Obituaries and Memorials

Don Mack Mayer – Class of 1955


1933 - 2012 Don Mack Mayer passed away peacefully on January 11, 2012 surrounded by his daughter, son, and devoted caregiver. Don was born February 19, 1933 in New Orleans and grew up in Winnsboro, LA. Don is survived by brother Michael Mayer, daughter Marianne Smith, her husband F. Carter, and their daughters Lindsey and Marina; and by son, Robert Michael Mayer, his wife, Erin, and their children Matthew, Allison, and Jessica. Don joins his beloved wife, Diane, and parents Harriet Bradley and Donald K. Mayer in God’s kingdom. Don attended Tulane University, enjoying fraternity life as president [...]

Don Mack Mayer – Class of 19552020-01-06T17:24:53-06:00

Eugene Eean “Jack” McNaughton Jr. – Class of 1955


1931 - 2019 Eugene Eean “Jack” McNaughton Jr. died peacefully at his home in New Orleans on June 4, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Joan (Alva Lucas) and sons Scott Duncan (Diane), Clifton Beardsfield (Mary), and predeceased by his son Eugene Eean III. (Rhonda), brother Charles (Frances) sister-in-law Patricia Lucas, brother-in-law John “JT” Lucas. He will be remembered by his 8 grandchildren Clifton Jr., Duncan, Eean Alexander, Eean Andrew, Lesley, Lindsey (Blake), Margaret, Michael, Tianna, step grandchildren Rhoni and Tricia and 3 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was born [...]

Eugene Eean “Jack” McNaughton Jr. – Class of 19552020-01-06T17:19:51-06:00

James William Barnes – Class of 1944


11-14-2007 James William (Bill) Barnes died after a short illness on November 14, 2007 at 83 years of age. Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania he was the son of Frank Holman Barnes and Phyllis Godson Barnes Markley, both immigrants from London, England. Bill was a resident of the New Orleans, Louisiana area for most of his life before moving to Jackson, Mississippi in 1984. Bill completed Lusher Grammar School and graduated from Jesuit High School in 1941. Upon graduating from Jesuit, Bill enrolled in Tulane University studying electrical engineering. He participated in the Navy ROTC program and prior [...]

James William Barnes – Class of 19442019-10-09T10:28:51-05:00

Frederick Reynolds “Fritz” Bott – Class of 1955


1933 - 2019 Frederick Reynolds Bott “Fritz” Died peacefully at Sanctuary Hospice Friday, August 23rd, 2019 following a brief illness. He was 86 years old. Fritz is survived by Mildred G. Bott “Mickey” his loving wife of 44 years, his daughter Lucile Bott Hester (Col. Steve Hester) their sons John Frederick Hester & George Hester, his son George Reynolds Bott (Lauren Bott) their daughters Chloe Bott & Gracie Bott, Step-Son James “Trey” Todd III (Beth Todd) their daughters Amie Gillie (Ben Gillie) & Alex Todd, Step-Son Thomas “Kemper” Todd (Terry-Jo Todd) their children Kemper Todd & Kaley-Jo Todd, [...]

Frederick Reynolds “Fritz” Bott – Class of 19552019-09-13T15:08:29-05:00

Paul Daigle – Class of 1967


November 6, 2017 Paul Reginald Daigle, 72 passed away on Monday, November 6, 2017. Interment was at a later date at St. Bernard Cemetery No. 2 in Breaux Bridge. A 1967 Tulane Naval ROTC graduate, Mr. Daigle was a Marine during the Vietnam War. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, gardening, and riding around on his tractor. He cherished moments spent with his family and friends, especially his beloved dogs. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Marjorie Brewer Daigle of Breaux Bridge; daughter, Susan Elizabeth Hodge and husband Johnny of Breaux Bridge; sons, [...]

Paul Daigle – Class of 19672019-10-11T16:49:56-05:00

Homer Gray Hutchinson III – Class of 1966


May 8,2002 Gray Hutchinson entered the Marine Corps through NROTC after graduation from Tulane University in 1966. He earned his "Wings of Gold" in early 1968. After transition training for the F-4 Phantom, he flew combat missions with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron-542 in the Republic of South Vietnam. He also served as a Forward Air Controller with 2nd Battalion 5th Marines in the Republic of South Vietnam. Gray had additional tours with Marine Fighter Attack Squadrons 201, 312, 323, and 333. He was a graduate of the Navy's elite "Top Gun" school and served as a T-2 Buckeye [...]

