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Douglas Leister passed away peacefully in Clarendon, Arlington, VA on March 31, 2014.
Douglas held a BA in Accounting and Marketing, an MBA in Marketing and Transportation from the University of Washington (Seattle) and a PhD from University of Oregon (Eugene, OR) in Marketing and Regulatory Policy. He was a leading authority in logistics supply chain management and multimodal integration for the federal Department of Transportation, as a Member of the Senior Executive Service for over 20 years. He was Associate Director of International Negotiations for the US Civil Aeronautics Board for several years prior to its merger with the Department of Transportation, resolving airline pricing disputes, and anti-trust issues, testifying before Congress on behalf of the Department of State and Transportation. He originally came to Washington, DC on a Sears Foundation Fellowship at the Civil Aeronautics Board.
After retiring from civic service, Professor Leister joined the Howard University Marketing Faculty in 2008. He also served as a contributor on various study groups dealing with the Airline Industry Competition and the Japan International Transport Institute.
Douglas is survived by his sister, Deanna Elsom, of Bend, OR; a niece, Tammy Beckley of Portland, OR, and a nephew, George Elsom and his wife, Monica, of Bend, OR. He also has four grandnieces and nephews, Abby and John Beckley and Kaylee and Austin Elsom.
Douglas was born in San Luis Obispo, CA, but spent his childhood in Spokane, WA. He was predeceased by his parents, Frieda and Richard Leister; his dear brother, Terry Leister; and his brother-in-law, George R. Elsom, Sr. He will be interred at Mountain View Cemetery in Tacoma, WA, near his immediate family.
He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, neighbors, and professional groups with which he served. There will be no service.

Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 13, 2014
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