William Dean Sloan

William D. Sloan died on 11 June 2005 at Inova Loudoun Hospital of lung cancer.  He was born in Lake City, IA on 12 January 1932.  He attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, IA before he attended the Naval Academy where he was a member of the 11th Company.  His significant contributions to the color company competition were influential in the selection of the 11th Company as the 1956 Color Company. 


Upon graduation Bill attended flight school in Pensacola, FL and advanced flight training in Kingsville, TX.  His various assignments in the Navy included tours of duty on the HORNET and BENNINGTON, as a member of VS-38 and VS-33.  He spent two years at the Naval Academy teaching Naval Science.  He flew the S2F submarine tracker while assigned to Norfolk, VA and also had a tour of duty in Atsugi, Japan in support of operations in Southeast Asia.  He was assigned to Naval Air Systems Command and the Bureau of Naval Personnel in the Washington, DC area when he retired from the Navy.


Bill then joined TRW where he worked for 21 years on a series of Defense related projects.  He was active in his retirement enjoying golf and landscaping as well as bicycling in his final years.  He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jane, three sons: Bill of London, England, Kevin of Chantilly, VA, and Greg of Springfield, VA; a sister, Dorothy Hildreth of Rockwell City, IA; and six grandchildren.