Glacier Society Staff Biographies
Arctic Scout

Bernard G. Koether, II

Ben KoetherBen is considered by many as an icebreaker in the appliance controls industry and in his personal interests.

Ben was the driving force behind taking Food Automation - Service Techniques, Inc. (FAST) from its beginnings in his garage, thirty years ago, to the leading manufacturer of appliance controls exclusively for the food service industry. Throughout his career, he has earned the reputation as a pioneer of process controls for multi-unit restaurants and currently holds more than 30 U.S. and European Patents.

Ben is an active member National Restaurant Association and the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association and is a former chairman of the Connecticut/ New York Council and former director of the American Electronics Association. His entrepreneurial achievements were recently featured in Forbes Magazine.

He earned a BA degree from Brown University and an MBA in finance from Columbia University, and has served as a naval navigator and scientific officer for the US Navy aboard the USS Glacier, the largest icebreaker of her time and the flagship of Admiral Byrd. He participated in "Operation Deep Freeze," an Antarctic exploration and navigated the deepest penetration of the Bellingshausen Sea and Charter Thurston Island, where he delineated Porter's Pinnacles and Koether Inlet in 1961.

Ben spends his free time serving as chairman and founder of the Glacier Society, a dedicated group of veterans, polar explorers, and volunteers. Their mission is to restore the Icebreaker Glacier for use as an operational museum and school ship in the Northeast.

Norman F. Boas, MD

Norman Francis Boas, M.D., of Mystic, was educated at Fieldston Ethical Culture School, New York; University of Wisconsin; Harvard Medical School; Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, Internship and Medical Residency; and Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, earning Fellowships in Pathology and Endocrinology, and continued biochemical and clinical research.

His professional career included service as a 1st Lieutenant in the U. S. Army and the private practice of medicine, New York, 1949-51; and as Senior Surgeon with the U.S. Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, 1951-54 doing full-time research in biochemistry and endocrinology.

He was Senior Attending Physician, Director of Research Department, Chief of Rheumatology Section & Clinic, Director of Medical Research, treasurer of the Norwalk Hospital staff, member of Connecticut’s first chronic renal dialysis unit in Norwalk Hospital, 1955-1976; Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, 1975-78, and served on the consulting staff in rheumatology at Lawrence and Memorial Hospitals, New London, 1976-84.

Boas served as Board member and president of Connecticut Chapter, Arthritis Foundation; Board Member, Connecticut Chapter, American Heart Association; Member of the New York County, Fairfield County and Connecticut State Medical societies, and a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. Community service includes: Board member and president Wilton Community Park, Inc.; Wilton Kiwanis Club; Chairman, Board of Trustees (first), Wilton YMCA; Librarian, board member, vice president and president of the Stonington Historical Society, and Director of the Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House, a National Historic Landmark

The recipient of numerous citations and awards, Boas is a collector of original historic letters and manuscripts, with particular attention to Abraham Lincoln, his friends, associates and relatives. He is a writer of historical and biographical material, and has produced 91 quarterly catalogues offering historic manuscripts. In addition, he is the author of numerous medical and historical books.

He has sold or donated major manuscript collections to the American Philosophical Society, Harvard University Library, Brown University, Illinois State Historical Library, Library of Congress, Library of Duke University, United States Naval War College, Yale University Library, Wisconsin State Historical Society and the Lyndon B. Johnson Library.

Rosamond Koether Cooper

Rosamond Koether CooperRosamond A. Koether Cooper, Esq. of Westport, CT is president of The Kelsey Company, Shelton, CT, a title insurance agency that provides lenders and borrowers title insurance policies. She also is the solo practitioner in a law firm bearing her name, in which her primary concentration is residential real estate. In addition, she is corporate attorney for William Raveis Home-Link servicing agents in the firm's 42 real estate branch offices.

Her past experience includes: associate at a general practice firm of 12 lawyers whose primary areas of concentration were Civil Litigation, Family Law, Real Estate, and Corporate Law; Pro Bono attorney for Connecticut Legal Services; served as In-house counsel with Food Automation - Service Techniques, Inc. (F.A.S.T.), an international manufacturing company of approximately 200 employees.

Ms. Koether Cooper graduated in 1991 with a Juris Doctorate degree from Western New England College School of Law, Springfield, MA, and in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Beloit (WI) College.

Long active in her community, she currently serves as an alternate commissioner on the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission. She also served in various positions with the Westport Republic Town Committee, Greens Farms Academy, Westport/Weston Chapter of the American Red Cross, Westport Little League and Norwalk Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors.

