Vernon Alan Eagye

Vernon Alan Eagye (14) died of natural causes at Broomfield, Colorado on 16 June 2017. He was 85 years old. A native of Charleroi, Pennsylvania, he received his appointment to the Naval Academy entering with the Class of 1955. A member of his Battalion football team, he acquired the nickname of ‘Moose”, a name he was called by for the rest of his life. He graduated with the Class of 1956 as a member of the 14th Company.

 

His first duty in an extensive career spent at sea was aboard USS Perry (DD-844). He subsequently was Assistant Navigator aboard the USS Independence (CV-62). After a tour as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at Pennsylvania State University, Alan graduated from the US Naval Postgraduate School with a degree in Operations Analysis. From there, Alan served aboard the USS Graffias (AF-29) ported in Japan. He served aboard USS Oxford (AGTR-159) that operated extensively in the Far East. A tour on the Staff of Commander Cruiser Destroyer Force Atlantic Fleet was followed by duty with the Chief of Naval Personnel where Alan served as an enlisted detailer. Commander Eagye’s final naval tour was as U.S. Naval Plant Representative to the Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Sunnyvale, California.

 

After his retirement in 1979, he continued on with Lockheed for almost a decade as a civilian employee. He also served as a long-time Board Member of the MOAA Chapter in Sunnyvale.

 

His wife of 57 years, Janice Turner Eagye, died 26 October 2015 and is inurned at the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium. During Alan’s and Jan’s retirement years, they traveled extensively throughout the far east, Australia, and Europe, always carrying golf clubs and camping gear. Their time together was notable for their good cheer and wonderful sense of humor and grace.

 

Alan’s brother, the late Commander Thomas R. Eagye, II was a member of the Class of 1950. Alan and Jan leave a host of nieces, a nephew, and a large community of friends. Alan’s nieces – particularly Abby Eagye and Christine Eagye Carlson – were wonderful helpmates to Alan during his last days. Alan will be inurned alongside Jan at the USNA Columbarium at a future date after all arrangements have been made. Alan’s was a life well-lived.