Hall of Distinguished Graduates



The Hall of Distinguished Graduates, which is located in Vickery Gate, was established in 1994 to recognize and honor graduates of the Academy who, during their chosen career after graduation have distinguished themselves and brought credit to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy through their outstanding careers.  Their accomplishments will be immortalized in the Hall of Distinguished Graduates in order to establish proud traditions and to inspire graduates to carry-on the traditions of the Academy.

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Hall of Distinguished Graduates

JOSEPH B. WILLIAMS ’44

October 14, 1994
First African-American graduate, New York State Supreme Court Judge.

J. LANE KIRKLAND ’42
September 25, 1995
President, AFL-CIO.

ROMULO M. ESPALDON ’50
October 13, 1995
Philippine Ambassador to Saudi Arabia & Yemen.

KENNETH A. DeGHETTO ’43
September 28, 1996
Chairman of the Board of Foster Wheeler Corp. and Association/Chairman of alumni endowment fund, the Kings Point Challenge.

RADM CARL J. SEIBERLICH, USN (RET.) ’43
September 28, 1996
Distinguished Merchant Marine and Navy careers, first Kings Pointer to attain Flag rank.

VADM ROBERT H. SCARBOROUGH, USCG (RET.) ’44
October 17, 1997
First Three-Star Admiral, Deputy Commandant of US Coast Guard.

WARREN G. LEBACK ’44
October 17, 1997
Steamship company President and Maritime Administrator.

CAPT LEO V. BERGER ’43
October 9, 1998
Formed the Apex Marine Corp., serving as its President.

CAPT J. W. CLARK ’40
October 9, 1998
Distinguished career in the Maritime Industry, both as Master Mariner and Shipping Company Executive.

ELLIOT M. SEE, JR. ’49 (posthumously)
October 1, 1999
First Academy Astronaut. Participated in flight training for Manned Space Center in 1962, chosen in 1965 as Command Pilot for Gemini 9 mission. Tragically, on Feb. 28, 1966, he was killed in plane crash prior to scheduled space flight.

RADM THOMAS A. KING, USMS (RET.) ’42
October 1, 1999
First Alumni Superintendent. Provided tireless and lifelong work on behalf of the maritime industry and the USMMA.

DR. DOUGLASS C. NORTH ’43
October 1, 1999
Received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1993. In 1996 was elected a Fellow of the British Academy and installed as the Olin T. Spencer Prof. in Arts and Sciences.

JAMES H. ACKERMAN '44
October 6, 2000
Distinguished Admiralty Lawyer and Philanthropist (Ackerman Auditorium).

VADM ALBERT J. HERBERGER, USN (RET.) '55
October 6, 2000
Maritime Administrator and First Academy USN Three-Star Admiral.

JOHN T. DIEBOLD '46
February 20, 2003
Father of Automation.

JOHN "JACK" BROOKS '44
February 20, 2003
Successful construction and real estate executive and philanthropist (Brooks Stadium), Partnership of NFL Oakland Raiders

SIDNEY A. THOMPSON '52
February 20, 2003
Distinguished Educator, Superintendent Los Angeles (CA) School District

JAMES H. YOCUM '47
February 19, 2004
Financial Executive (established Penn Square Mutual) and Philanthropist (Yocum Sailing Center)

JAMES A. BABSON '44
February 19, 2004
Hotel/Real Estate Owner & Philanthropist (Babson Center)

ERIK F. JOHNSEN '45
February 17, 2005
Chairman and Director of International Shipholding Corporation

ADRIAN ZACCARIA '66
February 17, 2005
President and Chief Operating Officer of the Bechtel Group Inc.

ANTHONY J. FIORELLI '51
February 16, 2006
Pioneer in Navy Nuclear Power, Defense Systems Executive and Technical Advisor to Financial Institutions

PETRO KULYNYCH '43
February 16, 2006
50-year career with Lowe’s Companies, Inc., ultimately becoming their Managing Director and Chairman of the Board

DEAN V. WHITE '45
February 16, 2006
Chairman and CEO of Whiteco Industries, Inc., Hotel/Display Sign Magnate, Member of Fortune 500, Philanthropist (Dean & Barbara White Admissions Center)

DAVID A. O'NEIL '61 (posthumous)
February 8, 2007
Author, inventor and entrepreneur (Seaworthy Systems), strong supporter of Alumni Association and USMMA

CHARLES R. CUSHING '56
February 14, 2008
Distinguished Naval Architect and Entrepreneur (CR Cushing & Co.) and USMMA Alumni Association President

WILLIAM B. MORGAN '50
February 14, 2008
Distinguished Naval Architect and Marine Engineer who revolutionized propeller design, 50-year career with USN's David Taylor Model Basin

J. SMITH LANIER II '50
October 1, 2009
Distinguished Insurance Entrepreneur and Philanthropist (Byrne Chair and Lanier Distinguished Speaker Series)

ROBERT P. MAGEE '69 (posthumous)
April 29, 2011
Chairman, President and CEO of American Shipping Group, Inc.
Strong supporter of USMMA Alumni Foundation and philanthropist

DANIEL E. MEEHAN'51
April 27, 2012 
President, CEO & owner of Meehan Seaway Service, Ltd.
Outstanding humanitarian for world wide charitable
organizations and strong supporter of USMMA

WILLIAM R. O'GARA (posthumous)
April 27, 2012
Distinguished entrepreneur in marine repair and prison health services
Outstanding philanthropist including endowment scholarship for midshipmen

 

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