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WebbNews The Webb Institute Magazine

Winter 2011–2012 Volume 23 Issue 2

Family Weekend: A Flotilla of Fun!

THE CLAG REPORT: Class Agent Update 2011 HIGH AND DRY: The New Webb Seawall Repels Hurricane Irene


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


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Supervising Editor Gailmarie Sujecki Executive Assistant to the President & Director of Alumni Relations Editor Christine Slattery Editorial Contributors Connor A. Bennett ’14 William J. Blanton ‘71 Hampton K. Dixon ‘11 Richard C. Harris John A. Malone ‘71 R. Keith Michel ‘73 Schuyler Needham ‘12 Richard P. Neilson ‘70

Photo Contributors John R. Carlson ‘14 Eric S. Harris ‘14 Colin T. Spillane ‘13 Gailmarie Sujecki Design Lum & Associates

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W E B B  N E W S

from the President


By Robert C. Olsen, Jr. President

­­­ “ The freshman competition during Family Weekend is an important part of Naval Architecture I (NA I), and the students and parents have a lot of fun with it .”


ear in and year out, I see constant reminders of the quality and value of a Webb education and the many elements of the curriculum that can be found nowhere else. For example, the pictures and notes from our recent Family Weekend focus mostly on the freshman design competition. It is an important part of Naval Architecture I (NA I), and the students and parents have a lot of fun with it at the end of the project. Each time we do this, however, I am reminded of how unique, powerful, and important the NA I course is for our curriculum. The fact that our freshmen take their first course in their major during their first semester is unique. This early engagement in their major, instead of waiting for one or two years as at most colleges, has a significant impact on the students. The exposure enables them to become more interested and involved in NA/ME right away, and it prepares them for their first winter work. The design project is their first teamwork challenge; they work essentially with strangers and lots of uncertainty. This approach helps with retention and commitment to the rest of the curriculum and enhances their time at Webb. Our new Dean, Rick Neilson, is “all ahead full.” His passion for Webb and teaching, his broad industry background, and his managerial and leadership skills are adding value every day. I also enjoy his sense of humor. First-year Assistant Professor Dr. Adrian Onas brings a great combination of academic and practical engineering experience to the classroom, and a friendly persona as a colleague. Read about the new seawall, a very critical project for Webb’s future. Bill Blanton ’71 wrote the article, and there’s a very simple reason for that – he was the expert who led us through the design, permitting, and construction phases over the past two years. He is an expert in this kind of engineering and construction, and that was critical as we navigated through the intricacies of state and local environmental regulations and bureaucratic red tape. He even recruited his cousin, Jim Gunn, who is also an expert, to pitch in and help us out with his time and other resources. Thank you both! Our recent Zeien Lecture by our new Trustee, Dr. Stephen Payne, was one of the most inspiring talks I have heard in a long time. It was perfect for our budding Naval Architects. I look forward to seeing some of you at the regional meetings being hosted around the country and/or at Homecoming in the spring. Thanks to all of you who support this great school. Please visit.

The Zeien Lecture

The Genesis of a Queen:

Stephen Payne Presents at Recent Zeien Lecture


hen BBC children’s television program “Blue Peter” declared in its 1972 annual that no superliner like the RMS Queen Elizabeth would ever be built again, a passionate youngster wrote back explaining there would, indeed, be another great liner, and he would design it. The youngster grew up to be naval architect Stephen M. Payne, the designer of Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2, the first true ocean liner to revive the spirit of Cunard’s earlier Queens. Dr. Payne presented “The Genesis of a Queen” at Webb Institute’s most recent Zeien Lecture to a captivated audience of Webb students, faculty, trustees, and alumni. Dr. Payne, Webb’s newest member of the Board of Trustees, told the audience of his childhood years, when he was inspired by magnificent liners like the Queen Elizabeth and S.S. United States and then of the design and construction of his own great liner, Queen Mary 2. His lecture was poignant because so many Webbies were drawn to naval architecture from their childhood adoration of great ships. Dr. Payne’s first exposure to the Queen Elizabeth came through “Blue Peter” in 1967, when a host made a crosschannel trip on the liner. Two years later, he found himself awestruck in the presence of both the QE and the S.S. United States while on a family holiday. He saw the QE again on “Blue Peter” in 1972. This time the live footage showed the Queen in the throes of a ravaging fire that would eventually cause the vessel to sink. “Blue Peter” chose this moment to mark the end of a great era of transatlantic liners. Dr. Payne knew then that this could not be, and he set out to prove “Blue Peter” wrong.

Many years later, a school advisor told him that there was no future in engineering in the U.K. and guided him to study chemistry at Imperial College London. Fortunately, a physics instructor redirected Dr. Payne to follow his passion. He enrolled at the University of Southampton and graduated with honors from the Ship Science program. In 1985 Dr. Payne joined Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding. During the next 36 years, he was involved with over 40 passenger vessels for the Carnival brands, but his dream was realized in 1998, when Carnival CEO Micky Arison tasked Dr. Payne with developing the feasibility study and design for the Cunard Line’s next great ship. Mr. Arison advised, “I suspect that you will only ever get one chance in your lifetime to design such a ship, so you had best get it right the first time!” The end result was the Queen Mary 2, the flagship of the British merchant fleet. Among the people to congratulate Dr. Payne and his team was the cast of “Blue Peter.” While the show had given him an ordinary badge for his letter in 1972, they presented him with a gold badge for following and accomplishing his dreams. Dr. Payne’s Zeien lecture was a reminder of how great achievements can be sparked by childhood inspiration. The full lecture “Genesis of a Queen” is available online at –Hampton K. Dixon ’11

Principal Characteristics Length, Overall............... 345 m (1132 ft) Beam, Waterline............. 41 m (135 ft) Beam, Bridge Wings........ 45 m (147 ft) Draft............................. 10 m (32 ft) Air Draft........................ 62 m (203 ft) Displacement................. 75,000 mt Speed........................... Over 29 knots Propulsion Power............ 85 MW Passengers..................... 2,800 Crew............................. 1,300 Gross Tonnage................ 1500,00 Cost, Approximate........... $780 million


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Queen Elizabeth 2

Project Queen Mary 2


Family Weekend A Flotilla of Fun!


ssigned the daunting task of designing and building a paddleboat capable of negotiating a race course carrying a crew of three, the intrepid members of the Class of 2015 – with no relevant experience and little technical instruction – prepared to cast off on a clear but windy Sunday morning into the uncertain waters of the Long Island Sound. Poised to launch, our neophyte band of mariners was serenaded by a subset of the WooFS and assembled friends and family – it was Family Weekend, after all – to the strains of “A Paddleboat Lament: The Tides They Are a-Changin’.” Alas, due to the conditions, the words may have ended up “Blowin’ in the Wind” (note to self:


potential song for the class of 2016), but the little armada set off anyway. As the wind and incoming tide started to take the fleet into Hempstead Harbor, a portion gained some traction and was able to start the course. The crash boat was busy retrieving some of the others and, unfortunately, swamped the catamaran entry during the course of returning one of the wanderers. Meanwhile, the long, narrow boat with offset paddles experimentally discovered the impact of torsion, opening up tie-wrapped, duct-taped and caulked seams to the extent that they experienced progressive flooding and capsized twice. Though in violation of the rules, the crew managed to struggle to a crowd pleasing finish of sorts.

Meanwhile, one entry negotiated the course with a minimum of problems, while a second used a good deal of manual effort to successfully finish the race, if we ignore the fact they manhandled their way around one of the marks. It was a blast, and it’s amazing how much the participants learned: freeboard is good, torsion is bad, simple is good, and even adversity can be okay when shared with friends. The class has requested a reprise – the opportunity to revisit the same problem during their senior year. No promises have been made. –Dean Richard P. Neilson

Above: Professor Gallagher and his daughter Maureen. Right: John Fleming ’12 with his parents.

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Chairman’s Message:

By R. Keith Michel ’73 Chairman, Webb Board of Trustees, Chairman, Herbert Engineering Corp.

Facing Challenges and Achievements


n October, I was honored to be elected chairman of Webb Institute’s Board of Trustees. Having served as chairman of Webb’s Planning Committee and then its Education Committee, I now look forward to this new role. I do so with a sense of excitement and a bit of trepidation Excitement because Webb is a magical place. Where else can a young person get a truly exceptional engineering education, develop relationships that will last a

­­­ “ Where else can a young person get a truly exceptional engineering education, develop relationships that will last a lifetime, and travel the world during winter work terms…? ” lifetime, and travel the world during winter work terms – all with the knowledge there will be multiple employers seeking his or her services upon graduation?



There are currently 31 trustees on the Board of Webb Institute. Some members are ex-officio members, on the Board as a function of the position they hold. Ex-officio members include:


Robert C. Olsen, Jr., President Richard Neilson ’70, Dean Richard Celotto ’73, Alumni Association President Matt Werner ‘95, PG’97 is the faculty representative on the Board Kyle Manis ‘12 is the student representative. 6

Trepidation because we are challenged by an uncertain and volatile economic environment. There are daily news stories about dramatic increases in tuition at other colleges and universities, both in the U.S. and abroad. Many students are forced to take five or even six years to complete undergraduate studies due to unavailability of classes. At Webb each student still receives a 100% tuition scholarship and completes a rigorous curriculum in four years. We have achieved this without wavering in our commitment to academic excellence. It has not been easy. We certainly could not have done so without the dedication and generosity of our alumni. “Giving back” is a tradition personified by our founder, William H. Webb, and embraced by Webb’s alumni. In each of the last five years, over 72% of Webb’s living alumni have contributed to our Alumni Fund. Webb has been called “America’s most loved school,” as this level of giving is unparalleled in the U.S. today. This commitment to future

T E R M L I M I T S   Webb’s by-laws limit trustees to two successive terms of five years each. Term limits ensure the opportunity to continuously refresh Board membership. The Board’s nominating committee seeks candidates who have the expertise to participate in the governance of Webb and who are willing and able to assist with Webb’s development efforts. The committee looks for representation from the various sectors of the marine industry and strives for a balance between alumni and non-alumni trustees.


Trustees elected this past year are: David M. Bovet ’70, Partner at Norbridge, Inc., formerly Managing Direct at Mercer Management Consulting and economist at The World Bank Jon J. LaBerge ‘76, Axis Capital Group, formerly COO, Capital Markets Group at PartnerRe George Campbell, President Emeritus of Cooper Union John Couch, formerly CEO of Alexander & Baldwin and Matson Navigation Company, and Vice Chairman of C.M. Capital Corp.

generations is something we can all be proud of. As a trustee, it leaves me with a sense of humility and a strong commitment to do all I can to ensure the continuance of William Webb’s legacy. Notwithstanding excellent returns from our investments in recent years and careful attention paid to controlling operating costs, Webb’s endowment is not where it needs to be. Our draw rate is approximately 7% per year, while the generally accepted figure for intergenerational sustainability is 4.5% to 5%. The Board will be studying different options to bring the draw under control, and we welcome your suggestions. In coordination with Webb’s 125th anniversary celebration in 2014, we plan to hold a capital campaign with

the goal of financial sustainability. Although we are confident that our alumni will once again do their part, achieving sustainability will require outreach beyond our alumni base. Your assistance in identifying potential contributors will help make the capital campaign a success. We have many stakeholders who have a vested interest in the success of Webb – students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, industry, and the many friends of Webb. Input from all of you is encouraged and taken very seriously by the Board Members and Administration. We are committed to transparency and openness, which are best achieved through the direct involvement of all constituents. In recent years, the Dean, a faculty member, a student, and a recent

graduate have been given representation on the Board. Webb’s next strategic planning retreat will take place in the spring of 2012, and all of the above stakeholder groups will be represented. As part of the Board’s outreach to alumni, we have scheduled 10 alumni meetings around the country. The majority of these meetings took place in the November–December 2011 timeframe. For those unable to attend a regional meeting, we will host a number of webcasts from Webb’s new Advanced Distance Learning Center. I plan to personally attend most of the regional meetings and look forward to meeting with many of you and listening to your suggestions and ideas.

