George E. Farrell – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Marine Corps

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From a contemporary press report:

George E. Farrell, 85, a retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel and pilot who practiced aviation law in Washington until 1999 and represented passengers in major plane crash litigation, died of congestive heart failure July 28, 2002, at the Potomac Valley Nursing Home and Wellness Center. He lived in Bethesda.

Colonel Farrell flew combat missions in the Pacific during World War II, including the battles of Peleliu and Iwo Jima, and in Korea during the Korean War. He also was posted to Okinawa.

After he retired in 1964, he was chief of the aviation litigation torts section at the Justice Department and a special assistant to the attorney general.

In his private practice, he represented plaintiffs in litigation that included the case of the Korean Airlines jet shot down by Soviet fighter planes in 1983, the Air Florida jet that crashed into the Potomac River in 1982, the Eastern Airlines crash in New York in 1975, the TWA crash at Dulles International Airport in 1974, and the Eastern Airlines crash in the Everglades in 1972.

Colonel Farrell was a native of Escalon, California, and a graduate of Stanford University and the DePaul University law school. He played with the Seattle Rainiers baseball team in the Pacific Coast League prior to World War II and was on the team that won the league championship in 1941.

His honors included two Distinguished Flying Crosses and six Air Medals.

He was a member of the Society of Aerospace Executives and the U.S. Congressional Advisory Board.

His marriages to Lucille Farrell and Joan Farrell ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Farrell of Bethesda; a son from his first marriage, Taylor Farrell of Bandon, Oregon; a daughter from his second marriage, Katherine F. Hamilton of Salisbury, North Carolina; and a sister.


FARRELL, GEORGE E., Lt Col. USMC (Ret.)

On Sunday, July 28, 2002, of Bethesda, MD. Beloved husband of Marilyn A. Farrell; father of Taylor Farrell, Bandon, OR; Katherine F. Hamilton, Salisbury,
North Carolina; brother of Ethel Dwyer, Paradise, California.  Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 6900 River Rd., Bethesda, Maryland on Wednesday, August 21, 9:15 a.m. Interment following at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 4200 Harewood Rd. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017-1554.

FARRELL, GEORGE E
LT COL   US MARINE CORPS

  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 11/21/1941 – 10/31/1964
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 12/10/1916
  • DATE OF DEATH: 07/28/2002
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 08/21/2002
  • BURIED AT: SECTION 68  SITE 2376
    ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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