Michael L. DiLegge, 83, a retired Foreign Service officer who managed economic development programs in Third World countries for the U.S. Agency for International Development, died of an intracerebral hemorrhage August 9, 2005, at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Mr. DiLegge worked with the State Department from 1952 to 1985. He served in several capacities, including in consulates and embassies in Africa and the Middle East. He also advised Congress, the chairman of the House Budget Committee and congressional delegations visiting the Middle East and Latin America.
During World War II, Mr. DiLegge, a native of Jersey City, New Jersey, served in the Army's Quartermaster Corps in the Pacific theater and was at the landing on Guam. He retired from the Army Reserve in 1953 as a Captain.
Mr. DiLegge was a 1949 graduate of Fordham University and received a master's degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in 1952.
As a resident of Alexandria, Mr. DiLegge was active in the community. He had served as the chairman of the finance committees of St. Rita Catholic Church and the Blessed Sacrament Parish, where he was also on the parish council. He also was a member of the advisory board and chairman of the finance committee of Bishop Ireton High School.
He was a member of the Alexandria Hospital Corporation Council and DACOR (Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired). He was a past president and board member of the Fordham University Club of Washington and a Knight of the Order of Malta.
He received the distinguished alumnus award in 2004 from the D.C. chapter of the Fordham University Club.
Survivors include a brother, Peter DiLegge, formerly of Alexandria and of Matawan, New Jersey.
DILEGGE, MICHAEL L
- 2ND LT US ARMY
- DATE OF BIRTH: 07/22/1922
- DATE OF DEATH: 08/09/2005
- BURIED AT: SECTION 8-F ROW 7 SITE 2
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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