George Leward (G.L.) Washington, 80, a retired director of the College Service Bureau and a former official of Howard and several other universities, died of a heart ailment June 4 at his home in Washington.
The College Service Bureau was established in 1969 under the auspices of the United Negro College Fund and the Phelps-Stokes Fund's Cooperative College Development Program. Its purpose was to keep member colleges abreast of federal programs that could assist them.
Mr. Washington moved here in the late 1950s. Before setting up the bureau, he had been an assistant to the president of Howard University and then its business manager. He also had been a college housing official with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and had worked with the Agency for International Development in Indonesia.
During World War II, he played a major role in negotiating the establishment of the Army Air Forces flight training school for black pilots at Tuskegee Institute at Tuskegee, Ala. Graduates of the school formed the famous 99th Fighter Squadron, which saw service in Europe during the war.
Mr. Washington, who retired from the College Service Bureau about 1979, was born in Norfolk. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then joined the faculty of North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. He later moved to Tuskegee, where he was an assistant to its president, Dr. F.D. Patterson, and held various other posts.
Mr. Washington was a Mason, a Baptist, and a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the Defense Orientation Conference Association and the board of trustees of the Aerospace Education Foundation.
His wife, Ruby Evans Washington, to whom he was married for 55 years, died in 1982.
Survivors include a daughter, Yetevia Washington Campbell of Austin, Tex., and two grandchildren.