Donald Lee Ravey - 22 July 1929 - 22 August 2014
Me, Through the Century

Don and parents, Xmas 1951 USS Koka (ATA-185) Mom and Dad and me at Christmas, 1951. When the Korean conflict broke out in 1951, I was called to active duty in the U. S. Naval Reserve in April and assigned to a seagoing tug (USS Koka ATA-185) as an electronics technician home-based in San Diego, so I was still living at home, for all practical purposes.

Koka was officially under the command of the 11th Naval District, but we were the only personnel in the District to draw sea pay, because our prime mission was towing reserve fleet (mothballed) ships between San Diego, where they were berthed, and the Navy Yard in Long Beach, where they were inspected and maintained every 5 years. We also participated in submarine rescue drills and occasionally towed a target for gunnery practice.

OCS, Newport, RI Don in 1952 After serving aboard the seagoing tug for a year, I graduated in Class VII at the Navy Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, RI in 1952. Here I was in June, and Yes! those were my textbooks! On the right is my graduation picture.

I served three years of active duty after my commissioning: shore duty on Guam in the Marianas Islands, and several short sea duty tours in the Pacific Amphibious Forces.

Don in 1953 Don in 1953 I was Asst. Electronics Officer at the Naval Radio Station on Guam. I survived a typhoon there in 1953.

Mom died of cancer while I was stationed on Guam in 1953.

The ears were still my trademark.

Some said that I tended to "go native" -- what do you think?

USS Electra (AKA-4) Don in 1954 In 1954 I was serving as ship's electronics officer aboard USS Electra, an amphibious cargo transport. Here I was on the signal bridge on our voyage to the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea.

Visit the USS Electra web site.

54 Chevy, San Diego 57 Thunderbird, San Diego My first new car, a '54 Chevy Bel Air, in my parents' driveway in San Diego.

And my Dad posing with my classic '57 Thunderbird.

Robert Lee Ravey Don in 1959 I completed my Navy service in late 1955 and went to work for Convair in San Diego. My father was working there at the same time.

Dad enjoyed working in the garden. Here he is, tending his fuschias.

Together with two friends, I owned a sail boat which we kept at the San Diego Yacht Club -- until it sank at the dock! Here I am posed in the cabin, probably about 1959. (before it sank!)

MIT 1960 I decided to go back to school that year and chose MIT Sloan School of Management, where I earned an SM (they use the Latin word order) in Industrial Management.

I believe this was taken in 1960, behind Graduate House (brick building at right), where I lived on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The round building behind me was Kresge Chapel.

See photos of my Class of '61 40th Reunion in 2001!

After graduate school, I was hired by Boeing as a Buyer Supervisor in Seattle in 1961. From my apartment high on Queen Anne Hill, I looked down on the site where the Space Needle was being built for the 1962 World's Fair. I took frequent pictures of the progress being made. In the final photo here, the new monorail structure can be seen along Fifth Avenue, with the Space Needle in the distance. (Click to see full size photos)

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Don in 1963 St. Charles Ave. In 1962 Boeing assigned me to the team that opened the new Saturn Booster plant in the former Michoud sugar plantation outside New Orleans. This was taken in the courtyard of my Garden District apartment there.
This postcard shows the St. Charles Ave. streetcar that passed directly in front of my window, and on which I commuted to work.
In 1963, just as I was moving back to California to pursue business interests at the time, my father died in San Diego.

Me, Sadie & Don Back in California, I lived for about two years in Sacramento, then moved to Walnut Creek, east of San Francisco Bay. My aunt Charlotte (aka "Sadie") lived with me for awhile before returning to "her" islands (Hawaii).

This 1966 photo is of me, Sadie and my close friend, Don Cook.

Somehow, I don't have many photos (or at least, good ones) of me in the '70s, '80s and early '90s.

But here's official proof of my appearance during that period. Yes, I used to wear a hairpiece.

Here are my later driver's licenses:   (Please ignore the WT: -- it was probably wrong!)

Volunteer of the Month 1995
After retiring from Unisys on December 31, 1989, I began teaching at the College of San Mateo, and I also volunteered at OICW (now, JobTrain) in Menlo Park. I was named Volunteer of the Month in 1995 and received my fame in this local newspaper feature.

Don in 1998
This was taken with my computer camera in early 1998.

David Hyams and me, SF Bay SF Bay July, 1998. My cousin David and I on a warm, breezy day on San Francisco Bay. (Click to see fullsize)

Don, SF Bay Me, behind bars! August, 1998. San Francisco, seen from the fishing pier at the Marina - and me, looking out from inside a cell at old Fort Cronkite in the Marin Headlands. These photos taken by my friend Teo, visiting from Singapore. (Click to see fullsize)

Hollywood Ute and me A weekend trip to Los Angeles in January, 1999 to visit my friend Ute, who was visiting from Germany. (Click to see fullsize)

Don with radio Fireworks, 2000 At my Ham Radio hobby at an outing in June, 2000. Fireworks display in San Mateo on July 4th, 2000 (Yes, I pieced this image together from several shots I made with my digital camera, as I was volunteering with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, who supplied communications for the City of San Mateo for this event.) (Click to see fullsize)