John D. Lamade, 75, a retired Navy captain and highly decorated veteran of World War II who made a second career as a health services administrator in Washington, died of cancer April 8 at Georgetown University Hospital. He lived in Kensington.
Capt. Lamade was a naval aviator during World War II. In the early days of the conflict, he flew a catapult plane off the heavy cruiser Houston, which was sunk at the Battle of the Java Sea. He later commanded an air group on the carrier Hancock, also in the Pacific.
It was while serving aboard the Hancock that he earned the Navy Cross, the service's highest decoration for valor except for the Medal of Honor. He won it for leading a raid which resulted in the sinking of a Japanese light cruiser.
His other awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals.
After the war, he commanded a Naval Air Station in California and was head of the fleet training office at the headquarters of the Atlantic Fleet's naval air arm.
He spent a year as commanding officer of the Valcour, an aviation tender and flagship, before becoming deputy chief of Navy information in Washington. He held that post until retiring from active duty in 1961.
From 1969 to 1974, he was administrator of the Washington Home.
He then spent five years as administrator of the Wisconsin Avenue Nursing Home in Washington, retiring a second time in 1979.
Before joining the Washington Home, he worked for RCA's defense electronics services division.
Capt. Lamade was a past president of the National Capital Area Association of Homes of the Aging. He was a member of the Chevy Chase Club.
Capt. Lamade was a native of Williamsport, Pa. He was a 1932 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He had lived in the Washington area since 1954.
His marriage to Helen Lamade ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara, of Kensington; two sons by his first marriage, John S., of Staten Island, N.Y., and Steven H., of Atlanta; a son by his second marriage, Lawrence L., of Bethesda; a stepson, Walker G. Ericson of Washington; two sisters, and six grandchildren.