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RADM Paul David Tomb, USN, Ret. 

Rear Admiral Paul D. Tomb USN (Ret.) passed away 22 February 2016 in Arlington, VA after an extended illness. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy from Syracuse, NY after completing a year at Syracuse University. He graduated in 1951 and was assigned to the USS WRIGHT (CVL-49). It was during this tour of duty that he was selected for Submarine School. His first submarine assignment was the USS TILEFISH (SS-307) where he earned his dolphins, and was subsequently selected for the Navy Nuclear Power Program. During the Nuclear Power interview process when then LTJG Tomb (pronounced Tom) engaged Admiral Rickover in one of the more infamous “Rickover Interview” episodes that have become folklore and retold by all who are familiar with Admiral Rickover and his personal oversight of the Navy Nuclear Power Program. Following the technical interviews, Admiral Rickover mispronounced LTJG Tomb’s name as ‘Toom’ when he was called into the admiral’s office.  LTJG Tomb corrected the admiral of the proper pronunciation of his name and awaited further questions from the admiral.  Admiral Rickover continued to mispronounce his name with each question throughout the interview and with each response LTJG Tomb provided the admiral with the correct pronunciation of his name (Tom) followed by the answer to the admiral’s question.  Finally, the interview came to its abrupt conclusion when Admiral Rickover again mispronounced Tomb’s name by asking “Tomb how long have you wanted to be in my Nuclear Navy?” LTJG Tomb replied, “Sir, it’s pronounced Tom and ever since they dropped the atomic boom.” LTJG Tomb was directed to leave the office in no uncertain terms by Admiral Rickover. Admiral Rickover selected Admiral Tomb for the Nuclear Power Program. He was directed to report as a member of the commissioning crew of the USS SARGO (SSN-583) with a following tour as a member of the commissioning crew of the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (SSBN-600) (Blue).  It was on the Roosevelt where he served as Engineer and subsequently as Executive Officer. Admiral Tomb assumed his first command, USS SKIPJACK (SSN-585) in 1964 followed by his second command, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER (SSBN-656)(Blue) in 1967. After his command tours, Admiral Tomb served on Submarine Flotilla Two staff in 1969 and then served on the staff of the Secretary of the Navy as Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Financial Management. Admiral Tomb then received what he liked to call his “hardship tour assignment” as Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in August 1972. He was assigned to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as Deputy Director of Attack Submarine Programs in 1975 and the following year was selected for flag rank. He was then assigned as the Chief, Navy Section of the Joint U.S. Military Mission for Aid to Turkey.In 1978, Admiral Tomb reported as Commander Submarine Group Eight and Commander Submarines Mediterranean.  He served as Deputy Director of the Office of Joint Strategic Connectivity Staff beginning in 1980.  He retired from active duty October 1, 1984. Included among his awards are the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster. He had many interests in life.  Most of all, he loved people and a good glass of aged Scotch.  He earned his private pilots license, enjoyed squash, racquetball, biking and scuba diving.  He continued his love of the sea into retirement so he and his wife took numerous cruises to many ports, enjoying life and the people they met. Admiral Tomb is survived by his beloved wife of over 63 years Elizabeth Taylor Tomb and their three children, who each continued the Navy tradition begun by Admiral Tomb; Laura (married submariner RADM Paul Ryan ‘73(ret.)), CDR Kimberly Tomb (ret.) served as an Intelligence Officer (married submariner CAPT Harry Bishop (ret.)) and submariner CDR Mark Tomb ’80 (ret.)(married to Diane Leneghan Tomb). He is also survived by eight grandchildren; Michael ’99, Stephen ‘01, Craig ‘04, Kristen, Colleen, Emma, Shane and Sarah and four great-grandchildren. He was inurned at the Naval Academy Columbarium with military honors on 18 March 2016.

CDR Richard Karl Westfahl, USN, Ret.

