James W. Kitchin, an Army lieutenant colonel who retired in 1978 from the project management office of the Army Materiel Command, died Feb. 27 at a hospice in Pittsburgh. He was 85 and a resident of Fairfax County.

The cause was complications after a stroke and heart attack, said his daughter, Jane Terlion.

Lt. Col. Kitchin served 27 years in the Army and served with Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, at Cam Rahn Bay in Vietnam during the Southeast Asian War, and at the Pentagon. After his military retirement, he held managerial jobs for the government contractor Hadron Inc. at Tysons Corner. He retired in 1991.

James William Kitchin was a native of Neenah, Wis., and a 1951 graduate of Lawrence University in Wisconsin. He received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Arizona at Tucson in 1963.

He served on the Fairfax County Board of Education in the 1980s.

His wife of 59 years, Ellen Goeser Kitchin, died in 2012. Survivors include a daughter, Jane Terlion of Pittsburgh.

— Bart Barnes