Winter 2010 Volume 22 Issue 2
The Webb Institute Magazine
Steering Webb to a Bright Future:
Class Agents Rally in Support RITES OF PASSAGE: Seniors at SNAME Expo 2010 School Year Starts with a Splash! www.webb-institute.edu
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The 5 -year plan : A Status report R E G I O NA L A LU M N I E V E N T S NEED C O N N E CTO RS
Webb Institute Robert C. Olsen, Jr. President John W. Russell ’67 Chairman Dr. Roger H. Compton ’61, PG’64 Dean and Shirley N. & Stephen R. Towne Professor of Ship Design Jennifer E. Kollmer ’91 Chairman, Outreach Committee
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Supervising Editor Gailmarie Sujecki Executive Assistant to the President & Director of Alumni Relations Editor Christine Slattery Contributors Roger H. Compton ’61, PG’64 Professor Richard C. Harris R. Keith Michel, Vice Chairman Richard C. Celotto ’73 Brent J. Morrison ’11 Jay P. Carson ’73 Kyle S. Manis ’12 Erin M. McElroy ’14
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W E B B N E W S
from the President
By Robert C. Olsen, Jr. President
can’t believe how fast this fall semester is flying by. We have another excellent group of freshmen aboard; the student body as a whole is doing great, and we are very happy with the way in which they conduct all their affairs. It’s a real pleasure to be associated with young men and women like this group. If you had been at the annual SNAME meeting and Alumni Banquet or visited the campus in the past few years, I think you would agree that our senior students are well on their way to becoming professional engineers and leaders. Those of you who support Webb and its students should feel good about being part of their development, and the quality of the educational process with which they are engaged. I hope you read all about our recent gathering of Class Agents at Webb. As your President, I was inspired by the whole group’s response to the meeting and its purpose. Frankly, I wasn’t sure what to expect, because my time here has been relatively short. But their commitment to engaging with their classmates, the Board, the students, and the administration in a constructive way to help has been very reassuring and, as I said, inspiring. A number of students asked if they could participate, and I was really impressed with their maturity and desire to join in with the group. I look forward to working with all parties to advance the agenda. As I write this, contractors and our own faculty and staff are hard at work spending the $2 million from the Navy to significantly improve our tank, replace the circulating water channel, and complete a few other projects in the ME lab. They are also working on turning the old PG school classroom into a modern, high tech classroom for our students and a vehicle for delivering distance education online – again with Navy money, just shy of $200,000. The majority of all this work will be completed by the time the students return from Winter Work. (Read all about it in the Dean’s column.) John Couch finally came to tour the computer lab he funded ($500,000) several years ago in his dad’s honor, and his visit was very pleasurable. His talk on leadership was excellent. I think the students learned a lot about the subject, and also learned that an engineering degree serves as a powerful base for doing almost anything you want in your career. A very busy and productive fall to say the least! Wishing you all the very best in 2011.
“ …contractors and our own faculty and staff are hard at work spending the $2 million from the Navy to significantly improve our tank, replace the circulating water channel, and complete a few other projects… ”
Steering Webb to a
Bright Future Class Agents Rally in Support
ebb Institute was the site of an historic meeting of Class Agents on October 23, 2010; the first gathering of Class Agents at the school in many years. This meeting was coordinated by John Russell, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and members of the Executive Committee. The purpose of the meeting was to provide participants with a clear picture of Webb’s finances, our need for additional funding to ensure the Institute’s longterm sustainability, and opportunities for improved participation and communication in fundraising. The turnout for this meeting was impressive – 46 of 70 Class Agents, alternates, Alumni, Trustees, Students, and Faculty returned to Webb. The event started on Friday evening, with a reception in Stevenson Taylor Hall which allowed everyone to introduce themselves. This reception was hosted by John Russell. Old acquaintances were renewed and new friendships were initiated: It became much easier to place a face with a name. The WooFS (Webb Family Singers) offered a fine musical program of entertainment. The WooFS include students, faculty, and
“ While the percentage of Webb Alumni participating in contributions is first in the nation – a remarkable feat – examination of the data shows that only 87 of our Alumni are responsible for approximately 57% of all Webb Alumni Fund (WAF) gifts. ” staff. The warm social atmosphere started the meeting off with a positive tone as everyone faced an intense day of briefings and workshops. The meeting of the entire group of participants on Saturday morning featured several presentations of hard data and perspectives on Webb’s financial status: Joe Cuneo presented an analysis of historical research on Webb’s finances since inception; this research was performed by Joe and Associate Professor Matt Werner, the WAA Historian. Joe’s presentation demonstrated that Webb had successfully overcome economic downturns and challenges from the external environment in the past. Further, Joe reminded many of us that in past years Webb had encouraged students to sign a pledge to give a “Week for Webb” in future years. This concept became a touchstone for the Class Agent meeting, resonating with many in the audience as a benchmark of fair giving. Keith Michel presented an analysis of the current and 10-year projections of the financial condition of Webb. Although the Administration has done an excellent job controlling expenses through an austerity program, and the Investment Committee has managed our portfolio to achieve a 17% Left: Linc Cathers ’57, Keith Michel ’73, John Russell ’67, Jake Neuman ’93, Rich Celotto ’73, and John Malone ’71.
return on investment over the 2010 fiscal year, total expenses continue to exceed revenues. The difference is made up by a draw from the corpus of our endowment. Overall we withdrew approximately 6.4% of the value of the endowment in FY2010, which is significantly more than the maximum draw rate of 4.75% recommended by Webb’s financial advisors for long-term sustainability. To achieve financial sustainability, Webb needs to raise approximately $900,000 per year additional revenue each year going forward. John Malone presented an analysis of Alumni giving. While the percentage of Webb Alumni participating in contributions is first in the nation – a remarkable feat – examination of the data shows that only 87 of our Alumni are responsible for approximately 57% of all Webb Alumni Fund (WAF) gifts. We need to find ways to motivate those who do not participate in the WAF, or who give relatively small gifts, to increase their philanthropy to the school. John also noted that the current equivalent tuition of a Webb education is approximately $152,000 (= 4 years x $35,500/year) and that a fair giving goal might be to return this amount to the school during one’s professional lifetime. continued on page 4
Steering Webb to a Bright Future continued from page 3
Greg Matzat presented a discussion of other contributions, including planned giving, corporate matching and contributions, and endowed chairs. The importance of estate planning was emphasized as a long-term cornerstone of Webb’s financial viability. Lincoln Cathers noted that it was easy to calculate the present value of a perpetual Week for Webb: divide a “Week for Webb” by the long-term interest rate (say 5%). Further, Greg noted that we have been fortunate to attract large donations from Alumni, Friends and
Corporate Benefactors, such as the recently endowed John J. McMullen (Hon.), ABS, and the Shirley & Stephen Towne ’40 Chairs. While the Development Committee and Office continue to pursue leads on future large donations, suggestions from Class Agents are welcome. Rich Celotto presented a summary of proposed changes to the Webb Alumni Association (WAA) bylaws to overhaul the organizational structure and further strengthen the ties between the school and our graduates. These changes allow more participation in governance of WAA
and provide regional officers to coordinate more activities locally. New Mission and Vision statements expand the scope of WAA activities. (These changes were accepted by a unanimous vote at the subsequent WAA business meeting and Annual Banquet at Bellevue, WA on November 5, 2010.) A key part of the meeting was the facilitated discussions among participants. In the morning, volunteers from among the Class Agents facilitated five breakout groups that explored questions, concerns and issues raised by meeting participants about the data presentations. A process was
Our Class Agents in brainstorming sessions.
applied that encouraged all breakout session participants to speak. Questions, concerns and issues were grouped together to find commonality, and each breakout group did a forced ranking of the importance of these issue groupings. A leader selected by each breakout group presented their findings to the entire body of participants. Subsequent analysis of the records of these breakout sessions found remarkable commonality across the breakout groups, with key concerns focused on: 1) Development of tools and methods for effective communication of our message by Class Agents. 2) Metrics for fair giving, notably an annual “Week for Webb” and suggested planned giving objectives.
