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On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, GASTON XIV de GALARD de BÉARN, prince de VIANA, of Haymarket, VA passed peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Gaston was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, France on the second of June 1939. He was born to Gaston XIII Ross de Galard de Béarn and Frances Georgette Moss and raised by his mother Frances and step-father Joseph Kelly. Above all else, Gaston loved God, family, and opportunities to help others. He lived life fully and was always looking for the next adventure to share with his loved ones. Gaston entered Georgetown University in 1957 and graduated from Fairfield University in Connecticut in 1961. He went to law school at American University and received his JD in 1964. A close relationship with Robert Kennedy led to an interest in government and politics. He served as an intern to the Kefauver Committee that investigated union corruption and where Robert F. Kennedy was the Counsel. Gaston later served as Senior Liaison, Government Affairs for the pharmaceutical firm of Hoffman La Roche for over 25 years. On retirement from Hoffman La Roche in 1996, he teamed with friends and formed the Washington Liaison Group, an independent legislative advocacy firm.

Gaston was a devout member and lector of St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church in Middleburg, VA and St. Katherine Drexel Mission in Haymarket, VA for 34 years. Gaston was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution for over 25 years. He was a loving and devoted father, grandfather, and husband and had a passion for travel and golf.

Gaston is survived by his wife of 31 years, Ann McCormick de Béarn and his children Céline Lewandowski, Gaston XV de Béarn, Marc de Béarn, Marie-Rose Howson, René de Béarn, Justin Harrell, and Colleen Young. He also sincerely loved his 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends may visit on Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 5 to 7 pm at Royston Funeral Home at 102 W Washington Street, Middleburg, VA. An open funeral Mass will be held on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10 am at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 23331 Sam Fred Road, Middleburg, VA 20117 with interment to follow at Emmanuel Cemetery in Middleburg. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Stephen's Catholic Church.

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 19, 2013