgery. Her practical help, emotional support, and prayers made all the difference. 
Rosemary had a lovely smile. She liked red roses and blue hydrangeas. Her homemade strawberry jam was the best.

In 2019, Rosemary and Jim moved to the Timber Ridge at Talus Senior Living Community in Issaquah, Washington, to be nearer family, as Rosemary was
 suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Even in the midst of the disease, Rosemary remained the loving person she had always been. She gave the longest hugs at the airport. She started playing the piano again and played often, especially for Jim. One of her favorite pieces
was “Du, Du Liebst Mir Im Herzen.” She will always be in our hearts.

Rosemary is survived by her husband, James Adkins, Jr.; son, James Adkins III; daughter, Judith Adkins; daughters-in-law, Mary Adkins and Ruthanna Hooke; granddaughters, Carolyn Davis and Kathleen Adkins; grandsons, James Adkins IV and Silas Adkins-Hooke; and many friends and extended family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Alzheimer’s Disease Research, 22412 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871; or to 
Catholic Relief Services, 228 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, MD 21201.

Services will be held at a later date. Friends and family are invited to sign the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.


James Edward Sheehan (1st Co)) (9/16/20)

The info  below  on Jim's condition was provided earlier by Jim's son, Brad.  

After a long illness,  Jim Sheehan has died.  

Jim  had Dewys Body Syndrome,  which  spread from his physical being to his brain.  
He was in and out of various nursing homes due to falling, broke his arm  brain issues,
during these last 2 years.

No further details at this time.

Betty Jean Farnan  (Wife of Richard Farnan (20th Co)) (9/3/20)

From the Farnan;s daughter Jennifer, 

Betty passed away in Warner Robins GA on 31 August. She was 81 years young.

Jennifer wrote, "Betty will join Dick at Arlington Cemetery at a later date to be determined


Allan Rachap (12th Co) (8/18/20)

Allan Rachap passed away peacefully, with his wife, Judy, by his side, in his home on Kauai, Hawaii. His passing was on June 27, 2020, as a result of lung cancer. He was 83 years old.

Allan was born and grew up in New York City and moved to Annapolis to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. While there, Midshipman Rachap met and fell in love with “local girl” Judy Gilden; the two were married immediately after Allan’s graduation. Following four years as a Naval Officer, he attended Harvard Business School, where he graduated with honors, achieving an MBA degree. Allan and Judy moved back to Annapolis, with their two children, where he went on to have a successful career in finance, ultimately retiring, at age 60, following 20 years with Merrill Lynch in the Annapolis office. Spending time with family and travel were important areas of Allan’s life. They visited many countries, absorbing the culture wherever they went.

After having vacationed on Kauai for many winters, during which Allan and Judy became active members of the community while cementing friendships with people there, they decided to live on Kauai and vacation on the east coast – and so they did, moving to Kauai in 2000. They returned to Annapolis, as well as other east coast cities, once or twice a year to visit (and feast on steamed crabs!)

Allan’s life on Kauai was very full; he led hikes for the Sierra Club and took an ongoing part in the environmental life there. An accomplished yoga practitioner, Allan also enjoyed gardening, biking around the island and was a regular at many of the beaches.

Allan is survived by his wife, Judy Rachap; daughter, Marilyn Gerber; son, Michael Rachap; grandchild Marty Rachap; sister Rhoda Konigsberg.

As Allan requested, Judy and Marilyn and Michael left Allan’s ashes at his favorite beach on Kauai.


Barry Jack Howard (4th Co) (7/18/20)

Col. Barry Jack Howard (March 25, 1936 - July 17, 2020)


Col Barry Jack Howard (Ret., USAF) was born on March 25, 1936, the son of Harry and Martha Howard of Wichita, Kansas. He passed away on July 17, 2020 at Blue Skies of Texas. His father was a career agent for the FBI, and his mother was affectionately known to the family as “Little Napoleon.” Barry graduated and was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force from the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1958.

  In keeping with his impetuous and exuberant temperament, his 28 years of active duty spanned the globe with increasing responsibilities and steady promotions. His first hurdle was to get himself into pilot training, and he earned his Air Force wings in 1960. He was initially disappointed to find himself ordered to a C-130 squadron in France, but it paid off handsomely with an enormous number of international flying hours and leadership training. This is symbolic of Barry’s extraordinary “luck”, which often appeared in perilous situations, whether in the cockpit or in his shenanigans at the bar. Barry soon learned how to get the maximum enjoyment out of any situation.

  Back in the States in 1964, he transitioned to fighter aircraft, later becoming an instructor and flight test pilot. From 1968-69 he was in the thick of the air war over Vietnam, flying F-4’s, a “warrior” at last. He earned several combat decorations: Silver Star, Bronze Star, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, 17 Air Medals. Later assignments included duty at the Pentagon and the Air War College, neither of which curbed his outspoken character when issues arose about which he held strong opinions. As a senior officer, he developed a genuine sensitivity for the trials and morale of his junior officers and enlisted personnel. Barry was eventually selected for command of three squadrons and two wings. His command of the 51st TAC Fighter Wing in Osan, Korea in 1983-84 was a great challenge and reward for him. He retired in 1986 at Bergstrom AFB, Austin, Texas.

  Barry’s employment for the next 30 years can be summarized as a problem-solving engineer. He embraced a wide knowledge of computers. To this he added his out-going love of people and a life-time of knowing who to call on for help in tackling problems. In 1997 he began work for the New Mexico Highway Dept. as a consultant and continued in construction work until 9/11/2001 “changed everything.” Barry worked diligently to get the FBI to use a proven, secure computer system, but without success.


In 2016 he and Sandra, his wife, moved to Air Force Village II (now Blue Skies of Texas West). Barry was baptized into the Christian faith in March 2019, by Chaplain Gil Richardson.

  He is survived by his wife, Sandra; son, Michael Howard of Dallas, daughter, Barrie Lynn Howard of San Mateo, CA; granddaughters, Evan Kuhner of Dallas and Bryn Howard of Austin; brothers, Kent Howard of Indianapolis, IN and Alan Howard of West Hollywood, CA.

  Burial was at Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery with a private service.

Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home

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Castroville, TX 78009

(830) 931-2221



Eric ForstaThacher (16th Co) (7/16/20)

Eric died on 1 July. Further info will be posted when it is available.

Joseph Dwight Hutchinson (8th Co) (7/6/20)

Joseph Dwight Hutchinson  (1936 – 2020)

Commander J. Dwight Hutchinson, of Middletown, MD, entered his heavenly rest on June 30, 2020, after a brief and courageous fight with cancer at his home, Covenant Springs, surrounded by his loving family. Dwight was an example and encouragement to us all in the ways he loved and served his wife and family, his country, and most of all, his Lord and church during his 83 years on this earth. A deeply spiritual and humble man, Dwight lived a life of gratitude for the grace he himself received from Jesus Christ, in whom his eternal hope is sure. Dwight loved to laugh, tell animated stories, and serve others in quiet, practical ways.

Dwight was born in 1936 in Summerville, SC, the son of Joseph and Grace Allan Hutchinson. He graduated from Summerville High School in 1954, where he was a member of the Honor Society and lettered in three sports. He was the grandson of Joseph Hall Waring Hutchinson and Florence Huntington Bridge Hutchinson and James Allan and Maria Ross Heriot Allan, all of Summerville. He received a Senatorial appointment and was an honor graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with the class of 1958.

He is survived by his wife, Lydia; daughter, Susan Hutchinson, of Oakland, CA; son, the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Hutchinson and wife, Troy, of New Haven, CT; son, the Rev. Christopher Hutchinson, and wife, Kirstan, of Blacksburg, VA; and five grandchildren, Taylor, Hunter, Geneva, Claire and Joseph. He is also survived by his sister, Grace Chapman, of Columbia, SC and brother, Steve Hutchinson, of Sarasota, FL.

Commander Hutchinson served in the Naval Service for twenty years, primarily with the Submarine Service. He earned post-graduate degrees in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a qualified deep-sea diver. His naval service included tours in the Mediterranean Sea, Florida, Virginia, South Carolina, Connecticut, Guam, Scotland, Spain, Maryland, California, and the Pentagon. Following his naval service, he was the Vice President of a small high tech firm in Northern Virginia, serving as a project manager and director of marketing and development. 

While stationed in New London, Dwight met the love of his life, the former Lydia Somers Coleman, to whom he was married for 59 joy-filled years. Fully retiring in 1992, Dwight and Lydia moved to the Middletown Valley to an antebellum farmhouse they named Covenant Springs, where they raised champion Cairn Terriers and became involved as volunteers with a number of charitable and Christian organizations. He served on the boards of directors for the Historical Society of Frederick County, the Middletown Valley Historical Society where he served as president, and Middletown Main Street, as well as being honored as Middletown's "Grand Marshall" in 2018. Dwight was the Chairman of the Board of Deacons at Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church for almost twenty years, which recently named him Deacon Emeritus.

 Throughout his adult life, Dwight and Lydia were very active in their local churches, he as vestryman and lay leader with their Episcopal Church and later with the Presbyterian Church in America. A great lover of theology and history, Dwight also attended a number of Christian courses at Trinity Episcopal School of Ministry and wrote a large number of articles for his local congregation's newsletters. Dwight will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him, but who also, in Christ, look forward to seeing him again in the New Heavens and New Earth.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the Deacon's Fund of Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church (faithreformed.org), or the Foundation of the Cairn Terrier Club of America (cairnterrierhealth.org). An outdoor Memorial Service will be celebrated at 10am on Saturday, July 11th, at Covenant Springs, 7400 Holter Road, Middletown, MD. Due to current health regulations, please RSVP to jdh.rsvp@gmail.com by Wednesday, July 8th to receive instructions. The service will be recorded and posted online later for those unable to attend on Facebook, available by searching for "Dwight Hutchinson - Celebration of Life." Interment will follow at a later date at his family's site, St. Paul's Anglican Church, Summerville, SC. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

  Published in Charleston Post & Courier from Jul. 4 to Jul. 5, 2020


Russell Elian Vreeland (2nd Co) (7/4/20)

Update from Gordo (9/1/20)

The USNA Columbarium is finally re-opening. Russ' inurnment will be on Thursday 10 Sept at 1000. If you plan to attend please notify his daughter-in-law, Susan at either ENGUIDAN@usc.edu  or 818-321-5064


Russ' obituary as published.  


William Newton Moore (1st Co) 7/3/20

Update 7/12/20

Commander William Newton Moore, USN (Ret.), 84, of Pompano Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully on 30 June.  Born 24 September 1935 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, to Andrew Newton Moore and Verna Davenport Moore, he graduated from Hopkinsville High School as Salutatorian of the Class of 1953.  After one year at Vanderbilt University he received an appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1958.  He earned an MS in Physics from the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1965 and an MS in Information Systems from George Mason University in 1993.  He was assigned to the USS Henry W. Tucker (DDR-875) and served until 1960 when he was ordered to the USS Springfield (CLG-7) which was deployed to the Mediterranean as Sixth Fleet Flagship.  His duties were Operations Assistant and Fire Control Division Officer.  He was qualified as Officer of the Deck (OOD) underway and served as OOD for in-port honors of foreign dignitaries. 

After several years on the USS Dewey (DLG-14), he was ordered to Bureau of Ships as Project Supervisor for the AN/BQS-11/12/13 Sonars being installed on the 594, 637 and 688 class submarines, and Director of the Fleet Sonar Office.  He was assigned to Naval Ordnance Systems Command as Project Manager where he oversaw a major upgrade to the AN/SPS-40 Air Search Radar.  Later at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) he was Division Director and Project Manager of the TRIDENT Sonar and Fire Control Division where he directed the development and production of the first sonar and fire control systems to be installed on the TRIDENT Submarine.   He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Meritorious Service Medal.

He retired from the Navy in 1978 and continued to support NAVSEA as a private contractor.  In 1985, he formed Acquisition Planning Corporation, later acquired by DDL Omni Engineering.  He provided support to Joint Forces Command in the areas of program management and logistics.   He retired from DDL in 2005.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Nona Johnson Jordan, with whom he traveled to every continent and 70 countries.  William is survived by two former spouses, Ruth Mary Seifert and Penelope Byrd; four children, Katherine McCormick (Bill), Teresa Moore, John Moore (Paula), and Paul Moore (Wendi); two stepdaughters, Kristin Collins and Jennifer Jordan-Grote (Joanna); and twelve grandchildren.  His sister Ann Hancock pre-deceased him this year.   Services and interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at date to be announced.


Daniel Byron Leonard, Jr. (24th Co) (6/29/20)

Update 9/2/21 

 Dan’s inurnment will be held at the USNA Columbarium on Wednesday 15 September at 1100. Plan on using Gate 8 to enter the grounds. There will be a luncheon at the USNA Club following the service. Please let Gordo know via  email ( Gordon Gerson <usna1958@verizon.net ) if you intend to attend the luncheon.

Update 7/6/20

Captain Daniel B. Leonard, Jr., CEC, USN (Ret.), Newtown Square, PA, died on June 27, 2020. He was 84 years old. Dan was born to Daniel B. Leonard and Nellie May Jones of Lansford, PA. He was a standout in football and track at Lansford High School, where he graduated in 1953. In 2003, Dan was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame for his high school accomplishments in sports.

Dan graduated from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, class of 1958, 24th Company, and was commissioned an Ensign, U.S. Navy.  Following two years of sea duty, he transferred to the Civil Engineer Corps (CEC), where he served twenty-four additional years of active duty military service. His Navy CEC career included five tours with the Naval Mobile Construction Battalions (SEABEES), two of which were in Vietnam. In over twelve years with the SEABEES, he held every position a CEC officer can fill, including having been Commanding Officer of NMCB SEVENTY FOUR (1974-1976). During his naval career, Dan lived and worked in thirteen countries across the globe, as well as in twelve states in the USA. He earned three degrees: Bachelor of Sciences at the USNA, Bachelor of Civil Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Master of Civil Engineering at Stanford University. His military decorations include Bronze stars with Combat "V" (two), Meritorious Service Medal (three), Joint Services Commendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy "E" Ribbon, and the Vietnamese Service Medal with five campaign stars.

 He retired from the Navy in in 1984 as a Captain, in the position of Deputy Commander for Military Readiness (SEABEES). In his subsequent civilian career, Dan joined TRW, Inc. as a Construction Executive. He retired early from TRW to accept a position with Saudi Aramco as Project Director. He lived in Saudi Arabia for five years. Dan's work history was completed with Foster Wheeler USA Corporation where he was in Caracas, Venezuela for two years, as a Construction Project Executive.

Dan retired in 1999, and spent his last years traveling with his wife, Giovanna Adimari. They lived in Newtown Square, PA. Dan is survived by his beloved wife, Giovanna Adimari; his children, Daniel III (Corrine) and David (Jennifer), Vaughnlea Rene; and, grandchildren, Joshua, Daniel IV, David Jr., Michael, Talon, Chase, Xavier; and, granddaughter, Skylar. Memorial Services with military honors and inurnment at the USNA Cemetery will take place at a date TBA.


James Edward Lott (14th Co) (6/18/20)

December 19, 1932 - June 15, 2020

James Edward Lott, Age 87
, born in Heard County, Georgia, and a resident of Orange County since 1961, died June 15, 2020. Mr. Lott was a Navy veteran who served in the Korean War. He was a member of the VFW, Delaney Street Baptist Church, a Mason, a Shriner (Bahia Temple), and was retired from Lockheed Martin. 

Mr. Lott is survived by his children, Jeffrey Lott of Rutherfordton, NC; James Lott, Jr. of Iowa, LA; Eric Lott of Montross, VA; Donna Hooper of Orlando; Maria Guthrie of Orlando and Joey Bracciale of Key West. He also has nine grandchildren Brent Hooper, Cameron Hooper, Jenny Daley, Kristina Kadel, Viktoria Steiner, Colin Guthrie, Kaitlyn Guthrie, Kelsey Guthrie, Giovanni Bracciale as well as four great grandchildren. There will be a private family-only graveside service at Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org) or Cornerstone Hospice (www.cornerstonehospice.org)

Arden Polhill, (Wife of Lee Polhill (19th Co)) (6/17/20)

Arden Polhill, wife of Lee Polhill  died on 12 June,  No more info at this time.

Floyd Carlyle Hissong, Jr.  (14th Co) (6/5/20)

Floyd C. Hissong, age 85 of Bunker Hill, West Virginia, and formerly of Upper Sandusky, Ohio passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020, at his home in Bunker Hill. He was born on June 9, 1935 in Amarillo, Texas to Floyd C. Sr. and Dorothia A. (Garber), both of whom are deceased. He married Margaret Jeannine Gottfried on July 31, 1969 and she survives. Floyd is survived a daughter Catherine (James) and 4 grandchildren, nephews Jeff Hissong, Robb Hissong, and niece Kerry Hissong. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Tommy of Findlay, Ohio.

 Floyd attended the Naval Academy in Annapolis and received his bachelor’s from Bowling Green State University. He was a retired teacher with Upper Sandusky Exempted Schools. Floyd was a member of Upper Sandusky Lions Club, a 40-year-member of Warpole Lodge #176 F&AM, McCutchen Chapter #96 Royal Arch Masons, Upper Sandusky Council #98 R&SM, Warpole Chapter #366 Order of the Eastern Star and the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Toledo.  For hobbies he enjoyed puzzles, painting, and playing Uno with his grandchildren.  There was no visitation. Graveside services for Floyd C. Hissong were held Saturday, May 30th at 1:00PM at Oak Hill Cemetery with Rev. Johnny Phillips officiating.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic Lodge of Upper Sandusky, John Stewart UMC, or Noah's Ark Rescue and can be sent to Lucas-Batton at 476 S. Sandusky Ave. Upper Sandusky, OH 43351.

Don Claus Leo (6th Co)

Rev. Don C. Leo, age 85, a resident of Windsor Park in Carol Stream, formerly a longtime resident of Wheaton, IL, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, March 9, 2020, surrounded by his family.  He was born October 3, 1934 in Dysart, Iowa to Walter E. and Rhoda M. Leo.

Don grew up on the family farm in Dysart and graduated from Dysart High School in 1953. After attending Grinnell College he was appointed to the Naval Academy, but after the sudden death of his father, he returned to the family farm to help his mother.  He went on to graduate from Iowa State University in 1958 and then from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, where he earned a Master's of Divinity Degree in 1962. 

During his time at Garrett, Don met Judy Barnsback while she was in nursing school. Following a brief courtship, they married on May 7, 1960. 

Don’s first church appointment with the United Methodist Church was to parishes in Radcliffe and Ellsworth, Iowa.  Three years later, the family relocated to Illinois where he served the Lemont United Methodist Church for 11 years.  They then moved to Wheaton in 1976 when Don was appointed to Gary Memorial United Methodist Church where he served until 1989. Having earned a second Master's Degree in Counseling in 1974 Don was then appointed by the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church to Midwest Career Development Service, where he counseled fellow clergy and pastoral candidates. In addition to serving the United Methodist Board of Ministries, for 25 years he also served as a part-time chaplain for Central DuPage Hospital.

Throughout his life, Don committed to serving his community as well. Most notably, he served on the Police Commission in Lemont, the Board of Outreach Community Ministries and Community Center in Carol Stream and the Red Cross, most significantly in Louisiana following the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Don had many passions in his life. He delighted in his family, often capturing activities on video. He loved travel and camping and was always tinkering with his RVs and other projects. He enjoyed sports all through his schooling, especially baseball, as a catcher winning the state championship his junior year.  He was a diehard Chicago sports fan, especially the Cubs. He loved reading and music, particularly singing. He also loved his morning coffee while reading “the funnies.” He was a proud ENFP. Most of all, he loved people.

Don will be remembered for his boisterous laughter, affirming nature, self-effacing humor, social activism and countless friendships. His love for Christ was evident to all who knew him and to know him was to be his friend.

In his own words "I want it to be remembered that I tried to live a life of love—that I tried to bring love and peace to any who needed it—and to be an instrument of peace in the manner of St. Francis' Prayer."

He is survived by his wife, Judy, four children, John (Jane) Leo of Wheaton, Susan Lowe of St. Charles, Joe Leo of Drake, Colorado and Peter (Laura) Leo of Matthews, North Carolina, seven grandchildren, Emily Leo, Maggie (Keith) Brinks, Daniel (Janel) Leo, Leah Lowe, Nathan Lowe, Erin Leo and Madeline Leo.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Ann Wayt, and his granddaughter, Jenna Lowe.

A memorial visitation will be held Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St., Wheaton. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at Gary United Methodist Church.

Memorial gifts may be directed to Gary Memorial United Methodist Church.

Family and friends may sign a guest book at hultgrenfh.com. For more information, please call Hultgren Funeral Home at 630-668-0027


James Lee Corder (3rd Co) 5/22/20

Update 8/8/21:

Jim's ashes will be placed in the USNA Columbarium on Monday 30 August at 1400 hrs. There will be a reception at the USNA Club immediately thereafter.

You are reminded that masks are required at the USNA Club.


James Lee Corder died on May 21, 2020. 

Update 5/29/20

Jim was born in Keota, Oklahoma January 12, 1936.  The family moved to Durant, Oklahoma once his father returned from WWII.  Jim attended Southeastern State College on a scholarship for one year, then the US Naval Academy, graduating in 1958.  Jim was in the 3rd Company, which won the Brigade Colors his second and first class years.

While at the academy Jim met Julia Draper of Centreville, Maryland on a blind date.  They were married in St. Andrew’s Chapel the day after graduation.  They had three children, Elizabeth (Beth) Corder Clark, Robert (Bob) Franklin Corder and Margaret (Meg) Corder Gersonde.  Jim and Julia have twelve grandchildren.

Jim served six years in the Navy; three on a destroyer, one year in graduate school receiving a Master’s Degree in Engineering at the George Washington University, and two years teaching engineering at the USNA.  He resigned his commission then worked for the Navy as a civilian mechanical engineer for thirty years.  During his last ten years as a civilian engineer, Jim was Deputy Director of the Machining Directorate earning two Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Awards.

In retirement, Jim and Julia moved to Back Creek in Annapolis.  Jim’s ambition was to help family and friends enjoy their leisure time.  Jim and Julia purchased acreage on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where they built the Pond House, installed two ponds, and various goose pits.  Jim loved hosting friends for goose and deer hunting as well as grandchildren for birthday parties and sleepovers.  Along with teaching his grandchildren how to fish, Jim also taught them how to crab.  He would catch and cook his own crabs whenever he could and would eat them any way they were prepared.

Jim and Julia enjoyed traveling.  He traveled to all fifty states and every continent except Antarctica.  Jim had been to over seventy countries and often said, “Not bad for a kid from Oklahoma who never dreamed he would cross the Mississippi River!”

Jim also frequently said, “If there’s anyone luckier than me, I’ve never met them.”  Jim was an organ donor and his body was cremated.  He will rest in the US Naval Academy Columbarium.


Robert William Flynn (10th Co) (5/11/20)

Obituary and Tribute

Robert W. Flynn, USNA Class of 1958, passed away after a prolonged illness on May 4, 2020, surrounded by loved ones.  Born in Brooklyn New York July 26 1934, Bob graduated from Fort Hamilton High School in in 1952.  He went to Brooklyn College for two years before transitioning to the Academy. 

After graduating as part of 10th company, Bob served as a Surface Warfare Officer on Active Duty.  This including serving onboard ships that helped rescue astronaut Gus Grissom in 1961.  He received a Master’s in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965.  After transitioning to the Navy Reserve, he went back to MIT and was awarded a Science Doctorate (ScD) in recognition of a substantial and sustained contribution to scientific knowledge beyond that required for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Bob was a professor of Physics at the University of South Florida in Tampa from 1967 until 2003, including time as Chairman of the Physics Department.  He was made professor emeritus upon retirement.  He was an expert on the effects on relativity on spacecraft navigation and in plasma physics.

Bob collaborated in a number of different areas, including advancing research on diving and the ability of humans to live underwater in pressurized environment.  He was an avid SCUBA and cave diver and held a number of records for underwater exploration.  He was also an amateur pilot of gliders and powered aircraft, and participated in spelunking, dancing, and sailing as other hobbies.

Bob lived in Florida and North Carolina toward the later portion of his life. 

He is survived by his wife Barbara, the mother of his children Maryellen children Tom, Maria, and Ann, stepchildren Robert and Heather, grandchildren Camden, Max, Saragail, Maddux and David, brother Noel, and sister Gail.  He was preceded by his parents, and his brother Thomas.   

Due to the current pandemic, a funeral could not be held.   There will be a memorial service at the Academy at a later date. 


Tribute to Bob From His Stepson Robert McLAy (5/11/20) 


2020 has been a year of loss.  We all I think are feeling it.  My very last post was about a friend who passed too early.  This one is about a man who lived an amazing life, but for whom forever would still have been too short.  


Robert Flynn, was the husband of my mother Barbara, father to Maria, Ann, and Tom, father figure to me, my sister Heather, and many others.  He was a Naval Officer, a physicist, a teacher, a family man, a father, grandfather, friend, a pilot, a diver, a dancer, an intellectual of the highest possible caliber, a kind soul, and simply put, one of the most amazing individuals I have ever known.  His absence leaves a hole in the universe that, with all due respect to the physics of which Bob was an aficionado, cannot be explained by the laws of nature.


It has been observed that children, particularly sons, can be defensive against their mother’s dating after a divorce.  I probably was guilty of that on occasion.  However, almost as soon as my mother met Bob, I was so happy that she had.  This was a man who clearly made her happy, who was kind to her, generous in every way, and who was worthy of her attention. “He never goes a day when he doesn’t give me a complement,” my mother said. It is also a testament to Bob, that he and my own father, David, became best of friends in time.  Bob was, simply put, someone anyone would have wanted as part of their family.I know I was very grateful to have him in mine.


Bob had a number of remarkable characteristics. I believe my mother was first hooked by his skill as a dancer. For my own part, I’ve always been a bit of an intellectual snob.  I have been privileged to know more than my share of people that could be called nothing less than genius.  Still, Bob was, hands down, the smartest person I have ever met.  His academic credits were obvious.  Naval Academy undergraduate.  (Class of 58 is great!).  PhD from MIT. He could do math problems in his head that I couldn’t accomplish with an open textbook, a tutor, and a supercomputer on speed dial.  But Bob wasn’t a niche intellect like some scientists.  I remember a story about someone once saying to his daughter Maria that “no one knows everything.”  “My father does," she said.  She wasn’t far from wrong.


My favorite example of this is that my biological family liked to play a game called “dictionary.”  We would find obscure words, and then make up definitions.  One had to guess which definition was correct to win the game.  I hope it is not too egotistical to say that the rest of us are no slouches for vocabulary.  We used the Oxford Unabridged (470 thousand words. I looked it up.)  Yet we could not play with Bob.  There simply was no word he did not know.  I remember the point at which my uncle, jokingly angry, threw him out of the game when Bob seemed incredulous that the rest of us didn’t know that a kea was a flightless, meat eating parrot that lives in New Zealand. (By the way, I had to look the word kea up again to render this story accurate).


But Bob was no shrinking violet of an intellectual.  He served on a destroyer in the North Atlantic, briefly taking command and fulfilling a lifetime ambition in doing so as a lieutenant.  Having reached that goal, he left for MIT, but stayed in the reserves, including with the Navy Diving Research Team.  Others correct me if I have this wrong, but I think he still shares some of the records for underwater living.  He took up cave diving, flying, gliders, spelunking, and many other forms of adventure.  He kept at them too, even in circumstances that would have scared off men less bold.


I remember a story he told of flying a glider over an area in which he could not catch an updraft and was convinced he was going to die in a crash.  He eventually managed an emergency landing in a swamp, but got stuck in a tree, worried that the final fall would do him in where the initial impact had not.  Eventually the glider crashed to earth, but it wasn’t really earth. It was swamp, and he began to sink into the water. The canopy was stuck and Bob was then convinced that he would drown after all that struggle.  He finally wedged it open and climbed out onto the wing.  Only to have to wait, surrounded by circling alligators, until rescue finally came.  He described this as an “off field landing”.  Oh and this was BEFORE he got me into a glider, so apparently he kept it up even after that experience.


Bob taught me many things.  He married my mother when I was already grown. Nevertheless, he served a fatherly role in my life, even though my own father is by no means a slouch in that department.  Bob led me into the Navy.  He taught me how to dive, helped teach me to fly, and lent me his plane and glider to do so when I would have otherwise been far too poor to manage it on my own.  He mentored me in many ways.  I’ve never known quite exactly how to call him.  I say “stepfather” but that seems an imposition on him considering my late age of “adoption.”  “Husband of my mother” seems far too distant for how close a role he played.  My favorite way of calling him came about when my own children were born.  He was “Grampa Bob,” a title that stuck permanently in my vocabulary when he and my mother came to live with us during a difficult year of fellowship. 


I think that is my fondest memory of him, my own children climbing on his lap.  It is the perfect image of love, wisdom, and grand stories passed to an ever expanding circle of family and of love.  Grampa Bob is greatly missed in our home.  I know he is missed just as much in many other places.  He is gone from this earth, and from pain, but he will never be gone from our hearts.  Fair winds and following seas, Grandpa Bob.


Lawrence Renwick Reid, Jr.  (3rd Co) (5/1/20)

Lawrence Renwick Reid, Jr., age 84, of Gainesville, passed away on April 27, 2020 of complications from pneumonia in Gainesville, Florida.  Visitation was held at Forest Meadows Funeral Home, 725 NW 23rd Avenue, Gainesville, Florida on Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 4-6 p.m. Funeral service were held at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell Florida on Friday, April 28, 2020 at 0900 AM.  Burial/Internment services are closed due to Executive Order.  Forest Meadows Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.

Larry was born in St Louis, Missouri to Lawrence and Leona Reid on January 18, 1936.  He attended high school at Sparta High School, in Sparta Illinois and graduated in 1953.  He earned a Bachelor Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1958, a BS Degree in Aerospace Science from Naval Post Graduate School in 1966, and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Old Dominion University in 1977.   He served in the United States Navy for 22 years, flying the P-3 Orion aircraft throughout the Pacific Theater, being awarded an Air Medal for missions flown during the Vietnam War from 1969-1971. He was further awarded Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation with 2 stars, National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with 4 stars, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Larry retired from his beloved US Navy in 1980 while serving as the Executive Officer of the University of Florida ROTC Unit, transitioning to his next passion as a University of Florida Gator Football Fan and UF supporter.  After becoming a licensed CPA in 1980, he worked in the Regional Office of the Florida Department of Corrections as a comptroller for another 10 years, retiring in 1998.  He was actively involved in supporting youth sports programs.  He enjoyed the joys and frustrations of golf, achieving a Hole in One at the University Of Florida Golf Course in 2000. 

Larry Reid is preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Reid; his mother, Leona Reid; and his sister, Joy Reid.

Larry is survived by his beautiful wife, Rhea Reid of Gainesville, FL.  As well as his brother Richard Reid and his wife Carol; two sons and their wives, Randy and Monica Reid and Stephen and Saundra Reid; and his seven grandchildren, Jacob, Shiloh, Rossivel, Kevin, Shawn, John Paul, and Brian; his nephews and niece, Richard Reid, Blake Reid, David Hicks, Kim Hicks, and John Scheper.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 16 th Floor, New York, NY 10001. (alz.org)  Arrangements under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Home, 725 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, Fl, 32609, 352-378-2528


Charles Jacob Bowne Jr. (8th Co) (4/29/20

Update 9/24/21: 

Reception Luncheon Carrol’s Creek Cafe

Severn Avenue, Annapolis (please RSVP if attending Luncheon

email or 443-994-7185)

Update 7/13/21 : A funeral service will be conducted at the USNA Chapel on 28 September at 1030.
It will be followed by an inurnment at the Columbarium.

Update 5/8/20

Captain Charles J. Bowne Jr., SC, USNR (Ret.), passed away on 23 April 2020 in Annapolis, MD.

Born in Washington, DC, in 1935, he was the son of Charles and Katherine Bowne. He graduated from St. Albans School (Washington, DC, 1953) and attended the University of Virginia for one year prior to entering the Naval Academy. He graduated in 1958 with a BS in Science and Engineering. He earned an MBA in Finance (Northwestern University, 1968).

Commissioned as a Supply Corps officer, tours included service aboard Hyman (DD-732), Newport, RI; COMINLANT, Charleston, SC; Supply Department, Naval Station, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Naval Electronics Supply Office, Great Lakes, IL; material officer, Naval Supply Depot, Navy Support Activity, DaNang, South Vietnam. He resigned from active duty (1969) and proudly served in the Ready Reserve, including four unit commands, retiring as a captain (1988). He received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster as commanding officer of Reserve units supporting the Defense Fuel Supply Center, Cameron Station, VA, and Defense Contract Administration Service Region New York, NYC. He also served on the LT/LCDR Selection Board, was a member of the 20th/21st Congressional District Service Academy Review Boards for 15 years and was a USNA Blue & Gold Officer for 27 years.

In 1970, Charles began a fulfilling 30-year career with Texaco, Inc. at their headquarters, first in the Chrysler Building (NYC) and later, in Harrison, NY. He worked in many finance positions and his interest in data processing led to specialization in information technology. Charles retired from Texaco as Senior Systems Coordinator (2000).

Upon retirement, Charles and Barbara made their home in Annapolis, MD. A proud member of the USNA Class of 1958, he enjoyed working as a USNA tour guide, volunteering at both the museum and the alumni association. He was also a member of the Naval Academy Chapel chorale.

Charles will be remembered for his love of family, music, reading, military history and USNA.

Charles is survived by his wife of 23 years, Barbara Ann Bowne; children, Wilbur “Bo” (Helen), Charles “Chris” (Sheila) and Elizabeth (John); two stepdaughters; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and his former wife, Bette. He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Thomas; and sister, Henrietta.

Funeral services and interment will be held at the Naval Academy, at a date to be determined.

Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the charity of your choice.


From Gordo (4/29/20:

We have now had our first. Charlie died of Coronavirus on 23 April. No further info.

George Dalton Myers, II (16th Co)

This info was provided by one of George's compatriots from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP).  Although  somewhat dated, it gives a good idea of George's career. Updated info will be provided when received. 

From F

Jim Sandberg '69:  

The Society was saddened to learn of the “Last Flight” of CAPT George D. Myers, USN (Ret) (M) on 14 April 2020. He was 83 years old.

George was born 18 May 1936 in Cincinnati, OH. He graduated from Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, OH in 1954 before entering the United States Naval Academy the same year and earning a bachelor’s degree in Engineering in 1958.

He was involved in the field and carrier suitability of the A-4E auto throttle, which sensed the angle of attack with and without elevator input signal and included the first shipboard landing while aboard the USS Lexington. He was also involved in the first shipboard trials of the T-2B, testing included the determination of the minimum catapult end speed and maximum sink off the bow permissible at 10,400 lbs and associated shore-based tests.

Other aircraft testing included the C-2A, YAT-28E, OV-10A, US-2B, F-4G, F-8D and C-1A.

George joined SETP in 1966 while serving as a project test pilot in the Carrier Suitability Branch/Flight Test Division at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD.  Following two deployments flying the A-6, he joined General Electric Company in 1969 at Edwards Air Force Base, CA and flew engine development programs in the F-4, F-5, B-47 and B-52.


William Alexander Graham, Jr. (12th Co) (3/20/20)

Dr. William A. Graham, Jr. longtime Columbiana County Coroner, died suddenly at home, surrounded by his loving family, on March 8, 2020.  Born Oct. 12, 1936 in Chicago, IL,  He was a son of the late Colonel Wm. A. and Helen Graham. A lifelong love of learning led him to numerous degrees and certifications from many institutions where he received a number of awards and recognitions. He graduated in 1953 from University High School in Los Angeles, CA, and received a presidential appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, where he was a "Star" Honor Student for three years and was awarded his bachelor of science in electrical engineering. He was a Naval Aviator serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, where he had U.S. Naval Flight Training from 1958-1963 and served with Air Antisubmarine Squadron 38 from 1959-1963. As a Naval Aviator, he was recognized as a prestigious double-centurion, awarded for having successfully completed over 200 landings on a given aircraft carrier. He was a supply officer, electronics officer, assistant operations officer and an antisubmarine warfare plane commander.

 A 1967 graduate of UCLA, where he took pre-med courses, he then received his doctorate of medicine at The Creighton University School of Medicine, in Omaha, NE  where he served as class president and received the Lederle Fellowship for his studies in Electron Microscopy. He had a rotating internship at Orange County Medical Center in Orange, CA. He completed his residency in pathology in 1972 from LAC/USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. He received the L.A. Society of Pathologists, Inc. Award for presentation at the Fifth Annual Residents' Symposium. He pursued courses in math and computer science at California State College in Los Angeles and Pasadena City College in Pasadena, and completed Advanced Management Research International, Inc's Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Executives and Systems Analysis for Programmers.

In post-graduate education, he earned his Masters' degree in business administration from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, OH in 1990.   He received his licenses to practice medicine in Nebraska in 1967, California in 1968 and Ohio in 1973, and he had a National Board Certification in medicine as well as certifications in anatomic and clinical pathology, radioimmuno pathology, immunohematology, and dermatopathology. In the early 1970s, Dr. Graham was an instructor in pathology at the U.S.C. School of Medicine, lectured in pathology in the U.S.C. School of Pharmacy and in the post-graduate courses in pathology at the U.S.C. School of Medicine. He was head of the laboratory computer group and then staff pathologist in the autopsy department at LAC/USC Medical Center. He then served as an associate pathologist at San Clemente General Hospital and Palm Harbor General Hospital in California. 

From 1973 to 2001  he was director of laboratory and pathology at East Liverpool City Hospital, where he continued to serve as an associate pathologist for several years. He served as president of the medical staff at City Hospital in 1977, 1999 and 2000. He also served as director of the Certified Laboratory Assistants School at City Hospital. In the 1970s and 1980s, he served as a member of the board of trustees of the Ohio Association of Blood Banks and the Physicians Peer Review Association, Inc. He also was a member of the board of trustees at City Hospital from 1976 to 1987. He had served as a member of the board of trustees of the Greater East Liverpool Health Care Alliance since 1995. He was a  member of Phi Chi Medical Fraternity, Fellow College of American Pathology, Fellow American Society of Clinical Pathology and the American Medical Association,  He also was a member of Rotary International. In November 1989, he was elected Columbiana County Coroner, serving twenty-eight years, stepping down as Deputy Coroner due to health issues.

An avid athlete who enjoyed jogging, tennis, scuba diving and skiing, Dr. Graham also was devoted to his hobbies of electronics, computers, woodworking, and flying, having received his commercial pilot's license in 1964. He also enjoyed traveling outside of the USA with his wife, Mickey, visiting various countries, including China, Russia, Japan, Germany, Italy, and Peru. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Arlene "Mickey" Graham. Also, surviving are his children, Sandra Lynn, Richard Brian, David Jeffrey, Deanna Arlene Dysert and Russell David Dysert, along with 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. 

Per Dr. Graham's wishes, there will be no calling hours. His remains will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. with his parents while waiting for his wife to join him. Along with Mickey and his dog, Oliver, he will be sadly missed by all who truly knew him.

View Dr. Graham’s memorial webpage and send condolences online at: www.arnerfuneralchapel.com

James Albert Fredericksen (10th Co) (2/21/20)

Update 2/26/20

On February 18, 2020, Lt. Commander James Albert Fredericksen, USNR (Ret.) left to be with his Lord and Savior. Born January 22, 1934 in Galveston, Texas, “Jim” was the son of Robert E. and Ethel Mae Fredericksen.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Peggy Piper Fredericksen, daughter Pamela Burgeson, son Robert Fredericksen, grandson Zachary and wife Ashley Burgeson, granddaughter Nicole Fredericksen, great grandsons, Eli and Noah Burgeson sisters Nancy Fredda of Florida and Janet Maxwell of Galveston.

Jim was a 1953 graduate of Ball high School and a 1958 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He also held and MBA from the University of Houston. Jim’s kind heart, hearty laugh and corny jokes will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Viewing will be held on Thursday, February 27th from 6-8p.m. at Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson with services at 1:00p.m. on Friday the 28th at First United Methodist Church of Dickinson. Burial to follow at Forest Park East with Military Honors.

For those who choose, donations may be made in honorarium to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in lieu of flowers.

Nancy’s Memories of Jim

 How I wish I could be there myself to tell you about my wonderful brother. Yes, God truly blessed me with Jimmy as my brother. When we were little I followed him around like a puppy dog. I had to learn  to climb trees, play baseball, play hide and seek and light fire crackers. As we grew up I was proud of all his activities at Stephen F. Austin and Ball High School. Being head of the R.O.T.C. brought out real pride. Of course, I was the one who helped him polish his brass for his uniform. ( A little known fact). How exciting it was when he was accepted to the class of 1958 at the United States Naval Academy. Little did I know how that accomplishment would affect my life. Jimmy loved his time as a midshipman. He made friends that would last a lifetime. His roommate would even become his brother-in-law. He also met the love of his life Peggy. He went on to serve on the destroyers USS Wilson, Dupont, and reserve ship USS Bauer. Also found time to teach at Alvin Community College. He worked for Brown and Root which took him to work in Durban, South Africa, Curacao, Venezuela, Thailand and other places I don’t know or maybe don’t remember. It was always much joy when my family and I came back to Texas and spent time with Jimmy”s family and my sister Janet and her wonderful family. My husband , Vic, loved fishing with the boys. Jimmy took us to his ranch to see his cows and horses. Most he named… My son Dan loved feeding the cows with cousin Bobby. Then there were the reunions with the 10th company 1958 graduates. We all enjoyed visiting with our friends in Portland, Oregon, Denver, Colorado, Nags Head, North Carolina, Key West, Florida, Virginia Beach, Virginia and Monterey, California.  Being together with him was always so special. Now we have grown old with loads of loving memories. God was so good to all of us. Now he has called Jimmy home. What joy he must be having with our Mom and Dad, Aunts and Uncles, cousins and many friends. He has left so much of himself here with all of us. A much loved wife Peggy, son Bobby, daughter Pam, Granddaughter Nicole, Grandson Zachary, Great Grandsons Eli and Noah and their sweet Mother Ashley. He put his heart and soul into his family.

 My thoughts in closing:

 Death takes the body

 God takes the Soul

 Our mind holds the memories

 Our hearts keep the love

 Our faith tells us that we will meet again.

                                                            Love to all, Nancy


George Joseph Jenkins, Jr. (10th Co) (2/12/20)

Update 2/22/20

George's family will have a private Mass and inurnment at the Naval Academy in late March.

Update 2/17/20

Commander George J. Jenkins, Jr. (Ret) passed away on February 7, 2020 at Patriots Colony in Williamsburg, Virginia
 with his wife, Patricia and children, Gregory and Jennifer Couvillon present.

He was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina.  He graduatedfrom Bishop England High School and completed one year at the College
of Charleston before being accepted into the Naval Academy in 1954.

After graduating from the Naval Academy with the class of 1958, he began his career in the surface Navy serving with COMCRUDESFLOT 4. 
 He also served aboard the USS Barney (DDG 6), USS Murray (DD 576), USS Cone (DD 866/Executive Officer), and USS Nitro (AE 23/Commanding
Officer).  He earned his Masters degree in nuclear physics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and later taught
physics at the Naval Academy.  While stationed at the Pentagon, he worked on the PHM (hydrofoil) program, and later fleet preparedness in London at Headquarters CINCUSNAVEUR.

Upon retiring in 1981 he worked for several government contractors primarily providing support for the PHM/hydrofoil program.  He is
survived by his wife Patricia, his son  Gregory, daughter Jennifer and one grandchild. 
He is  also survived by his sister Margaret Miller. 

 Interment and funeral plans not yet set.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Riverside Hospice, 12420Warwick Blvd., 3rd Floor, Suite 6E, Newport News, VA 23606


Robert Leonard Warren  (8th Co) (2/12/20)
(September 3, 1932 February 1, 2020)

Robert “Bob/Rob/Leo" Leonard Warren, CAPT USN (Ret), died peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the age of 87. Born September 3, 1932 in Ferguson, Missouri to John and Margaret (Beardsley) Warren. Robert graduated high school and enlisted in the Navy where he served on the USS Boxer during the Korean War. He was selected to attend the US Naval Academy and reported in June of 1954 where he roomed in the 8th company with his future brother-in-law, Jim Clarkson. Upon graduation, Robert entered the fleet as a surface warfare officer and eventually became the commanding officer of the USS Leonard F. Mason during the Vietnam War. He achieved the rank of Captain and after a series of senior staff positions, retired in 1988.

Robert married his USNA roommate’s younger sister, Elizabeth “Betsy” Clarkson in 1959 and they lived in California, Hawaii, Norfolk, and Northern Virginia with their two daughters, Wendy and Patricia. After retiring, Rob and Betsy settled in Springfield, VA where Betsy continued her nursing career and Rob was able to purse his passions, tennis and model railroading. Rob and Betsy enjoyed bird watching, wine tasting, and spending time with their daughters’ families in North Carolina.

Rob is survived by his dear wife Betsy, daughter Wendy Garner and her 4 children, Elizabeth Ann, Lindsay, Tim, and Mary; and daughter Pat Bryan, her husband David Bryan and their 2 children, Stephen and Beth; and by his sister-in-law, Irene Warren. He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Bill Warren.

Internment with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on a date to be determined. A service at the Old Post Chapel will precede internment.


Richard Nathaniel Cordova (17th Co) (2/12/20)

Commander Richard N. Cordova , USN (Ret) passed away on February 4, 2020 at Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas Nevada with his wife Alethea Allen and children Tim, Richard Jr., Stephen and Sally present.

 He was born in El Paso, TX on 7 July 1936 the first son of Helen and "Steve" Cordova. He moved, with his parents, to California in 1943, and grew up in the San Fernando Valley graduating from Notre Dame High School in 1954.

 After graduating from the Naval Academy with the class of 1958, he started his career in the surface navy aboard the USS GEORGE K. MACKENZIE. In 1960 his destroyer squadron was the first to be home ported in Yokosuka, Japan after World War II. In a park near his home in Ishiki, JA, he and his mother were playing with his son Richard when a young lady came into the park and asked if her son could play with Richard. That young man eventually became the Emperor of Japan.   He was on the commissioning crew of the USS ROBISON (DDG-12) prior to his entry into the Navy Nuclear Power Program in 1963. Upon completion of Nuclear Power School and Submarine School he served aboard USS PLUNGER (SSN-595), USS ANDREW JACKSON (SSBN-619) and USS SNOOK (SSN-592). Additional active duty stations were Fleet ASW Training Center, San Diego and COMMANDER CARRIER GROUP ONE Staff.

 Upon retiring in 1985 he worked for several government contractors primarily proving underway data gathering and shore side event reconstruction and analysis support of naval exercises. While providing underway support, he was onboard the USS IOWA (BB-61) in 1989 where he observed the turret explosion that killed 47 men.

  In 1976 he became an ordained minister in Community of Christ. He served in a number of self-sustaining ministerial positions including congregational pastor and financial officer and jurisdictional president and financial officer. He served for 10 years on the world church's Peace and Justice Committee where he provided significant input for the church's theology of peace from the viewpoint of a military peacekeeper. He continued to be serve the church until his death. He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley, who had been a chapel organist for the Recruit Training Command, San Diego for over 23 years impacting the lives of many thousands of young men. His wife of 42 years passed away in 2015 from dementia.

In January 2019, he married Alethea Allen, whom he had met through the Community of Christ. During their year together they shared a number of trips to visit family and friends across the United State of America. He is survived by his wife Alethea Allen and his children Kenneth Shaw, Timothy Shaw (Mary), Richard Cordova (Kathi), Stephen Cordova, and Sally Cordova (Gerri Kinyon), three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the El Cajon Community of Christ Church.  The Congregation will provide refreshments following the service.  The address is 115 Cajon View Drive, El Cajon, CA  92020. An Inurnment Service will be held on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 9:00 am at the Miramar National Cemetery located at 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, CA  92122. 


Last Call Myron Joseph  Kandra (22nd Co) (1/30/20)

Myron was born December 6, 1935 to the late Michael E. and Johanna “Jennie” (Novak) Kandra at home in Shamokin, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Shamokin High School in 1953 and from the United States Naval Academy in 1958. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in June 1958. On May 30, 1959 he married his high school sweetheart Kathryn Elizabeth Thomas in Shamokin, Pennsylvania. He served in the Vietnam War as an artillery Captain. He later resigned his commission as a Captain in the Marine Corps on September 1, 1966. From 1966 to 1968 he worked as a Business Manager for Raytheon Company. He later worked as a Pricing Manager for Sanders Associates, Inc. from 1968 to 1976. While working and raising four children in Nashua, NH he also earned his MBA at Northeastern University in 1973. He later joined Digital Equipment Corporation in 1976 working in marketing, manufacturing, and project management until his retirement at age 62 as an Industry Sales Specialist working on government contracts. He enjoyed spending his time traveling, helping Kay with her art career, tinkering on his computer, researching family genealogy, watching basketball and football and every minute he had with his cherished grandchildren.

Myron is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 60 years Kathryn “Kay” (Thomas) Kandra, three children Joseph Myron Kandra (Anne), Katrina Kandra McLellan (Jeff), Tania Kandra Suster (Mark) and his seven adoring grandchildren Christopher, Kathryn, Rowan, Jacob, Andrew, Grady and Brody. Myron was preceded in death by his son Thomas George Kandra, his sisters Helen and Jean and his brothers George and Michael “Mickey.”

A funeral service will be held Monday, February 10th, 2020 at 2 PM in the United States Naval Academy Chapel, in Annapolis Maryland. Committal service will follow at the United States Naval Academy Columbarium. A memorial reception will be held at the Naval Academy Club after the services.

An online guest book is available at www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Johns Hopkins Bladder Cancer Research Fund https://secure.jhu.edu/form/urology or Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Research https://secure.jhu.edu/form/gastro?populatedesignation1=General+GI+Donations

Paul Clarence Tucker  (22nd Co)

At 85, Paul C. Tucker passed away peacefully at his home in Mandeville, La, on Friday January 17, 2020. His childhood lessons began early by surviving as the only boy in a family of 4 sisters. Paul's parents were Patton C. Tucker (a coal miner) and Lillian Quillen Tucker. He was born in Roda, VA on April 28, 1934 and he spent most of his childhood in Kingsport, TN. Paul graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 1952. He completed 2 years at Virginia Polytechnic Institute at Blacksburg, Va. being a proud member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Corps of Cadets. His dream to attend U.S. Naval Academy was realized with support from the Honorable Congressman B. Carroll Reese, 1st District of Tennessee who approved his appointment.

 In June 1958 he graduated as a Lieutenant and pilot. In 1963 he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy. His Navy ring was worn with great pride. He continued his education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. and found employment as a technical procurement engineer for Westinghouse Corp in Pittsburgh. This position involved purchasing products for building atomic power plants and submarines. In 1964 he joined Kaiser Aluminum and moved the family to Chalmette, LA. As a procurement manager for Kaiser, he traveled abroad to Ghana, Africa- Gladstone, Australia – Jamaica – then back to the U.S. in 1977 settling in his favorite city of New Orleans, LA.

In most cases, his growing family traveled as well, exposing them to a very protean and exciting upbringing. Once in New Orleans he opened five retail stores named Frame City and Art Gallery. While at Frame City he was an active member of the Kiwanis Club and Professional Picture Framers Association. This business and his real-estate interest were very successful allowing him to retire to Mandeville LA, with his wife Janeen.

 Paul and Janeen enjoyed traveling to Europe, snow skiing, cruising and gardening. Paul's life was full of hobbies, from train & stamp collections, owning race horses and an avid bridge player becoming a Life Master & certified instructor. His greatest achievement was clearly his dedication, support and love of his family. The gathering always included family competitions including, tennis, golf, card games, and the greatest of all- Spoons.

Paul is survived by his wife of 32 years, Janeen Rather Tucker, daughters; Deborah (Mark) Nichols of Houston, TX, Cynthia (Mark) Haas of Palm Springs, CA.; Sons, Timothy (Christina) Tucker of New Orleans, Patrick (Nichole Chauvin) Tucker of New Orleans; Step-daughter Lisa (David) Harris of Baton Rouge ; step-son Jim (Nicole) Rather of Mandeville; sister Patti Hunley of Nashville, Tenn. Paul or "Pops" (as his grandkids called him) found his true calling as a grandfather to his 12 grandchildren.