3) Questions in support of other revenue sources such as corporate contributions and earned revenue from sales of services. The meeting concluded with a plenary brainstorming session, during which five facilitators worked together to solicit ideas from the Class Agents on initiatives to boost fundraising. Ideas were recorded and volunteers were solicited to develop these concepts into action plans. The meeting hosts will contact volunteers within the next month to organize these efforts. A formal report recording and analyzing the work of each facilitated meeting is in progress and will be available online shortly after Thanksgiving. Tools, responses to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and brief
reports to support improved communications between Class Agents and Alumni will follow. John Russell managed this meeting on time, adjourning on schedule to allow people to catch their flights. The meeting concluded with a spirit of optimism and energy as Class Agents said their goodbyes, chatted with enthusiasm about how they could put their ideas into action with their classmates, and expressed their eagerness to participate in future Class Agent’s meetings. Hearty thanks are extended to Webb’s Administration, Faculty and Staff for their support and participation during this important meeting. –Jay P. Carson ’73 Board Member
Preparing for Serendipity presented by John C. Couch
n October 28, 2010, Webb Institute welcomed Mr. John C. Couch as the Fall 2010 Alfred M. Zeien lecturer. Mr. Couch is Vice Chairman and CEO of C.M. Capital Corporation, which manages more than a billion dollars in assets worldwide. Mr. Couch’s presentation, titled “Preparing for Serendipity” and based upon his varied and fascinating experiences in the business world, explored a number of the characteristics of effective leadership in terms of career and life challenges and the opportunities they offer. Although this visit was Mr. Couch’s first to Webb’s bucolic Glen Cove campus, his ties to Webb Institute go back to more than seventy-five years. His father, Richard B. Couch, was a 1933 graduate of Webb Institute, when the campus was still in the Bronx. Richard B. Couch was very proud of his Webb affiliation, and his children knew well that their father considered his graduation from Webb Institute the defining event in his early life. Richard B. Couch eventually became a professor of naval architecture at the University of Michigan. With their father a professor there, John and his brother and sister were offered the opportunity to attend any college they wanted – “as long as it was the University of Michigan.” One is a doctor, the other a lawyer, and, Mr. Couch “pulled the Mr. John C. Couch engineering straw,” majoring in naval architecture and marine engineering. Although he never had the opportunity to attend Webb Institute, Mr. Couch went on to have a distinguished career in the maritime industry and the business world. In 2007, in memory of his father, Mr. Couch established the Richard B. Couch Ship Design Computer Laboratory and Enhanced Classrooms gift to Webb. “Preparing for Serendipity,” a journey through Mr. Couch’s professional life, examined the personal qualities and attitudes central to his success and fundamental to anyone’s attempt to succeed and become a leader in the business and commercial world of the twenty-first century. According to Mr. Couch, leadership cannot be taught; it can only be learned. Effective leadership develops over a period of time, through experience and observation of others. An excellent leader is one who can inspire, engage, and mobilize others, especially in demanding circumstances, to achieve common goals and objectives in the most effective way possible. What factors, then, make effective leadership possible? One especially important
“ One especially important factor… is the willingness to accept and to welcome the sometimes strange and unexpected – often serendipitous – turns that life may take.”
factor, a central point in the presentation, is the willingness to accept and to welcome the sometimes strange and unexpected – often serendipitous – turns that life may take. Mr. Couch’s own career reflects a series of varied “adventures”: undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering; summer employment, encouraged because of his father’s internships at Webb, at David Taylor, with Matson Navigation Company, and aboard an MSC ship; and years of experience in ship design/ship building working for Litton Ship Systems (Ingalls Shipbuilding) where he served as Chief Marine Engineer; a position in engineering and operations for Matson; management of sugar and coffee plantations in Hawaii, of a large real estate business, of the publicly-traded parent corporation of those previous companies, and then of the investment assets of C.M. Capital Corporation. Mr. Couch noted that famous American philosopher Yogi Berra’s advice about embracing opportunities: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” New experiences, no
Left to right: Holly Lemoine, Erica Hansen ’81, Josh Lambertsen ’11, John Couch, President Olsen
matter how unrelated or apparently unimportant they may seem at the time, constantly offer opportunities to learn. Coming to know, know of, and respect significant individuals – parents, professors, mentors, supervisors, and others – who have come before you is also important. Mr. Couch attributes his early interest in the shipping industry to hearing of his grandfather’s service in the merchant marine and the shipbuilding business, and to his father’s career as a professor of naval architecture. He was fortunate at an early age to meet a number of his father’s associates. He mentioned, for example, he met Webb Institute’s distinguished professor Jacques B. Hadler, while Professor Hadler and his father were working at the David Taylor Model Basin in Carderock, Maryland. Referring to Sir Isaac Newton’s famous statement, Mr. Couch asserted that all successful individuals stand on the shoulders of giants. Mr. Couch stressed that while his career took a number of unpredictable “detours,” the learning, communication, and continued on page 8
Josh Lambertsen ’11 with John Couch
Zeien Lecture: continued from page 7
critical thinking skills learned early on stood him in good stead throughout his career. While he transitioned from one position and line of work to another, and as he began to focus more on business and managerial, strategic and financial rather than technical issues, he was forced to think more holistically about longrange objectives, challenges, and possibilities. Problems and difficulties President Olsen and John Couch. must be seen as challenges, challenges as opportunities. In a world that is changing so rapidly and in a career that can bring unexpected turns, one needs confidence that what needs to be done can be done and, at the same time, the humility to realize that effective and productive decision-making depends on our ability to work with and our willingness to listen to others. Mr. Couch cited Peter Drucker’s distinction between management and leadership: “Management is about doing things right, and leadership is about doing the right thing.” According to Mr. Couch, “Management is primarily about running today’s business well. Leadership has more to do with preparing the business to deal with tomorrow’s challenges,” i.e., responding to change. Doing the right thing involves setting appropriate goals and objectives and establishing priorities for accomplishing those ends. Another imperative for effective leadership is the creation of a climate within an organization in which there is pride in making contributions toward the realization of goals and objectives, and recognition of those who contribute to doing that. Leadership to a great extent has to do with organizational ability, with what James Collins in Good to Great calls, “getting the right people on the bus.” Finding capable individuals and then encouraging and helping them to develop their President Olsen.
skills, to improve their own judgment, to take initiative, to participate and collaborate, and sometimes to disagree with leadership, will help promote a positive work environment. There is a darker side to leadership – dealing with intense competition and with those who don’t like you – but with those issues try to be “smart, hardworking, and savvy.” A more general observation involves key characteristics of leadership: knowledge of the discipline or industry, intellectual curiosity, creativity, a passion for what you do, integrity, individual initiative, self-discipline, common sense, good inter-personal skills, and a good sense of humor. Realize that the forces of change will constantly create new opportunities for serendipity. Therefore, challenge yourself to think in new and different ways, and “enjoy the journey.”
A reception and dinner were held before the Zeien Lecture.
–Professor Richard C. Harris Assistant Dean, Professor and Coordinator of Humanities
By John W. Russell ’67 Chairman of the Board
“ We all agreed that it is truly remarkable that the vision of William Webb… is still relevant. The quality of our incoming students is still exceptional. The demand for our graduates is extensive and diversified. ”
Working Together to Maintain Webb’s Vision
s described in more detail in Jay Carson’s separate article, an historic event took place on campus in late October: Roughly twothirds of our Class Agents attended a brainstorming session on a Friday evening and a Saturday. The Board of Trustees invited the Class Agents for two purposes. The first was to convey in as clear and concise a way as possible the history and current circumstances of Webb’s finances. The second was to exchange ideas on how best to convey that information to the Alumni who weren’t present. We all agreed that it is truly remarkable that the vision of William Webb of free tuition for higher education of the highest caliber is still relevant. The quality of our incoming students is still exceptional. The demand
for our graduates is extensive and diversified. The fact that so many of the Class Agents (ranging from the Class of 1945 to the Class of 2010!) found it in their hearts to attend the event speaks volumes about their esteem and concern for Webb. Maybe the best statement at the gathering of Class Agents was from the person who exclaimed that “Webb is even a better school than when I attended, and that’s saying a lot.” P.S.: At the October Board of Trustees meeting we thanked departing Trustees Pat Gilmartin and Charles Kurz, who retired because of term limits, and we welcomed Will Jenkins of Exxon’s SeaRiver Maritime, and Rich Celotto ’73 and WAA president, as new Trustees.
