Thomas Melville was born in Boston in 1930. He became a priest and was assigned to Guatemala, where he worked on economic development and social justice projects. But in this process, he lost the support of the Catholic Church hierarchy, U.S. Embassy and Guatemalan government.
In 1968, Melville participated in a high-profile act of civil disobedience against the Vietnam War, the burning of military draft records in Catonsville, Md.
Read his obituary in the Washington Post here.