Graham E. Beard, 73, a retired Army Medical Corps colonel who did volunteer work in the Washington area, died Dec. 16 at his home in Washington. He had adenoidal cancer.

A friend, Scot Reese, confirmed the death.

Col. Beard served in the Army from 1965 to 1986, and his final active-duty assignment was as pediatric officer at Fort Myer. Earlier assignments included Honolulu, Berlin, Bangkok and Carlisle, Pa.

Upon his military retirement, Dr. Beard did volunteer work at Food and Friends, the Whitman-Walker Clinic and his church, the Episcopal St. John’s Church in Washington’s Lafayette Square.

Graham Eskridge Beard was a native of Hardinsburg, Ky. He was a 1960 graduate of the University of Kentucky and a 1964 graduate of the University of Louisville’s medical school.

His military honors included the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Air Medal.

He never married. Survivors include a sister.

— Adam Bernstein