William Gray

William Gray earned a BSE in Mech. Engineering at Yale, a BSE in Naval Arch & Marine Eng. at Univ. of Michigan with honors, and Naval commission with honors at Officer Candidate School. In 3 years of US Navy, mostly at sea on a destroyer escort, he earned "Qualified for at Sea Command", 1st Lieutenant, ASW Off, Chief Engineer, Gunnery Off., Sea Detail OD.

Mr. Gray was 4 years at Bethlehem Steel (then world's largest shipbuilder) in preliminary and structural design mainly for tankers, did "trouble shooting" and trials for all Beth yards. He also conducted tanker scantling rule studies for ABS rules committee.

In 22 years, at Exxon Gray first supervised early LNG/LPG and V/ULCC development including computer studies (with DNV) of tankers to 1.3 million DWT, then studies of safety and pollution prevention measures including world's first use of bridge simulators. Then he managed Exxon's Arctic Tanker Project including conversion and ice testing of 115 KDWT MANHATTAN and ice model basin studies and design. During the '70's he was the main oil industry spokesman at IMO and US Congress during development of MARPOL '73 and TSPP '78, work for which he received an API Citation and the Admiral Shepheard Award for Achievement in Merchant Marine Safety. During his final seven years at Exxon, Mr. Gray was worldwide Operations Coordinator for tankers and terminals managing a fleet that was then the world's largest and safest.

Mr. Gray joined Skaarup Shipping in 1987 operating its fleet of 15 bulkers. From 1989 onwards he specialized in tankers, as vice chairman of National Academy of Sciences Tanker Design Committee, and at INTERTANKO's request was their representative at IMO for '92 protocols to MARPOL and for US Coast Guard Reg/ Neg on response plans, for which he received a US Public Service Commendation.

In December 1994 Mr. Gray formed a consultancy, Gray Maritime Co, with clients including shipowners, shipyards and INTERTANKO (since 1991) for whom he did their 1996 US Port and Terminal Safety Study. It has become one of the guiding documents to improve safety in US Ports and waterways. Throughout his career Mr. Gray has been a frequent speaker and paper author for groups worldwide including IMO, ICS, OCIMF, INTERTANKO, BIMCO, AIMS, API, SNAME, RINA, SeaTrade, MarineLog, Lloyd's List, Conn. Maritime Assoc. etc.

In the early '90s Mr. Gray became a member of ABS Council, LR American Committee and DNV North American Committee, and became involved with Webb Institute (of naval architecture) where he is now Honorary Trustee and Alumnus. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, SNAME, and a director of US shipowner Attransco. In 2002 Mr. Gray was awarded SNAME's Vice Adm "Jerry" Land medal for outstanding achievement in the marine field.

Capt. Ross Hatch, USN (Ret.)

Capt. Hatch has a broad background in combat system engineering developed in over 45 years as a surface warfare officer in the Navy and as a program area manager at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He is a specialist in technical management of complex weapons systems. His experience provides him with a broad background in anti-air, anti-surface and strike warfare from an operational, technical and engineering viewpoint. He has wide experience dealing with the Navy and Air Force, government and civilian laboratories and defense contractors.

In the Navy, his sea duty included tours in guided missile destroyers and cruisers, destroyers and an icebreaker. As Operations Officer of the icebreaker, USS GLACIER (AGB-4), he made two deployments to the Antarctic. In 1960, GLACIER became the first ship in history to penetrate the Bellinghausen Sea to the Antarctic Coast. In recognition of his contribution to Antarctic exploration, as a member of a four man surveying party along the Eights Coast of the Bellinghausen Sea in 1961, Hatch Outcrop on McNamara Island was named in his honor. Capt. Hatch commanded the guided missile destroyer, USS SEMMES (DDG-18), and was recomissioning CO for the guided missile cruiser, USS BELKNAP (CG-26). Ashore, he served in the Naval Sea Systems Command as TARTAR/STANDARD Missile Program Manager, AEGIS Shipbuilding Deputy, Director, Surface Combat Systems, Executive Assistant to the Director AAW and Surface Warfare Systems and, while on temporary assignment to the Chief of Naval Material, was the Director of the Outer Air Battle Study. In the Office of the CNO he served in the AAW RDT&E Branch, the ASMD Office and as AAW Branch Head for the DCNO (Surface Warfare). Joining JHU/APL in 1985, he served as Tomahawk Program Manager, Strike Program Area Manager and finally as Assistant Department Head for Programs in the Power Projection System Department until his retirement in 1999. The Strike Program Area included Technical Direction Agent for Tomahawk, Harpoon Guidance, as well as concept and development work for several Navy and Air Force air to ground and air to air missiles. On three occasions he has served as a member of the Navy Studies Board, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences. In 1989 he was appointed as a member of the JHU/APL Principal Professional Staff. Since his retirement from APL, he has had consulting agreements with JHU/APL, Laurel, MD and BCI, Dahlgren, VA. He has been a member of NDIA Studies including SIP I, SIP II/FORCEnet and Joint Fires. Most recently he was the JHU/APL member of the Tactical Tomahawk Independent Review Team convened by Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition)

