The Schiff Legacy Lives On
In the mid-1990s, the Naval Academy asked the Naval Institute to relocate its headquarters from Preble Hall to the old hospital on the Academy yard. When longtime Member John J. “Jack” Schiff of Cincinnati, already the Institute’s top supporter, assumed the lead-donor role in the renovation project, he was offered the opportunity to have the Institute’s new building named after him. He would not hear of it, believing instead that it should be named in honor of a naval hero and suggested Captain Edward “Ned” Beach and his father (also Captain Edward Beach). The Institute’s move to Beach Hall was accomplished in February 1999, though sadly without the project’s biggest champion, as Jack Schiff passed away in October 1998.