Ernest Duke Sanders

                                                CAPT Ernest D. Sanders, USN (Ret) of North Carrollton, MS                                                 passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Funeral services were                                                 held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, at North Carrollton                                                 United Methodist Church, with burial following in Evergreen                                                 Cemetery in North Carrollton. Rev. Ed Temple, assisted by Rev. Ed                                                 Saunders, officiated the services. Pallbearers were William                                                 Temple, McLin Sanders, Max Sanders, Pate Shackelford, Johnny                                                 Summerville, Buzz Handwerker, Bill Gillespie, James Cain and                                                 Jerry Beckwith. A visitation was held Wednesday, March 7, from                                                 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at Lee Funeral Home. 
                                                CAPT Sanders was born in North Carrollton on August 16, 1925, to                                                 Wilton and Annie Laurie Sanders. He graduated from J.Z. George High School as valedictorian in 1942. He attended Mississippi State University before being accepted into the V-12 program at Georgia Tech. While at Georgia Tech, he received an appointment to the Naval Academy and graduated with the class of 1949. 
Upon graduation, he was assigned to the USS Saipan (CVL48) and then the USS Missouri (BB63) for deployment to Korea. After 2 years on the Missouri, he requested submarine duty; and after completing submarine school in New London, CT, he was assigned to the USS Sea Dog (SS401). Following this, he served 2 years of shore duty with the Reserve Fleet at the submarine base in New London, where he met his future wife of 56 years, Cheerie Hoover. CAPT Sanders’ next duty was the U. S. Postgraduate School in Monterrey, CA, where he graduated with a MS degree in Electrical Engineering. He then became an Engineering Duty Officer - first at San Francisco Naval Shipyard as Assistant Repair Superintendent for submarines, and later as Quality Assurance Officer with the Supervisor of Shipbuilding at Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, MS. His next duty station was with the ASW Systems Project Office (PM4) in Washington, DC. From there, he was assigned to the Naval Ship Engineering Center in Hyattsville, MD, from which he retired in August of 1974. 
During his 26 years of active service, CAPT Sanders received the National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, The United Nations Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal. After retiring from the Navy, he returned to his hometown of North Carrollton, where he spent the next 33 years as a high school math and physics teacher. He taught at Kirk Academy in Grenada from 1980 through 2009, where he was selected as STAR teacher nine times and 2007 Teacher of the Year by the Mississippi Private School Association.
CAPT Sanders was a faithful member of the North Carrollton United Methodist Church, where he had served as Chairman of the Administrative Committee and a member of the trustees. He was currently serving as Sunday School teacher and as church treasurer. 
CAPT Sanders is survived by two daughters, Anne Sanders Turnage (Jeff) of Columbus and Edee Sanders Temple (Ed) of Batesville; one son, Edward Sanders (Krista) of Madison; brother, Wilton Sanders Jr. of Black Hawk; and four grandchildren, William Temple (Laura) of Huntsville, Alabama, and McLin Sanders, Sydney Sanders, and Max Sanders of Madison. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cheerie Sanders, and his parents. Memorials may be made to the North Carrollton United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 21, North Carrollton, MS 38947. An online guestbook may be viewed and signed at

