November 19, 2012 |
Joseph C. Eliot, 96, of Havertown, a decorated Navy captain, college instructor, and tennis coach, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, of heart disease at the hospice at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park. A graduate of the Naval Academy, Mr. Eliot served aboard the light antiaircraft cruiser San Diego during World War II. As the ship's gunnery officer, he earned a Bronze Star for valor for outstanding performance of duty while directing fire against Japanese aircraft off Okinawa. The San Diego took part in 34 major conflicts in the Pacific, earning 18 battle stars.
September 3, 2012 |
Why would the nation's foremost expert on counterinsurgency choose in his mid-40s to begin mentoring boys at an exclusive prep school on Philadelphia's Main Line? For one elemental reason: the future. "I get to work with a whole lot of smart people doing something that matters for the future of the country," said John A. Nagl. "We can affect education across America from the ideas that are developed here. " Last week's news that Nagl, 46, an Army officer for two decades, had been plucked from a field of 65 to be Haverford School's ninth headmaster, starting July 2013, surprised many; a former colleague guessed he would head up a university.
July 21, 2012 |
Tom McGrath, owner of the Black Sheep Pub in Manhattan, is an ultra-marathoner of some repute. A native of Ireland who first came to the United States in 1969 to play Gaelic football, he has, among other astonishing accomplishments, run across the United States in 53 days, run 24 hours nonstop numerous times, and completed several 1,000-mile solo runs. Many of his runs are dedicated to charity, such as raising money for the pediatrics unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. On Friday, McGrath, 61, will embark on another long jaunt on behalf of a worthy cause.
May 30, 2012 |
IN ANOTHER example of the new era at Penn State, the school posted a video message from new coach Bill O'Brien on Facebook on Memorial Day. O'Brien announced that Penn State's home game against Navy on Sept. 15 will be Military Appreciation Day. "We think it's a great time to come out with your family and friends to honor our military, and especially the Naval Academy, and see some great football at Beaver Stadium," O'Brien said in the message. n
March 27, 2012 |
Brenden Delmonte has committed to attend the Naval Academy, but that might not even be his best water story. Delmonte is a star pitcher and outfielder for Cherry Hill West. He is a top student, a member of the National Honor Society, a two-time president of his class. He plans to study engineering. He is interested in Marine Corps aviation, with an eye toward becoming one of those Top Gun-type fighter pilots. But he's no swimmer. "From five years old, I was all baseball," Delmonte said of avoiding the pervasive swim-club scene in Cherry Hill.
February 14, 2012
When I was in my first year in college, Rob Shutler lived across the hall. He was an architecture student and had many fine qualities, but of course what impressed me was he could do a handstand for two minutes, and when we went skiing once, I saw him with my own eyes do a flip off a ski jump. He said his father was from Northfield, Vt., and that's where Rob had also learned to ski so well. I met his dad back then, but he was a busy guy, a three-star general in the Marine Corps.
February 6, 2012
Meet Shaquil Keels. The senior at Randolph Technical High was recently accepted by the Naval Academy Preparatory School, a yearlong program that offers a gateway to the U.S. Naval Academy. "Class of 2017," he notes proudly. Shaquil introduced himself to me in an e-mail last week. He wanted me to know about his Naval Academy news. "I just thought this would be something good to send to you, being a teen in Philadelphia and all the violence and bad news with teens going on I thought it would be great for you to know this," he wrote.
January 23, 2012 |
AND THEN there was one . . . One senior member, that is, of Lansdale Catholic High's basketball program. Yes, Alex Talarico assures us, the school did have a freshman team in the 2008-09 school year. And that squad, if he remembers correctly, even claimed two or three wins. But along the way, all of Talarico's then-teammates pulled a vanishing act because they wanted to concentrate on other sports, or because they saw they'd never be much of a factor, or because they flat-out lost interest.
January 28, 2011 |
James B. Wilson, 85, a retired Navy vice admiral and Naval Academy official, died of pneumonia Monday, Jan. 24, at Kendal Crosslands, a retirement community in Pennsbury Township. Mr. Wilson graduated from Radnor High School. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 1 in Paoli and became an Eagle Scout. After attending Duke University for a year, he received an appointment to the Naval Academy. In his senior year, he commanded 24 Company, which was presented a flag after winning a midshipmen competition for efficiency.
December 11, 2010 |
COMING OUT of St. Joseph's Prep in 2007, Jeff Battipaglia wasn't sure whether the U.S. Naval Academy was for him. Those initial doubts lingered into the beginning of his time at Annapolis, Md. "First coming [to the Naval Academy], I had a lot of doubts and I was worried," Battipaglia said. "I missed home and all that. " Eventually, he adjusted to Annapolis, but failed to get on the field during his freshman season. At the end of that year, Paul Johnson left Navy to become the coach at Georgia Tech.