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SUMMER 2010 Volume 22 Issue 1

The Webb Institute Magazine

A Voyage to Excellence: The Class of 2010 YACHTS APLENTY

The Model Towing Demonstration’s a hit when local yacht clubs visit Webb SHORING UP THE FUTURE:

A Report from the Board

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WebbNews Webb Institute Robert C. Olsen, Jr. President John W. Russell ’67 Chairman Dr. Roger H. Compton ’61, PG’64 Dean and Professor of Naval Architecture Greg Matzat ’89 Chairman, Outreach Committee

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Supervising Editor Gailmarie Sujecki Executive Assistant to the President & Director of Alumni Relations Editor Christine Slattery




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Contributors Roger H. Compton ’61, PG’64 Professor Richard C. Harris R. Keith Michel, Vice Chairman Lowell Dickerson ’10 Jay Nonemaker ’10 Douglas Slocum ’10 Richard C. Celotto ’73 Brent J. Morrison ’11

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from the President


By Robert C. Olsen, Jr. President

he Class of 2010 has graduated, and by now its members are spread around the globe. They were a great class in all regards. Our top graduate was a woman, the first in Webb history, I am told. There are six going to graduate school and they all will be attending schools overseas. This year graduation day coincided with William Webb’s birthday – a nice touch. Our graduation speaker – and recipient of an Honorary PhD – Mr. John Angelicoussis, visited the school a couple of days ahead of time in order to meet with students and get a tour of the campus. He spoke to the seniors for a few minutes and gave them two pieces of advice: “Be international and commercial.” The day after our guest visited and spoke for about five minutes, the whole class could be heard talking about the need to think globally. I’m glad they listened to him; he had some great stories, like the time one of his ships was captured by Somali pirates. Mr. Angelicoussis talked about his concerns for his crew, about having to pay a ransom, and about making sure that another pirate group didn’t steal the ransom. It was interesting and topical, and having such a speaker – along with his wife and several interesting guests – made an already special day even better. We finally finished our long and winding road to re-accreditation for both ABET and our Regional accreditor, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Webb went through these two processes back to back, and though it was a lot work for the faculty and staff this actually turned out to be a good thing. We were able to use the documentation from the ABET process for a large part of the MSCHE self-study, which saved a lot of work. The next ABET review will be in six years, and the normal MSCHE Periodic Review will be in five years, followed by re-accreditation five years after that. Both reviews went extremely well, and we were highly complimented by both teams. There is one progress report due in October of 2011 that pertains to resources: we have to show that we are obtaining additional sources of funding. Except for this one thing, every other facet of organizational health in academics and management is in outstanding shape. The MSCHE Team Chair said that we had the cleanest report he had seen. Bravo to all the faculty, staff, and students. One final note. I was walking out of my office for a cup of coffee several days after graduation and I encountered an elderly gentleman browsing the halls. We struck up a conversation, and he told me that his name was Fred Haeberle. Turns out that he is RADM Haeberle’s 90-year-old son, and he hadn’t visited Webb since he was a young boy! It was very gratifying indeed to make this connection. In closing I’d like to thank all of you, on behalf of all the students, for your continued support. Have an excellent summer.

“ Our graduation speaker and

recipient of an Honorary PhD, Mr. John Angelicoussis… spoke to the seniors for a few minutes and gave them two pieces of advice: “Be international and commercial. ”


John A. Angelicoussis, Commencement Speaker, Awarded Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science Degree John Angelicoussis was honored with a Doctorate Degree in Commercial Science based on his lifelong achievements in the field of international shipping. Following this he gave the principal Commencement Address to the Class of 2010. Dr. & Mrs. Angelicoussis were pleased to have other honored guests in attendance: David & Jean Butters (Director at Angelicoussis Shipping Group), Dimitri Stylianou (CFO at Angelicoussis Shipping Group), and Denny & Cathy Houston (retired Executive Vice President at ExxonMobil). Dr. Angelicoussis spoke to the Class of 2010 about how the Angelicoussis Shipping Group Limited, one of the largest privately held shipping companies in the world today, was founded some 60 years ago by his father, Antonis Angelicoussis. Antonis Angelicoussis was a radio operator who had a dream to be a ship owner, and from humble beginnings started the company that his son John runs

today. In 1989, Antonis Angelicoussis passed away and John assumed the Chairmanship of the company which at that time had 40 ships, mostly bulk carriers. John Angelicoussis greatly expanded the company, building a fleet of tankers and most recently gas carriers while upgrading the bulk carrier fleet. By describing the creation and subsequent growth of the company, Dr. Angelicoussis challenged the Class of 2010 to dream big and work hard to pursue those dreams. Further, he noted that shipping has truly been a beneficiary of globalization and is a field that will continue to see growth in the future. However, he cautioned that Europe and the U.S. are together no longer the center of economic might in the world – that center was gradually shifting to the east as China and India become strong global players. Therefore, he recommended that the graduates today be prepared to pursue

Chairman Russell and Dr. Angelicoussis.

opportunities wherever they may lie – particularly opportunities in Asia. We are proud to have Dr. Angelicoussis amongst the distinguished list of Honorary Degree recipients from Webb Institute.


114th Commencement Exercises

The Graduating

Class of


Commencement was held on Saturday, June 19th. Twenty-two worthy young men and women were awarded Bachelor of Science Degrees, and an Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree was awarded to John A. Angelicoussis, Chairman & CEO of Angelicoussis Shipping Group Limited, who was also our commencement speaker. We wish them well as they pursue their careers or continue their education.


Commencement Awards & Prizes J. Lewis Luckenbach Memorial Prize (highest general average in four year course): Amanda M. Malarkey Keeler Memorial Prize (highest average in mathematics): Cullen D. Sarles Patrick S. Matrascia Good Shipmate Award Peter S. C. Lee Curran Memorial Prize (for most outstanding and consistent scholastic improvement): Bradley J. Gelles Chaffee Memorial Prize (best all around record): Douglas J. Slocum Richard A. Partanen Humanities Award: Michael E. Cariello SeaRiver Maritime Award for Excellence in Engineering Design: Amanda M. Malarkey Charles A. Ward, Jr. Memorial Awards (highest average in naval architecture): Amanda M. Malarkey (second highest average in naval architecture): Cullen D. Sarles Samuel D. McComb Memorial Prize (second highest junior & senior average) Cullen D. Sarles Lewis Nixon Memorial Prize (best thesis in naval architecture): Amanda M. Malarkey American Bureau of Shipping Prize (highest junior & senior average): Amanda M. Malarkey Connecticut Maritime Association (demonstrating academic excellence with intent to pursue a career in the maritime industry) Cullen D. Sarles & Peter S.C. Lee Above: Amanda Malarkey, Cullen Sarles, and Brad Gelles.

Stevenson Taylor Memorial Prize (for excellence of a thesis in any field): William J. Markuske and Peter S.C. Lee


Post Graduation Plans Michael Cariello Science Applications International Corp.

Seth Cooley University of Southampton

Tedi Derrickson Metal Shark Aluminum Boats

Lowell Dickerson Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling

Bradley Gelles Donald Blount & Associates

Jacob Genauer Undecided

David Gross University of Southampton

Peter Lee TU Delft

Christopher Lyons Nuclear Power Officer Candidate Program

The Graduating Class of 2010

Amanda Malarkey Undecided

Thesis Titles Cariello, Rybovich: The Design and Evaluation of a Fuel Cell Propulsion Plant Markuske, Lee: Structural Comparison of a Wave-Piercing X-Bow with a Traditional Bow under Ice Loads Rothman, Nonemaker: An Investigation into the Wake Effect in Modern Offshore Wind Turbines Cooley: An Investigation into the Effects of Trim Tabs and Interceptors on a Modern HighPerformance Sailing Yacht Tindale, Lyons: Yacht Bulbous Bows: An Optimization of Still Water Resistance and Seakeeping McCauley, Snyder: The Design and Implementation of a Self-Propulsion Module for a Series 60 Model


Gross, Genauer: Cyclic Pitch Propellers: Prospects for Vibration Attenuation and Maneuvering Malarkey, Gelles, Sarles: An Investigation into the Effect of Section Shape on the Residuary Resistance of Catamarans Scott, Dickerson: An Objective Methodology for Analyzing Personnel Movement in Naval Combatants Derrickson: Determination of Heat Transfer Coefficients for Keel-Cooling Willeman: Development Of A Program To Calculate Goldstein Factors For Wind And Water Turbine Design Nowakowski: Theoretical Approaches to Wind Generated Gravity Waves Slocum: An Investigation Into the Efficiency of Gybing Daggerboards

