From a contemporary press report:
George Clements Blackwell, 87, a retired Army Colonel who taught business classes at two Fairfax County high schools, died May 27, 2003, at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. He had pneumonia.
Colonel Blackwell, a Fairfax, Virginia, resident, taught at Herndon High School in the early and mid-1970s and then at Chantilly High School until the early 1980s.
He was born in Washington and grew up in Santa Barbara, California. He was a graduate of Armstrong College in California and received a master's degree in business administration from Ohio State University.
He served in the Army from 1939 to 1971. During World War II, he was in Europe as executive officer for the 157th Quartermaster Battalion and 470th Truck Regiment. His final active duty assignment was as head of the Pacific command movements priority agency in Oakland, California, which provided logistics support during the Vietnam War.
His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal.
He did volunteer work at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.
His wife of 47 years, W. Lois Frood Blackwell, died in 1998.
Survivors include his son, Army Colonel George C. Blackwell Jr. of Fairfax; and two grandsons.
BLACKWELL, GEORGE CLEMENTS, Col. USA (Ret.)
On Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at Fair Oaks Hospital, COL. GEORGE C. BLACKWELL. Husband of the late W. Lois Blackwell; father of Colonel George C. Blackwell Jr., his wife, Judy; grandfather of George C. Blackwell, III and Christopher Ryan Blackwell.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 15, 2003, 11 a.m. at Fort Myer Chapel. Interment Arlington National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Individuals attending the services at Fort Myer are requested to contact the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Northern Virginia Chapter, United Ostomy Association, P.O. Box 10516, Burke, VA 22009, Attn. William
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