Capt. Hatch was born in New York City, New York. He is a 1956 graduate of the US Naval Academy. He earned an MS in engineering electronics from the US Naval PostGraduate School and an MS in Financial Management from The George Washington University. He attended the Armed Forces Staff College and is a distinguished graduate of the Program Manager Course at the Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, VA. Memberships include Board of Directors of the Precision Strike Association (PSA) an NDIA Affiliate, Advisory Board of The GLACIER Society (acting as Historian and author of Icebreaking News articles), BELKNAP Association (Historian), Life Member IEEE, Surface Navy Association and Naval Institute. He resides with his wife, Dr. Phyllis H. Hatch, in Fairfax, VA.

Sir Phillip Law

Sir Phillip LawPhillip Law was born in Tallangatta, Victoria in 1912. His family moved to Hamilton, Victoria where he attended Hamilton High School. Mr. Law was educated at Ballarat Teachers' College and worked as a secondary school teacher in Hamilton and Geelong before beginning study at the University of Melbourne. He received his MSc in physics in 1941.

During World War II, Mr. Law continued his research at the University of Melbourne with various wartime projects and was secretary of the Optical Munitions Panel (later the Scientific Instruments and Optical Panel).

In 1947-48 Mr. Law was involved in the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE) trip to Macquarie Island and Antarctica. He was appointed leader of ANARE and director of the Antarctic Division of the Department of External Affairs in 1949. He personally led 23 voyages to Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic regions, and directed ANARE activities that resulted in the mapping of 4000 miles of coastline and 800,000 square miles of territory. In 1954 he founded the Mawson, Davis and Casey bases in Antarctica.

Mr. Law resigned from the Department of External Affairs in 1966 to become the executive vice-president of the Victoria Institute of Colleges. He held this position until 1977 during which time the technical colleges were transformed into institutes of technology offering diplomas, degrees, and higher degrees based on post-graduate work.

Mr. Law has written several books – ANARE: Australia's Antarctic Outposts and three autobiographies. He was awarded an honorary DAppSc by the University of Melbourne in 1962.

Mr. Law received a Companion of the Order of the British Empire in 1960 and a Companion of the Order of Australia in the first year of this award, 1975. He was elected a foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 1975, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1978.

C.E. Leffler

Charles E. "Bud" Leffler founded Marine Environmental Partners, Inc. and serves as its chief executive officer. Mr Leffler is also president and CEO of Boatside Services, Inc., a marine services company based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

His previous experiences includes 17 years in various engineering and management positions with General Electric Co., Vice President of Siemens Energy and Automation Co., President of Allen Medical Systems, and President of Zaxis, Inc., a publicly held biotech firm engaged in, among other specialties, the production of pharmaceutical grade water.

Mr. Leffler is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and he is a licensed 100 ton master pilot.

RADM James E. Miller, USN SC, (Ret.)

RADM James MillerRear Admiral Jim Miller retired from active duty in 1993 after 37 years of service as a naval officer. Following his navy retirement he served as the president and CEO of the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation in Wash. DC, until 1996 when he formed LOGSTRAT, INC., a business consulting firm working with many major defense industry companies.

In his 37 years in the Navy, he served twelve years afloat and ashore in the western Pacific/Indian Ocean areas of operations, including afloat operations during the Quemoy/Matsu crises and the Vietnam War.

Rear Admiral Miller's last assignment in the navy was commander, naval supply systems command. He had responsibility for a worldwide network of activities, manned by some 47,000 personnel (civilian and military) in a multi-billion dollar "corporation" supporting the fleet worldwide. He led the logistics for naval forces in Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

Rear Admiral Miller earned a BA in business administration in 1956 from the University of Redlands, Redlands, CA. He also holds an advanced degree in management from the Navy Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, and is a graduate (with distinction) of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Washington, DC.

He is a highly decorated naval veteran and is a recipient of the Naval Reserve Association "National Presidents Award" for contributions to national defense and the Navy League Admiral Ben Morell Award for logistics competence.

