Col. USMC (Retired)  

On June 28, 2013, peacefully in his apartment at Paul Spring Retirement Community in Alexandria, Virginia, at age 94. Born in 1919 in Fitzgerald, Georgia, to Edwin D. and Essie Mitchell , he was raised in Decatur, Georgia, and graduated from Georgia Tech in 1941. He was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps several months prior to Pearl Harbor and during the war served throughout the South Pacific, including Guadalcanal and Peleliu. He remained in the Marine Corps after World War II, and served as a battalion commander in Korea and a regimental commander in Vietnam before retiring in 1968, when he embarked on a second career as a civilian employee in the Office of the Secretary, and subsequently the Office of the Inspector General, of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. During that time, he was most proud of his service on the interagency task force for the resettlement of Vietnamese refugees. Following his retirement in 1994, he was an active volunteer for many years for several organizations, including Hospice of Northern Virginia (now Capital Caring) and the Capital Area Food Bank. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 49 years, Patricia, and by all of his siblings. He is survived by three sons (Stephen, of Alexandria, Virginia; Robert, of Spring City, Tennessee; and David, of Columbia, South Carolina), a daughter (Farrell Johnson, of Seffner, Florida), six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews who knew him affectionately as Uncle Bryan. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 1 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 6744 South Kings Highway, Alexandria, Virginia, with interment at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to Capital Caring, 2900 Telestar Court, Falls Church, Virginia 22042.

Published in The Washington Post from July 10 to July 12, 2013