Philip J. Beacom
Philip J. Beacom, 89, an electrician, died of complications from cardiovascular disease Oct. 31 at St. Thomas More nursing home in Hyattsville. He was a resident of Silver Spring.
Born in Wilsonburg, W.Va., he moved to Maryland as a child. He served in the Army in World War II. Among his awards were the Silver Star, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two bronze stars and a Purple Heart.
Mr. Beacom returned to the Washington area and worked as an electrician for Georgetown Electric. He retired from Reed Electric in the mid-1980s.
He was a member of the American Legion, the Loyal Order of Moose and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
His marriage to Alama Corbrly Beacom ended in divorce. His second wife, Jacqueline Beacom, died in 1972.
Survivors include three children from his first marriage, Janice B. Graham of Phoenix, Sharon Elizabeth Doom of Glendale, Ariz., and Phyllis Darlene Collins of Arlington; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
Fenner Joseph Allman
Fenner Joseph "Joe" Allman, 78, who retired in the early 1990s after working more than 30 years as a maintenance engineer at the U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home in Washington, died Nov. 5 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. He had Alzheimer's disease.
Mr. Allman was a native of Sutton, W.Va. He served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II.
He lived in the Arlington and Falls Church area before moving to the Sunrise of Springfield retirement home about two years ago.
Survivors include a sister, W. Elizabeth Heflin of Herndon, and a brother, Robert L. Allman of Arlington.
Gerald A. Keene
Gerald A. "Jerry" Keene, 77, a retired Marine major and marketing consultant, died of cancer Nov. 5 at his home in Alexandria.
Maj. Keene was a communications officer whose last assignment before his 1968 retirement was with the 10th Marine Regiment. He also was an instructor in communications, intelligence and amphibious warfare at the Naval Amphibious School in Norfolk and a communications officer in numerous major Marine Corps commands.
He was born in Frostburg, Md., enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school and rose to gunnery sergeant before being commissioned a first lieutenant in 1953. He was a weapons and marksmanship instructor at Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot and later was assigned to the White Sands Proving Ground, where he installed cameras and instrumentation in early missiles. He was a member of the Marine Corps Guided Missile Test Unit at China Lake, Calif., and participated in development testing of early tactical Navy and Marine missiles.
After a second career in technical marketing in defense communications and electronics for Computer Sciences Corp. in the Washington area, he retired again in 1991 and moved to Fort Walton Beach, Fla., where he became a self-employed marketing and public relations consultant.
In 1997, he returned to Western Maryland to be closer to family and settled in LaVale. In 1999, he moved to Alexandria, where he was a deacon of Fairlington Presbyterian Church.
Throughout his career, he was active in professional and service organizations, including the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the Association of Old Crows, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Marine Corps Mustang Association, Marine Corps League and Toastmasters.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Patricia Lick Keene of Alexandria; three children, Gerald Keene Jr. of San Antonio, Robert Keene of Woodbridge and Susan Marie Edwards of Tucson; a brother; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.