Victor E. Werner, 85, a retired federal government management analyst who conducted after-hour classes in memory improvement, died Wednesday at the Washington Adventist Hospital after a stroke. He lived in Takoma Park.
A lecturer who had written widely on memory improvement, ESP and the occult, he retired in 1964 from the Department of the Army but continued to work as a consultant to the federal government for a number of years.
Mr. Werner came to Washington in 1939 and worked successively for the Treasury Department, War Department, Office of Civilian Defense, War Assets Administration and the Navy Department before joining the Army Department in 1951.
He had taught his memory improvement courses to both civilian and military personnel. His last work was with the Army Material Command. He also taught the memory improvement system, which he devised in 1916, to housewives, private office managers and college students.
He was born in New York. During World War I, he served overseas with the American Expeditionary Forces and then with the Army of Occupation. He received the Silver Medal of the Order of Leopold II for his service in Belgium.
Mr. Werner was the author of a book on memory methods and of numerous articles in his field. He held a bachelor of business administration from George Washington University. He had received a number of awards from the Department of the Army.
He was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine, of Takoma Park.