Lamar Tuzo, USN (Ret.) Obituary

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CDR Lamar W. Tuzo, USN (Ret.)

April 11, 1930 - August 28, 2014
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CDR Lamar W. "Mark" Tuzo, USN (ret.), 84, passed away peacefully August 28 at his home in Pensacola. Mark was a graduate of the US Naval Academy, class of 1952, and went on to give his country 20 years of distinguished service as a Naval Aviator and Defense Intelligence Officer. Mark went through flight training and did several squadron tours, followed by DIA assignments in Spain (Naval Attaché to the US Embassy in Madrid), Iceland (working with NATO) and Washington D.C. After leaving the US Navy, Mark was indoctrinated into the world of the Catholic School Sisters of Notre Dame and an all women's college when he...
CDR Lamar W. "Mark" Tuzo, USN (ret.), 84, passed away peacefully August 28 at his home in Pensacola. Mark was a graduate of the US Naval Academy, class of 1952, and went on to give his country 20 years of distinguished service as a Naval Aviator and Defense Intelligence Officer. Mark went through flight training and did several squadron tours, followed by DIA assignments in Spain (Naval Attaché to the US Embassy in Madrid), Iceland (working with NATO) and Washington D.C. After leaving the US Navy, Mark was indoctrinated into the world of the Catholic School Sisters of Notre Dame and an all women's college when he joined the College of Notre Dame of Maryland (now Notre Dame of Maryland University) as Director of Development. Working with the Sisters was just as challenging at times as a carrier landing but also very gratifying. Mark couldn't leave the Navy fold for long and returned to the USNA Alumni Association in 1977 to raise private funding to support the bonafide needs of the Naval Academy not being met by the government. For 18 years he worked with USNA alums from the classes of 1903-1995, spanning over 90 years of naval history. He returned to Pensacola in 1996 where he was happily ensconced and actively involved. A member of the Rotary, he received the Rotarian Paul Harris Fellow Award in 1996. He also gave his time and talent to Catholic High and The National Naval Aviation Museum. While in flight school in Pensacola, Mark met Pensacola girl Mary Jayne Pinney, who he made his wife in 1954 and shared his life with for 36 years until her death in 1990. Mark is survived by his and Mary Jayne's children, Laurie C. Tuzo, Houston, TX, M. Lisa Tuzo, Baltimore, MD, L. Wyatt Tuzo, Jr, Baltimore, MD, Mark C. Tuzo, Panama City Beach, FL, their grandchildren L. Wyatt Tuzo, III of Brooklyn, NY, Joseph S. Tuzo and Jeffrey Mark Tuzo of Baltimore, MD and great granddaughter Lilian Tuzo, Brooklyn, NY. Mark is also survived by Patricia Page of Pensacola, FL, with whom he has shared many happy times over the last 18 years.
Mass will be said at the Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel at 12:30 hours on Friday, September 12, with inurnment at the columbarium at Barrancas National Cemetery and a reception at Mustin Beach Club to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola.

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