Bio written in 2014 when awarded Acta Non Verba Award
Bob C. Featherer is the 11th recipient of the Acta Non Verba Award. This award, presented biennially, was established in 1994. The award honors an individual who has gone above and beyond in his or her support of USMMA’s student-athletes.
A dedicated and active member of the USMMA San Francisco Alumni Chapter, Featherer is extremely passionate about all things Kings Point. Over the past several years, Featherer has gone above and beyond in his support of the Flagship Management Blue & Gray Golf Classics which benefit KP Athletics.
As a midshipman at the Academy, Featherer played intramural sports year-round. He enjoyed softball and had many friends on the football team. His most memorable moments, however, were during his sea year and of course, the day he graduated. “By going to Kings Point, I was educated on a full scholarship,” he said. “Graduating was the most important thing to me.”
Following his time at the Academy, Featherer sailed in the U.S. Merchant Marine on freighters, tankers, super tankers, passenger ships, container ships, and con bulk container ships. In 1981, he passed the U.S. Coast Guard Exam for chief engineer steam and motor vessels. Featherer also worked on steam and motor vessels and has extensive experience in operation, safety programs, repairs, inspection with regulatory bodies, shipyard experience, and new construction.
Currently, he is semi-retired and manages real estate properties, including many in North Dakota. Featherer is an active member of his alumni chapter in San Francisco. He is also a great supporter of the Flagship Management Blue & Gray Golf Classics, which benefit USMMA’s Department of Athletics.
In October 2011, Featherer donated $25,000 to the golf classics, becoming its largest personal sponsor. In 2012, he hosted Annika Sorenstam, the world’s former No. 1 golfer, at the annual golf classic in San Francisco. The appearance drew national attention and attracted a sold-out venue for the event. “The highlight of my career was the opportunity to bring Annika to the West Coast,” he said. “It was a great day for me personally to spend the day with her.”
Last year, Featherer contributed nearly $65,000 in sponsorships—including $40,000 toward the golf classics’ lunches, in honor of his 45th anniversary reunion from Kings Point. He chooses to give back to USMMA’s Department of Athletics because he is confident it is “the best way to help all midshipmen directly during their four-year voyage at Kings Point,” he said.
Featherer was raised on the shores of New Jersey in Sea Isle City. His brother, Chuck, followed his brother’s path and graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy in 1971. Bob resides in Benicia, CA, with his wife Delores of 44 years. His two daughters, Kimberly and Karen, live nearby. He supports many diverse causes like the American Cancer Society, the Ladies Professional Golf Association, and his local church. “I’m really honored to receive this award,” Featherer said. “Acta Non Verba has served me well throughout my whole career and in all aspects of my life.”