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Loss of Classmate: Daniel A. Burns passed away on Friday May 10th . Dan had been battling lung cancer for over a year and regrettably, it spread to other areas of his body. Dan was under hospice care and passed away peacefully.

Dan was a member of 10th, 28th, and finallly 35th company.

Our hearts and prayers go out to Dan's wife Vickie and their two daughters.

Loss of Classmate: J. L. Ward This note is passed on from our classmate – the USNA Superintendent Mike Miller:
Classmates, police officials have confirmed that J.L. Ward, '74,  was killed in a private helicopter crash yesterday afternoon off of Apollo Beach near Tampa, Fl, where he lived with his wife Karen.  J.L. and I met in flight school & became best friends there, and throughout our life's journey.  He was my Best Man, and I was his.  An American Airlines Captain, he had a love of flying, and life, that could not be surpassed.  I miss him already. 
According to press reports, the helicopter was witnessed to have lost it main rotor, and the fuselage subsequently rolled and fell into the water from a couple hundred feet.   Sorry to be the bearer of such bad news, most especially at Christmas-time.  Mike

Pilot identifed in Apollo Beach chopper crash

Loss of Classmate: Timothy James Supko, Sup to friends, of Jacksonville Florida, passed away on Wednesday, November 7 at the age of 60 due to Pancreatic Cancer. His family was by his side as he peacefully drifted away to be with the Lord. Tim was born on May 21, 1952 in Baltimore Maryland. He graduated from the U.S. Naval academy in 1974 and served our country for 21 years before retiring as a Commander and earning his masters degree in Education to become a teacher. He was a talented athlete and played for the Navy lacrosse team, and during his time in the Navy he formed many lifelong friendships. Recently he taught mathematics at Switzerland Point Middle School and Pacetti Bay Middle School where he touched many lives of both his peers and students. He loved his dogs, bass fishing, golfing, cooking, and cheering for the Navy Goats, Jacksonville Jaguars, Florida Gators, and of course the Baltimore Orioles he often called himself a Baltimoron. It was this sense of humor and his optimistic spirit that enabled him to battle his Pancreatic Cancer for 19 long months, during which he spent as much time as possible with his loved ones, traveling, and living life to the fullest. He is survived by his partner Deborah Powell, his daughters Christiana Winsor and Jennifer Supko, his former wife Rhonda Diggins, his brother Leonard Supko, and his dog Dewey. He is predeceased by his parents Michael and Johanna Supko, his late brother Dennis Supko, and his dogs Yogi and Mia. He had countless close friends who loved and supported him throughout his life and during his illness, for which his family is extremely grateful. A celebration of life will be held for his close friends and family. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that you consider making a donation in his honor to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. Arrangements by Naugle Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1203 Hendricks Ave.

Bill Mayo has recently published two books. From his press release:
About the Author
Bill Mayo is a former Vice President of Caterpillar Inc, retiring in 2008. He has held a wide variety of positions during his Caterpillar career primarily in Marketing & Sales, both domestically and in Europe. Bill currently serves on numerous corporate boards and is a member of the Leader Group of Gerson Lehrman’s global consulting practice. He teaches leadership at Eureka College, and is co-founder of Fullsail Leadership—a personal development company focusing on servant leadership. Married, with five children and eleven grandchildren, he is also a published author of a number of books and business articles and is an active public speaker & trainer on the topics of leadership development, customer service, business culture, and marketing.

Loss of Classmate: Tony Phelps
Anthony F. Phelps, 61, of Knoxville, Maryland, passed away unexpectedly yet peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, June 23, 2011.
Tony was born November 28, 1949 at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Maryland. Both parents served in the Navy - Richardson Phelps, Jr., US Naval Academy Class of '43, serving from 1940 until retirement in 1961, and Frances L. Phelps, USN WAVES '43-'47.
Tony graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the US Naval Academy in 1974. From 1974-1981, US Marine Corps Captain Phelps served as a pilot for CH-53 heavy helicopters and then as a pilot reservist at Naval Air Station Dallas, TX.
As Tony's career progressed in corporate roles, Tony received an MBA in Technical Management from the University of Dallas in 1987.
At the time of his death, Tony worked at BAE Systems as a Systems/Mechanical Engineer on Strategic Defense Weapons Systems, Rockville, Maryland.
A life-long fitness enthusiast, he enjoyed cycling and swimming, and was an active volunteer leader and mentor in Scout Leadership and FIRST Robotics Youth Competition.
Tony loved his God, his family, and his country, and was a proud American Patriot.
Tony is survived by his wife, Wendi Sorg Phelps of Knoxville, Maryland; son, Everett Anthony Phelps and daughter, Lauren Elizabeth Phelps from a previous marriage of Frederick, Maryland. He is also survived by his mother, Frances Lokey Phelps, sister, Anne Lokey Phelps, and niece, Julia Lokey Phelps all of Wilsonville, Alabama; brother, David Montgomery Phelps of Tucker, Georgia; brother, Samuel Craig Phelps of Montgomery, Alabama, and nephew, Andrew Richardson Phelps of Mobile, Alabama; brother, Joseph Richardson Phelps of Sylacauga, Alabama, and nephew, Matthew Glenn Phelps of Columbiana, Alabama. He is preceded in death by his father Richardson Phelps, Jr. and by his nephew Joseph Richardson Phelps, Jr.
Loss of Classmate: Steve Kane
Posted On March 8th, 2011 - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

