George F. Combs dies; FTC staff attorney

George F. Combs, a staff attorney with the Federal Trade Commission for more than three decades, died Feb. 11 at the Homewood at Crumland Farms retirement community in Frederick, Md. He was 92.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said his son, George Combs.

Mr. Combs, a Frederick resident, joined the FTC in 1949 and served as the legal adviser to several FTC commissioners before retiring in 1980.

He received the FTC’s Distinguished Service Award for his career contributions. His award citation stated that he had prepared drafts of more than 100 of the commission’s adjudicative opinions.

George Frailey Combs was born in Emmitsburg, Md., and was a 1942 graduate of what was then Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg. He received a law degree in 1948 from the Dickinson School of Law, which is now part of Pennsylvania State University.

During World War II, Mr. Combs served in the Army Air Forces. His decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals.

He was a member of Fairlington United Methodist Church in Alexandria.

His wife of 60 years, Doris Peppler Combs, died in 2011.

Survivors include two children, George Combs Jr. of Roswell, Ga., and Virginia Combs of Lutherville, Md., in Baltimore County; two grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

— Megan McDonough