George Andrew Zacharias – Colonel, United States Army

From a contemporary press report:

George Andrew Zacharias, 83, an Army Colonel who specialized in counterintelligence and counter-terrorism, died of cancer December 12, 2003, at his home in Alexandria, Virginia.

At the time of his military retirement in 1972, Colonel Zacharias was Chief of the Office of Industrial Security at the old Defense Supply Agency. His office administered the Defense Industrial Security Program He represented the Defense Department on a White House committee to combat threats to the president and other high-level officials in the United States and abroad.

Colonel Zacharias was born in Newark, New Jersey, and attended the University of Maryland. He joined the Army in 1942 and was a graduate of numerous Army schools. His family has lived in Virginia since 1955.

His military assignments included service in Europe and the Pacific during World War II. He served in Korea and in Vietnam and was a military attache in Greece and the United Kingdom.

Following retirement, he worked first as a civilian employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency and then as a security consultant. He joined the System Planning Corp. in Rosslyn, where from 1986 until 1992, he helped integrate security into the planning, design and construction of embassies.

Colonel Zacharias was a three-time recipient of the Legion of Merit.

For his government civilian service, he received the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, and DIA’s Meritorious Civilian Service and Exceptional Civilian Service Awards and the State Department’s Award for Meritorious Service.

He was a member of the Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Stacy Zacharias of Alexandria; four children, Dena Andre of Alexandria, Andrew Zacharias of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Maria Zacharias of Annandale and Kathy Gailliot of Alexandria; eight grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and six siblings, Jim Zacharias of San Bernardino, California, Tom Zacharias of Apple Valley, California, Rose Prakas of Bethesda, Anne Henderson of Yorba Linda, California, and Bess Hanson and Mary Dattilo, both of Banning, California.


On Friday, December 12, 2003, of Alexandria, Virginia. Beloved husband of Stacy Zacharias; devoted father of Dena Andre, Andrew Zacharias, Maria Zacharias and Kathy Gailliot. Also survived by eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A Funeral service will be held at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 36th St. and Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. on January 14 at 1 p.m. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery to follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Home Call Hospice, 8245 Boone Blvd., Suite 403, Vienna, VA 22182 or St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral.


  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 09/01/1941 – 09/01/1972
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 05/17/1920
  • DATE OF DEATH: 12/12/2003
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 01/14/2004

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