photo of Judy McCarthy
Judy McCarthy
Director, Grounds Chair

Judy was born in northern New Jersey, which of course is the garden state. After a few years there and in Connecticut along the Long Island Sound, her family moved to northern Virginia, just two neighborhoods over from Yacht Haven. She attended Woodley Hills Elementary, Walt Whitman Intermediate School, and Mount Vernon High School (in the original building on Route 1). As an early teen her parents belonged to the Yacht Club, and Judy was on the swim team. She usually came in 7th in swim competitions, not her strength. Judy graduated from Virginia Tech, (Go Hokies!) in mathematics and started her first fulltime job as a Computer Programmer for the Army Management Engineering Training Agency at Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois. While there she met a lot of folks, including a fellow by the name of Pat McCarthy. After she completed her training in Rock Island the Army transferred her to the Major Item Data Agency in Chambersburg, PA. Which, by the way, was where the Army had transferred the McCarthy fellow.

A bunch of stuff happened, and after a few years in the beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch region, Judy and the fellow got engaged, moved back to northern Virginia (it turns out he was from Falls Church!), got married at Fort Belvoir, and set up housekeeping. After a short time with the General Services Administration, Judy saw the light and began her nearly 30 years working for the Navy, still in computers and adding a touch of acquisition. While working Judy saw firsthand the evolution of computer go from rooms you walk into, to servers the size of refrigerators, to laptops and devices held in your hand.

Along the way she got her Master’s degree from USC, and also had two of the smartest, most beautiful daughters around, Heather and Megan, and now two adorable granddaughters McKenna and Addison. (She is not too proud!) After retiring from the Federal Government, Judy served a short stint as a math teacher at Mount Vernon High School. After she decided that wasn’t the answer and taking a few years off to compose herself, she went back to work for over six years as a defense contractor supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense AT&L. That was fun, but now she thinks she is done with working. Along the way Judy became a Master Gardener and can often be seen at the Plant Clinic at the Alexandria Farmers Market on Saturday mornings in the summer. She loves plants and planting, not really a fan of weeding, but it must be done.

Judy and Pat have been members of the club since 1993; have a Rinker cruiser with which they are part of club and PRYCA float-ins. Judy has participated on the club Social Committee, and is often seen organizing and setting up for club parties. If given a moment of peace, Judy can be found sitting in a garden, drinking tea, and reading a book.