John J. “Jack” Bubon, 78, a retired Army colonel who was a former military attache in Jordan, died March 18 at the Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center in Arlington County. He was an Ashburn resident.

He had leukemia, his wife, Constance Bubon, said.

Col. Bubon joined the Army in 1956 and served in Japan, Vietnam and Jordan, primarily as an intelligence officer. He graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in 1973.

He served with the Defense Intelligence Agency and as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff office at the Pentagon. He was a defense attache in Jordan from 1982 to 1984.

His decorations included the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Medal.

After his retirement from the Army in 1986, Col. Bubon was a a program manager for American Systems Corp. in Chantilly. From 1991 to 2002, he was a certified financial planner for Edelman Financial Services in Fairfax County.

John Joseph Bubon was born in Rathburn, Iowa. He graduated in 1956 from the University of Illinois, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

He received a master’s degree in American history from Pennsylvania State University in 1958 and a second master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies from Harvard University in 1968.

He moved to the Washington area in 1973 and had professional affiliations with the Middle East Studies Association and the Middle East Institute.

A son, John Bubon, died in 1990. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Constance Wiseman Bubon of Ashburn; three children, Michael Bubon of Brookfield, Wis., Julie Keller of Haymarket and Leslie Byrne of Fayetteville, N.C.; two sisters; and four grandchildren.

— Mohana Ravindranath