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Alumni Update Archive- 2010
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- John H. Malloy - Electrical Engineer - 85, a retired division head at the Naval Ordnance
Laboratory who was an authority on nuclear weapons effects, died July 7 at Holy
Cross Hospital in Silver Spring of complications from diabetes.
Dr. Malloy, a Silver Spring resident for 60 years, joined the laboratory as an electrical
engineer in 1949. He received two Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Awards for his
work with the Polaris missile program. In 1978, he received the Navy Superior Civilian
Service Award for his expertise inhardening fleet systems to help Navy ships
withstand nuclear attack. He retired in 1981. John Herman Malloy, a native of
Altoona, Pa., served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II. He attended what
is now Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he received a bachelor's
degree in 1948 and a master's in electrical engineering in 1949. He received a PhD in
electrical engineering from the University of Maryland in 1970.
His wife of 49 years, Claire Smith Malloy, died in 1999. Dr. Malloy was a member of
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Silver Spring, where he sang tenor in the
choir for 30 years. Survivors include four children, John P. Malloy and Ellen Reich,
both of Silver Spring, David E. Malloy of Rockville, and Navy Capt. James J. Malloy of
Ellicott City; three sisters; a brother; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
- Wally Taylor. WOLAA received notice that Wally died on 16 August 2007. He was the
manager of the Ft. Lauderdale test facility for many years. This was a complex job as
he had to keep the facility ready to run tests, sometimes several at a time. The boats
and crews had to work well out to sea and do complex navigation and difficult
operations to launch and recover test vehicles. Wally was very accommodating to the
test project leader and test party. He moved to the state of Washington upon
retiring in the early 80's.
- Gerard Smith. WOLAA was notified that Gerard died on 2 October 2007. He worked
in U Department in the Mechanism Branch (FM/512).
- Peter Altman. WOLAA was notified that Peter died in 2007; he lived in Warsaw, VA.
- Jacob Shuster. Jacob died in 2009. He is survived by his wife Susan, who wrote the
following note to WOLAA: “Your letter brought me a great measure of comfort. Jack
knew that I was technologically inept and never talked about his work or showed me
anything. Jack was a superb draftsman, and we have charming little paintings from
him. The only thing he mentioned about his work was that the inventors liked him
because he could understand what they wanted to indicate and could draw their
ideas clearly. This he would say with a little self depreciating smile. He was a humble
and modest man.”
- Jean Craig. Betty Beebe notified WOLAA that Jean had died. Jean was a PMA team
leader in the Personnel Department
- Norman Rice. WOLAA was notified that Norman died on 26 January 2009. He was
retired and living in Greenville, NC.
- Vi Mason. Audrey Morrison, via Mary Jackson, notified WOLAA that Vi had died on 9
July 2009. Vi was a Department Secretary at Dahlgren for many years.
- Bob Ryland. Becky Stevens, via Mary Jackson, notified WOLAA that Bob Ryland had
died recently. Bob was the Department Head of K, H, and E Departments before
retiring in the early 90's. He was very well liked and respected by all. K Department
continued to grow under Bob’s leadership and he was tasked to form H Department
when it was created by many Branches and Divisions at both White Oak and
- Dorothy Jean Gleason Evans. Dorothy’s niece, Kim Thompson, notified WOLAA that
Dorothy died on 13 September 2009 at age 91. She was buried at Arlington
Cemetery on 21 December 2009. Jean was the head of the Employees Relations
Division in the Personnel Department and the only woman Division Head under
Director Kranda. I remember her group being located in the arcade near the bank.
Her group handled labor relations, retirement, etc for employees. She was from a
large family in Kansas and began civil service working for the Post Office in her home
town in Kansas. During WW II, she joined the Coast Guard as a seaman and a year
later was commissioned an Ensign. During the war, she was based at several
locations in the USA, including DC. After being released from active duty, she
continued in the reserves, retiring as a Captain in 1978. She returned to civilian
assignment in 1946 by serving on the staff of the chief counsel for the war crimes in
Germany until 1949. She began employment at NOL in 1949 and retired in 1973. She
married her husband, Captain Frederick J. Evans of the Coast Guard in 1973. They
traveled extensively, visiting 78 countries. They also enjoyed many boat trips to the
Keys and Great Lakes. Her husband died in 1978. She is survived by two
stepdaughters, grandchildren, nieces, and nephew.
