Robert A. Fleming Jr.

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FLEMING ROBERT A. FLEMING, JR. Robert A. "Bob" Fleming, a retired Navy commander, mortgage banker and community leader, passed away at the age of 90 on October 16, 2010. After serving in Naval Intelligence on active duty 24 years, and retiring in 1970, he began a second career in mortgage banking, retiring in 1982 as Senior Vice President of the National Bank of Detroit (NBD) Mortgage Company in Virginia. Bob was a magna cum laude graduate of what is now High Point University, consecutively ranking number one on the college tennis team. He did graduate work at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, American University and the University of Virginia. During World War II he served in the Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington, DC, Naval Attache's office at the American Embassy, London, Naval Liaison Office in Calcutta, and Rangoon, Burma, and Naval Attache's office at American Legation in Bangkok, Thailand. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and served on the Staff of the Commandant, First Naval District, Boston, twice in the office of Naval Intelligence in Washington, DC, on the Staff of the Commandant of the Sixth Naval District in Charleston, at the Naval Liaison Office in Munich, Germany, at the American Consulate, Hamburg, Germany and at the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC. His military decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal. Along with his wife Cecile, Bob built friendships around the globe, and was active in church, business and community affairs throughout Northern Vir- ginia. As a member of Annandale United Methodist Church since 1979, he served as: finance committee chairman; stewardship campaign leader; district steward; ACCA representative; administrative board member; appointee to Wesley Housing board of directors for low income housing acquisition; member of the men's club, prayer group and usher. In tribute to his enduring contributions to community and business, the Commonwealth of Virginia General Assembly passed a house resolution in 1987 commending him "... for his exceptional civic leadership, his outstanding dedication and his unselfish service"-presented by Delegate Alan E. Mayer at the District Rotary Conference in Williamsburg, VA. Bob served as a Rotarian since 1974, most notably as the President of the Annandale chapter from 1978 to 1979, Rotary International Governor of Virginia District 760 from 1986 to 1987, and member of the Annandale Chamber Of Commerce since 1978, serving on the Board of Directors for a number of years. In 1980 he organized and became the first chairman of the Annandale Interservice Council, promoting activities for the betterment of the community. In 1982, he was appointed by Governor Charles S. Robb to serve on his advisory committee to enhance the economic climate for small businesses in Virginia. His contributions also included serving on the boards of The Salvation Army, and North Carolina State Society of Washington, DC, and the finance committee of the YMCA. Bob was born to Mary and Robert A. Fleming, Sr. on June 30, 1920, in Oak Ridge, NC, along with his identical twin brother, Michael B. Fleming of Greensboro, NC, who currently resides in High Point. His sister, Martha Fleming Edmondson, preceded him in death. Bob is also survived by Cecile, his loving and devoted wife of 56 years; his children, Andrea Thomas, Dallas, TX and Carolyn Spencer, Atlanta, GA and husband Tom; as well as grandchildren, Tyler and Morgan Spencer and Kristina Thomas. Funeral service will be held at the Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003 on Tuesday, January 18 at 9 a.m. followed by a reception. Burial will follow the service at Arlington National Cemetery at 1 p.m. with Full Navy Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Annandale United Methodist Church or the Polio Plus Foundation through "The Rotary Foundation", with Polio Plus/Bob Fleming in the memo line and mailed to Rotary Club of Annandale, P.O. Box 143, Annandale, VA 22003. Arrangements entrusted to Demaine Funeral Home 5308 Backlick Rd. Springfield, VA, 703-549-0074 www,

Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 16, 2011
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