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Saveker, David Richard Papers  


Dates: 1941-1980

Collection Number: COLL/614

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David Richard Saveker was born, January 10, 1920, in San Jose, California.  He graduated from Stanford University in 1941.  He was commissioned in the U.S. Navy and attended the Naval Academy Post-Graduate school in Naval architecture.  Saveker was assigned to the New York Naval Shipyard during World War II.  After WWII he received a Master of Science degree in Naval architecture and Marine Technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Saveker researched underwater explosions and phototype nuclear reactors; he was then promoted to the Armed Forces Special Weapons group where he participated in the nuclear test, Operation Wigwam.

He concluded his career as the planning officer at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard and Supervisor of Shipbuilding and commanding officer responsible for repairs for Pacific Fleet ships in the San Diego, Calif., area.

Captain David Saveker, also a former associate professor of Architectural Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, died on November 4, 1999.

Scope and Content Notes

This is a one-folder collection.  The collection is comprised of a detailed biography, photographs and newspaper articles.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as the Papers of David Richard Saveker, Archives Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington, D.C.


Published: Wed Aug 11 14:48:47 EDT 2021