Homer Gray Hutchinson III – Class of 19662019-08-15T17:35:57-05:00

Joseph Jacques Hein – Class of 1946


1926 - 2018 Joseph Jacques Hein entered this world in Chicago, Illinois on January 26, 1926. He departed in Palm City, Florida on November 24, 2018. He was the only son of Joseph Jacob Hein and Marie DuFresne Hein. Jacques graduated from Tulane University in 1946. It was there that he wooed and wed Salome “Boodie” Hein in 1947. Jacques was a true American patriot, an honorable man who faithfully served his country in the Navy with pride and dedication from 1946-1976. He attained the rank of Captain, SC, USN. While in the Navy, he earned a Masters [...]

Joseph Jacques Hein – Class of 19462019-08-03T07:32:02-05:00

Lt Jg Robert Fobes – Class of 1963


April 26,1967 After service in Vietnam, Lt JG Fobes died in a helicopter crash while participating in a classified training operation. A/C crashed and burned in the Santa Rita mountains about 5 miles from Sonoita while taking part in operation Cloud Gap (classified research project). A/C was attempting a mountain peak landing and at approximately 150' above landing site, rotor RPM dropped to 6400. Pilot applied power for go-around but A/C continued to descend and lose RPM. At 20' AGL, A/C suddenly turned right and settled down to ground, M/R blades hit rock outcropping next to landing area, [...]

Lt Jg Robert Fobes – Class of 19632019-08-29T15:12:46-05:00

Lt CDR Thelmon S Stallings – Class of 1965


June 15, 1978 In 1978 LCDR Stallings was an instructor with VT-124. While riding backseat in an F-14 on a familiarization hop crashed while in the landing pattern.

Lt CDR Thelmon S Stallings – Class of 19652019-05-11T10:48:43-05:00

Lt CMDR Jack Wintle – Staff 1940


November 14, 1942 Lieutenant Commander Jack W. Wintle was killed in action near the Solomon Islands November 14, 1942. Commander Wintle came to Tulane University in the summer of 1940 as one of the first officers at Tulane's Naval ROTC unit. During his two years at Tulane he gained the respect and admiration of the staff and Midshipmen as well as the faculty and student body of the University. A 1932 graduate of the US Naval Academy, Wintle served on the USS California, the USS Bushnell and the USS Perkins before returning to the Academy for post graduate [...]

Lt CMDR Jack Wintle – Staff 19402019-05-07T12:01:09-05:00

Ensign Albert Babcock McCoard Jr. – Class of 1942


July 10, 1943 Ensign Albert B McCoard, Jr.  was commissioned with his Tulane Naval ROTC class in May of 1942. Ensign McCoard proceeded to assignment on the USS Maddox (DD-622). Maddox was commissioned in October, 1942 and proceeded to convoy escort duty in the Atlantic. July 10, 1943 Maddox was on submarine patrol off Sicily during the initial Allied amphibious invasion. A single German bomber scored a hit on Maddox's ammunition magazine. The catastrophic damage caused Maddox to roll and sink within two minutes. Less than one half of the crew survived. Ensign McCoard was among those who [...]

Ensign Albert Babcock McCoard Jr. – Class of 19422019-04-08T11:17:01-05:00

Ensign Herbert J McCampbell Jr. – Class of 1942


August 9, 1942 Ensign Herbert J Campbell Jr. was commissioned with his Tulane Naval ROTC class in May of 1942. Ensign McCampbell became the our first alumni casualty. The USS Vincennes provide pre-landing bombardment while US Marines landed on Guadalcanal of August 7, 1942. Very early in the morning of August 9, Vincennes came under fire from a larger group of Japanese vessels in a naval engagement known as the Battle of Savo Island. Vincennes was hit by multiple torpedos and 5 inch shells. At 02:30 the order was given to abandon ship. At 02:50 the Vincennes rolled [...]

