Harry Frederick Painter
Colonel, United States Marine Corps
a contemporary press report:
Harry Fredrick Painter, 80, who retired from the Marine Corps in 1970 as a Colonel and who was a biology professor emeritus at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, died of pancreatic cancer October 13, 2001, at the Hospice of Northern Virginia.
Colonel Painter spent 26 years in the Marine Corps, during which time he served in the Pacific theater during World War II and saw combat in the wars in Korea and Vietnam. His last active-duty assignment was as an infantryman in Vietnam, and he retired on disability because of a bad heart.
He was a recipient of two awards of the Legion of Merit with combat V and one award of the Bronze Star with combat V.
At NOVA, for about 15 years before retiring in 1986, he conducted classes in biology, anatomy and physiology.
Colonel Painter, an Annandale resident, was born in San Pedro, California. He was a graduate of San Diego State University and received a master's degree in biology from George Mason University.
He was a former president of the Tropical Medicine Association of Washington and former chairman of the Virginia Academy of Science biology section. His memberships included Sigma Xi honorary scientific research society and the Entomology Society of Washington.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Johnnie
Maull Painter of Annandale; four children, Mary K. Wilson of Palo Alto,
Calif., Nancy Nichols of Plattsmouth, Neb., Helen Nigh of Woodbridge and
David S. Painter of Chantilly; 11 grandchildren; and
Prior to teaching at NVCC, Harry retired from the Marine Corps after 26 years of service. Known as Colonel Painter in those days, Harry served in the Pacific theater during World War II and saw combat in the wars in Korea and Vietnam. His last active duty assignment was as an infantryman in Vietnam, and he retired on a disability due to cardiac problems. He was a recipient of two awards of the Legion of Merit with combat V and one award of the Bronze Star with combat V. Harry also taught in the NROTC program at Stanford and in the Marine Corps Schools and served in the Joint Planning Group working with the JCS.
A long-standing interest in biology was rekindled
when Harry matriculated at George Mason University in that department after
his retirement from the Marines. It had been quite awhile since he had
received his B.S. degree in zoology from San Diego State College in 1943,
but Harry got right into the swing of things and completed his M.S. degree
in 1971. Then Harry came to VCC and made many contributions to the biology
department during his 14-year stay. He worked closely with Edith Trott
during those years, teaching anatomy, physiology and microbiology in Natural
Science 111, 112 and 113 (now know as NAS 161-
Harry had a series of cardiovascular problems
that started in 1981 when he had his first open heart surgery (a six-way
bypass) at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He made a quick recovery from that,
but then in 1995 while at the same hospital picking up a prescription,
he had his second heart attack. The next morning he had his second bypass
(four-way) operation. Shortly there-
On Saturday, October 13, 2001 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia, Arlington, Virginia. Beloved husband of Audrey Painter of Annandale, VA; father of Mary K. Wilson of Palo Alto, California, Nancy Nichols, of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, Helen Nigh of Woodbridge, Virginia, and David Painter of Chantilly, Virginia. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at the Arcola
United Methodist Church, 24725 Evergreen Mill Rd., Arcola, VA on Monday,
October 15, at 11 a.m. Inurnment at the Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium
at later date to be announced.