Robert Jordon Gilliland, ‘49
Robert J. Gilliland, “Bob,” the first man to fly the world's fastest manned aircraft ever built, the SR-71 Blackbird, died July 4, 2019 in Rancho Mirage, CA. Born in Memphis, TN on May 1, 1926, he made aviation his life, culminating during the Cold War as the Chief Test Pilot for the SR-71 Blackbird at Lockheed's "Skunk Works," the ultra-secret aviation facility in Burbank, CA. The government charged Lockheed with the urgent development of a manned aircraft that could fly faster and higher than anything ever created. The SR-71 was America's answer. It's performance, even now, over 50 years later, has never been equaled. Bob led its test program and flew it on its maiden flight on December 22, 1964.
Graduating June 1944 from Webb School at Bell Buckle, TN, he enlisted for the Navy but was soon appointed to the Naval Academy at Annapolis. Upon graduation in 1949, he was commissioned a Second lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force, where he trained in America's early jets before being assigned to a veteran front line fighter squadron in Germany. While there he won his Air Wing's Aerial Gunnery "Top Gun" competition, which 2ndLTs were not supposed to win. During the Korean War, he was reassigned to Taegu Air Base where he flew F-84's in the air war over North Korea. Returning to the US, he was assigned to the USAF Research and Development group at Eglin Air Force Base, FL.
He left the service to assist in his father's business. Upon his dad's death, he returned to his first love, aviation, as a part of Lockheed's F-104 Starfighter test flight group in Palmdale, CA. In early 1962, he was recalled to Burbank by the chief of the Skunk Works, the legendary Kelly Johnson. Johnson asked him to lead the test flight program for the highly secret "article"— the future Blackbird.
Bob flight tested the "article" at Area 51, a secret facility in the Nevada desert, for later delivery and use by the CIA. After changes to correct problems identified flying from the grounds desert heat to sub-zero conditions at altitude, Kelly Johnson picked Bob to fly the final and newest version of the SR-71 Blackbird. Under the callsign "Dutch 51," Bob successfully piloted the SR-71 Blackbird on its maiden flight on December 22, 1962. His work continued until the envelope of the plane was fully developed and delivered to the USAF. During these development years, he accumulated more Mach 3 plus experimental flight test time than any other pilot in the world.
Even after President Johnson acknowledged the Blackbird existed, little was released beyond what air controllers saw on their radar screens: the fastest and highest-flying aircraft ever created, rocketing at over three times the speed of sound on the edge of space at 80,000 feet. Long before Bob was allowed to comment on "his work," colleagues at the Society of Experimental Test Pilots recognized the magnitude of his achievements and honored him as the top test pilot/astronaut, the year after the Mercury 7 astronauts received the award.
Although over the course of the development program several aircraft were lost, no Blackbird was ever shot down despite the thousands of surface-to-air missiles fired at it by hostile countries.
Since its declassification, Bob has been honored with virtually every significant aviation award in the western world, including the top award— enshrinement into the National Aviation Hall of Fame. His story as a test pilot was recently featured in an hour-long documentary on the Smithsonian Channel. Bob's life is the subject of a book scheduled for release later next year with the foreword written by Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger ("Miracle on the Hudson").
He leaves two children, a daughter, Anne Gilliland Hayes, M.D. (spouse Richard Hayes, M.D.) of Reno, NV, and a son, Robert J. Gilliland, Jr., a lawyer (spouse Kim Gilliland) in Palm Desert, CA, and five grandchildren: Laura Hayes, Nathaniel Hayes, Stuart Hayes, Scott Gilliland, and Heather Gilliland. He also leaves a brother, James S. Gilliland (spouse Lucia Gilliland), of Memphis.
A Celebration of Life will be held to honor Bob's extraordinary life with his family and friends in the future. Donations in Bob's name should be directed to either the Palm Springs Air Museum, March Field Air Museum, or to one of the U.S. military veteran organizations. Beyond that, Bob requested that his ashes be sprinkled in his favorite trout stream.