Ensign Herbert J McCampbell Jr. – Class of 19422019-04-08T10:52:37-05:00

Rufus Harris Jr. – Class of 1944


January 29, 2018 Rufus Carrollton Harris, Jr. died peacefully on Monday, January 29, 2018. Rufus was born September 6, 1923 in Macon, Georgia to Mary Louise Walker and Dr. Rufus Carrollton Harris. He is survived by his children: Elizabeth Harris Hawk (Thomas), Rufus Carrollton Harris, III (Victoria), Louise Harris Saik (Clifton), Douglas King Harris (Diana); his loving wife of 39 years Mary Lou Hevron Harris and her children: Michele Lafaye Lopiccolo (Frank) and Edward Emory Lafaye, III (Olivier); and his brother Dr. Joseph Henry Walker Harris (Elvy). He also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren who called [...]

Rufus Harris Jr. – Class of 19442019-03-02T13:54:34-06:00

Louie Kontz Harris – Class of 1956


1932 - 2017 Louie Kontz Harris, born May 25, 1932 passed away peacefully on Friday, June 23,2017. He was the son of the late Rufus Carrollton Harris and Louise Walker Harris of Monroe, GA. Louie, in his first marriage, was the beloved husband of the late Maxine Marie Kentzel with whom he had his much-loved children Louie Kontz Harris, Jr. and Maxine Henriette Harris. He later married Lucie Pasquier Baker Murphy and was a good friend to her children Nancy Baker Hagen (Dan), John Elliott Baker and Lucie Adele Baker (Bill Robinson) He is survived by his daughter-in-law, [...]

Louie Kontz Harris – Class of 19562019-03-03T17:58:04-06:00

Col Stanley H Carpenter – Class of 1946


Stanley Hammack Carpenter, 75, a retired Marine Corps colonel and aeronautical engineer who specialized in weapon development and flight safety issues, died of emphysema Sept. 20 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Alexandria. Col. Carpenter, an aviator, served 30 years in the Marines before retiring in 1974 as chief of air operations at Quantico. He participated in the Inchon landing during the Korean War. In 1968 and 1969, he served in Vietnam as an officer in charge of Chu Lai Air Base and as commanding officer of an air operations support group in Da Nang. Col. Carpenter, a [...]

Col Stanley H Carpenter – Class of 19462019-10-21T10:34:12-05:00

Lt Jg Joseph J Parpal – Class of 1944


August 6, 1945 Lt Jg Joseph John Parpal was lost with the crew of the USS Bullhead, a submarine which was sunk by Japanese forces in August 1945, the last US Navy ship lost in WWII. Departing Fremantle for her third war patrol, BULLHEAD (LCDR E. R. Holt, Jr.) on 31 July 1945, started for her area (from 110° 00'E to 115° 30'E, in the Java Sea). She was to leave her patrol area at dark on 5 September and head for Subic Bay, P.I. CAPITAINE and PUFFER were also to patrol in the Java Sea area, as [...]

Lt Jg Joseph J Parpal – Class of 19442019-04-12T16:26:52-05:00

Lt Jg Rosolino J Territo – Class of 1963


March 9 1965 March 09,1965: Lt. (jg). Rosolino J. Territo, 23, of NAS Lemoore was killed when his A4C Skyhawk BuNo 147817 crashed and exploded in swampland east of St. Vincent's Hill as it was about to make a radar landing at Hamilton AFB at 7:20 p.m. yesterday. Territo’s plane was one of two making a practice radar approach to the base, to gain experience in landing at unfamiliar fields. He was followed by instructor Lt. Harold D. Barnhart of Lemoore, who said he lost visual and radio contact with Territo minutes before they were supposed to land. San [...]

Lt Jg Rosolino J Territo – Class of 19632019-03-05T14:03:28-06:00

John Weinmann – Class of 1950


1929 - 2016 Mr. Weinmann was ambassador to Finland from 1989 to 1991 and chief of protocol from 1991 to 1993. The latter position is a State Department post; its holder advises the president, vice president and secretary of state on protocol matters. In a 1996 interview, Mr. Weinmann said his first day as chief of protocol was nerve-racking. Four hours after he was sworn in, he had to have everything ready for Czech President Vaclav Havel's arrival at the White House. "I was very nervous," he said. "I knew nothing about the job - I mean, nothing." [...]