- Harvey L. Waterman. Harvey died at age 94 on 26 October 2009. He lived in
Odenton, MD. He is survived by his wife, Myrtle; three sons: Rick, Doug, and Jim; 4
grandchildren; and a great grandson. He worked in the technical shops at NOL.
- Elizabeth Welsh. John Renzi notified WOLAA that Elizabeth died in October 2009.
She was the wife of Jim Welsh, who is deceased. Jim was a senior ordnance specialist
- Teresa R. Sommerkamp. Teresa passed away on 12 November 2009. She was the
wife of Charles H. Sommerkamp, Sr., who survives. Charles worked at WOL as a
technical writer in E Department. Teresa has three children: Charles, Jr; Mary Ann
Boyle; and John. She is survived by nine grandchildren.
- Donald Keys. John Kelley notified WOLAA that Donald died on 21 November 2009.
He was a senior technician in R10 (Indian Head Detachment) working for Dr.
Hermann Haiss. Donald guided the day to day operations of the Explosives and
Propellants Mechanical Behavior Laboratory.
- Bernard Drimmer. Bernie died on 3 December 2008. He had retired to Boynton
Beach, FL. He worked in the Explosive Dynamics Division at NOL and then moved to
NAVSEA. Bernie had attended several WOLAA FL Reunions, but had noted he was
not able to travel to our recent ones due to poor health.
- Arlene Bowman McKeller. Arlene’s daughter informed WOLAA that Arlene had died on
12 August 2009 at the Hamot Medical Center. She had MD but death was
unexpected. Several years ago she moved to the Erie, PA area to be near her
daughter and family. Arlene worked at NOL in the Product Design Division. Her
husband, Earl, also worked at NOL.
- Charles Dyer. Gary Burak informed WOLAA that Charley died on 1 January 2010 at
age 84. He was a Radiation Physicist at NOL and headed the X-ray Laboratory in
Building 70. He was very active in the NOL Rifle and Pistol Shooting Teams that were
sponsored by NOL in the 60's and 70's. The teams competed in local and regional
competitions in Maryland and Virginia. Charles was a graduate of the University of
Maryland. In WW II, he served in the 101st Airborne Division and fought in the Battle
of the Bulge. He is survived by his wife, Alice; daughter Susan; and stepdaughter
- Thomas E. Adams. His daughter Jeanne Chamberlain informed WOLAA that Thomas
had died on 5 January 2010. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, JoAnn; three
daughters: Jeanne Chamberlin, Donna White, and Lori Hazelton; and five
grandchildren. Tom was an EE and worked at NOL in Fire Control and Guidance
Division for Roy Kogge. He worked on Polaris and received a Meritorious Civilian
- Ralston J. Smith. Jules died at his home in Ocean City, MD on 14 January 2010 at
age 79. He is survived by his wife, Lee; three children: Ralston J; Laura Lee; and
Lewis; seven grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. Jules worked at NOL
beginning in the late 1950's; he left NOL in the early 1960's and worked for several
Navy defense contractors, primarily in marketing. After retirement, he sold real estate
for a realtor in Ocean City. Editor: Jules graduated from Eastern Kentucky in the
same class as Tony Parrent and Rose Ridgway. As many students from Eastern
Kentucky, Dr. Black had an influence in having them come to NOL. Jules was a
physicist and had a JPD tour in George Beyers group in U Department. That is where
I met him. We then took graduate courses together at NOL (U. of MD) and studied
together. Sometimes I would go to his apartment on NH Avenue to study. He lived
there with his first wife and three young children. This memory reminded me that
most of us who came to NOL lived in apartments until we saved enough to buy a
house. In Jules case, the apartment was crowded with the three young children.
Tony Parrent remembered the same sort of think at Eastern Kentucky as he studied
with Jules at their apartment in “vets village.” Jules had served in the Air Force for 4
years before going to college on the GI Bill. Jules and I crossed paths over the last
50 years after not seeing each other for many years. I met him in the pentagon
when he visited the OASN to do marketing. After I retired, I met Jules in Ocean City
and discovered he was selling real estate. The next time I saw him he noted he had
severe skin cancer but he was going to be OK. Last year I was pumping gas and
heard a voice I recognized—Jules. He again had skin cancer but amazing said he had
developed his own chemical process to treat it. This do it yourself personality was
typical of Jules.
