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FROM THE PRESIDENT
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FOUNDER’S DAY DIALING FOR DOLLARS
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WebbNews Webb Institute Robert C. Olsen, Jr. President Joseph J. Cuneo ’57 Chairman Dr. Roger H. Compton ’61, PG’64 Dean and Professor of Naval Architecture Greg Matzat ’89 Chairman, Outreach Committee
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Contributors Dr. Matthew D. Collette ’99 Lowell Dickerson ’10 Keith Dixon P’11 Jennifer B. Panosky ’85 Irving Raphael ’67 Douglas Slocum ’10 John Malone ’71 Prof. Matthew R. Werner ’95 & PG’97 Austin French, Wolfpack ’09
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from the President
e hope you like this issue of the Webb News, both in terms of content and look. I like it primarily because it reflects the vibrancy of life at Webb, particularly for the students. We always talk about maintaining the quality of the curriculum, but student life is good in spite of the day-to-day stress of studies and it is a very important aspect of what we do. I think the color and additional photos communicate this well. In order to help pay for these improvements we are selling ads. There are two types of ads: those that we sold and those that go along with Admiralty Club membership. The Club members strongly believe in Webb and donate $10,000 a year to support our mission. Those companies are the Bollinger Foundation, Marine Resources Group, Crowley Maritime Corporation, Rolls Royce Naval Marine Inc., Oceanic Consulting Corporation, and SeaRiver Maritime. Perhaps some of you work for or own companies that might be interested in supporting Webb by joining this group. The new class is off to an excellent start and there are two legacy members: Nathan Fast, By Robert C. Olsen, Jr. son of Carl Fast ’77 and Colin Spillane, grandson of Niel Spillane ’50. Overall, the students President continue to improve their leadership skills and the culture of the student body. The quality of student involvement in the governance of Webb has increased now that there is a student representative on the Board and we have increasingly involved them in more substantial projects. The Class of ’09 did particularly well and even expressed how much they enjoyed their time at Webb with a special song during graduation. The Faculty selected the first Shirley N. and Stephen R. Towne ’40 Chair of Ship Design and our Dean, Roger Compton, is the selectee. I can’t think of a more deserving choice and I know that Steve Towne would have been elated to know this. Roger is an inspiration for all students. I could go on and on describing his commitment to the students’ intellectual growth, his superior teaching and mentoring skills, and their respect for him but there’s not enough room here. Congratulations Roger! It was a privilege to be involved with awarding Charlie Visconti an Honorary Webb Doctorate degree and listen to his inspirational graduation speech. His passion and caring for everything Webb came through loud and clear and it was a very appropriate honor for him and the school. We continue to focus on our core mission during these difficult economic times. The faculty did a superb job preparing for and going through the ABET accreditation process. Speaking of difficult economic times, our plan is to maintain the austere budget I talked about in my letters to you for the next two fiscal years. We were under our targeted draw and planned expenses this past fiscal year despite the lower endowment value and the fact that the economy went south after we had obligated almost all our project funding for the year. Everyone on campus is working together as a cohesive team to be good stewards of the school and the endowment. You will read about Chairman Joe Cuneo’s “second four years” at Webb. I have been inspired by his amazing dedication to all things Webb, his leadership, and his thoughtful wisdom over the past four years. He was the right person at the right time. You will also read about the newly formed Parents’ Association which is something I had hoped we could eventually get started because my previous experiences were always very positive. They are off to an excellent start. On behalf of all here at school, thank you for your continued interest and support.
Charles G. Visconti ’55
Farewell to David
Charlie Visconti’s leadership and long time commitment to keeping Webb on course over the years was truly remarkable and was recognized by an anonymous $20,000 Foundation gift in honor of Charlie and his wife Roberta. Congratulations and thanks for everything Charlie!
David left Webb recently after three years to become the Executive Director of the Navy SEAL Warrior Fund. As the Director of Institutional Advancement, he focused on getting Webb’s name out into the maritime industry and improved our fundraising efforts.
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A Second Four Years at Webb By Joseph J. Cuneo ’57 Chairman, Webb Board of Trustees
nd what a great four years these have been! Four years can seem like an eternity, as well it might for a freshman at Webb, or it can seem like a blip on the radar for one who has traveled quite a bit further on the voyage of life. I am among the latter group and this will be my last contribution to the Webb News as Chairman of your Board of Trustees. The old saying, “Time flies when you are having fun” has never been more apt than when describing these past four years of my “Webb” life. I assumed the role of Chairman with a tough act to follow, seventeen years of dedicated service by Chairman Emeritus, Charlie Visconti. I was a Trustee before Charlie had been elected Chair and for all but one of those seventeen years while he was at the helm. Thankfully he continues to stay involved and has been a constant supporter and advisor whenever I asked for his counsel and perspective. It has been a great pleasure and privilege for me to have served as Chairman these past four years. It has given me the extraordinary opportunity to come to personally know so many Webb alumni that I otherwise would never have known. The former group includes among others, from the classes of the 1940s, Harrison Loeser, Adin Woodward, Ed Klemmer and my now regular and prolific correspondent and friend Phil Thiel; through those graduated in the years of this decade, Matt Unger, Alana Smentek, Leah Sosa and Robin Rose, to name just a few. Serving as Chairman has also afforded me the opportunity to become reacquainted with some alumni who I had known in the earlier years of my career including Ed Dunlay and Dick Miller from the ’40s, Art Burr, Joe Signorelli, Ken Spaulding and even Tom Manuel from my own decade, the ’50s, to name but a few. I have come to know many of you from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and the current decade. What an extraordinary group of people! Certainly all people are distinct individuals and Webb people perhaps even more so, but one thing that virtually all those who I have met and known have in common is that special place in their hearts and minds that Webb enjoys. It is evident in your letters, emails and conversations and from the support you have regularly and unfailingly given to Webb, in the Capital Campaign and in the Annual Fund. The last four years have had their challenges – as did my first four so many years ago. I think that on balance they have been a very good four years for the longer term health and strength of Webb. Perhaps the most important change has been the strengthening of the lines of communications among all constituencies: Board, faculty, students, alumni, parents and friends. The openness and transparency are vital to Webb’s long term success and to building the strength needed to withstand short term adversity. I will not describe all of the changes made during these four years any more than I would even attempt to describe the changes in my four years back in the ’50s. Suffice to say I graduated then and I am graduating now, hopefully leaving behind a better, stronger Webb. I first joined the Board of Trustees in 1982 and over the past 27 years I attended many graduations and Homecoming events. In the last four years these very moving events have become even more memorable as have the Founder’s Day celebrations. Seeing and hearing the several most recent graduating classes receive their diplomas and express their views about 2
their Webb experience has constantly served as a reminder and reinforcement that we are doing something very right and that Webb is as relevant and vital today as it was 50 or 100 years ago. Great as all of these experiences have been, the graduation in 2009 is one I will always remember. Immediately after the ceremony ended the entire graduating class joined arm in arm to sing the praises of Webb. It made every moment and hour of work that I have contributed over those 27 years all worthwhile. For those of you, and there are far too many, who have missed Homecoming for a long period of time I urge you to make the time to revisit our campus as frequently as you can and to participate in the Homecoming experience. The performances by the WooFS, Webb’s choral group so ably led by our Dean, Roger Compton, and the full production of popular Broadway plays, added to the sports activities and other events, are a tribute to the well rounded scope of today’s Webb education. Plan a weekend around the Webb Homecoming and I guarantee that you will come away happy for the experience and with your alma mater. One of the greatest pleasures I have had is to see so many from the younger generations of Webb alumni ready, willing and able to take up the mantle of serving as Webb Trustees. I will step aside as Chairman at our October Board meeting confident in the leadership of our Chairman-Elect, John Russell ’67, and our Vice Chairman,
“I look forward to… seeing our alma mater thrive, adjust, change and continue to provide the best engineering education to some of the best and the brightest. ” Keith Michel ’73. Though I will be stepping aside as Chairman I will remain on the Board as a Trustee for a couple of years and I will continue to offer my support whenever and wherever it is useful. My first four years at Webb were years of intensive learning. My four years as Chairman have been a second four years of fruitful learning. I look forward to more years of seeing our alma mater thrive, adjust, change and continue to provide the best engineering education to some of the best and brightest. I know that I will continue to learn along the way. To coin a phrase from General George Patton, “Old Trustees never die, they just keep on learning.”
Commencement was held on Saturday, June 20, 2009 Seventeen worthy young men and women were awarded Bachelor of Science Degrees, and an Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree was awarded to Charles G. Visconti, Chairman & President of International Cargo Gear Bureau, Inc., who was also our commencement speaker (see our website for his speech). On July 31st, Miss Lauren N. Moeller received her diploma after satisfying her thesis requirement; bringing the class count to 18. Congratulations to all of our graduates!
Commencement Awards & Prizes J. Lewis Luckenbach Memorial Prize (highest general average in four year course): Robin S. Rose Keeler Memorial Prize (highest average in mathematics): Jonathan D. Ward Patrick S. Matrascia Good Shipmate Award: Phillip S. Duerr Curran Memorial Prize (for most outstanding and consistent scholastic improvement): Stefan T. Wolczko Chaffee Memorial Prize (best all around record): Robin S. Rose Richard A. Partanen Humanities Award: Robin S. Rose SeaRiver Maritime Award (for Excellence in Engineering Design): Robin S. Rose Charles A. Ward, Jr. Memorial Awards (highest average in naval architecture): Robin S. Rose (second highest average in naval architecture): Jonathan D. Ward Samuel D. McComb Memorial Prize (second highest junior & senior average): Jonathan D. Ward Lewis Nixon Memorial Prize (best thesis in naval architecture): Aurore V. Zuzick
THESIS TITLES Robert B. Carelli, Austin J. French: An Investigation of the Effect of Parallel Mid-body on the Resistance of a Submerged Body of Revolution Jonathan H. Dowsett, Phillip S. Duerr and Robin S. Rose: The Effect of Cupping on Four-Quadrant Propeller Performance Rachel Drollinger, Laura Patterson: Design of the Supporting Structure and Mooring System of a 2.0 Mega Watt Current Turbine Andrew D. Harville, Joshua S. McMinn: A Fleet Analysis of the Staten Island Ferry System Diana M. Look: The Development of an Optimization Program for General Arrangements Nikolas P. Martecchini, Jonathan D. Ward: A CFD Analysis of Prismatic Powerboats and Wide-Beam Planing Sailboats Andrei Mouravieff: A CFD Investigation of Yacht Bulbous Bow Performance
American Bureau of Shipping Prize (highest junior & senior average): Robin S. Rose Stevenson Taylor Memorial Prize (for excellence of a thesis in any field): Bret S. Smart and John P. Wise
Lauren N. Moeller: COGAS Propulsion Plants in Naval Vessels: A Redesign and Economic Analysis of the U.S. Navy’s RACER System Bret S. Smart, John P. Wise: An Economic and Environmental Analysis of U.S. East Coast Short Sea Shipping Stefan T. Wolczko: Sailing Merchant: A Design of a Freight-Carrying Cruising Sailing Yacht Aurore V. Zuzick: The Development of a Computational Fluid Dynamics Model of the Webb Trimaran Center Hull
Post Graduation Plans Rob Carelli: US Navy – Submarine Warfare Officer Jon Dowsett: Undetermined Rachel Drollinger: CSC (Washington, DC) Phil Duerr: FL Atlantic Univ. – PhD, Ocean Engineering
Austin French: Univ. of Adelaide – Masters, Marine Engineering Andrew Harville: Waller Marine (Houston, TX) Diana Look: DRS Technology, C-3 Systems, (Washington, DC) Niko Martecchini: Undetermined Josh McMinn: ABS Surveyor (Mobile, AL)
Lauren Moeller: US Navy – Surface Warfare Officer, Nuclear Power Andrei Mouravieff: Stevens Institute – Ocean Engineering Laura Patterson: VA Commonwealth Univ. – Masters, Biomedical Engineering Robin Rose: MIT – Computation for Design & Optimization
Bret Smart: MIT – MS in Transportation Jonathan Ward: Undetermined John Wise: Metal Shark Boats (Jeanerette, LA) Stefan Wolczko: Guido Perla & Associates Rorie Zuzick: Univ. of MD – Graduate work in Hydrodynamics
Founder’s Day: Looking Forward, Looking Back A few good men and women: Webb Institute provides an exceptional educational experience to its students.
