— Emily Langer - The Washington Post 2011
John V. “Jack” Ballard, 88, who retired from the Labor Department as the deputy
administrator of the pension and welfare benefits program, died Oct. 20 at the Goodwin
House at Baileys Crossroads, a Falls Church area retirement community.
He had a kidney ailment, his nephew Michael Ballard said.
Mr. Ballard joined the Labor Department in 1960 to work on a unit investigating fraud in
the Teamsters pension fund. His later assignments involved management of the office of
veterans’ reemployment rights.
Mr. Ballard also headed a task force that helped win passage of the Employee
Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, a federal law regulating private pension plans.
He later helped establish the office that enforced the legislation.
After retiring in 1978, he worked as an independent accountant in the Washington area
John Vernon Ballard was a Falls Church native and a 1941 graduate of Western High
School in the District.
He served as a naval aviator in the Pacific during World War II and in the Navy Reserve
until the early 1950s. His decorations included three awards of the Air Medal.
After graduating from Georgetown University in 1948 with a degree in accounting, Mr.
Ballard worked for the FBI for about nine years, investigating white-collar crime. He later
served as an officer of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.
He was active in the Boy Scouts for more than two decades and was a Falls Church
He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church.
His son, John Ballard, died in 1990.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Lillian Baker Ballard of the Goodwin House; and a
brother, Bernard Reuben Ballard (WHS 1945) of Ashburn.