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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 Swearingen 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

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 in December.
First Wednesday in December 2016

Pass the word around (some people don't have emails), or are not COMARA members.
Use the form at " First Wednesday in December" on the website or send an email to so I can get a ballpark number of attendees. Looking forward to seeing you all there!!
- Ron Johnson -

2016 First Wednesday Gathering

Wed, Dec 7, 2016
Woodside Deli
Germantown Commons Center

Next Board Meeting

Tue, Nov 15 11:30am
Chez Kinzie

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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".
For the 600 of you are not already paid up, please mail your dues check of $15 for 1 year or better yet $30 for 2 years to:

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Bethesda, MD 20827

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Your membership dues status is shown at the top of our Home Page after you sign in. If you have already paid your 2016 membership dues, thank you for your support. If you have not yet paid your 2016 membership dues of $15 per year, please send a check to COMARA using our PO Box or use PayPal. Better yet, please send in $30 for both your 2016 and 2017 membership dues.
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