James W. Organ
James W Organ January 27, 1931 - December 9, 2016 Coronado Captain James W. Organ, USN (Ret.), 85, passed away peacefully with family at his bedside at his home in Coronado, on December 9, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Jim was born in San Pedro, CA, the son of RADM and Mrs. William H. Organ (USNA 27). He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1952, where he played varsity tennis and squash, captained the squash team and was named All-American in squash in 1952. His first marriage to Barbara Gordon Crabtree in 1969 in Annapolis, MD ended in divorce in 1983. He married Jeannette Abrom Baker in 1995 in Coronado, CA where he then resided. Jim graduated from submarine school in 1953 and subsequently served on diesel submarines Grampus, Salmon, Pickerel, Tunny and Sabalo in Atlantic and Pacific waters. From 1965-67 he was commanding officer of the USS Albacore (AGSS-569), a high-speed, unconventionally powered research submarine that introduced the teardrop hull form into Navy submarine design. During Jim's command, the Albacore set a new world record for submarine submerged speed. Before retiring from the Navy in 1979, Jim served as Chairman of Mechanical Engineering Division at the Naval Academy, Chief Staff Officer for Submarine Squadron Four in Charleston SC, Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for R&D, and Director, Electromagnetic and Acoustic Research, Naval Sea Systems Command. He received the Master of Engineering Administration degree from George Washington University in 1966. In 1979 he joined System Planning Corporation, Arlington VA, and retired fully in 1993. In retirement, among other activities, he provided tax assistance through the AARP Tax Aide program at the Coronado Public Library. In 1972 Jim bought property near Union, West Virginia, and spent 2-3 months there each year to revisit his longtime "farm" and friends in the community. He enjoyed trout fly-fishing and skiing. Tennis was his sport for a lifetime, golf a challenge for his later years. His enjoyment of life remained undiminished as his illness progressed due to the loyalty of his Naval Academy classmates and his golf and tennis friends that he met through the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. He is survived by his wife Jeannette of Coronado, son Christopher of Haleiwa, Hawaii, five stepchildren, three grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, sister Perry Carroll of Santa Barbara CA, two nephews and a niece and brother Ted Orland (Francis) of Santa Cruz. A family mass, graveside service and celebration of Jim's life were held on Dec. 17th.
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