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San Diego Chapter establishes $50,000 memorial scholarship in honor of CAPT Fran and Mrs. Patricia Derby
San Diego Chapter establishes $50,000 memorial scholarship in honor of CAPT Fran and Mrs. Patricia Derby
During the San Diego Chapter of the Navy Supply Corps’ 220th birthday celebration CAPT Ed Butzirus with the helpf of guest speaker, Mr. Jonathan Goldsmith, presented a check establishing a $50,000 memorial lifetime scholarship to Kathleen Sturdivant (daughter of the late CAPT Fran and Patricia Derby) and her husband Tom. CAPT Butzirus said, “Please accept this well-earned recognition for your parents.  We are grateful to them and your entire family for your outstanding service to our country, the United States Navy, and the Supply Corps Foundation here in San Diego.”

CAPT Fran Derby passed away last July in San Diego.  He served 23 years before retiring in 1975.  While in the Navy, he served onboard three ships and multiple duty stations across the United States and overseas.  During his retirement, he was awarded the U.S. Navy Supply Corps Lifetime Achievement Award.  His wife, Patricia, of 59 years passed away in 2010.  She maintained a very active role within the Navy Supply Corps Wives Association and many other spousal groups throughout her husband’s career.  Through his love of the Supply Corps, CAPT Derby maintained his connection by serving as a retired representative of the San Diego Chapter until his passing.

Pictured above, from left, are CAPT Butzirus, Tom and Kathleen Sturdivant, and Jonathan Goldsmith, the actor who portrays “The Most Interesting Man in the World.”
 

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