WILLIAM F. RHATICAN (1940 - 2014)

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Of Alexandria, Virginia, passed away on Friday, September 12, 2014 at his home. Bill was born September 18, 1940 in South Orange, New Jersey to Francis and Marietta Rhatican. Mr. Rhatican was a 1958 graduate of St. Benedict's Prep, Newark and a 1962 graduate of Seton Hall University, South Orange. While at St. Benedict's he earned All-State honors as a catcher on the school's baseball team. Bill obtained his Master's degree from George Mason University in 2002. He married Leslie Morders Rhatican on August 26, 1962. After 30 years in and around the federal government, including posts on the White House staffs of two presidents and as press secretary to three Cabinet officers, Bill retired from politics and taught US history and AP Government at West Potomac High School, Fairfax County, Va. During that time, three of his AP classes wrote books on the Constitution, selected presidents and on immigration. After retiring from high school education, Bill joined the Woodbridge Campus of NOVA as an adjunct in history. Two years ago, he won the College Foundation's Service to the College Award and twice received the highly competitive VCCS professional development grant. Bill is survived by his two sons, Jeffrey and Gregory and his grandchildren Raymond, Alexis, Taylor and Elizabeth, and two brothers, Peter and James. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Marietta and his wife Leslie Morders Rhatican in 2013.
A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 27 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the .

Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 21, 2014
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