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WILLIAM S. KOSAR Jr.

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KOSAR WILLIAM S. KOSAR, JR. CDR - U.S. Navy (Ret.) Passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at his residence in Vienna, VA. He was born in Peckville, PA on March 6, 1930, the son of Lt. Cdr. William S. Kosar (USN) and Justine Pasterchik Kosar. He grew up in the peripatetic lifestyle of a Navy family, with a father who served in 1920s-era submarines, 1930s-era dirigibles and gunboats based in pre-war Hong Kong, and who was officially stationed at Pearl Harbor in 1941, albeit Stateside at the time of attack. With these experiences, after graduation with an electrical engineering degree from the University of Southern California 1951 he entered the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School in Rhode Island in 1952. His first duty station was at the Naval Air Missile Test Center at Point Mugu, California, where he was simultaneously based with his father, in his father's last duty station. He soon experienced a life-changing posting to Japan in the 1950s. Of Carpatho-Russian heritage and having been raised an Orthodox Christian, he visited the renowned Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral ("Nikolai-do") in Tokyo, where he met the Pokrovsky family, a devout Russian family with immediate origins in Kazan, Russia and the Harbin, China region.He married Lydia Pokrovsky on April 27, 1958 in a wedding service performed by Bishop Ireney of Japan, future Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church in America. A video and photography aficionado since the late 1940s, he managed to get his 1958 wedding on video. He went to great pains to marry his Tokyo-born Russian bride and sponsor her Russian family to immigrate to the U.S. during the very anti-Soviet and anti-Russian Cold War atmosphere of those times. In the late 1950s and early 1960s Naval assignments took the family to Arlington, VA (Bureau of Aeronautics/Naval Weapons) and France (Defense Communications Agency), where he was a data processing officer using computers to monitor long line communications under the control of the U.S. European Command. After a posting in Norfolk, VA, he received a Masters of Science in Management at the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He then served as Naval Plant Representative at Grumman Aircraft in Bethpage, NY at the time when Grumman designed the Apollo Lunar Module. In 1970 he transferred to Washington, DC to the Defense Intelligence Agency in the office responsible for DoD reporting and analysis on foreign aircraft and missiles, notably from the USSR and PRC. He finished his Navy career in the Polar Programs Office of the National Science Foundation in Arlington, making two research expeditions to Antarctica which have been memorialized in the naming of Kosar Point at the tip of the Eroica Peninsula: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosar_Point. He has been a founder or supporter of numerous Orthodox parishes, notably St Mark Orthodox Church, Bethesda, MD. His active love and support of the Church has stretched across the world, from Japan to America to Russia. CDR Kosar is survived by his beloved wife Lydia (nee Pokrovsky) Kosar of Vienna, VA; sons William V. Kosar of Bradenton, FL, Nicholas A. Kosar of Oakton, VA, and George T. Kosar of Medford, MA; his beloved sister-in-law Larisa (nee Pokrovsky) Looby of Great Falls, VA and brother-in-law George Pokrovsky of Yokohama, Japan; as well as five granddaughters and one grandson. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. at St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC (www.stjohndc.org). Funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 8 at St Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery in South Canaan, PA (http://sttikhonsmonastery.org/). A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. at St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC (www.stjohndc.org). Funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 8 at St Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery in South Canaan, PA (http://sttikhonsmonastery.org/).

Published in The Washington Post on July 5, 2013
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