Anthony J. Maurel

Anthony J. Maurel

Anthony J Maurel, born in 1916, was 96 when he passed away peacefully, Monday, February 18, 2013. "Tony" was a long time resident of Seattle. His late wife, Wilma H. Maurel, predeceased him in August 2012 after 72 years of marriage.

Anthony was the grandson of Arizona pioneer Andre Maurel, who emigrated from France and later homesteaded in Globe in 1882. Tony grew up in Globe and then graduated in 1938 from the University of Arizona with a B. S. in Business Administration. He achieved scholastic merit awards, was a member the Sigma Chi Fraternity and received an ROTC officer commission in the US Army Reserve.

His first duty station was in Fort Bliss, Texas as a 2nd lieutenant in the US Army 1st Cavalry, the last of the traditional horse mounted Cavalry. In 1940 he married his love and life-long companion, Wilma Harris, from Phoenix. With the changing prospects for war his interest in aviation led him to switch into the Army Air Core, which ultimately led him into the 1st Air Commando Group as pilot and later, squadron commander in the China-Burma-India Campaign (CBI) in 1944.

He remained in the military after the war, earning a Master's degree at Columbia University and then serving in various duty stations ranging from NATO in Europe, to the Pentagon in D.C, and finally as Air Force representative to The Boeing Company in Seattle. After retiring from the Air Force as a Colonel in 1962, he began his second career with The Boeing Company and worked there until his retirement in 1981.

Tony and Wilma were both patrons of the arts and he served on the PNW Ballet board. He also attended classes at the University of Washington and enjoyed playing golf. He was active in The University Club where he forged many friendships. Tony will always be remembered by those who knew him as a thoughtful, dignified "chap" and as a kind gentleman to all.

Tony is survived by his children John Maurel (Kathleen) of Seattle and Diane Maurel Wustrack (Karl), of West Linn, Oregon; granddaughters Gretchen Wustrack, Sonja Wustrack (Joe Slavinsky), Rosie Wustrack Spitzer (Seth) and two great grandsons, Oscar and Hugo Slavinsky.

The family is holding a private service later in March. Remembrances can be made in Anthony Maurel's name to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance - Attn: Donations, P.O. Box 19023 Seattle, WA 98109-1023

Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2013