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JOHN J. ALLEVA (Age 85)  

Of Fairfax, Virginia passed away peacefully on July 1, 2013 in Marietta, Georgia surrounded by his loving wife and their four children. He was born April 17, 1928 in Norristown, PA, the first of six children to the late Margaret H. and John J. Alleva, Sr. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1950 (B.A.) and the University of Missouri in 1952 (M.S.), he served honorably in the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1956, attaining the rank of First Lieutenant. He then earned his Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University in 1959, and a few years later began a distinguished 33-year career as a research scientist with the Food and Drug Administration in Washington, DC, retiring in 1996. He was a lifelong swimmer, for both fitness and competition, winning championships in high school and college, and active with US Masters Swimming in the DC area for decades. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret C. Alleva; sons Brian J. Alleva and wife Carol Ann, and David G. Alleva and wife Karen; daughters Lynn M. Lilley and husband Jeffrey, and Diane F. Caceres and husband Mark; six grandchildren, two brothers, three sisters, and fourteen nieces and nephews. Please share your thoughts and memories with Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home at:

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Published in The Washington Post on July 17, 2013
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