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Misplaced Bomb

Dr. Bob Price called me to expand on the Ray Blair story of rescuing a misplaced
piece of ordnance.  Bob was at Woods Hole at the time, and Ray was at NOL.  
The two labs were doing a joint field test.  The tests were being held in the
Vineyard Sound, which is off Martha Vineyard.  The test was to drop a piece of
ordnance into the Sound and assess the effectiveness of the warhead, including
the fusing.  Bob was studying surface effects from the detonation and could
determine the depth of detonation by analyzing the photos of the water plume.  
Ray and Bob were involved in taking the pictures.  Others had underwater
sensors to assess the shock, etc of the underwater detonation.  (Bob didn't say;
but the ordnance may have been ASW depth bombs.)  Bob said he was aware of
the aircraft not getting the ordnance in the test area.  This would track with Ray
and others taking a boat to recover a round that landed on the land/island.
Deceased Alumni

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alumni: phone (410) 489-2977 or email at
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provided by a quarterly newsletter.

Deceased Alumni Archives

Deceased Alumni Tributes

2014 Deceased Alumni

       Bill Meeker - Bill died in late November 2013 from ALS---Lou Gehrig
disease.  He graduated from Union College in New York with a degree in EE.  Bill
worked in the Air and Surface Department. Dr. Ed Whitman wrote, “Bill was a
close friend of my family for many years---since 1970---and we had worked
together extensively at White Oak, both on Navy business and on the Bill’s
Bunch shows.  He was a one of a kind natural musician and a brilliant
technologist, and he brought a myriad of good times and happiness into
countless other people’s lives.”  A tribute to Bill will appear in the Spring LEAF.

       
Bill Mebane - Bill’s son-In-Law, Dr. Glaros, called Vern Vickers to inform
him that Bill died in his sleep in early November, 2013.  Bill was 79 years old.  
Houston Cole wrote the following, “Bill worked at the White Oak Laboratory
(WOL) of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), for a number of years,
before retiring.  WOL was previously known as the Naval Ordnance Laboratory
(NOL) before becoming part of NSWC.  Bill’s contributions to the Navy, NOL,
and the Protection Systems Department, in particular, are sincerely
appreciated.  NOL (WOL) is world renowned for its leadership role in developing
materials, explosives,  propellants, sea mines, and other Navy weapons such as
the Mk 48 Torpedo, SUBROC, CAPTOR, SLMM, and SEAL systems.  Bill came to
work after graduating from Georgia Tech. Bill joined the Environments Branch
of what became the System Safety/Security Division.  Bill served in a number of
key roles, including being a member of the SUBROC Team, joining the Shock
Group and later, becoming an expert in Underwater Shock.  Bill used his
interest and skill in electronics to develop an analog shock spectrum analysis
tool as well as ruggedized tape recorder instrumentation packages that could
survive and record the water entry shock environment of mines entering the
water at high speeds.  We feel fortunate that we were able to call Bill our friend
and know that he was a beloved family person, and a patriot.  He was active in
a number of sports, including bowling, and golf.  After retiring, Bill developed
his woodworking skills into a successful business, establishing “Yesteryear
Toys”, and making innovative wooden toys.  Bill was an active member of the
Alumni Association.”

       
John Couch Haltiwanger, Sr. - A resident at Ingleside at King Farm in
Rockville Maryland, went to be with the Lord Wednesday,  October 9, 2013. He
was 89 years old. John is survived by his wife of over 65 years, Dorothy Spruill
Haltiwanger; his five children and 14 grandchildren. He was born to the late
Robert Sidney Haltiwanger and Janie Couch Haltiwanger on April 9, 1924 in
Winston-Salem, NC. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill in 1948. He served in the United States Army Air Corp during World
War II as a first lieutenant, from 1944-1946. He married Dorothy Spruill in
1948 and they relocated  to Montgomery County, Maryland for the majority of
their married life. He worked for the Naval Ordnance Laboratory as a Missile
Guidance Section Chief from 1948-1956, Melpar from 1956-1960, Horman
Associates from 1960-1962, and Hewlett Packard from 1962-1979. He was a
40 year long active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. He enjoyed
sailing and boating, attending concerts, and traveling with his wife. They went
to more than 30 elder hostels together after retiring.  