The family would like to thank his caregivers Cassandra Magee, Susan Lang , Sharon Faciane & LaCursha Pigott, and a very special thanks to Hospice nurse Lisa Sacs. A celebration of Paul's life will be held at St. Timothy United Methodist Church, 335 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, LA on Saturday January 25, 2020 with visitation starting at 10:00 am and the service beginning at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to New Orleans Medical Mission Services PO Box 6249 NOLA 70174 or St Francis Animal Sanctuary 813 Florida St Suite F Mandeville, LA 70448


Edward Neal Jackson (5th Co)  (1/7/20)

Ed Jackson, 84, formerly of Grant, passed away Saturday. He was a Naval Academy graduate and served in the Air Force. He went on to have a successful career at Rockwell International/Boeing and Engineering Research Corp (EUC) with emphasis on the Space Shuttle program. Ed always made friends wherever he went, was a forward thinker, and an encouraging father. The best part of him will live in our hearts forever. As we remember his life, it is more than him we will remember; rather who we are because of who he was. He was preceded in death by his wife, Merrita Jackson, son, James Edward Jackson, and grandson, Christopher Johnson. Survivors include children, Rhonda Gentle, Sheryl Cosgrove, Terry Ivey, Mark Parsons, and Lee Ann Daniel; and 12 grandchildren. Visitation will be from 12 to 2 p.m. Thursday at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. The funeral will follow at 2 in the chapel with Pastor Ryan Epps officiating. (www.laughlinservice.com).

Laughlin Service Funeral Home and Crematory

2320 Bob Wallace Ave SW

Huntsville, AL 35805-4725


Published in The Huntsville Times on Jan. 8, 2020


Robert Holt Evans (22nd Co) (1/7/20)

In memory of Robert Holt Evans. Born December 6, 1934 in South Boston Va. to Mary Peachey Easley and John Davis Evans. Holt graduated from Halifax High School in its last class of 1953 where he excelled in debating, a skill that served him well for the rest of his life. He then went to Bullis Prep School to prepare for the Naval academy where he graduated in 1958 with a Golden Gloves in boxing. He married Nancy Willis Evans in the Naval Academy Chapel the next day and they subsequently spent the next 28 years in the United States Air Force, where he served seven years in the Far East, another seven in Europe and four at NATO headquarters.  The rest of his career was served in the US, retiring out of Langley Field in Tidewater. Holt and Nancy retired to Halifax, to the home where he was reared and that was built by his grandfather. During his time there he served on Town Council, the Vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church and on the Board of the South Boston Museum. He was a lifelong giver to and lover of the arts.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy W. Evans, son Robert Holt Evans Jr. (Anna), daughter Teel Evans (Michael) and eight grandchildren:  Alex Evans, John Taylor, Dawson Evans, Nicholas Evans, Eliza Evans, Laura Taylor, Trent Evans and Malin Evans.

There will be a drop-in at the Evans household at 415 Mountain Road, Halifax, Virginia from 6-8 pm  on Friday evening the 3rd of January and the memorial service will take place at St John’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, January 4th at 2 pm followed by a reception at the home of Jack and Bertha Jane Dunavant, also on Mountain Rd.

In lieu of flowers, please give freely to the Halifax Rescue Squad, 700 Hamilton Blvd., South Boston, VA 24592, the local SPCA, P.O. Box 969, South Boston, VA 24592, the South Boston Museum, P.O. Box 383, South Boston, VA  24592, the Prizery, 700 Bruce St., South Boston, VA 24592, or a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be directed to www.powellfuneralinc.com.

Powell Funeral Home

1603 Wilborn Ave.

South Boston, VA  24592




David Lee Allard  (7th Co)(12/4/19)

From Harry Hurst:

Dave Allard, 7th Company, passed away on November 30, 2019. Dave has been fighting cancer for a long time. He will be buried  on Tuesday. December 17th @ 1130 at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Ca. There will be a mass at the local Catholic church on Monday, December 16th.

Barbara is currently in assisted living, but can be reached at telephone # 707-419-5454 and by mail at:

Barbara Allard
2350 Estates Dr
Fairfield, CA 94533

Dave was one of the nicest men you would ever want to meet - an outstanding Classmate and Company Mate, a Wonderful Friend, and a Very Loving Family Man. We will all miss him dearly!

God Rest his Soul,

And he would join me in saying Beat Army!


John Hutchison MacKinnon, Sr. (9th Co) (4/5/20)

Update 7/15/20

I have received the following from Mary Beth MacKinnon:

Mary Beth MacKinnon <mbmackinnon@rcn.com>

The funeral is on for July 31 at 11 am at Arlington.  They are limiting attendance right now to 50 people due to the Phase 3 regulations.  We are also having folks back to our house afterward for lunch.  It will be outside and people will be able to distance as need be. Our address is 119 W. Westmoreland Road, Falls Church, VA.  

Please respond to Mary Beth if you expect to attend the funeral and/or the lunch.

Update:  4/5/20

Jack's funeral at Arlington is now scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on July 31st..  More info will be provided closer to the date. .

John Hutchison MacKinnon, SR (Jack) died November 22, 2019 at Virginia Hospital Center of heart failure. He was 83. He is remembered for his love of country, family, and service. Jack was born October 9, 1936 to Edwin and Thirza MacKinnon. A native of Saginaw, MI, Jack prepped at Culver Military Academy (1954) prior to graduating from the United States Naval Academy (USNA) with Honors (1958). Admiral Rickover selected Jack for his elite Submarine program in 1959-60 in Groton, CT where he met his wife Nadyne “Nikki” Loeffler. They married August 26, 1960.

Jack worked his way up in a 20+ year Naval career including Commander of nuclear submarines including both crews of the SSBN-616 USS Lafayette, ending up in a leadership role of the Submarine Squadron out of Groton, CT. Among the 20+ awards and honors, Jack received the Meritorious Service Medal in 1980.

Upon completion of his military career, Jack had a 20+ year career in the Nuclear power industry. Jack and Nikki lived all over the country with their two children John and Julie. Jack’s wife Nikki predeceased him in 2001.

Jack attended his 45th Naval Academy reunion where he met Katherine Prout, a widow of one of his company mates. After a short courtship, they were married October 30, 2004 and Jack moved to Benicia, CA. Jack and Kathy enjoyed retirement, traveling (cruising was a favorite), playing Bocce and volunteering with various organizations. They also loved gardening and every year shipped boxes of Meyer Lemons from their backyard to friends and family. Katherine predeceased Jack in 2014.

Jack recently relocated to the Kensington in Northern Virginia to be closer to family and was thrilled to be able to attend Navy football games. Jack loved the friends he made at the Kensington and looked forward to the clock hitting 4 pm each day so he could walk downstairs and enjoy music and happy hour with his friends.

Jack is survived by his son John and wife Mary Beth of Falls Church, VA, and his daughter Julie of Boston, MA. He leaves behind two grandsons, Jack and Carter MacKinnon and his sister Sissy Hettinger of Columbus, OH. He was predeceased by his parents, and his brother Clark Internment will take place in Spring/Summer 2020 at Arlington National Cemetery, where Commander MacKinnon will receive Full Military Honors. At that time, there will be a celebration of life for Jack in Falls Church, VA. Condolences and fond memories may be made at murphyfunerlhomes.com.


Anthony William Stremic (20th Co) (11/22/19)

Update 1/26/20

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony W. Stremic, USMC (Ret.), 84, died on 19 November 2019 in Haymarket, VA.

“Tony” was born in Mount Carmel, PA, to William Stremic and Julia Jushinskas Stremic. He was raised in Glenside, PA. He graduated from Cheltenham High School in Elkins Park, PA, and then from Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, PA, earning numerous football recognitions and winning two National Preparatory Wrestling championships. Tony entered the Naval Academy under a Secretary of the Navy appointment.

At Annapolis, Tony won the Naval Academy sword his senior year as outstanding athlete of his class, was named honorable mention as a lineman on the 1957 All-American football team, outstanding lineman in the 1958 Cotton Bowl game, and was selected to an All-Time Navy vs. Army team. As a heavyweight wrestler, he was second in the EIWA Championships (1957 and 1958) and, wrestling in the 191-lb. weight class, placed second in the NCAA Championships (1957). Tony graduated from USNA in 1958, in the top 10% of his class and was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps. He married the former Nancy Ughes of Norristown, PA.

Tony served as an infantry officer and research and development officer, including a combat tour in Vietnam with the 1st Marine Division. Other assignments included Marine Corps Development Center, Quantico, VA; 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa; Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico; Marine Corps Headquarters, Arlington, VA, and Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC. While on active duty, Tony was selected to play on numerous All-Marine and All-Service football teams. In 1966, he earned a BS degree in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Upon retirement from the Corps in 1979, Tony became a program manager and consultant in weapons acquisition systems for several high technology firms in Northern Virginia, until fully retiring in 2002.

Tony was a long-time member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Annandale, VA, and St. Katherine Drexel Catholic Church in Haymarket, VA. Tony was an accomplished photographer and contributed numerous photographs of events and scenery to his neighborhood magazine. He also created several community websites. Tony loved animals and helped Friends of Homeless Animals, a shelter located in Loudoun County.

Tony is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughter, Lynn Johnson; son, David; and granddaughters, Kelly and Meghan Johnson. He was predeceased by his son, Mark. Graveside services with full military honors were held on 29 November 2019 at Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle, VA.


Sinkler Warely, Jr. (20th Co)

Sinkler Warley Jr. of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, died on October 3, 2019. He was 84.

“Sink” was born September 22, 1935 at “Old Roper” Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina, son of the late Sinkler Warley, Sr. (The Citadel ‘19) and Helen Dove deLorme Warley.  He grew up in Charleston and nearby Folly Beach, where he spent most of his summers at his grandmother’s house because of his love for the ocean.  He was an active youth playing any sport he could, especially golf and tennis.

Sink graduated from the Severn School in Maryland in 1954.  He made the varsity football team, The Admirals, despite his extremely light weight, and he also played varsity lacrosse.  His warm personality won him many friends on and off campus.  One could always be sure to find Sink at church on Sunday morning regardless of what kind of a Saturday he may have had. 

Sink entered the Academy by competitive examination in 1954, graduating with the class of 1958, 20th Company.  He was the epitome of a southern gentleman, as much at home at a dove hunt with his Springer spaniels as he was at a debutante party in Charleston.  He was commissioned Air Force Ground and served in logistics assignments at Amarillo Air Force Base, TX, and Eglin Air Force Base, FL.  In 1962, he resigned his commission and returned to his hometown of Charleston to care for his ailing father.

Sink began his civilian career at American Mutual Insurance in Charleston and, later, at UniRoyal Tires in Greenville, SC, where he programmed computers.  He also taught mathematics at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, SC.  Returning to Orangeburg, he served as Director of Personnel at Orangeburg Regional Medical Center for over 15 years prior to retiring.  He was an usher at the Church of the Redeemer in Orangeburg, and ushered at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Sullivan’s Island until 2013.  An avid outdoorsman, Sink always found time to play golf and tennis, go duck and dove hunting, fish at Folly Beach, and tend to his 90-acre pine tree farm near Orangeburg.  He was a member of the Country Club of Orangeburg and the private Dungannon Hunt Club in Charleston.

He is survived by his wife, Claudia Zeigler Warley, one son, Christian Sinkler “Chip” Warley (Jill) and four grandchildren, Dane 9, Tatum 7, Jeb 3, and Banks 1.  Graveside services were held October 12, 2019, at Magnolia Cemetery, in Charleston.

Submitted by the Warley family, Pete Russell ’58, and Dick Buss ‘58  


Ralph Michael Neely (3rdCo) (11/11/19)

R. Michael Neely, born to Ralph B. and Lucy Neely Dec. 16, 1935, passed from this life on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Mike's life celebration will begin with a Coffee/Tea Reception in Greenwood Chapel Live Oak Room at 10:30 a.m., with a graveside service at 12:00 noon. A luncheon to follow will be provided at Angelo's. Mike grew up on Tremont in Fort Worth with his mother, father and brother George Allen Neely. He graduated Arlington Heights High School in 1954 and was commissioned to attend the United States Naval Academy graduating in 1958 as an Electronic Warfare Officer. Mike then joined the Air Force to become a Captain and Navigator with the 824th Bombardment Squad (Strategic Air Command) stationed at Turner Air Force Base, Albany, Georgia. On April 20, 1963, he chose to leave the Armed Services and was honorably discharged. Following, he worked and retired with International Business Machines (IBM) after 32 years. Survivors: Two children, Michele Neely Trachy, Euless, Texas and Scott Allen Neely, Hawaii; Michele's daughter, Allison, married to Sam Hill, Birmingham, Ala.; Scott and his wife, Jodette have two children, Paige and Jackson who reside in Arizona. Mike was also blessed with an extended family. Jo Ellen is survived by two daughters, Kelly Nusser married to Danny, Canyon, Texas, and Kim Cumming married to Brian, Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandchildren, Emily and Blake Nusser and Brooke and Brady Cumming. Mike also shared his life in Baton Rouge, La., with his two stepchildren, Lynn Davis, Caledonia, Miss., and Bryan Stevens, Charlotte, N.C. Lynn is married to Wes; they have two children, Cullen and Connor. Bryan Stevens is married to Allen Owens. Mike lived an enriched and full life. He was a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Austin, Texas. He enjoyed traveling, being a high school football referee, his voluntary work at Seton Hospital and Meals on Wheels in Austin. His sense of adventure and exuberance for life will be missed by his family and friends. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please feel free to give a Memorial gift on-line to the woundedwarriorproject.org/donate in Honor of Mike Neely. 

Upcoming Events Visitation Nov 15. 10:30 AM 11:30 AM (CST) GREENWOOD CHAPEL Greenwood Funeral Homes and Cremation, Cemetery, Mausoleum, Florist 3100 White Settlement Road Fort Worth, TX, 76107

Jo Ellen Neely (Wife of Mike Neely (3rd Co)) (11/11/19)

Jo Ellen Neely, 73, passed from this life on Monday, July 6, 2009. A graveside memorial service will be Thursday, July 9, at 10:00 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas. Jo Ellen was born in Fort Worth on December 27, 1935, the daughter of Katherine and J.T. Griffin. She graduated from Arlington Heights High School in 1954 and the University of Oklahoma in 1958. She resided in Alva, Oklahoma for nearly 50 years before moving to Austin, Texas. She enjoyed nursing, numerous outdoor activities, traveling to many places around the world, and her family and friends. She loved being a mother and especially the time spent as a grandmother. She was a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church where she was involved with Meals on Wheels, cooking for the St. Bridges Guild, and a volunteer teller. She was also a member of PEO and the Seton Hospital Auxiliary in the neonatal unit. Survivors include her husband, Mike; daughters Kelly and Danny Nusser of Canyon, TX; Kim and Brian Cumming of Colorado Springs, CO; Michele Trachy of Birmingham, AL, Scott and Jodette Neely of Fort Worth, and grandchildren Emily and Blake Nusser of Canyon; Brooke and Brady Cumming of Colorado Springs; Allison Trachy of Birmingham, Paige and Jackson Neely of Fort Worth, and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 5176, Austin, TX 78763.


Keith Pierson Garland (5th Co) (11/11/19)   

From Gordo: 

Dear Classmates,

It often takes a few years before we get the bad news. I received the following from a classmate's son:

Keith P. Garland passed away peacefully on 1 July 2017  in the presence of his loving wife of 59 years, Jan, and his sons, Chris and Stephen. He was born in Boston, MA and attended both Boston Latin School and Harvard before finding his real passion at the U.S. Naval Academy.  Keith’s Navy career was highlighted as Captain of a nuclear submarine where he earned the utmost respect from crew members and the base commanders. After his tours underwater, he became a leader in advancing technology as Deputy Director of The Office of Naval Research.  With success both at sea and land, the Navy awarded him the prestigious Legion of Merit establishing his accomplishments as outstanding service to his country.   A philosopher at heart who communicated with eloquence and flair, he remained calm in any storm and solved problems with perseverance, creativity and finesse.

Keith, Dad and Grandpa showed unwavering love for his wife of 59 years, Jan; his children, Doug (Lois), Chris (Becky), Melissa (Scott) and Stephen; and five grandchildren, Katie, Lauren, Meg, Anna Marie and Scott. He turned mundane tasks into adventures and was oh, so much fun to be around. After decades of moving with the Navy, Keith and Jan retired to Southern Pines, NC with a spectacular view of the 12th hole on Longleaf. The friends and memories of Longleaf offered support and a fun diversion from the health challenges prevalent in his final years.

  The family will always cherish his masterful reading of Dr. Seuss and times playing at Longleaf, watching the majors, and splashing at the beach. He lives on through all of those who he loved. 

His funeral at Arlington National Cemetery was held at Arlington Cemetery . In tribute to his love of country and support of military veterans who sacrifice so much for this country, donations can be made to COVER, the nation’s longest running non-profit agency dedicated to veteran transition support and re-adjustment counseling.  Please visit https://www.vetcover.org/captain-garland to learn more.

 Condolences may be sent to:  

The Garland Family
c/o Chris and Becky Garland
‪1447 Colleen Lane
McLean, VA 22101


Ronald E. Brence (23rd Co)

From Gordo

Ronald E. Brence passed away on October 23, 2019. His burial is pending admittance into Arlington Cemetery. Date TBD.

Owen Kirkley (1st Co) (101/29/19)

Frfom Gordo

I was informed  that Owen had died on 26 August. No further info.


Stanley W. Dargis, Jr. (4th Co) (10/23/19)

Stanley W Dargis  (May 31, 1933  -  October 9, 2019)

Stanley W. Dargis, 86, of Mountain View, Arkansas passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at his home. Stanley was born on May 31, 1933 in Niagara Falls, New York to the late Stanley William and Mary (Ciurylo) Dargis. Stanley graduated from Bishop Duffy High School in Niagara Falls and graduated in the class of `58 Naval Academy. Stanley served his country as a veteran of the United States Navy and worked for many years for the government as an engineer and program manager. Stanley was in charge of NATO communications during his time as a program manager. He was very respected by all his team and was a fair manager, although tough. He was also a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mountain View, Arkansas and enjoyed being a Volunteer Eagle Scout Commander, reading books, drinking coffee, traveling the world, family gatherings, and playing cribbage. He will be greatly missed by all of his loving family and friends.

Stanley was survived by his wife Cleo Mae (Allen) Dargis; sons, Michael R. Dargis and wife Stephanie, Donald Dargis and wife (Karen), Gregory Shiefer, and David Lawson; daughters Kathleen Eiler and husband (Roger) , Monica Day and her husband (Aaron) and Carma Lawson; one brother Kenneth R. Dargis and wife (Patricia); grandchildren, Cassidy Eiler, Dalton Eiler, Gregory Pat Schiefer, Theresa Grant, Amber Dargis, Rachel Dargis, Cayla Sanders, Joseph Lawson, and Hunter Emerson; two great-grandchild, June Elizabeth, Isla Belle; one daughter in law, Regina Schiefer with two children Kathryn and Adam along with many extended family and friends, with a special mention to Mike Jackson.

Stanley was preceded in death by his parents Stanley William and Mary (Ciurylo) Dargis; one sister, Diane; one brother who he was named after, Stanley William Dargis, Jr.; and one daughter, Dawn Michelle Cain.

Visitation was on  Wednesday, October 16, 2019, from 5:00-7:00 PM at Roller Crouch Chapel in Mountain View, Arkansas. The funeral mass was held on Thursday, October 17, 2019, 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mountain View, Arkansas with Fr. Norbert Rappold officiating.  A reception  followed the mass at St Mary’s Interment at Timbo Cemetery in Timbo, Arkansas.

Pallbearers are Mike, Chris, Jessie, David, Phillip, and Dean. Honorary pallbearers are Michael and Donald Dargis.


Marlene Prince (Wife of Bill Prince (9th Co)) (10/8/19)

Update 10/10/19

Marlene R. Prince (1 October 1936- 13 June 2019)

Marlene passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Hillside Terrace of Ann Arbor, Michigan after a brief battle with pancreatic and lung cancer. Marlene was born on October 1, 1936, in Grand Haven, Michigan to Walter and Martha Van Hall. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in teaching in 1958. In 1960, Marlene married William G. Prince and their family grew to include four children: Anne, Tom, Martha, and Maria. Marlene began working within the Ann Arbor Public School system in the mid-1970s and retired from Pioneer High School. She and her husband were active volunteers at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega. Marlene is survived by her children, Anne Prince Dyer, Tom (Julie) Prince, Martha Prince, and Maria (Troy) Montri; her grandchildren, Katie Dyer, Danielle (Ben) Talavera, Matthew Prince, Jacob Prince, and Lily Montri; and her great-grandson, Warren Talavera. She was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Martha Van Hall and her husband of 53 years, William G. Prince. Visitation was held on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Nie Family Funeral Home, 3767 W. Liberty Road, Ann Arbor, from 3-8 PM. Funeral Mass took place on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 530 Elizabeth Street, Ann Arbor, at 10 AM. 


Ernest Alvin Merritt (19th Co) (10/2/19)

Ernest Alvin Merritt, age 83, of Chandler, Arizona passed away on Friday August 30, 2019 at 12:06 a.m.  Ernest was born June 18, 1936 in Huntington Park, California. He gallantly fought lung cancer for over a year!

Capt. Ernest A. Merritt graduated from the Naval Academy in the Class of ’58. He was in the 19th Company. As a new officer he served on the U.SS Los Angeles out of Long Beach, Calif., USS Isherwood out of San Diego, Submarine School out of Groton, Conn., U.SS Argonaut out of Norfolk, Va., and USBN Sam Rayburn out of Charleston, So. Carolina. In 1967 he left ships and went to NAG (Naval Astronautics Group) at Pt. Mugu, Calif.

In 1970, he became a civilian in Camarillo, Calif., teaching math at Pleasant Valley Elementary School, and Monte Vista Jr. High for 27 yrs. At that same time he was in the Reserve at Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station 1970-1997.  After living in Camarillo for 37 yrs. he and his wife, Corrine Rohrbough Merritt, moved to Chandler, Az.

He is survived by his wife, Corrine Rohrbough Merritt, 3 sons: Ernest A. Merritt II (Kirkland, WA), Mark Scott Merritt (Chandler, AZ) and Jon "Chip" Eric Merritt(Chandler, AZ), and 6 grandchildren: Sam, Kirsten, Daniel, Tyler, Ethan and Eric.

His wife resides at: 947 E. La Costa Pl., Chandler, AZ 85249

A memorial service for Ernest was held Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Valley of the Sun Mortuary & Cemetery, 10940 East Chandler Heights Rd, Chandler, AZ 85248. A reception and

See related note from Gary Minar in News and Events

Fran Nutting (Wife of Roger Nutting (16th Co)) (9/25/19)

Roger's Wife Fran passed away two weeks ago in Bend, Oregon.  No more details at this time.

Annette Thornton (Wife of Bob Thornton (20th Co)) (9/25/19

Annette passed away on 20 Sept 2019

From Bob Thornton:

While we were in Charlotte visiting family, she took a fall and broke her hip.    She had surgery, but contracted sepsis. More on the arrangements at a later date/.    

Richard Charles Abel (17th Co) (7/29/19/)

From Gordo

Once again I must pass along news of a classmate leaving us. Dick Abel died on Wednesday 25 July.The following is posted on the funeral home's website:

Richard Abel, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away July 24, 2019 at home after a long fight with heart disease. He was born in Detroit, Michigan to Julia and Charles Abel. He was married to Jeri Lynne Huffman-Dean on March 30, 2001. He was proud to have attended the Navel Academy and earned a masters in meteorology, and then served in the Air Force for 7 years. He flew as Captain for Delta Airlines. Dick became one of Jehovah’s witnesses in his 60’s and enjoyed teaching Bible truths for many years.

He was very loved by his sister, Pat (George) Giza of Detroit; and his blended family of two daughters, Leslie (Monte) Marvian and Julie Abel, his step children Jesse (Dinee) Dean, Katie (Ryan) Robertson, and Jonathan (Lindy) Dean and all his grandchildren.

A memorial will be held on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 4:30 PM. Sandy Kingdom Hall, 9936 S. 300 E. Sandy, Utah.

His widow, Jeri, can be reached at richardabel1936@icloud.com.


 Edward Armitage Studer (20th Co) ( 7/5/09)

Late Entry from Pete Russell (7/28/19)

Edward Armitage Studer,  Captain, USMC, passed away suddenly from an aneurism in Burnsville , Minnesota , on June 5, 2009.  He was 72 years old.

A native of Minnesota , Ed attended Christ the King Elementary School in Minneapolis and St Thomas Academy prior to receiving his congressional appointment to the Naval Academy from Minnesota .  Ed was a member of the varsity fencing team, specializing in foil, and graduated with the 20th Company, Class of 1958.

Upon graduation, and commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps, Ed attended Marine Corps Basic School in Quantico , Virginia , followed by the Engineer School at Camp Lejeune , North Carolina .  His first duty station was with the Force Troops Engineer Battalion in Twenty-nine Palms, California .  After two years in the Mojave Desert, Ed was transferred to the Marine Advisory Group in Taiwan where he served with the Taiwanese Marine Corps.  He concluded his service in the Marine Corps with a two year tour at Camp Pendleton , California , and returned to his roots in Minnesota .

Following his Marine Corps service, Ed began his civilian engineering career in construction, specializing in the architecture and construction of commercial buildings in Minnesota , Iowa , and Wisconsin .  Ed also coached Little League baseball in the Burnsville , Minnesota , Athletic Club.  Ed was a history “buff” and serious student of Napoleon; an off-shoot of his hobby of collecting toy soldiers and military memorabilia…intricately cast and painted soldiers exactly replicating formations in the Napoleonic era, as well as other periods.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years the former Miriam Fulkerson of Minneapolis;  children, Lisa Eekhoff and Edward Studer; grandchildren, Ava and Jill-Ann Eekhoff; siblings, Patsy, Barbara, Mary Ellen and Tim.   

Memorial services were conducted on 10 June, 2009, at White Funeral Home, Burnsville , Minnesota , with interment at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery .



Roxanne Kessler (Wife of Ed Kessler (15th Co)) (6/24/19)

From Gordo:  (6/24/19

Roxanne died of cancer last week. Ed has asked me to pass along the funeral info:

Viewing at Johnson's Funeral Home

         1800-2000 Mon. 1 July

         31440 Constitution Hwy.

         Locust Grove, VA 22508


  Funeral Service

         1100 Tues. 2 Jul.; reception to follow in the church.

         Lake of the Woods Church

         1 Church Lane (off Lakeview Pky. in Lake of the Woods)

         Locust Grove, VA 22508

         NOTE: Enter through the main gate on Rte. 3 


George Robert Ruwwe Sr. (2nd Co) (6/20/19)

Dr. George Robert Ruwwe Sr. DDS; Captain, US Naval Reserves, Ajijic, Mexico, of St Joseph, died of natural causes in his home in Ajijic, Mexico. George was 84.

Son of Dr. George H and Erma C. Ruwwe.

George graduated from St. Joseph Central High School in 1953. Upon completion he entered the U.S. Naval Academy where he graduated in 1958.

He served aboard the U.S.S. Talladega, the U.S.S. Robert K. Huntington, and the U.S.S. Noa. He remained in the U.S. Navy Reserves, being promoted to the rank of Captain. He also served as a Blue and Gold recruiting officer for the U.S. Naval Academy in the St. Joseph area and later in Mexico. In total he served for 37 years, for which he was very proud.

After leaving active duty in 1963, he enrolled to The U.M.K.C School of Dentistry, graduating in 1967. He joined his father in dentistry at the Kirkpatrick building in St. Joseph, building a successful business. He was proud to have participated in The Head Start Program, providing gratis dental care for underprivileged children. He spent 21 years as a dentist, retiring in 1989.

In 1996, he moved to Ajijic, Mexico, a place he loved for its mountains and its large lake, Lake Chapala. He remained there until his death.

He is survived by: sons, George Robert Ruwwe Jr., George Scott Ruwwe; daughters, Susan Kay Ruwwe, Mary Anna Ruwwe, Stacy Lorainne Rachus; and 11 grandchildren.

The family is holding a private service. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.


Nickolas John Frank III (20th Co) (6/6/19)

Update 6/24/19

Commander Nickolas J. Frank III, USN (Ret.), died on 3 June 2019 at his home in Walnut Village, a retirement community in Anaheim, CA. He was 84.

“Nic” was born on 14 August 1934 in Pomona, CA, the son of World War II destroyer commander, Rear Admiral Nicholas John Frank II ’29, USN, and Helen Wilkinson Frank. He spent his early years in Coronado, CA, while his father was at sea. Nic told the childhood story about hiding his teddy bear in his father’s bag before he shipped out on a mission during World War II. His father gave the bear a place of honor on the bridge of his destroyer and it became a good luck charm, which the sailors patted on the head to wish a successful voyage. He graduated from the military prep academy, the Severn School in Maryland, where he played lacrosse. He earned a competitive appointment to the Naval Academy.

Upon graduation with the Class of 1958, Nic was commissioned Ensign, Navy Line. Following a one-year tour on Trathen (DD-530) out of Long Beach, CA, he attended Submarine Officers School in Groton, CT and earned his Gold Dolphins. In 1959, he served on Rasher (SS-269) homeported in San Diego, CA. Nic began a courtship in Coronado with Susanne Grimes, a Kentucky-bred schoolteacher; they were married in 1961. In 1964, he was operations officer and navigator of Pomodon (SS-486) during deployments to the Gulf of Tonkin and operations with Kearsarge (CVS-33) providing antisubmarine protection to Seventh Fleet units on “Yankee Station.” In 1966, he assumed duties at Naval Intelligence Command in Washington, DC.

Nic resigned his commission in 1971 and joined Vitro Corporation as an intelligence analyst. In 1972, took a civil service position at Naval Weapons Center, Port Hueneme, CA, where he was instrumental in establishing the center’s Intelligence and Analysis Group, which evaluated capabilities of surface warfare combat systems.

He retired in 1996, and he and Susanne moved to Ojai, CA, where Nic was a dedicated member of the Ojai Rotary Club for 20 years. He was named Rotarian of the Year in 2000, and then led as president in 2005. Nic and Susanne moved to Walnut Village in 2017.

Besides Susanne, Nic is survived by daughters, Dana Frank and Susie Frank; son, Nic Frank IV (Carmen); sister, Marybelle Groves (Tim); and four grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at Walnut Village on 22 June 2019.


From Pete Russel (6/6/19)

With heartfelt sadness I have to report that our company-mate "Nic" Frank passed away peacefully
on June 3, 2019 at his home in Anaheim, CA.

At this time, I have no further particulars but have made a phone call and e-mail to Nic's daughter,
Dana offering our condolences and requesting the name of the funeral home assisting she and
her mother, Susanne.

For our company-mates in the far West (Chuck, Jim, Gary), Dana's phone number and e-mail
for information are:    Dana Frank, 714-756-1349, dana_frank@msn.com

Sincerely (and I will keep you posted),

Lois Topping (Wife of Bob Topping (4th Co)) (6/2/19)

A memorial service for Lois will be held at St. Luke's Catholic Church at 11 00 on Friday, 14 June. The church is located at 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101. There will be a reception after the service at the church. The church telephone number is 703-356-1255. Burial arrangements at Arlington have not yet been completed. Lois will be interred with her previously deceased husband Bob.

Clyde C. Schroeder (1st Co) (5/9/19)

Clyde C. Schroeder (Skip) went to be with the Lord on April 22, 2019 He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Born in Milwaukee, Wis. in 1934. He was preceded in death by his parents, Major Otto Schroeder, U.S. Army and Mildred Schroeder. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Louise, three sons, Jeffrey and his wife Annie, Philip and his wife Jessica, Andrew and his wife Lisa. Also 2 grandsons, Duncan and Evan, 4 granddaughters, Leah, Sarah, Abigail and Collen and 1 great grandson Christian. 

Skip  graduated from Pacific Grove high school, California and from the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 1958. He served in Vietnam, with the Seabees, and other naval stations. After retiring from the Navy, he worked for the City of Norfolk and volunteered for 20 years at the Kempsville Library. He was a member of the Kempsville Ruritans, the Community United Methodist Men, and a faithful member of the Friendship Sunday School class. 

There will be a memorial service at Community United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 18 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CUMC memorial fund or to Meals on Wheels of Virginia Beach, 3750 Sentara way, Va. Beach 23452.

Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 8, 2019


Judy Berg (Wife of Pete Berg (18th Co)) (4/9/19)

Judy Berg passed away on 1 Dec 2018.  Pete and Judy were married for 58 years.  No further info as this time.

William Keith Young, Jr. (18th Co) (3/25/19)

Rear Admiral William K. Young, NYNM (Ret), died 8 March 2019. He was 84 years old.

A native of Auburn, New York, Bill spent a year at Colgate University before attending and graduating from the Naval Academy in 1958. He served eleven years on active duty in the destroyer BACHE as Combat Information Center Officer and on Destroyer Squadron 28 staff as Communications Officer. He served as Frequency Management Officer with the MAAG and COMUSMACV in Vietnam for a year and a half. He was then assigned to work in the Pentagon for the Chief of Naval Operations as Communications Manager, returning to sea aboard the attack cargo ship ARNEB as Operations Officer. His last active duty tour was as Operations Officer with the Naval Oceanographic Office in Maryland.

He went to work for the Federal Civil Service, first in Washington DC for GSA, and then in Syracuse and Rome, NY, for NORAD. He was promoted and moved to Florida, where he worked for the STS Contingency Support Office, an Air Force office supporting NASA shuttle operations.

While in Civil Service, on his time he also participated in the Naval Reserve and the New York Naval Militia. A reserve for over twenty years, he commanded four reserve units, including a Cruiser–Destroyer Group and a Shipboard Simulator, both units new to the Reserves. He received the Reserve Center Best Unit Award for the former and national recognition by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for the latter.

He retired from the reserves as Captain. He actively participated in the New York Naval Militia, the naval arm of the New York State National Guard, for many years. He served as Central New York Region Commander for four years, retiring as Rear Admiral, Upper Half.

His military awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (3), the RVN Cross of Gallantry Medal, and the New York State Military Commendation Medal.

He was a life member in the Naval Reserve Association, and twice elected President of the Central New York Chapter. He was a life member of the Space Coast Chapter of the Navy League and the National Rifle Association, and was a member of the American Legion and the Military Officers Association of America.

Bill is survived by his fiancée of thirty years, Frances Hutchens, her children and their families.

Date and location for Bill's service with military honors to be determined. His ashes will be consigned to the sea. Please check beachfuneralhome.com for date/time.

Beach Funeral Homes - East
1689 South Patrick Dr.
Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937
Fax: 321-777-4642
Email: info@beachfuneralhome.com
Phone: 321-777-4640



Stephen Wawak, Jr. (8th Co) (3/20/19)

Lt. Col. Stephen Wawak, Jr. , USAF(Ret.), a resident of Torrance, California, passed away on 18 March, 2019, following a brief illness. He was 82 years old.

Steve grew up in Yonkers, New York, where he received his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy from the state of New York. He arrived at the Academy right out of high school. An avid aviation enthusiast, he held a private pilot license and looked forward to flying after graduation. In his pre-commissioning physical, Steve was initially unable to qualify for pilot training because of high blood pressure. 

Upon graduation with the Class of 1958,, Steve was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force. Shortly after his commissioning, Steve did subsequently qualify for Air Force pilot training, and after completing basic training where he stood number one in his class, he was assigned to Castle AFB for B-52 training. Upon completing B-52 training, he was assigned to the Strategic Air Command (SAC) as a co-pilot at Wurtsmith AFB in Michigan, flying B-52Hs. Steve continued to fly B-52s for several years, rising to become an Aircraft Commander. Following his SAC assignments, Steve attended the Air Force Institute of Technology where he received a Master of Science Degree in Astronautical Engineering. Following graduation, he was assigned to the Space and Missile Systems office at Los Angeles Air Force Station, California. After that he had duty at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in Washington DC. Steve retired as a Lt. Colonel and resided in Torrance, California.

  Steve is survived by a sister living in West Point New York. He will be cremated and his ashes placed at a Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.


John Paul Nickerson (19th Co) (3/12/19)

John Paul Nickerson of Hyannis, MA fell asleep (passed away) unexpectedly February 15 2019 at the Providence VA Hospital while at a scheduled appointment. He was 83 years young. Born in Needham, MA in 1936 to the late Paul U. Nickerson and late Marion Murchison Nickerson. He was preceded in death by his younger sister, Mary Ann Pan of Bel Air, MD. John Paul was the valedictorian of the 1954 graduating class of Needham High School. His father passed away when he was 16 years of age. Shortly after John Paul received a congressional appointment to the Naval Academy. 

At seventeen he took the train from the 128 station to Annapolis where he entered with the class of 1958. While at the Academy he became head of the drama club, which ignited his lifelong love for acting. Upon graduation from Annapolis John Paul served aboard the USS J.C. Owens (DD776) rising to Operations Officer, then as Operations and Plans Officer for Commander Destroyer Division 122, both based in Norfolk, VA. John Paul then became ASW Officer and recovery ship Capsule Communicator for NASA MERCURY space program aboard USS Champlain (CVS-39) out of Quonset Point, Rl. His last assignment in the Navy was as Assistant for Intelligence Readiness on the joint staff of Commander in Chief Atlantic. 

After being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1965, he attended graduate school at George Washington University receiving a MS degree. During this time he was a secondary classroom teacher and mathematics faculty department chair in the Fairfax County Virginia public schools. John Paul loved this time of teaching and inspiring the younger generation. John Paul became CEO of a family firm in Boston, manufacturing and distributing fluid control devices. He then entered the field of management consulting with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Inc. in NYC. Subsequently, he became principal and partner in two international management consulting firms. The Parallel Planning Corporation and Human Resource Services, Inc. 

Semi-retired from business in his early forties, John Paul was able to pursue two longtime interests, acting and treating the tragedy of addiction. He appeared on Broadway in "Heartland" and had small feature film roles in "The Verdict," "legal Eagles" and "Power." He made commercials and acted in daytime dramas "All My Children" and "One Life To Live." He enjoyed a recurring role as attorney Freddie Leighton on "Ryan's Hope." 

John Paul co-founded Pathways To Freedom, Inc., a charitable institute for public education about addiction and training of therapists in NYC. After institute training in NYC and courses at Harvard Medical School, John Paul was certified as an Addiction Specialist and founded a group psychotherapy practice which specializes in the treatment of addiction. The Pathways program is still in practice and has achieved one of the most successful treatment outcomes recorded in the East. He wrote a recent article, A Three Part Path Out Of Addiction, published in the Cape Cod Times, March 6, 2015. CCT also published an interview with John Paul concerning the late U.S. Sen. John McCain, his classmate at Annapolis, class of'58. This was published August 31, 2018. 

John Paul is survived by his loving ex-wife, Carolina Angel of New York City and his younger brother, David M. Nickerson of E. Harwich, MA.  John Paul Nickerson was a man of integrity. His life was compassionate, courageous, heroic and honorable. He was loved by many. John Paul was an unbelievably kind and loving uncle to his three nephews, Jason Roderick Pan of Forest Hills, MD, Joshua David Nickerson, Reno, NV and Nathan Paul Nickerson, Fuquay-Varina, NC and to his beloved niece Sarah Rose Mascarenas, Reno, NV. JPN was also a loving great-uncle to five grand children. During his retirement on the Cape, John Paul was involved with AI-Anon, The Zen Meditation group, Tai Chi and Qi-Gong in Hyannis. John Paul also wrote several novellas and stories: Invisible Now; Fool; Fire Island Follies and Too Short. John Paul Nickerson will be greatly missed. His family looks forward to the Christian Hope of the Lord Jesus Christ and the victory over death. There will be a memorial celebration for his life in the near future. Any inquiries may be directed to his brother in Harwich: dmn537@yahoo.com. John Paul Nickerson was a faithful man. His creed: "Don't give up the ship."

John Moore Granville (10th Co) (2/28/19)

John passed peacefully with his children by his side on February 23, 2019 in Seguin, Texas after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

John was born in Houston, Texas on December 14, 1935 to Howard and Marguerite Granville.  His family moved to Abilene, Texas in 1946. He graduated from Castle Heights Military academy in Lebanon, Tennessee May 1954. Then he attended the United States Naval Academy, which he affectionately referred to as “Canoe U.” He was assigned to the Terrible 10th Company and was a tiger in the boxing ring.

He served as a company commander in the United States Air Force. After leaving the Air Force, John attended Stanford and received his Masters of Business Administration in 1963. He later moved to Seattle, Washington and worked at Boeing as an aeronautical engineer. He married Judy Endres in 1972 and had two children. He raised his family in Bellevue, Washington in a beautiful home he built overlooking Lake Washington. He also owned and operated a Coors beer distributorship in Moses Lake, Washington serving a large part of eastern Washington. For a short while he also had a Magnavox store in Bellevue. In 1982 the family moved to Anaheim, California for two years while John worked at Northrop also as an aeronautical engineer. Afterwards the family moved back to their home in Bellevue where John enjoyed an early retirement. After his divorce in 1995, John moved back to Leggett Drive in Abilene to care for his elderly mother.

A true one-of-a-kind Texan gentleman, John was known for his charismatic personality, winning sense of humor, generosity, complete dedication to his family, and eye-catching cowboy boots. His many friends and family looked forward to his annual holiday card, which was highly entertaining filled with classic John Granville hilarity and often useful quotes. One favorite, “poor planning produces problems” frequently proves true. His favorite sign-off, “Like a lightening bug caught in a lawnmower, I’m delighted to have known you.”

He is survived by his children, John Earnest “Earnie” Granville and Laura Ann Canterbury, son-in-law, and two grandchildren. Graveside memorial is May 18th at 10:30am, Oakwood Cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas where John’s ashes will be interred in the Granville family plot along side his parents. Reception to follow. John was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by all that knew him.


John Bruce Bradley (16th Co) (2/27/19)

From J.B.'s son Chuck::

Lt. Col John Bradley (USAF (Ret)  has passed!

John took his final breaths at 11:30 today  (26 Feb) while in the GREAT treatment of the Bay Pines, VA!  

My sister Kathy will be making his final arrangements, tentatively at Woodlawn in St. Pete, Florida.  I believe at 10 AM on the 9th of March.

Her number is 817.542.5663.


He fought hard to the end, he was beloved and will be missed!

Chuck Bradley



Leo Charles Wright (1st Co) (2/24/19)

Retired Naval Captain Leo Charles Wright, 82, of Niantic, passed away Friday, Feb. 8th, 2019, at the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London surrounded by his loving family.

Leo was born in Fargo, N.D. Nov. 20th, 1936, the son of Lloyd and Bertha Mae (Anderson) Wright. He was the beloved husband of Frances (Menzie) Wright, who survives him. Leo was a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy, class of 1958 and served in the United States Navy for thirty years, retiring at the rank of Captain with honors. While in the Navy, Leo served on the destroyer USS Bigelow and submarines: USS Thomas Jefferson, USS Guardfish and the USS Snook. He was the Commanding Officer of the Ballistic submarine, Daniel Webster. He served as the Commanding Officer of the U. S. Naval Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. His final tour was Director of Submarine and Diving safety for the Navy.

After retiring from the Navy, he was employed at Electric Boat as a project manager and served as liaison with the Newport News Shipyard for construction of the Virginia Class Attack Submarines.

Leo served as President of the Chapman Woods Association for two terms and also was a valuable member of the Board of Directors for nine years. Leo was an avid Boston Red Sox and UConn Basketball fan.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Lynne Shackleton (James) of Malvern, Pa., Elisabeth Robins of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada; and his step-children, Priscilla Gentry (Darryl) of Reading, Pa., Nancy Murallo (Craig) of East Lyme, Wendy Gamble (Chris) of Waterford, and son William Thorp (Shawn) of Kenyon, R.I. He was blessed with fourteen grandchildren and is also survived by brother, David Lovik.

A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. April 13, 2019 at Groton Bible Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Groton Bible Chapel, 66 Toll Gate Road, Groton, CT 06340. Condolences may be shared on Leo's memorial page at www.neilanfuneralhome.

Published in The Day on Feb. 24, 2019


James Clower Wright (8th Co) (2/22/19)

James Clower Wright "Jim," 84, died Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Jim was the youngest son of the late Ella Mae Young Wright and Robert Douglas Wright. Jim grew up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He was class of '58 from the US Naval Academy and served on board submarines, USS Clamagore and USS Trout and as the navigator on the USS Oklahoma City. Jim earned commendation medals for his service in Lebanon, Korea, Cuba and Vietnam.

After the Navy, he joined EG&G Washington Analytical Services Company for 11 years and then Raytheon Service Company in Newport, RI for 24 years until he retired in 2013. Jim Moved to Spartanburg, SC in 2014 and is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara Falkenbury "Bobbi," his daughter Martha Chapman "Muffet" (Norman) and two granddaughters, Martha and Catherine. A service will be held Monday, February 25 at 4:00 at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, 141 Advent Street Spartanburg, SC His ashes will be interred in the family plot in Bobbi's hometown of Glens Falls, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: The 1958 Larson Award Endowment. P.O. Box 79169 Baltimore, MD 21279 Attn: USNA Foundation. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.JMDunbar.com. Dunbar Funeral Home & Crematory

Published in Newport Daily News from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, 2019


Frank O'Beirne Jr. (23rd Co) (2/15/19)

Frank O'Beirne Jr.  (August 18, 1936 - February 04, 2019)

CAPT O’Beirne (“Mick”) died on Feb. 4.  A Navy son (Pearl Harbor survivor at age 5) and submariner, he relished his years of service to his country.  Once retired, he served his community by working to overturn Base Realignment and Closure decisions and served on the Groton Town Council for 19 ½ years (with one term as mayor).

His Navy career included command of the George Washington Carver (SSBN 656), command of the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia, and leadership of the Trident and Tomahawk missile programs in the Pentagon.

An avid reader, builder of model ships, and gardener, he thoroughly enjoyed his retirement years.

He leaves his wife, Kathleen, two children, Michael and Heather, and four grandchildren.  His sister Karen and her husband, CAPT Patterson Taylor also mourn his sudden loss.  His memorial service will be held at Mystic Congregational Church at a date yet to be determined.

Mystic Funeral Home
Route 1
51 Williams Ave.
Mystic, Connecticut 06355
Phone: (860) 536-2888
Fax: (860) 572-9007


Sheila Taylor (Wife of  Phil Taylor (1st Co)) (2/15/19)

From Gordo

Dear Classmates,

Phil Taylor’s wife,  Sheila Taylor passed away 1-23-2019.Phil has arranged to have funeral services at the Naval Academy Chapel at 10 o’clock on April 16th with interment after followed by a  reception at the Alumni House. 

I will send a reminder in early April. At that time we will need a response regarding attendance at the reception.

Please mark your calendars now.


William Hareley Parks (9th Co) (1/7/19)

Lt. Commander William Harley Parks, USN (Ret) died on December 19, 2018 from congestive heart failure. He was 82 years old. He was born on January 7, 1936 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to William Harley Parks Sr. and Jewel Long Parks, daughter of Dr. Wm Long MD. His father, a banker, was killed in a car crash in April 1941 that “Billy” and his mother and infant sister, Jane Parks, survived. His mother re-married about two years later and the family moved to Beaumont, Texas near the end of WW2 and then to Overton, Texas. Bill skipped the fourth grade in Beaumont and graduated from Overton High School in 1953.

Bill turned down an academic scholarship to Texas A&M (had to be in the TAMU corps of cadets - he didn’t want to serve in the Army) and an offer from his local congressman to be appointed to West Point (he didn’t want to serve in the Army) electing instead to attended Abilene Christian University for school year 1953/1954 while waiting a promised Congressional appointment to the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. He received two appointments to the Naval Academy in 1954, one from Oklahoma and another from Tyler, TX congressman Brady Gentry. This caused some confusion in the Navy Department and they contacted Bill wanting to know where he was a resident. Of course, Bill informed the Navy that he was a Texan and coincidently changed his name to Will, which was his preference, and was known as Will throughout his naval career.

Bill received his Bachelor Degree and commission as an Ensign in the Navy from President Eisenhower on June 4, 1958. He returned to Texas and married Sue Payne of New London, Texas, on June 15, 1958. They had three children, Robin in 1959, Rebecca in 1961 and Jason in 1963. His family moved wherever the Navy sent them spending most of his naval career serving in the Pacific including about ten years in Pearl Harbor, both ashore and afloat. He was the Commanding Officer of Naval Facility Coos Head in Oregon for two years and was Commanding Officer of USS Virgo for a short tour near the end of the Vietnam war. His last duty station was in Pearl Harbor on the Pacific Fleet staff during which he used his in-service GI Bill credits to attend Chaminade University of Honolulu at night to obtain a degree in accounting.

Bill retired from the Navy in 1978 after twenty years of active duty and returned to Texas.  Sue died in January 1995.  He took a job in Longview, TX for two tax seasons and then accepted an offer of a new position with a firm in Tyler. He was licensed by the US Treasury Department to practice tax before the IRS. He purchased the firm in 1982 and grew the firm until he received an offer to become CFO for the expanding Posados Café restaurant chain at their headquarters in Tyler. He accepted the offer and sold his tax practice. He remained the CFO for Posados until 2004. He continued to work as a tax consultant for a few choice clients until he was 79 years old.

He is survived by his two daughters, Robin Parks, of Tyler and Rebecca Camfield of Tallahassee, Florida. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jennifer Parks of Tyler and Daniel Camfield who is married to Stefanie Camfield, an Assistant General Counsel for Florida state government in Tallahassee, and one great grandson, Tobias

Magnus Camfield (Toby).  Also still surviving is his baby sister, Jane Parks Eller, who was still telling him how to run his life.


John Clifton  Vick (5th Co) (1/3/19)

Update 1/2/20

John’s funeral will be at Arlington Tuesday January 21 @1 pm, followed by reception at the Army Navy Country Club.  

Update 1/5/19

Capt. John Clifton Vick, United States Navy (Retired), 83, of Hampstead, NC died Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

A memorial service will be held at 10am, Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Hampstead United Methodist Church.


From Gordo

John died after a lengthy battle with mesophelioma. I will get back when I have more news.


Percy Morris Beard, Jr. (9th Co)  (12/30/18)

Captain Percy M. (Pat) Beard, Jr. USN (Ret) passed away peacefully on December 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia . He was 82 years old.

Pat was born in Opelika, Alabama on March 31st, 1936, the son of Percy and Sara Beard. He graduated from Gainesville High School, Gainesville, FL in June 1954 and entered the Naval Academy that same month. While at the Academy he participated on the track team and graduated with distinction in 1958 as a member of The 9th Company.

Pat was selected for post graduate education under The Burke Program and received a PhD in nuclear physics from Duke University in 1964. He then entered the Navy’s nuclear power program and served on five nuclear submarines and was the commanding officer of The Gold Crew of The Frances Scott Key (SSBN-658). His final assignment was Commanding Officer of The Simon Lake (AS-31) before retirement in October 1981. The Simon Lake was the first submarine tender to serve at the newly established Kings Bay, Georgia Naval Base in 1979. His awards include The Legion of Merit.

Following retirement Pat joined The Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) in Atlanta, Georgia serving as a vice president before leaving in 1990 to become a senior vice president and Chief Nuclear Officer at Florida Power Corporation in St. Petersburg, Florida. He retired from Florida Power in 1997 and started a consulting business in nuclear power operations. During his civilian career, he served on The Accrediting Board of The National Academy of Training and various executive oversight boards of nuclear power plants. He was a member of The National Academy of Science Committee that published a report of The Fukushima Japan nuclear accident in 2014. He also served as Chairman of The University of Florida Nuclear Engineering Science Advisory Board, graduated from The Harvard Business School and was a member of Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Society.

Pat married his wife, Barbara, in Monroeville, Alabama in 1959 and enjoyed a happy life together for 59 years. In addition to Barbara he is survived by their two daughters, Carolyn Moore of Simpsonville, SC and Leslie Dyke of Atlanta, GA and two granddaughters, Haley Harrell and Hunter Harrell.
A memorial service will be held for Pat on January 11, 2019 at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA

Edwin McLean Baldwin (18th Co ) (12/4/18)

Update 1/3/18

Edwin “Mac” Baldwin died peacefully in his sleep at Wilsonville, Oregon on December 3, 2018.  He was 82 years old.   Mac grew up in Wisconsin as the son of physician parents who were both leaders in the Wisconsin and Florida medical communities.   He graduated from the US Naval Academy in June of 1958 as a member of the 18th Company.  After graduation, he qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer in his initial sea tour, attained a MS degree in Operations Analysis at the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School, trained in the nuclear propulsion surface ship program and served on USS ENTERPRISE (CVAN-65) from 1964-67. Subsequently, he became commissioning Executive Officer of USS CALIFORNIA (DLGN-36) from 1970-75. He went on to command USS ELMER MONTGOMERY  (FF-1082) from 1976-77, and later served as Commanding Officer, USS TRUXTUN (CGN-35) from 1978-81. He was a recognized legendary name in nuclear propulsion for surface ships, based on his leadership and training expertise for thousands of nuclear propulsion operators. He also trained hundreds of senior officers who went on to ship, squadron, and group command.  He served in several staff positions at the Pentagon prior to his retirement from the Navy in 1985.

