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Lawrence Penfield Treadwell Jr. died on March 29, 2023 in Irvington, Virginia. He was 94 years old. A burial service was held on April 4, 2023 at Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery, Kingston Parish, Mathews.

Larry Treadwell was born on April 10, 1928 in Newport, Rhode Island, son of Captain L.P. Treadwell, USN (ret.), and Marian Ruth Merz. He grew up in Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia. In May 1945 he graduated from Severn School, Severna Park, Maryland, and enlisted in the Navy several months later. In 1947 he entered Naval Academy with a Fleet Appointment. At the Academy he was a member of the varsity football (N* in 1950) and la crosse teams.

Larry graduated with the Naval Academy class of 1951 and served on active duty for over 31 years. As a surface warfare officer, he served in USS Missouri (BB63), in destroyers, a destroyer flotilla staff, in cruisers, and the Service Force. His seagoing career included three ship commands, highlighted by the 1952 deployment to Korea in USS Missouri, 1958 Lebanon operation in command of USS Mattabesset (AOG-52), 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, Executive Officer in USS Charles H. Roan (DD853), and Vietnam service in 1966-67 where he commanded USS Tutuila (ARG-4) providing support to allied riverine and coastal naval forces.

Larry attended the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, earning a B.S. in Operations Research in 1965. In 1974, under the GI Bill, he received a Master’s Degree in Systems Management from George Washington University. Shore assignments with the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and NATO Military Headquarters, SHAPE, in Casteau, Belgium were high spots of his career ashore. Larry was promoted to captain in 1972.

Following retirement in 1980, he was employed by Science Applications International Corporation until 1986. In 1981 he and wife Ellen moved from Norfolk to Mathews County where he was a member of Kingston Parish and served on the Vestry. He also held memberships in the Mathews County Historical Association, the Mathews Yacht Club, and the Gloucester-Mathews Job Referral Service. In 1983 with Mathews native, Commander E. Travers Thompson, USN (ret.), Captain Treadwell was a founding member of the Retired Officers of Mathews County Association. Ellen Ann Maurer of Norfolk, Larry’s beloved wife for 43 years, died in Mathews in 1994.

Larry’s unique reference book, “The Bulldog Drummond Encyclopedia,” described the popular British literary character, Captain Hugh Drummond, was published by McFarland & Company in 2001.

Since 2003 Larry and Elsie Ward Ernst Treadwell of Mathews, his second wife, lived in Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, in Irvington. Elsie passed away in 2014.

Captain Treadwell is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth of Eden, North Carolina; à son, Lawrence, of Sheridan, Oregon; a son, Christopher of Belleville, Illinois, and two granddaughters, Christine Treadwell of Portland, Oregon, and Ellen Rose Treadwell of Belleville.


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