Donn A. Billings, former Education Department official, dies at 96

January 23
Donn A. Billings
Education Department official

Donn A. Billings, who worked for the U.S. Department of Education approving federal funds for vocational programs nationally, died Dec. 31 at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center in Woodbridge, Va. He was 96 and a resident of Dumfries, Va.

The cause was cardiopulmonary arrest, said his daughter Marlene Preston.

Dr. Billings spent much of his career as a teacher and administrator in New York. He taught a teacher-training program in industrial arts that was affiliated with New York University.

He also worked for New York state’s education department, managing vocational programs in the state’s high schools, before joining the federal Department of Education in 1978. He retired in the early 1980s.

 Donn Archibald Billings was a native of Syracuse, N.Y., and a 1940 graduate of what is now the State University of New York at Oswego. He received a master’s degree in education from Oklahoma State University in 1946 and a doctorate in education from New York University in 1953.

During World War II, he was an Army Air Forces metalsmith and engineering instructor.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Providence Dell’Osso Billings of Dumfries; three children from his marriage, D. Lawrence Billings of Palm Coast, Fla., Meryl L. Greene of Hammond, N.Y., and Lisa J. Doan of Midlothian, Va.; a daughter from a previous relationship, Marlene Preston of Roanoke; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein

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