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Col. George Anthony Bicher

Male 1929 - 2008  (79 years)


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  • Name George Anthony Bicher 
    Prefix Col. 
    Born 1 Feb 1929  Manila, Phillipines Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography Col. George Anthony Bicher Jr.
    • Born: Abt 1929, Philippine Islands
    • Marriage (1): Phyllis
    • Marriage (2): Nadine Oppert
    • Died: 24 Apr 2008, Rancho Mirage, Riverside County, California, USA about age 79
    • Buried: 24 Jul 2008, Arlington: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia, USA

      Noted events in his life were:
    • Obituary: Boston Glob, 1 Jun 2008, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA. George A. Bicher Jr. (Col. Ret US Army) on April 24 in Rancho Mirage CA at age 79. A member of the West Point class of 1951. Graduate studies include Masters in Civil Engineering from MIT, a post graduate Masters in nuclear engineering from the Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology and an MBA from George Washington University. He served 28 years with the US Army including distinguished service in the armed conflicts in Korea and Vietnam. Other assignments in the military included duty with the 82nd Airborne, US Strike Command, and with Army Management Information Systems in the Pentagon. Upon retirement from the military in 1979 he moved to Boston and served with Chas. T Main, Inc. as SVP for international operations. Subsequently he joined Metcalf & Eddy and ultimately served as President until retirement in 1994. He was a loving husband for 30 years to the late Phyllis Bicher. His retirement was as active as his professional career as he and his beloved second wife Nadine, to whom he was married for 21 years, traveled the world. When not traveling he shared his time in three homes: foremost Boston, but also Rancho Mirage, CA and Paris, France. His interests included skiing, running, the French language and culture. He will be remembered for his spirit and sense of humor, a strong work ethic and for being a wonderful listener. He is survived by Nadine, his children George and Marianne and grandchildren Bridget, Clara and Kurt. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on July 24, 2008. Services will commence at 10:45am at Ft. Myers Chapel. In lieu of flowers donations to leukemia research and a cure would be appreciated.
    • Obituary: Arlington National Cemetery Website, 2008, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA. George Anthony Bicher, Jr. was born in the Philippine Islands on 1 February 1929 and was a Presidential appointee to West Point. His roommates recall: "Suppressing natural Brown Boy inclinations, George spent most of his free time mucking with the iron pills or working his way up on the handball ladder. These desires were second only to his ambition to get down to the city on weekends. As he dreamed of 'stand up and hook up' long before June rolled around, he is one hive glad to put his slapstick aside for a pair of trooper's boots". 
During his cadet days, George was with the Weight Lifting Club; went out for Lacrosse and Special Programs; was a Catholic Acolyte; with the Handball and Russian Clubs; on the Engineer Football Team; and was a Cadet Sergeant his first class year. Upon graduation, George went in the Corps of Engineers and reported to the 16th Armored Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Division. His second assignment was as Company Commander with the 194th Engineer Combat Battalion in Korea from 1952 to 1953 where he earned the Bronze Star Medal for distinguished heroism against an enemy. After Korea, he served with the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion, 82d Airborne Division. He then served with the United States Engineer District, Baltimore from 1954 to 1955. He next obtained a Master of Science degree from the MIT in 1956 and followed that with a postgraduate degree in nuclear engineering from the Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology in 1957, George was then assigned to the Army Reactors Program at the US AEC. From 1960 to 1963, George served on the staff and faculty of the U.S. Army Engineer School, Europe. In 1964, George attended the C&GSC, Fort Leavenworth, KS and after that served once again with the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion, 82d Airborne Division until 1965. George was then assigned as Battalion Commander of the 538th Engineer Construction Battalion and deployed the battalion from Fort Knox to Thai-land for service during 1965 and 1966. He was awarded the Commendation Medal or distinguished service. His next assignment was to Headquarters, U.S. Strike Command in Tampa, Florida from 1966 to 1967. In 1967, George received orders to MACV where he served as a Senior Province Advisor and was decorated with the Legion of merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services. 
He was also awarded the Air Medal for meritorious achievement beyond that normally expected, while participating in aerial flight, the Combat Infantryman Badge; and several Vietnamese awards for gallantry and meritorious service. In 1968, George went to the Office Assistant Chief of Staff, Force Development on the Army General Staff at the Pentagon and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for conspicuously meritorious performance of duty in a non-combat situation. In 1970, he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and obtained an MBA from GWU. George's next assignment was to J-5, Office, Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1972 to 1974 and was awarded the Joint Services Commendation Medal. Next, he was named Commanding Officer of the 35th Engineer Group, 18th Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC. from 1972 to 1974 and was awarded a second Meritorious Service Medal for conspicuously meritorious performance of duty. From 1974 to 1977, George joined the Office, Chief of Staff US Army and was awarded a second Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services. George's last military assignment was as District Engineer, Huntington, WV from 1977 to 1979 and was awarded a third Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services. George retired in 1979 from the United States Army as a Colonel. On retirement, George was named Vice President of Chas T. Main in Boston and in 1981 was promoted to Ex-VP. In 1985, he was named Senior VP, Metcalf and Eddy, Inc. in Boston and promoted to President in 1989. While serving as president of Metcalf and Eddy, Inc., George also served as a member of the US Construction Industry Presidents Forum. George retired a second time in 1994. George and his wife Nadine make their principal home in Boston, MA. The November 1997 Assembly noted, "George and Nadine Bicher report from Boston they enjoy their leisure time with lots of travel. They spent two months in Paris while George studied French last fall after the 45th reunion and plan to do the same this year after a trip to East Africa." During the fall, George and Nadine lived in Paris, France and during the winter in Rancho Mirage, California. 
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    Immigration 19 Jul 1929  San Francisco, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation US Army 
    Residence Manila, Phillipines Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Boston, MA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Rancho Mirage, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Social Security Number 466-22-1084 
    Died 24 Apr 2008  Boston, MA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4685  Blank Family
    Last Modified 10 Oct 2010 

    Family Living 
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2008 
    Family ID F1650  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Feb 1929 - Manila, Phillipines Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 19 Jul 1929 - San Francisco, CA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Manila, Phillipines Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Boston, MA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Paris, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Rancho Mirage, CA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Apr 2008 - Boston, MA, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S299] Col. George Anthony Bicher Jr. Biography.

    2. [S218] California Passenger and Crew Lists, 1893-1957, Ancestry, US Grant from Manila, Philippines.


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