Randolph W. King
Randolph W. King
  • May 12, 1923 - February 26, 2017
  • Annapolis, Maryland

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Randy's Memorial service and reception will be held in Friendship Hall at Ginger Cove Retirement Community, 4000 River Crescent Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401 at 11 am on Wednesday, 7 June 2017. Guests are asked to park near the end of Riva Trace Parkway and a bus will provide transportation to the front door of Ginger Cove.

RADM Randolph Winchester King, 93, died peacefully in his sleep on February 26, 2017 at Ginger Cove Assisted Living in Annapolis. Randy was born in Wilmington, Delaware on May 12, 1923, son of the late Captain Thomas Starr King, U.S. Navy (Ret), and Mrs. Anne Gordon (Winchester) King. He attended Annapolis and Coronado High Schools and after a year at Stanford University, he entered the United States Naval Academy in July 1940. He graduated and was commissioned Ensign on June 9, 1943, received the degree of Naval Engineer from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June 1949, and advanced to the rank of Rear Admiral on October 1, 1972.

Randy served during World War II in the Pacific on U.S.S. Eaton (DD-510) and U.S.S. Boston (CA-69). He spent the rest of his career as an Engineering Duty Officer serving at Mare Island and Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyards, in Fleet maintenance jobs, at the Bureau of Ships, the Naval Radiological Defense Lab, San Francisco Naval Shipyard, as Head of the Engineering Department at the Naval Academy, Commander Naval Ship Research and Development Center, and Commander of Norfolk Naval Shipyard and Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair. His last duty station was as Deputy Commander, Research and Technology at Naval Sea Systems Command. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Legion of Merit. After retiring from the Navy in 1975, Randy served as Executive Director of the Maritime Transportation Safety Board, and as Executive Officer of the National Academy of Engineering. Subsequently, Randy was involved in volunteer public service activities, including professional technical societies, engineering education, support of the U.S. Naval Academy, and charitable work.

Randy married the former Margaret Blackburn Corn on 10 June 1943 and they enjoyed almost 60 years of blissful marriage before Margie’s death in 2003. Randy was also pre-deceased by two of his sons, Randolph W. King, Jr. and Stephen Starr King. He is survived by son William Anderson King and wife Marilyn of Concord, CA, daughter Susan King Roden and husband David of Annandale, VA, and grandchildren William Anderson King, Jr., Margaret Lois King, Stephen Starr King, Jr., Meredith Anne King, Christina Starr Roden and David Patrick Roden, Jr.