USNA  '46

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                                                                                                        THIS UPDATE 30 MARCH 2012

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                                                   For the Latin challenged, it translates as "The Republic I defended in my youth, I will not desert in my old age


Paul de la LLAMA STEINHART, died March 18, 2012 at the age of 87 in Acworth, Georgia, surrounded by his wife Carmen Marta, his son Ricardo and wife Robin. Paul was born in Cuba, graduated from the Naval Academy, Annapolis, joined the Cuban Navy, left Cuba in 1960 to come to the United States, moved to Brazil on business and returned to the United States. He leaves his wife Carmen Marta, son Pablo (deceased), Joesi, son Ricardo, Robin, grandchildren Pablo and Celia de la Llama, Christina, Ryan and Valerie de la Llama, great-grandson Ezra and sister Alisha. View this Guest Book at www.


Rear Admiral Donald Grote Iselin, 89, died March 9, 2012, in Santa Barbara where he lived for the past 24 years.

Born on September 5, 1922 in Racine, Wisconsin to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Iselin, Admiral Iselin attended Marquette University for two years before enrolling in the United States Naval Academy where he graduated at the top of his class in 1945. Following graduation, he married his high school sweetheart Jacqueline Iselin on June 9, 1945. They were married 63 years before Mrs. Iselin passed away in July 2008. Admiral and Mrs. Iselin were the beloved parents of Karen Maureen Iselin (deceased), Donna Iselin Broom, Michael Iselin, and Madeline Iselin Morici (deceased). He is survived by two children, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He served aboard the USS Providence at the end of World War II as part of the Mediterranean Occupation Forces prior to his selection to the Civil Engineer Corps. After earning Bachelor and Masters degrees in civil engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he completed The Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School and served the U.S. Navy in positions of increasing responsibility until May 27, 1977 when he assumed duties as Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and Chief of Civil Engineers.

Admiral Iselin was a leading engineer who oversaw major projects such as design and construction of the nation's first large-scale nuclear power plant for producing electricity; and a water desalination plant in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba when Fidel Castro terminated the Navy's water supply. He was a technical advisor for Navy construction projects during the atom bomb tests at Eniwetok. During his career, he earned a reputation as an innovator who, under hostile military conditions in Vietnam, implemented a new system of construction called "Level of Effort," which is still in use by the Navy 45 years later. He earned numerous awards, including: the Society of American Military Engineer's 1958 Morell Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy League's Stephen Decatur Award, and four Legion of Merit awards.

He was a registered engineer in the District of Columbia, past president of the Society of American Military Engineers, a commissioner of the American Section Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses, an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and served on the board of directors for a number of organizations.

Upon retiring from the U.S. Navy in 1981, Admiral Iselin joined Kaiser Engineers as a Group Vice President for Construction, Design, Finance and Personnel. After five years, he retired from Kaiser and spent the next 15 years working as an independent management and construction consultant. Well into his later years he remained professionally active, including serving as a senior member of a panel overseeing construction activity for major projects at three nuclear power laboratories.

While to the world he was Admiral Iselin, to family he was "Buddy," always ready to help fix a balky air conditioner, repair potholes in the family driveway, or roar with laughter as he read Winnie the Pooh stories to grandchildren. He is best remembered seated at the head of the dinner table, transforming a mundane trip for pizza into a side-splitting epic adventure that ended with a valuable lesson for those paying close enough attention.