It is with sorrow that we convey that Cmdr Richard Karl Westfahl, USN (Retired) passed away peacefully at his home in Houston on Sunday 06 March 2016.  Dick was a Class of 1959 USNA graduate. There will be a church service held at the Grand Lakes Presbyterian Church in Katy, TX on Sunday 13 March at 2pm. A committal service will be held at the US Naval Academy Columbarium on 13 May 2016 at 11am. We - his family, friends, classmates, shipmates and co-workers around the globe will miss him dearly.


Captain (USN) Thomas Leighton Parry, Jr.

Born 19 October, 1942 in Forty Fort, PA. died, unexpectedly, at Cleveland Clinic 10 February, 2016, 10 days after heart transplant  surgery. His son, Michael, and daughter, Robin, were at his bedside. He is survived by Hollis (McLane) Parry, his wife of 33 years, and his children, Robin Sherwood, David Parry, Chloe Gellenthein, and Michael Parry as well as grand children, Thomas Gellenthein, Wyatt Parry, and Zack Sherwood. He was pre-deceased by his wife Marilyn Sue Altschull (Cookie) who died in 1977. He had a distinguished 30 year Navy career. His personal and unit awards included 4 Legions of Merit and 4 Battle Efficiency E’s. He was qualified to wear both the Surface Warfare Officer badge and Submarine Officer Dolphins. He commanded USS Philadelphia (SSN690) for 5 years, USS LY Spear (AS-36) for 2 years, and Guided Missile School, Dam Neck, VA for 3 years. He retired from active duty in 1994. In his retirement years he enjoyed golf, snowboarding, sailing Mariah, his beloved 38’ cutter-rigged sloop and delivering large sailing vessels between New England and the Caribbean. 


 CAPT. Norman C. Nash, USN, Ret. (1918 - 2016)

NASH NORMAN C. NASH CAPTAIN, USN (Ret) Captain Norman C. Nash passed away peacefully on January 28, 2016 at Goodwin House Alexandria. Born in Idabel, Oklahoma October 6, 1918, he was the son of Dr. and Mrs. M.A. Nash. He attended the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University before being appointed to the Naval Academy by Senator Josh Lee of Oklahoma as a member of the Class of 1942. Norm graduated in December 1941 and began serving primarily in submarine duties, spending most of WWII in USS Tunny (SS 282) completing seven war patrols in the South Pacific. He alternated duties at sea and ashore including tours on operational and support staffs in Pearl Harbor, Norfolk, the Pentagon and the Naval Academy. Sea tours included WWII, Korea and Vietnam which included Command of USS Catfish (SS 339), Commander Submarine Division Ninety-One, Commander Service Squadron EIGHT, Commanding Officer of USS Bayfield (APA 33) supporting Marines in Vietnam, and as Commander Submarine Flotilla Seven. His decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V", Presidential Unit Citation, and Meritorious Unit Citation. In 1944, Norm married Mary Frances Hendrix of Idabel, Oklahoma (known affectionately as Muff). Married 70 years Muff and Norm always set an example of love and support for others to follow. They have two sons: Captain Donald H. Nash USN (Ret) ''69 and Maj Gen Gordon C. Nash, USMC, (Ret), five Grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. Upon retirement from the Navy in 1969, Norm pursued a long time passion to teach, earning a master''s degree from George Mason University. He taught mathematics in Alexandria, Virginia public schools for 17 years, earning Teacher of the Year recognition in 1973. He taught his students the importance of attaining an education while emulating his personal high standards. Norm will always be remembered for his love and support of his family, Trinity United Methodist Church and many young adults. Norm was a Boy Scout leader, Little League Coach, Sunday School Teacher, and mentor with so many benefitting from his example. In 2006, Norm and Muff moved to Goodwin House Alexandria where they benefited from the dedicated loving care of all the employees. A Memorial Service will be held at Goodwin House Alexandria at 3 p.m. on February 21, followed by inurnment at the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund, Trinity United Methodist Church 2911 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22302.


 Mrs. Joyce R. Kersh

Joyce Ramsey Kersh, beloved wife of Rear Admiral John M. (Jack) Kersh USN (Ret.), passed away on January 25, 2016, following a three-year battle with cancer.  She was born in Washington, PA, on February 11, 1935 to Lester H. and Iva A. Ramsey of Eighty-Four, PA. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Penn State University in 1957 and received a Master of Arts in Reading Science from The Citadel in 1981. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity and President of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honorary Society at Penn State.  Joyce taught in elementary and high schools in Norfolk, VA, Groton, CT, and Charleston, SC. Also, she worked as a counselor and registrar in continuing education at George Mason University.

