Ronald F. Marryott

Rear Admiral Ronald F. Marryott (February 18, 1934 – June 4, 2005) was the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy from 1986 to 1988. He served as president and CEO of the George C. Marshall Foundation, and president and CEO of the Naval Academy Alumni Association from 1996 to 2000. He also was President of the Naval War College from 1985 to 1986.

Ronald Marryott
BornFebruary 18, 1934
Eddystone, Pennsylvania
DiedJune 4, 2005(2005-06-04) (aged 71)
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1953–1990
RankRear Admiral
Commands heldSuperintendent of the United States Naval Academy
Battles/warsVietnam War
Cold War
AwardsNavy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal
Order of the Falcon (Iceland)
Ordre National du Mérite (France).

Early career

After graduating from the Academy in 1957 Marryott was designated a Naval Aviator. He flew patrol and surveillance operations in P-2V and P-3 aircraft over both the Atlantic and the Pacific and participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis blockade, he also served as Project Mercury recovery officer for the first three manned spaceflights. In the mid-1960s at the academy, he taught naval history and the history of U.S. foreign policy, American government and politics, and international relations. Marryott saw duty in Vietnam and flew numerous Cold War missions. He went on to command Patrol Squadron 9 and the Naval Air Station, Moffett Field, California He served as a Navy aviator and commanded the Iceland Defense Force. He also served seven tours in the Pentagon and was President of the Naval War College from 1985 to 1986.


One of his greatest challenges as the academy's superintendent was to stanch the dropout rate for female midshipmen. He appointed a task force to examine the reasons for the high attrition rate in the 1980s, where he found that much of the problem was female recruits often lacked strong backgrounds in sciences or athletics, two staples of life at the academy. Once recruiters started looking for women who were strong in these areas, as were their male counterparts, the attrition rate dropped.


Later life

Marryott retired from active duty in 1990 and served as president and chief executive officer of the George C. Marshall Foundation before returning to Annapolis as president and chief executive officer of the academy's alumni association. He retired from the association in 2000, but remained active and served as co-chairman of the Class of '57 fundraising efforts. He was honored in 2004 as a Naval Academy Distinguished Graduate, he was a member of the class of 1957. He died on June 4, 2005 of complications from leukemia at the age of 71. Marryott was buried with full military honors at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery.


Academic offices
Preceded by
James E. Service
President of the Naval War College
August 8, 1985 – August 12, 1986
Succeeded by
John A. Baldwin, Jr.
Preceded by
Charles R. Larson
Superintendent of United States Naval Academy
Succeeded by
Virgil L. Hill Jr.
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