Posted 8/02/2013: (Final Flight for Bill Wright, from Jack Akin)
Presentation of the American Flag to Yvonne Wright
I attended the funeral service in Atlanta, GA for my roommate,
Bill Wright, on Thursday, Aug. 1st. I was privileged to give a eulogy, and all
in attendance sang the song I wrote years ago, "The Halls of Navy", so loudly
that Bill heard it, I'm sure. His wife, Yvonne, with children Robert and
Rosalind, and grandchildren Christopher and Luke, were in attendance as well as
many local friends.
Two Navy Commanders folded the flag and presented it to
Yvonne, followed by a volley from the firing squad
Select "videos" to see a
clip of my eulogy for Bill at his funeral service.
Posted 7/27/2013: (Final Flight; William (Bill) Wright, by Jack Akin, from
I am sad to relate that my roommate, CDR William (Bill) Brissey Wright,
USN (Ret), passed away this morning, July 27, 2013 at 10:30 AM, in Atlanta,
GA, with his family at his side, from heart and cancer complications. I have
rewritten his obituary from the detailed summary sent to me by his family,
WILLIAM BRISSEY WRIGHT
Commander William B. (Bill) Wright,
USN (Ret.) passed away peacefully in the presence of his
family on July
27th, 2013 after a long illness.
Bill was born on April 9,1928 in
Anderson, South Carolina to Alvin McLenna and Elizabeth
He attended Anderson Boy's High School where he was very active in sports.
He was Captain of the Boy's High Yellow Jackets in 1944, a team coached by
school coach, Bill Dillard, a strong mentor and role
model. He was also very active in scouting,
attained the rank of Eagle
Scout and was a member of the "Order of the Arrow".
After graduating from
High School in 1945, Bill attended Clemson University on a football
scholarship. Multiple injuries cut short his football career, and in 1946 he
appointment to the Naval Academy and graduated with the class
After graduation Bill reported to the USS Saipan, CVL-48. He
spent a year in Saipan before
receiving orders to Flight Training at
Pensacola, Florida. After training he reported to Fighter
the renowned "Jesters", based in Jacksonville, Fl. The "Jesters" were one of
first Navy squadrons to receive swept winged jets, the Grumman
Cougar. After an 8-month
West-Pac deployment, the "Jesters" returned to
Jacksonville where they were the first squadron
to receive the North
American FJ-3 Fury. Bill participated in the Fleet Indoctrination program
conducted at Patuxant River Maryland. It was after this tour at Pax River
that Bill met and
married his lifetime mate, the lovely, Yvonne Wilson.
Subsequent tours included flight and ground instructor in the training
command, transition to
helicopters and a tour with HS-1 in Key West,
Florida. This was followed by a tour as Aide &
Flag Secretary to
Commander Carrier Division 14 based in USS Wasp operating out of Boston,
Mass. Then came tours in Monterey, California, Key West, Florida, Keflavik,
Iceland and finally
Atlanta, Georgia. In 1974 Bill retired from the Navy
after serving as Executive Officer of the
ROTC Unit at Georgia Tech for 4
After retirement Bill worked in real estate and with Douglas
Guardian Warehouse Corporation.
He retired from the latter in 1988 after
serving as Vice President & Eastern Regional Director.
He is survived by
his wife of 58 years, Yvonne Wilson Wright of Jacksonville, Florida, son
Robert (Charlotte) Wright; daughter, Rosalind (Len) Picard; grandsons,
and Luc Picard.
In lieu of flowers the family
requests donations be made to: The USNA Class of 1950 Historical
Program, attention: CAPT Richard Powell, USN (Ret), 6123 Dunsinane Court,
Celebration of life services will be held on
Thursday at 11:30 AM at H.M. Patterson & Son
I will forward funeral arrangements to you as soon as they are firm, and
will post them on the class website.
Thanks for your help, Deke.
Posted 10/22/03: (Ken Bixby's Funeral Service)
To the Class
Bobbie and I attended Ken Bixby's services
yesterday. He was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Andover, MA, with full
military honors and a complement of his classmates in attendance.