By Dr. Matthew D. Collette ’99
Founder’s Day, April 3, 2009
hank you Ron for that introduction. Good evening ladies and gentlemen. It is a real pleasure to be at Webb with you tonight on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of our new Founder’s Day. I am very pleased to be again in the company of Prof. Hennings, Past President Kiss and Dean Compton, who were instrumental behind the planning and execution of the initial work program on Founder’s Day. It has also been a pleasure to spend the afternoon with all of you, and to see Webb evolving and improving under the leadership of Admiral Olsen. Coming back to Webb is always an interesting experience, and one that has changed for me over the 10 years from my graduation. In fact, I had come to Long Island during the first week of this past March for my wife’s cousin’s wedding. My wife had never seen Webb before, and with a few free hours early on Saturday morning, we drove up to Glen Cove for a brief tour. Prof. Hennings had already asked me to give this speech, and while I had many ideas, I was still looking around for inspiration on that trip. Showing Webb to people who have never been at Webb is always an interesting experience, the buildings, grounds, and location are like no other place I have ever been. On that March morning, the sun was bright and the Sound was absolutely still and mirror-like, and my wife was stunned by the beauty of the place and kept telling me how lucky I was to have spent four years here and how much fun it must
have been. Perhaps it was the 10 years since I graduated, perhaps it was the beauty of that morning, but standing out at the end of the jetty I was starting to agree with her and imagining a speech tonight expressing my appreciation for Webb in these terms. However, just at that moment the calm was shattered by a quick succession of shotgun blasts from the shooting club at Welwyn, and I suddenly remembered being woken up far earlier than I cared to be on many a Saturday morning in Stevenson Taylor Hall by that very noise. Along with this memory came a flood of other memories of, shall we say, the less pleasant aspects of four years at Webb, and I knew my speech was in need of a major re-write. Shortly thereafter, I was also struggling to repress the thought that in true Webb tradition, it was probably best that I should not start on my speech until the evening before it was due. I find a lot of irony in being the one called on to give this speech. From the student perspective in 1999, the work program addition to the Founder’s Day festivities was actually designed to replace this speech, as we felt as students, that we spent far too much time being told how great Webb Institute is and how unqualifiedly lucky we were to be at Webb in long-winded speeches, while far too little effort was being put into the school to ensure that it was truly great. So when Prof. Hennings called me to ask me to give the very speech I spent a good chunk of the winter of 1998-1999 trying to cancel, I have to admit that my first
reaction was to smile. So my promise to the students present tonight is that I will not tell you how lucky you are to be at Webb, and that I am going to make this short. What I am going to talk about tonight is primarily my experiences with the first “work program” during Founder’s Day, and then give you a brief overview of what I have done since I graduated from Webb, and what my time at Webb looks like through the prism of these experiences. I honestly believe my Webb education and experience is the single greatest professional asset I have today. Having said that, I will be the first to admit that in actuality parts of my time at Webb were bittersweet, even if the years that have passed mean I remember far more of the good times than the bad. Furthermore, I can’t yet define for myself exactly what parts of a Webb education were the most valuable. To understand how Founder’s Day evolved into what it is today, it is necessary to start with my and my classmates’ experiences at Webb. We started at Webb in the summer of 1995. For my first few years at the school we were primarily focused on the academics and the challenges and joys of living away from home for the first time. However, as we progressed through the curriculum we started to feel that certain aspects of the school was not keeping up with the times.
We were one of the earlier classes who started to bring their own computers to Webb instead of just using the computer lab, and we quickly discovered that the available power in Stevenson Taylor dated from the 1940s, and was in no way sufficient to power all of our computers in our classroom by the time we were seniors. This lead to many a tripped breaker at 3 a.m. the night some large project was due followed usually by words I will not repeat and a rapid descent to the pub to drown our sorrows. But dated systems extended beyond computers – it was with great laughter that we came across a 1950’s article in Life magazine about Webb, featuring a shot of the model basin complete with the same carriage and integrating volt meters for resistance measurement that we had in 1998. The gear in Prof. Hennings’ electrical lab bordered on museum status. All the while, from various Alumni and other invited speakers, we were told time and time again that Webb was fantastic and that we were so lucky to have the chance to study at Webb. The worse part of this wasn’t the lack of modern facilities; it was the general sense of apathy to attempts to improve on the status quo. It seemed clear to us that the students at Webb from the 50s, 60s, and 70s were more involved in updating and improving the school as a way to give back to the school in the spirit of William
Webb, but we were no longer following this path. Now this combination of circumstances leads to a fair amount of frustration and a strong desire to improve the school. The frustration certainly came first – one of my early crises as a newly-elected S.O. president was what to do when a group of students transported the Yacht Club anchor from the Yacht Club to the “reserved” parking space of a certain administrator in the then-paved courtyard on April 1st. Luckily, Geoff Whitely and his crew bailed me out of this mess by moving the anchor back before any staff arrived the next morning. They did, however, manage to drop the anchor during the process, making one of the loudest noises I have ever heard and waking up both the guilty and the innocent at 6:30 in the morning. When Dean Compton and President Kiss joined the school we started to feel that the leadership was supportive of moving forward, and I was hopeful that as S.O. President things would get easier. Of course, as seniors, we had a little time left and a great desire to move at a high speed, so we decided to “help” President Kiss and Dean Compton by blazing our own trail. As I expect all of you have had Prof. Hennings’ Physics classes by now, you will appreciate that to go from standing to a continued on page 10
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high velocity quickly requires significant acceleration, and when significant acceleration acts on a system, things can get interesting. Our improvements started with the installation of semi-permanent extension cords running from the then-chemistry lab up to our classroom for more power, a scaling of the walls of the faculty wing to run clandestine network cables from the only room with internet access to our classroom – apparently we felt that there was important pedagogical value to be able to surf the internet instead of listening to lectures – and a tank-updating thesis group that removed the integrating volt meters in splendid ceremony that ensured that our progress could not be undone. Of course, we did not concern ourselves with what we perceived as minor issues such as fire marshals, network security, or the details of getting the new tank system to work fully correctly – I believe we owe Prof. Gallagher a debt of gratitude on that front. A side effect of these activities was that as the S.O. president, I was frequently in front of President Kiss or Dean Compton trying to defend what, in hindsight, seems fairly in-defensible. It was in this environment that Prof. Hennings’ suggestion of a student work day around the school in honor of Founder’s Day seemed like such a good idea. At least we would not get in trouble for anything that happened on Founder’s Day. My memories of the first Founder’s Day work program are that it poured rain and was cold, and most of our activities were outdoors. We had planned both a dinner and a dance party afterwards except that most of us were far too tired to party after being in the rain all day. While the Founder’s Day work program seemed a particularly fitting way to honor and extend the contributions made by William Webb to the school, I was fairly sure that no one would ever try it again. I am very glad to see that you have preserved and continued this tradition. I graduated from Webb in June of 1999, and
Prof. Hennings and Simmy Willemann ’10
went to work at John W. Gilbert Associates in Boston, MA as an entry-level naval architect. I immediately began drawing on my Webb education in this position. The office was, and is, a small office focused on commercial vessel design and conversion. Working in such an environment is great from a practical naval architecture perspective – one week as I was doing preliminary design, the next week a shafting and foundation design for a vessel conversion, and then the following week I could be out inclining a vessel in the field. During my time at Gilbert I received hands-on experience with tugboats, fishing vessel, casino vessels, ferries and other related workboats all around the US. In this type of environment, I found my Webb education to be a great benefit – I had seen most of the calculations we were doing at least once at Webb and was able to contribute immediately, while graduates of other schools had a much steeper initial learning curve. Looking back on this stage of my career, I view this as Webb-as-anapprenticeship, in that I learned specific repeatable skills at Webb that let me thrive as a naval architect in this environment. I would highly recommend starting your career in a small design office to any of you tonight – the rapid learning and variety of projects can not be beat. I have heard many people say that moving from designing small ships to designing bigger ships is much easier than doing it the other way round, and I believe them. After two years which flew by at Gilbert, I decided I wanted to expand my naval architecture knowledge with some graduate work. I had two goals in doing this, one was to get myself out of the U.S. to see what the
Robin Rose ’09
marine industry looks like from an international perspective, and the other was further solidify my technical background so I could continue to grow into more challenging work. In the fall of 2001, I joined the University of Newcastle in the United Kingdom as an entry-level PhD student. In doing graduate work, I immediately started using other parts of my Webb education, more specifically all the math classes taught by Professor Stephan which formed a solid basis to expand into risk and probabilistic design methods. Probabilistic methods, numerical analysis and computer programming all took a fair amount of effort to learn, but I found that the foundation for all of these topics was already present, and that there is a wealth of material in books, university courses, and the internet to fill the gaps. Furthermore, although it feels like you just work all the time when you are a student at Webb, I did realize that Webb actually teaches you very good time management skills, and if you make it through Webb you definitely have a high degree of self motivation, a critical skill in completing a multi-year project like a PhD. In addition to gaining more technical knowledge, I enjoyed living abroad, and would highly recommend it to any of you who are interested in increasing your knowledge of the international aspects of the marine industry, and also experiencing different world viewpoints firsthand. Four years after I left the US, I returned to Annapolis, MD to work for SAIC as a researcher in numerical simulation of hydrodynamic and structural analysis. I traded my drawing board continued on page 12
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and CAD programs for computer programming. While nothing compares to the joy of actually designing a ship, I was surprised to learn that there is a large amount of creativity required to design computer programs, and that I found this aspect of the work enjoyable. During my time at SAIC, I have worked on wide variety of projects, from aluminum structures analysis, to at-sea cargo transfer systems, conducted surface effect ship model experiments, and investigated analytical methods to predict ship capsizing. Throughout this work, I have continued to rely heavily on my Webb training. As I presented at Webb a few years back, I believe we are rapidly approaching a transition point in numerical modeling and simulation. Our computers are becoming more and more powerful, allowing us to run complex simulations faster. Much of the basic numerical work to get predictions to engineering accuracy has been done. The biggest missing link I see now is how we incorporate these tools into the design process. It is fine to be able to run a hundred or a thousand seakeeping simulations, but when in the design process do you do it? How do you post-process all of this numerical information into something a single human being can comprehend and can use to make decisions? How are you sure it is not all numeric garbage? When is the information these numeric code require available in the design process? What do you do if you need to run a simulation before you have all the necessary inputs? In addressing these questions, I find myself constantly calling upon my Webb knowledge of ships and ship systems. Between my education and my winter work experiences from Webb I find that I can comfortably interact with ship owners and operators, classification societies, as well as other researchers as we address these questions. My Webb education also gives me a
and my classmates than any mark we may have left on school, but I hope that our efforts have helped the school achieve what it is today in some small way ” good basis to judge which research avenues are reasonable and practical, and those that might be only academically satisfying. It seems clear to me now that professionals with this wide view of the overall ship design problem are in high demand. However, there is no online resource or textbook that can teach this skill to non-naval architects, and there is no shortcut to obtaining this knowledge. At Webb it takes an intense 4 years of ship visits, winter works, and class work to build it up. I think this deep domain knowledge of ship systems and the ship design process is going to be in ever-greater demand in the future. While doing such work certainly requires a graduate degree, I feel you are all in a unique position to make a large contribution in field with your Webb backgrounds, if you so choose. I have learned that the combination of a PhD with a Webb undergraduate education is very powerful indeed. I have recently taken a position at the University of Michigan to be an assistant professor in their Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering department. When I received the news that I had been selected for the job, the first thing that popped into my mind was a Webb memory of Prof. Gallagher commenting to me that you never truly understand something until you have to teach it. I am excited and more than a bit intimidated by this new position, but I am sure that I am going to find new parts of my Webb training to be grateful for as I learn the ropes of this position. In the ten years since I graduated, I have tested my Webb education in a wide variety of applications – small boat design, academia, government-sponsored research – and in each application a different aspect of my Webb education has been instrumental in the success I have enjoyed. I truly feel the Webb undergraduate education is the best foundation
for a wide variety of marine careers. So there is a short history of origins of the “new” Founder’s Day celebrations, and what I have been doing in the 10 intervening years. How do I see this relating to William Webb and Founder’s Day in 2009? My views on Founder’s Day and William Webb are fairly straightforward. Ten years ago we started the work program of Founder’s Day to help Webb move forward in ways we found it lacking through a contribution of our own effort and time. Personally, I have always felt that this is the best way to honor William Webb – work hard and with integrity, and leave Webb better than you found it for those who follow you. Although our frustration was real, so too was our desire to help the school improve and to make our first contribution to the common legacy of the school so generously started by William Webb. Looking back, I feel that Webb left more of an indelible mark on me and my classmates than any mark we may have left on school, but I hope that our efforts have helped the school achieve what it is today in some small way. Now ten years on, the school faces new challenges in our current economic situation, and it falls to you the current students to re-interpret the Founder’s Day tradition to make it relevant and useful for addressing these challenges. I think William Webb would want nothing more than to see you undertake this task. And in a few months for some, and a few years for others, you will go out into the world and find a host of different paths to follow with your own career. Whichever path you choose, I hope that you will find your Webb education as adaptable and valuable as I have, and will come to your own understanding about the meaning and value of the Webb experience. Thank you very much.
Dialing for Dollars 2009 Phonathon The Class of 2012 (24 in total) was able to secure $51,064 in pledges from 172 individuals; with another 33 saying they would pledge but didnâ€˜t specify an amount. This total is $10,230 more than last yearâ€˜s Phonathon! Two sittings were held each night (March 24 & 26) and the student securing the highest dollar amount in pledges was offered an award. Special thanks to the students and to the many alumni, parents and friends who so generously pledged.
