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Webb News Webb Institute Magazine

Introducing the class of 2018 Webb’s largest class of 28 students!

An exciting year of thesis topics

Topics range from the design of trans-Atlantic autonomous sailboats to retrofitting TAPS trade tankers



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in this issue

Fall-winter 2014-15 | Vol.26 | Issue 2


From the President


Payscale - Why We Should Be There


Class of 2015 - Theses


Family Weekend


The Dean’s Corner


Introducing: The Class of 2018


Newest Members of Webb


Honored in Houston - Arthur A. Burr ‘54


Seniors at SNAME


Dates of Interest


Zeien Lecture: Marcus Robinson


S.O. President Message


Campus News Beach Wall Replacement Student Garden So You Think You Can Swim? Rocky Horror Picture Show Community Service Thank-A-Thon Fall Open House Creative Writing Elective Webb Sports

Graphic Design & Layout:


Alumni Spotlight: Thomas W. Gillette ‘52


Webbies Helping Webbies

Richard C. Harris Assistant Dean & Director of Humanities


In Memoriam

Josie Wilson (Hon.) Registrar & Assistant to the Dean & Faculty


Alumni News - Class Notes

Editorial Contributors:


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Photo credit: Andrew Newitt

CONTRIBUTORS R. Keith Michel ‘73 President George Campbell Jr. chairman of the board


Richard P. Neilson ‘70 Dean & professor of naval architecture Kerri Allegretta Director of media relations & communications

Supervising Editor:

Gailmarie Sujecki (Hon.) executive assistant to the president & Director of alumni relations



Mission Statement

To prepare graduates for prominent careers by: Providing a rigorous education in the principles of engineering and a broad-based knowledge of the fundamentals of naval architecture and marine engineering. Developing skills that will enable graduates to become leaders in and make significant contributions to their chosen profession, and to the social environment in which it functions. Instilling in our graduates the highest ethical standards and sense of professionalism; cultivating curiosity in the arts, sciences, and humanities, and providing the background and encouragement necessary to support life-long learning. Perpetuating the legacy of William H. Webb 2

Kerri Allegretta Katie Becker Nolan Conway ‘15 Satchel Douglas ‘15 John Ferrante Matthew Gianforcaro ‘15 Gokce Gomec ‘18 Richard C. Harris Katri Heitman ‘18

Photo Contributors: Kerri Allegretta TJ Brackin ‘16 Jennifer E. Lorenc ‘16 Andrew Newitt

Jennifer Kollmer ‘91 R. Keith Michel ‘73 Bill Murray Richard P. Neilson ‘70 Gailmarie Sujecki (Hon.) Barr Turner ‘17 Andrew Vogeler ‘18 Matthew Weklar ‘15 Josie Wilson (Hon.) Kelly O’Brien ‘16 Anthony Pizziatolla Gailmarie Sujecki (Hon.)

Webb News is published semi-annually in the summer and the winter by: Webb Institute, 298 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove, NY 11542-1398 www.webb.edu

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From the President I now face the biannual challenge of writing the president’s message for Webb News: How to squeeze six months of news into 400 words. After further reflecting on this daunting task, I have decided to take a different tact and discuss in more detail an item of interest to our alums and friends of Webb. This issue’s article focuses on admissions and enrollment at Webb. We currently have 89 students. Typically, three University of Southampton students join us each year while three of our students spend the fall semester in Europe. This year, we also have an exchange student from Brazil. These exchange students have proven to be academically qualified to take on the rigors of the curriculum. They are always well received by their fellow students and are enthusiastic contributors to student life at Webb. This year’s freshman class of 28 is of record size. Why 28? In part, because this represents maximum capacity, principally limited by the physical constraints of the freshman classroom. Further constraints relate to limits on available dormitory space and the faculty’s sense that 28 may be an upper limit for maintaining the individualized instruction and one-on-one mentoring we pride ourselves on. Webb is consistently ranked among the top colleges in the nation with regard to faculty accessibility. One of the reasons I felt compelled to incrementally increase class size is a sense of responsibility to those we serve. Webb offers an incredible opportunity for prospective freshmen in financial need–an education second to none backed by a 100% full-tuition scholarship. An engineering education does not come cheaply. Notwithstanding our diligent efforts to control costs, total expenditures come to about $80,000 per student per year. This figure is competitive with and generally below that of our peers. Our students pay about $15,000 per year for room and board. Thus, the cost of a student’s education at Webb is roughly $260,000 over four years. When we enroll fewer students than desired or have students disenroll prior to graduation, there is a significant lost opportunity. The first graduating class under my tenure had only 15 graduates. Part of the reason is that they began their freshman year with only 19. This year, we established a commitment to enroll 26 to 28 students and developed an admissions approach around that objective. Of course, along with initial class size, attrition is the other factor that impacts the number of graduates. Our graduation rate typically ranges between 75% and 80%. How do we lose students? Some fail out, generally those that were not properly prepared in their high schools and those that are unable to adopt the time-management skills necessary to navigate the many demands of Webb academic and student life. Some move elsewhere, deciding Webb is not the place for them. We have focused our admissions efforts on identifying the men and women with the attributes to succeed at Webb. This year’s freshmen have excellent academic credentials with average SAT scores of 700 verbal and 750 math. Significant

R. Keith Michel ‘73 President effort was expended to insure they are well prepared and a good fit. This was achieved through careful review of their applications (assessing grades, extracurricular accomplishments and interests, and reference letters), the interview process, and requirements that prospective freshmen spend a night at Webb and attend classes. In keeping with our long-standing tradition at Webb, the president interviews each prospective freshman. This past year, about one-third of the prospective students were also interviewed by a faculty member. It was the strong sense of the Admissions Committee that the second interview enhanced the admissions process. For the class arriving in the fall of 2015, each prospective freshman will be interviewed by a faculty member. These interviews are our chance to probe into a student’s interest in engineering in general and predisposition towards objects that float, personality, work ethic, and likes and dislikes. We let the interviewees know that coming to Webb is not just a four-year commitment but a lifetime commitment. They learn that we are a family and that giving back is part of our culture. For 2015, we are requiring each prospective freshman to write an essay during his or her interview visit and, on a selected basis, some prospective freshmen will be asked to take a math test. We have found that SAT scores are not necessarily a good indicator of a student’s proficiency in the relevant subject matter. An invaluable part of the admissions process is the overnight stay. Students that attend Webb must be prepared to integrate into the Webb community and work hard from the very first day they step through the doors of Stevenson Taylor Hall. Each prospective freshman dorms with one of our students, attends classes, participates in sporting or other extracurricular events, and observes the hosts as he or she studies and interacts in day-to-day living. It’s an eye-opening experience that helps these high school students understand what they are getting into. Our freshmen brief the Admissions Committee on their experiences with the prospective freshmen. We highly value their input. continued on next page

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The foundation for a good freshman class is the quality of the admissions pool. We are looking carefully at the approach we take, recognizing that we need to maximize return on our investments, both in terms of capital and human resources. The role played by alumni is absolutely critical to success. Many of the prospective freshmen hear about Webb from word of mouth, and the contact is invariably an alum. Our own students are heavily involved in the recruitment process. They write blogs and post stories on social media. They attend FIRST Robotics conferences and visit their high schools to preach the story of Webb. We have found that the Internet is now the foremost way students learn about Webb. We work at making sure the search engines give Webb the prominence we deserve, and we are in the early stages of redesigning our website with an emphasis on student recruitment. I am proud of the work of the Admissions Committee, consisting of Dean Rick Neilson, Asst. Dean Richard Harris, Prof. Elena Goloubeva, Prof. George Williams, as well as Bill Murray and Lauri D’Ambra of our Admissions and Student Services Department. Recognizing the increasing number of faculty interviews, Prof. Matt Werner has been added to the committee. Conducting the interviews is a wonderful part of my job. Next year’s freshmen promise to be as talented and interesting as this year’s class! Alas, I have failed miserably in keeping my comments to 400 words. I hope you find this discussion interesting and welcome any ideas and comments you may offer. If you have a topic you would like discussed in the next issue of Webb News, please let me know.


Chris Johnson ‘18 and Nicholas Husser ‘18 during the Freshman Boat Competition Sea Trials

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There is a new resource in the college rankings game. Why Webb alumni need to know about it.

By Bill Murray Director of Enrollment Management

To say I was delighted to receive a phone call this summer from Money magazine’s Kim Clark, informing me that Webb was up at the top of her list of “Best Colleges For Your Money” story due out in the August issue, would be a bit of an understatement. Each summer writers from U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, Kiplinger, Barrons, Bloomberg, and Money are tasked with wading through IPEDS, the federal database of college statistics, to come up with their list of the best colleges in the country. Each magazine is looking to find different values in the data to differentiate themselves from their competitors and sell magazines or pull people to their website. U.S. News is probably the most well-known of this group and also, from our perspective, the worst of the bunch—requiring us to fill out questionnaires then ignoring most of the answers because they don’t rank engineering colleges—thereby, leaving Webb out of all of their rankings. The truth is, though, that they’ve all failed miserably in putting together their lists by ignoring colleges that provide full-tuition scholarships as a matter of mission. These days if you are not giving out your tuition scholarship specifically as a matter of need-based financial aid, you are ignored. A reader will be hard pressed to find the U.S. military academies, Webb, Berea College, Curtis Institute of Music, all full-tuition scholarship colleges on any list. We are all considered “specialized” institutions, and we don’t sell magazines. Ms. Clark chose a different methodology, and Webb played prominently in the results. Ms. Clark called me to do some fact checking. What she had read about Webb impressed her, and she wanted to make sure we weren’t too good to be true. However, during the conversation she mentioned that in her research on the careers and salaries of our graduates she had utilized the information on the website, Payscale, and wanted me to know that there were very few data points on Webb graduates available on the site. The fault it seems is not in the raw numbers of Webb graduates vs. those of a college like Ohio State but in the few numbers of Webb graduates who know this website exists. This online resource

where anyone can anonymously report information about his or her company, title, and salary joins other websites like Glassdoor as the new, “real-time” resource for salaries and careers. The government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website, while valuable, is now considered dated information because it is a year old or more. In August when Forbes magazine came out with their rankings, they also mentioned the data they used from Payscale. How did other college graduates hear about Payscale? I’ve heard from some Webb alumni who went on to MBA programs that these types of websites are talked about in those programs. Graduates are encouraged to become data resources to these sites after they graduate, and why not? Most college alumni offices or placement offices don’t routinely survey their alumni about their job titles and salary, so most of the information they do have is as old as that of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and can be spun by those offices to put the college in the best light. (We sent Ms. Clark the Webb 2013 Alumni Salary survey but her response was that, while it was useful, it came from us and would not be used as a data resource for the article.) In speaking with colleagues at other undergraduate colleges here on Long Island, I’ve found they don’t believe their schools do any type of promotion of these websites either to current students or alumni. That’s the good news. This wasn’t a party Webb alumni weren’t invited to; it is a relatively new online resource that is now gaining popularity by word of mouth, and we merely have fewer mouths to spread the word than the aforementioned Ohio State. With the current college ranking trends relying more on measuring the value of a program by the careers and incomes of graduates, these sites will play prominently in these magazines’ college rankings for years to come. Webb alumni may want to take note and consider putting their information anonymously on these sites as a way of promoting the value of their Webb degree and the variety of careers afforded a Webb graduate. As Ms. Clark’s research indicates, the world will take note.

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Class of 2015: Thesis Topics Announced

By: The Class of 2015, compiled by Nolan Conway ‘15

There are a lot of interesting topics covered the year, ranging from the design of trans-Atlantic autonomous sailboats to retrofitting TAPS trade tankers. This June, please visit the “Webb Institute” Vimeo channel to watch the Class of 2015 present these projects. Class of 2015 students installing the cylinder cover on a low-speed diesel engine at Kings Point, N.Y.

An Economic and Environmental Comparison of Diesel and Natural Gas Fueling for Tugs Alexandra Pitti

This thesis will focus on the economic and environmental feasibility of marine diesel oil, compressed natural gas, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling methods in tug boats. Natural gas fueling, especially through LNG, is becoming prevalent in the maritime industry. Environmental and economic benefits have been enjoyed by vessels that utilize this fuel, so it would be both interesting and practical to determine whether the advantages of natural gas as fuel could be more attractive than the continued use of diesel fuel. The impact of these findings will have significance in the design and build choices for tugs in the current market.

Common Shipboard Material Testing at Various Temperatures Cody Owen and Mike Chen

The objective of this thesis is to strength test common shipboard materials and comparatively analyze the stress strain diagrams for each material. The strength testing will be performed in tension. The types of materials to be tested include steel, aluminum, brass, and composites within a temperature range of -100°C to 300°C.

