Horst von Oppenfeld

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von OPPENFELD HORST von OPPENFELD Born in Berlin, Germany on July 16, 1913, passed away peacefully in Chevy Chase, MD on August 23, 2010. He loved living in Carderock Springs, Bethesda for 41 years. He grew up in Reinfeld in eastern Germany and ran a family farm before going into the German army to avoid joining the Nazi Party. In Africa, he was aide to Klaus von Stauffenberg, who later tried to kill Hitler. After 2+ years as a POW, he returned to Germany; met and married Judy Pownall, an American. They travelled by troop ship to the U.S in 1948. He got a BA, MS, and PhD in agricultural economics from Cornell Univ. He worked as an exchange professor in the Philippines eight years, on the staff of the World Bank 15 years, then as a consultant for 18 years with the Bank, the UN and other aid organizations. He was a member of the Order of St. John and received a leadership award from CFLS. He is survived by daughter, Anita von Oppenfeld (Steve Wells); son, Rolf (Barb); grandchildren, Alex Wells and Julia, Christian, Erika, Aren and Brigitte von Oppenfeld. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 11 at 3:30 p.m. at the German Lutheran Church, 5100 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda, MD 20816. In lieu of flowers, please donate to CFLS, 305 E St. NW, Wash., DC 20001 or www.cflsdc.org . An online obituary may be found at www.rappfuneral.com .

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Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 5, 2010
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