Thomas Michael Vojtek, 87, served in the Navy for 30 years

Thomas Michael Vojtek
Thomas Michael Vojtek

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Thomas Michael Vojtek, 87, of Virginia Beach, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018.

Captain Vojtek, originally of Swoyersville, Pennsylvania, entered the Navy after graduation from Wilkes University having received a B.A. Degree with Honors in Political Science. Captain Vojtek is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (Naval Intelligence) and the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. He also held a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University, Juris Doctorate from Temple University Law School and was a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

During a military career spanning 30 years, he served on numerous warships including the USS Clark County (LST 601), USS Fessenden (DER 142), executive officer USS Maloy (EDE 791), commanding officer of the USS Direct (MSO 430), USS Henley (DD 762) and USS Altair (AKS 32). Other sea assignments include chief staff officer Mine Squadron Eight and chief staff officer Amphibious Squadron Ten. Shore duty tours included fleet training in Newport, Rhode Island; director, Joint Exercises Atlantic Command; and Defense and Naval Attaché, United States Embassy, London, England; and commanding officer, Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, where he was tasked with preparations for the reactivation of the USS Iowa and Wisconsin. He was also district intelligence officer in Houston, Texas.

His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation and National Defense Medal. After retirement, he was an adjunct professor of law and government with Saint Leo University in South Hampton Roads for 27½ years.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Anne, formerly of Luzerne, Pennsylvania; three daughters, Jeanmarie Runyon, Anne Vojtek, and her husband, Dave Turner, and Kay Thomas; and five grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, 5345 Virginia Beach Blvd., immediately followed by a Mass of Christian burial. Burial will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, 800 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23504.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.

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