Joseph Jockel Jr.

Captain Joseph A. Jockel Jr., USN (Ret), 76, died October 28 of natural causes. He was born on March 3, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Joseph A Jockel, Sr. and Margaret Wood Jockel. He graduated from Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn in 1955. He then attended and graduated from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA in 1959. He earned a Master's degree from American University in 1974, and was a PhD candidate at American University. Upon graduation from Holy Cross, Captain Jockel was commissioned an officer in the United States Navy serving on the USS Elokomin (AO 55) and then attending Submarine Officer Basic Course in Groton, CT. After graduation, he reported to the USS Chopper (SS 342) in Key West, FL. During his career, he served on the, USS Barracuda (SS 163), USS Grampus (SS 523), and USS Detroit (AOE 4). He commanded the USS Nitro (AE 23) from 1974 to 1976 deploying to the Mediterranean Sea. His shore assignments included three tours as a professor at the United States Naval Academy including serving as the Chair of the International Studies Department from 1980 to 1983. After retirement, Joe worked for McCrone, Inc. in Annapolis, and John J. McMullen and Associates (JJMA) in Crystal City, VA. Joe was an active member of the Annapolis Elks Lodge, and a former president of Annapolis Kiwanis. He is survived by his wife, Maureen A. Jockel (n‚e Carney); and four children, Joseph Jockel of Bethesda, Tom Jockel of Edgewater, Margaret von Kolnitz of Alexandria, VA and Jeff Jockel of Edgewater. He is also survived by his nine grand children; his brother, Lawrence Jockel of Brightwaters, NY; and his sisters, Arline Whited of San Diego, CA, and Sue Ramsay of Jupiter, FL. Relatives and friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 1, at the Hardesty Funeral Home, 12 Ridgeley Ave., Annapolis, where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 2. Interment private. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson's Foundation. Online condolences may be placed at

Published in The Capital on Oct. 30, 2013