LEESBURG, Va. - William "Rad" Radlinski, 91, a World War II veteran
and former associate director of the U.S. Geological Survey died Friday (Feb. 15, 2013) at Inova Loudoun Hospital in Leesburg after a brief illness.
He was born Aug. 13, 1921, in Salamanca, N.Y. He served in the Army
Corps of Engineers as a topographic engineer officer in the European Theater of Operations during WWII, where he was in three campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he graduated from Hofstra College and attended Georgetown University graduate school. He remained in the U.S. Army Reserves, retiring in 1981 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
A registered professional engineer and certified photogrammetrist, Mr. Radlinski had a 30-year career with the U.S. Geological Survey, where he was the associate director for 10 years, nearly two of which he was acting director.
Mr. Radlinski was president of the American Society of Photogrammetry in 1968, president of the International Federation of Surveyors for three years in the mid-1970s and was an honorary member of Great Britain's Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and of the Federation International des Geometres.
He traveled extensively, including trips to the Soviet Union, and was co-chairman of a joint U.S.-U.S.S.R. committee on environmental protection in the oil and gas industry. Mt. Radlinski, a 9,020-foot mountain in Antarctica, was named after him in 1963. Mr. Radlinski received the U.S. Department of Interior's Distinguished Service Award and was a member of the Cosmos Club since 1970. After retiring from the government in 1979, Mr. Radlinski served as executive director of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping for five years.
For over 15 years, Mr. Radlinski resided at Falcons Landing, a continuing care retirement community in Potomac Falls, where he served as president of the Residents' Council and the chairman of the newsletter editorial board. He was an avid writer and unrelenting editor, a skilled genealogist, a lifelong photographer, prolific woodworker and he played tennis well into his 80s.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 69 years, Theresa (Harmuth); brothers, Leonard, James, Fred and Donald; and a sister, Anne Marie Skrobacz.
He is survived by sons, Richard of Queenstown, Md., and Robert of Bethesda, Md.; a sister, Julie Fusiara of Olean, N.Y.; and sister-in-law, Jane Radlinski, also of Olean.
He has three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Falcon's Landing in Potomac Falls at 2 p.m. on March 15, 2013, followed by inurnment with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Falcon's Landing Benevolent Fund, 20522 Falcon's Landing Circle, Potomac Falls, VA 20165.