Rear Admiral Stanley Guy Catola (22)

Rear Admiral Stanley Guy Catola USN(Ret) passed away 20 May 2016 after a 7 year battle with alzheimers. He was born 12 December 1934 in Pittsburgh, PA but grew up in Roswell, NM. After graduation from the Naval Academy in 1956 he served aboard the destroyer USS SUTHERLAND DDR743 before qualifying for submarines aboard USS BLUEGILL SS242.After completion of Nuclear Power School in 1961 he served in both weapons and engineering billets aboard USS TRITON SSN 586, the only U.S. submarine ever powered by two reactors. Following his time as the engineering officer of the gold crew of the USS ANDREW JACKSON SSBN 619, he advanced to executive officer of USS TAUTOG SSN 639. He commanded the USS ANDREW JACKSON SSBN 619 BLUE crew from 1970 to 1972 and the USS HENRY STIMSON SSBN 655 GOLD crew from 1972 to 1974 while the STIMSON was converted to carry the Poseidon missile. His excellence in command was recognized by his being awarded the position of Senior Member Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board on the staff of Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. His experience in ballistic missile submarine repair, operations, engineering, and all things nuclear led to his posting as Commander Submarine Squadron 14 in the Holy Loch, Scotland. Admiral Catola was also personally responsible for the development, construction, acceptance, testing, and delivery of the complete Trident weapons system and for the performance of the first Trident  missile submarine, the USS OHIO which met or exceeded all performance requirements. He later served as Commander Submarine Group Six which consisted of one squadron of attack submarines and two squadrons of ballistic missile submarines including the first Atlantic Fleet squadron to carry the Trident I missile. He established the Trident missile facility at Kings Bay, GA. He was awarded five legions of merit and finished his naval career as Deputy Director of Naval Warfare OP-095. Following retirement from the Navy in 1986 his first retirement job was as Executive Vice President for Detroit Edison and Director of Nuclear Operations, specifically the Fermi II nuclear power plant which provided one fifth of the electrical power to Detroit metropolitan area. His second retirement job from 1997 to 1998 was the conversion of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion plant to U235 separation. After moving to Las Vegas, NV in 2001 his final retirement activity was as a Nation Park Service volunteer rescuing boaters in distress on Lake Meade and assisting in apprehending those in a state of inebriation. He was married to the lovely Helen I Catola from 1958 until her passing in 2010. He is survived by his son, Steven Catola. Services for Admiral Catola will be held 15 June 2016 at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery.