- The Washington Times - Monday, September 4, 2006

Edward J. Sheehan Sr., former director of the Army’s Night Vision and Electro-Optics Laboratory, died of cancer Aug. 8 at his home in the Westmont section of Johnstown, Pa. He was 70.

Mr. Sheehan was born Dec. 31, 1935, in Johnstown and graduated from Johnstown High School in 1953.

He attended prep school at Wyoming Seminary in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and graduated from St. Francis University with a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1958.

He earned his master’s of science degree from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972.

In 1959, Mr. Sheehan was hired as a project engineer by the Department of the Army at Fort Belvoir to assist in the development of night-vision technology.

He became the youngest director of the Army’s Night Vision and Electro-Optics Laboratory in 1976, and received the Army’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the highest award bestowed on an Army civil servant.

After his government career, Mr. Sheehan founded Sheehan Associates Inc., a high-technology consulting firm.

He also was the co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Stardyne Inc., a high-technology laser metal-working company in Johnstown.

He later returned to government service at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as special assistant to the director.

Mr. Sheehan has been listed in “Who’s Who in America” since 1980.

He was the first recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus of Science Award from St. Francis University in 1989 and was named Man of the Year by the Johnstown Inter-Service Club Council in 1993.

Mr. Sheehan was a member of Our Mother of Sorrows Church.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Florence Ann Sheehan of Westmont; four sons, Edward J. Sheehan Jr. of Johnstown, James Sheehan of Richmond, and John Sheehan and William Sheehan, both of Round Hill, Va.; a daughter, Mary Sheehan Hartnett of Johnstown; two brothers, John Sheehan of Annapolis and James Sheehan of Chesapeake, Va.; a sister, Joanne Smith of Harrisburg, Pa.; and 20 grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Windber Hospice, 600 Somerset Ave., Windber, Pa. 15963.

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