- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 4, 2005

Cecil Paul Means, 71, retired journalist

Cecil Paul Means, a retired journalist who lived in Arlington, died Dec. 28 at the Veterans Administration hospital in Washington after a lengthy heart ailment. He was 71.

He was born March 11, 1933, to Cecil W. Means and Helen Cowan Means in Albion, Neb., and lived in different places in Nebraska and South Dakota while growing up.

He graduated from Omaha North High School in Nebraska, and then served in the Army from June 1953 to May 1955 in Korea and West Germany.

After he was discharged from the Army, Mr. Means graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where he played on the football team, was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity and worked for the Lincoln Journal newspaper.

He married while in college in 1956 and came to Washington in 1958 with his wife, Marianne, a Hearst Newspapers columnist. They divorced in 1960.

He earned a law degree from George Washington University Law School, where he was moot court champion, but he never practiced law.

Mr. Means worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Council under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, and edited Mr. Johnson’s report to Congress on space missions. He was later director of research and analysis for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s mission in South Vietnam.

During his journalism career, Mr. Means was a reporter for Missiles and Rockets magazine, Congressional Quarterly and the Northern Virginia Sun newspaper. He also served as managing director of Armed Forces Management magazine, and worked as a freelance writer for several publications, including the Houston Post and Insight magazine.

He had a deep interest in African affairs, and as a freelancer, he reported on political and diplomatic developments there.

Mr. Means joined the National Press Club in 1959. He was sergeant-at-arms of the press club’s American Legion Post 20, once served on the club’s board of governors and was chairman of the club’s entertainment committee for several years.

He was a fan of jazz and a student of jazz history, and organized several premiere events at the press club, including concerts by Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong and John Eaton.

Mr. Means was a founding member of the National Space Club and Washington Independent Writers.

He is survived by his stepmother, Ann Means of Loveland, Colo.; a stepsister, Judith Bowers of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; a brother, Louis Cowan Means of Canon City, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews.

His brother, Lawrence Cowan Means of Oxford, Ohio, and Gunnison, Colo., died in 2002.

Funeral plans are pending. His ashes will be interred at the Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium.

A memorial service will be held at the National Press Club in the spring.

Friends may write the family in care of Judith Bowers, 2629 Autumn Ridge Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the National Press Club Archives, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20045.

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