John Piña Craven has 40 years of experience in the innovation, development, design, construction and operational deployment of major oceanic systems.
As a boy, John Piña Craven studied ocean technology
at the Brooklyn Technical High School
, and he became familiar with the ocean on the beaches of Long Island
and on the waterfront of New York City.During World War II
, John Piña Craven served as an enlisted man on the USS New Mexico
In 1944, Craven was selected for the Navy's V-12 program
for officer trainees, and from this, he earned his commission as an ensign
in the Navy. After earning his Ph.D., John Piña Craven worked at the David Taylor Model Basin
of the Naval Surface Warfare Center
at Carderock, Maryland
, working on nuclear submarine
hull designs. He received two civilian service awards in connection with these developments. He was later appointed as the Project Manager for the Navy's Polaris submarine
program, and also the Navy's Special Projects Office. He later became its Chief Scientist.
Craven was awarded two Distinguished Civilian Service Awards (the Department of Defense’s highest honor for civilians) among other commendations.
While working for the Navy, John Piña Craven helped pioneer the use of Bayesian
search techniques to locate objects lost at sea (Bayesian search theory
). John Piña Craven's work was instrumental in the Navy's search for the missing hydrogen bomb
that had been lost in the Mediterranean Sea
, off the coast of Spain
John Piña Craven's next large accomplishment was in the search for and locating of the submarine USS Scorpion
, which had disappeared in deep water in the Atlantic Ocean
west of Portugal
As Chief Scientist of the Special Projects Office, John Piña Craven was in charge of the Deep Submergence Systems Project
, which included the SEALAB
program. In February 1969, when aquanaut Berry L. Cannon
died while attempting to repair a leak in SEALAB III, John Piña Craven headed an advisory group that determined the best method of salvaging the SEALAB habitat
After leaving the Navy, John Piña Craven became the Marine Affairs Coordinator for the State of Hawaii
and also the Dean of marine programs at the University of Hawaii
During his time in Hawaii, it has been alleged that Craven was involved in the development and operation of the secretive salvage ship, Glomar Explorer
. John Piña Craven also served during the Carter Administration
on the U.S. Government's Weather Modification Commission. During that time, a hypothetical method was developed to significantly reduce the impact of hurricanes
. In 1976, after losing in his campaign to become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives
, John Piña Craven was appointed as the Director of the Law of the Sea Institute. In 2001, he was the president of the Common Heritage Corporation.
John Piña Craven has resided in Honolulu, Hawaii
for years. John Piña Craven's daughter, Sarah Craven, is a prominent international advocate of women's rights. She is the mother of three children. John Piña Craven also has a son, David Craven, who is the father of two children. His brother, Kenneth Craven, is a distinguished educator and scholar, who served as the Chancellor of the City University of New York
during the 1960s. After having earned his law degree through degree program at night, John Piña Craven was responsible for the direction of the International Law of the Sea Institute. In 1990 he established the Common Heritage Corporation for the management of innovation for the benefit of the common heritage
. Craven is a member of the National Academy of Engineering
. According to Wired Magazine
, John Piña Craven's current undertaking is to link islands in the Pacific Ocean
with sustainable energy, agriculture, and fresh water through the use of Deep Ocean Water
pumped up using pipes from offshore. He is developing a new and innovative cold water therapy which may produce significant health breakthroughs and slow the aging process.Craven wrote the book, The Silent War: The Cold War Battle Beneath the Sea
Sandra "Sandy" Jones
Sandra Lee Jones (Powell) "Sandy" 73 died peacefully in her Winter Springs' home on February 10, 2015. After successfully fighting 2 cancers over the past 4 years her COPD proved too much to overcome. Born in Orlando on June 5, 1941, her parents were Levey and Edna Powell. She is survived by husband Raymond Jones, daughter Cheryl (Brian) Harrington, son Steven Jones, grandsons Ross and Sean Harrington, and brother Larry Powell. A Celebration of LIFE service will be held March 1, 2015, 1:00 pm at Orlando's Leu Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the UCF Foundation - UCF Opera (www.ucffoundation.org/give-to-a-ucf-program) or to the UF Health Cancer Center Orlando (www.orlandohealth.com/ufhealthcancercenterorlando/).
Shirley Grennell Crowe
Visitation will be at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Rd, Alexandria, on Thursday, February 5, 2015, from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 p.m.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2911 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria, VA on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 1 p.m.
Burial will be held at the Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, MD on February 12, 2015.
RADM John Bradford Mooney, USN, Ret.
Funeral service has been scheduled on the Arlington National Cemetery web site. Service is scheduled for Friday, March 6, 2015, at 1 PM, at the Post Chapel, Ft Myer