During visiting hours with his wife, Helen,
and all family members, Ken was postured in his Air Force uniform with Masonic
emblems and a roomful of beautiful floral arrangements. In attendance were Chuck
and Sally Mull, Roger and Muriel Buck, George and Jackie Deranian, Bob and Molly
Murphy, Harold and Betty Buehler and Charlie and Ruth Conlon.
At the funeral service Jack Akin tendered a
eulogy, including a recent testimonial recording by Ken, in which pleasant
memories of their Air Force service and retirement days together were recalled.
Chuck Mull (Ken's roommate), Jack Akin, George Deranian and
Roger Buck accompanied Ken's son David and son-in-law Peter Walsh as pall
bearers at the funeral. An Air Force chaplain conducted the service. Two Air
Force Lieutenants folded and presented the American flag to Helen Bixby. Six
airmen executed three precision volleys, followed by the rendering of taps in a
beautiful wooded setting on a misty fall day.
Helen and her family were supported in
prayer and by classmate condolences during this service of farewell to Ken.
(Ref: Mike Grove)
Obituary of Michael Motte Grove
May 9, 1928 – November 8, 2003
Michael Motte Grove died Saturday, November 8, 2003, at his
home in Sharon, Massachusetts, after a long illness from a brain tumor. He was
born in New York City on May 9th, 1928, and was the son of the late
Mrs. Ludwig King Moorehead of New Canaan, Connecticut, and West Newbury,
Vermont, and the late Lt. Comdr. George Wilson Grove of New York City and
Mr. Grove attended New Canaan Country School in New Canaan,
Connecticut, graduated from Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts, in
1946, and the U.S. Naval Academy in June of 1950. Upon graduation he served on
the destroyer USS Renshaw (DD499) operating off the coast of Korea in the Sea of
Japan with the U.S. Seventh Fleet during the Korean War. He then attended the
U.S. Naval Submarine School in New London, Connecticut, serving thereafter in
the Atlantic Fleet on the submarine USS Irex (SS482).
Lieutenant (j.g.) Grove resigned from the U.S. Navy in 1955,
attended and subsequently graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Business
Administration in 1957, receiving a Masters Degree in Business Administration.
Mr. Grove worked for 14 years with Robertshaw Controls, Inc.
of Milford, Connecticut, followed by 16 years with Imperial Knife Associated
Companies of Providence, Rhode Island. He retired from the Imperial Knife
Company as Vice President and General Manager in 1987 and, with his wife,
founded his own firm, Connors Grove Associates, a business management
consultancy. In addition, Mr. Grove began a long-term affiliation with SCORE,
where he counseled small businesses in the Boston area.
Mr. Grove moved to Sharon, Massachusetts, in 1972 and for
many years had been very involved with the management of the town and the
affairs of his church. Most recently, he was chairman of the Personnel Board of
the town and was a member of the Friends of the Council on Aging. Mr. Grove was
a lifetime member of the U.S. Naval Institute, the U.S. Naval Aid Association,
the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, and the Navy League of the United
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Sheila Connors Grove
as well as his sisters, Anne Loring Grove Turner of Small Point, Maine, and
Barbara Moorehead Griffin of Hopewell, New Jersey, his brother, Captain George
Sargent Grove, USN, (Ret.) of West Newbury, Vermont, and many nieces and
Visiting hours will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on
Friday, November 14, 2003, at the Joseph P. Keating Funeral Home, 46 South Main
Street, Sharon, Massachusetts.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday,
November 15, 2003, at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Sharon, Massachusetts. Burial
will follow at the Rock Ridge Cemetery, East Street, Sharon.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the MGH
Palliative Care Service, Massachusetts General Hospital, Founders 600, 55 Fruit
Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02114
Posted 9/03/03: (From Dick Powell For
Truly regret learning about Will's death. He was a loyal Classmate
with Janet invariably made all Metro DC Class affairs in ebullient
spirits. He was a generous donor and strong supporter of Class
projects--probably even beyond his means. He's the salt of the earth.
