A Saratoga Springs native lost her husband of 25 years in the shooting rampage that claimed a dozen lives Monday at the Washington Navy Yard.
Melanie Moore Bodrog was married to 54-year-old Martin Bodrog, who was gunned down that morning inside Building 197. The couple met through the U.S. Navy and raised three children together in Annandale, Va. They were active in church.
“Marty was a source of inspiration to his family and friends — those of us that were lucky enough to know Marty are better people for it,” his family said in a statement.
His wife grew up in Saratoga Springs, one of six children and the daughter of socialites William and Emmakate Moore.
Her mother died in 2010 at age 92. Emmakate was born in Savannah, Ga., and brought a Southern charm with her when she moved to upstate New York to live with “the man of her dreams,” according to her obituary. She was a big supporter of the arts, including the artists’ retreat known as Yaddo and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. She also helped raise money for Skidmore College.
William Moore was a doctor and set up a surgical practice in the city. The family frequently went skiing on the weekends at Alpine Meadows, a ski resort in the nearby hamlet of Porter Corners that has since closed.
Melanie Moore graduated from the former St. Peter’s Academy in 1972, according to Saratoga Central Catholic High School officials. She then went on to attend the University of Virginia and later joined the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. It was in this line of work that she met her husband, who joined the Navy in the 1980s.
They married and had three children: Izzy, 23, Sophie, 17, and Rita, 16. They both attended Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield. Bodrog was a Sunday school teacher there.
Their home was the frequent meeting place for students in their church’s youth group.
“He was the kind of guy who causes people to conclude that God gives certain men the grace to be a father to daughters; Marty was gregarious yet gentle, towering yet kind,” wrote Pastor Jesse Johnson on the church website.
“He was imposing — over 6 feet tall — and had the combination of charisma and giant smile that made him seem even taller than he actually was.”
Bodrog had retired from the Navy just this year.
“Following his retirement, Marty continued to serve his nation by overseeing the design and procurement of ships for our Navy,” said his family in the statement. “His expertise and experience in amphibious operations allowed Marty to make lasting contributions to the success of the Navy Marine Corps Team.”
A memorial for Bodrog will be held at Immanuel Bible Church this Saturday at 2 p.m. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, though a date has not yet been set.