March 2023 Beacon

Passing of long-time contributors to the OES

Robert Wernli and Harumi Sugimatsu, BEACON Editors 

Joseph (Joe) Vadus, General Co-Chair of UT02 Tokyo

Joseph R. Vadus

We recently received notification of the passing of Joseph R. Vadus on 17 October, in Potomac, MD, USA, at the age of 93.  We will provide an in-depth article on his achievements in the June issue of the Beacon. If you have any personal comments that you would like included in the article, please send to the Beacon editors prior to the 14 May 2023 deadline.

Peggy Barbera

It is with sadness that we report the passing of Peggy Barbara, wife of past OES President Jim Barbera, following a sudden illness.

Peggy was always at our OCEANS conferences and was often the lead at our events in getting the wives together and for helping organize local tourist style visits.

Peggy was as much a fixture at our OCEANS conferences as the OES booth in the exhibits. This is well demonstrated by her hat with the collection of past OCEANS pins. She will definitely be missed.

Peggy’s OCEANS hat
This photo was used on the front cover of the BEACON 2015 September issue.
Bev Wernli, Izzie Williams and Peggy Barbera at
OCEANS 2018 Charleston