Fred R. Maxey, Jr., CAPT, USN (ret)


Fred R. Maxey, Jr., a retired Navy Captain, who became Technical Director of the Submarine Division of Tracor Applied Sciences, in Rockville, MD, died of cancer January 19, 1999 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Captain Maxey, a resident of Walkersville, MD was born in Manilla, Phillipines. During WWII, he and his parents were interned by the Japanese.

After the war, they moved to the United States and settled in New Hyde park, New York.

Captain Maxey graduated from Cornell University in 1962 and was commissioned in the Navy through the Naval ROTC program. He made his career as a submariner, and from 1977 – 1981, he commanded the USS JOHN C. CALHOUN (SSBN 630), a fleet ballistic missile submarine.

In 1983, he retired from the Navy, moved to the Washington DC area, and went to work for Tracor. He also received a Masters degree in Business Administration at Frostburg State University. He retired from Tracor in the mid 1990’s.

He was a member of the parish of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Walkersville, where he was Chairman of the finance committee, confirmation team leader, and youth team leader. He also played guitar in the Contemporary Music Group.

In 1998, the Catholic Church awarded him it’s Service Medal of Honor.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Sandra, of Walkersville; four sons’ Fred of Keedysville, MD, Peter of Frederick, MD, Timothy of Walkersville, and Kevin of San Fransisco, CA. He also had four daughters; Karen and Kathy of Walkersville, Alexandra Bowersox of Portsmouth, NH, and Margaret Knupp of Petaluma, CA. He is also survived by his father, Fred, a brother, John, and eleven grandchildren.