RADM Thomas Beall Richey

RADM Thomas Beall Richey

Shenandoah County, Virginia, USA
Death 30 Mar 1949 (aged 61)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Sec: 11, Site: 646
Memorial ID 49359600 · View Source
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"T. B. Richey Dead; Rear Admiral, 61. Retired Officer Directed the Construction of Battleships, Cruisers and Destroyers.

"Rear Admiral Thomas B. Richey, USN, retired, a naval engineering officer, who had charge of construction of battleships and cruisers, was found dead yesterday in his room at the New York Yacht Club, 37 West Forty-fourth Street. Death was attributed to a heart attack. He was 61 years old.

"Admiral Richey, who retired on Nov. 6, 1945, had been attached to the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington as a member of the joint production survey committee and the technical industrial intelligence committee from 1943 to 1945. Since his retirement he was a consultant for the Cargocaire Engineering Corporation.

"During his career he had supervised construction, in whole or in part, of the destroyers Hull and Dale, the cruiser Brooklyn, the light cruiser Helena and the battleships Iowa and Missouri and had been a manger of the Norfolk Navy Yard during construction of the battleship Kentucky.

"Born in Capon Road, Va., the son of John Sinnard and Ellen Marshall Locke Richey, he studied at Augusta Military Academy, Fort Defiance, Va., and attended the United States Naval Academy from 1905 to 1909. In 1914 he received an M.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"He was in the industrial department of the Boston Navy Yard from 1914 to 1920, was industrial manager of the New Orleans Naval Station in 1920-21 and served in San Diego from 1921 to 1923. He was planning officer at the Norfolk Navy Yard from 1923 to 1927 and production superintendent of the Philadelphia Navy Yard from 1927 to 1931, Mare Island Navy Yard from 1931 to 1934 and the Navy Yard in Brooklyn from 1934 to 1941. From 1941 to 1943 he managed the Norfolk Navy Yard.

"Admiral Richey received the Victory Medal. He was a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Society of Naval Engineers and the Naval Institute.

"Surviving are his widow, the former Katherine M. Fowler, noted as a restorer and repairer of historical flags; a son, Thomas B., Jr. of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and a daughter, Miss Katherine Richey of New York." Source: The New York Times, March 31, 1949, Page 25
"Rear Adm. Thomas Beall Richey, retired, 61, was found dead today on the floor of his room in the New York Yacht club. Police said he died of natural causes. A native of Virginia, Adm. Richey attended Augusta Military academy and was graduated from the United States Naval academy in 1909. From 1941 to 1943 he was manager of the Norfolk navy yard. In 1943 he was attached to the joint chiefs of staff in Washington. A son, Thomas B. Richey Jr., was notified in Niagara Falls, N. Y., of his father's death." Source: Chicago Daily Tribune, Thursday, March 31, 1949
Spouse: Katherine Margaret [Fowler] Richey
Children: Thomas B. Richey, Jr., Katherine E. Richey

He served 40 years in the U.S. Navy retiring as a Rear Admiral. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy on July 18, 1905, and by 1910 he was a Midshipman aboard the USS Vermont. He died at the New York Yacht Club of natural causes.

Note: His application for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution shows his birthdate as July 24, 1887.

Bio by: Russ Jacobs

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