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Michael J. Shortley, Jr. a retired officer of the Central Intelligence Agency died peacefully at Carriage Hill Nursing Home, Bethesda, MD on Saturday, February 23, 2013 with family by his side. Michael was born in Pittsburgh, PA, son of Michael J. and Margaret Parsons Shortley. He graduated from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He served honorably in WWII as a First Lieutenant in the 601st Field Artillery Battalion. His war time service included the liberation of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska from the enemy attack in 1942 and courageous duty during the European campaign in Italy and Germany where he was awarded the prestigious Air Medal. After a brief return home, he moved to Karachi, Pakistan where he worked as an accountant for the Standard-Vacuum Oil Company. Upon returning to the United States, he joined the CIA, traveling extensively during his career, retiring in 1981, and was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal. Michael was the beloved husband of the late Christine Sullivan Shortley and loving father of Michael J. Shortley III of Rochester, NY and Brian (Kathleen) Shortley of Chevy Chase, MD. He leaves his adoring granddaughter Christine of Chevy Chase, MD; sister Barbara of Rehoboth Beach, DE, brother James of Rehoboth Beach, DE, and brother Thomas of Westminster, MD. He is predeceased in death by his brother Robert Shortley and sister Marjorie Keller. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 7500 Pearl Street, Bethesda, MD at 9 a.m. followed by a mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Interment with full military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery on a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the , 7272 Greenville Ave, Dallas TX 75231. Please view and sign online family guestbook at

Published in The Washington Post from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28, 2013
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