Maurice Cartwright Padden
February 7, 1931 – February 20, 2015
Major General Maurice Cartwright “Tim” Padden
Died peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and daughters on February 20, 2015. Born in Wheeling, West Virginia on February 7, 1931 to Katherine Allison Cartwright and John Richard Padden, General Padden attended Xavier University and graduated from Ohio State University in 1952. In 1953, he began his 34 year career in the United States Air Force eventually achieving the rank of Major General. He was a Master Navigator serving on B-47 and B-58 combat crews. His military career included tours in the Air Training Command, Strategic Air Command, Air University and the Military Aircraft Command. He was Deputy Base Commander at Norton AFB, CA (1974-1975) and Base Commander at Scott AFB, IL (1976-1978). As the first navigator in the history of the Air Force to serve as a Wing Commander of a combat flying wing, General Padden was the Wing Commander at Altus Air Force Base from 1978-1980. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1980 and assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, DC. General Padden pinned his second star in 1983. In 1985, he was named Vice Commander in Chief, North American Aerospace Defense Command, and Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command. In October 1986, he assumed the command of Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, CO. After his distinguished and extensive military career, General Padden spent 10 years as the Executive Vice President and Treasurer of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association in Reston, VA.
Supporting him throughout his prestigious military career and beyond was his partner, best friend, aide-de-camp, travelling companion and star of his life, Janice Elizabeth Eckstein Padden. Their 60 year marriage began at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Massillon, Ohio on November 25, 1954. Together they travelled the United States and the world playing golf, entertaining friends, exploring new venues and enjoying each other and their children.
General Padden is predeceased by his parents and by his brother, John R. Padden, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Janice and his five daughters and their spouses, Maurine Padden and her husband Thomas Spencer of Sacramento, CA, Linda Ackels and her husband Joseph of Dallas, TX, Colleen Reppert and her husband Joseph of Destin, FL, Timberly Padden of Dallas, TX and Col. Polly Padden (USAF ret) and her husband Col. Steve Elkins (USA, ret) of Grant, AL; sister, Patricia Davis, of Painesville, OH, sister Kathleen Padden, OSU of Toledo, OH and sister-in-Law, Lois Padden, of Parkersburg, WV; 8 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A consummate officer and gentleman, a man of great integrity, compassion, humor, determination and strength and a devoted husband, father and friend, his loss leaves a deep void in all of our lives.
Services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Mass will be said for General Padden at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Lutz, FL on July 10, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to the The Ursuline Sisters, 4046 Indian Road, Toledo, OH, 43606. Arrangements under the direction of Blount & Curry FH-Carrollwood, TAMPA, FL.
Maurice Cartwright Padden
Peter G Lawson II
October 25, 2015
Dear Padden Family: I recently learned of the General's passing and it saddened my heart. I was his Executive Assistant when he was on the Joint Staff as J-31. Even though I wore the "darker" blue suit, I consider it an honor and privilege to have served with him. I wish you all peace and happiness.
Peter G Lawson II, PhD, Captain, USN (ret)
October 22, 2015
Dear Mrs Padden: We ere planning to go to the internment tomorrow. However we have an urgent medical appointment that had to take precedence. I'll try to leave my cell phone number with The cemetery and the chapel so we can be in touch and I can explain all (including misplaced the invitation and rsvp email address. We are with you in spirit.
May 24, 2015
A great leader and a true example of an officer who always showed his appreciation for enlisted personnel. The "Big Cheese" will be remembered with affection by all who knew him. CMSgt Joseph W. Poole (Ret) Lebanon, IL.
Sue and Fred Waikem
March 31, 2015
Janice You know how very much we loved Tim. And of course you as well. You and Freddie were in grade school together and then we-you and I had such a good time at W.H.S And also our good times once again at OSU and then again when we all met up once again in the AF.It truly has been a "long memorable run" and I treasure our times together and our children as well. These are treasures that live in our memory. Love you Janice and the girls and we will miss the our precious and dear Tim. Our Love - Sue and Fred
Molly Morgenstern Long
March 13, 2015
Dear Polly, Mrs Padden, Sr. Kathleen and all; I am so sorry to learn General Padden's passing. His picture immediately jumped out at me in The Blade as one very similar to the one Polly always carried in her wallet. His warm smile and sincerity gave me a whole different view than what I had thought military generals would be. The Padden's were welcoming to all us pages as they invited us to their home early on and often. I felt very lucky that I got to spend so much time with the Paddens and even got to go along on the ski trip! I was always so impressed with the Red phone in the corner of the living room! And, it was nice to have that Toledo connection with Sr. Kathleen. Polly, I would love to be in touch and am even going to be heading through Alabama next week as I move to Florida. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Blessings to and all. With much love.
March 8, 2015
The Big Cheese was the Base Commander at Scott AFB, IL in 1977/78 when I was there as General Moore's Aide. He helped me on several occasions with support from the base and made my job easier. He was a very charismatic leader. Please accept my, my wife, Mimi's, son, Patrick's and daughter, Michelle's condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Maj Gen Duane A. Jones, USAF (ret)
February 28, 2015
Then Colonel Padden was my wing commander when I was a lieutenant at Altus AFB Oklahoma. He was fair, inspiring, and approachable. I was blessed to have learned from him - a truly wonderful officer. May God continue to bless his family.
February 28, 2015
Janice and family...Tim was usually in my home rooms and we most often sat near one another, because of our last names..Padden, and Stockert. I always liked Tim and he was nice to me...
My sincerest sympathy to you and all your family...
Love, Marguerite Stockert Eckstein
(Mrs. Ernie Eckstein)
February 27, 2015
Tim will never be forgotten and will live on in our hearts and in the lives of the wonderful daughters that he and Janice raised. God strengthen you all in this time of deep grief and loss. Love always, Ginger