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This page houses archived known Memorial | Committal | Funeral Announcements for 2021. All are greyed out with the most recent listed first. Select year of the service 2021/2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017.  Additionaly, known classmate's deceased spouse list.  Current Planned services are at Current Services.

Memorial / Committal /Funeral Information - Year 2021
Date Posted | Source Classmate or spouse
Susan Legro
Classmate daughter

Stanley (Stan) Wayne LEGRO , 84, passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2020, in La Jolla, California. Stan was born July 3, 1936 in Muskogee, OK. He graduated first in the Class of 1959 at the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the Marine Corps. After leaving the Marine Corps, he attended Harvard Law School, and practiced law in San Diego and taught as an adjuct lecturer at San Diego School of Law. He later practiced law in Washington, DC, retiring in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
He is survived by his brother, Monta (Donna) Legro of Houston, Texas, his daughter, Susan Legro of Prague, Czech Republic , his son, Wayne Legro of Seattle, Washington, and his two granddaughters.

Stan's Memorial Service at the USNA Chapal is Monday, November 22, 2021 at 10:30AM followed by committal at the Columbarium. Details of the reception will be posted when available. A reception will then be held at the Naval Academy Club, 2 Truxton Road [formerly the Officers' Club]. If you plan to attend, Stan's daughter Susan would appreciate an email from you prior to November 1st at

Reference Stan's obituary.

Bill Wheaton
Classmate 14th Co

Russell (Russ) E. WHIPPS , 84, died on 02/29/2021.
He is survived by his daughter, Deanna Guzman, a son and grandchildren.

Russ's inurment at the USNA Columbarium will be at Monday, November 22, 2021 at 2:00PM.

Reference Russ's obituary.

Timothy Woodbury
USNA-AA Memorials

Peter (Pete) Curtis SCHON , 84, died peacefully on April 10, 2021, in the company of his wife and daughters. Peter was born on June 7, 1936, in Wellesley, MA. He spent one year at the NROTC program at Purdue, and entered the USNA in 1955, graduating with the Class of 1959. He served in the Marines, leaving in 1964 to join the family's printing business.

Peter is survived by his beloved wife Juliana; two daughters Erica Pollak and Kirsten Shorey, and their spouses; three grandsons Carleton, Cameron, and Jason; and a special granddaughter Isabella. He was predeceased by his parents Hilda Jean Duffet and Bert Eric Schon, and his brother, David Emerson Schon.
Peter will be inurned at the Naval Academy Columbarium on October 4, 2021 at 2:00PM. There will be a reception afterwards with location to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Carson Scholars Fund, founded in 1994 by Dr. Ben Carson, and his wife, Candy.

1050 York Road
Towson, MD 21204
(410) 823-1700
Reference Peter's obituary.
Timothy Woodbury
USNA-AA Memorials

David Peter DOELGER, age 82, of Austin passed away peacefully on December 19, 2019 at his home. He was the great grandson of Peter Doelger, the famous NewYork City brewer of the late 1800's and early 1900's. Dave was predeceased by his first wife Janet (Feit) Doelger of Rumson, NJ who passed away in early 1988. Dave is survived by his loving wife Lynn (Russell) Doelger of Austin, TX and brother; Peter Doelger of Somerville. He also leaves behind three sons who were the joy of his life; Christopher Doelger of Dassel, MN,Paul Doelger of Columbia, MO and Richard Doelger of Austin, TX and grandchildren and great children. His remains will be placed in the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium Annapolis, MD.

Mr. Doelger's service at the Columbarium is scheduled for Monday, September 27, 2021 at 2PM .

Reference David's obituary.

Al Lawyer, USNA 1967
& Ed Hill - 24th Company
Shipmate Coordinator

Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Robin "Bob" Lee STARCK , 83, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2021, with his beloved wife of 58 years, Carol Starck (nee Lentz), at his side.  A member of the 12th Company, he graduated from the Academy with the Class of 1959 and went on to serve on submarines, retiring in 1982. Upon retirememnt, he earned an MBA and worked as a defense contractor.  He is survived by his wife Carol, a daughter, two sons, eight grandchildren and four sisters.
A private family memorial service will be held, with inurnment at the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium at a future date.

Cmdr. Robin (Bob) Starck's Committal Service at the Columbarium is Friday, August 6, 2021 at 11:00AM.

Reference Bob's obituary.

Timothy Woodbury
USNA-AA Memorials

Captain William (Bill) G. CLAUTICE, USN (Ret.) , 83, passed away on June 14, 2020, at 83 years of age. Bill was born April 4, 1937 in Baltimore, MD. He graduated from Loyola High School in 1955 and was a proud alumnus of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1959. He met his beautiful bride Joyce Reilly Clautice in 8th grade and they were married for 61 wonderful years.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; their three children Kimberly Badgett, Susanne (husband Mark) Openshaw, and James (wife Abigail) Clautice and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 1:00PM, Church of Our Saviour, Cocoa Beach, FL.

