William H. Monagan, who retired from the Justice Department in 1972 as chief of the legal and administrative records division, died July 24 at the Knollwood military retirement residence in Washington. He was 100.
The cause was complications from a fall and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease, said his son, Robert Monagan.
Mr. Monagan, a longtime District resident, began his federal career in the late 1930s at the Justice Department, which assigned him to work as an FBI fingerprint technician. Later, he worked in the attorney general’s office as a management analyst.
William Henry Monagan was a native of Waterbury, Conn., and a 1934 cum laude graduate of the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. He was a 1940 graduate of Georgetown University’s law school.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II, overseeing a naval gun crew on merchant ships in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific. He spent 20 years in the Navy Reserve, retiring at the rank of lieutenant commander.
He was a past American Legion commander and a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Thomas Apostle Catholic Church in Washington, where he served on the parish council and was a chief usher and a Eucharistic minister.
His wife, Dorothy Hewitt, whom he married in 1941, died in 1995. Survivors include two children, A. Kathleen Porter of Durango, Colo., and Robert Monagan of Laurel; two sisters, Marjorie Kelly of Naples, Fla., and Joan Clinton of Falls Church; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
— Adam Bernstein