Elvin L. Gaylor

Al was born and raised in Magnolia, NC, and attended Campbell College in Buies, NC for two years before entering the Naval Academy.  He became interested in squash on his arrival, and in time became a member of the varsity squash team.  


Following, graduation, Al married Jean Davis of Glen Burnie, MD, whom he had dated throughout his Academy days.  He reported to his first ship, ZELLERS (DD 777).  Numerous ships followed, then the Naval Postgraduate School.  In 1970, he served on the staff of COMMINELANT in Charleston.  He completed his career on the SACLANT staff, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander in 1976.  After leaving the Navy, he worked for more than 20 years in investment banking.


Central to Al’s life was his deep commitment to his church and God.  He was a member of Foundry United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach for over thirty years, and served in almost every lay person capacity.  In recognition of his dedication, Al was awarded life membership in United Methodist Men, a very high honor.  He was also proud of his Academy heritage and classmates, rarely missing a function of the ’56 Tidewater group.  His cheerfulness, optimism, freshness and resoluteness continue to be remembered by family and classmates.


Al died of cancer on 29 May 2004.  Surviving family members include Jean, his wife of 44 years, their son Ronald, daughter Kathryn and five grandchildren.  A daughter Carol predeceased Al.