Jun 18, 2018

TAPS: Michael K. Bohn

01 June 1, 2018.. CDR Michael Bohn, USN-Ret. Mike was born in Houston, Texas, in 1943, and graduated from Texas Tech in 1965. He subsequently served in the U.S. Navy as an intelligence officer (1630) for more than 20 years. His career included a tour in Vietnam, multiple tours at sea, and two positions in the White House as both a White House Social Aide during the Nixon Administration and Director of the White House Situation Room during the Reagan Administration.
 
After retiring from the Navy in 1988, Mike worked as a defense contractor and later built a successful residential construction business. Beginning in the early 2000's, he began a new career as an author, writing a number of nonfiction books that reflected his interest in politics, history and sports.
 
His first book, Nerve Center - Inside the White House Situation Room, was inspired by his experience running the President's intelligence and alert center in the mid-1980s. As a freelance writer, Mike contributed regular sports features to McClatchy-Tribune News Service and wrote local interest stories for the Connection newspaper group in Virginia; he also authored several feature articles for the Washington Post Magazine, including a story about White House social aides and a history of the Washington-Moscow hotline in the Oval Office. He was a longtime and active member of Mount Vernon Country Club and the Old Dominion Boat Club.
 
Mike is survived by his wife Elin; sons Carter Bohn of Fairfax, Virginia, and Erik Bohn of Chevy Chase, Maryland; and three grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Patricia Bohn Jacobs, of Marysville, California.
 
There will be a memorial service to celebrate Mike's life on Wednesday, June 20, at 1 p.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, located at 8009 Fort Hunt Road in Alexandria, Virginia.
 
Following the service everyone is invited to attend a reception at Mount Vernon Country Club, 5111 Old Mill Road, Alexandria.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to United Community Ministries (UCM) at www.ucmagency.org

Much of this obituary was published in The Washington Post on June 15, 2018. He will be missed greatly.