The Effect of a Hydrofoil on Catamaran Seakeeping Performance Alex Hanford

This thesis will attempt to prove that a significant reduction of the wave-induced pitch and heave motions in a semi-elliptical catamaran is possible through the introduction of a hydrofoil. A symmetrical hydrofoil will be placed between the two hulls and will then be tested in seakeeping conditions in order to study the overall effect of the foil on vessel motions and resistance.


Retrofitting TAPS Trade Tankers: A Design and Feasibility Study of Various Emissions Reduction Technologies Clarence O’Connor and Christopher Licato

This thesis proposes to conduct a design and feasibility study of retrofitting TAPS (Trans Alaskian Pipeline Service) trade tankers, which operate frequently in the North American ECA (Environmental Control Areas), to use various emission reduction strategies. Specifically, we will conduct a cost comparison of burning marine gas oil (MGO), retrofitting to use stack scrubbers, and retrofitting to burn liquefied natural gas (LNG) in response to future restrictions on emissions in ECAs. We will explore the technical issues associated with each system and perform a preliminary retrofit design for each option.

Classification Societies and Their Role in the Marine Industry; An In-Depth Review of the CSR Software Matthew Gianforcaro

This thesis deals with researching the roles of classification societies within the marine industry. Serving as such an integral part of the industry, class societies deserve the proper amount of education regarding their purposes. Research topics include early developments of class, the differences between class and statutory surveying, and how they deal with issues of class. The bulk of this thesis will involve reviewing the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Lloyd’s Register (LR) Common Structural Rule (CSR) software. The software is utilized by engineers throughout the industry as a check for structural designs for Bulk Carriers and Double-Hull Oil Tankers. The thesis will investigate the impact of the CSR using the ABS/LR software on the scantlings of today’s vessels versus the class societies’ rules prior to the implementation of the CSR.

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Mooring Lines Analysis: Development of a Mathematical Tool to Calculate Static Stresses in Mooring Lines for Berthed Ships Leonardo F. A. Tinoco This thesis intends to develop a software program in MATLAB to calculate static stresses in mooring lines for docked ships. Calculating the stresses present in a ship’s mooring lines systems is extremely important in defining the most appropriate way to berth a ship, to size lines and fenders, or even to project a berth. The mathematical tool will use several simplifying considerations in order to make the mooring analysis faster and simpler, without losing accuracy for the case of any particularly berthed ship. Analysis of Gas Fuel for an Electronically-Timed Medium-Speed Diesel Engine Evan Wingfield and Andy Thompson

The objective of this thesis is to convert the Series 60 engine to operate using natural gas with a pilot injection of diesel fuel. We will conduct baseline tests of the unmodified engine using diesel fuel and compare the results with those from the modified engine using natural gas. We will attempt to optimize engine power and minimize emissions by varying the diesel injection profiles and the percentage of natural gas used.

Design, Building, and Testing of a Trans-Atlantic Autonomous Sailboat Satchel Douglas, Nolan Conway, and Matt Weklar

A two-meter autonomous sailboat will be designed and built to cross the Atlantic Ocean without any human inputs. Sensors including wind, compass, speed, heading, and GPS will feed data into a microcontroller board that will make course decisions. The vessel must overcome challenges including obstacles, open ocean waves, power consumption, and durability. If successful, this will be the first autonomous sailing vessel to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

Design of Bulbous Bows for Motion Reduction on Offshore Support Vessels Ben Rockwell and Erin McElroy A design-build-test thesis investigating bulbous bow forms optimized to reduce heave and pitch motions of an offshore support vessel in a seaway. A tow-tank model will be constructed with a standard bulb for baseline testing and three experimental bulbs that can be interchanged in place of the existing forefoot. The various forms will be analyzed through numerical analysis in addition to calm-water resistance and seakeeping tests in the Robinson Model Basin. An Analysis of Stiffened Aluminum Panels Under Tension Stefan Kuczera and Zachary Gilfus This thesis will test longitudinally and transversely stiffened aluminum panels under tension. The results of testing will be compared with computerized finite element analysis (FEA) data. The objective is to examine the influence of the heat affected zone on the overall strength of the panel.

Condition Monitoring: A Big Data Approach Wesley Yland and Gabe Poritz

This thesis adopts a big-data approach to reduce operating costs for Stolt Tankers B.V. The thesis uses four categories of analysis, focused solely on pumps, in the 85-vessel fleet. The first two categories include gap analyses aimed at optimizing maintenance schedules and spare parts purchasing with respect to known failure modes. The third category includes a case study. This case study will be used to develop protocols and procedures for the collection of condition monitoring data in a fleet-wide, standardized, analysis-friendly way. The final category, aimed specifically at fuel consumption, examines pumps in each vessel class in order to determine the best candidates for variable-frequency drives.

Pleasure Boat Stability: Simple Test Procedure Dan Turoff

The purpose of this thesis is to increase the level of safety in pleasure boating. Furthermore, an effort will be made to determine the necessary metacentric height (GM) of particular pleasure craft hull type. Currently, there is no standard for stability in personal pleasure craft. An inclining experiment will be performed on several pleasure boats. Data gathered from this test, along with published stability theory, will aid in the formulation of a simplified, at-home-style test procedure.

Calm Water Tests on an Independently Stable Trimaran Hullform Tyler Totten As naval budgets shrink, the Navy’s tasks continue to grow and add complexity to continuing missions. New technologies must be integrated and tested for a shrinking fleet to remain relevant in the 21st century. The Navy needs a new surface combatant paradigm to be able to adapt to new missions. This thesis investigates the calm-water resistance effects of an independently-stable trimaran hull configuration. Testing will focus on side-hull positioning for this unique configuration to determine whether the same trends in optimized trimaran hulls apply for nonoptimized hulls. The magnitude of resistance changes will also be investigated.

Stefan Kuczera ‘15 in the senior classroom

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Top Left: Competition in action Middle Left: Pres. Michel’s dog, Boss, taking part in the festivities Background: Students pose for a shot before the races


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Family Weekend Another Successful Year by Katie Becker

Assistant Director of Student Services and Admissions

Family weekend went off without a hitch this year. Starting on Friday, September 19th with an ice cream social and ending Sunday with the Freshman Boat Race, there was not a single dull moment. Friday night was the unofficial start of the weekend with an ice cream social. It was a great opportunity for the families to mingle and for the students to catch up with their loved ones about their first month of school. Saturday began early with parents and students listening to lectures from the Dean and President about life at Webb, followed by a wonderful WooFS performance, and a barbecue lunch outside in the courtyard. At 2 PM our very own soccer team had its annual game against Cooper Union. In the end we lost the game 4-3 but we did not

go down without a fight. With each family member ringing a cowbell, the team’s spirit was up! Three goals scored by Ryan Chozick ‘18, Ilya Mouravieff ‘16, and Gabe Poritz ‘15 left the team feeling confident for a successful season. Sunday’s list of events was short but the entertainment level was high. The Freshman Boat Competition began promptly at 10:30 AM. Seven groups of four freshmen were assigned earlier in the semester to design a sailing vessel for their Introduction to Naval Architecture class. Families gathered at the Yacht Club to watch the race. It was obvious the freshmen were serious about the race but did not lack creativity and humor when designing. One boat was painted like a shark, while another was designed like a pirate ship. In the end there was a declared winner, but they all crossed the finish line and not a single boat sank.

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The dean’s corner This is my penultimate column for the Webb News since I will be retiring at the end of this academic year. Denise and I bought a house on the Northern Neck of Virginia where the crab pots and fishing rods are waiting. While we will miss all the excitement of the Webb campus, we look forward to a new adventure. We have set another modern record for the number of freshmen admitted with the 28 members of the Class of 2018, 2 women and 26 men, including one from Turkey. The classroom is crowded but we are managing. I don’t look forward to grading 28 sets of freshmen lines plans and have attempted to subcontract part of the load to Dean Emeritus Compton, but ever since I first suggested this, his telephone must have gone out of order because no one answers when I call. Strange. The annual Freshman Epic Competition on Family Weekend went well with this year’s challenge being the construction of a sailboat. Even though the winds were slight, one boat was not only able to sail, but actually sail upwind. The teams can be congratulated on their innovative approach to the design problem and their decorative touches if not the final result. We have 89 students on campus this semester, including one visiting student finishing his year here under the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP). Leo Tinoco, who has been with us since the beginning of the spring 2014 semester, leaves in December. We hit the jackpot with Leo as our first student under the BSMP. His academic preparation at the

Richard Neilson ‘70 Dean University of São Paulo is excellent and his personality open and friendly. We can only hope to have additional students from this program just like him. Leo was required to perform an internship between his two academic semesters and since he had not had the same opportunity as Webb students for more hands-on experience, he requested we help find something that would allow him to work with the shipbuilding process. ABS came through with a position in the Philadelphia Survey Office, and Leo spent the summer with experienced surveyors inspecting the construction of product tankers at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. It was a great experience for him. We also have three sophomores attending the University of Southampton this fall. As far as the students are concerned, making the crossing on the Queen Mary 2 has now been institutionalized. While I’m not sure that is the case, with the help of Dr. Stephen Payne we were once again able to arrange passage for them. We heard of their adventures regularly for the first month or so of their trip, but as happens when the children leave home, communications have been a bit sparse as they become more involved in activities in England. I’m sure they will return safe and sound. The juniors have selected three courses for their elective this semester. Professor and Assistant Dean Richard Harris is teaching Creative Writing, and it has gone very well. Once again Ms. Carol Bentel is teaching Modern Architecture, and Dr. Bob Brier is teaching Egyptology. The latter two courses have become regular choices of the students, and we welcome not only the vast knowledge of Ms. Bentel and Dr. Brier, but the practical viewpoint they bring to the classroom.

On their way to Southampton, Tim Siepmann ‘17 and Marshall Fettig ‘17 playing shuffleboard abroad the Queen Mary 2 10

The twenty seniors and our BSMP student have selected thirteen different thesis topics this year. They cover a broad range and are making good use of some of the new laboratory facilities. We are very grateful to those supporting these

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projects with material, funding, and mentorship. With the help of Kerri Allegretta, Director of Media Relations and Communications, the seniors created a brochure summarizing their thesis topics. The contents of the brochure are on pages 6 and 7 of this publication. It was available at the Annual SNAME meetings, and the Admissions Department provides it to those prospective students who come to tour Webb. We are running low but plan on printing more and having them available at Homecoming in the spring. This should become an annual publication.

“The twenty seniors and our BSMP student have selected thirteen different thesis topics this year. They cover a broad range and are making good use of some of the new laboratory facilities.”

As of this writing, the juniors and seniors have been very successful in their search for work term positions. Similarly, we have more than enough spots for our freshmen in the shipyards, and we are very grateful for the response from the industry for all of the help we receive. The freshmen will be disbursed from Wisconsin to Louisiana and from Maine to California. Finding ships for the sophomores has become more of a challenge, but several of our “old reliable” lines continue to support Webb, and I’m sure we will find spots for all of the students. And while not an academic matter, I have to mention that WE WON A SOCCER GAME THIS YEAR! An NCAA investigation of our recruiting practices is certain and sanctions in the form of a reduced number of athletic scholarships are sure to follow. Keep warm over the winter, and I hope to see you at Homecoming.

The soccer team takes a victory lap with the Webb flag after winning the game against Vaughn College, 5-4

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Introducing: the Class of 2018

Freshman Spotlight: Andrew D. Vogeler ‘18

I grew up on a small river in northern Illinois. My father has always had recreational watercraft and, subsequently, I spent most of my childhood on the water. When I was 12 years old, I bought my first boat with the money I had made mowing lawns. It was a 1956 Milo Craft Valkyrie, a 15-foot cold-moldedplywood hull boat built in Chicago. I was taught to restore it by a family friend and working on boats instantly became my favorite thing to do. In April of 2010, I started working at Fox River Valley Boat Company in McHenry, IL. At that shop I furthered my knowledge of antique and classic wooden boat restoration. I worked planking, varnishing, and repairing both new and old wooden powerboats. I spent four and a half years working for that company while also attending high school and my local community college. Originally my plans in life were to obtain an associate’s degree in business management and open my own marina on the local waterway. After I realized it was not a practical plan, I started seeking other degrees in the industry. When I found Webb Institute in the college listings, I thought it was a dream. Webb was everything I could hope to find in a school. It had small-focused classes, a very high job placement rating, and on top of all that, Webb provided a full-tuition scholarship to every student that was accepted.