The Desert Sun July 9, 2019 Posted: 14 July 2019
William H Bartlett, ‘49
Dr. William H. (Bill, Doc B) Bartlett of Middleton, WI, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on June 3, 2015, at Attic Angel Place. Bill was born on August 17, 1926, in Pontiac, IL, to Dr. F. Herbert Bartlett, a TB sanitarium physician, and Lucy Weeks Bartlett. Growing up in Muskegon, MI, he was voted "Class Athlete" at Muskegon High, lettering in football, basketball and baseball, and worked as a lifeguard on Muskegon's Lake Michigan beaches. Bill played football for Michigan State; the U.S. Naval Academy; and his beloved University of Michigan Wolverines, winning "Big 10" and national championships. Supported by his wife, Phyllis, Bill completed his medical degree at University of Michigan. He served his internship at University of Colorado Medical Center; and completed his pediatric residency at Denver's Children's Hospital.
Bill and Phyllis moved their young family to Madison, WI in 1957, when Bill became the third pediatrician in Dean Clinic's fledgling pediatric practice, which now boasts 25 pediatricians. A beloved pediatric sports medicine pioneer and humanitarian, "Doc B" was Bill's nickname during his 40-year career and the name graced his license plate for decades. During the flu epidemic of January 1960, Doc B recalls making 56 house calls in one weekend, being served a meatloaf sandwich by a family on the east side and dessert by another family on the west side to keep him going. During the polio epidemic of 1964, Doc B organized the massive Dane County Polio Vaccine Drive, which took place at Camp Randall field house.
When he retired from Dean Clinic in 1993, Doc B was still seeing newborns, many of them the children and even grandchildren of parents he had taken care of as youngsters. In retirement, he remained active in community service until illness curtailed his activities.
Doc B received countless local, state and national awards, including "Wisconsin Pediatrician of the Year" in 1991; the American Academy of Pediatrics "Dr. Thomas E. Shaffer Award" for Lifetime Contributions to Pediatric Sports Medicine in 2002; and the Madison Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. Doc B also served on dozens of professional and public service organizations. He was founder and president of Dane County Sports Medicine Council; and served on the Governors Council for Health and Physical Fitness; the Special Olympics Board of Directors; and Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association (WIAA) Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. Doc B was a longtime WIAA Medical Coverage Coordinator and spearheaded the "Foundation for Madison Public Schools Athletic Training Rooms Program." For many years he served as team physician at Memorial and La Follette high schools. In his honor, Memorial students created a special cheer just for him; and La Follette named their new field house "Bartlett Fieldhouse." A lifelong Michigan Wolverines fan, Doc B was also an avid supporter of the University of Wisconsin's (UW) athletic teams as a "Bucky's Ambassador" and organizer of the annual "Crazylegs Classic Run."
Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Phyllis; his three children: Michael James of Madison (Dewayne), Mary Lisbeth of Philadelphia (Roy) and Peter Belgrave of Dallas (Monica); three grandchildren: Oliver Bartlett Backes, Ashley Nicole Bartlett, and Blake Belgrave Bartlett; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, George W. Bartlett and Dr. Richard J. Bartlett.
Doc B and Phyllis were devout members of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church for over half a century, where Bill served on the Vestry and Phyllis served on Altar Guild. They donated an ornate gold cross that graces the church's sanctuary. Doc B adored ice cream (especially from UW's Babcock Hall) but gave it up for Lent every single year of his adult life. In his spare time, Doc B was an avid golfer and cribbage player who loved to win (understatement of the century) and ran in dozens of marathons for charity. He was, however, admittedly terrible at playing charades. Doc B loved to vacation at the family's "Bartlett Pair" cottage on Lake Michigan in Door County, enjoying gardening, eagle-spotting, swimming and playing sports on the beach with his grandkids. He relished his daughter's whitefish chowder (with an ice-cold glass of Spotted Cow lager, Merkt's cheese spread on Ritz crackers, and cherry pie ala mode), as well as roasting Bley's homemade brats with his family at their beachside fire pit, where he often crooned his favorite song, Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher," while toasting marshmallows for "S'mores" under the stars.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 21, Father's Day, to celebrate a great father, husband and doctor, at 2PM at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 1833 Regent Street, Madison, with Father Andy Jones presiding. There will be a reception in the parish hall following the service. Burial will take place at a later date at Lakeview Cemetery in Jacksonport, Door County overlooking Doc B's beloved Lake Michigan shoreline. Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 21, from 1 PM at St. Andrews until the time of the service.
The Bartlett family extends their heartfelt thanks to the remarkable and loving staff and volunteers of Attic Angel Place, Dr. Connie Andringa, Father Andy Jones, Pat Bernhardt, Sharon Borland, Bernadette Geoghegan, Carolyn and Phil Klemett, and countless other friends and family, for their invaluable support during Doc B's final illness.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Madison School District Athletic Training Rooms, c/o Jeremy Schlitz, CAA Athletic Director, Madison Memorial HS, 201 So. Gammon Rd., Madison WI 53717-1499.
Alfred Clark Boughton, III, ‘49
Alfred Clark Boughton III, (Ace) passed away peacefully May 31, 2019 in Bradenton, FL with his beloved wife of 69 years, Mickey, by his side. Ace was the son of Clark and Kathryn Boughton born May 1, 1927 in Cleveland, OH, and grew up in the Chicago, IL area.
He graduated from Loyola Academy in 1944, and the United States Naval Academy in 1949. During his Naval career, he participated in the Korean Invasion of Inchon before getting his wings as a Naval Aviator. He flew the P2V Neptune on anti-submarine patrol with Squadron VP-26 in the North Atlantic. He then was assigned to the staff of FLTAIRWING-3 Atlantic, stationed at Quonset Point, RI.
After leaving the Naval service, he had a successful career at McGraw Hill Publishing Company. He worked as the sales manager for Aviation Week magazine (Boston, MA); then publisher for Missiles and Rockets (Washington, DC). He was a sales manager at Business Week Magazine in Chicago; Washington & NYC for 28 years until his retirement.
Ace was always active with the USNA Class of ’49. serving as Class President for 5 years during which he oversaw a major class project, the refurbishment of the historic ‘49 House in Annapolis. Later served on the advisory staff at USNA. He was President of the Masqueraders while a midshipman at USNA and continued to act in community theatres in Chicago, Annapolis, and Sarasota. In retirement he loved playing golf and painting and was an active member of Tara Golf and Country Club in Bradenton, where lived for the last 20 years.
He will be dearly missed by his wife Mickey (Freeman) and their six children; Ann (Thomas Davis); Gus (Genie Brake); Ellen (Tom Fix); Joan (Henry Kleeman); Katie (Barry Burdiak); Mary (Patrick Kinmartin) and his sister Kathryn Donovan. He was grandfather to 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
A funeral mass will be held, Wednesday, June 19th, at 10:30am, at Church of St. Patrick Catholic Church, 7900 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34241.
A graveside service with full military honors will be held, Wednesday, June 19th, at 12:20pm, at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9840 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241.
Memorials may be made to St. Patricks’ Church, 7900 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34241, Resurrection House, 507 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota, FL 34236, or the USNA Foundation, 274 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402.
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Patrick Gordon O'Keefe, '49
CAPT Patrick Gordon O'Keefe, USN (Ret) set sail on his final and greatest voyage on June 6, 2019 at Annapolis, MD. He was born the second child of Judge Arthur J. O'Keefe, Jr. and Eleonora "Noni" Gordon O'Keefe on October 19, 1926 in New Orleans, LA. He graduated from Jesuit High and briefly attended Notre Dame University and Tulane University before enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy from the Fleet by competitive examination in 1945. He graduated and was commissioned in the Class of 1949.
Upon graduation he married Patricia Mary Carlin of New Orleans (Deceased), his lifelong love. Together they had five children, Patrick (Mirna), Timothy (Marcia), Sean (Laura), Kathleen (Joe Tynan) and Shannon. He will also be missed by ten grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, several great grandchildren, and his sole surviving sibling, Michael H. O'Keefe of New Orleans.
He defended his country for 25 years as an active duty Naval Officer in the submarine service, the "Silent Service," and was a decorated veteran. He retired from active duty in 1974 following his final command tour as Supervisor of Shipbuilding in Groton, CT.
In later civilian life, he was Executive Vice-President of Bath Iron Works in Bath, ME where he supervised the construction of 25 ARLEIGH BURKE class destroyers and 3 TICONDEROGA class cruisers.
