Robert Wick, Jr. – Major General, United States Army

From a contemporary press report:

A longtime doctor, pilot and member of the Confederate Air Force will be laid to rest next week at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Wick Jr., died Sunday (December 31, 1997) of kidney cancer. He was 67.

The funeral was Tuesday. Wick will be buried January 8, 1998. Wick was a tank battalion commander in the Korean War. He joined the Army Reserve in 1953 and attended medical school on Army benefits.

Wick in 1977 became corporate medical director for Fort Worth-based American Airlines. He retired in 1991.

Wick served three tours of active duty with the Army.

Considered too old to serve in the Persian Gulf War, he took a temporary reduction in rank to lieutenant colonel to manage the base hospital at Fort Hood. That freed a younger officer for combat duty.

Wick was a flight and ground instructor, a mechanic and was certified to fly aerobatics.

Robert Lewis Wick, Jr., MD, retired Army Major General, died at his home in Arlington., Texas, on December 28 after a short battle with renal cancer.

He became an icon in aerospace medicine with a distinguished career in academia, industry, and government.

He served as a tank commander during the Korean war and more recently retired as Medical Director of American Airlines, his tenure having been interrupted by a tour of duty during the Gulf war.

He was President of the Flying Physicians Association and Civil Aviation Medical Association, and a member of many aviation organizations.

He worked for CAMI, then at FAA Headquarters in the ’60s and later served as a consultant to the Federal Air Surgeon.

He was buried in Arlington Cemetery with full military honors on January 8. Bob Wick was 67.

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