Capt. Norman E. Fryer Jr., 76, a retired U.S. naval officer and state employee, died of cancer Sunday at his home in Lutherville.
Services for Captain Fryer were held yesterday at the Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church in Phoenix, Md.
Captain Fryer graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1938. During 23 years of active duty, he served aboard submarines during World War II and on the USS New Jersey during the Korean War. He commanded the USS Brownson as it passed through the Suez Canal during the 1957 Egyptian-Israeli war.
While in the Navy, Captain Fryer earned a master's degree in business from George Washington University in 1955 and a master's degree in education from the University of Omaha in 1960.
He retired from the military that year and continued his studies at the University of Maryland, where he received a law degree in 1963.
During his civilian career, Captain Fryer was a procurement officer for AAI Inc., a Cockeysville-based defense contractor, and an administrator for the state Department of Public Safety.
In 1978, Captain Fryer retired to his Monkton farm, called Point of View, where he raised bees for honey, bred golden retrievers, hunted foxes and kept several horses.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Alison M. Wolfe; two daughters, Jane A. Fryer of Washington and Eleanor L. Bramwell of Towson; a son, Norman E. Fryer III of Anne Arundel County; a sister, Eleanor F. Daley of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.
The family suggested contributions to the U.S. Navy Relief Society, 801 N. Randolph St., Suite 1228, Arlington, Va. 22203-1989.