William Markuske Memorial University

Ian McCauley The Glosten Associates

John Nonemaker TU Delft

Andrew Nowakowski The Naval Surface Warefare Center, Carderock

Joshua Rothman Nuclear Power Officer Candidate Program

Dustin Rybovich Going to Chile to teach English

Cullen Sarles The Naval Surface Warefare Center, Carderock

Alexander Scott Nuclear Power Officer Candidate Program

Douglas Slocum North Sails

Daniel Snyder DRS Defense Solutions

Thomas Tindale University of Southampton

Simmy Willemann Applied Physical Sciences

Design for Future Excellence

Left: Pres. Olsen, Dean Compton, Mr. Cuneo, and Professor Harris Below: Roger and Jill Compton

On a beautiful June 7, 2010 afternoon an installation ceremony was held in Webb’s Cuneo Courtyard to recognize Dean Roger H. Compton as the first Shirley N. & Stephen R. Towne Professor of Ship Design.


ean Compton graduated from Webb Institute in 1961 and earned a master’s degree from Webb in 1964. In 1998 Dr. Compton returned to Webb Institute as Academic Dean, a position he has held for twelve years. During his tenure as Dean, he has overseen significant changes to the Webb curriculum and has contributed much to the quality of life at Webb, especially with his creation of the Webb Family Singers and his encouragement of the Webb Players, which recently presented Webb Institute’s first musical, under his wife Jill’s direction. Dr. Compton was a tenured faculty member at the United States Naval Academy from 1966 to 1998; he was

designated Professor Emeritus there in 2000. Honors received during this period include USNA Meritorious Civilian Service Awards in 1994 and 1996 and a Superior Civilian Service Award in 1998. In addition, in 1996 Dr. Compton was awarded the ASNE Solberg Award for Research Excellence. Dr. Compton, who received a Doctorate in Ocean Engineering from the Catholic University of America in 1974, has a long list of additional honors and awards to his credit. SNAME recognized him with its Distinguished Service Award in 1991, with the VADM E. L. Cochrane Award in 1998, and named him a SNAME Fellow in 1999. He served as SNAME

President in 2005-2006 and was made an Honorary Member in 2007. Also in 2007, SNAME bestowed the William H. Webb Medal on him, “for outstanding contributions to education in Naval Architecture and Marine/Ocean Engineering.” In 2002 the Webb Institute Alumni Association recognized Dean Compton with its highest honor, the William Selkirk Owen Award. The award, established in 1964, recognized Dean Owen for his “personal charm, wise counsel, unfailing enthusiasm, and devoted loyalty to Webb.” Those words certainly apply to Dean Roger Compton as well. 7

By Roger H. Compton ’61, PG’64 Dean and Professor of Naval Architecture

The Year at Webb: Charting a Course for Success


nother academic year is drawing to a close with all of the exuberance and melancholy “there unto pertaining.” The Class of 2010 has left their imprint on the school and will be truly missed. The broad range of their thesis topics is indicative of their wide-ranging interests. While six could be considered classic NA/ME projects, three dealt with alternative energy technologies, three dealt with sail and power yacht issues, and one dealt with the physics of ocean waves. For the first time in memory, all (six) graduating seniors who are entering graduate school immediately are attending international (non-US) institutions. As our

Malarkey, Lowell Dickerson, and Ian McCauley) were named the winners of the IMP World Maritime Day Conference Design Competition held in Manhattan in October 2009 for their SD-1 design of an Aleutian Salvage Tug. For the third consecutive year, the entire junior class attended the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston gaining exposure to the offshore segment of our industry and spreading the gospel of Webb Institute. As was done last year, they held a Phonathon to solicit financial assistance from industry sources for their trip. A couple of weeks after they returned, they presented the results of their twelve-week conceptual

“ Although we won’t know the official outcome until August, the team had good things to say in their exit interview and we’re hopeful for receiving full re-accreditation. ”

design projects to a panel of 12 judges, which included ship design faculty from the University of Michigan, USNA, and USCGA. Following our success with the professional accrediting agency, ABET, our regional agency, Middle States (MSCHE), visited campus for two days in April. We

graduation speaker, Dr. John Angelicoussis, clearly stated “ours is a global business and you must go to the industry; it isn’t going to come to you.” This was the first class to complete the revised curriculum instituted in 2006. As juniors, they selected humanities electives including Women’s Studies, Japanese Language and Culture, Economics, and Shipping and the Environment. As seniors, they chose among special topics courses in Linear Algebra, Reactor Physics, Oceanography, and Film and Filmmaking. Three members of the class (Amanda 8

received notification that received full reaccreditation. Just as thanks went to Professor Werner for our ABET outcome, similar thanks are due Asst. Dean Harris for husbanding our MSCHE efforts. Professor George Petrie has spent the Spring 2010 semester on sabbatical leave in China. While there, he participated in our first distance education experiment with his two Webb courses via the internet. This was facilitated by the 12-hour time difference and by having Professor Werner in the classroom to field questions and facilitate course administration.

Two potentially major boosts to our visibility with the U.S. Navy and to our fiscal well-being have been developing over the last six months. We were notified earlier this spring that a multi-institutional consortium proposal, the Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC), has been accepted by the Navy which should enable Webb students and faculty to participate in current Navy projects, and support the development of a remote education capability with which our faculty can offer courses in NA and ME to distant constituencies (part of our role in NEEC). The charter members of NEEC besides Webb are the University of Michigan, MIT, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Penn State, and the University of Iowa. A $2m grant secured by Representative Peter King (R-NY), which will be administered through ONR is fully approved in concept and we are expecting

the formal funding authority to be issued any day now. The purpose of the $2m grant is to support the much-needed upgrades of Robinson Model Basin, the circulating water channel, and the Marine Engineering Laboratory. These upgrades will complement the new ShopBot model cutter recently brought on-line in the Carpenter Shop courtesy of family and friends of the late Tom Sartor ’54 and members of the Class of 1954 and the Class of 1988. These initiatives will bring our campus facilities to a whole new level. This semester, more than most, Webb has lived up to its SNAME* reputation at Homecoming 2010. Not only did the WooFS earn a standing ovation for their choral performance in the Reception Room, but the Webb Campus Players under the direction of Jill S. Compton earned an even longer one at the final curtain of Something’s Afoot, the first

full-length musical ever at Webb. By the time you count cast, pit orchestra, technicians, stage management, costumes, make-up, set construction, set decoration, and set striking (within four hours of final curtain!), more than half of the campus population was involved. BZ to all involved! The WooFS had two more opportunities (after Homecoming) to present their show: one at the Gatsby Party during intermission of Bill Gray’s “Constitutional Jazz Band” (CDs available on request), and a second at the graduation party for members, family and guests of the Class of 2010. As always, your thoughts, suggestions, and ideas for improvement of our academic, professional, and “whole person” programs at Webb are most welcome. Have a great summer! * School of Naval Architecture and Musical Entertainment.


