Alan G. Forssell

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

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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 25, 2015
    Jerry Long says:
    Mr. Forssell was simply an amazing man. His contributions to the surety of surface ship nuclear propulsion plant operations enhanced the security of this great nation in ways that are incalculable. He made a heck of alot of better than we otherwise would have been. Let eternal light shine upon him.

  • March 18, 2015
    Capt. Chuck Smith says:
    Mentored by Al as Cheng CGN-9 & CO CGN-36.many memories. Sympathy to family/friends. Chuck

  • March 20, 2015
    David Kelsey says:
    In a business full of egos and despots you were down to earth and easy going. Thank you for that and all that you passed on to me.

  • March 21, 2015
    Robert Soo says:
    I worked with Al for many years. He was hard-working, dedicated, and always under control. The aircraft carriers on the news each day owe a debt to him. Iíve missed his friendly smile and our conversations since he retired. My condolences to his family.

  • March 18, 2015
    Patrick J. Hennelly III LCDR, SC USN (Retired) says:
    I served at Naval Reactors from May 1980 to April 1984 in Section O8H. I had numerous encounters with Al during my time at NR and he was always a kind gentleman who made time for me even though I was a very junior member of the NR Staff. I last saw Al when I was standing CDO duty on the USS Dwight D. Eisehnower (CVN-69) in 1994 when Al came aboard to see one of "his" carriers as part of his farewell tour prior to retirement. He greeted me like a long lost friend and had the big smile on his face that he always had no matter what crisis might be occurring on a particular day. He was a true gentleman and mentor who I am sure will be missed by those who knew him.