The Naval Institute honored J. Ira Harris of Palm Beach and Chicago in June. With wife Nicki and friends in attendance, he was inducted as a USNI Commodore on board his yacht XIII, moored in the Annapolis Harbor.
Commodore Harris is Chairman of J. I. Harris & Associates, a financial consulting firm, and Vice Chairman of The Pritzker Organization, LLC, a merchant banking investment management services firm. He is a life trustee of Northwestern University, the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Corporation, and the Museum of Science and Industry; a member of the Kellogg Graduate School advisory board; a life director of the National Center for Learning Disabilities; and chairman of the American Cancer Society's 19th Hole Club. His is a past recipient of the Horatio Alger Award.
The Harrises are well known in philanthropic and social circles. Nicki Harris is chairwoman of the education and projects committee of the Kennedy Center's National Committee for the Performing Arts, and on the boards of the Norton Museum of Art, the Historical Society of Chicago and the Chicago Boys & Girls Club. They have three children and two grandchildren.
USNI Commodores constitute the Naval Institute's top donor society. Members pledge cumulative gifts of at least $25,000 to further the Institute's mission. For information on any of the Foundation's annual and lifetime giving societies, please contact Bill MacIntosh at (410) 295-1056 or [email protected] .
Historic Photos Preserve Aviation's Past
In March 1951, against a backdrop of the New York skyline, the heavy cruiser USS Columbus (CA-74) sailed beneath a crossroads in the history of naval aviation. The last of the sea-based scouts that flew from cruisers and battleships on logistics, scouting, and gunfire spotting missions had already left service in 1949, as helicopters replaced catapults on the fantail. Airships—"blimps" as they were called—were another relic of the golden age of naval aviation that would also be phased out in another ten years, their missions absorbed by land-based patrol planes and helicopters.
This image is among the nearly 450,000 photographs in the Naval Institute's archives, including hundreds that document the earliest days of naval aviation. The Institute's Web site, features several special photo collections , including color images from World War II and a new VJ Day commemoration. Volunteers help us research, catalog, and digitize the Naval Institute's photo archives. If you live in the Annapolis area and would like to take part in this important work, please contact Tim Wooldridge at (410) 295-1024.
Financial support for, among other things, photo cabinets, acid-free archival boxes, and to maintain copying equipment is critical to the Institute's photo preservation efforts. You can help by sending your tax-deductible gift, earmarked for photo archives, to the Naval Institute Foundation, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402. For more information, please contact Sue Sweeney at (410) 295-1054, or at [email protected] .
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