Welcome to the COMARA website.
|Membership is open to former COMSAT employees and surviving spouses.|
Please Sign In
Home Benefits Members Social Legacy Newsletters
Register for Membership
About COMARA About this site Volunteers Needed
Last update: 06-Nov-2016
Dan and Margaret Swearingen - Sad News
Information provided by Jack Hannon: I bring you sad news concerning both Dan Swearingen and his wife Martha.
Dan was diagnosed very recently with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). I'm sure you are all familiar with this terrible disease. He is now at the Sunrise at Bluemont assisted care facility, 5900 Wilson Blvd., Room 455, Arlington, VA. The phone number is 703-536-1060 (switchboard). My source for all this, a member of the church Dan and Martha attend and well known to me, says Dan is already "having trouble speaking." So I don't know if a phone call is going to work. Maybe. The Sunrise is essentially always open for visiting. I'm sure most of your remember Dan as a warm-hearted guy with a ready smile, a fine engineer, a charter member of the "Ancient Mariners," and one who served two terms on COMARA's Board, including a stint as Treasurer.
Martha passed away on Saturday, October 29, 2016. For full information on the Memorial arrangements, go here: Martha Swearingen Obituary
To summarize, there will be a Visitation on Thursday, Nov. 10, 6 - 8 p.m., at Murphys' Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA.
There will also be a Memorial Service for Martha on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m., at the Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA
No charity has of yet been designated.
Martha and Dan have two daughters, Kirsten and Ann, one of whom is local; the other is based in Seattle.
This is a family tragedy of the highest order. I'm sure the entire family would be grateful for your prayers.
Reminder: First Wednesday in December Event at Woodside Deli
This is a reminder that the annual 1st Wednesday in December COMSAT Employees Get-to-gather is rapidly approaching. The event will be held at the Woodside Deli in Germantown. Originally, this was for Labs employees, but now it has evolved to include all COMSAT Alumni, spouses and significant others.
It is a completely informal gathering starting 6:30pm. We will be seated in a 10 person per table arrangement to better assist wait staff and to simplify ordering/payment for that table.
See the announcement for the 2016 First Wednesday
Pass the word around (some people don't have emails), or are not COMARA members.
Have you paid dues for 2016?
So many New Year's Resolutions are quickly broken and forgotten, but one resolution you should work on is to keep up with your annual COMARA membership dues. Already 124 members are paid up for 2016, consisting of 114 members who paid in advance last year and 10 who have sent in their contributions this year. The COMARA Board of Directors wholeheartedly thanks each of you who are already paid up for 2016.
Your dues are needed to support COMARA's mission of keeping the COMSAT Legacy alive and paying for this year's operational expenses such as the COMARA web site. COMARA.ORG has lots of wonderful links to legacy materials, membership contact data, and retiree benefits information.
If you cannot remember whether or not you are already paid up, you can check your dues status by signing in to COMARA.ORG and seeing if the text at the top left side next to your name say "Dues paid in current year" or "Future dues paid".
Don't forget you can also pay your dues via the PayPal link at the bottom of the COMARA home page.
About COMARA - Contact Us - Privacy
COMARA © 2002 All rights reserved.