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CLASS OF JUNE 1934 While we unfortunately do not have complete biographic information, we are sad to report that Victor Buenzle passed away on July 7, 2010.

CLASS OF JUNE 1938 Henry Martin Glick passed away on Oct. 26, 2009, in Astoria. He was born Aug. 1, 1916, in Stockton, CA, to Henry and Maybelle Glick. In 1938, he graduated from California Nautical School, as CMA was then called, with a third mate license. In 1942, he married Effidean Beckman of Lodi, CA. She preceded him in death three weeks short of their 65th wedding anniversary. Mr. Glick went to work for Chevron Shipping in Richmond, CA, and advanced to chief mate in 1938. He obtained his unlimited master license in 1944, and his first class pilot endorsement for San Francisco Bay and tributaries to Antioch, CA, in 1945. He retired as a senior docking pilot at the Richmond Long Wharf in June 1981. He finished his professional career as a special investigator for the San Francisco Bar Pilot Commissioners from 1984 to 1996. He was an avid golfer and handyman around the house and at the vacation home on the south shore of Lake Tahoe. He enjoyed gardening and spending vacations with his family. He is survived by two his children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister.

CLASS OF JUNE 1939 Noel Vernon Bird Commander U.S. Navy, Retired, WWII veteran, passed away peacefully on Christmas Day, December 25, 2009 at the age of 91. Noel was born on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1918 in Berkeley, CA. After graduating from the California Maritime Academy with a degree in Nautical Science, Noel served for a year as a cadet officer in the Merchant Marine Service on board the East Coast cruise ship SS Brazil. In October 1940 he was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserve and assigned to active duty at San Diego, CA. At the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, Noel’s ship was on training maneuvers off the coast of Coronado, CA. Immediately following the attack, his ship was loaded with spare parts and proceeded directly to Pearl Harbor to assist


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in repair of the fleet. During the war Noel served aboard two Attack Transports and was involved in 14 amphibious landings in North Africa and throughout the Pacific. He retired with the rank of Commander after 23 years of naval service. Following his time with the Navy, Noel was employed from 1964 to 1982 by the Pacific Maritime Association as Director of Safety Training and Accident Prevention for maritime operations at the ports of Washington State. He is survived by his dearly loved wife June Bird, three children, 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. William (Bill) John Williams passed away on February 1, 2010. After graduating from CMA, he went to sea with AmericanHawaiian Steamship Line as third mate on SS Panaman. He stayed with AmericanHawaiian throughout WW II, serving on ships that operated in all theaters of the war. In 1944, while he was home on leave, Bill married his childhood friend Ann Ferguson Hunt. After the war he was relief master on several American-Hawaiian ships engaged in the US inter-coastal trade. In the early 1950s he retired from American-Hawaiian and bought the Pasadena Laundromat and began actively investing in the stock market — an activity he enthusiastically pursued until his death. Bill bought the La Jolla Laundromat in 1952 and moved the family to La Jolla full time, living in the house his parents bought in 1929 as a vacation home. Bill loved La Jolla and his schooner, the Enif, which he built by hand. Bill is survived by his wife Ann, three children and five grandchildren.

CLASS OF 1947 John E. Richardson, Jr., a San Francisco native and long-time Rohnert Park resident, passed away on September 29, 2009 at the age of 83. After graduating from CMA in 1947, he served with the Merchant Marines in Alameda for five years during World War II. He was a salesman for Plymouth Cordage Co. in San Francisco, which later became the Columbian Rope Co., and traveled worldwide to serve maritime accounts. He was vice president of sales and marketing when he retired in 1991. He and his wife, Marilyn, were married for 61 years. In retirement, John led the fund-raising efforts to finish construction of St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Rohnert Park, where he was a dedicated parishioner. He was an avid fan of his grandsons’ baseball, football and soccer games and went to all the games.


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