From a contemporary press report:
George Ureke, 82, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who was Secretary-treasurer of International Bank in Washington from 1971 to 1985, died February 1, 2002, at Reston Hospital Center, Virginia. He had a respiratory ailment and cancer.
He lived at Falcons Landing in Sterling, Virginia.
Colonel Ureke was a native of Chicago, Illinois, who flew bombers for the Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II. He later was a flight instructor and served in Germany as an intelligence officer. He retired in 1965 as a public information staff officer in the office of the secretary of defense.
His honors included a Distinguished Flying Cross and five Air Medals.
Colonel Ureke was a graduate of the University of Maryland and received a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University. He did work toward a doctorate in business administration at American University.
At GWU, he taught adult evening courses in organizational management, financial management and personnel administration.
After he retired from the Air Force, Colonel Ureke was education director of the Investment Bankers Association and director of the Institute of Investment Banking. He also was president of the National Association of Over the Counter Companies.
Since 1985, he had been a private mortgage lender and real estate investor.
He was president of the Lake Barcroft Recreation Center and the Washington Air Derby Association and a deacon of First Baptist Church of Annandale.
He was a member of the American Society of Association Executives, American Management Association, Wall Street Training Directors Association, Doctoral Association of American University, Defense Orientation Conference Association, University Club of Washington, the advisory board of Hamilton Bank and Trust, National Aeronautic Association, American Academy of Political and Social Science, Financial Management Roundtable of Washington, American Institute for Economic Research and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
His first wife, Anna Mary Ureke, died in 1987, and their son, Donald Dean Ureke, died in 1999.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Stolldorf of Sterling; a brother; two sisters; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
UREKE, GEORGE, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.)
On Friday, February 1, 2002, GEORGE UREKE of Sterling, Virginia. Beloved husband of Carol B. Stolldorf; father of Brenda Lee Ureke, Margaret Ann Sykes and the late Donald Dean Ureke; brother of Daniel Ureke; grandfather of Zachary and Gregory Sykes, Carl Herrick, Donald, Morgan and Mary Ureke, Hayden and Lynne Workman; great-grandfather of Michael Sykes and Brandon Ureke.
Funeral services at Fort Myer Chapel on Friday, February 15, at 9 a.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. The family requests contributions be made to Hospice of Northern Virginia, 9300 Lee Hwy., Suite 500, Fairfax, Virginia 22031-1207.
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