ROBERT E. DOLAN, CAPT, USN
Robert Dolan '81
Date of birth: March 1, 1958
Date of death: September 11, 2001
Captain Dolan was born in Florham Park, NJ, and, after high school, sought an appointment to the Naval Academy. Captain Dolan graduated with the Class of 1981 and was initially stationed on INCHON. Rising through the ranks, Captain Dolan had been on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was the commander of JOHN HANCOCK by age 40. Friends and family described him as intelligent, loyal and worldly. Captain Dolan had recently been appointed as the head of Strategy and Concepts for the Chief of Naval Operations. His office on the first floor of D Ring was among those struck by Flight 77.
Bob lived his life for “duty, honor and country.” A career naval officer, he graduated from the Naval Academy in 1981. He commanded USS John Hancock, with the motto: “First for Freedom.” By living his life of sacrifice and commitment to freedom, family and service, Bob truly was “First for Freedom.” He was a man who knew honor as a badge and wore it proudly. He was a man who viewed service as a privilege, and performed it to the best of his ability. Bob was a “gentle-man,” a patriot, a loyal warrior, a faithful husband and a devoted father, son and friend. Lisa Dolan