Mark Martecchini ‘79, Managing Director of STOLT Tankers


John Russell ‘67 completed his service as chairman of the Board of Trustees, and begins a three-year term as Past Chairman. John was appropriately honored at the October board meeting and presented with a print of William Webb’s Dunderburg in recognition of his outstanding contributions to his alma mater.

Greggory Mendenhall, Attorney at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, formerly Vice President and Director of U.S. Lines

Patrick Gilmartin was elected Trustee Emeritus, in recognition of his outstanding service as a trustee and secretary of Webb Institute.

Dr. Stephen M. Payne (Hon.), formerly Vice President and Chief Naval Architect for Carnival Lines, current Principal Consultant, PFJ Maritime Consulting Ltd.

Retiring from the Board at the October meeting were Charles R. Cushing Henry S. Marcus ‘65 Edwin J. Roland Matthew L. Unger ‘04 Peter Van Dyke ‘60

Joseph H. Pyne, Chairman and CEO, Kirby Corporation Robin Rose ‘09, recent graduate representative, McKinsey & Company

A special thank you is extended to each of our retiring trustees for their dedicated service to Webb Institute.


Top: Russ Pollock ’08 with Sarah and Vince Wickenheiser ’08. Bottom: Bill Hale ’78 and Spencer Schilling ’82. Alumni Association President Richard Celotto ’73, Honoree R. Keith Michel ’73 and Bruce Rosenblatt (Hon.)

Among Webb’s Best: R. Keith Michel ’73 Honored at Alumni Banquet


he Alumni Banquet was held in Houston, TX, on Friday, November 18th. Mr. R. Keith Michel was this year’s recipient of the William Selkirk Owen Award. Introductory remarks were presented by classmate Rich Celotto and Keith’s good friend Bruce Rosenblatt (Hon.). The following is a reprint from the event’s Program: The Webb Alumni Association is pleased to present the 45th William Selkirk Owen Award to R. Keith Michel. Keith, a 1973 Webb graduate, now serves as the chairman of Webb’s Board of Trustees. He was elected to the Board in 1999, and in true Webb tradition he hit the ground running. During his service he has been chairman, vice chairman, and an active member of most of the Board’s major committees. Keith served as vice chairman of the Board for six years immediately prior to being elected chairman in 2011. He also currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Herbert Engineering Corp. (HEC), where he has been involved in the design of ships and related research for the last 38 years. He started as a junior engineer at HEC in 1973 and served as its president from 1991-2006. During his tenure he directed the establishment of HEC’s Shanghaibased marine design company, Herbert Engineering Shanghai (HES), and also Herbert Engineering Europe (HEE). He currently serves as chairman of the marine software company Herbert-ABS Software Solutions Inc. (HSSI).

Keith is a past president of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and is a recipient of SNAME’s David W. Taylor Medal, Cochrane Award, Distinguished Service Award, and Centennial Medal. He has authored numerous technical papers and presentations, and he co-authored a chapter on tanker design for SNAME’s text Ship Design and Construction.

­­­ “ He was elected to the Board in 1999, and in true Webb tradition he hit the ground running.”


During his time at HEC Keith developed expertise in a wide range of engineering activities, including structural design, damage stability, oil outflow, cargo securing, container and cargo gear testing, and marine transportation studies. Keith also developed software and was project manager during the development phase of Herbert Engineering Corp.'s ship design and salvage response software HECSDS, HECSALV, and POSSE. This software is used for salvage response and salvage evaluation by the USCG, the U.S. Navy supervisor of salvage, classification societies, and numerous oil and shipping companies. As a result of his innovations in the field of oil

Debby and Tony Urbanelli ’75 with Carmen and Peter Weber ’74.

June Kiss, Dan Chen PG’99, Dave Helgerson ’77 and Ron Kiss ’63

outflow analysis of tankers, Keith was invited to serve as technical advisor to the U.S. delegation to IMO MEPC 32 through MEPC 36 (1992-1994). During this time he served as chairman of the IMO BLG working group tasked with developing new MARPOL regulations for hypothetical oil outflow and tank size, and acceptance of alternative designs to double hull tankers. He also participated in the working group that developed the MARPOL regulations for protection of bunker tanks. Keith is past chairman of the Marine Board (National Academy of Sciences) and has served on a number of national academy committees, providing expertise in the areas of risk management, salvage, and design.

He worked on the committee performing an OPA 90 Implementation Review; he recently chaired an NAS committee tasked with designing a comprehensive risk assessment methodology for vessel accidents and spills in the Aleutian Islands, and currently chairs an NAS committee evaluating standards for offshore wind energy. We are pleased to honor Mr. R. Keith Michel for his achievements and dedication to his alma mater, Webb Institute.  Keith and his wife Peggy live in Alameda, California. They have one grown son and a new daughter-in-law, also   living in California. –Gailmarie Sujecki



Leadership Meeting the Challenge


ifty-five alums representing 45 Webb classes from 1950 to 2011, along with trustees, members of the Administration, Faculty and Student Organization met at Webb on October 15, 2011 for the 2nd Class Agent Leadership Forum (CLAG2). The purpose of the meeting was to review the “State of Webb” and efforts to ensure long-term sustainability, obtain feedback from alums, and solicit Class Agent input to the 2012 update of Webb’s Strategic Plan. The event began on Friday evening with a welcome reception hosted by Board Chairman John Russell ’67, during which President Bob Olsen introduced “the new Dean,” Rick Neilson ’70. A short performance by the WooFS (Webb Family Singers) reminded everyone of the closeness of the Webb community, and that working together with a common purpose can produce impressive results. Former Board Chairman Joe Cuneo ’57 kicked off the program on Saturday morning by reviewing the key take-aways from CLAG1. He highlighted the need to increase contributions from all sources within the Webb Family while also expanding the 10

donor base, to explore potential new revenue streams, and to consider “game changers” such as merging with another school or the reinstitution of a needs-based criterion for full tuition scholarship. Alumni Fund Chairman John Malone ’71 summarized fundraising developments since CLAG1, and Board Vice Chair Keith Michel ’73 reported that financial projections indicate Webb will not achieve a long-term sustainable endowment-draw rate in the next 10 years unless annual contributions are significantly increased beyond current projections, a capital campaign is undertaken to raise $25-30 million, or some level of tuition is implemented. President Bob Olsen provided an overview of developments at the school, highlighting the excellence of the student body, recent and upcoming faculty and staff changes, and a number of facility improvements – most funded by grants and special donations. The school is thriving despite ongoing financial challenges. Parents Annual Fund Co-chairs Hal and Alison Granger (P’14) reported significant improvements in average gift and participation in 2010–11, and more ambitious goals

Above, Matt Zahn ’05, Matt O’Leary ’07, and Bill Gassman ’94. Left. Keith Michel reporting on Webb’s financial projections. Opposite page, Administration, Faculty and Student Organization gather for the 2nd Class Agent Leadership Forum (CLAG2).

for 2011–12. Alumni perspectives and feedback were provided in prepared presentations given by 11 Class Agents and alternates: George Gilmore ’57, Steve Stone ’06, Ted Dickenson ’92 (for Theresa Haven ’92), Matt Tedesco ’91, Jeff Magrane ’89, Bill McEachen ’84, Dave Chapman ’72, John Newcomb ’66, Ed Shope ’59, Pete Johnson ’58, and Rick Thorpe ’55. Webb Alumni Association (WAA) President Rich Celotto ’73 explained the current and evolving roles of the Board of Trustees, the Webb Development Office, the Webb Alumni Association (WAA), and the Class Agents in support of Webb’s financial goals. One of Webb’s newest trustees, George Campbell, gave a lunchtime talk and answered questions on his experience as President of Cooper Union during a time of serious financial challenge. His message was upbeat and inspirational as he praised the loyalty and generosity of alums and other members of the “Webb Family.” Dr. Campbell suggested that, with Webb’s storied past and a bold vision of the future, there is ample cause to be optimistic about the potential to attract financial support from outside the Webb Family. Dave Bovet ’70, Chair of the Board’s Planning Committee, provided a brief overview of Webb’s Strategic Plan and invited all the attendees to suggest key issues and new ideas to be addressed the 2012 update of the plan. Joe Cuneo closed the forum by facilitating a session to capture and ensure consensus as to the main conclusions and take-aways from CLAG2: Webb has encountered many financial challenges throughout its 120-year history. We should continue to: increase annual contributions from alumni, parents, companies and other friends of Webb; establish a “Week for Webb” campaign; expand planned giving commitments; and continue to explore relationships with potential new members of the Webb family.

We should seek major donors from outside the Webb family. We need to increase industry support. The new Parent Fund is off to a good start and shows promise for future growth. A new focused capital campaign is imperative. We need a robust, organized, energetic and coordinated campaign to develop new revenue streams. We need an efficient, data-driven development effort. We should do a better job of informing alumni of where we are. Regional alumni meetings are a starting point, and a good opportunity to publicize improvements on campus that have been funded from outside sources. We need to increase communication between Class Agents and Regional Coordinators, and promote informal and formal alumni gatherings. A key role of Class Agents is to communicate Webb’s status with their class members, exchange information, and foster affection for Webb. We need to improve our use of social media; one such use could be to facilitate Class Agent newsletters. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for Class Agents, but sharing concepts is invaluable. The CLAG2 event concluded in an atmosphere of familial solidarity, optimism and enthusiasm. Overall, the Class Agents and alternates enjoyed the social context afforded by the Forum, came away better informed, and enjoyed the opportunity to help improve the effectiveness of the Class Agent team in achieving Webb’s long-term sustainability. –John A. Malone ’71 All Powerpoint presentations made at the CLAG2 event, as well as a summary report of CLAG2 input to Webb’s Strategic Plan, are posted at


By Richard Neilson ’70 Dean

New Class, New Faces:

