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RESPUBLICAM ADOLESCENS, NON DESERAM
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.
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
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
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
widow of Navy Captain Patrick Samuel Dowling, Class of 1946. CAPT
Dowling died in July 2000. No honors will be rendered for a
*** Lee Zeni has taken over, for
the time being, the writing of the Shipmate column.
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 ’46’s 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
has a collection of videos of the
Forrestal Lectures for the past several years. They can be
made available on request with
they not be copied or
further distributed. They are:
Ross Perot '53
3/23/98 Bill Bennett,
Dep't of Ed.
1/26/01 George Will
Tommy Lasorda, LA Dodgers (highly recommended by Clete)
10/9/01 Sen. John
10/24/01 Supreme Court Justice
11/28/01 Capt. W. Shepard
1/09/02 Dr. Bob
Ballard, Finder of the Titanic
Jones, CMDT USMC
11/20/02 Gordon England,
Anthony Principi, 67 Sec. of Veterans Affairs
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!)
Condolezza Rice, Nat'l Sec. Advisor
11/06 Hon. John Scott Redd,
Director Nat'l Counter-intelligence Ctr
Boot - Senior Fellow, Natioal Security Studies - Council on foreign
Non Forrestal -- Harlan Twible '46 on the sinking of the