Robert A. Redmond, 68, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, fitness consultant, windsurfing instructor and Frederick County YMCA executive, died May 5, 2007, in Walkersville.
He had cancers caused by exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, according to the death certificate.
Colonel Redmond, a Frederick, Maryland, resident, spent 20 years in the Army, retiring in 1982.
He served four combat tours in Vietnam with Special Forces and the field artillery. He later taught physical education at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, where he had been a 1962 graduate. His final active-duty assignment, at the Pentagon, was deputy director of Army recreation and fitness programs.
After his military retirement, he spent about 20 years as owner and operator of Family Fitness Enterprises, a fitness and nutrition consulting business. He also became a master windsurfing instructor through the U.S. Sailing Association and taught windsurfing at Washington Sailing Marina.
From 2000 to 2004, he was vice president of operations of the Frederick County YMCA.
Robert Albert Redmond was born in Utica, NewYork. He received a master's degree in biomechanics from Indiana University (1973), a master's degree in cardiovascular physiology from George Washington University (1985) and a doctorate in exercise physiology from the University of Maryland (1991).
His military decorations included the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, two awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, two awards of the Air Medal, two awards of the Army Commendation Medal and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
He was a volunteer coach for the West Springfield High School crew team in the late 1990s.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Frederick, where he started a men's group and served on the building committee.
He also was a member of the American Legion and was a service officer of a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Frederick, where he helped run a golf tournament for wounded U.S. veterans of the Iraq war.
His marriage to Mary Moye Redmond ended in divorce. A daughter from the first marriage, Susan Kilby, died in 2004.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Patricia Tyson Redmond of Frederick; two children from the first marriage, Jacqueline Overton of Suffolk, Virginia, and Robert Redmond Jr. of Herndon; a daughter from the second marriage, Erin Redmond Webb of Frederick; two sisters, Sandra Redmond of Cleveland and Carole Beckwith of Fitzgerald, New Hampshire; a half sister, Elizabeth Redmond of Essex, Massachusetts; a stepsister, Margaret Hopkins of Andes, New York; a stepbrother, Doug Redmond of Silver Spring; and eight grandchildren.
Colonel Redmond was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery on 17 July 2007.
REDMOND, ROBERT A
LTC US ARMY
- DATE OF BIRTH: 12/30/1938
- DATE OF DEATH: 05/05/2007
- BURIED AT: SECTION 60 SITE 286
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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