WEST NYACK, N.Y. — John Herbert Dahm Jr., 78, of West Nyack, died Oct. 10.
Born Oct. 11, 1937, in Tappan, he was the son of J. Herbert Dahm Sr. and Edna Schneider Dahm. He was raised in West Nyack with his younger sister Lois.
A man of many facets, his unparalleled work ethic and drive fueled a passion for his town and its history, a stewardship for economic resources and a vision for innovative advancement with integrity.
He attended West Nyack Elementary School (now the West Nyack Free Library), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and graduated from Clarkson University and Harvard Business School.
Having entered ROTC at RPI in his freshman year, he was forced to re-enlist when they realized he was only 16. He excelled in U.S. Naval officer training, served aboard the USS Radford and ultimately rose to the rank of captain. He served seven years on the Clarkstown School Board, including four as president, laying the cornerstone of Clarkstown High School South.
He was proud to be recalled for duty in 1991 for Operation Desert Storm, from which he fashioned a very successful second career in the U.S. Navy Reserves. Known as the "Father of SALTS" (Streamlined Alternative Logistics Transmission System), he conceived and directed the development of this computer-based batch mode data transmission system using the INMARSAT communications satellite to permit worldwide transmission and receipt of non-tactical logistics data by ships at sea and deployed U.S. Marine aviation units. Units were installed at seven key locations in the Arabian Gulf and a modified version was shared with the Australian and British forces. To this day, SALTS serves as the baseline method for communication of logistics information within the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene; sister, Lois Dahm; three daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and George Mulry, Kristine and Peter Kenez and Kathryn and Hank Girardin; and five grandchildren, Brian, Alex, Gavin, Hollis and George.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Sorce Funeral Home, 728 W. Nyack Road, West Nyack. A celebration of his life will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at Clarkstown Dutch Reformed Church, 107 Strawtown Road, West Nyack. Interment will follow at the George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heritage of West Nyack, PO Box 46, West Nyack, NY 10994.
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