After his retirement, he worked at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station as a senior nuclear organizational consultant.  He then moved to Woodland Hills, Utah where he served as a member of the City Council and a Captain in the Volunteer Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Dr. Joan Helen Kordecki Baldwin; children, Susan Baldwin Myers, Esq., Major General David Baldwin, and Jennifer Baldwin, and four grandchildren. 

Memorial services were (will be) conducted on 19 January 2019 at Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Wilsonville, Oregon.  Military Honors will be provided by the Oregon National Guard.  In lieu of flowers, Mac requested donations to the Save A Warrior Foundation at saveawarrior.org.


Peter Sarsfield  Corr Jr. (14th Co) (12/1/18)

PETER S. CORR JR., CAPTAIN U.S. NAVY (RET.) 82, of Scituate, passed away peacefully at home in North Scituate with his wife of 40 years, Joyce Corr, by his side on Saturday, November 24, 2018. Born in Providence, he was the only child of the late Peter S. Corr, Sr. and Margaret (Fogarty) Corr. Following his graduation from La Salle Academy, Peter attended Brown University before entering the U. S. Naval Academy from which he graduated in 1958.

 He had a brilliant Naval career during which he received several advanced degrees, including an MBA from Harvard University. He was deep selected three times in his career as Lt. Commander, Commander, and Captain. He was commander of two ships, the King Fisher and the Barney. He was commander of the ASW Training Center in San Diego, CA. He was also aide to several admirals at the Pentagon. Peter returned to his home state in Rhode Island where he served as commanding officer at NETC Newport, RI and he was a professor at the War College.  After his retirement from the Navy in 1988, Peter embarked on a second career as an Executive Purchasing Agent for the State of RI. He also served in numerous volunteer positions.

 He is survived by his wife, Joyce Corr, six children: Elizabeth Civinskas, Chelmsford, MA, Kathryn Walsh, Dracut, MA, Alisanne, Peter, Kristen and Jennifer Corr all of Merrimac, NH; three step children: Debra Williams, Truesdale, MO, Tina Galvin, Charleston, SC, Keith Kaufman, Cardington, OH: and five grandchildren. A funeral service to which relatives and friends are invited will be Friday, November 30th, at 11:00 A.M. in the Winfield & Sons Funeral Home, 571 West Greenville Rd., Scituate.  Burial with full military honors will be in the RI Veterans Cemetery, Exeter.  

Calling hours Thursday 5:00-8:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to The Gary Sinise Foundation, P.O. Box 368, Woodland, CA 91365 or garysinisefoundation.org. For condolences see winfieldandsons.com.


Ronald James Charrier (4th Co)  (12/1/18)

Update 12/3/18

Note from Fred: The format received for Ron's obituary is not compatible with this page; therefore, I have put it on a separate page 

Go to Ron Charrier Obituary Page


Charles Medlock Jr. (7th Co) (11/21/18)

Lt. Col Charles "Chuck" Medlock, Jr.  (APRIL 1, 1935 ~ NOVEMBER 18, 2018)

Funeral services for Lt. Col. Charles “Chuck” Medlock, Jr., age 83 of Clarkesville will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Hillside Memorial Chapel.  Rev. Tommy Stowe will officiate with interment to follow the service in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors by the United States Air Force.  

Lt. Col. Medlock passed away on November 18, 2018.

Born in Habersham County on April 1, 1935, Lt. Col. Medlock was the son of the late Charles Henry “Toddy” and Dorothy “Dot” Spivey Medlock.  Lt. Col. Medlock graduated and commissioned from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and earned a Masters Degree from the University of Missouri.  While serving in the Air Force Lt. Col. Medlock earned the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, the Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with four oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star, the Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze service stars, the Air Force Presidential Unit Citation, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Distinguished FlyingCross with four oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, and the Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters. Following his honorable discharge with over 20 years of patriotic service, Lt. Col. Medlock retired from Lockheed-Martin.  He was a member of Clarkesville Masonic Lodge #325 F&AM and a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife Juanita Foster Medlock of Clarkesville, daughter and son in law Myra Ann and Adam Edwards of Fredericksburg, Virginia, son Jon Gregory Medlock of Clarkesville, son and daughter in law Charles Foster and Martha Medlock of Austin, Texas, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, November 23, 2018 from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.

Those wishing may send condolences online at www.hillsidememorialchapel.com.

Hillside Memorial Chapel and Gardens
5495 Highway 197 South P.O. Box 305
Clarkesville, GA 30523
Tel: 1-706-754-6256



William Thomas Sinnott (21st Co)

Col. William Thomas (Tom) Sinnott III, USMC, Ret., died on Veterans Day, November 11, 2018, of complications from vascular dementia in Annapolis, MD. He was 83.

Born April 23, 1935, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of the late Elizabeth Carroll Sinnott and William Thomas Sinnott, Jr. After graduating from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland in 1953, Tom attended Columbia Prep School in Washington D.C., where he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and worked on aircraft at Anacostia Naval Air Station in MD. Tom received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1954. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy in 1958, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps and was assigned to Basic School Training in Quantico, VA. From there, he attended Naval Flight School in Pensacola, FL, and was appointed a Naval Aviator in September 1960. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel in 1981. He served in Wing Equipment Repair Squadron 36, HMM 363, Marine Air Group 36, HMM 362, Marine Air Base Squadron 36, and Marine Air Base Squadron 24. His duties included training operations, schooling, and tactical assignments in support of Marine Corps search and rescue missions and ground troop activities. 

Tom served three tours in Vietnam (1962, 1966, 1970), and Japan. From 1971-1974, he was a Company Officer and Battalion Officer at the US Naval Academy. In April 1980, he helped plan the Iranian Hostage Rescue Mission (Operation Eagle Claw). Over the span of his career, Tom logged over 4,000 hours of flight time in support of Marine Corps ground troops flying H-34 (Huey) and CH 53 (Sea Stallion) helicopters. He was Squadron Commanding Officer of CH 53 HMH- 463 in Kaneohe, HI.

During Tom's 30 year career as a US Marine, he earned the Legion of Merit, Air Medal with 30 Strike-Flight Awards, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and the following Republic of Vietnam awards and citations: Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation Gallantry Cross, Meritorious Unit Citation Civic Actions, Campaign Medal, and Cross of Gallantry.

After retiring from the Marine Corps in 1983, Tom was employed by Logistics Management Engineering, Inc. in Annapolis from 1983-1998. He was Program Manager, supporting the US Navy at Naval Air Stations in Patuxent River, MD, and Warminster, PA. He worked on Aircrew-Life Support Equipment programs to improve the safety and welfare of warfighters.

Tom was an active member of the “Great Class of 1958” from the Naval Academy. He was a Trustee of the United States Naval Academy Foundation for 26 years and was designated a Trustee Emeritus. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Parish in Annapolis for 38 years.

Tom was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who loved spending time with his family; he was a proud cheerleader at his grandchildren’s sporting events, plays, and concerts, and he always looked forward to attending Grandparents Day at their schools. Tom enjoyed playing tennis and golf and was a passionate football fan of Navy, University of Notre Dame, and the Baltimore Ravens of which he was a season ticket-holder.  

Tom is survived by Nancy McAnerney Sinnott, his wife of 60 years; children Anne Marie Aiello, William Thomas Sinnott IV (Nina), Colleen Mack (Vince), Jim Sinnott (Mary), Kathleen Lupinek; grandchildren Kelsey Aiello, John Michael Aiello, William Thomas Sinnott V, Claire Sinnott, Scott Sinnott, Alex Mack, Abby Mack, Molly Sinnott, Sarah Sinnott, Charlie Sinnott, Joey Lupinek; step-grandchildren, Jessica Beers (Andrew), Jamie Lupinek, Elizabeth Giles (Steve), Courtney Lupinek (Courtney Sokol-Lupinek) and their father, Joe Lupinek; sisters Carroll Dietzel (George), Peggy Brock (Ted), Sister M. St. John, PCC (Nancy Gilmore); preceded in death by sisters Nancy Murphy (Gregory), Eileen Gold (Richard), Patricia Dusenbury ( Bud), Jackie Rhoney ( Richard).

The family will receive friends at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD 21401 on Fri., November 16 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD 21401 on Sat., November 17 at 9 a.m. Interment at Saint Mary’s Cemetery. An online guestbook is available at www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United States Naval Academy Foundation’s Athletic Excellence Program through the donate tab at www.usna.com.


Newton Buerger (3rd Co) (10/25/18)

Newton "Chip" Buerger, age 83, of Austin, passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Predeceasing Chip was his first wife, Lorna. Chip is survived by his second wife of 10 years, Frances Vestal; sister Brenda Agee (Bill); children, Wendy Buerger and Scott Buerger; daughter-in-law, Ali Koemoel; grandchildren Niklaus Buerger, Vivian Ksenia, and Jude Harrison Buerger; nephew, Brad Agee (Erin); great nieces, Hannah, Emily, Abby and Sheridan; Niece, Blythe Donnolo,(Mark) great nieces, Isabell and Olivia.

 Chip was born in Boston, MA and raised in Kingston, ON, Annapolis MD and Carmel, CA. He earned a B.S. in Engineering from the US Naval Academy and a MBA from George Washington University. After serving two tours in Vietnam as a Navy pilot aboard an aircraft carrier, Chip headed an intelligence team in Washington, DC and briefed the Secretary of State and President during the Cuban missile crisis Following 10 years of military service, Chip worked for IBM for fifteen years. On IBM's behalf, Chip marketed large computer systems to California universities and contributed on large-scale product development, education, and planning teams. During and following his IBM career, Chip built custom homes in the Austin and San Francisco bay areas. 

Chip was a member of Riverbend Church in Austin and was confirmed at The Episcopal Church and School of the Holy Spirit in Dripping Springs TX in 2017. At Holy Spirit he served on the Building committee for the school and attended the Men's Bible Class. With Riverbend, he served on several committees and made four missions trips including installing a water purification system at a church and school in San Salvador. He enjoyed travel, cooking, wine tasting and being with friends and family. His creativity was expressed in his home building and art collection. 

In honor of Chip, memorial donations may be made to: Episcopal Church and School of the Holy Spirit (Educational Fund) 301 Hays Country Acres Rd. Dripping Springs TX 78620 Riverbend Church (Scholarship Fund for San Salvador) 4214 N Capital of Texas HWY 1 Austin TX 78746 Today's Events Celebration of Life Oct 20. 2:00 PM Holy Spirit Episcopal Church 301 Hays Country Acres Dripping Springs, TX, US, 78620.


Albert Phillip  Simpson (19th Co) (10/418)

Albert Phillip (Phil) Simpson, 83 Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Phil Simpson, passed away in his sleep early on September 23rd at Mesilla Valley Hospice, succumbing to Parkinson's disease after battling it for five and a half years. Phil was born in Albany, GA on March 17, 1935 to Albert Carroll and Maddie Lucille Phillips Simpson, and graduated from Thomasville High School in 1953. He leaves behind Patty Hollister Simpson, his wife of twenty-seven years; his son Philip Bannister Simpson and daughter-in-law Penny Thomas Simpson and their children Mark Bannister Simpson and Shannon Carole Simpson; his daughter Amy Simpson and son-in-law Glenn Landers and their daughter Annabel Simpson; and his brother Carl Tucker, formerly of Thomasville, GA. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carole Simpson, and is survived by the mother of his children, Beth Bannister, and by Patty's children, Ken and Tracy Hollister.

 He was a talented engineer and teacher, earning a B.S. in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958, followed by Master's degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado, and in Chemical Engineering, specializing in Environmental Pollution issues, from UCLA. He taught astronomy, mathematics and physics for Valley College in San Bernardino, CA, Chapman University in Orange, CA, NM State University in Alamogordo, and Eastern New Mexico University in Ruidoso. He served 21 years as an Air Force officer, operating a radar station within sight of North Korea for a year before becoming a guidance and navigation system analyst. After retiring from the Air Force, he became the first director of the Clyde W. Tombaugh Space Instruction Center in Alamogordo, NM, where he wrote and presented the first planetarium programs shown there. He then embarked on a second career at Northrop Grumman, where he was able to combine his astronomy and navigation system expertise to help design the astro-inertial guidance system for the B-2 bomber, and the telescopes for the Space-Based infra-red System (SBIRS), earning four patents along the way. Phil was widely known for his lifelong fascination with astronomy, beginning at age eight when his father showed him the star Betelgeuse. 

After his second retirement, he and Patty bought property on a mountaintop outside Cloudcroft, NM with its own observatory, where he enjoyed viewing and photographing the stars from an altitude of 9,000 ft. There he realized his long-held dream of writing a book about the stars, Guidebook to the Constellations, published by Springer in Jan. 2012. Based on a series of "Constellation of the Month" talks for several astronomy clubs, his book includes myths explaining the constellations we know today, and charts for finding the constellations, and over 240 of his own images of galaxies and nebulae showing how they appear in both photographs and in small to medium sized amateur telescopes. Phil was very much a family man, a man of high integrity, and an avid reader, who professed one of his hobbies to be "thinking." He loved children, animals, and classical music. His sense of humor was highly appreciated by children and adults alike, and since he was a quiet man, when he spoke, people listened. His friends and family appreciated him for his warmth, his humor, and his steadfast loyalty. A celebration of life gathering will be held from 2 to 4 pm on October 21st, 2018 in the The Good Samaritan Society in Las Cruces (Building E, east parlor). The family requests that in lieu of flowers, friends and family donate to the International Dark-Sky Association, the Southwest Parkinson Society, or to Mesilla Valley Hospice.

Daniel Harry Demand (17th Co)  (10/1/18)

Update 1/7119

From Gordo

I received the following from Dan's daughter, Paula:

I wanted to let you know that my dad's funeral will be held at 1:00 on Monday, Feb. 11, 2018.  It starts at 1:00 but guests should arrive at 12:30.  It will be held at the Old Post Chapel at Arlington Cemetery.  There is parking at the chapel. There will be a short service followed by the burial.  It was wonderful to have his classmates at the visitation.  I am not sure any can come to the actual funeral but they are certainly welcome.


From Gordo:

I was informed Dan died on 21 September. I have no further news regarding cause of death.   Viewing and burial info is as follows:

Saturday, Oct. 6    2:00-4:00

Demaine Funeral Home- 5308 Backlick Road Springfield, VA  22151

Visitation followed by a reception at the Treger's- 4232 Willow Woods Drive Annandale, VA  22003

The service and burial will be in January or February at Arlington Cemetery.

If you need any further info you may contact Dan's daughter at paulastevet@aol.com


Richard  Leo  Farnan (20th Co) (9/6/18)

Update 11/11/19

From Pete Russell:  410 212 4359

 Dick Farnan's funeral will be at Arlington National Cemetary
on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 1415...meeting at the Administration Building.

There will be a reception following the ceremony at Tupelo Honey Cafe, 1616 N. Troy St.,
Arlington, 703-253-8140.  RSVP's would be appreciated for the reception,
to daughter Jennifer Farnan at  
410 212 4359 or e-mail:   Farnan, Jennifer L. [FarnanJ@jhhc.com]

Update 10/11/18

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Leo Farnan, USAF (ret) died on 1 September 2018 in Warner Robins, GA.  He was 84.

 “Dick” was born on 1 August 1934 in Rochester, NY, the son of Thomas Kernan Farnan and Nancy Jean Harris Farnan.  He graduated from Manlius Military Academy in DeWitt, NY in 1953 where he played baseball and football and was awarded the school’s Athletic Merit and Good Conduct Medals.  He received a congressional appointment to the Naval Academy with the class of 1958, where he was an accomplished high jumper in track and field, played baseball, and earned the coveted Navy “N” with the varsity gymnastics squad.

 Upon graduation with the 20th Company, he was commissioned in the Air Force.  His career included serving in the Strategic Air Command as an Electronics Warfare Officer on B-52 strategic bombers and RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft.  From 1967 to 1969 he was a member of the elite airborne reconnaissance Rivet Ball Team One operating out of Eielson AFB, Alaska, and Shemya Island in the Aleutians to monitor and record the terminal launch phase of all Soviet ICBMs targeted into the Kamchatka Peninsula and Pacific Ocean.  In 1970 he served in tactical reconnaissance with the 7th Air Force at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Republic of Vietnam.  Dick was also an instructor at the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, AL and an Assistant Base Commander at Wurtsmith AFB, MI.  He earned an MS degree in Guidance and Counseling from Troy State University.  

After his retirement from the Air Force in 1986, Dick was Director of Operations at Middle Georgia Technical College, Warner Robins GA for several years and retired as its Institutional Effectiveness Director in 2008, at which time a conference room was dedicated and named for him.  He was an avid golfer and member of the Pine Oaks Golf Club at Warner Robins AFB, enjoyed playing euchre and visiting with family.  He was a beloved husband and most wonderful father, stepfather, grandfather and great-grandfather. 

Dick is survived by his wife of 42 years, Betty; his sister Jean and brother Jack; children with his first wife Marguerite – Theresa, John, Nancy, and Jennifer; stepchildren Pamela, Michelle, Michael, Annette and Lynette; twelve grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held on 5 September 2018 in the chapel of McCullough Funeral Home and Crematory, Warner Robins GA.  Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.   


Richard "Dick" Farnan, 84, entered into rest on Saturday, September 1, 2018. Dick was born on August 1, 1934 in Rochester, New York. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 1958, and entered the U.S. Air Force. His long and distinguished Air Force career included serving in the Strategic Air Command as an Electronics Warfare Officer on B-52s and RC-135s and a tour of duty in Vietnam. Dick was also an instructor at the Air Command and Staff College and an assistant base commander. He obtained his Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling at Troy State University.

 After his Air Force retirement in 1986, Dick worked in Administration at Middle Georgia Technical College for several years. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed euchre and visiting with family. He was a beloved husband and most wonderful father, stepfather, grandfather and great-grandfather. 

He is predeceased by his mother, Nancy Jean Harris Farnan and father, Thomas Kernan Farnan; stepson, Leslie Sutliff; grandson, David Gadwa; brother, Robert L. Farnan; sister, Judith F. Farnan and niece, Kacy Jean Piekunka. His memory will forever be treasured by his wife, Betty Jean Farnan; sister, Jean Piekunka (Ronald) and brother, Jack Farnan (Nancy); children and grandchildren with his first wife, Marguerite B. Farnan; daughter, Theresa Bosworth (Richard); grandchildren, Jacqueline (Brendan) and Gregory (Olivia) and great grandsons, James and Charles; son, John Farnan (Laura) and granddaughter, Stephanie; daughter, Nancy Lockard (Jeffrey); grandson, Joseph and daughter, Jennifer Farnan. His children and grandchildren with Betty Jean Farnan are as follows: daughter, Pam Gadwa; grandchildren, Rick, Renee, Calvin and great grandchildren, Grant, Emersyn and Kinsley; granddaughter, Jessica (Jason) and great grandchildren, Alexis and Joslyn; daughter, Michelle Tortorici; son, Michael Sutliff (Barbie); daughter, Annette Loudin; grandchildren, Cassi (Joey) and Madison and great grandchildren, Bianca and Ellis; daughter, Lynette Hill, grandchildren, Camdon (Rachel) and Chase and great grandchildren, Dexter and Dilyn. 

Visitation will be Wednesday, September 5, 2018, from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. with funeral services following immediately after in the chapel of McCullough Funeral Home. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. McCullough Funeral Home and Crematory has the privilege of being entrusted with Mr. Farnan's arrangements.

Arthur James Bennett (22nd Co) (8/29/18)

Arthur James Bennett, 83, of University Park, FL died on August 24th. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He is survived by Pat, his loving wife of 58 years, and by his sons Christopher and Robert, daughters-in-law Julie and Diane, grandsons Michael and Stephen, and brother William.

Mr. Bennett is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and the Columbia University and University of Michigan executive business programs. He was a Vice President with Consolidated Edison of New York, and served in many capacities during his long career. Memorial Services will be announced at a later date. To send condolences please visit www.toalebrothers.com. Toale Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory, Colonial Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements


Paula Luders, (Wife of Ernie Luders (3rd Co)) (8/26/18)

Update 10/3/18

Paula Marie Anderson Luders passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 20, 2018, five days before her 82nd birthday. She was born in Chicago on August 25, 1936 to Donald Richard Anderson and Clare Emily Frances Roider Anderson.

Paula was the middle child of three sisters, between her older sister Nancy and her younger sister Susan. When she was five years old, the family moved to Seattle, where she grew up. Her father passed away when she was just 16. Because her mother had to go to work to support the family, she took over the care of her younger sister Susan. She graduated from Highline High School in Burien in 1955.

That same year she met her future husband- a Navy midshipman named Ernest Luders- at the Seafair Torchlight Parade, an annual Seattle tradition. In 1957, she took a job as a receptionist at the State Department in Washington D.C. to be near him. They wed on June 21, 1958, soon after his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy. She immediately took on the responsibilities of a Navy wife, moving every three years when he received new orders and enduring many months without her husband while he was deployed. Over the next seven years, she gave birth to four sons: Mark, Matthew, John, and Joseph.

In the 1970s, with her sons becoming more independent, she embarked on a new career as a real estate agent. With her warm smile and engaging personality, she won the trust of her clients and quickly became a successful businesswoman. In the greater Seattle area, Paula was a top seller at Century 21 and later with Windermere Real Estate.

She became a grandmother for the first time in 1989 with the birth of her son John's first child, Alyssa, and again in 1992 with the birth of his second child, John Michael. These would be followed by Joseph's daughters Ivy and Rose in 2006 and 2011. She became a great-grandmother in 2010 with the birth of Alyssa's daughter Raina and again in 2016 with her second daughter Francesca.

Paula was kind, thoughtful, generous, protective, and emotionally expressive. She gave freely to dozens of charities, was fiercely protective of her children, and had an exuberance for life. She cherished those she loved and any object that reminded her of them or time spent with them. She was an inveterate collector-of rocks, seashells, pinecones, dolls, frogs, duck decoys, and teddy bears, to name a few.

Paula is survived by her husband of 60 years, Ernest C. Luders (Cmdr., United States Navy ret.); sons Mark, Matthew, John, and Joseph Luders; daughters-in-law Lori Luders, Michiko Luders, and Johanna Warshaw; granddaughters Alyssa Ross, Ivy Luders, and Rose Luders; great-granddaughters Raina Ross and Francesca Ross; sisters Nancy Wires and Susan Gill; brother-in-law Jack Wires, and nieces and nephews Bonny Enoka, Sandra Wires, Carolyn Ruckstuhl, Jennifer Hauswurz, Lance Wires, Brendan Wires, Mary Janda, Richard Gill, and Megan De Lay.

A memorial service for Paula was held at Evergreen-Washelli Funeral Home in Seattle on August 26, 2018. She was laid to rest in Lakeview Cemetery in Seattle, overlooking Lake Washington.

If you would like to make a donation in her name to one of her many charities, three of her favorites were The Nature Conservancy, Native American Children's Fund, and Catholic Relief Services.

Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 30, 2018


From Gordo 8/26/18

Dear Classmates,

I regret to inform you that Ernie's wife died suddenly today (24 Aug) from a rapidly growing infection.

Her funeral will be this coming Sunday, 26 August at noon in Seattle at the Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home, 1111 Aurora Ave. N, Seattle 98133. 206-362-5200.Ernie may be reached at 425-466-3993.

I hope some classmate can make it.



Michael David Lyons (2nd Co) (8/24/18)

Michael David Lyons, 84, of Reston, Va., passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018 at Virginia Hospital Center. He is survived by his wife Doris Lyons; his son, Mykle Lyons and his daughter, Amy L. Couvillion (Daniel J.); and his 3 grandchildren, Eileen N. Lyons, John-Michael Lyons and Tatum M. Lyons. A memorial mass was held at:

 St. John Neumann Catholic Church,
11900 Lawyers Rd., Reston, Va., on Friday, August 17th at 10:30 AM.

 A reception will take place in the church hall after the mass. Interment at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Josephs Indian School, 1301 N. Main St., Chamberlain, SD 57325


Annette Cushwa Larson (Wife of Larry Larson (16th Co))  (8/22//18)

Annette Cushwa Larson,  died Sunday 19 August 2018 of Alzheimer's Disease.

She is survived by her husband and daughter, Priscilla of the home:

634 Pinewood Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401-7135

Plans are to have her buried in Arlington.


 Robert Rowe (6th Co)

From Nils Rueckert 

Our family is deeply saddened to inform you that Robert ( Bob ) Rowe has passed Sunday morning from a heart attack.  We are relieved that his passing was peaceful and painless.

We will be respecting Bob’s wishes by not having a funeral. We, and Bob greatly appreciate your friendship throughout the years.

William John Meisel (12th Co)

Update 8/22/18  Funeral Arrangements

December 12, 2018

 St John's The Beloved

6420 Linway Ter.

McLean, VA 22101

Visitation - 11:15AM

Funeral Mass - 12:30AM

 Arlington Cemetery

 Arrive Visitor's Center - 2:15PM

Funeral - 3 PM



From Gordo: (6/28/18)

Dear Classmates,

Sorry but it has happened again. Another of our super linemen from the great football team of our days has passed on. Bill died yesterday. Remember when a lineman could be really good and still look like a normal human? That was Bill.

I will pass along further details when I get them. I just wanted to get the word out now.

Please keep Bill in your thoughts and remember...58 IS GREAT.



Orville Kiehn (14th Co) (6/8/18)

Orville Kiehn (Orv) passed away on June 2, 2018 at home and in the care of Hospice. More info re funeral arrangements will be given at a later date. 


Robert Kinnard Caldwell(18thCo) (4/9/18)

Commander Robert (Bob) Caldwell, USN (Ret.), of Annapolis, MD, passed away on 29 March 2018. He was 81 years old

A native of Walton, KY, Bob attended Dixie Heights High School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, where he was a football standout. He graciously turned down a “full-ride” football scholarship from Coach Paul ”Bear” Bryant to the University of Kentucky to attend the United States Naval Academy. He was in the 18th Company and subsequently served as its Company Commander. Bob played football all four years and attended the first Annapolis Touchdown Club Banquet in 1954. Bob was a proud member of the 1958 Cotton Bowl Championship football team and cherished that time and his teammates his entire life. On graduation Bob was one of only 19 midshipmen from the Class of 58 to receive a letter of commendation citing “their officer-like qualities and positive characters to the development of naval spirit and loyalty within the Brigade.” Upon graduation, he remained at the Academy as an assistant football coach under Eddie Erdlatz. He first served on the destroyer INGERSOLL (DD652) as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and then on the MCKEAN (DD784) as the Gunnery Officer. In 1961 he transitioned to the Silent Service, completing Submarine School (New London, CT). He reported to the TRUTTA (SS421) as the Engineering Officer in Key West, FL where he participated in the naval blockade of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He qualified for command in 1964. Subsequently he attended Naval Post-Graduate school in Monterey, CA, receiving a Masters of Science in Management in 1966. Following that tour he served on board the ARGONAUT (SS475) as the Operations Officer in Norfolk, VA, subsequently completing the prospective commanding officer’s school in New London, CT. In 1968 he reported to the SEA LEOPARD (SS483) as the Executive Officer.

CDR Caldwell’s shore tours included, CINCLANT Joint Staff as the General War Communications Plans Officer, Executive Officer of the University of Virginia’s NROTC Unit and then Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Communications Unit, London, England. Upon returning stateside, he became the Head, Tactical Communications Command & Control Development Unit. Bob’s final tour was Deputy Director of Athletics/Head, Physical Education Department at the Naval Academy. While there, he was the location representative for the 1984 US Olympic Organizing Committee, World Soccer Venue held at the Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Upon retiring from active duty in 1984, he was a Program Engineer for TRACOR APPLIED SCIENCES and a consultant for the Naval Academy Athletic Association. Bob was the President of Secure Destruction Systems, Inc. from 1986 to 1999, a family owned document shredding service in the Washington Metropolitan area. One way he maintained his connection with the Academy was sponsoring Midshipmen where he was able to enjoy many outstanding young people, who in turn kept him young and active.

Bob was an active and boisterous member of the USNA Class of ’58, a Naval Academy Foundation Trustee, a member of the Naval Academy Athletic Association, and a USNA Blue and Gold Officer. He was a proud member of the Annapolis Touchdown Club and honored to receive the “Jim & Rae Ann Morgan Distinguished Award” in 2017. He was an active participant in and greatly enjoyed reunions with the shipmates he served with in each command. Bob always remembered where he came from, as stated in the “Lucky Bag” of 1958 he would always be a country boy at heart. He was loyal to his friends and family, and always had a positive view of life, no matter what the circumstances. He greatly enjoyed his High School reunions. Bob was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and an Admiral of the Great Fleet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Bob was a dedicated life-long Christian and started serving as a Deacon in the Florence Christian Church, KY at 16. He provided lay services for the crew while aboard, and he enjoyed singing at church as an always present member of the choir. For the last 23 years Bob has been an active member of Heritage Baptist Church, Annapolis, MD.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of almost 60 years, the former Rebecca Sue Hesselman of Fort Mitchell, KY; sons, Robert Jr. (Jeanne), David (Kris), and Matthew (Michele); daughter (Susan); eleven grandchildren (Erin, Aileen, Kellyn, Luke, Caroline, Amanda, Jonathon, Katheryn, Bobby, Rebecca, and Christina), many wonderful nieces and nephews, and his brother (Charles). He was predeceased by his parents (James and Thelma), 3 brothers (Ken, Merrill and Bongi Kim), two sisters (Thelma Claire and Adele) and a granddaughter (Mary).

The three loves of his life (after Becky) were family, friends and the Naval Academy – all of which gave him great joy throughout his life.

A Memorial Service will take place on Friday, April 13, 2018 in the United States Naval Academy Main Chapel at 10:00 am. Inurnment will follow at USNA Columbarium. Reception will be held immediately following at the Naval Academy Officer’s Club. (Please enter the Naval Academy thru Gate 8 – Anyone over age 16 needs driver's license or valid picture ID for entry onto Naval Academy Grounds)

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the U. S. Naval Academy Foundation www.usna.com or the Heritage Baptist Church www.HeritageBaptistAnnapolis.org

“Iron Boats, Steel Men and Diesel Fuel Forever” “58 is Great”


Ernest Leroy Pyle (10th Co) (2/16/18)

Update 3/13/18


On February 14, 2018, ERNEST LEROY PYLE (ERNIE), 82 years old, of Evergreen, Colorado a U.S. Air Force Lieutenant , a retired architect, a self-taught artist, and a man of courage and good humor lost his battle with many health challenges – Parkinson’s disease, a stroke five and a half years ago, and recently a fall which lead to hip replacement.  Ernie was born in Oakhurst, New Jersey and grew up in Asbury Park.  Ernie then attended Admiral Farragut Academy in Tom’s River, New Jersey for one year before receiving his appointment to the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1958, a member of the 10th Company.  Ernie ran high hurdles and lettered 1st and 2nd Class years.

He was commissioned a Lieutenant in the US Air Force assigned to the 706th Missile Wing  at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming, and left the Air Force 1 October 1962.  Ernie worked as a project engineer for TRW/ Space Technology Labs in Redondo Beach, California before returning to Colorado for a career change.  He received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder in May1968.  As an architect, Ernie worked on many large commercial projects in the Denver Metro area: Denver International Airport, Botanical Gardens, Ellie Caukins Opera House, to name a few.  In addition to architecture, Ernie was an accomplished artist, a hobby that he enjoyed his entire life. 

Ernie was an outstanding husband, father, and grandfather and will be greatly missed.  Beloved Husband of Sue Ruth Galvan Pyle; loving Father of Meegan Gay, Monica Lee, and Shannan Lynn; cherished Grandfather of Johannes Virgil, Quincy Galvan, Alexa Agnes, and Desmond Avery; and missed brother of Joan Pyle Woda.

Ernie wished to be cremated, which was done at the Evergreen Memorial Park and he had told his family several places to scatter his remains.  His wishes will be honored.  Ernie’s Remembrance Memorial Ceremony will be held at a New Orleans Jazz music party at a later date.


From Ernie's Wife, Susan:

Ernie passed away peacefully this morning in his sleep. He had a stroke in 2012, and Parkinsons was diagnosed 3 months before his stroke. He was disabled after his stroke. Then, this past Dec. 7th he fell and broke his hip and had hip replacement surgery. He was too weak to rehab after surgery, so the family, including Ernie, decided to bring him home for hospice comfort care. He was home for 8 weeks after he was discharged from the hospital. 

Ernie had quit eating the last two weeks of his life, and we believe he was aspirating near the end. Please pass this email on to the USNA Class of 1958.


Anne Willmarth (Wife of John Willmarth (20th Co))

Anne passed away on 12/17/2012.   No further info is available.  Note that John passed away in 2002.


Vera Khoury Haugen (Wife of Al Haugen (11thCo))

Vera Khoury Haugen was born November 17, 1936, in Nazareth, Palestine. She earned her degree in elementary education at the University of Michigan and upon graduation in 1958, she moved to San Diego, California, to begin her teaching career. She married Al Haugen in 1961 and they eventually settled in Northfield.

 Al and Vera engaged in numerous social, civic, and youth sports organizations. Vera taught second grade for many years, and many of her former students have sought her out over the years to recall the positive impact she had on them. Vera loved travel. She enjoyed playing bridge and was quite accomplished. She loyally supported her Twins and Vikings. She loved entertaining large groups at her home. Most of all, she loved her family and cherished all time spent with her children and her grandchildren. 

Survivors include her three children: Chris (Kathy) of Virginia, Mark of Hawaii, and Leigh (Bob) of Michigan; seven grandchildren; and extended family and her friends. She is survived by her companion of the past decade, Bill Talen of Northfield, Minnesota. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 42 years, Al Haugen. On January 18, 2018, Vera passed away in her sleep due to complications from cancer.

 Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Northfield, Minnesota. Interment of her ashes will be at Oaklawn Cemetery in Northfield. Visitation will be at her home at 823 Mayflower Ct., Northfield, on Friday February 16, 2018, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.northfieldfuneral.com

Samuel Allen Parker (11th Co) (2/3/18)

Samuel Allen  Parker, age 82 of Westerville, Ohio passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2017. He was born in Barberton, Ohio on May 23, 1935 to the late Theodore and Marion Parker. Sam was a proud veteran of the US Navy, serving as a Lieutenant JG. He was a graduate of the US Naval Academy of Annapolis where he was the goalie for the National Championship winning soccer team. He was retired from AT&T (formerly Ohio Bell) after 31 years of dedicated service. Sam also loved to travel with his wife and children. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Nancy Parker; children, Betsy Parker, Beth (Craig) Allen, Brian (Belinda) Parker, and Leigh "Buffie" (Alan) Bringman; as well as 11 grandchildren. Per Sam's request, no services will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association and Grace Hospice in memory of Samuel A. Parker.

 Please visit www.schoedinger.com to sign our online guestbook and share special memories of Sam. 

Bruce McCandless II (19th Co) (12/23/17)

Update 13 Jan 2018


     Bruce McCandless II ‘58 

          Captain Bruce McCandless II, USN (Ret.) of Conifer, CO, died on December 21.

                    Bruce was born on June 8, 1937 in Boston, and graduated from Woodrow Wilson Senior High School in Long Beach, California. He entered the Naval Academy in 1954 and graduated with the 19th Company receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1958.  He flew from 1960 to 1964 as a fighter pilot in the Skyray and the F-4B Phantom II from USS FORRESTAL and USS ENTERPRISE.  He received a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1965.  In April of 1966, he was selected by NASA to join the astronaut corps. He is remembered in a NASA photograph, flying alongside the space shuttle in the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU)—the first astronaut to fly untethered.  He served as Mission Control communicator for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's moonwalk on the Apollo 11 mission, and participated in launching the Hubble Space Telescope. He received an MBA from the University of Houston at Clear Lake City in 1987.  Awards Bruce received are the Legion of Merit (1988); the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal (1985); the NASA Exceptional Service Medal (1974); the American Astronautical Society Victor A. Prather Award (1975 & 1985); the National Aeronautic Association Collier Trophy (1985); the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum Trophy (1985); the U.S. Naval Academy Distinguished Graduate Award (2011).  He holds a patent for designing a tool tethering system used during shuttle spacewalks.

          Bruce enjoyed computer technology, travel, and the care and feeding of injured and orphaned owls, hawks, a loon, and a porcupine. Bruce is survived by his wife, Ellen Shields McCandless; son, Bruce McCandless III and wife Patricia; daughter, Tracy McCandless; and grandchildren Emma Rose and Carson Clare McCandless; two sisters, Sue M. Woodridge and Rosemary V. McCandless; brother, Douglas M. McCandless; stepson Steve Shields and wife Sandra, and children Joshua, Jack, and Samantha; and stepdaughter Mari and husband Erik Johnson and children Chase, Cody, and Jessica. He was predeceased by his first wife of 53 years, the late Bernice Doyle McCandless.

          Bruce will be buried at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on January 16, 2018, with a funeral service commencing at 10:00 a.m. in the Naval Academy Chapel.

Bruce McCandless III and Thomas Gibbons ‘58               

Update 28 Dec 2017

- A viewing will be held on 15 January 2018 at the John Taylor Funeral Home at 147 Duke of Glouster St. in Annapolis from 1400-1600 and 1800-2000.

- A Memorial Service will be held at the Naval Academy Main Chapel on 16 January 2018 at 1000. Burial at the Naval Academy Cemetery will follow.

- A reception will follow the burial at either the Academy Club or at the Alumni House on King George St. Information concerning this event will be provided later.  

December 22, 2017 


Astronaut Bruce McCandless II Dies at 80
Former NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless II, mission specialist on the STS-41B and STS-31 missions, died Dec. 21, 2017, at the age of 80.

McCandless is perhaps best remembered as the subject of a famous NASA photograph flying alongside the space shuttle in the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) – the first astronaut to fly untethered from his spacecraft. His time as an astronaut encompassed much more than that mission, including serving as the mission-control communicator for Neil Armstrong's and Buzz Aldrin's moonwalk on the Apollo 11 mission.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bruce's family," said Robert Lightfoot, NASA's acting administrator. "He will always be known for his iconic photo flying the MMU."  

McCandless, a retired U. S. Navy captain, was one of the 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966. He was a member of the astronaut support crew for the Apollo 14 mission and was backup pilot for the first crewed Skylab mission. He flew as a mission specialist on two space shuttle missions. On STS-41B in 1984, he performed thefamous spacewalk and on STS-31 in 1990 he helped deploy the Hubble Space Telescope.  

Of his famous spacewalk, he wrote in 2015: "My wife [Bernice] was at mission control, and there was quite a bit of apprehension. I wanted to say something similar to Neil [Armstrong] when he landed on the moon, so I said, 'It may have been a small step for Neil, but it’s a heck of a big leap for me.' That loosened the tension a bit."  

Born June 8, 1937, in Boston, McCandless graduated from Woodrow Wilson Senior High School, Long Beach, California. He received a bachelor of science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1958, a master of science degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1965, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston at Clear Lake City in 1987.

He was a co-investigator on the M-509 astronaut maneuvering unit experiment flown in the Skylab Program and collaborated on the development of the MMU. He was responsible for crew inputs to the development of hardware and procedures for the Inertial Upper Stage (IUS), the Hubble Space Telescope, the Solar Maximum Repair Mission, and the Space Station Program. McCandless logged more than 312 hours in space, including four hours of flight time using the MMU.  

Among the awards and honors received by McCandless are the Legion of Merit (1988); Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal (1985); National Defense Service Medal; American Expeditionary Service Medal; NASA Exceptional Service Medal (1974); American Astronautical Society Victor A. Prather Award (1975 & 1985); NASA Space Flight Medal (1984); NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal (1985); National Aeronautic Association Collier Trophy (1985); Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum Trophy (1985). He was awarded one patent for the design of a tool tethering system that was used during shuttle spacewalks.

Captain McCandless was the son of the late Rear Admiral (USN) and Mrs. Bruce McCandless. Admiral McCandless received the Congressional Medal of Honor for the naval battle of Guadalcanal, December 12-13, 1942. He passed away in 1968. His paternal grandfather, Commodore (later Rear Admiral) Byron McCandless, USN, received the Navy Cross for World War I, and his maternal grandfather, Captain Willis Winter Bradley, USN, was the first recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor in World War I.  

Capt. McCandless is survived by his wife, Ellen Shields McCandless of Conifer, Colorado; his son, Bruce McCandless III of Austin, Texas, and his wife, Patricia; his daughter, Tracy McCandless, of Islamorada, Florida, and two granddaughters, Emma Rose and Carson Clare McCandless of Austin. He is also survived by a brother, Douglas M. McCandless of Washington, D.C.; and two sisters, Sue M. Woodridge of Texas, and Rosemary V. McCandless of Dallas, Texas.  

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Donald Walter Harris (7th Co)

DONALD W. HARRIS March 25, 1935 – November 28, 2017

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our father Donald Harris. He was a true gentleman with impeccable taste, sharp wit and a big heart. He is survived by his children Kyle, Ryan and Madigan, his daughter-in-law Anne, son-in-law Greg and five Grandchildren- Dylan, Abigail, Augustus, James, and Mia, and Mia’s mother Yurika Harris.

Born in Chicago on March 25, 1935, Don was raised by Margaret Ryan, a single mother living with severe scoliosis. He referred to his mother as the “sweetest woman I ever knew.” From humble beginnings as “the only Irish kid in an Italian neighborhood on the Southside of Chicago,” Don got tough to survive. Reflecting on growing up below the poverty line he once said, “I didn’t know we were poor because no one told me that we were poor.” As a teen he worked on construction sites with his two brothers Tom and Rich, for their father, Raney Harris.

After being thrown out of three schools, Don finally found his passion playing football. During his senior year at Austin High School, Don played Center and was co-captain of the football team. Austin won the Chicago All-City High School Football Championship, beating out 30 other high schools. He credits the team’s sensational running back, Abe Woodson, one of the nation’s top football recruits, with attracting the college scouts that ultimately noticed Don’s on-field performance which led to him being recruited to play football for the U.S. Naval Academy – a life changing event.

While playing football for the U.S. Naval Academy, Don studied engineering and learned the importance of character, honor and making your bed first thing in the morning. The bonds he forged with his classmates ran deeper than mere friendship and endured to the day of his passing. He would say that the military opened the World to him both geographically and psychologically. In 1958, Navy ended the season 6-3 with a big win in the post season against Rice at the Cotton Bowl Classic with a score of Navy 20 Rice 7.

After graduating in 1958 with a B.S. in Engineering, he took his commission in the United States Air Force where he became a Navigator/Bombardier in the B-47 Stratojet. Stationed at March Air Force Base in Riverside California, Don fell in love with California and would call it home for the rest of his life.

 After leaving the military, Don went on to earn an MBA at UCLA. It was there that he met his wife Denise Nee and began his family. Don would later become a confirmed bachelor while remaining a loving hands-on father.

 After making a name for himself as a management consultant for Peat Marwick he formed Mental Health Management, Inc. Through his companies, Don owned and operated a skilled nursing care facility serving the mentally ill. Canyon Manor has 89-beds and is located in Novato, CA. Don attributed the long-running success of Canyon Manor to his mentor Ben Lane, his Administrator Richard Evatz, who is now in his 41st year, and the loyal staff who treat patients like family. Don’s legacy continues through his hildren who are committed to continuing the important work of Canyon Manor well into the future. Don also co-founded X2Y Attenuators, LLC in 1996 with his dear friend and fellow USNA football player  Tony Anthony.

Don never owned any stocks and didn’t have a 401K or IRA. When asked by a Certified Financial Planner if he had a “retirement plan,” Don replied, “you’re looking at him.” 

Throughout his adult life, Don studied religion, philosophy, psychology, and the language of dreams. He was fond of C.G. Jung and James Kirsch in that regard. Don’s library was “storied” as he seemed to have a book to cover every topic. He claimed, on occasion, that he had read every book he owned. Perhaps this is how he became the wordsmith we all knew him to be. He was also a talented sketch artist and clay sculptor. When asked why he didn’t own a Rolex watch he replied, “I wear my adornments on my soul.”

 In his personal life, Don was incredibly generous with his time and resources. As a father, he redefined what being supportive means. Always encouraging us to follow our dreams and passions, helping however he could to get us there. To others, he was known for his sage advice and offers of help in some form or fashion. He was a loving Godfather to Will McGregor and he was Papa Don to many, many more than just his own kids. Don always invited our childhood friends to come on ski trips to Lake Tahoe and even went so far as to rent a big van to hold everyone. Don welcomed countless visitors from all over the world and not only put them up, but often toured them around Los Angeles as well. Anyone that ever rode in Don’s car knows that it could be a hair-raising experience.

 Don showed few signs of slowing down in his old age. Well into his late seventies and early eighties Don could be found zip lining through the rain forest in Costa Rica, fishing off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, sliding down waterslides at the Disney hotel in Oahu, dressing up as a knight at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, or riding roller coasters at Disneyland and the Santa Monica Pier with his six-year-old granddaughter.

 The twinkle in Don’s eyes, his keen sense of style, his razor-sharp wit, and his love of spending time over a good meal with friends and family (providing you let him pick up the tab) stayed with him until the end.

 It was reported that Don used to whisper into the ears of his friends that were on the verge of passing on, “You’re about to embark on an incredible adventure.” The time for Don to embark on his own incredible adventure came on November 28, 2017. He died in his sleep with family by his side after a sudden and catastrophic health issue.

 As a celebration of Don's amazing life, his family is opening “The Harris Hilton” once again to host classmates, friends, and family members to honor Don’s life and pay our final respects. The event will be catered by Il Forno, Don’s favorite restaurant for over 30 years. His urn will be at the event.

 When: January 20th, 2018 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
 Where:1812 Navy Street in Santa Monica, CA 90405
 Who: Anyone that RSVP’s by January 8th.
 RSVP: http://evite.me/jxQNB11BSz

 In February 2018, in a private ceremony, Don’s urn will be interred at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary, a stonesthrow from Marilyn Monroe’s final resting place. Anyone interested in visiting can get the precise location by mentioning Don’s name at the park Office.

 We have also set up a photo sharing wall for you to upload your favorite shots of yourself with Don Harris – a virtual remembrance wall. Our hope is that we will discover new photos of Don with his extended family and friends that we did not know about.


 Warm Regards, Kyle, Ryan and and Madigan


Charles Wilson Larzelere III (20th Co) (12/7/17)

Charles Wilson Larzelere III (Capt. USN, Ret.), 83 passed away peacefully at home with his wife Marie at his side December 1, 2017. Chuck was born April 1, 1934 in New London, CT to Charles W. Larzelere, Jr (USCG, Ret.) and Marjorie Robb Larzelere.  Chuck and Marie were childhood sweethearts married for 59 years.  Chuck graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1958 and went off to Pensacola, FL for flight training, flying both Fixed Wing and Jet Aircraft.  Chuck and Marie would eventually move a total of 17 times throughout his career.

Chuck attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI and received his Master’s Degree in Political Science from George Washington University in Washington, DC.  He was a highly decorated Naval officer receiving the Legion of Merit Award and many other commendations during his 30 year Naval career.  The proudest achievement of his Naval Aviation career as Commanding Officer of VRF-31, Norfolk, VA was flying the last operational seaplane (P-5 Marlin) to the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fl where it all began.

Chuck leaves behind his wife Marie, two daughters Marjorie Lynn Cromwell and Christina Marie Heath, his brother Alexander Robb Larzelere (Capt. USCG, Ret.) and wife Rita. Also, sons in law J.  Mark Cromwell and Frederick T. Heath, Jr., four grandchildren Frederick Theodore Heath III (Debra), Devon Christopher Heath (Bethany), Joshua Charles Cromwell (Nicole), and Chelsea Marie Cromwell; three great-children Milan McClary Heath, Piper McHugh Heath, and Joshua Holden Cromwell.   Chuck was preceded in death by his two sons Charles Wilson Larzelere IV and Christopher John Larzelere.  Chuck also leaves behind many loving family members and friends. 

Funeral Services with full military honors will be held on December 8, 2017 at 11:00am at H.D. Oliver Apts, Laskin Road Chapel, Virginia Beach.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org)  

“Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of.”  

                High Flight, John Gillespie Magee, Jr

Merrita Luna Jackson (Wife of Ed Jackson 5th Co) (12/4/17)

Merrita Luna Jackson, 79, of Grant, died Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 in Huntsville. Mrs. Jackson was a hairdresser in Huntsville for many years and a long member of Honeycomb Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Edward Jackson; daughter, Rhonda Gentle (Mark Doyle); son, Mark Parsons; stepdaughters, Sheryl Cosgrove (Don), Lee Ann Daniel (Joseph) and Terry Ivey (Paul); brother, Clarence Luna (Evelyn); numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Visitation was held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 11th, at Laughlin Service Funeral Home.  The funeral service  followed at 2:00 p.m. with Brother Patrick Hammett and Brother Billy Short officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.

Julius Phelps  Guinn (3rd Co) (11/1817)

Update 11/29/17

Longtime Henry County Circuit Court Judge, Julian Phelps Guinn, age 84 of Paris, TN, died Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, TN. Julian graduated from Henry High School and began work for the railroad. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy [entered USNA] in 1954. He graduated in 1958 with a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Naval Academy. Following his service as a naval officer, he entered the University of Tennessee in 1962 and graduated from law school with his juris doctor degree in 1965. Right after his graduation from law school, he entered into law practice in Paris with Aaron C. Brown Jr. and Aaron C. Brown Sr. and then worked a 13-year partnership with W. Brown Hawley II. In 1984, he began his Circuit Court Judgeship for the 24th Judicial District and retired from his seat in 2006. Julian was born August 9, 1933, in Detroit, MI, to the late James Isham Guinn and the late Hallie Mae Phelps Guinn. He was married December 30, 1959, to Cynthia Ann Dodd Guinn, who preceded him in death on October 20, 2017. He is survived by one daughter, Tracy Guinn of Anchorage, AK; three sons, Matt (Chardonnay) Guinn of Springville, TN, Mark (Katie) Guinn of Ruston, LA, and James Allen Dodd Guinn of Martin, TN; one sister, Sandra Clay of Los Angeles, CA; and three grandchildren, Jacob Thomas Guinn of Atlanta, GA, Darby Halligan Guinn of Atlanta, GA, and Julian Dodd Guinn of Springville, TN. Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN. The body is to be cremated. Memorial visitation will be Saturday, December 16, 2017, from 2:00 pm 5:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with the memorial service to begin at 5:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to St. John's Community Service. Julian and Cynthia's youngest son, James, has been a long time member of the St. John's Community. Julian and Cynthia have organized numerous efforts to support St. John's over the years, and the family wishes to continue that tradition. Donations may be addressed to: St. John's Community Service ATTN: Doug Clark 50 Volunteer Blvd Jackson, TN 38305 

Cynthia Ann Guinn (Wife of Jub Guinn (3rd Co) (11/29/17)

Cynthia Ann Guinn, age 80, of Paris, TN, died October 20, 2017, at the Paris Healthcare and Rehab Center. Born February 6, 1936, in Bowling Green, KY, she was the daughter of the late Sarah Smith Dodd and the late Allen Dodd, Sr.  She married Julian Guinn December 20, 1959, who survives. Cynthia retired from the State of Tennessee, where she worked in the education field. She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. Along with her husband,  survivors include a daughter: Tracy Guinn of Anchorage, AK;  three sons: Mark(Katie) Guinn of Ruston, LA;  Matt (Chardonnay) Guinn of Springville, TN; James Allen Dodd Guinn of Martin, TN,  a sister:   Rose Ellen Allen of Louisville, KY and a brother:  Allen L. Dodd of Bowling Green, KY. Additional survivors include four grandchildren: Jacob Don Thomas Guinn of Atlanta, GA, Darby Halligan Guinn of Atlanta, GA and Julian Dodd Guinn of Springville, TN. Arrangements to be announced at a later date.

James L. Buchanan II (24th Co) (11/10/17)

JAMES L. “BUCKY” BUCHANAN II, 74, of Las Vegas, passed away the evening of Nov. 7, 2009. He was born May 28, 1935, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and resided and practiced law in Las Vegas for over 40 years.

