Marc A. Nerenstone

On March 21, Marc A. Nerenstone of Chantilly. He was born in 1929. He left Alfred University in 1953 with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. He was employed in materials development for several years and spent two years in the Army. When the Cuban Missile Crisis broke out in October 1962, he was a civilian operations research analyst working with the Navy in Key West, Fla., and developed the tactics which were employed to defend the town and naval installation against the Soviet Komars. These boats were outfitted with nuclear capable missiles and stationed in Cuba’s Mariel Harbor.

During the Vietnam War, his analysis of Navy operations off the coast of South Vietnam dissuaded Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara from launching a bombing campaign along the east coast of South Vietnam. The paper that was presented of this analysis was awarded first prize at the Military Operations Research Society Symposium in April 1976.

In 1983, Nerenstone obtained his law degree from George Mason University School of Law. When he retired from the Department of Justice at age 65, he and his wife, Alice, moved to Fort Myers, Fla. He was active in politics as a chairperson of the Democratic Party in Lee County, Fla., and active in the Jewish War Veterans Post 400. He was an avid news junkie, bluegrass fan and an amateur videographer.

In 2014, Nerenstone moved to Brightview Senior Living in Great Falls. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Alice Nerenstone, three grown children, Marti Nerenstone (Ann Carpenter), Dr. Stacy Nerenstone (Morton Weinstein) and Peter Nerenstone. He is also survived by stepchildren Mary Jo (Paul Lagasse) Lazun, Chris (Cindy DelGallo) Lazun, David (Yvonne Eudy) Lazun and Meg Bunker and grandchildren Cory, Larry, Isaac, Alexis, Emily, Sophie and Sarah. Donations may be made to Hexagon, a theater group that performs to raise money for charitable organizations, hexagon.org. Arrangements by Torchinsky Hebrew Funeral Home.

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