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KALISCH ROBERT B. KALISCH Col. Kalisch, USAF Ret., was born April 29, 1928 in Washington, DC and passed away December 16, 2013. He attended schools in New York and Ohio before enlisting in the Navy in 1946. At St. Paul's School in Garden City, N.Y., he met Jane Clare Robertson whom he married upon graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy on June 1, 1951. He received a commission in the Air Force as a Second Lieutenant on that same day. Col. Kalisch's military career included teaching in navigation school, conducting intelligence analysis on the Soviet missile program, and performing basic research work for Air Force Electronic Sciences. He also commanded the Ionospheric Physics Laboratory while leading the AF Basic Research Program. In addition, he attended the AF Institute of Technology, received an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MS in Mathematics from Trinity University. Col. Kalisch also completed all course work required for a doctorate in Electrical Engineering at Ohio State University. Col. Kalisch is a Senior Life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Life member of Tau Beta Pi (an honorary engineering society) and a regis- tered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. After retiring from the Air Force in 1975, he began work at the American Gas Association in Rosslyn, Virginia. He became the Senior Director of Gas Supply and Statistics. His work involved studies of gas supply and statistics including controversial issues such as reserves, production capability, future potential gas storage, exploration and prices. His work in the gas industry covered both analytical studies and development and interpretation of the statistics. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Gas Energy Review, a periodical he founded. His primary focus in this work was the advocacy of deregulation of prices in the natural gas market. He spoke extensively on these topics at universities, regulatory conferences, industry meetings and Congressional hearings. In addition to domestic gas issues, he was a prominent figure in international gas activities. He was a leading member of the international gas supply work done by the International Gas Union from 1985 to 2003. Although he retired from AGA at the end of 1993, Col. Kalisch continued IGU studies in long term gas supply and demand. In addition, after retirement from AGA, he created a new series of weekly reports on natural gas in storage in the U.S. These reports continue to be a major factor in market pricing of natural gas in the United States. From 1978 until 1993 Col. Kalisch served as the Northern Virginia Area Coordinator for the U.S. Naval Academy Blue and Gold Program. In this capacity he led a group of thirty to forty officers and specially trained civilians who interviewed USNA candidates. In addition to his wife, Col. Kalisch is survived by his son Mark R. Kalisch who is a 1984 USNA graduate, served in the U.S. Navy, and currently serves as a Production Engineer for Tesla Motor Car Company, Fremont, CA. Recently, Col. Kalisch has lived and served as chairman on several volunteer committees at Falcons Landing Retirement Community, Sterling, VA. In January, Col. Kalisch will be inurned at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Please share condolences with the family www.LoudounFuneralChapel.com.Please share condolences with the family www.LoudounFuneralChapel.com.
Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 19, 2013
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