Frederick H. Walton Jr., a communications lawyer who served for three decades in the Air Force and Air Force Reserve, died Aug. 3 at the Maplewood Park Place retirement community in Bethesda. He was 96.

The cause was myelodysplastic syndrome, said his son Timothy Walton.

Mr. Walton practiced law with the firm of Dempsey and Koplovitz for 41 years and was a board member and past chairman of the Federal Communications Bar Association, according to his family.

Frederick Henry Walton Jr. was born in Buenos Aires, where his American family had a meatpacking business. He graduated from Staunton Military Academy in Virginia in 1933 and received a law degree from Georgetown University in 1938.

He served in the Army Air Forces and then the Air Force before joining the Air Force Reserve, from which he retired as a colonel.

He lived in the Washington area for 79 years, with residences in the District, Alexandria, Chevy Chase and Bethesda.

His wife of 61 years,Barbara Ramseyer Walton, died in 2003. Their daughter, Valerie Walton, died in 1968. Survivors include two sons, Timothy Walton of Rockville and Frederick Walton of Portland, Ore.; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

— Stefanie Dazio