John Corydon Sterling

John Corydon Sterling, (23), of Scottsdale, AZ, Commander John C. Sterling died on 15 June 2011, at home, in Apple Valley, CA. The cause of death was cancer. John was born on November 20 1933 in Benton Harbor Michigan. He was 77 years old. While at the Academy John was a member of the 23rd Company. He was active in battalion and 150 lb. football and sailing. His love of sailing was a hobby for his entire life. After graduation John began his navy line career with service aboard the USS Jerome County (LST848) and USS Preston (DD795). From 1971 to 1972 he was the Commanding Officer, USS Valcour (AGF-1), home ported in Bahrain, Arabian Gulf, as the Middle East Force Flagship. From 1974 to 1976 John was Head, Navy Section and Deputy Chief of the U.S. Military Liaison Office, Tunisia as its first U.S. Navy Advisor. Other career highlights include 1. Winning five trophies as skipper of the USNA yacht frolic in the '63 Annapolis-Newport race. 2. Had two commands while on active duty. 3. Received the highest military decoration from President Bourguiba of Tunisia, the "Order of Republic of Tunisia." 4. Awarded the Navy commendation Medal upon retirement in 1979. Following retirement from the Navy, John became a Research Fellow at the Logistics Management Institute. In 1980 he became Manager of the Logistics Planning and supportability Department located in New Orleans, Louisiana. He oversaw the establishment of a fully automated integrated logistic Support and Property Management program for the primary operations and maintenance contractor for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. In 1983 he moved to California and Joined Litton in 1984. In 1987 he joined Systems Exchange, Inc. as Marketing Director. In 1995 he founded his own company, SDES, Inc., worldwide distributor for Tools for Design. He also served as the treasurer for the Society of Concurrent Engineering. John is survived by his daughter Anne and his son John Jr. as well as Seven grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted on June 24th, 2011 at Riverside National Cemetery with interment at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA.