- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 14, 2007

James Austin McCullough, a decorated World War II veteran and retired federal employee, died Jan. 31 of congestive heart failure at Fairfax Nursing Center in Fairfax County. He was 93.

Mr. McCullough was born in Wilmington, Del. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1936. He then graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a master’s of science in public health in 1940.

Mr. McCullough served in the Army in Panama and Europe during World War II. He achieved the rank of major and was awarded a Bronze Star.

He worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Brazil from 1946 to 1948, helping remote places in the Amazon River basin with basic sanitation.

Mr. McCullough spent 37 years with the Federal Housing Administration/Housing and Urban Development and retired in 1979 as the director of architectural standards.

He was a 55-year resident of Vienna, Va., where he spent his free time with his three sons’ scouting, band, swimming, tap, music and art lessons, and with his wife of 52 years, May Benjamin McCullough, who died in 1999.

Mr. McCullough was a long-time member of the Church of the Holy Comforter.

Survivors include three sons, James S. McCullough of Chengdu, China, Peter G. McCullough of Vienna, and Christopher S. McCullough of Charlottesville; and six grandchildren.

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