Edward F.McManus – Colonel, United States Army

Doris S. McManus
Major, UnitedStates Army

Doris and Edward McManus; Nurse and Colonel

Courtesy of the Washington Post

Doris S. McManus, 75, a registered nurse who spent 13 years with the Army Nurse Corps, died August 3, 2007, at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital of complications from an arterial embolism. Her husband, retired Army Colonel Edward F. McManus, 77, an engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers who later worked with the D.C. Department of Public Works, died August 9, 2007, of a heart attack while driving. They lived in Alexandria, Virginia.

The McManuses were married in Switzerland in November 1956, when both were on active duty with the Army. They had lived in Alexandria for 47 years.

Mrs. McManus was born in Philadelphia and graduated from the old Lankenau Hospital School of Nursing there in 1954. She entered the Army Nurse Corps and served in various U.S. posts and overseas. During the Hungarian uprising of 1956, she was part of an Army field hospital in Austria that treated refugees fleeing Hungary.

She resigned, with the rank of Major, in 1967 to raise a family.

From 1993 to 2005, she was office manager for the veterinary practice of Nancy Sitarz in Great Falls. She was a member of the Humane Society.

Colonel McManus was born in Newport, Rhode Island, and joined the Marines in 1947. A year later, he transferred to the Army and served with the Corps of Engineers in Korea, Germany, Vietnam and Hawaii. Among other assignments, he was a paratrooper and commanded a combat engineer unit.

Colonel McManus retired from the Army in 1973. His honors included the Bronze Star Medal, two awards of the Army Commendation Medal and nine Air Medals.

He received a bachelor's degree in 1970 from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In 1974, he received a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University.

He joined the D.C. government in 1975 and served as the administrator of Facility Operations Maintenance Assistance in the Public Works Department until he retired in 1995.

In retirement, Colonel McManus dedicated himself to the study of military history and collected military insignias. He helped organize reunions for many of his Army units and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and other veterans' groups.

He was a longtime member of the Sappers, a bowling team at Fort Belvoir. He volunteered at Arlington National Cemetery and at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He also enjoyed trout fishing.

Survivors include three daughters, Kathy McManus and Julie McManus, both of Manassas, and Aimee McManus of Missoula, Mont. Mrs. McManus is also survived by a brother; Colonel McManus's survivors include a brother, a sister and a half-sister.


Of Alexandria, Virginia, died on Friday, August 3, 2007 at Mt. Vernon Hospital. Wife of Edward Francis McManus, Jr. for 51 years; mother of Kathleen Ann McManus, Julie Lynn McManus and Aimee Eileen McManus; sister of John Herman Strahle.

Funeral services will Full Military Honors will be held on Tuesday, October 30 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd, Kanab, Utah 84741.

Col., USA (Ret.)

Of Alexandria, Virginia, died on Thursday, August 9, 2007; husband of the late Doris Gertrude McManus; father Kathleen Ann McManus, Julie Lynn McManus and Aimee Eileen McManus; brother of Mary Elizabeth Bric and Robert McManus. Also survived by a half-sister, Carol Hines and a half-brother, Alan Hines.

Funeral services with Full Military Honors will be held at Fort Myer Chapel on Tuesday, October 30 at 11 a.m. Inurnment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium. In lieu flowers, donations may be to VFW, 406 W. 34th St., Ste. 514, Kansas City, Missouri 64111.

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