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Lt. Col. Richard Calvin Barclay, USAF (Retired)

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Lt. Col. Richard Calvin Barclay, USAF (Retired) Obituary
Lt. Col. Richard Calvin Barclay, USAF (Retired), 60, a veteran, U..S Air Force pilot and reconnaissance technology expert, passed away Oct. 23, 2012, in Falls Church, Va.
At the time of his passing, Col. Barclay was senior systems engineer for TASC, Inc., a leading national security and public safety government contractor in Chantilly, Va.
A native of Cleveland, Col. Barclay received a B.S. in astronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1974, and later received masters of science degrees from the AF Institute of Technology in 1983 and Colorado Technical University in 2004.
During his career in the Air Force, he was a C-130 pilot. His first assignment was as a "Typhoon Chaser" in Guam having successfully flown into 19 typhoons. He also served as chief of the TENCAP division at the Air Force Space Command, chief systems engineer in the USAF Big Safari Program and chief in the military support division for the SAF Space Systems. He worked in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Col. Barclay's interest and service in the nation's space program was born in the 1960s when U.S. astronauts first flew into space. Among the astronauts who inspired him to pursue a career in the Air Force was John Glenn.
In addition to his service in both the military and private sectors, Col. Barclay was a devoted family man. One of his greatest joys in life was being "Papa" to his beloved granddaughter, Laura. He was also a lifelong fan of the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns.
After retiring from the Air Force in 1995, Col. Barclay joined TASC Inc., and was instrumental in coordinating interagency efforts to implement the first DoD Space Science and Technology Strategy in partnership with the Intelligence Community and NASA.
He later was vice president of engineering at Global Analytics from 1999 to 2006, when he returned to TASC, where he was handpicked to support the newly transformed systems engineering directorate. He served as technical lead for the development and production of mission architecture views and descriptions. Most recently, he helped establish a successful enterprise architecture decision process for a major TASC customer. For this work, he received a Director's Team Award.
Col. Barclay is survived by his wife of 35 years, the former Barbara Adams; two children and their spouses, Tammy (Daniel) Buckalew of Culpeper, Va., and Rev. Matthew (Kristin) Barclay of Monroe, N.C.; granddaughter, Laura Buckalew; sister, Lori of Mentor and her two children, David and Erin Milde (fiance, Hewie Fredebaugh III); mother-in-law, Irene Bodolay; and aunts, uncles and cousins, from across the United States.
His parents, Paul R. and Ada Mae (Hamilton) Barclay; and sister, Nancy Barclay, preceded him in death.
A viewing for Col. Barclay will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, followed by a service at 5 p.m. at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax VA 22032. Pastor Ted W. Wright of Matthews, N.C., will be officiating.
Burial, with full military honors will be 1 p.m. Jan. 30, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
Remembrances in his honor may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Published in www.News-Herald.com on Nov. 10, 2012
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