Toby Gene Warson ‘59
Toby Gene Warson passed away in the arms of his wife at his home in La Quinta, CA, on February 1, 2023. He
was 85 years old.
Born in Fort Madison, Iowa, a small town on the banks of the Mississippi river, on 18 October 1937 Toby was
the only child of Harold and Irene Warson. Toby grew up as a water rat and stayed one throughout his life.
After graduating from high school, he received a congressional appointment to the Naval Academy. At the
Academy he played two years of football, boxed, and sailed as a crewmember of HIGHLAND LIGHT. He
graduated as Company Commander of 16th Company.
Upon graduation, he served nine months in USS BASILONE (DDE-824) before reporting to Sub School,
followed by nuclear training. His first submarine was USS PATRICK HENRY (SSBN-599) followed by USS
JAMES MADISON (SSBN-627). Two years at Naval Postgraduate School was followed by assignment in USS
QUEENFISH (SSN-651) where he participated in several very interesting patrols including six weeks under the
Arctic icepack where he led several SCUBA operations including an under ice dive at the North Pole.
Following QUEENFISH, he, as a LCDR, was assigned as Officer in Charge of SUBMARINE NR-1, the
world’s only nuclear powered deep submersible. During this three-year assignment, NR-1 participated in
several highly classified missions, one of which resulted in Toby being awarded the Navy Distinguished Service
Medal. Following NR-1, he was assigned for the next four years as Commanding Officer USS GEORGE
WASHINGTON CARVER (SSBN-656) Blue and made eight deterrent patrols. His last assignment was as an
Executive Assistant in the Secretary of the Navy’s office, where one of his more interesting tasks was leading
an advisory board of senior executives from industry and academia whose function was to provide guidance to
the Navy as to future technology investments. He also accompanied the Secretary of the Navy to Antarctica
where he participated in a diving operation, thus diving under the ice at both ends of the earth.
After retiring from the Navy in 1979, he joined HONEYWELL, holding various executive positions, the most
interesting of which was CEO of HONEYWELL Ltd. in the UK. Upon returning from England, he became the
first President and CEO of ALLIANT Techsystems, a Honeywell spin-off, the world’s largest munitions
company. While CEO of ALLIANT, he served on a variety of Defense Department advisory panels as well as
several charitable and cultural committees and boards in the Minneapolis area.
In addition to all his accomplishments, Toby very much enjoyed being a member of the Sea Space Symposium
(S3) since May 1982 and was an active member for nearly 41 years, giving him the distinction of being the third
longest standing S3 member on the active roster (after Buzz Aldrin and Mike Bonsignore,USNA ‘63
He eventually retired to the Pacific Northwest. He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 44 years, Linda,
daughter Leslie Clute, son Michael, and beloved granddaughters Alexandra, Kendall, Samantha, and Zoe.
Memorial donations can be made to Navy Memorial Organization, www.navymemorial.org
or St Jude's Children's