James Thomas Mathews, Jr. – Captain, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report:

James Thomas Mathews Jr., 83, a retired Navy Captain who later served as research director for Boeing Aircraft in Seattle and the National Restaurant Association in Chicago, died of pneumonia April 25, 1999 at the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Captain Mathews, a resident of Arlington, was born in Manning, South Carolina. He graduated from the Citadel and began his Navy career in 1937. During World War II, he served aboard the cruiser Astoria in the Pacific. Later duty included posts in France, San Diego, Florida and Washington.

He retired from the Navy in 1961, then went to Seattle for Boeing and to Chicago for the restaurant association.

Twenty years ago, he returned to the Washington area.

He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Georgetown, the American Legion and the Citadel Alumni Association.

Survivors include his wife, Gladius D. Mathews, and a son, James T. Mathews, both of Arlington; a brother; and two grandchildren.


On Sunday, April 25, 1999, at National Naval Medical Center, beloved husband of Gladius D. Mathews; loving father of James Thomas Mathews, III; brother of Laurens B. Mathews. Also survived by two grandchildren, Christopher Mark and Andrew James Mathews. Services will be held on Wednesday, May 12 at 9 a.m. at Ft. Myer (Old Post) Chapel, Arlington, VA. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to ARCS memorial fund or Christ Church, Georgetown.

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