      
 Lillian Sutton - Lillian’s Son, Richard, called Al Jox to inform him of  Lillian’
s death.  The family provided the following, “Lillian Grace Sutton, born in
Knoxville, TN on May 23, 1924 and died in Rockville, MD at the Casey House/
Montgomery Hospice on Oct. 23, 2013. She was 89 years old.  Lillian grew up
on Brown Road in Knoxville, and graduated from  Knoxville High School in
1943. Upon graduation, she moved to the Washington, DC area, and took a
secretarial position at the Navy Yard, in Washington, DC. There she met
Charles Sutton, of Chattanooga, and they were married. The couple moved to
Maryland, and had a son, Richard, who still lives in Maryland. Her marriage
ended in divorce. Lillian’s career with the government lasted over 35 years, until
her retirement. She transferred from the Navy Yard to the Naval Surface
Weapons Lab in White Oak Maryland, and received commendations for her
excellent service. Lillian's career with the government lasted over 35 years, until
her retirement. She transferred from the Navy Yard to the Naval Surface
Weapons Lab in White Oak Maryland, and received commendations for her
excellent service. Lillian loved travel, and often returned to Tennessee, as well
as traveled throughout the states and abroad. She took pride in her home and
gardens, and knitted beautiful blankets for all the children in her extended
family, as well as friends. She was an avid sports fan and rooted for the original
Washington Senators and more recently the Nationals. She was beloved by her
family. She is survived by son Richard, of Boyds, Maryland/ daughter in law
Catherine; grandsons Scott Sutton of California/ wife Lilly; Wayne and Chris
Porreco (Virginia and Maryland); and great grandson Logan Sutton of California,
who was her pride and joy.”

      
 Jimmy Miller - Bob Ridgway wrote the following, “received a call
yesterday morning from Larry Hairfield, Jimmy Miller's Son-In-Law, saying that
Jimmy past away on Saturday January 4.  He did not offer any details other
than Jimmy had been doing pretty well during the Fall.  He was suffering from
Parkinson's disease the past few years.  Jimmy will be returned to Paducah,
Kentucky, for burial next to his wife Jerry.  Jimmy worked in U40 in the 200
area.
       
       
John Paul Buckley - Paul, formerly of Silver Spring, MD passed away on
Thursday, 16 January 2014.  He was born on 26 July 1927 in Dorchester, MA
and graduated from the MA Maritime Academy; earned a BS and MS in Physics
from Boston College; and completed PhD studies at Catholic University.  He
moved to Silver Spring, MD to begin his 40 year career with the Navy and to
raise his family with his wife, Virginia. The Navy bestowed the Navy
Distinguished Civilian Service Award to Paul at his retirement for exemplary
performance for the Office of the CNO at the pentagon.  Paul began his career
at NOL and moved to Op-03, where he worked in the Mine Office and was an
avid of mines and mine warfare.  After 35 years of marriage, Virginia passed
away in 1987.  Paul moved to Ft Myers, FL with his second wife, Elizabeth, who
died in 2002.  Paul moved to Texas in 2011 to be closer to family members.  A
lifelong sports enthusiast, he also loved working in the garden and spending
time with his family.  Paul was fun loving, witty,  and kind and never lost his
gentle spirit for which he will never be forgotten.  He is survived by his
daughters, Joanne Newman of Oakton, VA, Patti Wolthuis of Roanoke, VA, and
Mary Walsh of Keller, TX.  He is also survived by his son Jack of the
Netherlands and six Grand-children.

     
  Marjorie B. Buehler - Marjorie’s husband, William, wrote the following,
“Margie passed away on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, supported by her
husband of 50 years and her family.  Margie was a few weeks short of the 86th
birthday.  She was quite healthy and active until the end of 2012.  She suffered
a mild stroke in November of 2012.  She fell in January 2013, and during her
hospital stay to repair her hip, it was discovered she had cancer.  This
progressed rapidly and ended her life in a few short months.  As during her
lifetime, she met her disease with dignity and grace.  She will be sorely missed.  
Margie retired from NOL in 1975.  Over the years she had been a division and
department secretary.  She retired as a fiscal analyst.  After her retirement, she
followed her husband, a 1974 retiree to Blacksburg, VA where he taught at
Virginia Polytechnic University.  Four years later, they moved to Sarasota, FL;
then to Pensacola, FL in about 1999; and then to New Bern, NC in about 2004
to be closer to family.  Her personality is not easily summarized.  She was
consistent and conscientious worker, no matter the job.  She was likeable and
compatible with everyone, including family, co-workers, neighbors, et.al. and
reciprocally, she liked and enjoyed virtually everyone.  We, her close survivors
will always fondly miss her and the contributions she provided to our lives.”

     
  Mary Lucas - WOLAA was informed that Mary Lucas died in March 2012.  
She worked at the WOL in the Purchase Division of the Supply Department.

       
James E. Vider - James Ellwood Vider, 86, of Adelphi, Maryland, died
Monday, September 9, 2013 at his daughter's residence in Lanham,
Maryland.  He was born on April 28, 1927 in West Virginia.  Mr. Vider retired as
a machinist with the Naval Surface Weapons Center.  He served his country in
the United States Air Force.  He was a member of the Moose and American
Legion and enjoyed making models of ballistics and battleships.  He was
especially proud of working on Ronald Reagan's "Star Wars Project.” Survivors
include his wife of nearly 63 years, Norma Jean Vider of Adelphi; a son, Steve
Vider and wife, Cheryl of Scottsville; a daughter, Claudia Shook and husband,
Doug of Lanham; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

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