Richard Q. Vawter, a retired official of the General Services Administration who had served 13 years as the agency’s information director, died Oct. 21 at a health-care center in Colorado Springs. He was 79.

The cause was cardiac arrest following a stroke, said his daughter, Elizabeth Vawter.

During his 27 years at the GSA, Mr. Vawter held a variety of positions, including as spokesman for the National Archives. He served in the agency’s business services department and retired from the real estate and marketing section in 1996.

Richard Quinton Vawter was born in Tulsa and attended Joliet Junior College in Illinois from 1952 to 1954. He served in the Army from 1956 to 1962.

Later, he worked as a journalist in Illinois. He came to Washington in 1967 as a correspondent for Copley News Service, covering Midwestern congressional delegations.

Mr. Vawter, a former Arlington County resident, moved to Washington state on retiring from the GSA. He moved to Colorado Springs in 2012.

His first marriage, to Christine Snevely, ended in divorce. His second wife, Irene Maher, whom he married in 1969, died in 2009.

Survivors include a daughter from his first marriage, Elizabeth Ann Vawter of Colorado Springs; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

— Bart Barnes