Commander Holloway H. Frost
In early 1935, a curious phrase appeared in print. It said, "the U.S. Naval Institute has been deFrosted." These odd words (both in meaning and spelling) were not reporting some major change in tone or policy, and they certainly were not part of a weather forecast.
Although delivered with a touch of humor, this odd phrase appeared in an obituary—one mourning the loss of a Navy commander named Holloway H. Frost.
With the death of this man the Naval Institute had lost one of its more prolific writers, one whose works had an impact on the Navy of his day and some of which are still read today by historians.
In 1929, Frost's first book, We Build a Navy, recounted the history of the U.S. Navy, from its origins through the War of 1812. He subsequently added a book on shiphandling—On a Destroyer's Bridge—that was widely read by neophytes and professional mariners of the day.