From a contemporary press report
Tom Lee Barrow, 84, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who later had careers in real estate and banking in Northern Virginia, died of congestive heart failure February 8, 1999 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Washington. He lived in Falls Church, Virginia.
Colonel Barrow, a native of Pelham, Georgia, and a graduate of the University of Florida, entered the Army in 1940 and joined the Army Air Corps a year later. He was an instructor pilot who also flew military transports in the Pacific during World War II.
In August 1945, he was a member of an advance command force sent to Tokyo in preparation for Japan's formal surrender. Later, he was a military aide in the Truman White House and was assigned to procurement matters at the Pentagon at the time of his retirement in 1960.
In retirement, he operated a property management firm and served as a director of Guarantee Bank & Trust.
He was a member of First Christian Church in Falls Church.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Barrow of Falls Church; four children, Alice Barrow Bocknek of Burke, David Barrow of Houston, Tom Barrow II of Virginia Beach and James Barrow of Falls Church; a sister; and 10 grandchildren.
BARROW, TOM LEE, LT. COL. USAF (Ret.)
On Monday, February 8, 1999 of Falls Church, VA, beloved husband of Jean G. Barrow and loving father of David, James E. and Tom L. Barrow II and Alice Bocknek. Mr. Barrow is also survived by 10 grandchildren and his sister, Emily Biggs of Avon Park, FL. Services will be held Thursday, 10 a.m. at Ft. Myer Chapel, with interment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Disabled American Veterans Memorial Program, PO Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250.
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