Walter Scott Wingo

Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 12, 2020.

Walter Scott Wingo

Walter S. Wingo, age 89, of Arlington, VA, passed away
on August 8, 2020.

Born in Akron, OH and raised in Washington, DC, Walter
was an alumnus of
Western High School (1949) and
proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He had a lifelong career in journalism, starting as a sports
writer for the Western High newspaper.

After graduating from George Washington University,
Walter became a reporter for Washington Daily News and received the Ernie Pyle Front
Page Award. He was a columnist for Nations Business followed by U.S. News and World
Report, and he later served as Washington editor for Design News.

Walter enjoyed many hobbies including chess, cycling, and early-bird tennis at the YMCA
Arlington Tennis and Squash Center, where he played daily for almost 30 years. He was
an avid Washington Senators/Nationals fan, and faithfully hung a bright red Nats flag from
his balcony every season.  

Walter was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Lafayette Wingo, and four children: Scott C.
Wingo of Fairfax, VA; Susan Wingo Kiers of Staunton, VA; Jacqueline Wingo Bergsohn
of Falls Church, VA; and James H. Wingo of Sterling, VA. Walter is also survived by his
sister, Maura Wingo Snow, of King George, VA; as well as five granddaughters and one

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on August 22, 2020 at Murphy Funeral Home in
Arlington, VA, followed by an interment service at Columbia Gardens.

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