WILLIAM D. HARKINS

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Captain WILLIAM D. HARKINS,  
USN (Ret.)  

On February 5, 2013, at his home in McLean, Virginia at age 86, after a long illness with Parkinson's disease. Survivors are his wife Grace; son William; daughter Janet Harkins Utman; and grandsons Andrew Utman and Joseph Utman. Sons Edward and Scott preceded him in death. Bill grew up in Philadelphia, and was graduated from Central High School, the U. S. Naval Academy (1948), The Naval Postgraduate School, and The California Institute of Technology, and earned degrees in engineering and aeronautics. In the Navy, he was an aeronautical engineering duty officer and an airship pilot. Bill received a 1972 Management Improvement Award from President Richard Nixon at a White House ceremony, "For achievement of outstanding improvements in Government operations" at Naval Air Rework Facilities. After retiring from the Navy, he was a project engineer for Syscon Corporation, a consultant to an airship development group, and a professional mechanical engineer. He was a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a member of The Scientific Research Society Sigma XI, and other professional organizations. He was a Mason. He spent his free time as a judge for Math Counts and Science Fairs in the schools, and volunteered as a tax preparer. He participated in McLean Citizens' groups, and was active at the St. John's Episcopal Church in McLean.
 
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., on February 16, 2013, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike, McLean, Virginia. Inurnment will be at the U.S. Naval Academy at a later date.
 
Remembrances may be sent to Christian Appalachian Project, P.O. Box 459 Hagerhill, KY 41222, or St John's Church.


Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 13, 2013
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