William Henry Boswell

December 4, 1921 - June 29, 2005

William Henry Boswell, age 83, passed away on June 29, 2005, at his home in Plano, Texas. He was a long-time resident of Capitol Hill and a sixth-generation Washingtonian. He was born December 4, 1921 in Washington, D.C. to William Henry and Mary Vesta (Whittington) Boswell. After graduating from Eastern High School, Washington, D.C. in 1939, Captain Boswell entered the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, graduating in 1944. He attended the Harvard University School of Business, graduating in 1958. On June 2, 1951, he married Myrna Shalkop in New London, Connecticut. Following his distinguished military career, including decorations for his service in the South Pacific during World War II and as a military attaché during the Eisenhower Administration, Captain Boswell retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1967 to join the newly created Department of Transportation. He served as the Associate Administrator for the Urban Mass Transit Administration (UMTA), Department of Transportation, until his retirement from federal service in 1980. Captain Boswell was a member of Capitol Hill Preservation Society. He was also an antique dealer and collector. He is survived by Myra, his loving wife of 54 years; three sons; Jeffrey M. Boswell of Plano, Texas; William H. Boswell of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Matthew T. Boswell and wife, Pamela of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and two grandchildren, Kristina J. Boswell of San Diego, California and Michael J. Boswell of Plano, Texas. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM, Thursday, July 7, 2005 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel. The burial with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, September 8, 2005, at 3:00 p.m.