Happy Birthday, Commodore Ericson
Erna G. Ericson of Crystal Lake, Illinois, our longest-serving female Naval Institute Commodore, has just celebrated her 104th birthday. Though suffering from glaucoma, she rarely goes to the doctor and has had only one surgery—for a bunion. She is quoted as saying, “I’ve been healthy—still am. I don’t think I’ll ever die—well it looks like it, doesn’t it?”
Mrs. Ericson was introduced to the Naval Institute by her brother-in-law, the late William W. Gubbins, who joined the Institute in 1930 after graduating from the Naval Academy. When Commander Gubbins entered into a charitable-gift annuity with the Institute in the mid-1990s, he advised his widowed sister-in-law to do the same. Each was able to take a tax deduction for their sizable gift; in return, the Institute would make monthly payments to them for life. Nearly 20 years later, her annuity is still in effect and has proved to be a highly advantageous investment. Many happy returns, Erna!