Virginia M. Talley, lawyer

Thursday, March 10, 2011; 10:42 PM

Virginia M. Talley, 92, a lawyer who was a consultant for the World Bank and the United Nations from 1959 to 1974, died of pneumonia Feb. 18 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington.

Before becoming a consultant, Mrs. Talley was a lawyer for the World Bank from 1947 to 1959. Earlier in her career, she was a lawyer for the old Rural Electrification Administration in St. Louis and Washington.

Virginia Ann Morsey was a native of Miami, Okla., and a 1942 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. She received a bachelor's degree and law degree at the same time, and was elected to the Phi Betta Kappa honor society. She was the first female editor of the Washington University Law Quarterly.

She moved to Washington in 1947.

She was a founding member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization's Washington chapter and a member of the board of directors of what is now known as Knollwood, a retirement community in the District.

Her first husband, retired Army Lt. Gen. Raymond A Wheeler, died in 1974 after 15 years of marriage. Her second husband, retired Army Brig. Gen. B.B. Talley, died in 1999 after of 24 years of marriage.

Survivors include a stepson, Robert Talley of Sarasota, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

- Lauren Wiseman

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