James W. Lynn – Captain, United States Navy

27 June 2007:

Cincinnati native James W. Lynn, a retired Navy Captain who last served as Associate Dean at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, will be laid to rest July 12, 2007, at Arlington National Cemetery. He died June 17, 2007, of complications of emphysema at his residence at the Fairfax Retirement Community at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.


Captain Lynn, 79, was the son of William D. and Janet Lynn. He grew up in Hyde Park, where he was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church. A member of the Withrow High School Class of 1945, he reported for duty as a Seaman first class on V-J Day, August 14 that year. After a year of active service, he received a fleet appointment to the Naval Academy. He graduated in 1950 and received a commission to the Supply Corps. He received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1961.

Over his 34-year career Captain Lynn served on the USS Columbus, the USS Knapp, the USS Proteus and the USS Independence. He helped establish the Naval Supply Systems Command and served as director of the inventory analysis and finance division and later as assistant deputy commander of supply operations and fleet support. He was a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair and returned to join the faculty. He retired from the Navy as associate dean for program implementation at the college in 1979.

Captain Lynn worked for Sperry Systems in Clearwater, Florida, until 1987. He moved to the Sunrise military retirement community at Fairfax, Fort Belvoir, in 2000. He served as a docent and a volunteer at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum and the Navy Museum at the Washington Navy Yard. He was active with the Military Officers Association of America and was treasurer of his Naval Academy class organization.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Nancy Richards Lynn; a daughter, Karin Lynn of Arlington, Virginia; a son, Randy Lynn of Locust Grove, Virginia; a sister, Janet Lynn McCoy of Canton; two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Military graveside services will be 2 p.m. July 12, 2007, at Arlington National Cemetery. Following the ceremony, the family will receive friends to celebrate his life at The Fairfax, 9140 Belvoir Woods Parkway, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Memorials are suggested to Community Hospice, 3720 Upton St. NW, Washington, DC 20016.

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