An obituary in Friday's editions of the Washington Post about John C. (Jack) Bell, 79, a retired government architect and a former outdoors writer for the Washington Post who died of cardiac arrest March 12, gave an incorrect name for one of his surviving daughters. She is Joan B. Robinson of Chevy Chase.
John C. (Jack) Bell, 79, a retired government architect and former outdoors writer for The Washington Post and a hunter and angler of note, died of cardiac arrest March 12 at his home in Washington.
Mr. Bell came to Washington and began his government career with the old Federal Works Agency in 1930. In 1943, he transferred to the old Rubber Development Corporation, spending the next five years with that agency. During part of that time he helped explore and chart jungles along the Amazon River in Brazil as part of U.S. government efforts to obtain rubber for the war effort.
From 1948 until retiring in 1961, he worked for the State Department. His foreign assigments took him to the Far East, Pakistan, Ceylon, and Afghanistan, where he was supervisory architectural engineer on U.S.-assisted construction programs.
Mr. Bell was a wildlife editor and outdoors columnist with The Washington Post during much of the 1940s. He also contributed articles to magazines and books.
He fished for brook trout, winning a prize for this in Canada in 1940, and in later years angled for bass as well as brook and mountain trout near his vacation retreat in Sperryville, Va., next to the Shannandoah National Park. He also hunted deer and ruffled grouse.
Mr. Bell was a native of Mount Carmel, Pa., and a 1929 graduate of the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, where he studied architecture. Before moving to Washington, he worked on construction projects ranging from homes to heavy timber construction in deep-tunnel coal mines.
He was a member of the Izaak Walton League, a charter member of the Angler's Club of Washington, and a member of the Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Adele, of Washington and Sperryville; a son, John A., of Washington; two daughters, Joan B. Anderson of Chevy Chase, and Jacquelyn A. League of Arlington; eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.