Tuesday, June 13, 2006

William L. Bell Jr.Research Center Executive

William Lawrence Bell Jr., 82, a former vice president, general counsel and secretary to the board of the CNA Corp., a nonprofit research organization in Alexandria, died June 3 at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. He had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Mr. Bell worked for CNA from 1983 to 2002. Among other things, CNA operates the Center for Naval Analyses, which conducts research on intelligence and defense matters.

In the early 1980s, he was minority counsel for the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a vice president of the Hudson Institute, a conservative policy research organization then based in New York state.

He also was a board member of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, a nonpartisan technology policy research organization.

Mr. Bell, a former Arlington resident, spent much of his career working for the Central Intelligence Agency while holding other jobs, according to his family.

He was born in Bradford, Pa., and raised in Spokane, Wash. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. His decorations included the Bronze Star and two awards of the Purple Heart.

He was a 1949 political science graduate of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., and a 1954 graduate of the Gonzaga University law school in Spokane.

Early in his career, he worked for the Washington state attorney general's Seattle office. Later, he had a long association with International Nickel Co., becoming managing director for Australia and Indonesia.

Mr. Bell moved to his longtime family home in Bainbridge Island, Wash., about 2000.

He was a chess player.

His marriage to Tina Ellero Bell ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, children's book author Karla Kuskin Bell of Bainbridge Island; and three children from the first marriage, Allison Wood of Ruxton, Md., William L. Bell III of Mercer Island, Wash., and Joel Bell of Seattle; a sister; and five grandchildren.

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