UPDATE: W Webb’s Accreditation Process

ebb Institute is accredited by two major agencies, ABET and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). ABET focuses almost exclusively on an institution’s programs and curriculum as established in the school’s stated objectives and outcomes; self-study reports and regular visits are required. Middle States, on the other hand, looks at fourteen “Standards of Excellence,” covering a wide range of areas from mission and finances to curriculum and student life. An institution does a major self-study for Middle States every ten years, with an interim Periodic Review Report (PRR) at five years. The recent ABET re-accreditation process was a multi-year effort that began in fall 2007 and ended in August 2009 with Webb receiving the official word that its NA/ME program had been re-accredited. The core of the re-accreditation process is made up of the development of the Self-Study Report and an on-site visit by representatives of ABET and its member societies. As ABET focuses


“ The recent ABET specifically on the academic program, the primary burden of the process is on the faculty, which prepares the Self-Study Report and participates in the on-site visit. The Self-Study Report explains the school’s program and its related Educational Objectives and Outcomes and their ongoing assessment. After reviewing the Self-Study Report, the three-person visiting team, consisting of a Team Leader and two SNAME-assigned Program Evaluators, conducted a three-day on-site review and assessment. After the visit, the Team issued a report on its findings with a recommended accreditation action that ultimately was voted on by the Engineering Accreditation Committee (EAC) of ABET. The goals of the process are (1) to indicate to interested parties that the program meets minimum criteria for accreditation, (2) to provide guidance for improvement of existing engineering programs, and (3) to stimulate the improvement of engineering education. Preparation for the 2010 Middle States team visit to Webb began in April 2008. Because MSCHE was

confident that Webb had been involved in a continuing process of evaluation since the last team visit in 1999, Webb was allowed to do a “Selected Topics” self-study. This allowed us to provide documentation for nine of the standards instead of a full self-study. A draft of the Self-Study Report, which was also submitted at the same time, focused on Mission and Goals; Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal; Institutional Resources; Leadership and Governance; and Institutional Assessment. The draft of the report was revised in light of suggestions by the chair of the Middle States evaluation team, Dr. Anthony Collins, President of Clarkson University, and the final copy of the report was submitted to MSCHE in February 2010. The official Middle States team visit took place April 5–6, 2010. The recommendation of the Evaluation Team will be acted on by MSCHE in a June meeting, and we’ve been notified that we’ve received full re-accreditation.

re-accreditation process was a multi-year effort that began in fall 2007 and ended in August 2009 with Webb receiving the official word that its NA/ME program had been re-accredited. ”


The Board Offers Strategies to Shore Up the Future

By R. Keith Michel ’73 Vice Chair of the Webb Board of Trustees and Chair of its Education Committee

lthough I have served as vice chair of the Board of Trustees for the last five years, it has been just a year since I had the privilege of succeeding Admiral Robert Kramek as chair of the Education Committee. This memo summarizes some of my experiences as the new chair of this committee, and touches upon a few of the initiatives recently undertaken by the Board. I have met with the faculty a couple of times to discuss the critical issues facing the Board and to listen to their concerns. These discussions covered many aspects of Webb life and operations, including financial sustainability, the admission of international students, research at Webb, and opportunities in the areas of distance learning and continuing education. My first impressions? We have an incredibly dedicated and capable faculty, who are absolutely committed to the best interests of Webb’s students and the longer term success of the Institute. As an example, all of the professors showed a keen interest in the financial status of Webb and were understanding of the difficult decisions that the Board must make in these challenging times. At the suggestion of John Malone, Professor Matt Werner researched the financial history of Webb since it was first established by William Webb in the late 1800’s. It’s a fascinating story of perseverance and steadfast commitment to a cause. Webb Institute exists today because prior generations of faculty, administration, Trustees and alumni refused to allow it to fail.



If you have not read Matt’s article on “Webb’s Financial History,” I encourage you to do soby going to the alumni portal. As part of its due diligence for examining Webb’s financial alternatives, the Board of Trustees has sought input from several stakeholder groups, including the faculty, about charging tuition. The faculty strongly believes our policy of 100% tuition scholarships for all students is part of what makes Webb special. They expressed their views that instituting tuition at Webb would be culture-changing, impacting admission standards, the commitment of students and alumni, and many other aspects of the Webb education and student life. For a number of years now, a few Webb students each year have participated in our semester abroad program at the University of Southampton. The students have enjoyed this opportunity to study abroad and, what should be of no surprise, performed well academically. This year we look forward to welcoming to Webb our first students from the University of Southampton. In response to the objectives of our strategic plan and the interest expressed by our students for greater international exposure, the Board has made the decision to admit a limited number of international students to Webb. Unlike the 100% full scholarships extended to U.S. domestic students, the international students will be expected to pay full tuition. We are engaged in discussions with overseas corporations that may consider sponsoring

“ My first impressions? We have an students from outside the U.S. to attend Webb. Policies are being developed to ensure that in administering this program, the admission standards and expectations that we establish for students from the U.S. are applied equally to the international students. We currently have eleven full-time faculty members and four adjunct professors. At the conclusion of the 2011 spring semester, two icons of Webb will be retiring: Dean Roger Compton and Professor Jacques Hadler. Although we recognize that these two gentlemen are irreplaceable, nevertheless we have initiated efforts to find their successors. We now have a short-list of very qualified candidates to succeed Roger as Dean. As the next addition to the faculty, we are seeking an Assistant and Associate Professor to teach naval architecture and fundamental engineering courses. If you are personally interested in the position or can offer recommendations as to whom we should contact, please e-mail Professor Richard Harris. Further information on this position is posted on our website. Over the last couple of years, the Board has made a number of changes related to the governance of Webb Institute. One of the most important: membership on the Board was expanded to include the Dean, a faculty member, and a student. These positions are currently filled by Dean Compton, Professor Matt Werner, and Brent Morrison ’11 respectively. We have also introduced the position of Liaison to the

incredibly dedicated and capable faculty, who are absolutely committed to the best interests of Webb’s students and the longer term success of the Institute. ” Board. Liaisons to the Board are nonvoting members whose positions within governmental organizations prevent them from serving as voting members. We are pleased that Howard Fireman, former chief naval architect of the Navy, has become the first Liaison member of Webb’s Board of Trustees. At the last trustees’ meeting in May, the Board also approved formation of a Finance Committee. Previously, the Executive Committee served the function of a finance committee. However, in these challenging economic times, the Board felt it appropriate to create a committee dedicated to the oversight of the Institute’s finances. Chairman John Russell has appointed past Board chairman Joseph Cuneo as chair of the Finance Committee. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the two most recent additions to the Board of Trustees. Will Jenkins is president of SeaRiver Maritime, the shipping subsidiary of ExxonMobil. Will has served in leadership positions on numerous boards and committees related to the maritime and offshore oil and gas industries. Rich Celotto is the incoming president of the Alumni Association and fills the slot allocated for that position. This is Rich’s second stint as WAA

president and Board member. He did a great job last time around, and we are pleased to see him return to the Board.


The Best

Homecoming Ever!

Safe Harbor and Tales of the Journey, May 21-23


Above: Pete Bethge ’53 with sculpture: Storm Watch.


n the Friday evening before Homecoming, President Olsen and his wife Maureen hosted a reception honoring members of the Heritage Society – alumni who have included Webb in their estate plans – and members of the Class of 1960, celebrating their 50th Anniversary. The Olsens also hosted overnight guests Bill Markey ’35 of La Jolla, California and his daughter Melissa, who came to celebrate an amazing milestone – 75 years since Bill graduated from Webb Institute! Homecoming was on Saturday. New to the program this year were the "Winter Work Experiences" presentations which five students gave to an awestruck audience of attendees. Not only were the presentations interesting from an educational point of view, but the students also presented the cultural side of their experiences, and that really raised the level of interest. A beautiful sculpture, “Storm Watch” by sculptress Peggy Mach, was dedicated during Homecoming. The sculpture was

Joyce Gold, Tour Guide

Brooklyn Bridge and Fulton Ferry, about 1890

Living History: Homecoming Tour of The Founder’s New York Many thanks to Jay Carson for coordinating this activity.

Larry and Grace Ward PG’52.

donated to the school by Pete Bethge ’53 in memory of his wife Joyce, who was a beloved friend to many and a strong supporter of Webb. Joyce passed away in May of 2009. At the dedication Pete spoke on behalf of his family, also in attendance, offering an emotional remembrance of this very special lady who is so dearly missed. The entertainment at Homecoming was exceptional. The WooFS (Webb Family Singers) belted out classics, including a medley of Beatles songs; and the Webb Players accomplished a very special milestone this year by performing a musical. Dr. Roger Compton (’61 & PG’64) and his wife Jill worked tireless hours with the student members to present the musical production of Something’s Afoot. Roger was the musical director for the all-student orchestra, and Jill was the director. They practiced with the students five days a week from the beginning of this semester, and much gratitude and thanks go to them for their devotion to the arts at Webb.

