Warren Hill McInteer, 90, of Fredericksburg died Thursday, July 4, 2013, at home.
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Mr. McInteer was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Aug. 13, 1922. He lived in Quantico during his early years and attended elementary school in Quantico and Dumfries. At Occoquan High School in Woodbridge he played varsity baseball, basketball, and soccer.
He enrolled at Randolph Macon College in Ashland and graduated in 1943 with a bachelor's degree in math and physics. He played baseball at college for four years and was the team captain his senior year. He was selected to Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa and Chi Beta Phi honorary fraternities and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha social fraternity.
After graduation he taught math and physics at Randolph Macon until early 1944 when he was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy Reserve. He served as a deck officer on a minesweeper at Key West, Fla., in 1944 and later on the USS Garrard (APA 84). He participated in amphibious landings at Okinawa and landed the first of the occupation forces of Marines a the Yokosuka Naval Base in Yokohama, Japan, in August 1944. He later served briefly as assistant to the commandant of the Potomac River Naval Command.
After release to inactive duty, he worked at the local bank in Quantico for two years and then enrolled in graduate school at Virginia Tech. He was awarded a master's degree in physics in 1950 and elected to Phi Kappa Phi honorary fraternity. He met his bride-to-be, Molly Elizabeth Galloway, at Virginia Tech, and they were married in 1950.
After graduation he joined the staff of the Naval Ordnance Laboratory (NOL) at White Oak, Md., as a physicist and general engineer, working on the development of underwater ordnance, mainly sea mines, depth charges and torpedoes. One of his specialties was determining the performance characteristic of pressure influence mines and how they were affected by the ocean environment. This work included worldwide studies of ocean environments in situ, the value of which was recognized internationally. He was awarded the meritorious civilian service award for developing a method for determining target response characteristics of pressure influence mines. In 1978 and 1979 he was assigned temporary duty as advisor to the commander of Mine Warfare Command in Charleston, S.C. After retirement in 1980, he worked three years as a consultant with Dynamic Systems.
He lived in Burtonsville, Md., from 1954 to 1983 while working at NOL. He was a member of the Burtonsville Fire Department and served two terms as its president. He and Molly raised three sons, Thomas, William and Warren Jr. In 1966, he built a small river home on Accokeek Creek in Stafford and spent many summer weekends enjoying the home and the Potomac River with family and friends. The home still stands and the property still provides endless hours of enjoyment to his sons and their families.
In 1983 he and Molly moved to Kingsmill on the James in Williamsburg. He played golf and bridge avidly, and was chairman of the Odd Lot Golf Group at Kingsmill for one term. He also enjoyed boating, fishing and hunting. He was an active volunteer for the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic Tournament and worked 12 years as a marshal, including six years as chairman and then coordinator of all the marshals at the tournament. He also worked as a volunteer for three years when the Ladies Professional Golf Association held its tournament at Kingsmill.
In 2010 he and Molly moved to Chancellors Village Apartments in Fredericksburg. This allowed them to be closer to his beloved river home on Accokeek Creek and enable daily and weekend visits to his family at "The River."
He is survived by his wife, three sons, daughters-in-law, Betty Ann and Suzanne, and six grandchildren, Nicole, Allison, Curtis, Todd, Caitlin and Connor.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 8, in the Chancellors Room at Chancellors Village, 12100 Chancellor's Village Lane, Fredericksburg VA, 22407 followed by a light lunch. A graveside ceremony will be held later that day at 2:30 p.m. at Aquia Episcopal Church in Stafford.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Aquia Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 275, Stafford, VA 22555.
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Published in Virginia Gazette from July 6 to Aug. 5, 2013