Marion “Mimi” G. Riegert
Soli Deo Gloria
Marion G. “Mimi” Riegert died unexpectedly in Colorado Springs, CO, on November 8, 2013. She was 81. She and her husband, Colonel T. Paul Riegert, were married for almost 57 years. Born in Washington, DC, November 4, 1932, she grew up in Alexandria and attended Saint Agnes School. She then went to Bryn Mawr College and American University before becoming a CIA analyst. She and Paul met teaching Sunday School together at Alexandria Baptist Church and went on to lead many church youth groups and Christian Charity and Service efforts at home and abroad. She supported Paul through a 26-year Marine Corps career and beyond, finally settling back in Northern Virginia. She was a dedicated, faithful and encouraging wife, mother, sister, friend, and business associate. She led a joyful and inspired life bolstered by her faith in Jesus. She was brilliant (knew seven languages) and yet humble and had a joy and zest for life that touched everyone she knew. It was Mimi’s life ambition that everyone she knew would eventually join her in praising the Lord. She loved to sing and her final words in this life, which couldn’t be more perfect, were “Holy, Holy, Holy,” ”Alleluia,” and “Thank you” as she sang along to praise music.
Following her lead, the family offers our thanks. Thank you for joining us in celebrating her life. Thank you for your friendship, thoughtfulness, love, dedication, and service.
Mimi is survived by her husband, Paul, their four children and spouses and 17 grandchildren: Glenis and Ken Pittman and their sons, Andrew and Adam Pittman; Jamie and Karen Riegert and their children, Elizabeth, Philip, Kenneth, Suzanne and Josephine Riegert; Dolly and Joel Woodruff and their children, Noah, Idan, Gloria and Esther Woodruff; Paul and Aimee Riegert and their children Emma, Paul, Abby, Bobby and Lydia Riegert. She is predeceased by her parents, Raymond and Glenis Gralton, her brother, Robert Gralton, and her granddaughter, Katherine Riegert. Her sister, The Rev. Glenis Gralton Mollegen died three weeks after Mimi’s death.
Mimi was a long time active member of The Falls Church Anglican in Falls Church, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Mimi’s honor to the Falls Church Anglican www.TFCAnglican.org/give), Special Love (www.specialove.org), or the Injured Marine Semper Fi fund. (http://semperfifund.org).
The Family (Glennis Pittman)
Rear Admiral William McCombe Callaghan, Jr.
July 10, 1925 - December 22, 2013
Born into a Navy family, William M. Callaghan, known as Bill, proudly followed in the footsteps of his father and uncle, becoming the fifth admiral in his family. After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1949, he became a naval aviator in 1952. He received an Aeronautical Engineering degree from the College of Aeronautics in Cranfield, England in 1958. As a carrier pilot, he recorded over 500 night time landings - a record at the time. He commanded two aircraft carriers, the USS Bennington (CVS-20) and the USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2). RADM Callaghan served as the Chairman of the US Delegation to the Joint Brazil - United States Military Commission and as the Head of the Naval Mission to Brazil. His final tour was as Commander Fleet Air Mediterranean, where he held additional NATO responsibility for all maritime air units in the Mediterranean.
