Martin J. Egan Jr., Marine Corps colonel, real estate agent

May 14, 2013

Martin J. Egan Jr., 80, a retired Marine Corps colonel who served as a fighter pilot and who had a second career as an Alexandria real estate agent, died March 25 of congestive heart failure at Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Jack Oehme, his friend and executor, confirmed the death.

Col. Egan, an Alexandria resident, flew more than 275 combat missions during the Vietnam War. He later commanded a Marine fighter aircraft squadron in Japan. His last assignment before his retirement in 1980 was at the Pentagon.

His military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, 23 Air Medals and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.

After his military career, Col. Egan became a real estate agent for Mount Vernon Realty and Weichert before joining Long & Foster in Alexandria in 2001. He retired in 2009.

Martin John Egan Jr. was born in Stamford, Conn., and was a 1954 graduate of Villanova University in Pennsylvania. Shortly after graduation, he was commissioned in the Marine Corps.

In 1971, he received a master’s degree in personnel administration at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. He moved to the Washington region four years later.

Survivors include a sister and two brothers.

— Megan McDonough

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