The Four Big Phonathon Winners: A JC Morgan . . . . . . . . $4,735 B Roxanne Schacht . . $4,550 C Lee Boltz . . . . . . . . . $3,375 D Rob Talarico . . . . . . $2,315
RumorsHas It Webb Players Shine in Drawing Room Drama May 16, 2009
The “Rumors” cast: Hampton Dixon ’11, Stacey Bishop ’12, Lidia Mouravieff ’11, Jon Dowsett ’09, Nathan Hagan ’12, Matt Groff ’12, Rachel Drollinger ’09, Stefan Wolczko ’09, Justin Morgan ’12, Niko Martecchini ’09.
he house lights went down, the stage lights came up and the audience was transported to the magical world of live theater. The Webb Players began their seventh production in the Alumni Gymnasium for Homecoming 2009, produced and directed by Pat Burke. Playing to a “full-house,” this talented group of actors presented Neil Simon’s Rumors, a contemporary farce. Four upscale, New York couples meet at the home of Charles and Myra Brock, to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary, only to find “Charley” wounded upstairs with a self-inflicted gunshot to his earlobe and Myra missing! Charles Brock is the Deputy Mayor of the City of New York and such an event will simply not “fly” with political ambitions, social status, and marital calamity. Thus starts a delightful romp of cover-ups, misunderstandings, innuendos, and Rumors! This year’s cast included veteran Webb Players and some delightfully talented first-timers to the Webb “stage.” Rachel Drollinger returned to us this year as Claire Ganz in Rumors, and we are delighted that she did! Jonathan Dowsett (Ernie Cusack) played the somewhat hen-pecked psychoanalyst husband. Nikolas Martecchini joined us on stage this year as Officer Pudney. Stefan Wolczko performed his final Webb Players role as Lenny Ganz. His second act appearance impersonating Charley Brock was a show stopper. Stefan’s talent, energy, and zest for performing both in theatrics, and as an accomplished singer/musician will be missed by everyone at Webb. Lidia Mouravieff (Cookie Cusack) and Hampton Dixon (Ken Gorman) return for their second season with the Webb Players. Lidia was charming and adorable as the somewhat naive Cookie, while Hampton’s spin on the nervous, at-times-deaf lawyer Ken was hilarious. Freshmen Stacey Bishop (Chris Gorman), Matthew Groff (Casey Cooper), Nathan Hagan (Glenn Cooper), and Justin Morgan (Officer Welch) showed us the future potential for this ensemble group. The freshmen talent and stage savvy is amazing but not surprising. Thanks to four terrific seniors, who without their talent, time, know-how and carpentry skills this production would not have gotten off the ground – Rob Carelli, Austin French, Robin Rose and John Wise. Thanks to Ethan Wiseman, Alex Scott, and Casey Harwood for making sure the lights were on and the sound effects and mikes were ready and running for our actors. We thank all of the Webb students who worked on Rumors. Last, but certainly not least, we thank Stage Manager Sam Leitermann for keeping us all on track and mostly sane throughout this production. To everyone involved with this production – “Hear, Hear! Bravissima! Arregeno! Arregeno!” Thank you Webb Players for an unforgettable evening.
Fair Winds, Following Seas By Roger H. Compton ’61, PG’64 Dean and Professor of Naval Architecture
hen last I wrote to you, we were just finishing the Fall ’08 Semester. During the subsequent ’09 Winter Work Period, fourteen of forty of our juniors and seniors worked internationally – up from only six the year before. They found work and served as ambassadors for Webb in South Africa, Greece, Korea, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, China, and the Philippines. Hopefully, we can continue to enjoy such global coverage. Founder’s Day in early April was rainy and cold as usual. The highlight of the evening was a presentation by Dr. Matt Collette ’99, who was S.O. President, and with Prof. Hennings and Pres. Emeritus Ron Kiss, is responsible for developing the full-day, community-service format for Founder’s Day. Matt is embarking on an academic career as a faculty member in the NAME Department at the University of Michigan. Fifteen seniors
“They have been an exceptional class in their academics, their leadership of the student body, their interaction with faculty and administration, their leadership regarding international professional opportunities, and their class spirit and coherency. ” took the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination in late April and did us proud by achieving a 100% pass rate and scoring above the national average in all subjects. For the second year, the entire junior attended the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, TX. Thanks to those of you who provided financial support for their trip. The junior class presented their small craft
conceptual designs to an invited panel of twelve judges. Again this year variety was the word; in teams of three or four, they tackled designs of a sports fisherman, an Aleutian Island salvage tug, a racing/cruising sailboat, a fast response cutter and a research submarine. One of the salvage tugs was submitted to the new MARAD Student Design Competition. Four underclassmen deserve our congratulations: Seth Cooley ’10 won SNAME’s Rosenblatt Undergraduate Scholarship for academic year 2009-10 and Allen Childers, Sean Doran and Dale Pederson (all of the Class of ’12) were selected to be the second wave of Webb ambassadors to spend the Fall ’09 Semester at the University of Southampton in the UK. On the fine arts scene, the sophomores in their Western Culture 2 course with Prof. Harris, produced some intriguing examples of modern art and some amazing interpretations of famous works of art. Five seniors who took Photography as their senior free elective produced an exhibit of their work at the end of the semester. The Webb Players, under the direction of Ms. Patrice Burke, staged a hilarious production of Neil Simon’s Rumors to the delight of a full house at Homecoming in May. The Webb Family Singers (the WooFS) performed their annual spring program – this year featuring a medley of ’50’s tunes – at Homecoming, for the 50th reunion of the Class of 1959, at the Gatsby Party (which featured Trustee Emeritus Bill Gray’s Constitution Jazz Band), and for the families and friends of the Class of 2009 at their graduation. As always, the graduation performance is bittersweet to Jill and me since we’re losing six fine voices from the WooFS! On Saturday, June 20th, Webb Institute launched seventeen new naval architects and marine engineers into the wider world of
young professionals. An eighteenth member joined their ranks following a private graduation ceremony on July 31st. While the employment scenario is less rosy than in recent past years, these young men and women are extremely well prepared, energetic, and anxious to “get going.” Major awards were presented at the graduation ceremony. Robin Rose was the winner of six (see complete list of award and prize recipients elsewhere in this issue). Major scholarship winners included Bret Smart (ASNE Flagship Section’s James A. Lisnyk ’63 Scholarship and SNAME’s Alan C. McClure Scholarship); Rorie Zuzick (NSDEG Fellowship; SNAME’s Tommy L. Richards Scholarship, and ASNE’s Graduate Scholarship); Robin Rose (SNAME’s Wilbur N. Landers Scholarship); and Andrei Mouravieff and Phil Duerr (Connecticut Maritime Association’s Scholarships). Andrew Harville was named Lloyd’s Student of the Year. Of the eighteen members of the Class of
2009, two are going into training to become commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy (nuclear program); seven are going directly to graduate school; seven have secured positions in commercial organization (average starting salary: $63K); and the remaining two have not yet made commitments. They have been an exceptional class in their academics, their leadership of the student body, their interaction with faculty and administration, their leadership regarding international professional opportunities, and their class spirit and coherency. They will be sorely missed, “fair winds and following seas” to all of them. As of this writing, we have just completed Freshman Orientation for the twenty-two members of the Class of 2013. They have already endured my free-hand drawing course and their first class field trip to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in NYC. They seem anxious to begin their Webb journey. We all
wish them success! On August 28th, we received notification from ABET that Webb is fully re-accredited going forward. The weaknesses identified by the ABET visiting team were both resolved by our response to the draft report. Thanks to all on-campus constituencies for your efforts in achieving this goal. Special thanks go to Prof. Werner for leading our ABET re-accreditation effort. Great job, Matt! Several others went above and beyond the call of duty: Asst. Dean Harris and Prof. Wiggins, to be sure. Great job everyone! We can now use the program review done for ABET for our upcoming MSCHE re-accreditation visits in November ’09 and April ’10 with confidence. Please keep us in your thoughts as we run this gauntlet! As always, your thoughts, questions and suggestions are welcome. Feel free to e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freshman Competition Willie Webb’s Wooden, ManuallyPropelled Boat Competition for the Class of 2013 was held on an absolutely perfect late summer morning off the Webb beach. Once again, the laws of naval architecture, physics, previous personnel experience, and estate game-day management proved to be a winning combination. A colorful fleet of six very different boats competed – and all finished the five-leg course successfully in time for Pete Morris’ bountiful brunch in the Cuneo Courtyard. All six boats were successfully “sea-trialed” during the week preceding the race. Many “teachable moments” resulted from the exercise. The success of the event was due largely to the teams’ upper-class technical advisers and to the generous participation of so many upperclassmen on race day. This year’s competition was not only a team-building experience for the freshmen, but was a
great faculty/staff team effort as well. Of great assistance were Asst. Dean Harris, Prof. Harris, Prof. Hennings, Ms. Erica Hansen, Prof. Matt Werner (and his two youthful assistants), Prof. Gallagher, and Prof. Williams. A hearty “well done” to all!
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We’ve Got Class: Notes from the Student Organization Greetings to all the friends and family of Webb Institute! I sincerely hope this finds you all doing well, especially the newly graduated Class of 2009. Whether you are pursuing more academia, a job in the marine industry, or anything else, always keep that positive attitude you are all known for.
In The Classrooms: The freshmen have been formally introduced into the world of Marine Engineering this semester, undertaking hands-on time in our Haeberle Lab. There they dismantled and reassembled the singlecylinder Lister diesel engines, and fired up our small steam plant. The sophomores have been engaging their artistic side by recreating modern art paintings, and spent one afternoon exploring the medium of charcoal on paper, and charcoal on each other. The juniors undertook the task of designing smaller vessels ranging from an IRC sailing yacht, a Coast Guard cutter, two Arctic supply tugboats, a sportfisher, and a research submarine. The senior class presented their theses to the entire school, and completed their conceptual design of a post-Panamax containership. So all in all Webb is still keeping students busy and up late into the nights.
Leadership Program: The previous student leadership worked very hard to kick off the development of the new Student Leadership Program this spring. Working with a model provided by Webb’s leadership consultant Mr. Bob Albright, they developed a proposal showing what shape we students felt the program should take as it becomes a staple of Webb Institute’s education. This proposal was presented by both the previous and current student leadership to the administration, faculty, and leadership consultants. The proposal was well accepted, and it is now our job to work out the mechanics of the new proposals. Thankfully they are all focused upon capitalizing on what Webb’s experiences offer in terms of leadership and not adding significant time requirements to the busy workload.
Sports: The highlight of this spring sports season has been the Sailing Team’s improving performance. This being the second semester of having coach Gene D’Allesandro working with the team every week, the team’s game has improved to the point of winning two regattas, including Webb’s own Engineer’s Cup! They also placed in top positions in various other away regattas. Our volleyball team also performed well, perfecting their
spikes and blocks in our gym. An inter-class tournament of Dalai, also known as floor hockey, resulted in a sound victory by the Wolfpack (Class of ’09). The ultimate Frisbee team resurfaced, competing in the Huck of the Fools tournament hosted by Rider University. It was a very active semester indeed.
Webbstock ’09: Webbstock 2009 has come and gone. The one-day music festival is revered by Webbies almost as much as Christmas, for it is a great chance to unwind in the growing summer heat before the final push of the semester kicks in. The whole event went very smoothly with many guests and alumni present. Between the open grill, watermelon, sodas, and various beers for those of age, all present were well fed while they listened to the musical line-up which lasted from 1p.m. to 1 a.m. The Webb Band, this time a hastily thrown together but inventive group, opened the afternoon of music with a more folky set than in previous years. Next was The Turn, an acoustic duo. Craving Strange, a local highenergy rock band that writes nearly all of their own music, followed. Lime Green, an alumni band, helped round out the night as the sun was setting. A Webb favorite, the ska/reggae band, Spider Nick and the
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ACADEMIC YEAR 2009-10 Leadership Week August 17th-21st 2009 Freshman Free-Hand Drawing Course August 18th-19th 2009 Photo, top: Kyle Manis ’12, Tedi Derrickson ’10, and Dusty Rybovich ’10 Photo, left: Candace Brown ’04, Daniela and Brenda Abbott ’04, and Kate Munkenbeck ’04
Maddogs finished the night off as always. Spider Nick has been playing at various Webb events for years and always puts on a fantastic show! Thank you to all who came and helped make this last Webbstock awesome.
Party Scene: The Social Committee did their job well as they always do, throwing some swingin’ parties this semester. One of the most popular staples of the spring semester is Casino Night, where students can gamble with fake money in order to win amazing prizes donated by local businesses.