John Weinmann – Class of 19502019-03-03T18:04:36-06:00

2nd LT Joe E Allen – Class of 1967


1945 - 1968 The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant Joe E. Allen (MCSN: 0-103089), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company D, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the evening of 24 May 1968, Second Lieutenant Allen's platoon established an ambush on a suspected enemy infiltration route in Thua Thien Province. Alertly observing a numerically superior [...]

2nd LT Joe E Allen – Class of 19672019-09-10T14:50:21-05:00

Lt Patrick L Ruth – Class of 2008


The Navy identified pilot Lt. Patrick Lawrence Ruth and student aviator Lt. j.g. Wallace Eugene Burch as the two sailors who died in an Oct. 1 crash. Their T-45C Goshawk trainer jet crashed near Tellico Plains, Tenn., near the Cherokee National Forest in the eastern part of the state, and could not be reached until the next day due to the remote location. The two were on a training mission and were assigned to Training Squadron (VT) 7 at Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss. Ruth, 31, from Metairie, La., began his Navy career in the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps at [...]

Lt Patrick L Ruth – Class of 20082019-04-26T09:16:16-05:00

Ens Peter W Saravo – Class of 1965


Ensign Saravo was killed in a plane crash while training on Feb 14, 1967. While flying a solo night flight Saravo reported problems with the aircraft. He was ordered to drop fuel and return to base. His plan crashed on landing. Saravo did not survive the crash.

Ens Peter W Saravo – Class of 19652019-04-26T09:16:48-05:00

Lt Jg Kenneth Bates – Class of 1976


On December 12, 1979 at about 4:00A.M., Navy Lieutenant J.G. Ken Bates was killed when the Grumman A-6 aircraft he piloted, NG523, Bureau Number 151566, pitched violently and suddenly into the ocean about 100 miles off San Diego immediately after having been catapult-launched from the aircraft carrier Constellation. The crash occurred within two to three seconds after launch and within several hundred feet forward of the bow of the Constellation. Neither the bodies of Lieutenant Shaw and bombardier-navigator Lieutenant Bates nor the wreckage of NG523 were ever recovered.

Lt Jg Kenneth Bates – Class of 19762019-04-26T09:22:30-05:00

Captain Thomas A Carter – Class of 1965


Died in Helicopter crash 11/14/1967. A U.S. Marine Corps helicopter UH-1E (tail number 153737) from VMO-3 was a single ship VIP flight for the commanding general of the 3rd Marine Division. The official USMC history states that the aircraft crashed inverted in a flooded rice paddy and that there was still a fuel fire burning when the CO of the 4th Marines arrived in another helicopter. This party landed on a dike and walked to the crashed UH-1E. They put the fire out and had to dive under water to get the bodies out. There were six KIAs in the [...]

Captain Thomas A Carter – Class of 19652019-06-24T11:05:08-05:00

Captain James McCarter – Class of 1962


The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain James William McCarter, Jr. (MCSN: 0-85448), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Assistant Battalion Operations Officer with the Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 14 October 1967. During Operation KINGFISHER, the Battalion's night defensive position was subjected to heavy volumes of rocket and mortar barrages which inflicted numerous casualties. The devastating bombardments were immediately followed by a [...]

Captain James McCarter – Class of 19622019-10-11T16:37:43-05:00

Captain Rodney R Chastant – Class of 1965


On October 22, 1968, a U.S. Marine Corps OV-10A Bronco (#155422) light attack and observation aircraft, call sign Hostage X-Ray, from Marine Observation Squadron 2 (VMO-2), Marine Aircraft Group 16 (MAG 16), was conducting marking runs near the village of Giang Hoa (12 miles SW of Danang) in Quang Nam Province, RVN.  While flying below low cloud cover it was hit by ground fire, causing the aircraft to crash.  Its two-man crew were killed in the incident. The lost crewmen were pilot CPT Eugene W. Kimmel and aerial observer CPT Rodney R. Chastant( Tulane NROTC 1965). A UH-1E helicopter gunship [...]

Captain Rodney R Chastant – Class of 19652019-06-29T07:31:07-05:00

Lt JG David E Crais – Class of 1942


Lt Crais was killed when the USS BUCK sank off the coast of Salerno Italy. While on patrol off Salerno, Italy, on 9 October, USS Buck was ambushed just after midnight by German submarine U-616 and hit forward starboard by at least one and possibly two torpedoes. The warship flooded quickly, settling down forward and sinking within four minutes. Although most of the depth charges were set to safe before the destroyer was abandoned, a severe underwater explosion killed andwounded sailors in the water. Spotted by friendly aircraft the next morning, 97 survivors were rescued by Gleaves (DD-423) and the [...]