A devout Catholic his entire life, Bill was active in retirement as a Knight of Malta and for many years organized the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes for the Washington association. He loved to travel, study history, take photographs, and enjoy the company of his family and friends. Bill was predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Reidy Callaghan, who passed away in 2009. He is survived by his 3 sons and their families: William McCombe Callaghan III and his wife Bella of Orinda, CA, and their three sons Adan, Liam and Galen; Charles Edward Callaghan of San Francisco, CA, and his three children Caitlin, Larkin and Connor; and Andrew Carey Callaghan and his wife Debbe of Norwich, VT, and their three children Natalia, Gracie and Tony. Admiral Callaghan will be remembered for his unimpeachable integrity, his strong faith, his infectious sense of humor and his positive attitude. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in honor of Admiral Callaghan be made to the Annual Appeal of the Federal Association of the Knights of Malta, in support of their annual trip to Lourdes: Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta - Federal Association, U.S.A. •• 1730 M Street, NW Suite 403, Washington, DC 20036. Charles Callaghan January 21, 2014
Roy R . Grayson
CAPT Roy R Grayson, USN (Retired), U. S. Naval Academy class of `49, passed away in Lamar, Missouri on Jan 27, 2014 from pneumonia at age 88. Roy was born in N. Little Rock on Dec 30, 1925. Preceding him in death are: his wife of 46 years, Carolyn Howard, his second wife of 10 years, Mary Lester, his brother, Clyde Grayson, and his sister, Vivian Carr. Roy's hobbies were sailing, traveling, being helpful to his charities and to his church, and to the Gideons International group, donating Bibles. Roy is survived by many loved ones. First, his eight children: David Grayson with wife Donna, PA, Cathy Cook, Ft. Smith, AR, Steve Grayson with wife Angie, SC, Sue Pumphrey with husband Tom, USNA `76, AL, Anne Mitchell, MO, Linda Eagan, GA, Chuck Grayson, NC, and Jim Grayson with wife Cheri, MO. Of Roy's 8 kids, 6 are veterans. We want to pass along to all that he tried valiantly to teach us to sail, he gave us white glove inspections following our weekly cleaning chores, he lined us up by age for instructions, and he took us frequently to USNA to watch sporting events. Second, of Roy's grandchildren, veterans: AF officer Matt Cook OK, Jerry Mitchell IV USMA class of `04 (Ft Benning), Dan Grayson, Chris Pumphrey, and Ricky Self are Navy veterans, & Shelby Dawes, USAF; other grandchildren are Shawn Feagans MD, Lisa Rasche AR, Mike Grayson NY, Janie Pumphrey PA, Robin P. Goldman MS, Bonnie Pumphrey AL, Monty Mitchell MO, Shannon Mitchell NH, Cody Mitchell FL, Erin Howell GA, and Kelly Piazza TN. Roy has 5 great-granddaughters and 2 great-grandsons with 2 more babies on the way. Thirdly, Roy is survived by these, with their families: Helen Helt OK, Monty and June Howard OK, Phillip Grayson TX, Nancy Kay Forrester TX, Bud and Anna Jo Carr TX, Ruth Brown OK, Harry and Carol Hix OK, Ken and Nelda Helt OK, Monty & Steve Howard MD, Lisa Buchanan LA, Carolyn Coombs OK, Mary Howard CA, Janie Self OK, Jeff Howard, & Monty Howard. Roy ran a tight ship and will be missed. Fair winds and following seas, Dad. by Sue Pumphrey.
The Oklahoman on Jan. 31, 2014
Charles W. Meyrick
CDR Charles Walter Meyrick, U. S. Navy (Ret) died at home in Sarasota, FL January 22, 2014 following a 2-year battle with cancer and Alzheimer’s. Charley was born July 18, 1925 and raised in Green Bay, WI. He joined the aviation cadet program during WWII. However, before seeing an airplane he received an appointment to the Naval Academy, entering with the Class of 1949 in June of 1945. Academics were no problem and he joined the crew squad plebe year earning a seat in the “first boat” which he held all 4 years, the highlight being winning the Poughkeepsie Regatta in 1947. Charley was a distinguished graduate earning a BS degree and being commissioned ensign in the regular Navy June 3, 1949.
Charley had a delay in reporting to his first duty station to allow him to row in his last regatta at Poughkeepsie. The shell was re-rigged to give Navy a better chance of winning with Charley as stroke. Navy didn’t win, but made a good showing. A second delay reporting occurred July 2, 1949 when he married Vivian (Viki) Dale his Navy wife, helpmate, and companion for almost 65 years. Charley went through flight training at fields in the Pensacola and Corpus Christi areas, becoming a Naval Aviator in 1951 starting a long career in aviation. Following temporary duty in White Sands, NM working in the early stages of Navy drone development, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School earning a BS in Aeronautical Engineering. Then to MIT, where he earned his MS in Aeronautical Engineering in 1956. With his expertise more beneficial to the Navy as an engineer than a combat pilot, Charley agreed to be re-designated an AEDO. Subsequent duties performed in program management areas were in California, Florida, and Washington, with an interesting tour in Paris, before retirement in November 1967. Moving to New England Charley pursued his lifelong dream of sculpturing. One of his marks is the Bicentennial memorial for Bedford, MA. He handed down his love of sculpturing over the years to many students, some proclaiming themselves as “Charley’s Angels.” His engineering and management skills were used by Raytheon Corp in the Sparrow Missile Program and then at John Hopkins, Applied Physics Laboratory in satellite and biomedical engineering work, as well as drone and GPS technologies. Charley is survived by wife, Viki; children, Charles and Dale; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and God-children Jesse and Nicole Wong. A memorial service was held at Covenant Life Presbyterian Church in Sarasota February 2, 2014. Inurnment will be at the U. S. Naval Academy Columbarium at a later date. Donations may be made Navy Crew Excellence Fund in memory of Charles W. Meyrick, ’49 at USNA Foundation (Attn: Rusty Yeiser) 291 Wood Road, Beach Hall, Annapolis, MD 21402. Charley will be missed – his Head for his intellect, his Hands for his Artistry, and his Heart for his courage.
