From a contemporary press report
Robert Thomas “Tom” Brumfiel, 71, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and computer systems consultant, died of a heart attack August 29, 2000 at Reston Hospital, Virginia. A former resident of Potomac, Maryland, he had lived since 1997 at the Falcon's Landing retirement community in Potomac Falls.
Colonel Brumfiel commanded rescue boat detachments off Korea during the war there. He was assistant adjutant general of Bolling Air Force Base and then spent most of his 20-year career in security service assignments. His posts included Japan and Germany. He retired in 1970 as deputy chief of finance for the defense contracting region in New York.
After that he was a computer consultant to brokerage houses, banks and law enforcement agencies and vice president for administrative services of Mid-Atlantic Toyota Distributors.
In the 1970s, he was a consultant to the Saudi Arabian government, helping design and install systems for the census and tax collecting.
Colonel Brumfiel was born in Buffalo, New York, and raised in Chevy Chase. After graduating from the Bullis preparatory school he attended the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated from Oklahoma State University.
His honors included the Joint Services Commendation Medal and two Air Force Commendation Medals.
He was a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, Retired Officers Association, U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, Freedom Through Vigilance Association, AAF-USAF Crash Rescue Boat Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Dora Kenyon Brumfiel of Potomac Falls; two children, Robert Kenyon Brumfiel of Amarillo, Tex., and Tracey Alison Nelson of New York and Austin, Tex.; and two grandchildren.
BRUMFIEL, ROBERT THOMAS (LT. COL USAF RET.)
On Tuesday, August 29, 2000, in Reston, VA. ROBERT T. ”TOM” BRUMFIEL, of Falcons Landing, Potomac Falls, VA. Beloved husband of Dora Kenyon Brumfiel; father of Robert K. Brumfiel and Tracey Nelson. Also survived by two grand children, Kate and Drew Nelson. Funeral services to be conducted on Friday October 13, 2000, 1 p.m., graveside at the Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
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