Rear Admiral John F. Shaw
United States Navy
At sea Admiral Shaw served primarily in cruisers and destroyers. He commanded USS Farragut DDG 37 from 1973 to 1975, then USS Bainbridge CGN 25 from 1980 to 1983. As a Flag Officer at sea, he commanded the Missouri Battle Group and the Midway Battle Group during the Iran/Iraq war in 1987-88. His assignment at that time was Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group One home ported in San Diego.
Born in Dallas, Texas, in 1938, he was raised in Hagerstown, Indiana, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1960, then served in his first destroyer, USS Edson DD 946. He was a graduate of Nuclear Propulsion Training, the Armed Forces Staff College and the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School where he was awarded a Master of Science Degree with distinction in Management Science.
Ashore in 1983, he was the first flag officer to head the Arleigh Burke program and was in that position when the contract design was completed and the USS Arleigh Burke DDG51 contract was awarded. He then served as the AEGIS Shipbuilding Program Manager from 1985 to 1987. During this time, the first AEGIS cruisers with the Vertical Launch System were commissioned.
His last assignment prior to retiring was as Chief of Staff to the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia. During his naval career, Admiral Shaw was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the national highest DOD peacetime award, three Legions of Merit and numerous other personal and campaign awards. Admiral Shaw's San Diego assignments began in 1978 when he was Executive Officer USS Long Beach CGN 9. He then commanded USS Bainbridge CGN 25 from May 1980 to June 1983. He returned to San Diego to command Cruiser Destroyer Group One in 1987.
In October 1991, after 35 years of naval service, Jack retired and he and his wife, Jan, returned to their home in Coronado, CA. In retirement, he was active as a volunteer. He spent time on the Coronado Library Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2005, and served as the President of the Board during the library's remodel and expansion. He was the Secretary/Treasurer of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging at UCSD Medical School from 2001 to 2004 and on the emeritus board of advisors from 2005.
Admiral Shaw passed away on 28 May 2009 in Coronado,CA.