Captain Clautice's Memorial Service 10:00AM Mass Monday July 26. 2021 at US Naval Academy Chapel Annapolis MD immediately followed by inurnment at US Naval Academy Columbarium. Reception at 11:30AM Monday July 26 at US Naval Academy Officer Club. ***NOTE: RSVP required by July 1, 2021 to or text/call (m) Jim at 703-587-9667.

Memorial contributions may be via check to:

Brevard Parkinsons Alliance 
126 Celemente Drive
Satellite Beach, FL 32937.
Reference Bill's obituary.

Linda Rhodes
Classmate spouse

Hugh William (Dusty) RHODES, age 84 of Centerville, Ohio passed peacefully Friday, October 2, 2020 with his family by his side. Dusty lived a full and adventurous life and was known as an avid golfer, soccer coach, military veteran and businessman. Dusty served 10 years in the Navy after graduation, flying F9F-8 Cougar fighter jets, serving aboard surface ships and eventually being recruited to become a member of the first group of men to serve on nuclear submarines in the famed “41 For Freedom”. Few men have traveled the world, flown fighter jets and travelled to the North Pole in a submarine.
Dusty is survived by his wife Linda (Hingle) Rhodes, sister Karalee Vint, two children Sandra Guthrie and Hugh Rhodes and six grand-children Gretchen Rhodes, Emma Haas Rhodes, Dean Rhodes, Will Rhodes, Madison Guthrie and Bridget Rhodes. His ashes will be interned at the United States Naval Academy and a Celebration of his life will take place at a later date when the Covid situation is under control.

Dusty Rhodes Committal Service will be 10:00AM Thursday July 22, 2021 at the US Naval Academy Columbarium, Annapolis MD.

Reference Dusty's obituary.

Ed Hill - 24th Company
Timothy Woodbury
USNA-AA Memorials
***Services USNA Chapel - J. Phillip (Jack) LONDON (15th Co.)  Date_2021-06-18
***Services Washington Cathedral - J. Phillip (Jack) LONDON (15th Co.)  Date_2021-06-19
Reference Dr. London's obituary.
Reference Dr. London's obituary extended with Photo.

Joe Ford - Class Treasurer
Timothy Woodbury USNA-AA Memorials
Retired Navy Captain Daniel (Dan) M. TRUAX, 84, died February 14, 2020 at home in Annapolis with his family by his side. Dan graduated and was commissioned on June 3, 1959. On graduation day he married Ona Marie Richardson and began their 60-plus year loving adventure together.
Capt. Truax is survived by his brother David Truax (Janet); his wife Ona; his son Tim (Susan); his daughters Christina Lindsay (ex-husband GP) and Tricia Bettick (Mike); grandchildren Daniel, John and David Truax; Jay, Tim and Chris Chellis; Garrett, Caroline and Kate Lindsay; step-grandchildren Angie Barton (Aaron); Kaitlin Kertsman (Steve); Michael Bettick (Jessica); seven step-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Captain Truax's Memorial Service 10:30AM Thursday, June 3. 2021 at US Naval Academy Chapel followed by inurnment at US Naval Academy Columbarium. Reception to follow at the N* Room, USNA Stadium. IMPORTANT: To avoid parking problems on the Academy Yard, bus transportation to the chapel and then the Columbarium will be available. Buses will pick up on the Blue Angel side of the Stadium (Gate 5) from 9:30 - 10:15am.  After the inurnment, the buses will return to the stadium for the reception. Currently, there is a parking fee of $5.
***NOTE: RSVP is required. By May 15, 2021, please email Ona Truax at or phone call at 410-353-5583.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake or USNA Alumni Association (Class of 1959). An online guest book is available at (direct to Dan Truax's memorial)

Reference Dan's obituary.

Reference Dan's obituary extended with Photo.

Timothy Woodbury USNA-AA Memorials

Shirley Steele BILLINGS, wife of Thomas Billings, 6th Company, died November 12, 2019.

Services for Shirley for inurnment to be held at the Naval Academy Columbarium on Wednesday, 2 June 2021 at 2:00PM.  Reception immediately following at 2:45 PM at US Naval Academy Officers' Club.

In lieu off flowers, please make a gift in honor of Mrs. Shirley S.Billings (wife of CAPT Thomas H. Billings, USN (Ret), USNA Class of 1959) to the U.S.Naval Academy Foundation, 247 King George St., Annapolis, MD 21402.

Reference Mrs. Billings obituary.