Fall Recruitment in Full Swing:
Six Candidates Get Early Shot at Admission
his past Fall Webb received 20 applications for Early Decision consideration. Six students in this early applicant pool were determined to have all the necessary academic and test preparation needed to be considered under the college’s Early Decision program.
Are You Interested in Becoming a Recruiter? It really is a great help to Webb to have Alumni offer to represent their alma mater at college fair recruiting events. We’d love to see more Alumni get involved in finding great kids but we know it isn’t always easy to find the time. For Webb representatives attending these events it isn’t always easy to give time knowing that a top tier college with a specialized curriculum will mean talking to only a handful of high school students. The good news is that our recent data indicates that a number of our candidates first heard about Webb at a college fair; some as far back as their freshman year. From our perspective, 20 to 25 Alumni speaking with even one high achieving student at each event brings the same potential number of students to the applicant pool. Imagine the quality of each incoming class if 40 Alumni identified just one potential Webb student each year. Anyone with an interest in learning more about how they might help Webb find great students in the coming years is encouraged to contact Bill Murray at (516) 671-2213 ext. 104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
During November these students completed the admission process by coming to Webb for their interviews and had the opportunity to sit in on classes and spend the night on campus. The other 14 candidates will be considered during the regular admissions cycle in March and April. The 20 applicants is an increase by five candidates over last year’s pool and still reflects the interest of students from all over the United States. As Webb continues to look for the best prepared students, the number
of Alumni helping out with college fairs/nights continues to grow. Of the 31 college recruiting events Webb is participating in this fall, 22 are being manned by Webb Alumni in all parts of the country. We also have Alumni who don’t attend fairs but who send us contact information on top high schools and guidance counselors in their region so we can expand our reach into quality schools that may not host college nights. –Bill Murray Director of Enrollment Management
Lauren Moeller ’09
New Year, New Class, New Journey By Roger H. Compton ’61, PG’64 Dean and Shirley N. & Stephen R. Towne Professor of Ship Design
n my penultimate semester at the
encounters with the jetty and each other,
academic helm – the greatest job in the
only one of the five boats actually completed
world – I continue to be amazed at the
the course. Others were towed back in
abilities, enthusiasm, friendliness, and love
various stages of swamping from great
for their school of the student body and the
distances by our crash boats.
faculty of Webb Institute, America’s College
Oh well… we all had fun and nobody got
of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.
hurt. Other than the shock of receiving their
Far from slowing down, activity on campus is
first mid-semester grades and realizing that
more brisk than ever.
they’re really “not in Kansas anymore”, the
On August 18, 2010, the Class of 2014 began their Webb journey together. Nineteen
freshmen have bonded well, enjoy being part of the Webb Family, and are working hard.
eager and bright-eyed young people – four
Under the leadership of Professor Rick
women and 15 men – hailing from Maine to
Royce – promoted from Associate Professor
Tokyo, Japan, spent a week’s orientation in
in September, 2010 – the Congressman Peter
parallel with Leadership Week (for S.O. and
King/ONR grant of $2 million to modernize
Class Officers) before the thundering herd
our campus laboratories serving our NA/
returned to campus to begin the 2010–2011
ME curriculum is funding a new, 8-segment
academic year. In teams of three or four,
flap wavemaker in the Robinson Model Basin (RMB), and a new free-surface circulating
“ Other than the shock of receiving their first mid-semester grades and realizing that they’re really “not in Kansas anymore”, the freshmen have bonded well, enjoy being part of the Webb Family, and are working hard.”
water channel in Haeberle Laboratory, both of which are expected to be ready for use for the Spring 2011 Semester. Other upgrades to RMB include a Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) system, a new yacht dynamometer, a sway/yaw stabilized carriage, a new carriage speed control system and a new wave absorbing beach. The new ShopBot model cutter, funded by the family,
they exercised their as-yet untrained NA muscles designing and building two-person sailboats using only the standard set of materials provided (plywood, caulk, 2x2’s, zip-ties, an aluminum tube, and a blue tarp). On September 26, 2010, the Sunday of Family Weekend, they raced (or tried to) a windward/leeward course before a crowd of family, friends, and schoolmates. The wind was moderately strong, but the tidal current was much stronger. After several
classmates, and friends of Tom Sartor ’54 and the Class of 1988, was dedicated on Family Weekend in September, 2010. In Haeberle Laboratory, new dynamometry for the large diesel engine in the Marine Engineering Laboratory and exhaust emissions testing equipment are being planned. We have five years to spend the $2 million for laboratory improvements. Under the leadership of the newly named ABS Chair of Naval Architecture and Marine
Engineering, Assoc. Professor Matt Werner, Webb’s charter membership in the U.S. Navy sponsored Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC) has resulted in funding for a new Advanced Learning Center in the Luckenbach building. A fully outfitted distance learning facility, with the ability to seat a full class of local students, convertible into a video conference facility, is under construction and is scheduled to be ready for faculty training in early January 2011. With this distance learning facility Webb faculty can provide our unique NA/ME courses to remotely located students; courses from other institutions can be taken by on-campus Webb students; collaborative research or design video conferences can he held, and Webb will have a fifth classroom! When we’re offering four electives for a given class, we really need more instructional space. One of Webb’s major responsibilities in NEEC is to offer basic NA/ME courses to consortium members who educate or employ potential or current naval engineers whose specialties are engineering – but are not ship-related. Another responsibility is to collaborate with the U.S. Navy and consortium partners in undergraduate research/design projects. We’re all really pumped at the potential of both of these new initiatives to move Webb to a whole new level of prominence in the U.S. marine industry. Nathan T. Hagan ’12 has been named a DOD SMART Scholar (Science Mathematics And Research for Transformation). Nathan receives a $25,000 stipend annually, has all fees and books paid for, has internships with NSWC-CD, and has a guaranteed job at NSWC in Carderock, MD. Webb gets reimbursed for
Family Weekend’s Freshman Competition.
Nathan’s tuition – currently valued at $35,500 per year. Congratulations, Nathan! Twenty-three students and four faculty members travelled to Bellevue, Washington for the SNAME Annual Meeting. Senior Ben Fisher presented the progress on his thesis at one of the technical sessions. He’s doing a forensic analysis of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald. Junior (and SMART Scholar) Nathan Hagan was elected Chair of the Student Steering Committee by the approximately 200 student members attending the meeting. Several seniors acted as Assistant Presiding Officers at the technical paper presentations. Webb sophomores (Class of 2013) Sean Murphy, Justin Van Emmerik, and Douglas Zangre are spending the Fall 2010 Semester at the University of Southampton in the U.K. They are the “third wave” to have been offered this opportunity. This coming spring, we will be welcoming three third-year students from Southampton to our campus – the “first wave” of exchange students. They
will be taking courses with our seniors and juniors. All 22 members of the Class of 2010 took and passed the FE Examination in April 2010, scoring at or above the national average in all subjects – some of which we don’t even offer! Next year, biology will be on the exam! The search for a junior naval architecture faculty member is going well. From ten international candidates, we have asked four of the most promising candidates to come to campus, meet the faculty, and give a lecture. We are very close to making an offer. Things are not going as well in the dean search. We’ve have asked eight, hand-picked prospects, had several very sincere and soul-searching dialogs with them, but have not been successful in attracting a new dean. We’re still working. Any suggestions are welcome! Have a healthy and happy 2011! It will surely be memorable for Jill and me as we start “Act III.” 13
Drawing on History Library Project Catalogs Art, Artifacts
ore than 10 years have passed since the start of an important project at the North East Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) located in Andover, MA. NEDCC specializes in cleaning, repair and imaging of paper artifacts. Drawings owned by Webb Institute have been kept in wooden tubes for probably ninety years, and many rigging, arrangements and machinery drawings were transported to NEDCC in 2000 for cleaning and preservation. Most of the drawings of William Webb’s ships have now been treated by NEDCC. In late October Pat Prescott (Director, Livingston Library) and Jay Carson (Chairman, Webb BOT Fine Arts Committee) traveled to Andover, MA, to assess the status of the project. The first items to
“ The intellectual content of the drawings is the principal value; digitization preserves that content and allows us to make the content available online for future scholarship.”
