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BEAVER JOHN T. BEAVER Captain, United States Navy (Ret.) Captain John T. "Jack" Beaver died on January 15, 2014 at the Virginia Hospital Center following a long battle with Multiple Myeloma. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, he graduated from Boston College High School in 1949 and Boston College (AB Economics) in 1953. He attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island where he was commissioned an Ensign in 1954. His initial assignment was in USS Remey (DD 688) where he deployed to the Korean Theater of Operations during the Korean Conflict. He subsequently volunteered for the submarine service and reported to USS Ray (SSR 271) following graduation from Submarine School. He then served in USS Sea Leopard (SS 483), USS Entemedor (SS 340), and USS Halfbeak (SS 352) before assuming command of USS Tang (SS 563) and conducted combat patrols during the Vietnam Conflict. He also commanded USS Jason (AR 8). Staff assignments included duty as the Force Personnel Officer on the Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Staff; as the Submarine Operations Officer on the Seventh Fleet Staff during the Vietnam Conflict; as a member of the Salzer Study Group in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; as the Chief of Staff for the Commander U.S. Naval Surface Forces Western Pacific during the Iranian Hostage Crisis; and as U.S. Naval Attaché to the Federal Republic of Germany. He was a 1974 graduate of the U.S. Naval War College. His final assignment on active duty was as Special Assistant and Director of the Walker Damage Assessment Task force for the Director of Naval Intelligence. He retired in 1988 after 35 years of active commissioned service and began a second career as a Counter-Intelligence & Information Security Executive at the Naval Investigative Service and the National Counterintelligence Executive. He retired from Federal Service in 2004. He is survived by Emily Beaver, his wife of 51 years; a daughter Julie; sons John Jr. (Angie) and Douglas (Alexis) and four grandchildren, Catherine, John III, Anna and Adam. His two sons are active duty Navy Captains. There will be a funeral mass on March 22 at 10 a.m. at Saint James Catholic Church, 905 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA. There will be a funeral mass on March 22 at 10 a.m. at Saint James Catholic Church, 905 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA.
Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 15, 2014