George Von Arb – Colonel, United States Air Force

From a contemporary press report:

George W. Von Arb, 79, a retired Air Force colonel who was a management analyst at Goddard Space Flight Center, died of congestive heart failure Nov 2, 1997at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. He lived in Alexandria, Virginia.

Colonel Von Arb was born in Missouri and graduated from Ottawa University in Kansas. He joined the Army in 1940 and served in Panama before World War II. During the war, he was a B-17 “Flying Fortress” pilot in Europe and commanded a bombardment group.

After the war, he was chief of intelligence and operations with the Far East Air Force in Japan. He had additional assignments in the United States and attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

He commanded the 381st Strategic Missile Wing and worked at the Pentagon before retiring in 1966. He was with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for 14 years.

His honors included six Air Medals and a Distinguished Flying Cross.

His first wife, Anna Jo Patti Chase Von Arb, died in the early 1980s.

Survivors include his wife, Annemarie Von Arb of Alexandria; three children from his first marriage; two stepchildren; and eight grandchildren.

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