During the spring formal party, known as the Gatsby Party to all students, we were all very fortunate to have The Constitution Jazz Band present. Bill Gray (Hon.) plays trombone in the group, and also serves on Webb’s Board of Trustees. The Constitution’s style harkens back to the era of ragtime and southern jazz which was truly appropriate for the Gatsby theme. They played three sets of old jazz and ragtime standards, to which only a few knew how to properly dance. – Douglas Slocum '10 Webb S.O. President
Re-Exams Thursday, August 20th 2009 Freshman Orientation August 22nd-23rd 2009 Classes Begin Monday, August 24th 2009 Family Weekend Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 18th-20th 2009 Open House Saturday, October 3rd 2009 Fall Break 3 p.m., Friday, October 9th 2009 thru 9 a.m., Tuesday, October 13th 2009 Alumni Banquet Friday, October 23rd 2009 Fall Recess 3 p.m., Friday, November 20th 2009 thru 9 a.m., Monday, November 30th 2009 Classes End Friday, December 11th 2009
From Left: Will Markuske ’10 and Jon Dowsett ’09
Finals December 14th-18th 2009
Luke Gridley ’12 Top photo: Claire Spilde ’12
Classes Begin Monday, March 1st 2010
Bottom photo: Nathan Hagan ’12 and Stacey Bishop ’12
campus news Getting to Know You: Leadership & Orientation Week Webb Institute started off the school year with a bang by welcoming the class of 2013 on Monday, August 17th 2009. They were pleasantly greeted by the upperclassmen, who volunteered to help them move in. In the afternoon, they met with the staff and administration of Webb, dined with their new Webb family, and received a warm salutation from President Admiral Olsen. A few tears were shed that evening, as the families and friends of the class of 2013 wished them luck, and left them to begin their new life at Webb. Their first week consisted of a blur of orientation games, trips and activities. Some of these included a trip to the Intrepid, a night at Bayville Adventure Park, and various teambuilding activities with the Student Organization Leaders. Their creative sides were challenged during the daytime when they attended a drawing course, taught by Dean Compton. The week came to an end with a day trip into New York City where they participated in a Scavenger Hunt. Throughout their week, the freshmen class spent almost every waking moment with each other. They would soon learn that this was the norm at Webb, and the majority of their class loved it. When asked how they felt about their Orientation Week, one freshman stated: “The best thing about the week was after five days it seemed that everyone fit together, and had the strong sense of community that Webb is known for. Webb went from being a
place where we take classes, to more like a home where for the next four years we will learn about Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. It is just a hard thing to describe the feeling of the sense of family you have after walking around the halls after only two weeks.” – Nathan Fast ’13 While the class of 2013 was learning about each other, the Student Organization Leaders were learning how to better themselves. They spent their week interacting with the new students, and partaking of the Leadership Week program. Their days consisted of lectures presented by Bill Murray, Director of Enrollment Management, and Bob Albright of AIM Consulting Associates. Working with various leadership modules, and exploring about different personalities, the student leaders learned how to incorporate what they learned from this program into their lives here at Webb.
They also discovered how to use what they learned during this week, and integrate it into their winter work experience as well as their careers after leaving Webb. Mr. Bob Albright met with them on Thursday, August 20th, and spent the day discussing the new leadership program that the students are eager to put into effect this year. It includes students maintaining a bond over the entire four years that they are here, and using ‘units’ to do this. Other aspects of this program include a few community service projects, some leadership assignments and exercises for the students to participate in, and a theme revolving around improving leadership in their winter work experiences. Each year, a new leadership model will be presented to each class before they embark on their winter work so that they can examine its influence in the industry. This program was developed at the end of last year, and the current Student Organization Leaders have worked hard to hammer out the details, and assimilate it into life at Webb, without creating a large time commitment on top of the already rigorous classes. They are eager to make this program a reality.
Meet the Freshman Class of 2013 William B. Bartling Sparta, NJ
Jake R. Jacobson New York, NY
Kierstin M. Del Valle Lareine Jeng Belchertown, MA Warren, NJ
Roland D. DeMarco Granite Bay, CA
Michael D. LaRose Bay Shore, NY
Daniel A. Dwyer S. Berwick, ME
Sean P. Murphy Mt. Sinai, NY
David L. Eddy, Jr. Amherst, MA
Gerardo E. Nixon El Salvador
Nathan S. Fast Noank, CT
Eric R. Ohlson Abington, MA
Tyler L. Overfelt Bedford, MA Donald E. Rickerson III Manassas, VA Marc V. Smith Babylon, NY Jonathan J. Soja Wilmington, DE Colin T. Spillane Mt. Pleasant, IA
Justin C. Van Emmerik Severna Park, MD Samuel K. Waterhouse Scio, OR Kirsten E. Wunder N. Bend, WA Troy D. Zangle Wading River, NY Douglas C. Zangre Brightwaters, NY
campus news SeaPerch Comes to Webb On Saturday, May 30, 2009, fifteen teams of middle schools students from St. Peter’s ByThe-Sea Episcopal Day School in Bay Shore, New York visited Webb to participate in a one-day SeaPerch ROV competition run by members of Webb’s Student Section of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME). The project kicked off in November of 2008 when Prof. Werner visited St. Peter’s to introduce the students and faculty to the SeaPerch program, naval architecture and marine engineering, and Webb Institute. After a group of teachers and the Head of School built a SeaPerch ROV of their own, with Prof. Werner serving as an advisor, the project kits were turned over to the students and they began construction in January of 2009. The day’s competition was designed and judged by Webb students and included a two part in-water competition held in the Robinson Model Basin and oral presentations made by the student teams in the Henry Auditorium. Each team was assigned a Webb student as a mentor for the day The Winners for the 2009 to provide support throughout the competition. Competition: Webb student judges along with two of St. Peter’s 1st place overall: Roseanne Nelan & Maxwell Collins teachers selected the winning teams based on (6th Grade) their ROV’s construction and decoration, the 1st place: ROV’s performance in the water, the team’s oral Tyler Cianciulli, Patrick McCarthy & presentation and overall teamwork. The day ended Alexandra Usak with an award ceremony held in the Henry (7th-8th Grade) Auditorium. 2nd place: Professor Werner would like to thank all of those Gregory Collins & Samantha Sahadeo (7th-8th Grade) individuals whose participation in the SeaPerch 3rd place: competition made it a huge success. The feedback Thomas LaRosa & from the participants, their parents, and the teachers Daniela Roberto (7th-8th Grade) was all extremely positive with two students declaring that they wanted to come to Webb after high school. The effort and teamwork exhibited should make us all proud to be Webbies. The SeaPerch program was developed by MIT Sea Grant and is sponsored by a grant from the Office of Naval Research and SNAME. Additional information about the SeaPerch program can be found at http://www.seaperch.org. Additional information about St. Peter’s By-TheSea Episcopal Day School can be found at http://www.stpetersdayschool.org.
He’ll Give It a Whirl On June 13, 2009, Senior Tom Tindale landed a Robinson R22 helicopter on the Webb soccer field. It was his first lesson in a rotorcraft, but he earned his fixed-wing pilot’s license over the summer between his Freshman and Sophomore years at Webb. Tom’s other aviation-related adventures include flying classmates on sightseeing tours around New York City and to destinations in the New England area. He would someday enjoy a career that incorporates both his naval architecture/marine engineering and aviation interests.
–Prof. Matthew R. Werner ’95 & PG’97
Crowley Scholars Seth Cooley ’10 and Simmy Willemann ’10 are the worthy recipients of the Thomas B. Crowley, Sr. Memorial Scholarship at Webb Institute for the 2010 academic year. Seth is the Sailing Team Captain, and Simmy is the S.O. Vice President.
How to Save a Life The year’s traditional Fall Blood Drive will be hosted at Webb Institute with the cooperation and help of the Long Island Blood Services. It will be held on Monday, October 26th from 12-4 p.m. In the past, the Blood Drives that have been held at Webb have been a great success. Last spring, Webb collected 27 pints of usable blood from its donors. Webb students, faculty, staff, administration, family, friends, and residents of Glen Cove all donated their time and their blood to help save lives in their local community. One in three people will need a blood transfusion at least once in their lives. Webb Institute has helped fulfill some of that need. We are looking forward to our next Blood Drive, which will be held in the spring. Keep an eye out for news regarding future Blood Drives!
Water Fight at Webb Webb students love the water, whether they’re sailing the seas or cooling off with a fun-filled waterfight!
John & Amy Malone Host Winter Work Students Amy and John Malone ’71 continued their annual tradition of hosting dinner for the Webb students working in the San Diego area. On Sunday, January 25th, the Malone's entertained Hampton Dixon, Jenna Ferrieri, Zachary Harris and Lidia Mouravieff (all Class of ’11) who were preparing for their sophomore cruise from San Diego to Seattle to Hawaii aboard USNS Alan B Shepard (T-AKE 3). The group enjoyed snacks, some relaxation in the hot tub, and then dinner at a local Italian restaurant. Then on Thursday, February 5th, Jon Ward ’09 and Michael Cariello ’10 (both working at SAIC), Roxanne Schacht ’12 and John Gotta ’12 (both working at General Dynamics NASSCO), and Elizabeth Singleton
Clockwise from left: Jon Ward ’09, Roxanne Schacht, John Malone ’71, Elizabeth Singleton ’07, John Gotta ’12 and Michael Cariello ’10
’07 (on temporary assignment from the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington DC) made their way to the Malone’s home, a.k.a. “Rancho Relaxo,” for an evening of good conversation, dinner prepared by Amy (complete with Webb-logo dessert), and for some, winding down in the pool and spa.
Go West (San Diego) Jerry & Fran Bellows visited John & Amy Malone while in San Diego, June 21-25, as Jerry had some business here. They spent the night and then had a get together at The Boathouse Restaurant on Harbor Island (near downtown San Diego) on June 24. The photo shows San Diego Bay and the San Diego skyline behind them.
campus news Webb on Web! New Alumni Website Launched May 19, 2009! Webb has announced a brand new interactive website for use by all Webb Alumni. To access the new page, please go to the following link: http://alumni.webb-institute.edu/ There are a few changes to tell you about. The first is the Alumni Directory, which has traditionally been published every other year. No longer will we publish a hard copy of the Alumni Directory, but it will be contained within the Alumni page. Second, all class members will be listed even if they do not have an email address. If you would like a class list or individual contact information, please contact the Development Office at 516-759-2040 or email@example.com and they will be happy to either mail or email you a copy. Last, the new website offers a great way to interact with your class members, other alumni, and the entire Webb Community will features Message boards for In Memorial, Lost/Missing Alumni, Career & Volunteer Center, Class Notes, School & Alumni News, Subscriptions to keep you updated by e-mail of classmates and message board updates, an Alumni directory that‘s searchable by class, by name or by occupation or Google Map location/locator, and Social networking (Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn) support.
Webb Round-Up in Houston The Webb interns in the Houston area this past Winter Work term had the opportunity to meet with Adm. Olsen on the evening of Wed., January 21, to have dinner at Saltgrass Steak House in the Woodlands on the north side of Houston. Adm. Olsen was in town for a meeting with the American Bureau of Shipping and the students were able to share their work experiences with the Admiral as well as their outlook on second semester. Places of employment for the students in attendance included Waller Marine, the American Bureau of Shipping, SeaRiver Maritime, and ExxonMobil Development Company. – Lowell Dickerson ’10 From left: Andrei Mouravieff, Rachel Drollinger, Lowell Dickerson, Admiral Olsen, Amanda Malarkey, and Dan Snyder.
