In memoriam: VADM Edward C. Waller III '49, USN (Ret.)

We are saddened to report the passing of former Superintendent VADM Edward C. Waller ’49, USN (Ret.), on 2 March 2021. He passed away at the age of 95 at the home of his daughter in Annapolis, MD.

VADM Waller enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944. In 1949 he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. He reported to Pensacola, FL, for flight training and received his wings in March 1951. Ordered to Patrol Squadron 50 in September 1951, he made two deployments in support of the Korean War. In 1954 he entered the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and obtained a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering in 1956 and a M.S. Electrical Engineering in 1957. After a tour in Key West, FL, he attended the Naval War College in Newport.

He was assigned at the Pentagon having primary responsibility for the P3C development. In 1970, he assumed command of the Amphibious Cargo Ship CHARLESTON.

Having been promoted to Rear Admiral in 1971, his flag rank jobs included: Commander Fleet Air Wings Pacific, command of the ASW Systems Project Office and head of ASW Division, OPNAV. He was appointed Vice Admiral in 1975 and was named Director, Weapons Systems and subsequently appointed Director, ASW and Ocean Surveillance Programs and then Commander, U.S. Third Fleet in Pearl Harbor in 1979.

In 1981, he became the 50th Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy. VADM Waller retired from the Navy in 1983 and joined the Lockheed-California Company in 1984. In 1986 he was named Vice President and General Manager-Government Programs, followed by an appointment as Vice President ASW Systems, Lockheed Corporation. Since retiring from Lockheed in 1991, he consulted and served on the Board of Directors of a high technology company in the Washington, DC, area.

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