Harry A. Payn­ter Sr.


The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - — Adam Bern­stein

Harry A. Payn­ter Sr., 87, a re­tired Air Force colonel who spe­cial­ized in in­tel­li­gence work and then be­came pres­i­dent of a trade group, died Jan. 7 at a nurs­ing fa­cil­ity in Bren­ham, Tex. He had Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

Dur­ing World War II, Col. Payn­ter served in the Army Air Forces as a pi­lot in Europe. He joined the new Air Force in the 1940s and par­tic­i­pated in the Ber­lin Air­lift.

His later as­sign­ments in­cluded as­sis­tant air at­tache at the U.S. Em­bassy in Pak­istan and air at­tache at the U.S. Em­bassy in Ecuador. His fi­nal ac­tive-duty as­sign­ment, in 1970, was in Viet­nam.

Af­ter his mil­i­tary re­tire­ment, he joined the Gas Ap­pli­ance Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and re­tired in 1988 as its pres­i­dent. He worked on leg­is­la­tion that helped raise ef­fi­ciency stan­dards for ap­pli­ances.

Harry Alvin Payn­ter was born in Mi­ami, Ariz., and com­pleted high school in Wal­ters, Okla. He was a 1948 grad­u­ate of Ok­la­homa State Uni­ver­sity and re­ceived a mas­ter’s de­gree in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion from Har­vard Uni­ver­sity in 1954. He grad­u­ated from the Na­tional War Col­lege and other mil­i­tary schools.

His dec­o­ra­tions in­cluded the Dis­tin­guished Fly­ing Cross, the Pur­ple Heart, four awards of the Air Medal and four awards of the Joint Ser­vice Com­men­da­tion Medal.

In re­tire­ment, he en­joyed cruis­ing on the Po­tomac River and the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay. He moved to Bren­ham from Ar­ling­ton in 2005.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of 66 years, Betty Wilkins Payn­ter of Bren­ham; four chil­dren, Harry A. Payn­ter Jr. of Tuc­son, Steven W. Payn­ter of Cor­nelius, N.C., Bar­bara Bar­nett of Chap­pell Hill, Texas, and Su­san Payn­ter of Chatham, Va.; a brother; seven grand­chil­dren; and four great-grand­chil­dren.

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