Abraham Richard Richstein
Colonel, United States Army
Abraham Richard Richstein, 83, a retired Army Colonel who was General Counsel of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency from 1981 to 1983, died of pneumonia May 25 at the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
He had lived off and on in Annandale since 1958.
Colonel Richstein, a native of New York, received
a bachelor's degree from the City College of New York, a law degree from
Fordham University, a master's degree in international law from New York
University and a master's degree in international
He served as a military intelligence officer in Europe during World War II.
In 1946, while on the staff of the U.S. War Crimes Commission in Germany, he interrogated German Army General Alfred Jodl, who later was hanged for war crimes.
Colonel Richstein subsequently served on the faculty of the National War College, was a judge advocate and served as a treaty adviser for negotiations with the Soviet Union. He was a planner for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1969 when he retired from the Army.
Among his decorations was the Bronze Star.
From 1969 to 1981, he was assistant general counsel for the Agency for International Development. At the arms control agency, he provided legal advice on the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks and Intermediate Nuclear Forces negotiations in Geneva.
After he retired again, he taught courses on law and arms control at the Defense Intelligence Agency University in Washington.
His wife of 56 years, Rosalind Richstein, died in 1998.
Survivors include two sons, Eric, of Germantown and Jonathan, of Alexandria; and a granddaughter.
RICHSTEIN, ABRAHAM RICHARD, COL. USA (Ret.)
On May 25, 2002 at Bethesda Naval Hospital,
ABRAHAM R. RICHSTEIN,