He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy on 4 June 1958 with a Bachelor of Science Degree.  While never a model of classic Naval Academy discipline, “Bucky” was a favorite among his classmates because of his energy, high spirit, adventuresome personality, and an unyielding attitude of “don’t sweat the system too much”.  He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, and was sent to the Nevada Test Site to analyze the destruction factor on the atomic bomb. Knowing this would never be enough to raise a family and having friends who were attorneys, he decided to go to law school, graduating from SMU in 1965.  He passed the Nevada Bar in 1965, worked as a prosecutor for five years and opened his own law firm in 1970 representing many people in all facets of law.  He never missed a day at the courthouse and, although he was always late, he was running on “Bucky” time.

He served on the UNLV Board of Regents for two terms and was honored with the dedication of the Buchanan Natatorium at UNLV on June 12, 1981. He was also a huge fan and longtime supporter of UNLV athletics, contributing annually to their athletic and scholarship programs.

He was the star in his own reality TV series “Las Vegas Law".  He was also an avid big game hunter and a huge part of the Safari Club. He was production manager and legal counsel for the TV series "Buckaroo 500" from 1965 to 1972.  He, himself, was the "preacher" in Smokey and the Bandit II and still receives royalties for its running.

He is survived by his wife, Gianna Orlandi; sister, Ann Glunt of Virginia Beach, Virginia; daughter and son-in-law, Christy and Griff Reid of Sacramento, California; daughter and son-in-law, Misty and Joseph Wykes of Marblehead, Massachusetts; sons, JJ Buchanan at The Coachman's Inn, and Jack Buchanan, Esq.; granddaughters, Ashley and Genevieve; grandsons, Johnny B. and Jack; and his dog, Court.

Funeral services were held on 13 November 2009 at the Palm Mortuary-Downtown in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Larry Edward Kaufman (18th  Co)

April 13, 1936 - October 25, 2017

 Captain Larry E. Kaufman, U.S. Navy (Ret.), age 81, of Bluffton, SC died Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at his home.

Captain Kaufman was born on April 13, 1936 in Tamaqua, PA, the son of the late Edward and Anna Kaufman. He began his formal education at Wyoming Seminary and continued to the United States Naval Academy where he graduated in 1958. While attending the Academy he played football until an early knee injury put him on the sidelines; then he took to the track and field and lettered three of the four years. His overall athleticism earned him a spot in the Carbon County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. After graduating from the Academy, he earned his master degree in physics in Monterey, CA. Larry was a 30 year veteran of the United States Navy rising to the rank of Captain. During his distinguished military tenure he served three tours in Vietnam as an attack pilot and was a recipient of many service and commendation medals to include but not limited to the Gallantry Cross; Meritorious Service; Navy Commendation; Air Medal; Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star. Larry served as program manager and was awarded the Daedalian Weapon System Award on behalf of the High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) project in 1983. Following his honorable discharge he worked with Sherikon Inc, retiring as Vice President in Northern Virginia.

Larry was preceded in death by his first wife of 25 years, Mary Ann Kaufman (1983). He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Sylvia Lesiak Kaufman; children, Regina Naugle (Matthew), Todd Kaufman (Carolyn), Michelle Kaufman (Jim Carr), and Steven Lesiak; and grandchildren, Bryan, Courtney, and Lauren Naugle, Kyle and Michael Kaufman, Samantha Carr, and Alexandria Ladlee.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 3, 2017, at Church of the Palms, 1425 Okatie Highway, Okatie, SC 29909.

A funeral service with full military honors will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to either Church of the Palms Building Fund, www.palmsumc.org, 1425 Okatie Highway, Okatie, SC 29909.

Sylvia may be reached at their home address in Bluffton or at sylviaandlarry@sc.rr.com


John Patrick Ferriter (Non Grad) (10/25/17)

From Lou Shane:

John Patrick Ferriter - known as Jack to most- was born April 19, 1937, at Georgetown University Hospital, the son of Rear Admiral Charles A. Ferriter, and Ann (Flanigan) Ferriter.

From an early age, Jack was known as a merry prankster, a stalwart athlete, and an inquisitive intellect. He attended the United States Naval Academy (non-grad) and obtained Bachelor's and Master's degrees in psychology from the University of New Hampshire. It was while a student at UNH that Jack met the love of his life, Carol (Sweetser), whom he married in 1962, and who remained his steadfast partner in life until her death in 2003. Jack was famous for feats of prowess, such as swimming across the Piscataqua River from Seavey Island to Pierce Island, N.H. and back, diving from numerous high bridges, rowing from Rye, N.H to Portland in an open boat, and many other wonderful adventures.

Jack was a career professional employee of the Maine Department of Corrections, working as a staff psychologist for many years, principally at the state youth facilities in South Portland. His devotion to youthful offenders and to his coworkers was unwavering.

He will be greatly missed by his surviving family, and well-remembered by all who knew him. Ave Atque Vale!

A graveside service will be celebrated on Friday Sept. 29, 2017, 10 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, Stevens Avenue, Portland. Services are being handled by

Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home
199 Woodford St., Portland.
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Harold Lawrence Reeger  (8th Co) (9/20/17)

 Harold L. Reeger,  had a fatal heart attack on August 23.   No more info at this time.

Contact Info for Larry's Wife:

Janice Reeger (2jreeger@comcast.net).

John Cunningham Miller, Jr. (9th Co)

John Cunningham Miller Jr. of Prescott Valley, 80 passed away at home surrounded by family and love on 25 August 2017.  He lived life to its fullest, burdened in his final years with Alzheimer's Disease. John was born September 27, 1936 in St. Louis Missouri to John Sr. and Helen Margaret Early Miller. John was the Miller's only child.  The family moved several times in response to John Senior's job with U.S. Rubber (Uniroyal), settling for an extended period in White Plains, NY.

John played football at White Plains High School and also at United States Naval  Academy where he also played Lacrosse. He graduated with the class in 1958 as member of the 9th Company. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Academy and was subsequently commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

Following pilot training  at Bartow (Florida), Reese (Texas), and Stead Air Force Bases. He stayed on at Stead, near Reno, Nevada to instruct in helicopters. That assignment lasted for four years, and was followed by a short tour with the first Army before returning to civilian life in 1963. He left the U.S. Air Force at the rank of Captain. 

His civilian career began as an engineer with Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, PA, working there for two years. In 1965 he began a long association with AT&T, moving to Reno, Nevada to work for Bell Telephone of Nevada. John's career with the Bell System included two cross country transfers, first to Murray Hill, New Jersey, and then to San Francisco, California. Over time his responsibilities evolved from engineering to representing the company with various tax and regulatory agencies where his intelligence about people, low key nature, and sense of humor were assets. The organization of regional golf and tennis tournaments for his Bell System colleagues was an annual highlight. The announcements for these events, illustrated with whimsical cartoons drawn by John, became collectors items for his associates.  He retired from AT&T in 1989.

John had many passions and hobbies , among them golf (playing and watching), restoration of vintage automobiles, water color painting, wood carving, gardening, and his parakeets. He loved music and his taste ranged from Cal Tjader to Hank Williams. In later years he enjoyed word search puzzles with his wonderful caregivers.  John's family will always be grateful for the loving attention he received from the exceptional and devoted people from Home Instead and Home Care.

He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Sally Miller, daughters Laurie and Wendy Miller, sons Casey Adamich and John Miller III, and grand daughter Hillary Adamich. He will be greatly missed, but always remembered by those that loved him, especially best friend Bill Shadduck in Olympia.

Off you go into the wild blue yonder, Climbing high into the sun...

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, or Disabled American Veterans.

Margaret (Peggy) Tipton (Wife of JC Tipton (10th Co)) (8/8/17)

From Peggy and JC's Son, Chris:

My mother Margaret (Peggy) Tipton, widow of James Charles (JC) Tipton '58, passed peacefully on Friday morning, August 4th. She was 81. It was truly beautiful as her music therapist was there singing hymns. My sister Liz and I were both by her side, as was her aide for the last two years who had become like family for Peggy. She fought with Parkinson's Disease for the last few years. She did not suffer and she was able to talk with us by name until the final days. For that we are grateful.    

The burial will be at an undetermined time in the future at USNA where she will be laid to rest with JC. Peggy donated her body to the local University medical center (as did JC), so we are unsure of the timing.   

Warm regards,

CDR Chris Tipton, USNR-Retired (Class of 1990)
(972) 890-2350 

Chris Tipton <roantipton@gmail.com


Philip Walter Criswell (4th Co)

Lt. Col. Philip W. Criswell, USAF (Ret.) passed away on July 15, 2017 due to complications with pancreatic cancer. He was 83 years old. Born in Lexington, KY to a career Army officer, Phil was the youngest of three children. Phillip graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Washington, D.C. and did postgraduate studies at The Bullis School prior to entering the U.S. Naval Academy with a Presidential Appointment. He graduated from the Naval Academy with the Class of 1958 as a member of the Fourth Company. 

Philip  married Alice Martin Mott upon graduation and entered the U.S. Air Force. After flight training he had over nine years of operational experience in B-47s at MacDill AFB, FL and Plattsburg AFB, NY to include deployment to Morocco during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After obtaining a Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University in 1967, he served in Vietnam in RF-4s at Tan Son Nhut AB during the Tet Offensive and also as a staff officer at HQ 7th Air Force. He flew over 200 combat missions while in Vietnam. His decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters.

 Following his tour in Vietnam, he was on the staff at HQ 3rd RA at RAF South Ruislip and RAF Mildenhall, England as a logistic plans specialist. Upon returning to the United States, he was operational with B-52 aircraft at Barksdale, LA, and commanded a Field Maintenance Squadron - the largest maintenance squadron in the Air Force at that time. Following assignment with the Office of Inspector General, his final assignment was at HQ USAF (Pentagon) in Washington, D.C. in the Directorate of Logistic Plans. Upon retirement from the Air Force in 1981 he was employed as a defense contractor by the Analytical Science Corporation (TASC) and Titan Corporation as a senior manager. He was a private consultant for various companies before retiring again in 1995.

Philip was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Revolution, the Huguenot Society and a lifetime member of the USNAA. He served as Fourth Company Representative for many years. Phillip's sister, Barbara (deceased) was the wife of Herbert M. Neustdadt, former professor of Electrical Engineering at USNA for over thirty years. The Neustandt's sponsored numerous midshipmen for many years including their nephew, Philip Jr. (USNA Class 0f 1985). Phillip's brother Howard (deceased) was a WWII B-17 crew member and a great follower of sports at USNA. Phillip is survived by his wife of 59 years, Alice, two sons, Phillip Jr. and Andrew, and seven grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on 11 August 2017 at 2:00 pm at Founder's Hall, Falcons Landing, Sterling VA 20165. Inurnment at Arlington Cemetery will occur in a few months.


William Stamps Howard III (15th Co)(7/14/17)

Update 8/5/17

From Beth Howard (Stamps' Daughter-in-law) 

Hi Everyone,  

Wanted to touch base and let you know that we have finalized plans for my father-in-law, Stamp’s Interment at Arlington.    

-  Thursday, August 10 - 8:30a.m. arrival time at Administration Building, Arlington Cemetery.  

Everyone needs to  arrive by then please.  

Immediately following Ceremony - Reception will be held at:

Fort Myer Patton Hall

214 Jackson Avenue

Fort Myer, VA 22211

The reception is on the Military post just across from Arlington Cemetery.  For those without Military ID’s please bring your driver’s license.  Drivers without Military ID’s will need to go to the Hatfield Gate which may take a little longer to get on base.  Drivers with military ID’s can go to any gate and sponsor anyone in their vehicle.   Once you arrive on base, please go to address above and park in lot.  In the building you will be directed to the correct room.

Any questions, please either email us back or you can reach my husband Rick on his cell 410.279.3068 or myself at 410.456.4886.  

Thanks!  Beth

Elizabeth Howard



Update 8/2/17

 William Stamps Howard will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on  Thursday, August 10th at 9:00 a.m.   A reception to follow at Ft. Myer.


William Stamps Howard III died peacefully on 7 July after a long battle with Lewy Body Dimentia.

Stamps was a 26 year veteran who served aboard USS Essex, USS Topeka, USS Dewey and at the US Embassy in Rome, Italy before transitioning to the Naval Intelligence Community.  As an Intelligence specialist he held a variety of positions until retirement as the Chief, Military Operations Division at the Defense Intelligence Agency. After retirement he was employed by BDM International as a Logistics Director.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; children: Stamps Howard IV, Carolyn McCombs, Rick Howard and Mary Marcoccio; grandchildren: Semus, Will, Alicia, Scott, Caroline, Allie, Trish, Marypat, Dominick, Eric and Ben. He will be sorely missed.

 The family will receive friends from 7 - 9 pm, 28 July 2017 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Denbigh Chapel.   A funeral mass will be held for Stamps in Newport News  at 11 am 29 July 2017 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church .and his interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Richard Scruggs Anderson, Jr. (8th Co) (9/14/16)

Update 8/2/17

Richard Scruggs Anderson Jr.  will be interned with full honors  at Arlington National Cemetery on August 7th at 11:00a.m.

Updated Obituary (8/2/17)

CAPT Richard Scruggs Anderson Jr. (USN Ret.) passed away, on September 1st, 2016 of heart failure, at INOVA Lansdowne Hospital in Leesburg, VA. He was born on, May 27th ,1935, in St. Louis, Missouri. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Ludwig Anderson, and four remaining children, Pamela Anderson Schippers (Myron), Deborah Anderson Dickerson (Tod), Richard Scruggs Anderson, III, and Heather Anderson Cleary (Gregg) and his five grandchildren, Myron Schippers Jr., Patrick Schippers, Kennedy Dickerson, Griffen Dickerson, and Meghan Cleary. He was preceded in death by his youngest son, Heath Lisle Anderson.  

He graduated from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD as a member of the class of 1958. Prior to the Naval Academy he attended the University of Missouri, School of Mines and Metallurgy. He earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Oceanography, from Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, graduated from the Naval War College in Newport, RI and finally attended George Mason University School of Law, and was awarded a Juris Doctorate Degree in 1989.  

Following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, he served as a Deck Division Officer aboard the USS Helena (CA75). He then entered the Naval Submarine Service, graduating from Basic Submarine Officers School in 1960. He qualified as a Submarine Officer aboard the USS Crevalle (SS291). He then served as the Chief Engineer on the USS Tigrone (SS419), Operations Officer and Navigator aboard the USS Blenny (SS324), Executive Officer of the USS Corporal (SS346) and the Weapons Officer aboard the commissioning crew of the USS George C. Marshall (SSBN654), a fleet ballistic missile submarine. He returned to the USS Corporal in 1972, as the Commanding Officer for operations in the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea. Following his command at sea he reported for duty as the Chief Staff Officer at Submarine Squadron Ten, a nuclear powered attack submarine squadron in New London, CT.  

As part of his Naval career he participated in the US Navy Deep Submergence Program involved in the exploration of the deep ocean. He prepared the initial draft of the Naval Warfare Publication (NWP) on Deep Ocean Search, Inspection and Recovery. He was the 37th person to qualify as a Deep Submergence Vehicle Operator and the 1st Operations Officer for Submarine Development Group One in San Diego, CA. He participated in the initial sea trials of the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicles (DSRV) and piloted the DSRV’s Turtle and Sea Cliff, during deep ocean exploration and recovery operations.  

After almost 20 years of sea duty, Captain Anderson, reported to the Pentagon, in the Long Range Planning Staff for the Chief of Naval Operations. Then assigned as a Special Assistant for Joint Matters on the staff of the Director of the Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff. During his active duty he was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal in addition to various unit and campaign medals.  

Following his retirement from active military duty, he served as a civilian employee of the Department of the Navy, and was awarded the Navy Civilian Meritorious Service Medal, and his organization was awarded two Navy Meritorious Unit Commendations. At the time he finally retired in 2003 he had served the Navy, in active duty and civilian service, for over 40 years. In addition, he volunteered to serve as a judge for the International Submarine Races, biannual races, at the Carderock Division of Naval Service Warfare Center, Potomac, Maryland for over 20 years

He moved after retirement to Purcellville, VA, where he and his son, Richard the III, joined the American Legion Post 293, and settled into a happy retirement. Throughout his life he had a fondness for basset hounds and bloodhounds, and with his wife bred and rescued hounds for over 50 years. Most recently, in a change of pace, they acquired a pair of Labradoodles, brother and sister, Daisy and Buster, whose antics and companionship, made the bucolic life in Purcellville, a daily enjoyment. He welcomed all into his home, and spent many enjoyable days regaling eager friends and family with his “sea” stories and continuing his long tradition of mentoring Naval Officers. He was well loved, served his country and family with honor and quiet dignity, always a gentleman, he will be missed.  

Service for Capt. Richard S. Anderson, Jr. (US Navy Ret.) were held on September 13th, at 11:00a.m. at Hall Funeral Home, 140 Nursery, Purcellville, VA 20132. A reception will followed at Loudoun Golf and Country Club, Purcellville, VA 20132. Donations in his name should be made to the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.    

Richard Louis Beam (21st Co) (7/14/17)

RICHARD L. BEAM, 83, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 6, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was born in Roann in 1934 and graduated from Roann High School. He received an honorable discharge from the Army, then entered the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He received his B.S. from Manchester College in 1958 and M.A. from Ball State University in 1959. He later studied at Washington University in St. Louis from 1960 to 1962. He taught both physics and mathematics at Tri State College and worked for the Army Corps. of Engineers afterwards, then taught at the University of St. Francis. He was employed by Magnavox and retired from ITT as a scientific computer programmer in 1995. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church and the St. Vincent de Paul Society where he was active with the missions donation. He was a past member and president of the Foster Park Lions Club. He was also a dedicated pheresis donor. Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Evelyn; sons, Bob (Bonnie) and Jon (Teri); grandchildren, Tony, Jesse (Jenn), Isaac, and Martina; and sister, Sandra Bartlett of Greentown, Ind. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Delta Beam; brothers, Eugene and Edward; and sisters, Marjorie Gidley and Edna Dyson. Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4500 Fairfield Ave., with visitation one hour prior. Visitation also from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 10, 2017, at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Road, with a Rosary service at 4 p.m. Burial in the Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for Masses, the Northeast Indiana Cancer Society or Matthew 25. www.klaehnfahlmeltonfunerals.com  

John Cobb (2nd Co)  7/11/17

John  died on 7 March 2017 of esophageal cancer.  No further info at this time.

Ronald  Woodrow Wright (11th Co) (7/7/17)

Update 7/14/17

Ron Wright departed this life, June 24, 2017, in Grass Valley, CA. He was born September 18, 1936, in Coffeyville, Oklahoma, and was later raised in Kansas City, Kansas. Ron graduated from Turner High School in 1954. He then received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, and graduated in 1958. Shortly afterward he married Connie, whom he met at a sailing regatta in Annapolis. Ron was then commissioned as a Marine Corps officer and received basic training in Quantico, Virginia. Upon graduation he was assigned to the Marine Base in 29 Palms, California, where his first two children were born. His next assignment was to the Marine Barracks in Subic Bay, Philippines, where the family lived for two years, enjoying trips to Hong Kong and Japan, provided by the military. Ron then returned to 29 Palms for a year before his admittance to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he studied electronics. His primary hobby was photography and he took many photos while in Europe and various U.S. cities while accompanying Connie on her trips to business conferences.

His other main interest was sailing and he sailed in San Francisco Bay on his 27-foot boat for nine years. He was also interested in local politics and served on the local school board. Meanwhile, he spent many hours participating in his children's many activities and sporting events and took many camping trips with the family. In 1976 Ron graduated from Santa Clara University, obtaining a juris doctor degree from the law school. He was asked by a friend to work in Washington, D.C., and the family moved to that area, where he worked in the Justice Department and at the Credit Union Administration.

Six years later the family returned to the West Coast, settling in Santa Cruz, California, where Ron installed the first computers in the local school district. He continued to travel, visiting Australia, New Zealand, and many towns in Mexico. Later he opened a small travel agency, giving sightseeing tips to prospective travelers.

His next move was to the Seattle area, where he worked on computer systems for Litton, a transportation agency, for seven years. He was introduced to kayaking by a local group and enjoyed trips to Canada. Finally, he moved to Grass Valley, where he enjoyed retirement, kayaking on many out-of-town and local lakes and hiking on the numerous local trails. He also took guitar and art lessons. He joined the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains and worked on numerous projects. He also served as a driver for the Interfaith Food Ministry.

Ron is survived by his wife, Connie and four children, Ron Jr., Patrick, Marcia and Chris, as well as five grandchildren, Michaela, Sarah, Alex, Mary and Madeline.

A private service will be at the Wright home.


Richard Douglas  Rogers (20th Co) (6/23/17)

Dear Classmates,

Since many of you have already gotten the word about his death I was holding off until I had more info...obit, funeral info, etc. But since I have not received it I will simply mention that Dick died on 19 June.. Many classmates heard about it because Rush Limbaugh, his son-in-law, mentioned it on his broadcast the next day.

I will send more when I have it.


Jay Allen Rower (10th Co) (6/6/17)

US Navy retired Commander Jay Rower, 83, of Spotsylvania County passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at his home.

He was a pilot in the US Navy and retired as a Commander after 21 years of service.

Jay is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Peggy; daughters, Karen Stinson, Susan Martin and her husband, David, Kimberly Brandts and her husband, Kirk; son, John Rower and his wife, Chris; four grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial gathering will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, 10719 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg. Inurnment will be in Quantico National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Jay’s family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.

Condolences to his family may be shared online at foundandsons.com.


William Woods Cotterman (6th Co) (6/6/17)

William Woods Cotterman, age 81 passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017. William is survived by his wife Kennethe Payne Cotterman; son, John Poe; daughters, Lisa Cotterman (Gerald Green), Kay Cotterman, and Dana CottermWilliam Woods Cottermanan Levy (Benjamin). He was preceded in death by his son, William Robert Cotterman. An appointee to the US Naval Academy, William served in the Naval Reserve. William earned a Bachelor of Science from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1958, Master of Science from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1963, and Doctor of Philosophy from Georgia State University in 1969. William founded the Computer Information Systems Department at Georgia State University and was its first full time Chairman. He also served as Professor and Chair Emeritus of Computer Information Systems at Georgia State University. Bill wrote seven books and a number of articles on information systems-related subjects and one book of historical non-fiction. William worked in many countries in the Middle East and lived in the area for a total of three years. In 1973, he took a leave of absence to work in Kuwait on an input-output analysis of the economy that led eventually to the establishment of Kuwait's national accounts. Subsequent assignments in the Middle East came from USIA, United Nations Development Programme, National Science Foundation, and American University in Beirut Services Corporation, in addition to private companies. President Carter appointed him to a Committee on White House Information Systems to analyze and make recommendations on the use of computers and information technology within the Executive Office of the President. He continued to study Arabic and remained an ardent traveler. Bill was a volunteer with Hospice Atlanta, since 1990. He was a member of the Association Computing Machinery (regional representative 1976-1980), and the Appalachian Trail Club. Bill and Kenneth have been active supporters of the Task Force of the Homeless. Services will be held on Saturday, June 3 at 1:00 pm at Shallowford Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Shallowford Presbyterian Church. A.S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 2, 2017


Byron Schriver, Jr. (24th Co)

Byron Schriver passed away Friday, May 5. His funeral will be at St. James United Methodist Church on Wednesday, May 10.

Byron's online guest book may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com


Carlos Augusto Hernandez (24th Co)) (4/23/17/)

Carlos Hernandez passed away on April 21,2017.  The details for his funeral are as follows:

Monday, April 24, 4.00PM-6:00PM - Viewing 1

Pierce Funeral Home

9609 Center St.

Manassas, VA 20110

Phone:  703-257-6028

                 The last 20 minutes will be prayer and eulogy.

 Tuesday, April 25, 6:00PM-8:00PM – Viewing 2

Pierce Funeral Home

9609 Center St.

Manassas, VA 20110

Phone:  703-257-6028

                 The last 20 minutes will be prayer and eulogy.

 Thursday, April 27, 10:30AM-11:30AM – Funeral Service

Holy Trinity Catholic Church

8213 Linton Hall Rd

Gainesville, VA 20155

Phone: 703-753-6700

 Thursday, April 27, 1:00PM-2:00PM - Internment

Quantico National Cemetery

18424 Joplin Rd.

Triangle, VA 22172

Phone: 703-221-2183

 Saturday, April 29

12:00-2:00PM – Private Luncheon

2:00-4:00PM – Celebration Luncheon

Dunbarton Clubhouse

9600 Craighill Dr

Bristow, VA  20136

Phone:  703-530-9600

 Important Numbers

Sonia Hernandez

Home 703-330-1297

Mobile 703-474-0599

Liz Hernandez

Mobile 571-213-8894

Royce Hernandez

 Mobile 240-423-2670

Vivian Hernandez

 Mobile 317-502-4191


Hector Medina (23rd Co) (3/12/17)

Dear Classmates,

We have just learned of Hector's death on 9/16/2016. We have not been in touch with Hector for several years. If anyone has please let me and Jack Pierce (23rd Co. Rep) know anything that you have. His last known address was in Huntsville, AL.


Linda Tillman (Wife of  Dick Tillman (1st Co) (3/12/17))

Update 3/15/17- See Eulogies For Linda Tillman

Update 3/14/17 

Linda Tillman, wife of Dick(1st Co.) died from complications following surgery for brain tumors.  She had brain tumors about 3 years ago which were successfully, surgically removed.  They returned last year and the decision was to operate again or they would be terminal.  She was operated on at Mayo Clinic last October in Jacksonville but never really recovered.  She lingered at home until a week or so ago and then went into hospice.  I think she died on  the 28th of Feb. 

The following is from Dick: 

Linda’s Memorial Service will be on Thursday, March 9 at 10:00 am at the Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in Satellite Beach, Florida.  Our family will be receiving friends on Wednesday March 8, 4-6 pm at the Beach Funeral Home, 1689 S. Patrick Dr., Indian Harbor Beach. Updated information can be found on www.BeachFuneralHome.com. A Celebration of Life for Linda will be planned at Lake Wawasee, Syracuse, Indiana this summer. In lieu of flowers, any contribution may be made to a charity of your choice, in her memory, or directed to Wuesthoff Hospice House, 661 Eyster Blvd. Rockledge, FL 32955, the Melbourne Yacht Club, or the Wawasee Yacht Club (attn: Steve Wolfer).

The girls and I wish to thank all who have sent prayers, condolences and well wishes to the family.


Dick, Laurie, Libbie, and Susan


Ernest Paul Herner (20th Co)  (7/18/17)

 updated from Pete Russell  7/28/19)

Ernest Paul Herner Jr. passed away on 18 February 2017 in Portland, OR. 

“Paul” was born on 22 June 1936, in Pomona, CA, the son of Ernest Paul Herner Sr. and Francis Eugenia Adams. He graduated from Covina Union High School in 1954, and entered the Naval Academy by congressional appointment as a member of the Class of 1958, 20th Company. 

Upon graduation, Paul was commissioned as an ensign and served two years aboard Epperson (DDE-719) as communications officer and navigator.  He then served on the staff of Destroyer Squadron Five as communications officer.  In 1962, Paul was assigned to the staff of Joint Task Force 8 on Christmas Island in the Pacific, supporting nuclear testing in Operation Dominic, which studied the effects of atmospheric nuclear detonations as potential defense against ballistic missiles.  He resigned his commission in 1962 as a lieutenant.

Paul joined the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon as an engineer, designing logging roads and campgrounds in the Oregon Cascade Mountains for a year.  He spent the next three years as an engineer for the Oregon State Highway Department, administering construction of highway routes, including Interstate 5. In 1968, Paul joined the U.S. Department of Energy Bonneville Power Administration, responsible for heavy equipment field services for the high voltage transmission grid covering Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Western Montana.  He became a professional engineer and served on the board of directors for the local Government Engineers Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Paul retired in 1994 after 35 years’ service in the Navy and federal government. The grandeur of the Northwest led him toward an avocation of backpacking and winter downhill skiing and eventually, mountain climbing and Nordic style cross-country skiing.  For 15 years, he was a climb leader for the Portland Mountain Climbing Club, the Mazamas and also served as club president.  As occasions arose, Paul did volunteer trail building and maintenance in the national parks and forests and was recognized by the Portland Department of Public Works for his years of volunteer gardening at Peninsula Park Rose Gardens.

Paul is survived by his partner of 34 years, Nancy Jane Shogren. Together, they enjoyed “following the sun” in their motorhome for many years.  Paul continued to mountain climb as long as he was able because, in his words, “as long as us Mazamas are climbing, we’re not over the hill yet.”  

Pete Russell ’58, Dick Buss ’58 & Nancy Shogren

Earlier Input:

From Pete Russell, 20th Co rep:

Paul Herner, 20th Company, passed peacefully on Feb 18 at 9:30 am. He had double pneumonia and Influenza A.
I intend to get an obit into "Shipmate" soon. Nancy Shogren, Paul's companion for 34 years.


Paul Miller (2nd Co)

Jeanne Miller (jeanne6945@gmail.com) reports that her husband died on 16 January 2017. (No  further info at this time)


Richard  Columbus Freeman, III.(3rd Co) (2/19/17)

Richard "Dick" Columbus Freeman, III., passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Piedmont Hospital. He was 81.

 His funeral service will be held on Friday, February 24th, at 10:30am in the sanctuary of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, located at: 3180 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. His viewing will precede the service that morning, and will also be conducted in the sanctuary, beginning at 9. His burial will follow the funeral, and will be conducted that afternoon at 1:30, at the Georgia National Military Cemetery located at: 1080 Scott Hudgens Drive, Canton, GA 30114.

 Born in Washington, DC on January 21, 1936, to Mr. James Newton Buck Freeman, ESQ. and Mrs. Lillian Perry at the Columbia Hospital for Women, he was raised in Mount Airy, NC, where he was a Boy Scout. He graduated from Mount Airy High School with the class of 1954, completing his high school course work early to enlist in the United States Navy in 1953. He then received an appointment to attend the United States Naval Academy (class of 1958), from United States Congressman Ralph Scott of the Fifth Congressional District for North Carolina.

 Upon graduation from USNA with a Bachelor of Science, he entered flight school in Pensacola, where he trained in multiple aircraft. Upon becoming a Naval Aviator on March 04, 1960, he served in Patrol Squadron 40 (VP-40, Crew 5), at Naval Station Sangley Point in the Philippines, where he was an ordnance officer on a Martin P5M Marlin float plane, conducting air patrols during the Vietnam War. He was later a Patrol Plane Commander. He also attended Military Justice training, and received the National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Cold War Service Medal, among others. It was during his time in the Navy, that he met his beloved wife, of 52 years, Martha Anne Kemp on St. Simons Island, GA in 1963, and married on January 29th, 1965, at Northside United Methodist Church in Atlanta.

 Upon his medical retirement from the Navy, Mr. Freeman attended law school at the University of North Carolina, during which time his first two sons were born in Chapel Hill. Upon graduation on June 2nd, 1969, he became licensed to practice law in both North Carolina and Georgia, electing to move to Atlanta to join Haas, Holland, Levison & Gilbert. He then started a successful sole proprietorship, Richard C. Freeman III, PC, where he practiced law for over 40 years, specializing in complex business litigation. During this time, he became well known in the area for his keen wit, compelling storytelling abilities, courtroom tenacity and dedication to his clients, with cases throughout local, state and federal courts, including: Georgia Court of Appeals, Supreme Court of Georgia, United States Court of Appeals (Fifth, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits) and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He was also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

 When not practicing law, he was a devoted husband and father, spending as much time as he could with his family, including his kids' sporting events and activities, and numerous family trips, as well as an annual family vacation to Sanibel Island, FL.

 He is survived by his beloved wife, Mrs. Anne Kemp Freeman, brother, James Newton Freeman, Jr., his sons, Richard Columbus Freeman, IV., Stephen Kemp Freeman and Duncan Perry Freeman, his daughters-in-law, Karen Marie Freeman, Cynthia Sanders Freeman and Rachel LaRue Freeman, and four grandchildren: Stella Ann Freeman, Calista Marie Freeman, Duncan Perry Freeman, II., and Parker LaRue Freeman, as well as numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. He will be sorely missed.


Jeanette Gatje (Wife of Pete Gatje (24th Co)) (2/1/17)\

Update 2/2/17


A Navy wife, loving mother and grandmother, and volunteer, Jeanette Garrett Gatje died on Monday, January 30, 2017 at home with friends and family at her side.

Born in Haines City, Florida to Mavis Murphy Garrett and John Lewis Garrett, she grew up in Bartow, Florida. Jeanette graduated from Florida State University in 1959 where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She married Peter Herbert Gatje on July 4, 1959 and at that time, began her career as the wife of a Naval Aviator.  She thrived as a Navy wife; she loved moving to new places, making friends, and getting involved in the community, especially volunteering with the Navy Relief Society. In 1986 Pete retired from the Navy and in 2000 they moved from Oakton, Virginia, to Stoney Creek at Wintergreen in Nellysford, Virginia.

Jeanette enjoyed golf, bridge, gardening, and was active in the Nelson County Master Gardener program. Jeanette is survived by her husband of 57 years, and her children, Karen Gatje LaPorte, her husband Steve, and children Kyle and Lindsey Davidson; Michael Gatje and his wife Malisa; and Scott Gatje, his wife Debi, and their children, Alex, Sean, and Andrea. Jeanette is also survived by her brother Allen Garrett and his wife Carol who reside in Tampa, Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that any desired memorial contribution be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, Charlottesville, Virginia.

A memorial service will be held on 11 o’clock on Friday, February 10, 2017 at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 7599 Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Greenwood Virginia, 22943. A luncheon will be held in the Parrish hall immediately following the service.

Memorial Service

Jeanette G. Gatje

Our Beloved Wife and Mother

Friday, February 10, 2017

11:00 a.m. with a luncheon to Follow

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

7599 Rockfish Gap Turnpike

Greenwood, Virginia   22943

Jeanette cherished her friends and family.  We would welcome your attendance at her memorial service. The service will be followed by a reception luncheon in the Parrish Hall at Emmanuel.



From Pete Gatje:

Jeanette Gatje, wife of Pete Gatje, passed away during the late afternoon of Monday, January 30th after an 18 month battle with stage 4 lung cancer.  At the time of death she was surrounded by clergy, Hospice workers, friends, and her husband Pete. Jeanette had many friends among the USNA Class of 1958 wives and our classmates. She loved the Navy and especially enjoyed our '58 football tailgates, being part of the "58 football cheering section, and '58 class reunions. A memorial service is planned for Jeanette at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Greenwood, VA.  Time and date for the service will be announced at a later date.

 Your friend and classmate,


From Gordo:

You can contact Pete at his home address:

56 Black Walnut Lane

Nellysford, VA 22958




Mig Sturr (Wife of H. Dixon Sturr (20th Co))  (2/1/17)

Update 2/2/17


 Mig Sturr, age 76, of Bel Air, MD passed away on January 10, 2017 at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, MD. Born in Forty Fort, PA, she was the daughter of Peter Aloysius a WWI and WWII officer and Florence Irene (Simmers) Garrity an OR and school nurse. Mig was the wife of the late LCDR H. Dixon Sturr Jr. During their first 25 years of marriage, as a career military wife, they bought and sold 23 homes across the Unites States.

 She loved painting with oils, watercolors and acrylics, and was the owner of Creative Travel Planners in Bel Air, MD which afforded her the opportunity to travel the world extensively with her daughters and grandchildren. Once she settled in Maryland she joined the sisterhood of PEO.

 Mrs. Sturr is survived by her two daughters, Dixanne Sturr and Dara-Lynn (Sturr) VanPee and her husband, Pascal all of Bel Air, MD. Mrs. Sturr also has six grandchildren, Joshua and Lauren Lund of Virginia, Jeremy and Jasmine Sturr of Bel Air, MD, and Sasha and Quinn VanPee of Bel Air, MD. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Sharon (Sturr) Biondolillo and grandson, Luka VanPee.

 In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Heart Association (for Mig) – Maryland, 217 E. Redwood Street, 23rd Floor, Baltimore, MD, 21201 or The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins (for Sharon), 5801 Smith Avenue, McAuley Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21209-3652 or the Alzheimer's Disease Association (for Dixon), 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD, 21093, or the Make A Wish Foundation (for Luka), 17 Warren Road, Pikesville, MD 21208.


50 W. Broadway Bel Air, MD 21014 

Tel. (301) 838-1368


My name is Dixanne Sturr and I am the daughter of Dixon and Mig Sturr. I wanted to inform you that my mother, Mig, passed away on January 10,2017. She had been fighting a variety of medical issues over the last 3 years and was unable to recover from a surgical procedure on January 6th. She died at Upper Chesapeake medical center after being removed from life support. She was surrounded by her 2 daughters, son-in-law, and 4 of her grandchildren. She was cremated and her ashes were mixed with my father's ashes so they could be together forever.   Please feel free to contact me if u so wish at crazysturr@aol. com.   

George Roberts Allender (16th Co) (1/25/17)

There will be a Service of Commttal at the Columbarium on Thursday, 26 January 2017 at 1300 for CAPT George Roberts Allender, USN (Ret), Class of 1958 (DOB: 25 August 1934, DOD: 20 January 2017).


Susan Smith Harper (Wife of Hugh Harper (22nd Co))

 Susan Smith Harper died Friday, Jan. 6 after a sudden illness. 

 Susan was the older of two daughters born to Dr. John Vernon Smith and Laura Smith. Her parents moved from Springville, Iowa to San Francisco when Susan was an infant. The family later settled on the other side of the bay, in Piedmont, California, a small, picturesque town located in the hills above Oakland.

 Susan was a brilliant student. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, for one year, then transferred to George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree in speech pathology.

 She married her high school sweetheart, Hugh James Harper, shortly after Hugh's graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy. The couple had two children: Laura Harper Powell and Scott Harper, and raised them in Northbrook, Illinois, on Chicago's North Shore. 

 Susan was primarily a stay-at-home mother, but worked occasionally as a speech pathologist, a tutor for learning disabled children, and a preschool teacher's aide. After a long stint in suburban Houston, she and her husband moved to Norfolk in 1997.

 Susan was predeceased by her son Scott, who died in 2013 (surviving spouse Jane Harper). She is survived by her husband Hugh; daughter Laura (spouse Doc Powell); three grandchildren: Jackson Harper, Natalie Harper and Wesley Harper; her sister, Margaret Buran; and nephews, Sean Buran and Jason Buran. She will be remembered as a sweet and selfless woman who loved her family dearly.

 A memorial service will be held next month in California. Arrangements are being handled locally by H. D. Oliver Funeral Apartments in Norfolk.


Paul Theodore Sudmeyer (3rd Co)  (12/31/16)

Paul Theodore Sudmeyer  (July 13, 1935 - December 23, 2016)

 Paul T. Sudmeyer, beloved husband and father, departed this life on Friday, December 23, 2016, at home in Newton, North Carolina, after 81 full years of life. He was born July 13, 1935 in St. Louis to the union of Ludwig and Emma M. (Riechmann) Sudmeyer.

 Paul graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1953. He attended St. Louis University and served with the United States Marine Corps Reserve until he was accepted as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy. Following his graduation from in 1958, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He served as the Battery Commander of Hotel Battery, 3/12 during combat operations in the Republic of South Vietnam. Paul also served a second combat tour as a liaison between I MAF and III MAF. Other highlights include service with the Marine Barracks at Fort Meade Maryland, when Marines guarded the National Security Agency. Paul's awards include two Bronze Stars with combat 'V'. 

 Paul continued to serve others in the insurance and construction industries. In the final stages of his career, Paul returned to government service as a FEMA Comptroller, and served in several deployments to designated States of Emergency through the United States. 

 Paul was united in marriage to Elizabeth Hines Sudmeyer on June 21, 1968. They enjoyed forty- eight years of marriage. 

 Paul loved to fish, tinker, and to discuss new ideas and concepts. He was known as a keen competitor in Rummicube, Wii Bowling, and any game. He held trophies in tennis and shooting. 

The Christmas tree in the Abernathy Laurels Chapel was decorated each year by a devoted Paul since joining this community.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Mathilda, and his parents Ludwig and Emma Sudmeyer.

 Paul's surviving legacy, in addition to his wife, Elizabeth; are daughter Megan and her husband Jody; son Scott and his wife Dawn; son Todd and his fiancé' Kelly; grandchildren Ashley Porter, Brandon Porter, Samuel Sudmeyer, Joshua Krohn, Jason Krohn and Jenelle Simeone and 5 great grandchildren

 A Service of Remembrance will be held at Spirit Place, Abernethy Laurels on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 11am with Pastor Matthew Miller officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Fisher House Foundation, Inc. 111 Rockville Pike #420 Rockville, MD 20850.

George Roden McAleer Jr.  (20th Co) (12/23/16)

Update From Pete Russell 7/11/19:

Colonel George R. McAleer Jr., USAFR (Ret.), 81, died on 23 December 2016 at Greenspring Village retirement community in Springfield, VA.

Born in Hackensack and raised in Hillsdale, NJ, he graduated from Westwood High School in 1953 with honors. He attended Holy Cross College in Worchester, MA, where he was enrolled in the NROTC. He then earned a competitive appointment to the Naval Academy, where he was a member of the Academy pistol team and an All-American. During First Class Year, he was elected president of the Academy’s 800-member Newman Club.

Upon graduation with the Class of 1958, he was commissioned in the Air Force. He flew B-47s in the Strategic Air Command and C-130s in Southeast Asia, logging over 100 combat missions in Vietnam and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extracting U.S. Marines and Vietnamese orphans from Khe Sanh. He left active duty in 1969 and continued in the Reserves in the Pentagon in several Air Force Staff positions. He retired in 1988 and was awarded the Legion of Merit.

From 1969 to 1977, George worked in private industry for Fairchild Industries, the Carborundum Company, Grove Manufacturing and General Crane Industries. He earned an MS degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic University (1966) and a doctorate from the University of Southern California (1988). His academic appointments include: associate professor, Frostburg College; professor and associate dean, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, VA; and faculty member of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort McNair, Washington, DC, teaching Strategic Leadership and Acquisition Management. In 2002, he was elected by his peers as Educator of the Year.

George was fond of calling himself a “born again Catholic” and sought to support others in their own spiritual journeys. He enjoyed personal retreats with his sons at Holy Cross Abbey, a Trappist monastery near Berryville, VA. George was a fighter, living with MS for the past 36 years while pursuing his professional life. In 2012, he moved to Greenspring Village, where he served on the pastoral council.

George is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joanne Margaret (Duggan) McAleer, who he met at a Midshipman Christmas dance at the Waldorf Astoria in New York in 1955; sons George III, Christopher and Patrick; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on 30 December 2016 at Holy Spirit Church, Annandale, VA, with interment at Quantico National Cemetery on 3 January 2017.

From Pete Russell: 12/27/16

George McAleer of Springfield, VA. On Friday, December 23, 2016 at Greensprings Village. Beloved husband of Joanne Duggan; devoted father of George III (Rhonda), Christopher (Kim), and Patrick (Molly); son of the late George, Sr. and Josephine McAleer; and brother of Jim (Sandee) and Mary Jo (Dave) Ostropwski. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 29 from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m., at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 30 at 10:30 a.m., at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 5121 Woodland Way, Annandale, VA. Burial with full military honors will be held at Quantico National Cemetery, 18424 Joplin Rd, Triangle, VA, on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holy Cross Abbey (www.virginiatrappists.org).

- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?fhid=4443&n=george-mcaleer&pid=183215621#sthash.71DPHJzE.dpuf


Franz R. Wiedemann (1st Co) (12/23/16)

From Gordo,

Update 12/24/16

A block of rooms has been reserved at Loews Hotel in Annapolis for the evenings of 5 and 6 January 2017 for persons attending the Franz Wiedemann Memorial Service on Friday, 6 January at the Naval Academy Chapel and Columbarium.   The block is listed as the Wiedemann Memorial Block and the rate is $109.

 Here is the link: https://www.loewshotels.com/annapolis/wiedemann-memorial-block

Update: 12/23/16

A  memorial service for our classmate Franz R. Wiedemann will be conducted in the U.S. Naval Academy Main Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, 6 January 2017 followed by interment (inurnment?) at the Naval Academy Columbarium.

 There will be a reception at Alumni House on King George Street at 1230 p.m.


I regret to inform you that our esteemed classmate and friend Franz R. Wiedemann passed away from cancer in his home in West Chester, PA, on Tuesday morning, 20 December 2016, in the company of his wife Alice, their daughter Melissa and son Drew.

 Information on the funeral services will be disseminated when provided by the family.


Francis Massie Hughes, Jr. (3rd Co)

 Francis Massie Hughes, Jr., 80, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. He was born Aug. 10, 1936, in Bremerton, Wash., to the late Francis Massie Hughes and Katherine Jane Eynon.

 Massie grew up as a Navy “junior,” moving from base to base.   On Dec. 7, 1941, the family was living in the Navy Quarters P on Ford Island, only about a half-block away from the USS Arizona which was attacked.  Massie’s father, Cdr. Hughes, the squadron commander of a PBY unit,  was the first pilot in the air after the attack.

 After the Battle of Midway, Massie and his brother, Eynon, were sent to live with their aunt in Ft. Lauderdale. There, Massie started school and was confirmed in the Catholic Church at St. Anthony’s. He then attended boarding school in Bardstown, Ky., at St. Joe Preparatory School. During the summer of his junior year while visiting his father in Turkey, he decided to attend the Naval Academy.

 Massie graduated from the Naval Academy in 1958 and left for duty in the destroyer Navy, serving on the Camberra and the O’Hare. His next assignment was for the building of the first guided missile destroyer – the USS Charles F. Adams.  As he was leaving for his new duty, Massie met the woman who would become his wife, Diane Ahnfeldt.  At the commissioning of the Adams in Boston, he proposed and the following February they were married in the Navy Chapel in Washington, D.C. The Adams moved home base to Charleston, S.C., and there, Diane taught Spanish at St. Andrew’s High School, while Massie sailed around the Caribbean.

 Massie left the Adams for a new assignment at BUPERS in D.C., but with all of the relocating associated with the Navy and now planning a family, Massie opted to leave the Navy.  Massie III was born at Walter Reed General Army Hospital, and shortly after, the family moved for Massie’s new job at HiAcres Orange Concentrate plant in Maitland, Florida.  Their twins, Kari and Kevin, were born in Orlando, FL.

From Florida, the Hughes moved to Milwaukee as Massie took a position as project engineer for the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Co. He was then promoted to plant engineer for the new Schlitz Brewery in Winston Salem, N.C., where the family lived for 10 years.

 After a management reshuffling at Schlitz,  Massie found a fulfilling position as facilities operations manager for the new Target Distribution Center in Maumelle, Arkansaas.  The Hughes moved to Little Rock in 1980 and have called it home ever since.  After taking an early retirement in 1994, Massie and Diane enjoyed many travels together all over the world with friends from around the country.

 Massie enjoyed his church family at Christ the King Catholic Church, where he was an usher on most Sundays and enjoyed helping with the church’s fundraiser, Rexfest.

 He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Diane Hughes; older brother, Eynon Hughes of Phoenix; step-brother, Donald Lovelace of Charleston, S.C.; step-sister, Sister Helen Louise, CSJ, of San Diego; two sons, Massie Hughes and wife Tammy of Warner Robins, Ga.; and Kevin Hughes and wife Tracey of Bellevue, Wash.; daughter, Kari Gillenwater and husband Spence Fricke of Little Rock; and seven grandchildren: John “Trey” Gillenwater, Ryan Gillenwater, Madison Hughes, Mackenzie Hughes, Kaitlyn Hughes, Kennedy Hughes and Ashley Frances Hughes.

 A funeral mass with military honors will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 4000 N. Rodney Parham, with Msgr. Francis Malone officiating.  An inurnment will follow at the church’s Columbarium,  with a reception following  the services. Visitation is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at Hunter’s Green Clubhouse, #16 Hunter’s Green Circle, Little Rock.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic High School Foundation, 6300 Father Tribou St., Little Rock, AR 72205, or the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,  11324 Arcade Dr., Ste. 16, Little Rock, AR 72212.

 Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Little Rock Funeral Home at 8801 Knoedl Court, Little Rock AR 72205, 501-224-2200.  Sign the online guest book at



Richard Perley Whitney (15th Co)

Richard Perley Whitney died Oct. 17, 2016, at his apartment on Cumberland Avenue in Portland. He was born to Perley W. H. and Marion G. (Campbell) Whitney on Oct. 22, 1934, in Sanford. Richard was a 1952 graduate of Sanford High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1953 and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958. Richard served on active duty until 1962 and then in the U.S. Navy Reserve until 1976. He worked for the Trane Company as a sales engineer from 1962 to 1969, and then enrolled at the Andover Newton Theological School, where he was awarded a Master of Divinity degree in 1974. As part of his graduate studies, he and his wife and two children spent a year in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), where Richard was a teacher and chaplain at the Chikore Secondary School. While maintaining a lifelong interest in philosophy and theology, he then continued to pursue his interest in engineering. Richard worked at several mechanical engineering firms in various capacities and eventually established his own company, Whitney Engineering, which specialized in geothermal heating and cooling systems. He retired in December 2015.

 He enjoyed golf, darts, Red Sox baseball, and was a voracious reader of non-fiction, primarily about philosophy, religion, science, mathematics, psychology, and history. He liked to listen to historic speeches, watch lectures, and take classes at University of Southern Maine. 

Richard is survived by his two children, Rear Adm. Mark R. Whitney and his wife Lisa, and professor Donna L. Whitney and her husband Marc Hirschmann; three grandchildren, Naomi L. Whitney-Hirschmann, and twins John T. and Austin G. Whitney; former wife Linda (Borden) Johnson; brother Donald H. Whitney and wife Joyce; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. 

His son remembers many conversations about his beloved U.S. Navy and his daughter remembers many detailed discussions about thermodynamics over the years. 

Family and friends gathered at the shore in Ogunquit on what would have been the day after Richard's 82nd birthday and shared memories and photographs. Richard will be buried at sea following a committal ceremony conducted by the U.S. Navy. 

Richard's cats, adopted from the local animal shelter, were his excellent companions over the years. For those who wish to honor the memory of Richard, the family requests donations to be sent to: 

 Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland

449 Stroudwater Street

Westbrook, ME 04092

or online (www.arlgp.org)

David Charles Eppling (21st Co)

 Cmdr. David Charles Eppling went home to be with Jesus on Sept. 11, 2015.  Born in Evanston, IL he lived a life of adventure traveling all over the world for his country, his companies, and his own curiosity. Yet his greatest adventure was living for Jesus and loving his real and extended family. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1958 and served two combat tours in Vietnam earning numerous medals and citations. His life was changed when he surrendered to Christ at mid-life and found a new mission of leading men to Jesus. He is survived by his wife Elaine, 3 sons, 7 grandchildren, in-laws and the Dragon Lady. He taught us to attack the problem, push past the edge of the map, nothing is as bad or as good as it first seems, and make the best call you can with the information you have when you have to make it - but make a call. A memorial is planned was held on Saturday, October 17 at 3 pm in the Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home (940 Cesery Blvd. in Arlington). He calls to friends, foes, and those who knew him to consider the claims of Christ and be saved. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Cmdr. David C. Eppling Leadership Scholarship Fund: Truett-McConnell College, Advancement, 100 Alumni Drive, Cleveland, Georgia 30528

Published in the Florida Times-Union on Oct. 11, 2015


Richard Scruggs Anderson, Jr. (8th Co) (9/14/16)

Update 8/2/17

Richard Scruggs Anderson Jr.  will be interned with full honors  at Arlington National Cemetery on August 7th at 11:00a.m.

Updated Obituary (8/2/17)

CAPT Richard Scruggs Anderson Jr. (USN Ret.) passed away, on September 1st, 2016 of heart failure, at INOVA Lansdowne Hospital in Leesburg, VA. He was born on, May 27th ,1935, in St. Louis, Missouri. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Ludwig Anderson, and four remaining children, Pamela Anderson Schippers (Myron), Deborah Anderson Dickerson (Tod), Richard Scruggs Anderson, III, and Heather Anderson Cleary (Gregg) and his five grandchildren, Myron Schippers Jr., Patrick Schippers, Kennedy Dickerson, Griffen Dickerson, and Meghan Cleary. He was preceded in death by his youngest son, Heath Lisle Anderson.  

He graduated from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD as a member of the class of 1958. Prior to the Naval Academy he attended the University of Missouri, School of Mines and Metallurgy. He earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Oceanography, from Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, graduated from the Naval War College in Newport, RI and finally attended George Mason University School of Law, and was awarded a Juris Doctorate Degree in 1989.  

