Oliver Joseph Judd

Oliver Joseph Judd

Commander, USN Retired

1921 ~ December 7, 2012.

Oliver died in peace, at home with family in Normandy Park. A child of the Depression, he met challenges well and often. Born in Hoquiam, WA, he disliked milking the cows.

A voracious young reader, he embraced Captain Marvel comics and his own future in Physics. The one-room school math curriculum lacked calculus; Oliver mastered that work at Lacey High during his freshman Year at St Martin's College. Tuition for Physics at UW required summer work at the sawmills, steel mills and in long-shoring.

The Army Air Corp trained him to fly, but mumps kept him at home as the Squadron went to France to face disastrous battles. As Midshipman he served as Platoon Guide, of 72 men. Oliver, with Captain Marvel visions intact, was accepted to the super-secret Radar School at Harvard and MIT. He soon met Leona Juruscz, his bride-to-be. He served as Electronics Officer WWII, Pacific Fleet and during the Korean conflict.mfoihy

With two years of Ph. D. Physics work he went to Seattle VA Hospital to pioneer in nuclear medicine. Soon he was recruited into technical sales and went on to open Showalter-Judd Corp. He led the way with early computers for the Boeing Company, Safeco and John Fluke.

He attended St Francis Catholic Church. Community diplomacy challenges arose in his decade of guiding the Covenant restrictions committee for Normandy Park Community Club.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne (Schultz) Espy Judd, sons Peter and Christopher, daughter Judith, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Service will be held December 22, Saturday 12 Noon at St Francis Catholic Church in Burien, 15226 21st Ave SW 98166. Remembrances may go to the Union Gospel Mission of Seattle.

Published in The Seattle Times from Dec. 20 to Dec. 21, 2012