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Spring 2009 Sailing Season Summary The spring 2009 sailing season has been one of the most successful in recent memory. Practices began the second week back from school and continued consistently every Tuesday and Thursday for the rest of the season—this in itself is something that has not happened in quite some time. The extra practice certainly helped Webb see the results it did this season, but instrumental to the team’s progress was Coach Gene D’Alessandro who was with the team nearly every practice and came to the majority of the regattas as well. Webb sailed in eight regattas over the course of the season and had podium finishes in five of them – results from the season can be found to the left. The team has shown significant improvement over the course of the season and the year in all aspects of sailing. Regattas which Webb had previously finished deep into the 2009 Sailing Season Results bottom of the pack are regattas we won this year. Webb has caught other teams by Ocean County 2-on-2 Team Race 2nd of 8 North Spring Qualifier 6th of 12 surprise with their progress, taking out big names like the Coast Guard Academy, King’s Maryland 2-on-2 Team Race 1st of 8 Point, Cornell, and Christopher Newport University. Consider that the athlete pools at Intrepid Match Race Trophy 7th of 12 these schools dwarf Webb’s and it is an even more impressive feat. We plan to continue (6 wins, 5 losses) that progress through to next season. Several talented sailors are incoming with the Class Army 2-on-2 Team Race 3rd of 6 of 2013 and give continued hopes of accomplishing great things in the coming months. Drexel Open 2nd of 8 However, we are sad to lose Engineers Cup at Webb 1st of 7 seniors Diana Look, past-captain Weekend Event Niko Martecchini, and Jon Ward. Diana and Niko have been A9/12 Laser North 1 9/12 Cornell Fall Open fleet crew and skipper for the past four years and Jon was 9/19 NY Maritime (SUNY) Fall Open always around to step it up when another crew was needed for 9/26 Coho Memorial (Home) regattas and to help out during practices. We wish them luck 10/3 MAISA Sloops (Naval Academy – Colgate 26’) in the future and sincere thanks for all they’ve done for the 10/3 Queens/RMC Open (Canada) team! 10/10 Hampton Bay Days For the 2009 fall season, Webb has a full schedule of events 10/10 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta 10/17 North Fall 2 from early September to late November and from Kingston, Ontario to Charleston, SC. The season will be an intense test of 10/17 Greater New York Area Dinghy Regatta 10/24 KP Dinghy Open/MAISA Fall Open Webb’s progress but also will promote improvement through 10/25 Nittany Lion Open racing experience. One of the team’s goals which this schedule 10/31 *War Memorial hopes to aid in accomplishing is to get the less experienced 10/31 *Henry Luce sailors out on the water and racing more often. 11/7 *MAISA Club Champs 11/21 *SAISA/MAISA (Charleston, SC) *Pending qualification or interest
Congratulate Our Sailors! Please help me in congratulating Webb sailors Jon Ward, Rorie Zuzick, Seth Cooley, Will Markuske, Ian McCauley, Jenna Ferrieri, and Luke Gridley on their win in the Block Island Race. The Block Island Race is a 186 nautical mile race that starts off of Stamford, CT, rounds Block Island to starboard, and finishes off of Stamford. We completed the race in a little over 27 hours. The race started with a 10 kt breeze out of the south at 1410 on Friday, May 29th with Patience handily winning the start. Please see www.photoboatgallery.com. Enter site and click on “2009 Block Island Race”. We had no idea where we finished because no other boats from our class were in sight. It turns out that we finished a full 2 hr. 30 min. (elapsed time) ahead of the next competitor in our class. The Webb team did extremely well with Jon, Seth, and Rorie sharing time at the helm. Jon, Rorie, Seth, Ian, Will, Jenna and Luke kept working the boat from start-to-finish and put in a great effort to help us win this race. Upon crossing the finish line the race committee commented that our boat was the only one with the crew on the rail, working the boat until the gun went off. In total, they won the PHRF (Performance Handicap Rating Formula) class by 1 hour, 39 minutes and 13 seconds. We also won the "Terrapin Trophy" (best PHRF corrected time) and the
“Governor’s Race East Trophy” (best PHRF elapsed time). Our booty from the Block Island Race is on display in the reading room. Next we intend to race the Vineyard Race on Labor Day Weekend. If we win this one, the Webb team will win the coveted New England Lighthouse Series trophy for the best performance of a PHRF boat in the Edlu, Block Island Race, and Vineyard Race. Please join in congratulating the Webb big boat Sailors on a job well done! Patience received a bit of press in the sailing community. SailingAnarchy.com, Sailingscuttlebutt.com, the Storm Trysail Club blog, and the UK-Halsey June newsletter all recognized our efforts in this great long distance race. The student crew of Patience graced Professor Royce with a half model of the boat on the evening of the 2009 Graduation. –Professor Richard A. Royce
Webb Tennis Rocks HVMAC in 2009! The Webb Tennis team enjoyed a great deal of success throughout the 2009 season! Finishing second overall in the HVMAC regular season and making a strong showing in the HVMAC Conference Tournament, they established themselves as a force to be reckoned with for the next few years! Seniors Phil Duerr (Captain), Bret Smart and Wombi Rose (#6 Singles Champion) will be sorely missed, not only as terrific tennis players, but as team leaders who have represented Webb well for the past 4 years! It was a pleasure watching their dedication to the game in addition to their scholastic successes at Webb! The Webb Tennis team’s future is bright with present Senior Tedi Derrickson, Juniors David Donatelli and Jenna Ferrieri leading the way. Last year’s freshmen made an immediate impact on our team’s success. Michael Cheng finished second overall at the #1 singles flight at the Conference Tournament.
From left: Tedi Derrickson, David Donatelli, Dale Pederson, Sean Doran, Robin Rose, Jenna Ferrieri, Bret Smart, Phil Duerr, Michael Cheng and Coach Doherty.
Sean Doran and Dale Pederson both enjoyed winning records in 2009 and are sure to repeat their successes in 2010! Special thanks to everyone who came out to watch and support the team, thank you!
Competitors wait for the swim portion to begin down at the Webb beach.
3rd Annual Ironclad Triathlon a Success On Sunday May 31, 2009, Webb Institute hosted the third annual Ironclad Triathlon. The race began at 7:00 AM and consisted of a 0.5 mile swim in Long Island Sound, followed by a 13.5 mile bike ride through Glen Cove, and ending with a 3.2 mile run through Welwyn Preserve. Nine Webb students, along with roughly 300 other athletes, braved the chilly waters and competed in the race. The nine students were Webb freshmen Sean Doran and Jack Oczeretko, sophomores Ryan Pfeifer, Lidia Mouravieff, Jenna Even after completing a triathlon, Webb Ferrieri, and Katie Whalen, juniors John Nonemaker and Seth Cooley, and students still had enough energy to pose for pictures. senior Stefan Wolczko. Sean Doran and John Nonemaker did exceptionally well in the race, with Sean Doran placing 5th in the male 20-24 division, and Jay Nonemaker placing 3rd in the same division, narrowly missing 2nd place by only 4 seconds! The thrill of the race, the pleasant weather, and the delicious breakfast buffet that awaited all of the athletes after the race made it a perfect event. What made it even more special was that it all happened before most Webb students would normally even be waking up on a Sunday morning.
Ultimate Frisbee Dudes Victorious On March 28th and 29th the Webb Ultimate team, the Webb Veggies, resurfaced and competed in the 4th annual "Huck of the Fools" tournament hosted by Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. Going into the tournament with no substantial record to show, we were the last seed in the 16 team bracket. By the end of Sunday, we found ourselves in the Championship Bracket, placed somewhere between 5th place and 8th place depending on total point scores (the hosts never sent out the final results). It was a very fun experience for all. Despite intense play in all games, the opposing teams were able to joke around, chat, and just have fun both during and after the game. This truly captures the Spirit of the Game. While this may not be a stirring victory of epic proportions involving trophies, it is indeed a victory given that we moved up at least half of the tournament’s standings with no major previous experience. I want to congratulate all the team for playing hard, never losing sight of having fun and good sportsmanship, and overall just playing a good game of ultimate! With any luck, the Webb Veggies will continue to compete in these excellent events in years to come. –Douglas Slocum ’10
The Puck Stops Here Back to Back Champions Four years ago, the Class of 2009 was introduced to the Dalai Lama Floor Hockey Tournament with a disheartening record, going without a victory through the whole tournament. Four years later they are the undefeated two time champions of the annual Webb tradition. With a class participation of 14 full time players out of 18 and 4 dedicated support staff members including a coach, photographer, cheerleader and howling wolf/part time scoring machine, the Class ’09 Wolfpack made it their goal to break the senior curse and bring a fully unified class to the court to win it all. Coming off a strong off-season, the Wolfpack started with a thrilling win over the rookie Freshman team. Donning their freshly printed class uniforms, the Wolfpack were down going into the final period. Behind strong words from Coach Mouravieff at intermission and healthy competition between the offensive lines, the Seniors were able to rally in the third to prove that they are still the team to beat. With the return of starting goaltender Andrew Harville, the pack scored another close win in the second game over the Juniors without two grad school seeking members. It was a defensive minded game and the experience of the Senior back lines could not be outdone. In their third game, the Wolfpack began their offense minded run to the championship with a 4-1 victory over the Sophomores, the team that had taken them into overtime the previous year. With the regular season out of the way, the Senior class went into the playoffs as the number one seed and the clear favorites. After watching a thrilling overtime victory in the first semifinal by the Juniors, the Wolfpack took the court against the Freshmen once again. Recovering from some personnel scares, including the anticipated but unrealized absence of Harville in goal, and without Robert Carelli’s scoring presence on offense, the Wolfpack jumped out to an early lead that they would never relinquish. Phil Duerr, the raucous voice of the Wolfpack from the stands for the previous three games, scored in his first minute of playing time in four years. Despite a valiant comeback by the Freshmen in the third, the Seniors would not be kept from the finals, ending the game with a 4-3 victory. In the Championship game there would be no thrill of comebacks, no hope for the Junior class. Up 2-0 at the first intermission led by a goal from Jon Dowsett, the offense would surpass the ritualistic request of two more goals. All three lines capitalized in the second period, led by Robert Carelli and Austin French with two goals each for the first line and goals by Niko Martecchini for the third line and another from the
second line of Jon Ward, Wombi Rose and John Wise. At 8-0, the victorious seniors put their game on cruise control for the third, occasionally looking for offense from key support players who had yet to taste the thrill of a goal. The class rankings ended in order, with the sophomores taking the bronze metal. Over the course of the tournament, many players throughout the classes showed the potential to be the upcoming stars of the Dalai Lama Floor Hockey Tournament. But in the end, full class participation and an overwhelming talent pool led the Senior Class to the ultimate victory in Webb Athletics for the second straight year. –Austin French, Wolfpack ’09
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parent focus Partnering with Parents
fter a year of planning and organizational meetings, the Webb Parents Association (WPA) has been duly created. As stated in the Mission Statement of the WPA By-laws, the purpose of the organization is “to promote participation of parents and families to enrich the Webb experience through communication and support in keeping with the institution’s traditions, goals and standards of excellence.” Initially conceived by President Olsen who approached parent Keith Dixon P’11 to spearhead its formation, the parent association had fifty-three parents in attendance at its first organizational meeting held Family Weekend 2008. Dixon facilitated the meeting with input from Bill Murray, Director of Enrollment Management, and numerous parents in attendance. From this meeting, the following long-range and short-term goals emerged: Foster improved communications between Webb and parents. Utilize the parents section on the Webb Institute website. Post/share information pertaining to Winter Work, i.e., accommodations, transportation, shopping, restaurants, medical facilities in the area. Serve as a local contact/resource for students serving Winter Work terms in the area. Post/share information pertinent to college year (freshman-senior). Post/share information pertaining to graduation. Identify high schools with strong academic programs for the purpose of recruitment of students. Attend high school College Nights to distribute material and recruit potential students. Host a parent-to-parent information
session for parents of prospective students during Open House. Fundraising for needs identified by the school and for a “wish list” of student needs. Research successful parent association programs at other schools to serve as models. Create a summer program for high school students at Webb. Extend parent association membership to include participation of parents of alumni. Create dual approach with goals for parent involvement based upon parents’ geographic location. It was also suggested that a listserve be created and parent contact information be posted in this database. A discussion board for sharing information pertaining to Webb programs and topics of interest to parents could then be formed. Don Willemann P’10 volunteered to expand upon and update the database he had begun to create the previous spring. He serves as moderator for the WPA Yahoo group site, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ Webb_Institute, which includes WPA meeting minutes and by-laws, photos, a discussion board, and information about
Webb Parents Association Officers: Chair
Keith Dixon P’11
Ginger Pfeifer P’11
Marylou Ferrieri P’11
Carol Drollinger P’09
Communications Don Willemann P’10 Moderator Administrative Liaison
Bill Murray, Director of Enrollment Management
the school and the surrounding community, and Winter Work. Currently the site has sixty-one members, and all parents are encouraged to join. A committee to formulate by-laws, chaired by Ginger Pfeifer P’11, met in January 2009 and at the WPA spring meeting held during Homecoming 2009, by-laws were adopted and six were chosen to serve as officers (see above). A Student Liaison will be chosen by the Webb Student Organization this fall. Membership in the Webb Parents Association is open to parents, guardians and families of all current students and graduates. There is no fee, form or application for membership. –Keith Dixon P’11
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alumni news Ballots, Banquets and Homecoming
e had a moderate turnout for the alumni association Homecoming on May 16th. The Webb Singers (WooFS), led by Dean Roger Compton, once again impressed the attendees with a concert after lunch while the Webb Players, mentored by Pat Burke, entertained them after dinner. The annual meeting featured the election to membership of the eighteen members of the class of ’09 as well as Daniel Wilson ’09X. The Alumni Association presented Athletic Awards to the senior John Wise, junior Seth Cooley, sophomore David Donatelli, and freshman Michael Cheng. Jennifer Waters ’91 announced that seniors Robin Rose, Bret Smart, and Aurore Zuzick were winners of ASNE scholarships this year. We’ve had a number of changes to the executive committee membership this year. At the annual meeting, three new officers were elected: John Malone ’71 continues as alumni fund chairman, Jay Carson ’73 is the new secretary-treasurer, and Brian Petersen ’07 is the fifth member, who is also a recent graduate. Earlier this year, Washington area alumni elected Ian Mutnick ’96 to the sixth member position. Tom Brewton resigned his position as first vice president, leaving a hole in our usual ladder progression to the president’s position. Instead of disrupting the rest of the ladder, we plan to fill the vacancies by relying on the continued generosity of recent past presidents in volunteering their time. As the first step, the executive committee has appointed Rich Celotto ’73 to serve the remainder of Tom’s term as 1st Vice President. The results of the secret ballots have recently been counted: Bruce Rosenblatt and Barbara Hamlin have been elected to honorary membership in the alumni association. If you’ll be at the SNAME annual meeting in Providence or live nearby, please plan to attend the Alumni Banquet on October 23rd. We look forward to honoring Linc Cathers ’56 with the W. Selkirk Owen Award and spending an evening in good company.
By Jennifer B. Panosky ’85 Webb Alumni Association President
“Bruce Rosenblatt and Barbara Hamlin have been elected to honorary membership in the alumni association. ”
alumni news From left: Ann Dunlay (Ed Dunlay’s wife), Edward Dunlay ’44B, Bill Dunlay (son of Ed & Ann), Mary Elizabeth Heess (Fred Heess’ widow), Maryanne Heess Manning, Edmund Klemmer ’44B, Karen Klemmer Brown (Ed Klemmer’s daughter), Ruth Klemmer (Ed Klemmer’s wife), Arthur Young (Dave Young’s son), Mildred Young (Dave Young’s widow).
