Arthur Wade Foss, Jr. (Class of 1944)


1925 - 2017 Arthur Wade Foss, Jr died on 25 July 2017 in Lafayette, Louisiana. Deeply regret having to advise the passing last night of Arthur Foss, CDR, USNR Ret., Tulane NROTC Class of 1944, Past President of TuNROTC Alumni Association, Co-originator of the Oral History Operation, Co-Chairman of the 50th Reunion. Arthur's contribution was the generation and publication of the Tulane NROTC Alumni Lists that form the basis of the Association's Data Base. Funeral arrangements are in the hands of the Delhomme Funeral Home, Lafayette, LA. As reported by Norris Fant Obituary Published by The [...]

Arthur Wade Foss, Jr. (Class of 1944)2023-11-29T10:43:55-06:00

Norris LaDew Fant (1944)


1924 - 2023 Norris LaDew Fant departed for the next Big Adventure on April 24, 2023 at age 99. He was preceded in death by his father and mother: Arlington Pope and Ruth Fitz-Gibbon Fant; by his three brothers: Arlington Pope, Jr., William Foster, and Donald Fitz-Gibbon Fant; by his oldest son Stephen Norris Fant (Lynda); and by his wonderful wife of 70 years: Daisy Lucille Barbre Fant. He is succeeded by two outstanding children: Katherine Ruth Fant Mulloy (Edward), and Donald Fitz-Gibbon Fant (Andrée), and three brilliant grandchildren: Stephen Marshall, Preston Lafaye, and Elise Lavie [...]

Norris LaDew Fant (1944)2023-07-24T08:11:28-05:00

Thomas Carey Wicker, Jr. (1944)


Class of 1944 Honorable Thomas Carey Wicker, Jr., ("Tom"), peacefully passed away on February 24, 2021. Tom's adventurous 97 years were defined by his dedication to his loved ones and to service. Tom's dedication to service was marked by his lifelong passions for both Tulane University and the United States Navy. These passions began in 1940 when Tom entered Tulane University College of Commerce and Business Administration, joining the Naval R.O.T.C. Unit. Upon his graduation from Tulane on February 1, 1944, Tom was commissioned as an ensign, eventually receiving promotions to lieutenant (junior grade) and gunnery [...]

Thomas Carey Wicker, Jr. (1944)2023-03-28T16:11:44-05:00

Warren John Nolan (1944)


1923 - 2021 Warren John Nolan, age 97, of New Orleans, was called home February 25, 2021. He was born on November 25, 1923 in New Orleans, LA to the late Ralph P. and Ruth B. Nolan. Warren was an alumnus of Jesuit High School and Tulane University, where he studied architecture. He was a proud WWII U.S. Navy veteran and served in the Pacific aboard an aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Bunker Hill, CV-17. He has an interview on file at the World War Two Museum in New Orleans, as well as his Tulane University NROTC Unit [...]

Warren John Nolan (1944)2023-03-28T16:14:40-05:00

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

Judge Thomas C. Wicker, Jr. (ret) – Class of 1944


I graduated from Tulane in Feb 1944 with a BBA degree, was commissioned an ensign on the same day and received orders to report aboard the USS LACKAWANNA (AO40) at about the same time. While aboard the LACKAWANNA, my ship participated in the Hollandia campaign, Saipan, Guam, Battle of the Philippine Sea, invasion of the Philippines, Okinawa and was among the first ships to enter Tokyo Bay after the surrender by Japan. After returning home and inactive duty in the Navy, I enter the Tulane Law School in September 1946 and graduated in June 1949. One of my early [...]

Judge Thomas C. Wicker, Jr. (ret) – Class of 19442022-06-28T14:12:57-05:00

Judge Thomas C Wicker (44) Recipient of Scott Cowen Service Award


On Saturday,  April 6, 2019 in the US Freedom Pavilion of the National World War II Museum, the Honorable Thomas C. Wicker, Jr. (RET) was awarded the Scott Cowen Service Award for exceptional contributions to Tulane University and the community.    The setting was a fitting location as Judge Wicker is a charter member of the National World War II Museum.   He is a member of the Tulane NROTC Class of 1944 and is a long-time Board Member of the Tulane NROTC Alumni Association. Thomas Wicker graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration in 1944.  He was [...]

Judge Thomas C Wicker (44) Recipient of Scott Cowen Service Award2022-06-28T14:29:36-05:00

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 19442020-05-24T22:11:35-05:00

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 19422020-05-24T21:48:57-05:00

T. Todd Reboul, III – Class of 1944


1922 - 2020 T. Todd Reboul, 97, died peacefully in his sleep on July 6, 2020 at the Glen at Willow Valley in Lancaster, PA. He and his wife, Doris Hoffman, moved to Lancaster in September 1995 from Moorestown, New Jersey. He had been employed by RCA for 27 years as a research physicist at the David Sarnoff Research Laboratories in Princeton and later as a Director of Corporate Contributions in New York City. He was born on October 3, 1922 in New Orleans, LA, but spent a greater part of his early life in Vicksburg and Jackson, [...]

T. Todd Reboul, III – Class of 19442020-07-15T20:07:58-05:00

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

Edwin S. Wright – Class of 1944


Personal Data Edwin S. Wright, USN (Ret) Tulane Naval ROTC Class of 1944 BS Civil Engineering, Southern Methodist University Commissioned February 1944 at 20 years old. Historical Events World War II, Pacific Theater Korean War Assignments / Engagements Amphibious training in Norfolk, Virginia Invasion at Mindoro. Invasion at Okinawa Gunnery Officer on LST 578 Skipper of LCI 446 Skipper of LST 666 Leyte Gulf Operation He was recalled in 1950 for two years of duty during the Korean War. Eight years active duty, Twenty-six years Naval reserve, retired 1976. Other Notable Content Witnessed the USS Mt. Hood blow up [...]

