John D. Shilling

Captain John Donald Shilling, USN (ret), 77, of Mt. Pleasant, SC died on October 9, 2007. Captain Shilling was born September 27, 1930, in Ann Arbor, MI, the son of John Henry Shilling, Chaplain USN and Christine Peterson Shilling. He received a Bachelors Degree in Speech Therapy from San Diego State University in 1953.

He served 31 years as a Naval Officer in submarines and undersea warfare. Captain Shilling served on the USS Menhaden (SS377), USS Caiman (SS323), USS Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN600), USS Nathan Hale (SSBN623), USS Bluegill (SS242), and then aboard the USS Tiru (SS416) as Commanding Officer. He also served as the Technical Plans Officer, Strategic Systems Projects Office (SSPO) (Manager for SSBN Technology Security and Sonar Programs) and as the Commanding Officer, Naval Ordnance Test Unit, Cape Canaveral.

After retiring from the Navy in 1979 he worked twenty years in the defense industry. He was a member of Sigma Chi, the Navy League and the Submarine League and worked as a consultant with the Smithsonian Museum of American History, producing an exhibition on submarines. An accomplished golfer, he played on his college golf team and enjoyed the game throughout his life. He was an active member of the Episcopal Church, serving as Chairman of the Episcopal Diocese of SC Drug and Alcohol Abuse Advisory Committee and at the same time he served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Addiction Recovery Commission of the diocese. He was a member of the vestry of St. Albans Church in Washington, D.C. and, at the time of his death, was an active member of Grace Church in Charleston, SC. He is survived by his wife Angela C. Shilling of 54 years, two daughters, Lisa Fleming of Mt. Pleasant, SC and Kimberly Brown of Sullivans Island, SC, son John P. Shilling of New Canaan, CT and five grandchildren.

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