LONG BEACH, CALIF. -- Nancy Higginson, wife of Retired Rear Adm. John Higginson, exits his funeral with her family, including grandson Andrew Higginson, at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church in Long Beach, Calif. on January 29, 2010. Higginson was commissioned in the Navy in 1956. He was an aviator and held several command positions. He also taught environmental science at the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Naval War College. He was later transferred to a ship that was the primary recovery ship for Apollo missions 8, 11, 12, 13 and 15.
In 1986, after 30 years of service, the Navy sent Higginson to Long Beach.
He served as president of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce for two years and 15 years as president and chief executive officer of the American Gold Star Manor, a charitable, nonprofit corporation that provides affordable housing for Gold Star Mothers, veterans and eligible seniors.
Photo by Jeff Gritchen / Long Beach Press-Telegram