Capt. Thomas Mulligan
, 86, passed away peacefully on Sept. 15, 2013.
He was born on Nov. 21, 1926 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and grew up in Upper Manhattan. He graduated from Fordham Prep High School in 1944, and entered the Navy's V-12 Officers Candidate program at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass., and later received his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy where he graduated in 1950. He served 32 years active duty in a variety of roles related to Navy Supply and logistics. He served in the Headquarters of the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) in Paris, France, worked as Director of Purchase at the Navy Supply Center in Norfolk, Va., and was appointed Commander of the Defense Contract Administration (DCASR) in Boston. He later worked for Tracor, Inc. as a defense contract specialist until his retirement in 1991.
Capt. Mulligan led an active life in retirement. He volunteered as a Tuesday docent at the Mariner's Museum in Newport News, Va., for 15 years. He was active in the Russell House Retirement Home in Virginia Beach, serving as President of the Board of Directors for four terms. He helped to establish the Bayside Chapter of AARP, and functioned as Chapter President for four years. He also served as an usher at the Little Creek Amphibious Base Chapel for 25 years. He was an avid model train enthusiast, enjoyed travel, and loved classical music.
His wife of 53 years, a sister, a daughter, son and three grandchildren survive him.
A memorial service was held Sept. 21 at St. Gregory The Great Catholic Church, in Virginia Beach, and an Interment with full military honors at Arlington Cemetery is planned for a later date.