Freshman Spotlight: Gökçe Gömeç ‘18

I was 8 years old when my parents took me to the sailing club in Istanbul. My passion for the sea and sailing started that day. My answer to the generic question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” became “a boat designer.” Of course, I did not know the profession “naval architecture” then. Through the years of sailing and studying, it became obvious to me that I would choose naval architecture as a degree in college; so, I decided to get to know this industry better. I had three internships in Tuzla, Istanbul, the main shipyard district in Turkey. Three companies that I had interned with were Celiktrans Shipyard that built a 90 m fishing vessel for a Norwegian family, CSC Composite, that built Bolt 37s (a composite performance sail yacht), and Yonca-Onuk Shipyard that built patrol vessels for the coast guard. During my college research, I came up with only half-a-dozen colleges that offer naval architecture as a major. Webb seemed very far away from a real college, and I had concerns about spending the next four years in such a small society; however, visiting the campus and experiencing the Webb culture (including joining Webbies in cleaning the Mausoleum of William H. Webb) as a prospective freshman showed me living with people that share my enthusiasm towards this profession is what will make me stand out in the industry as a graduate of Webb Institute.

Webb Institute is an amazing place, and I am so thankful to have been accepted into the family. I know there will be many challenging nights of studying ahead, but in the end it will all be worth it!

Gökçe, with his team, balancing their boat for the Freshman Boat Competition 12

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Please The Newest Members of Welcome: the Webb Community

Rhonda Lightcap is a CPA with both management and hands-on experience, and a history of leveraging technology to improve efficiency and timeliness of reporting to provide management of information needed to make informed decisions. In previous positions, she has reviewed the effectiveness of procedures in place and when necessary, adapted them to fit the needs of an organization in order to ensure reliability, conformity with GAAP, and compliance with the requirements of regulatory agencies. Rhonda Lightcap joins Webb after working for the Reformed Church in America for fourteen years, first as Assistant Controller of Systems and Operations and then as the Financial Administrator. Prior to her time at the Reformed Church in America, Rhonda served for six years as the Senior Auditor at Lambrides, Lamos, Moulthrop & Co. Rhonda earned her BA in Accounting at Dowling College. Greg Monfiletto has an extensive background in fundraising, annual giving, and event management. Greg joins Webb after working as a Project Manager at Maxim Networx INC, where he was responsible for the overall

direction, coordination, implementation, execution, and completion of specific projects ensuring consistency with company strategy, commitments, and goals, while fulfilling client expectations.

Prior to his time at Maxim Networx INC, Greg served as the Director of Annual Giving at Hofstra Law School where he had the opportunity to take the Annual Fund to new heights, while creating a “Recent Alumni Committee” and assisting with the planning of events, the Alumni Board, and conducting a large portion of prospect research. Greg also worked at Stony Brook University for eight years, first, as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving/ Director of the Telefund Program, then as the Assistant Director of External Services for the Department of Athletics. In his spare time, Greg coaches soccer and baseball and chases after his three young boys. He earned his BA in Political Science and MA in Human Resource Management from Stony Brook University. When he wasn’t studying, he played wide receiver for Stony Brook’s football team, the Seawolves.

Rhonda Lightcap Director of Finance

Greg Monfiletto

Assistant Director of Annual Fund, Stewardship, and Research

Foss is a full service maritime company focused on solving our customers’ toughest marine transportation and logistical challenges – close to home and in some of the harshest environments in the world. Foss has a company-wide commitment to safety and environmental stewardship, and a long history of technological innovation. Our mission: to provide marine services without equal. www.foss.com

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Arthur A. Burr ‘54 Honored in Houston

By Jennifer Kollmer ‘91 The Webb Alumni Association was pleased to host just under 100 alumni, family, and friends at the Alumni Banquet held at the Hyatt Regency in Houston, Texas on Friday, October 24th. This year’s recipient of the William Selkirk Owen Award was Arthur Burr ‘54, who attended the banquet with his wife, Marilyn. His classmates Paul Hayes, Tom Manuel, and Joe Signorelli and their wives joined them for this honor. Joe Signorelli presented introductory remarks about Art, who then took to the podium to accept the award. The following is a reprint from the event’s program: The Webb Alumni Association is pleased to present the forty-ninth William Selkirk Owen Award to Arthur A. Burr. After graduation, Mr. Burr moved to Washington to work for Admiral Rickover. A few months later, after receiving his commission as a Navy Ensign, he married the lovely Marilyn, and they are still married 60 years later. He worked under the Admiral for eight years, supervising the design of the nuclear reactor components and refueling equipment for our nuclear navy.

Upper left: Marilyn Burr and Art Burr ‘54. Middle: Keith Michel ‘73, Marilyn Burr, Art Burr ‘54, and Jennifer Kollmer ‘91. Bottom: Members of the Class of ‘54 and wives. 14

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In 1962, his love of boats led him to transfer to the Bureau of Ships, Small Boat Division where he worked with his classmate Ken Spaulding, in designing and supervising construction of the Navy’s fleet of fiberglass boats. In 1963, fourteen months after their daughter was born, he and Marilyn started Burr Yacht Sales in their backyard, selling the Formula 233. In 1965, they made the scary plunge from a secure government job to selfemployment in the marine business. In 1969, they became the Chesapeake Bay dealer for Bertram, a manufacturer of high end sport fishing boats. That relationship lasted for 29 years, and he served on the Bertram dealer council executive committee and was awarded Bertram Service Dealer of the Year on two occasions. In 1991, they became the East Coast distributer for Fleming Yachts, a Taiwanese manufacturer of world class longrange cruising yachts. He had purchased a marina property in Edgewater, Maryland, in 1974 where he and Marilyn lived until

1993, when they moved to their current residence on the St. Lucie River in Stuart, Florida. In 2008, he retired and transferred the business to its key employees. By then the business had annual sales approaching $30 million. The Arthur & Marilyn Burr Junior Classroom, made possible by their generous donation, given in memory of departed classmates John Franklin and John Dalzell, Class of 1954, was dedicated on May 20, 2006. In addition, The Benjamin C. Keeler Reading Room “named in recognition of his brilliance and unique teaching style” was dedicated on May 19, 2007 as a result of a generous gift from Arthur & Marilyn Burr. The Webb Alumni Association gratefully applauds Mr. Burr’s outstanding achievement and service to his profession and his Alma Mater.


Senior Class goes to Houston for SNAME Maritime Convention By Nolan Conway ‘15 In what has become an annual tradition and integral part of the Webb curriculum, the senior class made a trip to this year’s SNAME annual convention. This year’s convention took place in Houston Texas. All twenty seniors, our one Brazilian exchange student, and two underclassmen attended this event.

to support our attendance and to the TK Foundation for supporting the trip.

Our group arrived by plane Wednesday morning, and we were thrown immediately into the student design competition. Each team was made up of students from several universities. Each team built a small sailboat that was tested for speed and stability in an inflatable swimming pool. Teams with Webb students placed 1st and 3rd overall in the competition. Throughout the week our group enjoyed several lectures, networking with industry contacts, and meeting alumni. We also enjoyed meeting other student groups who we may someday work alongside. One highlight was Friday night’s Alumni Banquet. Our class is very appreciative of those alumni who donated

Daniel Turoff ‘15 at the student design competition

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Webb 125th Anniversary Book Available Online! The new book, Webb Institute: 125 Years of Excellence, is now available at the school store, http://shop.webb.edu/. Numbered, personalized bookplates are available for an additional $25 donation.

Also Available:

A Centennial History of Webb Institute of Naval Architecture

William H. Webb: Shipbuilder

Dates of Interest: Winter Work Period: January 2, 2015 through February 28, 2015

Spring Semester Classes Begin March 2, 2015 Spring Recess April 20-24, 2015 Founder’s Day May 1, 2015 Juniors Attend OTC May 4-7, 2015 Alumni Homecoming May 16, 2015 Webbstock June 6, 2015 Finals June 19-23, 2015 Commencement June 20, 2015


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The Alfred M. Zeien Lecture Series Presents:

Marcus Robinson, Award-winning filmmaker On December 1, 2014, Mr. Marcus Robinson presented the sixteenth program in the Alfred M. Zeien Lecture Series at Webb Institute. The award-winning filmmaker offered a special showing of his highly acclaimed documentary film, “Rebuilding the World Trade Center.” The film, the result of twelve years work and over 2000 hours of filming from the original vision to the finished product, focused on the workers who constructed the new 1776-foot Freedom Tower and the other buildings that make up the new World Trade Center site. Mr. Robinson’s film has been called “a celebration of the human spirit and its enduring capacity to triumph over adversity.” The showing of the film was followed by a lively question-and-answer period. The audience was impressed with the film and delighted to meet and talk with Mr. Robinson and his wife Lucie. For more information about Mr. Robinson, visit his website at: www.marcusrobinsonart.com This program is made possible through the generosity of Dr. Alfred Zeien, Webb class of 1952.

Mr. Robinson’s film has been called “a celebration of the human spirit and its enduring capacity to triumph over adversity.”

Marcus Robinson with his wife, and President Keith Michel ‘73 at the dinner reception

Tyler Gray-Hoehn ‘18, William G. Murray, Barr Turner ‘17, and T.J. Brackin ‘16 at the dinner reception Webb News - Winter 2014-15


The State of the Webb Student Organization

Matthew Weklar ‘15

Student Organization President The fall semester has passed in a blur and with over a quarter of the year gone by, everyone is feeling the crunch before a long awaited Thanksgiving break. It seems like just yesterday the freshmen were pulling up to Stevenson Taylor Hall for the first time to move in. In the blink of an eye they have finished their freshmen boats and are already hunched over their freshmen lines project for Dean Neilson in NA I. The Class of 2018 has become fully integrated into the Webb family. Even while staying hard at work academically, they have become passionately involved in Webb extracurriculars. The soccer team had an epic season, finishing up with one win. The sailing team has been at the top of their game, finishing near the top of the fleet in many regattas this fall. Beyond athletics the student body has kept busy with Trivial Pursuit nights, Fencing Clubs, and cooking get-togethers in the Student Kitchen.

As well as all the fun, Webbies have also devoted their time to giving back to the community. Through the leadership committee, headed by Barr Turner and Brian Mills, everything from forest clean-ups to food drives have been undertaken by Webbies. Many more projects are in the works after the food drive collected over 750 lbs of canned goods. So far it has been an excellent semester, and I couldn’t be prouder of the accomplishments of the students so far. It never ceases to amaze me that even with all the containership design, thermodynamics and math homework, and programming projects, Webbies still continue to come together as a family. I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with next!

“The soccer team had an epic season, finishing off with one win”

New merchandise now available at the Student Store! Bree Louie ‘17, the student representative for the Student Store along with Katie Becker, the Assistant Director of Student Services and Admissions, have been hard at work keeping the Student Store fresh by adding new merchandise. Please visit the student store to check out our newest items! These items include fold-able sunglasses, thumb drives, hats, t-shirts, and sweatpants. Featured items here: navy embroidered baseball hat, Women of Webb t-shirt, and Webb Institute: 125 Years of Excellence book. http://shop.webb.edu/


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Campus News Beach Wall Replacement John Ferrante

Director of Facilities With the removal of 30 trees running along Webb’s retaining wall abutting Crescent Beach parking lot in July, the wall replacement process started. The old wall was in dire need of replacement, ready to topple at any moment. After we submitted an engineering drawing for the replacement wall, the permit was issued by the City of Glen Cove Building Department. Demolition started mid-October.


The replacement wall is 336 feet of reinforced concrete, 12 inches thick, dyed tile red. This is sitting on a four-foot-deep, 12-inch minimum thickness reinforced concrete slab, of the same length. This was attached to and poured on top of the original concrete footing. Tree replacement and landscape renovation will begin. Donations for new trees are gratefully accepted.


Student Garden Kerri Allegretta

Director of Media Relations & Communications John Ferrante’s team was hard at work late summer and early fall, constructing the organic Student Garden on the grass terrace overlooking the sound. Special features include an inground sprinkler system, fence (to keep the abundant wildlife out—foxes, rabbits, Boss, etc.), trellises, and plant boxes. Leslie Lempel-Ferrante, an avid gardener and landscape designer by trade, assisted with the design and plant selection. Denise Neilson assisted with the creation and set-up of the garden while the students were away during summer break. Freshmen Beavers (student workers) maintained the garden, collected, and distributed the crops. This year’s crop included, lettuce, cabbage, bok choy, kale and broccoli rabe (rapini).

