Colonel Francis X. Duke Kane (Ret.) died peacefully July 18, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 94.
His wife of 67 years, Virginia Celgelski Kane of San Antonio and his daughter, Kathleen Dove with her husband, Richard Valeriano of Los Angeles, California were at this side. He also leaves two granddaughters, Laura Dove of Los Angeles and Jennifer Dove of London, England and his sister, Rita Burns of Pasadena, California.
He was preceded in death by his parents, the Honorable John J. Kane, Commissioner of Allegheny County and his wife, Elinor, both of Pittsburgh, PA. Duke was a graduate of West Point class of 1943 and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
He earned a PhD from Georgetown University in Political Science. He served in the Air Force for 27 years, first as Air Attaché in Paris, France and later as the Chief of Space and Missiles Systems until he retired in 1970.
Dr. Kane continued to influence national strategy, policy, and technology programs from the 1970s into the early 21st century.
In 1980 he worked with President Reagans team on space strategy. Dr. Kane was inducted into the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2010 in recognition of his extraordinary service in the creation, implementation and deployment of the nations global positioning system (GPS) that enables us all to find our exact location on earth.
Visitation will be held on Monday, July 22, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Porter Loring on McCullough Ave.
JULY 22, 2013
PORTER LORING CHAPEL
JULY 23, 2013
ST. ELIZABETH ANN SEATON CATHOLIC CHURCH
8500 CROSS MOUNTAIN TRAIL
Interment to follow in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Born: December 12, 1918
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, PA
Death: July 18, 2013
Place of Death: San Antonio, TX
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