In Neal's own words...
After graduating from St. Michael's, I continued my education receiving a
B.S. in Marketing from St. Peter's College in 1956 and a M.S. in Operations
Management from the University of Arkansas in 1976. In 1957, l accepted a
commission in the United , States Marine Corps. Twenty-seven years later,
after completing tours at various bases in the United States and overseas, I
retired and settled in Hampton, Virginia.
In 1958, I married Josephine "Jo" Marinovich. We are the parents of two
daughters and three sons and grandparents of Meghan and Jacob Classen.
As a civilian, I was a management consultant for BDM International. I am
active in Kiwanis International as a member of the Hampton Kiwanis Club. I
am a past Lt. Governor of Division 13 in Virginia and currently serve as the
Capital District (Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and D.C.) chairman for the
Kiwanis International Foundation. On the local level, I sit on the boards of
The Children's Kiwanis Emergency Center Foundation at the Children's
Hospital of the. King's Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia, The Kiwanis Capital
District Foundation, and The Hampton Roads Kiwanis Youth Council.
To say that the first weekend in October 2002 will be an extraordinary
weekend is an understatement! We are happily looking forward to our
daughter's wedding in Hampton on October 5th and our journey to the
Reunion on October 6th.
Cornelius Francis Behan SMHS Class of 1952
HAMPTON, VA - Lt. Col. Neal Behan, U.S.M.C. (retired), died on June 20, 2010, at the age of 75. He was born and
spent his formative years in Jersey City, N.J. A graduate of St. Michael's High School, Neal received a Bachelor of Science
degree from St. Peter's College, Jersey City, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Arkansas.
Following graduation from St. Peter's College, he was honorably discharged from the United States Navy and enlisted in
the United States Marine Corps. Upon completion of OCS at Quantico, Va., Neal was appointed a second lieutenant in the
United States Marine Corps. In 1984, after 31 years of service to his country, retirement presented the opportunity to
continue to serve his community in other ways.
Neal was a member of the board of the Willow Oaks Recreational Association for several years. He was a past president
of the Kiwanis Club of Hampton, Past Lt. Governor, Capital District, and District Chairman of the Kiwanis International
Foundation. Neal welcomed the challenge to help others, especially children, through Kiwanis. He cherished the memories
and friendships made over the years
. Neal was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Behan; and father, Cornelius J. Behan.He is survived by his wife, Jo;
children, Cornelius F. Behan, Durham, N.C.; Judith and Jay Classen, Holly Springs, N.C.; Marykate and Steve
Dougherty,Arlington, Va.; Heidi and Joseph Behan, Lorton, Va.; Jerami and Michael Behan; grandchildren, Meghan and
Jacob Classen, Holly Springs; Sean Dougherty, Arlington; Elijah, Caitlin, Claire, Caden and Carys Behan, Lorton. Also
surviving is a maternal aunt, Rose G. Miller, Jersey City. Memorials can be directed to The Children's Hospital of the King's
Daughters, 601 Childrens Lane, Norfolk, VA 23507.
Published in Daily Press from June 27 to June 28, 2010
Condolences may be sent to: Jo Behan, 108 Seminary Ridge , Hampton, VA 23669 or email@example.com