Bernard Price, Army officer

March 19, 2013

Bernard Price, 70, a retired Army major who previously served in the Marine Corps, died Feb. 14 at Reston Hospital Center.

He had cancer of the thymus, his wife, Wanda Meyer-Price, said.

Maj. Price served in the Marine Corps from 1961 to 1966, including a tour in Vietnam.

After working at a housing project in his native Chicago, he graduated in 1971 from New Mexico Highlands University, from which he received a master’s degree in guidance counseling in 1972.

Maj. Price joined the Army in 1975 and served in Greece and Panama. He was a military observer with the United Nations in the Middle East when U.N. peacekeeping forces were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1988. He retired from the Army in 1990.

In the 1990s, he worked as a job placement officer at Southeastern University in Washington and as a diplomatic courier and security officer.

Maj. Price lived for several years in Seoul, Hong Kong and Okinawa, Japan, where his wife was stationed with the CIA. After settling in Herndon, he was a security officer at the National Reconnaissance Office from 2006 to 2010. From 2007 until his death, he was the host of a weekly program, “Urban Caravan,” on Radio Fairfax, a Web-based public access radio channel.

Bernard Ira Price was born in Chicago. His father, Bernie Price, was a member of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Wanda Meyer-Price of Herndon; four children, Phillip Price of Lumberton, N.C., McKenzie Price of Brooklyn, Zaxary Price of Richmond and Sonya Price of Portland, Ore.; three brothers; and two grandchildren.

— Matt Schudel