Air force Lt. Col. Nick G. Tulintseff, 46, a resident of the Washington area since 1974 and a student at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., was killed April 21 when the car he was driving and another vehicle collided on a highway near Charlottesville.

Col. Tulinseff was on his way home to Clinton, Md., from Maxwell AFB when the accident occured. Virginia State Police said the other vehicle crossed the median strip into the lane in which Col. Tulintseff was driving.

Before being assigned to the Air War College last August, Col. Tulintseff, a communications officer, had been stationed with the Air Force command and control communications center at the Pentagon.

A native of Seattle, Col. Tulintseff entered the Air Force in 1955 after graduating from the University of Washington. He left the service after three years. From 1958 to 1961, he worked for the Boeing Aircraft Co. in Speattle and then returned to the air Force.

His subsequent assignments took him to duty stations in Libya, Turkey, Thailand, and several places in the United States, including Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Col. Tulintseff also earned a master's degree at the University of Colorado.

His decorations included the Bronze Star, two Meritorious Service Medals and the Commendation Medal.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret A., of the home in Clinton, a daughter, Ann, and a son, Alexander, also of the home.