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    Posted: 25 May 2017 at 1:50pm
Captain JAMES C. MATHESON USN (Ret.) (Age 95) Passed away quietly at his home in Alexandria, VA, on April 28, 2017, of natural causes. Erda R. Matheson, his wife of 33 years, was by his side.

Jim was born in Oconomowoc, WI, on September 8, 1921, to the late Forrest D. Matheson and Elisabeth C. Matheson, and spent two years at the University of Chicago before attending the US Naval Academy. He was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years the former Mary Preston Oulahan of Washington, DC.

Jim's Naval career included submarine service in the Pacific during World War II and post graduate degrees at MIT and Harvard Business School. He served under Admiral H. Rickover and was director of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. Jim retired from the Navy in 1970.

After the Navy, Jim served with the Peace Corps in Ecuador and as Director in Jamaica until 1975. He was Vice President of Universities Research Associates, manager of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. During these years he earned a law degree from George Washington University.

Jim is survived by his wife, Erda, and four children from his first marriage, Ann, Lily (Jeff Golland), Susan (Patrizia Spiga) and Jim, Jr. He has six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His stepson, Carl, was a great support to the family during Jim's final year.

In celebration of his life, his family will receive guests at a reception in his memory from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on June 25 at Porto Vecchio, 1250 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the American Civil Liberties Union or the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Captain Matheson will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in the near future. 
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