George E. Pitzer

George came to Navy from Milwaukee, WI via NAPS and a 15-month stint as a Communications Technician.  He selected the Air Force, and attained the rank of major during a career specializing in the technical and R&D aspects of several missile programs. 


Duty stations included headquarters Air Research Records Center, 6595th Aerospace Test Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, and Headquarters Air Force Systems Command where he was R&D Planning Officer.  George earned the Air Force Commendation Medal for his service as R&D Management Analyst.  Academic initiatives included studying industrial engineering at Purdue University and education-with-industry at GE’s Missile and Space Division in Valley Forge, PA. 


George died in Milwaukee of heart disease in November 1969.  At the time of his death he was survived by his wife Betty Lou and their three sons, Douglas, David, and Stephen.