Kenneth C. Flynn, 82, a retired Navy captain who in retirement pursued a second career as a metal sculpture artist, died of pneumonia Jan. 15 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.

His wife of 59 years, poet Grace Cavalieri, confirmed his death.

Capt. Flynn, an Annapolis resident, served on active duty for 20 years and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a landing signal officer aboard aircraft and received an Air Medal for attempting to rescue an American prisoner of war in Laos.

After his retirement from the military in 1975, Capt. Flynn worked as a metal sculpture artist and taught art at Glen Echo Park for four years. In 1994, he patented a process for “lost-wood” bronze sculpting, in which the artist creates a bronze duplicate of an original wooden art piece.

Capt. Flynn was a founding member of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria.

Kenneth Clegg Flynn was a native of Dearborn, Mich., and a 1973 graduate of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

For three decades, he competed in U.S. Masters Swimming events. At 69, he was named a U.S. Masters Swimming all-American.

Besides his wife, of Annapolis, survivors include four daughters, Cynthia Cavalieri of Alexandria, Colleen Flynn of Washington, Shelley Flynn of McLean and Angela Phelan of Annapolis; a half-brother; and four grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough