COL George Rodman Goethals

COL George Rodman Goethals

Birth
West Point, Orange County, New York, USA
Death 28 Jun 1973 (aged 87)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial West Point, Orange County, New York, USA
Plot Section XVIII, Row G, Site 81.
Memorial ID 157819531 · View Source
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USMA Class of 1908. Cullum No. 4645. On October 11, 1910 as George Rodman Goethals, he married Priscilla J. Howes [1885-1960] at Jefferson, New York. She died in an automobile accident in New Mexico.

George R. Goethals was born at West Point, the son of Major General George W. Goethals, who was known as builder of the Panama Canal. In 1908, he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and was assigned to develop fortifications for the Pacific side of the canal. In 1919, he retired from the United States Army and was employed by an engineering firm. He returned to active duty in 1940. During World War II he served as assistant chief of the Army Corps of Engineers in the District of Columbia. In 1946, he retired from the United States Army for a second time and became a professor of mathematics at the University of New Mexico. He retired from the university in 1958. He died at age 87 on Thursday, June 28, 1973 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in the Jamaica Plains section of Boston, Massachusetts. Interment was at the United Sates Academy with a military funeral. Survivors included one son, George W.L. Goethals of Watertown, Massachusetts.
Source: Springfield Union, Springfield Massachusetts, Saturday, June 30, 1973.


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  • Created by: SLGMSD
  • Added: 4 Feb 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial 157819531
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for COL George Rodman Goethals (4 Mar 1886–28 Jun 1973), Find a Grave Memorial no. 157819531, citing United States Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, Orange County, New York, USA ; Maintained by SLGMSD (contributor 46825959) .