Alan G. Forssell

June 15, 1931 - March 16, 2015
Alan G. Forssell

Williamsburg – Alan G. Forssell, 83, passed away on March 16, 2015. Retired director Surface Ship Systems, Naval Sea Systems Command Nuclear Power Directorate. Coordinated all aspects of nuclear surface ship propulsion systems for aircraft carriers and cruisers, that is, concept through disposal. Received meritorious and distinguished senior executive awards as well as ASNE Harold E. Saunders lifetime service award during 40 years in nuclear power program. Served as boy scout troop scoutmaster for 18 years and in numerous capacities at the church my family and I attended. Alan is survived by his wife of 59 years Betty Rose; three children Carol Forssell, Eric Forssell (Diane) and Catherine Cross (Tim) brother Mark and wife Shirley Forssell and five grandchildren, Kirby Forssell, Caleb Forssell, Ellery Forssell, April Cross and Natalie Cross. A visitation is scheduled for 1:30pm Saturday March 21, 2015 at Patriots Colony, Williamsburg with a memorial service to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to Kids konnection P.O Box 2150, Washington D.C 20013 (202)563-1720, www.kidskonnectiondc.com.


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  • March 20, 2015
    Bret and Robin Campbell says:
    Mr. Forssell was the Greatest Scoutmaster ever! He led us boys with his leadership, energy, knowledge and enthusiasm, and we are all better people for having been a member of Troop 643. I was able to become an Eagle Scout under Mr. Forssell's guidance, and I appreciate greatly his unselfish dedication to Scouting and to each one of us. I'll always remember his cheery "Rise & shine, Up and at 'em" greeting on those many camp-out mornings. My life was truly enriched by having known Mr. Forssell. My deepest sympathy to Eric and to Mr. Forssell's entire family. Bret Campbell

  • February 02, 2016
    CDR Kevin Newmeyer, USN (ret) says:
    I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Forssell during my career in the Navy. He was one of my oral examiners for my Engineer's Exam and we discussed the pressurizer on CGN-40 and our progress through a COH. A few years later he was part of our RSE's on Enterprise as we worked through the refueling. It was a pleasure to get to know him better when I was the surface officer in the Linelocker. I enjoyed helping to plan his retirement dinner and getting the flag flown over all of the surface nuclear powered warships.

  • March 22, 2015
    Phyllis Belden says:
    When we had a musical event in the Grand Hall at Patriots Colony, I always looked for Alan and Betty Rose. Alan did not miss a concert, and beamed through the whole program. I liked to talk with him afterwards, for his comments. Sometimes I saw Al and Betty Rose walking outside, and enjoyed stopping to chat. I will miss seeing Alan's smiling face, and happy demeanour at Patriots Colony

  • March 21, 2015
    rev. Bonnie Wilson Starkey says:
    So sorry for your loss. He was always a joy to be around. I know he will be missed. Remember the great times you all enjoyed together. You are in my prayers

  • March 19, 2015
    Bill and Nancy Calvert says:
    Nancy and my hearts and prayers go out to the entire Forssell family. During the short time we knew Alan through church, he touched us with his passion, caring, volunteerism and Christian approach to life. It was an honor to know him and worship with our brother in Christ.