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Eugene J. Reiher, Navy captain

Eugene J. Reiher, 87, a retired Navy captain and veteran of two wars, died Feb. 9 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

He had cancer. A son, Peter Reiher, confirmed the death.

Capt. Reiher served in the Navy during World War II and again from 1949 to 1979. He commanded the destroyer escort Bridget and the destroyers Warrington and Gridley. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He worked for the defense contractor TRW from 1979 to 1996, mostly focusing on anti-submarine-warfare projects, his son said.

Eugene Joseph Reiher was a native of Brooklyn and a 1949 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. In 1958, he received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

His decorations included the Legion of Merit, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Joint Service Commendation Medal, his family said.

He was a Burke resident and member of the Catholic Church of the Nativity in Burke. He coached children’s soccer and basketball teams in Northern Virginia and was a member of the Northern Virginia Senior Softball league.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Frances Concah Reiher of Burke; five children, Ralph Reiher of Fredericksburg, Peter Reiher of Los Angeles, Rosemary Steinruck of Richmond, and Anne Reiher and Frederick Reiher, both of Burke; two sisters; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

— Adam Bernstein

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