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Farrell, Paul R. - Los Alamos  
Paul R. Farrell, 93, passed away on October 28th, 2014. Paul was active into his 90's, regularly attending Silver Slippers aerobics, until a life threating hospital stay in 2013 abruptly changed his health and lifestyle. He is survived by his daughters Nora Ann Farrell and husband Dr. Reinhard Brinkman, Hamburg, Germany, Megan E. Farrell of Los Alamos, son Devin D. Farrell and wife Kimmer, Los Alamos, brother-in-law Louis D. Risser, Jr. and wife Margaret of Pandora, Ohio, and sister-in-law Eleanor Risser of Naples, Florida. He was preceded in death by parents James H. and Hannora O'Neil Farrell of Norwich, Connecticut and in 2007 by his wife, Ellen Risser Farrell. Paul was born an only child in Norwich, Connecticut, March 18th, 1921. He attended the Norwich Free Academy and graduated from Bristol, Connecticut High School in 1938. He received a B.S. degree from Teacher's College of Connecticut (now Central State University) New Britain, Connecticut, in May 1942, and in June, 1942, enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in the U.S. Army Air Forces. He was commissioned a Second Lt. Navigator in 1944, and flew 50 Combat Missions in B-24 Heavy Bombers as a member of the 176th Sq., 449th Bomb Group, 15th AF in Italy. Following his military service, Paul attended NYU Graduate School and was awarded a MBA in 1947. He was employed in NYC by the CPA firm of Haskins & Sells, leaving in 1949 to be sworn in as a Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation U.S. Department of Justice. During his career with the FBI, he was assigned to the FBI Offices in Birmingham, Ala., Cleveland, Mansfield, and Toledo, Ohio, Monterey, CA, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Las Cruces, Los Alamos, and Albuquerque, NM, and San Diego, CA., where he retired in 1976. He returned to Los Alamos and was employed by the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Security and Personnel. He retired from the Laboratory in 1988, and then worked as Special Investigator under contract with both the FBI and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, U.S. Department of State. He retired in 2001 when his wife Ellen suffered a debilitating stroke and he became her loving caretaker until her death in 2007. He was a member of the Albuquerque Chapter of Ex-Agents of the FBI Association, American Legion Post 90, Life Member of VFW Post 8874, Los Alamos, Central Connecticut State University Alumni Association, Retired Military Officer's Association, 449th Bomb Group Association (which he helped form), and the 15th Air Force Association. He was a member of the United Church of Los Alamos. Paul held an Extra Class Amateur Radio License AB5DW. He served as an Election Judge in Los Alamos and was also a Volunteer Tax Preparer for AARP. A service will be held on Wednesday, November 12th at 1p.m. at Berardinelli Family Funeral Services, 1399 Luisa St., Santa Fe, followed by a ceremony with Military Honors at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:15p.m. In lieu flowers, please make a donation to a veteran's organization of choice. We will miss him dearly and he will be forever in our hearts.
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Published in Los Alamos Monitor on Nov. 9, 2014
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