Ashurst, Captain Albert J., died February 1, 2012 at the age of 82 due to complications in his fight with lung cancer.|
Born in Highland Park, IL in 1929; he attended Illinois Institute of Technology under the NROTC Program, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He received his commission immediately after.
Captain Ashurst's assignments have been varied and extensive including the following: USS Rankin (LKA 103) HOD, USS Fletcher (DD 445) HOD, USS Rupertus (DD851) ExO, USS Munsee (ATF 107) Command, USS Ramsey (DEG 2) Command, USS Wabash (AOR 5) Command, Radio Officer, Staff Commander, First Fleet, assistant for Management Education at the U.S. Naval War College, Navy Military Assistance Program Training Officer, Staff U.S. Commander in Chief Southern Forces and Surface Effect Ships Study Project Officer, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and Commander U.S. Naval Comm Station, Londonderry, Ireland.
He is a graduate of the Command and Staff Course, U.S. Naval War College and the Nat'l War College.
In addition to his Economics degree, he holds a Master of Science in International Affairs. He taught at several universities as a Business Professor, including
UC Irvine, UC Long Beach and UCLA.
Captain Ashurst is authorized to wear the following medals; Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal, Meritorious Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal in addition to various campaign medals.
He was married to Beverly Burhop of Sheboygan, Wisconsin who preceded him in death in 1999.
He is survived by his son, Charles J. Ashurst; his daughter-in-law, Sandrae Ashurst; four granddaughters, Ashley, Frances and Amanda Morales-Ashurst and Synthea White; also a great-grandson, Mason Joseph all of Huntington Beach, California. He is also survived by a cousin, Ida Adams of Fontana, California.
A Memorial will be held on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm, in the Recreation Hall of the Landmark Active Senior Community in Huntington Beach, CA.
Published in Orange County Register on Mar. 1, 2012