In Memory

Albert Ashforth

Albert E. Ashforth passed away on July 14, 2017. Proud US Army Veteran, New York Times Journalist, Professor, Author, Member of Mystery Writers of America. After serving in the Army overseas, Albert Ashforth graduated from college and worked for two New York City newspapers. He then returned to Europe as a military contractor where he taught courses in technical writing and German for the University of Maryland’s Overseas Program. Ashforth also trained NATO offices at the West German Military Academy in Neubiberg. In Europe, he has served in Bosnia, Germany, Macedonia, and Kosovo. In Afghanistan, Ashforth has done tours in the Khost Province and in Kabul. His novel The Rendition won the Military Writers Society of America Bronze Medal. 

Beloved Husband of Erika (Winterhoff) Ashforth. Loving father of Elisabeth A. Ashforth  (Bahram Johari) and Claudia Ashforth  (Christopher Stothard). Cherished grandfather of Leo Ashforth – Johari. 

Reposing on Tuesday from 10:00 – 11:15 AM at Marine Park Funeral Home 3024 Quentin Road, Brooklyn Procession to depart funeral home at 11:30 AM to Pinelawn Memorial Park Cemetery 2030 Wellwood Ave, Farmingdale, NY 11735. Committal Service at graveside 12:30 PM.


Albert Ashforth served in the U.S. Army overseas upon graduating from high school. When he returned, he earned his B.A. from Brooklyn College. He worked for two New York City newspapers before returning to Europe to write a book. He worked as a military contractor in Bosnia, Kosovo, Germany and Afghanistan. He also worked at the German military academy (the equivalent of West Point) training NATO officers. As a member of the University of Maryland’s Overseas Program, he served as an instructor at 10th Group Special Forces headquarters in Bad Tolz, Germany. He is the author of three books. His articles and stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, American Scholar, Four Seasons and other publications. He is now a faculty member of the State University of New York and lives in New York City.

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07/19/17 12:47 AM #1    

Jim McCarthy

From Jim McCarthy:

I spent a lot of time with Al in the mid-70's, and we formed a fast friendship that lasted all these years. Al was based in Munich then. I was in the traveling faculty, but was fortunate enough to be assigned to Munich for several lengthy tours while teaching courses in Augsburg, Bad Aibling and (I think) in Bad Tolz. Al and I  were not only UMUC colleagues but neighbors in Perlacher Forst. And since we both tended to finish our night classes, plus our transportation home, at about the same time, we had many dinners and many beers together to close out those evenings. Al loved Munich, and it is no accident that his last novels used Munich as at least a partial backdrop.

In later years, Al and  kept in touch regularly, and would connect - for more dinners and beers - when I was in the NYC area and Al was not off somewhere in Afghanistan or the Balkans. I always enjoyed those dinners. Al was a man of broad interests, and we could and would talk sports, politics, international affairs, literature, you name it - just as we did so many times in Munich. I'll miss Al, and I'll miss the opportunity for that next dinner that will never happen. My sympathies to Erika and the twins. They have lost a great husband and father, and a man who was very proud of all of them.




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