KISSINGER, Guy H. Jr., retired Deputy Director for the former Virginia Division of lndustrial Development, died on April 4, 2013. He was a Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired, and was 97 years of age. Colonel Kissinger was reared in San Antonio, Texas, and was graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and from Texas A&M University with a B.S. Degree in Architectural Engineering. ln the University's Senior R.O.T.C program, he was an Honor Graduate and commanding officer of a Corps of Engineers battalion. Upon his graduation, he was appointed a Second Lieutenant in the regular U.S. Marine Corps. He served in the Pacific, the Far East, in the U.S., in Europe, Australia and aboard ship. Early in World War ll, Kissinger was a Captain, commanding the field artillery battery that was the first to go ashore and the first to commence firing as Marines landed in the invasion of the Japanese-held Guadalcanal. Colonel Kissinger served two years as the commanding officer of the Marine Barracks, Naval Ammunition Depot, McAllister, Oklahoma. He served as Assistant to the lnspector General of the Marine Corps, was Assistant Chief of Staff (G-4) Fleet Marine Force Atlantic, and served two years as Director of Logistic Readiness and Logistic Training for the NATO Naval Force under the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic. Colonel Kissinger served for three years as a lecturer on the faculty of the lndustrial College of the Armed Forces under the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C. ln 1958, Kissinger retired from the Marines to become Executive Director of the Industrial and Port Authority for the City of Savannah and the County of Chatham in Georgia. After seven years, he and his family moved to Richmond, where he served for 14 years as Deputy Director of Virginia's lndustrial Development Division, from which he retired in 1979. He was active in the American Economic Development Council and was elected a Fellow Member. He was also active in the Southern lndustrial Development Council and served as president of the l7-state organization in 1978; later he was elected an Honorary Life Member. More recently, in November 2012, he was awarded the Congressional Veteran's Commendation Award by Congressman Eric Cantor for his exemplary service in the Marine Corps during World War ll and beyond. Kissinger was an elder in the Presbyterian Church and served a term a Moderator of the Worship Division of the Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church to which he belonged in Richmond. Kissinger was married for 70 years to the love of his life, Lois Gragg Kissinger, who predeceased him in 2010. Survivors include a daughter, Martha Kissinger Donnelly and husband, the Reverend R. Bruce Donnelly, of Atlanta, Ga.; daughter, Sharon Kissinger Lasky and husband, Michael, of White Stone, Va.; three grandchildren, Allison Spampanato and husband, David, of San Francisco, Calif.; Mark Gadrix and wife, Valerie, of Atlanta; Chris Gadrix and fiancee, Emily, of Atlanta; and three great-grandchildren, Leo, Gavin and Madeline. A memorial service will be conducted at the Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church on Monday, April 8, 2 p.m. A reception will be held following the service in the parlor of the church. lnterment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family (Continued)
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.