The Commercial Dispatch on March 7, 2018

Lee McComas Ramsey

                                                    CDR Lee M. Ramsey, son of Cecil Zeddy and Felicia Ramsey, went to                                                     be with the Lord March 9, 2018. Lee was born in Oakland Maryland on                                                     February 13, 1925. He spent his childhood on a farm with 12 siblings,                                                     two of whom survive him, Sherwood Ramsey and Beryl Benda, both                                                     living in Baltimore, MD. He married his wife of 53 years, Virginia Carn                                                     of Savannah, GA, on New Year's Day, 1948. Together they parented 9                                                     children, 7 girls and 2 boys. He was a kind soul who never knew a                                                     stranger. Whether it was a bite to eat, a place to lay your head or a ride to                                                     work or school, he was always there to help. He lived very fruitful 93                                                     years.
                                                    He enlisted in the Navy in July of 1942 at the age of 18. In May 1943 he was assigned to the USS Philadelphia VCS-8. Serving as an aviation radio man and an aerial gunner, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroism in Italy in 1944. In 1945 he received a fleet appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, graduating in1949. Lee spent two additional years on a destroyer before attending flight school in 1951 in Pensacola, Florida, to become a pilot. After assignments with Patrol Squadrons 21 and 23 in Europe, he and family returned to the US in 1960, then the Naval Academy in 1962 where he served as an instructor of thermodynamics. While in Annapolis in October of 1964 he invented and patented a snow making machine for his children.
In 1965 he attended George Washington University in Washington DC, where he received his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He published a book, "The Humidity and Dew Point of High Pressure Air". He was promoted to Commander and served two tours of duty in Viet Nam. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal for service as executive officer of the US Naval Air Facility at Cam Ranh Bay in 1968 and 1969. He was subsequently assigned to the US Naval Station in Pearl Harbor, HI. After 30 years of service Commander Ramsey retired from the Navy in June 1971.
After retiring from the Navy, he was accepted to the University Of South Carolina School of Law and received his Juris Doctor. He moved to Tallahassee Florida where he built a solar home which was featured on the cover of Better Homes magazine. 
In addition to his 2 siblings; surviving are his daughters, Deborah Adams (Mark; son Mark), Valerie M Baldwin(Phillip; son Paul, daughters Erica and Jessica), Johannah Stephens Gulka (daughter Natalie, sons Miles and Roy), Felicia Bellamy(Mark; son Bryan, daughter Brislan), Belinda Ramsey, CDR Cynthia Ramsey USN, Heather Decker(John; son John, daughters Maddox, Alexandra, and Sophie) and sons, Cecil Zeddy (Jeannie; daughter Brandi) and Lee M Ramsey Jr. (son Hudson, daughter Willow). In addition, there are18 great grandchildren.
CDR Lee M Ramsey will have a military ceremony on March 19 at 1 pm at the Jacksonville National Cemetery located at 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32218. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society ( 
Please sign the family's online guestbook at 
Arrangements are under the care of Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. (904) 284-4000
Northwest Florida Daily News Mar. 14, 2018

William Jobse Sawtelle

                                                    CDR William J. Sawtelle, USN (Ret) 91, passed away on March 21,                                                     2018. He was born on June 22, 1926 in Madison, WI to the late Rolfe                                                     and Mabel Ruth Sawtelle. Bill will always be loved and remembered                                                     by his: wife and best friend Karen; sisters Ronna Duckwitz and Sally                                                     Patti of Madison, WI; daughter Cherie Lower (Bob Lower) of                                                     Alloway, NJ and son Steve (Natalie Pien) of Leesburg, VA;                                                     grandchildren Lisa Pietrowski and Micah Warren (Stacey) of NJ,                                                     Renee of Montreal, Canada, and Elise of Blacksburg, VA; and his                                                     great grandchildren Mary Pietrowski and Jace Warren of NJ. 
                                                    Bill entered the Navy V-12 program at Lawrence College in 1944,                                                     received a congressional appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1945, becoming a member of the Class of 1949. He graduated with a BS degree and was commissioned an ensign in the regular Navy. He spent his early years in destroyers before earning a Master of Nuclear Physics from MIT in 1955. He became an EDO and enjoyed a successful 22-year career in the U.S. Navy, retiring August 1, 1969. After retiring, he taught academics at Apprentice Schools NorShipCo and Newport News Shipbuilding.
Outside the classroom and in retirement, Bill was engaged in a great variety of activities. Bill travelled widely with his wife Karen. He enjoyed furniture woodworking projects and building many different types of clocks including grandfather clocks; he was a past member of National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. He also enjoyed the outdoors, regularly hunting and fishing in nature. Bill was an avid, gourmet chef, dabbled in photography, and planted many productive vegetable gardens.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 24 at 4:00 pm at Baker-Foster Funeral Home, 5685 Lee Farm Lane, Suffolk, VA 23435. Burial of his cremains is being scheduled.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Suffolk Humane Society, 412 Kings Fork Rd., Suffolk, VA 23434. Condolences can be registered online at

The Virginian Pilot on Mar. 23, 2018                                      Posted: 26 Mar 2018


