LCdr Christopher Stewart Willson died 14 November 1990 in San Diego, California. Memorial services were held at Balboa Naval Hospital Chapel in San Diego on 21 November, attended by his family and friends.
LCdr Willson was born on 25 May 1956 at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital. He received his appointment to the Naval Academy from Florida. While at the Naval Academy, Chris was Plebe Summer Regimental Commander and served as the Brigade Adjutant his First Class year. He was active in many Academy organizations including the Brigade Activities Committee. Upon graduation with the Class of 1978, he was commissioned an ensign and selected for duty in the nuclear power program.
His first shipboard assignment was aboard the USS ENTERPRISE where he served as a division officer in the Engineering Department. Following this tour he served as CIC Officer aboard USS LEAHY. He was selected for Department Head School while serving aboard USS GOMPERS as Radiological Control Officer. After attending Department Head School, he was assigned to USS FIFE as Operations Officer. His devoted and meritorious service garnered him many praises and awards including the Navy Commendation Medal and Battle “E.”
A Life Member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association, Chris was a staunch supporter of the Academy and often reminisced of his days at the Yard. He will be sorely missed by his family, Shipmates and friends who remember him for his quick wit and kind smile. Chris is survived by his parents, Capt. And Mrs. L.E. Willson of Friday Harbor, Washington.