Duane Ubbe Beving

Captain  Beving died of lymphoma on 5 January 2001 at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md.  He is survived by Andy, his wife of 44 years, and daughters Susan Strikwerda and Jean Van Dyke, five grandchildren, and two sisters and a brother.  His son, Captain John Beving, USMC, a Marine helicopter pilot and veteran of the Gulf War was killed on active duty in 1992.


Ubbe, as he was affectionately known, grew up on a farm near Ackley, Iowa and studied Agricultural Engineering at Iowa State before enlisting in the Navy at the beginning of the Korean War.  His interest in success began immediately (Honor Man in boot camp) and continued on with academic excellence at the Naval Academy Preparatory School, the Naval Academy (a perennial star student) and later at MIT where he earned Graduate degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.  Ship and submarine tours included: HENRICO, SARGO, and SIMON LAKE, and in between, shipyard duty at Pearl Harbor.  He had several tours in the Washington, DC area, the last being with the Board of Inspection and Survey in Washington, from which he retired in 1985.  


He then worked 12 years for M. Rosenblatt & Sons Naval Architects and traveled extensively with Andy to such places as France, Italy, Israel, Egypt, Spain, Canada, and others. Always the positive thinker, Ubbe had a lasting effect on shipmates, family, and acquaintances.