Fred Grabowsky


Memorial services for retired Marine Lt. Col. Fred Grabowsky, 81, Severna Park, Md., father of a Tyler resident, are scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at the U.S. Naval Academy Main Chapel, Annapolis, Md.

Burial with full military honors is scheduled for 11 a.m. Feb. 12 at Arlington National Cemetery. Arrangements are with Taylor Funeral Home, Annapolis, Md.

Lt. Col. Grabowsky died Jan. 15, 2008, in an Annapolis, Md., hospital.

He was born Aug. 8, 1926, in Patterson, N.J., to the late Kosrel and Devorta Grabowsky. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and was appointed to the Naval Academy, graduating in 1949. He received his JD degree in 1958 from Boston College Law School and his LLM from George Washington University Law School in 1968. He served aboard the USS Des Moines and served as trial and defense counsel, organizer of the first bi-racial committee in Albany, Ga., as counsel for Courts of Inquiry and Boards of Investigation, as well as head of Promotions and Retirements Branch of the Navy Judge Advocate General office. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with "V" for service in Vietnam. He lived in Arlington, Va., for more than 40 years and, after retirement, practiced criminal law, was president of Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association, served as Bar Counsel for District of Columbia Bar and was an assistant U.S. Attorney. He was also an emeritus trustee of the U.S. Naval Academy. He was preceded in death by brothers, Leon, Abe and Harry, and sister, Frances.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Laila Grabowsky, Severna Park, Md.; daughters, Devra Boesch, Middletown, Md., Laila Bottomly, Fallbrook, Calif., Marla Jasper, Tyler, and Alita Thomas, Alexandria, Va.; sons, Fred Grabowsky Duncanville, Ala., Mark Grabowsky, Geneva, Switzerland, Craig Grabowsky, Portsmouth, Va., and Erik Grabowsky, Arlington, Va.; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

If desired, memorials may be made to charity of choice.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Jan. 17, 2008
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