In final retirement, he maintained his ever-active mind by attending Bowdoin College in Maine, studying German literature and astrophysics. He was a devoted husband and father whose kindly, sage advice and dry wit will be sorely missed by all his progeny whose company he so enjoyed. He lived the motto of his graduating class at Annapolis, "Non Sibi Sed Patria" (not for myself but for country). He loved his God, his country, and his family. He passed away on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, what would have been his 70th wedding anniversary, and his youngest child's birthday. How typically precise of him.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Ginger Cove for keeping him comfortable until the end. A funeral and interment at Arlington National Cemetery beside the wife he adored will follow at a later date. An online guest book is available at www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com.
Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com June 16
Milton Nicholas Allen ‘49
Milton Nicholas Allen, born in New York City April 15, 1927, died in Essex, May 29, 2019. He and his wife, to whom he was married for 35 years, moved to Essex in 2016. Previously, they had lived in Old Lyme, since 1988.
Milton entered Princeton University when he was 17 and was elected president of the class of '48. He took a wartime leave of absence from Princeton the next year, when he became old enough to attend the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. While there, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree, graduating with distinction, graduating with Class of 1949, and being commissioned an ensign. He was selected as a Rhodes Scholar Finalist. Milton then served on active duty the Navy in submarines until 1954, when resigned to pursue a career in business.
His civilian life began as Assistant to the President of Connecticut General Life Insurance Company in Hartford, prior to the same role for The Sherwin-Williams Company in Cleveland. He was also a Partner at Robert Heller & Associates (Management Consultants). In 1969, he started his own computer service, software and consulting business, which he led as CEO and chairman until its sale in 1990. Manufacturing Decision Support Systems (MDSS Inc.) was the first online management information systems and services company. It served manufacturing, distribution, insurance and transportation companies across the U.S.
Milton was a Director of Progressive Corporation for over 20 years, as well as a Director of Day-Glo Color Corp., DeSantis Coatings Inc., Premier Electric Company, Lighting International Corp., AGA Burdox Gas Inc., Daro Industries, Actron Corp., Mueller Electric Company, and the Women's Federal Savings Bank.
Contributing to the communities in which he lived was very important to him. In addition to his quiet philanthropy and mentorship of leaders, in Cleveland, he was a Director of Laurel School, the Cleveland Play House, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Center for Venture Development and Case Western Reserve University School of Management. He was also chairman of the Goodrich-Gannett Neighborhood Center, chairman of the Cleveland Council for Independent Schools and chairman of the Switzer Foundation.
After moving back east, Milton became director and then chairman of the Ivoryton Playhouse in Connecticut, The Putney School and The Yellow Barn Music School in Vermont, and chairman of Hubbard Brook Environmental Research. He also served as a director of the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme.
In addition to his business, and various commercial and not-for-profit roles, for which he was known for his integrity, insight and calm leadership, Milton was committed to his family, his friends and his lifetime love of music and the water.
Milton is predeceased by his wife, Liesa Bing Allen; his older brother, Homer Nicholas Allen and his twin brother, Winston Nicholas Allen. He is survived by his younger brother Gordon Nicholas Allen of Madison, Fla.; his three children from a previous marriage, Peter Milton Allen of Palo Alto, Calif., Thomas Hughes Allen of New York City and Jane Scarlett Allen of Sydney, Australia; as well as five grandchildren, Alexandra Elizabeth Scarlett Allen, Jonathan Thomas Allen, Olivia Sophie Allen, George Dexter Allen and Eloise Scarlett Allen-Bowton.
A Memorial Service to honor his life will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 24, 2019, at The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme. All are welcome.