Posted: March 8, 2014
Barbara Glickman passed away on February 16. A graduate of Finch College and the Kew Forest School, she taught in the New York City Public School System for over 30 years, frequently at P.S. 6. She was married for over 50 years to her soul mate, Richard, and was a devoted mother and grandmother. Recipient of the Jessica Cosgrove Award, she was active in the Finch Alumni Association. She was a board member of the Women's Auxiliary at Temple Emanu-El and a gifted and enthusiastic speaker who lectured at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
She is survived by her children, Andrew and Suzanne, daughter-in-law Julie Cohen, grandson Eli Glickman, and her sister Sondra Percy. Services were held Wednesday, February 19, 12 noon at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Avenue at 65th Street.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Barbara Glickman Fund at the Temple Emanu-El Religious School.
Published in The New York Times Posted: March 9,2014
Vice Admiral Glenwood Clark, USN (Ret.), passed away November 19, 2013 at the age of 86, surrounded by his family. Admiral Clark was born in Shreveport, LA on December 18, 1926. He attended Louisiana State University from September 1943 to December 1944, where he was a member and President of the local chapter of Sigma Chi fraternity. He enlisted in the Navy in December 1944 and entered the U. S. Naval Academy in June 1945. After graduation he and Myrtle (Tookie) Conrad were married on June 9, 1949 in her hometown of Breaux Bridge, LA. After graduation with distinction from the U. S. Naval Academy in June 1949, he served on USS SPERRY (DD 697) until July 1951. During this period SPERRY was deployed for 11 months in the Korean War zone. He subsequently served in the Atlantic Fleet Amphibious Force until the summer of 1954, first as air controller in TACRON 6 and then as Operations Officer of USS CARTER HALL (LSD 3). From August 1954 until June 1957, Admiral Clark attended the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, completing his thesis work at the Radiation Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley. He received a Master of Science in Physics from the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School in June 1957. Following graduate school, he served in the Navy's first TALOS missile cruiser, USS GALVESTON (CLG 3) as Missile Officer until March 1960. He subsequently served until March 1963 at the Atomic Energy Commission's Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, Livermore, California as a nuclear weapon design physicist and was co-designer of two experimental high yield thermonuclear warheads tested at Christmas Island. From 1963 to 1966 he served as a nuclear weapon development officer in the Defense Atomic Support Agency, Washington, DC. In 1966 Admiral Clark reported to the Navy's Special Projects Office (now Strategic Systems Programs Office). Before becoming Technical Director in November 1977 he served as Deputy Technical Director (1976-7); Head, Fire Control and Guidance Branch (1970-6); Head, Launcher and Handling Branch (1968-70); and Head, Missile Engineering Section (1966-8). From November 1980 through July 1985, Admiral Clark served as Director, Strategic Systems Programs. He was responsible for all aspects of the research, development, production, and operational support of the Navy's submarine Fleet Ballistic Missile Weapon Systems, which included the POLARIS, POSEIDON, TRIDENT I, AND TRIDENT II weapon systems. He was also the U. S. Project Officer responsible for managing all U. S. government activities in support of the British POLARIS/TRIDENT II programs. From July 1985 until his retirement on July 1, 1988 he commanded the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. Subsequent to his retirement from the Navy he served as: Senior Vice President of Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc until April 1994; a director of Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc (1990-9); a member of the Space Advisory Board, JHU/APL (1991-9); and a Director of Bell Geospace, Inc. (1997-9). His military decorations include two Navy Distinguished Service Medals, the Legion of Merit, the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and three Navy Unit Commendation Medals. In addition to his military awards, Admiral Clark was honored by the Navy League of the United States as the recipient of the 1980 Rear Admiral William S. Parsons Award for scientific and technical progress in the Navy. In 1988 he was also honored as the recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Missile Systems Award. In June 1990 his wife, Tookie Clark, launched the nuclear attack submarine, USS ALEXANDRIA (SSN 757). Vice Admiral Clark is survived by his wife of 64 years, Tookie and their two children, John Glenwood Clark of Los Angeles, CA and Pamela Clark Brown of Landenberg, PA and two grandchildren. The Clarks have been residents of Alexandria, VA since 1963. A Memorial Mass is to be held at 10 a.m. on March 29 at Blessed Sacrament Church, 1427 West Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22302. Interment will be at United States Naval Academy on April 24, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the TechnoServe at https://donate.technoserve.org/page/contribute/donate, an organization that provides business solutions to poverty. We think of our father's work as creating peace through deterrence. Giving to help third world countries continues the peace effort by stabilizing the world economy.