be examined were drawings of the William H. Webb ships; conservation of this part of the collection is now complete. NEDCC’s Registrar and a Paper Conservator assisted during unfolding and review of a sample of the recently completed work. Pat and Jay also met with NEDCC’s Conservator for Digital Projects. He informed them that Webb’s drawings were extremely valuable and of great interest to the public. He encouraged Webb Institute to develop a plan to sell print copies of these drawings “on demand.” Drawings of artistic value would be digitized and the originals retained in an environmentally protected archive. An intermediary would retain a digital copy for “print-on-demand.” Online advertising and processing of orders would be outsourced and Webb would receive a significant percentage of the proceeds. The initial cost of digitization would be recovered from the income
generated by such sales, allowing digitization of other items in the collection. The intellectual content of the drawings is the principal value; digitization preserves that content and allows us to make it available online for future scholarship. This approach is being adopted by many major museums,
Left: Webb’s Library Director, Pat Prescott, and Jonathan Goodrich of NEDCC review ship’s drawings. Above, cross section drawing of USS Dictator.
including the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. A full proposal to “monetize our assets” (the conservation terminology for this business practice) will be presented for Webb Board of Trustee approval this coming spring. The collection of wooden tubes includes drawings from ship designers other than William H. Webb. When the conservation project started, William Webb’s drawings received first priority for preservation. While a number of these drawings by other ship designers have been examined in the past, a complete catalog is not available. Some of these drawings
are quite beautiful, including Hillman’s plans of William H. Astor’s steam yacht, and the 1908 drawings of the sailing tankers Acme, Astral, and Atlas built at the Arthur Sewall Shipyard in Maine. This minimally explored part of our collection includes drawings of a number of Civil War monitors, notably USS Dictator, USS Puritan, USS Roanoke, USS Miantonomah and USS Tonawanda. The drawings of USS Dictator are particularly interesting. This single turret, ocean-going screw ram was an iron-clad fitted with a ram and a steam torpedo launcher. It was a massive ship, 312 ft. in length and over 4,500 tons displacement, with machinery built by Delameter Iron Works in New York. A significant advance in size and technology over the earlier Ericsson vessel, it was launched in 1863 only one year after commissioning of USS
Monitor (approx 1,000 tons). During this time William Webb also built his massive casement iron-clad ram USS Dunderberg (over 7,000 tons). It is clear from the drawings at NEDCC that Webb had detailed knowledge of the rapidly advancing technology of the Ericsson and Delameter monitors and may have collaborated with them. More research is required to fully understand this relationship, and a proposal will be developed for the Webb BOT for a self-funded travelling museum exhibit comparing and contrasting USS Monitor, USS Dictator and USS Dunderberg as well as John Ericsson, Charles Delameter and William H. Webb. Please contact Jay Carson, email@example.com, if you are interested in working as a volunteer on this project. –Patricia Prescott, Librarian Director and Jay Carson ’73, Board Member
Left: USS Dictator. Image courtesy of Dr. Oscar Parkes, London, England, 1936. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 59549. Source: www.navsource.org.
W E B B N E W S
Presenting with Professionals
Each year the senior class attends the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) Annual Meeting and Expo. The 2010 Annual Meeting was held in Bellevue, Washington in the Seattle metro area during the first week of November. There are many reasons why Webb Institute sent the Class of 2011 to the SNAME Annual Meeting in Bellevue, Washington last November. The Annual Meeting provided national exposure for my classmates to meet students and faculty from other schools. It was an excellent place to talk to professionals working in the maritime industry in order to learn about current projects or potential winter work/ post-graduation employment opportunities. The sheer concentration of theoretical and practical knowledge at the Annual Meeting was enough to fill volumes of textbooks and to justify missing a few days of classes.
However, I believe the biggest reason for sending our class, and past and future senior classes, to the SNAME Annual Meeting was to show us firsthand that we are well prepared to become young professionals. (It also may have been a ploy to distract us from looming container ship design deadlines, but I digress.) That firsthand experience began the first day we arrived in Bellevue. After navigating the airport shuttle on an atypically warm and sunny day in Seattle, the Webbies assembled with college students from across the nation, Canada, the Netherlands, and Greece for the second annual Student Design Competition. After breaking the delegations into evenly mixed teams, we were faced with a challenge to design a sailboat that could ferry 20 lbs. of chain across a 10-foot-long pool. The designs were evaluated on their cost-to-speed ratio where the fastest and least expensive design was best. I am pleased to report that Webb students were representatives on all three of the winning teams. During the competition, my classmates realized that we could use our Webb education to apply a practical knowledge to building cardboard sailboats. To the student from that other naval architecture school: no, a bulbous bow will not help your 18-inch boat’s resistance. As the technical paper sessions began, we realized that Webb students weren’t just attending the Annual Meeting – we were presenting alongside professionals. Ben Fisher ’11 presented his ongoing thesis work on the sinking of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald 16
Give Back: Give Blood
Ben Fisher ’11 presents at technical session.
as part of the T&R Marine Forensics Committee. Student Section Chair and Student Steering Committee ChairmanElect Nathan Hagan ’12 presented Webb Institute’s efforts to promote outreach to K-12 students through SNAME’s SeaPerch underwater robotics competition. Several classmates also served as Assistant Presiding Officers for three different technical sessions. Of course, a large portion of the Annual Meeting is consumed by receptions, luncheons, and banquets including the Webb Alumni Association Banquet. Here again, my classmates and I realized that we are prepared to attend formal dinners, to interact with other guests, and to not confuse our own bread plate with our neighbor’s bread plate. Besides the wealth of knowledge presented during the conference, our class was fortunate to have the guiding hand of several Webb Alumni and faculty who showed us how to enjoy ourselves professionally in several afterbanquet venues. We were particularly honored when we received an invitation to socialize in SNAME President Keith Michel’s suite on the 24th floor. Yes, the SNAME Annual Meeting taught the Class of 2011 many things, and we were very fortunate to have the generous support of Alumni, Parents, and Corporations that donated to offset the school’s cost in sponsoring the trip. As we head into our final semester, we look forward to returning to future SNAME meetings as young professionals. Look out, Houston; the Classes of 2012 and 2011 are coming to you for next year’s annual meeting!
In the spirit of giving back, Webb hosted its annual Fall Blood Drive with the cooperation and help of the Long Island Blood Services. It was held on Monday, October 25th, and was a great success! This year, Webb collected 25 pints of usable blood from its donors. Webb students, faculty, staff, administration, family, friends, and residents of Glen Cove all donated their time and their blood to help save lives in their local community. There is a severe shortage of blood, and Webb Institute has helped fulfill some of that need. We are looking forward to our next Blood Drive, which will be held in the spring. Keep an eye out for news regarding future Blood Drives!
–Hampton K. Dixon ’11
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Top: Having fun on Halloween.
