In Appreciation: Earl F. Rippee
In mid-January, the Naval Institute lost one of its most dedicated friends, Captain Earl Rippee of Newport Beach, California. For half of his 85 years, Earl was a Life Member, a frequent participant in Institute events, and a generous supporter. His warm, self-deprecating humor endeared him to all.
Earl Rippee was an avid runner for nearly 40 years, averaging 50 miles per week. He competed in more than a thousand 5K and 10K races and numerous marathons before health issues sidelined him in the early 2000s. By his calculations, he had run the equivalent of 3-plus times around the globe. He admitted to mostly walking in his fourth lap.