WALTER E HOYE
CLASS OF 1967
After graduating from R-MC, Walter began a career at the Naval Surface Warfare Center
in Dahlgren Virginia. The first 13 years of his career were spent in lasers, electro-optics,
and atmospheric physics studying over-water propagation of lasers for the purpose
of directing laser guided weapons. He also directed a program developing an Infrared
Search and Track system that could scan and automatically detect and track airborne
Along the way, in 1972, Walter earned his Master of Science degree in Physics from
Williams College in Williamstown, MA. Incidentally, Walter had two R-MC Physics
classmates with him at Williams, Allan Watkins (’66) and David Larrabee (‘67). Walter’s
thesis topic was entitled “Phase Matched Third-Harmonic Generation for Off Axis
Propagation in Cholesteric Liquid Crystals”.
Returning to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Walter became head of a Branch developing
Radar Fire Control for Navy Frigates. In 1986 he was selected to lead a Branch developing
technology and designs for Navy missile warheads. He worked closely with the Office
of Naval Research and led a team developing advanced reactive materials and composites
enhance weapon systems performance. Walter has worked for many years with the US
National and International Weapons communities evaluating technology and leading
strategic studies for future developments.
Walter has been active in local community life, coaching youth recreational sports,
participating in Dahlgren Lions Club activities, and working within his church.