65th Reunion Weekend
Ed Dunlay (at 85) was the oldest alum present. We of the Class of ’44B, our spouses and children were treated royally by President Olsen and other members of the Webb family. We thank them all for a great 65th Homecoming.
Left to right: Pete Gale, Larry Harrison, Don Szostak, Bob Johnson, Dick Zuerner, Bill Marrin, Bill Webster, Ed Shope, Gene Yourch.
50th Reunion Weekend
Our weekend started on Friday, May 29th with a cocktail party hosted by President Olsen and his wife, Maureen, at their beautiful home overlooking LI Sound. We were delighted to meet Professors Larry Ward and Jacques Hadler there. Larry started his teaching career when we were seniors at Webb in 1958-59. On Saturday afternoon, Lowell Dickerson ’10 gave us a tour of the campus. We appreciated the two valuable hours that he sacrificed to spend with us. On Saturday evening, we gathered at Webb for cocktails and dinner. Dean Roger Compton,
On Sunday morning, the class met for breakfast and fond farewells at the Glen Cove Mansions Hotel (ex-Harrison House) where most of us were staying.
his wife Jill and WooFS serenaded us before dinner with a medley of 50’s tunes. Their delightful music was an unexpected pleasure and really made our dinner at Webb a special treat. The fact that so many students gave up part of their Saturday evening to sing for us was greatly appreciated.
40th Reunion Weekend
The Class of ’69 held its 40th reunion in July at the home of the Mastronarde’s in Hartford, CT, keeping alive the tradition of getting together every five years since graduation. The weekend included great food, wonderful stories (the stories are more full of wonder each time!) and even a regatta on the lake. By the end of the weekend plans were in place for the 45th reunion in 2014 at the
20th Reunion Weekend
The Class of 1989 celebrated its 20th anniversary at Webb in May during Homecoming Weekend. Thirteen out of sixteen classmates and their families attended, traveling from FL, IN, KS, MD, NY, TX and VA. One of the highlights of the
– Peter A. Gale
In the picture, alphabetically, are: Tom and Carol Campbell; Mike Goodwin; Tom and Ona Mastronarde; John and Jan Paul; Eric and Michelle Runnerstrom; Bob Seiwell; Paul and Patricia Snyder; Jack and Kathy Spencer; and Steve and Karen Wolgamot. One member, Mike Bushnell, was unable to make the trip but joined by telecon.
As usual, Gailmarie Sujecki did a great job in making the whole weekend happen. She assisted my wife and me in planning the effort, answering numerous questions in the process. We are grateful for her efforts and for her numerous other contributions to Webb.
home of the Snyder’s in San Francisco and it was agreed that all would converge on the Institute for the 50th anniversary in 2019. As always the friendships forged at Webb
continue as strong as ever. A great time was had by all and everyone left vowing to see more of each other during the interim – perhaps with an increasing number of retirements that may happen this time.
Left to right: Greg Matzat, Todd Heidenreich, Bill Latham, John Costello, Joe Gusmano, Jim Shaughnessy, Charles Maier, Tom Waters, Brett Vitols, Will Healy, Rob Reed, Jeff Magrane and Christine Schleicher.
weekend was presenting Webb a naval cannon with Webb’s logo embossed on the barrel and each person firing a shot.
A Doctor Looks Back By Dr. Irving Raphael ’67
hile still a student at Webb, Irv worked for a summer for Litton Industries and two summers studying at Fordham University. Wanting to challenge himself after graduating in 1967, he enrolled in Yale Medical School. After graduating in 1971 he then completed 5-years of orthopedic residency. Dr. Raphael truly feels that the path was a natural one as there is a tie between orthopedics and engineering. His education served him well assisting him in developing new orthopedic
“Webb is a big family and remains very unique. It was truly a privilege to have outstanding classmates with whom to learn, play and mature during those four years.” procedures and in his research on the strength of knee ligaments. He was a pioneer in his orthopedic department and now keeps busy with his sports medicine practice.
From left: Brian, Irv, Ava, Brad and Brooke.
Dr. Raphael was last on campus this summer when he stopped by with his family. Webb created some of his greatest memories. His thesis was co-authored with Richard Storch (they were even classmates in high school), and he maintains a relationship with Wayne Martin, John Russell and John Sirutis. His memories are still vivid of his classmates and of Profs. Urban, Karst , Curran and Lawn and of his friendship with President Brockett. “Webb is a big family and remains very unique. It was truly a privilege to have outstanding classmates with whom to learn, play and mature during those 4 years.” Dr. Raphael met and married his wife, Ava, after his residency – she is a native of Syracuse and was recently elected Surrogate Court Judge. They have one daughter and two sons. He does much travelling to sports events as the Head Team Physician for Syracuse University. Irv considers himself very lucky for having spent four years at Webb, saying "They were magical."
Weathering the Storm: News from the Webb Alumni Fund By John A. Malone ’71 Alumni Fund Chairman
he 2008-09 Webb Alumni Fund (WAF) campaign represented the second year of a 5-year initiative to increase contributions to a level that will reduce the draw on the Webb endowment to a long-term sustainable 4.75% per year. Accordingly, the alumni fundraising goals for 2008-09 were set at $905,000 and 80% participation – significantly higher than the $827,569 and 72.8% that were achieved in 2007-08. Not surprising given the global economic downturn that occurred during 2008-09, we had a “good news, bad news” year. The good news is that we achieved a new all-time record of $863,690 with the average contribution increasing 7.4% to $1,155, and 48% of those who contributed increased their gift amount by an average of 67%! The bad news is that we didn’t achieve our goals, corporate matching gifts (included in total contributions) decreased 5.3% to $112,725, and despite our best efforts to increase the median gift, it remained constant at $500. Perhaps the most disappointing result was that participation slipped to 70.9% – the third consecutive year in which it has
declined. There were 78 alums who were contributors in 2007-08 but not in 2008-09. Had those 78 come through, as we hope they will in 2009-10, we would have achieved over 78%. So our goal of 80% is still realistic. Some good news about our participation in 2008-09: 48 alums who didn’t donate in
“…we had a ‘good news, bad news’ year. The good news is that we achieved a new all-time record… ” 2007-08 contributed in 2008-09, and participation by the five most recent graduating classes was spectacular at 96.5%! 15 classes achieved 100% participation: ’37, ’39, ’40, ’43, ’44A, ’44B, ’45, ’49, ’51, ’54, ’56, ’70, ’06, ’07 and ’09; and 31 classes had over
Annual Gift Giving Category
incl. Matching W.H. Webb Society Benefactor $10,000 and above W.H. Webb Society Patron $5,000 – $9,999 W.H. Webb Society Sponsor $2,500 – $4,999 W.H. Webb Society Member $1,000 – $2,499 President’s Club $500 – $999 “Young America” Club $250 – $499 Clipper Club $100 – $249 Packet Club $1 – $99 Total Number of Donors Participation Median Gift (including matching) 34
’06-’07 ’07-’08 ’08-’09 11 13 31 151 129 152 225 60 772 73.7% $250
16 16 40 164 153 141 204 36 770 72.8% $500
17 18 38 173 154 118 185 45 748 70.9% $500
85% participation (the 15 with 100%, plus ’52, ’53, ’55, ’59, ’60, ’61, ’62, ’63, ’65, ’67, ’78, ’81, ’89, ’01, ’05 and ’08). The table shows the distribution of alums across the giving categories. It is encouraging to see an increase of 10 alums in the William H. Webb Society, but discouraging to see an overall decrease of 22 alumni contributors. The WAF is vital to the Institute’s financial well-being, covering 15% of Webb’s annual operating expenses.
The success of the 2008-09 WAF campaign was due to the efforts of many: the Trustees’ Development Committee, our terrific team of Class Agents, the Webb Development Office staff, and of course, each of you who made a contribution. Congratulations on a job well done, and I’ll look forward to thanking many of you in person at the Webb Alumni Banquet in Providence on October 23rd.
Class Agent Update We sadly report the February 16, 2009 passing of Capt. Perry W. Nelson PG’55 who served for many years as Class Agent for post graduate classes of 1951 – 1960. And a special welcome to the newest Class Agent, from this year’s graduating class, Jonathan Dowsett ’09.
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class notes 1935
Victor J. Dietz passed away on July 31st from complications of osteoarthritis and peripheral neuropathy. After Webb he earned a B.S. in aeronautical engineering from NYU in 1936. He worked for Martin Company as a design engineer from 1935-42 and 1946-49 and for Convair from 1942-46. From 1949 to his retirement in 1982, he worked at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory as an engineering supervisor on missiles, warheads, and associated components. Mr. Dietz was an avid sailor and enjoyed carpentry and tennis. He is survived by a daughter and her three sons.
Mario Andrea recommends a glass of Italian red wine every afternoon about 3 p.m.
Willard V. Markey wrote: Life is still GREAT and I go everywhere with my walker. I play bridge everyday having finally reached the status of Life Master! Looking forward to next year’s Homecoming – my 75th!
1936 George A. Johnson and wife Ruth continue to enjoy their golden years at the Evergreens in Moorestown, NJ.
1938 “Howard Hardy just turned 92 years old and is still healthy enough to rake leaves and take walks around the neighborhood. He stands tall and his smile lights up my life.” Jeanne Hilmar Hardy
1941 Robert Browning’s wife, Carolyn, died on July 28th. John B. Kopp wrote: I think I’ve reached the age where: No news is good news!
1942 Paul E. Atkinson died on August 4th following a fall at his residence in Palo Alto, CA. He is survived by a son Paul of Paris, France, a daughter Mary Hafner of Palo Alto, CA, and a son Peter of Grand Junction, CO and seven grandchildren. For this full obituary, please see our website. Milan L. Pittman I am enjoying life and my pool in Napa Valley. I like to travel and recently had 2 wonderful trips to Tanzania, Africa then on to Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania – and yes, we saw the devils claw! Earlier I travelled all over China. My older daughter, Marilyn was born in Tsingtao, China, where we lived for 2 years from 1947 – 1949. I still have plans for more foreign travel!
1944A John P. Breslin truly regrets the trivial amount of his gift. “Webb made my life!” I have raised and educated through college, 8 children. Since July
2007 he has been battling pancreatic metastatic cancer. Dr. Harrison M. Jones passed away in Santa Fe, NM on May 22nd. He received his MS and PhD in Physics from Yale in 1948 and 1956, respectively. He retired from MIT Lincoln Laboratory in 1991 after 37 years of service. Stanley L. Quick passed away on November 7, 2008 at the age of 85 in Chester River Manor, Chestertown, MD. He received his Ph.D. from Brooklyn Polytechnic in 1962. His military career was with the Navy on active duty from 1944-1947, where he was assistant hull superintendent in Portsmouth, NH, a technical advisor on fabrication of ship sized fabric acoustic minesweeping, and a test engineer at David Taylor Model Basin on hydrofoil boats and towed gunnery targets. He remained in the Naval Reserve until 1954.
1944B David L. Butts wrote: In August we sold our Virginia home and moved to “The Glen Ridge” in Sarasota, FL. We are now 2.5 miles from our daughter and the weather is great! Betty and I are in good health. Hard to believe I graduated 65 years ago – “Hello” to my classmates! Jay Fay wrote: My wife, Gay, and I, both retired, live in Weston, MA, but have summered in Robinhood, ME since 1973. Our six children live in New England, along with most of our 19 grandchildren. Our two great grandsons, however, are far
away in St. Louis. Although I am retired from MIT (Mechanical Engineering), I am active in publishing technical articles, a record that extends from 1947 to 2008! I am preparing a second edition of my third book, Energy and the Environment (Oxford U. Press, 2005); the two others are Introduction to Fluid Mechanics (MIT Press, 1995) and Molecular Thermodynamics (Addison Wesley, 1965). From Jennifer Hamlin-Church (daughter of Norman A. Hamlin ’44B): “With many happy memories of summer picnics on the Webb beach, prowling the grounds with my father and stories of his (and his students’) exploits. All best wishes for the school that meant so much to Dad.” Ed Klemmer wrote: Ruth and I are finally moving to a retirement community nearby in Cary, NC in September. Roy P. McPherson, a resident of Franklin Park, PA, passed away on June 1st after a long illness. He received a degree of MSE (NA & ME) from the Univ. of MI in 1947. He was employed by the American Shipbuilding Co. in Cleveland from 1947-56 as a cost estimator. From 1956-84 he was employed by the American Bridge Division, US Steel Corp., at Ambridge, PA as a naval architect. He designed and estimated costs of river and coastwise barges, many of which had extensive cargo handling machinery. He retired in 1984, but continued as a consultant on river barges, including three months in Paraguay with the I.E.S.C. Born in Utica, NY, he was predeceased by his wife, Lois,
and is survived by his son, Douglas, Webb ’75. Jim Mills: For the past several years, Jim has been living with his younger daughter Christine Allen in Columbia, MD, where he is one of three artists. Jim continues to make prints of nautical scenes, Christine creates decorative boxes, and his granddaughter Chelsea does anime-inspired drawings. Dr. David M. Young passed away on December 21, 2008. He was born in Boston, MA in 1923. He grew up in Quincy, MA and attended Webb during WWII while aligned with the US Navy as an aspiring mathematician. After graduation he worked at the Navy’s David Taylor Model Basin. In 1950 he attended Harvard University, earning a PhD in Mathematics. David married Mildred Acker in 1949. They moved to Maryland where David worked at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds and later at the University of MD. They moved to southern CA in 1955 where he worked for the Ramo Wooldridge Corp. (now TRW). The Univ. of TX summoned him to Austin in 1958 to direct a newly created center for electronic computation. In 1970 he founded the Center for Numerical Analysis at the Univ. of TX, which he directed until his retirement in 1999. He is highly regarded worldwide as expert and pioneer in the mathematical field of numerical analysis. He was an avid tennis player, well known throughout Austin and the state of TX as a highly ranked tournament player while in his prime. David is survived by his wife, Mildred;
sister, Christine Sorenson of Quincy, MA; sons, William and Arthur; daughter, Carolyn; and two grandchildren, John and Sara Young.