                                                    LCDR Donald B. Bosley USN (Ret), aged 91, sailed off into the                                                     dawn’s early light on March 13, after a long and courageous fight                                                     against cancer. 
                                                    He is mourned with much love and respect by his family and many                                                     friends.
                                                    We specially thank the wonderful, caring and competent staff at The                                                     William Childs Hospice House, Malabar, for their support during this                                                     sad time. In lieu of flowers, if you so wish, you may send a memorial                                                     donation to Bright Star, a program to help grieving children, run by                                                     Hospice Health First. Tel: 321-434-7622.
A Gathering of family and friends will be held in the near future, to honor Don: WW2 veteran, naval engineer (nuclear power) and circumnavigator in his sailboat Sunchaser – a man of integrity and achievement.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember him.
Beach Funeral Home, 1689 South Patrick Dr., Indian Harbour Beach. Tel: 321-777-4640 will organize a private cremation, with later burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

Milton Gussow

                                        CDR Milton “Mickey” Gussow, USN (Ret), 93, of Boynton Beach,                                                     Florida passed away peacefully on March 27, 2018. Born September                                                     19, 1924 in Newark, New Jersey to Israel and Masha Gussow, he                                                     received his B.S. degree with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy                                                     in 1949 and a M.S. degree in systems engineering from Massachusetts                                                     Institute of Technology in 1957. He retired in 1967 after 25 years of                                                     active service. Mickey served as a Senior Vice President for Product                                                     Development and Education at McGraw-Hill and authored three books                                                     on basic electric circuits, which remain in publication.

Mickey, employed at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory for 28 years, was a senior special assistant in the Naval Warfare Analysis Department. He retired in 2002 and received the Admiral John A. Sides Award for exceptional leadership and dedication on behalf of the industry and the Navy. For over 20 years, Mickey continued to teach as an adjunct professor at George Washington University, American University and The Johns Hopkins University where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in mathematics and electrical engineering.

Once fully retired, he devoted his academic pursuits in exploring and publishing papers about American Jewish demographics and Jewish Naval Commanders. All told, he published over 100 papers during his academic and retirement years. Mickey was a passionate tennis player and competed from his days at the Naval Academy until his late 80s.

Mickey’s wife of 63 years, Libbie Kaye Gussow, predeceased him as did his sister, Florence Drucks (Connie). He is survived by his brother Stanley Gussow (Harriett) of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, daughters Myra Hamilton (Edward) of West Chester, Pennsylvania and Susan Vengrove (Marc) of Allentown, Pennsylvania, grandchildren Laura and Jeffrey Hamilton, Nicole Vengrove Soffer (Matthew), and Sara Vengrove, and great-grandchildren, Caleb and Carmel Soffer as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Services and interment, held in Olney, Maryland at Judean Memorial Gardens, were officiated by Rabbi Matthew Soffer, Mickey’s grandson-in-law.  

Contributions can be made to the Uriah P. Levy Center & Jewish Chapel at the United States Naval Academy (, 326 First Street-Suite 22, Annapolis, MD 21403 or a charity of one’s choice. 

Walter Albert Schriefer

                                                    Commander Walter A. Schriefer, USN (Ret), of Virginia Beach,                                                     Virginia went to his eternal home on April 27, 2018. Walter was born                                                     July 22, 1925, in Chicago, son of Walter and Paula Schriefer. He lived                                                     life to glorify God! A sinner saved by grace.
                                                    He enlisted in the U. S. Navy V5/V12 program in 1943. He completed                                                     the "90-day wonder school,” followed by an appointment to the USNA.                                                     Upon graduation in 1949 he served briefly on the USS Wright (CVL-49)                                                     before reporting for flight training.
                                                    He was designated a naval aviator in April 1951 and he married Ellen                                                     Ruth Montgomery of Corpus Christi, Texas on December 16, 1951.
Tours of duty included Monterey; San Diego; Barbers Point; Midway; Lima, Peru; and Dam Neck, Final tour was XO of NAS Guantanamo Bay.
Following retirement, CDR Schriefer taught math at Booker T. Washington, Norfolk and at the engineering department at TCC, Virginia Beach until 1990.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years. They were blessed with 5 sons and 2 daughters; Martin, Ruth (deceased in 1958), Walter, Janet, Frederick, Herbert, William, twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild. Walter and Ruth enjoyed traveling the country to visit their children and many national parks. 
Join us to celebrate Walt's life at Prince of Peace Lutheran 424 Kings Grant Rd, VB VA on Friday, May 11th at 6pm. 
In lieu of flowers memorial donations made be made to St. Jude Children's @ STJUDE.ORG or Wycliffe Bible Translators @ WYCLIFFE.ORG . Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. 
Condolences may be offered to the family at:

