Dec 292013

Arlington National Cemetery Website PhotographCaptain, USN (Ret.) Steven Nicholas Anastasion, 92, passed away peacefully on December 19, 2013 in Washington, North Carolina with his loving wife, Charlotte, by his side.

Capt. Anastasion was born April 9, 1921 in New Haven, Connecticut to Savas and Eleni (Elefteriades) Anastasion. He was a longtime resident of McLean, Virginia prior to retiring to Chocowinity, North Carolina. Anastasion was a graduate of New Haven (CT) High School (1938), a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (BS, 1942) the class of 1943 and served his country with distinction during the Second World War. He was also a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MSEE, 1948), the Naval War College (1958), and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (1964).

While in the Navy he served as Technical Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (R&D), Secretary of the Interagency Committee on Oceanography (ICO), Assistant Director, Secretary of the Navy’s Office of Program Appraisal; Technical Officer, Task Group 3.1 (Operation Greenhouse-Eniwetok), Technical Officer, Office of Nuclear Energy Applications, Bureau of Ordnance; Director, Nuclear School, Armed Forces Special Weapons Project and as Commander, Naval Weapons Laboratory.

During WWII he served aboard the USS Champlin (DD601) from 1942 to 1945, becoming its Executive Officer in 1944. During this period, Champlin took part in numerous trans-Atlantic convoys anti-submarine actions, the invasions of Sicily and Southern France, and the Anzio Beachhead operations. In 1949 he served on the USS Coral Sea (CVB 43) as Assistant Gunnery Officer and Special Weapons Officer. From 1952-1954 he commanded Destroyer Escort USS Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416), from 1958-1960 Radar Picket Destroyer USS Hawkins (DDR 873) and from 1964-1967 Guided Missile Cruiser USS Leahy (CG-16).

His Navy decorations include two awards of the Legion of Merit and two awards of the Bronze Star with Combat Insignia (WWII).

Upon retirement from active duty in 1972 Anastasion joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as Director, Policy and Plans (Marine Resources) and as Executive Secretary, Interagency Committee on Marine Science and Engineering. In 1976, he was named Director of NOAA’s Office of Ocean Engineering.

In 1980 to 1985 he was appointed Executive Director of the National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere (NACOA), a statutory advisory committee to the Congress and to the President. During 1972-1985 Anastasion was also U.S. Chief Scientist for the U.S.-France Agreement on Cooperation in Oceanography (1974-1985) for which he received the National Order of Merit (Chevalier) from the President of the Republic of France.

Anastasion was a member of Hiram Lodge No. l (Connecticut) A.F. & A.M., of the American Legion (McLean Post 270, Virginia), Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, Orange, CT and of the Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, Winterville, NC.

Steven Anastasion is survived by his wife, Charlotte Eleni Kirn-Bauer Anastasion of Chocowinity, North Carolina; his two children from a former marriage, daughter, Susan Anastasion Ludlum of Falls Church, Virginia; son, Steven Michael Anastasion of Columbia, South Carolina; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a brother, George Anastasion of Orange, Connecticut.

Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Betsy Bailey Nelson Animal Control Facility, 3931 Hwy 264 East, Washington, NC, 27889.

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