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LISANBY JAMES W. LISANBY (Age 84) Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.) Of Princeton, KY died Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at his home, Oakland Farm. Born January 31, 1928, in Caldwell County, a son of the late Alvin and Rebecca Hollingsworth Lisanby, he was a member of Ogden Memorial United Methodist Church, a Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow. Chief engineer for 37 years in the U.S. Navy, he was an internationally respected Naval architect and Marine Engineer with over 55 years of experience in naval matters and engineering management. Following years of service abroad multiple ship types at sea, his first Flag assignment was as Commander, Naval Ships Engineering Center with responsibility for the design and engineering of all ships and weapons developed for the U.S. Navy. Immediately prior to retirement, he served as Deputy Commander for Acquisition and Logistics in the U.S. Navy's Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC. These duties included the contracting for and maintenance of all ships as well as Foreign Military Sales for all free nations under agreement with the United States. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, Rear Admiral Lisanby holds a Professional Engineers Degree (PE) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an advanced Management degree from the Harvard Business School (PMD). Upon retirement from the Navy, he served at President of his own consulting firm, Naval Services International, Inc., headquartered in Arlington, VA. Previous board experience included the United Services Life Insurance Company, the Sioux Manufacturing Company of Devil's Lake, ND and serving as Chairman of the Board of Technology Financing, Inc., a member of the BMT Group of International Companies. He was the first American to be elected President of IPEN, International Professional Engineering and Naval Architects Society. Rear Admiral Lisanby is a member and Distinguished Fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and a Life Member and former vice president of the American Society of Naval Engineers. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Gladys Kemp Lisanby; two daughters and sons-in-law, Elizabeth Ann Lisanby and Col. Emilio Bianchi of Huntsville, AL and Dr. Sarah Hollingsworth Lisanby and Dr. Satish Anjilvel of Durham, NC; two grandchildren, Jennifer Kemp Bianchi and husband, Blake Harvard and Laura Elizabeth Bianchi; one great-grandchild, Emilio Donovan "Eli" Harvard; a brother, Charles Alvin Lisanby of Hollywood Hills, CA; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, November 17 in Kentucky. Burial followed at Cedar Hill Cemetery with Military Honors. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Princeton Art Guild, 115 E. Main St., Princeton, KY 42445. Morgan's Funeral Home, Princeton, KY was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at the website: morgansfuneralhome.com

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Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 18, 2012
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