OBITUARY

Capt. Grant "Dick" Richard Garritson Ret.

October 18, 1939March 30, 2021
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On Tuesday, April 2, 2021, Grant R Garritson (Dick Garritson,) Captain USN Retired, passed away at home suddenly. Grant was born on October 18th 1939 to Ulysses Grant Garritson and Geraldine Garritson. Grant was predeceased by his wife Joan Mary Garritson (1939-2006) and son, Richard Grant Garritson (1962-2008) and survived by his son John Paul Garritson (Monique Garritson and grandsons Scott Richard, Daniel Paul, and Grant Dennis Garritson) as well as his partner of the last 10 years, Ellie Nichols. Dick grew up in Northern Indiana with his family settling in Elkahart IN. Dick Graduated from Elkhart High School and was proud to attend the United States Naval Academy from 1958 to 1961 graduating with honors and marrying Joan M Synave at the Naval Academy on June 8, 1961 following an eight year, mostly long distance, courtship. Grant went on to attend the University of Notre Dame earning a PhD in Nuclear Physics. He then embarked on his naval career, first in surface ships, then in submarines, and finally in engineering duty that took him from Annapolis to Charleston, S.C., Notre Dame, Ind., (Burke Program), Bainbridge, Md., Agawarm, Mass., Ledyard, Conn., Charleston, S.C. (again), Portsmouth, N.H., Monterey, Calif., and finally to Woodbridge, Va., where Dick commanded the David Taylor Naval Ship R&D Center (DTNSRC) in Carderock and Annapolis, Md. Dick retired from the Navy in 1987 to work for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and realized his dream of working for a Research University as a Director of several departments at JHU-APL. Upon the death of his wife Joan in 2006 Dick moved to Bonita Springs FL and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church which provided him with great comfort in his time of grief. Dick spent the last 10 years living in Annapolis, Maryland after relocating from Florida. During this time Dick enjoyed traveling the globe, to Africa, Europe, South America and throughout the United States with his partner, Ellie Nichols. Dick kept busy with his life-long hobby of model ships, volunteering with the US Naval Academy Museum. Dick always looked forward to time spent with his classmates from the US Naval Academy as well as his former co-workers from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.

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    Sunday, April 11, 2021

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    Sunday, April 11, 2021

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Jackie Stapleton

April 13, 2021

To the family of Dick,
I met Dick for a brief 5 minutes when he was picking Ellie up post op. He was a true gentleman and very nice man.
I looked forward to his visit this Saturday when he and Ellie were going to come over to the farm where The Naval Academy Goats reside.
I am so sorry that this visit will not happen.
Looking at his obituary and family photos posted, he certainly had a wonderful and fulfilled life.
I am so sorry for your loss.
May God bless all of you and keep Dick in his loving arms.
Go Navy!
Jackie Stapleton

Ben and Cathy Miller

April 11, 2021

Dick was such a kind, loving presence and true friend over the years. He greeted everyone with such enthusiasm and warmth and was always eager to hear about others' latest news and projects. Ben and I met Dick through his partner, Ellie, and so enjoyed our times together-filled with laughter and fun. Cathy was thrilled to be part of their beautiful, romantic story almost from the very beginning and we've shared so many wonderful times together - including being invited by Ellie and Dick to join them for an unforgettable safari trip to Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. What beautiful memories.

Don Coullahan

April 5, 2021

To Dick's family,

Dick was one of the great stars from our class of 1961 at the Naval Academy. I admired him at USNA and continued to do so during our many years serving in the Navy. Dick held the same jobs on the great USS PATRICK HENRY that I had only a few years prior and that made for a special relationship as we aged during our Naval careers. I miss him and I know our classmates feel the same. May his memory always be bright and one of goodness and God bless you.

Don
San Diego

Ruth Nimmo

April 5, 2021

I had the honor and privilege of working with Dick at JHU Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). He led the creation of a site master plan for re-development of the APL campus at a time when prior construction was dominated by short-term needs. He was entirely dedicated to the long-term welfare of APL and its staff. He also had a wonderful sense of humor and used it to defuse some tense situations. He was a joy to work with and always interested in the people around him. He will be missed.

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