Ronald Glenn Wallace

Ronald Glenn Wallace, 76, a resident of Fort Myers, FL, passed away at home on June 24, 2020. Born in 1943 in Puyallup, WA, Ron grew up in Richland, WA, a town built on the Columbia River by the US government to house the scientists, engineers, and support personnel for the Hanford plutonium enrichment site’s role in the Manhattan Project’s atomic bomb production.

Ronald Glenn Wallace

Ronald Glenn Wallace

In Richland, Ron attended Marcus Whitman K-6, Chief Joseph Junior High, and Columbia High School, whose sports teams were called the Bombers. Committed to scouting, Ron rose to the Order of the Arrow, adopting the name of Kum Tux Pike Tilicum. Surrounded by the scientists and engineers from Hanford, Ron’s interest in all things electronic began very early, both in ham radio and in building all manner of electronic gizmos, something he continued doing throughout his life. Ron told wonderful stories of his father’s support for his projects and of the disruptive efforts to participate by his two younger brothers.

Ron got his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. at the University of Washington, with his undergraduate studies funded by a gymnastics scholarship (he was a successful competitive trampolinist) and Air Force ROTC, the latter of which also funded his graduate work. Serving for four years in the Viet Nam era’s Air Force Electronic Systems Command, Ron designed, installed, and troubleshooted satellite communications networks, often TDY from his base at Hanscome Field, near Boston, MA, and he was Captain Wallace when honorably discharged.

It was while serving in the Air Force that Ron met his future wife, Naomi Bloom, then completing her MBA at Boston University. With his discharge in hand and Naomi’s new degree, Ron and Naomi were married in Boston before spending their honeymoon tent camping across the US, with myriad stops along the way to visit first Naomi’s East Coast and then Ron’s West Coast family and friends. Their shared love of travel, as well as visits with far flung family and friends, was a passion in which they indulged throughout their married life.

Ron and Naomi settled in what’s now called Silicon Valley (but was then still mostly fruit orchards) for a few years before they headed to the Washington, DC area in 1977. Having developed an interest in American Indian pottery, weaving, and kachina during their honeymoon’s foray into the southwest, they spent much of their limited vacation time while living in California in and around historical Indian lands, collecting as they went.

Settling in Fairfax, VA, Ron began his full-time work for ORI, often under contract to NASA, and his part-time PhD studies in satellite communications theory at George Washington University from which he earned his Engineer Degree, a non-thesis alternative to the PhD. By then Ron had joined NASA, where he became the mission manager for terrestrial search and rescue as well as an American delegate to COSPAS/SARSAT. This international program for terrestrial search and rescue relied on satellite signal processing to locate vessels lost at sea, downed planes, and lost back country travelers.

While based in Northern VA, Ron and Naomi expanded greatly their travels, with both of them traveling for business and pleasure at every opportunity. They also took up sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, starting with their Catalina 27, “La Princesa,” and then moving up to a Caliber ’40, “Mar-Lin Nights.” Gunkholing on the Chesapeake, taking full advantages of DC’s cultural riches, and seeing as much of the world as possible while working very long hours, Ron and Naomi packed two years of living into every calendar year while still spending as much time as possible with a growing circle of friends, family, colleagues, fellow boaters and travelers.

Ron and Naomi moved to Fort Myers, FL in 1999 for Naomi’s health, designing and building their dream home, “Casa de Ranas.” Ron took early retirement from NASA to make the move possible, and he then took charge of home, boat, and so much more while Naomi continued her career in enterprise software. Getting involved with the Sanibel-Captiva Power Squadron, to include teaching both marine electronics and communications, and driving cancer patients to their treatments for the “Road to Recovery” program were just two of the many ways in which Ron put down roots in and contributed to his adopted hometown. When handling a blue water sailboat became too much for Naomi, they had built and commissioned in 2010 an American Tug ’34, “SmartyPants,” so that they could continue much loved evenings at anchor.
Together with his wife, and often accompanied by family and friends, Ron traveled the world, from Uluru in Australia, Petra in Jordan, and Machu Pichu in Peru, to the great capital cities of Europe and South America. He enjoyed weeks of London theater and museums and all the other cultural riches of major cities, but he also enjoyed taking the road less traveled, going right off the map to see what those dotted line roads might offer. In terms of philanthropy, Ron and Naomi put their money where their hearts were, supporting the arts, education, public TV/radio, investigative journalism, and much more.

When cancer struck in 2005, Ron beat it and was able to enjoy a long period of great health and full remission. When a different, very aggressive and treatment-resistant cancer struck in 2018, Ron tackled it with his trademark optimism, taking each failed treatment with equanimity and moving on to the next. We are very grateful to Dr. William Harwin for all he did to help Ron and Naomi in their second cancer battle, and to Flora Gadson and Laszlo Hegedus for taking such good care of us and of our home.

