Obituary: Michael J. Vitale, former Federal Trade Commission lawyer, dies at 92

January 20
Michael J. Vitale
trade commission lawyer

Michael J. Vitale, a Federal Trade Commission lawyer who retired in 1981 as special assistant for international affairs to commission Chairman Michael Pertschuk, died Jan. 6 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington. He was 92 and lived in the District.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said his daughter, Susan Greynolds.

Mr. Vitale joined the commission’s legal staff in 1951. He was chief of the Bureau of Deceptive Practices and a Washington regional director before he became special assistant to the chairman. He was a recipient of the commission’s Superior Service Award.

Michael Joseph Vitale was born in Newark. He was an Army tank driver during World War II and participated in combat operations in North Africa and Sicily, his family said.

He received an associate’s degree in 1948 from George Washington University, where he also received a law degree in 1950 and a master’s degree in law in 1952.

His wife, Dorothy Davis Vitale, whom he married in 1951, died in 2010. Survivors include three children, Susan Greynolds of Washington, Mark Vitale of Germantown, Md., and Michael Vitale of Fairfax County; and six grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes

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