|Alexander Wills Neale Jr.
Alexander Wills Neale Jr., 89, a retired special agent with the FBI and a banking executive, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 6
at Saint Francis Hospital in Memphis. A longtime Arlington resident, he had been living in Memphis in recent years.
Mr. Neale was born in the District and graduated from St. John's College High School in 1935. He attended George
Washington University and received a law degree in 1940 from Catholic University, where he also won the Moot Court Award. He
was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1940.
Joining the FBI as a special agent in 1941, he worked in a number of locations in Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee before
returning to the Washington field office where he subsequently served as a staff supervisor engaged primarily in security and
After his retirement from the bureau in 1967, he became director of federal legislation for the Conference of State Bank
Supervisors. He was the principal lobbyist and director of federal legislation for the Washington-based trade association until
his second retirement in 1984.
Mr. Neale was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington for more than half a century and was also a member of the
Washington Golf and Country Club, the North Arlington Lions Club and the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. Well into
his eighties, he and his wife delivered Meals on Wheels.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Virginia Ginny Neale of Memphis; three children, Charles A. Neale of Memphis, Wills
Neale Jr. of Haymarket and Catherine N. Fisher of Atlanta; and six grandchildren.