Earl “Rusty” Powell at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

It was good to see the Nov. 8 Style article “Rusty Powell’s artful tenure at the helm,” a tribute to retiring National Gallery of Art Director Earl “Rusty” Powell and to his formative service in the U.S. Navy. He was a junior officer “in harm’s way” as the navigator on a large ammunition ship supplying even-larger attack carriers off North Vietnam.

As his brilliant arts career was developing, he remained in the Navy Reserve, retiring as a commander.

Mr. Powell is a “sailor’s sailor” and much more.

T.R. Murphy, Bethesda