ROBERT ‘BOB’ C. NEWCOMB CAPTAIN, U.S. NAVY, RETIRED MASON NECK, Va. – Robert “Bob” C. Newcomb, Captain, U.S. Navy, Ret-ired, 81, died Friday, Feb. 29, 2008, at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Capt. Newcomb is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Elizabeth (Canaday); his four children, Janet and David Stanley of Reno, Nev., and Glenn, Mark and Carl Newcomb, all of Northern Virginia; and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Horace and Wilma Newcomb of Addison; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; and sister, Barbara. Born in 1926, Newcomb was raised in Stoneham, Mass., and Addison. He attended Bates College and graduated from Tufts University in 1947 with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration and his Navy Commission through the NROTC program. Capt. Newcomb’s 28 years of active duty included, serving as Navigator of the USS Glacier, AGB-4; lead icebreaker for the 1955-1957 Operation Deep Freeze 1 and 2 expeditions to Antarctica, which were accompanied by polar explorer, Adm. Richard Byrd, film crews from Walt Disney and National Geographic, and future star journalist, Bernard Kalb. These expeditions established McMur-do Station as America’s first and continuing permanent base for Antarctica operations. As a primary member of the survey party, then Lt. Newcomb was honored by the naming of New-comb Bay, which is approximately due south of Perth, Australia, on the Budd Coast of Antarctica, future site of Australia’s Casey Station research facility. Capt. Newcomb also served aboard the USS Kearsarge, CV-33; as commanding officer of the USS Pigeon, AM-374; and as executive officer of the USS Southerland, DDR-743. Newcomb served two combat tours off the coast of Vietnam as commanding officer of the destroyer USS Nich-olas, DD-449, and as cruiser-destroyer flotilla operations officer aboard the cruiser USS Chicago, CG-11, earning the Bronze Star with Combat “V.” Shore duty included tours as a NROTC instructor at Vanderbilt University and staff positions with CincPacFlt and ComServPac in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He completed his active service with tours in the Washington, D.C., area with assignments on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon and with the Navy inspector general. In 1973 New-comb began a second career as a real estate sales and service professional, receiving numerous “Top Producer” awards. He was an active member of Northern Virginia Association of Realtors for more than 30 years, including volunteer committee work, especially on ethics committee. He earned the GRI designation and operated Parkway Realty, Alexandria, Va., for more than 10 years as owner and principal broker. Bob Newcomb was a member of Washington Farm United Methodist Church, Alexandria, Va., for 40 years, including active participation as member of the choir for most of that time; he also served on the board of trustees as a member and chairman. He was an active member of numerous organizations, including the Masons, National Sojourners, Ruritan Club, Mount Vernon Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, the U.S. Naval Institute, for more than 50 years and the Navy League. He enjoyed golf, photography, story telling, singing and spending time on or near the water with friends and family, especially along the Potomac River, the rugged coast and rivers of Downeast Maine, Schoodic Lake and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Capt. Newcomb will be bur-ied at Arlington National Cem-etery, with full military honors.