NPS President Daniel Oliver will proudly induct three alumni into the Hall of Fame

Last Updated : 5/26/2011 10:20:09 AM

In a small ceremony on Dec. 3, NPS President Daniel Oliver will proudly induct three alumni into the Hall of Fame. The inductees include retired Navy Admiral Thomas J. Lopez, retired Vice Admiral Patricia A. Tracey, and, posthumously, retired Vice Admiral Thomas J. Hughes. The inductees will accept a medal at the ceremony, and will receive a plaque to hang on the Hall of Fame wall in Herrmann Hall. Hughes' wife, Nancy Hughes will attend the ceremony to accept the award on her husband's behalf.

Admiral T. Joseph Lopez has worked in executive positions in the private sector following a distinguished 40 year Navy career, culminating in his service as Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe and Commander in Chief, Allied Forces, Southern Europe. He is one of two officers in Navy history to rise to the rank of four stars after direct commissioning from enlisted service. He has served in ship and shore assignments in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and the Balkan conflicts. Admiral Lopez's naval career included tours as Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces, Southern Europe from 1996- 1998. In 1996, he commanded all U.S. and Allied Bosnia Peace Keeping Forces; from 1994-1996, he served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Resources, Warfare Requirements and Assessments; Commander of the U.S. Sixth Fleet in 1992-1993; and Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense from 1990-1992.

Vice Admiral A. Patricia Tracey is vice president of industry development, Department of Defense for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services U.S. Public Sector. She is responsible for U.S. Defense business development and industry collaboration. A native of The Bronx, N.Y, Tracey completed a distinguished 34-year naval career in 2004, retiring as vice admiral and the most senior woman officer in the history of the U.S. Navy. In her final assignment before retirement, Tracey became the first director of the Navy Staff. Previously, Tracey graduated from the College of New Rochelle with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics, completed Women's Officer' School, and was commissioned as an Ensign in 1970. She also earned a Master's degree, with distinction, in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Her initial assignment in the U.S. Navy was to the Naval Space Surveillance Systems where she was qualified as a Command Center Officer and Orbital Analyst.

Vice Admiral Thomas J. Hughes (Oct. 14, 1926 - Jan. 13, 2009) served as a Junior Officer on Destroyers, Amphibious and Service Force ships. From September 1950 until July 1951 his ship served off Korea in Gunfire support, amphibious landings, mine sweeping Wonsan, and carrier operations. He attended the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia and the Operations Analysis curriculum at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where he received a Master of Science Degree in 1962. VADM Hughes was appointed to the Naval Postgraduate School as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in October 2002 and served as the Conrad Chair for Financial Management in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy until September 2007. Additionally, he served as Acting Dean of the Graduate School of Business & Public Policy in 2005. His vast experience enabled him to serve as the resident expert, thinker, and transmitter of Department of Defense financial management experience. He provided a direct link between the students and faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller).

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