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'OURKE DONALD WILLIAM ROURKE MAJOR, USMC, RET. February 3, 1938-November 23, 2012 Don was born to William D. Rourke and Mary Teresa Smith in Worcester, Massachusetts. He grew up in Worcester and graduated from St. Peter's High School and the College of the Holy Cross (1960) with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. Later he graduated from American University (1968) with a Master of Public Administration in Technology of Management. During his teen summers he worked at Hampton Beach, NH and made life-long friends with many people and enjoyed returning to the beach whenever possible. Don had a 20 year career in the United States Marine Corps (1960-1980). Tours of duty included MCRD San Diego, Viet Nam, Okinawa, Iwakuni, Japan, Quantico, Headquarters Marine Corp and the Pentagon where he was Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management) ASN (FM). He started out as an artillery officer and then became a data processing officer. In 1980 he joined Computer Sciences Corporation, Applied Technology Division, where for the next 20 years he served in a variety of senior positions such as Business Development Manager, Director of Planning, Eastern Division, and Deputy Center Director. Through the years he enjoyed sailing and cruising on the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River. Don was often found hiking with his dogs along the Appalachian Trail near his mountain home on Blue Mountain. Don was a voracious reader and he especially enjoyed keeping his friends up to date on current affairs. After retirement he researched, wrote and published a Rourke family history which included interesting antidotes about various ancestors. Don was cheerful, had a great sense of humor and had the ability to make everyone feel comfortable when around him. He is preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife of 42 years Nynette Kesterson Rourke, cousins Jimmy, Danny, Michael, Chris, and Jackie Rourke, Worcester, Mass., and Chris Rourke, Shrewsbury, MA. Services will be Monday, September 30 at 10:45 in The Old Post Chapel, Ft. Myer, VA, followed by Military Honors, Arlington National Cemetery. Services will be Monday, September 30 at 10:45 in The Old Post Chapel, Ft. Myer, VA, followed by Military Honors, Arlington National Cemetery.
Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 27, 2013