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Edwin J. Withers, Army colonel

Wednesday, March 16, 2011; 7:32 PM

Edwin J. Withers, 99, a retired Army colonel who later became the director of educational services for the National Society of Professional Engineers, died March 6 of congestive heart failure at the Asbury Methodist Village retirement community in Gaithersburg.

Col. Withers served in the Army from 1940 until he retired in 1965. His last active-duty assignment was as the director of real estate in the Office of the Chief of Engineers in Washington.

He served in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II and was an adviser to the South Korean military during the Korean War. His military decorations included the Legion of Merit and three Army Commendation Medals.

As a staff member for the National Society of Professional Engineers from 1966 until his retirement in 1976, Col. Withers administered government contracts with the Defense Civil Preparedness Agency.

Edwin James Withers was a native of Brazil, Ind. He graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind., in 1933 with a degree in electrical engineering.

He lived in Rockville from 1956 until he moved to Gaithersburg in the mid-1990s. His memberships included the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Society of American Military Engineers, the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers and the American Legion.

His first wife of 62 years, Maxine LeMay Withers, died in 1995.

Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Marjorie Randall Withers of Gaithersburg; a stepdaughter, Diane Garies of New Market, Va.; a half sister; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

- Lauren Wiseman

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