James Rowland Cannon

Captain Jim Cannon, U.S. Navy retired, departed this world June 25, 2005 in the loving presence of his family.  He was raised in Bridgeville, VA where he excelled in high school sports.  Upon graduation from USNA, he married his childhood sweetheart, Alice Marie Jefferson, in the Academy Chapel. 


He pursued a Navy career of distinction in various assignments at sea including Engineer on SHANGRI LA (CVS 38) and SARATOGA (CV 60), Executive Officer of DUPONT (DD941), CO of UTINA (ATF 163) and MULLINIX (DD 944), and ultimately Commodore of Destroyer Squadron 10.


Upon retiring from active duty, Jim became successful in the private sector as an executive and entrepreneur.  He was Vice President of the George G. Sharp Naval Architecture firm, owner of the Tripure Water Company and Material Testing Laboratories respectively, and VP for Technology Applications Inc.  His retirement from business allowed him to continue excelling in sports activities with friends and family and to be active in his religious faith.


Jim was one of the leaders of our class group in the Tidewater area. He was instrumental in starting the monthly luncheon of '56ers and the annual Christmas party. A strong supporter of the USNAAA golf outings, he joined Dick Mozier in starting the spring golf outing at Ford's Colony.  Jim is survived by his wife Alice, his daughters Debbie Mawyer and Susan Richter, his son, Jim Cannon, Jr. and by eight grandchildren.  He is remembered for his service to the class of ’56, and his genuine warmth and sincerity.