Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 7, 2017
RAYMOND MICHAEL SOO "Mike"
Of Rockville, MD passed away peacefully on September 27, 2017 at home in the presence
Mike was born in Washington, DC on May 10, 1942, the first son of the late Raymond
Thomas and the late Vivian Idell Soo. He grew up in Rockville, graduated from St. John's
College High School (1960), attended Georgetown University and graduated from the
University of Maryland, earning a Bachelor's Degree in microbiology.
In 1967 he joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Travis A.F.B., CA and Kadena Air
Base, Okinawa, serving as the squadron administrative officer overseeing air base
operations. Mike left active duty in 1972 as a Captain and spent the remainder of his career
as a civilian with the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense, working at the
Pentagon in civilian personnel.
He retired in 1997 to enjoy a slower pace of life at his home in suburban Rockville and on
vacations with his family on Anna Maria Island, FL.
Mike was the cherished husband of Carol Lee (Heinlein) Soo, whom he met at age 15 and
was married to for 53 years. They raised two daughters in Rockville in close proximity to his
extended family. Mike loved working with his hands and was a skilled amateur mechanic,
carpenter and contractor.
In retirement Mike took an interest in computers as a hobby, and became interested in
finance, developing a knack for managing money and investments. He enjoyed solitary
pursuits like reading, fishing and gardening, as well as lively debate and the art of
conversation. Most recently, he developed a passion for ancestry, carefully tracing his
families' Chinese and Irish lineage to its beginnings in this country at the turn of the 19th
Mike will be remembered for his deep love of and loyalty to family, and for his wisdom,
integrity and dry wit. Mike will be missed deeply by all who knew him, as he was a devoted
husband, son, brother, father, cousin, mentor and friend.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; beloved daughters, Monica Soo and Erin Crane;
son-in-law, Chris Crane; sisters, Michelle Doane and Leslie White; brother, Patrick Soo,
brothers-in-law Kenneth Doane, James White and Terry Heinlein; sister-in-law, Andrea
Heinlein; nephews and nieces, James Doane, Jonathan Heinlein, Amanda White-Iseli, J.B.
White, Jason Soo and Stephanie Soo.
He was predeceased by his niece, Jeanne-Marie Doane and nephew, Christopher Heinlein.
A Mass to celebrate his life will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 520 Veirs Mill Rd. in
Rockville on Saturday, October 28 at 10:30 a.m.
Michael will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia at a later date.