Karl J. Ingebritsen of Reston died Aug. 16, 2019, at age 87.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley, a daughter, Christine, son-in-law James Rogers Jr., a grandson, Christian, and granddaughter, Kari, all of Seattle, and a brother, Donald, of East Greenbush, N.Y. An early resident of the new community, Karl was known then as the "father" of the Reston Express Bus.
Karl grew up in Montclair, N. J., graduated from Swarthmore College in 1955, and served from 1955-57 with the 7th Infantry Division Counter Intelligence Corps in Korea. After earning an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, he was with the CIA until 1969, when he resigned to become the first Executive Director of what would become the Reston Association. For many years he was a real estate broker and property manager with Wellborn Management, Inc., and Tetra Partnerships in Reston. Karl served as interim President of the Reston Board of Commerce at its inception in 1982 and served as Chairman of the Transportation Committee of what is now the Reston Chamber of Commerce.
In the 1980s he was a leader in getting a hospital for Reston. He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Reston Hospital Center and served on its Board from 1986-1993. Director of LINK Transportation Management since its inception in 1990, he worked to establish convenient bus transportation for Reston. He was instrumental in obtaining Federal Funds for the construction the Reston East Park and Ride and the Herndon/Monroe Park and Ride facilities.
He was the recipient of community awards, including the Pinnacle Award from the Reston Chamber of Commerce and being named The Best of Reston in 1999.
Karl was an avid bicyclist, walker, and runner. He returned to his beloved Adirondacks every summer for many years, in memory of the summers he and his brother spent working on their grandmother's farm.
He will be greatly missed.