In Appreciation: P. X. O'Neill
From his lively USNI Commodore induction ceremony on board the USS Constitution in 1991 to his active participation as a trustee of the Naval Institute Foundation for more than a decade, Paul Xavier "P. X." O'Neill jumped into service to the Naval Institute with both feet. On 25 September 2007, P. X., 78, died in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, due to complications from pneumonia. We join his daughter Lorena Watt, sons Paul Jr. and Peter, the seven grandchildren of whom he was so very proud, and countless friends in mourning his loss.
Paul O'Neill was Boston born and raised. Following in the footsteps of two brothers and a sister, he enlisted in the Navy on graduation from high school in 1945, and was later selected from the Fleet to join the Naval Academy class of 1954. In the early 1960s he served as commanding officer of Construction Battalion 113 in Boston. He resigned his commission in 1964 to launch P. X. Engineering, a company that manufactures equipment for power generation, petroleum processing, and nuclear sciences. He grew P. X. Engineering into a multinational corporation that is now run by his son, Paul.