Robert F. Lopez
Robert Files Lopez (March 31, 1857 – September 20, 1936) was an officer in the United States Navy. He entered Annapolis with the Class of 1879, and he became the first Hispanic-American to graduate from the United States Naval Academy.
Lopez served as an ensign aboard the USS Thetis during a voyage of exploration around Alaska in 1888–89. Lopez Point on Herschel Island was named in his honor by the commander of Thetis, Charles Stockton.
Captain Lopez's last posting before retirement was as senior member of a naval board which conducted a general survey of vessels on the Pacific coast. He retired as a Commodore (Rear Admiral) in 1911.
Dates of rank
- Cadet Midshipman - 29 September 1874
- Midshipman - 10 June 1881
- Ensign (junior grade) - 3 March 1883
- Ensign - 26 June 1884
- Lieutenant (junior grade) - 16 April 1892
- Lieutenant - 1 April 1896
- Lieutenant Commander - 11 April 1902
- Commander - 1 July 1907
- Captain - c. March 1911
- Commodore, Retired list - 30 June 1911
- "Commodore Lopez, 77, Manila Veteran, Dies; Former Commandant of Mare Island Retired in 1911; Served in World War". New York Times. October 1, 1936. p. 25.
- Swineford, Alfred P. (1888). The Cruise of the Thetis: A Cruise of Ten Thousand Miles in Alaskan Waters (PDF). Alaska State Library.
- Burn, C.R.; Hattendorf, John B. (December 2011). "Toponymy of Herschel Island (Qikiqtaryuk), Western Arctic Coast, Canada" (PDF). Arctic. 64 (4): 459–464. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
- "USS Preble DD-12". navsource.org. 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
- "Navy Board Retires Fourteen Officers; Some Well Worth Keeping in Service, but Must Make Way for Younger Men" (PDF). The New York Times. July 4, 1911. p. 13.
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