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Mr. Donald Ross

Donald Ross SAN DIEGO Donald Ross, civilian submariner, acoustics expert, humanitarian and personal growth champion, died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, August 24, 2015. He was born June 9, 1922 in New York City to Ruth and Sydney Ross. Don married Harriet Murphy in 1942, and they had three sons, Franklin, Bill, and Andy. He married his second wife, Nancy, in 1972. He graduated from Harvard University with a BS in physics in 1942; and completed his PhD in 1953 in Applied Physics & Engineering Science at Harvard. He spent his professional career, from 1945 to 1987, in support of the U.S. Navy in the fields of underwater noise and its reduction and submarine detection. Following World War II, he did research on topics in fluid mechanics and torpedo propellers at Pennsylvania State University. At Bell Labs in the 1950's, he participated in a major breakthrough in submarine detection. He made many trips on submarines, including the USS Cavalla and the first nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus. In 1971, he received the Navy's highest civilian honor for his service, the Distinguished Civilian Service Award, and was a life member of the Naval Submarine League. He authored the research textbook Mechanics of Underwater Noise in 1976. From 1976 1979 he was the Deputy Director of SACLANT ASW Research Centre, La Spezia, Italy. The second half of Don's life was committed to personal growth and development, mentoring others, and volunteer work. He was a five-year volunteer with the San Diego Police Department Domestic Violence Unit, a member of the Catfish Club, and very involved with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito. Always a scholar, he immersed himself in the study of cardiology, and studied the impact of statins on the elderly. He also studied and lectured on climate change. Don is predeceased by his two wives and his son, Andy. He is survived by his sons, Franklin and his wife Donna of Hoofddorp, Netherlands, and Bill and his wife Mary of Duluth, Georgia; brother, Ken of Eugene, Oregon; sister, Wanda of Phoenix, Arizona; three grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many long-time friends. A memorial service will be held on October 10 at 10:00 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito in Solana Beach, California, 858-755-9225. Please sign the Guest Book online obituaries.utsandiego.com1922 - 2015.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Sept. 20, 2015- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sandiegouniontribune/obituary.aspx?n=donald-ross&pid=175883057#sthash.c04hXnU9.dpuf


CAPT Richard Andrews Currier, USN, Ret.Captain Richard Andrews

SAINT MARYS, GA: Captain Richard Andrews "Dick" Currier, USN, Retired, 83, of Saint Marys, Ga., died Thursday, July 9, 2015, at Southeast Georgia Health System/Camden Campus of congestive heart failure complicated by pulmonary edema and acute respiratory distress syndrome.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Reginald Harris Currier and the former Frances Alburn Andrews; a brother, Norman Harris Currier; and his Navy wife, the former Betty Arlen McIntyre. He is survived by a brother, Robert Sherman Currier, and his children, Christopher Andrews Currier and Catherine Leigh Currier.

Captain Currier was born March 19, 1932, in Beverly, Mass., the birthplace of the American Navy. He was active in scouting as a young boy. He graduated from Beverly High School in 1950 and then the United States Naval Academy in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Upon his commissioning, Captain Currier served aboard the Destroyer USS Brown (DD 546) home ported in San Diego, Calif., before graduating from Submarine School in New London, Conn., in 1956. His first submarine duty was aboard the USS Grampus (SS 523) in Norfolk, Va., where he met and married Betty Arlen in 1958. They enjoyed 53 years of marriage.

After graduating from the Navy's Nuclear Power Propulsion School in 1959, he was then assigned back in New London, to the USS Scorpion (SSN589). Later, he served aboard the USS Tinosa (SSN 606), again in Norfolk, the USS John Adams (SSBN 620) in Portsmouth, N.H., and the USS Andrew Jackson (SSBN 624) in Rota, Spain.

Captain Currier's first submarine command was aboard the USS Sea Devil (SSN 664) home ported in Norfolk, Va., during which he earned the Navy Commendation Medal and a Meritorious Unit Commendation. His second command was aboard the USS Daniel Webster (SSBN 626) home ported in Guam, during which he earned the Meritorious Service Medal and a second Meritorious Unit Commendation.