Lt JG David E Crais – Class of 19422019-04-26T09:29:49-05:00

Lt Col David E Crais


Lt. Colonel David Emile Crais USMC (Ret), 72, of Etowah, passed away on September 22, 2017. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, he was the son of the late Henry Rosenfeld and Helen Jane Whitaker Crais. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Henry Crais. David grew up in a large family of six children who enjoyed all that there was to offer in the exciting, food-centric town of New Orleans. He earned an athletic scholarship to Tulane University where he ran track and majored in English. During his senior year he married his [...]

Lt Col David E Crais2019-08-14T06:42:56-05:00

Maj Charles Aloysius “Charlie” Romans, Jr – Class of 1977


Charles Aloysius Romans Jr., age 47, died at 3:33 p.m. Monday, December 23, 2002, at home in Durham. He was the beloved son of the late Rosemary Giovingo Romans and Charles A. Romans, brother of Regina Rose Romans Douvillier, and brother-in-law of Harold J. Douvillier Jr. He is survived also by his very special friend, Greg Tuchek, and his Wheaton terrier, "Ziggy." He was predeceased by another very special friend, Steven Allan Benton; and Great Danes, "Beau," "Bosko I," "Gunther," and "Bosko II." A native New Orleanian, Charlie was a graduate of Brother Martin High School and Tulane University (1997). A [...]

Maj Charles Aloysius “Charlie” Romans, Jr – Class of 19772019-03-03T18:13:38-06:00

Lt Gregory Scott Fulco – Class of 1992


Friends, family, fellow pilots and students on Monday will honor a career Navy pilot known as a great teacher and motivator, who died in a plane crash on Wednesday. The Navy confirmed Friday that a body found Thursday near the site where a T-45 Goshawk crashed in the Atlantic Ocean about 93 miles off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, was that of Navy Lieutenant Gregory Fulco, the training jet's pilot. "(He was) very energetic, very upbeat, always had a smile on his face," said Commander Jay Chesnut, commanding officer of VT-22, the training squadron at Naval Air Station Kingsville to [...]

Lt Gregory Scott Fulco – Class of 19922019-04-26T09:35:24-05:00

Lt William McKeown – Class of 2003


Lt. William (Bill) Joseph McKeown, 26, Charleston, S.C., died in a car accident in Charleston, where he was stationed in the Navy. Bill was born on July 21, 1981, in Dickinson. Bill attended grade school in Marmarth and North Pole, Alaska. He graduated valedictorian from Rhame High School in 1999. From there, he went on to Tulane University in New Orleans, La., with a full scholarship from the Naval ROTC program. He graduated with a mechanical engineering degree and was commissioned an ensign in the Navy in 2003. Bill went on to serve in the Navy as both a mechanical and [...]

Lt William McKeown – Class of 20032019-03-03T18:14:36-06:00

CDR Matt Lacroix – Class of 1995


Commander Matt Lacroix was one of three children in a Navy family. After attending high schools in California, Virginia and Connecticut, he decided to accept an NROTC scholarship and graduated with honors from Tulane University (1995) with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Later, he earned his Masters degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University. After commissioning as an ensign in 1995, he began his advanced studies and training in the Navy nuclear propulsion and submarine programs. Matt was first assigned to the USS Wyoming (SSBN 742). He held a variety of technical and tactical assignments at sea and ashore [...]

CDR Matt Lacroix – Class of 19952019-04-26T09:36:40-05:00

Lt Bruce E. Pommer – Class of 1983


Date: 20-MAY-1987 Time: night Type: Grumman A-6E Intruder Owner/operator: VA-85, US Navy Registration: 161685 C/n / msn: I-662 Fatalities: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2 Other fatalities: 0 Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Stumpy Point, North Carolina -    United States of America Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.) Nature: Military Departure airport: NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, VA (NTU/KNTU) Destination airport: NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, VA (NTU/KNTU) Narrative: A-6E Intruder BuNo. 161685/AA-501 of VA-85, US Navy, based at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach. Crashed May 20, 1987 into a heavily wooded area at a Navy bombing range at Stumpy [...]