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Campus News So You Think You Can Swim? by Matt Gianforcaro ‘15 As each semester comes and goes, the Webb students continue to persevere through all the fun assignments, projects, and inevitable late nights. While that’s all well and good, sometimes you just need to relax, take a break, and throw yourself kicking and screaming down some of the country’s best class-five river rapids. That’s exactly what the annual Webb Rafting Trip is all about. Each year, around Columbus Day Weekend, a group of Webbies, this year 32, takes the ten-hour journey down to Lansing, West Virginia, to the famous Gauley River. It’s listed in the top five river rapids in the country, so we all know going in, this ain’t no petting zoo. We arrive Saturday evening at the [camp ground], get a good night of camping in, and wake up Sunday morning, ready (or not) to traverse five of the toughest class-five rapids around. Luckily, we have the experienced rafting guides of the Adventures on the Gorge group to watch our backs. This year was particularly exciting, as three of the four eightperson rafts enjoyed watching the Juniors take quite a tumble on the infamous Pillow Rock (shown above). Morale was kept high with a fantastic barbeque lunch after a solid day of rafting. After some hot showers, the evening ended at the lodge with a few well deserved-beers while watching an awesome video of us tackling the river. All in all, if camping two nights in the West Virginia Mountains (singing along to John Denver’s, “Take

Me Home, Country Roads”) and an awesome day-long river rafting extravaganza interests you, then you belong on the Webb Annual Rafting Trip! This year was my third year attending and second year in charge; I wouldn’t miss this one for the world (or to do ship design). Cheers.

New Webb Tradition, The Halloween Viewing of:

by A. Katri Heitman ’18 Inspired by the chilly weather and the Halloween season, the Webb students hosted their first (and hopefully annual!) Rocky Horror Picture Show event on Friday, October 31st. Rocky Horror Picture Show events are a global Halloween tradition that includes dressing up in costume to watch and interact with Jim Sharman’s 1970s cult classic film. True to Rocky Horror tradition, the auditorium was filled with dancing, singing, yelling at the screen, and lots of toast-


throwing. The event, organized by A. Katri Heitman ’18 and Erin McElroy ‘15, drew a larger crowd than was expected, bringing in some administrators and students dressed in a wild fashion. The 30-some students were most likely enticed by the opportunity to squirt each other with miniature water guns during the rain scene of the movie. In all, the event was a big smash, and several students hope for it to continue as a Webb Halloween tradition for years to come.

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to t y k i c n a u B m g n om i v C i G he t

by Barr Turner ‘17 Each month this fall, Webb students have continued William Webb’s tradition of service to others, finding time in their always-busy schedules to complete a variety of service projects to benefit the community.


A majority of the student organization ventured into the Welwyn Nature Preserve, adjacent to Webb’s campus, to clean up litter, perform minor trail maintenance, and repaint a graffiti-covered seawall.

September Over 20 students cleaned up a two-mile section of nearby Sunken Meadow State Park, collecting litter along trails and beaches, while enjoying the beautiful scenery along the way.


Webb students ran a food drive at a number of local supermarkets, collecting over 750 pounds of non-perishable goods to benefit the Long Island Cares Foodbank.


Above: Zach Backas ‘16, Satchel Douglas ‘15, and Ilya Mouravieff ‘16 painting over graffiti at the Welwyn Nature Preserve

Students at Sunken Meadow State Park

A group of ten students, Professor Goloubeva, and her husband spent the morning raking, trimming, laying mulch and removing stumps at the Theodore Roosevelt Bird Sanctuary in Oyster Bay. This organization cares for wounded birds and provides educational programs to local children.

Food Drive

Stay tuned for more service events in the spring! Webb News - Winter 2014-15


Campus News

Thank-A-Thon by Gailmarie Sujecki

Executive Assistant to the President and Director of Alumni Relations

One group of helpers: Allie Pitti ‘15, Tyler Totten ‘15, Alex Hanford ‘15, Matt Gianforcaro ‘15, and Wesley Yland ‘15

Over three nights in October 2014, members of the senior class participated in Webb’s first-ever Thank-A-Thon. They attempted to call over 900 individuals who had made a donation to Webb in 2013-14. The seniors enjoyed speaking to many alumni, parents, past parents, trustees, and friends of the school. It was also much easier for them to make calls thanking people for their gifts, instead of asking people for a gift, as they did during their freshman year. We hope you received your call or voicemail. Many were surprised to get a call of ‘thanks’ instead of a ‘plea’ for a gift or pledge.

Fall Open House

by Bill Murray

impressed with the opportunities afforded Webb students while in school and upon graduation.

Sixty high school students and their families, some from as far away as Texas, were in attendance at Webb’s annual Open House, held on Saturday afternoon, November 1st.

Student Organization vice president Ilya Mouravieff ‘16 spoke about student self-governance and the honor system and explained that he was standing in for S.O. president Matt Weklar ‘14 who was away playing in Webb’s season opener basketball game up in Hyde Park, New York.

Director of Enrollment Management

Over 180 visitors got to take tours of the Webb campus led by some very collegial members of the freshman, sophomore, and junior classes. The Model Tank and Haeberle Lab demonstrations were high points of the visit along with discussions about Winter Work, the academic program, and the admissions process that were held in the packed auditorium. Current and potential applicants got to hear from Barr Turner ‘17 and Brianna Louie ‘17, and TJ Brackin ‘16, about their Winter Work experiences in a shipyard and aboard an ice breaker in the Antarctic. Sean Murphy, alumnus from the class of 2013, came to the presentation and spoke about his junior and senior year internships and his post-graduate career path along with those of his classmates. Each presentation brought the practical work period into perspective for the audience, who were quite 22

Parents involved in the Webb Parents Association, and even some parents of recent graduates joined members of the current classes, the faculty, and administration in welcoming the visitors and made themselves available for questions during both the tour hours and the afternoon reception. Despite the occasional light rain, the beauty of the campus, the uniqueness of the Webb opportunity, and the enthusiasm of all the Webb “family,” left an outstanding impression on all of our visitors and motivated many of the students in attendance to seek information on how to best prepare themselves for admissions consideration for next fall and the fall of 2016.

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Creative Writing Elective - Fall 2014 by Richard Harris

Professor of Humanities/Assistant Dean/Director of Humanities

Every fall Webb juniors are given the opportunity to choose a Humanities or Social Science elective. Over the years we have offered many interesting electives covering a wide range of subject areas. This fall the three elective courses chosen were Ancient Egypt, Modern Architecture, and Creative Writing. Dr. Bob Brier, an internationally recognized Egyptologist, has been a Webb adjunct since 1995. He is doing his course on ancient Egypt for the 10th time. In addition to the classwork, students have taken a trip to the Metropolitan Museum where Professor Brier led a special tour of the Egyptian collection there. Ms. Carol Bentel, an architect from Locust Valley, is teaching her course in modern architecture for the third consecutive year. This has been a particularly popular elective because of her knowledge and experience, as well as the energy she always brings to the class. The course offers field trips that include viewing of Victorian houses in nearby Sea Cliff and a jaunt into Manhattan to study various buildings there.

Professor Harris is teaching the Creative Writing course for the sixth time. This course, focusing on fiction writing, is designed Professor Bentel and class during a Modern Architecture class field trip to allow Webbies to tap those creative resources that don’t get too much work with the kind of thinking required in many of the more technical courses. A highlight so far this semester was a visit by Sam Ernst ‘03, who talked with the class about his songwriting and fiction writing, which began when he took the class his senior year. Since he graduated, he has written songs for four albums and is now working on a novel—60,000 words so far. The following is a brief piece by Brian Mills ‘16, a member of the class this semester. The assignment was to create a setting.

The waves crashed against the shore. Without tiring, without ceasing. Another day, the sound of the surf would be augmented with the cries of children playing. Another day, there would be sand castles and kites and people lying in the sun. But winter had robbed the shore of its visitors. The waves crashed on, regardless. There was movement on the shore. Behind the seagrass, a woman dressed in white crested the dunes. The waves watched as she stepped slowly through the sand and seashells, never once moving her eyes from the horizon. The waves crashed on as she stood there. This was not their first encounter. The ocean had met her many times before. If the sea cared about time, it would know that she always visited on the same day each year. Each encounter was the same. Garbed in white, she would stand on the shore, gazing out across the ocean, silently holding her lonely vigil. The waves crashed on, indifferent. Dark clouds advanced, shoving against the white sky. The woman’s veil flapped and fluttered in the growing wind. Lost in memory, she stood there unresponsive. The gathering storm brought echoes of the past with it, reminiscent of a night long ago. The wind now was a shadow of what it was that night, and the now lightly falling rain contrasted sharply with the downpour back then. The waves had roared that day, hurtling thunderously against the dunes. Now they merely crashed on. In the face of the quickening shower, the woman stood for a moment longer, then turned and began her slow trek back behind the dunes. The ocean watched as she disappeared behind the dunes, silently bidding her farewell until their next meeting. The waves crashed on, regardless. Webb News - Winter 2014-15



by Katie Becker

Assistant Director of Student Services and Admissions


The Webb sailing team was very active this past fall semester and competed in six regattas. The team, led by Casey Brown ‘16 and Cody Stansky ‘16, walked away with wins at both the Can/Am cup and the University of Buffalo Fall Open. After a successful weekend at the Luce Regatta, where they were placed 6th, they earned a spot in the War Memorial Regatta, MAISA division champs, where they placed 13th. This was a successful end to a great season, leaving Webb as the highest ranked un-coached team in the MAISA Region. This past November, they also participated and braved the snow at the Atlantic Coast Tournament. The team has benefited greatly from an influx of talented and eager freshmen that have supported the team both at regattas and in keeping practices competitive.



by Matt Weklar ‘15

Webb Basketball started with high hopes and with five of the six games under their belt the Webbies are looking forward to a final game against Cooper Union on December 4th. This year the team grew to a four-year high with thirteen players including three freshmen: Noah King, Ryan Chozick, and Brandon Louis. This year will see the graduation of five players including two starters: Chris Licato, a three-year starter at guard, and a team captain this year, and Matt Weklar a four year starter at shooting guard, and team captain this year as well. Other seniors on the team this year include Cody Owen, Satchel Douglas, and Mike Chen. However, with active and skilled lower classmen the future is still bright for Webb basketball!

Webb’s soccer team had its most successful season in what may be over ten years! With a team of 28 talented athletes, we were able to score an astonishing 19 goals over the course of seven games. The highlight of the season was a home game against Vaughn College— winning the game 5-4 in time over. By the end of the 2nd half, the game was tied 4-4. The refs and captains agreed to a 10-minute over time, first team to score wins. Within the first minute and 20 seconds Ilya Mouravieff ‘16 scored the winning goal. To say the crowd went wild was an understatement. The team and onlookers all rushed onto the field to lift Ilya up in the air, waving the Webb flag. It was the first game the soccer team has won in over seven years. Although we did not make playoffs, the team was positive that the upcoming years would be even more successful. The team will be losing a large number of seniors this year, but the new freshmen left a very promising impression for the team.


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Alumni Spotlight:

Thomas W. Gillette ‘52 Tom Gillette ‘52 was in the second class to spend four years at Webb in Glen Cove. The Webb Administrator was Admiral S. M. Robinson, the only USN Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) to achieve four-star rank. Over three decades (1915-45) Robinson was a mentor of Tom’s father, Claude Gillette, the Manager of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard (1939-42) where Tom witnessed the December 7, 1941 attack. Promoted to Rear Admiral, Tom’s father in 1943-45 was in charge of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS). Having known many graduates during his career, he encouraged Tom to apply to Webb. During the Korean War, for three years Tom applied his Webb background as a Navy EDO at PSNS, first on ship repairs/ conversions and later, in the Planning Department, setting priority lists, monitoring work progress and trouble-shooting problems. Jobs included installing the first steam catapults on a U.S. aircraft carrier and mothballing the USS Missouri. In 1956, attracted by its management development emphasis, Tom joined Esso’s (now ExxonMobil) Baton Rouge Refinery, the largest in the U.S., where he had eight different assignments in ten years. The first jobs involved docks, tanks, offsites, process unit inspection and operations troubleshooting. Knowledge gained at Webb was heavily used, especially fluid flow, furnaces, heat exchangers, and steam systems. During this time, Tom learned refining processes and obtained (night school) an MBA at LSU. Assigned to a budget group, Tom introduced discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis for project analysis and justification. Next, he worked in short and long-range economics groups using unit and refinery simulations to determine product yields and costs. His last assignment at Baton Rouge was as head of Business Analysis and Specialties Economics. This group negotiated large supply contracts and developed total and incremental costs for over 1000 products manufactured at Baton Rouge.

