Patrick Michael Jacobsen – Captain, United States Coast Guard

From a contemporary press report:

Captain Patrick Michael Jacobsen, who was superintendent of the Coast Guard yard in Curtis Bay, died Wednesday, June 4, 2000, of cardiac arrest at home in Severna Park, Maryland. He was 69.

Captain Jacobsen spent 27 years in the Coast Guard and retired in 1979. In 1986, he went to work as a systems analyst for the Maryland legislature for eight years.

In 1977, he attended the National War College in McLean, Virginia, studying military strategies in the Middle East.

Born and raised in Manistee, Michigan, he graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut with a degree in engineering in 1952. That year, he married Sheila Corcoran of New London.

Captain Jacobsen’s tours of duty included stints in Juneau, Alaska; Eureka, California; Portsmouth, Virginia; and Oahu, Hawaii. While stationed in Hawaii, he traveled to the Caroline Islands and the Mariana Islands to build airport runways.

Captain Jacobsen, who studied mechanical engineering at the Naval Post Graduate School from 1963 to 1964, came to Maryland in 1970 as superintendent of the Curtis Bay yard and established residence in Severna Park.

“It is the only place we called home,” said Mrs. Jacobsen. “We had always rented. He was able to begin gardening here.”

Captain Jacobsen ended his Curtis Bay tour after three years and was assigned to Coast Guard headquarters in Washington and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Shortly before his retirement, he was one of two Coast Guardsmen selected to participate in a one-year program at the National War College, studying military strategies in potential international hot spots. That year, he went to the Middle East where he met Egyptian President Anwar el Sadat, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and King Hussein of Jordan.

“I think in the Middle East, he was most impressed with the history and the differences between the culture” and U.S. customs, Mrs. Jacobsen said.

Captain Jacobsen enjoyed gardening, fishing, genealogy and Web site development, and had recently become interested in digital 3-D animation.

He was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association, Alcoholics Anonymous in Anne Arundel County and the Woodworkers Guild.

A Mass of Christian burial for Captain Jacobsen will be offered at 8:45 a.m. June 19 in the chapel at Fort Myers, Va. Burial with full military honors will follow at Arlington National Cemetery.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Peter Nels Jacobsen of Annapolis; and a daughter, Karen Marie Evans of Severna Park.

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