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Robert M. Austin, 83, of Solomons died Dec. 22, 2012, at his home after a courageous battle with Lewy Body dementia.

He was born in Birmingham, Ala., to the late Robert P. Austin and Nancy Leona Garrett Austin.

Navy days were his best years. They were when he came of age and when he learned of and developed his skills as a leader. He rode the old diesel submarines out of Pearl Harbor to China, Japan, Korea and points between. He later served a tour at the American Embassy in Oslo in support of NATO. Before retiring in 1968, he served his twilight tour as command master chief at Commander Oceanographic System Pacific. Following a four-year retirement. during which he attended college, played golf and supported his wife’s home-based business, he was recruited by a former Navy executive officer to join Litton Industries (now Northrop Grumman). He retired from the Amecom Division as engineering field program manager with responsibility for Litton input and customer satisfaction at seven shipyards worldwide. He was once introduced as “Bob, from the world.”

At his request, his remains will be scattered over the South Pacific from an American submarine, time and location to be determined by the captain of the boat.

He is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Overman; and brother, Jimmie Austin.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Austin of Solomons; stepdaughters, Stacey Kennett and her daughter, Hayleigh, of Hollywood, Md., and Thea Noll and her daughter, Maryfrances, of Lexington Park; sister-in-law, Myrtle Lou Austin; and niece, Linda Austin, both of Birmingham; and family friends of 65 years, Nancy and Jack Smith of Norfolk, Va.

A celebration of life was held at the family home Jan. 22.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, P.O. Box 451429, Atlanta, GA 31145, or at

Arrangements were provided by Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown.