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Death of a ClassMate - Captain John E. (Jack) Dougherty Jr. USNR(Ret) - 1st Co.

 Captain John E. (Jack) Dougherty Jr. USNR(Ret) died after a long illness in Aldie, Va., on 15 September 2017. He was 85.

A native of Philadelphia, "Jack" attended Bullis Preparatory School before receiving his Congressional appointment to the Academy from Pennsylvania. He was in the 1st Company and lived in the First Wing of Bancroft Hall.  Upon graduation, he was commissioned an Ensign USN and served on Saufley (DD 465) based in Key West, Florida. He attended submarine school in New London, Connecticut before being assigned to the Tirante (SS-420).  He then was assigned to BUPERS. He resigned his active duty commission in 1961 and transferred to the Naval Reserve. He served in numerous leadership positions in the Naval Reserve and retired with the rank of Captain USNR in 1978.   While serving in the reserve, he also earned his Master's Degree in Education from George Washington University in 1968.


From 1972-87, Jack designed and managed national programs of the Naval Recruiting Command working from the Navy Annex in Arlington, Virginia. At the time of his retirement in 1987, he was Director of Education Liaison and Youth Programs and was presented with the CNO Award for Superior Civilian Service.

After retirement, Jack traveled extensively throughout the United States and visited all 50 states and Puerto Rico.   He also travelled to Europe several times and visited France, Germany, England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy and The Netherlands.  Jack focused his attention on his 16 grandchildren and extended family.  He attended most of their sporting and school events and was a longtime official with the Northern Virginia Swimming League and with US Swimming. He also enjoyed meeting and spending time with his 11 great-grandchildren.  Jack is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Sally Stevenson Irvin of Arlington, VA. They were married on June 8, 1954 in Arlington, Virginia, four days after graduation from the Academy.


Jack is survived by his brother Joel, children John E. Dougherty III, Lauren Rowe, Linda (Bruce) Nielson, Lori (William) Askin, and preceded in death by son Don Jesse.  A memorial service was held on Sept. 23 2017 at St. Matthews United Methodist Church, Annandale, Virginia. Internment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.


Death of a ClassMate - John (Jack) Edward Dougherty Jr - 1 st Co.

I received the following from  John E. Dougherty III :

Dear Mr. Croom, I'm writing to notify you that my father passed away at 6:48 p.m., Sept. 15, at the Alder (hospice) Center in Aldie, Va. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m.Sat., Sept. 23, at St. Mathews United Methodist, 8617 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003.


Death of a Classmate - Robert Donald MacArthur

Robert Donald MacArthur, 87, of Chula Vista, passed peacefully on September 2nd while with his family. Bob was the son of Donald MacArthur and Edith (nee) Slocum, and was born in Portland, OR on December 4, 1929. He grew up in Burlingame, CA with one younger brother, Tom. After graduating from high school, with encouragement from his uncle, Bob joined the Navy and was designated as an electronics technician. His aptitude was quickly recognized, and he was selected to attend the Naval Academy, where he spent the next three years studying mechanical engineering. While a midshipman, Bob was introduced to the love of his life, Nancy Palmer, who lived in Waban, MA at the time. In August of 1953 they were married in Reno, NV. Unable to continue at Annapolis after being married, Bob and Nancy moved to Boston and worked to put each other through school – Bob at M.I.T. and Nancy at Tufts. They had many entertaining stories about some of the tough neighborhoods they lived in and jobs they had to earn extra money. After college Bob and Nan moved to Dearborn MI, where he worked at his first job as an engineer, at Ford Motors. They soon moved west to Antioch, CA, where he spent the next ten years as a machine design engineer at Crown Zellerbach paper company. While in Antioch, Bob and Nan adopted two children, Donald, in 1959, and Madeline in 1963. The family enjoyed sailing in the boat Bob built in his garage, and trips to visit his mom who lived in the redwoods of Felton, CA. Bob also bought his first motorcycle, which became a life-long passion. In 1967 Bob accepted a position at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY and the family would discover the fun (and not so fun) of snow. He was involved with many innovative projects and took great pride and satisfaction from his years at Kodak. He was an excellent tennis player and was always well ranked in his league. He also enjoyed golf, and was a little league umpire, as well as other ventures in support of his family's activities. Bob retired from Kodak in 1990 and worked part time for a year and a half at R.P. Fedder, an air filtration company. A particular point of pride for Bob was a patent he was awarded for a moisture separation valve. He had been a part of many patented projects, but this was the first one that had his name on it. After fully retiring, he and Nan liked to travel especially to visit their kids. At one point or another they hit every corner of the country and most points in between. They rarely traveled by air, enjoying the freedom and scenery of the open road. Sometimes on motorcycle, sometimes car, they had many great adventures seeing our country. Bob continued to ride a full sized Harley until he was 76. When he could no longer handle the big bike, Nan bought him a Corvette for his 77th birthday and they continued to travel in style. He also enjoyed several sailing adventures with Nan's brother David, in and around Cape Cod. Bob was a member of Mensa and looked forward to the monthly activities with that group of friends in Rochester. Bob and Nan moved to Fredericka Manor in Chula Vista in 2014. He enjoyed making new friends and sharing in the activities there, including stories group, dominoes, Braille Institute classes, and good conversation at dining room meals. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Nancy; a son, Donald (Betty) of Imperial Beach, CA; a daughter, Madeline (Thomas) of St. Petersburg, FL; and nieces and nephews across the country. A celebration of life will be held at the Fredericka Manor fellowship hall (183 3rd Ave., Chula Vista) at 6:30 PM on September 22, 2017. The family asks that in lieu of any flowers guests make a donation to their favorite charity.


