From a contemporary press report:
Daniel J. Tobin, age 72, an Army Colonel, devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, who served two tours of duty in Vietnam, died of complications from multiple myeloma on September 20, 2003 at Inova Alexandria Hospital, Virginia.
Colonel Tobin, who lived in the West Springfield area of Fairfax County for 31 years, was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. After spending one year at Canisius College in Buffalo, he was accepted at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated in 1954 and was commissioned as an Army officer. He earned a Master's degree in Industrial Relations from Purdue University in 1965 before joining the faculty at West Point from 1965-1968.
In addition to his tours of duty in Vietnam in 1962 and 1971, he served two tours of duty in Germany during his military career including serving as commanding officer of the 2nd Battalion Sixth Infantry in Berlin from 1969-1971.
He also was selected to study at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and graduated from the college in 1974. His last assignments were in MILPERCEN at the Pentagon before retiring in 1980 after 26 years on active duty. Over the course of his career, he earned several commendations including the Legion of Merit. In retirement, he served as a consultant on defense and personnel issues in the Washington area.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Judy Tobin of Springfield; a son Daniel T. Tobin of Arlington; two daughters, Kathy Tobin Moran of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Julie Tobin Frank of Bristow, VA and eight grandchildren. Funeral services to be held Wednesday, November 12, 2003, 12:45 p.m. at the Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, VA. Interment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery.
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