In 1973, after federal price controls were imposed on the petroleum industry, Tom managed the organization created to track regulations and demonstrate compliance. Documentation of $750 million per month in increased costs and recoveries was required, as well as rapid response to federal and state government audit and data requests. Tom participated in over fifty government hearings, often presenting Exxon’s testimony. After petroleum was decontrolled by President Reagan, Tom worked on competitive strategy studies. In 1982 Tom’s Webb background resulted in his being named External Affairs Manager of Exxon Shipping, responsible for activities not related to current operations, namely public affairs, litigation support, oil spill planning, and interfunctional studies. When the Exxon Valdez grounded in 1989, Tom was first to arrive in the response center to mount the spill response effort. Soon thereafter, he became a Litigation Consultant, interfacing with the public and retained law firms on Exxon Valdez issues. He retired from Exxon in 1992, but was retained as a consultant several more years. Tom then teamed with a partner to do studies for barge, terminal, refining, pipeline, and financial entities. On a subscription basis, a periodic report was developed on volumes and costs of crude and product movements by pipeline, barge, and tankers. This report is now being prepared by another Exxon retiree and David St. Amand ‘77. Tom now lives in Houston, Texas. A docent on the USS Texas (BB35), he invites Webbies to see its 1920s vintage “A” type riveted boilers and its unchanged 1911-built engine room with its 14,000 SHP double-acting triple expansion steam engine.

Thomas Gillette ‘52 in the USS TEXAS Boiler Room during a special Hard Hat Tour.

In 1965 Tom transferred to Houston to a Corporate Planning group that did special studies for directors, reviewed capital projects requiring Board approval, and prepared long-range plans for U.S. operations. This was followed by a loan assignment as Planning and Economics Manager for Esso Australia, which had recently found large offshore crude oil reserves. His group provided economic analysis for refining and marketing and for support of crude price negotiations with the Australian government. Returning to Houston in 1969, Tom was assigned to the Controllers Department as Refining Financial Coordinator. He designed and supervised the implementation of Exxon’s uniform domestic refining accounting systems, one which provided actionable information for operating management and replaced purely financial programs previously used by seven refineries and plants. Webb News - Winter 2014-15


Alumni Association Report:

Webbies helping Webbies Situations like these only further demonstrate that the Webb Alumni Association and its members continually show the value of being part of a tightly-knit community. The friends and classmates of Mike LaRose ’13 have come together in recent months to help Mike and his family as they work through one of the most challenging experiences of his life. In July 2014, Mike was living in Seattle, Washington, and working as a naval architect at Elliott Bay Design Group. Riding his motorcycle to work one morning, he was involved in an accident, colliding with a car. Though wearing his helmet and other protective gear, he still received several serious injuries, including a head and spinal cord injury. He spent time in Harborview Medical Center in Seattle; then was transferred to St. Charles in Port Jefferson, NY, and later to Mt. Sinai in NYC, both closer to his family on Long Island. He received inpatient rehabilitation for both a traumatic brain injury and spinal cord trauma.

by Jennifer Kollmer ‘91

Through the generous support of friends, family, and the Webb community, Mike has been able to focus on healing and rehabilitation. He has returned to his home in Bay Shore, NY (on Long Island) and continuing outpatient rehab; construction is underway at his home in order to make it wheelchair accessible. He continues to progress, beginning the process of adjusting to the challenges of a wheelchair.

WAA Executive Committee Jennifer Kollmer ‘91 President Peter Wallace ‘93 Vice President Ian Mutnick ‘96 Secretary

Looking to the future, returning to the workforce will remain a significant challenge for Mike. Elliott Bay Design Group, itself made up of a large group of Webbies, has already been incredibly generous in its support and commitment, and it is hoped other individuals and organizations will follow in their example.

Vicky Dlugokecki ‘88 Treasurer

Mike’s friends created a page on www.GOFUNDME.com, and to date $24,868 has been raised. Mike, his family, and his friends continue to express their appreciation and gratitude for the steady outflow of kindness, well wishes, and support. If you’d like to send Get Well wishes to Mike, please direct them to:

Jennifer Ryan ‘99 Sixth Member

Mr. Michael D. LaRose 1319 Gardiner Drive Bay Shore, NY 11706-3710 or mikeythewebbie@gmail.com

Allan Childers ‘12 Fifth Member

John Malone ‘71 Chairman, Alumni Fund Stephan Wolczko ‘09 Co-Chairman, Alumni Fund Matthew Tedesco ‘91 Past President Matthew Werner ‘95, PG’97 Historian Spencer Schilling ‘82 Member at Large Joe Signorelli ‘54 Member at Large Anthony Urbanelli ‘75 Member at Large Dane Hendrix ‘84 Audit Committee Sarah Wickenheiser ‘08 Audit Committee Steve Pagan ‘88 Nominating Committee Richard Kim ‘11 Nominating Committee


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Alumni News In Memoriam 1941

After graduating from Webb, he was employed in the ship and submarine building business in Philadelphia, Alabama, Mississippi, and finally at Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut until his retirement in 1985.

for several naval contractors designing marine equipment for US Navy ships and commercial ships. His deep passion for creative design eventually led him to become a self-trained craftsman specializing in the manufacture of New England 18th century period lighting and specialty wood carvings. Dick’s other passion since childhood was the study of Native American culture and the application of natural environment practices. He often conducted school presentations to educate school children in the Native American way of life.

A resident for many years of Old Lyme, CT, where he was active in the community, he moved to Delaware in 1998.

Dick is survived by his two sons, a daughter, his two sisters, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives, friends and classmates.

Jack F. Dallinger passed away on July 10, 2014 at the age of 94. He was diagnosed with pneumonia on Sunday and passed away on Thursday.

Among other things, he will be remembered by his family and friends for his love of travel, beaches, chess, his joy in music, his quick mind and insatiable curiosity, his strong sense of fair play, and his pride and delight in his family. He was predeceased by a sister and in 2001 by his wife, Jean, of 59 years. He is survived by two daughters, Susan and Barbara, four grandchildren, six great grandchildren. A family celebration to toast his life and good humor will be scheduled in the future.


David L. Butts passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the age of 91. He was at Hospice House for his last few days; never alone and very much at peace. He is survived by his wife, Betty.


Richard ‘Dick’ Haag passed away at the age of 84 surrounded by his loving family and caretakers on June 22, 2014. Following his graduation from Webb, he worked


Richard N. Crawford passed away on June 2, 2014. He enlisted in the Navy in 1946 and then attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School. He was appointed to the USNA at Annapolis, MD and graduated with the Class of 1951. Following graduation, he was assigned to USS Pittsburgh (CA 72), a heavy cruiser. In 1954, he was selected for postgraduate training at Webb Institute of Naval Architecture where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering and concurrent Master’s degree in Naval Architecture. He then attended Submarine School in New London, CT. He married the former Barbara Ann Romano of Glen Cove, NY, whom he met while at Webb Institute. They were married on April 19, 1958 at Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii. He served aboard many submarines: USS Stickleback (SS 415), USS Tang (SS 563) USS Remora (SS 487) and USS Char (SS 328). He served in USS Tripoli (LPH 10) in Vietnam. Service with Office of Naval Research and Development and Training Center Webb News - Winter 2014-15

rounded out his Navy career. He retired from active duty in September 1970. Dick joined Lockheed Shipbuilding Company in Seattle in 1972 until 1986 when the shipyard closed. He then joined Sundstrand Corporation as an internal auditor. He subsequently retired from that firm when the corporation was acquired by United Technologies. He then served as a consultant to Marine Spill Response Corporation through 2000. He did volunteer work in tax preparation and computer skills for senior citizens. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of more than 56 years; four daughters and five grandchildren. Dick was a resident of Mercer Island and loved travelling, reading, sports, bicycling, opera, dancing, the symphony, and attending his children and grandchildren’s events. He had a keen intellect, a love of learning, and a great sense of humor always giving the perfect toast on family occasions. Dick was an officer and a gentleman—a beloved husband, father, and grandfather.


Sunshine Payne passed away in Ocoee, FL on June 23, 2014 at the age of 95. She was happily married to Webb’s Past President, RADM Charles N. Payne, Jr. (USN) for 50 years, who preceded her in death in 1993. Sunshine was instrumental in Charlie’s professional success and was well-known for her warm Southern charm, superb culinary skills, and gracious manner. Sunshine’s name reflected her optimistic personality and joie de vivre. She volunteered many years for the Navy Relief, where she also served as a chapter president. She is survived by three grown children.


Alumni News Class Notes 1944B

70th Anniversary of the Class of 44B. In September 1941 twenty students entered Webb as the Class of ‘45. Early in 1943, during WWII most of these students enlisted in the Navy as Apprentice Seamen for the remainder of their time at Webb which had become a college supported by the U.S. Navy with George H. Rock, Rear Admiral USN, Retired continuing as Administrator. During the war Webb went on a speeded schedule so two classes graduated in 1944: ‘45 became ‘44B, classmate John Holman enlisted in the Army but stayed at Webb to finish with the rest of the class. W. Robert Jensen, one of the original 20 members of the class of ‘45 had taken a leave from Webb to enlist in the Army Air Force where he served for the duration of the war. Bob Jenson returned to Webb to graduate with the class of ‘48. Many more details of the class of ‘44B are in the Webb’s 125th Anniversary Book. On September 25, 2014, 73 years after coming to Webb, two of the three

surviving members of the Webb Class of ‘44B met with close relatives to celebrate the seventy years following their graduation. The meeting was held at the Historic Hart 1670 House Restaurant in Ipswitch, MA. Those attending were Class President James Fay; Edmund Klemmer and his wife Ruth; Barbara Hamlin, the wife of classmate, Professor Norman Hamlin (Barbara is an Honorary Webb Alum). Also sharing in the festivities were the son (David Butts Jr.) and grandson (David Butts III) of Class Representative David Butts. Dave Butts was the first Class Rep. to get 100% participation in donations. Norman Hamlin as Class Rep. followed Dave’s lead as did Ed Klemmer, present Class Agent. W. E. (Ted) Hanks and his wife Consuelo have long been supporters of Webb from their home and art studios in Jefferson, Maine. For health reasons they were not able to come to Ipswitch. Before the excellent dinner at Hart House, we drank champagne toasts in remembrance of each of our

departed members for their integrity, accomplishments and love of Webb and each other. Dave Butts, who died just a few months ago, was particularly on our minds as was Norman Hamlin, who did so much for Webb as Professor and Class Agent. All Webb graduates owe so much to our school for what it has meant in our lives. The only meaningful way we can repay the legacy of William Henry Webb is to help provide the same opportunities to generations to come. Many of us have included Webb in our wills and/or made Webb the beneficiary of the National Service life insurance policy we took out in 1944 and converted to permanent policies in the 1950s. Class 44B and their families have contributed more than a million dollars to Webb since we all pledged $25/yr. in 1944. Contribute in any way you choose, it will feel good! For information about alternative ways of contributing go to: http:// www.webb.edu/

David Butts III, James Fay, David Butts Jr, Barbara Hamlin, and Edmund Klemmer


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J. Neil Spillane: First the short version of the organ recital which my generation rarely avoids. Late January I had sharp pain in my left hip bone. Two weeks in hospital eliminated pain but provided hallucinations. Never found what caused the pain but uncovered two concurrent bacterial staph infections, one on my mitral valve and the other an epidural abscess, but the source that triggered them was never found. Doctors advised that these bacteria are present in all humans; how comforting is that. By mid-August after three MRI’s, a CT scan, two echo cardiograms and dozens of X-rays I got a clean bill of health and lost 20 pounds of unneeded fat as a gift. Thankful for the wonders of modern medicine. Summer brought a delightful wedding of my grandson Colin ‘13 to Angela held on the western terrace at the

Webb campus on July fifth. Weather was perfect, 70’s and completely cloudless. As the ceremony conducted by my son Jamie ended and the couple headed toward the upper terrace steps, they and the assembled multitude were surprised by the University of Connecticut New Orleans brass band, the Funky Dawgs playing “When the Saints Go Marching In,” from the upper terrace. Totally appropriate since Angela is a graduate of Tulane. Spring commenced a five-month effort with my younger son and his wife with my daughter to relocate their older brother out of our home to a new one and then tackle fifty years of accumulated stuff and deferred maintenance. It is truly amazing what three extra smart heads and six strong hands can accomplish, and for the first time in decades I can see all four walls and the floor in our basement. There is a spanking new Science and

Technology Magnet High School in New London Connecticut. The last week in October Colin and I attended a college fair there and totally enjoyed an opportunity to get the Webb word out to an extended maritime community, and it is a fertile field with a Naval Base, the National Submarine Museum, Electric Boat, the Coast Guard Academy, UConn Avery Point, Mitchell Colleges, and the Mystic Seaport Museum. Life is good in Mystic!


