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Captain Norman C. Nash passed away peacefully on January 28, 2016 at Goodwin House Alexandria, Va. Born in Idabel, Okla., October 6, 1918, he was the son of Dr. and Mrs. M.A. Nash. He attended the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University before being appointed to the Naval Academy by Senator Josh Lee of Oklahoma as a member of the Class of 1942. Norm graduated in December 1941 and began serving primarily in submarine duties, spending most of WWII in USS Tunny (SS 282) completing seven war patrols in the South Pacific. He alternated duties at sea and ashore including tours on operational and support staffs in Pearl Harbor, Norfolk, the Pentagon and the Naval Academy. Sea tours included WWII, Korea and Vietnam which included Command of USS Catfish (SS 339), Commander Submarine Division Ninety-One, Commander Service Squadron EIGHT, Commanding Officer of USS Bayfield (APA 33) supporting Marines in Vietnam, and as Commander Submarine Flotilla Seven. His decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, Presidential Unit Citation, and Meritorious Unit Citation. In 1944, Norm married Mary Frances Hendrix of Idabel, Okla., (known affectionately as Muff). Married 70 years Muff and Norm always set an example of love and support for others to follow. They have two sons: Captain Donald H. Nash USN (Ret) ‘69 and MajGen Gordon C. Nash, USMC, (Ret), five grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. Upon retirement from the Navy in 1969, Norm pursued a long time passion to teach, earning a Master’s degree from George Mason University. He taught mathematics in Alexandria, Va., public schools for 17 years, earning Teacher of the Year recognition in 1973. He taught his students the importance of attaining an education while emulating his personal high standards. Norm will always be remembered for his love and support of his family, Trinity United Methodist Church and many young adults. Norm was a Boy Scout leader, Little League Coach, Sunday School Teacher, and mentor with so many benefitting from his example. In 2006, Norm and Muff moved to Goodwin House Alexandria where they benefited from the dedicated loving care of all the employees. A memorial service will be held at Goodwin House Alexandria at 3 p.m. February 21, followed by interment at the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund, Trinity United Methodist Church 2911 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22302.
Published on  February 10, 2016
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