Ship’s Sponsor

MS. LAURA CAVALLO

Laura Cavallo was born June 12, 1950, into a multi-generational Coast Guard family. Her great uncle was Elmer “Archie” Fowler Stone, the Coast Guard’s first aviator. In 1919, he was one of two pilots to successfully make a transatlantic flight in a U.S. Navy seaplane. Laura just knew him as “Uncle Elmer.”

Laura attended Cold Spring Harbor High School on Long Island, New York and graduated in 1969. She attended Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire, now a university, where she majored in English. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English in 1973.

Her son, James, works at Universal Studios in Florida.

Laura began working as a 911 operator in 1975. It was a high-pressure job. “You never knew what kind of call you would get.” She liked the job because it was a great challenge and she got to handle problems and help people.

She retired in 1987 and moved to Apopka, Florida, known as the Indoor Foliage Capital of the World. She enjoys reading, exercise, and giving to local charities. She now works at Goodwill. It’s a busy job and she enjoys it.

Laura is excited to be ship sponsor for the ship named for her legendary great uncle and says she is very much looking forward to the christening.