Greetings From “The New Dean”


t will seem strange to many of you not to see Roger Compton’s smiling face to the left of this article, but he and Jill have moved on with all of our sincerest best wishes and heartfelt thanks for service to Webb above and beyond for 13 years. Those contributions have not ended – many live on in the form of well-developed student projects, policies, and, of course, the WooFS – and I’m quite sure we will continue to see the Comptons from time to time. Meanwhile, I take on the mantle of “New Dean,” which seems to have become my generally acknowledged title. I accept it with gratitude for the opportunity, some trepidation of the expectations, excitement over the possibilities, and the knowledge that I may as well enjoy the sobriquet “new” for as long as I can, because it is likely the last time I will be a “new” anything. Many of you know I had actually retired from ABS at the end of 2010. This may be the only job for which I would have willingly curtailed retirement. Thus far, there is no trace of regret; my wife, Denise, agrees. And so, in mid-August, we eagerly dove into the semester, my third time as a newcomer to Webb. My fellow freshmen looked a little more bewildered than I, but all 26, four women and 22 men, having arrived from as far as South Korea via Hawaii, Switzerland via Colorado, Maine, Idaho, and California, were soon fully immersed in the week of Orientation. As in previous years, the unsuspecting Class of 2015 was randomly divided into four- or five-person teams to tackle a design, construction, and operational problem before they had even one minute of class time. (More on the results of their efforts can be seen in the article on Family Weekend.) Dean Emeritus Compton returned to teach the sketching “Coursette,” taking the opportunity to inject some good advice here and there for the students and me. With the help of the upper-class 12

members of the Orientation Team, this freshman class has bonded well and displayed an energy and togetherness that all faculty and staff hope will be maintained throughout their time here together. Even the issuance of mid-term grades has not dulled their enthusiasm. Meanwhile, Leadership Week allowed the student leaders to discuss plans for the coming year, problems encountered previously, and solutions. They are an impressive group, and the semester has proceeded well largely because of them. We have two sophomores enjoying the University of Southampton Exchange Program this semester, Samantha Griswold and Amy Zahray. This is the fourth year we’ve had students take advantage of this opportunity and, for the second time, we will have a group of Southampton students coming to Glen Cove in the spring. The juniors are undergoing several first-time experiences: an elective in Maritime History with Adjunct Professor Ira Breskin; Vibrations from new Assistant Professor Adrian Onas; and the task of finding a work term job on their own. The last has been met with varying degrees of success; I hope all alumni support the juniors, perhaps by encouraging their own employers to take advantage of the opportunity to hire a bright, eager intern. The seniors are typically busy with Ship Design and a wide variety of theses projects challenging not only their own talents but those of the faculty. The subjects range from the Design and Construction of a Fuel Cell to Planing Craft Ride Control Optimization Using an Artificial Neural Network to the Production of Algae Biodiesel for Comparative Engine Emissions Testing. In several cases, our newly improved laboratory facilities will be used for the first time in a thesis, while others will contribute new capability to the labs. Twenty of the 21 seniors of the Class of 2011 took the Fundamentals of Engineering examination last spring – the other intended to take it but was ill that day – and all passed with above average scores. We do not have a policy to teach “towards” the FE exam,

Dean Emeritus Roger Compton with Neil Gallagher ’78.

Professor Rick Royce with Professor Emeritus Jacques Hadler.

­­­ “ I’m deeply honored to be chosen as the second J.J. Henry Professor of Naval Architecture, following Jacques Hadler. I know I have some big shoes to fill.” so the continued good performance of our graduating classes in that regard speaks well of the curriculum. Webb prides itself in the hands-on approach we use to educate. As most of you know, there have been significant improvements to our labs in recent years. Under the direction of Professor Royce, the model tank has seen the installation of the new wavemaker, which over the summer necessitated the raising of the side of the model basin by five inches. We have also prepared the tank for the installation of a viewing window this winter by digging the observation pit. The Haeberle Lab continues to experience changes. The most visible is the new circulating water channel, which is huge compared to the old facility. Professor Gallagher has coordinated the installation of a new emissions testing system in the ME Lab, and the dynamometer for the Detroit diesel will be installed between semesters. This winter we will evaluate the place of the structures laboratory in our curriculum and make recommendations for improvements. Professor Werner continues to oversee the Advanced Learning Center, which is fully operational. This is part of the NEEC funding, and he is negotiating with the University of Michigan for a Webb-taught distance learning course in Marine Engineering. By Webb standards, this is a period of turmoil in terms of faculty turnover. In addition to the retirements of Dean Compton and Professor Hadler, Professor Petrie decided to return full time to the industry. While now Professor Emeritus Hadler remains active by

teaching the model tank portion of the juniors’ Ship Resistance and Propulsion course and serving as adviser for one thesis, we have, in anticipation of his reduced involvement, hired Assistant Professor Adrian Onas. In this, his first semester, he is teaching the Vibrations course to the –Rick Royce juniors and the NA V course to the seniors. Professor Onas has taught at Stevens Institute and worked in industry for Det Norske Veritas; we’re lucky to have him. With the departure of Professor Petrie and the upcoming retirement of Professor John Hennings at the end of this academic year, we are searching for two additional faculty members. We have some promising candidates and will keep you informed of our progress. Dean Compton and Professor Hadler held the Shirley N. & Stephen R. Towne Professor of Ship Design Chair and the J.J. Henry Professor of Naval Architecture Chair, respectively. Their retirements required selecting replacements. A faculty committee consisting of the sitting chairs unanimously chose Professor Neil Gallagher as the second Towne Chair of Ship Design and Professor Rick Royce as the second J.J. Henry Chair of Naval Architecture. The two candidates were installed in a ceremony held in the Visconti Reception Room on October 14. To make the celebration even more special, Dean Compton and Professor Hadler made the presentations to the inductees. Please congratulate Professors Gallagher and Royce on these honors when you see them. Finally, read more about how Professor Hennings and a van-load of volunteers helped out a fellow Webb alumnus (on page 16). I want to thank you for the support and good wishes you – faculty, staff, students, and alumni – have extended to Denise and me in our inaugural semester here. We really appreciate it.

­­­ “ A quick look at Stephen Towne’s life shows how he followed very closely William Webb’s own legacy.” –Neil Gallagher ’78 13

New Webb Seawall


Timely completion flummoxes Hurricane Irene


ew would disagree with the proposition that one of Webb’s foremost assets is the view of Long Island Sound from Stevenson Taylor Hall. Many of us remember playing intramural sports on the third terrace as well, and the steel bulkhead along the shoreline below. It was a key campus structure, one that anchored the toe of the slope leading up to the third terrace and on to Stevenson Taylor Hall. Unfortunately, that bulkhead has been failing for some time, until only the efforts of the Webb grounds staff kept it from collapsing altogether. As can be seen from the “before photo,” by 2009 the wall was in sad shape, and there was evidence of past movement of the masonry retaining wall that supported the third terrace. And so, despite the austere budgetary environment, the Board of Trustees voted to replace the wall as soon as permits could be obtained – and to fund it using a loan facility available to the school. That work was completed this summer. Rather than replace the existing steel wall with an identical structure and expect the same fifty-year lifespan as the last bulkhead, the wall was replaced with an armor rock revetment for a lifespan that just might be

­­­ “ The revetment was finished the week before the arrival of Hurricane Irene, which might explain the ‘hurricane that wasn’t… ”


measured in centuries. As the “after photo” above shows, the change is dramatic. In addition to providing our shoreline with protection from wave attack, the new rock revetment, which is four feet higher than the old wall, serves to surcharge the toe of the slope leading to the third terrace. Nearly 6,000 tons of some of the densest trap rock on the east coast is now providing additional slope stability while armoring our shoreline. The work could not have been completed without generous help from friends of Webb. Paul Todd, a Glen Cove contractor whose aunt worked at Webb in the president’s office, completed the work at a significant discount, effectively donating his normal overhead and profit. Jim Gunn, president of Coastal Design and Construction in Gloucester, VA, donated all of the filter fabric required for the job, as well as design and field inspection services to supplement the work of the Webb staff. While Mr. Todd was available, he completed repairs to the jetty that separates Webb from Crescent Beach at no charge. The revetment was finished the week before the arrival of Hurricane Irene, which might explain the “hurricane that wasn’t,” at least as far as Long Island was concerned! Perhaps our new revetment scared it off. Unfortunately, the inland parts of New York and New England were not as fortunate as we were. Regardless of why Irene tracked elsewhere, however, with the new rock seawall in place the view from Stevenson Taylor Hall and our third terrace will serve generations of Webbies to come, even when the inevitable “real” hurricane strikes our shoreline. –William J. Blanton ’71

A Date with Professorial Destiny:

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Thomas H. Bond ’45


ne thing that most Webbies can agree on is this: Webb Institute attracts a very particular type of person. Just what type of person may be up for interpretation, but anyone can see that there is a set of attributes some people possess that causes them to be drawn to Webb. For some the pull is so strong that it never lets go; they become intertwined with the institution and its activities for the rest of their lives. Those people were meant to be a part of Webb, and Thomas Bond, Class of 1945, is absolutely one of “those people.” Professor Bond, who currently resides in Glen Cove, has been an integral part of the Webb community, a Webbie like no other. An avid sailor, Professor Bond grew up on the south shore of Long Island. By some chance, his high school counselor knew about Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and suggested that Bond apply. After passing the very rigorous entry exams of the day, he entered Webb, then in the Bronx, in 1942. For a year the style of coursework and student life at Webb was similar to what we know today, but then World War II caused a shortlived but major change to the Webb experience. When the Navy took over Webb Institute in 1943 under the V12 program, the school’s atmosphere became more akin to that of a military academy: no summer or winter work periods for students, morning wake-ups via a chief petty officer, and accelerated coursework. One might think such big and unexpected changes would cause distress or unhappiness to students in the middle of the educational process, but Professor Bond says the spirit of the war effort prevailed, and most students were completely willing to accept the changes. He graduated in June 1945, and went directly to midshipmen’s school at Notre Dame for three months. Professor Bond’s professional career started at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, where he was an ensign in the United States Navy Reserves. The V12 program ended right after the war, so after a short time in the Navy, he boldly accepted a position as electrical engineering instructor at SUNY Maritime, even though he lacked a degree in electrical engineering. While at SUNY Maritime, he attended electrical engineering courses at NYU in the evenings. “I gave the students an exam at the beginning of my first semester to see what they already knew,” he says, explaining

his rather interesting start in teaching. “It was really so that I could keep a few days ahead of them in my classes.” Despite his somewhat unorthodox start, the young engineer excelled as a professor at SUNY and attained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from NYU. He also obtained his Professional Engineer’s License in 1956. After 14 years Professor Bond, who lived in Glen Cove during his time at SUNY Maritime, seized another chance opportunity to bring him back to where he belonged. In 1961 Webb Institute was suddenly in need of a new electrical engineering professor, and Professor Bond was at the top of the list of candidates. At first he taught at SUNY and Webb simultaneously, teaching electrical engineering for two days a week at Webb. The following year, he was offered a full-time position; it was an offer he couldn’t refuse. For 29 years Professor Bond served as the electrical engineering professor at Webb. During that time he also taught descriptive geometry, machine design, and mechanical vibrations. In 1990 he retired, was awarded professor emeritus status, and received the Webb Alumni Association’s William Selkirk Owen Award. He still regularly attends meetings of the Webb Alumni Association, of which he has served as president and historian. “I don’t call it work,” Professor Bond stated, regarding his time at Webb. From his high school counselor’s chance knowledge of Webb, to the change of profession that ultimately brought him back, it seems more than coincidence that Professor Bond became such a key member of this community. He didn’t find Webb Institute; Webb found him.

­­­ “ For some the pull is so strong that it never lets go; they become intertwined with the institution and its activities for the rest of their lives.”

–Connor A. Bennett ’14


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Alexandra Russ Meyerson ’00 with daughter Louisa, David Comiske, Alexandra Russo, Clarence O’Connor, Cody Owen, Andrew Thompson, Matt Graham and Professor Hennings.

