The Following is from:
Eric Lee Washam, 52, a retired Navy captain who had done government work as
an official of Techmatics Inc. in Fairfax since 1990, died of non-Hodgkin's
lymphoma July 30, 1998 at his home in Falls Church, Virginia.
Captain Washam, a native of Hickory, North Carolina, was a 1968 graduate of the
U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and received a master's degree in electrical
engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., in 1969.
He served in Vietnamese waters during the war in Vietnam and spent two years
with Britain's Royal Navy as an exchange officer before joining the team that
developed, built and deployed the revolutionary Aegis shipboard missile defense
Captain Washam spent the last 15 years of his Navy career, before retiring from
active duty in 1990, with the Aegis program. In the mid-1980s, he commanded the
Norton Sound, the ship in the Pacific fleet that tested Aegis. His last
assignment was as commanding officer of the Aegis Combat Systems Center at
Wallops Island, Va.
At Techmatics, he was involved in ballistic missile defense systems and
strategic planning projects. The company's 1997 employee of the year, he was
strategic planning director of its defense section at the time of his death.
Captain Washam's Navy decorations included three Meritorious Service medals.
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Heather, and a daughter, Megan Lee
Washam, both of Falls Church; his parents, Troy Lee and Martha Washam of
Hickory, N.C.; a brother, Gary, of Orlando; and two sisters, Deborah Fullbright
of Charlotte and Sue Graves of Danville, Va.
WASHAM, ERIC LEE, CAPT, USN (Ret.)
On Thursday, July 30, 1998, at his home, beloved and adored husband of Heather
Washam; and infinitely wise and loving father of Megan Lee Washam; son of Troy
Lee and Martha Washam of Hickory, NC. A service to celebrate and honor his life
will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, August 7, at Fort Myer Post Chapel, Fort Myer,
VA. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to the
American Cancer Society.