Eugene R. Stroup – Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report

Eugene Roberts Stroup, 82, who worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Goddard Space Flight Center from 1960 to 1974 and retired as director of the electrochemical section, died February 12, 2004, at Sunrise assisted living of Alexandria, Virginia. He had Parkinson's disease.

Commander Stroup was a civilian electrical and chemical engineer for the Naval Research Laboratories in Washington from 1956 to 1960. He worked on the development of a sealed nickel-cadmium battery.

He continued his research for NASA, where he was credited with inventing the sealed nickel-cadmium battery application for use in space travel. He also invented an improved coulometer used in charging nickel-cadmium batteries.

After NASA, he became a real estate agent and worked predominantly at Long & Foster in Arlington before retiring in 1990. He was a member of the Million Dollar Sales Club.

He was a native of Cherryville, North Carolina, and received bachelor's degrees in math and science from Appalachian State University in North Carolina.

He served in the Navy from 1942 to 1956 and retired from the reserve in the early 1960s as a Lieutenant Commander.

During World War II, he participated in the invasion of Normandy. His final active-duty assignment was in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as harbor master.

He settled in the Washington area in 1956 and lived in Arlington.

He was a Mason and a member of Clarendon Baptist Church in Arlington, where he was a choir member, Sunday school teacher and volunteer counselor.

His hobbies included playing the piano.

His marriage to Sara Hallyburton Stroup ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Suzanne Murray Brittain Stroup of Arlington; four children from his first marriage, Steve Stroup of Fairfax, Bob Stroup of Vienna and Cindy Stroup and John Stroup, both of Arlington; four stepchildren, Tom Brittain of Arlington, Bill Brittain of Asheville, North Carolina, Bruce Brittain of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Bryan Brittain of Alexandria; and six grandchildren.


  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 05/31/1943 – 04/12/1981
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 04/12/1921
  • DATE OF DEATH: 02/12/2004
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 04/06/2004

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