- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 27, 2005

Warrington Cobb, 77, retired Navy captain

Warrington Crane Cobb, a retired Navy captain, died Jan. 22 of a blood platelet disorder at his home in Bethesda. He was 77.

Capt. Cobb, son of Navy Vice Adm. Calvin Hayes Cobb Sr. and Frances King Halm Cobb, was born at the Columbia Hospital for Women in the District. The family maintained a home in Chevy Chase until the death of Capt. Cobb’s mother.

In 1949, Capt. Cobb graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, where he was a starting midfielder on the school’s national championship lacrosse team in his senior year.

He was a graduate of the Navy Ordnance Engineering Program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., and earned master’s and doctoral degrees in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also was member of the Sigma Xi, the international honor society for science and engineering.

During his 27-year naval career, Capt. Cobb participated in support operations for the Inchon landing in Korea, serving on the USS Firecrest as navigator and mine-sweeping officer. He also took part in the blockade of Cuba during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

Capt. Cobb had three assignments in the Polaris/Poseidon/Trident submarine program, a key component in the nation’s nuclear deterrence during the Cold War.

He retired from the Navy in 1976 and joined Jaycor, an advanced-technology company where he worked in operations analysis and communications systems engineering, primarily supporting the State Department.

Capt. Cobb also managed large database efforts for Navy and Air Force programs that reviewed exposure of personnel during atmospheric nuclear testing. He retired from Jaycor in 1990.

From 1990 to 1998, he was a teacher and mathematics lecturer at Episcopal High School, Hebrew Academy of Greater Washington, Baltimore International Culinary College, Montgomery College, Anne Arundel Community College and Frederick Community College.

His coaching experiences included MIT’s freshman lacrosse team, the Boston Lacrosse Club, Navy shipboard softball teams, Catholic Youth Organization instructional basketball, and Montgomery County Recreation Department baseball, and boys and girls soccer teams. Until recently, he enjoyed playing indoor and outdoor tennis.

Capt. Cobb was a member of the Chevy Chase Club, the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the District of Columbia, the John Howland Society and the Richard Warren Society.. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrowat St. Bartholomew’s Church, 6900 River Road, Bethesda. A reception will follow the service.

Interment will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

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