- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 16, 2008

Eugene C. Renzi, 74, Vietnam War hero

Maj. Gen. Eugene Carmen Renzi, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and executive with a national security technology firm, died Feb. 9 at his home in Springfield. He was 74.

Gen. Renzi served two tours in Vietnam where he received multiple honors, including the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.

Prior to his retirement in 1990, Gen. Renzi served as commander of the 40th Signal Battalion at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., commander of the Operations Command in the District, and director of Defense Communications Systems in the District.

Gen. Renzi was promoted to major general in 1988 and became the director for Command and Control and Communications Systems of the U.S. Pacific Command.

In 1993, he became senior executive vice president for national security technology developer ManTech International Corp. He was named president of ManTech’s Defense Systems Group in 2004.

Gen. Renzi was born and raised in Watertown, Mass., where during his school days he set records in football, track and field, and was an inductee of the Watertown High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

He attended Northeastern University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1957 and a master’s degree in education in 1966.

Gen. Renzi was the captain of the Northeastern Huskies football team in 1956 and 1957 and was inducted into the university’s sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

In 1957, he married Faye Marie Barker, who was the captain of Northeastern’s cheerleader squad.

Gen. Renzi was drafted to the NFL by the Chicago Cardinals and played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League.

He attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1970 and the National War College in 1979.

Gen. Renzi is survived by brothers Philip Renzi of Florida; Richard Renzi of Pennsylvania; sons Richard Renzi, of Arizona; Robert Renzi, of Flushing, N.Y.; Ronald Renzi, of Leesburg, Va.; Ralph Renzi, of Springfield; daughter Regina James of Ashburn, Va; and 23 grandchildren.

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