Ron is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Naomi Lee Bloom; his sister Arlene Anne (Wallace) Towne of Yuma, AZ; his brothers Chester Dee (known as “Dee”) Wallace of Sierra City, CA; Dennis Earl (Sandy) Wallace of Redmond, OR; and Randolph Lee (known as “Randy”) (Deeannamarie) Wallace; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Irwin Isaac Weitz and Marsha Bloom Weitz; and a great many, much-loved nieces/nephews and great nieces/nephews. Ron was predeceased by his wonderful parents, Chester Stollard Wallace and Grace Tallman Wallace, his brother-in-law Carl T (known as “Ted”) Towne, and his nieces Vicki Lea Towne and Rebekah Wallace.

In Fort Myers, Ron was a passionate supporter of the Florida Repertory Theatre. To help other young gymnasts at the University of Washington, Ron supported the non-profit Washington Men’s Gymnastic Foundation. Donations to either of these organizations in Ron’s memory would be a great kindness. When it’s safe to travel and gather, celebrations of Ron’s life will be held in Fort Myers and in his beloved Pacific Northwest where the Wallace clan is concentrated.

Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.

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Jean Hardell Crane Carl

On April 26, 2020, Jean Carl went to be with the Lord. Born on February 27, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Mamie Hardell Crane and William Lucius Crane. She was preceded in death by her parents and her two sisters, Alice Crane Hoen and Barbara Crane Arndt.

Jean is survived and was surrounded by the love of her life, her devoted husband of 72 years, Donald Kenneth Carl; as well as daughter, Donna Carl Henderson and husband, David Henderson of Bedford, VA; son, Kenneth William Carl and wife, Delores Estes Carl of Mineral, VA and daughter, Marie Carl Lilly and husband, Ben R. Lilly of Dayton, VA. She is also survived by her grandchildren: William Owen Carl, Orange, VA; Kelly Henderson Dye, Mooresville, NC.; Zebulon Carl Lilly, Harrisonburg, VA; Whitney Carl King and husband, Keith King, Mineral, VA, William Boyd Lilly, and wife Whitney Lilly of Harrisonburg, VA. She enjoyed and was delighted by her great grandchildren: Colin King, Lauren King, Brody King, Justin Dye and Finnegan Lilly. The love of many devoted nieces and nephews filled her life with joy along with a special longtime friend, Fern Kauffman.

Jean was born and grew up in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Class of 1944. She lived most of her adult life in Kensington, MD. In 2014, she and Don moved to Bedford, VA. She was an RN nurse trained during WWII in the Cadet Nurse Program. Her nurses’ training was at Garfield Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC.

As a homemaker and housewife, she enjoyed family camping, boating, ice skating and other water sports. Jean, the First Mate, and Don, the Captain, cruised for years onboard their beloved vessel, Donje, on the Chesapeake Bay. They made two journeys on the Great Loop traveling north on the inland waterway from Maryland to the Great Lakes. Then they continued these voyages down the Mississippi into the Gulf, to the Bahamas and up the inland waterway back to Solomons Island, MD. She was an avid seamstress as well as a Bridge and Rummy player.

Jean was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and then Bethesda First Baptist Church in Bethesda, Maryland. She attended Bedford Baptist Church in Bedford, Virginia. She was a Brownie Scout Leader. She volunteered with handicapped children. She was a member of the Rockville Sail & Power Squadron in Maryland. Don has been a member of the United States Power Squadron since 1962. Jean joined in 1975. Their active days pre-date 1973, the inception date of what is now America’s Boating Club Rockville. With 39 merit marks to their name, they certainly were a long-haul couple working to benefit the organization.

Jean’s family greatly appreciates the wonderful loving care that Jean received during her final years at the Bedford County Nursing Home. Jean had been in poor health since a fall she took in 2017 and had been in a nursing home for the last two years. Although the nursing home was in lockdown since March 13th, her death was not coronavirus-related. The family requests those wishing to make memorials consider: Bedford Baptist Church, 1516 Oakwood Street, Bedford, VA 24523, Alzheimer’s Association, 3739 National Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612 or a charity of your choice.

A memorial funeral service to celebrate her life with burial at Arlington National Cemetery will be held at a later date. Tharp Funeral Home &
Crematory, Bedford, is assisting the family. To send condolences online, please visit

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Dick Jarmon, SN

We have just learned that P/N/F/L Dick Jarmon, SN, has passed away. Among active members of our squadron, no one (but his wife, Pat) holds a candle to Richard Jarmon in of service to Birmingham, District 9 and USPS.