March 3, 2011
Stephan Patrick Kane, 59, of Kailua, a retired Navy commander and Science Applications International Corp. project manager, died in Tripler Army Medical Center. He was born in Dunkirk, N.Y. He is survived by wife Katherine, sons Stephan P. II and Kevin J., daughter Mary Claire R. and father William J. Services: 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church (on Pali Highway). Aloha attire. Donations suggested to Oahu Resource Conservation & Development Council, 99-193 Aiea Heights Drive, Suite 111, Aiea, HI 96701.

Classmate Paul Creamer's daughter, Paula Creamer just won the LPGA US OPEN!!!
Paula between Paul & Karen Creamer

OAKMONT, Pa. — Four months ago, when she was crying on her father’s shoulder wondering if she’d be able to play golf again, Paula Creamer kept thinking about the US Women’s Open. Weeks later, a cast on her left hand following thumb surgery, the focus never left, even if pain and the past might try to conspire against her once more, keeping golf’s biggest prize out of her reach.

Not this time. Coming up with an experienced plan to navigate one of the world’s toughest golf courses in Oakmont Country Club — and forced to devise another plan for that throbbing thumb — Creamer capped her biggest week by convincingly winning the 65th US Women’s Open yesterday. A final-round, 2-under-par 69 — her lowest score of the tournament and third time she bettered par — gave the 23-year-old Californian a 3-under 281 total and a four-stroke victory over Norway’s Suzann Pettersen (69) and South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi (66), and, more importantly, her first major championship.

Loss of Classmate: Emory Joseph (JOE) Derrick, 58, of Blacksburg, went home to be with his Savior Friday, May 21, 2010, at Montgomery Regional Hospital. He was born in Chester, S.C., on January 17, 1952. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1974, and received his Ph.D. in 1992 from VPI and SU. 

He served the Lord in China for 10 years, and returned to teach at Radford University for six years. Joe was a member of Blacksburg Christian Fellowship. He is survived by his wife, Ruth B. Derrick; two sons and daughters-in-law, Evan and Kristena Derrick, of Tulsa, Okla., and Collin and Stephanie Derrick, of Black-sburg; one daughter, Jillian Derrick, of Blacksburg; two grandchildren, Emily and Jacob Derrick; parents, Curtis and Virginia Derrick, of Woodruff, S.C.; one brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Dianne Derrick, of Orlando, Fla.; one nephew, Brooks Derrick; his mother-in-law, Eleanor Williams, of Dodgeville, Wis.; broth-ers-in-law and sisters-in-law, David and Joyce Williams, Earl and Betty Williams, Leslie and Diana Williams, Richard and Peg Williams; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Helen and Robert Schuerman.

Mike Miller nominated to become the next Naval Academy Superintendent
Today, the Secretary of Defense announced that the President has nominated RADM Michael H. Miller (USNA Class of 1974) for appointment to the rank of vice admiral and assignment as the next Naval Academy superintendent. 

A career naval aviator, RADM Miller is presently the Navy’s Chief of Legislative Affairs in Washington, DC.  He has an extensive operational background to include command of the aircraft carrier USS John F Kennedy and Carrier Strike Group 7 aboard USS Ronald Reagan.  His biography at provides additional information.

The date of the change of command has not been determined.

Loss of Classmate: Theodore Alan Coyle
Ted Coyle, beloved husband of Mary Patricia Mason-Coyle, Loving father of five and grandfather of four beautiful children, passed into heaven peacefully on the afternoon of April 15, 2010, surrounded by his family at  home in St. Charles, Missouri. Ted was born on December 20th, 1950 in Key West, Florida to Robert Moore Coyle and Geraldine Shaffer-Coyle of Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  Robert Coyle, a career Navy Chief, moved the family frequently throughout the United States until finally settling in Charleston, South Carolina. Ted attended St Andrew’s High School and went on to complete a year of college at Newberry College. In 1970 Ted was accepted to the United States Naval Academy and upon his graduation on June 5th, 1974, was commissioned  an Ensign in the United States Navy. Ted served in the United States Navy for over twenty years with distinction and honor. Ted’s personal awards included five Meritorious Service Medals, five Commendation Medals, one Achievement Medal and twelve Unit / Campaign Awards.

Ted’s tours included two aircraft carrier assignments, the USS Independence and the USS Kennedy, and a nuclear submarine, the USS Jack. Ted’s final position was Commanding Officer, Defense Fuel Region & Defense Logistics Agency – Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii.