                                                                                                                    Posted: 23 May 2018
Ruth Zapp Lide

                                                          Ruth Zapp Lide, 92, passed away May 22, 2018 in Greensboro, NC. 
                                                    A private Ceremony of Inurnment for the family will be held at                                                     the Christ United Methodist Church Columbarium on Tuesday,                                                     May 29 at 1:30pm with a Celebration of Life service following                                                     at 2:00pm in the sanctuary.
                                                    Ruth was born May 30, 1925 in Newark, NJ. Her parents were                                                     Edmund L Zapp and Augusta Rose Zapp. She graduated from                                                     Palmyra, N.J. high school and from Drexel University in                                                     Philadelphia. She worked as a medical librarian for Hoffman-                                                    LaRoch Pharmaceuticals until her marriage.
Ruth married Theodore (Ted) E Lide, Jr of Greenville, S.C. on June 4, 1949, the day after his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy. This marriage lasted a wonderful 69 years. They both loved to travel and had many great trips to all parts of the world.
Ted resigned from the Navy in 1954 and they settled in Madison, N.C. for the next 25 years. There, Ruth was active in her church holding positions as teacher and a member of many church groups, served on the Madison Library Board, worked with the Cub Scouts and the Girl Scouts, and a member of the Junior and Senior Service Leagues. She was especially proud of her work with the Western Rockingham County Clothing Closet which provided clothing for needy families.
In 1984, the family moved to Greensboro. Here she was active in Christ United Methodist Church serving on several committees, Chairman of The “Reach Out” for shut-ins and Circle Chairman of Circle One. She was a member of the Greensboro Lecture League. Ruth also helped her husband in their travel agency.
She is survived by her husband and three loving children; Theodore E Lide, III in Matthews, NC, Meredith Lide Schoonmaker and husband Grant of Charlotte, NC, and Michael E Lide and wife Tammy of Jamestown, NC. Six grandchildren; Michelle Lide Moore (Brandon), Stephanie Lide Dye (Derek), Grant Schoonmaker, III, Megan Schoonmaker, Nathan Lide, and Sarah Lide. One Great-grandchild, Greyson Dye. Her sister-in-law, Cynthia Zapp, brother-in-law DeVane Lide, and many nieces and nephews. Ruth was preceded in death by her brother, Dr. Edmund L Zapp of Quakertown, PA.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Christ Church Hunger Fund or the Minister’s Discretionary Fund, 410 N Holden Rd Greensboro, NC 27410.

                                                                                Posted: 27 May 2018

Henry Payne Forbes

                                                    Henry P. Forbes, “H.P.,” died peacefully at his home on May                                                     22n, 2018 at the age of 91. He was born in Hammond on May                                                     19, 1927 to Harold and Marie Mitchell Forbes. H.P. graduated                                                     from Culver Military Academy in 1945 and went on to the Naval                                                     Academy, where he graduated in 1949. After graduation, he                                                     served 5 years in the US Navy as a Commanding Officer of                                                     minesweepers, the Osprey and the Swallow. He retired from                                                     active service in 1954 and returned to Hammond where he was                                                     proprietor of Forbes Furniture, Inc. Forbes served in the                                                     Louisiana Air National Guard until his retirement as a Colonel.                                                     He was active in civic engagements including the Hammond Airport Authority, the Town & Gown players, the Downtown Historic District, Jaycees, Rotary, Kiwanis Club and more. He was a private pilot, an avid cook, an amateur radio operator (KC5KJ), and a lay minister and elder with the First Presbyterian Church of Hammond. After retiring from the furniture business, H.P. earned an Associate's degree at Southeastern Louisiana University in Computer Science and worked at the Hammond State School to computerize their office management system. Following the death of his first wife, Nancy Cartwright, in 2002, H.P. married Patricia Heleniak. H.P. is preceded in death by his parents, Harold Arla Forbes and Sarah Marie Mitchell. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Patricia J. Forbes, and his sisters, Dorothy Davis and Faye Klumpp; daughter Cary Rebecca Forbes Arnold (Ritter), son Harold Cartwright Forbes (Katherine), daughter Courtney Forbes (Steve Heizer), stepchildren Catherine Heleniak Tijerino (Roger) and Richard Joseph Heleniak (Heather). Additional family members include eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Forbes donated his body to the Bureau of Anatomical Services. A memorial service will be held July 7 at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Hammond. The family wishes to thank Louisiana Hospice and Palliative Care, and all family and friends who provided loving care at his death. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund or Options (Aid to the Handicapped) at 19362 W. Shelton Rd, Hammond -- (985) 345-6269.