Joyce was a Navy wife raising three children while living in Norfolk, VA, Groton, CT, Charleston, SC, Key West, FL, Monterey, CA, Vallejo, CA, Saratoga Springs, NY, Dunoon, Scotland, Albuquerque, NM, Fairfax, VA, Boulder, CO, and Annapolis, MD.

Joyce was a voracious reader and a member of the Submarine Officers’ Wives Book Club for over 50 years. She loved flowers and was a gifted flower arranger. She was a member and officer in the Naval Academy Wives’ Garden Club and the Wardour Garden Club. As a member of the Naval Academy Chapel Altar Guild, Joyce arranged flowers for the Chapel worship and wedding services every 4 to 6 weeks for over 15 years. For over 10 years, she was in charge of coordinating the Annapolis Area Garden Clubs in decorating the State Circle with wreaths each Christmas. She also loved playing bridge with her many friends.

Joyce is survived by her loving husband and family of three children and their spouses: John and Pam Kersh, Christopher and Sharon Kersh, Elizabeth and Tom Brasek; and five grandchildren: Ethan Kersh, Graham and Chloe Kersh and Jack and Harlan Brasek. Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, February 8 at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, Inc. 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD 21401 in Annapolis. Memorial services will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy Main Chapel at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 9,followed by inurnment at the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the USNA Foundation, USNA Chapel Pastoral Care Fund 913900.

Online condolences may be made at www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com .


CAPT James Pickens Adams II, USN, Ret.

9 JULY 1955 - 20 JANUARY 2016

CAPTAIN JAMES PICKENS ADAMS II, USN, of Jacksonville, FL died on 20 January 2016 after a long battle with cancer, fighting with the same stubborn tenacity with which he lived his life. Born 9 July 1955 in Asheville, NC to the late James W Adams, and Bella Adams of Florida. A graduate of Asheville Country Day School, Jim was a proud Eagle Scout with Order of the Arrow status. He went on to attend the US Naval Academy to graduate with honors from the Class of ‘77 28th company. He dedicated 30 years to serving his nation aboard the Andrew Jackson, George Bancroft, USS Ray, and as Commanding Officer USS Pittsburgh SSN720. He also served multiple assignments supporting the Fleet, and as a Consultant upon military retirement.
As a hobby, Jim did extensive research on the family lineage, becoming a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, and took great pleasure in connecting generations of family lineage together.
Jim was a great leader and mentor, touching many with his words of wisdom, leaving all who dealt with him no doubt about where he stood. A loving husband, proud father, who valued his God, his Nation, and his family. 
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Cheryl Porter Adams, their two sons J. Michael Adams and Matthew Adams of Virginia, his sisters Kim Cort (Mike) of Georgia, and Alice Gaye Williams of S. Carolina, a younger brother Gary Adams (Cindy) of Tennessee, nieces (Jesse, Kelsey) and nephews (Jeremy, Jake, Michael, Glenndon, Nicholas, Noah).
There will be a private burial at Riverside Cemetery in Asheville. A memorial service will be held at Nimmo United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach at a later date. The family welcomes all who knew and loved Jim to share their memories or pictures in his Book of Memories at http://integrityfuneral.com
In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts in memory of Jim Adams (CAPT USN) be designated for cancer research at Mayo Clinic. Memorials can be made online at www.mayoclinic.org/development or mailed to Department of Development, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905.


CAPT. Colin Henry Saari, USN, Ret. 

