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Carl Augustus Scharfe Coan, Jr. Obituary


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“Dear Pat and Family, I valued Carl not only as a good friend but as the giant in the field of affordable housing. No matter what adversity faced...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Chuck Edson - Chevy Chase, MD

“Carl was a great resource on housing issues and a friend. My condolences to Carl's family on his passing. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Sam Hankin - Gaithersburg, MD

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and your family. We're here for you;...blessings. John & Steph. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: John Hopkins & Stephanie Simpson - GA

“We thank God for Carl's life, for the good times you enjoyed together and for the fond memories you will carry into future years. Our sincerest...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Marsh & Estela McClean - MD

“We send our condolences to all the family. To be remembered in our prayers. Mary Catherine and Allen Dash ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Professor and Mrs. Dash - Bowie, MD

“I enjoyed the short time I worked with Mr. Coan on the Planning Commission. His dedication to affordable housing was courageous. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Cathy Lewis - Fairfax, VA

“Aunt Pat, Carl, Chris, Tim, Shelia, Ken and family: Above my computer here at my desk at HUD,I have a photo of Ahdaddy at the White House bill...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Brian Fitzmaurice - Centreville, MD

“To Pat Coan and the entire Coan family (of which Carl was very proud)-- It wasn't until about three weeks ago that I first learned Carl was ill,...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Bill Maloni - Chevy Chase, MD

“You will be missed. I enjoyed the few after work hours chats we had about life and technology woes :) God Bless. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Nabil Gharbieh - Falls Church, VA

“May God embrace you as you enter his kingdom. Continued prayers for your family during this time. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Patrick McCarthy family - HI

“My condolences to the Family and especially Carl III. Carl Jr. was a talented and wonderful man. He is responsible for the creation of NAHMA. Bill...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Bill Kargman - Boston, MA


Carl Augustus Scharfe Coan, Jr. on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at his residence in Falls Church, VA. Born in Philadelphia in 1934, Mr. Coan came to this area as a young boy. After graduating from Gonzaga College High School in 1951 and Georgetown University in 1954, he served in the United States Army as a lieutenant from 1954 to 1956. He graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1958 and began a career of service with the United States government from 1958 to until 1971, serving in such capacities as an attorney for the Federal Housing Administration; Legislative Opinion Counsel at the Urban Renewal Administration; Deputy Director of the Redevelopment Division of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Urban Renewal Assistance Administration. In 1967 Mr. Coan became the Assistant General Counsel for Legislative Policy of HUD. He was responsible for supervising HUD's federal legislative activities, including the landmark Housing and Urban Development act of 1968. He left the government to become Deputy Legislative Counsel for the National Association of Home Builders in 1969. He later became Staff Vice President for Governmental Affairs- Legislative Counsel for NAHB. In 1977, Mr Coan entered the private practice of law, specializing in advising and representing organizations and individuals on issues before the Congress and the Executive Branch in such areas as housing, taxation, aid to cities, grant programs, and financial institutions. Active in local affairs, Mr Coan was a member of the Virginia Commitee on Neighborhood Preservation in Arlington County, Virginia from 1962-1963 and a consultant until 1969. Mr Coan served on the Fairfax County Planning Commission for four years. He was a member and former Chairman of the Consumer Protection and Public Utilities Commission for Fairfax County, and for ten and one half years was a member of, and two years Chairman of, the Redevelopment and Housing Authority of Fairfax County. From 1972-1975 Mr. Coan was a member of the Advisory Committee on the Uniform Land Transactions Act of the Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He served for three years as Vice-President of the National Housing Conference and was a member of its Board of Directors since 1971, elected a Life Director in 2000. For twenty years he was a a trustee of the Cooperative Trustee of the Cooperative Housing Foundation (now Global Communities). Mr Coan was active in several professional organizations including the American Bar Association. Mr. Coan's life was one of service to his God, to his country, to his family, and to his neighbors. He had a strong sense of social justice and devoted his career to ensuring that those less fortunate, both near him, across the country and around the world, had opportunities afforded to them to give dignity and opportunity to their lives. Beloved husband of 58 years to Patricia Lacey Coan; devoted father of Carl A.S. Coan III. Christopher H. Coan, Timothy J. Coan, Shelia C. Salmon and Kenneth W. Coan; devoted father-in-law of Mary Coan and James Salmon; brother of Patricia Fitzmaurice, Ralph Coan, Joan Schumacher, Catherine McCarthy, Thomas Coan and John Coan and the late Mary Josephine and Jerry Coan; grandfather of Victoria, Genevieve, Olivia, Julia, Gabrielle, Alyssa, Katherine, Claire, and Jack. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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