Off to a Great Start: State of the Student Organization Each day of this semester has seemed to blur into the next. Classrooms have stayed busy until all hours of the night, with students producing works of both art and science. Freshmen started this semester’s work with their participation in the freshmen boat competition; the class of 2014 built sailboats with limited resources and materials. Although their efforts were not fully rewarded on race day (with only one boat reaching the start line), they started the naval architecture juices flowing for the rest of the campus. Leadership Week spring-boarded the Student Organization into action. Goals were discussed, deadlines were set, tasks were distributed and our leaders were set to work; a week ahead of schedule. Apart from the head start, our leadership was also instructed in leadership theory by Mr. Robert Albright, Cmdr. George Munkenbeck Jr., and our very own Mr. Bill Murray. These educational opportunities provided us with tools for honing our own leadership styles. The Class of 2014 was introduced to Webb culture during Orientation Week. This hectic week of freehand drawing, trips to naval architecture-relevant destinations and more teambuilding activities than you can shake a stick at, prepared the freshmen for the greatest academic challenge they had yet faced. During the first week of classes Poseidon baptized Webb’s newest members in the Long Island Sound as a part of the annual Christening ceremony.
DATES OF INTEREST WINTER WORK
Monday, January 3, 2011 through Friday, February 25, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
FOUNDER’S DAY Friday, April 8, 2011
SENIORS TAKE FE EXAM Saturday, April 9, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011 (3PM) through Sunday, April 24, 2011
JUNIORS ATTEND OTC
Monday, May 2, 2011 through Thursday, May 5, 2011 Our freshman class of 2014.
RETIREMENT BANQUET Friday, May 20, 2011
ALUMNI HOMECOMING Saturday, May 21, 2011
Just as our forefathers and their fathers before them kept their free time, or absence thereof, occupied with a multitude of events, Webb students still take part in a number of extracurricular activities. Social Committee and Pub Club held a number of parties such as the Welcome Back Party, Toga Party, Oktoberfest and the Halloween Party. Apart from giving back to Webb, Webbies have been giving back to the local community. Groups of students have been getting together to pick up trash in the neighboring area, including Welwyn Nature Preserve. Dean Compton directs our choral group, The Webb Family Singers, or WooFS, as they are affectionately known. The WooFS are the featured entertainment at most large Webb functions. If that isn’t enough, the soccer, sailing and basketball teams have been competing this season. The topic on most of our community’s mind is alcohol. For those who have not heard, the Student Organization was tasked with correcting the alcohol issue on Webb Campus. All members rose to the challenge and allowed us to create a comprehensive change. This change has been successful at alleviating drinking on campus, and since its implementation there have been no violations of the conduct code. At this time I would like to thank all members of the S.O. for helping make this necessary change possible. Our four years here present us with an unrelenting challenge. It is this challenge that we embrace as a part of who we are. Just as the students of Webb constantly work to improve themselves, the Student Organization is always working to make this place stronger.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011 through Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
–Kyle R. Manis ’12 S.O. President
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Webb Splashes Out: WPP@LY The 2010–2011 academic year at Webb Institute started off with a splash at the Webb Pool Party @ Lake Yankee (WPP@LY)! On the first weekend of the school year, a majority of students flocked to the home of Webb trustee Bruce Rosenblatt to enjoy summertime activities before the avalanche of work had time to descend. Lake Yankee, Mr. Rosenblatt’s pool, famous for the New York Yankees insignia proudly displayed on its bottom, was the center of the activities. At points, over half of the current Webb students and some Alumni, were in the pool. Not many schools can make claims like that! Games of pool volleyball were played continually, with Mr. Rosenblatt joining in to perform a few sets, bumps, and spikes. Also, many of the Webbies participated in the classic diving game of “who can make the biggest splash.” Though not quantitatively determined, it was decided that the junior class won this competition. Some conducted experiments in surface tension by attempting to run on water. Sadly, these attempts ended in failure.
Apart from the pool activities, many of the seniors could be found in the hot tub, savoring their last minutes of relaxation before a year of ship design and thesis work. Many matches of the Frisbee game KanJam, were played, in which Webbies valiantly sacrificed their limbs to the horrors of grass stains for the sake of claiming a win. For those with a lower octane day in mind, sunbathing was a popular activity. Here, some felt the last UV rays they would experience until June 2011. Many frequented the soda and juice bar that Mr. Rosenblatt tended himself; all greatly appreciated and joyously ate the delicious food provided; and as soon as Mr. Rosenblatt announced lunch and dessert, Webbies immediately ran to get into line for the feast. Everyone who attended the pool party had a wonderful time, and the event is still being talked about now into November. It is not often that Webbies get to be around each other in such great numbers without Webb’s infamous workload. On late nights in the classroom, the thoughts of next year’s party are extremely helpful in making all the stress and strife worth it. –Erin M. McElroy ’14
Webb Athletes Look To The Future Soccer Led by coach Phil Schools, the Webb soccer team experienced a year of rebuilding this season. Student captains Michael Cheng ’12, Dale Pederson ’12, and Josh Lambertsen ’11 worked to train the rookies on the team. Finishing the season 0–9, the team hopes to improve their record next year. Congratulations to Captain Michael Cheng who was selected to be on the Hudson Valley Men’s Athletic All Conference Soccer Team!
Basketball The Webb basketball team, coached by Ed Primeggia, has improved from last year, and is looking forward to a challenging season. Lead by team captain Ryan Pfeifer ’11, the team has recruited three new players from the class of 2014. With their first victory against Sarah Lawrence College, the team hopes to keep improving and finish the rest of their season on a high note. Webb on three!
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Webb-style Family Fun
Ice cream, soccer and a turnout of more than a hundred family members made this year’s Family Weekend special. Taking place at the end of September, the event kicked off Friday night with an Ice Cream Social. Saturday featured the dedication of the Model Cutter, funded by the family and classmates of Thomas J. Sartor ’54; the Class of 1988 funded the installation and instruction. The home soccer game against Albany College of Pharmacy was a nail-biter, and a delightful performance by the WooFS wowed the crowd. President Olsen presented an update on the Institute, and a meeting of the Webb Parents Association then took place. Sunday’s freshman competition was the highlight of the festivities. It was a wonderful weekend, and the pictures tell the stories.
Susan, John & David ’11 Donatelli.
Ilya, Andrei ’09, Lidia ’11, Tatiana & George Mouravieff.
Susan, Bob & Kyle ’12 Manis.
Justin Klag ’11 & Erin McElroy ’14.
Freshmen on the rocks.
One freshman competition team readies.
Dale Sartor (Thomas J. ’54) at model cutter dedication.
Vicky Dlugokecki ’88 at model cutter dedication.
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alumni news Dedication, Devotion and Diligence
s you will read elsewhere in this magazine, things are hopping at Webb and within the larger Webb community. I want to address three topics of particular interest and relevance to our Webb Alumni Association (WAA): the recent Class Agent event in October, the WAA bylaws change, and the annual Alumni Banquet in early November. Let me start out by repeating what I said in my remarks at the Banquet: I am extremely impressed by the hard work, dedication, and diligence of the Webb trustees, many of whom are fellow Alumni, as they go about ensuring the future health of our school. One of the numerous actions the Board recently took to boost the 5-year plan was to convene the Class Agent meeting, in which I participated as both president and a class agent.
“Give (at least) a Week for Webb” As you will read elsewhere, more than 40 class agents or alternates attended, and we all had a great time catching up, making friends, and devoting ourselves to the business of Webb’s finances. We came out of that meeting charged up to increase our interaction with our classmates and other Alumni, to share with them the new or renewed enthusiasm for the school that we all felt, and, we hope, to spark even greater giving, especially among those who don’t give or give very little. Our adopted motto was one that used to be known by all Alumni from the 1920s to the late 50s: Give (at least) a Week for Webb. I had the chance to brief the class agents about the changes to our association bylaws that we proposed to all of the Alumni in a letter in October, in which I announced a special meeting to be conducted during the banquet for the purpose of voting on those changes. We have three goals: 1) Increase Alumni participation on the WAA Board by creating three at-large positions. 2) Increase Alumni participation in Webb life by establishing Regional Representatives in up to 11 locations and changing the job of the Sixth Member to be the Coordinator of those representatives. 3) Re-define the responsibilities of some of the officers of the Executive Committee to better distribute the work and improve the chances for planned succession.