Paul and Bonnie Hayes, Tom and Jean Manuel, and Joe and Janet Signorelli gathered in Houston in October to see classmate, Art Burr receive this year’s Dean Owen Award from the Alumni Association. We are looking forward to Homecoming 2015 for our next class get-together.


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Charles Visconti: Last month Roberta and I celebrated our 58th Wedding Anniversary quietly at a favorite restaurant, giving us some private time to thankfully reflect about what a blessing it has been, and continues to be, to share together all that God provides, including the understanding and hopefully ongoing patience to deal with the health and otherwise alphabet-soup (ie: arthritis, bone stress fractures, cataracts, etc.) types of challenges that are all too common for those in the “4 score” era of life on earth. We were fortunate to be at the very impressive 125th Webb Anniversary events on campus and to see and spend welcomed time with a good number of ‘55ers and “close-to ‘55ers” there as a warming reminder of what a uniquely special college is Webb. Our near term plan is for me to decrease my “at the ICGB Headquarter office” time and enjoy increased time together at our home in Melbourne, FL, as we look forward to a grand time next year with as many of the ‘55ers who will be able to meet together on our 60th anniversary of graduation from Webb.



Don & Lilivet Caldera have settled quite nicely into the Grand Valley

One of us at the party table with a group of spouses who also seem to be smiling.

Our mascot and proof that it doesn’t take much to get old folks to smile. of Western Colorado since 2011. They enjoy good health and a full day. Family is nearby, activities like a Symphony Directorship, Gold, Bridge helping get a startup Computer Technology Company finance and running, visitors, and travel make for a very busy but satisfying life. Recent trips include Hudson Bay for Polar Bear watching on the tundra, golf, and good friends in Puerto Vallarta, road sessions with our Vermont daughter Rob both north (Montana and Yellowstone) and south

(Sedona and Santa Fe for the opera), and Bora Bora Bora in a joint vacation with our son Capt. Andrew, USN and his lady (who have been assigned to Fort Worth for his career finale). On the horizon is a Rhine River cruise in mid-2015 to celebrate Don’s 80th birthday and a New England visit for Yale Law 55th Reunion, and visit to the two grandchildren (Philadelphia and N. New England) and their six “greats.” There have been a few trips back to the east recently, most significantly to attend Webb Institute’s 125th Anniversary and revisit friends and family from Washington DC, to Northern Vermont, and to former home in Lake Placid, NY.

The class of ’56 celebrated their 58th at a Washington D.C. reunion, October 24-25, 2014. Having determined the approximate center of gravity of our collective households as 39 degrees north and 77 degrees west, the class decided to gather in Washington D.C. on a sunny October weekend (almost Halloween) for story-telling, local food, museumhopping (culture), and a toast to William H. Webb who helped launch us all on our many adventures. The turnout was excellent considering the aging process. The seven Webbies shown here are all smiling or close to smiling.


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Alumni News Class Notes Although technically “retired” Don is very busy in Symphony related activities – like selecting a new Conductor – and providing handson assistance for the development of a fascinating computer operation that keeps him stimulated, using accumulated skills. Latter has been more busy – on occasion – that he would like. The Caldera’s emphasize to friends that they have space galore… gorgeous mountain surroundings… and would love at any time to receive Webb visitors and reacquaint with friends that we miss.


Richard Goldbach: Ed Christiansen recently noticed that “Webb Academy,” published in 1967 by John McArdle (Webb 1910), had 12 pages dedicated to John McArdle’s magic career. Thanks to Ed’s information, my wife Janet discovered, after almost 60 years, that there had been another important connection between Janet’s family and Webb, long before I ever met Janet in May 1955. The connection was between Frank and Ruth Clinton, Janet’s parents, and John McArdle. Before meeting me, Janet and her parents had known John McArdle as a close friend but never knew, until now, that John McArdle had attended Webb and had worked in shipyards, including Tidewater, VA shipyards. John McArdle was an important NYC magical performer in the 1940s and 1950s who served as President of the Society of American Magicians (S.A.M.) Parent Assembly from 1945-1947. Frank Clinton was also an important NYC magical performer in the 1940s and 1950s, who succeeded John McArdle as President of the S.A.M. Parent Assembly from 1947 to 1949. Janet has unearthed a January 1947

photo of Frank and Ruth Clinton celebrating with Mr. & Mrs. John McArdle and Mr. & Mrs. Cecil Lyle of London. Janet also has also unearthed an original copy of the program for the October 1947 S.A.M Magic Program at the Barbizon Plaza Hotel that honored John McArdle. John had served as Master of Ceremony for the show with Frank and Ruth Clinton, closing the show as the Headline Act. In 1947, Janet became the youngest child to ever perform on television, becoming famous and commencing a very active professional magic career that lasted until 1989. John McArdle and Frank Clinton were the first two American magicians to be accepted into membership of the Magic Circle of London, the most prestigious magic association in the world. I first met Janet on a blind date at a Webb basketball game in May 1955, commencing a romance that started at the Webb Boat House, now the Goldbach Boat House and is still going strong. Janet came to know well all members of the Class of 1958 and most of their future wives during the ensuing four years.

Webb a priority after graduates from JHS in June. Maury Tigner was in our class for several years before transferring to Cornell to concentrate on Physics. He became world renowned in the field of high energy physics and particle accelerators. He thought enough of his classmates and attended our 50th reunion at Webb.


Larry Harrison: Donene and I had a busy summer and fall. We attended three lovely wedding events in July and August. The first wedding was for Donene’s nephew and bride (who are both medical doctor interns) and two ceremonies were involved. The bride is a Sikh lady and the first ceremony was a two-day event in Modesto, CA. Donene attended an evening Indian Ladies Sangeet for the bride’s family and selected honored guests from the groom’s family. A fantastic evening of dancing, dining, and camaraderie with about 200 ladies and a few male guests related to the bride. The Sikh wedding at the Modesto temple followed the next day.

In 1958, Janet became the first female magical performer to perform on the stage of the (then) male-only Magic Circle of London. I married Janet in July 1960. We have been married 54 years. What an exciting long-lost coincidence! Thanks Ed! Dan Schorsch: My daughter, Linda has just been appointed a Judge for the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, by Virginia’s General Assembly. She was at Webb’s Graduation with her husband and two sons. The younger of the two, Seth, has made

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Alumni News Class Notes The next weekend was the second ceremony at the Catholic Church in Walnut Creek, CA. The bride and groom’s families were pleased with the two wedding ceremonies and each accepted the religious faith of the other family. In August, we attended the two-day wedding event of a long-time friend of our son Stephen at Squaw Valley Ski resort near Lake Tahoe. We stayed at a large cabin shared by four families (Stephen’s family, another friend’s family, two sets of grandparents, and three grandchildren). A dynamic fun weekend with hiking at the top of the ski lifts and a boat tour on the Lake. In early September, we traveled to Vancouver, BC where we boarded the Rocky Mountaineer sightseeing train for a two day beautiful trip through the Canadian Rockies. We departed our train in Jasper, Alberta and joined a bus tour to Lake Louise, Banff, and Calgary. We had light snow fall beginning at Lake Louise for the rest of the trip which made for an enchanting background for fall colors.

Mark Henry ‘62 competing at the 2014 World Veterans Fencing Championships Bob Johnson now works from home as a wind-turbine consultant. Ed and Diann Shope joined a few relatives for a trip to the wine country of eastern Washington. They slept in a yurt the first night at their friends’ farmhouse near Sunnyside for three nights. Wine tasting is the big tourist attraction in the Horse Heaven Hills, so they stimulated the local economy. Pat Szostak appreciates being kept in the loop with Don’s old classmates, and sends best wishes to all.

Bill Hurt ‘59 on the bench at the St. Mark’s Cathedral organ Pete and Jo Gale send best wishes to all Pete’s old schoolmates. Bill Hurt finally has retired from Boeing, and now he and Ruth can pursue their music interests.


Mary and Gene Yourch had a great boating summer, traveling all through the Peconic Bay estuary. “In the early fall we went to Nova Scotia. It was a special trip for us as Mary’s Grandmother was born there. Her father had written a book for his daughters in the 70’s. In that book he described a trip he took in 1929 to track down where in Nova Scotia his mother had lived. Using the description in his book, we traced his steps and were excited to find the church she attended, the area where the house had been and a tribute to the school she had attended.

Everyone we met was very helpful and we learned a lot about Nova Scotia, including the Acadians. Quite rewarding.”


In November 2013, Mark Henry and his wife, Elaine, visited Webb where Mark gave a lecture on early-stage submarine design. On their way back to Maryland, they spent an enjoyable evening with Pete Silvia ‘62 in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. In 2014, Mark and Elaine toured Japan in the spring and took a summer cruise on the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. In the fall, Mark and Roy Johnson ‘62 met for lunch where they compared notes about their respective trips to Japan. After finishing the 2013-14 fencing season ranked fourth in Veterans 70+ Men’s Epee, Mark was again selected for the U.S. Veteran World Fencing Team and traveled to Debrecen, Hungary, to compete in the 2014 World Veterans Fencing Championships.

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Alumni News Class Notes On June 1-15, 2014, Dick Schmitt and his wife, Marie led a medical team of nine doctors and nurses on a medical mission trip to the little town of Paidha in northwestern Uganda and the neighboring village of Giira. The medical mission initiative, under the auspices of The Friends of Father Vincent Project, brought over $10,000 worth of medicine and medical supplies providing the equivalent of 75% of the medicine that the Paidha Health Center receives from their government. In addition to providing medical supplies purchased with funds from donations and fundraisers, the Schmitts who spearheaded the initiative over the last 12 months, assembled a team of three doctors, a nurse practitioner, two nurses and administrative help to make the trip to Paidha. While there, the group of nine saw 1,400 patients over a four- day period, treating cases of typhoid, malaria,

coughs, colds, dehydration, skin conditions, performed minor surgical procedures, and medical emergencies. The population is over 31,000 and there are no doctors at the medical center that serves the surrounding communities as well as the Congo which borders the town. As Marie says “the work is never done!” They are currently raising funds and recruiting medical personnel for another medical mission trip in 2016. The Friends of Father Vincent Project is a 501C3 organization providing medical care, clean water, and education to the people of Paidha. Recently, St. Luke’s Chapel was completed as a place of worship. If you are interested in being a part of the team or would like more information on the Medical Mission 2016 initiative, or The Friends of Fr. Vincent Org., please contact Dick and Marie Schmitt at 856-435-1629.

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The class of 1963 is mostly entirely retired, although a few of us have part-time jobs or act as consultants. That group consists of Birkhead, Hall, Ron Kiss, Rodger, Stephens and Weiss. Of course the purest Naval Arch. of our class is Tim Graul ‘63X. Tim sent me a press release reporting that he received the 2014 Mariner Award presented by the Door County (Sturgeon Bay WI) Maritime Museum and the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. The award notice recited some of Tim’s NA accomplishments: “… providing creative designs for vessels of all types and sizes—from dredges to ferryboats and traditional wooden schooners to aluminum catamarans.” His portfolio includes the design of the Wisconsin flagship, the schooner Denis Sullivan. Kudos to Tim. It appears that a number of our classmates have returned to the sea via cruise ships. Bill and


Alumni News Class Notes Marion Birkhead are headed to a Mediterranean cruise next May, and Mike and Roberta Silber have threatened to join us. They were happy to report the launching of their third grandson, Owen Matthew Silber, born 29 August 2014. They are trying to keep up with Marion and Bill. Our second grandson, Reid Charles Birkhead was born Jan 24, 2014, and our third, Henry Clay Birkhead V, was born July 6, 2014. Don and Mary Deckebach chimed in that they had taken our Mediterranean cruise a few years back, which turned into something of a fiasco. There was a baggage handlers strike, so they had no luggage until arriving in Turkey (our cruise begins in Barcelona). He also noted that the deck outside their cabin still retained the bloodstains from the previous cruise when a groom had killed his bride and tossed her overboard. We are hoping for a quieter voyage. Another regular cruising tandem is Ron and June Kiss. They left from Southampton on October 25, traveling to Le Havre, Vigo, Lisbon, the Azores, Bermuda, Ft. Lauderdale, and ending in Houston. While in

Southampton, they met up with Gabe Weymouth ’01 who is a Professor at the University of Southampton conducting research and teaching graduate level hydro, and the three Webb undergrads studying there this semester (The rest of the folks happened to be sitting next to us). Ron also reports that their Sandyravaged house in Seaside Heights is almost rebuilt. Ron continues his competitive sailing activities, reporting that this year he won his Club championship, ran 3rd in the Bay races, 14th in the North Americans, and 10th in the recent Atlantic Coast Championships in Deltaville, VA. Abbott and Barbara Weiss will be taking an MIT Alumni cruise out of Barcelona this month, finishing in Lisbon. He plans to be in the engine room drawing piping diagrams while underway. Abbott continues his teaching duties at various schools in the Boston area, including MIT. On a more serious note, we geezers have been fighting through the health problems that arrive in the 70’s, if not before. Randy Rodger had a heart attack several months back, but I am happy to report that he appears to be

Ron Kiss ‘63 and June Kiss visiting Gabe Weymouth ‘01, Marshall Fettig ‘17, Tim Siepmann ‘17, and Spenser Boyd ‘17 in Southampton


back to his old crotchety self, sending out right wing e-mails with the occasional naked women interspersed. He was pleased, however, to report the birth of his first grandchild, granddaughter Natalie. More recently I heard the following news from Bill Lindenmuth: “I have elected to have a bionic heart (viz., pacemaker) inserted in October 2014! This may help slow down my mind’s deterioration from lack of sufficient oxygen.” Earlier this year, during a scholarly exchange on the topic of steam piping (may Jens rest in peace), my old roomie, Max Altmann related another story of growing up in a tavern in the wilds of Minnesota. His parents ran an upscale inn ($1.00 per night or $5.00 per week with ten cent beers in the barroom.) He has completed five novels of his Scandinavian saga series. All five can be found on Amazon. com by searching for Ron Altmann (despite the fact that we know his name really is ‘Max’).