Following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, he served as a Deck Division Officer aboard the USS Helena (CA75). He then entered the Naval Submarine Service, graduating from Basic Submarine Officers School in 1960. He qualified as a Submarine Officer aboard the USS Crevalle (SS291). He then served as the Chief Engineer on the USS Tigrone (SS419), Operations Officer and Navigator aboard the USS Blenny (SS324), Executive Officer of the USS Corporal (SS346) and the Weapons Officer aboard the commissioning crew of the USS George C. Marshall (SSBN654), a fleet ballistic missile submarine. He returned to the USS Corporal in 1972, as the Commanding Officer for operations in the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea. Following his command at sea he reported for duty as the Chief Staff Officer at Submarine Squadron Ten, a nuclear powered attack submarine squadron in New London, CT.  

As part of his Naval career he participated in the US Navy Deep Submergence Program involved in the exploration of the deep ocean. He prepared the initial draft of the Naval Warfare Publication (NWP) on Deep Ocean Search, Inspection and Recovery. He was the 37th person to qualify as a Deep Submergence Vehicle Operator and the 1st Operations Officer for Submarine Development Group One in San Diego, CA. He participated in the initial sea trials of the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicles (DSRV) and piloted the DSRV’s Turtle and Sea Cliff, during deep ocean exploration and recovery operations.  

After almost 20 years of sea duty, Captain Anderson, reported to the Pentagon, in the Long Range Planning Staff for the Chief of Naval Operations. Then assigned as a Special Assistant for Joint Matters on the staff of the Director of the Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff. During his active duty he was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal in addition to various unit and campaign medals.  

Following his retirement from active military duty, he served as a civilian employee of the Department of the Navy, and was awarded the Navy Civilian Meritorious Service Medal, and his organization was awarded two Navy Meritorious Unit Commendations. At the time he finally retired in 2003 he had served the Navy, in active duty and civilian service, for over 40 years. In addition, he volunteered to serve as a judge for the International Submarine Races, biannual races, at the Carderock Division of Naval Service Warfare Center, Potomac, Maryland for over 20 years

He moved after retirement to Purcellville, VA, where he and his son, Richard the III, joined the American Legion Post 293, and settled into a happy retirement. Throughout his life he had a fondness for basset hounds and bloodhounds, and with his wife bred and rescued hounds for over 50 years. Most recently, in a change of pace, they acquired a pair of Labradoodles, brother and sister, Daisy and Buster, whose antics and companionship, made the bucolic life in Purcellville, a daily enjoyment. He welcomed all into his home, and spent many enjoyable days regaling eager friends and family with his “sea” stories and continuing his long tradition of mentoring Naval Officers. He was well loved, served his country and family with honor and quiet dignity, always a gentleman, he will be missed.  

Service for Capt. Richard S. Anderson, Jr. (US Navy Ret.) were held on September 13th, at 11:00a.m. at Hall Funeral Home, 140 Nursery, Purcellville, VA 20132. A reception will followed at Loudoun Golf and Country Club, Purcellville, VA 20132. Donations in his name should be made to the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.    


Walter Francis Mitchell (12th Co) (8/14/16)

Walt died on Aug 12, 2016  after a long, lingering illness.  Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Monday 15 Aug:  Visitation at Kalas Funeral Home, 4-7 PM,  2973 Solomons Island Road,   Edgewater, MD 21037

Tuesday 16 Aug:  Funeral Mass at 1030  St. Mary's Catholic Church-109 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD

Committal immediately following at the Columbarium at the Naval Academy Cemetery. Gate 8 entrance ID required

Reception at the Annapolis Yacht Club from 1-3  PM

12 Dock St, Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: (410) 263-9279


Walter Francis Mitchell (LCDR USN Ret.), 81, of Annapolis, Maryland, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, August 12, 2016. A 1958 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he loved his family, the Catholic Church, the United States Navy - especially the Class of '58, golf, happy hours at Carrol's Creek Cafe, Sunday breakfast at Chick and Ruth's Deli, the Redskins, the Nationals and his wide network of friends. 

"Walt" was born on January 2, 1935 to Walter S. and Rita M. Mitchell in Washington, DC.   After graduating from Gonzaga College High School, he joined the Navy Reserve as a Seaman Apprentice and attended the Sullivan School to prepare for the Naval Academy entrance exams. He graduated with a B.S. in engineering and graduated from the Naval Post-Graduate School in 1965 with a second B.S. and advanced studies in meteorology.

Walt was very proud of his sons Scott (Ellen) Mitchell and Martin (Sandy) Mitchell, daughters Kathleen (Mike) Murphy, Suzanne Fajer, Michele (Chris) Jackson, many loving grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. He was a dedicated father, grandfather, brother and friend to all. He is also survived by his brother Robert (Bernadette) Mitchell and his former spouse and mother of his children Regina Walsh Mitchell. He is predeceased by his sister Rita (the late John) Wettlaufer and his son-in-law Salo Fajer.
During his 20 year career as a Naval officer, Walt received his Naval Aviator Wings in 1960; served at the Navy Fleet Weather Facility and served as the officer in charge of the Antarctic Support Force. Following two deployments to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, and two seasons directing the Southern Hemisphere Forecasting School, Walt directed development of highly classified satellite systems for Naval ships and carriers; served as Navy Satellite Liaison Officer to NOAA and the NASA Goddard Space Center Meteorological Laboratory and retired from the Navy in 1978.

Upon retiring from the Navy, he worked with SAIC and STX, and taught in Anne Arundel County public and private schools and Anne Arundel Community College. He served as a church lector for 53 years, 31 of those years with St. Mary's Church in Annapolis.

Friends and family are invited to a visitation on Monday, August 15, from 4pm to 7pm at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD. A memorial mass will be offered on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 10:30am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. Inurnment will follow at the US Naval Academy Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gonzaga College High School, 19 Eye Street, Washington, DC 20001 and St. Vincent De Paul c/o St. Mary's Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD 21401.An online guest book is available at www.kalasfuneralhomes.com

For more info: Refer to the Funeral Home website for more information:  http://www.kalasfuneralhomes.com/

Darrell Clinton Troutman (24th Co) (7/29/16)

Dear friends and family,

 From Dara Troutman:

We’re very sorry to inform you that Darrell passed away on Tuesday, July 26, at 2:30 p.m., after a four year battle with cancer.  He was at home in Lincoln, surrounded by his immediate family.  He died less than an hour after our pastor presided over a Service of Commendation (last rites for Lutherans) at his bedside.   

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, at First Lutheran Church, 1551 South 70th Street, in Lincoln.  Inurnment will follow in the church’s columbarium.  

For those family members who would like to be part of the procession into the sanctuary, we would ask that you arrive at church by 10:30 a.m. We’ll gather in the chapel for fellowship and prayer prior to the memorial service. 

His obituary is attached.  

We’re grateful for your love and support at this difficult time. 

Shirley, Brent, Brenda, Dara and families  

P.S.    Shirley’s address is 9130 Pioneer Court, Lincoln, NE 68520


CAPT Darrell Clinton Troutman, USN, Retired

February 8, 1936 – July 26, 2016  

    Darrell Clinton Troutman, the second child of Carl and Dorothy (Fleer) Troutman, was born at home near Winside, NE, during a major blizzard, on February 8, 1936. He passed away on July 26, 2016, in Lincoln, after a courageous four year battle with cancer.

   His initial schooling was in District 81, the same rural school his father attended. Upon the death of his grandfather, Herman Fleer, in 1946, his parents purchased “The Daylight Store” and the family moved to Winside. Darrell and the entire family spent a significant amount of time operating “Troutman’s Super Saver” store. While in school he participated in football, basketball and track, and with local softball and baseball teams. He graduated as valedictorian of his Winside High School class in 1953.

    Darrell attended Wayne State College for one semester and then enlisted in the Army, completing basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. In June 1954, he was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with an engineering degree on June 4, 1958.

    On June 22 of that year, he married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Ann Barner, in a military wedding at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Winside. They moved to Pensacola, FL, to begin their aviation career in the U.S. Navy. 

    During 31 years of military service they lived in Florida, Georgia, Texas, California, Maryland, Virginia, and Nebraska, and overseas in Japan and Italy. Significant events included graduation from the Naval Postgraduate School with a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering, presence aboard the USS Forrestal during a major tragedy in 1967, and three separate deployments to participate in the Vietnam conflict. His combat decorations include the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross (2 awards) and the Air Medal (9 awards).

    His last active duty assignment was Commanding Officer of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) unit at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Upon retirement from the Navy, Darrell and Shirley remained in Lincoln where he taught mechanical engineering at UNL, was a licensed realtor, and served as Director of Ancillary Services for the Martin Luther Home Society. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, the American Legion, past member of the Sertoma Club, delivered Meals-on-Wheels, drove the train at the Folsom Children’s Zoo, and volunteered with the Veterans Administration. He was an avid golfer and card player. 

    Darrell is survived by Shirley, his wife of 58 years; his son Brent and Tami Troutman of Puyallup, WA; daughters Brenda Bell and Dara Troutman, both of Lincoln; grandchildren Tyler and Nicole Troutman of Spokane, WA, Brooke and Jonathan Jones of Puyallup, WA, and Evan and Bryce Bell of Lincoln; great-granddaughter Aria Jones; brothers Dwight and Judy Troutman of Omaha, Kirk Troutman and Gregg and Carla Troutman of Ralston, and sister Judy Troutman of Lincoln. 

     He was preceded in death by his parents, son Clint Bradley, brother Gary, and sister Lynne. 

       A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, at First Lutheran Church, 1551 S 70th Street in Lincoln. Inurnment will follow in the church columbarium. No visitation. Memorials to First Lutheran, Tabitha, or a charity of choice.


Raleigh Ralph Ford (19th Co)

From Ralph's Daughter, Emily 

I am sorry to inform you that my father passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, July 26, 2016 . He had been battling alzheimer's for over four years.  An inurnment and memorial service will be held at Dallas National Cemetery at a later date.     

Walter C. Peters  Jr.(9th Co) (7/15/16)

 Walter C. Peters, Jr. was a remarkably interesting father, husband (twice), and entrepreneur. In a very gutsy move, he learned to fly while in high school and carried his love of flight for many decades. After high school he surmounted the arduous academic, mental and emotional challenges imposed on US Naval Academy midshipmen, graduating in 1958. At that time the relatively new Air Force was pulling graduates from the other military academies so he joined their growing officer ranks, serving in the Strategic Air Command. His civilian occupations included aircraft sales and commercial real estate, among others. The challenges of finding a proper facility for his own aging father led to his creation, construction, and development of Arcadia Estate Assisted Living, a premium care facility. Alas, his frequent pipe smoking was a likely contributor to various cancers which effectively ended his life at least a decade or two too early, in addition to causing a host of maladies along the way. Walter is survived by five sons, Daniel, Mark, David, Charles, and Brian, two daughters-in-law, Sarah and Elizabeth, and three grandchildren, Cameron, Audry and Hannah. We would be remiss to not mention his two ex-wives who made such a contribution to raising and educating his children, despite obstacles along the way: Marta Revilla and Cindy Wheeler. He will be missed. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 27th at 12 Noon, at Messinger Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Road in Scottsdale, with a visitation one hour prior. Private family interment with military honors will take place at St. Francis Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 1510 N 79th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85257. You may leave an online condolence for the Peters family at www.messingermortuary.com.

Published in The Arizona Republic on June 26, 2016

Joseph Anthony Burgard (9th Co) (5/17/16)

Joseph Anthony Burgard Jr. of Sierra City, California, passed away surrounded by his family on April 30, 2016, in Grass Valley, California.

 He was born on June 18, 1934, in Los Angeles, to Joseph Sr. and Anne Burgard, he was the fourth of six children. Joe earned his Eagle Scout Rank in 1952 and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1958. Later, he worked at Aerojet General in Sacramento as a rocket engineer, and held management positions for several manufacturing firms.

 In 1974, he purchased Valmont Corporation (aka Aaburco Inc.) a light manufacturing business in Grass Valley. It produced tabletop restaurant equipment including the CHEFMASTER Food Cutter and the PIEMASTER Turnover Machine. It also provided local metal polishing and electroplating.  Joe was an early adopter of computers and local area networking in the 1980’s, e-commerce in the 1990’s, and co-owner of Mrs. Doublebee’s Pasties in Grass Valley. He sold his business in 2004, retiring to Sierra City where he enjoyed hiking, kayaking, taking photos, and working in his shop.

 He cherished Frances, his wife of 58 years, and their four children Elizabeth (John) Fulgaro, Daniel (Karen), Gwendolyn (Stanley) Devereux and Jeffrey (Jacqueline.) “Papa Joe” enjoyed sharing movies and the mountains with twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by siblings, Doris (Marvin) Hayes, John (Donna) and Robert (Barbara).

 He was preceded in death by Lucille (Howard) Mosbacher and Rosemarie (Anthony) Buffum.

 A family memorial service will be held in June.   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Church, POB 302, Downieville, CA 95936 for the preservation of St. Thomas Church in Sierra City.

 Hooper & Weaver Mortuary

459 Hollow Way, Nevada City, CA 95959

(530) 265-2429


John F. Fox (7th Co) (5/25/16)

Commander John F. Fox, USNR (Ret.),died on May 21, 2016, age 79 of Cherry Hill, NJ. John is survived by his wife Patricia of 58 years. Dear father of John C. (Cindy) Fox, Margaret Fox, Mary (Andrew) Bott, and Joseph Fox. Loving grandfather of Christine Fox, Alexis Bott, John Michael Fox, Emily Bott, and Victoria Bott. Dear brother of Andrew (Anna) Boyle.

 John graduated from the Naval Academy and after serving active duty, he remained in the Reserves until retiring as Commander in 1978. As a civilian he worked as a civilian Engineer and later for the NAVSEA in various positions serving the fleet. After Federal retirement, he spent the next 20 years as Vice-President for a Defense Department civilian contractor. John enjoyed golfing with friends, watching sports, but most of all spending time with his family.

 Relatives and friends of the family will meet for his viewing and funeral on Thursday morning, May 26, 2016 from 9:00am to 11:00am at the BOCCO FUNERAL HOME, 1300 North Kings Hwy., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 11:30am at The Catholic Community of Christ Our Light Church, 402 North Kings Hwy., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Interment Colestown Cemetery, Cherry Hill, NJ. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or The Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. For condolences and an expanded obit, please visit: www.BoccoFuneralHome.com.

John Andrew  Finegan, Jr  (17th Co) (5/25/16)

John Andrew (Jack) Finegan, Jr. died peacefully at home after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia on May 16, 2016 at the age of 81. Jack is survived by his wife Paula Setzer Finegan of Hickory, his sister Anne Finegan Rollings of Jacksonville, FL. his sister Patricia Finegan Houk of Hickory, daughter Catherine Finegan Hitesman of Asheville, NC, sons, William Riley Holden III of Kanazawa, Japan, Michael Paul Finegan of Huntersville, NC and John Patrick Finegan of Wake Forest, NC. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Andrew Finegan, Sr. and Eleanor Fuller Finegan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two daughters-in-law, Tomomi Sakashita Holden and Sonya Carter Finegan. He was born April 27, 1935 in Richmond, VA. 

He attended Hickory High School and The Asheville School and upon graduation accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at UNC Chapel Hill, he spent the majority of his working career in marketing/advertising with the First National Bank of Catawba County and Hickory Springs Mfg. Co., where he retired in 2000 as Director of Corporate Communications. Jack's civic involvement included being past Treasurer of both the Hickory Community Theater and the Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra. He was also a past member of the Hickory Jaycees, the Kiwanis Club and La Danse Club. Jack was an accomplished artist, dancer, and crossword puzzle freak (done in ink, first try, no mistakes!). He was an avid tennis player and formed long lasting friendships with his "tennis buddies". After his children were grown, he became a Big Brother to continue giving his love and leadership to a younger generation that needed guidance. He was devout in his faith as a lifelong member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church. His family was his greatest love and source of pride. His leadership and steadfast adherence to a high moral code have benefitted his children and grandchildren. 

The family will be receiving from 6:00 8:00 pm on Friday, May 20 at Bass-Smith Funeral Home. His funeral service will be held Saturday, May 21 at 2:30 pm at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Hickory. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Jack's caregivers, Alana Gibbs, Diane Gibbs, and Kimiko Haughwout, for their wonderful care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658 or to a charity of one's choice. Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of John Andrew (Jack) Finegan, Jr. Funeral Home Bass-Smith Funeral Home Bass-Smith Funeral Home 334 2nd St., NW Hickory , NC US 28601 Visitation Bass-Smith Funeral Home Bass-Smith Funeral Home 334 2nd St., NW Hickory , NC US 28601.

Joe Burgard recently passed away.  No further info at this time.

 Francis Aloysius Conery III (13th Co)  (5/2/16)

Update 8/15/16

From Gordo:

Frank will be inurned at the USNA Columbarium Friday, 19 August at 1130. His widow, Marion, will be hosting a reception at the USNA Club immediately after the inurnment ceremony.

Marion would like a count of those expecting to attend the reception so that she can inform the club.

Please respond to me if you expect to attend the reception. Please do NOT provide negative responses

Update 7/15/16

 There will be a Service of Committal at the Columbarium on Friday, 19 August 2016 at 1130 for LCDR Francis Aloysius Conery III, USN (Ret), Class of 1958;  (DOB: 30 October 1935, DOD: 20 April 2016).  

Updatre 6/27/16

Francis Aloysius Conery III ‘58

LCDR Francis Aloysius Conery III, USN (Ret.) died peacefully in his sleep on April 20, 2016. A resident of Manchester NH, he was the son Frank A. Conery, and Ethel McGee Conery and entered the Naval Academy from his hometown of Worcester MA after graduating from St. John’s High School in Worcester. Frank was a member of the 13th company.  Following graduation, he reported to Pensacola FL and received his Naval Aviator wings in March 1960. He then reported for a four year tour with VP-6 at Barber’s Pt., HI, with several deployments to Japan and other Pacific islands.  A tour as an instructor pilot in VP-31 was interrupted by the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and he was transferred to NAS Corpus Christi in the Fall of 1965 where he completed another two years as an instructor in VT-28. During that time, he became fully carrier qualified and left in December 1967 to join CVA-3, Bon Homme Richard, at Yankee Station in the Gulf. Orders to the E-2B Hawkeye RAG, VAW-112 were followed by a tour with VAW-114 deployed aboard the CVA-63, Kitty Hawk, and another three cruises to the Gulf. From there, he went to the US Naval Station, Brooklyn, NY and then to Manchester, NH, as the CO of a small joint service command, the Armed Forces Examining and Entrance Station, supporting NH, VT, and part of MA. Frank faithfully served his country as a naval officer for twenty years. During that time, he found flying E-2’s to be the most exciting and satisfying flying that he did.  Employment in production management and then computer analysis at Polaroid followed, and after fifteen years he, again, retired.

 After retirement, Frank and Marion, enjoyed many of their golden years traveling in their motor home. Frank was an original member of the USNA Recreational Vehicle Chapter, and for years served as its webmaster.

 First and last, Frank was a family man. He leaves his wife of 57 years, Marion Devine Conery, and five children: Kathleen Conery and her husband Jeff Hoodock, Frank A. Conery and his wife Brenda, Deborah Conery and her husband Manny Content, Caroline Conery and Maureen Conery, four grandchildren, Jonathan, Kelsey, Frank, and Christopher, and five great grandchildren.

 Frank will be inurned at the Naval Academy Columbarium at a future date.


Manchester, NH - Sometime during the night of April 19th, 2016, Francis Aloysius Conery III went to bed and passed away, peacefully, in his sleep. He will be remembered by his large, loving family, wife Marion; 5 children and their spouses : daughter Kathleen & Jeff, son Frank IV & Brenda, daughter Debbie & Manny, daughters Caroline, and Maureen; 4 grandchildren : Jonathan, Kelsey, Frank V, and Christopher; 5 great-grandchildren : Alyson, Brianna, Aniyah, Jovhan, and Ellijah; and his two surviving brothers Robert and Michael. He also leaves his sister-in-laws and nieces and nephews, and the many friends he made thru his years in the Navy, his employment at Polaroid, and his years of RV'ing. He was predeceased by his parents Frank II and E Francis Aloysius Conery IIIthel (McGee) Conery as well his younger brother Danny.

 At 7, Sandy, as his family called him, decided he would be a pilot and at 10 he decided he would go to the Naval Academy (USNA class of 58) although, he admitted, he wasn't sure what that was. He attained both goals and his 20 years of service were a source of pride, with his 5 deployments during the Vietnam War as a pilot flying off an aircraft carrier the most challenging and rewarding part of his career. Frank met the love of his life his future wife in his teens, at the dentist, and later when trying to decide who to ask on a date, shy Marion or another girl - he flipped a coin. It came up for the other girl and he called Marion. They were married for 57 years. After retiring a second time, from Polaroid this time, Frank and Marion began to travel again. The Navy had shown him much of the world and now, together, they explored the US, reconnecting with old friends lost due to transfers and making new ones as well. And once they began their genealogy hobby they discovered extended family spread around the country.

 He shared with his family his slightly cracked sense of humor, a love of reading, and enjoyment of music, although not everyone bought into the folk phase. We love you Dad.

 Calling hours at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St, corner of North St., Manchester will be Sunday, April 24th, from 2 to 5 pm. The funeral service will be held on Monday at 11 am in Bedford Presbyterian Church. Encryptment will take place at a later time at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.

 Go to www.lambertfuneralhome.com

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Manchester, NH 03104


Hugh Lee Palmer (14th Co) (4/11/16)

Hugh Lee Palmer, a Dunedin (FL) resident and business owner, died Wednesday, April 6 at age 80.  He was preceded in death by his wife (Patricia) of 52 years.  He was born February 1, 1936, in Lebanon, OH.   Hugh grew up in Middletown, Ohio and was a 1954 graduate of Middletown High School, Middletown, Ohio. 

 After graduation, Hugh was appointed to and attended the United States Naval Academy.  Upon graduation in 1958, he married Patricia Burns (also of Middletown) on June 12, 1958.  Pat and Hugh were childhood sweethearts.  To honor his USNA military obligation, he became a Naval aviator which included serving on the USS Enterprise for about three years.  In 1965, with a young family to raise, he resigned his commission to return to Middletown, Ohio, to begin a new career working for Armco Steel.  In 1980 Hugh and family relocated to the Florida Gulf Coast. He was initially employed by Dean Steel Buildings in Fort Myers, Florida and eventually struck out on his own to become a Class A General Contractor in Dunedin, Florida. 

 Hugh’s interests included membership in the Clearwater Bass Club, Emmanuel Community Church, attending USNA alumni events and spent many hours documenting the Palmer genealogical history. We now possess a rich archive thanks to his efforts.  Survivors include three sons, Scott, of Tampa, FL, Gregory (Kim), of Miami Shores FL and Christopher (Suzanne) of St. Petersburg, FL; three grandchildren Taylor, Thomas and Patrick; two brothers, retired Col. Warren (Nancy) Palmer, of Plymouth, Mich., Pat (Diana) Palmer, of Cheswick, Pa.; a sister, Cecelia McLane, of Redmond, Ore.; a sister and brother-in-law Carol Burns McAdow and Samuel J. McAdow of Dublin, OH; a sister-in-law, Linda Palmer, of Cincinnati and brother-in-law Thomas Redding of Lima, OH.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Palmer; a sister Nancy Palmer Redding and brothers-in-law, Douglas McLane and Robert S. Burns.

 A remembrance service will be held at 11 am Saturday, April 16, at Emmanuel Community Church in Palm Harbor.  Words can’t adequately describe his amazing life.  However, you may want to read an article the Times wrote about a portion of his USNA career and Hugh’s complete obituary.   .      



Richard Charles Gibson, Jr. (23rd Co) (3/12/16)

Richard C. Gibson, Jr., known to his friends as Hoot, 80, of New Hartford, died on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

 He was born on February 10, 1936, in Parkersburg, W. Virginia, a son of the late Richard, Sr., and Harriett Lawher Gibson. He graduated from Marietta High School in Marietta, OH, in 1954 and the United States Naval Academy in 1958. After graduating from the Naval Academy, Hoot became a Naval Air Attack Airman during the Vietnam War and served on the Intrepid with the VA 106 Squadron. After the war, he was a test pilot until he retired from the Navy in 1980. After he retired from the Navy, Hoot worked for General Electric as a manager and also worked for Integrated Sensors.

 He married Martha (Molly) Goldman on August 6, 1971, at Edwards Air Force Base, a blessed union of 45 years. Hoot was an active member of the New Hartford First United Methodist Church, where he served as a trustee, treasurer for many of the committees at the church and Head of Family Nursey School Board. He enjoyed making people feel welcome at church as they first arrived. Hoot was also a member of the New Hartford American Legion.

 With his free time, he loved to cook and was well-known for his New England clam chowder. He created a gourmet cooking club with his friends, where he enjoyed preparing many special meals together with them. He also loved to follow Navy Football and traveled to watch many Navy vs Army Games, "Go Navy Beat Army". He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who viewed his grandchildren as his treasures and cherished the time he spent with them.

 He is survived by his wife, Molly Gibson, of New Hartford; children, Mark Gibson, of New Hartford, and Pam Mason and her husband, Bill, of Whitesboro; grandchildren, Erin, Jack and Evan Mason; sisters-in-law, Joann Simons, Betty Goldman and Nancy Murry; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He is also survived by very close friends from high school, the Naval Academy and the VA 106 Squadron. He was predeceased by his son, Richard (Rick) Gibson, III.

 The family would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to the ICU team at St. Elizabeth Medical Center for all the special care given to Hoot.

 A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 19, at 1:00 at the New Hartford First Methodist Church with the Rev. Bradley Chesebro and Rev. Carol Jubenville. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at the convenience of the family. The family will greet everyone following the service.

 Arrangements are with the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, New Hartford.

 In lieu of flowers, please consider the New Hartford First Methodist Church, Heart Association or the Stevens-Swan Humane Society in memory of Hoot.

 For online expression of sympathy, go to www.dfwefh.com

Thomas Lucke (16th Co)  (2/4.16)

Thomas Lucke, 79, formerly from Oxford, MD, now of Winter Haven, FL, passed away January 25, 2016. 

 He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara D. Lucke. He is survived by three daughters, Cherie Carroll, Lynn Smith and Barbara Lucke; step children, Bonnie Meehan, Bo Mullan, Beth Sahley, James Mullan; 12 grandchildren. 

 Tom was born in New York City February 24, 1936. He grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. After High school he attended the Naval Academy. He graduated form John Hopkins University with a degree in engineering and began a career as a mechanical engineer. In his late 20s, he moved back to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, became the owner of Dickerson Boat Builders. He was also an artist/craftsman in stained glass and photography and a marine surveyor. His biggest hobbies were racing his sailboats on the Chesapeake Bay, fishing and model sailboat racing. His greatest passion was his dogs. 

 A Celebration of Life will be determined for a later date in Maryland in the fall of 2016. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of the following organization Tom cared most about: Coastal Conservation Association @ joincca.org or The ASPCA (American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) @ www.aspca.org 


Carl Eugene Ingle (14th Co) 01/29/16)

LCDR Carl Eugene "Gene" Ingle, January 13, 1934 - January 7, 2016 ...He graduated with the USNA Class of 1958 and proudly served his country until he retired in 1978. He then went on to work for General Dynamics of San Diego and the College of the Desert in Palm Desert where he retired again in 2004. ... Gene is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Mary.

A Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 AM on Thursday January 28 at Our Mother of Confidence, 3131 Governor Drive, San Diego, followed by Military Honors at Miramar National Cemetery at 12:30 PM.

If you are unable to attend, you might want to sign the Guest Book online obituaries.sandiegouniontribune.com.


Jean Ray Whittenberg (23rd Co) 01/17/16

Update 2/12/16

Jean's graveside service,  with full honors,  Arlington National Cemetery, will be at 1PM,  on Friday,  April 8th, 2016.  Attendees must be at the Administration Building
30 to 45 minutes before the ceremony.


Col. Jean Ray Whittenberg, USAF, Ret., 80, of Peachtree City passed away Jan. 6, 2016. He is survived by his wife Joan Whittenberg; daughter Janet (Mike) DiBenedetto of Peachtree City; grandson Michael (Ashley) DiBenedetto, Jr. of Dunwoody;  and nephew Gary (Jackie) Whittenberg of Ft. Collins, Colorado. A funeral service was held on Sunday, Jan. 10,  at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Mowell Funeral Home in Peachtree City. Minister Billy Rowe officiated.  Burial will follow at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC.  

Moston Robert Mullholland (4th Co) (01/12 16)

Update 01/17/16

Rev. Dr. Moston Robert "Bob" Mulholland Jr., 79, passed away on December 20, 2015. He was born on September 3, 1936 in Rutland VT, the son of Moston and Georgine (Schou) Mulholland.

 Bob’s life was dedicated to serving and glorifying God. He was a New Testament scholar, serving as professor of New Testament and Spiritual Formation at McMurray College in Abilene, TX, and later at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY, also serving as Vice President-Provost and Chief Academic Officer. He traveled the world teaching in 12 countries such as Korea and Russia. Bob was a prolific author, writing seven books, biblical commentaries, multiple reviews and chapters, and contributing to several revisions of the Holy Bible, including the New Living Translation.

 He is survived by wife Lynn Mulholland, son Jeremy, daughter Tareena (Tim), brother Bill (Linda), Marsha (Larry), and furry companion Charlie the cat.

 A memorial service was held at the Shirley Community Church on Tuesday, December 29, at 11:00 am.


From Charlie Pinkham:

We just received a late Christmas letter from Lynn Mulholland, Bob's wife,  saying that Bob died on December 20th in the hospital where he was being treated for advanced cancer and serious pneumonia.  As you may recall, Bob left the Navy after serving in the Supply Corps and went into the ministry which he was destined to do!  He rose thru the ranks of the Methodist discipline and became the Provost for Ausbury Theological Seminary, and developed many programs for transmittal to Churches in Russia.  

Bob and I were roommates for our first 3 years at USNA, we were both from VT and both were on varsity Crew teams. ? 

 Lynn's  contact info is as follows:  

 Lynn Mulholland, P.O. Box 622, Greenville, Maine 04441.  

Home Phone No.: 207-695-2843.  

Email address is: gwenethsu@gmail.com  



Peter Neil Midgarden (11th Co) (12/21/15)


Mar. 10, 1935 - Dec 18, 2015 `Peter Neil Midgarden was born in rural North Dakota on March 10, 1935. As a child he was a reader and adventurer. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping like the heroes in his books. He played all sports in high school. He graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1958 and became a Naval Aviator, flying A-7 Corsair II's from aircraft carriers during the Vietnam conflict. He retired with the rank of Captain after serving in NATO as the liaison between US and allied forces, for which he was awarded the third highest award given by the Defense Department, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. 

When he retired, he and his wife chose to live in Silverhill, AL, where for the rest of his life he tended to the needs of family, church and the community. He invested in the lives of youth as a Cub Scout leader for many years. He was a beekeeper, gardener, fruit and vegetable grower, boat builder, woodworker, and baker of specialties from his Norwegian heritage. He was a true gentleman who always spoke with kindness, humility and generosity. His greatest joy was in serving his God, his church, and his family. Pete taught Sunday school and studied the bible before resting each night. There were only two things for which he had no patience: watching TV and eating out. He always preferred a simple meal at home. 

Mr. Midgarden passed away Friday, December 18, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gunder and Florence Peters Midgarden and brother, Nels Midgarden. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Aleda Avera Midgarden; son, David (Silvia) Midgarden of Guatemala City, Guatemala; daughter, Anne (Gregg Fugate) Midgarden of Wapakoneta, OH; brother, James (Vickie) Midgarden of Grafton, ND; sister, Sue (Ron) Nichols of Mandan, ND and three grandchildren, Patrick, Agostina and Peter Midgarden. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 2 PM at the Zion Lutheran Church in Silverhill, AL. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the services in the Fellowship Hall of Zion Lutheran Church. Interment will be held in the Silverhill Cemetery in Silverhill, AL. Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church. Arrangements are by Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, HWY 59, Robertsdale, AL.

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Benjamin Franklin Montoya (5th Co) (12/20/15)

Update 12/21/15

"A wake and rosary will be held on January 5th, 2016 at the Sacred Heart Church of Palm Desert, California.

The funeral service will be on January 6th at noon at the Sacred Heart Church of Palm Desert.

The graveside service will follow at the Coachella Valley Public Cemetery.  

Condolences can be sent to Ben's wife, Ginney at 4361 Whispering Oaks Circle, Granite Bay, CA  95746.  

Please do not send flowers.  If you would like to honor Ben's memory, please consider a donation to his beloved

Seabee Museum:

Diamond Anniversary Campaign

CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation

PO Box 657

Gulfport, MS  39502-0657

www.seabeehf.org "


Rear Admiral Benjamin Franklin Montoya, CEC, U.S. Navy, (Retired)

 Ben was born in Indio, California on May 24, 1935 to Benjamin and Margaret Montoya. The family traces its lineage to Chihuahua, Mexico. He graduated from Coachella Valley Union High School in 1953 and attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California before entering the U. S. Naval Academy in 1954, joining his new friends in the class of 1958.

 Among the usual midshipman activities, Ben led the baseball team to many victories, including two over Army.  He was honored as team captain of the '58 team.  The day after graduation, he married his high school sweet heart, Virginia Cox also of Indio. The long marriage produced five sons, two daughters and 17 grandchildren.

The new Ensign Montoya, CEC, USN began a 32-year career in facilities construction and maintenance and Seabee battalion duty in Vietnam.  He was an early entrant into the Navy's environmental programs and held various senior command positions; reaching the pinnacle of the Civil Engineers Corps as Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and Chief of Civil Engineers.  He retired in 1989 with the rank of Rear Admiral. In addition to his Naval Academy education, Ben also received degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Georgia Tech and a JD from Georgetown Law School.  His civilian career was spent in the utility industry where he held senior positions with PG&E in California and as President and CEO of Public Service Co of New Mexico, his father's home state. Throughout his naval and civilian careers, Ben was an inspirational leader and role model to all who knew him, especially to Hispanic Americans.

Ben was appointed to various boards, including the 1995 Base Closure Commission. He served on the Naval Academy Board of Visitors from 1994 to 1999; the last two years as Chairman.  He was most proud of being nominated by his classmates and selected by the U. S. Naval Academy Alumni Association as a 2008 Distinguished Graduate.

Ben passed quietly in the company of his family and classmates. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ginney, his five sons, Ben, Chris, Pat, Mike, and Dave, his two daughters, Terri and Tasha, plus 17 grandchildren.  He leaves two brothers, Arthur and Santiago (Jim). He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Richard.

Barbra Minar (Wife of Gary Minar (20th Co))

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Barbra Minar passed away on Nov 5th, after a long and courageous struggle with systemic lupus. She contracted the disease shortly after she and Gary were married in 1960 and has been up and down the health scale ever since. She raised 3 children, was a great wife, grandmother, friend, teacher, artist and author. She has written children’s books , inspirational books and her latest “Walking Into The Wind”, about fighting a chronic disease and staying ‘healthy and courageous through it all due to her faith’. She will be missed by so many, but she is with her Lord and suffers no more.

From Gary Minar

Frank Kenneth Zemlicka (18th Co) (10/26/15)

Lieutenant Colonel Frank Kenneth Zemlicka (US Air Force, Retired) passed from this earthly existence on Sunday, October 18, 2015 from a well-worn, but worn out heart. Born February 16, 1936 in Manhattan, NY to Frank H. and Virginia Webster Zemlicka, Frank lived his life with a never ending thirst for knowledge.

 After graduating high school, Frank went on to attend Annapolis Naval Academy, graduating in 1958. He then took his commission in the United States Air Force as an Aeronautical Engineer. As a young officer he received many awards and rank advancements. Frank served his country honorably throughout his twenty plus year career. After retiring from the Air Force, he moved to Utah to be close to his children. As a civilian, he began his second career as program manager at L-3 Communications (formally Unisys and Sperry Univac) working for another twenty years. After retiring from L-3, Frank worked briefly for NASA, helping to design a Space Shuttle Recovery System. 

 Frank was always very active and full of life. His favorite hobby was tennis and he was ranked in Ohio and in Utah. Hamilton Racquet Club was a second home to him. He was such a positive force in the lives of all those he touched. 

 He leaves behind his daughter, Suzanne, two sons, Frank ("Butch") and Paul, 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his Father and Mother, brothers, Paul and Robert, daughter, Katherine, and great-grand son, Jonah. What a glorious reunion they are now having - one that he so looked forward to. 

A private celebration of Frank's life will be held at a later date and interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery with full Military Honors, as befitting a gentleman like Frank.

 Our family would like to thank all of those whom have ever been touched by our Father and the many, we are sure, who have touched and held a place in his heart. Thanks, Dad, for being there for us and meaning so much to us. We miss you already. Until we meet again... We love you.


Joseph Port (23rd Co) (10/18/15)

From Gordo

Joe died several days ago...cause unreported. I have the following from USNA:

CDR Joe Port 's funeral will be  in  St. Andrew's Chapel and committal at Columbarium on Monday, 26 October at 1400, followed by reception at the Club

Joe will be inurned with his beloved Vera who preceded him.


Last Call:  Shirley Cordova (Wife of Dick Cordova (17th Co) (10/18/15)

Dick Cordova forwarded info  that his wife Shirley passed away on the 2nd of October.


Wayne Douglas Gardner (2nd Co) (9/9/15)

Wayne Douglas Gardner was born on January 15, 1936 in Flint, Michigan. He was the only child of the late Arthur and Thelma Gardner. Following his graduation from Flint Technological High School , Wayne began furthering his education while serving his country at the US Naval Academy. Following his graduation in 1958, where he was in the top ten percent of his class, he went on to serve in the United States Air Force for 3 years on active duty and 5 ½ years as a reservist.

 After leaving the service, Wayne worked for a short time at the Michigan Employment office in Flint. It was there that he met co-worker Sharon Herfurth, who became the love of his life. They married and began their family together. Wayne and Sharon welcomed 4 beloved daughters: Cheri, Lisa, Judy and Julie. They raised their children in Livonia, Michigan.

 A hardworking man, he always found time to spend with his family. They took many family vacations throughout the years, including driving across the country to California. 

 In 1962, Wayne earned a Master's Degree in Industrial Administration from the University of Michigan and initially provided for his family by working at Ford Motor Company. While working full time and taking an active role in raising his daughters, Wayne decided to pursue a degree in law and in 1971 he obtained his Juris Doctorate from the Detroit College of Law. He joined a law firm and practiced law for 27 years  

In 1998, Wayne decided to retire to spend more time with his family. He spent many hours helping his daughters around their homes and babysitting his cherished grandchildren: Marie, Michael, Matthew, Sarah, Douglas, Bridget, Alyssa, Mitchell and Jessica. He was always there to provide support. Being active in his grandchildren's life was important to him.

 Wayne and Sharon traveled extensively, including trips to Europe. He also enjoyed collecting model cars, boating, reading and listening to country music.A strong man of faith, he prayed for his family and others daily and was active in the church. He served every month at Open Doors Food Pantry in Canton. and in the church prayer ministry.

 Although many saw him as a private, quiet man, Wayne could be the life of the party with his dry sense of humor. 

 On September 5, 2015, Wayne passed away, surrounded by his loving family. Wayne will be deeply missed by all his family, friends and those fortunate enough to have known him.

 Wayne was the loving husband of Sharon for 56 years. He was the cherished father of Cheri (Pete) Dwyer, Lisa (Dan) Whitehead, Judy (Bart) Dolley and Julie (Chip) Stark. He was the proud grandfather of Marie (Jeff) Huntley, Michael Dwyer, Matthew Whitehead, Sarah Whitehead, Douglas Dolley, Bridget Dolley, Alyssa Stark, Mitchell Stark and Jessica Stark, and the great-grandfather of Jeffrey Huntley III.

 Wayne's family will receive friends for a visitation on Tuesday September 8, 2015 from 3-8 pm at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Rd (east of Newburgh and I-275) in Livonia.

 His life will be celebrated with a funeral service on Wednesday September 9, 2015 at 10:30 am, in state at 10:00 am, at St. Michael Lutheran Church, 7000 N. Sheldon Rd. (south of Warren Ave) in Canton.

 For those who wish to make a memorial contribution in Wayne's memory, the family suggests donations to:

 St. Michael Lutheran Church
7000 N. Sheldon Rd.
Canton, MI 48187


 Samaritan's Purse
PO Box 3000 

Boone, NC 28607


 Harry J Will Funeral Homes
37000 W Six Mile Road
Livonia, MI 48152 


Stanley Earl Bump (23rd Co)

Update 8/23/15

From Ellie Bump

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 5th , 2015 at 1:00pm at Timber Ridge at Talus, 100 Timber Ridge Way NW, Issaquah, WA.  His ashes will be buried at sea.

Update 8/18/15

Rear Admiral Stanley Earl Bump, USN (Retired) passed away August 11, 2015 after battling ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) for several years.

 RADM Bump was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on September 29, 1936.  He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958.  He served on two destroyers - USS William C. Lawe (DD 763) and USS Luce (DLG 7) - before accepting Admiral Rickover's invitation to join the submarine force in 1965.  He served on the USS Tecumseh (SSBN 628) (BLUE) and the USS Flasher (SSN 613) before receiving his first command, the USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN 657) (BLUE).

 He served on the staff of Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet for five years.  He then commanded the submarine tender USS Holland (AS 32) in Holy Loch, Scotland, from July 1979 to May 1981.  He next served as Commander, Submarine Squadron SIXTEEN from June 1981 to June 1983 and participated in the development of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia.

 He was selected for Flag rank in 1984 and served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.  He next served as Commander, Submarine Group SIX in Charleston, South Carolina, from August 1985 to June 1987.

 From August 1987 through August 1989, he was assigned as the Deputy Commander in Chief and Chief of Staff Iberian Atlantic Area in Oeiras, Portugal.  Following this tour of duty, he returned to Charleston, South Carolina assuming command of the Charleston Naval Base in August, 1989.  RADM Bump retired from the Navy on October 1, 1991.

 He is authorized to wear the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (6 awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation (3 awards) and Portuguese Medal of Merit First Class.

From Stan's Family (8/12/15)

We would like to inform everyone of the sad news that our wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, Stan Bump, passed away on Tuesday morning (8/11/2015). He passed away swiftly and peacefully surrounded by his immediate family.

There is to be a Celebration of Life for Stan and the date will be announced shortly.  We would ask that Stan’s final wishes are observed, and there are to be no flowers. Donations to the ALS Society would be welcomed instead.

Edward Wilcox Featherston (16th Co) (7/24/15)

Updated 7/31/15

From Keith Featherston

On July 19, 2015, Edward W. Featherston, MD, devoted husband of C. Lynn Featherston; loving father of Edward W. "Ned" Featherston, Jr. and his wife Jill A. Basye-Featherston. Predeceased by son David J. L. Featherston and brothers Frank Hunter Featherston and John H. Featherston, Jr.. Cherished grandfather of Alicia A. Basye-Featherston and Lucas W. Santos-Basye. Dear twin brother of Robert "Keith" Featherston and his wife Dianne C. Featherston. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Ed graduated from Lane High School in 1953. He attended the United States Naval Academy along with his twin brother Keith, where Ed was on varsity crew. He attended the University of Virginia School of Engineering and the Medical College of Virginia. As a youth, he was active in the Boy Scouts, became an Eagle Scout, and, was awarded the Order of the Arrow. He loved to tell stories about his adventures hiking across the United States from a Boy Scout Jamboree when he and his buddies were 15 years old. He married Lynn Featherston in 1960. They had two Boys, David and Ned Featherston. David was killed by a drunk driver at the age of 15 years. Ed served in the military as a flight surgeon in Vietnam. He also worked on the Altitude Chambers at the Natick Research Labs in Natick, Mass. Ed practiced ophthalmology in Timonium, MD and Westminster, MD. He was the Chief of Ophthalmology at the Church Home Hospital before it closed. Ed was an avid sailor. He used to boast that he once sailed from Annapolis, MD to Bermuda using only Celestial Navigation. He loved swimming, hiking, camping, scuba diving and just about anything that involved the outdoors including water. His home was, "home base", for his sons and his son's friends. Most of all, Ed loved his family, He was a wonderful father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed. A memorial service will be held Saturday, 11 AM at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens Chapel. Contributions may be made to National Parkinson Foundation, gift processing center, PO Box 5018, Hagerstown, Md. 21741-5018. Arrangements by Ruck Towson Funeral Home, Inc.

A memorial service was held Saturday 25 July), 11 AM at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens Chapel. 

Contributions may be made to:

National Parkinson Foundation, gift processing center
PO Box 5018, Hagerstown, Md. 21741-5018

Earlier correspondence from Keith:  

My twin brother, Dr, Ed Featherston , (Medical Doctor), who has been suffering from Parkinson's Disease for many years is now in Hospice.
They think he may have gotten a dose of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, when he was a Battalion Doctor with the First Air Cav Division (ARMY). 
This may have caused the Parkinson's Disease.   

Keith Featherston ('58 - 8th Company)


Betty Macauley (Wife of  Bill Macauley (2nd Co) (07/21/15)

From Bill Macauley

My wife of 56 years, Betty Macauley, died peacefully on May 1st while in hospice care in Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, Maine.  She had been in declining health for several years and finally just didn't have the strength to go on.  

She leaves her daughter Kim Edgar of Homestead, Florida, her son William Macauley MSgt USAF (Ret) of Rosamond, California, three granddaughters and two great-granddaughters.  

Respecting her wishes there were no services.  She was cremated and her ashes will be scattered in her favorite spot near the shore of our property in Brunswick  on a future date.  

With profound sadness,

Bill Macauley

Edna Felix (Wife of Ken Felix (19th Co) (7/15/15)

From  Pete Westphal 

Some of you may not know that Edna Felix, widow of our classmate Ken Felix, died last week apparently of liver cancer.  None of us 58ers knew until the obituary was announced in the local newspaper last Monday.  Edna was active in USNA affairs specifically the alumni association Low Country chapter luncheons.  Lee and Arden Polhill, Bob Mason and George Stubbs attended the wake yesterday.  

Curtis Sterling Sword, Jr. (9th Co) (6/8/15)

From Jim Adkins

I made contact this week with Curt’s son Curt III.  Russ suggested I use the internet which I did and Russ’s suggestion as usual was the right idea.

Curt was diagnosed about three years ago with Encephalitis caused by a virus probably from a mosquito bite.  He had severe swelling of the brain but recovered once he had the right medication.  However, the virus came back a second time and his health deteriorated pretty quickly.  In the meantime, Judith was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma.  Judith initially took care of Curt, then Curt took care of her and finally she took care of him.  It has been a tough several years. Fortunately Curt III lives close by and I can tell from talking with him that he has been a major help to them.  He was at their house to cook breakfast on Mother’s Day and that was the day Curt died.  Curt III said his Dad had told him a couple of days earlier that he was ready to go and all he wanted was food and water.

The situation with Judith is she is having Chemo treatments and is also on Dialysis.  She can take a call and her number is 858 925 7495.  She does not do email. She is still living at the following address: 

950 Santa Florencia

Solana Beach, CA 92075


William Carroll  Hotard (3rd Co)

Update 6/8/15

Commander William C. Hotard, USN (Ret.), died at Whidbey Island, WA, on 14 May 2015. He was 78 years old.

“Bill” was born in College Station, TX, and entered the Naval Academy from Bryan, TX. He graduated in June 1958 as a member of the Third Company. After graduation, he attended naval aviation training in Pensacola, FL.

Upon completion of flight training, he flew in an anti-submarine squadron (VS-29) then attended the Naval Postgraduate School in 1964-1965. He transferred to the University of Maryland for further postgraduate education, finishing in 1966.

After graduate school, he flew in several squadrons and was stationed at the Naval Academy as an instructor for two years. After that, he served in VR-24 in Naples, Italy, for four years, then three years at NamTraGru in Memphis, TN. His final Navy assignment was as commanding officer of the PASS office at FleetAirMed in Naples, Italy. He retired as a commander in 1981. His awards included the Air Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Meritorious Unit Medal.

After retirement, Bill began his civilian career, teaching computer science at the University of California, San Diego. He earned an MS in computer science while teaching there. He taught at UCSD until 1995, when he moved to Oak Harbor, on Whidbey Island, WA.

At Oak Harbor, Bill was heavily involved in community life. He was active in Habitat for Humanity, The Oak Harbor Yacht Club, MOAA, the Mariner's Cove Homeowners Association and Grace by the Sea Anglican Church.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Lola C. Schuck; daughters, Christine Seiveno and Susan Hotard; brother, John Hotard; and two grandchildren.

Memorial services were conducted on 21 May 2015 at Grace by the Sea Anglican Church, followed by cremation. His ashes will be scattered in the waters of Possession Sound to commemorate his love of sailing in the local waters.


From Gordo

I have been asked by Lola Hotard, wife of classmate, William C. Hotard (Bill/ Third Company), to notify the class that Bill passed away suddenly on Thursday, 14 May.  Their address is:  2292 N. Mariners Beach Dr., Oak Harbor, Washington  98277.  Tel: 360-279-8518.  Funeral arrangements are pending but Lola is aiming for a funeral in Oak Harbor on Thursday, 21 May.  

Lance Herold (5th Co) (5/4/15)

From Ron Fisher 

Jennifer, Lance Herold’s daughter, called and told me that Lance had peacefully passed away in his sleep during the early morning hours, Sunday, April  26 and that he had gone to bed about midnight the evening before in very  good spirits.  Lance had been battling diabetes for years but was still playing softball up until a few  years ago.

Jennifer also said that “there will be a page set up for Dad on the website there, we are trying to put together a face book memorial page for Dad and they will have a link there for it.”

 Visitation will be on Monday May 4th, 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm and a service will be held  on Tuesday May 5th at 1:00 pm at:  

Fairfax Memorial Park
9902 Braddock Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032  
Telephone (703)425-9702  

Reception to follow at the home of Noel Herold, Lance's brother at 11385 Attingham Court, Manassas, VA 20111 Noel will have maps with directions to his home

There is a video of photos of Lance ands family on the web site www.fmfh.com

 Internment at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.


On Sunday April 26, 2015, Lance Herold, CAPT, USN Ret. died peacefully in his sleep. He was the loving father of Brett, Jennifer, Douglas,
Susie, Peter, many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence (Bud) and Lily Herold and survived 
by his brother, Noel.   Born October 28, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY,  he graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1958. He subsequently
qualified as a Naval fighter pilot and later as a line officer. He graduated from MIT top in his class with Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering 
and Marine Architecture. Subsequently he was the Commanding Officer at the Naval Electronics Facility. He retired
as Captain. The family wishes to express sincere thanks and appreciation to the many friends and family who enriched his life. In
lieu of flowers, contributions in the memory of Lance Herold can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.  

James Elwood Harvey III (20th Co) (5/4/15)

James E. Harvey III, 80, of Brick, passed on Monday, April 13, 2015, at Arcadia Hospice House, Arcadia, FL.  Born in Long Branch, he lived in Little Silver before moving to Brick in 1978. He also resided in Punta Gorda, FL. Jim was a graduate of the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland in 1958.  He served in the United States Navy for 23 years, retiring as a captain.  He worked for the US Government as an Electronics Engineer and retired in 2001 from Fort Monmouth.

 He is survived by his wife, Rita; his sons, Michael and his wife Laura Di Napoli, Darrin Di Napoli, and James Harvey; his daughter, Karen Harvey; and 6 grandchildren. He also leaves his sister, Jane Harvey.

 Visiting will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Monday, April 20 at the Silverton Memorial Funeral Home, 2482 Church Road, Toms River.  Funeral services 12 noon at the funeral home. Entombment to follow at St. Anne Cemetery, Wall. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project or the American Cancer Society would be appreciated. www.silvertonmemorial.com

 Silverton Memorial Funeral Home

2482 Church Rd. Toms River, NJ 08753

(732) 255-6363 


Thomas Holt McCormick (18th Co) (04/10/15)

Memorial service for Ret. Colonel Thomas (Tom) Holt McCormick of Auburn, Alabama, is Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 1 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, Opelika, Alabama. Reverend Earl Ballard is officiating. A reception will be held immediately following the service. Mr. McCormick, who died on March 10, 2015, in Columbus, Georgia, was born in Hinton, West Virginia on April 15, 1937. He was raised by his school-teaching parents Mac and Martha McCormick in West Virginia. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958 and received his Master's Degree from the University of Missouri. Tom served 24 years in the U.S. Air Force and his career field was missiles. Upon his service retirement, he continued working with missiles in Huntsville, Alabama, finishing at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Later he became a United Nations weapons inspector and traveled to Iraq looking for weapons of mass destruction. As a civilian, he headed up the Hancock County Food Pantry in Mississippi. Tom loved his country and his church, where he ran the We Care Ministry. He was involved with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn teaching history classes. He enjoyed gardening, his dog, his family and Auburn sports. His was a life of service. He is survived by wife of fifty-five years Sally, daughters Lea McCormick of Los Angeles and Kate McCormick of Minneapolis, son Cary McCormick of Phoenix and two grandsons Austin and Chase. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Samaritan's Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 or Feeding God's Children, TMUC, 800 Second Ave., Opelika, AL 36801. Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements. www.jeffcoattrant.com.