By Rich Celotto ’73 Webb Alumni Association President
Skipping somewhat ahead, I can report that the changes were approved at the annual banquet, and as a result, the Executive Committee re-designated Matt Tedesco ’91 as the Vice President (from 1st VP), Jennifer Kollmer ’91 as Secretary (from 2nd VP), Vicky Dlugokecki ’88 as Treasurer (from Secretary-Treasurer), Ian Mutnick ’96 as Sixth Member (still, but with a new role), and Jennifer Panosky ’85 as First Past President on the committee. Ian is now beginning to identify regional representative candidates from areas with high densities of Alumni, which he discusses in a related article.
Mix, Mingle – Move Forward Last but not least, on Friday evening, November 5, 103 members of the WAA, faculty and staff, their spouses and friends, trustees, the Webb seniors, and other guests, gathered at the Hyatt Regency
“ We came out of that meeting charged up to increase our interaction with our classmates and other Alumni, to share with them the new or renewed enthusiasm for the school that we all felt, and, we hope, to spark even greater giving… . ” in Bellevue, WA for the Annual WAA Banquet. The evening began with a cocktail reception, held as is traditionally done in parallel with, and proximity to, the alwayslavish MIT Course 13 reception, so that Alumni with joint affiliation could easily migrate from one to the other. Upon seating everyone for the banquet itself, I introduced a bevy of attendees, including Webb President Bob Olsen; Board of Trustees Chairman John Russell ’67; the Director of Alumni Relations and Executive Assistant to the President Gailmarie Sujecki, and the Director of Institutional Advancement Holly Lemoine from the Webb administrative staff; and from the faculty retiring Dean Roger Compton ’61, PG’64 and Professors Jacques Hadler ’93 Hon. (also retiring at the end of this academic year); Neil Gallagher ’78, and Matt Werner ’95, PG’99 (WAA Historian). Also introduced were a host of other Alumni trustees, including Keith Michel ’73, who is President of SNAME, as well as WAA Executive Committee members. We had the 21 seniors introduce themselves, tell where they came from, and state their thesis topics, and also noted the presence of two juniors who had attended the SNAME Student Congress events that week. I realized afterwards that I should have also noted the attendance of Past WAA Presidents Hank Marcus ’65 (trustee), and Dave Rodger ’63. I also thanked all of the
Alumni, Faculty and Administration, who had donated generously to defray the cost of the attendance of the students. I then recognized several Alumni who had been distinguished by SNAME during the week, including Joe Cuneo ’57, winner of the Vice Admiral Jerry Land Medal, and Professor Richard Storch ’67 (of the University of Washington), winner of the William M. Kennedy Award.
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Owen Award, to Dr. Peter Van Dyke ’60. We honored Peter for his devotion to Webb, and especially for his long service on the Board of Trustees and brilliant leadership of the Investment Committee. It was a very happy (and welcome!) conclusion to the Banquet activities (although Keith did invite everyone up to the SNAME President’s hospitality suite afterwards). OK, so maybe one more item: I hope to see you all at Homecoming in May. Take care.
Following dinner, President Olsen provided a brief report on the school and described how the students are “thriving.” In a departure from tradition, at my request John Russell provided his perspective as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and a summary report of the Class Agent meeting. Back to tradition, John Malone ’71 provided his report and insightful analysis of the 2009–10 Webb Alumni Fund. As he usually does, John had the students stand so that we Alumni could remember why we give, and so that the students could remember the generosity of the Alumni (such as those surrounding them), who are contributing to the WAF so that they all can hold fulltuition scholarships. That is always a poignant moment. We voted unanimously to approve the bylaw changes and then moved on to another highlight of the evening, which was the 44th awarding of the William Selkirk
The Alumni Banquet
WAA Honors Peter Van Dyke ’60 Distinguished Alum Managed Endowment, Steered a Clear Course
he Alumni Banquet was held in Bellevue, WA on Friday, November 5th. Dr. Peter Van Dyke was this year’s recipient of the William Selkirk Owen Award. Peter is a most deserving recipient of the Owen Award. Introductory remarks were presented by Dean Roger H. Compton. The following is a reprint from the event’s program: The Webb Alumni Association is pleased to present the 44th Selkirk Owen Award to Dr. Peter Van Dyke. Peter is a 1960 Webb graduate who has worked in both the marine industry and investment management. He attended Washington Irving High School in
Senior Class of 2011.
Tarrytown, NY before coming to Webb. He played on Webb’s basketball and tennis teams, and upon graduation he was awarded the Samuel D. McComb Memorial Prize for having the second highest overall average. He then went to Harvard University from which he received a Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Mathematics in 1964. Over the next 21 years Peter held a series of marine industry and scientific jobs in the Baltimore area at Martin Company, Hydronautics Inc., and finally the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. His work utilized both the mathematical approach learned at Harvard and the practical approach learned at Webb.
Opposite page: Rich Celotto ’73, Peter Van Dyke ’60 and President Olsen. Top: Greg Matzat ’89, Gailmarie Sujecki, Brent Morrison ’11, Taylor Herinckx ’06, Rebecca Herinckx, and President Olsen. Right: Nate Bossett ’96, Theresa Fielding ’96, and Nate Frederickson ’96.
In 1985, Peter entered the business world by accepting a job as a Quantitative Specialist at T. Rowe Price Associates in Baltimore, MD. He was able to apply his mathematics and engineering education to a whole new set of problems and achieve success. When he retired from T. Rowe Price in 1999 he was a Managing Director of the firm and responsible for some $35 billion in assets as head of the firm’s Taxable Fixed Income Department. Peter has been on the Webb Institute Board since 1991; on the Executive Committee since 2000 and as Treasurer since 2004. However, it has been his role as Chair of the Investment Committee since 2001 where Peter has made a significant contribution, managing the endowment and steering its course during a period of tremendous market volatility. While the endowment suffered like most investments during both the “dot.com” bubble and housing bubble collapse, it bounced back better than most portfolios due to careful but aggressive management of the committee under Peter’s leadership. Peter currently serves on a number of college and school boards and Finance Committees. He still manages investments through his own investment management firm, Delta Management, Inc. Peter and his wife Judy maintain homes in Baltimore and Chestertown, MD. They have two grown sons.
“ He was able to apply his mathematics and engineering education to a whole new set of problems and achieve success.”
Tim Leach ’91, Dave DuMont ’94, and Steve Baer ’94.
