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Death of a Classmate - Thomas A. Quirk - 11th Co.

Thomas A. Quirk, Jr., 86, of Ashburn, Virginia, died on January 4, 2018. Tom was born September 21, 1931, in Lynn, Massachusetts. He was the son of Thomas A. Quirk and Mary Louise Quirk.

Tom resided in the Boston area until his family moved to Newport, Rhode Island. He attended De La Salle Academy in Newport and had many fond memories of his childhood. Tom received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in electrical and mechanical engineering. He proudly served his country on several ships in the Atlantic Fleet and as an instructor at Guantanamo Bay. After retiring from active duty, he earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1962. After graduation, he worked for Westinghouse in Pittsburgh. In 1965, Tom joined the International Programs Division at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (now NRECA International). Tom was proud of his work in bringing electricity to developing nations in Southeast Asia. He took particular pride in the success of NRECA's efforts in Bangladesh. He retired from NRECA in 1995.

Tom met his wife, the former Mary Ellen O'Toole, while working in Pittsburgh. He and Mary Ellen resided in Vienna, Virginia, for over 35 years and moved to Heritage Hunt in Gainesville in 2007. After Mary Ellen's death, he resided at Ashby Ponds in Ashburn, VA. He was a quiet man who had a deep sense of commitment and integrity, and he was devoted to his faith, his family and his country. Tom was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Mary Ellen, and by his sister, Eleanor Louise Quirk. He is survived by his son Thomas and his wife Megan of Charlotte, NC, and their children Thomas, Andrew, Caroline and Katherine, and by his son Brian and his wife Michelle of Ashburn, VA, and their daughters Mackenzie and Sasha

A funeral mass will be offered on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 8213 Linton Hall Road, Gainesville, VA. The family will receive friends at Colonial Funeral Home of Leesburg, 201 Edwards Ferry Road, NE, Leesburg, VA 20176, from 6 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Interment at Stonewall Memory Gardens following the mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850, or to Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Colonial Funeral Home of Leesburg
201 Edwards Ferry Road NE
Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 777-1414


Death of a Class Wife -Marie Hattie "Mimi" Petzrick - 19th Co,

Marie Hattie "Mimi" Petzrick, age 87, a longtime resident of Crownsville, died at her home on December 31, 2017 of natural causes. She was born in Baltimore on December 21, 1930 and graduated from Patterson Park High School. Mimi was extremely active in Boy Scouts of America, from Den Mother to Explorer Scout Advisor, and she was awarded the Silver Fawn Award by the Scouts. She was a founding member of Annapolis Evangelical Lutheran Church and taught Sunday School for over 40 years. A military wife (Navy) and homemaker, she enjoyed embroidery and reading. She also loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchild and all of her Sunday School children. Mimi is survived by her husband, Paul Arthur Petzrick, whom she married June 6, 1954; her children, Paul Arthur "Kip" Petzrick, Jr. (Deborah) of Fairfax, VA, Ernest Paul Petzrick (Kelly) of Jacksonville, FL; Christina Ann Anderson (Steven) of Crownsville and Amy Suzanne Grollman (Thomas) of Crownsville; one sister, Karlos Lacey of Ocean Pines, MD; her grandchildren, Steven Anderson, Jr., Jennifer Anderson, Stephanie Barker, Taylor and Tracy Grollman, Paul Petzrick, Samantha Chinn, and Jessica and Joshua Petzrick; and one great granddaughter, Penelope Chinn. Visiting hours for family and friends will be on Tuesday, January 9 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Hardesty Funeral Home, 12 Ridgely Avenue, Annapolis. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 10 at 10:30 AM at Annapolis Evangelical Lutheran Church, 38 W. Central Avenue, Edgewater, MD 21037. Interment will be in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Crownsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mimi's memory may be made to the above named church.


Services For Marion Schlenzig

I received the following email from Barbara Crane:

Services for Marion Schlenzig, widow of Bob Schlenzig, will be held in Annapolis on
Friday, February 9, 2018

Please contact Jennifer Schlenzig at     if you are interested
in attending.


