P/R/C Howard Edward Greene, SN

P/R/C Howard Edward Greene, SN

P/R/C Howard Edward Greene, SN

Howard Edward Greene was born in Chamblee, Ga., on 9 Feb. 1919. After living a long and successful life, Howard succumbed to complications from progressive supranuclear palsy at his beloved Crystal Lake, Mich., home on 21 July 2010 at the age of 91 years. He is survived by his wife, Lois; two sons, Howard Jr. (Ted) and Daniel; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held during 4th of July week in 2011, when family and friends have returned to Crystal.

Arrangements are being handled by Jowett Family Funeral Homes of Frankfort, Mich. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to CurePSP.

Howard was a classic member of the Greatest Generation. He grew up with his sister, Mary Louise (McMillan), in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, during the Great Depression. His father, Ivan, taught Latin and auto mechanics at East Technical High School, and Ivan was a stern taskmaster, as demonstrated by his coaching the most successful track team in Ohio, which included Jesse Owens. From Ivan, Howard inherited his penchant for hard work, perfection and frankness. His mother, Mildred, was the gentle head of household who made a comfortable, loving home for her husband and children. From Mildred, Howard inherited the soft heart that hid behind his often gruff exterior.

In the 1930s the Greenes began camping out at Crystal Lake in northern Michigan during summer vacations. In high school drafting class, Howard designed a small cottage, which he and Ivan built and was among the first structures on the beach after the lake was lowered in 1873. His father helped found the Crystal Lake Yacht Club, where Howard served as sailing master, receiving $75 for the work he did that summer (which included refinishing three club boats). Thus were planted the seeds of a summer habitat that now welcomes more than 60 Greene/McMillan/Brown clan members.

In 1937 Howard graduated from Shaker Heights High School and was accepted at Yale University and the College of Wooster. Financial considerations fortunately pointed him to Wooster, because there he met his future wife, Lois Jeannette Wissman, whom he married on 10 Jan. 1942. At Wooster Howard majored in physics and starred on the swimming team, where he set numerous school records for the freestyle.

Upon graduation in 1941 Howard took his first real job with BFGoodrich in Akron, Ohio, working in the research department; Lois, a chemistry major, went to work at the Cleveland Clinic. As World War II heated up, Howard focused on a project of importance to the military: perfecting a device to keep ice from forming on the leading edge of airplane wings. To this end he spent winters atop Mount Washington, N.H., where winds have been clocked as high as 231 miles per hour, the highest ever recorded for a land-based weather station. During the war, Lois was comforted by knowing Howard was not fighting in Germany or the Pacific, as were his present and future brothers-in-law; however, during a postwar trip up the mountain in summertime, she was shocked by the extreme danger of wintertime skiing up and down the mountain for supplies. Ultimately, Howard was issued U.S. Patent #2,536,739 for his “Apparatus for Preventing the Accumulation of Ice Upon Surfaces,” an invention that remains a common deicer on the wings of small airplanes.

During the war, Howard and Lois welcomed two sons into their family: Ted, a now retired inventor and biotechnology entrepreneur, and Dan, who served as a naval officer and recently retired from IBM.

After the war, Howard transferred to BFGoodrich Chemicals in Cleveland and moved his family to Shaker Heights across the street from his parents. Ultimately, Howard took charge of developing an experimental fiber aimed at competing with natural wool. When Goodrich sold the program to Celanese Corp. in Charlotte, N.C., the Greenes moved south. A decade later Celanese proposed a transfer to New York City, and Howard decided it was time to leave corporate America and move to Florida where he could enjoy boating year-round. To that end, he purchased Molded Reinforced Plastics in Fort Lauderdale, building this distributor of fiberglass supplies into an important player in the boating and home building industries of Southern Florida and inventing SuperRez, a product for turning old hatch covers into beautiful tabletops. Howard liked to tell his boys, “You can succeed in any business, if you’re smart and honest!”

In 1986 he sold the business and retired to his first love: boating. Howard was happiest when he and his family were on the water. He was an enthusiastic competitor sailing C Scows on Crystal Lake, winning numerous trophies and serving as commodore of the CLYC. In Ohio his family explored the islands of Lake Erie in a 16-foot outboard; Howard’s favorite cruise in this little boat was the Trent-Severn Waterway, 240 miles of rivers, lakes and locks from the northern tip of Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay. In North Carolina Howard upgraded to a 26-foot Chris-Craft that was usually docked in Lake Wiley near Charlotte, and it carried his family on cruises along the Intracoastal Waterway, the beautiful sounds protected by Cape Hatteras, as far north as the 1964 New York World’s Fair and as far south as Florida.

Howard and Lois’ ultimate dream was ocean cruising, which they achieved with their 42-foot Grand Banks trawler when it wasn’t docked at their waterfront home in Fort Lauderdale. Over the next decade they logged more than 35,000 miles in DILLY, passing through 22 countries from Trinidad off South America to Newfoundland, through the Great Lakes, and down the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. Twice they traveled by boat from Florida up the East Coast and into Lake Michigan, summering in Betsie Bay near Crystal Lake, then returning downriver into the Gulf of Mexico.

In the service of boating, Howard was a past rear commander in the U.S. Power Squadrons, where he achieved the grade of Senior Navigator and was awarded 43 merit marks during his 66 years as a member.

