Army Colonel

Thomas J. McGrath, 75, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who specialized in ordnance, died Feb. 4 at Fairfax Hospital of complications after gall bladder surgery.

Col. McGrath, who lived in Annandale, was born in North Whitefield, Maine, and grew up in Lynn, Mass. He attended the University of Maryland.

He joined the Army in 1943, served after World War II as a director of an ordnance supply school in West Germany, then was posted in Korea during the Korean War. He was ordnance adviser to the Puerto Rican National Guard and served in a variety of assignments in the continental United States before his retirement from the Army in 1963, after having served in the office of the chief of ordnance at the Pentagon.

His military decorations included the Army Commendation with one Oak Leaf Cluster.

In retirement, he worked in the Office of the Chief of Army Engineers until 1977.

He was a member of Queen of Apostles Catholic Church in Alexandria and the Arimantheans, an organization that assists Catholic chaplains at military funerals.

Survivors include his wife, retired Army Lt. Col. Luta "Cornie" McGrath of Annandale; a son, Thomas J. McGrath Jr. of Springfield; and three grandsons.