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Navy Yard shooting victims had long careers there

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Michael Arnold, 59, of Lorton, Va., was a Navy veteran and avid pilot who was building a light airplane at his home, said his uncle, Steve Hunter. He worked at the Navy Yard on a team that designed vessels such as a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship used by the Marine Corps. Arnold and his wife, Jolanda, had two grown sons, Eric and Christopher.

Martin Bodrog, 54, was a Navy veteran, family spokesman Jeff Prowse said. Prowse worked with Bodrog at the Pentagon on amphibious vessel programs. He said Bodrog was transferred to the Navy Yard in January. Bodrog had been married for 25 years to Melanie, whom he met while she was serving on active duty as a Navy nurse. The couple have three daughters, ages 23, 17 and 16.

Sylvia Frasier, 53, of Waldorf, Md., had worked at Naval Sea Systems Command as an information assurance manager since 2000, according to a LinkedIn profile in her name. Her duties at NAVSEA included providing policy and guidance on network security. Her brother, James Frasier, declined to comment.

Kathleen Gaarde, 63, of Woodbridge, Va., was a financial analyst who supported the organization responsible for the shipyards, her husband, Douglass, wrote in an email to the AP Tuesday. Madelyn Gaarde, of Grand Junction, Colo., who's married to Douglass Gaarde's brother, said her sister- and brother-in-law met while he was studying electrical engineering at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

John Roger Johnson, 73, was a logistics analyst perhaps most notorious for his bear hugs, his daughter, Megan Johnson said. The Derwood, Md., man Johnson worked with TWD & Associates, Inc., would have celebrated his 74th birthday Oct. 7. He leaves his wife of more than eight years, Judy, and four stepchildren.

Frank Kohler, 50, was a past president of the Rotary Club in Lexington Park, Md. The married father of two college-age daughters had driven up to the Washington Navy Yard for a meeting Monday when the shootings occurred, friends said. Kohler was working for Information Concepts in Management, LLC, a subcontractor of TWD & Associates, Inc.

Mary Knight, 51, of Reston, Va., an information technology specialist, had recently received a promotion and witnessed the marriage of her older daughter, said her mother, Liliana DeLorenzo, 76. Knight had recently been promoted at work to GS 15 — the top civil service pay grade, her mother said.

Vishnu Pandit, 61, a marine engineer and naval architect, was an Indian immigrant, had a 30-year civilian Navy career. "He was very dedicated to improving the performance of naval ships and systems," longtime friend M. Nuns Jain said. Jain said Pandit sailed with the U.S. Merchant Marine before joining the Naval Sea Systems Command. Married to his wife, Anjali, since 1978, Pandit had two sons and a granddaughter.

Kenneth Proctor, 46, worked as a civilian utilities foreman at the Navy Yard, said his ex-wife, Evelyn Proctor. He spent 22 years working for the federal government, she said. She woman spoke to Kenneth early Monday morning before he left for work at the Navy Yard. The high school sweethearts talked every day, even after they divorced this year after 19 years of marriage, and they shared custody of their two teenage sons.

Gerald L. Read's son-in-law, Michael Giffin, said his family was not ready to speak yet about the 58-year-old's death. Read was from Alexandria, Va.

Richard Michael Ridgell, 52, a former Maryland State Police trooper, was working for a private security contractor at the Navy Yard. Family members said they didn't know details about Ridgell's death. His children and estranged wife, Tracey, say they want him remembered as a loving, funny and patriotic man who found satisfaction as a security contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Associated Press

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