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“I had the privilege to serve as Captain Naughton's Ship's Secretary, as a freely minted LDO Ensign. He and his wonderful wife, Jackie, were top...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Manny Marguy - JACKSONVILLE, FL

“Capt. R. J. Naughton was my first Skipper when I reported onboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65) July 5, 1995. I worked in the Personnel office onboard as...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Victor L. Hamilton, PNC(SW), USN-R - MD

“Dick and I were squadron mates in VF-84 in the 1969-1971 time frame. we were very good friends and played several rounds of golf together. He was...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: tom mcneil - medfield, MA

“My prayers are with the Naughton family and may you be comforted in your time of grief. Mr. Naughton was my commanding officer on the U.S.S....Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Adrian Hall

“I had the honor of knowing and working with VADM Naughton. In the short time we worked together I grew to admire his intellect, strength and courage....Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Nelson Paez - Santa Monica, CA

“Vice Admiral Naughton was a good man and a great boss. He was the second of two Supes for which I worked as Flag Lieutenant at the Naval Academy and...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Mick Brons - Laurel, MD

“To the Naughton extended family: so sorry for your loss. Captain Naughton (as I knew him) was a tough, no-nonsense, and ultimately very fair...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: John (Larry) Reddick - Waveland, MS

“I served with then Capt. Naughton on board the USS New Orleans during the Persian Gulf War. I was looking up some info on the New Orleans , found...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Jerry - Served under his command

“I was deeply saddened to hear the news about dick. I had not seen him since we were in our teens. a huge loss, he was one of the good one's. The...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Michael sheridan - Indianapolis,, IN

“I thoroughly enjoyed my friendship and working relationship with Dick. We shared a great love of dogs and I always enjoyed his stories and pictures...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Marda Libuse - Carlsbad, CA

“you fought the good fight of the warrior class tradition, and even though it's way too early, you've earned the peace that you now have, and you...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Frederick B. (Rick) Bayer,III - PA

“Dick was a good friend and I will always remember his smile and laughter. My best to all of his family. Jim C. ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: James Cookinham - Moreland Hills, OH

“I had the privledge and honor to meet the Admiral only a few times on his visits to San Francisco. Through these brief encounters, I found a friend...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: RADM Frank X. Johnston, USMS (Ret) - CA

“We are very sorry for your loss. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Bryn and Evan Kirvin - San Diego, CA

“I am so sorry to learn about Dick's passing. I haven't seen him in many years and miss that we hadn't connected. My dad and Roland were first...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Kathy Sheridan - Mound, MN

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Dick was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on October 5, 1946, to Roland and Laurine Naughton. He grew up surrounded by all the raucous fun and frolic that 2 brothers and 2 sisters can bring. He attended Immaculate Conception and graduated from Regis High School. In 1964, he headed east to attend the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, a move which marked the beginning of a distinguished 40 year naval career.

After graduation, Dick earned his wings as a naval flight officer and flew the F-4 and F-14 fighter jets. He thrived on the thrill and excitement of flying in those early years, but his passion for naval aviation lasted a lifetime. He earned a Master's Degree and Engineer's Degree in Aeronautical Engineering and is a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. During his career he spent many years at sea (as Jackie and Sean can attest) and commanded Fighter Squadron 24, USS New Orleans and USS Enterprise. As a flag officer, Admiral Naughton commanded Carrier Group Four, Naval Strike and Airwarfare Center and served as the 57th Superintendent of the US Naval Academy.

Dick was a devoted catholic, avid golfer and never missed an opportunity to hit the links. He enjoyed the challenge even more when the outcome rested on a bit of a wager. He was always full of life and had a wonderful sense of humor. His strength and courage was never more evident than during his battle with pulmonary fibrosis. With just hours left, he was given the gift of life when a lung became available. His will to recover from this miraculous but difficult surgery was driven by his wish to see his son, Sean, marry his beautiful bride and best friend, Amanda. We will always be thankful that this greatest wish came true. A true friend and shipmate, a loving husband, father and brother, we will really, really miss him.

Dick is survived by his wife, Jackie, their son, Sean, and his wife, Amanda; his sister, JoAnn Scanlan, and her husband, Jack Scanlan; his brother, Bob, and his wife, Peggy; his sister-in-law Kay; his sister-in-law, Jeri Reutter; by his faithful companion, golden retriever, Max; and many wonderful friends and family. In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his brother, Jim, and his sister, Joyce.

A funeral service will be held at 10 AM, March 4, at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 11451 Blue Cypress Drive, San Diego., followed by a reception in the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the UCSD Pulmonary Transplant Program. Specifically, we are requesting donations be allocated to Doctor Gordon Yung who provided my father with a second chance at life over the last 9 months. The specific details on how to make a donation are listed below.

1) URL for UCSD Medical:
2) Under Search All Funds type: Yung
3) Press select on: Various Donors Lung Transplant Program/MED/Yung (41955)

Thank you for the out pouring of support we have received from colleagues, family and friends.