Kurt L. Walitschek, 77, a retired Army colonel who became an officer of several banks in the Washington area, died of a heart ailment Dec. 8 at Mount Vernon Hospital.
Col. Walitschek, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Vienna, Austria. He came to this country in 1920 and grew up in New York and California.
He graduated from the University of California and the American Banking Institute and went into banking in the San Francisco area. During World War II, he was called to active duty as an Army Reserve officer. He served in France, Belgium and Germany during the war and was in military government in Germany after the war. He made his career in the Quartermaster Corps.
Later assignments included the Command and General Staff College, the Army War College and the Army Command Management School, from all of which he graduated.
He also served in Japan and at various posts in this country. He was stationed in Washington when he retired in 1962.
Col. Walitschek was an officer of the D.C. National Bank, the Commonwealth National Bank, the Virginia National Bank, the Service National Bank and the Sovran Bank, from which he retired in 1976 as a vice president.
His military decorations included the Legion of Merit and four Army Commendation Awards.
Col. Walitschek was a member of the Retired Officers Association and the Association of Quartermaster Officers.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Burns Walitschek of Alexandria, and one sister, Teresa Dostal of Hayward, Calif.