From a contemporary press report
Francis M. Farrell, 81, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and psychologist who lived in Silver Spring, died May 16 at Holy Cross Hospital. He had a heart ailment.
He was a native of Highland Falls, N.Y., and a graduate of Fordham University, where he also received a master's degree in education.
Mr. Farrell served in Europe during World War II and in Japan after the war.
After he retired from the Air Force in 1962, he worked for another 20 years at the Army Research Institute.
He was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Silver Spring and the Legion of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Clare Farrell of Silver Spring; six children, Mary Kate Lakin of Fairfax, Mary Clare Davis of Goffstown, N.H., John Farrell of Laytonsville, Patricia Getzewich of Jamison, Pa., Gregory Farrell of Irvine, Calif., and Brian Farrell of Savannah, Ga.; and 14 grandchildren.
FARRELL, FRANCIS M.
On Saturday, May 16, FRANCIS M. FARRELL, of Silver Spring, MD, beloved husband of Clare L. Farrell; father of Mary Kate Lakin, Mary Clare Davis, Patricia Getzewich, John, Gregory and Brian Farrell. Also survived by 14 grandchildren. Relatives and friends may call at COLLINS
FUNERAL HOME, 500 University Blvd., W., Silver Spring, MD, Tuesday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Andrew Apostle Church, Kemp Mill Rd. and Arcola Ave., Silver Spring, MD, on Wednesday, May 20 at 10 a.m. Interment at a later date, Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Legion of Christ, 10211 Norton Rd., Potomac, MD 20854.
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