Alfred Barrett McGarraghy

Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 9, 2017


McGarraghy, loving husband and father, died suddenly of a
heart attack at his home in Vienna, VA, on Saturday,
August 5, 2017 after a wonderful, happy family gathering.

A 4th generation Washingtonian, he was preceded in
death by his brother, William and parents, Catherine
(Barrett) McGarraghy and Alfred A. McGarraghy who
managed and operated the cafeteria at the Shrine of the
Immaculate Conception until 1973. He was the nephew of the late United States District
Judge Joseph McGarraghy and former Chief of District of Columbia Police, Robert Barrett.

He graduated from
Gonzaga College High School in 1952 and the Georgetown School
of Foreign Service after which he was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the Army
ROTC and served six months active duty followed by active reserves. In 1958 he embarked
on a 36-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency in the Office of Security. He
provided direct support to three CIA Directors, John McCone, Admiral Raborn and Richard
Helms. In 1985 he received a Certificate of Distinction from Director Casey and a Career
Intelligence Medal upon retirement. He had assignments in Australia, Los Angeles and
Nevada with most of his career in the aerospace and counterintelligence programs. In
retirement he served for 10 years on the board of SIGNA, the retired CIA security officers
association. He maintained an extensive library of reference books to support his hobby of
researching historical facts and their impact on current events.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Joanne (Purcell) McGarraghy; son,
Matthew; daughter, Monica (Niels); granddaughter, Elodie Marie; brother, John (Audrey);
sisters, Mary Catherine (Joseph) Beyda, Beth Ann (Don, deceased) Eirich, Patricia
(Thomas) Bowman, Eileen (Rick) Mann; sister-in-law, Karen (Drew) Yesolitis;
brother-in-law, Jim (Judy) Purcell; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was a devout Catholic with great love of God, his family and country. A Mass of
Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 8601
Wolf Trap Rd., Vienna, VA 22182 on Friday, August 11 at 11 a.m.

Visitation will start at 10:30 a.m.

Interment will be held at National Memorial Park at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Little Sisters of the Poor, 1503
Michales Rd, Henrico, VA 23229 or Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church.

Funeral Home
Money and King Funeral Home
171 Maple Avenue W
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 938-7440