The obituary of Edwin L. Seale Sr., 78, which ran Dec. 11, incorrectly reported in the text that his name was Edwin Jr. and incorrectly reported his age in the headline. (Published 12/12/99)

Edwin L. Seale Jr., 78, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who also worked as a Christian ministry field staff adviser, died of cancer Dec. 9 at his home in Vienna.

Col. Seale, who was a native of Alabama, served 22 years in the Army before retiring in 1962 as chief polygraph examiner for the Military District of Washington.

He commanded infantry combat units in the South Pacific and Europe during World War II and later served as an intelligence adviser to China, chief of the criminal investigation detachment to the U.S. Occupation Army of Japan, and chief of security to the Supreme Allied Command in France.

From 1962 to 1976, he worked as a civilian security official with the Army Materiel Command with authority over criminal investigations and training. For the past 23 years, he held numerous leadership positions within the Christian Business Men's Committee, including field staff adviser for the northeast region.

His wife of 54 years, the former Catherine L. McFarland, died in 1996. Survivors include five children, LaVerne Bertin of Northboro, Mass., Caroline Plumb of Springfield, Charlotte Seale of McLean, Edwin L. Seale II of Charlotte and Roxanne Ankney of Annandale; a brother; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.