Memorial Biographies - GWSAR Compatriots
Retired Gen. Frederick Kroesen, a legendary soldier and former Army vice chief of staff, died April 30 at the age of 97 after a long illness. A longtime senior fellow with the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) and a columnist since 1990 in ARMY magazine, the association’s flagship publication, Kroesen saw combat in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam in a career that spanned from 1944 until his retirement in 1983. Among his many accomplishments, he was the first graduate of Officer Candidate School to reach the rank of four-star general.
Richard Bender Abell, JD, of Fort Belvoir, Virginia, died November 21 at INOVA Mt. Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, VA. He had been a member of the Federal judiciary for twenty years from which he retired. He was married to the former Lucía del Carmen Lombana-Cadavid of Medellín, Colombia. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Lon Edward Welch, Jr., of Birmingham, Alabama, and Charlotte Amelia Bender of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Judge Abell graduated from The George Washington University with a B.A. in 1966 and a J.D. in 1974. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Order of Cincinnati or the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Walt was born on June 13, 1938, in Chillicothe, Missouri, to Edgar and Margaret (Eshelman) Barbee. He married Robin Porter of Iowa City, IA, June 17, 1961. He passed away on August 21, 2019 after a short illness. He received his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1966, and practiced general law in Spirit Lake, Iowa, for 20 years before moving to Washington to work for the Bush-Quayle ’88 Presidential campaign. He was also on the General Counsel’s staff for the Presidential Inaugural Committee and then worked at the Department of Justice.
John (Jack) Phillip Felt, a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer and genealogist, died on April 5, 2019. He was 74 years old.
Jack Felt was born October 20, 1944 to John Harley Felt and Maxine Bonita Burrill Felt and raised on the family farm near Roseville, IL.
Maurice "Gene" Gilliland was born on July 27, 1938 in Springfield, MO. Gene earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and spent most of his career with General Electric in NY, FL and PA. He was married for 57 years to Jeanene Bradley, and he passed away on March 13, 2019 in Holly Hill, FL.
Compatriot Rodney Hayes Lovdal was born in Superior, Wisconsin and raised in Minnesota and Indiana. In 1948 he enlisted in the US Navy and spent his enlisted service in the Submarine Force. After Navy retirement he worked in the private sector and the Federal Government. Rod lived in Falls Church.
Rev Paul Austin Callender, Sr. was born 29 Jan 1900 in Carverton, PA to Clark Stephen Callender and Ida May Miller. Paul comes from a long line of pioneer farmers who settled in central Pennsylvania. His father started out as a teacher, eventually becoming the Superintendent of Public Schools in Luzerne County, PA before he felt the call of the ministry, a calling he passed on to five of his sons and all of them became Methodist ministers. After 40 years in the active ministry, he retired in 1965 to St. Petersburg, FL and he passed away on 17 May 2005 at the age of 105.
The George Washington Chapter has been informed that Compatriot Richard B. Gilliland passed away in late 2018. Richard was born in Ithaca, New York on June 22, 1962, son of Maurice and Jeanene Gilliland. Richard worked as a network engineer for various defense firms in the Washington, D.C. area.
William Emerson “Bill” Whitney, was born on January 12, 1933. He moved to Gainesville, FL when he was fourteen and always considered himself a Florida boy. He began his long career in law enforcement with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Department and ended after many years as a Special Agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Bill passed away on Dec. 17, 2018 after his long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease