Stanley W. Krohn

[ Age 80 ] The Naval Academy graduate and engineer was proud of the many ships of his design over the years.

June 03, 2007|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,sun reporter

Stanley William Krohn, a retired Navy commander and ship designer, died of cancer Friday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 80.

Mr. Krohn was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. He enlisted in the Navy in 1945 after graduating from New Utrecht High School.

"He enlisted in the Navy to avoid the draft and, while a seaman first class, applied to the Naval Academy and was accepted," said his wife of 24 years, the former Evelyn Silber.

After graduating in 1950, Mr. Krohn served two years on the aircraft carrier USS Boxer before being selected by the Navy to attend a three-year engineering course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

After earning a degree in naval engineering in 1955, Mr. Krohn was assigned to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where during the next four years he held a variety of aircraft carrier construction field engineering jobs.

While working as assistant machinery superintendent on the USS Saratoga and as senior ship superintendent or field engineer on the USS Independence and USS Constellation, Mr. Krohn attended Hofstra University at night and earned a master's degree in business in 1959.

He served two-year tours of duty at sea as propulsion superintendent aboard the Independence and later as chief engineer of the carrier USS Saratoga, which was launched in 1955.

Between sea duties, he was a ship design engineer for the Navy Bureau of Ships and taught senior class mechanical engineering at the Naval Academy.

"He said his job keeping the Saratoga and its crew of 3,000 men at sea was extremely stressful," Mrs. Krohn said.

In 1965, Mr. Krohn was appointed to a newly formed group whose function was to inspect and determine why the newest boilers in naval vessels were "unexpectedly unreliable and what could be done to rectify the problems found," Mr. Krohn wrote in an unpublished biographical sketch.

Mr. Krohn ended his career as a senior engineering member with the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey under the command of Vice Adm. John Duncan Bulkeley, the legendary and highly decorated World War II PT boat skipper.

After retiring from the Navy in 1969, Mr. Krohn went to work as assistant machinery superintendent at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point shipyard.

In 1972, he returned to the Navy as a civilian employee, and during the early 1980s was chief naval architect and design manager for the new landing ship dock (LSD 41 Class) that "launched air cushion vehicles instead of conventional amphibious landing craft," he wrote.

During those years, he once again returned to night school and earned his law degree from the University of Baltimore Law School in 1977 and became a member of the Maryland Bar.

After retiring again from the Navy in 1983, he joined the Arlington, Va., firm of M. Rosenblatt & Son, naval architects, where he was program manager for the design of the AOE 6 Class, a new high-speed replenishment ship, for the Navy.

Also, for a decade during that time, he taught a course to Navy engineers on how to write procurement specifications that were "accurate and enforceable," he wrote.

"You have led us through many, many years, longer than many can even remember, longer than many of us have been alive. There is also a rumor that you may have prepared the specs for the Ark," according to a written tribute from his 1998 retirement ceremony from the Arlington, Va., firm.

Mr. Krohn and his wife lived in Shearwater Condominium in Annapolis for many years, and since 1998 had resided at the St. James Condominiums in Guilford.

For many years, Mr. Krohn enjoyed sailing the Eve Tide, his 26-foot Catalina, around the Chesapeake Bay. He was also a bridge life master and enjoyed playing tennis, racquetball and squash.

He was a member of Kneseth Israel Congregation in Annapolis.

Mr. Krohn included in his list of survivors the "many ships of his design."

His wife of 31 years, the former Charlotte Gilden, died in 1981.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Uriah P. Levy Center and Jewish Chapel, Gate 1, at the Naval Academy.

Also surviving are three sons, Alan Krohn of Los Angeles, and Robert Krohn and Stephen Krohn, both of Annapolis; a daughter, Carolyn Krohn of Annapolis; a stepson, Mark Siegmeister of Portland, Ore.; a stepdaughter, Laura Seigmeister Applestein of Columbia; and 10 grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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