Capt. Robert Louis Brady Jr. dies

Annapolis graduate, career Navy officer and submarine commander

June 22, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Capt. Robert Louis Brady Jr., a career naval officer and submarine commander, died Thursday of respiratory failure at Safe Haven Manor in Sudlersville. He was 88.

Captain Brady was born in Brighton, Mass., and raised in Upper Darby, Pa., where he graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1940.

He joined the Navy Reserves and was nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1945.

Captain Brady served aboard the battleship USS Wyoming before attending submarine school. His submarine service included duty aboard the USS Medregal and the USS Sea Owl, where he qualified for submarine command.

He was later staff commander of Submarine Squadron 12 in the Atlantic and was executive officer and commanding officer of the USS Chopper, a submarine, and the USS Nantahala, a fleet oiler.

After retiring in 1974, Captain Brady lived in Norfolk, Va., Nags Head, N.C., and Gaithersburg. He was living in Annapolis when he settled in Grasonville in 1985.

He was a member of the Fleet Reserves Association, Retired Officers Association and Prospect Bay Country Club.

Captain Brady was an avid golfer, gardener and sports fan.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 106 Shamrock Road, Chester.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, the former Ruth McNeal Herring; two sons, John L. Brady of Arnold and Patrick H. Brady of Wanchese, N.C.; a daughter, Margaret B. Pascarosa of Virginia Beach, Va.; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Two other sons died before him, William M. Brady in 1988 and Robert Louis Brady III in 2004.

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