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
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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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, ‘49
CAPT Guy Morton Neely, Jr., USN (Ret.) died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Potomac, MD on August 22, 2019. Mort, as he was known, had lived in Potomac for the past 46 years with his wife, the former Adaline Blount Rowe of Wilson, NC, whom he married in 1968.
Mort was born on October 31, 1927 in Washington, DC, the son of Guy Morton and Mildred Neely and was a long-time resident of the Washington area, having attended Roosevelt High School before being appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy.
After graduating in 1949, Mort began a 28-year Navy career. His first assignment was to USS Rochester, a heavy cruiser which engaged in combat during the Korean War. Subsequently, he spent the bulk of his Navy career in destroyers at sea and in plans and policy ashore.
Mort had several significant sea commands including commanding officer of an LST USS Lawrence County and destroyer USS Floyd B. Parks, commander of Destroyer Division 72, and commander of Destroyer Squadrons 23 and 9. While in command of Destroyer Squadron 23, his ships participated in enemy action off North Vietnam.
He held several significant posts, including tours as aides to Commander, Seventh Fleet, Commander-in-Chief, U.S Naval Forces in Europe, and Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe. He also held the prestigious post of White House Aide to President Eisenhower. Despite these high-level positions, he most enjoyed teaching Marine Engineering at the Naval Academy.
In recognition of his extensive experience, his final Navy assignment was Head, Current Plans and Policy Branch in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations with responsibility for developing the Navy position on all current issues of interest to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
CAPT Neely was awarded the Bronze Star, the Joint Services Commendation Medal, and two Meritorious Medals.
On retirement Mort joined the investment banking firm of Alex Brown & Sons in Washington, and later, with his wife Adaline, engaged in a rewarding antiques business. One of the activities in his retirement of which he was most proud was serving as Chairman of the Investment Fund of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and Treasurer of the Diocese, having been recruited for this job by Bishop John Walker. As head of the Investment Committee, he visited all 88 parishes in the Diocese and achieved a significant increase in participation.
Mort is survived by his wife of 51 years, Adaline; three children - James Rowe (Suellen), Jennifer Blanchard (Daniel), and Morton Neely (Ann); and eight grandchildren – Amanda, Mackenzie, William, and Charles Rowe; Rachel, Rebecca, and Daniel Blanchard; and James Neely.
Within the family, Mort was often referred to as the “Rock of Gibraltar.” Known for his unwavering loyalty, integrity, and love of family, he will be greatly missed, and his legacy cherished. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Endowment Fund of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, or to charities of their choice.
Robert B. Aljoe
Robert B. Aljoe, 92, of Medford, NJ, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 23, 2019, at Samaritan Inpatient Hospice, Mt. Holly, NJ. Born August 8, 1927 in Elizabeth, NJ, Robert was raised in Roselle, and lived in Chatham, NJ, before retiring to Harvey Cedars, and Long Beach Island, NJ.
Robert received a presidential appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy in 1945, graduating with the Class of 1949. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned an ensign. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran who served proudly during the Korean War. He resigned his commission as a LTJG June 1, 1954. Robert went on to earn a Master’s Degree from the University of Virginia.
Robert was a member of the Kiwanis Club and a volunteer at the Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter in Manahawkin, NJ. He enjoyed being on the ocean sailing and boating. He loved animals, especially his dogs.
Husband of the late Joan (nee Malcolm) Aljoe; he is survived by his three children, Patricia Secrist (Richard), Robert B. Aljoe III (Susan), and Lynn Herbert (J.R.); 9 grandchildren, Richard Secrist (Adrienne), Ryan Secrist (Andrea), Robin Secrist, Jennifer Aljoe, Robert Aljoe (Kathryn), Matt Herbert (Katie), Ryan Herbert (Tony), Kyle and Sean Herbert; five great grandchildren, William, Mike, Ben and Ella Secrist, and Bodhi Aljoe; and two nephews and a niece, Malcolm, Katie and Bobbie.
Funeral services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Robert’s memory to Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 1162, Manahawkin, NJ 08050; or to the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, 274 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402.
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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 the 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 Edward Edmundson, ‘49
CAPT James E. Edmundson, USN (Ret), age 92, passed away at his home in Sarasota, Florida with his wife by his side on October 6, 2019. He was born on April 17, 1927 in Long Beach, CA. After finishing high school in the District of Columbia, Jim graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree, with Distinction, and was commissioned an Ensign in the US Navy on June 3, 1949. Later, Jim earned a Master of Science degree in Chemistry at Lehigh University.
On June 25, 1952, he married Jean Gray. They had two sons together, Jeff and Jay. Jim spent over 31 years in the Navy and retired as Commanding Officer, Crane Naval Weapons and Support Center 1 July 1979 after serving his country around the world and in the line of fire in the Vietnam War.
Jim and Jean enjoyed spending time with family and friends but most important was traveling around the globe to experience and photograph new people and cultures. His special interests and hobbies included raising orchids, birdwatching, and was an expert at making bad puns.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Jean, his two sons, Jeff (Eddy Shuldman) and Jay (Andrew Warner), and three grandsons, Ari (Emina Musanovic), Tomas and David.
In lieu of flowers, Jim wanted donations given to the Glenridge Academy Scholarship Foundation (https://www.glenridgefoundation.org/funds).
A celebration of life ceremony will be at Glenridge in the future. Jim will be interned at Arlington National Cemetery.
Published in Herald Tribune from Oct. 9 to Oct. 10, 2019