WILLIAM A. GEOGHEGAN
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GEOGHEGAN WILLIAM A. GEOGHEGAN William Aloysius Geoghegan, on Saturday, January 17, 2015, peacefully at home in Bethesda, MD surrounded by family. Devoted husband to Mary Lou Geoghegan; loving father of Kathleen Frisbie of Canton, MA, Elizabeth Kistner (Elkin) of St. Louis, MO, Anne Gerrety (Joseph) of Bethesda, MD, and Mary Warley (Ted) of Walpole, MA; dear grandfather of Steven Spartin, Jr., Alexandra and Thomas Frisbie, Maggie, Bill and Charlie Kistner, and Madeline and Charlie Warley; beloved brother of Margaret Mary Adams and brother-in-law of Robert and Carole Brown. He is also survived by many step children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his late wife, Margaret "Peggy" Geoghegan, and his siblings Mary Virginia Vollmer, Jean Belden, Estelle Heekin and Thomas Geoghegan. Formerly from Cincinnati, OH, son of Thomas and Estelle Griffin Geoghegan, "Bill" attended Xavier University, graduated from the University of Cincinnati, and Harvard Law School. A WWII veteran, 94th Infantry and wounded survivor of The Battle of the Bulge. Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient. He moved to Potomac, Maryland in 1961 with the Kennedy Administration as Assistant Deputy Attorney General in the Department of Justice reporting to Robert F. Kennedy and later Nicholas Katzenbach. He was very active in Civil Rights reform, legislation and legislative initiatives, nominations and confirmations. After government service, he was a partner in the law firms of Pierson, Ball & Dowd and then Reed Smith. He was appointed Special Counsel to Congressional Committees multiple times and he was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to serve as member of the Presidential Advisory Board on Cuba Broadcasting. He was active in the Order of Malta, Catholic Charities, L'Arch, SOAR!, and Board member and Trustee, Washington Legal Network. He was an active member of Burning Tree Club for 36 years and Congressional Country Club for 50 years. Memorial donations can be made in the name of William Geoghegan to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, 924 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Mass of Christian Burial will be at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 9200 Kentsdale Drive, Potomac, Maryland on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 11 a.m. Family will receive friends from 10 a.m to 11 a.m. at the Church. Private interment will take place at a later date. Please view and sign the family guestbook at: www.pumphreyfuneralhome.comPlease view and sign the family guestbook at: www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com


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Published in The Washington Post from Jan. 21 to Jan. 23, 2015.
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January 23, 2015
Mary Lou,

Deepest sympathy to you and to your family.
Barbara and Rudy Vignone
January 22, 2015
JKF, RFK and Bill Geoghegan (far right in glasses) at signing of Civil Rights Bill
January 22, 2015
Bill Geoghegan with Bobby Kennedy and Leon Ulman from the Dept of Justice Office of Legal Council 1961
January 22, 2015
Our condolences to you over the passing of Uncle Bill. May God hold him in the palm of his hand and assist your healing process. Will see you on the weekend. Love, Mark, Trisha, Kevin and Hannah
Mark Heekin
January 22, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and for your healing period. May Uncle Bill rest in peace. I will see you this weekend. Mark Heekin...Trisha, Kevin and Hannah
January 22, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole Geoghegan family. May he rest in peace.
Mike & Chrissy Horan
January 22, 2015
I have met no greater gentlemen than Bill. We at Central Investment, a company founded by Bill's close lifelong friend Bud Koons, have had the great pleasure and distinct honor of working with Bill for many years. We will truly miss him.
Mike Caudill
January 22, 2015
May it bring comfort to his loved ones knowing that Bill has seen the face of Our Lord.
Joan and Charlie Brummer
January 22, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. May the Most High God comfort you as you mourn the loss of your loved one. (Psalm 83:18)
McCarthy
January 21, 2015
Bill will long be remembered as a great American and lawyer, and an even better father and friend. God rest his soul.
Mike and Gail Bittman
January 21, 2015
It was both a joy and and an honor to have met this fine Irishman! Our condolences to Anne, Steve, and the Geoghegan and Gerrety families.
Maureen and Gary Grant
Gary and Maureen Grant
January 21, 2015
Bill was a very special person, and we will miss him.
Doug, Carole, Chris and Bridget Brennan
January 21, 2015
We will all miss you...
Don Gerrety
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