SDPD 06/24/1944 - PENDING
06/11/1922 - 12/26/2009
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Russell Lewis Alverson, better known as "Bob" died December 26, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul Villas in San Diego, California.

He was born June 11, 1922, in Redlands, CA, to Edith and Russell Alverson. He was raised in San Diego and graduated from San Diego High School in June 1941.

During World War II, he served in the Merchant Marines. He was Navigator and Master of ships for several years.

He was a well-liked tennis instructor at the Kona Kai Club for the three years before going on to being a Captain in charge of clipper ships.

In 1961, he married Dorothy Zirkel who was employed by Kona Kai Club. They moved to Hawaii in 1963, where Bob founded the Pacific Maritime Academy which specialized in teaching courses in Maritime License Preparation and upgrades information which Hawaii badly needed at the time.

After 25 years in Maritime education, he started Sea Cadet programs in eleven high schools in Hawaii for senior high school students. He was appointed a State Marine Education Coordinate by Governor George Ariyoshi. Captain Alverson and his wife retired in October 1988.

Because of health reasons, he returned to his beloved San Diego in 2008 and resided in St. Pauls Villas until his passing on December 26, 2009.