Altogether, Captain Currier served aboard one surface ship and seven submarines while completing 17 successful deterrent patrols and/or deployments at sea.

From 1973 until 1977, Captain Currier served as Deputy Commander for Readiness of Submarine Squadron Ten in New London, Conn., where he earned a second Meritorious Service Medal.

From 1977 until 1979, Captain Currier served as Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Material for Acquisition Logistics in Washington, D.C., where he earned a third Meritorious Service Medal. 


CAPT John Dudley Porter, USN, Ret.

CAPT John Dudley Porter, USN (Retired) of Mystic, CT, died peacefully August 18, 2015 at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital at the age of 74. He was the son of the late Paul & Ruth Porter of Pasadena, CA. A graduate of Stanford University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, he was commissioned as an ensign in December 1963 and proceeded through submarine nuclear power training after which he reported to duty aboard the USS Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610). Subsequent tours were spent aboard the USS Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633), the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board, the USS Skate (SSN-578), and command tours on the USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642), USS Trepang (SSN-674), and the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS-40). He also served as Commander Submarine Force Representative at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. His last tour before retirement in 1992 was N-5 on the Submarine Pacific Fleet staff. While in the Navy, CAPT Porter earned advanced degrees from George Washington University, Salve Regina University, and the Naval War College. His second career included consulting work in the nuclear weapons field and as Deputy Program Manager for the CVNX project at Electric Boat until 2007. CAPT Porter was a devoted volunteer, logging countless hours of community service with the Navy League, Mystic River Historical Society, Florence Griswold Museum, and the VITA/TCE tax preparation program. His leadership roles included president of the Mystic chapter of Rotary International, secretary of the Submarine Force Library & Museum, and treasurer of the Mystic & Noank Library board, among others. He was a Civil War history buff, an avid reader, a bridge player, and a sailing enthusiast. He exhibited a bright mind, a dry wit, and a generous spirit, always with a stiff upper lip. CAPT Porter is survived by his wife of fifty years, Mary Katherine (Kroeger); their son Philip, his wife Katherine, and their children Elizabeth and Graham of Baltimore, MD; their daughter Sarah and her husband Michael of Austin, TX; and his brother Robert of Pasadena, CA. He was preceded in death by his son Paul.A memorial gathering will be held at the Ram Island Yacht Club in Noank, CT, on Saturday, September 19th, at 4pm. His ashes will be scattered at sea.In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Mystic & Noank Library endowment fund at 40 Library Street, Mystic, CT 06355.

Captain Hal Glovier, USN, Ret.

Capt. Glovier will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Old Chapel. http://www.loudounfuneralchapel.com/obituaries/Harold-Glovier/#!/Obituary

Captain Andrew G. Cotterman, USN, Ret.

Capt. Andrew G Cotterman (1960) passed away Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. I wanted to send you the funeral information and obituary, hoping you could pass the information on to those who knew and served with Andy. Andrew "Andy" G. Cotterman, Sr., 77 of Bruceton Mills, WV, formerly of Edgewater, MD, and Wilmington, OH, passed away Friday, August 14' 2015, at his home.The son of the late Fredrick and Mary Ann Becker Cotterman, he was born June 18, 1938, in Cincinnati, OH.He was president of the class of 1956 at Wilmington High School and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1960. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy until his retirement in 1989, with the rank of Captain. His loved woodworking and enjoyed school reunion activities.Capt. Cotterman is survived by his wife of nine years, Paula Andrew, of Bruceton Mills, WV; two sons Bruce Cotterman and his wife Hunter of Fairfax, VA and Andrew "Drew" Cotterman, Jr., and his wife Eva of Edgewater, MD; four grandchildren: Christopher, Caroline, Theodore and Charles; and two sisters, Lucinda Ferguson and Rebecca Osborne.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife Jonda Cotterman.The funeral and graveside military honors will be held on Thursday, August 20, 2015, at 1:00 pm at Lakemont Memorial Gardens in Davidsonville, MD.The Family will be hosting a reception after the funeral for friends and family to share memories of our dear Andy at the Hampton Inn and Suites Annapolis, MD. 