Upstate Flood Damage Inspires Webbies to Lend a Hand On September 22, Webb alumna Alexandra Russ Meyerson ’00, called with details about the destructive flooding that occurred after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in early September in upstate New York. The damage to the small town of Owego was very widespread and, in some places, catastrophic. Electrical power had been lost for days, and when the flood waters finally receded, the streets were left covered with mud, waste, and rubble. Upon hearing this news, current Webb students Matthew Graham ’14, David Comiske ’15, Clarence O’Connor ’15, Cody Owen ’15, Alexandra Russo ’15, and Andrew Thompson ’15, along with Professor Hennings, knew they had to rally together and help a Webbie in need. They went to Owego and used more than 150 large trash bags to contain some of the debris found on the town’s sidewalks and roads. In the afternoon, they separated into two groups and helped renovate two private homes that had been particularly ravaged by the flood. These renovations primarily consisted of wielding crow bars and hammers in an effort to remove the flooring in both houses. The students acted without hesitation to help not only another Webbie and her family but also an entire community – one that they had never heard of, but one that needed their help.


Hard Work and Optimism: Athletics at Webb Soccer Led by coach Phil Schools, the Webb soccer team experienced a year of student captains Michael Cheng ’12 and Dale Pederson ’12, who worked together to keep their team training hard and to maintain the high spirits that make athletics so rewarding. Finishing the season 0-7, the team hopes to improve its record next year. Congratulations to the team on completing the season and being fierce competitors!

Basketball The Webb basketball team, coached by Ed Primeggia, is looking forward to a challenging season. Led by team captains Schuyler Needham ’12 and Kierstin Del Valle ’13, the team is looking forward to recruiting new players and improving its record from last year. The team is scheduled to play seven games this season, six of them at Webb, so keep your eyes out for upcoming games and come support your Webb basketball players. Webb on three!

Sailing The student-run Webb sailing team had a terrific fall season. Led by team captains Douglas Zangre ’13 and Troy Zangle ’13, the members of the sailing team were able to find the time to compete in eight Regattas – and perform well in all of them. The team saw all of their hard work pay off when they came in first place in the Penn State University Nittany Lion Open. Congratulations – a great job was done by all!


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Fall Tradition: Open House at Webb


ebb’s Fall Open House for prospective students, held on Saturday, October 22nd, was another wellattended recruitment event, bringing more than 50 students and their families to campus for an afternoon of tours, lab demonstrations, and education about what Webb has to offer. It was a beautiful day for our 140 guests to tour the campus and interact with Webb faculty, students, and administrators. After the student-guided tours, attendees were greeted by President Robert Olsen; Dean Richard Neilson; Bill Murray, Director of Enrollment Management; and Schuyler Needham, Student Organization President. Each of these leaders in the Webb community concentrated on topics of interest to prospective students, and the audience participated to the fullest extent, asking about everything from our Honor Code, course load, social events, athletic teams, how much homework there is a night, to what a typical day in the life of a Webb student is like. After this series of questions and answers, the guests were ushered upstairs to Webb’s Visconti Reception Room, where they mingled with faculty, administration, current students, and volunteers from the Webb Parents Association. This was a great opportunity to have personal questions answered while enjoying the ambiance of Stevenson Taylor Hall. Several of the attendees are now applicants for the fall of 2012, and we look forward to some number of them joining our next freshman class.


Dates of Interest Winter Work Tuesday, January 3, 2012 through Friday, February 24, 2012

A Semester of Change The start of the semester at Webb brought some changes that were warmly received by the returning student body. Yes, it was difficult to lose valuable members from the faculty, staff, and alumni, but the transition happened seamlessly. And with so many great additions to the Webb family, everyone seemed to be excited about – and eager for – the start of a semester of change. With the new school year also came the welcoming of a new class. The 26 students in the Class of 2015 quickly acclimated themselves to the Webb lifestyle. Orientation Week, in conjunction with Leadership Week, allowed the freshman class to get to know each other and some of the upperclassmen before undergoing the added pressure of academia. The week’s activities ranged from freehand drawing with Dean Emeritus Roger Compton to a scavenger hunt in New York City. And although they seemed straightforward, these activities were helping to mold these 26 strangers into a cohesive unit, a band that will be spending most of the next four years in close proximity with one another. One of the first assignments for the freshman class was the friendly competition of building and racing paddleboats, a tradition passed down from Dean Compton. With support from the Webb family lined up along the beach and on the pier during Family Weekend, the paddling freshmen struggled to the starting line and then made their way around the course. From this first glimpse it’s apparent that the Class of 2015 has great enthusiasm, enjoys extracurricular activities, and has quickly integrated into the Webb community. As we near the end of the semester, the student body is hard at work. But even with the increased work load, the all-around positive attitude has not dwindled. Between programming projects, class trips to museums, fire main system designs, and thesis deadlines, the classroom lights stay on at nearly any hour of the day or night. With the end of the semester approaching, the push for winter work seems well within reach.

Classes Begin Monday, February 27, 2012 Seniors Take FE Exam Saturday, April 14, 2012 Spring Recess Friday, April 13, 2012 (3 p.m.) through Friday, April 20, 2012 Founder’s Day Friday, April 27, 2012 Juniors Attend OTC Monday, April 30, 2012 through Thursday, May 3, 2012 Alumni Homecoming Saturday, May 19, 2012 Webbstock Saturday, June 2, 2012 Finals Friday, June 15, 2012 through Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Commencement Saturday, June 16, 2012

–Schuyler Needham ’12 Student Organization President


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Dr. Richard A. Royce Professor of Naval Architecture Richard A. Royce graduated from Purdue University in 1986 with a B.S. degree in Industrial Management. After graduation he spent five years working as a financial analyst for National Cash Register Company. He subsequently earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, as well as a M.S.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Professor Royce joined the Webb faculty shortly after completing his doctoral work in 2001.

At Webb, Professor Royce has taught a variety of courses, including Vibrations, Ship Statics, Fluid Mechanics, Hydrodynamics, and Resistance and Propulsion. He has also created and taught elective courses in Sailing Yacht Design and Composites, and each year he is the principal advisor for several Webb senior theses. Since he has been at Webb Institute, Professor Royce, in addition to other duties, has served as the Director of the Robinson Model Basin and as the Director of the Carpenter Shop. As supervisor of the tow tank, he, in conjunction with other Webb faculty members, has been responsible for carrying out a number of important upgrades to the RMB. Other professional work experience includes positions as a Visiting Researcher with the Engineering and Physical


Sciences Research Council, University College London, and Principal Investigator for the Atlantic Center for Innovative Design and Control of Small Ships. He has a long record of significant consulting work with firms such as Richmond Yacht, Express Marine, Christensen Shipyards, and Vorus Associates. Most notably, his work for Christensen on the design and testing of a bulbous bow resulted in a 25% reduction of fuel consumption at transit speeds. He has presented his research in papers at professional meetings both here and abroad and in publications in a number of professional journals. He was Webb’s sailing coach from 2002 – 2004. On a personal side, since he purchased Patience in 2005, over 70 students (Class 2005 – 2015) have raced on the boat. Many of those students never raced sailboats prior to joining the crew of Patience. During the past seven seasons, they have won at least one trophy in every major regatta in the Western Long Island Sound region. They won their class twice and placed second in five different Block Island Races. They've won their class and the PHRF division in the Edlu Race, won our class in the Manhasset Bay Fall Series, placed second in class in both the Spring and Fall American Yacht Club series, won their class in the Stamford-Denmark Friendship Race, and won their class in the Seawanhaka Corinthian Stratford Shoal Race. In 2010 Patience had the second best racing record for PHRF of Western Long Island Sound. Professor Royce regularly donates the boat for the Storm Trysail Club Junior Safety at Sea program. This is a day of "big boat" sailing for junior sailors on Long Island Sound. Man-overboard drills are practiced, and the sailors get an opportunity to sail large boats. He has also coached/participated in all but two of the Storm Trysail Club Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta. –Professor Richard C. Harris 

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Edward F. Ganley, the last remaining member of his class, died in the U.K. on April 6, 2011, at the age of 96. He owned his own marine insurance company, Maine Ganly Inc., for 45 years, and served as an expert witness in many high-profile cases, according to his daughter, Diane Ruggierio. He wrote in 2008, “After chasing shipwrecks around the world for fifty years I retired to Maine and then to England, where I am now. I still keep my house in Maine.”


Owen H. Oakley died at age 96 in Lake Ridge, VA on July 4, 2011. He was preceded by his wife of 62 years, Kathleen, in 2002 and is survived by his son, Owen H. Oakley, Jr., and daughter, Nadine Oakley Simms. After graduating from Webb, he moved to Washington, D.C. and began working for the U.S. Navy in the Welding Branch, Bureau of Construction and Repair. John C. Niedermeier soon invited Owen to join the Preliminary Design section of the Bureau of Ships where he spent most of his career. His first assignment was the shell plating for the Iowa Class battleships that would figure prominently in World War II. Drafted to his position during the war, he joined the preliminary design group that drafted all manner of vessels, from small craft to aircraft carriers, and continued to

in memoriam innovate throughout the Cold War. Owen was most proud of his time at the submarine desk; he attended numerous deep dive acceptance trials, including those for the Nautilus, Albacore, and Thresher. Owen obtained a M.S. degree in physics from Catholic University in 1951 and became Chief Naval Architect of the Contract Design Branch, BUSHIPS, in 1957. In 1959 he returned to preliminary design as technical director and finally technical director, ship concept division, Naval Ship Engineering Center. He received the William Selkirk Owen Award from Webb Institute in 1973, honoring his services to his alma mater. He was a Life Fellow of SNAME. Owen was an avid sailor, building and racing dinghies on the Potomac River. After retirement in 1970, Owen and Kathleen cruised extensively on the U.S. east coast and in the Bahamas. When they were forced to give up sailing, they still went to sea, taking cruise ships north of the Arctic Circle in both summer and winter, and south to Cape Horn. He remained a generous donor to Webb Institute.


Milan L. Pittman passed away on May 14, in Napa on his 90th birthday. He attended high school at Peekskill Military Academy, where he graduated second in his class. He was on the tennis team and played the saxophone and clarinet

in the academy band and local theater orchestra. After obtaining his B.S. at Webb Institute he was commissioned in the U.S. Navy. He loved to travel. As a merchant marine cadet, around the age of 15, he worked on ships, traveling to South America and Europe. The Navy moved them to China, then to the East Coast and West Coast of the U.S. The Navy sent him to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a doctorate as a naval engineer.

dance on Sundays to the music of the band after church. He inspired many others to sing and dance and celebrate the joy of friendship, love, and life.

He is predeceased by his wife Ruth Louis Sherman. They enjoyed sailing his flat sailboat in Puget Sound. He and Ruth had four children: Marilyn, Mark, and twins Lyle and Susan. They camped from coast to coast three times as the Navy transferred him. Milan retired from the Navy as a Captain in 1967, with 26 years of service. He moved to Napa and became the supervisor of the Navy’s West Coast science industrial lab at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. He earned a certificate as a professional engineer in quality engineering. He retired from Mare Island in 1983.

