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Vice Admiral Clarence Russell Bryan, Jr., USN (Ret), 89, formerly of Red Oak, died June 7, in Montgomery Village, Md.
He was born to Clarence, Sr., and Alyce Bryan April 12, 1923. His parents were lifetime residents of Red Oak and owned Bryan-Gates Dodge dealership. Russ graduated from Red Oak High School in 1938.
In 1945, following graduation from the Naval Academy and submarine school, he reported to the USS Hammerhead in the South Pacific. During his two war patrols four Japanese ships were sunk and a U.S. Army aviator rescued off Saigon. After receiving the professional degree of Naval Engineer in 1952, he was designated an Engineering Duty Officer and served at Portsmouth and Mare Island Naval Shipyards. He then served as a Submarine Design Project Officer and as Special Assistant to Chief, BuBhips.
After a tour as Design Superintendent, Portsmouth, NSY, he went to ComSubLant as Assistant Chief of Staff (Material). Immediately prior to selection for Flag rank, he was the Submarine Program Manager, Naval Ship Systems Command.
After three years as Fleet Maintenance Officer, CincLantFleet and two years in NavShips, he went to the Pentagon as Director of Ship Maintenance and Modernization. In 1976, he was promoted to Vice Admiral and assumed the position of Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command.
Clarence retired in 1980.
The Navy’s Engineering Duty Officer School established the VADM C.R. Bryan” award for the student best exemplifying the high standards of professionalism he established during leadership of the community from 1976-1980.
He was president of the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture from 1980-1986.
His many military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Navy Commendation Medal. The Coast Guard awarded him their Distinguished Public Service Medal for his work as Chairman, Coast Guard Academy Advisory Board.
He was a past president of the American Society of Naval Engineers and server on the Visiting Committee, Ocean Eng., M.I.T., the Marine Board, National Research Council and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
Russ is survived by his daughter, Sidra Van Norden; son, Curtis, Capt. MC, USN (Ret); and granddaughters, Kerry, Wendy, Holly, Marie, Mersine, Claire and Noelle.
Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery with his wife, Ardis Froyd Bryan, who grew up in Villisca.