Obituary: John Theodore Geary

Obituary: John Theodore Geary

Captain John Theodore Geary, USN (Ret.) died at his home on May 17, 2014 at the age of 89. John, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., was born on Jan. 17, 1925 and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with the class of 1947. During the course of his 30-year career in the Navy, he served at sea, earned an MSEE degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and an MBA from George Washington University and held critical leadership positions including an assignment as the director and commanding officer of the Naval Research Laboratory. Upon retirement from the Navy, John held senior management positions in private industry in the space and electronic warfare fields.

John, an avid golfer and audiophile, has been an active member of Christ Church in Alexandria, serving in various volunteer and appointed roles. He was a leader in civic affairs, including the Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Commission; Board of Directors of the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation; various zoning and transportation committees; and president of two civic associations.

John is survived by Sally, his beloved wife of nearly 61 years; his son, Captain John W. Geary, USN (Ret), USNA Class of 1977, his daughter-in-law, Kathye, and two grandchildren Robert and Meredith. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Navy – Marine Corps Relief Society.