Alex Bilanow, ex-JoC reporter, dies

Alex Bilanow, ex-JoC reporter, dies

Alexander Bilanow, 77, a former journalist and public affairs executive who was a reporter in the Journal of Commerce's Washington bureau from 1972-74, died Dec. 5 of congestive heart failure at his Bethesda, Md., home.

For the past 26 years Bilanow was co-chairman of the Transportation Table, a professional group of transportation journalists, executives, consultants, attorneys and government officials based in Washington.

He spent 24 years as a reporter, editor and columnist at the Washington Daily News until the newspaper closed in 1972. He also worked briefly as a reporter at the Washington Star, and from 1974-86 was director of public affairs for the United States Railway Association, a quasi-governmental agency created to oversee the creation and operation of Conrail. From 1988 until his retirement in 1998, Bilanow handled public relations in Washington for TTX Corp., a railcar manufacturer.

Bilanow served in the Army during World War II and earned a Bronze Star. As a private first class infantry rifleman in the 97th Division, he was among the first troops to cross the Rhine into Germany. He also participated in the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Flossenburg, Germany.

He is survived by his partner of 13 years, Marilyn Newton of Washington; his brother and two sisters, four children and two grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Jan. 17, 2004 at 11 a.m. at the Holeman Lounge of the National Press Club of Washington.