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In Memoriam: Captain Edward Joseph Cummings Jr. '38 (USN Ret.)

It is Georgetown Preparatory School's sad duty to report the passing of its oldest known living alumnus, Captain Edward Joseph Cummings Jr. '38 (USN Ret.). Ed, 98, passed away on December 31, 2018 in San Francisco, California.

While at Georgetown Prep, Ed captained the Prep football team and was awarded the prestigious Hamilton Medal at graduation. In his obituary, Ed referred to Prep as "'my foundation in life' where the Jesuits ignited his intellectual and religious curiosity thereby strengthening his faith. He also developed a passion for competitive sports, particularly football (team captain) and gathered lifelong friends."

He matriculated to the United States Naval Academy (1942) and served in the Mediterranean during World War II. In 1943, his ship, the USS Buck, was torpedoed. As his obituary reads, "Within moments, the situation had rendered Edward the senior officer at age 23. After issuing orders and assisting the injured overboard, he joined his shipmates in the water and commenced survival strategy which included much prayer; rescue occurred 24 hours later."

In 2013, Dr. Stephen Ochs, Lawler Chair of History, authored, "Gentleman and Officer: Edward J. Cummings Jr. '38" for the Alumnews magazine, which can be read here.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife Ethel and his parents Dr. Edward and Helen Cummings.

He is survived by daughter Candace Crean Cummings, granddaughter Cameron (Elliot) Binder, grandson Edward (Anne) McGavren and his beloved great-grandchildren Hannah Binder, Ethan Donovan Binder, Emerson Binder and Carson Edward McGavren.

Family and friends are invited to the viewing on Wednesday, January 9 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Rosary at 5:30 p.m. at DUGGAN'S SERRA MORTUARY, 500 Westlake Ave, Daly City. A memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, January 10 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen Church San Francisco. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jeffrey L. Jones Scholarship Fund c/o Georgetown Preparatory School,10900 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, Maryland 20852.

Read Ed's full obituary here.


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