William F. Brandes
Colonel, United States Army
F. Brandes, 80, a retired Colonel in the Army Corps of Engineers, died
October 8, 2007, of cancer at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, where he
Colonel Brandes, a native Washingtonian, graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and enlisted in the Army in 1945. After basic training, he was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and graduated in 1950.
His assignments included bridge demolition in occupied Germany, construction of a ballistic missile early-warning system facility in Thule, Greenland, and command of a combat battalion in the Vietnam War. He retired in 1974 from commanding the Corps of Engineers' Nashville district, where he oversaw eight dam projects in Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky.
He received a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in 1955 and a doctorate in environmental and water resources engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1976. He taught at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville while also working as director of the Water Resources Research Center in Knoxville.
Among his military awards were the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit.
His marriages to Clarissa Alvord and Jan Lewis ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah Hunter Green
of Nashville; two sons from his first marriage, William F. Brandes Jr.
of Washington and John A. Brandes of Knoxville; two sons from his second
marriage, George L. Brandes of Nashville and Avery W. Brandes of Chicago;
and a granddaughter.
Posted: 19 April 2008