Jeanne Stubbs  (Wife of George Stubbs (17th Co)) (3/13/15)

Jeanne Stubbs died on March 10th.  

More  info will be provided as we receive it.

August William Brewer (17th Co) (3/8/15)

Update 7/6/15

From Gordo

Bill Brewer’s wife Deb informed me that a service for Bill at the Naval Academy columbarium has been scheduled for 1100 on the 12th of August. 

From Bill Schraam:

I am saddened to have to pass the word that August William Brewer died on Thursday the 5th of March 2015.  According to his wife, Debbie, Bill had been ill for some time and his heart finally failed him.   

The family plans to have a service for him at the Naval Academy at a later date.  I have given Debbie the contact information for the Chaplin's office at the Academy and they will make all the arrangements.  As soon as a date is scheduled for the service I will let you know.  I have also offered to help Debbie with the drafting of an obituary for Shipmate.  


Donald Malcolm Robinson (13thCo) (3/5/15)

Update 6/1/15

From Tom Powell

Barbara Robinson, wife of Donald M. Robinson, (13th Company), and her family have asked me to notify the class that Don passed away on March 1, 2015. Don, commissioned in the U. S. Marine Corps, was 78 years old. Their address is: P. O. Box 4630, Palm Springs CA, 92263. Funeral Mass and a celebration of life were held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Palm Desert, California. In lieu of flowers, contributions were sent to ALS, and Disabled American Veterans.  


Donald M. Robinson, 78, born on October 10, 1936, in Los Angeles, CA, passed away March 1, 2015. He resided in Palm Springs, CA at the time of his passing.  Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn, Cathedral City, CA.  More info will be provided as soon as it becomes available.  

James Goodwin Brewer (19th Co) (2/15/15)

Belated Notice  from Bill Brewer's daughter, Jill .

Jim died about two years ago.  More info will be provided as it is available.


Thomas E. Lacy, Jr. (Non Grad)  (2/10/15)

Thomas E. Lacy, Jr., 80 of Fayetteville, passed way Wednesday night, January 28, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Ilion, on January 24, 1935, he was the son of Thomas E. and Mildred Lacy, Sr.  He attended Columbian Prep School, the Naval Academy, Colgate Collage and obtained his Bachelors and Masters degree in Education from Oswego State University.  

Prior to retirement, Tom was a teacher for Jamesville-DeWitt Schools for 35 years. He was a member of the Dewitt Community Church, and the Masonic Lodge of Fayetteville as the Head Master. Tom was also a dedicated wood worker, he loved to read, do puzzles, watch sports especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.  

Surviving are his wife, Donna Marie Brown Lacy of 55 years; daughter, Kristin (Clifford) Thomas; son, Erick (Ilkenia) Lacy; sister, Joyce Dussault; and seven grandchildren, Benjamin, Aaron, William, Simon, Ivy, Val and Ana.  

Funeral services were held on  Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel, E. Genesee St., Fayetteville.  

For a guest book please visit:


Fayetteville - 637-3214 

Date of Death: January 28, 2015  

Eaton-Tubbs Funeral Home
7191 E Genesee St Fayetteville,
NY 13066


Published in Syracuse Post Standard from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2015​

Laura Ann Wilcox Manazir (Wife of Bud Manazir (12th Co)) (01/24/15)

The following is from Bud:

On Feb. 7th at 10 AM we will celebrate the life of the beautiful Laura Ann Wilcox Manazir. The celebration service will take place at the Sheperd of the Hills United Methodist Church, 26001 Muirlands Blvd. , Mission Viejo,  Ca  92691. The very closest main intersection is the I-5 Freeway and La Paz Road. The location puts the church just north of La Paz and across the street from an Albertson's supermarket.

 If you are able to attend, we would love you to be with us. If you not able to be with us, we know you will be there in spirit.

 There will be a reception on the church campus after the service, please send Bud a short return email, so we can be assured that we provide sufficient refreshments. (Remember only Jesus was able to divide the loaves and fishes. Thanks.)

 We know this beautiful lady touched numerous lives, then all together on the 7th we will wish her God’s speed and absolutely know that she has  RE-joined her band of angels, because she was one on earth and she has returned to her previous assignment to watch over many, not just us few. But we were the privileged ones! We got to love her.  

 For those who need to arrangement for accommodations, search the cities of Mission Viejo, Lake Forest or Laguna Hills.


David Bruce Gibson (9thCo)) (01/01/15)

Captain David Bruce Gibson, USN (Ret.) '58, age 77, of Rogers, Arkansas died Thursday, December 25, 2014 in Fayetteville. He was born February 16, 1937 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey to David Stanley and Janet Lucille Cornell Gibson. Although a native of New Jersey, he attended Admiral Farragut Academy, a naval honor school, in St. Petersburg, Florida for his last three years of high school prior to receiving his congressional appointment to the Naval Academy. He graduated in June of 1958 in the 9th Company from the Naval Academy. Upon graduation, he became a Navy line officer. He served on five ships, all capable of speeds greater than 30 knots, over a 31 year career; Charles P. Cecil (DDR-835), Stickell (DDR-888), Wright (CC-2), Richmond K. Turner (CG-20) and Ranger (CV-61). With a mid-career change in naval designator to Engineering Duty Officer he served at four industrial activities: Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, Ship Repair Facility Subic Bay, Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters in Washington D.C. and the Supervisor of Shipbuilding and Repair in Boston. In between duty stations, Dave did post graduate work at Harvard Business School and the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California where he earned a Master’s Degree in Physical Oceanography. During Dave’s career, he received numerous awards and decorations. He retired from the Navy in 1989 on the parade grounds of the Washington Navy Yard. His civilian career then started in Washington, D.C. as a senior project manager for Ronson Management Corporation. In 1991, he began the rewarding career of teaching high school physics and mathematics in northern Virginia. He retired to the good life in 1996 to the shoreline of Beaver Lake in Rogers, Arkansas along with wintering over in the lower Rio Grande Valley. With free time, he published two books of his Navy experiences and developed an extensive ancestral database. Dave had a lifelong love of the sea and in retirement he continued this passion by cruising the high seas in style to many places around the world. He never received a phone call on these cruises concerning an engineering problem below decks.

Dave is survived by his wife Twyla Patterson Gibson; daughter, Laura Larsa Grisham and her husband Cliff Blaine Grisham of Fayetteville, Arkansas; two sons, Anders T.C. Gibson and his wife Julie Skacel Gibson of Houston, Texas; Brian Chauncey-Rizal Gibson and his wife Sara Lyn Gibson of Manassas, Virginia; one brother, Rodger Wallace Gibson of Louisville, Kentucky; eleven grandchildren and his previous wife, Nancy Gordhamer Gibson of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Chapel with burial at a later time with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

Born: February 16, 1937
Death: December 25, 2014

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Paul Frank Malcewicz (5th Co) (12/12/14)

Paul Malcewicz, USNA class of ’58, died suddenly on Dec 6th, 2014, at home in Walnut Creek, CA.  His health had been failing over the past few years.  It was a blessing that he died quickly and he did not suffer.  He would have wanted it this way.  Paul was born in Utica, New York, son of Frank and Stephanie Malcewicz.  When he was 2 the family moved to California.  He always considered himself a "California Boy".  Paul attended grammar and high school in San Francisco.  He was a gifted athlete and played football for Archbishop Riordan High and later for Stanford University. He also excelled in baseball and tennis . He was on the wrestling team at the Academy.  He was very proud to be a graduate of Annapolis.  He often spoke of all the wonderful times he had there and of his many friends. Of course his escapades will be remembered by those who knew him  After spending 10 years in the Navy, he went to work for Pac Bell-AT&T, from which he retired after nearly 30 years.   Paul loved to hunt and fish when he was younger.  Reading was his passion and second to that, his "discussions".  These were well known.

He is survived by his daughter Alicia (John) Deffebach, his grandchildren, Mitchell, Lillian, Rachel and Harry, his sister, Joan Loberg, whose grandson, Nicholas Loberg, is attending the Academy, four nephews, one niece and his former wife, Dellie Malcewicz. His daughter, Stephanie predeceased him.  

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 AM on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Walnut Creek, CA. Interment with military honors following the service at Holy Cross cemetery  in Colma , CA, near his parents.


Patricia Woodbury (Wife of Mike Woodbury (7th Co) (12/9/14)

From Mike:

Patricia passed  away on October 9th, 2014.  She was at home with me and our 4 children at her side.  She was diagnosed with cancer early this year and underwent surgery on May 7th.  When presented with the option of a second surgery, she let me and the family know that she would have no more surgery and she chose to enter hospice care at home.  Patricia was born in Norfolk, VA in Feb. 1944.  Her dad (USNA, 1929) was serving on one of the support ships preparing for the invasion of Normandy which took place 4 months later.  She loved the Navy and the 7th Co. Class of 58 folks with whom she had shared good times at our various gatherings.  I’ll miss her greatly, but I’m grateful that she was with me for 50 years.


Frederick Williams Laing, Jr.  (24th Co )

From  Chet Kunz and Pat Hanavan:

Fred (Bill) Laing, 24th company, passed away Monday night.  Pneumonia caused his heart to finally stop, and he died peacefully.   

Celebration of Fred Laing’s life will be Sunday, 21 September, from 1 to 4 at the farm: 65 Whippoorwill Rd, Hillsdale, NY. There will be graveside services at the family lot, but time is not yet set. 

Chet and Debby Kunz report that Navy Mutual Aid is very helpful in these circumstances. Word should be put out to the ladies that they are the number 1 call to make!



Mary Lee Gebhart (Wife of Ken Gebhart (14th Co)) (8/30/14)

From Ken 

 Mary Lee died this morning (August 28, 2014) of heart failure. We fought it for two years.

More details to follow. 

John Lawrence Higgins Jr. (15th Co) (8/27/14)

John Lawrence Higgins Jr., 79, of Wyckoff, NJ died August 25, 2014. Beloved husband of Katherine (Carroll) Higgins of Wyckoff. Loving father of John and his wife Ellen of Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ; Mary Katherine and her husband Glenn Schulhafer of Waldwick, NJ; James and his wife Andrea of Wayne, NJ and Erin and her husband Don McLoughlin of Glen Rock, NJ. Dear Grandfather of Jack, Maddie, Meg, Shannon, James, Cate and Will. 

Larry graduated Ridgewood High School Class of '53; Wyoming Seminary Class of '54 and the United States Naval Academy Class of '58. Larry was President of Higgins Buick, Inc. in Ridgewood before his retirement in 1991. He was a member of the Ridgewood Country Club and Trout Unlimited. 

A funeral mass will be celebrated Friday, August 29, 2014 at 10 AM at St. Gabriel The Archangel R.C. Church, Saddle River. Visitation Thursday, August 28th from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the C.C. Van Emburgh Funeral Home, Ridgewood. Interment Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah, NJ. In lieu of flowers donations to U.S. Naval Academy Foundation for Athletic Excellence, 25 Maryland Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401, in his memory would be appreciated. www.vanemburgh.com. 


Harry James Hansen III (15th Co) (8/27/14)

 From Gordo

I regret to forward the following from Mary Hansen:

    Today, Harry passed away after battling cancer for over 2 years.  He was a member of the 15th Company and took his commission in the Air Force, later to return to his Navy roots.

    We resided in Hampstead, NC for the last 20 years and our families are spread across the country.

I will pass along any additional details when I receive them.


Charles Robert Larson (8th Co)

Update 7/28/14 :   Baltimore Sun Obituary

Update 8/8/14      Bio From Memorial Service Program

Dear Classmates,

It is with profound regret that I must announce that our classmate, leader, and hero to many of us died at home Friday night. Chuck had waged a long and valiant fight against leukemia.

Chuck's funeral will be as follows

Wednesday 30 July 2014

1000 - Memorial Service Naval Academy Chapel

1100- Burial USNA Cemetery

Early arrival is recommended.


John Kurtz Gilligan (24th Co)

From John Potter

Update 7/24/14

John Kurtz Gilligan passed peacefully among the pines of the El Dorado National Forest. The advance of congestive heart failure never kept Kurtz from frequenting the Sierra Region he so loved. 

Born in Penn Yan, New York to John Mack and Hilda Kurtz Gilligan, Kurtz grew up in Penn Yan where he earned his Eagle Scout rank. Graduating from Penn Yan Academy in 1954, he accepted an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of '58. Receiving his officer's commission, Kurtz served 20 years in the U.S. Navy. He retired from his last posting at Mare Island Naval Shipyard and settled in Vallejo. He obtained his teaching credential and taught for 15 years in the public schools of Vallejo, Richmond, Fairfield and surrounding areas. He was active in his church and donated his time to Meals-on-Wheels and driving other seniors around town. He was also active in the USNA Alumni Assoc. and planned to attend their 60th Class Reunion in August. 

He is survived by his eight children; their mothers, Beverly Boyd Gilligan and Janiece Whittington and by his long-time loving companion, Margaret Irvin. He has nine living grandchildren and one who predeceased him. 

Services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m., at Montclair Presbyterian Church, 5701 Thornhill Drive, Oakland. His ashes will be scattered at sea. 

Donations may be made to Vallejo Meals-on-Wheels, Montclair Presbyterian Church, or to a Veteran's assistance charity.

See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesheraldonline/obituary.aspx?n=lcdr-john-kurtz-gilligan&pid=171825667&eid=sp_shareobit#sthash.75pNzF88.dpuf



James Stewart Wilson, Jr.  (5th Co)

Captain James (Jim) S. Wilson, Jr., age 78, of Corpus Christi and Huffman, Texas passed away on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. He was born on June 24, 1936 in Schenectady, New York to parents, James S. and Ruth Wilson.

Jim graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy (Class of 58) where he lettered in 150 lb. football as a tackle. After graduating from submarine school, he served aboard the destroyer, "Hale" and submarines, "Balao, Pickeral, and Henry L. Stimson". Captain Wilson participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis Blockade and was a plank owner and original Gold Crew Member (weapon's officer) aboard the Polaris submarine, "Henry L. Stimson" during his active duty. He left active duty as a Lt. Commander to spend more time at home with his wife and three young sons, however, achieved the rank of Captain in the Naval Reserves. 

As a civilian, Jim worked for many years for Texas Instruments in the Houston area, received a patent, and traveled extensively throughout Europe for Geo-Physical sales. He formed Nav-Mar, a marine surveying  company with longtime friend, Captain F.M. Kershaw, and later worked with his brother, Bill at Montrose Molding in New Jersey. Close to retirement, Jim moved to Corpus Christi where he worked for On Call Mooring, and as a ship agent for La Quinta Marine.Jim was an active builder and "Mr. Fix it" for most of his life. A few of his projects included: building a sailboat, kayak, go cart, TV, lake house and airplane (TeenieTwo), which he flew for many years. He was an active member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and held officer positions in the local Houston chapter. In later years, Jim became an avid radio control model aircraft hobbyist, building and flying numerous models. He also enjoyed skeet shooting at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station (Sands skeet club), windsurfing, and hunting with his family and friends. 

Jim was always an active supporter of his son's athletic endeavors and attended a vast majority of their games, especially Huffman Falcons football. You always knew when Jim Wilson was in the stands. He served as the president of the Falcon's Football Booster Club.  In the words that still echo with his family, Jim Wilson would say, "Tide, Time, and Formation wait for no man, I am shoving off"!  He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Katherine Apgar.  He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ann Burke Wilson; brother William (Bill) Wilson; three sons, Grant (Bonnie), Bruce (Kate), and Rich; and six grandchildren, Taylor, Eric, Courtney, Kyle, Lindsey, and Kelsey. Graveside Services will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014 at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.  A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014 in the Coastal Bend Hall at Mirador in Corpus Christi , Texas (5857 Timbergate Dr.). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the James S. Wilson Memorial Foundation at the 

Alzheimer's Association 

. The Wilson family would like to thank the staff at the Mirador Memory Care and Skilled Nursing Care units, as well as, Hospice for their love and support. To view tribute, please visit www.seasidefuneral.com.


Robert Langdon Halterman (18th Co)

Robert L. Haltermann of Ft. Lauderdale, FL formerly of Darnestown, Maryland, a former Air Force officer, NASA engineer and space tourism advocate died on June 1st, 2014.  

Mr. Haltermann was born in Johnson City, New York and lived parts of his youth in New Jersey and Maine. He graduated from Admiral Farragut Academy and won an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy from Maine's 2nd District Congressman Charles P. Nelson. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy in 1958, Mr. Haltermann was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He became one of the first Atlas-ICBM Launch Officers assigned to the nation's first operational ICBM wing at Francis E. Warren AFB, Cheyenne, Wyoming. Captain Haltermann and his crew were on duty throughout the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. In later years, on tour in Russia and listening to folk singers while having lunch in the Kremlin, he remarked how strange it was being entertained by those who were once targeted by nuclear missiles under his control.

 In 1963, he took a position with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center at Greenbelt, Maryland. During his tenure at Goddard he led a team to integrate and launch scientific satellites from the Western Test Range that resulted in three successful launches; directed advanced upper stage development programs and performed pioneering work on solid, cryogenic liquid and hybrid engines and stages; and led the effort for seeing the Center's payload accommodations designed into the new Space Shuttle transportation system. After three years at the Consumer Product Safety Commission where he was involved in the recall process of over 200 hazardous products, Mr. Haltermann returned to NASA Headquarters to develop Space Shuttle utilization policy. One policy accommodated the first non-government space participants as Payload Specialists. 

In 1984, he retired from NASA to become a principal for an entrepreneurship that chartered the Space Shuttle as a private space liner. He represented the company's interests to White House and Congressional leaders, negotiated payload integration agreements with NASA and service contracts with payload customers. After booking the inaugural flight, the venture ended prematurely in the wake of the Challenger accident. Mr. Haltermann then became an Associate Contractor supporting the International Space Station. He performed development work in the areas of operations and commercial utilization for the NASA Headquarters and Program offices. Mr. Haltermann's NASA awards included the Apollo Operations Task Force Group Achievement Award. Towards the end of his career he joined the Space Transportation Association and led an effort to lay the groundwork for the coming of public space travel. He conducted the "Going Public" series of space tourism conferences. His Division distinguished itself by being awarded the first Space Tourism Pioneer "Orbit" Award for a not-for-profit organization.  

Mr. Haltermann co-owned with his wife Phyllis a travel agency. They traveled extensively to Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America. He enjoyed the live theater, symphony and opera as he regularly attended the Kennedy Center, National Theater and on several occasions the London Stage.  

Mr. Haltermann's marriage to Kayla Winrow Fitzmaurice ended in divorce. From that marriage he is survived by two sons, Kurt Warren Haltermann of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta and Ryan Scott Haltermann of Calgary, Alberta and a daughter, Leslie Kim Prosser of Surry, British Columbia, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mr. Haltermann's second wife, the former Phyllis Ann Clar, preceded him in death in 2009.  

The family will receive guests on Friday, June 13th from 1:00pm until 2:00pm when the Memorial Service will be held at the funeral home. Arrangements were made by: Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 200 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach, FL 33062. Phone: 954-941-4111.  


Henry GeorgeVargo (17th Co) (6/6/14)

Update 9/20/14

From Gordo

I received the following:  

My name is Maurann (Vargo) Hakun.  I wanted to invite you and your classmates to my father's memorial service at the Naval Academy Columbarium.  His service will be on Friday October 10th at 1130 with a reception immediately following at the Officers' Club.  There is no mass....just a short ceremony at the Columbarium.  Also, could you please ask them to let me know if they are coming so that I may have an accurate head count for the reception?  

Please contact me nlt 1 October if you will attend. Include the number who will be going to the Club.



Henry “Hank’ George Vargo of Jacksonville, Florida passed away peacefully, Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the age of 77.  

Born on September 17, 1936 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania to Henry C. and Anna R. (Masarik) Vargo.  He graduated from Saint Vincent College Preparatory School in 1953 and then was appointed to the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated on June 4, 1958.  On June 5, 1958, he married the former Josephine Ann Littler in Annapolis , Maryland .  Hank served in the United States Navy for 20 years as a Surface Warfare Officer and was decorated with a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for actions in the Vietnam conflict amongst his numerous other awards.  He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1978 and was employed as a Naval Science Instructor for the Navy Junior ROTC Program at Harborcreek, Northeast High Schools and at William Allen High School, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he retired in June 1998.  He and his wife, Joanne, then relocated to Jacksonville , Florida .  Hank was a life-long Pittsburgh Steeler fan and an avid golfer.  He was also the former Commander of the American Legion Post in Northeast, Pennsylvania .  His passions were watching movies, reading and visiting with his children and grandchildren.   

Hank is survived by his brother, Thomas E. and his wife, Judith Vargo of Woodland Park, Colorado; six children, Roberta (Curt) Levsen of Enoch, Utah, H. Vance Vargo and his wife Susan of Saginaw, Michigan, John T. Vargo of Jacksonville , Florida , Matthew A. Vargo and his wife Susan of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, Phillip A. Vargo and his wife Susan of New Castle, Pennsylvania, and Maurann (Mark) Hakun of Gambrills, Maryland;  one niece, thirteen grandchildren and a great grandson.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Anna, and his wife, Josephine Ann in 2000.  

A celebration of life and Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 5th, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 11665 Fort Caroline Road, Jacksonville and a Memorial reception at American Legion Post 316 off Atlantic Avenue shortly thereafter.  His remains will be interred at the Columbarium at the United States Naval Academy in October.  In lieu of flowers, it is requested that all contributions be made to the USNA Alumni Association for maintenance of the Columbarium and grounds.   


Jacob  Evert Illes (16th Co)

LtCol Jacob (Bud) Iles, USMC (Ret) went to his Heavenly Home 23 May 2014. He is survived by Elaine, his wife of 55 years , his son Dr. Brett Iles, PhD, one brother Rev. Richard Iles, and his wife Peggy, one nephew Brian and one niece Khristy.

Bud was a member of the First Conservative Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Fla. In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution can be made to the First Conservative Baptist Church 12021 Old Saint Augustine Road. Jacksonville FL  32258.

Visiting hours at Craig Funeral Home May 29th  (Thursday) at 6-8 PM

Funeral Services will be held at First Conservative Baptist Church May 30th (Friday):

12:00 – 12:30  Visiting

12:30 – 1:30 Funeral Service

2:15 -     Internment at Jacksonville National Cemetery


Ellie Browne (Wife of Ed Browne (5th Co))

Burial for Ellie Browne, widow of '58 classmate, Edward R. Browne, will be at 9:00 AM at Arlington Cemetery on Thursday, June 5 with instructions to check in no later than 8:30 AM in the Admin Bldg and provide your own transportation within the Cemetery.


Michael Marion  Dallam (6th Co) (5/7/14)

Update 6/9/14

From  Joyce Dallam::

On July 28th, starting with a ceremony at 10am at the Columbarium on the Yard of the USNA, we will honor and bid farewell to Mike.  After the inurnment, at approximately 10:30, we will gather in the USNA Chapel for a Memorial Service and afterwards, from 11:15 to 1:30 there will be a luncheon buffet available at the Naval Academy Club for all who wish to stay and eat, visit and reminisce.

 Mike's family and I will love to see all who can make it.  For those who can't, think of us in prayers on that day.

Joyce also asks that you indicate whether or not you will attend the luncheon buffet. E-mail her at mmd686@aol.com


Update 5/25/14

Mike will be inurned at USNA on Monday 28 July. Further details will follow


 Mike died on 30 April 2014  at 8:20 PM (EDT) in Pennsylvania.  The following is from his wife, Joyce : 

My darling Mike left us all Wednesday evening, April 30th. He was surrounded by loving family. I held his hand till the end and beyond. For all who knew him you know how much I have lost. For those who did not get to meet him I am sorry because he was a man of great love and compassion and caring. It was my privilege to have been his wife. We filled our few short years with as much adventure and fun and love as we could. I now have a lifetime of stories to share. Mike's legacy to me is his beautiful family and through them he will always be with me. At some point in the future there will be an inurnment ceremony for Mike's ashes at the USNA. Keep Mike's children, grandchildren and me in your thoughts and prayers as we come to grips with the full extent of our loss and try to heal from it.". 

Mike died of Pulmonary Fibrosis complicated by Parkinson's Disease but he mostly died from the continual and increasing restrictions on his life.  He accepted when he could no longer fly with the thought we could still drive.  When the fractured vertebra was discovered that made long distance travel difficult but as long as he and I could get out to go to movies and dinner he thought he could be satisfied with that.  But, when even a trip away from home became too grueling, the light went out of his eyes and he died shortly after.  He held on till his daughters, Meg and Amy, and his two grandsons, David and Andy, could get there.  His son, Matt, had been with him for 5 days prior to that and they had had a very loving and meaningful time.  Surrounded by those who loved him so dearly, Mike left us.  It was as beautiful a passing as we could make for him.  He was at home, under the care of hospice, so he got to look out at the yard just beginning to blossom and around the room at objects that had meaning and the faces of people he loved.  We held on to him till the very end.  His grip on my hand was amazing and did not weaken until he was gone.  I held his left hand with my left hand and reached my right up to cover his loving heart and left it there till it ceased to beat.  I don't think I will ever meet his like again.

Joseph Fredrick Rosenberg (20th Co) (5/7/14)

Update 5/15/14

Captain Joseph Fredrick Rosenberg, USMC, died in Springfield, Tennessee on 20 April 2014 at age 80. Fred was born on 29 March 1934 in Troy, Alabama, the son of Joseph Samuel Rosenberg and Jeanne Solomon Rosenberg. He graduated from Troy High School in 1952. Fred applied for a Congressional appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and was selected a third alternate. Considering the probability of the third alternate not moving up to primary, he attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill from 1952 to 1954. In his sophomore year, the third alternate moved up to a primary appointment and Fred entered the Naval Academy with the Class of 1958. He graduated from the Academy on 4 June 1958 as a member of the 20th Company, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering and a commission as 2nd Lieutenant U.S. Marine Corps. The “Southern Gentleman”, as he was known to his Company-mates, was a member of the Varsity Golf and Pistol teams, lettering in both sports and making the All-American Pistol Team.

Fred attended Marine Corps Officers’ Basic School at Quantico, Virginia, and in 1959 was accepted for flight training at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, earning his Naval Aviator wings in September 1960. Although his flight training preference at Pensacola was jet attack, circumstances led him into helicopters and, in 1960, he was assigned to Marine Helicopter Squadron HMM 361 (“Flying Tigers”) at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), Santa Ana, California where he flew the HUS-1 “Seahorse” helicopter and served as Squadron Engineering Test Pilot. Two years later, he was reassigned to HMM 163 (“Ridge Runners”), Marine Air Group 36, Third Marine Aircraft Wing at MCAS El Toro.

Fred resigned his Marine Corps commission in 1962 and became a Senior Flight Analysis Engineer at the Lockheed Corporation “Skunk Works” in Burbank, California, working on the development of the long-range SR-71 “Blackbird” reconnaissance aircraft under Kelly Johnson, a well-known aeronautical innovator. In 1967, Fred moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and attended Nashville School of Law, earning a jurisprudence law degree in 1971. For 43 years he practiced law in Tennessee, seventeen in Springfield as a country lawyer with his office in his barn at Hidden Pond Farm, accompanied by his German Shepherd dogs and his cars. Fred wrote in his USNA ’58 20th Company autobiography that he apparently had followed his instincts after being accused of being a “sea lawyer” in his Plebe year at the Academy.

Fred was a longtime member of Toastmasters, where he met his future wife, Shelly Liebson. They were married in 2000. He was also a member of the Freolac Club of Vanderbilt University in Nashville for over 30 years where, between 1992 and 2003, he presented numerous literary papers for discussion and critical review. He was an avid reader and loved cars. At the time of his passing, he had started writing his second book - a remembrance of the cars he had owned throughout his life and the circumstances and antics associated with each car. His first book, entitled Practicing, was a published collection of case law from his practice. 

In addition to Shelly, Fred is survived by his children Alexandra Rosenberg Greenberg, Stephen Rosenberg, Sally Rosenberg Swanson, and step-daughter Jessica Liebson; a brother, John Rosenberg; and six grandchildren.

Memorial services were conducted on 26 April 2014 at Austin and Bell Funeral Home in White House, Tennessee. A graveside service is planned at Green Hills Cemetery in Troy, Alabama on 19 July 2014 where Fred’s ashes will be scattered and a marker will be placed at the site of his parents’ burial place.  

Pete Russell ’58, Gene Deegan ’58, Dick Buss ’58, and the Rosenberg Family

Update 5/13/14

From Fred's widow, Shelly: 

We will be having a “gathering” at the site of Fred’s parents’ burial place in Green Hills Cemetery in Troy, Alabama on the 19th of July at noon. A marker has been ordered and will be placed on his parents’ grave site before the gathering. Our service will be a stand up one so it will not be long. We will also be scattering his ashes at the site at that time.

James Leo Fitzgerald, Jr.  (3rd Co) (4/12/14)

Updated 5/7/14)

Jim passed away on  30 March, 2014 due to congestive heart failure.  Becky Fitzgerald provided the following obituary:

Commander James L. Fitzgerald Jr., USN (Ret.), passed away on 30 March, 2014 at home in Aiea, HI.  He was known as Rick to his family, Fitz to his classmates and Jim to others.

He was born in Bay Shore, Long Island to James L. and Grace (Doyle) Fitzgerald on July 18, 1935.  They moved to Syracuse, NY when he was three.  He graduated with the Christian Brothers Academy Class of 1953, where he was an All-City football player.  He was very proud when his senior year CBA football team was inducted into the 2012 Lasallian Athletic Hall of Fame.  He next attended Bullis School, Class of 1954, where he played baseball and football.  The “Little Admirals” met the greatest University of Maryland freshman football team since 1947 and defeated them 26-7 in the first annual Silver Bowl Charity game.  Fitz then brought his red head of hair and athletic ability to the Naval Academy where his talents at a number of activities soon became evident, particularly his play with the football squad.  He graduated and was commissioned with the Class of 1958, a member of Third Company (the Brigade’s Color Company, 1957-1958).

Fitz loved sea duty. A Surface Warfare Officer, he served aboard BORDELON (DDR 881); COMDESDIV 262; XO, CLAUD JONES (DE 1033); XO, VOGELGESANG (DD 862); Aide/Executive Assistant COMSIXTHFLT.  Shore duty:  Naval Postgraduate School, MS degree in Operations Analysis; Strategic Analysis Support Group, Washington, DC; Bureau of Naval Personnel; XO, Data Processing Service Center Pacific; CO, Navy Regional Data Automation Center, Pearl Harbor, HI.  He retired from active duty on 1 July, 1983.

Jim had two private sector jobs before retiring in 1990.  The first as Director, Pacific Region with Systems Management America Corporation and the second as Manager, Pacific Region with Bolt Beranek and Newman Communications Corporation.

Rick was predeceased by his parents and younger brother Michael.  He is survived by his loving wife Rebecca Fitzgerald; daughter Karen (Frank) Marrero who brought him great pride and joy; beloved grandson Frankie; sister JoAn (William) Feyerabend with whom he shared a close bond; and many dear nieces and nephews.

He worked hard, he played hard.  He enjoyed sharing good meals, wine and laughter with family and friends.  He loved and was loved in return.

Jim's ashes will be scattered at sea with a committal ceremony performed aboard a deployed U. S. Navy ship.


Sandra Louise Johnson (Wife of Dick Johnson 23rd Co ) (5/7/14)

Sandra Louise Johnson, 75, passed away at home in Payson, Ariz. Feb. 7, 2014. Sandy began her life in Homer City, Pa. as "Sally," daughter of the late Lloyd and Ruth Shadle. Born April 17, 1938, she was a bit of a tomboy early in life.

Following high school, Sandy moved to Washington, D.C., where she eventually met her beloved husband, the late Richard (Dick) Johnson. Later, Sandy moved to Chicago and became a stewardess for American Airlines. Her career was brief as she and Dick soon married and Sandy assumed the role of Navy wife and loving mother.

Sandy was passionate about helping others. After raising her three children, Sandy began a second career, counseling women who had experienced sexual assault. Her support and guidance helped countless women heal. Sandy later became a respected seminar leader specializing in assertiveness training.

Sandy and Dick retired to Pine, Ariz. where they were surrounded by their children and grandchildren. Sandy greatly valued her large circle of loving friends, both near and far, with whom she laughed, cried and enjoyed life.

Sandy is survived by her son, Rick Johnson; son, Rob Johnson; daughter, Kris Emminger; grandchildren David (Elizabeth), Austin (Ally), Taylor, KC, and Mikey; and great-grandchildren Isabelle, Brooklyn, Hallee, Ayla, and Huxley.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 17 at the First Baptist Church of Pine, 4039 N. Hwy. 87, Pine, AZ 85544. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Compassus, 511 S. Mud Springs Road, Payson, AZ 85541.

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Paul LeRoy Weitfle, Jr. (12th Co) (4/11/14)

Paul LeRoy Weitfle, Jr., beloved husband of 55 years to Virginia E. (nee Halfpenny), devoted father of Bonnie J. Weitfle, Michael P. Weitfle, Kathleen M. (Martin) Schickel, Paul L. Weitfle, IV, Christopher J. (Maria) Weitfle, Jeanette M. (William) Burdick and Diane M. Weitfle, devoted grandfather of Kristine, Michael and Michelle Gehler, Elias, Sophia and Paul L. Weitfle V and loving brother of Jean (Harry) Madera. Passed away under the care of Hospice of Cincinnati on Monday, April 7th at the age of 78. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 14th from 11AM until 12:30PM at Thomas-Justin Memorial, 7500 Montgomery Road (45236) Kenwood. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1PM at St. Gertrude Catholic Church, 7630 Shawnee Run Road (45243) Madeira. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Mr. Weitfle is a graduate of the US Naval Academy. He served in the United States Navy and the US Navy Reserves for 28 years, retiring as a Captain. He was also a 32 year employee of Procter & Gamble, working in the IT department. Condolence may be shared with the family through our website,  ThomasJustinMemorial.com

Howard Lynn Hall (11th Co) (4/7/14)

Lt/Col. Howard Lynn Hall, USAF (Ret.), 78, of North Phoenix, AZ passed away on March 25, 2014. He was born in Amherstdale, West Virginia. Howard graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Engineering. He served in the U.S.A.F. for twenty and a half years. During that time, he was a Navigator and served two tours in Vietnam where he earned the Bronze Star. He then worked in flight operations before being assigned for four years at The Citadel, The Military College of SC. Howard earned his Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Colorado and his MBA from The Citadel.

 He was a patient, loving and generous husband, father and grandfather. He always took care of family and especially enjoyed his grandchildren. We have lost our Papa too soon. Howard is survived by his loving wife of 43 years Lynn; his two children, Howard (Wendy) and Sarah (Dacun); his three grandchildren Brittany, Jackson, and Elizabeth; his mother Violette Ann; brothers Ray (Joy) and Michael; and sisters Rosemary and Rebecca. 

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 East Bell Road. Interment will be at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those wishing to make a donation may do so through Habitat for Humanity in Howard's name (habitat.org). Arrangements entrusted to Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary.

George H. Brenner (1st Co)

George Brenner, 78, a prominent area realtor since 1967, died February 20, 2014. He was the husband of Diane M. (Daigle) Brenner. Born in Cambridge, MA, he was the son of the late Ernest and Elinor (Schwartz) Brenner and step-son of the late Marsha Brenner. A graduate of Somerville High School and the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, Class of 1958, Mr. Brenner served in both the Marine Corp and the Navy during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was the owner of Brenner Realtors in Westport, MA and Newport, RI, and formerly employed by Larry Nunes Real Estate in Middletown, RI.

Along with his beloved wife, he is survived by his children, Linda Alexson and her husband Andrew of Ipswich, MA, Karen Brenner Leslie and her husband Matthew of Westwood, MA, Robert Brenner and his wife Dara of Atlanta, GA, Judith Uphold of Salt Lake City, UT, and Jeffrey Brenner and his wife Melissa of Wakefield, MA; his sisters Nancy DeAngelo and her husband Floyd of Greenwood Lake, NY, Barbara Brenner-Morris and her husband Edward of Bellingham, WA, Patricia Mostert and her husband Christopher of Malibu, CA, and Susan Brenner of Manhattan Beach, CA; and his grandchildren William, Holly, Jeffrey, Kyle, Jared, Noah, Samuel, Jaron, Grace and Abbey. He was also the father of the late Eric Brenner.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 24th at 10 AM at Temple Beth El, 385 High St., Fall River with burial in RI Veterans Cemetery, Exeter, RI. The family requests no flowers, but donations in his memory may be made to United Way of RI, 50 Valley St., Providence, RI 02909 or Make A Wish, 20 Hemingway Dr., East Providence, RI 02915. Shiva will be observed at his late residence on Tues and Wed, 2-4 & 7-9 PM.


Helen Donnan (Weisner) Meurer (Wife of Phil Meurer 10th Co) (02/24/14)

Nov 4, 1936 - Feb 16, 2014(02/23/14)

Helen was born in Gray Court, South Carolina as the eldest child to Ned and Janie Weisner. Her father was a welder and the family traveled as his occupation required, staying in Gray Court, SC when he traveled overseas. As a younger girl, she enjoyed dancing. The family eventually settled in Lancaster, SC. While in elementary school, she wanted to be a journalist. She was active in the 4-H club, winning the State 4-H award for an entomology project while in high school. Upon graduation, she decided to follow her mother into a nursing career by attending the distinguished program at John's Hopkins, where she earned her diploma degree as a Registered Nurse. She really enjoyed being a nurse in the Operating Room. While at Hopkins, she met a Naval Academy Midshipman, Philip Meurer, who she fell in love with and married. After being married, they had two children, David and Debbie, and she enjoyed being a stay at home Mom with her children. 

Philip was commissioned in the Air Force, and together they traveled across the United States and the world, including the Philippines on two occasions. While stationed in the Philippines with her family, Helen volunteered as an OR nurse, helping to treat wounded servicemen, and later worked with "Operation Baby-Lift", caring for children leaving Vietnam for the US. She won an award from the American Red Cross in recognition of her service. Eventually they settled in San Antonio, Texas, where she was able to continue working as a Public Health Nurse and she continued her life of serving others. She and her husband retired in San Antonio, Texas, where they enjoyed living for years, making many friends. When her health declined in her later years, she and her husband moved to Gainesville, Florida to stay with family. 

She enjoyed traveling with her husband in an RV, especially to the National Parks and similar areas in the Northwestern US, such as Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and even into Canada. Her hobbies included sewing, where she became renowned for making Raggedy Ann and Andy Dolls. She fell in love with quilting and lovingly created many keepsake quilts for family members. She and her quilt club made quilts for newborn babies with birth complications to help keep them warm. 

After a full life, she passed away in her sleep on February 16, 2014. She is survived by her husband Philip Meurer; son David Meurer (Sherry); daughter Debbie Meurer Colpitts (Richard); sister Edna Earle Faust (Clint); and grandchildren Joshua Meurer, Sarah Meurer, Linda Diane Colpitts and Kayli Nicole Colpitts. She was well loved by her devoted husband, and all her family, and will be missed by all whose lives she touched. 

". . . for I want to go wherever you go and to live wherever you live: your people shall be my people, and your God shall be my God." Ruth 1:16

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., in the Heritage Room of WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME DOWNTOWN, 404 North Main Street, with Fr. Rich Clark of St. Michael's Episcopal Church officiating. Another celebration will be held in San Antonio, at a time and location to be announced. Please visit her memorial page at 




(352) 376-7556

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Leo Ernst Therrien  (24th Co)

Leo was born on April 6, 1935, in Coos Bay, Oregon, the son of the late Leo E. and Helen Therrien.  He was married to Dorothy Ann Bailey on June 7, 1958, in Newport, R.I. 

Leo attended the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1958, with a bachelor of science degree followed by serving proudly in the Navy for over 21 years, both on surface ships and submarines, as well as shore duty. He retired from the Navy in 1978, with the rank of lieutenant commander. He also obtained his master's degree in business administration from the University of New Haven.  After his military service, he worked as a systems manager at Computer Science Corp., in Middletown, R.I. and then for Three Rivers Community Technical College as a computer manager, retiring in 1997. 

Leo also loved to bow hunt and camp with his family. He was a member of Aerie #1313 Fraternal Order of Eagles in Warwick, R.I., and in 2001-2002 was Eagle of the Year for Rhode Island State Aerie #10042. He loved to spend time with his grandson working on computers and sharing the special bond they had. 

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Ann (Bailey) Therrien; his daughter, Alice L. (Therrien) Fitzgerald and her husband, James; his son, Eric Therrien; and by his grandson, Travis M. Fitzgerald. His is also survived by his brother, C. Dale Therrien of North Carolina. 

Leo's family will greet relatives and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl St., Mystic. A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, at the North Stonington Bible Church, Jeremy Hill Road, North Stonington. Burial with full military honors will follow in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. 

To share a message of condolence or remembrance with his family, please visit www.dinotofuneral.com


Bernice Doyle  McCandless (Wife of Bruce McCandless (19th Co)) (01/17/14)

From Gordo

I regret to inform you of the passing of Bruce's wife, Bernice. She had fought a long and valiant fight against cancer to which she succumbed this past Tuesday. Burial arrangements are not yet firm. Bruce sends the following:

                In lieu of flowers, for anyone interested, I suggest donating a unit of blood in Bernice’s name or making a donation to either breast cancer research or animal welfare in her name.  In treating her anemia, a battle that we seemed to be winning, she received thirty-something units of blood.  I’ll have to count up the instances to get an exact number, but it’s around thirty.

Many of you know and respect Bruce's many accomplishments and might want to pass along your condolences. Bruce can be reached at bruce2mc@logcabin.com.  


Bernice Doyle  McCandless

24 April 1937; Rahway, NJ  -  14 January 2014; Conifer, CO


Saturday, 25 January 2014  
Memorial Service:  1:00 pm
St. Laurence Episcopal Church
26812 Barkley Road, Conifer, CO 80433  

Reception to Follow:

Brooks Place Tavern & Restaurant
25577 Conifer Road, #100, Conifer, CO 80433


Monday, 3 February 2014  

Funeral Service: 1100

United States Naval Academy Main Chapel

101 Cooper Road, Annapolis, MD 21402  

Interment to follow:

United States Naval Academy Cemetery; Plot 1185  

Reception to Follow:

Naval Academy Club, 2 Truxtun Road: Leyte Gulf Room  

RSVP  bruce2mc@logcabin.com  to enable a head-count and for access to The Yard


In lieu of flowers, please consider one of the following:  

1) Donating a unit of blood in Bernice's memory at a local blood bank;

2) Making a donation in support of (breast) cancer research at a charity of your choice; or

3) Making a donation to the Evergreen Animal Protective League, c/o Susan Nocket, Evergreen Cat Lodge, 32163 Soda Creek Drive, Evergreen, CO  80439, or online at   www.eapl.com


Janice Marie Krabbenhoft Bradley (Wife of John Bradley (16th Co))   (01/15/14)

Janice Marie Krabbenhoft Bradley loving wife of Lt. Col. John Bruce Bradley, USAF (Ret.) 16th CO, with dignity joined our Lord and Savior while being cared for by the gracious nurses at the Hospice Care Center for her Alzheimer’s in Brooksville, FL. She passed into his loving care at 13:14 on 12/18/2013 where she has now made her final move to her new home in the splendor of Heaven.


Funeral services were on 23 December and held at David C. Gross Funeral Home, 6636 Central Ave, Saint Petersburg, FL 33707.  Viewing visitation was held one hour prior to the service with a reception to follow her burial.  She was laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, not far from the funeral home.


Jan was born on the 10th of July, 1937 in Fargo North Dakota, the third child of four children and the only girl born to Ewald and Clarice Krabbenhoft.  She graduated from Fargo High School in 1955 and a few years later she began her globetrotting and career adventures by making her first move from her home in Fargo to Alexander, VA to be nearer to her fiancé, John Bradley, who at the time was a Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy.  While waiting for John to graduate, Jan worked for the CIA in Washington D.C.  After Jan and John were married their first assignment moved them to Keesler AFB, Mississippi and after 9 months in Harlingen TX, they moved on to Altus AFB, Oklahoma.  There Jan enjoyed teaching both Kindergarten and Sunday school.  A few years later they were transferred to Offutt AFB in Omaha Nebraska where she continued her civil service career and when they moved back to Alexandria, VA she worked for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency with Dr. Kahn, founder of the ARPA net, the precursor to the Internet.


Always the professional career woman she found herself working as Assistant to the director of the Defense Commissary Agency European Region while living in Heidelberg Germany.  Upon their return to the States they settled for a brief time in Alabama where she worked at the Redstone Army Arsenal in the Patriot Missile office.  While there she received an Army Commendation Medal for her support to Israel’s receiving the Patriot Missile. Jan finished up her 21+ year career after they moved to Florida where she worked at MacDill AFB, FL for the Special Operations Command Central as the special assistant to General Toney, deploying Green Beret Troops.  

Jan is predeceased by her parents and her brother Arlen Krabbenhoft.  She is survived by Arlen’s wife Marie Krabbenhoft, his son Ronald and his two daughter’s Karen and Sharon Krabbenhoft, her older brother Dennis and his wife Nancy Krabbenhoft and their son Tom and his wife Linda Krabbenhoft.  She is also survived by her younger brother Charles and his wife Bonnie Krabbenhoft and their daughter Lori Von and her husband Lt. Col. Adrian Claymen’s USMC along with their daughter Autumn.  

Jan is additionally survived by her husband Lt. Col. John Bradley, USAF (Ret) and their three children:  Daughter Susan Kelsey, along with her son Daniel and his wife Bridgette Kelsey and their daughter Isabella, and Susan’s daughter Francis and her Husband David Cooke; Daughter Kathleen Stutts, along with her daughter, Tera Johnson and Tera’s son Craig and Kathleen’s son Kenneth; and Son Charles and his wife Becky Bradley and their two children Erica Brooke and John Charles.


If you desire to make a contribution, please make it to:


Mayo Clinic
200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905

Attn: Alzheimer Disease Research


I received an email from Nancy Krabbenhoft, Jan’s Sister-in-Law.  The below poem she quoted suits Jan to a T.

A VIRTUOUS WOMAN (adapted from Proverbs 31)

"Who can find a virtuous woman of noble character?

She is worth far more than rubies.

Her husband has full confidence in her

And lacks nothing of value.

She brings him good, not harm,

all the days of her life.

She works with eager hands

and secures sustenance from afar.

She arises while it is still dark

and provides food for her family.

She sets about her work vigorously;

her arms are strong for her tasks.

She opens her arms to the poor

and extends her hands to the needy.

She is clothed with strength and dignity;

she can laugh at the days to come.

She speaks with wisdom

and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the affairs of her family

and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children arise and call her blessed;

her husband also, and he praises her.

Many women do noble things,

but she surpasses them all.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;

but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

Give her the reward she has earned,

and let her works bring her praise in every place."



I have included Jan’s Garden Gate and the eulogy I gave at her funeral.





My Eulogy

My heart is truly touched by your presence as we gather to say goodbye to the earthly body of our Dearest Janice:  Wife, Mother, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother, and Friend ~ she was always treasured, loved, honored.


Over the many years, how many special gifts at Christmas, birthdays, christenings, anniversaries, etc. did we each receive from her thoughtful heart? 


How many cards, letters, how many special messages and packages, how many beautiful/inspirational booklets did she shower upon us?


In how many special places did we share her gracious company? 


In the Parks, at the beach, around the Pool, at the Restaurants, and in her Homes?  While you were with her, it was as though no one else was around, so focused she would become, just on you. 


No matter where she went, she drew in new friends, acquaintances, and admirers ~ here in the U.S., in Europe, at the Utah Olympics, in North Dakota, Florida, and California, anywhere, everywhere. 


Jan touched each and every one of your lives in uniquely individual ways.  "Stranger" was not a word in her vocabulary because she made acquaintances and friendships with everyone she met including the next person in the checkout line at the grocery store. Strangers became cherished friends for life.  Friendly and charming was the essence of Jan. But those of us within her Family were the most fortunate of all. 


She was a strong woman who was always there living her life and giving of herself to others in true representation of a vehicle of our Lord.  Her faith allowed her to handle the difficulties of life with grace and that kept her strong.  She was strong when I was sent to serve our country in Vietnam.  She was strong when her son was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and again always the vigilant angel created by God, she was strong and my strength when I too was diagnosed with cancer.


Although Jan was a strong woman she loved to sing and was a member of several church choirs.  One of her dreams was to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and as a birthday surprise Susan took her to a tabernacle choir rehearsal.  What appeared to Jan to be an out of the blue invitation, thanks to Susan, they ask her to come up and sing with the practicing choir.  It was a Joyful experience for Jan that she cherished for the remainder of her days.


One of Jan’s special attributes was always putting others before herself.  She lived her life believing in her heart, "give and you shall receive" and she gave of herself to others more than most could ever conceive of doing, merely because she never considered "What's in it for me."  She lived her life in thought and deed content in knowing the blessings she would receive from the Kingdom of Heaven by the light of the Lord.


And now that her earthly light has been extinguished, let's always celebrate the precious memory of her, thinking of her often, recalling to mind special times we shared with her, remembering her wise counsel, her deep Lutheran faith, her beautiful smile, her easy laughter, and, above all, her kind and loving spirit. 


Truly, each of us has been blessed by having had this special woman in our lives!

Max Neil Akers (5th Co) (12/18/13)

Funeral services for Capt. Max N. Akers, USN (Ret.), 80, will be 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, in the Centennial Chapel of the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home, with the Rev. Morgan Ashworth officiating. Interment will be at Ft. Sill National Cemetery, Elgin, at 2 p.m., with Chaplain Dan Capri officiating with Military Honors provided by the United States Navy. The son of John Q. Akers and Luvene Griffin Akers, Max was born on April 12, 1933, and passed away Dec. 8, 2013, in Ardmore,  OK. Max was born at Graham, and graduated from Fox Consolidated High School in 1951. After graduation from high school, Max moved to Washington, D.C. where he worked as a congressional patronage appointee in the Post Office for the House of Representatives. Max had joined the Naval Reserve in April 1950, and was recalled to active duty in March 1952. While serving with the Seabees, Max received a congressional appointment to the Naval Academy. He was in the Naval Academy Prep School Class of 53 and entered the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1954. At the Academy, Max was an honors student, graduating 99th in his class. 

Following graduation, he reported to the USS Noble APA (218) where he served in various engineering billets and as navigator. He then went to submarine school and nuclear power training. Max served on board USS Scamp (SSN-588) and four SSBNs, including a command tour of USS James Madison (SSNB-627) Gold. Max attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, earning an M.S. Computer Science 1966-68. Post command tours included Engineering Training Director, FBMSTC, Charleston, S.C.; Executive Officer, Naval Submarine Base, Bangor, Wash.; Commanding Officer, Naval Reserve Center, Charleston, S.C.; and Chief of Staff, Charleston Naval Base, Charleston, S.C. 

 After retirement in October 1985, Max was employed as operations manager, the BDM Corporation, Charleston, S.C. Max also worked as a independent consultant in defense industries. In 1990, Max moved back to his native Oklahoma where he became a certified real estate appraiser and provided community service as a member of the board of directors, Arbuckle Conservation District and Southern Oklahoma Development Authority. 

Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl Rogers and Carol Diaz, both of Gig Harbor, Wash.; and four grandchildren, Jacob Diaz, Candace Diaz, Ashley Rogers and Bailey Rogers. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.

Roderick John Pejsar (11/27/13)

From Gordo

I regret to report that Rod died of pulmonary fibrosis on 19 December.

Rod made it to REUNION 55 this past May where he received significant help from his old friend Dave Gibson.  The Life Event Center at Florida Memorial Gardens is handling funeral arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to his widow, Jane Starling Pejsar at their home address 11 Inwood Way, Indian Harbor Beach, FL 32937  or at her e-mail  jstarpejsar@yahoo.com.

