Thomas Vernon Forburger – Colonel, United States Army

From a contemporary press report

Thomas Vernon Forburger, 64, a retired Army colonel who also was a program director for Raytheon Co. in Alexandria, Virginia, died of rectal and stomach cancer October 7, 2001, at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Colonel Forburger, who lived in Springfield for the past 25 years, was a native of Wesley, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in accounting and received a master's degree in business administration from Shippensburg State University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.

Colonel Forburger was a Vietnam War veteran who served 27 years in the Army before retiring in 1985 as commandant of the Defense Systems Management College at Fort Belvoir.

His previous major assignments included assistant to the director of the Army staff in the Office of the Army Chief of Staff at the Pentagon, and executive assistant to the deputy chief of staff for Research, Development and Acquisition at the Pentagon.

His military decorations included the Defense Superior Service Award, three Legion of Merit Awards and a Bronze Star.

After his military retirement, he spent the next 10 years with Raytheon in Alexandria, serving as director for government programs.

He was an avid golfer and a member of the board of governors of the Army Navy Country Club.

He was a member of St. Bernadette's Catholic Church in Springfield.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Julia Forburger of Springfield; five children, Jeffry Forburger of McLean, James Forburger of San Antonio, Thomas V. Forburger II of Oak Hill, David Forburger of Vienna and Ann Forburger of Richmond; a brother; three sisters; and six grandchildren.


On Sunday, October 7, 2001. COL. FORBURGER is survived by his wife of 42 years, Julia Forburger; four sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffry and Dianne Forburger, James and Kelly Forburger, Thomas V. II and Julie Forburger, David and Melissa Forburger; one daughter, Ann Forburger; six grandchildren, Kristin, Mary, Thomas V. III, Jimmy, Angela and Sara; sisters Vera Erpelding, Ruth Youngwirth, Joan Loss; brother, Kenneth Forburger. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 8, at 8:45 a.m. at Ft. Myer. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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