This has been a busy year - the first half I worked as Chief Officer on a UAE-based 180-meter yacht. In July I joined a 101-meter yacht as relief Captain. When not sailing I still have my home port of Bainbridge Island with Christina, Ava, And Zoë.
Bob Onstot ’73
August 14, 2016
Note from Bob Onstot's daughters, Shannon Onstot, with Robert Onstot, and Andrea Onstot.
How I will miss this face and this laugh. More than words can say. Dad went out with, of course, the perfect playlist: Bad Company, Brown Eyed Girl, and when the doctor came to check his pulse- Bad to the Bone. Because of course. He touched so many people- so many impressions left on the hospital he's spent the past few months in. So many nurses (aka girlfriends) crying today. Let alone my sister and I and the massive void and massive love he is leaving behind. He'll be with us forever. We've known that forever. Tinkles forever. If there is anything we ask right now it is to please donate blood. Memorial details coming.
Mike Lee ’91-MT
July 18, 2016
Six Cal Maritime grads spanning 3 decades met up at VFW Post 3457 in Garapan, Saipan, CNMI for a 4th of July party. All six are employed by Patriot Contract Services aboard Watson Class vessels USNS Soderman, USNS Dahl, USNS Red Cloud.
(From L to R) Sean Sabeh ’09-MT, Doug Nagy ’89-MT, center back: Cristino Molina ‘10-MT, center front: Phil Crisfield ’91-MT, Mike Lee ’91-MT, Mark Shartel ’91-MET
July 14, 2016
The SS United States Conservancy is pleased to announce the SS United States Crew Reunion & Celebration to be held in Philadelphia, Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18.
The intention is to reach out to as many officers and crew members who served aboard the SS United States as possible, including those who have had an association with the vessel. It promises to be a spectacular occasion that will bring back many wonderful memories and enable all hands to renew old acquaintances.
Registration for the event can be done using the reunion payment form at this link.
Details of the reunion are also included in the above link. The highlight will be a cruise by the Big “U” where she’s docked in Philadelphia. For those who sailed aboard her, the sight will be emotional. Seeing her condition, well, perhaps a tear or two.
For those of you who prefer a printable version where it is possible to mail the Conservancy a check for the total number of guests, it can be found at this link.
Since space is limited we encourage a prompt RSVP. In so doing you will join us in paying tribute not only to her former glory, but a vision of the “Grand Lady” hopefully returning to that glory as the fastest cruise ship in the world!
Oh, if those old uniforms and such still fit, why not bring them along? We’d all appreciate a chuckle.
Welcome Aboard! More importantly, Welcome Back!!
More details will be forthcoming. If in the meantime, there are any questions please contact Reunion Committee Co-Chair, Nick Starace at NickStar2nd@aol.com.
Garrett Huffman, '03-MT
July 13, 2016
Garrett Huffman and his wife, Carolyn, welcome their second son Luke Thomas Huffman on June 27, 2016 at 3:34 p.m, weighing in at 9 lbs, and 1 oz.
Marc Wentford Webster, '99BA
July 8, 2016
Captain Marc Wentford Webster, 56 of Vallejo, passed away June 11. He was born in Oakland, and served 36 years in the Military Sealift Command (Merchant Marine). Marc attended Harry Ells High School and California Maritime Academy. He was Captain, Military Sealift Command (Merchant Marine) and enjoyed travelling, literature, writing and baseball.
Survived by his mother, Nona Webster of Vallejo; step-mother, Linda Webster of Santa Rosa, and brother, Scott Webster of Portsmouth, VA. Preceded in death by his father, Staten Webster.
A celebration of life will be Saturday, July 9 at 10 a.m., at California Maritime Academy, Dining Center, Compass Room, Vallejo.
Mike Pullman, '87MET
July 5, 2016
We held an informal memorial for Mark Peterson '88D in Bremerton, WA in late April at one of Mark’s favorite watering holes “The Horse Cow” and we spread some of his ashes in the bay. It was a nice sendoff and I have included a couple photos below.
Paul Nave, '69E
June 30, 2016
After a career spanning 47 years in the maritime industry, Paul Nave '69E has decided to take the path to retirement. Having sailed on steamships (including Victory and Mariner class vessels) as well as factory fishing trawlers and tugboats, his career changed into project management culminating into several large projects including disaster relief to the earthquake-torn Haitian capital of Port au Prince, assisting in getting the port operational after the massive destruction to the facilities there.
Living now with his wife Mary of 40 years in rural Issaquah Washington, some travel as well as hiking the local hillsides are on the agenda.
Cal Maritime has provided Paul a wonderful, varied career and lifestyle which he would not trade for anything.
As the school continues to grow and evolve it is only getting better each year offering its students and alumni more of what life has to offer.
Stuart Parrish Keddie, '81D
June 14, 2016
Stuart Parrish Keddie, 58, died on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Stuart was born on September 5, 1957, to Douglas and Elizabeth Keddie, in Phoenix, AZ. The family moved to Yuma in 1959. Stuart graduated from Yuma High School and California Maritime Academy and was married for a few years to Kelli Piccini. He is survived by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Cam and Kevin Foster-Keddie of Olympia, WA, and Sarah and Brad Klann of San Diego, CA, and by his brother and sister-in-law, Hamilton and Ana Keddie of Phoenix, AZ, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Stuart was blessed to grow up in Yuma surrounded by dear friends, and he was lucky to spend his last few years here. A memorial gathering will take place at Lutes Casino on Thursday, June 16, at 4pm.
Max Miller, '71MET
May 20, 2016
Captain Max Robert Miller, Jr. '71MET, 67, died Friday, April 22, 2016, in Calhoun County, MS. A memorial service was held on April 28, 2016, at College Hill Presbyterian Church with Reverend Justin McGuire officiating. Read More >>
Eric Cooper, '05MT
May 16, 2016
Alumni in attendance at the Pirates at the Palace event in Santa Barbara, CA.