Death of a Classmate - James Edgar Baker - 12th Co.

James Edgar Baker, age 86, born in Columbus, Ohio passed away December 17, 2017, in Porter, Texas.

Mr. Baker served in the U.S. Air Force for thirty years in System Command. He also spent fourteen years as ECE professor and school head at Oklahoma State University.

He was preceded in death by wife, Thelma Baker in 2011.

Mr. Baker is survived by his daughter, Karen Voorhees and his Son, Kurt Baker; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Williams, Hannah Wiese, Christopher Baker and Garrett Voorhees and two great-granddaughters, Lilah Williams and Adaline Fisher.

Services were held December 21, 2017, in Kingwood, Texas.


Services for Bob Sheehan

Services for Bob Sheehan will be:

Friday January 19th, 2018, In the Naval Academy's main Chapel beginning at 1030.

Internment will  follow at 1115 at the Academy's Columbarium.

A Reception will be  held at the O'club following the Services.

Note: The club will be open immediately following the chapel service for those who
cannot make it to the Columbarium because of weather or other conditions. 

Death of a Classmate - Robert K. Sheehan - 14th Co.

Robert "Bob" Sheehan of Gambrills, MD, age 85, died on November 26, 2017. Bob was born and raised in Alliance, OH, where his father, the late Dr. Earl M. Sheehan was a dental surgeon. His mother, Myrtle, died at his birth; his stepmother, Edith, died in 1990. He graduated from Alliance High School and the Culver Summer Naval School.  He attended Mount Union College, where he was named "Best Male Actor" for his drama efforts. Bob was an Eagle Scout, as were his father and two older brothers.

Appointed to the Naval Academy from Ohio, Bob graduated and was commissioned a line officer in 1954. He qualified for the Surface Warfare Officer designation on the USS Leary (DDR 879), and qualified as a Submarine Officer on the USS Torsk (SS 423). He graduated from Navy Instructors School and taught at the Fleet and Submarine Training Facilities in Norfolk and Pearl Harbor. Bob served as Executive Officer of the USS Tiru (SS 416), and received the American Expeditionary Force Medal for covert operations on that submarine. He received the Navy Commendation Medal for his efforts to assist crew and firefighters on a vessel fire near his quarters on Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. As Executive Officer of the USS Caliente (AO 53), Bob saw extensive duty in South China Sea waters, and was awarded the Vietnam Campaign Medal with four campaign stars. After a tour of duty in the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Bob was assigned as Executive Officer, and later commanding officer of the Naval Station in Annapolis. He was an officer of the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron and was active on Race Committee events. His last assignment was on the Superintendent of the Naval Academy's staff.

After retirement from the Navy, Bob enjoyed positions in higher education administration at Anne Arundel Community College and at the Johns Hopkins University. He was a Contracts Department manager at the Martin Marietta Baltimore Aerospace operation, and later was a senior consultant at Westinghouse Oceanic's near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. He retired after seven years as Business Manager of one of the largest private schools in the region. Over the years he was active in church choirs, musical and variety shows, and was delighted to be in a three-generations local musical production when he played the Preacher in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" along with his daughter, granddaughter, and two grandsons who were cast in this local production. He also played Mr. Lundy in a local production of "Brigadoon" which starred his grandson.

He was a volunteer reader for the Library of Congress "Books for the Blind" Program and was a professional voiceover talent. He was active in his family genealogy research and published their family history with two brother/sister co-authors in 2006. He was a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club, Fleet Reserve Association, Military Officer of America Association, the National and the Ohio Genealogy Societies, and was a life member of the VFW, the NRA, and the Naval Academy Alumni Association. Sheehan was the Chairman of the State of Maryland Transportation Professional Services Selection Board at the time of his death, and was on the Talent Machine Company Board, and several committees. Bob was an ordained minister. On November 19th, just one week before his passing, he officiated the wedding of one of his granddaughters, Amy Sonntag to Steven Fleming.