Lt Bruce E. Pommer – Class of 19832019-04-26T09:38:40-05:00

Lieutenant Commander Michael Dallas Chalfant, Jr – Class of 1988


 Lieutenant Commander Michael Dallas Chalfant, Jr., 36, died Tuesday night, September 10th, 2002 in a military plane accident while serving his country. Totally devoted, loving husband, father, and son, he served honorably in the United States Navy for 14 ¸ years. Lieutenant Commander Chalfant was born in Sumter, SC and graduated from The Landon School in Washington, DC. He is a 1988 graduate of Tulane University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in business. While attending Tulane, he was a member of the Navy ROTC and precision parade drill team. Michael received his wings as a Naval Flight [...]

Lieutenant Commander Michael Dallas Chalfant, Jr – Class of 19882019-10-11T17:06:19-05:00

Fred A Skellie Jr. – Class of 1942


Fred A. Skellie, Jr., 92, passed away March 3 at home in Decatur, GA, with his devoted wife of 70 years, Lucille, by his side. Born in Cuevas, MS, he enjoyed childhood with his seven siblings on the Gulf Coast in Long Beach, MS, where he graduated from Long Beach High School in 1938. In 1942, he graduated from Tulane University with a degree in economics. While attending Tulane, he was a member of the Naval ROTC. After marrying Lucille McPherson, Fred served in WWII as a lieutenant and navigator aboard the destroyer USS Rodman. One of the ship's first duties was escorting [...]

Fred A Skellie Jr. – Class of 19422019-03-03T18:58:16-06:00

Joseph K Perloff MD – Class of 1945


Joseph K. Perloff, MD, died at 89 years of age on 18 August 2014, at his home in Los Angeles. He was born 21 December 1924, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his bachelor's degree from Tulane University in 1945 and his medical degree from Louisiana State University in 1957, graduating as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. His internship and residency (both in pathology and internal medicine) were at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York and were followed by a Fulbright Scholarship at the Institute of Cardiology in London. He was a cardiology fellow at Georgetown University Hospital [...]

Joseph K Perloff MD – Class of 19452019-03-03T18:19:45-06:00

Captain Thomas Bayne Denegre, Jr. – Commissioned in 1941


Retired Navy captain and banker Thomas Bayne Denègre Jr. died at 92 Saturday at Rappahannock Westminster Canterbury, the retirement community in Irvington he worked so hard to create. At 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve and transferred to the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps when he went to Tulane University. With World War II on the horizon, he earned an officer's commission in 1941 and volunteered for the submarine service, where he spent the next 19 years. He commanded a submarine and later a division of six submarines. He served on 10 wartime patrols. He was executive [...]

Captain Thomas Bayne Denegre, Jr. – Commissioned in 19412019-03-03T19:00:05-06:00

Col Robert W.L. Bross PNS 1963-1966


Colonel Bross was the Unit CO of Tulane NROTC BROSS Col. - Robert Bross (USMC, Ret.) of Atlantic Beach, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2007 at the age of 86. Robert was born in 1920 in Babylon, NY, son of William Warren Bross and Lillian Allen Leute Bross. He graduated from Princeton University in 1941 and received his Masters degree in Slavic languages from Tulane University in 1970. For 27 years he served in the United States Marine Corps first serving in World War II in the Pacific Theater. His military career included serving as Assistant Naval Attaché to [...]

Col Robert W.L. Bross PNS 1963-19662019-03-03T18:21:12-06:00

Daniel Ruhl – Class of 1995


1973 - 2015 Daniel Elwood "Danny" Ruhl, 42, died peacefully April 19, 2015 after a hard fought battle with brain cancer. Danny was born in Jackson, MS on February 16, 1973 to the late Elwood Mason Ruhl and Catherine Mooney Ruhl. Danny was the youngest of eight children; he was preceded in death by his brother, Kevin Ruhl of Madison, MS. Danny had a happy childhood in Jackson, attending St. Richard's Elementary school. He excelled at sports of all kinds and loved spending summers at Hanging Moss Swim Club. Danny attended high school at St. Joseph High [...]

