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Raymond THROCKMORTON Jr.



THROCKMORTON, JR., Raymond Trask Age 87 of Brentwood and Williamson County, died March 23, 2013. He was born May 12, 1925 in South Bend, IN and was the only son of Raymond T. Throckmorton, Sr. and Irene B. Siems Throckmorton. Preceded in death in 1987 by his wife, Yvonne Shaver Throckmorton. He is survived by a daughter, Karen Elaine Gallagher and her husband Charles; a son, Raymond T. Throckmorton III and his wife, Elizabeth Louise Holder Throckmorton; three grandchildren, Christina Gallagher Claxton, her husband Dan, James Edward Throckmorton and Mary Elizabeth Throckmorton; and great-grandson, Jack Claxton. After graduation from training at Ft. Benning, GA in 1943, he attended the University of Wisconsin under the Army's ASTP program, and subsequently served as an amphibious infantryman in Co. "F", 381st Infantry Regiment, 96th Infantry (Deadeye) Division, from 1944-1945. Mr. Throckmorton was one of a small group chosen to spearhead the invasions of Leyte (Philippines) on October 20, 1944, as well as Okinawa Jima (Japan) on April 1, 1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf cluster, two Bronze Arrowheads, Combat Infantry Badge, Philippine Liberation medal, and a Presidential Unit Citation for "Extraordinary Heroism in Military Operations, Okinawa". Following his service to our country, Mr. Throckmorton graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1950. He moved to Nashville following graduation and was employed by the Nashville District Corps of Engineers, ultimately as Assistant District Engineer/Geologist. He participated in the design of the Old Hickory Lock and Dam, and Cordell Hull Lock and Dam projects; the St. Lawrence Seaway locks, as well as many other projects. In 1953, Mr. Throckmorton co-founded a geotechnical engineering firm then known as Geologic Associates and was licensed in various states as an engineer and/or a geologist. He served as President of the International Association of Engineering Geologists in 1975; was a Senior Fellow of the Geological Society of America; and a Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He retired from active professional practice in 1987. In 1965, he was the recipient of the "Distinguished Graduate Award" during the University of Notre Dame's College of Science, "Centennial of Science Awards" presentations. Mr. Throckmorton was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, and was active in the Boy Scouts of America, having served for several years as Scoutmaster of Troop 217, chartered to First Presbyterian Church, Nashville. He was the recipient of the Long Rifle Award in 1984 and the Silver Beaver Award in 1986. His life was characterized by his devotion to his family, his love and sacrifice for his country, his dedication to scouting and making a difference in the lives of many young men, and his faith in our Lord and Saviour. Services will be conducted at First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Road, at 2 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013 with visitation from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Courtenay Hall at the Church. Memorial contributions are requested to the Walter R. Courtenay Eagle Scout Trust Fund, R. D. Garth, c/o TTEE, First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Road, Nashville, TN 37220 or to the . Arrangements by CREMATION SOCIETY OF TENNESSEE, (615) 302-4842.

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Published in The Tennessean from Mar. 30 to Mar. 31, 2013
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