John F. Brennan Jr., 71, a Navy Commander who served as a reconnaissance pilot in Vietnam and retired in 1982 as a member of the Naval Discharge Review Board, died November 15, 2003, at Inova Fairfax Hospital after collapsing at home in McLean. He had a heart ailment.
Commander Brennan was a native of Bronx, New York, and a math graduate of the University of Bridgeport. He received a master's degree in oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, California.
In addition to two tours in Vietnam, during which he was awarded three Air Medals, Commander Brennan was posted to Washington as an adviser to the National Science Foundation and in an assignment with the Office of Naval Research.
After he retired, he did photogrammetry for Geod Corp. and worked for the American Red Cross in cases before the discharge appeals board.
He volunteered at St. John's Catholic Church in McLean and as a mentor at the Fairfax County Jail.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Gladys M. Brennan of McLean; five daughters, Kathleen A. Brennan of Woodbridge, Eileen B. Pounder of Warrenton, Maureen B. Smith of Oakton, Colleen B. Millsap of Sterling and Laureen B. Potter of Richardson, Texas; two sisters; and eight grandchildren.
JOHN F. BRENNAN of McLean, Virginia, beloved husband of Gladys M. Brennan; father of Kathleen A. Brennan, Eileen B. (Joseph) Pounder, Maureen B. (Stuart) Smith, Colleen B. (Mark) Millsap and Laureen B. (John) Potter; brother of Joan Emilius and Joyce Delaney; grandfather of Mary C. Collins, Jonathan and Jessica Jay, Christopher Colby and Markie Millsap, John Preston and Andrew Joseph Potter.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, November 20 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church, McLean, Virginia, with interment Arlington National Cemetery.
BRENNAN, JOHN F JR
CDR US NAVY
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 07/07/1955 – 05/31/1982
DATE OF BIRTH: 10/27/1932
DATE OF DEATH: 11/15/2003
DATE OF INTERMENT: 12/10/2003
BURIED AT: SECTION 68 SITE 5045
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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