Webb Mourns The Passing Of Adm. Bryan

VADM C. Russell Bryan, USN (Ret.) 

We received word recently that Adm. Russell Bryan passed away on June 7th at the age of 89.

Our alumni will remember him fondly.  According to one, “Admiral Bryan was a great man who guided many young lives along honorable and hard-working paths”; another remarked, “He was one of the favorite and most admired people I have had contact with in my life.” Adm. Bryan was an honorary member of the Webb Alumni Association.

Admiral Bryan will be interred, with Mrs. Bryan, at Arlington National Cemetery on November 15th at 11:00 AM, with full military honors and a chapel service at Fort Meyer. Anyone who wishes to attend is most welcome.

In 1945, following graduation from the US Naval Academy and submarine school, he reported to the USS Hammerhead in the South Pacific.  After receiving the processional degree of Naval Engineer in 1952, he was designated an Engineering Duty Officer and served at Portsmouth and Mare Island Naval Shipyards.  He then served as a Submarine Design Project Officer and as Special Assistant to Chief, BuShips.  After a tour as Design Superintendent, Portsmouth, NSY, he went to ComSubLant as Asst. Chief of Staff (Material).  Immediately prior to selection for flag rank, he was the Submarine Program Manager, Naval Ship Systems Command.  After three years as Fleet Maintenance Officer, CincLantFleet and two years in NavShips, he was promoted to Vice Admiral and assumed the position of Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command.  He retired in 1980, when he assumed the Presidency at Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, where he served through 1986.

Admiral Bryan was past President of ASNE and served on the Visiting Committee, Ocean Eng., MIT;the Marine Board; National Research Council; and ABET.

He is survived by his daughter, Sidra; son, Curtis; and seven granddaughters.