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alumni news The 5-Year Plan: A Status Report
n recent months a number of alums, including some Class Agents, have asked, “Where are we relative to the Board of Trustees’ 5-year plan to reduce the draw on the endowment to a long-term sustainable level of 4.75% per year?” That information has been shared with alums in a variety of ways, notably in the school’s 2009–10 Annual Report. But for those who didn’t see it, or didn’t have time to review it, here’s a snapshot of where we are:
The 5-Year Plan Fiscal Year
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
(prior 3-Yr Rolling Avg) $54,689,327 $56,524,228 $52,293,559 $46,740,816
By John A. Malone ’71 Webb Alumni Fund Chairman
Target Draw Rate (per 5-Yr Plan)
Actual Draw Rate Budgeted Draw Actual Draw
Through the combined effect of an austerity program applied to expenditures, and significantly increased contributions from all constituencies (Alumni, Trustees, Parents, Grandparents, Friends, Corporations, Foundations, etc.), we have been able to meet or beat the target draw rate for the first three years of the five-year plan. So we’re “on track” with two years to go in the plan. But the draw is calculated based on a prior three-year rolling average of the endowment value, and the current year (FY2011) will realize the full impact of the market decline of 2008-09 on the endowment’s prior three-year rolling average. In order to keep on track with respect to the plan, the budgeted draw is $729,000 less than in FY2010 despite an increase in budgeted operating expenses of $359,626 (6% over FY2010). Taking into account expectations for a modest increase in endowment earnings in FY2011, along with the beginning of a new revenue stream from Webb’s participation in the Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC), the projected amount of contributions from all sources needed to achieve a 5.6% draw in FY2011 is $2,363,325. This is a 33% increase over the all28
sources contribution total of $1,775,160 in FY2010. What does this mean for Alumni? The Webb Alumni Fund (WAF) goal for 2010–11 has been set at $1,265,000, which represents a 30% increase over the $969,076 that Alumni donated in 2009-10. At first blush this need-based goal would appear to be a great challenge… but not when cast against the “fair share” benchmark re-affirmed at the recent Class Agent Leadership Forum that all alums should strive to give at least “a week for Webb” each year. Indeed, we have a growing number of alums who are (and have been) donating much more than a week for Webb each year. Many use a different benchmark – that of striving to re-pay the value of their Webb scholarship (currently $35,500 for each of four years) over their
2010-11 Webb Alumni Fund (WAF) Update As of:
Nov. 30, 2009 Nov. 30, 2010
(including matching gifts)
Number of alums participating
lifetime – and some have embraced a personal goal of re-paying the full cost of their Webb education (currently $75,000 for each of 4 years). But if all alums who contributed less than “a week for Webb” in 2009-10 were to increase their 2010–11 gift to that level, we would far exceed our goal of $1,265,000. So the challenges for all alums are to re-think the value of their Webb education, to re-calibrate what constitutes a “fair share” contribution to ensure that future students have the same opportunity to attend Webb on a full-tuition scholarship, and to commit to contributing a fair share in this and every year. Webb alums have never shied away from challenges, and I’m confident that they’re up to the task of seeing the five-year plan through to a successful completion. From that point on, we should be able to maintain the annual endowment draw below 4.75% with a significantly lower WAF growth rate.
Class Agent Update We sadly report the passing of Class Agent Herbert Freinberg ’46 on July 17, 2010. We thank him, and the following alums who have recently stepped down as Class Agents, for their many years of service: Justin McCarthy ’55, Charles Garland ’58 and Chris Decker ’95. And we are pleased to welcome Whitey Laurier ’50, Horton Lain ’55, Pete Hall ’58, Mike Hutchings ’95, and Jake Genauer ’10 to the Class Agent team.
Alums Support Webb Through Planned Giving In FY2010, Webb realized $241,153 in planned gifts from the estates of three alums: Joyce P. Bethge (Hon.), Roy P. McPherson ’44B, and Frank W. Wood ’40. This amount is 35% of the total contributions made by all living alums in the 2009–10 fund year. For Webb alums, planned giving is a way to supplement annual gifts made during one’s lifetime in order to complete the repayment of a Webb scholarship or the full cost of a Webb education, and/or to leave a legacy of providing annual financial support to Webb Institute in perpetuity. A planned gift can be thought of as a one-time contribution that will yield about 5% of its value to Webb annually, plus an allowance for annual growth to keep pace with inflation, in perpetuity. Here’s an example: Joe Alum has an income of $130,000 per year. “A week for Webb” would be an annual gift of $2,500. A planned gift to Webb of $50,000 in Joe’s will or estate plan provides Webb with an annual gift of $2,500 – adjusted upward to keep pace with inflation – forever. We recognize those who have made planned gifts to Webb by enrolling them in the Webb Heritage Society. Sad to say, 24 Webb alums passed away in the year July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010. Only five were members of the Heritage Society. Many of the others had contributed generously in the annual Webb Alumni Fund throughout their lives. We can only guess that some of them had intended to include Webb in their will or estate plan but never got around to it. A planned gift is like life insurance (which, by the way, is one of many ways to make a planned gift to Webb). It won’t be there when your time comes unless you take action now. In my remarks at the Annual Webb Banquet this past October, I set a challenge by saying, “Next year, when I ask the members of the Heritage Society to stand and be recognized, I hope to see every alum and spouse standing, with only our fine Webb students left in their chairs applauding.” Quite a vision… and a call to action for all alums! Give the gift that keeps on giving. Call the Development Office at 516-759-2040 and find out how. 29
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Left: Ian Mutnick ’96. Above: WAA Executive committee.
Webb: Coming Soon to Your Town Regional Alumni Events Need Connectors On the evening of November 5, 2010, the Webb Alumni approved changes to the Webb Alumni Association by-laws. More than 80 Alumni were present and approved the changes with an additional 60 Alumni sending in proxy votes. One of the changes to the by-laws is to have representatives in different geographic regions of the country organize Alumni events. Following the vote, the WAA Executive Committee appointed me to fill the redefined Sixth Member position, which is the role of Regional Coordinator. I have begun the creation of these regions and started to get events for the Alumni planned around the country. John Malone, Holly Lemoine and others often ask for your financial support to Webb. I am writing to ask for something just as valuable: Your time. We are looking for volunteers to help organize and coordinate events, Alumni to encourage participation 30
and, most importantly, participants for these activities. Our initial goal is to host two events each year in each region, one in the winter to include winter work students in the area and another during the warmer months. Successful events in the D.C. area have ranged from a BBQ at an alumnus’ home to attending a ball game. Reviewing the mailing address of Alumni this spring we have identified ten regions with a core of Alumni presently living there (see chart, right). As Alumni move around the country over time we will adjust these regions. If you would like to learn more about how you can volunteer or what is expected of volunteers please e-mail or call me. We are already starting to plan events in January and February so students on winter work will have an additional opportunity to meet and interact with Alumni. Thanks for your support. –Ian Mutnick ’96
Regions Initially Targeted For Webb Alumni Events These 10 regions encompass seventy-five percent of Webb Alumni and we expect that successful Alumni events can be held in these areas:
Northern New England (ME, NH, VT) Southern New England (MA, RI, Eastern CT) New York City Region Washington D.C. Region Tidewater Region (Southern Virginia) South Florida Texas / Gulf of Mexico Southern California Northern California Pacific Northwest
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Allen N. Hoyt passed away on May 28, 2010 in Clearwater, FL, at the age of 97. He entered Webb as a member of the Class of ’35. He is survived by his wife, Cordella. His younger brother, Edgar, also a member of Webb’s Class of ’36, predeceased him in 1999. Mr. Hoyt was a retired Project Manager at the David Taylor Model Basin in Washington, D.C. George A. Johnson passed away on May 1st at the age 96 at the Evergreens in Moorestown formerly Haddon Heights, NJ. After graduating from Webb in 1936 he enjoyed a distinguished career with the Army Corps of Engineers. He served his longtime community of Haddon Heights as a member of the Lions Club, Church Council at Ascension Lutheran, and a founding Board Member of Stanfill Towers. His wife Ruth passed away on March 30th. He is survived by his children Bob (Pat), and Kent (Barbara); grandfather of three and great-grandfather of four.
