Class Notes
  • 1944 Classmates


    Lynwood Harivel ’44, (shown left) who is 93 years old, living in Jupiter, Florida, sends this photo with classmate Leonard T. Daley ’44 who celebrated his 92nd birthday in March.

  • 1956 Classmate


    Dave Fenderson ’56 and his wife, Margaret attended a Class of 1956 breakfast at Dave’s Diner in Gardiner, Maine on May 15. Ten classmates were in attendance, plus a member of the Class of 1957. Bill Lowell and classmates made various announcements. Jeff Wright gave a MMA update and each attendee received a Deck [of cards] for All Hands gift.

  • 1962 Class Notes


    At the invitation of MMA and in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of their graduation, the Class of 1962 has raised funds for renovation of the existing memorial plaza, located on the south side of the Harold Alfond Student Center.

    The renovation will include a granite stone bearing the names of the graduates who perished at sea and those who gave their lives in service to the nation, state, community and the academy. It will be part of a semi-circular brick wall topped with granite, new paving tiles, and refinishing of the gun. The original plaza was a gift of the Class of 1949, and plaques commemorating that class will be included in the renovation.

    Gifting of the Memorial Plaza to the academy will take place at 11:00 am on August 8, during the 55th Reunion of the Class of 1962 with formal dedication during Homecoming.

Sea Stories
Whisper in a Storm

The training and discipline I learned at MMA has stood me well over the years.

There was the trip through Typhoon Karen in November, 1962, for example. I was a 3rd engineer and engineering watch officer on 8-to-12’s aboard the USNS Breton (T-AKV-42) when she left Guam to ride out the storm at sea. The Breton was launched in 1942 as a 495-ft. auxiliary aircraft carrier; mothballed after WWII; and then recommissioned and designated a troop ship and aircraft ferry when I served aboard.

It was toward the end of my watch when we entered the storm’s eyewall. As is customary, I sent the oiler down to make sure the bilges were dry and to get the propeller turns during the shift to give to the navigators. The oiler did not return.

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  • 1964 Class Notes


    David J. Singstock ’64 writes: “It has been a long time since I communicated with MMA to tell you about myself and what my years at MMA have done for my professional career. I was a distinguished graduate as a marine engineer. The educational background, training and direction from the staff at MMA lighted the fuse for an exemplary career in the U.S. Navy. However, I did sail for a short time with Gulf Oil as a 3rd Engineer. (Prior to coming to MMA, I had previous sea experience in the Merchant Marine.) During my career in the Navy, I was continually placed in positions higher to my current rank. I can only say this was because of my training obtained at MMA. In the Navy, I had many responsible assignments at sea and ashore. I experienced combat duty in Vietnam and operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. During my career, I earned an M.S. degree from George Washington University. Post-retirement from the Navy, I was a Senior T.D. with several companies in the Washington, D.C. area, providing technical services to the Navy. My last 15 years before my second retirement was spent as a T.D. with GDIT at the Missile Defense Agency supporting AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense. Subsequently, I have been a member of several military, political and civic associations.

    “Just thought you would like to know what MMA has done, preparing me for a successful professional career.”

  • 1972 Class Notes


    John O’Reilly ’72 retired from OSG several years ago and lives in Sedgwick, Maine with his wife, Maureen. They both create stained glass works and fused jewelry as Bagaduce Art Glass. Maureen works at the Academy Bookstore and John does adjunct work two hours a week in the MMA Tanker Lab.

  • 1974 Class notes


    Ryan Armstrong ’14 sends news his Chief Engineer, Doug Ritchie ’74 “just retired after 42 years of sailing!” Armstrong is a 3AE aboard ATB Legend, one of Crowley’s 750 class ATBs. (Shown back to front) next to the STBD main engine: Armstrong, 1AE Sean Varney ‘04, 2AE Will Ziadeh ‘13, 1AE Josh DeVos ’10, and C/E Ritchie.

Open to Change

John “Rusty” Frantz ’92 is a key player in several healthcare technology company successes and knows how to transform businesses. But it wasn’t until after he turned around his own life, more than once, that he found his path to success.

In 2015, Frantz became the CEO of NextGen Healthcare, a provider of software solutions for the ambulatory physician market with more than $500 million in revenue. Prior to NextGen, he led a $1B global business, Pyxis, in the delivery of a disruptive global medication management strategy.

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  • 1978 Class Notes


    John Higgins sends a photo and news of the Summer Reunion Class of 1978: “August 11, 2016, several classmates met in Kennebunk, Maine with Father Raymond Auger, a great opportunity to share stories and enjoy Maine at its best! Shown are Father Ray from Melbourne, Florida,
    John F. Higgins from Bristol, England, David Taylor from Ashton, Maryland and John Squitieri, Suffern, New York.”

  • 1980 Class Notes


    Dana “Tuna” Petersen ’80 sends news and a photo: “MMA alumni met up in Washington D.C. on December 17 for the 2016 Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery. (Shown left to right;) Bob Tarrant ‘81, John Lord ‘80, Jim Shirley ‘87 and Dana “Tuna” Petersen ‘80. Bob’s brother Lt. Col. Kevin Tarrant USAF is one of 245,000 service men and women buried at Arlington.”

