Arthur Britt
1919 - 2014
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May 31, 1919 - October 30, 2014
Col. (Retired) Arthur Edward Britt, MSC, died peacefully at home on October 30, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in the Bronx, New York on May 31, 1919 to Emma and Benjamin Britt.

He entered the Army in 1941 at Ft. Dix, NJ. He was commissioned in 1942 and served with the Third and Fifteenth U.S. Armies in Europe during World War II.

In 1948, while stationed at Ft. Benning, GA, he married Agnes Ann Sheridan, who was an Army Nurse. They were transferred to Stuttegart, Germany in 1949 where he served as Operations Officer for the Medical Division of the U.S Constabulary Forces. His next assignment was as Troop Commander at Fitzsimons Army Hospital.

He was then transferred to Washington, D.C. where he served as Chief of the Operations Branch in the Office of the Surgeon General. During that time, he received a BS Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters in International Affairs from George Washington University.

At Ft. Leavenworth, KS, he attended the Command and General Staff College of the US Army, graduating from there in 1957. In 1961, he attended the Army War College and the next year was stationed in Seoul, South Korea. In 1964, he was transferred to Ft. Sam Houston where he was the Executive Officer of the US Army Medical Training Center. In 1970, he was named to organize and head the newly activated Health Care Research Group at Brooke Army Medical Center. In 1973, he retired from the US Army.

His Army awards include the Army Occupation Medal (Germany); Parachute Badge; National Defense Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Expert Field Medical Badge; Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

Arthur then went to work at the University of Texas Health Science Center in 1974. From 1980 until his retirement in 1995, he was the administrator of the Department of Pediatrics.

He was an accomplished tennis player and maintained an exercise routine his entire life.
After retirement, Arthur became very involved with the Academy of Learning in Retirement (ALIR). He volunteered as an instructor in Current Events and took many classes. He was well-known for his beautiful watercolor paintings of flowers. He enjoyed reading, being outdoors and scenic drives in the Texas Hill Country. His son, Sheridan (Dan) was his constant companion and support.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes Ann, and his brother, Howard Britt. He is survived by his daughters, Jo-Ann Britt-Reilly and Dawn David, his son-in-law, Mike David and his son Sheridan (Dan) Britt.

Visitation will take place from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Monday, November 3, 2014 at Sunset Funeral Home. Graveside service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 4, 2014 with full military honors at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Wounded Warriors Project. Condolences may be offered at

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Published in San Antonio Express-News on Nov. 3, 2014.
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December 13, 2014
Sorry for your lost. I worked for Mr. Britt at the UTHSCSA. He worked for Dr. Mangos. Mr. Britt will be missed.
Barbara J. Barberio
November 13, 2014
Hi Jo-Ann - I never had the pleasure of meeting your Dad, but what an impressive resume! I see a definite resemblance from viewing this photo. I know you will miss him very much. Love, Kathie & Jay.
November 3, 2014
My prayers and thought are with Joann, Dawn and the Britt family. Col Britt lived a full and wonderful life surrounded by a beautiful family and enjoying the activities he loved in life. May each of you find comfort in beautiful memories you share and treasure. Blessings to all - Ricki Brady
Ricki Brady
November 3, 2014
Art will be missed very much by those of us who worked out with him at Golds Gym. His friendliness and dedication to exercise was truely amazing for a person his age. May Gods blessings be with him.
Richard Hargis
November 3, 2014
I knew Art for the past 8 years at ALIR. We took classes from each other. It was always a pleasure to spend time with Art.
He was very knowledgeable in a variety of topics...and a gentleman who I greatly respected and admired. He really will be missed at ALIR. Mark Stokes - fellow ALIRian
November 3, 2014
Colonel Britt was a man to be admired. His warmth and friendly demeanor will be remembered by all who knew him. I remember him as a gentle individual who cared very much for his family and also those his children brought home to be part of the "extended family". We will all miss him and remember him as a hero of the country he loved, defended, and left a better place. God bless him and may he rest in peace with the Angels. Tim.
November 3, 2014
Col Britt was a great motivator for those who were considering making the military a career in the MSC. He shaped my service to complete 33 plus year. He will be missed. Col Jimmie Kanaya, USA Retired
Jimmie Kanaya
November 3, 2014
I first met "Art" Britt at ALIR. Fortunately, for it was the start my friendship with this gentleman, an association I will always treasure. I will miss his friendship and will miss him every time I open the door to ALIR.
Douglas "Doug" Holden
Douglas Holden
November 3, 2014
Tomorrow we meet to celebrate a most meaningful and caring life, both in service to our great nation and to those who have been honored to meet him on the roads we travel. Chaplain "Rocky" Saunders
November 3, 2014
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Britt family. I worked with Mr. Britt on space-related projects at the UTHSCSA and always found him to be a pleasure to work with.
Linda Styles
November 3, 2014
I came to know Art through both our participation in ALIR. He attended a couple of my poetry classes, where he contributed comments. He was such a gentleman! I loved his smile What a full life he led! My condolences go out to his family. We will all miss him very much.
November 3, 2014
Arthur will be greatly missed by me and the other artists from Lions Field - his smile always lit up the room - always the gentleman. A light in my life. My condolences to his family - my heart is full for you all. fellow artist - Jeanette Lowell
November 2, 2014
The Britt family was always my second family - they were always there for me in college, since my parents were either on the east coast or west coast w/my dad's army assignments. I will miss him. I have several of his beautiful paintings in my home, and they will always be a remember of Col. Britt and what a wonderful man he was.
ann sperling-kennedy
November 2, 2014
Sincere condolences to the entire Britt family, especially to Dan who had the thoughtfulness to call me and inform me of his father's death. Colonel Britt was a good and decent man and a superb military officer. I not only served with him on active military duty but was also a colleague of his at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Of special note was Colonel Britt's loving care of his beloved spouse. It made a huge impression on me as a young officer to observe the manner in which he cared for her when she became wheelchair bound, doing everything humanly possible to include her in all social events despite the difficulties and to protect her dignity to the very end of her life. He was my role model. May he rest in peace.

With profound sadness,

James G. Van Straten
Colonel, U.S. Army Retired
James Van Straten
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