SULLIVAN, Col. Marvin Baird PhD. USAF (Ret.) 89, of St. Pete Beach, FL, took his final flight and soared into eternal peace, Aug. 26, 2013. He was born in Van Orin, Illinois and grew up in Ohio, Illinois. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942, retiring after 32 years and numerous missions. He was a decorated veteran of WWII, having received the Air Medal for flying gliders carrying troops behind enemy lines in 1944. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, having received the Distinguished Flying Cross in Vietnam in 1968. He received a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1967. He was instrumental to the Cold War efforts by helping engineer the first nuclear hardening of the U.S. Air Force B1 aircraft. This and other of his achievements in the 1970s were effective in deterring a Soviet first strike. In retirement he developed research into hurricane tracking and measurement and supported the citizens of St. Pete Beach in efforts to preserve the residential ambience of the community. He married his wife Carol in Chicago and remained married for 67 years until his death. He was a caring father to his sons, Charles (Rebecca), Dan (Denise), Mark (Pam) and daughter, Marvi (Billy); a wonderful "Pop" and "Papa" to his grandchildren, Jennifer, Ryan, Joshua and (predeceased ) Michael; and 5 great-grandchildren. He lived a missioned filled and adventurous life dedicated to grand causes of good and will be missed by many. The family will hold a private memorial with interment at Arlington National Cemetery in the future. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in his memory to The Salvation Army or Military Veteran project that helps all to remember the sacrifices of those who served this country.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 29, 2013