From Left to Right: Eric Cooper '05, Robert Jensen '83, Peter Yinger '82, David Boatner '78, Mark Grosshans '80, Jeff Cowan '75, (Host) Robin Gauss, George Garcia '88, Tim Spencer '89, Dick Hegeman '59, Eric Ireland '81, Andy Stanojevich '92
KC Korwatch, '10ME
May 6, 2016
Reporting to Kevin Daigneault, Director of Gear and Assembly / Test Operations, Kent (K.C.) Korwatch '10ME was selected to the position of Process Area Technical Manager, Assembly and Gearing. KC has been with Northrop Grumman for over 6 years as a Manufacturing Engineer, and has developed into a key subject matter expert overseeing turbine and reduction gear design, build processes and technical project management for major PPG programs including MPU and MRG.
Malcolm Jones, '06MT
April 24, 2016
From Brad Klann '81D: Meantime the TSGB departed the emerald city of Vallejo and berthed at Pier 15 in SF to commence Cruise 2016....and our friend Malcolm Jones '06MT guided her on the Crowley Tug (no I'm not crazy I see the anchor down...too old to see the anchor ball)
Loren Andersen, '15MET
April 14, 2016
From Charlotte and Robert Andersen (parents of Loren): Our son graduated last year so now we are always interested when we discover and meet CMA alumni.
We were on the Royal Carribean Oasis of the Seas last week and our Captain was Rob Hempstead '86NIT. We saw his bio in the passenger newsletter. Before our son went to CMA, we never paid attention...
Troy Leverton, '07FET
March 30, 2016
Barely 8 months after marrying my wife Sarah in October 2014, I accepted a position with Walt Disney Imagineering in Southern CA, designing control and electrical systems for rides to be installed in Disney's parks worldwide. After several years working on controls, first in boiler rooms and then in food/beverage and pharmaceutical plants, the new job is proving to be my biggest challenge yet. Moving to the LA area was never really in our plans, but the close proximity to several friends and fellow alumni has been great and we are really enjoying it down here.
Ralph William Moore, '43D
March 28, 2016
Ralph William Moore passed away on March 12, 2016 in Napa, CA. He was 94 years old.
He was born on December 3, 1921, in Oakland, CA, the only child of Thelma G. and Ralph A. Moore. Most of his childhood was spent in San Rafael, CA. Ralph graduated from San Rafael High School in 1939 and graduated from the California Maritime Academy in June of 1943. Ralph then served in the Merchant Marine during WWII as a third and second mate on Liberty and Victory ships. On March 10, 1945, he and Loraine White of San Anselmo, CA were married in San Rafael. Following WWII, Ralph and Loraine raised a family in Vallejo and moved to Napa in 1965. Read More >>
Edward "Patch" Lanman, '71D
March 26, 2016
Ed "Patch" Lanman of Daphne, AL passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016 at the age of 65. He was born on April 4, 1950 in Plymouth, MA to Everett & Dorothy Lanman of Plymouth. He is survived by his parents, his sister Carol Yovanovich (Mike) of Daytona Beach, FL and sister Cathi Weeden (Warren) of Walpole, MA. Patch leaves behind his wife Angela and his children by heart and soul Julianna Vazquez of FL, Moriah of WA and Justice of TX.
Patch graduated from Plymouth-Carver High School in 1968 and from California Maritime Academy in 1971 with a BS in Nautical Science.
Patch traveled the world on cruises aboard the Maritime Academy's "Golden Bear" ship and was chief navigator on one of the world's largest tuna boats. He held navigational positions in Port Suez, Egypt and Athens, Greece. He was also a tugboat operator in Seattle and Port Manager of Long Beach, CA. His last position was as a Marine Insurance Investigator covering AL, CA and TX.
Patch's passion was the beauty and challenges of the open sea where he'll be returned to his love of the sea.
Cameron Clark, '03ME
March 18, 2016
Future Cal Maritime alum! Kai, son of Rising Star Award recipient, Cameron Clark '03ME, wore his Cal Maritime tee at the Citywide Ferry Press Conference yesterday in New York.
Andrew Manning, '17MT
March 14, 2016
On Saturday, March 12th, Cal Maritime cadets took an interior tour of the USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) and exterior tour of the Pride of America. Joel Aldrich '01BA showed the cadets around the entire way while Dennis Deisinger '85NIT met up with us at the safety brief at the beginning. From left to right: Michael Flores, Autumn Benson, Brian Jacobson, Kyle Bertotti, Andrew Manning, Joel Aldrich, Shane Haggerty, Emmanuel Zamora, Kyle Dale, Aaron Lotz, and Sean Furlanic.
Chris Peterson, '86-MT
February 24, 2016
Class of ‘86 alumnus Chris Peterson, Vice President at Crowley Maritime, unveiled the new Motor Tanker Florida model, which is now on display in the Student Services building earlier this morning. Read more >>
Piet Van Os, '07-MT
February 15, 2016
Cal Maritime President Tom Cropper has appointed Barend (Piet) Van Os to the California State University Alumni Council Board. Members of the board work as a representative voice of the CSU's three million alumni and play an active role in helping to shape CSU policy and participate in strategic decision-making. Read more >>
Konner Triplett-Gold, '15-GSMA
Brian Edmiston, '15-MT
January 31, 2016
It's official! After almost 6 years of dating, my best friend (Brian Edmiston) proposed to me (Konner Triplett-Gold) in the most beautiful and thoughtful way. I still can't believe it! I am so excited to see what life has in store for us, and I am extremely excited to be a part of such a wonderful family!