Ron­ald A. Duchin

ARMY COLONEL

The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - — T. Rees Shapiro

Ron­ald A. Duchin, 73, a re­tired Army colonel who served mul­ti­ple tours in Viet­nam, died Dec. 21 at Ge­orge Washington Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal af­ter an ap­par­ent heart at­tack. He was a McLean res­i­dent.

Col. Duchin joined the Army in 1959 and served three tours in Viet­nam. An armor of­fi­cer, Col. Duchin spoke Viet­namese and also served as an in­fantry train­ing ad­viser. Later in his ca­reer, Col. Duchin served in the of­fice of the Army Chief of Staff, and was a pub­lic of­fi­cer for the Sec­re­tary of the Army and the of­fice of the Sec­re­tary of De­fense.

He re­tired from the mil­i­tary in 1984 and worked for the Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars be­fore start­ing his own com­mu­ni­ca­tions firm in Washington. In 2003, his busi­ness merged with Strat­for Inc., an in­tel­li­gence and con­sult­ing firm, and Col. Duchin served as a di­rec­tor of the com­pany’s Washington of­fice.

Ron­ald Alan Duchin was born in Ne­wark, N. J. He was a 1959 grad­u­ate of the Penn­syl­va­nia Mil­i­tary Col­lege, which is now Wi­dener Uni­ver­sity in Ch­ester. In 1982, he re­ceived a mas­ter’s de­gree in pub­lic re­la­tions from Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity.

His mil­i­tary dec­o­ra­tions in­cluded two awards of the Bronze Star Medal, two awards of the Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice Medal, and the Air Medal.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of 45 years, Belle Brent Clay Ward Duchin of McLean; two daugh­ters, El­iz­a­beth White of At­tle­boro, Mass., and Belle Clay Dem­ing of Ar­ling­ton; and a grand­daugh­ter.

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