Everett D. Greinke, 83, who worked at the Defense Department for 32 years before retiring as deputy undersecretary of defense, died Nov. 15 at Inova Fairfax Hospital after strokes. He was a resident of Annandale.

His death was confirmed by a son, David Greinke.

Mr. Greinke, a member of the Senior Executive Service, retired in 1988 as deputy undersecretary of defense for international programs and technology. Earlier, he was the scientific adviser to the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe at NATO headquarters in Belgium and director of NATO/European Affairs within the office of the Defense undersecretary for research and engineering.

After his Defense Department career, he did private consulting on defense intelligence and became vice president of GMD Solutions, an Alexandria-based marketing firm, before retiring in 2009.

Everett Donald Greinke was born in Elmhurst, Ill. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1951 and a master’s degree in chemistry in 1956, both from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and retired from the Navy Reserve in 1974 at the rank of commander.

He did reconnaissance and intelligence data processing for the Navy Department before he joined the Defense Department in 1967.

His honors included the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

For 35 years, he was a Fairfax County community Santa Claus. He was the former PTA president of the old Chapel Square Elementary School and W.T. Woodson High School. He received awards for his work as a Boy Scouts scoutmaster, and he was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Annandale, where he was a former president of its council.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Clara Plasil Greinke of Annandale; three sons, Donald Greinke of Phoenixville, Pa., David Greinke of Fairfax City and Mark Greinke of Fairfax County; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough