Captain James F. Donovan, U.S. Navy
F. Donovan entered the Navy in May of 1953 from the job
of Clinical Psychologist at William State Hospital while
pursuing graduate studies at Colgate University. He had
graduated from Colgate University with a BA Degree in 1951.
Following completion of OCS, Captain
Donovan volunteered for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training
and was subsequently assigned to the EOD School as a student.
Following completion of the Explosive
Ordnance School, Captain Donovan was assigned to the Special
Weapons Disposal for further instruction and then ordered
to the Naval Ordnance Laboratory at White Oak, Maryland, where
he participated in many of the field test of both conventional
and special weapons now in the fleet.
Included in this tour was a six month
assignment with the Pacific JTF conducting atomic testing
in the Marshall Islands.
In 1956, he reported to the USS INTREPID
(CVA-11) as the EOD/SWD Officer and 5" Battery Officer.
His next assignment in 1958 was an Operations Officer and
Executive Officer of the USS LEARY from from 1958-60. In 1960,
Captain Donovan became aide to Chief MAAG Norway and in 1962,
he attended the U.S, Navy Postgraduate School at Monterey,
CA where he received an MA in Management.
Upon completion of his graduate work,
Captain Donovan took command of the HSS LOCATOR (AQt-7) in
1963. The LOCATOR was assigned to the operational control
of NORAD and served as a forward part of the early warning
net off the western coast of the U.S, and Canada.
In 1965, the LOCATOR was decommissioned
and Captain Donovan was ordered to the Naval Academy for Instructor
duty in the area of management.
From 1965-68, Captain Donovan served
not only as an instructor an the management program, but also
as Academic Officer for the Naval Science Department, where
he devoted much effort in developing curriculum changes to
improve the professional program at the Academy.
From 1968-69, Captain Donovan served in the Staff of COMUSMACV
as a logistics plans officer. His primary duties-were in the
development of a computer base program for various alternative
plans for relocation of forces from Vietnam. Captain Donovan
was awarded the Bronze Star for his efforts in developing
the program and was ordered to the USS Floyd B. Parks in September.
of 1969 as Commanding Officer. In July of 1971, he was ordered
to COMASWFORPAC as Surface ASW Plans Officer.
Captain Donovan was detached from COMASWFORPAC
in November 1972, and reported to Human Resource Management
Center, Pearl Harbor, as the Executive Officer and assumed
his current rank of Captain. As Executive Officer, Captain
Donovan was instrumental in the total development and implementation
of the Human Resource Management Cycle and Phase II Equal
Opportunity Program in the Pacific Fleet. In January 1975,
Captain Donovan detached and reported to Memphis as the first
Commanding Officer of the Human Resource Management School.
In June 1979, he was detached and reported
to the-Chief of Naval Education and Training, Pensacola, as
Special Assistant for Human Resource Management. In this role,
he implemented and managed the largest leadership and management
program ever undertaken with the seventeen school sites and
approximately 28,000 annual graduates. He was also tasked
with the development of education programs in equal opportunity,
and drug and alcohol education.
Captain Donovan is married to the former
Mary Riley of Miles City, Montana. They have two children:
Mark Henry and Michelle Riley