From a contemporary press report:
Helen Mary McCarthy, 79, a lawyer and retired U.S. Patent and Trademark Office patent examiner who was of counsel to the Washington law firm of Beveridge, DeGrandi, Weilacher & Young from 1986 until 1991, died of congestive heart failure September 26, 2001, at Virginia Hospital Center — Arlington, Virginia.
Ms. McCarthy, an Arlington resident, was born in Boston. She was a 1942 chemistry graduate of Regis College in Massachusetts and a 1955 graduate of George Washington University law school. She served in the Navy WAVES during World War II and retired from the reserve as a captain in 1981.
She joined the patent office in 1955 and specialized in glass technology. In the early 1970s, she was a Commerce Department fellow in the office of the assistant secretary of Defense for health and environment.
She was a recipient of the Commerce Department's Silver Medal and the Defense Department's Meritorious Civilian Service Medal.
Her memberships included Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown and the John Carroll Society.
Survivors include a brother, retired Navy Cmdr. Francis X. McCarthy of Montgomery Village.
McCARTHY, HELEN M., CAPT. U.S.N.R. (Ret.)
On Wednesday, September 26, 2001 of Arlington, VA. Sister of Frances McCarthy of Maryland and the late Charles J. McCarthy, Jr. of Massachusetts. Also surviving are four nieces and one nephew. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Fort Myer Old Post Chapel on Wednesday, October 31, at 12:45 p.m. Interment with Full Military Honors Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in her memory to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 3513 N St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 or Regis College Endowed Scholarship Fund, 235 Wellesley St., Weston, MA 02493-1571.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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