Howard R. Boose, Jr. – Colonel, United States Army

From a contemporary press report

Howard R. Boose Jr., 87, a retired Army Colonel and former civilian intelligence officer and Arlington real estate agent, died of pneumonia April 13, 2001, at his home in the Sunrise Retirement Community at Bluemont Park in Arlington. He had maintained a home in Arlington since the 1950s.

Colonel Boose attended both Gettysburg College, in his native Pennsylvania, and Ohio State University. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps before receiving an Army commission about 1940.

During World War II, he served in this country with armored units. He later spent much of his uniformed career in intelligence. Fluent in Turkish, he also served for a time as an adviser to the Turkish army. His last assignment, before retiring from active duty in 1961, was in a Pentagon intelligence post.

He served with Army intelligence in a civilian capacity from 1961 to 1976, then became an Arlington real estate agent. He worked for the Arlington realty firms of Better Homes and George Mason Green before founding his own firm, Neighborhood Realty, which he operated in the 1980s before retiring altogether.

Col. Boose was a 40-year member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Arlington, where he had served as a Eucharistic minister. He was a past president of the Arlington Optimist Club.

His wife of 58 years, Peggy Specht Boose, died in 1992.

Survivors include two sons, Howard III, of Dayton, Ohio, and R. Andrew Boose of Sneden's Landing, N.Y.; a daughter, Peggy Boose Burke of Arlington; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


On Friday, April 13, 2001, of Arlington, VA. Loving husband of the late Peggy Specht Boose; devoted mother of Howard R. Boose, III, R. Andrew Boose and Peggy Boose Burke. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ann's Catholic Church, 5300 N. 10th St., Arlington, VA on Monday May 7, 2001 at 9:15 a.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery.


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