A new event was added to Homecoming this year, a guided bus tour of William Webb’s New York. Thirty four people participated in this tour on Sunday, May 23, including sponsoring members of the Class of 1970, other alumni, Board members, parents, friends, staff, and students. Joyce Gold who was the tour guide is a well-respected guide for Manhattan walking tours. She teaches NY City history at NYU and at the New School University, and has written several books about neighborhoods. Working with trustee Jay Carson ’73 and Professor Matt Werner ’95 & PG’97, Joyce told William Webb’s story in the context of the growth of Manhattan in the 19th Century. Joyce also studied the excellent biography, William H. Webb, Shipbuilder by Edwin Dunbaugh and William duBarry Thomas as a source for this tour. The first stop on the tour was at Fifth Avenue and 41st Street, near the New York Public Library. William Webb’s Hotel Bristol was located nearby at the intersection of Fifth and 42nd Street. Webb’s lifelong residence at 405 Fifth Avenue was also nearby, south of 37th Street. Joyce described other notable events and structures specific to this neighborhood, including the Crystal Palace Exposition, the Draft Riots of 1863 and the burning of Croton Cottage and the Colored Orphans Asylum. We drove downtown past Madison Square Garden, Union Square and Cooper Union to the Lower East Side to see the location of William Webb’s shipyard and the Novelty Iron Works. Both sites are now part of public housing developments and the East River Park adjacent to FDR Drive. Joyce took us to Chinatown, and described the Five Points and the working class immigrant struggles in this neighborhood before and during the Civil War. We walked the neighborhood and were able to get some idea of what it might have been like to live here and work at the shipyards and engine works to the north. Many thanks to Ms. Gold for her educational and entertaining look at Manhattan in William Webb’s time. 15


campus news

Maritime Social: Model Towing Demo The Highlight of Club Night at Webb While many sailors have heard of Webb, few know much about the school, or even where it is. In an attempt to increase our visibility, we invited members of local area yacht and sailing clubs to a presentation on the use of tank testing in naval architecture


and yacht design. “Club Night at Webb Institute” was held on June 8th and the response was fantastic, with over 120 people attending, including members of Glen Cove Yacht Club, Hempstead Harbor Yacht Club, Larchmont Yacht Club, Lloyd Harbor Yacht

Club, Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, Norwalk Yacht Club, Sea Cliff Yacht Club, Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, Oakcliff Sailing Center and Port Washington Yacht Club. Several high school students interested in Webb also attended with their parents. Club Night started with a cocktail reception in the Cuneo Courtyard where one of Webb’s 420’s, fully rigged, was on display. It was a beautiful evening for outdoor entertaining. After drinks and hors d’oeuvres, the guests were escorted to the Henry Auditorium where Sailing Team members, Seth Cooley ’10 and Doug Slocum ’10 gave a presentation on model testing and an overview of their thesis. Using a professional looking PowerPoint presentation, Seth and Doug in 30 minutes covered the history of model testing, the types of resistance, the expansion of model data to full scale, and Seth’s thesis which involved the potential use of interceptors (trim devices) on high-speed sailing hulls. After a dynamic question and answer session, the group moved to the

And That’s a Wrap: Student Organization President Sums Up the Semester

Robinson Model Basin to see a demonstration of the tank in action. For the tank demonstration, Seth and Doug used Seth’s 6 foot long IMOCA Open 60 model built for his thesis. Seth explained how the forces on the model were measured while Doug ran the tank. The model was towed at various speeds in calm water and waves. The enthusiastic crowd was engrossed and followed up with more questions for the students. The evening ended with a delightful dinner in the Visconti Reception Room prepared by Peter Morris and his staff. Members of the Sailing Team spread out around the room for dinner and mingled with guests telling them about their experiences at Webb and answering questions about the school. As the sun set outside the reception room windows, in yacht club tradition, Webb’s cannon was fired as the flag was lowered. It was a great event and Webb made a lot of new friends.

During the last few weeks all four classes have been hard at work and have managed to balance that with play. The end of the semester is full of events that give students a chance to take their mind off their work. On Memorial Day weekend Webb hosted its annual Ironclad Triathlon, where four students competed, and Jay Nonemaker ’10, earned first place in his age division. Webbstock, Webb’s annual music festival, held on the 5th of June, was an outstanding day of music and games. To lighten up the mood, there was the annual water fight that cooled everyone off. These social activities have made the final push to the end of the semester much more bearable. “The Webb Organism is in motion” said Josh Lambertsen ‘11. As I write this update the halls of Stevenson Taylor are crawling with activity. Finals are being completed and rooms are being emptied. For the Class of 2010 there are countless memories that need to be packed and moved out as they go on to bigger and better things. Underclassmen chatter about their plans for the summer. At the end of the year, Webb springs back to life. The Student Organization leadership looks forward to keeping this life flowing throughout the coming year. Freshman Orientation is the optimal time to get the next generation of Webbies excited about their four years here and we are hard at work planning an exciting week for them. –Kyle R. Manis ’12

Blood Drive, Spring 2010 This year’s Blood Drive was one of Webb’s most successful Blood Drives to date! The Blood Drive took place on Monday, May 10th from noon – 4:30 p.m. For a pleasant change of scenery, the location for this year’s spring drive was moved to the Reception Room. Donors enjoyed a gorgeous view of the L.I. Sound as they showed up to give the gift of life. This year, Webb had an incredibly large number of students, staff, faculty, administration, and members of the Glen Cove community in attendance to support the Long Island Blood Services. The result was amazing: Thirty pints of blood were collected over a short period of time to help save lives in the local area. This year’s drive topped the charts; the

amount of blood donated is the greatest amount to be collected at a Webb Blood Drive in all of Webb history! Congratulations to the Webb community for an excellent job, and for making small acts of giving go a long way. 17


sports showcase Spring Semester Sports Wrap-Up For the spring semester, in addition to sailing, Webb students participated in three sports, volleyball, tennis and the traditional class Dali games.

Volleyball The volleyball team took 3rd place in their conference, nearly beating Cooper Union in the semifinal match. John Gotta was named to the All Conference Team.

Tennis The tennis team also concluded their season with a respectable 3rd place tie in the HVMAC Conference Tournament at the National Tennis Center. Michael Cheng was awarded the All-Conference Award for his impressive tennis season performance. Our teams have established their own winning formula. If you take time from your heavy workloads, practice, and show, you play! We win and lose as a team, and we celebrate our successes as a team. The players who represented Webb this season have all earned enormous respect from the coaches and other players.

Dali The Webb class Dali Tournament ended with the Class of 2011 defeating every class in their way until they were crowned the 2010 champions. Enjoy your summer and come back next semester ready to play. –Schuyler Needham ’12 Athletic Chair


IMO World Maritime Day Parallel Event:

Networking Opportunities– and a First Place Prize for Students On Friday, October 16, 2009, the United States Coast Guard, in conjunction with the International Maritime Organization and the North American Marine Environment Protection Association, hosted the World Maritime Day Parallel Event at Pier 60 on the west side of Manhattan. The main event consisted of a delegate conference with representatives from the shipping industry and government regulators discussing different emission and global warming topics and possible solutions to curve emissions in the maritime industry. Delegates included Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard; John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology; Efthimios Mitropoulos, Secretary General of the IMO; Kirsi Tikka, Vice President of ABS and former professor at Webb Institute; and Keith Michel, Chairman of Herbert Engineering Corporation and Webb alum. Ian McCauley, Amanda Malarkey, and Lowell Dickerson, all of the Class of 2010, submitted their small ship design of an ice classed salvage vessel for use in the Aleutian Islands to

Ian McCauley, Lowell Dickerson, and Amanda Malarkey in front of the U.S. Coast Guard’s 175 foot buoy tender “James Rankin” on February 16, 2009, at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.

the college design competition being held during the day’s events. Professor Matthew Werner was also able to attend as a judge for the high school science fair going on at the same time. All designs and projects had to be related to curbing emissions or pollution in the marine environment. Ian, Amanda, and Lowell brought home first prize for Webb in the design competition and were able to meet many industry leaders throughout the day. –Lowell Dickerson ’10

Jay Nonemaker ’10 Places 1st in Ironclad Triathlon During every spring of the last four years, one of the Webb traditions I have looked forward to the most was the Ironclad Triathlon, a sprint triathlon hosted by Webb Institute every May. This year a record breaking 400 athletes competed in the race. Although the triathlon was held on Memorial Day weekend, four Webb students competed: freshman Don Rickerson, sophomore Jack Oczeretko, junior Casey Harwood, and myself. We all did extremely well, each finishing the race in under 1 hour and 45 minutes. I was lucky enough to claim first place in the male 20–24 division. The weather that day was absolutely perfect, too. Long Island Sound was much warmer than in previous years, and there was not a single cloud in the sky. The most rewarding aspect of the race was running through the main gate of Webb, crossing the finish line, and knowing that I had participated in such a physically demanding event at the place that I currently call home!



