Alumni

Charleston Catholic High School

Alumni

"Class of 1959"


Thomas Russell Sheridan
Thomas Russell Sheridan of Boring, Oregon. Tom was born in Parkersburg, W.Va., to Jean Obra Davis Sheridan and Joseph Philip Sheridan. He graduated from Charleston Catholic High School, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. and then Naval Post Graduate School and the Naval Nuclear Power School. He served three tours in Vietnam and was captain of a swift boat. He was an officer on the USS Henderson, USS Charles F. Adams and the USS Nimitz, then as commanding officer of the USS Claude V. Ricketts and of the USS Virginia, a nuclear cruiser.
He received numerous awards, including the Legion of Merit. Retiring as a captain in 1991, he continued to serve his country in the Department of Energy and the Batelle Memorial Institute. Tom was most often seen on the water. He was a lifelong student, a curious and constant reader who kept his family and friends in stitches with jokes and puns. Tom's natural charisma and leadership combined with his open heart meant that he became friends with everyone who crossed his path.
Tom is survived by his wife, Virginia Kane Sheridan; his daughter, Shelley Anne Sheridan; his mother, Jean Obra Davis Sheridan; his four siblings, Joann Hoyer, Philip Sheridan, Mary Ellen McLaughlin and Elizabeth Gantnier; and first wife, Jacqueline June Horsman. He is also survived by six stepchildren and 11 grandchildren. Tom was preceded in death by his second wife, Mary Jane Coats Sheridan and by his father, Joseph Phillip Sheridan.