- The Washington Times - Monday, July 5, 2004

Marie Calnan, 84, former Army officer

Marie Hunt Baylies Calnan, a former Army officer and participant in community affairs in the city of Fairfax, died June 18 of ovarian cancer at her residence. She was 84.

Mrs. Calnan was born at Walter Reed Army Hospital in the District while her father was an officer in the 3rd Cavalry stationed at Fort Myer. She moved with her family to various Army posts in the United States, including Fort Ethan Allen, Vt., and Fort Clark, Texas.

She graduated from Kansas State University in June 1942 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and was subsequently accepted into the first physical-therapy class at Fitzsimons General Hospital in Denver. At graduation, she was commissioned in the Women’s Medical Specialist Corps of the Army.

Mrs. Calnan was assigned to the 91st General Hospital and deployed to England in 1944. The 91st cared for many casualties from the Army Air Forces and, after the invasion of Normandy, from Army divisions fighting on the Continent. When the war in Europe ended, the 91st was located Liege, Belgium.

After her return to the United States in 1945, Mrs. Calnan was stationed in New York, Illinois and Texas. While at Fort Sam Houston, she was selected to establish and operate the first physical-therapy clinic in the station hospital at Fort Myer.

At Fort Myer, she met Capt. William Calnan of the 3rd Infantry Regiment. They were married in the Old Post Chapel at Fort Myer in 1948. Mrs. Calnan left the Army as a captain. During the years, they moved to posts in the United States and Europe.

The couple eventually settled in the city of Fairfax. She was president of the Fairchester Woods Civic Association, served on the Community Appearance Committee and the Board of Architectural Review. She was active in Girl Scouts and school activities and was a member of the Anglican-Catholic Church of the Ascension in Centreville.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Col. Calnan of Fairfax; a son, Lt. Col. Michael Calnan of Vicksburg, Miss.; four daughters, Margaret Jantz of Catonsville, Md., Barbara Calnan of Roanoke, Kathleen Calnan of Arlington, and Denise Chamberlin of Richmond; two sisters, Virginia Moran of Bridgton, Maine, and Barbara Jessup of Arlington; and three grandchildren.

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