Daniel Ruhl – Class of 19952019-02-10T21:05:18-06:00

Bartholomew Fitzgerald – Class of 1984


1961 - 2009 Bartholomew “Bart” Fitzgerald passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Jane (Thu), and two adult sons, Andrew (24) and Matthew (23) of River Ridge, LA. He has one brother, Matthew, of Hickory, NC. Bart was 48 years old. Bart was born on November 9, 1961, in Fort Defiance, Arizona, on the Navajo Indian Reservation to parents John and Alice Fitzgerald, also deceased. He grew up and went to High School in Casa Grande, Arizona, where he was active on the Speech and Debate Team, winning State Championships in [...]

Bartholomew Fitzgerald – Class of 19842019-02-10T21:05:34-06:00

Stewart R. Barnett, III – Class of 1971


1949 - 2017 Stewart R. Barnett III, “Stew” was born in New Orleans in 1949. Stew graduated from De La Salle High School in 1967 where he was president of the student council and a member of the Cavalier football team. He attended Tulane University where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and participated in Naval ROTC. Stew graduated from Tulane with a BA in Economics and received his commission as an Ensign in the Navy in 1971. He was a career Naval Flight Officer, obtaining his wings in 1972, and was an [...]

Stewart R. Barnett, III – Class of 19712019-02-10T21:05:48-06:00

Homer Gray “Hutch” Hutchinson, III – Class of 1966


1944 - 2002 The loss of two Navy training jets and seven crew members last week in the Gulf of Mexico may never be explained, a fellow aviator said Wednesday at a pair of memorial services. The T-39 Sabreliners, used for navigation, radar intercept, electronic warfare and other nonpilot training, vanished from radar about 40 miles south of Pensacola on May 8. Neither sent a distress signal. "I do not know now, nor do I ever expect to answer or understand why this happened," said retired Navy Capt. Charles Tinker in his eulogy. "I fear it will [...]

Homer Gray “Hutch” Hutchinson, III – Class of 19662018-09-14T11:04:21-05:00

Lt. Robert John Kuhlman, Jr. – MIA – Class of 1966


1944 - 1969 Upon his arrival in Vietnam, First Lieutenant Robert John Kuhlman, Jr. was assigned to Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 242 (VMA(AW)-242), Marine Air Group 11, 1st Marine Air Wing at Da Nang Air Base. On 17 January 1969, the Squadron’s Mission 6363, a direct air support mission, was originally assigned to the Squadron Executive Officer, Major Luther A. Lono. Something precluded Maj Lono from flying the mission and it was reassigned to Captain Edwin James Fickler and his bombardier/navigator, 1stLt Robert J. Kuhlman. Their A6A Intruder aircraft launched out of Da Nang Air Base on [...]

Lt. Robert John Kuhlman, Jr. – MIA – Class of 19662019-08-07T12:10:12-05:00

Stephen “Steve” Gary Sherman – Class of 1964


1943 - 2012 Funeral services for Stephen Gary Sherman will be held at 11:30 am Thursday, May 3, 2012, in the chapel of John Kramer & Son with Rabbi Jonathan Cohen and Rabbi Arnold Task officiating. Interment will be in the Jewish Cemetery, Main Street, Pineville. Visitation will be from 10:30 am, Thursday, until time of service at the funeral home. Stephen Sherman, 69, of Alexandria, died on Monday, April 30, 2012, in CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Mr. Sherman was a native of Alexandria and a graduate from Bolton High School. He attended Tulane University, where he [...]

Stephen “Steve” Gary Sherman – Class of 19642018-09-14T11:06:44-05:00

Louis Hanner Watson – Class of 1960


1938 - 2016 Louis Hanner Watson passed into heavenly glory on August 8, 2016, surrounded by his loved ones at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. Louis was known as a "Buddy" to many, a nickname given to him by his older brother. He was born on March 15, 1938, at Old Baptist Hospital in Jackson to William Harvey Watson, Jr. and Sarah Brown Hanner Watson. Louis's father, Billy, was on staff at the Mississippi State Sanatorium in Sanatorium, Mississippi. As Louis often recounted, his family moved to Meridian, Mississippi, on July 2, 1944, "complete with [his [...]

