Mount Airy, Md. - Raymond Theodore Tate Jr. passed on to glory in the loving arms of Jesus on April 10, 2014, at his home in Mount Airy. Born in 1924 in Ragland, Ala., he spent the majority of his life living between Maryland and Crystal River, Fla. He was actively planning his 90th birthday on April 28.
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He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Helen Jackson Tate; his parents, Raymond T. Tate Sr. and Marian Curd Best; and his brother Robert E. Tate. He was a patriot, a loving and devoted husband, brother and father. He is survived by daughter Susan T. Burrowbridge (Don) of Annapolis, Md.; son Stephen E. Tate (Jacki) of Mount Airy, Md.; son Andrew P. Tate of Yankeetown, Fla.; and daughter Elizabeth T. Winters (fiancé Wayne Kitzmiller) of Mount Airy, Md.; grandchildren Erin Leonard (Chris), Stacy Bullock, Kevin Burrowbridge (Will), Alex Harden (Dan), Dana Tate and Margaret Winters; as well as seven great-grandchildren.
He graduated high school in Laurel, Miss., in 1943; attended the University of Florida; transferred and received his B.S. degree from the University of Maryland in June 1956; and M.S. degree from George Washington University in 1967. He also graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and he was a frequent guest lecturer at Harvard University, Kennedy Graduate School. Mr. Tate 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 over 35 combat and electronic countermeasure missions. His awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Purple Heart and three Battle Stars. As a naval reservist, and attending college in Gainesville, Fla., Mr. Tate was recalled to active duty during the Korean War in 1951 as part of the Naval Security Group. In 1954, Mr. Tate joined NSA as an electronics 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. Mr. Tate 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. And in 1973, he was promoted to deputy director of NSA for Communications Security. In 1979, Mr. Tate retired from government service as a deputy assistant secretary of the Navy (Command, Control, Communication & Intelligence). He then began a succession of successful businesses that included Ashton Technology Group and The Windermere Group. Mr. Tate was also director of three private, commercial companies that serve the federal market. He served as chairman of the 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, Booze Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin, TRW and Gould. Mr. Tate 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.
Visitation is from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Stauffer Funeral Home's, P.A., 8 E. Ridgeville Blvd., Mount Airy, Md. A Christian funeral service will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Stauffer Funeral Home, immediately followed by a processional to Pine Grove Cemetery, Mount Airy, Md. All are welcome to fellowship following the burial at The American Legion, Mount Airy, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a military
. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.staufferfuneralhome.com.
Stauffer Funeral Home
8 East Ridgeville Boulevard Mount Airy, MD 21771
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Apr. 13, 2014