1946 It is with great sadness that we report the June 28th passing of Baron P. Mayer of Washington, DC. He was a strong believer in community service and participation in local affairs. He is survived by his wife Kaye and four children.
1949 Edgar D. (Ted) Alderson wrote: My wife, Blanche M. (Maxine) Alderson died June 19, 2009. We had been married 52 years.
1950 Charles A. Gern passed away on February 7th at the age of 80. A native of NY, and a Naval Officer during the Korean War, he moved to south FL in 1965. He raised seven children plus the children of his second wife. Charles was widowed twice and is survived by his many friends and relatives, and his long time love, Sussanne Cook. We are sad to report the August 9th passing of Abner S. Smiles. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne, three children, and seven grandchildren. Niel Spillane wrote: As an almost full time care giver for my wheelchair bound wife, excitement comes mostly via children and their families
these days. Summer 2008 offered one surprise when my grandson, Colin, now living in Iowa, announced that he would be traveling east to look at engineering colleges and Webb was on his list. After a visit he made it his first choice and thankfully was accepted into the Class of 2013. So proud and no pressure from dear old granddad! Since neither my son nor Colin had ever built a boat, they decided to spend several weeks here in Connecticut building a 17' strip planked sea kayak in our garage and although needing finishing touches, it is a beauty. All reports indicate that the learning curve was steep and both son and grandson learned an enormous amount about fair lines, planking and fair hull curves. This summer, 2009, daughter Nancy who has been the chair of the private Williams School Science Department here in CT, received an internship for a month at the Exploratorium Science Museum in San Francisco and then was announced as one of 22 distinguished educators as an Einstein Fellow; a program created by Congress about fifteen years ago to infuse government agencies and congressional offices with the realities of public and private education. She joins the staff of the National Science Foundation in WDC late in August for a fully funded year and to say the least, is psyched at the opportunity.
1951 Robert G. Mende had a very pleasant visit from (past president of both Webb and SNAME) Ron Kiss ’63 and his lovely wife, June. Over lunch we hashed over the good old days and did some fond reminiscing. Did the same back in October with classmate Barry Thomas and Ed Dunlay ’44B. We’re still vertical and kicking. Currently living in Cedar Crest Village, an independent living retirement community.
1952X Alfred W. Jones, Jr. is a 2005 Member Croquet Hall of Fame.
1953 David C. Kilgore passed away on May 10th of congestive heart failure. He was living in Fayetteville, GA with one of his sons at the time of his death. He had served in the U.S. Navy, and had worked as a Senior Naval Architect for Sargent & Herkes in New Orleans. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary, and is the father of five sons.
1954 Paul Hayes married Bonnie Knudsen August 16, 2009 in Fredericksbury, VA. David E. Klingaman passed away on June 9, 2009 from complications of pneumonia. He had been a resident of
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class notes Manor Care in Bethesda, MD since 2001. After Webb he earned an MS in NA & ME at MIT, followed by a professional degree in Marine Mechanical Engineering. At EB in Groton he specialized in piping stress analysis and then moved to Washington where he worked with BuShips and MSTS. After leaving the government the held positions with several naval architectural firms in the Washington area.
1955 Reuben Taylor: The Class of 1955 is pleased and grateful for the recognition given Charles Visconti at the 2009
graduation ceremony. The PhD conferred on him acknowledges both professional and personal accomplishments. We salute him because we are proud of his achievements. I’m looking forward to our 55th reunion with both anticipation and excitement. Rich Thorpe is still working essentially full-time managing R&D programs for HEC; but able to arrange time in Maine overseeing the family resort business and conservation easements. Also spending time cruising on sailboats in Holland and the Chesapeake Bay and ocean racing in the Gulf of Maine. Charles G. Visconti wrote:
Since inception of the WHW Society – 30 consecutive years as a WHW Society Member!
PG’55 Capt. Perry W. Nelson, USN (Ret.) passed away on February 16th. He graduated from the USNA in 1947 and was assigned as Docking Officer and Ship Supt. At Puget Sound Naval Shipyard supervising Essex Class carrier conversation and construction of guided missile destroyers. At Pearl Harbor he was Asst. Fleet Maintenance Officer on staff of Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet. Subsequent tours of duty included: Systems Analyst, Officer of Secretary of Defense; Director, New Ship Design at NAVSEC; Advanced Mgt. Program, Harvard Business School; Director, Div. of Engineering and Weapons, USNA; and Commanding Officer of DTNSRC. He was awarded the Legion of Merit (with Gold Star) at the joint Service Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service. Upon his Navy retirement in 1975, he joined M. Rosenblatt & Son as VP of operations, and then President in 1984. He served many offices in ASNE and as President of SNAME 1985-86, and was awarded the Vice Admiral “Jerry” Land Medal in 1993.
1957 Don Caldera wrote: Son, Andy (USNA ’88) recently promoted to Captain at the Pentagon as Executive Officer for Head of Defense Intelligence Agency… A proud Dad comment! Will
celebrate my and Yvette’s 50th wedding anniversary at sea in May. The township of Medford, NJ honored Bernie Mayer for having established the 2.5 mile Medford Canoe Trail and re-naming the Medford Park launch site “Mayer’s Landing” in his honor. He served as Chairman of the Medford Canoe Trail Committee and worked with a number of people in order to free the waterway of fallen trees and debris. Daniel H. Thompson celebrated his golden wedding anniversary last year. Consulting in Hodgdon Yachts, Inc., East Boothbay, Maine. Still building 32 foot sloop. Georgi is teaching school in Thomastors, Maine.
PG’58 Wilbur (Jim) Mahony wrote: Jim and Ruth Mahony still live on Lake Keowee near Clemson University. Jim retired from Southern Wesleyan University in 2001. He and Ruth are active in the affairs of the Clemson Area Retirement Center (CARC), the Clemson Presbyterian Church (PCA) and in support of the Blue Ridge Council of the BSA.
1958 Ed Christiansen is retired from shipbuilding. Currently own an antique clock sales and restoration shop in Newport, RI. Hobbies include tennis, golf, classical music, travel. Webb is saddened to report the April 25th passing of
Robert J. Garland, son of Charles and Corinne, after a two and a half year battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Hillary, and was the loving father of James, Olivia and Jonah.
1959 Arthur/Larry Harrison retired, however working part time as systems engineer with Northrop Grumman. Donene and I have 3 children, and 7 grandchildren. Enjoy traveling and outdoor life in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ed Shope wrote: I am pleased to announce the birth of my second grandson, Owen Albert Shope in Rochester, NY. Also, Diann and I thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of Adm. Olsen, the Development staff, many students and the Webb Family Singers during our Class of ’59 reunion in June. Thanks to all, and keep up the good work! Blessings to all.
1960 We are sad to advise that Joe Wren, Class of 1960, passed away on January 2nd. He is survived by his wife Namie, sons Charlie and Jonathan, and granddaughter Maggie. Tom Koster ’67, Paul Vragel ’72, and Dave Homiak ’75 attended the wake and funeral service along with many other of Joe’s Amoco and Lake Forest friends. Joe was the head of Amoco tanker fleet technical department from 1968-1983. After his retirement he worked for several charitable organi-
zations. Before joining Amoco, Joe worked with the J.J. Henry Company in NY and the Naess tanker company. Joe was a fine naval architect, team builder, mentor, teacher, friend and cook, and will be missed by all who crossed his path.
1962 In the Fall 2008 issue of Webb News (page 12) the Class Reunion of 1962 was misprinted as the Class of 1966. Please accept our apologies! Donald M. Moore passed away on February 14th at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. Thirty-seven years of his professional life was spent as a design engineer at Jet Propulsion Labs in Pasadena. He referred to himself as a “cloud 9 engineer” and applied his mechanical mind to various interests in his life including classic automobiles, skiing, tennis, white water canoeing and vintage pocket knives. He was a loyal man, devoted friend and a mentor to all who knew him. Dick Pomfret wrote: I’ve been back in Houston for the last year and have retired from ExxonMobil, although I continue to work occasionally on a contract basis. Dick Schmitt: Enjoying the retired life. Peter Silvia: Retired and enjoying it! Still learning banjo and building sets for community theater. Planning to move to a retirement community in southeast PA within 2 or 3 years.
Portland, and several satellite systems. We moved to Los Angeles in 1983.
G.W. Birkhead wrote: Spent 4+ weeks in sunny Sarasota every year. Have struck up friendship there with another Webbie lawyer, Tim Knowles (’75). Have new hideaway in Cloverlik, WV. More deer than people.
I sort of retired in 2003 (consultants don’t get retirement parties, they just don’t go out on jobs anymore) and am back to full-time relaxation and enjoyment (except for the daily honey-do list). Mary is 10 years younger than me, and loves her work as the Regional Manager for First Republic Bank.
Donald Deckebach: Went to work for the US Navy after graduation, doing design and project management for Navy Underway Replenishment Systems at the SF Navy Yard and the Ship Missile Engineering Station in Port Hueneme. In 1967, I figured out that the flower-children had a better idea, so I joined the party getting started in the Haight Ashbury. About the time I started getting a little burned out in 1971, I got recruited to go back to work in DC at the Pentagon, receiving assurances that my T-shirts, jeans, long hair and beard would fit in just fine. I met my future life-long wife Mary in DC, and we moved to San Francisco after we got married in 1973. This time, I worked while partying, becoming a management consultant, the very definition of “maximum pay for minimum effort”. For the next 30 years I consulted on projects such as North Sea oil platforms in London (where I worked for Larry Krantz, Class of ’65), Canadian and US oil fields and pipelines, rapid transit systems, ballistic missile defense, GPS satellites, and spy satellites. I also was an expert witness on several cases involving cost and schedule overruns, such as the Chevron tankers built by Gunderson in
Ron Kiss is proud to report that son Tom has been promoted to Captain, USN. He is currently responsible for surface nuclear officer programs and policy at Navy’s personnel command in Memphis. Abbott Weiss wrote: Continuing my career as a serious hedonist, with a passion for food, wine, travel, photography and the joys of family and friends. Support these habits with short bursts of commercial energy – projects of supply chain/logistics management consulting, plus teaching graduate courses at MIT (with Hank Marcus ’65) and at Simmons College. Continue to be over-educated for my height; most fortunate to have good health, all my hair (still curly, no longer brown), my marriage partner of 44 years (Barbara), plus daughter (age 30), son (25), and two grandsons under 4. Of all the courses I am involved in, my favorite is a one-night stand each Spring: Wine 101 at Webb. This is part of the Senior Seminar series set up by Ron Kiss when he was President, and it continues under Bob Olsen.
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class notes I might be considered semiretired. I work out of my home office (when not in a classroom) in the house we built 38 years ago, 30 miles West of Boston. Spend time at summer home in Nantucket, on the ocean; good fishing for blues and stripers. Oh, yeah, and I did the first application of computer-aided design to preliminary ship design, when I was a graduate student at MIT in 1963-64. That was my last official act as a naval architect. On the other hand, it also launched my activities in computers and in consulting, which have continued ever since.
1964X The Development Office found out that Karl Kanzler passed away in 2003.
1965 Paul Risseeuw: I am now teaching descriptive geometry to Electric Boat Apprentice Draftsmen. “After 21 it’s all downhill.”
PG’66 William Milwee: Mostly retired from a career that
included twenty years in the Navy most as an Engineering Duty officer specializing in diving and marine salvage. Following retirement from the Navy in 1979 worked in offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Joined a consortium of consultants working in the US and abroad in marine salvage and ocean engineering. Worked in West Coast marine salvage and diving services company as Senior VP/General Manager. Operated for 25 years as independent consultant in marine casualty operations. Worked on all seven continents and at least forty countries, numerous remote Pacific islands and Alaskan sites. Retired from
operational work in 2007 after deciding that I had had enough 18 hour days. Divorced in 1976 remarried and got three step kids in 1978. Immediately forgot the step part. Four grand children including two adopted Vietnamese girls. Hobbies include showing dogs (Keeshonden ) in conformation and performance events and model railroading.
1966 Thomas Hagner reports that he is semi-retired and living in Poquoson, Virginia. He now can catch crabs and fish in his
own backyard. Invites Webbies to visit. Alex Landsburg: Retired from the U.S. Maritime Administration after 39 years of focusing on commercial ships I am now in my 4th year having fun at the CSC Advanced Marine Center learning about Naval ships.
