Corise P. Varn
Commander, United States Navy
Commander Varn attended Florida State College
for Women (now FSU) and was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.
At the end of World War II, she had attained the rank of Lieutenant. After World War II, Commander Varn entered the University of Florida and was the first woman editor of the Florida Law Review. She was tapped for Phi Beta Kappa, graduated summa cum laude from the UF School of Law, and was awarded a fellowship at Yale University.
After graduation, Commander Varn returned to
the Navy, serving in offices of Chief of Naval Operations and Judge Advocate
General, and was liaison for the Navy with
At the time of her retirement, Commander Varn held the rank of Commander, and was one of the three highest ranking women officers in the U.S. Navy.
Commander Varn was preceded in death by her father, Claude Grady Varn; her mother, Marjorie Boor Varn; and her step-mother, Mary Belle Barber Varn.
She is survived by one brother, Wilfred C.
Varn of Tallahassee; and three sisters, Marilyn Varn King of Bunnell; Helen
Varn Holton of Flagler Beach; and Marjorie
Interment: Arlington National Cemetery with
full military honors, 13 July 2005.