alumni news Webb Alumni Association Executive Committee Changeover


he Alumni Association held its annual meeting at Homecoming on May 22nd. The weather was perfect and the turnout was great. The annual meeting included the induction of the members of the Class of 2010 into the Webb Alumni Association, which is always a wonderful moment. The meeting also included a moment of silence for deceased alumni, the awarding of WebbEY pins to alumni for various periods of continuous giving, the presentation of student athletic awards, the outgoing WAA President’s Report, the Webb President’s Report, John Malone’s report on the Webb Alumni Fund (WAF), and the Treasurer’s Report. We also elected the following alumni to the Alumni Association Executive Committee: President – Rich Celotto ’73 First VP – Matt Tedesco ’91 Second VP - Jennifer Kollmer ’91 By Rich Celotto ’73 Webb Alumni Association I had accepted the request of the Executive Committee to be nominated for President president again in order to fill an interruption in the normal succession due to a resignation, and am glad to be back playing an active role in the WAA and working with the current Executive Committee. I want to extend my sincere appreciation to outgoing President Jennifer Panosky ’85 for her last two years as president but also for her last nine years on the Executive Committee. We owe her a great deal and recognize her again as the first woman president of the association. The other members of the committee are Secretary-Treasurer Vicky Dlugokecki ’88 (who was appointed by the Executive Committee upon the resignation of Jay Carson ’73), Fifth Member Brian Petersen ’07, Sixth Member Ian Mutnick ’96, and WAF Chairman John Malone ’71. Jay stepped down in order to devote more time to his continuing important role on the Webb Board of Trustees, and I want to acknowledge and extend our appreciation to him for his service to the WAA as secretary-treasurer. At our regular meeting on the day of Homecoming, the Executive Committee reviewed its role and that of the WAA as a whole and adopted a new mission statement, which includes in part, “to facilitate and maintain relationships among alumni and between the alumni and the school and student body, resulting in participation in the Webb community.” We brainstormed a long list of how alumni can contribute, and then considered restructuring the committee to better support that participation. We are currently developing that idea, and will propose for alumni consideration and ratification changes to the bylaws that would expand the size of the Executive Committee, with the possible addition of “members at large”, and retention of the “past president” for a year or two. We also plan to split the role of the secretary-treasurer, convinced that the current job is too demanding for the “new body” on the committee. We also decided to establish a cadre of regional coordinators who will encourage more local events at a city or regional level, similar to the Washington Area-based Sixth Member of the Executive Committee. The role of the Sixth Member might then change to become a “coordinator of the regional coordinators.” Look for more information about this in future Webb News as well as a possible bylaws change to be promulgated for voting upon at the Webb Banquet in Bellevue, WA on November 5, 2010.


alumni spotlight:

Michael Costagliola ’42 Brent Morrison ’11 visited with and interviewed Mike Costagliola in Sea Cliff and then wrote the following article.


t is likely that Dr. Michael Costagliola ’42 has enjoyed more than his share of “providence.” Dr. Costagliola grew up in the eponymous Rhode Island port city by a twist of fate. His grandfather, a merchant mariner, made his home there after poor health prompted him to disembark unexpectedly. He was fascinated with his grandfather’s pictures, sea stories, and an old ship model in particular. When Dr. Costagliola was 11 years old, a scarlet fever epidemic struck Providence. Confined to his parents’ house, a restless young Michael developed a passion for reading that would soon transform his life. Two years later, Michael’s mother co-

In another library book, Dr. Costagliola learned about naval architecture and the three American institutions where it was taught: MIT, Michigan, and Webb. He enrolled at MIT based on his guidance counselor’s advice, but he only had enough money for one year. Just as that first year at MIT was winding down, he met a classmate who had applied unsuccessfully to Webb. “I said, ‘Why’d you try to get into Webb?’ He said, ‘Because it’s free!’ And I said, ‘Free? Unbelievable!’ I sat down that night and shot off an application.” That summer, he traveled by steamboat to New York for the tortuous admissions gauntlet. He breezed through the tests – he had studied for three

“ Now this kind of explains why I’m fascinated with model ships… I always wanted to build boats but never had the opportunity, so I build models instead… ” signed for his library card. He ran straight to the section on boats, where fate again awaited him. One of the books he borrowed was a treatise on model building. “The book taught me how to do my first model from plans, and I won this first prize,” he says, holding up a shiny silver medal from the 1933 Rhode Island School of Design Children’s Art Show.

months – but the interview with a dour Admiral Rock left him unnerved. The good news arrived by telegram a week later. Dr. Costagliola excelled at Webb, and he entered the employ of Philadelphia’s Cramp Shipbuilding upon graduation. At the end of the war, as the shipping industry declined into recession, Dr. Costagliola enrolled in a master’s program at MIT. As the recession wore

Dr. Michael Costagliolia ’42

on, he continued through a doctorate in engineering. He retired from Sperry Gyroscope in 1970 after nearly three decades of service to the company. He continued to build models occasionally following his award-winning overture at age 14, but after retirement he resumed his hobby in earnest, gaining great renown as a professional model builder. “I could have made a fair living,” Costagliola remarks of his avocation. He even built a powered model of the Ferris wheel from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. As we continue to tour his collection, he pauses before a breathtaking model of a traditional shipwright’s shop – complete with a craftsman toiling over a lapstrake gig: “Now this kind of explains why I’m fascinated with model ships… I always wanted to build boats but never had the opportunity, so I build models instead, including the model of the boat builders. You’ve got the boatbuilder with his various tools… It’s a lot of fun to do this.”



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class notes 1935 Willard V. Markey is still living a happy life in happy apartment in happy La Jolla! And happy prosperous bridge game every weekday!

1937 A. Dudley Haff passed away on May 15, 2010, at the age of 94. He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth, in 2003, and is survived by his son, A. Dixon Haff. In accordance with his instructions he was cremated, and no official obituary has been published. Mr. Haff served as Class Agent for many years.

1940 Lawrence R. “Larry” Glosten passed away on February 22nd at his Bainbridge Island home at the age of 91. He was the founder of The Glosten Associates (Seattle, WA). Webb Institute awarded him an honorary Doctor of Science degree in 1997. The Webb Alumni Association also awarded him with their William Selkirk Owen award in 1990 for outstanding service to his alma mater and the industry. He received the David W. Taylor Medal from SNAME in 1988, and served as SNAME’s Vice President in 1989–1990. Dr. Glosten and his wife Lois “Pete” established the Glosten Scholars Endowment at Webb Institute in 2008. He has employed numerous Webb graduates over the years. He will be sorely missed by all.


Frank W. Wood, USNR (Ret.), of Niantic, died on Nov. 4, 2009, at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. After graduation, Cdr. Wood served in active duty until 1946, and again from 1951 to 1953. Frank and his family moved to the area in the early 50s. He was employed at General Dynamics Electric Boat Division from 1954 to 1979 as the manager of naval architecture and structural engineering. Frank was predeceased by his wife, Renee S. Wood and their son, James S. Wood. He is survived by his sons, Ronald W. Wood (Janith), and John R. Wood (Lynn); his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a member of Niantic Baptist Church and enjoyed going to the East Lyme Senior Center. In his life, Frank enjoyed golf, bridge, boating, traveling, puzzles, music, dining, friends and family. He had a keen intellect, sharp wit, and always appreciated a good joke. In the past few years, one could find him reminiscing about his extensive travels and life experiences.

1941 Robert C. Browning (Mitchellville, MD) passed away on December 22, 2009, just five months after the passing of his wife (Carolyn) of 65 years. He is survived by three children, grand and great grandchildren. A memorial service was held on January 9, 2010 at the Collington Episcopal Life Care Community.

William Gundlach passed away on February 24th at the age of 91. He is survived by wife Dorothea; brother Richard Gundlach; children Deborah Gundlach, Patricia & Dwight Manley, Peter & Livvy Kage, Margaret & Larry Morrison, Virginia, Elizabeth and Daniel Neufeld, and five grandchildren.