1967 Irving Raphael, MD: My wife Ava ran for Surrogate Court Judge, last year and won. I am now married to a judge and continue my work as Head Team Physician for Syracuse University and my practice of
orthopedic surgery. John Russell wrote: Big year for Mary and me. Our second grandson was born the day after Christmas 2007; our younger daughter was married this summer; our son was married this fall; we helped our younger daughter and her husband buy a house. We held a mini-reunion this summer with John and Barbara Sirutis from Australia, with Richie and Lois Storch and Wayne and Kiki Martin.
1968 Pete Fontneau wrote: Married (Karin) 1971; Kids: Katy 1976
(grandkids: Leo, Orion), Bruce 1980; Coast Guard 1968-90 MSA (Operations Research/ Management Science) George Washington 1971; SM (Naval Arch/Marine Eng) MIT 1976; OcE MIT 1976; Coast Guard Yard 1968-70; Small Boat R&D 1970-72; Assistant Engineer Icebreaker 1972-74; Chief Engineer High Endurance Cutter 1976-79; District Naval Engineer, San Francisco/New York 1979-84; Executive Officer High Endurance Cutter 1984-86, Acquisition Program Manager USCG HQ 1986-90; JJ McMullen/Alion Science and Technology 1990-2006; Navy acquisition support, Coast Guard R&D support
Student-Wesley Theological Seminary 2007-present (MDiv track). After twenty+ years of lay leadership in local churches, and on the area, district and denominational level, I was called to a more obvious role in ministry. I’m also a member of the ‘think tank’ for the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, a nine member commission elected by the national General Assembly that addresses big issues. Joseph R. Selman finally got around to marrying his girl from the Webb days. The ceremony was at our home in Virginia on 29 August 2009.
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class notes for planning and lofting since 2006. Gary and Joanne became grandparents February 21, 2008.
1969 Robert C. Seiwell, Jr.: On the weekend of July 10, we had a great 40th class reunion at Tom Mastronarde’s house in W. Hartford, CT. Nine of us with 7 wives were there. Mike Bushnell could not make it because he was in a hospital in Dallas.
1970 Mark R. Bebar wrote: Bonnie and I are pleased to announce that our son Jacob was married to Ms. Jamie Lynne St. Claire on 29 August 2009. David Bovet is still consulting in supply chain, logistics and sourcing. Looking forward to seeing all my classmates at our 40th reunion in 2010! Doug Rabe: Put the 4 part plan into action. Quit job, sold house, bought boat, gone fishing.
1971 Gerald Bellows: I continue to enjoy my second career with the Maritime Administration. In addition I am working with my wife Frances. We are consultants with Smooth Sailing Inc., developing new projects and expanding businesses. Dudley Dawson: After meeting and marrying in Florida, Joni and I are now enjoying the good life together on a 3,000 acre lake in the rolling hills of rural N. Carolina. The Dawson clan includes three children and nine grandchildren – so far – all located within the
1976 Carolinas. After 9 years as a USCG officer, 14 years as vice president of J.B. Hargrave Naval Architects, 6 years as chief naval architect of Hatteras Yachts, and since 1993, a self-employed designer and consultant, my personal design portfolio includes scores of ship and yacht designs, ranging up to 625 feet. I’ve also added a career as a marine journalist in recent years, as technical editor for Yachting magazine, and contributing editor for Professional BoatBuilder and Southern Boating magazines. This affords the opportunity to sail and cruise aboard some of the world’s largest and most innovative yachts, including the Dyna-rigged “Maltese Falcon” built by Italy’s Perini Navi.
1974 Russ Hoffman continues to work at Bath Iron Works marking his 24th at the shipyard this summer. Russ and Sarah celebrate the wedding of their son, Noah, this July.
1975 Gary McCue has been working for Dassault Systems Services since 2004 and has been assisting BIW with the implementation of DELMIA
David S. Greeley joined Lexington office of Applied Physical Sciences Corp. as a principal scientist. Working with Matt Conti, Bill Milewski, Brian Petersen and Chick Corrado (all Webbies).
Episcopal School in Austin, TX beginning August 2009. Zack was also accepted at St. Stephen’s but he has decided that he will compete his 9th grade year with the Ras Tanura Dolphins (our middle school) while Mom and Dad prepare for him to join his brothers at St. Stephen’s starting in August of 2010. We said we’d never send our kids off to boarding school but plans are made for changing. We hope that everyone in the Webb family is
1977 Rich Gilmore: Living and working in Athens, Greece. I work for Maran Gas Maritime Inc., the gas shipping division of a large privately owned shipping group – the Angelicoussis Shipping Group Limited. We have 7 ships - 5 LNG carriers (145,700 cu.m. each) and 2 VLGC’s (83,800 cu.m. each). My wife, Mikiko, is here with me. Our two children, Richard (20) and Mayuko (18) will both be at university this fall (2009) studying at Tufts University in Boston, Mass. Peter Lapp has returned to the US after a year of serving as Deputy Director GT Operations in the Bristol, UK office. He will be based in the Walpole, MA office and has been named the Director GT Test & Operations. Scott Richards: It is hard to leave our life on the Persian Gulf. We have decided to stay in Saudi for a while longer. Our twins, Nathan and Dylan, were accepted at all of the schools that they applied to and will be attending boarding school at St. Stephen’s
happy and healthy. All the best from Scott & Dana Richards John Vasilakos: I am married to Donna (since 1978) and have one child, a daughter. Doug Wolff is delighted to announce the final tuition payment for his youngest child, Sally, who graduated with a BA in Photography in June. Oldest daughter Beth manages Arches Bookstore in Moab, UT, and climbs 600' sandstone pinnacles on weekends. Son Matt (27) is Facilities Manager at the Seattle Athletic Club. Wife Sue earned her BA from Antioch and MA Education Technology from Pepperdine, and now works on faculty and curriculum development at City Univ. Doug is still at Elliott Bay Design Group and is working on an MBA at night.
Bob Conachey reports that he survived the spring semester at University of Houston in pursuit of a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering. He is taking a summer course; 3 down and 9 to go. It has been a fun experience. It is interesting to note fellow classmates still struggle to understand the concepts even with computers and textbooks in color, just as we did.
Caroline Polaneczky-Macri: 6 kids, homeschooling from K to High School, never bored.
Todd Nass wrote: Almost 30 years with GE (in corporate real estate projects group). Always looking for people who have a boat on LI Sound and want to meet in Port Jeff, Huntington, Norwalk or Milford.
1983 Craig Pomeroy married Crystal (Szucs) in 1989, two daughters Erin (b. 1991) and Abbey (b. 1995).
1985 Robert Glover received his blue belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu this year.
Karl Pritchard: Emily just finished her first year at Siena College, Graham is taller than me, but Lauri doesn’t look any older... I wish I could same the same about me!
1988 & 1989 John Costello: Happily bouncing through life, the Costellos got a trampoline for their three sons Jack 6 , Riley 4 and Finn 1. Greg Matzat: Got a gun license and a Walther PPK. Dean & Christine Schleicher: We would like to introduce John Martin Schleicher, who arrived September 1, 2009 at 8:20 AM weighing 8 lbs 1 oz and measuring 20 inches. We are in the process of adjusting to life as a family of 5, and a new school year for Ryan and Amy, and all is well.
1986 Chris Berlew is currently the Principal Planner at Bath Iron Works. Wife Rebecca; three sons – Nick 17, Ben 15, Noah 11; one daughter, Shelby 7. Mary Niederman is living in Providence, RI still, and in the midst of her latest career change. She’ll start nursing school in September and is very excited.
1990 Scott Black is still working in propulsor design/analysis at NSWCCD (David Taylor). Dean Royal’s oldest son, Christopher, is a freshman at the University of Tennessee at
Knoxville; studying everything except for naval architecture.
1991 Judson Broome wrote: Kristina, Conner (11), Graham (8), Morgan (boy-6) and I are living in Hendersonville, TN, just outside of Nashville. Go figure! It’s a great place. People are super-friendly, warm weather nearly year-round, house on a big lake, etc. Currently at four boats and counting. Latest is an old jet boat with a big block. If anyone’s ever in the area please look me up! Chad Hawkins just stared a new job back in Mobile.
1992 Theresa Haven wrote: On June 12 we welcomed Joseph Anthony to our family. He had a bit of a rough start and gave us quite a scare on his birth day, but, thankfully, he recovered very quickly and is now a happy, healthy little guy, thriving in every way. Theresa is currently filling up her spare time consulting for ExxonMobil (West Africa projects) and Shell (Gulf of Mexico projects).
1993 Jake Newman: The Torstenson’s, Rising’s, Corvelli’s Hutchings’, Filling’s, and Newman’s met up for a beach day in NJ in August. Pouring rain washed it out but it was great to see everyone and their kids for a few hours.
1994 Brian Mulligan wrote: Our second daughter, Sofia Luz, was born on February 24th. Olivia loves having a little sister and all are doing well. Susan Stoutenberg-Salancy: Living in Waterford CT, working in Mystic, CT for JMS Naval Architects.
1995 Stu Greene: My wife, Heidi Landen-Greene (’96) and I live and work in Houston, TX with our son Milo and daughter Corinne. I completed my Masters of Industrial Engineering degree at Univ. of Houston in Spring, 2009.
1998 David Grant: All three girls (Cailin, Marlee & Emma) are in school this year. This means the youngest should be out of college when I’m 50! Ben Rosenthal is living in DC and working in Hawaii.
1999 Brad & Stefanie Campbell welcomed their second child, William Bradley, into the world on December 9, 2008.
2000 Scott Furr and his wife are expecting baby Furr number three in August!
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Karyn Cox: Rob and Karyn welcomed Aaron Robert Cox to the world on July 29, 2009. Our adorable son was 6 lb 8 oz, 19 1/2", and a big surprise at 5 weeks early. All are doing fantastic!
Brian Eisenhower wrote: Graduated magna cum laude from Roger Williams University School of Law in May 2009. Currently interested in employment opportunities in maritime law or related fields.
Kirstin Jarecki is currently living and working in Yantai China.
2003 Heather Halberg married Benjamin Barden on March 14th at 1:59 pm. Her new name is Heather Barden, and they’ve settled in McLean, VA.
2005 Vincent & Caitlin Jarecki (both ’05) welcomed a daughter, Alexa Ann, on November 16th 2008. Vince and I are both working at the Washington Navy Yard.
2007 Kathleen Cain: Back in Washington, DC after spending most of this year in Norfolk, VA and Bremerton, WA. Congratulations to Jon Leivo and Liz Mather. Jon and Liz became engaged at the Washington Monument on March 13, 2009. Nathan Pratt is now at MIT under Prof. Henry Marcus, MS Transportation, expected graduation June 2010. Summer 2009 internship will be at Canada Steamship Lines international in Beverly, MA.
Lea Sosa wrote: Congrats to the newlyweds! Marten and Lindsey Lindgren (’08), Vince (’08) and Sarah (’08) Wickenheiser, and Paul (’08) and Lauren Schweizer. Also, congrats to Dave Sawyer (’08) and Rachel Drollinger (’09) on their engagement!
2009 Rachel Drollinger: I have been working at my new job at CSC for just over a month. I have just moved into a house in Bowie, MD and will be living with Rorie Zuzick ’09 and Luke Soletic ’08. Robin (Wombi) Rose wrote: I love Webb! I’m going to MIT for a Master’s Degree (Fall 2009) – Computation for Design and Optimization.
The Webb community is sad to report the May 8th passing of Joyce P. Bethge. Born in Port Washington (LI) on December 17, 1932, Joyce was raised there with her older sister. She married Victor “Pete” Bethge in 1953 shortly after he graduated from Webb. The couple eventually settled in Glen Head (LI) and became long-time members of the Sea Cliff Yacht Club. Webb has recognized her many years of dedication and volunteer work with the school and alumni association. She was predeceased by her eldest son, Jamie, and is survived by daughters, Melissa Shepstone (Steve ’77), Penny Zahn (Peter ’80) and son, Robert. She also leaves grandsons, Matthew (’05), Mark and Nicholas Zahn. Webb will certainly miss this loving and caring lady.
Joyce P. Bethge 1932-2009 As you may already know, we all lost a dear lady, Joyce Bethge, this spring. We wish to pay tribute to her by installing a memorial on the Webb campus that would remind visitors of how special she as for many years at Webb. Living nearby, she and Pete Bethge, Class of ’53, spent considerable time providing support for Webb and its students. She was even voted in as an “Honorary Alumna” of Webb.
Providing an appropriate and permanent memorial will, of course, takes money. Many have already contributed including the Class of ’53 but since this recognizes the broad support Joyce gave to all of Webb, the entire Webb family is invited to take part by making individual donations. The memorial visualized is a bronze sculpture of the heads of two seamen standing watch in heavy weather and
mounted in conjunction with pilings and a portion of a bulkhead. The plan is to locate the memorial on the Webb campus alongside the path that leads to the waterfront. The sculpture has now been acquired. It was created by the well-known sculptress and artist, Peggy Mach. This appeal for contributions is extended to all those who consider themselves friends of Webb, as well as close friends of Joyce.
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