Washington Post on Mar. 27, 2014
Shepherd M. Jenks
On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, Reverend Shepherd Martin Jenks, CAPT, U. S. Navy (Retired), passed quietly from this world after a prolonged illness and complications related to Alzheimer's disease.
Shep was born in 1926, son of Christopher Martin Jenks and Frances (Phillips) Jenks. He was a person of great congeniality and humanity who dedicated his life to the service of others; first as a career naval officer, then as a deacon in the Episcopal Church. As a young man, he epitomized in deportment and performance the classic conceptions of American youth dedicated to their country and the military service. An element in the network of world history, significant to the security of our country - a young man who dedicated his life and abilities to millions of Americans. In 1958, he was selected by the National Junior Chamber of Commerce as one of the country's top ten young men.
He graduated from St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., then graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949 then served on USS BAYFIELD in the Korean War. In 1951, he attended the Naval Submarine School and qualified on USS BLACKFIN. In 1954, he received nuclear power training and served on the USS NAUTILUS.
In 1958, Shepherd was the navigator on NAUTILUS when it made history as the first submarine to reach the North Pole. He masterfully navigated the nuclear powered NAUTILUS from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic via the North Pole, travelling over 1,800 miles under the ice pack without benefit of celestial, visual, or other external aids to navigation.
He was the commissioning engineering officer of USS GEORGE WASHINGTON and was aboard during the first Polaris missile firing from a submarine and the first Polaris patrol. He served: as commanding officer of USS SKIPJACK (then the world's fastest submarine); commander of the USN Nuclear Power Training Unit in West Milton; commanding officer of USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN; and commanding Officer of USS FULTON.
In 1971, he retired and moved to California to work for Bechtel Corporation. He was generous with his time and knowledge, speaking to innumerable veterans groups and other civic groups. He renewed his amateur radio license in 2010 and was active in the Benicia Amateur Radio Club. He enjoyed sail and motor yachting. He sailed a 27' boat from California to Hawaii with his wife, Nancy.
Always active in the Episcopal Church, Shep was a member of the Knights Templar and Hospitaller and was ordained as a deacon in 1981. He served at St. Stephen's in Tiburon; Christ the Lord Church in Pinole; St. Andrew's in Honolulu; and St. Paul's in Benicia. For many years, Shep served on the board for the Fund for the Diaconate providing support for deacons facing financial distress. He also served on the Commission on Ministry of the Diocese of California, and the Board of the School for Deacons. He was a respected and beloved mentor for many working towards ordination. Not content to merely be a leader, he was actively engaged in convalescent ministry, pastoral ministry, and worked at homeless shelters in San Francisco and Hawaii.
From 1954 to 1982 he was married to Barbara (Hayes) Jenks (d. 2003). He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Nancy (Luard) Jenks; his daughter, Deborah (Jenks) Reichhold; and his son, Shepherd Jenks Jr.; his step-sons, Jim, Steve, Peter, and Sam Wallis; his grandchildren, Chris Reichhold, Perry Jenks, Zosia Jenks; and step-grandson, Julien Bittel.
Services were held Friday, May 2, 2014 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Benicia, Calif. His ashes will be scattered at sea.
Published in The Day on Apr. 13, 2014 Posted: April 22, 2014
John H. Koach
Jack Koach passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Sarasota, Fl. He is survived by: his wife, Beverly; and two sons, Randy and Brad. Jack was born June 20, 1925 and graduated from Sarasota High School in 1943 and went immediately into the Navy Aviation Cadet Program. He received an appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy and graduated in 1949. Jack became a Navy carrier pilot, becoming commanding officer of the oldest fighter squadron in the US Navy, during which time he received the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions during the Vietnam War.
After 33 years on active duty, he retired in Washington, DC. and became an officer in an investment firm. He was currently living at Glenridge.
His memorial service was held April 14, 2014 at 1st Presbyterian Church, Oak St., Sarasota. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Dial Hope Foundation, Inc., PO Box 49992, Sarasota, FL, 34230.
Published in Herald Tribune from Apr. 6 to Apr. 7, 2014