from Anacostia High School in Washington D.C. before serving on the island of Guam during World War II in the US Army Air Corps. Following the war, he attended Catholic University and George Washington University, in Washington D.C. before spending more than three decades as an engineer for NASA. Eva Joan attended Western High in Georgetown, now known as Duke Ellington High and raised five children in their Fort Hunt area home. Their children are Thomas William and his wife, Tammy, Kathleen Ann and her husband Tom Schmaltz, Robert James and his wife Barbara, Mary Elizabeth now deceased, and Paul Neal and his wife Elizabeth.
They have eight grandchildren, Jason Schmaltz and his wife, Anna, Gretchen and Benjamin Schmaltz, Nicholas and Alexander Leverone, Olivia, Abigail and Harrison Leverone who all plan to attend the celebration.