I am retired and living in Olympia, WA. Last May, I organized a 50th reunion of my Naval Reactor Engineering School class in Pittsburgh. We all served under ADM Hyman Rickover, “Father of the Nuclear Navy.”
My son-in-law, LCDR Dave Schwind, has left the Navy for a civilian position in Northern California. Paddy and I will be following the four grandchildren and returning to California as soon as we can sell our home on the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake, VA. We will be moving to the Central Valley, in or near Vacaville to be close to the grandchildren and simply to get back “out west.”
Life is good! Retired for 26 years, still playing tennis twice weekly, only slower than while playing for USC. Also still playing competitive Bridge twice a week. Grandson is a Marine like me! 1stLt deployed to Afghanistan in February 2012. His wife, also a 1stLt, came home from Afghanistan in February – not much time to meet. It’s been a tough first year of marriage for them. Semper Fi and pray for our troops.
I served 7 1/2 years of active duty: 2 years on USS HELENA (CA-75) with 2 WESTPAC cruises, 2 years aboard USS LOFBERG (DD-759) with 2 WESTPAC cruises, 2 years at FLEET ASW School in San Diego, 1 year on USS HAMUL (AD-20) home ported in Long Beach, CA. In 1962, I left active duty but remained in the Ready Reserve for the next 22 years and retired as a Captain in 1985. After retiring, I served as a US Naval Academy Information Officer for 14 years. If I count my NROTC time, I wore the Navy uniform for 48 years.
Pat and I are living in Manchester Center, VT and enjoying winters. We’re not fully retired, but making a full-time effort in sculpture. Pat, an artist for over 60 years, designs our pieces and I engineer them. We have a large commissioned sculpture on the grounds of the newly opened Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. It was a proud moment for us when it was dedicated. The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation has, at my urging, selected USC as a participating university for an annual $10,000 sci- ence/engineering/technology/math scholarship. I had the pleasure of presenting the first check to Simca Bouma on 3 Oct 11. She is an outstanding student!
Please inform your readers that Harry L. Wachter ’56 passed away approximately 20 years ago.
We are moving to St. Petersburg, FL in July 2012. Our daughter, LtCol Nancy K. Fagan, re- tired after 20+ years in the Air Force and now works for the VA in St. Petersburg.
I was a Holloway Plan Ap- prentice Seaman, V-5, USNR at USC in 1946. We lived in Newkirk Hall on campus, wore Navy uniforms full time, marched to some events, did PE in the parking lot daily, and were not allowed to drive cars. That was nearly 60 years ago! The program died after one semester and I ended up back at USC in civilian attire with the Navy still paying the bills but no more room and board. Got my orders to Pensacola in October 1947, my Navy wings of gold in 1949 and then went off to fly with VP-28 and VP-22 in the Pacific. Returning to USC was put on hold by a little problem in Korea and a tour as a multi-engine flight instructor in Hutchinson, KS plus 3 years flying Su- per Constellations for MATS. I finally returned to Troy in 1958 for my junior and senior years. By then, I was a Navy Lieutenant with a wife, two kids and a house in Van Nuys. It was entertaining to be in class with a lot of straight out of high school freshmen. During that time, I visited the NROTC office in the PE Building every pay- day and did my flying out of NAS Los Alamitos. Left the campus with a BA in Business in 1959 and completed a memorable career flying airplanes for the Navy, retiring in 1975 as a Captain.
*Though CAPT Campbell is not a USC NROTC Alumnus, his involve- ment with the NROTC program qualifies him for an associate member- ship in our League.
Bob Benner and I are the remaining half of foursome roommates “Benner-Berhard- Borch & Burris” – exiled with the Drum and Bugle Corps to the “other” dorm whilst at USC NROTC 1942-45.
Served active duty in Norfolk, VA 1944 – 45. USNR 1945 – 47. Resigned Naval Reserve Commission at the request of the Navy, since I was then a Foreign Service Officer and the State Department would not release me. Served as Foreign Service Staff Officer until 1952. Chief, China Division of AID until 1955. Management consultant and bank executive 1955 – 2010. Now retired.