We could use more like him and in his spirit. We were lucky to have him
as a Classmate and Shipmate. You couldn't help but like him. He will be
Thomas H. McGlaughlin
Retired Navy Capt. Thomas H. McGlaughlin, who served as an aide to President
John F. Kennedy, commanded a destroyer in the Vietnam War and directed naval
operations for the Pacific Command, died Feb. 18, 2003, in Honolulu. He was 75.
He served at the White House in 1962 and 1963 as a military aide to President
Kennedy, and later spent seven years at sea off Vietnam during the war. He was
the youngest destroyer commander in the Pacific Fleet on the USS Maddox, and was
executive officer on the guided missile heavy cruiser USS Boston and the
destroyer USS Pritchett.
He was director of naval operations for CINCPAC at Camp Smith from 1970 to 1974,
then served as chief staff officer for the Military Sea Lift Command/ Atlantic,
in New York City until until 1979.
He retired from the Navy in Honolulu in 1980 and went to work in marine
surveying for the R.W. Dickieson Co., in Kane'ohe, and as a once-weekly skipper
of the tour ship Rella Mae.
His Navy decorations include the Bronze Star, and decorations from the
government of South Vietnam.
McGlaughlin is survived by his wife, Moana McGlaughlin-Tregaskis; and brother
George W. McGlaughlin of Pittsburgh.
Frank S. Beal
Frank S. Beal, an Air Force officer and Westinghouse engineer who led state
agencies during the 1970s, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2003, of leukemia.
The Mt. Lebanon resident was 76.
Mr. Beal was Pennsylvania's secretary of administration from 1973 to 1975 and
secretary of public welfare from 1975 to 1978. He left Harrisburg to become
deputy administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration in the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services from 1978 to 1979.
Mr. Beal's public service, which included work in the administrations of former
Govs. Milton Shapp and Robert Casey and service on a transition team for Gov. Ed
Rendell, followed years as a commissioned officer with the Air Force and a
decade working on nuclear power plants with Westinghouse Electric Corp.
Mr. Beal was born in 1926 in Terre Haute, Ind. He grew up in Mt. Lebanon, where
he graduated from high school in the January class of 1944 -- classes were split
during war years, so young men could be advanced for service as quickly as
possible, his wife, Caryl, said.
After attending the University of Richmond and Dartmouth College through a Navy
program, Mr. Beal graduated from the Naval Academy in 1950. Top graduates of the
academy had the option of going into the Air Force, Caryl Beal said. Standing 6
feet 3 inches tall, Mr. Beal felt life on a ship wasn't for him.
The couple met in 1951 in New Mexico and were married the following year. Before
retiring from active duty as a colonel in 1960, Mr. Beal earned a master's
degree in nuclear engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. That
enabled him to secure his next job, designing and marketing nuclear power plants
But Mr. Beal was always fascinated with government and history, his wife said.
He attempted a run for the Penn Hills school board in the 1960s and then was
appointed to the school board in Pittsburgh. Those first steps ultimately led
Mr. Beal to Harrisburg and Washington, D.C.
As a member of the Pittsburgh Board of Public Education from 1969 to 1971, Mr.
Beal supported eliminating corporal punishment from schools, said his wife.
Aldo Colautti, business manager for the school system at the time, said Mr. Beal
also had an unusually sharp eye for budget details.
"As secretary of public welfare, he had the responsibility of running the
largest department of state government at the time, with more than 40,000
employees," said Colautti.
"He was hard-working, almost to a fault," he added. "His idea of
relaxation was that on the weekends, when the average cabinet official in
Harrisburg was taking the weekend off and relaxing, Frank would be out visiting
state institutions to assure himself that the facilities were working
After his public sector work, Mr. Beal returned to Westinghouse in 1979, where
he worked as director of government affairs and then director of environment
Retired since 1987, Mr. Beal earned a master's degree in history from the
University of Pittsburgh and helped advise Casey, Rendell and former Secretary
of Labor and Industry Harris Wofford.
Retirement also gave Mr. Beal an opportunity to travel -- he visited more than
60 countries during his life. One trip during the 1980s had him crossing the
Sahara in a World War II transport truck. During a trip to southern Africa, Mr.
