Francis Desmond McGuire – Captain, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report

Captain Francis Desmond McGuire, 93, of Sterling, Virginia, who was retired from the U.S. Navy, died May 4, 2003, at the Johnson Center of Falcons Landing in Sterling.

Visitation is June 4, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Loudoun Funeral Chapel in Leesburg. Services will be June 5 at 3 p.m. at Fort Meyer Chapel in Arlington. Graveside services will follow in Arlington National Cemetery.

Captain McGuire was born February 10, 1910, in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, one of four children of the late William Driscoll McGuire and the late Louise Desmond McGuire. He received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1932.

From 1942 to 1946, Captain McGuire served his country as an officer in the Civil Engineer Corps. He was assigned to duty with the Seabees and on fleet staff in the United States, Australia, New Guinea, the Philippines and China. He later served in the Naval Reserve.

From 1950 until he retired in 1975, Captain McGuire worked as a civilian engineer and planner with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, where he rose to deputy assistant commander for facilities planning. He received a Navy Meritorious Civilian Award and two Navy Superior Civilian Service Awards.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Emily S. McGuire of Sterling; three sons, Francis D. McGuire Jr. of Boston, Massachusetts, Peter McGuire of Bethesda, Maryland, and Hugh S. McGuire of Leesburg; two daughters, Martha Keating of Boston, Massachusetts, and Anne McGuire of Freiburg, Germany; and eight grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to the Salvation Army.

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