Ronald A. Duchin, Army colonel

Monday, January 24, 2011; 7:50 PM

Ronald A. Duchin, 73, a retired Army colonel who served multiple tours in Vietnam, died Dec. 21 at George Washington University Hospital after an apparent heart attack. He was a McLean resident.

Col. Duchin joined the Army in 1959 and served three tours in Vietnam. An armor officer, Col. Duchin spoke Vietnamese and also served as an infantry training adviser. Later in his career, Col. Duchin served in the office of the Army Chief of Staff, and was a public affairs officer for the Secretary of the Army and in the office of the Secretary of Defense.

He retired from the military in 1984 and worked for the Veterans of Foreign Wars before starting his own communications firm in Washington. In 2003, his business merged with Stratfor Inc., an intelligence and consulting firm, and Col. Duchin served as a director of the company's Washington office.

Ronald Alan Duchin was born in Newark, N.J. He was a 1959 graduate of the Pennsylvania Military College, which is now Widener University in Chester. In 1982, he received a master's degree in public relations from American University.

His military decorations included two awards of the Bronze Star Medal, two awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Medal.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Belle Brent Clay Ward Duchin of McLean; two daughters, Elizabeth White of Attleboro, Mass., and Belle Clay Deming of Arlington; and a granddaughter.

- T. Rees Shapiro

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