Roderick Gorton ((2nd Co) (11/20/13)

Received the following from Lucky Lovitt:

Gordo, I received a message from one of Rod Gorton's daughters, Giovanna. Rod is one of our classmates who moved to Italy to live. There he met his wife and raised six children. His daughter attended our 50th reunion with him. She said that Rod fell off a ladder while working on a roof window on 14 Nov. He died shortly thereafter. His family were gathered there this weekend for what I assume was his burial. I wrote back to her for more information but haven't heard anything yet.

Anne (Nancy)  Leary (Wife of John Leary (24th Co)

Nancy Leary, a retired teacher at St. Mary's Catholic School in Alexandria, died peacefully August 6, 2013 at her home in the Mount Vernon section of Alexandria, VA after a short illness. She was 79. After teaching at a private school in Alexandria, Mrs. Leary taught fourth grade at St. Mary's from 1985 until her retirement in 1996. Born Anne Louise Bisio in Danbury, CT, Nancy, graduated in 1955 from the College of New Rochelle. She was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Alexandria and the Mount Vernon Yacht Club. She loved the water and spent many vacations boating with family or combing the beaches of Cape Cod. Her husband of 26 years, retired Navy Cmdr. John Leary II, died in 1986. Survivors include four children, Missy Leary, Andrea Steierman and John Leary III, all of Alexandria, and Bob Leary of Essex, CT; and two grandchildren, Ryan and Ellen. She also leaves her four-footed playmate, Lila.

 Visitation was on Monday, August 12, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Demaine Funeral Home, 520 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA. Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8710 Mt. Vernon Hwy, Alexandria, VA. Reception  followed at Good Shepherd. In lieu of flowers, Nancy's wishes would be to donate to Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, 8305-17B Richmond Highway, PO Box 15096, Alexandria, VA 22309 (http://www.goodhousing.org/).

William George Prince (9th Co)

From Gordo

Bill's wife, Marlene, has informed me that Bill died on Tues, October 15. He had been ill for several years with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Visitation is at Liberty Road Chapel, 3767 W. Liberty Road, Ann Arbor, MI on Tuesday, 22 Oct  3PM-8PM. Funeral Mass at St Thomas Catholic Church, 530 Elizabeth St., Ann Arbor, MI on Wednesday, 23  Ocy at 10AM.  Bill was not only a classmate, but also a shipmate on the USS Soley (DD707).

Frances Barker (Tinker) Runzo (Wife of Mel Runzo (10th Co) (9/30/13)

From Mike Giglio (10/2/13)

Frances Barker Runzo, better known as "Tinker" to her friends and family, died Sept. 28, 2013.

Tinker was born in Norfolk and attended Larchmont Elementary and Maury High School. Her father, Harvey Barker, moved the family to Princess Anne County in 1955 where she graduated from Princess Anne High School in 1957. Tinker earned a B.S. in Education and an M.S. in Counselor Education from Old Dominion University. She taught 5th grade at Louise Luxford Elementary School where two of her students introduced her to Lt. Melvin Runzo, USN, a helicopter pilot, who she married six months later. Tinker was a Counselor at Kellam High School until a change of duty took the family to Fairfax County, VA, where Tinker was a high school Guidance Counselor in the Fairfax County School System, working in Oakton, Falls Church, Annandale and JEB Stuart high schools. She retired from the Fairfax County School System after 25 years of service, and she and her husband, Mel, moved to Williamsburg, VA, where she was a volunteer for the Colonial Williamsburg foundation, giving tours of the St. George Tucker House, a job she continued after moving back to Virginia Beach. She served for five years on the First Night Williamsburg Board of Directors, where she was coordinator of the food service vendors. In 2010, they moved to Atlantic shores in Virginia Beach.

Tinker is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Melvin Runzo, USN (ret'd); son Chris Runzo and wife Beth; grandsons Aaron, Dustin and Ethan; a sister Barbara Hull; two nieces Patty Bartneck and Peyton von Hirsch, of Virginia Beach; an aunt, Bernice Rea of Crozet, VA, and numerous cousins and friends who were a source of much joy throughout her life.

A Memorial Service will be held at Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church on Oct 17 at 1 p.m. followed by inurnment at Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery with a reception to follow in the Church's Parish Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her memory may be made to Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church, 2020 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach, Va 23454; or Atlantic Shores Employee Gift Fund, 1200 Atlantic Shores Drive, Virginia Beach, Va 23454.

H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Rd Chapel is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at hdoliver.com.

Max David Marbain (4th Co)

CDR Max David Marbain, USN (Ret.), 77, of Mechanicsburg, died at home and surrounded by his loving family on Monday, September 9, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Danby, MO, on February 29, 1936.   Max's survivors include his loving wife of 27 years, Jessica Marbain; four children; and five grandchildren. He will be missed by his loyal employees, his many associates and friends.

Max graduated from Festus High School, in Danby, MO, the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis where he lettered in crew, and Harvard University where he received his Master of Business Administration. Max's naval career encompassed tours in Georgia, California, Hawaii, Florida, the Philippines and Washington, DC, where he served on the staff of the White House under President Lyndon B. Johnson. He often accompanied the President to the Texas White House and Camp David. Max later served aboard the USS Forestall and in Vietnam.

 Max was a land developer in Central Pennsylvania for more than thirty years. His designs and innovative floor plans were featured in national industry publications. Max received numerous awards and recognition throughout his career. Having built more than a thousand homes, Marbain Associates continues to be at the forefront of residential development.

All are welcome to join Max's family at his home at 2933 Arcona Road, Mechanicsburg on Friday, September 13, 2013, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. The family suggests memorial contributions to Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006, Humane Society of Harrisburg, 7790 Grayson Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111, or Susquehanna Service Dogs, 3700 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

 Max's family has entrusted his care to Myers-Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421. Read Max's full obituary and sign his official guest book atwww.Myers-Buhrig.com


Robert Lee Harshberger (21st Co)

Bob died in Coronado, CA. on 8 September after a long struggle with cancer. Information  on funeral or memorial services are forthcoming..

Update 9/13/13

Service of Resurrection will be held for Bob Harshberger '58 at 1000 Friday 20 September 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Coronado.

From Bob's Coronado Friends: neighbors and church congregation:

Our wonderful friend and longtime Optimist Bob Harshberger passed away with his family at his side Sunday afternoon.  Bob had been failing for several months following a recurrence of cancer that he has fought for years. 

Bob was always a cheerful fellow with a smile and a handshake or a helping hand.  If his gang of barbershop singers ever serenaded your love on Saint Valentine's Day, you already know how Bob brought joy into a room.  A collector of hats, cars, and friends, Bob could always be depended upon for a good story about growing up in Johnstown, PA where he apparently knew everybody. 

Bob traveled back and forth across the border organizing the building of seventy-five houses and a passable church in the slums of Tijuana.  He was always willing to try something that the poor folks asked for.  He even endeavored to build a brick house for a lady who asked.

Bob was a Naval Academy classmate of John McCain and several other members of our club.  I don't think Bob and Claudette ever missed one of our parties.

Should you want to send a note to the family, the address is 1217 Alameda Blvd, Coronado, CA  92118-2710.

Connie Dawson (Wife of Bill Dawson (23rd Co)

I regret to report that Connie Dawson, wife of  Bill Dawson (23) has died.  Connie passed away 0700 this morning (Thursday 8 Aug 2013).   A Catholic Funeral Mass in Latin is scheduled for 1100 Friday 16 Aug at St. Johns Beloved church in McLean, VA followed by a reception at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA (1330-1530). 


Mary Ann Gross (Wife of Skip Gross (18th Co )

From Jerry Larson

Mary Ann Gross, passed away on  Thurs, 25 July 2013 after a lengthy illness


William  L.  Hendrix (6/28/2013)

From Rupe MacLean

After his wife Alice passed away, Bill reestablished contact with the Class and began attending our monthly dinners in Annapolis and the home football games and tailgates. In the past couple years his health has been bothering him and in 2012 he did not renew his season football tickets. I tried contacting him periodically by email and by phone, but he didn't respond then his phone was disconnected.

 Obituary: Annapolis Capital Newspaper, Sunday 23 June 2013

HENDRIX, WILLIAM L. "BILL", of Gambrills, Md. died Friday evening at Trinity Care Center in Round Rock, Texas from complications of a massive heart attack. Born on November 14, 1935 to William O. and Anna Hendrix in San Pedro, Ca. his formative years were spent on the west coast before moving east. A 1953 graduate of Vallejo High School, he briefly attended the U.S. Naval Academy before finishing his career with the U.S. Army. While in the service, he distinguished himself as a gifted Russian cryptanalyst with the National Security Administration. On August 31, 1958 he married the only true love of his life, Alice Joan Phillipson, who preceded him in death in 2002. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Glen Burnie, Md. Those who knew him will remember his passionate nature, his sharp intellect and whit, his discerning eye, and his hearty laugh. He is survived by his two sons, William C. "Willie" Hendrix and wife Stephanie of Round Rock, Tx. and Mark T. Hendrix and wife Diana of Lexington, Ky. He is also survived by six grandchildren; Jonathan, Benjamin (wife Melinda), Brittany, and Grace Hendrix of Round Rock, Tx., Stephen Hendrix of Los Angeles, Jeff Hendrix (wife Emily) of Lexington, Ky., great grandson Jonas Hendrix of Lexington, Ky., brother R. Paul Hendrix (wife Sue) of Bothell, Wa., and sister Mike Hendrix Kendall (husband Ed) of Vallejo, California. Private services will be held for the family. Cremation services provided by Heart of Texas.

James Donald Swearingen (6th Co.)

From Gordo

I received the following today regarding Jim

You guys have been very very special to Jim. Please know that. He was never so touched in his life as when you contacted him to join your group. If he never told you, he expected that everyone in his class would have looked down on him because he felt the need to resign in order to follow his calling as a priest. Calling him to join the luncheons was the kindest and most wonderful thing to happen to him. He really enjoyed your company and looked forward to the luncheons, even though he could rarely make it physically. He suffered a lot in the past few months and just wanted it to be over. This week he suddenly worsened and before you know it, it was over. But know that he had the best last day anyone could hope for, and he never suffered. He just grew so weary that he went to sleep and never woke up. 

His funeral will be this Saturday, June 8th, at 11am.

Location Advent of Christ the King (Episcopal) 261 Fell Street San Francisco, CA 94102-5193 TEL 415 431 0454 

Grayden Frederick Lombard (7th Co) (5/10/13)

Update 2/5/14

Fred Lombard will be Inurned at Arlington Cemetery at 11:00 Am on Friday, February 21, 2014. Anyone wishing to attend should meet at the Administration Building at 10:30 AM.

From Bill Drury 

Fred Lombard died Friday, May 10th, after being bedridden at home for six months.  Fred totally lost his eye sight three years ago and has steadily gone down hill ever since. Final arrangements have not been made, however we anticipate a service and Inurnment at Arlington or USNA.

Fred's wife, Sandra, can be contacted at:

128 Central Park Lane
Evans, GA 30809
(H) 706-955-9933
(C) 706-973-7539
(e-mail) sandrahultlombard@yahoo.com


 Clarence Howard Keim II (10th Co)

Update (4/2/13)

Clarence Howard "Bud" Keim, LCDR U.S. Navy (Ret)  went home to be with his Lord on Easter Sunday Morning, March 31, 2013, after a courageous fight with Leukemia (MDS).

LCDR Keim was born in Topeka, Kansas on August 14, 1935. He and his brother, Ray, were raised in a Foster home for 12 years. He eventually moved to Kansas City, MO to live with his father, Clair Henry Keim where he graduated from Paseo High School. He received a Congressional appointment to The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, graduating Class of 1958. He continued on to receive a Master of Science in operations Research/Systems Analysis from United States Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, CA.

Bud was married to Carol Juanita "Nita" Woodard on January 4th, 1959; they enjoyed 54 exciting years together.

Bud served his country in an illustrious 24 year career commissioning 2 submarines, The USS James Monroe and the USS Lewis and Clark, several nuclear powered ballistic missile submarines, serving at sea for much of his career; culminating in a seven year tenure with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. He briefed Presidents, Vice Presidents and Secretaries of State in numerous strategic operations. He patrolled the seas during the Cuban Missile Crisis and spent several tours of duty in the depths of the South China Sea. He was considered an expert in submarine warfare.

 Bud  recently retired from the City of Canton Health Department where he worked as an engineer. Bud amassed a huge extended family in which he was loved tremendously, including his church family as well. Bud enjoyed studying God's Word and sharing his faith in Jesus Christ with anyone who would listen.



From Bud's Son Rocky Keim

To all who befriended me during these days of struggle and loss, thank you for your prayers. But this Easter morning our God has called his humble servant home. His name was Clarence Howard Keim II "Bud".   At 5 yrs of age he lost his mother and was raised in a foster home with his brother.   At 18 he earned a Congressional appointment to the Naval Academy and at 22 he met his bride, and her father, whom he idolized and strived to emulate his entire life. He patrolled beneath the surface of Cuban waters during the Cuban Missile Crisis, commissioned several nuclear powered submarines, and patrolled the South China Seas until serving the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon. He raised us with discipline and a strong work ethic, but mostly with a love for Jesus Christ. He had compassion for all people and never uttered an ill-conceived word about anyone. He was not a big man by most measures, but as my brother in law said, he was a Spiritual giant, and that's how I will remember him. Thanks to all, and Peace to you

Richard Kenneth Alexander (10th Co) 03/03/13

Update 5/26/13

Reminder:  Dick's Inurnment will be held at 1030 on 3 June  at the USNA  Columbarium

Update  03/09/13

Once again, I am sending this on behalf of my mother, Barbara Alexander. The memorial service for my father will be Saturday, March 16, 2013, 11:00am, at the Gales Ferry United Methodist Church, 10 Chapman Lane, Gales Ferry, CT  06335.  In addition, we have confirmed his inurnment at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, for Monday, June 3, 2013, at 10:30am.

It has been wonderful hearing from so many of you!  My mother finds great comfort in all of your memories and kind words.  It is also great to reconnect  with some many people once again.  All the emails have provided my mother and the 4 of us "kids" with so much support and we all truly appreciate it.  I have spent the last week with my mom and she is doing very well.  She has her moments, as we all do, but she is very strong and is coping well for now.  The hard part will be after March 16, once the service is over. 

Once again, here is his obituary:  http://byles.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1989927&fh_id=10364  

home:  (860) 872-2895
cell:  (860) 614-2474

From Dick's Daughter, Nancy Oaks:

It is with a heavy heart that I tell you my father, Richard Alexander, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.  As you may know, he had been ill for several years with a lung disease. Just before Christmas, he was hospitalized and then was placed in a rehab facility not too far from home.  Unfortunately, he was too sick to bring him home.  But as a family, we had a priceless 2 months to spend with him and bond as a family like we had never done before.  It is his final gift to us and one we will treasure forever. 

My mom is doing pretty well.  Of course, she has her moments but the 4 of us are always here for her.  He was so sick at the end that we are grateful he is not struggling any longer.  That doesn't make it any easier but it does give us all a great bit of comfort.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at my email address, nancya@snet.net .

Mom will continue to stay connected with people since she is much more tech savvy than Dad ever was!!  He always claimed he was going into the digital age kicking and screaming since he was so analog...;)

Nancy Oaks, the oldest of the 4 kids

A celebration of Dick's life will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 11:00am at the Gales Ferry United Methodist Church.  Burial will be private at the United States Naval Academy Columbarium in Annapolis, MD.  There will be no calling hours. Funeral arrangements are being coordinated by Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington Street, New London, CT 06320. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, gifts be made to the Gales Ferry United Methodist Church, 10 Chapman Lane, Gales Ferry, CT 06335.

Dick's Obituary:  http://byles.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1989927&fh_id=10364   (Note from Fred Victor: If this link does not work, paste it directly into your browser)

Michael J. Hanley (7th Co)

Michael J. Hanley, Major USMC Ret., 76, of Westerville, passed away  Saturday, November 24, 2012.  Preceded in death by wife Darolyn K. Hanley,
parents James L. and Elizabeth S. Hanley, and brother Daniel A. Hanley.  Survived by son, Timothy M. Hanley of Powell; and brother, James L. Hanley Jr. of
Huntington Beach, CA.  

Michael was a 1954 graduate of Westerville High School, where he excelled academically and was all-league in football and basketball,
and a 1958 graduate of the US Naval Academy.  He later received Masters degrees from The Naval Postgraduate School and George Washington University.  After
graduation, Michael joined the USMC and completed USN flight training in 1960.  During his thirteen years as a USMC fighter pilot, Michael flew the F-8 Crusader
and the F-4 Phantom II and served a year in Vietnam assigned to the 3rd Marine  Air Wing at  Da Nang Air Base. He served the last five years of his USMC career at
the Pentagon and retired with numerous awards and decorations.  

Following his  service to his country, Michael worked for BDM in the DC area, Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, and as a private consultant in Ops analysis and technical  writing. In retirement, Michael enjoyed writing, music, football and caring for his dogs. He will be greatly missed. A family graveside service is planned for  Friday at 2 p.m. at Blendon Central Cemetery with military honors. Friends may join the family at a Celebration of Life Reception at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Grace  Lutheran Church in Westerville. Arrangements by HILL FUNERAL HOME,

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on November 27, 2012

John Edwin Robbins (18th Co)

Lieutenant Commander John Edwin Robbins, USN, Retired, passed away at his home in Tallahassee on November 15, 2012, surrounded by his loving wife, Ruth and his daughter and son, Paige Robbins Parker and Russell Hunter Robbins. Mr. Robbins was born on June 6, 1934 in Seattle Washington, the son of John Edwin Dalquest and Thelma Robbins.  

Following his primary education, Mr. Robbins attended the Severn School in Severn, Maryland, where he graduated in 1954. Thereafter, he was appointed to the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, where he graduated in 1958. He then served his country in the for twenty years.

During his service, he married his wife, Ruth on March 6, 1965. He retired from the Navy with an honorable discharge in 1978, having earned a Masters Degree in criminal justice from Rollins College in 1977, utilizing the G.I. Bill and studying nights and weekends. Following the service of his country, Mr. Robbins went to work for the Florida Department of Commerce where he served faithfully until a stroke forced his retirement in 1995.  

He was a founding member and past president of the Killearn Kiwannis Club and a member of the Holy Cross Anglican Church. Mr. Robbins is survived by his wife, Ruth Hunter Robbins, daughter Paige Robbins Parker and her husband, Julius F. "Rick" Parker III, son Russell Hunter Robbins and his wife, Shari of Louisville, Kentucky, son Walter Allen Robbins and his wife, Sharon of Andersonville, South Carolina, his sister, Judith R. Palen of Jacksonville, brother, Robert W. Robbins of Pensacola, and two grand-children, Hunter Marie Parker and Blaine Dalquest Parker.  

A memorial service will be held on November 20, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 3158 Shamrock South. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be made to the Holy Cross Anglican Church, 4859 Kerry Forest Parkway, Tallahassee, Fl 32309 or the Leon County Humane Society, 413 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee, Fl 32312.  

Bevis Funeral Home, (850) 385-2193 , www.bevisfh.com ,  is in charge of the arrangements.


Wayne Arnie Putnam (7th Co)  (11/11/12)

Update  3/30/13  from Diana

On Monday-April8, 2013 ( for those that wish to) we will process at 10:30 am from Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown, MD to ANC.  We are to meet at the Administration Bldg at ANC by 12:30 pm.  You can meet us at ANC at the Administration Bldg.  The service is to begin at 1:00 pm.  Immediately following the service Deb and I will host a remembrance reception at the Embassy Suites – Crystal City/National Airport in the Adams Morgan room of the hotel.  Parking is discounted at the hotel for those of you who wish to join us to remember Mom and Dad.  Deb and I will be staying for the evening at the Embassy Suites

Although the day will be a sad one filled with honor, I do look forward to seeing those of you who come that I haven’t seen in a long time, never actually met but have heard your names for years and those that are just friends of Mom and Dad. 

Update 3/6/2013  From Diana

The burial service for Mom (Bev) and Dad (Wayne) will be on April 8th at 1:00 pm. The guests for the service are to congregate at the Arlington National Cemetery Administration Building at 12:30 pm.   Deb and I are planning a reception to follow at the Embassy Suites Crystal City-National Airport.  We look forward to seeing everyone there after the service.

Update 03/02/2013  Funeral Services for Wayne and Bev

From Put's Daughter Diana

Date: Monday – 8 April 2013 Time: 1:00 pm.

Procession Departure from Brinsfield, Leonardtown, MD approx 10:30 am

 Reception following the services   -  .more details to follow.

 I will be sending another email with more updates about the reception soon.

 You can meet us at Arlington for the services as opposed to processing from Leonardtown, MD

 Diana Moeller

6554 Honeycutt Ln

Gloucester, VA  23061

804-695-9449 (h)
757-268-5676 (c)


Wayne was born on December 22, 1936 in Kankakee, IL to the late Arnie W. Putnam and Frieda Putnam (Ebling).

Wayne grew up in Kankakee, IL, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, receiving his commission in 1958. In 1959, he completed Naval flight training and was awarded his "wings of gold," commencing his career as a Naval Aviator. Wayne retired in 1987 at the rank of Captain. During his naval career he earned Navy Battle "E", Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal (First Class), Navy Achievement Medal, Air Medal S/F-1, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Air Force Expeditionary Medal (Cuba), Navy Expeditionary Medal (Cuba), National Defense Service Medal, Expert Pistol Ribbon, Meritorious Service. Throughout his career, Wayne, with the enduring support of his loving wife Beverly Jean (Bowman) Putnam, served our nation with distinction and honor.

Wayne was a devoted husband and father. Wayne had many interests throughout his life, including a life-long love of golf. He would play at every opportunity, traveling frequently to his vacation home in Hilton Head, SC to play every day he was there. He participated in many retired military tournaments with his former Navy class mates, and won several events. He enjoyed teaching his grandson Matthew how to play, and was thrilled that his step great-granddaughter Amber wanted to learn and play with him as well. Wayne also donated much of his time helping local organizations such as Meals-On-Wheels in St. Marys County as well as hospice assisting patients to and from hospitals in Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC area.

Wayne is survived by his daughters, Diana Moeller (Chuck) of Gloucester, VA, Debra Lyn Zurkowski (Robert) of Hollywood, MD; three grandchildren, Michael Zurkowski, Matthew Zurkowski, and Megan Zurkowski; one step granddaughter, Rebecca Kelly Moeller; four step great grandchildren, Destiny Moeller, Brittany Bowles, Amber Bowles, and Cassie Bowles; and his sisters, Frieda Cummings and Nina Wilson. In addition to his parents, he was recently predeceased by his wife, Beverly Jean (Bowman) Putnam.

Family will receive friends for Wayne's Life Celebration on Friday, November 16, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Prayers will be recited at 6:30 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church, 43927 St. John's Road, Hollywood, MD 20636. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.

Anthony A. Anthony (11th Co) (10/21/12)

The following was provided by Tony's son, Bill

Anthony A. Anthony, age 77, of Erie, PA passed away at his home on Saturday, October 13, 2012. Tony was born on June 2nd 1935, in Erie a son of the late Anthony and Mary Louise (Paris) Anthony.

A 1953 graduate of Erie Cathedral Prep where he excelled in sports, he went on to graduate from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, Class of 1958. While attending the Academy, Tony started both ways at left tackle for Navy's nationally rank football team. In his senior year, the 5th ranked Naval Academy went on to dominate the 8th ranked Rice University Owls with a 20-7 win in the 1958 Cotton Bowl. In June 1958, Tony was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corp and five years later left the service at the rank of Captain in the Marine Corp Reserves.

From the mid 1960's until early 1996, Anthony enjoyed a long career in the Electronics Industry working for companies such as Erie Technological Products, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., and later Spectrum Control Inc.

In 1996, Tony co-founded X2Y Attenuators, LLC with his Naval Academy classmate and longtime friend, Don Harris of Santa Monica, CA.  Tony was a prolific inventor. During his life he was granted over 140 issued U.S. and International Patents on X2Y Technology, which is applied in electronic components that are used in products around the world including satellite radios, automobile braking systems, commercial and military aircraft, portable heart defibulators and computer microprocessors to name a few. In 2003, Tony was recognized by the IEEE EMC Society with a Technical Achievement Award for X2Y Technology.

Tony was also preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas Anthony and Frank Anthony, both of Erie, PA.

Anthony is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, the former Pamela Kay Keith whom he married on October 19th, 1996, as well as her son Colin Keith and wife Mary-Kay Keith of Erie, PA. Tony is also survived by five children, William Anthony and wife Julie of Erie, PA, Dr. Richard Anthony and wife Svetlana of Glendale, CA, David Anthony and wife Lori of Erie, PA, Mary Anthony of San Mateo, CA and Kathryn Anthony of Austin, TX; and his eight loving grandchildren. In addition, Tony is survived by his wonderful brother Richard Anthony and wife Marsha of Erie, PA; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Tony also had a great love and enjoyment for his Great Danes, Maxamillion, Othello, Dante and Kaiden.

Friends may call at the Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street at Greengarden Blvd. on Wednesday, 17 October, from 2-5 and 7-9 pm. On Thursday, 18 October, There will be a brief visitation from 11:00 am to until the time of a service at 12:00 pm, with Pastor Dennis Miller of Lakewood United Methodist Church officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the "Fund for Cathedral Prep" fund online at https://www.prep-villa.com/page.cfm?p=595&LockSSL=true, by mail c/o Cathedral Preparatory School, 225 W. 9th Street, Erie, PA 16501 , or the local Make a Wish Foundation located at 1001 State Street, Erie, PA 16501.


Julius Robert Juliano (3rd Co)

Dear Classmates, 

I just received a call informing me that Bob died in his sleep, yesterday, 11 October. 
I will provide funeral details when I receive them.   

Update 10/21/12

A Celebration of the Life of Bob Juliano was held on Friday 19 October at the Army Navy Country Club of Fairfax.


Beverly Putnam (Wife of Wayne Putnam (7th Co)

Update 11/3/12 

The family will receive friends  on Friday,  November 16th  at  5 pm – Brinsfield Funeral Home, Leonardtown , MD
Prayers  will be recited at  6:30 pm . 

A memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 17th  at 11:00 am, St. Johns Francis Regis Church,
 43297 St John's Road Hollywood , MD 20636.  Internment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later 
date to be determined.

Update (10/8/12)

Beverly Jean (Bowman) Putnam of Great Mills, MD passed peacefully on October 1, 2012 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

Beverly was born on July 15, 1937 in Kankakee, IL to the late Nicholas Bowman and Bessie Gertrude (Irvine) Bowman.

Beverly grew up in Kankakee, IL, graduating from the University of Illinois in 1959. She raised her two daughters in various parts of the country while loyally serving as the wife of a career Naval Aviator. The family settled down in Great Mills, Maryland when husband Wayne retired after 30 years of service to our country. She enjoyed most of all spending time with her family and friends. Beverly spent numerous years reuniting with her Chi Omega sorority sisters all over the country over the past 50 years. She enjoyed cooking wonderful meals for all who would partake, shopping for the best deal of the century and overall just having fun. Beverly touched the lives of many people and her kind heartedness, radiance and grace will be missed tremendously.

She is survived by her devoted and loving husband, Wayne A. Putnam; daughters, Diana Moeller (Chuck) of Gloucester, VA, Debra Lyn Zurkowski (Robert) of Hollywood, MD; three grandchildren, Michael Zurkowski, Matthew Zurkowski, and Megan Zurkowski; one step granddaughter, Rebecca Kelly Moeller; and four step great grandchildren, Destiny Moeller, Brittany Bowles, Amber Bowles, and Cassie Bowles. In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by her sister, Ellie (Bowman) McBroom.

Memorial Services will be determined at a later date. Information will be forthcoming.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.

Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.


Beverly passed away passed away on Monday, Oct. 1st, after being hospitalized at St. Mary’s hospital in Leonardtown, MD for several weeks and then moved to Johns Hopkins on Sep. 19th.  Her doctors there evaluated her situation and were very pessimistic  regarding her outlook for recovery even if she were kept on her dialysis treatments.  Discontinuing the dialysis led to her passing on Monday, Oct. 1st.   More information on the Memorial Service for Bev will be provided when available.

Charles Henry Haughey (16th Co)

Charles Henry Haughey passed away from complications of Alzheimer's disease August 25, 2012 surrounded by his wife, Margie and their five children. He was 78. Chuck spent his Navy career at Brunswick Naval Air Station flying P2Vs. He resigned his Commission in November 1963 on completing his obligated service. He pursued a career as a commercial airline pilot, retiring a Capt. with U.S.Air. 

A memorial service celebrating his life was held at Brackett Funeral Home September 2, 2012 in Brunswick, ME.

Attending were his wife, and children: John, Jennifer, Chuck, Jeff and Jane and their families, including 10 grand children. 

A host of friends attended, including:

John Whittier, Capt. U.S. Air, and USNA Class of 1958 classmates Ernie and Kathleen Anderson (16), Hugh and Cynthia Gates (16), Pete and Judith Berg (18), Kent and Erna Lawrence (16), Ralph and Nona Luce (15), and Lou Shane (16).  

The memorial service was a tribute by his children to a much loved husband, father and grand father and an extraordinary man.  

Burial will be at the family home in Nova Scotia, Canada.  

Margie's address is:  Marguerite Haughey
                               P.O. Box 471
                               Enfield, NH 03748-0471

Please remember Chuck with a gift to your favorite charity or by planting a tree.

John  Francis Grucza III (6th Co)

From Jack's Son Jack:

John  F. "Jack" Grucza III of USNA 1958’s 6th Company passed in his sleep on Sunday August 19th 2012, after battling advanced lymphoma and collateral respiratory complications. He was surrounded by his devoted wife Nancy and all of their children, their spouses, and grandchildren, who came in from Maryland, California, and Texas to be with him in his final weeks, including his 76th birthday. 

Jack and Nancy were married to each other for 54 years, beginning with their ceremony on the USNA campus Chapel in Annapolis right after graduation. Nancy was a graduate of nearby Mary Washington College. Following graduation, Jack served on a number of ships, including the destroyer FISKE, in the 6th Fleet.

After completing his active naval service, he joined FMC for a couple of years and then IBM for the rest of his career. He spent most of his IBM years at their Burlington facility in Vermont. He raised his 3 children there; Jack, Jennifer and Amy.  They were fascinated by tales from Jack’s days at the Academy, his midshipmen’s cruise on the battleship NEW JERSEY, Army-Navy games, and the exploits of his fellow classmates. He further served the Navy in the USN Reserve unit in Burlington.

Jack really enjoyed living in Vermont, especially the fishing, and he made many cherished friends there. After his children flew the nest, he accepted assignments with IBM in Manassas, VA, Austin, TX (as IBM representative to SEMATECH, a leading-edge semiconductor research consortium), and finally Poughkeepsie, NY, where he retired at age 56. Jack enjoyed 20 years of Hudson River valley retirement living with Nancy at their home in nearby Wappingers Falls.


Alan Poindexter (Son of John Poindexter (18th Co ))

On  Sunday, 1 July, Alan Poindexter, Captain, USN, astronaut and son of our classmate John Poindexter was killed in a jet-ski accident 
off of Pensacola, FL.  He was riding with his son, and his other son apparently collided with them on HIS jet ski. That’s very preliminary, 
and according to a generally reliable source at the Association of Space Explorers.  NASA already is listing him as “deceased” on their 
biographical website..


Roy Lee Reinarz,  Jr.(11th Co) (6/29/12)

 Roy Reinarz Jr., 75, of  Lago Vista., Texas died of Prostrate cancer on 29 April 2011.  
Born in San Antonio, Roy was an Eagle Scout, a United States Naval Officer, a husband, dad, 
granddad, and great-granddad; a defender of the Christian faith and a friend to the needy.

(A guest book from the funeral home is available for signature at the following website:



Anthony Dennis Miller  (23rd Co) (6/21/112)

Update 6/25/12

From Jeff Miller, Tony's Son

Services Honoring Anthony Dennis Miller

Monday, July 2, 2012

12PM: Military Service at Florida Memorial Gardens (5950 US HWY 1, Rockledge, FL 32955)

2PM: Memorial Service honoring and celebrating Tony’s life at the Tortoise Island Club House  
(727 Loggerhead Island Dr., Satellite Beach, FL 32937)

Following the service those who wish are welcome to come to the home Bonnie and Tony shared for 27years 
(528 Hawksbill Island Dr., Satellite Beach, FL 32937)

Funeral arrangements are being coordinated by Beach Funeral Home.  www.beachfuneralhome.com

On their website under “Our Services” there is a link to Anthony Miller.  In addition to service details
 you can leave a condolence message, share a story and/or a photo, etc.


Bonnie has asked that in lieu of flowers that donations are made to:

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

T-4203 Anderson Ave, San Diego, CA 92145   www.flyingleathernecks.org

The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

3800 Fetter Park Dr., Ste 104, Dumfries, VA 22025 www.marineheritage.org


Recommended Hotels in the area:

Radisson Suite Hotel Oceanfront (3101 N Hwy A1A, Indialantic, FL 32903)

Reservations:+1 (800) 967-9033 US/Canada Toll-free

Telephone:+1 (321) 773-9260 



Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront (3303 N Hwy A1A, Indialantic, FL 32903) 321-777-5000 http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hilton-melbourne-beach-oceanfront-MLBHIHF/index.html


Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront (2605 N Hwy A1A, Indialantic, FL 32903) 877-701-9252


DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront (1665 N Hwy A1A, Indialantic, FL 32903)   321-723-4222 http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/doubletree-suites-by-hilton-hotel-melbourne-beach-oceanfront-MLBBODT/index.html


Update 6/22/12

From Jack Pierce

I have received some preliminary information from Tony's son, Jeff.  Services for Tony will be held on Monday, 2 July.  A military ceremony will be at Florida Memorial Garden, time 1200.  The address is 5950 S. US Hwy 1, Rockledge, FL.  A memorial service to honor and celebrate Tony's life will be at the Tortoise Island Club House, time 1400.  Following this, Bonnie will welcome everyone to her house.

 There will be more details coming, including hotels etc.



LtCol Anthony Miller, USMC (ret) passed away yesterday. Tony had recently suffered a massive heart attack. This, combined with the lung cancer that he has been fighting proved too much. 

Tony will be buried in Florida.  More details will be provided  when available.  Condolences may be sent to Bonnie at:

528 Hawksbill Island Drive
Satellite Beach, FL 32937

 Jeremiah Fraher (14th Co) (5/19/12)

From Gordo:

I regret to pass along our latest class death. It arrived a bit late so the dates at the end of the announcement are all past. Thanks to Kent Lawrence who brought this to my attention.

Jeremiah Fraher, 78, of Londonderry, died Friday, April 20, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born on Sept. 28, 1933, in the Bronx, N.Y., a son of Irish parents, the late James and Margaret (O'Brien) Fraher. At the age of 2, his family returned to Ireland. He was raised in the village of Abbeyside, County Waterford, and left Ireland in 1954 to attend the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating with the class of 1958.

He was a resident of Londonderry for more than a year, formerly living in Wickford, R.I. Commander Fraher served in the U.S. Navy, retiring after 23 years of dedicated service. He served across the country and around the world including California, Guantanamo Bay, Virginia, London, England, and Newport, R.I. He was chief engineer on the USS Hyman in Newport, R.I., and then the supply officer on the USS Morton in San Diego, Calif . He retired as comptroller at the Naval Education and Training Center in Newport, R.I. Following his retirement from the Navy, he worked as a financial analyst in Newport, R.I.

While living in Rhode Island, he belonged to the North Kingstown Senior Center, and volunteered for many years at the Rhode Island Food Bank and local food pantry. Mr. Fraher belonged to the Military Officers Association of America. He enjoyed gardening, reading, golfing, traveling and taking walks. His favorite vacation spot was a family beach cottage in Maine.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Patricia (Cole) Fraher of Londonderry; one son, James Fraher of Warwick, R.I.; one daughter, Tara Hathaway and her husband, Doug, of Holliston, Mass.; three grandsons, Raeburn Hathaway, Jacob Hathaway and James Hathaway; two sisters, Peggy Motherway and her husband, John, of Cloyne, Ireland, and Maureen Scott and her husband, Keith, of Spain; his sister-in-law, Pat Fraher of Towson, Md.; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his two brothers, James Fraher of Towson, Md., and Laurence Fraher of Abbeyside, Ireland.

There are no calling hours. Following cremation, a memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, April 27, at 11 a.m. in St. Mark's Church, One South Road, Londonderry. Burial will follow later in the afternoon in the N.H. State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen. The Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium of Derry and Londonderry is assisting the family with arrangements. To send a condolence or for more information, go to www.peabodyfuneralhome.com.


Reid Brundage Paige (20th Co) 

Update From Pete Russell (7/7/19)

Reid Brundage Paige, Captain, USMC ‘58

Reid Brundage Paige passed away in Oakdale , California on May 10, 2012. He was 76 years old.

Reid was the son of Major General Henry Paige (1904-1989), a 1927 graduate of the Naval Academy .  His early years were filled with many moves, including Guam , and all the main Marine Corps bases on the East Coast.  He attended Quantico Post High School in Virginia where he met his future wife, Ann Howard Jones, graduating in 1953.  He then successfully competed for a Presidential appointment and entered the Naval Academy as a member of the Class of 1957.  Reid did well plebe year with the exception of failing calculus, and was “turned back” into the Class of 1958.  As he would tell the story, he finally made friends with his slide rule, conquered calculus, and graduated with the 20th Company, Class of 1958.  Reid and Ann were married ten days later at the Navy Chapel in Washington , DC .

Upon commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps, Reid attended Marine Corps Basic School in Quantico , Virginia and, in 1959, fulfilled his boyhood dream of flying when he was accepted for flight school at Naval Air Station (NAS), Pensacola , Florida , earning his wings in 1960.  His first Marine Aviation duty assignment was with VMA-331 at NAS Beaufort, SC, as an attack pilot flying the A-4D Skyhawk.  In 1961, Reid and his aircrew deployed to NAS Roosevelt Roads and flew rotation to Guantanamo Bay , Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He then had Marine Corps A-4D aviation duty in Iwakuni , Japan with VMA-211, and duty as F-9F Cougar Instructor Pilot with VT-24 at NAS Chase Field, Texas.  In 1966, Reid resigned his commission to fly commercially for Pan American Airlines, based in San Francisco , California .

Reid’s first assignment was as Navigator/Relief Pilot in the Boeing 707, flying volunteer missions into Vietnam , followed by duty as Engineer on the B-707 and B-747.  After United Airlines bought Pan American in 1985, he flew as Engineer/Co-Pilot on United B-747s out of New York City and on the Lockheed L-1011 out of San Francisco , ultimately rising to Captain flying B-737 domestic flights.  Reid preferred international flying and transferred back to Co-Pilot on 747s until retiring in 1995.

Reid and Ann settled in Oakdale , California , where he stayed closely involved in the day to day affairs of his Church, serving on the Vestry as Lay Eucharist Minister and always willing to help with the outreach programs serving the community.  Reid was a member of the local Rotary Club, enjoyed playing golf occasionally, and was a member of the Oakdale Golf Club.  He also was an experienced and enthusiastic RV traveler and, along with Ann, a member of the 1000 Trails Club.

In addition to Ann, his wife of 53 years, Reid is survived by his children and their families, Nancy Rutter, Bud Paige, Kirk Paige, and Todd Paige; sisters Shirley, Ann, and Mary Ellen, and many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Memorial services were conducted on 17 May 2012 at Saint Matthias Anglican Church in Oakdale.

From Pete Russel

It is with deepest regrets that I inform you that our 20th  Company Classmate (and my roomie), Reid Brundage Paige, passed away on  May 10, 2012 in Oakdale, CA.  His wife, Ann, said there will be a service and burial at Saint Matthias  Anglican Church in Oakdale this coming Thursday (17 May) at 1000. Ann says she's doing fine with all the help of family and friends. Her  phone number is 209-848-9015 in the event someone would like to call.

At an appropriate time, I will coordinate with Ann and one of her sons  to work up a suitable entry for Reid for Shipmate.


John Richard Rasavage (5th Co) (4/7/12)

From Gordo:

We have just learned that LtCol John Rasavage, USMC (ret) died on 22 March. While Lance Herold will work at putting together an obituary for Shipmate, I am sure he  can use some help. Please provide him with any info that you may have, especially his active duty years. Lance is at lherold58@verizon.net..

 His widow, Phyllis, may be contacted at 415 N. Waugh Road, Mount, Vernon, WA 98273.

Otto Clyde Rice (12th Co) (3/27/12)

Otto Rice passed away on March 7, 2012 at his home in Sarasota, FL after a battle with cancer. He was born December 17, 1934 to Myrtle Marie and Basil Hamilton Rice who are both deceased. He entered the Naval Academy in 1954 with the Class of 1958 and, assigned to the 12th Company. He earned his Navy “N” as a member of the ’56 National Championship Dinghy Sailing Team.  

Prior to his entry to the Naval Academy, he attended and graduated from Sarasota High School in 1952 and attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Fl. for a year until June 1953. He worked part time at the Rollins College Theater and local news papers.   

Upon graduating  from USNA in 1958 he was Commissioned in the Navy and attended the Navy Supply Corps School from August ’58 to March ’59. He was promoted to Lieutenant (jg) in the Supply Corps on December 4, 1959 and served aboard the USS Cowell (DD 547) for about 19 months as Supply/Disbursing Officer. He served with the Naval Administrative Unit at Lake Mead Base, Las Vegas, NV from which he was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant in February 1963. He married Judith Beaver in 1962, who predeceased Otto with cancer and congestive heart failure in October 1998.  Otto is only survived by a sister, Barbara Burnett, who is in a nursing home, suffering with Alzheimer’s, and a Nephew, Glen Ayala, and numerous other nieces and nephews.  

After his service in the Navy, he worked as a Senior Applications Engineer for American Standard, Singer, Snider and Mcquay and others as the company was acquired and purchased. He moved with the company to Columbus and Elyria, OH to Auburn, NY and Minneapolis, MN before he retired and moved back to Sarasota in 2006. He then worked part time for The Crowley Museum, a Nature Preserve.  

Otto desired to be cremated, as he had personally discussed with Glen Ayala some years prior to his death. He wanted his ashes scattered partly in the Nature Preserve and partly for a Burial at Sea in the gulf near Sarasota, Fl. Some of his ashes have already been scattered at the Nature Preserve. Mr.Ayala has contacted the Navy to try to arrange the Burial at Sea. His ashes have been sent to the Jacksonville Naval Base for a Military Burial at Sea at a later date. 


John Robert Bruce (17th Co) (3/15/12)

John Robert Bruce passed away early in the morning of March 6, 2012. John was born on June 25, 1936 in Crawfordsville, Indiana. His parents were Dr. Robert Wallace Bruce and Maud Louise (Moon) Bruce, and he referred to himself as a faculty brat from Wabash College. John left high school early to attend Earlham College one year, and from there he won a congressional appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. He graduated in 1958 and was always pleased that President Eisenhower handed him his degree. 

Unable to fly in the Navy, he became a navigator in the Air Force. On December 19, 1960, he married Jeannette Louise DeSadier in Shreveport, Louisiana. Their son Robert Douglas was born on August 26, 1963 in Columbus, Mississippi. On April 7, 1967 a daughter, Moira Louise, joined them in Dayton, Ohio. John was a member of two air refueling squadrons, the 301st and the 901st. In southeast Asia he was a member of the AC130 gunship squadron. During his military career he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and several Air Medals and Commendation Medals. He also held a masters degree in aerospace engineering and an MBA. He retired from the Air Force in 1980 as the faculty executive officer at the United States Air Force Academy and started a career with Martin Marietta as a systems engineer. 

John devoted a good portion of his time to civic responsibilities. At various times he served as cub master, a choir member and senior warden of his church and president of Gleneagle Sertoma. He also had been a member of the North End Rotary and the Winter Night Club. His interests were wide and varied, and he loved to hike in the mountains, play racquetball, attend Bronco games and any basketball game, as he was a true native of Indiana. He played a good hand of bridge and loved attending the symphony and opera. Regional basketball tournaments and the Santa Fe Opera were favorite vacation spots. Jeannette and he traveled the world and enjoyed each spot on the globe. He loved his church, adored his family and was an exceptional neighbor and friend. 

John was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Emily, an infant nephew, and his nephew John Aaron. He is survived by his wife, his son Doug, his daughter Moira and her husband David Jones, and his three grandsons Rostislav William, Vadim Robert and Austin David. He is also survived by his nephew Dr. Bruce Rolfe and his family, and a niece Jeannette Anna Rolfe. The memorial service will be held at St. George's Anglican Church, 217 Pikes Peak at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 10, 2012. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Wounded Warriors Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).. Good night, sweet prince.

Robert Lyman Shearer (14th Co)  (2/28/12)

 Bob Shearer finally lost his long battle with cancer.   Bob died on Friday 24 February at his home in Naples, FL. At this time  there are no plans for a memorial service or formal burial ceremony. 

(See Comments on the Binnacle List).

Richard David Whelan (21st Co)  (3/9/12)

Published in Syracuse Post Standard on January 22, 2012

January 18, 2012 Richard D. "Dick" Whelan, 77, of Chaumont Bay, NY, went to be with
 the Lord on Wednesday, at home surrounded by his loving family. Dick was under the care of Hospice and his wife Doris. A native of Camillus, he graduated from Camillus High School 
in 1952. Dick was a U.S. Navy veteran. After his honorable discharge in 1955, he joined the TV Channel 3 production crew, where he worked as local sales manager. In 1987,  Dick accepted appointment as general sales manager at the sign-on of TV Channel 50 in Watertown and then became general manager of that station and served in that capacity until 1997. At that time Dick accepted the position of regional sales manager of the Dave Mance/Community Broadcasters Radio Group in Watertown and remained until permanently retiring in 2007. Predeceased by his parents, Elizabeth and David Whelan; brother John "Jack"; and an infant daughter, Kim. Dick was a Syracuse University fan, loved gardening and planted beautiful flowers around his yard, and he was a member of the Camillus Elks Lodge. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Doris (deBerjeois) Whelan; children Erin (Ronald) Togni, Sheri (George) Goldthwaite, Jeffrey (Mary-Ann McGriff) Whelan, Timothy (Marilyn) Whelan and Debra (Brian Paventy) Champouillon; grandchildren Tabitha (David) Love, Jessica (Ed) Gardner, Heather (Jason) Rudick, Danielle and Kimberly Togni, Richard Goldthwaite, Erin Hicks, and Christopher and Brian Whelan; great- grandchildren Abigail and David Love, Devin, Dustin, Dayton and Dausin Gardner, and Jennifer Reynolds; sisters Marilyn McCarthy, Pat (Jack) O'Hern and Bette (Mathias) Asprinio; sisters-in-law Beverly Whelan and Jeannine deBerjeois; aunt Betty Goodwin; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In accordance with Dick's wishes, his family donated his body to Upstate Medical College for Anatomical Studies. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 28, 2012, at Holy Family Church, Syracuse. Donations to Hospice of Jefferson County. To leave a special message for the family, please visit 


Margaret Price Lawe (Wife of Dick Lawe 22nd Co) (2/21/12)

Margaret was born into the family of Guy and Ida Price on October 10, 1934 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She was child number 13 out of 15 children. Margaret met the love of her life, Richard Lawe, while she was living and working in Washington, D.C. Richard was attending the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Margaret and Richard shared fifty-five years together: they shared five children, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, three overseas tours, 20+ addresses, 10+ dogs and cats, thousands of separations during Richard's hunting and fishing trips and mom's shopping at Nordstrom. Margaret loved life. She would light up the room. She was kind and generous and she brought joy, laughter, and love to everyone whose lives she touched. She was known as "Mom" to many people throughout her life. She was the kind of wife and mother everyone wishes for. She spent many years at Richland Elementary School (San Marcos, Ca) helping children learn to read. She was a gracious Marine Corps Officer's Wife, exhibiting great strength and courage during the course of Richard's military career. Her family and many friends will remember her for her wonderful sense of humor, her dignity and poise, and her ability to make everyone she met her friend, her flaky piecrust and amazing apple pie. She set a wonderful example for her children with her tenacity through hard times, her loyalty in her marriage with Richard, and her boundless energy, vivacity and zest for life. Margaret passed peacefully February 6th surrounded by loving friends and family. She is survived by four children: Valerie Lawe Cannon of Ukiah, CA; Leslie Marie Shaw of Vista, CA; Kathleen Margaret Lawe of San Diego, CA; Billy and Maria Lawe of Menifee, CA, grandchildren Wes & Bart Shaw and Journee Rose Lawe and great-grandson Steve Shaw; sisters Ida, Nancy, Jean and brothers, Bill, and Roy "Butch" in and around Fredericksburg, VA. She will be remembered and cherished all the rest of our lives. A celebration of Margaret's life will be held at the Murrieta Community Center on April 22nd from 2:00-4:00 pm. Our family is deeply grateful to Hospice of the Valleys for their compassionate care. In lieu of gifts or flowers donations to hospice would be appreciated.

Published in Press-Enterprise on February 19, 2012 

John Ruth (17th Co) (2/6/12)

John Ruth, 76, a resident of Colorado Springs since 1970, passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 due to complications from a serious head injury sustained in a fall.  Born January 26, 1936 in Lebanon, PA to Richard and Matilda Ruth, John was a graduate of Lebanon High School in 1954 and Annapolis, US Naval Academy in 1958. John was married to Joanne Fields from1959 to 1981 when they divorced.  He then was married to Lynne Gordon from 1987 until they divorced in 2011.  John had continued to maintain a good relationship with both.  John retired from Academy School District 20 where he was a teacher from 1970 to 1995.  He enjoyed reading, woodworking, fishing and traveling.  John was preceded in death by his parents and sister Jane York,  He is survived by his sister Mary Jones, his brother-in-law Alvin York, his children David (Judy), Dan (Lisa). Alisa (Robert) Lockwood and grandchildren Claire, Eleanor, Olivia, Lydia, and Jonathan, as well as nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Cappadona Funeral Home, 1020 Fillmore St. Colorado Springs, CO with an internment in Lebanon PA.  In lieu of flowers  memorials may be made in John's name to the Pikes Peak Library District.

Alan Gordon  Roach (9th Co) (01/14/12)

Update 2/6/12

The Fort Rosecrans services have been cancelled by the family. With honors they would not have been allowed to put the urn in the wall. 

All services, including military honors, will be at the church. Services at the church will be at 9 AM (note - this is a change). The family will have private services at a later date. 

Update 2/2/12

The Al Roach Family has indicted that donations in Al's memory may be made
to the Navy Marine Corps Relief Fund in lieu of flowers.

 The following is from Al's  daughter, Gwen Poe: 

My father,  LCDR Alan Roach USN (ret) passed away 1/9/2012 at 12:07 AM in San Diego Hospice.  He could no longer hold back the liver cancer that was ravaging his body and his immune systems was just too weak to fight off the pneumonia he contracted just before New Year’s Eve.  He is in a much happier place now and is at peace finally, now he is with my mother.

His memorial service is scheduled for Monday,  February 6, 2012.  Beginning with a church service at 9:30 am at Saint Dunstan’s Episcopal Church at 6556 Park Ridge Boulevard  San Diego, CA 92120, where my mother’s service had been in June. After the service there is a light reception followed by his service at Fort Rosecrans. 

The service at Ft. Rosecrans is at 12pm with full military honors and a bagpiper. 

My father was a wonderful man he is very much missed by us all.  

(See Last Call  for Barbara Roach)

Donald Phillip Norkin (6th Co) (1/10/12)

Don Norkin of North Bethesda passed away on On January 4, 2012. Cherished husband of Sharon Lynn Norkin; adored father of T. Sterling "Tracy" Norkin, Donna Heaton, Debbie Moore and Douglas Norkin; loving grandfather of Regan, Arielle, Kristopher, Emma-Sophie and Brynna; beloved brother of Leonard Norkin. Funeral Service private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, www.michaeljfox.org.   Arrangements by Danzansky-Goldberg Memorial Chapel.  

Thomas Walsh Top (11 Co) (1/07/12)

Tom died on Dec 22, 2011. . His widow is Marta Brakke. Address P.O. Box 193 Republic Washington 99166. Phone 206-276-2622 E-mail missmarta@msn.com

Tom  was born in Olympia, WA on June 26,  1936 to Leonard and Mary Top and spent his childhood there.  He graduated from Olympia High School in 1954 and was the center on the varsity football team when they won the 1953 Washington state championship against Queen Anne High School. 

After high school he was recommended to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD by Congressman Russell Mack.  He rowed on the crew team there and placed in the top third of his graduating class in 1958.  He then served 4 years in the Navy on a destroyer squadron, stationed mostly in the Pacific.

