Francis X. Callahan, 93, an insurance executive who later worked for the Treasury Department and the Veterans Administration, where he retired in 1960 as director of insurance claims, died Nov. 11 at the Carriage Hill nursing home in Bethesda after a stroke.
Mr. Callahan, a resident of Washington until moving to Bethesda two years ago, was born in Portland, Me. He graduated from Bowdoin College. He served in the Army on the Mexican border in 1916 and the following year received a commission in the regular Army as an artillery officer.
During World War I, he served in France with the 2d Division. He was wounded and received the Silver Star medal for gallantry. He took part in the occupation of the Rhineland at the end of the war.
In 1920, Mr. Callahan moved to Washington and became manager of the local office of the Life Insurance Company of Virginia. In 1942, he went to work at the Treasury where he was foreign funds control officer with responsibility for alien assets. He joined the VA in 1946.
In private life, Mr. Callahan was a past commander of the Washington post of the Military Order of Foreign Wars, a past president of the Merrick Boys Club, which was organized by the Christ Child Society, and a member of the board of the Catholic Charities. He also was a member of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, the Army Navy Country Club and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.
His wife, Dorothy Callahan Callahan, died in 1979. Survivors include a son, F. Murray Callahan of Washington; a brother, Raymond J. Callahan of Portland, Me.; six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.