In Appreciation: Wayne E. Meyer
Retired Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer, age 83, died on Tuesday, 1 September, at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. He was a 35-year member and a generous Naval Institute supporter.
Admiral Meyer is regarded as the "Father of Aegis" for his 13 years of service as manager of the Aegis weapon system. He was the founding project manager of the Aegis Shipbuilding Project Office. He retired from the Navy in 1985 after serving as Deputy Commander for Weapons and Combat Systems and Ordnance Officer of the Navy. In October 2008 he attended the christening of the USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108) at Bath, Maine, with his wife, Ana Mae, serving as the ship's sponsor.
At the time of his death, Admiral Meyer was participating in his Naval Institute oral history, a project that was progressing slowly due to his poor health. The good news is that during dozens of hours of taped interviews, he had completed the discussion of his entire naval career, so the history can be finished. Unfortunately, he did not live long enough to enjoy the satisfaction of completing his oral biography. He will be missed.