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RADM Conrad J. Rorie, USN (Ret)



Conrad Jonathan 'CJ' Rorie October 28, 1930 - March 31, 2017 San Diego, California - Admiral CJ Rorie was born in Fulton, Tennessee to Lena & Elvy Rorie. He graduated from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and received the "Outstanding Graduate" Award. He belonged to ATO fraternity. After graduating, CJ married Patricia Cunliffe from Jackson, Tennessee. He joined the Navy as an enlisted man and shortly after was commissioned an Ensign. Admiral Rorie's naval career spanned over thirty years. He commanded various destroyers, cruisers and mine sweepers, including the USS Robin, USS Waxsaw, USS Bridget, USS Towers, USS Coontz and the USS Dewey. CJ attended the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he was awarded a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in connection with his studies in the guided missile curriculum. During his tour with the USS Coontz, he was selected for additional duty as Chief of Staff Officer for Commander Destroyer Squadron FIVE supporting special operations in the Gulf of Tonkin. He completed the Navy Doctoral Program for advanced weapons systems engineering at Vanderbilt University where he was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree. His major technical fields of interest were electrical engineering (automatic control systems) and mathematics. While at Vanderbilt he was selected to Sigma Xi, and Eta Kappa Nu honors societies. He was a member of the American Rocket Society, and American Society of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Dr. CJ Rorie was selected for Rear Admiral at the age of forty-two, when he was the Commander of Naval Surface Weapons Center Dahlgren in Virginia and the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in White Oak, Maryland. Admiral Rorie was next selected as Commander Naval Forces Middle Pacific and also became the Commander Naval Base Pearl Harbor. After his retirement from the US Navy, he became a Technical Director for The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Among his contributions was development of the Aegis Guided Missile Systems, the development of the Tomahawk missile and worked with the MARS Space Craft Program. He was also Head of NATO Sea Sparrows. Pat and CJ then retired in San Diego, California. CJ always said his proudest accomplishment was receiving the "Future Farmer of American" Award when he attended Henning High School in Tennessee. He received the award on stage at the Grand Ole Opry House, in Nashville, Tennessee, when he was sixteen years old. Admiral died of natural causes surrounded by his loving wife Pat, family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, of 68 years and his older brother, Charlie Rutledge of Louisville, Mississippi. Pat and CJ had three children: Michael Rorie of Alexandria, Virginia, Catherine (Bill) Carlo of San Diego, California, and Patrick (Marie) Rorie of Honolulu, Hawaii; four grandchildren: Michael (recently deceased), Matthew of San Francisco, Melissa of Las Vegas, Nevada and Michelle of Fairfax, Virginia, and their mother Susan. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, April 30, from 2-5pm at St. Paul's Villa in San Diego. For more information call Merkley-Mitchell at 619-295-2177. CJ's song was "I Did it My Way" sung by Elvis Presley or Frank Sinatra. (Pat says, it's because he always did).