Albion W. Knight Jr., Army brigadier general

May 28, 2012

Albion W. Knight Jr., 87, a retired Army brigadier general and nuclear weapons adviser who was the 1992 vice presidential candidate for the ultra-conservative U.S. Taxpayers Party and served as a bishop in the United Episcopal Church, died May 22 at his home in Gaithersburg. He had congestive heart failure.

The death was confirmed by his wife, Nancy P. Knight.

Gen. Knight’s final active-duty assignment, in 1973, was assistant chief of staff for logistics with Allied Forces Central Europe; he was based in the Netherlands.

He previously spent more than a year in Vietnam as deputy commanding general of a signal brigade and deputy chief of staff for logistics, directing the drawdown of 125,000 troops.

In the late 1960s, he was assigned to the Atomic Energy Commission, where he was an assistant director of a research and development division. He was deputy commanding general of the Army Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth, N.J., in 1970 and 1971.

After his military retirement, he served three years with the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, a congressional committee in which he held a supervisory role over the Atomic Energy Commission’s weapons budget. From 1977 to 1983, he was a self-employed management consultant.

His military decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit.

Albion Williamson Knight Jr. was born in Jacksonville, Fla. He was a 1945 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and in 1950 received a master’s degree in communications engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received a master’s degree in international affairs from American University in 1977.

He spent much of his early life in the Episcopal Church, in which he was an ordained deacon and priest. He joined a splinter group, the United Episcopal Church, in the early 1980s and served as the church’s presiding bishop from 1989 to 1992.

In 1992, he was the presidential running mate of conservative activist Howard Phillips for the U.S. Taxpayers Party, which among other things advocated drastic reductions in spending, eliminating the income tax and withdrawing from the United Nations. They garnered more than 40,000 votes nationally.

His first wife, Lucile Stice Knight, whom he married in 1949, died in 1969. A son from his first marriage, Kenneth Knight, died in 1995. A stepson, Richard Price, died in 1984.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Nancy Price Knight of Gaithersburg; a daughter from his first marriage, Nancy Lammie of Silver Spring; two stepchildren, Brian Gill-Price of Langhorne, Pa., and Darcy Smith of Jacksonville; two sisters; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein