Last Horizon


"Sunset and evening star
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea . . ."
-- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Martha Jane Dodd

Martha Jane Dodd, age 91, passed away on November 1, 2017 in Fairfax, Virginia. If you were a member of NVSPS around the turn of the new century, you must have encountered the smiling face of Martha Jane .

Martha Jane loved the squadron and worked as hard as anyone for its success. She and her husband Edwin Dodd were tireless recruiters for new members. In 1996 they received the Spirit of Flower Power award for generating membership participation. As Membership Chair Martha Jane organized recruitment crews for basic boating classes for several years. She won the Spirit of Flower Power award every year from 1998 to 2001 when the squadron decided she should keep it permanently.

When Ed became Commander in 1999 Martha Jane worked tirelessly at his side to make the year memorable for all members. Their D5 spring conference hospitality suite featured a navigation test performed on Etch-a-Sketch boards. Each summer they participated in the squadron cruise aboard their 36’ sports fisherman Martha Jane which they kept at Fairfax Yacht Club. They also promoted the Cooperative Charting program by tromping around in the weeds searching for markers and interviewing marina owners for updated information. We miss you, Martha Jane.


P/Lt/C Manette Barbara Lazear, AP

P/Lt/C Manette Barbara Lazear, AP, age 70, passed away on July 30, 2017 in Fairfax, Virginia. Manette was a life member of NVSPS with 28 merit marks and a love of the water. She began sailing as a teen, with an Alcort Minifish, on Long Island Sound. Later in life, she moved to Northern Virginia and sailed the Minifish on the Potomac. After she married Walt Lazear in 1989 and moved to Reston, she and Walt sailed the Minifish from their lakeside home on Lake Thoreau. They also bareboat chartered for 15 years on the Chesapeake Bay, often going for long weekend sails with friends. They would not touch shore for three days, not talk about work, anchor in a creek each night, and give their friends a true break from stress. Manette loved the Bay, crab cakes, and her Reston lake.

Manette was born on August 20, 1947 in Manhassett, NY (on Long Island). She is survived by her loving husband, Walt Lazear, a brother, John Charny of Cleveland, a son Peter, a daughter Lori, numerous nieces and nephews, and five grandchildren. She graduated from the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University and worked first as a medical secretary in NY and then as a computer analyst at the MITRE Corporation in McLean, VA until retirement in 2000.


Claude R. Yates III

P/C Claude Russell Yates III (Bud), JN age 90, passed away on July 14, 2015 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Claude was involved with the founding of Northern Virginia Power Squadron in 1968 and was Commander of the squadron 1973-1974. Recounting his year of command in memoirs for the 40th squadron anniversary celebration (seen here), Claude noted the significant accomplishment of winning the National USPS Commanders Cup competition. He also praised long-time members such as Gale Alls and Alan Hart for their hard work, which they continue even today.

Claude Yates was born on April 30, 1925 in Alexandria, Va. Claude is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Ann Lee Bettis Yates, also survived by a brother and his wife, Mr. And Mrs. Robert E. Yates, Sr., a brother in law James H. Bettis and nine nieces and nephews and their numerous offspring. Claude graduated from the George Washington University of Washington D.C. He was a veteran of WWII serving 6 years in the U.S. Navy as an aerial gunner and flight engineer. Claude retired after 32 years of Federal Government service. Claude and Ann were active in the First Baptist Church of Orlando where a memorial service was held Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. in the Henry Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Health First Hospice.


Robert Hutton

Robert "Bob" Wackerman Hutton, N of Alexandria, a 44-year NVSPS member, passed away on Sunday, October 19, 2014. Bob was hurt in a fall in his home last August and spent some time in a rehabilitation facility. Bob was involved with the Northern Virginia Sail & Power Squadron, the American Wine Society, and the American Association of Geographers. His careers included time with the National Security Agency and 30 years with the Library of Congress. He joined the Knights of the Vine and started his retirement career of writing wine articles for various publications. Through these articles, he was invited annually with a press pass for Vin Expo in Burgundy, France, and the London Wine Fair.

There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, November 1, 2014; 10:30AM at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 323 South Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (703-549-6670) The burial/graveside service is on Saturday, November 8, 2014; 11AM at Longwood Cemetery, 945 East Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (610-388-7165).



Richard Davis

Major Richard Paul Davis (USAF Ret.) of Herndon, VA passed away on Thursday, June 12, 2014. Beloved husband of Irina Davis; Godfather of Maria Marshakova of Toronto; brother of Harry (Donna) Davis of FL. Richard was born on February 17, 1938 in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Pensacola, FL. He had a 20 year Air Force career and over 30 years focused within DOD and federal agencies in program management and business development for IT programs. Membership in the United States Power Squadron was an important part of Richard's life. In 2013-2014 he was the commander of NVSPS, District 5. Richard had a lot of friends throughout all his life, beginning from high school, military and professional career, boatclub, and home owners association. He was patriotic, optimistic, loved animals, nature and had a great sense of humor. He was loved and will be missed. To honor Richard's wishes and respect his personality the family will hold a private celebration of life service. Information and condolences at    [Published in The Washington Post on June 14, 2014]

Richard will have a military funeral at 10:00 a.m. on 18 September at Arlington National Cemetery. ALL USPS MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.


Helen Alberts

Helen Seevers Alberts, 94 of Leesburg, passed away on April 26, 2014 at Inova Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after an extended illness. She was preceded in death by her husband William S. Alberts (former commander and long-time life member of NVSPS); her sister Ruth Imhoff; her brother Harold “Bud” Seevers and her parents Edna and Albert Seevers. She is survived by her daughters, Janet Lickey of Leesburg and Gail Stone of Spencer, WV; 5 grandchildren, Cheryl Fletcher of Manassas, William Wyatt of Oakland, CA, Christopher Stone of Wilmington, NC, Michelle Reyes of San Antonio, TX, and Frank Stone of Houston, TX; and 6 great grandchildren, Kasey Sheaffer of Sterling, Suriya and Sahil Munawar and Xoey, Lexi and Jordon Reyes of San Antonio, TX. A loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Helen always found time to help others through a variety of volunteer activities. For (more than 20 years), she was volunteer manager of the Blossom and Bloom Shop in Leesburg. She served as an officer of the Loudoun Restoration and Preservation Society and the Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center and was a member of the Loudoun Choral Society, the Loudoun Playmakers and the Northern Virginia Power Squadron. In recognition of her community service, she received the 1989 Governor’s Award for Volunteering Excellence, the 1992 Outstanding Retired Senior Volunteer Award for Volunteering Excellence, the 1992 Outstanding Retired Senior Volunteer Award, and the 1993 Charles E. Smith People Who Make a Difference Award. She was a member of the Leesburg Presbyterian Church and served as a Deacon and Assistant to the music director as well as faithful choir member and occasional organist.


Ron Larson

Ron Larson passed over the last Horizon on 15 December, 2013 at the Fairfax Hospital. He came down with pneumonia after heart surgery. Ron was a P/Lt/C with 25 Merit Marks, serving on the Cdr's Advisory Committee. Ron was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and promoted a harmonious relationship between both organizations. His contribution to our Squadron was super and hIs guidance will be very much missed. May he rest in peace.