Captain John Porter, USN, Ret.

Captain Porter passed away August 18, 2015.  No further details are available at this time.


Rear Admiral Stanley Earl Bump, USN (Retired)

  Rear Admiral Stanley Earl Bump passed away August 11, 2015 after battling ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) for several years.  RADM Bump was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on September 29, 1936.  He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958.  He served on two destroyers – USS William C. Lawe (DD 763) and USS Luce (DLG 7) – before accepting   Admiral Rickover's invitation to join the submarine force in 1965.  He served on the USS Tecumseh (SSBN 628) (BLUE) and the USS Flasher (SSN 613) before receiving his first command, the USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN 657) (BLUE).  He served on the staff of Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet for five years.  He then commanded the submarine tender USS Holland (AS 32) in Holy Loch, Scotland, from July 1979 to May 1981.  He next served as Commander, Submarine Squadron SIXTEEN from June 1981 to June 1983 and participated in the development of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia.He was selected for Flag rank in 1984 and served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.  He next served as Commander, Submarine Group SIX in Charleston, South Carolina, from August 1985 to June 1987.From August 1987 through August 1989, he was assigned as the Deputy Commander in Chief and Chief of Staff Iberian Atlantic Area in Oeiras, Portugal.  Following this tour of duty, he returned to Charleston, South Carolina assuming command of the Charleston Naval Base in August, 1989.  RADM Bump retired from the Navy on October 1, 1991.He is authorized to wear the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (6 awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation (3 awards) and Portuguese Medal of Merit First Class.Upon retirement from the Navy, RADM Bump joined North American Energy Services Company (NAES) in Issaquah, Washington and served as the Vice President, Power Plant Operations and Technical Services.  He retired from NAES on June 30, 2000.Stan is survived by his loving and supportive wife of more than 54 years, the former Eleanor "Ellie" Margaret Benway of Bridgton, Maine; their children Jeff (Kathy), Margie and Greg (Maggie); grandchildren Meghan, Riley and Will; step-granddaughters Jennifer and Amanda; brother David, sister Priscilla (Wes) McFarland, cousin Estelle Richardson and several nieces and nephews.A Celebration of Life will be held.  His ashes will be buried at sea. 

FTC (SS) Myron Prevatte, USN, Ret.

Myron Prevatte of Whigham, Ga, Departed on Eternal Patrol on Wednesday, 15 July 2015; Myron would have been 88 on December 17th this year.Myron was a Life Member Submarine Veterans of World War II, AlaFlo Chapter, having qualified on USS Greenfish (SS 351) and later serving on USS Pompon (SS 267) and USS Corsair (SS 435).  After advancing to Chief Fire Controlman (SS) in the early 50's, prior to the creation of Senior & Master Chiefs, Myron decided that with no further advancement opportunities he would get out of the Navy and create his own Fire Control business and sell his wares back to the Navy.  A very successful businessman Myron worked with the Navy and particular the Submarine Force for many decades creating and perfecting fire control equipment for all classes of submarines for years to come.  The Pentagon became his work arena.  Even after retirement he retained close ties with the Pentagon on Submarine Programs and would keep those of us who were interested up-to-date on submarine programs.  After retirement he moved to his childhood home of Whigham GA, not far from Climax GA.Myron is survived by his lovely wife Edie. There will be visitation on Friday 5-7 PM at Clark Funeral Home, 334 South Broad Street, Cairo, GA 39828, ph 229-377-1414, web clarkfuneral.com.  Burial will be Saturday at 9 AM. Cards may be sent to Edie at PO Box 499, Whigham GA 39897-0499. Sailor, Rest Your Oar........

LCDR John Carl Holdorf, Jr., USN, Ret.

