Harold E. Cross – Captain, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report

Harold E. Cross, 93, a retired Navy captain who worked in public relations and real estate sales, died of pneumonia December 4, 1999 at the Brighton Gardens Nursing Home in Bethesda. He was a Bethesda resident.

Captain Cross, who had lived in the Washington area since 1961, was a native of New London, Connecticut, and a 1929 graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis.

He entered the Navy in the early 1930s and commanded a destroyer-escort division in the Pacific during World War II.

Captain Cross also did public relations work for the Navy before retiring from active duty, after 31 years' service, in 1962.

Before retiring a altogether in the mid-1980s, he held a variety of other jobs. He had done public relations work for a bank and the George Ewing architectural company. He also sold real estate for the U.T. Peck Company.

Captain Cross was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for Maryland comptroller in 1970.

His wife, Winifred, died in 1970. Survivors include a son, Navy Rear Adm. William V. Cross of Washington; a daughter, Beverly Rudolph of  Potomac; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


On Saturday, December 4, 1999, of Rockville, MD, formerly of Bethesda, MD. Beloved husband of the late Winifred S. Cross; beloved father of Beverly C. Rudolph and William V. Cross, RADM, USN; grandfather of Darryl and Melanie Cross and Tracy and Kelly Rudolph. Captain Cross is also survived by his great-granddaughter, Kelsey Cross. Services will be held at Ft. Myer Chapel on Wednesday, December 29, 1999 at 11 a.m. Interment, with full military honors, in Arlington National Cemetery.

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