Captain Colin H. Saari, USN (Ret.), died after a long battle with multiple myeloma and pancreatic cancer at Seattle, WA on January 19, 2016.  He was 78 years old.Colin was born in Port Angeles, WA on December 27, 1937 to Waino and Mina Saari and attended Port Angeles HS prior to receiving his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in June of 1960. Colin served at sea in the destroyer LYMAN K. SWENSON (DD-729) and submarines HENRY CLAY (SSBN-625), TIRU (SS-416), BARBELL (SS-580) as Executive 

Officer (1970) and BLUEBACK (SS-581) as Commanding Officer (1973).  His shore assignments included Submarine School and Nuclear Power School, Submarine Flotilla Eight staff (Naples, Italy), COMSUBPAC operations staff, Flag Secretary and Aide to COMSUBPAC, BUPERS as Submarine Detailer and Placement Officer and Chief Staff Officer, Submarine Squadron One.  Colin commanded three shore facilities, all in San Diego: FleetAntisubmarineWarfareTrainingCenter, Submarine Training Facility and Recruit Training Command.  His final assignment was Chief of Staff, Naval Base Seattle. He retired from the Navy in 1990.  Colin was married in 1968. During a change of duty station from the east coast to Hawaii, he and his daughter, Michelle, kayaked across Idaho on the Salmon River from Salmon to Riggins, ID. Colin was awarded the Legion of Merit (2), Meritorious Service Medal (2) and Commendation Medal (2) along with numerous other awards.  He earned an MBA from NationalUniversity, an MPA from GeorgeWashingtonUniversity and graduated from the IndustrialCollege of the Armed Forces. After he retired from the Navy, Colin was Research Coordinator, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington for 17 years. Colin loved the Navy and the NavalAcademy.  He was an inspirational leader with a passion to serve as shown by his leadership in the USNA Alumni Association, including Trustee of Pearl Harbor Chapter, Trustee and VP of San Diego Chapter and Trustee, Treasurer and President of Puget Sound Chapter.  He was the National Trustee Puget Sound Chapter, President Navy SEAFAIR Committee in Seattle and served on the Board of Directors of Seattle Chapter of the Navy League. Colin was a member of the Washington Athletic Club and the 101 Club which honored him with the 2015 Torchy Torrance Award. Colin is survived by his wife of 30 years, Patricia O’Brien Saari, his daughter, Commander Michelle Flynn (Commander Robert Flynn), three cherished grandchildren, Colin, Aidan and Bridget and sister, Elizabeth Christian. There will be no local service.  Inurnment will be in the U.S. NavalAcademy Columbarium on 25 May 2016.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the 101 Club, P.O. Box 1709, Seattle, WA98111 or the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, International Programs 663600, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD21402.   Online condolences may be made at www.legacy.com.


CAPT Richard J. Schleicher, USN, Ret.

July 7, 1934 - January 13, 2016

SAN DIEGO— Captain Richard J. Schleicher, USN (Ret) was born in Baltimore, MD on July 7, 1934 to Richard L. Schleicher and Marie Rose Fraatz. He died on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

Dick grew up in Inglewood, CA, and earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University.

His 30 year career in the US Navy included command of the nuclear powered submarine USS Tecumseh (SSBN 628) and command of the Service Schools at the Naval Training Center.

He served as Chief Staff Officer as well as Center Commander until his retirement in 1987. He served as president of the Naval Submarine League Pacific Southwest Chapter. Captain Schleicher taught chemistry and physics for five years at the Navy’s Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training followed by four years as Director of Education at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. He played a major role in California Operation Lifesaver, promoting safety around railroad tracks, and was president of the Santa Fe Railway Historical and Modeling Society. He was a member of the NTC Foundation during the transition to Liberty Station. He served St. Charles Borromeo parish as school board president and chairman of the finance council, and was Grand Knight of Point Loma Council 3947, spending many Sunday mornings serving pancakes.

He organized college fair representation among the San Diego Alumni for the past 17 years, resulting in an average of 13 students attending Villanova fromSan Diego County each year.

He leaves his wife, Margaret, of 51 years, and son Ray, daughter-in-law Lori, and four grandchildren, Liam, Damien, Gemma and Gavin.

A funeral Mass will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Church on Monday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m. preceded by a Viewing at 9:30 and a Rosary at 10:20. Military honors will be rendered on the church patio following the Mass. Burial will be at the Miramar National Cemetery at 10:30 on Tuesday the 26th.

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