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Tom O'Dea died on Sunday, February 9, 2014 peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. A native Washingtonian, Tom graduated from St. John's College High School before entering the Army in World War II. Stationed in the South Pacific, he was a member of the 672nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion that liberated over 2,000 internees from behind enemy lines in Los Banos, Philippines. For their participation in the Los Banos rescue the 672nd Battalion was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. After returning from the war, Tom entered George Washington University and graduated with a law degree in 1950. After several years in a private law practice, Tom joined Pepco and rose into the executive ranks before retiring after a 30 year career.
Tom was an avid golfer and devoted sports fan; especially the Washington Redskins. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Elks clubs and a member, coach and contributor of the Washington Boys and Girls Club.
Tom is predeceased by his son, Thomas Kevin and survived by his loving and devoted wife of 63 years, Anita, daughters Fran (Andy) Schwind, Kathy (Chris) Willard and Dianne (Perry) Corsello; grandchildren Kevin (Andria), Andrew, Colleen, Brett, Alex, Chris and Morgan; great grandchildren Aubree and Tristan.
Relatives and friends are invited to Tom's Life Celebration at Money and King Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, VA, on Sunday, February 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. A Funeral Service and Interment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Autism Society Central Virginia, P.O. Box 29364, Richmond VA 23242 or Special Olympics Area 26, 11350 Random Hills Road C-140, Fairfax, VA 22030. Online condolences and fond memories of Tom may be offered to the family at

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Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 938-7440
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Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 12, 2014
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