Douglass J. Ohmen

died after a long illness of posterior cortical atrophy, a variant form of Alzheimer’s in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 14 June 2013. Doug entered the Naval Academy from Riverside, CA as a member of the 15th Company where he participated in chorale (Choir and Glee Club) and sailing, interests continued throughout his entire life.

Doug served on destroyers before attending submarine and nuclear power schools. He spent his career in nuclear subs, e.g., engineer on USS John Adams and executive officer on Sargo and on Nathanael Greene. Sandwiched in between was a tour as commanding officer of the Pacific Fleet submarine school in San Diego, supervising the construction of the Nathanael Greene making one bunk six inches longer to accommodate his six foot five inch frame, and monitoring the groundwork for a multimillion training facility in Dan Diego.

Upon retiring from the Navy he returned to school earning an MBA after which he joined Pacific Gas and Electric where he remained as a nuclear engineer until retiring at age 65.   During all this time Doug was an inventor/tinkerer who patented, e.g., a construction machine and developed a tidal power generator; wrote essays on various subjects, and travelled. He was an avid reader who could quote verbatim the entire prologue to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in Olde English and could listen to opera for hours on end.   His desire to help others led him to volunteer in hospices, both in California and Halifax.

Doug was married for many years to Audrey Frances Hollebone (of Halifax) who he met on our Halifax port call during Second Class cruise. She died in 2002 of Parkinson’s disease under the loving care of Doug. In 2005 while attending a family function in Halifax he met Joan Alison Pugsley, a widow, and they married in 2007. They split the year between Danville, California and Halifax until Doug’s health began to fail and then became full time Halifax residents.   Doug leaves two sons, Dr. Jeffrey Ohmen of California and Ross Ohmen of Maryland and four grandchildren.   A third son, Craig, died one year before Audrey’s passing. He also became very close to Joan’s five children and 16 grandchildren who came to hold much affection for Doug, with some of them participating in his memorial service.