Ray Ad­di­cott, Cap­tain USN, Ret.

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - LIFETRIBUTES -

Ray Ad­di­cott, Cap­tain USN, Ret., died at his home in Berke­ley, Cal­i­for­nia on Novem­ber 23, 2018. Born in Belling­ham, Wash­ing­ton in 1938, Ray­mond Wal­ter Ad­di­cott was the youngest of 10 chil­dren of Les and Hazel Ad­di­cott. Ray grad­u­ated from Belling­ham High School in 1956.

He mar­ried his high school class­mate Bar­bara Muir in 1959. They have two chil­dren, Al­li­son and Michael. The fam­ily lived the typ­i­cal life of a Navy fam­ily, mov­ing fre­quently, as duty sta­tions changed. He is sur­vived by his wife of 59 years, chil­dren, and grand­chil­dren Ker­ri­gan, Madeleine, Alec and Emily, and great grand­son Hol­land. He is also sur­vived by brothers Les, Martin and Chuck Ad­di­cott.

Ray at­tended the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton, grad­u­at­ing in 1961. Im­me­di­ately drafted for mil­i­tary ser­vice in the US Army, in­stead he ap­plied and was ac­cepted into Naval Of­fi­cer’s Can­di­date School, in New­port, Rhode Is­land. Com­mis­sioned as an En­sign in the US Navy in 1962, he thus be­gan his 31 year naval ca­reer.

Although Ray had ma­jored in Fi­nance at UW, he adapted quickly to Navy life and ex­celled in all of his as­sign­ments. Over time, he be­came known for his sunny dis­po­si­tion and in­spi­ra­tional lead­er­ship. In short, he loved the Navy.

His ini­tial sea duty was on board the USS Bris­ter (DER327) in Guam. His next duty sta­tion was as an in­struc­tor at the U.S. Naval Academy in An­napo­lis; sub­se­quently he was as­signed to the USS Black (DD-666) based in San Diego.

As a young Lieu­tenant, he was pleased to re­ceive orders in 1968 to take com­mand of the USS Madera County (LST-905). An am­phibi­ous ves­sel, the Madera County trans­ported crit­i­cal cargo up and down the Mekong River dur­ing the height of the Viet­nam con­flict.

His next as­sign­ments were at the Bu­reau of Naval Per­son­nel in Wash­ing­ton D.C., Am­phibi­ous Squadron 5 in San Diego, and Fleet Com­bat Train­ing Cen­ter in San Diego.

He be­came a Lieu­tenant Com­man­der, and re­ceived orders to serve as Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer aboard the USS Cook (FF-1083). In 1977 he was pro­moted Com­man­der and served as Cap­tain of the USS Rath­burne (FF1057) based in Hawaii. In 1984 he was named Chief Plan­ning Of­fi­cer for the US Sev­enth Fleet based in Yoko­suka, Ja­pan.

Upon re­turn­ing from Ja­pan, the fam­ily pur­chased their long­time home in the Berke­ley Hills, where they con­tinue to re­side.

Cap­tain Ad­di­cott’s proud­est mo­ment was be­ing se­lected for a Ma­jor Com­mand in 1986, the USS Fox (CG-33), a guided mis­sile cruiser and one of the Navy’s pre­miere ves­sels. Based in San Diego, the ship op­er­ated in the Per­sian Gulf dur­ing the Iran-Iraq War.

In 1990 he was ap­pointed Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of Mil­i­tary Sealift Com­mandPa­cific which or­ga­nized the lo­gis­tics of the First Gulf War and the trans­port of mil­lions of tons of sup­plies and equip­ment for the war ef­fort as well as com­mand of the hos­pi­tal ship USNS Mercy.

Upon re­tire­ment from the Navy in 1992 Ray worked as Di­rec­tor of Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion at Cal Mar­itime Academy in Vallejo for two years, then co-founded a suc­cess­ful mar­itime train­ing in­sti­tute in San Diego which he and his part­ner man­aged for al­most 20 years be­fore he re­tired again in 2018. A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held Fe­bru­ary 9, 2019 at 11 a.m. on the USS Hor­net in Alameda, CA. In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily re­quests that gifts be di­rected to non-prof­its that seek to pro­tect the ocean and sea an­i­mals, the Surfrider Foun­da­tion, www.surfrider. org or the Ma­rine Mam­mal Cen­ter, www.marine­mam­mal­cen­ter.org.

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