Portia T. Richter, Army spouse

December 21, 2012

Portia T. Richter, 92, who accompanied her husband on Army assignments to locations including Panama, Cuba, Vietnam and Germany, died Dec. 17 at The Fairfax at Fort Belvoir retirement community.

She had complications from pneumonia, said her granddaughter Erin Richter.

Portia Dorcas Tatum was a native of Fayetteville, N.C., and a 1942 graduate of Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C.

At the end of World War II, Mrs. Richter took a U.S. civil-service job in Japan, where she met her husband. They later maintained a home in Annandale, where Mrs. Richter worked as a personnel director for Kmart in the 1970s.

She served in the vestry at Pohick Episcopal Church in Lorton and was a docent at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.

Her husband of 24 years,Army Col. Arley Richter, died in 1971.

Survivors include a son, Robert Richter of Mollens, Switzerland; and two grandchildren.

— Emily Langer

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