1942 Michael Costagliola: I am still alive at age 90 and am thankful for medical progress!

1943 Adin Kent Woodward (Virginia Beach, VA) passed away Jan. 26, 2010 at the age of 89 at home. He is survived by his wife, Lucille “Cindy” Thomas Woodward; a son, Kent Dixon Woodward (Webb ’68); and a daughter, Anne Bollie Mitchell (John); three grandchildren, Hayden Bowen Woodward (Alex GordonBrander), John S. Mitchell Jr. (and his partner Richard J. Mitchell), and Kathryn MacKenzie Mitchell. He was previously married to Anne Dixon Woodward, the mother of his children. Adin was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy. After two tours of active duty, he continued to serve in the Navy Reserve and eventually retired as a Captain. After working for several area companies in the maritime field, Adin established his own marine design firm, Woodward & Associates, in 1956. His professional career included consulting on a number of commercial and recreational vessels including

some of the world’s largest super yachts. He consulted on the construction of several local bridge tunnels including the original Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. He co-owned and operated a shipyard in North Carolina that built towboats and workboats of his design. Adin was a P.E. in Virginia and other states and served as local chapter president for the Society of Naval Architects and for the Society of American Military Engineers. He lived for many years in Virginia Beach on Crystal Lake where he kept his yacht. He and his wife logged more than 36,000 miles on the waterways between Maryland and Florida and spent a number of winters cruising to Florida.

1944A Wallace Brian: Tours of duty as a Naval Officer during the World War and the Korean War supervising the repair of battle-damaged ships at Mare Island, the Philippines and Okinawa. Long career with National Bulk Carriers as, successively, Engineering Manager, Director of New Construction and Operations Manager. Retired as Vice President in 1980 to pursue a career as Consulting Engineer and to spend more time at our farm in the Adirondacks. Now fully retired and enjoying life with my wife of 60 years, DeMaris. My daughter, son-inlaw and grandson, a recent graduate of Manhattan College, live nearby. I continue to be Class Agent for the great Class of ’44A and I enjoy competing at Duplicate Bridge tournaments in the Northeast.

Dr. John Pershing Breslin, formerly of Montclair, NJ, passed away peacefully in a hospital near his home in Alicante, Spain on May 26, 2010 after a long and courageous battle with prostate cancer. He was two weeks shy of his 91st birthday. As per classmates Wallace Brian, “John, on several occasions became very emotional when telling how Admiral Rock and Webb had changed his life; and he remained a most loyal Webb alumnus to the end.” Gene Clement wrote: I am continuing to work on my pet “dynaplane” motorboat design. Mary Patricia “Pat” Joyce, beloved wife of Frank Joyce, passed away on December 30, 2009 after a long illness. She was the devoted mother of three, and loving grandmother of five. A memorial service will be held in Morristown, NJ at a later date. Lester K. Pecan passed away on February 19th. He received an MS in Marine Science from LIU, C.W. Post, in 1976. He was commissioned with the USNR and saw active duty at Mare Island and NY Navy Yards. He served as Staff of Commander Fourth Fleet, South Atlantic Forces. He and classmate Wally Brian were roommates at Mare Island Naval Shipyard as Naval Ensigns. Mr. Pecan received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, awarded for bravery for his heroic actions at Port Chicago, California during the huge explosion at that ammunition depot in 1944.

structural dynamics, wind tunnel, and flight testing. He also did pioneer rocket sled testing at Edwards Air Force Base, studying supersonic aeroelastic problems. He joined Sperry Rand Corp. and for 16 years enjoyed high altitude flying while testing equipment for the B-58 Bomber. At Sperry he also continued structural dynamics work on orbital satellite and missile tracking radars, submarine towed sonar arrays, and intertial guidance systems. He then worked for six years for TRITEC Corp. conducting R & D on fluidics applications to army and navy aircraft control systems. Later he consulted for the army on the Blackhawk helicopter and for Grumman when his invention was used on the F-14 airplane control system.



Robert Reed: I retired in 1987 from Bay Shipbuilding. My wife Helen and I bought a motor-home that year and put 65,000 miles on it before selling it in 1992 because I was no longer comfortable driving it. We have three children, four grandchildren, and are expecting our first great grandson in Dec. 2009. As of 11/04/09 both Helen and I are in relatively good health.

MacLean Shakshober (Richmond, VA) passed away at the age of 85 on December 22, 2009. He is survived by his wife Shirley, three children, two grandchildren and numerous stepchildren and grandchildren. continued on page 24

In addition to his military commendations, Mr. Pecan’s awards included NASWA citations for work on APPOLO spacecraft inertial guidance system and the Spartan/ Safeguard missile.

1944B Edward N. Dunlay (Convent Station, NJ) passed away on January 1, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Anna. Jay Fay has retired from MIT, living in Weston in the winter and Robinhood, ME, in the summer. Still writing books (three so far) and publishing technical articles.

Lester spent 12 years with Grumman Aerospace in



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class notes 1949


John K. Hushion (of Marietta) passed away on March 19th at the age of 83. He served in the U.S. Navy in the V-12 Program from 19441946 and the Korean War from 1950-1953 as well as in the Merchant Marine in the winter of 1947 and 1948. John owned and managed Hyde Brothers Printing Company from 1960 until retirement in 1992. He is survived by his wife, Joan Smoot Hushion, they were married on Sept. 9, 1950. He is also survived by two sons, Michael Hushion (Mary), and Tom Hushion (Teresa), three grandchildren, and one brother, Joe Hushion (Susan). He was preceded in death by his son, John Kent Hushion Jr.

Robert Pierce retired in 1992 from Electric Boat. There for 35 years with the last 13 as Director of Quality Assurance. We still occupy the house we had built in 1959. The family consists of four sons, six grandchildren and two greats. Life has been good to us and Webb deserved a lot of credit.

From classmate Hank Preiser: It is with great sorrow to learn of the passing of one of our classmates, John K. Hushion. He was the whiz kid from Marietta, Ohio in our truncated class of 1949. Of the nine of us that that had graduated, four of us have survived thus far: Ted Alderson; Dick May; John Slager; and Hank Preiser. To his family and friends, I send my condolences and blessings with the hope that his memory will continue to inspire all that were fortunate to know him.

1950X Alfred J. Giddings died on March 12th at the age of 81 at the Alfred House Eldercare facility in Rockville, MD. He had Alzheimer’s disease. Mr. Giddings was born in Brooklyn, NY and was a graduate of the Univ. of Michigan. He received a master’s degree in Naval Architecture from the Univ. of CA at Berkeley in 1960. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nira Wood Giddings; three daughters; eight grandchildren; and a greatgranddaughter.

1951 Bob Mende is currently living in Cedar Crest Village, an independent living retirement community.

1952 James P. Day (age 81) passed away October 22, 2009, at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Day; two sons, Bruce K. and William P. Day; one daughter, Anne J. Day; and a sister, Diane A. Day. He


served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and later worked at Newport News Shipbuilding. He attended Hilton Presbyterian Church, and was also a longtime member of Coastal Canoeists and an accomplished water colorist.

1954 Paul Hayes: I’m still enjoying life in Fredericksburg with my wife Bonnie. We spent some time in Florida this winter and were able to avoid most of the heavy snow that hit the midatlantic. A two day visit with classmate Joe Signorelli and his wife Janet was a great finale for our stay in Florida. A family wedding precluded our attendance at Homecoming this year but we’re looking forward to 2011. Tom Manuel: Retired and in touch with all classmates. Kenneth B. Spaulding, Jr. (Washington, DC) passed away on November 27, 2009 at the age of 77. He is survived by his wife Athalie and son, Patrick. Seven classmates (and their wives) of Ken’s were able to attend the memorial service.

1958 Ed Christiansen has retired from shipbuilding. Currently own an antique clock sales and restoration shop in Newport, RI. Hobbies include tennis, golf, classical music, travel.

1959 Oren Stephans was elected Vice President of the Myerlee Circle Condominium Association in Ft. Myers, Florida.

1960 Rod Barr sends greetings to you all from Maryland: Early this AM our core group left hot, steamy Mississippi to return home to a crisp, fall day in Maryland after two eventful weeks starting work on the “Maryland House” for the Trosclair family of Pass Christian, a family who lost two family homes in Katrina. Work on their new house is now well underway, and with cooperative (cool, dry) weather we plan to finish their house by October 31. Other teams will continue work over the next three weeks. I will return for our last week of work. My mission trips (this is my twelfth) to help victims of disaster, and often also of poverty, always reminds me of how blessed my life has been, despite the loss of a son and the failure of a marriage. I had originally not planned to return for the fifth week, but after knowing the Trosclair’s and their needs, I quickly decided that I had to return, hopefully to see the house finished.