  • 1983 Class Notes


    After retiring as Director of California Ship Assist and Tanker Escort Services, Nathaniel “Frosty” Leonard ’83 and his wife, Eve moved back to East Boothbay, Maine. Eve still is employed by Copper Valley Telephone in Valdez, Alaska as IT Manager, but works mostly remotely from home. In 2012, Frosty founded Little River Marine Consultants, a marine consulting firm specializing in developing systems and training in high-speed tanker escort and emergency maneuvering with tractor tugs.

    He also has done over-water cargo movement planning for major oil companies producing oil from the North Slope and Russia.

    Currently, Leonard is contracted on a long-term project providing input to a regional advisory committee for the smooth marine contract transition for ship assist, spill response and tanker escort services in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

First Person
Chopper Calling

After graduating with a bachelor’s in Small Vessel Operations, I worked on tugs for a while, but life took me in a different direction. It brought me to the New Hampshire Army National Guard in which I became an UH-60 Blackhawk pilot in a Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) unit.Currently, I lead a Forward Support Medical Platoon. Our job is to operate autonomously in an oftentimes austere combat environment, and provide 24/7 MEDEVAC coverage to our fighting forces. Day or night, if we get a call, we are sprinting to our aircraft.

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  • 1995 Class Notes


    Brian G. Deschenes ’95 was recently promoted to Fire Engineer with the San Antonio (Texas) Fire Department. Deschenes completed 10 years
    of service as a Firefighter with the SAFD in 2016, and spent the last eight years assigned to the department’s Technical Rescue Team. During that time, he also made multiple disaster deployments in support of regional, state and federal operations as a Swiftwater Boat Bowman, a FEMA Logistics Specialist and a FEMA Water Rescue Specialist. He is currently enrolled in the department’s 50th Paramedic class, and expects to graduate this fall. Photo shows Deschenes receiving promotion from Fire Chief Charles Hood (left) and his wife Mindi (“who pinned my badge.”)

  • 1996

    Geoffrey Jay ’96, an Ocean Studies graduate, writes: “I just recently was relocated and promoted by Arcadis North America to Site Manager at a former oil refinery located in Sugar Creek, Missouri.”

    The new site operations job involves a 300-acre former BP/Amoco refinery. “I oversee three gentlemen with our company and two subcontractors. Work includes maintaining remediation systems, groundwater sampling and various administrative duties.

    “It has been a crazy 20 years since leaving MMA, but I’m now settling in as a new Midwesterner, though the change from being on the Chesapeake Bay [he grew up in Maryland] to an area of a few lakes and some small rivers is tough. However, we all adapt.”

  • Got Your Six Coffee


    Greetings from Eric Hadley ’00: “I am founder of Got Your Six Coffee Company. My company is designed to sell coffee, pay the bills and use the profits to help veterans, EMTs, LEOs and Fire Fighters.

    “I am trying to use the necessity of coffee as a catalyst for change in our communities and within the country that I hold so dear. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Please check me out on Facebook and my website:

  • 2005 Class Notes


    David Witzke ’05 lives in Sydney, Australia and works for MUR Shipping as a Commercial Vessel Operator. “After 10 years of overseas sailing,” he writes, “my wife and I moved to Australia where I worked as Master on tugboats, work boats and passenger ferries.”

    After moving to Darwin, Northern Territory, he established the SeaLink Northern Territory passenger ferry service, which runs from Darwin
    Harbor and the Aboriginal community of the Tiwi Islands. “After the birth of our first child, Grace,” he continues, “we moved to Sydney where I have my current position, which includes responsibility for the operations of handy, supra and cape-sized vessels operating in the Asia/Pacific region.

    “The photo shows the ferry Reef Cat, which I operated and sailed as Master for the Aboriginal community of Palm Island off the coast of Queensland near the Great Barrier Reef.”

  • 2012 Class Notes


    Chief Engineer Jon Harrison ‘12 sent a photo of him (left) with ABS inspector Shawn Poulin ‘07 (right) completing annual inspections onboard the HOS Crockett.

    The vessel is a 320-foot, state-of-the-art OSV with DP2 capabilities.The main propulsion onboard is two 3516 Caterpillar Tier 3 engines with Scana reduction gears and CPP propellers rated for 6000 horsepower. The vessel has three C32 Caterpillar thrusters with twin disk reduction gears and CPP propellers totaling 3,900 horsepower. The electrical plant includes two C32 Caterpillar gensets with a combined kilowatt rating of 1430kw to supply a 480 volt electrical bus.

    “I had three years with Hornbeck,” writes Harrison, “onboard the 320 class vessels and have recently taken a new opportunity deep sea with ARC onboard a 650-foot RoRo, the M/V Patriot.”

  • 2014

    Scott Murray ’14 is 2nd Mate for the Grand River Navigation Company, Traverse City, Michigan, and First Class Pilot aboard the ATB Victory / James L Kuber, sailing on the Great Lakes since graduating.

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