He served as president of the Marine Industries Association of Southern Florida, playing a role in launching the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show which now claims to be the largest boat show in the world. Howard was active in the Lauderdale Yacht Club, and he and Lois enjoyed ocean cruises with the LYC Weasels in DILLY and aboard ships. Howard could not resist buying old wooden Chris-Craft speedboats in need of loving care, and one was always in some state of restoration in his Crystal Lake barn, right alongside his spotless 1928 Ford Model A.

Thus ends the life of a good man whose legacy has improved the world for future generations. Howard was a hard-working, honest, self-reliant, intelligent man who could tackle any challenge facing him with a smile. He eschewed diplomacy in favor of getting to the point and saying things the way he saw them, and more often than not he was right. He taught his children and grandchildren the value of ethics, industry and doing things right the first time, principles that have served the family well.

Howard’s family will miss him, but we will celebrate a life well lived!

P/C J. Robert Munsen, SN

P/C J. Robert Munsen, SN, of Cincinnati Sail & Power Squadron, passed away on 7 March 2010. A life member with 40 merit marks, Bob was a past commander of Cincinnati Squadron and served as District 24’s educational officer from 1974 to 1980.

USPS has lost a good friend.

P/C William T. Haley Jr., AP

Dr. William T. Haley Jr. died on 19 Sept. 2009. He was a past commander of Marblehead Sail & Power Squadron and maintained an active schedule of sailing with friends into his 90s. Early in his distinguished career as a physician, he served our country during World War II as a medical officer in France and Germany following D-Day. As a result of his heroism, the U.S. Army awarded him the Distinguished Service Cross, and in the spring of 2009 he was awarded membership in the National Order of the Legion of Honor for his participation in the liberation of France.

P/D/C Roger Scaife, JN

Roger and Ingrid Scaife

Roger and Ingrid

On 9 Oct. 2008, P/D/C Roger Scaife, JN, lost his battle with Pancreatic cancer. And a courageous battle it was; he remained upbeat and positive throughout his ordeal, choosing to face the end of his life much like he had lived it, concerned more about others than about himself.

When Roger was just one year old he won first place in a “Best Baby Health & Beauty” contest, which set the stage for the rest of his life; he was a pacesetter, a leader who always encouraged and supported others to do and be their very best.

Roger kept his many friends for life, from grammar school through high school, college and the armed forces. He kept in touch with classmates and team mates from his various sports activities including Army football quarterback, which resulted in a first place win, basketball and baseball, for which he earned a three year lettermen award, and beach volleyball, where his Santa Cruz team remained undefeated. With his athleticism he won many awards and even set some records along the way.

At Long Beach City College Roger was high scorer in water polo and captain of the swim team, winning both the Southern California and State championships. He swam anchor on the medley relay team and set a new record for time.

Roger continued water polo and swimming at San Jose State, where he set the short course relay record in 1959, won State Colleges in 1958 and 1959, and set the season record in water polo, scoring 83 goals, bringing his team to a first place victory in the Northern California Water Polo Conference, San Francisco Olympic club. He was elected President of the San Jose Water Polo Officials Association.

Elected senior class President at San Jose State University, Roger also served as pledge chairman, secretary, historian and social chairman of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

In the army, Roger set a record for points scored in evaluation at White Sands, New Mexico missile range and at Fort Bliss was twice voted “Soldier of Quarter.”

Honorably discharged in 1964, Roger returned to Long Beach to coach water polo at Long Beach Poly and Milliken, with lifelong friend Dick Miller, retired Chief of the Long Beach Marine Safety Department, which employs a group of highly trained and dedicated men who are willing to risk their lives to find, help, and rescue boaters, fight fires, tow and pump out boats, provide first aid and enforce the law. This was Roger’s occupation for 35 years.

Roger somehow found the time to serve as President of the California Boating and Safety Officer’s Association and the Long Beach City Employee’s Association. In addition, he served as both Vice-President and then President of the Long Beach Lifeguard Association and sat on the health insurance committee for this organization. In 2001 Roger was inducted into the Long Beach Lifeguard Association ‘Hall of Fame.’

As a Marine Safety Officer, Roger was well poised and experienced to bring his knowledge to the United States Power Squadrons, which he joined in 1967. For many years he taught public boating classes, while serving in various capacities at both the Squadron and District levels. After having gone through each Squadron Bridge position, Roger served three times as Squadron Commander, while completing all USPS educational courses except N. In 1995 he was elected Commander of District 13, after which he continued his support of subsequent Commanders, committees and events. Roger was awarded the prestigious California Department of Boating and Waterways “Boater of the Year Award” in 1997 and “Member of the Year” award in 2003.

Roger retired from the Marine Bureau in 1992, to devote more time to his lifelong passion for the game of golf, where he could be found most days in a never ending quest to better his game and perhaps even achieve that coveted “hole-in-one.”

His team mates speak fondly of the man they remember as remarkable, with an easy going manner and ever present smile. To say that Roger excelled at everything he did, achieved his goals and loved his friends and the life he lived, is truly an under-statement. The loss of this incredible man is significant.

There will be a Celebration of his Life sometime in late January or early February.

We will intern his ashes in the Ocean off his beloved Long Beach, followed by an afternoon of food, film, photos, song and stories in an on-the-water restaurant. The Long Beach fireboats will accompany us as we make our journey past the breakwater, while white doves will be released at the point of internment.

If you wish to join in this very special event, please let me know at your earliest convenience. Invitations will soon be forthcoming.

In the meantime, I bid farewell to my husband, my best friend, my heart and my love.

—P/D/C Ingrid Fishbon Scaife, AP