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Patrons of Exploration
Don Walsh -  went to sea with the Navy a half century ago. Enlisting as an Airman in 1948, he retired as a Captain in 1975. After graduation from Annapolis he served in submarines, including command of USS Bashaw in the late 1960s. Don served fifteen years in submarines with many WWII submariners. His naval service included both Korean and Vietnam wars. 

In addition to submarines, Walsh was designated the Navy’s first deep submersible pilot when he had command of the Bathyscaph Trieste from 1958-1962. In 1960 he and Jacques Piccard piloted Trieste to the deepest place in the world ocean…seven miles down in the Marianas Trench. For the past 40 years he has remained active in the design, construction and operation of deep submersibles. Walsh has also worked at the North and South Poles and has made 30 expeditions to the Arctic and 20 to the Antarctic. From November 2002 to February 2003 he made a 70-day circumnavigation of the Antarctic continent on a Russian icebreaker.  

He has a B.S. from the US Naval Academy; M.S. and Ph.D. in oceanography from Texas A&M University; and an M.A. in political science from San Diego State University. After Navy retirement 1975, Dr. Walsh became dean of marine programs and professor of ocean engineering at the University of Southern California. Leaving USC after 10 years he started International Maritime Inc. a consulting practice that he still heads. Walsh served for six years as a Director of The Explorers Club, which elected him as an Honorary Life Member and Honorary President. He is a recipient of the Club’s Lowell Thomas Medal and its highest award, The Explorers Medal. He lives on his ranch in Dora Oregon, population 10. 

Donald T. “Boysie” Bollinger graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a degree in Business Administration. He participates at both national and state levels in the political arena and he devotes considerable time to professional and civic organizations including the Shipbuilders Council of America and the National Ocean Industries Association. He also served on the Louisiana Recovery Authority and Bring New Orleans Back Commission (both of which were involved in the rebuilding of New Orleans and Louisiana after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita).

Boysie is also very involved with the United States Coast Guard Foundation, The National World War II Museum, Offshore Marine Services Association, Business Council of New Orleans, The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana; World President’s Organization and Chief Executive Officer's Organization, United Way, and the Boy Scouts of America, to name a few. He has served as a delegate to Louisiana’s Constitutional Convention in 1973 and served on the Louisiana Board of Regents and the University of Louisiana System Board. He is also Chairman of the Nicholls State University Foundation.

Bollinger, a native of Lockport, Louisiana, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette

John E. Abele is the retired Founding Chairman of Boston Scientific Corporation and an early pioneer in the then counter-intuitive concept of less invasive surgery. He holds numerous patents and has published and lectured extensively on the many different disruptive technologies of various medical devices and on the technical, educational, social, economic, and political factors influencing their acceptance into global clinical practice. His major interests include science literacy for children, education, and the process by which new technology is invented, developed, and introduced to society. John is the recipient of several honorary awards for his contributions in medicine, as well as honorary doctoral degrees from Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and his alma mater, Amherst College.  

From 2002 to 2010, he served as Chairman of the FIRST Foundation (www.usfirst.org), which runs a range of robotics competitions from grade to high school, for kids to make being science-literate cool and fun. He continues to serve as Vice-Chairman.  

One of John’s most meaningful projects was the search by him and his brothers for the USS Grunion, the naval submarine commanded by their father, and lost at sea in 1942. The story of search for and the discovery of the sub 62 years later is told by author Peter Stevens in his book, Fatal Dive: Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion.

John is the owner and developer of the Kingbridge Centre and Institute, a conferencing institution whose mission is to research, develop, and teach improved methods for interactive conferencing: problem solving, conflict resolution, strategic planning, new methods for learning and generally help groups to become “collectively intelligent.” (www.kingbridgecentre.com)

William (Bill) Keitel - Bill retired from Qualcomm in 2013 as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer responsible for leading the finance, accounting, reporting, tax, treasury, investor relations and information systems organizations. He joined Qualcomm in 1996 serving in senior finance roles until his appointment to Chief Financial Officer in 2002. In each of the 9 years 2004 to 2012, Institutional Investor Magazine named Bill to their list of “America’s Best CFOs” following their annual Wall Street analyst survey. From 1983 to 1996, Bill held senior finance and manufacturing responsibilities with Nortel. Prior to Nortel, Bill was with PepsiCo in financial planning positions. Bill is currently a board member of Turtle Beach Corporation and Pacific Ridge School. Bill has a MBA degree from Arizona State University and a BA degree from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Bill and his wife, Jill McSweeney, live in Rancho Santa Fe and have three daughters. His two uncles are entombed in lost WWII submarines. Donald Charles Sullivan was aboard the USS R12 (SS-89) when she was lost on June 12, 1943 and on the Edward Francis Sullivan, Jr. was aboard the USS GRAYLING (SS-209) which was lost between 9 and 12 September 1943 either in Lingayen Gulf or along the approaches to Manila.

Bryan MacKinnon – Nephew of Dudley “Mush” Morton Captain of USS Wahoo  
Bryan MacKinnon founded the MacKinnon Organization in 1995 to research, among other topics, the Loss of the USS WAHOO SS-238. Conduct historical research with emphasis on where unique contributions can be made including, but not limited to, the World War Two American submarine service, MacKinnon Scottish Clan History, and Japanese Historical Archives. Their mission is to solve mysteries related to the USS Wahoo, assist and providing information to families whom lost members during the Second World War submarine service, freely distribute as much information as possible. Bryan is currently Head of Corporate Security and Business Continuity Management and Operational Risk Management in Singapore