Death of a Classmate - Captain Jonathan S. Hurt, USN (Ret.) - 11th Co.

Captain Jonathan S. Hurt, USN (Ret.) passed away peacefully at home on 18 December 2017. He was 84 years old. The cause was Lewy Body Dementia.
Captain Hurt was born in Annapolis, MD, on 27 February 1933, and graduated from the Naval Academy with the Class of 1954. His more than 26 years of naval service included duty aboard USS Black (DD 666) and USS Tang (SS 563), and the Commissioning (Blue) Crew of three SSBNs. After a tour with NAVSEA (Code 08) concerned with officer personnel and training, he took command of USS Ray (SSN 653). During his four year command tour, Ray was awarded both the Navy Unit and Meritorious Unit Commendations.

After his SSN command tour, Captain Hurt spent a year on the staff of COMSUBLANT before being assigned to Head, Ocean Affairs (OP-616) in the Political Military Branch of OPNAV. His duties there consisted of nuclear powered warship port visits, the Agreement for the Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas with the Soviet Union, and the Law of the Sea.

Captain Hurt next commanded USS Holland (AS 32) in Holy Loch, Scotland, where the submarine tender was up keeping primarily SSBNs. From Scotland he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, DC. His final assignment in the Navy was as Director of the SSBN Ships System Maintenance Monitoring and Support Office. He directed the efforts of 60 civil service, 8 officers and 54 senior enlisted personnel in providing engineering support to the 31 Poseidon submarines on the SSBN Extended Operating Cycle (EOC) which extended the interval between overhauls to nine years. He also directed efforts toward further extension of the SSBN EOC to 12 years.

Upon his retirement from the Navy in 1980, he joined the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering firm, John J. McMullen Assoc., Inc. (JJMA). He rose to the position of Director in his 20 years there. His principal duties were in support to the Navy in the construction of AEGIS cruisers. He retired from JJMA in 2000.

Captain Hurt is survived by his wife, Beatrice Brown Hurt; his sons Jonathan II (Stacey) and Keith Hurt, step-daughter Laura Graves (Keith) and six grandchildren: Liam and Ana Hurt, and Heather, Holly, Daniel and Hannah Graves. His marriage to Louise Emily Hurt ended in divorce.
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