Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

John R. Walsh, writer, editor

John R. Walsh, 87, a writer and editor at Science magazine for more than 25 years, died Sept. 27 at his home in Bethesda, Md. He had Parkinson’s disease and lymphoma, said a son, Andrew Walsh.

Mr. Walsh was born in Bloomfield, N.J. He was a reporter for the Louisville Times in Kentucky and an administrative assistant to Rep. John Brademas (D-Ind.) before joining Science. He was news editor, European correspondent and a staff writer at the magazine from the early 1960s until he retired in 1989. He then was a freelance editor and writer for foundations and organizations, focused on international development issues. He published a book in 2001 about rice production in Africa.

Willis D. Crittenberger Jr., Army major general

Willis D. “Crit” Crittenberger Jr., 95, an Army major general and World War II and Vietnam War veteran who retired in 1978 after more than 40 years of military service, died Aug. 26 at a military retirement home in Washington. The cause was congestive heart failure, said his daughter, Kathy Crittenberger.

Gen. Crittenberger was born in Baltimore and lived in Washington more than 45 years. He specialized in military strategy, plans and operations at the Pentagon and in Europe before retiring as a deputy director for the Defense Intelligence Agency. After his retirement, he held community leadership roles, including executive director of the Association of Military Colleges and Military Schools of the United States and a counselor for the Atlantic Council of the United States.

Paul A. Wingo, jazz guitarist

Paul A. Wingo, 68, a jazz guitarist who made recordings, gave guitar lessons and played for more than 40 years at nightclubs, taverns and other venues in the Washington-Baltimore area, died Sept. 11 at a hospital in Olney, Md. The cause was lung cancer, said his son, Adam Wingo.

Mr. Wingo was born in Havre de Grace, Md., and lived in Olney. He had been a full-time musician since 1968 and spent six years in an Army band. He performed at the White House and with many celebrated musicians, including Zoot Sims and Charlie Byrd. Mr. Wingo played at Bertha’s in the Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore on Tuesday nights since 1982.



— From staff reports