Edward B. Strait, OMB officer

December 1, 2012

Edward B. Strait, 88, a senior officer of the Office of Management and Budget who retired in 1987 as deputy chief of the International Affairs Division, died Nov. 19 at Inova Alexandria Hospital.

He had heart ailments, said his son, Jefferson Strait.

Mr. Strait joined the staff of OMB’s predecessor, the Bureau of the Budget, in 1948.

A longtime Falls Church resident, he also had served 12 years on the Falls Church City Council, ending in 1988. While on the council, he served two years as vice chairman of the Northern Virginia District Planning Commission. He was twice president of the Falls Church Citizens for a Better City, and he had received its award for lifetime civic achievement. In the mid-1990s, he was briefly owner and editor of the Falls Church CitySCOPE Magazine.

Edward Bernard Strait was born in Memphis. During World War II, he served in the Army in the Pacific.

He graduated in 1947 from Columbia University, where he also received a master’s degree in public law and government in 1949.

His marriages to Betty Jean Addison, Sally Thompson and Bernice Michelle Marshall ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children from his second marriage, Jefferson Strait of Williamstown, Mass., and Eve Owens of Yuma, Ariz.; and five grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes

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