Robert Fenton Nevin, 81, of Kingsland passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick.
Bob was born Feb. 8, 1936, in Dayton, Ohio, and spent his childhood in Grosse Isle, Mich., where he graduated high school before being accepted into the United States Naval Academy. He was part of the graduating class of 1957 from the academy and began a long and illustrious career.
His first assignment was aboard the naval destroyer the USS Holder. He then went to sub school in New London, Conn. After sub school, he was assigned to the submarine the USS Cobbler. He then moved west to study oceanography at the University of Washington before moving on to San Diego, Calif., and the USS Spinax.
After the Spinax, his career took a turn toward deep ocean study. He became the commanding officer of the deep sea Bathyscaphe the Trieste II and its tender the White Sands. While in command of the Trieste, he was instrumental in the locating and investigation of going down 11,000 feet to discover the debris field that could help determine the cause of the accident into the loss of the nuclear submarine Scorpion. He was in the 5th company and was one of the coxswains of the Navy crew team.
Bob then moved again East to an assignment with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). After his stint with NOAA, he again moved west to San Diego to become the senior officer of the Naval Undersea Center and the Naval Ocean Systems Center.
Finally, in 1979, his last assignment was to become the executive officer of Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Camden County. Cmdr. Nevin retired from the Navy in 1983 and spent the rest of his life in Camden County.
A gathering of friends and family will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys with full military honors beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Survivors include his sons, Robert Gillard Nevin of Kingsland, William Fenton Nevin of Pacifica, Calif., and David Blakely Nevin (Joy) of Kingsland; sisters, Anne McCartney of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Peg Starkoski of Boynton Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Chad Robert Nevin, Jayson Andrew Nevin, Robert Tyler Nevin, Raymond Gehrig Nevin, Jacqueline Lee Nevin, Gabrielle Anne Nevin and Lauren Fay Nevin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert M. and Anne Fenton Nevin.
The family requests contributions in memory of Robert F. Nevin be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Chapel of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.