December 7, 2009
William Henry Atkinson, 91, a retired FBI inspector and director of security for two savings and loan associations, died Nov. 29 at Collingswood Nursing
and Rehabilitation Center in Rockville. Mr. Atkinson, a Potomac resident, had Alzheimer's disease.
Mr. Atkinson worked in supervisory positions at the FBI throughout his career and was an inspector who roamed from Washington to make sure field
offices were following the rules. He retired in the early 1970s at 55 and became director of security for the now-defunct Perpetual Savings and Loan
Association in Alexandria and then in the same position at Washington Federal Savings, from which he retired in 1975.
Mr. Atkinson was born in Baltimore and moved to Washington as a child. He graduated from Central High School and from Benjamin Franklin College
with a degree in accounting. During World War II, he served with the Army in Europe. While stationed in Germany, he met his wife, who worked for the
military government. They married in Munich in 1947 and returned to the United States shortly thereafter.
Mr. Atkinson enjoyed walking and liked to watch sports on television. He was a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the
American Society for Industrial Security.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Ann Atkinson of Potomac; a daughter, Helga Ryan of Ellicott City; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
-- Patricia Sullivan