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Raytheon Company


The project team on the MARIE included four staff from the Raytheon Company located in Goleta, California, now known as Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems - Electronic Warfare Systems.  Raytheon hired  from a local sporting goods store, McCaffrey Brothers, to transport their project team and equipment to a selection of areas off Santa Cruz Island; services to include a transport vessel, two scuba divers (one could double as the ship's captain), and scuba diving equipment for four.  The June 7, 1960 operation destined for Santa Cruz Island's Smuggler's Cove never returned after their sunrise departure.


Memorial scholarships were established to honor Raytheon Company employees lost at sea in the MARIE tragedy June 1960.  The scholarships have been awarded annually to University of California, Santa Barbara, engineering students in memory of James C. Russell, Niel F. Beardsley, Harold H. Mackie Jr., and Diego S. Terres Jr. since the school of engineering at the University of California's Santa Barbara campus admitted its first students fall 1961. 


Raytheon Company, with 2008 sales of $23.2 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 87 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 73,000 people worldwide.   

* Image above: Jim Russell and Jim Terres in front of Raytheon Company on Holister 1960.  (c) Copyright 1960-2010 Terres Family Archives all rights. reserved.






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