Saratoga Springs, NY- Laurens Dorsey, 92, passed away peacefully on September 4, 2017. Born in Lexington, KY, and raised in Rome, GA, he was a retired US Navy Commander (28 Years) and US Naval Academy Graduate. His career was served both at sea and ashore, he was stationed in Hawaii with CINCPAC Fleet, helped commission the USS Norfolk, he served on the USS H.J. Thomas and the USSS Wadleigh; sailing to many ports around the world. Laurens served a year in Vietnam as Chief of Navy Seals after which he worked on the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon. As well, Laurens attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI, the Army War College in Carlisle, PA, and received a Master’s Degree from George Washington University. He lectured at the Naval War College, Army War College, Industrial War College, Joint Chiefs of Staff and the CIA. As Junior Lieutenant, his visionary thesis, “A Concept of National Strategy” was published in The Naval War College Review. Laurens received US and foreign medals, citations and decorations including various Presidential Unit Citations during his Navy career. After retirement from the service in 1970, he worked for United Fruit Company in Boston and Agway in Syracuse, NY. He went on to create, own and operate a successful worldwide import-export business for many years. Following his second retirement, Laurens enjoyed researching his family tree and writing a book My Mystery in Spain, which was published in 2012.
Laurens was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, the former Coline F. Macdonald. He is survived by one son and three daughters, Laurens M. Dorsey, Eileen A. (Jared) Littleboy, Jane F. Dorsey, and Brigid K. Dorsey; and three beloved grandsons, Adam M. Littleboy, Jake L. Littleboy, and Christophe A. Williams.
There will be no calling hours and funeral services are private. Inurnment in the US Naval Academy Columbarium, Annapolis, MD will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Vietnam Veterans Of America, 8719 Colesville Rd., Suite 100, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.