When he left the Navy, he attended the University of Washington Law School in Seattle, WA, served on the Law Review, and graduated in 1965.  He passed the Washington State Bar in 1966.

Following a national search, he was chosen to work for the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department in Washington, DC and prosecuted violations of integration policy in various school districts in Texas, Arkansas, and other states from 1966-1969.  He served under Attorney General Ramsey Clark.  He frequently told stories about his experiences during that time in his life.

He returned to the Pacific NW in 1970 and worked with several law firms. He also had the unique experience of being the attorney for the Rolling Stones during their stop in Seattle in the 1970.  He ended his career as a personal injury attorney working for Lane Powell from 1985 until he retired in June of 2001.

He married Marta Brakke in April of 1983 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and fathered a much beloved son, Sam, now a resident of Bellingham.

All his life Tom loved the outdoors and enjoyed hiking, skiing and camping.  One summer he and his wife discovered Republic, WA with the fossil dig and the trout fishing in Curlew Lake, and fell in love with the region.  In 2002 they moved to a log house in the mountains there.  He died at home surrounded by the heat of the woodstove and soft lights, with his wife and son holding his hands.

He is survived by his wife, Marta Brakke, son, Samuel Top, and sisters, Betsy Schultz and Mary Ann Moulton.  There will be no services.  Donations to forgetmenotshelter.org  or any animal shelter or animal rescue would honor his memory.

Dorothy Krauter (Wife of George Krauter (8th Co) (12/16/11)

From George Krauter

My wife of 52 years went to be with her Savior on Oct 11, 2011 from complications of Alzheimer’s dementia with which she suffered for 4 years.  She accompanied me in 20 years of my career and was with me in the Philippines and Madrid. Spain.  She gave birth to out 3rd son during the middle of my year long deployment to Viet Nam and was with me for a number of class reunions.

Gary Kirkwood Roberts, Sr. (11th Co) (9/27/11)

Gary passed away on September 21.  

Update 10/ 19/11

Commander Gary Kirkwood Roberts passed away on 21 September at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He was born on 27 August 1935, in Greely, Colorado to Lillis Mabel (Tate) Roberts and Harry Kirkwood Roberts.  He attended Reno High School and entered the Naval Academy in June 1954 with the Class of 1958.  Following graduation, he embarked on his 22-year naval career, during which he earned his Masters Degree in Computer Science at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.  Gary was an avid Navy fan and a regular attendee at class reunions.  As Company-mate Chuck Baker recalls early in Plebe Year, Gary’s vibrant voice could be heard on the stadium PA system “…and the tackle was made by Pete Jokanovich on the 33 yard line…”which gave fellow Plebes in 11th Company a longed-for sense of comfort.  Gary never lost his enthusiasm.  

After his retirement from the Navy, Gary spent years in his second career as an engineer with GTE before final retirement and move to Salt Lake City, where he could revel in his life-long passion for skiing.  

Gary is survived by his sons, Gary Roberts of Menlo Park, CA, and John Roberts of Denver, CO.  He is also survived by his sisters, Judy Wright and Helen Dinwoodey of Salt Lake City.  He is preceded in death by his parents, stepfather Norman Tourssen, and brother Ronald.  

A private memorial service was held by the family, and with a suggestion that any remembrances should be made to the Naval Academy Alumni Association.

A guest book is available for signing at the following link:



Dale Allen Westbrook (12th Co) (7/21/11)

Retired  Navy Commander Dale Allen Westbrook ,  74, of Rossville, died on Monday, July 18, 2011 at his residence.  He was a 1954 graduate of Rossville High School and a 1993 inductee into its Sports Hall of Fame.  Graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958, he served in the Naval Aviation Community until his retirement in 1978.  He was of the Protestant faith and a member of McFarland Memorial United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gisela Klara  Reichstein; and his parents, Darrel Edwin and Alice Clarkson Westbrook. Survivors include his brother, Retired U.S. Navy Captain Darrel E. Westbrook Jr. (Jean); several nieces, nephews, great-niece, great-nephews, cousins, and special aunt, Mildred Beagle Clarkson.

Condolences may be sent to www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 22, at 10:30 a.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Reverend Hoyt  Jenkins of Jasper, Ga., officiating.  Burial will follow in the Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors. Honorary pall bearers will be the Rossville High School Class of 1954 in attendance.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 21, from 5-8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, Rossville.

James Charles Tipton (10th Co) (7/15/11)

Update 5/28/12

There will be a Protestant funeral service at 1300 in Main Chapel on Monday, 04
June 2012 for Lt Col James Charles ‘JC’ Tipton, USAF (Ret), Class of 1958 (DOB
15 January 1933, DOD 13 July 2011) followed by committal at the Columbarium.   A
reception will be held after the Committal at the Alumni House on College


Update 2/21/12

Peggy Tipton has scheduled a service for J.C. at the Naval Academy Chapel at 1 PM on Monday,
June 4th. His inurnment in the USNA Columbarium will be followed by a reception for family, classmates and

J.C. Tipton died at Southwestern Medical Center on Wednesday, 13 July 2011. His ashes will be inurned at USNA at a later date.

Update 7/18/11

A tribute to J.C. From his son, Chris:

James Charles Tipton - Jan 1933 - July 2011  

My father, known by his family and friends as J.C., passed away peacefully this morning  at 11:50, surrounded by his wife of 53 years and his two children. He lived a truly wonderful life. He had a huge smile for everyone he met, he would ask you how you were doing because he really wanted to know, listen to your stories intently, and leave you with a feeling that he was the nicest man you'd ever met, and he was. He was a twin brother, a loving son, a patriotic and loyal man, an amazing father and a doting husband.

He grew up in rural northern Alabama. He served his country for over 25 years, beginning in Korea as an Underwater Demolition Specialist before being accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy as a member of the Class of 1958. Upon graduation from Annapolis, J.C. was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force and served around the world - Vietnam, Japan, Canada, Denmark and various U.S. bases. His wife Peggy was by his side from their first blind-date in Annapolis in 1957, and they had their 53rd wedding anniversary two days ago, July 12th. He and Peggy adopted me and then their daughter Liz while they were stationed in Canada with the Air Force, and boy did we get lucky! He was the best father either of us could have ever wanted. He was confident but humble, hard-working but jovial, strict but fair, and he had our respect. He loved his family with all his heart and we loved him back.

He retired with the family to Dallas in 1977. His second career with Rockwell-Collins in Richardson led him to many of the friends our family still shares today. He was an avid runner, voracious reader, non-stop traveler and a lover of life. He lost his battle with dementia but he never lost that smile, even if he had forgotten your name. He would still hold the hands of his grandchildren with a look of pure love in his eyes. His granddaughters both gave him stuffed animals to hold on to when the end drew near, and he clutched them both as he passed on. His spirit lives on with his wife, his children, his grandchildren, his brother and his vast network of friends all over the world. We love you Dad...you will be missed.  

Edwin  Wilson Oldham (6th Co) (7/1/11)

Update 8/8/11  

There will be a Memorial Service for Ned Oldham at the USNA Columbarium on Friday, October 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM.

Update 7/15/11 (See Obituary Below)

The Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 PM July 23, 2011 at First Presbyterian Church of
Akron, 647 East Market St., Akron, OH 44304.

The family hopes to have a service at the USNA Columbarium and a memorial in Naples, FL later this fall.
Word will be disseminated as soon as the details can be arranged.

A memorial fund has been established for Ned for the Athletic Excellence Program. You may make contributions to: USNA Foundation
Inc., 25 Maryland Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401- please make note that the contribution is in memory of Ned Oldham for the Athletic Excellence Program.

From Harry Hurst (7/1/11)

Ned passed away on Tuesday night, June 28, 2011 from complications of Parkinson.
Ned has been steadily going down hill for the last couple of years and got to
the point were he could not swallow. He died peacefully in the care of Hospice
and Karen and the boys getting to spend some precious time with him in those
last days.

Ned will be Cremated but final arrangements are not firm at
this point. I have talked with Karen and told her that all of the Teammates and
Classmates have been praying for Ned and asking about him. I will be in contact
with son Jeff to assist in any way I can and I will let you know when final
arrangements are made.

Ned Oldham's Obituary (7/15/11)


Edwin W. “Ned” Oldham II, 74, of Akron, OH and Naples, FL, passed away peacefully at Avow Hospice of Naples, FL, on June 28, 2011 with his loving wife Karen and four boys Jeff, Scott, Mark and Eric at his side. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Ned had a wonderful and blessed life.  

He valiantly fought an atypical form of Parkinsonism Plus for 7 ½ years with his wife Karen as his caretaker. In his last days he & Karen also had the loving assistance of Tammy and Lori as live-in caretakers.  

A 1958 graduate (’58 is Great) of the United States Naval Academy, “crazy legs” Oldham was the captain of the USNA football team that beat Rice in the Cotton Bowl and ended the season ranked 3rd in the country. Ned also scored all 14 points in the Army-Navy (Oldham 14- Army 0) game his senior year. He was 6th Company Commander his final semester; ranked in the top 10% of his graduating class he was named a Scholastic All American.  

Ned grew up in Akron, OH with his Father Albert, Mother Ruth, Sister Nancy, Brother’s Bill and Bob and many relatives. Armed with a General Engineering degree from USNA and a Law Degree from The University of Akron, Ned became a prominent Intellectual Property Attorney in Akron and Naples. He was instrumental in bringing the National Inventors Hall of Fame to Akron from Washington DC. He authored a book “Freedom to Invent”. He was a long time member of First Presbyterian Church of Akron.  

He loved sports and was an avid athlete who loved competing and was often found to be in a heated golf match with his friends or family. He & Karen were blessed to have the opportunity to travel & golf internationally. He also cherished many family trips such as ski trips to Colorado or Utah.  

Ned is survived by his faithful wife of 53 years, Karen; four sons Jeff (& Rene) of Dayton, OH, Scott (& Joan) of Akron, OH, Mark (& Pam) of Orlando, FL & Eric (& Tara) of Naples, FL; eight grandchildren Alex, Connor, Jessica, Michael, Daniel, Morgan Leigh, Edwin W. III “Trey” & Ava Mae; Sister Nancy (& Darrel) Seibert, Bothers Bill (& Pat) & Bob (& Cindy). Ned is preceded in death by his parents and his lovely grandchild Linnea Rose.  

Many will remember him as a gentle man with a deep faith and a everflowing positive outlook on life. He had a great and witty personality and a loving heart. The Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2pm July 23, 2011 at First Presbyterian Church of Akron, 647 East Market St., Akron, OH 44304.  

A memorial fund has been established for Ned for the Athletic Excellence Program. You may make contributions to: USNA Foundation Inc., 25 Maryland Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401- please make note that the contribution is in memory of Ned Oldham for the Athletic Excellence Program.  


Barbara Roach (Wife of Al Roach (9th Co)) (6/29/11)

Update 7/31/11

Barbara’s Roach’s Memorial Service will be held on August 13, 2011 at Saint Dunstan’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Wandmere Street and Park Ridge  in San Diego CA 92120.  The Memorial Service will start at 10 a.m.  The date for Barbara’s internment at Fort Rosecrans has not yet been scheduled but will be on or after August 15th.  

The family has no special requests regarding flowers or donations in Barbara’s memory.  

Condolences to the Roach Family may be sent to 
7473 Rowena
Street, San Diego, CA 92119.

From Jim Adkins:

Al Roach's wife Barbi died a few days ago. The family has not yet scheduled the Memorial Service but expects it to be in the next two weeks.  No further info at this time.


John Albert Besecker (16th Co)

Update 6/12/2011

Jack Besecker passed away on Sunday 22 May. (See obituary below). Funeral arrangements are as follows: 

2:00 PM July 30, 2011 
McKee Funeral Home
115 East Birch Lane
Romney, WV

Phone 304-822-8151

fter the Memorial service, there will be a get together near by.  Directions or guiding cars will be provided at the  service.


Cmdr. John Albert Besecker USN (RET), 74, of Springfield, W.Va., passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2011, at his home with his wife by his side, while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle. Born on Oct. 2, 1936, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Clifford A. and Elsie R. Besecker. Cmdr. Besecker joined the Navy in 1958 after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. He continued his naval education by graduating from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., in December of 1968. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Expert Rifle and Pistol Medal.  

While in the Navy he was a Staff Operations and Plans Officer, Operations Analyst and submarine commander. His last active-duty assignment was at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He retired from the Navy on Oct. 1, 1978. He then settled in the Washington, D.C., area where he and his wife, Anne, opened a small business. As the business grew, so did the need for more space. They finally settled in their new home along the South Branch River in Springfield, W.Va., where they continued their small business until he became unable to continue working.  

After moving to Springfield, John made it a point to make friends in the area and become a country boy sporting a John Deere cap and riding his blue Ford tractor, he could be found on any given weekend fixing the road in the subdivision or working on his and Anne's property. He loved life in the country and would spend as much time as he could outdoors. After the loss of his leg due to an injury, he enjoyed sitting on the veranda and looking across the river and over their property. He was an elder in the Mormon church. Although he didn’t have the opportunity to attend services in the last several years, he always enjoyed the visits of President and Mrs. Showers.  

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Anne Germain Besecker, of Springfield; eight children, Charlotte Besecker Turner and husband Steve, of Asheville, N.C., John Besecker, of Longwood, Fla., Robert Besecker, of Deltona, Fla., Terri Besecker Hensley and husband Michael, of Bountiful, Utah, G. Kendall Sherry, of Palm Springs, Calif., Charles (Chucko) A. Sherry, of Springfield, W.Va., Lynn Valentino, of Dallas, Texas and Michael Valentino, of Vern, S.C.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two special brothers-in-law, Tom Germain and wife Christie, of Springfield, Va., and John Germain and wife Dorothy, of Fairfax, Va.; two special sisters-in-law, Edna Kartmann, of Port Orchard, Wash. and Margaret (Peggy) Bauer, of Kent, Wash.; his special little buddy, Joshua Kitzmiller, of Slanesville, W.Va., and several other friends from the area.  

The family would like to express their thanks to Hospice of the Panhandle, John Daskal of Sav-A-Lot pharmacy in Fort Ashby, Tonya Cozatt of Earth Zone in Short Gap, the Kitzmiller family of Slanesville, McKee Funeral Home and to all of the others who have been there when needed during this difficult time. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be sent to Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV 25402. All arrangements are being handled by the McKee Funeral Home of Romney, W.Va.

Gerald Edward Bellows (18th Co) (5/6/11)

Jerry Bellows passed away on Monday 2 May after a long illness. The memorial service will be at  1300, Friday May 13 at the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive, Lafayette, CA .The internment will be a family service at the church prior to the memorial service.

Richard Peter Nalesnik (23rd Co) (5/6/11)

The following info was provided by his widow,

I apologize for the delayed messaging.  On Monday, April 25, 2011 Richard P. Nalesnik '58 passed away.  He was 76 years old.  A Catholic mass was held Thursday, April 28, 2011 at St. Pius X Church in Bowie, Maryland and he was interred at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville, MD immediately following the service.   

Please feel free to distribute this message to the
rest of the class of '58, visit his memorial website and sign the guest book at


Dick left the academy Plebe year.  

Patricia Watts Prather Wife of Robert J. Prather 1st Co)

Teacher, church member A resident of Claremont since 1974, Patricia Watts Prather died on April 7, 2009 at Claremont Manor following a long illness with pulmonary fibrosis. She was 76. A native of New Mexico, Ms. Prather was born in Roswell on June 23, 1932. She grew up there and in El Reno, Oklahoma and attended several colleges before graduating from the University of Florida in 1957. Later, she received her law degree from the University of La Verne. In 1958, she married Robert James Prather Jr. of Laurel, Mississippi. Following the death of her husband in 1973,  Ms. Prather and her children relocated to Claremont. She taught school at nearby Vineyard Elementary for many years and specialized in bilingual education. She retired in 2000. Ms. Prather was a member of St. Ambrose Episcopal Church and the Phi Mu Alumni Association. Ms. Prather is survived by her brother, George Watts of Seal Beach; her daughters, Katherine Snodgrass of Altadena, Charlotte Milton of Memphis, Tennessee and Stephanie Moser of Pewaukee, Wisconsin; her son, Robert James Prather III of Cleveland, Georgia; and by her 8 grandchildren, Rebecca, Charlotte Jean and John Thomas Hare of Memphis, Tennessee, Mary Pat, Lisa and Robby Snodgrass of Altadena and Alex and Austin Moser of Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today, April 15, 2009 at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, 830 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont. Memorial donations may be made to The Ranches, 6209 Hendrix Rd., NE, 2 FL, Albuquerque, NM 87110, which provides help for children and their families.

David Geary Willingham (19th Co)

Update 5/12/11

Dave will be buried at Arlington Cemetery, Thursday, 9 June 2011.  We will meet at the Arlington Cemetery Admin Building starting at 1030.  We will leave in time for a graveside ceremony at 1100.  There will be a reception at the Ft Myer O Club immediately following the ceremony.


David G. Willingham (19th Co.) passed away at home late in the evening of Friday, February 4, 2010. 

His Funeral Mass will be at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church at 10:00 AM on Thursday, February 10, 2010.  The church is located at 1427 Braddock Road, Alexandria, Virginia.  There will not  be a viewing and the family requests that flowers not be sent.  Following the Mass a reception will be held at a restaurant near the church.  

If you plan to attend the reception, please e-mail the Giglios @ giglio3936@aol.com 

Inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery will be at a later date.

Sue Anne Doty  (Wife of Bob Doty (14th Co)

From Sue Doty's son, Buddy Houston:

On behalf of my brother Jeff and myself, we would like to share with you the following:  

On Wednesday, December 29, our mother Sue Anne Doty passed away peacefully in her sleep of natural causes.  She was battling an illness as well as grieving the loss of her husband, COL Robert Doty Jr (USAF Ret), who passed away exactly a month ago.  

Below are the viewing and funeral details:  


Monday, January 3,  3-5 and 7-9  
Pumphrey Funeral Home  
300 West Montgomery Ave  
Rockville, Md 20850  

Funeral Services: 

Janurary 4, 11:00  
St Rose of Lima Catholic Church  
11701 Clopper Rd  
Gaithersburg, Md 20878


Richard Havelock Alexander (6th Co) (12/20/10)

Update 4/21/11

Funeral services for '58 classmate Major Richard H. "Dick" Alexander, USMC (Ret), 6th Company will be held in Arlington Cemetery at 1300, 16 May, 2011.  The ceremony will be an inurnment in a  family plot.  Guests are asked to meet at the Arlington Administration Center at 12:30 on that date. 
Upon completion of the graveside service, guests are invited to a reception to meet family members at the  Sheraton International Hotel on Orme Street at Columbia Pike, near the Navy Annex.  A map to the reception site will be provided at the Administration Center.

From Poj Walters 12/22/10

Major Richard H. (Dick) Alexander, USMC (RET), Class of 1958 passed away on Sunday, December 19, 2010.  He had been ill and in poor health for about nine months.  Richard was, up until the very recent past, an active member of the Puget Sound Alumni Chapter and designed the Chapter Newsletter which is still in use today.  Dick took the lead in encouraging the Chapter to honor Major Megan McClung, USMC, who was the first woman graduate of Naval Academy to be killed in combat.  He was a loyal, dedicated Marine and enthusiastic supporter of the Naval Academy. Dick will be cremated and his ashes inurned at Arlington with his father and grandfather. 

There will be a local Memorial Service for Dick on Monday, December 27, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Kitsap Naval Base Bangor Chapel.  A reception will follow at the Inside Out Café at Bangor Plaza across the street from the Chapel.  The family requested the service be on this date for convenience of family members from out of town.  Many of our Alumni are traveling or involved in other Holiday activities; however, we encourage anyone who can to attend. 
Inurnment will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

From Poj Walters (12/20/10)

Dick Alexander was taken off life support about 1700 today in the
hospital in Bremerton WA and expired shortly thereafter.  At bedside
was his wife Inge, and children Rene, Rica, and Bill.

Arrangements regarding services will be announced later.  Dick had
requested his ashes be inurned at Arlington Cemetery, probably with
his father and grandfather.  At such time as those arrangements are
made, I will fly with his ashes back to D.C. for that ceremony.

It was a hard departure for Dick, dragging out nearly 9
months.  Luckily, I had a last conversation with him after the
Army-Navy game, the day before they did an endoscope that led to his
going on life support.



Robert Eldon Doty, Jr. (14th Co) (11/30/10)

Update 12/2/2010

The wake for Bob will be Thursday 2 December at Pumphry Funeral Home on Rte. 28 in Rockville from 3 PM to 5, then again from 7 PM to 9.  The funeral Mass will be Friday 3 December at 11 AM at St. Rose of Lima located on Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, MD.  Interment will follow at All Souls Cemetery located in Germantown.

From Sue Anne Doty (11/30/2010)

Bob passed away at 6:15 pm last night.  He was with loved ones and died a peaceful and happy.  My sisters, younger son and one of the men from the Knights of Columbus was with me when Bob passed. Bot kept his sense of humor all the way to the end.  As I was giving him his last dose of morphine, I told him he was turning into a dope addict and he smiled and did what he could to laugh.  He was one in a million and he will be greatly missed by me, and everyone he was in contact with.

The wake will be at Pumphrey's on Rte. 28 in Rockville, Mass will be at St. Rose of Lima on Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, and Internment will be at All Souls Cemetery in Germantown.  I will know the days and times later today.

Thank you all for all of your prayers and concerns.  They are what kept Bob going for the past 6 years, knowing that most men die within 2 years of their diagnosis, your prayers pushed Bob to keep fighting a rough, and very hard battle  up to his end.

James Izard (13th Co)

Update 11/5/10

 Celebration of Life - Jim Izard "58

The following is from Jim's widow, Shirley:

Date: Saturday, 11/13/10

Time: 11:00 am

Place: Diablo Hills Condominiums Club House

     Marchbanks Drive--at 2nd  driveway on the right from Ygnacio Valley Rd. Walnut Creek, CA

     Ygnacio Valley Rd--Is a  Walnut Creek freeway exit from S-680 & off 24-from SF 

     From N-Take N Main exit  -  go L  --  Go L on Treat Blvd.--- Go to Oak Rd turn R---

     Go to Ygnacio Valley     Rd  -   Turn L  stay in Left lane-- go to  Marchbanks  Drive Turn L at  light

      Go to 2nd drive on Right-( where club house is located)

     Street parking OK-any uncovered spaces Ok in any of Three Driveway parking areas- for  D H Condominiums

If you plan on attending please advise John Potter at - john.potter@1958.usna.com


Dear Classmates, 

I regret to pass along the following note from Jim's widow, Shirley: 

Jim Passed away this last Friday the 8th.. He had a long stay in the hospital (six weeks) with  an infection in his gastrointestinal system and just could not fight it off-

I have no further word regarding funeral arrangements.


Hylan Benton Lyon. Jr. (12th Co) (7/22/10)

10/10/10  Update from Walt Mitchell 

  Hylan B. Lyon Jr. died suddenly at his home in Heath, TX on July 20, 2010, his 74th birthday.

  He was born in New London, CT, the son of World War II Veteran Rear Admiral Hylan B. Lyon Sr. and wife Wilma. He entered the Naval Academy from Santa Cruz High School with the Class of 1958. He was a member of his high school Basketball team and played on the Plebe Team at USNA. He was a member of the 12th Company.

  Upon graduation he entered the Navy Flight Training Program in Pensacola, FL and earned his Wings in 1960. He was then a pilot with VP-47 in Alameda, CA and Whidbey Island, WA flying P5M Sea Planes.

  Hy then went to the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA. from which he was selected for the PhD program at the U. of California, Berkley. He received his PhD in Physical Chemistry in 1967 through an Office of Naval Research Advanced Science Fellowship at the Lawrence Livermore Radiation Lab.

  Hy was then transferred to VP-4 in Hawaii and Japan flying the P-3 aircraft on reconnaissance missions over the Vietnam Area. Hy was then transferred in 1969 to the Office of Naval Research where he was a Science Policy Analyst for the State Department. He also served on the President’s Science Advisory Staffs under Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter.

  Hy resigned his Commission as a Commander in 1974 to investigate new challenges in his life as a Scientist.

  From 1974 to1977, Hy was the Deputy Director of  the Science, Technology and Industry Directorate in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France. He also served as Acting Director of Research for the International Energy Agency during its initial year of operation. In the years following 1977, he followed his interests in science and research. For at least 10 yrs, he was with Texas Instruments, Inc. as Manager of Advanced Planning and Manager of Government Relations. Hy then became President and Chief Operating Officer of Polytronix. Additionally, Hy was a member of the Technology Steering Group for the DOE Center of Excellence in the Processing of Advanced Materials. He was a member of the Senior Advisory Group for the Institute for Defense Analysis and a Board Member of the Aerospace Technology Working Group. He was Executive Vice President of the North Texas Commission for the Regional Technology Program. He was on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the U. of California, Santa Cruz Jack Baskin School of Engineering and the U. of Texas, Dallas. Hy also served as Chair of Texas Veterans for McCain during the Presidential Campaign.

  His1959 marriage to Miriam Jackson ended in divorce.

  Hy is survived by his wife Sandra Starr Lyon and her two sons Kenneth and Christopher and his wife Rebecca, Hy’s son Matthew and wife Jasmine and two children, son Andrew, son Jonathan and three children, daughter Karen and husband Jeff Rogers and three children, and Hy’s sister Sharon Gugat and husband Kevin and three children.

  A Memorial Service was held in the USNA St. Andrew’s Chapel with Commitment of his ashes in the Columbarium at the Academy on September 27, 2010.


George Kermit Coyne, Jr.  (7th Co)

Update 11/1/10

George will be interred at Arlington Cemetery on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. Those attending should arrive at the Administration Bldg at 2:30 PM for a 3:00 PM Burial.
There will be a reception at the Ft Myer Officer's Club at 4:30 PM. All are invited and, for planning purposes only, those who plan to attend should notify  Harry H Hurst at harryhurst@msn.com as soon as possible.

Update 7/21/10

Our opportunities to say farewell to George will be as follows: 

VIEWING: Tuesday, July 27 - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Demaine Funeral Home on Washington St. Old Town Alexandria.  

FUNERAL MASS: Wednesday, July 28 - 1:30 PM. at Good Shepard Catholic Church, 8710 Mount Vernon Hwy. Alexandria, VA.    

BURIAL: Tuesday 9 November 3 PM at Arlington (details on this later). 


George III will be our only remaining contact.  His address is:

 1004 Danton Lane
Alexandria, VA 22308-2620



I am, once again, saddened to tell you of the loss of a good friend and one of our class leaders. George succumbed on 14 July after a lengthy bout with cancer. At this time I have no information regarding funeral or burial plans.

David Edward Bertke  (14th Co)

Update 6/26/10

DAVID E. BERTKE,  75, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, June 16, 2010, in Charlotte, N.C. He grew up in Chelsea, MI, the son of Roy and Erma Bertke. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, and received a Masters Degree from U of M. David enjoyed sailing, wind surfing and especially running. He ran in the Boston Marathon after he turned 70 years old. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Phyllis; sisters, Barbara Byrum of Jackson and Marcia Westerbeke of Lake Havasu City, AZ; and his extended family. 

There will be a memorial service to celebrate his life at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte on Saturday, June 26, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those who wish can send memorial donations to the Church's Social Justice Fund or to the charity of your choice in his memory.


From Gordo

Dear Classmates- 

I am sorry to report that we lost Dave Bertke. Dave died suddenly and unexpectedly of a cerebral hemorrhage.  His memorial service will be on Saturday, June 26, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, NC. 

His widow, Phyllis can be reached at dbertke@bellsouth.net or 4415 Pebble Pond Rd., Charlotte, NC 28226. 

Please stay close. 


Robert Michael Nazak (21st Co)

Update (9/28/10}

Arlington Memorial Service  and Internment

Fort Myer Chapel  1:00 P.M. October 19, 2010


Arlington National Cemetery


Update (6/25/10) 

Bob's Memorial Service will be held at 1400 on Sunday 27 June at Woodward Funeral Home in Louisa, VA.    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Navy Relief Society or the AKC Canine Health Foundation. 


An online guestbook is available at www.woodwardfuneral.com.

Bob Nazak died yesterday (June 21, 2010)  of a sudden, massive heart attack. His funeral will be 1400 Sunday, 27 June at Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa,  VA.

Interment at Arlington in about two months, time/date TBA.

Louis Henry Fisler (21st Co)

Capt. Louis H. Fisler, 75, of Palmetto, went to be with his Lord on June 6, 2010. Services were held on Monday, June 14, 10a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. West, Bradenton, with the Rev. Joel J. Morsch officiating. Inurnment will be at Sarasota VA National Cemetery with a graveside service. 

Lou was born in Schenectady, NY, February 15, 1935. He graduated from US Naval Academy, with distinction in 1958; received his gold wings in 1959; served with squadron VP-6 (Blue Sharks); received his Masters in Operations Research, US Naval Post Graduate School. His tours of duty included US Naval Academy, Instructor; Naval Air Rework Facility (NARF), Quonset Point, Production Officer; NAESU, Philadelphia, Executive Officer and then Commanding Officer; COMPATWINGSPAC, Assistant Chief of Staff; COMFAIRWESTPAC, Assistant Chief of Staff; NARF, Alameda, Commanding Officer; and Naval Aviation Logistics Center, Patuxent River, Deputy Commander. He retired as a Captain 1985 after 33 years of dedicated service, receiving the Navy Commendation Medal and three Presidential Legion of Merit medals. 

After retirement, he was a math instructor at State College of Florida (MCC). He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church. He was an active member of VFW, Post 2488, as well as a member of American Legion, Post 309, and Elks, Palmetto 2449. His hobbies included gardening and taking care if "his" kitties at the VFW. Survivors include his beloved wife Ruby, son, Mark Fisler (Paula), daughters, Kathryn Rogers (Ralph) and Elizabeth Hix (Keith) and seven grandchildren. Family and friends will miss the loss of one so dear to us. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, TideWell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34238, Animal Network Inc., c/o Lindalee Anderson, 310 10th Ave, East, Palmetto, FL 34221. Arrangements by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home.

 Peter Donald Hofstedt (16th Co)  (5/14/10)

Peter Donald Hofstedt,74, longtime resident of Briarcliff Manor and loving Husband and Father of five, died on April 22, 2010, at his home after a long illness. A Tarrytown native and U.S. Naval Aviator, Peter married his high school sweetheart, Ann Elizabeth Marron, at Transfiguration Church, in 1958. Peter was born on December 21, 1935, in Brooklyn, NY, to Carl and Genevieve Hofstedt, and grew up in Tarrytown, NY, where he attended Washington Irving High School, serving as school president and lettering in three sports.  He was appointed to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1954, lettering on the baseball team and serving as vice president of his graduating class. He graduated in 1958 with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering.  Upon graduation, Peter was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy and attended flight school where he earned his aviator wings in 1959.  Peter piloted a Martin P5M Marlin and was stationed in Bermuda (Squadron VP-45) where his role was to patrol our nation's coastline in search of Soviet submarines. He next became an instructor in the School of Pre-Flight at NAS Pensacola, Florida. In 1963, Peter was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy with the rank of Lieutenant.

After returning to Westchester with his family, Peter joined the New York Telephone Company/NYNEX in 1964.  He retired after 30 years. Peter was also active in the Briarcliff community during his 45 years as a resident, serving as a Little League coach, league officer, vice president, and treasurer; a Boy Scout Webelos leader; a lector at St. Theresa's Church; and a volunteer at the Ossining Food Pantry.  Peter was also a Briarcliff School Board Trustee for seven years, serving as president from 1980-81 and 1983-84. Through the years, Peter enjoyed watching his children perform on the athletic fields and stages of the Briarcliff schools.  He was also an avid reader, sports fan, and fisherman always in search of a lunker.

Peter is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Ann, as well as his five cherished children and 13 adored grandchildren: Chris and Christine Hofstedt of Larchmont, NY, and their children Meg, Peter, and Natalie; Doug and Denise Hofstedt of Severna Park, MD, and their children Clare, Michael, and Patrick; Beth Ronan of Briarcliff Manor, NY, and her children Bobby and Brian; Matt and Ariane Hofstedt of Annapolis, MD, and their children Anderson and Quin; and Jennifer and Dan Krehnbrink of Guilderland, NY, and their children Finn, Aidan, and Kaitlin.  He is also survived by his sister, Marjorie ""Bunny", and Henry Crepeault of Tarrytown, NY.

 Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, April 30th at St. Theresa's Church in Briarcliff.  A private burial took place at the family gravesite in Winchendon, MA.

Memorial donations may be made to The American Heart Association. Waterbury & Kelly Funeral Home of Briarcliff Manor 1300 Pleasantville Road Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. 10510   914-941-0838.

Glynn Compton Harper (16th Co)

Glynn Compton Harper, 74 of San Augustine, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2010, in Lufkin, after an lengthy illness.   He was born October 21, 1935, in Shelby County, Texas, to Hattie Frances (Compton) Harper and William Bruce Harper. He was rector of Christ Church Episcopal in San Augustine. Before that he served as rector at St. Anna's in New Orleans, LA. He held numerous post in the churches in and around the Houston area, namely St. James, St. Andrews, and St. Peters.

Glynn graduated from the US Naval Academy with the Class of 1958 and served as a submariner. He later separated from the Navy and went to seminary, including studying at Oxford, England. He spent his adult life in the service of God through the Episcopal Church.

Close to retirement age, Glynn dedicated himself as a author. He has published "A Perfect Peace" and "Arise Beloved." Glynn Compton Harper will be remembered as a brilliant man and a good friend.

Memorial Services were held on Monday, January 18, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. in the Christ Church Episcopal in San Augustine to honor his life.

He is survived by: Goddaughter: Dixie Harris, and her husband, Lt. Col. Bryan of Abilene, his brother: Richard Harper of Pasadena, and his adopted sister: Jill Buffington of Harrison, Township, MI, as well as a host of dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Bruce Harper, his mother, Hattie Frances Compton, and his brother, Thomas Paul Harper.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a memorial in Glynn's name to Christ Church Foundation, 201 South Ayish, San Augustine, Texas.


Charles Emerson Harrison (12th Co)

There was a Committal Service on Friday 0930  March 26th, 2010 in St. Andrew’s Chapel for LCDR Charles Emerson Harrison, USN (Ret).

Charles (Chuck) Harrison, 74 died Thursday, February 26, 2010 at Groton Regency.
Mr. Harrison was born on June 23, 1935 in Elmira, NY the son of Charles and Ruth Emerson Harrison. Chuck graduated from
Ithaca High School in 1953 and joined the Navy Reserve. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy graduating in the class of 1958 and attained retired status from the Navy in 1972 as a Lt. Commander. He was a member of the U.S. Submarine Veterans, Groton Base, the Fleet Reserve, Branch 20, the Mystic Chorale Group, Mensa and many others too numerous to mention.

Chcuk is survived by hid wife Marry Harrison of Groton, his four daughters Mardyne and Dion Smith of Branford, Denyse Espinoza of GA, Helyn and James Go of Oakdale, and Katherine Harrison of VA, his son C. Edward Harrison of HI, 15 grandchildren and 12 Great-Grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Chuck lived his life to the fullest everyday. Besides his family, he leaves behind many friends he met on his journey through life.

Calling Hours will be from 5:00 until 7:00pm on Friday,
March 5, 2010 in Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 181 Ocean Ave., New London, CT 06320. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family at the U.S. Naval Academy. Please visit our website www.fultontherouxnewlondon.com for photos and tributes.

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to USSVI Scholarship Program, 40 School St., Groton, CT 06340; Niantic Rotary Foundation, P.O.Box 339, Niantic, CT 06357, or VITAS Hospice Charitable Fund, 255 Pitkin St, East Hartford, CT 06108.

Last Call John Paul Berry (14th Co)

Update  6/7/11

There will be a Committal Service at the Naval Academy Columbarium on Monday, 27 June 2011 @
1200 for John Paul Berry, Class.

On February 13, 2010, John Paul Berry passed away suddenly in Annapolis, MD. John Paul is survived by his beloved wife, Wilma (Billie) Berry; his mother, Mary Ellen Berry; brothers and sisters, Elizabeth Collins, Marybeth White, Charles Palmer III, David Berry, and Thomas Berry, Jr.; devoted father of John Paul Berry, Jr., Patrick Berry, Colleen Ginsburg, Stacy Isaacs and Carole Elliott. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren, Kristen Isaacs, Steven Berry, Jamie Williams, Robert Isaacs, Jr., Sarah Ginsburg, Cora Berry, Julian Berry, Charlotte Elliott, Cecelia Elliott and Thomas Elliott. A public viewing will be held at Mariners Church, 1592 Whitehall Rd., Annapolis, MD 21409, phone (410) 757-6064, Friday, February 19, 2010 at 10 a.m.; public service to follow at 11 a.m. Refreshments following. For further information, please visit http:// www.marinerschurch.com . Interment, private, will be held at a later date. The family asks that in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Mariners' Missions Fund, http://www.marinerschurch.com or Campus Crusade for Christ, http:// www.militaryministry.org .

John Coventry Chambliss (8th Co)

The following obituary appeared in "The State", a South Carolina paper. 

COLUMBIA — Lt. Col. John Coventry Chambliss, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), died February 9, 2010. Known as Jack, he was the son of John Lockwood Chambliss and Barbara Channing Miller Chambliss of Falls Church, Va. He was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and served in the Marine Corps from 1958 to 1978. His military duties included tours in Okinawa, Vietnam, and Marine Corps Headquarters in Arlington, Va. He earned a degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan in communication information and control engineering. After retiring from active duty, he worked with Federal Data Corporation for 10 years and was an adjunct professor of mathematics at American University in Washington, D.C.

The family returned to Columbia in 1986 where Mr. Chambliss was an active participant in the community. He received a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of South Carolina and taught criminal justice and mental health at U.S.C. as an adjunct professor. He was a committed volunteer, focusing on adult literacy and literacy teaching in the prisons and drug and alcohol rehabilitation counseling. He also volunteered at the Midlands Veteran Rehabilitation Center, Habitat for Humanity and Harvest Hope Food Bank. He was on the board of the Columbia Pastoral Counseling Center and the local Red Cross Pherisis Program.

Mr. Chambliss was a dedicated member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder, Bethel Bible teacher, Kerygma teacher, adult Sunday school teacher and tutor in the Champs program. He also was a Stephen Minister and leader in the Stephen Ministry program, which he found especially rewarding and meaningful.

An avid golfer for his entire life, Mr. Chambliss always walked the course and carried his bag. He was a member of the Midlands Master Gardeners Association and specialized in teaching new Habitat homeowners how to care for their yards. He also was a member of the Columbia Cotillion Club.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Coleman McPherson Chambliss; two daughters, Elizabeth Chambliss and her husband, Erik Semmelmeyer, of Montclair, N.J., Julia Craig and her husband, Tim, of Columbia; four grandchildren, Lucy Coleman Semmelmeyer, Jane Lockwood Semmelmeyer, Elizabeth Grace Craig and Elaine Coventry Craig; sisters, Dana Anderson of Astoria, Ore., and Natalie Chambliss of Mountain House, Calif.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 13, 2010, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at the home, 10 Mallet Hill Court, and on Saturday in the Eastminster parlor following the memorial service.

The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks for the supportive care of the nurses and staff on 8th Averyt at Baptist Hospital.

Memorials may be made to Eastminster Presbyterian Church or the charity of one’s choice.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.


Vera Sidonie Port (Wife of Joe Port  23rd Co)

The following sad news is from Ray Landrum: 

Joe Port's wife, Vera, passed away Jan. 19.  A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, Jan.29 at 10:30 AM in St. Andrews Chapel.  Inurnment will follow at the Naval Academy Columbarium. 

The following was published in the The Capitol Newspaper on 22 Jan:

Vera Sidonie Port, 73, of the Arnold/Annapolis area, previously of Potomac, died Jan. 19 at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore after a four month illness. Born on Oct. 12, 1936, in the tropical paradise of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. A smoldering Latin beauty with movie star looks, she never lost her native passion for life and "calor humano." She graduated from Cazenovia College in upstate New York with an associates degree in 1957. While living and studying in upstate New York, she had met, at church, the love of her life and eventual husband of 51 plus years, Joseph C. Port (Cdr. USN, retired, Class of 1958). They married following his graduation on June 5, 1958, at the Naval Academy Chapel. A loving mother and devoted Navy wife, she raised four children in a dozen different homes, across four continents. She was also a nurturing grandmother to nine grandchildren and her force and influence will live on in them. Throughout the decades, she was the matriarch and rock of the family as the Navy called them to duty in stations in the U.S. and abroad, including Pensacola, San Diego, Hawaii, Japan, Patuxent River, Annapolis, Italy, and Brazil. In the late 1960's and early 1970's she worked for the Brazilian American Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C., promoting Brazilian art and culture. In the late 1970's and early 1980's, when the family was living in Brazil, she worked as the in-country representative for the Italian aerospace company Selenia. Later in the 1980's when the family had moved to Long Island, New York, she worked as a sales associate at the Macy's in downtown Manhattan. After the family moved to the Annapolis area in the late 1980's, she opened Vera's Bakery & Café in Severna Park, where her Brazilian and international cooking were legendary to her loyal customers. She also established Vera's Wedding Cakes and for years supplied equally renowned artisan cakes for area weddings. She later became an icon of the local Farmers' Markets in Anne Arundel County known for her delicious breads and scones and other unforgettable baked delicacies. Compassionate and giving, she rescued animals and donated regularly to charities for orphaned children in Brazil. She is proceeded in death by her father Charles G. Hasler; her mother Dulce Bottas; and one brother, Niel R. Hasler, all of Salvador, Brazil. She is survivied by her husband, Joseph Clinton Port of Arnold, whom she married June 4, 1958; three sons, Charles F. Port of Annapolis, Joseph C. Port, Jr. of Frederick, Christopher N. Port of Bryson City, N.C.; one daughter, Katia Port Reecer of Arlington, Va.; her stepmother, Eugenia Hasler of Salvador, Brazil; two brothers, Charles Hasler of Salvador, Brazil, Gerald B. Hasler of San Paolo, Brazil; two sisters, Elza M. Hasler of Lexington, Ky., Patricia M. Principe of Salvador, Brazil and nine grandchildren. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, Jan. 29 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrews Chapel, US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD (enter Gate 8). Inurnment USNA Columbarium. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Red Cross to help Haiti. Arrangements by the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, Inc. Online condolences may be made to www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com.

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Thomas Doyle  (19th Co)

From Chuck Smith

At Saint Martha Catholic Church today (4 January 2010), Classmates from the San Diego area gathered to bid farewell to Tom Doyle (19). Tom's widow, Audrey, and family graciously hosted class members, wives, shipmates and friends at their Temecula home, following the service and military honors. Attending the service were Claudette and Bruce Craig (19), Shari and John Dean (22), Madelyn & Joe Fenick (7), Dick Hanson (7), Dick Lawe (22), Chuck Smith (20) and Dotty and John Washburn (7). Several Class members/wives commented positively on the opportunity they had to see Tom recently at the December Class Lunch on 9 December

From Gordo:

I regret once again to be passing along the word on the loss of a classmate.  Tom Doyle passed away on Wednesday, 29 December.  He had been in apparent good health and suffered a heart attack.  We have been in touch with his son, Tom Jr., and have learned that the funeral service will take place on Monday, 0900, 4 January 2010, at St. Martha's Church, at 37200 Whitewood Road, Murieta, CA 92563.  

John James  Dittrick, Jr  (17th Co)

Captain John J. Dittrick, Jr., USN, (Ret.) was hospitalized at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital on August 20, 2009.due to a sudden illness.  Jack passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital , Virginia Beach, Virginia.  

A message from Carolyn Dittrick:  

Dear Family, Friends and Neighbors, 

We deeply appreciate all of your thoughtfulness, prayers and support.

We will be holding a Celebration of Life to honor, appreciate and remember Jack Dittrick.  We would be honored to have your presence in sharing in this meaningful time. 

Saturday, December 5, 2009
1:30 p. m. service

Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church
2020 Laskin Road
Virginia Beach , VA , 23454


Refreshments to follow in the adjoining Parish Hall

If you are traveling from out of town, we recommend the Hampton Inn Oceanfront North, 3107 Atlantic Ave. , Virginia Beach , VA 23451 .  Please ask for Bobbi Gilpin at 757-428-7233 ext 6134.  Please reference The Dittrick Family (It is $99/night for a double queen and includes breakfast, with all oceanfront rooms.)

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that any donations be made to one of the following organizations.

Please reference In Memory of John J. Dittrick, Jr. when providing a donation. They in turn will notify us that a donation has been sent. 

Donations In Memory of John J. Dittrick, Jr.

National Prior Disease Pathology Surveillance Center (NPDPSC)
2085 Adelbert Road
  Room 419
Cleveland , Ohio 44106

Ocean Conservancy - Membership Department
Donations In Memory of John J. Dittrick, Jr.
1300 19th St. NW
8th Floor
Washington , D.C. 20036

American Legion Troop Support Program Operation Comfort Warriors.
You can use your credit card to make an online donation or you can mail a check to:  

Operation Comfort Warriors
PO Box 1055
 Indianapolis, IN

Robert Earl Phillips  (2nd Co)

 From Bob Pidgeon 

Bob Phillips  passed away on Veterans Day after a protracted illness.  He is survived by his wife, Cleo, two daughters (Lynn and Karen) and a son, Marc.   

His funeral is planned for 1400 Sunday, 15 November at the First Baptist Church of El Campo TX, Bob's home.

The following obituary was published in the Victoria Advocate on November 13, 2009:

Robert E. Phillips, Captain USN Retired, of El Campo, passed away on Nov. 11, 2009. He was born on Dec. 24, 1934 in Dallas.

At age 14 he got his private pilot license and Ham Radio License, W5NZ. He graduated from Amon Carter in Fort Worth in 1953. He attended Texas University for one year and was appointed to the Naval Academy. He graduated from the Academy in 1958.

After 26 years in the Navy he retired in 1984 and went sailing. He later built a 42-foot Catamaran and sailed it with his wife. They then started traveling in a motor home and after three years of traveling he looked and settled down in El Campo in September 2004 with his wife.

He is survived by his wife, Cleo; three children, Lynn Brown, Karen Warfield, and Marc Phillips and their spouses; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl Jennings and Eunice Driskill Phillips, and a brother.
Visitation will be on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Rick DuBroc officiating.
Pallbearers will be Walter Rutherford, Noel Rodriguez, Edmund Holub, Shane Naiser, Rick Lindley, and Donald Preismeyer.

Memorial donations may be made to Houston Hospice-El Campo, P.O. Box 1417, El Campo, TX 77437.  Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, 979-543-3681. 

James Lawrence Buchanan  (24th Co)

From Gordo

James "Bucky" Buchanan died in an automobile accident yesterday evening near his home in Las Vegas.   Bucky’s funeral will be held at 2 PM, Friday, November 13th at the Palm Mortuary,  1325 N. Main St. Las Vegas, NV  89101.  

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking people to make donations to the UNLV Foundation for the Academic Scholarship  Fund.

George Frenger Lisle (18th Co)

 From Mike Cunningham: 

I'm sorry to have to inform you that our company mate and good friend George
F. Lisle passed away early this morning (11/7/09).  George had been fighting cancer for
a long time. I don't have the full details yet but I do know that the funeral will be held at St. James
Episcopal Church, on Camp Road, in Johns Island (Charleston), SC at 11:00 am
on Monday, 9 November.

I talked to Red Gottsche, our other roommate, and he and I are both planning
to attend the funeral and will represent the 18th Company.

George Martin Kelley

George Martin Kelley, 73, of Cadiz, died Saturday, October 10, 2009, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born January 31, 1936, in Cadiz, a son of the late Martin Alonzo and Ruth McCloy Kelley.  George was an Electrician for IBEW 246.  He attended the U.S. Naval Academy and was a Naval Veteran of the Korean Conflict.  He was a member of the Cadiz American Legion and the Cadiz Fraternal Order of Eagles.  Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Judy Covert Kelley; his children: Kim Kelley of Toronto, Scott (Vicki) Kelley of Steubenville, Lincoln (Gina) Kelley of Empire, Vince Kelley of Stratton, Jody (Tom) Mack of East Springfield and Nikki Case of St. Clairsville; 14 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and a sister, Pat Pezzopane of East Palestine.

 Friends may call Monday, 2-4 and 7-9 at Clark-Kirkland Funeral Home, Cadiz, where funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. with Rev. George Romage officiating.  Burial will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove. Military honors will be performed by the Cadiz American Legion.

George was a non-grad who stayed in touch with the class

Thomas Joseph Lamb (19th Co)

Tom Lamb died while in hospice in North Carolina Friday evening 18 September.

From the Lamb Family:

As most of you know, my father loved the water.  He was so proud serving his country in the Navy, and was a strong supporter of the USNA Class of 1958 (as evidenced by his large collection of "Great in 58" ball caps & T’s).  Dad spent a lot of time on the water in any boat that was available to him throughout his life.  My sister Eileen and I would go to Key West with a crowd of friends in tow and dad would wear us out with daily fishing, SCUBA, or kayaking trips, which usually started at 0600.   We had to explain that the Lamb sisters needed their rest while on vacation, so he let us sleep in until 0800 - thanks dad.  I guess you never lose the midshipman within.       

My father’s final resting place will be overlooking the water at the Columbarium at the US Naval Academy.  We will have a ceremony in St. Andrew’s Chapel, committal in the Columbarium with military honors, followed by a luncheon at the Officer’s Club.  Details are below.   If you plan to attend the luncheon, please let me know so I can I give them a headcount. 

Thank you for all your support during this difficult time.  Dad, we sure have had some fun and will miss you! 

 Love Barb 

Tom's service will be at the USNA Chapel, downstairs in St. Andrews Chapel at 1030 on Tuesday  6 October. Following the service we will proceed to the columbarium. This will be followed by lunch at the O&F Club. All attendees are invited.

Tuesday, October 6th 10:30 am
Memorial Service St. Andrew’s Chapel
Followed by Committal in the Columbarium & Luncheon at the Officer’s Club
US Naval Academy
121 Blake Road

John Elias Dickson, Jr.  (14th Co)  

John E. Dickson, Jr. (14th Co.) will be buried at Arlington on Friday 13 November. Meet at the Admin Building at 0830. Burial at 0900.

 Col. John E. Dickson Jr.  USAF (Ret)., 73, passed away Tuesday, 1 September 2009.  John was born in Long Island, N.Y., in 1936 to John E. Dickson and Anne Noble Dickson. He has one surviving brother, Peter. John married Margie Goodwin in 1960 and they had two children, John Geoffrey and Tania Anne.

In his youth, John was an accomplished classical pianist and attended Julliard for 14 years. He retained a love for music his entire life. A military career was his goal however, and he was accepted to and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958. He opted to go with the U.S. Air Force and served a total of 27 years.

He served in the Strategic Air Command (SAC). He flew EB47s as an electronic warfare officer and B58s as a DSO. In Vietnam, he served as a navigator on EB66s. He won the Distinguished Flying Cross for finding the first SAM site in Laos. After the war, he served with 6514th Test Squadron who worked on developing drone technology. His Air Force career later took a turn toward space. His final assignment for the Air Force was when he became the director of safety for the Eastern Space and Missile Range at the Patrick AFB and oversaw the first 18 shuttle launches. John attained the rank of colonel and retired in 1985. After his military retirement, John went on to work for SRS Technologies in Huntsville for 13 years. His second retirement came in 1998.

John is survived by his wife, Margie; his son, Geoffrey and his wife Rita and their children Renee and Ryan; his daughter Tania and her son Jon Smith; and his brother Peter and his wife Linda.

A viewing will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Valhalla Funeral Home. The graveside service will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.  He will be remembered as a beloved husband, father, friend, and a patriot that loved his country.  

Please sign online guest book at www.valhallafunerals.com.

George Peyton (10th Co)

George Peyton passed away January 18, 2008 in Manassas Park, Virginia.  There are no other details at this time.

Donald Arthur Boerner (15th Co)

Lieutenant Donald “Don” Arthur Boerner died on August 14, 2009 in Hot Springs Village , AR after a 3-year battle with Alzheimer’s.  He was 73 years old.

A resident of Hot Springs Village , Don was born April 3, 1936 in Massillon , OH and was the son to the late Harold Arthur Boerner and Ethel Traphagen Boerner.  He attended Massillon High School , was an Eagle Scout and was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1954. 

Upon graduation with the Class of 1958, he served ten years active duty both aboard ships and ashore.  He left the U.S. Navy in 1968 and joined the Eastman K