Milestones Oct. 7, 2002

DIED. KATHLEEN MCGRATH, 50, retired Navy captain who was the first woman ever to command a U.S. Navy warship; of cancer; at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. The daughter of a B-52 pilot, she rose steadily through the ranks during a 22-year naval career that culminated with her assuming command of the frigate U.S.S. Jarrett in 1998. She took the vessel and its 262-member crew on a six-month mission to the Persian Gulf in 2000 to hunt for ships smuggling Iraqi oil, leaving her husband Gregory Brandon, an ex--Navy officer, at home in San Diego with the couple's two children, who...

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