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Retired Naval Officer Peter Durbin Dies at 57

Retired Navy Capt. Peter Durbin died at his Point Loma home Saturday at the age of 57.

He had served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington and earned a law degree after retiring from the Navy.

He was a deputy San Diego County counsel at the time of his death.

Durbin, a native of Denver, graduated cum laude from Harvard in 1953 and was commissioned a Navy ensign the same year. During 30 years in the Navy he commanded the submarine Sperry, Submarine Squadron Three, the Navy Tactical Interoperability Support Activity and the Joint Interoperability Test Force, all in San Diego. He was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and Navy Commendation Medal.

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Durbin graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1986 and went on to receive a degree in taxation in 1987.

He is survived by his wife, Emily A.; two sons, Peter Jr. of London and John of San Diego; a daughter, Ann Durbin of San Diego; a brother, Edgar Durbin Jr. of Arlington, Va., and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be sent to the San Diego Symphony Assn. or the San Diego Opera.


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