Philip J. Coady Jr., 66, a Navy Rear Admiral who commanded a 10-ship battle group during the Persian Gulf War and, in retirement, spent a decade as President and Chief Executive of a veterans benefit organization, died June 30, 2008, at his home in Annandale. He had pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer.
Admiral Coady, who served in the Navy from 1961 to 1995, was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
He was promoted to Rear Admiral in 1989 and commanded the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk battle group during the Gulf War. His final active-duty assignment was director of the Navy's Surface Warfare Division.
His decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, six awards of the Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals and three awards of the Navy Commendation Medal.
In retirement, he became a chartered financial consultant and a chartered life underwriter and also headed the Navy Mutual Aid Association in Arlington.
Since 2006, he had been board chairman of the Washington-based Lung Cancer Alliance, an advocacy organization, and helped work on legislation affecting health care research and funding.
Philip James Coady Jr. was a Boston native and a 1963 economics graduate of Tufts University. He received a master's degree in business administration from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, in 1971.
His hobbies included hiking and rowing.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Judith Greene Coady of Annandale; three children, Meredith Coady Pardo of Scituate, Massachusetts, and Adrienne Sullivan and Philip J. Coady III, both of Falls Church, Virginia; three sisters; and six grandchildren.
A daughter, Alicia Coady, died in infancy in 1969.
PHILIP JAMES COADY, JR. (Age 66) Rear Admiral, United States Navy (Retired) On June 30, 2008 of Annandale, Virginia. Beloved husband of Judith Greene Coady. He is survived by his children Meredith Pardo, Philip James (Kathleen) Coady III and Adrienne (Neil) Sullivan; grandchildren Conor Coady, Mary Greene Coady, Philip James Coady IV, Aloysius Dolan Coady, Annabel Marie Sullivan and Megan Bridget Sullivan; sisters Elizabeth Brickley, Virginia Grondin and Marilyn Tufano; cousins Michael Mowles, Maureen Black and numerous others. He is preceded in death by his daughter Alicia Kathryn Coady and his parents Philip and Helen Coady.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday July 3 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 3305 Glen Carlyn Rd., Falls Church, Virginia 22041. Services with Full Military Honors will be held on October 9 at 12:45 p.m. at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Lung Cancer Alliance, P.O. Box 630972, Baltimore, Maryland 21263-0972 or to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, 875 North Randolph Street, Suite 225, Arlington, Virginia 22203.
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