Walmer E. “Jerry” Strope passed away August 15th. Jerry received his degree at the outbreak of WWII and was immediately employed by the Department of the Navy as a civilian naval architect and engineer. Jerry and his wife Dee Jay retired to Mt. Holly, VA in the Northern
Neck in the early-1990s. Dee Jay predeceased him in 2003. He is survived by two children, Chris and Cynthia, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Warren C. Galle (Rye, NY) passed away at the age of 89 on April 9, 2010 at Hyder Family Hospice House in Dover following a period of failing health. He is survived by his wife, Barbara and his four children and three grandchildren. He was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and received his basic training. He was stationed at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as assistant hull superintendent before being assigned to duty at the submarine repair base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He was later promoted to Lieutenant, Jr. Grade. After the war, he was employed by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for the next 35 years in the design division. He participated in designing submarines including the Albacore and the Thresher. He traveled extensively to naval shipyards, microfilming and organizing the drawings and plans of all U.S. Navy ships. He always loved the sea.
majoring in Physics. In September 1941 he entered Webb Institute, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the V-012 Program, graduating in 1944B. He served aboard the USS Pennsylvania, and received a letter of Commendation for services rendered following torpedoing of USS Pennsylvania Okinawa 1945. He worked briefly at DTMB, USCB Headquarters, and Bethlehem Steel Co., Staten Island Yard. Then he joined the Preliminary Design Branch of BuShips from 1949 until retirement in 1975. He was predeceased by his wife, Louise, and is survived by his two daughters, and their children.
Herbert Freinberg passed away after a long illness on July 17th. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elinor. Herb was a loving father to Bob (wife Barcie), Judi (husband John), and Suzanne (partner Barbara). He was also a loving grandfather to five grandchildren. He served in the Navy for three years and studied art at Pratt Institute after graduating from Webb.
Herb’s career was with Bethlehem Steel Shipbuilding. He was an active member of Congregation Keneseth Israel of Allentown, PA where he resided before retiring to Florida.
Frederick G. Bryant, Sr. passed away at the age of 83 on June 1, 2010 at his home. Mr. Bryant worked as a marine engineer and naval architect retiring from Worthington Pump Corporation, where he was employed for 40 years. An avid boater, sailor, and anything water related, he was a member of the Manasquan River Yacht Club. He is survived by his wife, Joan, two sons, Fred and Jeffrey, four step-daughters and 16 grandchildren.
James H. King (Sterling, VA) passed away on June 21st at the age of 56. He is survived by his wife Bonnie. After graduating from Webb he earned a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from George Mason University.
1944B James L. Mills, Jr. passed away on August 2nd in Columbia, MD after a short illness; he was 88 years old. He attended the College of William and Mary 1939-41
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1944A 1957 Bob Owens: Like Mike Costagliola ’42, in the Summer edition of Webb News: I am still alive thanks to medical progress and will be 90 in April. My wife and I have moved to The Summit, a retirement community in Lynchburg. We have a cottage overlooking a small lake. And so life continues to be good to me… I enjoy every day of it. Never before have I felt so deeply sad as when I read the obituaries in the summer magazine. I knew so many of these men… Bob & Carolyn Browning ’41, good friends; Adin Woodward ’43, who grew up near me and went to the same schools and church, also on two weeks Naval Reserve duty we often drove to work together; John Breslin ’44A, my classmate and good friend; Pat Joyce, wife of Frank Joyce ’44A, who made our reunions better; Les Pecan ’44A, another classmate and friend; Ed Dunlay ’44B who boxed with me occasionally. And all on one page… it took me a good 10 minutes to digest all of it. Note: The class ’44A began with 19 members… now we are 4!
Joseph J. Cuneo was awarded the Vice Admiral “Jerry” Land Medal at the Annual Banquet of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers on November 4th in Bellevue, WA. This is one of SNAME’s highest awards and is for “outstanding accomplishment in the marine field.”
The big news for the Class of ’67 is that in early November at the annual SNAME meeting Richie Storch (now known to others as Dr. Richard L. Storch) was awarded one of SNAME’s most prestigious honors, the William M. Kennedy Award. And Richie was the first academic to receive it. Lois was there, of course, but as a surprise his son Will and daughter Molly and her husband Brian were there at the front table as well. I was lucky to catch Irv Raphael at home for a long telephone chat. I say lucky because Irv was on his way to a Syracuse University event. I knew that Irv was the team doctor, but I didn’t know that it is for all
sports – and that he travels to all football, basketball and lacrosse games. He said that they charter a 757 for the trips, for around 135 people for a football game. His big news is that his older son is in his final residency before coming home to Syracuse to eventually take over Irv’s practice, with the blessing of the University. Ava was elected a judge and will likely serve for another half-dozen years. Paul Chapman and Susan have moved full time to Vail, after deciding that moving back to Connecticut every fall for a dreary winter wasn’t the best. He invites others to join them. They’re in Spain now. They have a new grandchild in Vail, two in Spain and another arriving in January in Columbia. Tom Koster
Dr. Richard L. Storch (left) recipient of one of SNAME’s most prestigious honors, at the William M. Kennedy Award with John W. Russell.
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stopped working at Modec in August and is considering at least a partial sabbatical. He wrote that he’s taking a couple of night classes at Rice, one of which is Japanese as a gift to Masumi. Tom has done (and will continue to do) terrific work for the Webb Alumni Association for the Offshore Technology Conference meeting each May in Houston. Tom said that he had been working on a FPSO steam generating plant. Anyone know what an FPSO is? Bob Hall has moved to Lancaster County PA (new address 1284 Crestview Drive, Denver PA 17517, (tel: 717445-0409). Joyce retired as a school nurse in June, and Bob is semi-retired. They have two grandchildren from their older daughter. The younger daughter has just come home from Thailand writing down a language that hasn’t yet been written (wonder if she knew what an FPSO is?) and their son works for the Bureau of Mining safety in West Virginia. I was able to reach Wayne Martin by mobile phone while he was repairing his roof. He said to pass on that he and Kiki are living full time in Sun Valley (they’ve rented their Lopez Island place) and that he’s loving it. He wanted me to be sure to pass on that from his ladder he could see trout spawning in the creek through their place. Speaking of spawning, their daughter is expecting her second child any minute, and that will make four grandchildren for them. Bob vom Saal describes his retirement as “slipping gradually.” More time on investments, tennis playing
(congratulations, Bob!), playing with grandchildren. Dave Yannitell wrote that a year ago he was married to Phyllis, who was the roommate of Dave’s high school girlfriend at Fashion Institute. They hadn’t seen each other for 44 years. Dave is working as a DOE contractor and plans to retire in June of ’12 after 15 years, for the full retirement benefits. He has a greatgrandson (imagine that!) who just turned five. Kit Ryan says that his company is death on such things as vacation and traveling expenses, but that he and Cathy are planning on coming to Seattle next Memorial Day. Any takers among the West Coasters for getting together then? I can offer our San Juan Island place. Just after the deadline for submittals, John Sirutis and spouse Barbara visited Seattle in June for the birth of his first grandchild, a son to Sean and Cris. He and Barb are living on the Northwest coast of Spain, intending to return to Australia in a year. He reports he is enjoying working on the AWD Program, which is building three ships for the Royal Australian Navy, in accordance with a modified Spanish F100 frigate design. Tom Mattson reminds us that he’s teaching math at an all-girls high school in the Philadelphia suburbs. He said that he had been in charge of a potential $2 billion of electric generating plants near Chicago, but that the company went bankrupt – and he and Susan decided not to move. He plans to work to at least 75. He and Susan mark 24 years of marriage. Tom’s oldest
son Eric (30) was married in March and lives in the Bronx. Chris (21) is graduating from Penn State in May. John Russell: Mary and I are up to nearly 31 years of marriage. All three of our kids, and our four grandchildren live within what Mary calls ”biking distance” of our house. My office buildings dodged big bullets in the last two years only because I was lucky enough to have no mortgages coming due. I divide my time nearly equally with work, Webb and politics (as a volunteer, not as an elected official). My work with Webb is particularly rewarding because the place is just humming. Bob Olsen instituted leadership training when he came to Webb five years ago from being
Commandant of the Coast Guard Academy. The students, believe it or not, are expected to talk! Each of our Board of Trustees meetings, for example, has a presentation by a group of students. We’re lucky that we got in when we did.
Robert Conachey writes: I am finishing up my second year of graduate school at University of Houston pursuing an MS in Industrial Engineering. I am still mistaken for faculty or staff. I am working on a thesis related to machinery degradation and residual life. Hopefully I will have residual life when I complete it, in the spring.
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