                                                                                         Posted: 21 June​ 2018

Richard Glen Greenwood

                                                    Judge Richard G. Greenwood, 90, passed away due to complications                                                     of Parkinson's disease Sunday, July 1, 2018. Richard was born to the                                                     late Ruth and Glen Greenwood on November 4, 1927. His brother,                                                     Thomas, preceded him in death. Richard is survived by his wife of                                                     54 years, Carol, and their children: Amy Pautzke (Jim), Julie                                                     Tennessen (Tom), Brian Greenwood, and Victoria Greenwood;                                                     grandchildren, Carolyn, Mallory, Chloe and Jenna; and a great-                                                    grandson, Linkon. Richard led a colorful and exciting life and had                                                     many friends, both here and abroad. 
                                                    Richard received a congressional appointment to the U.S. Naval                                                     Academy in 1945, graduating with the Class of 1949 with a BS degree and being commissioned ensign in the regular Navy. At USNA, he was active in sports, winning his weight class in the Intercollegiate Boxing Championships. After graduation, Richard attended flight training in Pensacola, FL and Corpus Christi, TX earning his wings. This was followed by night flying training in Key West, FL.
During Korea and Mediterranean deployments, Richard flew from various carriers logging 299 landings - 44 which were at night. His favorite carriers were USS Coral Sea (CVA-42) and USS Leyte (CV-32). His favorite airplanes were the Corsair and Sky Raider. During one mission, while patrolling the Mediterranean Sea, he located and enabled the rescue of a RAF pilot and crew from a remote island near Greece. Richard was invited to the carrier HMS Eagle where he and his new friends celebrated with a bit of grog. 
Richard resigned his active commission August 26, 1955 returning to Wisconsin to attend Marquette University Law School and was a member of the Law Review. He also joined the Naval Air Reserves in Glenview, IL, and flew jets. In 1958, he graduated from law school and returned to Green Bay to practice law. He served as an Assistant District Attorney for Brown County, later becoming Green Bay's City Attorney. 
In 1967, Richard became eligible to practice law before the U. S. Supreme Court. He was appointed Circuit Court Judge for Brown, Kewaunee and Door Counties in 1977, and spent more than 20 years on the bench. He heard many fascinating cases, including the first DNA case in the State of Wisconsin. Richard was a member of the Wisconsin Civil Jury Instruction Committee. His favorite duty was conducting wedding ceremonies. He made house calls, as well as having couples come to the family home to be married. 
Richard enjoyed down-hill skiing and took his family on many ski trips. He also loved traveling throughout the US and abroad with the Greenwood family, especially taking European bicycle trips. He collected stamps and was an accomplished harmonica player. Richard’s tales were so convincing that he had people believing that he owned an island near Key West. 
Richard's strong Christian faith sustained him and during his final journey. The love of his family and friends comforted him. They were of utmost importance to him. He will be sorely missed. 

"Anchors Away and Happy Landings," My Boy.

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from July 3 to July 15, 2018

Louis Albert Troughton, Jr.

Louis A. Troughton Jr, “Lou,” passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 22, 2018 in Virginia Beach, VA, with family by his side. Born October 22, 1926 in Montague, Michigan to Louis and Mildred Troughton. He was the 1st of seven children. Lou was a Navy veteran who attended the U. S. Naval Academy, where he studied Engineering. It was at an Army Navy dance that he met the love of his life, Colleen. They married on December 26, 1948. Together they raised three children and were happily married for 70 years. Lou was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was known for intellectual mind and his MacGyver style of fixing all things. He was an avid reader who had a passion for writing and informing people on everything from politics, technology and healthy living. Lou was outgoing and remained active in the retirement community he and Colleen lived in. He would host trivia games, write articles for the community newsletter and he was always seen walking the grounds talking to people. He touched many lives and will deeply missed. He leaves behind his wife of 70 years, Colleen (Evans) Troughton; his two sons, Kelly and Dale, daughter, Carey; grandchildren Hilary, Shawn, Rachel, Josh; great-grandchildren Meghan, Caitlin, Griffin and Lincoln.

