Robert Walter Price

Plumbing Designer

Robert Walter Price, 81, who designed plumbing systems for commercial buildings, died July 4 at Inova Fairfax Hospital from complications of hip surgery. He lived in McLean.

From 1949 to 1985, he worked for a variety of engineering firms in Washington and Northern Virginia, as a staff member or by a contractual arrangement. He was responsible for designing how pipes, plumbing, sewage and drainage systems would be placed in new commercial and industrial buildings.

Mr. Price had many hobbies, including woodworking and collecting coins and stamps. He enjoyed making toys and other crafts.

In the late 1950s, he became a Civil War reenactor and was a member of the 9th Virginia Cavalry Unit of the North-South Skirmish Association. He participated in centennial battle reenactments on the battlefields at Manassas, Antietam and Gettysburg. He had a Civil War-era musket for which he made his own bullets. He often participated in muzzle-loading musket competitions.

Mr. Price was born and grew up in Penn Yan, N.Y. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II as an armorer, leaving with the rank of corporal. He moved to the Washington area in 1947. Since 1955, he had lived in McLean.

He was a charter member of Chesterbrook Presbyterian Church in Falls Church and was Scout master of the church-sponsored Boy Scout troop for 15 years.

After his retirement in 1985, he and his wife, Margery Ann Rugar Price, traveled widely in the United States and Europe.

His wife died in 1999 after 52 years of marriage.

Survivors include three sons, John Price of Eau Claire, Wis., James Price of Virginia Beach and Jeffrey Price of Lake Worth, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.

Paul Randolph Wilson

CIA Employee

Paul Randolph Wilson, 88, a retired Central Intelligence Agency personnel administrative officer who was a swimming coach in his youth, died of congestive heart failure July 17 at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.

He worked 23 years for the CIA until 1975, when he received the agency's Career Intelligence Medal.

Mr. Wilson, a Washington native, won several swimming titles about the time he graduated from Central High School in 1933.

A few years later, he coached swim teams at the Washington YMCA, Woodrow Wilson High School and Western High School.

Mr. Wilson received a bachelor's degree and then a master's degree in public administration from George Washington University. He served in the Navy during World War II and was a landing signal officer aboard aircraft carriers. He also served as a flight instructor teaching aircraft carrier landings.

He continued his military service after the war, serving in the Naval Reserve until retiring in 1968 with the rank of commander. He was a resident of Bethesda.

He was a member of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Bethesda, a past Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, an avid traveler and an amateur watercolorist.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Virginia Hunter Wilson of Bethesda; three children, Dr. Paul R. Wilson Jr. of Austin, Joyce Wilson Libert of Great Falls and William A. Wilson of San Antonio; and four grandchildren.