Published in The Day on Aug. 18, 2019
James A. Carmack, Jr. ‘49
James A. Carmack, Jr ("Jim"), died on May 25, 2019 at the age of 92 at his home in Dirigo Pines, ME. He was born May 15, 1927 in Washington DC, the son of James A and Mary (nee Robertson) Carmack. Jim grew up in Washington DC and Chase City, Virginia. At age 14, he became a U.S. Senate Page. He was present in the Chamber on December 26, 1941 when Winston Churchill addressed Congress (three weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor). One of Jim's favorite keepsakes was his framed photograph showing him standing against the Senate Chamber wall with fellow pages during Churchill's speech. Following high school, Jim was appointed to the US Naval Academy. During his years as a midshipman, Jim enjoyed competing as skippering the yawl, "Lively". His summer cruises were aboard the USS North Carolina and the USS Boxer. One of the highlights of his midshipman days came when he represented the Naval Academy in a sailing race from Newport R.I. to Bermuda. Jim graduated on June 3, 1949 and was commissioned as an ensign. While a midshipman, Jim met his future wife, Betty Jane ("BJ") Hamilton, the daughter of Navy Capt. and Mrs. James E. Hamilton of Washington DC. Their courtship included many special events at the Naval Academy. They married on May 5, 1951. Jim served on active duty for 12-1/2 years, from 1945-1957, His initial assignment in 1949 was aboard the USS Horace Bass (APD-124), assigned to the 7th Fleet. His most notable combat in the Korean War was participation in the 1950 Inchon Landing. Jim’s next assignment was aviation basic training in Pensacola, FL followed by advanced training in Corpus Christi, TX to become a fighter pilot. Jim's skill and excellence as an aviator led to his selection to attend the Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, MD. Jim's last active duty assignment was as a test pilot. Upon leaving active duty in 1957, he and Betty Jane moved to Redondo Beach, CA where Jim began work for Douglas Aircraft Co, and later with Hughes Aircraft Co. Jim and Betty Jane welcomed four more children to their first four. In 1962, the family moved to Pasadena, CA. They enjoyed 53 wonderful years in Pasadena, Jim left aviation and transitioned into the financial industry, earned his stockbroker's license, and worked at Mitchum, Jones & Templeton and Seidler, Arnett and Spillane in Los Angeles. Jim eventually struck out on his own, opening his own investment counseling business, The Carmack Group. He ran his business with dedication, integrity and passion always putting his clients’ interests first and did so well into his eighties, when he fully retired. Jim's joys were BJ and their family, followed by fly-fishing and his beloved dog, Bud. Every summer Jim took his boys on a four-week "Carmack Fly-Fishing Frolic" in Yellowstone and Montana. Jim also stayed close to his Navy sailing roots, teaching all the children to sail. In 2007, after 56 years of marriage, Betty Jane died. In August 2015, Jim moved to Orono, ME, to be close to son David, his wife Adrienne, and their six children, After living in California for 60 years, Jim made a happy transition to Maine life. Burial services will be private at Holy Cross Cemetery. A Celebration of Jim's Life will be held Saturday, August 3rd in Pasadena.
Published in Pasadena Star-News
Morris Arnold Galter
Morris A. Galter, "Morrie," passed on July 10, 2019 after a brief illness. He was a resident of Dallas Texas. Morrie was born January 11, 1926 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Simon and Clara Galter. Morris was a gifted athlete and extremely intelligent. He attended the University of Nebraska, and the U. S. Naval Academy. He also attended a university in Missouri. He graduated from The University of Nebraska later with a degree in Chemical Engineering.
In the 60's he was accepted by the Mensa International, a high IQ society that has members from all over the world. Working for a chemical company, he traveled the world. He lived in Europe, Hong Kong, and Australia. He eventually came back home to Dallas.
He married Nancy, "Nan", in 1983. They both shared the love to travel, which they did for many years. During that time, he became a stockbroker, and did that for many years. He finally retired from working when he was eighty-five.
He focused on his love for orchids, and bonsai plants, and connecting with his friends. He will be sorely missed by his many friends and family. His sense of humor was spot on, even at the end of his long life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Nancy Galter. He is survived by his brother, Paul Galter, children, Margaret Ann Davenport, Elizabeth Jane Bolen, Pieter Tirion, and Monique Tirion. A memorial service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church in Dallas at 1 PM on August 29, 2019.
Austin American-Statesman on Aug. 25, 2019 Posted:11 Sep 2019
Guy Morton Neely
CAPT G. Morton Neely, USN (Ret) died at his home in Potomac, MD August 23, 2019 following a long battle with cancer. An obituary will be provided after his final rites are determined.