PG’61 1963 Dennis Ballou: Kathleen and I will be in New Zealand in January/February 2010 where I will be teaching for Georgia Tech’s study abroad program.

1962 Albert Bowers is living in the small village of Chaumont (pop. 600), NY on Chaumont Bay off Lake Ontario. Active in sailing and building fleet of Shellback dinghies (numbering 17) at Antique Boat Museum, Clayton, NY. Daughter Jessica is Wellness Doctor in Moorestown, NJ (granddaughter Briana, b. 2007); Daughter Winnie in Belmar, NJ is Jewelry Designer; Son Matt has a band in Annapolis, MD. Elaine has two daughters, Karine and Stephanie living in nearby Ontario. Sail our Redwing 30, Lady Elaine on Lake Ontario. Active participant in the Thousand Islands Bluegrass Preservation Society. Serving as a consultant and expert witness in numerous maritime/shipbuilding matters. Leading battle against wind power developers in local area.

Donald Deckebach wrote: I went to work for the U.S. Navy after graduation, doing design and project management for Navy Underway Replenishment Systems at the SF Navy Yard and the Ship Missile Engineering Station in Port Hueneme. In 1967, I figured out that the flower-children had a better idea, so I joined the party getting started in the Haight Ashbury. About the time I started getting a little burned out in 1971, I got recruited to go back to work in DC at the Pentagon, receiving assurances that my T-shirts, jeans, long hair and beard would fit in just fine. I met my future life-long wife Mary in DC, and we moved to San Francisco after we got married in 1973. This time, I worked while partying, becoming a management consultant, the very definition of “maximum pay for minimum effort.” For the next 30 years I consulted on projects such as North Sea oil platforms in London (where I worked for Larry Krantz, Class of ’65), Canadian and U.S. oil fields and pipelines, rapid transit systems, ballistic missile defense, GPS satellites, and spy satellites. I also was an expert witness on several cases involving cost and schedule overruns, such as the Chevron tankers built by Gunderson in Portland, and several satellite systems. We moved to Los Angeles in 1983.

I sort of retired in 2003 (consultants don’t get retirement parties, they just don’t go out on jobs anymore) and am back to full-time relaxation and enjoyment (except for the daily honey-do list). Mary is 10 years younger than me, and loves her work as the Regional Manager for First Republic Bank.

PG’63 Ural Clay Parnell wrote: We have recently returned from TX to a retirement home in Charlottesville, VA. It is more like home back in VA. New address: 2029 Lockwood Dr., #220, Charlottesville, VA 22911.

PG’67 Jack Ringelberg: President of JMS Naval Architects and Salvage Engineers was elected to the grade of Fellow of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

1970 Mark & Bonnie Bebar have been doing more overseas travel since his retirement from NAVSEA and working part-time for CSC-Advanced Marine Center. Our most recent trip was to the Baltic countries and Russia in late September.

S. Allen Face III: It’s now been 40 years since Admiral Brockett, vigorously shaking my hand in obvious pleasure at my imminent departure, announced to all assembled that to his knowledge, this graduation ceremony was the first thing for which I’d ever been on time. There was much laughter, but also much known ascension – especially by my parents, grandparents, and classmates. Two days later (on Sunday, June 14, 1970) I also managed to be on time to be married at St Brigid’s in Westbury to Miss Joan Romano – with Bovet and Loeser ushering ...(more later) Eric W. Linsner: I am still married to Pat and we have two grown children. David Pedrick: I’ve been living in Newport since opening my own yacht design practice more than 30 years ago. Laura and I have been married more than 25 years, with college-age sons at Stanford and Northwestern – both as engineers. I have a 32-year-old daughter – married, working in NYC, with a weekend home in CT. I continue to have a great career in yacht design, with America’s Cup winners, large cruising yachts, significant restoration projects and more routine projects from 10 – 45 m in LOA. My focus has been in sailing yachts, with a small share of motor yacht projects. I enjoy taking on Webb interns and helping as a junior project mentor from time to time. continued on page 26



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class notes 1971


Dudley Dawson: Eighth and ninth grandchildren, Gabrielle Renee & Abigail Grace, arrived this year.

Tom Brewton is still helping solve the business problems of the maritime industry…

James Dwyer: Jim and Candace are still in Singapore, enjoying life and work in this region. Please say hello if you are in these parts. Paul Vibrans: I enjoy design engineering when the opportunity arises but will settle for second guessing other people’s work to keep busy. More and more the work seems to have an electrical element to it. My work seems to use every bit of what I learned at Webb, which I find amazing. Tom and Letty Chadwick have been working on getting custody of their granddaughter by their foster son, Jack. Tom has been building guitars (two as of Dec. 2009) and is still working on his photography and wood working.

1973 Rich Celotto: By night, a VP at D&P. During the day, consulting since 2000 for the USCG Deepwater Program. Wednesday nights, racing on Ted Slotwinski’s 39-ft. sailboat. Lorne Sheren: I have assumed the position of Director, Dept. of Anesthesiology, at Fairmont General Hospital, Fairmont, WV.


1975 Christian Saether wrote: Brocade closed my office and job in June, 2009. Developing residential energy monitoring system. Check my page on LinkedIn. Got two kids at Garfield HS, where Quincy Jones graduated and Jimi Hendrix got kicked out!

1976 Gregory Castleman: My wife, Cindy, and I just observed our 8th wedding anniversary. My son Tommy has chosen to defer his college education and has enlisted in the Army. He will serve as an intelligence analyst for the next three or so years. Daughter Erin is still in college in Florida. Stepdaughters Amber and Diane are living and working in Oklahoma City, along with son-in-law Matt and granddaughter Brittany. Stepdaughter Susan lives in Friendswood, TX along with her husband Eric. I just finished a 1-1/2 year stint in Ingleside, TX as site team manager for the first MinDOC floating production unit. Glad to be back home, where we can sail our Tiburon 36 ketch in Galveston Bay. We welcome any Webbies who might be in the Kemah, TX area!

Bill Watts: After more than nine years as an NA/ME, I have been involved mainly with machinery vibration analysis (predictive maintenance) since 1985. The work has included some vibration troubleshooting aboard ships and boats. My wife and I (married in June 1982) have been living on Bainbridge Island, WA since July 1984. We have two daughters – Katie, born 12 July 1982 and Nikki, born 1 May 1984. Nikki has three children (Ariel, born 8 Nov 2004; Corbin, born 5 Aug 2008; and Janelle, born 1 Feb 2010).

1977 Doug Wolff: Having put my wife and children through college (five degrees in eight years) it’s finally my turn – I’ve started an on-line MBA program which keeps me very busy evenings and weekends.

1980 James Gretzky: Married to Sarah Since 1991 – Two Daughters, Maddie and Lexi. One dog, Tucker, and one cat, Midnight, and a whole tank full of fish. We live in Storrs which is the home of the University of Connecticut. A great place for education and not bad if you like college basketball. (Just don’t drive by the school on game night!) Co-Owner with Sarah of Sail Spars Design, LLC which specializes in spars, rigging and consulting for twelve metre yachts. We also design and build custom aluminum spar packages for medium and larger yachts. Other projects

include custom hardware for refit and new construction projects. For the past three years, I have managed the refit, redesign and updating of the British Twelve, Victory ’83. She is as close to a new twelve as anyone has come since the Fremantle America’s Cup! Her new layout is unique in the class and reflects the latest from the AC and Gran Prix fleets. She has been a real head turner at the dock and on the water! In 2009, her first full season, we won the NYYC Annual Regatta, second in the Newport Twelve Metre Regatta and finished off with a win at the 2009 World Championships in Newport in September. We also won the Ted Hood Trophy for the 2009 Season Championship. One of the highlights of the season was winning the Candy Store Cup at the end of the Worlds. This was a fleet race with twelve of all divisions racing together on one line. The fifteen starters was the most in a twelve meter race in North America. We had a great race and a convincing win off Bannister’s Wharf inside the Newport Harbor. Sail Spars had a great showing at the regatta with our spars on all but one boat in the Gran Prix and Modern Divisions! We were also well represented with equipment or design work on the boats of the Traditional and Vintage Divisions. I own a 110 which is now 70 years old – looking forward to sailing time with the family next season.

