Nardeth W. 'Ned' Pooley Army Lieutenant ColonelNardeth W. "Ned" Pooley, 86, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who also worked for defense contracting firms, died Jan. 22 at the Gables at Mount Vernon assisted living facility in Alexandria. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Col. Pooley, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Madison, S.D., and was a standout basketball and track and field athlete in his youth.

He attended what is now Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., before serving in the Army during World War II. He returned to South Dakota after the war but was recalled to active duty during the Korean War.

In total, he was in the military for 21 years. Besides serving in two wars, he also had general staff positions and assignments, which included postings in Australia and Thailand.

He was also stationed at the Pentagon with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where, among other assignments, he was a joint electronics information agency control officer.

His military decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

After retiring from active military duty in 1965, he worked nine years as a civilian director of a battleship project for the Navy Department.

In the 1970s, he taught at the Defense Systems Management College at Fort Belvoir and worked as an executive for Advanced Technology Inc. in Reston.

He later worked as a senior program acquisition and management specialist for Universal Systems Inc. and retired in 1993.

An outdoorsman, he enjoyed annual hunting trips to his home state and fishing trips in Alaska.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Doris M. Pooley of Alexandria; six children, James G. Pooley of Chugiak, Alaska, Jerry W. Pooley and Jack D. Pooley, both of Sterling, Joan P. Fegan of Dunn Loring, Jan K. Storm of Springfield and Jill E. Robbins of Huntingtown; a sister; and 10 grandchildren.

Jacob W. Folk ConsultantJacob W. Folk Jr., 71, a cartographer, computer specialist and facilities engineer for several federal agencies and the owner of a consulting business, died of cancer Feb. 14 at his home in Crofton.

Mr. Folk was a cartographer for the Forest Service and the Defense Mapping Agency. He worked for Army Intelligence at Fort Belvoir, Fort Lee, Fort Carson and Fort Meade. He was a computer specialist and facilities engineer for the Social Security Administration until he retired in 1989.

He started a business, JW Engineering Inc., and installed computer systems in Social Security buildings nationwide and in the IRS Center in Memphis. He also installed telecommunication systems in the Ronald Reagan International Center for World Trade in Washington. He retired from that business in 2003.

Mr. Folk was born in Shepherdstown, W.Va., grew up in Alexandria and graduated from George Washington High School. He also graduated from Shepherd College, in his birthplace. Mr. Folk served in the Army, based mostly in Wiesbaden, Germany, as a radar technician.

He enjoyed swimming, bridge, woodworking and traveling. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Gambrills and Crofton, where he was a deacon, elder, president and choir member. He was vice president of the Anne Arundel County chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and was involved with Habitat for Humanity projects. He also was in charge of the database for his high school alumni association.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, MaryAnne Folk of Crofton; four children, Jeffrey A. Folk of Fort Worth, Teri L. Miller of Henderson, Colo., Toni E. Hetzer of Odenton and Kimberley C. Levine of Middletown; and seven grandchildren.