Willard H. Meinecke, 62, a former administrator of foreign aid programs for North Africa and Southeast Asia, died Sunday at Suburban Hospital following a heart attack.
Mr. Meinecke joined the Agency for International Development in 1961, after 20 years as an executive with General Mills Inc. In 1962, he was assigned by AID to direct its mission in Ethiopia, where he initiated programs to increase food production. He was named mission director in 1963.
In 1966, he returned to Washington to direct AID programs in North Africa, and from 1969 to 1972, in Southeast Asia.
In 1974, he transferred to ACTION, which is responsible for the government's assistance programs in the United States. He directed management operations for the next three years.
Mr. Meinecke left government service in 1977 to join the Netherlands-based shipping firm of Armilla International Inc. as a vice president.
He was born in Herkimer, Kan., and graduated from Kansas State University. He did graduate work at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
In 1971 he received the Distinguished Agriculture Service Award from Kansas State University.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane, of the home in Bethesda; three sons, Joel, of Topeka, Kan., Stephen, of Bridgeport, Va., and Douglas, also of the home; a brother, Louis D. Jr., of Beattie, Kan.; three sisters, Opal Hormann, of Marysville, Kan., Delores Hietfeld, of Breckinridge, Okla., and LaVerle Deuver, of Herkimer, and one grandchild.