Dr. Francis (Frank) Joyce, Sc.D. (Hon.) of Ann Arbor, MI (formerly Morris Plains, NJ) passed away on August 2, 2011 at the age of 89. Frank was born on June 1, 1922, and raised on a dairy farm in Montgomery, NY. After graduating from Webb he was commissioned as Ensign USNR and coordinated the hull design of the LSM-60 vessel of the Cross Roads project. In 1947, he began his 43-year career with D.K. Ludwig in design, construction, and operation of oil tankers, iron ore and bulk carriers, some of the world’s largest in their class at the time. He initiated and coordinated the marine design and overall construction and start-up of a 750 ton-per-day pulp mill constructed in Japan and towed to the Jari River in Brazil. He was Executive VP of both National Bulk Carriers and Universe Tankships, and President of Harsimus Cove Real Estate. He retired in 1990.

Milan was an avid outdoorsman, photographer and archer who enjoyed camping, fly fishing, hiking, and being with nature. He was known for his kindness, was dedicated to his family, and was a big supporter of higher education. He loved music: classical, opera, big band, swing and Harry Belafonte. He attended the Unity Church of Napa Valley. Even in his last few months he would

Milan is survived by his children: Marilyn Burrows, Mark Pittman, Lyle Pittman and Susan Stephens; grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren. This fall, Milan L. Pittman will be interred at the Arlington National Cemetery.


In 1978, he received the William Selkirk Owen Award

from Webb Institute in recognition of outstanding achievement and service to the profession and to his alma mater; he received an honorary doctorate from Webb Institute in 1997. He was an active member for many years in the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). He is predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Mary Patricia (Pat) Hamill Joyce. He is survived by his three children M. Tara Joyce of Oak Park, IL, Frank Joyce, Jr. (Katy Van Dusen) of Monteverde, Costa Rica, Patricia Joyce (Steven J. Slack) of Ann Arbor, MI, and grandchildren Helen, Francis, Richard, Connor, and Devin. He will be missed by family and friends for his kind and gentle manner, his humility, his genuine interest in and compassion for others, his great intellect, and his wit. A funeral mass was held at St. Mary’s Abbey in Morristown, NJ on September 10th. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Webb Institute or the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (LICR) in New York, NY.


Richard L. May passed away on November 5, 2011 at his home in Savannah, GA. Dick lived his life quietly, but fully and with enthusiasm. He spent his childhood sailing and swimming in the waters around City Island, NY. Dick served in the 42nd Rainbow Infantry

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alumni news of the U.S. Army, where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and received a Bronze Star. Following the war, he entered Webb Institute. He enjoyed a rewarding 30-year career at Texaco designing oil tankers, during which time he traveled internationally. In 1951 he married Helen Cezeski and embarked upon a 47-year adventure in marriage. While living on Long Island, they raised two sons, Richard, Jr., and Jeffrey. Dick and Helen moved to Savannah in 1990, seeking a warmer golfing climate and new bridge companions. They created a rich and happy life at The Landings, and continued exploring the world. Dick achieved ACBL Silver Life Master certificate in 2002 (from CBL Gold). Dick is survived by his sons, his daughter- inlaw, and grandchildren, all of Edmonds, WA.


Stephen C. Dvorak (Westfield, NJ) passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, June 27, 2011. He was 89 years old. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Phillips Dvorak, and nieces and nephews (Caroline Yates of Rochester, NY, Robert Dvorak of Babylon, NY, and Barbara Kothe, of Waxhaw, NC). Stephen was born on January 15, 1922, in the Bronx, NY and attended Townsend Harris High School (class of 1939). Stephen graduated from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture in 1950. During World War II he was the first


in memoriam student at Webb to leave for service in the U.S. Army, serving as a technician from 1942-1946. He received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in 1956. Throughout his career in marine engineering, Stephen worked for NY Shipbuilding Corp., Designers and Planners, J.J. Henry Co., the Hoboken Shipyard, and Coastal Drydock and Repair. He also established an independent broker/ dealer, Stephen Dvorak and Co., and concluded his working years at the IRS. In addition to his career, Stephen had a life-long love of ships, trains, and trolley cars. Until recently, he travelled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, exploring those passions and supporting numerous not-for-profit organizations dedicated to preserving vintage methods of transportation. He was also a devoted alumnus of Webb Institute and kept in close touch with his fellow graduates and the Institute throughout the years. A memorial service was held on August 20th at the Westfield Presbyterian Church, Westfield, NJ.


William A. Cleary, Jr. passed away at the age of 83 in Florida on October 22, 2011. He had attended his 60th Webb reunion in May 2011 and his 55th in 2006. He moved to Vero Beach 21 years ago from Rockville, MD. After graduating from Webb, he graduated from the Naval War College in Newport, RI. He served in

the Navy during the Korean War and held the rank of captain, USNR. He was a Professional Engineer U.S.A., FL Mechanical Engineer, Chartered Engineer, U.K. Naval Architect, and European Engineer ED Naval Architect. He had been employed as chief of the Naval Architecture Branch, Office of Merchant Marine Safety and Marine and Environmental Protection USCG Headquarters in Washington, D.C. from 196887; Navy Engineering duty officer, ship repair, design, salvage, training of diving and salvage reservists from 1951-81, and Inspector General (NavySea) from 1981-85. In 1989 he came to FL Institute of Technology in Melbourne, where he taught as an adjunct professor. Survivors include his spouse, three children, several brothers and sisters, and numerous grandchildren.


Howard R. Canter of Franklin Lakes, NJ passed away at the age of 79, on July 29, 2011. He was born in Newark and graduated from West Orange High School. He held a B.S. degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a B.S. in Marine Engineering and an M.S. in Naval Architecture from Webb. He also held a certificate from the Bettis Reactor Engineering School and was a registered professional engineer in NJ and in Washington state. During his career, he served as deputy assistant secretary for Weapons Complex Reconfiguration for the U.S. Department

of Energy. He also was the program director of the Office of Fissile Materials Disposition. He held several positions at Burns and Roe in Oradell, and worked under Adm. Rickover with responsibility for the Naval Reactor Facility in Idaho.


Joseph R. Selman, Jr. passed away on November 2, 2010. He was commissioned Second Lt., U.S. Army in July 1969 following nine months enlisted time; served with Military Traffic Management command prior to an assignment in Vietnam in 1972-73, and returned to 7th Transportation Group, followed by two years at Tulane University earning an M.B.A. He was next assigned at the Army Logistics Center, was then transferred to Izmir, Turkey, then had the good fortune to be one of the few Army officers at the Naval War College. He was subsequently assigned to the Army Staff in the Pentagon, U.S. Readiness Command and U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill AFB. Following a Training with Industry assignment at American Airlines, he returned to the Army Staff and was then selected to be the chief of Programs Analysis and Evaluation of U.S. Southern Command in Panama. His final assignment was as a branch chief with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He retired as LTC in 1993 to work as an analyst for a consulting firm. At Webb he served as Binnacle Editor, President of the Model Railroad Club, and a member of the Sailing

Team. He advised us that in 2009 he married his girl from the Webb days, Gaye Austin.

Honorary C.L. “Larry” French, Jr. passed away on August 21, 2011. Dr. French joined the Navy in 1943 and served through the end of World War II and the Korean War, obtaining the rank of Lieutenant. He received a B.S. in Naval Science (1945) and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1947) from Tufts. In 1947 he went to work for Bethlehem Steel Co. and advanced through Kaiser Steel Co., and Bechtel before going to National Steel & Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) in San Diego in 1967 as an engineer. He became a vice president in 1975, president in 1976 and chief executive in 1977, before retiring in 1986. He served on Webb’s Board as Chairman of the Board, and in 1992 Webb awarded him its first honorary doctorate, a Doctor of Science degree. He was also the first west coast person to serve as president of SNAME; then in 1986 he received the Vice Admiral “Jerry” Land Medal. He and his wife, Jean, retired to Encinitas and built their beautiful home from the ground up. He loved working with wood and creating ships with his hands. His collection of old tools was his pride and joy. He is survived by his wife of 65 years; three sons; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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Barbara Hamlin wrote: Although I treasure my status as an “honorary” alum, my heart will always be with the Class of ‘44B, which was Norman’s class and with which we had so many wonderful times over the years. Because they graduated in October (they did Webb in 3.5 years) and because they’d graduated from The Bronx, their reunions were often not at Webb, but other interesting places: California, Outer Banks, the Erie Canal, Maine and many in Glen Cove, as well as a Webb cruise or two. I was lucky to have a connection with all four of those left this last summer – with Dave Butts through the wonderful emails sent by his son, and by several phone chats with Jay Fay and Ed Klemmer; Ted Hanks and his wife Concuelo and I had a great lunch together in August. They are both much-respected artists in Maine, and imagine my surprise when their work and a painting by my son, Sam, showed up at the same exhibition! I also loved when Keith Michel ’73 and his wife, and Rick Thorpe ’55 and his wife, came to have lunch with me at Christmas Cove. Add to that the wonderful memories of all those years as a faculty wife and you can see that Webb is pretty special to me! Ed Klemmer and his wife Ruth are currently living happily in an active retirement community in Cary, NC. They returned recently from a two-week trip with river cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow.

Dave Butts ’44B and his wife Elizabeth. Most interesting were the changes in Russia since 1966 when Ed was there, and 1983 when their daughter and son-in-law were there.

opposition from political process, Putin is dooming Russia to a dangerous path toward social unrest and, perhaps, revolution.”

During all those many years there were few cars on the street, and those belonged mostly to Party officials. There was little construction. Now, in both cities, the streets are overcrowded with cars, and traffic jams are a big problem even though a major ring road around Moscow has 13 lanes. Construction cranes were everywhere. Many people they met spoke English well – they learned it in public school. A huge change over the last few years is the people’s willingness to criticize their government in conversation and in print. The English language Moscow Times (29 Sept) had very frank articles about Putin and Medvedev. For example: “... the country’s largest problems – such as corruption, social stratification and lawlessness – have become far worse under Putin’s rule.” In another article; "There are only two traditional, time-tested ways to solve pressing problems: reforms conducted by the authorities from above, and revolution from below. By rejecting reforms and excluding the

On the way to the Moscow Airport to leave Russia, their seasoned guide told them about how much things have changed. Just a few years earlier in every trip with visitors there would be a KGB “minder” to be sure he would say nothing out of Party line. Now he has some of these same minders as drinking buddies. Things have changed. There are problems, but the Klemmer’s left feeling that the problems will be solved.


Bob Kelly: Had a wonderful time at the Webb Alumni event that Jennifer and Patrick Ryan hosted in Newport News Park.


Bob Williams reports that he still enjoys traveling and made a repeat visit to Costa Rica in August. Bob is also looking forward to the Regional Alumni Gathering for the Bay Area.


David S. Lawson, Jr.: Our Bemus Point, NY, facility has become “The Lawson Boating Heritage Center on Chautauqua Lake.” This not-for-profit museum is dedicated to preserving the history of boats and boating on Chautauqua Lake, and teaching the methods and skills of boat building and boat restoration. Rick Thorpe: Spent part of summer supporting the campaigning of daughter Wendy’s and her husband Tim’s 31-year-old redesigned and rebuilt open racer Greyhawk. She won a consistent string of firsts, seconds, and thirds to and back from Bermuda shorthanded and in the Maine Ocean Racing Circuit. Also continued transferring the management of the sixgeneration Thorpe business in Maine to them. Check out


Rich Goldbach: Big news for me is the fact that, on October 31, 2011, I am selling the Metro Machine stock owned by Metro’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) to General Dynamics for $165 million, after paying all transactional expenses. I implemented this ESOP in 1987 for the purpose of borrowing $17 million to purchase the Metro Machine stock then owned by my partner. Between 1987 and now, the Metro continued on next page


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ESOP had already paid out $52 million in retirement and death benefits so, in addition to paying off the original $17 million loan, the ESOP will be returning a total of $217 million to Metro’s 500 employees and retirees. It is the satisfaction of a lifetime to witness the pride and excitement Metro employees are deriving from this accomplishment.

