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Vice Admiral William “Scot” McCauley (Ret.)

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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2019 4:27 pm

Vice Admiral McCauley, US (Ret.) 87, of Coronado, died in his home with family at his side on April 18.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, he is the son of the late William P. McCauley and Annette Teig, McCauley. He graduated from Creighton Prep High School and earned a Bachelor of electrical engineering degree from the United States Naval Academy. He graduated with the class of 1955. He subsequently earned masters and doctoral degrees in finance and economics and studied at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, England. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1988.

Admiral McCauley’s early sea service was spent aboard Destroyers in both the Pacific and Atlantic fleets. He distinguished himself in combat Vietnam commanding fifty river assault boats, for which he was decorated with two bronze Stars and combat Vs Air Medal and Purple Heart. During his illustrious career, he commanded the USS Brooke, USS Halsey, Destroyer Group Eight and was the Commandant of Midshipmen at the US Naval Academy and was Commander Naval Forces Atlantic. His shore assignments included Washington tours associated with the Systems Analysis and Programming of major Navy programs. He returned to London and served on the CINCUSNAVEUR Staff and was the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Naval Personal. During his naval career, Scot had four tours in San Diego and the family resided in Coronado.

Following retirement from 36 years in the Navy, Scot McCauley was a Fortune 500 corporate officer, Foundation Director. He served on the Boards of numerous corporate boards, including Pacific Insurance Company, Actuarial Consulting Group, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Nortel Government Solutions and High-Tech Engineering, as well as on the Red Cross and Scripps Boards in San Diego. Scot is also the author of three published novels: “Revenge in Exile,” Israel Under Siege” and “Death Knell of Caliphate.”

Scot was a sports enthusiast who loved to play basketball. He was also an avid tennis player who continued to play into his 80’s. he was a member of the Army Navy Country Club in Virginia.

He was a man of great faith and proud of his Jesuit schooling. He was married to the special love of his life, the former Mary Ann Reiman of Long Beach, California for 61 years. They have three children: Dr. Suzanne Rosselet, who was awarded a Coronado Rotary Fellowship to Switzerland, where she remains a resident; Melinda (David) Jones of Alexandria, Virginia and Donald (Anna) McCauley of Jacksonville, Florida. All three attended Coronado High School. Mary Ann and Scot are blessed with nine grandchildren: Camille Wurlod, Dr. Patricia Rosselet, Lt. Scott Jones, Dr. Frederic Rosselet, Lt. Katherine Smith and Mitchell, Kristen, William and Joseph McCauley, as well as five great-grandchildren. Scot is also survived by two sisters, Iani Korth and Mary Ellen Cochran. All will miss his unique sense of humor and love for his family.

Memorial services will be held in Coronado on Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 655 C Avenue, and at the U.S. Naval Academy. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the San Diego Wounded Warrior Tennis Program SDDTA 2221 Morley Field Drive, San Diego, 92104 or ARCS Scholarship Foundation, Inc., C/o Joy Brown, 230 W. Laurel Street #701, San Diego, CA 92101-1468.