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Dr. Michael B. McDade

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Dr. Michael Bruce McDade (aka “Dr. Mike”), age 75, of Brunswick, GA, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. He was born in Watertown, NY, spent the first 13 years of his life in Sackets Harbor, NY, and then moved with his family to Albertson, Long Island, NY. He graduated from Mineola High School, attended the State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam, NY, enlisted in the United States Navy as a musician and served tours of duty in Washington, DC; U.S.S. Northampton out of Norfolk, VA; and was later stationed at Pensacola, FL. Dr. Mike departed Navy life to return to college, complete his undergraduate degree, and taught public school music for several years. He then reenlisted in the Navy and served as an instructor for the Armed Forces School of Music, Little Creek, VA. Leaving the Navy in 1969, Dr. Mike remained in Virginia Beach, VA, where he operated a music studio for several years while completing his Master’s degree at SUNY Potsdam. Attending the University of Georgia, He earned his Doctor of Education in 1988 with major fields in Music Education and Higher Education Administration.

In 1991, Dr. Mike moved to the Department of Justice, United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) as an Education Specialist in the Research and Evaluation Section (RES). In this capacity, he served on Management Teams for re-training all INS personnel on the provisions of the Immigration Act of 1990 (IMMACT 90), Border Patrol Pursuit Policy, and other national training programs. Designated a Supervisory Instructional Systems Specialist, he became Chief for RES in August 1998 and served in that capacity until his transition to the FOA.

His Federal Civil Service began in 1985 with a 3-year tour as an Education Specialist with the Analysis and Studies Office at the United States Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, GA. In November 1988, Dr. Mike transitioned to the Department of Treasury, FLETC, as a Training Research Analyst in the Research and Evaluation Division (RED). He served as the Chairperson for the multi-agency Task Force that resulted in the FLETA program.

Dr. Mike was a Supervisory Instructional Systems Specialist and served as the Program Manager for the FOA Accreditation Branch. Dr. Mike came to the FOA staff on March 18, 2007, having previously served as Chief for the CBP Research and Evaluation Branch at Glynco.

Dr. Mike’s proudest family moment occurred when his daughter, Melody, came into his life. He was an accomplished classical pianist and enjoyed playing piano while Melody played the violin. He was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church in Brunswick. As a member of Bow Creek Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach, VA, he served as Ruling Elder and Clerk of the Session in the Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard James and Mary Price McDade and his brother, Bernard William McDade.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Doris McKay McDade of Brunswick; his daughter, Melody Carmen McDade of Brunswick; three sisters, Claire Evans of Wilkes-Barre, PA, Carol Geluso (Frank) of Surprise, AZ, and Ruth Gipp (Robert) of Smithtown, NY. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Visitation will be held Friday afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Brunswick First Presbyterian Church with Reverend Dawn Mayes officiating. Burial with military honors will be held at Kettle Creek Cemetery in Waycross.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, or to the First Presbyterian Church, 1105 Union Street, Brunswick, GA 31520.

Condolences may be expressed on-line at

Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

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