- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 8, 2005

Edmund L. Castillo, 80, retired Navy captain

Edmund L. Castillo, a retired Navy captain and one of the Navy’s original 40 public information officers, died Aug. 24 of congestive heart failure at Sibley Memorial Hospital in the District. He was a longtime resident of the District and more recently of Hamilton, Va. He was 80.

Born Nov. 13, 1924 in Toledo, Ohio, he grew up in Chicago, where his father was a professor of Spanish literature at the University of Chicago.

He graduated in 1945 from Northwestern University and was immediately commissioned an officer in the Naval Reserve, serving with the Pacific Fleet Amphibious Force during the last months of World War II.

He was commissioned in the Navy in 1949 as a specialist in public affairs and remained on active duty until retiring as a captain in 1968. In his last assignment, he was chief of the Press Division of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense.

During his Navy career, he received a master’s degree in communications from Boston University.

Upon retiring from the Navy, he was hired by Fairfax County as the government director of public affairs, serving until 1984 when he was appointed executive assistant to the county executive. He trained county government executives and managers in equal opportunity after the county was found guilty in federal court of having a pattern and practice of discrimination. He also developed a performance evaluation system for the county government and trained managers and supervisors in its use.

While in the Fairfax County government, he earned a doctorate in public administration and taught graduate-level courses in public administration at George Washington and George Mason universities.

He retired from the Fairfax County government in 1990.

He was the author of four children’s books: “All About the U.S. Navy,” “The Story of the Seabees,” “The Battle of Midway” and “Flat Tops.”

After retiring, he was a member for 19 years of St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill, and was former chairman of its parish council. Most recently he was an active member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Purcellville, Va., where he served regularly as a lay eucharistic minister.

He married Jane Taylor of Chicago in 1947. They settled in the D.C. area in 1966. Mrs. Castillo died in 1989.

In 1992, he married Glenna de Quoy, and they later separated.

He is survived by two sons, Edmund Christopher Castillo of Santa Clara, Calif., and James Carlos Castillo of Arlington; a daughter, Margaret Castillo Rodenberg of Reston; and five grandchildren.

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