Michael E. DeGraba


The Washington Post Sunday - - LOCAL OPINIONS - — Adam Bern­stein

Michael E. DeGraba, 86, a Navy Depart­ment em­ployee who re­tired in 1986 from what was then the Naval Sur­face Weapons Cen­ter and helped con­duct re­search on bat­tery technology, died Jan. 8 of kid­ney fail­ure at Holy Cross Hos­pi­tal in Sil­ver Spring.

Mr. DeGraba spent 35 years with the Navy Depart­ment, ini­tially as a sheet-metal worker.

Michael Eu­gene DeGraba, a Kens­ing­ton res­i­dent, was born in Pittston, Pa. Dur­ing World War II, he served in the Army in Europe and par­tic­i­pated in the Nor­mandy in­va­sion.

Af­ter his re­tire­ment, he worked as a starter and pro-shop em­ployee at Sligo Creek Golf Course in Sil­ver Spring and the Naval Sur­face Weapons Cen­ter golf course.

He was a mem­ber of St. Cather­ine Laboure Catholic Church in Wheaton, where he was a mem­ber of the Holy Name So­ci­ety.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of 59 years, Lu­cille Ar­do­line DeGraba of Kens­ing­ton; four chil­dren, Michael J. DeGraba and Lu­cille DeGraba-Brown, both of Ger­man­town, Pa­trick J. DeGraba of Rockville and Thomas J. DeGraba of Po­tomac; two sis­ters; and seven grand­chil­dren.

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