Gerry Medlar McCabe – Commander, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report:

Gerry M. McCabe, 72, a retired Navy Commander who had later careers as an executive of a management consulting firm and an Internal Revenue Service tax preparer, died of cancer July 2, 1998 at his home in Alexandria, Virginia.

Commander McCabe served 20 years in the Navy, beginning as a 1949 graduate of the Naval Academy at Annapolis. As a plebe at the Naval Academy, he was quartered in the same dormitory and was assigned to the same company as senior midshipman James Earl Carter.

Later, Commander McCabe would develop other links to the White House. After assignments with a destroyer, a submarine school in New London, Connecticut, and as executive officer of the submarine Albacore, he was selected to become the assistant to the naval aide at the White House during the transition from the Eisenhower to the Kennedy administrations.

He served at the White House from 1960 to 1963, then became commander of the submarine Tang. After his military retirement in 1967, he worked 17 years in the Washington office of management consulting firm Harbridge House and then 14 years as an enrolled agent for the IRS.

A Washington area resident since 1960, Commander McCabe was born in Buffalo and raised in Goffstown, New Hampshire. He received a master’s degree in business management from Harvard University.

He was a member of First Church of Christ Scientist in Alexandria.

His interests included gardening, cooking and boat building.

Survivors include his wife, Joy Dell S. McCabe of Alexandria; three children, Mark S. McCabe of Herndon, Caroline M. Sullivan of Sacramento and Kevin A. McCabe of Los Angeles; a sister; and a grandson.


On Thursday, July 2, 1998 at his residence in Alexandria, VA, beloved husband of JoyDell S. McCabe; father of Kevin A. McCabe, Caroline McCabe Sullivan and Mark Strickland McCabe; brother of Evangeline Paglia; grandfather of Matthew S. McCabe. Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 1998 at 11 a.m. at Ft. Myer Old Post Chapel. Interment to follow,with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Visiting Nurse Service for Christian Scientists, Inc., P.O. Box 4057, Arlington, VA 22204.

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