Death of a Classmate - Willis David Cuddeback - NonGrad

Willis David Cuddeback  (July 31, 1930 - February 07, 2020)
Willis David (Dave) Cuddeback, age 89, of Waterbury, CT, passed away February 7, 2020, in Waterbury, CT. Dave was born on July 31, 1930, in St. Paul, MN, the son of the late Elizabeth Langford Cuddeback and Willis D. Cuddeback.
At age nine, Dave moved with his family to Crystal Lake, IL, where he completed high school and made many life-long friends, including Barbara Frey, the mother of his three daughters. After high school, he attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, joining the U.S. Marine Corps soon afterwards. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and Russian Studies from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, and an MBA from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His career with West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company (Westvaco) moved him and his family to Greenwich, Saratoga Springs, and Long Island, NY; and to Cumberland, MD. Later careers moved him to Staten Island, NY; Waterbury, CT; and Lake Geneva, WI. He returned to Waterbury, CT in 2000, to rejoin good friends and his favored community.
In addition to a well spent career, Dave was active for many years in the Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestries, taught Sunday school, led lay services and served as a youth fellowship counselor. He was a friend of Bill W., a mentor to many, and a volunteer at St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, CT, logging in over 24,000 hours. Dave loved the water and, during his early years, could swim two lengths of a 25-yard pool in a single breath underwater. He taught his daughters how to swim and body surf, hit a softball, fish, grow tomatoes, cook, play piano, knit and get up early, all with humility and acceptance.
He leaves behind his daughters, Catharine Cuddeback and husband, Pat Rupp of Minnesota; Joan Cuddeback and husband, Sri Nivargikar of Virginia; Susan Cuddeback Kemp and husband, Brian of Tennessee; Luc Vantomme, his wife Claire and their children of Belgium; and grandchildren, David Fahl, Elizabeth Kemp, and Henry Kemp; as well as many good friends.
Arrangements: A private service will be held at a future date, during which time Dave will be buried in his family cemetery in Skaneateles, NY. The family would like to extend heartfelt appreciation for the wonderful unparalleled support he received from his friends and community. In lieu of flowers, they ask that those who knew him take time to do something nice for someone in his memory and, of course, be good to yourself.
Chase Parkway Memorial
430 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, Connecticut 06708
(203) 574-1313


Our Poet's February Poem - FOR THE “29 TH ” A Leap into Leap Year


FOR THE "29 TH "

                          A Leap into Leap Year

One year in four, it happens, 

The calendar takes a hitch—

One day, this month, it's added

To February's bitch.

The yearly revolutions

Must add one-fourth to days,

Or else the odd arrangement

Might leave us in a maze.

But in Dogpatch, Kentucky

The virgins shout Hurray!

For then they may catch husbands—

It's Sadie Hawkins Day!



USNA Class of 1954 Class Luncheon

Class Website https://www.54net.org/

USNA Class of 1954

 Class Luncheon

11 February 2020
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1130 to 1300

Graduate Hotel
Camp Severn Shore restaurant


Classmates, their families, guests and Widows invited

Both  valet and "self park" tickets can be validated

Class Luncheons are now being scheduled every month, vice every other month and we have added "guests" above.


Bill Greenlaw


Death of a Classmate - WILLIAM DONALD DANIELS - 17th Co.


Rear Admiral William Donald Daniels, U.S. Navy (Ret), 91, of Orange Beach, Alabama, passed
away peacefully on 24 October 2019 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida following a
brief illness.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama on 1 March 1928, he was the son of the late William L. and Edith
C. Daniels. Bill enlisted in the Navy in January 1944 and following Recruit Training and Signal
School at Great Lakes, Illinois, he served in the Pacific Theater for the remainder of World War II.
His wartime service included assignments with the Pacific Fleet Service Force and with the Royal
Australian Navy in support of the allied campaigns in New Guinea and the Philippines.

Bill returned to Birmingham to complete his secondary schooling at Woodlawn High School and
then attended the University of Alabama while also serving as a Navy Reservist in the Atlantic
Fleet Mine Force and at the Navy Base, Charleston, South Carolina.

He earned a congressional appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with the class
of 1954.

Following several afloat assignments in destroyers and diesel submarines, he completed a tour
as First Lieutenant in USS PRINCETON (LPH 5) in 1968. Three Western Pacific deployments and
nine amphibious assaults during the Vietnam conflict were conducted by PRINCETON during this
period. Shore duty assignments followed as Commanding Officer, Naval Reserve Center, Omaha,
Nebraska, and on the staff of Commander, Navy Reserve Training Command in Omaha. He then
served in the Officer Distribution Section, Bureau of Naval Personnel, Arlington, Virginia.

Returning to sea, he served as Commissioning Executive Officer, USS PONCE (LPD 15), and as
Commanding Officer, USS VOGELGESANG (DD 862), in the early 1970's. Following an additional
tour at the Bureau of Naval Personnel, he commanded Destroyer Squadron 34. During this tour,
he commanded the 1978 Great Lakes Cruise Squadron, the first presence of Navy warships on
the Great Lakes in over 30 years.

Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1980, he served as Deputy Commander, Navy Reserve Force and
Commander, Navy Reserve Surface Force in New Orleans, Louisiana, until his retirement from
the Navy on 1 March 1985.