  LCDR James Darden Rives USN Ret (16) Jr., 88, of Topsham, died on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in his apartment at The Highlands. He had been well and independent up until that day, and passed quietly in his own bed, as was his wish.
He was born on Oct. 31, 1923, in Norfolk, Va., the son of James Darden and Grace Sebrell Rives of the Tidewater region of Virginia. The son of a Naval Officer in the Medical Corps, Jim traveled extensively in his younger years. He had lived in Norfolk, Va.; Great Lakes, Ill.; San Diego, Calif.; Manila, Philippines; and Shanghai, China by the time he was 13. Taking Dollar Steamship Line ships on the return home, they visited Kandy, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), passed through the Suez Canal, saw the Great Pyramids, and traveled through Europe before returning to the Main Line of Philadelphia. This experience always informed his world outlook, his love of the Navy and Marine Corps, and of military and naval history.
After Pearl Harbor, Jim entered the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1946. That Class graduated a year early in June of 1945 due to the war. He joined USS North Carolina (BB-55) in the Pacific and was a division officer assigned to a battery of 5' guns. North Carolina was patrolling the waters off Japan as the Japanese surrendered to Allied forces in September, 1945, ending WWII.
Seeing that the future of warfare was favoring aviation, Jim attended naval flight school in Pensacola, Fla. He flew helicopters and patrol seaplanes in Panama, Norfolk, and Iwakuni, Japan.
James and Joan Melville Piltz, of Newport, R.I., were married at Trinity Church in 1950. They formed a family of three children, Darden, Kathy and Lynn, and continued the nomadic Navy life by being stationed in Norfolk; Louisville, Ky.; Coronado, Calif.; Iwakuni, Japan; Newport, R.I.; and finally, in Brunswick. LCDR Rives retired from the U.S. Navy in 1965.
In that year, Jim began a 23 year second career in materials management at Hyde Windlass Company and Bath Iron Works, in Bath. He retired from BIW in 1988.
Jim was active in the YMCA in the '60s as the Chairman of the Building Committee which oversaw the expansion of the YMCA at that time. He was the scoutmaster of BSA Troop 99 for several years. For many years, while in retirement, he volunteered at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. He also was actively involved with Grace Episcopal Church in Bath for a number of years.
In November 2010, after 47 years as residents of Bath, Jim and Joan moved to an independent living apartment at The Highlands in Topsham.
Jim is survived by his wife, Joan, who currently resides at The Highlands, Topsham; their three children; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson. He is also survived by his cousin, Aline Langston of Norfolk, Va., as well as several other cousins related through the Sebrell family located in Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, or to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brunswick.


***         See Social Page for dope on March lunch and classmate condition report.

***         Word has just been received that Don Iselin passed away on 9 March. Obit when available.


              On Friday, 16 March 2012 @ 0900 Mrs. Mary Jayne Dowling (DOD 14 November 2011) will be inurned without ceremony. Mrs. Dowling was the   
              widow of Navy Captain Patrick Samuel Dowling, Class of 1946.  CAPT Dowling died in July 2000.   No honors will be rendered for a family member.

***         Lee Zeni has taken over, for the time being, the writing of the Shipmate column.

               His snail mail address is:

                108 Durham Place
                Longwood , FL 32779


                Current phone number in Florida 407-788-1139
***          Here is his heartfelt plea for help:

I am assuming responsibility for preparing 46s column in SHIPMATE until a more adept classmate volunteers or until Al gets back in harness. It should be noted that both Al and I have been searching for a classmate willing to replace Al Bowen. I would appreciate inputs regarding whereabouts, activities, volunteer work, unusual illness, and so forth. Please keep inputs to a reasonable length.  I reserve the right to edit. Short articles by e-mail, long articles by mail at address above. Thanks for your help. Lee Zeni

                Our Class Chaplain, Alister (Andy) Anderson is now reachable by e-mail at:

***  Butch Hansmann   has a collection of videos of the Forrestal Lectures for the past several years. They  can be made  available  on request  with                      the proviso they not be copied or further distributed. They are:
                3/7/91        Ross Perot '53
                3/23/98      Bill Bennett, Dep't of Ed.
                1/26/01      George Will
                3/8/01        Tommy Lasorda, LA Dodgers (highly recommended by Clete)
                10/9/01      Sen. John McCain '58
                10/24/01    Supreme Court Justice Scalia
                11/28/01    Capt. W. Shepard '71 Astronaut
                1/09/02      Dr. Bob Ballard,  Finder of the Titanic
                3/20/02      General Jones, CMDT USMC
                11/20/02    Gordon England, SECNAV
                1/7/03        Anthony Principi, 67 Sec. of Veterans Affairs
                4/9/03        Dennis Ross, Former Ambassador to Iraq
                9/16/03      David "The Admiral" Robinson '87 NBA star
                2/18/04      Gen Michael Hagee,  '68 CMDT USMC
                3/3/04        Bush 41 (a good one!)
                4/13/04      Dr. Condolezza Rice, Nat'l Sec. Advisor
                2/24/05      Roger Staubach
                 9/7/06       Capt.Wendy Lawrence  Astronaut
                11/06         Hon. John Scott Redd, Director  Nat'l Counter-intelligence Ctr
                9/05/07       Mr. Max Boot - Senior Fellow, Natioal Security Studies - Council on foreign Relations   
                Non Forrestal -- Harlan Twible '46 on the sinking of the Indianapolis