Kathy Henn wrote: Doug and I have two kids in college, and a HS senior about to start college. We still live in Lawrenceville, NJ and would love to hear from classmates.

1981 Bill Peters wrote: Kerry and I are very busy between our work and home. John is finishing a degree in business at Adelphi U; Cole is nearing his graduation from high school, McCauley, 11, wants to be an architect/engineer , and the littlest is our very active two year old, Connor. All are healthy and active – a great blessing. My work at the Coast Guard’s Naval Architecture Division is very satisfying and am pleased to work with a very good group of dedicated professionals.

1982 Dave Skolnick is sailing as much as possible.

1983 Craig Pomeroy is married to Crystal (Szucs) in 1989, two daughters Erin (b. 1991) and Abbey (b. 1995).




Bill McEachen: Married since ’94, two kids ages 14, 10 as of 2010. In 20th year at CCCSD, try to stay fit, fiddle with a bit of number theory on the side. Will sit for my PE EE April 2010. We bought a place in FL on a short sale recently… passage of time quickening, life is good, hope all my classmates are well.

John Eck: Still working for Lloyd’s Register visiting hundreds of ships each year. (I don’t like sitting in an office). Has lived in Houston since 2000. Married to Amy since 2008; five kids, Emily, Tom, Andrew E, Patrick & Andrew S.; U. S. Navy: 1989–1996; Newport News Shipbuilding: 1996–1999; LR- 1999–present.

Ted Dickenson: Recently moved from the Silicon Valley suburbs into San Francisco… still enjoying working for Purify Solutions, founded by our classmate Lincoln! Check us out at

Chad Hawkins just started a new job back in Mobile.

Jake Neuman: ExxonMobil since 2000.

1987 Paul Gallagher is working for IESE Business School, a wellknown European School, in their recently opened New York City Center.

Doug Schickler: Practicing Naval Architect/Yacht Designer in Amsterdam, the Netherlands,

Jennifer Waters: Looking forward to our 20th! continued on page 28

1988 Steven Pagan married the lovely Patricia Flaherty in July 2009, the reception was held on the first terrace at Webb on the most beautiful evening in the history of the planet. Having successfully tricked her into marrying a Webbie, he then proceeded to convince her to move to Jakarta, Indonesia for a four-year assignment on an upstream oil and gas project. Anyone who wants to spend 20 hours on an airplane is welcome to visit us.

1990 Gene Gotimer is working as a software architect for a small company of consultants doing secure agile software development.



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class notes 1995 Stuart Greene: My wife, Heidi Landen-Greene (’96) and I live and work in Houston, TX with our son Milo and daughter Corinne. I completed my Masters of Industrial Engineering degree at University of Houston in Spring 2009.


Alan Bolind: I will graduate this December (2009) with my PhD in Nuclear Engineering, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My next step is a post-doc in Japan, continuing to do work in leadbismuth-eutectic corrosion. Wm. Jason Flatt: Expecting our second child in May ’10.



Thomas Edwards, Jr.: Using my skills as a Henningstrained-man to teach the next generation. Still holding onto dreams of opening a small wooden boat shop.

Beth Ferguson is living in Houston and working at SeaRiver Maritime.

Douglas Frauenberger: I just moved to Washington DC with my wife. So far so good… .

Sarah Leitner: I have now been married to Chris Leitner for 11 years and have two girls and one boy (deceased). Hannah was born this year (2009) and is now 9 months old! Ashley is in third grade, age nine, and just had her first poem published!

Liz White wrote: Hello from Seattle. Steve and I are surviving with our two sons George and Ezra.

John Glaeser: Design Integration Manager – JHSV. Resides in Woodbridge, VA. Has abs of steel and a dazzling smile.


Heather (Halberg) Barden got married 3/14/09. Just bought a new house in Falls Church (1/22/10), and am pregnant with our first child (due 8/4/10).


Now a stay at home dad of three in Maine.

Scott Furr: Retired in 1996! We welcomed the third addition to our family, Cora, on August 20th!

1998 Nate McKenzie and Sharla welcomed their son Miles Draemel, into the world on November 18th. He was 8 lbs. 7 oz. and both he and mom are doing great. He’s cute, cuddly, and kissable!

2004 Kate Munkenbeck wrote: Timothy Yen from the Class of 2004 was married to Anne Brooksher on September 20, 2009.

Michelle Adam walked over 60 miles in the San Diego Breast Cancer 3-Day in November 2009 with her team, Moms Know Breast! She wants to thank her generous Webb classmates for their donations, which helped her to raise nearly $3,400 for the walk. Thank you!



2002 Nicholas Dombrowski and his wife, Bonnie, are looking forward to the birth of their first child, due early April 2010.

Kristen Posey Mead married Russell Mead (X ’06) on 5/9/09. Moved to Oregon, so Russell can pursue boatbuilding. Obtained Cascade Yachts, building trawlers and sailboats, dinghies, models. Working at Gunderson Marine to pay the bills. Have a furry family – a miniature schnauzer, Captain, and a papillon, Chloe. Matthew Unger: Currently working at Metal Shark, designing and manufacturing aluminum patrol and utility craft.

Caitlin Jarecki wrote: Vince and I are both working at the Washington Navy Yard. Our daughter Alexa was born in November of 2008. Michael Morabito has a paper in the January, 2010 issue of Maritime Technology, “On the Surface Wave Contours Associated with the Forebody Wake of Stepped Planing Hulls: by Daniel Savitsky and Michael Morabito. And, Margaret Morabito (Michael’s mother) and Michael have designed a boat for the Professional Boatbuilder Design Challenge. The competition was for a boat to provide economical family fun at less than 2 gallons per hour. The 25-hp, 16 foot boat did not win, by the drawings were published in the December/January issue of Pro Boat.

2007 Kathleen Cain: Graduated from NAIP after 30 months with NAVSEA. Now working full time in the LPD 17 Program Office. Back in Washington, DC after spending most of this year in Norfolk, VA and Bremerton, WA. Robert Dvorak moved to DC in July. Billy Gotta: Back in NJ, working for the Army, and my band is releasing its second album in April. Elizabeth Singleton graduated from NAIP in February!

2008 Sarah Patrick Wickenheiser started work at D&P in August. Got married to Vincent Wickenheiser (’08) in March of 2009. Bought a house in November. Still waiting to breathe.

2009 Robert Carelli joined the NUPOC program in my junior year of Webb, graduated OCS in November 2009, and am about to begin nuclear power school in Charleston, SC. They tell me I’ll be sleeping less than at Webb, I’m really excited for it now!

Jonathan Dowsett wrote: I am currently working as a naval architect at Herbert Engineering Corp. in Alameda, CA. This position will continue through the summer of 2010 at which point I plan to begin a graduate program involving alternative energy and climate change. I hope to research the relationships between these interests and the maritime industry. I am also working to set up a SNAME Young Professionals section for the Northern California SNAME section. If you’re reading this and want to participate in the NorCal YP section, let me know! I love cats, plaid things, photography, fossil hunting, alternative energy, traveling, adventures, friends, and having fun. I like to keep in touch with everyone at Webb Institute as well. If you live in the San Francisco Bay area, let’s hang out!

Austin French: He is attending grad school at the University of Adelaide in Adelaide, Australia, and will be completing a Masters of Marine Engineering in the next three semesters. He is the recipient of The Frederick H. Todd Scholar Award in support of his studying submarine design. The scholarship is sponsored by SNAME.

Robin “Wombi” Rose: I am studying "Computation for Design and Optimization" at MIT. 3/6 classes completed. 0/1 Theses completed. For my Master’s Thesis research I am investigating the “Future Characteristics of Offshore Support Vessels.” If you know something about OSVs, or OSV logistics, please let me know!

Niko Martecchini: I like sailing and living in Annapolis!

Aurore Zuzick is living in Maryland with a group of ’08 and ’09 grads, working on passively-actuated deformable camber foils research at University of Maryland.

Andrei Mouravieff: I’m currently working on my Master of Ocean Engineering at Stevens Institute in Hoboken, NJ. I’m taking classes and working as a research assistant, using CFD to analyze performance of surface effect ships. I hope to be done in May 2010. Still no plans for what comes after grad school!

Honorary Ole Skaarup passed away on June 11th at the age of 94.

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