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David Patrick Geary Ph.D.


1928 - 2014 | Notice Condolences
David Patrick Geary Ph.D. Notice
Geary, David Patrick, Ph.D. Died February 22, 2014, after a lingering illness. He was born May 20, 1928. In 1944, at the age of 16, he served in WWII as a Boatswain Mate 2nd class, U.S. Maritime Service. He joined the Greendale, Wisconsin Police Department in 1950 and served until 1955. While serving in Greendale, he had permission to enroll in the Southern Police Institute in Louisville Kentucky, where he gained extensive knowledge and training. In 1955, he was asked to set up a brand new Police Department in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Following this, he was appointed Police Chief there. In the fall of 1957, he completed three months of training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He then remained in Hales Corners until 1961, when he was appointed Police Chief in Salem, Oregon, the state capital, where he remained until 1965, when he was appointed Police Chief in Ventura, California. He received his B.S. from LaVerne University in California in 1971, his MPA from University of Southern California in 1972 and his Ph.D. from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1979. In 1980, he did Post Doctoral work at the University of Michigan. In 1972, he was appointed full time faculty at the University of Wisconsin. In 1976, he joined the faculty of the University of South Florida in Tampa. He remained there until 1979, when he was appointed to the faculty of the University of Nevada in Reno. In 1982, he and his family moved to Richmond, Virginia. There, he taught Criminal Justice and Community Relations at Virginia Commonwealth University. For more than two decades, Dr. Geary took students to Europe, the Middle East, the Soviet Union and the Far East to study Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, emphasizing the origin of The American Criminal Justice System in England and France. During the 1990s, he mentored numerous international students as they completed their B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. He retired in 2003 as a Professor Emeritus. Past accomplishments include receiving a medal in the Pistol Shooting Championship Wisconsin Policeman's Protective Association; Pistol Shooting, 5th Army Team, 60th Counter Intelligence Unit and Combat Engineers, 1950; Outstanding Young Man, U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce, Hales Corners, Wisconsin; 1965 Research Fellow, LEAA U.S. Government 1976; President Faculty Senate, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1989; President, Virginia Criminal Justice Educators Association, 1985-1987; Author of many articles and 2 books, "How to Deliver Death News," Compass Publications in San Francisco, California, widely used by agencies and the hard cover text "Community Relations and the Administration of Justice" by John Wiley and sons, New York, now in it's second edition. Monographs written by Dr. Geary have been published in a number of periodicals, and he has presented papers in numerous countries on International Criminal Justice, Human Rights and Police Administration. In June 2002, he presented an invited paper "Justice, Immigration and the Security of our Borders" at the 6th Biennial Conference International Perspective on Crime, Justice and Order in London, England. Dr. Geary is noted in two U. S. Presidential reports and has served as a consultant in numerous large cities. He has been a consultant to the Richmond Police Department in evaluating their Youth Firearms Violence Project, a program funded by the U. S. National Institute of Justice. In addition to serving as an Emeritus faculty member of the Criminal Justice Department at Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Geary was Founder and Executive Director of the Virginia International Human Rights and Responsibilities Foundation, a private educational and research organization. During his entire career and travels, his favorite place was always at home with his family. Dr. Geary and his wife, Mary Ann Delavan Geary, were married in 1954 and they had four sons, Patrick Joseph Geary (wife, Una) with two grandchildren, Amelia and Joseph; John Joseph Geary (wife, Heidi) and one grandchild, Megan; Dr. Daniel Joseph Geary (wife, Cory) and four grandchildren, David, Colleen, Michael and Erin; and Peter Joseph Geary. In addition, he has a brother, Jim Geary in Houston, Texas; a cousin, Dale Knowles in Carson City, Nevada; and numerous nieces and nephews. He and his wife have been members of St. Bridget's Church for 20 years. Current associations include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the 4th degree Knights of Columbus, and the Irish American Society. Friends attended the viewing at Bliley's-Central, 3801 Augusta Avenue, on Friday, February 28, 2014, 6 to 8 PM, where a Holy Rosary was recited at 8 PM. Following this, anyone wishing to add any memories or comments was welcome. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 3 PM at St. Bridget Church. After the Mass, a reception was held in the Commons area. Interment was held at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Bridget Church, Marquette University or Asceracare Hospice Agency.
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Mar. 4, 2014
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