Naval Academy alumni honor 4 distinguished graduates

November 23, 2003|By Ariel Sabar | Ariel Sabar,SUN STAFF

An ambassador, an author, an educator and an aviator were honored as this year's winners of the Naval Academy's Distinguished Graduate Awards.

The awards, given by the college's alumni association, recognize graduates who embody the school's core principles of honor, courage and commitment and who have given a lifetime of service to the nation and their alma mater.

This year's four winners were feted at a ceremony at Alumni Hall on Friday afternoon attended by the 4,200-student brigade of midshipmen. The winners are:

William H.G. FitzGerald, a 1931 graduate who became a businessman and philanthropist and was appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1992 as ambassador to Ireland.

Retired Rear Adm. Eugene B. Fluckey, a 1935 graduate and Medal of Honor-winning submariner who wrote a book, Thunder Below!, about his World War II patrols aboard the USS Barb.

Retired Rear Adm. Robert W. McNitt, a 1938 graduate and Korean War destroyer commander who was superintendent of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., and dean of admissions at the Naval Academy.

Retired Vice Adm. William D. Houser, a 1942 graduate and veteran combat aviator who served in the 1970s as deputy chief of naval operations for air warfare.

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