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YATES Captain ANDY D. YATES, JR. LTC, USMCR (Ret.) On May 22, 2013 in Alexandria, VA after a valiant battle against cancer. Born in Elizabeth City, VA in 1924, he graduated from George Washington High School in Alexandria, and attended VPI&SU before becoming commissioned in the United States Marine Corps in 1944. While serving in the USMC, he flew multiple aircraft during World War II, mainly in the Pacific Theater, as well as participated during the Korean Conflict. He received numerous awards before retiring. While serving in the USMC, he married Elilzabeth Albertina Thatcher "Tina" on November 18, 1949. He enjoyed a second career as a commercial pilot for Capital Airlines and United Airlines, culminating his career as a Boeing 747 Captain flying from San Francisco to Honolulu. He retired from United Airlines in August 1984. Captain Yates accumulated over 31,000 flight hours in over 80 different aircraft over a 40 year aviation career. Subsequently, he was instrumental in the development and transcription of voice recorders found in aircraft and other types of transportation today. Captain Yates often served as an expert witness on behalf of the National Transportation Safety Board during aviation accident investigations. Additionally he received an honorary Doctorate from the Aerospace Medical Association for his numerous contributions, one of which culminated in defibrillators being standard on all commercial aircraft. He served in various capacities in numerous other professional, technical, and community organizations. Andy was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Stacey Lynne Seaton in 2005. He is survived by his loving wife of over 63 years, Tina Yates; children, Stephen (Thanh) Yates, Michael (Angie) Yates, Cory (Tracy) Towle, Joanne (Ed) Partner, Gale (Michael) Seaton, and Phyllis (Michael) Doherty; 12 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. Andy is also survived by his sister, Sarah Miller; three nieces and their families. Family and friends may gather on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22302. Funeral services will be held at a later date at Fort Myer's Memorial Chapel followed by interment at Arlington National Cemetery. Flowers and a guest register may be found at www.everlyfuneralhomes.com
Published in The Washington Post from May 25 to May 27, 2013