At a ceremony on June 6, the Naval Academy's Class of 1941 will dedicate a new observatory that houses a restored refracting telescope.

The observatory is a gift from the Class of 1941 to the Naval Academy on the 50th anniversary of their graduation.

The new observatory sits on a knoll just off Decatur Road by the bridge over Dorsey Creek. Until the early part of this century, the observatory was located along the shoreline between the Chapel and where Chauvenet Hall now stands. Inside the old observatory was a refracting telescope with a 7.75-inch lens ground in 1857 by Alvan Clark and Sons of Cambridgeport, Mass.

The newly restored Alvan Clark telescope will enable advanced students to work in the areas of visual and photographic astronomy of bright objects. It will provide opportunities for all midshipmen to practice locating celestial coordinates. Astronomy students, researchers, staff, Trident scholars, astronomy club members and visiting alumni will be able to use the telescope.


Marine Corps Maj. John J. Spegelee of the Naval Academy's computer science department will receive two awards for teaching excellence in a ceremony on Friday, May 24.

Spegelee will be the first recipient of the Class of 1951 Military Faculty TeachingExcellence Award. Endowed recently by the academy Class of 1951, theaward will be presented annually to the military faculty member judged to be the most outstanding in teaching and sustained contributionsto the individual development of midshipmen during the past year.

He will also receive the William P. Clements Award for Excellence inEducation. The Clements Award, established in honor of William P. Clements Jr., a former deputy secretary of defense, is presented annually to the academy's top military instructor who contributes most during the year to the academic, professional and moral development of midshipmen.

A 1978 academy graduate who returned to the academy in 1988 to teach in the computer science department, Spegelee said, "These awards are a beautiful way to cap a great tour."

Spegelee's interest in his own students is not confined to the classroom. An avid offshore sailor, he served as an instructor-under-training and as assistant officer-in-charge during an offshore cruise. He also coached on the Naval Academy's 44-foot sloops in the Command Seamanship and Training Squadron.

As the officer representative for the Student Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, an organization that emphasizes applications of computer technologies, Spegelee created andconducted computer contests to challenge the problem-solving skills of members. As a result of these contests, academy midshipmen were for the first time selected to represent the Naval Academy at region

al computer contests.

Last fall, Spegelee also helped coach the Navy Women's Soccer Club, which ended its season with a 12-2-1 record.

Spegelee has volunteered for a number of community service projects. Recently, he has been active in coordinating the efforts of midshipmen involved in the Draketail Maritime Project. This community service project includes midshipmen and academy faculty who serve as mentors for Anne Arundel County school students building a Chesapeake BayDraketail boat.

As an active member of the academy's Speaker Bureau, Spegelee has made presentations to a variety of school and business organizations. He has also served as a science fair judge for areaschools and has volunteered to teach computer skills to children at West Annapolis Elementary School.

Teaching and volunteer work are only a small part of what Spegelee does. As chairman of the computer science department curriculum committee, he reviewed the current curriculum in preparation for an accreditation review, recommended ways to attract and retain computer science majors and spearheaded an effort to add

the Department of Defense standard computer language, Ada, to the computer science curriculum.

During his three years with the computer science department, his work has also included developing the first computer science core course placement examination and serving as course coordinator for four courses and teaching more than 220 midshipmen in eight separate courses.

In addition to teaching and serving as a course coordinator, Spegelee also conducts research. At the academy he advises midshipmen on their research projects and does research in the area of software engineering.

Based on his accomplishments, he was selected to participate in the Service Academy Research Associate program at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, N.M. During this summer intership, Spegelee was involved in the initial development of computer controls for a free-electron lasersystem.

For the past two summers he has also been in charge of the Fleet Marine Cruise, a summer training opportunity for men and women who are considering the Marine Corps as a career option. Each year he arranged for midshipmen to train with Marine Corps units at the First Marine Brigade, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Spegelee, who is finishing his tour of duty at the academy, will go to the Marine Support Activity, Kansas City, Mo., in July.


The following area servicemen recently completed basic military training:

*Army National Guard Pvt. Jacqueline M. Kuebel, daughter of Mary I. Herndon of Pasadena and Jacob G. Kuebel of Baltimore, completed training at Fort Jackson, S.C. She is a 1990 graduate of Patterson High School, Baltimore.

