Obituary - Virginia Morlock

It is with great sadness that we heard last week about the passing of Virginia Morlock, Manager in the Mission Systems Strategy division at Northrop Grumman headquarters and so much more. I first became aware of Virginia in approximately 2008 when she attended our first CBRNe Convergence in Bucharest. I was surprised by her insight and freedom with useful advice, something that she continued during the years that I knew her. As is often the case you need to wait until someone has passed to find out how common this was, and she was mentor and friend to a great deal of people and businesses that will all miss her bitterly. Farewell Virginia from the whole Falcon Team. Official obit can be read by clicking on the link above.

MORLOCK, Virginia M of Arlington, VA, died unexpectedly Dec 11, 2017.  Beloved daughter of Marie (LaVoix) Morlock and the late Laurence Morlock of Centerville, MA. Also survived by her brother Paul Morlock and his wife Cathy of Derry, NH, her late brother William Morlock, her sister Elaine Morlock of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, her brother Raymond Morlock and his wife Gail of Winchester, MA, her sister Julie Keene and her husband Wade of Sagamore Beach, MA and her brother James Morlock and his companion Angelique Lamoreaux of Centerville, MA. Virginia enjoyed many special events and travel experiences with her companion Fred Burchill, Richmond, VA. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other family members who deeply loved her for her ability to bring unique entertainment to every family event. We will all miss her enthusiastic smile and contagious laugh for many years to come.

Virginia’s career as Manager in the Mission Systems Strategy division based at the Northrop Grumman headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia began in 1999.  Gin cherished the opportunities she had to engage with many thousands of associates and personnel throughout her 18 year tenure.   Her prior roles included Government Relations Manager, Army Research & Development, and Program Capture Manager for Chemical/Biological Detection Systems. 
Virginia was affectionately known as the “first lady” in the Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) Defense community.  She traveled extensively around the world, often to austere locations, to test and improve advanced threat detection systems. 
She was a tireless leader of numerous industry and women’s professional organizations.  Virginia was one of the founding members and Chair Emeritus of the Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Industry Group, an industry advocacy group representing more than 130 Chemical and Biological companies.  She also chaired the Dr. Billy Richardson Scholarship Committee that each year recognizes one of industry’s young researchers with a $1000 annual scholarship for the Aberdeen Science and Math Academy.  Virginia was co-founder of a Washington DC-based networking organization for women with more than 250 members from Government, Academia and Industry and she was most recently elected to chair the Northrop Grumman Women's International Network. She also had the passion for being an entrepreneur as owner of Captain Sam’s Treasures & Electric Bikes of Centerville, MA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject. This was Gin’s favorite charity; one that was so important to her.
Visiting Hours will be 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017 at John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Rd., Marstons Mills, MA.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Church, 230 S. Main St., Centerville, MA.  Burial will be at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. 

[Photo below is Virginia with the 'Rio' respirator that she successfully bid on during the charity auction in 2012. Ed.]

Tags: Detection, Threat, Chemical, Army, Biological, Nuclear, Defense

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