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James Naismith

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James Naismith Obituary
Captain James Alfred Naismith, Jr. USN Retired World War II and Korean War Veteran - SAVANNAH - Captain James Alfred Naismith, Jr. died November 17, 2013 in Savannah, Georgia. He was born on January 4, 1922 and raised in Savannah and graduated from Savannah High School in 1941. While a pre-med student at Emory University, he joined the Navy to serve in WWII. Alfred was assigned to the USS Texas for the duration of the war, serving on both the European and Pacific fronts. After the war, he returned to the University of Georgia where he received an industrial management degree and was a member of the ATO Fraternity. He also earned a master's degree in industrial engineering. While employed by The Atlantic Oil Co. in Philadelphia, Alfred earned a second master's degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1950, while acting as Atlantic Oil's district manager in Savannah, he was again called to serve the Navy during the Korean War. Alfred then decided to make the Navy his career from which he retired in 1975 after assignments in Italy, Japan, Hawaii and the Pentagon. His numerous awards included the European Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 stars, the Philippines Liberation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the WWII Victory Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit. After retiring from the Navy, Captain Naismith worked as a Senior Project Engineer for Raytheon Corp. in the Washington, D.C. area for 15 years before returning to Savannah and taking up residence at The Landings, where he stayed active in the Kiawanis Club, the Navy League, and was a member of The Skidaway Island United Methodist Church. Alfred (Alfo) Naismith was pre-deceased by his wife Jeanie, his parents James Alfred and Agnes Naismith, two brothers, Donald and Jean (Tootie) Naismith, and a step-son, Bruce Abbott. He is survived by his sister, Ann Naismith Groover, a step-daugter, Joyce Newsome, a sister-in-law, Jane Samford Naismith, a step-grand-daughter, and three step-grandsons, three nieces and five nephews, and their spouses, children, and grandchildren. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel. Funeral Service will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 21, 2013 at the Skidaway Island United Methodist Church, with The Rev. Jim Giddens officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery. Please sign our online guestbook at www.foxandweeks.com Savannah Morning News November 20, 2013 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannnahnow.com/obituaries.
Published in Savannah Morning News from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2013
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