James Bishop Lomack, 92, a combat veteran of World War I and a retired illustrator for the Government Printing Office, died Tuesday at the Washington Hospital Center after a heart attack.
A native Washingtonian, Mr. Lomack began his military service in 1904 with the D.C. National Guard. After serving in the Mexican Border action in the Army in 1916, he attended officer's training school, becoming one of the Army's first black commissioned officers.
Assigned to the 92nd Infantry Division in France, he participated in some of the major World War I campaigns, including the Meuse-Argonne offensive.
After the war, Mr. Lomack attended Howard University for four years, where he majored in art. He then joined the Government Printing Office where he was an illustrator until his retirement in 1947.
Mr. Lomack painted a number of murals for local institutions, including scenes from black history for the Howard University administration building. His oil portraits were shown in local exhibitions.
He was a charter member and former commander of the James E. Walker Post of the American Legion, a former vice commander of the D.C. Department of the American Legion and a member of the Bethea-Welch Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was active in St. Luke's Episcopal Church was a tenor soloist there for 36 years and also was a vestryman and lay reader.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Fairfax , and a daughter, Augusta, both of Washington.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Music Fund at St. Luke's Church.