James Martin Worthington – Brigadier General, United States Army

James Martin Worthington, 89, who was Commanding General in the early 1960s of the brigade based at Fort Meade responsible for the air defense of the Washington region, died of complications of brain surgery March 29, 2002, at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington, D.C.

After retiring from the Army in 1965 as a Brigadier General after a 30-year career, he worked into the 1970s as a consultant developing war games for the McLean offices of the Research and Analysis Corp.

He lived in McLean in the 1960s and 1970s, retired to Florida and returned to Washington in 1997.

General Worthington was born in San Francisco and raised in New Jersey.

He was a 1935 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, where he was a varsity tennis player.

During World War II, he served in Europe as operations officer of the 16th Armored Division. He later served with NATO staff in Italy; as chief of staff of the 4th Infantry Division in Washington state; and as chief of the U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group in Japan.

His last command was of the 35th Air Defense Brigade at Fort Meade.

Among his decorations were the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.

While living in the Washington area, he helped organize the construction of the McLean Hamlet Tennis Club.

He had been a member of St. Luke Catholic Church in McLean.

His wife of 63 years, Kathleen Gowen Worthington, died in 2000.

Survivors include two daughters, Aileen Worthington of Washington and Kathleen Kernan of Coppell, Texas; two sons, James Jr., of Alexandria, and Michael, of Cambridge, Massachusetts; a sister; a brother; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


On Friday, March 29, 2002 of Washington, D.C. Beloved husband of the late Kathleen G. Worthington; father of Aileen, James, and Michael Worthington and Kathleen Kernan; grandfather of Ann Bittman, Mark Western, Sean, and Matthew Kernan, and Brian Worthington; brother of Joseph Worthington and Aileen Donovan. Also survived by three great grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 8:45 a.m. Thursday, April 25, (Due to security procedures guests are encouraged to arrive by 8:15 a.m.) Ft. Myer Memorial Chapel. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of BG James Worthington to The Children's Hospital Foundation, attention Social Services Department, 111 Michigan Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20010

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