Captain Clarence C. Brock Jr., USN (Retired) has Passed Away

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Captain Clarence "C.C." Brock, age 81, passed away June 18, 2003 at his residence in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, after a short illness. He had cancer.

Born in Bristol, Virginia, Captain Brock was 1944 graduate of the US Naval Academy. Most of C.C.'s naval career was spent in submarines at sea, ending as a Submarine Squadron Commander of 13 ships; and financial jobs ashore, the last of which was managing the Navy's budgetary affairs as the Chief of Naval Operations Budget Officer. He made five war patrols in the USS HARDER and the USS MUSKALLUNGE earning seven battle stars for his Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and a star for the Presidential Unit Citation awarded to the USS Harder which was lost during the war.

For his outstanding work effort on restructuring the Navy's Fiscal Management Division, C.C. received the Legion of Merit from the Secretary of the Navy. He also received the Meritorious Service Medal for his role in improving submarine maintenance procedures, greatly enhancing the readiness of attack submarines, and as the On-Scene Commander of the USS Scorpion Search Forces when it was lost in 1968.

After retiring from the Navy in Alexandria, he began his own public accounting firm in 1972 and was influential in many civic activities. Known for his record of honesty, integrity and forthright expression of views, he served on numerous City Committees, Rotary Club International, the Mount Vernon Genealogy Society and the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce of which he was President in 1981. He was the recipient of the Alexandria George Washington Leadership Medal. In his spare time, C.C. spent many happy hours cruising the Chesapeake in his sail boat.

C.C. devoted the last years of his life to caring for his beloved wife of 60 years, Betty Carter Brock, formerly of Washington, D.C. He is also survived by two married daughters, Leslie E. Brock-Evers of Budapest, Hungary; Alison B. Cinelli of Lake Forest, Illinois, one grandchild and one great grandchild.

A Service of Worship and Remembrance will be held Wednesday, June 25 at 3:00 pm at the American Horticultural Society: River Farms, 7931 East Boulevard Drive, Alexandria, VA .The family will receive friends at a reception after the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alexandria Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 20271, Alexandria, VA 22320 or the US Naval Academy Foundation, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402-5068.