Commander Beth Frances Coye

Beth Frances Coye

Title: Naval Officer, Political Science Professor, Writer and Activist
Company: U.S. Navy
Location: San Diego, California, United States

Commander Beth Frances Coye, Naval Officer, Political Science Professor, Writer and Activist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Military for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the United States Navy, authorship, academia and women’s and gay rights.

Desiring to enact change and provide a voice for women, Ms. Coye has been recognized as an accomplished women’s rights activist. Influenced by her father, a submarine skipper and World War II hero, she entered the United States Navy in 1960 as a commissioned ensign, and steadily rose through the ranks to commander and later to commanding officer. Notably, she served three tours of intelligence duty with the Navy, and aided in opening opportunities for military women prior to her retirement in 1980. In retirement, she has been acclaimed for helping repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and served as a grand marshal for the Pride Parade in Ashland, Oregon.

Subsequent to her military tenure, Ms. Coye served Coffee Inn in San Diego as co-owner and vice president of the sales and marketing department from 1981 to 1984. She then joined San Diego Mesa College’s faculty in 1986 as an associate professor and, in 1990 and 1991, excelled as an adjunct professor and lecturer of political science at San Diego State University and the University of San Diego. A talented writer as well, in 1997 she published a creative memoir, “My Navy Too” and has contributed a plethora of articles to professional journals and newspapers. Ms. Coye holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Wellesley College, a Master of Arts in international relations from American University and is a graduate of the Naval War College’s School of Naval Warfare. Possessing numerous medals from her military career, in retirement she served as a military advisor for the Center for Defense Information, maintained affiliation with the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, the Military Officers Association of America and the Unitarian Universalist Association. While her career has been filled with innumerable highlights, she is especially proud of being number one in her class of 37 naval officers at American University’s School of International Service.

For more information, please visit:

Veteran Feminists of America

“The Restricted Unrestricted Line Officer: The Status of the Navy’s Woman Line Officer”

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