By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Monique R. LaRouche, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
July 29, 2013
NEWPORT, R.I. - Ninety-six years ago, Rear Adm. Stephen B. Luce, (1827-1917), founding father and first president of U.S. Naval War College (NWC), was laid to rest at the St. Mary’s Churchyard in Portsmouth, R.I. NWC’s current president, Rear Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr., commemorated Luce’s legacy on the 96th anniversary of his death, July 28, during a wreath laying presentation at Luce’s tombstone.
Carter, the 54th president of NWC, was joined by Senior Chief Sonar Technician (Surface) (SW) Benjamin Pierson, NWC’s command senior chief, along with professors John E. Jackson and John Hattendorf.
“We have not forgotten the founder of NWC,” said Carter. “We should remember the unique vision he had to create this preeminent educational institution and that it lives in the same manner and concept he brought forth in 1884.”
According to Hattendorf, chair of NWC’s maritime history department, Luce wrote the first textbook on
seamanship and is recognized as the Navy’s greatest Sailor. Luce was not only a leader on the sea, teaching seamanship and strategy, he was an educator interested in personal development and management. His devotion to NWC was just part of his many contributions to the Navy.
“He had a great understanding of the Navy as a whole organization. More than any other officer,” said Hattendorf.
Looking back into history and honoring a founding father was an inspiration for Carter, a proud native of Rhode Island. “Clearly, this was the pinnacle of his life to get us started,” said Carter. “And here we are today educating leaders.”
Representatives from the Naval War College Foundation also attended to remember Luce, and the wreath placed at Luce’s grave was made possible through the Foundation’s support.