After his retirement in 1997 Ted worked for British Petroleum in Anchorage, Alaska, Supply Chain Operations Manager – Southern California Edison, Director of Supply Operations Services, Hexcel in Kent, Washington, VP of Operations and Supply Chain, AVChem, and Saavis in the St. Louis area.He is survived by his wife, Mary Mason-Coyle, children Jeffrey Alan (Sasha), Kelly Jean, Michael Andrew (Chelsea), David Douglas and Theodore Robert. Grandchildren Eli, Cope and Jack. Ted is also survived by his sister Lesley Coyle Kelly of Beaufort, South Carolina, and his mother Geraldine Marion Coyle with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Ted was a parishioner at St. Cletus Catholic Church in St. Charles, Missouri.

  Loss of Classmate: Art Stout
F. Arthur Stout III, 57 of Scottsdale, Arizona died January 30, 2010. He was born March, 1952 to Fred and Kathleen Stout of Odessa, Texas. Growing up, Art was an outstanding student, athlete and musician who received a Vice-Presidential appointment to the United States Naval Academy upon graduation from Odessa High School in 1970. He also attended the University of Colorado and moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University. At ASU he earned a degree in mechanical engineering while also playing varsity tennis and soccer. It was there he met the former Kim Clark of McLean, Virginia, his wife of 31 years. After graduating, Art and Kim moved to San Diego to begin their careers with the same company, San Diego Gas and Electric. They were married in 1978 and in 1979 returned to Phoenix where Art began his nearly 30 year career with Intel. Art traveled the world for Intel building their manufacturing plants in Ireland, Japan, Israel, the Philippines, China, Malaysia and in the United States including New Mexico and Arizona. In addition to building for Intel, Art had a passion for architecture. Using his talents Art built and remodeled several of his own homes in Arizona, New Mexico and California. He was happiest working on his boat, snow skiing, golfing, racing his car or just sitting on the front porch of his beach house watching the waves with friends. Upon retirement from Intel in 2008, Art spent time as a managing partner for Stout Oil, a company founded and built by his late grandfather, Fred Stout Sr.whom he admired very much. Art leaves behind his wife Kim, four sisters, Anne (Tyre), Laura (Williams), Noelle (Ince), Mary Stout; 2 nephews, 5 nieces and his much loved canine "children" Turbo and Tiffany. Per Art's wishes no services will be held, his ashes will be scattered in the sea he loved at a future date. Kim also wishes to thank all of Art's friends, family, and colleagues for their encouragement, love and support for him during these difficult months.
Loss of Classmate: Kevin Flannery
Kevin Lee Flannery of Juno Beach, FL died February 6, 2010 at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, FL. He was 57.
He was born September 16, 1952 to Verda Kringen Flannery and the late Rod Flannery. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1974, he served in the United States Navy and later as a pilot for U.S. Airways for 25 years. Mr. Flannery enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Kim Busby.
Kevin is survived by his mother, Verda Flannery of Wessington Springs, SD; two sons, Bryan Flannery of Magnolia, DE and Sean Flannery of Juno Beach, FL; daughter, Erin Flannery of Dover, DE; brother, Kelly Flannery of Rapid City, SD; two sisters, Karen Weiss of Parkston, SD, Kris McMullin of Ft. Worth, TX.
Loss of Classmate: Scott G. Nichols
Age 57 Of St. Paul, MN Lost his battle with cancer Friday, December 18th surrounded by family and friends. Preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence A. and Ruth C. Nichols, Scott is survived by his sister, Katharine Nichols (John) DeVinck and nieces Kris (Brett) Sharockman, Barb (Eric) Johnson and Joanne (Jerod) Krenz. Scott was a 1970 graduate of Superior Senior High School, a 1974 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and a 1984 graduate of the Hamline Law School. Scott was passionate about the outdoors and enjoyed canoeing on the Brule River, curling with his buddies and spending time with his golden retrievers. Scott was a favorite great-uncle to many grandnephews and grandnieces and he will be dearly missed by his friends and family.

Loss of Classmate: David Stone
David Stone (Rear Admiral, Ret), the first federal security director at Los Angeles International Airport who quickly rose to become the third head of the Transportation Security Administration, has died. He was 57.
Stone had traveled from his home in India to Arlington, Va., last week to attend an awards ceremony honoring TSA employees, then died sometime during the weekend, officials said Tuesday.
The cause of death was not immediately reported. (More)


Michael C. Bachmann
Rear Admiral Bachmann is Commander of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). He is responsible for providing information technology and space systems for today’s naval and joint services. Additionally, he is the chief engineer for developing, delivering and maintaining effective, capable and integrated command, control, communications, computer, and intelligence systems. He is also responsible for engineering and assessing FORCEnet, the foundation of the Sea Power 21 vision.


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