Retired Army Brig. Gen. Willard Webb, 74, who served in the Army reserve for 27 years and worked for the Library of Congress for nearly 40 years, died Sunday at Fairfax Hospital. He had suffered from Parkinson's disease.
Gen. Webb, a native of Tennessee, came to suburban Virginia with his family as an infant.
He earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in history at George Washington University.
At the library, Gen. Webb rose to become chief of the stack and reader division before hj retired in 1961.
He received a commission in the Army Reserve in 1936, and was called to active duty in 1940. He commanded a tank battalion that took part in the invasions of Leyte and Okinawa.
In addition to his work at the library and in the Army, Gen. Webb was an amateur woodcarver. A puppet that he carved was exhibited at the Moscow Puppet Museum at the request of the Soviet Ministry of Culture.
He served as first president of the Civil War Round table here in 1951.
Gen. Webb was a member of the Clifton Presbyterian Church and taught Sunday school there for many years.
He was the author of 12 plays that were produced by little theater groups. He also wrote a television script, "The Magic Box of Mr. Brady," the story of Civil War photographer Matthew Brady, and two books, "Crucial Moments in the Civil War" and "How To Say It In Spanish."
He is urvived by his wife, Margaret, of the home in Clifton; two sons, Thomas G., of Ellicott City, Md., and Williard J., of Mount Rainer; a sister, Janie R. Webb, also of Mount Rainer, and three grandchildren.