Bob lost his wife of 48 years, Sue Davis Sheehan, in 2003. He is survived by his three children, Katherine Sonntag of Crofton, MD; Robert K. Jr. and his wife, Pam of Chino Hills, CA; and Karen Walleck and her husband Robert of Severna Park, MD. He leaves six grandchildren:  Danny Sonntag, Andrew Sonntag and his wife Lara, Amy Fleming and her husband Steven, Joey Ross and his wife Jackie, Amanda Sheehan, and Robby Ty Sheehan, all of whom he was very proud.  He also leaves three great-grandsons:  Wyatt, Walker and Warren Ross.  Also surviving are his two brothers, E. Charles Sheehan of Canton, OH, and Dr. Richard K. Sheehan of Campbell, CA. The family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

Death of a classmate - Marshall Messinger - 14th Co.

Marshall Ray Messinger  (March 16, 1931 - November 2, 2017)

Ray passed away at home surrounded by his loving family in Navarre, FL November 2, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marshall Blake and Drucilla Messinger, brother Everett K. Messinger, and first cousin Howard Hodges of Pacific Grove.

He is survived by his wife Elisbeth (Libby), daughter Jennifer Pruitt of Navarre, sons Timothy Blake/Ina Messinger, Michael James Messinger of Navarre, grandsons Evan Pruitt of Spokane, WA and Marshall Messinger of Pacific Grove, along with his sister-in-law Faye Messinger of Carmel Valley.

Ray attended schools in Monterey, graduating with the Class of 1949. He attended Monterey Peninsula College, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He met his future wife Libby in Bermuda on Christmas leave and they were married in Washington, D.C. in June of 1954 after his graduation.

His first duty station was in Coronado, CA. He attended the Naval Justice School in Newport, RI, then returned to California, serving on two other ships out of San Diego and Guam. He retired in late 1959, returning to Monterey and joined the Naval Reserve station for 16 years, being commanding officer of the station from 1970 to 1975. He retired as a Commander in 1975.

He worked for Thomas H. French Glass Co., Inc. along with his brother and sister-in-law for 32 years.

Ray played tennis all his life, ranking fifth in Northern California as a teenager, was caption of the U.S. Naval Academy tennis team for three years, and continuing to play with his brother and friends until he moved to Navarre in 2005. He enjoyed golf, woodworking and building projects at his home in Monterey and Cabin at Whiterock in Carmel Valley.

Ray and Libby enjoyed their trailer trips and time spent at their cabin in Whiterock with family and friends, fishing with sons and grandsons, along with helping on various work parties for the club.

Ray was an Eagle Scout in Troop 2, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, along with his brother Everett. Later he became scoutmaster and his son Michael also became an Eagle Scout during that time in Troop 2.

The family will be bringing Ray's ashes back to Monterey, the town he loved, in the spring to be scattered at Monterey Bay.

Published in The Monterey Herald on Dec. 21, 2017

Death of a Classmate - James E Baker - 12th Co.

I received word from Karen Baker Voorhees that her father James E Baker passed away on 17 December. Additional information will be posted on the website when available.


Death of a Classmate - - Jonathan S. HURT - 11th Co.

I received word from Fitz Woodrow that Jon Hurt passed away last night. No further information is available at this time. 


Class of 54 Christmas Luncheon

Pictures from Class of 54 Christmas Luncheon
Thanks to Robin Damico and Bill Greenlaw

Sixteen classmates, widows and family enjoyed Christmas Luncheon at the Loews Hotel on December 12th. That number was just one less than last year. Loews provided us with a private dining room, a pleasant lunch that included soup or salad, choice of three entrees, dessert, and coffee/tea. The afternoon can best be described as fun and festive with lots of good conversation. A good time was had by all. The following attended the luncheon: Scott and Jean Mobley, Bill and Bettine Montgomery, Jerry and Lois Krumwiede, Mildred Damico and daughter-in-law Robin, Phil Livingstone, Ted Walker, Betty Conboy, Pat Hope, Jess Owens, Bill Land, and Bill Greenlaw and daughter Mary.