Julius T. Stanges, 88, a retired Army civilian budget officer who also taught business courses at area colleges, died of aspiration pneumonia June 12 at his home in Alexandria.
Mr. Stanges, a Washington area resident since 1945, worked at the Pentagon as an Army civilian employee from 1953 until he retired in 1973. He began his federal service in 1941 as an accountant with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, stationed in Kingston, Jamaica. He was employed by the Reconstruction Finance Corp. from 1945 to 1947 and the Public Health Service from 1947 to 1953.
As a part-time instructor at the University of Virginia's Northern Virginia Center from 1963 to 1972 and at Immaculata College of Washington in 1978, he taught business management and accounting.
A native of Brockton, Mass., Mr. Stanges was born July 4, 1916. He always embodied "the fighting spirit of a true Yankee Doodle Dandy," said his son, Michael Stanges. He was a champion college athlete and a military officer. Even when he lost his eyesight to glaucoma in the last 10 years of his life, he never slowed down, his son said.
Mr. Stanges received a bachelor's degree from Catholic University in 1941 and a master's degree in governmental administration from George Washington University in 1962. He was inducted into Catholic's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.
As a football player under legendary Coach Arthur "Dutch" Bergman, Mr. Stanges played left tackle in the 1940 Sun Bowl that resulted in a scoreless tie between Catholic and Arizona State University. During the golden era of collegiate boxing, he was the heavyweight boxer on Catholic's 1940 undefeated national champion boxing team led by coach Eddie LaFond.
Mr. Stanges also was a member of Catholic's Harlequin Club and performed as the bartender in Leo Brady's production of "Brother Orchid," directed by the Rev. Gilbert Hartke.
Commissioned as a Coast Guard officer at the Coast Guard Academy in 1942, he served in the South Pacific during World War II and participated in the consolidation of the Solomon Islands. Mr. Stanges was the executive officer on the USS Serpens, a 14,250-ton ammunition ship, when it exploded off Guadalcanal in January 1945. The blast killed 250 servicemen, and the Serpens was destroyed.
Mr. Stanges was an original resident of Hollin Hills, a subdivision of Alexandria designed by Washington architect Charles Goodman. Mr. Stanges lived there for 55 years. He was a longtime parishioner of St. Mary Catholic Church in Alexandria.
A man of diverse interests, Mr. Stanges enjoyed opera, sports, cooking, European history and foreign travel. He spoke Polish and German. He attended operas in the United States and Europe and was a supernumerary in the Washington Opera productions of "La Boheme," "Aida" and "Don Carlos." For 25 years, he spent summer holidays on Hvar island off the Dalmatian coast of Croatia.
In addition to his son, of McLean, survivors include his wife, Mary McVeigh Stanges, whom he married in 1941, of Alexandria; and a son, Thomas Stanges of Summerland Key, Fla.