Louis Hanner Watson – Class of 19602018-09-14T11:10:14-05:00

Wilton T. “Tom” McCay, Jr. – Class of 1959


1938 - 2010 Wilton T. “Tom” McCay, Jr., 72, passed away peacefully at his home Tuesday, June 22, 2010. He is survived and will be dearly missed by his daughter, Kelly Virginia McCay, of New Orleans; his nephews, David McCay and Rusty McCay, of Baton Rouge; and many loving friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Virginia Tunstall McCay, who was of Mobile, Ala.; a son W. T. “Trey” McCay III, who was of New Orleans; and a brother, James Kenneth McCay, who was of Baton Rouge. Born in New Orleans in 1937, Mr. [...]

Wilton T. “Tom” McCay, Jr. – Class of 19592019-02-10T21:06:27-06:00

Winton Edwin “Skip” Williams – Class of 1957


1936 - 2014 Gainesville - Winton Edwin "Skip" Williams, 78, died peacefully Friday, June 27, 2014, at Haven Hospice. He is predeceased by his parents, his sister, Anna Catherine Hunt, and his niece, Lauren Hunt. Upon obtaining his Bachelor's degree and completing the Navy ROTC program at Tulane University, he was commissioned and served on a small combatant in the North Atlantic that was part of our Country's Distant Early Warning Line. While serving in the Navy, he met and married the mother of his two children, Alice Irish, of Newport, Rhode Island, who contributed so significantly [...]

Winton Edwin “Skip” Williams – Class of 19572019-02-10T21:06:56-06:00

Neil D. Hobson – Class of 1956


1934 - 2001 Captain Neal Douglas Hobson, SC, USNR (Ret.)Neal Douglas Hobson died on Tuesday, 11-13-2001 – Age 67. Husband of Jane Reddy Hobson, Father of Lisa Hobson Martin and Elinor Hobson Rand, both of New Orleans, LA, Neal Douglas Hobson, Jr. of Houston, TX, Laura Hobson Herlihy of Lawrence, KS, and the late Gordon Reddy Hobson. Brother of Susan Hobson Murphy and W.E. Hobson, III. Also survived by eight grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. (In Metairie Cemetery) on Friday, 11-16-2001 at 10: [...]

Neil D. Hobson – Class of 19562019-02-10T21:06:44-06:00

C. Bernard Barfoot – Class of 1955


1933 - 2016 C. Bernard Barfoot of Alexandria, a mathematician and research department director at the Center for Naval Analyses, died on 22nd December at the age of 83 after suffering a stroke. Mr. Barfoot graduated from Tulane University in 1955 with a bachelor of science in mathematics and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy on the same day. He served as a division officer aboard an aircraft carrier and later as an officer instructor in the Mathematics Department of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. After returning to civilian life in 1959, he graduated from the [...]

C. Bernard Barfoot – Class of 19552019-02-10T21:07:08-06:00

Clay L. “Mike” Bartlett – Class of 1955


1933 - 2017 Clay Legendre "Mike" Bartlett (November 25, 1933- March 26, 2017) was born in New Orleans, LA to Earl Putnam and Edith Cecile Pique Bartlett. A graduate of Isidore Newman High School, Mike excelled as an athlete, playing quarterback and running back in football, guard on the basketball court and javelin thrower in field events. A graduate of Tulane University, he received a Bachelor of Business Administration and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. After graduation, Mike enlisted in the Navy, serving as paymaster on the USS Philippine Sea stationed in the Pacific.Upon [...]

Clay L. “Mike” Bartlett – Class of 19552019-02-10T21:07:19-06:00

William K. “Bill” Catching, Jr. – Class of 1955


1933 - 2017 William "Bill" Kenneth Catching Jr. passed away peacefully at The Sanctuary at Passages Hospice on Tuesday evening, March 14, 2017. He was six days shy of his 84th birthday. Beloved husband of Edith Degelos Catching of over 60 years. Loving father of Karen Faucheux (Dale), Georgia Harrington (Chuck), and Laura Hinds (Phil). Grandfather of Paul, Kenneth, and Andrew Faucheux; Caroline, Craig, and Douglas Harrington; and Jordyn, Billy, and Ross Hinds. Brother of Virginia Harris and Carol Denney. Son of the late William Kenneth Catching Sr. and Isabel Ainsworth Catching. Bill was a native of Hazlehurst, Mississippi, [...]

William K. “Bill” Catching, Jr. – Class of 19552019-02-10T21:07:32-06:00