Bernard Edward Fipp ’62 attended SCU and graduated from Oregon. He completed six months of active duty in the Coast Guard, goofed off for 18 months, and then applied for Naval Air. He left for Pensacola, Florida, was commissioned, and went through flight training. He flew A4 Skyhawk jets as a carrier pilot over Vietnam in 1967 and was deployed on Forrestal in 1968–69. Bernie mustered out after his five-year contract was up, worked for United Airlines for 15 months and was furloughed in 1971. Had met his wife, Bev, while serving in the med on Forrestal, and they were married on his exit from the Navy. Bernie worked as an estimator for a masonry contractor, a commercial real estate salesman, a commercial real estate developer, an automobile dealer (Chevrolet), and an investor in real estate with friends, retiring in 1998 at the age of 58. Bernie and Bev loved to travel in retirement. This all came to a screeching stop when Bernie was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, stage three. He passed away on March 20, 2018, and will be missed by all family and friends he leaves behind.

08 Nov 2018