John C. Keeney
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JOHN C. KEENEY "Jack"  
On Saturday, November 19, 2011, Jack Keeney passed away at home in Kensington, MD. Beloved husband of the late Eugenia "Gena" Brislin Keeney and brother of the late James W. and Mary L. Keeney; loving father of John C. Keeney, Jr. (Kathleen Gunning); Terence J. Keeney (Regina Markey Keeney); Jeanmarie Keeney; Joan V. Keeney, and Kathleen R. Keeney (David G. Smith); grandfather of Teresa, Anne, Jackie and Katherine Keeney; uncle of numerous nieces and nephews; cherished friend and colleague to his Department of Justice family. A legend in federal legal circles, Keeney was a mainstay at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served for nearly 60 years under 12 U.S. presidents and 23 attorneys general, retiring in September 2010 as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division. His numerous honors included the highest awards from the Department of Justice, the D.C. Bar, and the Federal Bar Association. The Department of Justice building at 1301 New York Avenue, N.W., bears his name; and his portrait is the only one of a career government lawyer in a Department of Justice building. He was born on February 19, 1922 in Ashley, PA to James Maurice and Mae Clarke Keeney. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 10 a.m. in St. Catherine Laboure Church, Wheaton, MD. The family will receive friends and relatives on Friday, November 25, 2011 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Joseph Gawler's Sons, 5130 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Archdiocesan Legal Network, www.catholiccharitiesdc.org or So Others Might Eat (SOME) www.some.org.   



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Published in The Washington Post from Nov. 22 to Nov. 24, 2011.
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December 6, 2011
My deepest condolences for the loss of the late Mr. Keeney, whom I had the privilege to meet many years ago, to his family, in particular my classmates his son Terence Joseph Keeney and his daughter-in-law Regina Markey Keeney. Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Stephen Dial
November 25, 2011
Although I did not know Jack Keeney well, the times that I did meet him during family occasions with his son Jack, wife Kathy and their children he was always gracious and kind. His commitment to public service, his active life and his devotion to his family is an inspiration to all of us. My heartfelt sympathy to his children and their families on his passing.
Colleen Boles
November 25, 2011
My condolences to the family. Mr. Keeney was a great and humble man of many accomplishments. Whenever I think of the Justice Dept., I'll think of him.
Joyce Oliver
November 24, 2011
Dear Joan, Jeanmarie, Terry, John Jr. and Kathleen - My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Your father was an incredible man and I thoroughly enjoyed working with him for eight years. I will miss him and all of the wisdom, integrity and sharpness that he brought to the table. He was truly, as I call him, the institution of the Justice Department.
Shelia Miller
November 24, 2011
Uncle Jack will always be remembered by me as a kind, gentle man with an ever-present smile. Of all his accomplishments, his family was his greatest. He shall be missed.
Kevin Brislin
November 23, 2011
Jack Keeney was a jewel of a man. His level, respectful judiciousness was a model for other prosecutors--both career and political. Seeing the issue from all sides, he sought the highest public interest. I was delighted by his professional company and proud to serve with him.

To the members of Jack's family, who remember him as the rest of us cannot, I hope that your sweetest memories of him rush forward to comfort you. What a remarkable father! What a remarkable life!
Martha Stansell-Gamm
November 23, 2011
Kathy and family - what wonderful and powerful memories you have of your Dad. His contributions to this country are remarkable. I am sorry about his passing. My prayers are with all of you.
Sandy Franger Koehler
November 22, 2011
Dear Kathy & family,
May the memories that live and the love
that lingers be your strength and your comfort.
Mark & I will keep you in our prayers.
Mark & Ann Schatz
November 22, 2011
"Mr. Keeney" was a very kind and helpful man to me during my time at the Justice Department. There was never a time that I couldn't just drop in and have him be available. We give thanks for the long life that he had and the wisdom that he spread to others. Peace be to the family of this kind and gentle human being. Hebrews 13:1-8. Psalm 71: 1-6
Rex J Ford
November 21, 2011
Dear Kathy -

I wanted to extend to you and your family, my heartfelt condolences and sincere sympathy on your father's passing. I know how important he was in your life and what a great role model he was for his family and so many others.

I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers as you carry on and I pray that all your good memories will help to heal the pain and comfort you in your time of loss.
Kathy Cassidy
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