Karl Kirkman: I married the former Diane G. Schulte in 2013 and we are splitting our time between two houses - hers in Oxford on the Tred Avon and mine in Montgomery County, while trying to figure out someplace we can afford that combines living on the water as well as fitting all of my stuff. My book on the history of the Baltimore clipper is at the printers as we speak. Bill Wallace: Have been living in BC for 6 years now, on Vancouver Island. Awesome piece of geography! Am still married to the same lady I was hitched to 41 years ago. Also still have the dory I built at Webb, and am enjoying chasing the mighty Dungeness crab with it. That is something to rival the taste of winter lobster...you just need to plan on having a social

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evening whilst digging the meat out; it’s a long process. I’m working for SNC-Lavalin in a small group who looks after the maintenance and repair of the West Coast Canadian Navy’s small warships and auxiliary vessels. It’s essentially a yard superintendent role (which I like) except that I work through subcontractors, not employees. It’s a very decent group of mostly ex-stokers, and I’m pleased to be part of it. The navy bureaucracy is the challenge, though, not the work. Am still skiing and playing competitive hockey, get a lot of exercise and satisfaction from both. As an easterner, I am still v-e-r-y impressed with the Rocky Mountains. They’re beautiful, and b-i-g.

Steve & Karen Wolgamot opened the Gallery at Horse Thief Farm in fall 2014. The tiny gallery, featuring both display and consignment arts and crafts, is located on a farm overlooking Lake Pepin on the Mississippi River. Fifteen artists were represented in the initial exhibits.

Paul Chapman ‘67 in Austria

A highlight of their summer was the 45th class reunion, hosted brilliantly by Paul and Patricia Snyder ‘69 in California.


John Russell: On their way south from Sequim to San Diego, John and Barbara Sirutis spent the night here. It was wonderful to be able to spend the time with them.


Denny Antweiler: Another report from the Santa Cruz area. Spent some fun times with Doug Clough this late spring exploring Yosemite and Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon. Kit Ryan’s ‘67 grandson, Nathan Christopher Ryan - middle and last name same as his father and grandfather. Parents are Todd Ryan & Jamie Cheng.

John ‘67 and Barbara Sirutis visiting John Russell ‘67

Steve and Karen just returned from a nephew’s wedding in Greece and were hiking in New Zealand earlier this year. They are planning an east coast trip during the winter and hoping to see classmates and Webb friends during that excursion.

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John Russell’s ‘67 new granddaughter Mary Jordan, son-in-law Michael, Mary, granddaughter Isabel, and daughter Kate.

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Alumni News Class Notes company. Plus I have a spare bedroom should you want free lodging prior to and post trip.

In the meantime, I continue my editorship at various levels for Yachting, Yachts International,


Mark Limeri: I’m getting in shape for retirement by cutting back to 2 days per week at KAPL, where I’ve been since 1981. Jan and I are enjoying the extra time off – we’ve taken a couple big trips and done more hiking, biking, and paddling. I’m liking the two-day work week—go in on Monday, the next day is Friday! Get in touch if you’re ever visiting upstate NY (around Albany).

Denny Antweiler ‘71 windsurfing I welcomed a granddaughter into this world last November. Fantastic being a ‘Grandpa’. She will be one year of age soon. Had fun windsurfing some perfect waves generated by Hurricane Marie this last August. Webcam picture capture is below. So picture is not too clear, but I am clearly having fun. Life is good! Scott Bristol: Still teaching full-time at Stanford Business school as a Lecturer in Organization Behavior, http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/facultyresearch/faculty/scott-bristol. I married Michaela, an Austrian woman, two years ago. We’re working our way through the green card process. We are members of and live in two co-housing projects, one in Vienna, Austria, and one in Santa Cruz, CA. I’m not looking forward to learning German, but science tells me it’s good for my aging brain. Dudley Dawson: In addition to my long-held PE license, I now have a newly-minted Class B commercial driver’s license with P and S endorsements, allowing me the privilege of driving buses as a volunteer for our church and local charter school. Now that she’s retired, Joni wants to travel the USA, so I may look into a job as a tour bus driver to cut the costs. 36

John Vasilakos ‘77 visiting the Vasa and Professional BoatBuilder magazines, and am currently serving as an arbitrator for a major yachtbuilding contract dispute. Paul Vibrans: Life goes in circles. Twenty years ago I designed a truck elevator for an Alaska Ferry that was pretty elegant and didn’t get built. The shipyard saved lots of money buying an elevator with control flaws. I have designed another truck elevator for another Alaska Ferry and Alaska’s value engineer is from the company that built the flawed one. The next design will be when I’m 85 so I will probably pass.

John & Donna Vasilakos: Donna and I made our first trip to England and Stockholm September 20-October 3, 2014. It was her first time overseas and only my second. In addition to most of the must see sites, (St. Paul’s, Westminster, Tower of London etc.), I geeked out and completed several of my bucket list items, including visiting HMS Victory and the Vasa (Sweden’s famous Ship of the Line). I had dreamed of visiting the Vasa ever since I read about the raising of the wreck when I was seven years old.


Patrick Goss: At the end of August, we moved from Connecticut to Santiago de Chile

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Theresa Haven: Hello friends, please share our joy in welcoming our darling girl, Esther Oriana Haven, who joined us on November 1, 2014 (about a week earlier than expected). She is petite, calm, sweet and thriving nicely. Mama is also doing great.

met up for a fun weekend with Bill Jukes ‘91 in Houston and Jake and Mary caught an evening with them. Al Kamahi dined with Erik Nilsson in Miami in August 2014 and has similar plans when Ben Rising visits San Diego in the fall. The Kamahi family in San Diego is enjoying watching the kids grow up. Alex is seven and Sara started kindergarten this year. Matthew Denson writes that he and his wife Jenelle celebrate their 21st wedding anniversary in December. Married life gets better and better.


Theresa Haven’s ‘92 daughter, Esther, she is about two hours old in this photo


Jake Newman: The class of 1993 makes good efforts to meet up when in the vicinity of each other. In May 2014, Joe Corvelli and Mel Wolfgang

Steve Geiger married Emily Salveson on August 2nd in New Jersey. Helping Steve celebrate were classmates Lucas Hurt, Steve Vandenburg, John Hootman, Don and Alma Jacobson, Elizabeth Tuckel, Patrick Hester, Jason Updegraph, and Jason & Rachel Dahl ‘02 (pictured below). Former classmate, Joe Kilch also attended the NJ wedding while simultaneously studying for his U.S. Medical Licensing Step 2 Exam, which he subsequently passed. Following a short one-month rotation in south Florida, including a brief

detour to crash at Updegraph’s place in Virginia, Joe returns to Vermont and then wherever the medical residency wheel of fortune lands. Brian ‘01 and Christine Heberley ‘02 were also able to attend Steve’s wedding while catching up with their nearby families in the process. Brian is growing his hunt club with the expected arrival of twin boys in early November.


Ryan Babb has retired and looks forward to whiling away his days reading on the couch.


Kathleen Cain married Stephen Minnich ‘08 on October 5th in Vermont, surrounded by family, friends, and of course, Webbies. On August 16th, Brendan Carr married Kristen Schoen-Rene at Webb where the weather was gorgeous, and the party was rowdy. Steve Cullity married Dawn Danilczyk on May 31st. Jon and Liz Leivo welcomed John David Leivo, affectionately known as Jack, on July 8th. Brian and Anjali Petersen welcomed Sonia Mae Petersen on October 13th.


Diana Look married James Brown in July. They bought a house in Annapolis and are excited about “getting to decorate for Halloween, make a turkey for Thanksgiving, and have a real Christmas tree.” Diana is still in graduate school at Johns Hopkins University for Applied and Computational Math and has been told, “I get a puppy when I graduate.” Diana plans on being Dr. Horrible for Halloween this year. continued on next page Webb News - Winter 2014-15


Alumni News Class Notes after 3.5 years of calling it home. “After a quick holiday in Spain we have landed in Durban for the next two years of our lives. Call us if you want to go on a safari!” Austin French is playing soccer four days a week these days and has started converting all expenses into the equivalent number of cubic yards of top soil. “Parking overnight in New York City is approximately 2 cubic yards. A ticket to Bahrain for Thanksgiving is closer to 40.” Kathleen Cain ‘07, Stephen Minnich ‘08 and wedding guests onboard the submarine and moved on Dan Wilson ‘09X is going to be to his next assignment. “Lindy and I Captain Hammer for Halloween to made our way to Bahrain by way of complement Diana’s costume. Brazil for a couple of weeks. Over the He recently moved out of the course of the next two years we hope townhouse he was sharing with Jon to do plenty of traveling in the area Ward in downtown Annapolis into while I figure out what to do next.” a new apartment nearby. He’s still “This past summer has been very hanging on to a bunch of Jon’s stuff busy, lots of thesis work and writing,” in hope of Jon moving back to the said Phil Duerr. “I think that I am area. Dan has also recently picked up getting close to the end. I’ll be in Ft. powered paragliding as a new hobby Lauderdale until everything is done and expects to be flying (starting with and turned in. Alana and I also had towed flights) within the next few the pleasure of attending Stephen weeks. He also enjoyed seeing other Minnich ‘08 and Kathleen Cain’s Webbies at the Class of 2009 Reunion, ‘07 wedding at Mount Snow. It was at Lidia Mouravieff ’s ’11 wedding a wonderful time to celebrate the and Diana Look’s wedding as well as beginning of their life together in the on a trip to Turkey in August. company of many Webb friends.” After three and a half years in Hawaii, Josh McMinn and Elisti left Korea Robert Carelli finished his tour

Diana Look ‘09 and James Brown on their wedding day


Rorie Zuzick, her boyfriend Travis, and her cat Captain Midnight, recently bought a house. Everyone is finished unpacking now and loves it. “I was honored to be maid-of-honor in Diana’s wedding in July, and a bridesmaid in Kathleen Cain ‘07 and Steve Minnich’s ‘08 wedding in October.” Bret Smart is wrapping up his marathon MBA degree at INSEAD’s Fontainebleau campus in December and is looking for jobs! When he’s not looking for jobs he’s traveling, going to chateau parties, and learning Spanish. “¡Hace mucho frio en el bosque!” Jon Ward and Courtney recently moved to Portland. They are “attempting to live the hipster lifestyle. Riding bikes. Brunching. Craft beer. We both grew beards...” Jon is working a lot on the boat he’s been building throughout the year and is looking forward to ski season starting. “Feel free to come visit us!” Laura Patterson is working in DC for CSC and is “still trying to finish up that damn degree!” She also just got an adorable sheltie puppy that she’s named Suki. “She chews on everything. Her registered name is Canami Burlesque Dancer, thus my choice of name. Her father was named Mainstay Magic Mike and her mother was Canami What Happens In Vegas.”