Navy Fast Facts

• Navy's nine wins in 2016 are tied as the fifth most in school history. It is just the 16th time in 136 years of football that Navy has won nine or more games in a season.  
• The Mids played nine teams in 2016 that finished the season with eight or more wins, tying for the most in the country.  
• In just its second season in a conference, Navy won the AAC West Division title after sharing the division crown with Houston in its first year. Navy is one of 10 schools that has won at least a share of the division title in each of the last two years (or more), joining Alabama, Florida, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Temple, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan and San Diego State.
• The Mids had to fight through a significant number of injuries last year.  Navy had a total of 106 missed games by key starters or contributors.
• Navy is 26-8 (.764) over its last 34 games. The Mids own wins over No. 15 Memphis (2015) and No. 6 Houston (2016) during that time period.
• Navy is 14-3 (.824) against AAC teams since joining the conference in 2015.
• Last year's senior class finished with a  37-16 (.698) mark. The 37 wins are the most in school history by a senior class.  
• This year's seniors (2018) will enter the year with a 28-12 (.700) career record. They need to win nine games to tie and 10 games to break the record for most wins by a senior class.  
• Navy enters the season on a three-game losing streak.  It is their longest losing streak since 2014 when the Mids lost three in a row to Rutgers, Western Kentucky and at Air Force. The Mids won 26 of their next 31 games after the previous three-game losing streak.
• Over the last five years, Navy is 27-2 (.931) when winning the turnover battle.


Death of a ClassMate - William Raudenbush Lutz - 16th Co.

William Raudenbush Lutz was born on February 18, 1931 in Reading, Pennsylvania and first moved to Redlands in 1962. He entered into rest on June 12, 2017 in Escondido, California. He is survived by his wife Mary Lou Lutz, his sons Tom and Bill, and grandchildren Hannah and Jonathon. Celebration of life service will be held on Monday, July 3, 2017 at 1:45pm at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California. Final resting place will be Riverside National Cemetery.


Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on June 28, 2017



Death of a ClassMate - James Andrew Seabloom - 3rd Co.

James Andrew Seabloom, age 86 of St Paul MN, passed peacefully on August 21st to be with the Lord.

Born December 21st 1930. Oldest of three boys. Graduated Cretin '48, United States Naval Academy '54.  Honeywell '86 Retired. Gracious and kind to his family and friends. Loved by all and will be deeply missed.

Preceded  in death by his loving wife Colleen of  35 Years.  He will be deeply missed by his children.  Kathy (Bill) Wallace, Jack, Jim (Monica), Thomas (Cathy) Step children Kevin (Barb), Michael, Tim (Mary Ellen), Molly; grandchildren Conrad, Jacob, Adrienne, Spencer, Preston, Mary-Kay, John, Nick, Andrew, Haley, Olivia, Bennett, Bridget, Madeline, Josie, Tim, Adelaide, Colleen and Patsy.

Dad Loved Life.  Loved gardening and the outdoors.  Accomplished Tennis and Squash player. Eagle Scout Master.  He was gracious and thankful for his life.

Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Monday, August 28th at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church (398 Superior Street, St. Paul). Visitation from 4-7 PM Sunday at the Roseville Memorial Chapel (2245 N. Hamline Ave., Roseville) and 1 hour prior to the Mass at church Monday. Interment Roselawn Cemetery.  Please make charitable contribution to Union Gospel Mission.

