VARIAN, Timothy G.|
Timothy G. Varian, retired USAF Lt. Col., left his earthly bonds on Monday, August 4, 2014 to join his Savior following an epic and courageous battle against mantle cell lymphoma that started in January 2003 and then acute myelogenous leukemia in April 2014.
Tim was born on 27 August 1944 in Greensboro, North Carolina, the first of three sons, to Herbert E. (also a retired USAF Lt. Col.) and Anne D. Varian. Tim enjoyed being a "military brat," living in Michigan for 6 years and Germany for 8 years and graduated from Kasierslautern American High School, Germany, in 1962 where he ran track, set a few records (All-Europe) and "played a little ball."
In January 1967, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Liberal Arts degree (Anthropology, History and Psychology) and entered the USAF in April at Officer Training School, Kelly AFB, Texas. His active duty assignment was at Strategic Air Command HQ at Offutt AFB, NE, as an Intelligence Officer, where he learned data processing and information technology. He earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma in August 1971 and returned to Austin, Texas to work for The State of Texas in January 1972 as a Systems Analyst. In 1974 he joined the Texas Air National Guard as a Squadron Intelligence Officer, spending the next 20+ years in the 149th Fighter Wing at Kelly AFB where he served for 6 years as the Chief of Intelligence and in December 1994, retired as a Lt. Col. His 26 Federal and State military decorations include the USAF Meritorious Service Medal, the USAF Commendation Medal, the Texas Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal, the Texas Medal of Merit and the Texas Adjutant General's Individual Award. His USAF professional military education included Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff College and he was a Distinguished Graduate of Air War College. He enjoyed the travel the USAF brought into his life, especially three assignments as an instructor at the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA and a trip to Turkey.
In 1995 he married Rosalyn A. Ott, his dance partner of choice, and then retired from the State of Texas in 1997, serving the people of The State for over 25 years.
His education continued, traveling to Moscow, Russia to help complete a Master's Degree in Special Education, with an endorsement in Gifted and Talented, from, then, Southwest Texas State University. In 1997 he addressed the World Council for Gifted and Talented Education, contrasting Russian and U.S. gifted education programs.
He had friends all over the world and kept up with many of them via e-mails, reunions and travel.
Tim wished to especially thank his fellow "K-Towners," lettermen, fellow cancer survivors, Dr. Nam H. Dang, Dr. Carsten Kampe, the medical professionals at Seton Medical Center, Texas Oncology, St. David's South Austin Medical Center and our many friends for the support and comfort that was extended to us during this time.
Tim is survived by his widow, Rosalyn, mother, Anne D. Varian, brothers, William and Herbert, nephews, Mathew (Stephanie) and Geoffrey (Violet), great-niece, Jacqueline, and son, Todd Alan.
Visitation will be from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary recited at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 8, 2014 at Harrell Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin, TX. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Harrell Funeral Home Chapel followed by burial with full military honors at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Rockne, TX.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, www.jimmyv.org.
Condolences may be placed at www.harrellfuneralhomes.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Aug. 8 to Aug. 10, 2014