Dick was born in New York State on June 28, 1934, and passed away as the result of injuries from a fall on April 14, 2020.

Dick Jarmon

Dick Jarmon

Dick is survived by his loving wife, Patricia, of 50 years, a son, Jeff (Shirley) Jarmon, in Missouri, a daughter, Laura (Ken) Burgett, in Mt. Clemens, MI, a sister, Mary Pierpont (significant other, Howard Yoas), five grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, and his beloved dog, Sunshine.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

Dick enjoyed a long career at GM Delco Division, but we all knew him as a Member of United States Power Squadrons and Birmingham Power Squadron.

Dick joined Birmingham Power Squadron in 1966, when our meetings were held at a very smoky Kingsley Inn and membership was by invitation only.  Dick was teaching our public boating classes in Bloomfield Hills in the mid-1960s, when we taught a 13-week class and had hundreds of students in each class.  He continued to teach Basic Boating for years, adapting more or less as the class was shortened to 9, 8, 7 & 6 weeks.  He and Pat continued to teach boating safety until 2008 when Power Point and other electronics replaced Dick’s blackboard and overhead slides. What an amazing service.  Dick was proud to have been nominated as District 9 Teacher of the Year.

Dick also completed his Full Certificate (today a Senior Navigator) with various elective courses through the years finishing with a Weather Class taught by Mt Clemens Power Squadron in 1981.

Along the way, Dick was mentored by a number of the founders and early members of our squadron, including:  P/C Booth, P/C Young, Cdr Hamilton and upcoming Cdrs. Miner, Shirk, Neal, Moss, Pear, Raymond, Couzens & Erickson, among others, who drew Dick into the heart and bosom of United States Power Squadrons.  What he learned and who he got to know & like lead him through years of safe, enjoyable boating and activities. The 30 foot Owens became a 36 foot Pacemaker and got acquainted with Tobermory, Little Current, Georgian Bay & the North Channel, often in the wake of Ericksons or Pears.  Rendezvous, Cruises, District Conferences and National Meetings in Miami (one Miami Meeting saw four BPS couples sharing a room) expanded his friendships statewide & nationally.

Dick joined the Birmingham Executive Committee as Secretary and moved through the chairs to become our 13th Commander in 1975.

As Pat reports, “Somehow Dick moved up to the District 9 Bridge and in 1987, Birmingham had the distinction of having the three commanders:  Jim Lawson, Squadron Commander; Dick Jarmon, District Commander; and Dick Miner as Chief Commander.”

During this period, Dick made life-long squadron friends across the state who are too numerous to mention.

Then P/D/C & close friend Ted Smith again joined Dick to work on hosting a 75th Anniversary Celebration in ’89 and a Governing Board Meeting in D/9 in ’94.  Of course his District involvement lead to more friendships and jobs in the National organization so our Squadron uniform guru & nitpicker found his niche as Rear Commander of the Flag & Etiquette Committee in 1999 with help from our P/R/C Hostetter & his D/9 mentor & coach R/C Acheson and others.

Dick’s longtime & enduring friendship with Ted Smith led to Dick becoming Flag Lieutenant for him when he became USPS Chief Commander in 2002. What followed was two years of traveling, meeting dignitaries from all sorts of USPS allies, fetching, carrying and general support of arguably the busiest man in USPS.  Dick loved it!

Pat says, “What brought him to USPS and specifically Birmingham Power Squadron was the desire to learn, & then to share, boating education.  What has kept him involved over all the years?  The many, many friendships that grew up within all levels of both USPS & CPS.  His enjoyment of boating was made possible by the many lessons learned in and out of the classroom.  It is impossible for either of us to imagine what Dick’s life would have been like without both the learning and those friendships.”

For the record, Dick Jarmon was an Emeritus Member of the United States Power Squadrons, which represents his 52 Merit Marks earned in his 54 years of membership.  Speaking personally and as a “twice-time Commander,” Dick was on my go-to list of members whose counsel I sought whenever I faced a dilemma – especially one dealing with flags and etiquette or squadron decorum.  His service to Birmingham and United States Power Squadrons is truly breath-taking and we shall miss him mightily.

Dick, we shall miss your friendship and good humor.  We wish you, Fair Winds and Following Seas and Long May Your Big Jib Draw. -Thomas Geggie

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Virginia Brown

Ginny Brown

Ginny Brown

Virginia Brown passed away on the evening of March 21, 2020, in the loving arms of her husband. She was a shining light in Delhigh and earned 24 merit marks in her time spent with us. Ginny was one of the most vivacious and amazing women I have ever met. This woman was sweet as pie and a superhero all at the same time. Ginny will truly be missed for her spirit and friendship and so much more.

