I am a native of Michigan and entered the US Naval Academy from that state. Upon graduation in 1958 I was commissioned into the Navy and became a Naval Aviator. During my career I served in various maritime patrol squadrons with operational deployments to the Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Pacific theaters. Shore assignments included graduate school where I earned an MS Degree in Aeronautical Engineering, faculty duty at the US Naval Academy, and various research and development related assignments. After my retirement from the Navy in 1978 I served as a Defense Consultant until April, 2006, when I retired from active employment.
In 1958 I married Theresa Schey of Morrisville, Pennsylvania, who has actively supported my military career and has vigorously supported my SAR activities. We have lived in Alexandria, Virginia, since 1971. We have three children, eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild. I have been active with my Naval Academy Class organization serving as President of the Washington Chapter since 1990.
I joined the Sons of the American Revolution in 1982 after genealogical research revealed that I descended from Capt John Hedges, his son Robert, and John Fitzgerald all of whom served in the American Revolution in the Virginia Militia. After serving in all chapter and major offices in the Virginia Society, I became active at the National level where I served as Virginia Trustee, Librarian General (three terms), Historian General (two terms), Registrar General, Treasurer General, Secretary General, and President General from July 2007 to July 2008. I served on the Executive Committee in 2008-2009 and am on the NSSAR Foundation for the period 2008-2011. I have served on and chaired many national committees. My awards include the Minuteman Award, Gold Good Citizenship Medal, War Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Patriot Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Silver Good Citizenship Medal (two awards), Virginia Society Medal (three awards), and Bronze Good Citizenship Medal, and Liberty Medal.
During my term as PG, in addition to visits to most of the districts and many states and chapters I led an SAR tour of 40 compatriots and guests to Scotland to visit and celebrate many sites important to John Paul Jones, father of the American Navy. My most significant accomplishment was initiation and development of a project to move the NSSAR Headquarters, library, and Center for Advancing America’s Heritage to a new location in the downtown area of Louisville. The project was initially approved by the Trustees in the Fall of 2007. A plan was developed and a building was purchased following approval by the Trustees at the Spring Meeting of 2008. During the remainder of my term a design team was organized and a design developed for the entire project. At the end of my term the task of raising sufficient funds to start construction was passed to my successor, David Appleby. I remained active as project manager of the effort and finally, after sufficient funds were raised to cover the initial phase of the project, a resolution was passed by the 2009 Congress to authorize construction of the library portion of the Center for Advancing America’s Heritage. The contract was signed and construction initiated on August 25, 2009. I look forward to the day when the CAAH is finally finished and serving as an American Revolution learning center for Louisville and the entire nation.