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91, of Goodyear, AZ passed away on Feb 28, 2013. Thomas Townsend Drysdale, Jr., died on February 28, 2013 in Goodyear, AZ, after a brief illness. Thomas was born on May 4, 1921 in Alamosa, CO, to Oneta Moore Kirkpatrick and Thomas Townsend Drysdale, Sr. He spent his early years in CO. He attended Compton Junior College, CA, where he met his future wife, Norma Fay Hall. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941 and served in WWII as a B-24 pilot in the Eighth Air Force, 44th Bomb Group, and flew missions over Sicily, Naples, Normandy and Germany. He won the Distinguished Flying Cross and European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal. He received a B. A. from Whittier College, in Whittier, CA, in 1952. He taught in the Whittier elementary school system from 1952 - 1956. He served as a principal and superintendent in the Department of Defense Dependent School System in England, Germany and Hawaii from 1956-1981. After WWII he served thirty years in the U. S. Air Force Reserves, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. He received a Ph.D. in comparative education from Georgetown University in Washington, D. C. in 1973. He was an adjunct professor of education at Northern Arizona University from 1984 - 1994. He founded the American Oversees Schools Historical Society, headquartered in Wichita, KS, in 1989. A resident of Goodyear for 18 years, he leaves his beloved wife of 70 years, Norma Fay Hall. He was the father of Lianne of Ozark, MO; Peter David of Dingmans Ferry, PA; Connie Marie of Branford, CT; Dale Thomas of Alexandria, VA; Brian and Karl, both of Goodyear, AZ. He also leaves six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren, and a sister, Emma Lou Willis of Kerrville, TX. Abel Funeral Service, 1627 N. 51st Ave. Phoenix AZ 85035 Visitation March 7, 2013 2 PM, Service March 7, 2013 3 PM
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 6, 2013