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Paul Gatons Obituary

Paul Kenneth Gatons
Paul Kenneth Gatons

January 11, 1937 - May 20, 2010
Resided in Springfield, VA
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Paul Kenneth Gatons, of Springfield, Virginia, died at Inova Fairfax Hospital on May 20, 2010. He is survived by his loving wife, Anna-Marie Kilmade Gatons; his sons, Paul (Jr.), Patrick and Michael; brother, Robert Gatons; sister, Joan Osmus; mother-in-law, Tomasina Fallone Kilmade and brother-in-law, Michael Kilmade. Paul also leaves behind his stepsons, Daniel McCarthy and Kevin McCarthy and five cherished grandchildren, Leigh Gatons, Jaxon Gatons, Cory Gatons, Hannah McCarthy and Belle McCarthy.

Paul was born in Joliet, Illinois, in 1937 to the late Raymond and Ella Gatons. After graduation from high school, Paul joined the United States Marine Corps during the era of the Korean War. After his military service, he received his Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He received his Master's Degree in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and did doctoral work there while teaching at the University. He also taught Economics at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York and Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. Paul began his public service career with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the early 1970's. He retired from HUD in 2008 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development within the Office of Policy Development and Research in Washington, DC. He received the Secretary's Award from then HUD Secretary Jack Kemp, for expanding diversity in the workplace during his federal service. He authored or edited several books and articles on economics and urban affairs during the course of his professional career.

Prior to and during retirement, Paul was active in outreach efforts to help others who faced life challenges. He read voraciously, continued his lifelong interest in stamp collecting, concentrating on his extensive collection of Colombia, South America airmail items, and worked in his gardens and adored his feline companions, Kate, Ashley and Rhett.

A liturgical service will take place at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, Virginia, on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 1 p.m. Inurnment to follow in Fairfax Memorial Park.

The family has special interest in the following nondenominational charities and would welcome donations in Paul's memory to:

Father Martin's Ashley, 800 Tydings Lane, Havre de Grace, Maryland 21078
Stanford Moyamoya Center, Stanford Hospital, Stanford Department of Neurosurgery, 300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford, California 94305.

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Memorial Service
Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home
9902 Braddock Road
Fairfax, VA US 22032
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
1:00 PM
Fairfax Memorial Park
9900 Braddock Road
Fairfax, VA US 22032
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
1:45 PM


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