John K. Wilkerson, 91, who retired from the Navy Department in 1981 as an administrator of educational programs for civilian employees, died Jan. 26 at the Asbury Methodist Village retirement community in Gaithersburg.

He had complications from a traumatic brain injury suffered in a fall in 2011, said his wife, Sheila C. Wilkerson.

Mr. Wilkerson worked for the Navy Department for about three decades. Earlier in his career, he taught English for several years in Roanoke. After his retirement, he did online English-language tutoring.

John Krantz Wilkerson Jr. was born in Roanoke. He served in the Army during World War II in Europe, including in Reims, France, where he witnessed the surrender of German forces in 1945, his wife said.

After the war, he received a bachelor’s degree in English from George Washington University and a master’s degree, also in English, from the University of Virginia. Mr. Wilkerson was a longtime Chevy Chase resident.

His first marriage, to the former Ruth Chorleton, ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Sheila Crook Wilkerson of Gaithersburg.

— Emily Langer