- Dr. Ronald M. Culpepper. Ron died on 31 January 2010. He is survived by his wife,
Joan; children: Cheryl Carter, Michael, and Tracey Salem; and five grandchildren. Ron
worked in the Structures Division of the Air and Surface ME Department at NOL. He
moved to the Advanced Planning Staff and worked on the HEL project. In the 70's he
moved to N Department and worked in the Analysis Branch of N10. Ron and his
family were very involved in instrumental music, and he was an active member of the
WOL band. Tony Parrent’s memory of Ron is: Ron played bass clarinet and clarinet in
the NOL/WOL band from before 1962 when I started directing. He was a loyal
attendee as was his wife, Joan who played bassoon. Their son and daughter would
occasionally join Ron and Joan to enlarge the band for special band performances
such as for Change-of-Command and Year-end ceremonies, and for Miller Hall-based
family -oriented picnic gatherings. Also, both Ron and Joan played in the pit
orchestra for the "Bill's Bunch" portion of the 14-year run of the NOL Fine Arts
Festival; were staunch members of the Greenbelt Band for many years; and, on
occasion, played with various other groups such as the pit orchestra for the British
- George J. Sloan, Jr. George died on Wednesday, February 10, 2010. He was
husband of Lenora L. Sloan; father of George "Jamie" Sloan, III and Lenora "Les"
Cruise; grandfather of George, IV, Laura, Jake, Katie, Jesse and Joey; father-in-law
of Mary Sloan and Loy Cruise. George worked in U Department and headed the
parachute team. They developed all the parachutes for air dropped mines and worked
on recovery chutes for NASA’s rocket motors. George was an avid pilot and enjoyed
discussing his flying with friends.
- Marvin Maylack. Marvin was a senior technical writer in the Publications Branch from
1963 to 1984. He died at his home in California on 10 March at age 87. He had
waged a 3-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Marvin, an English graduate of the
University of Maryland, last worked with Charlie Burton on the chaff decoy system. In
off hours, he often entertained the staff in Publications with his skill on the piano. He
died in hospice care and is survived by his wife Edie, his daughter Donna, and his son
- Marie Lohr. Betty Beebe informed WOLAA that her Mother, Marie Lohr, passed away
on 12 March 2010. Marie was 95 and living in an assisted living home. While at NOL,
she worked in Drafting Records and retired in 1978. Betty worked at the WOL in the
- Ruby Lee Beach. Ruby Lee, a former resident of Highland Township, Michigan, died
March 20, 2010, following a brief illness. She had just celebrated her 88th birthday
earlier in the week. Mrs. Beach was born March 15, 1922, at Hyacinth, Virginia, the
daughter of Wilton Avery and Sarah (Brann) Beauchamp. At the start of World War
II she moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the U.S. Navy as a clerk in
the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts. She married November 11, 1944, Ensign
Eugene H. Beach, a native of Highland Township, Michigan, serving at the Naval
Ordnance Laboratory (NOL) at the Washington Navy Yard. Following the war, the
couple lived in Highland for several years while Eugene pursued post-graduate
studies at the University of Michigan. In 1953 they moved to Silver Spring following
Dr. Beach’s return to work at NOL’s new facility in White Oak, Maryland. Mrs. Beach
belonged to Woodside United Methodist Church in Silver Spring for more than 55
years and was active in its Women’s Society. She was likewise a proud member of
the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Northumberland County (Virginia)
Historical Society, the Northern Neck (Virginia) Historical Society and Colonial
Williamsburg. With her husband she enjoyed collecting antiques, travel, visits with
family and friends in Michigan, and weekly bingo games with other seniors at a local
McDonald’s Restaurant. Ruby Lee was preceded in death by her husband, who died
December 9, 2007. She leaves surviving one son, Eugene H. (Lori) Beach, Jr., of
Highland, Michigan, and three grandchildren: Joshua D. S. (Laura) Beach of Jordan,
Minnesota; Erin Beach (Bryan) Sandford of Ames, Iowa; and Ashley Emma Beach of
Highland, Michigan. She also eagerly awaited the birth of a great-grandchild this