Walter Wynn, Jr. 11th Company

Peter Thomas McCall passed away Thursday, April 22, 2021, under hospice care in Gainseville, Florida. Born in Philadelphia, PA in 1938, Peter McCall’s calling to teach began early as an educational officer in the Navy following his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, 11th Company, Annapolis in 1959. He was tasked with helping other officers obtain diplomas to improve their rank.
He married Jean in 1967, moving to Gainewville. He raised a family and became an integral part of the P.K. Yonge Laboratory School teaching math there for 37 years. His compassion for teaching was known by all who touched his life.
He was also predeceased by his sister, Joan McCall Bainbridge (Russell) and His brother-in-law, Charles Graffeo and survived by his sister-in-law, Anne Graffeo, niece and nephews Christine St. John (Ron), Steven Bainbridge (Sue Ellen), and Campbell Graffeo. He is also survived by daughter, Kathleen Davis (Roger), grandchildren and great grandchildren: Leah (Jeremy) Kilgore with Zoe and Avery, Janna Davis, Joelle (Josh) Seis with Jadyn, Jesse, Jenelle, and Journey, and Andrew Davis.

Peter's service will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Gainesville, Florida, Thursday, April 29th at 3:00 pm There is a maximum seating capacity of 100 with protocls including wearing a mask and social distancing. The service will be live streamed and the link will be distributed by the family. There will be a reception to follow at the The Depot Event Hall - 201 SE Depot Ave.

Reference Peter's obituary.

Ed Hill
24th Company

Lynn ("Skip") Morgan GANTT died peacefully at his home with surrounded by his family on March 10, 2021. Skip was born on March 16, 1937 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. An Eagle Scout, high school football player, he entered the United States Naval Academy in 1955 and graduated with the Class of 1959.

In 1966, Skip received his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He met his wife at NCU, marrying in 1967. He is survived by his wife, Louise "Weesie", son Matt and daughter Sally, their spouses and grandchildren. Funeral arrangement are pending.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in memory of Lynn Morgan ""Skip"" Gantt to:

Augustine Literacy Project
115 West 7th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation
P.O. Box 76408
Baltimore, MD 21275-6408

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606.
Online condolences can be shared at Reference Skip's obituary.

Ed Hill - 24th Company
Timothy Woodbury
USNA-AA Memorials

Dr. J. Phillip (Jack) LONDON passed away on January 18, 2021, at 83 years of age. Jack was born April 30, 1937 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Graduating from the Naval Academy with the Class of 1959, he was active duty for 12 years (antisubmarine warfare helicopter pilot) and 12 years in the Naval Reserves, retiring as a Captain. He joined CACI in 1972 as an IT program manager and led this small company to a $6.3 billion information technology giant with his 20 years of leadership as President and CEO.

Jack is survived by his loving wife, soul mate, and life partner, Dr. Jennifer London, the former Dr. Jennifer Ellen Burkhart of Ohio; his adult children, J. Phillip London, Jr. (Jennifer) and Laura London (Jed); his young sons Jackson, Jayson, and Jonathon; six grandchildren (Evan, Andrew, James, Charlotte, Riley, and Jasper); brother Gary London (Liz) of Edmond, Oklahoma; nephews Greg Hale and Hunter London; and niece Lauren London Derrick.

An in-person Masonic funeral will be held at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia, on Saturday, February 13th at 1:00 pm. This service will also be live streamed. For details about in-person attendance and viewing the livestream, please visit Future Christian services will be held at the Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Maryland, and the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Dr. London will be laid to rest with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

Gifts in his memory can be made to CAUSE USA, the United States Navy Memorial, and the Washington National Cathedral.
Reference Dr. London's obituary.
Reference Dr. London's obituary extended with Photo.

Timothy Woodbury
USNA-AA Memorials

Elbert Grant REES, 84, of Logan, UT, passed away January 24, 2021. Grant was born December 20, 1936, in Salt Lake City, UT. He graduated in 1959, met his wife Shirley in Long Beach, married in 1960, served twenty years retiring from the Navy in 1979. After years working in both Maryland and Idaho as an engineer he moved back to Logan in 2009. Among many other activities, Grant and Shirley served as missionaries in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Grant was preceded in death by his wife. He is survived by his sons and Kevin (Darcy) Rees of Providence, UT, Steven (Lori) Rees of Mesa, AZ, brothers Richard (Arlene) Rees of Charlotte, NC, and W. Dale (Marian) Rees, of Sandy, UT and two grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11am on Saturday, January 30th, at Nelson Funeral Home, 162 E 400 N, Logan. A viewing will be held from 10:00am to 10:45am.
Services will be livestreamed through Zoom: Password: Rees

Nelson Funeral Home
162 East 400 North
Logan, UT 84321
(435) 752-3261
Reference Grant's obituary.

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Reference the Process (pdf) for Notification and Posting of classmate or spouse death.
Memorial Affairs Coordinator & Cemetery Administrator Sharon L. Moffatt Memorial Affairs Coordinator & Cemetery Administrator 101 Cooper Road United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD 21402 410-293-1101 fax 410-293-4809
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