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Thomas James Mehen
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Thomas James Mehen, 81, of McLean, VA passed away in his home on Nov. 10, 2017. Tom was born and raised in Charleston, W VA, and served in the US Navy after finishing Charleston Catholic high school. He received a BA and MBA from Cornell University and an MSC from the London School of Economics. He served as an Economist at the US Agency for International Development and the Department of State for over 40 years, where he worked extensively in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, as well as Afghanistan and Pakistan. In his early seventies, he finished his career in public service as an Americorps volunteer in Guam. He was a voracious reader, a world traveler, an ardent sports fan, and a loving father. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elizabeth Mehen, his sister Caroline, his sons Thomas, George, and Michael, and his grandchildren Zoey, Amelia, and Connor.
A service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2:30 pm, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 3305 Glen Carlyn Road, Falls Church, VA 22041. Online condolences and fond memories of Tom may be offered to the family at

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2:30 PM
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church

3305 Glen Carlyn Road
Falls Church, VA 22041


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