Obituaries – Obituary
RADM Wallace R. Dowd, Jr., SC, USN (Ret.) passed away July 14, 2003 in Seattle, Wash. He retired from the Navy in 1977 after 35 years of service. His last command was as Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command and Chief of Supply Corps. He is a veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. RADM Dowd is survived by his wife Polly; two daughters, Kathleen Avery of Woodland Park, Colorado, and Patricia Paine of Madison, Maine; two grandchildren, Jessica Reed and Mark Paine and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 15 at the Ft. Myer Chapel, Arlington,Va., with inurnment following at Arlington National Cemetery. The Dowd family suggests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lighthouse for the Blind, P.O. Box 14119, Seattle, WA 98114, or the Navy Supply Corps Scholarship Fund, Navy Supply Corps Foundation, Inc., 1425 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA 30606. (Watch for a tribute to RADM Dowd in the November/ December 2003 issue of the Newsletter.)
RADM Philip Crosby, SC, USN (Ret.) passed away July 14, 2003, at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He retired from the Navy in 1978 after 38 years of service. A veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, his last assignment was as Deputy Director, Defense Logistics Agency, Alexandria, Va. RADM Crosby was an honor graduate of the United States Naval Academy. In addition to his wife, Bobby Ruth “Cissy” Hamilton, Admiral Crosby is survived by his sons, James P. and wife Cynthia of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and John H. and wife Krisanne of Richmond, Va.; four grandchildren; and a brother. Funeral services were held at Park Cities Baptist Church, July 18, followed by graveside services at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association National Center, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231; Leukemia Association of North Central Texas, 6060 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75206; or the charity of choice.
RADM Joseph L. Howard, SC, USN, passed away June 7 in California after a battle with cancer. He was 85. He retired from the Navy in May 1972, after a 32-year career, last serving as Commanding Officer, NSC, Charleston. During World War II he served as a supply officer attached to ships in the Pacific and was a Pearl Harbor survivor. While in the Navy, he wrote the first of his three books, “Our Modern Navy,” published in 1961. He also wrote for various naval journals and became a speechwriter for Admiral Arleigh Burke, who was Chief of Naval Operations from 1955 to 1964. Survivors include his wife, Rose Ellen Howard, sons Michael E. Howard of London, Ken of New York City, and John W. of San Diego; and sisters, Bess Heilman, Esther Downing, and Betsy Roesner, all of San Diego County, Calif. A private internment was held June 16. A memorial service was held July 14, at the San Diego Historical Society.
CAPT Harry Emerson Irwin, SC, USN, passed away April 12 at his home in Vienna, Va. He was 77. He served 32 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 1975 from his last assignment at the industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. In addition to his service medals, he was awarded the Joint Services Commendation Medal. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Agnes “Dolly” Sullivan Irwin; three daughters, Lani Irwin of Assisi, Italy; Lynn Irwin Camp of Chicago; and Leslie Irwin Brown of Richmond, Va. He was interred on June 9 at Arlington National Cemetary with full Military Honors following a morning service at the Old Post Chapel at Fort Myer.
CAPT Francis Bunyan Grubb Sr., SC, USN, 86, died Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va. He served 28 years of active naval service, retiring in 1968 from his last assignment with the Military Traffic Management and Terminal Service, Washington, D.C. He is survived by his wife, Anne Grubb; two sons, Francis Bunyan Grubb Jr. of Summerville, S.C., and John Michael Grubb of Stafford; two daughters, Margo Grubb Agee and Diane Grubb Stringer, also of Stafford; a sister, Eugenia Davenport of Ohio; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson. A funeral service was held June 6 at Mount Ararat Baptist Church. Interment followed at the church cemetery.
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