Meanwhile, it pleases me greatly that Electric Boat, where you, Ron, Ed and I began our life after Webb, thinks enough of my life’s work at Metro to add Metro it to its prior acquisitions of Bath and NASSCO. I will be retiring from shipbuilding on October 31, excepting duties performed under a threeyear consulting agreement with GD, and other duties performed as a Trustee for the Metro ESOP. That means that I will be leaving to younger others the important work of carrying on the extraordinary life of William Webb. However, I am putting the finishing touches on a complete restoration and modernization of the original 1841 farmhouse and barn that are located on the 138 acre Suffolk, Virginia, farm where Janet’s and my own residence is located. These 1841 buildings will comprise the Aaron Pruden House, which I will operate as a B & B for as long as my energy permits. Janet, who continues to enjoy her avocation of painting, sends her best. We have two children and seven grandchildren, all of whom live locally.


Joe Schetz wrote: Kathy and I are both well and still working. I published the second edition of my textbook “Boundary Layer Analysis” in 2011, adding a co-author, Rodney Bowersox, who was a Ph.D. student of mine.

Charles Grover: When I wrote to Pete I got to reflecting on the significance of Webb, and here are those thoughts. General Theological Seminary, mentioned below, is where I prepared for ordination. I am very proud of what Webb is doing to grapple with conditions. Webb is where my creative, critical and systemic thinking got irrevocably affirmed and developed. I agree that carries any Webbie through life and any career. It was good to read the names of the fellows you mentioned. Another great thing about Webb is the mutual encouragement among the students, and not just upper to lower class members. The gift of encouragement of others has been as important as anything else in my life. I feel I was more on the receiving end at Webb, and that taught me well the necessity of encouragement. Webb graduates are prepared to go ahead into anything and everything. Hmmm. Perhaps we should have some Webbies in politics, government, and domestic and foreign policy! Rob Goldbach: Dottie and I are well and just returned from a month in Europe with Dutch friends who lived through the Nazi occupation of Holland during WWII. A week was spent with them as our guides for a motor trip through the Netherlands

(the Dutch have to be among the world’s best engineers/ builders) following which we rode a passenger barge for two weeks on the Rhine/ Main/Danube canal system to Budapest and returned to Amsterdam by Eurorail, stopping for a few days each at Vienna, Prague and Berlin. I’m writing a follow-up book on faith to the one many of you have seen, not so much to try to influence others but because the process helps me get my arms around what I really believe as I approach the end. For some reason that is important to me, and comments from others on my letter to my grandchildren have been particularly helpful, including exchanges with some of you. Unlike many religious authors who extract from books on faith to prove their own point of view, I’m trying to absorb into myself my take on what people I respect have to say, so what comes out at the end will be me and not a collation of others. I don’t expect a best seller. Regards to you all from Dottie and me.


Ed Shope: …being a chronicle of recent events, composed in the journalistic style called “steampunk,” using anachronisms for the wholesome edification and amusement of respectable men and ladies. We are deeply indebted to Larry and Donene Harrison and to Bill and Betty Webster who, with their wit and perseverance,

planned and conducted an unparalleled migration of ‘59ers to the gracious and verdant shores of Tiburon, California, for three days of fellowship, laughter and libations. Would that we could reward them with more than mere thanks and adulation. Our class reunion, completed just days ago, raised our friendships to new heights. Our spirits soared in the sunny presence of Pete and Jo Gale, Don and Pat Szostak, Bill and Carmen Marrin and Dick and Joan Zuerner, who labored mightily to brave the perils, obstacles and affronts of modern travel by flying machine to join us from the distant East. And I, your humble scribe Ed Shope, did naught but revel with my dear wife Diann and treat my trusty cohorts to a round of good cheer for their loyal offering of alms to our alma mater, much enhancing our honor and repute. On foot, we undertook a foggy-morning pilgrimage to the shrine of China cabin, the carefullypreserved last relic of the works of our late benefactor William H. Webb. There, devoted docents revealed the subtlety and detail of the labors of yesteryear’s skilled craftsmen, the etched glass windows and goldleaf scrollwork now lovingly restored over decades by volunteers of the Tiburon Historical Association. Hark! There is more. We were driven, by horseless carriage, to the far reaches of the fabled region called Napa Valley. There, amidst botanical gardens and landscaped vistas, we marveled at the fine

crafting and endless patience that go into making wine and champagne. Alas, it’s not easy, swirling, sniffing and sipping wine, glass after glass, but verily someone had to do it. So great was our joy that we agreed to reconvene two years hence in the town of Newport, Rhode Island, for another gathering of kindred souls, this time under the faithful guidance of the Szostaks and Zuerners. As fortune would have it, we could not be joined by Bob and Donnell Johnson, George and Sarah Kerr, Gene and Mary Yourch and Oren Stephans. Reached by telephone, they report being alive and well and send robust felicitations. Bill and Ruth Hurt telephoned by trans-Atlantic cable in quite modern English. They spake thus: “Our weather now is like Indian summer. We recently traveled to Switzerland, Italy and France, and never saw so many vineyards. However, just daily living in Germany is as good as taking a trip.” Bill expressed regret at not having seen one Webb classmate in lo these fifty-two years, but he and Ruth invite visitors. “Come stay in our guest room!”


The Class of 1961 is still basking in the glow of Homecoming ’11 and their 50th Anniversary celebration. We were happy to donate the soccer scoreboard at that celebration.


Dick Schmitt and Marie continue to enjoy retirement with travel, photography, fly-fishing, and astronomy. They have recently taken on a marriage prep mentoring program for the engaged. Will be vacationing on the French Riviera and Paris in August. Life is good!


Bill Birkhead: Marion and I traveled to Harvard, Massachusetts, in August to help Bott Weiss and family celebrate Bott’s 70th. On the way up, we spent a few days with Ron Kiss and his wife June at their summer home in Seaside Heights, NJ. Ron and June also made the trip to Harvard for the festivities, including a Bluegrass concert by the Stone Canyon Rangers. Bott and Barb are doing very well, still in the same house for about 40 years. Later this fall, with me hosting a family Redskins weekend in D.C., Bott and Randy Rodger stood in for me at CLAG 2. All of us are trying to come up with ideas to strengthen the financial underpinnings of Webb in these scary financial times. I am happy to report that our class again heeded the call of our fearless leader, John Malone, by significantly increasing our donations to the Annual Fund.

to Webb for our actual 50th in 2013, but are hoping to have a unanimous turnout both years. At least one of our ex-classmates, Tim Graul, may join us. With most of us hitting the 70 mark this year (not including, of course, Mike Silber, who started Webb at the age of four) there are a number of retirements to report. Hank Olson, Gene Seib and Randy Rodger are fairly recent additions to the rolls of the unemployed. A number of us are “semi-retired,” whatever that means. Bott, Ron and maybe Smitty are consultants, I am a non-equity partner with my firm, and Bill Hall has pursued some varied

employment options in the great Northwest. Max Altmann is still teaching in St. Cloud, and I think Mike Silber and Larry Stephens are still working full time. I believe Joe Verdon and Bill Lindenmuth are also fully retired, and nobody knows whether Deckebach is working, or even if he ever worked. I am hoping to have a more detailed report on everyone after our reunion next summer.

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On the reunion front, Bill Smith and his wife Linda are putting together our early 50th reunion on the Lake in Ohio for next summer. We have decided to return


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Ron Kiss is still racing my flying Scot. Results 32nd in North Americas (of 79); 10th in Atlantic Coasts (of 39); 2nd at Club (of 7); 3rd in BBYRA (of 8); 1st in Midwinter Challenger Div. (of 21).


Paul Risseeuw: One of my several part-time retirement jobs is driving a ferry boat in Essex, CT. The ferry is a 24-foot pontoon boat and the passage is 92 feet, yes only 92 feet, to a marina located on an island. My Coast Guard license at work. Bill Cannon: Bill is spending summers in Mystic, CT, and winters in Naples, FL. The best of both weather systems. Bill Wallace: Bill recently relocated from the east coast, Nova Scotia, to the west coast, Vancouver. Still working and better skiing.


Tom Koster hopes to see some of us at the Webb Alumni Banquet in Houston on November 18. Kit Ryan has finally gone to part-time status – “no more than two days per week, hopefully less than that. It’s been a good run but it’s time for other things.” Also, his son Todd got married on 11/11/11, “if you’re into numbers.” Bob Hall and June have celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary and have cruised this year from New York to Los Angeles via the Panama Canal; on the Black Sea and up the Dnieper River to Kiev; and later this fall from


Venice down the Adriatic to three points in Greece. If you’re going to Greece, Bob, don’t change all your money into Euros. As for me, as I write this I’m a few days away from chairing my last Webb Board of Trustees meeting. Not to worry: Webb is in even better hands.


Peter Fontneau completed two-year internship in campus ministry at George Mason University; received Master of Divinity degree at graduation from Wesley Theological Seminary on May 9; and is now training in elder ministry in a continuing care retirement community.


Tom Campbell: Retired from Knolls Atomic Power Lab early 2010 after 41 years – outstanding career but time to move on. But then – in January ’11 – became President/ CEO of SCCA Pro Racing Ltd., and I’ve having fun!


Mark R. Bebar: Bonnie and I celebrated our 35th anniversary in June, taking a cruise around the U.K. Ireland and Scotland were spectacular. Four days in London were great. Our son Jacob is in regional sales for Rosetta Stone. I continue working part-time for CSCAdvanced Marine Center.

Eric W. Linsner landed a 58.5 lb. striped bass in October 2011 while fishing on his boat Semele off Montauk Point, NY. David Pedrick: I’ve enjoyed working with Admiral Olsen during the development of the new U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s leadership 44sail training sloop. Two boats of a fleet of eight, designed by Pedrick Yacht Design, have been delivered as of October 2011.


Scott Orlosky: Julia and I just celebrated our 28th anniversary. Our oldest daughter is now a senior in high school, and our youngest just started junior high. It’s all good!


Robert Conachy wrote: Our son, Andrew, graduated with a Bachelor’s in accountancy from the University of Houston. Now he is pursuing his Master’s so he can sit for the CPA exam. Bob is two-thirds of the way in his pursuit of an M.S. in Industrial Engineering. Bob has learned much so far and advises future graduate students to “make sure your thesis defense is given in your last semester.” Still having fun at ABS.


Bob Healy: I’ve been working on Wall Street since 1986, managing technology infrastructure, and living in New Jersey since 2003 with my wife Pamela, and our twins Catherine and Liam. http:// robert-healy/1b/9b1/68b.


Robert Glover & Lana had a baby girl, Colleen, born on July 29, 2011. Douglas Goldhirsch: Love livin’ in Maine!


Michael Birmann: I am pleased to announce that Katie and I have recently returned from Russia with Stepan Jackson Birmann, a beautiful two-year-old boy. He can already dunk on a six-foot rim, and he is learning to play the accordion.


Carol Macri and husband, Steve, welcomed Christine Rose in July, 2011. For anyone who’s lost count, she’s number eight!