Gary Romeo, DMD

Gary RomeoDr. Gary Romeo received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Connecticut (B.S., D.M.D.) and his postgraduate certification in Orthodontics from the University of Illinois (Chicago). Gary is a Senior Attending staff member in the Orthodontic section (Department of Surgery) at Norwalk Hospital. He is a past president of the Greater Norwalk Dental Society and of the Kiwanis Club of Westport. Gary is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a member of its College of Diplomates; a member of the Northeastern Component of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Association of Orthodontists, the Connecticut State Society of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association and the Connecticut state component.

Willits H. Sawyer, CFRE

Will Sawyer is CEO and Chief Marketing Officer of EFT Corporation and has more than 30 years' experience as an EFT expert and fund raiser for charitable causes.

He is a Vietnam veteran, having served as a naval officer in UDT12/SEAL Team 1.

Will is a graduate of the Institute of Educational Management of Harvard Business School and the NSFRE Strategic Planning Workshop at Case Western Reserve.

Prior to joining EFT Corporation, he directed fund-raising campaigns for Yale University, Phillips Exeter Academy and Outward Bound; and served as President of Oram International Corporation, a company providing fund raising services for charitable organizations at home and overseas.

Dr. Susan Solomon Ph.D.

Susan SolomonSusan Solomon is a recognized world expert in atmospheric science. Since receiving her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1981, she has been employed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a research scientist. Her research has provided key measurements and critical theoretical understanding of stratospheric ozone destruction. In 1986 and 1987, she served as the Head Project Scientist of the National Ozone Expedition at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, and made some of the first measurements that pointed toward chlorofluorocarbons as the cause of the ozone hole. In 1994, an Antarctic glacier was named in recognition of her contributions to polar science.

Dr. Solomon is the recipient of many other honors and awards for her insights in explaining the cause of the Antarctic ozone hole, including the James B. Macelwane Award of the American Geophysical Union, the Gold Medal for Exceptional Service of the Department of Commerce, the Henry G. Houghton Award and the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Medal of the American Meteorological Society, for excellence in research, the Arthur S. Flemming Award for exceptional government service, the Commonwealth Award of the Commonwealth Trust, and the Ozone Award of the United Nations Environment Programme. In 1992, R&D Magazine honored her as its scientist of the year. She has received honorary doctoral degrees from Tulane University, Williams College, and the University of Colorado. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a Foreign Associate of both the French and European Academies of Sciences. In March of 2000, she received the National Medal of Science, the United States' highest scientific distinction, for "key insights in explaining the cause of the Antarctic ozone hole."

Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart has over 20 years in sales and sales management experience. Mr. Stewart has been instrumental in the formation of Marine Environmental Partners, Inc. (MEP) since its founding and assumed a full time position at the company in August 2001.

Previously he worked with C.E. Leffler at Boatside Services, Inc. as business development manager, since 1997. From 1991-1996, Mr. Stewart was with the financial services firm of Lehwald, Orosey & Pepe, in Fort Lauderdale, FL. in a sales management position. Prior to that position, he was with Mercedes Benz of North America with sales and customer relations responsibilities.

Mr. Stewart is a graduate of Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, FL.

Rev. J. Perry Wooten

J. Perry WootenRev. Dr. J. Perry Wootten is Senior Pastor of Eastchester Presbyterian Church, Bronx, New York. He has been the Pastor of that Church since 1988.

Mr. Wootten came to Eastchester Church after completing 22 years in international banking. He was Senior Vice President of Irving Trust Company, which, shortly before he resigned, was bought by Bank of New York. During his tenure there he was responsible for the Bank's business in Northern Europe, Eastern Europe and Africa before he was assigned as Division Head for International Planning. After two years in that assignment he assumed responsibility for the Bank's business in Africa and Israel.

Mr. Wootten began his banking career at Citibank where he also worked for 11 years. While at Citibank he lived and worked in several countries in Asia. His first assignment was in the Philippines but was soon transferred to Hong Kong. After 2 years there he was promoted to Senior Officer in Charge of Guam and the Trust Territories. Two and one half years later he was reassigned to Head Office in New York and was Head of Planning for Asia. He was then promoted to Senior Officer for Thailand, Burma and Laos. Then he and his family were transferred from Bangkok to Moscow for 2 years where he was responsible for Citibank's business in the Soviet Union. He also worked for a brief period in Indonesia and Korea.

Mr. Wootten came to banking from the U.S. Navy. After completing Officer's Candidate School he served in Underwater Demolition Team 11 and then was assigned to Russian Language School in Washington, D.C. Upon completing of that training he was posted in Japan for 2 years with the Naval Security Group. While there he learned Japanese and taught in two high schools and a university.




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