Bill lived the remainder of his service-oriented life in Orange Beach (Ono Island), Alabama. He
held membership in numerous professional and business organizations including serving as the
President of the Naval Academy Alumni Association, Pensacola Chapter in the early 1990's. He
was a founding member of the Perdido Bay United Methodist Church in Pensacola in 1989, and
he served as a Red Cross Volunteer at the Naval Hospital, Pensacola for over 20 years.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joan Harvey Daniels, and their three children, CAPT
William Dwight Daniels, '77 USN, Ret. (Carla), Jane Daniels Ferguson (Tom) and Kimberly Daniels
Lloyd (Lamar), 7 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Also surviving are Bill's sister, Jean
Daniels Howells, his sister-in-law, Jean Harvey Leer, and nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service and celebration of Bill's life was conducted on 23 November 2019 at Perdido
Bay United Methodist Church. A Service of Committal and inurnment will be held at the Naval
Academy Columbarium on 6 April 2020 at 1130. Memorial donations may be made to the Naval
Academy Foundation, 274 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402 (www.usna.com).


Death of a Class Wife - Ruth Ann Hay - 2nd Co.

Ruth Ann Hay of Patriots Colony at Williamsburg passed away on January 1st at Sentara Williamsburg Medical Center of a gastric disorder which became terminal during her last month. Her passing was without pain or suffering and her family had gathered during her last days.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, James C. Hay, of Patriots Colony and by her 3 children and their spouses, 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Janisann and her husband Andrew Clarke live in Silver Spring, MD; Jeffrey and Hanne are in Driftwood, TX and Reverend Jean Hay and her wife Jan Harper are in Billings, MT. The Maryland grandchildren are Justyne, her husband Eric Paxton, her sister Jennifer and daughter Sophia. Christine and her sister Samantha live in Texas and Jean's children Aubrey and husband Matt Mullenix and James are in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Many nieces, nephews, close friends and their families were included in her circle of love and care.

Ruth was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was also a proud Navy Wife and a gracious hostess. She was active in church and community affairs, and was a 17-year volunteer at CW's St George Tucker House.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, January 9th, 2020 at St Martin's Episcopal Church, 1333 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Dolphin Scholarship Foundation, 4966 Euclid Rd, Suite109, Virginia Beach, VA, 23462 will be greatly appreciated.


Death of a Classmate - John Harvilla - 10th Co.

John Harvilla, 89, died in Huntsville, AL on January 2, 2020. He was born on September 12, 1930 to Steve and Mary Harvilla in Cairnbrook, PA. Mr. Harvilla enlisted in the US Navy in 1949 where he received a Fleet Appointment to and graduated from the US Naval Academy. He served over ten years in the naval service. After leaving the service, he obtained a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Harvilla was then employed as an electrical engineer and was associated with a number of technical firms in Downey, CA and Huntsville area before retiring in 1994 as a consulting engineer. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sue; two brothers, Steve of Northville, MI and Joseph of Gibsonia, PA; sister, Mary of Canton, GA; and several nieces and great-nieces and a great-nephew. Mr. Harvilla was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Anna; brother, Andrew; and son, John Harvilla Jr. A private family service will be held at a later date. Berryhill Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Published in The Huntsville Times on Jan. 5, 2020

LET THE ‘TWENTIES ROAR! Our Poet's January 2020 Poem

                 LET THE 'TWENTIES ROAR! 

    A hundred years ago, they roared—no war, sweet peace ahead,
    Just Prohibition in the wings, stocks soared to beat Old Ned,
    Dance marathons and flagpole sitters, craziness unfurled,
    Bobbed hair, short skirts and raccoon coats, an unimagined world.

    The airplanes flew, with Lindbergh, too, barnstormers and wing-walkers,
    Commercial radio was born, and movies soon were talkers,
    The Navy built dirigibles and scrapped their battleships,
    The Army shrank, from rank to rank, the way of buggy-whips.

    Rum-runners and the speakeasy were daily in the news,
    As mobsters filled the thirsty land with much illegal booze—
    Great times are now upon us, sinful pleasures on the way,
    Drink up! And chance the hangover that comes with light of day.



USNA54 Class Luncheon

USNA Class of 1954

 Class Luncheon


14 January 2020

A close up of a logo    Description automatically generated

1130 to 1300

Graduate Hotel

Camp Severn Shore restaurant



Classmates, their families, and Widows invited

Both  valet and "self park" tickets can be validated



Class Luncheons are now being scheduled every month, vice every other month



Bill Greenlaw






Death of a Classmate - George Warren Botbyl - 7th Co.

George Warren Our family pillar and loving father George Warren Botbyl, 88, has gone to be with his Lord and Savior in heaven. He journeyed upward in the arms of loving angels on Friday, December 20, 2019. George was born to Marjorie and George in Glen Ridge, NJ, and is survived by his four children and their families, Gregory and Karen Botbyl, Katherine and William St. Jean, Linda Branham and Tim Kihnel, and Douglas Botbyl. He was an excellent grandfather to his nine grandchildren: Jacqueline, Jeremiah, Andrew, Jeffrey, Joshua, Kimberly, John-Michael, Bridget, Trent, and four great grandchildren: Asha, Aiden, Tabitha, and Cooper. Also survived by his younger brother Allan and his wife Joan. George graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force to become a pilot and see the world. During pilot training he met and married his Texas sweetheart Billie Lee Moeser who helped raise the children and complemented his 30 years of service. Retiring from the Air Force they returned to their residence in Austin, Texas where George continued his professional career as a professor at The University of Texas Center of Space Research. Upon final retirement they enjoyed traveling to visit their children and grandchildren across the country, while George stayed active in financial planning, walking with his many close friends, and socializing with his coffee group. He will be missed by family and friends for his encouragement, guidance, and as a positive role model to all. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 26th at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home on North Lamar. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 27, 2019 in the Weed-Corley-Fish Chapel. Interment will follow at Austin Memorial Park. Remembrances may be shared online at www.wcfish.com.
Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Homes & Cremation Services – Austin
3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 452-8811
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Dec. 24, 2019