Gilbert Norman Albrecq

Gilbert N. Albrecq, “Gil,” passed away July 21, 2018 at the age of 93 from complications of myelofibrosis & leukemia. His beloved wife, Patricia, his daughter, Shelley Neel and his son, Kenny Albrecq were with him when he left this world. Gilbert was born January 2, 1925 in Danville, Illinois, & was the oldest of four siblings. His mother was Hazel Sloan of Kentucky and his father was Gilbert Albrecq of Forges, Belgium. Gil was so intelligent, kind, funny & generous with everyone he cared about. He never knew a stranger. Gil had a zest for life that never ceased and he never shied away from any new project that struck his fancy. 
His family moved to California in 1940, which then became his "home-state" until he passed away. He had a varied assortment of employment throughout his life, & always boasted that he'd never had a "real" job. He joined the service in 1942 and was a Navy submariner during WW-ll. And, because, as a 17-year old, he fixed a broken piece of machinery on the sub, he was sent to the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. 
When he returned to California, he farmed in the Weed Patch area of Bakersfield for several years, then built & ran the first golf course in the Santa Clarita valley. He learned to play golf at that time and carried a 0-2 handicap for years. After the golf course was destroyed by the flood of 1969, he decided to try his hand at real estate and opened his own office in Newhall. 
Upon meeting his future wife, Patricia Basset in 1971, they evolved from home sales into real estate development, including the creation of new subdivisions, small retail centers, storage buildings and designing and building custom homes. In the 1990's, Gil bought a 227-acre horse ranch in Auburn, California, where he bred and raised racing quarter horses. He was a tireless worker and loved everything there was about "Meadow Creek Ranch" and its 63 mares and foals. In 2007, to be closer to family, Gil and Pat moved south to Lake Isabella and then to Bakersfield. 
He is survived by his wife, Patricia, his son Kenny (Julie), his daughter, Shelley and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his oldest friend of 70 years, Costa Delis & Patrick Kouri, who Gil loved as though he was another son. He was predeceased by his mother, father, sister Alice, sister Leah, brother Robert & his son Charles. We give thanks to Hoffman Hospice and the wonderful care they provided. Anna, Lia, April & Joe Castro were so kind & helpful in a very difficult time. There will be no service.

Philip Howard Thom

                                                        Commander Philip H. Thom U.S. Navy (Ret.) passed away on July 28, 2018 at the age of 91.
                                                  Philip was born October 8, 1926 in Little Rock, AR. He                                                     graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949, receiving a                                                     BS degree and being commissioned ensign in the regular                                                     Navy.
                                                    In 1950, he received his Naval Aviator wings and served as a                                                     commissioned officer until his retirement in 1975. His                                                     assignments included staff under the Commander U.S.                                                     Forces in Europe as well as Operations Officer of U.S. Naval                                                     Air Station, Bermuda. In 1955 Philip was decorated with the                                                     French naval aviator award (Aeronautique Naval) for his role                                                     in qualifying the first French squadron aircraft carrier night landings. He also received two MS degrees and taught at both the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of New Mexico.
Philip will be remembered by his wife of 54 years, Geraldine, his son Roger (Susie) and his daughters from his 1st marriage to Emma Thurber, Cherie (Grover), Irene (Steve), Carol, Amy (Jack), by his brothers Sidney Thom of Little Rock, AR and Ron Thom of Steamboat Springs, CO. He will also be fondly remembered by his 10 grandchildren, Collin, Rhiannon, Hillary, Meredith, Seth, Steven, Alyssa, Sophie, Chloe and Maci as well as 5 great-grandchildren. 
He was an active member of the First Congregational Church in Salt Lake City, UT.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00pm, on Saturday, August 18, at the First Congregational Church, 2150 Foothill Dr., SLC, with Pastor Marijke Rossi officiating. 
There will be an open house in Philip Thom's memory at 3170 S. Kaibab Way, SLC from 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Saturday, August 18.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune Aug. 5, 2018             Posted: 7 Aug 2018