James Ed­ward Wil­son Jr.

Maryland Independent - - Obituaries -

James Ed­ward Wil­son Jr., 85, of La Plata, MD, passed away on Novem­ber 21, 2016, after a 27-year bat­tle with can­cer.

Born in Belfast, Maine, on May 27, 1931, Jim at­tended Belfast High School and later the Uni­ver­sity of Maine, where he re­ceived his de­gree in chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing. Fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion in 1953, he worked for Dupont Cham­ber Works in Wilm­ing­ton, DE. He en­tered the U.S.Army in 1954 serv­ing at the U.S. Army Ra­dio Re­ceiv­ing Sta­tion in La Plata. In 1956, he took a po­si­tion at the Naval Pro­pel­lant Plant at In­dian Head, later be­com­ing Direc­tor of Re­search and Development there. Dur­ing this pe­riod he re­ceived his Masters from Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity.

He joined the Com­mit­tee on Sci­ence and Astro­nau­tics in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in 1963 where he served as Tech­ni­cal Con­sul­tant and Staff Direc­tor for the Space Sci­ence and Ap­pli­ca­tion Sub­com­mit­tee. It was an ex­cit­ing pe­riod in his life with space ex­plo­ration in full swing. Fol­low­ing 16 years on “The Hill” he and a friend formed the Wil­son and Moore Cor­po­ra­tion, a con­sult­ing firm which later be­came Wil­son Con­sult­ing, Inc. where he worked at home for sev­eral years.

He was a mem­ber of the first elected Charles County School Board where he served for eight years. He was also a for­mer mem­ber of the La Plata Lions Club and the Ro­tary Club.

As a vo­ra­cious reader and with an acute mem­ory for all that he read, Jim was a foun­tain of in­for­ma­tion for his fam­ily and will be so missed for his love of them and for his knowl­edge and ad­vice.

He leaves his wife, Ann Courte­nay Mitchell Wil­son; two chil­dren, James Ed­ward Wil­son III, wife Mirdza; and Vir­ginia Turner Fon­vielle, hus­band Christo­pher Fon­vielle; and four grand­daugh­ters: Jane Wil­son McGee, hus­band Michael McGee; Eileen Vir­ginia Wil­son; Holly Jenifer Wil­son; Rachel Courte­nay Fon­vielle.

A ser­vice will be held on Satur­day, Novem­ber 26 at 10 a.m. at Christ Epis­co­pal Church in La Plata. There will be a pri­vate burial of his ashes at Mount Rest Ceme­tery.

Any memo­rial do­na­tions may be made to Christ Epis­co­pal Church, La Plata or Hospice of Charles County.

Ar­range­ments are be­ing made at Echols-Are­hart Fu­neral Home in La Plata.

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