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 www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com