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Laura Patterson’s ‘09 new Sheltie puppy

Stefan Wolczko had a blast at the Class of 2009 Reunion and is filling all of his time with lots of work, travel, and volunteering for both Webb Institute and SNAME. John Wise has kept himself busy this fall spreading the good LovePop word, going to school, and racing in the Dolomitenmann Team Adventure Race in Austria! He’s excited to squeeze skiing into the mix in a few months. After an intense summer of selling greeting cards, Wombi Rose and John Wise are taking it on-line with a brand-new www.lovepopcards. com. “John and I have created six new holiday card designs and just launched a Kickstarter campaign. Harvard Business School is also treating me well. Second year classes

Lauren Moeller is missing! Lauren, if you’re reading this, please get in touch with the Class Agent so that we can stay in touch with you. Jon Dowsett really enjoyed the Class of 2009 five-year reunion where 13 members of the Class of 2009 and over 20 friends showed up from all over the world to spend three fun-filled days together in upstate New York. “We lost our entire security deposit…but it was absolutely worth it! Our class also recently achieved five consecutive years of 100% participation in the WAF!” “I’m still in Copenhagen and enjoying all of the traveling I’m doing both for work and for fun. Come and visit Scandinavia!” Rachel Sawyer doesn’t have any new news. “Things are pretty much the same.” Andrew Harville recently turned

10,000 days old and got scuba certified! He and Michelle, who just celebrated their second anniversary, also enjoyed a recent mission trip to care for children in Kenya. They moved into a new house which has a koi pond moat around it. When the trick-or-treaters come around this year, Andrew will try “not to scare the neighborhood kids for being ‘that guy with the beard who is always using saws’.” Niko Martecchini successfully navigated Carnival Freedom through dry docking and lived to tell about it. He also enjoyed the Class of 2009 Reunion and a fun filled minivacation in Turkey where he got to attend a friend of a friends’ wedding in Istanbul and spend a few days on the postcard-worthy cliff beaches of Kaş.


Michael Cariello is joining Simmy Willemann as a technical program manager for manufacturing operations at Apple. He’s moving to San Francisco to set up manufacturing lines and ensure products are built correctly, which really is just an application of the system-level integration concept we all learned at Webb. Dave Gross is still in France, and has finally bothered to get a French driver’s license. He’s become a CFD extraordinaire, working on everything from sailboats to FLNGs, in-between travels throughout Europe (most recently Poland and Slovakia). Jay Nonemaker is still living in Holland and gallivanting around Europe with other Webbies. He’s been busy with the South Stream gas pipeline project, which will be installed in 2015. He also recently started a blog which discusses changes in travel and business environments; check it out at www.johntck.com.

Class of 2009 five-year reunion

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Alumni News Class Notes work and home. He and Maria are starting the process of turning their yard into a vegetable garden and mini orchard. And Rebecca is a handful now that she’s a very active toddler! Ian McMahon just competed in his first combat robot event since 2008 and even managed to win a weight class. He was also happy to see so many people at Lidia’s wedding. Lindy Deal-Carelli is settling into life

Michael Rybovich and Sons, hull #1 Andrew Nowakowski and Katie married this past August and have moved to Falls Church, VA. Dusty Rybovich: Michael Rybovich and Sons just launched Hull #1. Doug Slocum: On September 13, 2014, I married Elissa Leonard, in Blue Hill, ME. We met two winters ago frostbiting (sailing in conditions where no sane people sail). We like to travel as much as possible, hike and sail together, besides the general day-to-day life. The long walks on the space in between the mountains and ocean (beaches) are left for others. We’ve been all over New England together, as well as India. Next up on the list are New Zealand, and where ever else the winds take us. Dan Snyder: After a summer of cycling across America and building affordable housing, Dan is back at work. He’s staying true to his Webb education and developing naval architecture software with DRS Technologies (i.e. MAESTRO, Orca3D). When he’s not at work, he’s on the board of directors for a theater in Annapolis and is now working towards a PhD in Ocean Engineering. At the end of July, Seth Cooley and Doug Slocum had the chance to meet up briefly in Auckland, New Zealand at the headquarters of Southern Spars. Seth works for Composite


Doug ‘10 and Elissa at the Leonard family home in Blue Hill, Maine. The Westfall 38 Heretic in the background is one of the Leonard’s fleet, and decorated for the occasion. Rigging and Doug works for North Sails, but the two companies, as well as Southern, are jointly held as part of North Technology Group. It makes for some great opportunities to work with one-another to optimize our Rigging/Sail offerings. Seth spent about 11 weeks in Christchurch, NZ this year developing a machine for producing pultruded carbon fiber rod which is used in Composite Rigging’s bundled carbon rigging product. This is to be followed by several multiple-week trips to Sri Lanka to implement the machine in the production facility there, along-side Southern and North Sails’ facilities.’


Ben Fisher has been keeping busy at

in Bahrain and splits her time between marketing for LovePop, becoming a certified strength coach, and some light housewifery. Casey Harwood is still staving off real life in the protective cocoon of academia. As a graduate student, he spends his days playing with overlyexpensive equipment on too little sleep and too much coffee, and his networth is measured by the number of publications he produces. He continues to plan for the day when he is almost ready to start thinking about how he’d like to prepare for graduation (he’ll never graduate). Lidia Mouravieff Needham married her best friend, Schuyler Needham ‘12 on 5 October.

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Alumni News Class Notes She’s excited to start their life together and keep the love and laughter coming!

more exciting city of New Orleans, where she’s living with her boyfriend Connor Bennett ‘14. BJ Walling finished up his master’s degree at Stevens and is now living in Virginia Beach and working at Donald Blount and Associates – probably learning some new extreme sport that no one else is good at. Speaking of Stevens, Steve Guglielmoni will finish up his degree there this winter, and will be moving to Fort Lauderdale to work at Murray and Associates. Meanwhile, New Yorkers, are grieving over the loss of the City’s most goodlooking resident.

Schuyler ‘12 and Lidia Mouraviieff Needham ‘11 on their wedding day (Photo by Mariana Feely Photography)


Let’s start with the biggest news items: This October Schuyler Needham married his fiancée Lidia Mouravieff ‘11 with a grand host of Webbies, Russians, and Shelter Islanders in attendance.

This is NYC’s second major setback this year, after Andrew Lum recently bought a new first car, terrifying pedestrians throughout south Brooklyn. Reports indicate that so far no one has been injured. Covering some of the major 2012 nesting areas: JC Morgan, Dale Pederson, and Nick Walker are still working outside of San Francisco, while on the opposite coast Alan Childers, Nathan Tyler Hagan, and Nick DelGatto are still living in and

around the greater DC area. To finish up the rest of the class: Jack Oczeretko and Rob Talarico are both still working in Philadelphia. Sean Doran is still in Rochester driving his Datsun, and just a tad south, Mike Cheng is still living in Connecticut when he’s not business-tripping in Norway. Last but not least, John Fleming is doing well working in South Texas.


This has been quite the year for the Class of 2013! Between, marriages, grad school, marathons, and countless activities, we have all been thriving in the jungle that is post college life! Don Rickerson and his wife Erica were married in May 2014. They both feel blessed for all the friends from Webb Institute that were able to join the celebration. Between a marriage, a job, and a new house, Don decided that he had too much free time so he started a part-time graduate study in structural mechanics through UCLA; it is the same degree program that Andy Lachtman of ‘11 is working toward.

Also, in June Lee Boltz married his fiancé Parker at a small ceremony in Seattle. Finally, Kyle Manis recently got engaged to his fiancée Elizabeth, and the two of them are currently living in Shanghai eating cool things and riding a scooter. In less-exciting-but-still-pretty-cool news: Matt Groff is moving from Pennsylvania to Seattle, to join Jared Harlan and Lee on the list of 2012’ers in Seattle. Stacey Bishop recently moved from her apartment in Houma to the much

A few 2012 classmates and friends acting goofy at Schuyler and Lidia’s wedding

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Alumni News Class Notes Kiersten Del Valle is staying busy traveling frequently to both London and Miami. She is the YP Coordinator for her local SNAME section, and by the end of the year she will have published two articles related to the design of cruise ships! Colin Spillane and his wife Angela were married on July 5th, 2014 at Webb Institute. Shortly after getting married, he joined the startup company LovePop founded by John Wise ‘09 and Wombi Rose ‘09. When he isn’t in Cambridge, MA, working at LovePop, he can be found relaxing in Connecticut with Angela and their cat, Little Bear. Dan Dwyer has been enjoying the Brooklyn lifestyle working at AMSEC’s Manhattan office and spending his free time exploring the unique variety of establishments and activities in New York City. He recently completed the TCS NYC marathon with classmate Sean Murphy. Sean Murphy and his wife Laura were married in August 2014. He can often be found walking their dog, Harper Lee around Brooklyn and training for marathons.

Troy Zangle works, eats, sleeps, and pays taxes. He is positive that there is nothing that can’t be done with a Webb education!

beautiful town of Newport, RI where he takes part in many activities that he likes. On occasion he also does things that interest him.

Doug Zangre has grown quite fond of the Seattle lifestyle and can often be found riding his fixie bicycle to coffee shops.

Gerardo Nixon is living a happy existence in the hills of Northern Virginia. He enjoys working at NOAA’s Platform Acquisition Division. He is also in charge of 3d printing and creation/operation of small form factor ROVs.

Michael LaRose was recently involved in a motorcycle accident in Seattle. He has since been moved to a rehab center in New York and is focusing on his recovery. His spirits are high, and he is very thankful for the support that the Webb community has provided him through this tough time. Roxanne Schacht has been enjoying her job at Applied Physical Sciences in Groton, CT. When not working, Roxanne enjoys spending time with her nearby Webb classmates. Justin Van Emmerik continues to enjoy wet weather and fine brews in Seattle. When he’s not playing with wind turbines for Glosten, he’s running, rowing, and traveling the world through his kitchen. Marc Smith lives happily in the

He also loves camping, computers, and long walks on the beach. Sam Waterhouse is comfortably settling into real life in Seattle. With long sleepless nights working through assignments just a not-so-distant memory, he has excitedly found new pastimes including singing, cooking, and hiking. He is currently searching for a classic wooden yacht to live aboard on Lake Union. Roland De Marco is in his last year of graduate school at the University of Southern California. He is planning to work for Titan Salvage upon graduation and is looking forward to what the future has to hold for him in Houston.

Bryce Bartling is currently working in Fairfax, VA at SeaRiver Maritime, Inc. and is a member of the company volleyball team. The company is moving to the new campus in the Woodlands, TX in June, so he is looking at town-homes to purchase in the greater Houston area! Jonathan Soja is still working for Donald L. Blount and Associates, specializing in weight management, performance assessment, hull design and structural design. He has been maintaining interest in guitars and has been consistently improving his tennis game.


“A New Chapter”, Nathan Tyler Hagan ‘12, Artist Webb News - Winter 2014-15

Heritage Society


Heritage Society Member Looking back at the 60 years since I graduated with the Class of 1955 is a testament to how much Webb influenced my life. My classmates and other graduates are among my best friends. Webb graduates opened up many opportunities I might not have had otherwise. Design – and ship design in particular – fascinated me, and I followed those interests throughout my career. In 1955 there were three general categories of job opportunities available, which were to join the military, to work for a defense contractor, or to be drafted. I joined the Naval Reserve, and over a period of 31 years on active and inactive duty I learned how the Navy does ship operation, design, R&D, maintenance, and education. My last assignment was as the Technical Director for the Naval Reserve Engineering School, and I retired with the rank of Captain. My military service became very useful when merchant ship design work declined and many shipyards closed. My career included working for three shipyards, two R&D companies, and

one design office. With all those job changes it was critical that I provide my own funds for my retirement. Some years ago, when my future seemed secure, I decided that it would be a worthwhile goal to repay Webb’s investment in me. To determine how I was doing, I calculated my annual contribution as a percentage of Webb's cost of operation per student for each year. The sum of those percentages is an estimate of the number of years of Webb education I had paid back to the Institute. Although I made a donation each year, I was dismayed to find how little I had repaid. Having already retired, I realized that I would never reach my goal through my annual contributions. After considering the many ways to make a planned gift to Webb, I opted to include a bequest in my will. During my retirement of 23 years, my wife and I have traveled by motor home through 49 states, Canada and Mexico. We are now permanently moored for medical reasons. For those who can, I recommend working on your bucket list while you are able!

The Webb Heritage Society was formally established by the Webb Board of Trustees in 1991 to honor those who have displayed generosity and foresight by taking steps to remember Webb Institute in their estate planning. There are currently 188 members. To learn more about the Heritage Society, please contact the Development Office at 516-759-2040.

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