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Alan Winner

Alan Martin Winner, 100, died Jan. 25, 2018.

Lt. Col. Winner was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from Forest Park High School. He worked at May Company, studying nights at University of Baltimore Law School to become an attorney and practiced law for three months before he was drafted into the Army Corps as a legal clerk. After Pearl Harbor he volunteered for cadet school. Signing a waiver because of uncoordinated vision, he became a navigator and second lieutenant but was grounded a few months later by a physician who learned the waiver had not been approved. He went to intelligence school and served in England, France and Belgium plotting the missions the airmen flew and acting as attorney in serious court martial cases. He spoke some German and went to Germany with the Army of Occupation.

After his discharge, he worked as an attorney and studied accounting on the G.I. bill. He  passed the CPA  exam, but was recalled to active duty with the advent of the Korean War. He and his wife, Sylvia, traveled to military bases and factories from Newfoundland to the Panama Canal during his military career with the USAF auditor general group.  Retiring after almost 30 years of service, he worked for some of the companies he had audited while in the military.

Lt. Col. Winner was active in the Military Officers Association, Jewish War Veterans and in the synagogues at the places he was stationed.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia; his daughters, Nancy (Abe) Rosin of Tucson and Paula (Jay) Russo of Ithaca, New York; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at East Lawn Palms Cemetery with Rabbi Avraham Alpert of Congregation Bet Shalom officiating.