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“Uncle Brian, Thank you for always being such an amazing support system and cheerleader for everything I have accomplished in my life both personally...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Kelley - MA

“God bless Brian Kelley, a decent and honorable man. My sincere condolences to his entire family. May his soul rest in peace. ”
2 of 19 | Posted by: Brian Malone - Oakton, VA

“I am a distant cousin of Brian. I met him at family gatherings in Connecticut many years ago. My great aunt was Jane Kelley (I am not sure how that...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Robert Luschenat - Warrenton, VA

“I was saddened to learn of Brian's passing. I will never forget how kind he was to me, and particularly to my two sons, following my husband's...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Debbie McBrien - Vienna, VA

“We are sorry to hear of Brian's passing. Please accept our deepest sympathies for Patricia and the family. Too soon. Anne and Al Snyder (former...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: anne/al snyder - mclean, VA

“Brian's death came much too soon. He was a valued colleague and friend for over 25 years. I send my deepest condolences to his family. You are in...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Ellen Parke - Fairfax, VA

“I was so shocked to see Mr. Kelley's picture in the obituaries. I had not heard he had passes away and I am deeply saddened by his death. I only...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Valinda Feather - Fairfax, VA

“I met Brian shortly after my divorce. He was my inspiration that there is life after divorce. I still recall the many words of wisdom he shared in...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Jack Clancy - Alexandria, VA

“Our most sincere condolences are extended to Trish and to Brian's children and grandchildren. We haven't seen him since the last family wedding in...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Carlo and Marcia Bergamini - OH

“Our most sincere condolences are extended to Trish and to Brian's children and grandchildren. We haven't seen him since the last family wedding in...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Carlo and Marcia Bergamini - OH

“Good Night, beloved Professor, friend, and mentor. We are glad that you were fully restored and redeemed in your lifetime. You have gone the way of...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: KEMAL OKUDO - North Potomac, MD

“As neighbors and friends, we want to express our sincerest condolences to Brian's family. Brian was a warm, friendly neighbor who always took the...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Michael & Dilian Deal - Vienna, VA

“I am sorry to hear of the death of one of the most warm and compassionate of persons. Many of us will forever remember him fondly. My condolences...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Marsha Davis - Woodbridge, VA

“I will miss your friendship and your tutelage. Your quiet, gentle manner and your patriotism and intelligence were inspirations. I will never forget...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Ivette - Mclean, VA - Friend

“Brian’s passion for his tradecraft and country was contagious! If you were meeting him for the first time, you could just tell by listening to...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Mr. S. - McLean, VA

“I met Brian Kelley as a guest lecturer in one my classes at the Institute of World Politics. He made a very strong impression with his ability to...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Jennifer Spano - New York, NY

“I studied under Professor Kelley at the Institute of World Politics during my Masters program. His charisma lit up the classroom, and his...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: John S - Washington, DC

“God has seen fit to call home our dear friend Brian. All of us agree that it was too soon, but the good Lord has His reasons, and we have our Faith....Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Fr. Mark Moretti - Warrenton, VA

“I am truly shattered by the loss of my good friend BJK. I have never met a person who is as ethical and professional as he.I met him when he was...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Don Weinstein - Blythewood, SC


KELLEY LT. Col. BRIAN JOSEPH KELLEY US AIR FORCE (Ret.) (Age 68) Lt. Col. Brian Joseph Kelley, of Vienna, VA passed suddenly on Monday, September 19, 2011. Beloved husband of Patricia McCarthy Kelley; loving father of Barry and his wife Lee Anne Kelley of Fairfax, VA, Brian and his wife Camille Kelley of Herndon, VA, and Erin and her husband Kyle Aldrich of Great Falls, VA; brother of Mary Lou, teacher at Chase School in Waterbury, CT and her husband Peter Raider of Southington, CT and Pamela, principal of Kingsbury School in Waterbury, CT, and her husband Russell Baim of Southington, CT. He is the proud grandfather of 7: Mackie, Davis, Deegan, Trey, Brett, Addison, and Alexis; step-father of Nicholas and his wife Melissa Riegel, Marissa Riegel, Elisabeth and her husband Scott, and Brian Riegel; step-grandfather of Jake and Nathaniel Riegel and Gabriella Viilu; He is also survived by nieces Kelley Downey, Meghan Giannelli, Stephanie Sullivan, and Jamie Sullivan, nephew Eric Baim, and 11 grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Brian had a distinguished career as an intelligence officer in the Air Force and the Central Intelligence Agency, where he was involved in a number of historic espionage cases. Brian spent 20 years with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, doing counterintelligence work, until 1984. He was a veteran counterspy who broke the code on how Moscow secretly communicates with deep-cover agents and who mistakenly was hounded by the FBI as a suspected KGB mole. Brian served for many years at IWP as a professor of counterintelligence, where he taught one of the most unique courses in the nation on counterintelligence case studies. . Brian taught at IWP, sharing his extraordinary experience and wisdom with successive classes of IWP students. He was an inspiring leader who brought an extraordinary esprit de corps to our community. Brian is named by so many as "an American hero," "a true patriot," "an incredible professor," and "an inspiration". America has lost one of its greatest sons and he is considered a national treasure by many. In lieu of flower, memorial contributions may be made in Brian's name to the Dominican Retreat, 7103 Old Dominion Dr., McLean, VA 22101, please make checks payable to Patricia McCarthy.

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