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Thomas Joseph McGREEVY

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McGREEVY, Thomas THOMAS JOSEPH McGREEVY Thomas Joseph McGreevy was born 18 January 1928 and died 11 November 2012 at Hospice Atlanta on Veteran's Day. A Georgian since 1961, Tom was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, the son of Thomas H. and Mary A. (Whelton) McGreevy. He graduated in 1944 from Keith Academy in Lowell, a Catholic all-boys high school staffed by the Xaverian Brothers. He was thereafter a Xaverian novice in Virginia for two years before returning home and beginning military service. He was an infantry sergeant in Italy and in the 82nd Airborne Division before his discharge in 1948. He then joined the Army Reserve and enrolled at Boston University. During the Korean War, he volunteered for active military duty. Initially assigned as 1st Sergeant of a rifle company at Fort Dix, New Jersey, he was transferred in 1951 to the Honor Escort Detachment at the Brooklyn (NY) Army Base. Early in 1952, he married Doris Word of Brooklyn, who survives him. Later in 1952, he was recruited into the Army's criminal investigative service. After Special Agent training, he served in Criminal Investigative Division (CID) units in Europe and the U.S. until 1959, when he was selected for two years of study at Michigan State University. He earned Phi Kappa Phi honors and bachelor's and master's degrees in police administration at MSU while employed part-time as an assistant instructor in the College of Business. Assigned to the Military Police School faculty at Fort Gordon, Georgia, in September 1961, Tom was appointed a Warrant Officer in December. Six weeks later, he was assigned to Johnston Island in the Central Pacific, the site in 1962 of the last above-ground nuclear weapons tests conducted by the U.S. Back at Fort Gordon in 1963, he was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer and, in 1964, was commissioned a Military Police Captain. As a Major in 1968, he became Operations Officer for the CID in Vietnam. Later he was sent to Saigon to create and command a personal security unit to counter enemy plans to kill General Creighton Abrams, the senior U.S. commander. A few months after his return to the U.S. in 1969, he returned to Southeast Asia as the chief agent in Vietnam for the global CID task force investigating the infamous My Lai Massacre. After his return to the Military Police School in 1970, he directed all Army and Marine Corps CID training until his retirement in 1974. While he lived in Augusta, Georgia, the Catholic Bishop of Savannah awarded him the Pro Deo et Juventute medal for his catechetical work with teenagers; he became a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus; he graduated with honors from the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and he was active in the Cub Scouts and Indian Guides with his sons. In 1974, he moved to Atlanta as Training Officer for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. He was appointed GBI Deputy Director in January 1976, managing the Investigative Division until November 1981 and the Georgia Crime Information Center until his second retirement in 1993. Thereafter, he and Doris traveled extensively in North America and Europe. He also traveled with his teenage grandsons on extended vacations, visiting National Parks throughout the country as well as other points of interest in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. He and his beloved wife celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2012. His seven children survive him: Patricia Snow of Lilburn; Eileen Bennett of Salem, Oregon; Thomas (Cynthia) of Norcross; Brian of Decatur; Dennis (Elizabeth) of Atlanta; Kevin (Valerye) of Lexington; and Mary (Scott) Free of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; his brother, John McGreevy of Nashua, New Hampshire; and 10 nieces and nephews. He was a founding member of St. Francis de Sales, the traditional Latin parish of the Atlanta Archdiocese. His funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Reverend Father Joel Kiefer, FSSP, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Mableton, at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 14, followed by burial at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Patterson's Oglethorpe Hill.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 13, 2012
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