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Col. Lawrence Paul Monahan, Jr., USA (Ret.), 88, a Long-time Reston Resident, Dies

Col. Lawrence Paul Monahan, Jr., USA (Ret.) passed away on May 22, 2012 at 88 with his loving wife, Patricia Monahan, and family members by his side at Loudoun Hospital.

Col. Monahan, "Paul," was a devoted father to Dr. David Monahan and wife Kathy; Gail Monahan and husband David; Tom Monahan; Tanya Stinson and husband Mike; Robin George and husband Chip; and Scott Trescott. An adoring grandfather to Alex, Julia, Zoe, Cassidy, Jeremy, Anna, Peter and Colin.

Paul was a long time Reston resident for over 20 years, until moving to Leesburg 10 years ago. Paul was born and raised in Boston and attended Harvard University until called to active duty in the Army in '43. He served in WWII in the 346th Inf. Reg., fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. He was called back to the States in '45 to attend West Point. He graduated in '49, and later earned a MSE in E.E. from University of Michigan and a MS in Business from GWU. He served in Korea with the 7th Inf. Div. in '50-'51, landing in Inchon; Commanded the 69th Sig. Batt. in Vietnam; and, was a successful executive at TRW after retiring from the Army. Paul was a highly decorated and widely respected leader throughout his career.

An accomplished clarinetist, playing for many years with the No. VA Symphony and Fairfax City Band; avid woodworker after retirement; long time member of the United Christian Parish and more recently member of the Leisure World Chapel. Above all, Paul was an incredibly loving and supportive husband, father, brother, son and friend. He lived an extraordinarily full and joyous life up until the end.

A visitation was held for family and friends at Loudoun Funeral Chapel on Sunday, May 27 from 2 – 5 p.m. Arlington National Cemetery Service on Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warriors or Loudoun Interfaith. All details at: www.loudounfuneralchapel.com.