John A. Kay, 93, a former officer of the International Monetary Fund who in retirement was village manager of Martin’s Additions in Montgomery County, died Nov. 18 at his home in Chevy Chase.
He had renal failure, said his son David Kay.
From 1966 to 1984, Mr. Kay was an assistant to the IMF secretary, serving in a unit that prepared for and recorded proceedings and missions of IMF directors to potential member countries. His assignments in this capacity included travel to various parts of the world, including Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Western Samoa and Bhutan.
After his IMF retirement, Mr. Kay was the manager for 10 years of Martin’s Additions, a tiny village in the Chevy Chase area that was incorporated in 1985.
Before joining the IMF, Mr. Kay served in combat units of the British army in France and Germany during World War II. He moved to Paris in 1948 after having worked in London for the British Colonial Office.
He lived on a converted tugboat on the Seine in Paris while working for several international agencies.
While in Paris, he obtained a pilot’s license for private aircraft and became a recreational aviator. He would continue this pursuit for the rest of his life. He was also an automobile enthusiast and the founder in Paris of a sports car club for repairing racing cars damaged during weekend races in France.
In 1959, he moved to the Caribbean. In Barbados, he managed a shirt factory, taught school and was a reporter on a daily newspaper. He moved to the Washington area when he began his career at the IMF.
John Arthur Kay was born in Elstree, England, and attended Pembroke College at the University of Oxford.
In the Washington area, Mr. Kay was president of the Chevy Chase Men’s Garden Club and the local chapter of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club.
His first marriage, to Adella Englert, ended in his divorce. In 1981, he married his companion of three decades, Kathleen Cameron. She died in 2006.
Survivors include two children from his first marriage, Carola Jones of Cropwell Butler, England, and Jean Michel Kay of Paris; two children from his second marriage, Isabelle Kay of La Jolla, Calif., and David N. Kay of Washington; and four grandchildren.
— Bart Barnes