Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
04:14 pm
18 December 2018

Dana McCarthy

Formal naval academy instructor loves living in The Villages.

 

Vital Stats:

  • Married to Diane for 50 years in November.
  • Father of four children; grandfather to nine.
  • Retired captain in the U.S. Navy; helicopter pilot; Vietnam veteran.
  • Flew prime recovery helicopter for the ill-fated Apollo 13 lunar mission.
  • Taught computer science at the U.S. Naval Academy, and management and marketing at Providence College and Roger Williams University.
  • Deacon at St. Vincent de Paul Church.
  • Thursday’s captain of the Wildwood Soup Kitchen. 
  • Hospital chaplain at The Villages Regional Hospital.

 

What I enjoy most about The Villages: It’s a lively place filled with wonderful people.

Best advice from my father: Never forget that everything we have, everything we are, is a gift from God. 

What I treasure from my military days: The deep friendships that remain to this day, as well as the memory of so many friends and shipmates who lost their lives in time of both war and peace.

Cherished childhood memory: We lived in Germany in 1951 when I was 7. My father, an Army officer, believed we should experience the culture, so we lived in a third-floor, walk-up, cold-water flat in Heidelberg, where I attended a one-room German schoolhouse as the only American among a dozen little German kids. On a vacation to Bavaria, my father took us to see Dachau, the infamous concentration camp near Munich. To say it made a lasting impression would be a gross understatement. I remember that day, so long ago, as if it were yesterday. It was an experience that colored almost every aspect of my life.

Pet peeve: Bigotry. 

If I could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, it would be: Jane Austen, G.K. Chesterton, T.S. Eliot, and the philosopher, Simone Weil.

Favorite quote: “Total non-retention has kept my education from being a burden to me.” – Flannery O’Connor.

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