Edwin S. Wright – Class of 19442019-10-21T10:32:39-05:00

James L. Mcconnell – Class of 1944


Personal DataJames L. Mcconnell, USNTulane Naval ROTC Class of 1944BS in Geology from Tulane University, 1948Commissioned 1942Historical EventsWorld War IIAssignments / EngagementsAtlantic Theater:Was assigned to a ship in the north Atlantic whose mission was mine sweeping but was there for only two months.Went to Miami anti-sub school to learn how to use sonar for two months.Then was moved to Key West to instruct other officers on submarine warfare if the attack came to the States.Next he was stationed to Columbia University to teach Midshipmen about Navigation for a year and did not enjoy it.Pacific Theater:He tried to apply for submarine [...]

James L. Mcconnell – Class of 19442019-10-10T14:35:20-05:00

Arthur W. Foss, Jr. – Class of 1944


Personal Data Arthur W. Foss, JR CDR, USN (Ret) Tulane Naval ROTC Class of 1944 BS Chemistry Commissioned 1984 Louisiana Native Historical Events WW II Pacific Theater Korean War Homefront Assignments / Engagements Pacific Theater WWII Joined NROTC unit at age of 16. Enlisted in February 1942 at the age of 17. Went to an accelerated officer-training program in 1943. Eventually commissioned three days after the Tulane NROTC seniors to give them seniority. As a 19 year old 1st LT, he went to school for two weeks to learn the basics of the job and then was assigned to [...]

Arthur W. Foss, Jr. – Class of 19442019-10-21T10:35:34-05:00

Norris L. Fant – Class of 1944


Personal Data Norris L. Fant, LCDR Tulane Naval ROTC Class of 1944 BS Engineering Commissioned February 1944 Louisiana Native Historical Events World War II Short Atlantic Theater Involvement Assignments / Engagements Commanding Officer of OCIL-1033 Helped move Chinese Nationalists under Chiang Kai-shek to Taiwan Active duty for 2.5 years; Received a satisfactory service completion before retirement for 26 year commitment Hauled a regimental combat team to Legaspi, Luzon, Philippines Involved in two operations in 1945 to help land troops in Asian regions Worked for General Douglas MacArthur Did navigation for his ship; forte was ship handling Other Notable Content [...]

Norris L. Fant – Class of 19442019-10-10T14:36:25-05:00

John Alloy Fitzgerald – Class of 1944


1924 - 2013 John Alloy Fitzgerald passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the age 89. A native of New Orleans. Beloved husband of the late June Blanchard Fitzgerald for 54 years. Father of Judy F. Blalock, Tim C. Fitzgerald, Terry J. Fitzgerald and the late Daniel J. Fitzgerald. Also survived by four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Son of the late Richard C. Fitzgerald and Helen Alloy Fitzgerald. Brother of the late R. Curtis Fitzgerald. Mr. Fitzgerald retired from Kaiser Aluminum after 34 years of service. He was a LTJG USN, WWII Veteran. He was [...]

John Alloy Fitzgerald – Class of 19442019-02-10T21:16:33-06:00

John B. Parmley – Class of 1944


1923 - 2013 John Bill Parmley, MD entered Heaven at 7:10 PM on April 14, 2013. He was welcomed by his son, John Thad, his parents, Dr. & Mrs. T H Parmley, his brother, Ralph Parmley, and many friends and colleagues. He was 90 years of age. Left to praise his memory are Catherine Cripps Parmley, his devoted wife and best friend, his daughters, Jodi Parmley, Jennifer Parmley Robinson (Pastor Stephen), and Patricia Parmley, and seven perfect grandchildren, Katie, Jack, and Aimee Sunseri; Isabelle, Conrad, William, and Annaliese Robinson. Dr Parmley directed the department of anesthesia at [...]

John B. Parmley – Class of 19442019-02-10T21:16:46-06:00

Otho Douglas Schumann – Class of 1944


1924 - 2016 OTHO SCHUMANN (1924 -2016) Age 91, passed away Saturday, February 20, 2016. A retired United States Navy Rear Admiral and resident of Rio Rancho, NM since 1988 he was born September 10, 1924, in New Orleans, LA to Otho Charles Schumann and Grace Douglas Schumann. He was a graduate of Tulane University and he earned his MBA degree from New York University. He was a Navy Veteran who served in World War II in the Southwest Pacific during which he rose to command of PC 1138. Doug attained the rank of Captain in the [...]

Otho Douglas Schumann – Class of 19442019-02-10T21:17:04-06:00

Louis E Ramos – Class of 1944


1924 - 2016 Lou Ramos, the former CEO of the Ramos Gin Fizz has passed away. Louis was the last surviving grandson, of Henry Carl (H.C.) Ramos, creator of the Ramos Gin Fizz. Louis E. Ramos "Lou", passed away on October 12, 2016, at El Camino Hospital, Mt. View, CA, after five courageous years battling multiple cancers. He was born January 1, 1924, in New Orleans, LA, to Frank & Eugenie Rousset Ramos. He is preceded in death by siblings, Paul Ramos, and Marie Ramos. He graduated from Jesuit High School, and Tulane University, New Orleans, LA Enrolled [...]

Louis E Ramos – Class of 19442019-02-16T20:55:23-06:00

Otto Douglas Schumann – Class of 1944


Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.) RADM Schumann was commissioned from the Tulane NROTC Unit in 1944. He was a native of New Orleans but settled in his later years in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. He achieved the rank of Rear Admiral in the reserves. For more information on his life, please visit his obituary.

Otto Douglas Schumann – Class of 19442019-02-10T21:04:40-06:00
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