CHARLES LESTER BRISTOR
A charter member of the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration Weather Satellite Service died April 24, 2013 following a brief illness.
During his lengthy career, Mr. Bristor authored over 30 publications on weather and weather satellites. In 1967, he was awarded the Department of Commerce Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Federal Service. Mr. Bristor served in the Army
Air Force from 1942 - 1946, later retiring from the Air Force Reserves with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During World War II
, he was assigned to the 21st Bomber Command on Guam, later serving in Siberia and in support of the Berlin Airlift.
Charles Lester Bristor was born in Iowa and grew up in Huron, South Dakota. In 1947, he earned a Master of Science in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Survivors include his sons, Alan Bristor of Luray, VA and Joel Bristor of Gaithersburg, MD and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Muriel and his eldest son, James. No services are planned at this time.