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James John Lynch

January 19, 1926January 6, 2020

Jim Lynch, 93, passed away on January 6, 2020 at his longtime McLean, VA home. He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 68 years, Agnes Quinn; children Mary Agnes Garman (Rick), Joanne Lynch, John Lynch (Noelle), and Margaret Lynch (Scott Blake); and grandchildren Ryan, Emily, and Jack Lynch; and Catherine and James Martin.

Fiercely proud of the pluck and determination of his Irish Catholic ancestors, Jim was born and raised in the Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, anthracite coal region. He was a strong proponent of education as the path to opportunity. Working his way through school, even as a boxing sparring partner, Jim graduated from Villanova University (BS Mechanical Engineering), the University of Pennsylvania (MS Mechanical Engineering & Gas Turbines), and the Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology (Diploma, Nuclear Engineering).

During his distinguished federal career, Jim was recognized as a national nuclear electric propulsion expert. A professional highlight was providing engineering support for the NASA Apollo Lunar missions.

Jim was an avid reader of nonfiction, a Big Band music aficionado, and an ardent Notre Dame football fan. With a neighborhood reputation as a superior writer, his coaching enhanced many term papers and resumes.

Jim is predeceased by his beloved siblings, Rev. John J. Lynch and Margaret Barney, both of Pennsylvania. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, January 11 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church on 7001 Georgetown Pike in McLean.

Jim’s family extend heartfelt appreciation to the caring employees of Independent You Senior Services.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Interment Monday, January 13, 2020


James John Lynch

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Dean Aldridge

January 8, 2020

I remember Mr. Lynch mostly from the testimonies given about him by his children. In the years of young adulthood, they were mostly languishing complaints (as we all thought of our parents). But as time went by, the words changed and he was praised for his wisdom and courage about how he raised up a strong family and gave sage advise to his maturing children. He taught them to be strong, frugal, determined and true to their beliefs in God & family. Oh mighty God, please bless the Lynch family and comfort them in this time of loss. And as it was with their dad's teachings, let their sorrow change over time into fond memories, funny stories, good examples and wisdom gained.

Nicky Lee

January 8, 2020

Growing up, I remember Mr. Lynch cranking the jazz music on the stereo and twirling either his wife or Margaret around the floor. He had a booming voice, a wicked sense of humor and a perpetual twinkle in his eye. Heartfelt condolences to the Lynch family. He will be missed.