John A. Ulinski Jr., USAID official

May 15, 2013

John A. Ulinski Jr., 89, a former officer of the U.S. Agency for International Development, died April 30 of congestive heart failure at a health-care facility in Hendersonville, N.C.

A daughter, Carol Freeman, confirmed his death.

Mr. Ulinski began his federal career with the old Bureau of the Budget in 1948, but three years later, he was lent to the State Department. He spent most of his career in foreign-aid assignments, both in Washington and overseas, including postings in Indonesia, India, Vietnam and Liberia.

He retired from USAID in 1980 as director of the Office for Private and Voluntary Cooperation, serving concurrently as executive director of the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid.

John Anthony Ulinski Jr. was born in Buffalo. During World War II, he was a cryptographer with the Army Air Forces in the Pacific, and he participated in the landings at Leyte in the Philippines.

He graduated from Cornell University in 1948 and later attended Georgetown University’s law school and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Mr. Ulinski, a former McLean resident, moved to Hendersonville when he retired.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Anne Franke Ulinski of Hendersonville; five children, Carol Freeman of Alexandria, Susan Ulinski of New York City, Anthony Ulinski of Raleigh, N.C., Judith Rodriguez of Dumfries and Matthew Ulinski of Ithaca, N.Y; and eight grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes