Obituary: Carl A. Posey

Obituary: Carl A. Posey

Carl A. Posey, Jr., 84, a prolific author of fiction and nonfiction, died at home of cancer on Feb. 9, 2018. An award-winning magazine writer on science and aeronautics, he was a regular contributor to Air & Space magazine. After nearly 20 years as a public information officer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in 1981 he headed the Office of Communications at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), an east-west think tank near Vienna, Austria. In 1984 he joined the National Optical Astronomy Observatories in Tucson, Arizona, as a public information officer. In 1987 he became an editor at Time-Life Books in Alexandria. He left Time-Life Books in 1996 to pursue a freelance career. He is the author of eight published novels, a score of nonfiction books, and dozens of magazine articles.

Born in the former Panama Canal Zone in 1933, he spent much of his youth in Latin America. He served in the U.S. Army for two years before completing a bachelor's degree in English from Texas A&M. He is survived by his beloved wife Ann Wadia, by four children from his first marriage: Raphael, Robin, Carl III (Gus) and Honor Posey Marquez, and by one granddaughter. The family asks that those who wish to, might donate in his memory to Guide Dogs for the Blind (

Cunningham Funeral Home, 811 Cameron St., Alexandria, is in charge of arrangements. See