* Army Reserve Pvt. Tracy D. Stewart, daughter of Deborah K. Stewart of Severn and Anthony E. Stewart of Baltimore, completed training at Fort Jackson, S.C. She is a 1988 graduate of MeadeSenior High School.

* Marine Pvt. Karen T. Burns, daughter of Edward F. and Carlane M. Burns of Pasadena, completed training at MarineCorps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. She is a 1986 graduate of Chesapeake High School.

* Pvt. Lisa A. Eckstein, daughter of Maryann Croff of Waldorf

and Robert P. Eckstein of Annapolis, completed training at Fort Jackson, S.C. She is a 1988 graduate of Thomas StoneHigh School, Waldorf.

* Coast Guard Seaman Apprentice Greg T. Foss, son of Robert N. and Pamela A. Foss of Annapolis, completed Coast Guard recruit training. He is a 1984 graduate of Annapolis Senior High School.


John R. Chandler has been promoted in the Air Force to master sergeant.

The sergeant is a technical load monitor section supervisor at Buchel Air Base, Germany.

He is the son of Mary A. and Bobby F. Chalder of Severn.


Sgt. Richard A. Brouillette has been decorated with the Air Force Achievement Medal.

The medal is awarded to airman for meritorious acts of courage, or other outstanding accomplishments.

Brouillette is a secure communication systems maintenance specialist at Onizuka Air Force Base, Calif.

He is the son of Raymond T. and LillianBrouillette of Pasadena.

The sergeant is a 1982 graduate of Northeast High School.


Robert S. Durst III has been commissioned a second lieutenant through the Air Force ROTC program and earned a bachelor's degree at Tufts University, Medford, Mass.

Durst is the son of Robert S. and Patricia J. Durst of Millersville.

He is a 1987 graduate of Broadneck Senior High School.


Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class George J. Lambert, son ofDale W. and Valerie A. Rehberg of Annapolis, was recently commended while serving at Naval Submarine Support Facility, New London, Conn.

Lambert was recognized for his outstanding performance of duty, professionalism and dedication to the service.


Navy Ensign Raymond R. Buettner, son of Nora J. and Raymond R Buettner Sr. of Pasadena, was recently commissioned in his present rank upon completion of Aviation Officer Candidate School.

He graduated in1981 from Chesapeake High School and in 1989 from the University of the State of New York, in New York City, with a bachelor of science degree. He joined the Navy in 1981.

His wife, Deborah, is the daughter of Lawrence A. and Glynis R. Hardie of Pasadena.


Mia R. Padgett recently received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Padgett is the daughter of James and Kathryn Padgettof Gambrills and was nominated to the academy by Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.

Padgett will be a 1991 graduate of Old Mill High School.


Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Darryl W. McNabb has graduated from the airlift aircraft maintenance specialist course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita, Texas.

McNabb is the son of Keith and Linda McNabb of Severn.

He graduated from Glen Burnie High School in 1988 and from Anne Arundel Community College in 1990.


Airman Matthew P. Edwards has graduated from the security police specialist course at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

He is the son of Sewell P. and Lynn A. Edwards of Edgewater.


Pvt. Philip M. Perry has completed the Hawk information coordination central maintenance course at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas.

He is the son of Edward W. and Rosa H. Perry of Hamilton, Ohio, and a 1988 graduate of Meade Senior High School.


Airman Milton V. Slade Jr. has completed the aircraft structural maintenance course at Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, Ill.

He is the son of Milton V. and Linda A. Slade of Millersville.

The airman is a 1990 graduate of Old Mill high School.


Specialist Timothy J. Smith has completed an Army primary leadership course.

Smith, an intelligence analyst at Fort Ord, Calif., is the son of Marie H. Smith of Severna Park.

His wife, Tanya, is the daughter of William and Terrie Vacckof Crownsville.

The specialist is a 1988 graduate of Severna ParkHigh School.


Pvt. Paul L. Harrington has completed the electronic signal intelligence Morse interceptor course at Fort Devens, Ayer, Mass.

He is the son of David J. and Lee V. Harrington of Pasadena.

The private is a 1989 graduate of ChesapeakeHigh School.

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