John Bradley Gregor, 72, of Wooster, passed away on Sunday, October 29, 2023 at the Wooster Community Hospital.
Born on January 31, 1951 in Steubenville, Ohio, he was the son of the late Paul and Helen (Lenkey) Gregor.
Brad graduated from Springfield High School in Amsterdam Ohio before going to the Naval Academy in Annapolis MD. Being a midshipman had been a life-long dream of his, who knew this was the career he wanted to follow since the 4th grade when he began to write his local Congressmen. His perseverance, dedication and hard work ensured his dream would become a reality. Graduating in 1973, Brad became an Aviator, flying E-2C Hawkeyes and eventually was the Commanding Officer of the VAW 113 Black Eagles. Many other positions followed including being a Carrier Navigator. His final tour was as the Defense and Naval Attaché in Madrid, Spain. After proudly serving for 30 years, he retired as a Captain in 2003.
Throughout his life, Brad enjoyed running his Lionel trains, creating an amazing stamp collection, playing golf, and watching the Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland sports teams. He loved to read and learn about many subjects. Brad was also a very active member of the Wooster Country Club.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Ann (Altman) Gregor; his son Ryan (Kelly) Gregor; and two brothers, Jim and Paul Gregor.
A Remembrance of Brad’s life will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at the Wooster Country Club 1251 Oak Hill Rd. Wooster, Ohio 44691.
The Society is saddened to learn that Dave Seeman (F) passed away peacefully at Asbury Nursing Facility, Solomons, Maryland on 3 October, 2023. He was 95 years old. He was predeceased by his wife Barbara and his daughter Ellen Seeman Booker. He is survived by his daughter Betsy (Steve) Rhodes, son David, son-in-law Frank Booker, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
David Bruce Seeman was born on February 24, 1928 to Eugene and Irene (Wendebaum) Seeman in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Jamaica High School in 1945 after which he attended Adelphi College before beginning his life in aviation as a Flying Midshipman in 1948. Designated a Naval Aviator in 1949 he flew F-4Us and F-9Fs in VF-14 and VF-173 followed by designation as a Navy Acceptance Test pilot at Grumman Bethpage in 1953.
Dave joined Grumman in 1955 as a test pilot, graduating from USN TPS in 1956. At Grumman, he flew the famous Cat Series; Bearcats, Panthers, Cougars and Tigers, including F-11 Tiger spin tests at Patuxent and Edwards. Returning to Long Island, Dave continued his test work flying the HU-16 Albatross, G-1 and TC-4C Gulfstream, OV-1 and RV-1D Mohawks, A-6A Intruder, and the S-2 Tracker series craft. His work on the E-1 Tracer and the W2-F (E-2 aerodynamic prototype) would lead to the development of the two aircraft with which Dave would become most famously identified with – the E-2 Hawkeye and the C-2 Greyhound.
After serving at Patuxent as the Grumman BIS Manager for the F-14A, E-2C and EA-6B and as the Flight Test and Deputy Program Manager for the KA-6D at Stuart, Florida, Dave returned to Bethpage as the chief test pilot for the Hawkeye and Greyhound programs. His flight test work on these two programs included first flights on the C-2A and C-2A(R). His duties included overseeing systems and airframes development, aircraft production acceptance and training of Foreign Military Aircrew.
Retiring from Grumman in 1989, Dave and his wife Barbara returned to Southern Maryland, but he could not stay away from aircraft. He became a docent in the fledgling Patuxent River Naval Aircraft Museum, and was soon called back to duty as a flight test advisor for the E-2C and C-2A eight bladed propeller (NP 2000) program which had it’s first flight in 2001.
During his lengthy career (9,300 hours, over 5,000 in flight test), Dave mentored numerous Grumman, Northrop Grumman, and Navy test pilots and flight test engineers. Although the C-2A(R) was retired in 2023, Dave’s legacy lives on in the newest Hawkeye, the E-2D, and the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. A Memorial Service and reception will be held at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum on Sunday, November 5th at 2 PM.