O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home
575 South Snelling Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55116

p: (651) 698-0796
f: (651) 698-0800


Annapolis Class Luncheon

USNA Class of 1954

 Class Luncheon

Tuesday, 12 September

1130 to 1300

Loew's Hotel BAROAK Taproom

Classmates, their families, and Widows invited

Both  valet and "self park" tickets can be validated


Bill Greenlaw



Death of a Classmate - William Harry Schulden - 15th Co.

Commander William Harry Schulden USNR (Ret) died peacefully on 26 June 2017 due to heart failure.  He was 87 years old. 

 A native of New York, NY, “Dutch” graduated from Haaren High School in 1947 and enlisted in the Navy after graduation.  He was selected and assigned to the Naval Academy Preparatory School, successfully passed the highly competitive examination, and was appointed to the Naval Academy by the Secretary of the Navy.  Dutch was a member of the 15th Company and lived in the Second Wing of Bancroft Hall. On graduation, he was assigned to the Navy Supply Corps with instruction at the Navy Supply School in Athens, Georgia.   Dutch’s first duty assignment was aboard the USS Ashland (LSD-1), followed by duty on the USS Greenwood (DE-679).  In 1956 he received orders for duty back at the Naval Academy as an instructor in the Department of Marine Engineering.  In 1958 Dutch resigned his active duty commission and became a permanent civilian member of the faculty as a professor in the Department of Marine Engineering.  He continued to serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve, attaining the rank of Commander.  He remained a professor at the Academy for a total of 34 years; retiring in 1990.  A proud and dedicated professor, Dutch loved his work teaching midshipmen and helping to train the next generation of naval officers.  After retirement, Dutch continued to serve as a tutor for midshipmen and for other students in the community.  His ready smile and helping hand were well known to all.

Dutch was predeceased earlier in 2017 by his devoted wife of 49 years, Dolores (Dee) Schulden, originally of Pittston, PA.  He is survived by his five children: Louise, William, Jim, Dianne, and Jeff; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  Friends described him as warm, friendly, engaging, and generous.  During his life, he was an avid racquetball and softball player, adored professor and tutor, and lover of classic old movies.  In later years, his favorite pastime was playing bridge, with friends and with his best partner, his wife Dee.

He will be remembered as a loving husband, devoted father, caring grandparent, and proud Naval Academy alumnus and professor.  His spirit, his love, and his warmth will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.  

An inurnment memorial service will be held for Dutch at the Naval Academy columbarium on Friday, September 29th at 11am.  All are welcome.  


HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen -Read this to appreciate our Poet's August poem

HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen

Originally planning to escape to Australia with three other warships, the then-stranded minesweeper had to make the voyage alone and unprotected. The slow-moving vessel could only get up to about 15 knots and had very few guns, boasting only a single 3-inch gun and two Oerlikon 20 mm canons making it a sitting duck for the Japanese bombers that circled above.
Knowing their only chance of survival was to make it to the Allies Down Under, the Crijnssen's 45 crew members frantically brainstormed ways to make the retreat undetected. The winning idea? Turn the ship into an island.

You can almost hear crazy-idea guy anticipating his shipmates' reluctance: Now guys, just hear me out.  But lucky for him, the Abraham Crijnessen was strapped for time, resources and alternative means of escape, automatically making the island idea the best idea. Now it was time to put the plan into action.
The crew went ashore to nearby islands and cut down as many trees as they could lug back onto the deck. Then the timber was arranged to look like a jungle canopy, covering as much square footage as possible. Any leftover parts of the ship were painted to look like rocks and cliff faces. These guys weren't messing around...they were trying to save their butts.
Now, a camouflaged ship that is in deep trouble is better than a completely exposed ship. But there was still the problem of the Japanese noticing a mysterious moving island and wondering what would happen if they shot at it. Because of this, the crew figured the best means of convincing the Axis powers that they were an island was to truly be an island: by not moving at all during daylight hours.
While the sun was up they would anchor the ship near other islands, then cover as much ocean as they could once night fell praying the Japanese wouldn't notice a disappearing and reappearing island amongst the nearly 18,000 existing islands in Indonesia.  And, as luck would have it, they didn't.

The Crijnssen managed to go undetected by Japanese planes and avoid the destroyer that sank the other Dutch warships, surviving the eight-day journey to Australia and reuniting with Allied forces.
As we said, sometimes in life, the guy with the so-crazy-it-just-might-work idea hits one out of the park and saves the day. That is what happened in 1942 aboard the HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen. Ingenuity was the mother of invention.

Abraham Crijnssen camouflaged during her escape from Java