William Tenney Dutton – Captain, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report

William T. Dutton, 85, a retired Navy captain who had a civilian career as a personnel manager with Bionetics Research Labs of Falls Church, died of respiratory arrest January 15, 1999 at a hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. He was visiting relatives in South Dakota at the time of his death.

Captain Dutton, who was born in Annapolis, was a 1934 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He served 26 years in the Navy, retiring in 1960 from the Office of Naval Operations in Washington.

He was a gunnery officer and first lieutenant early in his career and later was lieutenant commander of the destroyer Waller, which during World War II took part in assaults on Saipan, Tinian and Guam. His military honors included the Legion of Merit.

Other assignments included chief of the Navy section in the Military Assistance Advisory Group in Denmark. In retirement, he worked as a personnel manager, and he was a teller at American Security and Trust in Washington.

He was past president of the Sons of the American Revolution and a member of Trinity Episcopal Church of Upperville, Christ Episcopal Church of Alexandria, Veterans of the American World Wars and the Navy League.

His wife, Mary Larson Dutton, died in 1978. Survivors include four children, Benjamin Dutton, Christopher Dutton and Emily Stoffel, all of Alexandria, and Erika Meyer of Sioux Falls; a sister; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.


On Friday, January 15, 1999, of Alexandria and Upperville, VA, husband of the late Mary Larson Dutton; father of Benjamin Dutton, Emily Stoffel, Erika Meyer and Christopher Dutton; brother of Mary Charbonnet. Also survived by 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 1999 at 9 a.m. at Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA. Interment Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

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