This summer, Vicky Dlugokecki spent a week down at Carderock, and was able to arrange a get together for a few of her Washington D.C. area classmates. Her suggestion to meet at a TGI Fridays or Hooters-type establishment for happy hour was quickly countered with an offer by Mike Hughes and his wife Nikki, who were gracious enough to suggest hosting a barbeque at their house in Vienna. Classmates Nancy Harris, Steve Matz and Pat Naughton joined the party, along with Class of ’92 alum Ted Dickenson. (Ted, who has either lived or worked with numerous Class of ‘88ers, including Mitch Dmohowski, Mark Huang and Ian Busch, is considered by some an honorary member of the Class of ’88.) Steve Matz and his family (wife Lisa, and sons Josh, Geoff, Danny and Peter, along with Lisa’s mother) made a quick stop in Franklin Square to visit Vicky D. and her mom. Lunch was followed by some delicious Italian cookies that Steve found at a bakery around the corner. While his sons kept themselves occupied with an old PlayStation that Vicky has around for just these occasions, the “adults” caught up and reminisced about the old days. And speaking of reminiscing… Mitch Dmohowski was visiting with Mark Huang in San Francisco, and had to call Vicky D. to confirm an anecdote from their time at Webb. The story goes something like this: Vicky

invited her classmates to her house in Franklin Square, probably for her brother’s (Chris Dlugokecki ’92) graduation party from high school. Since Webb’s school year ends around the same time as that of most high schools, we still had finals to take. The next day, we had a Rowen final, and Mark wanted to make sure he went to church to pray before the test. Vicky assured him that the church in her neighborhood had a Sunday evening mass. Well, Mitch and Mark left the graduation party, and headed off to church, only to find that there was no service going on at the time. The two even made their way to the Rectory and found a priest who told them that there hadn’t been a Sunday evening mass at that church for years. It just went to show how often Vicky went to her neighborhood church. Anyways, after a lot of fretting, and a lot of last minute studying (and probably some praying), Mark passed the test. On one of her recent projects, Vicky D. got to spend a day at NASSCO in San Diego; Matt Tedesco ’91 was also with her for the project meetings. That evening, Ian Busch was participating in a fund-raising event, where he had to walk a mile in downtown San Diego in woman’s high heel shoes. He was easily able to convince Vicky and Matt to meet him downtown for a quick dinner with him and his kids (Allison and Jack). Somehow “meeting for dinner” morphed into “they had to walk the mile too.” So, the group (only Ian and his daughter Allison were in heels) walked the mile and worked

up a good appetite before having their downtown dinner.


Class of 1993 reports that Jake & Mary Neuman and three kids are settling back into Houston, Texas. Kids sports and activities are keeping us busy. Had the opportunity to coordinate a small get together for several of us at the Jersey Shore to commemorate turning forty: Corvellies, Hutchings, Belisles. It was great catching up. Joe Corvelli, CEO of GibDock, is enjoying the challenge. He commutes back to London where his wife, Jill, is active raising their three beautiful girls. On the weekend, they can be found practicing to be the next successful British rock band. Peter Wallace has joined BG Group as Principal Shipping Advisor, Naval Architect in Houston. He is also the panel chair for the Navigating Marine Risk Panel at the 2011 SNAME Annual Meeting and is on the Leadership Team of the Clean Economy Network, Houston Chapter. Ben Rising and wife Debbie with sons Wesley (age 9) and Charles (18 months) are enjoying the crisp New England autumn in Woodbury, CT. Ben continues endeavors as VP for Walz & Krenzer in Oxford, CT which designs and builds watertight doors for Navy ships among other things and it looks like I might be here for the long haul. Erik Nilsson writes: In 2011, Josie and I swam through underground caves and saw

the Tulum ruins in the Yucatan peninsula. We went snorkeling with Carey Filling and his wife Diana in the Keys and also took a trip to St. Thomas and St. John. We took all five kids to NYC, and smaller groups to Okrakoke Island in NC and a summer visit to ME (including stops in Martha’s Vineyard, Mystic, & Boston). But best of all were the random weekends at home on the boat. Next year should be more reserved, since we’re gearing up to send our first kid to college. I pushed for Webb, but couldn’t close the sale! Al Kamahi, the answer man, left Sempra Energy to take over as president/CEO of the family businesses in Mexico and the U.S. Spending about 90 percent of my time in Mexico City through the end of this year reorganizing the operations there. My wife has been raising our son, Alexander, who celebrated his fourth birthday and daughter, Sara, who turned two in May. In addition, she is managing a full remodeling of our house pretty much on her own for the past few months. Hoping to have the remodeling (and the reorg) complete by end of 2011.


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Michael & Emily Diggs: Caleb Edward Diggs born on June 20, 2011.


John Mixon: I’m back from 8 months in India, after working with a small social entrepreneur there to help them start a wood stove business. Happily back in Seattle now. Phone: (206) 660-3604.


Jason Flatt finished his M.B.A. through the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh earlier this year, has begun pursuing an M.A. in Historic Preservation at Goucher College, and continues to work full-time as a naval architect at Marinette Marine Corp. David Grant: Life with three daughters keeps things interesting. When not designing propulsors for the Navy, I try to escape reality by swinging through the treetops of Virginia with chainsaws, pretending to be an arborist.


Tony Beale, Steve Geiger, Brian Heberley, John Hootman, and Steven Van Denburg were among many of the class (along with 2001xers Joe Kilch, Kate Jones, and as well as Jason Dahl ‘02) travelling to Cape Cod for Luke’s wedding last July. Tony and Kristy picked up a used


RV for mobile dwelling for sailing events and trips to the CA wilderness. Brian, Jason, and Steve were able to bring their significant others and young ones to the event. Joe started med school at the University of VT this semester after completing pre-med studies in Portland, ME.

After a hot and busy summer Jamie & Gwen (McGlauflin) Benoit are glad fall is finally here. Kai and his parents joined in the festivities in MA as well. He is now a speed crawler on the verge of walking and nothing is safe at the Benoit household. They enjoy each passing day with Kai more and more – building block towers, Sunday swim lessons, and running on college-level sleep sessions. Jamie recommends the Cable Car Amber. Pat Hester and his wife Kasey are eagerly anticipating the arrival of their second child, a son, due December 8; attempting to catch up on sleep while it’s still a feasible endeavor. Additionally, Patrick is in the middle of his fifth year as an Assistant Professor, enjoying the challenges that research and teaching responsibilities have to offer. Numerous speaking engagements have populated Patrick’s fall schedule, including a recent trip to Nice, France. Luke Hurt is now happily married and living the quiet life in Port Townsend, WA. Having rented a house with an ADU (additional dwelling unit, which are all the rage there) he encourages classmates and friends to visit. He started a new job working at Creative

Luke and Emily Hurt wedding celebration with classmates. Systems, Inc., the creators of GHS. And with occasional jaunts to Seattle to windsurf in fresh water and have dinner with friends, there’s not much at all to complain about. Be sure to heckle him at a GHS training session at the SNAME annual meeting. Don and Alma (Munkenbeck) Jacobson are very busy with two boys (three years and six months) and work. When not playing “DC Comics Superfriends” with Alex, or rocking Teddy, Don is Chief Engineer for a boat acquisition program. Alma has three full-time jobs (supermom, wife, and Special Projects nav arch) and is realizing that all three use the same set of skills to a varying degree. For Elizabeth Jeffers, a highlight of the summer was joining Karyn (VanVeen) Cox ’02 for her son Aaron’s 2nd birthday party in Charlotte, NC. It was pure serendipity that Christine (Gill) Heberley ’02 was also visiting that weekend with her year-old son, Derek. Pitter Pat enjoyed being the “big girl,” helping out with the boys. Alas, summer is

over and we are back into our school-year routine. Nate Smith and his wife welcomed Eleanor Susan into the world on October 8. His beloved Brewers then promptly got knocked from the baseball playoffs, but he is looking forward to homemade pierogis and Iron City for winning bets from a miserable Pirates fan. Nate still insists he’ll slip in some iceboating around little Nora’s sleep schedule this winter. Life continues without much change for John Sullivan in south Mississippi. John and Val are almost finished with their second round of home renovations (word of advice from them: don’t redo your house, and then start watching HGTV), and he is looking forward to getting back out in the garage to work on cars. Their jobs are still going well; Valerie is one of the leading spinal injury therapists on the coast, and he is still with Ingalls Shipbuilding (now with a new, old name!) working with composite materials. No kids yet, but two big dogs keep them entertained.

Elizabeth Tuckel continues to be quite busy with work but enjoyed seeing college and high school classmates and friends in Cape Cod in July. She is glad to see Luke and Emily more often now that they’ve relocated. Jason Updegraph just got back from a long weekend hiking some of the Appalachian Trail in prime foliage season. A trip to Webb and NY preceded that. Some work out west may be on the horizon for spring/summer 2012. He screwed up his meniscus on the ice but is still planning to hike Patagonia next fall. If interested in joining, give him a call! Gabe Weymouth and Becca are still enjoying themselves in Singapore with Arabella and new baby Alexandra (short form “Xani”; sounds like “Zaany”.) Now six months old, Xani is small but strong, already crawling and eating with a spoon… TKD will soon follow. Bella started preschool this year; she loves it and is developing in multiple languages at an alarming rate. Becca is enjoying her research work in breast cancer imaging and Gabe is trying to keep up with projects in Singapore and the U.S.


After almost two years of heading up the “Newbuild Scoping Project” at SeaRiver, Peter Bryn is pleased to announce that SeaRiver and Aker Philadelphia Shipyard have signed a contract for the construction of two Aframax tankers (with Samsung

Heavy Industries supporting Aker as its primary design agent). Peter has assumed the role of Technical Manager for the new project and will remain in Houston. Cyrus Lawyer got engaged to Erika Groton on October 8th. They plan on tying the knot in October of 2012. Speaking of weddings, Dan Marlarkey married his wife Kate Yoon for the third time in October. This time in Korea! Jason Minett and his wife Lin just celebrated their one year anniversary. No kids yet! On the other hand, Andy & Elizabeth Lange’s baby Brianna just turned 7 months old. Luckily she looks like her mother. Bobby Kleinschmit is down in Auckland doing some sailing and designing cool yachts. Steve Stone is back to school! He is getting his M.B.A. from the Georgetown Executive Program. This time he is actually paying attention in statistics.


He is also finishing his first semester as an M.B.A. candidate at Rice University, where he is a proud member of the Wine Club. Michael LaGrassa relocated to Santa Barbara, CA, and has been enjoying getting to know the west coast with his girlfriend Becky. He is working as a mechanical engineer for Dehlsen Associates, a renewable energy company, developing marine current and wave energy devices. He recently participated in his first Jiu-Jitsu competition and brought home a bronze medal. Matthew O’Leary was commissioned in the NOAA Corps. in May 2009 and assigned to the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer, “America’s Ship for Ocean Exploration.” Matt was promoted to Lieutenant (Junior Grade) earlier this year and is serving as navigation officer. Since signing onboard Matt has visited Hawaii, Guam, Indonesia, San Francisco, San Diego, Costa Rica, the Galapagos, Panama, the Cayman Islands, Key West, Mississippi and Rhode Island.

