Frederick L. Taeusch

Captain, USN (Ret.)

1915 - 2007

F. L. Taeusch

USNA 1939

St. Augustine, Florida

Frederick Leonard Taeusch of St. Augustine, Florida, died on December 6, 2007, following hip surgery necessitated by a fall early in November. He was 92 years old.

Fred, also affectionately known as Dick by his family, was born November 26, 1915, in Hollywood, California, where his father, Carl F. Taeusch taught mathematics at Hollywood High School.

After completing secondary schools at Derby Academy, in Derby Connecticut and Phillips Academy Andover, in Andover, Massachusetts, Fred entered Princeton University in the fall of

Pursuing his passion for the sea he received his appointment in 1935 to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis and graduated with the class of 1939. Majoring in electrical engineering, he rowed crew, another passion he passed on to his son, Carl II.

A submariner during World War II and for several years thereafter, he served on the following submarines, Permit (SS178), Blenny (SS324), and Remora (SS487).

In December of 1961 he took command of USS Skagit serving until December 1962 when he was relieved by Captain William Price in Yokosuka, Japan.

During his Naval service the Captain received the following awards.

Silver Star, Gold Star in lieu of second Silver Star, Navy Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Distinguished Unit Citation, Navy Distinguished Unit Citation, Philippine Presidential Unit Commendation,
He retired from the Navy June 1, 1967.

He loved all kinds of boats and continued to sail his own sloop well after his retirement.

After leaving the Navy, Fred and his beloved wife Cynthia moved to the Jacksonville area, where Fred joined the administration of Jacksonville Episcopal High School, serving initially as Provost and later as Assistant Head Master. He also taught mathematics and oceanography, among other seaworthy subjects, and coached tennis and crew.

He retired from teaching in 1977, when he and Cyn moved to Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, where he was an avid tennis player until well into his 70's and served for a time as a volunteer fireman and member of the vestry at Christ Church.

Fred is survived by his two sons, John of Washington, D.C., and Carl of Tokyo, Japan, his sister, Barbara Tufty of Washington, D.C., their families and numerous other nephews, nieces and friends around the U.S. and abroad.

Cynthia died peacefully on the morning of February 12, 2004 at Glenmoor Health Center in St. Augustine. They were married for 58 years.

His kind and generous spirit, hearty laugh and contagious smile will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church Ponte Vedra, 2 PM, Wednesday December 12, 2007.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Nature Conservancy Rainforests Fund at or in one's own region.

A committal Service for Captain Taeusch will be held at the U.S. Navy Academy Columbarium in Annapolis on Friday, June 27th, 2008 at 12 p.m.

A reception will follow at the USNA Officer's Club.

Naval Career Timeline

1939: Graduated USNA with a B. S. in Electrical Engineering.
1939-1950: Commanding Officer of 2 different submarines, project manager for successful new development of acoustic torpedo, Submarine school, Naval War college, Junior Officer on a heavy Cruiser serving in the Atlantic and Pacific.
1950-1953: Assistant to the Commandant, U.S. Naval Academy.

1953-1955: Flag secretary, Aide, Assistant Chief of Staff for Administration, Commander Submarine force Atlantic Fleet, New London Connecticut.
1955-1956: Commander, Submarine Division 81, New London Connecticut.
1956-1959: Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington.
1959-1961: Chief of the Plans Division, Military Assistance Advisory Group, Korea.
1961-1962: Commanding Officer, USS Skagit AKA 105.
1962-1965: Assistant Chief of Staff for Administration, Commander in Chief, U. S. Pacific Fleet.
1965-1967: Director First Naval District Recruiting Area.


USS Permit Commendation 

Silver Star 

Captain F. L. Taeusch USN

1960s Photo

Photos and Naval Information

John Taeusch