Kenneth R. Pope

Kenneth (Ken) R. Pope was suddenly and sadly taken on March 1, 2018 at the age of 78. Ken was born in Milwaukee, WI to Robert and Miriam Pope. Ken was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife Amal, his sister Carolyn Chiraboga, his brother Jimmy Pope (Raenell), son David (Angie Hexum), and daughters Karen (Sherilyn Munger) and Tanya Larese (Sean). Ken was the proud grandfather of Nathan and Georgia Pope and Alexandra and Austin Larese. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. He loved to be surrounded by family and spearheaded many family trips to Tahoe, Yellowstone, Utah, and Hawaii.
Ken graduated from Vista High, CA and received his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College as a member of its first graduating class in 1961. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Engineering Management. A fulfilling position with Rand Corp. brought him back to California where he settled in West Los Angeles and started a family with first wife, Donna McElwee Pope. Ken transferred to Science Applications International Corporation, and was given the opportunity to live and work in England.
After his return to the States, he transferred to SAIC in Virginia where he met and fell in love with Amal and her family. He and Amal traveled extensively with family and friends. Ken retired two years ago from Leidos Inc. after a long and distinguished career in program and proposal management. Ken was a generous supporter of his alma mater, Harvey Mudd College, and was thrilled to see two of his grandchildren, Nathan (class of 2019) and Georgia (class of 2021), follow in his footsteps and attend the college themselves. A memorial service will be held at 2PM on Saturday, March 10 at The Falls Church Episcopal, 115 E Fairfax St, Falls Church, VA 22046. Guests are invited to join the family for a reception following the service.

12 Responses to Kenneth R. Pope

  1. Barry Lerner says:

    Truly a kind and great man. He is missed.

  2. Cheryl Owen says:

    He stood for doing the right thing—always.

  3. Michelle Betoni says:


    I am so sorry for your loss.

  4. Ralph Falzone says:

    Thank you for all your support to the Governor’s Square Homeowners Association and its many residents over the years. Rest in peace.

  5. Richard Soll says:

    Ken was a good friend and colleague and set an example for maintaining the right work-life balance. I will miss him. My heart goes out to Amal and the rest of Ken’s family, which he cherished.

  6. John Murray says:

    Ken was always friendly, positive and possessed a wealth of good stories. A valued friend to many. He will be truly missed. God bless the family.

  7. Paul and Jackie Dienemann says:

    Ken was Paul’s best friend for over 50 years when they met at Rand. We loved his stories, trivia, and warmth. He loved to travel –he and Amal were a integral part of the Get Away Group. His passing leaves a hole in our lives.

  8. Vikki and Mark Walker says:

    We enjoyed Ken with all of his stories and National Park factoids at our family gatherings. He will truly be missed.

  9. Kevin R. Kirland says:

    Ken, we are missing you. May God bless you. You were blilliant and influential. I hold close to my heart, the afternoon you and Amal shared with Terrie, Bandit (our dog) and myself on your 2016 road trip to Alaska. We went to the bluff above the Kenai River in Old Kenai. In our view was the Cook Inlet. I will go there again and again and know you will be looking over us.

  10. Carolyn Chiriboga says:

    Kenny was my older brother by 18 months. He was not only my brother but my protector and friend. I remember so many adventures with him as we were growing up. He was always there when I needed him. This was true for all his family especially his nephew Rod and niece Jennifer. We will all miss you so much! You will always be in our minds and heart❤️.

  11. Jean Trotter says:

    Gordon and I have been very fortunate to have Ken in our lives since 1964. We have traveled a lot together as well as many other activities and fun times. Gordon and Ken loved Trivia and were always competing in who could answer the trivia questions each other posed. Ken will be dearly remembered and greatly missed.

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