Rob Dvorak’s uncle, Steve Dvorak ’50 passed away on June 27th and the memorial service was held on a beautiful August day. Bagpipes, the folding and presenting of the flag, and the playing of Taps by an Army honor guard detail really made the day unforgettable. He will be sorely missed.


Chris Becker has miraculously held onto his job at Contender and will have his first design debut at the Miami boat show this winter. He moved down to Key Largo and brought his terrible fishing luck with him. Alana Smentek-Duerr continues to try to save the world with her research in ocean energy. She’s probably going to become a planeteer before getting her Ph.D. She’s also becoming a Doctor of PHIL-osophy in her spare time.

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Kathleen Cain & Elizabeth Singleton – “The Girls” graduated from The George Washington University with Masters’ Degrees in Engineering and Technology Management in the spring of 2011. Both Kathleen and Liz still work for NAVSEA at the Washington Navy Yard in D.C. Ryan Sadlo recently shutoff his TI-89 for the last time and is now a project manager at ABS, specializing in offshore energy projects.

AJ, Luke, Justin, and Wayne keeping things loco at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show party.


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Sarah Wickenheiser is recovering from her foot surgery, and Vince is trying to squeeze in as many outdoor projects as possible before the first frost. Still playing the mortgage game and driving around in the minivan. I guess we’re turning into grown-ups. Eek!

Back: Jay Nonemaker, Katie Whalen. Front: Samm Griswold ’14, Leah Sosa, Amy Zahray ’14, and Matt Donatelli.

When she’s not designing yachts at Murray and Associates, Johanna Lee spends her time playing in various kickball and dodgeball leagues, as well as enjoying the year-round Florida beach weather. She tries to travel as much as her schedule allows, and is looking forward to her upcoming snowboard trip in Colorado – though she knows it won’t measure up to any of the Webb ski trips!


Porter Bratten continues to happily ply his trade as race director and triathlon coach in Seattle, including an expansion in theaters of operation to Southern California. He’s starting to dream of making a classic wooden sailboat in his garage and his bike(s) are still worth more than his car.

Dan Mannheim still travels frequently for work and thinks it is hilarious that he sees the Webbies in Maryland and Virginia more often than he sees the Webbies who live nearby in Boston.

Cody Kurtz still “lives” in Fort Lauderdale, although he hasn’t been there since July 5th. He wrapped up a project in Saint Lucia, which was a refloat of a container ship from 120 feet. Then it was on to Puerto Rico working on a dry dock. Other than that, still single, no pets (not even a cat), and still plugging on.

Jessie Tomczak has taken up swimming, has recently moved, and is 0.4 miles closer to Costco. She’s planning to take Dan Mannheim to the aquarium when he visits in November, but that’s not why she started swimming.

Matt Donatelli is always making moves. However, he is gradually adopting Rotterdam as his home (well, unpainted jail cell at the moment), but quickly learning the farther east you go “making speak English no good much.”

Lindsey Lindgren and her husband Mårten purchased their first home – a 17th century cottage on the Thames.

Emerson Smith: Emerson is working at Farr Yacht Design in Annapolis and sails as much as possible in his free time.

Wayne Lee is working for AREVA, a nuclear design company where he starts up nuclear reactors. He is scheduled to start up a few reactors this winter and spring. Apart from that, he is still the USAPL American record holder for his weight class! Still working out and gettin’ buff! In his down time, he rides motorcycles and break dances with his newfound crew. Kristin Jarecki is going to Tulane for her MBA. Luke Soletic is waiting to hear back from dental schools and will begin school in August. He is looking for a job to keep him busy in the meantime. Jeff Reifsnyder has nothing new to speak of really…moved into the house and life goes on. Justin Shell is living the dream. He finished his Master’s program in Italy in February, from there he moved to Amsterdam, NL to work with Doug Schickler ’92 and his partner at Schickler Taliapietra Yacht Design on several yacht designs. After a three-month stint with them, he returned to the United States and took a job with Quantum Marine Engineering because he was generally superior to the

individual they had before him. Quantum is much happier now, and Justin plans to stay with them in Ft. Lauderdale for the foreseeable future. After hearing that Wayne Lee starts up nuclear reactors, Leah Sosa fled the country immediately. She has joined the growing concentration of Webbies in the Netherlands and is studying ship hydromechanics at TU Delft. She has adopted the Dutch way of life: eating bread and cheese, riding a bicycle, and wearing boots – although still waiting for their height influence to kick in and give her a few extra inches. She enjoys Donderdags with Katie Whalen ’11 and Jay Nonemaker ’10, and in her spare time she is a negative influence on Matty D (much to his dismay). The Netherlands Webbies (Jay, Katie, Leah, and Matt) hosted sophomores Samantha and Amy in Delft during their Euro-trip prior to their semester in Southampton.


David Gross: I spent winter internships at Trinity Yachts and Morrelli & Melvin Design & Engineering and summer internships at Bath Iron Works and Schickler Tagliapietra Yacht Engineering. I went on to attend University of Southampton for my M.Sc. in Marine Computational Fluid Dynamics and finished in September 2011. I am interested in continuing to work in the high-performance sailing yacht industry. My interests are in high-

performance sailing craft, planning theory as applied to sailboats, appendage design, multihulls, CFD and FEA. Dusty Rybovich is back in the states now. He and Chris Becker are renting a mobile home in Key Largo and working for Contender Boats. They’ll be there in case anyone wants to come fishin’.


Hampton Dixon began a globetrotting lifestyle in July after graduation when he joined InterMarine Incorporated. Despite waking up halfway around the world every few weeks, he still manages to stay integral to the Web Development Team. Living on a rock in the North Atlantic can bring some interesting weather, but Jenna Ferrieri is enjoying her time living in Newfoundland, Canada. She keeps herself busy pursuing a graduate degree at Memorial University, working for Oceanic Consulting Corporation, exploring the island, and rock climbing. Michael Klein is greatly enjoying his vice presidency at SanSail with Ethan Wiseman. One of the most difficult challenges of his post-Webb life has been figuring out what to do with all this new free time. So far: running, eating, and classical music. Andrew Lachtman is working for Bruce S. Rosenblatt & Associates in Oakland, CA. “In my free time, I enjoy cycling through the hills of the beautiful East Bay.”

Lidia Mouravieff enjoyed her extended summer in parts of Europe and with her family at the beach. While completing an ISO 9000 administrative contract job, she continues looking for a position in transportation, applying to graduate schools, and being enthusiastic in her role as Class Agent! Justin Klag entered the world of contract Naval Architecture this July when he started his position at Gibbs & Cox, Inc. He joins Robert Barra ’07 at this historic firm. Ian McMahon has been working at ABS in Houston in the Offshore Engineering Division. He has been mountain biking regularly and has joined the cycling team at work. Ziggy now has a 20-gallon aquarium that he shares with nine other fish. The classroom horns are now hung up on his wall.

Ethan Wiseman has been working alongside Michael Klein for SanSail, a startup which seeks to advance environmentally friendly shipping. He is living on Long Island and spending most of his time in NYC. Zak Harris has been busy working and taking an acoustics class at the UW, but mainly trying to recover from his summer adventures. He is excited to further destroy his body this ski season. Tophi Rose has been spending the last few months on an exchange from TU Delft at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. Recent accomplishments include climbing Norway’s tallest two mountains, visiting two of Scandinavia’s most scenic spots (Lofoten Islands and Geiranger Fjord), and touring some of the world’s most

advanced OSV shipyards. Ryan Pfeifer is learning to embrace his inner Viking while continuing his education in maritime systems and logistics at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. Apart from studying, he is slowly learning Norwegian, exploring Norway’s nature, enjoying the large university lifestyle, and making many new friends. He will be exchanging to TU Delft in the Netherlands next semester.

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Casey Harwood has continued his habit of studying too much for his own good while acclimating to the University of Michigan graduate program, where he has begun CFD studies under his faculty advisor. In his spare time, he has enjoyed spending time with classmates (past and present) and klutzing about in an attempt to learn swing-dancing. Dayeeboo has been wreaking havoc throughout Cambridge/ Boston as he continues his education at MIT. As a member of the Korean Student Association, MIT Beef Club, and the MIT Golf Team, he enjoys biking along the Charles. All in all, Dayeeboo is doin’ wicked well. Go Pens!"


heritage society The Webb Advantage: Educating the Entire Engineer

Jennifer B. Panosky ‘85

My first job after graduation in 1985 was developing database software for NAVSEA at SofTech; my application was sent to John Knobel ’73. (He kindly considered it, despite my spelling his name Noble in those pre-internet days without instant alumni list access.) Wanting to get back closer to naval architecture, I moved to a propeller design job at Hydrodynamics Research Associates (HRA), run by Bruce Cox ’66) The end of the Cold War led to a move to Atlantic Applied Research Corp. (AARC), working for Dave Greeley ’76 and Neal Brown ’57. While working among Webbies at these small companies (HRA had five or six employees, while AARC had around 25), the benefits of the Webb education weren’t as obvious to me as when I came to Electric Boat in 1994. At EB, with an engineering force of 1,500 or so, the benefits of the breadth and depth of the Webb curriculum, systems engineering approach, and emphasis

on practical experience are far more apparent. New hires from other schools all too often lack work experience and look like the proverbial deer in the headlights for a few months. Too many engineers show no interest in looking beyond their specialty to understand how it fits into the submarine design as a whole. In contrast, Webb graduates are ready to contribute and understand the big picture. A recent article in the New York Times, “Why Science Majors Change Their Minds - It’s Just Too Darn Hard,” November 4, 2011, discussed retention problems with college students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math. The methods now being applied to retain students read like a description of Webb: smaller classes, practical projects early, and hands-on experience. Also in the news is the high level of indebtedness of recent grads; it reminds me how grateful I am to have received such a great education for free. My career has been shaped by the Webbies who hired me and with whom I have worked. Many of my closest friends are from my time at Webb. So it only seems natural to me to give to Webb both now and through my estate, in my case through a Charitable Remainder Trust.

Heritage Society Established in 1991, the Heritage Society honors donors who have included Webb Institute in their estate plans. Alumni, Family and friends show great foresight by providing for Webb in this manner. The benefits of estate plans, although great for Webb, may also be greatly beneficial to the donor and his or her family by reducing the size of their estate.

legacy by providing for Webb beyond their own lifetime. The estate gift provided by William H. Webb provided the cornerstone of our College and exemplifies just how powerful an impact a planned gift can make on an institution.

Planned or estate gifts provide the donor the opportunity to provide a significant future contribution without changing one’s current lifestyle. They assure donors a continuance of support for Webb beyond their lifetimes. Planned gifts provide Webb the fiscal strength and security required for continued growth, ensuring that Webb remains a leader in naval architecture and marine engineering education.

Your legacy gift will enable you to establish your own meaningful and permanent connection to Webb Institute. Many gifts provide the donor immediate and valuable tax benefits and a secure income stream that lasts a lifetime. The most common legacy or planned gifts are beneficiary designations of a retirement plan or life insurance policy or bequest made in a will. There are many additional ways to make a difference, and our staff will gladly work with you to find an option that is right for you.

Members of the Heritage Society choose to invest in the future and through their generosity will leave a lasting

To learn more about the Heritage Society, please contact the Development Office at (516)759-2040.


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Webb News Winter 2011  

The Winter 2011 edition of Webb Institutes Magazine

Webb News Winter 2011  

The Winter 2011 edition of Webb Institutes Magazine