William Horn
William Horn

Obituary of William Anthony Horn



William Anthony Horn, 84, passed away at the Adler Center for Caring (Hospice) on May 3, 2021.

The cause was complications due to Parkinsonism.  


William (Bill) was born February 19, 1937 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Anthony Horn and Mildred Week Horn.  His Father was a prize fighter, policeman and later supervisor at Hinken Can Company.  His Mother worked at home and coached Bill in spelling so well that he won the State Spelling Bee twice.  Bill's uncle, a Jesuit Priest, said that Bill needed a good education and persuaded the family to send Bill to private Catholic schools.  Bill won scholarships to Elementary, Middle and High School and was Valedictorian of his High School class.  At the University of Cincinnati Bill majored in electrical engineering and switched to Math.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude and was inducted into honor society Phi Beta Kappa.  He attended the University of Maryland for his MS and PhD, both in Math.  


During his college years he obtained scholarships and did work study programs.  He played poker in the Student Union and various locations in town to supplement his funds.  


After graduation he worked at the Bureau of Standards in Gaithersburg, as a Math researcher.  While there he published 23 research papers in various scientific journals.   Two of his theorems are currently used in various math books today.


After all those years of good Catholic schools, his only brush with religion was being elected president of a singles group at the DC Unitarian Church.  It was there he met his first wife Joyce and his second wife Carole.  


He developed subdivisions in Fairfax County and later did contract work in operations research for FAA and CAA.  He returned to the Federal Government as a Cost Analyst for NAVSEA (Navy).  After retirement he worked with wife Carole in her established real estate business and together they also did land development.  


Bill spent time at the Alexandria Sailing Marina where he drank beer with his buddies and occasionally sailed.  He also was an avid table tennis player and played backgammon, chess and poker.  He loved auctions, yard sales and flea markets and stored many "valuables" in his 20 X 40 foot storage "cabin".  He learned glass art and wire wrapping and he sketched portraits.


Because of his strict Catholic schooling and his very close family and extended family relations, he had good morals and was honest, kind and sincere.  He was quiet and refined.  


He met wife Carole Skole 46 years ago and they began dating immediately.  During that time they shared many interests such as hiking, biking, tennis, reading, politics, glass jewelry making, stained glass, graphic arts, canoeing, nature, classical music, authentic folk music and traveling.  They even had ESP with each other.


He worked with Carole at real estate while holding a full-time job but after retirement spent more time at it.  They were a good team.  He had a good legal mind and saw the "big picture" so he frequently advised Carole.  He designed brochures and did the graphics, and handled all computer work, including working with photos Carole took.  Carole detested computer work.  Carole roamed around Arlington neighborhoods, socialized and kept abreast of households who might sell and that way obtained listings.  She then serviced those listings and took photos.  Bill liked showing Buyers homes which was good since Carole had little patience with them.  They both were good negotiators.  


After he was unable to work at real estate, Carole had to stop the business because she depended upon him so much.



There will be no services, but please share your memories and photos of Bill on the Memorial Site at       www:dcsva.com             or       carole.skole@verizon.net


Memorial donations can be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

A Memorial Tree was planted for William
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