Ginny is back home already as you can see from the picture on the right. You can see her wedding ring is on top of the urn and her first lady’s necklace and the gold medallion she always wore hang around it.

A celebration of life is being planned for a time when we can all get together and reminisce how Ginny has touched and enriched each of our lives. Her family will let us each of us know when this can take place and all of her friends and family will be welcome as she was loved by so many of us. -Kathleen Nowroozani

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Gary Corcoran

Gary Corcoran, 63, passed away on March 19, 2020. He is survived by his father, Edward Corcoran.

Gary Corcoran

Gary Corcoran

Gary was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Edward and Audrey Corcoran. He was preceded in death by Michael Corcoran (brother) and Audrey Corcoran (mother).

Gary was buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio, beside his mother and brother in the family plot. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when it is safe to gather in large groups.

Gary was raised in Ohio and New Jersey and earned his bachelor’s degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, and graduated with his masters from the University of California, Berkeley. He then began his career with AT&T Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey. He was transferred to Allentown, Pennsylvania, and retired in 2015 with the same company that was then named Intel. During his years at work, Gary earned four patents in the area of computer processor design.

Gary was an avid boater and a member of America’s Boating Club Lehigh Valley. He volunteered his time for 10 years as an officer for this non-profit as the treasurer and an active member. He made many friends during this time and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to America’s Boating Club Lehigh Valley (previously known as Delhigh Power Squadron). Checks may be made out to ‘Delhigh Power Squadron’ and can be mailed to: P/C Michael Lebeduik, III, JN 3514 Nicholas Street, Easton, PA 18045.

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Jonathan P. Rice, N

Jonathan Rice died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on March 19, 2020, after a valiant attempt to outwit cancer. Born April 17, 1940, to parents Cecil Curtis Rice and Elizabeth Wheeler (Judd) Rice, Jonathan grew up in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and graduated from Deerfield Academy, Amherst College and Yale Law School.

Jonathan Rice

Jonathan Rice

Jonathan leaves his beloved wife of 55 years, Susan (Nash) Rice, and his devoted children, Laura (Rice) Boer and her husband, Marco, of Hingham, Massachusetts, and Philip Rice and his wife, Jennifer, of Alexandria, Virginia. He also leaves his cherished grandchildren, Sydney, Lydia, Camille and Beatrix Boer, and Ethan, Gideon and Adelyn Rice. He will be missed by his grand-dog and napping companion, Ripley. Besides his parents, he is also preceded in death by his sister Carolyn (Rice) Nahon.

Jonathan’s great grandfather, John Kellogg Judd, founded Judd Paper Company in Holyoke, Massachusetts. His grandfather, Philip Munson Judd, and his father continued the operation of the business. Jonathan worked there one summer and decided that the law was a better fit for him. Following graduation from Yale, he joined the firm of Allen, Yerrall, Appleton and Thompson in Springfield, Massachusetts. Mentored by Attorney Horace Allen, he developed a practice in probate, estate administration and elder law. Thirty years later, he joined the firm of Robinson Donovan, P.C. During his career, he and his family lived in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

Forever a hobbyist, Jonathan was a lifelong stamp collector and amateur ornithologist. Having studied Asian history in college, he was an avid collector of Japanese woodblock prints and an enthusiastic reader of Japanese history and literature. He became fascinated with celestial navigation and helped teach a course for the Springfield Power Squadron in addition to serving the squadron as its Law Officer.

Jonathan was a faithful member of South Congregational Church in Springfield. He served as clerk for 33 years, moving on to Senior Deacon and Moderator.

Jonathan’s family has had a summer home in a very special community in the town of Brewster on Cape Cod since 1912. He spent every summer of his life there. It was there that he discovered his love of tennis, sailing, and later in life, golf. He and his family formed lifelong friendships with members of this community. Together, he and a group of these friends organized sailing regattas and enjoyed many biking, sailing and other travel adventures.

When he retired, his dream was to live full time on the Cape. That dream became a reality in 2014. There, he explored his creative interests in drawing, watercolor and acrylic art classes, joined a bridge group and continued playing tennis and golf.

Jonathan’s family wishes to express their thanks to Dr. Jennifer Ang Chan and her team at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for their excellent care during the past 22 years, and to VNA Hospice of Cape Cod and Bridget’s Home Healthcare for making his final weeks comfortable.

His family will cherish the memory of his kindness and patience, his love of his grandchildren and his Brewster community, and his skill in making fudge and penuche at Christmas.

A celebration of his life will be held in July. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jonathan’s memory may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute or to the Brewster Council on Aging.

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