Beal wound up having tea with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
At the time of his death, Mr. Beal was planning a train trip from Portugal to
In addition to his wife, Mr. Beal is survived by three sons, Frank S. Jr. of
Point Breeze, Thomas H. of Glenn Dale, Md., and Hugh L. of Mt. Lebanon; a
sister, Sue Beal Smith of Mt. Lebanon; and eight grandchildren.
Received word at 5PM today from Dick Harkness through Bob Fahey
(Beal's roommate of 4 years) that Frank Beal died during the last week (Feb.
14, 2003) in a Pittsburgh area hospital. Cause of sudden death was leukemia
that had not previously been diagnosed and with no previous indications.
Frank had been pursuing his usual interest in Pennsylvania politics
and had apparently been in a conference in Harrisburg. When he arrived home
in Pittsburgh, he developed symptoms that resulted in his hospitalization.
Frank was a Colonel, USAF and had worked in the nuclear engineering field
for Westinghouse following retirement. Frank had set up a reunion of the 4th
Company at Annapolis during last year's USNA homecoming with attendees as
reported in the latest Shipmate. He looked far healthier than most of
the rest of us.
Frank had traveled widely in Africa and the Balkans following Westinghouse
Frank's wife Carol may be sending further details directly to the class
leadership. If I receive any further details, including funeral
arrangements, I will advise.
Jerry, alert the net as you see fit.
"My father is not afraid of the future, but is deeply saddened by the
prospect of losing his many friends
and family members"..
Frank Beal Jr.
Donald Kenneth Robbins
Donald Kenneth Robbins passed
away on Feb. 11, 2003. He
Sept 21,l928 in Portland.
was a graduate of the United
States Naval Academy,
after which he attended
then served in World War
II and the
distinguished military career
Donald became a very
businessman, having great
the local Real Estate
community as well
as many other business
entities. He was
a member of the Royal
be lovingly missed and is sur-
vived by his mother,
Marjorie F. Dexter
of Portland, wife,
Barbara A. Robbins of
and Gia Reyes, both of
There will be a
memorial service in celeb-
ration of his life at 1
pm. Tuesday, Feb. 18
in St. Matthews Lutheran
church, 10390 SW
Canyon Rd., Beaverton,
WILLIAM PERRY KELLY, JR.
Our classmate, William P. Kelly, Jr., died of cancer on 20
October, 2002 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Florida. During his active
duty period, he made wartime deployments on VALLEY FORGE and PHILIPINE SEA, and
a Mediterranean tour on INTREPID. He retired from the Navy in 1970 and became
the chief test pilot and flight test engineer for the Piper Aircraft factories.
Bill is survived by his wife, Barbara, sons David, Robert and Stephen; and three
Robert Elbridge Smith
I RECEIVED OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION THAT ROBERT E. SMITH (CLASS OF '50) WAS BURIED
AT SEA FROM THE USS TICONDEROGA (CG-47) NOV 13, 2002.
DORIS J. SMITH
William B. Farnsworth
William B. Farnsworth Jr. of Wellesley Hills, a retired
Raytheon employee and active environmentalist, died Sunday (Jan.02.2003) at New
England Baptist Hospital in Boston. He was 74.
Born in Rhode Island, he was a graduate of the Moses Brown School and the United
States Naval Academy.
Mr. Farnsworth served with the Navy during the Korean War. He was awarded the
Bronze Star, for valor in amphibious, minesweeping and rescue operations, as
well as the Korean War Service Medal with three battle stars. He later served in
submarines in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Caribbean.
Mr. Farnsworth worked for the Raytheon Co. for more than 30 years, holding
positions in engineering, program management, marketing, long-range planning and
on the corporate staff.
He was a member of the Navy League, the Air Force Association, the Armed Forces
Communications and Electronics Association and the National Security Industrial
Association. Mr. Farnsworth became active in several wildlife and natural
resources causes upon his retirement from Raytheon, joining the Massachusetts
Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, Trustees of Reservations and the World
Wildlife Federation. He was also a licensed pilot and was for many years a
member of Raytheon Employees' Flying Club and the Aircraft Owners' and Pilots'
Mr. Farnsworth is survived by his wife, Jean (Gibson); a son, Robert L. of
Lewiston, Maine; a daughter, Elizabeth Jean of Royalston; a sister, Alys MacLeod
of Bristol, R.I.; and two grandsons.
