Raymond Theodore Tate Jr., 89, of Mount Airy, died Thursday, April 10, 2014, at his home in Mount Airy.
Born in Ragland, Ala., in 1924, he was the son of the late Raymond T. Tate Sr. and Marian Curd Best. He was the husband of the late Helen Jackson Tate, his wife of 67 years.
He spent the majority of his life living between Maryland and Crystal River, Fla. He was actively planning his 90th birthday on April 28.
He graduated high school in Laurel, Miss., in 1943. He attended the University of Florida
, transferred and received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland in June 1956 and a Master of Science degree from George Washington University in 1967. He also graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and was a frequent guest lecturer at Harvard University
, Kennedy Graduate School.
He spent his life in service to his country. As a teenager, he enlisted in the Army
Air Corps and became a radio operator on a B-24 crew stationed in Bungay, England. He flew more than 35 combat and electronic counter measure missions. His awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three Oakleaf Clusters, the Purple Heart
and three Battle Stars.
As a Naval Reservist and attending college in Gainesville, Fla., he was recalled to active duty during the Korean War in 1951 as part of the Naval Security Group. In 1954, he joined the National Security Agency as an electronic engineer. He held a variety of management engineering positions until 1963, when he was appointed chief of the new Crypto Production Equipment Engineering Division. He supervised both electronic and mechanical design engineers in building unique devices for the production of a wide variety of crypto materials and devices.
He was appointed chief of the newly formed COMSEC Engineering Division to investigate TEMPEST vulnerabilities. This function was to grow to the point where it became the national authority in the TEMPEST area. In 1972, he received the Exceptional Civilian Service Award (NSA's highest award) for executive achievements. In 1973, he was promoted to deputy director of NSA for Communications Security. In 1979, he retired from government service as a deputy assistant secretary of the Navy (Command, Control, Communication & Intelligence).
He then began a succession of businesses that included Ashton Technology Group and The Windermere Group. He was also director of three private commercial companies that serve the federal market. He served as chairman, Advisory Committee on Assessment of Defense Space Technology National Research Council and the CIA Advisory Panel.
He was a board of directors member for many large public companies throughout the years such as BTG, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin, TRW and Gould. He was a Master Mason, an active member of the 446th Bombardment Group, the COMSOS Club, Phoenix Society, Sandy Spring Neighbors Club and the Purple Heart, among others.
He was a patriot and devoted husband, brother and father.
Surviving are children Susan T. Burrowbridge and spouse Don, of Annapolis, Stephen E. Tate and spouse Jacki, of Mount Airy, Andrew P. Tate, of Yankeetown, Fla., and Elizabeth T. Winters and fiance Wayne Kitzmiller, of Mount Airy; grandchildren Erin Leonard and spouse Chris, Stacy Bullock, Kevin Burrowbridge and spouse Will, Alex Harden and spouse Dan, Dana Tate and Margaret Winters; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a brother, Robert E. Tate.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Stauffer Funeral Home, 8 East Ridgeville Blvd., Mount Airy.
A Christian funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, immediately followed by a processional to Pine Grove Cemetery, Mount Airy. All are welcome to fellowship following the burial at The American Legion in Mount Airy.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to a military
Online condolences may be offered at www.staufferfuneralhome.com
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