Rear Adm. Stewart Andrew Ring, U.S. Navy retired, son of Vice Adm. Stanhope Cotton Ring, U.S. Navy retired, and Eleanor Reynolds Ring, was born in Coronado in September 1933. Ring was in the first class of Coronado’s first nursery school, Miss Bunny’s, and attended Coronado High School along with schools in Washington, D.C.; Ojai, California; Naples, Italy, Rome and Munich. He graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
After graduating from Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, Ring started his early career as a Naval Officer. His significant sea duty included USS Yarnell (DD-541); staff on Destroyer Squadron 5; Executive Officer of USS Persistent (MSO-491), USS Bridget (DD-1024) and USS Harry E. Yarnell (DLG/CG-17); and Commanding Officer of USS Fortify (MSO- 446).
His shore duty assignments included a master’s degree from California State University, Berkeley; Flag Lieutenant/Aide to Commander Minecraft, Pacific Fleet, or COMINPAC; Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense, Korea Desk Officer; U.S. Mission to NATO, Navy Representative, Operations Division; then Deputy Director for Plans, Military Fellow, Council of Foreign Relations in New York City; Executive Director of the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel; Commander, Navy Recruiting Area 8; Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans and Policy; Director, East Asia and Pacific Region, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; and Director for Plans and Policy for Commander in Chief Pacific, or CINCPAC.
He was awarded the Legion of Merit with three gold stars; a Meritorious Service Medal; the Combat Action Ribbon; and a Meritorious Unit Commendation for Recruiting Area 8. After duty stations in Coronado, Long Beach and Berkeley, California; Washington D.C.; Norfolk, Virginia; Newport, Rhode Island; Brussels; New York City; and Honolulu, Rear Adm. Ring retired in 1987. Upon his retirement, he was awarded the Navy’s Distinguished Service Medal.
He now lives on the North Shore of Oahu where he stays active in community service protecting the area from overdevelopment. He has two daughters, Susan Ring of Colorado and Katherine Ring now of Lucca, Italy. Both daughters were born in Coronado as were his brother, Bill Ring, now deceased, and his sister Susan Ring Keith of Coronado.