This informs of the death of non-grad classmate Charles
Jr. of Middletown, Ohio, on Saturday, 28 SEP 2002. Dick had suffered from
lengthy battle with cancer. Tom Ross
Dad sailed home to heaven at the break of dawn this morning. Mom
brother Dick are well. Dad died peacefully while sleeping.
Feel free to
write or call anytime.
MEYER, FRANK G. SR., 75, of South Pasadena, died Friday (June 14, 2002) at the
VA Medical Center at Bay Pines.
He came here in 1975 from his native Detroit, where he was an electrical
engineer for Toledo Scale.
He was a 1950 graduate of the Naval Academy and a retired Navy lieutenant.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Alice M.; a son, Frank F. Jr., St.
Petersburg; two daughters, Sheri Heiser, Naples, and Marcia Colarusso, Panama
City Beach; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Howell P. Hoover, Jr.
DR. HOWELL P. HOOVER, 73, of Brentwood, Tenn., formerly of Memphis, medical
doctor, died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, in Nashville. Graveside services will be at
1 p.m. Friday at Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown. Franklin (Tenn.) Funeral Home
has charge. He was a graduate of the Naval Academy and a Korean War veteran.
Dr. Hoover, the husband of Donna Goode Grubbs Hoover, also leaves a daughter,
Susan Elizabeth Hoover Cook of Nashville; three sons, Dr. Jeffery Hoover of
Memphis, Daniel Hoover of Nashville and Howell Hoover of Iuka, Miss., and six
Jim Robinson died of a heart
at his home in Playa Del Rey, CA on Wednesday, March 20, 2002, shortly after an
exercise workout. JIm and I were close friends, having played baseball
together at USNA, and went through flight training together (where we also
played baseball). We were assigned to VF-61(The Jolly Rogers) at Oceana, VA
in early 1952 and made cruises together as roommates until going ashore in
1955. Jim and I were close friends since those days.
All the best
Edwin Lamar Mauzy
CPT, USAF. Born Dec. 14, 1926. Died Dec. 25, 2001
Edwin's daughter, Lynn, will mail his obituary.
James H. Hall
Col. James H. Hall (USAF Ret.), age 74, formerly of
Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away Saturday, November 17, 2001 in
Mechanicsville. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ginny Hall; three
daughters and a son-in-law, Cindy Stockton, Tena M. Sterrett, and Mary L.
and Robert J. Doak; son, Lt. Col. John Cherniga (USAF) and
daughter-in-law, Joan Cherniga; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Dorothy Hall and
family, and Mrs. Sally Allen; two nephews, David L. Allen and family, and
James Gibson and family; and last but not least, numerous grand-puppies.
Col. Hall was retired from the United States Air Force after a career of
31 years as a fighter pilot. He served in World War II and the Korean
Conflict. Remains rest at the Laburnum Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 2110
E. Laburnum Ave., where the family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m.
Monday and where services will be held 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Burial in
Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
William T. Rassieur III.
Bill died on Sep. 25, 2001. He was born in San Diego, California, on April 28, 1928. He was a top
scholar and 1950 graduate of the Naval Academy at Annapolis and served our
country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, earning the
Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, and the Air Medal. He
subsequently entered a distinguished career as an engineer and program manager
with Lockheed Missiles and Space Corporation, and later enjoyed his retirement
years perfecting his golf game, firing up the grill, and proudly watching over
his family. Dad, you never let us down and you'll always be our hero.
He is survived by his sweetheart and wife of 50 years, Joy Rassieur, of
Dripping Springs. He also leaves daughters, Gayle Harris of Austin and Donna
Abelson of Los Gatos, California, and two sons-in-law, Daniel Harris and David
Abelson; four beloved granddaughters; and innumerable friends far and wide.
William G. Petty
Fortisimo !!! Enough to fill editorials for the next year.
It would, however, be helpful to get the likes of Kissinger, Schultz, Brent
Scowcroft, (Gates and maybe even the former President Clinton), etc. refer to it
with their own version of the same thing in their words--or better yet:"I
couldn't have said it better!"