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Naval Officer, University Professor  

On September 8, 2012. Born to Harrison and Cornelia Cheney on December 19, 1918 on a ranch in Lemon, South Dakota where his father, a civil engineer, had left Iowa to homestead. He is survived by his devoted wife of 64 years, Elinor; children Prof. Christine Cheney (Zachary Gross) of Reno, Nevada; Sara Strom (John) of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; and William of Reston; four grandchildren; one great grandchild; and brother, Prof. Bruce Cheney of Lansing, Michigan. He was a graduate of Yankton College in Yankton, SD. He was a 23 year veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served at sea during WWII in the Aleutian Island campaign and later in salvage operations in northern Europe. He served on destroyers throughout the Pacific covering the evacuation of Nationalist forces from Shanghai and the landing at Inchon Bay during the Korean War. He ended his naval career as the captain of the destroyer, USS Walke.
After retiring from the Navy, he earned a doctoral degree from George Washington University and taught finance at Georgetown University. He went on to teach at the newly formed University of the District of Columbia, becoming Chairman of the Department of Finance. He was an avid golfer, outdoorsman, woodworker, birdwatcher and gardener. He was a 40 year member of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in Arlington, Virginia, and a long-time volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and Joseph's Coat. He is remembered by friends and loved ones as a kind and generous man with a wonderful sense of humor and a joyful, playful love of life.
A memorial service will be held at Falcon's Landing Chapel on Monday, September 17 at 1:00 followed by a reception. Graveside services will be held privately at a later date with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 A.C. Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256. On line condolences may be sent at

Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 12, 2012
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