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Guy Morton Neely, Jr.

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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2019 2:17 pm

Mort, as he was known, died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Potomac, Maryland, on Aug. 22, 2019. He had lived in Potomac for the past 46 years with his wife, the former Adaline Blount Rowe of Wilson, North Carolina, whom he married in 1968.

Born on Oct. 31, 1927, in Washington, DC, he was the son of Guy Morton and Mildred Neely. He was a resident of the Washington area, having attended Roosevelt High School before being appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Captain Neely resided in Coronado with his family from 1968 until his move to the Pentagon in 1973.

After graduating in 1949, Mort began a 28-year Navy career. Highlights included serving as commanding officer of the LST USS Lawrence County and destroyer USS Floyd B. Parks, commander of Destroyer Division 72, homeported at the Destroyer Base in San Diego and commander of Destroyer Squadrons 23 and 9.

Other significant posts included tours as aide to Commander Seventh Fleet, Commander-in-Chief U.S Naval Forces in Europe, and Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Southern Europe. He also served as White House aide to President Eisenhower.

Yet the position he most enjoyed was teaching marine engineering at the Naval Academy. Mort‘s final Navy assignment was Head, Current Plans and Policy Branch in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

Mort was awarded the Bronze Star, the Joint Services Commendation Medal, and two Meritorious Medals.

On retirement Mort joined the investment banking firm of Alex Brown & Sons in Washington, and later, with his wife Adaline, engaged in a rewarding antiques business. One of the activities in his retirement of which he was most proud was serving as Chairman of the Investment Fund of the Diocese of Washington and Treasurer of the Episcopal Diocese, having been recruited for this job by Bishop John Walker. As head of the Investment Committee, he visited all 92 parishes in the Diocese and achieved a significant increase in participation.

Mort is survived by his wife of 51 years, Adaline; three children, Jennifer (Daniel) Blanchard of San Diego, James (Suellen) Rowe of Coronado, and Morton (Ann) Neely of Williamsport, Pennsylvania; and eight grandchildren, Rachel, Rebecca, and Daniel Blanchard; Amanda, Mackenzie, William, and Charles Rowe; and James Neely.

Within the family, Mort was often referred to as the “Rock of Gibraltar.” Known for his unwavering loyalty, integrity, and love of family, he will be greatly missed and his legacy cherished. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Endowment Fund of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC or to charities of their choice.