Caption: 6014 LGen (ret) Fred Sutherland (Class of ’65). (Photo centre front row) has been appointed Chairman of the Royal Military College of Canada, Board of Governors. In the photo above, the group were on a break during a formal meeting which was held at the beginning of Reunion Weekend.
Formed in 1997, the RMC Board of Governors provides advice and recommendations to the Minister of National Defence concerning all matters related to the Royal Military College. (We hope to have the names of all current members of the BoG in an upcoming Issue of e-Veritas)
A tip of the hat to the following members who just recently updated their Club membership status: Chapeau aux membres suivants qui ont tout récemment mis à jour leur adhésion au Club:
3264 TW Ziegler; W5872 Sharon L Coppins; 5966 Harry Whittaker; 6064 Jacques J Bailliu – Lifetime Membership; 10277 John Miller; 13897 Kenneth Lansing; 16062 Udo Joseph Frederick Wolanski – Lifetime Membership; 25446 Christopher Caicedo – Lifetime membership; M0135 Don McLeod.
In This Issue 39:
QUOTE(S) OF THE WEEK Quotes from Admiral Hyman Rickover:
“When doing a job – any job – one must feel that he owns it, and act as though he will remain in that job forever.”
“The man in charge must concern himself with details. If he does not consider them important, neither will his subordinates.”
“More than ambition, more than ability, it is rules that limit contribution. Rules are the lowest common denominator of human behaviour. They are a substitute for rational thought.”
“Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous impatience.”
Rickover’s family fled tsarist pogroms, moving to Manhattan’s East Side in 1905 and the Chicago suburb of Lawndale two years later.
While at John Marshall High School, Rickover held a full-time job delivering telegrams, which introduced him to the congressman who appointed him to the US Naval Academy. He worked on a destroyer and battleship before returning to the academy to earn an MS in Electrical Engineering, with additional work at Columbia University.
He volunteered for submarine duty but was turned down due to age, a former commanding officer intervened. He was sent to Pearl Harbor to organize power plant repairs for USS California, then led the Electrical Section of the Bureau of Ships. In 1946 he was part of the Navy team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, again only through the intervention of a former commander, to begin designing a nuclear propulsion system.
The design of a safe and powerful reactor that would fit in a submarine required overcoming many technical obstacles, a problem Rickover tackled with energy, but without tact.
He made admiral in 1958, over the next three decades he ruled the nuclear program, personally interviewing every officer involved with the design and construction of the nuclear powered ships, as well as every officer assigned to them in service. He sailed on the maiden voyage of most, possibly all, of the nuclear vessels launched.
The same rigid command that was a success during the first half century of his career became more of a problem at the end, he was forced to retire in 1982 after 63 years in the Navy. He is, and probably always will be, the longest serving member of the US armed forces.
He won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal (twice), the Distinguished Service Medal (three times), 61 civilian awards, 15 honorary degrees, and the Enrico Fermi Award. Long a critic of American education, Rickover founded the Center for Excellence in Education in 1983.
Following a stroke, he died at home.