Wallace P. Cooney, lawyer, dies at 80

Wallace P. Cooney, a Philadelphia lawyer who retired to the Washington area in the early 1990s and was an usher at St. Mary Catholic Church in Alexandria, died June 28 at his home in Alexandria. He was 80.

The cause was the neurological disorder multiple system atrophy, said his son Wallace R. Cooney, The Washington Post Co.’s vice president of finance and chief accounting officer.

Mr. Cooney spent much of his career at the venerable Philadelphia Saving Fund Society bank, where he was a vice president.

Wallace Philip Cooney was born in Brooklyn and raised mostly in Chestnut Hill, Pa. After receiving a degree in economics from Princeton University, he served in the Army for two years. He was a 1959 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania law school and then became an associate at the firm of Drinker, Biddle and Reath in Philadelphia.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Aideen O’Malley Cooney of Alexandria; seven children, Philip A. Cooney of Southlake, Tex., W. Gresham Cooney of Oreland, Pa., Ellen Marrin, Wallace R. Cooney and Shelagh Roberts, all of Alexandria, Christopher P. Cooney of Flourtown, Pa., and Aideen Briggs of Cincinnati; a sister; and 20 grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein

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