Thomas McCormick

[Age 90] The career Air Force officer later worked at the National Security Agency.

November 17, 2007

Thomas W. McCormick, a retired career Air Force officer who later worked for the National Security Agency, died Wednesday of complications from a stroke at Sunrise Assisted Living in Severna Park. He was 90.

He was born and raised in New Castle, Pa., and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Omaha. In 1959, he earned a master's degree in psychology from St. Mary's University in San Antonio.

During World War II, he served stateside with the Air Force. He was recalled to active duty in 1951 during the Korean War and served in Air Force intelligence in Germany.

In 1966, he retired from the Air Force with the rank of lieutenant colonel, and the next year went to work for the NSA at Fort Meade, from which he retired in 1977.

"His work was of a classified nature," said his daughter, Diane L. Johnson of Severna Park.

He was a Shriner and a member of the Elks and Masons. He enjoyed golfing and dancing.

Colonel McCormick and his wife of 64 years, the former Helen A. McCollum, had lived in Crofton and moved to Melbourne, Fla., where they resided for nine years. Since last year, they had been residents of the assisted-living community.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Barranco & Sons Funeral Home, 496 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park. Interment with military honors will be held at 9 a.m. Dec. 4 at Arlington National Cemetery.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Colonel McCormick is survived by two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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