John Carl Holdorf, Jr. of Eau Claire passed away on July 2, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

John was born Feb. 1, 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the son of the late John Carl Holdorf, Sr. and Dolores Isabella Conrad. John was raised in Eau Claire and graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in 1942. John married Delores Mary Wucherpfenning on Dec. 27, 1948 at St. Charles Church in Chippewa Falls. John enlisted in the United States Navy in Milwaukee in January 1943. He completed basic naval training at the Naval Training Center in Farragut, Idaho. He retired from the United States Navy in July 1973 as a Lieutenant Commander. John served at sea during World War II aboard the submarine USS Gar SS-206. He also served in the Korean War and Vietnam War aboard other submarines, two submarine tenders, and an aircraft carrier. He served as the repair officer at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Connecticut and as a Staff Engineer for Submarine Squadron Two and finished his naval career as an instructor at the Naval Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut.

Upon retiring from the United States Navy, he was employed as Senior Engineer for General Dynamics, Electric Boat Corporation in the Trident Submarine Program and retired in March 1986. John was a life member of the United States Submarine Veterans of World War II, United States Submarine Veterans, Inc., the Naval Submarine League, the Fleet Reserve Association, the Veterans of America, and a member of the Knights of Columbus Goldsmith Council #974 of Chippewa Falls.

John was a loving husband, devoted father, grandfather and great grandfather.

John is survived by: two sons, John Thomas (Mary Rita) Holdorf of Charlotte, North Carolina and James Patrick (Antoinette) Holdorf of Gales Ferry, Connecticut; four grandchildren, Jeremy Allen Holdorf, Jessica Ann Holdorf, Amanda Christine Torres and Jason Phillip Holdorf; one great-granddaughter, Lailah Marie Torres; two great-grandsons, Damien Sergio Torres and Niko John Torres; and one brother, Richard Conrad (Ruth Mary) Holdorf. John was preceded in death by: his wife, Delores; his parents; one brother, Donald Fredrick Holdorf; and three sisters, Gretchen Elizabeth Creamer, Suzanne Marie Lund, and Dolores Ann White.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 23 at Resurrection Mausoleum in Eau Claire. Military rites will be conducted by the Chippewa Falls Patriotic Council.

Donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in lieu of flowers. Family and friends may express condolences online at www.horanfuneralhome.com

CAPT Charles Birney Bishop, USN, Ret.

Captain Charles B. Bishop died on June 18th, 2015 in San Diego CA at the age of 94.
He was born 8 August 1920 in New Haven, Connecticut and raised there by his mother Kathleen. He attended the U. S. Naval Academy, graduating 19 December 1941. During WWII he served aboard USS Cummings (DD-365), USS O-7 (SS-68) and USS Piranha (SS-389). After the war he continued in the Navy serving as XO, USS Segundo (SS 398), CO USS Barb, XO USS Samuel B. Roberts (DD-823), CO USS Baya (AGSS-318),
CO USS Bashaw (SSK-241), CO USS Witek (EDD-848), CO USS Arneb (AKA-56) and Commander, Amphibious Squadron Seven. He served on the staffs of ONR, the CNO and NAVMAT in undersea R&D positions. He was instrumental in bringing the Deep Submergence Vehicle TRIESTE to the US and fostered the development of deep ocean exploration. His final tour was CO, Naval Undersea Center on Point Loma.
After retirement he was the Assistant Director of the Marine Physical Laboratory, Scripps Institution of Oceanography for 15 years. He received the Roger Revelle Award in 2002 for his contributions to Ocean Science.
He was a member of the Marine Technology Society and enjoyed community service including the San Diego Ocean Foundation and Boy Scout Troop 500.
He was predeceased by his wife of 68 years Alnora and is survived by his four children, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and by the second great love of his life Jane Walker.
Services will be held at St Agnes Church at 9:30 AM on 19 July. Internment will be at Fort Rosecrans in a private ceremony. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Wounded Warriors Foundation, the San Diego Ocean Foundation and Boy Scout Troop 500. 




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