CARL P. THORPE, 58, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior, died of cancer March 18, 1986, at Walter Reed Hospital.
Colonel Thorpe was the son of Jim Thorpe, the American Indian who won two gold medals at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm and then had them taken away on the grounds that he had once played professional baseball. The Colonel participated in the campaign to have his father's medal returned. In 1982, 29 years after the star athlete's death, the campaign succeeded when the International Olympic Committee voted to restore his honors.
Colonel Thorpe retired from the Army in 1974 with 30 years of service, most of which were spent in intelligence and communications security assignments. He was a veteran of World War II, the Korean conflict and the war in Vietnam. His decorations included a Bronze Star and four Legions of Merit.
A resident of the Washington area since 1968. Colonel Thorpe lived in Vienna, Virginia. He attended the University of Maryland's University College program during and after his Army service, and graduated with a bachelor's degree.
Since his retirement from the military he had been a civilian equal employment opportunity officer for the Department of the Army at Arlington Hall and a special assistant to the deputy assistant secretary for Indian affairs at the Interior Department.
Colonel Thorpe is survived by his wife, Bobbie, of Vienna; three daughters, Carla McKittrick of Falls Church, Karen Newberry of Reston and Teresa Thorpe of Alexandria; his mother, Freeda V. Thorpe of Cleburne, Texas, three brothers, William K., of Cleburne, Richard A.,of Oklahoma City, and John R., of Shawnee, Oklahoma; three half-sisters, Grace and Gail Thorpe, both of Yale, Oklahoma and Charlotte Thorpe of Phoenix, Arizona, and three grandchildren.
Born on May 1, 1927, he was the son of football star Jim Thorpe. He was a career Army officer who retired in 1974. He died on March 18, 1986 and was buried in Section 8 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Bobbie L. Thorpe, survives.
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