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Arthur H. Page III Radio, Television Engineer

Arthur H. Page III, 89, a retired radio and television engineer for WRC, the NBC affiliate in Washington, died July 25 at his son's home in Washington. He had pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Page graduated from the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute in the late 1940s and then began his career in radio and television at WRC. As an engineer, he participated in the station's TV coverage of presidential inaugurals and White House events, and he was a radio engineer for popular local shows such as "The Joy Boys" starring Willard Scott and Ed Walker. He retired in 1982.

Arthur Hallett Page III was a native Washingtonian. His father, one of the Marine Corps's best-known aviators, died in 1930 when his plane crashed during the Curtiss Marine Trophy race in the District.

Mr. Page spent part of his childhood in China, where his father's air squadron was assigned to protect U.S. facilities, and he became fluent in Mandarin. As a young man, Mr. Page participated in sailing contests.

After graduating from a military high school in Maryland, he served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II and trained as radioman and tail gunner for dive bombers before attending Officer Candidate School. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in 1957.

In retirement, he moved from Washington to Edgewater, where he enjoyed boating and was a member of the Anne Arundel Amateur Radio Club. Using his boat and radio, he provided safety rescue for the annual Great Chesapeake Bay Swim. He was a ham radio operator with the call sign W3PPK.

His wife, Katherine Kayser Page, whom he married in 1945, died in 1980.

Survivors include a son, Arthur H. Page IV of Washington; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

-- Adam Bernstein

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