From a contemporary press report:
Orville LeRoy Greynolds, 69, a retired Air Force colonel who became a systems management professor and did executive consulting work, died December 14, 2000 at the hospital at Andrews Air Force Base after a heart attack. He had lived in Clinton, Maryland, for the last 30 years.
Dr. Greynolds, a native of Fairmont, West Virginia, was a graduate of Ohio State University. He received two master's degrees, one in business from George Washington University and one in systems management from the University of Southern California. He
received a doctorate in business administration from George Washington University.
He served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1976, chiefly as a fighter pilot. His last active-duty assignment was chief of the objectives assessment branch and director of history of strategic arms competition at the Pentagon. His decorations included the Legion of Merit.
He spent the next 18 years as an internal consultant to the Boeing Co. For the last two decades, he ran an executive consulting firm with his wife and did work for many large firms.
In the 1980s and 1990s, he was a systems management professor at the University of Southern California, serving in the Washington area as regional director of its master's in management systems degree program. In that role, he oversaw programs in
the eastern United States, Europe and Asia.
During the last 20 years, Dr. Greynolds also taught systems management classes at the University of Denver, Florida Institute of Technology and, at his death, Capitol College in Laurel.
He was a jazz aficionado, and most of his adult life, he played piano, organ, saxophone, flute, clarinet and drums.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Patricia Cahill Greynolds of Clinton; three sons, Orville Michael Greynolds of Chesapeake Beach, Md., Matthew Greynolds of Chevy Chase and Mark Greynolds of Manassas; three daughters, Melissa Danielle Greynolds
of Manassas and Mary Patricia Greynolds and Molly Ann Dorgan, both of Hilliard, Ohio; and 13 grandchildren.
GREYNOLDS, Dr. ORVILLE LeROY, COL, USAF (Ret.)
On December 14, 2000 of Clinton, MD. The loving husband of Patricia Ann Greynolds; beloved father of Orville Michael (Charlene), Matthew (Susan), Mary Patricia, Mark (David), Molly Ann (Kevin) and Melissa Danielle (Rick); ”Big Papa” of Zachary, Ian, Sean, Dylan, David, Heather, Mike, Matthew, Stephen, Nick, James, Audrey and Daniel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, January 25 at 10:45 a.m. in Fort Myers Chapel with Full Military Honors. Interment Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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