Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 5, 2018
William John Beane
On Sunday December 31, 2017, Bill passed away unexpectedly in his home in
A native of Washington, DC, he was educated at Gonzaga College High School ('56)
and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service ('61). He later obtained a Master of
Arts from Georgetown University.
Bill served as an Intelligence Officer in the Operations Branch of the Central Intelligence
Agency (1957 to 1969). From 1964 to 1966, he spent one tour of duty in Laos. After
returning to the U.S., he worked for the Departments of the Navy, Army and Air Force in
After his retirement in 2007, Bill enjoyed attending meetings of the Association of Former
Intelligence Officers. His pastimes included playing golf, trips to the Outer Banks and
spending time with his grandchildren.
Husband of the late Mary Lou Beane; loving father of Christine Jacobs and her husband,
Brad of Canandaigua, NY, William J. Beane and his wife, Nicole of Poolesville, MD, David
Beane of Frederick, MD and Elizabeth Thompson and her husband, Adam of
Gaithersburg, MD; adoring grandfather of Billy, Hannah, Lindsay and Abby.
Son of the late Francis and Helen (Ryan) Beane of Silver Spring, MD.
Brother of James Beane, John Beane and his wife, Christine of Silver Spring, MD and the
late Francis Beane and his wife, Pat of Silver Spring, MD. Many loving nieces and
nephews also survive him.
Friends may call at DeVol Funeral Home, 10 East Deer Park Dr., Gaithersburg, MD 20877
on Sunday January 7, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 11701
Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878 on Monday January 8, 2018 at 11 a.m.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gonzaga College High School.
Please view and sign the family guestbook at: www.DeVolFuneralHome.com
Viewing: January 7, 2018 (Sunday) from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Service: January 8, 2018 (Monday) at 11:00 a.m.
Location: St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Gaithersburg, MD
DeVol Funeral Home
10 East Deer Park Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20877