Robert Hailey WILLIAMSBURG - U.S. Navy Capt. Robert Hailey, died in Williamsburg on Sept. 26, 2011. Bob graduated from high school in Big Spring, Texas, attended McMurry College for one year and worked for a year in the oil fields of West Texas before entering the United States Naval Academy in July 1937. His 1941 Academy class graduated Feb. 7, 1941. His 28 years of service in the Navy included many varied assignments. He served on the INDIANAPOLIS in the Pacific until September 1943, commanded two submarines R-5 and PIPER, the destroyer WALLER and the attack transport SANDOVAL. He also served as district intelligence officer of the 15th Naval District in the Panama Canal Zone. After retirement in 1965 he taught mathematics in the Norfolk Public Schools for 12 years. A lifelong Methodist, he was active in church, scouting and community affairs. He served as president of the Education Association of Norfolk and President of the Citizens Association for Justice in Virginia. A second retirement gave time for travel and the opportunity to serve as President of the Norview Lions Club and Tidewater Childrens Foundation, to work with Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. After moving to Williamsburg in 1992, he continued working with the Lions Club and worked with the Housing Partnership, engaged in repairing homes of elderly and low income persons. His wife, the former Evelyn Momsen, daughter of Vice Admiral and Mrs. Charles "Swede" Momsen, died March 29, 2011, just three days after their 68th wedding anniversary. He is survived by two children, a daughter, Mrs. Anne Bartee of Staunton, Va.; and a son, Christopher Hailey and his wife Esther of Pennington, N.J.; a dear daughter-in-law, Susan Hailey, of Germantown, Tenn.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. His son, Robert preceded him in death in 1996. A service will be held Oct. 1, at 4:30 p.m. in Chambrel Retirement Community, 3800 Treyburn Drive, Williamsburg. Robert and Evelyn will be interred in the Naval Academy Columbarium. Online condolences may be registered at bucktroutfuneralhome.net.
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Published in The Virginian Pilot on Sept. 27, 2011