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6/25/17

Services for a Class Widow - Mrs James V. (Sylvia) HEALY





Services are scheduled for Sylvia Healy at the USNA Columbarium for Monday 24 July at 11:30 a.m.

6/20/17

Death of a ClassMate - Richard D. Runyan - 1st Co. (Revised Obituary)



Richard D. Runyan died on 13 June 2017. He was born on 16 October 1930 in San Diego, California. Dick grew up in San Bernardino County, California, and after high school graduation enlisted in the Marine Corps on 20 October 1947. In September 1950 PFC Dick Runyan was selected to attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS), Newport, Rhode Island. He successfully passed the Regular Competitive Examination and received an appointment to the Academy from the Secretary of the Navy. Dick was one of the first of the Class of 1954 to be sworn in as a Midshipman on 14 June 1950 by Superintendent Vice Admiral Harry Hill USN. Dick was in the 1st Company and lived in the First Wing of Bancroft Hall. At graduation he was appointed Second Lieutenant USMC. He underwent training as a new Marine Officer and Infantry Platoon Commander at the Basic School, Quantico, Virginia. Following was a tour of duty in the Far East. He was assigned as an Instructor at NAPS which was now located at Bainbridge, Maryland. In 1958 Dick resigned his commission as a First Lieutenant after completion of his obligated active duty. He then entered into a most challenging and successful civilian career. He first joined Lincoln Laboratory to work on the development of the SAGE Systems. His career continued at the MITRE Corporation, The Electronics Division of General Dynamics, and IBM. Then Dick worked for 20 years for EDS in Dallas, Texas. Career highlights include involvement in the NORAD Combat Operations Center at Cheyenne Mountain, the Command and Control Systems Design Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts, three Apollo Tracking Ships, and IBM large computer systems. Dick was a member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church (HPPC) and is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Joyce Covin; their son, David Runyan; four children from a previous marriage, Valerie Houghton, Diana Johns, Laura Rohrman, and R. Duane Runyan, Jr., eleven grandchildren, and brother William L. Runyan. Memorial services will be held 26 June 2017 at HPPC. 
Donations in Dick's memory may be made to the Naval Academy Class of 1954 Memorial Hall Maintenance Fund.









6/19/17

Death of a ClassMate - Jerry L. Hamilton - 10th Co.



Jerry L. Hamilton of Newnan passed away at home on Friday, June 9, 2017 after a brief illness. 

Although a native of Red Cloud, Nebraska, in 1948 Jerry moved with his parents, Hugh and Faye Saladen Hamilton, to Rapelje and later Hysham, Montana, where he grew up. After graduation from Hysham High School in 1948, Jerry joined the U.S. Navy and subsequently attended the U.S. Naval Academy from 1950-1954 where he graduated and was commissioned. 

Following his naval service he worked for the Newport News Shipyard and Drydock Company and then had a long career with the Department of the Navy in Washington, D.C., where he worked as a combat systems engineer coordinating all weapon systems on the Navy’s aircraft carriers. 

Upon his retirement in 1993 he relocated to Newnan, Georgia, where he has lived since. He is survived by his wife, Georgia Lea, of 42 years; his sons, Kenneth (Cindy) and Thomas; his step-daughter, Jennifer Klaussen; and his two grandchildren, Luke and Anna.

He will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Sacred Journey Hospice Foundation (http://sacredjourneyhospice.org/) or the American Cancer Society.

Death of a Classmate - Richard Runyan - 1st Co.




Richard D. Runyan died on 13 June 2017. He was born on 16 October 1930 in San Diego, California. Dick grew up in San Bernardino County, California, and after high school graduation enlisted in the Marine Corps on 20 October 1947. In September 1950 PFC Dick Runyan was selected to attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS), Newport, Rhode Island. He successfully passed the Regular Competitive Examination and received an appointment to the Academy from the Secretary of the Navy. Dick was one of the first of the Class of 1954 to be sworn in as a Midshipman on 14 June 1950 by Superintendent Vice Admiral Harry Hill USN. Dick was in the 1st Company and lived in the First Wing of Bancroft Hall. At graduation he was appointed Second Lieutenant USMC. He underwent training as a new Marine Officer and Infantry Platoon Commander at the Basic School, Quantico, Virginia. Following was a tour of duty in the Far East. He was assigned as an Instructor at NAPS which was now located at Bainbridge, Maryland. In 1958 Dick resigned his commission as a First Lieutenant after completion of his obligated active duty. He then entered into a most challenging and successful civilian career. He first joined Lincoln Laboratory to work on the development of the SAGE Systems. His career continued at the MITRE Corporation, The Electronics Division of General Dynamics, and IBM. Then Dick worked for 20 years for EDS in Dallas, Texas. Career highlights include involvement in the NORAD Combat Operations Center at Cheyenne Mountain, the Command and Control Systems Design Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts, three Apollo Tracking Ships, and IBM large computer systems. Dick was a member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church (HPPC) and is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Joyce Covin; their son, David Runyan; four children from a previous marriage, Valerie Houghton, Diana Johns, Laura Rohrman, and R. Duane Runyan, Jr., eleven grandchildren, and brother William L. Runyan. Memorial services will be held 26 June 2017 at HPPC. Donations may be made to St. Mark's School of Texas or Highland Park Presbyterian Church.
Published in Dallas Morning News on June 18, 2017

6/15/17

Death of a Classmate - Jerry L Hamilton - 10th Co.

​I received word from Lea Hamilton that Jerry L Hamilton  passed away on 9 June 2017.​

Death of a Classmate - Richard D. Runyan - 1st Co.




I received word from Joyce Runyan that Richard D. Runyan (Dick) passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at home in Plano, Tex

6/13/17

Death of a Class Widow. Mrs James V. (Sylvia) HEALY,



Received word from George Z. that Sylvia HEALY passed away yesterday.