Harold B. Wolfsohn, 92, a former manager for Protestant church organizations in Philadelphia, died Thursday, May 13, at the William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay, Fla., of complications from a fall.
In 1963, Mr. Wolfsohn became production manager of the Board of Publications of the Lutheran Church in America, a daughter, Virginia Lieb, said.
In 1970, he became customer service manager for the Board of Christian Education of the United Presbyterian Church in the USA, a job he held until he retired in 1979.
(Both denominations have since changed their names.)
Mr. Wolfsohn lived in Oaklyn, Camden County, from 1963 to 1979.
Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from South Philadelphia High School in 1935, spent the 1935-36 school year there taking trade-school courses, and worked for a year in the composing room at the Public Ledger, a daily newspaper.
Because it was during the Great Depression, his daughter said, he could take courses full time for only a year at what is now Drexel University before continuing part-time there until 1941, while working as a junior engineer at SKF, the ball-bearing manufacturer.
During World War II, Mr. Wolfsohn was an Army fire-control instrument repair officer from 1942 to '46. His certificate of service shows he earned a Bronze Star in combat, which took him from the Rhineland to central Europe.
When Mr. Wolfsohn returned to Philadelphia, he worked for the Defense Department, first as chief of the publications section at the Frankford Arsenal from 1946 to '48.
Moving to Washington in 1948, he became chief of the publications division of the Munitions Board Cataloging Agency in the Defense Department.
Then in Arlington, Va., he was production chief for the department's Office of Armed Forces Information and Education until 1963.
He returned to Philadelphia for the church agencies, before retiring in 1979 to Satellite Beach, Fla. In 1970, he had retired from the Army Reserves as a lieutenant colonel.
In retirement, his daughter said, he contributed several articles to the newspaper Florida Today.
Besides daughter Virginia, Mr. Wolfsohn is survived by a son, Carl; daughters Linda Fagan and Susan Stuermer; a half-brother; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and former wife Genevieve Edwards. His second wife, Maude Branyan, died in 2002.
Funeral and burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined.