Paul D. Olejar, 95, a former government official who lived in the Washington area from 1941 until 1970 and returned six years ago, died of congestive heart failure March 6 at his home at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg.
He worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service in 1941 and 1942 and then served in the Army during World War II, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1946 and 1947, he was press and radio chief of the Interior Department's Bureau of Reclamation. He then was a writer and an editor at the Agriculture Department until 1963.
Mr. Olejar was technical information director of the Army's Edgewood Arsenal from 1956 until 1963 and then spent a year as chief of technical information plans and programs with the Army Research Office.
From 1965 until 1970, he worked for the National Science Foundation, where he was chemical information chairman and director of a research and development project for the White House's Office of Science and Technology that involved the use of computer technology.
From 1970 until 1973, he worked for the University of North Carolina's pharmacy school. He lived in Florida before returning to the Washington area.
Mr. Olejar, a graduate of Dickinson College in his native Pennsylvania, was a journalist with the Associated Press in West Virginia and a reporter and editor for newspapers in Pennsylvania before becoming education director of the West Virginia Wildlife Commission, a post he held from 1936 until 1941.
He was the author of a novel, "A Taste of Red Onion," and a work on church history, "Sentinel at the Crossroads." His first wife, Ruth Dillard Olejar, died in 1978.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Stauffer Ross Olejar of Gaithersburg; a son from his first marriage, Peter, of Raleigh, N.C.; two granddaughters; and a great-grandson.