William A. Pope II, administrative law judge

April 30, 2013
William A. Pope II
administrative law judge

William A. Pope II, 75, an administrative law judge who worked in five federal agencies, died April 3 at Grace Health and Rehab Center of Greene County in Stanardsville, Va.

He had complications from a stroke, said his sister, Nancy Pope Michaleski.

For more than 32 years, Judge Pope was an administrative law judge, including 18 years with the National Transportation Safety Board, from which he retired in 2010. In retirement, he was a part-time administrative law judge with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.

Earlier in his career, Judge Pope was a judge with the Labor Department, the old Civil Aeronautics Board and the National Labor Relations Board.

William Alfred Pope II was born in Wichita and moved to the Washington area in the early 1950s. He was a 1955 graduate of Silver Spring’s Montgomery Blair High School. He graduated from George Washington University in 1959 and from the Georgetown University law school in 1962. He received a master’s degree in law from Georgetown in 1963.

Judge Pope served in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1964 to 1971, including service in Vietnam and Germany. After leaving active duty, he remained in the Army Reserve until retiring as a colonel in the mid-1980s. He received the Legion of Merit and a Bronze Star Medal.

He was a lawyer with the criminal division of the Justice Department before he became an administrative law judge.

A former resident of Laurel and Oakton, Judge Pope had lived in Jeffersonton, Va., since 2002.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Susan Nye Pope of Jeffersonton; four daughters, Kathryn Pope-Graham of Gainesville, Stephanie Nordwall of Chantilly, Adrienne Nix of Culpeper and Jocelyn Thomas of Warrenton; a sister; and 12 grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes

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