James C. McDonough Sr.
Navy commander

James C. McDonough Sr., 58, who retired in 2004 at the rank of commander from the Navy Medical Service Corps, died March 23 at the Quality Suites hotel in Rockville. He was a Rockville resident.

A spokesman for the Maryland Medical Examiner’s office said the cause was head injuries after a fall and the death was ruled an accident.

Cmdr. McDonough served 26 years in the Navy with the majority of his career spent at what is now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, where he became a health care administrator.

After his military retirement, he worked for government contractors Northrop Grumman and Alutiiq as a software systems engineer.

James Connolly McDonough was born in Cincinnati and raised in Rockville. He was a 1972 graduate of St. John’s College High School in Washington and a 1976 graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati. In 1986, he received a master’s degree in human resource management from Widener University in Chester, Pa.

His military honors included three awards of the Meritorious Service Medal and two awards of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

His memberships included St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Rockville and the Knights of Columbus. He volunteered at St. Elizabeth Catholic School in Rockville and coached youth baseball for the City of Rockville and the Catholic Youth Organization.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Deborah Dever McDonough of Rockville; three children, James C. McDonough Jr. of Centreville and Kathryn S. McDonough and John J. McDonough, both of Silver Spring; two brothers, Dr. John J. McDonough Jr. of Cincinnati and Timothy J. McDonough of Rockville; two sisters, Mary S. Cranford of Potomac and Jane A. Milne of Rockville; and three grandsons.

— Adam Bernstein