Harold F. Wil­son Jr.


The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - — Ti­mothy R. Smith

Harold F. Wil­son Jr., 70, who re­tired from the Air Force as a colonel in 1993 and be­came an ele­men­tary school teacher, died Jan. 17 of pan­cre­atic can­cer at his home in Po­tomac Falls.

He had been a North­ern Vir­ginia res­i­dent since 1986.

Dur­ing his 30-year Air Force ca­reer, Col. Wil­son largely fo­cused on arms con­trol pol­icy.

He was a negotiator as­signed to Geneva from 1979 to 1981 and then served as an in­ter­na­tional af­fairs as­sis­tant. He com­manded a cruise-mis­sile base in Bel­gium later in the ’80s.

Col. Wil­son worked at the Pen­tagon as an arms con­trol and in­tel­li­gence ad­viser be­fore his re­tire­ment in 1993.

Dur­ing the Viet­nam War, he was a nav­i­ga­tor on an air tanker.

His dec­o­ra­tions in­cluded the Le­gion of Merit.

Af­ter his Air Force ca­reer, Col. Wil­son re­ceived an ed­u­ca­tion de­gree from Mary­mount Uni­ver­sity in Ar­ling­ton. He taught at Wil­low Springs Ele­men­tary School in Fair­fax County un­til he re­tired in 2001.

Harold Follmer Wil­son was born in Bridge­port, Conn. He grad­u­ated from theU.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in 1963 and re­ceived a mas­ter’s de­gree in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions from Ge­orge­town Uni­ver­sity in 1968.

Col. Wil­son was a mem­ber of Epis­co­pal Church of the Holy Cross in Dunn Lor­ing, where he es­tab­lished a coun­sel­ing min­istry.

He at­tended the wed­ding of his youngest daugh­ter two days be­fore he died.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of 46 years, Mary Roberts Wil­son of Po­tomac Falls; four daugh­ters, Sarah Pow­ell of Kansas City, Kan., Cassandra Rosado of Burke, Jen­nifer O’Raghal­laigh of Dublin and Mary Hin­derer of Chicago; and six grand­chil­dren.

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